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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of May 20, 2007 - May 27, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Graveside services for Raymond “Ray” Chism, 30, of Dayton, were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Magnolia Park Cemetery with Rev. Mike Blackburn officiating.
He was born April 30, 1977 in St. Joseph, Missouri, the son of Danny r. and Sharon Meagher Chism. He had lived in this area for the past 24 years and graduated from Dayton High School in 1997. While at DHS he was a trainer in the athletic department.
Ray was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church and was a charter member of the 321 Volunteer Fire Department. He was currently employed at the Waffle House in Baytown, and was known for helping others. He enjoyed computers, cars, and working in the yard.
Mr. Chism passed away on May 19, 2007. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Raymond Meagher; uncle, Raymond Meagher; and aunt, Tammy Meagher.
Survivors include his mother, Sharon Woosley and husband, Don, of Dayton; his father, Danny Chism of Missouri; his sister, Dawn Nelson of Dayton; his brother, Charles “Billy” Nelson Jr. of Dayton; grandmother, Leora Meagher of Missouri; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Marcheta “Keta” Laverne Edwards, 81, of Romayor, were conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at Neal Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland with Rev. Larry Jones officiating. Interment followed in Menard Chapel Cemetery. She was born October 28, 1925 in Roane, Navarro County, Texas, the daughter of the late Sidney Laningham and Alline Conner Laningham.Mrs. Edwards grew up in Navarro County attending school at Roane, Montford, Chatfield and Corsicana. In early 1940 the family moved to Nueces County, Texas. She attended school in Robstown, Oso and Corpus Christi, Texas.In the mid-40’s, Mrs. Edwards became a long distance operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. She married Kenneth Harlen Edwards on December 15, 1949 in Corpus Christi, Texas.She passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2007, at her home in Romayor. Her husband, Kenneth Harlen Edwards; brother, Alvin Laningham; her sisters, Marie Pate, Shirley Rozell and Dona Lou Musser; and her son-in-law, James Earl Cook, preceded her in death. Survivors include her daughters, Mary Alline Cook of Romayor and Peggy Christine Edwards Tilley and husband, Tommy, of Hallsville, Texas; her brother, Sidney Ray Laningham and wife, Josephine, of Orange Grove, Texas; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and many dear friends. All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Services were held to honor Robert Dewaine Jordan, 80, of Onalaska, on Wednesday, May 23, 2007, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. Burial followed in Restland Cemetery.Mr. Jordan was known as a loving husband father in his family and extended family.Mr. Jordan passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2007, in Houston. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Katherine Marsh Jordan; and brother, Herman Jordan.Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Margaret Mason Jordan; daughters, Barbara Findley and husband, Dan, Patty Kenney and husband, Greg, and Kathy Rose and husband, Tom; stepdaughter, Linda Musick and husband, Keith; stepsons, Leon Burgess and wife, Becky, Donald Burgess and wife, Connie, Michael Taylor and Eddie Taylor; brother, Harper Jordan and wife, Nell; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Mike Taylor, Leon Burgess, Donald Burgess, Keith Musick, Danny Musick and Terry Sells. Honorary pallbearers were Shane Taylor and James Kuikendall. To sign the guest book, go to pacefuneral.com.Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Debbie Ann Lange, 54, of Ace, were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Paul Boyd officiating. Burial followed in Menard Chapel Cemetery.Debbie was born February 19, 1953 in Duncan, Oklahoma, the daughter of Carlton and Dossie Bramblett Edwards, both of whom preceded her in death.Mrs. Lange died on Sunday, May 20, at her residence in Ace.Survivors include her son, Willie Max Lange Jr. of Ace; sisters and brothers-in-law, Carla and David Busby of Ace, and Lisa and Andy Trahan of Mauriceville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Evelyn Edwards of Big Sandy, Jerry and Sharon Edwards and  Kenneth Edwards all of Elmore City, Oklahoma, and John Edwards of Ace; and 24 nieces and nephews.Pallbearers were Richard Edwards Jr., Donny Edwards, David Busby Jr., Josh Busby, John Edwards Jr. and Jeremy Edwards. Honorary pallbearer was Brandon Herridge.Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Graveside services were held at Palms Memorial Park Cemetery for Kalup James McKeand, 23, of Dayton. Family received family and friends on May 19 at the Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton.He was born September 10, 1983, the son of Billy James McKeand and LeAnn Zeigler in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Kalup attended the Dayton School System. He last worked as a rigger operator for Starcon in Pasadena.Kalup will be remembered for his love of fishing, hunting, playing X-Box, jet skiing, and most importantly playing baseball with his niece and nephew.He passed away suddenly on May 17, 2007.Survivors include his father, Billy James McKeand of Dayton; mother, LeAnn McKeand of Cleveland; maternal grandmother, Margaret Jean Hall of Montgomery, Alabama; paternal grandmother, Betty Ruth McKeand Newman of Dayton; step-mother, Stacie Hemphill McKeand of Dayton; sisters, Connie Ann McKeand Green of Dayton; Heather Jean McKeand of  Cleveland and Kimberly Kay McKeand of Mobile, Alabama; step-sister, Christina Isabell of Dayton; step-brother, Brody Isabell of Dayton; niece, Skylee Ann Green; nephew, Hance Garrett Green; aunts, Tammy McKeand, Tina Guidry, Kim Hall, Arleen Zeigler and Sandra Norris; great aunt, Helen Weldon; uncles, Ricky Lee McKeand, Travis Lynn McKeand, Wayland Zeigler, Randy Hall and Jimmy Norris; and great uncles, Wyman Weldon and Donald Snodgrass.Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.  

Funeral services were held on May 22 at Allison Funeral Service Chapel for Ina Jane Powell, 89, of Vidor, with the Rev. Ron Davis officiating. Burial was in the Cooke Memorial Cemetery in Liberty. She was born on February 18, 1918 in Lovelady, the daughter of Cater Franklin Sanders and Mary Lucinda Bledsoe Sanders. She was a homemaker and member of the Baptist Church. She enjoyed her grandchildren and her pet cats and dog. She died on May 18, 2007 in a Beaumont hospital. Her parents; a daughter, Sherry Lea Cleveland; and one son, Robert Neal Jr., preceded her in death. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, John and Katherine Majors of Liberty; three daughters and son-in-law, Janice Morgan of Vidor, Joyce Hughes of Livingston and Sylvia and Bruce Lunt of San Jose, California; 17 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. To view and sign the guest book, go to www.allisonfuneralservice.com. Allison Funeral Services, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Mable Pulley, 86, of Liberty, were conducted on Thursday, May 24, at 10:00 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Moss Bluff, under the direction of Allison Funeral Service in Liberty, with the Rev. Chuck Bradford officiating. Interment was at Cooke Memorial  Cemetery, Liberty. She was born March 2, 1924, the daughter of Lafayette Singleton and Lona Grice. She married James Henry “Jim Baby” Pulley on December 12, 1961 in Baytown. She lived in the Liberty-Moss Bluff area for forty-three years. She retired from the Southern Pacific Railroad. Mrs. Pulley was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She spent many countless hours doing volunteer and charity work. Mable was a loving, generous lady, who will be missed by all who knew her. Mrs. Pulley passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at the Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital. Her father, Lafayette Singleton; mother, Lona Honea; step-father, Rev. T.H. Honea; brother, Bill Graham; sisters, Esther Matthews and Lessie Bryson; and nephews, John Bryson and J.R. Matthews, preceded her in death. Survivors include husband of 46 years, James Henry “Jim Baby” Pulley of  Liberty; nieces, Ann Burk and Jean Nelson of Nacogdoches, Peggy Mize of Mount Vernon, and Beth Bryson, Dee Stelly and Suzie Ortego of Winnie; nephews, Jack Matthews of Rockwall, Jimmy Graham of Rusk, and Harry Bryson Jr. of Winnie; and numerous step-nieces and step-nephews; and other relatives and many friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Texas Elks Endowment Fund, 1963 FM 1586, Gonzales, Texas 78629. To view and sign the guest book, go to www.allisonfuneralservice.com. Allison Funeral Services, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

A memorial service for Jerry Wayne Smith, 49, of Houston, was conducted on Thursday, May 24, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. at Wells Funeral Home in Liberty, with Brother David LaFleur officiating. A native of Liberty he was an engineer. He graduated from Hull-Daisetta High School and Prairie View A&M University. Mr. Smith passed away on May 8, 2007 in Houston.
Survivors include his two brothers, Trent Smith of Raywood and Samuel Smith of Columbia, South Carolina; five sisters, Hattie LaFleur, Sandra Oalsen, Bonnie Smith and Nelda Stelly, all of Raywood and Jennifer Smith of Houston; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Wells Funeral Services, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.







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