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East Texas News - Obituaries
Tyler County Booster- November 16, 2008 - November 23, 2008

Timothy George Sontag
  Timothy George Sontag, 44, of Spurger passed away peacefully on November 14, 2008 at his residence.
 Born June 7, 1964 in Beaumont, Tx to Cleveland and Willie Meyka Sontag, Sr., he lived most of his life in Spurger. 
  He was preceded in death by his father, Cleveland Sontag, Sr. and two brothers, Larry Blades and George Blades.
  He is survived by his loving mother, Willie Sontag of Spurger; brothers, Robert Blades of Woodstock, Ga, Milton Blades of Woodstock, Ga and Cleveland Sontag, Jr. of Spurger; sisters, Barbara Blades of Spurger, Gayle Blades of Lumberton, Kaye Blades of Livingston and Ann Reese of Spurger.
  Funeral service was held Sunday, November 16, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the First Pentecostal Church of Fred with Brother Jim Chance and Brother Elmer Eddings officiating.  Burial followed at Allison Cemetery in Warren.  Visitation was held Saturday at the church.
  Serving as pallbearers were Orren Smith, Brian Goins, Lynn Reese, Rusty Gains, Richard Getz and Derrick Getz.
            Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Darla Jean Smith
  Darla Jean Smith, 61 of Spurger died Friday, November 7, 2008, at Memorial Herman Baptist Hospital in Beaumont.  Darla was born December 31, 1946 in Manteca, California to George and Eunice (Norton) McKinley.  A resident of Spurger for eighteen years, she was a homemaker.
  Darla is survived by her children, Jody Smith, Jr. of Orange and Jennifer Cravey of Spurger; grandchildren, Amber Favors and husband Jack, Aaron Gore, Elmo Cravey and wife Deanna, Nicole Cravey, Lindsey Smith, and Nakona Cravey; great-grandchildren, Joshua Favors, Lane Gore, Kylei Cravey, Tucker Cravey, Cierra Rogers, Jordan Rogers, and Jace Rogers; and brother, Herbert McKinley of French Camp, California.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Jody Ray Smith, Sr.; and parents, George and Eunice McKinley.
  Graveside service were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at Turner Branch Cemetery on Hwy 1013 East in Spurger under the direction of Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.  A gathering of family and friends was held on Monday, November 10, 2008 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the mortuary.
            Complete and updated information may be viewed at www.broussardsmortuary.com

Preston Eugene Williford
  Preston Eugene Williford, 69, of Warren died Saturday, November 8, 2008 at Christus Hospital St. Elizabeth.  Preston was born December 26, 1938 to Chester and Ella Neal (Carson) Williford in Honey Island.  A resident of Warren for twenty-five years, he was employed at Pallet Mill in Evadale and proudly served his country in the United States Army.
  He is survived by his sisters, Elaine Wallet and husband Lonnie of Village Mills and Shirley Williford of Bakersfield, California; step-son, Jesse DeWayne Powers of Louisiana; and brother-in-law,  John Powers and wife Molly of Vidor.
  Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008 at First Baptist Church in Village Mills with Reverend Ken DeRouen officiating.  Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Broussard’s, 530 W. Monroe, Kountze.
   Complete and updated information may be viewed at www.broussardsmortuary.com.

Marshall E. Cole
  Marshall E. Cole, 94, of Woodville, passed away Sunday, November 16, 2008 at Tyler County Hospital in Woodville, Texas.
  Military graveside services will be Wednesday, November 19th at 2:00 p.m. at the Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville. 
  Marshall was born December 4, 1913 to Gus & Bertha Miller Cole in DeRidder, LA.  He was a longtime resident of Woodville, formerly of Beaumont, where he was a retired purchasing agent from Sun Oil Company.  He was a retired Lt. Col. WWII U.S. Army veteran.
  He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Jean Iles Cole.  He is survived by his wife of 7 years, Myrtle L. Cole of Woodville; sons & daughter-in-law, Ronnie & Nara Cole of Sour Lake; brother, George Cole of Lafayette, LA; sisters, Ollie Payne of DeRidder, LA and Jenny Nichols of Jennings, LA; grandchildren, Peyton Jones and Kathryn Yarbro; great grandchildren, Eric Yarbro, Juliet Yarbro and Raine Jones; and numerous nieces and nephews.
            Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Virginia Windham Willey
     Virginia Windham Willey, 83, of Woodville passed away peacefully unto the Lord on November 13, 2008.
      Born May 14, 1925 in Bronson, Tx to the late Waverly and Lois Anderson Windham, she lived in Tyler County and then after marrying Bob moved to New Mexico where she lived for many years before returning to Woodville.  She graduated from the Woodville Nursing School in 1963 and worked for several area hospitals.
     She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Waverly Windham and Robert Windham and a sister, Bonnie Vincent.
     Virginia is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Bob Willey; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Andy Morris of Portsmouth, RI; sons and daughters-in-law, John ìBubbaî and Eva Lash of Uettligen, Switzerland, Joe and Charllote Lash of Lumberton; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren; brothers, Frank Windham and Morris Windham; sisters, Dorothy McAllister, Ida Frazier and Wanda Williams.
    Funeral service was held Monday, November 17, 2008, at 10 a.m. at the Hillister Baptist Church with Brother John Free, Brother Steve McAllister, Brother Clark Mahoney and Brother Randall Pike officiating.  A 2 p.m. graveside service was held at Jett Cemetery in Orange.  Visitation was held Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the funeral home.
    Serving as pallbearers were her nephews.
    Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.


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