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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
May 2010
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LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Larry C. Criswell, 58, of Houston will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 29, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Michael L. Darden Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at Greenfield Cemetery in Livingston. Visitation will be Saturday, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. Larry was born May 16, 1952, in Polk County and died Friday, May 21, at his home in Houston. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Criswell; son, Antonio McGuire and two step-daughters, Kathy and Lashaunda whom he helped raise, all of Houston; sisters, Alma Clyde Darden of Livingston who raised Larry from age 16 when his mother died; Dorothy Scott and Helen Miller of Houston; mother-inlaw, Jessie Patrick of Houston; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death are his parents and step-daughter, Torsha. Larry was a very faithful member of St. Galilee in Coldspring when he lived here in Livingston under the leadership of his nephew and Pastor Michael Lee Darden, Sr. He attended Dunbar High School in Livingston and Houston public schools. Pallbearers will be Velton Price Jr., John Terry, Rev. Christopher Darden, David Darden, Rev. Michael Lee Darden Jr., Rev. William Taylor, Rev. T.C. Cooper and Rev. Maurice Gardner. Honorary pallbearers will be Arnold D. Darden, Kevin Smith, Andre Houston, Craig Houston, Pastor Michael L. Darden Sr., Pastor Kenneth R. Darden, Rev. Anthony Darden, Rev. Ronny Darden and Antonio McGuire. Charles Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

HOUSTON – Funeral services for Clyde Douglas Johnson were held May 22 at New Loyalty Missionary Baptist Church in Houston with Pastor Craig A. Easley officiating. Interment followed at Brookside Memorial Park in Houston. Clyde was born Nov. 25, 1959, to Dudley and S.I. Johnson in Houston. After the death of his mother, Clyde moved to Livingston and was raised by his paternal grandmother, Kitty Ryans and his aunt, Helen Ryans. As a child raised in a strong Christian home, the seed was planted and he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He was baptized at Grace Hill Church where he served as a junior deacon, choir member and kept active in the works of the Lord. While in Livingston, Clyde attended Dunbar Elementary and secondary school. He graduated from Livingston High School in 1979. He attended Angelina College where he was a stellar athlete. After college, he moved to Houston where he was employed by Foley’s department store for five years. At the same time, he had a full time position with Diversified Plastering, Inc. After 25-plus years of dedicated service to Diversified, he retired due to health concerns. Clyde was devoted to his family serving as a source of wisdom and courage. Though he did not have any children, he served as a father figure to his nephews setting the blueprint for a distinguished and God-fearing man. To his nieces, he showed patience, loyalty and compassion, the structure of a real man. Clyde’s devotion for his church showed through his commitment to ministry. Clyde loved his church so much that he was there to serve no matter what was required of him. He served on numerous committees and offered his services including, Trustee, Chairman of the Deacon Board, Usher, Building Funds, Pastor’s Aid, Transportation, Kitchen, Finance Room, Service Mission, Sunday School Teacher, Mission Choir, Mass Choir and Male Choir. Clyde met his wife Vanessa while employed at Foley’s. Sticking to the vows that they committed to in front of God, their beautiful relationship survived and thrived for 23 years, 11 months and three weeks. Clyde is preceded in death by his grandmother, Kitty Ryans; aunt, Helen Ryans; father, Dudley; mother, S.I.; brother, Johnny Lee and sister, Kitty Lee. He is survived by his wife, Vanessa; siblings William Johnson (Regina), Elaine Hawkins, Debra Singleton (Williams), Reginald Johnson (Sarah); father-in-law and mother-in-law, John R. Powell Jr. (Alberta); sisterin- law Johnetta Ferguson (Darryl) and Ydana along with a host of family and friends. Pallbearers were Chester Beard, Bobby Charles Jackson, Darryl Ferguson, Jessie Ray Jackson, William Robertson and Luther Earl Jackson. Honorary pallbearers were Deacons of Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church, Andrew Brown, Kenneth Guiton, Leon Golden, Aaron Robertson, Ronnie Golden, Franklin William, Clarence Guiton and Alex Young. McDuffie Funeral Home of Houston was in charge of arrangements.

ONALASKA — Marvin “Buck” Oliver, 72, of Onalaska died Saturday, May 22, 2010, at his residence. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 25, in the Cochran Funeral Home Onalaska Chapel, with the Rev. Ford Adkins officiating. Burial followed in Welthy Cemetery in Normangee. Buck was born May 2, 1938 in Crockett, the son of John Thomas Oliver and Bessie A. Lambert Oliver. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Oliver of Onalaska; sons, Allen Oliver and wife Barbara of Onalaska and Russell Greathouse and wife Jeanette of Onalaska; daughter, Jennifer Scogins and husband Shane of Montgomery; grandchildren, Katrina Oliver of Ohio, Shelbie Oliver of Onalaska, Chassady Stitt of Montgomery, Bailey Scogins of Montgomery, Alli Scogins of Spring, Dayton Scogins of Spring, Tammy Shutter and Tracy Murray and husband Kyle of Houston; greatgrandchildren, Josey, Jayla, Jordan and Devon and his siblings, Roy, John, Ronald, Donald, Sammy, Evon, Nelda, Pat and Joy. Pallbearers were Russell Greathouse, Robby May, Dennis Benton, Ramon Ochoa, Tommy Oliver and Travis Oliver. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to Charlotte Maxine Beckner www.cochranfh.com.

ONALASKA — Earl Atkinson, 82, of Onalaska died Sunday, May 23, 2010, at his residence. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 25, the Onalaska First Assembly Of God Church in Onalaska, with Bro. Elton Hodge and Bro. Doyle Hodge officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery. Earl was born Feb. 11, 1928, in Trinity, the son of Johnnie Atkinson and Nancy Hodge Atkinson. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Atkinson of Onalaska; daughters, Janice Copeland and husband James of Conroe and Loveearl Hodge and husband Dennis of Onalaska; sons, Wayne Atkinson and wife Toni of Onalaska, Kyle Atkinson of Onalaska and Slader Atkinson and wife Rhonda of Schertz; grandchildren, Gary Penton, Detrea Edwards, Joe Mikel Copeland, Kailand Hodge, Dalton Hodge, Steven Atkinson, Michael Atkinson, Jeremy Atkinson, Khirsha Griffin, Madelyn Barr, Toni Atkinson and Blake Atkinson; 17 great-grandchildren and his siblings, Gary and Larry Atkinson, Ann and Geraldine Thompson, Hope Soartors, Joan Dobson, Linda Elliott and Minnie Haynes. Pallbearers were Gary Penton, Steven Atkinson, Michael Atkinson, Jeremy Atkinson, Joe Mikel Copeland, Dalton Hodge, Billy Daigle and Doyle Hodge II. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

NEDERLAND — Joyce Harland Venable, 78, of Nederland and North Zulch died Sunday, May 23, 2010, in M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He was born April, 19, 1932, in the Brushy community near Madisonville, to Violet Margaret Andrews and Fred Theodore Venable. A resident of Nederland since 1954, Joyce retired from Texaco after 32 years of employment as an electrician, and then worked for Austin Industries for five years. Joyce was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Nederland, Texas. He graduated from Madisonville High School in 1953, attended Blinn Junior College and earned an associate degree from Lamar University. Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Jean Waller Venable; daughters, Donna and husband David Grimmer and Lorrie and husband Robert Simoneaux; one grandchild, David Harland Grimmer; his brother, Melvin D. Venable and wife Ann; sister, Margaret Ward; sisters-in-law, Patricia Hayes and husband Will and Peggy Clute and husband Donald and a host of other relatives and friends. Joyce and Bobbie were married July 11, 1954 and remained devoted to each other for 45 years. He was known as a wonderful father and grandfather. Joyce was a veteran of the Korean conflict. He retired from the United States Marine Corps in June 1980 after 27½ years of service to his country. After his military retirement, he stayed active in Toys for Tots, Marine Corps Association and Gulf Coast Leathernecks. He was proud to be a Marine. He was preceded in death by his parents, Viola and Fred Venable; his brothers, Fred Jr. and Walter Ray and father and mother-in-law, Robert and Burney Mae Waller. A memorial service celebrating Joyce’s life was held Wednesday, May 26, at Calvary Baptist Church in Nederland, with Bro. Donald Bean officiating. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 28, at Madisonville Funeral Home. Interment with military honors will follow in Madisonville City Cemetery. Broussard’s Nederland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Complete information may be viewed at broussards1889.com.

ONALASKA — John Hamlin, 66, of Livingston died peacefully on Friday May 21, 2010, at his residence. Graveside services were held Wednesday, May 26, in Carlisle Cemetery, with the Rev. William Hamlin officiating. Visitation was held Tuesday, May 25, in the Cochran Funeral Home Onalaska Chapel. John was born Sept. 4, 1943 in Corpus Christi, the son of William Lee Hamlin and Nancy Matlock Hamlin. He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Carol Hamlin of Livingston; daughters, Kimberly Jean Hill and husband Chuck of Dayton and Debra Kay King and husband Richard of Livingston; grandchildren, Johnathan Hill, Christopher Hill, Chucky Hill, Renee Jussup, Nathan Jussup and Jeffrey Jussup; sister, Nancy Cooke and husband Brian of Houston and his brother, William Hamlin and wife Beverly of Spring. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

LIVINGSTON — Walter Shelton Bradford, 77, was born in Kelso, Tenn. and died Friday, May 21, 2010, at his residence in Livingston. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Erma Shellnut Bradford; sons, Curtis Bradford of Livingston, Thomas Bradford of Livingston and Walter S. Bradford Jr. of Cloves, Calif; daughters, Linda Bradford of Marlin, Linda Leonard of Fresno, Calif. and Debbie Dotson of Fresno, Calif.; brothers, Floyd Bradford, Charles Bradford and Cecil Bradford, all from Fayettville, Tenn.; sisters, Dorothy Solomon of Winchester, Tenn., Peggy Mann of Elora, Tenn., Kathrine Patterson of Fayettville, Tenn. and Linda Ried of New Market, Ala.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Walter is preceded in death by his mother and father, Charles and Bessie Bradford; son, Stephen Bradford; five brothers and five sisters. Pallbearers were Walter Bradford Jr., Fred Shellnut, Thomas Bradford, Curtis Bradford, Kevin Hetrick and Jordan Allen. Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 26, at Pace Funeral Home, with Bro. Troy Usleton officiating. Burial followed in Brookside Cemetery in Houston. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

LIVINGSTON — Memorial services for Lloyd Robert Cain, 31, of Livingston will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at the First Baptist Church in Livingston with Bro. Orval Barger officiating. Visitation was from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 26 in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. Lloyd passed away Saturday May 22 at his home. He was born June 27, 1978 in Humble, to parents, Chester Lloyd Cain and Mary Alice Aubrey. He was a student studying to be a respiratory therapist. Lloyd is preceded in death by his grandfathers Robert Mark Aubrey, James Phillips, and great grandparents Willie & J.C. Coker, Charles Mark & Alice Lois Aubrey, Hardy & Daisy Cain. He is survived by his mother, Mary Aubrey and husband Kenneth of Livingston; father, Lloyd Cain and wife Sharon of Livingston; sisters, Jennifer Lyn Miller of Trinity, Sarah Emmons of Livingston, Chesney Cote and husband Ryan of College Station and Samantha Cain of Livingston; grandparents, Virginia Aubrey of Livingston, Velma Kimmel of Livingston, O.A. Cain and wife Fay of Segno, and Naida Phillips of Livingston. He is also survived by his uncle, David L. Aubry of Los Alamos, N.M.; cousin, Bryan Aubrey of Livingston; children, Kayla and Jacob Waldron of Livingston; the mother of his children Tammy Renee Cain of Livingston, and many more extended family and friends. Please sign the online guest book at www.cochranfh.com. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

LIVINGSTON — Charlotte Maxine Beckner, beloved matriarch, friend and nurse, was born Aug. 3, 1947, and died on May 19, 2010, at the age of 62. Charlotte is survived by three daughters; eight grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren and other loved ones that she held dear. A memorial service will be held at Pine Ridge Nursing Home’s chapel at 2 p.m. Friday, May 28.

LIVINGSTON — Nell Pitts, 69, of Livingston died Thursday, May 20, 2010. Funeral services were held Monday, May 24, in Hickory Grove Church in Livingston, with Bro. Wayne Landrum officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery. Nell was born March 16, 1941, in Laurel, Miss., the daughter of Jess Wade and Bernela Bush Wade. She married James Monroe Pitts on May 19, 1956, after meeting only two Sundays earlier. They met one Sunday at church, the next Sunday they were engaged and the third Sunday they were married. She is preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Ophie Smith. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, James M. Pitts of Livingston; daughters, Patricia Nell Pitts of Livingston, Regina Summers and husband Brian of Channelview and Tina Pitts of Galveston; niece, Shirley Crenshaw of Collins, Miss. and her granddaughters, Kristin Summers and Brittney Summers. Pallbearers were Brian Summers, Roger Landrum, David Landrum, Kevin Vandiver, Keith Vandiver and Marlin McGowen. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

LIVINGSTON — Alice Elizabeth Goff, 66, died Friday, May 21, 2010, in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston. She is survived by her spouse, Gail Parker; sons, Jerry Musgrove and Joseph Carter and wife Regina; daughters, Deborah Carter and Eunice Dees; brother, Robert Hermes; sisters, Lana Younger and husband Johnny, Linda Schieni and Sherri Leader; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her stepmother, Etheline Hyde and her stepfather, Devers Musgrove. Preceding her in death are her parents, Orland (Tuck) Hyde and Lila Jo Musgrove and Hank Hermes and son, Robert Eugene Carter. A celebration of life was held Monday, May 24, at Center Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Oakhurst, with Bro. Jimmy Hermes officiating. Burial followed in Center Hill Cemetery. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Cathaline Bailey, 82, of Rye, were held at 3 p.m. Saturday May 8, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home, with Rev. Rex Hendrix officiating and interment to follow in the Holly Grove Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Daniel Bailey, Zak Bailey, Micah Bailey, Dwight Brownlee, Tim Cain, John Boswell, Shawn Schnieder and Henry Collier. She was born Oct. 28, 1927, in Rye, the daughter of Willie Sam Moore and Toy Foster Moore and passed away May 5, in The Woodlands, Texas. She loved gardening, flowers, reading, sewing and quilting. She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Eula Rosier; and brothers, Reginald Moore, Vasker Moore and Bryant Moore. She is survived by her husband, Reginald Bailey of Rye; daughter, Carlis Bailey of Spring; son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Dee Bailey; son and daughter-in-law of College Station; son and daughterin- law, Carlton and Dianna Bailey of Moss Hill; sister and brotherin- law, Pauline and Garthel Cain of Magnolia; grandchildren, Zak, Beth, Jennifer, Micah, Daniel, Sarah, Taite and Dillon, 10 greatgrandchildren and one great-greatgrandchild. Cochran Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Please sign our online register at www.cochranfh. com.

LIVINGSTON — Manie Campbell, 74, died Thursday, May 6, 2010, at his residence with his family at his side. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 8, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Saundra Winge officiating. Burial followed in Wood Cemetery in Burkville. Manie was born Nov. 22, 1935 in Center, the son of Carrol Campbell and Beulah Powell Martin Campbell. He proudly served four years in the United States Marines and also four years in the United States Navy. Manie and his family sang gospel music for many years together. They were recently inducted into the Texas Gospel Music Hall Of Fame. Manie will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He is preceded in death by his parents and son, Marty Campbell. He is survived by his wife, Glenda Campbell of Livingston; daughter, Belinda Jordon of Livingston; brother, Joe Campbell and wife Barbara of Livingston; sister, Eunice Morrison of Kingwood; his granddaughter, Joyce Hood of Livingston and many nieces, nephews and friends. Pallbearers were Billy Hood, Jay Campbell, Buddy Campbell, Manie Wade Campbell, Glynn Campbell, Gary Campbell, David Campbell, James Trahan and Herman Campbell. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

SWARTWOUT – Funeral services for Ira Wright, 75, of Goodrich were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Swartwout with the Rev. Dr. Sandra Wright officiating. Burial will follow at Victory Place Beautiful Cemetery in Swartwout. Pallbearers are Darrin Woods, Darryl Ray Woods Sr., Darryl Ray Woods Jr., Charles Darryl Jones, Michael Wright, Otis Wright, Theron Williams, and Ernest Williams III. Honorary pallbearers are Johnny Woods, Mack Woods, Clarence Woods, Bernie Woods, Velton Price Jr., John Terry, & Perry Glaze. Mr. Wright was born June 19, 1929, to Clarence (Pet) and Margaret McGowen Woods, and lived in Goodrich his entire life and was a member of the Methodist faith. He died May 3 in Kingwood Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brother, CW and IV Wright. Survivors include two sisters, Eless Woods of Cleveland and Mae Glaze of Houston; nephew, Johnny (and wife Molly) Woods of Goodrich, who were his primary caregivers since 1985. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8 at the church. Arrangements by Charles Mortuary.

LIVINGSTON — Baby Zoey Kay Smith became an angel on May 2. A funeral service was held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 8, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Anthony Cornelis officiating. Burial will follow in the Schlobaum Cemetery in Houston. She is preceded in death by her grandfather, Ronald Nicol; great grandfather John Louis Nicol, great-grandmother, Connie Nicol; great-grandfather, Chester Smith; great-uncle Donald (Smiley) Nicol, and great-aunt, Stacy Bailey. Zoey is survived by her mother, Jennifer Nicol and father Bryan Smith; brothers, Brandon, Aiden, Cayden, Braydon Smith, Mawmaw and Pawpaw Billie and Kenneth McDonald; grandmother, Linda Smith; great-grandmothers Barbara Farrar and Virginia Curtis; great-great-grandmother, Clara Mae Peerson; uncles, Jason Jones, Landon Nicol; aunts, Amanda McDonald, Stacy Nicol, Nicole Wiggins. She is also survived by numerous extended family and friends. Serving as pallbearers will be Bryan Smith, Jason Jones, Kenneth McDonald, Billy Munson. Honorary pallbearers will be Timothy Lawson, Patric Kulja, Billy Ray Meeks, Mike Greenly. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangement. Please sign the online guest book at www. cochranfh.com

LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Emma Ermel Dahl, 93, of Livingston were held Friday, April 30, 2010, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Pastor Bill Thompson officiating. Interment followed in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were John Paul Thompson, John Slocomb, John Haynes, Garvey Jackson, Eddie Martin and Ben R. Ogletree. She was born Sept. 2, 1916 in Regina Saskatchewan, Canada, the daughter of Martin Ermel and Christine Wesbrod Ermel, and died April 27, 2010 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her husband, Melvert Dahl; four brothers and one sister. In 1957 Emma joined the Pilot Club of Livingston and served as club president and on the board of directors numerous times. She housed the Pilot Club’s Loan Closet for 40 years, handling all sick room supplies. She also prepared and served Christmas dinner to the local club members and their families. In 1960 Emma received an award from the American Legions Auxiliary for chartering two units and for getting more new members than any other district president in the state of Texas. She baked cakes and bread to help raise funds for the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center that was a project of the American Legion and the auxiliary. She participated in the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State for 53 years and received an award of recognition for her services. She received the “Polk Countian of the Year” award in 1986 and the Hometown Spirit Award in 1994. Emma served on the Youth Center Swimming Pool Board for 20 years. Emma has been making fruitcakes for many years and sending them to Cal Farley’s Ranch. She received an award of appreciation from them. Emma married Melvert Dahl on Feb. 8, 1947 and together they helped organize the first Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, Polk County, with membership of about 12 people. In 1980 they began making Braille books, which were shipped to the blind all over the world. Melvert died on Dec. 28, 1994. She is survived by her sister, Katie Schulle of Caldwell and numerous nieces and nephews. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www. cochranfh.com.

CORRIGAN – Funeral services for Fannie Elizabeth Woodard, 89, of Corrigan were held Thursday, April 29, 2010, in Union Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Corrigan, with Bro. Charlie Hodge and Bro. Lesly Wilkinson officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan. Mrs. Woodard was born June 15, 1920 in Baytown and died Tuesday, April 27, 2010, in Corrigan. She was a member of Union Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Corrigan and will always be remembered as a beautiful lady, loving mother and grandmother. She is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Harold Woodard, whom she married on Nov. 17, 1945; husband, Luther Cockrell in 1943; parents, Alec and Lillie Campbell; sisters, Odessa Dial and Anna Mae Teal Sutton and brothers, W.A. Campbell and Louis Campbell. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Ben and Evelyn Cockrell of Livingston, Alec “Buz” and Mary Cockrell of Livingston and Harold Woodard Jr. “Chessie” of Corrigan; 11 grandchildren, Jeanne and Mike Livingston of Pasadena, Joanne Hayes of Lufkin, Ben and Priscilla Cockrell of Livingston, Chance and Karen Cockrell of Livingston, Julie and Robert Stokes of Los Angeles, Calif., Travis and Emily Cockrell of Livingston, Amanda Cockrell of Houston, Chad Woodard of Houston, Doug Woodard of Corrigan, Brian Carrico of Lufkin and Joshua Coward and fiancée Jodie Lucier of Livingston; 13 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Nanny’s grandsons: Ben Cockrell, Chance Cockrell, Travis Cockrell, Chad Woodard, Brian Carrico and Joshua Coward. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Cockrell, Doug Woodard, Bill Dial, Alton Burris and Helene “PeeWee” Hollaway. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

COLDSPRING – Matthew Edward Holloman, born Oct. 18, 1990 in Houston, died on April 7, 2010 in Coldspring. He is survived by his parents, Rev. Phil and Sherry Runge; brothers and sisters, Mark Holloman Jr., Tabitha Holloman, Elizabeth Holloman, Jonathan Runge, Kyle David Schuhsler, Phil Runge Jr., Susie Runge and Stacey Pate and husband Richard; nieces and nephews, Drew Pate, Stephany Delong and husband Daniel, April Raggett and husband Cory and Leslie Runge; greatnephew, Connor; grandparents, Darlene Manning, Reba Halverson and Lester Runge; special friend, Andrew Sword and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Andrew Sword, Paul Ballard, Jonathan Runge, Warren Sword, Randy Petty and Zachary Watson.

LIVINGSTON – A memorial service for Richard Carter “R.C.” Thompson, 68, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8, 2010, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. Mr. Thompson died Wednesday, April 21, in a Conroe hospital with his family by his side after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was born May 3, 1941 in Floral City, Fla., the son of Donald Thompson and Dorothy Ogden Thompson. He was a lifelong member of the Baptist faith. He was a veteran of the United States Army Paratroopers, 82nd Airborne Division, from Sept. 3, 1958 to May 23, 1960, receiving several medals. Mr. Thompson was a longtime resident of the Camp Branch Acres Subdivision, Trinity. An avid fisherman, his hobbies also included boating, woodworking, football and enjoying the great outdoors. He shared his appreciation of nature with all who touched his life, being a mentor and counselor along the way. Never one to be cramped inside, his long-haul truck-driving jobs prompted many entertaining stories which kept his family and friends laughing and amused for hours. He was known as a devoted husband, father and grandfather, who loved family gatherings and cookouts. Mr. Thompson is preceded in death by both parents and an infant daughter, Tina Diane. Survivors include his wife, Linda Thompson of Trinity; son and daughter-in-law, Richard Randle Thompson and wife Tammy of Colmesneil; son, Jerry Wayne Thompson of Porter; daughter, Leah Lyn Harlow of Trinity; son, Keith Edward Harlow of Washington, D.C. and son and daughter-in-law, Scott Shea Harlow and wife Vicki of Colorado Springs, Colo. Grandchildren are: Destiny Thompson of The Woodlands; Ethan, Nicki and Stormy Thompson, all of Colmesneil; Kyle Harlow and wife Krystal of Fredericksburg, Va.; Kenneth, Korey, Kody and Killian Harlow, all of Lebanon, Ohio and Tai, Rachel and Brody Harlow, all of Peyton, Colo. His great-grandson, Ethan Harlow of Fredericksburg, Va. also survives. Honorary pallbearers will include Paul Dahlbberg, Jim Barnett, Bill Guynes, Ethan Thompson, Kyle Harlow and Justin Williams.

LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Faye Elaine Richardson age 67 of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. A full obituary will appear in Thursday’s edition of the Polk County Enterprise.

LIVINGSTON – Graveside services for MaryAna Van Dine will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mexia City Cemetery. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www. cochranfh.com.


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