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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
March 2010
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Norma Darlene Grace
CONROE — A memorial services for Norma Darlene Grace will be held at her home in Conroe at 2 p.m. Saturday. Norma was born Sept. 14, 1939, in Livingston. She died March 23, 2010 in Conroe. She is survived by her husband, James B. Grace; children, Jack and Paula Grae, Doug and Kellie Grace, Donna Grace and Glenda and Paul Griffen; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. For more information about the memorial service call 936-828- 3351.

James William Nelson
LIVINGSTON — James William Nelson, 53, passed away March 22, 2010 at his home in Livingston. He was born July 10, 1956, in Missouri City, Texas the son of William Henry Nelson and Lanora Jean Portilla Nelson. Per Mr. Nelson’s wishes no services will be held. Cochran Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Agnes Ruth Savage
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Agnes Ruth Savage, 69, of Shepherd will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday March 25, 2010, at in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with interment to follow in the Farley Chapel Cemetery in Shepherd. Pallbearers will be David Rogers, Richard Clark, Michael Hardy, Terry McKenzie, Jamie Sumner and James Fowler. She was born July 3, 1940, the daughter of Lyda Jake Ansley and Mary Lou Dryman Ansley and passed away March 21, 2010, in Cleveland. She is survived by Deborah Reynolds, daughter, of Shepherd, Calvin Reynolds, son of Dayton, Texas, Melba, sister; grandchildren; Jamie, Ron, Brad, Kristi, Tina, Misty, Mandy, Matthew, Skyler and Johnny, great-grandchildren: Angelina and Karton. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sons, Louis and Melvin; husband, Lonnie Savage and sister, Georgia Ansley. Cochran Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Please sign our online register at www.cochranfh. com.

Sara Love Glover
LIVINGSTON – Memorial services for Sara Love Glover, 84, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 26, 2010, at the First United Methodist Church in Livingston, with Dr. Mike Mayhew and the Rev. James Frazier officiating. She was born Aug. 7, 1925 in Afton, Okla., the daughter of William Ray Love and Eula May Burden Love, and died March 22, 2010 at her home in Livingston. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Arthur O. Love and sister, Bessie Mae Hext. Sara attended Texas Tech University from 1943 until 1947. She married B.A. Glover on Feb. 14, 1964 in Houston. She was the founding member of the Hospital Auxiliary, a board member of Murphy Memorial Library and was devoted to Bennie, as well as a devoted mother, grandmother and aunt. She is survived by her husband, Bennie Glover of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Jim Roberts of Longview; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Sherri Glover of Houston; grandchildren, Holly and Philip Wagner, Julie and Steve Smith, Paige and Andy Walsh and James and Melanie Glover; 12 great-grandchildren; three greatgreat- grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; longtime caregivers, Bill and Geraldine Harris, John Glass and Shavawn Pierson; special nephew, Phil Love and special niece, Andrea Rudolph. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Murphy Memorial Library, the First United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Nancy Cosine Martone
LIVINGSTON — Nancy Cosine Martone was born in Paterson, N.J., 65 years ago. She was always active with church and performed many civic and volunteer duties in preschool, youth organizations, public libraries and various Parkinson’s disease support groups. Nancy lived courageously with Parkinson’s disease for nearly 40 years. She never relented to the disease and participated in several pioneering surgical procedures of the brain in an attempt to slow down and possibly cure the debilitating effects of the disease. She served as a Parkinson’s disease advocate and ventured to Washington numerous times to stress to Congress the need to fund Parkinson’s research through the National Institutes of Health. She spoke to Rotary, church groups and at numerous Parkinson’s support group meetings. She led an active and meaningful life as long as her condition would permit. In the end she succumbed to the disease that she fought most of her life. In 2000 she was the recipient of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research Advocacy Award. In the last years of her life, Nancy chose to keep going because of her profound love for her family and the opportunities to spend time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 44 years Robert Martone; two children, Laura Munroe of Pueblo West, Colo., and husband the Reverend W. Bradley Munroe and Michael Martone of Cypress, Texas and wife Leslie; four grandchildren, Christine Munroe, Matthew Munroe, Nathan Martone and Jacob Martone; sister, Ruth Cosine Barks and husband Ron of Situate, R.I.; niece, Jennine Canty and nephew James Barks. A celebration of life was held Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at Pace Funeral Home in Livingston. A memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of Good Shepherd in Kingwood at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 25. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Houston Area Parkinson’s Society, 2700 SW Frwy. #296, Houston, TX 77098.

Marcia B. ‘Granny’ Weaver
DEARING, GA. — Mrs. Marcia B. “Granny” Weaver, 89, died March 15, 2010 at her residence. She was the beloved wife of the late William Garnett Weaver. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 17, at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel, with Rodney Dunaway, Sara Cranford and Chaplain Wayne Bruner officiating. Interment followed in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Shane Rimmer, William Murphy, Joe Howell, Richard McCorkle, Barry Crosby, Tommy Bailey and Tim McCorkle. Mrs. Weaver was born in Wilkes County, Ga. but lived most of her life in McDuffie County. She was the daughter of the late William J. Bailey and the late Bertha Mae Turner Bailey. Mrs. Weaver was a homemaker and a member of Bonevillle United Methodist Church. Survivors include her son, Allen Weaver of Lincolnton; daughter, Marilyn W. Freeman and husband Otis of Dearing, Ga.; brothers, Leon Bailey of Livingston, Texas, George Bailey of Elberton, Ga., Gene Bailey of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; sisters, Fannie Bussey of Port Neches, Texas, Mary Nettles of Livingston, Texas; grandchildren, Ann Weaver, Jan Weaver, Karen McCorkle, Sharon Sankey, Cheryl Adkins, Melissa Rimmer, Anna Dunaway, Stella Crosby; 10 greatgrandchildren and five great-greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Ruth Adkins. Memorials may be made to the Boneville United Methodist Church 4933 Augusta Hwy. Dearing, GA 30808. To sign the family’s personal guestbook, go to www. beggsfuneralhome.net. Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, Ga., was in charge of arrangements.

Margie Mae Willet McCaleb
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Margie Mae Willett McCaleb of Montgomery will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 27 in the chapel of the Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Montgomery with Rev. David R. Bailes officiating. Intermet and graveside services will follow at Bluff Creek Cemetery in Livingston. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 26 at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Montgomery. Ms. Willett passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2010, in Conroe, at the age of 86. She was born on Aug. 5, 1923, in El Dorado, Ark., to Walter Lee Willett and Nancy Al Verna Powledge. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earl W. McCaleb; daughter, Judy Lynne McCaleb Drake; sisters, Mary Malva Lee Willett Shelby and Mildred Kathleen Willett Shivers. She is survived by her sons, Jesse Earl McCaleb, Sr., and wife Bonnie of Montgomery, Steve Winford McCaleb and wife Leslie of LaPorte, and her son-in-law Ronnie Drake, of Baytown; Grandchildren, Jesse Earl McCaleb, Jr. and wife Denise of Montgomery, Sharon Elizabeth McCaleb Fisher and husband John, of Pittsburgh, Penn., Kelly Virginia Whitman LaFrantz and husband Kenneth of Baytown, Bridgett Erin Whitman Grimes and husband Raymond of LaPorte, Jason Aaron McCaleb and wife Michelle of Anchorage, Alaska, Ashley Elizabeth McCaleb of Houston and Sierra Lynn McCaleb of LaPorte; great-grandchildren, Misty Meekins Ratliff and husband Troy of Baytown, Nicholas Alton Meekins and wife Courtney of LaPorte, Aaron Paul Jenkins of LaPorte, Thorin Lee McCaleb of Anchorage, Alaska, Lucas Peter McCaleb, Jane Margaret McCaleb, Patrick Jesse McCaleb, all of Montgomery, Hannah Marie Fisher, Danielle Mae Fisher of Pittsburgh, Penn., Shawn LaFrantz and Brad LaFranz of Baytown, and Jonathon Byrne of LaPorte; great-greatgrandchild, Kade Preston Ratliff; aunt, Mrydis Gray Derryberry of Baytown, best friend and fishing buddy, Wilma Duff of Livingston. Many other relatives and friends also survive.

Brad Franklin Smith
LIVINGSTON – Brad Franklin Smith died Friday, March 19, 2010. He was the last child born to Charley E. and Cordelia Rodgers Smith on Feb. 24, 1945. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Dorothy; his daughter, Sheila Ann; siblings, Pete and Margie Smith of Santa Fe, Patsy Lee Smith Jackson of Livingston, Steve and Sue Smith of Dickinson, Mickey and Pat Smith of Yaak, Mont.; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews; a host of cousins and faithful pet and best friend, “Sir Charles.” He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, John E. Smith. A celebration of his life will be held at his sister’s home at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 27.

Robert Harold Koenig
LIVINGSTON — Robert Harold Koenig died Sunday morning, March 21, 2010, at the age of 73. Bob was born at home in Elgin, Texas to Lillie Mae and John Delbert Koenig on Nov. 5, 1936. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lillie Mae Gunn Koenig. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Ruth Sedwick Koenig, and three children, Shirley LaNell Koenig- Wilson, Russell Wayne Koenig, and Lara Ann Koenig-Laird. Bob and Shirley were married for 53 years. He is also survived by his father, John Delbert Koenig; sisters, Doris Green and Barbara Thomas; 14 grandchildren and numerous greatgrandchildren. Bob had many interests and loves in his life from woodworking, supporting mission trips, and being with his family. He was a member of the National Guard and was honorably discharged after 14 years of service. He also worked as a journeyman electrician and supervisor on the Houston Ship Channel. The Koenigs moved to Livingston in 1975 and made it their home. Bob was a member of the Livingston Church of Christ; he loved the Lord Jesus Christ and, according to family, was ready to go home. A celebration of Bob’s life will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, March 26, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Lindell Mitchell officiating. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

Thomas George Holden Jr
RYE — Thomas George Holden Jr. of Rye, 69, died on Sunday, March 14, 2010, in Kingwood. He was born Monday, March 25, 1940, to Thomas George Sr. and Anne Elizabeth Holden, both of whom preceded him in death. Thomas is survived by his wife, Peggy Holden of Rye; sons, James Carlton Holden and wife Beth of Lafayette, La. and Lloyd Eugene Holden and wife Amanda of Easley, S.C.; daughter, Terry Ann Teal and husband Curtis of Houston; brothers, James Arthur Holden and wife Sue of Bay City and Charles Carlton Holden and wife Lisa of Katy; nephews, Blake Alexander Holden, Neil Thomas Holden and wife Julia Ann, Drew Peyton Holden, Kevin Charles Holden and Brian Richard Holden; grandchildren, Ashleigh Lynn Teal, Cody Wayne Teal, Gavin Conner Randolph Holden, Grace Elyse Holden, Christopher Teal, Joshua Ian Martin, Courtney Gaye Martin and Samantha Amelia Martin and numerous other loving family and friends. Thomas was a member of Central Baptist Church of Liberty, the Elks Lodge No. 311 in Beaumont, American Legion Post No. 618 in Willis, Eagle Scout and the American Veterans Post No. 13 in Rye. Visitation for Thomas will be held at Neal Funeral Home from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, March 18. Services will be held at Concord Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 19, with Bro. Harry Laxton officiating. To view the full obituary, times of service, sign the family guest book or leave a tribute, go to www. nealfh.com Neal Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Cristina Maria Ward
HOUSTON — On Sunday, March 14, 2010, at noon in Northwest Hospital, Cristina Maria Ward died after a long journey. Cristina was a long time resident of Polk County, Indian Springs area. She was known as someone who never knew a stranger, and a guest of her home never knew hunger or judgment. She was also known as someone with a kind heart and engaging smile who truly lived life and who will be missed by all those whose lives she crossed. Mrs. Ward is preceded in death by Petra Sanchez and Nicordor Sanchez, her parents, and Lonnie Ward, her husband. She is survived by her brother, Daniel Sanchez and sons, Thomas and Robert Norris. A private service is to be held at sea.

Gary Frances Roberts
LIVINGSTON — Gary Frances Roberts, 71, died March 12, 2010 in Houston. He was born Sept. 25, 1938 in Rock Island, Ill., the son of Lisle Roberts and Imma Martin Roberts. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Betty and Edward Radoll. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Roberts of Livingston; Bryan and Susan Roberts, son and daughter-in-law; Teresa and Brian Tank, daughter and son-in-law; Raymond and Loreel Roberts, son and daughter-in-law; Dee and Betty Roberts, brother and sisterin- law; Vaughn Roberts, brother; 10 grandchildren and Bill and Dorothy Dunn, cousins. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Joshua James Maxwell
LIVINGSTON — Joshua James Maxwell, 31, was born May 17, 1978 and died March 11, 2010 in Walker County. He is survived by his parents, June Maxwell Nealy and Danny Nealy; wife, Brenda Hatfield Maxwell; his children, Dylan, Danyelle, Shaylyne and Tommi; stepdaughter, Alex; sisters, Theresa Hernandez and husband Ray, Bridgette Enright and husband Roy, Joann Nealy Spears and husband Wayne, Amanda Nealy and Elizabeth Nealy; brothers, Chris Nealy and wife Natasha and Dylan Nealy and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. A memorial service will be held for Josh at a later date. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Lois Ann Peters
LIVINGSTON — Lois Ann Peters was born in Houston and died Sunday, March 14, 2010, at the age of 33. Lois is survived by her fiancé, Chris Elizondo; son, Matthew Mendoza; daughters, Destynie Peters and Misty Mendoza; mother, Mary Gamble; brother, Allen Gamble and sister, Jennifer Hoffer and husband Michael. She is preceded in death by her son, Sammy Mendoza; grandmother, Lois Hogan and grandfather, Sam Henry Jones. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 19, at Pace Funeral Home, with Bro. Frank Hood officiating.

Eugene Gilshenan
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Eugene Anthony Gilshenan, 92, of Livingston will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 18, 2010, at the First United Methodist Church in Livingston, with Dr. Don Willis officiating. Interment will follow in Peebles Cemetery. Mr. Gilshenan died March 12, 2010 at The Bradford in Livingston. He was born April 12, 1917 in West New Brighton, Staten Island, N.Y., the son of Eugene Anthony Gilshenan and Marie S. Auchter. He married Gertrude Tyler Daun on May 10, 1946 in St. Augustine, Fla. Mr. Gilshenan was at Manila in the Philippine Islands when it was bombed and served during World War II in the Submarine Service in the Southwest Pacific. He retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years of service on Sept. 1, 1955 at Orange, Texas and then retired from Rohm & Haas Texas, Inc. in Deer Park in May 1976 after 21 years. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude Tyler Gilshenan of Livingston; sons, Thomas R. Daun of Dallas, Raymond Gilshenan of Livingston and Michael Gilshenan of Calistoga, Calif.; daughters, Judith Ann Webster of Brenham and Jolene Blakeley of San Antonio; sisters, Boots McNally of Middleton, N.J. and Virginia McNally of Middleton, N.J. and numerous grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and great-greatgrandchildren. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Marjorie Davis
HOUSTON — A memorial service for Marjorie D. Davis, 71, of Livingston was held Saturday, March 13, 2010 in Houston with Pastor James Stokes officiating. Internment followed at Houston Memorial Gardens. She was born March 25, 1938, in the Blanchard area to Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie B. Davis, Sr. and died on March 7, 2010. She was a lifelong resident of Polk County until she moved to Houston to be close to her niece. She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, George W. Davis, Johnnie B. Davis, Joel Davis, Melvin Davis, James Arthur Davis, Napolean Davis and sister, Wauline Davis. She is survived by a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, greatgreat nieces and nephews, friends and dear friend Ms. Rena Mae Thompson. Pallbearers were George Jackson, John Taplin, Carl Martin, Johnnie Davis Jr., Carl Davis and Charles Davis. Clay & Clay Mortuary, 3101 Lyons Avenue, Houston, TX 77020 was in charge of arrangements.

Shannon Noehring
ONALASKA — Funeral services for Shannon Noehring, 70, of Onalaska were held Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska, with Jack McKinney officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery. Pallbearers were Leslie Weikum, Tim Powell, Lindsey Long, Eric Long, Jessica Mathis, Mason Mathis, Rachel Powell and Kaitlin Powell. She was born Aug. 3, 1939 in Aurora, Mo., the daughter of Walter J. Carney and Vydeth Galloway Carney, and died March 14, 2010 in Livingston. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Horst W. Noehring; sister, Nancy Delaney and grandson, Matthew K. Powell. She is survived by Jennifer and Leslie Weikum, daughter and son-in-law, of N. Richland Hills; Tim and Liz Powell, son and daughter-in-law, of N. Richland Hills; grandchildren, Lindsey and Eric Long, Jessica Mathis, Mason Mathis, Rachel Powell and Kaitlyn Powell and sister and brotherin- law, Ginny and Walt Elson of Richmond. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Kevin McCown
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Kevin McCown, 48, of Rye will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 21, 2010, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Bill Cook officiating. Kevin was born Aug. 5, 1961, in Baytown, the son of Morgan J. and Myrlin J. McCown, and died March 14, 2010 in Lufkin. He is preceded in death by his father and his grandparents, Bill Musgrove, Andrew McCown and Jesse and Mary Lou Hardin. He is survived by his parents, Myrlin and Douglas Breeland of Rye; Charles “Chad” Breeland and Carrie Nelson, brother and girlfriend, of Rye; nieces and nephews, Ashley Breeland, Cyndi Breeland, Denver Breeland, Amie O’Bannon, Rebecca O’Bannon, Elizabeth O’Bannon, Josh Garefalos, Bailey Clark and Shannon Hankerd and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh. com.

Cecilia Diane Deaton
LIVINGSTON — A celebration of life for Cecilia Diane Deaton, 51, of Shepherd will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Good Shepherd Baptist Church, with Priscilla Updegraf officiating. She was born Oct. 19, 1958 in Livingston, the daughter of Preston O. Young and Dorothy F. Thompson Young, and died March 6, 2010 in Shepherd. She is survived by her parents, Preston and Dorothy Young; brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Pam Young and Johnny and Priscilla Updegraf; daughter, Elisha Hopkins; son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Christine Hopkins; son, J.P. Deaton; daughter, Emily Deaton; spouse, Dennis Deaton and grandchildren, Bradley Hopkins, Onui Garcia, Cecilia Hopkins, Dorothy Garcia, Olivia Hopkins and Emily Hopkins. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Michael Davis Fain
SARITA – Michael Davis Fain was born Nov. 3, 1956, in Corpus Christi and died at his residence in the arms of family on March 6, 2010 in Sarita. He was preceded in death by his mother, Martha Taylor; father, Douglas Fain and brothers, Douglas Wilson Fain Jr. and Matthew Irvin Taylor. Mike was known for never having met a stranger. He was a retired game warden from Texas Parks and Wildlife. He served as a game warden for over 25 years in Kenedy County and retired in 2003. He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Patti) Fain; three daughters, Christina Renee (Kevin) Bates of Buda, Amy Diane (Jason) Johnson of Houston and Dominique (Niki) D’Agostino of Sarita; five grandchildren and brothers, James Fain of Mississippi and David Fain of Florida. Active and retired Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens served as pallbearers. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 9, at Sacred Heart Chapel at La Parra, with interment in the Cowboy Cemetery. The family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society in Mike’s memory. Duddlesten Funeral Home, Raymondville, was in charge of arrangements.

Robert William Hudnell
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Robert William Hudnell, 61, of Livingston were held Tuesday, March 9, 2010, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Robert Emanuel officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Jerry Ellison, Tommy Bookman, Ian Williams, William Hindzman, Jesse Robinson and Steven Richardson. He was born Feb. 3, 1949, in Palestine, the son of Willie L. “Buck” Hudnell and Molly Marie Redwine Hudnell, and died March 5, 2010, in Lufkin. He is preceded in death by his father, Buck. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Hudnell of Livingston; mother, Mollie Marie Redwine Hudnell of Houston; daughter, DeAnna Nicole Hudnell of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Candice Emanuel- Hobbs and husband Gerald of Houston; son and daughter-in-law, Robert Ray and Lisa Emanuel of Jamestown, N.C.; grandchildren, Bridgette Williams, Ian Williams, Allison Emanuel, Joshua Harrison, Bobby Harrison, Nolan Emanuel and Kyle Emanuel; brother, Troy Pursley of Tomball and a host of friends and co-workers. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www. cochranfh.com

Harold Wilson “Dink” Bates
LIVINGSTON – Harold Wilson “Dink” Bates was born April 13, 1923 in Quitman, Ark. and moved to Onalaska 30 years ago. Here he discovered the love of gardening and he loved to share the bounty. Competing in the Canyon Park Christmas decorating contest was the highlight of his year. It was said, “You can see the glow from his yard all the way to Huntsville.” After retiring, he did many types of work in Polk County and proved to be a very talented “fix-it” man for his friends and family. Many say, “He was the best neighbor I ever had.” Dink was known as a very big man with a gentle soul and a kind heart. With his family and Traditions Hospice at his side, he died on March 4, 2010. He is survived by his daughters, Sandi Ostman and husband David and Brenda Ramirez and husband René; five grandsons; 10 greatgrandchildren and dachshunds, Stormy and Snow. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Josephine M. Sweeny
POINT BLANK —Josephine M. Sweeny, better known by friends and neighbors in the Point Blank, area as Jo Sweeny, passed into the hands of the Lord March 1, 2010, at the age of 82 years at her home. She had been a member of Point Blank Baptist Church and Center Hill Baptist Church. Born Nov. 5,1927, in Houston, Texas to John Graham Hazen Sr. and Helen May Fields, she was the fifth child of six in this family. She resided at Point Blank for 14-plus years. She is survived by a loving and devoted daughter, Jeannie Lomelo of Denton; one son, Alan Radford of League City; a grandson, Frank Lomelo of Pearland; a sister, Helen Abel of Humble; a sister-in-law, Becky Hazen of Fort Worth. She is also survived by nephews and nieces as follows: Haney Wilkerson and wife Mary of Point Blank, Boots Hazen and wife Carol of Spring Branch, Rusty Hazen and wife Christine of Pearland, Kelly Hazen and wife Becky of League City, Joseph Orsak and wife Kimberly of Humble, Jonathan Abel of Humble, Nancy Nell Schriener and husband Mark of Pasadena, Tammy Mueller and husband Brett of Spring, Cheryl Graves and husband Richard of Ft Worth, and numerous great nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Sweeney of Point Blank, her father and mother, a sister, Mildred Wilkerson and husband, John W. Wilkerson, three brothers John G. Hazen, Jr, Earl Hazen, and Robert A. Hazen two sister-in-laws Marjorie Hazen and Martha Hazen and three nephews, John G, Hazen,IIl, Gary Radford killed in Viet Nam and Terry Hazen. A memorial service in her memory will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 13, 2010, at the Point Blank First Baptist Church, 5770 Hwy 190 W, Point Blank, Texas. Rev. Mickey Fountain will officiate.

Lillian Vestal

LIVINGSTON — Lillian Vestal, 81, of Livingston died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 2, in the First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. James Frazier officiating. Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery. Lillian was born Sept. 11, 1928, in Cuzick, Ky., the daughter of B.F. Jones and Ora Valeria Cobb Jones. She worked for many years as a child care provider at the First United Methodist Church, where she was a long time member. She loved being a grandmother to her grandchildren and a great-grandmother to her great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, A.L. Vestal Jr. and sister, Ruby Word. She is survived by her son, Glenn Vestal of Livingston; grandchildren, Katelyn Vestal of Livingston, Mary Ann Brogden of Chester, Kelly Ellis of Livingston, Lea Ellis of Livingston and Haley Cox of Chester; brother, Frank “Bud” Jones of Apache, Okla.; sisters, Mary E. Fowler of Spiro, Okla., Shirley Chace of Medford, Okla., Betty Dain of Guymon Okla. and Nancy Grose of Oklahoma City, Okla.; 10 great-grandchildren and special friends, Denise Rowe and Ann Rowe. Pallbearers were Claude Thomas, Russell Thomas, Scott Gessett, Clark Winters, Leon Bailey and Ron Leamons. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Maurice Cunningham
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Maurice Cunningham, 42, of Houston will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 6, 2010, at Morearay Church of God in Christ, 7996 Cinderella St. in Houston, with Supt. Harrison Tippett officiating. He was born Feb. 15, 1968, in San Francisco, Calif., the son of James Cunningham and Linda Reece, and died Feb. 21, 2010, in Houston. He attended San Francisco public schools. Survivors include two sisters, Debbie Jobkins and Sabrina Dukes of Clear Lake, Calif.; grandparents, Oliver and Stella Reece of Houston; aunts, Helen Henderson of Livingston, Mary O’Bryant, Stella Reece, Terry and Sherry Reece and Pam Reece, all of Houston, and Clarissa Wilson and Bridgette Bronson, both of California; goddaughter, Shinett Thomas of Baypoint, Calif.; uncle, Jack Reece of Houston; great-uncles, the Rev. Olin Reece of Houston and Percy Reece (Evelyn) of Swartwout; great-aunt, Missionary Erma Hill; special cousin, Carolyn Greggs; special friend, Wilma O’Bryant and a host of other relatives and friends. Duncan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Elton Gregory
LIVINGSTON — Elton Gregory, 85, of Livingston died Monday, March 1, 2010, in Lufkin. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 4, in Forest Hill Cemetery, with Deacon Mike Marion officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. Thursday until service time at the cemetery. Military honors will be provided by VFW Post 8568. Mr. Gregory was born Sept. 10, 1924, in Houston, the son of Edward Gregory and Auba Rogers Gregory. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He is survived by his wife, Haydee Gregory of Livingston; daughter, Kathryn Theobald and husband Steve of De Soto, Mo. and grandsons, Graham Asson and Thomas Asson, both of Salt Lake City, Utah. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Celia Catherine Hickman
LIVINGSTON — Celia Catherine Hickman, 95, of Tomball died Feb. 23, 2010, in Tomball. Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 28, in Tomball Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Steve Murray officiating. Graveside services were held Tuesday, March 2, in Bluff Creek Cemetery, with the Rev. Steve Murray officiating. She was born Aug. 4, 1914, in Hortense, the daughter of Joseph Matthews and Meddie Ann Warren Matthews. She married William J.B. Hickman on July 27, 1932, in Leggett. Celia loved to cook for others and often opened up her home to friends and family, especially those from her church family. She is survived by her sons, Bryant Hickman of Cypress and Wayne Hickman of Mont Belvieu; daughter, Marie Vaughn of Longview; grandchildren, Deborah Hawkins of Orange, Mark Hickman of Iraq, Lisa Kuecher of Houston, Kevin Hickman of Houston, Dr. Walter Hickman of Katy, Hilary Adkins of Hallsville and David Vaughn of Union Grove; her sisters, Pauline Powell of Livingston and Rita Gruver of Pasadena; nine greatgrandchildren and one great-greatgrandchild. Pallbearers were Mark Hickman, Randy Powell, Walter Hickman, Kevin Hickman, David Vaughn and LaGene Hickman. Honorary pallbearers were Mark Kuecher and Eddie Hawkins. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to Tomball Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 992, Tomball, TX 77377. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Oliver McPike
LIVINGSTON — Oliver McPike, 67, of Livingston died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, in Lufkin. Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 28, in Bethel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dicky Boddie officiating. Burial followed in Bold Springs Cemetery. Oliver was born Feb. 24, 1943, in Livingston, the son of Oliver Carl McPike and Lola Maude Pierce McPike. He is survived by his son, Joseph McPike and wife Susan of Willis; daughter, DeAnn Montgomery and wife Ahmed of Spring; son, Ronnie McPike of Splendora; grandchildren, Joey McPike of Willis, Darien Montgomery of Spring, A.J. Montgomery of Spring, Sarah McPike of Splendora and Jesse McPike of Splendora and his siblings, Buddy McPike of Livingston, Billy McPike of Livingston, Charles Wells of Livingston, Mary Ann Sullivan of Cleveland and Mary Jane Martin of Livingston. Pallbearers were Gary McPike, Johnny Boyd Riley, Danny McPike, Andy McPike, Tom Riley, Dustin Wells, Kenneth Sullivan and Shannon Sullivan. Honorary pallbearers were Shane Lollar, Danny Sullivan and J.D. Crawford. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Eunice Ryans White
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Eunice Kay Ryans Benham White, 52, of Brookshire will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 6, 2010, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Michael Ewing officiating. She was born Oct. 18, 1956, in Livingston, the daughter of the late Marion Ryans and Robbie Fransaw Ryans, and died Feb. 23, 2010. She attended Livingston public schools, graduating from Livingston High School. Survivors include two daughters, Trishanda (Traci) Ryans and Gayla Davis; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Edith Ryans Landers of Houston and Gloria Burrell of Liberty; two brothers, Fredrick Ryans (Cyndie) of Huntsville and Adeu Ryans of Houston; uncle, Lonnie Fransaw of Houston; aunt, Delores Hunt of Houston and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Duncan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Russell M. Dunn
ONALASKA — Russell M. Dunn, 89, of Onalaska died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, in Lufkin. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 3, in the First Baptist Church in Onalaska, with the Rev. Don Wilkey officiating. Burial followed in Houston National Cemetery. Military honors were given at the church by the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard. Mr. Dunn was born March 13, 1920, in Henning, Minn., the son of William H. Dunn and LaVanche Bosingham Dunn. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He was a devoted member of the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard, and his church. He also loved traveling and woodworking as a hobby. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Dunn of Onalaska; sons, Ralph Dunn and wife Caroline of Onalaska and Dale Dunn and wife Linda of Canyon; daughter, Mary Stewart and husband Lee of Palestine; brother, Dale Dunn of Riverside, Calif.; nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Doyle Morris Jr., Carl Stewart, Michael Facemire, Nicole Facemire, Kemal Farid, Emily Dunn, Randy Morris, Sherry Farid, Stephen Facemire, Kim McCollough, Christina Costlow and Elizabeth McClure. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Field of Honor, c/o Carolyn Tullos, P.O. Box 331 Ace, TX 77326. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Odessa Pippins Lamb
LIVINGSTON — Odessa Pippins Lamb died Feb. 26, 2010, from complications of leukemia. Graveside services were held Sunday, Feb. 28, in Camp Ruby Cemetery, with Pastor Mitchell Murphy officiating. Mrs. Lamb was born Feb. 14, 1927 in Winnsboro, La. She married R.H. Lamb on June 7, 1944 and moved to Texas. They built their life at Camp Ruby. R.H. preceded her in death on Oct. 24, 1982. She was also preceded in death by John Farmer, her companion and dance partner of 14 years. Odessa was an active member of the Livingston VFW Post 8568 Ladies’ Auxiliary for many years before moving to Palestine in 2004. Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Gloria and Royce Warren of Palestine and Sue and Bob Sprott of Bryan; grandchildren and spouses, Jeff and Laura Dillon of Bryan, Regena and Troy Bains of Palestine and Justin and Kacy Warren of Katy and three greatgrandchildren, Carter and Caroline Dillon of Bryan and Brady Bains of Palestine. The family requests memorials be made to the Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post 8568 (P.O. Box 508, Livingston, TX 77351) or Camp Ruby Community Cemetery (P.O. Box 92, Dallardsville, TX. 77332). Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com

 

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