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Groveton News - Obituaries
For the Week of March 9, 2007 - March 16, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

      Funeral services for Burl Thomas Johnson, 90, of Katy, Texas formerly of Groveton, Texas were held Tuesday February 27, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in the Schmidt Funeral Home in Katy, Texas with Bro. Lewis Jones officiating.  Graveside service were held Tuesday February 27, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. at the Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont, Texas with Bro. Lewis Jones officiating.
   Mr. Johnston was born, one of four children, on June 21, 1916 to Tracy Thomas Johnston and Grace West Johnston in Bond, Mississippi and he went go be with his Lord and Savior on Friday February 23, 2007 in Katy, Texas.
    In July of 1946 he married Altha Mae Barrett in Huntsville, Texas. 
   After serving in the US Army during World War II, the couple raised their family in Galena Park, Texas and was member of First Baptist Church until 1986. He was a charter member of Pipe Fitters L. U. 211 and retired from Petro-Tex Chemical Company in 1986.  Upon retirement, he and Altha moved to Nogales Prairie, Texas where they became members of the First Baptist Church of Groveton, Texas.  In 2002 they moved to Katy, Texas.
    During his lifetime Burl’s greatest pleasures included reading his Bible daily and working in his garden.  He was an avid fan of the Katy Tigers football program where his son Mike coached.
  Survivors include his wife Altha Johnston; children Mike and Donna Johnston of Katy, Texas and Steve and Judy Johnston of Houston, Texas; grandchildren Russ Johnston, Paul and Shelby Johnston, Staci Anderson, Kyle Johnston, Dr. Chad and Deetra Hammett; and five great grandchildren.
   In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Groveton, P. O. Box 306, Groveton, TX 75845-0306
   Schmidt Funeral Home of Katy, Texas in charge of arrangements.

   Funeral services for Virgil Wiley Doop, 90, of Trinity, Texas were held Friday February 23, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with Rev. Jason Burden and Rev. Lindsey Nimmons officiating.   Interment followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
   Mr. Doop was born on Saturday January 17, 1917 in Beaver City, Oklahoma and was one of 11 children born to Orr Wiley and Cena Bell Miller Doop and passed away Wednesday February 21, 2007 in Crockett, Texas
  He was a veteran of WWII, he proudly served in the US Army.  He helped to rebuild Pearl Harbor after the bombing.  He was a lifelong member of American Legion Post#314, and was strong in the Labor Union of Palestine and served on the board as president as well as president of AFLICIO of Yuba, California.  Virgil owned and operated a Locksmith business for more than 24 years and was a member of Texas Locksmith Association.  He served a term as president for Local Trinity AARP Chapter.  He was a faithful member of Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church where he enjoyed teaching Gods word at Sunday school and served as a Deacon for his church.  He was a carpenter by grade His free time was spent in the woods hunting, on the lake fishing, and playing the guitar and harmonica.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; eight brothers and sisters Zell, Lewis, Mary, Joe, Willis, Delmar, Hattie, and Faye; and step daughter in law Maria Vanecek.
   Survivors include his wife of 30 years Verda Veatrice Franklin Doop; daughter Margaret Davis and husband Bruce; son Dale Doop and wife Linda; stepson Joe Wayne Vanecek; sisters Dorothy Page and Lillie Craig; grandchildren Michael Davis and wife Mary, Dale Shannon Cooper and Valicia Doop; step-granddaughters Valecia and Sareca Vanecek; great grand-children Cheyanna Davis, Cody davits, and Shelli Davis, Brandon Veedell and Jared Baker; step great grandsons Nathan Smith and Dylon Briston; and numerous other relatives.
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrange-ments.

  Lorenzo J. “Larry” Bortolazzo, age 89 of Trinity, passed away on February 21, 2007 in Trinity, Texas.  Larry was born in Santa Barbara, California on March 6, 1917 to the late Ugenio and Angela Sarnigotto Bortolazzo.  He served in the Merchant Marines carrying supplies by sea to the troops during war time.  Larry was an owner and operator of auto service and gasoline station in Santa Barbara, California. He moved to Trinity in 2001. He enjoyed playing golf in his free time. Larry is preceded by a brother Ugenio Bortolazzo.
      Larry is survived by his wife of 22 years Mary Evelyn Bortolazzo of Trinity; daughters Diane Hunn of California, Judith Ryan of Las Vegas, Lori Davison of California; Sister Ugenia Signor;  Thirteen Grand-children; 11 great grand-children; and step-sons, Mike Morrison and wife Bobbie, Phillip Morrison and wife Lynn. 
   The family would like to express a special thank-you from our hearts, to the staff of Avalon Place and the Morrison family for all the loving care and time that was given to our father during the time of need.
   There was no service scheduled.
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrange-ments.







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