Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
For the Week of March 17, 2008 - March 24, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company

Richard William Oaks
LIVINGSTON – Richard William Oaks, 72, died Thursday, March 6, 2008, at his residence in Livingston. He was born July 5, 1935 in Bakersfield, the son of Harold and Flavia Yacappetti Oaks. Mr. Oaks was known as a devoted husband and good neighbor who never met a stranger. He loved traveling, woodworking, gardening and his family. He was Precinct 1 judge for the election on Tuesday. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Richard Oaks Jr. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Oaks of Livingston; daughters and sons-in-law, Cathy and Bob McCoy of Huffman, Martha and Steve Smith of Clear Lake and Jeanne and Jim Wheeler of 29 Palms, Calif.; sons and daughters-inlaw, Steve and Tracey Chlabra of Livingston and Michael and Patti Chlabra of Gainesville, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren and numerous siblings across the U.S.] Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Ernest Sandera
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Joseph Ernest Sandera, 76, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, with Father Clifton Labbe officiating. Burial will be in Houston National Cemetery, Houston. Mr. Sandera died Wednesday, March 5, in Memorial Health System of East Texas in Lufkin. He was born July 30, 1931 in LaGrange, the son of William and Mathilda Faktor Sandera. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Emil Sandera and George Sandera. Mr. Sandera served in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Evelyn Theresa Sandera of Livingston; sons and daughters-inlaw, Joseph Michael and Bonnie Sandera of Spencer Port, N.Y., William Edward and Patrice Sandera of Phoenix, Ariz. and Robert Mark and Patty Sandera of Austin; grandsons, Kevin Sandera and Greg Sandera of Spencer Port, N.Y. and Rolli Sandera and Hoy Sandera of Austin and sisters, Dolly Little of Jacksonville, Fla. and Patricia Bear of Lake City, Fla. Honorary pallbearers will be the VFW District 4 Honor Guard. Pallbearers will be Kevin Sandera, Greg Sandera, Rolli Sandera and Hoy Sandera. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Elliott House in Lufkin or the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Building Fund. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Opal Wallace Henigan
HUNTSVILLE -- Opal Wallace- Henigan, 91, and twice widowed, was a resident of Montgomery and formerly of Livingston. She lived in Bentwater with her daughter, Kathy Barth, before spending her last few months at Huntsville Health Care Center in Huntsville. She was born Jan. 13, 1917 in Polk County to Reuben Lone and Epsie Miracle Herring. She was the oldest of nine children. She was an active member of the non-denominational Pentecostal Church of Livingston, where she taught Sunday school for children. Mrs. Wallace-Henigan was known as a spiritual and kind woman who was unselfish, always giving to others and sharing her love of God with other people. She was talented with quilting, sewing and cooking pies. She was the mother of one daughter, Kathy Barth of Montgomery; two sons, Sidney F. Wallace of Houston and Julian L. Wallace of Livingston; seven grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. Surviving family members also include two sisters, Francis Parker of Kountze and Evielle Severe of Springfield, Ill. Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home of Huntsville handled the graveside service in Pyrtle Cemetary at Happy Valley in Cushing on Friday March 7. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.ALZ.org. Those wishing to leave Memorial condolences for the family may do so online at www.shmfh.com.

Jessie Ray Tolar
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Jessie Ray Tolar, 70. were held Saturday, March 8, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with burial following in Peebles Cemetery. Mr. Tolar died Wednesday, March 5, in Pineridge Health Care in Livingston. He was born Sept. 18, 1937 in Village Mills, the son of Judge and Liddie Tolar. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. Survivors include his wife, Bobbi Tolar of Livingston; sons, Quintin Tolar and Darrell Tolar, both of Livingston; brothers, J.H. Tolar and Judge Tolar, both of Livingston; sisters, Bessie LeBlanc of Livingston and Nellie Tolar of Kingsville; grandchildren, Quintin Dewayne Tolar, Ryan Marshall Tolar, Roman Ashley Tolar, Shawn Lynn Tolar, Clayton Jeffrey Tolar, Delray Tolar, Jessie Gene Tolar, Kelly Elizabeth Gibson and Christopher Lee Wooten and seven great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Dewayne Tolar, Ryan Tolar, Delray Tolar, Jessie Tolar, Christopher Wooten and Roman Tolar.

Floyd Edward Blevins, Jr.
HOUSTON -- Floyd Edward Blevins Jr. died on Thursday morning March 6, 2008. Funeral services for Mr. Blevins are tentatively scheduled for Sunday, March 9, at Howard Glendale Funeral Home, 1015 Federal Road at I-10 East. Call Howard Glendale, 713-453- 6373, to confirm service time. A Masonic graveside service will follow immediately at Forest Park Cemetery on Lawndale. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eva Blevins and Floyd E. Blevins Sr. and his half-sisters, Opal Latham and Kelly Pierce. Survivors include his wife of 64-plus years, Marceil Blevins; daughter, Barbara Jansa and son -in-law, William Jansa, all of Livingston; grandchildren, Wade A. Skelton of Tomball, Cody Skelton and wife Jennifer of Cypress, Jennifer Hubbard and husband Jeff of Houston and Gina Lomelo and husband Frank of Pearland; great-grandchildren, Randall and Tyler Skelton, Caden and Camryn Hubbard and Makenna Lomelo, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Mr. Blevins was born in Houston, on Sept. 12, 1923 to Floyd and Eva Blevins. He became a Christian at the young age of 9 years at Harbor Baptist Church. He attended Jeff Davis High School. He was called for service in the Army and earned the rank of sergeant, Company A 704th Military Police Battalion. He was decorated as a marksman with rifle and carbine and received the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Campaign Ribbon and Victory Medal. He considered it an honor to serve his country and “The American Flag.” Mr. Blevins was a 32nd degree Mason for 41 years at the Gus A. Brandt Lodge 1296 and member of The Order of Eastern Star Rosewyn Chapter, 927. He was a member of Faith Memorial Baptist for 35 years and Uvalde Baptist Church for almost 30 years. The past seven years Floyd and his wife Marceil have enjoyed their golden years with their children on Lake Livingston. He was self-employed during his younger years and later went to work for Carl S. Smith, Harris County tax assessor collector. He was known as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Hospice in the Pines, 116 South Raquet, Lufkin, Texas 75904 or Uvalde Baptist Church Building Fund, 901 Uvalde, Texas 77015.

Charles B. Miller, Jr.
Funeral Services for Charles B. Miller Jr., 86, of Abbeville, Louisiana will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 9, 2008 in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan, Texas with Pastor Ralph Johnston officiating. Interment will follow in the Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan, Texas. Visitation will be held Saturday, March 8, 2008 from 6 – 8 in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Miller was born January 8, 1922 in Pineland, Texas and passed away Thursday, March 6, 2008 in Abbeville, Louisiana. He was a maintenance supervisor for Atlantic Richfield and a member of the Pinecrest Baptist Church. He also served as a mason for the Masonic Lodge 1103AF & AM, a constable for Pct. 3, and a deacon in the Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by his parents: Charles Benton and Annie (Jolly) Miller; and brothers: John Edward Miller and Frank Miller. He is survived by his wife: Leola Miller of Abbeville, Louisiana; sons: Lynn Miller of New Iberia, Louisiana, Donald Miller of Homeland, California, and David Miller of Bridge City, Texas; brother: Gene Miller of Silsbee, Texas; 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers: Lynn Miller, David Miller, John McClean, John Bernhiem, Dale Miller, and Gregory Miller. Honorary Pallbearers: Donald Miller and Lance Miller.

Anne L. Rouse
were held Saturday, March 8, 2008 at Cochran Funeral Home in Onalask with Brother Larry Shine of Pine Forest Baptist Church officiating. Burial followed in the Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Anne died Thursday, March 6, 2008 at her home in Onalaska after a brief illness. Ms. Rouse was born November 29, 1922 in Oak Grove, La, to Arthur and Eola (White) Davis, Sr. Much beloved by her family, neighbors and community, she was known as a devout Christian and avid gardner. She was preceeded in death by her father Arthur Davis, Sr., her mother Eola White Davis, her brother Arthur, Jr., her sisters Elizabeth, Lula, Daisy, Lillian, Grace and Zola. She is survied by her son David Toliver of Onalaska, numerous nieces and nephews, including Dot Fowler of Baton Rouge, La. and Maureen Falson of Magnolia

Cassandra Gray
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Cassandra Gray, 38, of Livingston were held Saturday, March 15, 2008, in Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Kenneth Darden officiating. Burial followed in Carrington Cemetery in Seven Oaks. Mrs. Gray died March 11 in Kingwood Medical Center. She was born in Livingston, the daughter of Robert Williams and Emma Sue Robinson Petty and graduated from Livingston High School in 1989. Survivors include her husband, Drexel Gray of Livingston, whom she married in May 1990 in Livingston; daughter, Alexandra Gray of Livingston; sister, Sylvia Lyons (Byron) and brother, Derrick Petty, all of Livingston; grandmother, Helen Henderson of Livingston and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Paul Jones, Todd Dirden, Chris Plattenburg, Keithrick Plattenburg, Otto Lyons, Ray Patterson, Larry Ryans, Mark Gray and Choveski Collins. Honorary pallbearers were Donald Robinson, Eddie Robinson, Cory Gray, Derrick Petty, Derrick Petty Jr., Brandon Petty, Kennith Smith and Teshun Love. Duncan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Kelly Denise Turner
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Kelly Denise Turner, 37, were held Monday, March 10, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Jimmy Hermes officiating. Burial followed in Center Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Turner died Thursday, March 6, in Conroe Regional Medical Center in Conroe. She was born Oct. 20, 1970 in Woodville, the daughter of James and Deborah Parker Booth. Survivors include her husband of 16 years, Darius “Beau” Turner of Livingston; daughter, Courtney Turner of Livingston; son, Zachary Turner of Livingston; grandparents, Charles and Patsy Parker of Livingston; father and stepmother, James Thomas Booth and Shirley of Goodrich; mother and stepfather, Charlene Crocker and Charles of Splendora; grandmother, Alice Hernandez of Pasadena; sister and brotherin- law, Shelly Ivy and Randy of Splendora; sisters, Lacy Crocker of Splendora, Alice Crocker of Baytown, Casey Crocker of Pasadena and Bobbi Jo Bell of Goodrich; brothers and sisters-inlaw, Buddy Adams and Debbie of Tenmile, Tenn and, Loyde Adams and Shelly of Lufkin; aunt and uncle, Ruby Peterson and Mike of Rochester, Wash.; special friends, Dana Washington and Patty Cotton, both of Livingston and numerous cousins, greataunts and great-uncles. Pallbearers were Justin Handley, Wayne Collins, Kevin Collins, Keith Woodman, Mickey Dean Howell and Scott Brown. Honorary pallbearers were Dewayne Harrison, Chris Harrison, Otis Washington, Caleb Washington, Tyler Washington and Megan Bartholmey.

Heath Edwin Kruse
Heath Edwin Kruse 27, of Marshall passed away March 11, 2008 due to a car accident. Funeral services for Mr. Kruse will be held Monday March 17, 2008 at Cochran Funeral Home at 10:00am with Bro. David Emmons officiating. Burial will be in the Blue Water Cemetery in Livingston, Texas. Visitation will be held Sunday March 16. 2008 from 6:00pm until 9:00pm in Cochran Funeral Home. Heath was born on March 15, 1980 in Houston, Texas to Horace Elmer Kruse, Jr. and Wanda Gail Emmons Kruse. He attended New Boston High School and was a member of the New Boston Athletic club. He was a welder for Millennium Railway. He loved everybody, enjoyed fishing, hunting, music and golf. Heath was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church. He is survived by his mother Wanda Emmons Kruse; his father Horace Kruse Jr., and his love Jacqueline Haggard, all of Marshall; his sister and brotherin- law, Brandy and Steve Spears of Elysian Fields; nieces Chesney, Madison, and Samantha Spears; grandparents Horace and Della Kruse Sr. of New Boston, Tx; great-grandparents Elmer and Mildred Kruse of Sandhill, Tx, and Thelma Thomas of New Boston, Tx; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and many friends. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Charles Eugene and Betty Lou Emmons, Aunt Brenda Emmons Fender, brother Reese Alan Kruse.

Esther M. Torno
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Esther M. Torno, 77, were held Saturday, March 15, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Gary Torno officiating. Burial followed in San Patricia Memorial Gardens in Sinton. Mrs. Torno died Tuesday, March 11, in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston. She was born Nov. 5, 1930 in Sinton, the daughter of Robert Marion and Minnie Cox Marion. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Ruth Marion; son-in-law, Boyd E. Walker and grandson, Emery Wayne Walker. Survivors include her husband, Oscar V. Torno of Onalaska; daughters and son-in-law, Ruth Walker of Onalaska, Carol and Don Browning of Brownwood, Shirley Hufford of Earley and Candy Torno of Ace; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brother, Ernest Marion of Sinton and sister, Barbara Knox of Sinton. Pallbearers were Matthew Walker, Troy Marbugar, Robert Marion, Tony Smith, Don Browning and Ray Browning. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Torno, David McAbee, J.P. Marbugar, Larry Murphy and Jeff Rapach.

Larry David Whitley, Sr.
CORRIGAN – Graveside services for Larry David Whitley Sr, 51, of Corrigan, Texas, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2008 in the Union Springs Cemetery, Texas with Tim Fuller officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday, March 16, 2008 from 9- 12 in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Whitley was born June 28, 1956 in Fort Bend County, Texas and passed away Sunday, March 9, 2008 in Corrigan, Texas. He is preceded in death by his father: John Wesley Whitley. He is survived by his mother: Glen Ora Whitley of Corrigan; son: Larry David Whitley Jr. of Lufkin; daughter: Crystal Chapman of Irving; brother: Herbert Whitley of Moscow; sisters: Barbara Shepherd of Corrigan, Sue Howell of Florida, Lisa Wisener of Nacogdoches, and many other relatives and friends.


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