Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
Posted for July 27, 2008 - August 10, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company

Joyce Fay Mitchell
LIVINGSTON — Joyce Fay Mitchell 74, of Livingston passed away Wednesday July 30, 2008 in Houston. Funeral services were held Saturday Aug. 2, 2008 in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Burial followed in the West Tempe Cemetery. Visitation was from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday Aug. 1, 2008 also in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. Joyce was born Aug. 10, 1933 in Birthwright, Texas to parents Percy and Vema Kingry Perryman, who preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by both of her husbands, Raymond Meyer Sr., and R. L. Mitchell; two brothers, J. W. Perryman and Leroy Perryman. She is survived by her sons Carl Meyer and wife Lynell of Livingston, Raymond Meyer Jr. and wife Cindy of Goodrich; daughters Gale Franklin and husband William of Houston and Nancy Randall and husband Donnie of Huntington; brother Shelby Perryman and wife Betty of Houston and sister Marie Hunt of Atlanta, Ga. She is also survived by her 23 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends. Pallbearers were Chris Welsh, Curtis Welsh, Nick Meyer, Trey Meyer, Trey Weisinger, Matt Weisinger, and Terry Perryman. Honorary pallbearers were Tom Beaver, Jeremy Colvin, Eric Fries, Darren Bowen, George Sucarichi, Robert Mooney, Shelby Perryman Jr., and Derrick Smart. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Sign the online guest book at www. cochranfh.com.

Mary Louise Surface
CLEBURNE — Funeral services for Mary Louise Surface, 71, of Hillsboro, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008 in the Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Chapel. Rev. Derwood Dubose and Rev. Mike Mizell will officiate. Burial will be in Keene Cemetery. Mary Surface died Wednesday, July 30, 2008 in Waco, Texas. She was born May 30, 1937 in Houston, Texas to Will F. and Vera Mae Rhodes Baker. She married Derrell Surface on Aug. 17, 1954 in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Surface was a minister, pastor’s wife of First Assembly of God, Hillsboro, Texas and a lifelong member of First Assembly of God, Humble, Texas. She was young at heart, loved to read, loved her family and people, loved to laugh and loved God with all her heart. Mary Surface is survived by her husband, Derrell Surface of Hillsboro; daughters, Sherolyn King and husband, Charles of Livingston, Texas and Leah Bass of Alvarado; sons, James C. Surface of Riverside, Texas and R. Dean Surface and wife, Karen of Roseville,Calif.; sisters, Maxine Davis and husband C.P. of Porter, Texas and Virginia Merle Cash of Livingston; brothers, Clarence Baker and wife, Emelie of Yorktown, Texas and Raymond Baker and wife, Rosie of Humble, Texas; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons-in-law, Elray James Williams and J.Ed Bass; four sisters and two brothers. Visitation was 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Send condolences, view obituary and see photo at www.cpcleburne. com.

Marvin Hance
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Marvin Hance, 84, were held Friday, Aug. l, 2008, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Jack Bailey officiating. Burial followed in Camp Ruby Cemetery. Mr. Hance died in Hermann Memorial Hospital in the Woodlands on Tuesday, July 29. He was born on Feb. 11, 1924 in Weslaco. He was an active member of Point Blank Community Church. He was a signal man for Southern Pacific Railroad and served in the Navy for four years during World War II. He loved woodcraft, fishing and hunting. Preceding him in death are his father and mother, William Edward and Virginia Brake Hance and one son, Melvin Larry Hance. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Anna B. Manning Hance; son, Marvin Don Hance and wife Brenda of Cleveland; daughter, Manon Susan Bowen and husband Tony of San Antonio; three grandsons, Mike Hance of Splendora, Mark Hance of Porter and Rex Hance of Katy and one granddaughter, Donnette Boutwell of Morgan City, La. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Frances Palmer
LIVINGSTON — Frances Palmer, 84, of Livingston died on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2008. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at the First United Methodist Church in Livingston, with the Rev. James Frazier and the Rev. Paul Woodworth officiating. Mrs. Palmer was born on Aug. 4, 1923 in Alazan, to parents Jesse and Era Herrington Deshazo. She began her business in Houston, Red Coach Interiors, in 1967 and then later moved it to Livingston where it became The Landmark. Some of her favorite hobbies were gardening, sewing and repairing furniture. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe Palmer, who died in July of 1996; her grandson, PFC Stuart Moore and her sisters, Juanita Duke and Billie Radford. Survivors include her three sons, Bob Palmer and wife Sue of Houston, Larry Palmer of Houston and Mike Palmer of Houston; her daughter, Pam Moore and husband Dennis of Livingston; grandchildren, Chris Palmer of Houston, Tiffany Jones and husband Sam of Buffalo and Scott Palmer of Houston and great-grandchildren, Chance Moore of Buffalo, Tracy Jones of Buffalo and Candice Moore of Livingston. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the First United Methodist Church Stuart Moore Memorial, 2801 Hwy. 190 West, Livingston, TX 77351. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranth.com.

Jimmy Allen Priddy
LIVINGSTON — Jimmy Allen Priddy, 66, died on July 29, 2008. He was born to Hoyt and Gelene Priddy on April 11, 1942 at Corsicana Navarro Clinic Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy and parents, Hoyt and Gelen Priddy. He is survived by sister, Janet Marie Covington and husband Johnny Covington; nephew, Charles Covington and wife Tina and their children; godsons, Hayne Holley, Harrison Holley, Hunter Holley, Kazman Duncan and Chase Duncan; first cousin, Alton Priddy and wife CJ and their children; sister-in-law, Patty and husband Gerald Kimbrell; sister-in-law, Jo and husband Emory Anderson; brother-in-law, Tom and wife Nancy Self; and many other cousins and friends. Mr. Priddy grew up in Purdon and graduated from Dawson High School in 1960. He was a member of Purdon Baptist Church. He worked for Western Electric in Dallas until he enlisted in the Army in 1966. He served in active duty until 1968 when he then moved to Houston and continued to work for Western Electric until 1976. He remained in the Army reserves until 1972. In 1976, he went in the car business and was the owner of J&H Motors. He was known as someone who loved life and the outdoors and who brought joy to all the people around him. When not working, he spent his time hunting and fishing. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at Pace Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Odyssey Hospice of Conroe (1-800- 364-8173), Polk County SPCA, or charity of choice. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Raymond Allan Tyler
CORRIGAN — Funeral services for Raymond Allan Tyler, 48, of Corrigan were held Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan, with Bro. Ralph Johnston and Bro. Ronnie Lueman officiating. Interment followed in Clifton Cemetery in Nacogdoches. Mr. Tyler was born July 28, 1960 in Houston and died Saturday, Aug. 2, in Corrigan. He was a medical technician for the Rusk State School and a member of the Happy Valley Pentecostal Church. He is preceded in death by his parents, Elvie and Mary (Hobgood) Tyler. He is survived by his sons, Matthew Tyler and Josh Tyler, both of Nacogdoches; daughter and fiancé, Lindsey Tyler and Wes Cockrell of Corrigan; daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Mitchell Vick of Nacogdoches; brothers and sister-in-law, Elvie “Buddy” and Carolyn Tyler of Colmesneil and Ralph Tyler of Houston; sisters and brother-inlaw. Rhonda and Patrick Cherry of Chester and Patsy Tyler of Chester; grandson, Nicholas Ingle of Nacogdoches and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Floyd Homniok, Danny Tyler, J.D. Keefer, Dwight Cherry, Austin Cherry, Justin Cherry, Joseph Keefer, Bryan Homniok, Elvie Tyler, Danny Grant, Ryan Tyler and Kyle Keefer.

Paul Wayne Heldenbrand
LIVINGSTON — Paul Wayne Heldenbrand, 59, of Trinity died on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008. Memorial services were held Wednesday, Aug. 6, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Dale Snell officiating. Mr. Heldenbrand was born on Dec. 9, 1948 in Oklahoma City, Okla. to parents Arthur Paul and Zelphia Bow Heldenbrand. He is preceded in death by his mother, Zelphia Faye Bow and his brother, Gerald Keith Heldenbrand. He is survived by his wife, Doris Heldenbrand of Trinity; father, Arthur Paul Heldenbrand of Onalaska; sons, Paul Wayne Heldenbrand of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Tony Vincent Heldenbrand of Trinity; daughter, Tasha Jean Marshall of Trinity; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Ona Mae Morrison
LUFKIN — Ona Mae Urrey Morrison was born in Pineland, Texas on Jan. 25, 1913 to Estus Urrey and Ida Strickland Urrey. She died on August 5, 2008 at Parkwood Place in Lufkin, Texas at the age of 95, although it was her lifelong ambition to live to be 103. On October 30, 1937 she married Simon H. Morrison who preceded her in death in September 1991, after 53 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by her parents, stepmother: Maggie Belle King Urrey, stepson: Simon H. Morrison Jr., stepbrother: Beaty King; two stepsisters: Lily Mae King Wrotenbery and Pearl King White; brother: Herman (Pat) Urrey; two half sisters: Avis Urrey Schooling and Lazelle Urrey Barras. She is survived by a step-daughter- in-law: Nelda Morrison; stepdaughter: Byrne Morrison Phillips and husband, James W. Phillips; step grandson: Wallace Phillips and wife, Sandra Phillips, their children: Amanda and Wayne Phillips; step granddaughter: Amy Phillips a number of nieces and nephews. Before marriage she studied at Angelina County Hospital and after scoring 100 in anatomy, became a registered nurse in surgery. The Morrisons lived in Montgomery, Alabama for many years but moved to Barnum, Texas in 1960 where they soon bought the Barnum store and she was the Barnum postmaster from 1962 until the Post Office was closed and the store was sold. She enjoyed an active church life in Montgomery, Alabama and at Barnum Baptist Church where she kept the nursery, belonged to a Bible study group and a quilting circle. She was very proud of her nursing career and continued to subscribe to many medical publications. She enjoyed reading and cooking and had a large collection of books, cookbooks, recipes and videos. Funeral Services will be held at the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan, Texas at 3 p.m. Friday, August 8, 2008 with Bro. Kenneth Cauthen officiating. Interment will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery in the Barnum Community. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 7, 2008 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Corrigan Funeral Home. Pallbearers are William Morrison, James Phillips, Wallace Phillips, Amy Phillips, Wayne Phillips and Fredrick Woods. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Barnum Baptist Church, 707 E. Barnum Loop, Corrigan, Texas 75939 or Pine Grove Cemetery, 219 McKnight Lane, Corrigan, Texas 75939.

Joyce Conrrine Strait
LIVINGSTON — Joyce Conrinne Strait, 78, of Livingston, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008 at Timberwood Nursing home in Livingston, Texas. She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Lynda Strait of Onalaska, Glenn and Maria Bethune of Onalaska, and Michael and Pam Bethune of Plantersville; sister, Loyce Campbell of Austin and eight grandchildren. She was born June 18, 1930 in Houston, Texas, the daughter of W.L. and Eva (Wright) Peterson. Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, is in charge of arrangements.



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