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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of December 9, 2007 - December 16, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company



Franklin
A memorial service was held Saturday, December 22, 2007 for Tamara Louise Franklin, 46, in Midway Community Church, with the Rev. Robert Smith officiating.
She was born October 22, 1961 in Culver City, California, the daughter of Herman and Hazel Keown Wagner.
Mrs. Franklin died Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at her residence in Livingston.
Survivors include her mother, Hazel Wiley of Grangerland; husband, David Franklin of Livingston; sons and daughters-in-law, Aragorn and Christina Franklin of Livingston and Isaac and Angelique Franklin of Lumberton; sister, Terri Whitmire of Cleveland; brothers, Kenneth Wagner of Willis, Kelly Keown, Bill Stockley of Evansville, Indiana and Michael Sallee of Pasadena and grandchildren, Raven Franklin, Deacon Franklin and John David Franklin.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Fregia
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 14, 2007 for Gladys Doucette Fregia, of Batson, at Batson Prairie Baptist Church, with Revs. James Coots and Lee Gruver officiating. Burial followed in Guedry Cemetery, Batson.
She went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 11, 2007, at Christus Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Her parents, Joe and Bettie Doucette, and her husband, Dan Fregia, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her children, James Russell Fregia and wife, Maxine, of Rockport, W.P. “Bill” Fregia and wife, Nel, of Batson, Walter Glen Fregia, of Baytown, David Earl Fregia and wife, Marsha, Ina Mae Whiteley and husband, Butch, Thomas Dan Fregia and wife, Ruth Ann, and Jeanette Mosley and husband, Randy, all of Batson; nineteen grandchildren, numerous great-great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren, plus numerous other relatives and friends.
 second wife, Helen Chenault Dawkins; two  brothers and one sister.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Brown Dawkins of Onalaska; three sons, Dennis Dawkins and wife, Mary, of Cleburne, Larry Dawkins and wife, Mary Ellen, of Savannah, Georgia and Michael Dawkins and wife, Nikkie, of Abilene; two daughters, Virginia Campbell of Eadds, Tennessee and Gloria Hyden of Memphis, Tennessee; two step-daughters, Debra Salathe of Henboldt and Sandra Beavel of Clearlake; two brothers, Eugene Dawkins of Richmond and Elan Dawkins of Saldis, Mississippi; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends.

Hall
Graveside services for John W. “Bud” Hall Sr., 71, were held Sunday, December 23, 2007, in Bear Creek Cemetery in Cleveland, with the Rev. Gene Jones officiating.
He was born May 4, 1936 in Fostoria, the son of Otto and Myrtle Whitten Hall.
Mr. Hall died on Thursday, December 20, 2007, in Woodland Heights Medical Center, Lufkin. His parents, one brother, Ezekiel Wayne Hall, two wives, Shirley L. Hall and Annie Mae Hall and two grandchildren, April Potter and Julie Hall, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his sons, John W. Hall III of Trinity and John W. “Buddy” Hall Jr. of Magnolia;  daughters, Deborah L. McGough of Willis, Judy Nixon of Houston, Carol Stirling of Monticello, Indiana and Myrtle Lee Hall of Zavalla and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Hilderbrand
Funeral services were held Thursday, December 13, 2007 for Lucille Ross Sylestine Hilderbrand, 83, at the Owyhee Development Center, with Mr. Pete Putra officiating. Interment followed in the Owybee Community Cemetery on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation in Owyhee, Nevada.
Lucille, the youngest of six children, was born April 17, 1924 to Hardin B. and Nancy Thompson Sylestine in Livingston, near the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation, and died Sunday, December 9, 2007, at her residence in Owyhee, Nevada. She was a member of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas.
She attended grade school on the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation in Texas until her brother, Thomas, convinced her to go to boarding school. She graduated from Cilocco Indian Boarding School in Oklahoma in 1944.
Lucille did not speak English until after she completed high school. From there, Lucille made many friends while working at the Owyhee Indian Hospital, and said she chose it because no one else at the school did. Lucille made many friends while working at the Owyhee Indian Hospital on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. She was remembered by one of her friends as the first trained Indian nurse aide to come to work at the Owyhee Indian Hospital.
She married Chester R. Hilderbrand on September 20, 1949 in Owyhee, Nevada. They had eight children. While working and raising a family she had many different hobbies and interests. These included beadwork, quilting, sewing and competing in the 4-H seamstress contests. She was well known for her beading skills as she was asked to bead medallions for the officers of the national organization, Native American Indian Women’s Association, of which she was a member. She was also known for being a highly skilled cook and was often asked to cater different events. Lucille made delicious deer and antelope jerky and many local hunters took their game to her for her to fix jerky. She passed this skill onto her granddaughter Lynn.
Chet and Lucille and their family have been a part of the Duck Valley Tribal Community in Owyhee, Nevada for almost 60 years. They not only raised their own children and several foster children here, but their home was always open to children and friends who needed a meal, some advice, or just friendship. Lucille and Chet were foster parents to several children and she later babysat several children and she later babysit numerous children in Owyhee. After the loss of her husband, she loved with her beloved dog Tyler.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hardin B. and Nancy Thomas Sylestine; her brother, Thomas; three sisters, Mary Sylestine, Gladys Sylestine and Lillie Robinson, husband, Chet; stepdaughter, Katherine Aona; children, Cecil, Anthony and Diane; granddaughter, Tasha Bacon and foster Son, Robert Jack.
Survivors include her son, James Hilderbrand of Shawnee, Oklahoma; daughters, Evelyn Hardin of Reno, Nevada, Deborah Bacon, Becky Hilderbrand and Myrna Hilderbrand of Owyhee, Nevada; sister, Clara Faye Battise of Livingston;  and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives.
Rost Funeral Home of Mountain Home, Idaho, was in charge of the service.

Hockenberry
James “Jim” Hockenberry, 69, died Thursday, December 20, 2007, at his residence in Livingston.
He was born June 25, 1938 in Newton Hamilton, Pennsylvania, the son of James and Freeda E. Hockenberry, both of whom preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry Hockenberry of Livingston; sister, Cora Fisher of Mt. Union, Pennsylvania;  grandchildren, Haley and Grant Hockenberry of Nacogdoches; nieces, Lisa Fisher and Deenya Evert of Mt. Veytown, Pennsylvania and brother-in-law, Phillip Shelton of Somerset, Colorado.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements..

Rhodes
Funeral services for Raymond Kieth “Hoss” Rhodes, 53, of both Dayton and Livingston, were held December 17, 2007, at San Jacinto Funeral Home. Burial followed at San Jacinto Memorial Park in Houston.
He was born April 27, 1954, the son of Gus and Barbara Gaither Rhodes. Kieth died on December 12, 2007.
Kieth spent time at both of his homes in Dayton and Livingston.
Survivors include one daughter, Alesia Michell Rhodes of Livingston; sister, Deanean Rhodes and her husband, James Dean Oswalt of Livingston; sister, Candy Rhodes Huett of Katy; ten nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Mike Huett Sr., Mike Huett Jr., Jimmy Oswalt, Scottie Heflin, Mack Pagan and David Swinney.
Please visit www.sanjacintofunerals.com to send words of comfort to the family.

Sirman
 A graveside service was held on Thursday,  December 13, 2007 at 10 a.m. at the Hardin Chapel Cemetery in Hardin for Helen Jewel Sirman.
She was a seamstress by trade and worked with the Dixie Casket Company for many years. She enjoyed spending her time for the last few years coloring and playing Bingo.  She was born in Provencal, Louisiana, where she completed her schooling. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
She went to meet her Savior on December 11, 2007 at the Liberty Health Care Center. Her parents, Alex and Annie Michwich, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her children, Julie Beckman and husband, David, of Hardin, David Sirman of Pearland and Betty Germany Long and husband, Doug, of Dayton; stepchildren, Maureen McCafferty and Gene Sirman, both of Houston; grandchildren, Rachael Sirman, Terra Barclay, Justin Beckman, Vanessa Everett and David F. Sirman and great-grandson, Trey Everett, as well as 6 step-children.

Smith
Funeral services for Julian Jack Smith, 4, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 23, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Chris Borden officiating. Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery.
He was born August 6, 2003 in Livingston, the son of Billy and Laura Lala Smith. He died on Wednesday, December 19, 2007, at his residence in Livingston.
Survivors include his father, Billy Smith of Livingston; mother, Laura Lala of Livingston; sister, Clara Lala of Livingston; three aunts and numerous cousins.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Bingham
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. for Barbara Ann Bingham, 69, of Dayton, at the Sterling Funeral Home Chapel, Dayton, with the Rev. Mike Blackburn officiating. Burial was in the Palms Memorial Cemetery, Dayton.
A native of Breckenridge, Texas, she was born August 25, 1938, the daughter of Victor Jones and Georgia Mae Amason Jones. Barbara Ann married James Monroe Bingham on June 2, 1956 in Lovington, New Mexico. They made their home in Spring before moving to Dayton 21 years ago. Barbara Ann and James owned the Bingham Feed and Seed Store. She enjoyed cooking and seeing after her family.
She passed away on Friday, December 14, 2007 in a Houston hospital. Her parents, a sister, Christine Malaski and a brother, Vic Jones, preceded her in death.  
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, James Monroe Bingham of Dayton; a son, Jimmy Ray Bingham and wife, Lisa, of Kingwood; two daughters, Cindy Walker and husband, Kenny, of Houston and Becky Bingham of Dayton; a brother, Andy Jones and wife, Betty, of Wichita Falls; four sisters, Betty Petty of Fairfield, Shirley Jones, Peggy Turner and husband, James, and Rhonda Elliott and husband, Bob, all of Seymore, Texas; two grandchildren, Greg Green and wife, Leslie, of Sacramento, California and Kelsi Bingham; three great-grandchildren, Brook, Cooper and Palmer Green, all of Sacramento, California and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members.
Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Cantrell
Funeral services for Roy Dennis Cantrell, 69, of Dayton, were held on Wednesday, December 18, 2007 at 11:00 a.m., at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Dayton, with Rev. Jeff Day officiating. Interment followed at Magnolia Park Cemetery.
He was born July 24, 1938 in Corpus Christi, the son of John S. and Gertrude L. Johnson Cantrell. He played baseball prior to his service in the United States Army at the end of the Korean Conflict. Mr. Cantrell had lived in the Dayton area since 1985 and was previously of Houston. Before retiring he worked as a heavy equipment operator for the East End Courier. He enjoyed telling stories and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a gardener, enjoyed fishing, hunting and shooting.
Mr. Cantrell passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2007 in Liberty after an illness. His parents, his brothers, David Cantrell, Johnny Cantrell and Dickie Cantrell and his sister, Marie Brooks, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Pat Payne Cantrell of Dayton; son, Troy Cantrell and wife, Stacy, of Dayton; daughter, Brenda L. Marsh, and husband, Bubba, of Conroe; sister, Opal L. Weeks of Cleveland; grandchildren, Joshua L. Marsh, Lisa L. Smart, Vickie A. Marsh, Jordan B. Cantrell, Katelynn N. Cantrell and Kayla E. Cantrell;  great-grandchildren, Hayden C. Marsh, Briana N. Marsh and Dylan A. Smart; 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.
Fondon
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 18, 2007 for Henry Woodroe Fondon Sr., 87, of Liberty, at the Allison Funeral Service Chapel, Liberty, with the Reverend Dick Lintleman officiating. Burial followed in the Worthy Cemetery.
He was born March 10, 1920 in Midfield, Texas, the son of Jessie James and Ida Lewis Fondon. He married Maude Simpson and they attended the Middleton United Methodist Church in Wallisville. Henry was a carpenter for 30 years before retiring. He enjoyed fishing, square dancing and cooking on the grill.
He passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2007, in a Baytown hospital.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a sister, Lily Neuman, 2 brothers, James and Claude Fondon, a daughter, Nancy Worthy, a stepson, Neal Blanchard, a granddaughter, Heather McConnell and grandson, Michael Miller.
Survivors include his daughters, Faye McConnell and Louise Miller, both of Liberty; sons, John Wayne Fondon and wife, Debbie, and Henry W. Fondon Jr. and wife, Renell, all of Liberty; 13 grandchildren, Trey McConnell, Desiree McConnell, Dena Stewart and husband, Barry, Don Miller and wife, Donna, Kelly Blackburn and husband, Dustin, Michelle Zernicek and husband, Joe, John Wayne Fondon Jr. and wife, Lisa, Jim Worthy, Tonya Alexander and husband, Tony, Chris Blanchard and Shannon Blanchard; 21 great-grandchildren, Jacob Stewart, Benjamin Stewart, Dylan Blackburn, Bridget Blackburn, Allison Blackburn, Allie Fondon, Schuyler Ballew, Madelyn Ballew, Ashtyn Ballew, Rachael Zernicek, Emily Zernicek, Ethan Worthy, Cheyenne Worthy, Ashley Worthy, Gage Worthy, Cody Worthy, Lacy Worthy, Zakkara Miller, Chelsea Miller, Maxwell Miller and Matthew Hayes; and a host of other family members and friends.
Allison Funeral Home, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Overstreet
Funeral services for Mae Overstreet, 86, of Baytown, were held Saturday, December 15, 2007, at First Baptist Church, Baytown, with Dr. Mark Broussard and Dr. Jim Parker officiating. Burial followed at the Fellowship Cemetery in Warren.
She was born September 25, 1921 in Warren. Mae was a longtime resident of Baytown, retired from Lee College after 15 years as executive secretary to the Dean of Students. She loved painting and created over 75 works in her short career as an artist. She and her husband also enjoyed extensive traveling throughout the United States and Canada. Some of her happiest times were fishing with her husband at Sam Rayburn. She loved her piano and enjoyed singing, baking and being with family and friends.  She was a member of Cedar Bayou Baptist Church and had an avid interest in the building program. Her church was a big part of her life. She was also a member of the Order of The Eastern Star.
Mae passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2007, in a local hospital. Her husband, Emmitt Overstreet, parents, Beryl and Eunice Outlaw, brothers, Willis J. Read, Angel Read, Dallas Read and Frenchy Read and sister, Esma Owens, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son, Orval Overstreet of Houston; daughters, Aranna Overstreet of Cleveland and Lee Overstreet of Houston.
To view the obituary online or to post a tribute, go to www.navarrefuneralhome.com.

Smith
 Funeral services for Sister Linnie Eva Smith, 89, on Sunday, December 16, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. with Bishop T.D. Cardwell and Pastor Wayne Cardwell of the First United Pentecostal Church. Interment followed in the Hyatt Cemetery in Fields, Louisiana.
She was born May 3, 1918 in Turkey Creek, Louisiana, to the late Hawk and Hattie Holden.
She went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, December 13, 2007 in Cleveland Health Care Center. Sister Linnie was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Basil E. Smith, brother, George Wayne and Hiram Holden, sisters, Loyce Howard, Bertha Prather, Elaine Mann and Snook Weingarte.
Survivors include her loving sons, Jimmy Ray Smith and wife, Elaine, Bobby Lee Smith and Peggy, George Murray Smith, William Wayne Smith and wife, Janice, Kenneth Dale Smith and wife, Tammy; daughters, Patricia Ann McInnis and husband, Harold, Rebecca Rose Hamilton and husband, Ronald; brother, Cecil Oates; 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; and numerous other loving family and friends.
All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Votaw
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 18, 2007 for Loretta Lois Gilmore Votaw, 71, of Dayton, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in French Cemetery.
She was born February 13, 1936, in Harris County, Texas, the daughter of Arthur and Vera Lamb Gilmore. She was a lifelong resident of the Dayton area, a homemaker and a devoted wife and mother.
She died on Friday, December 14, 2007, at San Jacinto Hospital in Baytown. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, James Junior Votaw.
Survivors include her sons, David Votaw and wife, Theresa, of Cleveland, Ronald Votaw and wife, Wanda, Richard Votaw and wife, Tina, all of Kenefick; daughter Cindy Votaw of Kenefick; sisters, Charlotte Oslow, Patricia Nance and Glenda Rush, all of Baytown; grandchildren, Christina Sanford, Maryanne Cooper, Angie Hardin, James Votaw, Tom Votaw, Nikki Votaw, Jacob Votaw, Hannah Votaw and Wayne Votaw; ten great-grandchildren with one on the way.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Dawkins
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 22, 2007 for Maurice E. Dawkins, 87, of Onalaska, in the Church of Christ in Onalaska.
He was born February 26, 1920, the son of John E. and Lula Shappley Dawkins in Canaan, Mississippi. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and worked doing construction.
Mr. Dawkins was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Evelyn Scott Dawkins; second wife, Helen Chenault Dawkins; two  brothers and one sister.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Brown Dawkins of Onalaska; three sons, Dennis Dawkins and wife, Mary, of Cleburne, Larry Dawkins and wife, Mary Ellen, of Savannah, Georgia and Michael Dawkins and wife, Nikkie, of Abilene; two daughters, Virginia Campbell of Eadds, Tennessee and Gloria Hyden of Memphis, Tennessee; two step-daughters, Debra Salathe of Henboldt and Sandra Beavel of Clearlake; two brothers, Eugene Dawkins of Richmond and Elan Dawkins of Saldis, Mississippi; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
 To sign the online guest book, go to pacefuneral.com.

Faulkner
Funeral services for Hildegard “Hilda” Philippine Faulkner, 84, of Coldspring, were held Friday, December 7, 2007, at Coldspring United Methodist Church, with Pastor Larry Smith officiating. Interment was in  Oakwood Cemetery, Coldspring.
She was born December 8, 1924, in Furth, Germany, the daughter of Johannes E. and Berta E. Steidner.
She passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2007, in Shepherd. Her parents, her husband, James E. Faulkner, son, Peter Mnich, daughter, Ursula Cabriales and step-daughter, Judith Ann Burk, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sons, Fritz Faulkner and wife, Leigh Ann and James Jefferson Faulkner; daughters, Barbara Dunaway, Charlotte Pugh, Elizabeth Falella and Mollie Holiday; grandchildren, Leslie Ann, Bubba, Lacy, Elizabeth, James Robert and Lauren Faulkner; 12 step-grandchildren, 10 step great-grandchildren, eight step-great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and other cherished family members and caring friends.

Hanson
Funeral services were held Monday, December 10, 2007 for Rayburn Thomas “Tom” Hanson, 48, at the Kessler Park United Methodist Church in Dallas. Graveside services wee held on Tuesday, December 11, 2007, in the Cleveland Memorial Cemetery.
He died on December 6, 2007, in Dallas.
Survivors include his mother, Jane E. Hanson of Cleveland; brother and sister-in-law, Steven and Gretchen Hanson of Bryan; niece, Aubrey Janaye Hanson, nephew, Ethan Lanier Hanson; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The family has requested memorials be made to the Kessler Park United Methodist Church in Dallas.
All Cleveland services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Hicks
Funeral services for Alymer Clay Hicks, 90, were held Thursday, December 13, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Don Wilkey officiating. Burial followed in Resthaven Cemetery in El Dorado, Arkansas, on Friday, December 14.
He was born June 25, 1917, the son of J.B. and Lola Houck Hicks.
Mr.. Hicks passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2007, in Huntsville Memorial Hospital. Her parents, one sister and three brothers, preceded her in death.
Survivors include his wife, Emily Hicks of Onalaska; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Rebecca Hicks of Onalaska; daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Jack Sharp of Onalaska; grandson and wife, Scott and Joanna Martin of Haughton, Louisiana; great-grandson, Clinton Martin of Haughton, Louisiana; great-granddaughter, Kay Lynn Martin of Haughton, Louisiana; and a host of nieces, nephews and church friends.
Cochran Funeral Home, Onalaska, was in charge of arrangements.

Jones
Graveside services were held Thursday, December 13, 2007, for Donald Wallace Jones, 82, of Shepherd, with Jack V. Jones officiating, in the South Park Cemetery in Pearland.
He was born August 8, 1925 in Austin, the son of Jesse and Mattie Cooksey Jones.
Mr. Jones passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2007, at his home in Shepherd. His father, Jesse Jones, mother, Mattie Cooksey Jones, daughter, Phyllis Ann Martin and son, Donald Lee Jones, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Arine Jones of Shepherd; son, Larry W. Jones of Tyler; grandchildren, Sierra Ann Horvath, Emily Ann Horvath, Camryn Martin, Conner Martin, Laura Jones and Jean E. Sides; brothers, Jack V. Jones of DeRidder, Louisiana and Bobby Jones of Cypress; and sister-in-law, Maxine Lee Upton of Houston.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements..

Koperna
Funeral services for Carol Hardy Koperna, 66, were held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 21, 2007, at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Don Willis and Rev. James Frazier officiating. Burial was in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston.
She was born June  14, 1941 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the daughter of C.M. and Jean Ware Hardy. Carol received her bachelors and masters degree from Lamar University. She was a member of the Inspirational Sunday School Class of the First United Methodist Church, a member of the Levi and Lace Square Dance Club, and a member of the Polk County Garden Club. She loved to play Bridge and was a member of the book club. She was very fond of her dogs.
She died on Monday, December 17, 2007, at Memorial Medical Center, Lufkin. Her father, C.M. Hardy, her mother, Jean Ware, and her step-mother, Sally Jewel Hardy preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband, William “Bill” Kopema of Livingston; daughters, Robyn Olin of Dallas and Catherine and husband, Brian Bloom, of San Diego, California; son and daughter-in-law, Hardy and Shelley Browne of Dallas; grandsons, Trevor Bloom and Tyler Bloom, both of San Diego, California and Tristan Browne of Dallas, and granddaughter, Brooke Browne of Dallas.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the First United Methodist Church, Livingston, % Dottie Elliott.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Lundy
Memorial services were held at the Shepherd United Methodist Church for Benjamin Dudley Lundy, Sr., 78, of Shepherd, on Monday, December 10, 2007 at 10 a.m.
He was born on October 16, 1929 in Galveston, the son of Fred Marvin Lundy and Emma Jean Lundy.
He passed away on Friday, December 7, 2007. His parents, along with his brothers, Gene, Jack and Fred M. Lundy Jr., preceded him in death.
Survivors include his loving wife, Janie Lundy; daughters, Kathleen Thomas and Dianna Hill; sons, Benjamin D. Lundy Jr., John D. Lundy and Joseph B. Lundy; grandchildren, John D. Lundy, Rachael Thomas, Joshua Thomas, Alice Lundy, Tabitha Lindy, Ben Hill and Brianne Lundy; great-grandchildren, Trey Lundy, Dillon Lundy, Brandon Lundy, Honey Lundy and Molina Lundy and many other loving family members and caring friends.

McGowen
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 11 a.m. for Earl McGowen, 82, of Onalaska, at First Baptist Church of Onalaska, with Brother Don Wilkey officiating. Interment followed in the Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska.
He was born August 22, 1925 in Beaumont, the son of Nathan and Margye Barrow McGowen.
Mr. McGowen died on Tuesday, December 18, in Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston. His father, Nathan McGowen; mother, Margye Barrow McGowen and his brother, Nathan “Buddy” McGowen, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Mary McGowen of Onalaska; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Melinda McGowen of Conroe; daughters and sons-in-law, Pat and Jack  Paschetag of Corrigan and Peggy and Don Wiesner of Houston;  grandchildren, David Simoneaux, Madeline Aguirre, Robert McGowen, Michelle Holt, Kristin Adams and Matthew Paschetag and 15 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Paul Adams, David Simoneaux, Jason Holt, Jonathan Holt, Joshua Holt, Patrick Wiesner, Tom McGowen and Bobby McGowen.  Simoneaux, Honorary pallbearer was Matthew Paschetag.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Kyle Soto
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 23, 2007 for Kyle Anthony Soto, 4, of Livingston, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Chris Borden officiating. Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery.
He was born November 20, 2003 in Livingston, and died December 19 at his residence in Livingston.
Survivors include his father, Everardo Soto of Livingston; mother, Lisa Soto of Livingston; sisters, Samantha Smith and Shelbie Smith, both of Livingston;  brother, Samuel Smith of Livingston; aunts, Tyler Dixon, Shay Smith and Laura Lala, all of Livingston; uncle, Billy Jack Smith of Livingston and grandmother, Margarita Soto of Livingston.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Vanessa Soto
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 23, 2007 for Vanessa Scott, 2, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Chris Borden officiating. Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery.
She was born December 27, 2004, in Livingston, the daughter of Everardo and Lisa Smith Soto, and died Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at her residence in Livingston.
Survivors include her father, Everardo Soto of Livingston; mother, Lisa Soto of Livingston; sisters, Samantha Smith and Shelbie Smith, both of Livingston; brother, Samuel Smith of Livingston; aunts, Tyler Dixon, Shaw Smith and Laura Lala, all of Livingston; uncle, Billy Jack Smith of Livingston and grandmother, Margarita Soto of Livingston.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Thomason
Funeral services for Jerome Thomason, 88, were held Friday, December 21, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. Frank Hood and Barry Jeffries officiating. Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery.
He was born March 24, 1919 in the community of Mount Calm, the youngest child of Maggie Vera and George Washington Thomason. He had two brothers and three sister. The family moved to Livingston in the late 1920s after the death of his father. They joined the oldest brother, Albert, who was the city manager of Livingston.
After graduating from Livingston High School and attending Lee Morris College, Jerome enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He advanced to the rank of first lieutenant, was based in England and as chief provost marshal, served his country during World War II.
He also collected a number of tales, none of which seemed to be about fighting the war, according to family members – they took a bomber up for the purpose of making ice cream and they took a bomber to France to retrieve a few cases of wine.
Along the way he owned and operated the Livingston Jewelry Company, served as a Livingston City councilman, as local director of the Salvation Army, president of Little League, president of the Livingston Chamber of Commerce, and was in the Lions Club. He sponsored an award for outstanding athlete of Livingston High School.
In the 1970s, at over 50 years of age, he decided to form a motorcycle gang. Well, according to family, not a gang but a collection of outstanding Livingston citizens dedicated to riding dirt bikes for the sole purpose of seeing who could get the dirtiest.
Family members say it was quite a sight to behold when the group of up to 40 bikes took out from the “Tabernacle” on Calhoun Street.
He also loved to play Dominoes, every once in a while actually letting someone else win. Many of his friends and family have one of the 250 or so wood boxes he made.
Each year he would make a hundred or so wooden toy cars to be donated for Christmas presents for the Toys for Tots children.
Mr. Thomason died on Wednesday, December 19, 2007, in Pineridge Health Care in Livingston. His brothers and sisters and one son, Billy Jr. and his wife, Emmogene, preceded him in death.
Survivors include a son, Clifton Thomason and his wife, Terri, daughter, Jerri and her husband, Bobby Brame, grandsons, Thad, Wyatt and Wesley; granddaughter, Ashley and great-grandsons, Jaden and Mason, Stacy, David, Brandon and Carson Walker, Carrie, Dave, Adam, Matthew and Jacob Neese and Amie, George and Jaxson McCoy.
Pallbearers were Bob Boyo, Jim Thornton, Bennett Rowe, John Gardner, Dude Hill and David Shaw. Honorary pallbearers were Phil Thornton, Gary Davis, Ira Birden, Burrell Rowe, Bill Kennedy, Jack Matthews, Henry Thomason, Barbara Thornton, Dr. and Mrs. Joe and Bea Dabney, Bennie and Sara Glover, Lois and B.C. Lively and Ernest Reuter.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

 

 





 



 

 

 

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