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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
August 2010
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MOORE
ONALASKA — Visitation services for James A. Moore, 70, of Onalaska were held Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska. He was born Sept. 12, 1939 in Oklahoma City, Okla., the son of Virgil and Mazee June Kidd Moore, and died Aug. 12, 2010 in Lufkin. He is survived by his wife, Clemetta Moore of Onalaska; sons, John Hargrave of Clinton, Ohio, William Hargrave of Humble and Michael Hargrave of Morral, Ohio; daughter, Denise Miller of Marion, Ohio; grandchildren, Ashley LeBlanc, Daniel Taylor, Clay Hargrave, Austin Massey, Chris LeBlanc and Mercedes Brodeak and great-grandchild, Lane Hunter Taylor. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

BRANDT
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Marie Gore Brandt, 92, of Livingston were held Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment followed in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Donald Marlow, David Brown, Tyler Carpenter, David (Doc) Akary, Kennie Shaw and Jason Higgins. She was born Nov. 24, 1917 in Bells, Texas, the daughter of S.H. Gore and Virgie Ridenhour Gore, and died Aug. 13, 2010 in Livingston. She is survived by her grandchildren, Kimberly Patterson, Charlsie Knight, Charlene Key, Carlene Wynne and Krystle Gressett; 10 greatgrandchildren and one greatgreat- grandchild. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

SEWARD
LIVINGSTON — Matilda Eliza (Liza) Collier Seward, 84, died on Aug. 15, 2010 at Dogwood Trails Manor Nursing Home in Woodville. She was born June 17, 1926 to Daniel and Leah Collier in Dauphin Island, Ala. Mrs. Seward attended Sunflower Baptist Church. She is survived by her son, Ernie and wife Barbara Seward of Livingston; daughters-in-law, Rhoda Barber of Splendora and Debbie Seward of Cleveland; nine grandchildren; 18 greatgrandchildren and four greatgreat- grandchildren. Preceding her in death are her husband, Calvin Woodrow Seward; children, Edward Barber Sr., and Roy Seward; brothers, Auther Collier, Amy Collier, Victor Collier and Henry (Dink) and grandchildren, Ellen Barber Goodson and Sandy Seward. Burial was in Oddfellows Cemetery in Bayou LaBatre, Ala. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. pacefuneral.com

THOMAS
CLEVELAND — Ethel (Donovan) Thomas, 91, died on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, in Shepherd. She was born July 6, 1919 in Fostoria, to the late Bert and Myra Enloe Donovan. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce V. Thomas and son, Jerry D. Thomas. Ethel is survived by her daughter, Pat A. Lunsford and husband Troy of Cleveland; sons, Bobby Thomas and wife Brenda of Rockport and Bruce Wayne Thomas and wife Peggy of Shepherd; brother, Curtis Donovan of Conroe and numerous other family and friends. Services were held Saturday, Aug. 14, at Neal Funeral Home. Interment followed in Farley Chapel Cemetery, Shepherd.

WIGGINS
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Patrick Lee Wiggins, 22, of Livingston will be held Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston with Rev. J.C., Coach John Taylor and Coach Bloom officiating with interment to follow in the Bluff Creek Cemetery in Livingston. He was born March 17, 1988, in Livingston, the son of Owney Ray Wiggins and Cynthia Laughlin and passed away Aug. 16, 2010, in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his daughter, Payton Marie Wiggins; daughter, Piper LeeAnn Wiggins; wife, Katy; parents, Owney Ray “Ziggy” and Paula Wiggins; grandmother, Rose Marie Wiggins, grandparents, James and Ginger Laughlin; brother, James Russell Whitney; brother and sisterin- law, Jason and Elizabeth Roark; Christopher and Amy Rushing, brother and sisterin- law, Brandon and Amber Rushing, and sister, Tabatha Rushing. Numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews also survive. Cochran Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Please sign our online register at www.cochranfh.com.

WATTS
HOUSTON — Funeral services for Margort Joyce Watts (Trouble) were held Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, at New Life Baptist Church, Houston, where she was a member. She was born on Feb. 12, 1949 in Livingston, the daughter of Mildred and A. D. Joyce. Margort accepted Christ at an early age at the Anderson Chapel Baptist Church of Livingston. Margort attended Dunbar High School of Livingston, where she was drum major and majorette in band. Her nickname was “Trouble.” Margort is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, A.C. Joyce, Spence Joyce and Jerry Joyce and sister, Clara Mae Watts. Survivors include three daughters, Blemethe Watts, Tameathe Powell (Jerry) and Candice Earls (Dewayne) of Houston; sisters, Roxie Joyce, Lillie McNack (Ralph), Katie Alimon, Ruby Jean (Cookie) Joyce of Houston, Martha (Sue) Francis of California and Mary Lister (James) of Conroe; aunts, Anne Fae Vance, Christine Williams of Houston and Ollie Mae Williams of Livingston; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; best friend, Daphne Gardner of Livingston and a host of other relatives and friends. All Peoples Funeral Home of Houston was in charge of arrangements.

BOND
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Robbye Lou Bond, 76, of Livingston will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at Central Baptist Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Barry Jeffries officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Rose Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers will be Tyler Bond, Huston Bond, Jeremiah Driggers, Barry Bushart, Neal Nettles, Jimmy Dwayne Bond, Robert Glenn Bond, Gary Davis, Todd Gardner and Steven Arreguin. She was born March 30, 1934 in Livingston, the daughter of John William Alexander and Mamie Gertrude Robinson Alexander, and died Aug. 16, 2010 at her home in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents and brothers, William “Cotton” Alexander and Truett Alexander. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Bond of Livingston; Debra Sue Crawford, daughter; Pam and Neal Nettles, daughter and son-in-law; Keri Lynn Bond, daughter; Gene “Dinky” and Sandy Bond, son and daughter-in-law; Kenneth Bond II, son; Billy Doyle Alexander, brother; Betty Sue Arnold, sister; 10 grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

READ
CONROE — Hollis Joe Read, 56, of Navasota died on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, after battling cancer. He was surrounded by his family. He was born May 25, 1954 to Coy and Wilma Thomasson Read, both deceased. He is survived by his wife, Pamela White Read and children Gloria Ogundeji and Ana Kessler of Conroe, Jeremia Cargill of New Boston, Richard Frazier of Navasota and Cindy Frazier of Huntsville; mother-in-law, Sue White of Navasota; brothers Ray Read of Grangerland and Coy Read of New York; sister, Ruthie Parker of Shepherd; eight grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren and many other dear relatives and friends. Services were held Tuesday in the Metcalf Funeral Chapel in Conroe, with Pastor Henry Sanders of Faith Outreach Christian Center in Navasota officiating, assisted by Clarence Dalrymple. Burial followed in Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan. You may leave a tribute to the family at www.metcalffuneraldirectors. com.

DAVIS
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Robert Mitchell Davis Sr., 47, of New York, N.Y., previously of Livingston, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, at First Community Baptist Church in Leggett, with the Rev. Juanita Davis officiating. Burial will follow in New Wensley Cemetery in Leggett. Mr. Davis was born March 19, 1963 in Livingston, the son of the late Ruthie Davis and James Davis, and died Aug. 13, 2010 in New York. He was a graduate of Livingston High School. Survivors include his wife, Sabrina Davis of New York, N.Y.; two sons, Robert Davis Jr. of Livingston and Mitchell Davis of New York., N.Y.; two grandchildren, Brandon A. Davis of Livingston and Ja Quesha Forte of New York, N.Y.; father, James Davis (Rev. Juanita Davis) of Bronx, N.Y.; mother and father, Mrs. Rena and James Thompson of Livingston; sister, Cynthia Waite (George) of Bronx, N.Y.; aunt, Anna Davis of Leggett; uncles, James Z. Thompson (Ida) of Katy, Tommy Thompson (Evelyn) of Patton Village, Wilbert J. Thompson (Eva) of Splendora, Henry L. Thompson of Livingston, Thornton Davis (LaTice) of Bronx, N.Y. and Donald R. Robinson (Jean) of Houston; two great-aunts, Eleasa Carter of Sarepta, La. and Louise Taylor of New Willard; greatuncle, Jim Jessie of Livingston and a host of other relatives and many friends. Pallbearers will be Ricky Harrell, Avery Mitchell, Bruce Green, Gerald Robinson, George Waite and Rodney Thompson. Honorary pallbearers will be James Davis, Thornton Davis, Earl Forte and Ricky Forte. Duncan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

PUCKETT
LIVINGSTON — Joel Newton Puckett, born Feb. 7, 1936, in Camden, to Walter and Naomi Matthews Puckett, died on Aug. 16, 2010, in Houston at the age of 74. Joel owned his own logging business; he loved to hunt, fish and truly enjoyed farming. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patsy Ellen Puckett; sons, Joel Wayne Puckett and Gregory Lyn Puckett and wife Teresa Puckett; brothers and sisters, Nage Puckett, Onnie Lee and Betty Puckett and Flautie Hon and husband David; grandchildren, Wesley and Brittany Puckett, Britney and John Sanders, Wade Puckett, Matt Puckett, Chi Anne Puckett, Ashley and Billy Moffett, Karen and Dandy Bergman and John E. Davis; great-grandchildren, Westin Lyn Puckett, Ramie David and J.L. and Jagger Ray Bergman. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Etheleen Parrish. Pallbearers will include Wesley Puckett, John Sanders, Matt Puckett, Billy Wayne Jones, Bo Treadway, Wade Puckett and John E. Davis. Honorary pallbearers will include Gilbert Machost, Edward Holder, Robert McLaurin, David Hon, Paul Parrish, Randy Bowman, Donald Blakley, Tom Gardner, Shelby Clamon and Earl Abbott. A celebration of Joel’s life will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Frank Hood officiating. Interment will follow in Center Grove Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

AVERY
CLEVELAND — Betty S. Avery of Goodrich, 74, died on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, in Conroe. Betty was born Sept. 9, 1935 in Plainview, to the late Thurman and Myrtle McCullar. Betty was preceded in death by her daughters, Peggy Sue Avery and Beth Ann McCullar; brothers, JD, Clyde, Bill, Donnie and Herman McCullar and sister, Beulah Puckett. Betty is survived by her husband, Joe C. Avery; daughter, Brenda Ruth Avery Samuelson and husband Phillip Sr.; brother, Jessie McCullar and wife Melba; sisters, Beatrice Watts and husband Larry and Barbara Gibbons; grandchildren, Phillip, Tammy and Timothy Samuelson and greatgrandchildren, Madalynne and Brylynne Samuelson and Wayne Gibbons. Services were held at Neal Funeral Home on Aug. 17, 2010. Internment followed in Farley Chapel Cemetery, Shepherd. The Rev. Mike Chapman and the Rev. Larry Watts officiated. All services were handled by Neal Funeral Home.

FINCHER
PASADENA — Graveside services for Fannie Belle Swinney Fincher, 89, of Pasadena, were held Aug. 9 at Grandview Funeral Home, 8501 Spencer Highway in Pasadena. She was born Dec. 10, 1920 and was a former resident of Goodrich. She died Aug. 7, in Pasadena Belle graduated from Livingston High School in 1937. She and Ed made Goodrich and Cokerville their home until moving to Pasadena in 1952. She is predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Ed Fincher; her parents, A.P. and Tressie Swinney of Goodrich; four brothers and one sister. She is survived by her children; Nelda Teague (Sam), Vivian Webb (David), Edward Fincher (Jenny), Candy Poirier (Greg), and Joey Fincher (Trish); sister, Wanda Long and sister-inlaw, Mary Swinney. Eleven grandchildren, eleven great grand children and one greatgreat- grandson also survive.

STEWART
LIVINGSTON — Earvin William Stewart, born March 6, 1919 in Livingston, died Aug. 7, 2010 in Livingston at the age of 91 years. Mr. Stewart was a member of First Baptist Church of Livingston, where he attended the Men’s Fellowship classes. He was a minister in several churches. He owned his own Maytag repair shop in Livingston. He is survived by his wife, Alta Mae Brown Stewart; brother, L.C. Stewart and special niece Charlotte Burk; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Earvin Lee and Bithie Roberts Stewart and sister, Katie Dehart Stewart. Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 9, at Pace Funeral Home, with Bro. Bob Hunt and Bro. Frank Hood officiating. Burial followed at Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Mike Pullen, Jeff Parkman, Bobby Lowe, Weldon Vines, James Williams and Winfred Robinett. Honorary pallbearers were the Men’s Fellowship Class. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

TAYLOR
LIVINGSTON — Winona Taylor, born Oct. 7, 1917 in Livingston, died on Aug. 7, 2010 in Livingston at the age of 92 years. She was a member of Soda Baptist Church and a caregiver the majority of her life; she loved to help people. Her loving family includes three children, Billy Ray Taylor and wife Joyce Murphy, Jimmie A Taylor and wife Mary Dillon and Avis Nichols; brother, Jimmie Morris and wife Nelda; sisters, Christell Kelley, Carrie Bell Kelley and Faye Anderson and husband James; eight grandchildren, with special mention to Keith And Ronnie Taylor for the devoted care they gave their grandmother; 15 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Archie B. Taylor; sister, Merline Kelley; grandson, David Arnold Taylor and son-in-law, Edgar Nichols. Pallbearers were Keith Taylor, Scott Reeves, Cory Jones, Clifford Jones, Joanni Kinsela and Craig Taylor. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Taylor, Gary Taylor, Curtis Anderson Jr. and Rickey Beene. A celebration of Winona’s life was held Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Pace Funeral Home, with Bro. Frank Hood officiating. Interment followed in Bluff Creek Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

VINCENT
ONALASKA — Basil Rowell “Sandy” Vincent, 89, died Aug. 7, 2010 at his residence in Riverside, surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was born on Sept. 27, 1920 in Mt. Zion Edmonson County, Kentucky. He was the last surviving child of Squire Lewis Vincent’s and Emma Cordelia Wolfe Vincent’s nine children. While serving in the U.S. Army in 1939, he met and married Hazel Kiper Vincent of McDaniels, Ky. The couple later settled in Louisville, Ky., where he became very active in Republican politics. In 1950, he moved his family to Houston, where he was employed and served in management with Armco Steel. After retiring in 1967, he moved to Onalaska and began his new career in real estate development. Lake Livingston was being built at the time and he was an integral part in helping to develop the areas surrounding the lake in many and varied commercial and residential real estate ventures. Mr. Vincent had been a member of the Onalaska School Board and Chamber of Commerce, along with many other civic organizations. He devoted his life to his family, both immediate and extended. He never forgot his Kentucky roots, traveling numerous times a year to Edmonson County for reunions and extended visits. Sandy Vincent is survived by his wife of 71 years, Hazel; his two sons and their families, Randell and Sayrah Vincent and Howard Vincent and Douglas Warman of Riverside; his granddaughter, Georgia Kay and husband Stuart Leitch and their daughter Joanna Leitch of Murphy; and his grandson, Randell Vincent Jr. and wife Cynthia and their children, Katie and Nick of Riverside. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesdat, Aug. 10, at Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska, with the Rev. Jim Newton officiating. Pallbearers were Martin Katz, D.R. Vincent, Justin Vincent, Kenton Vincent, Christopher Thompson, Michael Thomas Randlett and Nicholas Gordy. In lieu of flowers, the Vincent family requests that donations be made in Mr. Vincent’s name to the Boys and Girls Club of Livingston. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register

REED
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Oscar Lamar Reed, 71, of Livingston were held Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Craig McCracken officiating. Interment followed in Eden Cemetery in Nacogdoches. Pallbearers were John Cain, Bentley Walters, Hoyt Pitts, John Watkins, Tommy Watkins and Grady Cain. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Hermes and Cecil Chance. He was born April 16, 1939 in Lilbert, the son of Oscar Charlie Reed and Emma Irene Rogers Reed, and died Aug. 6, 2010 in Lufkin. He is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Helen Gunderson and daughter, Ann Marie Reed. Lamar was a graduate of Port Neches-Groves High School in Port Neches. He is survived by his wife, Linda Reed of Livingston; Peyton Reed, son, of Newton; David and Jennifer Reed, son and daughter-in-law, of Livingston; Rebecca Reed, daughter, of Livingston; Donald Reed, son, of New Jersey; Mary Elizabeth Reed, daughter, of New Jersey; Carrie Reed, daughter-in-law, of Livingston; Rylea Reed, granddaughter, of Livingston; Tyler Reed, grandson, of Livingston and Rayford Hershel Reed, brother. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

HOLMES
LIVINGSTON — Phillip Clifford Holmes Jr., 63, died on July 30, 2010. He was born in Pasadena, Texas to Phillip Clifford and Thelma Lucille Roberts Holmes Sr. He was a native Texan and was a proud Vietnam veteran. He settled in Segno, and had a passion for fast cars and Chevy trucks. He was a horse lover and could play any instrument. Phillip was known as a wonderful husband, father and grandpa. He is survived by his wife of over 30 years, Anice Overstreet Holmes; mother, Thelma Lucille Roberts Holmes; daughter, Shantel Holmes of Segno; son, Phillip Clifford Holmes III of Segno; brothers, John Holmes of Houston, Jeffery Holmes of Baytown, Tim Holmes and wife Patricia of LaPorte and Christopher Holmes and wife Nancy of LaPorte; grandsons, Robin Clay Rollins II of Segno, Bryant Ross Donnell Jr., Billy Wayne Donnell and Phillip Clifford Holmes IV, and numerous friends and loved ones. He is preceded in death by his father, Phillip Clifford Holmes Sr. Services were held Tuesday, Aug. 3, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Mitchell Murphy and Bro. Mike Murphy officiating. Interment was held in Menard Chapel Cemetery in Segno. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8565. Pallbearers were Robby Rollins, Robin Rollins, Gator Elliott, Chad Edwards, Tim Holmes and Chris Holmes. Honorary pallbearers were Chance Holmes, Bry Donnell Jr. and Billy Wayne Donnell. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

GARNER
GLENWOOD, ARK. — Robert Garner, 55, of Livingston died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010. He was born on Aug. 19, 1954 in Houston, the son of Roland K. Garner and Billie Horton Garner. He was preceded in death by his father. He was a U.S. Navy veteran; a member of the American Legion Post 629, Camilla and he worked in logistics and transportation in Iraq for five years. He is survived by his son, Michah Aaron Garner of Longview; two grandchildren, Rachel Garner and Isaac Garner; his mother, Billie Garner of Belton; one brother, David Garner of Cleveland; two sisters, Judy Weir of Temple and Penny Digby of Belton and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held Wednesday, Aug. 11, at Grant’s Chapel, with Bro. Brad West officiating. Pallbearers were Brandon Garner, Cody Garner, Paige Digby, Don Wedgeworth, Ken Thompson, Jesse Garner, Tony Garner and Jimmy Horton. Arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood, Ark. Guest registry is at www. davis-smith.com.

PINA
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Fujiko “Toni” Pina, 74, of Livingston were held Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Deacon Mike Marion officiating. A Rosary was held Sunday, Aug. 8. She was born Aug. 20, 1935 in Fukuoka, Japan, the daughter of Teijiro and Masu Hori, and died Aug. 6, 2010 in Houston. She is survived by her husband, Felix Pina Jr. of Goodrich; daughter and son-in-law, Maria and Mike Life of Cartersville, Ga.; daughter, Virginia Pina of Onalaska; son, Felix Ira Pina of Woodstock, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law, Beto and Cynthia Pina of Winchester, Calif.; grandchildren, John Verhine, Tara Verhine, Jessica Life, Thomas Life, Sarah Little, A.J. Little, Anna Nell Franklin, Eliseo Pina, Clara Pina and Isabella Pina; greatgrandchild, Aiden Life and sister, Mary Dickerson of Inglewood, Calif. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301 Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301 Attn: Gift Processing or The Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, Texas 77030- 4123. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

CAMPBELL
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Henry O’Neil “Dick” Campbell, 86, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston with Rev. James Frazier and Rev. Frank Hood officiating with interment to follow in the Mt. Rose Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers will be Otis Campbell, James McClammey, Emory Lowe, Dennis Coker, Mutt Rascoe and John Garner. Honorary Pallbearers will be John A. Gaylord, Jimmy Cassity and Carney White. Military Honors provided by Fort Polk and VFW Post #8568. He was born July 19, 1934, in Goodrich, the son of John Morgan Campbell and Hattie Mae Mayo Campbell and passed away Aug. 2, in Houston. He is preceded in death by his parents and 10 brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife, Helen Campbell of Livingston; daughter, Julie Allen, daughter of Nacogdoches; daughter, Carol Bailey of Livingston; grandson, Robie Allen of Livingston; grandson, Ryan Allen, grandson of Houston; granddaughters, Christina Bailey of Livingston and Lauren McBride of Livingston; great-grandson, Blake Allen of Houston; great-grandson, Auston Allen of Houston; great-grandson, Taylor Allen of Houston and great-grandson, Brennen McBride of Livingston. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. Cochran Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Please sign our online register at www.cochranfh.com

HARDIN
LIVINGSTON — Memorial services for Belinda Kay Hardin, 56, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday Aug. 7, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Roberts officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the VFW Post #8568. She was born Dec. 21, 1953, in Gilmer, the daughter of James Richard Nix, Sr. and Zula Laverne Richards Nix. She passed away in Houston, Texas on Aug. 1. She is survived by son, D.J. Helpenstill, granddaughter, Zoey Helpenstill, mother, Laverne Nix; brother and sister-in-law, James Richard ( J u n i o r ) Nix, Jr., and Shirley W h e e l e r , James Leon ( To m m y ) Nix and wife C a r o l y n , brother and sister in law, James Lester Nix, nephew, Angela Gordy and husband James, niece and husband, Brandon Nix, nephew and Jody Nix, nephew. Cochran Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Please sign our online register at www.cochranfh.com.

KIMES
GOODRICH — Graveside Services for Peggy Joyce Kimes, 75, of Goodrich will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at Peebles Cemetery with Rev. Tom Owen officiating. She was born Aug. 20, 1934, in Anderson, S.C. the daughter of John Thomas Whitt and Birdie B. Whitt. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Sam Kimes and brothers, Kenneth Whitt and Wayne Whitt. Peggy was the most loving woman anyone could have met. She worked for Goodrich ISD for over 20 years and she was Granny Peg not only to her grandchildren but to all the children at GISD. Peggy also was a huge part of the Goodrich Volunteer Fire Department for more than 20 years, so much a part of it that a truck was named in her honor, “Miss Peggy.” She lived in Polk County since 1965 and has served as a major part of her community of Goodrich. She gave so much love and received so much love in return from family and friends. She was greatly respected and will be tremendously missed as family was the most important part of her life. She is survived by her brother, Walter Thomas Whitt; brother and sisterin- law, Pee Wee and Linda Sue Whitt; son and daughterin- law, Sammy and Denise Kimes; son and daughterin- law, Stanley and Elaine Kimes; son, David Kimes, daughter, Pamela Kimes; nine grandchildren and 16 greatgrandchildren. Cochran Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Please sign our online register at www.cochranfh.com.

HOLMES
LIVINGSTON — Phillip Clifford Holmes Jr., 63, died on July 30, 2010. He was born in Pasadena, Texas to Phillip Clifford and Thelma Louise Roberts Holmes Sr. Phillip was a native Texan and was a proud Vietnam veteran. He settled in Segno and had a passion for fast cars and Chevy trucks. He was a horse lover and could play any instrument. Phillip was known as a wonderful husband, father and grandpa. He is survived by his wife of over 30 years, Anice Overstreet Holmes; mother, Thelma Lucille Roberts Holmes; daughter, Shantel Holmes of Segno; son, Phillip Clifford Holmes III of Segno; brothers, John Holmes of Houston, Jeffery Holmes of Baytown, Tim Holmes and wife Patricia of LaPorte and Christopher Holmes and wife Nancy of LaPorte; grandsons, Robin Clay Rollins II, Bryant Ross Donnell Jr., Billy Wayne Donnell and Phillip Clifford Holmes IV and numerous friends and loved ones. He is preceded in death by his father, Phillip Clifford Holmes Sr. Services were held Tuesday, Aug. 3, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Mitchell Murphy and Bro. Mike Murphy officiating. Interment was held at Menard Chapel Cemetery in Segno. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8565. Pallbearers were Robby Rollins, Robin Rollins, Gator Elliott, Chad Edwards, Tim Holmes and Cris Holmes, Honorary pallbearers were Change Holmes, Bry Donnell Jr. and Billy Wayne Donnell. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

SMITH
CLEVELAND — Carl Joseph Smith, 88, of Moscow died Thursday, July 29, 2010. He was born on Dec. 11, 1921 in Evergreen to I.I. and Nancy Smith, both of whom preceded him in death, along with his loving wife, Dorothy Jones Smith; son, Carl Wayne Smith; granddaughter, Leah Michelle Knight; brothers, Frank Smith and Lawrence Smith; sisters, Iralee Majors, Aline Willett, and Dora Stephens. Mr. Smith worked many years for Wirt Davis Land Trust. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946 during the WWII New Guinea campaign. Survivors include his sons, Charles Smith and wife Fonda and Eddie Smith and wife Nancy; daughter, Linda Griffin and husband Earl; stepsons, Allen Jones and wife Sherian and Lonnie Jones and wife Debi; stepdaughter, Shirley Brock and husband John; brothers, Oliver Ray Smith and wife Pauline and Arnold Smith; sister, Pauline Alsobrooks; 13 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other cherished family members and treasured friends. Pastor Carl Williamson presided over funeral services held Monday, Aug. 2, at Pace- Stancil Chapel, Cleveland. Graveside services followed in Campbell Cemetery, Moscow. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Levi "Dub" Wyatt
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Levi “Dub” Wyatt Jr. were held Saturday, July 24, 2010, at Holy Ground Holiness Church in Livingston, the Rev. Manuel Dunham Jr., pastor. The Rev. Donald James was eulogist and interment followed in New Hope Cemetery in Goodrich. Mr. Wyatt was born July 22, 1941 in Goodrich, the son of the late Levi Wyatt Sr. and Mollie Wright-Wyatt, and died July 17, 2010 in Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands. He attended Dunbar High School in Livingston. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Delores West and grandson, Patrick Venson. Survivors include his wife, Johnnie M. Wyatt; children, Brenda Garrett (Luby), Effie Venson, Frederick Wyatt (Joyce), Priscilla Wyatt and Christopher Wyatt (Cindy); sisters and brothers, Hazel Walker, Alice Scott (Robert), Helen Freeman (Lonnie), Rufus Wyatt (Erma), Rogers Wyatt (Betty), Bobbie Cunningham and Carolyn Brown; daughter-in-law, Josie Wyatt; son-in-law, Luby Garrett; sisters-in-law, Helen Wright, Laurine Houston, Erma Wyatt and Betty Wyatt; brothers-in-law, Benny Venson and Henry Venson; uncles, Orange Wyatt Sr. and Corrie Wyatt; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends and special friends, Leonard McGowen, Roosevelt Bogany, Alfredo Roberts, Joseph Bogany and Lewis Phillips. McDuffie Mortuary Inc., Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth E. Winkle
CLEVELAND — Ruth E. Winkle, 86, died on Saturday, July 24, 2010, in Livingston. Ruth was born June 27, 1924 in Farris, Okla., to Leonard J. Talley and Ivy Jack Downing, both of whom have preceded her in death. Ruth was also preceded in death by her husband, James Burgess Winkle; children, Dora Lois Miller and James Don Winkle; stepmother, Lola Talley; brothers, Allen and Alvin Talley; sisters, Hazel Church and Leona McArthur and granddaughter, Vanesa Nalene Miller. Survivors include her children, Donald Joe Talley and wife Caroline of Antlers, Okla., Bruce Winkle and wife Cathy of Shepherd, Terry Morgan and husband Frank of Leggett and Betty Jo Hill and husband Jimmy of Deer Park; sisters, Odessa Dunham and husband E.H., Eunice Holloway and husband Gene and Ramona Webb; grandchildren, Toni, Don, Bubba, Jimbo, Adam, Johnny, J.R., James, Cari, Gennie, Miranda, and Jimmy Jr. and numerous, nieces, nephews, and other family and friends. Services were held Tuesday, July 27, at Neal Funeral Home. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery, Cleveland.

Helen Lucille Smith
LIVINGSTON — Memorial services for Helen Lucille Smith, 94, of Livingston will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 30, 2010, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Paul Woodword officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. She was born Jan. 10, 1916 in Doddridge County, W. Va., the daughter of Creed and Jessie Meek Sherwood, and died July 26, 2010 in Livingston. Mrs. Smith worked at the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington, D.C. during the 1930s. She was a bookkeeper for the City of Liberty for more than 20 years. She was a former president of Dayton Garden Club and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Livingston. She moved to Livingston in December of 2000 and resided at The Gardens until recently when she moved to Tall Pines Assisted Living. Throughout her life she enjoyed painting, fishing, gardening and especially dancing. One of the highlights of her life was a trip around the world with daughter Sandy. Characteristic of her adventurous spirit, Mrs. Smith was also making plans to attend the new college here in Livingston. She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Pat and Dr. Bob Cook of Livingston and Sandy and Steve Geery of Lake Dallas; sister, Jean Levins of Mansfield; brother, Charles Sherwood of Port Charlotte, Fla.; grandchildren, David Cook and Sarah Cook of Hickory Creek and Sandra Cook Burnett and Michael Burnett of Houston; great-grandchildren, Kyle Cook and Jared Cook and nephews, Dr. John Levins of Houston and Mike Cole of Rusten, Va. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Merle Weaver Endowment at First United Methodist Church in Livingston. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

May Alice Prater
LIVINGSTON — May Alice Prater, a resident of Livingston for 62 years, died Friday, July 23, 2010, in Kerrville. She was born in Temple on Sept. 4, 1919, the daughter of Annie Louise and Perry A. Bodine. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Francis Prater; son, John Robert Prater; sister, Peggy Mathieu and brother, Willis R. Bodine. Survivors include her grandson, John Franklin Prater of Austin; nieces and nephews, Mike Mathieu of Harker Heights, Patsy Beasley of Temple, Nancy Johnson of Montgomery, Tom Moore of College Station and Dan Utley of Pflugerville; sister-in-law, Ganelle Moore of Temple; great-niece, Angie Chandler of Kingwood and daughter-in-law and caregiver, Darlene Furguson Graham of Kerrville. She was married in Temple to Thomas F. Prater on June 8, 1946. One son, John R. (Bob) Prater was born to her and her husband on Nov. 20, 1947. She received her education in the Temple Public Schools, Temple Junior College and Hieronymous Business School. Mrs. Prater loved art and music. She was a member of the Livingston Art League for years, as well as the Livingston Music Study Club, where she served as president. One of her hobbies was playing bridge. A long-time member of the First United Methodist Church of Livingston, she worked as financial secretary there for 15 years. She was a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class and was active in United Methodist Women. For many years she was secretary of the Society of St. Stephen. She had worked as a hospital volunteer, beginning as a Junior Greylady during World War II, and later at the Livingston hospital. She also was an auxiliary member of the Polk County Emergency Health Board. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in the First United Methodist Church in Livingston, with the Rev. James Frazier officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Peebles Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers are the United Methodist Women and the Friendship Sunday School Class. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Bob Prater Leadership Award Scholarship through the Livingston Rotary Club or The First United Methodist Church. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

 

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