|Tyler County Booster - Obituaries
January 18, 2010 - February 28, 2010
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Tom Horace Dungan, 74, of Woodville passed away peacefully on February 14, 2010. Born April 19, 1935 in Boydell, Ark. to Luther and Robbie Hoover Dungan, he lived in Houston most of his life before moving to Woodville twenty-three years ago. He was a retired industrial safety salesman. Tom was an avid hunter and a devoted husband and father. Tom is survived by his loving wife, Darla Dungan; daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Justin Gilchrist of Woodville; sons and daughters-in-law, Chris and Meredith Dungan of Willis, Troy and Danielle Dungan of Splendora, and Tommy Dungan of Woodville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Patricia and Dean Raney of Little Rock, Ark., Gladys Greenway of Hot Springs, Ark, Bobbie and Bob Williams of Allen, Tx, and Sharon Inglish of Eugene, Ore.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mark and Ginger Hester of Cleveland; special friends, Ray and Anita Munoz, James Greenway, and Allen Esthay; and his beloved lab “Votto”. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 20, 2010, at 12 noon at Rhonda and Justin Gilchrist’s home. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.
Juanita Joyce Blackburn, 83, of Woodville passed away peacefully on February 8, 2010. Born September 13, 1927 in Preston Bend, Tx, to Robert and Effie Wade Briggs, she lived in Houston most of her life before moving to Woodville over twenty years ago. She was retired from claims in the insurance industry and was a member of the Warren First Baptist Church. She is survived by her loving daughter, Karolyn Larimore of Montgomery; granddaughters, Michelle Johnson of Roanoke, Jennifer Pluff of Willis and Laura Waggoner of Dobbin; great-grandchildren, Amber, Christopher and Elle Johnson, Samantha, Sarah and Sabrina Pluff and Meagan Stratton. A graveside service was held Wednesday, February 10, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Fellowship Cemetery in Warren with Rev. Tommy Williams officiating. Visitation was held Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.
Funeral services for Mildred Ramer, 84, of Spurger, were 2:00 PM Sunday, February 14, 2010, at First Baptist Church in Spurger with interment following in Turner Branch Cemetery. A short visitation was held at 1:30 PM Sunday at the church. Mrs. Ramer died February 10, 2010, at Magnolia Place Healthcare in Liberty. Born April 4, 1925, in Spurger, she was the youngest daughter and one of five children of James and Cora Bingham. Mildred was married for 52 years to her childhood sweetheart, Marvin ‘Puddin’ Ramer, until his death in 1995. Mrs. Ramer began her career at the Spurger Post Office as a part-time clerk in 1962. She became postmaster in 1974 and worked until her retirement in 1985. Mildred is survived by sister Mary Vinson of Natchez, MS and brothers James H. Bingham Jr. of Spurger and Oscar Lee Bingham of Dayton. She is also remembered by numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family members for her kind heart and cheerful personality. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to First Baptist Church in Spurger. Farmer Funeral Home Condolences will be accepted at http://www.timeformemory. com/farmer.
Nancy Kay Adams Mayer, 50, of Warren passed away February 9, 2010. Born June 20, 1959 in Woodville, Tx, to Edward Clifford and Beatrice Inez Gibson Adams, Nancy lived in Tyler County most of her life, with the exception of her early adult years when she lived and worked in Beaumont, Tx. She also lived in Baton Rouge and Homa, La. She had worked for Jarrott’s Pharmacy in her youth as well as later in life. She took care of her mother until she passed in 1990, then took on her special sister, Dolly, whom she loved very much and cared for as her own through the end of her days. Nancy was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend to all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank Mayer; and her sisters, Doris Lindahl and Donna Mae Young. Nancy was survived by her loving children, Taylor Mayer of Warren, Otis Mayer of Woodville, Angela Fischer of Lumberton and Caramia Padgett of Jasper; sisters, Beverly Russell of Woodville, Dianne Bane of Conroe and Alice “Dolly” Adams of Warren; brother, James Adams of Oregon; and numberous nieces, nephews and other family members and friends. A memorial service was held Saturday, February 13, 2010, at 2:30 p.m. at the Woodville Church of Christ with Brother Keith Bellamy officiating. Nancy was creamated, upon request and will be laid to rest with her husband at the Allison Cemetary in Warren, Tx. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.
Grace Pope Bostick, 98, of Woodville, passed away Sunday, February 14, 2010 at Tyler County Hospital in Woodville, Texas. Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 17th a t 2 : 0 0 p .m. a t S t r i n g e r & Griffin F u n e r a l Home in Woodville with burial in Beech C r e e k Cemetery in Spurger. Officiating was Dr. Raymond A. Parker. Serving as pallbearers were John Pope, Ronald Pope, Greg Pope, Cale Pope, Carl Pope, and Jeff Pope. Honorary pallbearers were her grandsons, great-grandsons and one great-great-grandson. Visitation was held from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Grace was born August 30, 1911 to James M. & Lilla Davis Brown in Bonifay, Florida. She was a longtime resident of Tyler County and was the retired County Clerk for Tyler County, a position she held for 23 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church and the Spurger Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Carl D. Pope in 1940 and John W. Bostick in 1960; son, Raymond Pope; brothers, Harry Brown and Bill Brown; and her sisters, Ethel Read, Ruby Means and Jane Minter. She is survived by her sons & daughters-in-law, Paul C. & Marty Pope of Orange, Charles M. & Rachel Pope of Hillister and Johnny W. & Linda Bostick of Woodville; daughters & sonin- law, Ruby Nell & Mike Ogden of Colorado and Nancy Willis of Katy; daughter-in-law, Margaret Pope of Woodville; grandchildren, Amy & Mike Huffman, Jennifer & Jay Swindell, Nancy & Bryan Morvant, John, III & Deanna Bostick, Jessica & Trey White, Ashley Lopez, Courtney Hatton, Ronald & Janet Pope, Cale & Andrea Pope, Jeff Pope, Carl Pope, Anna Corbett, Stacey & Ben Colar, J.R. & Kelley Tillerson, Cody Tillerson, Jimmy & Mary Jo Sutton, Dusty & Julie Hatton and Johnny & Lisa Sutton; 27 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Spurger Chapter #315 of the Order of Eastern Star, 13802 FM 1004 W, Buna, Texas 77612. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.
Larry David Bixler
GROVETON – Services for Larry David Bixler, 65, of Groveton were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at the Oaklawn Baptist Church with Bro. Lester McAdams officiating. Burial will follow in the Bennett Cemetery. Mr. Bixler died Sunday, Feb. 14, at his residence. He was born May 10, 1944, in Gladewater and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a retired crane operator with Brown and Root and a member of the Oaklawn Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gussie and Harry Bixler; five sisters, Mary Bixler, Billie Vernon, Betty Smith, Dorothy Frazier and Ruth Wheeler; two brothers, Harry Bixler Jr. and Jim Bixler; and a brother-in-law, Earl Frazier. Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Bertie Bixler of Groveton; a daughter and her spouse, Jean and Kyle Hickman of Broaddus; three sons and their spouses, Glen and Karen Dyer of DeRidder, La., Hardy Ray and Judy Dyer of New Port, Tenn., and Wade Dyer of Virginia; four siblings and their spouses, Joe and Donna Bixler, Geneva Branch, Barbara and David Bridges and Lou and Bill Eleisha; nine grandchildren, Jennifer and Jeremy Verhalen, Samantha Dyer, Andrea Dyer, Crystal Herrington, Stephen Dyer, Jason Dyer, Ashley Dyer and Taylor Dyer; and six great-grandchildren, Tristen and Ryder Verhalen, Miranda Dyer, Toby Dyer and Crystal and Cydnee Herrington. Pallbearers included Matthew Wilson, Tommy Frazier, John Branch, Jackie Branch Jr., Curt Marsh, Ronnie Marsh, Chad Bixler and Reggie Bridges. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.
John Robert Duffy
TRINITY – Services for John Robert Duffy, 86, were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with the Rev. Everett McCollum officiating. Burial followed at 2:30 p.m. in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Houston. Mr. Duffy died Saturday, Feb. 13, in Houston. He was born Aug. 20, 1923, in Tulsa, Okla., the son of John Daniel and Stella Duffy. Mr. Duffy was attending Rice University when World War II called him to volunteer his services to the United States Air Force. He served from 1944-46 and received an honorable discharge. Mr. Duffy returned to college after his discharge and received a bachelors degree in business administration from University of Houston. After more than 30 years, John retired from Exxon Fluor Corporation and moved to Trinity. He enjoyed playing golf, the game of bridge and he was a member of Farm & Ranch Club. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Trinity. Mr. Duffy was preceded in death by his parents and special Aunt Faye and Uncle “Red” Delahide, Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Vilma Duffy; a daughter ,Cheryl Duffy Richardson; a grandson, Brandon Duffy Richardson; and a God son, Robert Wimer. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Charles Louis Duggan
TRINITY -- Memorial services for Charles Louis Duggan, 66, of Trinity were held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 at Trinity Pines Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Gray officiating. Mr. Duggan died Tuesday, Feb. 9, at his residence. He was born Aug. 18, 1943, in Belzoni, Miss. and served for six years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. Duggan was retired from Union Local 84 as an ironworker. For 10 years he was a self-employed builder of steel buildings. He was a member of Joe Werner Masonic Lodge #553 AM&FM, where he has served as the past Worshipful Master from 2001-2004. He was a Worthy Patron of the Trinity Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. Duggan enjoyed watching western movies, loved to go fishing and he was given a wonderful gift of knowing how to play the guitar. He was a member of Trinity Pines Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Cornelia Duggan; two brothers, Kenneth and Jim Duggan; and a granddaughter Jessica Moll. Survivors included his wife of 41 years, Donna Duggan; three children, Charles and Kathy Duggan Jr., Scott and Sheri Duggan & wife Sheri and Tracie and Steven Moll; eight siblings, Jerry Duggan, Joe and Margie Duggan, Dottie Duggan, Frank and Faye Duggan, Mike Duggan, Linda and John Cook, Marione and Jerry Gilmer, Faye and Harold Woods; brothers and sisters-in-law, Rebecca Stripling, Teresa and John Neely, Robert Mayew, Vivian Duggan,; grandchildren, Amber Duggan, Brandi Kettle, Bobby and Maria Green, Ty Duggan, Clay Duggan, Alyssia Rutherford, Denay Rutherford, Dixie Moll, Christopher Moll, Joey Moll and Christine Duggan; great-grandchildren, Donovan Kettle, Logan Kettle, Krysta Green, Hunter Green, Paydon Green and Heaven Duggan; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Charles Wylie Fain
HUNTSVILLE – Services for Charles “Charlie” Wylie Fain, 52, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Huntsville. Mr. Fain died Monday, Feb. 8, in Huntsville. He was born July 19, 1957 in Houston, where he grew up and went to school. In high school he joined the ROTC. After he graduated from Scarborough High School in 1975, he went on to Sam Houston State University. He then joined the U.S. Air Force where he worked as an intelligence gatherer stationed at the Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. During his time in the Air Force, he received numerous awards which included the Good Conduct Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon, and the USAF Air Medal. He was a sergeant when he was honorably discharged from the military. Once he was out of the Air Force, he went to work for Heil for a short time. He then went on to work for Getty Oil, which was bought out by Texaco Trading and Transportation Inc. where he worked for many years. In 1997, he went to work for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) where he started in the Huntsville tractor shop then moved up through the ranks to a fleet analyst in transportation for TDCJ. He then moved into the facilities budget department. He lateraled into project control and then was promoted to program manager where he remained until his death. He loved to go bass fishing and enjoyed being outdoors no matter what he did, whether it was fishing, camping or cooking. Survivors include his best friend and wife, Edna Fain of Huntsville; his mother and father, Sarah and Carlton Fain of San Jacinto County; a son, Travis Fain of Huntsville; a step-daughter and her spouse, Heather and David Carpenter of Spurger; a step-granddaughter, Nicole Ferguson of Ivanhoe; a brother and sister-n-law, John and Connie Fain of Spring; a brother and sister-n-law, Ronnie and Sandra Fain of Kingwood; a sister, Rhonda Fain of Houston; two nieces, Denise of Louisiana and Taylor of Spring; two nephews, Jeremy of Houston and Nick. He also is also survived by many in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends; and his black lab, “Roscoe.” In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Travis Fain and Heather Carpenter Educational Fund at Community Service Credit Union in Huntsville or at www.cscutx.com (Account # 1164617). Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.shmfh.com Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home of Huntsville directed the arrangements.
Sandra McClure Spencer Honeycutt
TRINITY –- Services for Sandra McClure Spencer Honeycutt, 75, were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church, 2341 FM 980 East, in Riverside. A graveside service followed. Mrs. Honeycutt died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010. She was born Nov. 23, 1934, in High Point, N.C., the daughter of the late Dorothy McClure Spencer and Charles Preston Spencer. She attended High Point High School, where she graduated in 1953, and where she met her husband of 52 years, George Leonard Honeycutt. The couple moved to Houston in 1963 where they raised their three sons. Mrs. Honeycutt retired from ITT Snyder in December 1994. Upon retirement in Riverside and then Trinity, she was an active member of the Riverside First United Methodist Church and a co-founder of the Lady Bugs Garden Club. She had many passions, not the least of which included cross-stitch and shopping. Mrs. Honeycutt was preceded in death by her husband; a grandson, Mitchell Honeycutt; and her beloved Boston terrier, Jake. Survivors include three sons and their spouses, George Keith and Teresita Honeycutt of College Station, Stephen Kurt and Wendy Honeycutt of Bellville and Kevin Spencer Honeycutt of New York; a daughter-in-law, Asuncion (Sioni) Honeycutt of Trinity; a sister, Barbara Mannor of Homosassa, Fla.; five grandchildren, George, Spencer, Justin, Danielle and Allison; and three great-grandchildren,, Jared, Faith and Madison. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Mrs. Honeycutt’s memory to the American Cancer Society or First United Methodist Church of Riverside. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Janet M. Keen
TRINITY – Services for Janet M. Keen, 65, of Trinity were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, in the Trinity Funeral Home with Barbara Campbell officiating. Burial followed in the Thornton Cemetery. Mrs. Keen died Thursday, Feb. 11, in Jacksonville. She was born May 10, 1944, in Trinity and was a homemaker. Survivors included seven children and their spouses, David Lynn and Tonya Johnson, Melissa and Newton Capp, Belinda and Bobby Olson, William Johnson and Kathy Holt, Billy Wayne Johnson, Christopher and Cindy Keen and Lynn and Slick Charlene; grandchildren, Leslie J., Peggy J., Jason C., Crystal A., Rhonda S., Frank Jr. S., Jonathan J., Daniel J., Ashley J., Bobby Jr. O., William O., Jessica H., Jennifer H., Kolton H., James N., Jay N. and Jimmy Ray; and 15 great-grandchildren. Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.
Rev. H.A. Springfield
Reverend H.A. Springfield, 102, of Woodville, passed away, Thursday, January 28, 2010, in Woodville, Texas. Funeral services were held Sunday, January 31st at 2:00 p.m. at Woodville United Methodist C h u r c h with burial at 5:30 p.m. at Texas Methodist Conference Cemetery in Palestine. Officiating was Reverend Tommy Williams. Serving as pallbearers were Tyler Springfield, John Marsala, Raymond Woodward, Dwan Coleman, Wayne Ivey, George Jarrott and Johnny Barton. Visitation was held on Saturday, January 30th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville. Rev. Springfield was born June 29, 1907 to Benjamin Franklin & Effie Wyche Springfield in Kosse, Texas. He was a graduate of Lon Morris College and was a retired Methodist minister. He was the oldest living Methodist minister in the Texas Conference and was Pastor Emeritus of Woodville United Methodist Church. Some special memories are his performing Jerry & Roschelle’s wedding and being a part of his grandchildren’s weddings, even at the age of 101. He is survived by his sons, Albert Doyle Springfield & Gail of Hubbardston, MA, James Franklin Springfield of Lufkin, and Dr. Jerry Gray Springfield & wife, Roschelle of Woodville; grandchildren, Carol Vautour, Tammy Portwood, Robert Springfield, Margie Donaldson, A.J. Springfield, Heidi Marsala and Tyler Springfield; 17 great-grandchildren and 7 greatgreat- grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Woodville United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund or Building Fund, 508 W. Bluff, Woodville, Texas 75979. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.
Barbara Ann Vinson, 63, of Barnum passed away January 28, 2010, after a brief illness. Barbara was born September 21, 1946 in Camden, Texas to John and Mary Lewis Arnold. She was a member of Barnum Baptist Church and was a homemaker. Everyone called her “Nannie”. She loved to garden and spend time with her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. This showed by the many events that she attended. Nannie will be greatly missed but she is now with her Lord and Savior. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Lloyd and Jerry Arnold, her daughter Lisa Blevins and grandson Caleb Blevins. Barbara is survived by her loving husband, Leo Vinson; daughters, Benita Citrano and husband, Anthony of Barnum, Pam Loftin of Chester, Jeannie Johnson and husband, Dennis of Chester, Chyrl Pounds and husband, Todd of Woodville, Tisha Martin and husband Tom of Livingston, Amiee Burks and husband, Kevin of Corrigan; eighteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Steven Blevins of Louisiana; and her beloved pet, J.J. Funeral service was held Sunday, January 31, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with Brother Larry Trest, Brother Joe Carraway, and Brother Ken Cauthen officiating. Burial followed at Pine Grove Cemetery in Barnum.Visitation was held Saturday evening at the funeral home. Honoring their grandmother, her grandchildren served as pallbearers. A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhome. com Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.
Max Ray Graham
Max Ray Graham, 82, of Woodville, passed away, Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at Lufkin M e - m o r i a l Hospital in Lufkin, Texas. M e m o - r i a l services w e r e held Satu r d a y , January 30, at 11:00 a.m. at Woodville United Methodist Church. Officiating were Dr. Raymond A. Parker and Reverend Tommy Williams. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Jerry Grimes, Alva Cook, James Handley, Keith Fuller, Lonnie Grissom, Jr., Lonnie Grissom, Sr., Phil McClure, Ken Weaver, Steve Evans, Clinton Currie and Henry English. Visitation was held on Friday, January 29, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville. Max was born November 10, 1927, to Tom & Faye Freeman Graham in Kosse, Texas. He was longtime resident of Woodville. From the age of 17, he began working for Esso Shipping, which ultimately became Exxon Corporation. He had Boy Scout troop #54 for five years, past president of Woodville Lion’s Club, retired as a volunteer fireman for the Woodville Fire Department, active in the Dogwood Festival and Western Weekend activities and was a recipient of the James E. Wheat award. He loved to bass fish, play dominoes and was a member of Woodville United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his mother, Nanny Faye; stepfather, Pop Ridlehuber; brother, Bobby Graham; sister, Tommie Jo Ackerman and his very best friend Dan Kent. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joan Graham of Woodville; son, Kent Graham & wife, Kim of Nacogdoches;daughters, Sharon & her husband, Jack Sherman of Warren and Carol Nicholson & husband, Donald of Longview; brother, Jack Graham & wife, Ann of Bellville; sisters, Lelon Thompson of Dallas and Ann Massey of Tyler; grandchildren, Cameron Courtney, Blake Graham, LeighAnne Bristow, Cassie Mauermann, Candace Courtney, Hilary Graham and Morgan Bristow; and great-grandchildren, Ryan White, Kenley Moore, Miles Moore and Lillie Lanier. Memorials may be made to Woodville Volunteer Fire Department or American Cancer Society. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.
Thisha Barlow, 36, of Beaumont, Tx, went from labor to reward on Wednesday January 27, 2010, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Tx. Thisha was prec e d e d in death b y h e r mo t h e r, I r m a ( P o o l e ) B a r l o w and sister Kimberly Barlow. Thisha’s going home service will be on Saturday February 6, 2010 at 11am at the First Gethsemane Missionary C.O.G.I.C. on Denver St. in Beaumont, Tx. Rev. Daniel White, Pastor. Thisha leaves to cherish her loving memories, Father Herman Barlow of Beaumont, Tx, a brother, Darris Barlow of Doucette, Tx. Services entrusted with the Donald E Coleman Funeral Home Kountze, Texas (409) 246-1710.
Bessie Jane White
Bessie Jane White, 87, of Kirbyville, formerly of Buna, passed away, Thursday, January 28, 2010, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. Memorial services will be at a later date. Bessie was born June 16, 1922 to William Harvey & Leah Alice Salmon Hungate in Blacksburg, VA. She was a longtime resident of Kirbyville and loved to garden, hunt and fish, even up to the last few years. Her daughters and family were so important to her. One of her many pleasures in life was going to the casinos and enjoying the good food and watching people. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie E. White; parents, William & Leah Hungate; sisters, Flossie June Farley, Gertrude Trent and Elsie Winters; brothers, Roy Lee Hungate, Edward Lee Hungate, Andrew Hungate and David C.Hungate. She is survived by her daughters & sons-in-law, Betty Carol & Mike McCulley of Woodville and Linda Sue & Jimmy Hargrove of Buna; sister & brother-in-law, Dicie Carol & Dean Perrin of Washington state; five grandchildren, Scott Rodrigues, Christi Henderson, Angela Carriaga, Jimmy Paul Hargrove and Tiffany McCulley; 9 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.
John Presley Ratcliff Jr.
John Presley Ratcliff, Jr., 71, of Woodville passed away January 30, 2010. Born September 17, 1938, in Houston, Tx, to John P. and Jonnie Anderson Ratcliff, Sr., he was a lifelong resident of Houston. After retiring from AN-Tech as a radiology technician, he moved to the Town Bluff area in 2001. He was a member of the Fairbanks Masonic Lodge No. 1363 in Houston, Tx. His wife, Elva Martine Ratcliff and sisters, Shirley Hoffer and Betty Williams preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Kirby Shird of Woodville and a host of family and friends. Funeral service was held Wednesday, February 3, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with Brother Ed Sanderson officiating. A Masonic grave-side service was held by the Fairbanks Masonic Lodge No. 1363 out of Houston at the Fairview Cemetery in Town Bluff. Visitation was held Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Honoring John as pallbearers were family and friends. A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhome. com Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.
Verbal L. “Toney” Centi, born January 26, 1925, in Beaumont, Texas, passed away peacefully January 4, 2010, in Auburn, California, at the age of 84, after a long illness. Toney was an active member of the Auburn Community for the past 18 years. She was also a long-time resident of the Bay Area where she worked and raised her family. She lived in Woodville for three years. She had a strong faith in God and treasured her relationship with Him. Toney will be greatly missed and is survived by her loving family: children; Larry (Pam Pugliese) Centi, Marla (Wayne) Holvek, Tim (Debbie) Centi, and Amy Centi Huber, Grandchildren; Christina, Melissa, Darren, Sarah, and Molly, sisters; Dorothy Hall and Lillie Helen Conner, and her brother, Ramsey C. Gunter, Jr., and many other relatives and friends. A memorial service for family and friends was held on Saturday, January 16, 2010, at 3:00 p.m., at Lassila Funeral Chapel in Auburn, California. In lieu of flowers, the family requests, donations may be made to the local American Cancer Society.