Big Thicket Messenger
For the week of August 10, 2008 - August 17, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company

Funeral services for Jerry Paul Avirett, 56, of Rye, were held on Friday, August 8, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. at Neal Funeral Home Chapel.
He was born Friday, June 13, 1952 in Thomasville, Georgia, to Curtis P. Avirett and the late Mary McKelvin Avirett.
He passed away on Tuesday, August 5, 2008, at his home in Rye.
Survivors include his loving wife, Mamie Avirett; son, Chris Paul Avirett and wife, Tanya, of Humble; father, Curtis Paul Avirett of Blakely, Georgia; three brothers, Thomas Avirett of Deland, Florida, Johnny Avirett and wife, Linda, and Mark Avirett, all of Blakely, Georgia; three sisters, Debbie Williamson, Connie Love and husband, Paul, all of Blakely, Georgia and Melanie Hensley of Florida; grandchildren, Quinei, Chloe and Elijah Avirett of Humble; other loving family and friends.
All services were under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

A rosary was recited on Sunday, August 3, at the Rosewood Funeral Chapel for Weston Eli Bowers, infant son of Darrell and Lindsey Pardee Bowers of Inex, Texas. Services were held Monday, August 4, 2008 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Blessing, Texas, with the Rev. Gabriel Bentil officiating. Burial followed at St. Peters Catholic Cemetery.
He was born and passed away on Friday, August 1, 2008.
Survivors include his parents; grandparents, jack and Barbara Pardee of Shepherd and Walter and Dianna Bowers of Palacios, Texas; great-grandparents, Velma Williams of Houston, Robert and Vergia Pardee of Cleveland, Lanelle Pardee of Brenham, and Frank and Margie Johns of Deutschburg, Texas; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
His Aunt Jackie Pardee, Uncle Bill Daniels, Great Uncle, Robert Pardee, Great Grandfather, James Williams and Great Grandparents, Ray and Helen Bowers, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. for Joshua Wayne Brewer, 36, of Dayton, at Kenefick Southern Baptist Church. Interment followed at Greenville Cemetery of Kenefick.
He died Monday, July 28, 2008 in Kenefick due to an automobile accident. His father, Clovis Brewer; step-father, Augustus Wilson; and nephew, Shannon Brewer, preceded him in death.
Survivors are his mother, Nettie Wilson of Dayton; wife, Alicia Brewer of Dayton; son, Clovis Wayne Brewer of Dayton; daughter, Haylie Michelle Brewer of Dayton; brothers, Calvin “Bo” Brewer of Cut-N-Shoot and John Brewer of Dayton; sister, Susie Williams and husband, Nelson, of Dayton and Rosie Vandver and husband, James, of Tarkington Prairie; niece, Jimmie Carol Bowers and husband, Darryl, nephew, Justin Willaby and wife, Amy, and a host of great nieces, nephews, friends and family.
Arrangements were under the direction of Faith & Family Funeral Services, Batson.

Funeral services for Rev. Alfred Chester Burt, 83, of Cleveland, were held Thursday, July 31, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland. Interment followed at Pin Oak Cemetery.
He was born in Brent, Alabama on May 27, 1924 to Harvey and Eslie Burt. He passed away on Tuesday afternoon, July 29, 2008.
He served his Savior for 54 years. He will always be remember and he will always be loved.
His dad, Harvey Burt; his mother, Eslie Burt; daughter, Wanda Burt; and brothers Sam and Billy Burt, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife, Nora Burt; daughter, Pat Burt; sons, Alfred Burt and wife, Sheila and Dennis Burt and wife, Lisa; sisters, Doris Sheppard and Virginia Hues; grandchildren, Amy Perry, Travis Burt, Jeremy Burt, Jamie Burt, Leah Howard and Tamara Sosa; great-grandchildren, Justin Perry, Clayton Perry, Heather Perry, Rebecca Perry and Ryvera Sosa; and so many nieces, nephews, other loving and caring family members and treasured friends beyond measure.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.
Funeral services were held Saturday, August 2, 2008 for Pearlie B. Edwards Chambers, 85, of Liberty, at St. Miles Baptist Church, at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Hurley Hampton officiating. Burial was in Wells Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Wells Funeral Service, Liberty. 
A native of Liberty, she was a domestic worker, student of Liberty Training High School, and a member of the Lily of the Valley Baptist Church.
She passed away on Saturday, July 26, 2008, at Liberty Health Care Center in Liberty.
Survivors include her two daughters, Bernadine Dials of Raywood and Beatrice Wallace of Lafayette, Louisiana; one brother, Earnest “Brew” Edwards of Liberty; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. for Billie Jean Clark, 77, of Shepherd, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland. Interment followed 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 and Lynda Tuttle and husband, Ron; sons, Johnny Lackey and wife, Dixie, Donald Lackey and wife, Sheila, and 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; ten great-grandchildren and so many other loving family members and caring friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Lavada George, 85, of Rye, were held at  11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 2, 2008 at First Concord Baptist Church, Rye. Burial followed in the Concord Cemetery, Rye.
She was born  April 8, 1925 in Clark, Texas, the daughter of Daniel Fowler and Ollie Cain Fowler.
She graduated from the Hull-Daisetta High School in 1941. She was a meat wrapper for the Rice Food Market in Houston.
She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the Baptist church.
Lavada enjoyed gardening, raising goats and working her tree farm.
She passed away on Tuesday, July 29, 2008. Her parents preceded her in death.
Survivors include her two sons, Charles George of Cleveland and Joseph Aaron and Judy George of Austin; two daughters, Virginia Dwyer and Rita Faye George; a brother, Ercel and France Fowler of Huffman; and a sister, Gertrude Young of Alaska; two grandchildren; and a host of other family members and friends.
Arrangements were under the direction of Allison Funeral Service, Liberty.
To share condolences online, visit www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 1, 2008 for Joseph Walter Guin, 84, of Dayton, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Dayton, with the Rev. Harvey Drake officiating. Interment will follow at Palms Memorial Park Cemetery, Dayton.
He was born July 5, 1924 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to parents Walter Joseph and Helen Katherine Ingram Guin.
He attended Dayton High School and served during World War II in the United States Army. He was a member of the American Legion and South Dayton Baptist Church.
Mr. Guin had worked at Boyce Industries for many years, where he was known as a very trusted employee, driving trucks and taking care of fixing almost anything. He loved his family and really enjoyed feeding the squirrels.
He passed away on July 30, 2008 in Baytown. His parents; his sisters, Virgie May Wade and Ruth Gifford, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Lowe Guin of Dayton; and his sister, Margaret Brothers of Dayton; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements. 

Funeral services for Marian D. Johnson, 96, were privately held.
She was born on July 31, 1912 in South Portland, Maine, the daughter of the late Henry F. Cheney and Mary Roberts Cheney.
Marian loved to travel, play cards and was extremely outgoing.
She passed away on her birthday, July 31, 2008, at Liberty Healthcare with her beloved family by her side. Her beloved husband, Charles Benjamin Johnson in 1946; her brothers, Frederick and Raymond Cheney; and her sisters, Mildred Cheney and Virginia Caldwell, preceded her in death.
She leaves behind her beloved children, Mary Walton and her husband, Daniel, of Liberty and James Johnson of Framingham, Massachusetts; her 4 grandchildren, Michael and David Johnson, Robert and David Daughtry; 4 great-grandchildren, Jessica, Dylan, Davis and Devin Daughtry.
Marian will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent online at www.sterlingfuneral.home.com.

Graveside services for Sammie Ray Lowe, 61, were held on Monday, July 28, 2008 at Magnolia Hill Cemetery.
He was born Friday, February 28, 1947 in Tuttle, Oklahoma, the son of the late Roy Lowe and the late Nettie Hughes Lowe.
He passed away on Saturday, July 26, 2008 in St. Luke’s Hospital, Houston. His brother, Robert Lowe, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his loving son, Chris Lowe and wife, Gina, of Kirbyville; two daughters, Katina Somers and husband, Kevin, of Orlando, Florida and Robin Lowe of Cleveland; three brothers, Floyd Lowe, Charlie Lowe and Melvin Lowe; sister, Joyce Steele; 10 grandchildren: Justin, Jeremy, Jesse, Joshua, Jered Lowe, Kyndol, Kelton, Kody Somers, Kayley and Auston Mize.
All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland..

A services of remembrance was held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 1, 2008 for Lula Mae Smith Matthews, 83, of Anahuac, at First Baptist Church of Anahuac. Interment followed in Anahuac Cemetery.
She was born on October 26, 1924 to Don and Ada Smith in Kaufman, Texas. She was known for her love of flowers, especially her beautiful azaleas.
She was the first female member of the Anahuac Lions Club. She held many offices of Anahuac Chapter 649 Eastern Star, including District Deputy.
She retired as Post Master of Monroe City after 26 years of service. Lula was a member for 60 years and taught Sunday School at First Baptist Church of Anahuac.
She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, July 29, 2008, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Her parents; sisters, Roxie Moulder, Okalena Prescott and Verlan White; and brother, Harvey Smith, preceded her in death.
She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, W.M. (Billy) Matthews, Jr.; sons, W.M. (Bill) Matthews III and wife, Nell, of Longview, and Robert L. (Bob) Matthews and wife, Amber, of Houston; grandchildren, David and Karen Matthews of Baytown, Susan Boudreaux of Crosby, Sandra and Rick Ysassi of Baytown, W.M. (Matt) Matthews of Dallas, Amy and Corbin Amman of Houston and Dennis Warren of New Diana, Texas; great-grandchildren, Brittany, Justin, Chris, Cody, Emily, Braden, Leah, Kaylee, Seth and Kyle; sisters, Celeste Hyde and Ada V. Culpepper; brothers, James and Sam Smith; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Services were under the direction of Sterling Funeral Home, Anahuac.
Condolences may be made online at www.sterlingfuneralhome.com.

Funeral services for Millard Allison Ott,  62, at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 8, 2008 at Neal Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in the Montaque Cemetery, Cleveland.
He was born Monday, January 7, 1946 in Houston, to the late Millard Allison Ott Sr. and Edith Inez Bass Ott.
He passed away on Monday, August 4, 2008, in Cleveland.
Survivors include his loving wife of 27 years, Jerrie Ellen Vandver Ott; son, Todd Ott and wife, Stacey, of Cleveland; daughter, Kam Smith and husband, B.J., of Cleveland; sons, William Ott of Cleveland and Walter Vandver II of Cleveland; daughter, Crystal Vela and husband, Pete, of Atascocita; brothers, Jim Ott and wife, Regina, of Cleveland, John Ott and wife, Joyce, of Baytown; 8 grandchildren; many other loving family and friends.
All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Joyce Conrrine Strait, 78, of Livingston, died Tuesday, August 5, 2008, at Timberwood Nursing Home in Livingston.
She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Lynda Strait, Glenn and Marla Bethune, all of Onalaska, and Michael and Pam Bethune of Plantersville; sister, Loyce Campbell of Austin; and eight grandchildren.
She was born June 18, 1930 in Houston, the daughter of W.L. and Eva (Wright) Peterson.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Raymond Allan Tyler, 48, of Corrigan, were held Tuesday, August 5, 2008, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan, with Bro. Ralph Johnson and Bro. Ronnie Lueman officiating. Interment followed in Clifton Cemetery in Nacogdoches.
Mr. Tyler was born July 29. 1960 in Houston and died Saturday, August 2, 2008 in Corrigan.
He was a medical technician for the Rusk State School and a member of the Happy Valley Pentecostal Church.
His parents, Elvie and Mary (Hobgood) Tyler, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his sons, Matthew Tyler and Josh Tyler, both of Nacogdoches; daughter and fiancé’, Lindsey Tyler and Wes Cockrell of Corrigan; daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Mitchell Vick of Nacogdoches; brothers and sister-in-law, Elvie “Buddy” and Carolyn Tyler of Colmesneil and Ralph Tyler of Houston; sisters and brother-in-law, Rhonda and Patrick Cherry and Patsy Tyler, all of Chester; grandson, Nicholas Ingle of Nacogdoches; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Floyd Homniok, Danny Tyler, J.D. Keefer, Dwight Cherry, Austin Cherry, Justin Cherry, Joseph Keeler, Bryan Homnick, Elvie Tyler, Danny Grant, Ryan Tyler and Kyle Keefer.




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