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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
April 2010
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Stanley Walter Arasim
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Stanley Walter Arasim, 86, of Trinity will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 22, 2010, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment will follow in Houston National Cemetery in Houston. He was born July 29, 1923, in New York City, N.Y., the son of Stanley and Marcianna Mrozicka Arasim, and died April 13, 2010 in Lufkin. He is survived by his children, Gene Allen Arasim, Gail Agnes Arasim, Gilmer Michael Arasim and Patrick William Arasim; friends and staff of Avalon Place in Trinity and friends and staff of Trinity Mission in Diboll. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Thomas ‘Dickey’ Phillips
LIVINGSTON — Thomas “Dickey” Phillips, 67, of Livingston died Sunday, April 18, 2010. Graveside services were held Wednesday, April 21, in Peebles Cemetery, with Bro. Johnny Fox, Bryan Lyons and Bro. Frank Hood officiating. He was born March 20, 1943 in Livingston, the son of Nolan Phillips and Hortense Martin Phillips. He married Pat Phillips on Sept. 3, 2001. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wives, Martha Phillips and Melinda Phillips and daughter Julie Tanner Smith. Dickey is survived by his wife, Pat Phillips of Livingston; son, Thomas A. Phillips and wife Liz of Goodrich; daughters, Tammy Wihelm and husband Guy of Livingston and Angie Everitt and husband Ted of Livingston; son, Brian Gibbons and wife Michelle of Orange Beach, Ala.; grandchildren, Madison Phillips, Amy Phillips, Josh Phillips, Arlen Phillips and wife Stephanie, Jordan Polk, Cole Smith, Adam Gibbons and Jake Gibbons; great-grandsons, Brayden and Brody and his special sister-inlaw and brother-in-law, Barbara and Johnny Fox of Deatsville. Pallbearers were Tim Wimberly, Bubba Clifton, Ron Duff, Clint Warren, William Jerry, Leroy Banks, Frank Shipley and Guy Wilhelm. Honorary pallbearers were James Moore, Putney Moore, Arnold Oliver, Joe Smith, Bobby Waldrep, Sonny Shankles, Freddie Bauer, Roy Sanders, Ted Everitt, Brian Gibbons and Emery Lowe. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Jeanette Richter
LIVINGSTON – Jeanette Lorraine Richter died on April 20, 2010 in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston. Jeanette was born on Nov. 9, 1926, in Chicopee, Mass., to Joseph Gilbert Dussault and Marie Anna Dussault. She was one of seven children. She married James W. Richter on Nov. 29, 1948. They were happily married for almost 60 years. Survivors include her four children, Patricia Ann Richter- Lyncker, James Daniel Richter, William Gilbert Richter and Bonnie Lee Richter-Carly; 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, as well as many friends. “Lorraine,” as she was known to many in the community, was admired for the time she spent in service to her God-Jehovah. She spent many hours teaching people of the wonderful promises God has in store for those who love Him. One of her favorite scriptures was Revelations 21:3,4, where we are promised a time when there will be no more pain or death. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 160 Pinckard Road, Livingston, with Bro. Randy Maze officiating. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral. com.

William ‘Bill’ Emerson
ONALASKA — William “Bill” Emerson, 83, died Sunday, April 18, 2010, at his residence in Kingsland. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 21, in the Cochran Funeral Home Onalaska Chapel, with Bro. Dennis Underwood officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery. He was born March 19, 1927 in Hartsburg, the son of Robert Alfred Emerson Sr. and Gertrude Brown Emerson. He proudly served his country during WWII in the United States Navy. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Pearl Ruth Emerson; son, George Emerson; brother, Kenneth Emerson and sisters, Marie and Dolly Ruth. He is survived by his son, James Emerson and wife Wanda of Durant, Okla.; daughter, Belinda Gibson of Kingsland; daughter-inlaw, Linda Emerson of Onalaska; brothers, Bob Emerson of Livingston and Jimmy Emerson and wife Anita of Cooper; 12 grandchildren; numerous greatgrandchildren and a host of other relatives and close friends. Pallbearers were Bobby Lee Kelley, Christopher Lee Kelley, Joe Daryl Emerson, Danny Ecke, Ryne Gibson and Emmanuel Biaz. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

James Donald Crawford
LIVINGSTON — James Donald Crawford, 78, of Augusta, Ga., died Monday, April 12, 2010. Graveside services were held Saturday, April 17, in Restland Memorial Park, with Bro. Frank Hood officiating. He was born Jan. 12, 1932 in Ollie, the son of Jessie Obern Crawford and Rhoda Caroline McDonald Crawford. He graduated from Goodrich High school, but had lived in Augusta, Ga. for the past 30 years. He proudly served his country in the Korean War, serving in the United States Army. James pastored several churches in this area, including Waskom Baptist Church, Romayor Baptist Church, and Chita Baptist Church. He was also instrumental in getting the Piney Woods Baptist Encampment started. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Tommie Sue Wilson Crawford; son, James Donald Crawford; sister, Elnora Tucker; brother-in-law, Bill Tucker and brother, Jessie Orville Crawford. James is survived by his son, Joe Dan Crawford and wife Susan of Center Grove; grandchildren, Dan and Amanda Crawford of Center Grove; sister, Gwendolyn Gokey and husband Curtis of Livingston and brother, Dalton Crawford. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Roy Keith David
LIVINGSTON — Roy Keith David, 69, of Livingston died Sunday, April 18, 2010, in Houston. A memorial graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in Forest Hill Cemetery, with Bro. Barry Jeffries officiating. He was born July 30, 1940, in Livingston, the son of Bryan David and Alma Elizabeth Callahan David. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Bill David. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne David of Livingston; sons, Capt. Gerral David and wife Anne of Whidbey Island, Wash., Col. Neal David and wife Vickie of Steilacoom, Wash., Kevin David and wife Cheralon of Livingston and Stan David and wife Devon of Livingston; grandchildren, Zac David, Kate David, Nick David, Beth David, Josh David and Dielon David; his sisters, Alma John Perkin and husband Dennis of Livingston and Diane Lowe and husband Ray of Livingston and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Central Baptist Building Fund. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Mary Frances ‘Fran’ Knight
HOUSTON — Mary Frances “Fran” Knight was born on Sunday, Sept. 1, 1940 in Heights Hospital, Heights, Texas. She was known as a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Fran was born to Curtis Seale Knight and Affie Mae Clark Knight of Houston. She was a member of Faith Assembly of God Church in Houston. She is survived by her daughters, Trish Frances Howard and husband James Alan Howard of Goodrich and Alice Suzann McCants and husband Ronald Eugene McCants of Tomball; brother, Louis “Bubba” Seale Knight and wife Debra of Adrian, Mo.; sister, Virginia Mae Bryan of Houston and many other family, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. As a young adult she enjoyed working at the soda shop. She loved music. She played cello and was first chair in high school. She was a single parent who spent over 17 years working at Safeway Warehouse to support her two daughters. She was also a meat wrapper at Win Worn Minimax. She had many illnesses the last few years of her life, but no matter what life would bring, she never complained, saying everything would be “all right”. Wherever she went she proclaimed the Gospel and made many friends. She was known as someone with a kind heart, who always made sure that everyone always had everything they needed and then some. She was always giving to others and was known as a warm and engaging person. The celebration of her life was held Monday, April 19, at Faith Assembly of God Church, 7755 Fairbanks North Houston, Houston, TX 77040. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 20, at same location. Interment followed in Woodlawn Garden of Memories Cemetery in Houston. Memorial contributions may be made to “People In Need Fund” at her church listed above.

Nathalia Medina
LIVINGSTON — Baby girl Nathalia Medina became a angel on Monday April 19. Funeral services were held in her honor at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, at 10 a.m. in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Mike Marion officiating. Burial followed in the Bold Springs Cemetery. She is survived by her parents, Miguel and Christina Medina of Livingston; brothers, Jose, Francisco, Miguel, Fernando, and Omar Medina all of Livingston, and grandparents, Jose and Bertha Medina of Livingston and John and Alma Flores of Livingston. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements. Please sign the online guest book at www. cochranfh.com

Walter Edward Bouray
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Walter Edward Bouray, 90, of Livingston will be held 11 a.m. Friday April 23, 2010 at First Baptist Church Onalaska with Rev. Don Wilkey officiating. Burial will follow in the Rest Haven Cemetery in Houston. Visitation will be held from 8 a.m. until service time the day of service. A full obituary will be in the Sunday paper. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Please sign the online guest book at www.cochranfh.com

Donald Eugene LaPlant
TRINITY — Donald Eugene LaPlant, 56, of Trinity passed away Monday April 19, 2010 at his residence. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 22, in Brookside Cemetery in Houston with Connye Roberson officiating. Donald was born March 25, 1954, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to parents William Gordon LaPlant and Kathleen Wilson LaPlant. He worked for many years as a master mechanic. He is preceded in death by his wife, Carol LaPlant; sister, Wanda Owen; niece, Christina Danielson, and stepfather, Bruce Taylor. He is survived by his son, Chris LaPlant of College Station; mother, Kathleen Taylor of Trinity; sisters, Judy Rigler of Borger and Carrie Bowman of Cypress; and grandchildren, Heather LaPlant of Borger, Ashlei LaPlant of Montgomery, Sydnee McGee of College Station, Brandon LaPlant of College Station. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Chad Owen, Stacey Williams, Eric Shepherd, Corey Bowman- Stavinoha, Bailey Klentzman, Herby Kidd, Carley Bowman, Hayley Owen, Brianna Ward, Jude Shepherd, Elisa Bowman- Stavinoha, Riley Walden, and Hannah Walden. Serving as pallbearers will be Chad Owen, Eric Shepherd, Corey Stavinoha-Bowman, Herby Kidd, Mark Klentzman, and Reggie Williams. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Please sign the online guest book at www. cochanfh.com

Clinton Lonnie Johnson
CORRIGAN — Funeral services for Clinton Lonnie Johnson, 75, of Moscow were held Saturday, April 17, 2010, in Providence No. 1 Baptist Church in Leggett, with the Rev. Ronnie Coleman officiating. Interment followed in Shiloh Cemetery in Moscow. He was born on Dec. 17, 1934, to Odessa Blue Davis and Slim Johnson, both of whom preceded him in death, along with a brother, John Allen Jackson. He was born and raised in Moscow. He later joined the United States Navy, where he spent 20 years serving his country. He died on Thursday, April 15, 2010. Survivors include his wife, Dora Ann Johnson; five daughters, Roslyn, Karen, Allison, Tawanna and LaShonna; two sons, De’Andre’ and Gregory; seven grandsons, Vernon, Fre’Derek, Derrick, Eddie, Kevin, Jason and Zevonte; three granddaughters, Jasmine, Destiny and Clarrissa; special niece, Sabrina Minefee and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Pallbearers were J.C. Phillips, Patrick Phillips, Omar Phillips, John Marshall, Reginald Banks, Patrick Smith, Cedrick Knighton, Todd Brooks and Bryant Brooks. Honorary pallbearers were Cedrick Brooks, J.T. Barlow, Dennis Wyatt, Wallace Jackson, “Rock”, Don Botley, John Henry Barlow, James Blue, Chris Botley and Kenneth Blue Taylor. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Billy Eugene Fulton
ONALASKA — Funeral services for Billy Eugene Fulton, 57, of Humble were held Sunday, April 18, 2010, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska, with the Rev. David Emmons officiating. Interment followed in Carlisle Cemetery in Onalaska. Pallbearers were Bill Smith, Richard Sanmiguel, Rusty Rankin, Doyal Campbell, Junior Gonzales and Rick Davis. Honorary pallbearers were Rudy Zaharias and Jeremy Clevenger. He was born Dec. 25, 1952 in Louise, Miss., the son of Harrison and Willie Maud Daniels Fulton, and died April 15, 2010 in Houston. He was preceded in death by his wife of 20 years, Bobbie Sue Clevenger. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Sonny (Dewayne) Fulton and sisters, Peggy Jo Green and Mary Ann Fulton. He is survived by Elisa Fulton, daughter, of Jackson, Miss.; Steven Fulton, son, of Yazoo City, Miss.; Josh and Erika Clevenger, son and daughter-in-law, of Humble; Tish and Devon Kellebrew, daughter and son-in-law, of Dayton; Jeremy Clevenger, son, of Humble; Keith Rosenbalm, son, of LaPorte; Dwight and Billy Blakley, sister and brother-in-law, of Greenwood, Miss.; Rudolph and Pat Fulton, brother and sister-in-law, of League City; Don and Francis Fulton, brother and sister-in-law, of Louise, Miss.; Robert Fulton, brother, of Yazoo City, Miss. and 11 grandchildren. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Ila Pauline Walters Hornberger
CLEVELAND — Ila Pauline Walters Hornberger, 85, of Splendora died Wednesday, April 14, 2010. She was born in Goodrich on Oct. 2, 1924, to George T. and Maude Walters, both of whom preceded her in death, along with six brothers and one sister. Survivors include her husband, Wilbur A. Hornberger; son, Fred D. and wife Jana Hornberger; daughter, Lynda M. and husband Kenneth Biggs; granddaughters, Steffanie and husband Barry Bond, Patrice and husband Eric Carhart, Kyndra “Beth” and husband Joseph Watson and Kara and husband Ian Martin; greatgrandsons, Austin Bond, Taylor Bond, Patrick Goodwin and Bailey Carhart; great-granddaughters, Cody Goodwin, Briana Martin, Angela Watson and Lyndy Martin; sister, Lavina Ray; numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving and caring family members and treasured friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 17, in the Pace- Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland. Graveside services were held Saturday, April 17, at Peebles Cemetery, Goodrich.

Carol Lee Matney
ONALASKA — Carol Lee Matney, 67, of Onalaska died Saturday, April 10, 2010, in Lufkin. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 16, in Garden Park Cemetery in Conroe. Carol was born Oct. 10, 1942 in Peoria, Ill., the daughter of Darrell Anderson and Wanda June Vermillion Anderson. She was an avid bunko player with her friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Edward James Daehlin and son, Billy Raymond Cook Jr. Survivors include her companion, Michael Matney of Onalaska; daughters, Toni Helton of Lake Jackson, Shirley Grezjka of Onalaska and Michelle Rene Akens; son, John Eric Cook of Casar Grande, Ark.; brothers, Rusty Cook of Austin, Jim Bartman of Texoma, David Cook of Willis and Marshall Cook of Houston; sister, Joyce Highsaw of Cut N Shoot; her grandchildren Alexis, Amanda, Barbara, Joshua, Jacob, Brenda, Stormi, Kacie, Jay, Austin and Savannah and 13 greatgrandchildren. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochanfh.com.

Kathy Parrish
ONALASKA — Kathy Parrish, 70, of Trinity died Friday, April 9, 2010, at her residence. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 14, in the Cochran Funeral Home Onalaska Chapel, with Chaplain Ray Hyden officiating. Burial followed in Carlisle Cemetery. She was born Dec. 16, 1939 in Houston, the daughter of Steve Lewis Batts Sr. and Francis Pugh Batts. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 0136 in Carlisle, Relay for Life, Juvenile Diabetes Association and numerous other organizations around the area. Kathy also worked for many years at Wal- Mart as the OTC manager and recently celebrated her 20-year anniversary. She is survived by her children, Tommy Parrish and Melynda Roberts of Trinity, Donna Lynn Whitmire and Paul Barrett of Trinity, Joyce Griffith of Eaton, Ohio, Spencer Parrish Jr. and wife Robin of Trinity, Julie Abshier and husband Frank of Conroe and Mary Baack and husband Chris of Splendora; grandchildren, Sharee Parrish, Airman Cody Whitmire, Brooke Whitmire, Cory Whitmire, Crystal Rother and husband Dusty, Paul Leffler, Daniel Parrish and wife Alisha, Brandon Parrish and wife Mica, Ashley Parrish, James Allen and wife Shelly, Amanda Arant, William Barnett, Jason Reardon and wife Mandy, Penny Rogers and husband Johnny, Beau Conn, La Nea Jones and husband Bobby, Bambi Harlin, Shelly Wright, Melissa Johnson and husband Wade and Jeffery Baack and great-grandchildren, McKenzie, Krislynn, Gage, Chance, Tucker, Kaytyln, Bailey, Brenna, Chelsie, Chase, Abbigail, Mason, Jantzen, Austin, Abby, Cameron, Carleigh, Conner, Cheyanne, Bryan, Blake, Madison, Kelsey, Madison, Kylie, Kaydance, and one on the way. She is also survived by her siblings Francis Moody of Leslie, Ark., Patsy Starr of Pinehurst, Edna Rodrigues of Dallas, Steve Lewis Batts Jr. of Edna, Kan. and Dale Batts of Olney and stepmother, Vera Bates of Olney. Pallbearers were Jason Reardon, Beau Conn, Jeffrey Baack, Cory Whitmire, Sharee Parrish, Brooke Whitmire and Brandon Parrish. Honorary pallbearer was Airman Cody Whitmire. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestboo

Ricky Edwards
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Ricky Edwards 26, of Bryan, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home with Berry Duke officiating and interment following in the Magnolia Hill Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers will be Zachary Barnard, Jere Warren, Lee Garrison, Josh St. Martin, Travis Byrd, Kabe Murphy, Rickey Davis, and Travis Calvet. Ricky was born Nov. 15, 1983, in Galveston, the son of Brent and Melissa Barnard and Richard and Angie Edwards. He passed away April 11, 2010. He is survived by his parents, Melissa and Brent Barnard of Livingston and Richard and Angie Edwards of Livingston; sister, Tiffany Edwards of College Station; brother, Richard Edwards Jr. of Huntsville, sister and brother-in-law, Chelsea and Kabe Murphy of Livingston; brother, Zachary Barnard of Livingston; sister, Brooke Edwards of Livingston; sister, Alexis Edwards of Livingston; grandparents, Raymond and Ida Barrett of Livingston; grandparents, Harry and Jean Plank of Livingston; grandparents, Bob and Earlene Edwards of Livingston; grandparents, Jess and Sue Barnard of Tierra Verde, Fla. and girlfriend, Kelli Wilkerson, of Bryan. Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and extended family also survive.

James Ray McBroom
LIVINGSTON — James Ray McBroom, 73, of Goodrich died April 9, 2010 in Lufkin with his loving wife at his side. Visitation was held for family and friends Sunday, April 11, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. James was born Jan. 31, 1937 in Ripley, Tenn., the son of James Elmer McBroom and Mamie Spray McBroom. He is preceded in death by his parents and sons, Danny Joe McBroom and James Elmer McBroom. James proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He is survived by his wife, Geneva McBroom of Goodrich; daughter, Dempsey McCain and husband Jeff; daughterin- law, Ida McBroom; sisters, Mary Katherine McBroom, Agnes McKelvey and Regina Branning; brothers, Donald Gene McBroom and Frank McBroom; grandchildren, Dana Marie McCain, Nicole McCain, James Ray McBroom II and his great-grandchild, Mattie McBroom. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.cochranfh.com.

Lenvel Lee Mosley
ONALASKA — Lenvel Lee Mosley, 77, of Onalaska died peacefully at his residence with his family at his side after a courageous battle with cancer on April 12, 2010. He was born on Nov. 21, 1932 in Chireno, to Bob and Amanda Mosley. Lenvel was self-educated and known as absolutely the best vegetable farmer in Polk County. He would work endless hours to maintain thousands of crops for the harvest. In Houston, he was employed for Brown & Root Corporation, where he traveled and worked as a fabricator and pipe fitter; he retired in 1977. He worked for Champion Lumber Company and was a logger. He loved to go to the casinos and later he was given the secret of mastering garage sales and he and his wife loved going when they could. He is preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Billy L. Tooke; eight sisters and three brothers. He married the love of his life, Velma Elaine Mosley, in June of 1952 and she devoted 58 years of love and care to him. Their children are: Robert Mosley and wife Nancy, Danny L. Mosley and wife Debbie, Pam Johnson and husband Glynn and Steve Mosley. Six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, four greatgrandchildren three step-greatgrandchildren also survive. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 15, at Cochran Funeral Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Dennis Hodge officiating. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery. Pallbearers include Garry Bentley, Allen Weeks, Freddy Weeks, Jerry Milton Jr. and Ed Lasater. Honorary pallbearers and Terry Bentley and Robert Beasley. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joyce Ann Garza
LIVINGSTON — Joyce Ann Garza, 65, of Livingston died Sunday, April 11, 2010 in Houston. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 13, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with her husband, the Rev. Eliodoro Garza Jr., officiating. Burial followed in the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation Cemetery. Joyce was born Feb. 3, 1945 in Livingston. She loved the Lord, and having a church with her husband. She is preceded in death by her mother, Savanna Johnson; sister, Judy Navarro; brother, Frank Trevino and sister, Glenda Trevino. Joyce is survived by her husband, Eliodoro Garza Jr.; son, Guadalupe Lucio; daughter, Evangaline Lucio Sanchez and husband Frank; son, Vincent Lucio and wife Regina; grandchildren, Daniella Hope Lucio, Melissa Isabella Lucio, John Vincent Lucio, Alexandra Marie Lucio, Selina Ann Lucio, Valerie Sanchez, Steffanie Sanchez, Vanessa Sanchez, Frank Sanchez III, Justin Lucio, Toni Lucio, Kasi Lucio and Vincent Blair Lucio; her sister, Rosa Barajas and husband Jesus; brother, Daniel Trevino Jr. and godchildren, Larry and Tiffani Manzano. Pallbearers were Davie Johnson, Kendall Williams, Blair Lucio, Justin Lucio, Colbert Williams, Marvin Johnson, Guy Kowena and Jackson Langley. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Mildred Lorene Robinson
LIVINGSTON — Mildred Lorene Robinson, 79, died Monday, April 12, 2010, after a long illness. She was born Feb. 12 1931 in Box Church, Texas, to Elzie and Ione Kilpatric, both of whom preceded her in death. She is survived by her beloved husband of 64 years, Staten Austin Robinson. Survivors include her daughter, Marilyn Sue Gonzales and her partner, John Dean; two grandsons, Thomas Gonzales Jr. and Johnny Gonzales and their families, all of Livingston; one sister and four brothers, Louise Glos of Houston, Walter Hand of Houston, Don Kilpatric of Bakersfield, Calif., Carl Hand of Richmond and Don Hand of Corpus Christi and many nieces and nephews. She was blessed with 11 great-grandchildren and one great- great-grandson. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at Pace Funeral Home in Livingston, with Pastor Irvin Mott officiating. Pallbearers will be Thomas Gonzales Jr., Troy Lee Robinson, Sean David Lambert, Jason Hand, Brian Lee Higginbotham and Brett Robinson. Honorary pallbearers will be John Dean, Walter Hand and Kenneth Heathcock. Burial will follow at Big Sandy Cemetery. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Florida Faye Gay
LIVINGSTON — Florida Faye Gay, 89, of Livingston died April 3, 2010. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, April 17, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Frank Hood officiating. She was born March 27, 1921 in Leggett, the daughter of Clifton C. Taylor and Zella Taylor. She worked for many years as a sitter for home health care. She is preceded in death by her parents; four sons, and one infant daughter; first husband, Douglas Christoph Sr. and her second husband, Woodrow Gay. Florida is survived by her three grandchildren, 21 greatgrandchildren, and 11 great-greatgrandchildren. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Audrey Barfield
LIVINGSTON — Audrey E. Barfield, 77, was born in Houston on March 4, 1933 and died Saturday, April 10, 2010. She is survived by her sons, Hulon “Buddy” Barfield and wife Doris of Baytown and Jeff W. Barfield and wife Debbie of Coldspring; granddaughters, Stephanie Locke of Baytown, Rachel Arnold of Baytown, Christy Purkerson of Cleveland and Melanie Roberts of Coldspring; great-grandchildren, Cortney Locke, Magen Locke, Hunter Roberts, Layne Purkerson, Aiden Roberts and Jarrett Purkerson and sister, Ruth Comer. Mrs. Barfield is preceded in death by her parents, C.H. and Alma Ruth Yarbrough and son, Darell Barfield. A celebration of her life was held Wednesday, April 14, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Orval Barger officiating. To sign the guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral. com.

Doreen Honeycutt
LIVINGSTON — Doreen Honeycutt, 83, died Sunday, April 11, 2010. Born to Sam and Nevada Stokes Jenkins on Dec. 26, 1926, Doreen was known as a loving mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother. She was born and raised in the East Tempe community and lived there her entire life. She married John L. Walding on July 6, 1945 and to that union four boys and one girl -- David, Lester, Chester, Suzanne and Tommy Joe – were born. Doreen was an active citizen during her time on earth. In her early years, she established the East Tempe 4H club and the home demonstration club. She began the “adopt-a–road” program in the 1960s and early 70s. The 4H club under her leadership picked up trash and posted signs saying, “Keep our community clean.” Her goal was for every member of the 4H club to learn to swim and to provide learning activities on a monthly basis. She drove the school van to pick up youngsters living in the river bottom which is now Lake Livingston. She worked at Brock Meat Company and later at Beacon Bay Marina. She was also a columnist for the Polk County Enterprise. She was a member of the Eastern Star Livingston Chapter 1139, the Optimist Club, Toastmasters and the Chit Chat Club. She enjoyed many hobbies such as fishing, hunting, painting, gardening, sewing, quilting, raising birds, playing 42 and talking. She took pride in having a beautiful yard full of flowers, and her flowers graced many church altars. She also loved music and dancing. Most of all she loved Beacon Bay Baptist Church, and she led many souls to God through her ministry as a child of God. She told her children that if you went to church on Sunday morning, you would catch more fish Sunday afternoon. Doreen was preceded in death by her first husband and father of her children, John L. Walding, and her second husband, J.C. Honeycutt. She is survived by her children, David and Joyce Walding of Soda, Lester and Anette Walding of Livingston, Chester and Debbie Walding of Riverdale, Ga., Don and Suzanne Kessler of Burton and Tommy and Linda Walding of Moscow; 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and two on the way. She is also survived by her sister, Earldeen (Pet) Moore of Segno and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 14, at Beacon Bay Baptist Church, with Bro. Harold Isaacs and the Rev. Frank Aragon officiating. Pallbearers were her grandsons and honorary pallbearers were Jerry Bowen, Pete Madison, Bubba Clifton, Pete Nelson and Don Maxwell. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

William G. "Deacon Bill" Rudolph
LIVINGSTON -- William G. “Deacon Bill” Rudolph, 84, of Shepherd died Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 5, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cleveland, with Bishop Curtis J. Guillory, Father Eric Groner and Father Paul Kahan officiating. Assisting will be Deacon David Mueller and Deacon Larry Terrell. Burial will follow in Farley Chapel Cemetery. Rosary will also be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 4. Bill was born Feb. 19, 1926 in Richmond Hill, N.Y. He was a yeoman third class Navy veteran of World War II. He served from 1944 through 1946 and was a D-Day survivor. He resided in Bellaire, Texas from 1953 to 1978 and then resided in the Shepherd area until his death. He retired from the Harris County Tax Department in 1991. He was a member of the VFW and a member of Auxiliary Shepherd Volunteer Fire Department. He is a 50-plus year member of the Knights of Columbus Council 803 in Houston and Council 10405 in Cleveland. He was ordained to the Permanent Deaconate June 8, 1975 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Houston. He served as a deacon at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Bellaire for five years, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Livingston for 15 years and at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cleveland for 15 years. Deacon Bill touched many people by serving people of all faiths and was known as a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mickey Rudolph of Shepherd; sons, Dr. Raymond Rudolph and wife Barbara of Thunderbolt, Ga., William J. Rudolph and wife Cheryl of Shepherd and Ronald M. Rudolph and wife Cindy of Richmond; daughters, Adrian Cennamo and husband Danny of Shepherd and Berni Davis and husband Daren of Granbury; 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Joseph Rudolph and wife Pat of Oceanside, N.Y. and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his grandson, Jeffrey Meekins; brother, John Rudolph and sisters, Sister Margaret Rudolph and Veronica Pasini. Pallbearers will be Raymond Rudolph, Ronald Rudolph, Danny Cennamo, Daren Davis, Charles Green, Ray Jones and Patrick Casaras. Memorials may be made to Shepherd Volunteer Fire Department, Catholic Charities, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cleveland Building Fund; Shepherd Library Fund in Shepherd, Blue Bird Circle Clinic, Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, The Joe W. Elliott House in Lufkin or the charity of your choice. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Linda Nickette Vanya DeLauro
LUFKIN -- Funeral services for Linda Nickette Vanya De- Lauro, 65, of Lufkin were held Friday, April 2, 2010, in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Jeff Robinson officiating. Interment followed in the Whitehouse Cemetery. Mrs. DeLauro was born July 24, 1944 in Lufkin, to the late Genevieve (Cummings) and Loye Kennerly, and died Tuesday, March 30, 2010, in a local hospital. She resided in Lufkin most of her life. Mrs. DeLauro dedicated her life to her husband and family. She was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include her husband, Al DeLauro of Lufkin; children, Teresa Hendrix and husband Nathan of Big Sandy, Tina Williamson of Diboll, John Vanya Jr., David Vanya Sr., both of Livingston and Dana Vanya of Lufkin; 10 grandchildren; eight greatgrandchildren; stepchildren, Lorraine Lodigiani and husband Mario of Fairview, Elizabeth Paulesson and husband Jim of Garland, Andrew De- Lauro and wife Kimberly of Clear Lake, and Daniel DeLauro and wife Sarah of Allen; 11 step-grandchildren; brothers, William “Bubba” Kennerly of Tyler and Mike Kennerly and wife Leslie of Lufkin; sister, Suzanne Clary of Lufkin; special uncle and aunt, Dr. J.D. and Edith Parkman of Livingston; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives. In addition to her parents, Mrs. DeLauro was preceded in death by her grandmother who raised her, Alta Cummings. Pallbearers were her grandsons: David Vanya, Jr., Ryan Bartosh, Jerry Williamson, Michael Williamson, Billy Hendrix and Nathan DeLynn Hendrix. Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome. com. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, was in charge of arrangements.

Donald Richard Murphy
LIVINGSTON — A Mass of Christian Burial for Donald Richard Murphy will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Clifton Labbe officiating. Burial will be in the Gardens of Memories Memorial Park in Lufkin. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday with the Rosary beginning at 7 p.m. at Pace Funeral Home with Deacon Vitla officiating. Murphy was born June 4, 1938 and passed away at home Thursday, at the age of 71. He is survived by his son, Donald Murphy, Jr. and wife Ada of Pasadena; daughter, Yvette Karen Byrum and husband Jackie of Livingston; grandchildren, Annette Karen Byrum, Yaimy Calderon, Luis Espinosa, Kevyn Espinosa, Ambar Espinosa; greatgrandchild, Rangel Scott Calderon; mother, Lela Palmer of Wash.; brother, David Palmer of Wash.; sisters, Amanda Palmer of Calif., Debbie Koger of Nev.; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of special friends. To sign the guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com

Robert Harold Koenig
LIVINGSTON — Robert Harold Koenig died Sunday morning, March 21, 2010, at the age of 73. Bob was born at home in Elgin, Texas to Lillie Mae and John Delbert Koenig on Nov. 5, 1936. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lillie Mae Gunn Koenig. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Ruth Sedwick Koenig, and three children, Shirley LaNell Koenig- Wilson, Russell Wayne Koenig, and Lara Ann Koenig-Laird. Bob and Shirley were married for 53 years. He is also survived by his father, John Delbert Koenig; sisters, Doris Green and Barbara Thomas; 14 grandchildren and numerous greatgrandchildren. Bob had many interests and loves in his life from woodworking, supporting mission trips, and being with his family. He was a member of the National Guard and was honorably discharged after 14 years of service. He also worked as a journeyman electrician and supervisor on the Houston Ship Channel. The Koenigs moved to Livingston in 1975 and made it their home. Bob was a member of the Livingston Church of Christ; he loved the Lord Jesus Christ and, according to family, was ready to go home. A celebration of Bob’s life will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, March 26, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Lindell Mitchell officiating. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

Brad Franklin Smith
LIVINGSTON – Brad Franklin Smith died Friday, March 19, 2010. He was the last child born to Charley E. and Cordelia Rodgers Smith on Feb. 24, 1945. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Dorothy; his daughter, Sheila Ann; siblings, Pete and Margie Smith of Santa Fe, Patsy Lee Smith Jackson of Livingston, Steve and Sue Smith of Dickinson, Mickey and Pat Smith of Yaak, Mont.; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews; a host of cousins and faithful pet and best friend, “Sir Charles.” He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, John E. Smith. A celebration of his life will be held at his sister’s home at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 27.

Margie Mae Willet McCaleb
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Margie Mae Willett McCaleb of Montgomery will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 27 in the chapel of the Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Montgomery with Rev. David R. Bailes officiating. Intermet and graveside services will follow at Bluff Creek Cemetery in Livingston. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 26 at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Montgomery. Ms. Willett passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2010, in Conroe, at the age of 86. She was born on Aug. 5, 1923, in El Dorado, Ark., to Walter Lee Willett and Nancy Al Verna Powledge. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl W. McCaleb; daughter, Judy Lynne McCaleb Drake; sisters, Mary Malva Lee Willett Shelby and Mildred Kathleen Willett Shivers. She is survived by her sons, Jesse Earl McCaleb, Sr., and wife Bonnie of Montgomery, Steve Winford McCaleb and wife Leslie of LaPorte, and her son-in-law Ronnie Drake, of Baytown; Grandchildren, Jesse Earl McCaleb, Jr. and wife Denise of Montgomery, Sharon Elizabeth McCaleb Fisher and husband John, of Pittsburgh, Penn., Kelly Virginia Whitman LaFrantz and husband Kenneth of Baytown, Bridgett Erin Whitman Grimes and husband Raymond of LaPorte, Jason Aaron McCaleb and wife Michelle of Anchorage, Alaska, Ashley Elizabeth McCaleb of Houston and Sierra Lynn McCaleb of LaPorte; great-grandchildren, Misty Meekins Ratliff and husband Troy of Baytown, Nicholas Alton Meekins and wife Courtney of LaPorte, Aaron Paul Jenkins of LaPorte, Thorin Lee McCaleb of Anchorage, Alaska, Lucas Peter McCaleb, Jane Margaret McCaleb, Patrick Jesse McCaleb, all of Montgomery, Hannah Marie Fisher, Danielle Mae Fisher of Pittsburgh, Penn., Shawn LaFrantz and Brad LaFranz of Baytown, and Jonathon Byrne of LaPorte; great-greatgrandchild, Kade Preston Ratliff; aunt, Mrydis Gray Derryberry of Baytown, best friend and fishing buddy, Wilma Duff of Livingston. Many other relatives and friends also survive.

Marcia B. ‘Granny’ Weaver
DEARING, GA. — Mrs. Marcia B. “Granny” Weaver, 89, died March 15, 2010 at her residence. She was the beloved wife of the late William Garnett Weaver. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 17, at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rodney Dunaway, Sara Cranford and Chaplain Wayne Bruner officiating. Interment followed in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Shane Rimmer, William Murphy, Joe Howell, Richard McCorkle, Barry Crosby, Tommy Bailey and Tim McCorkle. Mrs. Weaver was born in Wilkes County, Ga. but lived most of her life in McDuffie County. She was the daughter of the late William J. Bailey and the late Bertha Mae Turner Bailey. Mrs. Weaver was a homemaker and a member of Bonevillle United Methodist Church. Survivors include her son, Allen Weaver of Lincolnton; daughter, Marilyn W. Freeman and husband Otis of Dearing, Ga.; brothers, Leon Bailey of Livingston, Texas, George Bailey of Elberton, Ga., Gene Bailey of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; sisters, Fannie Bussey of Port Neches, Texas, Mary Nettles of Livingston, Texas; grandchildren, Ann Weaver, Jan Weaver, Karen McCorkle, Sharon Sankey, Cheryl Adkins, Melissa Rimmer, Anna Dunaway, Stella Crosby; 10 greatgrandchildren and five great-greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Ruth Adkins. Memorials may be made to the Boneville United Methodist Church 4933 Augusta Hwy. Dearing, GA 30808. To sign the family’s personal guestbook, go to www. beggsfuneralhome.net. Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, Ga., was in charge of arrangements.

Nancy Cosine Martone
LIVINGSTON — Nancy Cosine Martone was born in Paterson, N.J., 65 years ago. She was always active with church and performed many civic and volunteer duties in preschool, youth organizations, public libraries and various Parkinson’s disease support groups. Nancy lived courageously with Parkinson’s disease for nearly 40 years. She never relented to the disease and participated in several pioneering surgical procedures of the brain in an attempt to slow down and possibly cure the debilitating effects of the disease. She served as a Parkinson’s disease advocate and ventured to Washington numerous times to stress to Congress the need to fund Parkinson’s research through the National Institutes of Health. She spoke to Rotary, church groups and at numerous Parkinson’s support group meetings. She led an active and meaningful life as long as her condition would permit. In the end she succumbed to the disease that she fought most of her life. In 2000 she was the recipient of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research Advocacy Award. In the last years of her life, Nancy chose to keep going because of her profound love for her family and the opportunities to spend time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 44 years Robert Martone; two children, Laura Munroe of Pueblo West, Colo., and husband the Reverend W. Bradley Munroe and Michael Martone of Cypress, Texas and wife Leslie; four grandchildren, Christine Munroe, Matthew Munroe, Nathan Martone and Jacob Martone; sister, Ruth Cosine Barks and husband Ron of Situate, R.I.; niece, Jennine Canty and nephew James Barks. A celebration of life was held Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at Pace Funeral Home in Livingston. A memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of Good Shepherd in Kingwood at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 25. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Houston Area Parkinson’s Society, 2700 SW Frwy. #296, Houston, TX 77098.

Sara Love Glover
LIVINGSTON – Memorial services for Sara Love Glover, 84, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 26, 2010, at the First United Methodist Church in Livingston, with Dr. Mike Mayhew and the Rev. James Frazier officiating. She was born Aug. 7, 1925 in Afton, Okla., the daughter of William Ray Love and Eula May Burden Love, and died March 22, 2010 at her home in Livingston. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Arthur O. Love and sister, Bessie Mae Hext. Sara attended Texas Tech University from 1943 until 1947. She married B.A. Glover on Feb. 14, 1964 in Houston. She was the founding member of the Hospital Auxiliary, a board member of Murphy Memorial Library and was devoted to Bennie, as well as a devoted mother, grandmother and aunt. She is survived by her husband, Bennie Glover of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Jim Roberts of Longview; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Sherri Glover of Houston; grandchildren, Holly and Philip Wagner, Julie and Steve Smith, Paige and Andy Walsh and James and Melanie Glover; 12 great-grandchildren; three greatgreat- grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; longtime caregivers, Bill and Geraldine Harris, John Glass and Shavawn Pierson; special nephew, Phil Love and special niece, Andrea Rudolph. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Murphy Memorial Library, the First United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Agnes Ruth Savage
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Agnes Ruth Savage, 69, of Shepherd will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday March 25, 2010, at in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with interment to follow in the Farley Chapel Cemetery in Shepherd. Pallbearers will be David Rogers, Richard Clark, Michael Hardy, Terry McKenzie, Jamie Sumner and James Fowler. She was born July 3, 1940, the daughter of Lyda Jake Ansley and Mary Lou Dryman Ansley and passed away March 21, 2010, in Cleveland. She is survived by Deborah Reynolds, daughter, of Shepherd, Calvin Reynolds, son of Dayton, Texas, Melba, sister; grandchildren; Jamie, Ron, Brad, Kristi, Tina, Misty, Mandy, Matthew, Skyler and Johnny, great-grandchildren: Angelina and Karton. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sons, Louis and Melvin; husband, Lonnie Savage and sister, Georgia Ansley. Cochran Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Please sign our online register at www.cochranfh. com.

James William Nelson
LIVINGSTON — James William Nelson, 53, passed away March 22, 2010 at his home in Livingston. He was born July 10, 1956, in Missouri City, Texas the son of William Henry Nelson and Lanora Jean Portilla Nelson. Per Mr. Nelson’s wishes no services will be held. Cochran Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Norma Darlene Grace
CONROE — A memorial services for Norma Darlene Grace will be held at her home in Conroe at 2 p.m. Saturday. Norma was born Sept. 14, 1939, in Livingston. She died March 23, 2010 in Conroe. She is survived by her husband, James B. Grace; children, Jack and Paula Grae, Doug and Kellie Grace, Donna Grace and Glenda and Paul Griffen; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. For more information about the memorial service call 936-828- 3351.

 

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