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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
For the Week of August 19, 2007 - September 3, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Tina Louise Griffin
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Tina Louise Griffin, 89, of Houston, formerly of Point Blank, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, at Eastside Church of God in Christ, Point Blank, with Elder James Elmore officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery, Coldspring. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until service time at the church.
Mrs. Griffin died Aug. 9 in Houston.
She was born Oct. 13, 1917 in Coldspring, the daughter of Ulysses and Sarah Douglas. She married George Griffin on March 12, 1946 and to this union was born one son, Willie G. Griffin, who preceded her in death. After moving to Point Blank, she united with Eastside Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of Elder Willie Eckford, and continued there until her health began to fail.
Survivors include her husband, George Griffin; two stepsons, Layfate Griffin Sr. (Jacquelyn) and Arthur F. Griffin (Margie), all of Livingston; special daughter and friend, Betty Griffin of Livingston and daughter-in-law, Helen Griffin of Willis. Although she loved all 14 of her grandchildren, she had a special bond with Troy Griffin (Amy), whom she raised from 6 months old, Toshia and Sarah Griffin. She is also survived by 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; special cousin, Ola Pearl and many other relatives and friends.
Active pallbearers will be Layfate Griffin Jr., Darrin Griffin, Arthur Griffin Jr., Carl Griffin, Alex Griffin and Edward Roberts. Honorary pallbearers will be L. Troy Griffin, Layfate Griffin Sr., Arthur F. Griffin Sr., Douglas Griffin, Quentin Griffin and Kyle Griffin.
Charles Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Jessie Mae "Madear" Shine Yates
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Jessie Mae “Madear” Shine Yates, 84, of Livingston will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, at Providence No. 1 Baptist Church in Leggett, with the Rev. Ronnie Coleman officiating. Interment will follow in New Wensley Cemetery, Leggett.
Mrs. Yates died Aug. 7 in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston.
She was born July 19, 1923 in Shangaloo, La., the daughter of Serrento and Susie Sykes Wyrick, and attended public schools in McKamie, Ark. Mrs. Yates was a Baptist.
Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Andrew Yates; brother, R.C. Wyrick of Stamps, Ark.; two daughters, Ruby Mack of Livingston and Louise Anderson (Wilbert) of Franklin, La.; stepdaughter, Mable Williams of Denver, Colo.; two stepsons, Sammie T. Shine and wife of California and Robert Shine of Minden, La.; sisters-in-law, Ollie Dawson and Alberta Yates of Houston; brother-in-law, Steve (Yancy) of Shepherd; grandchildren, LaQuincy Shine (Carlone) of Cleveland and Taji Fleeks of New Orleans, La.; 29 step-grandchildren; 65 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; two special nieces, Minnie Wyrick of Kalamazoo, Mich. and Nisa Henderson (Frank) of Livingston; a host of other nieces and nephews; special friends, Rena Thompson, Annie DeWalt, The Golden Girls, Josie DeWalt, Etta Mae Criswell, Freddy Flenoury, Robbie Davis and Anna Pearl Davis; Felicia Thompson and other caregivers and the Livingston nursing home and numerous other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers will be Velton Price, Demetrice Cooper, Carlos Johnson, Jerry Garrett, Joseph Green Jr. and Chris Plattenburg. Honorary pallbearers will be LeQuincy Shine, Joe Green Sr., Otis Shine, Jeremy Fleeks and Otis Green.
Duncan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Edith LaVerne Bone
CLEVELAND – Edith LaVerne Bone, 59, of Livingston died on Friday, Aug. 10, 2007.
She was born Feb. 26, 1948 to Roy Albert and Isadora Queen Chesser. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Albert Chesser Sr. and Isadora Queen Chesser and brother, Roy Albert Chesser Jr.
Survivors include her husband, Preston Earl Bone Sr.; sons, Troy Dalton Bone and wife Rise Stribling, Preston Earl Bone Jr. and wife Jennifer, Robert Lee Bone and fiancée Amanda Covey and Casey Lee Bone and fiancée Judy Collins; grandchildren, Cameron Christopher and Caitlyn Suzette Walther, Zachary Dalton, Jarrod Ethan, Presley Elizabeth Bone, Mathew Preston, Michelle Lynn, Gracie Mae Etta, Robert Lee, Carson Scott, Dustin Gauge, Ashley Leann Bone, John Jacob and Allen Whitfield; sisters, Carmelita Schubert, Ella St. Clair, Willie Marie Guy and Sheryle Hall and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Monday, Aug. 13, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland, with the Rev. Kerry D. Baxley officiating.

Eugene "Gene" Graham
LIVINGSTON – Eugene “Gene” Graham, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died on Aug. 13, 2007 after a courageous battle with cancer.
On April 18, 1930 he began his life on earth. He brought his wife, Virginia Sue, into his life through holy matrimony on Aug. 4, 1951. Gene and Sue were blessed with two sons, one daughter, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He is survived by his wife, Sue Graham of Kingston, Okla.; sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Lisa Graham and Russell and Bonita Graham; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Richard Canavan; grandsons, Eric Graham, Brian Graham and Nicholas Canavan; granddaughters, Mechelle Graham and Kaitlyn Canavan; great-grandson, Ethan Graham; brother, James Graham and family pets, Stormy and Blossom.
Mr. Graham retired from the United States Air Force in 1967 and also from the Norman, Oklahoma National Center for Employee Development for the United States Postal Service as an electronic instructor in 1987. After retirement, he enjoyed the relaxing life of lake living at Texoma, where his favorite hobbies were boating, carpentry and antique tractor refurbishing. Although his life had many successes, his most cherished were always being able to provide for his family, 56 years of wonderful marriage and the success and happiness of his children.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Lucian Stohler officiating. Graveside services will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Shay Cemetery in Kingston, Okla.

Hassie Hilton Anthony
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Hassie Hilton Anthony, 92, were held Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Gerald Reeves officiating. Burial followed in Bold Springs Cemetery.
Mrs. Anthony died Thursday, Aug. 9, in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston.
She was born April 8, 1915 in Mt. Enterprise, the daughter of George and Nora Barrett Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Steve Hilton; her parents; son, Bo Hilton; six grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, George and Lorena Hilton of Livingston, Billy Joe and Dorothy Hilton of Buffalo, Mo. and Rev. James and Debbie Hilton of Coldspring; daughter and son-in-law, Nonnie Bell and Johnnie Molina of Livingston; daughter-in-law, Mary Hilton of Livingston; 32 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren on the way; sister and brother-in-law, Minnie Faye and James Cain of Livingston and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Joan Maturin, William Hindsman, James Keith Hindsman, William Hilton, Ricky Ross, David Hilton, Scott Nunley and Jerry Maturin.

Peggy J. Welch
LIVINGSTON -- Peggy J. Welch, 70, of Livingston died on Friday, Aug. 10, 2007 in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 12, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Mark Herridge officiating.
Mrs. Welch is preceded in death by her husband, Elzie Jack Welch; three brothers and her parents, William S. and Gertie L. Shannon Carter.
She is survived by her four sons, Larry Deckert and wife Amy, Robert Deckert and wife Melody, Roger Smikal and wife Charlene and James Smikal and wife Michelle; three daughters, Carolyn Curry and husband Bobby, Karron Willis and husband Clifford and Theresa Smith and husband Kevin; brother, Johnny Carter and wife Marcella; 20 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews and other family and friends.
Serving as pallbearers were Roger Smikal II, James Smikal II, Victor Covey, Thomas Davidson, Chris Morie, Robert Sikorski, Aaron Hendricks and Joshua Long.
To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

Frances Lee Davis
LIVINGSTON -- Frances Lee Davis, 66, of Livingston died on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007 in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007 in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating.  Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery.
She is survived by her family, Florence Fikes, Charlie M. Chism, Charles and Sandra Davis, Melinda Davis, Kevin Wilson, Floyd and Beverly Fikes,  Curtis Lynn Davis, Gregory and Stephanie Chism, Jason and Stacy Chism, Noah Davis, John Wilson, Cody and Hunter Tyler, Zachary Chism and a host of nieces and  nephews and other  family and friends.
Pallbearers were Donnie Stoner, Justin Handley, Gregory Chism, Michael Cain, Michael Collum and Robert Osborne.  Honorary pallbearers were Jason Chism, Peggy Harrison and DJ Cumbie.
To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

Frances Mae Wisenbaker
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Frances Mae Wisenbaker, 84, were held Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, in Resthaven Cemetery in Houston, with the Rev. Paul Emerson and the Rev. W.E. Kolbe officiating.
Mrs. Wisenbaker died Monday, Aug. 13, in Livingston Convalescent Center.
She was born Sept. 17, 1922 in Houston, the daughter of John and Sofie Spacek Muran. She was preceded in death by her husband, Houston M. Wisenbaker Sr.; her parents and son, Houston M. Wisenbaker Jr.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, June and Claude “Rusty” Hughes of Livingston; grandsons, Scott Hughes and wife Toni of Livingston and Todd Hughes of Livingston; great-grandsons, Scott Hunter Hughes of Camp Hovey, South Korea, Simon Todd Cochran Hughes of Livingston and Jeffery Cagle of Livingston; great-granddaughter, Rebecca Cagle of Livingston; sisters and husbands, Ann and David Theuber and Ruth and W.B. Colley, all of Caldwell; sisters-in-law, Abbie Rucker and Zelma Miller, both of Houston; niece, Dorothy Kirk of Houston and cousin, Sophie Spacek of Three Rivers.
Honorary pallbearers were David “Buddy” Theuber, Don Louivere, Johnny Hooten, Otis Anderson, Michael John Miller and Wally Miller.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.







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