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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
For the Week of April 26, 2007 - May 3, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Ruth Laird
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Ruth Laird, 94, were held Saturday, April 14, 2007, at Oak Grove Church of Christ, with the Rev. Ed Smith and Bro. Manuel Porter officiating. Burial followed in Center Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Laird died Thursday, April 12, in Timberwood Nursing Home in Livingston.
She was born Oct. 24, 1912 in Polk County, the daughter of James and Mary Bailey Gassiott. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Weldon Laird; her daughter, Margaret Ann Laird; daughter and son-in-law, Bobbie and Bill Schumacher and her parents.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Weldon and Marcelle Laird of Lubbock, Archie and Ellen Laird of Corpus Christi, Bill and Matilda (Butch) Laird of Livingston and James (Jack) Laird of Livingston; 25 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren and 24 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Robert Laird, Darrell Laird, Glenn Laird, Don Laird, Russell Laird, Greg Laird, Edward Laird, Brian Schmidt, Duane Shumacher and Steven Shumacher.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Edna Marguerite Brown
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Edna Marguerite Brown, 79, were held Saturday, April 14, 2007, at Pace Funeral Home, with the Rev. Preston Baker officiating. Interment followed in Restland Memorial Park.
Mrs. Brown died Wednesday, April 11, in LaPorte.
She was born Oct. 30, 1927 in Biloxi, Miss. Mrs. Brown loved to travel and read. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Eugene and Agnes Gertrude Barber Penton; her son, Eugene Fountain and one brother, Larry Penton.
Survivors include her husband, Jim Brown; son, Steve Smart of Clearlake; daughters, Mary Fountain and husband Bennie Row of LaPorte, Cathy Fulford and husband Ronnie Schreiber of Houston and Lois Ann Fountain; two brothers, James Penton and Bobby Joe Penton of Biloxi, Miss.; sister, Lou Fountain of North Carolina; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Shepherd.
To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

Shirley Ann Stetler
LIVINGSTON -- Shirley Ann Stetler, 70, of Livingston died April 10, 2007.
She was born Aug. 14, 1936 in Peoria, Ill. She retired from Northwest Medical Center in Houston. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Lonnie and Ethel Lutes; son, Leroy Stetler Jr.; brothers, Harry and David Lutes and one sister, Donna Watson.
Survivors include her sons, James and wife Patricia Stetler of Livingston, Mike and wife Becky Stetler of Missouri, William and wife Jeannie Stetler of Livingston, Joseph Stetler of Livingston and Roger Stetler of Livingston; daughter, Vickie and husband Greg of Navasota; one brother, John and wife Lori Lutes of California; twin sister, JoAnn Head of Peoria, Ill.; sisters, Margaret Stein of Florida, Darlene Melton of Naples, Ill., Marlene Stokes of Naples, Ill., Dorothy Stevenson of St. Davis, Ill. and Linda Witworth of Kentucky; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorials can be made to Vicky Brown, 911 Victoria, Navasota, Texas 77868.
To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com

Charles Conley Toler
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Charles Conley Toler, 53, were held Monday, April 16, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Leslie Wilkinson officiating.
Mr. Toler died Wednesday, April 11, in Huntsville Memorial Hospital.
He was born Jan. 16, 1954 in Camden, the son of Gordon and Tina King Toler. He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Aaron and Cheryl Toler of Houston; daughter and son-in-law, Marsha and Mark Hebert of Baton Rouge, La.; grandson, Shane Lackey of Lufkin; mother, Tina Mae Toler of Corrigan; fiancée, Judy Terrell of Huntsville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gordon W. and Terry Toler of Lufkin and David and Sharon Toler of Porter and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Cliff Woodrick, Tommy Nash, David Broaddus and Frank Miranda.

William Oliver “Billy” Albin
LIVINGSTON – A celebration of the life of William Oliver “Billy” Albin, 94, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel.
Mr. Albin died Thursday, April 12, in Memorial Hermann in The Woodlands.
He was born April 8, 1913 in Houston, the son of Charles R. and Stella McDougle Albin. He was the third of five children. Throughout the years, he was a member of the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, the Scenic Loop Fire Department Auxiliary, Trinity Lodge No. 14, El Mina Temple, Eastern Star Lodge, First Methodist Church and the Bass Bay Fishing Club. Traveling the world and experiencing many different cultures, Mr. Albin was a superintendent for Collins Submarine Pipelines for many years, but he always called Livingston his home. He was known as someone who was always smiling with a positive attitude, who never met a stranger and one of the most generous men anyone could meet.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 32 years, June McGaughey Albin.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Pam and James Connie Moore of Conroe; granddaughter, Chauntel Plopper and husband Shane of The Woodlands; great-grandson, Trace Plopper of The Woodlands and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, 200 W. Church St., Livingston, Texas 77351.

Freda “Granny” Kincaide
LIVINGSTON – Freda “Granny” Kincaide, 77, died Friday, April 13, 2007, in Houston Northwest Hospital in Houston.
She was born May 17, 1929 in Hempstead, the daughter of George and Maggie Gibson Keene.
Survivors include her daughter, Darlene Kincaide of Onalaska; brother and sister-in-law, Gippie and Carmen Keene of Hempstead; sisters, Mollie Smith of Waco and Mattie Mae Wells of Hitchcock; grandchild, Amelia Lee Kincaide of Onalaska and great-grandchildren, Rolando Lee Rocha of Onalaska and Haylie Lee Rocha of Onalaska.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Charles Hoyte Rodgers
CORRIGAN – Funeral services for Charles Hoyte Rodgers, 43, of Chester were held Tuesday, April 17, 2007, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor H.L. Hart and Pastor Tim Fuller officiating.
Mr. Rodgers was born March 19, 1964 in Lufkin and died Friday, April 13, in Chester.
He was a truck driver and a member of New Life United Pentecostal Church. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Glenn Rodgers; grandmother, Pearl Lee Burns and uncle, Tommy Lee Burns.
Survivors include his wife, Misty Rose (Leggin) Rodgers of Baton Rouge, La.; mother, Geraldine Rodgers of Chester; brother, George Rodgers of Chester; sister and brother-in-law, Teresa and Darrell Gray Jr. of Chester and nieces, nephews and friends.

Virginia “Ginger” Slayton
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Virginia “Ginger” Slayton, 67, were held Thursday, April 19, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Terrell Hearne and the Rev. Dale Cates officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Rose Cemetery.
Mrs. Slayton died Saturday, April 14, in St. Luke’s Hospital in The Woodlands.
She was born April 5, 1940 in Dallas, the daughter of John and Marie Gore Brandt. She was preceded in death by her father and her sister, Vanessa Patterson.
Survivors include her mother, Marie Brandt of Conroe; husband, Charles Slayton Jr. of Conroe; daughters, Charlsie Clairice Knight of Trinity, Charlene Marie Key of Conroe and Carlene Michelle Wynn of Willis; grandchildren, Charlie Key, Brandi Key, Virginia Key and Amanda Knight and nieces, Kimberly Nelson and Krystal Gressett.
Pallbearers were Phillip Key, William Knight, Charles Key, Carl Gressett, Ty Wynn and Ron Reneau.

Whit L. Whitten
CLEVELAND -- Whit L. Whitten, 54, died on Sunday, April 15, 2007 in Cleveland.
He was born on Oct. 25, 1952 in Talladega, Ala. to the late Pete Whitten and Betty Sue Whitten. He was preceded in death by his father and brother, Rex Wayne Whitten.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra Marie Whitten;  three sons, Anthony Paul Whitten and wife Christine of Livingston, Chad Neal Whitten and daughter-in-law Sandra of Shepherd and Bret  Wayne Whitten of Shepherd;  two brothers, Danny Ray Whitten and wife Carol of Cleveland and Jerry Lavon Whitten and wife Gayle of Lake City, S.C.;  four sisters, Willie Jean Fowler and husband John of Colorado Springs, Colo., Myrtle Sue Verwold and husband Glenn of Shepherd, Linda Faye Phillips and husband Butch of Shepherd and Connie Ameila Dean and husband Anthony  of Shepherd; five grandchildren, Brett  Martinez, Kellie White, Amanda  Boase, Breanna  Whitten and Mayci Whitten;  two great-grandchildren, Lori Martinez and Cullen  White and numerous family and friends.
Services for Mr. Whitten were held Wednesday, April 18, at the Neal Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland. Interment followed in Farley Chapel Cemetery, Shepherd.

Sylvia Ann Jordon Manshack
LIVINGSTON -- Sylvia Ann Jordon Manshack, 59 died Sunday, April 15, 2007 at her residence in Rye.
She is survived by her husband, R.L. Manshack of Rye; sons and daughters-in-law, Tom Manshack and Sheila of Baytown, Jerry Manshack and Tina of Conroe and Barry Manshack of Hardin; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry Littleton and Robert of Willis; grandchildren, Ariana, Dakota, Kevin, Jarrod, Colton, Mason, Marissa, Jason, Jenifer, Jasmine, Kristina and Jacob; sisters and brothers-in-law, Geraldine Hughes and Selby, Rose Etta Jordon and Tim and Betty Cucco and Angelo; brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas Jordon Jr. and Janice, Robert Jordon and Linda and Mickey Jordon and Peggy;  12 nephews; five nieces; 25 great-nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
 She was born May 24, 1947 in Galveston, the daughter of Thomas and Emma McMurtrey Jordon. Mrs. Manshack was a member of First Concord Church in Rye, where she served as treasurer for many years.  She enjoyed singing as well as singing in the church choir.
  Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 18, at First Concord Church. The Rev. Orel Speed and the Rev. J.V. Thomas officiated.  Burial followed in First Concord Cemetery in Rye,
Pallbearers were Aaron Jordon, Jeff Jordon, Joey Jordon, Kyle Jordon, Larry Keddie, Joe Lowe, Dee Manshack and Alan Vanderhider.  Honorary pallbearer was Selby Hughes.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pfc. Rodney Lynn McCandless
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Pfc. Rodney Lynn McCandless, 21, were held Tuesday, April 17, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Craig McCracken officiating. Burial followed in Jones Prairie Cemetery in Leggett. Military honors were provided by the U.S. Army Honor Guard, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Pfc. McCandless died Saturday, April 7, in Zaganiyah, Iraq.
Pfc. McCandless joined the Army in August 2005. He completed Advanced Individual Training at Fort Lee, Virginia in October 2005 and completed the Basic Airborne Course in February 2006. He reported to the 82nd Airborne Division in April 2006 and was assigned to 5th Squad., 73rd Cav. Reg., 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Abn. Div. in December 2006.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist’s Badge.
He was born Aug. 16, 1985 in  Livingston, the son of Virgil Lynn and Rhonda Cones McCandless. He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Charlie Johnson; grandmother, Rita Cones and nephew, Joseph Ray Clements.
Survivors include his father, Virgil Lynn McCandless of Leggett; mother, Rhonda McCandless of Leggett; sister, Chassity McCandless of Lake Jackson; brothers, Jamie Sumner of Shepherd, Ron Sumner of Splendora and D.J. White of Camden, Ark.; grandmother, Charlene Renfro of Camden, Ark.; grandfather, Walter Cones of Leggett; grandparents, Virgil and Carolyn McCandless of Aubrey; great-grandmother, Myrtie Johnson of Livingston; uncles, D.C. Johnson of Livingston, Ronnie Johnson of Livingston and Joe McCandless of Leggett; aunt, Sharla Parker of Leggett; aunts and uncles, Pam, Brenda, Latrell, W.A. and Ray Cones; nephew, Kid Krayton Ray Sumner of Shepherd; friend, John Garcia of Camden, Ark, and over 100 aunts, uncles and cousins.

Johnny “Huggy” Brown
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Bro. Johnny “Huggy” Brown, 56, of Goodrich were held Monday, April 16, 2007, at the Livingston Church of God in Christ, with the Rev. G. Edwards officiating.
Mr. Brown died Wednesday, April 11, in Houston.
He was born March 8, 1951, the son of L.G. and Clariece Brown in Conroe and found his salvation at the Guiding Star Church of Christ in Goodrich.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Brown; daughter, Johnika Bates; son-in-law, Jonathan Bates Sr.; grandsons, Wyatt Bogany and Johnathon Bates Jr.; stepmother, Geraldine Pogue; godchild, Erica McGowen; brothers, Sammy C. Brown Sr., Jerry Brown, Johnny Dirden Sr. (Olivia), L.G. Henry (Rosa), Charles Ray (Sara), Waydell Varner and Aydell Varner; sisters, Ethel M. Brown, Ethar L. McGowen (Aaron), Hattie Dirden, Brenda Garrett, Shelia Ford (Tony), Elmer M. Garrett (Bobby) and Joyce M. Croff (Ray); aunt, Helen Gilbert; great-aunt, Naomi Evans; uncle, Hershey Gilbert; in-laws, Alice Scott (Robert), Rogers Wyatt (Betty), Bobbie Cunningham, Helen Freeman (Lonnie), Hazel Walker, Levi Wyatt (Johnnie) and Rufus Wyatt (Erma) and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
McDuffie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.







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