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Tyler County Booster - Obituaries
For the Week of December 16, 2007 - December 23, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Robert Lee Box
 Robert Lee Box, 78, of Chester passed away peacefully on December 17, 2007.
  Born January 21, 1929 in Walker County, he lived in Chester for many years.  He was retired from Bright Coop of Nacogdoches as a truck driver.
  He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Jo Ann Walley of Chester, Robbie P. Henry of Irving, Gwen and W. E. :Sonny” Hammonds of Wills Point and Sonja and Craig Beaty of Houston; sisters, Lillie Mae McGuire, Jessie Faye Shipp and Marilyn Nickerson all of Diboll; brothers, Don Box of Grand Prairie and Charles Box of Cut and Shoot; nine grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and many friends across several states and Nacogdoches.
  Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel.  A cremation service will be held at a later date.
 Arrangements were under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Larry Thomas, Sr.
  Larry Thomas, Sr., son of the late James Thompson and Geneva Broussard, was born December 27, 1947 in Orange, Texas.  He was a graduate of Scott High School.  After graduation he enlisted in the United States Army and was honorably discharged.  Larry married his high school sweetheart Freddie Thomas June 10, 1972.  To this union, three children were born.
  Larry accepted Christ at an early age.  He united with the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in 1972, where he was a faithful member until his death.
  On December 14, 2007, Larry departed this life.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Geneva Broussard; father, James Thompson; grandmother, Lizar Rigsby and brothers, Owen King and Joe Lee Thompson.
  He leaves to mourn his passing, wife of 35 years, Freddie Thomas of Woodville; sons, Larry Thomas, Jr. and Shelton Thomas both of Houston; and LaMarcus Bias of Beaumont;  daughter, Michele Thomas of Houston;  God-daughter, Eboni Mitchell of Beaumont; brothers & sisters-in-law, Jackie King, Leonard & Lauri Broussard, all of Woodville. Louis Randle, Raymond Randle, James, Jr. & Dorothy Thompson, Harry & Ada Thompson all of Corpus Christi, Steve & Marsha Thompson and Daniel & Michelle Thompson all of Houston; sisters & brothers-in-law, Peggy & James Bean and Armer King all of Woodville; Ida & John Simmons, Christine & Lester Jackson, Hazel & Jimmy Burris, Lavern & Johnny Hoodye and Jestine & Renoir Knox all of Corpus Christi; step mother, Earline Thompson; nine grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
  Visitation will be held on Friday, December 21st from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville.
  Funeral services will be Saturday, December 22nd at 11 a.m.at First Baptist Church of Woodville with burial in Moss Hill Cemetery near Woodville.  Officiating will be Dr. Richard Barclay and Reverend C.O. Hadnot.  Serving as pallbearers will be Harold Gregory, Robert Simmons, Joe Thomas, Jerry Bean, Gilbert Moye and Wesley Kent Smith.  Honorary pallbearers are James Bean, Sr., Oliver Barclay, Sr., Eddie Abram, Albert Barclay, Brad King and Nathaniel Adams.
            Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville, Texas.

Mae Overstreet
  Mae Overstreet, 86, of Baytown, passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 in a local hospital.  She was born September 25, 1921 in Warren, Texas.
  Mae was a longtime resident of Baytown, retired from Lee College after 15 years as executive secretary to the Dean of Students.  She loved painting and created over 75 works in her short career as an artist.  She and her husband also enjoyed extensive traveling throughout the United States and Canada.  Some of her happiest times were fishing with her husband at Sam Rayburn.  She loved her piano and enjoyed singing, baking and being with family and friends.  She was a member of Cedar Bayou Baptist Church and had an avid interest in the building program.  Her church was a big part of her life.  She was also a member of the Order Of  The Eastern Star.
  Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Emmitt Overstreet; parents, Beryl and Eunice Outlaw; brothers, Willis J. Read, Ansel Read, Dallas Read, Frenchy Read; sister, Esma Owens.  She is survived by her son, Orval Overstreet of Houston; daughters, Aranna Overstreet of Cleveland and Lee Overstreet of Houston.
  Her family will receive friends at Navarre Funeral Home Friday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral service will be Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 505 Rollingbrook Dr, Baytown, TX 77521, with Dr. Mark Broussard and Dr. Jim Parker officiating.  Burial will follow at 3:00 P. M. at the Fellowship Cemetery in Warren, Texas.
  To view the online obituary or to post a tribute for the family, go to www.navarrefuneralhome.com
            Arrangements are under the direction of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX, 77521, (281) 422-8111.

Roger Dale McKee
  Roger Dale McKee, 57, of Woodville, passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2007 at the Tyler County Hospital in Woodville, Texas.
  Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 21st at 10:00 a.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Egypt Cemetery near Colmesneil.  Officiating was Rev. Randy Herrington and Rev. Jesse Brecheen.  Serving as pallbearers were Randy McKee, Johnny McKee, Brian McKee, Allen McKee, Kevin McKee Thomas Randall McKee and Rayford Martin.
  Visitation was held on Tuesday, November 20th from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
  Roger was born November 24, 1949 to James Joseph & Louise Conner McKee in Colmesneil, Texas.  He was a longtime resident of Tyler County and was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran.  He was a member of Hopewell First Congregational Methodist Church.
  He was preceded in death by his sisters, Pat Finley and Ola Stanford.  He is survived by his brothers & sisters-in-law, John & Doris McKee of Woodville, Royce & Gwen McKee of Jasper, James & Joyce McKee of Warren, Kenneth McKee of Nederland, Tommy McKee of Warren and Ray & Marlene McKee of Woodville; sisters & brothers-in-law, Betty Nichols of Woodville, Verbie & Elsie Oates of Colmesneil, Jerrie & Jim Rawls of Woodville and Linda & James Henry of Colmesneil; and numerous nieces and nephews.
            Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Shirley Elaine Oeltjen Hill
  Shirley Elaine Oeltjen Hill, 68, of Cypress, Tx passed away December 16, 2007.
  She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond K. Hill and mother-in-law, Addie Mae Hill.
  Mrs. Hill is survived by her loving daughters, Tammy Logston and Shari Tullis; five grandchildren, one great grandchild and a sister-in-law, Brenda Johnston of Woodville.
  Funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 19, 2007, at 3 p.m. at the Klein Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel in Tomball.  Visitation was held Tuesday at Klein Funeral Home in Tomball.  A graveside service will be held Thursday, December 20, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Colmesneil City Cemetery.
  A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhome.com
            Local arrangements were under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Otis A. Mann 
  Otis A. Mann, 86, passed away December 16, 2007 in Nebraska.
  He is preceded in death by his wife, Violet Mann and parents, Otis and Katy Mann.
  Mr. Mann is survived by his loving son and daughter-in-law, Mel and Sharon Mann of Omaha, NE; sisters, Eloise Parks and Sadie Lee Pickett.
  A graveside service will be held Thursday, December 20, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the Mann Cemetery with Rev. Ross Shelton officiating.
  Memorials may be made to the Nature Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Dr, Ste. 100, Arlington, VA 22203.
  A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhome.com
            Arrangements were under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.







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