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East Texas News - Obituaries
Tyler County Booster- January 1, 2010 - January 11, 2010

Etta Barclay
Etta Thelma (Boottie) Barclay, 82, of Hillister, TX, went from labor to reward on Tuesday, December 22, 2009, at Hospice of the Pines in Lufkin, TX. Boottie was born to the late Will McKindle and Arie Lee Baltimore, in Warren, TX. She met and married the late Charles R. Barclay, Etta Barclayand to this union, eight children were born. She was a native of Hillister, TX, and also a member of Little Baptist Missionary Church for many years. Boottie Barclay’s celebration of life was held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Little Baptist Missionary Church in Hillister. Rev. Bobby Cruse, pastor, and Rev. Ervin Victory officiated. Mother Barclay’s final resting place is at the Hillister Cemetery in Hillister, TX. Boottie leaves her loving memories to her daughters, Rosie M. (John) Bean of Hillister, Charlene (Samuel) Gardner of Livingston, TX, Glenora McBride and Thelma (Moses) Foreman, both of Houston, TX, Marilyn (Rick) St. Julius of Port Arthur, TX, Lenora Crew of Kountze, TX; sons, James R. (Carrie) Barclay of Hillister, Charles A. (Tonya) Barclay of Houston; siblings, Mamie Wilson, Elizabeth Lacy, Roosevelt McKindle, and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Services entrusted to Donald E. Coleman Funeral Home, Kountze, TX.

Evelyn Lewis
Evelyn Marie Lewis, 89, of Woodville passed away unto her Lord on December 18, 2009. B orn January 22, 1920 in Bellville, Tx to William and Frances Barbars Maresh, she lived in Houston before moving to Woodville many years ago. She had worked in Houston school cafeteria for many years. After moving to Woodville, she worked for Wal-Mart and the nutrition center. She was a loving and faithful member of the Hillister Assembly of God Church where she touched the lives of many people. S he was preceded in death by her parents, all of her brothers and sisters and a great granddaughter, Jordan Largent. S ister Lewis is survived by her daughters, Frances Johnson of Houston and Evelyn Louise Wicke of Beville; son, Richard Largent of Longview; grandchildren, Nancy Williams and James Largent both of Woodville, Peggy Gaspard of Hessmer, LA, Karen Rodgers of Houston, Deborah Breen of Las Vegas, NV, Joseph Johnson of Corpus Christi, Steven Johnson of Housotn, Tony Wicke and J. J. Wicke both of Beeville; thirteen great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and a host of family and friends. Funeral service was held Tuesday, December 22, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Rusty West officiating. Burial followed at Camp Ground Cemetery. Visitation was held Monday evening at the funeral home. Se rving as pallbearers were family and friends.

Geraldine Rigsby
Funeral services for Geraldine “Geri” Rigsby, 80, of Nacogdoches, formerly of Woodville, were held Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at First United Methodist Church, Nacogdoches, with Dr. Bill Gandin officiating and assisted by Associate Pastor Meredith Wende. Interment followed at Nat Cemetery. Mrs. Rigsby died December 19, 2009, in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born August 7, 1929, in Sabine County, Texas. She enjoyed reading, gardening and quilting. She and her husband, “Red”, loved to travel. When in Woodville, she enjoyed involvement with the Ivanhoe Civic Club. When her children were young, she spent many years as a Girl Scout leader and also worked alongside Red with Boy Scouts. Mrs. Rigsby is survived by a son, Michael Rigsby, and wife, Dawn of Nacogdoches; a daughter, Kathleen Rigsby Behrman and husband, Tom of Houston; a son, Kyle Rigsby and wife, Julie of Lumberton; a sister-in-law, Ethel White of Woodville; a brother-in-law, Joe Rigsby and wife, Patsy, of Cleburne; a brother-in-law, Larry Rigsby, and wife Bobbie of Midlothian; a sister-in-law, Jackie Rigsby of San Antonio; grandchildren, Ben, Kristen, and Daniel Rigsby, Annie and Tommy Behrman; Sheila, Katrine, Jessica and Joshua Rigsby and a great-grandson, Caleb Rigsby. She is preceded in death by her parents, A. V. and Edna White; her spouse of fifty-seven years, Lewis “Red” Eldon Rigsby and a brother, Alan Victor White. The family has suggested donations to Habitat for Humanity, P. O. Box 630683 , Nacogdoches, TX 75963 or to the American Heart Association Nacogdoches County Division, 3629 West Meadow, Nacogdoches, TX 75961 . Services were under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors in Nacogdoches. Online obituary and guestbook posted at www.casonmonk-metcalf.com.

Jessie Sheffield
Jessie Hanks Sheffield, 101, departed to be with the Lord, Thursday, December 24, 2009 at Regent Care Center of The Woodlands, Texas. Funeral services were held Monday, December 28 at 1:00 p.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Ebenezer Cemetery near Colmesneil. Officiating were Dr. Raymond A. Parker and Brother Bubba Sheffield. Serving as pallbearers were her nephews. Visitation was also held on Monday, December 28 from 11:00 a.m. until service time. Jessie was born March 21, 1908, the second of 10 children, to E.W. “Dump” and Rannie Hanks in the Emilee community in Tyler County. Having lived 101 years of history, including the “Great Depression”, her life was characterized by hard work, sacrificial love of family and commitment to the Lord. In addition to her family and many friends, a joy of her life was the Melody Maker Choir, of which she was a charter member. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 60 years, Hugh Sheffield. She is survived by her loving family, daughter, Helen Tyson; granddaughter, Melissa Tyson; grandson, Todd Tyson & wife, Wendi; great grandchildren, Garand, Wyatt and Eliana Tyson; brothers, John Edd and Blant Hanks; sisters, Mary Alice Lancaster and Lillian Estes; and extended family. God blessed us with her presence for over 101 years and she will be deeply missed. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the caring staff of The Orchard. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Imer Williford
Imer R. Williford, 88, of Lufkin passed away December 26, 2009. Born in Warren, Tx to Guy and Nora Mae Gant Williford, he lived most of his life in Nederland where he retired from Neches Butane Products as an operator before moving to Lufkin in 2004. He was a member of the Corinth Primitive Baptist Church in Appleby, Tx and a World War II Army Veteran. He was preceded in death by his brother, Guy Williford. Elmer is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Edyth G. Williford; daughters, Marilyn Grace Murphy and husband Jim of Sugarland and Jerilyn Ann Stephens of Lufkin; sister, Maxine Clark of Bridge City; grandchildren, Dana Huntsinger and husband Chris of Cypress, Amy Robinson and husband Adrian of Sugar Land, Dawn Brandenburg and husband Brandon of Bonham, Christine Sehon of Groves, Miles Stephens of Lufkin, Wade Stephens and wife Tiffany of San Augustine, and Jeff Stephens and wife Nicole of Lufkin; great grandchildren, Caitlyn, Will and Wyatt Huntsinger, Beckett and Porter Robinson, Andrew and Rowan Brandenburg, Autumn, Rayce and Summer Stephens and a host of other family members and friends. Funeral service was held Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with Elder Michael Rhodes, Elder Gary Rhodes and Elder Gerald Read officiating. A graveside service followed at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery with the United States Army presenting the American Flag to the family. Visitation was held Monday from 5 - 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were Lenvil Stanaland, Alvin Stanaland, Delbert Peet, and Wayne Vize. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Lamar Carter and J. D. Read. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

William Wooster
William C. “Bill” Wooster, Sr., passed away, Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at Lufkin Memorial Hospital in Lufkin, Texas. Funeral services were Saturday, December 26 at 2:00 p.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Woodville. Officiating was Brother Scott Cox. Serving as pallbearers were Bill Wooster, Ricky Wooster, Robby Wooster, Ronnie Ward, Danny Ward, Randy Ward, Jim Green and Gerry Edge. Visitation was held on Saturday, December 26 from 12:00 noon until service time at 2:00 p.m. Bill was born November 19, 1929 to Clyde & Annie Wooster in Baytown, Texas. He was a former resident of Baytown and a long time resident of Tyler County. He was a retired plant supervisor from Tenneco Chemical and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Wooster on January 23, 2009. He is survived by his sons & daughters-in law,William “Bill” Wooster, Jr. of New Orleans, Ricky & Paula Wooster and Robby & Norma Wooster all of Houston; daughter & son-in-law, Linda & Scott Cox of Fort Worth; sister, Sylvia Burkhart of Spring; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.





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