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East Texas News - Obituaries
Polk County Enterprise - October 12, 2008 - October 19, 2008

Curtis Miles Jr.
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Curtis Ray Miles Jr. were held Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, at Livingston Church of God in Christ, with Supt. R.A. Chimney officiating. Interment followed in New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Goodrich. Mr. Miles died Oct. 3. He was born Feb. 2, 1955, the son of Curtis Miles and Annie May McCloud. Survivors include his daughters, Natasha Banks (Kepone) and Sandretta Gardner (Greg), both of Livingston, Romecia Walker of Corrigan and baby girl Ka‘Tilla Howard of Livingston; four sisters and five brothers, Rosetta Nickson (Bishop Elder Nickson), Joyce Johnson (Rev. Johnny Johnson) and Beverly Johnson (John) of Livingston, Nell King of Lufkin, C.B. Miles (Debra), J.B. Miles and Dan Miles of Livingston, James Miles (Darlen) of Leggett, Wade Whitaker of Livingston, Carl Bogany (Bernadette) and Joseph Ray Bogany of Goodrich; his grandchildren, Chris, Tre’, Bumpy, Natavia and T.J. and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives. Pallbearers were Chris Darden, David Darden, Perry Brown, Greg Gardner, Micheal Darden Jr. and Tony Miles. Honorary pallbearers were brothers and sisters. McDuffie Mortuary, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.


Susanna Sylestine Duhon
LIVINGSTON — Susanna Sylestine Duhon, 85, of Livingston died on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, in Woodville. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Indian Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. David Busby and Debbie Kleinman officiating. Burial followed in the Indian Reservation Cemetery. Mrs. Duhon was born Feb. 24, 1923 in Livingston, to parents Frank W. and Frances B. Battise Sylestine. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leroy Duhon; daughter, Avie Alec; grandson, Lester Battise Jr., and brothers, James Monroe Sylestine, and Martin Sylestine. She is survived by her daughters, Frances Battise of Livingston and Sharon Miller of Livingston; son, Billy Frank Sylestine and wife Myra of Livingston; grandchildren, Kevin Battise, Vicki Yellowfish, Teresa Battise, Obrey Alec, Lyndon Alec, Cecil Alec Jr., Paula Alec, Fred Alec, William C. Sylestine, Reginald Ryan Sylestine, Allison Poncho and Frank C. Sylestine; 28 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; two nieces and two nephews. Serving as pallbearers were Taylor Thompson, Matthew Long, Bruce Battise Sr., Micah Robinson, Tobine Alec, Kenny Alec, Ricky Yellowfish Jr., Logan Alec, Manning Robinson and Chad Alec. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Nettles, Ted Weatherly, John Peveto and all her grandchildren. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.


Charlotte LaJune Scott
LIVINGSTON — Charlotte LaJune Scott of Goodrich died on Oct. 10, 2008. She was known as a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Mrs. Scott was born June 5, 1921 in Marshall, to Leonard and Waneta Parson Golden. She was preceded in death by first husband and children’s father, Olen Ray Gaskins Sr.; daughter, Evelyn Jane Gaskins; son, Johnny Lloyd Gaskins; daughter, Donna Jean Clemmons; granddaughter, Crissy Lynn Gaskins; grandson, Jimmy Ray Brooks and sister, Bertha Poole. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, James Lee Scott; daughter, Barbara Ann Gaskins; sons, Ray Gaskins, Ron and wife Janice Gaskins and David Gaskins; brothers, Leonard and wife Gene Golden, Richard Golden, Johnny and wife Mary Golden, Alfred Golden and James and wife SoonJa Golden; sister, Sarah and husband Billy Stowe; mother-in-law, Billie Teel; 15 grandchildren, 25 greatgrandchildren “and counting” and a multitude of nieces, nephews and friends. She was a member of the Shepherd Family Worship Center in Shepherd and loved her “Sweet Jesus.” At family functions you would hear her announce, “Just look around, I started this mess!” Memorial services will be held at the Shepherd Worship Center in Shepherd at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, with the Rev. Eddie Steward officiating. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Dianne King
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Dianne King were held Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, at Livingston Church of God in Christ, with Supt. R.A. Chimney officiating. Interment followed in New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Goodrich. Mrs. King died on Oct. 5. She was born Nov. 27, 1953, the daughter of Curtis Miles and Annie May McCloud. She accepted Christ at an early age and remained faithful to God until her death. She was a member of Livingston Church of God in Christ. Twenty-seven years ago, she met and married Eugene King. She was preceded in death by her brother, Curtis Miles Jr. Survivors include her husband, Eugene King; two sons, Larry Horton of Livingston and Eugene King Jr. of Virginia; five daughters, Debra Jackson (Mark) of Livingston, Rose McLaurin (Spencer) and LaHoma Foster (Manchie), both of Silsbee, Sandra Wyatt (Gerald) of Livingston and LaTillia Foreman of Livingston; seven brothers, C.B. Miles (Debra), J.B. Miles and Dan Miles, all of Livingston, James Miles of Leggett, Wade Whitaker of Livingston, Carl Bogany (Bernadette) and Joseph Ray Bogany of Goodrich; four sisters, Rose Nickson (Bishop Elder Nickson), Joyce Johnson (Johnny K.) and Beverly Johnson (John) of Livingston and Nell King of Lufkin; 20 grandchildren; special niece and goddaughter, Jocelyn Goffney (Derrick) of Coldspring; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Spencer McLaurin, John Johnson Jr., Christopher Rue, Monte King, John Johnson Sr. and Garfield Perkins. Honorary pallbearers were brothers and sisters. McDuffie Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.


Hazel Dixon Kinner
HOUSTON — Hazel Dixon Kinner died on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, following a long struggle with complications after a stroke. She was born in the Soda community was raised on her parents’ farm in Polk County. She is survived by her two children, Barbara Hatch and husband Herb and Eddie Dixon and wife Billie; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters; a brother, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and other family members. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at San Jacinto Funeral Home, with interment in San Jacinto Memorial Park. Go to www.sanjacintofunerals. com to send to words of comfort to the family.


Theodore R. Cole
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Theodore R. Cole will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at the First Assembly of God Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Joseph Daniels of Anderson Chapel Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery in Moscow. Visitation will be held from 2-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Charles Mortuary. The body will lie in state from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at First Assembly of God Church. Mr. Cole died Oct. 11 in Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin. He was born Dec. 8, 1930 in Zavalla, the son of Jim and Belle Cole. He attended Dunbar School in Livingston. He was retired from Brown & Root and had also worked part time at Brookshire Bros. He was a member of Anderson Chapel Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Mary Cole, whom he married in 1966; sons, James Austin, Johnny Robinson and Marvin Robinson; daughters, Mary Cooper, Virginia (Lonnie) Burch and Joyce (Velton) Price; niece, Patricia Cole; nephews, Clyde Cole Jr. and T.C. Cole; 27 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; special daughter, Virginia McGowen and a host of great-nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Michael Adams, James Green Sr., Coranza Tellis, Emory Price Sr., Marvin Robins Jr., Gerald Robinson, Patrick Robinson and Keith Harrell Sr. Honorary pallbearers will be Lonnie Burch, Richard Jackson, Coranza Tellis Jr., James Green Jr., Andre Burch, LaDon Robinson, Eric Bretz, Jessie Washington, Brookshire Bros. No. 21 employees, Paul Fontenot, the Rev. Douglas Wright and the Rev. Michael Mosley. Charles Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.


Angel Luna Mancha
LIVINGSTON — Angel Luna Mancha, 78, of Livingston died on Friday, Oct. 10, 2008, in Conroe. A visitation was held from 6-10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. Angel was born May 14, 1930 in Wolf Lake, Ind., to parents Bennie Luna Sr. and Micheila Reyes Luna. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gene Mancha; sister, Beatrice Quintanilla and brothers, Bennie Luna III, Jim Luna and Larry Luna. She is survived by her sisters, Mary Johnson of Livingston and Josie Vera of Goshen, Ind.; brothers, David Luna of Huntsville, Richard Luna of Livingston, Ricky Luna of Livingston, Leonard Luna of Indiana and Bennie Luna Jr. of Humble. Numerous nieces and nephews and a extended loving family also survive. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.


William David Reeves
CLEVELAND — William David Reeves, 75, of Newton died on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008. He was born in Livingston on May 31, 1933 to J.M. and Willie Reeves, both of whom preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Reeves; daughter, Rebecca Johnson and husband Edmond; grandchildren, Lucas and Allison; brothers, Robert Reeves and wife Jean and Bud Reeves; sister, Minnieola Harvey; sister-in-law, Jena Tharp and husband John and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends. Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 17, in Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland, with interment in Farley Chapel Cemetery, Shepherd.


Lizzie Coachman
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Lizzie Coachman, 82, of Austin, previously of Livingston, were held Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Shepherd, with the Rev. L.C. Youngblood of the Church of God in Christ officiating. Burial followed in Memorial Cemetery in Shepherd. She died Oct. 14 in Austin. She was born Sept. 11, 1926 in Livingston, the daughter of the late Martha Goree Coachman and Lee Coachman. Survivors include her children, Mary Thompson (Tommy), Martha Coachman (Walter), Shilo and Danny; grandchildren, LaShawn Bailey, Kathleen Coachman, Mary Jane (Bo), Dorothy Wyatt and Sharon Eldridge (Robert); greatgrandchildren, Dadrian Atwood, Davy Luckey, Daza Luckey, La- Sha Wheeler, Denzel Hamilton, Demetrius and Byron, Toran, Tametha, Dakisha (Willie), Tokeshia Harris (William) and a host of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Dadrian Atwood, Denzel Hamilton, Freddie Sample, Noland Sharp, Dazuire Curtis and Chezarae Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were friends and family. Duncan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Earnie Earlean Hill
LIVINGSTON - Funeral services for Earnie Earlean Hill, 79, of Goodrich will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral home in Livingston, with Bro. Danny Moye officiating. Interment will follow in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers will be James Ray Spikes, Mark Mullins, Chad HIll, Jamie Hill, John Hampton, Wayne Bland and Bobbie Woody. Mrs. Hill is survived by Eva Jean and Van Currie, daughter and sonin- law, of Buna; Madine Allen, daughter, of Goodrich; Janice and Tom Clifton, daughter and son-inlaw, of Goodrich; Evelyn and Jose Celedon, daughter and son-in-law, of Livingston; Louie F. and Linda Hill Jr., son and daughter-in-law, of Goodrich; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; Yvonne and Tommy Ray Spikes, sister and brother- in-law, and numerous other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Louie Hill and two brothers, Buddy Hutchinson and Bobby Hutchinson. She was born June 26, 1929 in Nacogdoches, the daughter of Ernest and Villa Rankin Hutchinson, and died on Oct. 16, 2008 in Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.




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