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LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Mason James Kolb were held Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at Bold Springs Cemetery in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. He was born Feb. 18, 2011 in Houston, the son of James and Tessa Kolb, and died on Feb. 21, 2011. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Logan Kolb and Dylan Scott and grandparents, Howard Kolb, Mollie Jo Kolb and Ezy Kolb. He is survived by his parents, James and Tessa Kolb; sister, Heaven Marie Kolb; grandmother, Cheryl Scott; grandfather, Robby Scott; great-grandmother, Norma Selby and great-grandfather, Todd Selby. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside ser-vices for Mary Lee Beasley, 89, of Livingston were held Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston, with the Rev. Joe McDonald officiating. She was born Feb. 15, 1922 in Weir, the daughter of John R. Trammell and Anna Rice Tram-mell, and died Feb. 22, 2011 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, David W. Beasley; brothers, Cecil Trammell and Royce Trammell and sister, Doris Cannon. She is survived by her son, David Beasley Jr. of Houston; daughter and son-in-law, Patte and Lee Jones of Livingston; grandchildren, Adam Jones, Aaron and Bonnie Jones and Sam and Alicia Beasley; sister, Marjorie Drummond of Livingston and great-grandchild, Sidney S. Beasley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Asso-ciation. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Memorial services for Jim McMenamon, 65, of Livingston will be at 2 p.m. Satur-day, March 5, 2011, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Clifton Labbe, S.V.D. to officiate. He was born on Sept. 30, 1945 in Methuen, Mass., the son of Ber-nard McMenamon and Shirley Childs McMenamon, and died on Feb. 10, 2011 in Houston. He is preceded in death by his parents. Jim was a civil engineer. He worked for DYN McDermott, Inc. in Freeport for 23 years. He recent-ly retired to Lake Livingston to fish. He is survived by his wife, Glen-da Johnson of Livingston; daugh-ters, Kendra and husband Jeremy Monk of Austin and Vicky Fisher of Angleton; sisters, Nan Higgins Dalton and Patty Sanza, both of Daytona, Fla.; four grandchildren; brothers, Tommy and Dicky McMenamon, both of Boston, Mass. and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON – On Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, a celebration honor-ing the life of J.B. Loftin was held at Pace Funeral Home in Livings-ton. The graveside service was held at Bluewater Cemetery. The service was officiated by Larry Skero Jr., husband of J.B.’s niece, Karie Ske-ro. He was born on Nov. 26, 1926 in Livingston to Otis and Emma Oliv-er Loftin and died on Feb. 18, 2011 at the age of 84. J.B.’s loving family includes daughter, Marie Koester and hus-band James of Livingston; son, Donald Loftin and wife Joan of Rosevale, Calif.; brother, Johnny Loftin and wife Joyce; sister, Idell Thomas; grandson, Shane Lollar and wife Rachel; granddaughter, Tamara Snyder and husband Zack; four great-grandchildren, Maycie and Jess Lollar and Dakota and Dessa Snyder and numerous other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Helen Loftin. J.B. worked in the oilfield all his life, up until retiring in the mid-1980s from Mitchell Energy. In J.B.’s later days he would say, “I got to get my boots on and go to work.” J.B. was known as a no-nonsense kind of man and a man of few words. He enjoyed spending his time outdoors, deer-hunting, fishing, gardening, mowing the grass and barbecuing on the grill. He also loved watching football, current events and Joel Osteen on a regular basis. He was known as a wonderful provider for his family and they could depend on him at any given time. His wife, Helen Loftin, was the love of his life and they would have been married 61 years in January 2011. One of the mottos he taught his daughter was, “Don’t you ever say you can’t do it.”
LIVINGSTON – A memorial service for Ronald “Ron” Morgan Loftin, 68, of Conroe was held Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the First Presbyterian Church in Con-roe, with the Rev. John Singleton officiating. Visitation was held Sunday, Feb. 13, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. He was born Dec. 18, 1942 in Shepherd, the son of Perry Morgan Loftin and Ruby “Loette” McAdams Loftin, and died Feb. 9, 2011 in Conroe. He died peacefully at his home, surrounded by family and friends, after a year-long battle with brain cancer. He is preceded in death by his father and brother, Curtis D. Loftin. “Ronnie” to his friends and “Pop-Pop” to his beloved grand-children, he is survived by his mother, Ruby “Loette” McAdams Loftin of Livingston; his wife of 37 years, Julie of Conroe; only son, Curtis Morgan Loftin and wife Renė, along with their children, Sara Morgan and Morgan Scott Loftin of Crabbs Prairie; his niece, Carol Loftin Cromie and husband Mike of Santa Fe, and their children, Jake and Abbey Johnson; and niece, Shannon Loftin Couch and husband Jimmie, also of Santa Fe. Mr. Loftin graduated from Livingston High School in 1961. He joined the U.S. Air Force and, as a member of the 6987th, he served a tour in Taiwan. After serving his country with honor, he graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in criminal justice. He spent his entire pro-fessional career as a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and U.S. Cus-toms. He retired and found joy in spending his time ranching, wood-working, hunting, fishing and spending time with his beloved family. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LUFKIN -- Mary Lazalier Cockrell, 84, died peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at her residence in Corrigan. She is survived by her daughters, Wanda and Lynn Clamon of the Hortense community, Carolyn Cockrell Elmore of Austin, Beverly Cockrell and Jesse Castillo of Cor-rigan and Janice Cockrell and Steve Cramb of Houston; sister, Barbara and husband A.W. Cockrell of Lufkin; stepbrothers, William (Buster) and Wilma Pullen of Houston and Michael (Bo) Pullen of Kingwood; her beloved grandchildren, Elisha and Bo Bell of Corrigan, Shana and Patrick Dickens of Midway, Reagon and Julie Clamon of Lytle, Meredith Snowberger of Austin and Christopher Smelley of Houston; great-grandchildren, Mitch Bell, Blake Bell, Shelbey Smith, Seth Dickens, Luke Clamon, Molly Clamon and Jasper Snowberger; special friend, Lawana Clark of Nacogdoches and sister-in-law, Rita Drabek of Sugar Land. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Jasper R. Cockrell; her parents, Guy M. La-zalier and Marie (Lazalier) Pullen and sister, Bettie Ann (Lazalier) Brownhill. Mary was born in Houston on Jan. 2, 1927. She attended Corrigan schools and was a lifetime member and renowned soloist in the United Methodist Church in Corrigan. She retired from Champion International in Corrigan. She recently received recognition for 50-year membership in the Corrigan Chap-ter of the Order of Eastern Star. Her foremost vocation in life was her devotion to her family. Her love of music and fine arts, along with gar-dening, were always a great inspiration to her. Mary fought a heroic 16-year battle with various cancers and became an endearing symbol of courage, strength and eternal op-timism for everyone who knew her. Her legacy will be her uncon-ditional love and support of her family and friends, her beautiful voice and the indelible image of her raised chin with eyes focused forward daring fate in the face of in-credible odds. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Mary’s favorite charities: The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210; LiveStrong Foundation, 2201 E. Sixth St., Austin, TX 78702; or the Cockrell Family Scholarship Fund at Corrigan-Camden ISD, S. Home St., Corrigan, TX 75939. Pallbearers were Reagon Cla-mon, Chris Smelley, Mitch Bell, Blake Bell, Steve Cramb, James Reagon Swann, David "Bo" Bell and Patrick Dickens. Honorary pallbearers were Alec Cockrell, Ray Myers, John Allen Drabek and Jake Sherman. Services were held on Friday, Feb. 25, at First United Methodist Church in Corrigan. Interment fol-lowed in Union Springs Cemetery. Gipson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Condo-lences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Ronald “Ronny” Curley Ro-mero, 68, of Livingston were held Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Father Colin Stebbing officiating. Interment followed in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. He was born Jan. 5, 1943 in Port Arthur, the son of Curley Romero and Peggy Walsh Romero Aycock, and died Feb. 23, 2011 in Livings-ton. He is preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his wife, Janice Romero of Livingston; daughters, Ronalda Simmons and husband Mike of Vidor and Misty Dawn Agular of Dayton; sons, Shane Guillory and wife Angie of Port Neches and Curley Romero and wife Audra of Honey Grove; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; mother, Peggy Ay-cock of Longview; brother, James Romero and wife Tina of Bay-town; sisters, Deborah La Goure and husband Bobby of Cortez, Colo. and Rachal Willis of Longview; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON – James R. Wenneker, 68, of Segno died on Tues-day, Feb. 16, 2011 in Conroe. Jim was born in Wausau, Mo. to Buster and Lovina Goff on Sept. 28, 1942. Jim served his country honorably for 20 years in the Army and Navy. He is survived by his wife, Lyla of Segno; daughters, Nanette Cha-pa of Houston and Bernadette Wenneker of Segno; son, James of Austin; brothers, John Bond and Richard Bickeh; sisters, Janet Michel and Jerri Lynn Jones; sister-in-law, Charlene Gasdorf; nine grand-children; two step-grandsons; a great-granddaughter and a great-grandson.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Lois Virginia Sweeney, 82, of Livingston were held Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. Interment followed in Bluff Creek Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Ricky Luna, Johnny Sharbine, Shane Luna, David Sharbine, Timothy Sharbine and Jonathan Sharbine. She was born Jan. 5, 1929 in Birmingham, Ala. to George and Trannie Thomas Allen and died Feb. 17, 2011 in Lufkin. She is pre-ceded in death by her parents; her brother, Edward Allen and her two sisters, Shirley Allen and Mary Hawley. She is survived by her husband, Cecil Sweeney of Livingston; sisters and brother-in-law, Catha Paukert, Ann Taylor and Brenda and Jim Weaver and her friends, Judith Sanders, Ben Bennett, Jodi Sand-ers, Ricky and Margie Luna, John-ny and Barbara Sharbine and Don and Sharon Walters. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON – A memorial service for Mike Moore, 58, of Livingston will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Wayne Landrum officiating. He was born Sept. 26, 1952 in Houston, the son of Thomas Mar-shall Moore and Dorthy Dean Dell Moore, and died Feb. 16, 2011 at his home in Livingston. He is survived by his wife, Leah Moore of Livingston; sons, Chris-topher Michael Moore of Livings-ton and Michael Nichols of Li-vingston; sister, Georgia Sherrell of Smithville and grandchildren, Justin Moore, Brandon Moore, Amber Moore, Jason Fowler and Josh Fowler. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangement. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com
ONALASKA -- Master Sergeant Clayton M. Murray of Onalaska died on Feb. 19, 2011 in the VA Hospital, Houston. He was 89 years old, born on Jan. 8, 1922 in Olathe, Texas, the son of Monroe and Virgie Murray. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Murray and two sons, Eugene and Lyle. M/Sgt. Murray retired from the U.S. Army with more than 20 years of service. He was wounded during the invasion of Normandy in 1944. He served in Japan, Korea and Alaska and retired in 1961. After retiring, M/Sgt. Murray was in sales for Wear Ever and Cutco, Inc. He also sold promotional products with M and H Co. for over 20 years. He is survived by his daughter, Gloria Jean Murray of Phoenix, Ariz. and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. M/Sgt. Murray will be interred in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, Ariz. by the side of his wife. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Pearl L. Forse, born Oct. 23, 1919 in Hampton Ark. to Hugh and Lena Means Por-ter, died Feb. 19, 2011 in Livings-ton at the age of 91 years. Her loving family includes daughters, Rosie Harris and hus-band Mike and Sharon Fisher and husband Kenny; stepson, James Forse and wife Brenda; brother, Kenneth Porter and wife Sandra; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Elven; three sisters, Ka-thy, Jean and Edna and one brother, Hershel. A celebration of Pearl’s life was held at Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Floyd Forse officiating. Interment fol-lowed in Peebles Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kenny Fisher, Mike Harris, Kevin Vailes, Randy Way, Eric Acree and James Forse. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.
LIVINGSTON -- J.B. Loftin, born Nov. 26, 1926 in Livingston to Otis and Emma Oliver Loftin, died Feb. 18, 2011 in Conroe. J.B. retired from Mitchell Energy. His loving family includes daughter, Marie Koester and hus-band James; son, Donald Loftin and wife Joan; brother, Johnny Loftin and wife Joyce; sister, Idell Thomas; two grandchildren, Shane Lallar and Tamara Snyder; four great-grandchildren; special care-giver, David Franklin; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his wife, Helen Loftin and brother, Jordon Loftin. A celebration of J.B.’s life was held Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Pace Fu-neral Home. Interment followed in Bluewater Cemetery. Pallbearers were Steve Loftin, Zack Snyder, Kenneth Sullivan, Robert Boaen, Shannon Sullivan, Dusty Wells and Johnny Reily. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Ben David Terral, 80, of Livingston died Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, in Houston. Ben was born to the late Cordie and Tracy Terral on Aug. 2, 1930 in Malta, Texas. He graduated from San Jacinto High School in Houston. Ben married his high school sweetheart, Joyce McCarley, in 1951 and they lived and raised two children together in Houston before relocating to Huntsville and then retiring on Lake Livingston. As a mechanical engineer in the petroleum industry, he enjoyed a career that spanned over 50 years. He holds 27 U.S. patents for the design and redesign of methods and equipment related to side-pocket mandrels, a combined well casing spider and elevator apparatus, retrieval devices, down-hole safety tools and wireline tools. His patents are also used as a reference in dozens more U.S. pat-ents held within the oilfield indus-try. Ben worked for prestigious companies such as CAMCO Inc., as department chief and MACCO/Schlumberger, as product manager, and engineering senior vice president of Wireline Equipment Manufacturing Company in Houston. He was also senior vice president of engineering for McMurray Oil Tools in Hunts-ville. He loved spending time with his family and friends and spent time fishing, reading, designing and building outbuildings, desks, chairs and even fresh-water fishing lures. His fried fish, waffles, and choco-late pies were favorites with his family and the neighborhood. His award-winning chili recipe was a favorite from Louisiana to Hunts-ville. Ben was a member of the First Baptist Church of Livingston, a 32-degree Scottish Rite Mason, and was honored to serve with Forrest Lodge No. 19, in Huntsville. He was also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Ben is survived by his wife, Joyce Terral; son, Bob and wife Jamie Terral of Spring; daughter, Kimberley Ann Terral of Livings-ton; grandchildren, Kathryn Renee Terral, Robert Benjamin Terral, Christine Michelle Terral and Shawn David Terral and great-grandchild, April Renee Young. He is also survived by numerous niec-es, nephews, friends, colleagues and neighbors. He was predeceased by siblings, Quincy Terral, Winnie Cornelius, Francis Schoaps and Jean Hutchison. A graveside service was held Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Midway Cem-etery. Gifts may be made in Ben's honor at First Baptist Church of Livingston, P.O. Box 2077, Livings-ton, TX. Alternatively, the family suggests you give someone a hug, say a prayer for another in Ben’s honor, or share your favorite story by going to www.pacefuneral.com and signing the online guestbook.
LIVINGSTON -- Nada Letilda Loper, 92, of died on Feb. 17, 2011 in Livingston. She was born Dec. 11, 1918 in Sentiel, Okla., the daughter of Platte Woodruff and Mary Belle McHenry Woodruff, and was pre-ceded in death by her parents; her husband, Prentice Loper and broth-er, Joe Woodruff. She was a member of the Presby-terian Church in Midland, and for 16 years was known as the “Pink Lady” at Midland Memorial Hos-pital. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Eugene Bohac; grandchildren, Bill Blamey of Fort Worth, Leanah McCombs and husband Paul of Spring, Patri-cia Richards and Tim Holian of Spring and great-grandchildren, Nada Richards Rand and Ben of Cresson, David Daniel Richards of Fort Worth and Micah McCombs Jones of Spring. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON – A memorial service for Ronald “Ron” Morgan Loftin, 67, of Conroe was held Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the First Presbyterian Church in Con-roe, with John Singleton officiating. He was born Dec. 18, 1942 in Shepherd, the son of Perry Morgan Loftin and Ruby “Loette” McA-dams Loftin, and died Feb. 9, 2011 in Conroe. He is preceded in death by his father. He is survived by son. Curtis Morgan Loftin and wife Rene of Conroe; mother, Ruby “Loette” McAdams Loftin of Livingston; grandchildren, Morgan “Scott” Loftin of Conroe and Sara Morgan Loftin of Conroe; nieces, Carol Loftin Cromie and husband Mike of Santa Fe and Shannon Livings-ton Couch and husband Jimmie; great-nephew, Jake Johnson of Austin and great-niece, Abb John-son of Santa Fe. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Jerry Lee Anderson, 78, of Livingston were held Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Cary Baskin and the Rev. Don Cook officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in Self Cemetery in Leesville, La. Pallbearers were Warren Robi-cheaux, Jim Ward, Jeff Holliman, Luke Tanner, Perry Tanner and Guy Wilhelm. Jerry was born Sept. 3, 1932 in Leesville, La., the son of D.H. An-derson and Willie Mae Brown An-derson, and died Feb. 15, 2011 in Dogwood Trails Manor in Wood-ville. He is preceded in death by his parents; his infant son, Jim Ander-son and brother, Jake Anderson. Jerry was a Texas resident at the time of his death but was a Vernon Parish resident for many years. Jerry graduated from Lees-ville High School in 1952 and Northwestern State College in 1955. He was employed in civil service and education for 30 years and was active in community ser-vice as Lions Club member in Ben-ton, La. and later as a Civitan in Leesville where he received awards for work with Special Olympics while employed at Leesville State School. Jerry was self-employed for years after leaving state em-ployment. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Katheryn Simmons Ander-son; son, K. Scot Anderson and wife Mia; daughter, Jeri Tanner and husband Perry; brother, Bill Anderson and wife Macel and grandchildren, Warren Robicheaux and wife Lora Beth, Will Robicheaux and wife Yumi, Scot Robicheaux, Cara Anderson and Max Anderson. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for LeRoy Wright, 66, of Corrigan, were held Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, in the Family Center at First Baptist Church of Corrigan, with Ralph Johnston officiating. Interment followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Barnum. Mr. Wright was born May 4, 1944 in Corrigan and died Tues-day, Feb. 15, 2011, in Corrigan. He lived in Corrigan all his life with the exception of three years while serving in the United States Army. He loved Corrigan and “didn’t care if he never crossed the Polk County line.” LeRoy was mar-ried to Tommye DeLafosse Wright for 48 years and they were blessed with three children, 10 grandchil-dren and two great-grandchildren. He and Tommye are “PawPaw” and “Gran” not only to their own but to anyone else who wishes to call them “PawPaw” and “Gran.” They are also known as Uncle Le-Roy and Aunt Tommye to many people. LeRoy was an active member of First Baptist Church in Corrigan, serving as a deacon and in many other capacities and activities. He retired from IP Timberlands Divi-sion in logging procurement. Being an active and social person, he always enjoyed calf roping and team roping. He has passed down that tradition to his sons, a grand-son, and a couple of granddaugh-ters as well. He has taught several area young men his roping skills and most are still roping today. In the past he has volunteered with the Corrigan FFA Rodeo Team, youth rodeos and most any young-ster that just wanted to learn how to ride a horse. He also had taken on another hobby which was raising Yorkies. He is preceded in death by his fa-ther, Willie Martin Wright; daugh-ter, Vicki Frankens; brothers, Jerry Wright, John Wright and Edgar Wright; nephews, Bubba Wright and Bubba Byron and niece, Robin Daley. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Tommye (DeLaFosse) Wright of Corrigan; sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Be-thany Wright of Corrigan and Chad and Lori Wright of Hudson; mother, Lydia Wright of Corrigan; brothers and sister-in-law: Donald and Sandy Wright of Baytown and Arnold Wright of Lufkin; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Ken Kendrick of Lufkin; grandchildren, Ashtin and Chris Robertson, Jeff-rey Frankens, Kristyn Wright, Ky-lee Wright, Cassidy Wright, Cody Wright, Wyatt Frankens, Rachael Wright and Cealy Kay Wright; great-grandchildren, Abby Robert-son and Greysen Robertson and numerous other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vision Fund at First Baptist Church, 104 N. Collins St., Corrigan, TX 75939. Pallbearers were Keith Frankens, Keith Bullock, Johnny Ray Eaton, Scotty Eaton, Vance Vickers, Larry Smith, Jimmy Taylor and Jerry Clarke. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Mac Cockrell, Don McKnight, Tom Siau, Mark Hafernick, David Ray, John Paul Purvis, Murray Sisson and Anthony Page. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Fannie Pearl Witcher, 82, of Onalaska were held Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment followed in Bold Springs Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Josh Lowery, Cody Lowery, Dustin Lowery, Craig Taylor, Curtis Green and Colby Buller. She was born March 21, 1928 in Grapeland, the daughter of William Hughes and Florence Alice Ten-nant Hughes, and died Feb. 14, 2011 in Groveton. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Herman Witcher. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, and doing crafts. She was a hair-dresser in Onalaska for many, many years and was a member of the United Methodist Church in Onalaska. She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Roger and Cyn-thia Lowery of Livingston and Ro-bert and Darlene Kirksey of McKinney; her grandchildren, Josh and Brittany Lowery, Cody and Ashley Lowery, Dustin and Kim Lowery, Brandon and Elisha Kirk-sey and Ginger Kirksey; great-grandchildren, Hailey and Kadence Lowery and Addison Lowery and her sisters, Ida Webb of Longview and Trucie Stowe of Crockett. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Steven Ray Shown, 21, of Leggett were held Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Travis Jackson officiating. Inter-ment followed in Camp Ruby Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Randy Hinson, Trae Hinson, KC Wells, Jose Dios-dado, Adam Jackson, Anthony Garcia, James Munson, Billy Kelly and Dustin Morgan. Honorary pall-bearers were Michael Kipfer, Gary Smith, David Wooldridge, Tyron Frederick, Jimmy Brossette and Thomas Jarrell. He was born Oct. 20, 1989 in Li-vingston, the son of Connie Shown and the late Virgil Ray Shown, and died on Feb. 12, 2011. Steven grew up in Leggett, where he attended Leggett ISD and grad-uated in 2008. Steven was one of two children born to his mother, Connie. Steven will forever be remembered by his devoted mother, along with count-less other friends and family whom were blessed to know him. Family members say he loved his mother very much and thought highly of his stepfather, Michael Kip-fer. Steven was known as a very proud and loving daddy to his sons, Dylan and Dakota. Steven and Connie created a life of happiness and togetherness like no other mother-son relationship; he admired his mother and loved to make her laugh and enjoy life. He dearly loved his son, Dakota Ray Shown, who preceded him in death. He anticipated being a great father to Dylan and to be able to love and provide for him for a life-time. Steven planned to attend Angeli-na College to pursue a career as a phlebotomist which was shortened by his untimely death. He prided himself in looking his best and kept a well-maintained appearance and physique. He loved listening to music, playing basketball, UFC fights, laughing, and enjoyed being with his family and having fun with his friends. There was a special place in his heart for all ani-mals. Steven touched the lives of many people with his smile, kind-ness, humor and kind spirit. He is survived by his mother, Connie Shown of Leggett; son, Dylan Blackburn Shown; Michael Kipfer, stepfather, of Leggett; Je-remy Hukill, brother, of Pensacola, Fla.; Tiffany Hukill, sister-in-law; Payton Hukill, niece; Jackson Hu-kill, nephew; Morgan Hukill, niece; David Shown, brother, of Wood-ville; Richard Shown, brother, of Colmesneil; Dub Brossette, grand-father, of Santa Fe; Carolyn Bros-sette, grandmother, of Santa Fe; Arnold Topham, grandfather, of Leggett; David and Jackie Wool-dridge, uncle and aunt, of Leggett; cousins, Kirk and Amanda Burrows of Bristo, Va., Ryder Bur-rows of Bristo, Va., Jamie and Amber Hewitt of Nacogdoches and Brittany and Jamie Hewitt of Lufkin; Tajia Beavers, aunt, of Livingston; Brandon and Nathan Beavers, cousins, of Livingston; Jimmy Brossette, uncle, of Santa Fe; Randy and Janee Hinson, uncle and aunt, of Livingston; Marcia Duncan, aunt, of Livingston; Maugre Fredregill, grandmother, of Woodville; Clint and Elaine Owens, uncle and aunt, of Woodville; David and Darlene Tolbert, uncle and aunt, of Corrigan; Dale and Sheila Fowler, uncle and aunt, of Woodville; Debbie Treadway, aunt, of Trinity (Waymon Treadway, preceded in death); KC Wells, special cousin, of Leggett; Kirsty Acosta, girlfriend, of Livingston; Ashley Blackburn, mother of his children, of Livingston; Katie Mohr, first love and friend, of Livingston and an enormous host of other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, a benefit ac-count has been established at First National Bank of Livingston to help the family. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
ONALASKA – Funeral services for Carolyn Faye Lorraine Hempsted, 65, of Onalaska were held Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Don Wil-son officiating. Interment followed in Brookside Cemetery in Houston. She was born May 5, 1945 in Houston, the daughter of John Ro-bert Fletcher and Jennie Curtis Fletcher, and died Feb. 10, 2011 at her home in Onalaska. She is pre-ceded in death by her parents; children, Deborah and Richard Hempsted and brothers and sisters, Mary and Herbert Sullivan and Leon Fletcher. Carolyn obtained her LVN certi-fication from Tyler County Hospit-al in Woodville. She worked as an LVN for the Livingston hospital, TDCJ and Polk County. Her most recent profession was being a de-voted housewife and caregiver to her husband Roger. She was an active member of the Onalaska Lioness Club and the Onalaska Junior/Senior High Band Boosters. She is survived by Roger Hempsted, husband, of Onalaska; Teresa and Monty Wilson, daugh-ter and son-in-law, of Kingwood; Randy Hempsted, son, of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren, Roger Dennis Hempsted, Tiffany Khorrami, Ni-cholas Khorrami, Sarah Merrill and Holly Rockwell; great-grandchild, Arielle; brothers and sisters, Robert and Sue Fletcher, William and Emily Fletcher, Clara, Pauline and Johnnie Faye and numerous other nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Orville Pruitt, age 91, of Li-vingston were held Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Blanchard Baptist Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Fred Alford and the Rev. Royce Pennington officiating. Interment was Monday, Feb. 14, in Holdenville City Cemetery in Hol-denville, Okla. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Thames, Windell S. Tinson, Hebert Mansuer, Ravell Powell, Jim Brit-ton, K.T. Williams, Bill Orchid and Mack McElwee He was born Oct. 25, 1919 in VanBuren, Ark., the son of Harlin M. Pruitt and Neaty Pack Pruitt, and died Feb. 9, 2011 in Lufkin. Orville is survived by Betty J. Pruitt, wife, of Livingston; Ron Pruitt, son, of Edmond, Okla.; Rob-in Bartley, daughter, of Lufkin; Cynthia Tatum, stepdaughter, of Rosanky; Randy Fields, stepson, of Pasadena; Norma Collum, sister, of Livingston; grandchildren, Chad Pruitt, Lance Pruitt, Heath Pruitt, Amy Beth Stuart and Astacia Cole; great-grandchildren, Trey, Isaiah, Staria, Simon and Hunter and nu-merous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LAKE CITY, FLA. -- Nichole Marie Cervantez Fleetwood, 25, and her son, Bryson Allen Fleetwood, were the victims of a homicide that occurred on Feb. 2, 2011 in Florida. A native of Fort Myers, Fla., Ni-chole had been a resident of Lake City, Fla. for the majority of the past 12 years. Nichole met Larry Fleetwood III from Cleve-land, Texas in 2009, and they were married on Dec. 14, 2009. Nichole had worked as a waitress, and in her spare time she loved riding four-wheelers, mud-bogging, read-ing and especially spending time with her 5-year-old daughter, Ariana. Nichole and Larry (Jay) were excited about her being preg-nant and was looking forward to the birth of their son, Bryson. Nichole and Bryson are survived by her husband, Larry (Jay) Fleet-wood III of Cleveland; daughter, Ariana Renee Cervantez; her mother, Shelly Lynn Harris; her father and stepmother, Joe and Renee Cervantez; her sister, Cari Sue Snyder, all of Lake City Fla.; her maternal grandparents, John and Mary Wheeler of Naples, Fla. and numerous other family mem-bers and friends. Nichole is preceded in death by her grandmother, Elsie Bernice Fleetwood of Livingston. Graveside services were held Feb. 9, 2011 in Florida. A memorial service will be held to honor Nichole and Bryson in Cleveland at a later date.
LIVINGSTON – A memorial service for Richard Eugene Dill, 83, of Zwolle, La. will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at Zwolle Baptist Church in Zwolle, La., 2051 Pt. Arthur St., Zwolle, La., with Bro. Brett Campbell and Dr. Vernon Stephenson officiating. He was born Feb. 1, 1928 in Medicine Lodge, Kan., the son of Edwin Perry Dill and Mary Elizabeth Ireland Dill, and died Feb. 4, 2011 in Livingston, Texas. He attended high school in El Reno, Okla. and graduated in 1945. In his senior year, he was selected for the All-State Basketball Team and won the State Basketball Championship. He attended Oklahoma State University and Centenary College where he played basketball as well. On Sept. 1, 1951 he married Theda Faye Brister and they had three children during their 25-year marriage. He served in the United States Air Force from 1950-1954, stationed in France post World War II. He worked for Exxon from 1954-1967 as a senior sales representative and then he worked for Richardson Ayers distributing Company from 1967 to 1978 when he retired. On Feb. 4, 1978 he married Ophelia Aguillard Brister and traveled the world, including a three-month trip to Alaska and many cruises. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and all outdoor activities with his family, including his annual tradition of boiling crawfish with the family over the Easter holidays. In his later years he enjoyed attending church and Sunday school at Zwolle First Baptist Church. He will be remembered as loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He is survived by Ophelia Dill, wife, of Zwolle, La.; Theda Brister Zellers, mother of his children, of Livingston; Debra Tallant, daughter, of Zwolle, La.; Bradley Dill, son, of Alexandria, La.; Ashley Martin, daughter, of Livingston; Madeline England, stepdaughter, of Houston; Phyllis Pankey, stepdaughter, of Mandeville, La.; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; the Lighthouse Hospice Staff and private sitters John, Evette and Bob and Shirley Lockman. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Zwolle Baptist Church or the Lighthouse Hospice. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LACEY, ARK. -- James T. “Jim” Jones Sr., 78, of Houston died on Feb. 13, 2011. Born in Lacey, Ark., he earned his bachelor of science degree in pharmacy at the University of Ar-kansas in Little Rock. He began his career as a pharmacist at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Medical Center in Houston, where he re-mained for 32 years and retired as chief of pharmacy. He and his wife, Carolyn, built their dream retirement home on Lake Livingston and have lived there for a number of years. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carolyn; his daughters, Carol Wiseman and Diana Fowler, both of Houston; son-in-law, Edgar Fowler; five grandchildren, Ashley Fowler, Natalie Young, Rachel Wiseman, Megan Fowler and James Wiseman; his only great-grandchild, Zoey Young; niece, Janis Wardlaw of Hernando, Fla.; nephew, David Jones of San Fran-cisco, Calif. and cousins, Betty Jones and Bobby Aiken. He was preceded in death by his parents, Downey and Addie Jones; his son, James “Tommy” Jones Jr., and, very recently, his brother, Dr. John Downey Jones Jr. of Ala-bama. Funeral Services will be held at noon Thursday, Feb. 17, at the First United Methodist Church in Ona-laska. There is also a second ser-vice to be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monti-cello, Ark., followed by his burial in Lacey, Ark.
LIVINGSTON – Graveside se-vices for Frances Elaine Richard-son, 78, of Livingston were held Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, in Holly Grove Cemetery in Livingston, with the Rev. Billy Bracken and the Rev. Denton Mayes officiating. Pallbearers were Ernest Richard-son Jr., Heath Richardson, Derrick Richardson, Jason Hendrix, Sidney Cox Jr. and Remington Richard-son. She was born May 20, 1932 in Baytown, the daughter of Wilbur and Devota Stringer Domangue, and died Feb. 8, 2011 in Lufkin. She is survived by her husband, Wilburn Richardson of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Ernest Ray Richardson and Debbie of Livingston; daughters and sons-in-law, Toni Renee Amaro and Al of Irving and Trecia Yvette Fulgium and Chuck of Magnolia; grandchil-dren, Ernest Ray Richardson Jr. and wife Misty, Heath Richardson and wife Kerri, Derrick Richardson and wife Angie, Brandi Hendrix, Jason Hendrix and wife Heather, Alfie Ferguson, Alyssa Fulgium and Christian Fulgium and great-grandchildren, Sidney Jr., Timbre, Remington, Colton, Hannah, Jo-shua, Walker, Lane, Lexi Jo, Grace and Emily. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
BACLIFF -- Joe Wade Gallaway, 82, died on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, in Webster. Born Jan. 25, 1929 in Bayside, Mr. Gallaway had been a resident of Bacliff for the past 10 years, previously of Livingston. He had worked as a pipefitter with Pipefitters Local No. 211 for over 57 years. Joe had been a full gospel Pentecostal minister for over 50 years and enjoyed fishing, golfing and watching football and baseball. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Gallaway; parents, Walter Wade and Lillie Belle (Dabbs) Gallaway; grand-sons, Denny “Bo” Gallaway Jr. and Tim Gallaway; sons, Alton Galla-way and Bobby Gallaway; six sis-ters and three brothers. Survivors include his sons, Denny Gallaway and wife Rosie of Bacliff, Darrell Gallaway of Troy, Clifford Gallaway and wife Cindy of Bacliff, Leldon Roy Gallaway and wife Leilani of Dickinson and Rodger Gallaway and wife Deb of Michigan; daughter, Beverly Mauldin of Santa Fe; daughter-in-law, Charlotte Gallaway of Livingston; 23 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and sister, Virginia Sha-fer of Cameron. Funeral services were held Sat-urday, Feb. 12, 2011, in the chapel of Hayes Funeral Home, with Bro. F. “Chico” Michael officiating. Interment followed in Hayes Grace Memorial Park Cemetery. Casketbearers were Keith Galla-way, Cody Goertz, Dillon Mauldin, J.T. Mauldin, Lane Mauldin, Terry Mauldin, Chad Sanders and Addi-son Tilton. Honorary bearer was Darrell Gallaway Jr.
LIVINGSTON -- Leonard Charles Young, born Feb. 28. 1949 in Livingston, died Feb. 4, 2011 in Plaquemine, La. at the age of 61 years. He is survived by his children, Allison Jean Perez and husband Jose (Tony) Sr. (non-active mili-tary) and Lori Mae Young and Joshua Leonard Young and Kristie Marie Wagner; mother, Verna Mae Young; brother, L.B. Young; sister, Virgina Mae Young Carroll and husband Don; grandchildren, Jose Perez Jr., Dalia Perez, T.J. Chittwod Jr. (active military), Gregory Perez, Joey Chittwood (non-active military), Cody Perez, Reagan Pat-terson, Gabriel Young and Chloe Young; Chelsea Marie Fontenot and numerous other great-grandchildren; special friends Jack Alexander of Leggett, Avis King of Leggett, Bill Coury of Louisiana and Joseph Rousseau of Louisiana and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, J.W. Young; a son, Anthony Charles Young; brothers, Jimmy Wayne Young and Harvey Joe Young; sister, Kathy Young Wilson and grandchild, Trystan Tyler Anthony Young. A celebration of Leonard’s life was held Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Pace Funeral, with Bro. Orval Barger officiating. Burial followed in Jones Prairie Cemetery. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Robert Glenn Christian Sr., 77, of Livingston were held Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, in Rich-land Springs Cemetery in San Saba. Pallbearers were Chadd Chris-tian, Tyler Christian, Ryan Davis, Josh McDonald, Jordan Daniels, Chris Stockwell, Randy Rountree, Jacob Daniel and Mike Musgrave. He was born April 18, 1933 in Richland Springs, the son of Tho-mas Calvin Christian and Bertha Pearl Warren Christian, and died Feb. 8, 2011 at his home in Livingston. He is preceded in death his parents, six sisters, seven broth-ers and wife, Marian Sandra Williford Christian. He is survived by his wife, Joann Christian; son, Robert Christian and wife Christie; daughter, Kay Lynn Christian and husband Randy; son, Larry Wayne Christian; son, James Thomas “Jimmy” and wife Kim; stepdaughter, Susan Musgrave and husband Mike; step-daughter, Carol Daniels and husband Scott; stepson, Howard Chris-tian and wife Becky; seven grand-children; nine step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
ONALASKA -- Funeral services for Billy Joe Cardwell, 78, of Point Blank were held Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at the First Baptist Church in Onalaska, with the Rev. Don Wil-key and Pastor Dan Ruggles of Wynnewood, Okla. officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Pallbearers were Jim Jones, Jim Wendling, Bill Mann, Fred Ivy, Bud Goza and Bud Hayes. Honorary pallbearers were deacons of the First Baptist Church and Jerry Hayes. Billy was born May 18, 1932 in Wynnewood, Okla., the son of Floyd Nathan and Juanita Strick-land Cardwell, and died on Feb. 5, 2011. Billy came to know the Lord in Gonzales, La. in 1960. His passion the rest of his life was to bring others to Christ. He was an ordained deacon in League City First Baptist Church; he served many churches in many capacities. He devoted his whole life to serving his Lord. He taught Sunday school and preached some for many years. He also taught a Covenant Marriage Class for young couples. Billy and Joan ministered in several volunteer programs such as chaplains and establishing churches in California. They were part of the Billy Graham Crusade in California, ministering to the home-less. They also ministered to athletes at the Atlanta, Ga. Olympics. Billy was a faithful member of the Onalaska First Baptist Church, serving as deacon, Sunday school teacher and on various committees. He was a boilermaker in his first jobs; he started working for CB & I at the age of 19. He served his country as a corporal in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. He worked for Hallibur-ton upon returning from Korea, then joined El Paso Natural Gas as a surveyor in the Four Corners area while living in Farmington, N.M. He retired from HMT, Inc. as manager of its Northwestern Division, including Alaska. Billy is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joan; son, Bill of Sacra-mento, Calif.; daughter, Valerie Kevin Deaver and husband Danny of Baytown; brother, David Card-well and wife Johanna of Norman, Okla.; granddaughter, Brandee Hake; grandsons, Jesse Caleb Deaver, Billy Joel Deaver and Dus-tin Clay Deaver; great-grandson, Cash Deaver; Sunny Lynn Mayberrry of Sacramento, Calif. and Karen Diller of Friendswood and a number of cousins. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
CLEVELAND -- Mary Lynne Roach, 87, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, in Conroe. Mary Lynne was born July 30, 1923 in Commerce, to Elsie and Iva Lee Dearing. Mary was preceded in death by husband, Derald Watts Roach and her granddaughter, Lannett Roach. She was the last of eight brothers and sisters. She is survived by six children, Wendell Campain and wife Ma-rilyn of Columbus, Neb., Terry Roach and Debbie of Livingston, Gary Campain and wife Janet of Denver, Colo., Mary Lou McMas-ter and husband Milton of Cleve-land, Leon Roach and wife Sandra of Livingston and Linda Hopkins and husband Larry of Cleveland; 15 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren and numerous other family and friends. Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, in the Neal Funeral Home Chapel. Internment was in Cleveland Memorial Ceme-tery. Brother Bobby Woods officiated.
LIVINGSTON -- Floyd Thomas Dickens, born March 5, 1931, died Feb. 8, 2011 at the age of 79 years. Funeral services were held Sat-urday, Feb. 12, at Cochran Funeral Home. Graveside services followed in Watson and Ollie Dickens Cem-etery in the Midway community, east of Livingston. Mr. Dickens was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Wat-son Dickens and Ollie Rhodes Dickens and by siblings, Neva Evon Dickens and Watson Oliver Dickens. Survivors include his wife, Doris Louise Murphy, whom he married on April 15, 1954; siblings, Ruby Schlottman of Livingston, Helen Grube of Estes Park, Colo.; Lloyd Dickens and his wife Jimmie of Livingston and Doyle Dickens and his wife Novel of Gatesville.; child-ren, Elizabeth Miller and her husband Michael of Baytown, James Paul Dickens and his wife Marci of Livingston, Gregory Dickens and his wife Karen of Huntsville and Boyd Dickens and his wife Brenda of Livingston; grandchildren, Rosemary Allen and her husband Wylie of Livingston, Rex Dickens and his wife Sarah of Livingston, Wes-ley Miller of New York, Ross Dickens and his wife Kellye of Houston, Samantha Dickens of Livingston, Katie Breaux and her husband David of Livingston and Jessie and Carlie Dickens of Huntsville; great-grandchildren, Veronica and Danielle Dickens and Luke Breaux, all of Livingston, and two more due in August and Sep-tember. Mr. Dickens graduated from Big Sandy High School in 1949, re-ceived bachelor’s and master's de-grees from Sam Houston State University and served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1956. He played basketball for the Navy and Sam Houston State University. He taught and coached at Bedias, Madisonville and Big Sandy High School, from which he retired in 1986. He was a member of Midway Community Church, where he and Doris coordinated the senior day luncheon until his health prevented him from continuing. He was known as a true community ser-vant, taking care of widows in the community, taking vegetables to churches and checking on commu-nity members during power outages and other emergencies. Mr. Dickens was a 50-year member of Trinity Lodge No. 14 AF&AM. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON – Dorothy “Dot” Harrison McSpadden was born Aug. 7, 1918 in Dew, Texas, the daughter of James Henry Harrison and Eva Atchley Harrison, and died on Feb. 5, 2011. After graduating from Dew High School and business college in Dallas, she went to work in the First National Bank in Teague. There she met and married her husband, John C. “Jake” McSpadden, in 1939. She became a fulltime housewife after marriage, always helping in her church and commu-nity and involved in her daughter’s school activities. Dot, Jake and their daughter Lin-da moved to Livingston on March 9, 1956. Here, she continued work-ing in her church and doing volun-teer work at the Polk County Hos-pital for many years. She and her husband moved to The Woodlands in 2002. Dot and Jake celebrated 70 years of marriage on July 3, 2009. Dot is survived by her daughter, Linda Lees of Tomball; grand-daughter, Julie Fahy and husband John of Tomball; great-grandson, Jacob Wilkinson and his father Mark Wilkinson of Tomball; one brother, James L. Harrison and wife Neva of Pasadena; brother-in-law, Garland McSpadden and wife Lenora of Harker Heights and nu-merous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Jake; two brothers, Morris and Wilbur Harrison and her sister, Deane Ryburn. Dot was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Li-vingston. She was also a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class, United Methodist Women and the Catherine Carlile Circle. Services were held Saturday, Feb. 12, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. Burial followed in Brookside Cemetery in Houston. Pallbearers were Pat McSpadden, Kevin McSpadden, Dr. Bob Cook and Mark Wilkinson. Honorary pallbearers were William McSpad-den, Joe Day, members of the Friendship Sunday School Class and Tillman Meadows. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Livingston endowment fund or the charity of your choice. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LUFKIN -- Funeral services for Mary Gage Davis, 77, of Lufkin, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin, with Chaplain Roy Hall officiat-ing. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Carroway Funeral Home. Mrs. Davis was born May 14, 1933 in Moscow, Texas, to the late Jim and Lucy Gage. She died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, in Lufkin of lung cancer. Mrs. Davis spent her childhood in Caney Creek, attending school in Chester. She married Robert Duane Davis on Feb. 17, 1956. He was the love of her life. They had many great years together, and lived in Texas and Arkansas. They espe-cially enjoyed spending weekends with family and friends in Shepherd and Lake Livingston. They were known as loving and terrific parents to daughters, Angie and Amy. Sadly, they were separated by death in 1981 when Mr. Davis died of a sudden heart attack. She never remarried; however, she spent her remaining years in service to others. She was known as someone with a very generous heart who placed no attachment on material things. Her career was bookkeep-ing, and she worked 19 years for Channel Bearing and Supply in Pasadena. She retired in 1995 and moved fulltime to Lake Livingston Estates No. 3. She was very active in the HOA, serving as secretary for 19 years. She dearly loved all her family and friends at LLE No. 3 and spent some of her happiest years in that community. She was affectionately known as “Aunt Mary” by many. Due to illness, she relocated to Lufkin in early 2009 to be closer to her daughter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert (Bud) Davis; sisters, Velma Davis, Faye Lehman, Adell Kramer and Lucy Under-down and son-in-law, Jim Carr. She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Angie and Duane Hartman of Lufkin and Amy Carr of Cedar Park; she was “granny” to five grandchildren, including Ash-ley Posey, Sam, Robert and Tyler Hartman, and Landon Carr. She is also survived by sisters, Margaret Smith and Betty Scambray; broth-ers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Randy and Irmgard Davis of Kingwood, Ernest M. Davis of Livingston and Renee and Gary Herdt of Caldwell, Idaho; as well as many nephews, nieces and friends, whom she dearly loved. Honorary pallbearers will be Ernest Davis, Randy Davis, Brian Davis, John O’Banion, Tommy McCollum and Tunny Green. In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Davis re-quested that memorials be made to Hospice in the Pines, 116 South Raguet, Lufkin, Texas 75904. Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Minister Melvin Stephens Jr., 32, of Livingston were held Satur-day, Feb. 12, 2011, at Livingston Church of God in Christ, with Supt. Rayford Chimney officiating. Buri-al followed in Kibbiefield Ceme-tery. Minister Stephens was born Nov. 27, 1978 in Lufkin, the son of Elder Melvin Stephens Sr. and the late Maggie R. Stephens. He attended Livingston public schools and graduated from Livingston High School. He was a member of the Church of God in Christ. Survivors include his parents, Elder Melvin and Ollie Stephens of New Willard; three sisters, Stepha-nie Thomas (Jeff) of Point Blank, Mary Smith (Gregory) of Kingsland, Ga. and Maseline Cris-well of Houston; one brother, Michael Wyatt of New Willard; grandmother, Maseline Criswell of Marston; special aunt, Kathy Pres-cott of Livingston; special nephew, Donta Stephens; nephews, Michael Wyatt Jr., Jason Thomas and Gre-gory Smith III; niece, Michelle Wyatt and a host of aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Brandon Pres-cott, Terrance Prescott, Ralph Figgs Jr., Christopher Petties, James Criswell and Demond Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were be Gre-gory Smith Jr., Jeffery Thomas, Donta Stephens, Michael Wyatt and Edell Walker. Duncan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements
LIVINGSTON -- Virginia Clarke Evans died Feb. 7, 2011. She was born on March 10, 1912 in New Willard, to Charles La-fayette Clarke and Minnie Mae Manning. She graduated from Li-vingston High School in 1929, and before her death, she was the second oldest living graduate of Livingston High School. She mar-ried Almus R. Evans on March 2, 1930, and he preceded her in death on July 30, 1984. She was also preceded in death by her great grand-son, Chad Oliver Evans. She was a member of the Pilot Club of Livingston, Daughters of the American Revolution and First United Methodist Church of Livingston. She is survived by her son, Clarke Evans and his wife Lynda; grandson, Clarke “Corky” Evans Jr. and wife Deana; grandson, Wade Evans and wife Sherrie; grandson, Keith Evans and wife Laura; grandson, Craig “Andy” Evans and wife Allison; granddaughter, Casey Evans; grandson, Darrell Appelt and wife Melanie; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church in Livingston, with burial services immediately following in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers will be Corky Evans, Wade Evans, Keith Evans, Andy Evans, Casey Evans and Christo-pher Evans. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Polk County Relay for Life at 3785 US Hwy 190 West, Livingston, Texas 77351, or the First United Methodist Church Building Fund. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON – A memorial service for Richard Eugene Dill, 83, of Zwolle, La. will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at Zwolle Baptist Church, 2051 Pt. Arthur St., Zwolle, La., with Bro. Brett Campbell and Dr. Vernon Stephenson officiating. He was born Feb. 1, 1928 in Medicine Lodge, Kan., the son of Edwin Perry Dill and Mary Eliza-beth Ireland Dill, and died Feb. 4, 2011 in Livingston, Texas. He is survived by Ophelia Dill, wife, of Zwolle, La.; Theda Brister Zellers, mother of his children, of Livingston; Debra Tallant, daugh-ter, of Zwolle, La.; Bradley Dill, son, of Alexandria, La.; Ashley Martin, daughter, of Livingston; Madeline England, stepdaughter, of Houston; Phyllis Pankey, step-daughter, of Mandeville, La.; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; private sitters, John and Evette and caregivers, Bob and Shirley Lockman. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Zwolle Baptist Church or the Lighthouse Hospice. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Laura Jean Roessler, 69, of Goodrich were held Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2001, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Barry Duke officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Eddie Roessler, Mike Roessler, John Williams, Paul Baker, Hank Pate, Mike Brown, Travis Sievers and David Sievers. She was born Dec. 30, 1942 in Victoria, the daughter of Lee Roy Duderstadt and Pauline Machac Duderstadt, and died Feb. 5, 2011 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her father. She is survived by Bob Roessler, husband, of Goodrich; Mike Roessler, son, of High Island; Eddie and Dawn Roessler, son and daughter-in-law, of Shepherd; Heidi and John Williams, daughter and son-in-law, of Livingston; Paula and Paul Baker, daughter and son-in-law, of Livingston; Pamela and Mike Brown, daughter and son-in-law, of Livingston; Hank Pate, son, of Goodrich; Virginia and B.J. He-nyan, sister and brother-in-law, of Hallettsville; Pauline Duderstadt, mother, of Victoria and grandchil-dren, Carson Roessler, Dawson Roessler, Hunter Williams, Savan-nah Hoffman, M.C. Hoffman, Lauryn Hoffman, Henry Pate, Kel-sey Brown and Ryan Brown. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON – A memorial service for Dolores Armethia Love, 85, of Livingston was held Tues-day, Feb. 8, 2011, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livings-ton with Bro. Dowen Johnson officiating. She was born Jan. 17, 1926 in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of John and Opel Hiegel Painter, and died Feb. 2, 2011 in Lufkin. She is pre-ceded in death by her parents; her husband, Claude Love Sr., and stepfather, Luther Moser. She is survived by son, Claude Love of Livingston; daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Ron Rentfro of Olney, Ill., Susan Claf-fey of Silver Springs, Md. and Cyn-thia and James Johnson of Spring-field, Ill.; sister, Tena Harrison of Fulton, Mo.; brothers, Robert Moser and Jim Moser, both of St. Louis, Mo.; grandchildren, David Love, Scott Love, Renee Bousquet, Bree Rentfro, James Etherton, Bobby Love and George Love and nine great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart Association, Diabettes Foundation, SPCA or the charity of your choice. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Patsy Ann Love, 64, of Livingston were held Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at Beech Creek Assembly of God Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Don Goodwin, Dustin Brown and Rodney Goins officiating. In-terment followed in Oates Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tommy Nes-mith, Shane Burnett, Melvin Nesmith Jr., Donnie Miller, Melvin Stevens and Blake Goodwin. Ho-norary pallbearer was Melvin Nes-mith Sr. She was born May 28, 1946 in Votaw, the daughter of Ira C. Rosier and Ethel M. Tanton Rosier, and died Feb. 4, 2011 in Lufkin. She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, N.J. Love of Livingston; daughter, Sharon Brown of Livingston; sis-ters, Vera Valderez and Betty Hen-drix; brothers, Calvin Rosier and James Rosier; grandsons, Scott and wife Nora Brown and Dustin and wife Britney Brown; great-granddaughters, Erika Brown, Brooklyn Brown and Isabella Brown; granddaughters, Destiny Brown and Amanda Stansbury and grandson, Derek Brown. Cochran Funeral Home was harge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Joseph Pete Ezernack, 69, of Moscow were held Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with William Glass and Bro. Melvin Holifield officiating. Pallbearers were Daniel Bratton, Jason Valderez, Sharon Valderez, Feliz Valderez, Jamie Valderez, Billy Kotterman, Josh Valderez, Scottie Glass and Eddie Griffith. Honorary pallbearers were Isaac De Jesus, Jimmy Williamson, and Bobby Williamson. He was born Sept. 22, 1941 in Zwolle, La., the son of Holbert and Victoria Santos Ezernack, and died Feb. 2, 2011 at his home in Mos-cow. He is survived by daughters, Diana Valderez and Sharon Glass and daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Felix Valderez, all of Livingston; son, Gary Bell of Zwolle, La.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bobby and Carolyn Ezernack of Stone Wall, La., Larry and Karen Ezernack of Stone Wall, La., Steve and Doris Ezernack of Zwolle, La. and Ned and Alice Ezernack of Zwolle, La., Frances Ezernack of Illinois and Patrick Ezernack of Illinois and sisters and brothers-in-law, Junita and Chester Sepulvado of Zwolle, La., Vicky Horton of Pineville, La., Francis Jeane and Kenny of Colmesneil and Ann Vines of Zwolle, La. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
SHEPHERD -- On July 8, 2002, a beautiful baby girl, Carlecia Monae Boyd, was born to Carlet and Priscilla Boyd. She was the baby girl of the family. Carlecia attended school at Shepherd Intermediate where she was in third grade. She was an honor roll student. She was a member of Shepherd United Pentecostal Church under the leadership of Pastor Gregory Gerald. Carlecia loved cheerleading and playing basketball with her brothers. She was a member of the Shepherd Lil’ Dribblers basketball team. Carlecia departed this life on Jan. 23, 2011. She is preceded in death by her older sister, Ja’Taeshia Tan-janyke Gabba Boyd. She leaves to cherish her memo-ry her loving mother and father, Priscilla and Carlet Boyd; five sisters, Ja’Mila Williams, Arkethea Boyd, Breanna Boyd, Alexis Boyd and Monisea Sears; four brothers, Carlet Boyd Jr., Carlen Boyd, YuDorian Cornett and Isiah Moses; one godsister, Kai’Ryanna Williams; godmother, Ka’Aswanya Madu; maternal grandmother and grandfather, Flora and Stanley Turney; paternal grandmother, Cartezeter Boyd; aunts, Harolyn Joseph, Debra Turney, Dorethea Williams, Sabrina Williams, Angela Boyd, Martita Boyd, Shera Johnson, Cassandra Johnson, Delisha Broussard and Julie Ihaza; uncles, Damien Williams, Plas Williams Jr. (Trenette Williams), John Boyd (Bebe Boyd) and James Johnson (TaShira Johnson); close cousins, Myleka Madu, Keishyra Williams, Sharice Williams, Amber Ihaza, Amber and Ayana Williams, Cartezeter Jackson and Shem Gilbert; and a host of other uncles, aunts, cousins and friends and numerous other loving family and friends. Funeral services for Carlecia were held Saturday, Feb. 5, at United Pentecostal Church, Shepherd. Neal Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
CLEVELAND -- Mary Poteet, 76, died on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, in Lufkin. Mary was born Tuesday, Oct. 30, 1934, in Wellington, to Virgil Guy Watson and Zena Beatrice Wat-son. Mary was preceded in death by both her parents; her children, David Earl Ethridge Steven Paul Ethridge, Karen Kay Ethridge and Richard Lynn Ethridge; brother, Clifton Watson and sisters, Bar-bara Horsack, Margie Ann Smith and Frieda Fern Watson. Mary is survived by her child-ren, Robert Ethridge, Alice Ray-mond, Edward Ethridge, Ronald W Ethridge, Randolph Ethridge, Ti-mothy Ethridge, Thomas Caples, Angelia Ballard, Karen Evans and Mary Poteet; brother, Donald L Watson and wife Shirley; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many other loving family and friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Neal Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Neal Funeral Home for funeral expenses. -30-
DEL MAR, CALIF. – Polk County resident Mary Joy Mahan, 67, of Rye died on Jan. 12, 2011 from cancer. Mary Joy was born in Ohio, but moved to California when she was 7 years old. She started working for North American Rockwell in Downey, Calif. in the early 1960s and when the company shut down she moved to Santa Maria, Calif. and continued to work for Rock-well. When Rockwell left California Mary Joy moved to Houston, Texas with the company and be-came a very prominent employee for them and worked in the space program. During that time she re-ceived many awards and was highly respected. At the age of 55 she was able to fully retire and decided to move to Rye, Texas. She lived there for 12 years and was very active in the American Veterans’ organization volunteering her time. Mary Joy is survived by her oldest son, Gary Coloman, his wife Melody, and his children, Jessica, Savannah, Vincent, Shandra and Danielle and their grandchildren, Chloe, Dylan, Cole, Taylia, Rayanne and Izabella. Mary Joy’s youngest son, Steve Coloman, died a few years ago. She is also sur-vived by her sister, Judy Shandrew and her two children, Kelly and Stacy and two grandchildren, Mae-son and Payton. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the local hospice.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Hampton Euton, 79, of Li-vingston were held Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Col. Howard Daniels officiating. Pallbearers were Roger Pierce, Dale Parker, Billy Ray Pierce, R.D. Pierce, Steven Placker and Jimmie Burnett. She was born Feb. 17, 1931 in Livingston, the daughter of Robert J. Westcott Sr., and Corine Gembler Westcott, and died Feb. 1, 2011 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cecil Calvin Euton; son, Clarence Calvin Euton; brother, Robert J. Westcott Jr. and sister, Margaret Anna Campbell. She is survived by daughter, Sheila Burnett of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, David and Barbara Bailey of San Antonio; daughter, Vickie Kirk of Rosenberg; daughter and son-in-law, Sonja and Allan Ainsworth of Ro-senberg; daughter, Cindy Euton of Katy; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Clifford and Betty Westcott of Trenton and Ralph and Wanda Westcott of Livingston and sisters, Elsie Westcott of Livingston and Mildred Pierce of Livingston. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Ray Lee Miller, 71, of Shepherd were held Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Robert Brown officiating. Pallbearers were Cecil Miller, Roger Miller, Kevin Watkins, Chris Dickey, Jerry Bailey and Richard Whakola. Honorary pallbearers were Logan Miller and Rollie Tatum. He was born June 20, 1939 in Bay City, the son of Fred Monroe Miller and Ruby Pauline Peterson Miller, and died Jan. 31, 2011 at his home in Shepherd. He is preceded in death his parents; two brothers and one sister. He is survived by his wife, Diane Miller; sister and brother-in-law, Mabel and Dean Merkel; brother, Melvin Miller; sons and daughters-in-law, Cecil Miller and wife Debra, Ray L. Miller Jr. and wife Vicki, Bobby Tatum and wife Renee, Billy Tatum and wife Julie and Allen Dickey Shepherd; numerous grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
WEBSTER -- Henry H. “Lefty” Lamell, born April 9, 1920, died on Jan. 29, 2011 at the age of 90. He is survived by Mary, his lov-ing wife of 63 years; daughters, Cheryl Lee and Dee Dee Stancell; sons-in-law, Ronnie Lee and Wayne Stancell; his two grand-daughters, Julie Graves and Natalie Stancell and great-grandchildren, Andrew, Joshua and Emma Graves. He was preceded in death by his only brother, Ernest “Dub” Lamell, on Dec. 20, 2010 and both of his parents, Bud and Virginia Lamell. “Lefty” worked for Don McMil-lan Ford for over 50 years, and then retired to Lake Livingston. Henry, known to his family as Pappy, loved to fish, watch NASCAR races, and ride his lawn mower with his great-grandchildren in tow. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Forest Park East Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Forest Park East Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.
LIVINGSTON -- Memorial ser-vices for Molly Louise Foster, 65, of Pasadena were held Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Pastor Mike McMahon officiating. She was born Nov. 12, 1945 in Beckley, W.Va., the daughter of John Delbert Morton and Lola Mae Turner Morton, and died Jan. 31, 2011 in Clear Lake. She is survived by Clifford W. Foster Jr., husband, of Pasadena; Dylan Foster, son, of Pasadena; Paula Theresa and Lonny Villar-real, daughter and son-in-law, of Pasadena; Eric Villarreal, grand-son; Lola Staci and Larry Gomez, daughter and son-in-law, of Katy; Paige, Ian, and Sophia Gomez, grandchildren; Clifford Wayne Foster III, son, of Pasadena; Cheyenne, Jerry and Emily Reiger, grandchildren; Mary Ann McDa-niel, sister, of Onalaska; Brenda and Larry Cain, sister and brother-in-law, of Morrow, Ohio; Mary Murphy and Ben Conger, adopted sister and husband, of Willingham, Ohio; Tammie Worrell and Pat Marshall, special friends; John B. Morton, brother, of Morrow, Ohio; Patty Scarbrough, sister, of Howe, Okla.; Cathy Gregson, sister, of Onalaska; Flora and Martin Woods, sister and brother-in-law; Lola Nicole Morton, sister, of Houston; Wendell Don and Becky Morton of Morrow, Ohio; Vickie Stover and family, sister, of League City and Deborah and Sid Moffett, sister and brother-in-law of Livingston. In lieu of sending sprays, the family asks that donations be made to Monument Baptist Church, 3602 East Boulevard, Deer Park, Texas 77536. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Esther Battise, 99, of Livingston were held Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at the Indian Village Presbyterian Church in Livingston, with Elder Debra Battise-Kleinman offi-ciating. Pallbearers were Nick Battise, Derek Battise, Garrett Battise, Gre-gory Battise, Patrick Battise, Carlos Bullock, Rayne Langley and Raven Langley. Alternate pallbear-ers were David Battise and Danny Battise. Honorary pallbearers were Donnis Battise and Glendon Bul-lock. She was born Nov. 2, 1911 in Polk County, the daughter of McConnico Battise and Mabel Sylestine Battise, and died Feb. 1, 2011 in Woodville. She was a member of the Bear Clan and was the oldest living member of the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation. She is preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Chief Kina Fulton Battise and Benjamin Battise and her sisters, Ivey Battise, Eula Battise, Louise Mae Battise and Ninnie Battise. Esther Battise came from a long line of chiefs and leaders of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe. Sub-Chief Colabe Sylestine was her great-grandfather, who was a co-signer of a document presented to the Texas State Legislature seeking assistance for the tribe. It was granted, and the Indian Reservation was established. Washington Sylestine, son of Sub-Chief Colabe, was her grandfather. Chief Sunkee Charlie Thompson was her uncle; he went to Washing-ton, D.C. seeking assistance for the tribes and it also was granted. Government homes, build-ings and schools were built and additional lands were added to the present reservation. Chief Ti-Cai-Che Branson Cooper Sylestine was her uncle, her mother’s brother. Chief Kina Ro-bert Fulton Battise was her brother; he served as chief of the tribe for 58 years. Chief Colabe Atokla Emmett Battise was her double first cousin. Chief Oscola Clayton Sylestine is married to her niece. Chief Colabe III Clem Sylestine is her cousin, son of Chief Ti-Cai-Che. She is survived by her sister, Dorcas Bullock of the reservation; nieces, Lawrine Battise of the res-ervation, Zetha Battise of the reser-vation, Ethelyn Sylestine of the reservation, Mavis Marroquin of Terrell and Naomi Battise of the reservation; nephews, Donnis Battise and Glendon Wayne Bullock, both of the reservation and very special children that she raised, Michael Traweek and Stephanie Hawkins Voss. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Lula Mae Walding, 91, of Livingston died on Feb. 3, 2011 in Cleveland at the Golden Venture Assisted Living Home. Mrs. Walding was born in New Willard on Sept. 7, 1919. She had been a member of Central Baptist Church of Livingston since the early 1970s. She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Horton and husband Rus-sell of Humble, Barbara Wilson and husband Paul of Livingston and Elise Morris and husband Charles of Nacogdoches; brothers, Joe Stuckey and wife Barbara of Livingston and Charles Stuckey and wife Linda of Jasper, Ark.; grandchildren, Randy Horton, Kilyn Horton, Kari and Buddy Parker and Kurt and Sheri Wilson and five great-grandchildren. Mrs. Walding is preceded in death by her husband, Acie Alex-ander Walding; son, Stanley Acie Walding; parents, Oscar and Lore-na Taylor Stuckey; six brothers and one sister. A celebration of her life was held Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment fol-lowed in Restland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Randy Horton, Landon Parker, Evan Horton, Bud-dy Parker, Desmond Horton and Kurt Wilson. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Lena Francis “Fran“ Knox, 69, of Shepherd were held Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livings-ton, with Bro. Richard Fontenette officiating. Interment followed in Farley Chapel Cemetery in Shephe-rd. Fran was born Aug. 20, 1941 in Houston, the daughter of William Plesant Thomas Knox and Marga-ret Lucille Parsons Rather, and died on Jan. 27, 2011 in a nursing facility in Houston. She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Mary Ann Aubert, and sisters, Wilma Janet Barker and Caroline Lucille Knox. She is survived by Helen Burle-son and husband C.W., sister and brother-in-law, of Shepherd; Mar-garet Ann Moore, sister, of Colora-do; Billie Sarah Anthony, sister, of Houston; William H. Rather III, brother, of The Woodlands; There-sa Diana Middleton, daughter, of Bryan; Kathy Kirby, daughter, of Madisonville and numerous grand-children, great-grandchildren, niec-es, nephews, and other family and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Jaqueline Glenn Thompson, 56, of Livingston were held Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, in the Indian Springs Assembly of God, with Bro. David Busby, Joe John and Leslie Williams officiating. Interment followed in the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation Cemetery. Pallbearers were Manard Wil-liams, Clint Willis, Greg Willis, Simeon Williams, Ezekial Rodri-guez, Isaac Rodriguez, Elijah Ro-driguez and Gene Williams Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Marcus Robinson and Shane Poncho. Jacqueline was born April 10, 1954 in Woodville, the daughter of Norris Poncho and Rebecca Thompson, and died Jan. 28, 2011 in Beaumont. She is preceded in death by her mother, Rebecca; brother, Ellison Poncho; nephews, Dorian Poncho, Isaiah Poncho, Emmanuel Williams and Seth Wil-liams and niece, Jana Williams. She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Victor Thompson of Livingston; daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Steve Wilkerson of Kinder, La. and Miranda and Da-niel Renfro of Livingston; seven grandchildren, Delana Poncho, Kianna Thompson, Marayah Thompson, Daelan Thompson, Sabrena Thompson, Aidan Wilker-son and Kaydence Wilkerson, all of Livingston; sisters and brothers-in-law, Peggy and Joe John, Waynne and Floyd Poncho and Boni and Armando Rodriguez, all of Livingston; brothers, Leamon Poncho of Elton, La. and Dalton Poncho of Rockdale; sisters-in-law, Diana Camp of Diboll, Ethel Rob-inson of Elton, La. and Maryllis and husband Leslie Williams of Livingston; father, Norris Poncho and numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Sarah Kate Inell Brooks Becker, 83, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Alan Keith Becker officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family re-quests memorials to be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Keith and Maria Ministries, Inc. Sarah was born April 19, 1927 in Kino, Va., the daughter of Lewis Henry Brooks and Netta Henley Davis Brooks, and died Jan. 28, 2011 in Corrigan. She is survived by sons, Alan Keith Becker of Livingston and Curtis George Son of Waldorf, Md.; daughter, Ruth Marlaine Hudson of Issaquah, Wash.; grandchildren, April Nollen of Burlington, Iowa, Thomas Scott Becker of Hanover, Md., David Arlington Hudson of Issaquah, Wash.; great- grandchildren, Elijah Leake, Ken-dall Nollen and Serena Joy Becker; sister, Mary Wright of Christian Burgh, Va.; brothers, George Brooks, Irvin Brooks, Alvin Brooks, Floyd Brooks and Henry Brooks and numerous other rela-tives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for John Shirley, 91, of Livingston were held Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Don Goodwin officiating. Interment followed in Menard Chapel Ceme-tery in Schwab City. John was born May 18, 1919 in Midway, Polk County, the son of William Apperson Shirley and Nancy Jane “Jennie” Isaacks Shir-ley. He died Saturday afternoon, Jan. 29, 2011. He was in Livings-ton Memorial Health Center ICU. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Lavada Oliver Shirley; his parents; brothers, Richard Eddie Shirley, William Henry Shirley and Virgel Rudolph Shirley and sisters, Agnes Lee Shirley Rankin, Bertie Mae Shirley Campbell, Edith Odessa Shirley McCarty and Betty Jo Shirley. He is survived by daughter, Shirl Scott of Livingston; son, John W. Shirley and wife Bonnie of Livingston; grandson, Chris Scott of Covington, Ga.; granddaughters, Jennifer Shirley Vera and husband Nino of Mont Belvieu and Jessica Shirley Bertolio and husband Brent of Tyler; great-grandsons, Saturni-no Vera of Mont Belvieu and Jo-nah Bertolio of Tyler. He also has one surviving sister, Elsie Vaudine Shirley Platt; many nieces nephews and a whole host of family and friends. Pallbearers were Jimmy Ward, Clint Ward, Steve Loftin, Lucas Swinnea, Milton Thiel and Randy Bailey. He served proudly in the Regi-mental Headquarters Company, 106th Infantry, 27th Division dur-ing World War II. He was inducted Sept. 23, 1941 and honorably dis-charged Oct. 3, 1945. After a brief basic training, he and his buddies were shipped by train to the West Coast and departed by ship to Ha-waii. He fought in the Marshall Islands, the Mariannas, Espiritu Santo Island in the New Hebrides, Saipan Island and Okinawa Shima. He was ready to ship to Japan when Japan surrendered. Upon return stateside, he vowed to never work on Saturdays and never to let any woman tie him down. Well, first weekend home, his brother-in-law, Fred Campbell, got him a job on an oil rig and he worked not only that first Saturday, but lots of Saturdays and Sundays thereafter. He found the love of his life when the oilfield workers played fast pitch softball against other teams in the area. They used the vacant field that was in front of the house where he resided at the time of his death (of course there is now a brick house there). He was finally able to track down his wife’s dad to ask for her hand in marriage. He and his wife explored the United States together, both working the oil field and traveling in their RV. Army buddy reunions were the highlight of every summer since 1984. His grandchildren were often joyous participants in these events. He “settled down” in Livingston in 1950 when he was hired as a field hand by Rancho Oil Compa-ny, an independent oil company out of Dallas. He worked his way up the ladder until at the time of his retirement from Rancho Oil on June 1, 1982 at the age of 63, he was field superintendent over most of Rancho Oil leases. Mr. Shirley was an active mem-ber in all the churches he attended and was known as a true pillar of that community. Ace Assembly of God, First Assembly of Livingston and Beech Creek Assembly of God were all close to his heart. He served in just about every office there was to hold in these churches. This past September, he and his daughter, Shirl, took a 4000-mile, two-week trip to visit one of the last surviving members of the 106th. He had a great time and was go glad that he got to see Mr. Charlie Swaggard. Mr. Charlie died on Jan. 13, 2011 at the age of 96. Now that Mr. Shirley has passed, there is only one surviving member of the brave group of men. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON – James Morris Turner, 66, was born on Dec. 7, 1944 to Dorothy Hathaway Turner and Morris Turner in Livingston. He died on Jan. 27, 2011 in King-wood after a courageous battle with cancer. Services were held by Bro. Ro-bert Smith and Bro. Don Goodwin at Cochran Funeral Home on Sat-urday, Jan. 29, 2011, with grave-side services immediately following at Restland Cemetery, Livingston. James was raised in Livingston, graduated from Livingston High School in 1963 and attended Sam Houston State University. James served on the Houston Police De-partment for 14 years. He held many jobs through the years, but is most remembered for his “Cowboy Creations.” His lamps, mirrors and accessories are represented all over Texas in hotels, restaurants and ranches. He had a true talent for turning a plant, rope, spur and sad-dle into profitable businesses. James is survived by his mother, Dorothy Turner of Livingston; son, John Turner and wife Naureen of Houston; daughter, Melisa (Missy) Chapman and husband Beauford of Leggett; grandchildren, Alyssa Chapman and Adriana Chapman of Leggett; brother, Ronney Turner and wife Mitzi of Livingston; niece, Rhonda Turner of Sugar Land; nephews, Brian Turner and wife Alex of Houston and Braden Turner of Sugar Land and very special friend, Barbara Clarke. Pallbearers were Brian Turner, Braden Turner, Freddy Duff, Charles Wheeler, Randy Walters and Elton Evans. Honorary pall-bearers were Johnny Thornton and Donnis Walters. The family requests that any do-nations be made to Beech Creek Assembly of God or Midway Community Church.