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Tyler County Booster - Obituaries
March 2010
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Mildred Smith
Funeral services for Mildred Lydia Smith, 91, of Silsbee will be Friday March 12, 2010 at Farmer Funeral Home with interment following in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Chester. Mrs. Smith was a native of Chester and resident of Silbee. Survivors include daughter Virginia Gray and husband John of Silsbee; three grand children Gregg Gray of Silsbee, Audra Payton of Buna, and Clint Gray of Silsbee; two great grandchildren Garrett and Kaitlyn Gary. Farmer Funeral Home. Condolences will be accepted at http://www.timeformemory. com/farmer.

Genevieve Smith
Genevieve “Jean” Crosby Smith, 72, of Orange, passed away, Sunday, March 14, 2010 at Harbor Hospital in Orange, Texas. Funeral services will be Thursday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Town Bluff Cemetery near Woodville. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 17 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Jean was born October 18, 1937 to James Arthur & Reda Mae Height Crosby in Spurger, Texas. She had worked in the hospitality industry as a waitress/manager. She was a devoted mother to her children and was a hard worker. She loved life despite any hardships she may have encountered. She had kind words for everyone and loved her grandchildren dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents and several siblings. She is survived by her sons, Kenneth Pullam and Ronald Fontenot both of Orange; daughters, Carrie Self & husband, Rocky and Donna Browne all of Orange; brothers & sisters-in-law, Bill & Sue Crosby of San Augustine, Barney Crosby of Vidor, Dudley Crosby of Silsbee, Elmer Crosby of Spurger and Michael & Linda Crosby of Vidor; sister & brother-in-law, Gwendolyn & Lawson Parker of Dallas; ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Joseph May
Joseph David May, 91, of Woodville, passed away, Saturday, March 13, 2010 at Conroe Regional Hospital in Conroe, Texas. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 20 at 11:00 a.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Center Hill Cemetery in Lovelady, Texas. There will be no scheduled visitation. Joseph was born June 14, 1918 to John David & Minnie Cordelia Houchin May in Lovelady, Texas. He was a longtime resident of Woodville. He was a U.S. Army Air Corp WWII veteran, a true patriot, a farmer at heart, who loved to garden. He never met a stranger and was a very patient man. He was preceded in death by a son, John David May. He is survived by his son & daughter-in-law, Elmer & Trina May of Woodville; daughters, Georgia Ann of Woodville and Shirley Louise of Lovelady; and numerous grandchildren. Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

William Pierson
William “Bud” Eugene Pierson, Sr., 76, of Woodville passed away March 10, 2010. Born October 16, 1933 in Navarro County, Texas to Roy Albert and Lector Ethel Coplen Pierson, he lived in Woodville for most of his life. He was retired from the Tyler County Precinct #1 barn as an equipment operator and a member of the Harmony Baptist Church. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Louise Pierson; sons, Danny Lee Berry “Pierson” of Woodville, William Eugene Pierson, Jr. and wife, Rebecca of Mauriceville, Thomas Duane Pierson and wife, Risa Ann of Colmesneil, James Lenord Pierson and wife, Jennifer of Woodville and Elzie Leo Pierson of Woodville; daughter, Cynthia Diane McCollister of Woodville; brother, Walter Pierson and wife, Margaret of Fred; sisters, Phyllis Hancock and husband, Ron of Vidor, Margaret Rawls and husband, Jimmy of Colmesneil; eighteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Funeral service was held Saturday, March 13, 2010, at 10 a.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with his son, William E. Pierson, Jr. and Brother John McKee officiating. Burial followed at Camp Ground Cemetery in Woodville. Visitation was held Friday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were Roy Pierson, Jimmy Willman, Jimmy Pierson, Michael Stephens, Brian McKee, Johnny McKee. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Joyce Arledge
Joyce Janet Arledge, 75, of Hillister, passed away, Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at her residence. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 13 at 10:00 a.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Franks Branch Cemetery in Fred. Officiating was Brother Clark Mahoney. Visitation was held on Friday, March 12 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Joyce was born December 10, 1934 to James Clarence & Lois Adelade Jackson Gray in Houston, TX. She was a former resident of Jasper and had lived in Hillister for the past ten years. She was a retired home health nurse and was a member of Hillister Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her son, Robbie Parr. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, James “Jake” Arledge of Hillister; daughters & sons-in-law, Pam & Dale Langley of Silsbee and Linda & Wayne Guerin of Tool; sons & daughters-in-law, Wade Parr of Fort Stockton, Clint & Sandy Parr of Silsbee, Matt Parr of Seabrook and Sam & Lori Arledge of Tampa, FL; sister & brother-in-law, Deloris & David Williams of Seattle, WA; brother & sister-in-law, Lloyd & Monica Gray of Jamaica Beach, TX; ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Claude Jones
Claude Joseph Jones, Sr., 90, of Woodville, formerly of Silsbee, passed away, Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at Woodville Health & Rehab Center in Woodville, Texas. A private family service will be held at a later date. Claude was born October 5, 1919 to Charlie & Katherine Jones in Lakeview, Texas. He was a lifetime resident of East Texas and was a retired carpenter. He was a U.S. Navy WWII veteran. He is survived by his sons, Claude “Bubba” Jones, Jr. of Silsbee, Johnny Ray Jones of Bronson and Kenneth Jones of Jasper; daughters, Charlotte Dulaney of Hemphill and Cindy Elliot; brother, Edgar Jones of Colorado; fourteen grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Sally Lyon
Sally Johnson Lyon, 93, of Woodville passed away March 10, 2010 at the Dogwood Trails Manor Nursing Home. Sally was born in Milvid, Texas on March 8, 1917 to W. L. Johnson and Ada Dowden Johnson of Romayor, Texas. She was a longtime resident of Honey Island but has been living at the Dogwood Trails Manor since 2001. She was a housewife who enjoyed sewing quilts, gardening and loved music. Preceding her in death was her husband, Jim Lyon, daughter, Jean Hamm and a grandson, Kevin Lewis. She is survived by her two daughters, Olivia Kennedy of Jasper and Arlyne Lewis of New Caney; one son, Jim Lyons, Jr. of Honey Island; seven grandchildren, Tony Hamm of Vidor, Molly Hamm Crozier of Woodville, Steve Kennedy of Schertz, Treva Kennedy Sullins of Lumberton, Angela Lewis of Kingwood, Leslie Vaughn of Laredo and Jimmy Lyons, III of Hardin; several great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews other family members and friends. A graveside service was held Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Bluewater Cemetery in Polk County with Bill Crozier officiating. Visitation was held Saturday from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the funeral home. A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhome.com. The family would like to thank the staff of Dogwood Trails Manor and Odyssey Hospice for their loving care of their Mother during her illness. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Patsy Graham
Patsy Ruth Graham, 70, of Colmesneil, passed away, Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at Dogwood Trails Manor in Woodville, Texas. Funeral services were held Friday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church near Colmesneil with burial in Davis Cemetery. Officiating were Brother Jack Lewellen and Brother Milton Powers. Serving as pallbearers were Shawn Graham, Derek Marshall, Joshua Marshall, Timothy Hall, Terry McCoy, Michael McCoy and Donnie Graham. Visitation was held on Thursday, March 11 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. Patsy was born July 2, 1939 to Byron & Elvera Mitchell in Houston, Texas. She was a longtime resident of Colmesneil and had worked in the healthcare industry as a nurse at Mary Dickerson Memorial Hospital in Jasper. She loved her family, horses and other aspects of living in the country. She always accepted the challenges that were put in front of her. She was a good nurse and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Byron & Elvera Mitchell; daughters, Patricia & Karen Graham; and her sister, Margaret McCoy. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Willis Graham of Colmesneil; son & daughter-inlaw, Shawn & Melody Graham of Brookeland; daughters & son-inlaw, Brenda & Chester Marshall of Rockland and Sheila Parker of Colmesneil; sisters & brothersin- law, Peggy & Billy Lane of Batson and Nina & Kenneth Hayes of Jasper; grandchildren, Joshua Marshall and Derek Marshall; and great grandchildren, Seth Landon Marshall, Jocelyn Grace Marshall and Hayden Lane Graham. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Carol Turner
Carol Renae Turner, 60, of Warren passed away March 9, 2010 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Tx. Born September 6, 1949 in Marion County, West Virginia to Paul and Gertrude Mullins Taylor, she lived in Warren for many years. She was a nurse at Avalon Place in Kirbyville, Tx. She is survived by her loving son and daughter-in-law, David and Misty Jones of Warren; sisters, Sharon Cole of Canfield, Ohio and Sussan Lewis of Transfer, Penn; brother, Richard Taylor of Collierville, Tenn; and a granddaughter, Taylor Jones of Warren. A memorial service was held Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Henri Lee Jones
Henri Lee Jones, 62, of Woodville, Texas, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at the Woodland Heights Hospital in Lufkin, Tx. Henri’s going home celebration will be on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church on Martin Luther King street in Woodville, Tx. Rev. James Strolger, officiating. Henri leaves to cherish her loving memories a daughter, Patricia Midkiff of Woodville, Tx. Henri’s final resting place will be Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville, Tx. Visitation Friday, March 12, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the church. Services entrusted with the Donald E. Coleman Funeral Home, Kountze, Texas. (409) 246-1710

James Reid
James Lloyd Reid, 53, of Winston- Salem, North Carolina, formerly of Woodville, died Wednesday, February 10, 2010, in Winston-Salem, NC. Memorial services were held at Parkway Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, NC, on Saturday, February 13, 2010. He was preceded in death by his father, J.W. Reid of Woodville. He is survived by his wife, Angela Reid of Winston- Salem, NC; daughters, Dianne Sirmons of Nashville, TN, and Jenny Reid Lange & husband, Max of Dickinson, TX; mother, Josie Reid of Tyler, TX; sister, Jo Ellen Baker & husband, Howard of Bronte, TX and their son, Ty Bailey of Boston, MA; brother, Robert Reid & wife, Donna and their son, Jared all of Tyler, TX; sister, Kathy Hardy & husband, Mike of Tyler, TX and their daughters, Kimberly Gustafson & husband, Jon and their son, Cooper all of Spring, TX, Jamie Hardy and Melissa Hardy both of Tyler, TX; and numerous relatives and friends of Woodville and Tyler County. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 13, at 2:00 p.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with interment of cremains to follow at Magnolia Cemetery, Memorials may be made to Parkway Presbyterian Church, 1000 Yorkshire Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106 or charity of choice. Local services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Jeremy Gray
Jeremy Don Gray, II, 3 months old, went to Heaven to play at the feet of the Lord on March 5, 2010. Born November 30, 2009, in Beaumont, Texas, to Jeremy and Kelsey Cutrer Gray, he lived in Lumberton. Jeremy is survived by his parents, Jeremy and Kelsey Gray; brother, Aiden Gray of Lumberton; grandparents, Bill and Linda Gray of Woodville; Barry and Brenda Cutrer of Colmesneil, Lana Freeman and Byron Broussard of Port Arthur; great-grandparents, Sylvia and Johnny Smith of Zachary, LA, Erika and Mike Timmins of Mable, Minn., Martha and Ron Walling of Vidor, Kenneth “Cooter” and Debbie Freeman of Lumberton; Millard and Barbara Scott Jeremy Gray, II of Colmesneil; Carmen and Waldemar Alvera of Dallas; great-great-grandmother, Billie Wilkinson of Vidor; aunts and uncles, Alicia Gray of Woodville, Damian Henson Gray of Lowell, Ark, Tyler Cutrer of Colmesneil, Blake and Sommer Buckner of Fred, Jerrod Buckner of Eagle Pass, Mia Winters of Port Arthur and Sunny Walling of Vidor; and other family members and friends. Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Ken DeRouen officiating. Burial followed at Colmesneil City Cemetery. A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhome@ yahoo.com Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral

Rev. Randal Pike
Rev. Randal O. Pike, 56 years old of Hammond, died Thursday, March 4, 2010, in the Louisiana Heart Hospital. H e was born on Thursd a y , September 10, 1953, in B e a u - m o n t , TX. Rev. Pike has been a pastor for 29 years in Texas and Louisiana. He was currently the pastor of Jerusalem Baptist Church in Pumpkin Center. He served his country in the United States Air Force Surviving are his wife, Gail Pike; daughter, Angela Pike; daughter & son-in-law, Missy and Stephen Mann; son, John Mark Pike; father, Ollie Eugene Pike; 3 brothers & sisters-in-law, Michael and Wanda Pike, William and Dawn Pike, Paul Ray and Darla Pike; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother, Bobbie Yvonne Pike. Friends were received Friday, March 5, 2010, at Jerusalem Baptist Church in Pumpkin Center from 6:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. Services were held at Jerusalem Baptist Church, Saturday, March 6, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. Interment was on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in the R. S. Farmer Memorial Cemetery in Silsbee, TX. An on-line guest book is available at www.harrymckneely. com.

Alma Hargrove
Alma Alice Hargrove, 72, of Nacogdoches formerly of Spurger passed away February 25, 2010 at the Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Born March 12, 1937 in Woodville, Tx, she lived in Spurger for many years before moving to Bronson where she lived for 27 years before moving to Nacogdoches. She was a provider for home health. A devoted mother, grandmother and sister, Alice was full of life and made a special connection with each person she came to know. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine and David Beeson of Nacogdoches, Loretta and Danny Carol of Nacogdoches; sons and daughters-in-law, Ricky and Linda Chaddick of Bronson, Velton and Jean Chaddick of Nacogdoches; step children, Lynn Hargrove and wife, Jean of San Augustine, Lloyd Hargrove of San Augustine, Terry Hargrove and wife, Frankie of San Augustine and Dawn Hargrove of Baytown; sisters, Jeneta Griffith and husband, Jack of Spurger and Ola Jean Fountain of Sour Lake; nineteen grandchildren, twenty-eight great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members and friends. Funeral service was held Sunday, February 28, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Walter Ray Cowart officiating. Burial followed at Turner Branch Cemetery in Spurger. Visitation was held Saturday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were David Chaddick, Joey Hargrove, Wayne Caraway, Daniel Beeson, Shelby Beeson, Rick Chaddick and John Parker. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County. Wilhelmina

Wilhelmina Edwards
Wilhelmina Ruysenaars Edwards entered into eternal rest on January 1, 2010. Mrs. Edwa r d s , b e t t e r k n own as Billie or Bill by her family and friends, w a s b o r n Nov. 13, 1903, in Haarlem, Holland, to parents Peter John and Theodora Roozen Ruysenaars. She was the fifth daughter born in Holland. In 1905 Mr. Jan Van Tyen of the Dutch Consulate asked Dutch families to help settle and develop the Dutch community Nederland, Texas. Later that year the family immigrated to Texas. In 1925, Billie received her R.N. degree from Hotel Dieu School of Nursing, specializing in private duty nursing for the next five years. She met and married Joe A. Edwards, funeral director, in 1930. At that time they were both employed by the Roberts Undertaking Company. Joe worked as a funeral director and embalmer and Billie as an ambulance nurse and other roles in the funeral home. In 1939 their daughter and only child, Phyllis T. Edwards, was born. They later moved to Woodville, TX, where Mr. Edwards was funeral director and manager of the Oakley-Metcalf Funeral Home. In 1943 they purchased the funeral home and re-named it the Edwards Funeral home. At that time Billie received her funeral director’s license. They worked together with Mr. James Daniels, Mr. H.B. Ogden and Mr. Jerry Tolar, and others, until the death of Mr. Edwards in 1983. In 1988 Billie moved to Port Arthur, TX, to be near her brothers and sisters. Then in 1996, she moved to Edmond, OK, to be near her daughter and grandchildren. Billie was a founding member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Church of Woodville and received many honors for her dedicated service to the Beaumont Diocese, the Our Lady of the Pines Parish, and its parishioners. Billie Edwards will best be remembered by her friends and family and residents of Woodville as a caring professional who took pride in her work and strove for excellence with every family the Edwards Funeral Home served. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Joe A. Edwards in 1983. Her deceased siblings include sisters Dena Ruysenaars, Marie Fontana, Nellie Adams, and Johanna Kent, and brothers Connie Ruysenaars, Hank Ruysenaars, and Nick Ruysenaars. She is survived by her daughter Phyllis E. and her husband Richard E. Oppel and their three children, Julie M. and twin sons Franklin E. and Gregory R. Oppel, all of Edmond, OK. Her surviving relatives also include her sister Dora R. Brammer Smith many nieces and nephews and their children. She was also blessed to have been cared for by several loving women including Lil, Sherry, Raynette, Judy, Shari, and Joyce. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Hotel Dieu and the Our Lady of the Pines Parish of Woodville, Texas.

Charles Reynolds
Charles Robert Reynolds, 83, of Woodville passed away February 27, 2010 at the Tyler County Hospital. Born November 18, 1926 in Independence, Kansas, he lived in Woodville for fifteen years. He was a retired supervisor for a cement company. A U. S. Army Veteran, he was a loving husband, father and grandfather who cherished his family. He is survived by his loving wife, Virginia Reynolds; sons, Bobby Reynolds and Jim Reynolds both of Independence, Kansas; daughter, Dana Reynolds of Woodville; sisters, Cleona Musgrove and Cleota Honey both of Kansas; five grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. A grave side service was held Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at 10 a.m. at the Camp Ground Cemetery near Woodville. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County

Jack Warner
Jack N. Warner, 70, of Woodville, passed away, Thursday, February 25, 2010 at St. Eliza b e t h Hospital in B e a u - m o n t , Texas. F u - n e r a l services were held Saturday, February 27 at 2:00 p.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial at Lakeside Cemetery near Woodville. Officiating was Brother Ken DeRouen. Serving as pallbearers were his sons. Visitation was held from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26 at the funeral home. Jack was born April 10, 1939 to William I. & Flora Pearl Day Warner in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was a former resident of Greenwood, Indiana and lived in Woodville for the past twelve years. He had been a heat & frost insulator with the Local Union #18. He loved to work with wood, play golf, and work in his garden. He was preceded in death by his parents, William & Flora Warner. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Frances Warner of Woodville; sons & daughtersin- law, Russell & Judy Warner, Richard & Katie Warner, Randall & Brandi Warner, Eric Warner & fiance`, Kellie, Joe & Elinor Fellows and Terry Schlee; daughters & sons-in-law, Terry & Kenneth Koebke, Tina & Bob Kinnich, Susan Louthan, Robin & Mike Mills, Melinda Melton and Sherri Jo Wright; brothers, William T. Warner and Richard Warner; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville

Darrell King
Darrell King, 61, of Warren passed away February 26, 2010 at his residence. Born July 23, 1948 in Silsbee, Tx to Daniel and Bonnie Saveall King, he lived most of his life in Warren. He was retired as a first class lineman and a licensed mechanic. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to all who knew and loved him. Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, son, Johnny Joe King, two sisters and six brothers. He is survived by his loving wife, Doris Corn King; sons and daughters-in-law, Darrell E. and Vickie King of Woodville, Timothy and Lorrie King of Warren and Daniel King of Warren; sisters, Mildred Chatelain of Warren, Dorothy Porter of Orange and Joe Ann Frazier of Port Arthur; four granddaughters, three grandsons, one step granddaughter, one step grandson and one step great granddaughter. Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at 3 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Neal Nelson officiating. Burial followed at New Hope Cemetery in Warren. Visitation was held Monday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were Danny Nelson, Johnny Anderson, Ronnie Kimbrell, Jimmy Corn, Timothy King,and Red Walker. Serving as honorary pallbearer was Dylan King. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Enos Sutrlese
Enos Joseph “Buster” Sturlese, 90, of Hillister, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2010 at his residence. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 2 at 12:00 noon at St. Eugene Catholic Church in Grand Chenier, LA. Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 2 from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Visitation was held at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville on Sunday, February 28 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Buster was born May 31, 1919 to Joseph & Doris Theriot Sturlese in Grand Chenier, LA. He was was a former longtime resident of Grand Chenier and had lived in Woodville for the past 28 years. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and was a WWII U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by a son, George Sturlese; brother, Adam Gooch; and a sister, Evonne Richard. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Patricia Sturlese of Hillister; sons & daughters-inlaw, Wayne & Suzanne Sturlese of Lake Charles, LA, Tony & Rachel Sturlese of New Iberia, LA, and John Sturlese of Lake Charles, LA; step-son, Clyde Monteaux of Woodville; sisters, Elougia Richard and Lorraine Baccigalopi & husband, Whitney all of Grand Chenier, LA; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Local services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

J.B. Vinson
Funeral Services for J. B. Vinson, 84, of Corrigan, Texas, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 4, 2010 in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan, Texas with Norman Turner officiating. Interment will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery in the Barnum Community in Polk County. Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2010 in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Vinson was born October 14, 1925 in the Pickney Community in Polk County, Texas and passed away Sunday, February 28, 2010 at his residence in Corrigan, Texas. He was a member of Pine Grove Church of Christ in the Barnum Community, and was a saw filer for Champion Plywood. He proudly served his country in WWII in the armed forces of the United States. He is preceded in death by his wife: Evelyn (Pate) Vinson; parents: William Turner Vinson and Bertha Tolitha (McKee) Vinson, brothers and sisters.

Mary Dickerson
Mary Marguriete Dickerson, 93, of Colmesneil passed away February 27, 2010. Born November 15, 1916 in Colmesneil, Tx to Ben F. and Elnora Orton DuBose where she lived all of her life, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was a member of the Rocky Springs Baptist Church. Marguriete was preceded by her parents; husband, Jimmy Dickerson; brothers, Leslie DuBose, Bennie DuBose, Jr. and Archie DuBose. She is survived by her son, Bobby Joe Dickerson and wife, Dell of Orange; daughter, Delphia Jean Salmons of Colmesneil; sisters, Erma DuBose and Pauline Reid both of Jasper; five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and seven great, great grandchildren. Funeral service was held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Linwood Dykes officiating. Burial followed at Carter Cemetery in Colmesneil. Visitation was held Sunday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were John Dickerson, Calvin Williams, James Williams, Joe Ard, Jamie Pittman and Swain Barker. Serving as honorary pallbearer was Cullen Barker. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Nina Mae Chatman
Nina Mae Chatman, 95, of Douc e t t e , Texas, w e n t f r o m l a b o r to reward on M o n - d a y , March 1, 2010. A g o i n g home celebration is pending at Donald E. Coleman Funeral Home in Kountze, Texas.

Joshua Rogers SSG
SSG Joshua James Rogers, 23, of Woodville, passed away, Tuesday, February 16, 2 0 1 0 in an a u t o - mobile a c c i - dent in K e n - tucky. J o s h w a s b o r n February 25, 1986 in Woodville, Texas to James and Nancy Rogers. He grew up in Woodville, and upon graduation from Woodville High School in 2004, Josh joined the United States Army. After completion of Infantry Training, he served in Iraq with the 1-23 Infantry Regiment, 3-2 Stryker Brigade out of Fort Lewis, Washington. After his 15 month tour in Iraq, he served as an Op. Force NCO with the 16th 4th Ranger Training Battalion out of Fort Benning, Georgia. Most recently, he was assigned to the 2-327 of the 101st Airborne out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Josh’s current unit is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in late April of this year. SSG Rogers’ unit served in Iraq for 15 months and during the surge took part in Operation “Arrowhead Ripper.” His accomplishments included: assignment to and graduation from Army Ranger School, being awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, earning the coveted Expert Infantryman Badge, graduation from Army Airborne School, graduation from Army Air Assault School, earning the Canadian Armed Forces Parachutist Badge, and numerous other individual and unit awards earned for his service, teamwork, and personal achievement. On January 1, 2009, at the age of 22, Josh was promoted to the rank of E-6/Staff Sergeant. This accomplishment is achieved at such a young age by only a small number of United States Army soldiers. Josh is survived by his parents, James & Nancy Rogers of Woodville; sisters & brothers-in-law, Stephanie & Kyle Moses of Pearland, Morgan & Rhett Dotson of Houston, Courtney Rogers of College Station and Christy & Paul Parsons of Searcy AR; grandmother, Jean Isaacks of Warren; aunts and uncles, Jackie & Bill Chalmers of League City, Debbie Hennigan of Woodville and Guy & Debbie King of Woodville, Jackie & Katie Rogers of Kensett, AR, Bobby & Cheri Rogers of McRae, AR, Billy & Sandy Rogers of Beebe, AR and Martha Rogers of McRae, AR; nephews, Jake & Luke Moses, Caleb Dotson and Joseph Parsons; niece, Victoria Parsons Smith and two great-nieces. He also leaves behind many cousins, and friends, both military and civilian. Visitation was held on Tuesday, February 23rd from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville. Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 24th at 10:00 a.m. at “The Eagle Summit” auditorium at Woodville High School with burial in Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville. Officiating were Brother Troy Richardson, Brother Bobby Cruse and Judge Jacques L. Blanchette. Serving as pallbearers (fellow U.S. Army soldiers, current & former) were SSG Justin Robertson, SSG Jason Haas, SGT Randy Sellers, SFC John Howerton, Matt McMichael, SGT Stephen Ford, Sean Pride, Nick Albert and SSG Justin Holt. Honorary pallbearers were cousins and Classmates of WHS Class of 2004. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund, in memory of SSG Joshua Rogers. Donations can be made online at http:// freedomalliance.org, by mail at 22570 Markey CRT, Suite 240, Dulles, VA, 20166 or by calling 1-800-475-6620. SSG Rogers set the standard for all soldiers to emulate. His exemplary service was in keeping with the finest traditions of military service. Josh was a beloved son and brother who will be greatly missed by his family and friends, and his fellow soldiers who continue to fight for our freedom. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home.

Grace Bostick
Grace Pope Bostick, 98, of Woodville, passed away Sunday, February 14, 2010 at Tyler County Hospital in Woodv i l l e , Texas. Funeral services w e r e held Wednesday, February 17th at 2:00 p.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville with burial in Beech Creek Cemetery in Spurger. Officiating was Dr. Raymond A. Parker. Serving as pallbearers were John Bostick, Ronald Pope, Greg Pope, Cale Pope, Carl Pope, and Jeff Pope. Honorary pallbearers were her grandsons, great-grandsons and one great-great-grandson. Visitation was held from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Grace was born August 30, 1911 to James M. & Lilla Davis Brown in Bonifay, Florida. She was a longtime resident of Tyler County and was the retired County Clerk for Tyler County, a position she held for 23 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church and a lifetime member of the Spurger Chapter #315 of the Order of Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Carl D. Pope in 1940 and John W. Bostick in 1960; son, Raymond Pope; brothers, Harry Brown and Bill Brown; and her sisters, Ethel Read, Ruby Means and Jane Minter. She is survived by her sons & daughters-in-law, Paul C. & Marty Pope of Orange, Charles M. & Rachel Pope of Hillister and Johnny W. & Linda Bostick of Woodville; daughters & sonin- law, Ruby Nell & Mike Ogden of Colorado and Nancy Willis of Katy; daughter-in-law, Margaret Pope of Woodville; grandchildren, Amy & Mike Huffman, Jennifer & Jay Swindell, Nancy & Bryan Morvant, John, III & Deanna Bostick, Jessica & Trey White, Ashley Lopez, Courtney Hatton, Ronald & Janet Pope, Cale & Andrea Pope, Jeff Pope, Carl Pope, Anna Corbett, Stacey & Ben Colar, J.R. & Kelley Tillerson, Cody Tillerson, Jimmy & Mary Jo Sutton, Dusty & Julie Hatton and Johnny & Lisa Sutton; 27 great-grandchildren; 1 greatgreat- grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Spurger Chapter #315 of the Order of Eastern Star, 13802 FM 1004 W, Buna, Texas 77612. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville

Barbara Harrison
Barbara Eve Harrison, 87, of Port Arthur passed away February 22, 2010. Born December 16, 1922 in Port Arthur, Tx, to Floyd and Lola Bodine Houston, she lived in Port Arthur for 40 years before moving to Woodville in 1962. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who was loved dearly by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lehman Harrison; granddaughter, Chele Harrison; sister, June Monk. She is survived by her loving sons & daughters-in-law, Mike and Sue Harrison of Trinity, Pat and Bea Harrison of Warren; grandchildren, Kelley Carrell, Matthew Broucher and James Broucher; great-grandchildren, Destiny, Ben Abby, Eli, Cadence and Haleigh. Funeral service will be held Thursday, February 25, 2010, at 1 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Warren City Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4 pm until 8 pm at the funeral home. Honoring Barbara as pallbearers will be her family and friends. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home Chapel of Tyler County.

James Davis
James L. “Buster” Davis, 81, of Woodville passed away February 17, 2010. Born December 18, 1928 in Colmesneil, Tx to Clarence and Evelyn Robbins Davis, he lived in Tyler County all of his life. He was retired as a T&D line supervisor from Gulf States Utilities and was an Air Force Veteran. He was a member of the Silsbee Masonic Lodge #927. He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Dayle Gardner and son, David Davis. Buster is survived by his loving wife, Vivian Kirkland; granddaughter, Tori Gardner of Silsbee; grandson, Reese Gardner of Silsbee; brothers, Darrell Davis of Colmesneil, Charles Davis of Woodville, Tommy Davis of Murchinson and Billy Davis of Ore City, Tx; sisters, Betty Grimes of Colmesneil, Wanda J. Hensarling of Granbury, Marilyn Dean of Colmesneil and Linda Williams of Colmesneil; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Funeral service was held Saturday, February 20, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Ron Davis and Brother Don Cook officiating. A Masonic graveside service was held at the Camp Ground Cemetery under the direction of Woodville Masonic Lodge #495 and the Silsbee Masonic Lodge #927. Visitation was held Friday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were James K. Hignett, Robb Kirkland, Harry Gardner, Glenn Short, Escar W. “Bubba” Davis, Jr., and Marion Singleton. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Larry Denmon
Larry D Denmon, 70, of Warren, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at Tyler County Hospital in Woodville, Texas. Funeral services were held Friday, February 19, at 2:00 p.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Denmon Cemetery in Warren. Officiating was Brother Tony Goins. Visitation was held on Thursday, February 18, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Larry was born February 21, 1939, to Dudley E. & Oma Lee Kirkendall Denmon in Buna, Texas. He was a former resident of Silsbee and had lived in Warren for the past 20 years. He was a heavy equipment operator with the Operating Engineers Local #450. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Louise Denmon of Warren; mother, Oma Lee Songe of Spurger; sons, Daniel Denmon and Tim Denmon both of Warren; daughter, Tammie Dvorman of Warren; brothers, Dudley L. Denmon of Fred and Samuel H. Denmon of Spurger; sisters, Mary Ellen Swinney of Silsbee, Goldie M. Winger of Spurger, Lavern Elliot of Jasper and Joyce Faye Clark of Vidor; and five grandchildren. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville

Mary Clark
Mary Frances Clark, 83, of Woodville, passed away, Tuesday, February 16, 2010, at Woodville Health & Rehab Center in Woodville, Texas. Funeral services were held Thursday, February 18, at 3:00 p.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Officiating was Brother Ross Shelton. Serving as pallbearers were Allen Temple, Robert McCullough, Ron Poindexter, Peter Zinnante, III, Maxie Young and Jason Zinnante. Visitation was held on Wednesday, February 17, from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Mary Frances was born October 7, 1926, to Earl W. & Arvia Rust Moulton in Breckenridge, Texas. She was a former resident of Houston and had lived in Woodville since 1987. She had been a receptionist with Continental Party Sales in Houston. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Quilting Club, and the Volunteer Christian Builders where they literally travelled from coast to coast helping build churches. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Jack Clark of Woodville; daughters & sons-in-law, Tamberly & Richard McCullough and Cezila & Pete Zinnante all of Woodville; grandchildren, Robert & Becky McCullough, Peter, III & Katrina Zinnante, and Jason & Trishta Zinnante; and great-grandchildren, Blakley McCullough, Jayden Ferguson, Clayton Zinnante, Kaden Zinnante, Addison Zinnante and Paisleigh Zinnante. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Day Care Center, 202 S. Charlton, Woodville, Texas 75979. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Tommie Bennight
Tommie Joyce Bennight, 75, of Houston passed away February 17, 2010. Born November 4, 1934, in Maude, Oklahoma, she lived in Houston most of her life. She and her family spent many years on weekends at their home in Ivanhoe where she came to love Tyler County and its people. She is preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Birtie Rich Garner and husband, Gordon Bennight; daughter, Vickie; brothers, Robert and Pete; and sisters, Thelma and Lucille. She is survived by her daughters, Brenda Bradford and Connie Mathis; son, David Davio; grandchildren, Marty, Brandi, Christopher and Johnathan; sisters, Ann, Ramona, Edith and Betty; brother, Donald; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held Saturday, February 20, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Woodville under the direction of Forest Park Lawndale in Houston. Local arrangements were under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Woodville, Tx.

Devon Warren
Devon Akies Warren of Silsbee, Tx, went from labor to reward Saturday, February 20, 2010 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Tx. Services are pending at Donald E Coleman Funeral Home, Kountze, Tx, (409) 246-1710.

Laura Cook
Laura Deloris “Dee” Cook moved to her heavenly home on February 18, 2010. Dee was born in Mercedes, TX, on April 27, 1932, to Foster McAuley and Eunice “Granny Mae” Huckleby McAuley. Formerly of the Rio Grande Valley, Dumas, and Texas City, she has been a member of the Woodville community since 1983. Best known here for her service at Tyler County Hospital and LabCorp, she retired in 2001. Dee was a gifted vocalist, musician, and writer who brought humor to life and delighted in using her gifts to entertain others. Mrs. Cook was predeceased by her parents, her sister Theresa Durbin, and brothers Jack McAuley and Roger McAuley. Dee is survived by her daughters Shirley Brooks and Janette Blackwell, stepdaughter Summer Diebel Clancy, and granddaughters Rev. Laurel Bergstresser and Kristyn Brooks Redahan; and Juathata Houston, Cathy and Chris Williams, Roger McAuley, Mark and Penny McAuley, George and Sherry Houston, Terry Joseph, and their families. The family extends special acknowledgment to long-time dear friends Carole Chesshir and Rev. Bill Copeland, and deepest thanks to Dr. Jim Mac Brown, and the staffs of Tyler County Hospital, Holiday Pines Manor, and Odyssey Hospice for their very capable and compassionate care. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 27, at Cherokee Church at Heritage Village, 157 PR 6000 (off US Hwy 190 west of Woodville), two miles west of Tyler County Courthouse traffic light. Any who wish to briefly share their memories of Dee’s influence or encouragement in their lives will be welcome to do so.

 

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