Celia Lucille Fancher

April 24, 1921August 11, 2014
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Services for Lucille Fancher, 93, of Tyler, are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at Lloyd James Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Pat Alvey and Rev. Gary Fielding officiating.

Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:30-7:00pm on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Fancher passed from this earth to her heavenly home on Monday, August 11, 2014, at The Hospice of East Texas.

She was born April 24, 1921, in Martins Mill, to the late W. B. and Ethie Williams.

She graduated from Martins Mill High School. Her main occupations were seamstress and homemaker; however, she worked at Sears for a while in the 1950's, and later worked for a brief time at Esther's Fabrics.

She was the longest time living member of Friendly Baptist Church in Tyler, which she became a part of on June 25, 1950, and faithfully attended the Miriam Sunday School class there.

Lucille had many talents, but the two that first come to mind are sewing and baking.

She was a great seamstress and has sewn for many people through the years. They started out as one of her "customers", but quickly became one of her "friends". Her chocolate pies and cakes often made their way into other's homes. Grandchildren have had many sleepovers and frosted cokes at her house along with her famous chocolate chip cookies; which were even baked for her great grandchildren. She was the best wife, mother and grandmother that you could ever have. She was a great example of what a mother should be. She taught us the importance of God and family. We will never run out of fond memories when we think of her.

She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 65 years, James C. "Pete" Fancher, and has now joined him in heaven and is whole again. She can once again enjoy her love of conversation.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Kay and Gordon Grubbs of Terrell, Debbie and Coy Dodd of Tyler; grandchildren, Kim Boone Sidow, Shelli Boone Sidow, Tracy Boone, Mendi Grubbs Thompson, Candice Dodd Zimmerman, and Heather Dodd Johnson; 11 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Marguerite McEvoy of Garland and brother, Joe Williams of Martins Mill.

Pallbearers will be grandson Tracy Boone, and grandsons-in-law Steve Sidow, Steve Thompson, Jeff Zimmerman, Steve Johnson, and long-time friend Kenneth Hicks.

Memorials may be made to the Friendly Baptist Church, 1903 E. Front Street, Tyler, Texas 75702; or The Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 13, 2014
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Celia Lucille Fancher

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Linda Tileston

August 13, 2014

Lucille became my wonderful friend over 10 years ago. Over the years I shared stories of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. We shared several hobbies. Sewing being one of them. We had many long talks about fabrics, altering a garment, and making clothes for children. Such a beautiful example of a Christ-like individual. My prayers will be with the family during this time.

Linda Tileston

Kelli White

August 12, 2014

Mrs. Lucille was an amazing lady. My parents joined Friendly in the 1960s and my Mom was talking about how over the years every time she went shopping she would run into Mrs. Lucille and her daughter Debbie. They joked about how much they shopped to run into each other so much. Even in the last few years Mom and I would run into them in different stores and we always got a good laugh out of it. I grew up at Friendly and I have a lot of memories of seeing Mrs. Lucille there every week, faithful and cheerful. She passed her loving spirit down to Debbie and to her granddaughter Candice, who can sing like the angels. My family's prayers are with you and your family in your time of grief, but I know there is rejoicing in Heaven that Mrs. Lucille is finally home.
Wayne, Nina and Kelli White

Lloyd James Funeral Home

August 11, 2014

Offering our deepest condolences during this time.