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Polk County Enterprise - May 3, 2009 - May 17, 2009
Catherine Galanopoulos Barfield
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Catherine Galanopoulos Barfield, 89, of Livingston were held Saturday, May 2, 2009, at the First Baptist Church of Providence in Livingston, with Michael Heuermann officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Jerry Babcock, Jason Burleson, Travis McCracken, Evan Poole, Christopher Pry and Daniel Zarate. She was born Feb. 8, 1920 in Manchester, N.H., the daughter of John and Anastasia Malioga Galanopoulos, and died on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at her residence in Livingston. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Barfield; sisters, Ruth and Loretta Galanopoulos and brother, Paul Galanopoulos. Mrs. Barfield is survived by Christine Shull, sister, of Garland; Susanne Watts, sister, of Houston; Darrell and Sherl McCracken, son and daughter-in-law, of Huntsville; Greg and Olga McCracken, son and daughter-in-law, of Livingston; Grace and Jerry Babcock, daughter and son-in-law, of Livingston; Judy and Rex Broome, daughter and son-in-law, of Sugarland and grandchildren, Tiffany McCracken, Darlissa Wilson, Jason Burleson, Catherine Babcock, Travis McCracken, Jennah Burleson-Pry, Chelsea McCracken, Tanya Yufereva and Conor McCracken. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.
Shirley Faye Starling
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Shirley Faye Starling, 70, of Livingston were held Saturday, May 2, 2009, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with interment following in Peebles Cemetery. Pallbearers were Scott Bradley, Mark Bradley, Cody Bradley, Clinton Butts, Lee Bowen, Robert Starling, Christopher Martin, Bryan Butts, David Watson and Kevin Kennedy. She was born Oct. 16, 1938 in Livingston, the daughter of Robert V. and Bertie Hieronimus Hutchison, and died on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, in Livingston. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert Hugh “Bob” Starling. She is survived by her daughters, Mindy Bowen of Livingston, Catherine Hall of Shepherd and Shelia Bouch of Indiana; her son, Robert Starling of Livingston; sister, Del Ann Butts of Conroe; brothers, Marion Mora of Houston and Clifford Mora of Houston; grandchildren, Amber Bradley, Mickielee Martin, Christopher Martin, Mistie Martin, Ame Emmons, Sera Johnson, Nicole Schamburger and Phoenix Bouch and great-grandchildren, Mark, Cody, Emma, Shaylon, and Kailie. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.
Jake Austin Frasch
LIVINGSTON – Graveside services for Jake Austin Frasch, infant son of Dean and Kayla Frasch of Livingston, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, 2009, in Bold Springs Cemetery in Livingston, with Bro. Tim Thompson officiating. Jake was born and died on Wednesday, April 29, 2009. He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, W.L. Watson; grandfather, Dean Frasch and greatgrandmother, Dorothy A. Watson. He is survived by his parents, Dean and Kayla Krasch of Livingston; brother, James William Frasch of Livingston; grandmothers, Kathy Nelson of Livingston and Frankie Olive Frasch of Livingston; great-grandmother, Cheryl Briscoe of Livingston; great-great-grandmother, Hattie Watson of Livingston and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.
Rubin Anson Cox
LIVINGSTON — Rubin Anson Cox, 81, of Livingston died on Monday, May 4, 2009, in Timberwood Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 7, in Holly Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Billy Bracken and the Rev. Mitchell Murphy officiating. Burial will follow in the Holly Grove Cemetery. Mr. Cox was born March 14, 1928 in Polk County, to parents Fred O. Cox and Gladys Taylor Cox. He was a United States military veteran, serving in the United States Army. He married Audrey Bernice Sanders Cox on March 31, 1951 in Cedar Bayou. He was the minister of Holly Grove Baptist Church for 25 years. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Hubert Cox and son, Rubin Cox Jr. Survivors include his wife, Audrey C. Cox of Livingston; son, Randy Alton Cox and wife Rhonda of Livingston; daughter, Rebecca Kelley and husband Charles of Livingston; grandchildren, Lisa Ann Vick, Stacy Hindsman, Travis Hoover and Clinton Cox; greatgrandchildren, Maci Vick, Colton Vick, Jacob Vick, Macala Hindsman, Matthew Hindsman, Brody Hoover and Ashton Cox; his sisters, Edith Steagall and husband Butch of Livingston, Dorothy Smith of Nederland and Marylene Luther and husband Wayne of Atlanta, Ga.; sister-in-law, Sidney Cox and numerous nieces and nephews. Serving as pallbearers will be Billy Sales, Travis Hoover, Clinton Cox, Ben Hindsman, David Smith and Kenneth Cox. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign to online guestbook, go to cochranfh. com.
Charlotte Marie Wright Iles
LIVINGSTON – Charlotte Marie Wright Iles died on April 30, 2009 at the age of 85 in Memorial Medical Center in Livingston. She was born on Feb. 8, 1924 in Miami, Fla., where she grew up and graduated from high school. She then attended nursing school for two years in Baltimore, Md., where she met James Waldo Iles who was then serving as a second lieutenant in the U. S. Army. They married in 1942 and moved to Deridder, La. and later to Lake Charles, La., where they raised a family of three sons. Mrs. Iles was a homemaker until her sons were all in school. She then worked as a nurse for several years in a private practice. Eventually, she attended McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La., where she graduated with a BA in art education and a minor in library science. Charlotte and James separated and Charlotte moved to Aiken, S.C., where she became an elementary school librarian. After retirement from the public schools, she became a librarian at the University of South Carolina in Aiken. When she retired from the university, she moved to Livingston to be near her sons. Her passion was art. She loved to read mystery novels, garden, travel and care for her pets. She was a Sister of the Order of St. Augustine and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was preceded in death by her brother, Jessie Herbert Wright. She is survived by her sister, Betty Wright Nichols; her three sons, James William Iles, John Russell Iles and Glen Wright Iles; seven grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral. com.
Kathleen W. Hamill-Bennett
PEARLAND — Kathleen W. Hamill-Bennett, age 75, of Friendswood died on April 28, 2009. She is preceded in death by her parents, David and Phyllis (Woodruff) Hamill; husband, Dale Bennett and sister, Margaret Wells. She is survived by her son, Sean Bennett and his wife Cathy; daughter, LizAnn Segrera and her husband Rafael; brother, David Hamill; grandchildren, David, Alicia, Daniel and Esther Segrera, and Spencer, Caitlyn, Brigham and Zachary Bennett; and a host of other family and friends. She was born on Feb. 3, 1934 in Portland, Ore. She resided in the Houston area for the last 14 years and prior to that lived in California. It was there that she and Dale spent their lives raising horses and cattle on their ranch. They enjoyed their two Belgian Draft horses that pulled wagons in parades and also worked the ranch. Kathleen served as battalion chief dispatcher for the Alpine Fire Protection District. She also proudly served her country in the U.S. Air Force. In her spare time, Kathleen would do calligraphy and crocheting. She was very close to her sister, Margaret Wells, who died in April of 2008. Funeral services were held Friday, May 1, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Friendswood. Clayton Funeral and Cemetery Services, Pearland, was in charge of arrangements.
Jack Wesley McCollum
PAMPA — Jack Wesley McCollum, age 82, died on May 3, 2009 in Amarillo. There are no services scheduled at this time. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors. Mr. McCollum was born Oct. 1, 1926, in Alberta City, Tuscaloosa, Ala. He married Carolyn McFadyen on Dec. 28, 1946, in Liberty. She preceded him in death in August of 2004. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. He later enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving until 1952. He worked for Sheffield- Armco Steel from 1957 until his retirement in 1979. He had been a resident of Pampa since 2007. He was a Pentecostal. He loved to do woodwork, work on cars, and he especially enjoyed working crossword puzzles. Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Weaver and husband T.D. of Washington state and Rebecca Olson and husband Alan of Pampa; two sons, Michael McCollum of Houston and Timothy McCollum and wife Donna of Port Orchard, Wash.; two brothers, Jerry McCollum and wife Nancy of Cottage Grove, Ore. and Jimmy McCollum and wife Lucky of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; five granddaughters, Heather, Rachael, Laura and Isabella Mc- Collum and Angela Lewis; three grandsons, Willie Downhour and wife Elizabeth, Rusty Weaver and wife Tonya and Wesley McCollum and wife Rhonda; one stepgrandson, Jonathan Olson and 11 great-grandchildren, Austin, Seth and Autumn Weaver, Sabrina and Ashley Downhour, Kylie Lewis, Krystal and Madison McCollum, Dallas Wise, Sean Delling and Sebastian Belding. He was preceded in death by a son, Jack Wayne McCollum. To sign the online register, go to www.carmichael-whatley.com.
Robert Dean Shively
LIVINGSTON — Robert Dean Shively, 62, was born on Dec. 15, 1946 in Cedar City, Utah and died on April 30, 2009 in Goodrich. Mr. Shively is survived by his daughter, Leah Wallingsford and husband Ronnie; stepson, Darrell Shannon and wife Li-Jen; sisters, Karen Hickman and husband Steve and Della Owens and husband Vick; two grandchildren, Alyssa and Hayleigh; numerous other relatives and a host a friends. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at Pace Funeral Home, with Bro. Benny Hibler officiating.
W. J. Beason
LIVINGSTON — W.J. Beason, 95, was born in Bridgeport on Oct. 8, 1913 and died on Friday, May 1, 2009, in Livingston. Mr. Beason is survived by his sons, Kin Beason and wife Mary, Patrick Beason and Mike Beason and wife Janet; daughters, Lou Smith and husband W.F.; and a number of grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and great-greatgrandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Helene Beason; parents, William Jonathan and Leona Kindred Beason and brothers and sisters. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Rebecca Ann Knighten
LIVINGSTON — Rebecca Ann Knighten, 62, was born in Silsbee on Oct. 15, 1946 and died on Tuesday, May, 5, 2009. She is survived by her step-mom, Marcia Knighten; sisters, Joyce Roper of Cleveland and Debra and Bob Harper of Silsbee; sister-inlaw, Johnnie Cox of Livingston; uncles, J.D. and Grace Johnsten of Silsbee, Bobby Johnston of Shepherd and Thomas and Carolyn Johnston of Livingston, aunts, Glenda and Raymond Pelton of Shepherd and Wanda Johnston of Riverside; nieces, Brenda and Kevin Morton of Millsbrook, Ala. and Jennifer Towell of Silsbee and great-niece, Haley. Mrs. Knighten is preceded in death by her dad, Tom Knighten; mom, Eunice Johnston and brother, W.L. Cox. Pallbearers were Raymond Pelton, Wayne Hargraves, George Primrose, Richey Kinder, Erine Johnston, Robert Owens, Gilbert Johnston and Randy Johnston. Funeral services were Saturday, May 9, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Darrell Hargraves and the Rev. Bobby Frankens officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Susie Ogden were held Saturday, May 9, 2009, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel. Susie Tinney Woodard was born Dec. 12, 1932 in Wood County, Texas to Virgil and Lona Woodard. She married Curtis Ogden on Aug. 7, 1953 and they were married 42 years at the time of his death in 1995. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Ruth Dacus and five brothers, Hollis Woodard, Frank Woodard, Virgil Woodard, Joe Woodard and Billy Woodard. She is survived by her daughters, Donna LeClaire and husband Dave of McKinney, Debbie Mayes and husband Keith of Livingston and Lona Ferguson and husband Scott of Livingston and six grandchildren, Tommy Phillips and wife Van of Tomball, Chris Phillips and wife Amber of Livingston, Willie Mayes and wife Betsy of Opelousas, La., Katie Mayes and her fiancé Andrew Scott of Houston, Nicole Ferguson and Samantha Ferguson of Livingston. Her great-grandsons are Curtis, Matthew, and Lucas Phillips; her great-granddaughter is Maggie Mayes and her step-greatgranddaughters are Morgan and Carly Stubbs. She is also survived by her brother, H. L. Woodard and wife Claudine of Winnsboro and sisters, Janie Browning of Winnsboro, Grace Home of Irving, Bonnie Blalock of Quitman, Wanda Pinson and husband Paul of Winnsboro and Betty Sims of Quitman. The family also made mention of her surviving Ogden family and faithful friends, Herman Andress, Carolyn Smith and Nelda Mangham and made special mention of recognition to Ashley Martin and Keith Foxworth and their children, Taylor and Jordan Foxworth. Susie was known as a faithful wife to her husband Curtis, a wonderful mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother who spent many hours babysitting all the children, cooking delicious meals for her family on Sunday after church. She also loved traveling with her five sisters.
Charlotte Virginia Blankenship
LIVINGSTON — Charlotte Virginia Blankenship, 69, of Goodrich died on Monday, April 27, 2009, at her residence. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 29, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Clyde Somers officiating. Burial followed in Menard Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Blankenship was born March 5, 1940 in Ace, to parents Clifton G. Goodwin and Mittie E. Johnson. She is survived by her husband, H.B. Blankenship; daughters, Terry Doncaster of Denver, Colo. and Kelly Shiflet and husband Thomas of Houston; sisters, Ruby Tompkins of Livingston and Louise Scott and husband Scotty of Onalaska; brother, Charles Goodwin and wife Carol of Livingston; her grandchildren, Jason Longer and wife Ruth of Stephenville, Scott DuBois and wife Melissa of Victorville, Calif., Charlotte Morris and husband Troy of Castle Rock, Colo. and Thomas Shiflet of Houston; six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Serving as pallbearers were Jason Longer, Scott DuBois, Thomas Shiflet Jr., Brett Spear, Andrew Woods, Bryan Neel, Mike Criswell and Kyle Roberds. Honorary pallbearers were Red Disotell, Danny Danford, Raymond Roberds, Cliff Warren, Wendall Grant and Roland Cummins. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh. com.
Edwin Glenn Gay
LIVINGSTON — Edwin Glenn Gay, 74, of Livingston died on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at his residence, with his family by his side. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 9, in the First Baptist Church of Providence, with the Rev. Michael Heuermann officiating. Burial followed in Holly Grove Cemetery. Mr. Gay was born April 28, 1935 in Camp Ruby, to parents Urias Gay and Vergie Little Gay. He married Bonnie Renfro Gay on Oct. 19, 1996 in Midway. Mr. Gay was a deacon at Harmony Baptist Church of Woodville. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife of 37 years and mother of his children, Nadine Gay. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Gay of Livingston; sons, Michael Gay and wife Marilyn of Livingston, Jerry Wayne Gay Sr. and wife Beverly of Livingston, Kenneth Neal Gay and wife Terri of Livingston, Clifford Earl Carroll and wife Patricia of Livingston and Stephen Wayne Carrroll Sr. and wife Debbie of Livingston; daughters, Billie Kathrine “Kathy” Ford and husband Rusty of Gilmer and Patricia Jolene McKenzie and husband Phillip of Springfield, Tenn.; sisters, Billie June Phillips and husband Arlen of Crosby and Jolene Moore and husband James of Livingston; 24 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers were Bryan Gay, Jessie Gay, Jerry Wayne Gay Jr., Roy Glenn Gay, Steven Wigley, Micah Ford, Joshua Ford and Stephen Carroll Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Olen Underwood, Bobby Lee Gay, Anthony Carroll, Michael Gay, Jerry Gay, Ashton Ford “Rusty”, Phillip McKenzie, Kenneth Gay, Clifford Carroll and Stephen Carroll Sr. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.
Thomas Allen Brock
CLEVELAND —Thomas Allen Brock, 80, of Tarkington Prairie, Cleveland, died at his residence on Tuesday, May 5, 2009. He was born Oct. 1, 1928 in Livingston to William Lester Brock and Lora Bell Schamerhorn, both of whom preceded him in death, along with his wife, Naomi Wiggins Brock; son, Gerald Brock; stepmother, Irene Barker Brock and brothers, William Leon Brock and Patrick Olin Brock. Survivors include his daughters, Connie Franklin and husband Dan, Cindy Franklin and husband Donny and Sara Garrett and husband Jerry; sons, Charles Brock and wife Deborah, William Brock and wife Donna Faye and Bobby Brock and wife Donna; sisters, Billie Lou Albrecht, Myra Beth Bailey, Sandra Estel and Judy Newsome; brother, Douglas Brock; 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members and friends. Funeral services were held Friday, May 8, in the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland, with interment following in Ryan Cemetery, Tarkington Prairie.
Victor L. ‘Mac’
LIVINGSTON — Lt. Cmdr. (Ret) Victor L. “Mac” McCallon, 86, of Livingston died on Wednesday, May 6, 2009. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 9, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. James Frazier officiating. Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery. He was born Aug. 18, 1922 in Tennessee, to parents Victor Mc- Callon and Lou Cardin McCallon. He served from 1940 to 1950 in the United States Navy. He was assigned to the carrier USS Oriskany where he served in the Pacific, Japan and Aleutians. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Livingston, Lions Club and the Sam Houston Amateur Radio Club (SHARK). He also enjoyed doing electronics, amateur radio listening to music and was proficient in the guitar and organ. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Homer McCallon and son, James McCallon. Mac is survived by his special friend, Joy Knight of Livingston; son, Scott McCallon of Tacoma, Wash.; daughter, Tracy McCallon of Oxnard Calif. and grandchildren, Keith, Anna, James and Katielynn. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.