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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of July 5, 2007 - July 12, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Patricia M. “Pat” Bay died at her home in Liberty on June 24, 2007.
She was born February 17, 1931, the daughter of John C. and Clola E. Bitter Breckenridge. She grew up in Oakley, Kansas and later attended El Dorado Junior College in El Dorado, Kansas, where she met and fell in love with Liberty County native, Harold W. Bay.
Pat and Harold married in February 1950 and soon moved back to Texas to start their lives together. They reared their children while living in Hull from the early 50’s until 1977, when they moved to Liberty. Pat was a homemaker and also worked as a bookkeeper for Alford LP Gas during her years in Hull.
After moving to Liberty, she became an active patron and supporter of the Liberty Municipal Library and its outreach programs. She was a volunteer for the Spirit of Sharing program and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Liberty.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents. She lost her mother at an early age and received guidance and support from others in her family during her formative years, especially an aunt, Bessie B. Breckenridge, who also preceded her in death. Pat was a descendent of Revolutionary War soldier, Low Brown (DAR membership pending).
Survivors include her four children, Harold W. “Skip” Bay Jr. and wife, Mary Foster, of Jonestown, Terry Jo Ray of Liberty, John P. Bay of China and Bess Carol Rawlinson and husband, Jake, of Liberty; sisters, Shirley Lee and husband, Garth Lee, of Junction City, Kansas and Carolyn Bartee of Christiansburg, Virginia; a brother, John Breckenridge of Oakley, Kansas; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Pat will be remembered for her kindness, generosity, intelligence, fun-loving spirit, hearty laugh, and sensitivity to the feelings and needs of others. Her home, her kitchen, and her heart were always open to family and friends.
In accordance with Pat’s wishes, the family received visitors who shared fond remembrances of Pat  at Allison Funeral Home in Liberty on Wednesday, June 27, 2007. Funeral services were private.
In lieu of flowers,, memorials can be made to the Liberty Municipal Library, 1710 Sam Houston, Liberty, Texas 77575.
Allison Funeral Services, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 24, for Stanley Edward “Eddie” Carter, 58, of Dayton, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Pierce officiating. Interment followed at Magnolia Park Cemetery.

He was born March 12, 1949 in Dayton, the son of Alton T. and Virginia Ripkowski Carter. Eddie was a lifelong resident of Dayton, graduating from Dayton High School in 1968. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church, the United Association of Journeyman and Pipefitters Local #798, and he enjoyed horse racing.

Mr. Carter died on June 21, 2007. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his brother, Alton Thomas “Tom” Carter II and wife, Nicki, of Dayton; his sister, Betty Alexander and husband, Chuck, of Dayton; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

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

Funeral services for Gerald Key “Jerry” Lawrence Sr., 84, of Dayton, were held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 28, 2007, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home. Interment followed at Linney Cemetery.

He was born on September 26, 1922 in Dayton, the son of James V. and Winnefred R. Key Lawrence. He was a lifelong resident of Dayton and a member of the Dayton High School Class of 1940. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served during World War II.

Before his retirement, Jerry worked for Brown and Root as a millwright in the Gulf Refinery in Mont Belvieu. He enjoyed computers, woodworking, and vegetable gardening. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dayton where he was a former deacon, the VFW, American Legion, and the Masonic Lodge #825 A.F. & A.M.

He had lived in Florida for nine years before moving back to Dayton.

Mr. Lawrence passed away at his home on June 25, 2007. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Joseph Benton Lawrence and Herbert Alvin Lawrence; sisters, Eunice Conner, Helena Turner and Sallie Lawrence; and son-in-law, Gary Montgomery.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Nancy Knight Lawrence of Dayton; his daughter, Scharlot Montgomery of Arlington, Indiana; his sons, Gerald “Sandy” K. Lawrence Jr. and John Coggins, both of Kenefick; his brother, James V. Lawrence of Hillister; eight grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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

John Newton Maddox, 67, of Livingston, passed away June 24, after a brief illness.

He was born December 21, 1939 in Call. He was a long-time resident of Liberty and had worked as a roughneck in the oilfield.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur O. and Joyce L. Rhame Maddox.

Survivors include his friend, Estelle Vaughn of Liberty; and numerous cousins.

No services were scheduled.

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

Funeral services for DeLois Ann Measles, 63, of Moss Hill, on Friday, June 29, 2007, at Sterling Funeral Home Chapel in Dayton, with the Rev. Harold Davis officiating. Burial followed in the Hardin Chapel Cemetery.

 She was born February 27, 1944 in Liberty, the daughter of Jessie Fregia Sr. and Edna Nugent Fregia. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and was a homemaker. She loved music, especially Elvis, dancing, singing and fishing.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Ermma Mobley; two brothers, Frank Allen Fregia and William Weldon Fregia; half-brother, James Fregia; and son-in-law, Lonnie Joe Rao.

Survivors include her husband, Clement C. Measles; two daughters, Teresa Measles and Loretta Measles Rao; grandson, Kelby Rao; brother, Aubrey Fregia Sr.; half-brother, Jessie Fregia Jr.; and numerous other relatives and friends.

To view and sign the guest book, go to www.sterlingfuneralhome.com.

Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Graveside services were held Friday, June 29, 2007 for Ralph B. “Buck” Thornton, 84, in Fairlawn Cemetery in Liberty.
Mr. Thornton was called home on Monday, June 25, 2007.
Buck served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired from Mobil Oil, Hull, Texas, after 27 years. Buck was very active in the Baptist church and served as a Baptist deacon for many years.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Francis Thornton; son, Jerry Lynn Thornton; and daughter, Sandra Kay Diehl.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Jeanne Thornton; son, Kelly Thornton and wife, Charlotte; step-sons, Mike Westbrook and Richard Westbrook and wife, Barbara; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.







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