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Big Thicket Messenger
For the Week of February 17, 2008 - February 24, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company



Boren
Funeral services were held Monday, February 4, 2008 for Janet Boren, 95, at Pace Funeral Home Chapel, with Jim Sherrill officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery.
She was born on May 17, 1912, the daughter of Clyde and Ethel Epps Williams in Grand Prairie.
Mrs. Boren died in Pine Ridge Health Care Center on January 31, 2008. Her parents preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband, James Boren of Livingston and formerly of Ropesville; her son, Jim Boren and wife, Kathleen, of Livingston; one sister, Mary Lou Wilson of Avenger; and two grandchildren, T.J. Boren and Bryan Boren of Lubbock.
Pallbearers were T.J. Boren, Bryan Boren and Jim Boren.
To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
Dean
Funeral services for Lucille Byrd Dean, 85, of Coldspring, were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 2, 2008 at New Cedron Baptist Church with Rev. David Lloyd officiating. Burial was in New Cedron Cemetery at Vowells Mill, Louisiana, under the direction of Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home of Natchitoches, Louisiana.
She was a native of Vowells Mill, Louisiana and a retired elementary school teacher for Pasadena School District. She was a member of New Cedron Baptist Church at Vowells Mill, Louisiana and also of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Mrs. Dean passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Cleveland. Her husband, Jack Ralph Dean; her parents, George Washington Byrd and Arva Zena Knippers Byrd; one brother, Grover E. Byrd.
Survivors include three sons, Gary Dean and wife, Glenda, of Shepherd, Richard Dean and wife, Leslie, of Beaumont and Keith Dean and wife, Kem, of Spring Hill, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Brent Dean and wife, Jennifer, of Shepherd, Jennifer Mestayer and husband, Scott, of Cypress, Jared Dean of Durham, North Carolina and Kellie Dean of Spring Hill, Tennessee; three great-grandchildren, Amelia Dean, Jacob Dean and Drew Mestayer; one sister, Linda Lou Byrd of Shreveport, Louisiana.
Pallbearers were Brent Dean, Jared Dean, Scott Mestayer, Richard Williams, Gary Dean, Keith Dean and Rick Dean.
Gibbs
Graveside services were held Thursday, January 31, 2008 for Alvin Haley Gibbs, 74, of Cleveland, at 10:00 a.m. at Pace-Stancil Memorial Rest Gardens, Cleveland.
He was born in Willis, on June 1, 1933, the son of Arthur Boyd and Hazel Yawn.
He passed away on Monday, January 28, 2008. His parents preceded him in death.
Survivors include his two daughters, Lilly Dowden and Mary Dobson; sons, Alvin Ray Gibbs, Kenneth Wayne Gibbs, Gary Wayne Gibbs and David Wayne Gibbs; sister, Rebecca Jezek; grandchildren, Wanda Burns, Sonny Dobson, Patricia Dobson, Timothy Dobson, Johnny Dobson, Michael Gibbs, Matthew Gibbs, Christina Gibbs, Amanda Pool, Joshua Martin, Misty Martin, Jessica Gibbs, Lew Lane Jr., Mark Lane, Nick Newhouse and Amy Lane; and numerous great-grandchildren; nephews, John Jr., Clifton, William, Richard and Archie; nieces, Barbara, Bonnie and Beverly; granddaughters-in-law, Michelle Dobson and Lois Dobson; sons-in-law, Frank Dowden and Ernest Dobson; daughters-in-law, Debra Sue Gibbs, Melissa Gibbs, Debbie D. Gibbs; and many other cherished family members and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Gilmore
Funeral services for Verna Ruth Gilmore, 69, were held at 1:00 p.m. February 7, 2008 in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, Onalaska, with Rev. Raymond Harris officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery, Onalaska.
She was born September 5, 1938 in Onalaska, the daughter of Virgil and Jessie Cook White, both of whom preceded her in death.
Mrs. Gilmore died Sunday, February 3, in Conroe Regional Medical Center, Conroe.
Survivors include her son, John Acrey of Houston; son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Arline Murrell of Onalaska; daughters and sons-in-law, Susie and Jimmy Raines Sr. of Coldspring and Paula and Edward Clark of Waller; stepdaughter, Charlotte White of Houston; stepsons, Skeeter Gilmore of Houston and Floyd Gilmore of Austin; grandchildren, Matilda Acrey, Ramona Castillo, Jackie Gilmore, Randy White, Pete White, Edward Clark, Jimmy Raines Jr., Christopher Acrey, Laura Melton, Estella Abner and Jessica Gilmore; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Bud Acrey, Robbie Crawford, Jimmy Raines Jr., Christopher Acrey, Ricky Grady, Ruben Barrios, Charles Weatherly and Kenny Weatherly.
Cochran Funeral Home, Onalaska, was in charge of arrangements.

Gothard
Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 3, 2008 for Vivian Lovell Gothard, 78, of Cleveland, at Holly Grove Cemetery, Segno.
She was born August 28, 1929 in Winsbourgh, Louisiana. She passed away on Friday, February 1, 2008.
Her husband, G.W. Gothard Sr.; granddaughter, Kayti Gothard; and brother, Jack Saucier, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sons, Thomas L. Gothard, O.W. Gothard Jr. and wife, Sharon and Danny Gothard; grandchildren, Dexter Gothard, Danny Gothard, David Gothard and Michelle Gothard; nephew, Curtis; nieces, Carolyn and Linda Gayle; numerous other loving family members and caring friends.
 
Hempel
A memorial service for Mary L. Hempel, 81, was held on Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. at Heritage Pentecostal Church, Plum Grove Road, Cleveland.
She was born October 8, 1926 in Westbrook, Texas. She lived most of her life in Racine, Wisconsin. After retirement she and Bill moved to Arkansas for several years before moving to Texas to be nearer to her family.
She passed away on January 29, 2008. Her husband, William J. Hempel Sr.; her parents, James Michael and Jimmie Josephine Malone; sisters, Leola Jeter, Betty Spencer, Ethel Hardin; and grandson, Darrel Enloe, preceded her in death.
She leaves behind sons, Robert and wife, Ruby, of Mississippi, Glenn and wife, Sharlene, of Willis, William J. Jr. of Missouri and Michael of Arkansas; daughters, Donna Enloe and husband, Lyndell, of Texas, Karen Lundt and husband, Richard, of Wisconsin, Mary Lynn Koppenhaver and husband, Bob, of Delaware; grandchildren, Christopher and Shirley Hempel, David, Anthony, Shawn and Mitchel Hempel, William Hempel, Candice, Kist, Angela Fallert, Amanda Hempel, Rebecca and Jeremy Hempel, Brad Enloe, Linda Morris, Donald, Darlene and Katie Lundt, Ashley and Alyssa Koppenhaver; 16 great-grandchildren; brothers and sister, James and Christa Malone, Norma Dean Garrett, Rick Harding and Travis and Connie Malone; and many friends.
Memorial donations may be made in lieu of flowers to Odyssey Health Care Foundation, 100 I-45 North, Suite 300, Conroe, Texas 77301, or your favorite charity.
A special thanks to Odyssey Hospice for their loving care during Mary’s final hours.

Hubbard
Funeral services for Opal Hubbard, 92, were held Tuesday, February 5, 2008 in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Dennis Cook officiating. Burial followed in Restland Memorial Park, Livingston.
She was born April 7, 1915 in Verden County, Oklahoma, the daughter of Charles and Olive Hall Shipman.
Mrs. Hubbard died Friday, February 1, at her resident in Gladstone, Missouri. Her parents and her husband, Carl Hubbard, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Louise Hubbard of Gladstone, Missouri and Barry and Lori Hubbard of Corpus Christi; sister, Ruth Danklefs of Waco; granddaughter, Kathryn Szot of Gladstone, Missouri; grandson, Tyler Hubbard of Corpus Christi; great-great grandsons, Carson Hubbard and Dawson Szot, both of Gladstone, Missouri; great-great granddaughter, Madison Szot of Gladstone, Missouri and niece, Loretta Rowe of Portland, Texas.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
Jones
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 2, 2008 for Joe Jones, 55, at Holly Grove Baptist Church, with the Revs. Billy Brackin and Frank Hood officiating. Burial followed in Holly Grove Cemetery.
He was born August 8, 1952, the son of Charles and Doris Gay Jones.
Mr. Jones died Thursday, January 31, 2008 in East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. His father and brother, Thomas Jones, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Erin and Jay Wheeler of Lavon; sons, Matthew Jones of Mesquite and Timothy Jones of Plano; mother, Doris Jones of Segno; grandsons, Jackson Wheeler and Joshua Wheeler, both of Lavon; granddaughter, Kennedy Wheeler of Lavon; sister and brother-in-law, Marsha and Bill Mayhew of Segno; and mother of his children, Jane Jones of Garland.
Pallbearers were Austin Jones, Troy Jones, Brett Jones, Billy Mayhew Jr., Tex Proctor, Ricky Jones, Matthew Jones, Timothy Jones and David Eaglin. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Burkhard, Cecil Long, Ronnie Bailey, Thomas Bailey, Jerry Glenn Maze, T.H. Bailey, “Rastus” Maze, Harvey Jones, Johnny Wheeler, Larry Sizemore, Charles Norman Duff, Billy Mayhew Sr., J.L. Maze and Nick Mercadante.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

McClung
Funeral services for Wallace Earl McClung, 57, were held Monday, February 4, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, Onalaska, with the Rev. Don Kidd officiating. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568.
He was born March 5, 1950 in Lafayette, Louisiana, the son of Robert and Murine McKee McClung.
He died –Friday, February 1, 2008 in the VA Hospital in Houston.
Survivors include his wife, Linda McClung of Onalaska; son and daughter-in-law, Kelly and Dennise deGraffenried of Conroe; daughters, Rachele McClung of Livingston and Miranda Akers of Pasadena; brothers, Robert Nerren of Brenham and Jimmy Mack Nerren of Pasadena; sister, Mary Catherine Hughes of Washington, Texas; and grandchildren, Zachary Taylor McClung, Satie Akers, Peyton Lee deGraffenried and Jake deGraffenried.
Cochran Funeral Home, Onalaska, was in charge of arrangements.

McNeese
Graveside services were held Friday, February 1, 2008 for Dennis Lee McNeese, 54, under the direction of Pace Funeral Home.
Mr. McNeese was a security guard for Allied Barton. He was born July 29, 1953 in Virginia to Carl and Charlene Delano McNeese, both of whom preceded him in death.
He died at his residence in Houston on January 26, 2008.
Survivors include his brother, Michael Crim and spouse, Juanita; and his sisters, Debra Crim and spouse, James Hudson and Patricia Brown and spouse, William.
Pallbearers were Michael Crim Sr., William Brown, Jesse Crim, Michael Crim Jr., Larry Brown and Gerrald Hudson. Honorary pallbearer was Robert Vollert.
To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

McNew
Funeral services for Jean Ann McNew, 76, of Hardin, were held Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton.
She was born on June 6, 1931 in Maryland. She owned a roofing company and had lived in the area for 25 years. In her spare time, she enjoyed going to casinos, bingo, cooking, bowling, watching TV and most of all spending time with her grandchildren.
Jean was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
She passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2008 in Baytown. Her husband, James McNew; mother, Frances Holt; brother, Thomas Roussilon; sister, Gloria Shifflet; sons, James McNew II, Carl McNew and Frances McNew, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sons, Steven McNew and wife, Rhonda, Kevin McNew and wife, Anna, Timothy McNew and wife, Misty; grandchildren, Heather, Justin, James, Amanda, Matthew, Rachel, Caitlyn, Elizabeth, Drayton, David, Sydney, Nicolas, Kryton, Lucian, Kevin, John and Zachary; great-grandchildren, Chase, Cameron and Airreanna; and many other relatives and friends.
Services were entrusted to Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton.

Meadows
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 5, 2008 for Willie Marvin Meadows Sr., 79, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Burial followed in Jones Prairie Cemetery in Leggett.
He was born September 5, 1928 in Fort Bend County, the son of Wiley and Beatrice Price Meadows.
Mr. Meadows died Friday, February 1, in Memorial Health System of East Texas in Lufkin. His parents; his wife, Lillie Bell Meadows; and daughter, Donna Sue Turner, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his son, Billy Wayne Meadows of Livingston; sons and daughters-in-law, Wiley and Donna Meadows of Leggett and Willie and Carla Meadows Jr. of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Shelli and Joe Campbell of Livingston; brothers, W.T. Meadows of Pensacola, Florida and Walden Meadows of Leggett; sisters, Dorothy Shockley of Livingston, Corrine Abbott and Delores “Lady” McCarty, both of Leggett, Annetta Bonds and Dolly Martone, both of Houston and Daphene Placker of Livingston; caregiver and special family friend, Marie Wyatt of Livingston; grandchildren, Billy Wayne Meadows II, Kolynda Siegle, Denee Prentice, Tammy Mann, Miranda Arnold, Misty Krisch, Jason Meadows, Tim Meadows, Heather Meadows, Tiffany Meadows, Lyle Meadows, Lacy Meadows, Bill Meadows, Lee Cones, Cody Campbell, Casey Campbell, Carla Clifton, Connie Kennedy and Diana Johnson; 21 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.
Pallbearers were Billy Wayne Meadows, Wiley Meadows, Willie Meadows Jr., Jason Meadows, Tim Meadows, Lyle Meadows, Cody Campbell and Casey Campbell. Honorary pallbearers were James Parker and Bill Meadows.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
Melton
A chapel service was held on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 for LaNell Melton, 49, at Neal Funeral Home, with Rev. Wendell Kimbrough officiating. Interment followed at the Montague Cemetery.
She was born Tuesday, April 1, 1958 in Center, the daughter of J.B. Brown and Ruth Chandler Brown.
She passed away on January 23, 2008 in Union Valley, Oklahoma. Her loving mother, Ruth Brown, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her loving family, father, J.B. Brown; husband, Timothy Joe Melton; and sons, Adam Melton and wife, Brittany and Timothy Jake Mahon; brother, Bo Brown and girlfriend, Tammy; sisters, Maylia Babb and husband, Keith, and Cathy Duncan and husband, Mike; grandchildren, Olievea Maree and Sydney Alexis; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

 

Messick
Graveside services for Dorothy Ann Messick, 74, of Coldspring, were conducted Friday, February 1, at the Messick Family Cemetery.
She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 18, 1933 to James Ernest and Marguratta Pennington.
Dorothy had a deep love for horses and their admiration for her was evident. She was an outdoors person, loved her gardening, sewing, painting and many crafts. Her time with her family was treasured.
She passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2008. Her parents and her son, Joseph Wayne Bauer, preceded her in death.
She leaves behind to cherish her memories, daughters, Debbie Olvera and husband, Cervando of Mexico, Terri Wilson and husband, Steve, of Dayton and Misty Morales and husband, Chris, of Angleton; sons, Harley Messick and wife, Melissa, of Streater, Illinois and Kerry Marc Messic of Waco; twenty-three grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; special friends, Florence, B.J. Watts, Cody Elliot and Larry White.

Miller
A service of remembrance was held on Monday, February 4, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. for Lisa Carol “Nana” Miller, 46, of Dayton, at Allison Funeral Service, Liberty. Interment followed in Palms Memorial Park.
She was born on July 20, 1961, the daughter of Richard Dale and Nelda Ruth Bruce Newton in Victoria, Texas. Lisa enjoyed dancing, especially to country western music. She loved to spend time with her family.
Lisa passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2008. Her grandparents, Lea “Papa” and Uretha “Mama” Bruce, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her parents, Richard Dale and Nelda Newton; children, Christina Coz and husband, Michael, and Richard Wayne Miller, sister, Cyndy Duff and husband, James; brothers, Michael Newton and wife, Sheri, Bruce Newton and wife, Cheryl, and Brian Newton and wife, Lori; grandchildren, Briana Simon, Christopher Simon, Caleb Cox, Jacob Cox, Richard Wayne Miller Jr., Kimber Miller and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Arrangements were entrusted to Allison Funeral Service, Liberty.

Moore
Funeral services for Sue Elizabeth Moore, 95, were held Sunday, February 3, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at Paul Horton United Methodist Church, Stephens Creek, Texas. Interment was at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Stephens Creek.
She was born in Stephens Creek, Texas on August 5, 1912 to John Ed and Myrtie Hopkins. She would have celebrated her 96th birthday this year. After graduating from high school, Sue moved to Houston where she met and married her husband of 61 years, Robert Moore. Robert and Sue raised five children while living in Houston. Fifty-eight of her ninety-five years were spent taking care of their invalid son “Bubba” who was injured as an infant. After Sue and Robert retired from their furniture business in Houston, they moved to Stephens Creek, where they lived on family property.
She passed away peacefully on January 31, 2008. Her husband, Robert V. Moore Sr.; and her son, Robert V. Moore Jr.; and two great-grandchildren, Morgan Derryberry and Madeline Eyre, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her four children, Bonnie Tidwell, Donald Moore and wife, Barbara, Dianna Kelly and James Moore, all of Coldspring; 12 grandchildren, Robert Jackson, Valerie Walters, Page Sohl, Terrye Siegfried, Darin Moore, Shawn Jackson, Sloane Jackson, Megan Eyre, Seth Moore, Jaime Moore, Haylee Moore and James Moore; 12 great-grandchildren, Blair Derryberry, Ayla Sohl, Alison Sohl, Eric Siegfried, Ashlye Siegfried, Jarred Siegfried, Connor Moore, Owen Moore, Ross Jackson, Ryan Jackson, Ethan Eyre and Aldain Eyre; her sister, Bess Harvey; sister-in-law, Ebon Hopkins and brother-in-law, Dr. James Logan; numerous nieces, nephews, other loving family members and friends.

Pool
Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, February 6, 2008 for Florence Evelyn Pool,  59,  in the First Assembly of God Church, with the Rev. Chris Borden officiating. Burial followed in Menard Chapel Cemetery.
She was born June 7, 1948 in Lufkin, the daughter of Ernest and Mary Bass Grimes.
Mrs. Pool died Sunday, February 3, in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston. Her parents; and her brother, Ernest Ray Grimes.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Susie and Gerald Boone of Livingston; sons and daughters-in-law, Christopher and Sabrina Smith and Jason and Tiffany Smith, all of Livingston; sister, Mary Lee Grimes of Conroe; granddaughters, Sheila Boone and Elise Smith, both of Livingston; and grandsons, Cody Smith and Gavin Smith, both of Livingston.
Pallbearers were Gerald Boone, James Boone, Earl Boone, Ervin Jones Jr., Thomas Ritter and Jessie Boone.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Ratliff
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 9, 2008 for Michael Lynn Ratliff, at Providence No. 1 Church in Leggett.
Mr. Ratliff died February 1, 2008 in Huntsville.
Survivors include his wife, Ivory Ratliff of Huntsville; one daughter, Ranada Williams (Courtney) of Austin; one son, Michael Jr. of Huntsville; one grandson, Courtney Williams Jr.; granddaughter, Charysh Williams; one sister, La Trell Ryans of Livingston; one brother, Cleveland Ratliff of Ruby; one aunt, Marilyn Wood of Corrigan; in-laws, Corrie and Lessie Bailey of Seven Oaks; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Sam Houston Funeral Home, Huntsville, was in charge of arrangements.

Thompson
Funeral services for Billy Clyde Thompson, 77, were held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2008, at the First Baptist Church of Corrigan, with Brother Kent Cauthen and Brother Larry Trest officiating. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery.
He was born May 10, 1930 in New Edinburg, Arkansas, the son of Joseph and Effie McFarland Thompson.
Mr. Thompson died on Monday, February 4, at his residence in Corrigan. His parents, seven brothers and one sister preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Thompson of Corrigan; son, Jimmy Thompson of Mt. Pleasant; sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Lisa Thompson of Corrigan and Marty and Suzanne Thompson of Chester; daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Jimmy Cowan of Corrigan, grandchildren, Ashlyn Thompson, Cash Thompson, Jason Cowan and Michelle, Jeremy Cowan and Wendy, Charity Thompson, Tyler Thompson, Taylor Thompson, Gator Thompson and Billy Thompson; great-grandchildren, Riley Dickson Cowan, Haley Cowan, Jenna Scheffield, Sam Syzdek and Brianna Cowan; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Pallbearers were Jason Cowan, Jeremy Cowan, Cash Thompson, Tyler Thompson, Ronnie Adair and Kenneth Thompson. Honorary pallbearers were deacons of Barnum Baptist Church.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Welch
Funeral services were held Monday, February 4, 2008 for Lora Belle Moore Chatman Welch, 73, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery.
She was born July 22, 1934 in Livingston, the daughter of Jackson and Ira Bond Moore, both of whom preceded her in death.
She died Friday, February 1, 2008, in Spring Branch Medical Center Hospital.
Survivors include her former husband, Kenneth Chatman of Channelview; sons, Milton Chatman of Baytown and Leonard Chatman of Livingston; grandchildren, Eddie Chatman and Lenny Ray Chatman; one great-grandchild; sister, Claudia and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Williams
Graveside services for Kennard Williams, 73, of Rye, on Wednesday, February 6, 2007, at 3:00 p.m. at Holly Grove Cemetery, Segno.
He was born in Houston on May 2, 1934 to Carl O. and Fannie Williams.
Mr. Williams passed away on Monday, February 4, 2008. His grandson, Jerry Douglas Murphy and his brother, William Elton Williams, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his loving wife, Susie Williams; parents, Carl O. and Fannie F. Williams; son, Elton Williams; daughters, Linda Kay Williams, Kathy Kelly and Kathrine Murphy; sister, Dorothy Carlett Heck; brothers, Wesley Williams and Carroll Williams; grandchildren, Jason Kelly, Kris Kelly, Abbie Murphy, Amy Swor and Josh Williams; great-grandchildren, Matthew and Sarah Kelly, Roy Murphy, Zoey and Jeremiah Jacob Swor, Ty and Trinity; and many nieces, nephews and other loved ones, along with countless caring friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Wills
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a-m- Saturday, February 9, 2008 for Ed Wills, Jr., 75, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Kenneth Darden officiating. Burial was in Kibblefield Cemetery in Marston.
He was born November 24, 1932 in Allen, Louisiana, the son of the late Ed Wills Sr. and the late Georgiana Gaddison Wills. Mr. Wills was a Baptist.
Mr. Williams died February 3 in Memorial Medical Center in Lufkin.
Survivors include his children, Johnny Ray Foster of Houston, Ora Lee Wills (Rose), Dorothy Robinson (Willie), Alice Walker (Wayne), Evelyn Perkins (Garfield Sr.), Georgia Dunn (Adrian), Arthur Wills (Bertha), Lola Mae Harris (Robert), all of Livingston, Bertha Reggie (Jack) of Lufkin, Marlon Wyatt of Livingston, Verna Briggs of Lufkin, Dwayne Cooper (Lisa), and Anita Black (Mark) of Houston; one sister, Jennie Taylor of Shreveport, Louisiana; brother, Arthur Emmitt of Powhatan, Louisiana; and a host of grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were members of Travelers Rest Lodge No. 55. Honorary pallbearers were Mark Black, Adrian Dunn, Garfield Perkins Sr., Wayne Walker, Willis Robinson, Robert Harris, Joe King Sr. and George Joyce.
Duncan Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Bagby
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 9, 2008 for Patsy Marie Bagby, 64, of Woodville, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor L.D. Adkison officiating. Interment followed in Stryker Cemetery, Corrigan.
She was born October 4, 1943 in Houston, and died on Tuesday, February 5, 2008 in DeRidder, Louisiana.
Mrs. Bagby was a homemaker and Protestant by faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, David Franklin and Pauline Brown Sanders.  
Survivors include her husband, Alan Bagby of Manor; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rebecca Robinson of Corrigan and Pam and Dale Worley of Bristol, Virginia; brothers and sister-in-law, James and Jeanette Sanders of Carthage and Richard Sanders of Huntsville; nieces and husbands, Alisha and Ronnie Michak and Janie and Brannon Meinkowsky, all of Conroe and Danielle and Ronald Ener of Corrigan; nephews and wives, Joshua and Christine Johnson of San Antonio, Allen and Robin Sanders, Scott and Ginger Sanders and Todd Sanders, all of Huntsville, Michael Sanders of Houston and James Sanders Jr. of College Station; great-nephews, Ronald Ener Jr., Caleb Pettit, Tyler and Jacob Meinkowsky, Reid Sanders, Taylor Sanders and Cooper Michak; great-nieces, Kaitlyn Sanders, Savannah Ener, Avery, Morgan and Lauren Sanders and Tara Meinkowsky; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Baker
A memorial service for Nina “Tracy” Baker, 50, was held Saturday, February 9, 2008 in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel.
She was born on February 25, 1957 in Robstown, the daughter of Olan and Shirley Baker Snook, both of who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Baker died Tuesday, January 29, at her residence in Livingston.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Baker of Livingston; son, Koby Harrington of Livingston; daughters, Shona Harrington and Amber Peavey, both of Livingston; grandson, Gavin Bradford of Livingston and granddaughter, Bailes Peavey, of Livingston.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Childs
Richard E. Childs, born November 20, 1918, died on January 28, 2008, after a brief illness.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy.
He served in the South Pacific in World War II and also served as a Mason. He spent most of his life as an insurance executive in the Winter Park, Florida area. He spent the last three years with his son, Richard H. and wife, Anna, of Blanchard.
He is survived by one sister, Joann Kraft and husband, Harry, of Ravenna, Ohio; two sons, Richard H. and wife, Anna, of Blanchard and David P. and wife, Kay, of Langwood, Florida; grandchildren, Holly, Robin and David of Florida and Lyn and Pete Carroll of Victoria and Ken and Denise of Kingwood; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Michael and Christina of Kingwood and Jessica and husband, Steven, of Willis; and two great-grandchildren, Breanna and Kyli of Willis.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Winter Park, Florida.

Griffin
Funeral services for Francis Pauline Griffin, 79, of Cleveland, were held Saturday, February 9, 2008, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor David Moore officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery, Corrigan.
Mrs. Griffin was born March 11, 1928 in Queen City, and died on Wednesday, February 6, 2008 in Cleveland.
She was a homemaker all of her life and Baptist by faith.
Her husband, Morris Coy Griffin, parents, William David and Sarah Frances Dailey Hicks and granddaughters, Cassity Dalynn Griffin and Kaydee Sue Smith, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Coy Ray and Wilma Griffin and James Morris and Pam Griffin, all of Cleveland; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Coy Ray Griffin Jr., Theodore C. Morgan, Destry A. Lusford, Henry Burnette, Clifford Wayne Simmons and Kristopher Simmons.

Losack
Graveside services for Edna Earl Losack, 90, were held Saturday, February 9, 2008, in Cedar Creek Cemetery in Hempstead, with Ron Matthews and Jason Harris officiating.
She was born October 20, 1917, in Cedar Creek and died on Wednesday, February 6, in Pineridge Health Care in Livingston.  
Her husband, Shelby Lee Losack, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughters, Elizabeth Kessner of Livingston, Frankie Pearce of Lake Jackson and Patricia Walker of Justin; nine grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Smart
Funeral services for Royce Lee Smart, 75, of Liberty, were conducted on Thursday, February 7, 2008, at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton, with the Rev. Darrell Brown officiating. Interment followed in Fairlawn Cemetery.
He was born August 14, 1932 in Silsbee, the son of Aubrey and Alma Hollyfield Smart. Royce loved to fish and golf. He also traveled across the country with his family.
He passed away on Monday, February 4, 2008. His parents and one son, Kenneth W. Smart, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Margaret Jean Hutto Smith; son, Christopher M. Smart and wife, Carrie; daughters, Janelle Ballinger and husband, Wayne, Sheila Fiedler and husband, Paul, and Melina Caldwell and husband, Ronnie; sisters, Wanda Wesch and Kathleen Blackburn; brothers, Charles Smart, James Smart, Anthony Smart Jr. and Oliver Smart; five grandchildren, Aaron Ballinger and wife, Jana, Tara Marchuk and husband, Nick, Kody Fiedler, Trad Taylor and Chayse Taylor; great-granddaughter, Taylor Ballinger; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.  
Arrangements were entrusted to Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton. Condolences may be made online at www.sterlingfuneralhome.com.

Underferth
Funeral services were held Friday, February 8, 2008 at Pace Funeral Home Chapel for Thomas Underferth, 49, of Livingston, with the Rev. Kevin Wood officiating. Interment followed in Ivey Cemetery, Kennard.
He was born on May 10, 1958 in San Antonio, the son of James and Jacqueline Cherry Matlock. He died in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston on February 5, 2008.
Survivors include his wife, Pamela Underferth; his father and mother, James and Jacqueline Waneva Matlock; two sons, Thomas Underferth and David Underferth; daughter, Melissa Manuel; two brothers, Jimmy Matlock and Duane Underferth; three sisters, Lora Matlock, Rebekah Daughtry and Kathryn Ramadan; grandson, Blaine Austin Underferth; nieces and nephews, Carmyn Cheyenne Charles, Sarah J. Underferth, Reigh Lynn Charles, Christina Michelle Miller and daughter, Kaytlin Hope, Joseph Oliver Loydd Miller, Darren Lee Miller, James Benton Matlock V, James Benton Matlock VI, Jeremiah Brant Matlock, Jordyn Bailey Matlock, William Author Tell Matlock, Jessica Elizabeth Daughtry, Duane Author Underferth II, Brandon Rodgers, Justin Rodgers and Stephen Calloway; sisters-in-law, Mary Rodgers and Beverly Underferth; and brother-in-law, David Charles.
To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements. 

Vazquez
Funeral services were held at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2008 for Lidia Laura Vazquez, 61, of Corrigan, at the Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Antonio Garcia officiating.
She was born May 3, 1946 in Mexico City, Mexico, the daughter of Miguel and Josefina Hernandez Gutierrez.
She died Friday, February 8, 2008, at Memorial Health System of East Texas in Lufkin. Her husband preceded her in death.
She is survived by her father, Miguel; her mother, Josefina; daughter, Olivia Chavez of Corrigan; sons, Luis Vasquez and Saul Vasquez of Corrigan and Gabriel Vasquez of Diboll; daughters, Natalia Reyna of San Antonio and Adriann Moralez of Corrigan; son, Rey Cruz of California; grandchildren, Meaghan Elizabeth Vazquez, Christopher Saul Vazquez, Luis E. Vazquez, Rodrigo Vazquez, Jimena Vazquez, Recio Chavez, Xochiti Vazquez, Leonardo Vazquez, Amanda Reyna, Melissa Reyna, Joshua Vazquez, Jordan Vazquez, Samantha  Moralez and Estevan Moralez: brothers, Antonio Gutierrez, Hector Gutierrez and Cesar Gutierrez; sisters, Rosa Gutierrez, Sara Gutierrez, Maria Eugenia and Patricia Gutierrez.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

 

 


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