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East Texas News - Obituaries
Groveton News - March 2010

On Thursday, March 11, 2010, his personal Savior Jesus Christ, called Neal Barton of Lumberton, to come to his heavenly home. He entered his earthly life on June 23, 1932 in Apple Springs, Texas located in Trinity County. He was the youngest of six children born to Myrtie Roach Barton and G.A. “Babe” Barton. His parents and brothers Lee, Lewey C. and Fred A. Barton all preceded him in death. Neal was a devoted husband to his wife, Mildred Elizabeth Smith Barton, to whom he was married for fifty-two years. Also, he was a loving father to their son, Neal Barton, Jr. and his wife, Renee. He was a caring brother to his two sisters, Ruth Barton McClain and Betty Joyce Barton Due of Lufkin and he was blessed to have many nieces and nephews who brought joy into his life. One of the things that he was most proud of in his life was the time he served his country in the Army during the Korean War. He had a passion for reading Bible prophecy and studying the Holy Word each day, as well as a great interest in American history, especially the Civil War period. There was never an animal that he did not feed but he took special time with cats and dogs, which gave him pleasure and he in return gave them food and love. He attended the St. Mark’s Thursday Prayer Breakfast every week, where he frequently could be found in the kitchen helping to prepare breakfast for the men. Each year, he enjoyed going to Lamar University to help cook for the students when his home church provided meals. For many years, Neal worked at Some Other Place on Fridays, cooking and serving meals to the homeless. Neal was a deacon at Westgate Memorial Baptist Church and his Celebration of Life Service was held at the church on Tuesday, March 16, at 2:00 p.m. under the direction of Broussard’s, Beaumont. A graveside service will be 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at the Garden of Memories Memorial Park in Lufkin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Southeast Texas, P.O. Box 1629, Beaumont, Texas 77704-1629, Stephen F. Austin State University Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 6092- SFA Station, Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-6092, or Angelina Junior College Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1768, Lufkin, Texas 75902. Broussard’s Beaumont

Memorial service for Roy Benjamin Hudspeth was held Saturday March 13, 2010 at 11:00am at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with Rev. Jason Burden officiating. Roy was born November 30, 1941 in Huntsville, Texas and passed away Sunday March 7, 2010 in Trinity, Texas Roy proudly served in the US Army from 1964 to 1966 during the Vietnam War, was a self employed carpenter, had a wonderful sense of humor and a beautiful smile, enjoyed taking care of his plants and especially loved the beauty of the rose, never turned a stray dog away and he made them part of his family. Survivors include his adopted daughter Debra Jackson and husband Jesse; grandchildren Christopher and Amberlie Falk and Phillip Falk and fiancé Covie Grimet; great grand children; Christian, Harold James-Lee, Everett and Ryan Falk, and Allee Grimet; and many other friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

Funeral Services for Mattie Cora Hughes Troutman were held Tuesday March 9, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Terry Gibson officiating. Interment followed in the Pennington Cemetery. Mrs. Mattie Cora Hughes Troutman, age 84 of Houston, passed away Saturday, March 6, 2010 in the Spring Branch Hospital in Houston. Mrs. Troutman was born March 19, 1925 in Pennington, Texas and had resided in Houston most of her lifetime. She was a homemaker and a member of the Long Point Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband of 64 years E. C. Troutman, of Houston; daughter Judy Gon-zales of Houston; granddaughter Lori Ann Searcy and husband Frank of Houston; grandson Casey Anderson and wife Miranca of Langley, British Columbia; great-grandchildren Delaney Searcy, Cailey Searcy, both of Houston and Kasen Anderson of Langley, British Columbia; sisters Allie Arnold, Kitty Magee and Mary D. Holmes and husband Billy B. Sr., all of Pennington; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Proceeded in death by her parents Dee W. and Geneva Hughes, of Pennington; and son-in-law Ernie Gonzales, of Houston. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Funeral service for Sue Carolyn Thomasson Riggs was held Wednesday March 3, 2010 at 10:00am at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with Associate Minister Jerry Gardner officiating burial followed in Cleveland, Texas in Montague Cemetery. Mrs. Riggs, 72 was born December 6, 1937 in Brady, Texas and passed away Sunday February 28, 2010 in Tyler, Texas. Sue was a graduate of LaPorte High School Class of 1956. Sue is formerly of LaPorte, Texas where she was a bookkeeper for the Bay Shore National Bank, worked in accounts payable for Morton Thicol of Seabrook, and had a passion for cooking for her family as well as her friends. She and her husband retired to Trinity, Texas in 1995, where she enjoyed shopping, riding in her golf cart around the neighborhood and watching the beauty of the wild deer. She loved her many friends and will be missed by all that loved her. Sue was a member of Church of Christ of LaPorte, Texas. She is preceded in death by her parents Ben Alvin and Kathryn Thomasson; nephew Scott Hutchison; and brother-in-law Eddie Hutchison. Survivors include her devoted and loving husband of 51 years Sammie Charles Riggs sons Sammy Riggs and wife Teresa, Lanny Riggs and wife Debbie, Danny Glenn Riggs and wife Elizabeth Ann, William Scott Collins; grandchildren Dustin, Cody, Kyle, Cory, Kayla, Brooke, and Brandy; sister Marilyn Hambrick and husband John; sister-in-law Jene Hutchison; mother-in-law Ida Mae Riggs; Niece Gwenda Moser and husband Tommy, nephews Ronnie Gray, Eddie Hutchison, and Brad Hutchison; and numerous aunts, uncles, and other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

Funeral services for Chester Eugene Baker were held Monday March 8, 2010 at River of Life Church at 2:00pm with Rev. Mike Loftin officiating. Burial followed in Clapp Cemetery. Mr. Baker was born January 31, 1935 in Trinity, Texas and passed away Friday March 5, 2010 in Crockett, Texas. He was very knowledgeable about automobiles and he worked as a self employed and self-educated mechanic for Billy Tidwell and Roberts Soil Service. He also owned and operated a pulp wood business. He was a master in hunting and fishing and has taught his grandchildren the spectacular sport of hunting and fishing. Chester has never met a stranger and the people he never met were to be his future friends. All that knew and loved him will miss him. He is preceded in death by son Richard “Ricky” Baker; brother-in-law James Roark; parents Sleanus and Lucille Baker; and grandson Baby Ashton. Survivors include his wife of 54 years Barbara Jean Baker; son Mitchell Baker and wife Terri; daughter Kimberly Cleve-land and husband Allen; grandchildren Ryan, Olivia, Justin and Clayton Baker, Sheldon, Jaden, and Kylen Cleveland; siblings Fred Baker, Katie Roark, Stacy Baker and wife Daina; mother-in-law Mary Groze; nieces Carrie Ringo and husband Eddie, Patty Gates, Kay Smith and husband Neal; and numerous other relatives and many friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

Mr. Ben F. Cooksey, age 81 of Elkhart went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, February 23, 2010. Mr. Cooksey was born on May 22, 1928 in Crockett to Ben Frank and San Francisco Cooksey. Mr. Cooksey had a distinguished military career and was a veteran of the Korean War. Leaving the military as a Chief Warrant Officer in 1956, he began another career with the Federal Civil Service, serving our country as a Missile Maintenance Technician and instructor in radar and missile systems until his retirement in 1974. Among his many accomplishments, a favorite was being ordained in the service of his LORD. The Cooksey family made multiple moves during a 22 year span, enjoying an adventurous life of traveling for work and pleasure. Upon retiring to Elkhart, Mr. Cooksey completed his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology and worked with CPS for 8 years. Daddy/Pa, we are eternally grateful that you have left us with a legacy of love for our Savior Jesus Christ. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Rosa L. Cooksey; daughters Kathleen Cooksey Sebenoler, Sharon Sutton, Bendetta C. Howington and husband LTC (ret.) Rick Howington; son SGT (ret.) Richard Lynn Cooksey and wife Shannon; six grandchildren Allori Leone and husband TSgt Mike Leone, David Ellis and wife Laurie, Cassandra Majauskas and husband CPT Steve Majauskas, Sally Howington, Stephanie Douglas and husband John, Richard Lynn Cooksey (Huck), Alexandra Stites; great-grandchildren: Brianna Leone, Bayleigh Kasper, Jakob Ferris, Matthew Ellis, and Abigail Majauskas, plus one little Douglas on the way. Preceded in death by his parents Ben Frank and Sa Francisco; two brothers Charles and John Robert Cooksey; sister Opal McMannus; and his beloved daughter Grace Ann Cooksey (Baby Gal). Funeral Services for Mr. Ben F. Cooksey were held Friday, February 26, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at Family of Faith Church in Elkhart with the Rev. Justin Pitts officiating. Internment followed in Garden of Memories Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or Youth Group at Family of Faith Church, Elkhart. To view online, leave condolences or sign guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

Mr. Danny Ray Burran, age 57 of Mexia, passed away Thursday, February 25, 2010 in Mexia. Mr. Burran was born February 9, 1953 in Brownfield, Texas and had lived in Mexia most of his lifetime. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. Survivors include his parents Elder R. R. and Toy Faye Burran, of Weches; sisters Sandra Faye Hayes and husband Kerry, of Arp, Sharon Estes and husband David, of Mansfield and Verna Ann Clark, of Arp; nephews Gary McDonald, John Ray McDonald, both of Arp, Andy McDonald, of Corpus Christi and Danny Cook, of Katy; nieces Lora Gayle Cook, of Dallas and Stacey McDonald, of Oneida, Tenn.; nine great-nieces and great-nephews; host of friends and family. Funeral Services for Danny Ray Burran were held Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Elder Darrell Inman and Elder Arnold Hendrick officiating. Interment followed in the Weches Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mexia State School, P. O. Box 1132, Mexia, Texas 76667. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Billy Douglas Emerson, age 68 of Garwin, Iowa, passed away Thursday, February 25, 2010 in Round Rock, Texas. Mr. Emerson was born on September 28, 1941 to Billy L. Emerson and Margaret Douglass Emerson in Fort Worth, Texas. He was a beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, and Marine Corps Veteran. Mr. Emerson was loved by all and enjoyed making everyone laugh. His kind soul will be forever missed. Survivors include his daughters Cindy Laing, Billie D. Miller, Sherrie Sandor, Bobbie Jo Vastine, and Kristen Brice; grandchildren Ryan Brice, Braeden Brice, Jamie Vastine, Joshua Vastine, Anna Sandor, Krisztian Sandor, Jordan Miller, Christopher Laing, Andrew Laing, Brendan Laing, and Daric Laing; sister Carol Scoville and husband Mike; niece Melissa Blennert; nephew Michael Blennert; and numerous other loving family and dear friends. Veteran Memorial Service was held at the DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211 on Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. Please visit Mr. Emerson online memorial at HYPERLINK "http://billy-emerson.memory-of.com" http://billy-emerson.memory-of.com.

Mrs. Tommie Jean Aiken Whitehead, age 79, passed away Sunday, February 25, 2010. Mrs. Whitehead was born May 12, 1930 in Sinton to Harold (Buster) and Ellie Lee Mitchell Aiken. She will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her. Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law Ronald and Dorothy Whitehead and Jeff and Susan Whitehead; sisters Nelva Peyton, Vivian Moore, Patsy Jones and husband Jerry; brothers Harold (Sonny) and wife Polly and Bobby and wife Jean; grandchildren Daniel Whitehead, Keila Crews and husband Mike and Britney Whitehead; and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Preceded in death by her husband Clifford; sisters Christine Crawford and Maxine Wagner; and a grandson Russell Whitehead. Service of Remembrance for Mrs. Tommie Jean Aiken Whitehead was held Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of South Park Funeral Home in Pearland officiating Mr. Roy Finner of Wallisville Road Church of Christ. Gravesides Services followed at 3:30 p.m. in the Antioch Cemetery in Lovelady. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.southparkfunerals.com SouthPark Funeral Home

Mrs. Mary Seale Tullos, age 80 of Crockett, surrounded by her family, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 28, 2010 at Houston County Nursing Home. Mrs. Tullos was born on December 24, 1929 to Jim and Millie Powell in Leon County, Texas. After marrying J. E. Seale July 15, 1946 they made their home in Pennington until 1965 when they moved to Crockett. Mrs. Tullos spent many years as a nurse in the 50, 60 & 70’s. Mrs. Tullos started her nursing career at Crockett Medical and Surgical in the late 50’s, nursing there until the early 70’s when she and her husband J.E. Seale moved to Houston where she then nursed at Methodist Hospital and Doctors Clinic. After a back injury and surgery she was no longer able to nurse. Moving back to Crockett, she enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, family and friends. Mrs. Tullos was a member of the First Christian Church of Crockett. Survivors include her son Bill Seale and wife Sally, of Pennington; daughter Jeanie Driskell and husband Tommy, of Crockett; daughter-in-law Beverly Seale, of Zavala; grandchildren James Seale and wife Ann, Gary Seale and wife Karen, all of Splendora, Cindy Liles and husband Robin, of Tatum, Win Seale, of Nacogdoches, Troy Seale, of Pennington, Tommy Driskell, Jr. and wife Christine, of Round Rock, Jim Driskell and wife Sabrina, Will Driskell and wife Ashley, all of Frisco; great-grandchildren Jon Seale, of Splendora, Lacy, Dillon and Lexi Liles, of Tatum, Jack, Maegan and Josh Driskell, of Round Rock, Chayse and Jude Driskell, of Frisco; sisters Patsy Hallmark and husband George, of Arbor, Sue Kendrick and husband Don, of Crockett; brothers Alfred Powell and wife Lorine, Elmer Powell, all of Crockett and Jimmy Powell and wife Brenda, of Onalaska; brother-in-law Olan Seale and wife Walline, of Brenham; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents Jim Powell and Millie Wilkins Powell; husbands J.E. Seale in 1983; Joe Hill in 1987; and George Tullos in 2005; sons infant Gary N. Seale in 1955 and James E. Seale in 2005; sister Ann Black in 2002. Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Seale Tullos were held Wednesday March 3, at 2:00 p.m. at First Christian Church in Crockett with the Reverend Tim Allen officiating. Interment followed in the Pennington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pennington Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 216, Pennington, Texas 75856 or First Christian Church, 200 Gordon Drive, Crockett, Texas 75835. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Fred E. Elliott, age 93 of Creek, passed away Sunday, February 28, 2010 in the Whitehall Nursing Center in Crockett. Mr. Elliott was born February 3, 1917 in Creek, Texas and had been living in Creek. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army Air Corps having served as Staff Sergeant. Mr. Elliott was a member of the American Legion South Houston Post # 490. He was a retired operator having worked for Sinclair Oil Refinery and was a member of the Georgia Camp Baptist Church. Survivors include his son Gary E. Elliott, of Creek; granddaughters Kalen Massingill and husband James, of Fritch, Jaimie Patterson and husband John, of Huffman; great-grandchildren Morgan, Alyssa and Bryce; sister Clara Standley, of Creek; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his step-son Virgil Dewayne Elliott; and parents George and Minnie Elliott. Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Fred E. Elliott were held Thursday, March 4, 2010 in the Creek Cemetery. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Peggy Holt, age 62 of Kingwood, passed away Monday, March 1, 2010 in the Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital in Kingwood. Mrs. Holt was born June 28, 1947 in Houston, Texas and had lived in Kingwood for the past 7 months. She was a member of the Family Faith Church in Huntsville and had worked as a Funeral Home attendant. Survivors include her son Kenith Dover and wife Betty, of Onalaska; mother Nora Middleton and husband Jimmy, of Kingwood; granddaughter Sophia Dover, of Houston; great-granddaughter Lilly Pena, of Houston; brothers Joe Kaigler, of Latexo and Robert Middleton, of Porter; nephews and niece Mark Kaigler, of Latexo, Robert Allen Middleton and Trisha Middleton, both of Austin. Preceded in death by her husband Rusty Holt in 2006; and brother Jimmy Middleton in 1972 . Funeral Services for Mrs. Peggy Holt were held Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Phil Meadows officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Durwood Lynn Bristow, Jr., age 53 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2010, in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mr. Bristow was born August 21, 1956 in Calexico, California and was a resident of Crockett. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served during the Vietnam Era. Mr. Bristow had worked as a caseworker for the Department of Human Services and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Crockett. Survivors include his wife Christine Bristow, of Crockett; daughter Kristie Parrish and husband Brian, of Huntington; son Charles Durwood Bristow and wife Fawna, of Wichita, Kan.; grandchildren Levi Parrish, Harleigh Cassandra Parrish, Raegyn McKayla Parrish, Madison Leann Reid, Ashton Matthew Reid and Sofie Leann Bristow; parents Durwood Lynn, Sr. and Janice Bristow, of Coronet; sisters Sharon Luanne McMillan and husband James, of Tyler, Cynthia Irene Thrailkill and husband Jimmy, of Madisonville; brother Roy Durwood Bristow, of Tennessee Colony; mother-in-law Mary Canning, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his brother Michael Phillip Bristow in 1961; father-in-law Charles Canning in 2001 and father-in-law Walton Ellis White in 1972. Funeral Services for Mr. Durwood Lynn Bristow, Jr. will be held Monday, March 8, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. James McMillan officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 15186, Austin, Texas 78761. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home





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