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Big Thicket Messenger
For the week of August 17, 2008 - August 24, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company



Boone
Graveside services for Joann Boone, 58, of Livingston, were held Thursday, August 7, 2008 in Menard Chapel Cemetery, Livingston.
She was born March 22, 1950 in Hillsborough, to parents Richard and Rose Pool, both of whom preceded her in death.
She died on Tuesday, August 5, 2008, in Lufkin.
Her husband also preceded her in death, Billy Boone; grandchild, Jake Boone; brother, Richard Allen Pool; and sister, Sharon Grimes.
Survivors include her daughter, Tammy White of Livingston; sons, Billy Boone of Wichita Falls and Wesley Boone of Livingston; sisters, Shirley Connley of Livingston and Norma Jean Bennett of Cleburne; grandchildren, Juanita Kay Quinlen, Walter Moody and Samuel Hunter Boone; and great-grandson, Caleb David White.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Edgar
Graveside services were held  Saturday, August  9, 2008, for Willie Jo Edgar, 92, of Onalaska, in the Greenwood Cemetery in Garrison with Don Boyett officiating.
Mrs. Edgar was born April 29, 1916 in Greenville to parents Verna D. and Vera E. Elliott Jones.
She died on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 in Livingston. Her parents; husband of 53 years, Johnnie Monroe Edgar; son, John Wayne Edgar; and brothers, Earl Jones and Bobby Jones, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughters, Kathy Boyett and husband, Don, of Onalaska and Patricia Edgar of Chattanooga, Tennessee; grandchildren, Sona Bamburg and husband, Steve, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Angela Henderson and husband, Allen, of Henderson, Nevada, Brad Boyett and wife, Heather, of Nacogdoches and Brandi Bryant and husband, Stephen, of Onalaska; great-grandchildren, Lindsey, Emily, Chase, Holt, Bentley, Hunter, Tyler, Blake, Reid, Macy and Kathryn; two great-great grandchildren, Bailey and Tripp; sisters, Juanita Reynolds of Fort Worth, Helen Crouch of Garland and Joyce Parker and husband, Barzie, of Denver City; and brother, Dale Jones of Canton.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were Brad Boyett, Steve Bamburg, Stephen Bryant, Allen Henderson, Dickie Jones and Jimmy Payne.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Livingston Church of Christ or The Greenwood Cemetery in Garrison.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Hughes
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 9, 2008, for Martha Wilson Hughes, 75, of Anahuac, at First Baptist Church in Anahuac. Burial was at Anahuac Cemetery.
She was born December 25, 1932 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and grew up in Wewahitchka and Port St. Joe, Florida.
She graduated from Clark Junior College, majoring in Home Economics and serving on the college yearbook committee and attended Baylor University in Waco.
She resided in Fayetteville, Tennessee and Lumberton, Texas for many years prior to moving to Anahuac in 1980.
Martha loved sewing and taught others how to sew through her affiliation with the 4-H Club. She also loved painting, gardening and fishing.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Anahuac and retired after 30 years of service, with the Chambers County Appraisal District.
Arrangements were under the direction of Sterling Funeral Home, Anahuac.
Condolences may be made online at www.sterlingfuneralhome.com.

Kaufman
Graveside services for Murray Gene Kaufman, 64, of Mansfield, Louisiana, were held Friday, August 8, 2008, in the Hardin  Chapel  Cemetery, with Brother Kirby Lunsford officiating.
Murray was born December 6, 1942 in Liberty, the son of George Richard Kaufman and Florence Beatrice Rives Kaufman.
He graduated from Liberty High School in 1961, and served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany, during the Vietnam War. Murray was a welder and taught welding at a college in Louisiana.
He died on Monday, August 4, 2008, at his home in Mansfield, Louisiana. His father, George Richard Kaufman; one son, Curtis Bryan Kaufman; and two brothers, Allen Kent Kaufman and Dick Kaufman, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his mother, Beatrice Rives Kaufman; two daughters, Kelly Arlene Kaufman and Kyle Kiber Kaufman; one son, Justin Blake Kaufman and wife, Lindsey; one brother, Jack Kaufman; one sister-in-law, Millie Kaufman; four grandchildren, Tyler Kaufman, Kayli Kaufman, Hannah Thomas and Kassie Buckner.
To view and sign the guestbook, go to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.
Allison Funeral Services, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Newbury
Funeral services for Ethel Evelyn Newbury, 83, of Belton, were held on Tuesday, July 22, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. at Dossman Funeral Home, Belton, with John Warden officiating. Interment was held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2008 in Houston National Cemetery.
She was born on April 25, 1925 in Harris County Texas, the daughter of Zoda Reese Morgan and Blanche Ethel (Irving) Morgan. Ethel married Fred Hamilton Newbury Sr. on May 1, 1943 in Houston. She was a homemaker and a member of Grace Baptist Church of Salado.
She entered into rest on July 20, 2008 in Belton. Her husband preceded her in death.
Survivors include three sons, Fred Hamilton Newbury Jr., and wife, Julia, of Belton, Larry Gene Newbury Sr. and wife, Patsy, of Spring and Dale Leslie Newbury and wife, Kimberly, of Seguin; one daughter, Sherry McDonald and husband, Harold, of Tomball; one brother, Zoda “Buddy” Morgan and wife, Linda, of North Dakota; two sisters, Osie Jean Holder and husband, Roy, of Cleveland and Euginia “Jeanie” (Morgan) Flowers, and husband, Dean,  of Spring; ten grandchildren, Joy Hill, Jennifer Bales, Larry Newbury Jr., Michael Newbury, Bryan Newbury, Wesley Dalton, Brent Dalton, Cara Dalton, Matthew Newbury and Leslie Newbury; and 14 grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Bryan Newbury, Larry Newbury Jr., Brent Dalton, Wes Dalton, Matthew Newbury, Craig Bales, Robert Hill IV and Michael Newbury.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Grace Baptist Church of Salado Building Fund, P.O. Box 736, Salado, Texas 76571.

Ricke
A memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 9, 2008 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Dayton, for Lawrence “Larry” Martin Ricke II, 57, of Houston.
He was born November 15, 1950 in Houston to parents Lawrence Martin Rice Sr. and Lucille Siegert Ricke.
He was a lifelong resident of the Houston area and received a Bachelors of Science Degree from The University of Houston. Larry was currently employed by Target Publishing.
He had formally been a national radio talk show host, enjoyed reading, singing, playing the guitar and telling jokes. Larry was the great-great grandson of John Steinbeck.
He passed away on Monday, August 4, 2008. His parents, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Jamie Rublee Meekins Ricke of Houston; his sisters, Laurel Arnold of Tomball, Mary Norwood of Salt Lake City, Utah, Joann Cain and Glenda C. Befetzny, both of Houston; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Schilling
Memorial services were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2008 for Jeanna Gail Schilling, 44, of Dayton, at Pace-Stancil Chapel, Dayton, with Barry Brown officiating.
She was born October 29, 1963 to parents, Wilbur N. and Mildred L. White Schilling and was a lifelong resident of Dayton.
Jeanna graduated from Dayton High School in 1982 and continued her education by attending Sam Houston University. She was very passionate about her writing and was an avid reader.
She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, August 3, 2008 in Dayton. Her mother and her brother, Wilbur N. Schilling Jr., preceded her in death.
Survivors include her father, Wilbur N. “Sonny” Schilling of Dayton; her brother, Ken Schilling and wife, Debbie, of Nassau Bay; her sister, Debbie Simpson and husband, Marv, of Drem, Utah; nephews and nieces, Don Schilling and wife, Amanda and their children, Dresden and Aiden, Deran Schilling and wife, Amy, Dane Schilling and wife, Melissa, and their children, Kera and Drake, Taylor Prewitt, Amber Creech and husband, Taylor, and their daughters, Ava and Aaron West; many other relatives and a host of friends.
The family has requested memorials may be made to Jones Library, 307 West Houston, Dayton, Texas 77535.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Sheppard
Funeral services for U. H. “Hix” Sheppard were held Thursday, July 24, at Brookside Funeral Home, in Houston. Pastors Kevan Wood of First Baptist Church in Livingston and Dennis Keen of West End Baptist Church in Industry, led friends and family in the celebration of his life. Interment followed in the Brookside Cemetery.
He was born March 27, 1916 in Leggett, to George Sheppard and Pearl Oates Sheppard. He worked in the lumber industry most of his life, first in Polk County, then Houston, then back to Polk County. He and his wife lived in Moscow for many years. He served as a Baptist deacon, loved gospel music and played guitar and sang with a local group, “The Golden Sounds,” performing at Polk County nursing homes and senior centers when he was already in his 80’s.  Mr. Sheppard and his wife moved to be near family in Fayetteville in 2002 and were there until 2007. While there he led his daughter, granddaughter, her husband and their three sons in a weekly Bible study. He was known as someone whose prayers were powerful and a comfort to all who knew him and who loved his family and friends so much that, in his own words, he “wouldn’t trade you for five gold monkeys!”
Mr. Sheppard died on July 21 in Houston at the age of 97. His parents; five brothers; one sister; infant son, David Lee Sheppard; and daughter, Glenda Haney, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Mary Parrott Sheppard; brother, John Sheppard; sister, Bess Baker; sister-in-law, Ghreta Sheppard; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and George Sumner of Fayetteville, Carolyn and Ross Alford, Donna and Michael Council, Lance and Larry Janish and Merlin Haney, all of Houston; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
Tullos
Memorial services were held at Velasco Baptist Church, Freeport, on Tuesday, August 5, 2008, with Bro. Chris Moore officiating for Lon Francis Tullos.
Lon was born on October 1, 1921 in Leggett, the son of Clarence Carter Tullos and Annie Elizabeth Tullos.
Mr. Tullos graduated from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches and came to the Brazosport area in 1947 after serving in the Navy in World War II. He participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy as well as stops in Okinawa, The Phillippines, Shanghai, Taku Bar in China and Jinsen in Korea.
He began his teaching and coaching career at Velasco Junior High. He also taught at Clute Junior High and Brazoswood High School for a total of 38 years in the Brazosport Independent School District.
He was an officer in the Brazosport Teachers Credit Union for 47 years. He also was active in the Velasco Cemetery Association and the Stephen F. Austin 500.
He died on August 2, 2008. His parents,; his brothers, C.C. Tullos Jr.; sister, Lorraine Slavast and three brothers-in-law.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Martha (Skinner) Tullos; three sons, Lon Jr. and wife, Jaydean, of The Woodlands, Alan and wife, Anna, of Lake Jackson and Gordon and wife, Tina, of Reading, Pennsylvania; five grandchildren, Trent Alan, Alissa Ann and Alanna Terese Tullos and Heather and Cory Grubb; two sisters, Doris Jean Atchley of Livingston and Florence Maze of Leggett; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Velasco Baptist Church, P.O. Box 2260, Freeport, Texas 77542, Stephen F. Austin 500, P.O. Box 703, Angleton, Texas 77516, or A-Med Community Hospice, 8901 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Suite B, Texas City, Texas 77591.

Williams
Maegan Kristen Williams, 19, of Honesdale, Pennsylvania, died unexpectedly, Monday, August 4, 2008, in Westchester, New York.
Ms. Williams was born May 4, 1989 in Galveston, Texas and was the daughter of David T. and Tammie Diane (Milatovich) Williams III.
Maegan was a student and a talented singer and painter and spoke several languages.
She is survived by her mother and stepfather, David T. and Tammie Diane (Milatovich) Williams III; her father and stepmother, Mike and Krystal Eubanks of Texas; one sister, Hunter Eubanks of Texas; one brother, Logan Williams of Honesdale, Pennsylvania; grandparents, David and Melba Williams of Honesdale, Pennsylvania, Dorothy and Bill King of Florida, Barbara and Buddy Thomas of Livingston and Gaylon and Debbie Milatovich of Texas; great-grandmothers, Jean Williams of Honesdale, Pennsylvania and Marjorie Jones of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were held Thursday, August 7, at Teeter’s East Chapel in Hawley, with Blaine Shaffer, Chaplain, officiating. Cremation was in Lake Region Crematory in lake Ariel, Pennsylvania.
Memorials may be made to the Danny Branning Scholarship Fund, % HNB, P.O. Box 350, Honesdale, Pennsylvania 18431.

 

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