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Tyler County Booster - Obituaries
For the Week of February 1, 2008 - February 24, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company



William Earl Adkins
  William Earl Adkins, 91, of Woodville, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2008 at Dogwood Trails Manor in Woodville, Texas.
  Funeral services will be Thursday, February 14th at 11:00 a.m. at the Good Samaritan Fellowship Church in Fred with burial following in Josephine Adkins & John Danielson Cemetery in Fred under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.  Officiating will be Reverend Robert Moore.
  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 13th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
  William was born January 17, 1917 to George A. & Sallie Montgomery Adkins in Chinsville, KY.  He was a former resident of California and had lived in Woodville since 1994.  He was a retired inspector with Pacific Bell and was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran.
  He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Josephine Adkins on August 8, 2005.  He is survived by his sons, William David Adkins of Thousand Oaks, CA, Donald M. Adkins of Honolulu, HI and Danny R. Adkins of Woodville; brothers, George Adkins, Norman B. Adkins and Ora Lee Adkins all of Ashland, KY; sister, Ophelia Lanham; seven grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
            Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Raymond Siggers
  Raymond Siggers, 72, of Woodville, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2008 at Memorial Medical Center in Lufkin, Texas.
  Funeral services will be Saturday, February 16th at 1 p.m. at the New Shady Grove Baptist Church with burial in Moss Hill Cemetery near Woodville under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.  Officiating will be Bishop Cleo Hale assisted by Reverend Joe Taylor and Pastor Dale Moye.  Serving as pallbearers are J.C. Andrews, Donald Lee Rigsby, James Bean, Gilbert Moye, Prentice Barlow, Jr. and Adam Rigsby.  Honorary pallbearers are Roderick Bean, Anthony Moye, Kenneth Bean, William Briley, Jr. and Sterling Barlow, Sr.
 Visitation will be held on Friday, February 15th from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
  Raymond was born February 23, 1935 to Tutla & Lottie Hadnot Siggers in Woodville, Texas.  He was a lifelong resident of Tyler County and was retired heavy equipment operator from Sam Houston Electric.  He was a member of New Shady Grove Baptist Church.
  He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Frank Moye, Jeff Moye, Buster Moye and a sister, Etta Mae Mitchell.  He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Verdia Siggers of Woodville; sons & daughter-in-law, Gary & Sharlotte Siggers of Katy and Donald Ray Siggers of Woodville; brothers & sisters-in-law, John Wesley & Gertie Moye, Leroy & Marie Moye and Tommie Segrest all of Woodville; sisters, Lola Moye of Woodville, Betty Lou Siggers of Beaumont and Freddie Lois Bean of Corrigan; granddaughters, Kiari Siggers and Esteyvon King; and great grandson, Caleb Scott.
            Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Beatrice Ditchcreek
            Beatrice L. Ditchcreek, 89, of Chattanooga, TN., formerly of Warren, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008. She was the daughter of the late Charles May Campbell and Ruth Elick Campbell and was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter Damron; second husband, William Hunt; and third husband, William Ditchcreek.
            Survivors include her three children, Patricia Landry of Lumberton, Roger Damron of Chattanooga, and James Damron of San Antonio; five grandchildren, Chrystal, Tom, Tim, Nicki and William; six great grandchildren; four siblings, Mary Dorton of Oak Hill W. VA., Frank Campbell and Dorothy Fitzgerald both of Waynesboro, VA., and Charles Campbell of California and several nieces and nephews.
            Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tyree Funeral Home Chapel in Oak Hill, W. VA.
            The family received friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.Local arrangements were made by Chattanooga Funeral Home, East Brain-Erd Chapel.

Richard Lafayette Crumpler
  Richard Lafayette Crumpler, better known as Fate, lost his battle with cancer on February 4, 2008 in Woodville, Texas.  Fate was born on July 24, 1912 in Emilee, Texas to parents, John Wesley Crumpler and Sara Stella Ogden-Crumpler.  On November 3, 1934 he married Vivian Virginia Jones in Colmesneil, Texas.  During 1955 they resided with their 3 children in Spurger, Texas.  Most of his time was spent driving for Red Ball Motor Freight which lasted for 33 years.  Fate was a faithful member of the Snow River Masonic Lodge #385 for 55 years and The Order of Eastern Star Chapter 315 for 53 years.
  He was preceded in death by parents, wife, Vivian and 1 child.
  Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Johnnie Faye and Walter J. (Jim) Morris, sons and daughters-in-law, Ollin Bryant “Buddy” and Sarah Ann Crumpler and Richard Lee and Marilyn Crumpler all of Spurger, Texas.  Fate had 8 grandchildren and numerous great and great, great grandchildren.
  Funeral service was held Friday, February 8, 2008, at 10 a.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Irvin Mott.  An Eastern Star service was held at the funeral home conducted by The Eastern Star Chapter 315.  A Masonic graveside service was held at Beech Creek Cemetery in Spurger conducted by the Snow River Lodge #385.  Visitation was held Thursday from 6-9 pm at the funeral home.
  Serving as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were the members of the Snow River Lodge #385.
A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhome.com
  Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.
  Death for the believer is to receive the reward in Heaven.

Jay Huntley Kenesson
  A memorial service for Jay Huntley Kenesson, Jr., 91, of Woodville was held Tuesday February 19, 2008, at 2:00 P.M. at Woodville United Methodist Church, with the Reverend Tommy Williams, pastor, and the Reverend Doctor Bob Waters officiating.  A reception for family and friends was held immediately after the service in the church fellowship hall for visitation.
  The son of Jay Huntley Kenesson and Pearl Harris Kenesson, Mr. Kenesson was born March 5, 1916, and passed on February 9, 2008, in Austin, Texas.  He grew up in Doucette, Texas, graduated from Kirby High School in Woodville, and received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  Following his graduation in 1938, he married his high school sweetheart, Wilma Douglas Best, and they made their home in Woodville, where he joined his father-in-law as partner at the J.B. Best Company.
Mr. Kenesson was a long-time member of the Woodville United Methodist Church, where he served in almost every leadership capacity, including Church School Superintendent, Administration Board Chairman, and District Lay Leader.  He was the last surviving member of the church’s building committee, and received the church Heritage Award in 1986.
  Mr. Kenesson served his community as a school board member, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Allan Shivers Library, and Director of the Tyler County Dogwood Festival.  He was a past president of the Woodville Rotary Club and recipient of that organization’s Paul Harris Fellowship Award.  An Eagle Scout, he served for many years as Scoutmaster.  He was also a fifty-year plus member of the Grand Lodge of Texas.  The Tyler County Chamber of Commerce named Mr. Kenesson Honorary Citizen of the Year in 1992 for his many years of generous service to the area he genuinely loved.
  Mr. Kenesson is preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife of sixty-eight years, Wilma Douglas Kenesson.  He is survived by his son, Jay Huntley Kenesson III and wife, Judy; daughter, Jayne Ellen Kenesson and husband, Gary Anders; grandson, Jay Huntley Kenesson IV and wife, Elizabeth; granddaughters Elizabeth Kathryn Chambers and husband, Jason; Annmarie Douglas Parrish and husband, Lucas; Jenna Love Arnold and husband, Chad Andrew; Laura Kenesson Jackson and husband, Austin Reeve; great-granddaughters, Claire Elizabeth Kenesson and Ella Douglas Parrish; and great-grandsons, James Huntley Kenesson, Jace Mathis Chambers, and Jack Andrew Arnold.  He is also survived by his brother-in-law and business partner James Britton Best, wife, Nancy, and many other close relatives and friends.
            Memorials in Mr. Kenesson’s honor may be directed to the Woodville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 698, Woodville, TX 75979, the Allan Shivers Library, 302 N. Charlton, Woodville, TX 75979, or to the charity of choice.

William Edward Odom
   Funeral services for William Edward Odom, 67, of Silsbee will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee with interment to follow at Franks Branch Cemetery in Fred.  Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
  Mr. Odom died February 18, 2008 at Silsbee Convalescent Center in Silsbee.
  William was a native and lifelong resident of Fred.
            Survivors include sons; Leon Odom of Silsbee, Don Odom of Port Arthur, Roger and Teddy Ray Odom, both of Fred; sisters Cordie Delcambre of Fred, Katherine Johnson of Silsbee, Betty Gilchriest of Fred, June Cabiness of Livingston, Vonita Dilback and Phyllis Willis both of Pineland.

Billy Gene Havard, Sr.
    Billy Gene Havard, Sr., 74, of Town Bluff passed away February 15, 2008 at the Houston Veterans Hospital.
  Born April 9, 1933 in Rosetta, Mississippi, he lived in Town Bluff for many years.  He retired from Bell Helicopter after many faithful years of service.  He was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church in Town Bluff and a Korean Army Veteran.
  Mr. Havard was preceded in death by his mother, Georgia Havard, father, Otis (Pa) Havard, stepmother, Lydia Havard; brothers, Lloyd Havard, Louie Havard, Cleo Havard, Aubrey Havard, Kenneth Havard, Glen Havard and Shelton (Boo) Havard; and a sister, Bernice Reed.
  He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Evonne Havard; children, LaDonna and Bobby Havard of Beaumont, Billy Havard of Dallas, Glenn and Patty Havard of Wilmer and Melanie Havard of Grand Prairie; grandchildren, Josh Havard of Arlington, Jesse Havard of Beaumont, Micah and Sherri Havard of Grand Prairie, Jeffrey Havard of West Palm Beach, FL, Adrian and Amy Havard of Grand Prairie, Jamie and Paul Havard of Beaumont, Lauren and Jayson Mikus of Carrollton; Greg Havard of Beaumont; Ginger and Tim Logan, of Lumberton. Great grandchildren, Faith Havard of Grand Prairie, Kayleigh Havard of Arlington and Ryder Havard of Grand Prairie; sisters, Wanzie (Sis) Herring of McComb, Miss, Auline LaCagnina and husband, Woody of Memphis, TN and Bettie May Tomlinson of Clinton, Ark; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
  Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 19, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Fairview Baptist Church in Town Bluff with Brother Doyle Butcher and Brother Tom Spanhanks officiating.  Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery.   Visitation was held Monday evening at the funeral home.
  Serving as pallbearers were Bobby Havard, Billy Havard, Glenn Havard, Josh Havard, Jeff Havard, Micah Havard, Adrian Havard, Jesse Havard, Marion Havard, Robert Havard and Tommy Reed.
  A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhome.com
            Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Mildred Marie Dumesnil                                           
    Mildred Marie Dumesnil of Orange, Texas passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2008 at Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital-Orange at the age of 77.
She was born in Port Arthur, Texas on July 16, 1930 to Eva Rodriguez Hebert and Dozlin Hebert. Mildred was raised in Port Arthur and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. She lived most of her life in Port Arthur before moving to Orange, then to Woodville and finally settling back in Orange for the last 3 years.
  Visitation was held on Saturday, February 16, 2008 from 5 p.m.to 8 P.M. with a rosary at 6 p.m. at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Clayton Thompson. Entombment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
 Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Felix Dumesnil and her son, Graline Dumesnil and her parents. She is survived by her daughter, Rita Foxworth and husband Keith of Orange, Texas, her sons, Ricky Dumesnil, Sr. of Woodville, Texas and DeWayne Dumesnil of Orange, Texas along with her daughter-in-law, Pat Dumesnil of Woodville, Texas. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kimberly Davidson and husband Matthew, Graline Dumesnil, Jr. and wife Crystal, Kris Crowson, Ricky Dumesnil, Jr. and wife Stacy, Shantel Dumesnil, Carol Duvall and husband Will, Dana Foxworth and Dustin Foxworth as well as her great grandchildren, Justin and Dylan Davidson, Conner Dumesnil, Hayden Crum and Hunter Griffin.

Raymond Siggers
   Raymond Siggers, 72, of Woodville, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2008 at Memorial Medical Center in Lufkin, Texas.
  Funeral services were held Saturday, February 16th at 1:00 p.m. at the New Shady Grove Baptist Church with burial in Moss Hill Cemetery near Woodville under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.  Officiating were Elder Cleo Hale assisted by Reverend Joe Taylor and Pastor Dale Moye.  Serving as pallbearers were J.C. Andrews, Donald Lee Rigsby, James Bean, Gilbert Moye, Prentice Barlow, Jr. and Adam Rigsby.  Honorary pallbearers were Roderick Bean, Anthony Moye, Kenneth Bean, William Briley, Jr. and Sterling Barlow, Sr.
  Visitation was held on Friday, February 15th from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
  Raymond was born February 23, 1935 to Tutla & Lottie Hadnot Siggers in Woodville, Texas.  He was a lifelong resident of Tyler County and was retired heavy equipment operator from Sam Houston Electric.  He was an active member of Victory Temple True Life Holyness Church.
  He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Frank Moye, Jeff Moye, Buster Moye and a sister, Etta Mae Mitchell.  He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Verdia Siggers of Woodville; sons & daughter-in-law, Gary & Sharlotte Siggers of Katy and Donald Ray Siggers of Woodville; brothers & sisters-in-law, John Wesley & Gertie Moye, Leroy & Marie Moye and Tommie Segrest all of Woodville; sisters, Lola Moye of Woodville, Betty Lou Siggers of Beaumont and Freddie Lois Bean of Corrigan; granddaughters, Kiari Siggers and Esteyvon King; and great grandson, Caleb Scott.
            Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

 


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