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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of June 12, 2007 - June 19, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2007 for Pamela Turnage Bigby, 51, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Larry Trest officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Chester.
She was born June 27, 1955 in Monroe, Louisiana, the daughter of John Willard Turnage and Jacqueline Estep Turnage.
Mrs. Bigby died on Thursday, June 7, in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston. Her father and one son, Joshua Lee Bigby, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her mother, Jacqueline Lee Estep Turnage of Beaumont; husband, Brigham E. Bigby Jr. of Chester; daughter, Elizabeth Ann Bigby of Livingston; sons, Brigham E. Bigby III and John Harrison Bigby, both of Livingston; brothers, Mark Turnage of Beaumont and John Turnage Jr. of Waco; and sister, Brenda Hornbeck of Virginia.
Pallbearers were Brigham E. Bigby Jr., Brigham E. Bigby III, John Harrison Bigby, Mark Turnage, John Turnage Jr., Henry Hornbeck and Chess Adams.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 8, 2007 for Betty Jo Holden, 51, in the chapel of Klein Funeral Home in Tomball.

She died on June 4, 2007. She is preceded in death by her fathers, Richard Morgan and Leroy Whorley; and one brother, Paul Morgan.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Holden; daughter, Shauna Vestal and fiancée, Billy Evans; sons, Joe Anthony Garcia and Kyle Schweigert; mothers, Mollie Morgan and Ida Whorley; sisters, Sharon Green and husband, Terry, Wonda Sanchez and husband, Randy, Linda Ginn and husband, Johnny, and Etta Faye Hyde and husband, Larry; brothers, Richard Morgan and wife, Kyren, Larry Whorley and wife, Kay, Dale Whorley and wife, Diane, and Ricky Whorley and wife, LaRae; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, 39 nieces and nephews; and a host of life long friends.

G. Johnson
Graveside services were held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2007 for Glen Johnson, 74, in Gourd Creek Cemetery in New Waverly, with the Rev. Freddie Sims officiating.

He was born March 2, 1933 in New Waverly, the son of Leonard and Lonnie Sims Johnson.

Mr. Johnson died on Wednesday, June 6, 2007, in Memorial Health System of East Texas in Lufkin. His parents and his wife, Bessie Marie McKenzie Johnson, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his sons, Bobby Johnson of Indiana, Guy Johnson, Richard Johnson and Kenneth Johnson, all of Livingston, and Thomas Johnson of Onalaska;; daughter, Janice Appel of Gordonville, Missouri; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Leonard Johnson and L.M. Johnson, both of Houston; and sister, Willa Barte of New Waverly.

Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

L. Johnson
A graveside services for Lewis Mortilee Johnson, of Onalaska, on May 18 at Carlisle Cemetery, with the Rev. Douglas Johnson officiating.

Mr. Johnson was born on January 4, 1939 in Trinity, and died at the age of 69 on May 15, 2007 at his residence in Onalaska.

Mr. Johnson was known as a gentleman who was honest, generous and compassionate and a man who loved and respected his family. He loved his ever present companion, his puppy “Little Man.” He also loved the company of all his many friends and his pasttime of fishing.

Lewis was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee and Nellie Viola Johnson; brothers, Odell, Clyde, John D., Tom, Donald and Robert Johnson; and sisters, Olla May Gray and Lois Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Callens Johnson of Onalaska; sons, Martin Lee Johnson and Danny Lewis Johnson; brother, Roscoe Johnson; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Waller-Thornton Funeral Home, Trinity, was in charge of final arrangements.

Funeral services for Vesta McCready Neal, 94, were held Wednesday, June 6, 2007, at Eastern Hills United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Greenwood Memorial Park.

She was born in 1913 in Blum to Arthur and Josephine McCready. She attended Rule High School, where she was captain of the women’s basketball team. She met Marvin Ellis Neal at a Halloween party and married him on November 24, 1935. They had two children, Mark Ellis Neal and Julie Suzanne Neal Alexander.

During World War II, while Marvin was serving in the Navy in the South Pacific, Vesta lived in Fort Worth and worked as Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation (now known as Carswell AFB, JRB) working on the B-24 and B-36 planes. After the war, she and Marvin moved to Pasadena, where she worked at Sears Roebuck and retired in 1973.

After retirement, Vesta and Marvin moved to Lake Livingston. Mrs. Neal became very active in the Polk County Garden Club. She served as their president for the 1987-88 year and that year the Garden Club went to the state convention and won the top award. After she stepped down from her year as president, the Garden Club named a scholarship in her honor, the Vesta Neal Scholarship. She became a life member of the Texas Garden Club, Inc. in 1987. In 2007, the Club gave a $1,000 award to a Livingston High School graduate.

She was active in the First United Methodist Church in Livingston. After her husband’s death in 1990, Mrs. Neal moved to Fort Worth to be closer to her daughter and granddaughter. She transferred her church membership to Eastern Hills UMC.

Survivors include her children, Julie S. Alexander and Mack E. Neal and wife, Theresa; granddaughters, Heather Alexander McIntyre and husband, Sean, and Tammy Jones Johnson and husband, Mark; grandson, William Clark; great-granddaughters, Katelyn McIntyre and Victoria Johnson; and great-grandson, Lliam Clark.

Memorials may be made to the Vesta Neal Scholarship Fund, Polk County Garden Club, 204 Mill Street, Livingston, Texas 77351 or the Gideon Memorial Bible Fund, % Greg Ogletree, 1410 W. Noblitt, Livingston, Texas 77351.

Greenwood Funeral Home, Arlington, was in charge of arrangements.

 Funeral services were held at Central Baptist Church on Tuesday, June 5, 2007 for Wilma Lee Ogletree, 90, of Livingston. Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery.

She was born December 27, 1916 in Morgansport, Louisiana, the daughter of Isham and Artie Walker Gray. Mrs. Ogletree was a Sunday School teacher at Central Baptist Church for many years. She was a founding member of the Livingston Art League and a benefactor of Memorial Medical Center, Livingston.

Mrs. Ogletree died on Sunday, June 3, 2007, at her residence in Livingston. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Ogletree, whom she married at her parent’s home in Soda on October 19, 1935; her parents; brother, L.L. Gray Jr.; and grandson, Barry Gray Ogletree Jr.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Ben R. and Jan Ogletree Jr. of Livingston, Barry and Karen Ogletree of Lufkin,  Greg and Kathy Ogletree of Livingston, and Kelton and Louisia Ogletree of Livingston; grandsons and wives, Ben R. and Tammi Ogletree III, Clark and Yana Ogletree, Will Ogletree, Jonathan Ogletree and Daniel Villarreal; granddaughters and husband, Londa and John Haynes, Lee Parker, Alex and Robert Belt, Jennifer and Grady Rowe, Lauren and Tres Harrison, Samantha Ogletree and Mary Parker; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Ben R. Ogletree III, Clark Ogletree, John Haynes, Will Ogletree, Robert Belt, Grady Rowe, Jonathan Ogletree, Tres Harrison and Daniel Villarreal.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Baptist Church Building Fund.

Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Billie Floye Pillows, 76, of Groveton, were held Tuesday, June 5, 2007, at Groveton Funeral Home, with Brother Terry Morris officiating. Interment followed in Moore Cemetery.

She was born March 2, 1931 in Nacogdoches. She served on the Centerville School Board for 23 years, was a retired cosmetologist and was a Baptist.

Mrs. Pillows died on June 2 in Groveton. She was preceded in death by her son, Earl Ray Mericle; and parents, Henry and Gracie Herring Morris.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Lee Pillows Jr. of Groveton; children, Preston Mericle and wife, Mary, of Livingston, Billie White and husband, James, of Trinity, Floye Hall of Thibodeaux, Louisiana and Glenn Pillows of Trinity; brother, Morris Hilton of Shertz; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Moore Cemetery.

Groveton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

A memorial service was held for Nelda Joyce Shanks, 62, of Livingston, at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 11, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel.

Mrs. Shanks died on Thursday, June 7, 2007, in Lufkin. Her mother, Cleo Reed Todd; husband, Donald O. Shanks; and brothers, Howard Rodger Shapley and Jack Lowell Shapley, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, Michael Rex Shapley; daughters, Tracy M. Davis and husband, Jerry, and Brandi N. Pope and husband, Benny; step-daughter, Angie Shanks; two brothers, three sisters; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Former Livingston resident, Emmett Lee “Butch” Smith Jr., 52, died suddenly on Tuesday, June 5, at his residence in Houston.

She was born January 1, 1955 in Houston, the son of Emmett Lee Smith, who preceded him in death, and Dorothy Dement Smith.

Survivors include his wife and devoted companion, Peggy Schroeder; and her sons and grandchildren; mother, Dorothy Smith of Livingston; brother, Larry Smith of Cypress; sisters, Kay Buller of Livingston and Linda Williams of Magnolia; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were held Saturday, June 9, 2007, at Guadalupe Funeral Home, Houston.

Funeral services for Emily Jane Walters, 91, were held Saturday, June 9, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Hosea and Brother Larry Byrd officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery.

She was born May 12, 1916 in Leggett, the daughter of John and Catherine Tullos McCormick.

Mrs. Walters died Wednesday, June 6, at her residence in Goodrich. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clemon L. Walters; son, John Clemon Walters; daughter, Lana Catherine Leggett; brothers, Lon McCormick and Will McCormack; and sisters, Nola Buller, Ruth Marsh, Johnnie Mae LaRoe and Ethel Gregory.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Madelyn Leggett of Orangefield; grandsons, Mark Leggett and wife, Helen, of Nederland, John Walters and James Scott Walters; granddaughters, Cathey Leggett Treibel and husband, Larry, of Humble and Jane Walters; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Mark Leggett, John Walters, Dr. Ray Perez, James Corder, Jack Leggett, Dr. David Gregory and Larry Treibel.

Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

A memorial service was held on June 13, 2007 for John Hamilton Webb, 66, of Livingston, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel.

Mr. Webb died on June 7, 2007, in Livingston.

Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

A.L. “Buddy” Wood, a long-time resident of Onalaska, was born November 5, 1932 and died on June 3, 2007.

He loved to fish on Lake Livingston and was known as someone with caring friends with whom he shared many happy memories.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 16, at Triple Creek Marina by the water where his remains were spread as was his final wish.

Survivors include his sons, Jesse King and wife, Sue, and Jody Wood and wife, Ivon; daughters, Nita Lewis and husband, David, Melba Hill and husband, James, and Brenda K. Bang and fiancée LaDon Davis; step-son, John Kennemer and wife, Kelle; step-daughters, Sue Troxtell and husband, Billy, and LaRonna Rice; grandchildren, Valerie, Jonathan, Becky, Shonna, Sabrina, Jessica, Brandon, Paul, Brittian, Skyler and Andrea; seven great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jesse; mother, Melba; sister, Tod Stewart; and former wife, Berta Wood.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Texoma HealthCare ICU unit in Denison, Texas.








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