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East Texas News - Obituaries
Polk County Enterprise - December 10, 2009 - December 20, 2009

Jeff Baggett
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Jeff Baggett, 64, of Ace were held Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Perry Cathy and Bro. Joshua Cathy officiating. Interment followed in Bluff Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael Criswell, Jerry Murphy Jr., Roger McNeil, Ian Stangle, Michael Crim Sr., Michael Crim Jr. and Gerald Munson. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568. He was born Sept. 21, 1945, in Deadwood, Texas, the son of James “Jim” Baggett and Reba A. Parker Baggett, and died on Dec. 12, 2009 in Houston. Mr. Baggett served in the Army during Vietnam. He is survived by his mother, Reba Murphy of Livingston; daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Rodney Patrick of Livingston, Melissa and Rodney McLemore of Onalaska and Tammy and Cody Simmons of Corrigan; son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Melinda Buzbee of Tyler; 12 grandsons; two granddaughters; sisters, Jimmie Usher of Splendora and Sherry Cox of Livingston; sister and brother-in-law, Dana and Jerry Murphy of Livingston and brothers and sisters-in-law, Joseph and Francis Baggett of Livingston, Tommy and Lana Baggett of Livingston and Sidney and Cama Cox of Segno. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh. com.

Lisa Darnell
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Lisa Christine Darnell, 19, of Coldspring will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Captain McCain and Lt. Rogers officiating. She was born April 13, 1990, in Houston, the daughter of Carl Darnell and Kristine Kubes Darnell, and died Dec. 12, 2009, in Coldspring. She is preceded in death by her grandmother, grandfather, great-grandparents and numerous uncles. She is survived by Alexandria Kristine Darnell, daughter, of Coldspring; Carl and Kristine Darnell, parents, of Coldspring; Michael Bain, brother, of Coldspring; Michael and Dawn Hale, uncle and aunt, of Livingston; Reggie Kubes, uncle, of Spring; Paula Chapman, aunt, of Spring; Kevin Kubes, uncle, of West Palm Beach, Fla. and numerous cousins, other relatives and close friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to account number 2448785 (in the name of Dawn Hale) at First National Bank to benefit Lisa’s daughter. Cochran Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh. com.

Evelean Criswell
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Ms. Evelean Criswell of Houston and formerly of Livingston, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Anderson Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Joseph Daniel officiating. Evelean passed away Monday Dec. 14, 2009 in Houston. She attended public schools in Livingston and graduated from Livingston High School. After graduating high school, she attended Massey Business School in Houston majoring in business. She leaves to cherish her memories a loving daughter, Maricia Jackson (Eric Jackson) of Houston; granddaughter, Asia Jackson of Houston; four aunts, Christine Williams, Annie Faye Vance, Minnie Branch all of Houston and Ollie Mae Williams of Livingston. Special friend, David Bass, and son Aaron Bass of Houston and a host of other relatives and friends also survive. Duncan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Marlin Frank “Buddy” Barnes
LIVINGSTON — Marlin Frank “Buddy” Barnes of Livingston died on Dec. 13, 2009. He was born in Goodrich on Jan. 23, 1923. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Irene Carr Barnes; son, Mark Marlin Barnes and daughterin- law, Diana Lucille Barnes; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; stepson, Rodger Jones and many, many friends. He is preceded in death by his first wife of 41 years of marriage, Ellen Ruth Barnes; father, John Barnes and mother, Myra Barnes. Mr. Barnes retired after 31 years of merited employment with Slumberger Oil Field Company. In which he traveled throughout Texas and the United States. He was known as a hard worker at everything he did with great efforts and accomplishments and a wise businessman and rancher who loved life and laughter. He and his first wife, Ellen, co-founded Trinity Lutheran Church of Livingston. In the latter years he and his second wife, Irene, became members of the First United Methodist Church of Livingston. In his earlier years, he was a long time resident of Houston, but his heart was always in Polk County on his ranch, to which he eventually moved. He and his long time partner and friend, Larry Pavlicek, founded B&P Rental & Supply Company for oil field rental equipment. Everyone who knew Buddy embraced a smile from either his joy or his jokes. In the last days, family members say Buddy became even closer to his Lord Jesus Christ, praying always until the end. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, in the First United Methodist Church in Livingston. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in Brookside Memorial Park in Houston. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Florene McCormick Oliver
WOODVILLE — Florene Mc- Cormick Oliver, 97, a long time resident of both Polk and Tyler counties, died on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, in Tyler County Hospital in Woodville. Florene was the first of four children of William George Walker Jr. of Rock Island, Texas and Arminta Carrie Martin of Colmesneil, Texas. She married Eugene Clarence McCormick of Leggett on June 8, 1929. They raised a family of five children in the communities of Garvey, Bold Springs and Schwab City in Polk County. Gene died on June 6, 1950, and Florene married Garlie W. Oliver in 1963. After Garlie died in 1993 she lived near her daughter, Bertha Maxwell, in the Dam B community. She was a long time member of Schwab City Baptist Church and in recent years a member of Fairview Baptist Church in the Town Bluff community. She is preceded in death by her husbands, Eugene Clarence Mc- Cormick and Garlie W. Oliver; her oldest son, Billy McCormick and youngest son James McCormick. She is survived by sons, John Earl McCormick and Harold McCormick; daughter, Bertha Maxwell; brother, Harrison Collins Walker; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 14, in the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville, with a graveside service following at Alexander Cemetery in Leggett. Officiating was Bro. Doyle Butcher. Pallbearers were Gene Williams, Keith Williams, Lynn Williams, J.P. Williams, Stephen McCormick, Kyle McCormick, Bill McCormick, Tom McCormick, Jeff McCormick and Andrea McCormick. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Chase Allen Howell
CORRIGAN — Funeral services for Chase Allen Howell, 20, of Corrigan were held Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, in the First Baptist Church in Corrigan, with Bro. Charlie Hodge and Harold Seago officiating. Interment followed in Abbott Springs Cemetery in Polk County. Mr. Howell was born Oct. 1, 1989 in Woodville and died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, in San Jacinto County. He was a Baptist by faith and was employed by IAH Adult Detention Center. He was a 2007 graduate of Corrigan-Camden ISD. He is survived by his father and stepmother, Faron and Pam Howell of Corrigan; mother, Christy Howell of Moscow; brothers, Casey Howell of Corrigan and Chris Howell of Corrigan; maternal grandparents, Judy Bridges of Moscow and Eugene Rayborn of Diboll; fraternal grandparents, Ronnie Howell of Woodville, Texas and Francis Howell of Huntsville and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were the Honor Guard of IAH Adult Detention Center. Honorary pallbearers were James Spurlock and Keith Frankens. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Huey Watson Nix Jr.
LIVINGSTON — Huey Watson Nix Jr., 73, of Livingston died on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, in Houston. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the First United Pentecostal Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Gerald Morris officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery. Mr. Nix was born Oct. 4, 1936 in Seabrook, the son of Huey Watson Nix and Edna Mae Johnson. He married his wife of 53 years, Alice Lucille Smith, on Aug. 3, 1956 in Houston. Mr. Nix was an active member of First Pentecostal Church of Livingston where he was a member for many years. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, George Wesley Nix. He is survived by his wife, Alice Lucille Nix of Livingston; daughters, Karla Hodges of Livingston, Denise Baskin and husband Greg of Livingston and Sandra Epley and husband Steve of Livingston; grandchildren, Nicholas Baskin, Todd and Stacie Baskin, Derek and Zuni Baskin, Brook and Marcos Rodriguez and Blake Hodges; great-grandchildren, Auda Faye Baskin and Mia Rodriquez; his brother, the Rev. Robert Nix and wife Sue of Lima, Peru and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family. Pallbearers were Nicholas Baskin, Todd Baskin, Derek Baskin, Blake Hodges, Keith Nix and Marcos Rodriguez. Honorary pallbearers were James Milford, Kevin Nix, Kyle Nix, Kelley Nix, Steve Epley, Greg Baskin, David Dacke and Jimmy Smith. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Cleo Anne Mix
ONALASKA — Cleo Anne Mix, 74, of Onalaska died on Dec. 14, 2009, in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert Bruce Mix. Mrs. Mix was born March 3, 1935, in Birmingham, Ala., the daughter of Oscar Theodore Schmidt and Phyllis Jane Conley Schmidt. She was a member of the Lioness Club of Onalaska. She is survived by Janell Oppy, sister, of West Portsmouth, Ohio; Lyle Schmidt, brother, of Portsmouth, Ohio; Timothy Mix, brother- in-law, of Litchfield, Ill.; Cindy Zoeller, stepdaughter, of Onalaska; Kathy Wilson, stepdaughter, of Middletown, Ohio and six grandchildren. As per her wishes no services will be held. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh. com.



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