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Tyler County Booster- October 25, 2009 - November 7, 2009
Donald Carroll Brodnax was the only child of Estelle Farr and Leon Donald Brodnax, of Newton, Texas. He was born October 23, 1932 in Jasper, Texas, and was raised in Newton by his mother and grandparents. He graduated from Newton High School and later attended Lamar University in Beaumont. He passed away at age 76 on October 17, 2009 at his home in Jasper, Texas after an extended illness. Known to young and old alike as Don Brodnax or simply as ‘Mr. B,’ his life was the culmination of a lifelong career of service to others, beginning in the very early years as an Eagle Scout and child prodigy in electronics, and later as an electrician, business owner, entrepreneur, and as a self-taught computer programmer. He began his career in the Social Services Industry in 1974, and co-founded a private, non-profit corporation in 1985 called East Texas Support Services, which specializes in State and Federal contracts and grants. He expanded the influence of this business over three decades to include the entire state of Texas, eventually being nominated to serve on the distinguished Texas Silver Haired Legislature, as well as the National Silver Haired Congress in Washington, D.C., where he helped co-author legislation to aid Senior Citizens both in Texas and across the Nation. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Bobbie Brodnax; two sons, Bruce Brodnax and wife Diann of Orange, Texas; Drew Brodnax and wife Evonne of Jasper; two daughters, Teresa Janeaux and husband Dale of Jasper, and Donna Tapley of Newton. Grandchildren include Sterling Brodnax, Ashley Brodnax, Adam Brodnax (deceased), Brady Williams, Brock Williams, Beauxdean Williams, Letisha Peveto, Christopher Brewer, Steffany Duke, Katrena Brewer, and four great grandchildren. Visitation was 6-8 PM Monday, October 19 at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Jasper, Texas. Memorial Services were at the Stringer & Griffin Chapel Tuesday, October 20 at 10 AM, with interment following at Newton City Cemetery in Newton, Texas. Memorial Donations may be made to Lakes Area Hospice of Jasper, PO Box 2086, Jasper, TX 75951. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Jasper.
Alvin Preston “Bo” Swinney, 71, of Warren, passed away Sunday, October 18, 2009 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 21st at 2:00 p.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Fellowship Cemetery in Warren. Officiating was his son, Brother Jimbo Swinney, assisted by Brother Walter McAlpin and Brother Gerald Read. Serving as pallbearers were his grandsons, Matt Swinney, Caleb Swinney, James Blackshear, Samuel Blackshear, Jacob Blackshear and Mark Blackshear. Visitation was held on Tuesday, October 20th from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Bo was born May 16, 1938 to Carl Columbus & Nellie Pearl Tucker Swinney in Livingston, Texas. He was a lifelong resident of Tyler County and was retired from Southern Pacific Railroad. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl & Nellie Swinney; his sister, Omega Conrad; and his infant brother, Melvin Swinney. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Martha Lanelle “Polly” Swinney of Warren; son & daughter-in-law, James “Jimbo” & Elaine Swinney of Warren; daughter & son-in-law, Cindy & Tex Blackshear of Warren; brother & sister-in-law, Carl Wayne & Betty Swinney of Warren; sister, Diane Faulkenberry of Houston; and seven grandchildren, Matt Swinney, Caleb Swinney, James Blackshear, Hannah Swinney, Samuel Blackshear, Jacob Blackshear and Mark Blackshear. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.
Jerrel Swan, 58, of Hillister, died Thursday, October 15, 2009, at Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital. He was born September 17, 1951, in Beaumont, Texas to Birdie Strickland Swan and James Henry Swan. Jerrel resided in Hillister and taught HVAC and building trades at Silsbee High School. Survivors include his wife of thirty-seven years, Joyce Swan of Hillister; son, Jeremy Swan of Hillister; brother, Terry Swan and his wife Melanie of Beaumont; sisters, Shary James and her husband Rodney of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Lynda Cone and her husband Billy of Lumberton; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. His memorial service was 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 18, 2009, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A gathering of his family and friends was at 1:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon prior to the service at Broussard’s. A private committal service was held at Broussard’s Crematorium. The family asks that everyone who attends Jerrel’s memorial service dress in casual attire. Jerrel would have wanted everyone to be comfortable. Memorial contributions may be made to The Healing Hoof TRC, c/o Kim Gauthier, 331 CR 718, Buna, Texas 77612. Complete and updated information may be viewed at www.broussardsmortuary.com.
Lorraine Bernadine Witt
Lorraine Bernadine Witt, 79, of Woodville, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2009 in an automobile accident. Memorial service was held on Saturday, October 17th at 2:00 p.m. at the home of Anna Ayres, 268 PR 6124 Whitetail Ridge near Woodville. Burial was in Shady Grove Cemetery. Lorraine was born February 21, 1930 in Livingston, Texas. She was a former resident of Cleburne and had lived in Woodville for the past twenty years. She wrote her own music and loved to socialize with her friends and caregivers. She was a member of Hopewell Congregational Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Leonard Witt of Woodville; daughter & son-in-law, Diane & Joseph Valentino of Lufkin; grandson, Ricky Valentino of Lufkin; nieces, Jeanette Smith of Cleveland and Peggy Thomas of Houston; and her nephew, Royce Holleman of Houston. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.
Ruby Mae Stone, December 8, 1935 to October 3, 2009. In loving memory, Mother, Grandmother, and friend, you left us much too soon. You will forever be missed by your loving family. Chris Stone, Bobby Stone, Debbie, Jim, Sean, Nathan Massey; David and Diane Stone. Donations to American Inst. for Cancer Research. 800-843-8114. Cards may be sent to Debbie massey, 8002 Log Hollow, Houston, Tx 77040.
Thomas Wilfred Trahan, 75, of Warren passed away peacefully on October 16, 2009. Born in Gueydan, LA, he lived most of his life in Port Arthur before moving to Warren 19 years ago. He was retired from the Texas Highway Department as a technician in Port Arthur and served in the U. S. Marines. He is survived by his loving wife, Mirley Trahan of Warren; brother, Joseph Trahan of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; sisters, Eve Hanks of Lafayette, LA and Lorraine Hutto of Saratoga, FL; and numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation was held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home. No service will be held.
Frederick Preston Cutrer, 73, of Colmesneil passed away October 23, 2009. A native of Port Arthur, he lived in the Golden Triangle area before moving to Colmesneil. He was retired from BF Goodrich with the pipefitter local #195 and was a U. S. Air Force Korean Veteran. He is survived by his son and daughter- in-law, Barry and Brenda Cutrer of Colmesneil; brothers, Gus Cutrer of Orangefield and John Cutrer of Port Neches; grandchildren, Tyler Cutrer, Kelsey Gray and husband, Jeremy; step-grandchildren, Jerrod Buckner and Blake Buckner and wife, Sommer; great-grandchild, Aiden Gray. A memorial visitation was held Sunday, October 25, 2009, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville. Cremation service was held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.
Nathaniel Lacy, Sr
Nathaniel Lacy Sr., 73, of Kountze, TX went from Earth to Glory on Wednesday October 21, 2009 at his residence after enduring a long time illness. A lifelong resident of Kountze, Nathaniel was bom on December 1, 1935 in Honey Island, TX to Alphonso Lacy Sr. and Magnolia Lacy. He was a member of the Redeemed Church of God in Christ in Kountze, TX. He worked at Kirby Lumber Company for over 30 years until his retirement. Soon after he came out of retirement and worked for Trico Enterprise for several years, later on he decided to retire totally. He loved spending time outside on his tractor, landscaping, clearing off land, gardening, and working on vehicles. Nathaniel was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Alphonso Lacy Jr. and Thomas A. Lacy (Jo Ann); and sister, Jeraldine Gilder. He leaves to cherish his memories, his beloved wife, Elizabeth Lacy of Kountze, Tx; eight children, Nathaniel Lacy Jr. (Norma) of San Antonio, Tx; Alicia Boykin Green (David) of Rosharon Tx; Theresa Williams (Earl) of Kountze, Tx; Bobby Lacy (Wendolyn) of Augusta, Ga; Andrea Cutwright (Eimo) of Kountze, Tx; Ronald Lacy (Jackie) of Fountain CO; Darren Lacy (Shelley) of Beaumont, Tx; Patrick Lacy (Natalie) of Fomey, Tx; brothers, Ernest Lacy (Doris) of Richmond, Va; Timothy Lacy of Kountze, Tx; sisters, Earlene Lockett of Tulsa, Ok; Cathy Shaw of Kountze, Tx; 23 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. A celebration of life will be held at Faith Temple COGIC, Silsbee, Tx on Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 11a.m. with Rev. C.L. Cooper officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow at Hillister Community Cemetery, Hillister, Tx. Donald E. Coleman Funeral Home, INC, Kountze, Tx.
Henry “Wordy” Wordlaw Walding, 64, of Spurger passed away October 23, 2009 at his residence. Born January 14, 1945 in Port Arthur, Tx, he lived in Spurger for many years. He was a retired truck driver and a United States Air Force Veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Toby Walding; and a brother, W. E. “Snooks” Walding. Wordy is survived by his loving children, Daron Walding and wife, Jamey of Iola, Tx, Henry Walding and wife, Hope of DeQuincy, LA, Julia Simon and husband, Rodney of Spurger; grandchildren, DairAnn Walding of Waurika, OK, Slade Walding of Iola, Tx, Colyn Walding, Coltyn Simon and Rilyn Simon all of Spurger; and a great-granddaughter to be born in January 2010. A visitation memorial was held Monday, October 26, 2009, from 9 a.m. until 12 noon at Riley Funeral Home. A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhome.com. Cremation service was held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.
Iva Robinson, 51, of Corrigan, Tx. went from Earth to Glory on Saturday, October 24, 2009. Services are pending with Donald E. Coleman Funeral Home, Kountze, Tx.