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Jess J. Mangum, 85, of Groveton, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013 from complications of lung problems. He was born on September 15, 1927, the son of the late Ollie (Chapman) and Wil-liam Jess "WJ" Mangum. Jess grew up in the Pineywoods of beautiful East Texas. Jess worked in the trucking industry for over 55 years for C & H Transportation and Lone Star Corp. as a lease operator and enjoyed the challenge of handling large, oversized, "near impossible" loads of heavy equipment freight transported cross-county. He was one of the first operators to make the trek to Alaska at the beginning of the Alaskan Cross Country Pipeline. Jess served his country as a Paratrooper in the United States Army. He was a great sportsman, an excellent marksman, and as a young man he enjoyed calf roping and riding at local rodeos around the Pineywoods of East Texas, which he loved. His last few years were spent at his boyhood farm where he and his wife spent most of their free time, enjoying the country life in the lovely home that they spent building over 20 years. Those were his happiest years. Jess is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Jerry Jones Mangum of Groveton and Houston; daughters, Cheryl Haus-man of Tomball and Michele Barrett of Huntsville; 11 grand-children; several great-grandchildren; one niece, Linda McBride of Houston; nephew J. P. DiMaria of Madisonville and his little wirehair fox terrier "Sidekick" Mickey. In addition to his parents, Jess was preceded in death by his sisters, Ava McBride and Edwina Ray. A celebration of Jess' life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013 in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel. Gipson Funeral Home Lufkin

Mr. Roy Glen Brown, age 71 of Crockett went home to be with our Lord Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Mr. Brown was born September 11, 1941 in Rusk Co., Texas and attended school at Gaston in Henderson, Texas and at North Shore in Houston, Texas. In 1963, Mr. Brown acquired the Sutton Feed Store and expanded his business in 1964 to include a 50-stall horse stable in Houston, Texas. On New Year's Day in 1965 he met Ruby and they fell in love and were married on August 7th of the same year. Mr. Brown was a member of the Texas Range Riders which were the first mounted horse team to ride in the Astrodome after it was completed. As he con-tinued to expand his business by acquiring Best Cement Works in 1966. He eventually sold the horse stables and merged the feed & cement store with another feed store on North Shepherd in Houston, Texas. Because he wanted to raise his family in the country, he purchased a small farm in Nogales Prairie, Texas with hopes of building a permanent home. There-fore, he sold his businesses in Houston and moved his family to Groveton, purchased the Gulf Service Station in 1977. Three years later he acquired yet another business – Groveton Auto Parts Store. While in Groveton, Mr. Brown was elected to the City Council, elected President of the Groveton Housing Authority, and was active in the Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce. He eventually sold the gas station and concentrated on the auto parts store and in 1983 he closed Groveton Auto Parts Store and moved his business and family to Crockett and opened A-Plus Auto Parts. Mr. Brown sponsored little league baseball teams and was a member of the Chamber of Commerce. He sold his business around 1995 and went to work for Evan's Discount Auto World and then to Fish & Still Equipment. He later retired in 2008 but not by choice as he was beginning his fight with cancer. He raised American Quarter horses for 20 plus years and maintained a huge garden, which he was in at the break of dawn every morning until he was physically unable to do so. He enjoyed raising and giving his veggies away to his family and friends. He was a member of the United Pentecostal Church of Crockett and loved his church and church family to the end. Survivors include his loving wife Ruby V. Brown, of Crockett; son Ernest Eugene Goethe and wife Kathryn, of Shawnee, Oklahoma; son Roy Brad-ford Brown, of Crockett; daughter Rebecca Grace Brown Bridges and hus-band Bill, of Lovelady; daughter Rachel Beth Brown, of Cleveland; grandson William Travis Bridges and wife Ashley, of Lovelady; grand-daughter Antonia Ashley Brown Graham and husband Logan, of Latexo; granddaughter Stephanie Lynn Goethe, of Green Bay, Wisconsin; grandson USMC Lance Corporal Forrest Trent Bridges currently stationed in Hawaii; granddaughter MaKaila Ann Brown, of Crockett; granddaughter Jennifer Paige Goethe; granddaughter Rachel Alexandria Goethe, of Shawnee, Oklahoma; brother Albert James Brown and wife Gladys, of Toledo Bend; brother George Watt Brown, of Leggett; brother Lowell Roger Brown and wife Joy, of Crosby; sister Norma Gladys Brown Boden Yeakle and husband Alwyn, of Baytown; brother Donald Gene Brown and wife Belinda, of Highland; brother Randy Lynn Brown and wife Tina, of Livingston; sister Josie Elwanda Brown Thomp-son Miller and husband Victor, of Houston; bro-ther Chester Dean Brown, of Rosharon; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews. Preceded in death by his father L. E. (Willis) Brown and mother Josie Mae Freeman Brown; sister Eva Louise Brown Martin Farmer and Frank; brother J. W. (Buddy) Brown and wife Peggy; sister Bonnie Ruth Brown Green Casey; brother Willis Glen Brown; brother Billy Jack Brown; brother Joe Louis Brown; brother Max Wade Brown; and brother Wesley Clyde (Jim) Brown; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral Services for Mr. Roy Glen Brown were held Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Bro. Ron Johnson and Bro. Nathan Brooks officiating. Inter-ment followed in the Center Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made on Ruby's behalf to the Roy Brown Memorial Fund at Citizens National Bank, P. O. Box 1420, Crockett, Texas 75835. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Funeral services for Mr. Joe Barton Mochman, 76 of Corrigan, Texas were held on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 10:00am at the Groveton Funeral Home Cartwright Memorial Cha-pel with Rev. Robert Araif officiating. Interment fol-lowed in the Sumpter Cemetery. Mr. Mochman was born on December 8, 1936 in Groveton, Texas in the Sylvester Community. He passed away on July 26, 2013 at his residence. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and was a member of the Church of Christ in Corrigan. He worked as a boilermaker, welder, logger, contractor, and a truck driver but was now retired. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert Franklin Mochman and Berniece Edell Wright Mochman; sisters Dorothy Jean Fontenot and Hattie Marie Mochman. Survivors include his wife Tommie Stevenson Mochman of Corrigan; daughter Marilyn and husband Bernard Correia of Pearland; son Leslie and wife Sherry Mochman of Corrigan; son Aaron and wife Stefanie Mochman of Groveton; daughter Kariann and husband Michael Hart of Corrigan; brothers James and Doris Mochman of Deer Park and Bobby and Peggy Mochman of LaPorte; sister Evonne Reynolds of Sugarland; ten grandchildren: Parker Correia, Brooke Moch-man, Hayley Hart, Tiffany Hart, Baxter Correia, Christis Mochman, Nikki Mochman, Jaden Hart, Karlee Mochman and Logan Hart. Pallbearers were Parker Correia, Carl Thomas, Danny Gleaton, William King, Jason Lawson, and Jessie Mize. Honorary pallbearers were Jaden Hart and Baxter Correia. Groveton Funeral Home

A memorial service for Thomas Merle "Tom" Fussell, 56, of Groveton was held Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 6:00pm at the Groveton Funeral Home Cartwright Memorial Cha-pel with Bro. Dee Queen officiating. Tom was born July 17, 1957 in Conroe, Texas to Jessie Merle and Jackie Buchanan Fussell and passed away Friday July 26, 2013 in Lufkin, Texas. He was affiliated with Zion Hill Baptist Church and was a radio engineer. He is preceded in death by his parents Jessie Merle and Jackie Buchanan Fussell and a sister Melinda Grace Fussell. Survivors include his son Brayn Fussell; brother and sister in law John and Paula Fussell of Friday; nephew and wife Nathan and Rebel Fussell of Hillsboro, Texas; and great nephews Jessie and Hunter Fussell. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Zion Hill Baptist Church. Groveton Funeral Home

Funeral services for Mrs. Reba Friday Rosser, 91 of Friday, Texas were held Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Friday Baptist Church in Friday with interment at the Ellis Prairie Cemetery with Bros. Kenneth Myers and Jeremy Gentry officiating. Mrs. Rosser was a member of the Friday First Baptist Church and retired nurses aide working for the Trinity Nursing Home for 18 years. She was born on April 22, 1922 to Oda Luther and Ada Read Friday and went to be with her Lord on June 29, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Isaac Buck Rosser and a son Waymon Douglas Rosser. Survivors include her sons and daughters in law David Wayne and Karen Rosser, James Earl and Glenda Rosser, and Morris Friday and Dorothy Rosser; daughter Carol Elaine Holmes; daughter in law: Dena Rosser; sister Thelma Lee Hebert; brother in law Glover Sanders; sisters in laws Sally Frierson, June Simpson, Minnie Keller, Cora Mae McMurray, and Maurine Jenkins; 13 grandchildren; 12 Great Grandchildren; 2 Great Great Grandchildren num-erous other relatives and friends. Groveton Funeral Home directors

Funeral services for Billy Dudley Warner, 93, of Galena Park, Texas were held Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in the Groveton Funeral Home Cartwright Memorial Cha-pel at 2:00pm with Rev-erend Lewis Jones of-ficiating. Interment fol-lowed in Glenwood Ceme-tery in Groveton. Mr. Warner passed away at 5:00pm, Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Channelview, Texas after a lengthy illness. He always had a song in his heart and a smile on his face and was rewarded with the love of a caring family and a host of friends. Born in Groveton, Texas June 26, 1919 to Carrol Dudley and Claudia Marie (May) Sowell Warner, he grew up there helping his father with farming and ranching chores. Together they had Warner and Son Cattle Company. After serving 4 years, 6 months, and 2 days in the Army Air Force during WWII he returned to Groveton and later came to Houston where he found employment with the City of Houston as a Sanitarian. Being a Professional Sanitarian No. 138 he held a Grade A Certificate No. 408 from the Texas Association of Sanitarians. Member of Texas Public Health Asso-ciation, Gulf Cost Chapter, Texas Environ-mental Health Association, one of seven Charter members of the Texas Appaloosa Horse Club, American Quarter Horse Associa-tion, Lifetime member of the D.A.V., San Jacinto Chapter, Craig Post #499 Galena Park, Galena Park Blue Lodge No. 1290 AF and AM, Scottish Rite Bodies, Arabia Shrine; but, first and foremost a member of The First Baptist Church, Groveton, Texas having been bap-tized there December 8, 1929 and still a member there at the time of his death. He quoted Micah 6:8 quite often. Preceded in death by his parents and an infant niece, he is survived by his wife of 66 years, Velma Courtney Warner, Galena Park, Texas; sister Julia Williams, San Antonio, Texas; nieces Carol Perry and husband Mark, Spring Branch, Texas, Barbara Mize, Madisonville, Tex-as; nephew Ben Lowery, Tyler, Texas; great niece Beverly Phillips; great nephews Jack Perry, Matthew Lowery, Brett Richardson; great grand nephews Jason and Joseph Phillips, Tyler and Blain Richardson; several cou-sins, and a host of friends. Serving as pallbearers were Ben Lowery, Brett Richardson, Joseph Phil-lips, Robert Ables, P. D. Hamilton, and George Whittlesey. In lieu of flowers, mem-orials may be made to Sh-riners Hospital for Child-ren, 6977 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77225. Groveton Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. "A well lived life leaves beautiful treasures shining on our shores."

Mr. Marvin LaRue age 65, of Lovelady, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in the Methodist Hospital in Houston. He was born August 8, 1947 in Crockett and had lived all of his lifetime in Lovelady. Mr. LaRue was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Vietnam Era. He was a member of the Lovelady Masonic Lodge #539 and the Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. LaRue was the Senior Vice President of Lovelady State Bank where he was an employee for 35 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lovelady. Survivors include wife Deborah LaRue of Love-lady; children Amber La-Rue Hawkins and hus-band, Matt of Groveton, and Lance LaRue of Lovelady; grandchildren Reed Hawkins and Rhett Hawkins of Groveton; sister Helen LaRue Per-kins and husband, Hubert of Franklin; nephews Jason Perkins of Franklin, Clint Perkins of Franklin, and Jared Zolman of Huntsville; niece Jade Zolman Currie of Conroe; step-father-in-law W. G. Stephens of Apple Sp-rings; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Evelina and Johnny Zolman of Hunts-ville. Preceded in death by parents, Upton and Georgia LaRue and mother-in-law, Evelyn Stephens. Funeral services for Mr. Marvin LaRue were held Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the First Baptist Church in Lovelady with Rev. Mitchell Kleckley official-ting. Military and Mas-onic graveside services will follow in the New Church Cemetery in Apple Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Church Cemetery, P. O. Box 59, Apple Springs, Texas 75926. Calloway Allee in charge of arrangements.

William Bruce Atkinson entered into Heaven June 17, 2013, at the age of 64. He was born January 12, 1949 in Conroe to the late Myron and Mildred Atkinson. Bruce graduated from Conroe High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Crim-inal Justice from Sam Houston State University. During his career, he worked for the Texas Highway Dept., served as an officer with the Conroe and Bellaire Police Depts., Moran Utilities Gas Co., Texas Commerce Bank, and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. He earned his Certified Public Account-ants license and became a Financial Advisor. He fell in love with flying at an early age and at 16 earned his first pilots license. Later he earned his commercial, instrument, and multi-engine licenses. As a young man, he was licensed as a preacher at First Baptist Church Groceville. His love for the Lord encouraged him to serve on several com-mittees at West Conroe Baptist Church. He also enjoyed motorcycle rides with fellow Christians from his church. Bruce loved and was most proud of his family. He is survived by his wife, Judy; daughter and son-in-law, Emily and Neal Fikes; son, Daniel; sisters and brothers-in law, Carolyn and Marvin Musgrove; Mary Beth and Michael McCarthy; nieces and nephews; extended family and friends. A memorial service was held Wednesday June 19, 2013 at 2 pm in the chapel at West Conroe Baptist Church. Dr. Jay Gross and Rev. G. W. Niederhoffer will officiate with burial at Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, do-nations can be made to the American Cancer Society, Embracing Hospice of Conroe or The Gideons International. The family wishes to thank doctors, nurses, friends and family for their support during his illness. Bruce was the son in law of Mrs. Clara Hathorn and brother in law of Phil and Patsy Hathorn. Metcalf Funeral Directors

Memorial services for David Michael Cole of Moore, Texas were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday June 25, 2013 at the Ratcliff Baptist Church with Bro. Duane Stone officiating. Mr. Cole was born Sept. 27, 1969 in Lufkin, Texas and died on June 19, 2013 in an automobile accident at the age of 43 years. He was employed as a truck driver with Strike Con-struction and was a mem-ber of the Ratcliff Baptist Church. He was a member of the High Voltage Bar B Que team and the Slick Hogs Bar B Que team. Survivors include his wife Jennifer Ellis Cole of Trinity; sons David and Patrick Ward; brothers and sisters in law Bill and Sandra Cole of Ratcliff, Gordon and Brenda Cole of Wells, Jerry and Dianne Cole of Ratcliff; sister Cathy Best of Athens; sisters and brothers in law Betty and Bob Taylor of Lufkin and Jeffie and Duane Stone of Union, Oregon; special friend Neatis Montgomery of Moore, Texas; numerous nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces and cousins. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Groveton Funeral Home, directors.

Gerald Odom Witt, 78, of Elmendorf, Texas pas-sed away Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the Mission Trail Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Funeral Services, under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner, Texas was held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel in Shiner, Texas with Reverend James Lee Kitchen of Lufkin, Texas officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Yoakum, Texas. Gerald was born October 29, 1934 in Groveton, Texas. He was the son of Lemmie J. and Susie (Mullins) Witt. Gerald graduated from Groveton High School and then he joined the U.S. Air Force as a mechanic in the Motor Pool and served for ten years. Gerald married Shirley Bonsall on August 7, 1964 in Clovis, New Mexico. Gerald liked to tinker with anything that had a motor, and he could fix anything. When he was younger, Gerald liked to shoot some pool or go fishing. Gerald enjoyed taking care of his vegetable garden and giving the vegetables to family and friends. It has been said that Gerald was quite the storyteller, and the more he told the story, the more embellished and outrageous it became. Survivors include his daughters Yvonne Cart-wright and her husband, Les of Elmendorf, Texas, Becky McCook and her husband, Andy of Las Vegas, Nevada, Diane Lohman and her husband, Doyle of Deer Park, Texas, Gerri Ann Griego of Silver City, New Mexico, Dorothy Shoman and her husband, Michael of Scottsdale, Arizona, two sisters; Sara Nell Lange and Letisha Witt, one brother; Glen Witt, one sister-in-law; Jean-nette Roe, eleven grand-children, twenty great-grandchildren and numer-ous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Lemmie and Susie Witt; his wife of forty years, Shirley Witt; three brothers Lemmie Witt, Jr., Clifford Witt, and Weaver Witt. To join the family in celebrating Gerald's life, please go to www.buf-fingtonfuneralhomeshiner.com. Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner

Funeral services for Grace LaNell Holcombe Brizendine, 77 of Apple Springs, will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 10:00am at the Groveton Funeral Home Cartwright Memorial Chapel with Bro. Nimmons officiating. Interment will be in the Bennett Cemetery. Mrs. Brizendine was born September 19, 1935 in Trinity County, Texas to Thomas Hill and Addie Vivian Sullivan Brizen-dine. She was a member of the Apple Springs Baptist Church and was an accountant. She was preceded in death by husband Donald Brizendine Sr. in 2009; son in law Randolph Wray Parnell; brother Marlin Holcombe; sisters Hildred Cochran, Helen Hightower and Lois Brown. Survivors include her daughters and son in law Darla Bena and Terry Reich of Spring, Texas and Sharon Parnell of Conroe, Texas; son: Donald Leslie Brizendine, Jr.; brother Thomas Earl Holcombe; sisters Nelda Mueller and Sue Thrasher; 6 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren and several other relatives and friends. Groveton Funeral Home, directors

2/27/1954-5/31/2013 John was preceded in death by his parents Willie B. and Mamie Rhoads; sister Jo Nell Bailey; niece Xranda Rhoads. He leaves his wife Brenda Rhoads, brothers Rev. Vernon Horace, Herman H. Norman, sisters Faye, Florene, Janie, Katie, Essie, Debra, and Janis. Funeral services will be Saturday June 8, 2013 at 10:00am at St. John Baptist Church 2917 Sealey Ave. Galveston. Wake will be Friday June 7, 2013 from 5:00p.m until 9:00pm at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home 3100 Gulf Fwy. Texas City. Burial Lacy Cemetery in Groveton.

Funeral services for Edith Anderson Rice were held at 1:00pm Monday, May 20, 2013 at Groveton Funeral Home Cartwright Memorial Chapel with Bro. James Whittlesey officiating. Interment fol-lowed in Ivie Cemetery. Mrs. Rice was born June 17, 1927 in Woden, Texas to Oscar Wesley and Marlin Melittia "Hill" Anderson, passed away May 16, 2013 at Houston Hospice in Houston. She was married to Dr. Raymond Doyle Rice on September 3, 1949 and had celebrated 58 years together, before his death April 16, 2008. Her parents, brothers Bobby J. Anderson and Tommy R. Anderson and sister Nell Aiken preceded her in death. Edith worked several jobs in her life other than being a mother. She first worked part-time as cashier at Swift Brothers Drug Store in Nacog-doches where she met her husband Ray. Worked at United Gas before being married then moved to Lubbock in 1949. There she worked at Zale's Jewelers and the County Engineering Office. Moved to Groveton in 1951. Worked as Secre-tary to the High School Principal from 1962 - 1972. Moved to Onalaska and worked with her husband at his Chiro-practic Clinic. Retired and moved to Hilltop Lakes in 1988. Survivors include sons Dr. Don A. Rice and wife Cheryl of Palestine, Dr. John F. Rice of Houston, and Dr. Richard M. Rice and wife Lesa of Irving; daughter, Karen Sue Rice of Houston; grandchildren Elysa Rice Ellis and husband Rory Ellis, Raymond "Travis" Rice, Holly Rice Hagerman and husband Clayton Hager-man, Donna Rice Miller and husband Jason Miller, Elizabeth "Beth" Rice, Farrelle Rice, Tristan Rice, Devyn Rice, Joseph "Trey" Price, and Lacey Price; great grandson Joseph Cole Price; sister Maggie Jacobs and husband Rudy; sister-in-law Brenda Anderson; brother-in-law Dr. Tom W. Rice and wife Geniece; and sister-in-law Mary Rice; and numerous other relatives. In lieu of flowers mem-orials may be made to the Eastern Star #1035 or the Masonic Lodge #284 A.F. & A.M. Groveton Funeral Home of Groveton in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Billy Dudley Warner, 93, of Galena Park were held Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 2:00pm at Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Lewis Jones officiating. Interment followed in Glenwood Cemetery. Mr. Warner was born June 26, 1919 in Groveton and passed away Saturday May 11, 2013 in Channel-view. He was affiliated with First Baptist of Groveton and Army Air Force WWII, and was retired from City of Houston 28 years ago Pallbearers were Robert Ables, P. D. Hamilton, and Joseph Phillips. Survivors include wife Velma Courtney Warner of Galena Park; sister Julia Williams; nieces Carol Perry and husband Mark, and Barbara Mize; grand nephew Jack Perry; nep-hew Ben Lowery; great nephews Matthew Lowery and Brett Richardson; and great niece Beverly Phillips. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 6977 Main St. Houston, TX 77030 or The American Heart Association, P. O. Box 20448, Houston, TX 77225. Groveton Funeral Home of Groveton in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Brenda Dora Crumpacker Gandy passed away at her home on Thursday May 2, 2013 in Atkins, AR where she lived with her significant other Gary Ward of Atkins, AR. Mrs. Gandy was born April 4, 1954 in Fort Wayne, IN to Albert E. Crumpacker and Wanda Lee Wiley Crumpacker. Funeral announcement will we announced at a later date. Her grandparents Har-mon and Dora Crum-packer and Benjamin and Violet Wiley, and her parents Albert and Wanda Crumpacker preceded Mrs. Crumpacker in death. Survivors include her stepmother Claire Crum-packer of Cleveland, Texas; sisters Phyllis Chastain and William R. of Port Lavaca, Texas, and Beverly Hopkins and husband Mike of Columbia, SC, and Karen Beavers of Pottsville, AR.; nieces Connie Mosley and husband Jason of Groveton and Ashley Beavers of Pottsville, AR; nephews Stephen Berry of Pottsville, AR and Jonathon Berry and wife Samantha of Pottsville AR, Michael Wayne Hopkins, Kevin Hopkins and wife Dawn of Columbia, SC, Robert Chastain and wife Jennifer of Edna, TX; great nieces Holly Pina and husband David of Port Lavaca, TX., Shelby Wood of Groveton, TX and Gracie Berry of Pottsville, AR.; great nephews Will Hopkins of Columbia, SC and Michael Pina of Port Lavaca, TX.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. Mrs. Gandy hobby was crocheting and making items for friends and family. All will miss Mrs. Gandy. She has struggled with illnesses for a long time, but we know she's not suffering anymore as she is now resting in peace. In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to assist with the cost of final expenses. They can be made to The Estate of Brenda Gandy in C/O Groveton Funeral Home, P. O. Box 358, Groveton, TX 75845. Groveton Funeral Home in charge of arrangements

Funeral services for Mr. Kurt Fuchs, 80 of Alvin, Texas will be held on Friday at 11:00 A.M. at the Groveton Funeral Home Cartwright Memo-rial Chapel with interment in the Chita Cemetery. Rev. Arlis Fuller will officiate. Mr. Fuchs was born on February 5, 1933 in Brownsville, Texas to Kurt and Matilda Wedman Fuchs. He passed away on May 6, 2013 in Alvin, Texas. He worked for TRA water plant in Trinity, Texas until he moved to Alvin, Texas. He was a member of the Lutheran Church and a veteran of the US Army serving in the Korean War. He is preceded in death by his wife: Mildred Parker Fuchs, his parents, sisters: Frieda Fuchs and Charlotte Fuchs Liddell. He leaves to survive daughters and sons in laws: Janelle and Marty Jorgenson and Angelia and Jim Helfrich; Sister Margaret Fuchs Bernstein; 5 Grandchildren: Susan Martin, Andrew Martin, Jubilee Jorgenson, Emily Jorgenson and Allen Jorgenson. Groveton Funeral Home directors.

A Memorial Service for Billie Joe Lester was held Saturday April 27, 2013 at Oaklawn Baptist Church at 2:00pm with Bro. Lester McAdams officiating. Mr. Lester was born February 2, 1930 in the Helmic Community, near Apple Springs in Trinity County, Texas and passed away Tuesday April 23, 2013 in Lufkin, Texas. Mr. Lester was preceded in death by his sisters Clellion Lester Bogan and Lyndell Lester Rollins; and brother Frederick (Dudley) Lester. Survivors include his wife of 62 years Donna Lea Hollis Lester; daughters Karen Renee Lester Munroe, and husband (Chip) Munroe III; Kathy Sue Lester Huffman, and husband, Russell Craig Huffman; grandchildren Thomas (Will) Munroe, IV and wife Nicole Horton Munroe, Knealy Renee Huffman, Richard (Brick) Alexander Munroe, and Ethan Hollis Huffman; and great granddaughter Eisley Elizabeth-Rose Munroe. Mr. Lester attended Milby High School in Houston; served in the US Army, Korean War 1951-53 where he was stationed in Alaska; employed with Houston Belt and Terminal Railroad for 46 years in Houston; a member of the Will N. Kidd #424 RAM Masonic Lodge of Houston; the San Jacinto #347 R & S. M. Lodge, The Eastern Star Lodge #284 AF & AM of Groveton, and a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Houston. Groveton Funeral Home


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