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Sandra Gail Flanagan, 50, passed away Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, in Commerce.
She was born April 6, 1964, to Cleon and Variee Flanagan in Commerce where she was a lifelong resident. A 1982 graduate of Commerce High School, she later studied at East Texas State University (Texas A&M-Commerce) where she earned her secretarial certification.
Sandra was a dedicated employee of 31 years at Covidien LP in Commerce, where she worked diligently in the Quality Department. Her newest venture was working as a licensed insurance agent with Reliable Insurance Agency. Sandra was also a faithful member of Mt. Moriah Temple Baptist Church in Commerce where she attended and served on many committees.
Surviving family include her daughter, Crystal Flanagan; her parents; her sisters, Rose Bailey (Herbert), Felicia Flanagan (Shaun), Dorothy Flanagan, and Tyra Allen (Keenan); her brother, Cleon Flanagan Jr. (Jennifer); and a host of nieces and nephews.  
She was preceded in death by her sister, Brenda Gadlin, and her brother, Donnie Ray Flanagan.
Funeral services will be Friday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Moriah Temple Baptist Church in Commerce, with burial to follow at Rosemound Cemetery.
Visitation is today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Jones Walker & Son Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made at www.jones-walkerandson.com and www.heraldbanner.com.
Melba Rushing   
Melba Elaine (Robertson) Rushing, 90, of College Station, formerly of Commerce, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, in College Station. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Shiloh Cemetery near Klondike under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home of Greenville.
The family will receive friends following the service at John Ray’s home.
Mrs. Rushing was born in the Shiloh community in Delta County on Nov. 18, 1924. She was the daughter of Nolan Hunter Robertson and Ruth Hart Robertson. On June 27, 1943, she married J.O. (Bud) Rushing. She was a retired school teacher/librarian in the Tuloso-Midway School District. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in College Station.
Survivors include her son, Ronald Rushing and wife Pam of College Station; daughters Bettye Villanueva and husband Jim of Gatesville and Rebecca Page and husband Ron of Conroe; brothers Rev. James Robertson of Arlington and Hershel Robertson and wife Joyce of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren Racheal Howard and husband Matt of Gatesville, Mandi Kinzig and husband Daniel of Williamsburg, Va., James Villanueva of Memphis, Tenn., Marilyn Russell of Austin, Tommy Page of Conroe, Matthew Page and wife Jenny of Castle Rock, Colo., and Jennifer White and husband Chuck of Chicago, Ill.; and 11 great-grandchildren.  
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.O. (Bud) Rushing, and her parents.
The family requests memorials in lieu of flowers be made to Christ United Methodist Church, College Station – Missions Program, or First United Methodist Church, Commerce – Music Program.
Online condolences may be made at www.coker-mathews.com
Published on  March 22, 2015
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