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Groveton News - Obituaries
For the Week of November 4, 2007 - November 11, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

   Funeral services for Bonnie Faye Edmonds Hanson, 68, of Trinity, Texas were held Wednesday October 25, 2007 at Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. Jason Burden, Rev. Barron Harris and Rev. Leroy Brown officiating.  Interment followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
   Bonnie was born April 23, 1939 in Waco, Texas and passed away Saturday October 21, 2007 in Trinity, Texas.
     She attended Jeff Davis Business School, worked for Cornell & Company for more than 20 years, taught herself how to become a successful bookkeeper and was a bookkeeper until her health failed her, and was a member of Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church.
     Preceded in death by Parents, Leo Tillman and Jessie May Campbell Edmonds; and Brothers, Jimmy Smith and Tommy Smith
   Survivors include her husband of 52 years Robert Paul Hanson;
three children, Paula Sandell and husband Mark of Spring, Rhonda Gonzales and husband Danny of Spring, and Randy Hanson and wife Suzanne of Grand Prairie; five grand-children, Zachery, Benjamin, Christopher, Micah Lyn, Daniel, 
Brother, William “Butch” Edmonds and wife Mary; Sister-in-law Cathy Smith; and numerous nephews, nieces and other relatives.  
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

    Funeral service for Theodore “Ted” Johnson was held on October 24, 2007 at 11:00am at Friendship Harbor Church with Rev. John Budd, Rev. Bragg, and Rev. Brown officiating.  Interment followed in Chita Cemetery.
   Mr. Johnson was born October 26, 1928 in Elgin, Texas and passed away Sunday October 21, 2007 in Conroe, Texas. He was a longtime resident of Trinity County, a carpenter by trade, and helped build churches all around Texas. He was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather to his family. 
    He is preceded in death by wife Lois Johnson.
Survivors include his children Sheila Lee and husband Larry Lee, Donald Johnson and wife Arlene, Terry Johnson and wife Donna, Randy Johnson and wife Gayla, Carl Johnson and wife Sheila; sixteen grand-children; twenty-four great grandchildren;
brothers and sisters JoAnn Rainey, Dale Johnson and wife Dixie, Nellie Jansson; numerous nephews, nieces and other relatives
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

   Funeral service for Ralph Edward Wright, 66, of Trinity, Texas were held on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. Jason Burden and Rev. Leroy Brown officiating. Interment followed in Chita Cemetery.
    Ralph was born July 4, 1941 in Bastrop County, Texas to Harlan and Mildred Nite Wright and passed away Saturday October 20, 2007 in Fort Worth, Texas.
     Ralph was a graduate of Bastrop High School class of 59. He received a Bachelors degree in Business Adminis-tration from Baylor University in 1964. For more than 30 years he enjoyed being a high school football officiate and was a member of Texas Association of Sports Officials of Houston. Ralph was a District Manager for Houston Light & Power, now Reliant Entergy; he retired after 32 years of service. He served as President of Tomball Little League Association in the 1980’s.He was a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary Club of America. He served on the Board of Directors of Boys and Girls Country in Hockley, TX for several years. He found the game of golf very frustrating but relaxing and played often.  Ralph was a Deacon of his church, Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church.
     His parents and a brother James Turner Wright precede him in death.
     Survivors his wife of 42 years, Wanda Jean Wright; sons Ryan Edward Wright and wife Joanna of Wimberly, Steven Paul Wright and friend Kelley of Norman, Oklahoma; four grandchildren Sydney, Nicolas, Hanna, and Alexandra; brothers and sisters Wanda Adare and husband Joe of Bastrop, Roger Wright and wife Becky of Anna, Tx, Carolyn Klaus of Pflugerville; aunt Nell Holcomb and husband Buck of Lulling; uncles Perry Nite of Austin, and Marvin Nite of San Antonio; brother-in-laws Vernon Loftin and wife Ruby of Onalaska and Royal Loftin and wife Carolyn of Conroe; and  numerous other relatives and friends..
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

   Funeral services for Johnnie Merle Tatom, 75, were held on Friday October 26, 2007 at 11:00am at Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. Jason Burden and Rev. Leroy Brown officiating.  Interment followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery
   Mr. Tatom was born September 4, 1931 in Sweetwater, Texas and passed Tuesday October 23, 2007 in Lufkin, Texas.
  He served his country in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Johnnie was a long time Chevrolet Dealer in Trinity, Texas. He was known by his laughter and always had a beautiful smile for everyone.
   He was preceded in death by his parents John Claude & Rose Buchanan Tatom.
    Survivors include his wife of 49 years Etta Burlyne Tatom; sons Mark Tatom and wife Lisa and Wesley Tatom; grand-children  Zachary, Hayley, Nicholas, Jordan, Joshua, Kelsie; brother Alan Tatom and wife Ruby; sisters Rosemary McCoy and Tommie Ann Wrzesinski; and numerous other relatives and friends.
   Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

   A memorial service for Margaret Conner Smith will be Wednesday November 10, 2007 at 1:00 pm at Greater New Hope Baptist Church in Lacy.

    Graveside services for Alline Marie Nash Schulz, 70, of Lufkin, Texas were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 29, 2007, in the Whitehouse Cemetery.
   Mrs. Schulz, was born April 19, 1937, in Jasper, Texas, the daughter of the late Estelle (Wood) and William Landers and passed away Friday, October 26, 2007, in a Nacogdoches hospital. She was a homemaker, a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and enjoyed shopping.
   In addition to her parents, Mrs. Schulz was preceded in death by her son, Jack Nash; and daughter, Barbara Nash.
   Survivors include her son, Ernest Nash of Lufkin; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Lana Nash of Groveton; daughter, Carolyn Ramos of Dallas; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Lewis Ross of Nacogdoches; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; brother, John Landers of Houston; and a number of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
  Gipson Funeral Home; Philip Snead, director

    Funeral services for Cora Dothyl Thornton, 95, of Pennington, Texas were held Sunday, October 28, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Pennington Baptist Church with Rev.  Charles Butler officiating.  Interment will follow in the Pennington Cemetery.
   Mrs. Thornton was born November 11, 1911 in Pennington, Texas and passed away Thursday October 25, 2007 in East Texas Medical Center-Crockett.  She had lived in Pennington, Texas most of her lifetime.
   She was a graduate of Stephen F. Austin University where she received a Bachelor’s degree, a member of the Trinity County Retired Teachers Association, a retired teacher, and a member of the Pennington Baptist Church.
   She was   preceded in death by husband Hayne Thornton in 1974; sisters Hazel Brannen, Willie Mae Sanders, and Ruth Welch; and brother, John Dominy.
   Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law David and Patricia Thornton of Pen-nington; granddaughter:  Lori Blanchard and husband, Kent of Pennington; step-grandson:  Greg Sharpe of Oyster Creek; great-grandchildren Kris and Nick Sharpe of Oyster Creek,  Kale and Katie Blanchard of Pennington; sister-in-law  Irene Dominy Poe and husband, Walter of Pennington; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
   Callaway-Alee Funeral Home, Crockett

   Funeral services for Edward Kennedy, 100, of Woodlake, Texas were held at 10 a.m. Monday, October 29, 2007 in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan with Pastor Lester McAdams and Pastor Carol Norsworthy officiating. Interment will follow in the Bennett Cemetery in Trinity County.
   Mr. Kennedy was born March 17, 1907 in Magee Bend, Texas and passed away Friday, October 26, 2007 in Crockett, Texas. He was a carpenter and painter for many years and a Baptist by faith.
     He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Rosa (Bennett) Kennedy; first wife, Dollie (Hollis) Kennedy; daughters, Helen, Dorothy and two infant children; grandsons, Doug Kennedy, Michael Day and Dennis Day Jr.; brothers: Arthur, Grover, Clever, and Vonie Kennedy; sister: Lillie Kennedy, Mary Kennedy, Penola Perkins, and Hart Norsworthy.
   Survivors inclued his wife of 67 years: Marie (Patterson) Kennedy of Woodlake; sons and daughters-in-law: Glenn and Louise Kennedy of Corrigan, Lynn and Jean Kennedy of Corrigan, and Lent and Bessie Kennedy of Woodlake; daughter and son-in-law: Odean and Butch Schate of Woodlake; brother: Omie Kennedy of Beaumont; sisters: Emma Norsworthy of Crockett and Opal Thomas of Beaumont, 14 grandchildren, 31 great grand-children, 51 great-great grand-children, and numerous relatives and friends.
   Pallbearers were Jimmy Day, Johnny Day, Christopher Day, Brett Fitzgerald, David Kennedy, Michael Martinez, David Martinez, Jeremy Woods, Travis Bell, and Andy Ashley.  
  Corrigan Funeral Home, Inc.

 R. T. DUE
    Funeral services for R. T. Due, 83, were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2007, in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Horace Fletcher officiating. Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park.
   Mr. Due was born April 10, 1924 in Trinity County, Texas to Hillary and Ethel Due. He gave up his 13-year battle with cancer on Saturday, October 27, 2007, in the Hospice Unit in Lufkin, with his family at his side. R. T. served in World War II from May 3, 1944 to January 16, 1946. He was in the European Theater Of Operations. He performed duties as a duty soldier, guard duty on military installations, guarded post office. He received a campaign medal, 2 Bronze Stars, a Good Conduct Medal and a World War II Victory Medal. He served as constable for Angelina County, Precinct One, for 29 years. He was a very active constable who worked with all local law enforcement as well as the Precinct One Justice of Peace. Prior to that he was co-owner of Due's Wrecker Service for 18 years. He was also the escort for local funeral homes for more than 20 years. R. T. was a member of VFW Post #1836 in Lufkin, a member of the Justice of Peace and Constables Association of Texas, and the Sheriff's Association of Texas. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Houston.
    Survivors include his two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Jim Nichols of Lufkin and Sharon and Don Freeman of Ft. Worth; one son and daughter-in-law, John and Dorothy Due of Lufkin; four grandsons and their wives, Johnny and Cindy Due of Lufkin, Michael and Shan-Dee Wright of Keller, Greg and Nicole Wright of Ft. Worth and Mark Wilson of Lufkin; six great-grandchildren, Bret Due, Bradley Due, Tyler Due, all of Lufkin, Hunter Wright, Tanner Wright and Madison Wright, all of Keller; two sisters, Clarine Alldredge and Laverne Noel, both of Lufkin; two stepbrothers, Doyle Bishop of Lufkin and Carlton Bishop of Maryland; and numerous nieces and nephews.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Eddie Due; one brother, R. F. Due; and one sister, Etna Alldredge. The family expresses their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Hospice in the Pines for their kindness and care during the last six months. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 116 S. Raguet, Lufkin, Texas 75904; or to your favorite church of charity.
   Pallbearers were Deputy Constable Johnny Due, Constable Tom Selman, Sheriff Kent Henson, Deputy Ricky Barley, Deputy Mark Emmons and Deputy Brian Holley.
   Honorary pallbearers were his grandsons, Michael Wright, Greg Wright and Mark Wilson, and his great-grandchildren, Bret Due, Bradley Due, Tyler Due, Hunter Wright, Tanner Wright and Madison Wright.
   Gipson Funeral Home; Philip Snead, director

   Funeral services for Billy J. Wright, 77, of Nogalus Prairie, Texas were held Wednesday October 31, 2007 in the Bible Believers Church, Centralia, Texas with Bro. Tracy Henderson officiating.  Inter-ment followed in the Ivie Cemetery.
    Mr. Wright was born January 15, 1930 in Santa Ana, Texas and passed away Sunday October 28, 2007 in Nogalus Prairie, Texas.  He was affiliated with the Bible Believers Church in Centralia, a self employed welder, and a member of the Local Union 798 of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
   Pallbearers were Kenny Cech, Tracy Henderson, Jeff Drescher, and Johnny Martinez.
   Survivors include his wife Barbara Marie Williams Wright of Kennard; daughter Judy Dianne Elkins of Pasadena, Texas; son Kelly Farrell Wright of Stafford, Texas; sister Wanna Joan Roszel of Lawrence, Kansas; five grandchildren Tara Menard, Ashley Finley Hargrove, Maigan Wright, Levi and Lane Wright; three great grandchildren Dylan Menard, Katelyn Menard, and Kasen Hargrove; and numerous other relatives and friends.
   Groveton Funeral Home

   Funeral services for Travis Bagwell, 84, of Trinity, Texas were held at 10:00 am on October 30, 2007 at Trinity Funeral Home with Rev. Ronnie Driskell officiating.  Interment followed in the Zion Hill Cemetery.
   Mr. Bagwell was born February 26, 1923 in Brushy Prairie, Texas and passed away Saturday October 27, 2007 in Trinity, Texas.  Mr. Bagwell was an auto mechanic.
  Survivors include his five sisters, Vada Klaus, Ruth Baker, Willie Lee Lever, Myrtle Boyce, and Geraldene Harrelson.
   Trinity Funeral Home

   Funeral services for Berta J. McBride, 86, of Lufkin were held Friday, October 26, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with Brother Clay Harris and Brother Thurmon Whitaker officiating.    Interment followed in the Bennett Cemetery.
    Mrs. McBride was born March 28, 1921 in Trinity County, Texas, to the late Alice (Barclay) and L. D. Jones, and died Tuesday, October 23, 2007 in a local hospital.
    Mrs. McBride had resided in Lufkin since 1992, after spending most of her life in Trinity County. She was a homemaker, pastor’s wife and member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
   Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Bennie and Paul Rhoden and Rosslyn and Clay Harris, all of Lufkin; grandchildren, Carla Rhoden, Randy Rhoden, David Rhoden, Michael Rhoden, Clay Harris V and Kristi Wilkins; 15 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Sue Matchett of Lufkin, Mary Alice Jenkins of Conroe, and Pat Owens of Lufkin.
   She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Brother A. B. McBride, in November 1991; three sisters; and one brother.
   Pallbearers were Randy Rhoden, David Rhoden, Michael Rhoden, Clay Harris V, Scotty Wilkins and Martin Perez Rhoden.
   Honorary pallbearers were the Men of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice in the Pines Inpatient at Memorial Health System of East Texas, 116 South Raguet St., Lufkin, Texas 75904 or Bennett Cemetery, 227 Max Due Road, Groveton, Texas 75845.
     Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home







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