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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of August 17, 2007 - September 3, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Funeral services for Hassie Hilton Anthony, 92, were held Sunday, August 12, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Gerald Reeves officiating. Burial followed in Bold Springs Cemetery.

She was born April 8, 1915 in Enterprise, the daughter of George and Nora Barrett Smith.

Mrs. Anthony died Thursday, August 9, in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston. Her husband, William Steve Hilton; her parents; son, Bo Hilton; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild preceded her in death.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, George and Lorena Hilton of Livingston, Billy Joe and Dorothy Hilton of Buffalo, Missouri and Rev. James and Debbie Hilton of Coldspring; daughter and son-in-law, Nonnie Bell and Johnnie Molina of Livingston; daughter-in-law, Mary Hilton of Livingston; 32 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren on the way; sister and brother-in-law, Minnie Faye and James Cain of Livingston; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Joan Maturin, William Hindsman, James Keith Hindsman, William Hilton, Ricky Ross, David Hilton, Scott Nunley and Jerry Maturin.

Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements. 

Funeral services were held August 14, 2007, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Livingston for Mary Katherine Beard, 64, with Pastor Carl Roth officiating. Burial was in the Farley Chapel Cemetery in Shepherd.
She was born June 2, 1943 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, the daughter of Curtis and Bessie Oliver Harris Sr.
Ms. Beard died on Friday, August 10, 2007, in Houston. She was preceded in death by her father, Curtis Harris Sr. and sister, Sharon Mercer.
Survivors include her husband, Warren Beard Jr. of Coldspring; son and daughter-in-law, Freddie White Jr. and Carol of Coldspring; daughter, Theresa Jennings of Coldspring; son, Roger White of Channelview; daughter, Leta Woods of Springs; mother, Bessie Mae Harris of Waverly, West Virginia; step-children, Charisma, Misty, brandy, Amanda and Warren III; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Mae Holmes of Red House, West Virginia, and Anna Marie Hendershot of Walker, West Virginia. Brothers, Donald Eugene Harris of Vienna, West Virginia Kenneth Lee Harris of Waverly, West Virginia and Clarence Richard Harris of Parkersburg, West Virginia.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

A memorial service for Edith LaVerne Bone, 59, of Livingston, was held Monday, August 13, 2007, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland, with the Rev. Kerry D. Baxley officiating.

She was born February 26, 1948, the daughter of Roy Albert and Isadora Queen Chesser.

Ms. Bone died on Friday, August 10, 2007. She is preceded in death by her parents, Roy Albert Chesser Sr. and Isadora Queen Chesser; and brother, Roy Albert Chesser Jr.

Survivors include her husband, Preston Earl Bone Sr.; sons, Toy Dalton Bone and wife, Rise Stribling, Preston Earl Bone Jr. and wife, Jennifer, Robert Lee Bone and fiancée, Amanda Covey, and Casey Lee Bone and fiancée, Judy Collins; grandchildren, Cameron Christopher and Caitlyn Suzette Walther, Zachary Dalton, Jarrod Ethan, Presley, Elizabeth bone, Matthew Preston, Michelle Lynn, Gracie Mae Etta, Robert Lee, Carson Scott, Dustin Gauge, Ashley Leann Bone, John Jacob and Allen Whitfield; sisters, Carmelita Schubert, Ella St. Clair, Willie Marie Guy and Sheryle Hall; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. for James Love Conner IV, 21, at Neal Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland.

He was born on Thursday, June 12, 1986, the son of James Love Conner III and Dawn Snider.

James passed away on Thursday, August 2, 2007 in Rye. He is preceded in death by his grandpa, James Love Conner Jr.

Survivors include his father, James Love Conner III; mother, Dawn Snider; step-father, Richard Snider; fiancée, Trista Smith; three brothers, Joshua Alexander Conner, Jacob Snider and Richard Snider; grandmother, Jean Conner; uncle, Michael John Conner; aunt, Marian Fielder and husband, Jeff; three cousins, Autumn Fielder, Craig Verualin and Cindy Jean.

All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 15, at 10:00 a.m. for Llton Brett Davis, 42, at the Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. Burial followed in the Greenville Cemetery in Kenefick.

Brett was born August 3, 1965 in Dayton and attended Tarkington High School. He was a construction supervisor for the Inserv Company of Deer Park. He enjoyed a good game of golf, a good fishing trip, and dancing. He was a loving son, husband, father and grandfather.

He died on Friday, August 10, 2007. He is preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Davis; a grandmother, Lucille “MeMa” Haynes; and grandparents, John and Margaret Croft.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa Joyce Reeves Davis of Dayton; mother and step-father, Jody and Larry Penny of Huntsville; children, Jackie Davis of Mont Belvieu, Kimberly Robinson of Jasper, Deandra Delacruz of Bryan and Cassie Delacruz of Los Angeles, California; two grandchildren, Savannah Satchell of Mont Belvieu and Robert Robinson of Jasper; three sisters, Jodie Manie of Highlands, Karyn Price and husband, Scott, of Mountain Side, New Jersey and Jessica Gryseels of Houston; two brothers, Forest Penny of Huntsville and Jimmy Pavliska of Austin; a grandfather, Elton Haynes of Kenefick; and other family members and a host of friends.

Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial services for William Earl Drummond,  87, were held Saturday, August 18, 2007, at 4:00 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland. A memorial service will also be held for Earl at the VFW Post 8953, Romayor, on September 1, 2007, at 4:00 p.m.
He was born on November 12, 1921 in Jacksonville, Texas. From 1942 to 1950 Earl served his country in both the Marines and the Air Force. He was sent overseas with the 3rd Marines, 5th Amphibious during the battle of Guadalcanal and was involved in Okinawa and Saipan.
He was laid to rest in Cleveland on August 16, 2007.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Drummond; son, Bruce Drummond; daughter, Kandy Martin; brothers, Jerrel and Bill Drummond; and five grandchildren, Chris, Jason, Eric, Katelyn and Grace.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Linnie Lee Franklin, 87, of Romayor, were held Saturday, August 4, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland. Interment was at Oak Shade Baptist Church, Cleveland.
She was born March 17, 1920 in Evergreen, Texas, the daughter of George Clinton and Mary Smith. She passed away on Friday, August 3, 2007. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jodie Lee Franklin; her son, Roy Evans Jr.; one sister and three brothers.
Survivors include her seven children, Doyle Clinton Evans Sr. and wife, Myrtle Faye, Josephine Bell and husband, Willard, Bobby Joe Franklin and wife, Patricia, Lindon Russell Franklin and wife, Wanda, Frances Gobert and husband, Tommy, Linda Jean Armitage and husband, Henry, and Betty Ann Bell; sisters, Rosa Lee Jordan, Dillie Mae Smith, Bonnie Faye Brinniger and Velora Douglas Amos; and many other cherished family members and caring friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 14, 2007, for Eugene “Gene” Graham, 77, at Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Lucian Stohler officiating. Graveside services were held Thursday, August 16, at 9:00 a.m. at Shay Cemetery in Kingston, Oklahoma.
On April 18, 1930 he began his life on earth. He brought his wife, Virginia Sue, into his life through holy matrimony on August 4, 1951. Gene and Sue were blessed with two sons, one daughter, five grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Mr. Graham retired from the United States Air Force in 1967 and also from the Norman, Oklahoma National Center for Employee Development for the United States Postal Service as an electronic instructor in 1987. After retirement, he enjoyed the relaxing life of lake living at Texoma, where his favorite hobbies were boating, carpentry and antique tractor refurbishing. Although his life had many successes, his most cherished were always being able to provide for his family, 56 years of wonderful marriage and the success and happiness of his children.
He was known as a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who died on August 13, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Survivors include his wife, Sue Graham of Kingston, Oklahoma; sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Lisa Graham and Russell and Bonita Graham; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Richard Canavan; grandsons, Eric Graham, Brian Graham and Nicholas Canavan; granddaughters, Mecehelle Graham and Kaitlyn Canavan; great-grandson, Ethan Graham; brother, James Graham; and family pets, Stormy and Blossom.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Tina Louise Griffin, 89, of Houston, formerly of Point Blank, were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 18, 2007, at Eastside Church of God in Christ, Point Blank, with Elder James Elmore officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery, Coldspring.

She was born October 13, 1917 in Coldspring, the daughter of Ulysses and Sarah Douglas. She married George Griffin on March 12, 1946 and to this union was born one son, Willie G. Griffin, who preceded her in death.

After moving to Point blank, she united with Eastside Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of Elder Willie Eckford, and continued there until her health began to fail.

Mrs. Griffin died August 9 in Houston.

Survivors include her husband, George Griffin; two step-sons, Layfate Griffin Sr. (Jacquelyn) and Arthur F. Griffin (Margie), all of Livingston; special daughter and friend, Betty Griffin of Livingston; and daughter-in-law, Helen Griffin of Willis. Although she loved all 14 of her  grandchildren, she had a special bond with Troy Griffin (Amy), whom she raised from 6 months old, Toshia and Sarah Griffin. She is also survived by 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; special cousin, Ola Pearl; and many other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers were Layfate Griffin Jr., Darrin Griffin, Arthur Griffin Jr., Carl Griffin, Alex Griffin and Edward Roberts. Honorary pallbearers were L. Troy Griffin, Layfate Griffin Sr., Arthur F. Griffin Sr., Douglas Griffin, Quentin Griffin and Kyle Griffin.

Charles Mortuary, Livingston,  was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 8, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel for Howard Hansbro Sr., 74, of Tarkington, with Dr. Byron Reeves officiating. Interment followed in Ryan Cemetery.

He was born July 20, 1932 in Tarkington Prairie, the son of Lee and Codie Berry Hansbro. A lifelong resident of Tarkington Prairie, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He passed away on Monday, August 6, 2007. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Codie Hansbro; sister, Kathleen Ellisor; and brothers, J.D. Hansbro, William Hansbro and Hubert Hansbro.

Survivors include his wife, Jo Evelyn Hansbro; daughters, Debbie Ford and husband, Mike and Cathy Thornton and husband, Tony; son, Hal Hansbro and wife, Jennifer; sister, Elmyra Feazell; grandchildren, Dustin and Ethan Thornton, Joshua and Jessica Ford and Seth Hansbro.

Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Friday, August 10, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. for Bernard Keith Havard, 71, of Cleveland, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland. Interment was at Squire Cemetery, Cleveland.
He was born November 1o, 1935 in Cleveland, the son of Julius and Lela Havard.
He passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2007.
Survivors include his loving wife, Betty Havard; daughters, Vickie Wilson and husband, Michael, and Leisa Collins and husband, Layne; , Arkansas, sons, Terry Havard and Dale Havard; brother, J.D. Havard; grandchildren, Destiny Havard, Lela Havard, Cory Havard, Amera Collins, Preston Wilson, Terrin Wilson, Blake Havard and Dylan Havard; great-grandchildren, Garrett Smith and Klayton Smith; cousin, Hubert Unsworth; and many other cherished family members and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Elma Rae Howard, 87, of Cleveland, were held Thursday, August 9, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland. Interment was at Cleveland Memorial Park Cemetery.
She was born October 1, 1919 in Cleveland, the daughter of A.W. “Doc” and Mary E. Howard.
She passed away on Monday, August 6, 2007. She was preceded in death by her parents, along with her brothers, A.W. “Mike” Howard, R.J. Howard; and her sister, Erma Reed.
Survivors include her sisters, Alice Keyser, Mary Shaw and husband, Pete, and Mildred Hill; nephews, Howard Reed, Charles Hill, Jerry Shaw, Pat Capps and Dorothy Kirkham; and many other cherished family members and caring friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial services were held Saturday, August 18, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. for Christopher Allen Jennings, 45, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. Burial was in Romulus, New York.
He was born April 13, 1962 in Waterloo, New York and passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2007 in Coldspring.
Survivors include his father and step-mother, Lawrence Francis Jennings and Sandy of Shepherd; mother, Rebecca Alsobrooks of Bullard; son, Jesse Charles Jennings of Grand Prairie; sister, Susan Haynes of Grand Prairie; step-brothers, Troy Beckner of Shepherd and Terry Rinehart of Houston.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for James “Jim” Yuhl Lane, 71, were held Tuesday, August 7, 2007, at 3:00 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Coldspring with Pastor Jerry Blizzard and Pastor Brian Calvert officiating. Interment was at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Cleveland.
He was born in Huntington, West Virginia on September 15, 1935, the son of Roy and Stacey Spencer Lane.
Jim retired from Tyler Junior College in 1996 and later worked for Crosby ISD. He was the author of his autobiography, “Surviving the Hungry Years”, Story of a West End Champion. He was the 1953 Eastern National Champion of the Golden Gloves Boxing. He served his country in the 101st Airborne Division of the Army in the 50’s and did a tour of duty throughout Europe. He was an avid sports writer, writing for numerous newspapers throughout the years. He enjoyed studying the Bible, spending time with family and friends, playing golf, playing jeopardy and doing crosswords. He was good-hearted and had a witty sense of humor. He wrote in his book, “As I look back to the years of poverty in those West Virginia hills, I thank God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon me. I was born in poverty but through the grace of God I have conquered poverty.
..I used my God given talents to rise about those ‘hungry years’ and found lots of friends along the way.”
He passed away on Friday, August 3, 2007.
Survivors include his wife of forty years, Bettie Jane Lane; daughters, Pam Calvert and husband, Marvin, of Coldspring, Patricia Regester and husband, Eddie, of Palestine, Phyllis Blizzard and husband, Jerry of Crosby, and Stacie Underhill of Athens; son, Jimmy Lane of Lavalette, West Virginia; sister, Barbara Clagg and husband, Mel, of York, Pennsylvania; brother, Eddie Lane of Huntington, West Virginia; grandchildren, Brian, Jeremy, Jeffrey, Jennifer, Jacob, Sebastian and Olivia; and eight great-grandchildren.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

A memorial service for Rev. Hervey Lewis Lazenby Jr., 90, was conducted on Saturday, August 18, 2007by good friend and minister, Rev. Gail Snodgrass at 11:00 a.m. at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Austin.
He was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma on February 14, 1917, the son of Hervey Lewis Lazenby and Bonnie Bishop Lazenby.
He graduated from Shawnee High School in 1935, Austin College in Sherman in 1939 and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1942. While at Seminary, Rev. Lazenby met and courted Mattie Downman Smyth. He proposed to her under the moonlight tower in Hyde Park. They were married July 21, 1942 in Austin. They had one son, Kerry Lewis Lazenby.
In 1972 he returned from preaching in neighboring states to ministry in Austin. He was actively involved in Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, and most recently, Genesis Presbyterian Church. Rev. Lazenby was Parish Associate until his death. September 24, 2006 marked the 64th anniversary of his ordination.
After retirement from the ministry, Rev. Lazenby worked at UT’s Gregory Gym Store and Jester Dormitory from 1972 until 1988.
Volunteering and local theater were two of Rev. Lazenby’s loves. He spent years working at Austin History Center in the biographical files department, eventually totaling over 7,000 hours. Rev. Lazenby was recognized as outstanding volunteer several times in his 14 years at the Austin History Center. Mayor Will Wynn proclaimed November 9, 2006 as “Hervey Lewis Lazenby Jr. Day.”
During the 1980’s, Rev. Lazenby volunteered with the Hyde Park Homes Tour on Father’s Day weekend. He enjoyed dressing up and telling stories of yesteryear as visitors, rode the trolley from home to home.
Clown ministries, local theater, and hand bell choir took his time in the 1980’s and 1990’s. He enjoyed visiting children in costume and making them laugh. He is remembered for playing the judge in “To Kill A Mockingbird” at Mary Moody Northern Theater at the Edward’s University. At Capitol City Playhouse, Rev. Lazenby played the part of the aged grandfather in “Night of the Iguana”. One of the funniest plays he was involved with was “Daddy’s Dying. Who’s Got The Will?”, where he played Daddy. In the early 1990’s, he enjoyed playing in the hand bell choir at Wilshire and Genesis Presbyterian Churches.
One of his greatest distinctions was being the oldest member of the University of Texas Alumni Band. He took great pride in being able to march with the band on Alumni Band Day at DKR Royal – Memorial Stadium. Rev. Lazenby continued playing his beloved clarinet and marching with the band until 83 years of age.
His longtime companion, Holly, an orange tabby, misses her owner. She turned up as a stray at the church 10 years ago on Christmas. Hence the name Holly.
Rev. Lazenby, a longtime resident of Hyde Park, passed away on August 6, 2007. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mattie Lazenby; and one son, Kerry Lazenby.
He is lovingly remembered by his daughter-in-law, Patricia Lazenby of Liberty; honorary daughter, Helen Bruner of Austin; brother, James Lazenby of Oklahoma; cousin, Virginia Lazenby of Georgetown; cousin, Mary Elizabeth Spaulding of Oklahoma; honorary grandchildren, Robyn and Harold Stanley and their children, Lucretta, Maxim and Glynnis, of Austin; Amy Burleson and her children, Victoria and Jacquelyn, of Leander; and Brian and Jill Bruner and their children, Brianne, Baylee, Grace, Candon, Alexandria and Christian, of Jarrell. Rev. Lazenby had scores of friends, too many to name, who will cherish his memory.
Honorary pallbearers were Brian Bruner, Harold Stanley, Bill Weathers, Robert Cooper, Gene Volcik, Don Harper and Mary Haynes.
Memorials in Rev. Lazenby’s honor may be made to Austin History Center Association, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Genesis Presbyterian Church in Longhorn Alumni Band Scholarship Fund.
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Victor William Lee, Sr. at the age of 67, passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2007 in Kingwood Medical Center.
He was born Sunday, October 15, 1939 in Dallas, the son of the late Victor Chancey Sr. and Betty Finch.
Survivors include his loving wife, Bobbie Lee; mother, Betty Hagan and step-father, Jack Hagan; eight children, Michael Holman, Dennis Lee, Victor Lee Jr., Rodney Lee, John Armstrong Jr., Pam Armstrong, Brandi Armstrong and Shannon Armstrong; brother, Wayne Lee; 20 grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.
Arrangements. were under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Funeral services were held on Friday, August 10, 2007 for Thomas James Mitchell Jr., 48, at 1:00 p.m. at Neal Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland. Interment followed in Morgan Cemetery, Splendora.
He was born Saturday, December 20, 1958 in Livingston, the son of the late Thomas James Mitchell Sr. and Bobbie Mayo Mitchell.
He passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 4, 2007 in Honolulu, Hawaii.. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Buck “Daddy Buck” Mayo and Paul “Pete” Winningham; grandparents, Joe Mitchell and Mable Boles Mitchell.
Survivors include his loving wife, Terry Mitchell of Splendora; mother, Bobbie Dodd and husband, Gordon, of Splendora; two daughters, Mindy Lea Mitchell and Stacy Lynn Swarthout; two grandchildren, Trevor Scott and Alyssa Cheyenne Vasquez; brother, Billy Paul Mitchell and wife, Bonnie; three sisters, Linda Pat Coleman and husband, David, Tammy Elizabeth Tullos and husband, Enos, and Bobbie Lee Cherry and husband, Gary; grandmother, Willie Scott “Nanny” Willingham; nieces and nephews, Courtney, Ricky, John David, Toby, Kristin, Colt Thomas, Michael, Ryan, Tyler; and numerous other family members and friends.
Arrangements were under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Funeral services for Peggy J. Welch, 70, of Livingston, were held on Sunday, August 12, 2007, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Mark Herridge officiating.
Peggy died on Friday, August 10, 2007, in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elzie Jack Welch; three brothers; and her parents, William S. and Gertie L. Shannon Carter.
Survivors include her four sons, Larry Deckert and wife, Amy, Robert Deckert and wife, Medley, Roger Smikal and wife, Charlene, and James Smikal and wife, Michelle; three daughters, Carolyn Curry and husband, Bobby, Karron Willis and husband, Clifford, and Theresa Smith and husband, Kevin; brother, Johnny Carter and wife, Marcella; 20 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews and other family and friends.
Pallbearers were Roger Smikal II, James Smikal II, Victor Covey, Thomas Davidson, Chris Morie, Robert Sikorski, Aaron Hendricks and Joshua Long.
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Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Thursday, August 16, 2007 for Regina D. “Gina” Mitchell Wiggins, 57, of Dayton, at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.
Gina was born December 30, 1949 in Deming, New Mexico, the daughter of Sam and Winnie Mitchell. She was a former resident of Deer Park, and has resided in the Dayton area for the past seven years. She was a former recruiter in transportation for Tri-State Trucking and former employee for the Good Samaritan Health Services in Arizona, had attended nursing school in Arizona, and enjoyed gardening, camping, sewing, crocheting, and playing bingo and cards.
She passed away on August 11, 2007 at her residence. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Twila Mitchell.
Survivors include her husband of 13 years, Richard Wiggins of Dayton; daughters, Lisa Sarkar and husband, Souren, of Florida, Tammy Hamilton and Tiffany Hopkins, both of Arizona; sons, Phillip Wiggins and wife, Tiffany, of Tennessee and Steven Wiggins of Florida; grandchildren, Ragen, Heather, Heidi, Robbie, Scotty, Kavin and Austin; two sisters; one brother; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Jessie Mae “Madear” Shine Yates, 84, of Livingston, were held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 18, 2007, at Providence No. 1 Baptist Church in Leggett, with the Rev. Ronnie Coleman officiating. Interment was in New Wensley Cemetery, Leggett.
She was born July 1923, in Shangaloo, Louisiana, the daughter of Serrento and Susie Sykes Wyrick. She attended public schools in McKamie, Arkansas, and was a Baptist.
Mrs. Yates died on August 7 in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston.
Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Andrew Yates; brother, R.C. Wyrick of Stamps, Arkansas; two daughters, Ruby Mack of Livingston and Louise Anderson (Wilbert) of Franklin, Louisiana; step-daughter, Mable Williams of Denver, Colorado; two step-sons, Sammie T. Shine and wife of California, and Robert Shine of Minden, Louisiana; sisters-in-law, Ollie Dawson and Alberta Yates of Houston; brother-in-law, Steve (Yancy) of Shepherd; grandchildren, LaQuincy Shine (Carlone) of Cleveland and Taji Fleeks of New Orleans, Louisiana; 29 step-grandchildren; 65 great-grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; two special nieces, Minnie Wyrick of Kalamazoo, Michigan and Nisa Henderson (Frank) of Livingston; a host of other nieces and nephews; special friends, Rena Thompson, Annie DeWalt, The Golden Girls, Josie DeWalt, Etta Mae Criswell, Freddy Flenoury, Robbie Davis and Anna Pearl Davis; Felicia Thompson and other caregivers and the Livingston Nursing Home and numerous other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Velton Price, Demetrice Cooper, Carlos Johnson, Jerry Garrett, Joseph Green Jr. and Chris Plattenburg. Honorary pallbearers were LaQuincy Shine, Joe Green Sr., Otis Shine, Jeremy Fleeks and Otis Green.
Duncan Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.







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