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East Texas News - Obituaries
Tyler County Booster- September 20, 2009 - October 11, 2009

Floyd Moses
Floyd C. Moses, 81, of Warren, passed away, Saturday, September 19, 2009 at Tyler County Hospital in Woodville, Texas. Graveside services were held Tuesday, September 22nd at 10:30 a.m. at Allison Cemetery near Warren under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville. Officiating was Brother Chance Sims. Visitation was held on Monday, September 21st from 1:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Floyd was born April 21, 1928 to Jess & Lela Cryer Moses in Zavalla, Texas. He was a lifelong resident of Tyler County and had worked and retired from APAC International. He is survived by his wife, Lillie Mae Moses of Warren; sons & daughter-in-law, Floyd C. Moses, Jr. and Ronnie & Kay Moses all of Warren; brother,Thomas Moses of Beaumont; sister, Jessie Murl Long of Bay City; grandchildren, Floyd C. Moses, III & wife, Lori, Dustin Ryan Moses and Jessie Shane Moses & wife, Angela; great grandchildren, Ashleigh Jewel Moses, Natalie Grace Moses, Jesson Trotter Moses and Dylan Moses. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Gwendolyn Best
Gwendolyn Best, 72, of Milam, passed away, Monday, September 14, 2009 at her residence. Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 16th at 11:00 a.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with interment following at Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville. Officiating were Brother Aaron Pardue and Brother James Best. Serving as pallbearers were Chris Dunn, Russell Gibson, Justin Hunt, Brock Poole, Michael Hunt and Rodney Heller. Visitation was held on Tuesday, September 15th from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville. Gwendolyn was born August 3, 1937 to Archie Eason & Novie Opal Harris Dunn in Lufkin, Texas. She was a former resident of Groves and had lived in Milam since 1991. She was a retired teacher from the Port Neches Groves Independent School District. She is survived by her husband, Joe Edward Best of Milam; son, Randall E. Best of Milam; daughter, Sandra Best Heller & husband, Rodney Dale of Hemphill; brothers, Johnnie Paul Dunn & wife, Peggy of Milam and Joe Carol Dunn & Barbara Miller of San Augustine; sister, Wanda Dunn Hunt & husband, Michael of Lufkin; grandchildren, Brock Douglas Poole of Nashville, TN, Zachary Joseph Poole of Anchorage, AK and Kendra Sass Best of Round Rock, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Diana Simmons
Diana Lee Simmons, 64 of Warren, Texas, formerly of Pt. Neches passed away Friday, September 18, 2009 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Diana was born July 5, 1945 in Kilgore, Texas and was a manager for Diamond Shamrock and an animal lover at heart. She is the devoted wife of David Simmons of Warren; the loving mother of her son, David Simmons, II of Pt. Arthur and her daughter K.C. and her husband Jim McComas of Houston; the caring daughter of Tom Stafford of Wildwood; cherished grandmother of Aaron Latimer, Anthony Latimer, Andrew Latimer, Michael Simmons and Haelea Simmons all of Pt. Arthur; sister-in-law of Emma Jane Cox of Pt. Arthur and Melinda Simmons Phillips of Dallas; the caring aunt to numerous nieces and nephews and a friend to many. Memorial services will be held Monday, September 21, 2009 at First Church of God in Pt. Arthur at 11:00 am with Brother Hollis Vaughn officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in Diana’s memory to the SPCA, Humane Society or Family Crisis of Batson. Arrangements are entrusted to Heritage Funeral Home of Nederland, April Stewart, funeral director.

Johnny Cloyd
Johnny Thomas Cloyd, 81, of Chester, passed away, Sunday, September 20, 2009 at his residence. Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 22nd at 2:00 p.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Chester. Officiating was Brother Teddy M. Minyard. Serving as pallbearers were the veterans of the VFW Post #2033. Visitation was held on Monday, September 21st from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Johnny was born April 24, 1928 to Grover Cleveland & Laura Norwood Cloyd in San Augustine, Texas. He was a former resident of Bay City and lived in Tyler County since 1998. He was a retired self employed truck driver and was a U.S. Army Korean Conflict veteran. He is survived by his wife, Mildred Flowers Cloyd of Chester; step-daughters, Sue Hopkins Urrutia of Rusk, Carolyn Hatten of Doucette and Elaine LeBlanc of China; brother, R.C. Cloyd of Silsbee; sisters, Faye Wigley of Woodville, Mattie Lean Cain and Merlean Edwards both of Warren and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Donnie Pitts
Donnie Edward Pitts, 70, of Colmesneil passed away, Thursday, September 17th in Houston, Texas. Funeral services were held Sunday, September 20 at 3:00 p.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Colmesneil Cemetery. Officiating were Brother Milton Powers and Brother Ed Thibodeaux. Serving as pallbearers were Gary Pitts, Jr., Donnie Matthew Pitts, Cory Allen Pitts, Colten Douglas Pitts, Cody Wayne Pitts, Billy Isaac Potter, Bailey Edward Dickerson and Kelton Riley Price. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Brown Jamie Pittman, Danny Ison, Jerry Adaway and Lynn Shane. Visitation was held on Saturday, September 19 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Donnie was born May 1, 1939 to Paul and Anna Pitts in Jeffersonville, Kentucky. He was a retired process supervisor at Bayer. Donnie loved his grandchildren grandchildren. His whole life was very “people centered”, and he was passionate about his relationships. He was a godly man with a great sense of humor. He was a giving, generous and loyal man. He was a member of Rocky Spring Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Mae Martin; father, Paul Alvin Pitts; stepmother, Francis Pitts; stepfather, Kelly K. Martin; son, Johnny M. Powers, Jr.; nephews, John Paul Pitts and Keithen Betterman and his niece, Deborah Vaughn. Donnie is survived by his wife of over 50 years Martha Pitts of Colmesneil; sons and daughter-in-law Gary Vernis & Gaylene Pitts of Berea, Kentucky and Steven Douglas Pitts of Colmesneil; daughters and son-in-law, Cinda Lu & John Tarbet of Baytown and Donna Michelle Pitts of Colmesneil; brothers, Johnny Mason Pitts and wife, Betty of Crab Orchard, KY and Chris Pitts and wife, Sheila of Franklin, TN; grandchildren, Gary Vernis Pitts, Jr. of Deer Park, Donnie Matthew Pitts and wife Shauna Marie of Deer Park, Cody Wayne Pitts of Mt. Sterling, KY, Johnathan Paul Pitts of Greensburg, PN, Cory Allen Pitts of Baytown, Colten Douglas Pitts of Baytown, Bailey Edward Dickerson of Colmesneil, Kelton Riley Price of Baytown, Shea Tarbet of Amarillo, Adam Luke Johnson of Berea KY, Tori Muller of Baytown, CarliAnn Elizabeth Maddox of Colmesneil, Brittany Tarbet of Baytown, Kendall Tarbet of Baytown, Samatha Napier of Berea, KY and Jessica Houlk of Mt. Vernon, KY; great grandchildren, Whitney Pond, Mason Pitts, Jacob Pitts, Braxton Pitts, Makayla Pitts, Tristan Pitts, Brooklyn Houlk and Slade Houlk; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville, Texas.

Charles LeBleu
Graveside services for Charles C. LeBleu, Jr., 58, of Colmesneil, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Mr. LeBleu was born Sept. 26, 1950 in Orange and passed away on Sept. 18, 2009 in Colmesneil. He was a former welder with Bethlehem Steel, and also worked for Coca Cola bottling Co, he enjoyed scuba diving, dancing and Concerts. He is survived by his wife, Karon (Maberry) LeBleu; mother, Anna Ethel (David) LeBleu; daughters, Leanne LeBleu, Laura Davis and husband, Chris, Lindsey Mallard and husband, Jarod, Chasity , Stephanie, and Brittanie Denny; sister, Charlotte Larson and husband Wayne, nieces, Sheena Thompson and Retha Brown; and grandchildren, Melanie, Noelle and Wyatt. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles C. LeBleu, Sr.; his first wife, Linda Loewer LeBleu; and his sister, Ethel Ann Lamar.




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