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Tyler County Booster - Obituaries
For the Week of April 19, 2007 - August 26, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Marcus Craig Fortenberry
  Marcus Craig Fortenberry, 53, of Woodville passed away July 28, 2007.
  Born January 23, 1954 in Woodville, Tx to Obie “O.C.” and Merline Winters Fortenberry, he lived in Tyler County most of his life.  He was a self employed contractor and an Air Force veteran.
  He was preceded in death by his father, O.C. Fortenberry and a great niece, Chayia Allison Jurecek.
  He is survived by his loving family, wife, Lois Fortenberry of Woodville; son and daughter-in-law, Tally Van and Sarah Fortenberry of  Woodville; mother, Merline Fortenberry of Woodville; brother and sister-in-law, Obie and Dawn Fortenberry of Woodville; nieces, Jennifer Welch and husband, Jeff and Carrie Jurecek and husband, Johnnie; great nieces and nephews, Hunter Welch, Christian Jurecek, Heather Elliott, Hope Elliott and Alexis Jurecek; step-sons, Charles Spurlock and William Spurlock.
 A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 2, 2007, at 6 p.m.at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother John Spanhanks officiating.
  A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhome.com
  Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

May Bell Brown Dozier Randall
  May Bell Brown Dozier Randall was born August 12, 1940 and died July 24, 2007 at her home in Town Bluff.
  May was born in Midway to David Lewis Brown and Hazel A. Tucker. She attended High School in Waller and remains friends with many of her class after all these years. She was preceded in death by her father and mother as well as a younger brother Larry Brown and two step-sons.
  May is survived by her husband Bob Randall, her brother, Lewis and wife Arlene Brown Brown, step-daughter and son-in-law, Rev. Mike and Hazel Simons, step-daughters, Theresa and Deana Dozier as well as nine step-grandchildren and step-son, Sgt. Ross M. Randall.
  Services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 27, graveside only, at Ten Mile Cemetery in Madisonville where she laid in state at the grave for one hour preceding her Celebration of Life Committal Service. Visitation was held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Jasper.
  Bob wished to thank, on May’s behalf all her dedicated friends that called and came by and even donated money and food and work in her last days as well as Lakes Area Hospice which made her going so much easier. May loved everyone and was thus admired and loved by many.
  The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Lakes Area Hospice, P. O. Box 2086, Jasper, Texas 75951.
            Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Jasper.

Walter Glaze Arnaud
  Walter Glaze Arnaud, 64, of Baytown formally of Nederland, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2007 at the San Jacinto Hospital in Baytown.
  Memorial services were held at 2 p.m.Monday, July 30, 2007 at Broussard’s 505 12th Street in Nederland with Rev. Stott officiating.
  A native of Port Arthur, Walter lived in Nederland most of his life before moving to Baytown several years ago. He was an architect with Galeswsky Architect and Associates, and served in the Texas National Guard.
  Walter was preceded in death by his father, Earl Glaze, and sister, Brenda Howell. He was survived by his wife Wanda Arnaud of Baytown; mother, Margaret Glaze of Nederland; two sons, Wayne Jeffrey Arnaud and his wife Melanie of Lumberton, Walter Jerald Arnaud of Baytown; two sisters, Paula Tallant and her husband David, and Earlyne Delahoussaye and her husband Danny both of Nederland; one brother, Harold Glaze and his wife Tami of Nederland; brother-in-law, Lanny Howell of Nederland; also three grandchildren, Kourtney, Taylor, and John.  
  Memorial contributions may to either St. Luke Hospital Heart Transplant Division, 6720 Bertner Avenue, Houston, Texas 77030 or to Community Retirement Home, 3141 Procter Street, Port Arthur, Texas 77642.
            Complete and updated information may be viewed at www.broussardsmortuary.com.

Mary Ella Mills
    Mary Ella Mills, 86, of Lufkin formerly of Woodville passed away peacefully unto her Lord on July 28, 2007.
  Born September 27, 1920 in Woodville to Carl and Ella Grimes Griffin, she along with her husband, the late Rev. Edward Mills, pastured churches for fifty-two years.  They were married for almost sixty-five years and were in the ministry most of those years. She was very active in Children’s Ministry for years.  She directed many children’s programs and Christmas musicals in the churches they pastored.  She was also an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God since 1975.  She was the Women’s Ministries Director for the Gulf Coast Section of the Assemblies of God for many years.  She had the distinct honor of being crowned the first Missionette Adult Honor Star in the South Texas District.
  She is survived by her loving family, son and daughter-in-law, Rev. James and Glenda Mills of Lufkin; daughter and son-in-law, Alice and Rev. Ken Williams of Newton; grandchildren, Mike and Amanda Mills of Mt. Belvieu, Lisa and Brian Hiatt of Mesquite, Kevin and Amanda Mills of Louisville, KY and Kristin and Ken Hicks of Richmond; great grandchildren, Clayton and Mandy Mills, Dalton Mills and Matthew Hiatt; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Lester and Lucille Mills of Jasper, Merle and Grace Hedding of Lamar, Co. and Jesse and Dorothy Mills of Marion; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
  Funeral service was held Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. R. C. Tillery and Brother Johnny Durham officiating.  Burial followed at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.  Visitation was held Monday evening at the funeral home.
 Honoring their grandmother, her grandsons served as pallbearers.
  A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhome.com
            Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Gladys Anselem Smith
Gladys Anselem Smith, 91, passed away on July 28 in Woodville.
 When Gladys trusted Christ as her Savior, the scripture Psalm 51:10 was her desire. She went to be with that Savior on July 28, 2007.  Gladys was a member of First Baptist Church, Woodville.  She was born February 11, 1916 in Lawtell, Louisiana to George and Anna Anselem.  After high school she moved to Beaumont to further her education where she met the love of her life, James R. Smith and they were married June 11, 1941.  After Jimmy finished his army service, they moved to San Antonio, Texas where they lived for several years until Jimmy was transferred to Houston, Texas.  They lived in Houston where Jimmy established Smith Business Machines and they both worked to make it successful.  When it was time to retire, they built their dream place at Warren, Texas, where they were both active in their local church as well as in the affairs of the community.  Although Gladys and Jimmy were not blessed with children of their own, they were instrumental in helping their nieces and nephews succeed in their chosen fields of endeavor.  Upon Jimmy’s death in 1978, Gladys continued to live in Warren until 1994 when she moved to Woodville in order to be near her nephew, Rodney Derouen and his wife, Alice and their family.
  In Woodville, Gladys was active in the local church where she continued to teach an adult bible study class as well as being active in mission organizations.  She went on many mission trips in the United States as well as South and Central America.  Gladys spent numerous hours visiting those who were confined at home as well as doing volunteer work in the community.
  Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Smith, her parents George and Anna Anselem, her brothers, Joseph Ray Anselem and L. G. Anselem.  Her sisters, Eunice A. Derouen, Barbara A. Foster, Lucille A. Derouen.  She is survived by her brother Archie Anselem and his wife, Gladys; Bell City, Louisiana, Sisters, Edna M. Anselem, Woodville, Texas, and Joyce Miller, Lake Charles, Louisiana.  She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
  Visitation was held from 5-8 on Monday, July 30, 2007.  Services were held at 2 p.m.  Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at Stringer and Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville, with Rev. Kenneth Cauthen, officiating.  Burial  followed immediately in Fellowship Cemetery, Warren, Texas.  Serving as pallbearers were her nephews, Rodney Derouen, Jr., Michael Derouen, Scott Derouen, Randall Miller, Guy Miller and Boyd Miller.
  The family wishes to extend a special thanks for the loving care of the Lakes Area Hospice as well as the Woodville Health and Rehabilitation Center where Gladys resided for the past several months.
  Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.
            Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a new, clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

Roberta Laverne Powell
  Roberta Laverne Powell, 68, of Zavalla passed away July 25, 2007.
  Born August 11, 1938 in Beaumont, Texas to Robert and Mary Deckert Hiroms, she lived in Tyler before moving to Zavalla 25 years ago.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her.
  Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Rebecca Powell of Zavalla; sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Hunter Gulley of Zavalla; brother, Larry Hiroms of Princeton, LA; and six grandchildren.
  A graveside service was held on Friday, July 27, 2007, at 11 a.m.at the Guidry Cemetery in Batson, Texas.  Visitation was held Thursday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home in Woodville.
  A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhome.com
            Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.







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