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Groveton News - Obituaries
For the Week of April 4, 2007 - April 11, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

   PFC Cory Christian Kosters was born June 16, 1987 in Houston, Texas.  He was killed in action in Samarra, Iraq on Monday March 5, 2007 while defending our freedom at home. Cory served in the US Army 3rd Brigade, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (P.I.R.), 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Platoon, C Company.
   Cory was home-schooled for nine years but graduated from the Woodlands High School.
   He had been a member of local Cub Scout Troop 881 and Boy Scout Troop 1945 (both in the Woodlands, Texas).
    Cory accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior on January 13, 1996 at First Baptist Church of The Woodlands (Senior Pastor Dr. Pete Freeman) but was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church of The Woodlands since 2000 (Pastor Larry York).
   Cory is survived by his Dad, Mom, and brother Marlon, Senta and Kevin Kosters of The Woodlands, TX; grandparents Frances V. Kosters of Cypress, TX, Alvin J. Kosters of Warrenton, MO, Mary and Ron Simmons of Woodlake, TX, and Lloyd Yeager of Conroe, TX; aunts and uncles include Craig and Holly Kosters, Mikel Kosters, Darwin and Tammy Kosters, Brian Kosters, Marie and Woody Woodard, and John Yeager; cousins Zachary, Hunter, Angel, Patrick, Michael, Elisabeth, Shelby, Gerrit, and Briana.
   A service of remembrance and celebration for Cory’s life will be at ten o’clock in the morning the 19th of March, 2007 at Crossroads Baptist Church with Pastor Larry York officiating.   Cory was laid to rest with his fellow brothers at Houston National Cemetery.
    A college scholarship fund has been set-up in Cory’s honor.  Donations can be made at any Woodforest National Bank care of “Cory Kosters Memorial Scholarship Fund”.  An alternate fund has been established at Cory’s place of worship, Crossroad Baptist Church of The Woodlands (Texas) under the name of “United We Build”.
    Forest Park The Woodlands in charge of arrangements.

   Funeral services for Majorie Marie Luedecke Stewart were held Tuesday March 20, 2007 at 11:00 am at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Everett McCollum officiating.  Interment followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
   Mrs. Stewart was born June 19, 1933 in Nixon, Texas to Erwin Ray and Mildred Elizabeth Vera Voelkel Luedecke and passed away Friday March 16, 2007 in Trinity, Texas.
   She was a member of First United Methodist Church and was a long time member of First Lutheran Church of Galveston. Marjorie worked for the Department of Human Resources in the personal department in Galveston.  She worked at the First United Methodist Church Secretary for more than 13 years.  She enjoyed the Ladies Red Hat Gag as well as being a member of Tops. She was very involved in the Methodist Ladies Praise and Worship team.  Marjorie was a great comfort to her husband as he traveled in the prison ministry.
    Survivors include her husband of 56 years Jesse Stewart; daughter Sandra Lee Williams and husband Mark; granddaughters Sarah Marie Mathews and husband Bean, Sharon Lee King, and Jessica Robyn Greene and husband Tom; great grandchildren Beau Shannon Mathews II, Liaton Ellis King, Kaitlyn Elizabeth King, Madison Marie King, Savannah Marysol Valles, Hunter Raleith Leggett, Justin Randell Leggett, and Amanda Jorden Greene; and brothers Gary Lee Luedecke, Jimmie Luedecke, and Emil Luedecke.
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrange-ments.

   Thirty-three years ago, the Lord blessed us with an angel, a jokester, a painter, an educator, a fisherman, a football fanatic, and an animal lover.  Catherine Jean Shanafelt showed us how to walk by faith and not by sight.
    Saegert Principal Don Hastings says Shanafelt will definitely leave behind a void at the local campus.
  “Jeannie was a strong member of the Saegert family,” said Hastings.  “It’s been a hard few days. She’s an incredible role model -- never had a down day, was always very interested in what the kids were doing, always took a leadership role in the campus activities.  She was someone that was truly respected.”
   Hastings, who had an opportunity to observe Shanafelt in her classroom, says the woman was clearly talented.
   “(She) truly had the ability to make kids be interested in learning. She had a love of reading and when you walk into her classroom, you can see that.  She’s outstanding in the history/social studies (area) -- me, personally, I’m going to miss the opportunity I had to talk with her. She spent a lot of time working with us closely in the office.  She was the leader of our site management team, which is the guiding post of the school.  She took on the leading role this year and has done an incredible job.” said Hastings.  Shanafelt has been employed with the Seguin ISD since 1998 and also taught students at the Erskine Sixth Grade Center at McQueeney Elementary.  According to Dr. Irene Garza, Seguin ISD superintendent, Shanafelt treated her students with respect and felt it was her role to both teach the subject matter and aid their families in customs, cooperation, and appropriate behavior in the democratic society.  The philosophy she espoused and practiced was that students should be able to “express opinions without recourse, develop without limits, and understand each other without prejudice.”
    During the past week, Jeannie spoke to her mother of many different things, including her most recent visit by angels.  She talked about her students.  She loved to teach.  She commented how she hoped that she had made difference in their lives.  We know her life affected them because she certainly affected us.
    She spoke of unconditional love.  She was so thankful for her family and friends who loved her and took the time to visit with her.
   Anyone who was close to Jeannie knew of her favorite things: 1. Fishing-she had quite a competitive streak about her.  She didn’t want Samuel to catch a bigger fish.  2. Movies-she couldn’t watch a movie unless she had popcorn. 3. Yellow cake with chocolate icing, she couldn’t get enough! 4. Nina’s shrimp dip.  5. Monday night football: Her grandmother, Nina, complained that she could hardly pay the telephone bills during football season because Jeannie and Poppa would call each other after each touchdown and discuss the play.  Poppa and Jeannie were addicted to their football.  Where will Poppa find a finer partner? 6. She loved her neighbors at the condo.  7. She loved Red Lobster.  She and her teacher friends would eat there everytime they went to San Marcos for school supplies. 8.  She loved the Lord. Her walk with the Lord was one all of us should emulate.
   Jeannie was not a shy retiring type.  If you asked her an opinion, be prepared.  She wouldn’t hesitate to express her feelings.  She entered a room talking and left the room talking.  You always knew where you stood with her.
   Jeannie was not handicapped. She had physical problems which slowed her down at times but rarely kept her from enjoying and participating in life. What an example for all of us who have had the privilege of good health.  For Jeannie, physical problems were challenges to be met.
   Her Uncle Chuck says that when he thinks of Jeannie, he thinks of an angel.  She was not the angel on your shoulder, though.  One of his movies to watch is “Michael”.  It is a Hollywood version of the Archangel who stands with God and fights Lucifer.  No, Jeannie is not the angel on your shoulder; she is the angel in your face.
   She lived her faith most of us will never know.  She taught us the simple truth of the “blink of time” we are on Earth. She taught us that faith in God is first, Love of family and friends is second, and health and life’s challenges are only minor inconveniences.
   Jeannie is not sitting on a cloud with wings and a halo. Jeannie is wielding a sword with feet firmly planted on the ground, leading her own band of angels to fight God’s battles.  Judging the victorious way she lived her life, amongst us, we can all rest easier with the years we have left knowing that Jeannie is now watching over us.
   Survivors include her parents Debbie and Jabo West and Ralph and Penny Shanafelt; brothers Sam Henry Shanafelt and fiancé Nancy Due, and Ralph and Rachel Shanafelt; half sister Tarah Shanafelt; grandparents Chuck and Susie Coull and Adele and Ralph B. Shanafelt; nephew Jackson Shanafelt; niece Lydia Jean Shanafelt; and a host of other relatives and friends.
   Groveton Funeral Home, directors.

   Memorial service for Don R. LaFaitte, 76, of Trinity, Texas was held Wednesday March 14, 2007 at 2:00 pm at Trinity Tabernacle Assembly of God Church with Rev. Roger Goins officiating.
   Mr. LaFaitte was born on August 1, 1930 in Juaquin, Texas to James and Annie Stepp LaFaitte. Don Went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 10, 2007 at his residence in Trinity. 
   Don served his country during the Korean Conflict in the United States Air Force. Don was an elected City Council Member for a term of 8 years for the City of Pasadena. After 44 years, working as a Lab Technician, Don retired from Texas Petro Chemical Company. He was a member of Masonic Lodge # 1155 of Pasadena. While enjoying his retirement, fishing and hunting were two passions of Dons.  He served as general Manager on the Lake Livingston Water Supply Board, as well as the director of the Finance committee for the Boys and Girls Club of Trinity.  He was a faithful member of Trinity Tabernacle Assembly of God.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, Stepson, Dale Thompson.
   Survivors include his wife of 28 years Jo Ellen LaFaitte; son Damon Lafitte and wife Debbie; daughters Denise Lafitte, Donna Simmons and husband Jeff, Dyvette Warren and husband Mark; sisters, Lilwynne Clements and husband Billy Ray, Martha Bryant, Mazie Mayo and husband John; sister-in-law Gladys LaFaitte; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Danny Thompson, David Thompson & wife Karen Debra Cox, and numerous other relatives.
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrange-ments.

   Graveside service for Marion Ethridge Standley was held at Holly Cemetery on Monday March 19, 2007 at 2:00 PM with Reverend Jim Parrish officiating.
   Mr. Standley was born February 27, 1931 in Holly, Texas and passed away Saturday March 17, 2007 at his residence in Trinity, Texas.
    He was a retired machinist; he worked for Shafer Tool Company of Beaumont, Texas, as well as Hayes Utility Corporation of Spring, Texas. He moved to Trinity to enjoy retirement 13 years ago.
    He is preceded in death by son Randy Standley and great-granddaughter Hailey Fisher.
   Survivors include his devoted wife of 57 years Audrey Muriel Standley; children, Kathy Nichols and husband Billy, Karen Brozowski and husband Jimmy, Lane Standley and wife Lisa, Larry Standley and wife Janet; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; brother and sisters, Ernest “Bunk” Standley and wife Georgia Faye, Ester Richard and husband Herman, Maggie Wollery and husband Perry; and many, many other relatives and friends.
  Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrange-ments.

   Funeral services for Erma Cassie Hartnett Andrews, 92, of Trinity, Texas were held at 2:00 pm at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with Rev. Kenneth Myers officiating.  Interment followed in Clapp Cemetery.
   Mrs. Andrews was born on February 2, 1915 in Weldon, Texas to James and Emma Morrow Hartnett and God called her home Saturday March 17, 2007 in Trinity, Texas.
   Mrs. Andrews lived most of her life in Trinity. She worked as a nurse and caregiver at Trinity Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and attended as long as she was able. Ms. Andrews was a very devoted Christian mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was lovingly called Meme and Grandma. She was a great cook and we will miss the many, many good meals that came from her kitchen.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Theo Andrews; sons, James Elton, Curtis and Ray Andrews; grandson, Mike Stubbs son Verlon Andrews and wife Lenora; daughters, Nancy Bates and husband Robert, and Susie Stubbs and husband Lyle; daughter-in-law Linda And-rews; grandchildren Sandy Andrews, Guinn Andrews and wife Mitzi, Richard Bates and wife Fran, Sheri Horn and husband Tracy, Teri Owen & husband Bob, Lori Wilson & husband L.C., Michelle Franks and husband Mark, Debbie Stubbs Allen great-grand-children Jason, Elizabeth, Savannah, Axel Andrews, Jody Chapman and wife Tami, and Jaret Chapman, Jami Hall and husband Dustin, Stephen and Justin Bates, Brittany Johnson and husband Buddy, Collin White, Whitley Stubbs, Les Freeman; a number of step great-grandchildren, and a special great great-grandson due in June; and numerous other relatives.
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrange-ments.

    Memorial service for Les Levi “Sonny” Franklin, 69, was held Saturday March 17, 2007 at 1:00 pm at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Golden officiating.
  Sonny was born on June 17, 1937 in Teague, Texas to Levi Estes & Mary Ester Bell Franklin and passed away Wednesday March 14, 2007 in Conroe, Texas.
   He worked in the woods as a deaden timber man for three years. Sonny was a press operator for Eustler Rubber Manufacture of Houston for more than 25 years.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching television.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; son Ronnie Franklin; sisters Jeanette Cox and Wilma Long; and brother, Richard Franklin.
   Sonny is survived by his wife of 46 years Mary Louise Peoples Franklin; sons, Kenny Franklin and wife Cathy; Joe Eads and wife Marsha;                                         William Pipes; daughter, Jananda Ellis and husband Delma; eleven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; bro-ther and sisters Vera Smith, Bill Chapman, Mary Ellen Standish, Patricia Chapman, and  Dorothy Gray; daughter-in-law Linda Franklin; and numerous other relatives.
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrange-ments.

   Funeral services for Pauline Martin Kennedy, 81, of Groveton, Texas were held Friday March 16, 2007 in the Groveton Funeral Home with Judge David Johnson of-ficiating.   Interment followed in the Glenwood Cemetery.
   Mrs. Kennedy was born November 24, 1925 in Oakhurst, Texas and passed away Tuesday March 13, 2007 in Crockett, Texas. She was a homemaker and affiliated with the Ladies Auxiliary of Trinity VFW.
    She was preceded in death by her husband Buck Kennedy.
   Survivors include her son and daughter in law Roy and Sherilyn Epperson; sisters Janie Cico, Mollie Haynes, Sue Delk, Beth Rhodes, and Minnie Mae McDonald; brothers Luther Martin and Happy Martin; grandchildren Adam Epperson and Tonya Gibson; four great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
   Pallbearers were Sam Rhodes, Nick Rhodes, Adam Epperson, Bobby Perkins, Brad Galloway, and Jack Haynes.
   Groveton Funeral Home, directors.

   Graveside funeral service for Mary Lena Lester, 87, of Lufkin, Texas formerly of Groveton, Texas was held Tuesday March 20, 2007 at 10:00 am at Mt. Zion Cemetery with Bro. Gerald Hollis officiating.
   Mrs. Lester was born August 14, 1919 in Trinity County, Texas and passed away Saturday March 17, 2007 in Lufkin, Texas.  She was a homemaker.
    Survivors include her daughter Martha Watkins of Lufkin, Texas; brother Joe Young of Houston, Texas; sisters Jesse Beinge of Montgomery, Texas and Dorthy Parker of Pearland, Texas; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren; son-in-law David Antley, and numerous other relatives and friends.
   Groveton Funeral Home, director.

   Memorial service for Delores Violet Floyd 66, of Groveton, Texas was held Thursday March 22, 2007 at 11:00 am in Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Lewis Jones officiating.
   Mrs. Floyd was born May 15, 1940 in Glen Dive, Montana and passed away Sunday March 18, 2007 in Lufkin, Texas.
     Survivors include her husband Otis Floyd of Groveton; children Leon L. Whitcher, Deanna Clark, Paige Floyd, Steven Glendenning, Sandy Glendenning, Dawn Settle, and Robby Glendenning; brothers Lois barrier, Vernon Whitcher, Art Whitcher, Leon Whitcher, Tom Whitcher, and Bill Whitcher; sister Lillian Yates; seven grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; numerous other relatives and friends.
   Groveton Funeral Home, directors.

     Funeral services for Mary Byrde Meriwether Hutson, 77, were held Tuesday March 20, 2007 at 1:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Groveton. Interment followed in the Glenwood Cemetery.
   Mrs. Hutson was born February 21, 1920 in Houston County, Texas to Gus and Mary Olivia Meriwether and passed away on Sunday March 18, 2007 in The Woodlands, Texas.
    She attended Glover High School and graduated from Sam Houston State University where she majored in home economics.  It was a teaching job in Groveton, Texas that created the opportunity for her to meet and marry the love of her life, Albert J. Hutson III, a handsome, young Groveton native who had recently returned home to practice law. It was in Groveton that Mary Byrde and Albert raised their three daughters and owned and operated Hutson Abstract Company until their retirement in 1986. After retirement, they relocated to Galveston, Texas where she remained until recent health problems.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, Gus and Mary Olivia Glenn Meriwether; her brother Gus Edwin Meriwether; her stepdaughter Linda Levens; her husband of 37 years Albert J. Hutson; and her second husband Wilford Levens.
   Survivors include her beloved daughters and their husbands Susan and William Jones of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Jane and Timothy Crewe of The Woodlands, Texas, and Nancy and Randy Winsman of Galveston, Texas, and her eight cherished grandchildren Brett Hutson Jones and wife Andrea, Laura Jane Fosson and husband James, Kelly Elizabeth Jones, Ryan Hutson Winsman, Lindsey Ann Winsman, Nicholas Hutson Crewe, Kyle James Winsman, and Matthew David Crewe; and stepson Lance Levens of Houston, Texas.
  In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, P. O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486.
   Groveton Funeral Home, directors.







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