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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
For the Week of March 12, 2007 - March 19, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Judy Elaine Johnson
LIVINGSTON – Graveside services for Judy Elaine Johnson, 64, were held Thursday, March 1, 2007, at Holly Grove Cemetery, with Pastor Sharon Brecheen officiating.
Mrs. Johnson died on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Methodist Hospital in Houston.
She was born Oct. 8, 1942 in Baytown, the daughter of Henry and Maurice Ashworth Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, C.L. Smith.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Dee and Lonnie Williams of Livingston; granddaughters, Crystal Hollingsworth of Livingston and Christi Williams of Hull; grandsons, Terry Williams of Dayton and Charles Williams of Waco; great-grandson, Donald Alexander Stahl Jr.; great-granddaughters, Alexandra Reneé Garcia, Crystal Lynn Williams, Lyndsey Michelle Williams and Stacey Marie Isenbletter; sisters and brothers-in-law, Pastor Sharon Brecheen and husband James of Livingston and Dottie and Jack West of Livingston; mother, Joyce Smith; brother, Rex Smith of Houston; sister, Deena Urich of Houston and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Clifford Wayne Foster Sr.
LIVINGSTON – Clifford Wayne Foster Sr., 81, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at his residence in Onalaska.
He was born Jan. 10, 1926 in Good Hope, Ill., the son of Cash and Sadie McKee Foster.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Clifford Foster Jr. and wife Molly of Pasadena; daughters, Pam Slavik of Houston and Berta Sherril; grandchildren, Paula and Lonny Villarreal, Lola and Larry Gomez, Clifford Wayne Foster III and Matthew and Millie Slavik; great-grandchildren, Paige and Ian Gomez, Eric Villarreal, Dylan Foster, Cheyenne, Jerry and Emily Foster Reiger and Mazie Slavik and sister, Betty Gomer.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Richard Lowell Henry
LIVINGSTON – Richard Lowell Henry, 51, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, in Conroe Regional Medical Center in Conroe.
He was born Dec. 14, 1955 in Oakland, Calif., the son of Lowell and Phyllis Gifford Henry. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Snook Henry and twin brother, Russell Henry.
Survivors include his parents, Lowell and Phyllis Henry of San Lorenzo, Calif. and sister and brother-in-law, Jim and Carol Smith of Gifford, Wash.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the American Liver Foundation or the charity of your choice.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Alice Naomi Fontenot
CLEVELAND – Alice Naomi Fontenot, 72, died on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007 in Austin.
She was born Jan. 9, 1935 in Trinity to the late Everett Marshall West and the late Lottie Beatrice Hopson. She was a member of the Christian Life Center for 12 years and a former member of Bethel Tabernacle, Solid Rock Fellowship and Apostolic Life Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Weber Fontenot.
Survivors include two daughters, Gay and husband Rev. John Ratka of Austin and Shelly and husband Rev. Marty Forson of Beaumont; son, Ray Fuselier of Cleveland; brother, Harold West of Houston; sister, Joyce Graham of Cleveland; three grandchildren, Jennifer Brown, Angela Sanzo and Jennifer Cheek; great-grandchildren, Johnathan, Josiah, Nathan, Micah, Gabriel and Moriah and numerous other relatives and friends.
Services were held Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Christian Life Center, with interment following in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska.
Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Amy Moody Smith
LIVINGSTON – Amy Moody Smith, born March 29, 1926 in the Magnolia community in San Jacinto County, died March 1, 2007 in Conroe.
Graveside services were held Saturday, March 3, at Magnolia Cemetery in Evergreen, with Bro. Chester Burt, Bro. Hugh Bradley and Bro. Dennis Anderson officiating.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Nettie Moody; husband, Walter Warren Smith; infant granddaughter, Heather Ruchelle Smith and infant great-grandson, Christopher Wade Wise.
Survivors include her sister, M.T. Thomas and husband David of Baytown; twin sister, Mamie Lewis of Baytown; sons, Jimmie Ray and wife Teresa of Cleveland and Shelby Darren and wife Donna of Cleveland; grandsons, Trevor Wade Smith and wife Connie of Spring and Kevin Todd Pegoda of Humble; granddaughters, Wendy Ruchelle Miller and husband Jeremy of South St. Paul, Minn. and Leslie Anne Pegoda of Cleveland; great-granddaughter, Sydney Alexis Saganek and great-grandchildren Baby Pegoda, to be born May 7, and Baby Miller, to be born July 7; honorary grandchildren, Phillip Johnson and wife Trista, Michael Koronka and wife Loni, Daniel Love and wife Ashley and Joshua Walker and wife Brandy and honorary great-grandchildren, Terry Johnston, Mikael Lynn and Cameron Koronka, Kellijo and Hannah Love and Alexis and Zachary Walker.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Rick Hammersley
ONALASKA – Funeral services for Rick Hammersley, 58, were held Sunday, March 4, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with Bro. Steve Waldrep officiating. Burial followed in Carlisle Cemetery in the Carlisle community. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568.
Mr. Hammersley died Wednesday, Feb. 28, at his residence in Onalaska.
He was born Nov. 19, 1948 in Norfolk, Va., the son of Henry and Merien Williams Hammersley, both of whom preceded him in death. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam conflict.
Survivors include his wife, Cyndi Hammersley of Onalaska; daughters and sons-in-law, Shannon Hammersley of Virginia Beach, Va., Kelly and Brian Miller of Virginia Beach, Va. and Julie and Mark Etter of Russell, Ky.; sons and daughter-in-law, Mike Flowers of Pueblo, Colo. and Russell and Sherri Flowers of Livingston; grandchildren, Alex Hammersley, Caitlin Miller, Ethan Miller, Lori Etter, Shea Flowers and Zoe Flowers; brother, Crawford Hammersley and sisters, Katherine Braun and Margaret Elinsky.

Wanda Kay Owen
ONALASKA – Funeral services for Wanda Kay Owen, 47, were held Saturday, March 3, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Steven Waldrep officiating. Burial followed in Eastern Gate Cemetery in Trinity.
She was born Nov. 26, 1959 in Houston, the daughter of Kathleen Owen Taylor, and died Monday, Feb. 26, at her daughter’s residence in Houston.
Survivors include her mother, Kathleen Taylor of Trinity; son, Charles Owen of Borger; son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Kendal Shepherd of Houston; daughter and son-in-law, Christina Danielson and Josh Cook; grandchildren, Haley Owen and Jude Shepherd; sisters, Judith Rigler of Borger and Carolyn Bowman of Cypress; brother, Donald LaPlant of Trinity; foster brother, Steven Glossner of Salt Lake City, Utah and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Herbert Kidd IV, Kevin Wade, David Weiss, Miguel Soto, Christopher Lynn and Kevin Spaulding. Honorary pallbearer was Christopher Curtis.

Alson “Fred” Hairston
LIVINGSTON -- Alson “Fred” Frederick Hairston, 67, of Livingston died on Friday, March 2, 2007 at his residence with his family by his side.
Services were held Monday, March 5, in Blanchard Baptist Church, with the Rev. Fred Alford officiating.
Mr. Hairston was known as a loving husband, father and grandfather and soon to be great grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, playing cards, fishing and hunting as well as watching his favorite baseball team, the Houston Astros.
He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Alton and Norma Bush Hairston and two sisters, Lyndall Ruth Drummond and Dorothy Elendor Donner.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years and two days, Nelda Jane Vaughan Hairston; his son, Richard Alan Hairston and wife Mary; daughters, Susan Kay May and husband Eric and Elizabeth Ann Hurst and husband Clark; brothers, Daniel Hairston and wife Tommie, Emmett Hairston and wife Evie, and Winston Hairston and wife Penny; grandchildren, Keith Hairston and wife Amber, Chris Hairston, Chelsea Hairston, Jessica May, Brian May, Olivia Hurst, Grayson Hurst and Lucy Hurst, and the first great-granddaughter expected in July.
To sign the online guestbook, go to Pacefuneral.com. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice in the Pines in Lufkin or M.D. Anderson Hospital.

Jerry Bob Matthews
LUFKIN – Jerry Bob Matthews died on Feb. 22, 2007.
He was born in Houston on Jan. 28, 1937 and was reared in West Columbia. After graduating from high school, he attended Sam Houston State University, where he met his future wife, Mary Clark Matthews. They married on Nov. 27, 1959 and went on to have three children, Sharon, Brenda and Stephen.
Mr. Matthews was a gifted pianist and songwriter. His musical achievements included multiple record/CD releases, many songs obtaining radio airplay, winning several talent show awards and numerous television appearances. In addition to over 50 years of performing, he also retired from the City of Houston after 21 years of service. He served as a supervisor in the water department and later as a police service officer with the Houston Police Department. He was also an ordained minister of the gospel. In the early 1990s, Jerry and Mary pastored Living Faith Worship Center in Waller before returning to Houston and joining fellowship with Trinity Worship Center. He also taught private piano lessons for advanced students on a select basis. They moved to Livingston in 2001 and lived there for five years. Mr. Matthews performed at many events around Livingston and Lufkin during that time. His passions were his faith in Jesus Christ, his family and his music.
Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Michael Wright and Brenda and Karl Kluetz; son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Amy Matthews; four grandchildren; brothers, Don Matthews and Mike Matthews and sister, Lou Bayless.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Matthews and granddaughter, Amie Wright.
A memorial service was held Friday, March 9, at Trinity Worship Center, 13833 Stancliff St., Houston. Interment was held March 10 at Old Union Cemetery in Lufkin.

Pat Dunn
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Pat Dunn, 55, were held Thursday, March 8, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Frank Tutor officiating. A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at 10997 Coaster Lane in Conroe.
Mr. Dunn died Friday, March 2, in Odyssey House Hospice in Conroe.
He was born Sept. 19, 1951 in Houston, the son of James and Esther Mobley Dunn. He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his mother, Esther Dunn of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Talisha and Roger Fussell of Conroe; daughter, Shavon Dunn of New Waverly; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Sherrie Dunn of Conroe; sister and brother-in-law, Susan and David Cunningham of Livingston; grandchildren, Colton Fussell, Deaven Fussell, Camilla Fussell, Jolynnn Fussell, Isaac Fussell and Crystal Fussell; niece and husband, Charlene and Cory Falkner and nephews, Bubba Dunn, Brad Dunn, Brent Dunn and James Cunningham.

Edna Paradice
VIDOR – Edna Paradice, 90, of Vidor died Saturday, March 3, 2007, in Vidor.
She was a native of Leggett, with descendants including the Holders, Rices, Griffins and Lairds, who have lived in Polk County for generations. She had been a resident of Vidor for 41 years. As a teacher, she taught in Livingston, Spurger, Mauriceville and Nederland before retiring from Vidor ISD. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Vidor.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 6, in Memorial Funeral Home in Vidor, with burial following in Restlawn Cemetery in Vidor.
Survivors include her daughter, Belle Eanes and her husband Ed of Vidor; son, Sam Paradice of Vidor; sister, Norine Gotcher of Mission and brother, Edward Holder of Leggett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Paradice; her parents, Ed and Bertice Holder and brother, Clarence Holder.
Memorials may be made to the Friends of Vidor Public Library or the First United Methodist Church of Vidor.

Cherie Pedigo Wheeland
LIVINGSTON -- A celebration of the life of Cherie Pedigo Wheeland, 56, was held on March 5, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church of Livingston.
Cherie died on Saturday, March 3, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born and raised in Livingston, and upon graduation from Livingston High School, she made the decision to make Livingston her life-long home. At the age of 17, Cherie began working at her father’s local furniture store, Pedigo Furniture, where she dedicated her time, efforts and heart to the store and its employees for the duration of her life. 
Cherie’s heart was committed to the Lord and this was evidenced through her continual service to His people and His church. She gave her heart to the Lord as a child while spending her formative years as a member of Livingston’s Central Baptist Church. After she married, she became a member of the First United Methodist Church of Livingston where she served on every committee imaginable from Pastor Relations and Education to Worship and Finance. She had a special fervor, however, for Missions in the church, as it was the epitome of sharing Christ’s love with others. Cherie was also a member of the church’s fun-loving handbell group known as the Ding-a-Lings, through whom she nourished special Christ-centered friendships while praising our Lord through music.
After losing her mother to cancer and then enduring a 13-year battle with breast cancer, herself, Cherie made the decision to enlist her services in the search to find a cure for the devastating disease. As a result, she initiated Polk County’s first Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. Cherie served as co-chairman of the event for two years, and in 2004, the local Relay was dedicated to her for her continual efforts toward the cause. Her passion in the battle against cancer also fueled her desire to establish the Livingston chapter of the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery that provides transportation assistance for Livingston area residents who must travel outside the area in order to receive treatment for cancer. Even while she was receiving treatments for her own bout with cancer, Cherie would dedicate her own time and energy to providing transportation for others receiving treatment. 
Cherie served as a board member of the First National Bank of Livingston and was a member of the Livingston Pilot Club for several years. She was a past recipient of the Livingston Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Fellow Award, she was recognized as an Outstanding Graduate of Livingston Independent School District in 2006, and this past January, she was named Polk Countian of the Year. 
Cherie’s family was always the center of her world, and there was nothing more she would rather do than spend time with her children, her grandchildren and the many members of her extended family. She was known as a selfless individual and epitomized every characteristic of a child of God through her servant’s heart. She was forever giving and receiving love, and she displayed her faith and hope in the Lord through every aspect of her life. 
Cherie was preceded in death by her mother, Gloria Ager Pedigo and her grandson, Chad Evans.
She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Wheeland; her father, E. Joe Pedigo and his wife Rogene; son and daughter-in-law, Andy and Allison Evans, and daughter and son-in-law, Casey and Jared Smith. She is also survived by family of Corky and Deana Evans, Wade and Sherrie Evans, Keith and Laura Evans, Kelly and Jon Rood, Wes Wheeland and Ross Wheeland. She also leaves behind 15 beloved grandchildren, four nephews and one niece. 
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be directed to the First United Methodist Church of Livingston at P.O. Box 1638, Livingston, Texas, 77351, or the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at 616 W. Calhoun St., Livingston, Texas, 77351. 

Andy Peters
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Andy Peters, 55, were held Thursday, March 8, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Wayne Landrum, the Rev. Frank Hood and Wayne Bland officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Rose Cemetery.
Mr. Peters died Sunday, March 4, at his residence in Livingston.
He was born Aug. 30, 1951 in Livingston, the son of Jackson Peters Sr. and Waurine Clarke Peters, both of whom preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Becky Peters of Livingston; sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Dawn Peters of Livingston, Darin and Christina Peters of Livingston and Jason Peters of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Dee Dee and Thomas Dean of Livingston; brothers, Jackie Peters Jr. of Shepherd, Larry Peters of Livingston, Ricky Peters of Goodrich, Wayne Peters of Livingston, Randy Peters of Livingston and Bobby Peters of Livingston and grandchildren, Kelsi Peters, Andrew Peters II, Cheyenne Peters, Chevy Peters and Hailey Wiggins.
Pallbearers were Jackie Peters, Randy Peters, Wayne Peters, Ricky Peters, Michael Peters, Ryan Peters, Steven Peters and Jeffery Fears. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Peters, Bobby Peters, members of Hickory Grove Church, Raymond Serpas and Robert Serpas.

William Woodrow Cooper
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for William Woodrow Cooper, 87, were held Wednesday, March 7, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Burial followed in Woodlawn Gardens of Memories in Houston.
Mr. Cooper died Monday, March 5, in New Braunfels.
He was born March 24, 1919 in Vidor, the son of Albert and Viola Howard Cooper. He was preceded in death by his wife, Daisy Augusta Cooper; his parents; four brothers and one sister.
Survivors include his daughters, Eileen Wilson of New Braunfels and Judy Rothel of New Braunfels; son, W.W. “Bill” Cooper Jr. of Brownwood and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Frank Flowers, John Brown, Bob Hall, Pat Howton, Louis Martin and Eugene Vaughn.

Carol Darwin McLeod
LIVINGSTON – Graveside services for Carol Darwin McLeod, 71, were held Friday, March 9, 2007, in Bold Springs Cemetery, with Bro. Steve Waldrep officiating.
Mr. McLeod died Monday, March 5, at his residence in Goodrich.
He was born June 16, 1935 in Livingston, the son of Norman and Banie Chessher McLeod, both of whom preceded him in death.
Survivors include his brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Joyce McLeod of Goodrich and Anthony and Sue McLeod of Humble; nieces, Carey McLeod, Penny Morton, and Meredith and Manuel Rosario; nephews, John and Janie McLeod, Clint and Angie McLeod, Tony and Margaret McLeod and Brice McLeod; aunt, Meadie and Calvin Hill; uncle, Sydney and Fannie Lou Chessher; numerous great-nieces and nephews and special friend, Shirley Nichols.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Stuart Blaine Humes
LIVINGSTON -- Stuart Blaine Humes was born in Ellsworth, Kan. on Nov. 5, 1937 to Donald Clayton Humes and Mary Leah Stuart.  He graduated from Russell High School then attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence.  He received his BA in pharmacy from the University of Kansas in 1961.  Stuart practiced pharmacy in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas for a total of 45 years.
He had a special gift for opening new pharmacies.  He opened the Eckerd Pharmacy in Livingston, then the old Wal-Mart Pharmacy, the New Wal-Mart Super Center and the Onalaska Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy.  He was known as being gifted in his communication with the community and his customers and had a large following.
Stuart married Sally Bohn on July 23, 1975.  They worked together at Woodforest Drug Store in Houston. In 1979, they made their home in Livingston.
He was a life long Methodist and member of the First United Methodist Church in Livingston where he had many friends.  Stuart was known as a wonderful husband and father and a man of integrity who knew Jesus as his personal savior.  He was a role model to many young pharmacists.
He is survived by his mother, Mary Leah Humes of Livingston; his wife, Sally Humes of Livingston; Carol Brown, mother of Dick, Dawn and Lori, of Kingwood; Dick Humes, son, of Kingwood; Dawn McLaughlin and Mike, daughter and son-in-law, of Houston; Lori Rice, daughter, of Brookshire; Michael Rice, son-in-law, of Katy; Mandy Humes, daughter, Livingston; Lindsey Humes, daughter, of League City; Cori McLaughlin, granddaughter, of Houston; Daniel Rice, grandson, of Katy; Dylan Rice, grandson, of Katy; Dusty Rice, grandson, of Katy; Zina Marie Washington, granddaughter, of Brookshire; Nancy Donaldson, sister, of Russell, Kan.; Mark Bennett and Erin, nephew and wife, of Liberty Hill; Craig Bennett and Colleen, nephew and wife, of Cedar Park; Kurt Johnson, nephew, of, Austin, The Fabulous Bennett Boys: C.J., Will, Joe and Mark, of Cedar Park; Leah Novak and Craig, niece and husband, of Houston, and their children, Elizabeth, Christopher and Ashley, Clifford Belle Bohn; mother-in-law, of Houston; Bill Bohn and Mary, brother-in-law and wife, of Shiner; Roy Bohn and Suzanne, brother-in-law and wife, of Houston; Sue Sprouse and Lester, sister-in-law and husband, of Dripping Springs.
Honorary pallbearers were Mike Dabney, John Muzny, Murray Lantz, Terry Joseph, Jerry Wenker, Bob Dufour, Jeff Plunkett, Clyde Neely, Chad Rowe, Dennis Salmasi, Bill Bressler, Jim Watkins, Charlie Janak, Alvis Cobb and Reed Brooks.
Memorial services were held Friday, March 9, 2007 at the First United Methodist Church in Livingston, with Dr. Don Willis, Rev. James Frazier and Rev. Mike Mayhugh officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the fund of your choice or the First Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1638, Livingston, Texas 77351 or the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Manna Fest Team, 448 FM 3277, Livingston, Texas 77351.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Barbara Ann Sack
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Barbara Ann Sack, 52, were held Tuesday, March 6, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Kevin Wood officiating.
She was born June 5, 1954 in the University of Nebraska Hospital in Omaha, Neb., the daughter of C. Duane and Donna Manchester Sack, and died Wednesday, Feb. 28, at her residence in Houston.
At the age of 12, she and her family moved to Livingston. Barb attended school in Livingston and graduated from its high school in 1972. She went on to Stephen F., Austin State University, obtaining majors in drama, English and education. She started her teaching career in the Forest Brook School District, staying at M.B. Smiley High School 30 years until her unexpected death.
Her “kids” were her prime interest above everything else. She wanted all of them to be happy, successful people. She integrated into her lessons not only the required subject matter but also manners, citizenship, job responsibility and, above all, concern for others. She loved theater, emulating her favorite high school teacher, Florence Crosby. The “play” was the thing and the productions, all of them, was work she adored. She was known as an expert in her field and was head of her departments, formulating numerous curriculums. She was a mentor for teachers across the state and winner of many drama awards.
Barb was one of four daughters and known as the loudest of four loud girls. Family members say everything about her was loud: her hair, her voice, her opinion, her dogs and her presence. Some took that volume as obnoxious and disruptive, but they missed someone special by not listening. Her loudness was a learned way of communicating her overwhelming desire to make sure you knew she cared about whatever was taking place in her life.
She was preceded in death by her father, Duane Sack; grandfather, Louis Sack; grandmothers, Nell Sack and Agnes Sack; great-aunts, Frieda Mason and Helen Miller and her niece, Laurah Paul.
Survivors include her mother, Donna Sack; sisters, Mary Dodd, Cathey Rocadas and husband Antonio Rocadas and Geri Paul and husband Steve Paul; nephews, Steven and Matt Dodd; aunt and uncle, Frances and Al Taylor and first cousins, Debbie Schmadeke, Sherry Cooper and Kit Cooper.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lawrence R. Sykes
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Lawrence R. Sykes, 50, of Onalaska were held Saturday, March 10, at the First Community Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Eldridge Nickson officiating. Interment followed in St. Andrews Cemetery in Onalaska.
Mr. Sykes died Feb. 28 in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston.
He was born May 8, 1956 in Onalaska to the late Willie Sykes and Lucille Mack Sykes Bean. He attended Dunbar School in Livingston.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Marie Sykes of Onalaska; sons, Kreshun Love of Livingston, Devane Love (Shantaria), Lawrence Sykes Jr., Donte Sykes and Darrell Love, all of Dallas and LaDarrien Sykes of Leggett; daughters, Shaneka Sykes and Kimberly Sykes, both of Livingston, Ty’Mesha Sykes and Shan’te Chiota (Chris), both of Dallas; brothers, Doug Sykes of Livingston, Maurice White of Fairfield, Glenn White of Colorado; sisters, Carrie Shepherd, Artie Gaston (Dennis), Rosie Linear and Mary A. Johnson (George) all of Onalaska; 14 grandchildren; two very special friends, Patricia Hester Scott and Christina Richards and a host of nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Milton Linear, Warren Williams, Tracy White, George White Jr., Willie O’Neal Sykes and Henry White. Honorary pallbearers were Eddie Love, Kevin Roberts, Quentrele Linear, Kelvin Sykes, Javarus Willis and Dennis Gaston.
Duncan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.







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