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East Texas News - Obituaries
Polk County Enterprise - August 9, 2009 - August 16, 2009

John C. “Jake” McSpadden
LIVINGSTON – John C. “Jake” McSpadden died on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009. He was born March 25, 1915 in Teague, to William Hardy McSpadden Sr. and Eunice Ogilvie McSpadden. He graduated from Teague High School in 1931. He attended TCU in Ft. Worth and Texas Tech in Lubbock. Mr. McSpadden was employed by the Teague State Bank on Jan. 2, 1936. He married Dorothy Harrison on July 3, 1939. He served as scoutmaster, volunteer fireman, worshipful master of Masonic Lodge No. 739, Sunday school superintendent and was a member of other civic organizations while living in Teague. He served in the U.S. Army from February 1944 to Jan. 30, 1946 with Company L, 333 Regiment 84th Infantry Division in the European theatre. He received three Battle Stars for combat in The Ardennes, The Rhineland and Central Europe. He received an honorable discharge in January 1946. Mr. McSpadden worked for Teague State Bank until 1946. He moved to Livingston in 1956 with his wife and daughter, Linda, where he was employed by the First State Bank of Livingston for the next 29 years. He retired as president in 1985. Mr. McSpadden was president of Livingston Lions Club in 1971-72; Polk County Man of the Year in 1979; treasurer of the Red Cross for many years; other miscellaneous school and civic organizations; and board member of the Chamber of Commerce, Trinity River Authority, State Chartered Banks, as well as an original board member of The Morrison Foundation. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Livingston, where he served on the Administrative Board. He was president of the Methodist Men for a number of years and was also a long-time member of the Friendship Sunday School Class. They moved to The Woodlands in 2002. Jake and his wife celebrated 70 years of marriage on July 3, 2009. Mr. McSpadden is survived by his wife, Dot, and daughter, Linda M. Lees, of The Woodlands; his granddaughter, Julie Fahy and her husband, John, of Coppell; and great-grandson, Jacob Wilkinson and his father, Mark Wilkinson, of Tomball. He is also survived by two brothers, W.H. “Billy” McSpadden Jr. and his wife, Marie, of Teague and Garland McSpadden and his wife, Leonora, of Harker Heights. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. His parents and one brothers, Bernard McSpadden and his wife, Rachael, preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 8, at the First United Methodist Church in Livingston. Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston was in charge of arrangements. Burial followed in Brookside Memorial Park in Houston. Pallbearers were Pat McSpadden, Kevin McSpadden, Ralph Jenke, Jimmy Phillips, Bob Cook, John Thompson, Mark Wilkinson and John Fahy. Honorary pallbearers were Tillman Meadows, Joe Day, Bill Trigg, Ernest Reuter, members of the Methodist Men and the Friendship Sunday School Class. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Endowment Fund of the First Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.

James Lawrence Baxter
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for James Lawrence Baxter Jr., 87, of Livingston were held Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ernest Moyers officiating. Interment followed in Camp Ruby Cemetery. Pallbearers were John Spikes, Woody Dixon, Rickey Sills, Steven Sills, Jeff Warner and Scott Warner. Honorary pallbearers were Scott Vincent, Chris Warner, Tony Warner, Choyss W. Lowery, Wilber Morgan, Len Singleton and Chuck Simecek. He was born Jan. 30, 1922 in Lincoln, Neb., the son of James Lawrence Baxter and Lurrel H. Brittain Baxter, and died Aug. 1, 2009 in Houston. He is survived by Mayselle Baxter, wife, of Livingston; Gary Harrison, son, of Livingston; Rita Sills, daughter, of Pasadena; Virgal Baxter, brother, of Riverside, Calif.; grandchildren, Steven Sills, Stephanie Simecek, Shannon Simecek, Stacie Riski, Choyss Lowery and Jessica Thacker; great-grandchildren, Brayden, Andrew, Brandi, Cayss and Riyan Rae and great-great-grandchild, Kilea. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh. com.

Ruth Opal Little
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Ruth Opal Little, 99, of Livingston were held Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Lindell Mitchell officiating. Interment followed in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Baytown. Pallbearers were Mike Madere, Mark Madere, Daniel Vazquez, Cal Greiner, Ken Cole and Bradley Welborne. She was born Feb. 11, 1910 in Irving, the daughter of W.F. and Roxie Bell Markrum Badgett, and died Aug. 5, 2009 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, A.E. Little. She is survived by Iris and Warren Madere, niece and husband, of Livingston; Sammy McWhirter, nephew, of Baytown; Mike Madere, great-nephew, of Porter; Mark Madere, great-nephew, of Livingston; Bonnie Malchek, niece, of Rosebud and a host of other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh. com.

Mary Frances Pollard
LIVINGSTON — Prayers were answered when precious Frances received her heaven-bound healing Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009. Visitation will be held at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug.10 with interment to follow at Restland Memorial Park Cemetery in Goodrich. Frances was born in Houston on June 28, 1947. She lived there many years before moving to Connecticut and then back to this area, settling in Indian Springs near Livingston. She put her whole heart into her community and her friends, especially the little furry ones who needed a little extra love. She was a peacemaker and saw only good in every person she met. We were blessed to have her. She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 29 years, Jack Pollard; her mother, Alice McCain; her children, Robin and Jerry Helms; Jason Wiggins; J.L. and Tonia Pollard; and James Pollard. The joys of her life were her grandson, Adam Helms and granddaughter Katie Pearl Helms. Brothers and sisters, Paul and Vickie Austin; Billy and Becky McCain; Phillip and Belinda McCain; Debra and Marvin Gibson; and Rhonda and Johnny Johnson, beloved extended family and many treasured friends also survive. In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor to the SPCA of Livingston or the Indian Springs Volunteer Fire Dept. would be appreciated. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh. com.

Lindie Lucille Boone
LIVINGSTON – Graveside services for Lindie Lucille Boone, 32, of Rye will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, in Menard Chapel Cemetery in Livingston, with the Rev. Chris Borden officiating. She was born March 1, 1977 in Houston, the daughter of Franklin and Patricia Garrett Boone, and died on Aug. 4, 2009. She is survived by her parents, Franklin Boone and Patricia Boone; Charles “Chad” Breeland, husband, of Rye; Amie O’Bannon, daughter, of Rye; Rebecca O’Bannon, daughter, of Rye; Franklin Boone Jr., brother, of Livingston; Trisha Lynn Murphy, sister, of Rye; James Murphy, brother, of Rye and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh. com.



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