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East Texas News - Obituaries
Polk County Enterprise - September 13, 2009 - October 1, 2009

Donald E. Parker
LIVINGSTON — Graveside services for Donald E. Parker, 87, of Baytown, formerly of Livingston, were held Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 in Magnolia Cemetery with Lindell Mitchell officiating. Donald passed away Thursday, Sept, 24, 2009 in Baytown. He was born Nov. 8, 1921 in Orange to parents, Cleveland J. Parker and Alice McWilliams Parker. He served our country in the United States Army during World War II. He is survived by his son, Donald Parker; grandchildren, Jessica Cannon and husband Craig, Dylan Parker; niece, Donna Bird and husband John; and nephew, Will Parker and wife Gail. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Please sign the online guest book at www. cochranfh.com

Robert Vernon Clark
CORRIGAN — Memorial services for Robert Vernon Clark, 83, of Corrigan were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 in the Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah’s Witnesses with David Stanley and James Comstock officiating. Robert passed away at his home on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009. He was born April 7, 1926 in Lufkin, to parents Bennie Clark and Ethel Lee Dunn Clark. He was a United States Veteran who served in the Korean Conflict. He also worked for more than 40 years as a logger for the Champion Paper Company. He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Dane Phillip Clark; five brothers and one sister. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Stella Clark of Corrigan; children, Charles Clark and wife Connie of Houston, Stella Lewis of Katy, Ruth Reese of Houston, James Clark of Las Vegas, Deborah Anderson of Houston, Richard Clark of Seven Oaks, Robert Clark Jr. of Amarillo, and Patrick Clark and wife Connie of Lufkin. He is also survived by his sisters Betty Johnson and Doris Dodd both of Ft. Worth, and his 22 grandchildren and 19 greatgrandchildren. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Please sign the online guest book at www. cochanfh.com

Bill Henderson
PENNINGTON – Bill Henderson, 79, of Pennington died on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, in Memorial Hospital in Lufkin. He was born in Pennington, the son of Lou Milton and Mollie Ashworth Henderson. Mr. Henderson moved to the Lake Jackson area in 1951 and lived there until 1993, working as an insulator for Dow Chemical. He retired after 33 years of service. He was a member of the Insulators and Asbestos Workers Local 102 and Local 22. He and his wife, Sandra, moved back to Pennington in 1993 and he began his career as a rancher. They were involved in Piney Creek Baptist Church, where he was an usher and served on the Building and Grounds Committee. They were also involved in several community organizations, where they met many new friends and became reacquainted with former friends. Mr. Henderson was a founding member of the Pennington Party Animals, whose purpose is to celebrate birthdays and play 42. He was president of the Pennington Cemetery Association, member of the Pennington Volunteer Fire Department, Pennington Water Department Board, Pennington Community Center Board, charter member of Pennington Buyers Group, past member of Trinity County Fair Association and Brazoria County Cattlemen’s Association. Mr. Henderson was a former weather watcher for KTRE TV in Lufkin, in which he took much pride. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Henderson of Pennington; children, Kathy Taylor of Brazoria, Mary Zambada of Livingston, William Henderson of Pearland, Marty Lewis of Hudson, James Henderson and wife Jennifer of Pineland and Rebecca Henderson of The Woodlands; eight grandchildren, Shannon Day and wife Melissa, Cindy Arambula, Michael Zambada, Michelle Soria and husband Robert, Misty Tatum and husband Todd and Michael, Brandon and Skye Brazile; 12 great-grandchildren and sister, Pauline Buller of Bay City. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Haddon Buller and sister, Lella Mae Sexton and husband Maness. Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 25, in the Callaway- Allee Memorial Chapel, with the Rev. James Bickley and Billy Ed Buller officiating. Interment followed in Pennington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pennington Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 216, Pennington, TX 75856 or Pennington Community Center Sign Project, P.O. Box 15, Pennington, TX 75856. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Betty Day
WIMBERLEY — Betty Day, 82, of Wimberley died Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at Deer Creek of Wimberley after a lengthy illness. She was born Betty Jean Todd on Feb. 5, 1927, in Big Apple, Mo. to Ray and Myrtle Todd. She had three brothers. Betty was 10 when her mother died and she went to live with her cousin, Gladys Vincent Huff and husband, Lawrence Huff. Betty’s childhood was spent between Lufkin, Texas and Tulsa, Okla. After graduating from high school, she followed in her mother’s footsteps and enrolled in the Lilly Jolly School of Nursing in Houston. Her entire adult life was devoted to the nursing care of others. She worked in hospitals, doctors’ offices, private homes and nursing homes primarily in Lufkin and Corrigan. She was known as a gifted lady who loved flowers, needlework, sewing and hosting family gatherings. In addition, she was a devoted friend of cats. She is survived by her daughters, Reneé Seago and her husband, Harold Seago of Corrigan and Nancy Clarke and Melinda Tybor, both of Wimberley; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and two sisters-in-law. In addition, she is survived by her last two cats, Molly and Jasmine. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers; first husband and father of her children, Robert J. Rake and second husband, Harry Tillman Day. A service was held Wednesday, Sept. 30, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wimberley. Another service for her East Texas family and friends will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Union Springs Baptist Church of Corrigan. Funeral services are entrusted to the Thomason Funeral Home, Wimberley. Memorial donations may be made to the National M.S. Society or Vista Care Hospice of San Marcos.

George A. Noles
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for George A. Noles, 68, of Goodrich were held Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Danny Moye officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Bradley Smith, Keith Gray, Karl Gray, Charles Owens, Robert Packard, Johnny Collins, Matthew Owens, Gerald Munson and Robert Baker. Honorary pallbearers were James Owens, Gene Gray and Gerald Bentley. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568. He is preceded in death by his wife, Rubie Carolyn Owens Noles. Mr. Noles was born Aug. 22, 1941, in El Campo, the son of George Alvis Noles Sr. and Mary Hibler Noles, and died on Sept. 28, 2009, in Houston. He belonged to the Carpenters Union Local No. 551 for over 50 years. He loved to hunt and fish and being in the outdoors. He was known as someone who worshiped his wife, children and grandchildren and loved his dog, Sugar. He is survived by his son, John Noles of Nacogdoches; daughter and son-in-law, Billie Jean and Robert Packard of Chireno; grandchildren, Christina and Jeremy Winsch, Bradley Smith and Shaylynn Packard; great-grandchildren, Madison Winsch, Jeremy Winsch, Nolan Winsch and Jackson Winsch; brothers-in-law, Chip Owens, James Owens and Gene Gray and sisters-in-law, Jan Gray, Ann Owens and Janet Owens. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh. com.

James Homer Reid
LIVINGSTON — James Homer Reid, 94, of Livingston died on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009. Graveside services were held Wednesday, Sept. 30, in Peebles Cemetery, with Marlene Peterson speaking. He is survived by his children, James H. Reid Jr. of Quitman and Joan Reid of Quitman; stepchildren, Charlie Stephens of Livingston and Earline McLoud and friend, Marlene Peterson. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Jeffrey “Jerry” Newman
LIVINGSTON — Jeffery “Jerry” Leo Newman, 52, of Livingston died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2009, at his residence with his family at his side. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. He was born May 23, 1957 in Houston, the son of John Newman and Ruth Maxine Haler. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Peggy Williams. He is survived by his brothers, Mike Newman and wife Darlene of Livingston, John “Butch” Newman of Houston, Billy Joe Newman of Livingston, David Newman and wife Cheryl of Hull and Larry Newman of Beaumont; brother-in-law, Roy Williams of Grangerland; sisters, Sue Chambers of Vidor, Pat Harlan Durham of Groves and Penny Hill of Livingston and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Daniel Frank Villarreal
LIVINGSTON — Daniel Frank Villarreal, 25, of Livingston died on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Frank Aragon officiating. Burial will follow in Peebles Cemetery. Daniel was born Feb. 25, 1984 in Galveston. He graduated from Livingston High School and attended Baylor University and the University of Houston. He is survived by his mother, Louisia Ogletree of Livingston; stepfather, Kelton Ogletree of Livingston; sister, Mary Parker of Houston; grandmother, Lucy Villarreal of Livingston; stepsister, Lauren Harrison and husband Tres of Livingston and their children Hayden and Kathryn Griffin and Caroline and Jed Harrison; stepsister, Samantha Ogletree of Waco; aunt, Carmen Duff and sons of Bryan; aunt, Lilly Woodmansee and husband Johnny and family of Romayer; uncle, Jesse Villarreal and wife Tammy and family of Livingston; uncle, Juan Santoyo and wife Elizabeth and family of Livingston; uncle, Paul Villarreal and wife Rebecca and family of Duncan, Okla. and special cousin, Michael Villarreal and family. He is also survived by his special friends, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Knierim and family, Chuck and Marge Miller and children Nicole, Shannon and Bret, Mike and Pamela Lawrence and daughter Tracy, along with other numerous relatives and friends. Serving as pallbearers will be Juan Santoyo, Michael Villarreal, Landon Wright, David Woods, Justin Hopkins, Rudy Trevino and Amos Duff II. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Melvin Taylor
ONALASKA — Melvin Taylor, 83, of Onalaska died on Monday, Sept. 28, 2009. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the Cochran Funeral Home Onalaska Chapel, with Bro. Don Wilkey officiating. He was born Nov. 7, 1925 in Spiro, Okla., the son of Elmer Taylor and Stella Corbin Jackson. He was a United States veteran, having served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Onalaska, and loved hunting, fishing, and gardening. He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Lori Ann Thomas; grandchildren, Chrissy Bovee, Jeremy Canady and Rebekah Thomas and brother, Sherman Jackson. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Hazel Taylor of Onalaska; children, Billy Wayne Taylor of Cleveland, Rodney Anthoney Taylor of Mayflower, Ark., Debbie Marie Griffith of Junction City, Ark., Timothy Jay Taylor of Norphlet, Ark. and Melvin Hodgkiss of Austin; 19 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; his brothers, Raymond Jackson of Spiro, Okla., William Jackson of Spiro, Okla., Johnny Jackson of Orville, Calif. and Roger Jackson of Suttercreek, Calif. and sisters, Lela Blackburn of Sallisaw, Okla., Ruby Treece of Tulare, Calif., Melba Jean Byrd of Trona, Calif. and Fern Clark of Hemit, Calif. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.

Joseph Floyd “Joe” Henderson
LIVINGSTON — Joseph Floyd “Joe” Henderson died on Sept. 8, 2009, in St. Luke’s Hospital. Joe was laid to rest in the Veteran’s National Cemetery in Houston on Sept. 11, 2009. He was born in Donaldson, Ark. on Sept. 12, 1941, to Gilford Harold Henderson and Ione Oieda Rosco. In 1957, he moved to Pasadena, where he attended Clear Creek High School. Two years later he joined the U.S. Navy. It was during this time he married Karen in San Diego, Calif. He and Karen moved to Yoder, Wyoming, where they had twin girls. In 1964, they moved back to Pasadena and divorced in 1972. Joe then rejoined the U.S. Navy and was very pleased to have served on both the USS Hancock and the USS Saratoga. A couple of highlights of his Navy career included meeting Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco and actress Tuesday Weld while in Hawaii. Joe and Melody met Jan. 20, 1979, and married on Sept. 28, 1979, a loving union that lasted almost 30 years. Joe adopted Melody’s son, Clifton Edward, in 1980. Joe and Melody had one son together, Michael Floyd. Joe was known as a humble, honest and hardworking man who never complained, never failed or faltered and who kept his word. Joe, Melody and their sons moved to Livingston in August of 1988, and have been here ever since. Joe worked for City Plumbing Company and for Leggett Plumbing Company. He loved working for Ronnie Leggett, and he and Pam and Gary were his extended family. Family members say Joe never gave up, even when he lost his hearing, and was a man of substance who never quit. He was known as someone who dedicated his life to serving others and who didn’t expect anything in return. Joe is survived by his wife and soul mate, Melody Cimes Henderson; two sons, Clifton Edward and Michael Floyd Henderson; daughters, Jo Anne Buston, and Suzanne Spence; siblings, Franklin Harold and his wife Vivian, Illa Faye (who preceded him in death), Dorothy Sue Wist and Carolyn Ann Flemming; 10 grandchildren; one greatgrandchild and numerous nieces and nephews. Joe lived his whole life dedicated to serving others and he didnt expect anything in return. It was never about him, his life was about the people he loved. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association of the Humane Society of the United States. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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