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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of December 16, 2007 - December 23, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Funeral services for Lonnie Edward Budro Sr., 68, of Livingston, were held Thursday, November 29, 2007, at Pace Funeral Home Chapel, with Elder Glenn Daniels officiating. Interment followed in Holly Grove Cemetery in Livingston.
He was a retired truck driver, and he served in the Army. Mr. Budro was born April 29, 1939 in Liberty, the son of John Louie and Annie Florence McClendon Budro. He loved farming.
Mr. Budro died on November 25 in the VA Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His parents; his first wife of 27 years, Margaret Ann Budro; five brothers, Charles, William Ray, J.L., Dewey and Roger Dale Budro; his sister, Lillian Sullivan; daughter, Elizabeth Annie Budro; and one grandson, Thomas Michael Hurlburt, preceded him in death.
Surviving him are his wife of 17 years, Edith Budro of Leflore, Oklahoma; children, Roger William Budro and wife, Denise, of Lumberton, Virginia Budro of Leflore, Oklahoma, Margaret Budro Green and husband, Ross, of Lumberton, Mary Giles of Big Spring, Lonnie Edward Budro Jr. and wife, Vickie Budro of Chandler, John Edgar Budro and wife, Teresa Budro of Chandler, Susie Budro Harvell and husband, Doug Harvell of Rye, Dewey Wayne Budro and wife, Karen Budro of Hendersonville, North Carolina and Dan Lucas Budro of Liberty, Missouri, Daniel Clements and wife, Jennifer, of San Marcos, California, Johnathan Clement of Daisetta, Rebecca Swilling and husband, Shawn, of Rolland, Oklahoma and Simeon Clement of Leflore, Oklahoma; three sisters, Nancy Hill of Texas City, Barbara Ellen Scott and Mary Ann Magec, both of Port Neches; 34 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.
Pallbearers were Roger Budro, Lonnie Budro Jr., John Budro, Dewey Budro, Dan Budro and William Budro.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, November 26, 2007 for Wilhelmina “Billie” Elizabeth Burch, 97, at 2:00 p.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery in Liberty.
She was born January 18, 1910 in Newton, the daughter of the late Willie E. Gray and Tarner E. Lee Gray. She retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company with over 30 years of service as an operator. She was a past member of the United Methodist Church in Liberty.
Mrs. Burch passed away on Wednesday, November at Seven Acres Nursing Home in Houston. Her husband, Orland R. Burch predeceased her in 1998 as well as her seven other brothers and sisters.
She leaves behind her beloved daughters, Deborah J. Barrett of Houston and Tamah E. Risinger of Portland; her grandchildren, Davy, Mary, Bill, Tammy, David, Russell and Cynthia; numerous great-grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Her services were entrusted to the care of Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton.

Funeral services were held on Monday, November 26, 2007 for Lois (Loyce) Maze Chamblin, 80, in the Earthman Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. E. Richard Steele officiating. Burial followed in Livingston.
She was born January 22, 1927 in Livingston, the daughter of Lee Ondis and Maime Gentry Maze. She was a member of Cedar Bayou Baptist Church, having attended since 1945. She was a member of the CBBC Love Class and the L.A.F.F. Club.
She worked continuously through the years from Girl’s Auxiliary leader to the Flower Committee to being a greeter. She held several offices in the Texas Delta Gamma Sorority of Baytown, whose motto is Faith, Friendship and Courage. She also held most stations in the Cedar Bayou Chapter No. 211 of the Order of Eastern Star including Worthy Matron. She was known as a sweet, loving woman with a servant’s heart.
Mrs. Chamblin passed away on Friday evening, November 23, 2007. Her parents, Lee Ondis and Maime Gentry Maze; husband, William E. Chamblin Jr.; brothers, Thurman Maze, Herman Maze and Hubert Maze; daughter-in-law, Laura Grant Chamblin; granddaughter, Marie Nicole Chamblin; nephew, Claude K. Chamblin; and brother-in-law, Victor B. Cook, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son, William Michael Chamblin of Tennessee Colony; daughter, Glenda Gayle Browning and husband, Travis E. Browning Sr., of Baytown; and grandchildren, Tracey E. Browning of Baytown, Travis E. Browning of Bay City and fiancé’ Candace Dones of Simonton, Jared Michael Chamblin of San Antonio and Gina Pool and husband, Shawn, of Baytown; her step-daughter, Jeannie Chamblin Flewellen and husband, Porter, of Baytown, and family, Norman and Beth Cooling (Caroline, John Ross); Stacey and Kurt Brandon (Roxanne, Ralston), Scott McGary (Cameron, Jaci); great-grandchildren, Jaci Chambers, Skylar Lyles and Maili Grace Browning of Baytown; sisters, Avis Cook of Baytown, Joyce Murphy and husband, J.E., of Jasper; sisters-in-law, Pauline Maze and Eva Maze, both of Livingston and Johnnie Chamblin of Baytown; special nieces, Vicki Pinson and husband, Danny, of Baytown, and Lorraine Chamblin of Port Jefferson, New York; friends, Delene Yarborough and the “Skip-Bo Gals”: Bill Cates, Vera Carroll, Juanita Daniel, Mozelle Spell, Marie Read, Bea Carter, Betty Myers and Betty Messick.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Cedar Bayou Baptist Building Fund.
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Graveside services for John Aron Childree, 58, were held Tuesday, November 27, 2007, in Bluff Creek Cemetery. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568.
He was born September 16, 1949 in Camden, the son of John Henry and Gloria Childree. Mr. Childree was a member of Trinity Lodge No. 14 AF&AM and was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason.
Mr. Childree died on Sunday, November 25, in the VA Hospital in Houston.
Survivors include his wife, Gay Childree of Goodrich; son, John Daniel Childree of Cleveland; daughter and son-in-law, Ginger and Brandon Sturm of Goodrich; and grandchildren, Holly Childree, Brandon Childree, Tori Childree, Payton Sturm and Bayleigh Sturm.
Pallbearers were George Moody, Alec Flores, Hayes, Kennedy, Bryant Stripling, John Hanley and Dennis Sturm.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

A graveside service was held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 25, 2007 for Helen Marie (Beasley) Schaffer Clark, 84,  at Fairlawn Cemetery in Liberty, with Doug Williams officiating.
She was born in Daisetta, on February 19, 1923, the daughter of the late Thomas Oran Beasley and Mamie Louise Reinhardt Beasley. She was a graduate of Hull-Daisetta High School and made Liberty her home. She was a member of the Baptist Church and she enjoyed collecting things.
Mrs. Clark passed away at her home with her beloved family by her side. Her parents and both her husbands, David Schaffer II and Jesse C. Carl, as well as a sister, Edna Georgia Strown, preceded her in death.
She leaves behind her children, David Dennis Schaffer III, Mary Helen Jones and her husband, Larry, all of Baytown, Gene Paul Schaffer and his wife, Christina, of Mont Belvieu and Randy Lee Schaffer and his wife, Paula; 13 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Shirley Elzie, 58, of Liberty, were held on November 17, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Valley Baptist Church with the Reverend Michael Booze officiating. Burial was in Wells Memorial Cemetery.
A native of Shreveport, she was a day care operator and a member of St. Paul Baptist Church.
She passed away on November 11, 2007, at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.
Survivors include her son, Patrick D. Willis of Baytown; three daughters, Eureka Elzie, Chanella White, both of Liberty and Pamela Elzie of Baytown; brother, Clydell Willis Jr. of Houston; two sisters, Arletha Willis of Houston and Barbara Willis of Shreveport; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Wells Funeral Service, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.
A service of remembrance was held on Monday, November 26, at First Baptist Church of Anahuac for Jewel Caroline Spillers Fitzgerald, 85, of Anahuac, 
She was born on March 22, 1922 in Pelly, Texas, the daughter of James Jackson and Minnie Iola (Elmer) Spillers. Jewel was a member of First Baptist Church of Anahuac. She was a “prayer warrior”, loved to cook, meet new friends, and help anyone that was in need. Jewel was a member of “WMU” and the Women’s Civic Group.
She passed away on Friday, November 23, 2007. Her parents; loving husband of 32 years, Carl J. Fitzgerald; and a brother, James Spillers, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughters, Carlene Egloff of Double Bayou and Debbie Nelson and husband, Don, of Ingram; sons, Jimmy Fitzgerald of Double Bayou and Steve Fitzgerald and wife, Patti, of Winnie; grandchildren, Sonja Virden and husband, Mike, of San Angelo, Travis and Kristen Nelson of Ingram, Kyle Egloff of Double Bayou, Katie Fitzgerald of College Station and Tyler Fitzgerald and wife, Nikki, of Double Bayou; great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Hailey Virden of San Angelo; sister, Marty Ball and husband, Curt, of Baytown; niece and nephew, Lori and Joel; and numerous friends and neighbors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Anahuac.
Arrangements were entrusted to Sterling Funeral Home, Anahuac.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 26, 2007 in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel, for Glenn Eugene Forrest, 77, with the Rev. James Frazier officiating. Interment followed in Forest Hill Cemetery.
He was born on December 29, 1929 in Pelly, the son of George and Grace Forrest. He retired after 20 years of service in the Navy, as master chief radar man. He loved to hunt and fish.
He passed away in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston. His parents; one daughter, Virginia Ann Boyer; and his first wife, Mary Lillian Forrest, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Grace Forrest; children, Kathy and Edward Marion of Highlands, Nancy and Dale Ibendahl of Oakdale, Illinois, Pauline and Bill Parker of Harrison, Arkansas, Paula and Gary hollers of Bloomfield, New Mexico, Maurice and Sharon George of Crosby, Michaeline and Raymond Procell of Pelican, Louisiana, Darlene and Steve Ezell of Rydal, Georgia and Chris and Don McCoy of Marietta, Georgia; brother and sister-in-law, George A. Forrest and wife, Dori, of Rockport; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.
Pallbearers were his family.
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Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Christine Kenny Hurst, 77, were held Saturday, December 1, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Colonel Howard Daniel officiating. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
She was born February 26, 1930 in Pair, Kentucky, the daughter of Charles and Ida Webb Anderson. Mrs. Hurst died on Wednesday, November 28, 2007, in Conroe Regional medical Center, Conroe. Her husband, Edward Vernon Baxter; her parents; and one brother and two sisters, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Jay and Diane Baxter of Onalaska, Donnie and Cora Baxter of Kentucky, Glen Baxter of Liberty County, Mike and Lisa Baxter and Earl and Katherine Baxter, all of Alvin; daughters and sons-in-law, Wanda and Richard Medcalf of Oklahoma, Shirley Alsman and Betty and Richard hicks, all of Kentucky; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Francis Dbenne of Indiana.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Private funeral services were held Tuesday, November 20, 2007 for Charles Michael Jimmerson, also known as Mike,  under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland.
He was born the son of Charles and Robbie Jimmerson in Baytown. He had his own business, “Jimmerson Logging and Development: and was well known throughout the community and surrounding areas. He was a graduate of Cleveland High School in 1972. He was a fun loving person, always joking around and loved to laugh. Mike was devoted to his family and through the years enjoyed many travels with them. He was a giving person from the heart and his family and friends will sincerely miss him.
He passed away at his home on November 17, 2007.
He was 53 years old at the time of his death leaving behind his loving and faithful friend, his wife, Margie Jimmerson; his parents, Charles and Robbie Jimmerson; sons, Carey Allen Jimmerson and wife, Melissa, Charles Monty Jimmerson and Promise Buchanan; sisters, Robbie Dorlene Ellington and fiancé, Steve Raborn, Terry Glenn Childree, Brenda Gale Tew and husband, Marvin, Shelly Jorene Stendahl and husband, Mike, Kelly Janine Cater and husband, Mike; sisters and brothers-in-law, Beverly and Sammy Hood, Pam and Cris Normand, Tammy and Brad Williamson; nieces and nephews, Mark Ellington, Kimberly Ellington, John Daniel Childree, Tammy Lynn Wallace, Amanda Tew, Jake Stendahl, Abel Stendahl, Emily Cater, Logan Cater, Tiffany Wingfield and husband, William, Amber Redding and husband, PeeWee, Cristi DeBlanc and husband, Jason, Kelli Tomlinson and husband, Matt; special family, Gene and Glenda Coleman; countless great-nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and other loving and caring family members and cherished friends.
Mike had his extra special K-9 friends and companions, “BoBo”, “GiGi” and “Buster” who will also desperately miss Mike.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Wilford “Bud J” Joiner, 55, of Liberty, were held on November 17 at ST. Miles Baptist Church in Ames, with the Rev. Dwight Pruitt officiating. Burial was in Wells Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Wells Funeral Service, Liberty.
A native of Liberty, he was a pipe fitter for Zachry Construction Company. He was a graduate of Liberty High School Class of 1971 and was a member of St. Miles Baptist Church.
He passed away on November 10, 2007, at East General Regional medical Center in Houston.
Survivors include his two sisters, Thelma Joiner and Vanessa Joiner of Liberty; four brothers, Ray Charles Joiner, Bill Jones, Henry Jones, all of Baytown, and Alfred Jones of Arkansas; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A service of remembrance was held on Tuesday, November 27, 2007, at First Baptist Church of Daisetta for John Scott “JJ” Jurecka, 20, of Hull, with Pastor Larry Luster officiating. Interment was in Clow Family Cemetery in Batson.
He was born in Liberty, the son of Nelson Jurecka Sr. and Sherry Clow Jurecka. JJ was a welder for Amico Klemp of Dayton. He had lived in Hull most of his life,
 He died on November 23, 2007 in Tarkington Prairie.
Survivors include his parents; his brother, Nelson Jurecka Jr. of Hull; sisters, Amber Jurecka of Hull and Christine Land of Raywood; daughter, Mackenzie Jurecka of Tarkington Prairie; grandfathers, Frank Jurecka of Raywood and Roy Nichols of Lovelady; grandmother, Jackie Tilley of Orange; fiancé, Amber Baldwin of Tarkington Prairie; and numerous aunts, uncles and friends.
Faith and Family Funeral Home, Batson, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 21, 2007 for Daisey Mae Langlinais, 59, of Coldspring, at Pace-Stancil Chapel in Cleveland. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.
She was born in Crowley, Louisiana, on July 30, 1948, the daughter of John Clebert and Victoria Touche LeBlanc. She passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2007.
Survivors include her husband, Harrison P. Langlinais; daughters, Connie Langlinais and Jo Ann Rose; mother, Victoria LeBlanc; brothers, Maison LeBlanc and Edith LeBlanc, Clifton LeBlanc and Judy Kelly, Calvin LeBlanc, J.L. LeBlanc and Chris LeBlanc and Nellie LeBlanc; sisters, Betha McIntyre and Donna Faye LeBlanc; grandchildren, DeMitchel Piette Armstrong and Johnny Alton Armstrong; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Maxine Wood, Johnny B. Landrum and Toni Landrum, Sue Ellen and Garry Bradberry; grandparents-in-law, Johnnie and Elvin Armstrong.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

 Funeral services for Tom Moffett, 55, were held Thursday, November 29, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Walter Sistrunk and Brother Don Knox officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568.
He was born March 19, 1952 in Galveston, the son of Thomas and Violet Sutton Moffett, both of whom preceded him in death.
Mr. Moffett died on Monday, November 26, in Odyssey House in Conroe.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Moffett of Livingston; daughter, Katricia Delrio of Mt. Ida, Arkansas; sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas E. Moffett II, Douglas and Stephanie Moffett of Livingston, Thomas Earl and Ashley Moffett of Diboll and James A. and Angela Moffett of Livingston; grandchildren, Christian, Joseph, Anthony, William, Taylor, Brian, Ethan, Hayden, Kolton, Malayna, Kailey, Hunter, Summer and Tyler; sister and brother-in-law, Linda W. and Tom Pieri of Livingston; brother, Kenneth A. Moffett of Bacliff; nieces, Cheryl, Karen, Lynette, Terrie Lynn, Hope, Emily and Brandi; and nephews, Karl, Keith, Kevin, Alex and Sheldon.
Pallbearers were Henry Lee Seagraves, Delbert Moffett, Robert Moffett, Morris Taymon, Wayner Saunders and Karl Pierei. Honorary pallbearers were David Buster, Donald Piper, Bob Wolverton and John Boyce.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

The children of Lynd Neely, a local “dad” and “Paw Paw” to all from Daisetta, celebrate that their dad has gone on join his Lord, family and friends in Heaven.
Lynn Edward Neely, age 86, of Daisetta, died on November 14, 2007, at the home of his daughter, Renee in Magnolia, with his children at his side.
Funeral services were held on November 17 at 10:00 a.m. at the Allison Funeral Service Chapel, with the Rev. Bill Mosley officiating. Burial was in the Guedry Cemetery, Batson.
Lynd was born on November 5, 1921 in Daisetta, the son of Marshall J. and Francis Ward Tabor Neely. He graduated from the Hull-Daisetta High School and was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division, during World War II. He married Tessie Maurine Lloyd on May 7, 1949 in Hull. He was a pipe fitter, a construction superintendent, and a member of the First Baptist Church. Lynd was a rancher and enjoyed his cows. He was an “arm-chair” quarterback at fixing up anything.
Lynd is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Tessie Neely; a brother, Jack Neely; four sisters, Pansy Hood, Betty Joyce Robinson, Vivian Horton and Marshall Davidson; and a grandson, Carter Logan Crews.
Survivors include a son, Lynd E. “Bud” Neely II and wife, Barbara, of Chapel Hill, Texas; three daughters, Peggy Tidwell and husband, Alan, of Hardin, Patricia Jane “PJ” Peddy and husband, Terry, of Sour Lake and Diane Renee’ Crews and husband, Steve, of Magnolia; nine grandchildren, Scott Alan Tidwell and wife, Elaine, Kori Lyn Hutson and husband, Larry, Rusty Alan Tidwell, Lyndsay Elyse Neely, Zachary William Neely, Joe Peddy and wife, Sherry, Laurie Robbins and husband, Jay, Trent Lynd Gressett Peddy and Connor Lloyd Crews; six great-grandchildren, Matthew Morgan, Hayden, Jacob, Lancy and Joshua; many nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Hull-Daisetta Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 639, Daisetta, Texas 77533 in memory of Lynd Neely.
To view and sign the guestbook, go to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.
Arrangements were under the direction of Allison Funeral Services, Liberty.
He passed away on November 7, 2007 at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.
Survivors include his father, Matthew Pye Sr.; his mother, Kristy Pye; brother, Patrick Pye of Houston; and a host of other relatives.
Wells Funeral Home, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Edward Lawrence “Larry” Poole, 60, was born to Lillian and Joe Poole on July 5, 1947. He lived a long and outdoorsman life. He was love because God is love.
A memorial service has been set for Saturday, December 8, 2007, at 10:30 in the morning in the recreation room at the Senior Citizens Apartment in Livingston, where his mother lives. We pray you will come show respect at that time.  
Larry passed away on Wednesday, November 21, in Rollover Pass.
Survivors include one son, Anthony; one brother, Sidney Poole; sisters, Kathryn and Nancy; mother, who loved him so much, Lillian Poole; and his father, Joe Poole.

A service of remembrance for Alice Leona Ray, 75, of Batson, was conducted on November 17, at 1:30 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church-Marysee in Moss Hill. Interment was in Guedry Cemetery, Batson.
She was born to Archie Randolph Fillingim and Leo McCloud Davis Fillingim in Sour Lake. She had lived in Batson for many years. After graduating from Batson High School in 1950, she earned her Bachelors of Science from Lamar State College of Technology of Beaumont in 1964 and began teaching. She later retired from West Hardin Independent School District.
Alice attended Mt. Calvary Baptist Church-Marysee where she was a life-long and faithful member, a loving mother, teacher and Christian.
She passed away on November 13, 2007, at her residence. Her sisters, Mary Lou Hutto and Lois Shorten; and her brother, Donald Fillingim, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband, whom she married in 1951, Claud W. Ray Jr. of Batson; sons, Jerry Ray and wife, Barbara, of Spring and Michael Ray and wife, Susie, of Clear Lake; daughter, Cheryl Ray of Houston; sisters, June Trahan and husband, Herbert, of Sour Lake; grandchildren, Emily Hardin, David, Rebecca, and Sarah Ray.

A memorial service for Kenneth Ray Sample, 69, was held Saturday, December 1, 2007, at Unity Baptist Church in Dolen, with Brother Harry Laxton officiating.
He was born November 18, 1938 in Livingston, the son of Joseph and Lucell Johnson Sample.
Mr. Sample passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2007, in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston. His parents; and his brothers, Albert Sample and Raymond Sample, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, John and Nancy Sample of Livingston; granddaughter, Britnie Sample; grandsons, Tyler Sample, Austin Sample, Justin Sample and Jeremie Sample; brothers, Jerry W. “J.W.” Sample of Cleveland and Joe W. Sample of Livingston; sisters, Mary Ivy of Sweeny and Linda Dunlap of Longview; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Cochran Funeral Home Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Juanita Addington Seaberg, 93, of Dayton,  were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 17, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jon Stouffer officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Park Cemetery, under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton.
She was born August 12, 1914 in Mineral Wells, the daughter of Curtis B. and Lela Bertha Rackley Addington.
Mrs. Seaberg was a lifelong resident of Dayton, a member of the First United Methodist Church of Dayton, where she taught Sunday School, led Methodist Youth Fellowship and was a charter member of the Mary Martha Sunday School Class. She was also a member of Stitch and Chatter Sewing Club, Woman’s Club, and Dayton Art League, serving in all capacities of these clubs.
She passed away on November 14, 2007 in Liberty. Her parents; husband of 68 years, Roy Seaberg, Sr. and great-granddaughter, Clara Seaberg Jabbour, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her three sons and their families, Roy A. Seaberg Jr. and wife, Ruth, of Huffman, Curtis A. Seaberg and Dr. K. Robert Seaberg and wife, Susan, all of Dayton; eight grandchildren, Sharon Nabhan and husband, Mike, of Austin, Dr. Elizabeth Jabbour and husband, Salim, of Dallas, Dr. Karen Seaberg of Dallas, Roy Seaberg III of Huffman, Janet Seaberg of Austin, Allen Seaberg of Dayton, Stacy Seaberg Haselhorst and husband, Todd, of Houston, Shelly Hensley, Sydney Nabhan and Rachal Nabhan; and extra special friend, Dollie Stone.
For those who desire, memorial contributions may be made to the First Untied Methodist Church of Dayton, or the charity of your choice.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 27, 2007 for Roma Holifield Sheenbergen, 88, of Point Blank, in the chapel of the Cochran Funeral Home, with the Rev. Sam Steele officiating. Interment followed in Center Hill Cemetery, in Point Blank.
She was born January 4, 1919 in McGee, Mississippi, the daughter of Archie and Lona Sullivan McDaniel.
Her parents, Archie, precede her in death and Lona McDaniel; her son, Norman Holifield; her grandsons, Nylon Holifield and Malcolm Holifield; and her husband of 60 years, Bart Holifield, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband, Harry Sheenbergen of Point Blank; daughter, Hilda Raynor of Livingston; son, Larry Holifield of Coldspring; son and daughter-in-law, Dwight and Christine Holifield, of Sugarland; step-son, Robert T. Sheenbergen, of Fairview, Oregon, sister, Rena Gibson, of Ellisville, Mississippi; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Lou Weikel, of Spring Hill, Florida; brother, Jim McDaniel, of Biloxi, Mississippi; 17 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Pallbearers were Tim Sheenbergen, Christopher Andrews, Shawn Andrews, Jeff Holifield, Don Andrews, Tim Holifield, Mark Andrews, Richard Holifield, Larry Holifield, Troy Morgan, Ryan Rayburn, Adam Rayburn and Walter Rayburn.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Homer C. Smith, 82, of Liberty, were conducted Wednesday, November 28, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church, Liberty, at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Faulk Landrum, Dr. Jerry House and Reverend Ron Page officiating. Burial followed in Cooke Cemetery.
He was born in Florence, Alabama, the son of Homer and Ora Hutto Smith, both of whom preceded him in death.  
Homer graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, in 1944. He and all in the boys in his class traveled to Houston en enlist in some branch of the military service. He joined the U.S. Navy, serving in the South Pacific, receiving the unit citation for action at Iwo Jima. After his discharge from the Navy he served as post commander of the American Legion at TCU in Fort Worth. He was also a lifetime member of the VFW.
He received a Bachelor’s Degree from TCU in 1950 and Master’s Degree from Sul Ross in 1954 continuing his education toward a Doctoral Degree from University of Houston. While at TCU, he was educated to be a cheerleader.
He was a Methodist for 57 years serving in all Lay positions. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 55 years, and was a charter member of the Liberty Elks Lodge, past member of the Liberty Lions Club, Rotary Club, and the Valley Players, where he participated in three productions. He was Past President of Liberty Retired Teachers Association, conducted a workshop on TV for Texas Teachers for Texas Education Agency, and belonged to several educational organizations.
Homer was a coach, teacher and principal in Texas for thirty years, and served as Associate Director of Admissions at Texas A&M.
Following retirement Homer became manager of the Liberty-Dayton Chamber of Commerce in 1977. During that tenure he originated the first bosses and secretaries’ luncheon, initiated the teacher’s reception each August, and held the first joint banquet for the Liberty and Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. He established the annual “Parade with Santa” in both Liberty and Dayton. He also worked with the road committees to widen 1409, FM 1960, while work was begun on the railroad underpass in Dayton, and set a motion of the project beautification between Liberty and Dayton including lining the median with Oleanders. Several new industries were established in this area at that time.
He later became Grand Jury Bailiff for Liberty County and served for a time as Region IV co-coordinator of adult education.
Homer was a columnist for the Liberty Vindicator for several years resulting in his book, “Informally Speaking.”  His writings continue to be read in the “Liberty County Outlook”  Magazine. He won first place for humorous columns at the 1995 Gulf Coast Press Association meeting in Galveston. He also wrote for “Stars and Stripes” military newspaper, and the educator’s “Texas Outlook” magazine.   
Homer receiving the Citizen of the Year award in Dayton in 1975.
He passed away in Liberty, at his home. He had been ill for an extended time. He also had one brother, Jim, who is deceased.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Doris; four children, Candace and Brad Hull of Longview, Loren and Jane Smith of Houston, Sherri and Ronnie Holder of Bryan and Ed and Dr. Marsha Blount of Nacodgoches; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Dick Busby, Robert Gilmore, John Hebert, Joe Leonard, Gerald Simpson, Mike Little and J.C. Burnham. Honorary pallbearers were the Men’s Bible Class, VFW, Liberty Elks Lodge #2019 and the Liberty Masonic Lodge.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Odyssey Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made for breast cancer research to: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, www.komen.org<http://www.komen.org/>, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, Texas 75244, 1-877-465-6636/
To view and sign the guest book, go to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.
Arrangements were under the direction of Allison Funeral Service, Liberty.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 for Joseph Jerry Trahan, 52, of Liberty, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames, with the Reverend Father Ikeokwu Ndah, M.S.P. as celebrant. Burial was in Ames Catholic Cemetery, under the direction of Wells Funeral Service.
A native of Liberty, he was a graduate of Liberty High School Class of 1975 and a domestic worker.  
He passed away on Monday, November 19, 2007 at his residence in Ames after an illness.
Survivors include his mother, Josephine Trahan of Ames; three brothers, Roy Trahan of Raywood, Charles Ray Trahan of Hitchcock and Gabriel Trahan of Las Vegas, Nevada; four sisters, Mary Lois Allison of Mamon, Louisiana, Angelina Brown of Nacogdoches, and Delilah David of Ames and Frances Ann DeBlanc of Houston; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A service of remembrance for Josephine “Josie” Canales Tristan, 54, of Liberty, was conducted on November 16, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. Interment followed in Palms Memorial Park, Dayton.
She was born on March 19, 1953 in Portland, Texas, the daughter of Manuel and Eva (Salazar) Canales. Josie loved to paint, sew and do crafts.  She was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Above all, she loved to take care of her children and grandchildren.  
She passed away on November 13, 2007. Her parents; her loving husband, Hilario Tristan Jr.; brothers, Valentine Canales and Antonio Canales, and sister, Janie Gonzalez, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sons, Hilario Tristan III and wife, Sylvia, of Hardin, Michael Tristan and wife, Roxanne, of Deer Park, Benito Tristan and wife, Dyleena, of Hardin and Nathaniel Tristan and fiancé, Lauren, of Liberty; daughters, Sandy Sizemore and husband, James, of Moss Hill and Renee Tristan and fiancé’ Daron, of Vidor; sisters, Hilda Romero and husband, Joe, of Brazoria, Odelia Brown and Elizabeth Sandate of Corpus Christi; brothers, Pete Canales and wife, Josephine, of Portland, Jesse Canales of Bay city and Gilbert Lozano of Frankfurt, Indiana; grandchildren, Matthew, Bryan, Josh, Manuel, Dylan, Gerardo, Robert, Dameron, Hilario IV, Brittney, Hillary, Hannah, Anna, Shanice, Dinah, Krystie and Elyssa; great-grandchildren, Kyleisha and Kayleigh; and numerous more nieces, nephews and friends.










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