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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
Posted for May 4, 2008 - May 18, 2008
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Glenna Marie Johnson
GOODRICH — Glenna Marie Johnson, 52, died Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at her home in Goodrich. She was born November 6, 1955 in Pasadena, the daughter of Albert and Nettie (Delano) Atkinson. She is preceded in death by her father Albert Atkinson; husband P.M. Johnson; and grandson, Christopher Witten. She is survived by her mother, Nettie Atkinson of Livingston; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry Lee and Diane Murphy, Jr. of Lufkin and Philip Wayne and Julie Murphy, Sr. of Corrigan; daughter Georgia Rae Scott of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Jenniffer and Eric Linton of Corrigan; daughter-inlaw and husband Beth and Earl Hudson of Corrigan; grandchildren, Misty Lester of Livingston, Matthew Lester of Livingston, Monica Lester of Livingston, Albert Lester of Livingston, Jonathan Murphy of Corrigan, Ryan Murphy of Corrigan, Kelly Parker of Corrigan, Dylan Murphy of Corrigan, Deshanna Murphy of Corrigan, Philip Murphy, Jr. of Corrigan; great-grandson Mack Lewis of Livingston; brothers and sisters-in-law James and Delia Atkinson of Goodrich, Johnny and Donna Atkinson, Sr. of Goodrich; sister and brother-in-law, Alice & David McNiel of Livingston. Pallbearers were Joames Atkinson, Johnny Atkinson, Sr., Billy Sharder, Johnny Atkinson, Jr., Byron Atkison, David McNeil, Sr. Honorary pallbearers were Carlie Coward, Marquita Honeycut and Jerry Lee Murphy, Sr. Funeral services were held May 3, 2008 at Cochran Funeral Home Chapel-Livinston. Chaplain Troy Uselton officiated. Burial followed at the Menard Chapel Cemetery in Livingston. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Beatrice Blackman Hightower
SAN ANTONIO — Beatrice Blackman Hightower passed away on April 19, 2008 at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. She was born on January 15, 1917 in Trinity, Texas, the only child of Tom and Lena Blackman. Bea attended Sam Houston State Teachers College and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin Law School in 1940. She briefly returned to Trinity to practice law before moving to Port Arthur, Texas where she worked until becoming a full time homemaker in 1953. She was active in local PTAs and St. George’s Episcopal Church. Bea served as president of the PTA at Robert E. Lee Elementary School, Woodrow Wilson Junior High, and Thomas Jefferson High School. She was the first woman to serve on the Vestry of St. George’s and was elected Senior Warden of the Vestry in the early 1970’s. She was also active in the women’s Quinn Chapter, produced craft pieces for the annual Christmas Bazaar, and with Christine Kelly co-edited the first Parish Pantry cookbook. In 1978 she moved near Coldspring, Texas with her husband, Albert. She was active in establishing the first library in San Jacinto County, and was a volunteer worker at it for many years. She belonged to the Women’s League and was a member of the cookbook committee to raise money for the restoration of the old County Jailhouse. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 43 years, Albert Irby Hightower, and is survived by her son Irby Hightower of San Antonio, Texas, her cousins Barbara Golden and Mary Dezelle, her nephews Donald Hightower and Douglas Wheeler, and her nieces Francis Jamal and Sylvia Butler and their families. Bea always celebrated day-to-day life. She enjoyed good food, the company of close friends, reading, and a life time of learning. Funeral services were Åheld on April 22, 2008 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Coldspring and burial was at the Evergreen Community Cemetery. Donations may be made in her honor to the Coldspring Area Public Library.

Edward Emanuel Hughes Jr.
LIVINGSTON — Edward Emanuel Hughes, Jr., 85, died on Friday, May 2, 2008, at Memorial Medical Center-Livingston, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in the Farmer’s Funeral Home Chapel in Silsbee, Texas. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, Dr. Scott Moody and Dr. Don Willis will be officiating. Burial will follow in Resthaven Cemetery, Silsbee. Eddie was born on September 29, 1922, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Edward E. Hughes, Sr. and Mamie Daugherty Hughes. He graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1941. Eddie enlisted in the Army Air Corp and served his country proudly during World War II. He later went to work for Sun Pipe Line Co. in 1947 and retired in 1983, after working in the Beaumont area, West Texas, South Texas, Louisiana and Portland, Texas. Eddie and his wife Henrietta retired in Silsbee, Texas, and had moved to The Gardens in Livingston in recent years. Eddie and Henrietta McDonald Hughes were married for over 65 years and their love and commitment to each other was evident as they enjoyed all the seasons of their lives together. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Silsbee and also attended the First United Methodist Church of Livingston. Eddie gave of his time and efforts over the years to many areas of church leadership, the Lion’s Club, youth sports coach, and athletic booster clubs in each community where his family lived. He was also a lifetime Mason. Eddie loved to be on the golf course and equally enjoyed the friendships he made while playing the game. Eddie is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Janet Hughes of Buna, Texas, and daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Greg Martin of Livingston. “Grandfather” leaves his legacy to five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. His sister-in-law, Evelyn McDonald of Beaumont and brother in law, Kenneth Rayburn of Little Rock also surviving. Eddie was proceded in death by his wife, Henrietta McDonald Hughes, his parents, sister, Elizabeth Rayburn, brother in law, Ernest McDonald, brother and sister in law, Clyde and Gertie Baker and his mother and father in law, Scott and Jimmye McDonald. Edward’s grandsons and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers and his nephews as honorary.

Willis Edwin Krell
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Willis Edwin Krell, 91, were held Saturday, May 10, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Danny Bizzle officiating. Mr. Krell died Tuesday, April 29, at his residence in Livingston. He was born April 8, 1917 in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Chester and Leota Elliott Krell. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Daisy B. Krell of Rye; daughters, Dixie L. Cochrane of Rye and Linda Barnes of Kansas City, Mo.; sons, Jim Krell of Rye, Dean M. Krell of Rye and Dan Krell of Deepwater, Mo. and numerous grandchildren.

Howard George Barber Sr.
LIVINGSTON — Howard George Barber Sr., 81, of Livingston died on Wednesday, April 30, 2008. A small family gathering will be held at a later date. Mr. Barber was born April 22, 1927 in Ashtabula, Ohio to parents Harold A. Barber and Ora Mae Turner Barber. He was known as a devoted father, husband, and grandfather. Mr. Barber was a avid gardener. He was known as the “brisket and jerky man.” He loved canning peppers and donating them to his neighbors and friends. He was a woodworker, building furniture and novelties. He is preceded in death by his parents, two sons and a grandson. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Barber of Livingston; daughters, Donna Lee Faulkner and husband David, Mary Lou Barber and partner June, Venice Swigert and husband Kent, Patricia Goff and husband Randy, Lorain Daisy and husband Roger Frers, Cheri Norris and husband Steve, Renea Hopson and husband Glenn, Cynthia Mensah and husband Keith and Lisa Minnes and sons, Howard G. Barber Jr. and wife Kim and Bobby Cagle and wife Dawn. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and, last but not least, his constant companions his beloved dogs, Taz, Gidget, Misty and Bambi. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Walter Wesley Tant Sr.
LIVINGSTON — Walter Wesley Tant Sr., 62, of Onalaska died on Wednesday, April 30, 2008, in Lufkin. A private family service will be held at a later date. He was born Oct. 7, 1945 in Brooks, Ga. to parents William and Mary McNiel Tant. He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and six sisters. M r. Tant is survived by his wife of 39 years, Edna Tant of Onalaska; sons, Wesley Dewayne Tant of Onalaska and W. Wesley Tant Jr. of Onalaska; daughter, Lisa Harris of Point Blank; granddaughters, Meagan Nicole Teller, Melissa Erin Tant and Trevor Allen Tant; sisters, Geneva Myers of Onalaska, Louise Holland of Burley Idaho and Erlene Kirby of Jacksonville and brother, Jacky Tant of Moscow, Mo. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Jim Burton Hodge
ONALASKA — Graveside services for Jim Burton Hodge, 53, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, at Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Mr. Hodge died Thursday, May 1, 2008 at his home in Onalaska, Texas. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Donny & Jo Hodge of Onalaska, Texas; brothers, Tom Hodge and David Hodge both of Onalaska; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, William Hodge; his mother Rose Jones Hodge; and his brother, James Hodge. He was born March 17,1955 in Livingston, Texas the son of William and Rose (Jones) Hodge. Pallbearers will be Doyle Hodge, Ronald Hodge, Jerry Hodge, Larry Hodge, and Weldon Hodge.

Edmond “David” Johnson, Sr.
LIVINGSTON – Edmond “David” Johnson Sr., 73, died on Wednesday, April 16, 2008. He was born on Oct. 2, 1934 in Port Neches. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Edmond and Drucielle Johnson; sister, Beverly; brother, Gary and a son, Tony. Mr. Johnson served in the Marines and the Navy. His passion in life was racing and reading about history as well as cooking. He was famous for his knowledge of motor mechanics amongst family and friends, who say he had forgotten more than anyone else could learn. Survivors include his wife and best friend, Kay (Woolwine) Johnson; children, Kathy of Cutin- Shoot, Debby and her husband of Conroe, Dee and her husband of N. Little Rock, David Jr. and his wife of Humble and Jimmy and his wife of Austin; 19 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; his uncle, Alfred Johnson of Beaumont, along with a nephew and niece and numerous other relatives and friends. A graveside memorial service was held in his honor on Saturday, April 25, in Village Mills Cemetery, were he was laid to rest beside his son Tony. Officiating was the Rev. Tommy Williams. A celebration of Dave’s life was held at his home with family and friends attending. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Richard Glen Evans
Funeral services for Richard Glen Evans 37, of Lufkin will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2008, at Herrington/Land of Memory Chapel in Palestine. Burial will follow at Land of Memory Cemetery under the direction of Herrington Land of Memory Funeral Home, Palestine. Richard died Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at Memorial Medical Center in Lufkin. He was preceded in death by a brother Kevin Christopher Evans. Survivors include his father, Glen Evans and his wife Gail of Livingston; mother, Sharon McGirt of Palestine; sister, Megan Harris of Palestine; and grandparents, Posey Wathine and Ray Evans of Livingston and Louise Polk of Palestine. Pallbearers will be Andy Evans, Curtis Evans, Waylon Evans, Steven Evans, Rusty Evans, James Wilson, Nathan Smith and Jared Smith. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Herrington/ Land of Memory Funeral Home.

Donald Lee Brumlow
CLEVELAND – Donald Lee Brumlow, 57, of Coldspring died on Sunday, May 4, 2008. He was born in Houston on Nov. 9, 1950 to Louis D. and Ida May Brumlow. Graveside services were held Friday, May 9, in County Line Cemetery, Willis. Survivors include his son, Daniel Edward Brumlow; brothers and sisters, Douglas Eugene Brumlow, Nancy Carol Fuller, Russell Brumlow, Judy Almand, William Thomas Brumlow, Barbara Mitchell, Kenneth Brumlow and Phillip Brumlow and numerous other family members and a host of friends. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Milton F. Hochgraber
LIVINGSTON – Milton F. Hochgraber, 87, of Livingston died on May 3, 2008. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 10 a.m. at Blanchard Baptist Church of Livingston with Bro. Fred Alford officiating. Mr. Hochgraber was born July 2, 1921 in Dearing, North Dakota to Herman Ludvig Hochgraber and Mary Bertha Schhunees Hochgraber. He is preceeded in death by his parents, three brothers, one sister and first wife, Lavonia Jones. He is survived by his loving wife Francelle, daughters, Sandra and husband Don Gaskins, son Roger and wife Pat Hochgraber. Milton was a four-year member of the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II where he trained for the invasion of Japan. He worked 10 years for Brown and Root and 20 years for Union Carbide. Milton was an active church member throughout his life, serving as a deacon for over 20 years. He, alongside his wife, traveled over most of the states in an RV.

Sandra G. Payne Songy
LIVINGSTON – Sandra G. Payne Songy, 49, died on Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at her residence after a three-year battle with cancer. She had lived the last 10 years in Shepherd, moving there from the Houston/Baytown area. She is survived by her mother, Joye Severs Sheffield and stepfather, Richard Sheffield; two sisters, Pamela Ramos of Shepherd and Patty Nunley of Trinity and stepbrothers, Ronnie Sheffield of Clear Lake and John Sheffield of Louisiana. A memorial service was held Saturday, May 10, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel, Livingston.

Leroy E. McLean
LIVINGSTON – Leroy E. McLean, born Feb. 23, 1930 in Houston, died on May 6, 2008. He is preceded in death by both parents, Ira and Ethel McLean. He is survived by two daughters, Terry Adams and husband Craig of Trinity and Pam Isenhower and husband Craig of Humble; grandchildren, Sabrina Adams Knight and husband Guy of Humble, Julie Adams of Bryan, Brooke Williamson of Humble, Brittany Isenhower of Humble and great-grandson, Dylan Knight. Mr. McLean served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea. During his lifetime, he was a master carpenter and enjoyed flying. He was a Harley motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed riding for many years. He founded Jetronics, Inc., a radio electronics company at Hobby Airport. After many years he moved to Beacon Bay on Lake Livingston, where he enjoyed the simple life in East Texas on the water. He later retired from the Texas Department of Corrections, Eastham Unit. He fought a long battle with various cancers over the past 14 years while enjoying family and singing karaoke with many friends. The family will celebrate Leroy’s life in a private ceremony according to his wishes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in his name.

Ann Keith
LIVINGSTON – Ann Keith, 69, of Houston died on Thursday, May 8, 2008, in Houston. Graveside services were held Saturday, May 10, 2008, in Midway Cemetery in Midway. A full obituary will appear in Thursday paper. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Brenda Fears Pursley
SHREVEPORT, LA. – A funeral mass will be said for Brenda Fears Pursley, 84, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shreveport, La. at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 12, 2008. A vigil will be held at Rose-Neath Southside Chapel in Shreveport at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 11, with visitation before the vigil from 1-3 p.m. Mrs. Pursley was born on Jan. 19, 1924 in Shreveport to Francis Leroy and Lucille Sauce Fears. She died on May 7, 2008 in Bossier City, La. Mrs. Pursley was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 54 years, William Claire Pursley. She is survived by her son, Steven L. Pursley and his wife Sylvia of Shreveport, La.; daughter, Gina Pursley of Livingston; her babies, grandchildren, Shauna Pursley Daugherty and husband Dennis of Bossier City, La and Stephanie Leigha Pursley of Hollister, Calif. and great-grandchildren, Steven, Matthew and Ericka Daugherty of Bossier City, La. Also surviving her is her brother, Clois D. Fears and wife Anna of Murrysville, Pa., their children, Jane Fears Viti and husband Craig, John Fears and William Fears and great-nephew, Jack Viti.

Rayburn C. Clarke
LIVINGSTON – Rayburn C. Clark was born on Nov. 7, 1941 and died on April 29, 2008. Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Connie; three sisters, Alyene, Kay and Darlene; three brothers, Larry, Maxie and Gerald; two sons, Tim and Gene; two nieces whom he thought of as daughters, Bonnie Kay and Betty Sue; two nephews, Billy and Troy and four grandchildren, Kenneth Lee, Russell Allen, Bryan and Erin. Ray served in the Navy for six years and was stationed on the Ranger Aircraft Carrier for two years. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Clay Lawrence
LIVINGSTON – Clay Lawrence Sr. 69 of Livingston passed away Wednesday May 7, 2008 in Lufkin with his loving family by his side. Funeral services will be held Saturday May 10, 2008 at 10:00AM in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Frank Hood and Bro. Harold Isaacs officiating. Burial will follow in the Bold Springs Cemetery. Clay was born February 6, 1939 in Livingston, to parents V.R. and Pearl Pierce Lawrence. He married his wife Marsha Jean Gage on January 28, 1975 also here in Livingston. He is survived by his loving wife Marsha Lawrence of Livingston, sons Pete Lawrence and wife Tabitha of Weatherford,Tx, Tommy Frank Lawrence and wife Sheryl of Big Sandy, Tx, Robin Wood Lawrence and wife Rhonda of Livingston, daughter Tammy McQueen and husband Frankie of Livingston, nephew son Mike Crim and wife Juanita of Goodrich, Tx,and his grandchildren Aleisha Buller and husband Lance, Randy Delafuente, Douglas Lawrence, Morgan Lawrence, Remington Lawrence, Cody Lawrence, Darah Lawrence, Brandon Wood, Jesse Crim, Mike Crim, great grandchildren Kaleb Buller and Kain Buller. He is also survived by his special niece and nephew Rich and Wendy Timm and his special friends James and Lori Campbell Welch, Terry and Linda Jenkins, and Little Faye. The family would like to especially thank Corky Cochran, Josh Mohler and Brad Williams for their help. Serving as pallbearers will be Randy Delafuente, Dude Crim, Jesse Crim, Douglas Lawrence, Brandon Wood, Dustin David, Jared Rice, Don Eric Marsh. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Jenkins, Luke Carr, Bill Gage Jr., Cooter Dillion, Rich Timm, Little Frank O’neil, Don Gage, David Peck, Dean Tomlison, Roger Gage, Mike Crim, Greg Ogletree, Bubba Snook, Rusty Green, David Chalker. Cochran Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements. Please sign the online guest book at www. cochranfh.com.

Jonie Taylor
LIVINGSTON – Jonie Taylor, 51, of Livingston died on Friday, May 9, 2008, in Lufkin. Services are pending at Cochran Funeral Home. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Larry Sampson
LIVINGSTON – Larry Sampson, 71, of Livingston died on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. Services are pending at Cochran Funeral Home. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.


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