|Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
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HINTON, OKLA. -- William E. (Bill) Gregoor was born on April 1, 1919 in Elizabeth, N.J. to George (Pop) and Lolly (Neilsen) Gregoor. He died on Aug. 19, 2011 in El Reno, Okla. at the age of 92. Bill graduated high school in San Antonio and graduated from Texas A&M. He was recruited into the U.S. Army during his junior year. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII as a captain. He flew B-17s, working his way up from second lieutenant to com-mander, flying 44 missions in his plane, Virgins Delight. He was united in marriage to Maurine Sammons on April 15, 1962 in San Antonio. They lived in San Antonio until 1986, when they moved to Livingston. He worked as a car salesman at Ford Lincoln Mercury in San Antonio for many years. Bill was a member of the VFW and the American Legion in San Antonio. He attended the First Baptist Church in Livingston. Bill enjoyed wood working, working on cars, and loved boating and fishing. Survivors Include: his stepdaugh-ter, Sharon Covington and husband Dale of Winters; stepson, James Tabor and wife Carolyn of Hinton, Okla.; six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; niece, Ann Langley; nephew, Bill Langley, as well as other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Lolly Gregoor; his wife, Maurine Gregoor and sister, Ruth Langley. Services were held Saturday, Aug. 27, in Niles Cemetery, Hinton, Okla., with James Cudd officiating. Burial followed. Turner Funeral Home, Hinton, Okla. was in charge of arrange-ments. Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on facebook.com (Turner Funeral Homes).
CORRRIGAN -- Funeral services for David Wayne Cupples, 47, of the Barnum community near Corri-gan were held on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, in Pine Grove Church of Christ in Barnum, with Norman Turner officiating. Interment fol-lowed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Corrigan. David was born Aug. 28, 1963 in Houston and died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, in the Barnum communi-ty. He was employed by Red’s Hardware and was a member of Pine Grove Church of Christ. He was known as a loving, caring friend and lovingly known to his grandchildren as PawPaw. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dolores Marie (Cox) and Sidney Earl Cupples and nephew, Kenny Kurtz. He is survived by his wife, Carol Lynn (McCollough) Cupples of the Barnum community; daughter: Alisha Cupples of Huntsville; spe-cial granddaughter, Charity; other grandchildren, Zoe and Timmy; brother and sister-in-law, Sidney Jr. and Starla Cupples of Crosby; sis-ters and brothers-in-law, Susan and Matt Niemeyer of Houston, Sandra and J.B. Cain of Spring, Donna and Kenneth Kurtz of Pasadena and Diane and Butch Collard of Huffman; aunts and uncle, Linda Pan-cherz, Kay Layfield, Harry Cup-ples, Margaret Yates and Carolyn Kester; friend, Sean McGarity; his dogs he loved, Max, Junior and Minnie Mouse and numerous niec-es, nephews, other family and friends. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Frances Gregory Cowart, 74, of Diboll were held Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan, with Bro. Charlie Hodge officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery. Ms. Cowart was born April 18, 1937 in Colmesneil and died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, in the Hospice in the Pines Unit at Me-morial Medical Center in Lufkin after a courageous battle with cancer. She had been employed as a scale operator for Temple Inland and retired after 25 years of ser-vice. She was a Baptist by faith. She was known as a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. She is preceded in death by her parents, Blanche (Harlan) and Homer William Gregory; father of children, Raymon Odell Cowart; brother, Jack Gregory and sister, Jean Sachitano. She is survived by her son, Greg Cowart of Trinity; daughters and sons-in-law, Ramona and Gilbert Garcia of Apple Springs, Shanna Cowart of Diboll, and JoAnna and Ryan Matthews of Centerville; brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Lucille Gregory of Magnolia Springs; sister and brother-in-law, LaRue and Jack King of Lumber-ton; grandchildren, Heith Garcia and wife Summer, Britt Garcia and wife Nicole, Zane Blount, Jaylon Willis, Ian Willis, Kade Thompson, Kolt Thompson and Brianna Thompson; great-grandchildren, Jordan Garcia, Jade Garcia, Talen Garcia, Bryce Golden, Britt Hession and Jaxson Matthews; special friends, Corene White and Sheila Williams and numerous other rela-tives and friends. Pallbearers were Heith Garcia, Britt Garcia, Kade Thompson, Kolt Thompson, Zane Blount, , Jaylon Willis, Ian Willis and Wayne Ada-mick. Honorary pallbearers were Mark “Poncho” Dykes, Jack King, Jarone King and Grant King. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 1504 W. Frank Street, Lufkin, TX 75904. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
SOUTHLAKE -- Lois Merle Mitchell (Malone), known as a beloved mother, grandmother, sis-ter and aunt, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, in Southlake, Texas. She was born Dec 13, 1945 in New Caney, to Audie and Elsie Mitchell. She taught and coached at Corri-gan-Camden ISD and Chester ISD, where she shared her passion for sports and science as well as trying to instill in her students the belief that continued education was a key to success. She is preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, A.G., Buford, Paul and Jonathan Mitchell and her sisters, Estelle Clement and Beth Bullock. She is survived by her children, Aine Malone, Teal Malone Masson and husband Mark and Jeremy Malone; grandson, Devin Masson; brother, Michael Mitchell; sisters, Ethel Masterson, Maree Williams, Ruby Helms, Marilyn Williams and Faye Glosup; nephews; nieces and numerous friends. To sign the online guestbook go to http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/loismerlemitchell/homepage.aspx. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that remembrances be made in her name to the American Parkinson Disease Association.
LIVINGSTON -- Lewis Earl “Big E” Williamson, 81, of Goodrich died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2011, at his residence in Goodrich. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Fay Williamson; their children, Gwen Smith, Bob Wil-liamson, Virginia Jackson and spouse Jack, Jimmy Williamson and spouse Sue, Peach Williamson and spouse Connie and Gerald Williamson and spouse Mary Lynn; grandchildren, Robert Blunette and spouse Pam, Christina Williamson, Jodie Smith, Abby Cox, Brittany Puckett and spouse Wesley, Andy Wylie and spouse Virginia, Jacob Jackson, Maggie Pate, Renee’ Hogan and spouse David, James Williamson, Katie Solly and spouse Tim, Jerry Williamson and spouse Leslie and Michael Williamson; great-grandchildren, Westin Puckett, Robert Wylie, Ruby Tighe, Henry Pate, Kaytlyn Williamson, Oliver Williamson and Seth Williamson and brothers, Tommy Davis and Walter Davis and spouse Connie. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis Williamson, Irene and Walter Davis; brother, Charlie Williamson and sister, Nita Fair-banks. He loved all his nieces and nephews and brother-in-law How-ard Hobbs. Earl operated many successful businesses in his life, most recently Williamson Dirt. He owned Earl’s Wrecker service in Harris County for 25 years. He was known as someone who loved his family and enjoyed life to the fullest. A memorial service for Earl will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel.
NACOGDOCHES -- Funeral services for James Howard "Beaver" Hendrix, 54, of Nacogdoches will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at Big Sandy Community Church near Livingston, with the Rev. Rex Hendrix officiating. Burial will follow in Big Sandy Cemetery. Mr. Hendrix was born on Oct. 11, 1956, in Freeport, to Zaran Washington Hendrix and Barbara Good Hendrix Boudro. He died peacefully on Aug. 25, 2011 in Lufkin. James graduated from Big Sandy High School and attended Lamar Technical College. He loved the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman and loved to hunt. He was a welder by trade and his job took him to various job sites all over the US. When he was home from work he enjoyed spending time with his family. He like to BBQ for friends and family on those occasions that he was home. James was known affectionately as "Beaver" by his family and friends. James is survived by his mother, Barbara Hendrix Boudro of Nacogdoches; one brother, Kenneth Hendrix and wife, Bonnie of New Hampshire; two sisters, Linda Gilcrease and husband, Patrick of Nacogdoches and Diane Frederick and husband, Malcolm of Lake Jackson; four nieces and one nephew; and other extended family and great friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Zaran Washington Hendrix. Pallbearers will be Forrest Adams, Howard Lilley, Gerald Humble, Tom Kimbrell, Aaron Gilcrease and Justin Hindsman. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service at Big Sandy Community Church. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 1201 W. Frank, Lufkin, TX 75904. To offer condolence to sign and online register book please log onto www.lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Lee Nan Purvis, 52, of Corrigan were held on Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at the First Baptist Church in Corrigan, with the Rev. Phil Corbett and the Rev. Ralph Johnston officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan. Pallbearers were Charlie Jay Locke, Edwin Purvis, John Bradley Purvis, Randall Reinhardt, Steve Myers and Mike Lockhart. She was born Dec. 23, 1958 in Lufkin, the daughter of James Purvis and Charlene Alsbrooks Purvis, and died on Aug. 19, 2011 in San Augustine. She is preceded in death by her mother, Charlene Alsbrooks Purvis; father, James J. “Buddy” Purvis; uncle, Jay M. Locke; aunt, Myra Rathburn, and numerous other relatives. Lee Nan is survived by Milton and Carla Purvis, brother and sister-in-law, of Corrigan; Molly Locke, aunt, of Corrigan; Johnnie Byrd Thomas, aunt, of Corrigan; Mary Alice and Billy Fisher, aunt and uncle, of Corrigan; Sandra Ann Sailor, aunt, of Corrigan; Cleo “Pee Wee” Purvis, uncle, of Corrigan; John Paul and Jan Purvis, uncle and aunt, of Corrigan and numerous other relatives and friends. She was a graduate of Corrigan Independent School District and later attended and graduated from UTMB School of Radiology at Galveston. She was employed for the last 11 years at Memorial Medical Center in San Augustine. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Charlene Purvis Scholarship Fund, C-CISD, 504 S. Home St., Corrigan, TX 75939. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Nina Lee Snook, 74, of Livingston were held on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Rex Hendrix officiating. Interment followed in Bluff Creek Cemetery. She was born Aug. 14, 1937 in Honey Island, the daughter of Ernest O’Dell Harrod and Lucille Moore Harrod, and died on Aug. 20, 2011 in Houston. Nina is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, David and Melinda Burns, of Livingston, Steven and Tina Burns of Magnolia and Terry and Terry Sue Burns of Livingston; grandchildren, Diesel Burns, Peyton Burns, Gillian Carr, Cody Burns, Callie Campbell, Amber Peavy, Koby Herrington, Shona Herrington, Gwen Walraven, Erin Barnes and Capt. Eric Walraven and great-grandchildren, Dub Burns, Max Burns, Ella Carr, Ava Carr, Aubrey Barnes, Addison Barnes, Brody Barnes and Bailey Peavy. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Olan Snook and her daughter, Nina Theresa Snook. Pallbearers were James Johnson, Kenny Johnson, Jeremiah Barnes, Shane Campbell, Jason Carr and Cody Burns. Honorary pallbearers were Greg Turner, Harold Johnson, Bubba Snook and Jason Riddle. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Memorial services for Barbara Gail Staffa, 54, of Batesville, Ark. will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Orval Barger officiating. She was born Aug. 7, 1956 in Spring Branch, the daughter of Dreabon and Bernice Branch, and died on Aug. 5, 2011 in Batesville, Ark. Barbara is survived by her husband, Calvin “Jerry” Staffa II of Southside, Ark.; son, Calvin Jerry “C.J” Staffa III of Batesville, Ark.; daughters, Aimee Leighanne Arnett of Hudgens, Angela Victoria Stewart of Livingston and Airial Elizabeth Ashley of Batesville, Ark.; her parents, Dreabon and Bernice Branch of Bedias; one brother; sister, Maryanne Flowers of Livingston; two other sisters; 10 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews, as well as a host of other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Memorial services for Roger Dale Rice, 45, of Shepherd will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at the Old Family Restaurant in Shepherd. He was born Sept. 9, 1965 in Liberty, the son of Albert Rice and Lela Mae Clayton Rice, and died on Aug. 15, 2011 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by parents. Roger is survived by Vickey Rice, wife; Mikey Smith, nephew; Tammy Smith, niece; Kimberley Killebrew, stepdaughter; Jacob Killebrew, grandson and numerous other relatives and friends. Roger was known as a good man with a loving heart who wanted nothing more in this world than to cherish his wife and enjoy the open road. He was also known as a man who was always tinkering around with his bike or finding a box of parts to make something from nothing. Roger loved to spend time with his grandson, Jacob. Family members say he took great pride in the love he and his wife Vickey shared and the time they spent together. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
DAYTON -- William Keenan Manning, born Jan. 22, 1956, died on Aug. 21, 2011 at the age of 59. Ken, as he was known, was born and reared in Dayton, Texas until graduating from Dayton High School. He then attended the Uni-versity of Texas where he graduat-ed in 1981 with a bachelor’s of business administration. Ken had two brothers, John Mi-chael Manning and Jack Markham Manning, both of whom preceded him in death. Also deceased are his mother, Edna Ruth “Cookie” Man-ning and his father Dr. Jack C. Manning D.D.S. Ken is survived by his wife, Bambi Lyn Fincher-Manning; his stepson, Austin K. Fincher and his wife, Sara and grandchildren, And-rea and Marcus, all of Shepherd and his nephews, Stephen and Craig Manning. Pallbearers are Timmy Wayne Williamson, Garry Lesser, David Burns, Tracy LaBuff, Kim Graves, and Larry Clamon. James "Doc" Hall is an honorary pallbearer. Ken was the owner of many small businesses and held sales and management positions in the farm supply, restaurant and housing industries. But Ken’s true passion was ranching. He was an active cattle trader in his early years and later in his life raised quarter horses. He loved nothing more than working and caring for his livestock at the Ken Manning ranch, otherwise known as the “Tick Farm.” Services will be held at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. A gra-veside service will follow at 2 p.m. in Livingston, on the family plot at Forest Hill Cemetery.
LIVINGSTON -- Carolyn Little Lawson, known as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, after a battle with cancer. She was 62 years old. Carolyn was bom at her parents' home on Feb. 24, 1949 near Pales-tine. She grew up in Alvin, where she lived until she moved to Ona-laska in 1996. Carolyn is survived by her hus-band, Cloyde; her daughters, Angie Lawson Poole of Alvin and Amy Lawson of Danbury; son-in-law, Stan Poole of Alvin; brothers, Les-ter Little of Alvin and Larry Little of Midway; sisters, Betty Sue Vick of League City, Patsy Sicinski of Goodrich and Erna Louise Wynn of La Marque, four beloved grand-daughters Jacey, Cassidy, Trinity and Zoe; one beloved great-granddaughter, Aubrey Grace and numerous cousins, nieces, and ne-phews. She is preceded in death by her father, Randell Little and her moth-er, Erna Rhodes Little. Carolyn's banking career spanned over 30 years, beginning at First National Bank of Alvin and ending with her retirement in De-cember 2010 from First State Bank of Livingston. She enjoyed crochet-ing, bowling, good movies, and spending time with friends and family. Services were held Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Ron Ellis officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Pallbearers were Sonny Batson, Clovis Lawson, Stanley Poole, Jeff Jones, Eddie Lewis and Robert Smith Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook and view a memorial video, go to www.pacefuneral.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Noah L.E. “Red” Quinn Jr., 68, of Livingston will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. Interment will follow in Peebles Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Walt Smith, Cornelius Mangum, Don Dixon, Billy Meadows, Charles Quinn and Chris Quinn. Honorary pallbearers will be O’Dell Jackson and Jim Trent. He was born Sept. 3, 1942 in Electra, the son of Noah L.E. Quinn Sr. and Dorothy Garrett Ford Quinn, and died on Aug. 21, 2011 in Lufkin. He is preceded in death by parents and sister, Ronae Lee Woody. Noah is survived by Angela Quinn, daughter, of Livingston; Christopher and Ashley Quinn, son and daughter-in-law, of Cypress; Charles and Donna Quinn, son and daughter-in-law, of Bryant; Ark.; Farrell Stark, sister, of San Antonio; Cary Quinn, brother, of San Antonio; Megan Bartholmey, granddaughter, of Livingston; Kendall Quinn, granddaughter, of Cypress; Hudson Quinn, grandson, of Cypress; Florence Onay, granddaughter, of Bryant, Ark; Vicki Wolfe, niece, of Ft. Worth; Donna Blackwell, niece, of Gilmer; Sandy Merritt, niece, of Gilmer; Tanya Jacks, niece, of Arlington; Michelle Casas, niece, of Livingston; Kimberly Placker, niece, of Livingston and numerous other relatives and friends. He was a graduate of Harold High School in Harold, Texas and later joined the United States Air Force. He later worked for the United States Postal Service and was employed with them for 20 years until retirement. Following retirement he went to work for Livingston ISD as a bus driver for another 10 years until retiring recently. He was a member of the Optimist Club, where he served as a past president. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
CLEVELAND -- Louise Lindsey, 89, of Cleveland died on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in Kindred Hospital in Houston. Mrs. Lindsey was born in Bar-num on July 28, 1922, to parents Carroll D. and Mary Fortune. She was preceded in death by her par-ents; her husband, Wilson Brooks; sisters, Loyce Jo Siegel and hus-band Sam and Sadie Elmore and husband William and her nephew, Harry Siegel. Survivors include her nieces, Olivia Elmore and husband Ron-ney and Regina Kresta and hus-band Larry; nephews, Joe Knox and wife Jenny, Gary Knox and wife Vicky, Ben Siegel and David Elmore and wife Peggy and numerous other loving and caring family members and faithful friends. Bro. George Hayden presided over graveside services held Satur-day, Aug. 6, in Brookside Memorial Park Cemetery, Houston. Pace Stancil Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Peggy Elaine Tamburello, 61, of Conroe were held Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Kjell Johansson officiating. She was born June 29, 1950 in Houston, the daughter of Ruben Alton Meadors and Ramona Howard Meadors, and died on Aug. 15, 2011 in Conroe. She is preceded in death by father. Peggy is survived by Lyndon Tamburello, husband, of Conroe; Ramona Howard Meadors, mother; Angela and Mario Morquecho, daughter and son-in-law, of Conroe; Brian and Angie Tamburello, son and daughter-in-law, of Harper; Janice Smith and husband Ralph, sister and brother-in-law, of Porter; Sheilah Watson and husband Rick, sister and brother-in-law, of Tomball; Shelley Gibson, sister, of Markham; Russell Meadors and wife Starlett, brother and sister-in-law, of Atascacita; grandchildren, Kali Morquecho, Mario Morquecho and Cannon Tamburello and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
ONALASKA -- Graveside services for J.D. Click, 90, of Onalaska will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska, with the Rev. Don Wilkey officiating. He was born April 24, 1921 in Concho, the son of Roy Elgin Click and Lela Mae Summerville Click, and died on Aug. 17, 2011 in Huntsville. He is preceded in death by parents; wife, Kathryn Click; brother, Roy Elgin Click Jr.; sisters, Ruby Faye Moseley and Bessie Mae McGinnis; brother, Raymond Leonard Click and sisters, Avis Wilma Sheffield and Annie Lou Haile. J.D. is survived by Earlene and Ran Williams, sister and brother-in-law, of Vidalia, La.; Stella June and Merk Harris, sister and brother-in-law, of San Saba and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON – Kenneth Eugene Strength, born Dec. 8, 1956, died on Aug. 15, 2011. He was preceded in death by his father, James Silas Strength; mother, Helen Lucille Strength and wife, Linda Kay Strength. Survivors include his son, Kenneth Cody Strength; daughter-in-law, Casey Strength; brothers, Jimmy Wayne Strength and James Curtiss Strength; sisters, Charlotte Ann Crawford, Jennifer Lynn Clouse and Loretta Faye Basham; brothers-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
HOUSTON -- Ode Thomas Car-lisle Jr., 91, died on Aug. 14, 2011 in Atlanta, Ga. He was born Sept. 11, 1919 in Veach, a sawmill town in East Texas. His parents were Ode. T. Carlisle Sr. and Orena Catherine Warwick. Ode Jr. was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; daughters, Carol Jeanne (1947-1985) and Claire (1953-1958) and by his younger brother, Jean War-wick Carlisle. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Gloria Gardiner Carlisle; daughter, Catherine Carlisle Haas and son-in-law, Thomas K. Haas of Duluth, Ga. and by his nephew, Jean Dudley Carlisle and family of Livingston. Ode was raised in San Augustine County and Livingston. Ode was born curious, especially about technical things. His father’s friends at the sawmill, including a blacksmith, became his mentors. He graduated from Livingston High School in 1936. Ode’s high school teachers made sure that Ode would have access to a college education in engineering, and Ode chose chemical engineer-ing, which he greatly enjoyed all of his long life. At The University of Texas, Ode was elected to four honor societies: Phi Eta Sigma; Phi Lambda Upsilon (chemistry); Omega Chi Epsilon (chemical en-gineering); and Tau Beta Pi (all engineering). He was appointed to a two-year term (1939-41) as stu-dent editor of the Journal of Archi-tecture, Engineering and Industry. As an undergrad chemical engi-neering student, Ode taught draft-ing, calculus, and machine design, the latter to aid technicians in the war effort. Ode’s senior chemical engineering design project was submitted to the Engineering Council for Professional Develop-ment, as part of the package re-questing national accreditation for the UT Chemical Engineering De-partment. The department was accredited in 1943. In 1942 Ode received a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1942, the War Production Board directed all 1942 chemical engineering graduates in the U.S. to enter essential chemical industries, and directed all draft boards not to draft them. Ode reported for work at the Union Carbide chemicals plant at Texas City, on Galveston Bay, on June 8, 1942. Ode was assigned for a while to the Coast Guard in Galveston, where shrimp boats and private boats were used for patrolling during WWII due to planned German U-boat incursions in the area. The Germans wanted to disrupt oil shipments out of Texas. While at Union Carbide in Texas City in the early 1940s, Ode’s ca-reer included management of the ethanol and ethyl ether production unit; training of what were believed to be the first group of women op-erators in a chemical plant; and managing repairs to buildings and equipment following the intense July, 1943 hurricane. In 1944, Ode was transferred to management of the isopropanol/acetone unit, where he sought improvements via experiments and a small pilot plant. The surrender of Japan on Aug. 16, 1945 ended WWII and the crit-ical shortages of labor and mate-rials in the chemical units. A Process Development Department was formed at Union Carbide. Ode led the design, construction, and operation for isopropanol, and the detailed process design for three new large-scale plants which oper-ated for over 50 years. Ode met and fell in love with Gloria Gardiner, a typist and the secretary to the Union Carbide plant manager. Ode and Gloria were married on June 22, 1946 in Bunkie, La. They lived in Galves-ton and later raised their family in La Marque. On April 16, 1947, Ode was at work and became an eyewitness to the “Texas City Explosion” of the ship Grand Camp in the Texas City harbor, one of three ships in adja-cent slips loaded with thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer in paper bags. His vantage point was outside his office 3 1/2 miles away. He saw the shock wave ex-pand from the explosion, which crushed people, smokestacks, cars, homes, and whole sections of the chemical plants above and below ground. The next morning, at 1:15 a.m., a second loaded ship, the Wilson B. Keene, exploded. A few minutes later the third loaded ship, the High Flyer, also exploded. Ca-sualties near the explosions were 512 killed and 3,000 wounded. From 1948 throughout the 1950s, Ode organized and directed a program to measure and minimize the waste water effluents of every production unit in the Texas City and Seadrift plants. In May 1957, Ode was named leader of the plastics group after running the chemicals group. In May 1958 Ode was named superintendent of Process Development, and, in 1966, director of Process Development and Plant Laboratories. Ode also served as plant patent coordinator and curriculum advisor to the University of Houston Chemical Engineering Department, and as advisor to the Texas A&M Chemistry Department. In 1971, Ode was named coordinator of Operations Improvement for the Texas City Plant. In 1978, he joined Hudson Engi-neering Corp. as senior process engineering consultant. Ode served as lead process engineer for a large pilot plant near Alvin, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, to evaluate the production of natural gas dissolved in geopressured geo-thermal salt water deposits in coastal areas of Texas and Louisi-ana. Ode also served as lead process engineer for a project to heat the VA hospital at Marlin us-ing geothermal water from the Mexia-Luling-Talco fault. In 1980, Ode joined Matthew Hall Engineering in Houston. In 1981 Ode redesigned the gas puri-fication part of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant at Bontang on the east coast of Borneo, Indonesia. The new design gave an 86 percent increase in capacity and eliminated the problems of cooling the plant with sea water. Recent information indicates that the Bontang site now has the world’s largest LNG opera-tion. During the years that Ode worked on the Indonesian projects he made three trips to the plant sites at Bontang, which he greatly enjoyed. Ode was also assigned as lead engineer to prepare 100 new engi-neering, procurement, and con-struction specifications for the Ex-xon Santa Ynez project offshore from Santa Barbara, Calif. At Mat-thew Hall, Ode also designed sev-eral sections of a plant at Tel Adas in northeastern Syria, to recover natural gas liquids from gas wells. Ode’s sections included gas gather-ing and a tetraethyl lead mixing facility to produce a low octane motor fuel. Ode retired from Mat-thew Hall in 1986 and consulted with Hudson Engineering for three more years. In the late 1990s, Ode was the prime witness in a lawsuit by 12 Union Carbide insurance compa-nies, alleging Union Carbide had been negligent in the 1940s with respect to water pollution, 50 years after the alleged infractions. Ode presented from his notes and mem-ory his effluents abatement work in the late 1940s and 1950s. Ode pre-sented the Union Carbide case and Union Carbide won the lawsuit. Ode was a member of the Ameri-can Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) for over 65 years. He was also a member of the American Chemical Society. From 1953 to 1977, Ode and Gloria were active members of the First Methodist Church in La Mar-que, and from 1977 to 2009 were members of the Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in Hou-ston. Ode’s hobbies were history, technology, photography, genealo-gy, maps, and woodworking. Ode and Gloria enjoyed Civil War his-tory and trips to battlefields. He loved to play bridge. He and Gloria grieved the loss of their daughters, Carol and Claire, and were very supportive of daughter Cathy’s musical, academic, and advertising career interests. Ode is especially missed by the Bettye and Leon Anhaiser extended family of Sugar Land. A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home Chapel, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston. Interment will follow in Memorial Oaks Cemetery. DAVIS LIVINGSTON -- Edward O’Neal Davis, 91, was born in Nogalus Prairie on Oct. 9, 1919, to Jesse and Ola Dee Davis, and died on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2009. E.O. enjoyed gardening and hunting. He is survived by his wife, Flos-sie; daughters, Ella Faye Napoleon, Nelline Strange and Diane Mansel; sisters, Gertie Jones, Delma Barr and Dorothy Brittingham; grand-children, Chad Mansel, Charlotte Mallory, Teresa Stewart and nu-merous other relatives and many friends. E. O. is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jesse Ray Davis; sister, Hattie Faussett and grand-son, Jesse Stewart. A celebration of life was held at Friendship Harbor Church in Trini-ty on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, with the Rev. John Budd and the Rev. Reagan Duncan officiating. Burial followed in Chita Cemetery. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook and view a memorial video, go to www.pacefuneral.com.
HOUSTON – James Michael Maxwell died on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, in the Veterans Hospital in Houston. Born Feb. 16, 1942 in Houston, he was a graduate of Bellaire High School and attended Sam Houston State and the University of Hou-ston. As a youngster, he became a charter member of Willow Mea-dows Baptist Church. During the Vietnam conflict, he served as a medic, and afterward was asso-ciated with several insurance com-panies in the Harris County area. Mike is preceded in death by his father, James Rollin Maxwell. He is survived by his wife, Kaye; son, Clifton Rollin; daughter, Ma-rilyn; grandson, Christopher Max-well, all of Houston; his mother, Jean Peebles Maxwell of Livings-ton and sister, Ann Rollin Looney of San Antonio. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Houston. In-terment with military honors will follow in Forest Park Cemetery, Houston.
LIVINGSTON -- Memorial services for Judy Ann Kennedy, 64, of Livingston were held on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. She was born Jan. 17, 1947 in Bowie, the daughter of Arthur Freeman Lain and Helen Winona Childs Lain, and died on Aug. 14, 2011 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Dorothy Sue Lain and Linda Jean Prater. Judy is survived by Tina Adams, daughter, of Belton; Rodney Kennedy, son, of Beaumont; Ronald Kennedy, son, of White Deer, Pa.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Millard Lain, of Livingston and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Samuel Davis Sr., 69, of Leggett will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at Providence No. 1 Baptist Church in Leggett, with the Rev. Donald Vance officiating. Interment will follow in New Wensley Cemetery in Leggett. Mr. Davis was born on Feb. 12, 1942 in New Willard, the son of the late Joseph L. Davis and Ellen Mae Baltrip Davis, and attended Dunbar School. He was a Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Creola Davis, whom he married on Dec. 23, 1966 in Livingston; daughter, Diana Davis of Dallas; sons, Samuel Davis Jr., Vernon Davis (Jean) and Charles Davis, all of Leggett, James Davis (Alishia) and Jeffery Davis (Cassie), all of Conroe and Darrell Davis (April) of Willis; sisters, Bobbie Dosia and Jimmie Wyatt (Willie), all of Leggett and Ada Faye Loftin (James) of Dallas; 19 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Samuel Davis Jr., Vernon Davis, James Davis, Charles Davis, Jeffery Davis and Darrell Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Willie Wyatt, Christopher Wyatt, Christopher Lynn Wyatt, James Baltrip, Mark Dosia and Marlon Williams. Duncan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Miriam S. Lockhart, 91, of Cor-rigan were held Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan, with Bro. Ralph Johnson officiating. Interment followed in Carmona Cemetery in Corrigan. Mrs. Lockhart was born June 29, 1920 in Carmona and died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, in Cor-rigan. She was a member of First Bapt-ist Church of Corrigan and a faith-ful member of the Willing Workers Sunday School Class. She was em-ployed for numerous years by the United States Postal Service as a clerk at the Carmona Post Office. She also enjoyed her time as an election worker for many years. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence Sailor and Faye (Whitter) Sailor; sister:, Barbara Ann Cross and brothers, Jimmy Sailor, and Sam Sailor. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Thomas Lockhart of Corrigan; son, James Thomas Lockhart of Corrigan; daughter, Mila Banville of Pasadena; brother-in-law, Glenn Cross of Crockett; sister-in-law, Opal Sailor of Pasadena; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and numer-ous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Billy Mac Cockrell, Charlie Cline, David Ray, Larry Burris and Vance Vickers. Honorary pallbearers were Lloyd Adams and Billy Reynolds. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for William Charles Chandler, 67, of Corrigan were held Saturday, August 13, 2011, in the First Bapt-ist Church Family Life Center in Corrigan, with Bro. Ralph Johnston officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery in Corri-gan. Mr. Chandler was born on June 14, 1944 in Livingston and died on Aug. 10, 2011 in Lufkin. He was a welder for Damascus Machinery and a Pentecostal by faith. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. When it came to baseball, he was Corrigan’s best fan and he thought family was the absolute best. He was known in the community for being a hard worker and he was always ready to lend a helping hand. He is preceded in death by his parents, William Wilford and Do-rothy Alice (Gossett) Chandler and daughter, Stacie Chandler. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Frances Janette (Longino) Chandler of Corrigan; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Kelly Chandler of Corrigan; daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and Tommy Mrazik of Corrigan; brother-in-law and wife, Richard and Dorothy Longino of Coushatta, La.; grandchildren, Kyle Chandler of Corrigan, Josh Mrazik of Virginia Beach, Va. and Heather Mrazik of Corrigan and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Kyle Chandler, Tracy Gossett, Bush Smitherman, Jason Lawson, Tom Mrazik, Josh Mrazik and Justin Hudspeth. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Davis, Jimmy Chandler, Andy Langston, Larry “Ronnie” Lawson Sr., Glen Sanford, Robert Gossett, Raymond “Buck” Bell, Leland Mitchell, Ron Green, Sammy Maxey, Sam McDonald, Ron Wil-liams, Anthony Page, George DuVall, Harold Seago, Billy Saxon, James David, Daniel Brooks, Jerry Hudspeth Jr., Todd Mezger, Travis Smith, Charles Graham, Trampas Hensley and Buddy Langston. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Leona Abbey Sylestine, 77, of Livingston were held Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at the Multi-Purpose Center in Livingston, with Elder Debra Kleinman-Battise, CLP officiating. Interment followed in the Reservation Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Edmond Bul-lock, Neal Bullock, Terry Sylestine, Irrin Sylestine, Johnathan Cernek and Kevin Sylestine. Honorary pallbearer was Benjamin Anderson. She was born Feb. 14, 1934 in Elton, La., the daughter of Martin Abbey and Sarah Battise Abbey, and died on Aug. 10, 2011 in Lufkin. She is preceded in death by parents; son, Gregory Sylestine; brothers, Edward Abbey, Roy Abbey and Wilburn Abbey and sisters, Adeline Battise, Lucille Alexander, Ina Maldonado, Cora Abbey and Stella Abbey. Leona is survived by Clem Sylestine, husband, of Livingston; Pam Anderson, daughter, of Houston; grandchildren, Elizabeth Sylestine of Houston and Raymond Anderson of Houston; great-grandchildren, Benjamin Anderson of Houston, Morgan Anderson of Houston, Aiden Anderson of Houston and Laine Sylestine of Houston and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Mary Louise Cleveland, 75, of Shepherd were held Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, at the Family Life Church in Goodrich, with the Rev. Cary Baskins officiating. Interment followed in Farley Chapel Cemetery in Shepherd. She was born June 2, 1936 in Shepherd, the daughter of Lee Hoot and Lula Mae Jones, and died on Aug. 6, 2011. Mary is survived by Gary Parker, son, of Iowa Park; Lula Mae Hoot, mother, of Shepherd; Myrtle Simmons, sister, of Shepherd; Frances Butler, sister, of Wortham; Cheri Spencer, niece, of Wortham; Brad Butler, nephew, of Wortham; Kelly Butler, nephew, of Wortham and Marc James, nephew, of Houston. She is preceded in death by her father. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Melanie Kay Patterson, 47, born April 16, 1964 in Lufkin to Wayne and Ruth Pat-terson, died on Aug. 2, 2011 in Livingston. After attending Aldine High School, Melanie worked for 23 years in the County Clerk’s Office in Harris County before moving to Livingston in 2005. She is survived by her par-ents; sisters, Deana Forrester and spouse Randy and Patti Kozole and spouse Mike; nieces, Misty Patterson Hilliard and spouse Chris and Becky Forrester; nephew, Nick Kozole; great-nieces, Emma, Vale-rie and Kaley and numerous other relatives and friends. Memorial services were held Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at Pace Fu-neral Home. To sign the guestbook and view a memorial video, go to www.pacefuneral.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Ervin Wayne Luce, 73, of Livingston were held on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, at Clawson Assembly of God in Pollock, with the Rev. Kevin Poage and the Rev. Phil Halstead officiating. Interment followed in Gann Cemetery in Pollock. Pallbearers were Earl Carrol, Calvin Small, Robert Harrison, Denton Metts, Elray Abshire and Clay Parker. Honorary pallbearers were Donnie Stephens, Gail Session, Charles Choate and Michael Crippen. He was born April 30, 1938 in Angelina County, the son of Sam Luce and Lola Bell Stephens Luce, and died on Aug. 7, 2011. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Doris Nell Martin. Ervin is survived by Marie Luce, wife, of Livingston; Patti and Chuck Cunningham, daughter and son-in-law, of Dickinson; Rex and Della Luce, son and daughter-in-law, of Livingston; Richard Luce, son, of Lufkin; grandchildren, Jason and Bridget Tobias, Chris and Lindsey Tobias, Hannah Luce, Andy Strisko, Dakota Luce and Taylor Luce; great-grandchildren, Destini Tobias, Logan Tobias, Brailee Tobias, Quinton Smith, Skylar Smith and Luchesse Tobias and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
BATESVILLE, ARK. – Barbara Gail Staffa, 54, of Batesville, Ark. died Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 in White River Medical Center in Batesville. She was born Aug. 7, 1956 in Spring Branch, Texas to Dreabon and Bernice Branch. She was an art teacher, enjoyed her grandchildren and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include her husband, Calvin “Jerry” Staffa II of Southside; son, Calvin Jerry “C.J.” Staffa III of Batesville; three daughters, Aimee Leighanne Arnett of Hudgens, Texas, Angela Victoria Stewart of Livingston, Texas and Airial Elizabeth Ashley of Batesville; her parents of Bedias, Texas; one brother; one sister, Maryanne Flowers of Livingston, Texas; two other sisters; 10 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements were by Qualls Batesville Funeral Service of Batesville and Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. No visitation is planned.
HUNTSVILLE -- Delores "Dee" Pedneau, 72, of Livingston died on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, in Livings-ton. Funeral services were held Sat-urday, Aug. 6, in the chapel of Brooke Funeral Home in Hunts-ville, with Pastor Bobby Lovett Sr. officiating. Burial followed in Brooke Cemetery. Delores married Leonard A. Pedneau Jr. on Jan. 27, 1964 and was a long time member of Jesus Name Apostolic Church in Livings-ton. Delores is survived by two sons, Bill Ard and wife Darlene and Ed-die Ard and wife Belinda; three daughters, Rebecca Overton and husband Jeff, Debra Roller and husband Mark and Loretta Jones, spouse of Wes Forbus Sr.; 26 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren. Brooke Funeral Home of Hunts-ville was in charge of arrange-ments.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Michael Dean Battise, 56, of Houston, formerly of Livingston, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, at Indian Village Presbyterian Church in Livingston, with Elder Debra Battise Kleinman, CLP, officiating. Interment will follow in the Reservation Cemetery. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Cochran Funeral Home. He was born May 20, 1955 in Livingston, the son of Revis Taylor Battise Sr. and Juanita Pearl Battise, and died Aug. 2, 2011 in Houston. Michael is survived by Anne Battise, daughter, of Houston; Timmy Santon, son-in-law, of Houston; Michael Battise Jr., son, of Houston; Dennise Parrot, daughter-in-law, of Houston; Francesca Battise-Tapia, daughter, of Houston; Emmanuel Tapia, son-in-law, of Houston; grandchildren, Jazmine Santon, Destiney Santon, Joseph Battise, Natan Battise, Akya Battise, Mya Battise, Jacob Battise, Emmanuel Tapia and Alexander Tapia; sisters, Susan Rosilez and Opal Battise Espinoza; brother, Revis Taylor Battise Jr. and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Kenneth Harlen Williams, 76, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. The Rev. Harold Isaacs will be officiating and interment will follow in Menard Chapel Cemetery. He was born Aug. 24, 1934 in Baytown and died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, in Livingston. Kenneth graduated from Livingston High School in 1953 and attended Henderson County Junior College in Athens and Texas A&I University in Kingsville. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and will always be remember by his family for his love of the great out-doors in East Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara McIntyre Williams; his parents, Roy L. Williams and Verna Price Williams; a brother, LeMoyne Williams and a sister, Joy Nell Jackson. Kenneth is survived by Kenneth and Lisa Williams Jr., son and daughter-in-law, of Pasadena; Ri-chard Williams, son, of Deer Park; Sheila McMillian, daughter, of Waynesboro, Va.; Donald and Sherril Williams, brother and sister-in-law, of Livingston; seven grandchildren, Kyle Williams, Kent Williams, Dawn Wright, Autumn Manns, Vail McMillian, Crystal Jensen and Ashley Williams; five great-grandchildren, Madison Wil-liams, Natalie Williams, Grace Williams, Avery Williams and Ab-igail Jensen and numerous other relatives and friends. Visitation with the family will be at the Cochran Funeral Home Cha-pel from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, before the service. Acive pallbearers will be Kenneth Williams Jr., Richard Williams, Kyle Williams, Kent Williams, Donald Williams and Anthony Williams. Honorary pallbearer will be Vail McMillian. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Frances Marie Smiers, 88, of Onalaska will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Livingston, with Father Clifton Labbe officiating. Interment will follow in Houston National Cemetery in Houston. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Cochran Funeral Home and a rosary service will begin at 6 p.m. She was born Dec. 23, 1922 in Houston, the daughter of Joseph Vallone and Mary Viola Vallone, and died on Aug. 3, 2011 surrounded by her sons and several grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward L. Smiers Sr. and eldest son, Edward L Smiers Jr. Frances is survived by James L. Smiers, son, of Houston; Leslie J. Smiers and wife Patricia, son and daughter-in-law, of Austin; Larry G. Smiers and wife Karen, son and daughter-in-law, of Houston; Thomas Smiers, son, of Onalaska; grandchildren, Edward C. Smiers, James Smiers, Lindsay Smiers Moehle, Christina Smiers Knight and husband Christopher, Tamara Smiers Rogers and husband Jonathan and Christina Cole; great-grandchildren, Abigail Bible, Monica Smiers, Marcella Smiers, Eddie Moehle, Cameron Moehle, Christian Knight, Macie Rogers and Trevor Knight and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.