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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
July 2010
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LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Sam Ellis Davis, 82, of Livingston were held Sunday, July 11, 2010, at Providence Church No. 1 in Leggett, with the Rev. Ronnie Coleman officiating. Interment followed in New Wensley Cemetery in Leggett. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568 of Livingston. He was born May 5, 1928 in Leggett, the son of Sam F. Davis and Tempie Jefferson Davis, and died July 8, 2010 in Livingston. He is survived by his sisters, Alice Jackson of Nacogdoches, Lee Etta Flenory of Pt. Arthur, Elizabeth Crawford of Houston, Norvie Jessie of Leggett, Dorothy White of Silsbee and Mary Joyce Davis of Leggett and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Nellie Louise Atchley, 87, of Livingston will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 15, 2010, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home, with the Rev. Barry Jeffries officiating. Interment will follow in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers will be Mike Johnson, Russell Rogers, Brandy Vickery, Amanda Fonville and Brian Martin. She was born July 24, 1922 in Nash, the daughter of Walter Bee Jones and Annie A. Donahue Jones, and died July 11, 2010 in Livingston. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, Ann and Charles Payne, Edith and J.P. Parkman; nieces, Laura Ann Martin, Helen Kay, Amanda Fonville and Barbara Gibby and nephew, Mike Johnson. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

CORRIGAN — Services for Donald Keith Phillips, 35, of Corrigan were held Saturday, July 10, 2010, at the First Baptist Church in Corrigan. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan, with Bro. Leslie Wilkinson officiating. He was born on Feb. 25, 1975 and died on July 7, 2010. He was known as the best brother and uncle anyone could ask for. He loved his family and friends with all his heart. Keith graduated from Corrigan-Camden High School in 1994 and attended Angelina College for two years. He worked for Brookshire Bros. for over 10 years and loved greeting the customers with a smile. He is preceded in death by his parents, Don and Sue Phillips and grandparents, M.C. Phillips, Carrie Carlisle, Lela Herrington and Hamp Herrington. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Kim and Roland Popham of Corrigan; niece, Dorothy Popham; aunt, Nell Phillips of Garrison; cousins, Danny and Belinda Phillips of Garrison, Blake and Casey Phillips of Garrison and Debby Mosher of Nacogdoches and many, many special friends. Pallbearers were Roland Popham, Danny Phillips, Blake Phillips, Randy Bridges, Shane Dykes, Blake Dykes, Toto Flores and Jym Lewis.

LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Lawrence “Tex” Battise, 75, of Livingston were held Thursday, July 8, 2010, at the Indian Village Assembly of God Church on the Alabama-Coushatta Reservation, with the Rev. David Busby officiating. Interment followed in the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ray Battise, Dwayne Battise, John Battise, Bruce Battise, Gervin Polite, Cedric Polite and Jacob Robinson. Honorary pallbearer was Liza Johnson. He was born May 23, 1935 in Polk County, the son of Tom and Hazel Pierre Battise, and died July 5, 2010 in Woodville. He is survived by Maudine Battise Abbey and Lloyd, daughter and son-in-law, of Oberlin, La.; Elvis and Diane Battise, son and daughter-inlaw, of Livingston; Jeralyn Battise Mullins, daughter, of Livingston; grandchildren, Monae Battise, Ray Battise, Dwayne Battise, John Battise, Monique Hernandez, Wilson Battise Mullins, Cedric Polite and Gervin Polite and great-grandchildren, Chantell Battise, Shakyla Battise, Bruce Battise Jr., Leila Battise, Alicea Battise, Lenai Battise, Tairia Robinson, Izabella Robinson, Lendrick Polite, Selynn Polite and Tessah Tipton. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

LIVINGSTON — Daniel Webster Battise was born on Sept. 22, 1917 on the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation in Polk County and passed away on July 2, 2010. At 92 years old, his vibrant personality and great sense of humor were well known. He was preceded in death by his father, Oscar Battise and mother, Hettie Battise (Henderson); by his wife, Ludie Battise; five sisters and two brothers. He is survived by sister, Lucine Featherhoff; sister, Esla Dodd; daughter, Jacquelyn Battise and son-in-law James Clark; daughter, Sylvia King and son-in-law, Gerald King; granddaughter, Dr. Lana White-King and her husband Ricky White; grandson, Kevin King; grandson, Scott King and great-grandchildren, Michael, Todd and Tate’ King and Mememgwa Butterfly White. Daniel carried the eagle feather staff – a great honor reserved for respected Native American combat veterans at Indian gatherings. Daniel was a highly-decorated World War II veteran. He went to Houston to join the Army in 1940 and served in one of the last horse cavalries. He was doing maneuvers in Louisiana when he was “volunteered” for the First Special Service Force, a joint U.S.-Canadian unit that became the first military Special Forces unit. During World War II, he saw combat in the Aleutian Islands, North Africa, Italy and Southern France with the FSSF. After the war, he married Ludie Williams (Coushatta) and started a family. He moved to Chicago, where he worked as an iron worker. He was a founding member of the Chicago American Indian Center. In the 1990’s Daniel and his beloved wife returned to Texas to live on the Alabama-Coushatta reservation. He had a real passion for life and good food. He never thought of himself as a “storyteller” yet he has touched many with his varied and great stories. Daniel loved life and people and he lived to the fullest. He attended FSSF reunions and enjoyed travel, sports, Indian pow wows and kept in close contact with many friends and loved ones. He will be missed for his courage, perseverance, humor and great dedication to his people.


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