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East Texas News - Obituaries
Polk County Enterprise - November 7, 2009 - November 30, 2009

Lavada Shirley
LIVINGSTON — Lavada Shirley, 81, of Livingston died on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Don Goodwin officiating. Burial followed in Menard Chapel Cemetery. She was born Nov. 16, 1928 in Livingston, the daughter of Garlie Oliver and Cordie Walters Oliver. She graduated from Goodrich High School in 1946. Lavada enjoyed fishing and hunting with her family and especially loved to cook; she was best known for her homemade yeast rolls that her family and friends adored. She worked for Dr. McClain as his office assistant for many years and often talked about how much she enjoyed all the people she got to meet there. Her family was the most important thing to her, although she had a very special love for her grandkids. She would make a special trip — “The Hostage Exchange” as the family called it — just to get them for a weekend. She loved any place where people were gathered and laughing. Her house was always open, with coffee and dessert most of the time waiting for you. She loved the Lord and her church family. Lavada loved her husband John of 63 years, and often talked about all the trips and places they were able to share together over the years that she never thought she’d get to see. She is survived by her husband, John Shirley of Livingston; daughter, Shirl Scott of Livingston; son, John Waymon and wife Bonnie of Livingston; grandson, Chris Scott of Atlanta, Ga.; granddaughters, Jennifer Vera and husband Nino of Baytown and Jessica Bertolia and husband Brent of Tyler; greatgrandson, Saturnino Raithen Vera of Baytown; sister, Nelina Morris and husband Jimmie of Livingston; brother, Bryant Oliver of Livingston and a host of nieces and nephews. Serving as pallbearers were Milton Thiel, Randy Bailey, Jimmy Ward, James Shirley, Charles Adams and Frank Fawbush. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh. com.

Chris Rhea
LIVINGSTON — Chris Rhea, 58, of Livingston died on Monday, Nov. 16, 2009. Graveside services were held Friday, Nov. 20, in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska, with the Rev. Patrick Hitt officiating. Military honors were given by VFW Post 8568. He was born Nov. 4, 1951 in Bakersfield, Calif., the son of David Rhea and Altie Dorothy Holder. He is preceded in death by his parents. Chris proudly served his country in the United States Army. He is survived by his father, Mike O’Flaherty of Livingston; daughter, Dorothy Colon and husband Damaso of Mansfield; grandchild, Andrew Colon of Mansfield; brother, Curtis Rhea of Alaska; sisters, Deborah Davis and husband Randy of Livingston and Lillian Presley and husband Mike of Dayton; stepbrothers, Steven O’Flaherty of Wenchatee, Wash., Kirk O’Flaherty of Everett, Wash. and Patrick O’Flaherty of Livingston and stepsister, Beverly Gill and husband Butch of Missouri. Serving as pallbearers were Damaso Colon, Andrew Colon, Curtis Rhea, Brad Boschetto, Patrick O’Flaherty, Randy Davis, Anthony Faremouth, Michael Gager, Michael Presley and Michael Eugene Presley. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh. com.

Merritt Elizabeth Alexander
LIVINGSTON — Graveside services for precious baby girl Merritt Elizabeth Alexander were held Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at the Alexander Cemetery, with Pastor Larry Shine officiating. Merritt was born Nov. 16, 2009 in Lufkin and died at birth. She is survived by her parents, Jonathan and Julie; brothers, Jackson and Ethan Alexander and grandfather, Jon Alexander, all of Leggett; grandparents, Jerri and Wayne Smith of Ft. Worth, Frances and Jerry Butler of Livingston and Mike and Cheryl Davis of Livingston; uncle and aunt, Clint and Maha Alexander of Leggett; aunt and uncle, Jenny and Jim Hester of Bryan and her greatgrandmothers, Jeanrie Alexander of Nacogdoches and Mary Squier of Shepherd. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

La Nell Keel Whitesides
LIVINGSTON — La Nell Keel Whitesides, 82, of Livingston died on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at her residence with her family at her side. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 21, in Blanchard Baptist Church, with the Rev. Royce Pennington officiating. Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery. She was born July 12, 1927 in Cherokee County, the daughter of Fred Keel and Addie Toole Keel. She was a charter member of Blanchard Baptist Church, spending many years volunteering and helping the church. She also volunteered for many years at Pine Ridge Nursing Home, helping families and patients. She is preceded in death by her husband, Thurman Whitesides. She is survived by her daughters, Gloria Hutchinson and husband Michael of Boynton Beach, Fla. and Sandra Barber and husband David of Livingston; grandchildren, Bill Schrage and wife Tammy of Ft. Worth, Teresa Kenny and husband Shane of Ft. Worth, Russell Barber of Austin and Seth Barber of Austin; great-grandchildren, Garrett Kenny, Cooper Schrage and Dylin Rae Schrage, all of Ft. Worth; her brother, Sam Keel of Whitehouse and sisters, Eva Colvin of Frankston and Dorothy Miller of San Augustine. Serving as pallbearers were Bill Schrage, Teresa Kenny, Russell Barber, Seth Barber, Tammy Schrage and Shane Kenny. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Nelga Anita Hayes
LIVINGSTON — Graveside services for Nelga Anita Hayes, 89, of Livingston, Texas, were held Nov. 20, 2009 at Restland Memorial Park Cemetery, with Pastor Don Willis officiating. Mrs. Hayes was born Dec. 29, 1919, in Smithville, the daughter of Augusta and Wilhelmina Witt Buehring. Mrs. Hayes passed away Nov. 18, 2009 in Livingston, Texas and was a member of First United Methodist church in Livingston. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Woodrow Hayes. Her survivors include a son, Roy Hayes and a daughter-in-law, Claudia, three grandsons, one granddaughter and numerous great grandchildren. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the guestbook, go to www. pacefuneral.com

Herman Knouse
LIVINGSTON — Herman Knouse was born Nov. 5, 1928, to Herman Joseph Knouse and Ruth Bell Barrett Knouse in LeCompte, La. He was their only child. Herman died peacefully Nov. 21, 2009, at his home in Livingston. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 24, in Central Baptist Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Joel Salazar and the Rev. Barry Jeffries officiating. Burial followed in Restland Memorial Park. He grew up in Zwolle, La., graduating from high school in 1945. He then attended LSU in Baton Rouge, graduating in 1949, with a BS degree in forestry. Herman met Anita at the Baptist Student Union on the campus of LSU while they were students. Upon graduation in June of 1949, Herman worked as a parish forester in Homer, La. Anita graduated in January of 1950 and they were married Feb. 10, 1950, at the First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. Mr. Knouse worked over a year for International Paper Company. In March of 1951, their first daughter, Ruth Anita, was born. He began his career with Champion Papers on Dec. 18, 1951, and in March of 1953, Herman and Anita moved to Livingston. One month later, in April, their second daughter, Nancy, was born. Ann was born two years later, and Tom, their only son, was born in April of 1957. As a forester, Mr. Knouse managed timberland, worked in research and retired as land acquisition and exchange manager. During his professional career, he worked tirelessly to implement excellence in timberland management and acquisition of timberland for Champion International Corporation. He retired after 43 years with Champion on Dec. 31, 1994. Through the years, Herman was active in the Lion’s Club, coached Little League, and worked with the Boy Scouts. He worked with Anita on Community Blood Drives and rarely missed an opportunity to help those in need. He was a committed member of Central Baptist Church. He served as Sunday school teacher and superintendent, deacon and trustee. He truly believed and lived each day: ...they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. — Isaiah 40:31. He is survived by his loving wife, Anita Inez Heath Knouse; daughter, Nancy Lee Knouse Helton and husband Tommy; granddaughter, Jessica Helton Duireden and husband Joe; granddaughter, Anita Ruth Helton; great-granddaughters, Ashanti Duirden and Kristin Smith; great-grandson, Joe Nathan Duirden III; daughter, Sally Ann Knouse McClain; granddaughter, Katherine McClain Blackburn and husband Jim; great-granddaughters, Lauren Elizabeth Voss and Emily Ann Voss; great-grandsons, Black Culwell Voss and Talon Alexander Blackburn; granddaughter, Amelia McClain and husband Wes Grantom; grandson, Daniel Bradley Mc- Clain; son, Thomas (Tom) Lloyd Knouse and wife Dana, and granddaughters, Jill Danielle Knouse, and Paige Lyndsay Knouse. Pallbearers were Joe Duirden, Billy McPike, Ben Royden Ogletree, Wes Grantom, Clark Ogletree, Daniel McClain, Ben Ogletree III and Dario Ruiz. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Lynn “Pug” Grizzafi Wallace
HUNTSVILLE — Funeral services for Lynn “Pug” Grizzaffi Wallace of Magnolia were held Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Huntsville Funeral Home, with Pastor Bobby Ferguson officiating. Interment followed in Center Hill Cemetery. Survivors include son, Edward Westfall and wife Robin, James Westfall and wife Lori, Kenneth Westfall and wife Cyndi, Steven Westfall and fiancée Cindy, and Johnny Guillory; grandsons, James Jr., Justin, Aaron and Trey; granddaughters, Chelsea, Destanea, Jaden and Lori Lee; sisters, Karla Jones, George Brooks and husband Robert and Jon Sirmons and husband Lightning; brothers, Troy Keeton and Brack Keeton; six nephews; six nieces; estranged husband, Joe Wallace and numerous cousins. You may leave a tribute for the family at www.mem.com.

Justin Wayne Mowery
LIVINGSTON — Justin Wayne Mowery, 60, of Goodrich died on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, in M.D. Anderson Hospital. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 24, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. David Taylor officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery. Military honors were provided by VFW Post No. 8568. He was born Dec. 2, 1948 in Pryor, Okla., the son of Glen Mowery and Gloria Miller Mowery. He was a United States military veteran, having served in the United States Army. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Mowery of Goodrich; father, Glen Mowery of Claremore, Okla.; daughters, Carla Goodwin and husband Robert of Goodrich, Barbara Hart of Kingwood and Tamra Landrum and husband Roger of Shepherd; brother, Steven Mowery of Claremore, Okla.; grandchildren, Jordan Landrum, Micah Landrum, Christian Landrum and Ryan Hart; one niece; one nephew and goddaughter, Latrina Morgan. Pallbearers were Dennis Coughlin, Steve Weaver, Ryan Hart, Robert Marion, Micah Landrum, Roger Landrum, Jerry Morgan and Pick Bland. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

James Ray Bryan Sr.
MOSCOW — Funeral services for James Ray Bryan Sr., 65, of Moscow will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 in the First Baptist Church of Moscow with Bro. Robert Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Stokley Family Cemetery in Moscow. Bryan died Monday Nov. 23, 2009 in Lufkin. He was born June 1, 1944 in Lorenzo, Texas, to parents, William Odie Bryan and Emerald Mae McDonald Bryan. He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Marilyn Bryan and Shirley Bryan; and one grandson, Joey Dean. He is survived by his wife, Joy Bryan of Moscow; sons, Michael Wayne Bryan of Shepherd and Pat Bryan of Porter; daughter, Robbie Cook of Moscow and James Bryan Jr. of Moscow; grandchildren, Laura Cook Lenox of Segno, Christopher Bryan of Porter, Emily Lemmond of South Carolina, James Ray Bryan III of Moscow, Jonathan Bryan of Moscow, Brandon Bryan of Moscow, and Jeanette Self of Shepherd. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Cody Ray Allen Self of Shepherd, Meghan Nicole Self of Shepherd, Kaitlyn Rae Self of Shepherd, Leiya Rain Lenox, Travis Dean of Rye; brother, John Bryan Sr. of Missouri, and sisters Betty James of Indian Springs, Lucille Vance of Dayton, and numerous nieces and nephews. Serving as pallbearers will be Richard James, Jimmy Vance, Robert Cook, Carl Inman, Jim Brier, Stuart Brier, and Don Bullock. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements. Please sign then online guest book at www. cochranfh.com.


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