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East Texas News - Obituaries
Polk County Enterprise - January 4, 2009 - January 11, 2009

Marie Edwards
HOUSTON — Marie (Mihelich) Edwards of Houston and Ace died on Dec. 30, 2008 following a brief illness. She leaves Hank, her husband of 54 years, and a host of dear friends and family. It was Marie’s request that in lieu of flowers, those desiring, may donate to The American Cancer Society in memory of Marie’s sister “Cindy” and nephew “Kyle”. Honorary pallbearers are Doug Austin, Stephen Brown, Tom Babineck, Bob Cunningham, Brian Gips, James Keys, John Listi, Robert Listi, Tommy Listi, Rod Montz, Fali Spencer, Curtis Spencer, Rick Spencer, Ron Spencer, Paul Stanton, Tom Thierheimer, Ken Weatherford and Norbert Wischers of Bad Hersfeld, Germany. Her husband, Hank, says that “regardless of where we were on this planet, whenever Marie was asked where she was from, it usually would require three answers. She would first, quickly reply, “Ace, Texas.” And after getting a puzzled look…. she would say ‘That’s close to Livingston.’ Then, if necessary… would add…. ‘It’s about 70 miles north of Houston.’ “But Marie’s heart … never left Polk County. ‘Ace was and is, the Place.’ ” Visitation will be at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home, 12800 Westheimer Rd., Houston, on Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, from 3-8 p.m. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Forest Park Westheimer Chapel. A memorial celebration of life will be scheduled within the next few months.

Rosie Lee Butler

LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Rosie Lee Butler, 81, of Corrigan were held Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at Macedonia Baptist Church in Corrigan, with the Rev. Chester Menefee officiating. Burial followed in Union Springs Cemetery, Corrigan. Mrs. Butler died on Dec. 30, 2008 in Lufkin. She was born June 11, 1927 in Doucette, the daughter of the late Earnest and Izola Chestnut, and attended school in Trinity. Survivors include her son, William McKinley Butler Jr. (Loretta) of Corrigan; two adopted sons, Harvey Orlando Chestnut and Emmanuel Chestnut (Cherise) of Lufkin; one sister, Gloria Jean Bailey of El Campo; one brother, Emmanuel Chestnut of Corrigan; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; two great-great-great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were George Armstead, Micheal Morton, Harvey Chestnut and Emmanuel Chestnut Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Sylvester Brown, James White, Willie Butler Jr., Kenneth Williams and Wayan Thompson. Duncan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

William Preston Fergus, Jr.
William Preston Fergus was born November 28, 1929 to Sara and William Preston Fergus, Sr. in Monroe, La. He died December 25, 2008 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Jeanne, his daughters, Kathleen Fergus Nau, Daniel Maas Fergus and wife Magda, Karen Ardath Fergus, and Kathryn Noel Fergus. He has seven grandchildren, Hunter Nau, Sean Nau, Henning Wallace, Isaac Fergus, Aiden Fergus, Beryl Fergus, Blyth Fergus and mother of children Peggy Fergus. He has two surviving sisters, Frances Abel, Rai and husband Dr. Steven Eppstein, and brother Henry Fergus and wife Joyce. He was preceded in death by his daughter Susan Fergus Tobler, brother Leon Fergus and wife Betty Fergus. Preston attended the Virginia Military Institute, Louisiana State University and graduated from Centenary College in Shreveport, La with a degree in geology. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He continued his education in the geophysics masters program at the University of Texas. He joined the Marine Corps and was selected as a radar communication officer. He attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He worked in the oil field business as a geophysicist until retiring. After retiring he started his own business, the Fergus Trucking Company and was co-owner and operator of the Belger Cartage Company, an environmental protection company. Every week Preston continued to attend the Methodist Men’s breakfast, the Tuesday morning Men’s Breakfast group and the Lions Club where he volunteered with the Christmas tree selling program, the special Olympics Rodeo group, the Polk County concession stand and their various service projects. Preston loved life and he will be missed by all. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, Jan. 9 at First United Methodist Church of Livingston.

Dennis C. Pierce
LIVINGSTON – A memorial service for Dennis C. Pierce, 49, of Alto will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at Peebles Cemetery, with Bro. Tim Thompson officiating. He was born July 19, 1959 in Livingston, to Jessie Curtis Pierce and Barbara Nelson Pierce. He died Dec. 17, 2008 at his residence in Alto. Dennis lived the past three years in Alto, after residing in Galveston and Houston. He worked in restaurant management. He graduated from Alto High School in 1977 and was a member of Leggett Baptist Church. Preceding him in death were his mother, Barbara Pierce and brothers, Curtis Duwayne and Danny Keith Pierce. Survivors include his father, Curtis Pierce and sister, Kimberly Nesmith of Arkansas.

Esther Lois Clamon
LIVINGSTON — Esther Lois Clamon passed away Jan. 7, 2009. Born April 22, 1920 in Hortense, Texas, the seventh of 11 children by William E. (Bill) and Clea Clamon, she attended Stephen F. Austin State University in 1941- 42 and later graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1948. She also received her Masters in Education from the University of Houston. Ms. Clamon coached volleyball and basketball for 36 years in La Porte before retiring from La Porte ISD as Girl’s Athletic Director in 1984. After her retirement she moved back to the Livingston area where she enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time at the lake and cabin that she built in the 1960s. She is survived by her sisters, Miriam Young, Ruth Courtney and Lydia Tamburello; her brother, Ray Clamon, and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, brothers Roy Clamon, Leslie Clamon, Lucian Clamon and Rodric Clamon, and her sisters, Vertie Clamon and Edith Stanton. Ms. Clamon gave instruction, direction, self-esteem and values to hundreds of girls who participated in her sports programs. She had a profound impact on the lives of her students as evidenced by La Porte Mayor Alton Porter designating Oct. 22, 2006 as “Esther Clamon Day” in La Porte, Texas. The event was well attended by many former students, athletes, teachers and friends. Esther was known and loved for her caring heart. Esther was a giver, and her life journey was characterized by her serving and helping others. She was always gracious and every person who met her was accepted and welcomed. The visitation is tentatively set for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9 at Cochran Funeral Home and the funeral service will be held Saturday at Cochran Funeral Home, located at 406 Yaupon Ave. in Livingston. Burial will follow at Feagin Cemetery, Hortense, Texas.

Robert Lane Kibby
CORRIGAN — Graveside services for Robert Lane Kibby, 81, of Moscow were held Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, at Jones Prairie Cemetery in Leggett, with J.B. Thomas officiating. Mr. Kibby was born Dec. 27, 1927 in Shepherd and died Friday, January 2, 2009, in Pasadena. He was a member of Bible Memorial Methodist Church and was an operator in the oil industry for Shell Refinery. He was also a veteran of the United States Navy and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Pasadena. He was preceded in death by his parents, Markin and Myrtle (Cribe) Kibby and brother, Jimmy Kibby. He is survived by his wife, Nellie Kibby of Moscow; daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah and Douglas Pearson of VanBeaurn, Ark., Kathy Pulliam of Springdale, Ark., Patty Brausell of Fayetteville, Ark. and Carolyn and Karlon Simon of Pearland; sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Angie Mitchell of Deer Park and Ralph and Patty Mitchell of Pasadena and many other relatives and friends. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Barbara L. Baker
LIVINGSTON — Barbara L. Baker, 76, died Jan. 3, 2009 at her residence. Funeral services were held Jan. 7, 2009 at Pace Funeral Home, with the Rev. Sharon Kapsch officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Mrs. Baker was born Oct. 22, 1932 in St. Charles, Mo., to Fredrick and Lucille Schultz Batson. She enjoyed antiques and collectibles. She is preceded in death by her mother and father and her brother, Robert Batson. Survivors include her husband, Freddie Baker; sons, Brian Baker of Onalaska, Brad Baker of Tyler and Brent Baker of League City; grandchildren, Brittany Baker, Anthony Baker, Brianna Baker, Brooke Baker, Aaron Martinez, Kelly Baker, Savannah Baker, Robert Murray, Orion Baker and Logan Baker; nieces, Sherry and Angela Batson Mann and cousin, Jack Rauch. The family asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to The American Cancer Society Foundation. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Robert Anthony Huckaby
Robert Anthony Huckaby, 33, of Cleveland died Jan. 1, 2009 in Livingston. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Jan. 6 in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Robert was born May 6, 1975 in Houston to parents Dalton Wayne Huckaby and Kathrine Nethers Rayburn. He worked for a number of years for Hot Shot Asphalt and Paving as a roller operator. He is survived by his daughters, Ashley Marie Huckaby of Pinole, Calif. and Mandy Mae Huckaby of Patton Village; parents, Dalton and Korena Huckaby of Cleveland, and Katherine and Mike Rayburn of Almeta, Calif.; brothers, Dolton Huckaby Jr., of Elsonbranta, Calif. and Dustin Ray Huckaby of Pinole Calif.; sister, Kimberly Huckaby of Splendora; stepbrothers, Deston Kavanaugh, Jarrett Kavanaugh and Danny Kavanaugh all of Cleveland; and stepsisters, Jeanette Rayburn and husband Bradley of Tomball, , Brietta Angel and husband Angel of San Ramon, Calif.; Antoinette Rayburn of Dannville Calif.; uncle, David Barrow of Livingston. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements. Please sign the online guest book at www. cochranfh.com

Evelyn Aline Bloomfield
LIVINGSTON — Evelyn Aline Bloomfield, 87, died Jan. 2, 2009 at her residence in McKinney. Chapel services were held Jan. 7 at Pace Funeral Home, with Frankie McMillian officiating. A private visitation was held before the services. Interment followed in Holly Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Bloomfield was born Feb. 13, 1921 in Livingston, to Ingram and Mary Texanna Richardson Love, both of whom preceded her in death. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements



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