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East Texas News - Obituaries
Polk County Enterprise - March 1, 2009 - March 8, 2009

Netta Mae Craig
LIVINGSTON — Netta Mae Craig, 92, of Livingston died on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009, in The Woodlands. Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Barry Jeffries officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Mrs. Craig was born Feb. 6, 1917 in Zavalla, to parents Sam Hugh Kinard and Willie Maude Dykes Kinard. She graduated from Zavalla High School and later went to Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, where she met her husband Lee Roy Craig. They married on Oct. 5, 1934 in Lufkin. She was a long time member of Central Baptist Church in Livingston, where she participated in various women’s church groups throughout the years. She was also an accomplished artist and member of the Livingston Art League and Home Demonstration Club. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lee Roy Craig; daughter, Bobbie Craig McCollum; sisters, Hazel Hanna and Helen Nuchia and brother, John H. Bentley She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Hugh and Zonna Craig of Livingston; grandson, Lance Craig and wife Karen of Livingston; granddaughter, Tara Craig Owens and husband Charlie of The Woodlands; great-granddaughters, Gracen and Hope Owens of The Woodlands; sister, Beth Runnels and numerous nieces, nephews and family friends. Serving as pallbearers were Brent Bentley, Chris Runnels, Lenn Runnels, Randall Sanders, Richard Walters, Darrell Longino and John Patrick. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Hoke, Wayne Harris, Richard Gott, Dale Hill, Ronny Duke and Johnny Myers. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Central Baptist Church Building Fund at P.O. Box 540, Livingston, TX 77351. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Virginia Faye Parker
ONALASKA — Virginia Faye Parker, 73, of Onalaska died on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, in Lufkin. Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 27, in Pine Forest Baptist Church in Onalaska, with Bro. Larry Shine officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery also in Onalaska. She was born Aug. 4, 1935 in Rosebud, to parents Albert Louis Richey and Virgie Gertrude Gandy Richey. She was a Sunday school teacher for 40 years at various churches throughout her life. Mrs. Parker is preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Rebecca Seeley; three brothers and three sisters. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Terry Parker of Onalaska; children, Allen Seeley of Onalaska, Douglas Parker of Onalaska, Rhonda Seeley of Onalaska, Robin Cain of Georgetown, Rita Bostic and husband Todd of Burnet, David Parker of New Jersey, Paul Parker of Burnet and Sarah Parker of Onalaska; brother, Jimmy Richey of Arizona and sisters, Sally Deloach and husband Roy of Houston and Ann Murray of Houston; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-greatgrandchildren. Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons, William Martin, Justin Calhoun, Lee Calhoun, Calen Bostic, Gable Bostic, Chris Bostic, Robert Cain, Anthony Parker, Eddy Palavado and Andrew Parker Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Pauline Oates Countie
HOUSTON — A funeral mass for Pauline Oates Countie, 78, will be held at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church in Houston at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2009 with Father Matthew Thottiyil officiating. Interment will follow at Houston National Cemetery. Counties died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009. She was born Aug. 19, 1930 in Livingston and was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lula & Bernard Oates and brother, Bernard Clyde Oates Jr. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Lt. Col. Kevin Countie, USAF (Ret.); sister, Faye Powell; sons, Kevin Countie and wife Debbie, Gregory Countie and wife Carol, Stephen Countie and wife Cindy; daughters, Karen Barnes and husband John, Eileen Johnston and husband Pete, Cathy Devall and husband John, and Connie Countie; grandchildren, Hilary, Abby and Will Johnston, Allison and Johnny Devall; Julia, Brian and Amy Barnes; James and Bradley Countie, Kevin E. Countie, Aubrey and Don Swope and Anna and Claire Bryant. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 2, with a Vigil Service at 6 p.m. at Crowder Funeral Home, 111 E. Medical Center Blvd., Webster, Texas 77598. In lieu of flowers, you may send memorials to the Catholic Charities, 2900 Louisiana Houston, TX 77006.

Helen O’Connor
LIVINGSTON — Helen O’Connor, 75, of Livingston died on Feb. 13, 2009. She was born in Queens, N.Y. to Kenneth and Helen McElhinney, both of whom preceded her in death, along with her brother, Charles. She married Robert O’Connor in 1957 and they lived in Albertson and Hampton Bays, N.Y. before they relocated to Livingston in 2005. Mrs. O’Connor was an active member in the Hampton Bays Beautification Association and also operation Cat, an animal rescue program in New York. She was also an active member in the Woman’s Auxiliary and the Indian Hills Civic Association in Livingston. Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Robert J. O’Connor; sons, Timothy and wife Lianna of New York and Michael of Alaska; grandchildren, Christopher, Sean and Michael; sister, Patricia Laurora; brother, Kenneth McElhinney and many nieces and nephews. She was known as someone who always lent a helping hand and for whom there was nothing too big or to small she wouldn’t do. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. There will be a family gathering at the Indian Hills Civic Club following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a local SPCA or “no kill” shelter. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

Samuel Lee Davis
HOUSTON — Pastor Samuel Lee Davis (S.L.), pastor of Christian Hope Missionary Baptist Church, member of Independent Missionary Baptist General Association of Texas and I.L.A. Local 24, has died. Survivors include his wife, Jan Bell-Davis; children, Clara (Rev. Joshua) Hawkins, Samuel Jr. (Cheryl), Jimmy (Diane), Shirley and Santrel Davis; three sisters; four brothers; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; one greatgreat- grandchild; church family and a host of other relatives and friends. Pastor Davis will lie in state from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2009, at Christian Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 5201 Laura Koppe in Houston and a celebration of life will follow from 6- 9 p.m. at Forest Lawn Missionary Baptist Church, 8101 Wileyvale at Weaver Rd. in Houston. Life’s reflection will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 6, also at Forest Lawn Missionary Baptist Church. Interment will be in New Wensley Cemetery in Leggett. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Santrel T. Davis Scholarship Fund. Richardson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

L.J. “Jake” Ponder
WACO – SFC L.J. “Jake” Ponder, U.S. Army (RET), died on Feb. 27, 2009 at his daughter’s home in Waco after a brief battle with cancer. Visitation in Waco was held Tuesday, March 3, at Grace Gardens Funeral Home and Crematorium. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 6, at Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery near Oakhurst, next to his wife Betty. Following a brief graveside service, the family will be at the Ponder residence at 50 Jake’s Lane near Point Blank and wishes to invite all of Jake’s many friends and acquaintances to stop by to visit. Mr. Ponder was born Feb 11, 1925 in Hebron, to John Coleman Ponder and Lillie Thornton Ponder. He was a WWII veteran and served as a medical specialist with General Patton’s Third Army in Europe, where he participated in four campaigns. Following WWII he was out of the Army for about one year, during which time he met and married Betty Lou Lott on April 20, 1946. They had two daughters, Sherry and Sandra. He re-entered the U.S. Army in 1947, and happily served his country as a dental lab technician with tours of duty in California, Alaska and Fort Hood, Texas. He retired from the Army in 1966 with 22 years of active duty, and he and Betty moved to Houston, where they owned and operated Bellaire Dental Lab for 20 years. Jake served as president of the Dental Lab Association of Texas and president of the Greater Houston Dental Laboratory Association during the 1980s. Upon retirement from the Dental Lab business, Jake and Betty moved to Point Blank, fulfilling Jake’s dream to return to life in the country. During retirement, they were active in VFW chapters in Cleveland and Point Blank. Jake was always an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. While stationed at Fort Hood, he served as a game warden and hunting guide. He always had fishing and hunting stories to share with anyone who would listen. He was known as someone who never met a stranger, was a compassionate and generous friend and who was a happy and loving gentleman with a wonderful sense of humor and optimistic view of life. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Copperas Cove while stationed at Fort Hood, and a member of the Southside Church of Christ in Houston following his retirement from active duty. When his wife of 60 years was stricken with cancer, he was a devoted caregiver until her death on Jan. 25, 2007. After her death, he continued to live at Point Blank until he was diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2008 and he moved to his daughter and son-in-law’s home in Waco. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Jewell Miller and Flossie Sullivan; brothers, Houston Ponder and Donald Ponder, and his wife Betty Ponder. He is survived by his two daughters, Sherry Shaw and husband Buddy of Waco and Sandra York and husband Joe of Maricopa, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Brian Shaw of Waco and Dee Ann Kimbrough and husband Luke of Longview; two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Caleb Kimbrough of Longview; one brother, Bill Ponder and wife Verda of Woodville; two sisters, Joyce King of Pasadena and Mozelle Miller of Flint; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and many friends and neighbors.

Sabrina Tolentino Piña
SPRING — Sabrina Tolentino Piña was born on Jan. 28, 1982 and resided in Harlingen until 1993, when her family moved to Spring. She died on Feb. 22, 2009. She graduated with honors from Klein High School in 2000 and attended The University of Texas Austin, graduating in 2004 earning a BS degree in biology. She was an active member of Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority and instrumental in starting a new colony at Texas Southern University in Houston. Shortly after graduating, Sabrina met the love of her life, husband Edward Piña, and the two wed in Holy Matrimony Oct. 28, 2006 at Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Spring. Sabrina worked as a commercial marketing representative for TXU Energy. She was known as someone who was passionate about her work and cared deeply about her co-workers. Throughout her life, Sabrina remained an active participant in various youth ministries, retreats and charitable fundraising events. Her hobbies included cooking, fishing with Mom and Dad, salsa dancing, and working out at the local gym with husband Edward. The two were inseparable and enjoyed frequenting numerous restaurants in the Tomball and Spring area, dining and socializing with their friends and co-workers, and sipping gourmet coffee or Chai Tea at their local Starbuck’s. Sabrina is survived by her husband, Edward Piña; her parents, Rolando and Mary Helen Tolentino; sister, Vanessa and her brother, Benjamin; Edward’s parents, Socorro and Estela Perez and his brothers, Javier and Nestor “Bola” Perez. Grandparents include Nieves Tolentino, Raul B. and Maria D. Rodriguez. She is also survived by uncles and aunts, including Heriberto and Bridgette Tolentino, Irazema Tolentino, David and Faviola Treviño, Robert and Rosario Rodriguez, Sylvia and Lorenzo Aguilar, Rachel and JR Sanchez, Rose Mary Rodriguez, Emilio and Elena Piña, Emma Robles, Esteban Piña, Elena Witchey, and other family members and friends. Visitation was held Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Klein Funeral Home-Champion Forest. A Rosary was held Thursday, Feb. 26, at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church in Spring. The funeral liturgy was celebrated Friday, Feb. 27, at Christ The Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Spring. Entombment followed at Klein Memorial Park Mausoleum (FM 2920).

Johnny Don Chaney
LIVINGSTON — Johnny Don Chaney, 69, of Livingston died on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Chaney of Livingston; son, Edward Barnish of Livingston and brother, Gene Chaney and wife Pam of Elkhart, Tenn. A private memorial will be held at a later date. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Manon Carrie Edwards
ALGOA — Manon Carrie Edwards died on Sunday, March 1, 2009, at her home. Born March 29, 1912 in Hunt County, Mrs. Edwards had been a resident of Algoa since 1970. She was a member of Gospel Assembly in Dickinson and will be remembered as a good Christian woman who gave her all to her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Bob Edwards and son, Billy Gene Edwards. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Buddy and Susie Edwards of Corpus Christi; daughters and son-in-law, Jeanette Wooten of Algoa, Patsy and Robert Seaton of Pasadena, Sandra Barnec and Barbara Strawn, both of Algoa and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at Gospel Assembly in Dickinson. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Seaside Memorial Park Cemetery in Corpus Christi under the direction of Hayes Funeral Home.

Jesse Thomas Tatum
LIVINGSTON — Jesse Thomas Tatum, 67, of Waller died on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009 in Cypress. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with John Tatum, Ray Tatum and Rebekah Clark officiating. Mr. Tatum was born April 22, 1941 in Kennard, La., to parents Ollie and Katie Kitchens Tatum. He is preceded in death by his parents and son, Lester Tatum. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Tatum of Waller; son, Faron Tatum of Livingston; daughter-in-law, Cathy Tatum of Livingston; granddaughters, Rebekah Clark of Livingston and Jessica Tatum of Livingston; great-grandsons, Draven Tatum, Lliam Clark and Jude Tatum, all of Livingston; his brothers, Sidney Tatum of Center, Robert Tatum of Louisiana, Richard Tatum of New Caney and Ray Tatum of New Caney and sisters, Marie Streeter of Bastrop, La., Fay Kelly of Louisiana and Alma Moody of Louisiana. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

James Sidney Bradley
HOUSTON — James Sidney Bradley, born July 16, 1937, died on Feb. 27, 2009. He retired to Lake Livingston from Oil Center Research in Houston and then relocated to Kerrville. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Smith Bradley; sons, Darren and Michael Bradley and Steve Miller; daughter, Dr. Mindy Miller; their spouses; eight grandchildren; brothers, Ray and John; nieces and a nephew. The family will greet friends at 12 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home in Houston, followed by a graveside service at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 290790, Kerrville, TX. 78029-0790 attn: James S. Bradley Memorial Fund.

Virginia “Dean” Holman Matlock
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Virginia “Dean” Holman Matlock will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 6 at Cochran Funeral Home at 406 Yaupon in Livingston.

Laura Nell Shoemake
LIVINGSTON — Laura Nell Shoemake was born Aug. 25, 1926 and died on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at her residence in Conroe. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Fenton Hulon Shoemake Sr.; sons, Clyde Burton Taylor, Carroll Andrew Taylor and Fenton Hulon “JR” Shoemake Jr.; daughters, Lucille Faye Maxey, Patricia Ann Thamm and Doris Jean Magee; 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; brother, Bennie Rooks and sister, Eunice Huddleston. Mrs. Shoemake is preceded in death by her parents, Charlie Augustus and Edna Hoffman Rooks. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Pace Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 6. Pace Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

Martha “Jean” Jordan
CLEBURNE — Martha “Jean” Jordan, 78, of Cleburne died on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. Born in Alvarado in 1930 to James Merrill Maddox and Sue Edith Smith, Jean attended North Texas Women’s College where she met and later married her college sweetheart, Ed “Lucky” Jordan. They went on to raise three sons in several Texas and Louisiana cities. While working as an executive secretary to the administrator of Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Jean and Ed both became interested in the advancement of medical science through education and research. As a result of this mutual interest, both Jean and Ed generously donated their bodies to the Willed Body Program of the University of Texas Medical Center at Dallas and Parker College of Chiropractic. She is survived by sons, David and wife Rita Jordan, Mike Jordan and Keith and wife Vicki Jordan; brother, Rex and wife Charlotte Maddox; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and many friends and prayer partners. A memorial was held on Sunday, March 1. Those wishing to send a remembrance for Jean may make a donation in her name to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th Street, Bryan, TX 77803.



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