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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of August 1, 2007 - August 8, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Graveside services were held Tuesday, July 24, 2007 for Inez Watters Banks, 98, of Anahuac, at the Anahuac Cemetery.
She was born on March 20, 1909 in Alto, the daughter of Koher and Lena Watters.
Inez worked in the banking industry for over 60 years. She started working at Security State Bank in Anahuac on October 15, 1946. She also worked in Katy and Liberty banks. She was a long time resident of Anahuac and a member of First Baptist Church, Anahuac.
Mrs. Banks passed away on July 19, 2007. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George Zachary Banks in 1959; and sister, Anel Watters Colley in 1997.
Survivors include her niece, Gloria Ann Osborn of Houston; great-niece, Sheryl Ann Powell and husband, Michael, of Houston; great-nephew, Terry Osborn and wife, Laura, of Houston; great-great niece, Lauren; and great-great nephews, Lucas and Lowell.
Sterling Funeral Home, Anahuac, was in charge of arrangements. 

Funeral services for Linda Carol Bartell, 57, were held Tuesday, July 24, 2007, in the Allison Funeral Service Chapel, with the Rev. David A. Edwards officiating. Burial followed in the Cooke Memorial Cemetery in Liberty.
She was born March 13, 1950 in the Dayton Memorial Hospital, the daughter of Riley Woods and Jennie Lee Sadler Woods. She graduated from Liberty High School in 1968, and attended Lee College and Tarleton State University. She was a legal secretary for Mark Morefield, and a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty. Linda enjoyed her children and grandchildren, and she was a craft person.
She passed away in the M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston on July 20, after a long battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her father, Riley Woods; step-father, John Haynie Sr.; and aunt, Margie Woods Bartholomew.
Survivors include her mother, Jennie Lee Haynie of Liberty; a daughter and son-in-law, Brandi Lee Maughan and husband, Garland, of Liberty; a son, Christopher “Brad” Bartell of Liberty; two brothers, John Haynie Jr. and Charles Haynie; a sister, Jonee Haynie Haines; five grandchildren, Colby Maughan, Kaitlyn Maughan, Kaycee Maughan, Brandon Maughan and Arianna Bartell; and a host of other friends and family members.
To view and sign the guestbook, go online to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.
Allison Funeral Services, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

William Beaumont “Bill” Baylor, Jr., 82, passed away on Friday, July 20, 2007.
He was born in Houston on December 16, 1925.
He had been a resident of Coldspring since 1988 and was a veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Ida Baylor; daughters, Susie, Gloria, Marsha and Ce Ce: seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.
A memorial celebration for Robert Gregory Cook, 70, was held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church of Livingston.
He was born on July 12, 1937, in San Antonio, the son of Robert W. Cook and Annie Ruth Gregory.
He died on July 23, 2007 in Livingston of pulmonary fibrosis.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Jacquelyn Marie Frazier Cook; his son, Mark Gregory Cook and his wife, Cindy; his son, Jeffrey Wayne Cook and his wife, Tami; grandchildren, Adair Carlson Cook and Jackson Gregory Cook; brother, John Cook and wife, Darlene; sister, Dixie and her husband, Ed Cormier; sister-in-law, Marlene May; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the First United Methodist Church, Music Department, P.O. Box 1638, Livingston, Texas 77351 or the American Lung Association, or the charity of your choice.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 25, 2007, for Josephine Fregia, 78, of Hull, at 10:00 a.m. at Allison Funeral Service Chapel in Liberty with Rev. Merrill Cloe and Rev. Larry Luster officiating.
Josephine was born in Savannah, Georgia, on April 18, 1929, the daughter of Manuel Fernandez and Josephine Martinez. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Port Arthur. She married Marvin Fregia Sr. on May 25, 1946.
She was a homemaker who loved to make mayhaw jelly, baking cakes, and watching her soap operas. She was very generous, and loved giving to others. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
She died on Monday, July 23, 2007, at Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marvin Fregia Sr.; one daughter, Debra Fregia Campbell; one son, Leon Fregia; one son-in-law, Ernest Elliott; two brothers, Manuel Fernandez Jr. and Floyd Fernandez; and one sister, Rose Mary Sears.
Survivors include her son, Marvin Fregia Jr. and wife, Beverly; daughter, Mary Jo Hanel and husband, Doug; one son-in-law, Roger Campbell; grandchildren, Windy Copeland and husband, Mark, Marvin Earl Elliott and wife, Patricia, Todd Wayne Fregia and wife, Lisa, Colby Dale Fregia, Adam Kenney, Tara Shannon and husband, Chad, and Erica Kenney; great-grandchildren , Coby Trent Elliott, Keisha Elliott, Sam Elliott, Tyler Copeland, Zack Fregia, Lauren Fregia, Megan Copeland and Savannah Shannon; and brothers and sisters, James Fernandez and wife, Iva Mae, Mercedes Dutton, and Ralph Fernandez.
To view the guestbook, go to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.
Allison Funeral Services, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 26, at Earthman’s Funeral Home in Baytown for Clarence Elmer Gay, 86. Burial followed at Earthman Memory Garden in Baytown.
He was born in Milvid on February 5, 1921 and reared in Holly Grove, and died on July 23, 2007, at his residence in Baytown.
He graduated from Livingston High School and attended Lee College in Baytown.
He was known as someone whose greatest love was for his Lord and his family. He accepted the Lord as his personal Savior in 1960 during a tent revival. He loved singing specials in church and his favorite song was “Face To Face With Christ My Savior.”
He was an active member of Northside Baptist Church in Baytown and the Gold Sunday School Class. He was known as Papa Gay to all the children that knew and loved him. He was sometimes teasingly called The Pied Papa because the children would come to him after church for gum or candy. He faithfully studied his Bible every day.
He worked as a master electrician at Goose Creek Consolidated ISD and Lee College in Baytown. He retired in 1981.
Mr. Gay served in the Army Air Corps from August 1942 until October 1947. He was a top turret gunner on B-25 aircraft, 12th Airforce, 310 Bomb Group, 389th Bomb Squadron and received the European Theater of Operations Medal, the Silver Star, three Bronze Stars, two Presidential Citations, Air Medal with silver oak leaf, World War II Victory medal, American Campaign Medal, silver wings and Certificate Award for Valor. He flew 48 missions and flew decoy in France during the Normandy Invasion on D-Day. Once, his B-25 returned from Italy with 186 flack holes, some 14 inches in diameter, and a ruptured right wing gas tank, landing with only one motor. He always said God was their co-pilot because there was not a hole anywhere a man was stationed. He also flew in the battle at Anzio Beach.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Miles and Lizzy Gay; his wife of 48 years, Evelyn Williams Gay; brother, Cecil Gay; sisters, Leona Singletary, Cloria Richardson and Bessie Mae Wheeler.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and David Clark of Baytown; five grandchildren, Jonathan Parrish and wife, Jamie, Elisabeth Duty and husband, Jeff, Amber Clark and Jonathan Ian and David Clark Jr.; one sister, Myrtle Jordan; 11 great-grandchildren with number 12 due in October; and several nieces and nephews.
To view the online obituary or to post a tribute for the family, go to www.earthmanfuneral.com.
If anyone wishes to make a contribution in his name, the family asks to make them to Northside Baptist Church, 300 Cedar Bayou Road, Baytown, Texas 77520 or to the Missions Department.

A memorial service for Thomas Sanford Hall, 66, of Grapevine, was held Monday, May 14, 2007, at Lucas Funeral Home, Grapevine. His body was cremated and his remains were taken to Leggett, where the family held a private burial service in Jones Prairie Cemetery/Crossroads Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 28.
Mr. Hall died on May 10, 2007, in Tyler.
He was known as a gifted math teacher, loving father and devoted husband who loved children and animals. He was born on June 14, 1940 in Houston and later lived in LaPorte, where he attended first through 12th grade. His grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends were from the East Texas area (Leggett and Holly Grove), so he spent a lot of time in East Texas. He graduated from LaPorte High School with honors and attended Lamar College in Beaumont for his undergraduate degree. He then attended LSU, where he earned a master’s degree in mathematics. He later attended Wyoming State University in Laramie, Wyoming, where he completed classes toward his doctorate degree. After college he moved to Port Arthur, where he started his teaching career. In 1971, he moved to the Irving and Grapevine areas, where he lived until retirement in 2002.
Mr. Hall had a varied math career. He was head of the following math departments: Forest Park High School in Beaumont, 1961-71; Cistercian Preparatory School in Irving, 1971-78; Mountain View College in Dallas, 1978-79; The Hockaday School of Dallas, 1979-87; and The Episcopal School of Dallas, 1987-96.
Mr. Hall taught at Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Duncanville High School in Duncanville and was a professor and supervisor of student teachers at The University of Texas at Dallas.
Survivors include his wife, Lila Hall of Grapevine; mother, Anita Hall Seyer of LaPorte; son, Dr. David Hall MD; daughter, Holli Hall of Arlington; stepson, Daryl Bruce of Reno, Nevada; step-daughter, Terri Tucker of Flower Mound; brother, Bill Hall of Houston; and many other relatives in Texas and Florida.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Burl Eugene Hoffman, 82, passed away July 17 in a Beaumont hospital.
He was born August 10, 1924 in Kennett, Missouri, the son of William Lesley Hoffman and Elsie Emaline (Campbell) Hoffman. A master locksmith he enjoyed fishing and hunting. Burl will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved him.
He leaves behind his loving wife of over 59 years, Dorothy Beverly Eppard of Yantis, Ronald Hoffman and wife, Wanda, of deer Park and Marla Crump and her husband, David, of Moss Hill; three grandchildren, Kevin and Gregg Dickerson and Jacob Chandler.
Burl was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Gaylord Hoffman; and two sisters, Opal Odom and Agnes Proctor.
To view the website, go to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to Allison Funeral Services, Liberty.

Graveside services for Lena Lucille Hornback, 94, of Hull, were held July 24 at Guedry Cemetery in Batson, with the Rev. Bert Shivers officiating.
Lena was born in Marquez, on August 28, 1912, the daughter of Lester William Moon and Stella Elizabeth Winn. She attended Flynn High School.
She was a member of the Daisetta United Methodist Church. She was a lifelong resident of the Hull-Daisetta area. She worked as a sales clerk until her retirement, after that she enjoyed being a homemaker and taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren.
Lena passed away on July 21 at the Liberty Healthcare Center.
Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Jolois Hornback; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
To view the website, go to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.
Arrangements were under the direction of Allison Funeral Service of Liberty..

Funeral services were held July 23, 2007 for Josephine “Jo” Luton Johnston, 90, of Dayton, at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. Burial followed at Palms Memorial Park Cemetery in Dayton.
Josephine was a 25 year resident of Dayton, moving from Louisiana where she worked as a customer service representative for Piggly Wiggly for more than 15 years. She was a lover of animals, raising chickens and rescuing dogs, and she enjoyed crocheting.
She passed away on July 20 in Dayton. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Guy Johnston; her parents, Walter Lee Luton and Annie Josephine (Knotts) Luton; and many siblings.
Survivors include her three sons, Clifford Eugene Johnston and wife, Marianne, of Dayton, Frank Allen Johnston and wife, Linda, of Evadale, and John Ernest Johnston and his friend, Dolores of Lake Charles, Louisiana; two sisters, Martha Fontenot and Sarah Kirby, both of West Monroe, Louisiana; eleven grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.
Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2007 for Margaret L. Taylor Jordan, 79, of Humble, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Restland Memorial Park.
Mrs. Jordan was known as someone with a love of baking. She was well known for her special apple cakes. She made sure on everyone’s birthday, they got a fresh apple cake.
She also loved to bowl and at one time was a member of the local square dance club.
She passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2007. She is preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Robert Jordan; her father, Holly Mason; and her brother, Carl Mason.
Survivors include her mother, Isabell Charlton Mason; sons, Leon Burgess and wife, Becky, Donald Burgess and wife, Connie, Michael Taylor and Edward Taylor Jr.; daughter, Linda Musick and husband, Keith; brother, Willie Mason and wife, Minnie Mae; sisters, Venora Pantusso and Ann Zepeda and husband, Holly Barlage; and grandchildren, Danny Musick, Kimberly Sells, Wendy Kelker, Shane Taylor, Katie Taylor, Matthew Taylor, Britney Taylor, Cody Taylor, Josh McKeethan, Paula Burgess, Mike Burgess and Frances Kirkendell.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

A memorial service for Jodi Griffin Maddox, 30, of Dayton, was held on Thursday, July 26, at 2:00 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Dayton with Rev. Randy Piatt officiating.
Jodi was born January 4, 1977 in Houston, the daughter of Rodney and Karol Huvall Griffin. She had been a longtime resident of Dayton, where she graduated from 1995 from Dayton High School. Jodi attended San Jacinto College and was currently working at Kimmie Brown Elementary School as a substitute teacher. She loved her family and friends, and she enjoyed cooking and taking care of her pets.
Jodi passed away on July 22 at home after a courageous battle with cancer. She is preceded in death by her father and grandfathers, Earl Griffin and Clarence W. Huvall.
Survivors include her husband of five years, Brett Maddox of Dayton; her precious daughter, Madelyn “Maddi” Maddox of Dayton; her mother, Karol Griffin of Dayton; her brother, Scott Griffin and wife, Abbey, of Dayton; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Jerry and Winifred Maddox of Luling; and her grandparents, Inez Inzerella and Myra Loyce Griffin.
For those who desire, memorials may be made to the Madelyn Maddox Scholarship Fund at Prosperity Bank in Dayton.

Funeral services were held July 21 at Grace Community Church for James A. “Smitty” Smith, 63, of Highlands.  Interment followed in Magnolia Park Cemetery.
He was born March 1, 1944, the son of William Bryant and Mary Jane Smith. James was great with his hands. He worked on cars and built hot rods. He could really but just about anything with wood, but above all, James loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren.
He passed away on July 17, 2007. He is preceded in death by his parents; loving wife of over 42 years, Mary Ann Smith; brother, Bryant “Dickie” and sisters, Frances and Pat.
Survivors include his three daughters, Kerri Wentworth and husband, Keith, Karen Moore and husband, Roy, and Kimberly Payne and husband, Burt; five grandchildren, James, Brad, Nikole, Brittany and Hayden; and three great-grandchildren, Camryn, Jordyn and one on the way.
Arrangements were entrusted to Sterling Funeral Home of Dayton.

Funeral services for Julie Ann Smith, 48, of Wallisville, were held July 23, 2007, at Allison Funeral Service. Interment followed in Cooke Cemetery in Liberty.
She was born on March 19, 1959, the daughter of James and Melva Williams in Sellersville. Julie was an All-American mom. She was known as the neighborhood soccer mom. She made sure all the children made it to practice and games and were always fed.
Julie passed away on July 20, 2007.  She is preceded in death by her parents; and son, Jamison David Smith.
Survivors include her loving husband of over 25 years, Gary Wayne Smith; sons, Brian Kevin Smith, Justin Adam Smith and Benjamin Wayne Smith; daughter, Laurie Stubbs; sisters, Susan McKnight and Lisa Williams; brothers, Jim Williams, Scott Williams, Woody Williams, Joey Williams, Greg Fincher and Tim Fincher; grandchildren, Dylan Stubbs, Kolton Stubbs, Konner Stubbs, Kayla Smith, Katelyn Smith and Haylee Smith; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Condolences may be made online at www.allisonfuneralservice.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to Allison Funeral Service of Liberty.

Funeral services were held at Sterling-White Funeral Home in Highlands for Dickey Stanley, 66, of Highlands, on July 26, at 11:00 a.m.
He was born September 20, 1940 in Alton, the son of the late Thomas and Freddie Stanley. A lifelong resident of Highlands. Dickey was a 1959 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School.
Dickey worked as an engineer with KBR for over 30 years, during that time he helped to start Instrumentation Technology International. Dickey is a member of Highlands Church of Christ and a Master Gardener.
Mr. Stanley passed away on July 23, 2007. He is preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte Byers Stanley; and his parents, Thomas R. Stanley and Freddie L. (Dickey) Stanley.
Survivors include his daughters, Amy Stanley Arvin and husband, John, of Dayton, and Marcia Leigh Cole and husband, Kevin, of Weatherford; one son, Paul William Stanley and wife, Tasha, of Emerson, Arkansas; three brothers, Kenneth Stanley and wife, Brenda, of Highlands, Terry Stanley and wife, Prissy, of Big Spring and Troy Stanley and wife, Shirley, of Highlands; two sisters, Helen Staudt and husband, Bill, of Comfort, and Joy Swanner and husband, Mike, of Crosby; seven grandchildren, Emily, Abby, Lanie, Cassie, Caroline, Logan and Dillan; two great-grandchildren, Wes and Ella; and several nieces and nephews.
For more information or to send the family condolences online, please visit www.sterlingwhite.com.

A memorial service for Donna Sue Turner, 56, was held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 29, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating.
She was born February 24, 1951 in Livingston, the daughter of Bill and Lillie Stephens Meadows.
Mrs. Turner died Sunday, July 22, in Conroe Regional Medical Center in Conroe.
Survivors include her father, Bill Meadows of Livingston; husband, Jim P. Turner of Onalaska; daughters, Denee Parker of Onalaska, Marie McCoy of Kerrville, Tammy Mann of Houston, Marjorie Boling of Fredericksburg, Miranda Arnold of Kingwood and Misty Krisch of Fredericksburg; brothers, Billy Wayne Meadows and Willie Meadows, both of Livingston and Wiley Meadows of Leggett; sister, Shellie Campbell of Livingston; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.







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