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East Texas News - Obituaries
Tyler County Booster- March 15, 2009 - March 22, 2009

Yvette McManus
Yvette Durham McManus, 56, of Woodville, passed away, Monday, March 16, 2009 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. Funeral services will be Thursday, March 19th at 4:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Woodville with burial in Campground Cemetery. Officiating is Dr. Raymond A. Parker. Serving as pallbearers will be Jordan McManus, Todd McManus, Tyler Springfield, Jerry Springfield, Jim Powers, John Marsala, T.R. Marshall and Wayne Ivey. Honorary pallbearer is Patrick McManus. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 18th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville. Yvette was born October 8, 1952 to Henry Milton & Audrey Alice Benton Durham in Ft. Benning, Georgia. She was a longtime resident of Tyler County and was a Woodville Middle School English Teacher with the Woodville Independent School District. She was Miss Tyler County in 1971 and was a member of the Reading Club and Delta Kappa Gamma. She was preceded in death by her son, Patrick McManus in 2006. She is survived by her parents, Milton & Audrey Durham of Woodville; sons, Todd McManus & wife, Brianne of College Station and Jordan McManus & girlfriend, Samantha Fruit of Houston; sister, Roschelle Springfield & husband, Dr. Jerry of Woodville; nephew, Tyler Springfield & fiance, Kayla Vinson; niece, Heidi Springfield Marsala & husband, John; great niece, Aynsley Marsala and great nephew, Gray Marsala. Memorials may be made to the Golden Eagle Scholarship Fund, 505 N. Charlton, Woodville, Texas 75979. Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Nora Davis
Nora Davis, 77, of Woodville, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2009 at Tyler County Hospital in Woodville, Texas. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 1st at 3:00 p.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Officiating was Brother Steven McBride and Brother Chad Barnes. Serving as pallbearers were Chris DuBose, John Michael Primm, Chase Fulfer, Patrick Harvey, Colt Rice, Jerred Primm and Jimmy MacGinnis. Visitation was held on Saturday, February 28th from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Nora was born September 25, 1931 to Letues & Vera Elizabeth Wilkinson Davis in Crandall, Texas. She was longtime resident of Tyler County and was valedictorian of her high school class of 1951. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Henry T. Davis on March 8, 2008.. She is survived by her daughters & sons-in-law,Carolyn Marie & Tommy Crosby, Susan Elaine & Leon Jefferson, and Janet Lenore Davis all of Woodville; sister, Lucille Cates of Lubbock; sister-in-law, Cora Davis of Lubbock; eleven grandchildren, John Crosby, Jeannie Harvey, Jessica Primm, John Michael Primm, Jennifer Fulfer, Colt Rice, Jamie Primm, Patricia Rice, Holly Davis, Shadow Wiggins and Jerred Primm and nine great grandchildren, Destiny Read, Dezirae Read, Dakota Read, Savannah Crosby, Aaron Crosby, TaeLynn Hunter, Tayvion Hunter, Tre Juan Hunter and Zechariah Crosby. T he family offers special thanks to Dr. James M. Brown and staff of Tyler County Hospital for their attentive and tender care of their mother. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Chester Beatty
Chester Lee Beatty 64 of Hillister, Texas went from labor to reward on saturday, March 14, 2009, at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas. A Going Home service will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. at the Little Baptist Church in Hillister, Texas. Rev. Bobby Cruse, Pastor & Officiation. Chester was proceeded in death by his parents, John Beaty and Lucille Bronson Beaty, four brothers, Willie “Buddy Boy”, Jack, John Jr, “Bill”, Arthur Lee “Bud”, and one sister Betty Johnson. Chester leaves to cherish his loving memories, two sons, Anthony Beaty of Sacramento, Calif., and Michael (Karie) Beaty of Beaumont, Texas. One Daughter, Yolanda Jackson of Warren, Texas. Six grandchildren, Jasmine, Caitline, Breanna, Anthony II, Dahya, and Dorion. Three sisters, Dorothy Mitchell, Alice (Sam) Lewis, both of Hillister, Texas, and Florene Henderson of Shreveport, La. One brother Robert Beaty of Woodville, Texas and a host of neices, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Services Entrusted with Donald E Coleman Funeral Home, Kountze, Texas. (409) 246-1710.

Maurine Hill
Maurine Dominy Hill was born August 31, 1918 in Nettie, Texas in Polk County to Mary Frances Oliver Dominy and James Harrison Dominy. She died on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, in Stafford, Texas. In 1937, she graduated from Livingston High School, where she was active in sports, especially basketball. On June 13, 1942 she married Elmer O’Neill Hill of Groveton, Texas. They moved to Woodville in1950. She worked at Birdwell’s Department Store, Gassiott’s Variety Store and retired from Woodville ISD as a cafeteria worker. She was a lifelong Baptist. She was active in the First Baptist Churches of Old Ocean, Groveton and Woodville as well as Hillister Baptist Church. At the time of her death, she was a member of Camp Ground Baptist Church. She was a member of the Sugar Land OES #1107. In 2002, Maurine was diagnosed with Alzheimer. She moved to Stafford, Texas to live with her daughter. She was preceded in death by her parents Mary and Jim Dominy; her husband, Elmer O’Neill Hill; sisters, Lucille Grace Gobel, Mildred Frye; brother, James C. Dominy; niece, Lori Yancey Cloud and nephews, Johnny and Gary Frye. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Lou Hill of Stafford; sister, LaWanda Yancey of Cleveland; sisters-in-law, Lee Dominy of Huntsville and Doris Hill of Chita. She is also survived by her special nephew, Mitchell Curtis O’Neill and his wife, Bobbi; special “adopted by love” daughter, Patricia Harvell of Houston; special cousin, R. E. Sanderson of Dallas and her two special care providers, Lucile Sullivan of Richmond and Sabrina Johnson of Rosenberg. She leaves behind many special nieces, nephews and friends, who, too will miss her. The funeral service was held Saturday, March 14, 2009, at 1 P.M. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with The Reverend James K. Alcorn, retired Director of Pastoral Care at St. Luke’s Hospital, and The Reverend Preston Greenwaldt of First United Methodist Church in Missouri City officiating. The burial followed at the Hill Cemetery in Kenard, Texas. Serving as pallbearers were Mitchell O’Neill, Thomas Smith, Virgil Cooley, Jimmy Frye, James Kimbrough and Roy Sanderson. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Foy Swinney, Norm Nicholas, Lamar Peevy, Buddy Blair, Lyn Hill and Doug Bell.. Memorials may be made to Camp Ground Baptist Church, The Hill Cemetery, Sugar Land OES #1107 to the Scholarship Fund, the Spiritual Spotlighters of First United Methodist Church Missouri City or the Alzheimer’s Association. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Hazel Robinson
Hazel E. Robinson, 92, of Woodville, formerly of Gladewater, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at Woodville Health & Rehab Center. Graveside services were held Thursday, March 12th at 11:00 a.m. at Allison Cemetery in Warren. Officiating was Brother Clark Mahoney. Hazel was born April 17, 1916 to William Beverly & Harriet Elizabeth Springfield Holt in Hillister, Texas. She was a former longtime resident of Gladewater and had lived in Woodville for almost two years. She had been a member of First Baptist Church of Gladewater, Bible Study Club, Gladewater Museum Club, contributor to Longview Community Theatre and the Gladewater Garden Club. She was a member of Hillister Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Irby Robinson; her parents; five brothers, Will, Sidney, Bob, Leroy and Jack Holt; three sisters, Aurelia Haynes, Maye Satterwhite and Velma Sumrall; and her daughter, Harriet Ann. She is survived by her nieces, Jo Harry DeRamus of Hillister, Marla Meehan of Houston and Elisa Pesta of Michigan; nephews, Fred Sumrall of Deer Park and Ronald Holt of Houston; and a host of great nephews, great nieces and great-great nephews and nieces. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Jack Williford
Jack Benton Williford, 75, of Warren passed away March 10, 2009. Born October 28, 1933 in Hickbaugh, Texas to Birch and Ellen Fountain Williford, he lived in Tyler County most of his life. He was a retired chemical operator for Dupont Chemical. He is survived by his sons, Mark Williford of Deerpark and Kevin Williford of Woodville; daughter, Christie Graham of Wildwood; grandson, Cameron Hinson of Wildwood and a sister, Melvie Addison of Baytown. A graveside service was held Friday, March 13, 2009, at 1 p..m. at the Fellowship Cemetery in Warren with Brother Larry Trest officiating. Visitation was held Thursday evening at the funeral home. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.


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