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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of May 27, 2007 -June 4, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Funeral services for Daphnea Dixon Baker, 95, of Corrigan, were conducted Thursday, May 24, 2007, in the First Baptist Church of Corrigan, with Pastor Royce Pennington officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery.
Mrs. Baker was born November 5, 1911 in Acall in Trinity County.
She was self-employed as a beautician for most of her life and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Corrigan, where she served as Sunday School Superintendent for the youth.
Mrs. Baker passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 in Lufkin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alford Baker Sr.; son, Alfred Baker Jr.; parents, James and Minnie Lee Dixon Swann; sisters, Pearl Nowlin and Letha Spain; and brothers, Jim Swann, Marvin Swann and Doug Swann.
Survivors include her daughters and son-in-law, Gayle Smith and Rebecca Sue “Becky” and Bobby Collins, all of Corrigan; grandchildren, Amber and Bud Emerson, Brigette Edwards, Garet and Holli Collins, Richard and Melinda Voelker, LaDena Smith, Karry and Lena Smith, Mike Baker, Greg Baker, Karla Baker and Teresa Baker; and great-grandchildren, Dakota Smith, Montana Smith, Tarah White, Nikki White, Kylie Voelker, Paisley Voelker and Casey Voelker.
Pallbearers were Garet Collins, Bud Emerson, Richard Voelker, Larry Smith, Jimmy Wright and James Reagan.
Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 26, 2007 for Henrietta Graham, 78, of Corrigan, in Shiloh United Methodist Church in Moscow, with the Rev. Sandra Jackson officiating. Interment followed in Shiloh Cemetery in Moscow.  She was born November 12, 1928 in Kountze, the daughter of B-Moses and Minnie Gilder McDonald. She was a housewife and a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Moscow.She died on Saturday, May 19, in Lufkin. Her husband, Herman Graham and her parents, B-Moses and Minnie Gilder McDonald preceded her in death.Survivors include her son, Leroy Graham of Corrigan; granddaughters, Vanice Clark and Sharley Clark, both of Corrigan; grandsons, Robert Spears of Corrigan and Leroy Spears of Beaumont; 18 grandchildren and a host of family and friends. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Funeral services for Emzie Lee Lewis, 63, of Corrigan, were held Saturday, May 26, 2007, in Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Corrigan, with the Rev. James Woods officiating. Interment followed in Sumpter Cemetery in Woodlake.She was born  January 31, 1944 in Woodlake. She attended Camden Elementary and Chester High School. She received her certification as a certified nurse’s aide in 1969 and was a Baptist by faith.Mrs. Lewis passed away on Sunday, May 20, in Lufkin. She was preceded in death by her parents, Tommy and Teacy Cuffie Ash.Survivors include her son, Gerald Paul Lewis of Corrigan; daughters and sons-in-law, Melinda and Roy Jones, Irene Edwards and Hansford Lee, all of Lufkin, Sarah and Edward Robbins of Leggett, and Enzie Lewis of Corrigan; sister and brother-in-law, Irma and Ned Criswell of Corrigan; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tommy and Evonne Ash Sr. of Lufkin, Cleon Ash,  Willie B. Ash, Lee Odis and Lottie Ash, all of Moscow, L.M. and Lois Ash of Dallas, Donald Ash of Houston and Clarence and Bertha Colquitt of Corrigan; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  

Anthony Joseph Martone, 91, and wife, Lois Helen (nee: Miller), 90, of Livingston, Texas, formerly of North Haledon, New Jersey, died on Wednesday, May 23, 2007, both of natural causes. They were the parents of Robert A. Martone of Livingston, Marilyn Greig of Wayne, New Jersey, Denice Good of Garden City, Kansas, and Darlene Crane of Kingwood, Texas; brother of Frank Martone of Paterson; grandfather of 12 and great-grandfather of 24. Mr. and Mrs. Martone were born in Paterson, New Jersey, and lived 56 years in North Haledon, New Jersey before moving to Texas in 2004. Mr. Martone was the owner of Martone’s Barber Shop, Wayne, New Jersey, for over 56 years until his retirement life. He once performed vaudeville and appeared with Lou Costello of Abbott and Costello fame and learned and performed top dance through Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Both were parishioners of St. Paul’s RC Church, Prospect Park, New Jersey. Tony was a member of St. Paul’s Knights of Columbus. Lois was an only child of Dutch/German descent and became a wonderful Italian cook. The funeral will depart Browning-Forshay Funeral Home in Hawthorne, New Jersey, at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, followed by a 9:30 a.m. mass at St. Paul’s RC Church, Prospect Park, New Jersey. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Peterson, New Jersey. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to: Mothers Against Cancer, 5807 Juniper Knoll, Kingwood, Texas 77345.

 Glenn Thomasson, 51, of Onalaska, died on Wednesday, May 23, 2007.A memorial service will be held at a later date. Visitation was held on Sunday, May 27, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Pace Funeral Home in Livingston.To sign the guest book, go to pacefuneral.com.Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

A memorial service for Sharrel Alice Whitely, 41, of Livingston, was conducted at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at the Escapees Care Center.She was born April 18, 1966 in Euclid, Ohio, the daughter of Eugene “Woj” and Laverne Bogucki Wojeciechowski. She was employed in retail marketing.Mrs. Whitely died on Wednesday, May 23, 2007, in Livingston. She was preceded in death by her father.Survivors include her husband, Michael Whitely of Livingston; friends, Chris and Charles Yust and Billie Riley, all of Livingston and Albert and Leslie Harris of San Angelo; many other friends, including her Escapees friends; mother, LaVerne; and brother, Nell Wojciechowski of Wickliffe, Ohio.Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.







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