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Tyler County Booster - Obituaries
For the Week of April 20, 2008 - May 11, 2008
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Deloris Ann Kirkland
  Deloris Ann Kirkland, 75, of Woodville, passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at her residence.
  Funeral services were held Saturday, May 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Old Shiloh Cemetery.  Officiating was Reverend Tommy Williams.  Serving as pallbearers were Brian Bell, Kenneth Lowe, Derek Adams, Kyle Smith, Owen Henley and Jed Townsend.
  Visitation was held on Friday, May 2nd from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. 
  Deloris was born January 17, 1933 to Albertus L. & Denver Rhodes Johnson in El Dorado, AR. She was a longtime resident of Tyler County and had been the 1st Christian Church of Woodville's secretary for many years.  She had been a volunteer for Caring Is Sharing,  the prison, and was a mentor at Woodville Middle School. She also served as a Trustee and Secretary for the Restorative Justice Ministry Family Service and Mediation Center.
   She wanted everyone to know before she went home to be with her Lord that she loved Woodville, Texas.
  She was preceded in death by her husband, C J Kirkland on May 7, 1992. She is survived by her daughters & sons-in-law, Karen & Jimmy Gual of Dallas; Vicki Bell of Woodville, Lillie & John Swearingen of Colmesneil and Peggy & Jerry Townsend of Zavalla; sister & brother-in-law, Bettie & Charles Perdue of El Dorado, AR; brother & sister-in-law, Allan Wayne & Non Johnson of El Dorado, AR; grandchildren, Allison Smith, Angie Henley, Leslie Lowe, Brian Bell, Chris Swearingen, Danna Adams, Tiffani Parker, Jed Townsend and Levi Townsend; and nine great grandchildren.
  Memorials may be made to Caring Is Sharing or charity of choice.
            Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Leo D. Lowe
 Leo D. Lowe, 77, of  Woodville passed away May 1, 2008 at the Tyler County Hospital.
  Born December 14, 1930 in Saratoga, Tx to Edward Cecil and Isabell Hatcher Lowe, he lived in Woodville most of his life.  He was retired from the Woodville ISD as a bus driver and a custodian.  He was a member of Harmony Baptist Church, a Korean Army Veteran and a member of V.F.W. and D.A.V.
  He is survived by his loving wife, Gladys Courts Lowe; son and daughter –in-law, Wayne and Marie Franklin of Houston; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Bud Pierson, Doris and John McKee, Dorothy Read and Patricia Phillips all of Woodville; Betty and T. J. Stephens of Fred; Sharon and Mike Farrar of Livingston and Elizabeth and Jeff Lee of Groves; sisters, Christine Williamson of Trinity, Bonnie McKean, Judy McKee and Annie Hensarling all of Woodville; thirty-three grandchildren, sixty-seven great grandchildren and ten great, great grandchildren and a host of other family members and friends.
  Funeral service was held Monday, May 5, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Randy Herrington and Brother James Stephens officiating.  Visitation was held Sunday evening at the funeral home.  A Military Graveside service was held a Camp Ground Cemetery.
  The Military personnel served as pallbearers.  His grandsons served as honorary pallbearers. A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhome.com  Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Bette Jo Blakeway 
  Bette Jo Blakeway, 75, of Colmesniel, passed away April 30, 2008 at Woodville Health & Rehabilitation Center. A native of Tyler County, and a longtime resident of Houston, she had retired from the Houston Chronicle Advertising Dept. after many years. Ms. Blakeway enjoyed her yardword and gardening. She was a very faithful member of Mt. Siani Baptist Church where she had served as Secretary for many years.
  Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Siani Baptist Church in the Holly Fork Community in Tyler County under the direction of Forest Oaks Funeral Home of Jasper.
            Survivors include her husband, Thomas David Blakeway of Colmesniel, TX; Daughter, Bette Ann Touchet and husband Todd of Colmesniel, TX; Son, John Leslie Davis & wife Stephanie of Joshua Tree, CA; Brother, Leslie Louis Conner of Woodville, Texas; Sister, Ettie Eulene Hales of Houston, Texas; along with one grandson, Jeff Davis, and great-granddaughter Alyssa Renee Davis.

Jerry 'Gator' Felps
  Jerry “Gator” Felps, 66, of Fred, died Thursday, May 1, 2008 at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth in Beaumont, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
  He was a retired welding supervisor with CB&I Nacon.
  Jerry is survived by his wife of forty-six years, Jo Nell Felps; daughters, Lana Stafford and husband Johnny, Kim Lout and husband Rusty, Tana Carruth and husband Rossi, and Stephanie Tressler and husband Billy all of Fred; grandchildren, Jeremy Wilder, Ashley Saph, Matthew Lout, Randy Lout, Sommer Johnston, and Logan Tressler; and great grandchildren, Hunter Saph and Kambrie Lout.
  He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Lee and Nettie Felps; and brother, Jimmy Newton Felps.
  Funeral service was held at 2 p.m.. Monday, May 5, 2008, at Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee with burial following at Baker-Bell Cemetery in Fred. 
            Complete and updated information may be viewed at www.broussardsmortuary.com

Opal B. Hall
  Opal B. Hall, 88, of Warren passed away May 5, 2008 at her home.
  She was a native and life long resident of Tyler County.  Mrs. Hall was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew and loved her.
  Funeral services are pending at news time at Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

 

 

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