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East Texas News - Obituaries
Polk County Enterprise - May 31, 2009 - June 14, 2009

Dellavina Dunham
LIVINGSTON — Dellavina Dunham, 76, died peacefully Tuesday, June 2, 2009, in Livingston. Visitation services for family and friends were held Wednesday, June 4, and Thursday, June 5, at Cochran Funeral Home. She was born June 12, 1932 in Woodbine, to parents L.V. Martin and Eva Young Martin. She is preceded in death by her parents and one granddaughter, Jennifer Lister. She is survived by her daughter, Donna Lister and husband Richard of Livingston; sons, Kenneth Cannon of Pasadena and David Cannon and wife Cathy of Fletcher, Okla.; brother, Wayne Martin of Dallas; sister, Rose Bockley of Long Beach, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Shane West, Shay Budinger, John Lister, Michel Mills, Denise Cowell, Kelly Lewis and Mollie Tehauno, and 11 great-grandchildren, Samantha Mills, Lauren Mills, Allison Mills, Kristina Cowell, Justice Budinger, Chance Budinger, Haley West, Leslie Tehauno, James Tehauno and Audrey Lewis. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Lynn Marie Barrett
ONALASKA — Lynn Marie Barrett, 63, of Point Blank died on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, in Conroe. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 8, in the Cochran Funeral Home Onalaska Chapel, with the Rev. Dale Snell officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery in Oakhurst. Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Sunday, June 7, also in the Cochran Funeral Home Onalaska Chapel. She was born June 25, 1945 in Chicago, Ill., to parents Robert and Patricia Kroll Schoenke. She worked for Exxon Mobile for 27 years, retiring as a coordinator. She is survived by her husband, Paul Barrett of Point Blank; mother, Pat Schoenke of Point Blank; sons, Damon Massie and wife Shelia Wyatt of Point Blank and Andy Medrano and wife Laurie of De Ridder, La.; grandchildren, Kahlil Massie, Haley and Heidie Smart and Hayden Medrano and her sister, Joyce Mosie husband Charles of Rosharon. Serving as pallbearers will be Bob Henson, Steven Vercher, Clinton Lahman, Russell Clements, Alvin Wyatt and J.R. Williamson. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Carlos E. Palomo
LUFKIN — Funeral services for Carlos E. Palomo, 47, of Leggett, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 7, 2009 in the Carroway- Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin with Pastor Alex Mantilla officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Carroway- Claybar Funeral Home. Mr. Palomo was born Oct. 12, 1961 in San Salvador, EI Salvador, to Rosa A. (Gomez) and Richard T. Palomo, and died Monday, June 1, 2009 in Pasadena. He had resided in Leggett for 16 years. Mr. Palomo was very active and loved the outdoors. Survivors include his daughter, Claudia A. Palomo of Lufkin; son, Carlos S. Palomo of Diboll; God-daughter, Bailey Wilson of Moscow; granddaughter, Janahie Aldaco of Lufkin; mother, Rosa A. Palomo of Lufkin; father, Richard T. Palomo of Odessa; brother and sister-in-law, Richard A. and Tamela A. Palomo of Lufkin; as well as numerous other relatives and friends. Mr. Palomo was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Angela and Ricardo Wenseslaw. The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Carroway-Claybar

Ellen Marie Buffington
LIVINGSTON — Ellen Marie Buffington, 27, of Huntsville died on Thursday, May 4, 2009. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 10, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Randy Findley officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery, where the Texas Department of Corrections Honor Guard gave a 21-gun salute to their comrade. Ellen was born May 26, 1982 in Woodville, to parents Charles A. Buffington and Janet Rosenow Buffington. She is preceded in death by her father and nephews, Perry James Spore Jr., Damian Charles Lawhon and Leonard Wilkerson Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Kaylee Elise VanParys of Livingston; mother, Janet Buffington of Livingston; brothers, Daniel Buffington and wife Tana of Beaumont, Dwayne Buffington and wife Shelly of Lufkin, Adam Spore and wife Cindy of Baytown, Allen Spore and wife Stephanie of Livingston, Perry Spore and wife Lisa of New Caney and Robert Spore of Missouri; sisters, Donna Wilkerson and husband Leonard of Junction and Darlene Atkinson and husband Eric of Lufkin; brother, Mark Leroy Spore of Iowa; her sisters-in-law, Tammy Spore of Livingston and Jenny Spore of Cleveland and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives. Serving as pallbearers were Daniel Buffington, Dwayne Buffington, Adam Spore, Allen Spore, Perry Spore, Robert Spore, Mark Spore and Karl “Scooter” Spore. Honorary pallbearers were Texas Department of Corrections guards. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. to sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Marian Chiles Judd
FREEPORT – Marian Chiles Judd, 89, died on June 5, 2009. She was born Sept. 13, 1919 in Rockford, Ill. to the late Claude B. and Madge Chiles. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago for three years, during which time she met Benjamin F. Judd Jr., a Presbyterian minister. They married on May 3, 1942 and lived first in Wrangell, Alaska, then in Chillicothe, Ohio, where they raised their four children. They retired in 1976 to Northern Wisconsin, where for over 20 years they had vacationed. In 1995, after 53 years of marriage, Ben died. In her 80s, Marian traveled to England and Scotland, attended elder hostels in Nova Scotia and the coast of Surinam, where she found and counted sea turtle eggs. Several years later, she moved with her daughter and son-in-law, Chris and Jesse Cole, to Texas and later was joined by her daughter, Anne Judd. She died at home with the care of hospice and her daughter, Chris. She was known as someone who loved life, her church and her family and who taught her family how to be as she was in life: loving, kind, confident and optimistic. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, traveling and constantly learning about and sharing her love of nature. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and her husband, Benjamin F. Judd Jr. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Benjamin F. Judd III and Stephanie; daughter and son-in-law, Claudia and Mark Quehl; daughters, Christina Cole and Anne Judd; four grandchildren, Brett Quehl, Kari Graf and husband B.J., Justin Cole and wife Valerie and Benjamin F. Judd IV. Following cremation, a memorial service will be held in Minong, Wis., where her ashes will join her late husband Ben’s at their beloved Horseshoe Lake. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the First Presbyterian Church building fund in Gordon, Wis. Freeport Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Andrew George Andries
LIVINGSTON — Andrew George Andries, 66, was born on Feb. 22, 1943 in Elmer, La. and died on Tuesday, May 9, 2009. Mr. Andries was a maritime longshoreman for many years. He enjoyed country music and dancing. He is survived by his wife, Lottie Faye Andries; son, Allen Andries and wife Donna; daughter, Debbie Andries; stepsons, Benny Gambini and wife Glenda and Joe Gambini and wife Kim; brothers, Billy Andries and wife Ima and Joe Andries and wife Sue; grandchildren, Drew Andries and Spencer Andries and stepgrandchildren, Chris Gambini, Brittany Gambini, and Kayle. He is preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Joseph and Ruth Alberta Melder Andries and his sister, Dorothy Mathews. Visitation was Wednesday, June 10, at Pace Funeral Home with a Rosary that evening. Burial will be in Elmer Cemetery in Louisiana. To sign the guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

Steve Pesa
LUFKIN — Steve Pesa, 47, of Diboll was born Dec. 3, 1961, in Prkovci, Croatia, and came to the United States at the age of 16 years. He became a naturalized citizen in 1988. He died on Monday, June 8, 2009, in a local hospital. Steve was a salesman for Gabriel- Jordan Ford. He was known as a loving husband and son, and was devoted to his children. He was known for his friendliness, never met a stranger, and was quick to make a joke. Steve enjoyed fishing and was a gardener with a green thumb. He had an enormous garden this year. He served in the United States Army for seven years and the Army National Guard for two years. Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Pesa of Diboll; daughters, Kristin, Amanda, Lianna and Bethany, all of Diboll; son, Cody of Diboll; father and stepmother, Anton and Barbara Pesa of Willoughby Hills, Ohio; sister, Cindy Pesa of Willoughby Hills, Ohio; mother-in-law, Pansy Lange of Bartlett; brother-in-law, Greg Lange of Temple and a number of other family members and friends. Steve was preceded in death by his mother, Ana Pesa and father-inlaw, Franklin Lange. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 12, in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Frank Young officiating. Interment will follow in Ryans Chapel Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Gipson Funeral Home.

William Douglas “Bill” Rogers
AUSTIN — William Douglas Rogers, formerly of Austin, died on June 2, 2009 in Conroe Regional Medical Center. Mr. Rogers was born Dec. 5, 1944 in Hollywood, Calif., the son of Jack Wyndall Rogers Sr. and Dorothy Cuthbertson Rogers. Bill lived in Onalaska, managing real estate, after retiring from Wild Bill’s Marina on Lake Livingston. Previously he served in executive positions in Austin, Houston, Brownsville and Florida. Bill, sometimes known as Houston Fats, was known as someone who was lovable, tough, wild, free as a bird, yet steady, strong and solid as a rock. Friends and family say he was a get it done, call if you need help, whoop it up, never sit still, competitive, talk your way in or out of anything guy with a zest for life. Always in the center of a crowd, he could tell jokes nonstop all day and night, but also save your life, your wallet, your ego, or your face if the going got tough, family and friends say. Whether he was running a filling station, maintaining a golf course, renting and driving ski boats, moving houses; or, later, managing real estate, investment, heavy equipment, construction or accounting companies; guiding hunting trips into Mexico; or running a marina, he was all in, all Bill, all the time. Having lived in Japan as the son of an Air Force pilot, he received awards himself for distinguished service in the Texas National Guard at Fort Bliss in El Paso. Through Austin High School and a business degree at the University of Texas, it was cut-offs and barefoot, on the lake, working and playing, lively, personable, fun and effective. Then to Houston with trail rides and rodeos, pool halls and whiskey, family and friends, pickin’ and grinnin’, business in the Golden Triangle, friends say he’d work hard and party from dawn until nearly dawn again, and, if any friend needed help, he was there. He is survived by his son, William Traeton Rogers of Onalaska; his daughter, Debra Chantelle Bush of Austin; two brothers, Jack Wyndall Rogers Jr., of Auburn, Ala. and Charles Thomas Rogers of Houston; three grandchildren; and four nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, in Austin Memorial Park Cemetery. Flowers may be sent to Austin- Peel & Son Funeral Home, 607 E. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX, 78752 or donations made to UTMB Hurricane Recovery Fund: https:// www.utmb.edu/recoveryfund/ Contribute/Gift.asp

James Rice
CORRIGAN – Funeral services for James Rice, 91, of Corrigan will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 13, 2009, in the Mayo Chapel Baptist Church in Corrigan. Interment will follow in Union Springs Cemetery, Corrigan. A wake service will be held from 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 12, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel.

Joe Leon Dial
GROVETON – Funeral services for Joe Leon Dial, 76, of Groveton were held Sunday, June 7, 2009, at Groveton Funeral Home, with Bros. Neil Kemper and Rodney Langley officiating. Interment followed in Glenwood Cemetery. Mr. Dial died on June 5 in Lufkin. He was born April 2, 1933 in Trinity County. He was a member of the Church of Christ, Holland Ave. Lodge, Eastern Star Lodge No. 284 AF&AM, Arabian Temple Scottish Rite and life member of HLSR Old Timers Electrical League of Houston. He was the retired owner of Dial Electrical Controls. He was preceded in death by his parents, Reed and Tiney Dial and mother and father-in-law, Bud and Orel Jones. Survivors include his wife, Frances Jones Dial of Groveton; daughter and son-in-law, Lydia and Bob Dockens of Woodlake; daughter, Lana Dial of Houston; grandson and wife, Matt and Amber Hawkins of Groveton; brother and sister-in-law, Tony and Karen Dial of Navasota; granddaughters and spouses, Debbie and Tim McCure of Ft. Worth and Sally and Lee Fazzino; great-grandchildren, Reed Hawkins of Groveton and Alma Marie, Mary Frances, Kathryn, Olivia and Rosemary Fazzino; brother-in-law and sister-in-law and niece, Bill, Darla and Kelly Avery and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Joe Ned Dean, Don LaRoe, Anthony Page, Vance Dial, Lindel Dial and Brint Dial. Honorary pallbearers were W.B. Due, P.D. Hamilton, Norris Legg, Dennis Ermis, Winston Dial, Larry Pecht and Mac Stevenson. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.



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