Tyler County Booster - Obituaries
For the Week of August 31, 2008 - September 28, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company

Melba Davis Minyard
            Melba Davis Minyard was born on January 8, 1934 and passed away September 27, 2008.
            She had sold Real Estate in the Pasadena area and was a member of the Rose Cancer Support Organization, the Bay Area Gospel Music Association, and the Queens Road Baptist Church.
            She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister and her loving husband of 41 years, Jesse Earl Minyard and is survived by her daughters, Melba Beth Morris and Cynthia Lea Minyard; son-in-law, Steven Fagan; grandchildren, Jake Edward Morris, Dana Nicole Morris, Austin Perry Fagan and Korbin Cordell Fagan; she is also survived by four brothers and three sisters and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
            There will be a visitation from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2 at the Pasadena Chapel Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 3 in the Chapel of Pasadena Funeral Home. Graveside services and interment will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at the Davis Cemetery in Colmesneil.
            If desired donations may be made to the “Rose” Cancer Support Organization.
            Local arrangements by Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Jimmy Wayne Cheney
Jimmy Wayne Cheney, 54, of Lufkin, passed away Friday, September 26, 2008 in Lufkin, Texas.Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 1st at 2:00 p.m. at the Ebenezer Baptist Church with burial in Ebenezer Cemetery all near Colmesneil.  Visitation will begin on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. until service time at Ebenezer Baptist Church.  Officiating will be Brother Bubba Sheffield.  Serving as pallbearers will be Tim Cheney, Jeremy Cheney, Kevin Sheffield, Elijah Gray, Jason Ferguson, John Cheney, Joseph Sheffield, Robert Gray, Jr. and Shannon Cheney.  Honorary pallbearers are Zachary Bryan, Joshua Sheffield and Justin Wood.Jimmy was born October 18, 1953 to Wilford & Eunice Cowart Cheney in Woodville, Texas.  He had lived in Lufkin for the past ten years and had worked in the restaurant business.He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilford & Eunice and a brother Merville Lee Cheney.He is survived by his sons & daughter-in-law, Michael Wayne & Stephanie Cheny of Chandler, AZ and Brian Cheny of Goodrich; brothers & sisters-in-law, E.B. & Kathy Sheffield of Colmesneil, J.W. & Sue Cheney of Hudson, Floyd & Donna Cheney of Zavalla and Glenn & Kem Cheney of Colmesneil; sister & brother-in-law, Marie & Villa Spurlock of Colmesneil; and numerous nieces and nephews.Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Carey Lee Cruse
Carey Lee Cruse, 90, of Woodville, passed away Friday, September 26, 2008.Born in Colmesneil, on the family farm, Mr. Cruse was a lifelong resident of Tyler County.  A graduate of Colmesneil High School and Baylor University, he was a WWII Navy Captain, and served Citizens’ State Bank for many years, retiring as President and CEO in 1984, after a successful career.  Mr. Cruse was an avid hunter and fisherman, who loved to meet friends and fellow outdoorsmen at Piney Creek.  He was a Mason and a member of the Lions’ Club, as well as many other civic organizations, and served on the board of Sam Houston Electric Company.He married Fay Owens Cruse in November of 1941, and they were happily together for 60 years until her death in 2002.  Also preceding him in death were his two brothers, Floyd P. Cruse and his wife Bobbie Ray Cruse; Clyde J. Cruse, Jr.; and his parents Clyde J. Cruse, Sr. and Carrie Knight Cruse.  Mr. Cruse is survived by his niece, Karen J. Cruse, daughter of Clyde J. Cruse, Jr., and her mother, Wanda Cotton Cruse, as well as his wife’s brother and sister, W. D. Owens and Dorothy Gibson, and loving and faithful companions, Flora McCulley, Hester Hadnot and Leroy Bean.Funeral services was held Sunday, September 28, 2008, at 3:00 pm, with visitation just prior to the service, from 1-3, at Stringer Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville.  Burial followed at Magnolia Cemetery.  Officiants for the services were Dr. Raymond A. Parker, Rev. Charlene Merchant, and Rev. Willie Gil, Jr.Pallbearers were Jimmy Spencer, Tim Bailey, Roy Bolding, Jerry Hadnot, Ernie Gassiott,  and Wayne Smith.  Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Grimes, Toby Spurlock, F.M “Polly” Archer,  David Farrell, Dr. James Brown, Dr. Gayle Burton, Leroy Bean, Malcolm Collier, Directors of Citizens State Bank, and  Directors of Sam Houston Electric Company.Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

William “Bill” Scott Arthur
William "Bill" Scott Arthur, of Woodville, Texas, passed away on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, Texas.Funeral services were held Monday, September 29th at 11:00 a.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Campground Cemetery in Woodville.  Officiating was Brother Jim Turner and Father Egidio Vecchio.  Serving as pallbearers were Lloyd Hanks, Jr., David Hanks, Ken Deslattes, Stuart Kane, Robert Oates and Elza Oates. Bill was born on May 21, 1927 to Jett Clinton Arthur, Jr. and Anna Alice Smith Arthur in Hemphill, Texas.  He was a former resident of Houston and had lived in Woodville for the past fifteen years.  He was a retired electrical engineer from Brown & Root and was a U.S. Army WWII veteran.Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Jett Clinton Arthur, Jr. and Roland Smithie Arthur.He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Jean Arthur of Woodville; son Beau-Robert “Bobby” Arthur of Woodville;  former daughter-in-law, Pamela Arthur Bracy; sister-in-law, Virginia “Ginger” Hanks; nieces and nephews, Shalone, Mavis, Barbara, Roland, Martha, Clinton, Laura, Lloyd, David, Cherye, Teresa, and Robin; and a host of caring friends, cousins and  his  special friend, Sherry McRight.Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Wilma Ray Smith
            Mr. Wilma Ray Smith, 68, of Woodville, went from labor to reward on Tuesday, September 23, 2008. A home going celebration was held Monday, Sept. 29 at the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Woodville at 1 p.m. Mr. Smith’s interment followed at the Hillister Community Cemetery in Hillister. The family visitation was held on Sunday, Sept. 28 at the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church from 6 to 8 p.m.
            He leaves behind to cherish his loving memories: two daughters, Sharon Smith Morris Jones (Ike) of Mesquite and Katrina Kay Harris (Bobby) of Nacogdoches; sisters, Mary Grand of Dallas, Betty Joe Smith, Johnnie Fay Wade and Carolyn Jones of Woodville; and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
            Services were entrusted to the Donald E. Coleman Funeral Home, Inc.

Lena Winters Mashaw
Lena Winters  Mashaw, 81, of Angleton passed away Friday, September 26, 2008 in Angleton.  Visitation will be Monday, September 29, 2008  from 2-4 p.m.  at Palms Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 30, 2008 in the Ebenezer Cemetery in Colmesneil, Texas
Mrs. Mashaw was born April 21, 1927 in Doucette, Texas to Sherman & Addie Hoot Winters.  She had lived in the area for 54 years.
She was preceded in death by her Husband Ralph Mashaw  & son; Jesse Mashaw
Survivors include her son,  Douglas Mashaw & wife Cindy of Angleton & Arnold Byrd & wife Trisha.
Daughters;  Diana Martin & husband Donnie of Angleton,  Sue Barton & husband Cary of Hockley & Pam Sandefer & husband Bill of Danbury and 4 Sisters
Grandchildren;  Curtis Adams, Sharon Adams, Cary Barton, Jr., Kevin Barton & Brian Barton, Jeremy Stark, Cheryl Martin, Richard  Mashaw, Randy Reynolds, Roy Mashaw & Jennifer Mashaw and 18 Great-Grandchildren.
Mrs. Mashaw’s grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Bernice Arlene Brown McDougald Craig
Bernice Arlene Brown McDougald Craig was born May 22, 1936 in Natchez, MS to Grey Raymone Brown and Ina Kirtland Brown. She passed away at her home in Warren, TX on September 8, 2008, after a lengthy illness. Arlene was raised in and around Ferriday, LA, where she eventually met and married James Bryant McDougald. A devoted wife and mother of three, she always put her family first in everything she did. She made her home in Southeast Texas for the past 45 years, 35 of those years in Warren. She was a mother and homemaker first, but worked in ceramics and handicrafts for many years. She was widowed after 47 years of marriage, then met Cliff Craig in 2001 and was happily married to him until his death in 2005. Always young at heart, Arlene enjoyed travelling, singing, dancing, and planting flowers. At any family get-together, she was the life of the party when she pulled out her karaoke machine to sing. She and Cliff enjoyed life to the fullest, often dancing into the wee hours, long past the time the younger folks tired out. She was also preceded in death by her parents; brothers; Wayne, Joe, Frank, and Paul Brown; and her son, Bryan Keith McDougald. Arlene is survived by her two children; daughter, Sylvia McDougald Holmes and son in law, Orie, and son, Mark McDougald, all of Warren, TX. In addition, she is survived by her brothers; Wincey Brown and wife, Mary, of Vidalia, LA, Lanny Brown and wife, Nancy, of Ferriday, LA, Dan Brown and wife, Billie, of Olive Branch, MS, and Darrow Brown and wife, Sally, of Alexandria, LA, and her sister, Beckie Brown Jones of Brandon, MS. She also leaves behind four grandchildren; Amanda Guidry and husband Chris, Eric Ray, Justin Ray, and Stephen McDougald; and three great-grandchildren; Christopher and Caitlin Guidry, and Jaylon Ray; and her very special friend, Buddy Tanton of Evadale, TX. Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 4, 2008 at Stringer and Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville, Texas. Interment will follow at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, October 6, 2008 at Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Houston, Texas. Persons wishing to make a memorial donation may contact Texas CASA at 1-877-TX4-CASA. Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Clarence August ( C.A. ) Williams
Clarence August ( C.A. ) Williams, Jr., 82 of Hemphill , Texas , went to be with  the Lord our Savior on Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at his residence, after a courageous battle with cancer.  C.A. was born in Segno, Texas and graduated from Big Sandy High School .  He served with the U.S. Army during World War II, then attended Sam Houston State University from 1947 to 1950 earning a Bachelor of Science Degree.  He was employed
with The Texas A & M Extension Service until 1957.  C.A. moved to Dam “B’ and became owner operator of CA’S Sporting Goods and Café until 1981.  Moving to Kirbyville, he was co-owner of “Bradley’s Body Shop” until retiring to Hemphill. Survivors include his wife, Isa Fay Williams; four boys and their spouses; Gene & Debbie Williams; Keith & Mary Williams; Darrell Lynn & Kim Williams; and J. P. Williams; & Bertha Mae Maxwell the mother of his sons; seven grandchildren; Kayla Gates, Brian Williams, Chad Williams, Jason Woods, Jordan Williams, Jacob Williams, & Christopher Williams. One great grandchild, Hadlee Gates; a sister Nita Pou & John; three step children, Debbie & Ray Johnson; Darlene & Ron Smith; & Dr. Joseph Holland & Becky; three step grandchildren, Dallas Thornton; Joseph Holland; & April Holland.  Also survived by a host of other family & friends, he was preceded in death by his beloved father & mother, Clarence August, Sr. & Madeline Williams. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 18, 2008 at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Jasper with Military Graveside services to follow at 2:00 p.m. in Magnolia Hill Cemetery at Segno. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford  Dr. , Lufkin , TX 75904 . Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home, Jasper.

Gertrude De Boer
 Gertrude De Boer 91, of Grand Rapids, Michigan formerly of Town Bluff passed away September 18, 2008.
  A native of Dutch, Indonesia, she lived in the Town Bluff area before moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan to be closer to her son.  
  She is survived by her children, Jack C. De Boer, Jr. of Byron Center, Michigan and John G. De Boer of Hot Springs, Ark; grandchildren, Jeremy B. De Boer of Coopersville, Michigan, Douglas De Boer of Holt, Missouri and Sarah De Boer of Holt, Missouri and great grandchildren.
  Funeral service was held Tuesday, September 23, 2008, at 10 a.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Doyle Butcher officiating.  Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery in Town Bluff.  Visitation was held Monday evening at the funeral home.
            Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.




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