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East Texas News - Obituaries
Polk County Enterprise - June 28, 2009 - July 12, 2009

Dennis Faye Creighton
LA PORTE – Dennis Faye Creighton died at the age of 50 on June 28, 2009. She was born on June 23, 1959, in Pasadena. She is preceded in death by her father, James Harville and grandson, Everett Pool. She is survived by her son, Damon (Cynithia) Williams of Portland, Ore; her daughter, Tasha (Micheal) Pool of Deer Park; mother, Oletha Lina of Livingston; sisters, Donna Simmons of San Leon and Deanna Patterson of Livingston; five grandchildren, Issacc and Rowan Williams and Chloye, Ashton and Jaxson Pool; two nieces, Donene Hayley and Heather Tyson; one nephew, Steven Simmons and a host of friends. Services were held at Grandview Funeral Home in La Porte on June 30. Burial was in Grandview Cemetery.

Jessie Mae Boykins
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Mae Boykins, 91, of Livingston and formerly of Lufkin will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2009, at Livingston Church of God in Christ with Elder Lang Prescott III officiating. Burial will follow in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lufkin. Pallbearers will be Gerry Chandler Jr., Terrance Prescott, Brandon Prescott, Ralph Figgs Jr., Michael Wyatt and Jamar Criswell. Honorary Pallbearers will be James Ray Hunt, Ralph Figgs Sr., Gary Criswell, Elder Melvin Stephens and Alonzo Petties. Mrs. Boykins was born Jan. 30, 1918, to the late Rev. J. H. McDonald and Mrs. Ardie Mae McDonald in Farwell, Louisiana. She died June 25, 2009, in Livingston. She is survived by her sisters, Maseline Criswell of Livingston, Lauretta Emerson of Sedalia, Missouri, Veree Bibbs of Ohio and Fayetta (James) Marion of Georgia. She attended Jack Yates High School, Texas Southern University, University of Southern California and Los Angeles State University. She was a member of the Baptist faith. She was a counselor dietitian for the Children’s Aid Society of New York. Duncan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William Gene Mikusek Jr.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for William Gene “Bill” Mikusek Jr., 51, of Livingston will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2009, in chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Deacon Mike Marion officiating. Interment will follow in the Garden Of Memories in Lufkin. Pallbearers will be Thomas Mikusek, Brandon Mikusek, Justin Mikusek, Mike Walker, Daniel Walker, Bubba Walker, Johnell Walding, Donald Cantrell, Ted Bright, Johnny Younger, Bill Young and Marty Cantrell. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Walding, Rex Holley, James Keith, Zack Chaney, Willie Burlson, Ryan Moscicki, Ryan Arnette, Roland Reeves and Gil Y’Barbo. He was born June 1, 1958 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., the son of William Mikusek Sr. and Jeanette Sutton Mikusek, and died on June 29, 2009 in Cleveland. He is preceded in death by his parents and nephew, Johnathon Mikusek. He was known as an awesome brother, uncle, godfather, and friend to all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Niki and Kris DeLacerda of Onalaska; sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Tommy Joe Walding of Moscow and Vickie and Mike Walker of Magnolia; brother, Thomas Mikusek of Willis; nephews, Brandon, Justin and Anthony Mikusek, Daniel Walker, Chris and Stef Walding and Johnell and Deann Walding; nephew and godson, Bubba Walker; niece, Ann Marie Walker; great-nephew, Conner Walding and great-nieces, Breanna, Cadence, Sierra and Caylee Walding. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh. com.

Edward Jackson McKey
LIVINGSTON – Edward Jackson McKey, 78, died on Sunday morning, June 28, 2009. Born Jan. 15, 1931, in Nacogdoches County, Mr. McKey lived in the Livingston area most of his life. A self-educated, hands-on man, he was known as a man with a can-do attitude who lived his life by the motto, “If the good Lord is willing.” Many knew him as Buddy, family knew him as Daddy or Grandpa and all knew him as “salt of the earth.” He fell victim to cancer in 1996 and battled it courageously for over 12 years until his death. Known as a dedicated Christian, Edward served the Lord as a devoted member of The Church by Christ Jesus in New Willard for more than 58 years. He considered his faith and membership to be one of his greatest accomplishments. He had enjoyed retirement since 1988 after having worked 30 years for the Texas Highway Department. He is survived by his wife and partner of 58 years, Enid Ruth Smith McKey; his four children and their spouses: son, Roy McKey and wife Vickie of Seward, Neb.; son, James McKey and wife Jackie of Conroe; daughter, Kathy Hollinger and husband Larry of Conroe and son, Dexter McKey and wife Michelle of Willis; 12 grandchildren and their spouses: Lana and Jason Martin, Joshua McKey, Jami McKey, Clay McKey, Tanya and Chris Sharron, Eric Hollinger, Jeremy and Mia McKey, Shaun McKey, Justin McKey, also Chad and Luisa McClung, Troy and Johnna Thomson and Eric and Jen Thomson; 11 great-grandchildren: Danielle Martin, Ty McKey, Daniel Sharron, Cole Sharron, Parker McKey, Isabella McClung, Benjamin Mc- Clung, Tanner Thomson, Tatum Thomson, Carter Thomson and Sadie Thomson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel Jackson McKey and Lillie Mae Fisher, also from the Livingston area, and eight of 15 siblings: D.J. McKey, Evan McKey, Lou Brooks, Ruby Stewart, Thelma McDaniel, Etta Hieronimus, Velma (Peg) Roy and Son McKey. He is also survived by his sisters, Bessie Owen, Liz Jenkins, Louise McShan and Marie Donaldson; his brothers, Lonnie McKey, James Stevens and youngest brother, Glen McKey, who considered Edward a father. A celebration of life memorial service was held Wednesday, July 1, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. Interment and a graveside service followed in Holhausen- Darby Historical Cemetery near Moscow. Donations in memory of Edward McKey may be made to Lighthouse Hospice, 200 River Pointe Dr., Suite 300, Conroe, Texas 77304.

Joa Mazine Horn Bickley
GREENSBORO, GA. – Joa Mazine Horn Bickley, 87, of Greensboro, Ga, died on Monday, June 29, 2009, in St. Joseph’s East Hospital in Greensboro. Born on Jan. 12, 1922, in Dallas County, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Ancel A. Horn and Calista Balfour Horn. She married William Clyde Bickley in 1941. They moved around the United States and Canada and eventually settled in Texas. She was known as someone who made a loving home for her family wherever they lived. After her husband’s death in 1988, she traveled a great deal with her friend, Marie Carter, including trips to Israel, Colorado and Alaska. She moved to Lawrenceville, Ga. in 2004 to live near her family. She was a homemaker and member of Cleveland Liberty Church. She also loved to sew and garden. Survivors include two daughters, Sara B. Folk and husband Mel of Greensboro, Ga, and Judi Mulder of San Jose, Calif.; two sons, Tad Bickley of Colorado Springs, Colo.,and Hunter Bickley of California; grandchildren, Cheryl Perrault, Lexie Wells, Shelby Bickley, Ryan Folk, Haylee Free, Chrissy Bickley, Philip Bickley, Casey Bickley, Sonya Lima and Hunter Mulder and numerous great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, at Peebles Cemetery in Goodrich, with the Rev. Bob White officiating. Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, and McCommons Funeral Home in Greensboro were in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guest register, go to mccommonsfuneralhome. com.

James Terry Smith
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for James Terry Smith of Livingston will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2009, at Central Baptist Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Barry Jeffries officiating. Burial will follow in Victory Place Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5- 9 p.m. Sunday, July 5, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. A full obituary will appear in the next available paper. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Myrtle Francis Laird
HOUSTON – Myrtle Francis Laird died on June 30, 2009, at her residence at the age of 100 years and 8 months. She is preceded in death by her husband, R.A. Laird Sr. and son, R.A. Laird Jr. She is survived by her son, Bobby Laird and wife Martha; numerous grandchildren and greatgrandchildren and several greatgreat- grandchildren. Services were held Friday, July 3, at Pat H. Foley Funeral Home in Houston, with interment in Center Grove Cemetery in Livingston.

Tom Josh “T.J.” Haynes
LIVINGSTON — Tom Josh “T.J.” Haynes, born March 1, 1910 in Kennard, died June 20, 2009 at Memorial Medical Center Livingston at the age of 99. He is preceded in death by his parents, Josh Tom and Polly Ann Haynes. He is survived by three daughters, Missionary Bertha Johnson of Livingston, Mattie J. Rauls of Trinity and Ruth Marie Smith (Berlin) of Houston; four sons, Matthew (Mary) of Houston, T.J. of Hunstville; Roosevelt of Dallas; Marlon (Donna) of Moscow and George (Linda) of Livingston; three daughter-in-laws, Lucyann, Elizabeth and Rosemary. He is also survived by 42 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren and 42 great-great-grandchildren along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Fred Miller, Robert Miller, Davis Miller, Jerry Miller, Timothy Haynes and Joe Miller. Honory pallbearers will be Matthew Haynes, Roosevelt Haynes, T.J. Haynes, George White, Sr., Marlon Dewalt, Xavier King, Sr., Jerry White and Tracy White. A funeral service will be Tuesday, July 7, at 11 a.m. at Gracehill Baptist Church with Rev. Kenneth Plattenburg presiding. Burial will follow at St. Andrews Cemetery in Onalaska. Duncan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



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