Groveton News - Obituaries
For the Week of February 17, 2008 - February 24, 2008
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   A celebration of Home going was held on February 16, 2008 at 2:30pm at Lone Star Baptist Church with The Rev. Douglas DeBose, Sr. Pastor officiating.
   On June 3, 1929, John Louis Welcome was born to the proud parents of Louis Augusta and Jewel Welcome at five minutes before midnight. He was their shining star that lit up the skies over Orange, Texas, their number one son.
   John received his primary education in Orange School District and graduation from Orange Colored High School, Texas in 1947.
  He served his county in the United States Army for more than 20 years, in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. In 1968 he retired with an honorable discharge obtaining the rank of Sergeant First Class E7, with military honors.
  He worked as a postal clerk for 20 plus where he retired with many honors for the U.S. Postal Service in Sacramento, CA.
   He moved back to Trinity, TX in 1992. He joined the Lone Star Baptist Church on February 1, 2004. He was a faithful substitute Sunday school teacher until his Father called him home to his heavenly home February 1, 2008 at 4:00pm. 
   Preceding him in death is his parents Augusta and Jewel Welcome; brother the Rev. Sam A. Welcome, Sr.; brother-in-law Orvell Ballard; and nephew Wayne Ballard.
   He leaves to enjoy his legacy of exploits his wife of 53 years Dorothy Welcome; sister Imogene Ballard of Houston, Texas; brother Joe Benny Forward of Orange, Texas;  brother-in-law Willie Shrubs of Sacramento, CA; two sister-in-laws, Norma Welcome of West Rancho Dominguez, CA, and Lilly Forward of Orange, Texas; nieces, Debra Cowart, of Long Beach CA, Janice McDonald of Compton, CA, Stephanie Sims of Orange, Texas, Marquette Welcome, Pomona, CA, Shelia Alexander  of Sacramento, CA, Donna Ballard of Houston, Linda Balabin of Clovis, CA, Wanda Reed of Houston, Peggy Robinson of Houston, and Debra Mathis of Houston, nieces-in-laws Helen Prince, Norvelda Maiden of Inglewood, CA, Zenobia Rowe of West Rancho Dominguez, CA;, nephews Ronald Lewis Welcome of Pomona, Sam A. Welcome, Jr., Timothy A. Welcome of Virginia, and Jim Balabin of Clovis, CA; nephews-in-laws The Rev. George Cowart of Long Beach, CA, The Rev. Governor L. McDonald, Jr. of Compton, CA, and Minister Otis Rowe, III of Inglewood, CA; great nieces Leslie Moses, Daneshia and Shoshanna Nelson, Kelleye McDonald, and Aronna Bates; great nephews Andre Ballard, Ronald L. Welcome, Jr.,  John Welcome and Blayne Welcome; God children Larry and Jackie Gant, Monica and Vince Morrow, Kathy Woods, Brenda and Christopher Herod; adopted daughter Cathy Armstrong; adopted nieces  Eula Dozier and Nicloe Mack, 13 great-great nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and oldest friends; Brothers and Sister Saldana, friends of 40 years, Homer and Barbara Herod, Babetta Patterson, Davy Maye Francois, Thomas Patterson, Pearl Wallace, and Loretta Patterson; and our good friends at Harbor Point and Trinity.
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   Graveside service for Charles was held on February 16, 2008 at 1:00PM at Cedar Grove Cemetery with Rev. Jason Burden officiating.
  He was born October 15, 1934 in Trinity, Texas and passed away Tuesday February 12, 2008 in Houston, Texas.
   Charles served his country in the US Army. He was known a man who could move a house when no one else would. Charles was owner-operator of Stratton Home Moving Company.
   Survivors include his children
Daniel and Janie Stratton, David and Janie Stratton, Kathryn Stratton Spencer, Karen Stratton Jordan, and Patricia Wilson; grandchildren Robert Stratton and Pamela, Michael Scott Spencer, Kimberly Nicole Spencer, Lisa Marie Spencer, Jessica Jordan, Amanda Breton and husband Ryan, John Joseph Hernandez, Shawna Newsom  and husband Cedric Living, Autumn Christiansen  and husband Alex, Miles Ware, and Justin Allen and wife Bonnie; great-grandchildren Chloe Jordan, Raquel Breton, Kaylea Breton, Kylea Breton, Deion Living, Katie Taylor, Hannah Newsom, Erica Waggoner, Kyle Ware, Kevin Ware, Emmah Christiansen, and Zowy Allen
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   Graveside service for Patricia Dian Johnson, 61 of Trinity, was held Monday February 11 at 2:00pm at Pine Prairie Cemetery with Rev. Jim Parrish officiating.
    She was born July 12, 1946 in Houston, Texas and passed away Wednesday February 6, 2008 in Conroe, Texas. Patricia was a homemaker all her life.
   Preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Hazel Crocker; first husband, Paul Beauman Gregory; and sister Ema Jewel Crocker.
   Survivors include her husband of 16 years Billy Wayne Johnson; children Cassie Darlene Davenport and husband James, Paul Beauman Gregory, Jr., Tammy Lenen Gregory and husband David, Kenneth Wilson and wife Sharon, and Donna Sue Reynolds and husband Renny; 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
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      Graveside services for Leo Elrey Stansel, 87, were held on Saturday February 9, 2008 at McAdams Cemetery with Rev. Jason officiating. 
  Mr. Stansel was born September 8, 1920 in Gilmer Texas and passed away on February 5, 2008 in Crockett, Texas.
   Survivors include his wife, Louise McAdams Stansel; children, Jack Stansel and wife Louisa, Edward Stansel and wife Margo, Kenneth Stansel, Donnie Stansel and wife Ann, and Linda Payne and husband Joe; grandchildren, Kathleen Wages, Brenda Bewley, Keith Stansel, Karl Stansel and wife Julie, Yvette Whitmire and husband Jerry, Armand Stansel and wife Chery, Sherri Law and husband Fred, Edward B. Stansel and wife Alison, Jeremy Payne, Ken Stansel, Mark Stansel and wife Misty, Tonya Stansel, Kelly Stansel, Hope Morris and husband Doug, Lisa Tanner and husband Jason, Gregory Stansel and wife Nikki;  great-grandchildren, William, E.J., Destiny, Jake, Jonathan, Noah, Nathan, Rachel, Regan, Burch, Taft, Harley, Skylar, and Caden;  Sisters and brother, Roma Bennett, Francis Jarret, Mildred Musick, and Garland Stansel.
   He is preceded in death by his parents, Oliver Houston and Robie Belton Stansel; brothers, Oliver Stansel and Leon Stansel; sisters, Jewel Bradshaw and Dale Patton; and numerous other relatives.
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   Funeral services for Mr. Jake Sam Sears, 68, of Trinity, were held on February 11, 2008 at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Golden and Rev. John Powell Smith officiating.  Burial followed at Carlisle Cemetery. 
   Mr. Sears was born October 31, 1939 in Carlisle, Texas and went to be with the Lord on February 8, 2008 in Trinity, Texas.  Mr. Sears was a retired truck driver and he had lived here most of his life.  His past time was following the Astros during baseball season, listening to country music and watching Westerns, Elvis and Classic Movies.
   Survivors include his son, Jason Glen Sears; daughters, Mary Elizabeth Sears and Catherine “Cathy” Ann Mosley; one sister Patricia Champion and husband Wayne Nauert; nephews, Jimmy Bass, Shane Bass, Lanny Lee Ledesma and wife Sandy, Larry Christopher Ledesma and wife Heather, John William Champion and wife Allison; niece, Lorie Michelle Martinez and husband Steve.
   He is preceded in death by his mother Ethel Sears; sisters, Virginia Bass and Jo Ann Johnson; and numerous other relatives and friends.
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  Graveside service for Lura Dean Thornton, 84, was held on February 18, 2008 at 2:00pm at Cedar Grove Cemetery with Rev. Jason Burden officiating.
   Dean was born August 19, 1923 in Hillsboro, Texas and passed away Thursday February 14, 2008 in Houston, Texas.    She was a homemaker and mother all her adult life, although she did enjoy her time when she worked for the Grand Person Center where she would deliver meals on wheels to the seniors. She lived in Orange, Texas for a short time and she worked in the school cafeteria. She was one of eight children born to the late Charlie & Jessie Harrison Moody.
    She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Harold Thornton; three brothers, Grafton, Charles and Virgil Moody; and two sisters, Sally Johnson and Francis Dyer.
    Survivor include her daughter Lisa Haynes and husband Slade; son, Jerry Bassham and wife Jo Anne; daughter Betty Morgan and husband Arlo; grand-children Dillon, Justin, Hayley, Terry, Billy, and Sheryl; great grandchildren Cody, Heather, Hannah, Nicole, Casey, Hannah Avery; sister, Doris Hodges and husband Cotton; brother, George Moody and wife Jean; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
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   A memorial service for Clarence “Tiny” Reeves, Jr. will be held on Saturday February 23, 2008 at 11:00am at Faith Baptist Church of Riverside with Rev. Humphrey officiating. 
   Tiny was 79 years old when he passed away on February 14, 2008 in Conroe, Texas. He was born in Fort Scott, Kansas on December 6, 1928 and his parents were Clarence Burt and Gladys Melton Reeves, Sr.
   Tiny served his country in the US Navy for 3 years in San Francisco during peacetime.  He lived on the Pacific Coast most of his life. Tiny was an electrician and was the supervisor over the electrical engineering when the dams were being built by the government in California. He worked as a Body Guard for a short time in Las Vegas. For a period of five years he drove an 18 wheeler for his son. Tiny had a gift in wood working he could make the most delicate items out of wood and he gave them as gifts to his close friends.  
   Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Mary Ann Reeves; children Kenneth Reeves and wife Brenda, Keith Reeves and wife Paula, Cindy Kendall and husband Kevin, Cindy Lou Davis and husband Daymon, Tina Peterson & husband Terry Linder, Diana Vaughn and husband Al; and Suzanne Mendez and husband Frank; 29 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sister, Sara Moore; mother of his children Wynona VanAsten; numerous nephew, nieces, and a host of good friends.
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  Duke was born on March 24, 1929 in Altoona, PA. and passed away in Trinity, Texas on February 13, 2008.
   Duke was a Labor Union Representative and enjoyed traveling to different cities which was a part of his duties.
  He is preceded in death by wife, Louise “Weizie” Snyder; brother, Harold Snyder; and sister Shirley Snyder.
   Survivors include his children, Sandra Jordan and husband Tim, Robert “Bob Snyder and wife Pam, Dave Snyder and wife April, Theresa Snyder and fiancé Stephen; fourteen grand-children; 19 great-grand-children; and numerous other relatives.
    There are no services scheduled
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   Margaret Mangum Wright of Hearthstone Assisted Living in Texas City died February 12th 2008.  She was 84 years old.
   Margaret was born August 18, 1923 at Groveton, Trinity Co., Texas to William and Clara Mangum.
   She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Delbert (Del) Wright; a sister Lois Hallmark; brother Glen; half-brother Mildredge ; and  half-brother Earline.
    She is survived by 2 sisters, Mattie Lou Ware and husband Robert and Peggy Joy Allen and husband Bob.  She is also survived by 4 nephews and 7 nieces.  She leaves behind many friends and special friends Noami Ippolito, and Jo Ann Macaluso.
   Margaret worked for the Corps of Engineers from 1941 to 1978.  She received awards and recognition for her years of service. One award she received was for saving the Government money by suggesting the use of a different type of typewriter ribbon than the one they were using.
   Margaret requested that she be cremated.  A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
   The family wishes to thank Hospice for their tender care for Margaret at the end of her life.
    Anyone who wishes to remember Margaret may make a donation to Hospice, 1708 North Amburn Rd., Texas City, TX. 7759, or the First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie, Galveston, Texas 77550.

   Funeral services for Sam Pervies, 85, of Groveton will be held Saturday February 23, 2008 at Baldwin Chapel Church with Bro. David Horace officiating.  Interment followed in the Parkers Ridge Cemetery.
     Sam was born November 1, 1922 in Livingston, Texas and passed away Monday February 18, 2008 in Lufkin, Texas.  He was retired.
     Survivors include his cousins Glen Ward of Groveton and Peggy and Scud Phlemg of Livingston, Texas.
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   A funeral service for Clara Edna Bartel Ferguson, 65, of Groveton will be held today (Thursday) February 21, 2008 in the Groveton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Loftin officiating.
   Mrs. Ferguson was born July 13, 1942 in Perryton, Texas and passed away Saturday February 16, 2008 in Tyler, Texas. She was affiliated with the River of Life in Trinity and was a nurse.
   Survivors include her husband Billy C. Ferguson of Groveton, Texas; daughter and son in law Tamrla Ferguson and Richard Palomo of Midway; grand-daughters Shelb Jasey of Midway and Shayna Jasey of Groveton; grandsons Jacob Palomo of Lufkin and Austin Palomo of Midway, Texas; brother Jimmy Bartel of Balko, Okla.; and numerous other  relatives and friends.
    Memorial may be made to the Ferguson Scholarship Fund.
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    Funeral services for Jimmy E. “Jim” Cole, 62, of Montgomery, were held Saturday, February 16, 2008 at Groveton Funeral Home chapel with Bros. Buddy Duke and Bill Dickerson officiating.  Interment followed in the Wheeler Cemetery in Wakefield, Texas. 
   Mr. Cole was born on March 13, 1945 in Houston, Texas and lost his courageous battle with leukemia on Wednesday February 13, 2008. He served in the Vietnam War and was a retired self-employer.  He was a member of the Lone Star Cowboy Church, was a 100% disabled Veteran, Member of the American Legion, NHRA, IHRA, avid member of the “Cook & Eat” race team and a patriarch of the Cole family Motorsports.  
   Mr. Cole was a veteran, a loving husband and father, a devoted grandfather, and avid racer and a friend to all who knew him.
   Survivors include his wife, Judy Cole of Montgomery; son Jimmy Cole, Jr.; daughter Tricia Berger; five grandchildren; Evan “Dude” Bellew, Cori “Pal” Cole, Jake “Buddy” Cole, John “Burrhead” Berger and Jillian “Sugie Woogie” Berger;  Daughter in law, Melissa Cole, all of Montgomery, Texas; Brothers and Sisters in law, Bill and Sandra Cole of Ratcliff, Gordon and Brenda Cole of Wells, Mike and Jennifer Cole of Montgomery, Jerry and Diane Cole of Kennard; Sisters and Brothers in law, Bob and Betty Taylor of Lufkin, Arnold and Cathy Best of Kennard, Jeffie and Duane Stone of LaGrande, Or.; sister in law, Pam Cole of Lufkin, and numerous other relatives and many friends.
   He was preceded in death by his parents Jeff and Faye Stone Cole, infant brother, and brother Doug.
   Pallbearers were Josh Enyart, Tony King, Wesley Loftin, David Doty, Micha Miller, Ronny DuPree, Evan Ballew and honorary pallbearer Wayne Stephens.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to GodSpeed Ministries, 141 Bingham Road, Kings Mountain, N.C. 28068.
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   Graveside funeral services for William Arlie Hill, 81, of Groveton were held Monday February 18, 2008 at 2:00pm in the Glendale Cemetery with Rev. Barbara Campbell officiating.
     Mr. Hill was born December 7, 1926 in Glendale, Texas and passed away Friday February 15, 2008 in Crockett, Texas. He was a retired nurse and affiliated with the First Baptist Church of LaMarque, Texas.
    He is preceded in death by his father and mother William and Minnie Frances Lee Hill.
   Survivors include his sister Lena Reynolds of Goodrich, Texas; one nephew and five nieces.
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