Big Thicket Messenger
For the week of July 20, 2008 - August 3, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company

Funeral services for Michael Lee Anglin, 57, of Leggett, were held on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 in the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland. Interment was in Forest Hill Cemetery, Livingston.

He was born in Conroe on February 4, 1951 to Eli A. Anglin and Dorothye Newman.

He died on Saturday, July 19, 2008.

Survivors include his wife, Kimberly Anglin; father, Eli A. Anglin; mother, Dorothye Newman; sons, Charles Michael Anglin and James Lindstrom; daughters, Michelle Hairston, Kayla Anglin, Samantha Lindstrom and Leighanne Huckaby; grandchildren, Cassie Hairston, Autumn Anglin, Wade Huckaby and Ryanne Lindstrom; sisters, Judee Kelly and Stasia DeJacolette; niece and nephew, Honey Hill and Casey Kelly and numerous other family members and friends.

Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, handled all arrangements.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. for Frankie C. Hershiser, 35, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor James Randolph officiating. Burial followed in Pollok Cemetery in Mansfield, Louisiana.

She was born November 1, 1972 in Tyler. Mrs. Hershiser passed away on Wednesday, July 23, in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston.

Survivors include her parents, Frank and Linda Slaight of Joaquin; husband, Robert Hershiser of Goodrich; daughter, Debra Elana Hershiser and fiancé Matthew McKenzie of Goodrich and Destiny Ann Hershiser of Goodrich; son, John Lundy Hershiser III of Goodrich; sister, Debbie Sue Pugh of Mansfield, Louisiana; sister and brother-in-law, Delayna Ann Anderson and Matthew of Shelbville; brothers-in-law, Chris Fourd and wife, Tracy Daniels of Bryan, Norman Fourd and wife, Justina, of Livingston, Shawn Fourd and wife, Amy, of Fort Worth and Ronnie Simpson and wife, Penny, of Shreveport, Louisiana; nephews, Billy Riffe, Austin Riffe, Cody Fourd, Riley Fourd, Shawn Fourd Jr., Aden Fourd and Dillon Fourd; nieces, Ashley Anderson, Haley Fourd and Sabrina Fourd; and beloved dog, Player.

Pallbearers were Chris Fourd, Robert Hershiser, Ronnie Simpson, Norman Fourd, Matthew McKenzie, John Hershiser and Paul Dickerson. Honorary pallbearers were Frank Slaight and Matthew Anderson.

Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Mattie Lee Jones, 85, of Livingston, were held Wednesday, July 23, in the First United Pentecostal Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Gerald Morris officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery.

She was born May 8, 1923 in Betty, the daughter of Doc and Cammie Whitworth Riley. She married Henry Jones on August 7, 1947 in Port Ature. She was an employee of Southwestern Bell Telephone for over 30 years and a member of the Southwestern Bell Pioneers Organization. Mrs. Jones was also a longtime member of the First United Pentecostal Church of Livingston.

She died on Sunday, July 20, 2008, in Timberwood Nursing Home, Livingston. Her parents; her husband; one brother, Henry Riley and one sister, Alma Hartford, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughter, Debra Lyons of Livingston; grandchildren, Leslie Lyons, Jason Lyons, Stacie Lyons, Shane Lyons and wife, Jessica, Mark Lyons, Shannon Lyons, Sharee Lyons, Shawn Lyons and Shea Lyons, all of Livingston; her great-grandchild, Jacob Potts of Livingston.

Serving as pallbearers were Jason Lyons, Shane Lyons, Mark Lyons, Shawn Lyons, Shea Lyons and Lane Morris.

Cochran Funeral Service, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 26, 2008 for Tommie LaFaye McManus, 84, of Livingston, in Goodrich United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Pam Howard officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Springs Cemetery in Jasper.

She was born December 6, 1923 in Georgia, to parents Thomas and Gertie McClain Berry, both of whom preceded her in death.  

She died on Thursday, July 24, 2008, at Timberwood Nursing Home. Her husband, R.M. “Oscar” McManus; daughter, Murrell Warren and son, Glenn McManus.

Survivors include two sons, Tommy McManus of Livingston and Sam McManus of Katy; eight grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.

Serving  as honorary pallbearers were Kinkaid McManus, Richard McManus, Glenn McManus, Robert McManus, Jeffery McManus and Harold Vaughn.

All services were entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston.

To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

J.P. Shirley, 83, of Seven Oaks, passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 in Livingston.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 26, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 28, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Huntsville, for Elizabeth “Betty” Thomas, 82. Interment followed in the Huntington City Cemetery under the direction of Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home, Huntsville.

She was born in Dayton on July 21, 1926 and died on July 24, 2008.

She attended school in Mont Belvieu, and was a longtime resident of Houston. She spent her retirement years with her husband in Livingston.

Her parents, Robert Emmett and Clara Dell Tyrone; her husband, Henry Boley Thomas; one daughter, Suzanne Oakley; three sisters and three brothers preceded her in death.  

Survivors include her five children, Betty Joyce Wyatt and her husband, Joe, Jackie Mary Fenton and her husband, Wayne, Samuel Nathan Thomas and his wife, Lois, Teresa Ann Bright and her husband, Alan, and Boley Tyrone Thomas and his wife, Louise; 34 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

Those wishing to send condolences for the family may do so at www.shmfh.com.

Funeral services for William Neal Walker, 83, were held July 18, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sterling Funeral Home Chapel in Dayton. Interment was in Forest Park Lawndale at 2:00 p.m.

William was born on March 28, 1923 in Fields, Louisiana to William DeWitt and LuCindera Jane (Taylor) Walker.

He served with the Army Air Corp during World War II. He was a trained medic, yet when his unit landed at Omaha Beach, there was a shortage of truck drivers. An officer directed him to “get in and move that truck.” That was the beginning of his adventures as a truck driver/mechanic.

During his military service, he had the privilege of meeting General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Post-war military service was in the Air Force.

William loved animals and at times appeared to act in the role of “whisperer.” He retired from Rollins Environmental in 1991.

In recent years, he was a resident of Liberty Healthcare as his health declined. William was a member of LDS Church.

He passed away on July 15, 2008 in Liberty. His parents, four sisters and three brothers preceded him in death.

Survivors include his spouse, Vivian Mavis Walker; daughter, Debra Varela and her fiancé, Abel Garcia; and grandsons, Michael Joseph Varela and Abel Garcia II.

Services were entrusted to Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton.

Funeral services for Donald L. “Don” Wooten, were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2008, in the Hayes Funeral Home Chapel with Ministers John and Robert Seaton officiating.

Graveside services were held at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at the Old Peebles Cemetery in Livingston.

He was born July 5, 1935 in Bishop, Texas to Carthy and Mildred (Liles) Wooten.

Mr. Wooten had been a resident of Santa Fe since 1969. He was a 47-year member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 450 and worked as a heavy equipment operator, a job that he enjoyed very much.

He was known as one who could operate any crane, no matter how big or small, and was often able to make it to do things no one else could.

In earlier years he worked with the Wichita Falls Fire Department and proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a trained demolitions expert with “Merle’s Marauders,” a detachment of the 442nd Regimental Combat and Demolition Team.

After his discharge from the Army, he returned home to Corpus Christi, got married and began raising a family. Throughout his life, he was loyal and dependable to his family and his work.

He passed away on July 19, 2008 at his home in Algoa.

Survivors include his wife of almost 45 years, Jeanette Wooten of Algoa; children and their spouses, Kenneth Ray Moore of Algoa, Catherine “Cathie” O’Neal-Blount and husband, Joe, of Algoa, Gary Don Wooten and fiancée, Juli, of Santa Fee, Bobby Don Wooten and wife, Sherry, of Algoa, Jack Pinkerton and wife, Sharon, of Lake Jackson, Lesa Boehnke and husband, Tom, of Pearland; sisters, Betty Rozell of Onalaska, Ruth Berry of Livingston and Barbara McCasland of Devol, Oklahoma; 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 20, 2008 for Joulious Alvin Yeager, 45, of Leggett, in the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland. Interment was in Boswell Cemetery, Phelps.

He was born in Liberty on January 14, 1963 to Ocie A. and Joan Yeager.

He died on Friday, July 18, 2008.


Graveside services were held Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. for Telesa Lynn (Brashier) Attaway, 42, of Liberty, in Memory Gardens Cemetery on Garth Road in Baytown.

She was born on December 1, 1965 to Artis Dewayne Brashier and Elizabeth Ann Hendry in Colmesneil, Texas.

Telesa enjoyed painting and collecting Native American figurines. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

She passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2008. Her father, Artis Brashier, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Gene Attaway; daughters, Darlena Thompson and husband, Kevin Kesterson of Crosby, Jennifer Tompkins and husband, Jeff, of Liberty, Stephanie Young of Liberty and Rebecca Attaway; mother, Elizabeth Hendry; sister, Kathy Sanders of Liberty; brother, Anthony Brashier of Tennessee; grandchildren, Dannielle, Annalesa, Deacon and Aaron; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Arrangements were entrusted to Allison Funeral Service, Liberty.

Kermit Edwin Beasley, 66, passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2008, in Beaumont.

He was born in Liberty on March 13, 1942, the son of the late William Kermit Beasley and Lois Evelyn Tanner Beasley.

Edwin retired in 2004 from Jackson & Jackson, where he worked for ten years in construction.

He attended Blinn College. He was an avid reader, who enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as gun collecting.

He leaves behind his sister, Zonna Craig of Livingston; brother, John H. Beasley of Liberty; cousin, Roland Dodd; aunt, Marian Jackson; nephews, Lance Craig and Stewart Beasley; niece, Tara Craig Owens; grand-nieces, Gracen and Hope Owens; grand-nephew, Tyler Beasley; special friend, Carolyn Wakefield; and a host of other close friends and family.

Edwin will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral arrangements were private

Allison Funeral Service, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 24, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. for Joseph Jordan Blackmon, 64, of Liberty, at the Allison Funeral Service, Liberty, with Roger Blackburn officiating. Burial followed in Cooke Memorial Cemetery, Liberty.

Joseph was born on August 10, 1943 in Silsbee, to parents Henry Mark Blackmon and Jessie Lillie Hall Blackmon.

He graduated from Silsbee High School and attended Blinn College. He married Judy Darnell Reeves in 1965.

He recently owned and operated Smokey Joe’s BarBQ in Liberty and Silsbee. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and most of all spending time with his friends and family.

Joseph died on July 21, 2008 at the Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital. His parents; two brothers, Ray Blackmon and Edward Blackmon; two sisters, Marie Thomas and Dorothy Faye Moody, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Blackmon; son, Mark Blackmon; daughter, Kendra Blackmon; grandchildren, Zach and Hannah Blackmon; brothers, Nathaniel Blackmon and Paul Blackmon; sisters, Ruth Ward, Rachel Mansfield, Lois Durham, Mary Ellen Sirmons and Lyndal Blackmon.

To view and sign the guestbook, go to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements were under the direction of Allison Funeral Service, Liberty.

Graveside services for Lloyd Donald “Donnie” Carroll, Jr., 51, were held Monday, July 14, at 1:00 p.m. at Mount Olive Cemetery, Silas, Texas.

He was born Wednesday, September 19, 1956, in Pasadena, Texas. He passed away on Friday, July 11, 2008, in Cleveland.

His parents, Lloyd Carroll Sr. and Carolyn Carroll; and his brother, David Wayne Carroll, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his loving wife, Evelyn S. Carroll of Cleveland; sons, Lloyd Donald Carroll III of Braham, Texas and Bryan Cedars of Livingston; daughter, Carolyn Sue Carroll of Cleveland; sister, Katherine Cason; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were handled under the care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 23, 2008 for John Thomas “Tommy” Davis,  68, at the First Baptist Church of Liberty. Interment followed at Fairlawn Cemetery, Liberty.

Tommy was born on April 17, 1940 in Liberty. He was a 1958 graduate and star athlete of Liberty High School.

In 1962, he graduated from Lamar University with a degree in business administration.

His teaching career began in 1964 with Clear Creek Independent School District and then he began his career with Liberty Independent School District in 1966 and served as teacher, coach, athletic director, business manager and assistant superintendent of business administration.

After retirement, he continued his public serving be being elected to the LISD Board.

He passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2008, after a massive stroke. His parents, George Milton Davis and Mary Gajdosik Davis, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Beverly Phillips Davis; a sister, Mary Alice Tate and husband, Norman; sister, Betty Kolb and husband, Kenneth; brother, Jimmy Davis and wife, Barbara; brother, Gus Davis and wife, Chris; nephews, Joe Costanza, Kevin Kolb and wife, Heather, Michael Sanford and Jason Sanford; nieces, Holly Baker and husband, Phillip, Kristen Phillips and Shelley Paquette; and numerous great nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Liberty Independent School District Education Foundation, The American Stroke Foundation and the Medical Missions of Hermann Hospital.

Allison Funeral Services, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Anthony “Joe” Garrett, 74, were held on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at Neal Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland, at 1:00 p.m. Interment followed in Memorial Rest Gardens Cemetery.

He was born Thursday, June 14, 1934 in Corsicana to the late Elijah Earl Garrett and Mary Ralmuto Garrett.

Joe died on Monday, July 14, 2008 in Conroe. His parents; sons, John Anthony Garrett, Charles Allen Garrett and Thomas Earl Garrett; and brother, Eugene Thomas Garrett, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Mamie Garrett; son, Gordon Douglas Garrett and wife, Jennifer, of Grangerland; daughter, Cheryl Rena Garrett of Cut-N-Shoot, Texas; special daughter-in-law, Deborah Garrett of New Caney; grandsons, Christopher Allen, Douglas Gordon, Thomas Anthony and James Timothy Garrett, granddaughters, Misty Darlene and Ashley Rena Garrett; great-grandsons, Justin Ryan Garrett and Logan Michael Byrd; and numerous other family and friends.

All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Funeral services for Vit Havlice, 53, of Splendora, were held on Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at Neal Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland.

He was born May 28, 1955, in The Czech Republic, to Frantisek Havlice and Jaroslava Butalova Havlice.

He passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2008 in Conroe. His father, Frantisek Havlice, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his loving wife, Mary Havlice of Splendora; sisters, Nada Svobodova of Canada, Dana Forst of Houston and Blanka Halavova of The Czech Republic; brother, Ivan Havlice of Australia; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

All services were handled by Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Memorial services are scheduled at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 2, 2008 for John D. “Monkey” Henry, 33, of Dayton, at Hot Rods and Hogg’s Club, located at 706 North Watson Road, Arlington.

John was born August 13, 1974 in Friona, to parents John and Barbara J. Burdick Henry. A former resident of Mesquite, he had resided in the Dayton area for the past six months.

He was a crane operator for Deep South Crane and Rigging of Louisiana, a member of the local 450, the Hot Rods and Hogg’s Club and enjoyed riding motorcycles.

Mr. Henry died Friday, July 18, 2008 in Pasadena. His parents preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie A. Shortt-Henry of Dayton; his dogs, Buddy and Xena; and numerous other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will also be held in Batesville, Arkansas, at 2:00 p.m. on August 17, 2008 at Qualis Batesville Funeral Service. Interment follows where his final resting-place will be beside his mother.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Fallen Riders Memorial Fund at www.frmf4t.comm or the Local 450 Union for Survivors Benefits at www.hightowerlowdown.org.

Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Daniel Lee “D.J.” Johnson, 30, of Mont Belvieu, were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2008 at the Navarre Funeral Home Chapel in Baytown, with Pastor Clayton Shepherd officiating. Interment followed at Palms Memorial Park in Dayton.

He was born March 5, 1978 in Sulphur Springs, Texas, and he passed away on Friday, July 18, 2008, in Houston.

He was a proud member of Ironworkers Local Union 135 and was dedicated first and foremost to his family and then his job, which he was extremely passionate about.

He loved his family and enjoyed playing with his kids, watching sports, playing pool and spending time with his friends.

He is survived by his wife, Vanessa McMurtry of Mont Belvieu; son, Daniel Lee Johnson Jr. of Channelview; daughter, Jordyn Elizabeth Johnson of Mont Belvieu; step-daughters, Shaelyn Dargin of Channelview and Kaitlyn Wilson of Mont Belvieu; mother, Melanie Johnson Barnes of Houston; brothers and sisters, Dana Johnson of Houston, Stephanie Johnson of Crosby, Joshua Johnson of Dayton, Anna Johnson of Highlands, Erica Johnson of Houston and Jacob Barnes of Meridian, Mississippi; and grandmother, Ellen Husby of Dayton.

  Serving as pallbearers were Phillip Barnes, Samuel Coleman, Johnny Coleman, Michael Collette, Paul Collette and Craig Bourque. Honorary pallbearers included Daniel Lee Johnson Jr., Joshua Johnson, Jacob Barnes, Marc Barnes, Kerry Burns, Jason Sutch, Gary Sutch, Matthew Kelley, Rick Kelley, Royce Havelin, Hans Husby, employees of Deep  South Crane and Rigging Company and brothers of Iron Workers Local Union No. 135.

In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be made to the Daniel Johnson Memorial Fund, AmegyBank of Texas, P.O. Box 27459, Houston, Texas 77227-7459 or any other AmegyBank location.

To view the obituary online or to post a tribute to the family go to www.navarrefuneralhome.com.

Funeral services for B.E. “Ed” “Paw” Jouette Jr., 81, of Dayton, were held Friday, July 18, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at Elwood Baptist Church in Forest Hill, Louisiana, with the Rev. Don Stephens officiating. Interment followed at Butters Cemetery in Forest Hill.

He was born April 13, 1927 in Forest Hill, Louisiana, to parents Beverly Edward Jouette Sr. and Ruth Butter Jouette. He graduated from Forest Hill High School in 1945 and attended Louisiana Business College.

He served in the Merchant Marines,  had been a resident of Houston for many years, where he was superintendent for Arco Chemical and a former real estate broker. The Jouette family moved to Dayton in 1981, where he was owner and operator of the Trinity Valley Nursery, winning the hearts of all his local customers.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church, enjoyed fishing, hunting and loved being with his family.

Mr. Jouette passed away on Monday, July 14, 2008, in Baytown after an extended illness. His parents; grandson, Ernest A. Koehler, who was raised as his son; son-in-law, Michael Adrian; and his sister, Constance “Connie” Butter, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Duthel Fairchild Jouette of Dayton; son, Steve Jouette and wife, Donna, of Dayton, his daughter, Pam Adrian of Forest Hill, Louisiana; his grandchildren, Jamie Nash, who was raised as his daughter, Misty Brock, Maggie Adrian, Stacey Allsbrooks and Casey Jouette; his great-grandchildren, Emily Koehler, Isadora Adrian, Ella Brock and one on the way; his brothers, Kelly Jouette of Forest Hill, Louisiana and Carlos Jouette of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Arrangements were under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 for Lynda Caballero Kapalski, 65, of Dayton, at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church. Interment followed at t. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery in Eastgate.

She was born September 26, 1942 in Galveston, to parents, Joe and Velma Marks Caballero.

Lynda was a lifetime resident of Dayton, where she graduated from Dayton High School in 1960. She worked for Gulf States for more than 10 years and was very instrumental in starting JAM, which was the food pantry at St. Joseph Catholic Church. 

She was also a member of St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church and the Altar Guild.

Lynda was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved being with her family and friends and supported them in every way.

She passed away Thursday, July 3, 2008, peacefully at home surrounded by her family.  Her parents, Joe and Velma Caballero preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, James Stephen Kapalski of Dayton; her sons, Michael Kapalski and wife, Josephine, of Dayton and Stephen Kapalski of Houston; her daughter, Donna Puckett and husband, Todd, of Dayton; her grandchildren, Nicole, Courtney and Zachary Kapalski, Kelsey Kapalski, Briane and Rylan Puckett; her sister, JoAnn Lambright of Rockdale; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

For those who desire, memorials may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, Connecticut 06851, http://www.multiplemyeloma.org..

Arrangements were under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton.

Lillie Mae Meiners, 85, of Old Snake River, died on Monday, July 7, 2008, at the Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital.

Memorial services are planned at a later date.

Lillie was born on June 13, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan to Harold K. Emmons and May Marie Banghart.

She graduated from Colley High School in 1942, married Willard John Meiners in 1943 and moved to the southeast Texas area in the late 1970’s.

Lillie is preceded in death by her parents; husband and four children, Ruth Moore, John Meiners, Theresa Meiners and Howard Meiners.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Marie Meiners of Old Snake River; a brother, Howard Emmons of Detroit, Michigan; four grandchildren, Christine Fregia, Sherry Marie, Lynn Moore and Malynda Lambert; four great-grandchildren and a host of friends and other relatives.

All services were under the direction of Allison Funeral Services, Liberty.

Funeral services for Billy Ray Mills, 66, of Liberty, were held on Friday, July 18, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Allison Funeral Service Chapel in Liberty. Burial was in Guedry Cemetery, Batson.

He was born in Houston to parents Aubry G. Mills and Edna Quinn Mills. He graduated from Milby High School in Houston. He attended College for two years.

After graduation he joined the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1964 in London, England. After the service, he att4ended college and then began his life long career in the oil field industry.

Billy was a very active member of the Liberty Elks Lodge, VFW Hardin Breakfast Club, San Jacinto High Rollers and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

He passed away July 15, 2008 in Baytown. His father, Aubry Mills, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Bernadine Mills of Liberty; mother, Edna Mills of Magnolia; two daughters, Christi Johnson and her husband, Stacy and Traci Michelle Moyer and husband, Robert “Robbie”, all of Liberty; two sons, Robert Wayne Mills and wife, Glenda, of Tarkington and Mark Mitchell of Tennessee; two brothers, Clinton Mills of Magnolia and Robert Mills of Friendswood; one sister, Teresa Bernette; grandchildren, Nikki and Mitchell Moyer, Alice, Patrick, Rhonda, Hunter and Ellis Mills, Mason Johnson and Rylie Johnson.

Arrangements were under the direction of Allison Funeral Service, Liberty.

To share condolences online, visit www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Funeral services for Jessie James Nugent, 87, of Liberty, were held Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 10:00 am. at the Pentecostal Tabernacle in Liberty. Burial was in the Cooke Cemetery in Liberty.

Mr. Nugent was born July 26, 1920 in Liberty to parents, John Nugent and Celeste Fregia.

He was a farmer who enjoyed working with his cattle, chickens, pigs, gardening and hunting. He worked at Graves Farms for years.

He and his wife, Mary, were members of the Pentecostal Tabernacle of Liberty.

He passed away on July 16, 2008 in Baytown. His parents; daughter, Myrtle King; seven brothers; four sisters; and one granddaughter, Ashley Sue Nugent, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Thelma Nugent; two sons, William Robert Nugent and his wife, Dorothy, and Chester Fregia; grandchildren, Robbie Nugent, Tandy Clements, Melinda Ray, Jeremy, Justin, Jessica and Jake Nugent; many great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

Arrangements were under the direction of Allison Funeral Services, Liberty.

To share condolences online visit www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, July 15, at Magnolia Hills Cemetery, Segno, for Oscar Lee Rogers, 61, of Spring.

He was born on May 17, 1947 in Clovis, New Mexico, the son of Oscar C. and Naomi Rogers.

He passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2008.

Survivors include his wife, Diana Rogers; daughter, Tanya Rogers; grandchild, Christian Rogers; sister, Gloria Lee Oliva; nephew, Bruce Oliva; nieces, Stratford Lyons, Jan Sanders and Diana McCarthy;  sister-in-law, Cheryl Bishop; many other cherished family members and treasured friends.

Services were under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Funeral services for John Thomas Stelly, 58, were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 21, 2008, at Hixson Funeral Home in Lake Charles Louisiana. Burial was in the Hayes Cemetery.

He was born in Lafayette and resided in Hayes. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He passed away on Friday, July 18, 2008, at his residence.

Survivors include his wife, Lola Irene Stelly; parents, Summa Lee Stelly and Pansy Susan Stelly; sons, John Stelly Jr. and wife, Tonya, of Hardin, Summa Stelly and wife, Jennifer, of New Orleans, Louisiana and Eric Stelly and wife, Christina, of Grand Chenier, Louisiana; step-daughters, Charla Richards of Oregon and Karen Barker and husband, Don, of West Virginia; brothers, Stephen Stelly and Dee Stelly of Winnie, Marc Stelly and Judi Moore of Mauriceville, David Stelly and wife, Candy, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and six grandchildren.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.mem.com.



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