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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
For the Week of May 11, 2007 - May 18, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Merna Marie Marks Smith
PITTSBURG – A memorial service for Merna Marie Marks Smith, 77, of Pittsburg, will be held July 14, 2007 in Pittsburg.
Mrs. Smith died April 21 in East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
She was born Nov. 6, 1929 in LaPorte, the daughter of Joseph E. Marks and Marie Taylor Marks, both of whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Russell Bethel Smith Jr.; two brothers, Joe E. Marks and Arval Marks and one grandchild, Jason Reber.
She was known as an avid sewer. She made her children their prom and graduation dresses or whatever they needed. She was also known as an excellent cook who made every birthday special for her children. She had seven children – four born in September, two in October and one in June. She was known as a very hard worker and someone who was proud all seven children graduated high school. She resided in Polk County for many years before moving to Pittsburg.
Survivors include two sons, Timothy Smith and wife Lena of Shepherd and Danny Smith and wife Charlotte of Shepherd; five daughters, Penny and husband Ellis Knox of Pittsburg, Peggy and husband Raul Tagle of Las Vegas, Nev., Nancy Lowe and husband Gary of Onalaska, Marie and husband Bob Campbell of Pittsburg and Trina Hartmann of New Caney; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lewis Marks and wife Melba of Taylor Lakes, Livingston, and Elson Marks and wife Ruth of Houston; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Erman Smith Funeral Home, Pittsburg, was in charge of arrangements.

Burt Hodge
ONALASKA – Funeral services for Burt Hodge, 89, were held Thursday, April 26, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with Bro. Joe Beasley officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska.
Mr. Hodge died Monday, April 23, in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston.
He was born March 7, 1918 in Onalaska, the son of James and Liza Tipton Hodge. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rode Hodge; his parents; son, James William Hodge and brothers, Tom Hodge, Robert Hodge, Walter Hodge and Jack Hodge.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Donnie and Jo Hodge of Onalaska; sons, Tom Hodge, David Hodge and Jim Hodge, all of Onalaska; daughter-in-law, Susan Hodge of Onalaska; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Jerry Hodge, Larry Hodge, Doyle Hodge, Elton Hodge, Ronnie Hodge and Gerald Lamb. Honorary pallbearers were Charlie Hodge and Doyle Hodge Jr.

Tommy Gene Wells
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Tommy Gene Wells, 62, were held Monday, April 30, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Don Wilson officiating. Burial followed in Houston National Cemetery in Houston.
Mr. Wells died Tuesday, April 24, in the VA Hospital in Houston.
He was born Jan. 28, 1945, the son of Wylie and Lois Cox Wells, both of whom preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Wells of Onalaska; daughters, Amy Miller of Miami, Fla. and Katherine Love of Onalaska; son, Charlie Love of Blufton, S.C.; brother, Charlie Wells of Mineral Wells; sisters, Jo Ann League of Deer Park and Lois Nell Sha Baan of Dallas and grandchildren, Trinity Jade Railey and Jace Allen Railey.

Fred Hubert Hill
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Fred Hubert Hill, 75, were held Sunday, April 29, 2007, at Holly Grove Cemetery, with the Rev. Don Hinklin officiating. VFW Post 8568 provided military honors. Pallbearers were Robert Hill, William Hill, Chad Hill, Jerrell Morris, Roland Johnson, Darrell Johnson, Steve Hix and Michael Johnson.
Mr. Hill was preceded in death by his parents, Percy and Murtie Hill; two half brothers, Lester and Chester Kelley and one sister Helen Budro.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Annie Elizabeth Sullivan Hill; three sons, Percy Earl Hill, Billy Ray Hill and Fred Lucas Hill and wife Monica, all of Ace; nephews and nieces, Charles Budro, Jerry Budro, Barbara Budro and Francis Cook; grandchildren, Robert Earl Hill, William Ray Hill, Lucas Wayne Hill, Chad Clinton Hill, Brittany Hill and Tristan Hill and great-grandchildren, Halie Hill, Faith Hill and Laura Hill.
To sign the guestbook, go on line to pacefuneral.com. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Georgie Lee Spiller
CORRIGAN – Funeral services for Georgie Lee Spiller, 65, of Houston were held Saturday, April 28, 2007, at Lilly Island Baptist Church in Camden, with the Rev. F.J. Williams officiating. Interment followed in Lilly Island Cemetery.
Mrs. Spiller was born June 21, 1941 in Camden and died Thursday, April 19, in Houston.
She was employed as a custodian for the Houston Independent School District and was a member of Christ Community Church of Praise. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dozie and Marian Lyons Freeman.
Survivors include her sons, Djuan Spiller, Deric Spiller and Dorian Spiller, all of Houston; daughters, Dorothy Morris and Damita Spiller, both of Houston; brother, Daryl Freeman of Lufkin; sisters, Darlene Mitchell of Corrigan and Pauline Russell of Bossier City, La.; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Shirley Bickford
MOUNTAIN VIEW, OKLA. -- Shirley Bickford, 69, former Mountain View resident, died on Friday, April 27, 2007, after a long illness at her home in Onalaska, Texas.
She was born June 5, 1937 in Mountain View, Okla. to Fred and Flossie (Smith) Davis. She grew up in Mountain View and graduated from Mountain View High School. She married Troy Bickford on Sept. 4, 1955, in Carnegie, Okla. and he preceded her in death on June 1, 1999. She and her husband owned and operated Troy’s Service Center in Mountain View for a number of years. She also worked for Dr. Tolbert, the Carnegie Hospital and Dr. Bloomquist for a many years. Mrs. Bickford moved to Onalaska, Texas in 1985 and was employed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a licensed practical nurse. She has been retired 10 years.
Survivors include a son, David Bickford and wife Serena of Livingston, Texas; five grandchildren, Jimmey and Marrisa Bickford of Livingston and Haley, Brooke and Drew Clanahan of Brenham; daughter-in-law, Mickey Clanahan and husband Bill of Brenham; three sisters, Jane Russell and husband Vaughn of Lakeland, Fla., Barbara Holowell and husband W. L. of Farmersville, Texas and Bettie Leiphardt, Mountain View, Okla. and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Troy; son, Joe and grandson, Jeffrey on May 3, 1989, and two sisters, Ruth Andrews and Ruby Davis
 Graveside services were held Tuesday, May 1, at Mountain View Cemetery, Mountain View, with the Rev. Ron King officiating. Burial followed in the Mountain View Cemetery under the direction of Ray & Martha’s Funeral Home, Mountain View.

Roger Raynor
ONALASKA – Funeral services for Roger Raynor, 79, were held Tuesday, May 1, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Sam Steele officiating.
Mr. Raynor died Saturday, April 28, in Memorial Health System on East Texas in Lufkin.
He was born Aug. 23, 1927 in Jamaica, N.Y., the son of Ralph and Lillian Hunt Raynor, both of whom preceded him in death. Mr. Raynor was a New York state archery champion and held the state record for the largest Mako shark catch.
Survivors include his wife, Hilda Raynor of Livingston; sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Cindy Andrews of Missouri City and Don and Maggie Andrews of Houston; daughters, Lisa and Stephanie Andrews of Houston; grandsons, Adam Rayburn of Houston, Shawn Andrews of Houston, Christopher Lash of Houston, Logan Andrews of Houston and Connor Andrews of Houston and granddaughters, Alison Andrews of St. Louis, Mo. and Misty Andrews of Houston.

Bernice Ladell Mott
WOODVILLE -- Bernice Ladell Mott, 73, of Livingston died on April 27, 2007 at her home.
 Born May 28, 1933 in Goose Creek to James and Mattie McKinney Henderson, she lived in Livingston for the last 30 years. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Woodville, where she served for seven years as the junior warden and was an active member of the Church Mouse. She enjoyed the time she spent at her church with her friends who she referred to as her family.  She was also a member of the ECW, the Pinehurst Garden Club and a member of the board of directors for Wilson Lake. She traveled the world and saw many things most people don’t get to see.  
She was preceded in death by a daughter who died in 2006 with cancer, Reva Lane; a grandson who died in November 2005, Brinton died in 1977, Kenneth Mott; brother-in-law, Jerrold Mott; sister-in-law and her husband, Patricia and Gary Johnson; and her step-mother, Louise Mott.
 She is survived by her husband of 42 years, William F. Mott, Jr.; daughter, Cindy Sutherland; grandchildren, Laura Sutton and her husband Kevin, Amie Wagner, and Jason Lalumandier and his wife, Tiffany; great grandchildren, Taylor and Charlie Sutton, Drew Wagner, Shelby, Ramon, Seth and Trace Lalumandier and Cade and Case Sutherland; numerous nieces, nephews; many close friends; her beloved cats, Chewy Pepper Girl and Monkey Tar Baby and her beloved dogs, Rastus and Goofey
 A memorial service was held Saturday, May 5, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Woodville.
 Serving as honorary pallbearers were Woodie Cone, David Askins, Jim Knecht, Carl Muller, Bob Payne and Lou Campbell.
 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Woodville.
 A memorial book may be signed at www.rileysfuneralhome.com.
 Services were under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Urbadell “Urbie” Ratcliff
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – Urbadell “Urbie” M. Ratcliff, 88, died on April 27, 2007 in Livingston.
She was a long-time resident of North Little Rock, Ark. prior to moving to Livingston in July 2000. She was a member of Central Baptist Church NLR for over 70 years. She was a member of Nail Benders for Christ and a supporter of the University of Arkansas. She retired after 35 years with the State of Arkansas Department of Health. Preceding her in death were her parents, Urban and Della McLendon; brothers, Jack and Flynn McLendon and her husband of 59 years, Charles H. “Bookie” Ratcliff.
Survivors include her brother, Herschel E. McLendon of Livingston; nieces and nephews, Jim McLendon, David McLendon, Paul McLendon and Carol McLendon, all of Livingston and Susan McLendon Hudson of Albuquerque, N.M. and numerous great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 30, at Central Baptist Church in North Little Rock, with Bro. Dale Prater officiating. Interment followed in Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander, Ark.
There was also a memorial service Thursday, May 3, at The Gardens, 501 Garden Ridge Drive in Livingston. Family and friends are invited to attend this remembrance.
Roller Funeral Homes was in charge of arrangements.

Larry Wayne Moore
LIVINGSTON – Larry Wayne Moore, 54, of Livingston died on Friday, April 27, 2007.
He was born on Aug. 17, 1952 in New Orleans, La. to parents James and Gwen George Moore, who preceded him in death.
He will be remembered for his ability to fix anything and being an excellent mechanic. He was also known as someone who loved his family and shared a special bond with his first grandson, Joseph “Joe”, often referring to him as the son he never had.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Sandra Moore; daughters, Cherie Lynn Chappell and husband Scott and Angela Rene Moore and husband Jeff Breazeale and five grandkids, Joseph Wesley Moore, Dominque “Nikki” Renee Moore, Justin Trevor Chappell, Micah Nichole Breazeale and Hailey Noelle Breazeale.
Honoring his wishes, there will be no services held.

Sisley “Sissy” Ferguson
BAYTOWN -- Sisley “Sissy” Ferguson, 89, born Jan. 5, 1918, died on April 30, 2007.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Abner J. and Rosa Harmon; sisters, Elizabeth Wilkes and Josephine Thibodeaux.
She is survived by her daughters, Geneva Sheptock and husband Joe of Goodrich, Barbara Hardin and husband Lou of Onalaska, Betty Lostak of Baytown and Dora Istre of Highlands; sons, Myron Ferguson and wife Vivian of Moss Hill and Chester Ferguson and wife Martha of Livingston; sister, Gennever Sillman of Highlands, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Thursday, May 3, at Earthman Memory Gardens, 8624 Garth Road, Baytown, with all of her grandsons serving as honorary pallbearers. Words of comfort may left for the family at www.earthmanfunerals.com.

Edward Earl Thomas
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Edward Earl Thomas, 49, of Livingston were held Saturday, May 5, 2007, at Macedonia Baptist Church, with Bishop Eldridge Nickson officiating. Interment followed in St. Andrew’s Cemetery in Onalaska. A memorial service was held Friday at Garner Chapel Baptist Church.
Mr. Thomas died April 28 in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston.
He was born Oct. 10, 1957, the son of the late Edward (Ned) Thomas and Ella Lee Collins Thomas. He graduated from Livingston High School and was employed by Thomas Supply for 27 years. He was a Baptist and attended the Martial Arts Academy.
Survivors include his wife, Veronica Thomas of Livingston, whom he married on Sept. 26, 1979 in Livingston; mother, Ella Lee Thomas of Livingston; son, Edward Earl Thomas Jr.; daughters, Temeka Nickson of Many, La., Kaneisha Landers of Livingston and Renita Wallace (Arthur) of Houston; sister, Stephanie Evans (Freddie); brothers, Marcell Thomas (Monesia) and Brandon Thomas (Marcie), all of Livingston; sisters-in-law, Felecia Harris of Houston, Pamela Bogany (Ronnie) of Livingston and Velma Darden (Rev. Michael) of Livingston; brothers-in-law, Robert Parker and Bishop Eldridge Nickson (Rosetta), all of Livingston;  grandchildren, Tatyana Nickson, Shykia Phillips, Keimoria Renfro, Jhermya Landers, Zoe Wallace and Ronnie Wallace and a host of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Don Holse, Jassen Holse, Elmer May, Mario Fiscal, Yancy Williams and Jacob Kruse. Honorary pallbearers were Edward Earl Thomas Jr., Marcell Thomas, Freddie Evans Sr., Brandon Thomas and Freddie Evans Jr.
Duncan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.







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