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Tyler County Booster - Obituaries
For the Week of April 28, 2007 - May 5, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Dewitt Herman Monk
  Dewitt Herman Monk, 75, of Port Acres went to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 18, 2007 with his family by his side at their residence in LaBelle. 
  Services were held  Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 1p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Nederland, Rev. David Higgs officiating.  Interment followed at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County in Nederland.
  Dewitt was born on July 13, 1931 in Port Arthur, Texas to the late James and Ethel Monk.  He lived most of his life in Port Acres.  He retired from Jefferson Chemical in Port Neches, and was employed several years with Parker Lumber in Port Arthur and Woodville.  He loved to sing, dance, and enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
  He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Betty Jo Monk of 30 years; 3 brothers, James, J.D., and Elmer Monk; and 3 sisters, Daisy, Chrystal, and Thelma Monk.
  He is survived by his wife, Katherine Berryhill Monk of Daisetta, Texas; 2 sons, Dewitt “Butch” Monk, Jr. and wife Carla of Levelland, Texas and Steve R. Monk and wife Troy Lynette of LaBelle, Texas; 2 daughters, Debbie Daigle of Port Acres, Texas and Christi Davalos of Hamshire, Texas; 7 step-children, John Berryhill, Kenneth Berryhill, Bennie Berryhill, Alice Maresh, Bonnie Morris, Joseph Berryhill and Renee Thrillkill; 2 brothers, Donald Monk of Beauxart Gardens, Texas and Dennis Monk of Port Neches, Texas; sister, Jessie “Bea” Hahn of Anahuac; 10 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.
            Visitation was held Friday, April 20th  at Heritage Funeral Home in Nederland.

David Andrew Arnold
  David Andrew Arnold, 53, passed away April 17, 2007 peacefully at his residence.
  Born August 28, 1953 in Houston, he lived in Woodville for several years.  David attended Mt. Carmel Catholic School and the University of Texas – Austin.  He represented the Home Life Insurance Company of New York for almost 20 years in the Houston area.
  David is survived by his loving wife, Helen Adams; father and step mother, Mr. and Mrs. Carl V. Arnold; children, Eric Arnold, Alisha Coneley; granddaughter, Cassandra Conely; sisters, Jacqueline Kintner and Carol Siemson; mother, Clarice Arnold and mother-in-law, Betty Willingham.
  A memorial service was held Friday, April 20, 2007, at 1 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home with Chaplain Mike Neel officiating.
  The family is especially appreciative to the Lakes Area Hospice and their staff members; Cathy Stout, Deeana Watson, Polly Burnette, Molly Davis, Yolanda Hafford, Billy Adams, Chaplain Mike Neel; Dr. Richard Riggins and Kay Wankel, special close family friend who administered loving care, medical and religious assistance during his year long medical bout.
  The family requests that any memorials be sent to the Lakes Area Hospice, 409-384-5995.
            Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Odessa Murchison
  Odessa Murchison, 90, of Woodville, passsed away Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at the Woodville Health & Rehabilitation Center in Woodville, Texas.
  Funeral services were held Saturday, April 21st at 11 a.m. at the Camp Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Doucette with burial in Doucette Cemetery under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville. Officiating was Reverend Isadora Hunt, Sr. and Reverend John Barefield.
  VisitationÊwas held on Friday, April 20th from 5 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
  Odessa was born December 25, 1916 to George, Sr. & Ophelia Cooks Cole in Thurton, Arkansas. She  married Ulycless S. Murchison on February 27, 1937 in Hot Springs, AR and they moved to Woodville where they both united with the New Pilgrim Baptist Church.  They later moved to Doucette where they united with the Camp Zion Baptist Church.  She was a longtime resident of Tyler County and had run the cafe by the old sawmill many years ago.
  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ulycless S. Murchison; son, Glenn Miller; and brother, George Cole, Jr..  She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Teresa Miller of Woodville; seven grandchildren, one great grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews and two special friends, Sadie Releford and Mable Thrower.
            Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Robert Lavane Jones
  Robert Lavane Jones, 65, of Woodville, passed away Monday, April 16, 2007 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.
  Memorial services were held Sunday, April 22nd at 2 p.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville. Officiating was Reverend Clay Whitaker of First United Methodist Church of Vidor.            A gathering of family and friends was from 11 a.m. until service time on Sunday.
  Robert was born February 21, 1942 to Ruil Lavane & Pearlene Scott Jones in San Diego, California.  He was a former longtime resident of Vidor and had lived in Woodville for the past two years.  He had worked as a structural steel designer in the oilfield industry.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruil “Buck” Jones and Pearlene “Pinky” Ackley.  He is survived by his wife Shiela Jones of Woodville; sons & daughters-in-law, Kurt & Robin Jones of Lafayette, Indiana, Gregory & Jody Thompson of Woodville and Robert Lavane, II & Lori Jones of Bridge City; daughters & sons-in-law, Dawn Renee & Roy Hardin of Detroit, Charlotte & Pat Denin of Orange, Krista K. Thompson of Woodville and Melissa & Thomas McKay of Groves; brothers & sisters-in-law, Jim & Mary Ackley of Santee, CA, Charles Glenn Jones of Houston and Michael & Rhonda Jones of Vidor; sisters & brothers-in-law, Jeanette & Ed Welch of San Diego, CA, Sherry Grissom of Spurger, Audrey & Donald McDonald  and Stacey & Greg Bagwell all of Vidor; step mother, Betty Jones Flannigan of Vidor; seventeen grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and former wives, Bobbie Jean Franklin of Granbury and Linda Jones of Nederland.
  Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Helen Poncho Battise
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Helen Poncho Battise, 86, were held Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at the Indian Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Bill Heck, Bro. David Busby and Bro. Hugh Klodzinski officiating. Burial followed in the Indian Reservation Cemetery.
Mrs. Battise died Saturday, April 7, at Dogwood Trails Nursing Home in Woodville.
She was born Sept. 23, 1920 in Elton, La., the daughter of Asa and Niece (Langley) Poncho. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; her parents; grandchildren, Selena R. Battise and Jeremy E.K. Battise and great-grandchild, Shailey K. Abbey.
Survivors include her brother, Jameson Poncho of Elton, La.; sons and daughters-in-law, Clifton and Ardeena Battise of Livingston, Claudie Battise of Livingston and Darrell and Kara Battise of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Olivia and Harvey Williams of Livingston; grandchildren, Ken Battise, Kerwin Battise, Roddy Battise, Bonnie Battise Rodriguez, Ester Battise, Ginger Battise, Sheldon Thompson and Blanche, Devina Thompson, Lance Battise, Shannon Thompson, Regina, Tracy and Raina Thompson Morris, Beverly Abbey and Gilman, Marsha Williams, Jonathan Williams, Emily Battise, Kierston Battise, David and Kaedi Battise, Hedeia Battise, Anthony Battise and Taylor Battise; great-grandchildren, Sabrina Rodriguez, Anthony Rodriguez, Sebastian Huerta, Tiara Battise, Christian Long, Taylor and Shelby Thompson, Aaron, Austin and Adrian Thompson, Ryan, Ryanna and Rylan Thompson, Gladys, Tyreni and Tyray Abbey, Evan Williams, Skyler Thompson and Selena, Brentice, Nivagah and Jeremykk Battise; nephew, Lovelin Battise and niece, Adrian Sylestine.
Pallbearers were Sheldon Thompson, Shannon Thompson, Taylor Thompson, Sebastian Huerta, Christopher Sylestine, Ray Battise, Kerwin Battise and Ken Randall Battise. Honorary pallbearers were the Dogwood EMS of Woodville.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.







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