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Groveton News - Obituaries
For the Week of January 13, 2008 - January 20, 2008
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    Graveside funeral services for Charles H. Cleveland, 71, of Groveton, Texas were held at 11:00 am, Friday January 11, 2008 at Bennett Cemetery with Bro. Riley officiating. Interment followed.
    Mr. Cleveland was born April 1, 1936 in Waco, Texas and passed away Tuesday January 8, 2008 in Groveton, Texas.  He was affiliated with the Josserand
Baptist Church and was a retired HVAC Start-Up A/C Service, Pipefitters Local 211.
   Survivors include his wife Nancy Cleveland of Groveton; daughters and son in law Leslie and Jeff Drastata of Huntsville, Joanna Hildebrandt and Terry Godosar, both of Tomball; sisters Maxine Newton of Princeton, Texas, Joyce and H. V. Williams of Austin, Texas, Peggy and Jack Miller of Onalaska, Texas, and Alice and Rod Barnett of San Antonio, Texas; four grandchildren Amanda and Clay Duckworth of Tracy, Ca., Jordan and Chris Bizawskas of Virginia Beach, Va., Tiffany Drastata of Huntsville, Marga Godosar of Tomball; great grandson Kaden Hildebrandt of Tracy, Ca.; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Groveton Funeral Home

   Funeral services for Mr. Larry Joe Rasbeary were held on Tuesday January 15, 2008 at 10:00 am at the Groveton Funeral Home Chapel with interment in the Glenwood Cemetery.  Bro. Neil Kemper officiated.
  Larry Joe Rasbeary of Trinity, Texas went home to be with his Lord on Friday January 11, 2008 after a long and courageous battle with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and Leukemia.  Joe was born in Conroe, Texas on July 20, 1947 to Baylous and Linnie Rasbeary; he graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Criminal Justice Degree while working for the Texas Department of Corrections.  He continued working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice until retirement in July 1998.  Upon retirement for TDJC he went to work for the Management Training Corpora-tion until May 2007.
  Joe loved his Colorado trips and was blessed to have been able to share them with his brothers and sons.  Joe’s sense of humor will be greatly missed by all his friends and family.
  Pallbearers were Ronnie Parker, Kerry Dixon, J. C. Conner, Jimmy Knierim, Hugh Bryan, and James Frawner.  Honorary pallbearers were Robert Stubblefield, Brad Rasbeary, Bob Rasbeary, and Rick Rasbeary.
    He leaves to survive his wife Tresa Michele Rasbeary of Trinity, Texas; sons Stephen Travis Rasbeary of Trinity, Texas, Gregory Paul Rasbeary of Conroe, Texas and Jack Scott Rasbeary of Columbia, South Carolina; daughter Shannon Leigh Rasbeary of Trinity, Texas; brothers and sisters in law Bill and Jean Rasbeary and Ben and Lena Rasbeary all of Groveton, Texas; two grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Groveton Funeral Home

  Graveside service for Gene Everett Sanders, 86, of Trinity was held Saturday January 12, 2008 at 1:00 PM at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery with Rev. Steve Daly officiating. 
    Gene was born on May 10, 1921 in Magnolia, Texas and passed away on January 7, 2008 in Huntsville, TX.
   He is preceded in death by Father, Julius Albert Sanders; Step-Mother, Bula Sanders & a step-sister Nanaline Hawes.
    The family moved to Houston in mid 1920’s and Gene grew up in the Heights. Gene honorably served his country in the US Naval Construction Battalions (Seabees) from 1942-1945. He served in the South Pacific. Attained the rank of Chief Boatswain’s Mate. Gene was a graduate of Reagan HS in 1937. He attended University of Houston & Sam Houston State, studying Engineering. Gene was united in marriage in March 16, 1947 to Dorothy “Tiby” Adams. He moved to Pearland in 1959 and resided there until his retirement 1983. Prior to moving to Pearland he had been involved in the formation of East Texas YMCA of Houston. In Pearland he was involved in the formation of Pearland Baseball League. He served ten years as a City Councilman from 1962 to 1976. He held various management positions during his 32 years of employment with Southwest Fabricating and Welding Co., (Expediting, Drafting, Engine-ering, Material Manufacturing). After his retirement in 1983, Gene moved to Kitrell Community in Trinity, TX where he spent a lot of time with relatives and enjoyed riding his tractor with his grandkids and watching them fish in his tank. Gene is a past member of Broadway Baptist Temple, (Houston), Pearland First Baptist, Calvary Baptist Church, Trinity, current member  of Antioch Baptist Church.
    Survivors include his wife 60 years Dorothy Sanders; children Gene Sanders, Jr. and wife Barbara, James Sanders, Lonnie Sanders and wife Dee, Lloyd Sanders and wife Regina, Mary Beth Pinkerton and husband Ronnie; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Hazel Murdock.
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