Funerals for Rivercrest students held Feb. 19

Funeral services for two Rivercrest ISD students will be held Feb. 19 after both were killed in a Friday afternoon two-vehicle collision. The school district will be closed to allow students and staff to attend the services. Several neighboring school districts including Mount Pleasant, Chapel Hill, Pittsburg and Paul Pewitt have asked their students and staff to wear “Blue on Tuesday” to show support for the grieving Rebels.

   According to Texas Department of Public Safety, the wreck occurred Feb. 15 at 3:30 p.m. on Texas Highway 37 in Bogata. A three-quarter ton Dodge pickup, driven by Brandon Luke Earley, 17, of Reno was headed northbound when it abruptly made a u-turn and entered the southbound lane. Clarksville resident Kolby Fletcher, 18, who was driving a 1997 one-ton pickup, veered to the left just as Earley turned to right creating a deadly collision. Both drivers, pronounced dead on the scene, were wearing seatbelts. It was Fletcher’s 18th birthday.

   Funeral services for Earley will be held Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. at the Love Civic Center in Paris under the direction of Clarksville Funeral Home. Visitation will be held one hour before the service. Rev. Don Shovan and Rev. Duane Hamil will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Lone Star Cemetery under the direction of Clarksville Funeral Home.

    A junior at Rivercrest High School, Luke Earley was born January 22, 2002, in Mount Pleasant to Mikeal and Tonya McGuire Earley. He was a member of the Cowboy Church of Paris. 

   He was preceded in death by great grandparents, Vernon and Virginia Earley, Bill and Lucille Marr, Calvin and Jewel Henderson, Floyd and Eula McGuire; great uncles, Paul Marr and John Mark McGuire; and a cousin, Tyler Henderson. Pallbearers are John Wayne King, Seth Coughran, Blair Bowmer, Bubba Simpson, Ben Hutchinson and Kyle Baird. Honorary pallbearers are Dewayne Tucker, Layne King, Carlton Alley and Logan Henderson.

   Earley is survived by his father, Mikeal Earley and wife, Keitha of the Lone Star community; his mother, Tonya Pendleton and husband, Kacy of Reno; grandparents Roger and Linda Earley of Rugby and Floyd and Betty McGuire of Clarksville, Frank and Margaret Joplin of Clarksville, Glenn and Linda Adams of Mount Pleasant and Thurman and Brenda Russell of the Lone Star community; three brothers, Dylan Earley, Kreese Pendleton and Landon Bevins and numerous cousins and extended family. Donations can be made to the Luke Earley Scholarship Fund, 4100 Hwy. 271, Bogata, Texas 75417.

   Funeral services for Fletcher, who was known by family and friends as “Tut”, will also be held Feb., 19 at 2 p.m. in the Lindeman Chapel at the Clarksville Funeral Home. Rev. Don Shovan and Rev. John Purviance will officiate. Burial will follow in Tuggle Springs Cemetery under the direction of Clarksville Funeral Home.

   Fletcher was born February 15, 2001, in Mount Pleasant to Michael Lynn and Deanna Leigh Tippit Fletcher.  He was a senior at Rivercrest High School.  Fletcher was active in school playing football, shooting sports and participating in FFA. He was preceded in death by great grandparents, Bonnye Gage, Mary Lee and Edgar Tippit, Jack and Daisy Morgan and grandfather Toliver Fletcher. 

   Pallbearers are Bubba Simpson, Morgan Smith, Mark Gable, Dakota Tippit, John Hawley and Reese Jessee. Honorary pallbearers are Malcom Weemes, Baylor Augustus, Will Purviance, Bow Willis, R.C. Pitts, Todd Simpson and the 2019 Senior Class at Rivercrest High School.

   He is survived by his mother, Deanna Fletcher of the Lone Star Community; his father, Michael “Monk” Fletcher of Detroit; one sister, Shelby Fletcher; the love of his life, Taylor Anderson; grandparents, Ron and Jerri Dee Tippit and Sue Fletcher; great grandfather, Blanton Gage; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

   Donations can be made in Fletcher’s honor to the Red River County 4H Shooting Sports, 402 N. Cedar St., Clarksville, Texas 75426.