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East Texas News - Obituaries
Polk County Enterprise - October 26, 2008 - November 2, 2008

Dora Louise Hales
LIVINGSTON – Dora Louise Reynolds Hales (Moon), 74, died Thursday, Oct. 30 after a long, courageous, and valiant struggle with arsenic poisoning. She will be missed by all who loved her, but never forgotten. She was loving, trusting, and very forgiving. She saw only the best in everyone she met. Her eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren knew her as Nanny and Gigi. She loved her church family and was an active member of First Baptist Church in Kennard. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Hales, father Andrew Jackson Reynolds, mother Pearl Jane Huron, and brother Edward Reynolds. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Helen and Robert Gregg of Bastrop; daughter and son-in-law Sandra Lynn and Mike Deckard of Kennard, son and daughter-in-law J.D. and Kay Lynn Jackson of Barber’s Hill, brother James Reynolds of Baytown and sister and brother-in-law Sandra and Robert Strickland of Texas City, eight grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. Services will be held at Good Shepherd Baptist Church at 1 p.m. in Shepherd, Monday, Nov. 3 with Brother Frank Battles officiating. Visitation with family will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Midway Cemetery in Livingston with Brother James Durham officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts in her name made to the Kidney Foundation of your local Crime Stoppers program.


Jane Louise Messner
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Jane Louise Messner, 84, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Rusty Shuler officiating. Burial will be in Muhlenberg Township, Penn. She died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008 at her home. Visitation was held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday Nov. 1, 2008 also in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. Jane was born May 18, 1924 to parents Roy and Wilma Tyson McLaughlin. Her parents precede her in death. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Livingston. She is survived by her husband of 12 years, Kenneth Harvey Messner of Livingston; son, Richard Rickenback and wife Diane of Hilton Head, S.C.; daughter, Charlene Phillips of Williamsburg, Va.; daughter, Janell Weller and husband Steve of Reading, Penn.; son, Robert Rickenbach and wife, Robyn of Chantilly, Va. and grandchildren, Laura Weller, Peter Rickenbach, Lisa Carter, Alex Phillips, Tim Weller, David Weller, Dan Rickenbach, Kate Rickenbach, Mia Rickenbach, Mia Rickenbach and Lindsey Messner. She is also survived by her brother, Jim McLaughlin; stepsons Walter Kenneth Messner of Austin, Thomas Edward Messner and wife Gwen of Goodrich, and stepdaughter Gail W. Messner of Pearland. Honorary pallbearers will be the Ladies Bible Sunday School Class. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Please sign the online guest book at www. cochranfh.com


Anna Faye Armstrong
LIVINGSTON — Anna Faye Armstrong, 96, of Groveton died on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Lindell Mitchell officiating. Burial followed in Center Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Armstrong was born Sept. 26, 1912 in Camden to parents John and Virginia Laird. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Thomas Benson Armstrong. She is survived by her son, Terry Armstrong and wife Lisa of Crosby; grandsons, Justin and Jake Armstrong of Crosby and sister, Charlotte Edge of Kingwood. Serving as pallbearers were Terry Armstrong, Jake Armstrong, Justin Armstrong and Gerry Edge. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.
Carlton Williamson
LIVINGSTON — Carlton Williamson was born Dec. 4, 1953 in Liberty to Herman and Mary Helen (Collins) Williamson. He died on Oct. 29, 2008 in Livingston. A memorial service was held Friday, Oct. 31, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Frank Hood officiating. Per his wishes, his cremains will be buried at Holly Grove Cemetery by his sister. Carlton is preceded in death by his baby daughter, Dee Williamson; father, Herman Williamson; his sister, Corliss (Williamson) Hiney and grandparents, George and Lissie Williamson and Addie and Avie Mae Collins. He is survived by his mother, Mary Helen (Williamson) Coker; stepfather, Billy Coker; daughter, Tammy Morehead and husband Doug of Bremond; sons, Carlton D. Williamson and wife Melinda of Clayton, Okla. and Willie V. Williamson of Wilburton, Okla.; grandson, Austin Williamson of Oklahoma City, Okla.; granddaughters, Taylor Williamson of Clayton, Okla. and Luci Williamson of Wilburton, Okla.; grandson, Josh Morehead of Bremond Okla.; nephews, Eric “Hiney” Kay of Redway, Calif. and Kevin “Hiney” Kay of Redway Calif.; his adopted sons, Shayne Morris of Clayton, Okla. and Darrin Morris of McAlester, Okla. and a host of special uncles, aunts, cousins and very special friends. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Holly Grove Cemetery Association in Carlton’s honor. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.
Donald Eugene Thacker
LIVINGSTON — Donald Eugene Thacker, 70, of Livingston died on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Fred Alford officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. in Fairview Cemetery in Nacogdoches. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Thacker was born May 31, 1938 in Nacogdoches to parents Robert E. Thacker and Lela Mae Owens Thacker. He was saved at 10 years of age at Hoya Hill Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Louise Mosley. Survivors include his daughter, Stephanie Graham and husband Ben of Katy; grandson, Corey Parker of Katy; granddaughter, Brittany Parker of Katy; sisters, Rachel McGee and husband Robert of Livingston and Nadine Ellerbe and husband Thomas of Huffman; brothers, Kenneth Thacker and wife Helen of Nacogdoches and David Thacker and wife Carol of Humble; the father of his grandchildren, Larry Parker of Katy; his half-sister, Sue Nell Barrentine of Humble; half-brother, Henry Poskey of Nacogdoches and numerous nieces and nephews. Serving as pallbearers will be James McGee, William Mosley, Rick Gothard, James Thacker, John Thacker and Stephen Reed. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.


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