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East Texas News - Obituaries
Tyler County Booster- May 3, 2009 - May 17, 2009

Bernice Briggs
Bernice Mashaw Briggs, 79, of Woodville, passed away, Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. Funeral services were held Friday, May 1, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Ebenezer Cemetery near Colmesneil. Officiating was Brother Robert McCelland. Serving as pallbearers were James R. Brown, Curtis Brown, Danny Lee Simons, Sr., Danny Lee Simons, Jr., Stetson Marshall and George Corley V isitation was held on Thursday, April 30th from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. B ernice was born February 6, 1930 to Jesse James & Sadie Herrington Mashaw in Angelina County. She was a lifelong resident of Tyler County where she was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She loved her family and was a wonderful mother, wife & mother-in-law. She loved to crochet. S he was preceded in death by her husband, Rabon H. Briggs and her daughter, Sharon Briggs Rogers. S he is survived by her sons & daughters-in-law, Donald & Patricia Briggs of Bastrop, Kenneth Scott Rogers of Los Angeles, CA and Erik Rabon & Karen Rogers of Jasper; daughter & son-in-law, Adeline & William Perkins of Spurger; brother, J.W. Mashaw of Jasper; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Morris Taylor, Jr.
Morris Taylor, Jr., 76, of Woodville passed away April 28, 2009, in Houston, Texas. Born September 11, 1932 in Chester, Tx to the late Morris and Zula Mae Barnes Taylor, Sr. He lived in Tyler County all of his life. He was retired from Champion International Paper Company with 40 years of service and a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He is survived by his loving wife, Arie Lee Taylor; daughters, Joyce Johnson and husband, Marvin, Carolyn Freeman and husband, Ricky, Margaret Taylor, Teresa Cole and husband, Jesse; sons, Marvin Taylor and wife, Alice, Calvin Taylor and wife, Joyce and Morris Taylor; step daughters, Glenda White and Linda Merchison; step sons, Lester Mitchell, Ander Mitchell, Kenneth Mitchell and Thomas Mitchell; sisters, Laurine Price, Iris Baley, Louise Stargell and husband, Vallas, Emma Walker and husband, Leon; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other family members and friends. F uneral service was held Saturday, May 2, 2009, at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Rocky Miller officiating. Burial followed at Darden Cemetery in Polk County. Visitation was held Friday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were William Miller, Charles Ensign, M. T. Mitchell, Mike Guy, J. W. Landry, and Courtney Landry. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Richard Bowen
Richard Allan Bowen, 75, of Woodville passed away May 5, 2009 at Jasper Memorial Hospital. Born January 7, 1934 in Salt Lake City, Utah to the late Arthur and Mattie Booth Bowen, he lived in Woodville for many years. He was retired from the United States Army where he was a veteran of the Korean War and a disabled veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Church in Woodville. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Wendy and James Kethan of Woodville; son and daughter-in-law, Jon and Becky Paget of Marietta, GA; daughter-in-law, Pascale Paget of Lake Bay, WA; sister, Luella Keyes of Utah; fifteen grandchildren and fifteen great- grandchildren. Funeral service was held Saturday, May 9, 2009, at 2 P.M. at the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Church in Woodville with John Livingston, Tim Durr and Leon Crawford officiating. A full U. S. Army Military graveside rite was held at Camp Ground Cemetery near Woodville. Visitation was held Friday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were John Paget, James Kethan, Aaron Paget, Sammy Reynolds, Logan Reynolds, Tim Durr and Alex Hachtman. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Veronica Fortenberry
Veronica Fortenberry, 57, of Woodville passed away May 10, 2009 at her residence. Ms. Fortenberry donated her body to science to further benefit the medical field. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Service was held under Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Dr. H.E. Eveland
Dr. H.E. “Ed” Eveland, 85, of Beaumont died Saturday, May 9, 2009 at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth. Ed was born February 9, 1924 in Urbana, Illinois to Harmon E. and Bernicelyn F. Eveland. Ed served two years in the Army Air Corps during World War II, earned his PhD in Geology at the University of Illinois, and after teaching one year at the University of Tennessee, founded the Department of Geology at Lamar University in 1951. He was Chairman until his retirement in 1983 and was subsequently honored with Professor Emiretus. Ed is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Doris Eveland of Beaumont; sons, Kenneth Eveland, M.D. and his wife Susan of Tyler, Thomas Eveland and his wife Sheila of Silsbee, Richard Eveland and his wife Melodye of Round Rock, and John Eveland and his wife Debra of Irving; five grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harmon E. and Bernicelyn Eveland and his sister, Anna Margaret. His Memorial Service was held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at Broussard’s, 1605 N. Major Drive, Beaumont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ed’s memory to Lamar University, Department of Geology, P.O. Box 10011, Beaumont, Texas 77710. Services were held under the direction of Broussards Mortuary in Beaumont.


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