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East Texas News - Obituaries
Polk County Enterprise - January 25, 2009 - February 1, 2009

Renova Lucille Tanner
ONALASKA — Renova Lucille Tanner, 84, of Onalaska died on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at her residence. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Frank Hood officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery. She was born April 16, 1924 in Thomasville, Ala., to parents Elija and Ethel Sanders Wilkerson. She married Rollen Tanner, who precedes her in death, on March 19, 1947 in Onalaska. Renova loved to cook for her family and make quilts that she had sewn for them. She is preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers, Pete Wilkerson, Lenard (Kyte) Wilkerson, Luke Wilkerson and Charlie (Bubba) Wilkerson and grandchildren, Dennis Hollis and Diana Tanner. She is survived by her children, Billy Hoppes and wife Jean of Cleveland, Linda Tanner of Onalaska, Robert Tanner of Onalaska, Don Tanner and wife Ann of Livingston, Raymond Tanner of Onalaska and Debbie Hilton and husband James of Coldspring; sisters, Ramona Wright of Onalaska and Barbara Jean Ogden of Colmesneil; 15 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers were Billy Hoppes Jr., David Reeves Jr., Chris Reeves, Henry Reeves, Jessy Hamilton and Don Tanner Jr.

Louise Virginia Bowen Hickman
Bowen Hickman, 85, of Leggett died on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Tim Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Center Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Hickman was born near Savannah, Ga. on July 1, 1923, where she grew up with her mother, Maggie Bowen and father, Wright Bowen and her six brothers and sisters. She married Rufus Hickman on Nov. 26, 1952, while he was in the United States Navy. She moved with him to San Diego, Calif., lived there until Rufus retired in 1960, then moved to Leggett. She was a member of Leggett Baptist Church, where she was saved in 1962. She worked faithfully in the church for many years. She was known as someone who lived daily for the Lord and loved her family greatly. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rufus Hickman; sisters, Annie Lee Rogers and Loree Sikes and brothers, Lehman Bowen and Alton Bowen. She is survived by her sons, Gary Hickman and wife Cindy of Brenham and Brian Hickman of Leggett; daughter, Sharon Hall of Leggett; brothers, Clifford Bowen of Savannah, Ga. and Grady Bowen of Claxton, Ga. and grandchildren, Shawn Yarbrough of Humble, Grant Hickman of Brenham and Kristen Hall of Leggett. She is also survived by her loving church family. Serving as pallbearers will be Jerry Hickman, Ronald Hickman, Dennis Hickman, Jimmy Hickman, Mark Hickman, Grant Hickman and Shawn Yarbrough. Honorary pallbearers will be Felder Dubois, David Hon, Bubba Dubois, Jessie Barefield, Jerry Amos, Raymond Stuckey, Roland Hickman and Chad Hill. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Leggett Baptist Church. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

William Carl Greene
MESQUITE — William Carl Greene, 74, Wills Point died on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, at Crestwood Nursing Home in Wills Point. He was born in Jefferson County, Ind. Later he moved to Clark County. Then, around 1975, he moved to Texas. He was self-employed. Survivors include his wife, Glenda Greene of Wills Point; three sons, Mickey Greene of Texas and Shawn Webb and Larry DeBose, both of Livingston; one daughter, Patty Amick of New Washington, Ind.; two sisters, Helia Whybrew of Peru, Ind. and Colleen Greene of Midlothian, Va.; one brother, Carl Frederick Greene Jr. and Virginia; a sister and brother-in-law, Gail Kinard and Bobby Lankford of Wills Point; four grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. Cremation was selected. The staff of Laurel Oaks Funeral Home in Mesquite is in charge of arrangements.

Melissa Diane Gibbs
LIVINGSTON — Melissa Diane Gibbs, 43, of Shepherd died on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, in Kingwood. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Mark Grimes officiating. Burial will follow in Ryan Cemetery in Tarkington. She was born Nov. 27, 1965 in San Antonio, to parents Willis James Taylor Sr. and Patricia Yvonne Morgan Taylor. She worked for 20 years as a certified nurses aide, the last 10 for Woodland Park Nursing Home in Shepherd. She is survived by her husband, David Gibbs of Shepherd; son, Joshua Martin; daughters, Amanda Poul, Misty Martin and Jessica Gibbs; parents, Willis and Patricia Tyler; sister, Pamela Piles; brother, James Tyler Jr. and wife Sarah and a host of extended family and friends. Serving as pallbearers will be James Tyler Jr., Brandon Williams, Chantha Poul, Warren Jay Tyler, Randall Bailey and Chantawn Poul. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Gibbs and Matthew Gibbs. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Peggy Jean Miller
CORRIGAN – Memorial services for Peggy Jean Miller, 56, of Corrigan will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Robert Lankford officiating. Mrs. Miller was born May 17, 1952 in Woodville and died on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, in her residence in Corrigan. She was a member of Gulf Meadows Church and a truck driver for Suttles Tankline. She is preceded in death by her parents, Grady and Robbie Raye (Brett) Perkins. Survivors include her daughter, Shelley Grubbs of Fort Worth; stepdaughter, Janice Michelle Bice of Tallassee, Ala.; stepson, Todd Stanley Miller of Tallassee, Ala.; sister, Leila Raye Smith of Corrigan; grandchildren, Chelsea and Josh Grubbs of Fort Worth and many more grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

Howard Eugene Bruner
LIVINGSTON — Howard Eugene Bruner, 82, of Livingston died on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at his residence. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Houston National Cemetery. Military honors were given by the District 4 Honor Guard. Mr. Bruner was born Aug. 2, 1926, to parents Russell Burner and Lydia V. Smith. He was a proud veteran, serving the country in the United States Navy from 1944 until 1947. He is preceded in death by his parents and wife, Helen Bruner. He is survived by his half-brother, Charles Bruner of Houston and many good friends and neighbors in Cedar Point Subdivision. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Roger Michael Williams
LIVINGSTON — Roger Michael Williams, 38, of Baytown died on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Eagle Heights Fellowship in Mont Belvieu, with Bro. Scott Neal officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. He was born Oct. 21, 1970 in Picayune, Miss., to parents Henry and Annie Lovin Williams. He is preceded in death by his father and his grandfather, Don Snyder. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Annie and Harles Bressette of Willis; wife, Tiffany Williams of Baytown; children, Alan Sparks of Cleveland, Ericka Williams of Mississippi, Abbey Williams of Clute, Jessica Williams of Clute and Sidney Williams of Clute; brother, Matthew Williams of Houston; sister, Michele Cheema of Willis; aunt, Amilia Lovin of Cleveland; cousin, Chet McGregor and wife Samantha of Dayton; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Donna and Erlie Fowler of Beach City; father-in-law and motherin- law, Gerald and Donna Smith of Baytown; grandmother, Anita Snyder of Baytown; grandparents, Rose and Gene Smith of Crosby; sister-in-law, Christina Emerson of Baytown, sister-in-law and brother- in-law, Brandi and Josh Brock of Baytown; special sister, Jackie Carpenter of Crosby and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Serving as pallbearers were Sidney Williams, David Wyse, Louis Tobias, Darrin Sellars, Josh Brock, Chet McGregor Jr. and Sali McNeal. Honorary pallbearers were Jehremy McGregor, Chet McGregor and Alan Sparks. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Billy Joe Boyd
LIVINGSTON — Billy Joe Boyd, 69, of Livingston died on Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, in Livingston. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Harold Isaacs officiating. Burial will follow in Menard Chapel Cemetery. He was born Sept. 24, 1939 in Falls County, to parents J.C. Boyd and Viola Lewis Boyd Degataire. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary Louise Windham. He is survived by his son, Billy Joe Boyd Jr. of Houston; daughter, Toni Rena Boyd Newman and husband Kenneth of Livingston; four grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren and his nieces, Teresa Guinn of Livingston and Mary Windham of Houston. Pallbearers will include Matthew Boyd, Kenneth Newman, Robert Windham and Christopher Guinn. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register book, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Billy Coker
LIVINGSTON — Billy Coker was born Sept. 20, 1930, to J.C. and Willie (McCarty) Coker in Old Colita, Polk County. He went to Rowe School and on to Livingston High School, graduating in 1948. He went directly into the United States Air Force, where he stayed for 11 years. He then married in December 1948 and had three children, Barbara, Lloyd and Rebecca Coker. He was divorced in 1955 and remarried in 1956 to Wanda; they had no children. They were divorced in 1959 and he remarried his first wife in 1960. They had another son, John Coker. In 1965 he was divorced and in 1966 he married Kevin. To this marriage a daughter was born, Cellie Coker. They divorced in 1971 and in January 1972 he married Mary Helen (Collins) Williamson in Livingston. They had no children of their own, but Mary Helen had two children, Corliss and Carlton Williamson, who were 18 and 19 years of age in 1972. Billy loved them like his own and they loved him. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, J.C. and Willie Coker; his oldest daughter, Barbara (Coker) Astleford; his special stepchildren, Corliss (Williamson) Hiney and Carlton H. Williamson; some special nieces and a special nephew. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Mary Helen Coker; his youngest daughter, Cellie (Coker) Booten and husband Eric of Brighton, Ill. and her children; his grandchildren, Aaron, Talon and Ciara; his other three children, Lloyd, Rebecca and John; his sisters, Virginia Aubrey and Carol Pridgen and husband Joe of Livingston; brother-in-law, Joe Collins and wife Bonnie from Tarkington; two sisters-in-law, Pat Burnett and husband Willie from Zavalla and Arlene Timmons and husband Nolan from Livingston; his special grandchildren, Tammy Morehead and husband Doug of Bremond, Willie Williamson and Carlton D. Williamson and wife Melinda of Oklahoma and Eric and Kevin (Hiney) Kay of Redway, Calif; a lot of other grandchildren and great-grandchildren, uncles, nephews, and nieces and some very special friends and neighbors. Billy died on Jan. 20, 2009. He is being cremated and there will be a memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Cochran Funeral Home, with Bro. Frank Hood officiating. Burial will be in Holly Grove Cemetery. Military honors will be given by VFW Post 8568. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Pauline Reynolds
ONALASKA — Pauline Reynolds, 80, of Onalaska died on Friday, Jan. 26, 2009, at her residence. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the Cochran Funeral Home Onalaska Chapel, with Bobbie Cunningham officiating. Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Reynolds was born March 2, 1928 in Quillan, to parents Johnny Raymond and Estell Della Massy Wheeler. She is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; two sisters and three grandchildren, Johnny, Crystal and Michael. She is survived by her husband, Lural Edward (L.E.) Reynolds of Onalaska; daughters, Barbara Odom and husband John of Liberty, Sandra Vandiford and husband Chris of New Bern N.C., Diane Reynolds Kuhn of Onalaska, Gay Reynolds Dowden of Onalaska, Brenda Reynolds Woodyard of Onalaska and Deborah Reynolds Stroud of Onalaska; son, Ronnie Reynolds of Oakhurst; brother, James Wheeler of Hardin; 20 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Dwayne Odom, Shane Toll, Lynn Reynolds, Paul Tolly, Scott Kuhn, David Stroud, Jonathan Stroud and Cade Reynolds. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

J. C. “Robbie” Robbins
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for J.C. “Robbie” Robbins, 76, of Livingston were held Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Chaplain Monty Montgomery officiating. Interment followed in Houston National Cemetery. Pallbearers were the Houston Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard. Honorary pallbearers were the retired Houston Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Adams Investigation and the Scenic Loop Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Robbins was born July 5, 1932 in Coolidge, the son of James Robbins and Annie Sue Armstrong Robbins, and died on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, in Lufkin. He graduated from Lamar High School and attended the University of Houston. He worked for the Polk County Sheriff’s Department for eight years and retired from the Houston Police Department after 27 years of service. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Robbins and Annie Sue Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Virginia Robbins of Livingston; James and Cynthia Robbins, son and daughter-inlaw, of Livingston; Terry and Tina Robbins, son and daughterin- law, of Willis; Karen and Joe Savelle, daughter and son-inlaw, of Houston; Paula and John O’Farrell, daughter and son-in-law, of Spring; grandchildren, Samantha Williams, Jennifer Robbins, Kevin Savelle, Jacob O’Farrell and Kelly O’Farrell; great-grandchildren, Paige Williams, Katelyn Williams, Logan Savelle and Casey Driggers; Joe and Myrna Robbins, brother and sister-in-law, of Livingston; Jerry and Nicki Jean Robbins, brother and sister-in-law, of Livingston and numerous nieces and nephews.

Daniel Allen Chain
LIVINGSTON — Daniel Allen Chain, 56, of Livingston died on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at his residence in Livingston. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, in Penwaugh Pines Subdivision, with Bro. Royce Pennington officiating He was born Oct. 29, 1952 in Lake Charles, La., the son of Jerry and Jo Inns Chain. He is survived by Jerry Chain, father, of Livingston; Tommy Chain, brother, of Livingston; Sue Ann and Tony Scazzero, sister and brother-in-law, of Dime Box; Jimmy Chain, brother, of Texas City; Nancy and John Robinson, sister and brother-in-law, of Bulverde; Neil and Jo Ann Chain, uncle and aunt, of Livingston and several nieces and nephews. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Winona Parmley
CORRIGAN — Winona Parmley, 82, long-time resident of Corrigan, died on Jan. 21, 2009 in her residence. She was born March 8, 1926 in Range, Okla., to James L. and Jewel Morris and was the last surviving member of the five Morris children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Parmley. She is survived by her son, Raymond S. Harkins; her daughter, Wanda Rae Patterson and son-inlaw, Richard Patterson; her nieces, Gloria Fuller, Peggy Bourque, Paula Feldman and Sharon Kay; her nephews, George Lee, Leo Lee and Skeeter Lee Jr. and her friend and dedicated caregiver, Barbara Gesford. Mrs. Parmley worked for many years as a cosmetologist in the Nederland area. Later, in 1974, she married Wayne Parmley and they both retired and moved to his farm in Corrigan to enjoy the country life. She enjoyed her gardening, fishing, arts and crafts, and cooking. She was known as a kind and gentle woman, always concerned first about the needs of others. She had many friends in the community. Corrigan Funeral Home handled the cremation arrangements. A memorial service will be held in Mrs. Parmley’s home at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31.

Clayton Murphy
LIVINGSTON — Clayton Murphy, 89, of Livingston died on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, in Timberwood Nursing Home in Livingston. He was born Dec. 29, 1919 in Pontiac, Mich. He is survived by his wife, Eugenia Murphy of Livingston. Graveside services were held Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Houston National Cemetery in Houston. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Bobbie Jean Abney
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Bobbie Jean Abney, 76, were held Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Lindell Mitchell officiating. Interment followed in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. She was born Jan. 3, 1933 in Fort Worth, the daughter of Joe and Marice Mead Williams, and died on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, in Memorial Medical Center in Livingston. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Paul Abney of Livingston; Teresa Castelli, daughter; Louis and Suzanne Castell Jr., son and daughter-in-law; Drew Little, Kimberly Castell, Louis Castell III, Michael Castell and Savannah Castell, grandchildren; Billy and Dolly Williams, brother and sister in law; Jimmy and Linda Williams, brother and sister-in-law; Anette Dennis, sister and Shawn Williams, Bill Williams and Melanie Williams, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Phyllis Castell. Pallbearers were Drew Little, Louis Castell, Michael Castell, Bobby Watson, Ken Murphy and Michael Morgan.

Dalton Wayne Huckaby
LIVINGSTON — Dalton Wayne Huckaby, 55, of Livingston died on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, in Cleveland. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Mr. Huckaby was born April 7, 1953 in Houston, to parents Alton Wayne and Annetta Chisnell Huckaby. He proudly served the country in the United States Marines. He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Robert Anthony Huckaby and uncle, Chuck Huckaby. He is survived by his wife, Korena Huckaby of Cleveland; sons, Dalton Huckaby Jr. of Elson Branta, Calif. and Dustin Ray Huckaby of Pinole, Calif.; daughter, Kimberly Huckaby of Splendora; stepsons, Deston, Jarrett and Danny Kavanaugh, all of Cleveland; his sisters, Vickie Young of Wimberly and Deborah Araka of Houston and brother, Tommy Huckaby of San Antonio. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

John Vernon Cobb

CORRIGAN — Funeral services for John Vernon Cobb, 86, of Corrigan were held Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Father William A. Slight, M.S. officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery. Mr. Cobb was born Oct. 9, 1922 in Cuero and died Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 in Lufkin. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lufkin and also served in the Army Air Corp during WWII as an airplane mechanic. He was a longtime member of the Corrigan City Council and mayor pro-tem for many years. He was also a longtime member of the Corrigan Lions Club and, along with Myrtis Sirman and Gordon Reily, he founded the Corrigan FFA Buyers Committee. He owned Corrigan Feed & Supply, which he opened in 1953 and operated until he was well into his 70s. He was an avid bowler and only gave it up about a year ago when health issues forced him to stop. He was preceded in death by his parents, J.W. and Ada Cobb; first wife, Elaine Haynes Cobb; brother, Vernon Hesse and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Maggie and Handley Haynes. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Cobb of Corrigan; son and daughter- in-law, John Walter and Connie Cobb of Corrigan; daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Terry Alsbrooks of Lufkin; grandson, John Bergman Cobb of Lufkin; brother, John Hesse and sisters-inlaw and husband, Margaret Haynes, and Anita and Eugene Dunn. Pallbearers were Wallace Dickson, John Myrtis Sirman, Bobby Smiley, Ralph Cockrell, Ervin Cockrell, Billy Mac Cockrell, Wayne Haynes and Buddy Dunn.

Lois Marie Starghill
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Mrs. Lois Marie Starghill of Livingston were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2009 at the Livingston Church of God in Christ with Supt. R.C Chimny officiating. Burial followed at the Greenfield Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers will be: Ralph Figgs Jr., Cedric Lyons, Willie Johnson, Reginald Lyons, Stanley Morris and Christopher Pettis. Honorary pallbearers include: Lewis Lyons, Joe Harris Lyons, Otto Lyons, Steve Lyons, Willie Lyons, Nigel Thompson, Von Eric Thompson and Stanley Morris Jr. Mrs. Starghill died January 20, 2009 in Livingston. She was born March 15, 1922 in Conroe, Texas to Eula Gillam and the late Mr. Pullam. She graduated from Dunbar High School. Mrs. Starghill was a member of the Church of God in Christ and a retired beautician. Survivors include her surrogate son, Reginald Lyons; nieces, LaRue Marshall; Jessie Lyons Price, Gwen Scales, Lois Morris and husband Stan, Stephanie Nitcheu, Ingram Bogany and Amelia Herndon; nephews, Lewis Lyons and wife Dahlia, Willie Lyons and wife Eredean, Otto Lyons and wife Glenda, Steve Lyons and wife Velma, Joe Lyons, Nigel Thompson and Von Eric Thompson; special cousin, Gracie Lee Darden; special friend’s mother Alverta Mosley; Mother Lillie Mae Colquitt, Peggy Jean McGowen, Rena Thompson, Frankie White, Gertrude Cooper and a host of other relatives and friends. Duncan Funeral Home of Livingston was in charge of arrangements.

Alfred Lopez
LIVINGSTON – Alfred Lopez, 61, of Livingston went to be with the Lord Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30 at Blanchard Baptist Church with Bro. Fred Alfred officiating. He is preceded in death by his father, Travis Lee Reynolds, one granddaughter and one great-niece. Mr. Lopez was born Nov. 9, 1947. He is survived by his mother, Annebelle Reynolds of Livingston; brother, Jay Reynolds of Oak Harbor, Wash.; sister, Mary McKinney and husband Jeff of Livingston; daughter, Kelly Husshimes of Lufkin; two grandchildren; one greatgrandchild, all of Lufkin; nephew, Ronald Reynolds of Livingston; niece, Stephanie Ringo of Madisonville; three great-nephews and three great-nieces.




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