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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
April 20, 2008 - April 27, 2008
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Henrietta Murphy
LIVINGSTON -- A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, April 16, 2008, for Henrietta Murphy, 73, with Father Clifton Labbe officiating. Burial followed in Gardens Of Memories Memorial Park in Lufkin. Mrs. Murphy was born Nov. 5, 1934 in Bluett to Guadalupe and Soledad Trevino Rodriquez, both of whom preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Donald; her son, Donald Jr. and wife Ada of Pasadena; her daughter, Yvette Karen Byrum and husband Jackie of Livingston; her sisters, Consuelo Luna of Uvalde, Mary Fernandez of San Antonio, Alicia Gonzales and husband Ted of San Antonio, Ana Cervantes and husband Roberto of Uvalde, Suzanna Garza and husband Robert of San Antonio and Hortencia Pena and husband Frank of Uvalde; her one brother, Ernesto Rodriquez and wife Refugia of Corpus Christi; her grandchildren, Annette Karen Byrum, Yaimy Calderon, Luis Espinosa, Kevyn Espinosa and Ambar Espinosa; her one great grandchild, Rangel Scott Calderon and her numerous nieces, nephews and a host of special friends. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook go to: www.pacefuneral.com

Ava Marie White
LIVINGSTON – A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2008, at Pace Funeral Home for Ava Marie White, 97, of Livingston. Graveside services and burial will be at Little Cemetery in Seminole, Okla. at 2 p.m. April 26.Mrs. White died on Monday, April 14, 2008 in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston. Mrs. White was born Sept. 3, 1910 in Shawnee, Okla. Preceding her in death are her father and mother, John Aaron and Anna Florence Moore Parsons; her husband of 54 years, David Onan White; brothers, Willie Parsons and Ralph Parsons and sisters, Laura Carter, Pearl Rainey, Beulah Birkicht and Inez Parsons. Survivors include her two daughters, Kathy Dale and husband Bob and Ava Ann Barton of Livingston; five grandchildren, David Dale of Gray, La., Wesley Dale and wife Nancy of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Elizabeth Vorpe of Houston, Lance and Linda Barton of Aubrey and Cris and Gwen Barton of Fort Worth and great-grandchildren, Amanda Vorpe, Lauren Dale, Alice Barton, Bobby Barton and Leslie Nixon.

Louise Harper
LIVINGSTON -- Louise Harper, 95, died on Saturday, April 12, 2008, in Pine Ridge Nursing Home. Graveside services were held Sunday, April 13, in Alexander Cemetery in Leggett, with the Rev. Frank Hood officiating. Although Mrs. Harper struggled with extreme Alzheimer’s, she always seemed to remember her favorite church hymns and her faith. Mrs. Harper is preceded in death by her parents, James and Laura Alexander; husband, Henry Harper; brothers, Miller Alexander, Woodrow Alexander and Moon Alexander and sister, Ottis Cook. She is survived by her nieces, Cynthia Moye of Livingston, Martha Simpson of Silsbee and Susan Bourke of Colorado; nephews, Tom Alexander, the Rev. Jeffery Alexander and David Alexander, all of Colorado and her sisters-in-law, Christine Alexander and Donna Thorpe. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

William E. Bates
CLEVELAND -- William E. “Bill” Bates, 70, of Cleveland, died on Tuesday, April 8, 2008. He was born in Grand Saline on May 10, 1937 to William and Rosa Mae McCormack Bates. He is preceded in death by wife, Helen Bates and son, Virgil Passmore. Survivors include his daughter, Mary Jane Parker and husband Ray; sons, Patrick Bates and wife Dianna and Michael Passmore; grandchildren, Robert and Polly Anna Minks, Holly and Sammy Zimmer and Timothy Adams and numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family members and friends. Graveside services were held Saturday, April 12, at Pace-Stancil Memorial Rest Gardens Cemetery, Cleveland.

Eunice Gore Rodgers
LIVINGSTON – Graveside services for Eunice Gore Rodgers, 91, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2008, at Forest Hill Cemetery, with Father Clifton Labbe officiating. Mrs. Rodgers died Tuesday, April 15, in Conroe Regional Medical Center, Conroe. She was born Dec. 21, 1916 in New Waverly, the daughter of Joseph C. and Ella Hardy Neiderhofer. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth W. and Judy Gore of Livingston; grandchildren, K. Craig and Tricia Gore and Shelly D. Gore and fiancé Kenny Edwards, all of Austin; great-grandchildren, Matthew Hartnett, William Gore and Jessica Gore, all of Austin; sister, Faye King of LaMarque; brothers, J.C. Neiderhofer of LaMarque and Pete Neiderhofer; niece, Kaye LaFour of Livingston and many other nieces and nephews. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Julius Edmond Dominy
LIVINGSTON -- Julius Edmond Dominy, 81, of Livingston died on April 12, 2008. He was born Nov. 3, 1926 in Goodrich to Julius Dominy and Melvinia Armitage Dominy. Mr. Dominy was a member of Leggett Baptist Church and served as a church deacon for 50 years. He is predeceased by his wife of 60 years Zeffa Dominy. He is survived by Billie Dominy Street and Douglas, son and daughter-in-law of Pearland; Michael Dominy and Angela, son and daughter-in-law of Livingston; grandchildren, Mike Street, Jake Dominy and Crissy Dominy; brother, Leon Ray Dominy of Siloam Springs; sisters, Mary Ruth DeLaney of Livingston and Annette Lowe of Livingston; brother, Tommy Dominy of Livingston and special friends, Foy Buller, Ida Nettles, Frankie Hopson and Doris Stockton. Services were held Tuesday, April 15, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Frank Hood and Bro. Lynn Dyke officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Jerry Dominy, Randy Lowe, Gary Lowe, Douglas Street, Jake Dominy, Felder Dubois, Robert Gray and Bobby Lowe. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Erma Sue Brown Oldner
LIVINGSTON -- Erma Sue Brown “Party Sue” Oldner died on Sunday, April 13, 2008. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 17, at Blanchard Baptist Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Royce Pennington and the Rev. Fred Alford officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in Rosewood Cemetery in Humble. She was born to Frank and Doshie Brown of Kirbyville. Sue was born next to the youngest of 10 siblings, being the youngest of five sisters in Gilmer. She graduated high school in Kirbyville in 1957 and married Charles Hansford “Shorty” Oldner on Aug. 21, 1959. They lived in Houston for 36 years before retiring to Lake Livingston permanently in 1995. She and Shorty started and operated D&O Machine Works. For 33 years she kept the books and early on made deliveries. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Doshie and Frank Brown; daughter, Jena Sue, age 29, and her son, Charles Hansford “Chuck.” age 101⁄2; also by her four brothers and two sisters. She devoted her life to her kids and husband who she loved dearly. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Charles Oldner of Livingston; son and daughterin- law, Michael Ray and Nikki Oldner Sr.; daughter and son-inlaw, Barbara Annette and Gus Andrews; grandchildren, Michelle Gibbs and husband Larry, Melissa Oldner, Michael Ray Oldner Jr. and wife Jennifer, Brandon Berry and Charli Jo Andrews; greatgrandchildren, Gavin Gibbs, Mitchell Brenham, Raylea Herring and Melanie Oldner and sisters Vera Winsett, Mavis Oldner and Nina Cline. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Violet Lloydene Pagan
LIVINGSTON -- Violet Lloydene Pagan, 53, of Rye died on Sunday, April 13, 2008, at her residence. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Visitation will from 5-9 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Cochran Funeral Home. She is preceded in death by her parents, Emmanuel Lloyd and Violet Carver Winters; sister, Sandra Cornell and brother, Lloyd David Winters. She is survived by her husband, Robert “Bob” L. Pagan of Rye; son, Timothy Shawn Glendenning of Houston; daughter, Velora “Missy” Pagan of Rye; son, Robert L. Pagan of Dickinson; son, Johnny P. Nagy of Rye; sisters, Carolyn Douglas of Ballinger and Elaine Doerr of Center Point; nephew, Tim Cornell and her grandchildren, Violet N. Pagan, Velora L. Lawson, James Dylan Lawson and Krista Justine Lawson. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

JoAnn Hoover
LIVINGSTON -- JoAnn Hoover, 73, of Hockley died on Friday, April 11, 2008, in Houston. Graveside services were held Wednesday, April 16, in Holly Grove Cemetery, with the Rev. Billy Bracken officiating. Survivors include her daughter, Charlotte Hoover and her partner Leesa Donaho of Hockley; granddaughters, Amanda Oster and husband Kristopher and Sarah Hoover and great grandson Kaleb Oster. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Johnnie Mae Brent
Johnnie Mae Brent 88, of Livingston passed away April 18, 2008 in Conroe. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, April 19 at Cochran Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday evening from 6-9 p.m. Cochran Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Please sign the online guest book at www. cochranfh.com

Shirley Phillips
Shirley Phillips 77, of Onalaska passed away Monday April 14, 2008 in Fredricksburg. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2008 at the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska with Rev. Dale Snell officiating. A full obituary will be in the Sundays paper. Cochran Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Please sign the online guest book at www.cochranfh.com

Kenneth Davis Kearns
Funeral services for Kenneth Davis Kearns, age, 84, of Livingston, will be held Friday, April 18, 2008, at 10:00am in the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment will follow at 2:30pm at Forest Park East in Webster, Texas. Honorary Pallbearers will be Greg Smith, Mark Koen, Clifford Carlin, Johnny Kilpatrick and Michael Kilpatrick Mr. Kearns passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at his home in Livingston, Texas. He was born June 7, 1923 in Houston, Texas the son of Joseph and Beryl Davis Kearns. He was a member of the Livingston VFW Post #8568 and a member of the American Disabled Veterans and the receipient of the Purple Heart. He is survived by Kathleen Smith, daughter of Livingston, Gean & Betina Kearns, son and daughter in law, of Terlingua, Texas, Candy & Mark Koen, grandchildren of Livingston, Jenniy Smith, grandchild of College Station, Texas, Kenny Smith, grandchild of Huffman, Lorraine Abell, grandchild of Atlant, Ga, Delisa & Ray Espinoza, grandchild of Alpine, Texas, Angela Murrell, grandchild of Alpine, Texas, Christina Koen, great grandchild, of Livingston, Austin Koen, great grandchild, of Livingston, Leah Abell, great grandchild of Atlant, Ga, Antta Abell, great grandchild of Atlanta, Ga, Ian Hanson, great grandchild, of Terlingua, Texas, Madison Murrell, great grandchild, of Alpine, Texas, Britany Murrell, great grandchild, of Alpine, Texas, Katelyn Murrell, great grandchild, of Alpine and Karra Espinoza, great grandchild of San Angelo, Texas.

Shirley Katherine Phillips
ONALASKA -- Shirley Katherine Phillips, 77, of Onalaska died on Monday, April 14, 2008, in Fredericksburg. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 19, at the First United Methodist Church in Onalaska, with the Rev. Dale Snell officiating. Burial followed in the Oddfellow Cemetery in Columbus. Mrs. Phillips was known as a loving wife and mother; her greatest accomplishments were her four children. She also enjoyed being involved with the local bowling league. She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Perry D. Phillips of Onalaska; son and daughterin- law, Herbie and Kathy Phillips of Celina; daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Ken Fisher of Fredericksburg; son and daughter-in-law, Dwain and Kerrie Phillips of McKinney; daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Don Chouinard of Bradenton, Fla.; grandchildren, Dale Phillips, Hillary Robinson and husband James, Madison Phillips, Daniel Fisher, Eric Fisher, Amy Fisher, Tim Pollard, Abbie Pollard and James Chouinard; great-grandchildren, Faith Robinson and Summer Robinson and her sisters, Ruth Ann Villeneuve and Mary Ellen Hodde. She is preceded in death by her parents, Herbert Otto Adolph and California Siegert Necker; sister, Dorothy Hutchins and a brother, Edward Necker. Serving as pallbearers were Herbie Phillips, Dwain Phillips, Ken Fisher, Don Chouinard, Daniel Fisher, Eric Fisher, Dale Phillips, James Chouinard and Tim Pollard. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Onalaska. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Johnnie Mae Brent
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Johnnie Mae Brent, 88, were held Saturday, April 19, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Frank Hood officiating. Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Corrigan. Mrs. Brent died Wednesday, April 16, in Conroe Regional Medical Center, Conroe. She was born Aug. 19, 1919 in Barnum, the daughter of Louie and Elizabeth Kennedy Hearn. She graduated from high school in 1937. She married Charlie L. Brent of Sept. 1, 1945 and they were happily married for 55 years until his death in January 2001. Upon marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Brent moved to New Willard, where she resided for 62 years. She was known as a loving wife, wonderful Mama to her four children and wonderful Mawmaw to her nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Brent were founding members of Chesswood Baptist Church. She loved being outside and working in the garden and pasture. Her kitchen table was always full of friends and family enjoying good food, delicious desserts and a cup of coffee. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charlie L. Brent; son, Roy Allen Brent; son-in-law, Kenny Holsberry and sisters, Mary Franklin and Sarah Elizabeth Barnes. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Charlie L. and Mary Brent Jr. of Lufkin; son and fiancée, James Jackson Brent Sr. and Janis Hollie of Livingston; daughter, Martha Mae Holsberry of Conroe; daughter-in-law, Violet Brent; grandsons, Christopher Floyd Brent and wife Tina Ann, Ken Holsberry and wife Paula and James Jackson Brent Jr.; granddaughters, Rose Marie Alexander, Melanie DeeAnn Cook, Pam Messecar and husband Russell, Kathryn Ann Wick and husband Russell, Leslie Taylor Hollie and Jessica Leigh Hollie; great-granddaughters, Abigail Mae Brent, Heather DeeAnn Whisenant, Samantha Nicole Whisenant, Natalie Bobinger, Molly Messecar, Taylor Madyson Duke and Skyler Mae Wick; great-grandsons, Connor Allen Brent, Clayton Thomas Alexander, Brent Holsberry and Jonathan Holsberry; brothers, Tommy Hearn of Woodville and Clayton Hearn of Leggett and sister, Gladys Thompson of Chester. Pallbearers were Charles Edward Thompson, Larry Thompson, Louie Thompson, Willie Thompson, Don Boyett and Joe Sheets.

Bertha Nelle Walker
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Bertha Nelle Walker, 77, were held Saturday, April 19, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Frank Hood officiating. Burial followed in Bluff Creek Cemetery. Mrs. Walker died Wednesday, April 16, in Memorial Specialty Hospital in Lufkin. She was born Jan. 6, 1931 in Groveton, the daughter of Joe and Jewell Womack Payne, both of whom preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Merdolph Walker of Livingston; nieces, Loretta Black, Regilda Shadix, Kay Powell, Roxanne Bailey, Sheron Hyde, Debra Johnson and Sherry Platt; nephews, Doug James, Jack James, Larry James, Jeff McDougald, Gary Wooley, Mark Walker, Clint Walker and Mike Walker; sisters-in-law, Jerry Wooley of Livingston, Alice McDougald and Johnnie Walker of Houston; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Pat and Alex Yarsa of Livingston and brother-in-law and sister-inlaw, Joe and Barbara Walker of Livingston. Pallbearers were Jack James, Jeff McDougald, Gary Wooley, Mark Walker, Clint Walker and Mike Walker. Honorary pallbearers were Larry James, Doug James and Dave Harrell.


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