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East Texas News - Obituaries
Polk County Enterprise - December 25, 2008 - January 4, 2009

Virgie L. Karr Maxey
CORRIGAN — Virgie L. Karr Maxey, 72, of Huffman died on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008. She was known as a beloved mother, nannaw, great-grandnan-naw, sister and aunt. She was born Feb. 14, 1936, to Von Karr and Cecil Neely. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Milton Raymond Maxey; grandson, Chance Mattlage; sisters, Dean Howard and Jo Ann Law and brother, Vernon Neely. She is survived by her daughters, Pam Hodges and husband Sam of Huffman and Angela Mattlage and husband Kevin of Pearland; two sons, Keith of Livingston and Darryl of Houston; five grandsons, Blake Larivee, Devin Mattlage and Jeried, Alan and Terrance Maxey; two great-granddaughters, Alissa Maxey and Leah Foley; two brothers, her twin Fred Karr and Jack Schoonover; sisters, Betty Ballard, Lillie Shumate, Jean Blalock and many other relatives and friends. She is also survived by her special pets, Frederick and Baby. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan, with Bro. Ralph Johnston officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery.

Janet Sue Jackson
LIVINGSTON — Janet Sue Jackson, 58, of Livingston died on Friday, Dec. 26, 2008 at her residence. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, in Katy Magnolia Cemetery in Katy, with the Rev. Tom Bolin officiating. She was born Nov. 12, 1950 in Livingston, to parents Kenneth Eugene and Eva Louise Nimitz Haynes. She is preceded in death by parents; sister, Carolyn Burnet and brother, Kenneth Eugene Haynes Jr. She is survived by her sister, Peggy Kennedy and husband James of Livingston; niece, Misty Ganzer of Denver, Colo.; nephew, Duke Kennedy of Oakhurst; brother-in-law, Johnny Burnet and niece, Melissa Sowell, both of The Woodlands; her uncle, Gerald Haynes of Houston and aunt, Billie Jean Tierney of Willis. Serving as pallbearers will be Bob Cassity, Johnny Burnet, Randy Warke, Rodney Donley, James Kennedy and Duke Kennedy. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Maggie Louollio Smallwood
ONALASKA — Maggie Louollio Smallwood, 99, of Onalaska died on Monday, Dec. 29, 2008. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, in the First Baptist Church of Onalaska, with the Rev. Don Wilkey officiating. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until service time Friday, also in the First Baptist Church of Onalaska. She was born Nov. 2, 1909 in Annona, to parents Simion Thomas and Sallie Louollio Parker Wolf. She lived a long and happy life. She worked as a school teacher and receptionist for Dr. Peterson in Houston for many years. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 72 years, Jess Lee Smallwood; five brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her nieces, Martha Jackson of Onalaska and Sharon Jansa of Richmond; son, Jerry Smallwood and wife Joyce of Paris; grandchildren, Debbie, Brad and Kevin; her sister-in-law, Nancy Smallwood and numerous nieces and nephews. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Sylvester “Syl” Carter
LIVINGSTON — Sylvester “Syl” Carter died peacefully early Saturday morning, Dec. 27, 2008, at his residence in Livingston after a year-long battle with lung cancer. He was a fighter until the end and never gave up his faith and hope of a healing. Syl always said, “I’m like Job, though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” Sylvester was born July 12, 1947 in Springhill, La., to Henry and Ruby Thompson Carter (both preceded him in death – 1990). He grew up in Livingston and was a proud graduate of Dunbar High School. He attended and graduated from the Job Corps in San Marcus, where he received a certificate as a professional landscaper. Because of his love and desire for travel and meeting new people, Syl attended a truck driving school and became a nationwide truck driver. At the time of his illness he was employed with JB Hunt Trucking Company. Besides his love for travel, Syl also had a great love for animals and nature. He took in many stray dogs and nursed them back to health and happiness. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Judy Carolyn Boniaby-Carter; two daughters, Libby Carroll Carter and Angie Kaye Carter; six grandchildren, A’fe Ma’Shari, Jullian Kinski, Nydia Imari, Jeremy De’Lonte, Javian Sylvester and Briana Nicole; three great-grandchildren, Triniti LiBraya, Hampton JaMari and Courtney Lucille; seven sisters; one brother; a host of special nieces, nephews and cousins; a sister-in-law; brothers-in-law; four aunts; one uncle and many wonderful friends. His home-going celebration will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, in Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, with Pastor L.C. Youngblood officiating. Interment will be in Carrington Cemetery in Seven Oaks. Honorary Pallbearers will be Anthony Carter, Johnny Keith Crew, Larry English, Darriel Norman, Ricky Ryans and James Thompson. Active pallbearers will be Raymond L. Baldwin Sr., Javian S. Carter, Jullian K. Carter, LaVelle Carter, Kelton Gaines, Robert E. Gaines, Clint Holloman and LaMon Lewis. Honorary pallbearers are Anthony Carter, Johnny Keith Crew, Larry English, Darriel Norman, Ricky Ryans and James Thompson. Very special friends include Joyce Knierim, Louis Davis, Alvin E. Franklin, John M. Franklin, Willie Gray (aka) “Daddy-Yo,” Drexel Gray, Leotis Holcomb, Otis Jackson, Velton Price, Gregory Smith and Michael Willis. Charles Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Melba G. Bear
LUFKIN – Funeral services for Melba G. Bear, 79, of Lufkin were held Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, in the Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Blackie Cranford officiating. Interment followed in Walker Cemetery. Mrs. Bear was born March 13, 1929 in Lometa, to the late Jessie Lorena (Morrison) and Willie Henry Schober, and died Saturday, Dec. 27, in a local hospital. Mrs. Bear was retired from Southland Corp., where she worked for 10 years as a check security coordinator. She was a former resident of Dallardsville and had resided in Lufkin for the past year. She was a member of Chestnut Drive Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Bear loved red roses. Survivors include her husband, Melvin Bear of Lufkin; son, Charles “Chuck” Lucas of Houston; daughter, Carolyn Lucas of Missouri; nine grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren; brother, Charles Ray Schober of Humble and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Bear was preceded in death by her daughter, Charlotte Rose and brothers, John Henry Schober and Earl Wood Schober. Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home, Lufkin, was in charge of arrangements.

John Delbert Morton
ONALASKA — John Delbert Morton, 87, died on Christmas Day 2008 at Texas Specialty Hospital in Houston after a long illness. He was born and raised in Grandview, W. Va., where everyone called him Delbert. He moved to Ohio in 1955 and everyone called him John. Later in life, he decided to call himself J.D. To the rest of his family he was known as just Dad and Grandpa. J.D. is preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Lola; his sons, Bart and David and his brothers, Ralph, Bill, and Carroll. He met Lola when she was 16 years old and he was 21 years old. They renewed their vows in June 2003 and she went to heaven in September 2003. They had 12 biological children, one adopted by choice and love and many unofficially adopted children. Children are: Mary Ann and Sidney McDaniel of Livingston, Molly Louise and Cliff Foster of Pasadena, Vickie and Nelson Stover of League City, Brenda and Larry Cain of Morrow, Ohio, Patty and Dean Scarbrough of Howe, Okla., John Jr. of Morrow, Ohio, Cathy and David Gregson of Onalaska, Wendell Dow and Rebecca Morton of Morrow, Ohio, Deborah and Sid Moffett of Livingston, Flora Jane and Martin Woods of Centerville, Ohio, Lola Nicole Morton of South Lebanon, Ohio. Sons-in-law with special mention are Nelson Stover, Sidney McDaniel and Cliff Foster. John had 30 grandchildren, 40 greatgrandchildren and numerous greatgreat- grandchildren. Grandchildren with special mention are John Alexander, Travis Woods and Dylan Foster. Unofficially adopted children are Susie LeDoux, Pat Renter and Mary Murphy Conger. Other survivors include numerous nieces and nephews. He also had many life long friends, with special mention of Tammie Worrell, who helped throughout his illness. He was a World War II veteran, earning several ribbons and medals for bravery, patriotism and dedication to his beloved country as a sergeant and Military Police officer. John was also a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and supported these organizations. He also sent monthly checks to certain unnamed people in need. He was known as a very giving man. After being discharged from the Army, he worked as a coal miner and in the wood logging business. He gave this up to become an Ohio police officer. In 1969, John moved to Texas and became a police officer for many years and was regarded highly by his peers. Two of his daughters, Molly and Deborah, followed in his footsteps, becoming long time Texas Police Officers. He was a member of a small Baptist Church in West Virginia during his early years and in Onalaska before moving to Pasadena, and had great faith. John saw many changes in the world in his 87 years. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska, with the Rev. Frank Hood officiating.

Corine Zettie Mills
LIVINGSTON — Corine Zettie Mills, born May 26, 1912 in Livingston, died on Dec. 25, 2008 in Houston at the age of 96 years. Survivors include her sons, Larry Mills and Raymond Mills; daughter, Sue Rivera and husband Bill; sister, Pauline Stringer; 11 grandchildren and numerous greatgrandchildren and great-greatgrandchildren. She is preceded in death by a son, Herbert Glenden Mills. She was a member of Rittenhouse Baptist Church in Houston. A celebration of her life was held Tuesday, Dec. 30, at Holly Grove Cemetery, with Pastor Jim Buie officiating. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral. com.

Jimmy Lee Carlock
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Jimmy Lee Carlock, 84, of Livingston were held Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery. Mr. Carlock was born Jan. 19, 1924 in Windom, the son of James and Nettier Frazier Carlock, and died on Dec. 27, 2008, at his residence in Livingston. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marie Brewer. He is survived by Deborah Jan Carlock, sister, of Livingston; Steve and Diana Carlock, son and daughter-in-law, of Sealy; Robert and Margaret Carlock, brother and sister-in-law, of Sealy and James Wade Carlock, grandson.

Jaquay Dar’rion Sanders
LIVINGSTON – Graveside services for Jaquay Dar’rion Sanders, 13 days old, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at New Hope Cemetery in Goodrich, with Pastor Paul High officiating. Pallbearers will be Ashaunti Harrell and Jacolby Reece. Jaquay was born Dec. 16, 2008, the son of Earl Henderson and Joanna Sanders, and died on Dec. 29, 2008. He is survived by his parents, Earl Henderson of Livingston and Joanna Sanders of Livingston; Devohn Doyle, brother, of Livingston; Darius Doyle, brother, of Livingston; Ashaunti Harrell, uncle, of Livingston; Marietta Harrell, aunt, of Livingston; Leshida Harrell, aunt, of Livingston; Tiffany Reece, aunt, of Livingston; Jamarcus Harrell, cousin, of Livingston and Ta’najeana Reece, cousin, of Livingston. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Michael Winston Goldman
LIVINGSTON — Michael Winston Goldman, born in Livingston on Feb. 11, 1954, died on Dec. 26, 2008 in Woodville at the age of 54 years. He is survived by his son, Jeremy Goldman; daughter, Rebecca Goldman; brother, James Purvis and sisters, Joy Plant and Judy Cheatwood. He is preceded in death by his mother, Adell Francis Purvis; father, Winston Goldman; daughter, Lisa Goldman and sister, Jo Ann Goldman. Michael enjoyed making belt buckles, computer repairing, watch repairing, drawing and painting, and car races. A celebration of his life was held Sunday afternoon at Jones Prairie Cemetery in Leggett, with the Rev. Pam Howard officiating. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

William Preston Fergus Jr.
A memorial service for William Preston Fergus Jr. will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 at First United Methodist Church of Livingston. A complete obituary will be published at a later date.

Susan Lorea Hay
LIVINGSTON – Graveside services for Susan Lorea Hay, 59, of Dayton were held Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, in Forest Hill Cemetery, with the Rev. Billy Tubbe officiating. She was born Nov. 4, 1949 in Oklahoma City, Okla., the daughter of Louis and Helen Smith Sweetman. She is survived by Helen Sweetman, mother, of Waco; Louis and Pam Sweetman, brother and sister-in-law, of Waco; Vickie and Dwaine Tacker, sister and brother-in-law, of Dayton; Louis Sweetman, nephew, of Waco; Robert Tacker, nephew, of Killeen and Caine Tacker, great nephew, of Killeen. She was preceded in death by her father, Louis Sweetman; her husband, Frank Hay; son, Richard Vandasselaar and her sisters, Shelly Jo Taylor and Tommie Sweetman. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ronald King Obe
LIVINGSTON – Ronald King Obe was born on Oct. 10, 1961, to parents Donald and Anna Lou Obe, and died on Dec. 22, 2008 at the age of 47 years. He was of the Beaver Clan on his father’s side and of the Bear Clan on his mother’s side. He was a proud member of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas and a member of the Alabama- Coushatta Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his parents, Donald and Anna Lou Obe of Livingston; one brother and sisterin- law, Darren Sr. and Lynn Obe of Livingston; one sister and brotherin- law, Yolanda and Clint Poncho of Livingston; four nephews and one niece, Tallsun John Obe, Darren Obe Jr., Sequoia Wind Obe, Colden Hawk Poncho and Shaundai Poncho and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Nettie Lee Poncho and Mabel Battise; greatgrandmother, Mattie Sue Williams; uncle, Johnson Williams; greatuncle, Milton “Redd” Williams and aunt, Mary Williams. Pallbearers were Nathan Williams, Ronnie Thomas, Jeffrey Williams, Dolen Williams, Randy Sneed, Bryan Williams, Michael Polk and Larry Langley. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Renegades Softball Team. King attended the Big Sandy and Woodville schools then later went on to Sequoyah High School and Fort Sill Indian Schools in Oklahoma. King was blessed with the talent of artistry He was a well-known Native American artist, especially within his community. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M. His artwork focused on Native American powwow dancers and Alabama-Coushatta culture. Some of his artwork can be seen at the Alabama-Coushatta Youth Center, various museums and at the Adelaide, Australia museum. King worked at the Alabama- Coushatta Tribal Enterprise for several years as the train driver and conductor. He also enjoyed playing softball at the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation and served as a player/ assistant coach with the Renegades Softball Team for many years. Services were held at the Alabama-Coushatta Multi-Purpose Center with Bro. Aaron Williams and Bro. David Busby officiating. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Jimmie Wayne Murff
LIVINGSTON — Jimmie Wayne Murff, 68, died on Dec. 29, 2008 at his residence in Goodrich. Mr. Murff was born Dec. 19, 1940 in Rosebud, to Jimmie Swanzy and Dorothy Raye Murff. Funeral services will be held at noon Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 at Pace Funeral Home. A Masonic graveside service will follow at 2:30 p.m. in Resthaven Cemetery, 13102 N. Freeway, Houston. Mr. Murff was in the Navy and was employed as a plant operator. He loved to fish and do wood working. He belonged to the Galena Park Masonic Lodge. He married Virginia Scholl Murff in 1963 and they were married 45 years. Survivors include his wife; son, Kevin Murff of Webster; daughter, Kimberly Hagan and husband Dennis of Santa Fe; two sisters, Barbara Ellis and husband Allen of Houston and Judy Murchison and husband Charles of Houston and three grandchildren, Christopher Murff and Josh and Noah Drude. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral. com.

James Gibson Crunk
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for James Gibson Crunk, 71, of Livingston were held Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, in the First United Pentecostal Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Gerald Morris officiating. Mr. Crunk was born March 16, 1937 in Greenville, the son of W.H. and Gene Gibson Crunk, and died on Dec. 28, 2008 at his residence in Livingston. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sylvia Crunk; daughter, Judy Brown; son, Gib Crunk Jr. and one brother. He is survived by Esther and Mark Yarborough, daughter and son-in-law, of Livingston; Rieder Brown, grandson, of Lufkin; Phrazier Brown, grandson, of Houston; Alexis Crunk, granddaughter, of Houston; Nichole Crunk, granddaughter, of Livingston; Kelli Garner, granddaughter, of Houston; Joseph Garner, grandson, of Houston; Carolyn Yarborough, granddaughter, of Houston; Kristine Crunk, daughter-in-law, of Houston and Lewis Brown, son-in-law, of Houston. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Joe H. McDonald
LIVINGSTON – A memorial service for Joe H. McDonald of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 at The Gardens in Livingston, with the Rev. Roy Barbe officiating. Military honors will be provided by VFW Post 8568. Mr. McDonald was born March 3, 1942 in Ovet, Miss., to Charles and Bertha McDonald, and died on Dec. 18, 2008 in Livingston. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bobby Ray Mc- Donald; sisters, Dorothy Hilliman and Janie Dykes and grandson, Bradley McDonald. He is survived by his wife Judy; son and daughter-in-law, Bobby McDonald and Joy Bennett of Onalaska; daughter, Cam Rivers of Livingston; stepson, Matt Burgett of Florida; brother, BC McDonald of California; sister, Charlene McDaniel of Alabama; nine grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


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