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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of August 9, 2007 - August 16, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Joseph S. Allen, Jr., 86, died at his residence in Rye on Friday, July 27, 2007.
He was born March 20, 1921 in Fort Worth, the son of Joseph and Frances Wright Allen. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Rhesa Allen.
Survivors include his daughters, Toni Allen of Rye, Theresa Reyth and Jo Marie Allen; grandsons, Dennis Crutcher, Matthew Houser, Christopher Houser, Jacob Houser, Max Reyth and Judah Reyth; granddaughter, Shannon Crutcher of Austin; granddaughter, Jessica Welch; and grandsons, Shaya Kruger, Michael Kruger and Ethan Allen of Rye.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements. 

Funeral services for Albert Mryl Blalock, 65, of Corrigan, were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 29, 2007, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Curtis Jordan officiating. Interment followed in Holhausen Cemetery in Moscow.
He was born October 6, 1941 in Polk County, and died on Thursday, July 26, 2007, in Corrigan.
He was a caretaker for Union Springs Cemetery and a Baptist by faith.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Albert Steven and Idez Conner Blalock.
Survivors include his son, Albert Ray Blalock of Hudson; daughters, Donna K. Blalock of Lufkin and Martha Lena Flemon of Huntington; brother, Kenneth Blalock of Corrigan; sister, Lena Thornton of Corrigan; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Stephen Blalock, Matthew Blalock, Steve Blalock, Marlin Hughes, Matt Hughes and Ken Hughes.
Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 30, 2007 for Robert Morris “Buster” Bricker Jr., 86, of Liberty, at Allison Funeral Services in Liberty. Interment followed the service at Fairlawn Cemetery in Liberty.
He was born on June 21, 1921 in Madisonville, the son of Robert Morris Bricker Sr. and Sarah Speights Bricker. Buster was an active member in the Liberty community for many years, having served on the Liberty Independent School District School Board for 11 years, and as president of the Trinity Valley Exposition in 1984-85. He also served as a Lifetime Committee member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Buster served in the United States Army-Air Corp as a First Lieutenant (navigator of a B-24). He just recently received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was retired from AT&T after 43 years of service.
Mr. Bricker passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2007. His parents; and his wife of 59 years, Marguerite Humber Bricker, precede him in death.
Survivors include his two children, James Bricker of McAllen and Patty Williamson and husband, Harvey, of Hardin; grandchildren, Cliff and wife, Melissa, Chris and wife, Shawna Williamson of Liberty, Jamie Bricker and husband, Randy Brown, of Irvine, California and Denton Bricker of Dallas; three great-grandchildren, Reagan, Colton and Cooper Williamson.
To view and sign the guestbook go to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.
Allison Funeral Home, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Emma Rozella Burks, 69, were held Sunday, July 29, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Mitchell Murphy officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Hill Cemetery in Segno.
She was born on November 10, 1937, in Harris County, the daughter of Mikel and Clara O’Elschlagal Murphy.
Mrs. Burks passed away on Thursday, July 26, in Pineridge Health Care in Livingston. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Luther “Sandy” Burks and Jimmy Davis; her parents; sons, Randy Lee Burks Sr. and Rodney Brown; daughters, Debra Elliott and Robin Fulton; and grandson, Randy Lee Burks Jr.
Survivors include her son, Michael Burks of Livingston; daughters and sons-in-law, Paula and James Stickland of Conroe and Terry and James Smith of Huntsville; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Amanda Burks of Shepherd and Jay and Brenda Burks of Livingston; daughter-in-law, Betty Burks of Livingston; son-in-law, Jerry Fulton; grandchildren, Robert Edwards Jr. and wife, Melissa, Diana Drye and husband, Jason, Pam Newman and husband,  Randy, John Edwards and wife, Jessica, Brett Veith and wife, Gina, Matthew Veith and wife, April, Richard Springer, Nathan Smith, Sandy Gary, Jimmy Sackett, Angelic Dalton, Brian Burks and wife, Kathy, J.J. Burks and wife, Courtney, Allen Eaton, Brittny Eaton, Amber Brewer, Nikki Gary, Justin Santos, Josh Copeland, Amy Copeland, Stacy Bridgeman, Tyler Manning, Windom Elliott, B.J. Elliott and Kari Manning; great-grandchildren, Ashley Drye, Randy Newman Jr., Haley Newman, Evan Newman, Tori Veith, Cody Veith, Jennifer Leveque, Robbie Havens, Travis Smith, Destiny Sackett, Michael Sackett, Brianna Burks, Cheyenne Santos, Chase Bridgeman, Zachery Dalton, Destiny Caldwell, Gabin Elliott, Nicholas Elliott and Carly Elliott; and special family, Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Brown.
Pallbearers were Brian Burks, J.J. Burks, Brett Veith, Matthew Veith, Robert Edwards Jr., Randy Newman, Bubba Dale Sackett, Bryan Ramsey and John Edwards. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Schwark, Chris Dorman, Casey Murphy, Joe Lenox, Glen Carpenter and Billy Mitchell.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

A memorial service was held for Brenda Kay Fox, 55, of Livingston, on Sunday, July 29, 2007, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. James Hilton officiating.
She died on Thursday, July 25, 2007. She is preceded in death by her father and mother, Paul Deaton and Lula Mae Bell Tullos; son, Richard Lee Beasley; and half sister, Doxie Baker.
Survivors include her sons, Jimmy Fox and William “Crawfish” McGinty; her daughters, Vanessa Beasley, Stephanie McGinty, Nancy Wray, Lorie Rogers, Renea McGinty, Dawn Rogers and Tracie Norville; brothers, Glennwood Kuehn and wife, John, John Carper, and Joe Mac Kuehn; sisters, Patsy McGinty, Joann Madden, Tina Jones, and Wanda Carper; nieces and nephews, Pam Douglas, Luann Parduhn, Karon Rushing, Curtis Stifflemire, Kerri Stalling, Dennis Justice, Michael Perez and John Carper; and her grandchildren, Justin Scharnhoust, Dylan Scharnhoust, McKayla Fox, Christian McGinty, Chance Dale Heaven, Tyler Heaven, Jason Lopez and Ronnie Heaven.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Doyle Eugene Helms, 73, were held Saturday, August 4, 2007, at Hickory Grove Church, with Pastor Wayne Landrum officiating.
He was born on July 19, 1934 in Sweetwater, the son of Lanswold and Janie Jones Helms.
Mr. Helms died on Tuesday, July 31, 2007, in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston. His parents; sister, Joyce Nell Berg; and daughter, Karen Delane Helms preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Hilda Helms of Livingston; daughter, Jennefer Yvonne Allen of Lufkin; brother and sister-in-law, Buddy and Elizabeth Helms of Livingston; sister, Wilma Jean Jones of Aransas Pass; grandchildren, Ivy Janan Helms of Lufkin and Kandra and Ismael Chavez of Diboll; and great-grandchildren, Selexy, Amalia, Isaac and Eugene.
Honorary pallbearers were Kevin Vandiveer, Joe Stephens, Mack Coats, Roger Landrum, David Landrum, Ray Campbell and Frank Hartin.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hickory Grove Special Olympics.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 for William Robert Hendrix, 67, at the Rocky Creek Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
He grew up in the Gulf Coast area, mainly in Houston. At the age of 17 he was married to Judith D. Bonetati, and they had two children, Dean and Rusty Hendrix. Shortly after he married, he was accepted by the U.S. Marines, realizing one of his boyhood dreams.
At the age of 25, he became a follower of Jesus Christ and was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was known as, Randy Hendrix, and had two more sons, Jacob and Brad, while married to Patricia Harper. During the last ten years of his life he was married to Jean Barney from Rochester, New York. He was truly a jack of all trades, with an entrepreneur spirit. He always had a new idea for a new business venture or the next big wave. Mostly, he loved his family, and would have given whatever he had to anyone in need.
Mr. Hendrix passed away peacefully on July 29, 2007 in Brownwood.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Barney of Brownwood; mother, Thelma Louise Bivens of Mayflower, Alaska; siblings, Leon Hendrix and wife, June and Thelma Lynn Hester, all of Houston; children, Dean and wife, Lisa, of Missoula, Montana, Rusty and wife, Julie, Jacob and wife, Tina, and Brad and wife, Elise, all of Houston and Jan Wilson and husband, Roger, of Fort Worth; 17 grandchildren; five step-children; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Dean and Rusty’s mother, Judy Hendrix and Jacob, Brad and Jan’s mother, Pat Harper.

Funeral services for Leonard “Bo” Hilton, 69, of Livingston, on Saturday, July 28, 2007, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel, with Bishop Gerald Reeves officiating. Burial followed in Bold Springs Cemetery.
Mr. Hilton passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at his residence surrounded by his family. His father, Steve Hilton, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Hilton; mother, Hassie Anthony; son, Bryan Cox Hilton; daughters, Stephanie Loretta Hilton and husband, Michael Williams and Jennifer Lynn Hilton; brothers, George Lee Hilton and wife, Lorene, Billy Joe Hilton and wife, Dorothy Ruth, and the Rev. Thomas Hilton and wife, Debbie; sister, Nonnie Molina and husband, Johnny; four grandchildren and his beloved dog, which he frequently called his son, Pine Knot Hilton.
Serving as pallbearers were Jessie Hamilton, James Mitchell, Michael Williams, James Keith Hindsman and Steve Mitchell.
To sign the online register book, go to www.pacefuneral.com.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2007 for Hellen Sue Lawrence, 89, of Dayton, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Norris Ritchie officiating. Interment followed at 2:00 p.m. at Brookside Cemetery in Houston.
She was born January 20, 1918 in Fox, Oklahoma, the daughter of William M. and Lizzie Mae Lahman Rush. She was a resident of Dayton for over 63 years where she and her husband raised their family. Mrs. Lawrence had been a member of the First Baptist Church, the Dayton Garden Club and WMU.
Lawrence passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2007 in Liberty after an extended illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Alvin Lawrence Sr.; her grandson, Bret Donald Lawrence; and one sister.
Survivors include her sons, William M. Lawrence and wife, Verta Sue, of Dayton and Herbert A. Lawrence Jr. and wife, Sharon, of Ohio; her daughter, Hellen Teresa Thamm and husband, Fred, of Dayton; grandchildren, Christi Raley and husband, Jeff, William Floyd Lawrence, Scott Robert Lawrence, Jason Allen Gibson, Amanda Thamm, Crystal Turner and husband, Chris and Allen Thamm; her great-grandchildren, Brittany Christie Lawrence, Emily Raley, Justin Lawrence, Steven Lawrence, Alyssa Thamm, Nicholas Thamm, Jason Thamm, Christian Vance, Maddison Turner and Toby Thamm; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Arrangements were under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton.

Funeral services were held on Friday, August 3, 2007, for Randy Eugene Lenamond, 52, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Emmett Solomon officiating.
He was born May 8, 1955 in Tyler, the son of R.Q. and Louise McIntosh Lenamond.
Mr. Lenamond passed away on Monday, July 30, 2007 in UTMB in Galveston. He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Lenamond of Huntsville; mother, Louise Pickren of Splendora; daughters, Aranda Russell of Colorado City, Colorado and Kassie Wilson of Gatesville; son, Bruce Lenamond of Conroe; step-daughters, Becky Crawford of Riverside and Sheila Jennings of Conroe; step-son, William Smith of Willis; brother, Rickie Lenamond of Splendora; sister, Diane Stokes of Livingston; sisters and brothers-in-law, Cheryl and Ronnie McClendon of Conroe, Tina and James Halle of Splendora and Tammy and Shawn Ewing of Gillette, Wyoming; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Herschel Emory McLendon, 92, were held Thursday, August 2, 2007, at Central Baptist Church of Livingston with Joel Salazar officiating.
He was born October 21, 1914 in Alexander, Arkansas, the son of Urban B. McLendon and Della F. Corbin.
Mr. McLendon died on July 28 in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Clarice; parents, Urban and Della; two brothers, Flynn and Jack; and one sister, Urbadell Ratcliff.
Survivors include his children, James R. McLendon and wife, Judy, David McLendon, Paul McLendon and wife, Jana, Carol McLendon and Susan McLendon and husband, Rick, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; grandchildren, Joni Lambright, Mack McLendon and wife, Caryn, Paul David McLendon, Aaron McLendon, Luke McLendon, Andrew McLendon, Brandi and husband, Josh Mohler, Allison, Daniel and Victoria McLendon and Ellen Herschel; and great-grandchildren, Kasey McLendon, Kelly Jo McLendon and Blake McLendon.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 2, 2007 for Wyona Marie Mizell, 80, of Liberty, at Allison Funeral Services, Liberty. Burial followed in Cooke Cemetery in Liberty.
She was born October 11, 1926 in Ganado, the daughter of John and Leona Girndt Reue. Wyona has lived in the Liberty area for 50 years and was a member of First Baptist Church in Liberty. In her spare time she enjoyed going to the Liberty Opry, watching the Astros, cooking and most of all spending time with her family. Wyona’s life revolved around her family and friends, and they will miss her deeply.
Mizell passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2007 in Liberty. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leonard Mizell; and brothers, Louise Reue and Ben Reue.
Survivors include her daughters, Rhonda Oreschnigg-Daly and husband, Dan, and Sheila Cook and husband, Tim; grandchildren, Lynne Oreschnigg, James Oreschnigg, Laura Clements and Jessica Neely; great-grandchildren, Cailin Oreschnigg and Conall Oreschnigg; brother, James Reue; special friend, Bill Lunceford; and many other relatives and friends.
To view Web site and sign online register book visit www.allisonfuneralservice.com.
Allison Funeral Services, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for David Lee “Jay” Pringle Jr., 48, of Hankamer, were conducted on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at First Baptist Church of Anahuac. Interment followed in Barrow Cemetery in Hankamer.
He was born December 31, 1958, the son of David Lee and Ida Pringle in Liberty. David was a member of the Anahuac Masonic Lodge, Baytown Shriners, and the Order of the Eastern Star.
He liked to hunt and cook, but he especially loved to work on hot rods and ride his motorcycle.
Mr. Pringle passed away on July 28, 2007. He is preceded in death by his father, David Lee Pringle Sr. and his grandparents.
Survivors include his loving wife of 26 years, Connie Pringle; daughter, Jayme Leigh Pringle of Hankamer; son, Joshua Eric Pringle of Hankamer; mother, Ida Pringle of Hankamer; sister, Dee Hasson and husband, Parker Sr., of Hankamer; brother, Danny Pringle and wife, Loretta, of Anahuac; and numerous more nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Arrangements were under the direction of Sterling Funeral Home of Anahuac.

Funeral services for Lucy Jo Rivers, 81, of Angleton, were held Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, with the Rev. Billy Conner officiating. Graveside services followed in the Hilton Family Cemetery in Larue.
Mrs. Rivers was born March 9, 1926 in Poynor, the daughter of William Van and Mamie Whitney Hilton. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Angleton for over 40 years and was employed by Perry Brothers for 17 years.
Mrs. Hilton was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Rivers, whom she married on September 7, 1945; three brothers and five sisters.
Survivors include her children, Kevin Rivers and wife, Diane, of Van, Carolyn Barnett and husband, Harold, and Jerry Rivers and Judy, all of Angleton; three brothers; five sisters, seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Online condolences may be made at palmfuneralhome.com.

Funeral services for Ruby Jewell Cherry Shelley, 76, of Rye, will be held on Friday, August 10, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Holly Grove Cemetery. A visitation will be held Friday from 12:00 p.m. until service time.
She passed away on Monday, August 6, 2007, after a lengthy stay in the NTICU and NIMU at Hermann Hospital Medical Center from congestive heart failure. Ruby is preceded in death by her parents, Andrew Eddy and Mora Mazie Cherry; sisters, Oscie Nell and Flossie Cherry; brothers, Fred Cherry, Raymond Cherry and Huey Cherry; son, Michael Wayne Thompson; and three son-in-laws, David Kroll, Robert Aisenbrey and James Taylor.
Survivors include her son, Alan Shelley and wife, Mary; daughters, Cheri Kroll and partner, Delbert Puyear and Shonnie Aisenbrey-Taylor; sister, Laura Louise “Deat” Cherry; grandchildren, Jennifer Smith and husband, Mark, Chance “Scooter” Aisenbrey and wife, Amanda, Chance Shelley and wife, Irissa, Corey Shelley, Chace Shelley, Tammie Taylor Kaumeyer and husband, Ron, and Dawn Taylor Kelley and husband, Berry; great-grandchildren, Dustin, David and Devin Smith, Destiny, Tara and Chaun Aisenbrey, Conner and Sawyer Kaumeyer, Alexandra Trissel and Shelby and Hunter Davitt. A host of family and friends, all of Mississippi, also survive her.
Pallbearers will be Chance “Scooter” Aisenbrey, Staff Sergeant Mark Smith USAF, Chance Shelley, Corey Shelley, Andrew Galusha and Wayne Harrington.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.pacefuneral.com.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, is in charge of arrangements.

Paul Smith died on July 31, 2007, at his residence in Livingston. Interment was in Old Grove Cemetery in Effie, Louisiana.
Mr. Smith was born on December 10, 1952 in Pineville, Louisiana. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Jane Rasberry Smith; his brother, Ray Allen Smith; and son-in-law, Billy James Franklin, Jr.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Bessie Smith; one son, Donny Ray Smith of Beaumont; two daughters, Paula Loraine Franklin of Olla, Louisiana and Cindy Lynn Smith of Jonesville, Louisiana; one son-in-law, Brandon Wiley; three brothers, Clyde David Smith Jr. of Louisiana, Daniel C. Smith and wife, Vickie, of Tacoma and J.C. Smith of Henderson; two sisters, Irene Rasberry and husband, Raymond, of Urania, Louisiana and Betty Lou Fussell and husband, Ricky, of Greyson, Louisiana; and four grandchildren, Cynthia Herrandez, Dalton Franklin, Hanna Franklin and Brandon Wiley Jr.
To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Adele Williams
Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 29, 2007 for Adele Williams, 83, at the First Indian Baptist Church with the Revs. Roy Jernigan and Rick Robertson officiating. Burial followed in Midway Cemetery.
She was born March 2, 1924 in Brooklyn, New York. Mrs. Williams died on Friday, July 27, 2007 in Hospice in the Pines in Lufkin.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Williams; her mother, Bursie Abbey; son, Elray Williams; daughter-in-law, Mary Kay Williams; and granddaughter, Delinda Kay Williams.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Rodney Williams, Norman and Billie Sue Williams, all of Livingston, Larry and Wynema Williams of Lufkin and Verlis and Terri Williams of Lake Charles, Louisiana; daughters and sons-in-law, Delores and Oscar Williams, Sandra and Johnny Walker, Peggy Williams and Rebecca and Lyndon Alec, all of Livingston; 22 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and sisters, Monnie Mae Langley and Zolene Welch, both of Livingston.
Pallbearers were Bryan Williams, Eric Williams, Craig Williams, Shaun Walker, Jason Williams, Anthony Williams, Ryan Alec and Brandon Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Jonathan Williams, Michael Kowena, Trey Bullock and Chad Alec.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Edward Williams
Edward Johnny Williams, 72, died on Friday, July 27, 2007, at his residence in Livingston.
His remains will be placed in Houston National Cemetery.
He was born August 22, 1934 in Ace, the son of John and Fannie Richardson Williams. Mr. Williams served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, having attained the rank of PO-1 (E6). He enlisted on December 9, 1952 and was discharged on March 15, 1974.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Henry Williams and Otis Williams; and sister, Irene Ozan.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Charlie Aragon of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Martin A. and Vicki Williams of Livingston; granddaughters, Kristie Aragon, Brandy Enciso and Michelle Laird; grandson, Tyler Aragon; great-granddaughters, Jasmine Luna and Lee Ann Laird; great-grandsons, Cody Laird, Hunter Laird and Aiden Enciso; sisters, Lucille Ludwig and Dorothy Rutherford, both of Cleveland; companion, Hazel Williams of Livingston; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Williams
Funeral services for Thomas Monroe Williams, 90, of Houston, were held Thursday, July 26, 2007, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Phil Corbett officiating. Interment followed in Union Spring Cemetery.
Mr. Williams was born May 5, 1917 in Oakhurst and died on Monday, July 23, 2007 in Houston.
He was a self-employed carpenter and Assembly of God by faith. He was a veteran who served in World War II as a radio operator.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Cleola Willidean Nixon Williams; and parents, John Nathaniel and Florence Olive Schofield Williams.
Survivors include his sons and daughter-in-law, Lee Roy and Priscilla Leek of Cedar Hills, Utah and Tommy Williams of Houston; grandsons, Troy Leek and Rodney Roy Burnett; great-grandson, Dillon Burnett; sisters-in-law, Eula Dell Williams and Joy Faye Powell; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Danny Williams, Wayne Williams, Tom Lowe, Troy Leek, Vance Nixon and Glenn Harrison.







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