Tyler County Booster - Obituaries
For the Week of July 27, 2008 - August 3, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company

Hiawatha "H.Y." Gill, Sr.
Hiawatha "H.Y." Gill, Sr., This is your life.
"If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living will not be in vain"
The words in this quote describe the life of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, mentor and a dear friend to all who knew him.
"And He will wipe away every tear from thine eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning, nor outcry, nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." Revelation 21:4
Deacon Hiawatha Gill, Sr. was born March 29, 1915, the sixth child of Howard and Pashie Gill. A native of the Dies Community, he lived in the community most of his life. He accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized as a member of the Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a member, deacon, Sunday school teach, superintendent and a member of the choir. He also was a member of the choir that traveled to Singing Conventions. He found great joy in singing and serving the Lord.
Deacon Gill was married to Cressie Frazier Gill from December 22, 1934 until his death. To this union were born one daughter and seven sons. He was proud of his children and often let them know as he loved to talk. Two sons, Lou Gill and Titus Gill preceded him in death.
Hia, Dad, Father Hia and Papaw as he was affectionately called by those who truly loved him, was a hard working man who truly loved the Lord and his family. He was always available to help somebody with a project, fixing something that was broken or driving them to the doctor or other places. The word ënoí was not in his vocabulary. His greatest joy was farming and raising all the crops just so he could give to his family, friends, and neighbors. He thought this was what Jesus would do.
He leaves to celebrate his precious memories his loving wife, Cressie Frazier Gill; five sons, Arthur Gill, Jonathan (Aretha) Gill, Matthew (Allie) Gill, Howard (Lottie) Gill, Hiawatha (Laverne) Gill, Jr. all of Houston, Texas; one daughter, Ollie Gill (Joseph) Johnson of Lake Charles, Louisiana and one daughter-in-law, Serena (Lou-deceased) Gill. Relatives left to celebrate his memory are fourteen grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Doucette with burial to follow at Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. at the church. Funeral services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Martha Sue Rotan Gregory
Martha Sue Rotan Gregory, 71, of Woodville, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2008 in Beaumont, Texas.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 26th at 10:00 a.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Magnolia Cemetery all in Woodville. Officiating was Morgan Wright. Serving as pallbearers were Charles Solano, David McCleskey, Michael Scott, Joey Wheat, James E. Watts, Elliott Sumners and Eric Pike.
Visitation was held on Friday, July 25th from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Martha Sue was born December 11, 1936 to Jack & Irene Coleman Rotan in Woodville, Texas. She earned her Master’s degree with Specialization in Reading. She retired after 39 years in the teaching profession from the Woodville Independent School District May 31, 2008. Throughout her career of teaching, she challenged and inspired the lives of thousands of students with her focus on academic excellence and her tactful sense of humor. She set the standards for ethical teaching by her selflessness and concern for others. She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Gregory and parents, Jack & Irene Rotan. She is survived by her four daughters, Regina Gregory and friend, Michael Scott of Nederland, Janet McCord of Dallas, Jennifer Solano and husband, Charles and Jacquelyn McCleskey and husband, David all of Beaumont; and her granddaughter, Haley Marie Solano of Beaumont.
Memorials may be made to the Woodville Independent School District Eagle Scholarship Program, Woodville Animal Shelter - Cat Program, Odyssey Healthcare Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Helen Jean Norton Waldron
Helen Jean Norton Waldron, 76, of Kountze, died Saturday, July 19, 2008 at her residence after a lengthy illness.
Helen was born in Brookhaven, Mississippi, on October 8, 1931, to Versie and Katie Norton. She lived in this area most of her life, and was a beloved mother and grandmother and a homemaker.
She is survived by her son, Gene Norton and wife Karen of Lufkin; daughter, Katie Fillingim and husband Doug of Kountze; grandchildren, Jamie Lund and husband Danny of Lufkin, Janet Yancey and husband Jeremy of Lufkin, Tabitha Benton and husband Michael of Spurger, Krystal Cook and Sierra Cook of Kountze; great-grandchildren; Sage Yancey, Caleb Lund, and Gabriel Benton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Helen is preceded in death by her parents: Katie Bell King Norton and Versie Sidney Norton; brother Harold Butler Norton; husband Lester Elias Waldron.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road in Silsbee, with interment to follow at Old Hardin Cemetery in Kountze. A gathering of family and friends will be Tuesday, July 22, from 6 p.m. until 8 p. m. at the mortuary.

Luella Caton
Luella Caton, 91, of Houston, passed away, Thursday, July 24, 2008 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston, Texas.
Luella was born September 11, 1916 to Abner Lavert & Myrta Mae Rudd Williford in Beaumont, Texas. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her niece, Carolyn Trimble of Kingwood and nephew, Anson Woods of Houston.
Cremation services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Lester Taylor
The celebration of life for Brother Lester Taylor was held Saturday, July 12, 2008 at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Woodville. Rev. James Mitchell officiated.
He departed this life Wednesday, July 9 peacefully at his residence surrounded by his family and loved ones.
Lester leaves to cherish his memories, a long time companion, who was by his side everyday, Ms. Mary Hale; eight children, Sherry Wyatt, Quashana Gilder (Kip), Stephanie Argumon (Angelo), Anthony Gooch (Rolanda), Domieka Goodman, Chasity Riley (Jackie), Amy Goodman and Tawonna Robinson; two-stepchildren, Marquell Hale (Shannon), and Marquette Hale; 17 grandchildren; four brothers, Johnnie Taylor (Thelma), Richard Taylor (Mary Ann), Willie C. Taylor (Linda), and Cecil Taylor (Deirdre); three sisters, Beulah Hadnot (Arthur Lee), Patricia Hadnot, and Theresa Hadnot (Victor); several uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Services were under the direction of Colemanís Tyler County Funeral Home of Woodville.

Marie Leavings Ferguson
Marie Leavings Ferguson, 77, of Colmesneil, passed away, Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at Woodville Health & Rehab Center in Woodville, Texas.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 27th at 2:00 p.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Gregory Cemetery near Colmesneil. Officiating was Brother Steven Caraway. Serving as pallbearers were Eligha Leavings, Grady McClendon, Craig Holbrook, Bryan Hensarling, Kevin Sheffield and John Rawls.
Visitation was held on Saturday, July 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Marie was born July 31, 1930 to Gordon & Mattie Brockman Lummus in Call, Texas. She was a longtime resident of Colmesneil and was a member of Katy Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Enoch “Andy” Leavings; two daughters, Denise Blue and Judy Price.
She is survived by her son & daughter-in-law, Bob & Clara Ferguson of Colmesneil; brother, Rufus Lummus of Hemphill; grandchildren, Jason & Jody Ferguson, Stephanie & Don Followell and Kaci Marie Ferguson; and great grandchildren, Jayden Ferguson, Jathan Ferguson, Cory Followell and Bryan Followell.
Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Brunette “Buck” Broom
Brunette “Buck” Broom, 90, of Warren, passed away Friday, July 25, 2008 at his residence.

 Funeral services were held Monday, July 28th at 11 a.m. at the Stryker Baptist Church with burial in Stryker Cemetery all near Corrigan. Officiating were Brother Alton Harwell and Brother Paul Williams. Serving as pallbearers were Sammy Read, Ronnie Read, Donald Broom, Rusty Broom, Joey Broom and Bart Whipps. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Earl Richey, Billy Fisher and Gene Read.

 Buck was born October 16, 1917 to John Robert & Ada Purvis Broom in Corrigan, Texas. He was a former longtime resident of Anacortes, WA and had lived in Warren for the past ten years. He was retired from Shell Oil Company and was a Merchant Marine WWII veteran.

 He was preceded in death by his first wife, Aubra Cantrell Broom; three brothers, three sisters and his parents. He is survived by his wife, Geneva Broom of Warren; sons & daughters-in-law, Kenny & Koko Cantrell of Colorado Springs, CO and Royce & Barbara Sinclair of Florence, AL; daughter & son-in-law, Pat & Sherwood Bugg of Crossville, TN; sisters, Geneva Jernigan and Charles Locke both of Corrigan; eight grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville, Texas.




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