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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
For the Week of February 25, 2007 - March 4, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Charles David LeBlanc
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Charles David LeBlanc, 70, were held Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Frank Hood and the Rev. Bryan Dickens officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Hill Cemetery.
Mr. LeBlanc died Wednesday, Feb. 7, at his residence in Livingston.
He was born April 11, 1936 in Kirbyville, the son of H.F. and Maxine Dodson LeBlanc. He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Joe Lee LeBlanc and grandson, David Clifton LeBlanc.
Survivors include his wife, Bessie LeBlanc of Livingston; sons and daughters-in-law, Charles Ray and Jean LeBlanc of Livingston, Joe David LeBlanc of Livingston; Jerry Lee and Debbie LeBlanc of Livingston and Howard LeBlanc of Livingston; mother, Maxine LeBlanc; sisters, Frances Baker of Livingston and Helen Reynolds of Trinity; grandchildren, Stephen Herrera and wife Kari, Chuck LeBlanc, Matthew LeBlanc, Jody Owen and husband Trey, Kayla LeBlanc, Keely Goodwin and husband Travis, Rebecca Dominy and husband Mark, Chase LeBlanc and Tyler LeBlanc; great-grandchildren, Maia Herrera and Ava Beth Owen; two great-grandchildren on the way and special friends, Pauline King, Doris Grimes, Shirley Y’Barbo, Shirley Cox, Bobbie Ott, Lynn Howard, Barbara Coley, Henrietta Carter, Maxine Mangrum and Sara Cox.
Pallbearers were Stephen Herrera, Chuck LeBlanc, Chase LeBlanc, Matthew LeBlanc Tyler LeBlanc, Lynn Henderson, Keith Hester and Wesley Green. Honorary pallbearers were Rebecca and Mark Dominy, Jody and Trey Owen, Kayla LeBlanc, Kelly and Travis Goodwin, Kari Herrera, N.D. Rice, Otis Campbell, Raymond Campbell, James Gibson, Randle Barrett, Pete Tolar, Clarke Evans, Ben Ogletree, Bennie Ray Marsh, Joe David Grimes, Billy Coley, Bobbie Cox, Walt Wilkerson, Henry Ager, Doug Bell, Billy Cox, Matt Murphy, Tommy Murphy, Wayne Hubert, Jim Hill Avery, Roy Sanders, Shorty Clamon, Justin Cude, Buford Polvadore, Corky Cochran, Gene Bush, Frank McQueen and Bo Tolar.

Virginia Lee Myers
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Virginia Lee Myers were held Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, in the First United Methodist Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Don Willis and the Rev. James Frazier presiding. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery.
Mrs. Myers died Thursday, Feb. 8, in a Lufkin hospital.
She was born June 23, 1915 in Cottonwood Falls, Kan. to Edward H. Beck and Francis Ann Beck (Merrett). She was preceded in death by her sisters, Willa Brown and Lillian Gibson; one brother, Charles E. Beck, as well as several nieces and nephews.
In 1948, she and her husband and three children moved from Kansas to Texas, where she lived a life blessed with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and dear friends. She will be remembered for her lovely smile, wonderful cooking and the joy she gave everyone who entered her life. She was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church of Livingston for over 30 years.
Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Frank Leonard Myers; three children, Delores Kay Jones of Livingston, Shirley Ann Openshaw of Clute and Jack Leonard Myers and wife Mari of Corpus Christi; eight grandchildren, Marcus Jones and wife Dawn of Atlanta, Ga., David Jones and wife Susan of Shepherd, Michelle DeWalt and husband Scott of Houston, Cheryl O’Neal and husband Billy of Angleton, Elizabeth Rudesill and husband Richard of Tennessee, Mary Katherine Openshaw of Clute, Jason L. Myers, a Marine serving in Kuwait and Aimee Cannon and husband John of Mt. Pleasant; 12 great-grandchildren, Jordan and wife Evindine, Jonah and wife Tracy, Sun Dee Jones of Atlanta, Ga., Sunshine and Kirby Olvera and Shadow Jones of Shepherd, Brandly and Max Cannon of Texas and Amy and Matthew Jones of Parsons, Kansas and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ruby Caroline Sherrouse
LUFKIN – Ruby Caroline Sherrouse, 78, of Livingston was born Oct. 18, 1928 in Lufkin, the daughter of the late Dellie Mae (Dunn) and Jeff D. Williams, and died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007, in a Conroe hospital.
Mrs. Sherrouse and her late husband, Angus, had been the owners of Perma-Texas Roofing Co. in Humble from 1968 to 1995. She was a graduate of Hudson High School. Formerly a longtime resident of Humble, Mrs. Sherrouse had resided in Livingston since 1991. Mrs. Sherrouse was known as a wonderful mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth Ray and Margarita McCreary, Leonard Joe and Sandra McCreary and Billy Alton and Jackie McCreary, all of Conroe; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters and brother-in-law, Ellen and John Click of Lubbock and Twillie Mae McKinley of Livingston, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Angus V. Sherrouse, on May 9, 1997.
Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 13, in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Scott Atnip officiating. Interment followed in Largent Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Russell McCreary, Perrin Hoover, Cody Doyle, Corey Doyle, Brandon Hall and David Toddy Jr.

Carol Kay Bustard
LIVINGSTON – Carol Kay Kimley Bustard, 65, died on Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, in Timberwood Nursing Home.
Mrs. Bustard was born on Dec. 6, 1941 in Las Animas, Colo. She was a retired school teacher. She taught school in California. Preceding her in death were her husband, William Bustard; her parents, Lowell and Frances Like and one brother, Lowell Robert Like.
Survivors include one brother, James Like of Oregon; one sister, Patricia Like of Livingston and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

Mae Onita Moye
ONALASKA – Funeral services for Mae Onita Moye, 77, were held Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with Bro. Harold Isaacs officiating. Burial followed in Black Jack Cemetery in Walker County.
Mrs. Moye died Thursday, Feb. 8, in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston.
She was born April 7, 1929 in Lovelady, the daughter of Thomas and Zora Loving Murphy, both of whom preceded her in death. Mrs. Moye loved Bingo, slot machines, 31 and her family.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Niles Loudenslager of Onalaska; son, Fred Goodson of Longview; daughter, Jeanette Meuth of Onalaska; son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Lisa Singleton of Spring Branch; granddaughter raised as a daughter, Candy Schrader and husband Mark of Magnolia; sisters and brothers-in-law, Frankie and Charles Gregg of Onalaska, Ann and Richard Mallott of Marysville, Calif., Jeanette and Butch Sinclair of Burnett and Alice and Bobby Dowd of San Antonio; granddaughter, Danita Smothers; grandsons, Kenneth Hall Jr., David Clough and Drew Capps; great-granddaughters, Meagan Hall, Ashleigh Clough, Dorion Capps and Kelsi Clough; great-grandsons, Dalton Skelton and Trey Schrader; great-great-granddaughters, Abigail Hall and Alexis Hall and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Luke Gregg, Mark Schrader, Travis Sinclair, Thomas Sinclair, David Clough and Ken Hall.

Joe Maxwell Chatman
LIVINGSTON – Joe Maxwell Chatman, 56, died Feb. 8, 2007, at his residence in Spring.
Mr. Chatman served four years in the U.S. Navy and went to work as a technician for Kodak, from which he retired. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Wallace and Lerline Chatman.
Survivors include his brothers, Herb Chatman and wife Kathy of Nacogdoches and Gib Chatman of Rusk; nephew, Jim Chatman of Nacogdoches and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

Henrietta Jackson Ehrlich
LIVINGSTON -- Henrietta Elaine Garvey Jackson Ehrlich, 83, died in Santa Fe, N.M. on Feb. 11, 2007.
Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 16, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Don Willis officiating. Interment followed in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Elaine Garvey was born Feb. 25, 1923 in Livingston, where she graduated from Livingston High School. She attended Tarleton State College at the age of 16 before transferring to The University of Texas at Austin. She earned a bachelor of music in piano and a bachelor of arts in English from The University of Texas. She also did graduate work in piano at The University of Texas and the University of California at Berkeley. She began her teaching career at Lon Morris Junior College in Jacksonville, where she met and married William Harford Jackson. They moved to Fort Worth in 1950 where she taught private piano lessons for 30-plus years. 
Her professional career was devoted to fostering, encouraging and promoting music for young musicians. She was very active in professional music organizations including the National Federation of Music Clubs and the National Guild of Piano Teachers. One of her favorite things to do was judge for the National Guild all over Texas and Oklahoma. She was also a member and past president of the Fort Worth Piano Teachers Forum, Euterpean Music Club and E. Clyde Whitlock. She was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church and also attended Westcliff United Methodist. She was a proud member of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution where she often played the Star Spangled Banner for the meetings.
She loved traveling, going out to eat and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, William H. Jackson; mother, Minnie E. Garvey and brother, A. B. Garvey.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, William H. Jackson, Jr. and Mary Lou; daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn Jackson Standerfer and Richard; four grandchildren, John Alan Standerfer and his wife Kari, Brian Garvey Standerfer, Ryan Spencer Jackson and Megan Elaine Jackson.

Janis Loper Welmaker
LIVINGSTON -- Janis Loper Welmaker, 86, died on Feb. 13, 2007 in Lufkin.
She was born on April 23, 1920 in Italy, Texas, the daughter of Lonnie and Effie Loper. After graduating from high school in Dallas, she attended the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, where she received a diploma in christian education. While at the seminary, Janis met Ben H. Welmaker and they were married on Aug. 21, 1940. 
After graduation from the seminary, Janis followed Ben to various pastorates including the Central Baptist Church in Livingston. In the spring of 1951, Janis left with Ben for the mission field in Cali, Colombia. Along with several other missionaries, Ben and Janis helped establish the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Cali. She was instrumental in promoting and training women for Christian service. She served with her husband as a foreign missionary until they returned home in 1979 and then worked with Ben as a pastor’s wife for another 21 years primarily in Athens and Livingston.
Mrs. Welmaker enjoyed reading and would literally read books by the grocery bag full which she would exchange with her friends. She was known as someone with a wonderful sense of humor who was able to find laughter and happiness in just about any situation.
Janis and Ben moved to the Pinecrest Retirement Community in Lufkin in December of 2000. She received the loving care of many dedicated professionals at Pinecrest who looked after her until the end of her life.
Survivors include her son, Ben H. Welmaker Jr. and wife Donna Welmaker; daughter, Janie McAllister and husband Mark McAllister; daughter, Patricia Abney and husband James Abney; grandsons, Douglas Welmaker and wife Ashley, Wesley Welmaker and David McAllister. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben H. Welmaker; her brother, L.C. Loper and sister Patty Webster.
Visitation was held Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007 at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston from noon to 1:30 p.m. A graveside service followed in Forest Hill Cemetery.
The family suggests that donations in memory of Janis Loper Welmaker be sent to the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Cali, Colombia, c/o the International Mission Board, Box 6767, Richmond, Virginia 23230.







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