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Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
September 2010
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HOUSTON -- Julia Mary Pickett (formerly Julia P. Makemson), 69, of Houston died on Aug. 27, 2010 after battling a series of terminal health problems. She was born on March 23, 1941 in Bay City, to Arnold Herd and Mary Bryant Pickett. After growing up in Houston, she married William Allen Makemson on Nov. 2, 1962 and later moved to Onalaska. Julia was active in the Girl Scout organization in both Houston and the Polk County area for many years as a troop leader, camp counselor and trainer. Troop members and summer campers knew her as "Koko" and always looked forward to their camping adventures with her. She was a great reader and her hobbies included sewing, quiltmaking and all types of arts and crafts. When her declining health would not allow her to continue those hobbies, she used the Internet to connect to people near and far who needed sewing, quilting and crafting advice. Known as "Stripquilter in Houston" on many online groups, she was well loved for her friendship, humor and advice. Julia was preceded in death by her former husband and parents. Survivors include her son, William "Bill" Arnold Makemson; daughter, Mary (David) Reeves; granddaughter, Ashley Makemson and brother, Walter (Robeye) Pickett, all of Houston; sisters, Linda (John) Neumann of Atlanta, Ga. and Martha Ann (Rod) Jones of Vernal, Utah and numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family. She is also survived by her birth daughter whom she loved dearly, Johnna Anderson, of Jacksonville, Texas and grandsons, Bryan Adamson and Nathaniel Shaner, both of Phoenix, Ariz. and her home health aide, Ca'rol Scranton of Houston. Julia was a strong believer in medical research, especially in the areas of heart disease, breast cancer, kidney failure and diabetes; she was a tissue donor and her remains will be cremated. The family asks that memorial donations be made to any organization that is dedicated to research and treating these illnesses. No services will be held.

ONALASKA -- Funeral services for Ronney Lonis Dunn, 45, of Onalaska were held Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska, with the Rev. Damon Magee officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Pallbearers were Kyle Whatley, Eric Powell, Mark Cummings, Simon Prince, Shane Peters and Larry Ardion. He was born Feb. 15, 1965 in Pineville, La. and died Aug. 18, 2010 in Lufkin. He is preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Margaret Porter. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Dunn of Onalaska; Holly Prince, daughter, of Onalaska; Riley Stroud, granddaughter, of Onalaska; Kyle Dunn, son, of Onalaska; Darrell Gene Porter, father and Vina Goss, grandmother, of Winfield, La. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

KOUNTZE -- Mildred “Curly” Spears Murphy, 74, of Honey Island died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, in Memorial Medical Center in Lufkin. Mildred was born Aug. 14, 1936 in Honey Island, to Claude and Ella (Jackson) Singletary. A resident of Segno for 10 years, she retired as a convenience store clerk and was a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church in Honey Island. Survivors include her children, Elaine Spears Kellum and her husband Charles of Honey Island, Lanell Dugat and her husband Larry of Segno, Wayde Spears of Honey Island, and Belinda Rice of Livingston; sister, Velma “Bunk” Cross of Batson; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Larry A. Spears; two brothers and one sister. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at Broussard’s Mortuary in Kountze, with burial following in Jordan Cemetery in Honey Island. Complete and updated information may be viewed at www.broussards1889.com.

CORRIGAN -- Memorial services for Harley Mason Alfred, 59, will be held at a later date. Mr. Alfred was born Nov. 1, 1950 in Pineland and died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, in Corrigan. He was a member of Wakefield Baptist Church in the Wakefield community in Polk County and was in employed by the City of Diboll. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Alfred and Celia (Spears) Alfred; brother, David Alfred and sister, Alice Mettlen. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Alfred of Corrigan; brothers, Jesse Alfred and wife Terry of Conroe, Walter Alfred of Diboll, James Alfred of Lufkin and Adrain Alfred and wife Patty of Lufkin; sisters, Bessie Walker and husband Dick of Conroe, Dorothy Lyman of Salem, Ore. and Helen Batman and husband, Claude of Ozone, Ark.; sister-in-law, Annie Beth Alfred of Lufkin and numerous other relatives and friends. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for David Tim Randolph, 61, of Livingston will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment will follow in Menard Chapel Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers will be James Cryer, Randy Randolph, Josh Smith, Adam Whitworth, Aaron Neff and Ronny Thurman. He was born Feb. 23, 1949 in Houston and died Aug. 30, 2010 in Conroe. He is survived by his wife, Laurie Randolph of Livingston; sons, Rodney Randolph of Onalaska, Jimmy Smith of Livingston and Aaron Neff of Livingston; daughters, Monica Smith of Livingston, Stephanie Overstreet of Livingston and Ginger Wallace of Odessa; sister, Sheila Randolph of Liberty; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Alfred David of Springfield, La.; brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Sandra Whitworth of Hammon, La.; grandchildren, Zachary Randolph, Kayla Randolph, Fancie Smith, Carolyn Smith, Kelly Smith, James Smith, Mattison Neff, Josh Smith, Tyler Smith, Ethan Cryer, Tessa Cryer, Lexie Cole, Sidney Cole and Emmiley Wallace and 69 great-grandchildren. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

LIVINGSTON – Hazel Bellot d’Augereau, 89, of Livingston died on Aug. 28, 2010 and will be interred in St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery in Abbeville, La., with Vincent Funeral Home in Abbeville, La. in charge of arrangements. She was born in Cade, La., the daughter of Oneal Joseph Bellot and Agnes Bourque Bellot. She is survived by Donald and Judy d’Augereau, son and daughter-in-law, of Kansas; Linda and Alex Marceaux, daughter and son-in-law, of Livingston; Lois d’Augereau, daughter, of Houston; Francis Shelton Bellot, brother, of Delcambre, La.; Rowena Stutes, sister, of Carencro, La.; grandchildren, Mark d’Augereau, Kern Farmer, Jana Marceaux Bush and Dawn Farmer Castillo and great-grandchildren, Cruz De Las Santos, Alexis De Los Santos, Brianna Castillo, Nikita d’Augereau and Jordan Bush. Cochran Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

LIVINGSTON – Charles Douglas Armitage Jr. died Aug. 14, 2010 in the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center of Houston, after a courageous battle with cancer, at the age of 64. Doug was born Dec. 4, 1945 in Livingston, the son of Charles Douglas Armitage Sr. and Maurine Armitage. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Donnie Armitage. He is survived by his children, Lisa Beselt of Pasadena, James Armitage of Portland, Ore. And Karen Hollibough of Wenatchee, Wash.; grandchildren, Justin Falls and Kalil Armitage; his favorite ex-wife, Deirdre Africa and a host of other family and friends. Doug served his country in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Navy during the Vietnam conflict and later in the United States Naval Reserve during Operation Desert Storm. He received an associate of art degree from San Jacinto College, bachelor of fine art degree from Sam Houston State University and master of fine art degree from Central Washington University. He taught art in both Navasota and Jefferson, Texas before returning to Livingston. Doug was known as an artist, teacher, philosopher, student and life and friend who always had wisdom and understanding to share with others.

CORRIGAN -- Larry M. “Bubba” Smith died on Aug. 24 and a candlelight vigil will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, located at 111 Martin Luther King St. in Corrigan. Services are pending at this time and the family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to help pay for his funeral expenses. Mr. Smith had no insurance at the time of his death. Survivors include his wife, Anna. Donations can be made at the Corrigan City Hall.


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