LaWanda "June"-Pendergrass-Obituary

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LaWanda "June" Pendergrass

Tyler, Texas

Dec 28, 1957 – Jan 11, 2022 (Age 64)


December 28, 1957
January 11, 2022
Tyler, Texas


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Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Directors - Tyler Obituary

Services for LaWanda June Pendergrass, 64, of  Tyler, will be held on Friday, January 14, 2022, at 11:00 AM at Bethel Baptist Church in New Chapel Hill with Dr. Gil Lain and Dr. Mike Bloodsworth officiating.

Burial will follow at Williams Cemetery in New Chapel Hill under the direction of Jackson's Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home.

June passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at her home.

She was born December 28, 1957 in Tyler to Kirby and Dorothy McCrary Williams.

June married her lifelong love on January 7, 1978 and they had just celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary.  She was a teacher for 30 years and taught in Spring ISD and Whitehouse ISD.  June was also an active part of Bethel Baptist Church, where she was Children's Minister and Church pianist.  She also served on numerous committees and led various Bible studies.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Jane Blundell.

She is survived by her husband, Danny Pendergrass of Tyler; sons, Daniel Pendergrass of Houston and Luke Pendergrass and wife Sarah of Conroe; grandsons, Eli and Ezra Pendergrass of Conroe; sister, Jill Williams of Tyler; beloved "Auntie", Charline Williams of Bullard; brother-in-law, Ken Blundell and niece, Molly of Tyler and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers will be Justin Williams, Jonathan Williams, Marshall Massey, Tommy Rogers, Frankie Lindsey and Kepen Gillam.

Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny McCrary, Justin Wheeler, John Gerdes, Jerry Rhodes, Tony Ward and David Jones.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Church.

If desired, memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church Children's Ministry.


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June was the sweetest, kindest person I had the good fortune to meet and work with. She was an amazing mentor to other teachers and was a superior teacher to her students. I know she loved her family immensely and fought really hard to get well so she could stay here with them. I know her grandsons meant the world to her. I pray her family can find comfort knowing she’s no longer in pain and is in heaven surrounded by love.

June was the sweetest young lady, we twirled together in high school. She was kind and funny and had the best laugh. I know anyone who knew her loved her. Even though we lost touch after graduation I will alway love my many memories of the kind and caring young lady that I knew and loved.

I worked with June for many many years. First at Higgins and then at Brown Elementary. June was an extraordinary teacher as well as a co-worker/friend. Her faith in God was so evident in all she did. I am so sorry for your loss and your family is in my prayers.

You are in our thoughts Mr. Pendergrass. May God bless you and your family during this difficult time. Love, Your SFJH Family

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

I have such wonderful memories of the Williams family and am so fortunate to have had them in my life. I went to school with Janie, June and Jill. I was Janie's age and spent a lot of time at their home. I don't think I have ever met a better family. Their kindness, generosity, and love was evident in everything thing they did. I always looked up to June and was so in awe of her talent, beauty and personality. The family time around their dinner table was always a loving and inspiring time. ...

Prayers for comfort and peace for the Pendergrass family.

Danny I would love to be there in person but my health does not permit me to be in public. Know that I am lifting you, your family and our Bethal family up in my prayers. Sending Love and Big tight Hugs.