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East Texas News - Obituaries
Tyler County Booster- December 14, 2008 - December 21, 2008

Wayne Davenport, Jr.
  Wayne Davenport, Jr., 45, of Woodville, passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at his residence.
  Wayne was born May 2, 1963 in Texas.  He was a longtime resident of Woodville and had been a chef for several oil & gas companies on their oil rigs.
  He is survived by his wife, Natalie Jo Davenport of Woodville.
            Cremation services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Wesley Earl Smith
 Wesley Earl Smith, 51, of Warren passed away peacefully unto the Lord on December 9, 2008.
 Born September 18, 1957 in Woodville, Tx to B.J. and Ruby Norton Smith, he lived in Tyler County most of his life.  He was a senior production foreman for Noble Energy, Inc with 17 years of service.  Wesley was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Warren.
  He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Marietta Reese Smith; daughters, Ashly Smith Black and husband, Caleb of Warren and Kelly Nicole Smith of Warren; granddaughter, Natalie Ann Black of Warren; parents, B.J. and Ruby Norton Smith of Hillister; brother, B. A. Smith and wife, Linda of Hillister; sisters, Linda Sue Williams of Hillister and Ruby Ann Maclin and husband, Charles of Hillister; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ronnie and Marilyn Reese of Warren and Vickie Hollis of Humble; seven nieces, two nephews, five great nephews and two great nieces; and a host of other family members and friends.
  Funeral service was held Thursday, December 11, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bobby Hoffpauir and Brother Troy Richardson officiating.  Burial followed at Fellowship Cemetery in Warren. Visitation was held Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
 Serving as pallbearers were Billy Fondren, Dick Johnston, R. L. Mitchell, Ragan Bounds, Rodney Derouen, Roy Hicks and Ray Wilson.
 Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Richard Bratton Davis, Jr.
  Richard Bratton Davis, Jr. was born August 6, 1942 in Gulfport , MS to Richard B. and Ruth Salyer Davis. Richard spent his early years in Refugio , TX , graduating from high school in Kerrville . Like his father, he was a veteran of the US Navy.
  Richard earned his Bachelor of Science at Texas A&M, his Masters at Texas A&I in Kingsville , and his PhD in Psychology at East Texas State at Commerce, TX. Highly respected in his field, Richard practiced psychology at the Big Spring State Hospital , Rio Grande MHMR, Nueces County MHMR, Corpus Christi State School , entering private practice in 1999. In retirement, Richard and Cheryl Scurlock Davis, his wife of 37 years, lived in Corpus Christi until 2006 when they moved to Woodville , TX .
  Richard is survived by his loving wife, his four children, Christine, Bob, Steve and Ami, his sister Julie, and his beloved grandchildren Danielle, Grace, Katie, Philip, Noah, Bailey, and Taylor. Those who love him knew Richard to be a consummate conversationalist with a keen curiosity, a compassionate humanitarian, a true and loyal friend, and a deeply devoted husband and father. Richard died at his home in Woodville December 9th.
  Funeral service was held Friday, December12, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home    Chapel in Woodville with The Rev. Steve Secaur officiating.   Burial followed at the Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville.  Visitation was held Friday from 10 a.m. until time of service.
  Serving as pallbearers were Steven Davis, Lindsey Scurlock, Bob Davis, Todd Jarrell, Bob Hanson and Willie Sutton.
            Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Gail Marie Elder
June 29, 1922 – Dec. 11, 2008
  Gail Marie Elder went to sleep in death peacefully in the home of her daughter in Woodville, Texas on December 11, 2008 after a lengthy illness.   Her daughter, son-in-law and friend, Jamie Hendershot were with her in her last hours.
  Gail was born in Roane County, West Virginia to Everett and Amma Cook (née Francisco) on June 29, 1922.  She later resided in Nitro, West Virginia and later near Cross Lanes, West Virginia.  Preceding Gail in death were her husband, Harry L. Elder; sons Russell David Elder, and Harry L. ‘Bud’ Elder, Jr., and daughter Rebekah Gilb and grandsons Michael Gilb, and Charles Nutter, Jr..  Also her brothers Gilbert Cook, Ralph Cook, Paul Cook, Roland Cook, and her sisters Goldie Ethel Rowh, Loraine M. Ingram, and Irene G. Martin.  Surviving Gail are her sons Pastor Michael D. Elder and his wife Janet of Ripley, West Virginia, Timothy Cook and his wife Jeanne of Nitro, West Virginia, and her daughters Phyllis R. ‘Cissy’ Metcalf and her husband C. D. ‘Dan’ Metcalf of Woodville, Texas, and Susan E. Nutter and her ex-husband Charles Nutter of Charleston, West Virginia, and son-in-law L. C. ‘Carl’ Gilb of Austin, Texas and daughter-in-law Sharon Elder of Valley Bend, West Virginia.  Surviving also are twelve grandchildern, two step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.  Gail is also survived by many dear nieces and nephews and cousins.
  Gail led a very difficult and interesting life.  Born in pre-depression years and raised during the depression, Gail learned to make the best of hard times with her winning smile and enchanting personality.  She married her husband Harry in 1939 and worked at Libbey-Owens Glass Plant and was also employed during World War II in the defense industries making casings for explosives.   After her husband was severely injured in a work related accident, she went to work as a waitress and provided housekeeping services for many individuals – anything to support her family.  She was a loving and kind mother and also caregiver to her husband, along with being there in the time of need for any siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  She never knew the words, “I can’t” or “I’m busy” or “I’m too tired.”  Her family and friends were grateful for two life lessons that she taught:  how to endure through hard times, never giving up and how to turn a giggle into uproariously funny, tear-streaming, side-splitting, unable-to-catch-your-breath laughter over the smallest and most of silly things.
  Gail was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the mid-1970’s.  She came firmly to believe in Jehovah’s promise of a coming paradise earth and a resurrection of the dead due to the ransom sacrifice of our King and Savior Jesus Christ:  a time when there would be no more suffering, death, tears or pain. (Rev. 21:3,4)
  Gail’s wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2008 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 2:00 p.m., located at 943 US Highway 190 West (next to Riley Funeral Home).   A memorial talk will be given by Brother Glenn Randy Hendershot, followed by a gathering at the Hendershot home.
  The family extends their special thanks to Texas Home Health, Meredith and her office staff, the nurses, specifically Lisa and Lisa R., Bonnie, Carla, Tonnah, Donna and all who attended to her needs.  Thank you to her early medical group, Dr. James Brown and the Family Medical Clinic in Woodville, Texas.  Exceptional gratitude to her recent physician, Dr. Larry Brown and his nurse Deborah, who not only professionally but loving saw to her every need.  Thank you also to the loyal Brookshire Brothers pharmacy staff of Woodville, Texas. A special heartfelt thank you goes to her longtime caregiver and friend Betty Williams Bronson who was ‘always there’.  Deep appreciation to those who supported Cissy during her care for Gail through cards and phone calls from Gail’s beloved nieces and spiritual brothers and sisters during the past seven and a half years.
  The family extends their special thanks to Texas Home Health, Meredith and her office staff, the nurses, specifically Lisa and Lisa R., Bonnie, Carla, Tonnah, Donna and all who attended to her needs.  Thank you to her early medical group, Dr. James Brown and the Family Medical Clinic in Woodville, Texas.  Exceptional gratitude to her recent physician, Dr. Larry Brown and his nurse Deborah, who not only professionally but loving saw to her every need.  Thank you also to the loyal Brookshire Brothers pharmacy staff of Woodville, Texas. A special heartfelt thank you goes to her longtime caregiver and friend Betty Williams Bronson who was ‘always there’.  Deep appreciation to those who supported Cissy during her care for Gail through cards and phone calls from Gail’s beloved nieces and spiritual brothers and sisters during the past seven and a half years.
“I’ll see you in the resurrection morning, Mom.” - Cissy



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