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East Texas News - Obituaries
Polk County Enterprise - October 11, 2009 - October 18, 2009

Joyce Marcelle Langston
CORRIGAN – Graveside services for Joyce Marcelle Langston, 77, of Corrigan were held Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, in Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan, with Bro. Albert Harris officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery. Mrs. Langston was born May 18, 1932, in Corrigan and died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at her residence in Corrigan. She was a homemaker and a member of Union Springs Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Almedia (Torbert) Jones; sister, Dollie Blalock and brother, Buck Jones. Survivors include her sons, Robbie A. “Buddy” Langston and wife Ann of Corrigan and George A. “Andy” Langston and wife Kay of Corrigan; grandchildren, Joann and Jesus Cuevas, Crystal and Charles Montes, Dustin Langston, Hannah Langston and Duncan Langston; great-grandchildren, Taylor Cuevas, Tristan Cuevas, Tony Cuevas, Ryan Montes and Devin Montes; brother, Bill Jones and wife Oneta of Lufkin and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Dustin Langston, Hardy Brock, Steve Blalock, Billy Jones, Lynn Chandler, Jerry Blalock, John Blalock and Jesus Cuevas. Honorary pallbearers were Duncan Langston, Tristan Cuevas, Tony Cuevas, Devin Montes, Ryan Montes, Jimmy Chandler and Charles Montes. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dave Sheppard
LIVINGSTON – Dave Sheppard Williams, 56, of Humble died on Oct. 7, 2009. A Navy veteran, he is survived by his parents, Richard and Marie Williams; brother, Terry Williams, MD; sister, Vicki Williams, PhD; sister, Kristy Williams, RN; nine nieces, nephews and seven grand nieces, nephews. Interment will be in Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the military support group FAITH, 305 W. Mill St., Livingston, TX 77351.

Robert “Bobby” Ryans
LIVINGSTON – Services for Robert “Bobby” Ryans, 43, of Livingston will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, with a private graveside service at Greenfield Cemetery in Livingston. Dr. Sandra Wright will officiate. Mr. Ryans was born July 2, 1966, in Livingston, the son of the late Vonzo Allen and Robbie Fransaw Ryans, and died Oct. 7, 2009 in Corrigan. He attended Livingston public schools and was a Methodist. Survivors include two sisters, Edith Ryans Landers of Houston and Eunice Ryans White of Brookshire; brother, Ricky Ryans of Huntsville; two sons, Justine Kenneth Ryans and Bobby Allen Ryans and one daughter, MaKayla Lynn Ryans, all of Livingston and a host of other relatives and friends.

Donald K. Phillips
CORRIGAN — Funeral services were held for Donald K. Phillips Sr., 73, on Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church in Corrigan. The life of Don Phillips began on March 27, 1936, when he was born in Ragland, Ala. to M.C. and Carrie Phillips. Don grew up and attended school in Garrison and became a football star in the early 1950s. He graduated from Garrison in 1954 and was recruited by several colleges such as LSU, Texas A&M and finally signed with Rice University. Don received a full scholarship to Rice to play football. Don was part of the Rice Owls exceptional season of 1957. Don could recall every game that season, including the Texas A&M game and the 1958 Cotton Bowl. Don used to say that was one of the best times of his life. Don went on to graduate from Rice University and then played in the Canadian Football League for the British Colombia Lions until getting injured and returning to Texas. Don then went to Garrison and coached a couple of years before moving to Corrigan to coach and teach in 1967 and 1968 and making Corrigan his home for over 30 years. He then left the education field to work for the Texas Highway Department for over 10 years, but continued to be involved with sports as he was a referee for many years in football and basketball and umpired baseball. He was forced to retire from the highway department after a heart attack in 1982, but still stayed in sports, as he was a sports writer for the Corrigan Times and many other local newspapers. The things he enjoyed the most were watching and being involved with sports, playing dominoes and spending time with his family and friends, especially his granddaughter Dorothy, who was the light of his life. He lived life to the fullest, but that journey ended on Oct. 9, 2009 as God called him home. He is preceded in death by his wife, Sue Phillips; parents, M.C. Phillips and Carrie Carlisle and brother, Jerry Phillips. He is survived by his son, Keith Phillips of Corrigan; daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Roland Popham of Corrigan; granddaughter, Dorothy Popham of Corrigan; nephew, Danny Phillips and his wife Belinda of Garrison; niece, Debbie Mosher of Nacogdoches; sister-in-law, Nell Phillips of Garrison and special friend, Johnnie Snider of Center. Pallbearers were Danny Phillips, Blake Phillips, Jym Lewis, Randy Bridges, Toto Flores and Bill Sanders. Honorary pallbearers were Hal Hubbard Sr., Bob Barton, Stacy Adams, Richard Reeves and Jimmy Payne. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Michael Lee Hulett
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Michael Lee Hulett, 55, of Corrigan will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at Macedonia Baptist Church in Corrigan, with the Rev. Travis Hulett officiating. Burial will follow in Union Springs Cemetery, Corrigan. Mr. Hulett was born June 17, 1954, in Corrigan, the son of Jimmie Lee Hulett Sr. and Catherine Hulett, and died Oct. 9, 2009 in Beaumont. He attended Corrigan public schools and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. He was a Baptist. Survivors include his parents; special friend, Nancy; two brothers, Charles Drayton and Harry Earl Hulett; two sisters, Jackie Wilkerson and Fanelda Hackney and a host of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Kevin Horn, Neilson Gibson, Joe Walker, Artist R. White, Leroy Graham and Harry Hulett II. Duncan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charles A. Richardson
LIVINGSTON — Charles A. Richardson, 75, of Livingston died on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, in Pine Ridge Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Menard Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 7- 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. A full obituary will be in the Sunday, Oct. 18, edition of the Polk County Enterprise. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Eldridge Leon Williams
LIVINGSTON — Eldridge Leon Williams, 91, of Livingston died on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009. Graveside services were held Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Bluff Creek Cemetery, with the Rev. Frank Hood officiating. He was born Aug. 17, 1918, in Polk County, the son of Arthur Lee Williams and Evie Walker Williams. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mae Delle (Andress) Williams; daughter, Ginger McGarrahan and sister, Wylo D. Martino. He is survived by his daughters, Rita Hon of Livingston and Linda Tumlinson and husband Bill of Kingland; grandchildren, William Lee Hon and wife Juliana, Laura Hon and husband Terry Webb, Debora Sechrist and husband David, Nancy Burks and husband Joe, Launa Ellinwood and husband James, Jan Rinderknecaht and husband Ricky and Kevin McGarrahan and wife Aileen and 15 greatgrandchildren. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Myrtle Phillips
LIVINGSTON — Myrtle Phillips, 84, died on Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at her residence. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Tim Thompson and the Rev. Dickie Boddie officiating. Burial followed in Jones Prairie Cemetery in Leggett. She was born Oct. 14, 1924, in Goose Creek, the daughter of Bonnell Cummings and Barbara Elizabeth Penry Cummings. She married Johnnie H. “Red” Phillips, who preceded her in death. She is survived by her sisters, Ruth Atchley of Livingston and Barbara Nell Ferris of New Braunfels and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Ricky Manchaca, Steven Richardson, Baby Ray Atchley, Alvin Shandley, Clarence Mihelich and Paul Shirley. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochanfh.com.

Anice Collins
LIVINGSTON — Anice Collins, 79, of Allen, formerly of Livingston, died on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, in Allen. Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 11, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Danny Moye officiating. Burial followed in Holland Cemetery in Hardin County. She was born Dec. 15, 1929 in Segno, the daughter of Bunk Overstreet and Henrietta Knight Overstreet. She married J.M. Collins on June 25, 1946 in Polk County. She is survived by her daughter, Danetta Wolverton of Allen; son, John J. Collins of Livingston; brother, J.B. Overstreet of Alvin; sisters, Wilma Duff of Livingston and Lora Mae Rice of Shepherd; her grandchildren, Dana Wolverton, Christy Wolverton Davis, Joshua Wolverton, John Matthew Collins and Danny Collins and great-grandchildren, Koby, Jeff, Jake, Jared, Jagger, Madison and Drew. Pallbearers were Joshua Wolverton, John Matthew Collins, Danny Collins, Koby Wolverton, Jeff Collins and Jake Collins. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Rice, Lee Parrish Jr. and John Collins. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Robbie Janett Fitzgerald
LUFKIN – Memorial services for Robbie Janett Fitzgerald, 77, of Livingston were held Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, in Center Hill Cemetery in Oakhurst. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home. Ms. Fitzgerald was born July 4, 1932 in Oakhurst, San Jacinto County, to the late Ethel (Coker) and Robert Fitzgerald, and died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, in a Lufkin hospital. Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Gil Widdowson of Morgan Hill, Calif. and Janet and Guy Brown of Dallas; grandchildren, Tamara McLarty, Adam Hall and Delaney Clark; great-grandchildren, Reagan Hall, Camryn Loggains, Miranda Hall and Logan Hall; sister, Etheline Hyde of Livingston; half-sister, Pauline Whitley of Friendswood and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, Ms. Fitzgerald was preceded in death by her daughter, Leslie Clark. Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.



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