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East Texas News - Obituaries
Tyler County Booster- February 1, 2009 - February 14, 2009

Joe Loggins
Graveside funeral services for Joe Neal Loggins, 74, of Jasper were at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 7, 2009 at Evergreen Cemetery in Jasper. Visitation was from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fri­day, February 6, 2009 at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Jas­per.
Joe died February 4, 2009 at his residence in Jasper. Born in Van, TX and a former resident of Tyler County, he was a long time Jasper resident. A 1952 graduate of Kirby High School in Woodville, after serving in the U.S. Air Force he worked for many years in sales & service of vending machines, retiring from Neal’s Vending Service in Jasper. A tinker, he had a knack for being able to fix anything.
Survivors include two daugh­ters, Susan Lay & husband Rusty of Athens, TX and Judy Olivier of Woodville, and five grandchil­dren, Savannah Loggins, Joshua Moore, Shelly Lay, Mark Lay and Kelli Duckworth. Joe was preceded in death by his wife of over 44 years, Mae, and his daughter Pam Moore.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Services were under the direc­tion of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Jasper.

Alce Cortez
Alce Joseph Cortez, 85, of Spring, Texas, passed away on Sunday, February 8, 2009. AJ was born October 17, 1923 in Port Arthur, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alce Cortez and Ella Marie Robicheaux Cortez, and sister, Dorothy Daigle. He was a long-time resident of Woodville, TX until his recent move to Spring. AJ worked as an engineer for the Texas Highway Department for 30 years, 19 of them as Resident Engineer. He retired in 1979. A graduate of Texas A & M, he was also a vet­eran of WWII, where he served in the Army Air Corp based in Italy. AJ was an active member of the Woodville Lions Club and Our Lady of the Pines Men’s Club; he served on the Dogwood Festival Ticket Committee for over 40 years. He was an avid sportsman, coaching youth baseball, and he loved to play golf.
AJ is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mamye Cortez of Spring; sons, George Cortez and wife, Connie of Calgary, Canada; AJ Cortez and wife, Julie of Houston; daughter, Cheryl Cortez of Houston; and grandchildren, Katie Cortez of New York, NY and Christopher Cortez of Los Angeles, CA.
Funeral services will be Thurs­day, February 12, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Woodville with interment immediately fol­lowing at Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 11th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. rosary service at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Cha­pel in Woodville. Pallbearers will be Christopher Cortez, Pat O’Neill, Robert Robicheaux, Sergio Ramos, George Jarrott, Lester Landgraf, and Swift Cruse. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Our Lady of the Pines Men’s Club.
The family requests con­tributions to the Alzheimer Foundation or the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.
Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Beatrice Daniels
Our beloved Beatrice Daniels passed over to meet our Lord and Savior on January 29, 2009. Born on July 10, 1922 to Ar­thur & Evie Brown, she enjoyed a wonder­ful life, mostly in Colmesneil & Woodville with her family & friends. Beatrice was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church in Woodville.
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 1st at 3:00 p.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Gregory Cemetery near Colmesneil. Officiating was Brother Grady Arnold and Brother Larry Trest. Serving as pallbearers were Butch Cross, Curtis Daniels, Shane Daniels, Daniel Fowler, Dalton Woo­drome and
Dustin Woodrome.
Visitation was held on Saturday, January 31st from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
She has gone to be with her lov­ing son, Arthur (Popeye) Daniels; her husband of 52 years, Willie Daniels; her brother Lawrence O. (Big Boy) Brown, her par­ents & many friends & family members.
She is survived by her loving sister, Ouida Dean; devoted daughter, Jo Collins of Wood­ville; her son & daughter-in-law Richard & Janie Daniels of Win­nie; ten grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren & eight great-great grandchildren.
Services were under the direc­tion of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

“Ed” Hadley
Edward James “Ed” Hadley died Wednesday, February 4, 2009 in Lufkin, Texas.
Hadley was born in Edna, Texas to Sterling and Myrtle Hadley. He was a heavy equipment operator and belonged to the local 450 Union.
Ed loved life. He took much joy in spending time with family and friends. He also loved hunting and being outdoors. His sense of humor was contagious and he will always be remembered for all the stories he loved to tell.
He is survived by long-time friend Barbara Crosswhite; a daughter, Myrtle Flannery and son-in-law JR Flannery; Grandchildren Payton Flannery and Monica Hadley; great grand­daughter Kate Valentine Flores; brothers Garland S. Hadley and Raymond C. Hadley; Sisters Rosie Lee Hadley, Renee Con­zales, and Angela Hadley.
Funeral services were under the direction of Riley Funeral Home with interment at Camp Ground Cemetery in Woodville, Texas.

Eddie Wright
Eddie Wright, 89, of Spurger went to be with the Lord February 7, 2009.
Born February 20, 1919 in Gilmer, Texas to the late Bennie and Bes­sie Moore Wright, he lived in Crane, Tx before moving to Spurger in 1986. He was retried from ARCO in 1981. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Spurger serving as a Sunday School teacher. He served as a deacon for over 50 years.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lucille Jordan Wright.
He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Evelyn Shef­field Wright of Spurger; sons, Larry Wright and wife, Wilma of Alvin and Harold Wright and wife, Cheryl of Alvin; daughters, Ginger Everett and husband, Glenn of Schertz, Tx and Ann Hogan and husband, Felder of Andrews, Tx; sisters, Ethel Hargis of Orange, Janette Letney of Vidor and Betsy Weatherman of Garland; grandchildren, Eddie Ray Wright, Larry Wright, Jr., Peggy Ann Everett, SPC Joshua Everett, Rachel Hogan and Cara Hogan and four great grandchil­dren.
Funeral service was held Mon­day, February 09, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Spurger with Brother Paul Boughan officiating. Burial followed at Turner Branch Cem­etery. Visitation was held Sunday evening at the funeral home.
Serving as pallbearers were Glenn Everett, Felder Hogan, Mike Minter, Billy Jack Jordan, J. C. Morris and Bailey Horn. Serv­ing as honorary pallbearers were the Deacon Body, FBC Spurger, SPC Joshua Everett, Eddie Ray Wright, and Larry Wright, Jr.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Spurger, Tx.
Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Calvin Keating
Calvin Robert Keating was born in Baytown, Texas, on September 22, 1951. He was the son of Joseph and Mary Keating. His love for modes of transporta­tion started young, as he worked with his cousin at his uncle’s car deal­ership in Winnie and at Keating Ford, his father’s business in Crosby. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown in 1970, and just three years later, he graduated from Lamar Uni­versity with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Management.
Calvin then made the decision to move his young family to Sour Lake, where he would open his own dealership, Calvin Ford. Business was slow at first, but when it took off, Calvin couldn’t have been more pleased! At twenty-four years old, he was one of the youngest Ford dealers in the country. Over the years, he and his staff earned numer­ous awards from Ford Motor Company, including the Ford Distinguished Achievement Award fourteen times.
Sour Lake was the perfect fit for Calvin----small town life showed him that he had always been a country boy at heart! He was a natural born story teller, and he never met a stranger. When he wasn’t busy selling cars, he would stand on the showroom floor telling jokes and visiting with friends. This is the place where he cultivated his love of horses, cows, and rodeo.
Even after retiring from the car business in 1996, the sales bug could not be extinguished in Calvin. He bought a tractor dealership in Buna, and he finally got to have the big ranch that he always wanted in Mount Union. Here he could have friends and family over for roping cows and Uno card games.
Calvin took pleasure in watch­ing his children, born during his marriage to Kathy James McDuffie, in their athletic, academic, and rodeo pursuits; he loved his daily phone calls with his father; he enjoyed the thrill of getting a good deal and making a sale; he loved to take ski trips with his friends and children, proudly proclaiming his children as the fastest skiers around; he enjoyed listening to the singing of Willie Nelson, Tom T. Hall, and his daughter Mary, as well as humorists Jerry Clower and Roy D. Mercer; he delighted in talking cars with anyone else, and remembered every detail of every car and truck he ever owned; he took tremendous pride in the achieve­ments and accomplishments of his children; he got a thrill out of riding a horse and roping a calf; he liked the simple pleasures of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla and John Wayne movies; his pride swelled as he walked his daughters down the aisle; his son was his pride and joy; he always helped friends in need; most of all, he simply enjoyed being a son, a brother, a father, a father-in-law, a grandfather, and a friend to many.
He is preceded in death by his brother Tom Keating.
Calvin is survived by his par­ents, Joseph and Mary Keating of Baytown; his daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and James Knapp of Woodville, Alison and Kyle Blanchard of Fannett, Mary and Justin East of Labelle; his son, Joe Keating and fiancée Michelle Smith of Sour Lake; sister and brother-in-law, Diane and Larry Woodcox of Baytown; sister Kathy Keating of San Antonio; sister and brother-in-law Margaret and Tony Boyd of Highlands; two grandsons, Brady Blanchard and Ethan East, as well as numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He is also survived by his former wife, Linda Keating of Sour Lake.
His funeral service was at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 7, 2009 at First Baptist Church, 325 W. 7th Street, Sour Lake with burial to follow at Rosedale Cemetery under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A gathering of his family and friends was from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 6, 2009 at the Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to establish a scholarship in Calvin’s name to Lamar University, P.O. Box 10011, Beaumont, TX 77710.
Complete and updated in­formation may be viewed at broussardsmortuary.com.

Jo Ann Davis

Jo Ann Graham Davis was born to Jim B.. and Dolly Hol­land Graham, January 27, 1936 in Freestone County near Buf­falo, Texas. She passed away February 9, 2009 in Groesbeck, Texas.
Jo Ann was married to Arthur Davis who preceded her in death in April 2004. She was also preceded in death by brothers, Joe H. Graham, John B. Graham and sister, Mabel Kate Baker.
Jo Ann was a long time member of the Woodville United Method­ist Church and a member of the Gleaners Sunday School Class. She was employed for many years at Herman Hospital and Diagnostic Clinic. In her retire­ment years, she volunteered at the nursing homes in Woodville and provided home health care for many in the area. In addi­tion, she was a foster parent for a number of children.
She is survived by one broth­er, James Duncan Graham of Friendswood and five sisters, Coella Graham Moore of Teague, Mary Schoenemann of Houston, Helen Rommel of Splendora, Della Baker and Betty Godby both of Buffalo; and many nieces, nephews and step children.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday, February 11, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville.
Memorials may be made to the Woodville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 698, Woodville or Providence Hospice, 107 E. Commerce, Mexia, Tx 76667.
Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.


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