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Big Thicket Messenger
For the week of August 3, 2008 - August 10, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company



Adams
Sherral Elaine Adams, 55, died on Friday, July 25, 2008, at her home in Dayton.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Sherral was born on July 7, 1953 in Dayton to Amos Irvin Moore and Clara Bell Batchelor Moore.
She attended schools in Dayton and was a member of the Baptist church.
She enjoyed dancing, camping, visiting with her friends and family to tell stories, cooking and watching TV
Her father, James I. Moore, precedes Sherral in death.
Survivors include her mother, Clara Simmons; a brother, Luther Moore of Dayton; a sister, Shellie Eileen Neale of Navasota; and a son, Cecil Ray Mitchell Jr.
Arrangements were under the direction of Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton.
To share condolences online visit www.sterlingfuneralhome.com.

Bolton
Memorial services were held Friday, August 1, at 11:00 a.m. for  Freda Ruth Ward Bolton, 41, in the First Baptist Church in Onalaska, with the Rev. Don Wilkey officiating.
She was born on October 8, 1966, the daughter of Bruce W. and Patsy Sue Yarbrough Johnson, Sr.
She was a correctional guard at the prison for over 10 years and was a licensed real estate agent. She graduated from Livingston High School.
She was known as a devoted, loving single mom for 18 years, for whom taking care of her son was her whole life.
She died on Friday, July 25, 2008 at her residence in Onalaska. Her parents; paternal grandparents, Clark and Aline Yarbrough and grandmother, Ruby Vorderkunz.
Survivors include her son, Terry “T.J.” John White; grandparent, Edward and Bernice Vorderkunz: brothers, Jim and sister-in-law, Joy Johnson of Onalaska and Wayne and sister-in-law, Glenda Johnson of Livingston; sisters, Meri Ann and brother-in-law, Shot Placker, of Onalaska, Patty and brother-in-law, Bruce Laviolette, of Onalaska and Waynea and brother-in-law, Kenny Sheffield, of Livingston; nieces and nephews, Billy and Jared Burnett, Candy and Samantha Placker, Cody and Blake Laviolette, Krystal, Michael and Steven Johnson, Kelli Weber, Mark and Dianna DuBose, Mattie and Kenny Leigh Sheffield and Taylor Johnson; great-nephews, Braiden Burnett, Thomas Dunning IV and Gavin Morales; and a host of other family and dear friends.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

Emmons
Funeral services for Roger Dean Emmons, 65, of Livingston, were held on Friday, August 1, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Charles Burton officiating.
Mr. Emmons was born March 6, 1943 in Houston to parents Joseph and Lillian Taylor Emerson.
His parents; his brother, Don Emmons and his son, Jimmy Dean Emmons, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his daughters, Cindy Emmons of Tarkington and Amanda Brown of Conroe; son, John Emmons of New Waverly; and daughter, Kathy Elkins of Splendora.
In lieu of flowers, monetary  donations may be made to Wells Fargo Bank, account no. 847945652’-
Cochran Funeral Service, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.
 
Green
Funeral services were held Saturday, August 2, 2008 for Maurine Green, 85, of New Willard, at the First Community Baptist Church in Seven Oaks, with Rev. Harold Gause officiating. Burial followed in Kibblefield Cemetery on Oakdale Road.
Ms. Green was born on January 21, 1923 in Marston, Texas to parents Jim Jessie Sr. and Amira  Criswell Jessie, both of whom preceded her in death.
She passed away on Monday, July 28, 2008 at Memorial Medical Center, Livingston.
Survivors include her children, Faye Johnson and husband, J.W., Ellis Green Jr., Myra Green, Bobbie Ruth Green, Jettie Dewalt and husband, John y, Ramona Rains and Bruce Green; and grandchildren, she raised as children, Paula Jones and husband, Earl, Ellis Green III, and wife, Aletra, Derric Green, Bruce Green II, David Green and Garrett Green. Her siblings, Louise Taylor and Jim Jessie Jr.; 14 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends also survive her.
Serving as pallbearers were Herbert Jessie, Don Taylor Sr., Gregory Jessie, Charlie Johnson Sr., Johnny Dewalt Sr., George Rains, Alvin Taylor Sr. and Robert Taylor.
Honorary pallbearers were Ellis Green Sr., Jim Jessie Jr., Bruce Green II, David Green, Bruce Green Sr., Ellis Green Jr., Tre’ Green, Chris Rains, Jackie W. Johnson, Garon Randolph, Troy Garner, James Davis and Thornton Davis.
Duncan Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Hamlin
Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 30, 2008 for William Lee Hamlin, 90, of Houston, in the First Baptist Church of Onalaska, with the Rev. Don Wilkey officiating. Burial followed in Carlisle Cemetery.
He was born March 28, 1918 in Palaski, Tennessee, to parents Kirby Lee and Mackie Bray Hamlin. He was a proud World War II veteran.
Mr. Hamlin died on Saturday, July 26, 2008 in Houston. His parents and two brothers, Horace Brown Hamlin and Eugene Marton Hamlin, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Nancy F. Hamlin of Houston; sons, William Clark Hamlin and wife, Beverly, of Spring and John Richard Hamlin and wife, Carol, of Livingston; daughter, Nancy Hamlin Cooke and husband, Brian, of Houston; his grandson, Michael Clark Hamlin and wife, Jennifer, of Bedford; granddaughters, Kimberly Jean hill and husband, Chuck, of Dayton, and Debra Kay King and husband, Ricky, of Livingston; and great-grandchildren, and one sister, Mary Christine Colley of Kerrville.
Serving as pallbearers were Brian Cooke, Steve Matlock, Jeffery Jessup, Nathan Jessup, Mike Hamlin and Rick King.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook go to www.cochranfh.com.

Jackson
Funeral services for Archie Doyle Jackson, 78, were held Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at Dyersdale Baptist Church, with Brother Kenneth R. Jackson officiating. Burial followed in Holly Grove Cemetery.
He was born August 22, 1929 in Livingston, the son of Jesse and Demaria Murphy Jackson. He graduated from Big Sandy High School in 1948 and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Jackson had been a licensed preacher since 1961 and became an ordained minister in 1963.
He passed away on Sunday, July 22, in East Houston Regional Medical Center, Houston. His parents; daughter, Lavenia Fay Jackson; brothers, Lloyd and Lawrence Jackson; and sister, Irene Warren.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Faynell Jackson of Coldspring; son, Doyle Randall Jackson of Houston; sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth Elbert and Vickie Jackson of Coldspring and Darrell Keith and Jana Jackson of Channelview; grandsons,  Roma Lee Jackson and Craig Alan Jackson; granddaughters, Lydia Deree Jackson, Lachelle Fay and husband, Grant Webley, Kelena Elisabeth and husband, Jerry Terrell and Darah Lanae Jackson; great-grandsons, Dale Allen Mensik and Dillion Andrew Mensik; great-granddaughter, McKennah Faith Terrell; brothers and sisters-in-law, C.B. “Curly” and Lenora Jackson of Houston, H.W. and Irene Jackson, Claud and Sandra Jackson and Hewey, all of Livingston and Jean Jackson of Bedias;  sisters, Evon Roberts and Mary Jane Price, both of Livingston; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

King
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 31, 2008 for Gwendolyn Anne King, 73, of Livingston, at the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Burial followed in Houston National Cemetery.
She died on Saturday, July 26, 2008.
Survivors include her sons, Ronnie Ferguson and wife, Rebecca, and Bailey Ray Walker; granddaughter, Dawn Stewart and husband, William; grandson, Michael Ferguson; great-grandchildren, Trevor Ferguson, Micah Ferguson, Bryce Ferguson and Rhyan Stewart; her brother, Howard Phillips; nieces, Sharon Phillipps, Charlene Phillips and Dixie Webb; and special friend, Gloria Phillips.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

LaCombe
Frankie LaCombe, 70, died on Sunday, July 20, 2008, in Livingston.
She was a former resident of Deweyville and moved to Livingston in 1987.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert LaCombe; daughter, Angie LaCombe Richard; son, Clay Keith LaCombe; and granddaughter, Misty LaCombe Townley.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Ben Williams of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Neal and Vicki LaCombe of Orange; son, Tony LaCombe of Deer Park; sister and husband, Paulette and Harris Albarado of Abb4eville, Louisiana; brother, Gerald Labit of Houston; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 24, in the Dorman Funeral Home Chapel, Orange, with the Rev. Joseph Daleo officiating. Graveside services were held in Deweyville Cemetery.

Lawton
A funeral services to celebrate the life for Joyce Marie Fallin Fuchs Lawton, 80, of Bryan, was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 29, at Church of the Nazarene, Bryan.
She was born to Ollie and Maggie Fallin on April 26, 1928 in Timpson. She grew up in Houston and married Wayne Fuchs in February 1947. They had five childr4en, who were raised in Daisetta, Texas. She helped out by answering phones in the family business, Fox Vacuum and Paraffin Service. After Wayne Fuch’s death in 1973, she moved to Bryan to be close to her eldest son, Robert Fuchs, in Wheelock, who died in August 1985.
She married Harold Lawton in 1981 and become a friend and mother to his three adult children.
During their lifetime together, they lived in Bryan, Hearne, Palestine and Madisonville, while Joyce served beside her husband as a Methodist pastor’s wife. Harold and Joyce retired in Bryan and 2000, where they have been for the past eight years. She was blessed to be a part of two loving, supportive families in her lifetime.
She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend.
Joyce enjoyed cooking and crocheting and she was an accomplished seamstress and an avid quilter. She belonged to the Sew and Sews Club and the Joy of Living Bible Studies.
She was kind, compassionate, generous, caring, thoughtful and hospitable. She had a servant’s heart and a deep desire for others to know and experience the love of Jesus.
She won her battle against cancer when she went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, July 26, 2008, at her residence surrounded by her family. Joyce was preceded in death by her first husband and the father of her children, Wayne Fuchs; eldest son, Robert Fuchs; parents, Ollie Fallin and Maggie Gee Fallin; brother, Joseph Fallin; and brother-in-law, Leonard Wolf.
Carrying on Joyce’s memory in their hearts will be her husband of almost 27 years, Harold Lawton; son, David Fuchs of Hearne; daughters and sons-in-law, JoAnne and Ron Brown of Frisco, Texas, Linda and Bruce Ties of Georgetown, Texas and Christine and Wayne Williams of College Station; sons and daughter-in-law, R.T. and Kiti Lawton of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Tom Lawton of Crowley; daughters and son-in-law, Cathy Lawton of Crowley and Sunny and Jim Albert of Katy; 16 grandchildren, Misty and Mike Meadows of Cedar Park, Texas, Libby and Greg Slang of Vienna, Virginia, Christopher Velasquez of Round Rock, Jennifer Velasquez of Pflugerville, Sarah Velasquez of Georgetown, Kevin and Andrew Williams of College Station, Jessica and Faith Marie Fuchs of Hearne, Rick and Lynn Lawton of Jacksonville, Florida, Jeane and Michael McCord of Snook, Jeffrey and Jennifer Davis of Lakewood, Colorado, Craig and Kari Davis of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Wendy Albert of Katy, James Albert of Nashville, Tennessee, and Eric and Jill Albert of Spring; 16 great-grandchildren, Mollie Joyce Meadows, Orlon Hendrix Velasquez, Johnathon and Ryan Lawton, Lauryn, Sarah Lynn, Erin, Reilly and Kasey McCord, Katelyn and Jacob Davis, Dylan and Cole Davis, Makayla, Joshua Harold and Makenzie Albert; our Ma LeVrier of Daisetta; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mem and Ralph Riba of El Campo and Doris Wolf of Mena, Arkansas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Hospice Brazos Valley, the Methodist Children’s Home in Waco, or Wesley United Methodist Church.
The family wishes to thank Hospice Brazos Valley for all the good care and love they gave Joyce and all the friends who loved, prayed and supported them during her illness.
Arrangements were entrusted to Hillier Funeral Home, Bryan.
Please view and sign the guest book at www.hillierfuneralhome.com.
Long
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 for Dorothy Jane Loftis Long, 82, of Dayton, at 10:00 a.m. at Allison Funeral Services, Liberty, with David Castle officiating. Burial followed in the Fairlawn Cemetery, Liberty.
She was born on December 1, 1925, to parents Andrew Jackson Richardson and Lena Mae McClenny in Lamesa.
She graduated from Liberty High School in 1943, Business College in Odessa and later attended Lee College.
Dorothy was an Elder, a Sunday School teacher and a youth leader in the First Presbyterian Church of Liberty.
She was a floral designer and owner of Colonial Flower Shop for years. Dorothy was a bookkeeper and licensed bonds woman. She used her talents to help the community through the years.
She was a member of the Beta Sigma Pi, the American Business Women and Liberty Art League, the Liberty-Dayton Chamber of Commerce, and she taught in the Adult Literacy Reading Program. She enjoyed painting, sewing, gardening, and writing.
Dorothy passed away in Liberty Healthcare Center on Saturday, July 26, 2008. Her parents; a husband, Jack Loftis; and a sister, Joyce Jones Hines.
Survivors include her husband. Valry Newton Long of Dayton;  children, Glenda and Jerold  Williams of Dayton, Roy and Dianna Loftis of Fort Stockton, Texas, Don and Donna Loftis of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Rhonda Kaye Loftis and partner, Kris York, of Medford, Oregon; a sister, LaNelle Townley of Arlington, Texas; seven grandchildren, Amy Kirchoff, Beau Mitchell, Robert Loftis, Jason Loftis, Greg Williams, Kevin Williams and Brandon Williams; six great-grandchildren; and a host of other family members and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, the Greater Beaumont Chapter, 780 S. Fourth Street, Beaumont, Texas 77701, )409) 833-1613.
Services were under the direction of Allison Funeral Service, Liberty.
To view and sign the guestbook, go to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

McMayon
Funeral services for Christine McMayon, 80, of Livingston, were held Wednesday, July 30, 2008, in Center Hill Baptist Church, with Pastor Glenn Cooksey officiating. Burial followed in  Center Hill Cemetery in Oakhurst.
She was born on July 31, 1927 in Honey Island and died on July 26 at her residence in Livingston.
Her parents, J.C. and Ruby Lee Roten Jackson; her husband, Luther E. McMayon Sr.; five sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son, Luther E. McMayon Jr. and wife, Jeri; her daughter, Karen McMayon Hughes; brother, Jerald M. Jackson and wife, Mildred; grandchildren, Shannon, Eric, Ryan, Cori McMayon, Kaci Lee and Mark Hughes and wife, Kimberly; great-grandchildren, Eric Jr., Alexandra, LeeAnn, Dominic, Jaden, Stormy McMayon and Nathan Lee.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Polk County Memorial Program, P.O. Box 4358, Bryan, Texas 77805.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.
 
Patterson
Funeral services were held on Monday, July 28, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. for Jena S. Crites Patterson, 37, of Coldspring, at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Ryan Cemetery, Tarkinngton Prairie.
Jena was born May 4, 1971 in Houston to parents Jimmy Crites and Cora Sue Howarter.
She was a former resident of Crosby, and has resided in the Coldspring area for the past eight years.
She was a homemaker, a high school graduate from Houston, and enjoyed her children, the outdoors, and going to the beach.
Jena died Friday, July 25, 2008 at her residence. Her father preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughter, Jenay Patterson of Mont Belvieu; son, Mason Johnson of Coldspring; mother, Cora Sue Howarter Watson of Coldspring; brother, Joe Thomas and wife, Lynn, of Livingston; sister, Robert Cye and husband, Johnny, of Coldspring; nephews, Cody and Tommy Thinnes of Livingston and Lucas Cyr of Livingston; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Reeves
Graveside services for Carolyn Faye Reeves, 57, of Dayton, were held at Reeves Cemetery on FM 1409, Dayton.
She was a native of Liberty, but lived in Dayton and was a homemaker.
She died on Thursday, July 24, 2008, at her residence.
Survivors include her husband, Gerald Reeves Jr. of Dayton; step-son, Jason Reeves of Dayton; daughters, Leigh Ann Smith of Dayton and Lindsey Mechey of Austin; step-daughters, Patricia Nail and husband, Tommy, of Dayton, Cindy Kirbe and husband, Joey, of Cove; sisters-in-law, Cathy Brown and husband, Alvin, of Dayton, Anita Brown and husband, Jerry, of Dayton, Linda Noe and Clinny Reeves; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Reeves, Charlie Reeves and wife, Tina, of Anahuac; numerous nieces and nephews; aunt and uncle, Molly and Ernest Rives of Dayton; sister, Fannie Bush of Austin; and six grandchildren.
Services were under the direction of Faith and Family Funeral Services of Batson.

Reynolds
Royal Lee “Joey” Reynolds Jr., 57, died on July 23, 2008 at Livingston Convalescent Center in Livingston.
He was born September 24, 1950 in Nacogdoches. He worked as a forklift operator/cherry picker operator before he was injured in an accident rendering him a paraplegic in 1968. He was trained at TIRR and became a teacher in early computer technology. He worked for the family business as a payroll and accounts payable clerk until his health began to deteriorate. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and tenacity to overcome all his many illnesses and complications.
He was preceded in death by his father, Royal Lee Reynolds Sr.; his maternal grandparents, Oscar and Mary Y’Barbo of Nacogdoches; and paternal grandparents, Hubert Reynolds of Nacogdoches and Marie Richardson of Houston.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Bob and Mary Lea White of Goodrich; brother, Bobby White and wife, Adrienne, of Katy; beloved Aunt Margaret of Austin and Uncle Donald of Galveston; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Memorial services are pending at his birthplace in Nacogdoches.
Any monetary donations offered may be sent to Heart to Heart at St. Joseph Catholic Church, P.O. Box 930, Livingston, Texas 77351.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
 
Shirley
Funeral services for J.P. Shirley, of Seven Oaks, were held Saturday, July 26, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Smith and Pastor Jason Shirley officiating. Burial took place in Holhausen Darby Cemetery in Moscow. Military honors were provided by VFW Post No. 8568.
Mr. Shirley was born September 28, 1924 in Honey Island to parents Johnny and Lillie Mathis Shirley.
He died on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 in Livingston. His parents; wife, Betty Jo Shirley; brother, T.J. Shirley; sisters, Chris Lewter and Cordie Hill; half-brothers, George Wood and Dick Waldrep; and two grandchildren, Sarah L. Evans and David S. Evans, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his sons, J.P. Shirley Jr. of Woodville and Mike Shirley and wife, Bob, of Leggett; daughter, Ava Evans and husband, Elton, of Livingston; sons, Joe Shirley and wife, Susan, of Magnolia and Lynn Shirley of Humble; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers were Bryan Shirley, Shane Hudson, Nick Shirley, Joe Shirley Jr., Henry Shirley Jr., Andrew Shirley and Jason Shirley. Honorary pallbearers were Frank Burton and Joe L. Bennett.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
 To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

 

Swan
Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 30, 2008 for Ramona Swan, 77, of Livingston, at Pace Funeral Home, with the Rev. Kevan Wood officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Rose Cemetery, Livingston.
She was born on December 19, 1930 in Livingston to Gerald Eugene and Maurine Nelson Patterson. She was a homemaker and enjoyed fishing and hunting.
She died on July 28 at Trinity Mission of Diboll in Diboll. Her parents; one brother, Royce O’Daniel Patterson; brother-in-law, Dale Kent; and one nephew, Dale Eugene Slayton, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her brother, Billy Patterson of Livingston; two sisters, Mickey Stephens and Geraldine “Toby” Kent of Livingston: one sister-in-law, Wanda Patterson and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Wilson
Funeral services for Norman Earl Wilson, of Livingston, were held Wednesday, July 30, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Glen Hearron officiating. Burial was in Jones Prairie Cemetery.
He was born June 5, 1921 in El Dorado, Arkansas, to parents Ezekriel and Carry Orr Wilson, who preceded him in death.
He died on Sunday, July 27, 2008 at his residence. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Lee Wilson; three brothers, Joe, Wiley and E.C. “Elmer”; and three sisters, Wilma, Rosie and Flora.
Survivors include his sons, James L. McHan of Kountze and Harvey Lee McHan of Huntington; daughter, Shirley Faye Coker of Livingston; son, Jimmy Earl Wilson of Livingston; sister, Ellie Ramage of Mississippi; eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers were Steve McHan, David McHan, William Costlow, Annette Johnson, Doyle Hodge and T.J. Hicks.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Clark
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. for Billie Jean Clark, 77, 0f Shepherd, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was in Farley Chapel Cemetery, Shepherd.
She was born in Nashville, Tennessee on December 10, 1930 to Walter and Beulah Newman.
 She passed away on Saturday, July 26, 2008.
Survivors include her loving husband, Robert Clark; daughters, Sandra Maher, Lynda Tuttle and husband, Ron; sons, Johnny Lackey and wife, Dixie, Donald Lackey and wife, Sheila, Larry Lackey and wife, Ana, and Ricky Bock; grandchildren, Jay, Cheryl, Donnie and Leigh Lackey, Krystal Kesterson, Jason Kyle, Jade Lackey, Charles Beverly, J.R., Dillon and Sara Tuttle; 10 great-grandchildren, and so many other loving family members and friends.
Arrangements were entrusted to Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Hance
Funeral services for Marvin Hance, 84, were held Friday, August 1, 2008 at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Jack Bailey officiating. Burial followed in Camp Ruby Cemetery.
He was born on February 11, 1924 in Weslaco.
He was an active member of Point Blank Community Church. He was a signalman for Southern Pacific Railroad and served in the U.S. Navy for four years during World War II. He loved woodcraft, fishing and hunting.
Mr. Hance died in Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands on Tuesday, July 29, 2008. His father and mother, William Edward and Virginia Brake Hance; and one son, Melvin Larry Hance, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Anna B. Manning Hance; son, Marvin Don Hance and wife, Brenda, of Cleveland; daughter, Manon Susan Bowen and husband, Tony, of San Antonio; three grandsons, Mike Hance of Splendora, Mark Hance of Porter and Rex Hance of Katy; and one granddaughter, Donnette Boutwell of Morgan City, Louisiana.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Miller
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 31, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. for Elmer June Miller, 73, of Point Blank, at First Baptist Church of Coldspring, with Dr. Don M. Shannon officiating.
She was born in Henderson County, Texas to Elmer and O’Rena Gunstanson.
She passed away Monday, July 28, 2008. Her parents; her sister, Billie Alshman; and two brothers, Kenneth and Larry Gunstanson.
  Survivors include her loving and devoted husband, Walton H. Miller; sisters, Rachel Osbon of Canton, Wanda Snider of Huntsville, Judy Johnson of Dallas, and Shirley Tadlock and husband, Buddy, of Dallas; brothers, Michael Gunstanson of Tyler and Roger Gunstanson of Huntsville; sisters-in-law, Margaret Shannon of Coldspring, and Gladys Bennett of Dallas; brothers- in-law, W.K. Miller and wife, Leona, of Pearland and Robert G. Miller and wife, Juanita, of Beaumont; uncle and aunt, William O. and Ida Gunstanson; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other cherished family members and treasured friends.

Mitchell
Funeral services for Joyce Fay Mitchell, 74, of Livingston, were held Saturday, August 2, 2008 in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Burial followed in the West Tempe Cemetery.
Joyce was born August 10, 1933 in Birthwright, Texas to parents, Percy and Velma Kingry Perryman, who proceeded her in death.
She passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 in Houston.  She was also preceded in death by both of her husbands, Raymond Meyer Sr. and R.L. Mitchell; two brothers, J.W. Perryman and Leroy Perryman.
Survivors include her sons, Carl Meyer and wife, Lynell, of Livingston, and Raymond Meyer Jr. and wife, Cindy, of Goodrich; daughters, Gale Francis and husband, William, of Houston, and Nancy Randall and husband, Donnie, of Huntington; brother, Shelby Perryman and wife, Betty, of Houston and sister, Marie Hunt of Atlanta, Georgia.
Pallbearers were Chris Welsh, Curtis Welsh, Nick Meyer, Trey Meyer, Trey Weisinger, Matt Weisinger and Terry Perryman. Honorary pallbearers were Tom Beaver, Jeremy Colvin, Eric Fries, Darren Bowen, George Sucarichi, Robert Mooney, Shelby Perryman Jr. and Derrick Smart.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guest book goes to www.cochranfh.com.

Palmer
Memorial services were held Sunday, August 3,  2008 at 2:00 p.m. for at the First United Methodist Church in Livingston, with the Revs. James Frazier and Paul Woodworth officiating.
She was born on August 4, 1923 in Alazan, to parents Jesse and Era Herrington Deshazo. She began her business in Houston, Red Coach Interiors, in 1967 and then later moved it to Livingston where it became The Landmark. Some of her favorite hobbies were gardening, sewing and repairing furniture.
Mrs. Palmer died on Thursday, July 31, 2008. Her parents, husband, Joe Palmer, who died in July of 1996: her grandson, PFC Stuart Moore; and her sisters, Juanita Duke and Billie Radford.
Survivors include her three sons, Bob Palmer and wife, Sue  Larry Palmer and Mike Palmer, all of Houston; her daughter, Pam Moore and husband, Dennis, of Livingston, grandchildren, Chris Palmer of Houston, Tiffany Jones and husband, Sam, of Buffalo and Scott Palmer of Houston; and great-grandchildren, Chance Moore of Buffalo, Tracy Jones of Buffalo and Candice Moore of Livingston.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the First United Methodist Church Stuart Moore Memorial, 2801 Highway 190, Livingston, Texas 77351.
Cochran  Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.
Priddy
A memorial services for Jimmy Allen Priddy, 66, was held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 4, 2008, at Pace Funeral Home, Livingston.
He was born to Hoyt and Gelene Priddy on April 11, 1942 at Corsicana Navarro Clinic Hospital.
Mr. Priddy grew up in Purdon and graduated from Dawson High School in 1960. He was a member of Purdon Baptist Church. He worked for Western Electric in Dallas until he enlisted in the Army in 1966. He served in active duty until 1968 when he then moved to Houston and continued to work for Western Electric until 1978.
He remained in the Army reserves until 1973. In 1976, he went in the car business and was the owner of J&H Motors. He was known as someone who loved life and the outdoors and who brought joy to all the people around him. When not working, he spent his time hunting and fishing.
 He died on July 29, 2008. His wife, Nancy and his parents, Hoyt and Gelene Priddy, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his sister, Janet Marie Covington and husband, Johnny Covington; nephew, Charles Covington and wife, Tina, and their children; godsons, Hayne Holley, Harrison Holley, Hunter Holley, Kazman Duncan and Chase Duncan; first cousin, Alton Priddy and wife, C.J., and their children; sister-in-law, Patty and husband, Gerald Kimbrell; sister-in-law, Jo and husband, Emory Anderson; brother-in-law, Tom and wife, Nancy Self, and many other cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Odyssey Hospice of Conroe, (1-800-364-8173), Polk County SPCA, or the charity on choice.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of all arrangements.

Surface
Funeral services for Mary Louise Surface, 71, of Hillsboro, were held on Saturday, August 2, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. in the Crosie-Pearson Cleburne Chapel, with Rev. Derwood Dubose and Rev. Mike Mizell officiating. Burial was in Keene Cemetery.
She was born May 30, 1937 in Houston, to Will F. and Vera Mae Rhodes Baker. She married Darrell Surface on August 17, 1954 in Houston.
Mrs. Surface was a minister, pastor’s wife of First Assembly of God, Hillsboro, a lifetime member of First Assembly of God, Humble. She was young at heart, loved to read, love her family, and people, loved to laugh and loved God will all her heart.
She died on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 in Waco.  Her parents; two sons-in-law, Elray James Williams and J. Ed Bass; four sisters and two brothers, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband, Darrell Surface of Hillsboro; daughters, Sherolyn King and husband, Charles, of Livingston, and Leah Bass of Alvarado; sons, James C. Service of Riverside and R. Dean Surface and wife, Karen, of Roseville, California; sisters, Maxine Davis and husband, C.P., or Porter, and Virginia Merle Cash of Livingston; brothers, Clarence Baker and wife, Emelie, of Yorktown and Raymond Baker and wife, Rosie, of Humble; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Send condolences, view obituary and see photo at www.epcleburne.com.

 

 

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