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Tyler County Booster - Obituaries
For the Week of April 18, 2007 - April 25, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Kelly Ann Largent
  Kelly Ann Largent, 34, of Woodville, passed away Monday, April 2, 2007 near Woodville, Texas.
  Funeral services were held Friday, April 6th at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Woodville with burial in Campground Cemetery near Woodville. Officiating was Brother Teddy M. Minyard and Brother Milton Powers. Serving as pallbearers were Larry Brinkley, Mark Philpott, Jr., Ricky Petty, Marlin Butler, Ricky Pate and Russell Pate.
  Visitation was held on Thursday, April 5th from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville.
  Kelly was born October 31, 1972 to Gene & Janie Pate Morrell in Woodville Texas. She was a lifelong resident of Tyler County and was the Non-Food Manager for Brookshire Brothers in Woodville.
  She is survived by her father Gene Morrell & wife, Melva of Warren; mother, Janie Liss & husband, David of Woodville; former husband, Billy Jeffcoat of Woodville; daughters, Macy Diera DuBose and Josie Lynn Jeffcoat both of Woodville; brother & sister-in-law, Jeremy & Miranda Morrell of Warren; sisters & brothers-in-law, Pam & Richard Best of Colmesneil, Tammy & Marlin Butler of Woodville and Tanya & David Deffenbaugh of Tahlequah, OK and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
  Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville

Nita Rae Babcock
  Houston- Nita Rae Babcock , 59 , passed  away April 4, 2007 in Houston, Texas
  She was born December 10, 1947 in Woodville, Texas to the parents of  Raymond Lamb and Juanita Dickens Lamb Adams. She was an ultrasound technitian
  She is survived by her family: two daughters, April Neubald and husband Scott, Amy Shai and husband Dan, son, Kevin Babcock and wife Jaime, two sisters, Debra Goodale and Teresa Brasher, grandchildren, Kaleb Babcock and Malin Shai.
  Funeral services were April 7, 2007 AT 11 a.m. at Kingwood Funeral Home in Houston.
            Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. at Midway Cemetery in Polk County by Riley Funeral Home Memoriual may be made to Lukemia, Lymphoma Society.Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Jordan Jade Largent
  Jordan Jade Largent, 11, of Woodville, passed away Monday, April 2, 2007 near Woodville, Texas
  Funeral services were held Friday, April 6th at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Woodville with burial in Campground Cemetery near Woodville.  Officiating was Brother Teddy M. Minyard and Brother Milton Powers. Serving as pallbearers were Timmy Gaspard, Rodney Bowen, Jr., Mike Williams, Dave Youngblood, Travis Williams and Shaun Orchosky.
  Visitation was held on Thursday, April 5th from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville.
  Jordan was born April 22, 1995 to James & Kelly DuBose Largent in Beaumont, Texas.  She was a sixth grade student at Woodville Middle School.
  She is survived by her father, James Largent of Woodville; grandparents, Richard Largent of Center, Bessie Largent of Hessmer, LA, Janie & David Liss of Woodville and Gene & Melva Morrell of Warren; great grandmother, Evelyn Lewis of Woodville; brother, Evan Allie Largent of Woodville; sisters, Tristan Jaelynn Largent, Myndi Nicole Coggins, Macy Diera DuBose and Josie Lynn Jeffcoat all of Woodville; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
  Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Thomas Wirt 'Tommy' 'Dipper' Walton
  Thomas Wirt “Tommy” “Dipper” Walton, 79, of Vidor died Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at Harbor Hospice House in Beaumont following a long battle with asbestosis and emphysema.
  A native of China, he was born November 9, 1927. During his adolescent years, Tommy played the bugle for American Legion Post #33 Sons of the Legion Drum and Bugle Corps, which, at that time was the largest Corps in Texas, as well as the nation. The Corps participated in all parades and activities county-wide, in the 30’s and 40’s. 
  In 1939, at twelve years of age, he placed second in Texas in Baton Twirling, to his sister’s first place, as she went on to the national championship. 
  Before and during the WWII war years, 1938-1945, he joined his brother Jack in playing “Taps” and “Echo” for returning veteran’s memorial services.
  Graduating from Beaumont High School in 1945, Tommy attended Lamar Tech, and entered the Army 4th Signal Battalion Co. B.
  He and brother Jack played trumpet and backup, participating in numerous patriotic affairs…U.S. Bond drives, blood drives programs and pageants, also baton back-up for their sister Fran’s fire baton and flag routines, throughout Texas and the Veteran’s hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana.
  In 1950 he re-entered military service, enlisting in the Marine Corps and saw duty as a tank commander in the 1st Marine Division Tank Corps.  Tommy was awarded numerous medals, as well as three small and large Bronze Star for heroism in Korea.
  After discharge in 1954, he retained membership in Westminister Presbyterian Church in Beaumont, local #54 Sheetmetal Workers Union, International Association and a 50 year membership in Pipefitters Local #195.
  Tommy is survived by his wife, Maxine Walton of Vidor; son, Don Lee Walton of Seabrook; grandson, Thomas John “T.J.” Walton of Seabrook; step sons, J.W. Stanley and his wife Ann, Terry Stanley and his wife Kristi, Mike Stanley and his wife Christine all of Vidor; three step grandsons; three step granddaughters; one great step grandsons; sisters, Fran Wyche, and Mary Ann Kittell and her husband Ken all of Colmesniel; brothers, Jack Walton of Vidor; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Ila Walton, formerly of Beaumont.
  The family would like to especially thank Harbor Hospice House and the Staff, they have been our angels on earth.
  Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 6, 2007 at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont with burial to follow at Walton Family Cemetery in Vidor.  A gathering of family and friends will be 4 until 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2007 at the mortuary.
  Memorial contributions may be made to Southeast Texas Veterans Group, STVSG, Attn: Treasurer, 4788 Wela Drive, Orange, Texas 77632.

G. C. Johnson
  Funeral services for G. C. Johnson, 86, of Jasper, were held at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2007 at the First United Methodist Church in Jasper with a Military graveside service following at Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville. Visitation was held from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5 at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Jasper.
  G. C. died Tuesday, April 3 at Tyler County Hospital in Woodville. A lifelong resident of Jasper, he was a longtime Jasper Accountant and past president of the Jasper Lions Club. An avid baseball fan, he was Êformerly very active as a Youth League Baseball Coach. He enjoyed fishing and woodworking. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved his family.
            Survivors include his wife of over fifty years, Inez  Harris Johnson of Jasper; two sons, Jimmie Johnson and wife, Sharon of Melbourne, Florida, and Ken R. Johnson and wife, Jane of Lufkin; three half brothers, W. D. Johnson of Wise, John L. Johnson of Abilene and Doyle E. Johnson of Galveston; one half sister, Francis Ruiz of Houston; two grandsons, Hunter Johnson and wife, Lesli and Ramsey Johnson; Êone great grandchild Ryder Johnson; and numerous nieces and nephews. MemorialÊ may be made to the Jasper Youth Baseball fund at 211 East Houston, Jasper, TX. 75951. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Jasper.

Verna Doris Landrum Owens
Verna Doris Landrum Owens, 90, of Colmesneil, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2007 at the Tyler County Hospital in Woodville, Texas.
   Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 11th at 11a.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Colmesneil Cemetery. Officiating will be Brother Shaun Sifford and Brother Teddy M. Minyard.  Serving as pallbearers are Bill Bailey, Brian Swint, Mark Landrum, Dom Owens, Rhett Williford and Kevin Owens.
   Visitation was held on Tuesday, April 10th from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
   Verna was born October 5, 1916 to Edward Lee & Elora Payne Landrum in Groveton, Texas. She has lived in Colmesneil for the past 85 years and was a member of First Baptist Church of Woodville. She will be greatly missed by her family, but remembered by family and friends for the love and care she gave each one. Also the great cook she was, especially preparing special meals for her grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Floyd Owens; sons, Williams Guy Owens, Royce Lee Owens and Charles Eugene Owens. She is survived by her daughter, Laverne Owens of Colmesneil; son, Lesley Owens and wife Jeannie, of Carthage; daughter-in-law, Laquita Owens of Silsbee; sister, Mildred “Red” & husband, Woodrow Davis of Colmesneil; grandsons, Kevin Owens & wife Cheryl and daughter, Lacy of Silsbee, Dom Owens & wife Janis and children, Kade & Shelby of Lufkin; granddaughters, Shana Williford & husband Rhett, children Kurt and Katie of Port Neches; Angie Bailey & husband Bill, daughter Summer of Colmesneil; Danyel Swint & husband Brian of Richmond.
   Memorials may be made to Colmesneil High School Scholarship Fund, 409 Sutton Drive N., Colmesneil, Texas 75938.
   Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Ralph J. 'Jack' Mullins
   Ralph J. 'Jack' Mullins, 75, of Woodville went peacefully to be with his Lord on April 4, 2007.
   Born January 28, 1932 in Norman, Arkansas to the late Osco and Eura Mullins, he lived in Woodville almost his entire lifetime. He was a veteran of the Korean War and was a retired correctional officer for the Texas Department of Corrections. He was a member of Camp Ground Baptist Church.
   He is survived by his loving family; his wife of 51 years, Ann Mullins; his children, daughter, D'Juana Montgomery and son-in-law, Max Montgomery of Cleburne, Tx, daughter, Sandra Dill and son-in-law, Kevin Dill of Marlton, New Jersey, son, Ralph Mullins and daughter-in-law, Laura Mullins of Lufkin and son, Carl Mullins and daughter-in-law, Pamela Mullins of Sugar Land; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth Davis, Daniel Montgomery, Michelle Rhodes, Brian Dill, Austin Dill, Jack Mullins, Ryan Mullins and Sarah Mullins and one great grandchild, Addison Davis.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, Osco and Eura Mullins and one brother, Jessie Troy Mullins.
   Funeral service was held Saturday, April 7, 2007, at 10 a.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Raymond Parker officiating.   Burial followed at Camp Ground Cemetery.  Visitation was held Friday evening at the funeral home.
   Honoring their grandfather, his grandsons were pallbearers, Daniel Montgomery, Brian Dill, Austin Dill, Jack Mullins, Ryan Mullins and Scott Davis. Honorary pallbearers were Chris Hill and Cody Evans.
   Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Mae Elizabeth Hensarling Sawyer
   Mae Elizabeth Hensarling Sawyer, 85, formally of Woodville went to her heavenly reward with the Lord on April 1, 2007 at the Ware Presbyterian Home in Oxford, Pennsylvania.
   Born September 17, 1921 in Woodville, Texas to Hiram Chester and Adeline Elizabeth Addison Hensarling, she was a seamstress, cafeteria worker in the Woodville School District, devoted mother and homemaker.  Mrs. Sawyer resided in Diboll, Texas from 1999 to 2006 before moving to Pennsylvania in 2006.
   She was preceded in death by her loving husband, John Wayne Sawyer and son, Robert Wayne Sawyer; brothers, John Hensarling of Woodville, Kimmie Hensarling of Rockland, Delbert Hensarling of Woodville and Clarence Hensarling of Beaumont; sister, Lennie Nell Hensarling Mahaffey of Chester.
   She is survived by her loving daughters, Mary Jean Sawyer Nettles and husband, Joe Curtis Nettles of Diboll and Peggy Sue Sawyer Terry and husband, Billy Jack Terry of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Ladonna Nettles Garza of Diboll, Greg Curtis Nettles of Diboll and Jerry DeWayne Terry of Wylie; sister, Nina Hensarling Letney of Zavalla and brother, A. C. Hensarling of Splendora; two great grandchildren.
   A graveside service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2007 at the Camp Ground Cemetery on FM 256 west of Woodville.  Brother C. G. Grigg, retired Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Diboll officiated.  Visitation was held at the Riley Funeral Home in Woodville on Friday evening..
   Memorials may be sent to Heartland Hospice Services in memory of Mae E. Sawyer, 5 Christy Drive, Brandywine Two, Suite 103, Chadds Ford, PA 19317.
                Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

 

 





 



 

 

 

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