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Tyler County Booster - Obituaries

Copyright 2011 - Polk County Publishing Company

Audrey Shepherd
Audrey Mae Shepherd, 83, of Woodville passed away peacefully unto the Lord on November 1, 2011. Born May 24, 1928 in Emilee, Texas to Clifton and Eula Lee Ha n k s S h e p - h e r d , s h e lived in B e a u - m o n t w h e r e she ret i r e d f r o m Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as an operator. After retiring she moved back to Woodville to be closer to her family. She was a member of the Dogwood Hills Baptist Church in Woodville. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, M. L. Fortenberry and Ray Shepherd; son, Randy Keith Fortenberry; brothers, J. C. Shepherd and Bobby Joe Shepherd. Audrey is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Sue and Bobby Matkin of Vidor; grandchildren, Justin Matkin of Beaumont, Krystal and Matthew Francis, III of Beaumont; great grandchildren, Cassidy Matkin, Matthew Francis, IV and Kalynn Francis; step daughter, Robyn Ward and husband, Jerry; step grandchildren, Christopher and Loren; sisterin- law, Louwaine Shepherd of Hutto; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral service was held Thursday, November 3, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Chad Barnes officiating. Burial followed at the Camp Ground Cemetery near Woodville. Visitation was held Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Serving as pallbearers were Bo Shepherd, Calvin Shepherd, Troy Farmer, Clint Moerbe, Eddie Riley and Don Moore. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Darrell Davis
Darrell Eugene Davis, 78, went to be with God and his angels on November 3, 2011 in the Houston VA Hospital. He was born in Tyler County on July 31, 1933 where he grew up and raised his family. He went into the army on November 18, 1953 and spent two years defending our country. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, cousin and brother. He was a member of the Camp Ground Baptist Church in Woodville. He is preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Robbins and his father, Clarence Davis, and his brother, James “Buster” Davis. He is survived by his loving wife, Madeline Davis; children, Tewanna and her husband, Rocky Hensarling, Kenneth Davis and Clarence Davis; grandchildren, Nicholas and his wife, Cyrstal Davis, Christopher Davis and Patrick Davis, Jared Davis and his fiance Manda Couey, Jason and his wife, Tiffany Hensarling and their children, Haley, Tracer and Jayden, Brian and his wife, Stefanie Hensarling and their children, Kyler and Kyson and his two daughters, Kelsey and Kendallyn, Sirena and her husband Jason Maheffey and their children Ethan and Logan; brothers and sisters, Betty Ruth Grimes, Wanda Hensarling, Charles Davis, Tommy Davis, Marilyn Dean, Billy Davis and Lynda Williams; and numerous nieces and nephews who loved him very much and other family members and friends. He will be truly missed. Funeral service was held Sunday, November 6, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Camp Ground Baptist Church in Woodville with Brother Teddy Minyard and Brother Doug Shows officiating. Burial followed at the Camp Ground Cemetery. Visitation was held Saturday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were Jason Hensarling, Jared Davis, Bryan Hensarling, Richard Davis, Rodrick Davis and Michael Williams. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

John Richard Gardner
John Richard Gardner, 61, found peace on November 2, 2011. John spent his final hours in a Woodlands hospital surrounded by friends and family. John was born on March 27, 1950 to John and Grace Gardner in the state of Arkansas. He moved to Woodville, TX in 1988 where he would find a successful career in Real Estate working at Ivanhoe. John spent 18 years as a successful realtor before moving to The Woodlands, TX in 2007, where he would spend his final years. John was a very generous man who lived life with a humble, caring nature. John’s honest approach towards people served him well and garnered him many friends along his journey through life. John is survived by his two sons, Jonathan Lewis Gardner (28) and Richard Eugene Gardner (43); sister, Barbara McCrory; brothers, William Gardner and Jim Gardner; granddaughters Melissa, Hayley and Kelsey Gardner; along with several nieces and nephews. Memorial services for John Richard Gardner will be held Friday, November 18, 2011 at the Pavilion of Mount Pisgah Cemetery in Woodville, TX at noon.


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