Tyler County Booster - Obituaries
For the Week of April 13, 2008 - April 20, 2008
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Velma Sumrall
  Velma Sumrall, 99, of Hillister, passed away, Friday, April 4, 2008 at Woodville Health & Rehab.
  Funeral services were Tuesday, April 8th at 2 p.m. at the Hillister Baptist Church with burial in Allison Cemetery near Warren.  Officiating was Brother Clark A. Mahoney. Serving as pallbearers were Al Prichard, Bud Ware, Charles Pope, Richard Dean, Garry Mattingly and Mike Whitley.
  Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 7th at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville.
  Velma was a graduate of Woodville I.S.D. and Stephen F. Austin University.  She was a retired teacher from Woodville I.S.D. where she taught for 23 years from 1954-1977.  She began her teaching career in 1931 at the Hopewell School on the Jasper Highway where she taught until 1939.  She also taught in Laurel, Mississippi for 3 years.
  She was preceded in death by her grandson, Christopher Lee Sumrall.  She is survived by her son & daughter-in-law, Fred Holt & Carol Sumrall of Deer Park; sister, Hazel Robinson of Woodville; nephews, David DeRamus, James DeRamus & Ronald Holt; nieces, Jo Harry DeRamus, Mary Ann DeRamus and Marla Mehan.
            Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Nelva Black Elliott
  Nelva Black Elliott, 93, of Warren passed away in Houston on April 5, 2008.  She was born in Warren on December 11, 1914 to Elbert Black and Stella Beaty Black who preceded her in death.  She was also predeceased by a baby daughter, Shirley Ann Elliott and Herman Elliott, her husband of 56 years, her two sisters, Sybil Moye and Varue Hatton and a niece, Jo Frances Hatton Thompson.
  She is survived by two daughters, Mary Nell Gardner and husband, Wilbern of Kountze and Jane Nierman and husband, Steve of Houston.  She is also survived by two granddaughters, Elizabeth Jane Gardner Davis and husband, Cory of Nolensville, TN and Cathleen Nelva Gardner of Flower Mound, TX; three great grandchildren, Elliott Graham Cullen Davis, Scarlett Elizabeth Spencer Davis and Sloane Corrinne Gardner Davis all of Nolensville, TN.
  Other survivors include nephews, Judge Billy Darrell Moye of Mt. Pleasant, TX, Charles “Buddy” Hatton of Jefferson, TX; niece,e Jackie Hatton Baker of Mt. Pleasant, TX and numerous great nieces and nephews, great, great nieces and nephews and cousins and a brother-in-law, Billy Jack Elliott of Jasper, Tx.
  Mrs. Elliott was a member of the church of Christ.  She and her husband were charter members of the Nederland church of Christ and the Warren church of Christ.  At the time of her death, she was the oldest member and the last surviving charter member of the church of Christ in Warren.
  She was the Valedictorian of the Warren High School class of 1931.  She was a graduate of the University of Houston and a teacher for 27 years.
  Visitation was held Monday evening at the Riley Funeral Home.  Funeral services were held at the Warren church of Christ on Tuesday, April 8, at 10 a.m. with Keith Hatton, Tommie Qualls, Roger Thompson and Scott Mitchell officiating.  Burial followed at Allison Cemetery in Warren.
  Serving as pallbearers were Johnnie Brandon, Carroll Conner, Bill Elliott, Charles “Buddy” Hatton, Jerry Hatton, Davis Hatton, Conrad Kincaid, Lanny Milton, Billy Darrell Moye and James “Shorty” Skinner.
  Memorial donations may be made to the Warren church of Christ, P.O. Box 423, Warren, Tx 77664 or Good News International, P.O. Box 447, Okemah, OK 74859.
  A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhome.com
            Funeral services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Janie Pate Liss
  Janie Pate Liss, 64, of Colmesneil, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2008 at her residence.
  Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 9th at 2:00 p.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Campground Cemetery.  Officiating will be Dr. Raymond A. Parker.  Serving as pallbearers are her nephews, James Pate, Ricky Pate, Russell Pate, Joey Pate, Darion Pate and Dennis Pate.
  Visitation was held on Tuesday, April 8th from 5 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
  Janie was born February 27, 1944 to Samuel & Lillie Mae Snider Pate in Woodville, Texas.  She was formerly the Tyler County Auditor in the early 1980's and had retired from the trucking industry.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel & Lillie Mae Pate; husband, David Liss; daughters, Paula and Kelly and her granddaughter, Jordan Largent.  She is survived by her daughter & son-in-law, Pam & Richard Best of Colmesneil; step daughter, Tanya and husband David Deffenbough of Tahlequa, OK; brothers & sisters-in-law, Jesse & Barbara Pate of Hemphill and Jimmie & Margaret Pate of Woodville; sister, Billie Wilkinson of Vidor; grandchildren, Rodney Bowen, Jr., Hope Bowen, Macy DuBose, Josie Jeffcoat, Samantha Best, Jason & Stephanie Best, Alissa Deffenbough and Dalton Deffenbough; great grandchildren, Anna Whitaker, Zaidyn Bowen, Grace Best and Kaitlyn Griffin and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
            Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

James Lonnie Howell
    James Lonnie Howell, 82, of Chester went home to be with the Lord April 4, 2008 at Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, Tx.
  A native of Lawton, Ok, he lived in Chester most of his life.  He was a retired equipment operator for Champion.  He served as a deacon for Caney Creek Baptist Church for 33 years.  He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all who knew him.
  He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Naomi Howell; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Linda Howell, Sr. of Chester and James “Shorty” and Connie Howell of Vidor; daughters and son-in-law, Vicki and Markie Frankens of Diboll and Bobbie Sue Kromeich of Chester; ten grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren.
  Funeral service was held Monday, April 7, 2008, at 1 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel withBrother Mark Martin, Brother Morgan Wright, Johnny Girardo and Markie Frankens. Burial followed at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Chester.  Visitation was held Sunday evening at the funeral home.
  Serving as pallbearers were David Howell, Mark Frankens, John Fuller, Bo Chandler, Travis Josey and Shorty Howell.
  A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhome.com
            Funeral services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.



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