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LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Robert (Bob) Perry Hill, 84, of Point Blank will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska with the Rev. James Frazier officiating. Interment will follow in the Center Hill Cemetery in Oakhurst. Mr. Hill was born April 7, 1926, in Coleman County, Texas, to Robert Lewis Hill and Gertrue Bingham Hill. He died Oct. 17 in The Woodlands. He retired from the construction arena in 1984, relocating to Point Blank where he began the Hills Welding Service on Hwy. 190. He was a very diversified man, volunteering with the Rural Emergency Medical Service in Point Blank for 10 years. Many patients experienced his kind and giving nature. Bob was also a Master Mason A.F. & A.M., a 32nd degree Scottish Rite and a member of the Shrine Arabian Temple of Houston. He was a lifetime member of the Portage Order of Eastern Star where he served as Worthy Patron. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Bacon Hill; his sister, Ola Francis Taylor; and brother, Herbert Howard Hill; six daughters, Rhonda Kay Wright, Donna Gay Hill, Linda Haen, Susan Simmons, Theresa Megan and Jean Campbell. Nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends also survive him. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Sign the online register at http:// www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON — Drue Layton Moon, 71, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2010, at her residence in Livingston. She was born Nov. 29, 1938 to Bert Arthur and Mattie Mae Menees in Las Cruces, N.M. She was an avid book reader. She is survived by her sons, Robert McArthur, Scott Moon and Adam Moon; daughter, Kelly McArthur; brother, Sonny Menees; nine grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Moon and her sister, Shirley Davis. A celebration of Drue’s life will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at the Wet Deck on FM 350 South. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. o sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Paul Elwyn Poe, 90, of Livingston were held Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, in the Livingston Church of Christ, with the Rev. Lindell Mitchell officiating. Interment followed in Midway Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Steven McDonald, Mark Pitts, Jonathan Tome, Mike Knox, Elmer Sabrsula, David Franklin, Terry Kelley and Joe Kelley. He was born Sept. 27, 1920 in Latexo, the son of Walter H. Poe and Janie N. Dixson Poe, and died Oct. 14, 2010 at a hospital in Beaumont. Paul E. Poe proudly fought in World War II with the Army Air Corps. He returned to his beautiful wife, Gwen Poe, who he spent 67 years loving. He was known as a dedicated and loving Christian father, grandfather, and greatgrandfather. Never one to sit still, Paul was actively working on his property until just recently. He was known as a truly kind and generous man who was always willing to help anyone in need and who was able to make this a better place for all who came after him. Paul is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Gwendolyn Poe and daughter, Candace Pitts. He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Pat and Herschel McDonald of Livingston and Pam and Chris Tome of Austin; grandsons and spouses, Mark and Lori Pitts, Steven and Mylissa McDonald and Jonathan and Rebecca Tome; granddaughters and spouses, Kori and Steve Wilson and Becki and Trevor Sutton; granddaughter, Shara Tome; brother, W.H. Poe; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and community friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
ONALASKA — Funeral services for Bernie Mae Robinson, 87, of Onalaska were held Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at the Onalaska Church Of Christ in Onalaska, where she was a founding member, with Tony Lallie and Homer Anderson officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. She was born July 12, 1923 in Jewett, the daughter of Luther Mullins and Lorena Simpson Mullins, and died Oct. 16, 2010 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Marie Murry and her brothers, Zolan Mullins, Herman, Mullins, Marshall Mullinds and Bernise Mullins. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, George Robinson of Onalaska; Don and Thuy Robinson, son and daughter-in-law, of Onalaska; James Robinson, son, of Onalaska; Eric and Colanda Robinson, grandson and wife, of Webster; Dawn Coe, granddaughter, of Royal Center, Ind.; Desiree Coe, great-granddaughter; Damon Coe, great-grandson, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
CORRIGAN — Funeral services for Audrey Sprayberry, 80, of Corrigan were held Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, in the First Baptist Church of Corrigan, with Ralph Johnson and Phil Corbett officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan. Mrs. Sprayberry died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, in Memorial Medical Center in Lufkin. Mrs. Sprayberry was born in Corrigan on Jan. 5, 1930, to Clarence and Ella Mae (Wilkins) Alsbrooks. Mrs. Sprayberry was known as a loving mother, sister, granny and G-G and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Corrigan. She served 27 years as the food service manager for Corrigan-Camden ISD before retiring. She is preceded in death by her husband, Leo Sprayberry Sr.; her parents; son, Darrel Sprayberry; brother, L.C. Alsbrooks and sisters, Clary Birchfield, Ola Alsbrooks and Minnie Russell. She is survived by her son and daughters-in-law: Leo and Sue Sprayberry Jr. of Corrigan and Sherry Sprayberry of Corrigan; daughter and sonin- law, Vera Ann and Lynn Lookingbill of Corrigan; sister and brother-in-law, Elba Jean and Lynn Kennedy of Corrigan; grandchildren, Sherry and Ken Hughes, Frank and Jessica Sprayberry, Tishalyn Lookingbill, Marlin Sprayberry, Josh Sprayberry and Audriana Lookingbill; great-grandchildren, McKenna Hughes, Micah Hughes and Jackson Sprayberry and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Marlin Sprayberry, Josh Sprayberry, Ricky Purvis, Mark Richardson, Charlie Jay Locke and Paul Griffin. Honorary pallbearers were Alton Burris, Danny Griffin, Milt Purvis, Lynn Kennedy, Dr. Michael Huber, Ken Hughes, James Tolar and Glenn Kennedy. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be sent to Hospice of the Pines or a scholarship of your choice to Corrigan-Camden ISD.
LIVINGSTON — Norman Lee Biggs, 81, of Livingston died Oct. 17, 2010 in Livingston. He was born July 29, 1929 in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Leander E. Biggs and Opal Wade Biggs. He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Elanor Mae Biggs. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Biggs; Gary Lee Biggs, son; Georgia Mae Ellis, daughter; Dr. Gina Renee Thompson, daughter; Gregory Scott Biggs, son; Gigi Lynette Wellot, daughter; Ginger Rae Jones, daughter; Galen Edward Biggs, son; Gwen Denise Hardin, daughter; Grant Randall Biggs, son; Clifford Biggs, brother; Thomas Dyer, Michael Dyer, Stephen Dyer and Timothy Dyer, stepsons; 13 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
CORRIGAN — Funeral services for Rease Nash, 83, of Corrigan were held Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan, with Bro. Curtis Jordan officiating. Interment followed in New Church Cemetery in Apple Springs. Mr. Nash was born May 29, 1927 in Fastrill and died Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, in his residence in Corrigan. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force as an aircraft fuel mechanic. He also retired from the International Painters Union and was a Methodist by faith. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mildred (Sharp) Nash; his parents, William Rease and Lottie (Tullos) Nash; daughter, Diana Sigg; sisters, Bertie Stanaland, Bernice Wheeler and Jackie Stout and brothers, Richard Nash, Arland Nash and L.E. (Buddy) Nash. He is survived by his daughter, Deliah Tarrant of Wichita, Kan.; caregivers, Mary Nash of Chester and Terry Nash of Corrigan; six grandchildren; 11 greatgrandchildren; one great-greatgrandchild and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were members of the United States Air Force. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Joy Nell Hennington, 92, of Lufkin were held Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Gary Ronald Adams officiating. Interment followed in Forest Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael Tomme, Jimmy Hennington, David Roy Hennington, J.V. Snook, Jimmy Owen, Eric Hennington, Kevin Kirkland and Keith Hennington. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Walker, Clyde Buddy Butler, James Bergman and Frank White. Mrs. Hennington died Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, in a Lufkin nursing facility. Mrs. Hennington was born in Livingston on May 21, 1918, to Lurla Alberta Adams and William Vernon Gibson. She graduated from public school in Livingston and Draughns Business College in Houston. She was employed by W.L. Crawford Insurance Agency for many years. She joined First Methodist Church at the age of 6 and taught Sunday school for many years. Later she joined the Central Baptist Church and was active until her health declined. She was a charter member of the Pilot Club and was also a member of the Garden Club. Survivors include her stepsons, Jerry Frank Hennington and wife Janelle of Lufkin and John Hennington and wife Edith of Wichita Falls; daughterin- law, Edna Tomme of Livingston; grandchildren, Michael Tomme and wife Rosario of Austin, Susan Smith and husband David of Hurst, Bobby Kirkland and husband Calvin of Votaw, Ollie Nell Gage and husband Thomas of Magnolia, Jim Hennington of Port Arthur, David Hennington and wife Xenia of Austin, Kieth Hennington and wife Keeley of Dallas, Meghan Barrett and husband Paul of Clarksville, Tenn., Robyn Hennington of Dallas and Eric Hennington of Denton and numerous great and great-greatgrandchildren. Also surviving are her dear friends, Patricia Snook, Pam Grube and Sue Crawford. Mrs. Hennington was preceded in death by her parents; infant brother; husband, Roy Hennington Sr.; stepchildren, Bettie Tomme and Roy Hennington Jr.; sonin- law, Henry Tomme and great-grandson, James Smith. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
CORRIGAN — Funeral services for Claudie Bell Dillon, 84, of Corrigan were held Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan, with Bro. Royce Pennington officiating. Interment followed in Camp Ruby Cemetery in Polk County. Mrs. Dillon was born Dec. 10, 1925 in San Jacinto County and died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, in Woodland Heights Hospital in Lufkin. She was married to Welton W. “Son” Dillon. She worked at Perry Brothers as a purchasing clerk. She is preceded in death by her husband, Welton W. “Son” Dillon; her parents, Henry Lewis and Avie Agnes Jeffcoat Lewis; and a number of brothers and sisters. She is survived by her sister, Nadine Stutts of Corrigan; nieces, Linda Whitworth of Chester, Doris Thayer of Corrigan, Lilly Stuckey of Tarkington and Lisa Carter of Houston; nephews, Jerry Stutts of Corrigan, Macon Placker of Tarkington, Edwin Lewis of New Caney, Terry Dillon of Jewett and Waymon Lewis of Houston and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Bo Bendy, Chad Brock, Dusty Stutts, Jerry Keith Stutts, Tyler Stutts and Jud Whitworth. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
LIVINGSTON -- Mary Ann Stevens Moore, 87, died at the Houston Hospice on Oct. 12, 2010. Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday in Forest Hill Cemetery, with Dr. Don Willis officiating, followed by a reception/ supper at 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church on Hwy. 190 West, Livingston. A memorial service will be held for Mrs. Moore at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Holly Hall Christian Retirement Community Chapel in Houston, 2000 Holly Hall St. at Fannin St., Houston, with Dr. Wesley Stevens officiating. A full obituary will be in Sunday’s edition of the Polk County Enterprise. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
LIVINGSTON — Leo Albert Hebert, born June 17, 1922 in Lowell, Mass., died Oct. 8, 2010, in Livingston at the age of 88. When Leo was 16, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Army National Guard. He later transferred to the Army Air Corps, where he was an airplane mechanic. Mr. Hebert soon became a pilot then he graduated to flight instructor and first lieutenant. Leo trained French nationals for combat pilot duty. He was fluent in the French language because it was spoken in his home growing up. Leo was nicknamed “Washing Machine” by General DeGaulle for his ability to “wash out” French pilots. Mr. Hebert was an active member of Lake Livingston Village Property Owners Association. He was also an officer of A.R.F. Radio C o n t r o l M o d e l A i r p l a n e Club for many years. Leo was also a flotilla commander of the U.S. Coast Guard A u x i l i a r y, p a t r o l l i n g L a k e Livingston. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Leo Hebert and Victoria Bouchard. He is survived by his son, Joe Hebert and wife Jeanie and one grandson, Travis. Visitation was held Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, at Pace Funeral Home in Livingston. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.
ONALASKA – A memorial service for Robert Lyle Lewis, 81, of Onalaska will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. He was born Aug. 13, 1929 in Radcliff, Iowa, the son of Fred Homer Lewis and Fern Lucille Johnson Lewis, and died Oct. 10, 2010 in Lufkin. He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, JoAnn Lewis; son, Curtis Eugene Lewis and sister, Faye Dianne Russert Lewis. He loved to be around the water, fishing and golf. He is survived by Victoria Lewis, wife, of Onalaska; Deborah Lynn Ireland, daughter; Eugene Curtis and Shirley Lewis, brother and sister-in-law; Luz Larson, daughter; Danilo Tuazon, son; Jaime Tuazon, son; grandchildren, Analisa Larson, Sarah Ann Larson and Calia Lewis; Cynthia Ann and Joe Todd, niece and husband; Trish Englehart, niece; Colby Lewis, great-nephew and Kaliyah Rae Lewis, greatniece. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
NEDERLAND — Ronald Robert “Bob” Roy, 75, of Livingston, died on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, in St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston. Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 1, in the chapel of Broussard’s in Nederland. Interment with full military honors followed in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves. He was a retired Navy SEAL, having spent 30 years in the Navy and three tours in Vietnam. He also belonged to VFW Post 8568 in Livingston. He will be remembered as a man who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Mr. Roy was a native of Nederland and after his military career retired to the Houston and Livingston area. Mr. Roy is survived by his wife of 57 years, Alice Roy of Livingston; daughters, Phyllis Roy of Tomball, Judith Shumate-King of Houston, Darla Lejeune and her husband Russell of Crosby, Bobbie Head of Lafayette, La., and Robin Ponfick of Houston; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Donald Roy of Houston and his sister, Linda Akin of Port Neches. He was preceded in death by three brothers and one grandson. Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. Complete and updated information may be viewed at www.broussards1889.com.
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for John W. Hamilton Jr., 85, of Livingston were held Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, in the First United Methodist Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Mike Mayhew, the Rev. Don Willis and the Rev. James Frazier officiating. Interment followed in Camp Ruby Cemetery in Livingston. He was born Oct. 15, 1924, in Corrigan, the son of John W. Hamilton Sr. and Alberta Jones Hamilton, and died Sept. 28, 2010, at his residence in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother and sisterin- law, Al and Lanita Chesson; John Slack, grandson; Bessie Bennett, mother-in-law and Alcede Bennett, father-in-law. He is survived by his wife, Betty Hamilton; daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Tommy Slack; son, Charles Hamilton; son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Sylvia Hamilton; grandsons, Jeremy and wife Jessica Slack, Justin Harris, Jeremy Hamilton and Jason Hamilton; great-grandchildren, Carol Ann Slack, John Slack Jr, Samantha Wise, Faith Wise, Cade Sutherland and Case Sutherland; brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Shirley Hamilton and sister-in-law, Mickie Bennett. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON — Graveside services for Irene Barnes, 89, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard. She was born April 12, 1921, in Cleburne, the daughter of Loyal and Mavis Green Carr, and died Sept. 29, 2010, in Livingston. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Patricia Jones and friends, Mike Nettles and Bobby Gokey. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
LIVINGSTON – Barbara Ann Kroll Farris, born Oct. 10, 1949, died on Sept. 13, 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Marjorie Kroll of Marlin. She is survived by her beloved horses, Abby and Dixie and dog, Jake, all of whom will remain living at their home on Providence Road; and friends and coworkers. A celebration of Barbara’s life was held Saturday, Oct. 2, at her residence in Providence.
LIVINGSTON — Alta M. Stewart, 83, of Livingston died on Sept. 26, 2010, in Livingston. She was born in Moscow on Sept. 20, 1927, to Henry and Ada Mae Bisitt Brown. She was a member of The First Baptist Church, belonged to the Polk County Women’s Auxiliary and was also a member of the Women’s Missionary Auxiliary at First Baptist Church, where she taught for several years. She is preceded in death by her husband, Earvin Stewart; brother, George F. Brown; nephew, Charles H. Brown; sisters-in-law, Ollie Brown and Sherlene Brown and nephewin- law, Dr. Bobby Burk. Her survivors include nieces, Charlotte Brown Burk of Livingston and Julie Brown of St. Martin; nephews, George Wayne Brown and wife Beverly of Arkansas and Paul Brown and wife JoAnna of Livingston; great-nieces and great-great-nieces and nephews; special friend, Mike Pullen and numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Services were held Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Pace Funeral Home, with Bro. Frank Hood and Bro. Harold Isaacs officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery. Pallbearers were Paul Brown, Mike Pullen, Winfred Robinett, Bobby Lowe, Weldon Vines and James Williams. Honorary pallbearers were the Women’s Missionary Auxiliary FBC, Trish Howard, Holly Howard, Naomi Howard, Hazel Milliken, Melena Burress, Lois Rhodes, Pam Sprott, Eloise Wells, Betty Blakley, Wilma Ross, Myrna Hurtt, Letha White, Winnie Matthews, Beth Williams, Ruth Atchley, Billie Jean McKelvey, Gloria Murphy, Ann O’Steen, Jeri McCormick and the Sunshine Ladies: Trish Howard and Joan Farrar. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com
LIVINGSTON — Memorial services for James Everett Reeves, 66, of Livingston will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Randy Findley officiating. He was born May 13, 1944, in Houston County, the son of Edgar Rollan Reeves and Lula Mae Baker Reeves, and died Sept. 29, 2010 in Beaumont. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Elaine Barrington. He is survived by Joan Reeves, wife, of Livingston; Jerry Edward and Susie Reeves, son and daughter-inlaw, of Livingston; Jason Elliott Reeves, son, of Livingston; seven grandchildren; Ruth McCracken, mother-in-law, of Livingston; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and tons of friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.
NORMANGEE — Ruth Gustavus Everitt, 94, of Livingston died on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in Memorial Specialty Hospital of Lufkin. She was born July 19, 1916 in Palestine, to John and Minnie (Mullin) Holder. Services were held at Cozart Funeral Home in Normangee on Thursday, Sept. 30, with burial following in Ten Mile Cemetery. Ruth was known as a loving wife and a devoted mother, grandmother and a dear friend to all who knew her. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Henry Gustavus and Henry Everitt; and a son, Joel Ray Gustavus. She is survived by two sons, Larry and wife Margie Gustavus and Morris and wife Mellissa Gustavus, all of Bryan; five daughters, Faye Carpenter of Livingston, Mildred and husband Mark Wollershien of Bryan, Alora Janet Elrod, of Montgomery, Elaine and husband David Neilon of Porter and Margaret Sue and husband Bob Cardarelli of Nevada, Texas. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and greatgreat- grandchildren. Services were entrusted to Cozart Funeral Home of Normangee.