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Tyler County Booster- April 19, 2009 - April 26, 2009
Jack N. Grounds, 81, of Zavalla passed away peacefully on April 19, 2009. Born January 6, 1928 in Houston, Tx to the late William and Mae Bess Smith Grounds, he lived in Zavalla for many years. A loving husband, father, and grandfather, he was a retired road superintendent for Owens-Illinois and a Navy Veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Dotty Grounds. Left to cherish his memory are his children, daughter, Becky Graham and husband Jamie of Colmesneil; son, Johnny Grounds and wife, Rhonda of Zavalla; step son, Woody Woodson and wife, Judy of Zavalla;grandchildren, Kenneth Woodson, Robert Lawson and Jared Graham; two step-granddaughters, Brandy Woodson and Kristi Gordy; five great-grandchildren and numerous other family members and friends. Funeral service was held Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Rockland City Cemetery. Visitation was held Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were Robert Lawson, Jerry Graham, Ray Young, Woody Woodson, Art Vogel and Kenneth Woodson. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Jack Graham and Skiet Reynolds Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.
Ashlei Michelle Paul Odom, 22, of Spurger, Texas passed away April 14, 2009. Ashlei lost her battle with an illness and went home to be an angel. She is survived by her husband, Heber John Odom and their son, Jace Tyler Odom of Spurger; parents, Gary and Wanda Clements of Humble; sisters, Sera Clements of Spurger and Kaitlyn Clements of Norman, OK; brother, Parker Clements of Humble; grandparents, Gene and Barbara Farrar of Indian Springs; in-laws, Milton and Betty Odom of Spurger; sisters-in-law, Emelie Odom and Megan Odom of Spurger and Sara Fregia and husband, Kevin of Vidor; brother-in-law, Jarome Odom of Spurger; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Ashlei was a 2004 graduate of Spurger High School where she was a cheerleader and played volleyball, basketball, tennis and ran track. She married her high school sweetheart, Heber Odom, in 2005. Their son, Jace was born in 2006. Ashlei touched everyone in some way. Our Lord and Savior has taken her home and she will be truly missed by all. Funeral service was held Sunday, April 19, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Gordon McCabe officiating. Burial followed at Town Bluff Cemetery near Woodville. Visitation was held Saturday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were Milton Odom, Jarome Odom, Marcus McCabe, Johnathan Murphy, Clayton Odom, Dennis Youst and Justin McCabe. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.
Rhoda Dove Scott passed away Sunday, January 18,2009, in Woodville, Texas. Born January 5,1921, in Pineville, Louisiana, to Lillian Austin Dove and Charles Webster Dove. The fourth of eight children, she attended elementary school in Warren and graduated at sixteen Rhoda Scottfrom Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur. On November 7, 1940, she and Willard Thomas Scott married in Pascagoula, Mississippi. To the loving couple were born Sue, Bill, and her much loved baby, Kay. Preceded in death by her husband, W.T., her son. Bill, her parents, and five siblings. She is survived by her daughters Kay Scott and Sue Wood, son-in-law Robert Wood, brothers. Billy Dove (Jenny) and James Dove (Mary), sisters-in-law, Addie Pearl Dove (Harry) and Dorothy Dove (C.W.), grandchildren, Jennifer Lewis Otto (Jason), Paul Lewis (Stephanie), Angela Scott, Will Scott (Tami), Cody Scott (Michelle), Emily Wood Bell (Brian), Thomas Wood (Andrea), and six great-grandchildren. In addition, she is missed by numerous nieces and nephews and special friends Kim Byrd, Calvin Meyer, and Esther Womack. Mamaw was a giving mother and grandmother. She always had time for her grandchildren, and they miss her dearly. She also loved to garden, dance, and casino trips (not in that order!). A special thank you to the staff of Dogwood Trails Manor for their loving care of our Mamaw for the past two years. Scottie continued her generosity after death by donating her body to Baylor College of Medicine. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date.
Brandon Demond Hart, age 19, was born April 13, 1989 in Woodville, Texas to Belinda Hart-Williams of Woodville, Texas and Douglas Ford of Lufkin, Texas. Brandon leaves to mourn his loss and cherish his memories, Mother, Belinda Hart-Williams of Woodville, Texas, Father, Douglas and Stepmother Connie of Lufkin, Texas, Brothers, Michael Hart of Beaumont, Texas, Christian Williams and Carrington Marendez of Woodville, Texas, Michael Ford and Cory Hadnot both of Lufkin, Texas. Maternal Grandparents, Billy and Irene Hart of Doucette, Texas. Paternal Grandparents, Estella Ford of Lufkin, Texas. Aunts and Uncles, Eric and Vonita Hart of Tyler, Texas, Felicia Hart of Houston, Texas, Roger Gold, Robert Gold, Luther Ford, Renee’ Watts, all of Lufkin, Texas, Godmother, Evette Hart of Lufkin, Texas and a host of nieces, cousins and friends. Brandon was a 2007 graduate of Woodville High School. He was currently attending Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas where he was a sophomore. He had plans of transferring to Stephen F. Austin to pursue his dreams of being a coach. During his years of high school, he was member of the student council. His senior year he served as class president. He was also a member of the basketball and track teams at Woodville High School. Some of his accomplishments included receiving 1st Team All District in basketball and going to State in track. He was employed with the Boys & Girls Club of Lufkin, Texas, where he loved coaching children. He also coached with the Woodville Youth Football League and the Little Dribblers basketball teams of Woodville. Brandon also worked with the children of Camp Niwana. Brandon touched the lives of all those that he came in contact with. He was a young man of God and he had a heart of gold. He aspired to helping others, particularly children. Though his family, friends and all those acquaintances he met along the way will Greatly miss him, we know that he is home where he wanted to be, looking down on us all with that warm smile. He made a lasting impression on everyone. Brandon departed this earth on April 6, 2009. Funeral services were held for him on April 10, 2009 at the Woodville Eagle Summit under the direction of Coleman’ Funeral Home of Woodville. We Love You and Miss You Brandon. “Stop Telling God How Big Your Storm Is and Start Telling Your Storm How Big God Is”
Valmore Edward “Ed” Goebel, Sr. Born April 28, 1936, in Dallas Texas and passed away April 15, 2009, at Harbor Hospice House in Beaumont, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father Fred Goebel and mother Marjorie Sellers, two sisters, Valorie Ratliff and Ann Nolan; two daughters, Debra Goebel, Cheryl and Gary of Austin, Texas, and wife Dottie Goebel. He is survived by his children, Donna Searcy and husband Donny of Schertz, Texas, VidaleHerrington and husband Scot of Ft. Gordon, Georgia, Valmore Edward Goebel, Jr. and wife Suzie of Jasper, Texas, Rohonda Goebel, Dodie Goodman and husband Bill of Houston, Texas, Tammy Burgess and husband William of Texas City, Texas, Stacey Jarrard of Florida and Jerry “Tiger” Smith and wife Amy of Houston, Texas. He had 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was loved very much, and we will miss him.
Tiffany Michell Williams, 23, of Warren passed away April 18, 2009 in Hardin County. Born September 19, 1985 in Roundrock, Tx to Monty Barry and Melody Martin, she lived in Warren for many years. She was preceded in death by her sister, Melissa Rippy. Those left to cherish her memory are her father, Monty Barry and wife, Maria of Lamesa, N.M.; mother, Melody Martin of Warren; sister, Kimberly Grabow and husband, Fred of Heartland, Wis.; sons, Bryston, Evadin and Devon and numerous other relatives and friends. A cremation service was held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.