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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
For the Week of August 11, 2007 - August 18, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Ira Belle Nelson
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Ira Belle Nelson, 85, were held Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Frank Hood officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery.
Mrs. Nelson died Friday, Aug. 3, in Memorial Health System of East Texas in Lufkin.
She was born Nov. 25, 1921 in Colita, the daughter of John and Lula McCarty Lockhart. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clarence Nelson; daughter, Hazel Lang; son, John Arthur Nelson and granddaughter, Cindy Williams.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Clarence and Linda Nelson of Livingston and Kenneth and Sissy Nelson of Coldspring; daughter and son-in-law, Clara and Ron Lemons of Livingston; son-in-law, Vernon Lang of Houston; brother, Lonnie Lockhart of Livingston; sisters, Faye Nelson, Opal Kenner and Frances Lowe, all of Livingston; grandsons, Keith Lemons of Livingston, Lyn Lemons of Livingston, John Brady Nelson of Coldspring, Vernon Lang of Houston and Shane Nelson of Livingston; granddaughters, Donnette Marshall of Livingston, Trisha Nelson of Coldspring, Terri Manning of Houston, Renee Swift of Dallas and Crystal Nelson of Houston and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Vernon Lane Jr., Keith Lemons, Lyn Lemons, Shane Nelson, John Brady Nelson, Mike Marshall, Korey Farmer, Kelton Farmer and Shiloh Lemons. Honorary pallbearers were her nephews.

Eugene "Gene" Sebasta
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Eugene “Gene” Sebesta, 69, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with David Little officiating.
Mr. Sebesta died Friday, Aug. 3, at his residence in Onalaska.
He was born May 7, 1938 in Victoria, the son of Jerry and Ann Surovik Sebesta. He was preceded in death by his father; son, Eugene Ray Sebesta Jr. and grandchild, Andy Werner.
Survivors include his wife, Sue Sebesta of Onalaska; mother, Ann Sebesta of Caldwell; daughters, Jennifer Gligoric of Galveston, Linda Ewton of Alvin and Yvonne Evans of League City; sons, Edward Sebesta of League City and Clay Neely of Onalaska; sister, Florence Little of Corpus Christi; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Vernon Thompson
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Vernon Thompson, 80, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church, with Dr. Mike Mayhugh, Dr. Don Willis and Dr. James Frazier officiating.
Mr. Thompson died Sunday, Aug. 5, in Houston.
He was born March 2, 1927 in Parks, the son of Fletcher and Ruby Vick Thompson. He had served in the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gene Thompson; sister, Ruth Schmitto and grandchild, Blane Thompson.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Thompson of Goodrich; sons, Mark Thompson of Keller and Chris Thompson of Rockwall; sister, Lesli Ward of Jacksonville, Fla. and grandchildren, Sean Thompson, Kathrine Thompson, Matthew Thompson, Todd Ward, Chase Ward, Christopher Thompson and Patrick Thompson.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Livingston Lions Club.

Ethel Lee Ellis
CORRIGAN – Funeral services for Ethel Lee Ellis, 81, of the Pine Grove community were held Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Norman Turner officiating. Interment followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Polk County.
Mrs. Ellis was born Feb. 1, 1926 in Camden and died Saturday, Aug. 4, in Memorial Medical Center in Lufkin.
She was a housewife and a member of Pine Grove Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roddof Ellis; parents, Lawrence and Zeffie Martin Bryant and grandsons, Milton Eugene Powell Jr. and Steven Guajardo.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Lyndal and Raymond Klores of Chester and Juanita and Milton Powell of Corrigan; sons and daughters-in-law, John and Van Ellis of Corrigan, Jerry and Rose Ellis of Huntington and George Ellis of Corrigan; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jimmie and Paul Small of Lufkin, Louise Herrington of Corrigan and Maurice Owens of Dickinson; brothers and sisters-in-law, R.L. and Geraldine Bryant of Corrigan, Harvey and Vivian Ellis of Houston, Richard and Marie Ellis of Caldwell, Johnny Ellis of Corrigan, Clara White of Groveton and Billie White of Corrigan; 17 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Johnny Ellis, Joe Powell, Tommie Johnson, Jesus Gomez, Joe Hilliard, Chris Brogden, Matt Mullin, Benton Whitehead, Wayne Ellis and Chad Bittick.

James Albert Ecke Sr.
LIVINGSTON –Graveside services for James Albert Ecke Sr., 82, were held Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, in Brookside Cemetery in Houston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating.
Mr. Ecke died Monday, Aug. 6, in Odyssey House in Conroe.
He was born April 1, 1925 in Kerns, the son of Morris and Pearl Preston Ecke. Mr. Ecke served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Survivors include his daughters, Jeannie Ann and husband Pickalleo Sowell of Barksdale, Susian Gail and husband Howard Covington of Conroe; sons, James Albert and wife Vickie Ecke Jr. of Porter and Danny Morris Ecke of Magnolia; grandchildren, Jeannia Susian Pegoda of Huntsville, Michael Glynn and wife Ashliegh Sowell of Magnolia, Tina Chantil Craig of Grapevine, Connie Sue Ecke and fiancé Tracy Cheatwood of League City, Kellie Dianne and husband Jason Thomas of League City, Wendy Charmane and husband Jeff Harmon of New Braunfels, Ricky Camaron and wife Jennifer Sowell of Conroe, Gary Wayne and wife Marissa Covington of Charleston, S.C., Michael Howard and wife Deanne Covington of Montgomery, Tonja Kay and husband Billy Moreton of Huntsville and Tol Nicole Lovell of Huntsville; great-grandchildren, Amanda Shenia O’Bannon of Huntsville, Ronnie Christopher O’Bannon of Huntsville, Scarlett Chantil Castleberry of Grapevine, Jordan Alissa Nelson of League City, Gabrielle Eden Harmon on New Braunfels, Tristen Skye Nelson of League City, Benjamin Jeffrey Harmon of New Braunfels, Krystal Margaret Thomas of League City, Michael Covington of Conroe, Madeline Covington of Charleston, S.C. and Conner Covington of Montgomery; great-great-grandchildren, Zoey Rayn Greer, Bryson Alan Greer, Darrin Wesley Lovell, Lindsey Jade Lovell, Jordan Nicole Moreton and Mikenna Lynn Moreton, all of Huntsville and sister, Annie Lou and husband Eugene Griner of Colorado.
Pallbearers were Ricky Sowell, Michael Sowell, Jason Thomas, Ronnie O’Bannon, Tracy Cheatwood and Jeff Harmon.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth M. Butler
LIVINGSTON -- Ruth M. Butler, 84, of Livingston died on Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, in Southwest Hermann Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 5, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Frank Hood officiating. Burial followed in Midway Cemetery, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs conducting the committal service.
Mrs. Butler was a member of Soda Baptist Church. She enjoyed being a member of a local gospel group that went around to different nursing homes singing and
visiting with the residents. Mrs. Butler also enjoyed fishing, hunting and, most of all, cooking for her family. She was known as a loving
mother, grandmother who was devoted to her church and had a tremendous love for Jesus.
Mrs. Butler is preceded in death by her father and mother, Archie and Olivia Gibson Adams; husband, Douglas Butler; brother, Alfred Adams and grandson Justin.
She is survived by her sons, Leo Butler and wife Sandra, Cleo
Butler and wife Karen and Jerry Butler and wife Frances; daughters, Patsy Locke and husband Edward “Joe Boy,” and Sherry Yontz and husband Greg; grandchildren,
Lottie, Paula, John, Doug, Christina, Dana and Gregory; great- grandchildren, Kelsey, Blake, Cortney, Magen, Dalton, Miranda, Lassie and Mikeh; six step-grandchildren and five step great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Jared Munson, Ray Nelson, Bubba Nelson, Curt
Fredigill, Brain Massey and Greg Hightower.
To sign the online guestbook. go to pacefuneral.com.

Quentin Marshall Purvis
LIVINGSTON – Quentin Marshall Purvis, 69, died peacefully Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston surrounded by his wife, son and grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 5, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Rusty Shuler officiating. Memorial speakers were Sheriff Kenneth Hammack, Judge John Thompson, Judge Elizabeth Coker and Corky Cochran. Burial was in Peebles Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Lynn Purvis of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas Franklin Purvis and wife Martha of Sealy; grandsons, Dakota Marshall Purvis and Robert Lane Purvis; granddaughters, Jodi Michelle Jenkins and Ashley Nicole Purvis; great-granddaughter, Delanie Anne Jenkins; stepson, Blake Ellis Vestal; stepdaughter, Chelsea Jean Vestal; half-sister, Gladys Powell; brother and sister-in-law, Donald Forehand and wife Ruth; mother-in-law, Doris Forehand; special life-long friends, Chuck and Jan Staton, Billy and Pam Pierce and Leroy and Mary Ann Myrow and numerous other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ruben Purvis; his mother, Claudia Brock Purvis; son, Marshall Wayne Purvis; two brothers, Bill Purvis and Charles Philma Purvis and sister, Ruby Purvis Marble.
Pallbearers were Sheriff Kenneth Hammack, Chief of Police Dennis Clifton, Sheriff Deputies John Sanders, Mike Nettles and Perry Alexander and DPS Trooper Larry Pitts. Honorary pallbearers were Corky Cochran, W.A. Cook, Kenneth Hambrick, Ted Everett, B.R. Haynes, John Thompson and Keith Lemons, all law enforcement officers and volunteer fire departments.
Quentin was a life-long resident, having been born in Livingston on March 13, 1938 to Ruben and Claudia Brock Purvis. He served in the U.S. Army from May 29, 1956 to May 28, 1959, having served a tour of 18 months in Germany. After being discharged from the Army, he came back to Livingston and went to work for Livingston Telephone Company. From there he went to work at Haynes’ Manufacturing (now Little Beaver). He then obtained his peace officer’s certificate and, on Jan. 1, 1983, went to work for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. On Jan. 1, 1989, he transferred over to the Criminal District Attorney’s Office as a DA investigator until his retirement on March 27, 2001. He then served as interim chief of police for the Onalaska Police Department for approximately 18 months. Following that, Quentin remained a reserve deputy with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, working as transport officer and bailiff for various courts. Then on his birthday, March 13, 2006, he went back to work full-time with the Polk County Sheriff’s Department as supervisor of the inmate work crew.
Quentin joined the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department in 1960, serving at one time as department secretary, fire marshal, training instructor and then as assistant fire chief (12 years). During this time he played a major role in modernizing the department. He was a member of the pumper team, having shared in several state titles, including the State Fair of Texas 1968 plus many other honors awarded across East and Central Texas. He retired from the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department after serving 20 faithful and dedicated years, but remained a part of the brotherhood.
Quentin was a member of the Polk County Peace Officer’s Association, having served one time as president. He had received numerous awards and certificates while furthering his training as a peace officer. His greatest accomplishment was obtaining his “Masters Peace Officer Certificate,” which is the highest certificate obtained by a law enforcement officer.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Livingston and VFW Post 8568. Quentin was known as someone who left a legacy of public service to the community, never met a stranger and who touched many lives and made many life-long friends.

Ruby Jewell Cherry Shelley
LIVINGSTON -- Ruby Jewell Cherry Shelley, 76, of Rye, died on Aug. 6, 2007 after a lengthy
stay in the NTICU and NIMU at Hermann Hospital Medical Center from congestive
heart failure.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, in the
Pace Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Holly Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday from noon until service time.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Andrew Eddy and Mora Mazie Cherry; sisters, Oscie Nell and Flossie Cherry; brothers, Fred Cherry, Raymond Cherry,
and Huey Cherry; son, Michael Wayne Thompson and three sons in law, David Kroll,
Robert Aisenbrey, and James Taylor.
She is survived by her son, Alan Shelley and wife Mary; daughters, Cheri Kroll and
partner Delbert Puyear and Shonnie Aisenbrey-Taylor; sister, Laura Louise "Deat" Cherry; grandchildren, Jennifer Smith and husband Mark, Chance "Scooter"
Aisenbrey and wife Amanda, Chance Shelley and wife Irissa, Corey Shelley, Chance
Shelley, Tammie Taylor Kaumeyer and husband Ron and Dawn Taylor Kelley and husband Berry; great-grandchildren, Dustin, David
and Devin Smith, Destiny, Tara and Chaun Aisenbrey, Conner and Sawyer Kaumeyer, Alexandra Trissel, and Shelby and Hunter Davitt and a host of family and friends all of Mississippi.
Serving as pallbearers will be Chance "Scooter" Aisenbrey, Staff Sgt. Mark Smith, USAF, Chance Shelley, Corey Shelley, Andrew Galusha and Wayne Harrington.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

Kenneth Earl Acker
JACKSONVILLE -- Kenneth Earl Acker, 70, of Jacksonville died on Aug. 7, 2007 in the Hospice of East Texas facility in Tyler.  He was born Nov. 18, 1936 in Maydelle.  He attended school from grade school to high school in Maydelle and later attended, Stephen F. Austin University for two years.
Funeral services will be held at Thompson Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, with Bro. George Folmar officiating and Bro. Ken McEachern assisting. Burial will follow at Providence Cemetery. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Ruby Acker and brothers, Dean Acker and C. Nathan Acker.
He served over 35 years as an East Texas law enforcement officer, working for Jacksonville Police Department, Polk County Sheriff's Department and Cherokee County Sheriff's Department. 
He married Marva Ault on April 13, 1957 and they had celebrated 50 years together on April 13, 2007. 
Survivors include his wife, Marva Acker of Jacksonville; brother, Harold Acker Sr. and sister-in-law, Sylvia Acker of Jacksonville; sister-in-law, Linda Acker of Jacksonville; son, Douglas Acker of Jacksonville; daughters, Donna Prasatik and husband Mitchell Prasatik of Grapeland and Debbie Price and husband Bill Price of Bonham; grandchildren, Kasey Bobbitt and husband Ryan Bobbitt of Grapeland, Mandy Prasatik and Tanner Prasatik of Grapeland; great-grandchildren, Justin Bobbitt and Jason Bobbitt of Grapeland and nieces and nephews and numerous cousins.   
 Pallbearers will be Harold Acker Jr., Marvin Acker, Nathan Acker Jr., Leland Acker, J.R. Ault and J.T. Lewis.  Honorary pallbearers will be Texas law enforcement officers.
 In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701.







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