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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of July 13, 2007 - July 20, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company



Baker
Funeral services were held Friday, June 15, 2007, for William R. ‘Bill’ Baker, 87, at the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Harold Isaacs and Brother Frank Hood officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Hill Cemetery in Segno. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568.
He was born June 14, 1919 in Wildie, Kentucky, the son of William and Matilda Gadd Baker. Mr. Baker was a life member of the VFW Post 8568 and a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Goodrich.
Mr. Baker died Tuesday, June 12, in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ulysses Baker, Thomas Baker and Martin ‘Rocky’ Baker; and sisters, Ella Ramsey, Beulah Roberts, Flora McGuire, Myrtle Barger, Ruth Robbins and Hazel Baker.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Baker of Goodrich; nephews, Steve Baker of Livingston, Bill Baker of Washington State and Perry Baker of Brodhead, Kentucky; and numerous other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Steve Baker, Curtis R. Gokey, James Phillips, Ronnie Thompson, Tom Pete Nelson and James Walters. Honorary pallbearers were Roy Rowell, Johnny Myers, Ed Cleavinger, Ed Peacock and members of the Men’s Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Brooks
Funeral services for Mrs. Mandy Laura Brooks, 80, of Corrigan, were held Saturday, June 16, 2007, at Corrigan First Baptist Church, with Brother Lewis Jones officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery.She was born April 27, 1927 in Possum Walk in Trinity County, the daughter of Charlie and Viola Runnels Allsbrooks. She died June 13 in a Lufkin hospital.Mrs. Brooks was retired from Corrigan Independent School District and was of the Baptist faith.She is preceded in death by her husband, William ‘Mitt’ Brooks; her parents; grandson, Steven Dwayne Brooks; and brothers, Will, Anthony, Ed, Bob, Louie John and Sam Allsbrooks.Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, William ‘Junior’ and Sarah Brooks of Corrigan; daughter, Laura Brooks of Corrigan; brother, Frank Allsbrooks of Houston; brother-in-law and wife, George ‘Bud’ and Iva Belle Brooks of Livingston; three grandchildren, Daniel and wife, Julie Brooks, Willie and wife, Monique Brooks and Carla and Kenneth Murphy; eight great-grandchildren, Chase, Trevor, Jordan, Ty, Rebecca and Trey Brooks, Cody Fairchild and Sarah Beth Murphy; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Broom
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 for James Edward Broom, 97, of Corrigan, at Union Springs Baptist Church in Corrigan, with Pastors James Brock and Curtis Jordan officiating. Interment followed in Stryker Cemetery, Corrigan. He was born on August 5, 1909 in Benford in Polk County, and died on Sunday, June 17, 2007 in Lufkin.He was a pipe fitter for an oil company and was a member of Union Springs Baptist Church. He was a flagman for the Moscow-Corrigan Trail Ride Association for many years and his favorite past time was riding horses.He is preceded in death by his wife, Lela Wiggins Broom; and parents, John Randall and Ada Purvis Broom.Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara Liljequist and Marilyn Kelley, both of Corrigan, Pamela and Lindel Dial of Groveton and Linda and Charles DeLaFosse of Hudson; brother and sister-in-law, Brunette and Geneva Broom of Warren; sisters, Geneva Jernigan and Charles Locke, both of Corrigan; sister-in-law, Wanda Broom of Buna; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and numerous other relatives and friends.Pallbearers were Ricky Purvis, James Parker, Ray Jones, Larry Whitworth, Milton Purvis and Jimmy Wright. Honorary pallbearers were Cloyce Reinhardt, Billy Fisher, Bo Smith, J.J. Purvis, George Turner, Carrol Harvey Jernigan, Brian Fann and Larry Smith.Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Conley
Funeral services for Maggie Conley, 95, of Blanchard, were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2007, at St. Luke’s Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Keith Johnson officiating. Interment followed in Coraville Cemetery in Blanchard.She was born September 8, 1911 in Livingston, the daughter of the late Morris and Victoria McGowan Harrell. She passed away on June 8, 2007 in Blanchard.Survivors include daughter, Victoria (Sweet) Conley of Livingston; sons, Howard Conley (Martha) and Henry Conley (Felicia), all of Houston; sister, Cleo Perry of Houston; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Berry Conley Jr., Horace Conley, B.C. Harrell Sr., Dezell Harrell Jr., Norris Harrell, Kenneth Johnson, Larry Johnson and Charles Womack. Honorary pallbearers were Henry Conley, Howard Conley, Henry Conley Jr., Quincy Conley, Clarence Branch, Calvin Jackson, John L. Lewis Jr., Emory Lewis, Jamie House, Richard Ryans, James Womack and Raymond Ryans.Duncan Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.  

Dahl
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2007 for Deborah Dawn Dahl, 57, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Harold Isaacs officiating.
She was born December 17, 1949 in Jackson, Michigan, the daughter of Edward and Helen Kirk Dahl, both of whom preceded her in death.
Mrs. Dahl died on Saturday, June 15, 2007, in Conroe Regional Medical Center in Conroe.
Survivors include her husband, Robert, of Livingston; brothers, Mark Dahl and Kirk Dahl; and sister, Pam Williams.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of all arrangements.

Dominy
Funeral services for Zeffa Mae Dominy, 81, were held Wednesday, June 20, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Brothers Frank Hood, Tim Thompson and Lynn Dyke officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery.
She was born April 4, 1926 in Woods, the daughter of Lou and Hattie Thomas Bryan.
Mrs. Dominy passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2007, in Livingston Convalescent Center. She is preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Anna Acord and Zelma Bailey.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Julius Dominy of Livingston; daughter, Billie Street of Pearland; son-in-law, Douglas Street of Pearland; son, Michael Dominy of Livingston; daughter-in-law, Angela Dominy of Livingston; granddaughters, Molly Street and Crissy Dominy; grandson, Jake Dominy; and special friends, Foy Buller, Ida Nettles and Frankie Hopson.
Pallbearers were Tommy Dominy, Bobby Lowe, Randy Lowe, Jerry Dominy, Douglas Street, Felder Dubois, Robert Gray and Ronny Duke.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Gullick
J-nell Gullick, 69,  of Pasadena, was laid to rest on Friday, June 22, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. with Phillip Woods officiating.
She lost her fight with cancer on Monday, June 18, 2007.
Survivors include her five daughters, Jackie and Clyde Bailey, Gaynell and John Hagberg, Connie and Rocky Bentley, Renee Williams and Cherrie and Quint Richardson; 15 grandchildren, Troy, Nick, Shawn, Shawnda, Toya, Dustin, Heather, John Jr., Josh, Brandon, Jake, Zac, Mikey, Cody and Hillary; 12 great-grandchildren; five step-children; two nieces; three nephews; one brother-in-law; many cousins and dear friends.
Visitation was held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2007, at Earthman Resthaven, 13102 North Freeway in Houston.

Gunter
Graveside services for Colbert Leroy Gunter, 85, of Cleveland, were held Monday, June 18, 2007, at Fairlawn Cemetery in Liberty.
A gathering of family and friends was held on Sunday, June 17, at Allison Funeral Service of Liberty.
 He was born September 25, 1921 in Grayburg, the son of Edward Charles Gunter and Beatrice Melton. He graduated from Anahuac High School and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Liberty.
He married Clara Sander Gunter prior to her death in 1996. Leroy was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. He served in the 6th Marine Corp in Guadalcanal, Tarawa and Saipan. He worked as a pumper for the Amoco “B.P.” for many years.
He passed away on Friday, June 15 at the Cleveland Health Center in Cleveland. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Clara; and one sister, Doris Pearl Thomson.
Survivors include a sister, Pauline G. Brown of Cleveland; a brother, Charles James Gunter and his wife, Theresa, of Abbeville, Louisiana; many nieces and nephews, numerous relatives and friends.
Allison Funeral Services, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Johnson
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2007, for Lois Lee Williams Johnson, 61, of Liberty, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Dayton. Interment followed at Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton.
She was born December 24, 1945 in Damon, the daughter of Bennett Durkee Williams and Myrtle Schnell. She was a member of the North Main Baptist Church in Liberty. Lois wrote poetry, belonged to the Christian Writing Association of Humble, and enjoyed sharing weekly readings.
She passed away on Saturday, June 16, in Houston. Her parents preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband, Bobby Johnson of Liberty; son, Kenneth Wayne Wilson and wife, Patty, of Dayton; grandchildren, J.C. Wilson, Wayne Wilson and Robert Wilson, all of Dayton; sisters, Carol Williams Lesher of Houston, Helen Williams Autrey and husband, John II., of Dayton, Karen Williams Short and husband, Donnie, of Bryan, and Linda Walker and husband, Wayne, of Houston; brother, W.E. ‘Butch’ Williams of Massachusetts; and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
In lieu of usual floral remembrances the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in Lois Johnson’s name.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Keck
Donald L. ‘Bo-Jack’ Keck, 83, of Onalaska, died on Friday, June 15, 2007.
He was born September 6, 1923, the son of Donald and Bertha Keck in Danville, Illinois.
His parents, one sister and one brother preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Gertrude Keck; three children, Carolyn Weiss and husband, Eddie, Ronald Keck and wife, Shirley, and Lanette Maldonado and husband, Joe; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, many other relatives and friends.
Visitation was Monday, June 18, 2007 at Forest Park Lawndale with a rosary at 7;30 p.m. in the Main Chapel. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 19, at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home. Interment followed in Forest Park Cemetery.

Parrott
Graveside services for Jerry Chauncie Parrott, 75, of Baytown, were held Tuesday, June 19, 2007, at the Houston National Cemetery.
Mr. Parrott was born May 4, 1932 in Lufkin, the son of Nimrod and Ella Parrott. He moved to Baytown in 1976 after living in Sour Lake for many years. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Baytown. He also was in the Air Force and worked as a Security Guard for Mobay in Baytown.
He passed away on June 13 after a brief illness. His parents and daughters, Helen Jackson and Eva Southall preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Eva Laird Parrott; daughters, Paula Welsh, Ivy L. Parrott, Thelma Clark and Bart Willis and Peggy Pittman; sons, Mark J. Parrott and wife, Celica, Jerry W. Parrott and wife, Gloria, and Harvey E. Parrott; brothers, Bill and Dickey; nine grandchildren; special friends, Ron, Cindy Drakos, Bart Southall, Curtis Fregia and Dale McDonald.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Bennett
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 23, 2007 for Pearlie B. Bennett, 89, of Corrigan, in Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Corrigan, with the Rev. Willie Barnes officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery.
She was born October 7, 1917 in Trinity County and died on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 in Houston.
She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
Her husband, James Harold Bennett; son, James Earl Bass; grandson, Billy Wiser Jr.; and parents, James and Francis Hawthorne Walker precede her in death
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Inez Wiser; grandchildren, Phyllis Wiser, Petula Foreman and John, Alicia Whitby and John, Cynthia Jackson, Regina Coyle and Raphael, Gerald Bass, Frederick Bass and Roderick Bass; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Pallbearers were Earl Burrell, Frederick Bass, Roderick Bass, Aeric Wiser, Bilial Elamin and Ronnie Bennett. Honorary pallbearers were deacons of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Haynes
Funeral services for Mary Ann Haynes, 65, were held Monday, June 25, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Frank Hood officiating. Burial followed in Camp Ruby Cemetery. She was born April 22, 1942 in Goose Creek, the daughter of Ortiz and Helen Shanon McDaniel, both of whom preceded her in death. Mrs. Haynes died on Thursday, June 21, in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston. Survivors include her husband, Roy Haynes of Onalaska; son, Roy Haynes Jr. of Onalaska; brother, Aubrey Allen McDaniel of LaPorte; and aunt, Ina Jane Williams of Dickinson. Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.  

Hill
Bryant T. ‘B.T.’ Hill, 89, of Baytown, was born March 8, 1918 in Corrigan and died on Tuesday, June 5, 2007, in a Baytown hospital. He was a U.S. Air Force World War II veteran, and retired from ExxonMobil with 46 years of service. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.He is preceded in death by his wife, Daisy Hill; and step-mother, Mayme Hill.Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Becky and Bryan James and Peggy and Michael Smith, all of Baytown; grandsons, Heath James of Galveston and Trent James and wife, Michelle, and Kyle James, all of Baytown; and great-grandsons, Preston and Hayden James.Graveside services were held Friday, June 8, at Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan.In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718, 1-800-ACS-2345, www.cancer.org and/or The Greater Houston Area Alzheimer’s Association, 2242 West Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030-2998, 1-800-272=3900, www.alztex.org. To view the online obituary, go to www.navarrefuneralhome.com.Navarre Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Baytown, was in charge of arrangements. 

Morris
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 23, 2007 for Verlene Annie Morris, 84, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Chillers Moody officiating. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery in Houston.She was born August 31, 1922 in Hemphill, the daughter of David and Perlie Moore Moody.Mrs. Morris died Wednesday, June 20, in castle Pine Nursing Home in Lufkin. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Homer Dewey Morris; and grandson, Kenneth Robert Morris.Survivors include her sons, James Morris of Sommerville, Kenneth Morris of Coldspring and Dennis Morris of Lufkin; daughter, Wanda Morris of Houston; grandsons, Vernon Morris, Shannon Morris, Kevin Morris, Oliver Morris and Hunter Morris; granddaughters, Brandi Parker, Amber Olson and Caitlin Monnin; brother, Delton Moody; and 16 great-granddaughter. Pallbearers were Tommy Wilson, Shannon Morris, Vernon Morris, Kevin Morris, Oliver Morris and Pat Hackman.Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements. 

Reinicke - Lacy
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 25, 2007 for Isabel Laura Reinicke Lacy, 81, of Onalaska, in the First United Methodist Church of Onalaska, with the Revs. Paul G. Whitlatch and Dale Snell officiating. Interment followed in Restland Memorial Park in Livingston.“Miss Bea” as she was known, was born on October 14, 1925 to Charlie and Mary Reinicke and died on June 20, 2007 in Houston Hospice. She was retired from Bank of America and was of the Methodist faith. She was known as someone who loved having birthday parties and spending time with her friends. She was a huge fan of the Houston Astros and was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Onalaska.She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. lacy, Sr. and her parents.Survivors include her special friends, Nell Herndon, Dodie and Emily Graham, Darleen Schauer, Shannon Brettney, Hunter and Jasper King; many good friends from her church and the town of Onalaska and former co-workers.Pallbearers were Shannon Cain, Leroy Schauer, Harold Penn, Tom Hortenstine, Jim Oestreich and James Robert Williamson.To sign the online guest book, go to pacefuneral.com.Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Steiger
Funeral services for Roger Gerald Steiger Sr., 71, were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Cecil Vaden officiating. Interment with military honors followed in Houston National Cemetery. He was born April 6, 1936 in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Rudolph Oscar Steiger and Corinne Cassidy Steiger, both of whom preceded him in death. Mr. Steiger was employed as a draftsman for a steel company. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Steiger passed away on Friday, June 22, at his residence in Livingston. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Steiger of Livingston; daughters, Terri Steiger Sanders of Spring and Lisa Steiger of Houston; sons and daughters-in-law, Roger Steiger Jr. of Livingston, Rudy and Helen Steiger of Dickinson and Jack and Mandy Steiger of West Virginia; brothers and sister-in-law, Rudy and Cynthia Steiger of Vancouver, Washington and Ronnie Steiger of Largo, Florida; brother-in-law, Edwin Mann and wife, Patsy, of Louisville, Kentucky; and grandchildren, Barbara Steiger, Ashley Sanders, Sheila Lang, Sarah Sanders, Randi Lang, Sherri Steiger, Katelyn Steiger and Megan Steiger. Donations in his memory may be made to A Pineywoods Hospice, 1150 U.S. 59 Loop North, Livingston, Texas 77351.Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

 


 

 





 



 

 

 

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