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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
For the Week of March 5, 2007 - March 12, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

E.M. “Slim” Farrar
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for E.M. “Slim” Farrar, 87, were held Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Rickey Needham officiating. Burial followed in Restland Memorial Cemetery. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568.
Mr. Farrar died Thursday, Feb. 15, in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston.
He was born March 4, 1919 in Jayess, Miss., the son of Marshall and Linnie Mitcham Farrar. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gladys Farrar; brother, Carl Farrar and sisters, Josie Calhoun and Laura Mae Lambert.
Mr. Farrar served his country during World War II throughout Europe for five years. He owned and operated Farrar’s Body Shop in Livingston for a number of years.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Annita and Don Baskin of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Mearl Farrar of Livingston; grandchildren, Cary and Mary Baskin, Bradley and Ronda Farrar and Chad Farrar; great-grandchildren, Brittany, Trey, Elizabeth, Conner, Tyler and Allison and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Cary Baskin, Bradley Farrar, Chad Farrar, Trey Baskin, John Baskin and John Cain.

Joseph J. Vogt
LIVINGSTON -- A memorial service for Joseph J. Vogt will be held at 1 p.m. on March 10, 2007, at First Presbyterian Church of Livingston.
Mr. Vogt died peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Memorial Medical Center -- Livingston. Born in Peekskill, NY, Mr. Vogt served in the Merchant Marines after graduating from Peekskill High School. He then worked for American Airlines in El Paso for several years and for IBM in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Lexington, Ky. and Austin before retiring.
Mr. Vogt was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Csizmar Vogt; his son, Richard Vogt and by his sisters, Dorothy Price and Elizabeth Jarusevicius.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Vogt of Livingston; his daughter, Margaret Pearce and her husband Jerry of Apex, N.C.; his son, Robert Vogt of Austin; his stepdaughter, Cari Spruiell and her husband Chris of Austin; grandchildren, Brian Vogt and Maya Spruiell of Austin, Lauren Pearce and Katherine Pearce of Apex, N.C. and Jennifer DeLee of McDonough, Ga. and great-grandson, Hayden DeLee, of McDonough, Ga.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the building fund of First Presbyterian Church of Livingston or to Habitat for Humanity.
Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Curtis E. Morris
HUMBLE – Curtis E. Morris, 71, died on Feb. 20, 2007.
He was a retired firefighter from the Houston Fire Department.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Irene Morris; children, Deborah Clark and husband Paul, Robin Mott, Kelly Abner and husband Raleigh, Kert Morris, Kenneth Morris and wife Patty and Michael Morris and wife Rebecca; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 24, at Rosewood Funeral Home. Interment followed in Rosewood Memorial Park in Humble.

Martha Elizabeth Shute
ONALASKA – Funeral services for Martha Elizabeth Shute, 85, were held Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, in the First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. David Banks officiating. Burial followed in Center Hill Cemetery in Oakhurst.
Mrs. Shute died Tuesday, Feb. 20, at her residence in Point Blank.
She was born Sept. 11, 1921 in Hartford, Conn., the daughter of Charles and Anna Leschinski. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Shute; her parents; brother, Ted Leschinski and sisters, Jadwiga Glista, Clara Kelsey and Celia Sampson.
Pallbearers were Jerry Shepherd, Geoff Shute, David Shute, Joseph Parton, Todd Hummert, Matt Shepherd, Nicholas Hummert and Greg Linton.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Gary Freeman
LIVINGSTON – A memorial service for Gary Freeman, 48, was held Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Jimmy Lackey officiating.
Mr. Freeman died Wednesday, Feb. 21, in St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.
He was born Aug. 15, 1958 in Mesa, Ariz., the son of Fred and Connie Halbart Freeman, both of whom preceded him in death.
Survivors include his brother, Charles Freeman of Onalaska.

William J. Morrison
CORRIGAN – Funeral services for William J. Morrison, 94, of Lufkin were held Monday, Feb. 26, 2007, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Ben Read officiating. Interment followed in Holhausen-Darby Cemetery in Moscow.
Mr. Morrison was born Sept. 9, 1912 in Chireno and died Friday night, Feb. 23, in a Lufkin hospital.
He retired from A&NR Railroad as an engineer and was a Methodist by faith. He was also a member of Corrigan Masonic Lodge No. 1103 AF&AM. He was preceded in death by his parents, George W. and Emma V. Morrison; wife, Callie Rowe Morrison in 2003; brothers, Simon and Gersta Morrison and sisters, Margueritte Hawkins, Pauline Reed and Daphne Woods.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Willie and Sue Morrison of Moscow and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Cloyce Reinhardt, Jerry Cockrell, Jonathan Gerland, Buster Rowe, Tim Newton and Milt Bradford. Honorary pallbearers were Mark Reeves, Corry Jones, Jay Clarke, Jerry Clarke, Tommy Swearingen and Jimmy Riddle.

Rachel Cooper Gschwind
LIVINGSTON – Graveside services for newborn Rachel Cooper Gschwind were held Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, in Holly Grove Cemetery, with Douglas Belisle officiating.
She was born Feb. 22, 2007 in Houston, the daughter of Chester and Marcia Cooper Gschwind, and died Thursday, Feb. 22, in Methodist Hospital in Houston.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Lavon Louise Hartrick Gschwind and her uncle, Mark Duane Cooper.
Survivors include her father, Blake Gschwind of League City; mother, Marcia Cooper Gschwind of League City; grandfather, Herman Aye Gschwind of El Paso; grandparents, Ronald and Pearlie Cooper of League City; uncle, Randall Lee Gschwind of El Paso; uncle and aunt, Michael and Deborah Cooper of League City; aunt and uncle, Melissa and Tim Igo of West Plains, Mo. and cousins, Brenna Igo and Taylor Igo.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Freddie Leon Miller
PASADENA -- Freddie Leon Miller was born Aug. 3, 1935 on the Miller farm in Ace, to R.E. Miller and Thelma-Grimes Miller.
He spent his childhood days hunting, fishing and working on the family farm with his seven siblings. As a young man Mr. Miller enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a sailor aboard a submarine during the cold war. He started a career as a peace officer and worked with the Baytown Police, Harris County Constables and Polk County Sheriff’s departments.
He died on Feb. 23, 2007 in Pasadena.
He is survived by children, Freda Harris, Jesse Miller, Josie and Edward Taylor, T.J. and Sheri Miller and Tony Ray Miller; brother, Vernon Miller; grandchildren, Joseph, Margret, Justin, Curtis, Jessica, Blake, Chanel, Logan, Guy Levi, Jenna, Alyssa, Brooklyn and Talon Jack and great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Nichole and Kimberly.
Funeral Services were held Monday, Feb. 26, at South Park Funeral Home, with interment following in Holly Grove Cemetery in Polk County.
Tributes may be posted at Southparkfunerals.com.

Dexter Arthur Basham
LIVINGSTON – Graveside services for Dexter Arthur Basham, 85, were held Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at the Old Peebles Cemetery in Livingston, with the Rev. Gary Wright officiating.
Mr. Basham was born Feb. 19, 1922 in Onalaska and died on Feb. 22 in the Houston County Nursing Home in Crockett.
Mr. Basham was an Army veteran and a retired Metro bus driver in the City of Houston. He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Basham and his mother and father, John H. and Lou Ella Carlisle Basham.
Survivors include a host of nieces and nephews and other family and friends.
Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

Jerry Gile Gatlin
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Jerry Gile Gatlin, 55, were held Sunday, Feb. 25, at the First Assembly of God Church, with the Rev. Don Wilson and son-in-law, Billy Daigle officiating. Interment followed on Monday in South Park Cemetery in Pearland.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Aubrey and Earlyne Gay Gatlin and his brother, Carl Gatlin.
Survivors include his two daughters, Angela Daigle and husband Billy of Dayton and Jackie Gatlin of Lexington; granddaughter, Rose Daigle; niece and husband, Karla and Jimmy Marling and their children, Matthew and P.J. and a host of other family and friends.
Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

Lillian Marie McSweeney
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Lillian Marie McSweeney, 54, were held Monday, Feb. 26, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Harold Isaacs officiating.
Mrs. McSweeney died Friday, Feb. 23, in Memorial City Hospital in Houston.
She was born March 22, 1952 in Staunton, Ill., the daughter of Fay and Loretta Urick Morgan. She was preceded in death by her father and her brother, Keith Eugene Morgan.
Survivors include her husband, James McSweeney of Houston; mother, Loretta Morgan; sons, James Roy McSweeney of Houston and Joseph Edward McSweeney of Houston; grandsons, Kevin James McSweeney and Joseph McSweeney Jr.; brothers, Michael Morgan of Staunton, Ill. and James Morgan of Staunton, Ill.; sisters, Diana Graham of Livingston, Chris Heinz of Alhambra, Ill. and Alice Lotspieck of St. Louis, Mo. and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Roy and Frances Ann Thomas of Knoxville, Tenn.

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 Thomas and Kathleen Taylor Owen, and died Monday, Feb. 26, at her residence in Houston.
Survivors include her mother, Kathleen Wilson of Trinity; son, Charles Owen of Borger; son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Dendal 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 will be Christopher Curtis.

James Edward Collins
LIVINGSTON – James Edward Collins died on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at his residence, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Collins was born on Nov. 29, 1920 in Livingston. He was a proud World War II veteran, serving in the United States Army. His hobbies were playing 42 with his friends, hunting, fishing and camping with his family, and doing woodworking. He also loved to work; he was a self-employed logger.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Sim and Frances Capps Collins and one great-grandchild, Trevor.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Oma Collins; daughter, Jeanelle Cude; son, Bobby Collins and wife Becky; grandchildren, Brigette, Amber, Garet, Richard (Buger), Britney, Alana and Chelsee and great-grandchildren, Nikki, Tarah, Casey, Kylie, Paislie, Rease, Lauren, Decklan, James and McKenna.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Frank Hood, the Rev. Gerald Morris and Jack Therrell officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Chris Truax, Bud Emmerson, Larry Walters, Galen Walters, Lewel Walters, Charles Ingram and Jimmy Hermes. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Shubert, Harold Borup, Bobby Hermes and Jerry Riley.
To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

Stanley Roland Farrow
LIVINGSTON – Stanley Roland Farrow, 56, died Feb. 23, 2007, in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Anna Epperson
LIVINGSTON – Graveside services for Betty Anna Epperson, 73, were held Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, at Alexander Cemetery, with Captain Edward Alonzo officiating.
Mrs. Epperson died Thursday, Feb. 22, in Conroe Regional Medical Center in Conroe.
She was born Sept. 28, 1933 in Marston, the daughter of William and Lillie Bond Buffalo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall; her parents and brothers, William Taft Buffalo Jr. and James Leonard Buffalo.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas Martin and Teresa Epperson of Pasadena; daughters, Belinda Janelle Epperson Chambless of Dallas and Melinda Jean Epperson of Leggett; grandsons, William James Chambless, Roy Glynn Chambless, Joshua Ryan Epperson, Jacob Thomas Epperson and Glen Loper; granddaughter, Heidi Gale Epperson; great-granddaughter, Breanna Nicole Gandara; great-grandson, Brandon Lee Gandara; brothers, Cecil Allen Buffalo of Deer Park, Garland Buffalo of Broaddus, John Buffalo of Henry, Tenn., Roger Dale Buffalo of Pasadena, Jerry Glynn Buffalo of LaPorte and Gerald Lynn Buffalo of Deer Park; sisters, Kay Minskey of Manteno, Ill., Rosemarie Van Winkle of Beverly Hills, Calif. and Sally Buffalo of Deer Park and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Mae Wright
CLEVELAND -- On March 3, 1944, a baby girl was born to Charlie C. and Jessie Bell Carter in Goodrich.  They named her Dorothy Mae.  She attended Dunbar School in Livingston.
At an early age she accepted Christ in her life at New Hope MBC in Goodrich.  She later became a member of St. Luke MBC in Blanchard. She was a faithful member until her health failed.  On Aug. 31, 1963 she married the love of her life, Freddie B. Wright, Sr.  To this union five children were born: Freddie Jr., Clara, Richard, Elizabeth and Andrell.  She worked for LISD and later retired due to her health.  She was known as a “phenomenal Woman.”
Her mother, Jessie Bell Wiley; sister, Dorothy Jean McGowen and brother, Nathaniel Carter preceded her in death.
Mrs. Wright died on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 24, 2007.
Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Deacon Freddie B. Wright, Sr.; five children, Freddie Jr., Clara, Richard Sr., Elizabeth and Andrell; two sons-in-law, Pastor Keith Johnson and Minister Timothy Harrell Sr.; two daughters-in-law, Lola Wright and Shanieka Wright; seven brothers,  James Bogany (Vanessa), Jessie, Floyd, Johnny and Danny Cater all of Goodrich, Charlie Carter Jr. (Theresa) of Livingston and Eddie Carter (Sandra) Nacogdoches; eight sisters, Thelma Scott, Linda Jo Carter, Josie Wyatt and Evilla (Jerry)  all of Livingston, Belinda Carter of Houston, Judy Faye Harrell, Rosie Lee McGowen (Donell) and Rosie Carter all of Goodrich; brothers-in-law,  Smithie Jr. (Glenda), Leon (Rebecca), Charles Ray (Shirley) and Henry (Barbara) all of Houston, Roy of Humble, Willie (Clista) and Bobby (Vernell) of Goodrich; sisters-in-law,  Buna Mae Pickens, Jaunita Wright of Houston, Mae Lou Prince (George) of Angleton and Carrie Carter of Livingston; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephew, aunts, uncles and many relatives and friends.
A wake service was held Friday, March 2, at McDuffie’s Mortuary in Cleveland. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 3, at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Blanchard.
McDuffie Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Tabitha Jatawn Vanosdol
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Tabitha Jatawn Vanosdol, 23, were held Thursday, March 1, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Russell Shuler officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Apple Springs.
She was born Sept. 10, 1983 in Houston, the daughter of Gerald and Violet Duckworth Rushing, and died Friday, Feb. 23, in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston. She was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her husband, Scott Vanosdol of Livingston; mother and stepfather, Violet and Jimmy Dunnam of Onalaska; stepsister, Angie Dunnam of Onalaska; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ronald and Theresa Vanosdol of Livingston; grandfather, Clarence Duckworth of Houston; grandparents, Joe and Melba Rushing of Marble Falls and great-grandmother, Leona Rushing of Livingston.

Mack Melton Gibson
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Mack Melton Gibson, 72, were held Thursday, March 1, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Rex Hendrix and Mitchell Murphy officiating. Burial followed in Midway Cemetery.
Mr. Gibson died Tuesday, Feb. 27, at his residence in Livingston.
He was born April 5, 1934 in the Midway community, the son of Mote and Callie Treadway Gibson. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, M.L. Gibson, Kail Gibson, George Gibson, Tarzan Gibson and Kenneth Gibson and sisters, Alline Carr and Erbie David. Mr. Gibson was employed by the county for 25 years.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Gibson of Livingston; son, Mackey Gibson of Livingston; daughters, Elizabeth Gibson and Bonnie Fregia of Liberty; sisters, Jane Parrish of Highlands and Sue Schmadl and husband Earl of Baytown; granddaughters, Ashley Bruce of Livingston, Ciara Simcoe and Desirae Simcoe of Sheperosville, Ky., Alexandra Fregia of Daisetta and Kristian Fregia of Liberty and grandsons, Austin Bruce of Livingston and Randy Gibson of Huntsville.
Pallbearers were Joey David, Shawn David, Eric Stephens, Bill Horton, Curtis Parrish Jr. and Kippy Carr.







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