Services for Mildred Pauline Cates Letney, 79, of Tyler, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 13, 2014 in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Odis Bryan officiating. Interment will follow in the Whitehouse Cemetery. Mrs. Letney was born May 16, 1935 in Dustin, Oklahoma, the daughter of the late Alta (Howard) and Addie Eugene Cates. She passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at her residence, surrounded by loved ones, following a long illness. Mrs. Letney enjoyed many years of work at Tyler Jr. College. She was a very loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and enjoyed taking care of her family. Mrs. Letney was a Southern Missionary Baptist. She is survived by her four daughters, Margie Odom of Tyler and husband Norman of Troup, Debbie Henderson of Winnsboro, Barbara Sides of Winnsboro, and Janet Evans and husband Jeff of Pickton; two brothers, Don Cates and wife Margaret of Lakeview, Oregon and Howard (Shorty) Cates and wife Jenny of Anza, California; four sisters, Faye Regner and husband Alfred Jr. of Wonderlake, Illinois, Helen Blanchard of Glendale, Arizona, Barbara Adams of Lakeview, Oregon, and Joy Marten of Lakeview, Oregon; brother-in-law, Herman Letney and wife Eunice of Lufkin; 8 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Letney was preceded in death by her husband, Doyal P. Letney; and 6 brothers. Pallbearers will be Gene (Bo) Letney, Gary Letney, Greg Letney, Zach Henderson, Jeremy Hulse, and Matthew LaCoe, Sr. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Evans, Norman (Scooter) Odom, Mikey Melton, Jacob Odom, Paul Henderson and Taylor Burkham. The family will receive friends from noon until service time on Friday at Gipson Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com
. Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.