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LIVINGSTON -- James Scott Norriss died peacefully on Feb. 25, 2011 in Goodrich at age 54. Scott was born on June 24, 1956 in Baytown, to Dorothy Byrd and Kerby Norriss; joining the family, with his older brother Robert Wayne “Sko” Norriss. Scott gradu-ated from Robert E Lee High school in 1975, where he met Patri-cia Arabie Norriss. They married on Sept. 18, 1974 in Baytown. Scott was ordained as a minister of God’s word in 1982 and was very strong his belief and led many people to Christ. He took pride in large machinery operation, enjoyed race cars and football. He was known as a joyful man who never knew an enemy, a true southern gentleman at heart. A great story-teller and history buff, Scott could recall any time in history and ex-plain it in detail to anyone who would listen. He enjoyed watching classic movies and anything relat-ing to the military. He also enjoyed running the lights and sound for Baytown band Buffalo Speedway and other bands. He was a Life Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, and encouraged the local troop in Livingston. Known by his family as “Old Man of Many Moons,” Scott leaves behind his loving wife of nearly 40 years, Patricia Arabie Norriss; son, and daughter-in-law, James Lee "Rusty" and Krystal Norriss; daughter and son-in-law, Christina and Jason Morrow; grandchildren, Micheal, Katherine and Gabriel; mother, Dorothy Byrd; farther and mother-in-law, Kerby and Natalie; brother, Robert “Sko” Norriss and countless faithful friends and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dorothy and Bill Warner and special friend, Joe Don Stovall. A celebration of his life will be held at Pelican Junction in Bay-town on April 2, 2011. There will be raffles, gumbo, pies, cakes and more and “good ole” southern clas-sic rock and country music. A benefit fund has been opened at First National Bank, P.O. Box 671, Livingston, TX 77351-0671. All gifts will be used for his medical expenses.
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside ser-vices for Bernice Angie Cogdill, 87, were held Friday, March 26, 2011, in Bold Springs Cemetery. She was born May 18, 1923 in Nacogdoches County, to Leonard Koonce and Manalia Taylor Koonce, and died March 22, 2011 in Tomball. She is survived by her nephew, Bill Strother of Houston and nu-merous other nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Larry Wayne Dobbs, 54, of Palestine, formerly of Livingston, was born June 24, 1956 in Pasadena, to Adren and Hazel “Ivey” Dobbs, and died March 18, 2011. He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Adren “Bub-ba” Dobbs and a sister, Cynthia Gale Dobbs Walton. He is survived by his daughters, Linsey Nicole Dobbs of Huntington and Christina James Dobbs Me-rino; sisters,, Sondra Young of Houston and Linda Chapman and husband Duncan of Houston; grandchildren, Selena Merino, Corey Stafford, Aubri Thomas, and Brooklyn James and numerous other relatives and friends also survive. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Hazel Lolene Hitchcock, 81, of Livingston was born May 18, 1929 in Schwab City, to Cuy Thomas Parker and Viola Taylor Parker, and died March 15, 2011 in Livingston. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Faye Johnson of Cleveland and numer-ous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for John Robert “Bob” Pruett, Jr., 52, of Livingston were held Sat-urday, March 26, 2011, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Mitchell Murphy officiating. Interment fol-lowed in Camp Ruby Cemetery. He was born Sept. 13, 1958 in Corrigan, the son of John Robert Pruett Sr. and Bessie Davis Lamb, and died March 22, 2011 in Livingston. Bob is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Bessie Lamb of Li-vingston; son, Jay Tyler Pruett of San Antonio; daughter, Elizabeth Caroline Pruett of Bryan; sister and brother-in-law, Stacey and Ken-neth Bravenec of Katy; brother and sister-in-law, Stephen and Wendy Lamb of La Porte; sister and brother-in-law, Angela and Ronald Cox of Livingston; nine nieces and nephews and numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
TRINITY -- Services for Douglas R. Martin, 82, Trinity were held Friday, March 25, 2011, in Con-cord Cumberland Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Mike Loftin and the Rev. Duane Dougherty officiating. Burial followed in Con-cord Cemetery under direction of Cottle Funeral Home, Troup. Mr. Martin died Monday, March 21, in a Tyler hospital. He was born July 24, 1928 in Concord, to the late Willis B. and Jessie Mae Mar-tin. After graduating from Carlisle High School in Price in 1948, he was employed by Child’s Piggly Wiggly Company at Jacksonville, working as produce manager, assis-tant store manager and store man-ager. On Aug. 27, 1951, Doug was employed by the Ohio Oil Compa-ny (now Marathon Oil Company), as a roustabout in Orange. He also served as a pumper and operator on a workover rig. The latter part of 1957, Doug was transferred to the low absorption plant area. His work consisted of being an operator, maintenance, plant mechanic, in-strument man, and relief foreman. He assisted in all plant shutdown and startup operations. In March, 1969, Doug was trans-ferred from Orange to Hobbs, N.M. as production foreman. In April, 1971, he was transferred to the Houston Division as safety engi-neer. In February of 1974, he was transferred to Lafayette, La. as Main Pass Block 306 production superintendent. Doug married the former Betty Jo Slaid on June 20, 1948, in Jack-sonville. Doug enjoyed golfing and fishing and was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Besides his parents, Doug was preceded in death by a sister, Marry Ross. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Betty Martin, Trinity; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Danny Martin, Trinity and Randy and Cindy Martin, Longview; a sister and two brothers-in-law, Juanita and Dudley Wardlaw, Tyler and Harry Ross, Longview; five grand-children and their spouses, Marissa and Robert Hajovsky, Matthew Martin, Cody and Cady Martin, Whitney and Eric Slack, and Robby Martin; three great-grandchildren, Lane, Wyatt and Colter Hajovsky and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Jim Harrison, Robert Hajovsky, Matthew Martin, Cody Martin, Eric Slack and Robby Martin. Honorary pallbear-ers were Tim Martin, L. H. Hol-comb, Harry Ross, Dudley Wardlaw, D. L. Stewart, Pete Ledford and Harold Woodall. Online registration and condo-lences are available at www.cottlefuneralhome.com.
CORRIGAN -- Services for By-ron Edward “Ned” Shelton of Cor-rigan were held Saturday, March 26, 2011, in the First United Me-thodist Church in Corrigan, with Harold Seago officiating. Inter-ment followed in Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan. Mr. Shelton was born in New Or-leans, La. on June 10, 1919 and died at his home in Corrigan on March 23, 2011. His influence will be remembered by family and friends. As a young man, he at-tended schools in New Orleans and played in jazz bands in the famed French Quarter. After graduating from Loyola University, he served as a policeman on the New Orleans Police Department while continuing to play music. He found his calling when he entered the teaching profession as a band director, first in Jackson, Miss., then in Louisiana. Finally, Mr. Shelton and his family moved to Corrigan in 1955 where he obtained his master’s degree in music at Stephen F. Austin State Univer-sity and was an integral part of the Corrigan ISD until his retirement in 1985, after which he enjoyed work-ing at the Mickey Riley Public Li-brary. While on the faculty of the Corrigan School District he was the band director, a history teacher, a junior high principal, and the school counselor. He was known as a captivating teacher who chal-lenged students to achieve their best. His enthusiastic love of histo-ry inspired many students to pursue further studies in the field. As written in his students’ dedi-cation to Mr. Shelton in their 1978 high school yearbook, “he was made of New Orleans jazz…[with] a sense of humor, [and] the ability to tolerate the beginning sounds band students make on their in-struments....” He was known for his talent to weave a good story from his life experiences. A true renais-sance man, Mr. Shelton was pas-sionate about his family, a gardener with a love for beautiful flowers and fresh vegetables, an enthusiastic chef who enjoyed cooking for his family and friends, a consummate gentleman, and a musical virtuoso—master of the piano, clarinet, and saxophone. Mr. Shelton was the son of By-ron Edward and Louise Lanata Shelton. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Charlotte Virginia Hawkins Shelton. He is survived by his four child-ren, Ginny Fender of Tyler, Ned Shelton of Corrigan, Mary Shelton of Corrigan and Becky Geeslin of Surfside; grandchildren, Robert Fender and wife Julie of Austin, Kevin Fender and wife Leslie of Austin, Patrick Fender of Austin and Beth Geeslin of Corrigan; sev-en great-grandchildren, Ashley, Luke, Jadon, Colin, Thomas, Eric and Adelina and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Patrick Fender, Kevin Fender, Robert Fender, Billy Mac Cockrell, Paul Cockrell, Wayne Geeslin, Robert Nash and Mario Venegas. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral Services for Gary Roch, 49, were held Saturday, March 26, 2011, in Pine Forest Baptist Church in Onalaska. He was born March 19, 1962 in Houston, to Charles Gerald Roch Sr. and Frances Virginia Stockton Armstrong, and died March 22, 2011 in Onalaska. He was a mem-ber of the 700 Club and Operation Blessing. He was also a veteran, having served his country in the Army in the 1980s. Gary is survived by his wife, Ka-therine Clark of Onalaska; parents, Frances and John Armstrong of Harp and numerous nieces, ne-phews and other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his fa-ther, Charles Gerald Roch Sr. and brother, Charles Gerald Roch, Jr. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
CLEVELAND – Mary Louise Anderson, born May 1, 1943 to Annie Maxie Cooley and James Calvin Holden, died on March 10, 2011. She met and married Marvin An-derson and to this union two sons were born, Darron Keith Anderson and Marron Tiche Anderson. She was known as someone who loved her sons dearly and was there for others in need of prayer and spiri-tual guidance. She was a great be-liever and servant of her Lord Jesus Christ. Mary was preceded in death by her mom, Annie Maxie Cooley; father, James Calvin Holden; sister, Patricia Anne Bryant and brother, Anthony Lorenzo Holden. She is survived by her sons, Dar-ron Keith Anderson and wife Va-lencia and Marron Tiche Anderson and wife Latarsha; three brothers, Artis Arrington and wife Shirley, Robert Charles Holden and James Calvin Holden Jr. and wife Sherley; three sisters, Mamie Lois Smart and husband Lawson, Annie Ruth Jones and Doris G. Lawson and husband Donald; stepsisters, Linda and Cynthia; three stepbrothers, Al, Dennis and Perry; grandson, Alden Anderson; step-granddaughter, Paris and a host of other relatives and friends. Jerry Gassiot Mortuary in Cleve-land was in charge of arrange-ments.
LIVINGSTON -- Kenneth Weldon Wood, born July 29, 1935 in Palestine, died on March 18, 2011 in Livingston at the age of 75 years. Kenneth was a faithful Christian who loved to talk about the Lord. His loving family includes his wife of 56 years, Floyce Dean Wood; children, Kenny Wood and wife Mary Ann, Patricia Carroll and husband Cliford and Harold Wood and wife Lynne; sister, Floyce Gandy; nine grandchildren, Matt, Stacey, Christy and husband Aaron, Daniel, Brenda and hus-band John, Justin, Dalton and wife Jo Anna and Jenel; 12 great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Justin and Etheyl Wilson Wood. A celebration of Kenneth's life was held Monday, March 21, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastors Garrick Ellzey and Dickie Roddies officiating. Interment followed in Big Sandy Cemetery. To send online condolences, go to www.pacefuneral.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Joy Juanice Stapp, 60, died on Wednesday, March 17, 2011. Joy was born Dec. 22, 1950 in Sweetwater. She was a Baptist and truly loved her Lord. She also was a duck collector. She is survived by her sons, Lenial Stapp, Layan Stapp and wife Autumn and Greg Doty; daughters, Sonja Keating and hus-band Linday and Lesha Sanchez; brothers, Joe Dennis Long, Johnny Mack Long, Billy Bob Long and Glen Long and 10 grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Woodie Brown Long; three brothers and one sister. Graveside services were held Tuesday, March 22, at Roscoe Cemetery in Roscoe. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.
HUNTSVILLE -- Violene Palmer Carter, born on May 19, 1937 in Lufkin, died on Friday, March 18, 2011. She is survived in memory by her husband, Charles E. Carter of Huntsville; three children, Rick Carter, Charles D. Carter and Re-becca Hogard and two grandchil-dren, William Hogard and Nicole Carter. She is also survived by her brother, Charlie Palmer of Livings-ton, along with many other family members and special life-long friends. Violene spent her younger years growing up in East Texas, residing in Huntsville for most of her life. She graduated from Livingston High School in 1955 and was a wife, mother, grandmother and retired business administrator of many years. Services for Violene will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2011, in the Sam Houston Memori-al Funeral Home Chapel in Hunts-ville. Burial will follow the service at Brooke Cemetery in Huntsville. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.shmfh.com.
HOUSTON – Robert “Bob” W. Webster Jr., beloved husband, fa-ther and “Pawpaw,” died on March 20, 2011. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Sue Webster; son, Rus-sell ‘Rusty” Webster and daughter-in-law, Kleta of Pasadena; daugh-ter, Suzanne Winkler and son-in-law, Michael of Sugar Land; grandchildren, Travis Webster, Kyle Winkler and Kellsie Winkler; sister, Arlene Brittain and nieces and nephews. Bob was born in Houston on July 27, 1930 to Robert and Essie Web-ster. He attended Jeff Davis High School in Houston where he met his wife, Sue. He honorably served in the U.S. Air Force until 1954. He resided in the North Shore area until his retirement from Conoco Phillips as a piping designer. He then moved to Lake Livingston and finally was able to live on the water. He enjoyed fishing and baseball, but above all loved spending time with family and friends. He was a member of Central Baptist Church, where he was an usher and an active member in his Sunday school class. He loved vo-lunteering and helping at church and local fundraisers. He was known as someone who never met a stranger; all he met were friends to him. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 23 at Brookside Funeral Home. Interment followed in Brookside Memorial Park.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Louise Hill, 79, were held Sunday, March 15, 2011, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Brian Colburn, born Sept. 5, 1955 in Lancaster Calif., died March 16, 2011 in Ona-laska at the age of 55. Mr. Colburn is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Lynn; sons, Michael Edwards and wife Jennifer and Eric Edwards and wife Denice; daughter, Laura Newman and husband Kevin; 10 grandchildren, Jeremy, Ryan, Aaron, Brittney, Samantha, Cameron, Caitlyn, Ashley, Jasmine and Nicholas; nu-merous other relatives and a host of friends. Brian is preceded in death by his parents, William and Catherine Bull Colburn. Services were held Saturday, March 19, 2011 at Pace Funeral Home, with the Rev. Sharon Kapsch officiating. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Memorial services for James Lloyd Clark, 60, of Las Vegas, Nev. were held Saturday, March 12, 2011, in the Coch-ran Funeral Home Chapel in Li-vingston. Pallbearers were Michael Reese, Randy Anderson Jr., Patrick May Clark, Aaron C. Anderson, Rueben Anderson and Albert Ander-son. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Clark, Anthony Clark, Richard Clark, Robert Clark Jr., Lynn Riley and Phillip Clark. He was born Oct. 21, 1950 in San Antonio, the son of Robert Clark Sr. and Estella Jefferson Clark, and died March 2, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nev. James is survived by his mother, Estella Clark of Livingston; sisters, Stella Lewis of Houston, Ernestine Reese of Houston and Deborah Anderson of Houston; brothers, Charles E. Clark of Houston, Ri-chard Jerome Clark of Leggett, Robert Clark Jr. of Amarillo and Patrick Anthony Clark of Lufkin; aunts, Vernice Mays of Leggett, Geraldine Thomas of Houston, Mary Martinez of Wichita Falls, Doris Clark Dodd of Ft. Worth and Betty Clark Tatum of Ft. Worth; uncles, Mark A. Jefferson of Mesa, Ariz. and Robert W. Jefferson of Burkburnett; sister-in-law, Belinda Clark of Houston and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Mary Frances Whitmire, 81, of Livingston were held Tuesday, March 15, 2011, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livings-ton, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment followed in Bold Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers were Justin Davis, Chuck LeBlanc, Cody Whitmire, Cory Whitmire, Marcus Davis, Rod Ziegler and Bobby Kelly. She was born Jan. 7, 1930 in Sylvester, the daughter of James S. Wright and Hattie Viola Money Wright, and died March 13, 2011 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her husband, Herbert L. Whitmire; parents; son, Charlie Lamond Davis and great-grandchild, Caleb Davis. Mary is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Darrell and Debbie Davis of Livingston; son, Henry Whitmire of Marquez; grandchil-dren, Amber Davis of Pittsburg, Justin Davis and fiancée Angel Raulston of McKinney, Chuck LeBlanc and fiancée Jennifer King of Livingston, Cody Whitmire of Langley, Va., Brooke Whitmire of Huntsville and Cory Whitmire of Marquez; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Estelle May of Beaumont and JoAnn Walker of Grapeland; caregiver, Jimmie John-son of Livingston and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
CLEVELAND -- Randolph D. Ethridge, 51, died on Sunday, March 14, 2011. He was born in Houston on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1960, to the late Robert and Mary Alice Eth-ridge. Randy was preceded in death by his brothers, David Earl, Richard Lynn and Steven Paul Ethridge; sister, Karen Kay Ethridge and aunts and uncles, Barbara and Jimmy Horsack, Margie Smith and Frieda Watson. He is survived by his loving brothers, Robert Ethridge, Edward Ethridge, Ronald Ethridge, Timothy Ethridge and Thomas Caples; sisters, Alice Raymond, Angelia Ballard, Mary Poteet and Karen Evans and husband John; uncle, Donald L. Watson and aunt, Shir-ley Watson; uncle, Chester Smith and numerous other loving family and friends. A memorial service will be held for Randy at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family re-quests donations be made to Neal Funeral Home to cover funeral expenses. Neal Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
MIDLOTHIAN, VA. -- John P. Norris died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Richmond, Va. He was born Aug. 11, 1929 in Johnson County, N.C. He is survived by Sue Norris, wife of 26 years; daughter, Sherrie (Glen) Wood; son, John Jr. (Wen-dy); stepchildren, Kathy (Nick) Levay, Kandi Hussey, Randy (Bet-sy) Hussey, Sonny (Pat) Norris and Nathan (Barbara) Dorton; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Amy. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. March 29, 2011 at Living Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3903 Old Hundred Road S., Midlothian, VA 23112.
PASADENA -- Helen Marie Pogue Breaux, 96, of La Porte died in Bayshore Medical Center Hospital on Friday, March 11, 2011. She was born Oct. 4, 1914 in Shelby County, Ill., to the late Homer and Frances Pogue. Helen was a registered nurse, having re-ceived her certification from the renowned Michael Reese School of Nursing in Chicago. Helen then moved to Houston, Texas and was employed as a private duty nurse. In 1942, she married Tulley Breaux and continued her nursing career while he served in World War II. From 1947-1978, Helen and Tulley owned and operated the Twin Oaks Motel in Crockett, Tex-as. While residing in Crockett, He-len was a member of the First Christian Church and served sever-al terms as president of the Chris-tian Women’s Fellowship Group. She was famous for her Sunday roast dinners, homemade lime ice cream, seedless berry pies, home-made pralines, and beautiful rose beds. After selling the motel and mov-ing to LaPorte, Helen and Tulley enjoyed 28 years of a wonderful retirement filled with square danc-ing, RVing, and many family and friend get-togethers. Helen will be especially remembered for her seemingly ageless beauty, her quick wit, her gift of storytelling, her passion for genealogy research, but most of all, for her dedication as a wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Zola Larson and Ruby Hardy and her husband of 68 years, Tulley Edward Breaux. She is survived by her sons, Jim Breaux and wife Debbie of Dallas and Ron Breaux and wife Bonnie of Livingston; daughter, Judy Bau-er and husband Hank of Houston; grandchildren, Austen Breaux, Amanda Bauer, Kyle Breaux, Da-vid Breaux and wife Katie and Chris Breaux; great-grandson, Luke Breaux; numerous nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends. Services were held Wednesday, March 16, in the chapel of Grand View Funeral Home. A private interment was held in Houston Na-tional Cemetery. Online memorial tributes may be placed at www.grandviewfunerals.com.
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Dora Mae Elizabeth Gray, 85, of Houston were held on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan. Mrs. Gray was born Feb. 18, 1926 in Corrigan and died Tues-day, March 8, 2011, in Houston. She was a homemaker all of her life and a member of the Progres-sive New Hope Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, David Gray Sr.; parents, Edward and Bertha (Hall) Spikes; brothers, Darest Spikes, Sidney Spikes and Diamond Spikes and sister, Everine Spikes. She is survived by her sons, Da-vid Gray Jr. of Corrigan, Johnny Edward Gray of Houston and Al-vin Lee Gray of Houston; daugh-ters, Linda York of Houston, Mary Rouse Mart of Houston and Alza-retta Tribble of Los Angeles, Calif.; brothers, Edward Spikes of Hou-ston, Sam Spikes of Houston and Jessie Spikes of Los Angeles, Calif.; sister, Alzata Jones of Los Angeles, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Naomi Harrell, 66, of Li-vingston will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 17, 2011, at Holy Ground Holiness Church, with the Rev. Manuel Dunham Jr., officiat-ing. Interment will follow in Victory Place Beautiful Cemetery. Mrs. Harrell died March 10, 2011 in Livingston. She was born Sept. 5, 1944 in Livingston, the daughter of the late Aubrey and Lu Ella Harrell, and attended Dunbar public schools. Survivors include her son, Moses Harrell of Livingston; two sisters, Ida Wortham (Paul) of Livingston and Erma Harrell of Lufkin; two brothers, Kennedy Harrell of Na-cogdoches and Herman Harrell of Lufkin; nieces, Nacole Harrell, LaShawnda Harrell, Shemeika Dunham (Desmond), Joyce, Carde-lia and Mechelle Harrell; nephew, Paul Wortham Jr.; three great-nieces; two great-nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Paul Wortham Sr., Albert Williams, Paul Wortham Jr., Johnnie Smith Jr. and Antwon Culliver. Honorary pallbearers will be family and friends. Duncan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Martha Jean “Granny” Schwirtlich, 69, of Onalaska were held Wednesday, March 16, 2011, in the Cochran Funeral Home Cha-pel in Livingston, with Pastor An-tony Rhodes officiating. Interment followed in Holly Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers were Colt Hanchey, Leonard Howard, Steven Majeski, Cody Dodd, David Henry, Terry Lawson, Mark Mueck and Jamie Lawson. She was born Feb. 25, 1942 in Warren, Ark., the daughter of William Hill and Quida McCul-lum, and died March 13, 2011 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents and a son, Robert Dewayne Henry. Martha is survived by her hus-band, Leon Schwirtlich of Ona-laska; daughters and sons-in-law, Vickie and Morris Rhodes of Day-ton and Leonna and Leonard Howard of Livingston; sons and daughters-in-law, Buddy and Nadine Henry of Hardin, Chuck and A’dina Elliott of Key West, Fla.; grandchildren, Kim Mueck, David Henry, Mark Henry, Shelby Elliott, Caitlin Elliott, Megan Rhodes, Sabrina Howard, Laura Majeski and Steven Majeski; great-grandchildren, Chloe, Kaden, Neely, Little David, Lyla, Jaylynn and Robert Cody; sisters, Linda Copeland and Helen Harris, both of Livingston; daughter-in-law, Virie Henry of Votaw and nu-merous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Kenneth Paul Bond, 78, of Livingston were held Sunday, March 13, 2011, at Central Baptist Church in Livingston, with Pastor Randall Whitt officiating and eulo-gies by Mike Dabney and Garvey Jackson. Interment followed in Mt. Rose Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mike Bond, David Bond, Jimmy Bond, Neal Nettles, Tyler Bond, Huston Bond, Gary Davis and Todd Gardner. Honorary pallbearers were Lions Club members, Sunday school class and all of his former ath-letes. He was born Dec. 10, 1932 in Livingston, the son of Horace Bond and Emma Troy Watts Bond, and died March 10, 2011 in Lufkin. Coach Bond was a graduate of Livingston High school, where he excelled in sports. He then at-tended Allen Academy and the University of Houston and obtained a master’s degree in education. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956 and his family returned to Livingston in 1961, when he joined the Livingston High School staff as a teacher and coach. During his tenure he assisted in all high school sports and later became the Lions head basketball coach. He also served LHS as an assistant principal. After retiring from LISD he became a manager and later partner of Jackson’s Hardware and Enterprises. He was also the owner and operator of KVLL radio station in Woodville. He was involved in the Livingston Lions, where he served as past president, and Masonic Lodge No. 14 AF and AM. Coach Bond is survived by his daughter, Debra Sue Crawford of Texarkana; daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Kay Nettles and Neal Nettles of Livingston; daughter, Keri Lynn Bond of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Gene Keith “Dinky” Bond and Sandy Bond of Atascocita; son, Kenneth Paul Bond II of Nacogdoches; brother and sister-in-law, Gene Thomas Bond and Betty Bond; brother and sister-in-law, James Horace Bond and Patsy Bond; sister and brother-in-law, Frances Camp and Harlan Camp of Livingston; three grand-sons; seven granddaughters; one great-grandson; six great-granddaughters and numerous other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Robbye Lou Alexander Bond, who he married on March 10, 1952. Robbye died on Aug. 16, 2010. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Wanda J. Moore, 77, of Votaw were held Thursday, March 10, 2011, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Darrell McAdams and the Rev. Michael Moore officiat-ing. Interment followed in Blue Water Cemetery. Pallbearers were the Rev. Mi-chael Moore, Thomas Moore, Ken-neth Moore, Dean Christianson, Nathan Debler, Jacob Johnston, Kenneth Ocker and Robert Johns. She was born July 21, 1933 in Fostoria, the daughter of Earl Au-thor Swearingen and Bennie Agnes Lowe Swearingen, and died March 8, 2011 in Nacogdoches. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, John “Jack” Moore; grandson, Mark (Buddy) Moore and sisters, Pauline Marcon-tell and Earline Cook. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Loret-ta Moore of Lufkin; daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and Dean Christianson of Rye; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Rolanda Moore of Votaw; grandchildren, Amanda Ocker, the Rev. Michael Moore, Thomas Moore, Kenneth Moore, Dena Christianson, Jada Christianson and Dean Christianson; 12 great-grandchildren and one on the way; brother, Buck Swearingen of Buna and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Neta Belle Tipton, 87, of Livingston were held Thursday, March 10, 2011, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livings-ton, with Bro. Michael Huermann officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery. She was born June 24, 1923 in Nacogdoches County, the daughter of Oliver Doyle Boddie and Ollie Kathryn Owen Boddie, and died March 8, 2011 in Cleveland. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Sherman and Judy Minter of Kingston, Minn.; sons, Truman Minter and Rex Minter, both of Livingston; sisters, Annie Wiggins and Lucy Terry, both of Livingston; brothers, James Boddie of La Porte and Gene Bod-die of Highland; granddaughters, Robin Schiefelbein of Kimball, Minn. and Amy Mayer of Conroe; nine great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- James Ottis Richardson, 87, of Mesa, Ariz. died on March 5, 20ll in Mesa, Ariz. Mr. Richardson was a construc-tion worker and served in the Unit-ed States Army. He belonged to Holly Grove Baptist Church. James was born in Holly Grove on March 9, 1923, to Murf J. and Lottie Taylor Richardson. He is survived by his son, James T. Richardson and wife Mayra; brothers, Robert G. Richardson and wife Gloria and Roy K. Richardson and wife Loudell; sister, Catherine Johnson; two grandchildren, Jean-nette Richardson and James T. Richardson Jr. and three great-grandchildren, Avrey Phillips, Hunter Phillips and Samantha Richardson. He is preceded in death by his wife, Oma Lee Richardson; par-ents, Murf J. and Lottie Taylor Richardson and brothers, Lewis Richardson and Garland Richard-son. A celebration of James’ life was held Friday, March 11, at Holly Grove Cemetery, with Bro. Billy Brackin officating. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To send condolences, go to pacefuner-al.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Diane Marthe Oldenberg Schleiff, born Sept. 24, 1956 in Ottawa Ontario, Canada, died March 1, 2011 in Livingston at the age of 54 years. Diane loved to pass time working with horses and drawing. Her lov-ing family includes her husband of 16 years, Mike Schleiff; daughter, Melissa Sue Schleiff; father, Ray-mond Landry; sister, Louise Lan-dry; sister-in-law, Sandy Edgell and numerous other relatives and a host of friends. She is preceded in death by her mother, Fleur-Ange Bernard. A celebration of Diane’s life was held Friday, March 11, at Pace Funeral Home. To send condolences, go to pace-funeral.com.
LIVINGSTON – A memorial service for Bobbie Joyce Lytle Watson, 77, of Waller will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2011, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. She was born June 13, 1933 in Elgin, the daughter and second of four children of Melvin Ross Lytle and Rowena Page, and died March 7, 2011 in Houston. Bobbie is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vernon Wes-ley Watson; daughters, Carol Elaine Schelnick and Nikki Ruth Schelnick Simmons; grandson, Vance Edward Jennings and her older brother, Merle Ross Lytle in Dallas in 1989. She is survived by her longtime love and companion, Robert Latti-more; brother, James Gillie Lytle and wife Susan; sister, Melva Sha-ron Lytle Simpson; grandchildren, Latisha Elaine Nipper Cooke and Angela Dee Simmons Wallace and husband Patrick; great-grandchildren, Carolaine Nicole Wallace, Jeremy William Nipper, and Beaux Justin Carrier and nu-merous other relatives and friends. She was known as someone who brought much joy and laughter. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
ALBANY, ORE. -- Johanna Victoria “JoAnn” Struthers, 87, of Albany, Ore., was born Oct. 15, 1923 and died Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Timberview Care Center. JoAnn was born and raised in New York, N.Y. to Victor and Jo-hanna (Lud) Kaisik. She married Warren K. Woodson, who preceded her in death, before marrying Ha-rold Struthers, who also preceded her. JoAnn moved to Oregon in 2009 after living in Wyoming, California and Texas. She was known as an independent spirit who enjoyed many hobbies and always excelled at them. She sewed beautiful cloth-ing for her children and loved to paint and fix up her home. In her later years she was an avid quilter and belonged to the Escapees RV Group as well as the Boots and Babes Square Dancers. JoAnn is survived by her child-ren, Oweta Smith of Albany, Ore., Karen Ingram of Santa Rosa, Calif. and Daniel Woodson of Forest Hill, Calif.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and half-brother Rudy Kaisik of Saugerties, N.Y. She was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Robert Woodson. Her ashes will be scattered at sea near Catalina Island where she and her husband, Harold, loved to sail. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation and sent in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. S.W., Albany, OR 97321. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.fisherfuneralhome.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Efrain Noe Santos, 53, died on Monday, March 7, 2011, at his residence in The Woodlands, surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Santos was born Nov. 6, 1957 in Evanston, Ill., to Juanita Adame. He was a machinist and worked for Smith International. Efrain is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Modesta Santos; son, Steven Santos of The Wood-lands; daughters, Katrina Santos of The Woodlands and Daisy Santos of Kyle; brother, Manuel Chavana of Pearsall and sisters, Maria Ga-lindo of Dilley, Veronica Adame of Bryan and Melissa Adame of Bryan. Mr. Santos is preceded in death by his mother, Juanita Adame; son, Joseph Anthony Santos and broth-er-in-law, Enrique Vinton. A celebration of life was held Wednesday, March 9, at St. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, with Father Loc officiating. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.
CORRIGAN -- Graveside services for Billy Ray Hudman, 79, of Chester were held Saturday, March 12, 2011, in Shiloh Cemetery in Mt. Enterprise, with Bro. Tim Fuller officiating. Mr. Hudman was born Oct. 7, 1931 in Gary and died Thursday, March 3, 2011, in Memorial Medi-cal Center in Lufkin. He worked as a constructor in the building industry and was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. He is preceded in death by his parents, Gaines Franklin Hudman Sr. and Emmie Katherine (Davis) Hudman; sister, Jesse Mae Hud-man Drew and brothers, Frankie Lee Hudman, Hubert Davis Hudman, Willie Owens Hudman, Floyd Riley Hudman, Gaines Franklin Hudman Jr., Karl Clifton Hudman and Mason Henry “Mutt” Hudman. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Darrell Gray of Chester; stepson, George Rodgers of Chester; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jane and Johnny Mack Houtz of Pasadena; four grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and numerous other rela-tives and friends. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
LIVINGSTON – Tom Myers Sr., born March 9, 1936 in Altus, Ark., the son of Fred and Gertrude Myers, died March 10, 2011 in Conroe. A resident of Livingston for the past 37 years, he had previously lived in Arkansas and Houston. Mr. Myers attended Ozark Ele-mentary School, Ozark High School and College of the Ozarks and received his master’s degree from Sam Houston State Universi-ty. He taught choral music for 43 years and directed church choirs for over 45 years. He served as choral music director at Galena Park and South Houston High School in Pasadena, and at Livingston High School and Junior High. He was also choir director at Channelview First Baptist Church, South Houston First Baptist Church, Manchester Baptist Church, Alta Vista Baptist in Pasadena, Northshore Baptist, Central Baptist Church in Livingston, First Baptist Church in Corrigan and Coldspring Method-ist. Mr. Myers served in the National Guard for five years and was director of music at six chapels at Fort Polk, La. in 1961-62 while on active duty during the Berlin crisis. Music was the joy of his life. During his 43 years of teaching, he had many sweepstakes choirs, pre-sented many Broadway musicals and served his Lord with his musi-cal ability. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Myers; five brothers; three sisters and five nephews. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jeanette, whom he married on March 27, 1959 in Houston; two sons, Tom Myers Jr. and wife Kimberly of Livingston and Corby Myers of Waco; two daughters, Nanette and Shannon, both of Li-vingston; six grandchildren, Katie, Reagan, Aeryn, Corbin, Buzz and Carson Myers; one sister, Earline Bidwell of Kansas City; 24 nieces and nephews and hundreds of for-mer students. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2011, at Central Baptist Church in Livings-ton, with John Marsh of Bella Vista Baptist Church in Edgewater, Fla. officiating. Music will be provided by Dr. Allen Hightower. Interment will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Joy Sunday School Class. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Cochran Funeral Home. To sign the online guest-book, go to cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Services for Vernon “Pete” Bruggman, 90, of Livingston, formerly of Cyclone, were held Monday, March 7, 2011, Cochran Funeral Home in Livings-ton. Mr. Bruggman died Wednes-day, March 2, in Lufkin. He was born Dec. 4, 1920, to Lee and Clara (Kessler) Bruggman in Bell County. He attended elementary school at North Elm and graduated from Rosebud High School in 1939. He went into the Army on Aug. 4, 1942. He served his country for three and one-half years in the Military Police and Medic Divisions during World War II. He then moved to Texas City and went to work for Monsanto Chemical Co. in 1946 and retired in 1982. He married Lena Othella Wilson on Jan. 16, 1948. He is preceded in death by his wife and a daughter, Shirley Dar-lene Wohleb. Survivors are a son, Richard Lee Bruggman and wife Vickie; grand-son, Vernon Ray Wohleb; two great-grandchildren and a sister, Clara Lee Tallent of Dallas. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Deborah Bolton, 49, of Li-vingston were held Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. She was born Aug. 13, 1961 in Aurora, Ill., the daughter of Calvin and Cleo Trotter Cash, and died March 5, 2011 in Lufkin. She is survived by her husband, John Bolton of Livingston; Candi and Chad Coats, daughter and son-in-law, and their children, Cameron and Collier Coats; Brenda and Brad Williams, daughter and son-in-law, and their child, Dakota; Melenda Jones and her children, Walker Richardson and Austin Brock; Troy (T.C.) Jones, son; Christopher and Miranda Bolton, stepson and wife, and their child, Christian; Lester Bolton, stepson; Rodney and Re-tha Cash, brother and sister-in-law; Sonya and Kirby Sneed, sister and brother-in-law; Cleo Cash, mother, and numerous nieces and nephews. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Felder Duff, 83, of Livingston were held Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Frank Aragon officiat-ing. Interment followed in Carmo-na Cemetery in Corrigan. Pallbearers were Amos Duff II, Andy Duff, Mickey Hollingworth, Edward Stricklind, Tim Skinner and Robert Wood. He was born June 12, 1927 in Camp Ruby, the son of Amos and Alice Kervin Duff, and died March 3, 2011 in Lufkin. Felder was the youngest of 22 children. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gladys, on Sept. 16, 2005 and 20 brothers and sisters. He started working for W.T. Carter and Bros. at the age of 14 in Camp Ruby, and continued work-ing for them in Camden at Cham-pion until he retired in 1993 after 48 years. He was known as a be-loved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and uncle. God gifted him as a songwriter and musician who loved to sing in church. He was devoted to his family. He was married to Gladys Brooks on June 9, 1951 in Livingston by L.A. Richardson. He love to hunt and fish with his sons. He is survived by his sister, Abby Aline Duff of Huntington; son, Amos R. Duff I of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Robert Duff and wife Mary of Corrigan; grand-children, Leah Duff Oates of Corri-gan, Latisha Duff Wood and hus-band Donald of Tahlequah, Okla., Cassie Duff Taylor and husband Joel of Tulsa, Okla., Amos R. Duff II of Livingston and Andy R. Duff of Livingston; step-grandchildren, Michael Johnson of St. Petersburg, Fla., Dawn Johnson Meese and husband Justin of Sheridan, Wyo., April Johnson of Corrigan and Amanda Johnson of Corrigan; great-grandchildren, Joseph Oates, Caleb Oates and Alex Nobles of Corrigan, Robert “Dakota” Wood of Tahlequah, Okla., Gabriel, Ma-kayla and Elijah Taylor of Tulsa, Okla., Amos III, Zachary and Alley Duff of Baytown and Caitlin Duff of Houston; step-great-grandchildren, Levi Johnson of Corrigan and Mercedez Meece of Sheridan, Wyo.; special nephew and niece, Michael “Mickey” and Barbara Raines Hollingworth of Bald Hill, as well as countless nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
WOODVILLE -- Patricia Lou Smith, 68, of Woodville died March 6, 2011 at the Woodville Convalescent Center. Born March 8, 1942 in Houston, she lived in Livingston for many years before moving to Woodville nine years ago. She had worked at various nursing homes in Livings-ton as a nurse’s aide and cook. She then worked at the Livingston Wal-Mart in the bakery for approx-imately 10 years. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Simmons and her husband, T. D. Smith. Survivors include her loving son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Leah Garess of Woodville; grand-children, Melissa, Laura and Aaron Garess; half-brother, Bart Oddo; nephew, Larry Oddo and niece, Judy Lawless. A graveside service was held Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Mag-nolia Cemetery in Woodville, with Bro. Gerald Morris officiating. Memorials may be made to the Lakes Area Hospice, 254 Ethel St., Jasper, TX 75951. Services were held under the di-rection of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.
LIVINGSTON – Ruth Elizabeth McCracken of Livingston died on Friday, March 4, 2011, as a result of a stroke suffered on Feb. 27, 2011. Born Feb. 28, 1923 in Derwent, Ohio, she lived a full and produc-tive 88 years. She and her husband lived in Florida for 34 years and they moved to Livingston in the spring of 2008 to be near her daughter, Joan Reeves, and her family. She is preceded in death by her husband, Mac; her parents; her “son-in-love,” Jim Reeves from Livingston and many other family members. Ruth is survived by her daughter, Joan; grandchildren, Jerry Reeves and wife Susie and Jason Reeves, all of Livingston; eight great-grandchildren, including Jerry’s two daughters, Bethany and Becky and her husband Sammy Pattillo and Jason’s three children, Sierra, James and Roper, and an expected great-great-grandson due to Becky and Sammy on March 10 (all of Livingston). Ruth also leaves be-hind many extended family mem-bers and friends. She was a member of Faith Christian Center and her pastor, Randy Findley, will officiate at the memorial service to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12, at Coch-ran Funeral Home in Livingston. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON – Robyn Hobbs was born in Bethany, Ky. on Dec. 17, 1943 and died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2001, in Livingston at the age of 67. Mrs. Hobbs retired from the Home Depot corporate office as an accountant. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Robert Hobbs; sons, Robert Hobbs and wife Susan and Brandon C. Hobbs; brother-in-law, Earl Hobbs and wife Brenda; sister-in-law, June Skyrm and husband Mark; one granddaughter; one grandson; one great-granddaughter; four brothers; three sisters; eight nephews; 10 nieces and a host of friends. Visitation was held Friday, Feb. 25, at Pace Funeral Home. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Huldah Alice Pate, 97, of Livingston were held Friday, March 4, 2011, at the First United Meth-odist Church in Livingston, with the Rev. James Frazier and Dr. Don Willis officiating. Interment fol-lowed in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Craig Brown, Craig Morris, Chris Pate and Alan Pate. She was born Sept. 2, 1913 in Navarro County, the daughter of Marlin R. Renfro and Mary Alice Crouch Renfro, and died March 2, 2011 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Earl Pate. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Don Morris; son and daughter-in-law, J.E. and Rita Pate; grandchildren, Alan and wife Tracie Pate, Valerie Pate, Su-zanne and husband Craig Brown, Craig and wife Kerri Morris and great-grandchildren, Heather Pate, Chris Pate, Sarah Pate, Jenna Pate, Anna Brown, Grace Brown and Claire Brown. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
ONALASKA – A memorial service for Jimmie Rene Pennington, 75, of Magnolia was held Thurs-day, March 3, 2011, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Ona-laska, with the Rev. Don Kidd offi-ciating. She was born March 2, 1935 in Fieldstore, the daughter of Clarence and Blanche Wimberly Gyger, and died March 1, 2011 in Tomball. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Dale Pennington, daughter, Penny McAllen; son, Steven Pennington: sisters, Tommie Allen and Dee Gooden and brothers, Sonny Gyger and John Henry Gyger. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Terry and Michael Stanley Magnolia; sisters, Nita Gyger, Pat Stanley and Kay Eddy; grandchildren, Stewart and Penny McAllen, Brian and Candace Wied, Michael Anthony Stanley and Chad Stanley; great-grandchildren, Maria Garza, Dale McAllen, Anna McAllen, Crystal and Curtis Banks, Matthew Miller, Chandler Wied and Jadyn Wied and great-great-grandchildren, Alexis, Asyia and Ashton. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
ONALASKA -- Funeral services for William Christopher Buell Jr., 83, of Point Blank were held Thursday, March 3, 2011, at the First Baptist Church in Onalaska, with the Rev. Don Wilkey officiat-ing. Interment followed in Rose-wood Cemetery in Humble. Pallbearers were deacons of First Baptist Church in Onalaska. He was born Feb. 17, 1928 in Houston, the son of William Chris-topher Buell and Essie Irene Red-ford Buell, and died Feb. 28, 2011 in Conroe. He is survived by his wife, Betty Buell of Point Blank; daughter, Debbie Wiese of North Zulch; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Isabel Buell of Spring and Bruce and Darina Buell of Round Rock; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- As the sun rose Wednesday morning, March 2, 2011, E. Wayne Starr, 66, quietly died with his family at his side at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston. Wayne was born July 21, 1944 in Pasadena, to Bob and Ima Pinck-ard. Wayne grew up in Livingston, where his love of horses and West-ern way of life fully developed. He graduated from Livingston High School in 1962 as senior class pres-ident. Wayne attended Texas Tech University and the University of Houston before being drafted into the Army for service in Vietnam in 1966. He fought repelling the Tet Offensive, and was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service above and beyond the call of duty. Wayne found a career in real estate development, and went on to become the third largest commercial developer in Houston. He worked on over nine million square feet of commercial development projects throughout the United States and in Libya, Nigeria and Ghana. He was known as a visio-nary in his field. One of his favorite quotes was from Sir Isaac Newton, “If I have seen farther than others it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Later in life his love of the out-doors, the mountains, and all things Western drew him to Colorado. He served as an elder for Grace Church of the Roaring Fork Valley in Basalt, Colo., where he fought tirelessly for the right to build a church in Pitkin County. He also served as a member of Gideon’s International. Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 46-years, Shirley Starr; son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Zuzana Starr; daughter and son-in-law, Marla and Jayson Nowlen; grandsons, Wayne and Johnathan Starr; sister and brother-in-law, Beth and Gary Harris; brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Dean Pinckard and a host of family and friends. He was laid to rest at Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston on Satur-day, March 5, 2011, with the me-morial service officiated by Pastor Terry M. Maner and Dr. G. Harry Leafe. Memorial contributions in Wayne’s honor may be made to Gideon’s International at Gideon’s International - Alpine Camp U05010, 5178 County Road 335, New Castle, CO 81647. Wayne was known as the con-summate husband, father and friend who loved well, and was well loved. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Peggye Jean Day, 78, of Trinity were held Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at River Of Life Church in Trinity, with the Rev. Mike Loftin officiating. Interment followed in Laurel Land Cemetery in Ft. Worth. Pallbearers were C.B. Payne, Adam Martin, Michael Hanna, David Curtis, Chris Smith and Lyle Stubbs. She was born June 25, 1932 in Albany, the daughter of John Mau-rice Donaldson and Geraldine Childers Donaldson, and died Feb. 27, 2011 in Houston. She is pre-ceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Linford King of Trinity; daughters, D. Amanda Hanna of Houston and Sherry Day Smith of Trinity; son, Jerry Day of Houston; sister, Patsy Key of Breckenridge; grandchildren, Amy Hartlein, Adam Martin, Meagan Day, Wort-hanne Sparks and Devon Day and great-grandchildren, Jordyn and McKenna Hartlein. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
BAYTOWN -- (Anna) Frances Buchanan Hall of Mont Belvieu died on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, after a battle with gastric cancer. Frances was known affectionate-ly to family as Nanna. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Mont Belvieu. Frances was devoted to serving God and her family. Born Oct. 14, 1937, in Conroe to Robert Henry and Thelma Bucha-nan, Frances graduated from Con-roe High School and earned her bachelor of science degree from Sam Houston State University where she met her husband. Frances was a long time educator at Barbers Hill ISD. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, John Lee Hall; their daughters, Lynne Hall Carameros and husband Carl, Kellee Hall Hamlin and husband Glynn and Pennee Hall; grandchildren, Jessica, Alan, Jared, Reid, and Phillip Carameros and Ian, Stuart, and Conlee Hamlin; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Robert Henry Buchanan II. Funeral services were held Mon-day, Feb. 28, at Navarre Funeral Home, followed by interment in Farris Cemetery in Richards. In lieu of flowers, her family re-quests donations be made to the Barbers Hill Homecoming and Scholarship Association, P.O. Box 904, Mont Belvieu, Texas 77580-0904. To view her online obituary, or post a tribute to her family, go to www.navarrefuneralhome.com.
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Ada Vee Loving, 87, of Corri-gan were held Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, in the Damascus Baptist Church in Corrigan, with Bro. Cur-tis Jordan and Bro. David Moore officiating. Interment followed in Damascus Cemetery in Corrigan. Mrs. Loving was born in Corrigan on June 9, 1923 to Jess and Cleo (Crecelius) Locke. She married Edward Loving on July 6, 1942 in Corrigan. She was a clerk and homemaker all her life. She was a member of Damascus Baptist Church since 1939 and the church clerk for a number of years. She lived in Corrigan most of her life. She is preceded in death by her husband, Edward Loving; parents, Jess and Cleo Locke; son, Jesse T. Loving; brothers, Jim Bob Locke, Edell Locke and Jay Locke; sister, Lina Tarver; granddaughter, Teresa Loving; grandson, Chris Bullock; step-granddaughter, Cindy Loving and step-great-grandson, Dustin Loving. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, James Edward and Debra Loving of Lufkin, Ri-chard and Carol Loving of Corri-gan and Wanda Loving of Cleve-land; daughter and son-in-law, La-Vina Gail and James Bullock of Corrigan; brother, Jesse Locke Jr. of Trinity; sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha Tarver of Nederland, Janell Lang of Nederland, LaJoyce and Emory Watts of Livingston and Barney Tarver of Chester; sister-in-law, Molly Locke of Corrigan; grandchildren, Preston Loving, Jesse T. Loving Jr., James E. Loving Jr., Amanda McGilvra, Kelly Brister, Kimberly Loving, Casey Loving, Chastity Bullock and Jamie Bullock; 14 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six step great grand-children, 10 step great-great-grandchildren; special friends, Cur-tis and Margaret Jordan and Patsy and Charles Morrison and Brianne Leonard whom she loved like a granddaughter and numerous niec-es, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Randy Locke, Charlie Dale Skinner, Mike Tarver, Rodney Watts, Thomas Gaston Loving, James Troy Loving, Way-mon Lang and Alison Tarver. Ho-norary pallbearers were Burlon Skinner, Crosby Skinner, Emory Watts Jr., Steve Lang, Lynn Tarver, Bruce Tarver, Charlie J. Locke, Billy Sam Locke, Johnny Burl Lov-ing and Charlie Loving. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
ONALASKA -- Funeral services for Robert Allen “Bob” Sivil, 32, of Houston will be held at 2 p.m. Fri-day, March 4, 2011, in the Coch-ran Funeral Home Chapel in Ona-laska, with Bro. Richard Hiver officiating. Interment will follow in Falba Cemetery in Huntsville. Visitation is 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday. Pallbearers will be Paul Polk, Lester Jeane, Leslie Goodman, Richard John, Jeff Sivil, Gary Polk, Gene Polk, and Bruce McCaffety. Honorary pallbearer will be Ray Gibson. He is survived by his parents, Kathy and Paul Polk of Houston; daughter, Hannah Sivil of Conroe; son, Sean Campbell of Conroe; soul mate, Autumn Sivil of Con-roe; brothers, Bruce McCaffety and wife Suzanne of China, Jeff Sivil of Montgomery, Gary Polk and wife Stephanie of Anacoco, La. and Gene Polk of Channel-view; sisters, Julie Goodman and husband Leslie of Houston and Becky John and husband Richard of Deer Park; grandfather, Kenneth McCaffety of Onalaska; 20 nieces and nephews and numerous other relatives and friends. Bob is preceded in death by his grandmother, Ann McCracken. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
CORRIGAN -- Graveside services for James Walter Bradley, 84, of Woodlake were held Tuesday, March 1, 2011, in Carmona Ceme-tery in Corrigan, with Bro. Norman Turner officiating. Mr. Bradley was born Aug. 10, 1926 in Carmona and died Satur-day, Feb. 26, 2011 in the Corrigan LTC Partners Nursing Home in Corrigan. He was employed by A.K. Steel Company as a metallurgist and was Church of Christ by faith. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, retired on June 30, 1982 and was a member of the NRA for 50 years. He is pre-ceded in death by his parents, Wal-ter Edward and Lela (Hulsey) Bradley and brother, Tyrus Brad-ley. He is survived by his wife, Wan-da Bradley of Woodlake; sister-in-law, Nina Bradley of Deer Park; nieces and nephews, Darryl Brad-ley and wife Janet, Shawn Bradley, Ann Cathleen Canik and husband Russell, Erin Bradley, Kevin Brad-ley, Julie Gale and husband Na-than, Joe Canik and John Russell Canik and numerous other relatives and friends. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
LIVINGSTON -- Frederick “The Tree Man” Gordon Young, 46, died Feb. 28, 2011 at his home in Li-vingston. He was born May 20, 1964 in Oklahoma City, Okla., the son of Wallace and Sandra Miller Young. He is survived by his father, Wallace Young; sister, Dawn Crit-tellie; brothers, Dennis Young, James Blake and Frank Stewart and a host of other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
HOUSTON – John Paul White died peacefully in the arms of his wife Darlin’, as he affectionately called her, on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, in Christus St. Catherine Hospital from chronic pulmonary histoplasmosis. He was born Dec. 13, 1955 in Houston to Sam D. and Dorothy Marie (Brock) White Jr. He is survived by his wife and soul mate, Jonelle, whom he mar-ried on Aug. 18, 1984; mother, Dorothy White; mother-in-law, Michaelene Magnu; sister, Mary Patton (Roy); brother, Robert D. White (Margaret); sister, Betty Burnett (Frank); sister-in-law, Ve-ronica Coleman (Marc); brother-in-law, Joseph Magnu (Christine); sister-in-law, Christine Duenas (Paul); 15 very special nieces and nephews and seven great-nieces and nephews. Upon graduation in 1973, John enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and proudly served his country as a law enforcement specialist. He was honorable discharged in 1979 at the rank of sergeant. John Paul was also a proud member of VFW Post 8905 Elite Team. He was preceded in death by his father, Sam D. White Jr.; brother, Sam D. White III; maternal grand-parents, E. Cullen and Gertrude Brock; paternal grandparents, Sam D. and Loree (Cunningham) White; father-in-law, Joseph G. Magnu and great-nephew, Josh Burnett. A memorial service will be held at noon Friday, March 4, in the chapel of Memorial Oaks Funeral Home. Immediately following the service, all are invited to attend the military honors burial ceremony at Houston National Cemetery in Houston. Should friends desire, memorial contributions in John Paul’s name may be directed to Christus St. Ca-therine Hospital, 701 Fry Road, Katy, TX 77450, attn: Christa Clifton.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Weslie Rae Hendrix, 69, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 2011, in the cha-pel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. James Frazier and Dr. Don Willis officiat-ing. Interment will follow in Bluff Creek Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers will be Emmett Rhodes, Michael Taylor, Scott Kelly, Tony Taylor, Randy Bright and Larry Clark Smith. She was born Jan. 16, 1942 in Livingston, the daughter of Bethel W. and Lonnie Rae Kelly Hendrix, and died Feb. 25, 2011 in Conroe. She is preceded in death by her parents and first cousins, Mary Cottenbarger and Don Allen Hen-drix. She is survived by her uncle, Morris Kelly of Moscow; her first cousins, Lois Rhodes of Livingston, Yvonne Kelly of Tucson, Ariz., Scott Kelly of Tucson, Ariz.; Margaret Kelly-Carrillo, Bridget Standring, Patsy Wallace, of Cisco, Texas and second cousins, Marilyn Taylor of Livingston, Emmett Rhodes of Katy, Julie Artherholt of Huntsville, Nate Cottenbarger and Domonic Kelly-Carrillo. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Ronald Eugene Bledsoe, 44, of Onalaska will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday March 3, 2011, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Don Wilkey officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers will be Bradley Bledsoe, Robert A. Bledsoe, Cameron Bledsoe, Patrick Nerren, Dwayne Boaen and Mark Hamilton. He was born Aug. 7, 1966 in Houston, the son of Robert Bledsoe and Jeanette Wooten Bledsoe, and died Feb. 28, 2011 in Onalaska. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Paige Nicole Bledsoe and brothers, Robert Wayne Bledsoe Jr. and Duder Bledsoe. He is survived by his wife, Sharie Bledsoe of Livingston; daughters, Ashtin Bledsoe of Onalaska and Chaselyn Roberts of Louisiana; parents, Robert and Jeanette Bled-soe of Onalaska; brothers and sis-ters-in-law, John David and Cindy Bledsoe of Cleveland and Biff and Jennifer Bledsoe of Onalaska; ne-phews, Bradley Bledsoe, Robert A. Bledsoe, Cameron Bledsoe, Mi-chael Bledsoe, Zander Smitherman, Jakob Smitherman, Dakota Nelson, Rex Bledsoe, Noah Russell and Royce Jones and his nieces, Tiffany Bledsoe, Katee Bledsoe, Allee Bledsoe, Kaitlyn Bledsoe and Summer Smitherman, Kelsee Russell, Kellee Russell, Natalee Russell and Natalie Bledsoe. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
HOPE, ARK. -- T. G. Lawson, 68, of Hope, Ark. died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at his home. Mr. Lawson was born July 1, 1942 in Dallas to Theron Grady and Inez Flowers Lawson. He at-tended The Place of Meeting Church, Hope, Ark. He worked for over 27 years overseas as a master electrician, serving as an instrument electrician and inspector. Mr. Lawson was preceded in death by his parents; one son, James Grady Lawson, two brothers, Larry Sommerfield and James Ray Lawson and one sister, June Kemendo. Survivors include his wife, Bettye C. Lawson of Hope, Ark.; one son, Jerry Deon Lawson and Kimberly, Shepherd; two daughters-in-law, Lola Beth “Sissy” Collins of Rye and Peggy O’Malley of Conroe; one brother, Jerry Sommerfield of Las Vegas, Nev.; 16 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter, and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, in the Braz-zel/Oakcrest The Funeral Home Chapel, Hope, Ark., with the Rev. Bill Christian officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, at Brazzel Oakcrest The Funeral Home, Hope, Ark. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.brazzelfuneralhomes.com.