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East Texas News - Obituaries
Tyler County Booster- June 28, 2009 - July 12, 2009

Evelyn Young
Evelyn Joyce Russell Young, 67, of Woodville passed away peacefully on June 30, 2009. Born August 26, 1941 in Eros, La., to Kermit A. and Lula Goerge Russell, she lived in Tyler County for 18 years. She was retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a Director of Medical Records. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She is survived by her loving daughters, Cindy Labor of Orange, Lisa Renk of Santa Elena, Terressa Williamson of Woodville, and Bridgette Stewart of Bakersfield, CA; loving son, Michael Young of Lumberton; sisters, Nola Carpenter of Eros, LA and Clarice Allen of Rayville, LA; fourteen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. Funeral service was held Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at 4 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother David Clark officiating. Burial followed at Camp Ground Cemetery. Visitation was held Monday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were Bobby Williamson, Donald Williamson, Brandon Labor, John McKinney, Anthony Barros, and David Young. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Dr. Mary Moore
Dr. Mary Lucille Moore, 78, of Friendswood, Texas, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2009 at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. Funeral services were held Monday, July 6, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville, Texas. Officiating was Reverend Vickie Simons. Visitation was held on Sunday, July 5, 2009 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial service will be held at a later date at First United Methodist Church in Pearland, Texas. She was born May 10, 1931 to Charles William, Jr. and Myrtis Lucille Gaston Richards in Woodville, Texas. She was born in the two-story home at the corner of Village and Wheat in Woodville, that is now undergoing remodeling. She was a graduate of University of Tennessee School of Nursing, Memphis, Tennessee, received her B.S. from The University of Alabama, her M.S. from The University of Alabama and her P.H.D. from The University of Houston. She was a retired Professor and Chair at U.T.M.B. in Galveston, Texas. Dr. Moore had a passion for research in child psychology and was able to have several programs implemented at the national level as a result of her dedication and grants that she received. Dr. Moore is survived by her husband of 50 years, Harry Moore of Friendswood, Texas; son, Edward Harrison Moore of Culver City, California; daughter, Edith Urner and husband, Chris of the Westchester area of Los Angeles, California; brother, Charles Richards and wife, Nancy Barry Richards of Union City, Tennessee; sister, Rose Scott of Winfield, Alabama; and grandson, Cade Urner of Los Angeles. California. In lieu of usual remembrances, please make memorial contributions to Muscular Dystrophy specifically MYATHENIA Gravis research in Houston, Texas. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Lina Tarver
Lina Tarver of Chester, Tx passed away peacefully unto the Lord on July 1, 2009 at her residence. Born March 3, 1925 in Corrigan, Texas to Jess and Cleo Locke, she lived in Nederland for 35 years before retiring to Chester, Tx. She was retired from Retail Merchants. She was a member of the Chester Baptist Church where her love for the Lord shone brightly. She is survived by her husband of 62 years of love and happiness, Barney Tarver; sons, and daughters-in-law, Bruce and Linda Tarver of Nederland, Mike Tarver of Nederland, Barney Lynn and Karen Tarver of Chester; grandchildren, Bryan Tarver, Michael and Lisa Tarver, Brandy and Jarred Kotz, Kaylynn and Thomas Will; step grandchildren, Kim and Ramsey Thompson, Kevin and Mandi Ross; great grandchildren, Avery Kotz, Ryleigh and Parker Will; step great grandchildren, Aubrey and Kelsey Thompson and Hanna Ross; sisters, Ada Vee Loving, Martha Tarver, Janell Lang, LaJoyce Watts and husband, Emory; brother, Jessie Locke; sisters-in-law, Ettie Sanders and Molly Locke. Funeral service was held Saturday, July 4, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Hails Taylor and Brother Larry Trest officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Chester. Visitation was held Friday evening. Serving as pallbearers were Richard Loving, Waymond Lang, Al Tarver, Norman Sanders, Jr., Rodney Watts, Steve Longino, Charlie Jay Locke, and Billy Sam Locke. Memorials may be made to the Chester Baptist Church in Chester, Texas. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Selma Evitts
Selma “Tommie” Evitts died Sunday, June 28, 2009, while visiting in Corpus Christi, her Lord called her home. Tommie was born September 18, 1915, in Hicksbaugh, TX. She was one of ten children born to Isaack “Dick” and Martha Ellen Die Bailey. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, nine siblings, her husband of 52 years Rex Evitts, and great-great-grandson Skylar Chase Thomas. Most all of Tommie’s life of 93 years was in Texas. She lived in Warren, TX since 2002. She loved her family, traveling, camping, quilting, dominoes, and Seek-a-Word Puzzle Books. In November of 2008, while visiting in PA, she made snow angels and had snowball fights. She was full of life, blessed, and dearly loved. Survivors include daughters Jean Taylor of Lumberton and T. J. Forsyth of Warren, son L. Rex Evitts and wife Lenora of Tacoma, Washington, ten grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. Services were held at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee with burial at Big Sandy Cemetery in Polk County. Pallbearers were Dustin Rapp, Bill Dicke, Bo Rice, Danny Collins, Jay Moulder, and Brandon Rice. Honorary pallbearers were Cody Forsyth, John Bouse, Jordan Thomas, Brady Rapp, and Jacob Hatt. We will cherish our memories of “Momma”, “Mother”, “Nannie”, “Mammie”, “Granny”, and “Aunt Tommie”.


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