Tyler County Booster - Obituaries
For the Week of February 24, 2008 - March 9, 2008
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James Turner 'Snuffy' Stafford
James Turner “Snuffy” Stafford, age 88, died March 1, 2008 at home with his family by his side.  A resident of Channelview, Texas for 25 years, James was born December 5, 1919 in Archer Co., Texas to Willie Francis Stafford and Mary Louisa Minnie Clark Stafford.
  James joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression in his late teens.  He was stationed in Woodville, Texas where he met his wife.  James married Velma Neaomi Hopson Stafford on January 9, 1942.  He enlisted in the U. S. Merchant Marines after leaving the CCC.  While in the Merchant Marines, James survived the sinking of two U. S. merchant ships by German submarines.  The first ship to be attacked was the E.C. Clark off the coast of North Carolina.  The second was the Benjamin Brewster off the coast of Grand Isle Louisiana which he was one of few to survive.  While in the Merchant Marines, James also worked for the railroad.  After being discharged from the Merchant Marines, James moved to Channelview, Texas and was employed at Champion International Paper in Pasadena, Texas.  James worked for Champion Papers for 38 years before retiring and moving to Lake Livingston, Trinity, Texas.
  He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Velma Hopson Stafford; children, Charlotte Anne and Bernie Blackstock, Phyllis Jean and George Sharp, Lynda Kaye and Mark Hegman, Jimmy Lane Stafford and Debbie Kay; eight grandchildren, Virginia Bobalik, Tiffany Sharp, Chris and Meredith Sharp, Leslie and Michael Sproat, Stephanie and Harrison Gray, Jennifer Stafford, Keaton Stafford, and Heidie Hegman; four great grandchildren, Roger Bobalik, Jr. and Tiffany, Brandon Bobalik, Sean Bobalik, and Taylor Sharp; one great grandchild, Haley Bobalik; siblings, Betty King, Sylvia Oney and John Stafford.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Mary Stafford; siblings, Lillian Stafford, Ruby Roden, Minnie Bell Hernandez, Billy Stafford, Edna Earnhart  and Jackie Stafford; grandson, John Blackstock.
  Funeral service was held Monday, March 3, 2008, 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 in Colmesneil.  Visitation was held Sunday evening at the funeral home.
  Serving as pallbearers were Chris Sharp, Roger Bobalik, Jr., Keaton Stafford, Brandon Bobalik, Sean Bobalik, Michael Sproat, and Harrison Gray.
  A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhome.com
            Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

David Richard
  David Richard, 64, of Woodville, died on Monday, February 25, 2008, at Holiday Pines Nursing Center with family at his side.
  A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
  Cremation arrangements are at Harrison's of Mount Belvieu.
            He was preceded in death by parents  Marvin and Dorothy Richard and one brother William Richard. He is survived by four sisters and one brother.

Annie Belle Overstreet
  Annie Belle Overstreet, 90, of Baytown was born August 22, 1917 in Warren, TX and passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2008 in Baytown. She was a seamstress, and member of Memorial Baptist Church and the 42 Domino Club. Her other hobbies included quilting, ceramics, doll collecting and growing African Violets.
  Funeral Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2008 at Navarre Funeral Home with Rev. Brad Hoffmann officiating. Graveside services followed at 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Cemetery in Warren, TX.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, John Lee and Lilly Holligan Neal; husband of 65 years, William Freddie Overstreet; brothers, Ray, Sid, and Melvin Neal; and sisters, Elsie Mullins and Opal Kader. She is survived by her sons and daughter law, Dr. Dennis and Vikki Overstreet of Austin and Royce Overstreet of Bryan; daughters and sons-in-laws, Betty and Mickey Stewart of Friendswood and Sharon and Michael Hollaway of Baytown; grandchildren, David and Russell Stewart, Rene Sellers, Phillip Overstreet and Kathleen Trevino; and great grandchildren, Cody Stewart, Koulton Sellers and Tres Trevino.
   In lieu usual remembrances, contributions may be made to Memorial Baptist Church, 600 West Sterling St, Baytown, TX 77520 .
  Arrangements are under the direction of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Baytown, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX 77521.



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