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Groveton News - Obituaries
For the Week of August 20, 2007 - August 27, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

   Funeral services for Clell L. Benton, Sr., 78, of Pennington, Texas were held Wednesday July 25, 2007 at 10:00 am in the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Ronald Dart officiating.  Interment followed in the Mount Zion Cemetery.
      Mr. Benton was born April 7, 1979 in Trinity County, Texas and passes away Sunday July 22, 2007 in Lufkin, Texas.
   Mr. Benton was affiliated with Tyler Church of God and was retired from Trinity County Road and Bridge and from Rohm and Haas.
    Survivors include his children Clell Benton, Jr. of Alto, Texas, Linda Benton of Tyler, Texas, Mark Benton of Alto, Texas, Sharron Travis of Nacogdoches, Texas, Rachel Browning of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Kim Convoy and husband Charles of Nacogdoches, Texas; brother Weston Benton of Deer Park, Texas; sisters Audrey Durham, Mildred Lee, Earnestine Buffington, and Bobby Jean Best; nineteen grand-children; six great grand-children; and numerous other relatives and friends.
     Grandsons were pallbearers.
     Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

   A graveside funeral service for Charles Theadore Lankford, 74, of Apple Springs, Texas was held Monday July 30, 2007 at 10:00 am at Carlisle Cemetery with Rev. James Whittlesey officiating.
    Mr. Lankford was born April 3, 1933 in Wedwoka, Oklahoma and passes away Friday July 27, 2007 in Apple Springs, Texas.  He was affiliated with Wakefield Baptist Church and worked as an engineer and logging.
    He is preceded in death by his parents Robert Frank and Ester Jane Lankford and his brother Elmer Lankford.
   Survivors include his wife Lonnie Geneva Lankford of Apple Springs, Texas; sons and daughters in law Robert and Debby Lankford, Ronald and Vanessa Lankford all of Apple Springs, Texas; daughter and son in law Karen and Gary Tullos of Apple Springs, Texas; brother Don and Harriet Lankford of Apple Springs, Texas; sister Lena and Bob Haynes of Apple Springs, Texas; twelve grandchildren; twenty two great grandchildren with two due this year; and numerous other relatives and friends.
  Pallbearers were Lane Maxfield, Douglas Maxfield, Bobby Lankford, Dwayne Lankford, Kevin Lankford, Chris Dickens, and Jerod Maxfield.
  Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

   A graveside service for M. L. “Smitty” Smith, 81, of Lovelady, Texas was held Wednesday August 1, 2007 at Holley Cemetery with Bro. Robbie Bailey officiating.
  Smitty was born April 2, 1926 in Crockett, Texas and passed away Thursday July 26, 2007 in Tyler, Texas.  He was of the Baptist faith, a retired painter/farmer and had resided in Lovelady for 20 years.
   He was preceded in death by his mother Lizzie Smith; father Millage Smith; first wife Blanche Brent Smith; and brother Charlie Ray Smith.
   Survivors include his second wife Ethel Mae Smith of Lovelady; sister Adell Quinn of Conroe; brother James Smith of Channelview; daughters Louise Dunbar of Crockett and Jeanie O’Neal of Palestine; daughters and sons in law Mary and Clyde Kronenberger of Spring, Sue and Billy Matthews of Palestine, Vickie and Randy Harkins of Spring; son Buddy Smith of Crockett; son and daughter in law Michael and Dianne Smith of Rye; step-children Joyce Ferguson and Steve Versiland of Onalaska, Billy and June Patton of Latexo, Carolyn and James Milwee of Latexo, Tommy and Donna Patton of Latexo, Donald and Shasta Patton of Carthage, and Jason and Lisa Patton of Latexo.
   Pallbearers were Ricky Petteson, David Driskell, Timothy Parker, Christopher Kronenberger, Brian Smith, and Steven Smith.  Honorary pallbearers were Mitchell Smith and Michael Smith.
    Memorial may be made to the M. L. Smith Fund at Citizens Bank in Crockett.
   Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

    A memorial service for Frank Neil Bouska was held on Saturday July 14, 2007 at 5:30pm with Rev. Burrell Humphrey officiating at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home.
   Frank was born on March 16, 1930 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to the late Stanley and Lettie Anderson Bouska and passed away on July 12, 2007 in Trinity, Texas.
   Frank served his country in the United States Army during WWII. He retired after more than 42 years of service at Metro Transit System of Houston.
    He is preceded in death by his wife Frances Marie Howard Bouska.
    Survivors include his daughter Pamela Tyler and husband Greg; son Frank Bouska II and wife Denise; daughter Susan Murrell & husband Ken; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; sister Thelma Davis and husband Bob; brother, Charles Bouska; and numerous other relatives.
    Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrange-ments.

    A memorial service for Dean Walter Daubenspeck 64, was held Saturday, July 14, 2007 at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home at 2:00 PM with Rev. Jason Burden officiating.
  Dean was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 23, 1943 and passed away at the age of 64 in Temple, Texas on July 7, 2007.
   Dean’s parents Max and Neva Daubenspeck precede him in death
   Dean served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  He enjoyed skydiving in his spare time. Dean was the owner and operator of the Trinity Auto Body Shop.  Dean was a very meticulous individual when the customer would trust him with their old cars. He would tear it down and put it back in better condition than a brand new one. He continued to work at his shop until his health failed him. 
   Survivors include his devoted wife of 16 years Darlene Daubenspeck.; brother Mike Daubenspeck; half brother, Jack Wolverton and wife Marilyn; stepdaughter Bobbie Slabaugh and husband Matt; step-grandchildren, Jennifer Heineiman and Kirsten Slaubaugh; and two very special and close friends Jack Miller and Sonny Johnson.
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of Arrange-ments

   Mass of Resurrection for Mark Wayne Haslett,51, was held on Monday July 23, 2007 at 10:00 am at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Father Tom Edelen officiating
   He was born on July 27, 1955 in Brighton, Pennsylvania. Mark passed away on July 18, 2007 in Trinity, Texas. Mark‘s father William Frederick Haslett preceded him in death.  Mark had previously work as manager of Alco Department Store in Trinity. He loved gardening and had studied to become a landscape artist.  He was the owner and operator of Flowers By Mark, a local landscaping business Mark had started about six months ago. He was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Trinity. He was a member of the Choir at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
   Mark is survived by his family all of Beaver, Pennsylvania; three sons Jeffery, Christopher, and Matthew Haslett; mother Mrs. Barbara Jean Haslett; and numerous other relatives.
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrange-ments.

  Funeral services for William Dale Goad, 43, were held Monday July 30, 2007 at 11:00 am at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with Rev. Lynn Gentry officiating. Burial followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
  He was born in Houston, Texas on May 31, 1964 and passed away Friday July 27, 2007 in Trinity, Texas.
    He was a self employed tree surgeon in the timber business.  
   He was preceded in death by paternal father, William Don Goad; step-father Billy Ray Busby; and brother Billy Ray Busby, Jr.
   Survivors include his mother and stepfather Bobbie & Richard Teal; brother and sisters David, Dana, Sandy, Karen, Wanda; step-mother Betty Goad; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrange-ments.

 Funeral services for Willard McManners, 87, were held on Saturday July 28, 2007 at 2:00 pm at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Elliott Marshall officiating. Burial followed in New Zion Cemetery.
     Willard was born on April 10, 1920 in Trinity County Texas. He was the last of eight children born to Lucian Hightower and Vida Edna Bagwell McManners and passed away peacefully on July 25, 2007 in Groveton, Texas.
     Willard proudly served his country in the United States Navy during WWII. He worked as a tugboat engineer for many years.
    Willard and his late wife Alice Marie Rich McManners had five daughters and he wanted to be closer to his family so he began a new career as a Garden Boss working with TDCJ. He retired after more than 25 years of service. Willard raised a large garden every year and had plenty of fresh vegetables for everyone. He was blessed with the gift of music; he played the harmonica and guitar as well as sing. 
     Survivors include his five daughters June Hightower Trangmar and husband Randy, Debbie Peek and husband Billy, Lynn Villarreal and husband Rick, Cindy Daniels and husband Rod, Kay Blair and husband Nolan; twelve grandchildren James, Michael, Charlie, LeAnn, Erin, Thomas, Jeremy, Kyle, Steven, Brandon, Shane, Cody; nine great-grand-children; sister-in-law Ernestine McManners; numerous nep-hews, nieces and other relatives.
    Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrange-ments.

   A graveside service for Woodrow Wilson Webster, Sr. was conducted Friday July 13, 2007 in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with Military Honors with Pastor Bruce Guncle officiating.
     Woody was born on January 17, 1918 in Campbell County Kentucky to Oscar and Maud Blanch Harrison Webster. He passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 in San Antonio, Texas with his family at his side.  Woody united in marriage in 1940 to Lillie Mae Bickers. Serving in the United States Army Infantry during WWII, he was decorated with Two Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal and the American Defense Medal after faithfully serving in the Central Pacific for nearly four years.
     Woody worked as a heavy equipment operator and railroad switchman before his retire-ment. He moved to San Antonio, Texas in 1982 and enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.  He was a member of American Legion Post 0593 of Converse, Texas.
  His wife of 58 years Lillie Mae Webster preceded him in death in 1998.
   Survivors include his son, Woodrow W. Webster, Jr. and wife Shelli; son William F. Edwards; grandson, John W. Webster and friend Pamela; great-grandson Adam Robert Webster; beloved dog, Pee Wee; and numerous other relatives and friends.
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrange-ments.

   A memorial service to celebrate Larry Ingram’s life was held at 11:00 am, Saturday July 28, 2007 at Trinity County’s Bennett Cemetery, in Apple Springs. Brother Lester McAdams officiated and the eulogy was given by Michelle Lockhart, cousin. Mr. Ingram’s ashes were interred in the Ingram Family plot.
    Robert Larry Ingram, age 60, died Monday July 16, 2007, in a Wisconsin hospital. He was born October 7, 1946 in Lufkin, Texas to James Robert “Sonny” and Mary Kathryn (Alexander) Ingram, and grew up in the Houston Heights.  Mr. Ingram called Houston home most of his life.
   As a child he enjoyed spending time at the Trinity County home of his paternal grandparents John Edgar and Lilllie (Roach) Ingram, known to their eight grandchildren as “Heavy Daddy” and “Good-mama.” Larry was especially close to cousin John Edward “Johnny” Hollis.  The two were born less than one day apart, at the same Lufkin hospital with Larry being the oldest born on the 7th of October and Johnny on the 8th.
   He is preceded in death by his parents Kathryn Alexander Ingram (6/2002), and James “Bob” Ingram (10/2003); his brother Paul Allen Ingram (10/1992); paternal grand-parents J. E. Ingram (1/1977) and Lillie R. Ingram (11/1979); his cousin Johnny Hollis, who died in Viet Nam (11/1970); aunt Virginia (Ingram) Arnold (2/2002); uncles Norman G. Arnold (1/1987); and Robert R. “Bob” Lockhart (3/1975).
     Survivors include his partner Kathy (Fontaine) Ingram, of Rudolph, Wisconsin; son Gerald A. Ingram and wife Kim of Waller; daughter Cindy (Ingram) O’Neal and husband Marcus of Fort Worth; sister Kathy (Ingram) Wright and husband Craig of Round Rock; aunt Elaine (Ingram) Lockhart of Apple Springs; and former wife and mother of his two children Sandra (Colburn) Herron of Magnolia; his stepmother Charlene Ingram, of Humble; six grandchildren Billy Hunt III., Danielle Hunt, Brandy Hunt, Gabby Ingram, Miranda Ingram, and Katie Ingram; six great grandchildren; and other family and friends.
   In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the Bennett Cemetery Association, 227 Max Due Road, Groveton, Texas 75845.

Edwards; grandson, John W. Webster and friend Pamela; great-grandson Adam Robert Webster; beloved dog, Pee Wee; and numerous other relatives and friends.
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrange-ments.







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