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East Texas News - Obituaries
Polk County Enterprise - January 11, 2009 - January 18, 2009

Charles Truett Parrish, Jr.
Funeral services for Charles Truett Parrish, Jr., age 53 of Livingston, will be held Sunday, January 11, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Livingston with the Rev. Mike Mayhugh, Rev. Ricky Ricks, and Rev. James Frazier officiating, with interment to follow in the Bold Springs Cemetery. Charles Truett Parrish, Jr. was born December 14, 1955, in Livingston, Texas to C.T. (Truett) Parrish and Patsy Wainwright Parrish. He died Wednesday, January 7, 2009, north of New Willard, Texas, while driving the farm’s tractor and mower in from the pasture. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Joyce Byrd Parrish, daughters Destiny Parrish, Julie Hickmon, Sara Hickmon, and Cinnimon Hickmon, and grandson Westen Price of Livingston, sister and brother-inlaw Patricia and Ricky Ricks of Henderson, sister and brother-inlaw Katherine and Steve Whitbeck of Nacogdoches, brother and sisterin- law Michael and Carol Parrish of New Willard, nephews Brent Ricks and Kendall Whitbeck, nieces Kelsey Ricks and Samantha Whitbeck, and a host of friends and relatives. Pallbearers will be John Bateson, Craig “Quince” Gibson, Jimmy Harris, Dan Holt, Wayne Lazarine, Fernando Noa, and Steve Watson. Honorary pallbearers will be Boyce Parrish, John Johnston, Burl “Buff” Graham, and Ernest “Pops” Loftin. Charles enjoyed the first ten years of his life in Livingston riding bicycles, playing army, swimming, roller skating at his father’s skating rink, and feeding cows in New Willard, Leggett, and Seven Oaks. He could often be spotted standing on the cattle bars of his Granddaddy Wainwright’s truck with his older sister Patricia as they traveled to and from the pastures. He also taught his younger sister Katherine how to smoke one of their daddy’s cigars. And he participated in the midnight search for his younger brother Michael, who had wandered away from home. Charles was baptized at First United Methodist Church, Livingston, where he and his family were active members. He also visited the Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church in New Willard with maternal grandparents, C.S. and Florence Wainwright, and often spent Sunday afternoons playing Sorry with his cousins at the Leggett home of paternal grandparents, Lowman and Dovie Parrish . Charles moved with his family to Nacogdoches, Texas, in 1966, beginning school at Raguet Elementary, continuing through Thomas J. Rusk Junior High, and graduating from Nacogdoches High School in 1974. While in school he participated in band and football in junior high and in Health Occupational Coop Training in high school. Charles trained in radiology and received an award for Outstanding HOCT Student. As a youth, Charles was an active member of First United Methodist Church, Nacogdoches, touring with the Youth Choir, serving on the UMYF Council, attending District Summer Church Camp, and serving as a leader on the Camp Council. He introduced the youth of Nacogdoches to Polk County when he led a mission trip to paint the church in New Willard. Charles attended Stephen F. Austin State University, graduating in 1983 with a degree in psychology. While in college, he and his friends enjoyed many philosophical discussions while sitting around Table One at the Pizza Inn Restaurant. They became known as the T-1 Gang. During his eclectic career, Charles hitchhiked to Alaska to work in a fish cannery, drove to the Louisiana coast to work on an offshore oil rig, and traveled all over East Texas to mow highways with his father. He also served as a house parent at Summit Oaks near Laneville and as a social case worker near Tyler and in Polk County. In 2004, Charles formed Steerwater Management, LCC, with Patricia, Katherine, and Michael. He served as Vice-President and Secretary. He educated himself about cattle, timber, oil leases, mineral rights, and land surveying. He could often be found in the Polk County Courthouse, pouring over maps and deeds, or out in the pasture, working with cattle, planting trees, and fixing fence. Charles served as Secretary for the Polk County Forest Landowners Association and Trustee for the Thompson Memorial Church. Charles became the husband of Joyce Byrd and the father of Julie, Sara, and Cinnimon in 1996. He and his new family welcomed his and Joyce’s daughter, Destiny Charla Lorraine, in 1997. Charles was a dedicated, loving, and compassionate father: “a great daddy.” He encouraged his daughters in their activities: soccer, band, choir, drill team, and art. Charles also provided opportunities for spiritual growth, becoming active again at First United Methodist Church, Livingston, teaching Sunday School and encouraging his daughters’ participation in Sunday School, children’s choir, church camp, and other church activities. In April 2008, Charles proudly listened to Destiny sing a solo in worship and watched her climb the Stuart W. Moore Memorial Climbing Tower. In July, he welcomed his grandson Westen. Charles loved his nephews Brent and Kendall and nieces Kelsey and Samantha, showing his affection for them by repeatedly telling them “I love you so much” and giving them really good hugs and kisses. He extended his love to all of his family and to all of his friends. Charles was a marvelous dancer, which his mother and sisters appreciated. Like his parents, he was an avid reader. He was also a writer. To a few people, he was known as “Ignatz.” He wore his cross and peace sign necklace, his bandanas, his faded jeans, his sandals or duck-taped rubber boots, his several coats at one time, and his hair in several styles varying from buzz cuts to twelve-inch ponytails. He always had a Dr. Pepper in hand and often asserted that he should have invested in Dr. Pepper so he could recoup some of his expenses. Charles had a high regard for nature and wildlife, especially butterflies, and always wanted to start a company named “Butterfly Enterprises.” He was a compassionate person. To further extend that compassion, the family requests that memorials be given to Missions and Children’s Ministries at a local United Methodist Church, the National Wildlife Fund, or to the Patsy W. Parrish Scholarship, NHS Alumni Association, 4310 Appleby Sand Road, Nacogdoches, TX, 75965. “Butterflies have but moments and have time enough.”

John Gerald Haynes
LIVINGSTON – John Gerald Haynes, born Aug. 14, 1935 in Livingston, died on Jan. 7, 2009 in Trinity at the age of 73 years. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Opal; sons, John Haynes and Gerald Guy Haynes and wife Brandi; stepdaughter, Kathy Odom and stepson, Max Odom; sister, Billie Jean Tierney; seven grandchildren; four step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his stepson, Mickey Buck Odom; brothers, Leonard Guy Haynes and Kenneth Eugene Haynes and sister, Mary Lou Lucas. A celebration of John’s life was held Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, in Bold Springs Cemetery, with Pastor Frank Hood of Soda Baptist Church officiating. Pace Funeral Home, was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral. com.

Anthony Roosevelt Hilliard
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Anthony Roosevelt Hilliard, 62, of Livingston will be held Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009 at Ridley Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Madison, Miss., with Rev. Keith Rouser officiating, and interment to follow in the Ridley Hill Cemetery. Anthony was born July 6, 1946 in Madison, Miss., the son of Anthony & Alberta Powell Hilliard, Sr., and died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 in Lufkin. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Walton Hilliard, brother, Joe Albert Hilliard, brother, Betty Nell, sister, and Doristine Redd, sister. He is survived by Elois Hilliard, wife of 42 years, of Livingston, Calvin D. Hilliard, son, of Madison, Mississippi, Anthony R. & Jaimee Hilliard III, son & daughter in law of Keller, Texas, Vickie L. Hilliard, daughter of Spring, Texas, Gerrod L. Hilliard, grandson, of Spring, Cody Dupas, grandson, of Spring, Caliyah N. Hilliard, granddaughter of Jackson, Mississippi, and Hillis & Shirley Hilliard, brother & sister in law of Madison, Mississippi. Pallbearers will be Gerald Washington, Roderick Hilliard, Glenn Burnett, Bennie Sanders, Hutsut Redd, Jr., and Carl Burnett. Honorary Pallbearers will be Sherry Taylor, Fayester Bester, Paula Hopkins, Shannon Hilliard, Patricia Sanders and Meleka Burnett.

Rev. Walton Clarence Phillips
Funeral services for Rev. Walton Clarence Phillips age 84 of Livingston, will be held Sunday January 11, 2009, at 2:00pm in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Borden officiating and interment to follow in the Peebles Cemetery. Rev. Phillips was born February 22, 1924 in Jacksonville, Texas the son of Emmit and Lillie Payne Phillips and passed away January 9, 2009 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his parents, his son Robert Phillips and granddaughter Michelle Phillips. He is survived by his wife, Syble Phillips of Livingston, David & Margaret Phillips, son and daughter in law of Livingston, Lowell Phillips, son of Livingston, Dian Platler, daughter of Livingston, Audrey phillips, daughter of Austin, Texas, Ruby Fay Walker, sister, 10, grandchildren, 21, great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends also survive.

Betty Lou Patterson
LIVINGSTON – Betty Lou Patterson, 79, of Livingston died on Jan. 7, 2009 at her residence. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 10, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Forrest Land officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery. Mrs. Patterson was born July 28, 1929, to parents Harold and Essie Allen Kingery. She taught Sunday school for many years at Bible Baptist Church. She was known as a good mother and grandmother. She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Jenny Lou Ulrich; granddaughter, Jenny Rebecca Rue and grandsons, Cedric Alfonso Rue and Charles Alvie Taylor. She is survived by her husband, Robert W. Patterson of Livingston; children, Linda Sue Rue of Romayer, Victor Allen Smith and wife Patti of Texas City, Denise Allen and husband Jerry of Rye, Dobbie Wayne Patterson of Rye and Danny Lee Holton and wife Joyce of Washington; grandchildren, Victor Allen Smith Jr., Steven Smith, Haley Saunders, Ben Ellison, Luke Allen, Garrett Patterson and wife Sabrina, Wyatt Patterson, Morgan Patterson, Desimber Patterson, Bailey Patterson, Eric Watkins, Shelia Manley, Misty Rue, Laura and Katy; great-grandchildren, Stephen, Bo, Jase, Courtney, Josh, Mandy, Sawyer, Austin, Jasmine, Katelyn, Kloee, Skyler and Saven; great-great-grandchild, Sidney Smith; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Dorothy Watkins and husband Lucian, James Patterson and wife Joenell, Doris Jackson, Irene Blanco and husband Joe, Margret Ann Rose and husband Bob, Erlene Harper, Bobby Patterson and wife Cynthia and Frankie Patterson and wife Charlotte; her best friend, Gwen Lindgren and caregiver, Denise Willis. Serving as pallbearers were Garrett Patterson, Savan Alfonso Rue, Steven Smith, Eric Watkins, Luke Allen and Ben Ellison. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Mary Margaret Crownover
KINGWOOD – Mary Margaret Crownover, born Nov. 30, 1921 to Irvin and Grace Hinshaw in Checotah, Okla., died Jan. 6, 2009 in Porter. She graduated from Ada High School in Ada, Okla. She attended East Central College in Ada, Okla., receiving a BA in business education. She was a homemaker and a member of the Peace Makers Quilt Guild and the Blanchard Baptist Church of Livingston. Mrs. Crownover was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 55 years, Jim W. Crownover; son, James Irvin Crownover; two sisters and one brother. She is survived by daughters, Nancy Johnson and husband Lauren of Carbondale, Ill. and Cathy Wolf and husband Don of Kingwood; five grandchildren, Ehric Johnson, Terril Johnson and wife Abbie, Alicia Wolf, Leslee Morgan and husband Sean and Amy Mitchell and husband Keith and eight great-grandchildren, Noah, Elijah and Leah Johnson, Max, Miles and Maris Morgan and Maura and Ellie Mitchell. Graveside services were held Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston, followed by a memorial service Friday, Jan. 9, at Kingwood Funeral Home Chapel, Kingwood. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Caring Hands Senior Care Home, Inc., P.O. Box 2974, Porter, TX 77365.

Mary Alice Loyd Smith
ONALASKA – Mary Alice Loyd Smith, 51, of Onalaska died Jan. 2, 2009. Burial was in Restland Cemetery. Mary Alice was born July 31, 1957 in Houston, the daughter of K.C. Burton and Alice Burton Morrow. Survivors include daughter, Alicia Loyd and husband Joseph Carl Gibson Jr. of Onalaska; brother, Jerome Edwards Loyd Jr.; four grandchildren, Casey Loyd, Moesha Loyd, Tom Lizcano, and Madison Loyd; two sisters, Diane Williams of Houston and Sallie Lee Bennett of Camilla; one aunt, Mrs. Dorothy Straughter of Houston; special friend Johnny Smith Jr. of Onalaska and other relatives and friends. Duncan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Constance Louise Splatt
LIVINGSTON – Constance Louise Splatt, 86, died Jan. 5, 2009 at Pine Ridge Healthcare Center in Livingston. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2009, at Livingston Church of God In Christ with Supt. Rayford Chimney officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery in Georgetown, South Carolina. Constance was born Jan. 7, 1922 to Mrs. Florence Sealy in the Panama Republic, Panama. She is survived by two sons, Vernal Ashley and wife Mary of North Carolina; Ernesto Goute and wife Sherry of Livingston; cousins, Albert Smith of Florida; Lillian Eduardo of Dallas; Marcia Williams of Germany; Donna Bowen of Atlanta, Georgia; Rosa Ellis of Sacramento, California; Selia Boddgen of Dallas; nine grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Duncan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Robert Anthony Huckaby
LIVINGSTON – Robert Anthony Huckaby, 33, of Cleveland died on Jan. 1, 2009 in Livingston. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Jan. 6, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the 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; stepsisters, Jeanette Rayburn and husband Bradley of Tomball, Brietta Angel and husband Angel of San Ramon, Calif. and Antoinette Rayburn of Dannville, Calif. and uncle, David Barrow of Livingston. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.


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