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Groveton News - Obituaries
For the Week of June 11, 2007 - June 18, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

   Funeral services for R. E. Ainsworth, 72, of Groveton, Texas were held Friday June 8, 2007 at 10:00am in the Groveton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Lewis Jones officiating. Interment followed in the Forest Park Lawndale, East Houston, Texas at 2:30pm
   Mr. Ainsworth was born December 24, 1934 in Trinity County, Texas and passed away Wednesday June 6, 2007 in Houston, Texas.  He was affiliated with the First Baptist Church of Groveton; and Groveton Senior Citizens; and a retired machinist for Continental Can.
  He is preceded in death by his daughter Diane Ainsworth; son Charles Ainsworth; first wife Bernice Sobotik; and second wife Doris Hilburn.
    Survivor include his daughter and son in law Carolyn and Doug Ritterhouse of Groveton, Texas; brother Lyndoll Ainsworth; sister Mary Johnson; mother Ruth Ainsworth; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.
   Memorials may be given to the Groveton Senior Citizen Center, Groveton, Texas.
   Groveton Funeral Home, director.

   Funeral services for Carl Owen Dyer, Sr. 83, of Trinity, Texas were held Wednesday June 6, 2007 at 6:00 pm at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home Chapel.
    Mr. Dyer was born January 14, 1924 in Houston, Texas to Edward Cecil and Leona Mae Laribee Dyer and passed away on Sunday June 3, 2007 in Crockett, Texas. He served his country in the United States Navy.  He worked as a superintendent at the ship yard. He was a member of International Union of Longshoreman. Carl was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the Lions Club.
     He was preceded in death by his wife. Rubye Marie Eber-hardt.
   Survivors include his son Carl Owen Dyer, Jr. and wife Freda; grandchildren Carl Owen Dyer, III and wife Holly, Alissa Lee Cisneros and husband Daniel, Susan Anderson and friend Kenny Taylor, Paula Homrig-haus and husband Kirk, Donna Quarles and husband Glenn; great-grandchildren, Courtney, Ross, Brady, Eden; sister Betty Wilson; and numerous other relatives.
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrange-ments.

   Funeral services for Frank Marion McGee were held Wednesday June 6, 2007 at 2:00 pm at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with Rev. Leroy Brown officiating. Interment followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
   Mr. McGee was born April 13, 1925 in Groveton, Texas and passed away Sunday June 3, 2007 in Houston, Texas
   He served his country in the United States Army during WWII. Most of his life he has self employed and has done dirt work, truck driver, he hauled road base material, installed septic tanks in our rural community.
  He was preceded in death by his mother Audrey Thornton McGee; father Harold McGee; daughter-in-law, Tessi McGee; grandson Brody McGee; great-granddaughter Makenna Mich-elle McGee; and brother James Edward McGee
   Survivors include his daughter Betty Ann Butler and husband John; son Danny Frank McGee;
grandchildren Blake Daniel McGee and wife Kristina, Shay Mikel McGee and special friend Kristy, Tracey Rene Wright and husband Gaines, Mindy Kaye Harbison and husband Aaron, Brandon Scott Butler & wife Megan; great grandchildren, Brandon  McGee, Landon McGee, Kolbey Rowe, Heather Cochran, Jon Place, Morgan Wright, Bailey Wright, Brittney Butler, Hanna Butler, Taylor Butler; great- great-grand-daughter, Mallory Hendrix; sisters, Catherine Biscamp, Dorothy Jane Doyle; brother Billy Gerald McGee; and numerous other relatives.
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrange-ments.

    Funeral Services for Lorraine Walker Gates, 87, of Trinity, Texas were held on Monday June 11, 2007 at 10:00 am at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dan Alexander officiating. Interment followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
     Mrs. Gates was one of three children born to Edward and Elvia Cotten Walker. She was born on a Tuesday, January 19, 1920 in Saratoga, Texas. Mrs. Gates passed away peacefully on Friday June 8, 2007 in Huntsville, Texas.  She was a Christian woman and a strong independent lady that loved the sound of classical music and had a passion for reading a good book.  She was a Librarian for Lansberry Elementary in Trinity and Blanche K. Werner Public Library for some years. She later devoted volunteer time to the Martin Senior Center. She was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church of Trinity.  
   She is preceded in death by her husband Randolph L.  Gates in 1977; sons Randolph “Lindy” Gates, Jr. in 1984 and Bill Barber in 1988; brother Edward Walker; and a sister Dorothy Harris.  Mrs. Gates was a generous, kind, unselfish, caring and loving, devoted mother, grandmother, great-grand-mother, and friend to all that knew her. She loved her family and her church family very deeply.
  She leaves behind a great legacy of survivors daughters Jan Stephens and husband Jerry and Jennifer Barber Williams and husband E.W.; six grand-children, Marie Walet and husband Gregory, Laurie Broussard, Tara Williams and husband Emmitt, William “Tre” Barber and wife Amy, Tori Smith and husband Timothy and Lyndsay Stephens; eleven great-grandchildren Rachelle, Kas-sidy, Josh, Jacob, Timothy, Courtney, Justin, Tanner, Jordan, Addison and Morgan Lorraine; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
   Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 872, Trinity, Texas, 75862 or Blanche K. Werner Library, P. O. Box 1168, Trinity, Texas 75862.
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrange-ments

   Milvia "Mimi" Salser Witt was born October 30, 1920 in Apple Springs, Texas, one of two children born to the late "Mama" Susie and Jim Bob Salser. After walking with the Lord for most of hr life, she suddenly and mercifully departed to rest in His arms on June 5, 2007. Surrounded by her family, her final hours were spent anxiously awaiting the birth of a special little cousin, Dilyn Baird, son of Michael and Shandi Baird of Apple Springs.
   Mimi's greatest joy was praying for and being with her family. She was always present with her love and support for every birth, wedding, birthday, graduation and special event for all of her 3 children, 8 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. For years, she proudly served on the Board of Directors of Gloria Russell Children's Ministries and extensively served in the Altrusa Club of Lufkin as President and in various other offices.
    Ms. Witt retired from Calvary Baptist Church where she served as Financial Secretary for 25 years. Previously, she worked as a bookkeeper for W. A. Dubose Ford Tractor.
   For the past 4 years, Ms. Witt attended Keltys First Baptist Church and loved being a member of the women's JOY Sunday School Class. Prior to that, she was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church of Lufkin for over 35 years.
   Surviving family members include daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Clifford Russell of Colmesneil; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and James H. Smith of Apple Springs; son and daughter-in-law, Phil and Leah Witt of Apple Springs; grandchildren, Susan and Sidney Waldron of Missouri City, Nancy and Terry Brown of Arkansas, David Russell of Lufkin, Kelli and Keith Barnes of Colmesneil, Kevin and Tiana Smith of Lufkin, Sharon and Andy Delgado of Nacogdoches, Shandi and Woody Porterfield of Diboll, Terry Witt of Magnolia; 19 great-grand-children; and 2 great-great grandchldren. She is also survived by a special "sister-like" first cousin and her husband, LaNell and Henry Steel of Apple Springs and their very loving family.
   Ms. Witt was preceded in death by her mother, father and brother, Eulen Salser.
    Pallbearers were Kevin Smith, David Russell, Terry Witt, Keith Barnes, Sidney Waldron, Andy Delgado, Roy Lynn Madden and Danny Steel. Honorary pallbearers were Alfred Vick and Henry Steel.
    Expressions of sympathy may be made in Ms. Witt's memory to the Keltys First Baptist Church Building Fund, 2402 N. John Redditt Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75901; or to the Bennett Cemetery Association, 227 Max Due Road, Groveton, Texas 75845.
   Services for Ms. Witt were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday June 8, 2007, in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Mark Livingston and Bro. Horace Fletcher officiating. Interment followed in the Bennett Cemetery in Trinity County.
   Gipson Funeral Home; Philip Snead, director.







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