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East Texas News - Obituaries
Groveton News - July 23, 2009 - July 30, 2009

    Funeral services for Harriet McDuffie Eastepp were held Friday, July 24, 2009 at 9:00am in the Groveton First Baptist Church with Bro. Lewis Jones officiating. Interment will be in the East Prairie Cemetery.
   Harriett Louise McDuffie Eastepp, devoted wife of Oscar L. Eastepp for 63 years, passed away July 20, 2009, at Stoneleigh Estate Nursing Home in Lufkin, Texas.  Mrs. Eastepp was born May 5, 1924, near Iola, Texas, daughter of William Fleming and Winnie McDuffie and was one of eleven children.  According to the family oral history, she was descended from the same family as Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States.
    Mrs. Eastepp served during WWII as a member of the Women’s Air Corps.  She served at Ellington Field near Houston, Texas, where she met her husband Oscar Eastepp.  After the war, they married April 6, 1946, and lived at Pennington, Texas, where they resided all their lives except for brief periods of time when they lived in San Angelo and Houston, Texas.  She was active in the community and was a member of the Pennington Baptist Church for many years and then a member of Central Baptist Church in Crockett.  In recent years, she and her husband attended First Baptist Church of Groveton.  She enjoyed singing, gardening, and making homemade rolls for her friends and family.

   She is preceded in death by her husband Oscar Eastepp, who died June 28, 2009; her parents William F. (“Flem”) and Winnie McDuffie; three brothers and five sisters. 
    Survivors include her five children and their spouses Ronnie and Joyce Eastepp of Pensacola, Florida, Vernon and Peggy Eastepp of Avery, Texas, Janice and Chris Burkholder of The Woodlands, Texas; Barbara Huitt of Kona, Hawaii and Rosaline and Steve Takes of Ft. Worth, Texas; six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters in law, Howard and Syble Eastepp, Mac and Peggy Eastepp, Norman and Zelda Eastepp, all of Pennington, Mae Reynolds of Possum Walk, Annis Eastepp of Livingston, Faye Eastepp of Cleveland, and Jessie Lee Eastepp of Lufkin; brother Emory McDuffie and wife Mary of Iola, Texas; and sister Eva Franklin of Amarillo, Texas; many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. 
   The family would like to extend special thanks to all the loving and devoted caregivers at Stoneleigh Estates nursing home.
Groveton Funeral Home

   Funeral services for Judge John E. Tomlin, 65, of Center were held at 10:30am Thursday, July 23, 2009 at The First United Methodist Church in Center with Rev. Charlotte Austin officiating.  
   Judge John E. Tomlin passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at his home. He was born November 23, 1943 in Center to Dewey Edward Tomlin and Nera Edna Ford Tomlin.  Judge Tomlin has served as Shelby County Judge since January 1, 2007.  He was a member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas, The Historical Society and The Historical Commission.  Judge Tomlin had also served as a school board member for Center ISD for over 10 years.  Having grown up as a member of the Providence Baptist Church, he most recently was a member of The First United Methodist Church in Center.
   Mr. Tomlin was well known in Groveton as he served as Vice President of Republic Bank Groveton for several years before becoming President of Republic Bank Groveton in 1977 and served until 1982. In addition to being President of Republic Bank, Mr. Tomlin also served as Mayor of Groveton in 1977 and then from 1979 to 1983. Mr. Tomlin was also involved in numerous civic organizations during is stay in Groveton.
   Mr. Tomlin is preceded in death by his parents Dewey Edward Tomlin and Nera Edna Ford Tomlin; sister Betty Tomlin Craven; and brother Jarrell Tomlin.
   Survivors include his wife Ann Tomlin of Center; daughters Angie Tomlin and husband Eric Wilkins of Abilene and Suzanne Tomlin of Austin; brother Newton Tomlin and wife Judy of Gladewater; nephews Tim Craven of Phoenix, Arizona and Scott Tomlin of Nederland; uncle E.A. Tomlin of Nacogdoches; beloved Pat, Emma “Thunder-paws”; numerous other relatives; and a host of friends.
      In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Judge Tomlin’s name to the American Cancer Society for pancreatic cancer research, The Roughrider Scholarship Fund, or the American Diabetes Association.
   Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watson andsonsfuneralhome.com.
Watson and Sons Funeral Home

   Graveside services for Ronald Douglas “Ronnie” Franklin was held Thursday July 23, 2009 at 2:00pm at Trinity Cedar Grove Cemetery with family members officiating. Interment followed in Trinity Cedar Grove Cemetery.
    Ronnie was born July 6, 1958 in Huntsville, Texas. Ronnie was a Construction Contractor; he built custom homes in the Conroe and outer area of Montgomery County. He had a keen since of humor and was extremely happy with God guiding his life and helping him get through his days and nights as he fought the nightmares of a brain tumor. Jesus took the wheel peacefully on his final day, on earth, July 20, 2009 in Conroe, Texas.
    Preceded In Death by his father; John Brashier; maternal grandparents Albert and Alma Adams
   Survivors include his daughters Christian Eagan and husband Jay, Jamie Faerber and husband Chris, Janet Franklin, Kasey Ballmon and husband Jason; grandchildren Bailey, Kennedy, Whitney, Austin, Kaleb, Matthew, Zara, Leslie, Vivian, and Luna; mother Judy Adams Brashier Wilcox; twin sisters Sharon Walker and husband Jerry Hensley, Karon Monroe and husband Buddy; step-children Chad Hollis and Athena Hollis; his loyal friend Major, his dog; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home
  Funeral services for Vincent Charles Guzzi, 83, of Trinity were held Friday July 24, 2009 at 11:00am at Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church in Trinity. Interment followed in Trinity Cedar Grove Cemetery.  
     Vincent was born in La Marque, Texas on October 27, 1925 and passed away in Polk County, Texas Sunday July 19, 2009. He served as a Merchant Marine and carried supplies to Asia and South America during WWII. He retired after more than 25 years of service with USI Chemical, now Quantum Chemical. He loved to spend time teaching and coaching youth baseball in La Porte, Texas, where he lived until he retired.  He was also an active volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America, Gideons International, and Royal Ambassadors.  He was formerly a member of First Baptist Church of La Porte and is a loyal member of Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church.
     His wife and mother of his children Doral Lee Guzzi precede him in death in 1997.
   Survivors include his devoted wife of nine years Margie Ruth Guzzi;  children Janey Guzzi, Jana Dundas and husband Mark, Charles Guzzi and wife Kelly; grandchildren Jason Guzzi, Greg Dundas, Jeff Dundas, Katie Dundas, Conner Guzzi, Graham Guzzi, and Vince Guzzi; sister Alice Jane Pratt and husband John; niece Camellia Clark, M.D. and husband Mark and their daughter Natalie; step-children Bruce Haynes and wife Alice, Kathy West and husband Greg, Kenneth Haynes and wife Cindy, and Susie Reeves and husband Jerry, seven step-grandchildren; brother-in-law Bill Humphrey and wife Carlie.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

   A Celebration of Life service for Kenlon Stuart “Ken” Keys was held Saturday July 25, 2009 at 11:00am at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with Rev. Leroy Brown officiating.
   Ken was born on March 14, 1927 in Honolulu, Hawaii and passed away Tuesday July 21, 2009 in Trinity, Texas. Ken served his country in the United States Army during peacetime; while serving in the US Army he was a member of the swim team, he continued swimming and he taught his children to swim at an early age. Ken and his family lived in Australia for a period of time. He was a long time member of the Loins Club and enjoyed helping the children in need. Before retirement he worked as a Restaurant Manager for Grandy’s Restaurant for many years. Ken and his wife Bette are present members of Trinity Most Holy Catholic Church, of Trinity. 
  His parents Stuart and Marjorie Keys; and Brother Kerwin Keys precede him in death.
   Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years Bette Davis Keys; daughter Linda Fountain and husband Joe; son Kevin Keys; grandchildren Nathan Keys, Ian Fountain, Connor Fountain; sister Lois Ensrud and husband Norman; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

   Funeral services for Daisy Sue Bell were held Thursday July 23, 2009 at 11:00am at Trinity Tabernacle Assembly of God Church with Rev. Rodger Goins officiating. Interment followed in Bell Family Cemetery.
   Pallbearers were Randy Bell, Kenny Wayne Rowe, Johnny Griffin, Frank Watts, Charlie Maines, and Charles Edwards.
   Sue was born in Houston, Texas on August 14, 1944 to Fred and Daisy May Williams and passed away in Houston Monday July 20, 2009, after a long courageous battle with cancer. She was a graduate of Spring Branch High School. Sue was employed as a computer mainframe operator with TDCJ and was assigned to the BOT Building in Huntsville. Sue retired in 1999 after 10 years of service. She loved to be outdoors. Sue was compass-sionate in the regards of giving to other people, she would find a way to give and help others on a daily basis. She was a strong Christian Lady and attended Trinity Tabernacle Assembly of God Church. 
     She was a loving wife of 34 years to John Douglas Bell; a wonderful and giving mother for her daughter Jean Watts and husband Frank; a supportive and caring sister for Peggy Mains and husband Charlie; half sister Lois Jones and husband Floyd Ray; an adored her niece and nephew Karen Risler and Ralph Patterson; her great niece Jordan Davis Sue; and many special friends and other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home


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