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East Texas News - Obituaries
Tyler County Booster- February 14, 2009 - February 22, 2009

Richard Head
Richard Head, 81, of Woodville passed away February 16, 2009. Born January 25, 1928 to John and Nettie (Clark) Head in Buchanan, Michigan, he was the fifth of ten children. Mr. Head drove a concrete truck for most of his life and operated heavy equipment during his earlier years. He loved the outdoors and had a taste of new adventures. He once built a houseboat and floated his young family and all their possessions down the Mississippi River. He came to Woodville in 1981 as result of another adventure and worked for a short time at Keller Aluminum Products before going to work for James Nichols Co. cleaning right-of-ways for Sam Houston Electric Coop until he retired in 1989. He was a United States Air Force Veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Bob, John, Don and Jack; one sister, Mary Small and a daughter, Bobbi Handy. He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Wooldridge Head; four sons, Richard Head and wife, Kathy of Covina, CA, Tom Head and wife, Missy of Woodville, Randy Head of Elkhart, IN and Ron Head and wife, Denise of Blackburn, Missouri;
three daughters, Brenda Walker and husband, Jimmy of Woodville, Michele LaFonck and husband, Xavier of Colmesneil and Robin Bott of Hastings, Michigan; fifteen grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren; two brothers, Chuck Head and wife, Kay of Lakeview, Michigan and Jim Head and wife, Joyce of Hartford, Michigan; two sisters, Dorothy Reese and husband, Bill of Gowen, Michigan and Jan Burney and husband, Arlen of Hughes Springs, Tx. Funeral service were held Wednesday, February 18, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Doucette with Brother Steve McBride officiating. Burial followed at Emmanuel Cemetery. Visitation was held Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers will be William Handy, Paul Werner, Bill Handy, Josh Lindsey, Gary Vann, Gerald Wheeler and Justin Walker.
Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Billy Joe Dean
Billy Joe Dean, 75, of Colmesneil, Texas (formerly of Tomball, Texas) went to be with the Lord February 10, 2009 at Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands, Texas after a lengthy illness. He was born January 31, 1934 in Rockland, Texas to William Jasper Dean, Sr. (Pat) and Alma Dean. L eaving to cherish his memory, wife of 48 years, Marilyn Davis Dean of Colmesneil; son and daughter-in-law, Anthony (Andy) and Norma Dean of Montgomery; daughter, Sonya Dean Harris of Montgomery; daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and Frank Brister of Livingston; the proud Papaw of 9 grandchildren, Connor Harris, Lane Harris, Cullen Harris, Madison Dean, Rylee Dean, Weston Dean, Marshal Brister, Ansleigh Brister and Merek Brister; sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Dean Miller of Longview; sister-in-law, Quida Dean of Colmesneil and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, William Jasper Dean, Jr. and Elza Dean. B illy served two terms in the Unites States Army (June 6, 1958 to June 30, 1960 and August 8, 1962 to May 31, 1964). He was recognized for his outstanding marksmanship with the 2nd Infantry rifle team. A master plumber in Houston and surrounding areas for 35 years with Keith Plumbing and Heating where he used his knowledge and skills in the construction of many downtown Houston’s grand high-rise buildings “skyscrapers”. He was a member of the Plumbers Local Union 68 for 38 years and the Colmesneil Lions Club. After retiring in 1987 to Tomball, he then retunred home to Colmesneil April 2004. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 14, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Riley Funeral Home with Brother Brandon Golden, Brother Bill Massey and Brother Ronald Davis officiating. A graveside service followed at Davis Cemetery near Colmesneil with the United States Army presenting the American Flag to the family. Visitation was held Friday evening at the funeral home. S erving as pallbearers were Anthony Joe (Andy) Dean, Frank Brister, Connor Harris, Michael Williams, Todd Williams, Lester Gallatin, Richard Davis and Kirt Voorheis. M emorial may be made to the Colmesneil Lions Club. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

John Lee Scott
John Lee Scott, 70, of Woodville, TX, went to be with the Lord on February 8, 2009. John L. was born October 19, 1938. He lived his entire life in the Woodville area, mainly in Moss Hill. Preceding him in death were his father, Will Scott; his mother, Ida Mae Scott-Bellow; his brothers, M.C. Scott and John Raymond Scott; his sisters, Velma J. Scott-Smith, Shirley Davis, and Earnestine Hafford; and his daughters Elois Scott and Delois Scott. John L. leaves to cherish his memory Carrie Lee Scott and their nine remaining children Johnny Ray Scott (Cheryl) of Dibol, TX; M.J. aka Marvin Scott (Monica); Willie Scott, Sherriin Morrison, John Paul Scott (Eunice); Tina Riley (James); and Elois Grays (Ronald) all of Houston, TX. W.J. Scott of Austin, TX; and Bobbie Scott of Los Angeles, CA. John L.’s three surviving sisters are Wilma Jo Hafford, Vivian Hafford, and Lorene Smith (Clinton). Other survivors and those cherishing John Lee’s memory include many loved nieces, nephews, grandkids, great grandkids, additional relatives, and friends. Pallbearers were Clinton Smith, Jr., Troy Hafford, Ivan Hafford, Dexter Scott, Addison Scott, and Darial Scott. Honorary pallbearers included Elisha Dill, Detarge Scott, Jason Scott, Markeze Riley, Bernard Collins, Cedric Hafford, Justin Scott, Quest Riley, David Collins, Alan Hafford, Trevaunte Viser, and Jimmy Scott. Services for John L. were held at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church on Saturday February 14, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. O.C. Hadnot officiated. Funeral services were under the direction of Robinson Community Funeral Home with interment at Moss Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

Michael Wayne Flowers
Michael Wayne Flowers, 60, of Chester passed away February 15, 2009 at his residence. Born January 23, 1949 in Kirbyville, Tx to the late Robert and Velma Adkins Flowers, he lived in Chester for many years. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to all who knew and loved him. H e is preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-law, LaVeta and Vernon Cochran, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Preston and Pat Cherry. Michael is survived by his loving wife, Donna Flowers of Chester; daughters, Melissa Hill and husband, Richard of Chester, Amanda Redding of Onalaska and Rebecca Flowers of Livingston; one grandson and six granddaughters; sister, Betty Horn and husband, Kenneth of Heartland, Tx; brother, Jerry Flowers and wife, Donna of Silsbee; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jerry and Delores Swearingen of Barnum, Lynn and Delene Ross of Jasper and very special friends, Trina and Rachael Sims and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral service were held Wednesday, February 18, 2009, at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Ken Cauthen and Brother Larry Trest officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Chester. Visitation was held Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were Michael Hubert, Mike Beaty, Kevin Horn, Steven Horn, Michael Sowell, and Patrick Cherry.Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.



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