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Tyler County Booster - Obituaries
July 2010
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Mary Butcher
Mary B. Butcher, 82, of New Caney formerly of Woodville, passed away peacefully unto the Lord on June 2, 2010. Born March 25, 1928 in San Augustine, Texas to Elmon and Esther Crocker Smith, she lived in Tyler County for many years. She was a faithful member of Fairview Baptist Church where her son, Bro. Doyle Butcher, was pastor. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, O. B. Butcher. She is survived by her loving children, Darlene and Tommy Story of New Caney, Otto and Donna Butcher of Woodville, Doyle and Sheryl Butcher of Woodville; brother, Troy T. Smith of Channelview; sister, Tommie Lois Lacy of Broaddus; grandchildren, Mary Ann Kirkland, Crystal J. Rodgers and Kristy Matthews; great grandchildren, Doyce and Elizabeth Kirkland, Daymon, Chelsei and Brandon Story, Colby Study, Bryan and Jared Matthews; and a host of other family members and friends. Funeral service was held Saturday, May 5, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Fairview Baptist Church in Town Bluff with Brother Doyle Butcher and Brother Ray Matthews officiating. Burial followed at the Fairview Cemetery. Visitation was held Friday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were Brandon Story, Daymon Story, Colby Study, John Richardson, Billy Crozier, Gerry Rodgers and Ray Matthews. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Elmer McLaughlin
Funeral services for Elmer Lee McLaughlin, 82, of Spurger will be 2:00 pm T h u r s - d a y , June 3, 2010 at Farmer Funeral H o m e with a military g r a v e - s i d e service to follow in R.S. Farmer Memorial Cemetery. Reverend George Floyd will preside over the services. Visitation will begin 5:00 pm Wednesday June 2, 2010 at the funeral home. Mr. McLaughlin died May 30, 2010 at Tyler County Hospital in Woodville. Elmer served his country in both WWII and the Korean War in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans while in the Navy. He worked as engineer and retired from Santa Fe Railroad. He loved to travel with his family and lived life to the fullest. Survivors include wife Carolyn McLaughlin of Spurger; three sons, Michael Allen McLaughlin and wife Mary of New Orleans, John McLaughlin and wife Juliana of Dallas and Tommy McLaughlin and wife Sonja of Silsbee; daughter Leigh Waldrep and husband Weldon of Silsbee; special daughter Jody Dulaney of Silsbee; sister Trudie Hollyfield of Rayburn; brothers George Earl McLaughlin of Beaumont, Jerry McLaughlin of Kerrville and Harry McLaughlin; seventeen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Doug Best, Tony Best, Josh McLaughlin, Danny Waldrep, Douglas Waldrep and Tucker Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul James, David Harris, Raymond Dominy, Larry Rogers, Jay Wright and Alan Sanford. Farmer Funeral Home Condolences will be accepted at http://www.timeformemory. com/farmer.

James Stephens
Brother James Austin Stephens, 80, of Woodville passed away peacefully unto the Lord on June 5, 2010. Born July 13, 1929 in Cleveland, Tx to Ted and Bessie Jasper Stephens, he lived in Woodville for many years. He was a self employed carpenter. He served as the Pastor for the Harmony Baptist Church for many years where he touched many people thru his ministry. He was instrumental in starting the First Spanish Church in Tyler County, active in the food bank for the needy, active in mission work in Mexico, taught English class and G. E. D. classes to spanish people in the county. James was a U. S. Army Air Corp veteran. Preceding him in death were his parents, sister, Velmaire Cude; and two grandsons, Christian Stephens and Charles Stephens. He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Stephens; daughters, Joy Reynolds and husband Rick of Woodville and Angela Stephens of Woodville; sons, Ronnie Stephens and wife, Teresa of Woodville, Chad Stephens and wife, Sarah of Montgomery, La and Bryan Stephens of Lumberton; brothers Delbert Stephens and wife, Laverne of Splendora, Ted Stephens and wife, Betty of Fred; sisters, Wanda Knight and husband, Ernest of Splendora, Margerat Rehm and husband, Sonny of Mammoth Springs, Ark.; twelve grandchildren and five great grandchildren; and a host of other family members and friends. Funeral service was held Tuesday, May 8, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Ken DeRouen and Brother David Miller officiating. Burial followed at Camp Ground Cemetery in Woodville. Visitation was held Monday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were Juan Martinez, Brad Stephens, Ethan Stephens, Patrick Lohman, Justin Finch and Caleb Stephens. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Ted Stephens, Zach Fletcher, Brandin Fletcher, Jacob Fletcher, Chase Fletcher and Delbert Stephens. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Almer Smith
Almer Jeane Smith, 77, of Hutto passed away peacefully on May 28, 2010 in Round Rock, Tx. Born May 21, 1933 in Leesville, LA to Gladwell and Essie Craft Smith, he lived in Hutto for many years. He was retired as a manager for Luby’s Inc. and was a Navy Veteran. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He is survived by his loving wife, Theresa Marlene Smith; son and daughter-in-law, Rick L. and Joyce Smith of New Braunfels, Tx; daughters and son-in-law, Brenda Smith of Hutto, Cathy and Mike Bodenhamer of Pasadena and Stephanie Smith of Pasadena; sister, Shirley Harrington of Vidor; brothers and sisters-in-law, J. William and Becky Smith of Orange, Larry and Debbie Smith of Beaumont and Gladwell Smith, Jr. of Wildwood; grandchildren, Michelle, Cody, Josh and Julie; great grandchildren, Alix and Haley and a host of other family members and friends. Funeral service was held Monday, May 31, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Delbert Lamb officiating. The United States Flag was presented to the family by the U. S. Navy. Burial followed at the Hubert Cemetery in Polk County. Visitation was held Sunday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were Larry “Judd” Smith, Keith Fox, Paul Stacey, James Fox, Jay Smith and Larry Smith. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

George Cook, Jr.
George Wesley Cook, Jr., 84, of Newton, Tx, passed away Thursday, June 24, 2010, at the Holiday Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Woodville after a lengthy illness. Born June 5, 1926, in Brownsboro, Tx, to George W. and Fannie Tergerson Cook, Sr., he had made his home in Newton since 1948. Mr. Cook taught Vocational Agriculture at Newton High School for 38 years, served as a faculty advisor for the Newton FFA and was a founding member of the Newton County Fair Association. He was also a past Newton Fire Chief, a Newton City Fire Marshal and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Newton. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Rudolph, Neilan and Leon Cook and sisters, Fayrene Youngblood, Hazel Wyatt and Sue Olsowski. Survivors include his wife, Mona Shirley Cook of Newton; sons, George W. Cook, III of Princeton, Tx, and Kevin Cook of Newton;

Joy Cowart
Joy Fae Cowart, 78, of Colmesneil passed away June 24, 2010 in Lufkin, Tx. Born December 3, 1931, in Hemphill, Tx, to Ben and Bertha Solly Bennett, she lived in Beaumont for 25 years before moving to Colmesneil in 1979. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend to all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Archie Bennett. Joy is survived by her loving husband, Robert Allen Cowart; sons, Allen Ray Cowart of Houston, Norman Earl Cowart and wife, Laurie, of Parkersburg, VA, Lloyd Gene Cowart and wife, Dona of Orange; sisters, Maureen Roberts of Leesville, LA, and Dorothy McCall of Port Neches; brothers, Don Bennett of Friendswood; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a host of other family members and friends. Funeral service was held Sunday, June 27, 2010, at 1 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Jack Lewellen officiating. Burial followed at the Ferrell Cemetery near Colmesneil. Visitation was held Saturday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were John Cowart, Benjamin Cowart, Robert D. Cowart, William Cowart, Michael Rader and Drew McCall. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Paul McClanahan
Funeral services for Paul Wayne McClanahan, 79, of Town Bluff were held June 28, 2010, at the First Baptist Church in Spurger, with burial following at Turner Branch Cemetery. Wayne died June 25, 2010, at his residence. A native of Oklahoma, he was a longtime Town Bluff resident. A member for 55 years of the Duncan, Oklahoma Masonic Lodge #60 AF & AM, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He retired after 34 years of service as a lead production supervisor for Mobil Oil. He was passionate about his family & his career with Mobil. Survivors include son Larry Wayne McClanahan of Town Bluff, sister Wanda Fay Barker of Lindsey, OK, two grandchildren, Todd Mc- Clanahan & wife Jamie & Nikki Annette McClanahan and two greatgrandchildren, Zachary & Mason McClanahan. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Melba, and a brother, Billy Joe McClanahan. Memorials may be made to the Gideon’s, 601 N. Wheeler, Jasper, TX 75951 or the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin, TX 75904. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Jasper.

Velma Stafford
Velma Hopson Stafford, 88, of Kingwood passed away June 27, 2010. Born September 18, 1921, in Colmesneil, Tx, to James F. and Georgia Davis Hopson, she lived in Colmesneil where she graduated from Colmesneil High School. She was a lifelong resident of Channelview and a member of the Trinity Pines Baptist Church in Trinity, Tx. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Turner Stafford; brothers, Vermon Hardy Hopson and James Finnis Hopson, Jr.; grandson, John Wayne Blackstock. Velma is survived by her loving children, Charlotte Ann Blackstock and husband, Bernie, of Crosby, Phyllis Jean Sharp and husband, George, of Kingwood, Lynda Kaye Hegman and husband, Mark, of Baytown, Jimmy Lane Stafford and wife, Debbie, of Livingston ;brother, Merval Lee Hopson and wife, Bobbie, of Colmesneil; grandchildren, Virginia Blackstock Myers and husband, Leon, of Huffman, Tiffany Jean Sharp of Austin, Christopher Henry Sharp and wife, Meredith, of Kingwood, Leslie Kaye Hegman Sproat and husband, Michael of Spring, Heidie Marie Hegman of Huntsville, Stephanie Kay Stafford Gray and husband Harrison of Katy, Jennifer Leigh Stafford Grosse and husband, Brian, of Houston, and Keaton Lane Stafford of Katy; five great-grandchildren, Roger Bobalik, Jr. and wife, Tiffany of Crosby, Brandon James Bobalik of Crosby, Sean Douglas Bobalik and wife, Emily of Crosby, Taylor Anne Sharp and Cally Claire Sharp both of Kingwood; two great-greatgrandchildren, Haley Marie Bobalik of Cosby, Peyton Leigh of Crosby. Funeral service was held Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at 10 a.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Kenneth Myers and Brother Teddy Mack Minyard officiating. Burial followed at Davis Cemetery near Colmesneil. Visitation was held Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Christopher Sharp, Michael Sproat, Roger Bobalik, Jr., Brandon Bablik, Sean Bobalik, Keaton Stafford, Harrison Gray and Brian Grosse. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

 

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