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East Texas News - Obituaries
Groveton News - June 28, 2009 - July 23, 2009

LONIE O. DUE ELLIOTT
    Funeral services for Lonie O. Due Elliott, 86, of Apple Springs were held Saturday July 18, 2009 at 10:00am at Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Neil Kemper officiating. Interment followed in the Bennett Cemetery.
    Mrs. Elliott was born October 3, 1922 in Centerville, Trinity County, Texas and passed away Monday July 13, 2009 in Lufkin, Texas. She was affiliated with the Church of Christ and owned and operated Elliott’s Bar-B-Que.
    Her husband Clifton P. Elliott precedes her in death.
    Pallbearers were Todd Graham, Wayne Brooks, W. H. Tullos, Bobby Davis, Max Eddie Due, Lee Due, James Due, Brad Turner, and Steven Elliott.
   Survivors include her sister Ina E. Due Dial of Groveton; nephews and spouses Sammy and Sharon Dial of Arbor, Texas and Lynn and Vicki Dial of Groveton; in-laws James and Lavern Elliott of Jasper, Reba Marshburn of Lufkin, Renee’ and Larry Turner of Apple Springs, Jimmy and Georgia Marshburn of Central, Steven and Tracy Elliott of Silsby, Krystal and Jake Goodwin of Brookland, and Alma and Kenneth Cash of Deer Park.
Groveton Funeral Home

EMMA KENNEDY NORSWORTHY
  Funeral services for Emma Kennedy Norsworthy, 98, of Possum Walk, Texas was held Friday July 10, 2009 at 10:00am with Bros Jeff Hilton and Mark Stratton officiating. Interment followed in East Prairie Cemetery.
   Mrs. Norsworthy was born May 4, 1911 in Magee Bend, Trinity County, Texas and passed away Tuesday July 7, 2009 in Groveton, Texas. She was affiliated with the Church of Christ and was a homemaker.
   Grandsons were pallbearers.
   Mrs. Norsworthy is preceded in death by her parents George and Rosie Bennett Kennedy; five brothers Arthur, Grover, Edward, Cleaver, and Vonie Kennedy; four sisters Lillie Kennedy, Panola Perkins, Jennett ‘Hart” Norsworthy, and Mary Kennedy; husband of 71 years Albert Norsworthy; grandsons Dean Norsworthy and Michael Stratton; great grandson Michael Rushing; great granddaughter Katie Norsworthy; and sons in law Jack Phillips and Forest Hilton.
   Survivors include son and daughter in law Carrell and Lettie Faye Norsworthy; daughter Agnes Norsworthy Hilton of Trinity; daughters and sons in law Evelyn and Henry Tyre of Crockett, Lena and Roger Fredrick of Nederland, Margaret and Lloyd Stubble-field of Groveton, and Rosie and Danny Stratton of Groveton; brother Omie Kennedy of Beaumont; sister Opal Kennedy Thomas of Beaumont; thirteen grand-children Carolyn and Gary Ramirez of Crockett, Wayne and Kathy Norsworthy of Groveton, Kelly and Tiffany Norsworthy of Spring, Texas, Brad and Paula Phillips of Vidor, Texas, Gail and Audie Wilson of Slocum, Texas, Vickie and Harold Patman of Carrollton, Texas, Jeffery and Paula Hilton of
Trinity, Cheryl and Ricky Leon of Beach City, Texas, Patrick and Frances Fredrick of Lumberton, Texas, Harold and Marlena Stubblefield, Judy and W. L. ‘Bo’ Freeman of Groveton, Mark Stratton of Georgetown, Texas, and Emily and Jeffery Boyd of Silsbee, Texas; thirty two great grandchildren A. C. McKee, Kim and Bill Cooksey, Jason and Jelisa Norsworthy, Sara Norsworthy Cory Norsworthy, Page Norsworthy, Tanner Norsworthy, Brandon Nors-worthy, Christopher Phillips, Casandra Phillips, Benjamin Phillips, Daniel Phillips, David  Phillips, Jessica and Jason Hodges, Robert Watson, Kevin and Heidi Rushing, Scott and Tayna Hilton, Shaun and Kristi Hilton, Jeffrey and Samantha Hilton, Ryan and Jessica Wheeler, Jonathan Leon, Allisa LaRocca, Austin Frederick, Justin Stubblefield, Sarah and David Puckett, Steven Stubble-field, Cynthia Stubblefield, Matt James, Logan Stratton, Olivia Stratton, Joshua Boyd, and Natalie Boyd; seventeen great great grandchildren Hunter Phillips, Jordan Hodges, McKenna Hodges, Austin Rushing, Tucker Rushing, Jace Rushing, Christopher Hilton, Taylor Hilton, Trevor Hilton, Logan Hilton, Landon Hilton, Katyln Hilton, Sarah Hilton, Michael Hilton, Jeffery Hilton, Emma Hilton, and Brodie Puckett; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
Groveton Funeral Home

GLADYS IRENE KENDRICK
   Gladys Irene Kendrick, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away July 2, 2009 after a long, valiant struggle with a debilitating illness.  Born in Trinity, Texas to Eula (Madden) and Claude Johnson December 20, 1924, moved to Houston as a young girl.
    Predeceased by husband Earl “Choc” Kendrick, sisters Willie Mae Morish and Pauline Ketchey, former husband Pat Lindsay and stepfather Ted Puls. 
    She arose early each morning and began the day by enjoying her coffee as she dressed for the day, always looking pretty.  She loved her yard and plants, going out at daylight to enjoy them before it was too hot, but never on Sunday as it was a day of rest.  She enjoyed her role as a homemaker using her many talents, which included sewing everything from little dresses with smocking to prom dresses, art, genealogy, museums, and was always eager to explore.  She also enjoyed her kitchen, as Choc watched adoringly.  She looked forward to Clayton Library Friends meetings where she was a member, and spent many hours researching.  She was also a member of American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 560. 
     She is survived by children: Patricia Phillips and husband Joe, Pat “Rhett” Lindsay and wife Patricia; grandchildren: Cynthia Laskowski and husband Alton, Michael Phillips and wife Brenda, Stacey Osceola and husband Bryant, John Lindsay and wife Christy, Jennifer Hess and husband Marc; great grandchildren: Valerie and Lindsay Laskowski, Alex, Brent and Hannah Phillips, Emily Lindsay, Freddie and Heidi Hess, niece Diane Morish, and special friend Claudia. 
   Be ye kind one to another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
     A service to celebrate her life was held at 12:00 pm on Monday, July 6, 2009 in the Chapel of Pat H. Foley Funeral Directors, with pastor Sam Parker officiating.  Interment followed at Historic Hollywood Cemetery.

GWENDOLYN BARBARA PAYTON CAIN
   Mrs. Cain was born in Louisiana on September 5, 1937 and passed away at her residence on July 7, 2009. She worked for an attorney as a Legal Secretary for many years, was a wonderful mother, grandmother and sister. She moved to Trinity to enjoy and spend time with her family and friends.
   She is preceded in death by siblings Cecil, Phillip, and Estelle Vondrick.
   Survivors include Maureen Wyatt and Michele Servis and husband Mark; grandchildren Courtney Vossen and fiancé Shawn Shovan, Joshua Willmon, and Christopher Wyatt; great-grandchildren Seth and Austin; sister Connie Payton; brother Leman Payton; and numerous other relatives and friends.
    There are no services at this time.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

JESSIE RAY HALL
   Graveside service for Jessie Ray Hall was held Saturday July 11, 2009 at 6:00pm at Glendale Cemetery with Rev. Jim Golden officiating.
   On March 6, 1937, in Pine Prairie, in Walker County Texas, Oscar and Violet Hall welcomed the birth of their son.  Jessie passed away Thursday July 9, 2009 in Somerville, Texas at his residence.  
   He is preceded in death by Parents Oscar and Violet Hall; sons Jessie Hall, Jr., Jackie Horsley, and Rodger Horsley; and daughter Anna Maria Hall
   Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 37 years Margaret Hall; children Linda Hall, Diane Horsely and hus-band Gene, Betty Willcoxon and husband Rick, Sue Quest, and Rebecca Hall; nine grand-children and fourteen great-grandchildren; sister Annie Snowden; brother Oscar Hall; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

GUY WINSTON CUNNINGHAM
   Funeral services for Guy Winston Cunningham was held Friday July 17, 2009 at 11:00am at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with Rev. Leroy Brown officiating.   Burial followed in Clapp Cemetery.
  Guy was born on October 9, 1930 in Trinity, Texas and passed away Monday July 13, 2009 in Tyler, Texas.
   He is preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Marie Cunning-ham and a granddaughter Jennifer Marie Cunningham.
   Pallbearers were John Chamberlain, Neal Smith, Matthew Stuart, David Drake, Buddy Johnson, and James Parker.
    Survivors include his children Gary West and wife Lisa, Clyde Cunningham and wife Vickie, Curtis Cunningham, Rhonda Rebecca Crain and husband Raymond; grandchildren Beau,  West, Lindsey, Chris, Kristy Cunningham, Kim Allen, Stacie Cunningham, Clyde Cunning-ham, Jr., Ashley Crain and Matthew; great-grandchildren Joshua West, Brinley West, Kali Cunningham, Jonathan Cun-ningham, Kristina Arnold, Daniel Allen, Brannan Johnson, Brice Cunningham, and Laranda Simmons; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

ANNIE MAE PERRY SMITH
    Graveside services for Annie Mae Perry Smith, 88, of Trinity were held Thursday July 16, 2009 at 11:00am at Smith Cemetery in Splendora, Texas with Rev. Troy Uselton officiating.
    Annie Mae was born June 27, 1921 in Palestine, Texas and passed away Tuesday July 14, 2009 in Trinity. She was a homemaker all her life.
   She is preceded in death by her husband William Thomas Smith; son Thomas Wayne Smith; grandchildren Louis Wayne Smith, William Henry Smith, Robert Thomas Perry, Carl Ray Stansbury, Paul Mitchell Perry, Deredith Dane Perry; mother and father Pope and Hattie Perry; and siblings Joe, Bob, Sug, Bonner, Sun, Dicie and Elizabeth. 
    Survivors include her three daughters Evelyn McClung, Deborah Lynn Smith and Dolores Ann Perry; grand-children Gary Wayne Stans-bury, Curtis Lewis Perry, Gary Ray Moore, Steven Murrel Yates, Sarah Louise Smith, Carol Ann Moore; seventeen great grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

DAVID LEE LOWRY
    Funeral services were held Wednesday July 22, 2009 at 1:00pm at Living Word Outreach Church with Pastor Donna Kirby officiating. Burial followed in Douglas Cemetery in Houston County.
   David was born on February 13, 1974 in Houston, Texas.  He passed away at home with his family on July 17, 2009 in Lovelady, Texas at the age of 35.
   David worked for Brown and Root as a Boiler Maker and he was working plant shutdowns. He was a fan of the Texas Longhorns and he enjoyed the games with his friends. He was a family man and loved to spend time with his children.
   His brother Daniel Lynn Lowry precedes David in death.
    Survivors include his children Michelle Lowry, Daniel Lowry, Sarah Lowry, James Lowry and Jaquilien Lombardi; mother Yreva Lynn Walker and husband Michael; father Terry Lee Lowry and wife Kristy; brother and sisters Angelia Clark, Travis Williamson, and Misty Lowry; step-brothers Shawn Moore and Steven Walker; mother of his children Melissa Lowry; common law wife and mother of his children Sabrina Scott; niece Sally Thorpe; best friend Kevin Cates and many friends and other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

EDWIN RICHARD MARTINSON
   A Memorial service for Edwin Richard Martinson will be held Saturday August 1, 2009 at 11:00am at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dan Alexander officiating.
   Edwin was born in Mt. Iron, Minnesota on February 7, 1920 and his parents were Matthew and Elizabeth Martinson and passed away in Conroe, Texas Monday July 6, 2009.
    As a 21-year-old machinists mate onboard the battleship USS California BB-44, Martin-son was present when the Japanese Navy launched the Dec. 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor Attack that thrust the United States into WWII. At the time of the attack, Martinson was in the stern part of the ship below deck when the bombs and torpedoes hit his ship. The battleship was on fire and listening to port, when the abandon ship order was issued. Martinson and several of his shipmates had trouble reaching topside and had to jump into the sea of burning fuel oil. After surviving the ordeal, Martinson was reassigned to another ship and spent the rest of the war serving in the South Pacific Theater; he earned 12 metals during the war. During his Navy career, Martinson served onboard a number of ships including the USS California, USS Columbia, USS Shangri-la, USS Boxer and the USS General H.W. Butner. He also was among the fleet group, which participated in the early atomic bomb test in the Pacific. Martinson retired from the US Navy in1962 as a Master Chief Petty Officer. Martinson was a dedicated member of Trinity County VFW Post 6899.  Martinson was the last of the VFW Post member to survive Pearl Harbor. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church.
   Survivors include his devoted wife of 67 years Loretta Martinson; son Edwin Richard “Rick” Martinson, Jr. and wife Beth; grandson Jacob Rudolph Martinson; sisters Lila Mehelich and Delores Johnson; and many other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

 



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