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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
For the Week of January 1, 2008 - January 13, 2008
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Gail Elaine Renfro
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Gail Elaine Renfro, 66, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Kevin Hendrix officiating.
Mrs. Renfro died Sunday, Dec. 30, at her residence in Livingston.
She was born May 13, 1941 in Bellmawr, N.J., the daughter of William and Lillian Kohlinburg Humbrecht. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Linda Porter.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Weldon Renfro of Livingston; sons, Daniel Renfro and David Renfro, both of Livingston; grandchildren, Keenan Renfro, Steven Renfro, Griffin Renfro and Alyssa Renfro; brother, Larry Humbrecht and sister, Catherine Borchert of Pine Hill, N.J.

Thelma Lucille Collins
CORRIGAN – Funeral services for Thelma Lucille Collins, 79, of Camden were held Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, in Lilly Island Missionary Baptist Church in Camden, with the Rev. Donald Lacy officiating. Interment followed in Lilly Island Cemetery.
Mrs. Collins was born Aug. 8, 1928 in Newton County and died Thursday, Dec. 27, in Palestine.
She was a homemaker and a member of Lilly Island Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Collins and parents, Leroy and Alice Lee Tukes.
Survivors include her daughters, Ruthie Turner of Palestine, Paula Botley of Chester and Pamela Gardner of Huntsville; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Donnie Smith
LIVINGSTON – A memorial service for Donnie Smith, 70, will be held at noon Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Wayne Lambert officiating.
Mr. Smith was born Nov. 29, 1937 to Joseph and Susie Smith in Eva, Ala.  He was a retired data technician for AT&T Lucent Tech. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Opal Braswell and brothers, Carl Smith and Robert Smith.
Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Susan Smith; one son, Kevin Smith of Alsip, Ill.; four daughters, Susan Cook of Arlington, Va., Donna Kelly of Deer Park, Barbara Smith of San Antonio and Pamela Horwitz of Arlington, Va.; one brother, David Smith and one sister, Mildred Derr of Garland; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.
Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

Larenda Lee Boyd Hagan
LIVINGSTON – A memorial service for Larenda Lee Boyd Hagan, 40, was held Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel.
She was born Nov. 6, 1967 in Fort Worth, the daughter of Allen and Shirley Clark Boyd, and died Thursday, Dec. 27, in Livingston.
Survivors include the father of her children, Jack Hagan of Hondo; sons, Jess Duncan Hagan of Kerrville and Weston Lane Hagan of Spring; parents, Allen and Shirley Boyd of Rye; sisters, LaLonde Ann Vanover of Yorktown and LaLaney Marlene Boyd of Peoria, Ariz.; brothers, Matthew Allen Ray Boyd of Spring and William Richard Boyd of Rye and nieces, Michelle Boyd, Jennifer Hensley Robinson, Delaney and Syrah Willingham, Shelby Dambeck and Paxton Boyd.

William Douglas "Bill" Bloodworth Sr.
LIVINGSTON -- William Douglas "Bill" Bloodworth Sr., husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend, died on Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer.
 Left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 48 years, Rita Patterson Bloodworth of Livingston; son, William Bloodworth II and wife Deanna of Huntsville; daughters, Angela Gaston and husband John of Huntsville and Melinda New and husband Butch of Livingston; grandchildren, Rachel, Scarlett and Victoria Bloodworth, Susanna, John Wesley and Joel Gaston, Christina Gaston Vimont and husband Burton, Julianna Bloodworth and Jack New; great-grandson, Gage Gaston; sisters, Rachel Bloodworth, Ruth Thomason, Cherry Sinclair and Judy Hever and special nieces and nephews Jamie Thomas, Nena Thomas, James Jackson and Jonathan Yarbrough.
 He was preceded in death by daughter, Regina Fay Bloodworth; parents, Gladie Rae and John Thomas Bloodworth; brothers, Ray Jackson and Woody Bloodworth and sisters, Lavon Thomas and Dorothy Davis.
He was born to Gladie Rae and John Thomas Bloodworth in Rison, Ark. on Feb. 8, 1940.  He was an ordained Assemblies of God minister and pastored churches in Homer, La.; Rosepine, La. and Ace, Texas, and pioneered Gethsemane Chapel in Livingston which later merged with First Assembly of God in Livingston.  He was a well-known home builder in Polk County for 37 years.  He served his community as a Kiwanis officer, president of the Home Builders Association, and president of the Ministerial Alliance.
 He was known as someone who left to his family a godly heritage, a strong work ethic, and many happy memories and who was a generous man who loved to give his time, money and wise counsel to many in need, often behind the scenes.
 He felt strongly about spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through missions giving and prison ministry, and supported them with both time and finances.  He loved the wisdom of Proverbs and enjoyed all types of gospel music.
 He was known for his humor, and sometimes his delivery was funnier than the joke.
 He loved good food and had been known to drive 150 miles for fried catfish and delighted his family with huge pancake breakfasts.
Services were held Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Smith, the Rev. Dennis Land, the Rev. R.C. Tillery and the Rev. John Gaston officiating. Interment followed on Wednesday afternoon in Woodbury Cemetery in Hillsboro.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 14800, Nashville, Tennessee 37214.

Robert "Bobby" Lovelady
JACKSONVILLE -- Graveside services for Robert “Bobby” Lovelady, 72, of Rusk were held Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, at Camp Ruby Cemetery in Indian Springs, with the Rev. Barry Jeffries officiating. 
Mr. Lovelady died on Monday, Dec. 31, 2007, in Jacksonville.   He was a Baptist and attended Central Baptist Church in Livingston. He worked for a janitorial service.   
He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Lovelady.  
Survivors include a son, James Lovelady of Houston; four grandchildren, James Donovan Lovelady Jr., Kevin Wayne Lovelady, Misty Lovelady and Michelle Lovelady; three brothers; Perry Lovelady of Lake Tawakoni, Henry Lovelady of Jacksonville and Sam Lovelady of Kilgore and two sisters, Patsy Golightly of Henderson and Mary Joyce Small of Kilgore.
Autrey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lola Bea Jones
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Lola Bea Jones, 60, of Corrigan were held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Corrigan, with Pastor Willie Barnes officiating. Burial followed in Kibbiefield Cemetery in Marston.
She died Dec. 26, 2007, in Lufkin Memorial Hospital Hospice in the Pines.
She was born Dec. 9, 1947 in New Willard, the daughter of Mack C. and Iola Harris Jones, and attended Dunbar Public School. She was retired and was a Baptist.
Survivors include seven children, Dalphine Freeman of Humble, Gwendolyn Freeman (Ricky) of Houston, Sandeluia Jones (Kenneth) of Houston, Doshanna Hood (James) of Lufkin, Angela Jones (Dana) of Lufkin, Stephanie Jones (Eric) of Lufkin and Curtis Jones (McKenzie) of Lufkin; six sisters, Mary Francis White, Bernice Freeman (Ray) and Lucressia Freeman, all of Corrigan, Emma Johnson (Lonnie) of Moscow and Lorraine Barnes and Juanita Jones of Livingston; one brother, John H. Franklin of Livingston; 17 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Cordell “Cord” Freeman and special friend, Raymond Freeman.
Pallbearers were Marco McQueen, Lonnie Johnson Jr., Kenneth Peeples, Eric Smotherman, Frazer Freeman, Aric Ray White and Mario Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Curtis Jones, Ricky Dosia, Dana Ceasar, James Hood Jr., John H. Franklin, Otis Jones and Joe Johnson.
Charles Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Rich Major
ONALASKA – Funeral services for Rich Major, 60, were held Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Sam Steele officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery, Onalaska. Military honors were provided by the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard.
Mr. Major died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2007, in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston.
He was born Dec. 17, 1947 in New York, N.Y., the son of Fred and Nadia Kiryluk Major, both of whom preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy “Dottie” Major of Livingston; daughters and son-in-law, Mary Major of Alpharetta, Ga., Sheri and Rob Carek of Avon, Ohio and Karen D’heron of Sugarland; sister, Sandra Lasheley of Laguna Beach, Calif.; grandson, Michael Carek of Avon, Ohio; granddaughters, Abbie Carek of Avon, Ohio and Jessica D’heron of Sugarland; nephews, Ian Lasheley of Los Angeles, Calif., Noel Lasheley of Los Angeles, Calif. and Travis Buchanan of Livingston; brother-in-law, Bill Buchanan of Livingston; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carol and Allen Worley of Woodville; nieces, Michelle Thomas and husband Tracey of Clifton, N.J. and Sarah Buchanan of Spring; great-nephew, Christian Sheffield of Spring; great-niece, Savannah Thomas of Clifton, N.J. and cousins and wives, John and Denise Nowicky of Montvale, N.J. and George and Diane Machnowsky of Bayonne, N.J.
Pallbearers were Bill Buchanan, John Nowicky, Calvin Small, Travis Buchanan, Rob Carek, Allen Worley, Michael Carek and Elray Abshier. Honorary pallbearer was Cliff Cecil.

Lillian Elizabeth Manry
CORRIGAN – Funeral services for Lillian Elizabeth Manry, 91, of Huntington will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Carlos Martinez officiating. Interment will follow in Union Springs Cemetery, Corrigan.
Mrs. Manry was born Jan. 18, 1916 in Corrigan and died Thursday, Jan. 3, in Houston.
She was a secretary for Evan Butane for many years and a member of Thomas Crossing United Pentecostal Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Berlon Manry and parents, Sidney Earl and Vera Doughtery Loving.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Alton and Kay Pitre of Liberty, Charles and Jackie Pitre of Henderson, Nev. and Kenneth and Cholly Carter of Las Vegas, Nev. and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Robert Earl Sweats
CORRIGAN – Funeral services for Robert Earl Sweats, 46, of Corrigan were held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, in Macedonia Baptist Church in Corrigan, with the Rev. Chester Menifee officiating. Interment followed in Pennington Cemetery in Pennington.
Mr. Sweats was born Jan. 22, 1961 in Corrigan and died Friday, Dec. 29, in Houston.
He was a truck driver for Shamrock Vacuum Service Inc. and a member of Providence No. 2 Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius Caesar and Noretta Lee Sweats Sr.
Survivors include his wife, Kansini Roshelle Sweats; sons, Amod Horace of Lufkin, Daveion White of Corrigan and Robert E. Sweats Jr. of Corrigan; daughters, Loretta Sweats and Mahogany Horace, both of Corrigan; brothers and sisters-in-law, J.C. and Cheryl Sweats Jr. of Liberty, Charles and Nanetta Sweats of Corrigan, Chris Sweats of Corrigan and Sharona Sweats; brothers-in-law, Derrick White, Anthony White, Eric White, Harland White, Denny White and Curtis Perkins; mother-in-law, Dorothy White; four grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Oneita Inez Richardson
LIVINGSTON – Graveside services for Oneita Inez Richardson, 92, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, in Memorial Park in Amarillo.
Mrs. Richardson died Thursday, Jan. 3, in Pineridge Health Care in Livingston.
She was born Nov. 3, 1915 in Clarksville, the daughter of U.G. and Ara Rivers Tippit. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Lee Richardson; her parents and daughter, Rose Jackson.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Walter and Linda Richardson of Livingston; daughter, Patsy Schale of Justin; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.








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