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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
For the Week of April 11, 2007 - April 18, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Raymond F. Cox
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Raymond F. Cox were held Monday, March 26, 2007, in the Brookside Funeral Home Chapel in Houston, with the Rev. Don Willis officiating. Interment followed in Brookside Memorial Park.
A memorial service was held March 27 at the First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Don Willis officiating, assisted by Senior Pastor Rev. Mike Mayhugh and the Rev. James Frazier.
Mr. Cox was born Nov. 18, 1915 in Crisp and died Friday, March 23, in Timberwood Nursing Home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Euclid and Lula Cox and a brother, Aubrey.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Bobbie Cox; sons, Douglas and wife Jane of Longview, Robert and wife Sharon of Magnolia and Don and wife Colette of Magnolia; grandsons, Bradley Cox of Flower Mound, Donovan Cox of Porter, Donald Cox Jr. of Magnolia and Randy Morrison of Dallas; granddaughters, Andrea McCutcheon of Longview, Ashley Cox, M.D. of Houston, Brooke Cox of Magnolia, Crystal Koza of Brooklyn, N.Y., Nicole Orner of Phoenix, Ariz. and Madelaine Cox of Magnolia; 14 great-grandchildren and sister, Utah Hodge of Plano.
Mr. Cox served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1945. He received a 50-year pin from the Masons of Trinity Lodge No. 15.
The family has requested memorials be made to First United Methodist Church of Livingston.

Bryan Alvin Ramsey Jr.
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Bryan Alvin Ramsey Jr., 69, were held Saturday, March 31, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Frank Hood officiating. Burial followed in Camp Ruby Cemetery. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568.
Mr. Ramsey died Tuesday, March 27, at the VA Hospital in Houston.
He was born Dec. 24, 1937 in Monahans, the son of Bryan and Mina Ethridge Ramsey Sr. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Ramsey.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Ramsey of Livingston; daughters and sons-in-law, Michelle and Monty Kolthoff of Livingston, Mary and Jerry Andrews of Silsbee, Brenda and Jay Burks of Segno, Kim and John Fontenot of Ville Platte, La. and Nicolle and Chad Reeks of Houston; grandsons, Bryan Ramsey of Livingston, Allen Andrews of Silsbee, Brian and wife Kathy Burks of Livingston, J.J. and wife Courtney Burks of Livingston, Allen Eaton of Segno, John Claude Fontenot of Ville Platte, La., Wesley Moore of Ville Platte, La., Josh Fontenot of Ville Platte, La., Patrick Kolthoff of Livingston and William Kolthoff of Livingston; granddaughters, Brittany Ramsey of Livingston, Sarah Andrews of Silsbee, Brittany Eaton of Segno, Amber Brewer of Ville Platte, La. and Brandy Kolthoff of Livingston; great-grandson, Brandon Reeks of Houston; great-granddaughter, Brianna Burks of Livingston and special family, Christi Allen of Livingston and Cade Allen of Livingston.
Pallbearers were Wayne Woods, Anthony Cornelious, Clayton Lilley, Robert Hambrick, Carroll Womack and Bill Cummings. Honorary pallbearers were Bryan Ramsey, Allen Andrews, Brian Burks, J.J. Burks, Allen Eaton, John Claude Fontenot, Wesley Moore, Josh Fontenot, Patrick Kolthoff, William Kolthoff, Jessie Smith and Roger Smikal.

Michael Wayne Gaston
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Michael Wayne Gaston, 46, were held Friday, March 30, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Frank Hood officiating. Burial followed in Menard Chapel Cemetery.
Mr. Gaston died Tuesday, March 27, in Livingston.
He was born Feb. 10, 1961 in Livingston, the son of Sonny and Edna Kerr Gaston Jr. He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Terry Gaston; niece, Pam Hightower; father-in-law, James Haws and great-nephew, Ross Hightower.
Survivors include his wife, Marcia Gaston of Livingston; son and friend, Brandon Gaston and Brittany Watts of Livingston; daughter, Jaime Gaston of Livingston; mother, Edna Gaston on Livingston; sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Rocky Coward of Livingston; mother-in-law, Mary Haws of Livingston; sisters-in-law, Cathie Randall of Spring and Gwen Haws of Humble; nephews and families, Allen and Kristin Hightower and Caroline, Riley and Jana Gaston and Raylee; Kolton Gaston, John and Tracy Randall and Mitch, Matthew, Kacey, Justin, Austin and April, Colby Lister and Hunter Branam and nieces and families, Tara and Justin Blancet and Taylor, and Christa Branam.
Pallbearers were Kolton Gaston, Bob Cassity, Chris Cassity, John Randall, Colby Lister, David Gaston, Justin Blancet and Riley Gaston. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Clifton, Cecil Loper Jr., Chuck Aubrey, Ted Bright, Tommy Duke, Craig Malone, David Smith, Johnny McBride, Jimmy Wiggins, Jerry Don Havard and Buddy Whatley.

Annie Lee Reed Bacon
CORRIGAN – Funeral services for Annie Lee Reed Bacon, 77, of Corrigan were held Friday, March 30, 2007, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Raymond Wallace and Chris Eppler officiating. Interment followed in Stryker Cemetery in Corrigan.
Mrs. Bacon was born Jan. 16, 1930 in Polk County and died Tuesday, March 27, in the Corrigan TLC nursing facility.
She was a homemaker and a mother and a member of Corrigan Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her mother, Willie Mary Scott Reed Phillips; father, Oswald Brock Reed; brother, Charles Ray Reed and sister, Hazel Ruth Phillips.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Hollis Bacon of Corrigan; daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Ron Shumate of Wylie, Mary and James Oleinik of Corrigan, Helen and Gary Box of DeBerry, Alice and Randy Haden of Cedar Hill and Edith and Chris McCrady of Van Alstyne; sisters, Edith Earline Reed Goad of Spring and Ruby Mae Phillips Flowers of Houston; brothers, Billy Roy Phillips of Lufkin and Clyde Wayne Phillips of Lufkin; 14 grandchildren, Russell Shumate, Reneé Shumate Warren, Ruth Shumate Vidalis, Chris Oleinik, Nick Oleinik, Leslie Oleinik, Amelia Box, Kendra Box, Molly McCrady, Maggie McCrady, Morgan McCrady, Melanie Haden, Jennifer Haden and Tony Haden; 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Pallbearers were grandsons: Russell Shumate, Chris Oleinik Nick Oleinik, Mike Warren, Edward Vidalis and Ishmael Box. Honorary pallbearers were Ralph Bacon, Guy Bacon, Ashley Bacon, Wayne Phillips, Roy Phillips, Tom Oleinik, DeWitt Oleinik and Lewis Nowlin.

Anthony Cervantes Carmona
SAN ANTONIO -- Anthony Cervantes Carmona died on March 28, 2007. 
Mr. Carmona was born in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico on Nov. 29, 1920.  He was the only child of Felipa Carmona de Cubedo and Jesus Cervantes.  His stepfather was Francisco Carmona. 
Mr. Carmona served as a Sergeant in the 676th Bomb Maintenance Squadron in three tours of duty for the Air Force in World War II.  He was awarded the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Campaign Medal, Victory Medal, Chinese War Memorial Ribbon and Distinguished Unit Badge.
Mr. Carmona established his career in the grocery business working for Safeway Foods in 1952 in Arizona and founded his own grocery business in Houston in 1962.  A successful businessman, he owned stores in Houston and Livingston. He served on the board of the Retail Grocers Association in Houston .
Serving as an example of community and church service for his children and family, Mr. Carmona served in civic clubs like the Lions Club and the Kiwanis Club.  He served as the president of the Northside Lions Club from 1970-1971 in Houston. He was a fourth degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus.  He served in church communities in Houston, Livingston, and Deming, N.M. as a lector and Eucharistic minister.  He helped start a mission food pantry in Livingston for the poor and indigent.
Mr. Carmona is survived by his wife of 64 years, Linda Zaragoza Carmona and a daughter, Alicia Carmona Reyes and sons, Anthony Carmona, Andrew Carmona and Mark Carmona.  He is preceded in death by two daughters, Patricia Carmona and Linda Carmona.  He is also survived by one son-in-law, Tony Reyes, and three daughters-in-law, Linda Kay Carmona, Rosa Carmona and Liz Valdivia Carmona.  Mr. Carmona has six granddaughters, Monica Reyes, Allison Carmona, Cristina Reyes, Patricia Carmona, Alyssa Berry and Emily Carmona.  His grandsons are Jason Carmona, Christopher Carmona and spouse Ana, Samuel Carmona, Tony Reyes II, Marcos Carmona, and Aaron Carmona. His great-grandchildren are George Carmona, Sophia Carmona, and Rachel Carmona.
Rosary was recited Sunday, April 1, at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home Chapel on Bandera Road in San Antonio.  Funeral mass was celebrated Monday, April 2, at St. Brigid Catholic Church, San Antonio. A memorial service was conducted Wednesday, April 4, at Forest Park Westheimer Chapel, Houston.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Patty and Linda Carmona Fund, c/o 8030 Veleta, San Antonio, TX  78250.  Patty and Linda Carmona were the daughters of Anthony Carmona and these funds go towards formal education for those in need.  Visit www.mem.com for a memorial and tributes.

Patsy Ruth Johnson
ALVIN -- Patsy Ruth Johnson was born on March 8, 1924 in Voth and died on March 31, 2007 at Alvin Convalescent Center.
She lived in several locations in her lifetime: Lufkin, Hudson, Houston, Hemphill, and Alvin. She was a member of the “Greatest Generation” that the author Tom Brokaw honored with his writings. During World War II, she was a “Rosie the Riveter” at Ellington Air Force Base. She did not know it at the time, but Ellington Field would play an intricate part in her life. While working there one morning, she was standing on a corner near Buff Stadium waiting for her car pool. A young soldier, who recently returned home from the North Africa area, was also waiting. He began to speak to her and she at first thought he was rather forward. Being a true southern belle, she was taught not to speak to strangers. To her surprise when her car pool came, the young soldier climbed into the car with her. She was later married to the soldier for 50 years before his death in 1994. In 1949, to their great satisfaction, a son was born. 
Mrs. Johnson worked many years at Burger’s Cleaners, in Houston, as an inspector. She and her husband retired and moved to Toledo Bend Lake in 1981 where they enjoyed fishing, reading and gardening.
They have now been reunited after an absence of over 13 years. She is preceded in death by her husband, Burl S. Johnson; her sister, Juanita Whitlock; her father, Doyle Whitlock; her mother, Betty Rylands and her stepfather, Albert Rylands.
She is survived by her son, Dennis Johnson and his wife Margaret of Alvin, as well as numerous relatives in Angelina County.
 In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to George Ranch Historical Park at P. O. Drawer 1248, Richmond, Texas, 77406. Visitation was held on Thursday, April 5, 2007 preceding graveside services at Carmona Community Cemetery, Highway 287 near Carmona, Texas. 
Arrangements were under the direction of the Scott Family in Alvin.

Frank Elliot McWilliams
CORRIGAN – A memorial service for Frank Elliot McWilliams, 75, of Corrigan were held Friday, April 6, 2007, in Union Springs Baptist Church, with Pastor James Brock officiating. Interment followed in Stryker Cemetery in Corrigan.
Mr. McWilliams was born Oct. 25, 1931 in Tionesta, Pa. and died Friday, March 23, in Lufkin.
He retired as a car repairman for the railroad and was a member of Union Springs Baptist Church.
He served the country in the Army during the Korean conflict from August 1949 through March 1952 and was past master of Composite Masonic Lodge No. 212 AF&AM of Baltimore, Md. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank E. and Gertrude H. (Wert) McWilliams and son, John McWilliams.
Survivors include his wife, Clara Mae Garrison McWilliams of Corrigan; son, F.L. McWilliams of Baltimore, Md.; daughters, Sharon Neal of Baltimore, Md. and Linda Thomas of Corrigan; stepson, Duane Holt of Baltimore, Md.; sisters, Donna McWilliams, Eleanor McWilliams and Laura Bell McWilliams, all of Tacoma, Wash.; brothers, Charles McWilliams of Pennsylvania, Forest McWilliams of Maryland and Wallace McWilliams and Russell McWilliams, both of Pennsylvania; granddaughter and husband, Sherry and Lee Mochman of Corrigan; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

William David Yates
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for William David Yates, 55, were held Wednesday, April 4, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation was in Restland Crematory Service in Livingston.
Mr. Yates died Saturday, March 31, in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston.
He was born March 10, 1952 in Fort Worth, the son of William and Martha Flowers Yates, both of whom preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Yates of Livingston; daughters and sons-in-law, Melissa and Jay Benningfield of Santa Fe and Holly and Cory Costello of Livingston; daughter, Ashley Yates of Livingston; grandchildren, Elijah Cole of Livingston and Jerek Benningfield of Santa Fe; brother, Michael Yates of Raymond, Wash. and sister, Karen Mount of Lexington.

Junior Lee West
LIVINGSTON – Graveside services for Junior Lee West, 69, were held Thursday, April 5, 2007, in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska, with Bro. J.S. Snell officiating.
Mr. West died Monday, April 2, at his residence in Livingston.
He was born Feb. 12, 1938 in Shell City, Mo., the son of Francis and Mary Losey West, both of whom preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, La Wanda West of Livingston and sisters, Irene Anderson of Scherville, Ind., Carol Johnson of El Dorado Springs, Mo. and Linda Lumley of El Dorado Springs, Mo.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mabin “Sonny” Golden Jr.
CORRIGAN – Mabin “Sonny” Alexander Golden Jr., 73, died on April 2, 2007 in M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.
One of four children, he was born to Mabin Alexander Golden Sr. and Willie Genia Burroughs Golden on May 10, 1933 in Cedar Bayou. After graduating from Robert E. Lee High School in 1952, Mr. Golden owned a gas station in Channelview before working for Arco, from which he retired in 1985 after 30 years. On Nov. 6, 1954, he married the love of his life, LaVon Salyer Golden, and raised two sons in Channelview. Upon retirement, he moved to Carmona, where he pursued his dream of owning a cattle ranch and deer lease. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Corrigan. Through the years, he was known as someone who touched numerous peoples’ lives with his kindness and thoughtfulness and whose love of God and his family was sure and unfailing. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mabin and Genia Golden.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, LaVon; sons, Douglas Alexander Golden and wife Reneé and Todd Louis Golden and wife Donna; grandchildren, Bernadette, Vicki, Jeremy, Chad, Kira and Heather; brother, Irvin Golden and wife Darlene; sisters, Billie Rose Neal and Orlea Dudley and husband Herbert; brothers-in-law, Herbert Salyer and wife Eileen and Gerald Salyer and wife Jeannie and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday, April 5, at the First Baptist Church in Corrigan. Interment followed in Carmona Cemetery. Services were officiated by Dr. Bruce K. Austin of McKinney and the Rev. Wayne Moss of Channelview.

George Michael Loftus
LIVINGSTON – George Michael Loftus, 50, died Saturday, March 31, 2007, in Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
He was born Oct. 24, 1956 in Houston, the son of Francis and Billie Carter Loftus, both of whom preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of nine years, Cecelia Loftus of Livingston; daughter, Angela Marie Rushing of Livingston; son, Andrew Michael Rushing of Livingston and sister, Frankie Marie Loftus of Livingston.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Jeremy Lyle Ferguson
CLEVELAND – Jeremy Lyle Ferguson, 25, died on Sunday, April 1, 2007, in Romayor.
He was born March 29, 1982 in Deer Park to Michael Leon Alvey and Deborah Alvey. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jean and Jim Blythe and uncle, Bobby.
He is survived by his wife, Mashari Lynn Coleman; parents, Deborah and Michael of Livingston; daughter, Kathryn “Katy” Ferguson; brother, D.J. Vollmar and wife Abby of Deer Park; grandparents, Curtis and Sandy Alvey of San Angelo and numerous other relatives and friends.
Services were held Thursday, April 5, in the Neal Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland, with Dean Love officiating. A private interment was held for family.







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