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East Texas News - Obituaries
Polk County Enterprise - June 21, 2009 - June 28, 2009

Patricia DeLeon Wheeler
LIVINGSTON — Patricia DeLeon Wheeler was born on April 20, 1935 and died on June 20, 2009. She was born on the DeLeon ranch in Victoria, to Sylvester Felix DeLeon and Aurelia Chapa DeLeon, heir of the famous aristocratic Spanish settler Empresario Don Martin DeLeon that was granted the DeLeon Colony by the king of Spain in the early 1800s. The DeLeon family founded Victoria and introduced to Texas many of the ranching, farming and banking techniques still in use today, as well as the first Spanish Catholic missions in south Texas. Preceded in death by her parents and sister Gloria, Patricia leaves behind her husband of 38 years, Darryl Wheeler of Livingston; three children and their families, James and Robin Carpenter, Gay and Larry Ruggiano and Mark Carpenter, all residing in Austin, and grandchildren, James, Elizabeth, Stephen, Allison and Ashley Carpenter; Justin, Nicole, and Brian Ruggiano and Natalie Carpenter, as well as, her “bonus” children by marriage, William Wheeler, Thomas Wheeler, Suzanne Gevelinger, Joanne May and Kevin Wheeler and their families, most of whom reside in Wisconsin. In all, she enjoyed 22 grandchildren and one great-grandson and considered them each a blessing. She was known as a fun-loving, devoted mother and wife who never met a stranger and always had a smile and room at her table for anyone who just “happened” to be there at supper time. She worked as a ticket agent for Texas International then Continental Airlines for 20 years, where she built many dear friendships. She was known as someone who never had an unkind word to say of anyone. She devoted much time to the kitchen brigade at the St. Ann Catholic Church in Coppell and Catholic Charities Thrift Shop, helping others in need. Mass was held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Livingston, on Wednesday, June 24, with a celebration of life following at Magnolia Lake RV Park Clubhouse, Goodrich. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave, Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 (www. alz.org). To sign the guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

Allie Frances Mosher
LIVINGSTON — Allie Frances Mosher, 91, was born in New Willard on July 29, 1917 and died on Saturday, June 20, 2009. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jasper and Helen Meece Courtney. She is survived by her daughters, Connie May Mosher, Leslie Dawn Gupton and Helen Gail Gabel and husband Jack; brother, Dawson Emmit Courtney and wife Ruth; sister, Ruby Mae Eckels; grandchildren, Clifford and Benjamin Gupton and Venessa Wier and great-grandchildren, Gage Ortego and Wyatt Wier- Gonzales. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 24, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Royce Pennington officiating. Interment followed in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

Sarah K. Havard DeSpain
CLEVELAND – Sarah K. Havard DeSpain, 90, of Gainesville, Mo. died Monday, June 22, 2009, in Mountain Home, Ark. Graveside services were held Wednesday at Ryan Cemetery in Tarkington Prairie under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. Mrs. DeSpain was born Jan. 8, 1919 in Cleveland, to parents Willis S. and Mary M. Cole Havard. She was a former member of Rural Shade Baptist Church and a retired nurse. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Quanah DeSpain and grandson, Michael David Aaron. Survivors include her sons, Joe Aaron and wife Barbara, Mike Aaron and wife Inez, Curtis DeSpain and wife Neva and Ronnie DeSpain and wife Carol; grandchildren, Robert Aaron, Dwayne Aaron, Chuck Perry, Jesse DeSpain, Cody DeSpain and Dewayne Walley; greatgrandchildren, Brandy Aaron, Amber Aaron, Ashley Aaron, Emily Aaron, Connor Aaron, Chandler Hansen, Brittney Walley, Stephen Walley, Tyler Walley, Lane Walley, Corbin Brock Chandler, Dayton Wayne DeSpain and Weston Marshall DeSpain; great-great-grandchild, Madison Marie Hall and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Lisa Jones
LIVINGSTON — Lisa Jones, 39, of Cleveland died on Monday, June 17, 2009. Graveside services were held Tuesday, June 23, in Pebble Grove Cemetery in Cameron. She was born April 13, 1970 in Wichita Falls, to parents Robert Jenkins and Victoria Villalobos. She is survived by her husband, Thomas Jones of Cleveland; children, Christopher Bryan Jones of Cleveland, Jason Alexander Jones of Cleveland, Hunter Alan Jones of Cleveland and Casey Elizabeth Jones of Cleveland; father, Robert Jenkins and wife JoAnn of Conroe; mother, Victoria Villalobos of Phoenix, Ariz. and brother, Tyson Raleigh of Conroe. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

David Earl Dalton
LIVINGSTON – David Earl Dalton, 67, of Livingston died Saturday, June 20, 2009, in Lufkin. He was born Aug. 7, 1941 in Easley, S.C., to parents Luther Dalton and Daisy Turner Dalton. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. He is survived by his wife, Hattie Foster Dalton of Livingston; daughter, Kay Dalton of South Carolina; son, David Dalton II of West Virginia; daughter, Kimberly Abbey of Houston; sister, Alpha Lockaby of South Carolina; brother, Bruce Dalton of South Carolina; six grandchildren; stepson, Kirk Foster of Livingston; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James and Angela Stephens of Livingston and many friends and co-workers at Wal-Mart. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

John Lee Ricks
HUMBLE — Funeral services for John Lee Ricks, 68, of Livingston will be held at 10 a.m. Friday June 26, 2009, in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Livingston with Rev. Carl Roth officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. in the Rosewood Cemetery in Humble. Visitation will be Thursday, June 25, 2009, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. John passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2009, in Humble. He was born January 20, 1941, in Columbus, Texas, to parents John W. Ricks and Lucy Bock Ricks. He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force. John loved to hunt, whether that be for deer, arrowheads or petrified wood. He also loved to fish. He also served his community, being a volunteer fireman and EMT in at the Stafford Fire Dept. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Ann Ricks of Livingston; daughters, Diana Anthony of Houston, Valerie Ricks of Houston and Dee Ann Adams of Conroe; son, Bennie Schovajsa Jr of Tomball, and brother, Douglas Ricks of Stafford. John is also survived by his adoring grandchildren Erica Anthony, Lauren Anthony, Meagan Ricks, and Heather Schovajsa. Serving as pallbearers will be Bennie Schovajsa Jr., Brian Adams, Douglas Ricks, Matthew Ricks, Clyde Williams, and Cecil Settle. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Please sign the online guest book at www. cochranfh.com

Jimmy Dale Dunnam
LIVINGSTON — Jimmy Dale Dunnam, 57, of Onalaska died Monday June 22, 2009, at his residence. He was born August 8, 1951, in Hale Center, Texas to parents Aubrey Chester Dunnam and Mozella Andrews Dunnam. He is preceded in death by his parents and stepson Michael Constitine Dodd, and step daughter Tabitha Jatawn Rushing Dunnam. Jimmy is survived by his wife, Violet Dunnam of Onalaska, daughter Angela Veronica Dunnam of Splendora, son Christopher Dwayne Dunnam of West Virginia; grandsons, Triston Michael Dunnam and Jesse James John Pawlowski, both of Splendora; brother, Bill Dunnam of Huntsville, Betty Dunnam of Livingston, sister, Wilma Lou Willit of Richards; and brothers Richard Dunnam of Franklin, and Roy Dunnam of Tomball. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements. Please sign the online guest book at www. cochranfh.com.

Mary Louise Haigler
LIVINGSTON – Graveside services for Mary Louise Haigler, 67, of Livingston were held Monday, June 22, 2009, in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nolan T. and Bertha Stokley Scruggs, and her husband, Donald “Jimmy” Haigler. She was born June 20, 1942, in Ellisville, Miss. and died June 20, 2009, in Livingston. She is survived by Donna and John Luchak, daughter and son-inlaw, of Houston; Pamela and Sam Fitch, daughter and son-in-law, of Houston; Steven Haigler, son, of Livingston; Barbara Tisdale, sister, of Ellisville, Miss. and grandchildren, Kristan Luchak, Jared Luchak, Macey Gilbert, Sam Fitch Jr., Danielle Fitch and Taylor Fitch. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Nora Lea Myers
LIVINGSTON — Nora Lea Myers, 82, was born Dec. 29, 1926 in Port Neches and died June 21, 2009 in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston. She is preceded in death by her husband, John Myers; parents, Henry and Ada Sterling Campbell and daughter, Linda Kay. Her survivors include her two sons, John M. Myers Jr. and wife Jeanette and James R. Myers Sr. and wife Irene; six grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Chapel services were held Tuesday, June 23, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Don Wilkey officiating. Internment followed in Phelps Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ray Myers, Dan Myers, Johnny Myers, Zac Myers, Tyler Myers and Justin Lopez. Honorary pallbearers were Jordan Myers, Dristin Myers and Bianna Myers. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral home.

Benjamin Aberham Anderson
LIVINGSTON — Benjamin Aberham Anderson, 81, of Livingston died on Saturday, June 20, 2009. Memorial services were held Tuesday, June 23, 2009, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Phil Corbett officiating. He was born Nov. 19, 1927, in Ottawa, Ill., to parents Lawrence F. Anderson and Mary M. Reed Anderson. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Emma Anderson and Marie Dennis; daughter, Lora Lee Linn; brothers, James Anderson, Richard Anderson, Lawrence Anderson and Harold Anderson and great-granddaughter, Nadell Meadows. He is survived by his daughter, Betty M. Suarez of Livingston; sons, Benjamin A. Anderson Jr., Roland J. Anderson and Raymond L. Anderson; brothers, Ralph Anderson; sisters, Hazel Sedar, Elsie Neurohr and Phyllis Anderson; 22 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Dylan Smith, Tylor Smith, Christopher Smith, D.J. Smith, Rudy Rosson and Travis Anderson. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Nora Ann Moulder
ROMAYOR — Funeral services for Nora Ann Moulder, 51, of Romayor will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 25, 2009 at the First Baptist Church of Romayor with burial following at the Romayor Cemetery. Visitation was held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. Services are under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland. Nora was born Nov. 17, 1957, in Cleveland, to parents Lawrence K. Moulder Sr. and Jacquline Allen Moulder. She is survived by her parents, Kenneth and Jackie Moulder; grandparents, Claude and Ruby Allen and Emmett and Roxie Moulder; brothers, L. Kenneth Moulder Jr. and Braidy Allen Moulder; nephews, Garrett Moulder and Kevin Moulder; niece, Hannah E. Moulder and numerous other relatives and friends.

Verlyn Craig Kellar
CLEVELAND — Verlyn Craig Kellar, 50, of Conroe, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2009 at Conroe Regional Medical Center. He was born in Conroe, Texas on May 11, 1960 to Roynel and Jerry Kenneth Kellar. He lived his early years in Shepherd; being the first of three siblings. He was self-employed working in the oil and gas industry as a consultant. He found relaxation on the back of his Harley Davidson and gathering for memorable cookouts. He is preceded in death by his father, Jerry Kenneth Kellar and his beloved dog “Cowgirl.” Survivors include his sons, Chancey Wayne Kellar and wife, Robin and Chase Alan Kellar; daughter, Bridgette Reneé Kellar- Lindley and husband, John Jr.; grandchildren, Faith Diane Kellar and Justin Blake Lindley; mother, Roynel Kellar; grandpa, Dewey Meadows; brothers, Karl Kellar and wife, Melody and Sammy Kellar; nieces, Kasha Kellar and Courtnei Kellar; nephews, Taylor Kellar and Garrett Kellar; and his special pals, (2 birds) Bonnie and Clyde. He is also survived by many other cherished family members and treasured friends beyond measure. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 22, 2009 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, in Cleveland with interment at Barbers Hill Cemetery, Mount Belvieu, Texas. Pallbearers will be Chancey Kellar, Chase Kellar, Karl Kellar, Sammy Kellar, Taylor Kellar and Bobby Sheets honorably escorted him to his final resting place.

Wendell Riley
LIVINGSTON — Wendell Riley, born Aug. 17, 1927 in Tulsa, Okla., died on June 19, 2009 at the age of 81. Mr. Riley was past president of the Texas State Hospital Purchasing Assoc. He was also an avid golfer. His family includes his wife of 61 years, Betty; son, Roger Earl Riley and wife Mary; daughter, Lucy Cansler; brother, Ross Riley and wife Mary; sister, Betty Jo Western and husband George; four grandchildren, Jennifer Cansler, Kelly Riley, Karen Riley and Rebecca Cansler and three greatgrandchildren, Lucy Lin Cansler, Julie Hemphill and Destiny Hemphill. A celebration of Wendell’s life was held Tuesday, June 23, at Pace Funeral Home. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.



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