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

Funeral services for David Franklin Andress, 73, were held Friday, April 13, 2007, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Dayton. Interment followed at Linney Cemetery.
He was born February  19, 1934, the son of Dennis and Vega McAlister Andress. He had been a long time resident of this area and had attended Liberty High School. He had lived in Dayton for over 43 years and retired from Texas Eastern where he was a pipeline inspector.
Mr. Andress enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most of all he enjoyed his family.
Mr. Andress passed away on Wednesday, April 11, at home after an extended illness. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Evelyn Butcher Andress.
Survivors include his sons, Britt Andress and wife, Carolyn, of Dayton and David Andress of Hull-Daisetta; his brothers, Garth Andress and wife, Jacqueline, of Devers, Robert Andress and wife, Loretta, of Livingston and Dennis Andress and wife, Rosemarie, of Two Rivers, Wisconsin; his sisters, Bobbie Sullivan of Natchitoches, Louisiana, Doris Fielder of Berwick, Louisiana and Ann Branden and husband, Barris, of Magnolia and Martha Sylvest of Sulphur, Louisiana; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 14, 2007, at Pace Funeral Home, for Edna Marguerite Brown, 79, with the Rev. Preston Baker officiating. Interment followed in Restland Memorial Park.
She was born October 30, 1927 in Biloxi, Mississippi. She loved to travel and read.
Mrs. Brown passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2007, in LaPorte. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Eugene and Agnes Gertrude Barber Penton; her son, Eugene Fountain; and one brother, Larry Penton.
Survivors include her husband, Jim Brown; son, Steve Smart of Clearlake; daughters, Mary Fountain and husband, Bennie Row, of LaPorte, Cathy Fulford and husband, Ronnie Schreiber, of Houston and Lois Ann Fountain; two brothers, James Penton and Bobby Joe Penton of Biloxi, Mississippi; sister, Lou Freeman of North Carolina; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Shepherd.
To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

J. Brown
Funeral services for Johnny Brown, of Goodrich, were held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at Livingston Church of God in Christ on West Street in Livingston. Visitation was held Monday, April 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the church.
Mr. Brown died on Wednesday, April 11, in Methodist Hospital in Houston.

Funeral services for Merrill Dean Clements, 76, were held on Saturday, April 14, 2007, at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty, with the Rev. Joe Fregia officiating. Burial followed in the Hardin Chapel Cemetery in Hardin.
He was born January 26, 1931 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Fred and Fred and Minnie Clements. He was a U.S. Army veteran, Methodist by faith and a member of the Elks Club. Merrill was a road construction superintendent before moving to Texas. He enjoyed working on wind chimes, saw horses and crafts.
Mr. Clements died at his home on Thursday, April 12, after a long illness. His parents preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Clements of Hardin; daughter, Stephanie Johnson; sister, Arlene Bales; three grandchildren, Christopher Johnson, Carrie Alam and Lisa Speed; three great-grandchildren, Kiley Speedy, Cody Speed, and Zayd Alam; and a host of friends and family.
Allison Funeral Service, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 14, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. for Arah Jenkins, 86, of Dayton, at the Trinity Valley Baptist Church in Liberty, with Revs. Marvin Etheridge and A.L. Jones officiating. Burial was in Wells Memorial Cemetery.
A native of Liberty, she was a graduate of Liberty Training High School, a homemaker and a member of Trinity Valley Missionary Baptist Church. She was secretary of the Herron of Jericho #127, State of Texas.
She passed away on April 9 at her residence of an illness.
A wake was held on Friday, April 13, 2007, at the church.
Survivors include Alfred P. Jenkins, Ewell P. Jenkins and Robert Alfred Jenkins Jr., all of Dayton; Yolanda Watkins and Dana L. Jenkins of Dayton, Anita L. Jenkins of Dayton and JoLynn Domain of Ames; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
Arrangements were under the direction of Wells Funeral Services, Liberty..

Funeral services for Ruth Laird, 94, were held Saturday, April 14, 2007, at Oak Grove Church of Christ, with the Rev. Ed Smith and Brother Manuel Porter officiating. Burial followed in Center Grove Cemetery.
She was born October 24, 1912 in Polk County, the daughter of James and Mary Bailey Gassion.
Mrs. Laird died on Thursday, April 12, in Timberwood Nursing Home in Livingston. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Weldon Laird; her daughter, Margaret Ann Laird; daughter and son-in-law, Bobbie and Bill Schumacher; and her parents.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Weldon and Marcelle Laird of Lubbock, Archie and Ellen Laird of Corpus Christi, Bill and Matilda (Butch) Laird and James (Jack) Laird, of Livingston; 25 grandchildren and 24 great-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Robert Laird, Darrell Laird, Glenn Laird, Don Laird, Russell Laird, Greg Laird, Edward Laird, Brian Schmidt, Duane Shumacher and Steven Shumacher.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial services were held Thursday, April 12, 2007 for Walter Murphy, 83, of Dayton, at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.
He was born October 10, 1923, the son of Daniel and Sara Alexander Murphy, and has resided in the Dayton area throughout his life. He served in the United States Navy and worked for Red Arrow Trucking Company for several years and for a construction company. After retiring Walter would spend most of his days gathering with friends and talking of old times. He was humble and later on in his years more friendly than ever.
Mr. Murphy passed away on April 1 at his residence. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Madison Murphy.
Survivors include his daughter, Terri Ford of Spokane, Washington; grandson, Marcus Ford of Spokane, Washington; Mackey and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Fredia Arceneaux Sterling, 83, of Liberty, were conducted Friday, April 13, 2007, at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames with the Rev. Ikeokwu Nduh officiating. Burial was in Ames Catholic Cemetery, under the direction of Wells Funeral Services of Liberty.
A native of Liberty, she was a homemaker, and a member of Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church.
She passed away on April 8 at her residence after an illness.
Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Chatlin of Liberty; her son, Michael Sterling of Liberty; brother, Irvin Arceneaux of Liberty; three sisters, Rose Ann Lemelle of Liberty and Alvena Sellers and Anna Bell Gardner, both of Houston; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Shirley Ann Stetler, 70, of Livingston, died on April 10, 2007.
She was born August 14, 1936 in Peoria, Illinois. She retired from Northwest Medical Center in Houston. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Lonnie and Ethel Lutes; son, Leroy Stetler Jr.; brothers, Harry and David Lutes; and one sister, Donna Watson.
Survivors include her sons, James and wife, Patricia Stetler of Livingston, Mike and wife, Becky Stetler of Missouri, William and wife, Jeannie Stetler, Joseph Stetler and Roger Stetler, all of Livingston; daughter, Vickie and husband, Greg, of Navasota; one brother, John and wife, Lori Lutes, of California; twin sister, JoAnn Head of Peoria, Illinois; sisters, Margaret Stein of Florida, Darlene Melton and Marlene Stokes, both of Naples, Illinois, Dorothy Stevenson of St. Davis, Illinois and Linda Witworth of Kentucky; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorials can be made to Vicky Brown, 911 Victoria, Navasota, Texas 77868,
To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.







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