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East Texas News - Obituaries
Polk County Enterprise - February 1, 2009 - February 14, 2009

Marcelle Gipson
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Marcelle Colleen (Simpson) Gipson will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 at Livingston Church of Christ. Visitation and viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 at Fifth Ward Church of Christ, 4308 Stonewall Street in Houston and again from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 at Livingston Church of Christ. Ms. Gipson was born in Beaumont, Texas, the oldest of six daughters born to Clara Jewel and Charles James Simpson. Her parents and sister, Veatrice Tatum, preceded her in death. Marcelle grew up in Houston, Texas, attending Atherton Elementary and Phillis Wheatley High Schools, graduating in the class of 1940. Her parents, who met at Prairie View A & M University, believed in education, and encouraged their daughters to pursue this course. Marcelle attended Prairie View A & M University, working summers to help pay for college. She held numerous jobs, which included working at her parents’ famous restaurant “Simpson’s Barbeque”. She graduated from Prairie View A & M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1944, and was able to attend her 60th Class Reunion in 2004. She later received a Master of Education from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Marcelle met Lorioun A. Gipson Jr. (better known as L.A.) by chance during a job interview for a teaching position in Newton, Texas. L.A. just happened to accompany the interviewing principal, Mr. Charles Lewis, to the interview. Marcelle accepted the teaching position in Newton, where L.A. was the Newton County Agricultural Extension Agent. Their chance meeting led to their wedding on April 28, 1946, and to 62-plus years of marriage. From this union three children were born. The Gipsons moved to Livingston, Texas in 1947 where her husband became the Polk County Agricultural Extension Agent. Marcelle began teaching Home Economics at Dunbar High School in 1949. After total integration in 1968, she taught the same class at Livingston High School, and remained there until her retirement in May 1984. She loved her students, and was so very proud of their accomplishments. Many continued to visit and call her even days before her passing. As a Vocational Homemaking instructor, she sponsored vocational youth and adult club activities. In addition to school work, Marcelle volunteered her time and service to numerous community organizations, including 4-H Club, Boy and Girl Scouts, and the Polk County Community Action Association. God has always been the head of the Gipson family. Marcelle has been a faithful member of the West End Church of Christ in Livingston since 1948. She regularly attended Fifth Ward Church of Christ in her old neighborhood when visiting Houston. Marcelle is survived by a loving husband, Lorioun Algernon Gipson, Jr.; son, Lorioun Algernon Gipson, III (Estella) of Vacaville, California; daughters, Veatrice Arletta Williams of San Antonio, Texas and Lois Colleen Bell (Arnold) of Tallahassee, Florida; seven grandchildren, Marcus Lorioun Williams (Jarah), Vernetha Dionne Williams, Shaunté LaDawn Gipson, Lawrence Ray Williams Jr., Patrice Lois Bell, Antoinette Nicole Bell, and Anjané Colette Bell; two great-grandsons, Jordan Daniel and Lorenzo James Williams; sisters, Charlene Bunkley (Lonnie) of Los Angeles, California, and Geraldine Osborne, Thelma Simpson, and Carol Traylor (George) of Houston, Texas; one Godbrother, Wilbert Barnett (Marilyn), and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Ross Mortuary of Houston was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Clara Faye Battise
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Clara Faye Battise, 89, were held on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, at the Indian Village Assembly of God Church, with the Rev. David Busby, Bro. Garreth Abbey and Rev. Rudy Martinez officiating. Interment followed in the Alabama- Coushatta Reservation Cemetery. She was born Sept. 14, 1919 on the Alabama-Coushatta Reservation, the second of five children born to Nelson Hardin and Nancy Thompson Sylestine. She died on Friday, Jan. 30, at her residence on the Alabama- Coushatta Reservation. She was the oldest member of the Deer Clan. Clara enjoyed a close walk with the Lord and served faithfully in the Indian Village Assembly of God Church in the Women’s Ministry group and the church choir. She was also a charter member and volunteer for many years with the Alabama-Coushatta Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and continued to participate in many of their activities. She loved to make quilts and Indian dolls, tend to her plants and pets and travel in her spare time. She was considered a loving mother to every generation of her family, raising several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was called “ahpo” by many who no longer had a grandmother of their own. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nelson Hardin and Nancy Thompson Sylestine; husband, Ramsey Battise; three sisters, Emily Sylestine, Lillie Robinson and Lucille Hilderbrand; one brother, Thomas Edison Sylestine; one daughter, Jessie Sylestine; one son, Chester Sylestine; four children and four great -grandchildren. She is survived by two daughters, Rachel and husband Hobby Williams Sr. of the reservation and Arlene and husband Eugene Williams of Elton, La.; three sons, Malcolm Sylestine and Charley Sylestine of the reservation and Paul and wife Brenda Battise of Wright City, Okla.; four nieces, Deborah Bacon of Owyhee, Nev., Myrna Helderbrand of Owyee, Nev., Becky Hilderbrand of Owyee Nev. and Evelyn Hardin of Reno, Nev.; two nephews, Boyd Sylestine of Baytown and James Hilderbrand of Shawnee, Okla.; 16 grandchildren, Gretchen John, Kunya Williams, Cheryl Downing, Silas Battise, Carla Ramirez, Vanya Erickson, Calvin Wilson, Garrison Abbey, Gina Greenlee, Garreth Abbey, Gilman Abbey, Sehoya Roussell, Sehoke Borderlon, Tony Battise, Glenda Williams and Genesis Battise; 34 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren and numerous cousins and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Garrison Abbey, Gilman Abbey, Terry John, Gerren Downing, Brent Thompson, Mykiah Williams and Caleb Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were the Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Elders group. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Harvey Roy Powell
LIVINGSTON – Harvey Roy Powell, 80, of Livingston was born in Browndale on March 12, 1928 and died on Feb. l, 2009 in The Bradford Nursing Home in Livingston. His parents, Benjamin Franklin and Molley Lowe Powell, preceded him in death. Mr. Powell married Pauline Matthews on Dec. 16, 1968 and celebrated 40 years together. Mr. Powell was a roughneck and worked in the oil field with chemicals. After retirement he had his own lawn service business with the help of his grandson, Ronnie McCarty. He loved to sing and serve the Lord. He was ordained as a deacon at the age of 20 and was a song leader for many years and, at the time of his death, was a member of Providence Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Pauline Powell; sons, Harvey Roy Powell and wife Kathy and Wayne Powell and wife Jane; stepson, Roger D. Dowden; daughter, Linda Ruth Lancaster and husband Fred; stepdaughter, Emma D. Cook and husband Gary; stepdaughter, Katy L. Mason and husband Ron; brother, Hollis Powell and wife Maurice; sister, Viola Ellis; numerous grandchildren, stepgrandchildren, great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He is also preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Leona Powell and sister, Mattie Roberts. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Pace Funeral Home, with Bro. Michael Heuermann, Bro. Barry Jeffries and Bro. Gregory Gerald officiating. Honorary minister was Frank Hood. Interment followed in Center Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers were Brian Gomez, Bryan Cook, Ronnie McCarty, Corbin McCarty, Triston Cook, Austin Cook, Clarence Grover and Dean Winslow. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

Peggy Joyce Ikels-Selix
LIVINGSTON – Peggy Joyce Ikels-Selix died on Jan. 29, 2009 after a short stay at the Livingston and Lufkin Memorial hospitals. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ed Ikels and second husband, Albert Leroy Selix. She confided that, as a young woman, she vocalized as the opening act for Hank Williams Sr. She reported that she also appeared as the “Kodak girl” through the 1970s in their advertisements. She was known as an intelligent lady and in her years accomplished many things. She told that she earned a PhD in horticulture and was a professor at Abilene Christian College for over 30 years. Other accomplishments were registered nursing and various master’s degrees and bachelor’s degrees. Among her talents were crafting, quilting, flower-arranging and cooking. Surviving family of friends are too many to list in entirety, but include: Anne O’Rourke-Gann and husband Jack H. Gann, Darlene and Mike Newman, Freddie Shultie, Gallita Brummit, David Wright, Bob and Carol Tiller, Darlene Inman, her home health caregiver, Sharon and Don Travis, Steward Crampton, Karen Selix and many other old and new friends. She credited Drs. Elias Kanaan, Steven L. Feld and Charlene Smith, all of Livingston, as well as Drs. Robert Lindsey and O. Joseph Dean of Lufkin and Drs. Shannon Smith and Harshi Bains of Nacogdoches, Crown registered nurses Jennifer and Dawnette, plus nurses and medical personnel and both Livingston and Lufkin Memorial hospitals for helping to bring her to 88 years and 8 months of age. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

La Rue Crecelius Cockrell
CORRIGAN – Graveside services for La Rue Crecelius Cockrell, 83, of Pasadena were held Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, in Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan, with Bro. Ralph Johnston officiating. She died on Feb. 1, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Ben “J.B.” Cockrell; brother, Sam Crecelius; parents, Roy and Ina Crecelius and her husband’s parents, Jack and Maud Cockrell. She is survived by her daughter, Meleissa Creel and husband Michael and their sons, David W. Creel and wife Jennifer and John Michael Creel; two sons, Daniel W. Cockrell and wife Nancy and their daughter, Nikki L. Cockrell and son, Stephen W. Cockrell and her only great-grandson, Colton Cockrell, Charles B. Cockrell and wife, Lynn, their sons, Ben W. Cockrell and the Rev. Casey L. Cockrell and wife Tasha, and her only great-granddaughter, Claire Elizabeth Cockrell; brother-inlaw, Billy Mac Cockrell and wife, Shirley of Corrigan and sisterin- law, Joyce Alsbrooks Cobb of Corrigan. She was born June 12, 1925 in Huntington. Her parents were Roy and Ina Crecelius. She grew up just outside of Corrigan in Skinnertown. She graduated Corrigan High School as valedictorian of her class in March of 1944. She finished school early in order for the young men to help plant the crops and then leave to go enlist into the service to go and fight in World War II. She married John Ben Cockrell of Corrigan on Sept. 29, 1945. J.B. and La Rue moved to Pasadena in 1948. They were charter members of Central Baptist Church in Pasadena, where she was in charge of the Beginners Department for over 35 years. She worked outside of the home for several years for Bob Marco Buick in Houston. She was known as a devoted wife, mother and friend to all who knew her. According to family, if there was one thing she could say today it would be, “Prepare yourself to meet your Lord and Savior by believing in Jesus Christ and accepting him into your heart.”

Mary Ellen Shoultz
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Mary Ellen Shoultz, 73, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. She was born Oct. 18, 1935 in Stateline, Miss., the daughter of John and Lucille Hammbrick Hicks, and died on Feb. 1, 2009 in Lufkin at Memorial Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur T. Shoultz; her son, Michael Benjiman Shoultz; her daughter, Deborah Ellan Shoultz, and her grandchild, Jason Ray Hale. She is survived by her daughter, Donna Shoultz, of Alvin; sons, Phillip Shoultz of Rye, Rickey Shoultz of La Porte and Roland Shoultz of Livingston; brothers, J.C. Hicks of Pearland and Royland Hicks of Livingston; sisters, Shiela Hicks of Stateline, Miss., Jeanne Hicks of Stateline, Miss. and Mary Jane Hicks of Stateline, Miss. and grandchildren, Edward Shoultz, Keven Shoultz, Stephen Shoultz, Vince Leee Hale, Susan Nicole Wallace, Leroy Ronald Brandt and Christopher Word.

Charles Eldridge Tucker
LIVINGSTON – Charles Eldridge Tucker, 73, of Onalaska died on Feb. 1, 2009 in Houston. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the Revival Center Church of God, with the Rev. Gerald Reeves officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery. He was born Sept. 26, 1936 in Clawson, to parents Leander Tucker and Iva Baker Tucker. He married Jo Ann Dudley Tucker on March 3, 1956 in Baytown. He is preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Charles Thomas Wilkerson and sisters, Elda Duzant, Velda Haffelfinger, Betty Nelson and Laverne Tucker. He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Tucker of Onalaska; sons, Ricky Tucker and wife Janet of Baytown and Kelley Tucker and wife Marianne of Baytown; daughter, Toni Hislope and husband Jerry of Onalaska; brothers, Bob Tucker and wife Mary of Lufkin, Frank Tucker and wife Elaine of Katy and Bill Tucker and wife Jessica of Baytown; sisters, Iva Lee Griffith of Baytown and Nell Coker and husband James of Nacogdoches; his grandchildren, Jennifer Huckaby and husband Curtis, Emily McClendon and husband Bobby, Jared Tucker and wife Kristi and Katie Tucker and greatgrandchildren, Brendan, Bryce and Brooklyn Huckaby. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Mildred Ott Hoppe
LIVINGSTON – Mildred Ott Hoppe, 93, died on Jan. 31, 2009 in Kingwood. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Cecil Vaden officiating. Burial followed in McDade Cemetery in McDade, with the Rev. David Atwood officiating. She was born Nov. 20, 1915 in McDade, to parents R.S. and Beulah Ott. She married Leon George Hoppe on Aug. 25, 1934 in Austin. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leon George Hoppe; brothers, R.J. and Lex Ott; sisters, Elizabeth Decker and Louise Noe and one great-grandchild. She is survived by her son, Ronald George Hoppe and wife Ngan of Houston; daughters, Leah Christine Hoppe of Houston and Marla Gwen Mitvalsky and husband John of Merritt Island, Fla.; sisters, Virginia Warren of Austin and Betty Jo Lanfear of Pflugerville; 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Annie Louise Salter
LIVINGSTON – Memorial services for Annie Louise Salter, 86, of Livingston were held Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs and the Rev. Frank Hood officiating. She was born in Gonzales on Dec. 9, 1922, the daughter of Sidney and Mamie Mills Qualls, and died on Jan. 30, 2009 in Lufkin. Hers was one of 28 families that built the Episcopal Church and was a charter member. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Jack Qualls and Joe Qualls and her son, Woody Salter. She is survived by her husband, Calvin Salter of Livingston; sons, Mike Salter of Carrollton and Mark Salter of Austin; daughter, Sue Morrow of Austin; sisters, Joy Cox of San Antonio and Peggy Schultz of Gonzales; brother, Bubba Currie of Gonzales; grandchildren, Kelly Goodson, Kris Phillips, Maddie Salter and Carson Salter and greatgrandchildren, Justin Upshaw, Cody Upshaw, Chandler Phillips and Dason Phillips.


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