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East Texas News - Obituaries
Tyler County Booster- January 11, 2009 - January 18, 2009

Herman Arline
Herman Arline, 74, of Hillister, Tx, passed away January 15, 2009 at Woodville Convalescence Center in Woodville, Tx. The son of the late George and Eliza Arline, he was born September 5, 1934 in Hillister.
  He was united with Little Baptist Church in Hillister, Tx at an early age and graduated from Henry T. Scott High School in Woodville. After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force where he served honorably for 12 years. Following his active duty service, he worked as an Air Force civilian employee and later for the City of Houston, Tx. Herman was an avid learner. He took advantage of opportunities to gain new knowledge and skills that he never hesitated to share with co-workers, family and friends.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Eliza Arline; brother, Luke Arline and sister Verma Lee Maloy. He leaves to mourn his passing daughters Stephanie Arline of Hawaii and Mary Jean Ray (Robert) of Houston; one son, Steven Arline of Tenaha, Tx; three grandchildren, La Kisha Robertson (Fred), Andrea McCarter and Kendrick Jenkins of Houston; sisters Yerlean Foster and Alma Moye of Hillister, Rosemary Moye (Nathaniel) of Woodville and Mary Samuel of Houston; and, numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends, and a special cousin Johnnie Arline.
  Funeral services will be Saturday, January 24, at 11 a.m. in Hillister Baptist Church, Rev. B. Cruse officiating. Burial will be in Hillister Community Cemetery in Hillister.
  Funeral arrangements intrusted to Coleman’s Tyler County Funeral Home, 511 S. Pecan St., Woodville, Texas.

Lora Birch
Lora Birch was born October 23,1913, in Barum, Texas and passed away Saturday, January 10, 2009 in Lufkin, Texas. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Corrigan., Texas; a member of the Order of the Eastern Star #631; and a homemaker. She received a teaching certificate from Stephen F. Austin State College and taught for several years. Lora enjoyed cooking, sewing, flower arranging and gardening, homemaking, and raising her three sons. She was preceded in death by her husband of many years, Robert E. Birch and parents, William Henry and Margaret Francis (Dickens) Vinson.
  She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Joe Bill Birch of Corrigan, Texas; Robert F. and Kathryn Birch of Corrigan, Texas; Richard Wayne and Debra Birch of Jacksonville, Texas; grandchildren. Bob Birch of Corrigan, Texas; Sharon Birch of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Jennifer and James Pierson of Woodville, Texas; Mark Birch of Arlington, Texas; Daniel Birch of Brooklyn, New York; Ryan Noell of Tyler, Texas, and Adam Noell of Santa Fe, New Mexico; three great-grandchildren; her brother; William H. Vinson, Jr., of Longview; and many other relatives and friends.
  The funeral service was held January 13, 2009 at the First United Methodist Church of Corrigan with Reverend Francine Meyer officiating. Interment followed at Union Springs Cemetery near Corrigan, Texas.

Charles Horace “Chuck” Newsom Sr.
A graveside service for Mr. Charles Horace “Chuck” Newsom Sr., 76, of Nacogdoches will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 9, 2009, at Sunset Memorial Park with Dr. Allen Reed officiating. Music will be under the direction of Mark Tolar. Mr. Newsom passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2009, in Nacogdoches. Chuck was born February 28, 1932, in Kerens, Texas, the son of the late Horace James and Sybil “Addie” Evangeline McConnico Newsom.
  Mr. Newsom attended school in the Kerens school district and graduated in 1949. He then attended Baylor University and graduated in 1953. During his entire college years at Baylor, he played the bass drum for the Baylor Golden Wave marching band. He raised his family in Kountze, Texas. He and Lela “Katy” Katherine Kirkpatrick were married May 31, 1958, in Hillister, Texas.
  He was a United States deputy marshal and a municipal judge in Kountze. Chuck was quite an entrepreneur; he retired six times but always managed to find a new line of work. He taught school in Newton, sold church furniture, owned and operated Sports Unlimited and the LaNana Creek Gallery, along with many other businesses. Chuck was a Baptist, a member of First Baptist Church and a Sunday school song leader. Chuck had a wonderful personality that drew people to him, and he never met a stranger in all the endeavors of his life.
  Chuck is survived by his wife,  Lela “Katy” Katherine Kirkpatrick of Nacogdoches; two sons, Charles H. Newsom Jr. and wife, Jennifer, of Nacogdoches, Scott Newsom and wife, Angie, of Douglass; two daughters, Cindy Whisenhant and husband, Lindsey, of Woodville and Sunni Morris and husband, Scott, of Nacogdoches; nine grandchildren, Barry Whisenhant, Ben Newsom, Aaron Newsom, Jordan Newsom, Ashley Jackson, Sarah Newsom, Susannah Newsom, Mallory Morris and Sophie Morris; one great-granddaughter, Gracie Jackson; one sister, Patricia Lipscomb of Ennis, Texas; and several nephews.
  Pallbearers will be Barry Whisenhant, Robert Jackson, Ben Newsom, Aaron Newsom, Jordan Newsom, Allen Kirkpatrick, Lance Lipscomb, Kevin Lipscomb and Relda Lipscomb. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Simmons, Charles Pool, Jerry Sitton, Dale Wiliford, Tom Gray, James Odom, Bill McWhorter, Gene Whisenhant, Les Vanover, Steve Tindall, Tenny Whorton, Kenneth Sutton, Duke Braselton and Ken Willis. Memorial donations can be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 411 North St., Nacogdoches, Texas 75961. Friends and family are invited to visitation from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, January 8, 2009, at Laird Funeral Home. Laird Funeral Home.

Mary Lee Martin
Funeral Services for Mary Lee Martin, 95, of Houston, Texas will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 17, 2009 in the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church in Chester, Texas with Rev. W.Z. Terry officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, January 16, 2009 from 5-8 p.m. in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Darden Cemetery.
  Mrs. Martin was born October 10, 1913 in Barnum, Texas and passed away Sunday, January 11, 2009 in Sugarland, Texas.  She was a member of the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church in Chester, Texas and had been an employee for Chester ISD.  She married her loving husband, Woodson Martin on April 19, 1933 in Livingston, Texas and together they raised a wonderful family. She was a member of the Eastern Star for many years as well as the Ancient Love Court #369. She was preceded in death by her husband: Woodson Martin; parents: Brown and Pidie Ann Walter; sons: Clyde, Tom, Woodson Jr., Fred and Billy Ray; daughter: Glenda Ann; brothers: Henry, Earl, and Aubrey; and sister: Ruby Smith.
  She is survived by her sons: George W. Martin of Lynwood, California, Bennie C. Martin Sr. of Chester, Texas, Robert T. Martin Sr. of Moreno Valley, California; daughters: Hazel Martin Hannon of Chester, Texas, Edith Martin Barnes of Houston, Texas, Mary B. Martin of Long Beach, California; brother: Alphonso Walter of Carson, California; sisters: Candres Lewis, Emma Lee Willis and Grace Turner all of Compton, California; 33 grandchildren, 60 great grandchildren, 18 great-great grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends,  including special niece, Mrs. Jewelene Bean of Chester, Texas.
  Pallbearers: Kirby L. Barnes Jr., Keith Barnes, Ahmad Daniels, Bennie Martin Jr., Raymond Hannon, Timothy Martin, Keith C. Martin, Anthony Martin, Robert Martin Jr., Bryan Martin, and Cedric Johnson-Martin.
  Honorary Pallbearers: George C. Martin, Bennie C. Martin Sr., Robert T. Martin Sr., Alphonso Walter, Kerry Martin, Victor Martin and Tom Martin Jr.


 



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