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Tyler County Booster - Obituaries

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SEAMANS

Douglas Campbell Seamans, 92, of Chester, passed away, Thursday, September 22, 2011 at The Orchard Assisted Living Center in Woodville, Texas. F u n e r a l s e r v i c e s were held Sunday, September 25th at 4:00 p.m. at Cade United Methodist Church with burial in Seamans Cemetery all in Chester. Officiating was Reverend Mary Ellen Riley. Serving as pallbearers were Randall Howard, Ben Wallace, Douglas Seamans Andy Seamans, Dana Seamans, Larry Seamans, Chuck Corley and Mike Brackin. Visitation began on Sunday, September 25th at 3:00 p.m. until service time. Douglas was born February 2, 1919 to Henry Edward Seamans and Maggie Nora Hughes Seamans in Chester, Texas. He retired from Exxon Mobil in 1976 and moved back to Chester in 1977. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Chester Lions Club, Woodville Investment Club and Texas Ex’s. He had been a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Baytown and had served on the Church Board & Finance Board. He worked on the new sanctuary that was built in the 1950’s. He was a member of Cade Memorial Methodist Church and Mt. Hope United Methodist Church in Chester where he served as Chairman of the Administration Board for years. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Ona Lee Seamans of Woodville; daughters and sons-in-law, Gayle & Rick Carlton of Odessa and Jan & Larry McCartney of Chester; brother, Odell Seamans & wife, Annie Mary of Chester; sisters, Nina Seamans of Chester and Estell Wallace of Colmesneil; grandchildren, Blake & Sally Carlton of Onalaska, Dustin McCartney of Austin and Brandon & Sharon McCartney of Plymouth, MN; great grandchildren, Dana & Rick Carlton and Madeline, Annabelle & Daniel McCartney and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins & friends. Our family would like to thank daddy’s sitters for the many hours of wonderful care and kindness shown to him. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

LOVELESS
Celebration of life services for Annie Mae Loveless, 81, of Lufkin, were held on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 in the Oakley-Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Horace Fletcher officiating. Interment followed in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Chester. Ms. Loveless was born April 2, 1930 in Chester, Texas, the daughter of the late Dorothy (Hardwick) and Jeff Lamb. She passed away Friday, September 23, 2011 in a local nursing facility. Ms. Loveless was devoted to her grandchildren. She enjoyed driving, traveling and sewing. She was a radiation technician and LVN as well as an industrial nurse at Champion Paper Company. Ms. Loveless was a charter member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Gerry Ward; son and daughterin- law, David and Rhonda Loveless; grandchildren, Scott, Jenna, Bradley, Rachael, Brian and Kristin; 5 great grandchildren; brother, Delbert Lamb; sister, Winnie Dell Lopez; and a number of other family members. In addition to her parents, Ms. Loveless was preceded in death by her brother, Gilbert Lamb. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday evening at Oakley- Metcalf Funeral Home. Services are in the care of Oakley-Metcalf Funeral Home.

LEWIS
Charles Velton (Boogie) Lewis Age 83 Born September 28, 1927 in Alco LA. He is survived By His wife Daisie Lewis of Woodville and Children, Charles Lewis Jr. of Port Neches, Lonzo Lewis of Woodville, Marion Lewis of Warren, Earline Waldrup of Woodville, Glen Lewis of Kountze, and Dawn Lewis of Woodville; Sisters, Edna Bramblett of Spurger, Myrtle Dickey of Woodville and Nora Marshall of Nederland, as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren. proceeded in Death by Parents Lee Lewis and Oceola, Inman Lewis, Brothers, Luther (Cotton) Lewis, Lonzo (Red) Lewis, Reginal (Bud) Lewis, Sisters, Lela West, Ada Stephenson, and Pearl Sanders. Memorial Service is to be held at The Colmesneil Community Center on Friday , September 23 At 6pm.

WALSTON
John Thomas Walston, 62, of Woodville, passed away, Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, Texas. Graveside services were held Friday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m. at Cannon Cemetery in Merryville, LA. Officiating was Brother Gerald Read. John was born July 11, 1949 to William Stephen & Audrey Mary Storey Walston in Des Arc, Arkansas. He was a longtime resident of Tyler County and was retired oil field operator from Dia-Log Company. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jo Ann Walston of Woodville; son, John Thomas Walston, Jr. & wife, Carol of Lumberton; daughter, Tobie Giustiniano & husband, Vincent of Woodville; brothers, Glenn Walston of Vidor and Wayne Walston of Mississippi; sister, Betty Higginbotham of Vidor; grandchildren, Zachary, Nicole, Hannah, Dylan, Brayden and Zaden. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

STECHER
Charles Stecher, 79, of Woodville, passed away, Thursday, September 22, 2011 in Woodville, Texas. Funeral services was held Tuesday, September 27 at 1:00 p.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with military graveside services at Magnolia Cemetery all in Woodville. Officiating will be Brother Mark Tolar and Brother Ross Shelton. Serving as pallbearers will be Bob Heffer, Mel Jackson, Rob Heffer, John Kenner, Robert Carl and Todd Jackson. Visitation was held on Tuesday, September 27 from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Charles was born October 20, 1931 in Lebanon, PA. He was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church located on Furnace Hill in Lebanon, PA. He was a graduate of Lebanon High School, class of 1949. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the US Marine Corp. serving in Korea and returning home after spending many months in the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, PA from an injury. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. After receiving an honorable discharge, he left for Texas to attend the University of Houston and earned his degree in Education. He taught Math for 20 years in Houston and Warren High School. During college, he met Ruth Heffer, who later became his wife. After his retirement from teaching, he spent the majority of his time building their beautiful home at Ivanhoe Lake, doing much of the construction himself. He developed a passion for stained glass Tiffany lamps and spent 25 years working with stained glass and glass beveling, recreating Tiffany lamps and beautiful window panels. He became a well known artisan of stained glass and beveling throughout the state of Texas. His work has earned him the coveted “Award of Excellence”. He was an avid cycler, his bicycle went with him on all of his travels and he spent many hours cycling on roads throughout the country. Charles & Ruth shared the love of antiques and they enjoyed traveling to quaint areas through various states in search of hidden treasures. By all who knew him, he’ll be remembered as an active, caring, generous, fun loving “prankster”....always a humorous human being who added joy to our lives and was loved by all of us. He was preceded in death by his faithful and devoted wife of 51 years, Ruth Heffer Stecher; mother, Nora Fields Spangler and step father, Albert Spangler. He is survived by four of his seven cousins, Louis Schwartz of Charlotte, NC, Pauline Jackson of Garden Grove, CA, Nancy Norton of Womelsdorf, PA and Nora Morris of Villa Rica, GA and numerous nieces, nephews & friends. Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

CRAWFORD
Terri N. Crawford, 49, of Warren died Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas in Beaumont. A native of Beaumont, she has lived in Warren for 20 years, and was a nurse at Tyler Count y Hospital in Woodville. T e r r i w a s a member of Daughters of the Republic. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Vidor under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor, with burial to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor. Visitation will begin at 6:00 pm and a Rosary to begin at 7:00 pm on Friday, September 23, 2011 at Memorial Funeral Home. Terri is survived by her husband Regan Crawford of Warren, sons Regan Matthew Crawford and Cody Lee Crawford, daughter Cara Crawford all of Lumberton, mother Wanda Godeaux of Vidor, brothers Gary Reynolds and Randy Reynolds both of Vidor, Robby Godeaux of Dallas, sisters Carolyn McGwire of Colmesneil, and Arleen Dancer of Chireno, TX., and one granddaughter Seryn Crawford. Services under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor

JOHNSON
Rebecca Benton Johnson, 47, of Spurger, passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2011 in Spurger, Texas. Graveside services were held Thursday, September 22 at 3:00 p.m. at Turner Branch Cemetery in Spurger. Officiating was Brother Walter Ray Cowart. Rebecca was born May 18, 1 9 6 4 t o D o n a l d Wayne & Joan Gale J i n k i n s McBee in Parker County, Texas. She was a longtime resident of Tyler County and was a pharmacy tech. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Roger Dale Benton and Rodney Dean Johnson. She is survived by her father, Donald Wayne McBee & wife, Gina of Weatherford; son, Brian Scott Benton & wife, Shannon of Spurger; daughters, Tammy Benton & fiance, Billy Hardy of Spurger and Jennifer Oliver & husband, Matt of Gun Barrel City; step son, Brett Johnson of Austin; brothers, Donny Kitchens of Weatherford and Jimmy Kitchens of Shreveport, LA; sisters, Lorrie Sawyer & husband, Henry of Spurger, Judy Cooper of Colorado Springs, CO and Nakona Rogers & husband, Jon of Weatherford; and four grandchildren. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville

BREWER
Lillian Geneva Rippeto Brewer, 77, of Woodville passed away September 20, 2011. Born August 7, 1934 in Saline County, Arkansas to Carl and Marie Bradbury Rippeto, she lived in Woodville for many years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her husband, George Brewer; loving daughters, Anna Ayres and Lynda Spencer and a loving son, William Mullins all of Woodville; brother, Franklin Rippeto of North Little Rock, Ark; sister, Lynda Sue Ford of Traskwood, Ark; grandchildren, Ronald Joe Hamilton of Tucker, Ark, Casey Hamilton of Cleveland, Angela Bryant of Conway, Ark, Tyra Mullins of Woodville, William Mullins of Orange, Jessica Smith of Victoria, David Smith, Jr, of Woodville, Christopher Smith of Woodville, Troy Smith of Woodville, Elizabeth Mullins of Beaumont, Casey Mullins of Beaumont, Harley Mullins of Jasper, twelve great grandchildren and a host of other family members and friends. A graveside service was held Thursday, September 22, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Camp Ground Cemetery in Woodville with Brother Shows officiating. Visitation was held Thursday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

READ
William Shawn Read, 41, of Warren passed away September 24, 2011 at his residence. Born April 10, 1970 in Silsbee, Texas to Wayne and Billie Yarborough Read, he was a pipe fitter. Shawn was a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend to all who knew and loved him. He was a member of the Willie May Community Baptist Church in Fred, Texas. He was preceded in death by his mother, Billie Kay Read. He is survived by his loving wife, Casey Baker Read; daughters, Kylie Rene Read and Karlie Rachelle Read both of Warren; step daughter, Kassidy Jene Broussard of Warren; father, Wayne Read of Warren; brother, Kevin Read of Warren and numerous other family members and friends. Funeral service was held Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Willie May Community Baptist Church in Fred with Brother C. W. Lawrence officiating. Burial followed at the Swearingen Cemetery in Warren. Visitation was held Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were Mark Lassiter, Jacob Stewart, Butch Major, Dean Walters, Keith Swearingen, and Jason Stewart and Shane Conner. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Terry Lynn Chance and Kevin Creamer. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

HONEYCUTT
James Garland Honeycutt, 78, of Wildwood passed away September 14, 2011. Born July 3, 1933 in Teneha, Texas, he lived in Wildwood for many years. He was a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State College where he e a r n e d his Bachelor of Business Administration. J a m e s r e t i r e d from the Texas State Board of Insurance as an insurance examiner. He served in the U. S. Marines from 1959 to 1963 where he obtained the rank of Captain and was a mason with the Magnolia Masonic Lodge #495 in Woodville, Texas. He is survived by his loving wife, Dolores Honeycutt; son, Stan Honeycutt and wife, Vickie of Houston; cousins, Doris Powell of Logansport, LA, James Honeycutt of Kingwood, J. B. Fletcher of Alto and Dorohty Aspinwall of California; niece, Stacy Massey of Spring; friends, Max Holt, Bob Cartledge and Joe Hornak; and numerous other family members and friends. Funeral service will be held Sunday, September 25, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Wildwood United Methodist Church in Wildwood with Pastor David Foster officiating. A Masonic service will be held at the church by the Woodville Magnolia Masonic Lodge #495. A military graveside service will be held at the cemetery by the United States Marine Corp. Visitation was held Saturday evening at the funeral home. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

CHAMBLESS
Melva Chambless, 87, of Spurger, passed away, Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at Silsbee Oaks Health Care in Silsbee, Texas. Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 24 at 10:00 a.m. at Stringe r & Griffin Funeral H o m e C h a - pel in Woodv i l l e w i t h burial in Turner Branch Cemetery in Spurger. Officiating was Brother Johnny Page. Serving as pallbearers were Randy Gore, Dirk Rothenberger, Scott Gore, Chad Collins, Michael Simpson and Dewight Taylor. Visitation was held on Friday, September 23, from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Melva was born October 17, 1923 in Doucette, Texas. Her parents were Sam & Mary Wright. She was a lifelong resident of Tyler County and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Lester Lee Chambless; her son Lester Wayne Chambless; and great grandson Conner Rothenberger. Melva is survived by her son Tommy Chambless of Dam B; daughter Sammy Page and husband, Michael of Spurger; grandchildren Stephanie & Randy Gore of Fred, Lisa & Michael Simpson of Spurger, Dirk Rothenberger of Sour Lake, Jennifer Page of Spurger, Distiny Chambless of Newton, Tommy Lee Chambless of Newton; great grandchildren Tanner Gore and Savannah Gore of Fred, Samantha Rothenberger and Stephanie Grace Rothenberger of Spurger. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

RUSHING
Roland Edward Rushing, 57, of Woodville passed away September 24, 2011. Born December 17, 1953 in Deridder, Louisiana to O. C. and Vera Cooper Rushing, he lived in Woodville for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mattie King. Roland is survived by his loving family, brothers, Frank Rushing of Deridder, LA and Robert Rushing of Newton; sisters, Jean Wallace of Brandon, Miss, Sandra Chapman of Florence, Miss and Dora Gravitt of Richland, Miss; and a special friend, Hannah Montgomery. Graveside service was held Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Woodville with Brother Shannon Kilpatrick officiating. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Ed Sheppard, Jerry Foster, Billy Baldree, Laurie Foster, Tina Perry and Cynthia Graham. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

CALLAWAY
Funeral services for Ruddle Porter Callaway, 78, of Spurger will be 10:00 am Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at Farmer Funeral Home with interment following at Franks Branch Cemetery in Fred. Visitation will begin at 5:00 pm Monday at the funeral home. Mr. Callaway died September 22, 2011. Port was born in Fred and was a lifelong resident of Spurger. He retired as plant operator with Texaco after 37 years. He served his country with the U S Army. Port was a deacon at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Fred for many years. Survivors include wife of 57 years Bertie Mae Callaway of Spurger; sons Jimbo Callaway and wife Leona of Fred, Ed Callaway of Jasper and Richard Callaway and wife Melissa of Spurger; daughters Evon “Bitterweed” Reese and husband Kevin and Theresa “Coon” Johnson and husband Joe all of Spurger; sister Mary Bell Crenshaw of Spurger; thirteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Farmer Funeral Home

BLAKENEY
Hazel Poindexter Blakeney, 90, of Woodville, passed away, Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at Tyler County Hospital in Woodville, Texas. Visitation was held on Wednesd a y , S e p - t emb e r 2 1 f r om 5 : 0 0 - 7:00 p.m. a t t h e Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville. Funeral services were held Thursday, September 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with a private family burial at Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville. Officiating was Brother Elbert “Bubba” Sheffield. Serving as pallbearers were S. Troy Blakeney, Jack N. Blakeney, E. Troy Blakeney, Jr., Mike Blakeney, John Wilson, Clay Blakeney, Ricky Killebrew and Phil Laas. Hazel was born January 20, 1921 to N.B. & Vinnie Smyly Poindexter in Beaumont, Texas. She was a lifelong resident of Tyler County and had retired with 29 years of service from the Colmesneil I.S.D. cafeteria. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, E.T. “Mutt” Blakeney, Sr. in 1998; daughter, Teletha Russell; mother, Vinnie Smyly Poindexter; father, N.B. Poindexter; sisters, Esma Campbell & Ethel Landry and her grandson, Dale Russell. She is survived by sons, S. Troy Blakeney & wife, Ladell, Jack N. Blakeney & wife, Virginia and E. Troy Blakeney, Jr. & wife, Marla; daughters, Wanda Ferrell and Joyce Wilson; sister, Dorothy Johnson; 12 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 4 greatgreat grandchildren. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

 

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