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East Texas News - Obituaries
Groveton News - January 11, 2009 - January 18, 2009

   Funeral services for Erma Lois Magee, 97, of Pen-nington were held Friday, January 9, 2009 at 10:00am in the Pennington Baptist Church with Bro. Bud Magee officiating. Interment followed in the Pennington Cemetery.
   Mrs. Magee was born July 19, 1911 in Friday, Texas and passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2009 in the Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, was a resident of Pennington, housewife, and a member of Pennington Baptist Church.
   Preceded in death by husband Willie Magee; son Jamie Magee; parents Asa and Lottie Thompson; brother Floyd Thompson and sisters Thelma Friday and Mae Thompson.
  Survivors include her daughter Maxine Magee Mabry of Pennington; grand-daughters Cinda Norsworthy and husband David of Pennington, Pam Kemper and husband Jason of Woodlake, and Brenda Parrish of Crockett; daughter-in-law Jenny Magee of Groveton; great-grandchildren:  Amy, Erika, Tera, Amber, Amanda and Kyle; great-great-grand children Blake, Troy, Chad, Carley, Madison, Allisyn and Sydney; sister Annie Lee Reynolds of Pennington; brother Hoyt Thompson of Friday; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives; and special caregiver  Charlotte James of Glendale.
   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Groveton E. M. S., Pennington Baptist Church Building Fund or Pennington Cemetery Association.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


   Funeral services for Floy James Standley, 73, of Brighton, Colorado were held Friday, January 9, 2009 at 1:00pm in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Rev. Clifton Jones officiating.  Interment followed in the Zion Hill Cemetery.
  Mr. Standley was born August 14, 1936 in the Holly Com-munity of Houston County, Texas and passed away Monday January 5, 2009.  He was a resident of Colorado, a veteran of the United States Air Force having served during Peacetime, retired having worked for Dow Chemical after 25 years as a supervisor, and a member of the Baptist Church.
   Preceded in death by parents Floy and Anna Standley and brothers William and Michael Standley.
  Survivors include his wife Norma June Standley of Brighton, Colorado; son Terry Standley and wife Jackie of Brighton, Colorado; grand-children Chelsea, Chad, Ama-nda, and Claire; great-grandchildren Peyton, Conner, Preston, and Braelynn; sisters Dorothy Jones of Crockett, Ann Gibson of Livingston, Wonda Kleppel and husband Rick of Houston, Beverly Koon and husband Toby of Slidell Louisiana, and Jeanie Davenport and husband Eddie of Lovelady; brothers Walter Standley and wife Carrol of Lovelady and Ernest Standley and wife, Carolyn of Madison-ville; numerous nieces, nep-hews, and other relatives.
   In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Houston County Share, 200 South Sixth Street, Crockett, Texas 75835 or Zion Hill Cemetery Association.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

    Mrs. Emma Jane Bennett Richardson of Pasadena, Texas went home to be with her Lord and Savior on September 5, 2008, just 15 days short of her 87th birthday. Emma was born September 21, 1921 in the Helmic Community of Trinity County.
   Preceded in death by her parents Lula Due Bennett and Richard Floyd Bennett; brothers J. R., J. W., JAP, and Orren Edgar (Ed) Bennett; sisters Vannie Bennett Smith and Vennie Bennett Golden; daughter Patsy Hogg; son Wilmer Lee (Bill) Turner; grandsons Bradley Turner and Kirk Turner.
   Survivors include her husband Cecil Richardson of Pasadena; five sons Joel, Douglas, Lynn, Daniel, and Jerry; sisters Lennie Bennett Bagwell and Ruth Bennett Wilkens; ten grand-children, six great-grand-children; and one great-great grandchild.
Redwood Funeral Home, Pasadena

   A Memorial service for Robert Henry “Bob” Hagen was held Saturday January10, 2009 at 2:00pm at The First United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeff McDonald officiating.
   Bob was born in Oceanside, New York on February 4, 1931 his parents were Ferdinand and Anna Hagen and passed away on Tuesday January 6, 2009 in Trinity. He studied engineering and drafting at the Farmingdale Tech School. While living in Amityville, New York Bob and his wife owned and operated the Hagen’s Confectionary and Luncheonette Store for more than five years as well as being involved in civic events and he was a Volunteer Fireman. He moved from New York to Clear Lake, Texas. He retired after 28 years service from Grumman Corp where he worked a machinist. He was a member of Clear Lake Masonic Lodge #1417 AF& AM.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church.
    His granddaughter Carla Todd, Bob’s precedes him in death.
   Survivors include his wife of 57 years Miriam Joan Hagen; daughter Suzanne Joan Todd and husband Michael; son Robert Henry Hagen II; granddaughter Tanya Nichole Todd; cousin Mildred Newell; and many other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

   Graveside service for Bill Swor was held at Chita Cemetery at 2:00pm Friday January 2, 2009 with Rev. Rodger Goins officiating.
   Bill was born in Trinity County Texas on November 23, 1927 to parents Bert and Minnie Swor and passed away in Tyler, Texas on Thursday January 1, 2009. Bill grew up in Trinity, was employed by Texas Department of Criminal Justice on and off for ten years, a Member of the National Plumbers Union where he worked as a pipefitter for more than 20 years. He enjoyed the traveling that came with his position and he spent time working in the state of Washington as well as Alvin, Texas.
   After his retirement he spent many years in Splendora, Texas where he owned and operated an antique shop. He found a new joy in cooking for his friends and family. Bill moved back to Trinity in April of 2008, to be with his family. He spent time on the porch watching the horses and miniature donkey’s graze in the pasture. He really enjoyed telling his stories of things he had done in his younger years as a prison guard and a traveling union pipefitter. As a little boy, one of his favorite foods was a homemade pineapple pie; he would tell Sarah, his sister-in-law, that he would do the dishes if she would make him a pineapple pie.
   His parents; brothers and sisters Bertie Parker, Bonnie Ellis, Sam Swor, and Bob Swor preceded him in death.
   Survivors include his sister-in-law Sarah Swor; nephews and nieces Joe and Marcus Swor, Joe, Jr. Parker, Patsy Anderson, and Bobby Ellis; and numerous other nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

     Graveside service for Laura Elizabeth Renfro Mainer was held on January 9, 2009 at 2:00 PM at Evergreen Cemetery, Lovelady with Rev. Jeff McDonald officiating.
  Beth was the fourth of six children born to Jesse Thomas and Hettie Clegg Renfro on October 24, 1919 in Trinity, Texas. She passed away quietly from this world into eternal life Friday, January 2, 2009 in Alvin, Texas.
   Beth attended public schools in Trinity and Piney Woods Business College in Lufkin. She married Roy Carter Mainer, January 2, 1942. A longtime resident of Pasadena, she was a charter member of Parkwood United Methodist Church and retired from Pasadena General Hospital.
   Her parents, husband and son Thomas Daniel; sisters Tom Clegg Wood, Johnellen Parks, Hettie Sue Waring and one brother James Massey precede her in death. 
   Survivors include her sons Jim and wife Patricia of Alvin and Michael and wife Melanie of Bay City; six grandchildren James, Susan, Toni, Tracy, Michael and Matt; Twelve great-grandchildren Randy, Brent, Solange, Mason, Samantha, Jackson, Marshall, Caroline, Clayton, Rankin, Ragan and Pearl; brother Jack Renfro of Pasadena; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and extended family.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

   Funeral services for James Ray Due, 48, of Groveton, Texas was held Thursday January 15, 2009 at Groveton Funeral Home with Bros. Lewis Jones and Bro. Mike Due officiating.  Interment followed in the Glenwood Cemetery.
   Mr. Due was born July 1, 1960 in Lufkin, Texas and passed away on Sunday January 11, 2009 in Lufkin, Texas. He was affiliated with the Baptist Church and was a painter.
   Pallbearers were Jimmy Cochran, Michael Wayne Due, Jason White, Keith Ray Dupree, Cody Smith, Jimmy Due, Damon Scoggins, Michael Scoggins, Michael Townsend, and Cory Callaway.  Honorary pallbearers were Clayton Smith, Mann Due, Danny Cathey, and (Lloyd) Sambo Townsend.
   Survivors include his mother Evie J. Magee of Groveton; father Elbert James Due of Apple Springs; daughter Crystal Dawn Due of Chita, Texas; daughter Niki Lee Due of Onalaska, Texas; and sister Belinda Jo Greenville of Lufkin.
Groveton Funeral Home

   Funeral services for Francis Foster England were held Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 10:00am at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with Rev. John Valenta officiating. Burial followed in Brookside Cemetery of Houston. 
   Mr. England was born on July 3, 1925 Culbertson, Nebraska and passed away Thursday January 8, 2009 in Crockett, Texas. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during WWII, was retired from the Union Pacific Railroad after more than 35 years service, moved to Trinity in 1990, and was a member of Glendale Baptist Church.
   Proceeded in death by parents Houston and Amelia England; daughter Linda England; brother Bert England; and stepdaughter Shelia McFadden.
   Survivors include his wife of 10 years Joyce Bailey England; daughter Bonnie McGwire and husband Allen; grandchildren Theresa and Micha McGwire; sister Lena Hubbard; step-son,Roger Bailey and wife Nellie; step-grandchildren Kimberly Golden and husband Mark, Ronnie and Randy Bailey, Dylan, Mason, Madison and Austin Golden; step-great-grandchildren Ronnie, Jr. Ryan, Taylor Bailey; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

   Funeral services for Nelda Rhea Richards Shipper were held Sunday January 11, 2009 at 2:00 Pm at Glendale Con-gregational Methodist Church with Rev. Barbara Campbell officiating. Burial followed in Glendale Cemetery.
   Mrs. Shipper was born on June 11, 1937 in Trinity County Texas and passed away January 8, 2009 in Houston, Texas after a short illness. She was retired from TDCJ after 10 years service, was a faithful member of the Glendale Methodist Church, loved to cook for any occasion, enjoyed traveling with her family, and spending time with her grandchildren shopping, helping with homework.
    Pallbearers were Neal Smith, Carl Edger Casey, Frankie Parish, Jon-Michael Richards, Blake Richards, Clay Richards, and Ty Richards.
  Her parents Paul and Velma Richards precede Nelda in death.
   Survivors include her husband of 49 years Billy Wayne Shipper; son Paul Wayne Shipper and wife Kim; grandchildren Lauren, Lexi, Landi, Jacob Shipper; brothers Jim Richards and wife Frances of Lovelady, Doug Richards and wife Sylvia of Centerville, Texas, Jon Paul Richards and wife Margarette Of Trinity, Texas, Jerry Richards and wife Cindy of Grapeland, Texas; and numerous other relatives and many, many friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home


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