Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
Posted for June 28, 2008 - July 6, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company

James Alan Vanderhider
LIVINGSTON -- James Alan Vanderhider, 54, of Lake Jackson died on Sunday, June 15, 2008, in Houston. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 18, in Concord Baptist Church in Rye, with the Rev. Edwin Hendrix officiating. Burial followed in Concord Cemetery in Rye. Mr. Vanderhider was born Jan. 13, 1954 in Liberty, to parents James H. Vanderhider and Ora Gertrude Reed Vanderhider. He is preceded in death by his father; mother-in-law, Estelle Lambright Manshack and sister in law, Sylvia Ann Manshack. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Kathy Manshack Vanderhider of Lake Jackson; son, Zac Vanderhinder and daughter, Ali Vanderhider, both of Lake Jackson; his mother, Gertie Vanderhider of Abilene; sister and brother-in-law, Carole and Larry Keddie; brothers, R.L. Manshack of Rye and Dee Manshack of Clark; sisters and brothers-inlaw, Wanda and Bill Ericson of Lake Jackson and Joanie and Joe Lowe of Rye; and father-in-law, Amos Manshack of Romayor and brother and sister-in-law, Carl Reed and Cherry Vanderhider. Serving as pallbearers were Jack Pinkerton, Bryan Ericson, R.L. Manshack, Dee Manshack, Dee Manshack Jr., Joe Lowe, Joe Manning Jr. and Bill Ericson. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Leroy C. Johnson, Jr.
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Leroy C. Johnson Jr., 53, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 19, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Gene Shinn officiating. Burial will follow in West Tempe Cemetery. Mr. Johnson died on Thursday, June 12, in Livingston. He was born on Jan. 19, 1955 in Houston, the son of Leroy and Dorothy Lindley Johnson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pam Kay Johnson and brothers, David Wayne Johnson, Louis Yarbrough and Bill Hopkins. Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Johnson of Onalaska; father and stepmother, Leroy and June Johnson of Houston; sons, Leroy Clifton Johnson III of Houston and Cole Johnson of Houston; grandson, Adrian Johnson of Houston; brothers, Charles Dean Johnson of Livingston, Russell Allen Yarbrough of Onalaska and Clayton Yarbrough; sisters, Lynnette Yarbrough Whatley of Onalaska and Sheran Kay Yarbrough Houston and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members and friends. Pallbearers will be Bill Lindley, Jessy Lindley, Steve Lindley, Buddy Paul Whatley, C.D. Johnson and Travis Lindley. Honorary pallbearer will be Darrell Barfield.

Robert Rosslyn Jones, Jr.
Funeral services for Robert Rosslyn Jones, Jr., 66, were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2008 in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Don Wilkey officiating. Burial followed in the Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska, Texas. Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 17, 2008. Mr. Jones passed away at the Timberwood Nursing Home, in Livingston, Texas, June 14, 2008. Robert was born June 8, 1942, to Robert Rosslyn and Dortha Mullndore Jones, Sr., who preceded him in death. Robert loved to fish. He was with Tex Marc for 30 years, a member of the VFW, American Legion and fire school. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Onalaska. Survivors include his wife, Diane Jones; stepson, Jerry Smith and wife Tammy of Humble, Texas; daughter, Tammara Jones; sisters, Linda Kacsito and husband John of Orange Beach, Ala.; Jackie McLauchlin and husband Howard of Berrien Spring, Mich.; two step-grandchildren Lauren and Sarah Smith as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were J.W. Smith, Jr., Dr. Pat LeBlanc, John Kacsito and Howard McLauchlin. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the on line guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com

A.K. Rhodes III
LIVINGSTON – A.K. Rhodes III, known as Trey to all his friends, died at the age of 50. He was born Oct. 19, 1957to Gus and Barbara Rhodes of Channelview. He is preceded in death by his brother, Kieth Rhodes and grandbaby Trey. Survivors include two sisters, Deanean and husband Jimmy Oswalt of Livingston and Candy and husband Mike Huett of Katy; five children, A.K. “Dusty” and wife Sandra Rhodes, Allan and wife Elizabeth Rhodes and Amanda Burks, all from Princeton, Ind., and Tawny and husband Brian Moore and Tiffany Rhodes, all of Livingston; 11 grandchildren, twins Ace and Abby Rhodes, Jaslin and Ashton Rhodes, Mike and Cheyenne Howard, Dalton Burks, Heaven Raspberry, Sage Trevino and Carbon and Peyton Douglas and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Rhodes was proud of his union club for the retired or disabled pipefitters, where he served as sergeant-of-arms. He was a pipefitter at Local Union No. 211 in Houston. He had been disabled since 1997. Services celebrating his life were held June 10, 2008 at San Jacinto Funeral Home. Burial followed in San Jacinto Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Jimmy Oswalt, Mike Huett, Michael Huett Jr., Brian Moore, Allan Rhodes, Dusty Rhodes and Mac Pagant.

Fred Palmer Garney
LIVINGSTON – Fred Palmer Garney, 72, of Livingston died on Wednesday, June 18, 2008. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 22, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Harold Isaacs officiating. Mr. Garney was born on July 4, 1936 in Houston, to parents John and Vacel Childress Garney, both of whom preceded him in death. He graduated from Jeff Davis High School with honors then went on to graduate from Rice University in 1959 magna cum laude. He is survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Daisy Mae Garney; stepson, Jim Miller and wife Lonnie of Livingston; daughters, Debby G. White of Haviland, Kan., Pattie Garney of Livingston and Paula Mitchell and husband Greg of Scottland, Conn.; sister, Sandra Dacus of Walnut, Calif.; nephew, Kelly Roberts of Walnut, Calif.; six grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Maxine LeBlanc
LIVINGSTON -- Maxine LeBlanc, 99, of Livingston died on Tuesday, June 17, 2008, in Pine Ridge Nursing Home. Funeral services were held Friday, June 20, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Frank Hood officiating. Burial followed in Restland Memorial Park. Mrs. LeBlanc was born on Jan. 2, 1909 in Fastral, to parents Leroy and Nora Stucky Dodson. She married H.F. LeBlanc on Oct. 31, 1926 in Kirbyville. Together they raised their family and owned Speed Cleaners for many years. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, H.F. LeBlanc; sons, Charles LeBlanc and Joe Lee LeBlanc; brother, Harry Dodson and sister, Christine Brown. She is survived by her daughters, Frances Baker of Livingston and Helen Reynolds and husband James of Livingston; daughter-in-law, Bessie LeBlanc; grandchildren, Charles Ray LeBlanc, Joe David LeBlanc, Jerry LeBlanc, Howard LeBlanc, Jo Helen Hester, Kathy Taylor, Lynn Henderson, Martha Lewis, Mary Zambada, Steve Baker and Bill Baker; 12 greatgrandchildren and 18 great-greatgrandchildren. Serving as pallbearers were Charles Ray LeBlanc, Joe LeBlanc, Howard LeBlanc, Jerry LeBlanc, Chase LeBlanc, Matthew LeBlanc, Keith Hester, Steve Baker and Lynn Henderson. Honorary pallbearers were Chuck LeBlanc, Tyler LeBlanc, Stephen Herrera, Jody Baker, Billy Baker, Rebecca Dominy and Shannon Day. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

H.R. Foster
LIVINGSTON -- H.R. Foster, 89, of Corrigan died on Wednesday, June 18, 2008. Graveside services were held Saturday, June 21, with the Rev. Billy Bracken officiating. Mr. Foster was born on Nov. 18, 1918 in Bering, to parents Henry R. and Ethel Cox Foster. He is preceded in death by his parents; his former wives, Marion L. Foster and Mary Foster; daughter, Patricia Ann Perry; grandchild, Carol Ann Crawford; great-great-grandchild, Joe Foster and brothers, Joe Foster and Virgil Foster. Survivors include his daughter, Mary J. Clark; grandchildren, Katy Lopez, Victoria Bonura, Marion Dunbar and Paul Perry Jr.; great-grandchildren, Robert, Nick, Chad, Paula, Jennifer, Quinton, Joshua, Brandon, Elizabeth, Joshua, Heather, Kelly, Rachel Brittney, Chris and Tony; his sister, Thelma Miller and seven great-great-grandchildren. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Mona Ray Land Cassity
LIVINGSTON – Mona Ray Land Cassity of Livingston died Friday, June 20, 2008 in Kingwood. Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Monday, June 23, 2008 in the Cochran Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Frank Hood officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday June 24, 2008 in the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Edna, Texas. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday June 22, 2008 at Cochran Funeral Home. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. A full obituary will appear in Thursday’s paper. Please sign the online guest book at www. cochranfh.com.



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