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East Texas News - Obituaries
Groveton News - June 14, 2009 - June 21, 2009

VELMA GRACE DAVIS
Funeral services for Velma Grace Davis, 98, of the Nogalus Prairie Community in Trinity County, Texas were held Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 10:00am at the Prairie View Methodist Church in Nogalus Prairie. Rev. Ben Bagley will officiate. Entombment will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
   Mrs. Davis was born August 8, 1912 to William Thompson Fondren and Melissa Frances Gibson and was the youngest of 15 children.  She was born in Possum Walk and passed away in Lufkin, Texas Sunday June 14, 2009.  She was a member of the Prairie View Methodist Church and a former owner and operator of the Davis Grocery in Nogalus Prairie.
  She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Clarence Davis and fourteen brothers and sisters
  Survivors include daughter and son in law Charlene and Bob Ham of Lufkin; son and daughter in law Clell and Mellowayne Davis of Nogalus Prairie; son Clarence Davis, Jr. of Nogalus Prairie; sister in law Minnie Ola Smith; five grandchildren D’Wayne Davis of League City, Robert Ham and wife Jenny of Brenham, Dr. Carey Davis and wife Lucy of San Antonio, Kenneth Ham of Florence and Cheryl Dutill and husband Frank of Crystal Beach, Florida; nine great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and  nephews.
   Pallbearers were Dewey Ashworth, Kenneth Smith,  Martin Davis, R. C. Davis, Dennis Davis, and James T. Davis.
  Memorials may be made to Hospice in the Pines or the Prairie View Methodist Church.
Groveton Funeral Home

JUANICE HUTCHINS THOMPSON
2/16/27 - 6/5/09
   Juanice Thompson, 82, left this earth from the arms of her daughter to the loving arms of Jesus Friday, June 5th, 2009 at 5:10 a.m. surrounded by her loving family.
    A funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 9th at Lucas Funeral Home in Keller, Texas. Interment was in the DFW National Memorial Cemetery, Dallas, Texas, on Friday, June 12th.
   Juanice was born February 16, 1927 in Conroe, Texas. She played the piano and taught adult Sunday school for 45 years in the Assembly of God church. She spent most of her life in the Houston and Fort Worth areas, and then retired from CIGNA Insurance Co. to Groveton with her husband, Glen. They resided there for 13 years before moving back to the Fort Worth area to live near their daughter.
   Juanice was preceded in death by her parents John Alton Hutchins and Virgie Collins Hutchins; and sister Melba Kathleen Hall.
   Survivors include her devoted husband of 52 years Glen Thompson; children Jack Thompson and his wife Sultra, Terri Rasp and her husband Scott; grandchildren Keya, Krystle, and Kevin Thompson, and Emma Rasp; sister Marilyne Dworsky and her husband Jay; special cousin Audrey McDonald; niece and nephews, Robin Hudson and husband Tom, Dr. Gregory Hall and wife Terri, and Gerald Hall and wife Patty; and numerous additional family and friends.
   At the end of the Journey is God.
Lucas Funeral Home

VELMA LEE “NANNY” WHITMAN
   Funeral service for Velma Lee “Nanny” Whitman, 89, of Trinity was held Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 2:00pm at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Lowe officiating. Burial followed on Wednesday in Waco at Oakwood Cemetery at 10:00am.
   Nanny was born on September 12, 1919 in Waco, Texas and passed away in Trinity Sunday June 14, 2009. Her parents were James and Modest O’Bier. 
   She is preceded in death by husbands Grady Compton and Arthur Whitman; son James Compton; brothers James, Ray and Roy O’Bier; daughters-in-law Frances Compton and Mildred Compton.
   Nanny worked for a bomb manufacture plant during WWII. She has worked for Shamrock Bakery and Bill’s Dollar Store. With her late husband she was owner and operator of nightclub in Bedias, Texas.  Nanny moved to Trinity in 1991, she worked endless hours volunteering at the Good Samaritan House and she loved to do anything that needed done. She was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church.
   Survivors include her son Larry Compton and wife Mary; grandchildren Michael Comp-ton, Teresa Cleveland and husband Johnnie, Jerry Compton and wife Lynn, Susan Muehe; nine great grand children and sixteen great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home



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