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East Texas News - Obituaries
Polk County Enterprise - November 9, 2008 - November 16, 2008

William Wallace Brown
LIVINGSTON –William “Bill” Wallace Brown, 82, of Livingston died Tuesday Nov. 4, 2008. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday Nov. 8, 2008 at the First United Methodist Church of Livingston, with Rev. Don Willis and Rev. James Frazier officiating. A gathering for family and friends will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday Nov. 7, 2008 in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel Bill was born Sept. 17, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri to parents Henry Marshall Brown and Lucie Palmer Brown. He later attended Texas A&M University and received a Bachelor of Science class of 1951. He then married his wife, Sara Jane Cloyes, in June 1956 in Pittsburgh, Penn. He was a member of several organizations including Lions Club, Methodist Men’s Prayer Breakfast, and the Texas A&M Alumni Association. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Sara Jane Cloyes Brown, brother Henry Brown, and sister, Helen Raymond. Bill is survived by his daughters, Nancy Caroline Brown of Harlingen, Catherine Ann Brown of Portland, Oregon, Helen Elizabeth Brown of Houston and Sydney Brown Murphy of Livingston; son-in-law Matt Murphy Jr. of Livingston, and grandchildren, Matthew Murphy, Helen Murphy and Jessica Murphy all of Livingston. He is also survived by his brother Charles Brown. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Please sign the guest book at www. cochranfh.com.

Linda Gay Allen
LIVINGSTON — Linda Gay Allen, 60, of Livingston died on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, in Lufkin. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Menard Chapel Cemetery, with Bro. Danny Brazell officiating and the eulogy given by Walter Ray Rice. Mrs. Allen was born Dec. 25, 1947 in Baytown to parents Orlen Ray Rice and Sarah Marjorie Bayers. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Robert Rice. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Bobby Allen of Livingston; daughter, Sally Brasher and husband Barry of Livingston; son, J.D. Allen and wife Donna of Livingston; daughter, Cama Cox and husband Sidney of Livingston; mother-in-law, Myrtle Whalen of Rye; brother, Walter Ray Rice and wife Michelle of Alvin; aunt, Bobbie McClendon of Lufkin and her grandchildren, Joby Henson, Matthew Henson and wife Chasity, Rowdy Allen, Coy Placker, Ashley Cox, Ky Cox and Janessa Cox. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Mildred Colvin Thomason
CORRIGAN — Mildred E. Colvin Thomason, 87, died on Oct. 31, 2008. She was born on Aug. 18, 1921 in Elkhart to Thomas Colvin and Lettie May Pennington Colvin. Mrs. Thomason retired after working for 40 years at Oak Farms Dairy in Houston and Dallas. She is survived by her three sons, Donald Thomason, Ronald Thomason and Tommy Nelson Thomason and their wives, Jamie Thomason, Georgia Thomason and Rita Thomason; six grandchildren, Brad Thomason, Nina Thomason Dudley, Tracie Thomason, Tiffani Thomason, Zachary Thomason and Jeremy Thomason; nephew, Joe Tom Colvin and his wife Betty Colvin and their children, Jessie Joe Colvin and Holly Colvin McCombs, Sheri Wathall and Melissa Latham and five greatnieces and nephews. Graveside services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Union Springs Cemetery. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Linda Lou Whitehead
CLEVELAND — Linda Lou Whitehead, at the age of 59, died on Friday, Oct. 31, 2008, in Methodist Hospital, Houston. She was born Wednesday, Aug. 3, 1949, in Cleveland to Lumis and Sedalia Hathaway Havard. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Tanna Michelle Brister and parents, Lumis and Sedalia Havard. Survivors include her husband, Douglas Whitehead, whom she married on July 22, 1994 in Hondo; her children, Lumis Douglas Brister and Makenzie Michelle Brister, both of Cleveland, and a host of other family members and friends. Services were held Monday, Nov. 3, in the Neal Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland. Interment followed in the PSMG cemetery. The Rev. Don Goodwin officiated.

Raymond L. Hawkins
LIVINGSTON — Raymond L. Hawkins of Livingston, formally of Houston, passed away at home Sunday afternoon, Nov. 2. He was born August 25, 1940 in Houston, Texas Raymond worked with West Construction, Vector Cable and retired from River Oaks Patrol in Houston after 25 years of service. He was a Weeblo den leader and loved fishing and woodworking. Raymond is survived by his loving wife Anna of 45 years, son Wesley of Livingston, two granddaughters, Breeanna and Rebecca Hawkins of League City, sister Debra and husband James Nowaski of Conroe, brother Thomas of California, nieces, nephews and many Brothers in Blue. His parents, Jenny L. and Alford Hawkins, precede him in death. Funeral services will be at Brookside Cemetery in the Chapel of the Chimes in Houston at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7. Visitation is from 5- 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6. Pallbearers will be Joe D’Eugenio, Michael Leggio, Dan Martin, James Nowaski, Glyn Spratley, and Earl Miller. Honorary pallbearers are C.K. Ellis, David Vrablec and honorary pallbearer Jim Reeves.

Jake Sherman
CORRIGAN – Jake Sherman, 88, died Oct. 31, 2008 in the Corrigan Long-Term Care Center in Corrigan. Services were held Sunday, Nov. 2, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Union Springs Cemetery. Mr. Sherman was born Oct. 11, 1920 in Corrigan to Sidney Sherman and Mary Cunningham Sherman. He graduated from Corrigan High School in 1939. He married Zelley Mae Creel Sherman on March 15, 1939 in Corrigan. They had two children, Rebecca Mixson of Corrigan and Jacob Sherman of Huntsville. Mr. Sherman was a World War II veteran and served in the Pacific as a member of the Army 42nd Combat Engineers under the command of General Douglas McArthur. He saw action in the Philippine Islands. His company was one of the first Americans to serve in Korea as the war ended. After the war, Mr. Sherman returned to Corrigan and worked in construction as a pipe fitter. He moved to Beaumont in 1960 and worked for B.F. Goodrich in Port Neches until his retirement in 1983. He has been a resident of Corrigan since his retirement, where he enjoyed gardening and woodworking. Mr. Sherman was a member of Corrigan Masonic Lodge No. 1103, the Pipe Fitter Union 195 and the First Baptist Church in Corrigan. His family and friends describe him as someone who had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh, was generous and had a kind heart and someone who lived his life with integrity and bravery. He is survived by his wife, Zelly May Sherman of Corrigan; daughter, Rebecca Mixson of Corrigan; son and daughter-inlaw, Jacob and Sandra Sherman of Huntsville; grandchildren, Scott and wife Kristin Sherman of Corrigan, Matthew Sherman of Lufkin, Max Mixson of Houston and MaeBeth and Shane Carrizal of Houston and five great-grandchildren, Stephan and Jessica Sherman of Corrigan, Samantha Sherman of College Station and Zackary and Elizabeth Carrizal of Houston. Mr. Sherman was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney and Mary Sherman; brother, Edwin Sherman and sister, Gayle Sherman.

Justine Louis White
LIVINGSTON – Justin Louis White, 34, died quietly on Oct. 29, 2008 in Good Shepherd Health System in Longview after a long illness. He was born in Richmond on Sept. 10, 1974 to Russell and Phyllis White Jr. Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 2, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Lesly Wilkinson officiating. He is preceded in death by his father, Russell White Jr. Survivors include his wife, Amanda Ferrell White; son, Koby White; mother, Phyllis White; brothers, Russell White III and wife Deidra; of College Station and Spencer White and wife Elaina of Brenham; sisters, Misty Parada of Tomball and Temie White of Pasadena; nephew, Chance White and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Russell White III, Chance White, Marco Flores, Spencer White, Rory Robertson and Lester Knight. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Lewis, Heath Ferrell, Chris Franklin and Marvin Hurley. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

Doris Bigham Newsome
LIVINGSTON — Doris Bigham Newsome, 89, died on Nov. 3, 2008 in Ft. Worth. A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in Grace Memorial Park in Santa Fe. She will be buried beside her husband, Jack. Mrs. Newsome was born Feb. 10, 1919 in Temple to parents Grover Cleveland Bigham and Mildred Poston Bigham. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Jack Newsome. She is survived by her daughter, Judy Newsome; son, Jack Newsome and wife Shirley; grandsons, Ashley Newsome and Jeff Newsome and her four greatgrandchildren, Taylor, Sara, Anna and Jack. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Tony Wright
LIVINGSTON — Tony Wright, 42, of Livingston died on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Livingston Church of Christ, with Lindell Mitchell officiating. Burial followed in the Wright Family Cemetery in Livingston. He was born Nov. 1, 1965 in Knoxville, Tenn. to parents Earl Carter Wright and Carolyn Pass Browning. He married Conna Gregory Wright on July 7, 2006. He was known as the consummate athlete, winning at whatever sport and game he attempted. He excelled especially at football, basketball, and track, having won 19 trophies and 15 first and second place ribbons during his high school years. Family members say Tony showed grit and determination in the face of adversity, thought not of himself but of those that he loved and, though he knew he was dying, throughout his last years he encouraged others to remain strong and to, most importantly, never lose faith in God. He is survived by his wife, Conna Wright of Livingston; father and stepmother, Earl C. and Kathy Wright of Eads, Tenn.; mother and stepfather, Carolyn and Willie Browning of Memphis, Tenn.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, J.C. and Margie Robicheaux of Livingston; brothers, Michael Wright and wife Shawn, Dwayne Wright and Robert Browning and wife Jamie; special aunt and uncle, Joyce and Henry Morton; stepdaughters, Rachael Russell and husband Dusty and Misty Smith; his grandchildren, Joey and B.J. Mottu, Liam Morales, Geoffrey Williams and Layla Russell; nieces and nephews, Andrew Wright, Anna Wright, Hanna Wright and Elizabeth Browning; brother-inlaw and sister-in-law, James and Verna Wright and special friends, Peter Bellamy, Bente Hjortshoej and Jenny McGlocklan. Serving as pallbearers were Dusty Russell, Charles Risden, Roman Olvera, Cal Greiner, James Crabtree and J.C. Robicheaux. Honorary pallbearers were Joey Mottu, B.J. Mottu, Liam Morales and Geoffrey Williams. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Lloyd Forrest Lowe
LIVINGSTON — Lloyd Forrest Lowe Sr., 63, known as “Little Lloyd,” died at his residence in Livingston on September 26, 2008. Mr. Lowe was born Nov. 2, 1944 in Houston to John Forrest and Rosie Margaret Giacona Lowe, both of whom preceded him in death. Mr. Lowe will be buried in Houston National Cemetery, Houston. He served in the Army and was employed as a plumber. Mr. Lowe loved hunting, crabbing and the outdoors. Survivors include his two sisters, Gloria Farguhar and Rosemary Walker and spouse Hiram G. Walker; his son, Lloyd Forrest Lowe Jr.; grandson, Forrest; nephew, John Michael Thomas Farguhar; fiancée, Abby Brown, and daughter, Carletta Rain Farguhar; nieces, “little” Glo and Shay Orlando, Chatta Orlando and spouse Michael Tompkins; several great nieces and nephews, Juliet, Carl Tonio Orlando and James Hiram Dobbs. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

A. J. Habernal
LIVINGSTON – A.J. Habernal, 80, longtime resident of Lake Livingston Estates No. 1, died Thursday afternoon, Oct. 30, 2008, in Memorial Medical Center-Lufkin from cancer. He married his wife Betty Jean, on Dec. 22, 1985. He retired from Cameron Iron Works in 1990 after nearly 47 years and had only missed four days due to illness. His retirement was well earned and well spent. The last 18 years were some of the happiest days of his life in the community he so loved. He was known as the go-to guy in the neighborhood to get something fixed, find a 3/8 fine thread bolt or airup a bicycle tire. He was a fixture in the neighborhood, always ready with a big smile and a wave as he rode by on his bicycle, showing off the latest monster catfish he caught or delivering his latest woodworking project to its intended recipient. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Betty Jean; brother, Raymond of Livingston; his son, Joshua Glenn and daughter-in-law Jeannie of Ft Worth; his daughter, Donna Bounds and grandson Michael Carrell of Houston; stepdaughters, Ramona Willis, Linda Mikowski and Brenda Ellington and stepson, David White. A memorial viewing was held Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Pace Funeral Home in Livingston. There will be a life celebration at the Lake Livingston Estates No. 1 boat ramp park from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, where friends and family can gather to remember him and celebrate his life in the casual and informal way he lived his life. In case of bad weather the event will be moved to the carport/ house. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

Allen Cornelius “Pinky” Williams
HOUSTON – Allen Cornelius “Pinky” Williams died Nov. 2, 2008, at Houston Hospice at the Texas Medical Center. He was the son of William Edgar Williams and Madge Brown Williams. He was a graduate of Livingston High School, class of 1936; Lon Morris Junior College, Jacksonville, class of 1939 and The University of Texas at Austin, graduating class of 1949. Mr. Williams entered the U.S. Army in 1941; Combat Service in the European Theatre during WWII, with the rank of captain in the 69th Infantry Division, which was the first Allied unit to linkup with the Russian Army. After WWII, he transferred into the U.S. Army Reserve and retired with the rank of colonel in 1974, after 33 years of total active and reserve military service. He met Dorothy Edwards of North Little Rock, Ark. and they spent 50 wonderful years together. Allen was a member of the Sugar Land Masonic Lodge No 1141, AF&AM, the Houston Valley of Scottish Rite, Arabia Shrine, A.A.R.P., 69th Infantry Division Association, a life member of the Texas Exes Alumni Association, The Reserve Officer Association, and the Acacia Fraternity. Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his parents, William Edgar Williams and Madge Brown Williams of New Willard; son, David Edward Williams; and brother, William Edgar Williams, Jr. of Tellico Village and Oak Ridge, Tenn. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; nephews, William Edgar Williams III of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Michael Williams of Knoxville, Tenn. and Doyle Edwards of Memphis, Tenn.; nieces, Shelley Williams of Knoxville, Tenn. and Mary Edwards Bradley of Memphis, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Corella Edwards of Memphis, Tenn.; several grand-nephews and one grand-niece. A viewing was held on Tuesday, Nov. 4, and Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Earthman Southwest Chapel, Stafford. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, at Houston National Cemetery, Houston, with military honors. The family requests that memorials be made to Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030.

Michael Roy Rogers
ONALASKA – Michael Roy Rogers, 62, of Point Blank died on Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, in Lufkin. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Larry Shine officiating. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Mr. Rogers was born Jan. 17, 1946 in Houston to parents Willie Rogers and Bessie Flowers Rogers. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Willie Rogers, Jimmy Rogers and Ray Rogers and sister, Betty Scarbrough. He is survived by his wife, Betty Rich of Onalaska; son, Michael Rogers and wife Amy of Houston; daughter, Sharon Skarda and husband Erik of Maryland; brothers, Milford Rogers and wife Eloise of Onalaska and Roland Rogers and wife Carolyn of Houston; daughter, Bonnie Williams and husband Jimmy of Dickinson; sons, William King of Onalaska and Jeff King and wife Pam of Porter; daughter, Tracy Bauld and husband Mike of Livingston; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Rogers, Mike Bauld, William King, Jeff King, Chris Portwood, Ben Bauld, Jimmy Williams and Mike Beasley. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.


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