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East Texas News - Obituaries
Tyler County Booster- July 12, 2009 - July 19, 2009

J.R. Barnes
James Robert Barnes, Jr., 88, of Chester, passed away quietly Saturday, July 11, 2009 of complications due to Parkinson’s disease. F uneral services will be Wednesday, July 15th at 11:00 a.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until service time. Officiating is Reverend Pam Howard. T he interment will be a private family committal at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Chester. J .R., as he is known to his friends and family in Chester, was born September 14, 1920 to James Robert, Sr. and Ada Elizabeth Autry Barnes in Chester on the family land where he and Virginia, his wife of 66 years, built their home for retirement in 1979. They lived there until their deaths; Virginia’s being in December, 2005. J.R. graduated from Chester High School at 15 and graduated from Sam Houston Teacher’s College in Huntsville where he met and then married Virginia in June, 1939. They taught at Cedar Bayou School District until World War II began. At that point, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as the captain of a missile ship in the Pacific. After returning from the war, he worked for Exxon Mobil in Baytown, then Humble Oil, for 30 years. He is survived by his son, J.Robert Barnes, III, M..D. and wife, Mary Gale; granddaughter, Jessica Love Barnes, all from Houston; and his daughter, Elaine Barnes and Ron Gray. He is also survived by several generations of his elder sister, Edith Wilbanks; Randy Wilbanks of Austin; Gerry and Beth Wilbanks of Diboll and their children and spouses and grandchildren. The family would like to extend special appreciation for the loving care given to Mr. Barnes on the day of his death by his caregiver, Jo Ann Coleman of Woodville and Wilma Vinson, a neighbor and also nurse of Odyssey Healthcare Hospice. Se rvices are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Carnell Wright
Carnell Wright, 78, of Woodville passed away peacefully unto his Lord on July 8, 2009. Born October 30, 1930 in San Augustine, Texas to the late Hollis and Dreadie London Crocker Wright, he moved to Woodville in 1993 after retiring as a service manager and machinist with Danmar Company. He was a U. S. Air Force Korean Veteran and a member of the Hill ister Assembly of God Church. He is survived by his loving and caring wife, Margaret Wright; children, Hollis Thomas Wright, Lucie Baldwin, Carolyn Huerkamp and Cynthia Jane Johnson; brother, Jerry Leon Wright and his wife, Margaret; three grandsons, Will and Alan Wright and Chris McCallon; and a host of other family members and friends. Funeral service was held Saturday, July 11, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Rusty West officiating. Burial followed at the Old Hardin Cemetery in Kountze, Tx. Visitation was held Friday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were Mike Anders, Mike McDonald, Ted Huerkamp, Chris McCallon, Todd Hollier, and Jake Hollier. Serving as honorary pallbearers were the men of the Hillister Assembly of God Church and Carnell’s cousins. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Kenneth Walker
Town Bluff passed away Friday, July 10, 2009. Funeral services were held Monday, July 13th at 11:00 a.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Fairview Cemetery. Officiating were the members of Spurger Snow River Masonic Lodge # 385. Serving as pallbearers were David Harris, Glen Anderson, Earl Johnson, Billy Gregory and Tom Wallace. Visitation was held on Sunday, July 12th from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Kenneth was born December 5, 1935 to Jesse Pete & Mable Sheffield Walker in Spurger, Texas. He was a retired supervisor from Texaco. He is survived by his wife, Lucy Walker of Town Bluff; son & daughter-in-law, Greg & Wanda Walker of Silsbee; daughters & sons-in-law, Tena & Douglas Bonnette of Silsbee and Gena & Mark Huddleston of Winnie; 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. “Just want to say goodbye to my many friends at Harris Grocery,” K.W. Walker, Mayor Town Bluff. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Robert Ferguson

Robert Dillard Ferguson, 83, of Woodville passed away July 10, 2009. Born August 31, 1925 in Pittsburg, Texas to the late Robert H. and Emily Dillard Ferguson, he lived in Houston before retiring to the Woodville area in 1982. He and his late wife, Dolly Ferguson, owned and operated the Hillister Flea Market for many years. He was a World War II Navy Veteran. Mr. Ferguson is survived by his loving children, Barbara Johnson of LaPorte, Robert M. Ferguson of Pittsburg, Tx, Robert David Ferguson of Woodville, Randy Lynn Ferguson of League City, Debra Jean Wise of Livingston and Jeffrey Dean Ferguson of Woodville; brother, David Ferguson of Pittsburg; eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren. A graveside service was held Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Woodville with Brother Steven Waldrep, Sr. officiating. Visitation was held Monday evening at the funeral home. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Robert Hargis
Robert Josephine Chapman Hargis, died December 1, 2008 in Kerrville, Tx. She was born October 5, 1912 to Susan Williams Chapman and Robert Payne Chapman in Thicket, Texas. She is survived by her son, Dr. Thomas R. Hamilton and his wife, Sara Ince Hamilton of Kerrville; her grandchildren, Shannon Hamilton Hawkins and her husband, Curtis Gene Hawkins of San Antonio and Patrick Michael Hamilton and his wife, Beverly Brunick Hamilton of Round Rock; her great grandchildren, Kathryn Elizabeth Hawkins, Matthew Dudley Hawkins, Thomas Weber Hamilton, Anna Elizabeth Hamilton and Jillian Virginia Hamilton. She is also survived by her sister, Marie Chapman Simpson and her husband, Doward Simpson of Silsbee and her numerous nieces and nephews. In addition she is survived by her step granddaughter, Marlynn Hamilton Butler and her husband, Gordon Butler who live in Wimberley. R obbie, as she was called by her family and friends, was predeceased by her parents, her three sisters, Dora Lee Higdon, Elizabeth Bell and Hattie Chapman and her two brothers, James C. Chapman and Joe P. Chapman. She was also predeceased by her three husbands, Thomas Ross Causey, Lynn Boyd Hamilton, Sr. and Frank Eugene Hargis, Sr. R obbie grew up in East Texas and attended Kirby High School in Woodville. She later worked for Humble Oil Company in Houston and New Orleans. When she married Mr. Hamilton, they lived in Houston and then moved to Woodville. After his demise, she returned to Houston. She subsequently married Mr. Hargis and they continued to live in Houston until his death. Eventually she moved to San Antonio to be near her son and his family. She had resided in Kerrville at the Hilltop Village for the past two years. A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, July 18, 1009, at 11 a.m. at the Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Dorothy Tolar
Dorothy Belle Grammer Tolar, 88, of Doucette, Texas, passed away peacefully unto the Lord, Saturday, July 11, 2009 at her residence surrounded by her family. Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville. Officiating were Dr. Raymond Parker and Reverend Teddy Minyard. Visitation was held on Monday, July 13, 2009, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Dorothy was born December 30, 1920, in Woodville, Texas to Warren Elbert and Myrtle Harriett Wisenbaker Grammer of Woodville, Texas and was a lifetime citizen of Tyler County. Dorothy and her husband, LeRoy began their business career with a general store in Doucette, Texas servicing all of the community with groceries, gas, and feed. At a later date, she and LeRoy decided to branch out with their business by purchasing a small grocery store on Highway 69 called Tolar’s Drive-In Grocery. LeRoy passed away in the sixties, but with the help of her sons and daughters, Dorothy continued to maintain the business and venture out into other business entities. During her career as a successful business woman, she and the family operated three laundromats, a dry cleaning facility, and the first self-service carwash establishment. Dorothy enjoyed visits with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren play with toys and balloons that she had gathered for them to play with when they came to visit with her. Not only did she love her family, but she loved her church family. She was a member of the Doucette First Baptist Church where her love for the Lord shone brightly. She would use her talents teaching Sunday School, GAs, and Vacation Bible School. Her Bible was marked with special scriptures she would recite to her friends. Dorothy enjoyed receiving cards and phone calls from her church family and others. She would listen closely as family members read her cards to her. As Dorothy’s health and sight declined, you could go into her home and she would be listening to the news. She was proud of the fact that she knew what was going on in the world and enjoyed sharing the news to her family. Dorothy is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Jesse Leroy and Christine Tolar of Doucette. Bill and Diana Tolar of Doucette; daughters and sons-in-law, Sherry Janet and John Kenner of Woodville, Kathy Harriett and Tommy Weaver of Doucette; thirteen grandchildren, Brad Tolar and wife, Evanka, Casey Tolar and wife Neslie, Justin Tolar, Clint Tolar, Marcus Tolar and wife, Erika, Glenda Hicks and husband Leslie, Billy Tolar and wife Krystal, Bobby Tolar and wife Holley, Gina Greaff and husband Michael, Richard Kenner and wife Jennifer, Travis Weaver and wife Jamie, Ryan Weaver and wife Amanda and Lane Weaver and wife Amber; twenty great grandchildren, Nicholas Tolar, Avery, Allie, and Gage Tolar, Mathew and Kaitlyn Tolar, Trey and Kaylee Tolar, Madison and Jackson Tolar, Caleb, Karlea, and Kenner Greaff, Olivia and Abigail Kenner, Blake Hays and Reed Weaver, Laural Weaver, Tyler Weaver, and the newest addition as of July 3, 2009, Gaven Tolar. She is preceded in death by her husband of thirty-one years, LeRoy Tolar; and her son, Jerry Eugene Tolar; and two grandchildren, Todd Allen Tolar and Rodney LeRoy Tolar; mother and father, Myrtle and Warren Grammer. Dorothy had four brothers and all of whom preceded her in death, R.E., John, Archie, and Warren Franklin Grammer. The family wishes to thank the caregivers, Joyce Holmes and Beverly Hickman for the love that was shown for our mother and our Nanny Bo during the last nine months. Also a special thanks to the Staff of East Texas Home Health in Chester and Odyssey Healthcare Hospice in Jasper for their support and guidance to the family as they took care of their mother and mother-in-law at her home. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.


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