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East Texas News - Obituaries
Big Thicket Messenger - August 23, 2009 - August 30, 2009

Burch
Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 19, 2009, for Charles W. “Chuck” Burch Jr., 74, of Kenefick at 10:00 a.m., at the Kenefick Southern Baptist Church. Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, 2009, at the Old Center Cemetery in Center.
Chuck was born November 1, 1934 in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Charles W. Burch Sr. and Lois Lyle Burch. He was a former resident of Pasadena and had resided in the Kenefick area for the past 37 years.
Chuck was a graduate of the Lutheran High School of Houston, a veteran of the U.S. Army, a retired machinist for Armco Steel of Houston and a member of the Kenefick Southern Baptist Church. He also enjoyed fishing, travel and bowling.
He died Sunday, August 16, 2009, at the San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown. His parents; great-granddaughter, Faith Psensik; parents-in-law, Bobby G. and Lila Mae Schwartz; brother-in-law, Jim Kruk; and niece, Dawn Kruk, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Martha E. Schwartz Burch of Kenefick; daughters, Kimberly O’Neal and husband, Bryan, and Kathy Brackin, all of Dayton and Kristy Coursey and husband, Hebert Jr. of Liberty Hill; grandchildren, Keith, Amber, Jessi and husband, Travis, Charles, Cody, Justin and Elizabeth; great-grandchildren, Milo and Ayden; sisters, Charlene Kruk of Georgia and Diane Burch of The Woodlands; brothers and sisters-in-law, Duane and Renee Hopper, Gerald Hopper, Bobby and Betty Schwartz and Dean and Cathy Schwartz; and numerous nieces, nephews other relatives  and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Hopper
Memorial services were held for Robert J. “Jerry” Hopper, 68, of Dayton, at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August  18, 2009, in the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.
Jerry was born June 24, 1941 in Katy, to parents, Jackson C. and Nina L. Brinkley Hopper. He was a former resident of Conroe, and has resided in the Dayton area for the past four years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, retired heavy equipment operator and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
He died Friday, August 7, 2009 at his residence. His parents preceded him in death.
Survivors include his daughters, Dawn Cagle of Atascocita, Cheryl Goodwin and husband, Dan, of Dayton and Dana Lawson of Slocum; brother, James Hopper of Conroe; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Rawls
Funeral services for Robert D. “Don” Rawls, 69, of Kenefick, were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2009, at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. Burial followed at Magnolia Park Cemetery.
He was born August 26, 1939, in Jasper, to parents, R.J. and Edith Wiggley Rawls. He had resided in Kenefick for the past 30 years. He was a graduate of the Buna High School Class of 1958, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy with service during Korea and Vietnam. He was a retired electrician with Brown and Root after 32 years of employment. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.
He died Friday, August 14, 2009, at his residence. His parents; wife, Betty Sue Craven Rawls; and brothers, Elton and Thomas Rawls, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his daughter, Donna Jimenez and husband, Eddie, of Dayton; sons, Thomas Rawls and wife, Michelle, of Kenefick and Robert Rawls and wife, Grace, of Dayton; grandchildren, Jo Anna Murphy, Christina Nicholson, Tiffany Rawls, Hailey Rawls, Jas Jimenez and Kayla Rawls; great-grandchild, Krysalynn Winters; sister-in-law, Jo Ellen Currie of Rusk; brother-in-law, Dale Cravy of Corpus Christi; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Seay
Memorial services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 15, 2009 for Robert G. “Bob” Seay, 82, of Kenefick, at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton.
He was born July 14, 1927 in Dew, the son of Henry L. and Dora Bradford Seay. He was a former resident of Houston and had lived in Kenefick for the past 19 years. He was a veteran of the US Merchant Marines, Army and Air Force, a retired operator for Armco Steel of Houston, and former Democratic election judge. He also enjoyed wine making, fishing, wood working and drawing cartoons.
Mr. Seay passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2009, at his residence. His parents and five brothers and sisters preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Dorothy “Jean” Ladet Seay of Kenefick; sons, Jerry Seay and wife, Kathi, of Round Rock, Jim Seay of Highlands, Bradford J. Seay of Houston and Jean Seay and wife, Marilyn, of McMan; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Aldridge
Graveside services for Teddy Eugene Aldridge, 88, of Livingston, were held Tuesday, August 18, 2009 in Holly Grove Cemetery, with VFW Chaplain the Rev. Ted Buxton officiating. He was born May 18, 1921 in Monroe, Tennessee, the son of William H. Aldridge and Pearl Pangle Aldridge. He was a United States military veteran, having served in the United States Navy.He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 0404 in New York, a lifetime member of VFW Post 8568 in Livingston and was a member of the American Legion and the U.S. Submarine Veterans.Teddy died Saturday, August 15, 2009, at his residence. His parents and one brother, Joseph J. Aldridge, preceded him in death.Survivors include his sister, Joyce Mantooth; sister-in-law, Helen Aldridge; nephew, Doug Aldridge; nieces, Sherry Aldridge and Vicki Aldridge; longtime friends, Lois Maxwell Rolin and Dale, and Jim and Lois Burns; and a host of good neighbors and friends.  Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guest book, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Emerson
Funeral services  were held Wednesday, August 19, 2009 for Frances Elizabeth Emerson, 86, of Onalaska, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with Holmer Anderson officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska.

She was born August 1, 1923 in Humble, the daughter of William Vincent and Mary Ann Cook Willis. She died on Saturday, August 15, 2009 in Livingston.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Robert Emerson of Onalaska; son and daughter-in-law, Del and Shirley Hyatt of Missouri City; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Jerry Hallmark of Toms River, New Jersey; ;  grandsons, Bobbie Lee Kelley, Jason Isaac Fletcher and Brandon Savitt; grandson and wife, Walker Landen and Kelly Fletcher; granddaughter and husband, Elizabeth Ann and James Ellyson; deceased grandson, Stephen Del Hyatt; great-grandchildren, Christopher Kelley, Keith Kelley, Brittany Kelley, Faith Fletcher, Eleana Ellyson and Joshua Ellyson; great-great-grandchildren, Landon Jones and Sadie Moore; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Virginia Willis of Onalaska; brother, L.E. Willis of Onalaska; sister, Opal Marsh of Fair Oaks, California; and several loving step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Bobby Lee Kelley, Walker Landen Fletcher, Jason Isaac Fletcher, James Ellyson, Chris Kelley, Joe Darrell Emerson and Brandon Savitt. Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com. 

Kegans
Funeral services for Ruby “Richardson” Kegans, 79, of Livingston, were held Wednesday, August 19, 2009, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. Billy Bracken and Frank Hood officiating. Interment followed in Holly Grove Cemetery.
She was born December 11, 1929, to Earl W. Rankin and Agnes Shirley  Rankin.
She died on Sunday, August 16, 2009, at The Bradford. Her parents; husband, Calvin P. Richardson; and two sisters, Gloria Albright and Marie  Damon.
 Survivors include her daughter, Vicki Boyd and husband, Jim, of Livingston; son, Michael E. Richardson and wife, Theresa; sisters, Evon Ward and husband, Dub, and Louise Chalker, all of Livingston and Barbara Jackson of Center; grandchildren, Robby Boyd, Ryan Boyd, Rebecca Boyd, Michelle Sample, Matthew Richardson, Jessica Broome, Jodi Jenkins, Keith Howard, Joshua Burrows and Kelsey Burrows; great-grandchildren, Shelby Boyd, Austin Boyd, Caden Sample, Blake Sample, Kyndall Howard, Keagan Howard and Chloe Findley; sisters-in-law, Pat Allen and spouse, Dell Richardson and spouse, Charlsie Waldrep, Bobbie Collins and spouse and Eddie Brackin and spouse;  brother-in-law, Marvin Richardson ;and spouse; uncle, John Shirley and aunt, Vaudine Platt.
Pallbearers were Larry Horn, Bob Boyd, Brent Alexander, Larry “Buddy” Templeton, Jim Brown, Jimmy Ward and David Brackin. Honorary pallbearers were Marvin Richardson, Wayne Collins, Roy Kenneth Richardson, Doug Ward, Otis Ray Campbell, Billy Jack Jones, D.H. “Red” Allen, Lance Craig and Steve Waldrep.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.  

Lamb
Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 20, 2009 for Dulce Marie Lamb, 78, in Brookside Memorial Park in Houston.
She was born October 9, 1930, the daughter of Matier Sariono and Niebes Perez Sariono.
She died on Sunday, August 16, 2009, in Timberwood Nursing Home. her parents preceded her in death.
Survivors include her friend and guardian, Sam Prince of Livingston.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

McPherson
Funeral services for Lula Jean McPherson, 85, of Livingston, were held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 20, 2009, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Frank Hood officiating. Burial followed at 3:00 p.m. in Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.
She was born May 19, 1924 in Abilene, to James Fairbanks and Henrietta Lumpkin Fairbanks. She died on Tuesday, August 18, 2009, in Pineridge Nursing Home, Livingston. Her parents; sister, Ruby Hailey; and brother, Henry Fairbanks, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughters, Alma Duff and husband, Carl, of Trinity and Kathy Hightower and husband, Edward, of Santa Fe; grandchildren, Richard Brian Duff, James Daryl Duff and Paula Lynn Perez; great-grandchildren, Briana Duff, Ethan Duff, Joseph Perez, Jordan Perez, Blake Hightower and Catherine Garza and her devoted friend, Candy Donner.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Melton
A celebration of the life of Shirley Melton, 69, was held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 20, 2009, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Michael Heuermann and Pastor Tommy Dobbs officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery.
Shirley was born February 28, 1940 in Livingston and died on Monday, August 17, 2009 in Houston.
She worked at First State Bank as a teller/secretary. Shirley belonged to the First Baptist Church of Providence, played the piano, worked with vacation bible school, and loved crafts and shopping with her cousin, Mary Ann Myrow. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, a friend who will be missed by all, including her co-workers at Pace Funeral Home.
Survivors include her son, David Melton; daughter, Lisa Lantrip and husband, Robert, of Goodrich; grandchildren, Heather Melton, Josh Melton, Morgan Lantrip and Andrew Lantrip; great-grandchild, Landon Melton; brothers, Leland Walters and James Walters and wife, Wynona, all of Livingston; and sister, Geraldine White and husband, Hugh, of Goodrich.
Her husband of 51 years, Hughbie Douglas Melton; her parents, Oscar B. and Agnes Moffett Walters; and one sister, Ola Mae Vailes, preceded her in death. 
Pallbearers were Cullen B. Vailes, Matt Moffett, Shawn Nichols, Brandon Smith, Zachary Smith and Daryl Walters.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

Warren
A memorial service for Gaye Warren, 69, of Livingston, was held Monday, August 17, 2009, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Gary Wright officiating.
She was born March 9, 1949 in Odonell and died August 14, 2009 in Houston.
She was a member of the Lions Club in Sargent, was a great shuffleboard player and member of the Ladies Shuffleboard of Livingston, a member of the Pine Shadows Civic Club and dearly loved her cats, Itibit and Bruno.
Her brother, Darren Warren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack Warren and wife, Joyce and Orville Warren and wife, Dottie, preceded her in death.
She is survived by her partner, Janie Ballard of Livingston; mother, Marguerite Warren of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; sister, Glynda Chism of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; niece, Cheryl Cooley and husband, Ron, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; nephew, Bill Warren and wife, Audry, of Brobridge, Louisiana; nephew, Charles Warren and wife, Carol, of Maine; and numerous special friends and other family.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
 To sign the online guest book, go to www.cochranfh.com.
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Burch
Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 19, 2009, for Charles W. “Chuck” Burch Jr., 74, of Kenefick at 10:00 a.m., at the Kenefick Southern Baptist Church. Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, 2009, at the Old Center Cemetery in Center.
Chuck was born November 1, 1934 in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Charles W. Burch Sr. and Lois Lyle Burch. He was a former resident of Pasadena and had resided in the Kenefick area for the past 37 years.
Chuck was a graduate of the Lutheran High School of Houston, a veteran of the U.S. Army, a retired machinist for Armco Steel of Houston and a member of the Kenefick Southern Baptist Church. He also enjoyed fishing, travel and bowling.
He died Sunday, August 16, 2009, at the San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown. His parents; great-granddaughter, Faith Psensik; parents-in-law, Bobby G. and Lila Mae Schwartz; brother-in-law, Jim Kruk; and niece, Dawn Kruk, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Martha E. Schwartz Burch of Kenefick; daughters, Kimberly O’Neal and husband, Bryan, and Kathy Brackin, all of Dayton and Kristy Coursey and husband, Hebert Jr. of Liberty Hill; grandchildren, Keith, Amber, Jessi and husband, Travis, Charles, Cody, Justin and Elizabeth; great-grandchildren, Milo and Ayden; sisters, Charlene Kruk of Georgia and Diane Burch of The Woodlands; brothers and sisters-in-law, Duane and Renee Hopper, Gerald Hopper, Bobby and Betty Schwartz and Dean and Cathy Schwartz; and numerous nieces, nephews other relatives  and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Hopper
Memorial services were held for Robert J. “Jerry” Hopper, 68, of Dayton, at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August  18, 2009, in the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.
Jerry was born June 24, 1941 in Katy, to parents, Jackson C. and Nina L. Brinkley Hopper. He was a former resident of Conroe, and has resided in the Dayton area for the past four years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, retired heavy equipment operator and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
He died Friday, August 7, 2009 at his residence. His parents preceded him in death.
Survivors include his daughters, Dawn Cagle of Atascocita, Cheryl Goodwin and husband, Dan, of Dayton and Dana Lawson of Slocum; brother, James Hopper of Conroe; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Rawls
Funeral services for Robert D. “Don” Rawls, 69, of Kenefick, were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2009, at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. Burial followed at Magnolia Park Cemetery.
He was born August 26, 1939, in Jasper, to parents, R.J. and Edith Wiggley Rawls. He had resided in Kenefick for the past 30 years. He was a graduate of the Buna High School Class of 1958, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy with service during Korea and Vietnam. He was a retired electrician with Brown and Root after 32 years of employment. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.
He died Friday, August 14, 2009, at his residence. His parents; wife, Betty Sue Craven Rawls; and brothers, Elton and Thomas Rawls, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his daughter, Donna Jimenez and husband, Eddie, of Dayton; sons, Thomas Rawls and wife, Michelle, of Kenefick and Robert Rawls and wife, Grace, of Dayton; grandchildren, Jo Anna Murphy, Christina Nicholson, Tiffany Rawls, Hailey Rawls, Jas Jimenez and Kayla Rawls; great-grandchild, Krysalynn Winters; sister-in-law, Jo Ellen Currie of Rusk; brother-in-law, Dale Cravy of Corpus Christi; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Seay
Memorial services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 15, 2009 for Robert G. “Bob” Seay, 82, of Kenefick, at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton.
He was born July 14, 1927 in Dew, the son of Henry L. and Dora Bradford Seay. He was a former resident of Houston and had lived in Kenefick for the past 19 years. He was a veteran of the US Merchant Marines, Army and Air Force, a retired operator for Armco Steel of Houston, and former Democratic election judge. He also enjoyed wine making, fishing, wood working and drawing cartoons.
Mr. Seay passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2009, at his residence. His parents and five brothers and sisters preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Dorothy “Jean” Ladet Seay of Kenefick; sons, Jerry Seay and wife, Kathi, of Round Rock, Jim Seay of Highlands, Bradford J. Seay of Houston and Jean Seay and wife, Marilyn, of McMan; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.
 
Arnold
Funeral services for Eugene Arnold, 76, of Cleveland, were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 15, 2009, in the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland, with Revs. Jerry Bontrager  and Gene Shinn presiding. Interment was in Oak Shade Cemetery, Cleveland.
He was born on March 17, 1933 in Appleby, to parents, Dumont and Mamie Arnold. He passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2009. His parents preceded him in death.
Survivors include his loving wife, Melonay Arnold; sons, Ronnie Arnold and wife, Kathy, and Danny Arnold and his wife, Kem;  brothers, Keith Arnold, Charles Arnold and Leo Arnold; grandchildren, Kristie Arnold, Harding Arnold, Michael Arnold, Kim Choate, Rachel Arnold and Colby Arnold; great-grandchildren, Coleman Harding, Kaylee Harding, Elias Arnold and Alex Arnold; and many other loving family members and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Burgess
 Memorial services were held on Monday, August 4, 2009, for Belinda “Linda” Ferguson Burgess, 61, of Cleveland, at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland.
She was born in Houston, Texas on August 2, 1948, the daughter of W.E. and Smithy Jane Ferguson.
She passed away on August 8, 2009. Her parents; grandparents, Mary and Kirby Bullock, Martin Luther and Annie Ferguson; and sister, Deanna Jean Ferguson Burns, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son, John Burgess and Kasey; daughters, Michelle Allen and husband, Mike, and Meshela Burgess and husband, John Carlos; grandchildren, Dustin, Jamie, Corey Stalsby, Sherry Burgess and Gloria Carlos; great-grandchildren, Tanner and Aiden Cambiaso; sisters and brothers, Jerry and Ruth Ferguson, Wayne and Sherwin Campbell, Rickey Ferguson, Elvis Wayne Ferguson and Sharon Parsons; numerous nieces, nephews, other treasured family members and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements..

Richnow
Funeral services for Ronny Allen Richnow, 44, were held on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. at the Neal Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland.
He was born Tuesday, November 10, 1964 in Houston, the son of Jerry Lee and Virginia Ethel Richnow.
He passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2009, in Houston.
All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.
To view the obituary and sign the guest book, go to www.nealfh.com.

Terrell
Funeral services were held Thursday, August 13, 2009 for Luther C. “Big Boy” Terrell, 81, of Dayton, at 11:00 a.m., in the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland. Interment followed in Terrell Cemetery.
He was born in Tarkington Prairie on December 10, 1927, the son of Luther and Shirley Terrell.
His most loved role in life was his precious family, his special great-grandbaby, “Miss Harley”, his church family, his logging company and his cattle.
He passed away on Monday, August 10, 2009. His parents; his son, Charlie Terrell; his sisters, Edith Noack and Johnnie Campbell; and his step-daughter, Patricia Ann Brunson, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his loving wife, Ruby Terrell; stepchildren, Ernest Knight and Billy Knight; brother, Loyd Terrell; sister, Ruby Joyce Diehl; grandchildren, Charlie Bryan Terrell, Kaylynn Terrell, Katrina Brunson, Joseph Brunson and Kenny Wayne Brunson; 11 stepchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and other cherished family members and treasured friends beyond measure.
Pallbearers were Lazean Terrell, Jimmy Lee Robison, Loyd Lynn Terrell, Roy Terrell, Jimmy Joe Robison and John Wilkerson. Honorary pallbearers included Cody Wilkerson, Trey Wilburn, Wesley Woods, Whitney Woods, Trent Tanner and Dustin Faircloth.
The family wishes to thank Compassionate Care for all their loving care given him during his trying time.

Brown
A memorial services for John Robert Brown, 46. were held on Sunday, August 23, 2009 at Beacon Bay Baptist Church, with the Rev. Harold Issacs officiating.

He was born November 3, 1963 in Galveston to John E. and Carole Brown.

Mr. Brown died on Sunday, August 16, 2009. He and his wife were living in Texas City. His mother; grandchildren, Aaron Brown and Joshua Burnett; and grandparents, Mildred and Bob Boatwright and Jewell Brown, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Brown of Texas City; son, John Edgar Brown; brother, Gary lee Loyd; and sister, Laurie Brown of Livingston.

Dagle
A celebration of life service was held for Robert Allen Dagle, 39, of Liberty, on Thursday, August 26, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. at Wilderness Church of God, Liberty. Interment followed in Monroe Fregia Cemetery.

He was born October 10, 1969 to Tennie Dagle Jr. and Ella Louise (Nugent) Dagle. Robert enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was very skilled at leather and wood working.

Robert passed away on Monday, August 17, 2009, surrounded by his family. His grandparents, Walter and Louise Nugent, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his parents, Tennie and Ella Louise Dagle Jr.; brothers, Jerry Dagle, Walter Dagle and Kenneth Dagle, all of Liberty; aunts, Peggy Nugent and Rose Mary Nugent, both of Liberty; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Allison Funeral Services, Liberty, was entrusted with the  arrangements.

Condolences may be made online to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Desbiens
Funeral services for Joyclyn “Joy” Desbiens, 14, of Apple Springs and Livingston, were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 23, 2009, in the Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Robert Lankford officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Trinity County.

Joy was born June 22, 1995 in Shreveport, Louisiana, the daughter of Judy Beasley and Paul Richard Desbiens, and she died on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, in Livingston.

She was a student at Livingston Junior High School. Joy loved to play basketball and go shopping at the malls.

Survivors include her mother, Judy Beasley of Apple Springs; father, Rick Desbiens of Livingston; sister, Melissa Desbiens of Borger; grandparents, Jerry and Joyce Beasley of Apple Springs; aunts and uncles, Glenda and John Bane of Apple Springs, R.G. and Vessna Stoltz of San Antonio, Jimmy and Ruth Desbiens of Humble, Fran and Vernon Carter of Odessa, Bruce Beasley of Trinity and Leslie Beasley of Sugarland; and a number of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Michael Smith, Rhett Smith, Norman Toteet, Bruce Beasley, Jerry Beasley Jr. and J.B. Beasley.

Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.

Dowdell
A celebration of life was held Tuesday, August 18, 2009, at the Sterling Funeral Home for Ruth Mary (Fremin) Dowdell, 85, of Kerrville. Interment followed in Palms Memorial Park.

She was born on July 15, 1924, the daughter of Alexander and Verna (Ellis) Fremin in Thibodeaux, Louisiana. Ruth was a great teacher of the Bible. She was a resident of Kenefick for 30 years before moving to Center Pointe, Texas. She was a member of Kenefick Southern Baptist Church. Ruth was fiercely independent, a great teacher, detective and interrogator, and a fabulous grandmother and cook. During World War II she was one of Rosie’s riveters. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Ruth went to be with the Lord Sunday, August 16, 2009. Her parents; her husband, Albert DeJohn; sons, Earl James DeJohn and sister, Laura Mae Gallager, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Edmond Dowdell of Kerrville; daughters, Judy Charles and husband, Albert, Cathy Myers, all of Kerrville, and Debbie Coffman and husband, Larry, of Fort Worth; brother, Alexander “Sonny” Freeman and wife, Margie, of New Orleans, Louisiana;  sister, Rudy Prudhomme of Onalaska; grandchildren, Troy Charles, Sharon Fifield, Carmen Sterns, Michael Paul Dodge, Michelle Hector, J.J. Werner, Misty DeJohn, amber DeJohn and Audra Coffey; twelve great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Final arrangements for Ruth have been entrusted to Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton.

For those desiring to leave condolences for Ruth’s family, please visit her guest book at www.sterlingfuneralhome.com.

Mobley
Funeral services for Donald W. Mobley, 82, formerly of Livingston, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Burial followed in South Park Cemetery in Pearland.

He was born March 11, 1927 in Houston to Kendall Mobley and Stella Mae Walker Mobley. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy.

He died on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, in Pasadena. His parents; his wife, Eloise Whitaker Mobley; grandchild, Laura Roberts; brother, Kenneth Mobley; and sister, Ester Dunn.

Survivors include his children, Larry Mobley and wife, Martha, of Pasadena, David Mobley and wife, Dianne, of Houston and Donna Roberts and husband, Thomas, of Willis; sister, Mary Evans of Montgomery; grandchildren, Donnita Bass, Toni Roberts, Staci McKemy, Joshua Mobley and Stephen Mobley; great-grandchildren, Lauren Bass and Kaitlyn Bass; his brother-in-law, Fred Whitaker; and sisters-in-law, Billie Harrell and Carol Mobley.

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

To sign the online guest book, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Morrow
Graveside services were held Saturday, August 22, 2009, for Curtis Dale Morrow, 62, of Onalaska, at Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska, with Homer Anderson officiating.

He was born November 2, 1946 in Gilmer, the son of John Lewis Morrow and Mildred Salter Morrow and died August 19, 2009 in Lufkin. His parents; and one brother, Johnny Morrow, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Jerry Jones of Biloxi, Mississippi; aunts, Dean Seymour of Onalaska and Ruby Bullard of Central Valley, California; nephews and nieces, John C. Jones of Huntsville, Alabama, Kathy Jones of Dallas, Jeri Lynn Dickson of Vernon, Johnny Morrow Jr. of Dallas, Kevin Morrow and Brian Morrow, both of Paris; and cousins, Charlotte Thomas and Sandra Smith, both of Onalaska and Beverly Klein of Leggett.

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

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

Tompkins
Funeral services for Ruby Lanelle Tompkins, 80, of Livingston, were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August  24, 2009, at Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Roy Barbe officiating. Interment followed in Menard Chapel Cemetery.

She was born April 27, 1929 in Midway, Texas, the daughter of Clifton and Mittie Goodwin.

She passed away on Friday, August 21, 2009 in Livingston. Her parents; her husband, Donald Tompkins; and her sister, Charlotte Blankenship, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughter, Marilyn Frank and her husband, William, of Temple; sons, Frank Wilson and his wife, Sandra, of Crockett and Gary Wilson and his wife, Veleria, of Gilmer; stepchildren, Jackie Cano, Steve Cano and his wife, Lorraine, Richard Cano, all of Houston, Sherri Lopez and her husband, Pete, of Katy and Dawn Maldanado and her husband, Daniel, all of Longview; 8 grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 3 step-great-grandchildren;  a sister, Louise Scott and husband, Davis, of Onalaska; a brother, Charles Goodwin and his wife, Carol, of Livingston; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were Richard Cano, Ryan Cano, Tony Lopez, Sean Lopez, Brent Wilson and Dustin Wilson.

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

Please sign the online register at www.cochranfh.com.

Vaughn
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 22, 2009, for Betty Jo Lloyd-Vaughn, 57, of Dayton, at Eastgate Church, Dayton, with the Rev. Gerald Hilley, pastor, officiating, Rev. Keith Turner, Eulogist. Burial was in Wells Memorial Cemetery, Liberty.

A native of Sulphur, Louisiana, she was a graduate of Dayton High School and a graduate of Prairie View A&M University at Liberty. She was a member of Eastgate Church and a correctional officer for Texas Department of Corrections.

She passed away on August 15, 2009, at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown, after an illness. 

Survivors include her husband, Wilbert Vaughn of Baytown; her mother, Betty Lou Johnson of Dayton; step-father, Harvey Johnson of Dayton; two sons, Laurice Lloyd Jr. and Isaac Lloyd, both of Dayton; three daughters, Veronica Valant of Dayton, Jessica Lloyd and Cassandra Valant of Baytown; four brothers, Charles Robinson of Liberty, Allen Robinson Jr. of Baytown, Oscar Ray Robinson and Earnest Robinson, both of Dayton; two sisters, Doris Cormier of Liberty and Gwendolyn  McQueen of Baytown; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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

Williams
Funeral services for Susie Mae Williams, 51, of Rye, were held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 25, 2009, at Pace-Stancil Chapel, Cleveland. Interment followed at Holly Grove Cemetery.

She was born in Conroe on October 22, 1957, the daughter of George Sylvester and Eva Lee Harvey.

Susie passed away on Friday, August 21, 2009 at the Dayton-Liberty Community Hospital. Her parents; her husband, Kennard Williams; and brother, Billy Doyle Willis, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her brother, George Larry Harvey; sisters, Christine Cheney, Maxine Hayden and Nancy Rector and husband, Charles; and other loving and caring family members and treasured friends..

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

Brown
A memorial services for John Robert Brown, 46. were held on Sunday, August 23, 2009 at Beacon Bay Baptist Church, with the Rev. Harold Issacs officiating.

He was born November 3, 1963 in Galveston to John E. and Carole Brown.

Mr. Brown died on Sunday, August 16, 2009. He and his wife were living in Texas City. His mother; grandchildren, Aaron Brown and Joshua Burnett; and grandparents, Mildred and Bob Boatwright and Jewell Brown, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Brown of Texas City; son, John Edgar Brown; brother, Gary lee Loyd; and sister, Laurie Brown of Livingston.

Dagle
A celebration of life service was held for Robert Allen Dagle, 39, of Liberty, on Thursday, August 26, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. at Wilderness Church of God, Liberty. Interment followed in Monroe Fregia Cemetery.

He was born October 10, 1969 to Tennie Dagle Jr. and Ella Louise (Nugent) Dagle. Robert enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was very skilled at leather and wood working.

Robert passed away on Monday, August 17, 2009, surrounded by his family. His grandparents, Walter and Louise Nugent, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his parents, Tennie and Ella Louise Dagle Jr.; brothers, Jerry Dagle, Walter Dagle and Kenneth Dagle, all of Liberty; aunts, Peggy Nugent and Rose Mary Nugent, both of Liberty; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Allison Funeral Services, Liberty, was entrusted with the  arrangements.

Condolences may be made online to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Desbiens
Funeral services for Joyclyn “Joy” Desbiens, 14, of Apple Springs and Livingston, were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 23, 2009, in the Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Robert Lankford officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Trinity County.

Joy was born June 22, 1995 in Shreveport, Louisiana, the daughter of Judy Beasley and Paul Richard Desbiens, and she died on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, in Livingston.

She was a student at Livingston Junior High School. Joy loved to play basketball and go shopping at the malls.

Survivors include her mother, Judy Beasley of Apple Springs; father, Rick Desbiens of Livingston; sister, Melissa Desbiens of Borger; grandparents, Jerry and Joyce Beasley of Apple Springs; aunts and uncles, Glenda and John Bane of Apple Springs, R.G. and Vessna Stoltz of San Antonio, Jimmy and Ruth Desbiens of Humble, Fran and Vernon Carter of Odessa, Bruce Beasley of Trinity and Leslie Beasley of Sugarland; and a number of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Michael Smith, Rhett Smith, Norman Toteet, Bruce Beasley, Jerry Beasley Jr. and J.B. Beasley.

Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.

Dowdell
A celebration of life was held Tuesday, August 18, 2009, at the Sterling Funeral Home for Ruth Mary (Fremin) Dowdell, 85, of Kerrville. Interment followed in Palms Memorial Park.

She was born on July 15, 1924, the daughter of Alexander and Verna (Ellis) Fremin in Thibodeaux, Louisiana. Ruth was a great teacher of the Bible. She was a resident of Kenefick for 30 years before moving to Center Pointe, Texas. She was a member of Kenefick Southern Baptist Church. Ruth was fiercely independent, a great teacher, detective and interrogator, and a fabulous grandmother and cook. During World War II she was one of Rosie’s riveters. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Ruth went to be with the Lord Sunday, August 16, 2009. Her parents; her husband, Albert DeJohn; sons, Earl James DeJohn and sister, Laura Mae Gallager, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Edmond Dowdell of Kerrville; daughters, Judy Charles and husband, Albert, Cathy Myers, all of Kerrville, and Debbie Coffman and husband, Larry, of Fort Worth; brother, Alexander “Sonny” Freeman and wife, Margie, of New Orleans, Louisiana;  sister, Rudy Prudhomme of Onalaska; grandchildren, Troy Charles, Sharon Fifield, Carmen Sterns, Michael Paul Dodge, Michelle Hector, J.J. Werner, Misty DeJohn, amber DeJohn and Audra Coffey; twelve great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Final arrangements for Ruth have been entrusted to Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton.

For those desiring to leave condolences for Ruth’s family, please visit her guest book at www.sterlingfuneralhome.com.

Mobley
Funeral services for Donald W. Mobley, 82, formerly of Livingston, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Burial followed in South Park Cemetery in Pearland.

He was born March 11, 1927 in Houston to Kendall Mobley and Stella Mae Walker Mobley. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy.

He died on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, in Pasadena. His parents; his wife, Eloise Whitaker Mobley; grandchild, Laura Roberts; brother, Kenneth Mobley; and sister, Ester Dunn.

Survivors include his children, Larry Mobley and wife, Martha, of Pasadena, David Mobley and wife, Dianne, of Houston and Donna Roberts and husband, Thomas, of Willis; sister, Mary Evans of Montgomery; grandchildren, Donnita Bass, Toni Roberts, Staci McKemy, Joshua Mobley and Stephen Mobley; great-grandchildren, Lauren Bass and Kaitlyn Bass; his brother-in-law, Fred Whitaker; and sisters-in-law, Billie Harrell and Carol Mobley.

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

To sign the online guest book, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Morrow
Graveside services were held Saturday, August 22, 2009, for Curtis Dale Morrow, 62, of Onalaska, at Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska, with Homer Anderson officiating.

He was born November 2, 1946 in Gilmer, the son of John Lewis Morrow and Mildred Salter Morrow and died August 19, 2009 in Lufkin. His parents; and one brother, Johnny Morrow, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Jerry Jones of Biloxi, Mississippi; aunts, Dean Seymour of Onalaska and Ruby Bullard of Central Valley, California; nephews and nieces, John C. Jones of Huntsville, Alabama, Kathy Jones of Dallas, Jeri Lynn Dickson of Vernon, Johnny Morrow Jr. of Dallas, Kevin Morrow and Brian Morrow, both of Paris; and cousins, Charlotte Thomas and Sandra Smith, both of Onalaska and Beverly Klein of Leggett.

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

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

Tompkins
Funeral services for Ruby Lanelle Tompkins, 80, of Livingston, were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August  24, 2009, at Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Roy Barbe officiating. Interment followed in Menard Chapel Cemetery. She was born April 27, 1929 in Midway, Texas, the daughter of Clifton and Mittie Goodwin. She passed away on Friday, August 21, 2009 in Livingston. Her parents; her husband, Donald Tompkins; and her sister, Charlotte Blankenship, preceded her in death. Survivors include her daughter, Marilyn Frank and her husband, William, of Temple; sons, Frank Wilson and his wife, Sandra, of Crockett and Gary Wilson and his wife, Veleria, of Gilmer; stepchildren, Jackie Cano, Steve Cano and his wife, Lorraine, Richard Cano, all of Houston, Sherri Lopez and her husband, Pete, of Katy and Dawn Maldanado and her husband, Daniel, all of Longview; 8 grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 3 step-great-grandchildren;  a sister, Louise Scott and husband, Davis, of Onalaska; a brother, Charles Goodwin and his wife, Carol, of Livingston; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Pallbearers were Richard Cano, Ryan Cano, Tony Lopez, Sean Lopez, Brent Wilson and Dustin Wilson. Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements. Please sign the online register at www.cochranfh.com.

Vaughn
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 22, 2009, for Betty Jo Lloyd-Vaughn, 57, of Dayton, at Eastgate Church, Dayton, with the Rev. Gerald Hilley, pastor, officiating, Rev. Keith Turner, Eulogist. Burial was in Wells Memorial Cemetery, Liberty.

A native of Sulphur, Louisiana, she was a graduate of Dayton High School and a graduate of Prairie View A&M University at Liberty. She was a member of Eastgate Church and a correctional officer for Texas Department of Corrections.

She passed away on August 15, 2009, at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown, after an illness. 

Survivors include her husband, Wilbert Vaughn of Baytown; her mother, Betty Lou Johnson of Dayton; step-father, Harvey Johnson of Dayton; two sons, Laurice Lloyd Jr. and Isaac Lloyd, both of Dayton; three daughters, Veronica Valant of Dayton, Jessica Lloyd and Cassandra Valant of Baytown; four brothers, Charles Robinson of Liberty, Allen Robinson Jr. of Baytown, Oscar Ray Robinson and Earnest Robinson, both of Dayton; two sisters, Doris Cormier of Liberty and Gwendolyn  McQueen of Baytown; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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

Williams
Funeral services for Susie Mae Williams, 51, of Rye, were held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 25, 2009, at Pace-Stancil Chapel, Cleveland. Interment followed at Holly Grove Cemetery.

She was born in Conroe on October 22, 1957, the daughter of George Sylvester and Eva Lee Harvey.

Susie passed away on Friday, August 21, 2009 at the Dayton-Liberty Community Hospital. Her parents; her husband, Kennard Williams; and brother, Billy Doyle Willis, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her brother, George Larry Harvey; sisters, Christine Cheney, Maxine Hayden and Nancy Rector and husband, Charles; and other loving and caring family members and treasured friends..

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




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