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East Texas News - Obituaries
Groveton News - February 1, 2009 - February 14, 2009

JAMES MADISON TURNER, IV
  Memorial service for James Madison Turner, IV was held at 1:00pm at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home on Sunday, January 31, 2009 with Rev. Leroy Brown officiating.
   Mr. Turner was born on June 11, 1942 in Galveston, Texas and passed away Wednesday January 28, 2009 in Trinity. He was a resident of Trinity for many years, worked for Wal-Mart as a sales associate and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, earned   a Sharpshooter, a Mark-sman and a Driver and Mechanic Medals during his tour.
   Mr. Turner is preceded in death by his wife Mary Turner; son James Madison Turner, V.; grandson Joshua Stringer; and sister Diana Gay Turner.
   Survivors include his children Amber Riley and husband John, Julia Fisher, Theresa Stringer and husband Edgar, Joe Edward Turner, and Corrie Spencer grandchildren Brittany, Trey, Natasha, Carl, Jr., Melissa, Clarence, Gracie, Thomas, Cody, Frankie, Robert, and Rickie; fourteen great-grand-children; and numerous other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

DR. HERSHEL RANDOLPH STINSON
  Funeral services for Dr. Hershel Randolph Stinson were held Wednesday February 4, 2009 at 10:00am at Antioch Baptist Church with Dr. Paige Patterson, Rev. Bob Lacy officiating. Military Honors were presented by VFW Post 6988 with Interment following at Weldon Cemetery with Rev. Kenneth Myers closing.
  Dr. Stinson was born in Nacogdoches, Texas to Joe and Dura Lenora Stinson on November 8, 1931. Dr. Stinson served his country in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict. Dr. Stinson received his bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin University.  His worked toward his theological studies through Southwest Luther Rice Seminary and received a doctorate in theology.
   Bro. Stinson has had the great joy and responsibility of pastoring numerous churches Martinsville Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Pineland, Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church in Trinity, Port Arthur Central Baptist Church, Whitches Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Lovelady.
   He loved his God above all.   His church and all the church family were very dear to him.  His Family was the apple of his eye. Dr. Stinson enjoyed working with his hands.  He particularly loved to garden in the spring and share his harvest with friends and neighbors. He also busied himself doing woodwork and working with his hands.
  Dr. Stinson was called him home on Sunday, February 1, 2009 in Crockett, Texas.
   Survivors include his wife of 55 years Dorothy Stinson; children Hershel Randolph “Randy” Stinson, Jr., Carissa Davidson and husband Barry Marcus Paul Stinson and wife Jennifer; grandchildren David Allen Stinson, Tiffany Marie Middleton, Jennifer Stinson, Joseph Lee Stinson and wife Gretchen, Jessica Stinson, B.J. Davidson, Jr. and wife Amanda, Sgt. Jonathan Randolph David-son and wife Krystal, Private First Class, Cory Paul Stinson, Emily Tatom Stinson, and Maggie Stinson; twelve great-grandchildren; brother Jerry Smith Stinson and wife Neva Satterwhite; nephews Donnis Stinson and Kevin Stinson; niece Shawna Ashley; special cousins Martha Deen Chance and Jimmy Ray Hoehn.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

BYRON KEITH WILKERSON
   Graveside service for Byron Keith Wilkerson was held on February 4, 2009 at Chita cemetery with Rev. Jason Burden officiating. 
   Mr. Wilkerson was born on July 1, 1962 in Houston, Texas to Billy and Patricia Wilkerson and passed away suddenly at the age of 47 in Houston, Texas Friday, January 30, 2009.
   Mr. Wilkerson was a self-employed sheet rocker and finish framer.
   Mr. Wilkerson is preceded in death by his mother Patsy Bryant and brother Eddie Bryant Minor.
   Survivors include his twin brother and sister Robert Lee Bryant and Brandy Lynn Caskie; special cousins Kim-berly and A.J. Swearingten; and numerous other relatives and special host of friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

LAWRENCE THOMAS BLANTON
   Graveside services for Lawrence Thomas Blanton were held in Houston at Brookside Memorial Park at 2:00pm with Rev. Kenneth Myers officiating. Burial followed in Brookside Cemetery.
  Mr. Blanton was born March 22, 1930 in Corsicana, Texas passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2009 in Conroe, Texas.
  Mr. Blanton was an auto mechanic most his life.
   Mr. Blanton is preceded in death by his wife Jeanette Blanton.
    Survivors include his children Carolyn B. Walters, Laura Kay Williams and husband John Milton, Lawrence Thomas Blanton, Jr., Luke Thomas Blanton and wife Tamara; thirteen grandchildren twenty-four great-grandchildren; sisters
Minnie Fay Ritter, Betty Ann Jackson and husband Gene, Edna Francis Blanton
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home



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