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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
For the Week of September 16, 2007 - September 23, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Brandi Joyelle Riendeau
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Brandi Joyelle Riendeau, 19, were held Friday, Sept. 14, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Roger Davidson officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery.
She was born Jan. 4, 1988 in Pasadena, the daughter of Michael and Sheabrie McLane Riendeau, and died Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Livingston.
Survivors include her father and stepmother, Michael and Katrina Riendeau of Livingston; mother and stepfather, Sheabrie and Kenneth Anders of Houston; great-grandmother, Leoda Jackson of Houston; grandparents, Butch and Janis Riendeau of Onalaska, James McLane of East Texas, Kenneth and Sherry Fain of Houston and Susan and Mark Vestal of Rye; brothers, Gabriel Gonzales of Lamesa, Michael Riendeau of Houston, Dustin Anders of Houston, Joshua Catlett of Livingston, Xander Catlett of Livingston and Payton Orzechowski of Cleveland; sisters, Tiffany Anders of Houston, Cody Riendeau of Cleveland and Abigale Riendeau of Humble; uncle, J.P. Fowell of Crosby; aunts and uncles, Michelle and Wesley Shillings of Livingston, Mark and Tracey Riendeau of Highlands, Marshall and Stacy Riendeau of Crosby and Jim and Mia McLane of Baytown; aunt, Kim Brown of Cutoff, La. and numerous cousins, great-aunts, great-uncles and friends.
Pallbearers were Michael Riendeau, Ronnie Bogany, Shain Phillips, Bobby Hall, Jake Herron and Dominic Gonzales.

Gary Lee Compton
LIVINGSTON – Gary Lee Compton died Aug. 25, 2007 in Montgomery County.
A graveside memorial service with family and friends will be held at a later date.
He was born April 3, 1950 in Pasadena. He was preceded in death by his father, BC and mother Doris Compton; son-in-law, David McGarrahan and grandson, Andrew McGarrahan. Mr. Compton graduated from Pasadena High School in 1969. He worked at the Diamond Shamrock chemical plant and Chevron Offshore and was a truck driver. A resident of Segno for nine years, he previously resided in Goodrich.
Survivors include sons, Butch Compton of Dallas and Waco and wife Elizabeth Compton of Goodrich; daughter, Pamela McGarrahan of Livingston; grandchildren, Shannon, Steffani and Dylan Compton and Jessica and Ryan McGarrahan; brother, Dennis Compton and nephews, Michael Hill and family and BC Compton and family.

Robert George Brown
LIVINGSTON -- Robert George Brown, 77, of Livingston died on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007, in
Lufkin. A family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Brown loved to go fishing and hunting, although his favorite thing to do was watch his beloved 49ers football team. He was a devoted fan for many years and had a collection of 49ers memorabilia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mildred Painting Brown.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Ferry-Brown; sons, Andrew J. Brown and wife Kathy and Michael G. Brown; daughters, Kathryn Cash and husband John, Pamela Smith and husband Tripp, Suzan Powell and husband Wade and Jennifer Poirier and husband Dave; stepchildren Keith Koteras, Charlotte McMillan and husband Jack, and Terri Carson and fiancé Harvey Graves; 10 grandchildren and a host of extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in his honor be made to your favorite charity.

Allen Eugene Dusek
LIVINGSTON -- Allen Eugene Dusek of Livingston, formerly of El Campo, died unexpectedly on Friday, Sept. 7, 2007, in Lake City, Colo.
He was born July 24, 1942 in Wharton County to the late Charles and Annie Rose Triska Dusek. He married Darlyn York on July 12, 1985. He graduated from St. John Seminary High School in San Antonio before attending Assumption Seminary and the University of St. Thomas. He graduated from Sam Houston University in 1965.
He was a teacher and coach for El Campo ISD in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1968, and then returned to teach and coach in El Campo until 1969. He then worked in the Humble ISD as teacher, coach and in administration. He earned his master’s degree in education from Sam Houston State during this time. He was superintendent of Tidehaven ISD for 13 years. After his retirement in 1997, he and Darlyn lived in Blessing until 2000, when they moved to Lake Livingston. In 2003, they began spending summers in Lake City, Colo.
Mr. Dusek was well respected in both his professional career and personal life. He was known as someone who touched many people with his kindness, was a loving husband and an excellent example for his kids and grandkids. From El Campo to Lake City, Colo. and everywhere in between he made friends. He enjoyed his retirement on Lake Livingston, where his life long friend, Andy Wells, lived close by. His chocolate lab, Bell, was never far from his side.

Mildred Oleta Duncan
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Mildred Oleta Duncan, 92, were held Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Lynn Sasser and Bro. Barry Jeffries officiating. Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Duncan died Sunday, Sept. 16, in Grice Care Giving Home in Missouri City.
She was born Nov. 21, 1914 in Rusk, the daughter of James and Pearl Crume Bell. She was preceded in death by her husband, C.E. Duncan; son, Wayne Douglas Duncan; her parents; six brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include her granddaughters, Sheri Duncan of Missouri City and Jamie and husband Wyatt Wainwright of Missouri City; great-granddaughter, Chelsea Turner of Livingston; great-grandsons, Curtis Ross, Phillip Ross and Cullen Wainwright, all of Missouri City; daughter-in-law, Jannis Duncan of Livingston; sister, Billie Knepshield of Halletsville; step-grandchildren, Todd Gardner, Jeff Gardner and Linda Hickson; step-great-grandchildren, Meagan Nelson, Zach Gardner, Catherine Keefe and Allen Keefe and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Stephens, Gwinn Jones, Frank O’Neal, Roy Sanders, Corky Cochran, W.A. Cook, John Haynes and Alan Cook. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Baptist Church Building Fund or the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department.

Whaley Griggs
LIVINGSTON – Graveside services for Whaley Griggs, 69, were held Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, in Peebles Cemetery, with the Rev. Frank Hood officiating.
Mr. Griggs died Friday, Sept. 14, in Methodist Hospital in Houston.
He was born June 26, 1938 in Livingston, the son of Lyles and Alva Whaley Griggs. Mr. Griggs started Griggs Tractor Service in 1968.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Ernie Piehl of Ocala, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Connie Griggs of Goodrich; mother and stepfather, Alva and Eddie O’Conner of Shepherd; brother, Willie Griggs of Shepherd; granddaughter, Angela Hinson of Livingston; great-granddaughter, Sierra Hinson of Livingston and best friend and companion, Queenie.
Pallbearers were Dennis Moore, Jerry Bowen, Kenneth Hand, Rocky Richards, George Bigler and Buddy Barnes.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Paul Prince
LIVINGSTON – Graveside services for Paul Prince, 67, were held Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2007, in Ireland Cemetery in Ireland, Texas, with the Rev. Keith Felton officiating.
Mr. Prince died Sunday, Sept. 16, in Friendship Haven Nursing Home in Friendswood.
He was born Aug. 30, 1940 in Galveston, the son of Paul and Joyce Morgan Prince, both of whom preceded him in death.
Survivors include his son, Thomas Reeves Prince of Alvin; daughters, Brandi Prince Coldwell and Sherri Prince Jaris, both of Pearland; grandsons, Andrew Joseph Jaris, Daniel Paul Jaris, Hunter Lee Coldwell and Benjamin Hayden Coldwell, all of Pearland; sister, Francis Andrews of Warner Robbins, Ga. and brother, Royce Morgan of Warner Robbins, Ga.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Stella Ruth Thomas
CORRIGAN – Funeral services for Stella Ruth Thomas, 72, of Corrigan were held Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with interment following in Stryker Cemetery.
Mrs. Thomas was born Oct. 13, 1934 in Greensburg, La. and died Sunday, Sept. 16, in Hospice in the Pines in Lufkin.
She was a nurse and a member of First Assembly of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph T. Thomas Sr. and parents, Hollis and Daisy Belle MaGeehee Brecheen.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, David R. and Debra Thomas of Houston and Ralph T. and Norma Thomas Jr. of Houston; daughters and son-in-law, Melody C. and David Gallardo of San Antonio and Susan J. Thomas Tant of Corrigan; brothers, Rev. Neville Brecheen, John Brecheen, James Brecheen and Rev. Jesse Brecheen, all of Livingston; sister, Dorothy Jean Sullivan of Denham, La.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were John Thomas, David Thomas, Ralph Thomas, Cody Thomas, Jimmy Tant, Adrian Hogue, Bryan Canales and John Brecheen Jr.

Lois Pauline Langham
LIVINGSTON – Lois Pauline Langham, 84, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, in Pineridge Health Care in Livingston.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. John Page officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Jack Langham of Livingston; daughter, Brenda Wooldridge of Houston; sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Jeanny Wooldridge of Livingston, Marion Wooldridge of Highlands, Gary and Debbie Langham of Highlands and Dale Langham of Sugarland; grandsons, Wayne Wooldridge Jr., Kevin Wooldridge, Jared Langham of Dayton, Daniel Langham of Humble, Bradley Langham of Iraq, David Langham of Iraq and Jeffrey Langham; granddaughters, Tracey Wooldridge of Katy, Cheryl Head of Alvin, Stephanie Langham of Humble and Courtney Langham of Highlands; great-granddaughters, Amy Wooldridge, Tiffany Wooldridge, Ashley Wooldridge of Katy, Whitney Wooldridge of Katy and Sarah Head of Alvin and great-grandsons, Charles Wooldridge, Norman Wooldridge, Shawn Wooldridge of Katy, Steven Head of Alvin, Lauren Head of Alvin and Adam Purnell of Highlands.
She was born Jan. 22, 1923 in Cushing. She was preceded in death by her father, William Nelson; mother, Maggie Wilkerson Nelson; her first husband of 40 years, Charles Wooldridge; sisters, Ruby Tompkins, Lorene Nelson and Jewel Nelson Reeves; brothers, Jack Nelson, Jimbo Nelson and Curtis Nelson and grandson, Bobby Lloyd Wooldridge.
She was known as someone who would rather be fishing than gardening and rather be gardening than cooking and whose family enjoyed her garden more than her biscuits, although she made a mean cornbread dressing.
Pallbearers were Tim Blum, Chuck Blum, Lynn Blum, Wayne Wooldridge Jr., Kevin Wooldridge and Wayne Wooldridge.

Dell Brock Williams
LIVINGSTON – Dell Brock Williams died peacefully in her sleep at Comfy Home in Katy on Sept. 18, 2007.
She was born Aug. 1, 1917 in Bering and continued to live in Polk County until her marriage to Ralph Grady Williams in 1936. At that time, the Williamses moved to Angelina County where they remained until 1949, at which time they moved to Houston. Dell and Grady, along with their son-in-law, Harold Kahla, founded United Galvanizing, Inc. in 1971. Dell worked for the company until retiring to Livingston in the late 1970s.
During her retirement, she worked in her churches, Oakdale Baptist Church and later Forest Branch Baptist Church. She was known for her good cooking and loved to feed the masses, but especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who say they will miss her chicken and dumplings, a staple at her table. She was an incredible blend of Alabama Choctaw Indian and Irish-American and loved to remind her relatives of her heritage, particularly her Indian ancestry.
Her husband preceded her in death in 1993; however, she is survived by daughters, Alma Gradene Hamman, Julia Williams Kahla; son-in-law, Harold Kahla; grandsons, Byron Kahla, Grady Wayne Kahla; Clarke Mosley, Brooke Mosley, Robert Hamman and Grant Hamman; great-grandchildren, Nicole Kahla, Paden Kahla, Haley Mosley, Corbin Mosley, Madison Mosley and Kendall Mosley; nine nieces and nephews and friends from her childhood and from United Galvanizing.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with interment following beside her husband in Oakdale Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Clarke Mosley, Brooke Mosley, Robert Hamman, Grant Hamman, Harold Kahla and Byron Kahla.







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