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Tyler County Booster - Obituaries
For the Week of January 13, 2008 - January 20, 2008
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Wyatt Wain Lee
  Funeral services for Wyatt Wain Lee, 86, of Rosenberg, TX, are 2:30 PM Saturday, January 19, 2008, at First Baptist Church, 1117 First St, Rosenberg, TX 77471, with Dr. Donnie Melton and Dr. Dalton Havard officiating. Burial will follow in Columbia Cemetery, West Columbia, TX.
  Visitation will be 5-8 PM Friday at Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors Chapel, 1201 4th St/Rosenberg, TX.
  Mr. Lee was born March 2, 1921, in Carroll, LA, to Stephen David Lee and Annie Charlottie Watson Lee. He died Tuesday, January 15, 2008, at home, surrounded by his loving family. He received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and served in the US Army. He dedicated his life to serving the Lord as a Southern Baptist missionary in Mexico for 36 years, and he loved singing. After retiring to Woodville, TX, he served in a prison ministry, and visited those in nursing homes. He was a former member of First Baptist Church, Woodville, TX.
  Mr. Lee was preceded in death by his parents and 11 brothers and sisters. Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Edrie Elizabeth Lee; three daughters, Patsy Bennett, Carla Stagg, and Dorothy Ruelas; son, Nathan Lee; 8 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; brother, Clarence Lee; loving caregiver and friend, Sheryl Mims; and numerous other family members and missionary family.
  Memorials may be made to The International Mission Board, P.O. Box 6767/Richmond, VA 23230-0767.
            Services are under the direction of Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors, 1201 4th St/Rosenberg, TX 77471  (281)342-4671. Online GuestBook available at www.garmanycarden.com.

James J. Bodine, Jr.
  James J. Bodine, Jr., of 54, of Port Neches, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2008 at his residence.
  Graveside services will be Thursday, January 24th at 11:00 a.m. at the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Woodville.
  Officiating will be Brother Kenneth Cauthen.  Serving as pallbearers are Scott Bodine, Patrick Bodine, Tommy Wactor and
Joe Roark.
  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 23rd from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville.
  James was born November 9, 1953 to James J., Sr. and June Rhodes Bodine in Beaumont, Texas. He was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County.
  He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Bodine and brother, Mark Bodine.
  He is survived by his mother, June R. Bodine of Port Neches; brothers, Scott Bodine of Beaumont and Patrick Bodine of Nederland and numerous nieces and nephews.
            Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville

Jerry Wayne Taylor
  Jerry Wayne Taylor, 63, of Hillister passed away December 28, 2007.
  Born March 4, 1944 in Morehead City, N.C. to Eldred and Anna Shawver Taylor, he lived in Woodville for the past ten years.  He was an auto paint and body repair man.    He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to all who knew him.
  He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley M. Taylor of Hillister; daughters and sons-in-law, Trina M. and Kevin Sirmons of Woodville; Misty D. Taylor and Don W. Dickey of Woodville; Samantha M. Taylor of Hillister; Cassie A. Taylor and Doug Kenebrew of Jasper, Mahryal Taylor and Brian E. Kirchoft of Odgen, MI; sons and daughters-in-law, Christopher W. Taylor of Hillister, Shane M. and Jennifer Taylor of Hillister, Hawk J. Taylor of Hillister, Jerry D. and Amanda Taylor of Louisiana; grandchildren, Brianna N. and Zachary R.Sirmons of Woodville, Joee R. and Orian K. Taylor-Kirchoft, Orion K. of Oden, MI, Haley, K’Anna, Ashley and Jerry Taylor of Louisiana.
  A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhom.com
            Cremation services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

John Edward Kelley
  John Edward Kelley, Jr., 50, of Woodville, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2008 at his residence.
  Funeral services were held Saturday, January 12th at 2:00 p.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville.  Officiating was Wayne Wise. Serving as pallbearers were Steve Wilson, Steve Swonke, Jerry Walker, Joseph Walker, Joseph Lachausse and Neil Wilson.
  Visitation began at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 12th until service time at the funeral home.
  John was born March 22, 1957 to John E., Sr. & Delcia Young Kelley in Pilot Point, Texas.  He was a former resident of Pasadena.  He was an electrical contractor and was a member of the I.B.E.W.
  He was preceded in death by his father, John E. Kelley, Sr.  He is survived by his mother, Delcia Kelley of Woodville; wife, Julie Kelley of Graham, NC; sons, Douglas Kelley and John David Kelley both of Graham, NC; daughter & son-in-law, Carolyn & Joey Walker of Graham, NC; aunts, Martha Tullis & husband Albert of Slidell, LA, Elaine Gist of Tomball and Edwine Kelley of Spring; and one grandchild, Juliette Walker of Graham NC.
            Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Glenda Lorriane Wells
  Glenda Lorriane Wells, 54, of Bloomfield, New Mexico passed away January 11, 2008.
  A native of Brazoria County, Texas, she lived in New Mexico for several years.  She was a loving wife, mother, and friend to all.
  She is survived by her loving father, Edwin Wells, Jr. of Bloomfield, N.M.; daughter, Georgia Stewart of Bloomfield, N.M.; son, Everett Dwayne Wells of Alvin, Tx; grandchildren, Kylie Marie and Abbigail Wells both of Alvin and Sean Anthony Stewart of Bloomfield, N.M.; and numerous other family members and friends.
  A graveside service was held Thursday, January 17, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Broaddus Cemetery in Broaddus, Tx with Brother Steven Waldrep officiating.
  A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhom.com
  Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Dr. Martin Nellius, Jr.
  Martin Ferdinand Nellius, Jr. 88 of Beaumont, Texas, passed away January 15, 2008 at home after a lengthy battle with heart trouble.  He is survived by his wife, Betty Marks Nellius; son, Martin F. Nellius III and his wife, Nancy, of Houston; daughter, Nancy Stine and her husband, Bob, of Georgetown, Texas;  grand-daughters, Stephanie Mitchell, her husband, Jay and children of Colorado Springs, Colorado;  Amy Bruster, her husband, Anthony and children of Texarkana;  Merrick Posey, her husband, Jake and children of Georgetown, Texas; sister, Lucy Jane Voss, of  Rancho Palos Verdes, California, her children, Martye Alicni of Atlanta, Georgia, Don Voss, and Larry Voss of California and their families.
  He was born in Woodville, Texas June 6, 1919 to Martin F. Nellius Sr. and Lucy Edna Best.  After attending the University of Texas and Lamar Junior College, he went on to Baylor School of Dentistry where he earned a DDS in 1946 and was a member of Delta Sigma Delta fraternity.  Martin was inducted into the Dental Corp of the United States Army, Eighth Service Command, stationed in Leesville, Louisiana and honorably discharged in 1946.
  Starting his professional career that same year, he opened his Dental Office in the Perlstein Bldg., later moving to the American Bank Bldg, where he retired in 1975.  His professional and civic memberships included the SE Texas Dental Association, the Texas Dental Fellow Organization, the original Beaumont Bachelor’s Club, the downtown Lion’s Club, the Chamber of Commerce and he was a founding member of the Charity Dental Clinic in Beaumont.  He was also the co-owner of Piney Creek Hunting Lodge Association in Chester, Texas and a member of the Pine Wood Hunting Club in Sour Lake and several other hunting clubs in the Woodville area.
  In 1948 he married Betty Jane Marks and started their family. He joined Calder Baptist Church in its formative years, teaching both High School and College Sunday School Classes.  He was ordained as a Deacon and was active on several committees.
  Martin loved the great outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He spent every spare minute in the woods or on the lakes and streams of SE Texas.  His fellow classmates and professors in college even named him “shot” for his excellent marksmanship and his quick exit from the classroom to the woods on the weekends.  If he wasn’t participating in the outdoors, he enjoyed entertaining family and friends with colorful stories of his hunting and fishing adventures in the Piney Woods. 
  A family committal service was held Saturday morning, January 19, 2008 at Forest Lawn Cemetery. A Memorial Service was 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Calder Baptist Church, 1005 North 11th Street, Beaumont with Dr. Jim Fuller officiating. Following the service there will be a reception for family and friends in the church parlor. A gathering of family and friends was held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2008 at Broussard’s 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.
  Memorial contributions may be made to Scholarship Fund at Calder Baptist Church, 1005 North 11th Street, Beaumont, Texas 77702.
            Complete and updated information may be viewed at www.broussardsmortuary.com.

Pamela McCullum        
   Services for Pamela McCullum, 46, of Spurger died January 20, 2008 at her residence in Spurger.
  Services were pending at Riley Funeral Home at news time.
  A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhome.com
            Services will be held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Marion Lamar 'Bo' Clegg, Jr.
    Marion Lamar “Bo” Clegg, Jr., 65, of Woodville passed away peacefully on January 13, 2008.
  Born February 1, 1942 in Silsbee, Tx to Marion and Mildred Goza Clegg, Sr., he lived in Baytown before moving to Woodville in 1990.  He was retired from Albermarle after 32 years of service.  Mr. Clegg was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served as a mason for many years.  He served his country in the Army from 1960 until 1962.
  Mr. Clegg is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Clegg of Woodville; sons and daughters-in-law, Ivan Ray and Patricia Clegg of Dayton, Daniel M. and Laura Clegg of Spring, Lawrence Eric and Crystal Clegg of Coldspring and James Andrew Moran of Columbia, Mo; daughter, Deborah Annett Herrera of Rexburg, Idaho; sisters, Barbara Roundy of Ogden, Utah and Frances Ladwig of Houston; twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
  Funeral service was held Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with President John Livingston and President Governor Crawford officiating.  Burial followed at Allison Cemetery in Warren, Tx.  Visitation was held Monday evening at the funeral home.
  Serving as pallbearers were his sons, grandsons and close friends.
  A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhom.com
            Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Byron L. 'Bud'Bassett
  Byron L. “Bud” Bassett, 75, of Snyder, NE passed away January 17, 2008 at his home.
  Mr. Bassett grew up in North Bend, NE and after graduating from North Bend High School he served in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War.  He then moved to Alabama and worked as a carpenter and then trained as a butcher.  He was employed by Greers Grocery Store until 1963 when he moved to Bolivar, Tx and worked in commercial fishing at the gulf coast.  He later moved to Port Arthur, Tx and continued work as a butcher for several years.  On June 17, 1968 he married the love of his life, Zula “Sue” Mitcham in Kemah, Tx.  He moved to Fremont, NE in 1986 and returned to Texas in 1991 and then back to Nebraska and lived in Fremont until 2000 when he moved to Snyder, NE.
  He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Zula “Sue” Bassett of Snyder, NE; daughters, Debra Dickson and Miracle Bassett both of Mobile, AL, Cheryl Bailey and husband, Lynn of Huntington, Tx, Renee Juda and husband, Michael of Mauriceville, Tx and Carol Bassett of Fremont, NE; sister, Ila Hillgren and husband, Dwight of Yelm, WA; sixteen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.
  Funeral service will be held Thursday, January 24, 2008, at 1 p.m. at the Rockland Baptist Church in Rockland with Brother Fred Yount officiating.  Burial will follow at Rockland City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Wednesday from 6 pm until 9 pm at the church.
  A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhom.com
            Services are held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Lester T. Mills
   Funeral services for Lester T. Mills were held at 10 a.m.. Saturday, January 19, 2008 at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Jasper with Military Graveside Services to follow at Big Sandy Cemetery in Polk County.  Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 18, at the funeral home. 
  Lester died January 16, at Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital in Jasper.  A native of Tyler County  and formerly of Houston, he was a longtime Jasper resident.  He loved his Lord  and Savior  Jesus, and was a longtime faithful member of the First Assembly of God Church in Jasper,  where he served as a deacon.  He owned and operated Mills Grocery in the Ebenezer Community until his retirement.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting and raising cows.  A family man he was the patriarch of his family.
  Survivors include his wife of 62 years Lucille Mills of Jasper; three daughters Diann Joslin and husband James, Helen Key and husband Doug all of Jasper, Patricia Kirkpatrick & husband Herbert of Roganville; a brother Jesse Mills of Marion, Tx; a sister Grace Headding of Lamar,
Colorado; six grandchildren & seventeen great grandchildren.  He was also survived by numerous other family members, he was predeceased by a brother Reverend Edward J. Mills.
  Memorials may be made to the First Assembly of God Church, 351 West Gibson, Jasper, Texas  75951.
  Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Jasper. (409)384-5781
Condolences may be sent to www.stringerandgriffin.com.

Robert Salmon
           Memorial services for Robert Salmon, 73, of Chandler, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 20, 2008 at Tyler Metro Church. Dr. Tom Hawkins and Dr. Jerry Phelps officiated.
  Mr. Salmon died January 18 in Tyler.
  Robert Louis Salmon was born October 12, 1934 in Prescott, Arkansas to Louis Edward and Rue Hama Salmon. He had lived in Chandler about 1 year, but lived much of his life in Woodville. Robert served as pastor and traveling evangelist in East Texas in the 1970’s. In more recent years, he was involved in evangelistic ministries such as prison ministry, homeless ministry, street ministry, home group ministry and missions in Thailand. He earned his living as a Master Carpenter.
  He was preceded in death by his father, two brothers, Johnny Salmon and Jackie Salmon and daughter, Karen Lynne Reynolds.
  Survivors include his wife, Sheila Jean Salmon of Chandler; son, Robert Edward Salmon; daughters, Denise Wynne Lilley and Dara Alana Salmon; stepsons, David Kirk Flippin and Michael Lane Flippin; mother, Rue Hama Salmon; 15 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
  If desired, memorials may be made to The Restoration in Church Ministries, P. O. Box 479, Grottoes, VA, 24441 or Tyler Metro Church, 14186 Hwy. 110, Whitehouse, TX, 75791.
            Arrangements were under the direction of Hilliard Funeral Home in Van.

Lorado 'Jiggs' Minyard
  Lorado "Jiggs" Minyard, 88, of Madisonville, formerly of Colmesneil, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2008 at St. Joseph Hospital in Madisonville, Texas.
  Funeral services will be Thursday, January 24th at 10 a.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Gregory Cemetery near Colmesneil.  Officiating will be Brother Teddy Minyard.  Serving as pallbearers are Jerry Minyard, Randall Minyard, Mickey Minyard, Jacob Baker, Daryl Skinner, Donald Gardner and Jordan Baker.
  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 23rd from 5 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
 Jiggs was born February 2, 1919 to William Asa & Myrtle Gilchriest Skinner in Rockland, Texas.  She had been a lifelong resident of Colmesneil before moving to Madisonville to be near her daughter.
  She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin and an infant son.  She is survived by her daughter & son-in-law, Barbara & Calvin Clute of Madisonville; sisters, Dorine Overstreet of Kissimmee, FL and Amy Nethery of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Martin Fraley & wife Karey of Madisonville, Andrew Fraley of Houston and Angela Baker & husband Gary of Madisonville; great grandchildren, Jacob Baker, Jordan Baker and Bethany Baker.
            Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.







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