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Polk County Enterprise - March 8, 2009 - March 22, 2009
Tina Mae Toler
LIVINGSTON — Tina Mae Toler, 82, of Diboll died on Thursday, March 19, 2009. A memorial service was held Saturday, March 21, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Neil Kemper officiating. Mrs. Toler was born Feb. 20, 1927 in Camp Ruby, to parents Charles Cleveland and Ary Holder King. She married Gordon Toler on Oct. 12, 1946 in Beaumont. They lived many years in Camden and then in Corrigan. She loved to visit with folks, and sometimes would volunteer at different funeral homes to help families during their time of need. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband; son, Charles “Buddy” Toler; brothers, Gary B. King, Ottis King, Roy King and Conley King and her sister, Alvie Lee Mayo. She is survived by her sons, Gordon W. Toler and wife Terry of Diboll and David Lee Toler and wife Sharon of Porter; brother-inlaw and sister-in-law, James and Louise Toler of Moscow; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON — Elouise Tompkins, 79, of Livingston died on Thursday, March 19, 2009, in Livingston. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 22, in Massey Cemetery in Leggett, with Bro. Ray Marshall officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 1-2 p.m., before the service. She was born July 25, 1929 in Baytown, to parents John Wesley and Lillie Odom Evans. She is preceded in death by her parents and one son, Wesley H. Tompkins. For over 50 years she was an owner/ operator of a tug boat company with her husband. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Eugene Tompkins of Livingston; sons, Tommy G. Tompkins and wife Patsy of Pecos and Jack G. Tompkins and wife Sherrill of The Woodlands; daughters, Barbara Lee Murphy and husband Bill of Bolivar and Sharon Scott of Edmonds, Okla.; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Natalie Fraize of Anaheim, Calif. and brother, Charles Evans of Baytown. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.
Donald “Don” Atkins
LIVINGSTON — Donald “Don” Ray Atkins Sr. was born to Robert O. and Birtie Atkins in Chilton on March 26, 1928 and died on Feb. 14, 2009. He was known as a cherished husband, father, and grandfather for many wonderful years. He graduated from high school in Coldspring and attended the University of Houston. He established Aero Instrument Co. in 1966. He was active in the industry trade association on the local level, serving as president in 1977, and also on the national level in marketing, membership and political action. He was on the White House Committee for Small Business under President Carter’s administration. He loved playing senior softball, and did so for 15 years. Mr. Atkins was a member and deacon of Willow Meadows Baptist Church. He was a leader in the older Singles Department, later joining Cornerstone Class – an allage group from which he derived much pleasure. Mr. Atkins is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Catherine and sons, Donald Ray Atkins Jr. and wife Joanna, John David Atkins and wife Beverly and Roger Alan Atkins and wife Juanita. Grandchildren include Jacob Atkins and wife Katie, Ashley Siner and husband Nathan, Amy Furrow and husband David, Angela Atkins, Alyssa Atkins, Alexandra Atkins and Adrienne Atkins. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Velma Trammell. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Willow Meadows Baptist Church, 4300 W. Bellfort St. A fellowship and refreshment time with the family will follow immediately after the service. Donations may be made to M.D. Anderson, Willow Meadows Baptist Church or the charity of your choice.
Janette Marie Leavitt-Perrin
LIVINGSTON — Janette Marie Leavitt-Perrin of Livingston died on March 17, 2009 in Livingston. A memorial service was held Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Pace Funeral Home. She was born on Nov. 15, 1922 in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Lorena and LaVerne Leavitt, both of whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by George James Perrin, her husband of 59 years; her brother, Jackie and a sister, Betty Jean Leavitt and stepfather, Oscar Tranberg. Mrs. Perrin graduated from North High School, Des Moines, Iowa, and then attended college at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa; Grand View Junior College, Oskaloosa, Iowa and the University of Houston, where she obtained her master of education degree. She taught and loved every minute of being a kindergarten teacher for over 35 years. She was an Eastern Star, a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Silver Bells, The Escapees, The Red Hat Society and was also a member of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Shriners. She loved to play the piano. Survivors include her children, Pamela Roberts of Livingston, Kimberly and Stephen Young of Livingston and Jim and Judy Perrin of Bastrop; granddaughters, Britney and John Paul Sanders of Livingston, Julie and Adam Flores and Shelly Young of Livingston; grandsons, Matthew Puckett of Livingston, Mark Roberts of Livingston and Jacob and Alisha Young of Livingston; g r e a t - g r a n d d a u g h t e r s , Shelbi Roberts of Livingston and Chaselynn Roberts of Livingston; great-grandsons, Eddie Roberts of Livingston, Patrick Roberts of Livingston and Graden Emmons and Trace Flores of Livingston and her loving dog, Jazzy. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
CORRIGAN – Funeral services for Javier Alvarez, 51, of Moscow were held Friday, March 20, 2009, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Alvarez was born Oct. 30, 1957 in Piedras Negras, Coahuila and died Tuesday, March 17, in Polk County. He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness and was employed by Georgia Pacific as an operator. He was preceded in death by his father, Juan Antonio Alvarez. He is survived by his wife, Rosa L. Banda Alvarez; mother, Ninfa Alvarez; sons, Francisco Javier Alvarez, Ricardo Alvarez and Ivan Alvarez; daughter, Brenda Jimenez; brothers, Rogelio Alvarez, Manuel Alvarez and Hector Alvarez; sisters, Oralia Alvarez, Esperanza Alvarado, Irma Guadalupe Alvarez, Olga Alvarez, Sylvia Orpinel, Virginia Gaytan and Elva Casas; four grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.