Tyler County Booster - Obituaries
For the Week of August 3, 2008 - August 10, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company

William Richard 'Dick' Holtby
  William Richard ìDickî Holtby went home to Heaven at 3:50 p.m. on the 28th of July 2008 in Beaumont, TX. 
  He is survived by his wife of 64 years Mrs. Jane Russell Holtby, two sons Richard Russell Holtby and Clifford Scott Holtby.  He was preceded in death by a son William Timothy Holtby.  He is also survived by three granddaughters Angela Nicole Love, Tisho nieces, cousins and friends.
  He served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during WWII as a Third Class Petty Officer.  After 37 years of service he retired as #1 Engineer of the Special Projects Group from Mobil Chemical in Beaumont. A member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, he was the Senior Menís Sunday School Teacher.  A loving husband, father and pa pa, he enjoyed hunting and fishing in Deep East Texas
  Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2008, at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Jasper with burial to follow at Fairview Cemetery.  Visitation will be 10 a.m. until 11: a. m. Thursday, July 31, 2008 at the church.
  Memorials may be made to The Sinclair Childrenís Home, 207 N. Nelluis, Woodville, Texas 75979.
            Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Jasper. (409)384-5781

Lynda Sue Ledbetter
 Lynda Sue Ledbetter, 60, of Cleveland passed away August 2, 2008 in Galveston, Texas.
  Born April 18, 1948 in Houston, Tx to Emory ìEddieî Ledbetter and Doris Ruth Lee Ledbetter, she lived in Cleveland for many years.  She worked at Premier Marketing.
  She was preceded in death by her father, Emory Ledbetter and one son, Duell Donice Sanford.
  She is survived by her mother, Ruth Ledbetter of Cleveland; sister, Patricia Ann Ledbetter of Crosby; nieces, Leida Corino and husband, Ed of Humble and their child, Allison and Leigh Ellis and husband, Kris of Conroe and their children, Taylor and Audrey and other family members and friends.
  Funeral service was held Tuesday, August 5, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home with Brother Steve Waldrep, Sr. officiating.  Burial followed at Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville.  Visitation was held Tuesday from 12 noon until time of service.
Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Raymond Allen Tyler            
  Funeral services for Raymond Allen Tyler, 48, of Corrigan, were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, August 5, 2008 in the Corrigan Funeral Home in Corrigan. Brother Ralph Johnston and Brother Ronnie Lueman officiated. Interment followed in the Clifton Cemetery in Nacogdoches.
  Mr. Tyler was born July 29, 1960 in Houston and passed away Saturday, August 2 in Corrigan. He was a medical technician for the Rusk State Hospital and a member of the Happy Valley Pentecostal Church. He is preceded in death by his parents Elvie and Mary (Hobgood) Tyler.
  He is survived by his sons; Matthew Tyler and Josh Tyler of Nacogdoches; daughter and fiancé, Lindsey Tyler and Wes Cockrell of Corrigan; daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Mitchell Vick of Nacogdoches; brothers and sister-in-law, Elvie ìBuddyî and Carolyn Tyler of Colmesneil, and Ralph Tyler of Houston; sisters and brother-in-law, Rhonda and Patrick Cherry of Chester, and Patsy Fisher of Chester; grandson, Nicholas Ingle of Nacogdoches; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
  Pallbearers were Floyd "Butch" Homniok, Danny Tyler, J. D. Keefer, Dwight Cherry, Austin Cherry, Justin Cherry, Joseph Keefer, Bryan Homniok, Elvie Tyler, Danny Grant, Ryan Tyler, and Kyle Keefer.
            Services were under the direction of Corrigan Funeral Home, Inc.

Stella Marie Ibeck
 Stella Marie Ibeck, 94, of Woodville passed away August 3, 2008 at the Tyler County Hospital.
  Born April 6, 1914 in Falls County, Texas to Willie A. and Una Ashley Preslar, she lived in Beaumont most of her life before moving to Woodville eight years ago.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew and loved her.  She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
 She is survived by her loving children, Billie Jane Lewelling of Woodville and William Arnold Ibeck of Lumberton; seven grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, August 5, 2008, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Rick Lewelling and Dr. Mike David officiating.  Burial will be held at a later date due to the weather.  Visitation was held Monday evening at the funeral home.
 Honoring their grandmother, her grandsons served as her pallbearers.
 Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

James Alvers Johnson
  James Alvers Johnson, 66, of Bandera, Texas, passed away July 26, 2008.  Funeral services were held at the Labby Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, in De Ridder, Louisiana, at 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 30.  Officiating was Rev. Arlen Smith.  Burial was conducted at the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Cravens, Louisiana. 
  Mr. Johnson is survived by: Son, Michael “Dusty” Jeter and wife, Susan Leigh of Bandera, TX, Daughters, Etta Latane Johnson and husband, Steve of Dothan, AL, Marilyn Diane Krolczyk of Prince Fredrick, MD, Brother, John P. Johnson and wife Phyllis of DeRidder, LA, Sisters, Betty J. Cunningham and husband Rickey of DeRidder, LA, Magdalene Afeman and husband Larry Jerral of Hineston, LA, Kolean”Kokie” Gill and husband Ronnie of DeRidder, LA, Mother, Ezell White Johnson of DeRidder, LA, Grandchildren, Cody Rane Johnson, Zoe Latane Johnson, Bradley Shane Krolczyk, Brian Anthony Krolczyk and Anton John Krolczyk. He was preceded in death By: Wife, Mary Etta Johnson, son, Milton Russell Jeter, Father, Mitchell Winfred Johnson, Brother, George T. Johnson, Grandparents, George and Beedie White and Thomas Mitchell and Rosella Johnson.
            Mr. Johnson was a native of Cravens, Louisiana, graduate of Pitkin High School and lived most of his adult life in Houston and Warren, Texas.  He was a true sportsman who loved fishing and hunting.  He was a member of the Houston Bass Club and Big Thicket Bass Club.  The family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, Hospice Care or a charity of choice.

Mary Jane 'Janie' Stafford
  Mary Jane "Janie" Stafford, 86, of Woodville passed away peacefully unto the Lord on August 5, 2008.
  Born September 16, 1921 in Warren, Tx to R.E. and Mary Davis McNeill, she lived in Tyler County all of her life.  She was retired from Keller Industries as an insulator with 22 years of service.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to all who knew and loved her.
  She was preceded in death by her husband, H.A. "Bouncer" Stafford; son, Albert Lewis "Bo" Stafford; daughter, Beatrice "Bea" Mitcham; and grandsons, James Ed McCullum and Jerry Albert "Toe-Joe" Mitcham.
  She is survived by her loving family, daughter and son-in-law, Bobbie and Jimmy McCullum if Warren; son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Abbie Stafford of Woodville; son-in-law, Roy Mitcham of Woodville; six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.
  Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 7, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Mark Smith and Brother Ken Cauthen officiating.  Burial will follow at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Woodville.  Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
   Honoring their grandmother, her grandsons and great grandsons will serve as her pallbearers.
            Services are held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Ralph Winston Seamans, Sr.
 Ralph Winston Seamans, Sr., 72, of Silsbee passed away July 31, 2008 in Houston.
  Born July 8, 1936 in Woodville, Tx to the late Clarence E. and Zelda Vinson Seamans, he lived in Hardin County most of his life.  He attended Sam Houston State University.  He served with the Texas Department of Public Safety with 35 years of service as a State Trooper and a Texas Ranger.  He was a pitcher on the minor League Baseball team, Oklahoma Indians and an Army Veteran.
  He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Beverly Seamans of Silsbee; son and daughter-in-law, Ralph W. and Kezia Seamans of Lumberton and their children, Lucas and Corbon; daughter and son-in-law, Dawn D. and Kevin Krafft of Boise, ID and their children, Daniel and Rachael.
  Funeral services were held Sunday, August 3, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home in Woodville with Rev. Fred Raney officiating..  Burial followed at Seamans Cemetery in Chester. Visitation was held Saturday evening at the funeral home.
  Serving as pallbearers were Joe W. Haralson, Dennis M. Allen, Bobby Franklin, Truman Dougharty, Red Cooper, and Jim Groom.
  Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

John ‘J.W.’ Willson
  John ‘J.W.’ Willson, 85, of Chester and formerly of Nederland, died Thursday, July 31, 2008 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. A native of Chester, Mr. Willson lived in Nederland from 1946 to 1983 and has resided in Chester for the last 25 years.
  Funeral Service will be 2 p.m. Monday, August 4, 2008 at Chester Baptist Church in Chester. Interment will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Chester under the direction of Broussard’s in Nederland. A gathering of family and friends will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, August 3, 2008 at the mortuary in Nederland.
  Mr.Willson was a deacon at First Baptist Church in Nederland and Chester Baptist Church. He began a banking career in Nederland in 1946 as one of the first employees helping open Nederland State Bank . After starting as teller, he continued his career for 37 years retiring as Senior Vice-President. He was a member of the Lions Club of Chester and the Optimist Club in Nederland.
  Mr. Willson is survived by his daughters, Barbara Newman and husband Marvin of Orange and Mary Beitel and husband Jay of San Antonio; sons, John T. Willson and wife Beth of Port Neches and Billy Willson and wife Jennifer of Nederland; grandchildren, Amanda Newman, Angela Ewing and husband, B.J., Brittany Newman, Brett Willson, Brandon Willson, Cody Beitel, Clay Beitel, Stephanie Johnson and husband, Aaron and Jared Willson. Mr. Willson is also survived by 2 great grandchildren and a  sister, Mary Felton and her husband Charles of Tyler as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Willson.
  We would like to extend a special thank you to the Doctors and staff of the Neuro ICU at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont and at Promise Hospital in Nederland for the care of our loved one.
  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Willson’s memory may be directed to Chester Baptist Church P.O. Box 37 Chester, Texas 75936 or Chester Lions Club P. O. Box 76, Chester, Texas 75936.
            Complete and updated information may be viewed at www.broussardsmortuary.com.



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