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East Texas News - Obituaries
Polk County Enterprise - February 14, 2009 - February 22, 2009

Raymon Odell Cowart
CORRIGAN — Funeral services for Raymon Odell Cowart, 75, of Corrigan were held Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan, with Bro. Charlie Hodge officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery. Mr. Cowart was born Feb. 13, 1933 in Fred and died on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at his residence. He was a Baptist by faith and formerly employed by Louisiana Pacific as a millwright. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Edith Evie (Ratliff) Cowart; brothers, Lester Cowart, J.D. Cowart, Glynn Cowart, Billy Cowart and Henry Kirkland and sisters, Aline Berry and Willie Mae Dryden. He is survived by his friend and mother of children, Frances Cowart of Diboll; son, Greg Cowart of Trinity; daughters and son-in-law, Ramona and Gilbert Garcia of Lufkin, Shanna Cowart of Diboll and JoAnna Thompson of Diboll; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Joy Cowart of Colmesneil; sister, Maxine McKim of Irving; grandchildren, Heith Garcia and wife Summer, Britt Garcia and wife Nicole, Zane Blount, Jaylon Willis, Ian Willis, Kade Thompson, Kolt Thompson and Brianna Thompson and great-grandchildren, Jordan Garcia, Jade Garcia, Talen Garcia, Bryce Golden and Britt Hession. Pallbearers were Heith Garcia, Britt Garcia, Kade Thompson, Zane Blount, Jerry Hendry and Wayne Adamick.

Marjorie “Babe” Morrison
LIVINGSTON — Marjorie “Babe” Morrison, 84, of Livingston died on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, in Corrigan. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, in Union Springs Baptist Church in Corrigan, with Pastors Lesley Wilkinson and Curtis Jordon officiating. Burial will follow in Union Springs Cemetery. Mrs. Morrison was born June 14, 1924 in Jasper, to parents Archie and Mertie Herred Boyd, who precede her in death. She is also preceded in death by her husband, John B. Morrison. She is survived by her sons, Charles Morrison and wife Patsy of Corrigan and Kenneth “Randy” Morrison of Livingston; sisters, Dorothy Van Wagner of Livingston and Theadeaus Craig of Clinton, Miss.; grandchildren, Debbie Morrison of Collierville, Tenn. and Brandi Landrum of Call; great-grandchildren, Alexa and Colin Smith and Koy and Kolton Landrum and special friends, Shelia Webb and Dan Forbus. Serving as pallbearers will be Robert LaBoeuf, Robert Burlin, Charlie Fuller, Carrol Jernigan, Edward Franks and Dan Forbus. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Irvin “Snow” Firestone Sr.
ONALASKA – Irvin “Snow” Firestone Sr. of Onalaska, previously of Lebanon, Pa., died on Feb. 11, 2009 at his residence with his family present. Mr. Firestone was born April 16, 1943 in Lebanon, Pa., the son of Clarence and Sadie Firestone Sr. He had been a resident of Onalaska for eight years. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Nickie; his mother and father and brother, Charles. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Carol; daughter, Wendy Beckey; sons, Irvin Firestone Jr. and Christopher Firestone; 10 grandchildren; five great-granddaughters; eight brothers and sisters and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in Pennsylvania at a later date.

Langston “Skip” Johnson Sr.
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Langston “Skip” Johnson Jr., 56, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at the First Assembly of God, with the Rev. Charles Horton officiating. Burial will follow in Greenfield Cemetery. Viewing will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Duncan Funeral Home. Mr. Johnson was born May 10, 1952 in New Willard, the son of the late Langston Johnson Sr. and Dorothy Johnson, and died on Feb. 15 in Temple. He was a graduate of Dunbar High School in Livingston and was employed by IAH. Survivors include his wife, Bobbie A. Johnson of Livingston, whom he married in 1995 in Macedonia Baptist Church; two sons, Shawnathon Johnson and Johnathon Johnson, both of Livingston; daughter, Alissa Johnson of Livingston; aunts, Opal Smith (Joe) of Dallas and Versa Barnes of Houston and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. Pallbearers will be B.C. Harrell Jr., Velton Price, Johnny Ray Dewalt, Otto Lyons, Stanley Pierson and Steven Walker. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnathon Johnson, Shawnathon Johnson, Dr. Stanley Smith, Dr. Cedric Smith and Dr. Kevin Smith. Duncan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ethar Mae Brown
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Ethar Mae Brown will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, at the Livingston Church of God in Christ, where Pastor R.A. Chimney serves as pastor, with Bishop E. Nickson officiating. Viewing will be from 10-11 a.m. She was born in Goodrich to the late L.G. and Clariece Brown, and died on Saturday, Feb. 14, in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston. She graduated from Goodrich High School and attended Texas Southern University. She began her Christian walk at an early age and was a faithful member and supporter of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Johnny Lee Brown and Ricky Croff. Survivors include her son, Perry Brown Sr. and his wife Rozetta; two grandsons, Perry Jr. and Tyreek; seven brothers, Sammy C. Brown Sr., Jerry Brown, Johnny Dirden Sr. (Olivia), L.G. Henry (Rosa), Charles Ray (Sara), Waydell Varner and Avdell Varner; sisters, Ethel L. McGowen (Aaron), Brenda Grant, Elmer M. Garrett (Bobby), Joyce M. Croff (Ray), Hattie Dirden, Shelia Ford (Tony) and Carolyn Brown, sisterin- law; aunt and uncle, Helen and Hershey Gilbert; great-aunt, Naomi Evans; special friend, Oretha M. Wyatt and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Elma Jean “Patsy” McGaughey
LIVINGSTON — Elma Jean “Patsy” McGaughey, 78, of Livingston died on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, in Lufkin. A memorial graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in Bold Springs Cemetery, near Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Dickie Boddie officiating. She was born June 24, 1930 in Polk County, to parents George Dalton and Treva Buller Southern. She worked at Atchley’s Variety Store on the downtown square for many years. Most recently she managed a small mobile home park on Snell Drive in Livingston. She is preceded in death by husband, Granvel McGaughey; her parents; sisters, Maureen Ewing, Wayne Wilder and Mable Southern and brother, Thyrman Southern. She is survived by her daughter, Janna Robrecht; grandson, Dalton Collins and wife Shannon and great-grandson, D. J. Collins. Patsy is also survived by a number of special nieces, nephews and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

James Douglas Phillips
LIVINGSTON — James Douglas Phillips was born on April 12, 1928 and died on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009. He worked several years as a machine operator for Montgomery County. Mr. Phillips was a member of Dacus Baptist Church in Dacus. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nadia; sons, Jim Phillips and wife Sheila of Odessa, Doug Phillips and wife Jennifer of Livingston, Paul Phillips of Dallardsville, Denny Phillips and wife Mary Lynn of Conroe, Rick Phillips and wife Alana of Dallardsville and Steve Phillips and wife Dawn of Montgomery; daughters, Denese Lambright and husband Kenneth of Dallardsville, Dianne Murphy and husband Patrick of Segno, Sharon Cain and husband Lloyd of Livingston and Kat Phillips and husband Tod of Montgomery; 50 grandchildren, Jennifer Scribner, Jim and Ann Phillips, Jessica Phillips, Jeremy and Amanda Phillips, Brandon Smotherman, Cassandra Smotherman, Eric and Erica Phillips, Stephanie Phillips, David Campbell, Deven Campbell, Charles and Sara Babcock, Mike Campbell, Gilbert and Melissa Leal, Robert and Dacia Leslie, Bubba Johnson, Curtis and Carrie Lambright, Bill and Tina Walker, Shelly and Todd Grissell, Shawn and Amanda Phillips, Kyle Phillips, Scott and Marcey Phillips, Angela and Adam Jones, Taylor Phillips Holly Phillips, Alisha Overland and Scott King, Laura Needham, Lance Needham and Amber Griffin, Lloyd Cain, Chesney Cain and Ryan Cote, Samantha Cain, Khoury Phillips, Trent Phillips, Keaton Phillips, Kayla Phillips, Katlyn Phillips and Kameron Phillips; 34 great-grandchildren, Justin, Gage, McKenzie, Saidee, Tyler, Trey, Jameson, John, Evon, Damion, Kirsten, Junior, Savanna, K.D., Ashlyn, Zach, Bryce, Brandon, Macie, Jacob, John, Caleb, Aaron, Lexi, Ayden, Jalen, Bryce, Kinsley, Jared, Kacie, Justice, Neil, Levi, and Drelan, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by one brother, Bobbie Lewis Phillips and wife Dorothy of Trinity. Mr. Phillips is preceded in death by his parents, Willard Elisha and Jennie Laura Phillips; brothers, Arlen Royce, Willard Edward, Earl Leroy, Don Curtis and Ralph Eugene Phillips and sisters, Lucille Jenkins and Vida Farmer. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Pace Funeral Home, officiated by Bro. Jim Phillips and Bro. Bo Cheatham. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

Beverly Ann Moody
LIVINGSTON — Beverly Ann Moody, 56, of Livingston died on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at her residence. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. David Jones officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery. Mrs. Moody was born Nov. 29, 1952 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., to parents Walter Lee “Snooky” Randolph and Juanita Frasier Randolph. She married George Benny Moody on June 2, 1976 in the Polk County Courthouse. She loved to travel with family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and two grandchildren, Eden and Jake. She is survived by her husband, George Moody of Livingston; daughters, Naomi Moody and husband Alton Ray of Livingston, Jo Moody of Livingston and Teresa Pixley of Goodrich; brother, Randy Randolph and wife Linda of Schwab City; her grandchildren, Alex, Buddy, Rayann, Cain and Hunter and her best friend, Arlene Primeaux. Serving as pallbearers were Robert Barker, Chip Teal, Bryan Randolph, Steven Williams, Tim Moody, Bryan Parrish, Jerry Williams and Johnny Randolph. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Christopher Damon Youngblood
LIVINGSTON — A memorial service for Christopher Damon. Youngblood, 24, of Livingston will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fellowship Church of God in Christ and funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at Fellowship C.O.G.I.C. with Bishop Emmanuel Berry of Greater New Nation Church of Jesus Christ from God officiating. Interment will follow at Victory Place Beautiful Cemetery. He passed away Feb. 14, 2009 at Memorial Medical Center- Livingston. Christopher was born April 12, 1984 to Elder L.C. and Deloris Youngblood in Lufkin and attended public schools there. He united with the Woods Memorial Temple C.O.G.I.C. in Lufkin along with Elder and Sister Youngblood and the family under the leadership of Supt. Chester Robinson. Later Elder Youngblood started his church in Lufkin. Christopher served as drummer at Fellowship C.O.G.I.C. until his death. Christopher loved to detail cars, play basketball and was a great help around the house. He loved to help where he could. He even made sure that the House of God was well taken care of. He was preceded in death by grandparents, Gertrude and Nathan Logan and Ambus and Bernice Youngblood; uncle, Larry Youngblood; and aunts, Annie May Youngblood and Jeanette Youngblood. Christopher is survived by his loving and devoted parents, Elder L.C. Youngblood and Missionary Deloris Youngblood of Livingston; sisters, Lasonya Youngblood, Jennifer Youngblood, Erica Youngblood, LaTesha Youngblood, Katrina Youngblood; brothers, Kevin Logan, Shawn Logan, L.C. Youngblood Jr. and wife Ashtyn, Carlos Youngblood, Casey Youngblood, Bradford Youngblood, Quincy Youngblood, Ambus Youngblood; aunts, Addie Mae Youngblood, Fannie Mae O’Guin and husband Benny, Naomi Ryans and husband Charles of Huntsville and Latan Nash of Lufkin; uncles, Willie Morris Youngblood, Charles Youngblood and wife Carolyn, Frank Garrett of Houston, Harry Garrett of Nacogdoches, Nathaniel Logan and wife Ramona of Lufkin and Herbert Logan of Lufkin. Ten nieces and nine nephews also survive him. Christopher also leaves special friends Edward Thomas, Anthony Thomas, J.C. Cooper, Ronnie Bogany Jr., Daldrian Fransaw and a host of other relatives and friends to cherish his memory. Pallbearers will be Jason Johnson, Edward Thomas, Chester McGowen, Ronnie Bogany Jr., Chris Gardner and Aaron McGowen. Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Logan, Shawn Logan, L.C. Youngblood Jr., Carlos Youngblood, Casey Youngblood, Bradford Youngblood, Quincy Youngblood and Ambus Youngblood. Duncan Funeral Home of Livingston is in charge of arrangements.

Rupert Terry Hughes
LIVINGSTON — Memorial services for Rupert Terry Hughes, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 21 at Cochran Funeral Home with an honor guard from VFW Post #8568 and a 21 gun salute. He died Feb. 12, 2009 in Livingston. Rupert was born in Beloit, Wis. June 9, 1919. He attended school there with his two brothers and three sisters until he joined the Army and served in England during World War II. He was in the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. He married Doris Walls in 1940. Upon leaving the service, he took a job selling Parker Brothers new ball point pens. It was the beginning of a lifelong sales pitch. Rupert could talk a dog up a light pole or a cat down out of a tree. His indomitable enthusiasm was contagious to all those around him. He eventually migrated to California where he worked in the building trades as a carpenter and general contractor living in Red Bluff, Chatsworth, Morro Bay and finally Santa Barbara. He later met and married Barbara (Joehnck) Williams of Santa Barbara and they later moved to Jackson Hole, Wyo. in 1971 where Rupert grew his general contracting business and spent most of his spare time fishing, hunting and dancing. Rupert could hardly pass by a trout stream or a dance floor without giving them a try. After the death of his second wife, Rupert married Hilde Michelmore in 1995. Together they traveled often and belonged to several dance clubs splitting their time between Dana Point and Palm Springs. Rupert Hughes was a man on the go every moment of every day of his life. When he wasn’t working, he was fishing, hunting, dancing, playing golf or planning to do one of them. Sitting around was torture and he successfully avoided it all his life. No matter how many bumps in the road there were, Rupert never felt sorry for himself and he never complained. He was always on the hunt for his next adventure. The “Silver Fox”, as his stepsons called him, soaked up life like a sponge and will leave a wealth of memories to all he knew. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Edwin Hughes and Bertha Elsie Hughes; brothers, Emerson Hughes and Kermit Hughes of Janesville, Wis.; sisters, Virginia Anderson and Mildred Strampe both of Janesville, Wis. and one daughter, Lanetta Crump of Wyoming. He is survived by his wife, Hilde Michelmore Hughes of Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Sam Harrington of Livingston; son, Terry Hughes of Palm Springs, Calif.; sister, Dorothy Weber of Janesville, Wis.; grandchildren, David C. Crump of Troy, Ill., Vicki Lynn Elliott of Austin, Christina C. Swain of Fort Worth, Shelly M. Johnson of Bakersfield, Calif., Stephanie Smith of Laramie, Wyo., Eddie Crump of Wyoming and 20 great-grandchildren and four greatgreat- grandchildren.




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