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East Texas News - Obituaries
Groveton News - January 25, 2009 - February 1, 2009

SARAH NAOMI PRUITT
    Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah Naomi Pruitt, 91, of Pennington were held Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Flat Prairie Congregational Methodist Church with Rev. John Smith and
Rev. Charles Butler.  Interment followed in the Flat Prairie Cemetery.
  Mrs. Pruitt was born October 20, 1917 in Frankston, Texas to Waymon Green and Alabama Clakley Cook and passed away Sunday, January 18, 2009 in the Houston County Nursing Home in Crockett. She had lived in Trinity County most of her lifetime and was currently living in Crockett for the past year. Mrs. Pruitt married Woody R. Pruitt on May 9, 1936 and had three sons Woody Jr., Jerry and Donnie.  
   She was a housewife and a member of the Flat Prairie Con-gregational Methodist Church.
   Husband Woody R. Pruitt preceded her in death.
  Survivors include sons Woody Pruitt, Jr. and wife, Billie of Pennington, Jerry Pruitt and Deborah Matlock of Pennington, Donnie Pruitt and wife, Barbara of Pennington; nine grand-children Teresa Ginn, Michael Pruitt, Jerry Pruitt, Jr., Sherry Camet, James Pruitt, Robert Pruitt, Tawnya Haygood, David Pruitt, Paul Watson, and Sarah Pruitt; fifteen great grand-children; three great-great grand-children, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MICHAEL WAYNE HOBBS
   Michael Wayne Hobbs, 53, of Lufkin died Friday, January 23, 2009 at his residence. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home.
   Mr. Hobbs was born March 29, 1955 in Lufkin, Texas to JoAnn (Braden) and Virgil Henry Hobbs, and had been a Lufkin resident most of his life. He served two tours of duty in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division and was self-employed in construction. Mr. Hobbs will be best remembered for his love of the guitar and his kindness and generosity toward others.
   Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law Michael Braden and Jessie Hobbs of Pennington; granddaughters Lexi and Madison Hobbs, both of Pennington; mother JoAnn (Braden) Hobbs of Hudson; brother, Steven H. Hobbs of Lufkin; sister and brother-in-law, Sherry and Paul Eddington of Apple Springs; uncles Tenney Braden and wife Cecile, Brad Braden and Dale Hobbs; niece Bethany Jones and husband Casey and Brooke Hobbs; nephew, D.J. Elkins; great-niece Brynn Jones; and numerous cousins.
   He was preceded in death by his father Virgil Henry Hobbs; and brother David Earl Hobbs.
   Memorial contributions may be made to A Pineywoods Home Health, 103B Carriage Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904.
Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home

JOE BRITT LEWIS
   Funeral services for Joe Britt Lewis, 81, of Pasadena, Texas were held Saturday January 24, 2009 at Paul U. Lee La Porte Funeral Home Chapel at 10:00am and interment followed in the Glenwood Funeral Home in Groveton, Texas.
  Mr. Lewis was born May 2, 1927 in Yell County, Arkansas to Edna and Jewell Lewis and passed away Thursday January 22, 2009. He graduated from Groveton High School in 1944. He served in the Merchant Marine in 1944-1947 and served in the Army during the Korean War.  He retired from Ethyl in 1991. He was a member of the American Legion Post #521, Ethyl Management Club, and Ethyl Retiree Club. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pasadena.
   He is preceded in death by his parents Edna and Jewell Lewis; wife Sandra Lewis; and son Michael Lewis.
  Survivors include his wife Claudia Lewis; daughter Linda Robinson and husband Tandy of Deer Park; son Michael Jones and wife Nancy of Houston; sisters Betty Hardesty and husband Paul of Angleton and Gertrude Richmond of Lufkin; grandchildren Matthew Robin-son, Melanie Clark, Scott Allen Jones, Brandi Zapoli, Bryce Lewis, Spencer Lewis, Dara Michelle Lewis, and Ashton Baily; and great grand-children Jocelyn Zapoli, Wayland Zapoli, Destin Zapoli, Blake Jones, Mason Jones, and Kati Jones.
Paul U. Lee-La Porte Funeral Home

RONALD HILL “HOOT” FISHER, JR.
Ronald Hill “Hoot” Fisher, age 46 of Trinity.  
   Funeral services for Ronald Hill “Hoot” Fisher, Jr., 46, were held Saturday January 24, 2009 at 1:00pm at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with Sonny Bates officiating.  Burial followed in Trinity Cedar Grove Cemetery.
   “Hoot” was born in Cleveland, Texas on December 27, 1962 and passed away Sunday, January 18, 2009 in Tyler, Texas. Hoot was a self-employed sheet rocker and he drove a gravel truck for a short time.
   Father Ronald Hill Fisher, Sr.; and niece Shelia Hasty precede him in death.
    Survivors include his wife Jennette Herrrin Fisher; son Ronald Hill Fisher, III and friend April; sisters and brother Rhonda McDonald and husband Glen, Charles Hasty and wife Sandra, Dawn Bates and husband Sonny; mother Emma Joyce Fisher; mother-in-law Alice Herrin; nephews and niece Travis and Cody McDonald, and Felecia and Kevin Hasty; and step-grandchildren Caitlyn and Courtney.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

JAMES NATHAN “RED” WHEELER
   Funeral services for James Nathan “Red” Wheeler were held Friday, January 23, 2009 at 10:00am at Trinity Fellowship Church with Rev. Gerald Reeves and Rev. James Peavey officiating.  Burial followed in Moss Hill Cemetery of Moss Hill, Texas.
   “Red” was born in Cayuga, Texas on February 24, 1925 and passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2009 in Baytown, Texas. He was a strong Christian man and he loved his family. “Red” worked a carpenter in the constructions industry.
   Proceeded in death by Wife Annie Mae Wheeler; son James Allen Wheeler; and great grandson Ryan and TyLnn Rives; brothers and sisters Pauline Reynolds, Ida Faye Templeton, F. A. Wheeler, Eugene Wheeler, Travis Wheeler, and Ima Jean Lloyd.
    Survivors include his children
Joe Nathan Wheeler and wife Mary Ann, Rita Ann Pierson and husband Tommy, Sharon Lynn Snider, Janita Gay Rives and husband Jerry, Marynn Carrico and husband Jimmie, Jr., and Kevin Raymond Wheeler and wife Holly; twenty grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

STANLEY MURPHY
   Funeral services for Stanley Murphy, 67, were held Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 11:00am at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with Rev. Warren Austin officiating. Burial followed in Riverside Pioneer Cemetery.
   Mr. Murphy, was a resident of Franklinton, Louisiana, he was born on June 30, 1941 in Indianapolis, Indiana and passed away at his residence Monday, January 19, 2009. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the owner of Stan’s Electric. Mr. Murphy was known as a “jack of all trades” and could perform many tasks with his hands. He also loved fishing.
   His parents Shawnee and Sadie Jane Murphy precede Mr. Murphy in death.
  Survivors include his wife Prudence “Prudy” Murphy; three daughters and son-in-laws Angela and Herb Gornor of Pearl River, LA, Cathy and Luk Pils of Cypress, Texas, and Barbara and Joe Stuckey of San Antonio, Texas; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Edna Charleville of Baton Rouge, LA, Juanita and Dale Plesica of Abita Springs, LA, and Sue and Rodney Hedden of Mt. Hermon, LA; three brothers and sisters-in-law Herbert and Mary Rester of Bogalusa, LA, Eugene and Virgie Nolan of Bogalusa, LA, and Phillip and Kimmie Nolan of Covington, LA; six grandchildren Tyler Johnson of the U.S. Navy, Karissa, Kristen and Lucas Pils, Kenny and Zachary Gornor.



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