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East Texas News - Obituaries
Polk County Enterprise - November 30, 2009 - December 10, 2009

Waldon P. Meadows
LIVINGSTON — Waldon P. Meadows, 77, was born in Leggett on April 3, 1932 and died on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009. Mr. Meadows is survived by his son, Wallace Meadows of Leggett; daughter, Dina Merryman of Houston; brother, W.T. Meadows and wife Corine of Pensacola, Fla.; sisters, Dorothy Shockley of Livingston, Corrine Abbott and husband Earl of Leggett, Annette Bonds of Crosby, Delorise McCarty and husband Frank of Leggett, Dolly Martone of Kingwood and Daphene Placker and husband Collis of Livingston; grandchildren, April Shafer and husband Lenny of Quinton, Okla., Amanda Salazar and husband Dominic of Temple and Josie Meadows of Channelview; great-grandchildren, Shelby Gomez of Houston, Brittany Gomez of Houston, Samatha Shafer of Quinton, Okla. and Mikayla Salazar of Temple; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends . He was known as someone who was always helping neighbors, family and friends and he loved working on tractors. He is preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Elvira Maxine Bonds Meadows; parents, Wiley Theodore and Beatrice Price Meadows and brother, Bill Meadows. Pallbearers were Willie Meadows, Lyle Meadows, Wiley Meadows, Tim Meadows, Wade Abbott and Tommy Baggett. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Frank Hood officiating. Burial followed in Jones Prairie Cemetery. To sign the guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

Cesca Raj’K Hollins
CORRIGAN – Funeral services for Cesca Raj’K Hollins, 45, will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at First Community Baptist Church in Leggett, with Elder Delgie Jones and the Rev. Joshua Hawkins officiating. Interment will follow in Shiloah Cemetery in Moscow. Mr. Hollins was born Feb. 5, 1964 in Corrigan and died Nov. 23, 2009 in Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin. He worked for Baker-Hughes, other jobs and then Union Pacific Railroad. He was a member of Pine Hill Baptist Church in Corrigan. He is survived by his parents, Exie Cluff and Walter Hollins; daughter, Ragaeshia Hollins; aunts, Mae Simien (Elmo) and Florine Jones, both of Tucson, Ariz., Occie Cluff, Marva Rhone of Diboll, Earlie Baldwin (Ernest) and Elnor Newton; uncles, Alsie Cluff Jr. (Annette) of Houston and Henry Cluff of Corrigan; fiancée, Shirley Battise of Houston and a host of cousins and other family and friends. Pallbearers will be Demetrion Newton, Earjaii Newton, David Newton, Artemus Cluff, Alsie Cluff III, Charlie Davis and Larry Davis. Alternates are Steven White and Chad Key.

Loraine Hutchins
LIVINGSTON — Loraine Hutchins, 88, died on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, in Timberwood Nursing Home in Livingston. Mrs. Hutchins was born April 8, 1921 in Lufkin and was formerly of Freeport. She is survived by her sons, Bubba Leonard and wife Carla from Arkansas; Jerry Leonard from Louisiana and David Hutchins from Freeport; daughters, Joyce Adkins and husband Jim from Freeport, Pat Grimes and husband Robert from Lufkin, Wanda Jones from Clearlake, Jean Norman and husband Mike from Bastrop and Cindy Nicolas and husband Rick from Livingston and 19 grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents and one son, Richard Leonard. A celebration of Loraine’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Troy Usleton officiating. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

Jeanne Lorraine Kincade
LIVINGSTON – Jeanne Lorraine Kincade, 85, of Livingston died on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, in Pine Ridge Nursing Home. Graveside services will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in Peebles Cemetery, with the Rev. Tom Owens and the Rev. Barry Jeffries officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. She was born April 7, 1927 in Memphis, Tenn., the daughter of Henry Grady Evans and Alice Victoria Smith Evans. She was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, A.E. “Rock” Kincade; son, Allie “Biddie” Kincade and sister, Alice Morris. Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Choate and husband Byron of Evergreen, Colo.; daughter-inlaw, Vel Kincade of Livingston; grandchildren, Scott Collister, Stacey Vogelbacher, Tracey Kincade, Misty Campbell, Charles Choate and Greg Choate and great-grandchildren, Ava Collister, Sophie Collister, Lily Collister, Chanse Umbaugh, Dustin Volgelbacher, Garrison Kincade, Cade Campbell, Case Campbell and Krista Choate. Honorary pallbearers will be Buck Burch and Emory Lowe. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Bobby Gene Paddy
LIVINGSTON — Bobby Gene Paddy of Ace died peacefully at his home Monday, Nov. 30, 2009. He was born March 27, 1937 in Frankston, the son of Ira Paddy and Loree Favors Paddy. He worked for many years as a truck driver for Campbell Ready Mix. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Virginia Boudreaux Paddy of Ace; daughter, Donna McNeil and husband Robert of Ace; son, Stephen Paddy of San Antonio; sisters, Shirley DeDeer of Liberty, Betty Walters and husband Pete of Leggett, Linda Paddy of Liberty and Pat Paddy of Corpus Christi and one brother, Sam Paddy of Albuquerque. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Gwendolyn Poe
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Gwendolyn Poe, 91, of Livingston were held Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Lindell Mitchell officiating. Interment followed in Midway Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Mark Pitts, Steven McDonald, Kori Wilson, Becki Sutton, Jonathan Tome, Shara Tome, Mike Knox, Elmer Sabrsula and David Pitts. She was born Nov. 23, 1918 in Trinity, the daughter of Norman L. McVey and Adele Ferguson McVey, and died Nov. 28, 2009 in Beaumont. She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Candace Pitts. Gwen was known as a loving and faithful wife of 67 years, a faithful Christian mother, a wonderful grandmother and great-grandmother and as good a cook as any in the country. She will be remembered for her wit and warm hospitality. Survivors include her husband, Paul Poe of Livingston; daughters and sons-in-law, Pat and Herschel McDonald of Livingston and Pam and Chris Tome of Austin; grandchildren, Mark Pitts, Steven Mc- Donald, Kori Wilson, Becki Sutton, Jonathan Tome and Shara Tome and seven great-grandchildren. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh. com.

Marvin L. Pounders
LUFKIN – Funeral services for Marvin L. Pounders, 82, of Corrigan were held Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Ralph Johnston, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Corrigan, officiating. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Carroway Funeral Home. He was born March 10, 1927 in Lakeland, Fla. to Thurmon and Effie Lee (Burks) Pounders. He died in a local hospital on Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, after a long battle with cancer. Marvin spent his childhood in Memphis, Tenn. and Florence, Ala. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II and later re-enlisted in the U.S. Army. Mr. Pounders began a long career in hospitality management in Galveston. Throughout his career, he managed some of the largest five-star hotels and country clubs in Tennessee, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Mississippi and New Orleans, La. His efforts were recognized by various national hotel companies, including Ramada Inn, which named him National Hotel Manager of the Year. Upon retirement, Marvin owned numerous motels throughout the East Texas area. He is remembered by his children and grandchildren as a great story teller and as a “man of many songs.” He enjoyed all sports and was a dedicated Dallas Cowboys fan. He loved the outdoors and spending time with his dog, Savannah. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Peggy Chandler Pounders of Corrigan; daughter and son-inlaw, Yana and Clark Ogletree of Corrigan; son and daughter-inlaw, Michael and Taffie Pounders of Corrigan; daughter and son-inlaw, Macy “Cissy” Allen and Jesse Caldwell of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Dusty and Carolyn Pounders Ferrow of Nacogdoches; daughter and son-in-law, Patsy and Jerry Kyle of Camden, Tenn.; son, Marvin Andrew Pounders of Katy; daughter, Gina Gelsomino of Chicago, Ill.; 25 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thurmon and Effie Lee Pounders and sisters, Odell Shahan of Florence, Ala., Lily Mae Trost of Florence, Ala. and Macy Ray of Memphis, Tenn. Pallbearers were Elton Porter of Seabrook, lifelong friend; Steve McNeil of Livingston, lifelong friend; Jimmy King of Tupelo, Miss., lifelong friend; Lee Allen, grandson, of Livingston; Randall Allen, grandson, of Livingston; Michael Allen, grandson of Livingston; Robert Ogletree, grandson, of Livingston and Donnie Harris, longtime friend, of Corrigan. Honorary pallbearers were Michael Hunter Bullock, grandson, of Corrigan; Cannon Blake Bullock, grandson, of Corrigan; Buddy Purvis, lifelong friend, of Corrigan; Don Harris, lifelong friend, of Corrigan and John Risenhoover, lifelong friend, of Lufkin. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthur Temple Sr. Regional Cancer Center, c/o MHSET, 1201 West Frank Ave., Lufkin, Texas 75904 or the Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter, 1901 Hill St., Lufkin, Texas 75901. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, was in charge of arrangements.

Vera Louise Hull
LIVINGSTON – Graveside services for Vera Louise Hull, 97, of Goodrich were held Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, in the Ebenezer Cemetery in Arp. She was born Oct. 24, 1912 in Avant, Okla., the daughter of Horton Charles Hune and Isabell Eunice Winkleman Hune, and died on Nov. 25, 2009 at her residence in Goodrich. She is survived by Robert W. and Linda Coker, son and daughter- in-law, of Houston; James J. and Hazel Coker, son and daughter- in-law, of Shepherd; Andrew J. Coker, son, of Sugar Land; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and Hazel Locklear, sister. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh. com.

Jessie Wilburn
LIVINGSTON — Services for Jessie Wilburn of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in Bluff Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, also in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. A full obituary will be in Sunday’s Polk County Enterprise. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Linda Faye Vance
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Linda Faye Vance, 59, of New Willard will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Chesswood Baptist Church, with the Rev. Donald Vance officiating, Burial will follow at Carrington Cemetery in Seven Oaks. She was born Aug. 6, 1950, in Livingston, the daughter of the late Herman and Lemmie O. Vance and died Wednesday, Nov. 25. Linda was a longtime member of New Beulah Baptist Church, New Willard. She later united with Providence No. 1 Baptist Church, in Leggett, Rev, Ronnie Coleman, Pastor. She remained faithful until her death. Linda graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 1968 of Dunbar High School in Livingston. Linda attended Texas Southern University, Houston, and was a member of the world renowned “Ocean of Soul Marching Band.” She received a Bachelors of Art in Music, Later, she received her Masters in Education from Sam Houston State University, in Huntsville. Linda was an accomplished gospel musician and singer starting at a very young age. She played the piano and directed choirs at various churches from Houston to Corrigan. She also served as First Lady and Youth Director for many years at Gailee Baptist Church, Cleveland. Linda was the founder and musician of the New Willard Community Choir. Teaching school was Linda’s career choice. She taught school at Livingston ISD, Leggett ISD, North Forest ISD, and Goodrich ISD. She taught math, science, music, reading, life skills, and coached basketball and volleyball and she loved her students, Linda retired after 35 years of service, Linda was an avid sports fan. She even played semi-pro basketball. Our sister touched many lives in the 59 years she was with us, She remained faithful to her calling and service until the end, Linda Faye will truly be missed. Linda was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Doris Flournoy; and her brother, Richard Lee Vance. Linda Faye leaves to cherish her precious memories: sisters: Dorothy R. Richards (Harvey) of Livingston, Ivory Vance Shotwell (James) of Houston, Naomi Broussard (David) of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Ardener Murray- Lewis of Houston; brothers, ,Lucas Brown Sr, (Alice), Herman Vance Jr. (Carolyn), Donald Vance (Linda), all of Houston; one aunt, Allie Pearl Davis of Livingston, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Active pallbearers are Quincy Conley, Benny Flournoy, Gerald Flournoy, Earnest Jackson, Christopher Johnson, Wesley Punch, Tommy Thompson, and Calvin Walker, Honorary pallbearers are: Lucas Brown Sr, Harvey Richards, James Shotwell, George Stanley, Michael Shotwell, Donald Vance, Herman Vance Sr. Herman Vance III, and Deacons of Providence No. 1 Baptist Church, Duncan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Norma Jean Ralston
ONALASKA — Funeral services for Norma Jean Ralston, of Onalaska will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home 6900 Lawndale Houston, Texas 77023. She passed away with her children at her side at 1:41 p.m. Nov. 30, 2009. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2009 at Forest Park Lawndale. Norma was born in Piggott, Arkansas and lived in Flint, MI, St. Louis, Mo., Ft. Worth, Seville, Spain, Knob Nobster, Mo., Grand Heights Air Force Base, Japan, Wichita Falls, Du Quoin, IL and Houston before settling down in Onalaska in 1992. Norma worked at Jerry’s Restaurant where the regulars affectionately called her Miss Norma. She always had a smile and a kind word for the patrons of the restaurant. Norma’s greatest love was for her children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren and she took every opportunity to visit with them. Her life was filled with love from each of them. Norma is survived by her three children, Glenda Pestka of Walshville, IL, Blaine Ralston and his wife Regina of La Porte, and Michael Ralston and his wife Tracy of La Porte; nine grandchildren, Tiffany Numi, Heather Pestka, Alyssa Ralston, Codi Ralston, Whitney Pestka, Taylor Ralston, Cole Ralston, Lauren Ralston, Kendra Ralston; and four greatgrandchildren, Aubrey Pestka, Olivia Numi, Landon Numi, and Logan Numi. Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn; her mother, Lula Bradford and father McKinley Bradford.



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