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East Texas News - Obituaries
Tyler County Booster- June 28, 2009 - July 5, 2009

Velma Best
Velma Odessa “Dessa” Deggs Best, 71, of Woodville entered into eternal rest at Woodville Health and Rehabilitation on Sunday morning June 28, 2009, after a 2 year battle with cancer. She may have lost the battle, but has won her angel wings. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 30th at 2:00 p.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Magnolia Cemetery all in Woodville. Officiating were Brother Troy Richardson and Brother Chad Barnes. Serving as pallbearers Velma Bestwere Mark Best, Steven Clark, Arlo Fischer, Wesley Deggs, Luke Hughes and Billy Best. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Crosby and Jerry Rains. Visitation was held on Monday, June 29th from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. She was born in Colmesneil, Texas on October 30, 1937 to the late Odell and Thelma Deggs. Odessa was a stay at home mom for many years. She worked at First Baptist Church Daycare for a short time, and then worked in the fabric department at Wal-Mart in Woodville for over 10 years. She was a wonderful loving mother and grandmother and she will be greatly missed by us all. Knowing she is with our Father above gives us peace. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Thomas “Tom” Best and son of 14 years, Boyce Austin Best. She is survived by three children, her sons, Thomas “Tommy” Glenn Best and wife, Melissa of Buna and Royce Allen Best of Huntsville; daughter, Lisa Renee` Best Helm and husband, Frank of Woodville; sister, Wanda Jean Clark of College Station; brother, John Wayne Deggs of Nederland; grandchildren, Mark Best, Matthew Best, Micah Best, Mason Helm and Marshall Helm; step grandchildren, Luke Hughes, Lynae Hughes and Amy Hughes; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Orphie Coffman
Orphie P. Coffman, 87, of Warren passed peacefully unto her Lord on June 29, 2009 at her residence. Born August 18, 1921 in Horatio, Ark to the late Samual and Ivy Ward, she moved many years ago. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim K. Coffman, Sr. and a daughter, Judy Ann Hartley. Mrs. Coffman is survived by her loving children, Mary Sue Kehtel and husband, Kenneth of Warren, Thomas Richard Coffman of Burkeville, Jim K. Coffman, Jr. and wife, Tonie of Wildwood; son-in-law, Phillip Hartley of Burkeville;grandchildren, Cyndy A. Kehtel of Warren, Christine Melendez of Horatio, Ark, Kenny Kehtel, Jr. and wife, Stacey of Wildwood, James Hutton and wife, Joy of Burkeville, Andriene Marble and husband, Justin of Silsbee, Martha Coffman of Wildwood and Lili Pallmory Coffman of Wildwood; great grandchildren, Bradley Simmons, Brenton Hutton, Nathan Hutton and Sierra Hutton all of Burkeville, Crystal Ebarb, Amber Ebarb and Julian Melendez of Horation, Ark and Kathrine Alicia Marble of Silsbee. Funeral service was held Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at 12 Noon at the Wildwood Baptist Church in Wildwood with Brother Jimmy Linn officiating. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Sycamore Cemetery in Burkeville. Visitation was held Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were Kenny Kehtel, Jr., Thomas Coffman, James Hutton, Joshua Coke, Jeremiah Coke, James “Red” Watson, Tommy Watson, and Jim Coffman, Jr. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Mark Hatch, Matthew J. Hatch, Mason Hatch and Michael Hatch. S ervices were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Lettie Pope
Lettie Catherine Coward Pope, 77, of Woodville, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at her residence. Funeral services were Saturday, June 27th at 10:00 a.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Antioch Cemetery. Officiating was Brother Dick Coward. Serving as pallbearers were Christopher Coward, Bill Livingston, Brandon Syzdek, Jerry Best, Dick Coward and Joel Coward, Jr. Visitation was held on Friday, June 26th from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Lettie was born November 10, 1931 to Benjamin Parker & Fay Dean Coward in Woodville, Texas. She was a lifelong resident of Tyler County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Pope; her parents; brothers, John B. Coward and Avon Coward; and a niece, Diane Grissom. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Louise Coward of Woodville; brother, Richard F. Coward of Beaumont; nephews, Dick Coward & wife, Judith of Lumberton, Joe Coward & wife, Nan of Woodville, John Norman Coward of Woodville and Benny Coward of Lufkin; nieces, Dorothy Guerra & husband, John of Beaumont and Sherilyn Livingston & husband, Bill of Woodville. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.



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