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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
For the Week of July 16, 2007 - July 26, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Donna Sue Turner
ONALASKA – A memorial service for Donna Sue Turner, 56, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 29, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating.
Mrs. Turner died Sunday, July 22, in Conroe Regional Medical Center in Conroe.
She was born Feb. 24, 1951 in Livingston, the daughter of Bill and Lillie Stephens Meadows.
Survivors include her father, Bill Meadows of Livingston; husband, Jim P. Turner of Onalaska; daughters, Denee Parker of Onalaska, Marie McCoy of Kerrville, Tammy Mann of Houston, Marjorie Boling of Fredericksburg, Miranda Arnold of  Kingwood and Misty Krisch of Fredericksburg; son, Marty Turner of Fredericksburg; brothers, Billy Wayne Meadows of Livingston, Wiley Meadows of Leggett and Willie Meadows of Livingston; sister, Shellie Campbell of Livingston; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Thomas "Tom" Sanford Hall
LIVINGSTON – Thomas “Tom” Sanford Hall, 66, of Grapevine died on May 10, 2007 in Tyler.
He was known as a gifted math teacher, loving father and devoted husband who loved children and animals. He was born on June 14, 1940 in Houston and later lived in LaPorte, where he attended first through 12th grades. His grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends were from the East Texas area (Leggett and Holly Grove), so he spent a lot of time in East Texas. He graduated from LaPorte High School with honors and attended Lamar College in Beaumont for his undergraduate degree. He then attended LSU, where he earned a master’s degree in mathematics. He later attended Wyoming State University in Laramie, Wyo., where he completed classes toward his doctorate degree. After college he moved to Port Arthur, where he started his teaching career. In 1971, he moved to the Irvin and Grapevine areas, where he lived until retirement in 2002.
Mr. Hall had a varied math career. He was head of the following math departments: Forest Park High School in Beaumont, 1963-71; Cistercian Preparatory School in Irving, 1971-78; Mountain View College in Dallas, 1978-79; The Hockaday School of Dallas, 1979-87 and The Episcopal School of Dallas, 1987-96.
Mr. Hall taught at Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Duncanville High School in Duncanville and was a math professor and supervisor of student teachers at The University of Texas at Dallas.
He is survived by his wife, Lila Hall of Grapevine; mother, Anita Hall Seyer of LaPorte; son, Dr. David Hall MD; daughter, Holli Hall of Arlington; stepson, Daryl Bruce of Reno, Nev.; stepdaughter, Terri Tucker of Flower Mound; brother, Bill Hall of Houston and many other relatives in Texas and Florida.
A memorial service was held Monday, May 14, at Lucas Funeral Home, Grapevine. His body was cremated and his remains will be taken to Leggett, where the family will hold a private burial service in Jones Prairie Cemetery/Crossroads Cemetery at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 28.
Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Robert Gregory Cook
LIVINGSTON – Robert Gregory Cook was born on July 12, 1937 in San Antonio to Robert W. Cook and Annie Ruth Gregory and died on July 23, 2007 in Livingston of pulmonary fibrosis.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jacquelyn Marie Frazier Cook; his son, Mark Gregory Cook and his wife Cindy; his son, Jeffrey Wayne Cook and his wife Mimi; grandchildren, Adair Carlson Cook and Jackson Gregory Cook; brother, John Cook and wife Darleen; sister, Dixie and her husband Ed Cormier; sister-in-law, Marlene May and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at the First United Methodist Church of Livingston.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the First United Methodist Church, Music Department, P.O. Box 1638, Livingston, TX 77351 or the American Lung Association, or the charity of your choice.
Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret L. Taylor Jordan
LIVINGSTON – Margaret L. Taylor Jordan, 79, of Humble died on Tuesday, July 24, 2007.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2007 in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel, followed by burial in Restland Memorial Park.
Visitation will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday July 27, at the funeral home.
Mrs. Jordan was known as someone with a love of baking; she was well known for her special apple cakes. She made sure on everyone’s birthday they got a fresh apple cake. She also loved to bowl and at one time was a member of the local square dance club.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Robert Jordan; her father, Holly Mason and her brother, Carl Mason.
Survivors include her mother, Isabell Charlton Mason; sons, Leon Burgess and wife Becky, Donald Burgess and wife Connie, Michael Taylor and Edward Taylor Jr.; daughter, Linda Musick and husband Keith; brother, Willie Mason and wife Minnie Mae; sisters, Venora Pantusso and Ann Zepeda and husband Holly Barlage and grandchildren Danny Musick, Kimberly Sells, Wendy Kelker, Shane Taylor, Katie Taylor, Matthew Taylor, Britney Taylor, Cody Taylor, Josh McKeethan, Paula Burgess, Mike Burgess and Frances Kirkendall.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

Clarence Elmer Gay
LIVINGSTON -- Clarence Elmer Gay, born in Milvid on Feb. 3, 1921 and reared in Holly Grove, died on July 23, 2007 at his residence in Baytown at the age of 86.
He graduated from Livingston High School and attended Lee College in Baytown.
 He was known as someone whose greatest love was for his Lord and his family. He accepted the Lord as his personal savior in 1960 during a tent revival.  He loved singing specials in church and his favorite song was “Face to Face with Christ My Savior.”
He was an active member of Northside Baptist Church in Baytown and the Gold Sunday School Class.  He was known as Papa Gay to all the children that knew and loved him. He was sometimes teasingly called The Pied Papa because the children would come to him after church for gum or candy. He faithfully studied his bible every day. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Miles and Lizzy Gay; his wife of 48 years, Evelyn Williams Gay; brother, Cecil Gay ; sisters, Leona Singletory, Cloria Richardson and Bessie Mae Wheeler.
 Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Sharion and David Clark of Baytown; five grandchildren, Jonathan Parrish and wife Jamie, Elisabeth Duty and husband Jeff, Amber Clark  and Jonathan Ian  and David Jr. Clark; one sister, Myrtle Jordan; 11 great-grandchildren with number 12 due in October, and several nieces and nephews.
 He worked as a master electrician at Goose Creek Consolidated ISD and Lee College in Baytown. He retired in 1981.
 Mr. Gay served in the Army Air Corps from August 1942 until October 1947. He was a top turret gunner on B-25 aircraft, 12th Airforce, 310 Bomb Group, 380th Bomb Squadron and received the European Theater of Operations Medal, the Silver Star, three Bronze Stars, two Presidential Citations, Air Medal with silver oak leaf, WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal,  silver wings and Certificate Award for Valor. He flew 48 missions and flew decoy in France during the Normandy Invasion on D-Day. Once, his B-25 returned from Italy with 186 flack holes, some 14 inches in diameter, and a ruptured right wing gas tank, landing with only one motor. He always said God was their co-pilot because there was not a hole anywhere where a man was stationed. He also flew in the battle at Anzio Beach.
 Funeral services will be Thursday, July 26, at Earthman's Funeral Home in Baytown, with burial at Earthman Memory Gardens in Baytown.
To view the online obituary or to post a tribute for the family, go to www.earthmanfuneral.com.  If anyone wishes to make a contribution in his name, the family asks to make them to Northside Baptist Church, 300 Cedar Bayou Rd., Baytown, TX 77520 to the Missions Department.







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