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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
For the Week of October 28, 2007 - November 4, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Woodrow Wilson Brown
STAFFORD -- Woodrow Wilson “W.W.” Brown, 89, of Sugar Land died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007.
He was born Jan. 8, 1918, in Diboll. He was a Houston business owner for over 40 years.  He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of Temple Lodge No. 4 for 54 years.  In addition, Mr. Brown was a member of the Scottish Rite and the Arabia Temple. He loved to fish and hunt, but was known as someone whose family came first.
He was preceded in death by his son, Charles L. Brown Sr.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Helen Gaines Brown; daughters, Lori Lowe and her husband Jack, Elizabeth Greenwood and her husband Mark and Nelda Gibson and her husband Lloyd; daughter-in-law, Patty Brown; eight grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and many relatives and friends.
Funeral Services were held Saturday, Oct. 20, at Earthman Southwest Chapel, Stafford.  Interment followed in Petrie Cemetery in Crabbs Prairie.
Memorials may be made to The Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children, 6977 Main St., Houston, TX  77030.

Earline Duff Bennett
LIVINGSTON – Earline Duff Bennett died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, in Lebanon, Mo.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy Bennett and Susan; daughter and son-in-law, Darlene Garman and Tony; daughter, Donna Marie Bennett; grandchildren, Erin Bennett, Joshua Bennett, Nelson Garman and Matthew Dees and sisters, Bonnie Ray Haggerton and Worth and Mary Alice Madden and Johnny.
She was born March 13, 1938 to Ferguson and Mary Parrish Duff.
Memorial services were held Monday, Oct. 22, at Cochran Funeral Home, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Burial was in Menard Chapel Cemetery in Livingston.

... memorial service held

Dorothy Dorcas Cooper
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Dorothy Dorcas Cooper, 82, were held Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007, at Central Baptist Church, with Bro. Barry Jeffries officiating. Burial followed in Center Grove Cemetery, Livingston.
Mrs. Cooper died Wednesday, Oct. 17, at her residence in Livingston.
She was born Dec. 4, 1924 in Leggett, the daughter of Joseph and Meddie Warren Matthews. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Marilyn Kay Cooper and brothers, Hack Matthews and Ester Matthews.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, George L. Cooper of Livingston; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard L. and Diane Cooper of Olympia, Wash. and David A. and Kathy Cooper of Sedro-Woolley, Wash.; granddaughters, Dani Fernandez and husband Luis of Yakima, Wash., Melissa Buckingham and husband Jason of Tacoma, Wash., Jennifer Cooper of Forks, Wash. and Rebecca Cooper of Greer, S.C.; grandson, Lee Cooper and wife Abby; great-grandson, Bastain Schumaker of Yakima, Wash.; great-granddaughters, Annabel Cooper and Meddie Ann Cooper of Kennewick, Wash.; sister, Celia Hickman of Cypress; sisters and brothers-in-law, Reedie and Clarence Gruver of Pasadena and Pauline and Harvey Powell of Livingston and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Bryant Hickman, Lagene Hickman, Wayne Hickman, Timothy Hickman, Joe Matthews and Roger Dowden. Honorary pallbearers were Ben Ogletree III, Sidney Smith, Joe Pedigo, Dan Marsh, Ray Keagen, Bob Headen, Bob Weathers, Jim Sharp and Fed Smith.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

... services held Tuesday

Clarence Everett "Pete" Smith
CORRIGAN – Funeral services for Clarence Everett “Pete” Smith, 74, of Corrigan were held Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Don VanZandt and Bro. Phil Corbett officiating. Interment followed in Stryker Cemetery, Corrigan.
Mr. Smith was born April 17, 1933 in Cherokee County, Ala. and died Friday, Oct. 19, in Corrigan.
He was retired from Skrla Road Construction as a supervisor. Mr. Smith was a Baptist by faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Ovis and Dovie Highfield Smith and brother, A.T. Smith.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Smith of Corrigan; stepsons and daughters-in-law, Kyle and Vicki Jesse of Houston, Lester and Heide Lee of North, Va., Jimmy and Charlotte Lee of Pollok, Joel Jesse of Houston and David and Deidra Cross of Hudson; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Bonita and Shannon Mettlen of Huntington; brother, Gary Smith of Houston; sister, Shirley Mobbs of Houston; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and numerous relatives and friends.

Billy Joe Webb
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Billy Joe Webb, 77, were held Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Paul Boyd officiating. Burial followed in Menard Chapel Cemetery in Polk County.
Mr. Webb died Sunday, Oct. 21, in Memorial Health System of East Texas in Lufkin.
He was born Oct. 28, 1929 in Hamilton, Ala., the son of Chester and Ruby Parmer Webb. He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores and his parents.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Sharon Webb of Shore Acres; son, Randy Webb of Rye; daughters, Carol Webb of Ace and Dawn Townsend of Colgate, Colo.; grandchildren, Steven, Jonah, Matthew, Christina, Lucy, Punkin and Kelly and numerous great-grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the South Polk County Fire Department.

Luella A. Blankenship
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Luella A. Blankenship, 81, were held Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating.
Mrs. Blankenship died Sunday, Oct. 21, in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston.
She was born Feb. 23, 1926 in Anthony, Kan., the daughter of Everett and Mary Noel Bohnert. She was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Rodney Hess and Larry L. Hess and brother, Richard Bohnert.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne E. Blankenship of Onalaska; daughter, Lynda Wingate of Aurora, Colo.; brothers, Robert Bohnert of Augusta, Kan. and Harold Bohnert of Brookshire; sister, Kathy Ray of Burkeville; grandchildren, Kimberly Hiebert, Gary Wingate, Stacy Heff, Trisha Heff and Rodney Heff and five great-grandchildren.
Her grandchildren served as pallbearers.

James Smith Haselwood
LIVINGSTON – A memorial service for James Smith Haselwood, 66, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Dorothy Germillion officiating.
Mr. Haselwood died Friday, Oct. 19, at his residence in Coldspring.
He was born July 13, 1941 in Tyler, the son of Smith and Adelyn Baxley Haselwood, both of whom preceded him in death.
Mr. Haselwood obtained a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Miami. He served 15 years as an Alief Fire Department volunteer, three years as a Coldspring Fire Department volunteer, five years as an instructor at the Texas A&M Industrial Fire School and was a Texas Society of Fire Service Instructors member. He was certified as a volunteer firefighter by the Texas Volunteer Firefighters and served as training officer in both the Alief and Coldspring fire departments. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Mr. Haselwood spent 12 years sailing the Caribbean in a 40-foot sailboat with his wife.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Haselwood of Coldspring; daughter, Samantha Haselwood of Cypress; son and daughter-in-law, Jay Smith Haselwood and wife Dacota of Seguin and sister and brother-in-law, Carol and John Risher of The Woodlands.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Alberta England Kates
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Alberta England Kates, 92, were held Monday, Oct. 22, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Sam Steele officiating. Cremation was in Restland Crematory Service in Livingston.
Mrs. Kates died Friday, Oct. 12, in Pineridge Health Care, Livingston.
She was born Dec. 4, 1914 in Girard, Ill., the daughter of Sebird and Etta Stutzman England. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; her parents; brothers, Homer England, Ivan England and Lyle England and nephew, Richard England.
Survivors include her stepson and wife, Myron and Sally Kates of Urbana, Ill.; grandsons and wives, Mark and Linda Kates of Champaign, Ill. and Jim and Candie Kates of Urbana, Ill.; three great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Audrey Kates of Carlinville, Ill.; sister-in-law, Dorothy Kates of Carlinville, Ill.; sister and brother-in-law, Alice and Virgil of Carlinville, Ill.; niece and husband, Marilyn England Canfield and Jack of Tarkio, Mo.; cousin and husband, Nancy Eldridge and Stan of Bay City; nephew, Gene England and several close friends of Livingston.

Professor Langston C. Johnson
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Professor Langston C. Johnson Sr., 83, of Livingston will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at Chesswood Baptist Church, with Col. Howard Daniel Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Greenfield Cemetery, Livingston.
Professor Johnson died Oct. 21 at his residence.
He was born March 15, 1924 in Nigton, the son of the late Wayne Wright Johnson and the late Elsie Hedro Mark Johnson. He attended public school in Nigton and later graduated from Mary Allen College in Tyler. He retired as a teacher from the Livingston Independent School District. Professor Johnson was a Baptist and a U.S. Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Johnson.
Survivors include his son, Langston Johnson Jr. (Bobbie) of Livingston; grandchildren, Shawnaton, Johnathan and Alissa Johnson, all of Livingston; two sisters, Opal Smith (Joe) of Dallas and Versa Barnes of Houston and a host of nieces, nephews, special friends and other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers will be Otto Lyons, Byron Lyons, Stanley Pierson, Johnny Dewalt, Velton Price and Luther Earl Jackson. Honorary pallbearers will be L.C. Johnson Jr., Johnathan Johnson, Shawnaton Johnson, Dr. Kevin Smith, Dr. Cedric Smith, Joe Stephens Sr., Dr. Stanley Smith and Marion Johnson.
Duncan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

... funeral services Saturday

James Henry Frazier
A memorial service for James Henry Frazier will be held at the Escapees Care Center, Highway 146 South at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.
He was born Oct. 31, 1922 in Houston, passed away Oct. 15, 2007 in Livingston. He was preceded in death by his son, George Robert Frazier; father, Virgil Ross Frazier; mother, Gladys Pleasant Branch and sister, Virginia Branch Frazier Zimmer.
Survivors included his childhood sweetheart and wife, Laura Lively Martin Frazier; sons; James Ross and Velma of Franklin, Texas;  Marvin Ray & Anita of Galveston, Texas;  stepsons; John Randolph and Elizabeth Martin of Montgomery, Texas; and Brian Gene Martin of Livingston; granddaughter , Kalynne G. Martin and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Jimmy served with the Marines in the South Pacific; Peleliu, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. As a freshman at Sam Houston he taught diesel and dozer operations at the Country Campus.  At the same time, he had an auto repair shop and a dump truck operation in Huntsville.
He taught auto mechanics in Galveston, Pasadena, Deer Park and Angleton high schools.  He helped start TST in Waco and job training at San Marcos.  He also taught teacher training for U.T. for several years and served as Vice-President of Galveston College.  Jimmy was written up in Outstanding Educators of America even though he did not graduate from high school.
Upon retiring in 1982, his hobbies included carpentery and wood carving.  He and Laura built and remodeled several houses and barns for relatives.
The last several years have been spent RV traveling in Texas and other parts of the U.S.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Care Center, 155 Care Ctr. Drive, Livingston for the care of RV travelers or the charity of your choice.
Cochran Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.







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