Tyler County Booster - Obituaries
For the Week of May 11, 2008 - May 18, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company

Lt. Col. (Ret.)Elmer Ray Oates
  Elmer Ray Oates left this earth to be with his Heavenly Father on Monday, May 12, 2008.  He leaves behind a wealth of friends and family to celebrate his life including his wife of 32 years, Dorothy Oates, and their children, Steve & Robbie Evans, Robert & Mary Oates, Tim & Lisa Weaver, Richard Oates, and David & Jill Davis.  Granchildren include Lauren Smith (and husband Slade), Michael Evans (and wife Sarah), Ashlyn Davis, Paul Jacob, Joseph Jacob, and Brandon Davis.  Great-grandchildren include Claire Smith, Mac Smith, and Easton Evans.  Also surviving are his sister, LaNell Choate and her husband Leon, and sister-in-law, Pauline Oates and nieces and nephews.
  He was preceded in death by his Father, Bob Oates; Mother, Phoebe Oates; Sister, Shirley Woodcock; Brothers, E.L. Oates and Brownie Oates.
  Elmer was born December 17, 1917 to Robert Ephriam Oates and Phoebe Young Oates.  He grew up in the Cherokee Dies Community and attended school with his brother and neighbors in the one room Cherokee Church.  He joined his dad picking cotton on the family farm and hauling it to the gin by horse and wagon.  His dad promised him a horse and saddle on his 16th birthday, and that's how he traveled to Josey parties in neighboring communities.  He attended high school in Chester where he ran track and played football and basketballAfter graduating from high school in 1935, Elmer attended Sam Houston State University, worked in the CC camps, and then joined the Army.  After an initial 4 1/2 years, he returned to Woodville and worked as the Veterans Service Officer for a year before being recalled to military service.  He then transferred to the Air Force, serving 13 years in Europe and 4 years at the Pentagon.  After 32 years of military service, he retired in 1971 as a Lt. Colonel from the Air Force.  He returned to Woodville following retirement and married Dorothy, and they began a marriage of 30+ years centered around their love of God, each other, and their family.
 Elmer was a praying man who shared his devotion to God with all who shared his table at mealtimes, and he never missed an opportunity to show and tell his family that he loved them.  Until his health seriously failed in recent years, he rarely missed a Sunday in church, and he always encouraged any of the family in for a visit to go with him.
 Likewise, his devotion to family was unending and the influence and impact that he made will live on in the lives of each of them.  He and Dorothy shared a remarkable bond--where one went the other was never far behind.  They shared their love and devotion to each other, their homeplace, and the work involved there.  His sons' careers led them away from "home" but Elmer kept frequent contact with them and welcomed them home whenever they could make it.  The gleam in his eyes was always visible when he was with his sons.  You knew he loved them dearly.
 The girls all stayed closer to "home" and had frequent gatherings of kids and grandkids at what came to be known as "the farm".  Many happy memories were made as he pulled his grandchildren behind his tractor or on the four-wheeler to feed the fish or check on his cows at the farm.  He loved to attend the sports and other functions that his grandchildren were in.  Together as a family, the Oates clan annually decorated the Cherokee Church (where he spent so much time as a youth) for the annual greening of the Heritage Village.  Elmer was instrumental in securing the donation of the historic church building to the Village.  Next to God, his wife, and family, giving back to the community that gave him his start in life brought him untold happiness.
 Elmer was also genuinely devoted to his country and this community.  Not only did he make his career in the armed services of our country, but upon retirement he continued to assist local veterans through the VFW organization in seeking and obtaining benefits available to them as veterans.  He held the position of VFW Post Commander for 3 terms, and recently was pleased to take part in the dedication service for the new VFW facility.  Each of his children and grandchildren were taught the importance of the flag, honoring the flag, and he annually assisted in placing flags on the graves of veterans many times, often with grandkids in tow.
 Additionally, Elmer was active in other organizations with specific purposes aimed at benefiting others.  These included Lions Club, Soil & Water Conservation Service where he was commended with the Bill Clements Memorial Award for Outstanding Leadership in Agriculture.  He was also active in the Heritage Village Historical Society.  He was a 32nd degree Mason, having received his 60 year Master Mason Award in 2006.  He provided a wonderful example to his family and friends of love for his country and community through his many civic activities.
 We will miss his bright eyes and ever-ready smile as he went about the community, but his love and genuine devotion will not be forgotten.  Without a doubt when he is greeted at Heaven's gate by His Heavenly Father, he will hear "Well done, thy good and faithful servant".
 Funeral services for Elmer Ray will be 2:00 P.M. on  Friday, May 16, 2008 at First Baptist Church in Woodville, with burial to follow in Campground Cemetery.  Officiating will be Dr. Raymond Parker and Pastor Ross Shelton.  Pallbearers will be his sons, Robert M. Oates and Richard E. Oates; grandsons, Michael Evans, Slade Smith, Joseph Jacob, Paul Jacob, Brandon Davis, and Scott Vaughn.  Honorary pallbearers will be VFW Post 2033, Woodville Lions Club, and Woodville Masonic Lodge #495.  Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5 P.M. until 8 P.M. at Stringer and Griffin Funeral Home.
            Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Edmond 'David' Johnson Sr.
  Edmond "David" Johnson Sr. 73 departed this life Wednesday April 16, 2008. He was born on October 2, 1934 in Port Neches, Tx.
  He is preceded in death by his mother and father Edmond and Drucielle Johnson, sister Beverly and brother Gary and a son Tony.
  David served in the Marines and the Navy. His passion in life was racing and reading about history as well as cooking. Dave was famous for his knowledge of motor mechanics amongst family and friends. He has forgotten more than anyone else could learn.
  He leaves to cherish his memories, his treasured wife and best friend Kay (Woolwine) Johnson, and loving children Kathy of Cut-in-Shoot, Debby and her husband of Conroe, Dee and her husband of N. Little Rock, David Jr. and his wife of Humble, Jimmy and his wife of Austin. He is also survived by his 19 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren as well as his uncle Afred Johnson of Beaumont, along with a Nephew and Niece and numerous other relatives and friends.
  A graveside memorial service was held in his honor Saturday April 25, 2008 in the Village Mills Cemetery were he was laid to rest beside his son Tony. Officiating was Rev. Tommy Williams. A celebration of Dave's life was held at his home with family and friends attending.
            Please sign the online guestbook at www.cochranfh.com

Effie 'Billie' Jennings Self         
  Mrs. Effie “Billie” Jennings Self, 77, of Woodville, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2008 in the Holiday Pines Nursing Home in Woodville. She was born September 21, 1930 in Crockett and was a resident of Woodville for the past 20 years. She was a housewife.
  Survivors include her children: Danny Self and wife, Jenette of Hillister, Connie Mack Self and wife, Lana of Shepherd, Jerry Wayne Self of Hillister, Pondy Leindecker and husband, Donald of Rosenburg, Kathy Mayes and husband, Jerry of Lufkin, Rocky L. Self of Lufkin, and Jerry Wayne Self, Jr. and wife, Ashley of Hillister; twenty eight grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
  She was preceded in death by husband, Lee Self; son, Billy Ray Self; parents, Ed and Drucilla Jennings; and numerous brothers and sisters.
  Graveside funeral services were held Sunday, May 11 at 1 p.m. in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Dr. Jerry House officiated and interment followed the services.
            Services were under the direction of Callaway-Allee Funeral Home in Crockett.

Adrian Tucker
  Adrian Tucker, 85, of Woodville, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at the Tyler County Hospital in Woodville, Texas.
  Funeral services were held Saturday, May 10th at 2 p.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Magnolia Cemetery.  Officiating was Dr. Raymond A. Parker and Reverend Ross Shelton.  Serving as pallbearers were Marvin Katzen, James Ewings, Mike Hogan, Joe Belt, Jerry McKee, Keith Hays, Kenneth Ewings and Wayne Tucker.  Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of First Baptist Church.
  Visitation was held on Friday, May 9th from 5 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
  Adrian was born January 7, 1923 to C B & Wessie Stewart Tucker in Colmesneil, Texas.  He was a longtime resident of Tyler County and was retired after 34 years with Mobil Oil, formerly known as Magnolia Refinery, as a process operator.  He was a member of South Park Baptist Church in Beaumont from 1951 - 1978 and a member of the 1st Baptist Church of Woodville for 30 years where he served as a deacon for many years.
  He was preceded in death by his brother, Herschel Tucker.  He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Irene Tucker of Woodville; sons & daughters-in-law, Ronald A. & Tracey Tucker and Doyle "DK" & Sindie Tucker all of Beaumont; sisters & brother-in-law, Vivian McKee of Woodville, Lounell & Jim Hays of Woodville and Carolyn Chiles of Colmesneil; brother & sister-in-law, Preston & Valerie Tucker of Woodville; sister-in-law, Angie Tucker of Woodville; grandchildren, Schelbie & Cody Bauer of Winnie, Danielle Clingenpeel & Zachary Shaw of Dana Point, CA, Kenny & Katie Tucker of Beaumont, Courtney & William Shogran of Vero Beach, FL and Ronnie B. Tucker of Beaumont; and great grandchildren, Elijah Clingenpeel, Ian Shaw, Addie & Emmie Bauer, Kennedy Tucker, Kerbie Tucker, Rheagan Shogran, Taylor Shogran and William Shogran, II.
  Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Woodville.
            Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Wilma Frankie Adams 
  Wilma Frankie Adams, 88, of Bryan, Texas, formerly of Polk County, Texas went to be with the Lord on May 7, 2008 in Bryan, Texas.
  Born April 30, 1920 in Polk County to the late Asa Carlos and Pearl Polk Parten, she was a loving and devoted wife, mother grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her.
  She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Claude F. Adams, Jr.
  Mrs. Adams is survived by her loving family, son and daughter-in-law, Rev. Gary Adams and Wanda; daughter and son-in-law, Claudine and Rev. Edgar Ackerman; grandchildren, Kyle and Michele Adams, Michael and Shannon Adams, Rhonda and David Meaux, Shane and Sharon Ackerman, Byron and Kristi Ackerman and Misti and Rev. Jason Brooks; great grandchildren, Lauren and Megan Adams, Parker, Grayson, Camden and Caden Adams, Justin and Ethan Meaux, Wesley and Bailee Ackerman, Trey and Trent Ackerman, Jackson and Colson Brooks; brother and sister-in-law, Charles Ray and Stella Parten; and numerous other family members and friends.
  Funeral service was held Saturday, May 10, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Midway Community Church with her son and son-in-law, Rev. Gary Adams and Rev. Edgar Ackerman officiating.  Burial followed in the Midway Cemetery.  Visitation was held Friday evening at Riley Funeral Home.
  Serving as pallbearers were Jason Brooks, Shane Ackerman, Wesley Ackerman, Kyle Adams, David Meaux and Sonny Miller
  A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhome.com
  Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Opal Hall
  Opal Hall, 88, of Warren passed away peacefully unto her Lord on May 5, 2008 at her residence surrounded by her family.
  Born December 10, 1919 in Woodville, Tx to the late Omer and Sallie Dickerson Bowen, she lived in Tyler County all of her life.  She met and married the love of her life 69 years ago, James H. Hall.  Opal was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to all who knew and loved her.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Warren.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, David M. Hall, brothers and sisters-in-law, Benton and Claude Lee Bowen, Z. B. and Hazel Bowen and Al and Dorothy Bowen: brothers-in-law, and sister-in-law, Albert and Vivian Richardson and Kermit Vanordo; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jessie Lee and Minnie Lee Hall.
  She is survived by her loving husband, James H. Hall; children, Becky and Harold McCormick of Sugar Land, Brenda and Jesse McDonald of Jasper, Omer Lee and Sally Hall of Warren, James E. and Dorrie Hall of Warren, Wayne and Teresa Hall of Beaumont, and Kathryn Richardson of Spring; daughter-in-law, Merna Hall Karil; grandchildren, Stephen McCormick of Houston, David Hall of Austin, Lindsey Hall of Beaumont, Erin and Hector Lemus of Spring, Nathan Hall of Spring and Alex Richardson of Spring; one great granddaughter, Chloe’ Lemus of Spring; brother, Bill Bowen and wife, Bobbie of Silsbee; sisters, Lillie Mae Moses and husband, Floyd of Warren; Jimmie Cofty and husband, Sam of Kirbyville; brother-in-law, Floyd Hall of Diboll; sister-in-law, Maxine Vanordo of Kentwood, LA; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
  Funeral service was held Friday, May 9, 2008, at 10 a.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Kenneth Cauthen and Brother Troy Richardson officiating.  Burial followed at Allison Cemetery in Warren.  Visitation was held Thursday evening at the funeral home.
  Serving as pallbearers were Hector Lemus, David Hall, Nathan Hall, Stephen E. McCormick, Roy Bolding, Phil McClure and R. L. Mitchell.
  A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhome.com
  Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Sibyl Trammell
  Sibyl Trammell, 68, of Chester passed away Friday, May 9, 2008 at Woodville Health and Rehab Center in Woodville.
 Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 12th at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Chester.  Officiating were Brother Mark Martin and Brother Morgan Wright.  Serving as pallbearers were Richard Woodrome, Dustin Woodrome, Wesley Woodrome, Dalton Woodrome, Trey Wilkerson and Chad Broch.  Honorary pallbearers were all of her nieces and nephews.
  Visitation was held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 11th at the funeral home.
  Sibyl was born August 13, 1939 to Clarence and Rachel Woodrome in Chester, Texas.  She was a lifelong resident of Tyler County and had worked for many years with the Chester Independent School District where she has been the class of 1957 valedictorian  She had also been self-employed in the retail industry.  She loved to cook, quilt, fish and travel.
  She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Rae Trammell of Chester; brother & sister-in-law Don & Sadie Woodrome of Chester; and sister
& brother -in-law, Jan & Burlon Wilkerson of Diboll; brother-in-law & sister-in-law, Doyle & Lynetta Trammell of Tyler; sister-in-law, Emily Buce of Albany, Ga; step-brother & sister-in-law, Rusty & Carolyn Hughes of Chester; neices & nephews; Poncho, Susan & Richard Woodrome, Doyle, Tina, Dustin, Wesley & Dalton Woodrome, Jennifer, Rodney, Lacy, Paige, Blake & Sydney Whitworth, Kim, Scott & Amory Parker all of Chester, Trey, Michele & Annabeth Wilkerson all of Diboll, Krista Wilkerson of Marion, Melanie Wilkerson of Marquez, Monica, Travis, Kayden & Zac Morris all of Warren, Steve, Linda, Landon & Shaylon Trammell all of Tyler and numerous other relatives & friends.
 Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.




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