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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
For the Week of April 19, 2007 - April 25, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Gladys Louise Taylor
LIVINGSTON – Gladys Louise Taylor, 93, of Livingston died on Thursday, April 5, 2007, in Lufkin. She was born Aug. 13, 1913 in Oakhurst to Horace Robert Rice and Annie Mae Harmon Rice. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd David Taylor; son, Kenneth Wayne Taylor and brothers, Euthel Rice, Gerald Rice and Douglas Rice.
Survivors include one brother, Charles Rice and wife Edna and a host of extended family and friends.
Graveside services were held Saturday, April 7, at Wells Cemetery.
To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Bernice Middleton Small
VIDOR – Bernice Middleton Small, 86, of Vidor died Wednesday, April 4, 2007, at her residence in Vidor.
A native of Mississippi, she was a lifelong resident of Vidor. She was a homemaker and a member of Memorial Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 7, at Memorial Funeral Home in Vidor, with burial following in Williamson Cemetery in Vidor.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Randy and Edward Middleton; one grandsons, Christopher Nash and two great-grandsons, Chance Eaves and Kayson Nash.
Survivors include her sons, Preston Middleton of Alvin, Herbie Middleton of Livingston, Kenny Middleton of Vidor, Moose Small of Vidor and Clarence Small of Vidor; daughters, Barbara Courmier of Beaumont, Rhonda Courmier of Vidor, Darlene Banuet of Booneville, Mo. and Ruby Owens of Vidor; 53 grandchildren; 79 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Jason Wayne Reber
CLEVELAND – Jason Wayne Reber, 31, died on Tuesday, April 3, 2007 in Shepherd.
He was born Nov. 28, 1975 in Livingston to Danny G. and Charlotte A. Smith. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Russell Smith and Margie and Leonard Reber.
Survivors include his parents, Danny and Charlotte Smith of Shepherd; sister, Amanda Murphy and husband David Luke of Shepherd; niece, “Boogie” Murphy; nephew, Dustin Murphy; grandmother, Merna Smith and numerous other relatives and friends.
Services were held Friday, April 6, in the Neal Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Tim Parker officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery in Goodrich.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Neal Funeral Home or the family of Mr. Reber to assist with funeral expenses.

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; sister, Frankie Marie Loftus of Livingston; nieces, Rebecca Loftus and Monica Loftus; nephew, Billy McCarty; great-nieces and nephews, Destiny, Clarissa, Gabriel, Luke and Dillon and close friends, Kristie Tipton, Gerald Fields and Ricky Turner.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Adrienne Lee Ann Brown
CLEVELAND – Adrienne Lee Ann Brown, 16, died Tuesday, April 3, 2007, in Cleveland.
She was born Sunday, Aug. 26, 1990 in Humble to the late Charles Dewayne Brown and Dana Ann McPheeters, She was a member of Dolen Baptist Church. She also played softball with the Tarkington Baseball Association for five years. Her freshman year at Tarkington High School she played volleyball, basketball and was on the track team. She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Evelyn McPheeters and Marjorie and Norman Turnbow and great-grandparent, Robert F. Denny.
Survivors include her mother, Dana Ann Brown and stepfather, Howard Bagley of Riverside; four brothers, Cole Brown of Tarkington, Justin Brown of Tarkington, James Bagley of Riverside and Shane Bagley of Riverside; great-grandparents, John McPheeters of Alton, Ill., Jean Denny of Tarkington and Addie Denny of Pasadena; grandparents, Robert McPheeters of Livingston, Hollis Bagley of Wisconsin, David and Cheryal Denny of Tarkington, Bob and Darlene Immel of Wisconsin and Delorise Gray of Trinity; aunts and uncles, Holly and Parrish McPheeters of Staunton, Ill., Robert McPheeters of Livingston, Jamie and Dale Ford of Austin, Teresa Ford of Trinity, Joey Gray of Trinity, Maryann and Roy Barton of Wisconsin, Jackie and Nick Nienhaus of Wisconsin and Cindy and Steve Long of Wisconsin; great-aunts and uncles, Trenna and Rankin Ramsey of Trinity, Jill and Ray Baum of Tarkington, Vicki Gaston of Alton, Ill. and Mark Denny of Patton Village and numerous other relatives and friends.
Services were held Saturday, April 7, at Rural Shade Baptist Church in Tarkington, with the Rev. Shane Hovelman officiating. Interment followed in Ryan Cemetery in Cleveland.
Neal Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Charlotte Lynn Corley
CLEVELAND – Charlotte Lynn Corley, 62, died on Thursday, April 5, 2007, at her residence in Cleveland.
She was born March 21, 1945 in Liberty to the late Joe Hollis Griffin and the late Gladys Emelia Griffin. She was preceded in death by her parents, “Bus” and Gladys Griffin and brothers, Kenneth Griffin and Billy Griffin.
Survivors include her husband, Albert Daniel Corley; three daughters, Valerie Jones and husband Billy of Rye, Jennifer Mitchell of Cleveland and Holly Kelley and husband Randy of Thicket; eight grandchildren, Alan Jones, Bradley Jones, Misty Mitchell, Tiffany Mitchell, Garrett Melancon, Payson Melancon, Justin Kelley and Randon Kelley; two great-grandchildren, Kylie Paige Jones and Colton Bryce Jones and numerous other relatives and friends.
Services for Mrs. Corley were held Saturday, April 7, in the Neal Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Bob Dunegan officiating. Interment followed in Holly Grove Cemetery in Livingston.

Jewel Evelyn Heintjes
CLEVELAND – Jewel Evelyn Heintjes, 60, died on Wednesday, April 4, 2007, at her residence in Cleveland.
She was born Nov. 24, 1946 in Livingston to the late Estle Sutton and the late Bertie Sutton.
Survivors include her husband, Jan Heintjes; daughter, Sheila Buckley and husband Mike of Cleveland; son, Hans Heintjes of Cleveland; four brothers, Floyd Sutton of Cleveland, Lloyd Sutton of Livingston, Vernon Sutton and wife Shirley of Porter and Emmit Sutton of San Augustine; sister, Joyce Denby of Splendora; four grandchildren, Julius Buckley, Kaylee Heintjes, Isabella Buckley and Paisley Armstrong and numerous other relatives and friends.
Services for Mrs. Heintjes were held Saturday, April 7, in the Neal Funeral Home Chapel, with interment following in Cleveland Memorial Cemetery.

Edward Eugene Abbey
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Edward Eugene Abbey, 83, were held Monday, April 9, 2007, at the Indian Village Assembly of God, with Bro. David Busby and Bro. Garreth Abbey officiating. Burial followed in the Indian Reservation Cemetery. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568.
Mr. Abbey died Thursday, April 5, at his residence in Livingston.
He was born July 7, 1923 in Elton, La., the son of Martin and Sarah Battise Abbey. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, attaining the rank of private.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith; his father, Martin Abbey; mother, Sarah Battise; son, Paul Abbey; daughter, Melba F. Moreno; brothers, Wilbur Abbey and Roy Abbey and sisters, Adeline Battise, Ina Maldonado, Cora Abbey and Stella Abbey.
Survivors include his son, Glen L. Abbey; son and daughter-in-law, Ted R. and Mary Abbey; daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia L. and Louis Moreno; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lucille and Levete Alexander and Leona and Clem Sylestine; grandchildren, Mark Langley and Kristopher Abbey; 14 other grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Mark Langley, Dustyn Moreno, Marcus Abbey, Kyle Williams, Gilman Abbey and Garrison Abbey. Honorary pallbearers were Kristopher Abbey and James Greenlee.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Brenda Hayes Atchley
HOUSTON -- Brenda Hayes Atchley died on Saturday, April 7, 2007 in Conroe Regional Medical Center.
 Mrs. Atchley was born Sept. 4, 1959, and grew up in Spring Branch with her two brothers, Larry and Dave and her many friends.
She was graduated with honors from the University of Houston School of Hotel Management and was began her career with the Hale Koa Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. She met her husband Dennis in Honolulu.  Their many scuba diving trips to the Philippine Islands were a wonderful part of their lives until the diagnosis of Lupus made them inadvisable.  In 2001 they moved to Onalaska, where they made their home.
She is survived by her husband, Dennis; her mother and father, Louise and Dorr Lee Hayes; her brother, Larry Hayes; her sister-in-law, Maurina Hayes and her niece and nephew, Rebecca and Landon Hayes.
 Remembrances and appreciation may be expressed by contributions to the Polk County Animal Shelter, 1722 N. Washington, Livingston, TX 77351, from whom they received the gifts of Pancho and Baxter.
Waltrip Funeral Directors, Houston, is in charge of arrangements.

Merlie Floyd Hood
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Merlie Floyd Hood, 79, of Trinity were held Monday, April 9, 2007, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Charles Goodson officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery.
Mr. Hood was born Oct. 12, 1927 in Tyronsea, Ark. and was a member of Carlisle Baptist Church. Mr. Hood stayed active and loved to fish and do gardening. He was known as someone who enjoyed life to the fullest.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Elthia Martin Hood and Charley James Hood; two brothers, Charlie Hood and Clarence Hood; two sisters, Jessie Hood Schoolfield and Flora Hood Reams; great-granddaughter, Haleigh Simpson and wife, Christine Hood.
Survivors include his son, Travis Cargle and wife Twila; daughter, Wanda Wilson and husband Dale; sisters, Dealie Walcott, Lois Calvert and Geneva Watson; grandchildren, Raymond Conley, Sherlyl Kattner and Ace (Glenn) Teal and great-grandchildren, Shawn Conley, Brittney Kattner and Bailey Simpson.
To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

Margaret Ann Rushing
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Margaret Ann Rushing, 78, were held Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church, with Dr. Don Willis officiating. Burial followed in Bold Springs Cemetery.
Mrs. Rushing died Friday, April 6, in Livingston.
She was born Aug. 9, 1928 in Livingston, the daughter of Kenneth and Allie Garvey Bean. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Rushing; her parents; brothers, Kenneth Bean, George Bean and Ed Bean and sisters, Jerutia Houston and Alice Horany.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Bruce Elster of Livingston; grandson, Blayne Elster of Livingston; brother-in-law, Melvin Horany of Wichita Falls; nieces, Sue Landers and husband Donald of Livingston, Georgia Odom of Woodville, Betty Peters of Woodville, Kylene Burfod, of Lumberton, Chrissie Seligson and husband Bob of Arlington, Carol Horany of Houston and Jeri Bernal and husband Fred of Bryan; nephews, Melvin K. Horany and wife Jean of Wichita Falls and John Horany of Dallas; great-nephews, Phil Childres of Livingston, Nathan Higginbotham of Arlington, Damas LeDesma of Abilene, Tommy Ellis of Cleveland, Michael Peters of Livingston, William Burfod of Lumberton, Emory Burfod of Lumberton, Melvin K. Horany II of Wichita Falls, Ben Seligson of Arlington, Sammy Graham Jr. of Bryan, Felix Herrera of Bryan, James Graham of Bryan and Pat Herrerra of Bryan; great-nieces, Dorea Kay Higginbotham of Houston, Pam LeDesma, Misty Ratcliff of Seabrook, Renee Smith of Conroe, Nanette Peters of Huntsville, Amber Johnson of Woodville, Melissa Whitmer and husband Jim of Denton, Stacy Horany of Wichita Falls, Sarah Seligson of Arlington, Alyce Seligson of Arlington, Chris Wedel of Bryan, Sheila Graham of Bryan and Renee Herrerra of Bryan and numerous great-great-nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Bruce Elster, John Horany, Mel Horany, Blayne Elster, Donald Higginbotham, Monzer Aourani, Otis Ray Campbell and Nathan Higginbotham. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Melvin Horany, Clarke Evans, Corky Cochran, Milton Tanner, Phil Childers, Wayne Starr, Bill Cox, Billy Wayne Cox, Perry Tanner and Donald Landers.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Louise Laviolette
LIVINGSTON -- Mary Louise Laviolette, 77, of Livingston, died on Tuesday April 10, 2007.
A memorial service was held Saturday, April 14, in the Pace Funeral Home chapel.
She was an avid crafter, enjoyed making flower arrangements and candles, and taking care of her plants. She also had a great love for fishing. Above all she will be remembered for the love she gave to her family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Ocie Williams Wenzel; her son, David Keith Laviolette; sister, Margie Mandry and her first husband, Stanford Laviolette.
She is survived by her husband, Natty J. LeBlanc; sons, Stan Laviolette and wife Pat, Wayne Laviolette and wife Marylan and Bruce  Laviolette and wife Patty; stepson, Michael LeBlanc; her daughters, Ocie McNatt and husband Johnny, Pam Marquis and husband Bill and Patsy Laviolette; stepdaughter, Jeanette Wenzel; brothers, Robert Wenzel and wife Sherra, Charlie Wenzel and wife Judy and Sammy Wenzel; sisters, Barbara Hayden and husband Corky, Patsy Carney and Linda Howard and husband Dan; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
To sign the online guest book, go to pacefuneral.com.

Charlie C. Carter Sr.
LIVINGSTON – Charlie C. Carter Sr., born June 87, 1922 in Goodrich to the late McKinnely and Addie Carter, died on April 6, 2007 at The Woodlands Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands.
He professed his faith at an early age and joined New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughters, Dorothy Jean McGowen and Dorothy Mae Wright and son, Nathaniel Carter.
Survivors include six sons, Charlie C. Carter Jr. (Thersa) of Livingston, Eddie Carter (Sandy) of Nacogdoches, Danny Carter, Jessie Carter, Floyd Carter, Johnny Carter (Tonya) and son-in-law, Freddie Wright, all of Goodrich; eight daughters, Linda Jo Carter, Josie Wyatt, Evilla Bogany (Jerry), all of Livingston, Rosa Lee McGowen (Donell), Jullie Harrell and Rosie Carter, all of Goodrich and Belinda Carter and Debra Carter of Houston; daughter-in-law, Carrie Mae Carter of Blanchard; aunts, Levergia Woods and Louise Woods of Houston; 49 grandchildren; 75 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 14, at St. Luke’s Missionary Baptist Church in Blanchard.
McDuffie Mortuary in Cleveland was in charge of arrangements.

Helen Poncho Battise
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Helen Poncho Battise, 86, were held Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at the Indian Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Bill Heck, Bro. David Busby and Bro. Hugh Klodzinski officiating. Burial followed in the Indian Reservation Cemetery.
Mrs. Battise died Saturday, April 7, at Dogwood Trails Nursing Home in Woodville.
She was born Sept. 23, 1920 in Elton, La., the daughter of Asa and Niece (Langley) Poncho. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; her parents; grandchildren, Selena R. Battise and Jeremy E.K. Battise and great-grandchild, Shailey K. Abbey.
Survivors include her brother, Jameson Poncho of Elton, La.; sons and daughters-in-law, Clifton and Ardeena Battise of Livingston, Claudie Battise of Livingston and Darrell and Kara Battise of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Olivia and Harvey Williams of Livingston; grandchildren, Ken Battise, Kerwin Battise, Roddy Battise, Bonnie Battise Rodriguez, Ester Battise, Ginger Battise, Sheldon Thompson and Blanche, Devina Thompson, Lance Battise, Shannon Thompson, Regina, Tracy and Raina Thompson Morris, Beverly Abbey and Gilman, Marsha Williams, Jonathan Williams, Emily Battise, Kierston Battise, David and Kaedi Battise, Hedeia Battise, Anthony Battise and Taylor Battise; great-grandchildren, Sabrina Rodriguez, Anthony Rodriguez, Sebastian Huerta, Tiara Battise, Christian Long, Taylor and Shelby Thompson, Aaron, Austin and Adrian Thompson, Ryan, Ryanna and Rylan Thompson, Gladys, Tyreni and Tyray Abbey, Evan Williams, Skyler Thompson and Selena, Brentice, Nivagah and Jeremykk Battise; nephew, Lovelin Battise and niece, Adrian Sylestine.
Pallbearers were Sheldon Thompson, Shannon Thompson, Taylor Thompson, Sebastian Huerta, Christopher Sylestine, Ray Battise, Kerwin Battise and Ken Randall Battise. Honorary pallbearers were the Dogwood EMS of Woodville.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.







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