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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of December 2, 2007 - December 9, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Funeral services for Fannie Mae Aldridge, 70, were held Saturday, November 24, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Pollok Cemetery, near Lufkin.
She was born August 17, 1937 in Montgomery County, the daughter of Martin and Fannie Puckett Free.
Mrs. Aldridge passed away on Monday, November 19, in Memorial Health System of East Texas in Lufkin. Her parents; grandson, William “TJ” Jago; and her sister, Doris Jean Kennedy, precede her in death.
Survivors include her husband, Percy William Cartwright of Onalaska; daughter, Johnnie Jago of Livingston; granddaughters, Christie Lynn Townsend of Arlington, Anita Freeman of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Julie Beavers of Houston and Katelynn Jago of Charlotte, North Carolina; grandson, Michael Brian Peterson of San Diego, California; sister, Joann Birdwell of Onalaska; brothers and sisters-in-law, Martin David and Melody Free of Tennessee and Dewie and Janice Free of Livingston; and great-granddaughters, Brittany Cheek and Ashley Cheek, both of Houston, Christian Renfro of Fayetteville, North Carolina and Raven Jago of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Pallbearers were Wayne Lindsey, Cliff Free, Marty Kennedy, Dewie Free Jr., Eddie Kennedy and Chris Meador. Honorary pallbearers were Jason Freeman, Steven Fair and Shawn Free.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 21, 2007 for Vol Hollie Bailey, 73, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange followed by a memorial service at Big Sandy Community Church in Dallardsville. Interment followed in Big Sandy Cemetery.
He was born January 9, 1934, the son of Hollie and Frances Bailey in Polk County, one of nine children. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Deniece, whom 52 years to the date of his passing asked her to be his bride.
He was a faithful member of Little Cypress Baptist Church. His strong faith guided him through good times and hard times. He was known as someone who impacted hosts of people with his loving acceptance and whose winning smile drew people to him and who never met a stranger. He enjoyed sports and attended as many of his grandchildren’s events as he could. He retired from Inland Orange after 31 years of dedicated service.
Mr. Bailey died on November 18, 2007 at his home after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Pearl O’Neal and Bernice Watson.
Survivors include his wife, Deniece; his children, Athena and Tommy Walker, Felecia and Lane Eaton and Melissa Fuqua; his grandchildren, Thomas and Ashlye Walker, David and Ashley Walker, Rebecka Walker, Elizabeth Walker, Luke and Lauren Eaton, Paul Eaton, Kyle Eaton and Jared Fuqua; his great-grandson, Ely Walker; his brothers, L.E. Bailey and T.A. (Buck) Bailey; his sisters, Hazel Milliken, Maudine Anderson and twin sister, Violet Bailey; as well as many other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Little Cypress Baptist Church Building Fund, 3274 Little Cypress Drive, Orange, Texas 77632.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Ruby St. Julian Briggs, 88, of Dayton, was conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2007, at the Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames. Burial followed at Ames Catholic Cemetery.
She was born April 30, 1919, in Stilson, the daughter of Louis and Elodia  Solomon St. Julian, and has resided in the Dayton area throughout her life. She was a custodian for Dayton Independent School District for two years and Liberty Independent School District for 25 years. She was a member of the St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church and Ladies Auxiliary, and enjoyed cooking, cleaning and flowers.
She passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2007, at her residence. Her parents; husband, Rodis Briggs Sr; infant, daughter; sisters, Lillie Mae Paul, Agnes Pitts, Mable Hicks, Rosie Thompson and Clara Raymond; and brothers, Luke St. Julian, Warren St. Julian, Columbus St. Julian, Lewis St. Julian, Dalton St. Julian and Lionel St. Julian preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son, Rodis Briggs Jr. of Dayton; daughters, Mary Ann Pearson and husband, Derbe Jr., Leona Carter and husband, David Jr., and Eva Briggs Holmes, all of Dayton; sister, Bonnie St. Julian of Houston; brothers, Lawrence St. Julian and James “Jimmy” St. Julian, both of Los Angeles, California; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, 2007 for John Samuel Brown Jr., 61, of Cleveland, in Houston National Cemetery/
He was born October 4, 1946 in Jacksonville, Florida, the son of John and Gloria Brown Sr.
He passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2007. His parents preceded him in death.
Survivors include his loving wife, Odelia Brown of Cleveland; son, Rayne Mendez of Moss Hill; brothers, Ronnie Brown and wife, Sherry, of Vidor and Terry Brown and wife, Deborah, of Deer Park; and sister, Lana Erigsby and husband, Charles, of Spring.
Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

A Celebration of Life of Charles Timothy Caruthers, was held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 19, 2007 at Allison Funeral Home in Liberty with Dennis Floro officiating. Burial was in the Guedry Cemetery in Batson.
He was born on November 17, 1927 in Batson and died on Saturday, November 17, 2007 in Pasadena.
Mr. Caruthers was a long-time resident of the Houston area. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during World War II.
Individuals who knew him understood that he never met a stranger and his faith and compassion were shared with many as he served numerous years as a United Pentecostal Pastor in Daisetta and Baytown.
Survivors include his son, Timothy Allen Caruthers and wife, Sharon, of LaPorte; daughter, Jan Floro and husband, Dennis, of The Woodlands; and son, Timothy McClendon Caruthers of Houston. He is a proud grandfather of six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He will be truly missed by everyone whose life he touched.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, The Sunshine Kids or AMED Hospice.
Arrangements were under the direction of Allison Funeral Service, Inc., of Liberty.
Lloyd Giles, 88, a longtime resident of Livingston died on November 11, 2007 in Wellston, Oklahoma.
Lloyd and his wife, Amelia (Ann) moved to Livingston in 1983 to enjoy their retirement years. After building their home in Soda Oaks, Lloyd went to work for Gilber Gas Company, retiring in 1996. He was an active member of Soda Baptist Church.
He enjoyed his friends and family, working in the yard and tinkering around his garage workshop.
In 2004, Lloyd and Amelia moved to Oklahoma with their daughter, Susan.
Lloyd and his family enjoyed working in the yard and watching wildlife on the five areas of land they owned.
Lloyd was laid to rest in Wellston, Oklahoma, receiving full military honors.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Amelia; daughter, Susan and her husband, Jerry Shults; three step-grandsons; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

Funeral services for Jeffrey Todd Hebert, 32, were held Friday, November 23, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in the Houston National Cemetery.
He was born February 4, 1975 in Houston, the son of Florn and Gloria Wheeler Hebert Jr. and died on Tuesday, November 20, in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston.
Survivors include his father, Florn Hebert Jr. of Shepherd; mother, Gloria Hebert of Shepherd; daughter, Katlyn Hebert of Austin; and brothers, Mark W. Hebert of Broussard, Louisiana, Brandon Scott Hebert of Sulphur, Louisiana and Aaron Kyle Hebert of Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Pallbearers were Mark W. Hebert, Brandon Scott Hebert and Aaron Kyle Hebert.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 21, 2007 for Grover B. House, 90, of Onalaska, in The Revival Center Church of God in Onalaska, with the Rev. Gerald Reeves officiating. Interment followed in Lummus Cemetery in Buffalo.
Mr. House was born September 2, 1917 in Buffalo and died November 17, 2007 in Willis. His wife, Rena Mae House; son, Virgil House and sister, Alma Kratz, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his son, Tim House of Conroe; daughters, Carlene Babb and husband, Roger, of Conroe and Sue Fox of Onalaska; brother, J.E. House of Buffalo; sisters, Dorcas Kratz of Buffalo, Vera Crenshaw of Dallas, Mickie Call of Dayton and Mabel Martin and husband, Mike, of Maury, North Carolina; sisters-in-law, Ruby Reisinger and Rose Brinkoeter; grandchildren, Christina King, Jonathan Everett, Monya McDaniel and husband, John, Jimmy Fox, Amanda House and Jennifer Shelley and husband, Deleon; and great-grandchildren, Brittany Everett, Mychila King, Mason and Makenzie Everett and Evan McDaniel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the youth ministry of The Revival Center Church of God, P.O. Box 2447, Onalaska, Texas 77360.
Metcalf Funeral Home, Conroe, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Carol Ann Marks Jones, 57, were held on Monday, November 19, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Liberty. Burial followed at the Fairlawn Cemetery in Liberty.
She was born August 9, 1950, the daughter of Alfred R. “Buddy” Marks Jr. and Jo Ann Marks. She was born in the Old Mercy Hospital in Liberty and grew up in Daisetta and Liberty. She was a 1969 graduate of Liberty High School, attended Gulf Park College, Gulf Park, Mississippi. She received her Associate Degree from Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas and her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Phoenix. Carol was employed in the Liberty Independent School District Business Office as Bookkeeper for twenty-six years.
While a student at Lon Morris College, she met her future husband John Randal “Randy” Jones. After dating for awhile, they went their separate ways after graduation. Following the death of his first wife, Randy looked Carol up again, and they subsequently married on July 13, 1991. With this marriage, Carol became Mom to his daughter, Christy, whom she later adopted with much joy.
Carol’s greatest pleasure was in the theater, not only as a member of the audiences, but also as a participant. She was an active member of the Valley Players since 1974, and served in many capacities in that organization. She worked  props, lights, sound at times, acting on stage, directing, whatever was required for “the play to go on!” She was well known for her memory and her ability to “cue”: everyone in their part. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Liberty.
She passed away on Saturday, November 17, 2007. Her husband and her father, as well as her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Marks of Hull and Mr. and Mrs. S.C. Lynch of Liberty preceded her in death.
Survivors include her mother; her daughter, Kristy Nicole Hendricks and husband, Chris, of Rowlett, Texas; brother, Russell “Red” Marks and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Liberty; brother, David B. Marks and his wife, Gloria, of Hull; two nieces, Kelley Ann Smart and her husband, Stephen, and Darcie Marks; three nephews, David Marks and his wife, Marianne, Raymond Marks and his wife, Misty, and Alex Marks and his wife, Kaitlin; aunts, Geven Bruce of Florida, Sammy Stinnett and husband, Barnell, of Liberty; great- nieces, Mary Brunson and Krysten Marks; great-nephews, Ethan Smart and Landon Marks, as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the First Methodist Church of Liberty or the M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.
Arrangements were under the direction of Allison Funeral Service, Liberty.

Reese Alan Kruse, 21, of Elysian Fields, died on Saturday, November 17, 2007, at his residence.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 21, 2007, in the chapel of Downs Funeral Home in Marshall, with Brother David Rice officiating. Burial followed in Bluewater Cemetery, Livingston.
He was born August 11, 1986 in Humble, the son of Horace Elmer Kruse Jr. and Wanda Gail Emmons Kruse. He attended Elysian Fields High School, where he was a member of the football team.
He was a welder for Millennium Railway. He was known as someone who loved everybody and who enjoyed fishing, hunting, music and his dog, Gator Bait. He was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church.
Survivors include his mother, Wanda Emmons Kruse; father, Horace Kruse Jr.; and brother, Heath Kruse, all of Marshall; sister and brother-in-law, Brandy and Steve Spears of Elysian Fields; nieces, Chelsey, Madison and Samantha Spears’ his best friend, his dog, Gator Bait; grandparents, Horace and Ella Kruse Sr. of New Boston; great-grandparents, Elmer and Mildred Kruse of Sand Hill and Thelma Thomas of New Boston; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles Eugene and Betty Lou Emmons.
Pallbearers for the Marshall service were Jakob Kruse, Blake Peterson, Jake Dickson, Cabe Dickson, Garrett Kruse and John Lawless. Pallbearers for the Livingston service were Jakob Kruse, Blake Petersen, Dwight Fender, Roman Reeves, David Smith and Garrett Kruse. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Higginbotham, Byron Henson, Haley Dickson, Matt Gaylord, Lewis Findley, Chris Reel, Paul Holmes and Paul David Emmons.
E-mail condolences may be sent to the family at keithadowns@aol.com.

Lloyd Eugene “Gene” Lockhart, 77, died Wednesday, November 14, 2007, at his residence in Livingston.
He was born November 30, 1929 in Chester, the son of Edgar and Nannie Davis Lockhart. Mr. Lockhart was a former member of Forest Motor Company Chevrolet Dealership in Corrigan and was a former commercial loan officer for Lufkin First Bank and Trust. He was also the former owner of the Sears Store in Livingston. He was a member of the Lions Club, a Master Mason and an Arabian Temple Shriner.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Essie Mae Pennington.
Survivors include his daughter, Catherine Dobbs of New Orleans, Louisiana; brother, Everett Lockhart of Beaumont; niece, Janice Vines of Longview; and nephew, Mike Lockhart of Denton.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Dana Marie Marceaux, 41, were held Monday, November 19, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Melvin Holifield officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery.
She was born January 11, 1966 in Conroe, the daughter of Eddie and Linda Henderson Griffith Sr.
Mrs. Marceneaux passed away on Thursday, November 15, at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. Her parents; and one brother, John Proffer, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband, Crawford Marceaux of Goodrich; daughters, Jessica Placker and boyfriend, Julian Flores, of Livingston, Candy Placker of Livingston and Lara Ramirez and boyfriend, Ray Floras, of Livingston; son, Seth Marceaux of Livingston; step-son, Josh Marceaux of New Caney; grandsons, Thomas “Stinky” Dunning of Livingston, Riley Marceaux and Hunter Marceaux, both of New Caney; granddaughter, Mya Flores of Livingston; sister and brother-in-law, Grace Renae Griffith and Joe Daniel of Livingston; sister, Tammy Griffith of Livingston; brother and sister-in-law, Eddie Griffith Jr. and Jeri of New Waverly; and nieces, Tiffannee Byrd, Maddy Byrd, Courtney Ochos and Makayla Ochos, all of Livingston.
Pallbearers were Josh Marceaux, T.J. Dunning, Bill Kotterman, Joe Daniel, Jamie Valderez, Felix Valderez III and Josh Valderez.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 21, 2007 for Arthur Ray “Fox” McCoy, 63, of Liberty, at 11:00 a.m. at Wells Memorial Chapel in Liberty, with the Rev. Ronnie Henderson officiating.
He passed away on November 13, 2007.
Survivors include one son, Harold Waller of Houston; three brothers, William Redmon, Michael Redmon and Terry Redmon, all of Liberty; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Wells Funeral Service, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Margie Lee Sanford, 79, of Corrigan were held Wednesday, November 21, 2007, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Clayton McClendon and Pastor Phil Corbett officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery.
She was born January 6, 1928 in Diboll and died on Monday, November 19, in Corrigan.
Mrs. Sanford was a waitress for many years and was a member of the Church of Christ Jesus. She was preceded in death by her parents, Tracy and Ollie Clark Gossett; husband, Robert J. Sanford; sisters, Dorothy Chandler and Earline Shirley; and brothers, Revis Bell and Cecil Bell.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Larry Lawson of Corrigan; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Elaine Gossett, Oscar and EvaLee Bell and Raymond and Elizabeth Bell, all of Corrigan and James E. Bell of Diboll; sisters and brothers-in-law, Tracy Mae Sanford of Hudson, Shirley Thomas, Catherine and Billy Saxon, all of Corrigan and Merline and E.H. Sanford of Diboll; grandsons and wives, Larry and Tracy Lawson Jr., Jason and Gloria Lawson and Brett Lawson, all of Corrigan and Brian and Amanda Lawson of Garland; great-grandchildren, Allison Lawson, Elizabeth Lawson, Jay Lawson, Tre’ Lawson, Emilee Lawson, Alaina Lawson and William Lawson; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Larry Lawson Jr., Jason Lawson, Brian Lawson, Brett Lawson, Tracy Gossett, Vernon Sanford and Charlie Chandler.

Funeral services for Jerry Lee Stanley, 57, were held Monday, November 26, 2007, at 11:30 a.m. at Pace Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston.
He was born April 12, 1950 and died on Sunday, November 18, in Richmond State School.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.









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