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Polk County Enterprise - August 30, 2009 - September 13, 2009
Rose Marie Farris
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Rose Marie Farris, 68, of Goodrich were held Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. David Jones officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Howard Hunter, Zachary Coldwell, Tommy Coldwell, Josh Farris and David Farris. She was born Sept. 22, 1940 in Union Church, Miss., the daughter of John Garland Farris and Lessie Mae Patterson Farris, and died on Sept. 4, 2009, in Humble. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, John Garland Farris II and John Garland Farris III. She is survived by sisters and brothers-in-law, Georgie B. and Howard Hunter of Goodrich and Kathy and Ernest Moore of Brookhaven, Miss.; brother and sister- in-law, David and Vicky Farris of Goodrich and numerous nieces and nephews. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh. com.
Laura Ann Whatley
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Laura Ann Whatley, 68, of Centerville were held Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Mitchell Murphy officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Jay Taylor, Troy Perkins, Glenn Anderson, Joe Overbeck, Josh Powell, Jeremy Whatley, Eddie Barnes and Toby Anderson. She was born in Winnfield, La. on May 28, 1941, the daughter of Earl Monroe Grice and Sybil Margaret Edwards Grice, and died on Sept. 6, 2009, in Centerville. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, J.D. Whatley. She is survived by her sons, Buddy Whatley of Centerville and Richard Whatley of Texarkana, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and David Powell of Livingston; grandchildren, Jeremy Whatley, Kayleigh Powell, Haley Whatley, Jay Whatley, Carrie Whatley, Zac Powell, Ashley Lawhon and Josh Powell; five great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Aleene Ivie of Centerville, Peggy and John Morrow of The Woodlands and Willie and William Stutts of Groesbeck and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh. com.
Lynda Charlene Strait
ONALASKA — Funeral services for Lynda Charlene Strait, 45, of Onalaska, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska, with Bro. John Stone officiating. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. in Rosewood Cemetery in Houston. Pallbearers will be T.J. Strait, Adam Yates, Nathan Carlton, James Chandler, Jacob Wilderman, and Rick Doyle. Honorary Pallbearers will be Steven Dunbar, Tim Wilderman and Larry Wilderman. She was a former board member of Onalaska ISD for eight years, member of the PTA, member of the Band Boosters and a Girl Scout and Cub Scout Leader. She was born July 28, 1964 in Baltimore, Md. the daughter of Jim Wilderman and Charlene Stone Wilderman and passed away Sept. 5, 2009 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her father, David Haislip; her grandfather, J.B. Stone; stepgrandfather, George Massey; father-in-law, A.B. Strait and mother-in-law, Joyce Strait. She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Thomas Strait of Onalaska; daughter, Sarah Strait of Onalaska; son, T.J. Strait of Onalaska, mother and spouse, Charlene and Mark Sockel of Taylorville, Ill.; father, Jim Wilderman of Decatur, Ill.; brother and sisterin- law, Timmy and Christy Wilderman of Decatur, Ill.; brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Gina Wilderman of Taylorville, Ill.; grandmother, Donnie Stone of Salem, Ark.; brother-in-law and sister-inlaw, Glen and Marie Bethune of Onalaska; brother-in-law, Mike Bethune of Willis, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Cochran Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Sign the online register at www.cochranfh.com
Doyle Odell Smith
LIVINGSTON — CSM Doyle Odell Smith (Retired) of Pasadena died on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009. He was known as a strong, gentle man who loved his family, his friends and his life. Born in Camp Ruby, Texas on May 10, 1929, to Dennis Odell Smith and Hesta Myrle (Hammond) Smith, he was the oldest of three children. He attended school in Camp Ruby until it was consolidated with Livingston when he was in the ninth grade. He graduated from Livingston High School, where he played football, basketball, ran track and was student council president, along with being the Class Most Handsome Boy. He proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1949 through 1979. In 1950, he departed Tacoma, Wash. for Korea, with the 23rd Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, as a tank gunner. Upon his return home, he married Frances Ellis, his high school sweetheart. They shared a military life traveling the world. After Korea, he went to Camp Chaffey, Ark., then to Munich, Germany. This is where Denise, his oldest daughter, was born. Back stateside, he went to Fort Hood, Texas, then to Fort Polk, La. with the 2nd Armored Division. This is where his younger daughter, Melinda, was born. In 1958, he went back to Munich, Germany, then three years at Fort Hood, Texas. His next post in Germany was Erlangen at Ferris Barracks. He returned stateside to Owensboro, Ky., where he was in charge of the National Guard. He fought in Viet Nam and another tour in Germany, with his final post at Fort Sill, Okla. In 1979, after running the 47th Field Hospital in Fort Sill, Okla., he retired as Cmd. Sergeant Major. Shortly after retiring, he met and married Caryl (Jody) Baker Crockett, from Pasadena, Texas. They made their home in Pasadena, where he spent time gardening, fishing, hunting and traveling. In 1995 he met up with his old tank crew from Korea and joined the 2nd Indianhead Division Association. He was an active member of the association, proudly wearing the division patch, planning and hosting annual reunions and supporting their cause. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dennis and Hesta Mryle Smith and brother, Edwin D. Smith. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Jody, from Pasadena; Denise and Britt Cribbet, daughter and son-in-law, from Rowlett; Melinda and Ray Loney, daughter and sonin- law, from Crosby; five grandchildren, Brittany and Richard Cribbet, from Rowlett and Ryan, Daren and Kevan Loney, from Crosby; sister, Betty Joyce Smith Gulley and sister-in-law, Etta Townley Smith, both from Livingston. Serving as pallbearers will be Ryan Loney, Richard Cribbet, Daren Loney, Kevan Loney, Jerrod Byley, Jason Gulley, Joe Gulley III and Stephen Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Brittany Cribbet, Taylor Groze and John Groze. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept, 10, at Pace Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, with Dr. Joe Gulley II and Steve Smith officiating, at the Oak Grove Church of Christ. Burial will follow in Camp Ruby Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to the 2nd Indianhead Division Association (Scholarship Foundation), P.O. Box 218, Fox Lake, IL 60020-0218. Please include date of death and show Tank Company, 23rd Infantry Regiment. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral. com.
Stella Belle Langley
LIVINGSTON — Stella Belle Langley, 84, of Livingston died on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 2, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, with Bishop Larson officiating. Burial followed in the Alabama- Coushatta Indian Reservation Cemetery. She was born Feb. 28, 1925 on the reservation, the daughter of James Feagin Sylestine and Mary Thompson Sylestine. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Monroe Langley. She is survived by her daughters, Janie Rhinesnith and husband Chuck of Livingston, Diana Reed of Livingston, Gloria Accuttoroop of Livingston, Evalyn Beard and husband Wesley of Tyler and Jeri Harris and husband Clint of Spurger; son, Luther Langley of Lufkin; her brother, Chief Oscola Sylestine and wife Ethelyn of Livingston; sisters, Annabelle Alex of Livingston and Isabele Celestine of Houston; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were David Reed, Joshua Langley, Ethan Harris, Nathan Lewis, Benjamin Reed and Callatano Padilla. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.
Virginia Marie Arriola
LIVINGSTON — Virginia Marie Arriola, 71, of New Caney died on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, in Kingwood. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 1, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in the Arriola Cemetery in Nacogdoches. She was born Nov. 7, 1927 in West, the daughter of Ashton Droze and Clara Mae Burns Droze. She is preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Patricia Arriola. She is survived by her husband, Tom Arriola of New Caney; sons, Frank Arriola of New Caney, David Arriola and wife Cindi of Houston, Tom Arriola II of New Caney and John Arriola of Houston; daughters, Cynthia Ngo and husband Son of Houston and Deborah Arriola of Hockley; brother, Edmond Droze of California; sisters, Bernice Shiflett of Moore and Shirley Gernand of Alvin; grandchildren, Jennifer, Rachel, David Jr., Ashely, Christopher, Jaime, Jill, Jeremiah, Faith, Charles, Hope, Stephanie, Michael and Nicholas and great-grandchildren, Charles, Carmine, Sienna, Brianna, Cody and Carson. Pallbearers were Frank Arriola, David Arriola, Tom Arriola II, Nicholas Chalk, Michael Ngo and Christopher Arriola. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.
Lois Lee “Bud” Whitley
CORRIGAN – Funeral services for Lois Lee “Bud” Whitley, 92, of Corrigan were held Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Lesly Wilkinson officiating. Interment followed in Carmona Cemetery. Mr. Whitley was born April 29, 1917 in East Tempe and died on Saturday, Aug. 29, at his residence in Corrigan. He was a member of Carmona Baptist Church and was a mechanic for Bullock Motor Co. for 35 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and raising cattle. He is preceded in death by his parents, John Wesley and Minnie (Keen) Whitley; son, John L. Whitley; sisters, Irene Reeves and Bertha Goins; brothers, Bill Whitley and Johnny Whitley and very special friend, Elizabeth Holsomback, who died on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009. He is survived by his sons, Robert Whitley, Danny Whitley and Billy Rex Whitley, all of Corrigan; daughter-in-law, Wanda Whitley of Corrigan; brother, Thurman Whitley of Porter; sisters, Cora Carroll and Cova Hardy, both of Houston; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; best of friends, Sue Hendry and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were William Brooks, Willie Brooks, Robert Grimes, Jerry Hendry, Ricky Purvis, Bill Reynolds, Rusty Spence and Mike Parrish. Honorary pallbearers were Alton Burris, Cloyce Reinhardt, John D. Clifton, James Bullock, Buddy Purvis, Floyd Nettles, Harrell C. Helton and Larry Whitworth. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mary Lucille Richardson
LIVINGSTON — Funeral services for Mary Lucille Richardson, 89, of Livingston will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Frank Hood officiating. Interment will follow in Menard Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Herb Richardson, Mike Richardson, Bobby Copley, Paul Richardson, Jack Creel Jr., Earl Pontiff and Greg Caldwell. She was born Dec. 17, 1919 in Polk County, the daughter of Charles Earl Creel and Bessie B. Barnett Creel, and died Aug. 31, 2009 in Lufkin. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Brunson Richardson; brother, Jack Creel and sister, Virginia Oates. She is survived by her son, Ronald G. Richardson of Livingston; daughter, Elizabeth Ann Coldwell of Vidor; grandchildren, Lisa Dillon of Round Rock, Marcus Richardson of Singapore, Dana Shipes of Houston and Ariel Coldwell of Vidor; great-grandchildren, Nicholas Williams of Round Rock, Katlin Dillon of Round Rock, Catherine Dillon of Round Rock, Phoebe Dillon of Round Rock, Alexandra Shipes of Houston and Abigail Shipes of Houston; sister, Macie Creel Copley of Livingston and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register book, go to www.cochranfh.com.
Shannon Wade Dillon
LIVINGSTON — Shannon Wade Dillon, 38, of Livingston died on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Mitchell Murphy and the Rev. Rex Hendrix officiating. Shannon was born Oct. 27, 1970 in Woodville, the son of George Wade Dillon and Patricia Ann Lambright. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Raven Jade Dillon. He is survived by his fiancée, Ginger Brown of Livingston; father, George W. Dillon of Livingston; mother, Patricia Lambright of Livingston; son, James Sidney Dillon of Maui, Hawaii; daughter, Rachel Loren Dillon of Maui, Hawaii; brothers, Robert Dillon of Raywood, David Dillon of Rye, Daniel Dillon of Segno and Patrick Dillon of Segno and sisters, Shelia Smith of Livingston and Angie Wise of Camp Ruby. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www. cochranfh.com.
Arlene Louise Carpenter
TEXAS CITY — Arlene Louise Carpenter, 67, died on Aug. 27, 2009 in Nacogdoches. She was born on Sept. 30, 1941, the daughter of Edgar Roy Fryer Sr. and Helen Loretta Yankus, in Washington, Pa. She is preceded in death by her mother, Helen Fryer. She is survived by her husband, Steve Carpenter; father, Edgar Fryer Sr.; daughter, Kristie Lynn Cardin and her husband Bryan; brothers, Ed Fryer Jr. and Doug Fryer; nephew, Jared Fryer and niece, Megan Fryer. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at Carnes Funeral Home (exit 15) 3100 Gulf Freeway, Texas City.
Lois Marie Withers
LIVINGSTON — Lois Marie Withers, born Sept. 23, 1916 in Keenes, Illinois. She died Aug. 29, 2009 at the age of 92. She is survived by her loving husband, Hubert (Skeet) Withers and numerous other relatives and a host of friends Lois was a devoted Christian and attended First United Pentecostal Church in Livingston. She worked in Tupelo Children Mansion in Mississippi and spent 13 years in missionary work. Visitation was held Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009 at Pace Funeral Home. A celebration of Lois’s life was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009 at the First United Pentecostal Church, 404 E. Church, Livingston with Pastor Gerald Morris officiating. Interment followed at Peebles Cemetery. Please go to www.pacefuneral. com to sign quest book