Big Thicket Messenger
For the Week of March 30, 2008 - April 20, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company

Funeral services for George “Tink” Hilton, 68, were held Saturday, April 5, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. Gerald Reeves and James Hilton officiating. Burial followed in Bold Springs Cemetery.
He was born October 1, 1939 in Onalaska, the son of Steve and Hassie Smith Hilton. He died on Thursday, April 3, 2008, in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Leonard Bo Hilton and Billy Joe Hilton; and great-granddaughter, Hailey Angelle Bridges.
Survivors include his wife, Lorena Hilton of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Jerry Maturin of New Iberia, Louisiana; son, John Kennedy Hilton of Rosharon; son and daughter-in-law, David Lee and Cindy Hilton of Youngsville, Louisiana; daughter, Amanda LeeAnn Hilton of Kilgore; son-in-law, Devin Rider of Kilgore; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Shawnie Williams of Livingston; daughter, Holly Elder of St. Louis, Missouri; and daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Kevin York of Murfreesboro, Arkansas; sister and brother-in-law, Nonnie and Johnnie Molino of Livingston; brother and sister-in-law, Rev. James and Debbie Hilton of Coldspring; 16 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Kevin York, Jerry Maturin, David Watson, Little David Hilton, Hilton Pete Lester and Jeff Morie.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Graveside services for Peter Kirkwood, 75, of Hitchcock, were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2008, at Wells Memorial Cemetery.
A native of Liberty, he passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2008, in Ames.
Survivors include two brothers, Robert Kirkwood Sr. of Ames and James Kirkwood of Baytown; one adopted sister, Doris Richards of Dayton; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Wells Funeral Services, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2008 for Dorothy Edwards Lindsey, 57, of Charlotte, North Carolina, at Turkey Creek Baptist Church in Liberty, with the Rev. Paul E. Cross Sr. officiating. Burial was in Wells Memorial Cemetery.
A native of Liberty, she was a graduate of West Liberty High School and a member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Charlotte.
She passed away March 16, 2008 at CMC University Hospital in Charlotte after an illness.
She is survived by her husband, John Lindsey of Charlotte, North Carolina; four daughters, Andrea Edwards, Shorter and Eddicia Edwards, both of Houston April Lindsey of Oxonbill, Maryland, Erika Lindsey of Charlotte, North Carolina; two brothers, Price Edwards and James Edwards, both of Liberty; three sisters, Mattie Dawson and Betty Seales, both of Houston and Alma Chitman of Liberty; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Wells Funeral Services, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 30, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. for Brenda Faye Passafuma, 40, of Shepherd, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland. Interment followed at Farley Chapel Cemetery, Shepherd.
She was born on April 23, 1967 in Houston, the daughter of Orville W. and Evelyn Passafuma.
She passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2008. Her mother, Evelyn Passafuma, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her father, Orville Passafuma; grandmother, Estelle Wyatt; brother, W.P. “Jerry” Smith and wife, Bahar; niece and nephew, Cynthia Smith and Brian Smith; and many other loving family members and caring friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Graveside services for Bobbie Jane Harris Thornton, 81, were held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2008, at Rosewood Cemetery in New Caney.
She was born in North Zulch, Texas, on February 27, 1927.
She passed away peacefully in her sleep at her and her sister’s home in Huntsville. Her husband, William P. Thornton; mother, Ruth Harris; father, Walter O. Harris; and sister, Rebecca Liner, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her brother, W.G. “Bubba” Harris Jr. of Galveston; sister, Opal Sanford of Huntsville; daughter, Diana Howell of Shepherd; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Lynn Mantooth and husband, Don, of Red Springs, Texas and Susan Lummus and husband, Don, of Henderson, Texas; step-daughter, Rachel Kane of Lufkin; grandchildren, Tammy Theriot, Laura Rojas, Rachel Lummus, Kimberly Olague, Don Lummus Jr., Billy Jourdan and wife, Jennifer, Kelley Jourdan, Preston Howell, Herbert Guidry, Shawn Carlisle and Dawn Farr; twenty-one great-grandchildren; nieces, Jeannie, Pauline, Sherylynn, Linda, Johnnie, Darlene and Eileen. In addition to family, survivors also include a host of friends in an around Athens, Louisiana, and the Huntsville Senior Center.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation and gratitude to Hospice of Huntsville.

Charlene Ann West Baggett, beloved and loyal wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Ann, or “Mee-Maw Ann” departed this world on March 26, 2008, to return to her Heavenly Father.
She was a Child of God, strong in her faith until the very end, who will be missed dearly by all those who love her.
She was born in Beaumont, on December 18, 1937, to Charles A. West and Mary Madeline West.
She was preceded in death by her father; and brothers, Charles A. “Sonny” West and Richard West. Peace is found in knowing that she is now reunited with her loving husband, Tommy Baggett, who passed away eighteen years ago.
Ann was best known for her one-of-a-kind sense of humor. She faced any situation with a smile and ensured one was upon you as well. She always enjoyed a good practical joke and considered making people laugh her real joy in life.
She loved visiting with family, especially her grandbabies and held a special place in her heart for all animals (even the stuffed ones).
She is survived by her mother, Mary Madeline West of Rye, Texas and her sister and best friend, Louise, and husband, K.E. Ousley of Liberty; brother, Reggie West; brothers and sisters-in-law, Rodney and Bobbi West, all of Rye, Timmy and Debbie McHugh and Jimmy and Debbie McHugh, all of Highlands. She also leaves behind her son, Texas Baggett Jr. and his fiancé, Linda Brasher, of Baytown; loving daughters and sons-in-law, Renee and Glen Williams of Baytown, Kay and Terry Emery of Splendora, Selena and Mitchell Smith of Highlands, Kim and Chuck Ewers of Bartesville, Oklahoma and daughter, Tina Wheeland of Highlands; grandchildren and their spouses include Ray Emery, Stephen and Jennifer Williams, Joseph Williams, Leann and Carlos Alfaro, Shasta and Jeremy Mullins, Rachell and Michael Birdwell, Michelle Williams and fiancée Joel Griffin, Luke and Holly Smith, Nathan Campbell, Tracey Baggett, Robert and Alexis Luke, Patrick Baggett and Angela Luke; great-grandchildren, Paris, Morgan and Brindin Emery, Paige, Preston and Bowen Williams, Lexy Williams, KayLynn and Rayven Alfaro, Cameron and Lane Mullins, Keaton, Anderson and Lilliam Birdwell and Lea Luke; numerous other relatives, loved ones and friends.
Her grandsons served as pallbearers.
The family would like to send a special thank you for the kindness received by the warm and comforting care of the Regency Hospice facility staff.  
Funeral services were held on Monday, March 31, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with Rev. Dwight Canizares officiating. Burial followed at Memory Gardens.
Arrangements were under the direction of Navarre Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2444 Rollingbrook Drive in Baytown.

Nettie Norene Beard, 93, of Liberty, formerly of Moody, died at Magnolia Place Health Care Center in Liberty, on March 7, 2008.
Graveside services were held on Sunday, March 9, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at the Moody Cemetery.
Nettie Norene was born on February 8, 1915 in Moody, the daughter of the late Bernard Oscar Beard and Icie Torrence Beard. She graduated from the Troy High School in 1930 as Valedictorian at the age of 15.
Because the Great Depression had just begun, she was not able to attend college until 1938. She worked her way through the University of Texas and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1942.
She was employed by the Texas City Independent School District as an elementary teacher for many years and later as elementary librarian until she returned to Moody in 1968.
Norene was definitely a collector – a collector of books, antiques, and things that she thought might bring others happiness. She was teased about having a “Depression Mentality” because she was reluctant to throw anything away – somebody might need it.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jack Bernard Beard and Eugene O’Connor Beard.
She is survived by a sister, Shirley Ruth Blake of Liberty; one nephew, Gary Beard of Weaversville, North Carolina; two nieces, Cindy Taylor of Boerne and Kathy Brunson of Liberty; and a host of other relatives including cousin and special friend, Charles Howell Hundley of Marble Falls.
In lieu of flowers, Norene would be honored by a donation of a book to a local library or school.
Allison Funeral Service, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2008 for Billie Joyce Brown, 84, of Lake Barrington, Illinois, in the Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska, with the Rev. Don Wilkey officiating. Interment was in Restland Memorial Park in Livingston.
She was born April 26 1923 in Vernon. She was the adopted daughter of William Bowden Ponder and Blanche Buchanan Ponder.
She graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in 1944 with a BS degree in education. Mrs. Brown taught high school in Colorado City, Texas and Midland. She worked in the dean’s office of Hardin-Simmons University and the University of Houston. During the 1960’s, she served as executive director of the Texas Association of Student councils. Mrs. Brown retired in 1986.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Ronald Jones of North Barrington, Illinois; granddaughter, Leshia Hoot of Austin; grandsons and wives, Eric and Carrie Jones of Chicago, Illinois, Ryan and Pascuala Jones of Buffalo Grove, Illinois and Mark and Kristy Jones of Cary, Illinois; son-in-law, Thomas Hoot of Dallas; and great-grandchildren, Anabel Jones, Keaton Jones and Cameron Jones.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Onalaska First Baptist Church, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.
Cochran Funeral Home, Onalaska, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Bralee Kay Christian, infant daughter of Kati L. Shipman and Robert D. Christian, were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2008, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Dayton. Interment followed at French Cemetery.
Bralee was born September 26, 2007 in Baytown, Texas. She passed away on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at her home in Dayton.
Pallbearers were Scott Cook, Quintin Shipman, Mark Simmons and Jerry Simmons. Honorary pallbearers were William Christian, Ladd Brock, Tryson Brock and Jarrett Brock.
Bralee is survived by her mother, Kati L. Shipman of Dayton; father, Robert D. Christian of Pasadena; her grandparents, Shelly Brock and Scott Cook of Dayton, Quintin Shipman of Texas, Patricia Jackson and Danny Jackson, both of Pasadena; numerous aunts, uncles and a host of other relatives.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.








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