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East Texas News - Obituaries
Polk County Enterprise - December 18, 2008 - December 25, 2008

Nancy Eloise Matlock Hamlin
LIVINGSTON – Nancy Eloise Matlock Hamlin, 88, formerly of Onalaska, died on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, at the residence of her granddaughter, Kimberly Jean Hill and her husband Chuck, in Dayton. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, William Lee Hamlin of Onalaska; and brother, Carlton Clark Matlock of Corpus Christi. Survivors include her sons, William Clark Hamlin and wife Beverly of Spring and John Richard Hamlin and wife Carol of Livingston; daughter, Nancy Alona Hamlin Cooke and husband Brian of Houston; brother, W.C. Matlock of Kingsland; grandchildren, Michael Clark Hamlin and wife Jennifer of Bedford, Kimberly Jean Hill and husband Chuck of Dayton and Debra Kay King and husband Ricky of Livingston and nine greatgrandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 22, in the First Baptist Church of Onalaska, with the Rev. Don Wilkey officiating. Burial followed in Carlisle Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chuck Hill, Chuckie Hill, Michael Hamlin, Ricky King, Jeffrey Jessup and Steve Matlock. Honorary pallbearer was Johnathan Hill. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign to online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh. com.

Marlin Conway Brown
LIVINGSTON — Marlin Conway Brown, 81, of Livingston died on Monday, Dec. 22, 2008. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 24, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Frank Hood officiating. Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery. He was born April 24, 1927 in New Willard, to parents Charlie Monroe Brown and Panola Moore Brown. His parents precede him in death, along with his daughter, Robin Fulton; son, Rodney Brown; brother, Willie B. Brown and sisters, Mae Jedlicka, Virginia Tipps, Novie Brown Kervin, and Ollie Brown. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Estelene Brown of Livingston; granddaughter, Angelic Dalton of Houston, greatgrandson, Zackary Dalton of Houston; great-granddaughter, Destiny Caldwell of Houston; great-grandson, Xzavier Daniels of Houston; great-granddaughter, Dyamond Daniels of Houston and his brothers, Louis Brown of Angleton, Wade Brown of Humble and Jett Brown of Livingston. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Helen Dorcas Berryhill
CAMP WOOD – Helen Dorcas Berryhill, 86, of Livingston died on Dec. 21, 2008 in Livingston. She was born May 11, 1922 in Goose Creek, to James Matterson Johnson and Matilda Mae Jane Winters. She is preceded in death by both parents; sister, Nellie Jackson; brothers, Charles and Fred Johnson; grandson, Sean Kelvin Howard and great-grandson, Jason Alan Wilkerson. She is survived by her husband, Mervyn Carroll Berryhill of Livingston; sister, Hallie Makey of Crosby; daughters, Barbara H. Gillespie and husband Reginald of Goodrich, Bessie E. Insall and husband Eugene of Livingston, Alberta J. Howard and husband Andrew J. of Livingston and Lynn Howard and husband Vernon R. of Livingston; sons, Gilbert E. Shelton and wife Sherry of Waycross, Ga., Elmer R. Shelton of Slidell, La. and Everett W. Shelton of Houston; stepsons, James Knape and wife Chelli of Alvin, Charles Berryhill and wife Hodi of Houston and Carroll Allen Berryhill and wife Debbie of Mystic, Conn.; 36 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008 in the Nelson Funeral Home Chapel in Camp Wood. Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Grandson Pastor Kenneth Mayo will officiate. Pallbearers are grandsons: Benny Wilkerson, Christopher Howard, Matt Insall, Robbie Mersiovsky, Shane Howard and Michael Shelton. Alternate pallbearers are Chris Parnell, James Tedefchi and Robert Insall. Honorary pallbearer is Corey Shelton, U.S. Army (active duty). Nelson Funeral Home, Camp Wood, is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia Ann Pichardo
LIVINGSTON — Virginia Ann Pichardo was born on July 18, 1964 in Navasota and died on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2008. Mrs. Pichardo was a substitute teacher at Livingston ISD for many years. She was known as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her husband, George Pichardo Sr.; sons, George Jr. and Jesse Pichardo; daughters, Leslie Morgan and Rebecca Pichardo; grandchildren, Nikolas and Tyler Morgan; brothers, Sammy Compian, Richard Compian and Julio Montavo; sister, Lori Flores and parents, Jesse Compian and Senaida Gonzales. Other family members include Samantha, Jessica, Judy, Julie and Bo Compian. A celebration of Virginia’s life was held Sunday, Dec. 21, at the First Assembly of God in Livingston. Pastor Danny Moye and Pastor Erick Viera officiated. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. pacefuneralhome.com.

Dale Winston Polikowsky
LIVINGSTON — Dale Winston Polikowsky, 80, of Point Blank died on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at his residence. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 23, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Sue Hyde officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery. Mr. Polikowsky was born June 20, 1928 in York, Iowa, to parents Alton R. and Mildred B. Crogveek Polikowsky. He owned a hardware store for many years. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Beverly Jean Polikowsky and son, Dennis Polikowsky. He is survived by his daughter, Kim Henry of San Marcos; son, Stephen Polikowsky of Point Blank; granddaughters, Erin Adare and husband Trent of Wimberly, Kerri Polikowsky of Universal City and Lindsey Henry of San Marcos; grandson, Garret Henry and wife Brittany of Kyle; granddaughter, Haley Henry of San Marcos; great-granddaughter, Hallie Adare of Wimberly; brother, Bernie Polikowsky and wife Sharri of Spokane, Wash. and niece, Kati Lutz and husband Craig of Spokane, Wash. Serving as pallbearers were Bernie Polikowsky, Garret Henry, Jim Stalinsky, Jay Walrath, Ron Stevenson and Tommy Flunker. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Mark Steven Grant
LIVINGSTON — Mark Steven Grant was born Oct. 8, 1957 in Houston, the son of William Harold Grant Jr. and Patsy Ann Rieder Grant, and died on Dec. 17, 2008. Services were held Saturday, Dec. 20, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Paul Woodworth officiating. He attended schools in the Houston area. He married Kimberly Seckfort. From this union was born their son, Gregory Allen Grant. Mark married Lisa Gebauer on Nov. 10, 1989 in Houston. Survivors include his wife, Lisa; son, Greg; mother, Patsy; sister and brother-in-law, Tonia and Terry Dole; grandmother, Helen Grant; nephew, Chad; nieces, Toni and Taysha and numerous other relatives. Preceding him in death were his father, Hal; brother, Michael; grandfathers, Harold Grant and John Rieder and grandmother, Violet Rieder. He taught math at Livingston High School the last two years and enjoyed going to their football games. He loved the students and wanted to make an impact in their life and be a part of molding the minds of tomorrow’s leaders. He enjoyed working with the staff and employees and would often be found discussing the athletic program and other school activities with them. He enjoyed bowling and at one time bowled on a professional level. He won his first professional tournament title the day after his marriage to Lisa. Mark was also the youth bowling director and used his knowledge and skills in bowling by teaching others how to bowl. He also loved playing golf with his friends and late night fishing with the family off the dock. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

Joe H. McDonald
LIVINGSTON — A memorial service for Joe H. McDonald of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009 at The Gardens in Livingston with Rev. Roy Barbe officiating. Military honors will be provided by VFW Post 8568. Mr. McDonald was born March 3, 1942 in Ovet, Miss. to Charles and Bertha McDonald and died Dec. 18, 2008 in Livingston. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robby Ray McDonald, sisters Dorothy Hillman and Janie Dykes and grandson Bradley McDonald. He is survived by his wife Judy, son and daughter-in-law Bobby McDonald and Joy Bennett of Onalaska; daughter, Cam Rivers of Livingston; stepson, Matt Burgett of Florida; brother, B.C. McDonald of California; sister, Charlene McDaniel of Alabama, nine grandchildren, seven greatgrandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


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