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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
Posted for July 20, 2008 - July 27, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company


Mary“Happy” Parkhill
LIVINGSTON -- “Happy” Mary Glenn Parkhill died Wednesday, July 16, 2008, in Austin at the age of 85. She was born to Ann and Will Hadaway in Kosse, Texas on Sept. 16, 1922. Services were held Saturday, July 19, with the Rev. James Frazier officiating. Burial followed in Restland Memorial Park. Mary received her nickname ‘Happy’ at an early age. She wore a hat and a smile resembling a character in a 1900’s comic strip, Happy Hooligan, and was soon called “Happy.” The name stuck her whole life. Her friends and family will vouch that she “almost” always lived up to this name and that her nurturing and loving spirit enriched the lives of all who knew her. After graduating high school, she attended college for one year, then headed to Bryan to start her career (and find a husband). In Bryan, she met and married the love of her life and best friend, Kenneth Ray Parkhill, in August of 1947. They moved to Livingston in the summer of 1951 where she and her husband raised their three children and enjoyed their many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and friends for the next 57 years. Happy was known as a devoted daughter, sister, housewife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She spent many hours working alongside her husband building his veterinary practice. As a tireless volunteer with First United Methodist Church and the Polk County Mission, one could depend on her dynamic energy and organization skills. She was an avid bridge player and a member of many bridge clubs in Livingston where she was always ready for another great round, “Bring on those cards and where’s the dessert?” An avid reader, cook, artist, walker and world traveler, Happy was energetic and ready for adventure her entire life. Most importantly, family members say she leaves children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with love and inspiration for carrying on those Christian values that will always be cherished. Happy was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Ray Parkhill; her sister and brother-in-law, Jo Ann and Wayne Smith; her brotherin- law, Charles Caskey; her sonin- law, Bruce Van Wagner and her granddaughter, Melody Simmons. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, David Parkhill and Molly of Austin; her daughter, Cindy Van Wagner of Georgetown; her daughter and son-in-law, Missy Parkhill and Scott Simmons of Austin; sister, Doris Caskey of Bremond; brother, John Hadaway and wife Patsy of Boerne; sister-inlaw, Janis Stansell and husband, Jim of Austin; grandchildren, Kenneth Parkhill and wife Charlotte of Wilmette, Ill., Homer Parkhill and wife Katrina of New Canaan, Conn., Stephanie Slater and husband Chris Zoch of Manor, Angelica Gradick and husband Jacob of Killeen, Travis Slater and wife Heather Casillas of Allen, Krissy Gagliardi and husband, David of New York, N.Y. and Holly Simmons of Austin; 11 greatgrandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice Austin, the America Heart Association, or the First United Methodist Church of Livingston, Texas.

Bonnie Shackelford Crawford
HALL SUMMIT, La. — Funeral services for Bonnie Belle Shackelford Crawford were held Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at Rose- Neath’s Coushatta Chapel with Rev. Jonathan King officiating. Interment followed at Springhill Cemetery in Hall Summit, La. Mrs. Crawford passed away July 12, 2008 in Coushatta, Louisiana. She was born in Upsher County, Texas on February 7, 1923 to the late Marshall and Jessie Shackelford. She graduated from Livingston High School in 1940 and served in the Navy In World War II. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Heber Truman Crawford, her brothers, Lesta Shackelford, Arleigh Shackelford, Sammy Dale Shackelford and Billy Jack Shackelford; her sisters, Anna Faye Petty, Marie Baker, Johnnie Lou Lovett and Laura Nell Harrison. Mrs. Bonnie Crawford is survived by two sons, Dr. Lynn T. Crawford and Dr. Ray Scott Crawford; sisters, Delilah Fraylick of Phoenix, Ariz. and Imogene Landopt of Andrews, Texas; brother, David Lynn Shackelford of Helen, Montana; two grandchildren, Jennifer Crawford and Valerie Crawford and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Bill Walton Crawford, James Fraylick, William Shield, Stephen W. Slaughter, Terry Lovett and Joe Benoit.

Owen L. Bergman
TRINITY – Owen L. Bergman was born to Owen and Lehma Evans Bergman on Dec. 15, 1922 in a log house in Polk County and died July 15, 2008. He grew up in Groveton and was a graduate of Groveton High School. After graduating, he attended Texas A&M University until the outbreak of World War II, when he enlisted in the Naval Aviation Program. His outstanding performance in flight led to his selection for the service as a Marine aviator. After the war, he attended the University of Texas in Austin and began his career with Texaco, but he returned to service during the Korean conflict. Mr. Bergman ended his service and had earned the rank of lieutenant colonel. During his career in the oil business, he worked for Texaco and Sinclair covering several southern states for their tax departments, eventually heading his own independent oil exploration company. He retired in Groveton. He is preceded in death by his father and mother; brothers, Vernon, Joe Frank, Billy and grandson, Ryan Fitzpatrick Kennedy. Survivors include his wife, Janis Chandler Bergman; daughter, Holly Crane and husband Frank; sons, Clay and Rush Bergman and stepson, Bill Woodburn and wife Marie, also Joan and Richard Hoaglin; sister, Natalie Johnson; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services were held on Friday, July 18, at the First Methodist Church, with the Rev. Bagley and the Rev. Jones officiating. Burial followed in Glenwood Cemetery. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Martin “Bubba” Oliver
MAGNOLIA — Funeral services for Martin DeWayne “Bubba” Oliver, 52, were held Saturday, July 12, 2008, in the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel, Magnolia, with Pastor Glenn Addison officiating. Burial was in Holly Grove Cemetery, with graveside service by Pastor Billy Brackin officiating. Mr. Oliver died July 10, 2008 at his residence in Magnolia. He was born July 3, 1956 in Houston, the son of Lemuel Oliver and Fay Oliver Cain. He was preceded in death by his father and one sister, Pam “Sissy” Dodds. Survivors include his wife, Lora Oliver of Magnolia; mother, Fay Oliver Cain and husband Olan of Livingston; one brother, Randy Oliver and wife Gina of Conroe; three daughters, Melissa Clark and husband Dewey of Dobbin, Corissa May and husband Bobby of Magnolia and Marty Martinez and husband of Magnolia; nine grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Darrel Blasingame, Mike Conway, Carlton Kervin, Ray Kervin, Robert Murphy, Ronnie Murphy, Randy Oliver and John Shivers. Honorary pallbearers were Olan Cain, Jacob Clark, Mike Kervin, Hunter May and Arland Wilhite. Magnolia Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Frances Prater Eernisse
ALVIN — Funeral services for Frances Prater Eernisse, 78 of Onalaska, Texas, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2008 at First United Methodist Church in Alvin with Rev. Linda Snow officiating. Interment followed at South Park Cemetery in Pearland. She passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at Winchester Lodge Healthcare Center, Alvin, Texas. Frances was born on February 5, 1930 in Garden Valley, Texas and was a resident of Onalaska for 14 years. She was a teacher and a member of First United Methodist Church in Goodrich. During her lifetime Frances was a Cub Scout leader, baseball mom and was a member of First United Methodist Church, Alvin, Texas, Ladies Auxiliary for the Alvin Volunteer Fire Department, State Fireman’s and Fire Marshall’s Association Ladies Auxiliary, 56 year member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, National Teachers Association, GUMC Bridge Club and 2nd Wednesday Bridge Club of Alvin. Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley Eernisse; parents, Thomas Oren and Gatha Prater; sister, Lou Ann Turner and brother, Gerald Prater. Frances is survived by her three sons, Richard Eernisse and wife, Theresa of Oyster Creek, Texas, Dave Eernisse of Onalaska, Texas and Sam J. Eernisse of Onalaska, Texas; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Rex Klesel, Kendal Hunting, Olin Dyson, Travis Coursey, Ed Maples, Ken Dollary and Gene Maples. Arrangements were under the direction of the Scott Family in Alvin.

Margaret Louise Harris
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Margaret Louise Harris, 62, were held Wednesday, July 16, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Burial followed in Midway Cemetery. Mrs. Harris died on Saturday, July 12, in St. Luke’s Hospital – The Woodlands. She was born Oct. 19, 1945 in Houston, the daughter of Neal and Myrna Waters McKiddie. She was preceded in death by her mother her brothers, Charles Harris, Neal Wayne McKiddie and Lonny Harris. Survivors include her father, Neal McKiddie; daughters, Kathy Mecham and Jackie Ward; son, Michael Brown; grandchildren, Michael Mecham, Benjamin Mecham, Felisha Grace, Jennifer Grace, Amber Ward and Tiffany Ward; great-grandchildren, Taylin Mecham and Jenna Odom; brother, James McKiddie and sisters, Sue Williams and Myrna Gross.

Gladys May
LIVINGSTON – Gladys Jean Chatham May was born on Oct. 1, 1929 and died on July 4, 2008. Gladys had a lifelong passion for learning and teaching. She taught first and other elementary grades at four different schools for close to 40 years. During that time, she directly influenced the education of at least 1,000 children. Hundreds of others were influenced through Camp Invention and other volunteer teaching activities. As recently as April 2008, Gladys and her husband worked with the students from the Gifted and Talented Program at Livingston High School to research and locate the descendants listed in a family Bible. Gladys started playing piano at age 3 and learned to play by ear. She could also read music and was an accomplished keyboardist, frequently volunteering her time to play for church and community functions. Gladys played keyboard for Sunday services at Central Baptist Church. Through Project Learning Tree and Project Wild, she taught teachers how to engage their students in learning science and conservation. She received a certificate of appreciation for her work on the Keep Texas Beautiful campaign from Texas Governor Ann Richards. Her love for the natural world was evident in her avid interest in flowers, trees, birds and butterflies. In 1994, shortly after retiring a second time from teaching, Gladys was diagnosed with breast cancer. While she was undergoing chemotherapy, she meticulously transcribed a journal written by her husband’s greatgreat- grandmother. Sarah Jane Whatley made daily handwritten entries for 14 years, starting in 1881. Gladys published the journal as a book after she finished deciphering the handwriting and the archaic language of the time. While completing the project, a new obsession with genealogy and family history was born. Over 60 times she brought Sarah Jane’s persona to life for others in a lively monologue performed in costume. Gladys had several honors bestowed on her: Special Service award from Texas PTA for volunteer work at Roy Guess Elementary, Beaumont, where she was “Granny May” to 750 children; Polk County Educator of the Year 1992; LISD Teacher of the Year 1990; first American Association of University Women (AAUW) Woman of the Year; and recognition by the Polk County Heritage Society for her part in saving the Post Office mural “Buffalo Hunting.” She was a member of the Texas Association for Professional Educators (first president of local chapter), served as president and vicepresident of Polk County Chapter of AAUW, and vice-president of John Floyd Gilbert Chapter Daughters of the Republic of Texas and president for 1999-2001, and president of the Montgomery Genealogy and Historical Society. Gladys would like to be remembered as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, Christian, teacher, gardener, volunteer, genealogist, musician and friend. Gladys’s family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations by made to the New Waverly Public Library, Attn: Betty Smith, 9372 State Hwy. 75 South, New Waverly, TX 77358. The library’s cost for a children’s book is around $15. She is survived by her husband, Clifford, of Livingston; son, Keith and wife Brenda of Bowie, Md.; son, Mike and daughter, Melinda of Livingston; sister, Linda Mason and husband Bill of Conroe; sister, Carolyn Parrott of Carmel, Ind.; two grandsons, Cory and Marshall May of Bowie, Md.; and nieces and nephews, Justice Parrott and wife Amy, Anna Hall and husband David of Winchester, Calif., Jessica Carlson and husband Ben of Carmel, Ind., David Mason and wife Lauren of Lake Limestone, April Payne and husband Jason station ed in Okinawa, Japan, and Martha Newton and husband Andy of Braselton, Ga. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Cyrus W. Kugler
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Cyrus W Kugler, were held Thursday, July 17, 2008, at Pace Funeral Home, with Cyrus’s brother, Kim Kugler, officiating. Mr. Kugler was buried on July 18 in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Grand Prairie. Mr. Kugler died on July 15 in Hospice in the Pines in Lufkin after a long illness. He was born in Beaumont on Nov. 6, 1947 to George and Barbara Meyer Kugler. He was a Vietnam veteran. He liked to play golf and loved to play the drums. Preceding him in death is his father, George Kugler. Survivors include his mother, Barbara Kugler; his two sons, Kristan Kugler of Nederland and Casey Kugler of Groves; two brothers, Kim Kugler and wife Jackie of North Richland Hills and Dane Kugler of Port Arthur; his former wife, Donna Childress and one grandchild, Kyla Mae Kugler. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

 

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