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East Texas News - Obituaries
Groveton News - March 15, 2009 - March 22, 2009

   Funeral service for Melba Jean Hart High, 74, will be held at 11:00am Saturday March 14, 2009 at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville, Texas. Interment followed at 2:00pm at South Memorial Park in Pearland, Texas.
   Mrs. High was born December 2, 1934 in Groveton Texas and entered eternal rest Monday March 9, 2009 in Huntsville, Texas joining her husband Billy Morris High; her parents Clarence and Verna Lee Hart; and sisters Margie and Betty. 
   Melba was a 1952 graduate of Groveton High School and a loving mom and grandmother for 54 years and a dedicated employee for over 18 years at Walker County Courthouse. 
   Survivors include daughters and son-in-laws Cindy and Jerry McCullars, of Alvin, Texas, Debby and Tom Huddleston of Conroe, Texas; daughter Brenda High Cabrero of Pearland, Texas; son and daughter-in-law Danny and Le High of South Houston, Texas; Eleven precious grandchildren and ten precious great-grandchildren; sisters Beverly, Clara, and Dot; brothers Clarence, Lester and Floyd; along with numerous aunts, uncles, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.
   She will be surely missed but never forgotten. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Groveton Ex-Student Assoc., P. O. Box 70, Groveton, Texas  75845.
   Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.shmfh.com.
Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home

   Funeral services for the Honorable Judge Robert Lane Stubblefield, 61, of Trinity were held Sunday, March 15, 2009 at the Trinity High School Auditorium at 2:00pm with Rev. Randy Lowe and Rev. Lewis Jones officiating. Interment followed   in Ellis Prairie Cemetery.
    Judge Robert L. Stubblefield was born in Groveton, Texas on May 10, 1947 to Chester Dale and Velma Stubblefield. Chester Dale passed away while Robert was young. Later his mother married Mr. Fred Chapman  
   Judge Stubblefield was a graduate of Groveton, High School. He went to work for the Department of Justice, Eastham Unit for a short term and resigned to work under Sheriff Lynn Evans as a deputy he later rejoined TDCJ and was assigned to the Diagnostic Unit. He remained with TDCJ for more than thirty years. He retired in 1997 as a Major at the Training Academy. 
    Judge Stubblefield was appointed to the Justice of the Peace, Precinct # 2. He was elected to the position two consecutive terms. His most recent term would have ended in December of 2010. 
   Judge Stubblefield was a true servant he served on the Board of Directors of Trinity County Crime stoppers and was involved in numerous civic organizations in Trinity County.  He attended Calvary Baptist Church of Trinity. 
   Judge Stubblefield enjoyed working with his hands and he made all different kinds of woodwork crafts and gave them to his friends and neighbors. He was a blessing to many and will be greatly missed.
  Survivors include his faithful and devoted wife of 32 years Mary Stubblefield; brother Lloyd Stubblefield and wife Margaret; mother-in-law Willie Mae Thompson; sisters–in-law Clara Marino and husband Jasper and Meredith Dunaway; secretary Kirk Davis; life time companion (his dog) Bubba; and numerous other relative and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

   Funeral services for Jennie Mae Phifer of Jacksonville, Texas were held Monday March 16, 2009 at 11:00am at Evans Chapel United Methodist Church on FM 977 west of Leona, Texas with Reverend Morris House officiating.
   Mrs. Phifer was born June 13, 1920 in Saratoga, Texas, to John and Minnie Ella (Day) Bonner and was the last survivor of their seven children and lost her heroic battle with cancer on Saturday March 14, 2009. She graduated from high school in Saratoga and attended Lon Morris College where she met her husband, Wilbur. They graduated from Sam Houston State Teachers College and were married. Both received Masters Degrees from Sam Houston and Mrs. Phifer taught English at Lon Morris until Mr. Phifer’s return from WWII. Being an avid cook, she enjoyed delighting her family and friends with her culinary creations. The Phifers spent many happy summers in their RV enjoying the mountains of Colorado, catching and canning salmon, and visiting with friends from around the country. After teaching in public schools, Mrs. Phifer taught English at Lon Morris College for 20 years, retiring in 1985. She was a member of Chapter 177 Order of the Eastern Star and Lambda Phi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma where she held various leadership positions and developed many close friend-ships. A graduate of Famous Writer’s School and a member of the Poetry Society of Texas, she was a published writer of poetry and non-fiction. Mrs. Phifer’s poetry has been published in several books, magazines, and other pub-lications. Her latest manuscript, The Safety Pin Tree, will be available this spring.
   Mrs. Phifer taught in Groveton High School in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.
   A brother Lee Bonner; sisters Carmen Casner, Harriette Coley, Hettie Kibby, Pearl Gardenhire, and Ruby Thomas preceded Mrs. Phifer in death.
   Survivors include her husband of 66 years Wilbur L. Phifer; daughters and sons-in-law Ann and Juan Reyes of Lufkin, Kay and Jerry Morton of Woodstock, IL; grandsons Russell Moore of Cushing, Paul Moore of Austin, Richard Morton of Crystal Lake, IL; granddaughter Kathryn Morton of Woodstock, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    Mrs. Phifer was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend and will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.
    Memorials in honor of Jennie Mae Phifer may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd, Tyler, TX 75701, or to the American Cancer Society.
Madisonville Funeral Home

   Funeral Services for Victoria Gretchen Smith Cotton were held Sunday March 15, 2009 at 1:00pm at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home. Burial followed in St. Andrews Cemetery of Onalaska.
   Victoria Gretchen Smith Cotton was born August 29, 1905 and her demise was Tuesday March 10, 2009. She was the second of ten children born to Solon and Emma Smith in Kickapoo, Texas.  Six of her siblings Doris, Garland, Lucas, Truell, Smiler and Marcus preceded her in death. Also, she was preceded in death by half-brothers, Solon Smith and Horace Smith.
   Victoria attended grade school in Kickapoo, Texas. Later she studied and practiced cosmet-ology in Bryan, Texas. She relocated in Houston, Texas and transferred her membership from Saint Andrew Methodist Church in Kickapoo, Texas to Sloan United Methodist Church in Houston where she served faithfully until her health no longer permitted.
   Victoria was united in matrimony to Edward Cotton. The union remained faithful until Mr. Cotton’s demise.
  No children were born to this union. However, she had a passion and love for children. She served as a positive role model and surrogate mother to many children in her family, community and church.
   Church affiliations included member of the Gospel Choir, member of the Official Board, Sunday School Teacher/ Superintendent and other church related auxiliaries. She was patient, supportive and under-standing, particularly with children she worked with in Sloan Sunday School some include, but not limited to Lillie Ballard, Brenda Hightower Dugas, Larry Hunter, Carol Hempstead, Barbara Daniel and Patricia Baxter Jefferson.
   During her senior years, for those who have not known her name, she was “the little lady who mows her lawn and works her own flower beds”, or “the little lady who walks to the service station with her gas can to get gas for her lawnmower”. She was small stature, but strong in faith. She was known by her constant phrase to all with which she came in contact “remember to be prayerful”. 
  Victoria worked for many years as a domestic worker in River Oaks, and helper as Sloan Day Care.
   Survivors include her sisters Katie Green and Winona Lowe; brother Olga Smith; special nephews Peyton Franklin, Larry Lowe, and Oris Green; special nieces Dorothy Tillmon, Maudell Simon, and Emma Joyce Hobbs; many other nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces and nephews, relatives and friends; and two special confidantes Harold Hempstead and Lillie Ballard.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

   A Celebration of Life Service for Betty Charlotte Marini, 80, of Trinity will be held Saturday March 21, 2009 at 11:00am at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeff McDonald officiating.
   Mrs. Marini was born in Urbana, Ohio on August 2, 1928; her parents were Stanley and Beryle Blake. Mrs. Marini passed away with her family at her side Saturday, March 7, 2009 in Katy, Texas.  She was formerly of Houston where she owned and operated B & G Graphics of Houston.  Mrs. Marini was a mother, grandmother and a sister she loved to be close to her family. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Trinity. 
   Survivors include her children Paige Gortana and husband Marco, of Dallas, Guy Marini, of Houston, Vanessa Faske, Darrell Arthur both of Houston; grandchildren twins Luca and Isabella of Dallas, Travis Faske and wife Yesenia of Houston, Wesley Marini of Katy; great-grandchildren Travis, Ceasar, Elizabeth and Tristen Faske; brother Stanley “Sonny” Blake, Jr. and wife Sidney of Urbana, Ohio; sister Sandra Sue Hoppe and husband Kurt of Littleton, Colorado; and numerous other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home
   Funeral services for Curtis McCloud will be held Saturday March 21, 2009 at Groveton School Auditorium at 1:00 p.m.  Wake services will be Friday at 7:00-900p.m. Greater New Hope Baptist Church, Lacy Community. Burial will be in the Lacy Cemetery.
  Mr. McCloud was born to Iola and Edell McCloud November 13, 1937. Mr. McCloud passed Tuesday March 10, 2009.
    His parents and 3 siblings preceded him in death.
   He leave to mourn his passing, 3 daughters Teresa Pettigrew, Cheryl McCloud, Lomona McCloud, 2 sisters Loraine Taylor, and Wayne Gray. Emanuel Funeral Home Directors.


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