Lemoyne Layfayette Whitesides (L.L.) 78 years of age of Frankston, Texas, went home to the Lord on Friday, May 29. Lemoyne had been a resident of The Heights of Tyler, Texas.

Lemoyne was born near Troup, Texas, on June 24, 1941, to Robert L. Whitesides and Mozelle M. Whitesides. He had three sisters Laveda, Carolyn and Donna.

He attended Lee Junior College in Baytown, Texas and Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas, prior to going into the Army.

On Jan. 19, 1964, he married Billie Sue Christensen and they had two sons, Robert Daniel Whitesides (Dan) and Fred Ray Whitesides.

Lemoyne was employed by Gulf States Utilities (The Entergy Corporation) where he worked as a utility line designer and staking engineer, and right of way party chief.

His life included several hobbies; Little League baseball coach, Pee Wee football coach, hunting mule deer in Colorado and fly fishing for trout in Colorado and Arkansas. He also was an accomplished architect, designing houses for himself, his parents and his sister, as well as a cabinet maker and wood furniture builder, having built pieces of furniture for his kids, grandkids and relatives.

L.L. is survived by: sons Dan Whitesides (Brandi) of Gunnison, Colo., Fred Whitesides Conroe of Texas; grandchildren, Amanda (Kenneth) Lucas, Wesley David Whitesides, Emily Tate Whitesides, Raegan Gail Whitesides; sisters, Laveda (Neal) Voytek of Livingston, Texas, Donna (Gary) Campbell of Baytown, Texas; nieces and nephews, Michael (Julie) Voytek, Stacey (Matt) Pyrtle, Jana Campbell, Lynn (Georgia) Crawford, Robin (Eric) Isolica, Don (Tracy) Larsen, Trina (B.J.) Strange, Jimmy Atkinson; brother- and sister-in-law Jim and Peggy Atkinson, Don and Lucy Christensen; numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Lemoyne was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Mozelle Whitesides, by his wife Billie Sue Whitesides, in-laws Bill and Mary Christensen, sister Carolyn, nephew Timothy Robert Campbell.

Graveside services for Lemoyne Whitesides were Tuesday, June 2, at the Union Grove Cemetery near Troup, Texas. Funeral arrangements by Autry Funeral Home of Jacksonville, Texas. Pallbearers were Dan Whitesides, Fred Whitesides, Wesley Whitesides, Michael Voytek and Kenneth Lucas. Honorary Pallbearer was Phil McDonald.

Broken Chain

“We little knew that morning that

God was going to call your name.

In life we loved you dearly,

In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you,

You did not go alone;

For part of us went with you The day God called you Home.

You left us peaceful memories,

Your love is still our guide;

And though we cannot see you,

You will always be by our side.

Our family chain is broken,

And nothing seems the same;

But as God calls us one by one,

The chain will link again”