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Ervin Lester Nichols, age 88, of Evant, TX, died Friday, August 15, 2014, at his residence in Evant. Ervin was born July 14, 1926, in Ada, OK, the son of Claude Leslie Nichols and Flora Belle (Kelch) Nichols. He served in the U.S. Army in the military explosive ordnance and the atomic weapons ordnance.  Ervin served 23 years, from August of 1946 through December of 1969. He retired as a Master Sergeant. Survivors include his son, Claude Lester Nichols (Theresa) of Midwest City, OK; sister, Ethel Mae  Hill; sister-in-law, Violet Nichols; ex-daughter-in-law, Cheryl Nichols; 11 grandchildren; 22 greatgrandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.  Ervin was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Iretta (Townsend) Nichols. A graveside service was held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery with Masonic rites by Bee House Lodge and full military honors. Sign our online guestbook at www.sneedfuneralchapel.com. Sneed Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

January 11, 1934 – August 16, 2014 Ima Gene Altum, 80, passed away on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at her home in Copperas Cove. Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at Scott’s Funeral Home in Gatesville with the Rev. Thomas Edwards officiating. Burial followed at Restland Cemetery. Ima Gene was born on January 11, 1934, in The Grove to the late Elbert and Estella Ray Stuteville. She married Robert Gail Altum on July 7, 1950, in Gatesville. Ima Gene worked for AAFES on Ft. Hood for 23 years and was a resident of Copperas Cove since 1956. Ima Gene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gail Altum; and a sister, Bonnie Sexton. Ima Gene is survived by her sons, Kenneth Altum of Owl Creek, Tommy Altum and wife, Gretchen of Copperas Cove, Frankie Altum and wife, Angelika (Gig) of Copperas Cove, J.R. Altum of Copperas Cove, and Gary Altum and Teresa of Lampasas County; sisters, Alma Minshew, Winona Gossett and Sharon Derrick; 10  grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In lieu of fl owers, memorials may be made to Clear Creek Baptist Church, 3350 FM 2657, Kempner, TX 76539-8068.