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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of June 4, 2007 - June 11, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Funeral services for Ina Fay Kinard Adrian, 75, of Liberty, were held Sunday, June 3, 2007 at Allison Funeral Services with Rev. Raymond McHenry officiating.
She was born February 12, 1932 in Liberty, the daughter of George and Edna (Davis) Derrington. She has lived in the Liberty area all of her life and worked as a pharmacy tech.
In her spare time, she enjoyed baking, special her family’s favorite chocolate pie, playing the piano, watching the Astros and most of all spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She was a very spunky woman who was a good mother, grandmother and friend. She will be missed by all that knew her.
Mrs. Adrian passed away on May 31, 2007. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Curtis Kinard; son, Bobby Joe Kinard; and daughter, Kathleen Kinard.
Survivors include her husband, James Adrian; son, Billy Kinard and wife, Gay; brother, C.W. Derrington; grandchildren, Kelly, Seth, Kerri and Jeff; nephew, Ray Derrington; and many other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations may be made to the charity of your choice in Ina’s memory.
To send the family online condolences visit www.allisonfuneralservice.com.
Allison Funeral Services of Liberty was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held on June 6, 2007 for Earl Hodges, 76, of Coldspring, at the First Baptist Church, Coldspring, with Dr. Don M. Shannon officiating. Interment was at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Shepherd.

He was born in Eupora, Mississippi, on November 9, 1930, the son of Homer and Myrtle Hodges. Mr. Hodges passed away on Sunday, June 3, 2007 in Conroe Medical Center. His grandson, Justin Dozier; and sister, Ann Davis, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his loving wife, Francis “Tommie” Hodges; children, Carrie and Kem Isaacks, Larry Hodges, Terri and Jimmy Dozier, Jerry and Glenda Hodges, Cherry and Terry Williams; brothers, Hoard, Harvey, Raymond, Jambs Robert; grandchildren, Michelle Dinges, Kelly Dinges, Stephanie Dinges, Ally Williams, Eric Garcia, Kyle Dozier and Heath Dozier, along with numerous family members and friends.

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

Funeral services for Taft Baldwin (PaPa) Lewis, 92, of Liberty, were conducted Saturday, June 9, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Liberty.

He was born on July 3, 1914 in Bay City. He was a self-employed handyman of many trades. He was a very caring person who loved caring for his family and friends.

Mr. Lewis was a baptized Jehovah’s Witness for over 50 years and remained faithful until his death. He will be sadly missed by many whose lives he has touched.

Mr. Lewis fell asleep in death on June 1, 2007 in Livingston. His loving wife, Erniter Britton Babbs Lewis; parents, four brothers, five sisters and sons, Herbert L. Babbs Jr. and Nathan Babbs preceded him in death.

Survivors include his three daughters, Yolanda Moye and Charles, Pamela Williams and Juanita Nolley and Kevin; three sons, Jessie C. Babbs Sr. and Patricia, Tommie O. Babbs and Terrence R. Babbs and Lashanda; 21 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

A special thanks to his niece and nephew, John Henry Smith of Liberty and Dorothy Lewis Fisher of West Columbia.

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

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2007 for John Thomas McDaniel, 96, at Coldspring United Methodist Church. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Coldspring.

He was born March 3, 1911 in Cooper, Texas and died on May 31, 2007 in Austin.

He and his wife of 68 years, Shirley Patrick McDaniel, were longtime residents of Coldspring, where he was an active member of the Lions Club, the Senior Citizens’ Center, and the Coldspring United Methodist Church, as well as a strong supporter of the Coldspring Area Public Library.

Mr. McDaniel served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and went ashore at Normandy. He retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1960.

After retirement, the McDaniels enjoyed traveling across the United States and Canada with their Airstream trailer. They were known for their hospitality and had friends throughout the country and around the world.

Survivors include his daughter, Kathleen McDaniel Trachta; granddaughter, Kendra Trachta; her husband, MacGregor Magruder; and great-granddaughters, Adair and Arden; granddaughter, Tracey Trachta-Ferstl and her husband, Chris; great-grandsons, Parker and Carson; and grandson, John Joseph Trachta and wife, Yvonne; great-granddaughters, Marissa and Alexandra; and great-grandson, John Joseph.

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

Julius Slaughter passed away on May 1, 2007.

He was a good husband, father and friend. This great American was born on the 4th of July 1923 in Eunice, Louisiana, but he lived in and loved Coldspring.

He was a true Yankee Doodle Dandy. While in the Navy he served in World War II on the USS Wilson in the Pacific Ocean where he earned a Purple Heart defending the attacks of kamikaze pilots and later became recognized as one of the last remaining survivors of that era.

After World War II he left the Navy and joined the Air Force to become one of only 13 to reach the rank of Chief Master Sergeant.

Twenty-three years later he retired and moved to Huntsville, where he graduated from Sam Houston State University with a master’s degree in education and shared his rich experience and knowledge with younger generations for many years thereafter.

He retired again and spent time traveling the United States with his wife, Ruth.

Julius lived 83 rich and exciting years never doubting God’s presence and has now joined God’s fold.

Survivors include his daughter, Judy; and son, George (Al); and he will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Julius Slaughter’s remains are laid to rest at the Magnolia Cemetery, Lilley-Yeager Loop North, San Jacinto County.

Funeral services for Ralph Lloyd “Buddy” Sturrock, 84, of Gilmer, were held at 10:00 a.m. June 6, 2007 in the Welch Funeral Home Chapel in Longview with Stephen Woodfin officiating. Burial followed at Rosewood Park Cemetery.
He was born December 26, 1922 in Sour Lake, the son of Barrett Travis and Mattie Greenwood Sturrock. He served as Sergeant in the United States Army and was a member of the FW Post 1183. He was a former Texas Prisoner of War during World War II. Mr. Sturrock was a member of the Masonic Temple and Texas Farm Bureau. He worked as a District Foreman and retired from Mid-Valley/Sunoco Petroleum.
Mr. Sturrock passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2007. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lenard Sturrock and Milton Sturrock.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Ralph L. II and Kathy Sturrock of Gilmer; daughter, Rhonda Sturrock Bigham of Gilmer; grandson, Ralph Lloyd III and Brenda Sturrock of Birmingham, Alabama; grandson, Richard Lloyd Bigham of Galveston; granddaughter, heather Nicole Sturrock of Gilmer; grandson, Corey Lane Sturrock of Gilmer; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 529, Longview, Texas 75606.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 4, 2007 for Elizabeth Ann Mitchell Wilkerson, 61, of Waco, (formerly of Baytown) at Sterling Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Evans officiating. Burial followed in Palms Memorial Cemetery in Dayton.
Ann was born June 15, 1945 in Sunflower, Mississippi, the daughter of Joe Dudley Mitchell and Margie Marie Wiggington Mitchell. She married Ronnie Wilkerson on July 1, 1991 in Baytown. She was a member of the Church of God.
She went to meet the Lord on Friday, June 2, 2007. Her parents; a son, Dudley Wayne Davis; sister, Joe Marie Baldwin; and nephew, Mitch Morgan, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband, Ronald “Ronnie” Paul Wilkerson of Waco; daughter, Leisa Alexander and husband, Clint, of Old River; three grandchildren, Krista Bankston, Katie Alexander and Nikki Alexander, all of Old River; one great-grandson, Wesley Bankston of Old River; two sisters, Donna Morgan of Boyle, Mississippi and Faye Riddell of Greenville, Mississippi; two very special caregivers, Sara Gonzales and Vivian Enriquez of Waco; and four nieces and various great nieces and nephews.
Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Jim Zaruba Sr., 88, of Tarkington Prairie, were held on Monday, June 4, 2007, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton, with Brother Brad Benoit officiating. Interment followed at Palms Memorial Park Cemetery, Dayton.
He was born June 30, 1918 in Dayton, the son of Joseph and Carolyn Zaruba. He served during World War II in the Army Calvary and Air Force. Mr. Zaruba farmed for many years on the Reidland and Guthrie Farms before retiring.
Mr. Zaruba died on June 1, 2007, after an extended illness. His parents and his wife, Cassie Zaruba, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his daughter, Melodye Barta and husband, Steve, of Kingwood; son, Jim Zaruba Jr. and wife, Margie, of Baytown; grandchildren, Jim Lucas Zaruba of Baytown, Phil and Mary Vera of Spring, Cliff and Sara Roberts of Houston and Marcus and Jessica Zaruba of Pearland; great-grandchildren, Thomas Roberts of Houston and Karyssa Zaruba of Baytown; and step-great-grandchildren, Robert Hernandez, Joshua Martinez and Janette Martinez of Baytown.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements..







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