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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries

Copyright 2012 - Polk County Publishing Company

 

LAIL
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Carl Jackson Lail, 77, of Li-vingston were held on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in the Corrigan Fu-neral Home Chapel, with Pastor Phil Corbett officiating. Interment followed in Feagin Cemetery in Polk County. Mr. Lail was born Dec. 30, 1934 in Hickory, N.C. and died Tuesday, Nov. 20, in Livingston. He was a loving husband for 58 years. He was also known as a lov-ing father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. One of his greatest joys in life was playing games with his grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Loye Lail and Rosalee Ennis Lail; son, Jackie Wayne Lail; sister, Betty Beard and brothers, Bill Lail and Loye Lail. Mr. Lail is survived by his wife, Barbara Evelyn Lail of Livingston; grandsons, Jason Lail of New Ca-ney and Justin Lail of New Caney; granddaughters, Kylie Lail of New Caney, Morgan Lail of Conroe and Kourtney Covington of Conroe; sister, Ruth Townsend of Hickory, N.C. and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Jason Lail, Jus-tin Lail, Scott Bey, Alan Shealy, Steven Shealy and Noah Cryan. Honorary pallbearers were Morgan Lail, Kourtney Covingtson and Kylie Lail. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

MAYES
LIVINGSTON -- Nelda Pearl Mayes, 82, of Katy was born July 31, 1930 in Livingston, the daughter of Clifford Elmer Sanders and Willie Pearl Cubstead. She graduated from Sam Houston University, where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, serving as its president. She was also a member of the Livingston Pilot Club. She taught school in Kingsville, Dickinson, Livingston, Goodrich and Shepherd. She was a member of Central Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir. She was also a member of St. Luke‘s United Methodist Church in Houston. On Sept. 1, 1950, she married Bill Mayes and together they had four children. Nelda died on Nov. 21, 2012 in Houston. She is preceded in death by her parents, Clifford Elmer and Willie Pearl (Cubstead) Sanders and her husband, Bill Mayes. Nelda is survived by her son, Keith Mayes and wife Debbie of Livingston; son, Toby Mayes and wife Tracey of Katy; daughter, Sally Renino and husband Bob of Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.; daughter, Julie Hamrick and husband James of Houston; grandchildren, Willie and Betsy Mayes, Katie and Andrew Scott, James William Hamrick, Claire Hamrick, Ben Robert Renino, Mackenzie Mayes and Kellen Mayes; great-grandchildren, Maggie Mayes, Harper Mayes, Miller Scott and Lucy Scott and numerous other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Mike Meadows, the Rev. Steve Horn and the Rev. Mark Lewis officiating. the services. Interment will follow in Peebles Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Willie Mayes, Andrew Scott, James William Hamrick, Kellen Mayes, Ben Robert Renino, Chris Gibson, Bill Haecker and Steve Eska. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

FORTNEY
SAN ANTONIO -- Dianna Lynn Bender Roark Fortney died on Nov. 22, 2012. She was born Aug. 31, 1946 in Baytown, the daughter of Richard and Evelyn West Bender. She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and Lee Junior College as a vocational nurse. She worked as an LVN for over 40 years for hospitals and nursing homes in Baytown, Livingston, Port Lavaca, San Anto-nio and Victoria. Over the years she also worked as a home health nurse. Survivors include her husband, Paul N. Fortney Jr. of San Antonio; one son, James J Roark III of Port Lavaca; one daughter, Evelyn Louise Porras of San Antonio; two stepdaughters, Patricia Fortney Sedita of Houston and Michelle Fortney Nichols of Ozark, Mo.; one sister, Carol McKinney of Bay-town; one brother, Jimmy Bender of Dayton; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Viva Scholar-ship Fund at Oblate School of The-ology in San Antonio or the Law-rence Boadt Scholarship Fund c/o Paulist Press 997 MacArthur Blvd, Mahwah NJ 07430.

DILLON
LIVINGSTON -- Kenneth Ray Dillon, 60, of Livingston died on Nov. 22, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25, at Cen-tral Baptist Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Mike Meadows and the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. A full obituary will be published in the next edition. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

SASSER
ONALASKA -- Steven Lyle Sasser, 61, of Point Blank died on Nov. 16, 2012 in Magnolia. Steven was born Jan. 1, 1951 in Dermott, Ark., to George Thomas Sasser and Zada Maxine Fuller Sasser. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Thomas Shane Sasser. He is survived by his daughter and her husband, Stefani and Matthew Mitchell of Magnolia; sister and her husband, Sondra Sasser-Hobbs and Rufus M. of Point Blank; brother, Michael Dale Sasser of Mt. Belview; dad, Cecil A. Warren of Point Blank and nephews, Phillip L. McDuffie of Point Blank and Aaron T. Caldwell of Point Blank. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Nov. 20, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Don Davis officiating. Military honors were provided by the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

VANYA
LIVINGSTON -- Georgia Bal-linger Vanya was born Aug. 24, 1915 in Saratoga, Texas, to Newton and Mary Margaret Pletcher Ballinger, and died on Nov. 6, 2012 in Livingston at the age of 97. Georgia was a member of Schwab City Baptist Church since 1957, where she loved serving the Lord. She served as secretary of the Thelma Miller Sunday School class and served as church secretary and treasurer for eight years. She helped with VBS activities and refreshments with Laura (W.C.) Munson for many years in the 50s, 60s and 70s. She was a choir mem-ber until 1984. Georgia was a school bus driver for Hardin ISD, Anahuac ISD and Livingston ISD and worked in the Anahuac ISD cafeteria. She was known as a dedicated worker in whatever she set her hand to, whether working in a grocery store or for the school districts. She loved cooking, gardening, fishing, shrimping, quilting, sewing and playing dominos (42 and 80), but she loved her family most of all. Georgia is survived by daughter, Dorothy Louise Vanya Corley and husband Lee of Livingston; two daughters-in-law; Betty Vanya of Livingston and Jean Vanya of San-ta Fe; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, John David Vanya; three sons, Jim Larkin Vanya Sr., John Milton Vanya Sr. and Joe Robert Vanya; six brothers and five sisters. A celebration of Georgia’s life was held on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Pace Funeral Home, with the Rev. Roland Coyle and the Rev. David Jones officiating. Interment fol-lowed in Blue Water Cemetery. Pallbearers were John Vanya Jr., David Vanya Sr., Allen Vanya, James Vanya Sr., Doyle Corley and William (Bill) Shotwell. Honorary pallbearers were great-grandchildren. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Schwab City Baptist Church or Lighthouse Hospice in Livingston. To send online condolences, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

HALL
LIVINGSTON -- Jack Travis Hall, 49, of Livingston died on Nov. 2, 2012 at his residence in Livingston. He was born on Dec. 15, 1962, in San Antonio, to Jim-mie Hall and Lois Day. Jack is survived by his daughter, April Hall; son, Andrew Hall; fa-ther, Jimmy Hall; mother, Lois Day; sister, Sonja Clamon; brother and sister-in-law, Clayton and Tra-ci Day; stepmother, Jennie Battise; special friend, Raymond Knight and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Magnolia Hill Cemetery in Polk County, with the Rev. Bill Brackin officiating. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

DILL
LIVINGSTON -- George Lloyd Dill, 86, of Goodrich died on Nov. 7, 2012 at his residence in Goo-drich. Mr. Dill was born on Aug. 23, 1926 in Little Rock, Ark. Services are pending at this time. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

MADERE
LIVINGSTON -- Mark Alan Madere, 46, a beloved son and brother and a talented video editor, artist and graphics designer, died on Nov. 6, 2012 in Livingston. Mr. Madere was born March 18, 1966 in Texas City, the son of Iris and Warren Madere. He attended public school in Texas City before his family moved to Livingston in 1980. He was a 1984 graduate of Livingston High School. In 2005, he graduated from Westwood College of Technology in Fort Worth, where he engaged in the study of graphics design, video editing and Internet technology. He later worked for Digital 2000 Sys-tems in Houston, a video produc-tion company. His parents and his brother, Mi-chael Madere of Houston, survive him. A memorial service was held on Nov. 9, 2012 at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. Mike Miller, minister of the Oak Grove Church of Christ in Livingston, officiated. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the SPCA of Polk County in Livingston. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

KERR
LIVINGSTON -- Leon L. Kerr, born on Jan. 15, 1940 to Albert and Lillie Galloway Kerr in Leggett, died on Nov. 9, 2012 in Livingston at the age of 72. Leon is survived by son, Darrel Wayne Kerr; daughters, Sharon Kerr Dabney, Rose Hodges, Thel-ma Rene Hickman, Lisa Crawford, Donna Tomlinson and Dianna Thiel (special daughter); brother, Albert Mark Kerr; sisters, Edna Gaston and Ethel Vance; 16 grand-children and 17 great-grandchildren. Leon was preceded in death by both his parents; loving wife, Lora Ann Kerr and daughter, Leah Ann Loehr Kerr. Leon attended Leggett Baptist Church in Leggett. A celebration of Leon’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2012 at Pace Funeral Home, with Bro. Tim Thompson officiat-ing. Interment will follow in Rice Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Roy McNiel, Brian Hickman, Rocky Coward, Wiley Meadows, Brandon Gaston, and Robert Boaen. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

 

HERRON
LIVINGSTON -- Charles Wayne Herron, born Feb. 23, 1934 in Con-cord, Texas, to Jack and Maude Prince Herron, died on Nov. 2, 2012 in Trinity at the age of 78 years. Charles was employed as a glass cutter with Texas Tempered Glass out of Houston for over 40 years. He was a veteran, having served in the United States National Guard, and was an avid fisherman, having spent many hours setting trot lines for his “favorite” catfish. His loving family includes com-panion, Jacqueline Broussard; son, Stevie Herron, daughters, Cindy Biddle, Janet Huffman and Terry Lynn Clay; sisters, Mildred Looney and husband Mac, Evelyn Wagner and Shirley Dwiggins and husband Randy; brother, John Herron and wife Pat; numerous grand and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Katherine Herron and brother, Drewry Herron. A graveside service was held on Sunday, Nov. 4, at Glendale Ceme-tery in Trinity, with Bro. Oval Barger officiating. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Go to www.pacefuneral.com to send on-line condolences.

SNOOK
LIVINGSTON -- Robyn Henderson Snook, 55, of Spring died on Nov. 2, 2012 in Livingston. Robyn was born in Melborne, Fla. on Jan. 19, 1957, to Robert Courtland Bob Henderson and Janie Jeanette Henderson. Robyn is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Joe Henderson. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Crystal and Tommy Faught of Livingston; grandson, Kyle Faught of Livingston; granddaughter and grandson, Dawn and David Brown of Hinesville, Ga.; granddaughter and grandson, Glenda and Josh Phillips of Trenton, Fla.; grandson, George Faught of Hinesville, Ga.; great-grandson and great-granddaughter, Noah and Khole Brown of Hinesville, Ga.; great-grandson and great-granddaughter, Gabriel and Kandiance Faught of Trenton, Fla.; great-grandson, Curtis Phillips of Trenton, Fla.; sisters, Trudy Bunch of Spring, Becky Logan of Bedias and Cheryl Bevans of Livingston; nephew and niece, Michael and Jennifer Hoffer of Livingston; niece and nephew, Beverly and Darrall Usher of Spring; nephew, Robert Leslie of Big Sandy; niece and nephew, Shelly and David Moore of Livingston; niece and nephew, Sherry and Dusty Griffin of Big Sandy; niece, Shirley Hoffer of Livingston; nieces and nephews, Lisa, Cody, Cali, Menike and Jeremy Usher, all of Spring and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

STEFKA
LIVINGSTON -- Charlotte Ree Stefka, 78, of Livingston died on Nov. 1, 2012 in the comfort of her home. She was born to the late Ral Loyd and Linnie Cone on Aug. 30, 1934 in Sweeney. She married Fred Stefka on April 23, 1955 in El Campo, and for 57 years she has lovingly referred to him as “Freddy.” She was a member of the Livingston Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Charlotte was known as a strong and independent lady who was deeply loved and who will be missed by all of those whose lives that she touched. Charlotte leaves behind her husband, Fred Stefka of Livingston; four daughters, Regina Chambless of Livingston, Monica Edwards of Bryan, Mitzi Thompson and husband Ronald of Lovelady and Lynette Lilley and husband Richard of Splendora; grandchildren, Charlene Palmeri and husband Joe of Florida, Erica Chambless of New York, Michael Chambless of Georgia, Alyssa Smith of Clearlake, April Howard of Bryan, Kyle Schaeffer of College Station, Lindsey Edwards of Bryan, Brianna Edwards of Bryan and Ariel Lilley Lane and husband Shawn of Humble; great-grandchildren, Shane Turner, Saylor Tisdale, Molly Lane and Cheyenne Schaeffer; sister, Blanche Spell of Henderson; numerous other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ral Loyd and Linnie (Gardner) Cone; her special grandson, Jacob Paul Howard; sister, Lora Lou Williams and brother, R.L. Cone. Memorial services were held on Sunday, Nov. 4, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Randy Maze officiating. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

HEIFNER
LIVINGSTON -- Paul Allin Heifner, 77, of Livingston died on Oct. 31, 2012 in Livingston. Paul was born in Moberly, Mo., to Joseph Ernest Heifner and Helen Yeakey Heifner. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the years 1956 to 1962. Paul is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lollie Roberts; brother-in-law, Joe Roberts; niece, Stephanie Jo Roberts and sisters, Virginia Heifner and Corrine Hess. He is survived by his beloved wife, Jo Jo Heifner of Livingston; Mike and Donna Heifner of Joplin, Mo., Patrick and Cindy Heifner of Bloomington, Ind., Andrew and Mary Kaus of Holyrood, Kan., Donna and Rob Sonesone of Ellis, Kan., John Heifner of Ellis, Kan., Jodi and Clint Williams of Missouri City, Texas, Joseph and Sasha Arredondo of Clute, Cynthia and Albert Boykin of Evans, Ga.; a most loving mama, Ida Caldwell; 16 grandchildren, Missy, Kaleigh, Geoffrey, Abby, Lean, Courtney, Zachary, Bethany, Corbin, Kamryn, Chloe, Kirstin, Kendall, Kobe, Steven and Nichole; eight great-grandchildren, Camille, Aubrey, Rory, Angelus, Kaadyn, K.K., Bridgette and Kendra; four dogs; four cats and kittens to come; aunt and uncle, Louis and Billy Trero; niece, Melissa Mills and cousins, Carla and Ernie Anderson. Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 5, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Pastor Bill Cook officiating. Internment followed in Splendora Cemetery in Splendora. Military honors were conducted by the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

STUTTS
ONALASKA -- Billy Isaac Stutts Sr., 78, of Goodrich died on Nov. 1, 2012 at his home in Goodrich. He was born on Nov. 23, 1933 in Onalaska, to Howard Woodbury Stutts and Blythe Mozelle Vaughan Stutts. Billy married Phyllis Mae Kirsch on June 5, 1954 in Houston. He was a member of Onalaska Baptist Church and a lifetime honorary fireman of the Onalaska Volunteer Fire Department. Billy is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, LaVaun Smith, Janice Angle and Baby Marilyn Stutts; brothers, Jack Stutts and Chipper Stutts; great-granddaughter, Cierra McCoy; mother-in-law, Edith Kirsch and father-in-law, Earl Kirsch. He is survived by his beloved wife, Phyllis Mae Stutts of Goodrich; son, Billy Isaac Stutts Jr. and wife Emma Stutts of Goodrich; daughter, Harriett Stutts Hales and husband Jay F. Hales of Livingston; grandson, Jay F. Hales II and his wife Leala Hales of Livingston; granddaughters, Amanda Stutts McCoy of Goodrich, Jacinda Hales Lewis and husband Billy Joe Lewis of Livingston and Carrie Stutts Gibbs and fiancé Levi Willson of Livingston; grandsons, Brian Glen Burks of Ft. Riley, Kan. and J.J. Burks and fianceé, Amie Farrington of Big Sandy; 14 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Bob Stutts and wife Jimmie Jo, Austin Stutts and wife Shirley and Juke Stutts and wife Carol Ann, all of Onalaska; sister-in-law, Joan Strong of Goodrich; brother-in-law, David Kirsch and wife Helen of Ft. Edwards, N.Y. and sister-in-law, Kathy Key and husband Gene of Livingston and Gus. Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 5, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Dennis Hodge officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Pallbearers were Howard W. Smith, Kevin Smith, David Cunningham, Raymond Bishop, Doyle Hodge and Ronnie Hodge. Honorary pallbearers were James B. Bishop, Jay Stutts, Howard A. Smith, Steve Spangle, Ray Spangle, Johnny Ray Burnett, Teddy Koska and James Thompson. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

CHADWICK
LIVINGSTON -- Sturgis Elliot Chadwick Jr., 80, of Livingston died in Memorial Medical Center in Livingston on Oct. 28, 2012. He was born on Nov. 23, 1931 in New York City, N.Y., to Sturgis Elliot Chadwick Sr. and Louise Dennett Chadwick. Sturgis was a member of the Masonic Lodge AF&AM and was a member of the Shrine Jesters and served in the U.S. Air Force.. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Steven Chadwick. Sturgis is survived by his wife, Shirley Chadwick of Livingston; three sons, Sturgis “Butch” Chad-wick III of Winnetka, Ill., Philip Chadwick and his wife Kendall of Shasta, Calif. and William Rex McKinsey and his partner A.J. Al-lon of Truro, Mass.; two daughters Lisa Sikora and her husband Dave of Austin and Jean-Marguerite Mil-ler and her husband Chuck of Li-vingston and 10 grandchildren, Elizabeth, Madeline and Olivia Sikora, Sam and Steve Chadwick, Charles and Courtney Miller, Mya, Giana and Jacob Alton. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. James Frazier officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Bob Burke, Chuck Miller Gary Barnes, Eddie Martin, Jim Dickens, Dr. Woody Reese and David Sikora. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to American Brian Tumor Associa-tion, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue., Ste. 550, Chicago, Ill. 60631. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

JOHNSON
LIVINGSTON -- “DJ“ David Elbert Johnson Jr., 88, of Livingston was born on Jan. 21, 1925 in Ada, Okla. and died on Nov. 4, 2012 in Livingston. He was known as a great husband, father and grandfather. “DJ” was highly known for his lawn mower shop, “DJ‘s Lawn Mower Repair.” He is preceded in death by his wife, Anneliese Johanna Dormagen and son, Michael Thomas Johnson. “DJ” is survived by his son, Peter Johnson of Arkansas; daughter, Linda McFarland of New Mexico; son, Steve Johnson of Livingston; six granddaughters, Cristy Brasher of Hurst, Lori Johnson of Denton, Michelle Grady, Beth Johnson, Jessica Johnson and Sera Johnson; grandson, Gary Ray McFarland Jr.; nine great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

VAUGHN
LIVINGSTON -- Arthur George “Grandpa” Vaughn, 93, of Livingston was born on July 31, 1919 in Salem, Mo., to George Elmer Vaughn and Alice Anna (Maganzer) Vaughn, and died on Nov. 4, 2012 in Livingston. He was a member of the Giddeons and enjoyed wood working in his spare time. He is preceded in death by his parents; loving wife of 50 years, Margaret Vaughn; brothers, James and George Vaughn and son-in-law, Jerry Lamb. “Grandpa” Vaughn is survived by his daughter, Geraldine Lamb of Willis; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Kirby “Clint” Thetford of Livingston; three grandsons, Arthur “Artie” Moore of Livingston, Clinton Eugene Thetford of Eastland and Christopher Lee Thetford of Traverse City, Mich.; four great-grandchildren; brother, Elmer Vaughn of Terrehaute, Ind. and numerous other relatives and friends. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, at Midway Cemetery in Livingston, with Bro. Robert Smith officiating. Military honors will be provided by VFW Post 8568. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

COOK
CROWELL -- Sarah Fisher Cook of Hickory Creek, Texas died peacefully at home Oct. 31, 2012 after a 16-month battle with brain cancer. Services were held Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at the First Christian Church in Crowell. Officiating was Jerry McLain, pastor. Interment was in Crowell Cemetery under the direction of Womcak-Manard Fu-neral Home of Crowell. Sarah Cook was born Nov. 22, 1964 in Paducah, Texas, the daughter of Mary Fish and the late William Bryan (Bill) Fish. She mar-ried David Cook of Livingston on June 8, 1991. She was a graduate of Covenant Nursing School in Lubbock. She was a registered nurse and worked as a private case worker for an insurance company. Sarah is survived by her hus-band, David W. Cook and two sons, Jared and Kyle Cook, all of Hickory Creek; her mother, Mary Fish of Crowell; one brother, Randy Fish and family of Crowell; one sister, Nancy Fish of Lubbock and sister-in-law, Sandra Cook-Burnett and husband Michael Burnett of Houston. The Cook family are members of the Lake Cities United Method-ist Church in Lake Dallas. The family requests any memorials for Sarah be sent to Lake Cities UMC, 300 E. Hundley Drive, Lake Dallas, TX 75065 or the charity of your choice.

HALL
LIVINGSTON -- Jack Travis Hall, 49, of Livingston died on Nov. 2, 2012 at his home in Li-vingston. He was born on Dec. 5, 1962 in San Antonio, to Jimmie Hall and Lois Day Hall. Jack is survived by his daughter, April Hall; son, Andrew Hall; fa-ther, Jimmy Hall; mother, Lois Day; sister, Sonja Clamon; brother and sister-in-law, Clayton and Tra-ci Day; stepmother, Jennie Battise; special friend, Raymond Knight and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Magnolia Hill Cemetery in Polk County, with the Rev. Bill Brackin officiating. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. until service time at grave-side. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

RINGO
HOUSTON – Funeral services for Danny Lee Ringo were held on Nov. 2, 2012 at Brookside Funeral Home in Houston. He was born on March 31, 1955 in Houston and died on Oct. 27, 2012 in Humble. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Edith Ringo. Survivors include his loving wife of 37 years, Debbie Ringo; child-ren, Danielle Blair and husband Jason, Danny Lee Ringo Jr. and B.J. Ringo; grandchildren, Krystal, Blake, Dan, Ashlin, Jasey, Destine, Kaydence, Jayla, Brooklyn and Cason; sisters, Dean, Shirley, Patri-cia, Vera and JoAnn; brothers, Henry, George, Richard, Bobby, Alvin and Jimmy and numerous other relatives and friends. To sign the online guestbook, go to brooksidefuneralhomelaud-er.com.

HILL
CLEVELAND -- David G. Hill, 61, died on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Livingston. David was born Tuesday, Oct. 23, 1951 in Houston, to David Gil-bert Hill Sr. and Betty Evelyn Ramsey. David was preceded in death by his father. Also preceding him in death are his children, Steven And-rew Hill and Michael Lee Hill; brothers, Mark Wayne Hill and Ronald Lee Hill; sister, Carolyn Sue Brzowski and grandchildren, Brandon Lee Hill and Andrew Thomas Hill. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 39 years, Elizabeth Ann Hill; sons, David Wayne Hill and wife Jamie, Bryan Hill and wife Kimberly and James Ray Hill and wife Carrie; daughter-in-law, Hope McWhorter; sisters, Gloria Jean Kelly, Debra Pearl and hus-band Robert and Shirley Watson; grandchildren, Robert Hendreck, Bryan Hill, Angel Hill, Brittney Dole, Michael Hill, Richard Jones, Savannah Hill, Bryan Hill Jr., Pa-trick Hill, Donald Hill, Madison Hill, Tracy Hill and Sierra Hill; great-grandchildren, Karleigh and Taylor; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends. Visitation for David will be held Sunday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Neal Funeral Home. Funeral services will commence at 2 p.m. Interment will follow in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Neal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

TANNER
LIVINGSTON -- Shirley V. Tanner, 76, of Livingston died on Nov. 5, 2012 in Livingston. Shirley was born on March 15, 1936 in Carlsbad, N.M., to John William Gaines and Viola B. Burton Gaines. Shirley was a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and was also was a tole painter. She loved baking, laughing, having fun and playing bingo. Shirley is preceded in death by her parents; son, Thomas Tanner; grandson, Thomas Tanner III; sis-ter, Muriel Phillips and brothers, Bill Gaines, Gene Gaines and Denman Gaines. She is survived by her husband, Norville Tanner Sr. of Livingston; daughter, Rita Conway of Livings-ton; son, Norville Drue Tanner Jr. and Kelley Arredondo of Indiana; son, Roy Dale Tanner and Lori of Indiana; grandchildren, Sean Con-way and Brittany McCorstin and numerous other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livings-ton. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

BIRCH
CORRIGAN -- Jo Frances Birch will be interred in the Sweeny Cemetery in Sweeny, Texas on Nov. 5, 2012. Mrs. Birch, 88, was born April 1, 1924 to Orville and Bertha Kessin-ger in Barnsdale, Okla. and died on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 in Lufkin. She lived a full life and had a great love for her family. She is preceded in death by her parents, Orville Kessinger and Ber-tha (Perkins) Kessinger; first hus-band, Frank Meadows; son, Mi-chael Meadows and second hus-band, Tommy Birch. She is survived by her sister, Bet-ty Fisher of Florida; niece, Linda Lambert of Georgia; stepsons and wives, Leon Franklin O’Guin and Lois of Lufkin and Bill O’Guin and Dell of Corrigan and other relatives and friends. Corrigan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

TANNER
ONALASKA -- E. A. “Rip” Tanner, 96, died on Oct. 30, 2012 at his residence in Rosenberg. He was born on July 6, 1916 in Onalaska, to Ernest Alvin Tanner Sr. and Ova Cleo Carlisle Tanner. He married Mavis Elizabeth Tanner on Dec. 5, 1942 in Houston. Rip served his country as he served in the U.S. Navy from 1937 to 1941. Rip was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 1189 AF&AM and was a 33rd degree member of Scottish Rite Houston Valley. Rip is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by wife, Liz Tan-ner of Rosenberg; son, Jeff Tanner of Montgomery; daughters, Sandra Renner of Portland, Ore. and Ta-mara Peterson of Erie, Pa.; sisters, Honey Simons of Livingston and Marjorie Rappolee of Centerville; grandchildren, Sheila Rene Wacker, Bryony Dominguev, Stacy Eliz-abeth Lassar and Stephanie Diane Kocian and great-grandchildren, Kyle David Kocian, Clay Steven Kocian, Kaitlyn Allene Wacker, Willow Laorie Lassar, Casey Wacker, Nowan Lassar and Emory Dominguev. Graveside Masonic services were held on Friday, Nov. 2, at Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. The service was under the auspices of Trinity Lodge No. 14 AF&AM. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

MCCLAIN
LIVINGSTON -- Mary Lou McClain was born on May 9, 1940 in Livingston, to Acie Carter and Eunice Tidwell Carter. She married Don McClain and they raised three children in Li-vingston. Mary Lou died on Oct. 30, 2012 in Memorial Medical Center in Livingston at the age of 72. She is preceded in death by her parents. Mary Lou is survived by her husband, Don McClain of Livings-ton; two daughters and one son-in-law, Kathy McClain of Kenefick and Terri and Randy White of Li-vingston; son and daughter-in-law, John and Katharine McClain of Livingston; grandchildren, Candis Nunez and husband Bronson, Brooke Micyk and husband Ches-ton, Chad McClain, Chase McClain, Chesney McClain, Aub-ree Nunez and Bralin Nunez; brother and sister-in-law, Johnny and Cheryl Carter; Johnny Carter’s family and special friends, Edna Gaston and Betty Nettles Paredes. Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 2, in the Cochran Fu-neral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Mike Miller officiating. In-terment followed in Camp Ruby Cemetery in Polk County. Pallbearers were Mike McClain, Buck McClain, Glen Duff, Freddy Duff, Charles Allen Carter and Ty Paredes. Honorary pallbearers were Roger Alexander and Richard De-fee. Mary Lou was much loved and will be greatly missed by her family and a host of friends in Livingston who enjoyed her friendship and telephone calls. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

SHEFFIELD
LIVINGSTON -- Patsy Ruth Sheffield, 84, of Livingston died on Oct. 29, 2012 in Lufkin, sur-rounded by her family. She was born on Oct. 2, 1928 in Onalaska, to W.H. Merrell and Daisie Carter. She married S.C. “Goose” Sheffield and they were blessed with two daughters and one son. Pat served the community for years in many ways. She was active in the churches where she worshiped, and served as Sunday School teacher for many years. Pat was a consultant for Mary Kay Beauty Products and later worked at the office of Walter Knebel CPA, and met all with a smiling face and a cheerful greeting. She was involved in many other areas in the community. Pat is preceded in death by her beloved husband, “Goose” Shef-field and parents, W.H. and Daisie Merrell. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Dan Jones of Sevierville, Tenn. and Joan and Walter Knebel of Livings-ton; son, John Sheffield of Clear Lake; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Margaret and Hubert Page of Livingston and Mary Acuff of Bay City; seven grandchildren, Jason Jones, Jonathan Jones, Jarrod Knebel, Brandon Knebel, Rachel Sheffield, John Caleb Sheffield and Sam Sheffield; two great-grandchildren, Randy Sheffield and Tripp Sheffield; nu-merous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 2, in the Cochran Fu-neral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. T.C. Haynes and the Rev. Shane Norcross officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Pallbearers were Jason Jones, Jo-nathan Jones, Jarrod Knebel, Bran-don Knebel, John Caleb Sheffield, Sam Sheffield, Dan Jones, Walter Knebel and John Sheffield. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

HENDERSON
LIVINGSTON -- Earl Truman Henderson, 66, of Livingston died on Oct. 29, 2012 in Lufkin. He was born on Dec. 17, 1945 in Dallas, to Abraham Henderson and Hettie Mae Weatherford Hender-son. Earl served in the U.S. Army. He is preceded in death by his parents. Earl is survived by his son, Clin-ton Earl Henderson of Cleveland; daughter and son-in-law, Chris and Rodney Watts of Livingston; 10 grandchildren, Clinton Earl Hen-derson II of Cleveland, Stephen Edward Henderson and wife Crys-tal of Eufaula, Okla., Brett Allen Hebert of Livingston, Chelsey Siercks and husband Thomas of Livingston, Brandon Lee Hender-son of Roanoke, Dallas Marie Hen-derson of Roanoke, Dakotah Mae Henderson of Roanoke, Nikki Murphy and husband Jimmy of Dallas, Brittany Burks of Dallas and Jeffrey Burks of Dallas; eight great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Graveside services were held on Thursday, Nov. 1, at Houston Na-tional Cemetery in Houston. Mili-tary honors were provided by the VFW District 4 Ceremonial Team. Pallbearers were Clinton Earl Henderson II, Stephen Edward Henderson, Brandon Lee Hender-son, Brett Allen Hebert, Thomas Siercks and Jimmy Murphy. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

VANDINE
LIVINGSTON -- Susie Ann VanDine, 86, of Lovelady died in Lufkin on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. She was born on June 14, 1926 in Mingo, Ohio, to Louis Kovach and Elsie-Elizabeth Foldi Kovach. Susie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Cecil Ber-man VanDine; two sons, Rex VanDine and Cecil VanDine and brothers, Joseph Gabor, George Kovach, Louis Kovach, Steve Kovach, Charles Kovach and Frank Kovach. She is survived by son, Ross VanDine of Pennington; three daughters, Christine Hitchcock of Houston, Priscalla Patterson of Houston and Susan VanDine of Onalaska; sister, Priscalla Slahr of Bloomingdale, Ohio; 13 grandchil-dren; 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

WILDER
LIVINGSTON -- James Carl Wilder died in Pine Ridge Health Center on Oct. 30, 2012 of natural causes. He was born on March 21, 1925 in Iola, Texas, Grimes County. He served in Italy during World War II. He was preceded in death by two wives, eight brothers and three sis-ters. He is survived by his only son, James Norman Wilder of Onalaska; one granddaughter, Jennifer Love; one great-grandson, Cohen Love; three step-grandsons, Terry, Daniel, and Ronnie Walker and two step-great-grandsons, Ca-meron Kennedy and Kayden Walker.

HEIFNER
LIVINGSTON -- Paul Heifner, 77, of Livingston died on Nov. 1, 2012 at his residence. He was born on Nov. 26, 1934. Service time and place are pend-ing. A full obituary will be pub-lished at a later date. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

KIMBERLIN
LIVINGSTON – John E. Kim-berlin, 74, died on Oct. 30, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was born March 5, 1938. He was the brother of Billy Kim-berlin of Billy’s Donuts in Livings-ton. Burial will be on Monday, Nov. 5, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

STUTTS
LIVINGSTON -- Billy Stutts, 78, of Goodrich died on Nov. 1, 2012 at his residence. He was born on Nov. 23, 1933. Service time and place is pend-ing. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

STEFKA
LIVINGSTON -- Charlotte Ree Stefka, 78, of Livingston died in Nov. 1, 2012 at her residence sur-rounded by her family. She was born on Aug. 30, 1934. There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Randy Maze offi-ciating. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

SNOOK
LIVINGSTON -- Robyn Snook, 55, of Livingston died on Nov. 2, 2012 in Livingston. She was born on Jan. 19, 1957. Service time and place is pend-ing. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

TODD
LIVINGSTON -- Alan David Todd, 58, of Livingston was born in Aiken, S.C., on Aug. 31, 1954, to J.D. Todd and Edith Lessing Todd. He died at his home on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. Alan served in the U.S. Marines from 1974 to 1976. He was a member of the American Legion and the American Legion Motorcycle Riders Group. Alan is preceded in death by his aunt, Lula D. Goldman and three uncles, Rex Todd, Dave Todd and Joe Todd. He is survived by his son, Joseph Don Colt Todd of Stamps, Ark.; parents, J.D. and Edith Todd of Livingston; brother and sister-in-law, Charles Richard and Alison Todd of Grapevine; three uncles, Frank Todd of Theodore, Ala., Wil-liam Todd of Theodore, Ala. and John Paul Todd of Silas, Ala.; four aunts, Myrtle Smith of Uriah, Ala., Mary Todd of Theodore, Ala., Ru-by Koenig of Mississippi and Mar-tha Sanderson of Rogers, Ala.; spe-cial friend, Becky Chandler of Rye and a host of cousins and other relatives. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. David Jones officiating. Interment will follow in Menard Chapel Cemetery in Polk County. Pallbearers will be American Le-gion members of Post No. 402 of Livingston. Military honors will be presented by the VFW Post No. 8568 Honor Guard. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

BARTGIS
LIVINGSTON -- Dorothy Zelma Bartgis was born Feb. 15, 1912, to John and Alpha Bolton in Winfield, Kan. At the age of 100, she died on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Don-ald Eugene Bartgis Sr. They lived many happy years in Baytown, where she owned a beauty shop. In 1978, they retired and moved to Goodrich. There, they lived in Hol-iday Lake Estates. Dorothy was a devoted Christian and worshiped at Schwab City Baptist Church. Dorothy was also preceded in death by her son, Donald Eugene Bartgis Jr., and daughter, Donna Brown. Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Melva Bruce Holley; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren. A celebration of her life was held on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Schwab City Baptist Church, with Pastor David Jones officiating. Burial fol-lowed in Restland Memorial Park. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

SHEFFIELD
LIVINGSTON -- Patsy Ruth Sheffield, 84, of Livingston died on Oct. 29, 2012 in Lufkin Memorial Hospital in Lufkin. She was born on Oct. 2, 1928. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. Interment will follow in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, at Cochran Fu-neral Home. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

HENDERSON
LIVINGSTON -- Earl Henderson, 66, of Livingston died on Oct. 29, 2012 in Lufkin. He was born on Dec. 17, 1945. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, at Houston National Cemetery in Houston. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

MOORE
LIVINGSTON -- Thomas Leo-nard Moore, 46, of Livingston died on Oct. 28, 2012 in Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. He was born on May 29, 1966 in Hou-ston, to Ted J. Moore and Lois Louise Holstein Moore. Thomas is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Teresa Moore of Livingston; two daughters, Emerald Green of Li-vingston and Jesica Moore of Col-lege Station; sister, Jennifer Ben-nett; granddaughter, Lilly Green of Kingwood; nephew, Justin Green and niece, Brooklyn Green, both of Magnolia; nieces and nephews, Cody, Emily and Courtney; father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Mary Neill of Livingston; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James and Sandy Neill of Littleton, Colo. and special friends, Danny Bethea, Christian and Zachary Schanmier, Jerret Green, Roland Higgins, Karl Gray, Greg Miller, Cassity Land, Josh Saybe, Layne and Jake Bethea and Danny McPike. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Mark Bethea officiating. Interment will follow in Linny Cemetery in Dayton. Pallbearers are Christian Schan-mier, Zachary Schanmier, Danny Bethea, Roland Higgins, Justin Green, Jerret Green, Josh Saybe, Cassity Land and Karl Gray. Honorary pallbearers are John Traweek, Jakob Bethea, Layne Bethea, Greg Miller, William Jerry, Danny McPike and Andy McPike. Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, prior to the funeral service, at Cochran Funeral Home. To sign the online register, go to cochranfh.com.

 

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