Groveton News - Obituaries
For the Week of April 27, 2008 - May 4, 2008
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    A Memorial service or Tiffaney Lynn Kluttz Lantow was held on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at the family residence with a gathering of friends and family.
   Tiffaney was born in Reno, Nevada on September 14, 1981 to William Dillard and Kim Kathleen Gabehart Kluttz and passed away in Trinity, Texas on Friday April 4, 2008. She worked as a Bartender around in Trinity County.
   Survivors include her father and mother William and Kim Kluttz; husband Darrick Lantow; brother Jason Gabehart and wife Mandi; half brother Andrew Fox; paternal grand-parents Dillard and Gloria Kluttz; nieces and nephew Jason Carl Gabehart, Casandra Gabehart, and Dylan Gabehart;  and close friend Ricki Garrison.  
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

    Funeral services for Josie “Jo” L. McFerrin, 81, of Sebastopol were held on Tuesday April 8, 2008 at the Church of God with Rev. Jack Black officiating. Interment followed in the Carlisle Cemetery.
   Mrs. McFerrin was born March 12, 1927 in Sebastopol, Texas to the late Joe M. Blair and Georgianna Reynolds Blair and passed away Saturday April 12, 2008. She was a homemaker, sales clerk, office secretary, and dental assistant. Jo was a member of the National Dental Association, Dress Designers of America and China Painters Association. She was a Past Matron of Yorktown Chapter #945 OES and Past Matron of Huntsville Chapter # 240 OES, president of the Past Matron and Past Matron Club and had several appointments of the Grand Chapter of Texas OES, was active in church and community affairs, member of Second Baptist Church and Winsome Class in Huntsville. Most of all she loved God, her family and friends. 
    She is preceded in death by her parents Joe Mike and Georgianna Blair; husband Wilbur McFerrin; sister Betty Jo Yates; brothers Elem Blair, Jessie, James, Clifford, and William Williamson.
   Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Gary and Frances Rowe; grandsons Gary W. and wife Renae Rowe, Joey and wife Angie Rowe; great-grandson, Eli Dwayne Rowe; great-grand-daughters Macie Jo Marie Rowe, and Makala Frances Rowe; sister Estelle Killion; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

   A Celebration Service for Frances Collins Manry, 86, of Houston, Texas was held Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 2:30pm at Terrace United Methodist Church in Houston. Interment followed at Union Springs Cemetery, Corrigan, Texas.
   Mrs. Manry was born November 20, 1921 in Groveton, Texas to John Duty and Eaton Hicks Collins and passed away peacefully in her sleep Thursday April 10, 2008. She was a dearly loved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Her youth was spent in and around the Collins Drug Store in Groveton and being sister to her dear brothers John and Jerry.
   Frances graduated from Groveton High School in 1938, attended the College of Marshall, and Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. After receiving a BA degree she returned home and began her teaching career.  On Christmas Day 1944, she married Floyd David Manry of Corrigan and started on her favorite career as wife of the school super-intendent. Their 28-year partnership took them first to Corrigan, then Edna, Plainview, and Odessa.  Frances occasionally was called back to the classroom, but mainly spent her time rearing their two children Stephen Paul and Patricia Eaton.
   Floyd’s untimely death in 1972 changed her life completely.  With two children to support, she knew she must return to the workplace. After moving to Houston, she began a long, successful career as Librarian of Stratford High School.  During that time, she commuted to Huntsville and earned a Master’s Degree in Library Science. After retirement, she finally had time to devote to her other passions--travel, bridge, Spanish, and family. 
    In 1996 she began yet another career when she became Mimi to he most adored grandson, David Boyd Westbrook. The two immediately became best friends and she never missed an opportunity to brag about him.
   She was a member of Eastern Star, Delta Kappa Gamma, Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, and a patron of the Houston Junior League.
    Frances felt that learning was a life-long goal and exemplified that to the very end. Her cheerful smile and positive attitude when facing adversity will be greatly missed. The family asks that anyone wishing to make a contribution please do so to the Trinity County Museum, P. O. Box 474, Groveton, TX 75845-0474.
   She is preceded in death by her parents John D. and Eaton Collins; brothers John D. Jr., and Jerry H.; and nephews Jim and John III.
     Survivors include her son Steve; daughter Patti; favorite son-in-law Terry Westbrook; grandson David; sisters-in-law Virginia Collins of Alexandria, VA, Jerrie Collins of Houston, and Peggy Manry of Woodville; cousins Ann Grubbs of Fort Worth; beloved goddaughter and niece Susan Collins of Alexandria VA; nieces Laura Jurasin of Houston, Carol Jensen of Brenham,; nephews John Robert Collins and Jay Collins of Houston; and many other relatives and friends.

    Funeral services for James Arthur Spencer, 69, were held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at the Josserand Baptist Church in Groveton, Texas with Buford Rogers officiating. Interment followed in the Striker Cemetery near Corrigan, Texas.
   Mr. Spencer passed away on April 18, 2008. He was retired from the Southwest Oil and Petroleum Company, and attended Josserand Baptist Church.
   He is preceded in death by his parents W.E. and Alice Spencer; brother Elijah Spencer; sister Evagene Yoakum; and daugh-ter-in-law, Renee Spencer.
    Survivors include his wife Irma Spencer; sons James A. Spencer, Gary D. Spencer, and Eric K. Spencer and wife April; sister Glennie Fann; grand-children Jonathon and Noah Spencer; sisters-in-law, Louise Williams and husband Jim, Wilma Moore and husband James, Linda Cambell and husband John, Betty Green, and Dorothy Parker; brother-in-law Gail Parker; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Earthman Funeral Home

Funeral services for Dr. Raymond Doyle Rice, 85, of Hilltop Lakes, Texas were held at the graveside in Ivy Cemetery near Kennard, Texas on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 4:00pm with Reverend James Whittlesey officiating.
   Raymond was born in Trinity County on May 15, 1922 to Lela Money and Thomas H. Rice and passed away Wednesday April 16, 2008 at the Hospice of East Texas in Palestine, Texas. He graduated from Kennard High School in 1940 and worked briefly in Dallas. During World War II he served with the U. S. Naval Air Corp.  After his discharge from service he attended Stephen F. Austin and Texas Chiropractic College. He graduated from Texas Chiro-practic College in 1948 and received one of the first Chiropractic licenses under the current Texas law. He practiced chiropractic continuously until he became disabled in 2007.  He had offices in Lubbock, Groveton, Onalaska, and Hilltop Lakes.
   In his life time he worked diligently in many different organizations such as the American Legion, Lions Club, Texas Chiropractic Association, American Chiropractic Assoc-iation, and the Onalaska City Council, as well as Mayor of Onalaska.  He was honored to be a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years.
    He is preceded in death by his parents Thomas Harvey and Lela Money Rice; brother Dr. Andrew W. Rice; his sisters Reba Eastepp and Nola Farek, and their husbands Carroll Eastepp and Joe Ed Farek.
   Survivors include his wife of 58 years Edith Anderson Rice; sons Dr. Don A. Rice and wife Cheryl, Dr. John F. Rice, Dr. Richard M. Rice and wife Lisa; daughter Karen Sue Rice; brothers Dr. Glenn W. Rice and wife Mary, Dr. Tom W. Rice and wife Geanice; sister Lona Marie “Tony” Rice Medley; sisters in law Ruth Rice, Nell Aiken and husband Bill, and Maggie Jacobs and husband Rudy; ten grandchildren Donna Rice, Joseph “Trey”  Price, Lacey Price, Devyn Rice, Raymond Travis Rice, Holly Rice, Elizabeth “Beth” Rice, Farrelle Rice, Elysa Rice, and Tristan Rice; and numerous nieces, nephew, cousins, in-laws, and friends.
   In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to either Texas Chiro-practic College in Pasadena, Texas or Groveton Eastern Star Lodge 284 F.F. and A.M.
Groveton Funeral Home

   Rufus Clayton Terry was born October 28, 1925, and passed away April 16, 2008 at the age of 82 years old.  He grew up in Groveton and graduated from Groveton High School in 1942 at the age of 16.  He immediately went to Houston to be employed at the Houston shipyards until he joined the Navy in 1943.  He was involved in the landings at Okinawa and Iwo Jima and was always proud of his service to his country.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Mary Terry, of Groveton, and his brother, Gerald Terry, of West Columbia, Texas. 
   He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Terry Cloward of Eureka, CA; granddaughter, Candace of Los Angeles, CA; Candace’s two daughter, Abbie and Annie, from Los Angeles, CA; grandson, Sonny Cloward of Vermont, and great grandson, Finnegan Cloward; step-daughter, Lisa Polk of San Antonio; brother and wife, Douglas and Thelma Terry of Groveton; and brother and wife Bill and Lee Terry of Brazoria, Texas; close friend, Linda Heatherly of Angleton, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.  His family would like to recognize Catherine Polk and the staff at Country Village in Angleton for all their help and tender care.  Special thanks to Cathrine Davis, Debrah Grice, and Lyndia Willis.
   After his discharge from the armed services after WW II, he enrolled at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting. Later he returned to SHSU and earned his Masters degree in School Adminis-tration.
   Rufus Clayton Terry began his teaching career in Pennington, Texas, then moved to Dickinson, Texas, where he later became Principal in the Dickinson Schools for 14 years.  After moving to Lake Jackson, Texas, in 1970, he taught in the Distributive Education Depart-ment at Brazoswood for four years before working 17 years as a principal in the Windham School, Ramsey I and II units for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice System. He retired from his teaching and administrative career in 1991 after 41 years.
   He joined the Baptist Church in 1933, and was an active member for over 70 years. He was a member of the Brazosport Retired Teachers, Brazoria County Fair Association, Sam Houston State University Alumni Assoc., Veterans of Foreign War, and Lifetime Member of Disabled Veterans Association. He was a past master of the Groveton Masonic Lodge #284 where he was a member for over 50 years. He was also a member of Elmina Shrine and Scottish Rite.
  Funeral services for Rufus Clayton Terry were Saturday, April 19, at the First Baptist Church, Groveton, at two o’clock in the afternoon. Visitation preceded the services from 1:00 to 1:00 pm. The Reverend Lewis Jones officiated.  Masonic brothers were pall bearers and officiated at the gravesite service.
Waller Thornton Funeral Home

   Graveside funeral services for Forest McDaniel Hilton, 78, of Trinity were held on Saturday April 19, 2008 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery at 11:00am with Rev. Carroll Norsworthy officiating.
    Forest grew up in Sebastopol, moved to Beaumont for a short time, and realizing Trinity was his home soon moved back.  He held many positions such as he worked in the sawmill, drove a log truck, worked for Dr. Pepper Company, and worked as a ranch hand.  He was retired from Champion Paper Company. He was a bull dozer operator most of his life. He enjoyed the beauty of flowers and loved to sit and swing during the day and early evening.  He was a member of Trinity Church of Christ.
   Pallbearers were Boyd Hay, Joe Wayne Vanecek, Scott Hilton, Jeffery Hilton, Shaun Hilton, and Wayne Norsworthy.  Honorary pallbearers were George Whittlesey and Dan Barnes.
     He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Madison and Oberia Lawrence Hilton and brother Dale Hilton.
     Survivors include his devoted wife of 57years Agnes Hilton; son Jeffery Hilton and wife Paula; daughter Vickie Patman and husband Harold; grandchildren Kevin and Heidi Rushing, Scott and Tonya Hilton Shaun, and Kristi Hilton, Jeffery and Samantha Hilton; thirteen great grandchildren; sister Troy Anderson; brother Mac Hilton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Waller Thornton Funeral Home





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