Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
For the Week of February 24, 2008 - March 2, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company

Marian Virginia Pace
Funeral services for Marian Virginia Pace will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 at the Pace- Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland, Texas. A graveside service will follow at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 29, 2008 at the Rosehill Cemetery in Pittsburg, Texas. Ms. Pace passed away, Monday, Feb. 25, 2008. She was born in Pittsburg, Texas on Oct. 18, 1925 to Elvis and Julia Brown. Marian graduated from Pittsburg High School and attended Tyler Business School in Tyler, Texas. She later moved to Coldspring, Texas where she worked for the local Abstract Company until marrying Carey Patrick Pace from Livingston, Texas. Pat and Marian were married on July 3, 1952 in Quantico, Virginia while Pat was serving with the U.S. aMarines. After serving his country, Pat and Marian returned to Livingston where they worked in the family funeral business. From 1956 to 1990, Marian and Pat owned and operated Pace Funeral Home in Kountze, Texas. Both were active community members. Marian served as PTA President and was president of the Kountze Professional Women’s Association. Upon retirement, they moved to Kingwood, Texas, where Marian enjoyed the outdoors, photography, and gardening. Marian was preceded in death by her husband, Carey Patrick Pace; parents, Julia Harris Brown and Elvis Brown, brother, Leon Brown. She is survived by her two daughters, Patricia Pace, Tina Beddow and husband, John Beddow; granddaughter, Leslie Garrett and husband, Jeremy Garrett; faithful dog and companion, ButterBear. Other surviving family members include first cousins Nancy Harris Acciarito and Edith Harris Kennedy; nephew, Larry Brown; second cousins, Cathy Acciarito Williams and Suzanne Kennedy Shields. Other survivors include Perry Pace III, Terry Pace, Jerry Pace, and Glen and Barbara Toler. Visitation was held at Pace Stancil Funeral, 303 E. Crockett, Cleveland, Texas from 6 to 8 p.m., Feb. 27, 2008. The family wants to extend their gratitude to the many wonderful nurses, support staff, and doctors of the Houston Medical Center Hospice. Their wonderful, gentle care to Marian in her final days provided much comfort and solace to the family during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77030- 4123 or http:www.houstonhospice. org/donations. PACE-STANCIL FUNERAL HOME of Cleveland is in charge of arrangements.

Fay Reavis Hooks
LIVINGSTON – Fay Reavis Hooks, born Nov. 3, 1915 in Sour Lake to Neil and Mary Spillers Reavis, died on Feb. 8, 2008 in Boerne at the age of 92. She was preceded in death by her husband, A.B. Hooks; brother, Harley N. Reavis and son, Ray Louis Hooks. Survivors include her daughter, Ivy Hooks and her partner Bruce G. Jackson of Fair Oaks Ranch; sons, Jimmy Neal and Carol Hooks of Bismarck, N.D., David Allen and Kathy Hooks of Lansdowne, Va. and A.B. and Patricia Hooks Jr. of Silver City, Nev.; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lucille McGowan of Tyler and Lois West of Houston and numerous other family members and friends. Mrs. Hooks graduated from Sour Lake High School and attended business school in Beaumont. She worked in Houston until she had her first child and then was a full-time mother. At the end of World War II, Fay and A.B. moved to Livingston and she resided there for nearly 30 years. She then lived in Bakersfield, Calif. before returning to Houston for another 30 years prior to moving to the Boerne area in 2004. Mrs. Hooks was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Boerne. Services were held Sunday, Feb. 10, at Cochran Funeral Home, with interment following in Forest Hill Cemetery. For those who would like to make a memorial offering, the family requests a donation to the Ronald McDonald House, 1907 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030.

Jessie James Duff
CLEVELAND – Jessie James Duff, 74, of Cleveland died on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008. He was born in Livingston on Oct. 27, 1933 to Charlie and Ruthie Duff, who preceded him in death along with his brothers, Eugene Duff and Maco Duff. Survivors include his wife, Marsha Duff; daughters, Kimberly Bennett and husband Mike and Melissa Wickham; sister, Dorothy Beasley; grandchildren, Heidi Duff, Kara Bennett, Sara Bennett, Katy Bennett, Carson Baird, Dalton Wickham, Jamie Bennett and Emma Bennett and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members and friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Pace- Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland, with interment following in Security Cemetery in Security.

Jerry Lynn Barrett
LIVINGSTN — Graveside services for Jerry Lynn Barrett, 67, of Livingston will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2008 at Jones Prairie Cemetery with Rev. Raymond Harrington, Rev. Tim Thompson and Dennis Strong officiating. Burial will follow in the Jones Prairie Cemetery in Leggett. Barrett died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 at Livingston Convalescent Center in Livingston, Texas. He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Teri Hawkins and Donald of Spring, Texas; son, Gary Lynn Barrett of Bandera, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Lee Barrett and Linda of Katy, Texas; grandson, Joseph Norris and numerous friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, Wilbert Barrett; his mother, Ethel (Dawson) Barrett and his brother Phil Barrett. He was born Dec. 18, 1940 in Madisonville, Texas, the son of Wilbert and Ethel (Dawson) Barrett. Military Honors will be provided by VFW Post #8568. Honorary pallbearers will be Dennis Strong, Bryan Hickman, Lee Barrett and Felder Dubois. He served in the Army. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William Allen Schmidt
CORRIGAN — Funeral Services for William Allen Schmidt 53, of Camden, Texas were held at 2 p.m Sunday, Feb, 24, 2008 at the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan, Texas with Pastor Charlie Hodge and Billy Poole officiating. Mr. Schmidt was born March 1, 1954 in Angelina County, Texas and passed away Friday, Feb. 24, 2008 in Livingston, Texas. He was a millright for many years and a Baptist by faith. He is survived by his wife: Mary Jane Schmidt of Camden, Texas; parents, T.F. and Gladys Nash of Camden, Texas; sons and daughtersin- law: William Allen Jr. and Jennifer Schmidt of North Zulch; Chris and Brandy Blalock of Huntington, Texas; Tommy and Shanna Blalock of Zavalla, Texas; daughter and son-in-law: Marsha and Don Eric of Livingston, Texas; brothers and sister- in-law: Jessie and Carrie Nash of Lufkin, Texas; Tom Schmidt of Wenatchee, Washington; sisters and brother-in-law: Linda and Mike Nicholson of Corrigan, Texas; Sandra Nash of Beaumont, Texas; eight grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Silas Nathaniel Starkey
LIVINGSTON —Silas Nathaniel Starkey, 69, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008 at his home in Livingston, Texas, He is survived by his son, Paul Alia Starkey of Missouri; daughters, Pauline Starkey of Missouri and Becky Starkey of Missouri; five grandchildren; sisters, Zula Mae Pena, Ruby Starkey; brothers, Walter Starkey and cousin and wife and Gary Vess and Linda of Livingston, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Starkey; his mother Mary (Ray) Starkey; his brother Loy Starkey, and his sister Clorebell Starkey. He was bom March 10, 1938 in LePanto, Arkansas the son of Charles and Mary (Ray) Starkey. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jesse Thomas Corcorran
HUNTSVILLE —Jesse Thomas Corcorran, born on Aug. 10, 1916, died on Feb. 23, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Florence Corcorran; sons, Jimmie Corcorran and wife Marie and Wayne Corcorran and wife Linda; step-daughters, Terrie Whitson and Paula (Foutz) Armstrong and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mr. Corcorran was held on Sunday, Feb. 24, in the chapel of Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home, with the Rev. Reagan Cooksey officiating. Memorial condolences may be made online at www. shmfh.com.

Sharon Laverne Allison
CORRIGAN – Graveside services for Sharon Laverne Allison, 73, of Diboll were held Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, in Holhausen-Darby Cemetery in Moscow, with Pastor Tim Fuller officiating. Mrs. Allison was born March 30, 1934 in Polk County and died Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Lufkin. She was a nurse for many years and a member of New Life United Pentecostal Church. She was preceded in death by her father, James H. Riley; son, Richard Allison and sister, Billie Murl Williams. Survivors include her mother, Thelma Riley of Corrigan; son and daughter-in-law, Mitchell and Lynn Allison of Riverside; son, Bobby Allison of Corrigan; brother and sister-in-law, James and Ethel Riley Sr. of Corrigan; daughter-inlaw, Michelle Allison of Danbury; four grandchildren; five greatgrandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ruthie Berry
CORRIGAN – Ruthie Berry of Chester died on Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, in Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Pearl Evans and her husband, Benzell Berry. She is survived by one daughter, Bennie Berry of Beaumont; aunt, Margaret Knighton of Riverside, Calif. and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 23, in the J.P. Johnson Gymnasium in Chester, with Pastor W.Z. Terry officiating. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Rupert Duwayne Wright
LIVINGSTON – Rupert Duwayne Wright died on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, in Houston. He was born May 30, 1956 in San Angelo, the son of Donald and Lois Moseley of Livingston. He had an associate’s degree in nursing, but had changed occupations and was driving a truck for Ryder. He was known as someone who enjoyed his job with Ryder and who was happy to be associated with his customers and co-workers. His interests included all sports, fishing and hunting, watching cooking shows and NASCAR. He also enjoyed barbecuing for family and friends. Survivors include his parents Lois and Donald Moseley of Livingston; his daughter, Lesa Wright of Midland; maternal grandmother, Doris Cammack of Big Lake; sister, Loretta Blevins of Big Lake; brother, Donald Mark Wright and his wife Linda of Conroe; niece, Sheila Johnson of Big Lake; nephew, Noah Wright and his wife April of Odessa; greatnieces, Chelsea Johnson of Big Lake and 1-month-old Danielle Wright of Odessa; two half-brothers and two half-sisters, all of Fort Worth; many aunts, uncles and cousins and good friends, Thurman Carter and Steve Smith. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Louise D. Thomas
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Louise D. Thomas, 80, were held Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with burial following in Holly Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Thomas died Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Cleveland Regional Medical Center, Cleveland. She was born May 6, 1927 in Blossom, the daughter of John and Beulah Sikes Quinn. She was preceded in death by his husband, James; her parents; daughters, Carolyn L. Dyer, Scylvesta M. Nelson and Claudia M. Pittman; sons, Ronnie G. Thomas, Clyde S. Thomas and Jimmy Dale Thomas; granddaughter, Nina Pittman; sisters, Loudene Quinn and Nanny Marie Quinn and brothers, Henery Martin Quinn and Billy Quinn. Survivors include her companion of 15 years, Joseph Ciccone of Rye; daughters, Tina Blakly of Rye and Linda O’Neil of Onalaska; grandchildren, Amanda Ellison Murphy and Kenneth, Imarie Blakly, Tamina Rollins and David, Melissa Dyer, Angie Dyer, Sam Dyer, Marvin Dyer, Claudia Dyer, Michelle Bargas and Juan, Jared Pittman, Dale Pittman and Suzette, David O’Neil, Ronnie O’Neil and Misty, Jimmy Dale Thomas, Tosha Thomas and Glenda Thomas; 39 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; brother, John Wesley Quinn and sisters, Lillie Mae Kiger and Bobbie Nell Brumble. Pallbearers were Marvin Dyer, Sam Dyer, David O’Neil, Kent Hardy, Ben Ellison, Ronnie O’Neil and Chris Lessman.


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