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For the Week of March 16, 2008 - March 30, 2008
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Gray
Funeral services for Cassandra Gray, 38, were held Saturday, March 15, 2008, in Macedonia Baptist Church, with the Rev. Kenneth Darden officiating. Burial followed in Carrington Cemetery in Seven Oaks.
She was born in Livingston, the daughter of Robert Williams and Emma Sue Robinson Petty and graduated from Livingston High School in 1989.
She died on Tuesday, March 11, in Kingwood Medical Center.
Survivors include her husband, Drexel Gray of Livingston, whom she married in May 1990 in Livingston; daughter, Alexandra Gray of Livingston; sister, Sylvia Lyons (Byron); and brother, Derrick Petty, all of Livingston; grandmother, Helen Henderson of Livingston; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Paul Jones, Todd Dirden, Chris Plattenburg, Keithrick Plattenburg, Otto Lyons, Ray Patterson, Larry Ryans, Mark Gray and Choveski Collins. Honorary pallbearers were Donald Robinson, Eddie Robinson, Cory Gray, Derrick Petty, Derrick Petty Jr., Brandon Petty, Kenneth Smith and Teshun Love.
Duncan Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Kruse
Heath Edward Kruse, 27, of Marshall, passed away on Tuesday, March 11, 2008, due to a car accident.
Funeral services for Mr. Kruse were held Monday, March 17, 2008, at Cochran Funeral Home, at 10:00 a.m. with Brother David Emmons officiating. Burial was in the Bluewater Cemetery, Livingston.
Heath was born March 15, 1980 in Houston, the son of Horace Elmer Kruse Jr. and Wanda Gail Emmons Kruse. He attended New Boston High School and was a member of the New Boston Athletic Club. He was a welder for Millennium Railway. He loved everybody, enjoyed fishing, hunting, music and golf. Heath was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church.
Survivors include his mother, Wanda Emmons Kruse; his father, Horace Kruse Jr. and his love, Jacqueline Haggard, all of Marshall, his sister and brother-in-law, Brandy and Steve Spears of Elysian Fields; nieces, Chesney, Madison and Samantha Spears; grandparents, Horace and Della Kruse Sr. of New Boston, Texas; great-grandparents, Elmer and Mildred Kruse of Sandhill, Texas and Thelma Thomas of New Boston, Texas; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and many friends.
His grandparents, Charles Eugene and Betty Lou Emmons; aunt, Brenda Emmons Fender; and brother, Reese Alan Kruse, preceded him in death.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Redd
Funeral services for Winford Farrells Redd, 85, were held Saturday, March 15, 2008, in Pine Forest Baptist Church, with Brother Larry Shine officiating. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery in Nogalus Prairie.
He was born November 5, 1922 in Trinity County, the son of James and Emily Brashear Redd.
Mr. Redd died on Tuesday, March 11, in Conroe Regional Medical Center. His parents; his wife, Rachel Benge Redd; and sisters, Lydia Jane McMullen, Velma Pate and Esther Lankford, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, James and Jo Redd of Onalaska and Wendell and Pam Redd of Planterville; daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah and Ry Birge of Richmond and Kaytrichia Redd of Livingston; grandchildren, Chrystal Redd, Jessica Birge, Nathan Birge, Shane Redd, Pat Redd, Joseph McCoy and Kasey Rae; great-grandchildren, Dustin Redd, Ally Redd and Kyleigh; brothers and sisters-in-law, Roy and Wanda Birge of Palestine, Clayton Birge of Willis and Carl and Edna Birge of Lufkin; sisters, Phyllis Kearns of Hill Top Lake, Leona Deal and Claudine Stone, both of Madisonville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Nathan Birge, Shane Redd, Joseph McCoy, Richard Deal Jr., Charles Taylor and William Taylor.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements..

Spradlin
Funeral services for Barto Wayne Spradlin were conducted on Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. at the Neal Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland, with the Rev. Daniel Goodman officiating. Interment was in Cleveland Memorial Cemetery in Cleveland.
He was born on August 31, 1930 and passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2008.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy “Melba” Spradlin; nieces, Iva Penix, Terri Wilmore and Joanna Lackey; nephews and nieces, Bob and Connie Penix, Pat and Joan Bridges, Pam and Jody Wren and Mike and Joyce Bridges; and many other great nephews, nieces, family and friends.
Services were entrusted to the care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Torno
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 15, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel for Esther M. Torno, 77, with Gary Torno officiating. Burial followed in San Patricia Memorial Gardens in Sinton.
She was born November 5, 1930 in Sinton, the daughter of Robert Marion and Minnie Cox Marion.
Mrs. Torno died Tuesday, March 11, 2008, in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston. Her parents; daughter, Ruth Marion; son-in-law, Boyd E. Walker; and grandson, Emery Wayne Walker, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband, Oscar V. Torno of Onalaska; daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth Walker of Onalaska, Carol and Don Browning of Brownwood, Shirley Hufford of Earley and Candy Torso of Ace, 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brother, Ernest Marion of Sinton; and sister, Barbara Knox of Sinton.
Pallbearers were Matthew Walker, Troy Marbugar, Robert Marlon, Tony Smith, Don Browning and Ray Browning. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Torno, David McAbee, J.P. Marbugar, Larry Murphy and Jeff Rapach.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Whitley
Graveside services for Larry David Whitley Sr., 51, of Corrigan, were held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2008 in the Union Springs Cemetery with Tim Fuller officiating.
Mr. Whitley was born June 28, 1956 in Fort Bend County, Texas, and passed away on Sunday, March 9, 2008 in Corrigan. He is preceded in death by his father, John Wesley Whitley.
He is survived by his mother, Glen Ora Whitley of Corrigan; son, Larry David Whitley Jr. of Lufkin; daughter, Crystal Chapman of Irving; brother, Herbert Whitley of Moscow; sisters, Barbara Shepherd of Corrigan, Sue Howell of Florida, Lisa Wisener of Nacogdoches; and many other relatives and friends.

Anderson                                   
Funeral services for Gwendolyn Anderson, 62, of Hull, were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2008, at Allison Funeral Service, with Rev. Lonnie Jordan officiating. Burial followed in Concord Cemetery, Rye.
She was born December 28, 1945 in Liberty, the daughter of the late Al Sirman and Mary Hooper Sirman.
A nurse for many years, she was always a giver. She was also known for her great cooking, her love of hunting, and her ability to tend to her garden and her devotion to her family.
She was a graduate of Hull-Daisetta High School in 1964 and went on to attend Cleveland School of Vocational Nursing, graduating in 1975.
She passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2008, at her home. She will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved her.
Survivors include her beloved husband of 44 years, Kenneth E. Anderson of Hull; sisters, Donna Broussard of Hull, Sherryl Duran and her husband, Daniel, of Lake Jackson, Texas; a brother, Buddy Sirman and his wife, Pat, of Natichez, Mississippi, numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Allison Funeral Service, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Ganzer
Marie H. Schulz Ganzer died on Monday, March 10, 2008, in Oden, Arkansas.
She was born March 26, 1918 in Shelby, Fayette County, Texas, the daughter of Albert H. and Lena Caroline Piel Schulz. She was married on December 8, 1938 to Bruno L. Ganzer, who preceded her in death on October 10, 1997. One sister, Gladys Schmidt and one brother, Jessie Schulz, preceded her in death.
Surviving children include John Ganzer and wife, Suzanne, of Livingston, Carolyn Ganzer White and husband, Donald, of Oden, Arkansas, Ruth Ganzer Cearly and husband, Jim, of Charleston, Arkansas, Jim Ganzer and wife, Tami, of Batesville, Arkansas, Jane Ganze Alfier and husband, John, of Walston Spring, Missouri and Bill Ganzer of Clyde; grandchildren, Brent Ganzer of Denver, Colorado, Ryan Ganzer of Livingston, Gary White of Washington, Arkansas, Cindy Hamilton of Hot Springs, Arkansas, James Cearley, John Cearley and Glenda Harrington, all of Charleston, Arkansas, Janice Ganzer of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Ronnie Ganzer of Valdosta, Georgia, Travis Ganzer,  Tasha Ganzer and Tara Warner, all of Batesville, Arkansas, Hanna Alfier and Katrina Alfier of Weldon Spring, Missouri and Matthew Brooks of Clyde, 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Edgar Schulz of Littlefield; and two sisters, Verdell Baer of Wichita Falls and Audrey Stoerner of Amarillo.
 Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 13, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Livingston, with Pastor Carl Roth officiating. Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
Guerrero
Graveside services for Claude Emil Guerrero, of Hardin were held on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. at the Hardin Chapel Cemetery in Hardin.
He was born July 21, 1931 to parents Prudencio Guerrero and Frances Carroll in Victoria. He worked as a truck driver.
Guerrero passed away on Wednesday, March 5, at the V.A, Hospital in Houston. His parents; brothers, Eddie Jones, Willie Kutchka, Alvin Kutchka and Napoleon Guerrero; and sisters, Ruby Alders, Elizabeth Kutchka, Sophie Walters, Mary Guerrero, Annie Guerrero and Sulema Traber, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his brother, Elmer Guerrero; and many nieces and nephews.
Allison Funeral Service, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Hamilton
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2008, at St. Luke’s Missionary Baptist Church for Jonathan Hamilton Sr., 77, with Pastor Keith Johnson officiating. Burial followed at Liberty Baptist Cemetery in Point Blank.
He was born February 24, 1931 in Onalaska, to the late Chancis Hamilton Sr. and Lillie Mae Parker Hamilton.
He died on March 6, 2008.
Survivors include is loving wife, Bessie Mae Hamilton; 10 children, Charlotte, Kenneth and wife, Regina, Jonathan Hamilton Jr., Loretta and husband, Robert Campbell, Sandra Hamilton, Vance and wife, Patricia Hamilton, Nikki and husband, Greg Johnson, Terry and wife, Deltra Hamilton, Jacquelyn and husband, Gregory Green Sr., Liz and husband, Kevin Miller, two sisters, Leola Shepherd and Lillie Mae Smith; 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Kevin Basset, Larry Johnson, Ben Johnson, James Criswell, David Wyatt and Willie Johnson. Honorary pallbearers included Jonathan Hamilton Jr., Terry Hamilton, Kenneth Hamilton, Vance Hamilton, Paul Dirden, Michael Dirden, Greg Johnson, Robert Campbell, Kevin Miller and Gregory Green.
Duncan Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

House
Funeral services for Rachel Jennette Black House, 71, were held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 13, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Gary House officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery, Onalaska.
She was born April 12, 1936 in Onalaska, the daughter of Odis and Mettie Tate Black, both of whom preceded her in death.
She died on Sunday, March 9, in Triumph Hospital in Houston.
Survivors include her husband, Roy House of Houston; sons and daughters-in-law, Odis “Del” and Marylee House of Houston and Gary F. and Lillian House of Cleveland; brother, Putt Black of Onalaska; sisters, Billie Gladden of Palestine and Frances Ledo of Livingston; granddaughters, Ashley House, Hailey House and Melanie House, all of Houston; and grandsons, Phillip House and Evan House, both of Cleveland, Ohio.
Pallbearers were Charlie Richardson, Jerry Wayne Cassity, Ricky Black, Hunter Black, Ricky Black Jr., Eddie Black. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Cassity, Ted Everitt and L.E. “Tom” Willis.
Cochran Funeral Home, Onalaska, was in charge of arrangements.

Jerman
A memorial service was held on Thursday, March 6, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. for Claude E. “E.J.” Jerman, 61, at the Smith Point Baptist Church.
He was born on June 22, 1946 in Washington, D.C., to Robert Lee Jerman and Evelyn Lee O’Bannon.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran and a carpenter. He enjoyed race cars and seeing after his wife of 24 years, Susan Elizabeth Madden Jerman. E.J. was a member of the Smith Point Baptist Church.
He died on Saturday, March 1, 2008, in an Anahuac Nursing Home. His parents; a brother, Robert Lee Jerman Jr.; a sister, Ruth Jerman; a stepson, Robert Paul Okas; and a nephew, Gary Bradley Arnett, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Elizabeth Jerman of Smith Point; daughters, Evelyn Marie Jerman of Bradford, Pennsylvania, and Ka Sandra Marie Jerman of Smethport, Pennsylvania; sons, Daniel Scott Oaks of South Gate, Michigan, James Glenn Avery and Harold Lee Oaks Jr.; three brothers, Ralph Jerman and wife, Wanda, Petey Jerman and Kenneth Jerman, all of Virginia; a sister, Mary Lee Cavender of Washington; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mizell
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2008 for Annie Wise “Weedie” Mizell, 78, of Bay City, at the First Pentecostal Church in Bay City with Dr. Marvin Moore, Rev. Greg Barnes and Rev. David Myer officiating. Entombment followed at Roselawn  Memorial Park.
She was born March 27, 1929 in Vinton, Louisiana, to the late Joseph Milton DeVille Sr. and Mary Mildred Clark DeVille.
She had been a resident of Bay City since 1996. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service and had been a teacher.
Annie passed away on Monday, March 3, 2008. Her husband, Howard Merrell, preceded her in death in 2006.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Mildred and Dr. Marvin Moore of Bay City; granddaughter, Dr. Kandace Moore; and great-granddaughter, Karrissa Moore, both of Bay City; nephews, Rebel Wayne DeVille and David Keith DeVille and wife, Nancy, all of Dayton; and great-nieces and nephews, Karian DeVille, David DeVille Jr., Haleigh and Bethany DeVille; and her faithful pet companion, “Chipper Moore.”

Moore
Funeral services were held on Friday, March 14, 2008 for Billy Lee Moore, 73, at Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston with Lindell Mitchell and Ed Smith officiating. Burial was in the Big Sandy Cemetery.
He was born November 21, 1934 in Camp Ruby. He passed away on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at his home in Big Sandy, Texas. His father, Polk Moore; his mother, Dora Kelly Moore; and his three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly Moore of Big Sandy; daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Robbin Adams of Richmond; daughter, Karen Wilhelm of Dayton; son and daughter-in-law, Joel and Kim Moore of Big Sandy; grandchildren, Heather Barba, Faith Adams, Ruslan Adams, Matthew Adams, Ivan Adams, Sebastian Adams, Elizabeth Adams, Rachel Adams, Rebekah Adams, Justin Moore, Jacob Moore, Kelsey Moore, Michelle Kirkpatrick, Tiffany Sorensen and Amanda Schultz; three great-grandchildren; and Pauline Hendrix of Big Sandy.
Pallbearers were Gregg Duff, Mark Duff, Tommy Williford, Scott Parrish, Justin Moore and Jacob Moore.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Rabel
A Mass of Christian Burial for Neva Marie Rabel, 71, of Jasper, was conducted at noon on Monday, March 10, 2008, at St. Louise Catholic Church in Winnie. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery in Winnie.
A native of Winnie, she graduated from Beaumont High School in 1954 and attended Due Nursing School before moving to Houston. While in Houston, she was a secretary in the hospital, insurance and petroleum industries.
There she met the love of her life, Henry Rabel. They were married November 10, 1956, and the union lasted 51 years.
She retired in 1991 as tax assessor-collector for the City of Liberty. Marie then moved to Jasper and co-owned and operated Country Corner Resale Shop with her sister.
She passed away on March 7, 2008, at Jasper Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. Her parents, Nolan and Leona Lulue Guidry of Beaumont and two brothers, Wayne Guidry and Marvin Guidry, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband, Henry Rabel of Jasper; sons, David Rabel and wife, Elaine, of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Bryan Rabel and wife, Ela, of LaPorte, Gregory Rabel, Corey Rabel and wife, Amber, all of Houston; sister, Bertha Parfait and husband, James, of Jasper; uncle, Wallace Lulue of Santee, California; 15 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

Scott
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 8, 2008 for Prentice James Scott Sr., of Hardin, at the Church of Christ, Liberty.
Prentice was born to parents Frank and Nada Scott on July 7, 1932 in Liberty. He attended school in Hardin Independent School District. He was employed by Roeling Construction for many years. He enjoyed the outdoors and was a very devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend.
He passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2008, at the Liberty-Dayton Hospital. His parents; son, Prentice James Scott Jr. and daughter, Robert Loretha Scott, preceded him in death.
Left to cherish his memories, his devoted wife of 50 golden years, Sewilla Scott; his loving children, George Scott, James Scott, Harold Scott, Janet Carrier, Vanessa Scott, Tiffaney Morgan and husband, Wayne, and Cynthia Simmons and husband, Kenneth; sisters, Velma Battise, Mary Minon, Gracie Bias, Wanda Bell and brother-in-law, Johnell, and his brothers, Benny Scott and sister-in-law, Gwen and Brendall Scott; twelve grandchildren and one great-grandson.  
Allison Funeral Home, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Simms
Funeral services for Landon “Boo Boo” Simms, 5, were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. A.V. Walters officiating. Burial followed in Bluewater Cemetery.
Landon was born February 19, 2003 in Livingston and died Thursday, March 6, 2008, in Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. He was known as someone who could brighten a room on entrance.
Survivors include his mom and dad, Samantha and James Smith of Goodrich; sisters, Haley Simms of Groveton, Megan Smith of Goodrich and Jessica Smith of Livingston; nanny and paw paw, Lavada and Jimmy Pixley, of Livingston, aunts and uncles, Sandra and Jimmy Prater and family of Tomball, Johnnie Sue and Mitchell Watson of Livingston, Anita and Jerry Haggard of Livingston, Lisa and Tracy Clark of Jenna, Louisiana, Cissy and Robert Jordan of Livingston and Darlene and John Garner of Livingston; uncles and aunts, Bubba and Janelle Pickard and family of Livingston and Bobby and Nancy Watson of Livingston; uncle, James Molina of Livingston; great-aunts, Hazel Williams and Marie Pierce, both of Livingston; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Mitchell Watson Jr., Sandra Prater, Shon Garner and Bubba Pickard. Honorary  pallbearer was Marie Pierce.
Arrangements were under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston.

Sutherland
Leslie Bernard Sutherland died Sunday morning, March 2, 2008, in Livingston.
Mr. Sutherland was born July 9, 1923 in Ottawa, Kansas.
Mr. Sutherland served in the United States Navy during World War II aboard a PC boat. He was a member of the American Legion. He had a lifelong love of airplanes, trains and boats and was an avid model builder. Mr. and Mrs. Sutherland spent most of his retirement years traveling in their trailer. During that time they visited almost all of the 50 states while viewing museums, antique train and airplane gatherings, as well as RV rallies. They were active participants in the Escapees, where he leaves hundreds of friends. He spent the past 17 winters at Rainbow’s End in Livingston.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Phyllis Sutherland of Livingston and Redwood City, California; daughter, Deborah Sircy of Ocean Park, Washington; daughters, Carol Jones, Paula Wilkerson and sons, Dee and Robert Sutherland, all of California; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Per Mr. Sutherland’s wishes, no services were held.

Turner
Funeral services for Kelly Denise Turner, 37, were held Monday, March 10, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Jimmy Hermes officiating. Burial followed in Center Grove Cemetery.
She was born October 20, 1970 in Woodville, the daughter of James and Deborah Parker Booth.
Mrs. Turner died Thursday, March 6, in Conroe Regional Medical Center in Conroe.
Survivors include her husband of 16 years, Darius “Beau” Turner of Livingston, daughter, Courtney Turner of Livingston; son, Zachary Turner of Livingston; grandparents, Charles and Patsy Parker of Livingston; father and stepmother, James Thomas Booth and Shirley of Goodrich; mother and stepfather, Charlene Crocker and Charles of Splendora; grandmother, Alice Hernandez of Pasadena; sister and brother-in-law, Shelly Ivy and Randy of Splendora; sisters, Lacy Crocker of Splendora, Alice Crocker of Baytown, Casey Crocker of Pasadena and Bobbi Jo Bell of Goodrich; brothers and sisters-in-law, Buddy Adams and Debbie of Tenmile, Tennessee and Loyde Adams and Shelly of Lufkin; aunt and uncle, Ruby Peterson and Mike of Rochester, Washington; special friends, Dana Washington and Patty Cotton, both of Livingston and numerous cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles.
Pallbearers were Justin Handley, Wayne Collins, Kevin Collins, Keith Woodman, Mickey Dean, Howell and Scott Brown. Honorary pallbearers were Dewayne Harrison, Chris Harrison, Otis Washington, Caleb Washington, Tyler Washington and Megan Bartholomew.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Weeks
Graveside services were held Monday, March 10, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. for Opal Lee Cantrell Weeks, 76, of Dayton, at Cleveland Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Jeff Day officiating.
She was born February 4, 1932 in Goose Greek, Texas to parents, John S. and Gertrude Johnson Cantrell.
She had been a long before time resident of Dayton before moving to the Cleveland area 10 years ago, was a member of the Pentecostal Church. She enjoyed cooking and loved being with her two dogs.
She passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, in Livingston after an extended illness. Her parents; her husband, James “Jimmy” Weeks; grandson, Eddie F. “Little Eddie” Weeks; brothers, David Cantrell, Roy D. Cantrell, Richard Cantrell and Johnny Canter, and her sister, Marie E. Brooks, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sons, James Weeks and wife, Wendy, of Dayton, Eddie Weeks and wife, Tina, of Cleveland; daughters, Dorothy Odom and husband, Chester, of Pasadena, and Marie Hicks and husband, Ed, of Splendora, 10 grandchildren; three step-great grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four step great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Woods
Linda Syphrett Wood of Beaumont died after a brief illness on March 1, 2008.
Parents, Pauline and Donley Syphrett of Liberty and husband, Henry Wood of Nashville, Tennessee, preceded her in death.
Sister, Donna Prince and husband, Paul, of Beaumont and nephew, Paul PRINCE III of Houston, survive her.
She attended Liberty public schools and received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas.
Linda had recently moved to Beaumont from Nashville, where she was involved in various community activities.
She served as a docent at the Checkwood Museum of Art and at Belle Meade Plantation, worked with the Pottery Guild of Nashville, volunteered at Vanderbuilt University Hospital and fostered rescue animals for the Nashville Humane Society.
She was an accomplished potter and painter, loved bowling and golf and was a fierce competitor in all board and card games.
After deciding to move to Beaumont, she immediately bought a home, acquired a library card, investigated several volunteer opportunities; joined the art studio, made arrangements to enroll at Lamar University and became a member of the Ladies Poker Parlor and Social Club.
The oncology nurses and aides at Memorial Hermann Baptist and Christus Saint Elizabeth Hospitals also cared for Linda and her family with great gentleness and compassion.
Although Linda did not wish a formal funeral service, the Rev. Byron Crocker gave comfort to family and friends by leading prayers at her bedside.
She requested that her ashes be mingled with those of her husband and spread over the Texas Hill Country at bluebonnet time.
She came into this world as my sister and she departed as my friend.
Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin, Beaumont.
Complete and updated information may be viewed at www.broussardmortuary.com.

 

 

 

 

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