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East Texas News - Obituaries
Tyler County Booster- March 1, 2009 - March 8, 2009

Grover Ross
Grover Cleveland Ross, 92, of Colmesneil passed away peacefully
on March 1, 2009.
Born March 12, 1916 in Buna, Tx to E. A. and Mary Gregory Ross, he moved to Rockland when he was seven years old. He was a hard working farmer even until his death. During the recovery from the Great Depression, he worked with W.P.A. for the tree army where he cleared timber from area lakes including Steinhagen
and Sam Rayburn Lakes. He was well known in the logging industry where he worked for many area logging contractors. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend to all who knew and loved him.
Mr. Ross is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Etta Ross, and children, Jimmy Ray Ross, Juanita Ross Minter and Grover Ray “Little Boy” Ross.
He is survived by his loving daughters, Mary Bethke of Colmesneil
and Shirley Johnson of Vidor; ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Milton Powers officiating. Burial followed
at Gregory Cemetery near Colmesneil. Visitation was held Tuesday evening at the funeral home.
Serving as pallbearers were Roger Riley, Kane Johnson, James Minter, Michael Dickerson,
Jacob Graves, Joe Davis, Johnnie Mitcham and Steve Ferguenson.
Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Jimmy Carroll
Jimmy Ray Carroll, 73, of Woodville passed away peacefully
on February 26, 2009.
Born April 26, 1935 in Bryan, Texas to James and William Mae Nichols Carroll, he lived in Woodville for many years. He owned and operated KWUD Radio station in Woodville along with many other radio stations across the country. He was a U. S. Navy veteran. He was a member of the Wyoming Broadcaster Hall of Fame, Texas Association of Broadcasters Pioneer Club, Lifetime
member of the Wyoming Association of Municipalities, Chairman of the Wyoming DOT Commission and served as the Mayor of Kimmerer, WY.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Michael Waldrup and Patrick W. Carroll.
He is survived by his loving wife, Carol Carroll; children, James P. Carroll of Rawlie, N.C., Billy R. Hood of Sugarland, Texas, Paul E.. Hood of Hollywood,
CA, Michael W. Hood of Houston, Linda L. Burns of Kemmerer,
WY, Brian L. Rasmussen of Port Orchard, WA, Richard R. Carroll of Salt Lake, City, UT and Christopher S. Carroll of Kemmerer, WY; and many other family members and friends.
Cremation services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

John Scott
John Lee Scott, 70, of Woodville, TX, went to be with the Lord on February 8, 2009. John L. was born October 19, 1938. He lived his entire life in the Woodville area, mainly in Moss Hill. Preceding him in death were his father, Will Scott; his mother, Ida Mae Scott-Bellow; his brothers, M.C. Scott and John Raymond Scott; his sisters, Velma J. Scott-Smith, Shirley Davis, and Earnestine Hafford; and his daughters Elois Scott and Delois Scott. John L. leaves to cherish his memory Carrie Lee Scott and their nine remaining children Johnny Ray Scott (Cheryl) of Dibol, TX; M.J. aka Marvin Scott (Monica); Willie Scott, Sherriin Morrison, John Paul Scott (Eunice); Tina Riley (James); and Elois Grays (Ronald) all John Scottof Houston, TX. W.J. Scott of Austin, TX; and Bobbie Scott of Los Angeles, CA. John L.’s three surviving sisters are Wilma Jo Hafford, Vivian Hafford, and Lorene Smith (Clinton). Other survivors and those cherishing John Lee’s memory include many loved nieces, nephews, grandkids, great grandkids, additional relatives, and friends. Pallbearers were Clinton Smith, Jr., Troy Hafford, Ivan Hafford, Dexter Scott, Addison Scott, and Darial Scott. Honorary pallbearers included Elisha Dill, Detarge Scott, Jason Scott, Markeze Riley, Bernard Collins, Cedric Hafford, Justin Scott, Quest Riley, David Collins, Alan Hafford, Trevaunte Viser, and Jimmy Scott. Services for John L. were held at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church on Saturday February 14, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. O.C. Hadnot officiated. Funeral services were under the direction of Robinson Community Funeral Home with interment at Moss Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

Kimmala Mitchell
Kimmala Mitchell Brown, 40, of Woodville, Tx passed from earth to glory Friday February 27, 2009 at St Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Tx. Kim’s home going services will be on Saturday at the Seed of Faith Family Worship center in Woodville, Tx. at 2:00 p.m. With burial at the Magnolia Memetery in Woodville, TX. Kim was a graduate of Woodville High School Class of 1986. She worked in establishments where she had contact with the public and met many people. Kim was blessed to be loved by most people she met who were drawn to her by her captivating smile. Kim united with Warren Pentacostal Church in Warren, Tx. And recently moved her membership to the Seed of Faith Family Worship Center in Woodville, Tx. Kim leaves to cherish her loving memories, her husband Samuel Dewayne Brown, of Woodville, Tx. Parents, Maggie Mitchell of Woodville, Tx and Hayward (Loretta) Mitchell of Houston, Tx. Three children, Brittany Mitchell, Darsal Scott, Kaci Scott, all of Woodville, Tx. Two sisters, Valerse Mitchell of Lufkin, Tx and Jeanette Mitchell of Woodville, Tx . Two brothers, Kennard Mitchell of Livingston, Tx and Savayie Mitchell of Woodville, Tx. Her favorite grandchildren, Taniya Mitchell of Woodville, Tx. And Sariah Scott of Dallas and a host of loving nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Visitation is from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Friday, March 6 at Seed of Faith Family Worship Center in Woodville.

Stephen Mroziewicz
Stephen Roy Mroziewicz, 54, of Woodville passed away February 24, 2009. Born October 27, 1954 in Toledo, Ohio to Al and Margie Mroziewicz, he lived in Woodville for 20 years. He was retired from the U. S. Army as a Sergeant where he served in the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. He was a loving husband, father and brother. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Mroziewicz; sons, Ryan Mroziewicz and Stephen Mroziewicz both of Woodville; sister, Brenda Woods of Tennesee; sisters-in-law, Kathy Heth of Woodville, Marion Hamilton and husband, Jimmy of Woodville; best friends, Todd Fair of Killeen, Paul and Keith and Keith Neff and a host of other family and friends. Cremation service was held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Margarete Cartwright
Margarete Laverne Cartwright Crews, 83, of Colmesneil, passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at Huntington Health & Rehabilitation Center in Huntington, Texas. She was born in Austin, Texas on April 5, 1925 to E.B. and Era Stevenson Cartwright. She had a twin brother, Malcolm. She spent her youth in Carrizo Springs, Texas where she graduated from Carrizo Springs High School in 1942. She was a member of the Lord’s Church and worshiped with the congregation that meets in Colmesneil, Texas. She taught children’s Bible class for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Harley Crews, her twin brother Malcolm L. Cartwright, her brother William B. Cartwright who was lost in action in World War II, and her sister Marillyn Rogers. S he is survived by her sons; Duane Crews and wife, Renee; Jimmy Crews and wife, Ruthie; and daughter, Carolyn Laverne Walsh, all of Colmesneil; brother & sister-in-law, (Ret.) Lt. Com. Harold Cartwright and Millie of Alvin; and sister-in-law, Claudene Crews Pool of Nacogdoches. She leaves six grandchildren, Jim Crews, Kayla Scalise, Wyatt Walsh and wife Rebecca, Julie Landin and husband Aaron, Brittnie Crews & fiance, Aaron Pickens and Micah Crews and seven great-grandchildren, Cody Walsh, Wade Walsh, Wesley Walsh, Sadie Lynn Landin, Maegan Laverne Landin, Katie Scalise and Jose Ruiz and wife Ryan. Margarete and her late husband, Harley Crews managed Lake Tejas during the 1960’s & 70’s. She worked as the dietician for Colmesneil ISD for 10 years. She was inducted into the “Ring of Honor” for her many years of service to the Colmesneil ISD. After working for the school district, she worked for several years at First State Bank in Colmesneil. She later retired as co-owner of East Texas Insurance. Mar garete was always busy with her hands. She loved to crochet and she made many beautiful table cloths and doilies. She enjoyed giving them to her family and friends. She could hardly wait each year for the Tyler County Dogwood Festival. For more than 50 years, she helped make the tens of thousands of beautiful paper flowers that adorned the amphitheater. She received the James E. Wheat Award for her dedication in 1990. For many years she enjoyed being a member of the TOPS group in Woodville. She made many friends and won many awards for her progress. She truly enjoyed going to the weekly meetings. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 28th at 11:00 a.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Colmesneil Cemetery. Officiating were Dan Henderson, Jimmy Crews, Jim Crews and Keith Bellamy. Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons and granddaughters, whom she dearly loved. Visitation began on Friday, February 27th from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Terry Frisby
Terry Wayne Frisby, 71, of Kingwood, Tx died Sunday, March 1, 2009, at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Humble, Tx. Terry was born January 31, 1938 in Trinity, Tx. He was resident of Kingwood for 22 years and was a retired operator/gauger at Texaco Pipeline and a Veteran of the U. S. Air Force. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Clara Lewis Frisby of Kingwood; daughters, Deanna Frisby of Kingwood, Tracy Frisby of Kingwood and Kelly Mena of Kingwood; one son, Damon Frisby of Spring; grandchildren, Marissa and Madison Mena of Kingwood; one sister, Betty Joe Goodson of Angleton and many nieces, nephews, family and friends. Funeral service was held Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 10 a.m. at the Rosewood Funeral Home Chapel in Humble, Tx. Visitation was held Tuesday, March 3, 2009, from 5-8 p.m. at Rosewood Funeral Home in Humble, Tx. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Woodville.. Local arrangements were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Una Jackson
Una Pearl Jackson, 92, of Woodville passed peacefully on February 22, 2009. Born in Ratclif, Texas, to Dock and Annie Smith Minter, she lived in Bridge City before moving to Woodville in 1977. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She is survived by her loving children, Bonnie Menard Kelly of Woodville, Helen Marie Clark of Bridge City, James Roy Jackson of Woodville, Pluma Bernice Sajjad of Woodville and Johnny Robert Jackson of Luray, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Glory Mae Minter of Port Acres; eighteen grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, sixteen great, great grandchildren and fifteen great, great, great grandchildren. Funeral service was held Wednesday, February 25, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Faith Tabernacle Church in Hillister with Rev. David Lee Clark officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery near Woodville. Visitation was held Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the church.. Serving as pallbearers were Steve Menard, Jr., Dustin Williams, Aaron Arpin, Kenny Broom, Johnny Jackson, Jeremy Jackson. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Willie McClure
Willie Mae McClure, 85, of Woodville, Texas passed away Sunday, March 1, 2009 at Dogwood Trails Manor in Woodville, Texas. Graveside services were held Tuesday, March 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Williams Cemetery near Hillister. Officiating was Brother Clark Mahoney. Willie Mae was born May 1, 1923 to Charles Fletcher & Ida Russell McClure in Hillister, Texas. She was a lifelong resident of Tyler County and was a member of Hillister Baptist Church. She is survived by her brother, Tommy McClure of Hillister; nephews, Phil McClure of Hillister and John McClure of Huntsville and niece, Jeannette Spradley of Sugar Land. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Woodrow Hicks
Woodrow Wilson Hicks, 91, of Spurger passed away peacefully on February 26, 2009. Born May 26, 1917 in Tyler County to Clyde and Ettie Walker Hicks, he lived all of his life in Tyler County. He was a self employed welder who was known throughout this area for his welding skills. He was a loving and devoted father and grandfather who loved his family dearly. Mr. Hicks is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Frances Rainwater Hicks. He is survived by his loving children, Clyde Davis Hicks, Sr. and wife, Martha of Spurger, Sue Hudson and husband, Charles of Spurger, Charlene McKinney and husband, Jimmey of Spurger, J. W. Hicks and wife, Paula of Spurger; brothers, Jim Hicks of Kirbyville and Sonny Hicks of Woodville; sisters, Bertha Lou Hooks of Spurger, Sallie Jeffcoat of Beaumont and Lela Mae Griffith of Nederland; eight grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren. Funeral service was held Saturday, February 28, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother R. C. Tillery and Brother Homer Looper officiating. Burial followed at Turner Branch Cemetery in Spurger. Visitation was held Friday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were Leslie Hicks, Clyde Hicks, Jr., John Hicks, Ryan Burton, Shane McKinney and Buck Hudson. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.




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