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East Texas News - Obituaries
Tyler County Booster- July 19, 2009 - August 2, 2009

C.M. Knight
C. M. Knight, 83, of Woodville passed peacefully on July 22, 2009. C. M., the 7th child of Pearl Mae Mann and Christopher Columbus Knight, was born January 21, 1926 in Cherokee-Dies Community. He attended school in Chester, Colmesneil and Woodville, played basketball and graduated in 1944. In August of that same year, C. M. enlisted in the Army. He went to boot camp at Camp Walters in Mineral Wells, then left from San Francisco with lots of other young men destined for Luzon, Philippines. He was with Company C 20th Infantry 6th Division in the U. S. Army during WWII. After the war, he was involved in the occupation of Mokpo, Korea for 13 months and was discharged in August 1946 with a ranking of Sergeant First Class. Upon discharge he went to work for Texaco Refinery in Port Arthur, where he worked for 38 years. C. M. and Ruby married December 7, 1946 and lived in Groves for 34 years where they raised all four of their daughters. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #495, A Deacon of First Baptist Church and a member of O.E.S. Chapter, all of Woodville. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Ruby P. Rawls Knight; daughters and sons-in-law, Auary Gondron and husband, Glenn of Doucette, Janis Baker and husband James G. of Lumberton, Rita Stroud and husband, James, Jr. of Port Arthur, Debbie Seifert and husband, Ronald of Pleasanton; sister, Beatrice Opal Knight Childress of Groves; grandchildren, Laurie and Bubba Ainsworth, Deena and Heath Garsee, Dawn and Kevin Starling, Shane and Lauren Martin, Tammy and Shawn Messina, Patty and Fred Groover, Amanda and Sean Hamilton, Christopher and Tiffany Stroud, Christina and Alan Ware, James A. Baker, Reynard Seifert, Katrina and Benjamin Cachau; great grandchildren, Seth Slawson, Autumn Hudson, Shay and Seth Garsee, Dillon, Dalton and Dustin McAbee, Taryn, Austyn and Abbygail Meaux, Alexis and Shawn Messina, Jr., Caley Hamilton, Ariana Martin, Taylor Ware, Melissa and Tommy Prince; and two great, great grandchildren, Brie and Brailey Prince. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Coy Lee Knight Watts; brothers, D. C. (2 years old), Virgle, Leon and Willie B. Knight. Funeral service was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with Dr. Raymond Parker and Mark Tolar officiating. A masonic graveside service was held at Ferrell Cemetery in Hollyfork near Woodville under the Woodville Masonic Lodge #495. Visitation was held Friday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were Christopher Stroud, James A. Baker, Reynard Seifert, Seth Slawson, Fred Grover, Jr., Richard Knight, and Casey Gerald. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Wilson, Dillon, Dalton and Dustin McAbee and Austyn Meaux. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Billy Blalock
Billy Earl Blalock, 75, of Diboll passed away peacefully on July 24, 2009. Born January 26, 1934 in Crockett, Texas to the late William and Josephine Crawford Blalock, he lived in Chester, Tx most of his life before moving to Diboll eight years ago. He was a retired tool pusher for Windson and Son. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Tammy Blalock. He is survived by his son, Billy Joe Blalock and wife, Janet of Diboll; daughter, Patricia Hunt of Nacogdoches; granddaughter, Brandy Blalock; step grandson, Johnny Phillips; and great grandson, Kendall Blalock. A graveside service was held Monday, July 27, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Chester with Brother Richard Gray officiating.

Ona McAlister
Ona Marie Woodrome McAlister, 71, of Woodville passed away peacefully unto her Lord on July 23, 2009. Born January 1, 1938 in Humble, Tx to the late Albert and Avis McDonald Woodrome, she lived in Beaumont before moving to Woodville twelve years ago. She was retired as an accounting supervisor with First Federal Savings with twenty-one years of service. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and friend to all who knew and loved her and a member of the Dogwood Hills Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Ronald David McAlister, a brother, Alton Woodrome, and a sister, Juanell Toney. She is survived by her loving husband, David McAlister; daughter, Yulunda Karen McAlister of Bay St. Louis, Miss. and a host of other family members and friends. Funeral service was held Sunday, July 26, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Dogwood Hills Baptist Church with Brother Chad Barnes officiating. Burial followed at Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville. Visitation was held Saturday evening at the funeral home. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.


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