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East Texas News - Obituaries
Polk County Enterprise - October 1, 2009 - October 11, 2009

Gerald Babcock
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Gerald Babcock, 79, of Livingston were held Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Rusty Shuler officiating. Interment followed in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Wayne Babcock, Ronnie Babcock, John Renot, Mike Tippetts, Terrell Koonce and James Koonce. Military honors were provided by VFW Post No. 8568. He was born June 13, 1930 in Okalona, Ark., the son of David Guy Babcock and Fannie E. Hamler Babcock, and died on Oct. 1, 2009 in Lufkin. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Gary Babcock and David Babcock and sister, Lou Anne Babcock. He is survived by his wife, Christine Babcock of Livingston; sons and daughters-in-law, David Lee and Becky Babcock of Livingston and Jerry Lynn and Grace Babcock of Livingston; brother, Harvey Babcock of Hempstead; sisters, Patsy Tippetts of Gulfport, Miss. and Glenda Koonce of Lufkin and granddaughters, Catherine Babcock of Dallas, Jessica Babcock of Livingston and Jennifer Babcock of Livingston. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh. com.

Carl Raymond Meyer
LIVINGSTON – Carl Raymond Meyer, born Aug. 29, 1951 in Houston, died Sept. 30, 2009 in Lufkin at the age of 58 years. Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Lynell Meyer of Livingston; son, Nick Meyer and wife Heather of Baytown; daughters, Tasha Beaver and husband Tom of Spring, Tawny Fries and husband Eric of San Antonio, Brandy Colvin and husband Jeremey of Oakhurst and Lindsey Campbell and husband Lance of San Antonio; brother, Raymond Meyer and wife Cindy of Goodrich; sisters, Gale Franklin and husband William of Livingston and Nancy Randall and husband Donnie of Huntington; 12 grandchildren and one on the way; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Carl was known as someone who was devoted to his family, enjoyed fishing, watching the Dallas Cowboys and loved his two puppies. He dedicated 20 years of service to Polk County working with Road and Bridge. A celebration of his life was held Saturday, Oct. 3, at Pace Funeral Home.

Arnie Kelton Ermel
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Arnie Kelton Ermel, 77, of Lufkin, formerly of Livingston, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston with Bro. Frank Hood and Bro. Tim Thompson officiating. Interment will follow in the Camp Ruby Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Leymoin Wiggins, Dennis Prejean, Jerry Murphy, Larry Wiggins, Randal Palmore, Steven Ermel, Eddie Clifton, Bobby Clifton and Allen Heishman. He was born Sept. 16, 1932 in Onalaska, the son of Phillip Ermel and Ruby Sheffield Ermel and passed away Oct. 2, 2009 in Lufkin. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Yvonne Ermel and four brothers-in-law. He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Lester and Rhonda Rhoden of Lufkin; granddaughter, Shelly Rhoden of Houston; grandson Allen Heishman and wife Cathy of Grand Prairie; great-grandsons Joshua, Josiah and Jonathan Heishman of Grand Prairie; sister, Joyce Gattis of Houston; sister, Norma Holman of Pasadena; sister, LaWanda West of Conroe; sister and brotherin- law, Elizabeth “Sissy” and Charles Tribe of Conroe; brother and sister-in-law, Phillip Roger “Bud” and Norma Kay Ermel of Center; brother and sister-in-law, Martin Ashley “Buzzy” Ermel and wife Janet of Houston; brother and sisterin- law, Royce and Kathy Ermel of Houston and special cousin, Jackson Wiggins and wife Ann of Lufkin. Cochran Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Please sign our online register at www. cochranfh.com.

Carl Ricki Whitman
ONALASKA — Carl Ricki Whitman, 54, of Onalaska died on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at his residence. Graveside services were held Wednesday, Oct. 7, in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska, with Bro. Gerald Reeves officiating. He was born Dec. 1, 1954, in Dallas, the son of James Carl Whitman and Phyllis Jane Timberlake Whitman. He is survived by his parents; daughters, Sabrina Whitman of Onalaska and Felicia Whitman Grauke and husband Jay of Onalaska; grandchildren, Breonna Whitman and Kray Grauke, both of Onalaska; brothers, Ronald Albert Whitman of Onalaska and Larry Joe Driver of Dallas. He is also survived by his niece, Ashleigh Gail Whitman and nephew, Donald Jordan Whitman, both of Onalaska. Serving as pallbearers were Paul Hill, Chuck Whitman, Ronald Whitman, Jay Grauke, Jordan Whitman and Dylan Whitman. Cochran Funeral Home, Onalaska, was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh. com

Don T. Collins
LIVINGSTON — Don T. Collins, 71, was born in Wink, Texas, on Jan. 18, 1938, and died on Oct. 4, 2009, in Austin. He was known as a devoted, loving and caring father, husband, brother, granddaddy, neighbor and friend. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, going to garage sales, playing with his grandchildren and playing Texas lotteries, blackjack and poker. He was a graduate of Texas Tech. Mr. Collins was employed for 30 years by the Rural Electrification Administration as an electrical engineer. Survivors include his wife, Marcella Collins; sons, Donnie Collins and Melvin Collins and wife Melissa; daughters, Melanie White and husband E.O. and Donna Williams and husband David; grandchildren, Glen White, Amber White, Rebecca Collins, Aaron Collins, Mason Williams and Milam Williams; sister, Dianne Gilliland and husband Don and nieces and nephews, Timothy Gilliland, Joel Gilliland and Leah Fairhurst. Mr. Collins is preceded in death by his mother and father, Donnie and Rosalie Moore Collins. Pallbearers are Donnie Collins, Melvin Collins, E.O. White, David Williams and Mason Williams. A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Timothy Gilliland officiating. Interment will be in Camp Ruby Cemetery in Livingston. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

Anna Jewel “Judy” Sheffield Goedicke
LIVINGSTON — Anna Jewel “Judy” Sheffield Goedicke, 84, of Livingston died on Monday, Oct. 5, 2009. She was born July 2, 1925, in Dallas. She graduated from high school in 1942. She worked for Exxon in Houston, where she made her home with her husband of 50 years, Oscar H. Goedicke Jr. They retired to Livingston in 1990. She leaves behind her son, Mark L. Goedicke and fiancée Marti Noriega of Houston; her daughter, Lisa A. Muench and husband Kris of Dallas; two grandsons, Raynor Choate of Austin and Jackson Choate and wife Stephanie of Dallas; one granddaughter, Stacie Muench and great-grandson, Noah of Fort Worth; her sister, Mildred Jester of Alvin; a host of nieces and nephews and her best friend of 60 years, Beverly “Pete” Oliphant of Houston. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Carl Roth officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at Pace Funeral Home. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

Troy Eugene Budro
LIVINGSTON — Troy Eugene Budro 56, of Livingston passed away peacefully with his family at his side Tuesday Oct. 6, 2009, at his residence. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, at the Plantersville Cemetery in Plantersville, with Bro. Larry Albritton officiating. Troy was born in Conroe to Albert Earl Budro and Barbara Kirk Cochran. He is preceded in death by his father and sisters, Ruby Abel and Macy Freejia. He is survived by his wife, Connie Oatis of Livingston; son, Chase Budro of Livingston; mother, Barbara Cochran of New Caney; stepdaughters, Berachia Oatis of Livingston and Theresa McClain of Spurger; sisters, Sandy Riffe and husband Charles of Shepherd and Reba Rhoden of Trinity; and brothers, David Budro and wife Roberta of New Caney, Albert Budro and wife Wilma of New Caney and Robert Budro and wife Linda of Trinity. He is also survived by his six grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers were Chase Budro, Blue Budro, Loyd Jeter, Leroy Hoffart, Charles Riffe, and Delane Pearce. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Please sign the online guest book at www. cochranfh.com

Robert (Bob) Bell
COLDSPRING — Robert (Bob) Alvin Bell, 59, born Oct. 15, 1949, in San Angelo to Alvin and Clay Dell Bell, died on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at his home in Coldspring. He grew up and went to school in Bronte. Bob was a proud Texas Aggie and a retired chemical plant supervisor for DuPont. All who knew Bob knew a genuine, caring and compassionate man who never thought twice about helping someone in need. More than anything, Bob enjoyed relaxing with his beloved wife, Patricia Loper, and their dog Gizmo. They spent many a day watching the beautiful vista of Lake Livingston from their front patio and enjoying the company of each other, as well as their numerous friends and family members. Bob was an avid golfer, as well as a motorcycle and boating enthusiast. He enjoyed emailing his many friends and family and playing computer games. He loved to tinker around in his garage and make improvements to their home. Bob and Pat could often be seen driving around their neighborhood on their golf cart, stopping to say “Hi” to all of their neighbors. Survivors include his wife Patricia Loper; mother, Clay Dell Bell; brother, David Bell; son, Robert Wade Bell; daughter, Wendi Bell; stepdaughters, Sheryl Shelton and Denise Humble; stepson, Larry Pate; grandchildren, Phoenix and Nova Morro, Haley Kovacevich, Damon Bell and Skye Bell, Rachel Shelton Crider, Katrina Shelton, Heather Humble, Ethan Pate and Larry Patrick; great-grandchildren, Damian Humble and Logan Crider and numerous other loving family members. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Coldspring. Services were held Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the funeral home.

Helen Tydlacka Hunter Konopka
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Helen Tydlacka Hunter Konopka, 84, of Livingston, will be held Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Livingston with Fr. Clifton Labbe officiating. Interment will be in the Houston National Cemetery in Houston. Pallbearers will be Bill Hunter, Rick Hunter, David Hunter, Michael Ager, Hank Ager and Henry Ager. She was born March 6, 1925 in Taylor, the daughter of Charles Tydlacka and Frances Kolenovsky Tydlacka and passed away Oct. 6, 2009 in Onalaska. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Charley Hunter and John Konopka; brothers, Monsignor Jerome Tydlacka, Victor Tydlacka, Thomas Tydlacka and Domino Tydlacka and sisters, Claudine Gest and Evelyn Havelka. She is survived by her brother, Monsignor George Tydlacka; daughter and son-in-law, Patty and Henry Ager; sons, David Hunter and Rick Hunter; grandsons, Hank Ager and wife Cecilia; Michael Ager and wife Sheerin; Garlan Hunter and Bill Hunter; great-granddaughters, Hanna and Haleigh Ager, Julie and Madalyn Ager and Sara Hunter; and niece, Monica Havelka. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Church Building Fund. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge arrangements. Please sign our online register at www. cochranfh.com.

Leroy Stafford
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Leroy Stafford, 75, of Livingston, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, at the Indian Village Assembly Of God with interment to follow in the Reservation Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joshua Sylestine, Cody Castillo, Quanah Castillo, Kendall Williams, Colbert Williams, Vincent Bass, Greg Bass, Taylor Bass, Cedric Williams, and Kyle Stafford. Honorary Pallbearers will be Clarence Williams, Burke Walker, Sherman Williams and Paul Battise. He was born March 15, 1934, in Livingston, the son of Lindsey Stafford and Alma Walker Stafford and passed away Oct. 6, 2009, in Woodville. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives, Barbara Stafford and Alice Stafford; brothers, Clyde Stafford and Jessie Stafford; sisters, Quincy Stafford, Lydia Stafford and Sissie Stafford; son, Jay Stafford and grandchildren, Kristi Thompson and Bretta Williams. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Royce and Linda Battise of Kinder, La.; daughter, Charlotte Thompson of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Don White of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Lana Stafford of Fred; daughter and son-in-law, Belinda and Rick Sylestine of Livingston; Vince Bass and family, Greg Bass and family and Taylor Bass and family all of Winnebago, Nebraska, brother, Roscoe Stafford of Livingston and brother-in-law, Burke Walker of Livingston; 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Cochran Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Please sign our online register at www.cochranfh. com.

Charles D. Blankenship
LUFKIN — Funeral services for Charles D. Blankenship were held Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home. Mr. Blankenship died at home on Friday, Oct. 2, at the age of 82. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margarette Blankenship and his grandson, Derrick Anderson. He is survived by children, Lynda Blankenship, Fran Kenner and Roy and Coy Blankenship; grandchildren, Vance and John Wilkerson, Holly and Audrey Blankenship, Corey, Betsy and Katelyn Blankenship and Bill Bolling, and five great-grandchildren.


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