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Billy “Bill” Turner, Sr., 78, of Woodville, passed away, Monday, September 12, 2011 at Herm a n n Memorial Baptist Hospital in Beaum o n t , Texas. Funeral services w e r e held Frid a y , September 16 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Woodville with burial in Fairview Cemetery. Officiating was Father Michael Strother. Serving as pallbearers were Paul Ortega, Coy Fletcher, Phillip Dozier, Robert Field, Eddie Obana and M.L. Brod. Visitation was held on Thursday, September 15 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with the Rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m. all at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville. Bill was born December 17, 1932 to Luther Francis & Emma Margaret Anderson Turner in Tupelo, OK. He was retired owner/operator of Season Heating & Air Conditioning. He was a Korean U.S. Army veteran and member of Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Rose Turner of Woodville; daughter, Terri Bible & husband, Sam of Woodville; son, B.J. Turner, Jr. of Woodville; grandchildren, Samantha Bible, Shawn Bible, Ashley & Brian Hamilton and Blake Turner; and great grandchild, Briley Hamilton. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.
Helen Marie Sweeney, 89, of Hemphill formerly of Warren passed away September 16, 2011. Born November 24, 1921 in Jefferson, Texas to Walter Ellis and Oma Spencer Ellis, she lived in Warren for many years before moving to Hemphill to be closer to her daughter. Marie helped her husband run a dairy farm for many years before retiring. Marie is preceded in death by her husband, Elton Sweeney on September 19, 2007; brothers, Asa Lee Ellis and Carlton Ellis; grandson, Lawrence “Boo” Barron; and a granddaughter, Christine Martin. She is survived by her loving daughter, Pat Ousley of Hemphill; grandsons, Ken Coates, Joe Barron and Francis Barron; twenty-one great grandchildren and twenty-seven great, great grandchildren. A graveside service was held Monday, September 19, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery with Brother Bo Owens officiating. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.
Funeral services for Chester Leroy Rickel, 71, of Lufkin were held Tuesday, September 20, 2011 in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Charles Roberts and Brother Kevin Roy officiating. Graveside services were held in the Egypt Cemetery in Colmesneil. Mr.Rickel was born July 9, 1940 in Star, Texas to the late William Joseph and Florence (Brooking) Rickel, and died Saturday, September 17, 2011 in a local hospital. A former resident of Colmesneil, Mr. Rickel lived in Lufkin for 15 years. He was a 1958 of Star High School, located in the Star Community near Goldthwaite. Mr. Rickel earned a Masters degree in Agriculture Education. He owned and operated Homer Mini Storage and Rickel Self Storage, and was a member of Denman Avenue Baptist Church and the Bible Survey Sunday School Class. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Barbara Rickel of Lufkin; dauther, Kelly Katherine Daniel of Nacogdoches; granddaughter, Anna Laura Daniel of Nacogdoches; brother and sister-in-law, Floyd and Loretta Rickel of Goldthwaite; sisters and brother-in-law, Ina Cox of San Angelo and Alice and Gerald Howard of South Lake; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives. In addition to his parents, Mr. Rickel was preceded in death by his brothers, Edward Rickel and Ernest Rickel; sister, Christine New; and son-in-law Darryl Daniel. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Bible Survey Sunday school class of Denman Avenue Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 1504 West Frank Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75904 or the Bible Survey Class Ministries at Denman Avenue Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1351, Lufkin, Texas 75902. Memories and condolences may be added at www. carrowayfuneralhome.com. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.
Dell Snow, 86, died Sep. 12, 2011 from a stroke suffered on Labor Day. She was a native of Enon, Texas and was married for 62 years to Joseph M. Snow, Sr. After Joseph served in both World War II and Korea, they lived for 19 years in Dallas, Texas where she was a homemaker, worked in retail sales and finished her career as a study hall teacher. In 1972 she and Joseph moved to Fairfax, VA and in 1986 retired to Wake Forest, NC. After Joseph’s death, she moved into The Gardens at Wakefield where she had many close and dear friends. Everywhere that they lived she was devoted to her church and her community. She delivered Meals on Wheels in Fairfax, VA and Wake Forest. In Wake Forest, she was active in the Garden Club, the Home Maker’s Club and the Young at Heart Club. Dell had a long history of involvement in her churches – Casa View Baptist in Dallas, Columbia Baptist in Falls Church, VA and Wake Crossroads in Wake Forest. For many years she taught children’s Sunday School classes and frequently kept the nursery during worship service. She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph M. Snow, Sr. and is survived by two children: Janet Snow Monteith and her husband, Dick, of Wake Forest, NC, and Joseph M. Snow, Jr., and his wife, Cheryl, of Colleyville, TX; six grandchildren: Kathy Monteith Otten of Hillsborough, NH, Dr. Theresa Monteith Johnson of Morehead City, NC, Andrew Monteith of Matthews, NC, Brian Snow of Ft. Worth, TX. Jennifer Snow McDonald of Keller, TX., and Jason Snow of Colleyville, TX.; and eight great-grandchildren: Matthew and Richard Graham Otten of Hillsborough, NH; Cameron, Samuel and Maggie Suzanne Johnson of Morehead City, NC; Corinne and Abigayle Monteith of Matthews, NC.; and Georgia Grace Snow of Ft. Worth, TX. All of the children, grandchildren and great-grand children lovingly called her “MamaD” and loved staying at her home, enjoying her fine meals, and helping her tend to her famous vegetable gardens. Throughout life she was a sweet and loving person who was always eager to serve and help where needed and she will be dearly missed by family and friends alike. A funeral service celebrating her life was led by her children and grandchildren in the chapel of Bright Funeral Home on Thursday September 15 at 2:00 p.m.. A graveside services will be held on Sunday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. at Seamans Cemetery in Chester under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Seamans Cemetery Fund, 3983 CR 2590 North, Chester, TX 75936. Local arrangements are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.
Florence Evelyn Mozes, 68 of Warren, passed away Thursday, September 15, 2011 at Tyler County Hospital in Woodville, Texas. Funeral services were held Monday, September 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Warren with burial in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Woodv i l l e . Officiating was B r o t h e r Troy Richa r d s o n . Serving as pallbearers were Larry Jakobeit, Ronny Mozes, Steven Gaudet, Blake Calhoun, Richard Winters and Ralph Winters. Honorary pallbearer was Richard Lyons, III. Visitation was held on Sunday, September 18 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville. Florence was born May 1, 1943 to Artie & Fordie Lee Winters. She retired from Holiday Pines Nursing facility where she worked for many years as the Activities Director and then later as an Administrative Nurse Assistant. She loved working outside with her plants and flowers, but most of all she loved spoiling and playing with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Art Winters, Earl Winters, Robert Winters & Dale Winters; and her sisters, Margerette Gibbons and Jeannette Winters. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Imre Mozes of Warren; daughter Flo Mozes Jakobeit & husband Larry of Beaumont; sons, Ronny Mozes, Sr. & wife Marlene of Panama City, Panama, Emery Mozes & wife Michelle of Baytown; brothers, J.T. Winters & wife Barbara of Woodville, Albert Winters & wife Dottie of Crockett, and Paul Winters of Crockett; sisters, Debbie Powell & husband Jimmy of Kountze and Geneva Nash of Silsbee; grandchildren, Steven Gaudet, Erin Calhoun, Tiffany Mozes, Ronny Mozes, Jr., Sarah Jakobeit, and Samatha Jakobeit; great grandchildren, Richard Lyons III, Craig Roam and Jozsef Gaudet and a great granddaughter due anytime. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.
Jewell Clarice Goza, 85, of Jasper, formerly of Colmesneil, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2011 in Jasper, Texas. Funeral ser vices were held Wednesday, September 14 at 10 a.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville with burial in Fairview Cemetery. Officiating will be Brother Paul Boughan and Brother Charles Miller. Visitation was held on Tuesday, S e p - tember 13 from 5 : 0 0 - 8:00 p.m. at the fun e r a l home. J e we l l Clarice was born January 11, 1926 to George Thomas & Essie Ruth Odom Crosby in Tyler County. She was a longtime resident of Tyler County having graduated in 1943 from Colmesneil High School. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Goza; son, Prentice Goza; and brothers, Rupert Crosby, Quinton Crosby and Marshall Crosby. She is survived by her son, George Goza & wife, Karen of LaPorte; daughter, Becky Barham & husband, Lyle of Woodville; brothers, Preston Crosby & wife, Bennie and Douglas Crosby & wife, Opal all of Beaumont; six grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren; and a host of friends at Timberlake and Rayburn Healthcare. Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.
Gary Carl Nichols, 61, of Spring passed away September 9, 2011. Born June 4, 1950 in Biloxi, Mississippi to Joseph Carl Nichols, Jr. and Gwendolyn Maurine Owens Nichols, he was raised as an Air Force brat all around the world. He lived in Spring for 22 years. He was in auto sales after market with 34 years of service. In 2005 he was the top salesman of the central region of the United States for A.C. Delco and was awarded a 2006 GTO which was his pride and joy. He loved to fish, hunt, and restore cars and loved his family dearly. He was preceded in death by his father. Survivors include his wife, Libby Edwards Nichols; daughters, Jayci Nichols, Lindsey Paradise and husband, Patrick and Kristy Nichols all of Spring; mother, Maurine Nichols of Woodville; brother, Jerry Nichols and wife, Connie of Woodville; grandchildren, Kenlee Parker, Kysa and Tristan Paradise. Funeral service was held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with Brother Steve Waldrep officiating. A military grave side service was held under the direction of the U. S. Navy at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Woodville. Visitation was held Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers were Nathan Nichols, Patrick Paradise, Erik Engel, Josh Fussell, Bruce Healey and Jarrod Shelburne. Honorary pallbearers were David Brunn, Curt Trauth, Rick Masey, Roger Wilson, David Brown and John Webster. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.
Alma Jane Sterling, 77, of Beaumont formerly of Warren passed away September 7, 2011. Born June 16, 1934 in Warren, Texas to George and Ninnie Pearl Gant Moye, she lived in Warren most of her life before moving to Beaumont. Jane was the valedictorian of the Warren High School where she was a member of the All State Basketball team. She was a huge Houston Oiler football fan and loved to play bridge. She had a million dollar smile and personality that reflected to her family. Jane is survived by her loving sons, Kyle Sterling and wife, Paula of Beaumont, Kevin Sterling and wife, Angela of St. Francisville, LA grandchildren, Madeline, Abagail and Kyle Sterling, Jr., Shelby and Seth Sterling and a host of other family members and friends. Funeral service was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Steve Waldrep officiating. Burial followed at the Fellowship Cemetery near Warren. Visitation was held Saturday morning until the time of the funeral service. Serving as pallbearers were Don Pracek, O. J. Sterling, Kyle Sterling, Jr., Jim Capp, Wes Abbey and Gary Flowers. Services were under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.
Nancy Jane Sandefer Carrico, 77, of Colmesneil passed away August 31, 2011. Born October 12, 1933 in Bon Weir, Texas to Harvey Lee Sandefer and Berter Daisy Ward Sandefer, she lived in Jasper most of her life before moving to Colmesneil. She married Bertis Carrico on October 29, 1973 when she was 40 years of age. They were happily married for 13 years till the death of Bertis on January 13, 1987. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Colmesneil. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Bertis Carrico; brother, Ulas Sandefer and a nephew David Barthol. Survivors include her sisters, Pat Howard of Colmesneil and Cindy Powell of Lumberton; nieces, Bonnie Schmidt of Lumberton, Nancy Ellis of Colmesneil, Christie Ruhmann and Cynthia Barthol; nephews, Donald Sandefer of Jasper, Kip Howard of Jasper and Steven Barthol; a host of great nieces, nephews and cousins; and her wonderful family of compassionate caregivers at the Woodville Health and Rehab. Funeral service was held Saturday, September 3, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Malcom Ellis and Brother J. C. Durham officiating. Burial followed at the Colmesneil City Cemetery. Visitation was held Friday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers will be Bill Howard, Kenneth Howard, Samuel Ellis, John Schmidt, Bryce Schmidt and Steven Barthol. Services are held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.
Bonnie Dell Robertson, 78, of McAllen, died Thursday, September 8, 2011 at Waterford Gardens in Mission, Texas. Visitation was held Sunday, S e p - t emb e r 11 from 12 noon until 8 p.m. at Kreidler Funeral Home in Mc A l - l e n , Texas. Graveside services were held Tuesday, September 13 at 11:00 a.m. at Seamans Cemetery in Chester under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville. Bonnie was born April 28, 1933 to John Colon & Emma Ida Griffin Powell in Chester, Texas. She was retired purchasing/permit clerk from the Texas Highway Department. She is survived by her husband, Dwight H. Robertson of McAllen; children, Larry G. Huggins & wife, Kay of Chester, Linda Sue Garrett & husband, Harold of McAllen and John G. Huggins & wife, Letty of McAllen; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Baptist Temple, 2001 Trenton Rd., McAllen, TX 78504 or to Operation Christmas Child. Local services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.
Joe Gibson Greenwood, 83, of Woodville passed away on Friday, September 2, 2011 at the Tyler County Hospital. Born December 24, 1927 in Rockland, Texas to Joe and Sally Gibbs Greenwood, he lived in Bevil Oaks, Texas for 29 years before moving back Joe Greenwood to Woodville, Texas. He retired from South Western Bell Phone Company after 41 years of service. Joe served as Vice- President and then President for the CWA Local #6139. He served in the United States Army from 1946-1948 serving in the 82 Second Airborne in the Special Parachute Troup Unit and was a Master Mason at Magnolia Lodge #495 of Woodville for 54 Years. Joe was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Buddy Greenwood. Survivors include his loving wife, Larue Chaney Greenwood; daughter, Lois Greenwood Hinton and husband, Bill of Groves; son, Tommy Greenwood and wife, Baby Jo of Woodville; grandchildren, Keven Ford of Australia, Darryc Freasier of Groves, Tami Freasier of Groves, Jon and Tara Greenwood of Orangefield, Adam Greenwood of Woodville, Jeremiah and Heather Greenwood of San Diego; step grandchildren, Khristi and Ronnie Voyles of Houston, James and Tanna Courville of Woodville; great grandchildren, Hunter Parker of Groves, Lexie Greenwood of Louisville, Marilee Ford of Brisbane, AS, Tyler Greenwood of Orangefield, Reese Greenwood of Lumberton, Ashleigh Greenwood of Orangefield, Jace Greenwood of Lumberton, Katlynn Greenwood of San Diego; step great grandchildren, McKinzie Pate, Aiden Barnhart and Call Courville all of Woodville and numerous other family members and friends. Funeral service will be held Thursday, September 8, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Riley Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Milton Powers officiating. A Masonic Service will be held by the Woodville Magnolia Lodge #495. Burial will follow at the Rockland City Cemetery near Colmesneil, Texas. Visitation was held Wednesday, September 7, 2011 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers will be Randy Clawson, Kirby Clawson, Matt Clawson, Robert Greenwood, Donnie Richardson, Jamie Brumley and Rip Tinkle. Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Chaney and Glenn Clawson. Services are held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.
Katherine Earla Venable, 59, of Woodville passed away August 31, 2011. Born January 29, 1952 in Lake Charles, LA to Richard Venable and Helen Benoit Guidry, she lived in the Golden Triangle area before moving to Woodville nearly 2 years Katherine Venable ago. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Venable; mother and step father, Helen and O. J. Benoit; sister, Regina Brown and a brother, David Venable. Survivors include her son, Jerry William Adkins and wife, Susanne of Brookeland; daughter, Belinda Helen Kujawa and husband, Daryl of Huffman; grandchildren, Misty Chambers, Alisa Moore, Morgan Adkins, Mason Adkins, Chloe Kujawa, Mitchell Adkins and Coy Kujawa; brothers, Jimmy Venable of Silsbee and Kenneth Venable of Vidor; sisters, Peggy Adams of Woodville, Dana Venable of Ft. Worth, Jackie French of Ft. Worth and Jeanette Ware of Kirbyville. A memorial service was held Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at 1 p.m. at the Faith Tabernacle Church in Woodville with Rev. David Clark officiating. Services were held under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.
Debbie Lynn Case, 52, of Woodville, passed away, Monday, A u - gust 29, 2011 at her residence. A memo r i a l ser vice will be h e l d S a t - u r d a y, September 10 at 1:00 p.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville. Debbie was born February 11, 1959 to Billy Ray & DessieStephens Waddell in Chicago, Illinois. She was a former resident of Tomball and had lived in Woodville for the past ten years. She had worked for Brookshire Brothers. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Mark Case, Sr. of Livermore, KY; son, Mark Case, Jr. & fiance, Victoria Lopez of Houston; mother, Dessie Waddell of Woodville; brother, William Waddell & wife, Diane of Columbus, Ohio; sister, Vicky Gray of Woodville;numerous nieces and nephews and her best friend, Jenny Reo of Houston. Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.
Vernon Lee, 61, of Kountze, Tx. went from Earth to Glory September 1, 2011 at his daught e r ’ s home in Dayton, Tx. F u - n e r a l services w e r e held Monday at 1 p.m. at the Highway 326 North Worship Center in Kountze. Vernon’s final resting place is Hart Cemetery in Kountze. He was preceeded in death by his parents, Clarence Lee and Thelma (Hunt) Lee. Vernon leaves to cherish his loving memories daughters Vonda Lasyone of Dayton, Tx. and and Vivian Lee of Woodville, Tx.; son, Eric Copaus of Houston, Tx.; four brothers, one sister and a host of grandchildren, neices, nephews and other relatives and friends. Services entrusted to Donald E. Coleman Funeral Home, Inc., Kountze, Tx.