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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of May 5, 2007 - May 12, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Graveside services for Alvin Ray Anglin, 67, of Cleveland, were held Friday, April 6, 2007, at Pace-Stancil Memorial Rose Gardens.
He was born November 14, 1939 in Cleveland, the son of Alfred Lee and Rosa Lee Anglin, both of whom preceded him in death.
He passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2007. His brother, Charles Anglin, also preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Jeanette Anglin; son, Kevin Anglin and wife, Misty; daughters, Beverly Mikeska and husband, Brett, Lisa Bettilyon and husband, Randy; brother, Russell Anglin and wife, Gwynn; grandchildren, Shannon Anglin, Joey Anglin, Cheyenne Anglin, Morgan Milner, D.J. Milner, Jacob and Zach Mikeska, Tylynn and Cord Keeth, Krystal, Randy and Kyle Bettilyon; great-grandchildren, Mia Anglin and Chase Milner; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank and Norma Kubin; sister-in-law, Ginny Anglin; numerous nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 4, 2007 for Horace Leon Bittick, 66, of Cleveland, at 11:00 a.m. at the Amazing Grace Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Monty Odom officiating and Donald Bittick, reading the obituary. Interment followed at Montague Cemetery in Cleveland.
He was born June 24, 1940 in Baytown, the son of Horace Oliver and Wana Lee Bittick.
Mr. Bittick passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2007. His father preceded him in death.
Survivors include his mother, Wana Lee Bittick; brother, Wayne Bittick and wife, Elaine; sisters, Judith “Judy” Mae Conway and husband, Jack and Linda Jeanean Pike and husband, Dean; 10 nieces and nephews, numerous great-nieces and great-nephews and caring friends.
Services were under the care of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Funeral services for Kenneth “Kenny G” Dennis Gilstrap, 19, were held at the Neal Funeral Home Chapel on April 6, 2007, with Brother Darrell Shelton officiating. Interment was in the Ryan Cemetery in Cleveland.
He was born April 24, 1987 in Palm Springs, California, the son of William Dennis Butler Jr. and Jean Gilstrap Butler.
Mr. Gilstrap passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2007 in Cleveland. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William Butler and Cleta Middleton.
Survivors include his parents, Skip and Jean Gilstrap Butler of Tarkington; brother, Larry Dewayne Gilstrap of Spring; sister, Melissa Gilstrap McCoy and husband, Brent, of Beach City; nieces, robin Moore and Avery McCoy; grandparents, Martha Butler of Normal, Illinois and Raymond Middleton of Joshua Tree, California.
Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.
Graveside services were held April 6, 2007 for Jessie Lee Hodges, 79, of Shepherd, at the Shepherd City Cemetery.
She was born February 22, 1928 in Shepherd, the daughter of John D. and Oma Lee Stephens. She was a lifelong resident of Shepherd.
Hodges passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2007. Her husband, Myrtice Jewel Kyle; son, Sandy LeRoy Kyle; seven brothers and sisters preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband, J.C. Hodges; daughter, Mary Lee Woods; sons, Joe Dennis Kyle, and Myrtice Ray “Cootie” Kyle; grandchildren, Stephen, James, Casey, Mary Krystal, Jason, Jessica, Angela and Joyce; great-grandchildren, Phillip, Abigail, Joseph, Cody, Trevor, Alex, Kayla, Jason Jr., Natalie, Kirsten and Haven; special friend, Willie Mae Campbell; many nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.
 Funeral services for Ruby Jean McCauley Franklin, 68, were held at Neal Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, April 5, with Rev. Carl Williamson officiating. Interment followed in Cleveland Memorial Cemetery.
She was born September 18, 1938 in Tarkington to the late Elbert Eugene Franklin and the late Ruby Victoria King.
McCauley passed away on Monday, April 2, 2007 in Cleveland. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Elmer, Glen, Marvin and Earl.
Survivors include her daughters, Glenda Key Shannon and Kristy Lynn McCauley; sister, Ruth Vann and husband, Joe; grandchildren, Robert Dwayne Sherman and wife, Layne, and Brian Ellis Sherman; great-grandchild, Taylor Michelle Sherman; numerous other relatives and friends.
Services were handled by Neal-Funeral Home in Cleveland.

Funeral services for Terry Gene Pevehouse, 57, of Smith Point, were held on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at Allison Funeral Services with the Rev. Bob Morgan officiating. Burial was in the Guedry Cemetery in Batson.
He was born in the Dayton City Hospital on September 5, 1949, the son of Kenneth Gene Pevehouse and Betty Jean Flower.
Terry attended the Daisetta schools and served in the U.S. Army before becoming a commercial fisherman working out of Smith Point. He was a member of the Anahuac Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. He enjoyed hunting, other sports, and his family.
Pevehouse passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2007 in a Baytown hospital. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Gene Pevehouse; and one brother, Billy Pevehouse.
Survivors include his mother and step-father, Betty Jean Childress and W.F. Childress of Smith Point; children, Bobby and Sarah Pevehouse and Haley Pevehouse and Clinton W. Pevehouse, all of Anahuac; a brother, Kenneth Pevehouse; two sisters, Donna Pevehouse and Ann Baird and husband, Everett; and a host of other family and friends.
Masonic burial rites were under the auspices of the Anahuac Masonic Lodge.
To view and sign the guest book, go to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.
Allison Funeral Services, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 6, 2007 for Brian Keith Pierce, 33, at the Neal Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland. Graveside services were held at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Armstrong, Oklahoma.
He was born on October 8, 1978 in Durant, Oklahoma, the son of Kenneth and Rebecca Pierce.
Pierce passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2007 in Galveston. His father, Kenneth Wayne Pierce, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Trina Kay Pierce; children, O’Brian and Cassidi Pierce of Cleveland; sisters, Kimberly Mullins and husband, Justin, of Howe, Vivian Pierce and Amanda Pierce, both of Armstrong, Oklahoma; two nieces; four nephews, numerous other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brian Keith Pierce Memorial Fund at the First Texoma National Bank in Durant, Oklahoma.
Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Margaret Ann Rushing, 78, were held Tuesday, April 10, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church, with Dr. Don Willis officiating. Burial followed in Bold Springs Cemetery.
She was born August 9, 1928, in Livingston, the daughter of Kenneth and Allie Garvey Bean.
Mrs. Rushing died on Friday, April 8, 2007 in Livingston. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Rushing; her parents; brothers, Kenneth Bean, George Bean and Ed Bean; and sisters, Jerutia Houston and Alice Horany.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Bruce Elster of Livingston; grandson, Blayne Elster of Livingston; brother-in-law, Melvin Horany of Wichita Falls; nieces, Sue Landers and husband, Donald, of Livingston, Georgia Odom and Betty Peters, both of Woodville, Kylene Burfod of Lumberton, Chrissie Seligson and husband, Rob, of Arlington, Carol Horany of Houston and Jeri Bernal and husband, Fred, of Bryan; nephews, Melvin K. Horany  and wife, Jean, of Wichita Falls and John Horany of Dallas; great-nephews, Phil Childres of Livingston, Nathan Higginbotham of Arlington, Damas LeDesma of Abilene, Tommy Ellis of Cleveland, Michael Peters of Livingston, William Burfod and Emory Burfod, both of Lumberton, Melvin K. Horany II of Wichita Falls, Ben Seligson of Arlington, Sammy Graham Jr., Felix Herrera, James Graham and Pat Herrera, all of Bryan; great-nieces, Dorea Kay Higginbotham of Houston, Pam LeDesma, Misty Ratcliff of Seabrook, Renee Smith of Conroe, Nanette Peters of Huntsville, Amber Johnson of Woodville, Melissa Whitmer and husband, Jim, of Denton, Stacy Horany of Wichita Falls, Sarah Seligson and Alyce Seligson, both of Arlington, Chris Wedel, Sheila Graham and Renee Herrera, all of Bryan; and numerous great-great nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Bruce Elster, John Horany, Mel Horany, Blayne Elster, Donald Higginbotham, Monzer Aourani, Otis Ray Campbell and Nathan Higginbotham. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Melvin Horany, Clarke Evans, Corky Cochran, Milton Tanner, Phil Childers, Wayne Starr, Bill Cox, Billy Wayne Cox, Perry Tanner and Donald Landers.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Graveside services were held Thursday, April 5, 2007 for Betty Anna Starkey, 78, of Pasadena, at Palms Memorial Park in Dayton.
She was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 12, 1929, the daughter of James and Delores Miller.
She passed away on Monday, April 2, 2007. Her parents; her loving husband, Richard Starkey; and her brother, Jimmy Miller, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughters, Barbara Haltom and husband, Tony, and Sandra Louviere, all of Dayton; son, Edward Starkey and wife, Rasa, of Houston; brother, David Miller of Indianapolis, Indiana; and sisters, Delores Babbs and Patricia Neuman, both of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 for Mary Elizabeth Vaughn, 94, of Liberty at the Fairlawn Cemetery on Highway 563 South in Liberty with Bill Cauthorn officiating.
Mary Elizabeth was born April 12, 2007 in Woodworth, Louisiana, the daughter of Emil Winger and Mary Frances Hodges Winger. She married David William Vaughn and moved to the Liberty area. She was a member of the South Liberty United Methodist Church and a seamstress. She enjoyed gardening and fishing for catfish on the trot line.
She passed away on April 8 in a local nursing home. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Glen Marion and Milton Neal Vaughn; and a sister, Taly Sprouse.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Everett Hugh and Nancy A. Vaughn of Liberty; seven grandchildren, Chad and Rhonda Vaughn, Troy and Angela Vaughn, Honey Pugliese, Gary Vaughn, Dewitt Thompson and Russell Thompson, all of Liberty and Paula McKeand of Dayton; and one great-grandson, Troy Vaughn Jr. of Liberty; and one great-grandson, Troy Vaughn Jr. of Liberty; and a host of friends.
  To view and sign the guest book, go to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.
Allison Funeral Service, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

On Saturday, March 31, 2007, in the quietness of his home, surrounded by his family, the Lord took Don Walker to his heavenly mansion.
Don was born to Al and Mamie Walker on October 29, 1916 in Coleman. He graduated from Coleman High School and attended Long Beach Junior College. Upon graduation he volunteer for service in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
After returning home from the Navy, he went in the automobile business with his brother.
Later in 1939, he came to Liberty while working with Austin Bridge Company. They built and widened the bridges between the county lines.
In April 1940, he met and married the love of his life Helen Marie Sanford. When Helen’s mother became ill, Don took over her sewing machine business. He also opened “The Coffee Cup” Café. Don enjoyed his customers and was an excellent cook.
After selling the Coffee Cup, he went to work for Texas Gulf Sulphur. After 12 years, he began a career in insurance. He worked for Great American Reserve Insurance out of Dallas. Those that knew Don knew how much he enjoyed talking. So talking and selling insurance went hand in hand. He was named “Salesman of the Year” many times. It was not just selling: it was having a concern and compassion, for what his customers needed. 
He was an active member of First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon since 1955.
Don enjoyed his family, fishing and hunting upon his retirement in 1976. He was a wonderful family man and devoted husband, father and Papaw. He bound his family with unconditional love.
Don Walker peaceably joined his parents; four brothers; and one sister in Heaven.
Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 67 years, Helen; four children, Donna Robbins of Liberty, Jay Walker and wife, Carol, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Al Walker and wife, JoAnn, of Houston and Debbie Overton of Liberty; nine grandchildren, Dean Fry and wife, Julie, of Fort Worth, Chad Fry and wife, Amy, of Kingwood, Kim Wood and husband, Quinn, of Dayton, Jason Walker ad wife, Caroline, of Memphis, Tennessee, Julie Tator and husband, Corey, of Purvis, Mississippi, Lisa Horton and husband, Jerry, of Hewitt, Amy Jo Walker of Katy, Scott Overton and wife, Kerry, of Winnie and Darin Reinhardt of Liberty; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Honorary pallbearers were the Deacons of First Baptist Church, Tom Warner, John McCain, Norman Dykes, Charles McManus, Nicky Vance, Paul Henry, Richard Perry, Gene Bracewell, Kay Lanier, Ed Lee and Bill Cauthorn.
Funeral services for Don Walker were held Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at the First Baptist Church in Liberty. Visitation for friends was held April 2 at the Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. Burial followed at Cooke Cemetery in Liberty.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Angels Above Us Home Healthcare for their compassion and care. Also the special ones at Odyssey Healthcare, who timelessly strove to make his last days comfortable.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund and to Scottish Rite Hospital.
Allison Funeral Services, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.







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