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Groveton News - Obituaries
For the Week of July 10, 2007 - July 17, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

   Mary Ruth Rosser Kennedy, the daughter of Joe and Minnie Stephenson Rosser, was born June 23, 1929, in Friday, Texas, Trinity County.  She passed away on July 6, at the age of 78 years and 13 days in the Groveton Nursing Home, Groveton, Texas.  Her funeral services were Monday at 10:00 am in the Groveton Funeral Home Chapel with burial following immediately in the Ellis Prairie Cemetery, in the Friday Community where she was born and raised.  Brother Lewis Jones, her pastor, and Brother Robbie Bailey, one of her classmates, will be in charge of the funeral services.
    Mary Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Ross James Kennedy, and her parents, and one brother, Felix Hoytt Rosser and one sister, Velma Lucille Rosser.  She is survived by a daughter, Nancy Terry Cloward; a grand-daughter, Candace Cloward; a grandson Holt Junior (Sonny) Cloward; two great-granddaughters, Abbey and Annie; and a great-grandson, Finnegan Cloward; a sister, Thelma Rosser Terry; one brother, Joe Max Rosser; and a stepson, Ronnie James Kennedy.  She is also survived by her in-laws and several nieces and nephews and many cousins and their families all of whom she loved dearly.
   Mary Ruth graduated from Groveton High School in 1947.  She lived and was employed in Dickinson, Texas, for many years, until she retired to live in the old family home near Groveton.  After returning to Trinity County she accepted employment at the First Bank, Groveton, where she worked for ten more years while she enjoyed old friends and many new friends.
   Mary Ruth Kennedy was a member of the First Baptist Church, Groveton, where her life was characterized by her love for her church and her family and friends. She loved to sew and make pretty things, many of which she wore with great style. She loved antiques and spent many hours collecting and restoring them to their former beauty.  She will be missed by her family, and other relatives and friends.
    In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Ellis Prairie Cemetery Asso-ciation, 1220 Rosser Lane, Groveton, Texas 75845 or Hospice of the Pines, Lufkin, Texas.
  Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

    A Celebration service for Annie Laurie Hawkins Brackin was held on Tuesday at 11:00 am at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with Rev. Jason Burden officiating.
   Annie was born on May 11, 1926 in Texarkana, Texas and Died on July 6, 2007 in Tyler, Texas. Her parents, Grady Lee and Ella Ann DeLaughter Hawkins preceded Annie in death.
   Annie worked as a switchboard telephone operator. After more than 33 years of service with ATT Communi-cations as a technician she retired from the Houston based operation.  Annie and her husband Harold moved to Trinity, Texas in 1980 and began their retirement on the lake.  She had a soft heart for animals and took in many, many dogs and cats to care for over the years.
   Survivors include her husband of 51 years Harold Brackin; brother-in-law Carl Brackin & wife Joni; and several nieces and nephews also survive.
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrange-ments.

   Graveside service was held on June 30, 2007 at 2:00 PM at Red Lick Cemetery of Texarkana with Pastor Jim Sherwin officiating.              
   Johnny would have celebrated his 86th birthday on September 29 but he was welcomed home by Jesus on June 25, 2007.
    Johnny is survived by his wife Lupe, son, John Richard (Rick) Renfro and his wife Cindy of Trinity, Texas, two granddaughters, Bridget Lind-sey and her husband Michael of Hope , Arkansas and Kimberly Hicks and her husband Philip of
Cumming, Georgia, one step-grandson Jason Scott and his wife Emily of Texarkana, four great grandsons Kyle Tompkins, Matthews Hicks, Daniel Hicks and John Hicks. Sisters, Helen Morgan and Vera Hanika, brother Bill Renfro and numerous nieces and nephews.
    A life long Texas resident Johnny has lived in Hooks since 1999. Johnny was a decorated WWII veteran earning 4 Bronze
Stars while defending his countries freedom in the Pacific.
   He was a loving and devoted husband and father. Johnny will be missed by all his family and friends.
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrange-ments.

  Memorial service for Dean Walter Daubenspeck, 64, was held on Saturday, July 14, 2007 at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home at 2:00 pm with Rev. Jason Burden officiating.
   Dean was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 23, 1943 and passed away at the age of 64 in Temple, Texas on July 7, 2007.
   Dean’s parents Max and Neva Daubenspeck precede him in death
   Dean served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  He enjoyed skydiving in his spare time. Dean was the owner and operator of the Trinity Auto Body Shop.  Dean was a very meticulous individual when the customer would trust him with their old cars. He would tear it down and put it back in better condition than a brand new one. He continued to work at his shop until his health failed him. 
   Survivors include his devoted wife of 16 years Darlene Daubenspeck; brother, Mike Daubenspeck; and half brother, Jack Wolverton and wife Marilyn.
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of Arrange-ments.

   Funeral Service for Martha Ann Lee Lusk was held on Thursday June 28, 2007 at 11:30 AM at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with Bro. Phil Springer officiating.  Burial followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
   Martha was born on November 11, 1942 in Crockett, Texas and Died on June 25, 2007 in Trinity, Texas.
    She was preceded in death by Baby Girl Carrie Ann Gates; brother Ernie Bee Davis; and Father Lone Lee.
   Survivors include her children Nona Lynette Villarreal and husband Rick, Jimmy Lively and wife Debbie, Tracy Lynn Manuel and husband Bo Arnold, Flavia Ethelene Lopez and husband Alex, Oscar M. Holt, Jr. and wife Suzi; grandchildren Jeremy, Kyle, Jason and wife Ashley, Olivia Ann, Lozier, Trey Alan, Jonathan, Joseph and wife Jeanette, Shayna, Shantel. Shelby and Savanah; great–grandchildren Jayden and Abigail; mother Nona Rich Carver; brothers and sisters Sam Roger Thornton and wife Donna, David Arnold Thornton, Stacey Delbert Thornton and wife Martha Ra, Edna Lavell Fails and husband Bobby, Buddy Johnson and wife Sherrie; half-brother Bill Lee; and special niece Polly Ann Hall.
  Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrange-ments

   Funeral service for Dorothy Marie Murdock Cunningham, 75, was held on Saturday, June 30, 2007 at 2:30 PM with Rev. Jack Black officiating. Burial followed in Clapp Cemetery.
     Dorothy was born on March 13, 1932 in Groesbeck, Texas to the late J. W. and Mary Eunice Law Murdock. She passed away on June 27, 2007 in Huntsville, Texas. She worked at the Riverside Restaurant for more than 25 years as a waitress. 
   She was a kindhearted nurse’s assistant when she worked with the residents at Avalon Place Nursing Home. Dorothy was a strong Christian woman that was gentle and soft-spoken and she had a smile that greeted everyone.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother James Murdock; and her grand-daughter Jennifer Cunningham.
   Survivors include her hus-band, Guy Winston Cun-ningham; children Gary West and Wife Lisa, Clyde Cunningham and wife Vickie, Curtis Cunningham, Becky Crain and husband Raymond; grandchildren, Beau West and fiancé Lindsey, Kim Allen, Clyde Cunningham, Jr., Chris Cunningham, Stacie Cunning-ham, Ashley Crain; great grandchildren, Josh, Brinley, Daniel, Brannon, Brice, LaRanda, Kali, Jonathon, and Krystina; and numerous nieces and nephews.
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrange-ments.







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