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May 1, 2008 - May 31, 2008
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Coward
A memorial service was held for Caren Renee Coward, 39, of Livingston, on  Thursday, May  1, at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Livingston. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 2, 2008 at Wesley United Methodist Church. Burial followed at Forest Law Memorial Park, under the direction of Broussard’s Mortuary, Beaumont.A native and lifelong resident of Lumberton, Caran resided in Livingston for the last eight years, where she was a police officer for the City of Livingston.Caren graduated from Lumberton High School in 1987 where she was in the band and a twirler. Later she attended Lamar University from 1987 through 1988. She was also a twirler for Lamar. She attended Angelina Police Academy and graduated with Valedictorian and Top Marksman honors in 2004. Later she was employed with Polk County Sheriff’s Office and was a Coldspring Independent School District Police Officer before transferring the City of Livingston Police Department. She was recently promoted to FTO, Livingston Police Department Training Officer. She died on Saturday, April 26, 2008. Survivors include her mother and father, Doris Sheffield of Kountze and father, Kenneth Davenport of Dickinson; father, Dana Sheffield of Kountze; daughter, Megan Elizabeth Corley; sons, Randy Phillip Coward Jr. and Nathaniel Jacob Coward, all of Livingston; sister, Stacie Sheffield, and her husband, Matt, of Lumberton; brother, Kenneth Davenport Jr. of Milano and Michael Keith Sheffield of Forney; grandmother, Doris Haney of Sour Lake and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members. Complete and updated information may be viewed at www.broussardsmortuary.com. Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, assisted Broussard’s Mortuary with arrangements.

Coward
Graveside services were held Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. for Randy Phillip Coward, 43, in Menard Chapel Cemetery, Livingston, with Brother George Cruse officiating.He was born August 18, 1964 in Kountze. Mr. Coward died Saturday, April 26, at his residence in Livingston.Survivors include his parents, Morandy “Butch” and Christine Coward of Powderly; sons, Phillip Coward and Nathaniel Coward, of Livingston; daughter, Meagan Coward of Livingston; brother, Ron Coward of Winnie, Russell LeBlanc of Port Neches, Larry LeBlanc and Michael Sanders of Paris, Texas; and sisters, Teresa Sharrock of Powderly, Tracey Akens of Fort Worth and Cassandra Bagby of Garland. Pallbearers were Michael Sanders, Roland Lee Coward, Rusty Sharrock, Rock Coward, Colby Lister, Hunter Branam, Jim Bagby, Russell LeBlanc and Larry LeBlanc.Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Darville
Funeral services for Aaron Earl Darville, 20, were held on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother John Taylor officiating. He was born January 10, 1988 in Houston, the son of Richard and Caroline Cuello Darville. He died on Friday, April 25, 2008. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Caroline and Larry Morton; father and stepmother, Richard and Donna Darville; brothers, Christopher Lee Darville, Joseph Anthony Darville and Ryan A. Baird; sisters, Bonnie Lockler and Carly Darville; grandfather, Richard Earl Darville; grandmother, Patricia Sloan Darville; grandmother, Bailey “Flip” Cuello; grandfather, Jesse Cuello; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Donatto
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 29, 2008 for Freddie M. “Skipper” Donatto, 86, of Ames, at 9:00 a.m. with a rosary. A Mass was held at 10:00 a.m. at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church followed with burial in Ames Catholic Cemetery.   He was born on November 29, 1921 in Ames to the late Francois and Margaret Donatto. He was a lifelong resident of Ames, and a life member of Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church. Freddie was also a life member of the Knights of Peter Claver Counsel 33, the Liberty VFW Post 5621, and a member of the Claver Rite Social Club and Flaming Torch Social Club. He was the founder and Fire Chief for 25 years of the Ames Volunteer Fire Department, one of the original organizers of the Ames Minglewood Water System and he built and co-founded with his wife, Ora, the Tweety Bird Nursery School. Freddie was a carpenter by trade, and worked for John W. Mecoin Drilling and Oil Company in construction, Diamond Shamrock as a Head Operator, and taught shop class for two years at Liberty Middle School after retirement. Freddie passed away on Friday, April 25, 2008, at his home. His parents, Francois Donatto Jr. and Margaret (Jordan) Donatto; siblings, Dewey and Alton Donatto and grandchild, Kevin M. Trahan, preceded him in death.  Survivors include his wife of nearly 67 years, Ora A. (Guillory) Donatto; children, Joseph T. Donatto, Mary Margaret Trahan and Valencia Arceneaux (Adams); siblings, Alice Kibbe, Anne Guillory (Frank) and Rita Verette; sister-in-law, Carolyn Victorian (John); grandchildren, Anita Donatto, Victor Donatto (Tonya), Danielle Donatto, Nicole Donatto, Nicole Donatto and Major G. Scott Trahan (Michelle); great-grandchildren, TaNia Donatto, Nailah Donatto, Simonne Donatto, Josephine Jones, Adam Donatto Gunter and Andrew T. Trahan. Allison Funeral Services, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements. To send condolences online visit www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Gants
Funeral services for Terri Lynn Gants, 34, of Dayton, were held on Saturday, April 26, 2008, at Berean Tabernacle Baptist Church in Liberty, with the Rev. O’Neal Edwards officiating. Burial was in Wells Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Wells Funeral Service, Liberty. A native of Liberty, she was a cashier and a member of the Lone Star Baptist Church. She passed away April 23, 2008 at the UTMB in Galveston after an illness. Survivors include her three sons, Angelo Godfrey, Travion Gants and Tyrique Smith Gants of Dayton; one brother, Kyle Antione of Dayton; three sisters, Marrett Marshall of Conroe, Shrease Amey and Kelli Major of Dayton; her father, Herman Antoine Jr. of Dayton; mother, Reba Nell Robbins of Dayton; grandfather, Herman Antoine Sr. of Dayton; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Haltom
Tony H. Haltom, 61, of Dayton, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, April 25, 2008. He was born August 8, 1946 in Liberty, Texas, to parents James H. and Dora Lockard Haltom. He was a graduate of Dayton High School in 1964 and had been an employee of North Houston Pole Line, where he worked as an electrician under the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers No. 716. He also was a member of the Texas Cattleman’s Association and enjoyed camping on his property in Dolen. Mr. Haltom was preceded in death by parents and step-brother, Ronnie Humphries. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Starkey Haltom of Dayton; daughter, Amy Moreau and husband, Gary, of Dayton; sons, Richard Haltom of Dayton and Allen Haltom of Daisetta; grandchildren, Emma Haltom and Kindel Moreau; stepmother, Marie Haltom of Crosby; sister, Valerie Haltom of Baytown; stepbrother, Joe Humphries and wife, JoAnne, of Crosby; stepsister, Judy Humphries of Crosby and sister-in-law, Sandra Louviere of Dayton. At Tony’s request, there was no formal service. He was cremated and interred in Dolen. Arrangements were under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton.

Krell
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 10, 2008 for Willis Edwin Krell, 91, at Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, Livingston, with Pastor Danny Bizzle officiating. He was born April 8, 1917 in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of Chester and Leota Elliott Krell. Krell died on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at his home in Livingston. His parents, Chester Krell and Leota Elliott Krell, preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Daisy B. Krell of Rye; daughters, Dixie L. Cochrane of Rye and Linda Barnes of Kansas City, Missouri; sons, Jim Krell and Dean M. Krell, both of Rye and Dan Krell of Deepwater, Missouri; and nine grandchildren. Arrangements were under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston.

Mott
A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 1, 2008, for William Fred Mott III, 71, of Livingston, in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Woodville, with the Rev. Steve Secur officiating. He was born January 23, 1937 in Sayre, Pennsylvania, to William F. and Marie Holland Mott II. Mr. Mott lived in Livingston for 24 years. He retired from Pfizer as a sales manager. He was an active member of the choir and sang in the Panthers. He was an Army veteran. Mr. Mott died on April 26, 2008, at his residence. His parents; wife, Bernice Mott; son, Kenneth Mott; stepdaughter, Reva Jo Lane; and a grandson, Brinton Sutherland, preceded him in death. Survivors include his stepmother, Louise Mott of Baytown; brother, Jerrold Mott of Katy; sister, Trish, of Katy; stepdaughter, Cindy Sutherland of Baytown; granddaughters, Laura Sutton and Amie Wagner, both of Livingston; grandson, Jason Lalumandier of Livingston; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Charlie Sutten, Drew Wagner, Ramon, Seth and Trace Lalumandier and Cade and Case Sutherland, all of Livingston and Shelby Lalumandier of Waller; and numerous other family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Woodville.
A memorial book may be signed at www.rileyfuneralhome.com. Services were under the direction of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

Roche
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 29, 2008 for Jane Roche, 93, of Livingston,  in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, Onalaska, with Dr. Don Willis officiating. She died on Friday, April 25, 2008. Her parents, Eric and Astrid Goranson; brother, Kenneth Goranson; and sister, Lenore Olson, preceded her in death. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Harry Schroder of Trinity; grandchildren, Lisa Smith, Gail Garcia, Mark Schroder and Melanie Schroder; and great-grandchildren, Ashley Smith, Mark Schroder, Donald Schroder, Jane Marie Schroder and Jessie Schroder. Cochran Funeral Home, Onalaska, was in charge of arrangements.

Schroeder
Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 1, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. for Ann Halliday Schroeder, 84, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. James Frazier, Dr. Don Willis and Sally Humes officiating. Burial followed in Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston. She was born December 12, 1923 in Washington, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Earl and Nancy Fuller. She died on Monday, April 28, in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston. Her parents; her husband, Robert Halliday; her husband, Donald F. Schroeder; and her son, Bobby Halliday, preceded her in death. Survivors include her granddaughter, Angie Archie of Conroe; and numerous friends and loved ones. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Watkins, M.E. Palmer, Glenn Blessman, Bob Upton, Leon Bailey and Richard Dziubanek. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Livingston Youth Fund. Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Taylor
George Andrew Taylor Jr., 56, of Anahuac, passed away on Friday, April 25, 2008.
He was born on April 28, 1951 to George Andrew Taylor Sr. and Shirley Marie (Mason) Taylor in Baytown. He graduated from Barbers Hill High School in 1969.
George was an outgoing, caring, and compassionate father, husband, grandfather and fried. He loved to fish Sabine Lake and hunt deer, ducks and squirrels.
He not only enjoyed watching and playing sports, but he was very active in sports organizations. He was a member of the Texas Association of Sports Officials, the Anahuac Athletic Booster Club, and help start the Anahuac Youth Athletic Association.
George is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Tinker Woodson.  
Survivors include his loving wife, Deborah Taylor; five sons, Ralph Oler and wife, Samantha, of Anahuac, Terry Taylor and wife, Iram, of Spring, Brent Taylor and wife, Kelley, of Marble Falls, George Taylor III and wife, Heather, of Anahuac and Jimmy Taylor and wife, Natalie, of Austin; eight brothers and sisters, B.J. Taylor, Roy Lee Taylor, Clara Ruth Fuchs, Donnie Taylor, Dennis Taylor, Dozier Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor and Ricky Hill; eight grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
A service of remembrance was held at First United Methodist Church in Anahuac at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 28, 2008, with Rev. John Black officiating. Interment followed in Anahuac Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George’s name to TASO-Beaumont Chapter 1519 Mustang Street, Orange, Texas 77630.
Sterling Funeral Home, Anahuac, was in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be made online at www.sterlingfuneralhome.com.

Weatherly
Funeral services for Catherine Sue Weatherly, 56, of Dayton, were held on Monday, April 28, 2008 at Sterling  Funeral Service in Dayton at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Gene Summers officiating. Burial followed in Palms Memorial Park Cemetery in Dayton.
Catherine was born July 1, 1951 in Baytown, the daughter of Elbert Lee and Marquita Hargrave Breeding. She graduated from the Barbers Hill High School and later married Roy Fred Weatherly, her true partner in life for 27 years.
She was a very loving lady who was always willing to help others. She never met a stranger and loved to have fun. Her joy in life was singing, going to church and spending time with her family and friends.
She entered eternal life on Thursday, April 24, 2008, in Baytown Rehabilitation and Health Care. Her parents; her husband, Roy Fred Weatherly; and one sister, Delia Elizabeth Breeding, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sisters, Billie Herrin, Belinda Whitten and Tyrone Powledge of Old River; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as great nieces, and great nephews and an extended family of many friends who will miss her dearly.
The family offers a special thank you to Odyssey Healthcare, Baytown RHC, Kim and Carol for their love, kindness and devotion.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Odyssey Healthcare of Baytown, 1600 James Bowie Dr, Suite C101, Baytown, Texas 77520 or to Old River Assembly of God Children Church, % Penny Robinson, 401 County Road, Dayton, Texas 77535.
To view and sign the guestbook, go to www.sterlingfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were under the direction of Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton.

Franklin
A celebration of life for Charles R. Franklin, 89, of Livingston, was held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the First United Methodist Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Mike Mayhugh, Dr. Don Willis, Rev. James Frazier and Dr. Ed Byrom officiating.
He was born on July 9, 1918 in Eastman, Georgia, to Oscar Jason and Rosa Clyde Franklin. He was the youngest of five children. He graduated from Eastman High School and attended the University of Georgia, where he became a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, which is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. He graduated in 1939 with a degree in forestry.
His early jobs, including driving a Glynn County fire truck and marking timber for International Paper on Kiwah Island off the South Carolina coast, where he lived in a tent, rode a horse to work and did his own cooking over a campfire. He later worked for Brunswick Pulp and Paper Company, and the Georgia Forest Service in Soperton, Georgia, where he met and dated Nell Pittman, whom he would later marry.
Mr. Franklin joined the U.S. Navy in March 1942. He served on the battleship USS New York during most of the war as well as the light cruiser USS Vicksburg and, finally, following the war, on the tanker USS Salamonie until his discharge in January 1948.
Nell Pittman joined the U.S. Marines and served as a control tower operator at Cherry Point, North Carolina, and in early 1946, while the USS Salamonie was in Long Beach Naval Shipyard in California for overhaul, she asked him over the phone if he would marry her. He decided that “maybe it was time for him to settle down,” and she hitched rides across the country on military aircraft to Long Beach where they were married on February 9. Mr. Franklin shipped out on the USS Salamonie shortly afterward and the two of them, did not see each other again for 20 months.  
Following the discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1948, Mr. Franklin took a job with Wirt Davis Estate as a forester and land manager in charge of 60,000 acres of timberland. Given the choice of setting up the Wirt Davis land management office and his home in either Cleveland or Livingston, he chose Livingston. His mission was to grow forests continuously on every possible acre of Wirt Davis land and to provide a sustained and increasing timber yield, Initially, he had to wrest away many acres of land from squatters as well as deal with timber thieves and unscrupulous loggers. During the early years he was often armed and had to “watch his back.”
Under his management, Wirt Davis Estate’s timber productivity has increased by 500% and today its forest continue to grow more timber than is harvested every year. In 1998, Mr. Franklin and his staff were awarded the Texas Best In Trees/Timberland Management award by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for excellence in timberland management. He retired from Wirt Davis Estate in 2000 at the age of 82.
In his professional life as a forester, Mr. Franklin was active in the Society of American Foresters, which he joined in 1940, and the Texas Forestry Association, which he joined in 1948 upon moving to Texas. He received an award for Distinguished Service to the Forestry Profession in Texas in 1972. In 1979, he was made a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters, the organization’s highest honor. In 1987, and he and his wife, Nell Franklin, became members of the Association in 2005.
Mr. Franklin was a member of the Texas Farm Bureau in 1965 and chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Texas Farm Bureau in 1985. He received recognition as Outstanding Agricultural Leader from the Texas Farm Bureau District IX in 1988.
In addition to his forestry profession, Mr. Franklin was among the first to be licensed as a Registered Professional Land Surveyor in Texas, when licenses began to be issued in 1955.
Mr. Franklin was also active in his community, church, professional and civic organizations. He joined the Livingston Lions Club in 1948, where he served as President in 1961-62, zone chairman in 1962-63 and deputy district governor in 1963-64. He received the District Governor’s Award for Outstanding Zone Chairman 1963 and an award the following year for Outstanding Deputy District Governor. In 1992, he received the Melvin Jones Award for Dedicated Humanitarian Services from the Lions Club International Foundation and in 2005 he was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for Distinguished Achievements in Leadership and Service.
Mr. Franklin was a member of the Polk County Chamber of Commerce, where he served as a director several times and as vice-president. In 1963, he was selected as the Chamber of Commerce’s Man of the Year. In 1968, he received a Special Award for Meritorious Service for leading the construction of the Livingston Municipal Airport.
As a leader in community service, he served as president of the Livingston Youth Center Association in 1957. He drew the plans and provided the labor for the construction of the “Ole Number 5” locomotive exhibit at the Polk County Memorial Museum in 1979. He was also instrumental in 2000 in scoring a $30,000 donation from Wirt Davis Estate for the Memorial Medical Center, where a room is named in his honor.
Mr. Franklin contributed his time and efforts in support of the Boy Scouts of America, serving as cubmaster of Pack 14, scoutmaster of Troop 97, district director of Camping and Activities and later finance chairman for the Dogwood District. He was awarded the Silver Beaver award by the Trinity-Neches Council in 1965, the highest award presented to adult scout leaders at the council level.
Mr. Franklin was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church of Livingston, where he served as lay leader, trustee, chairman of trustees, member and chairman of the Board of Stewards, and Sunday School superintendent for close to 30 years.
He was a member of the board of directors of First National Bank of Livingston for more than 30 years.
In the midst of his professional and civic activities, Mr. Franklin was a father and family man who never let his outside activities interfere with his devotion to his children. He and his wife, Nell, had three children: Charles Franklin Jr., Ann Franklin and Cecelia Franklin.
He died on Thursday, April 24, 2008. His wife, Nell died in 2006 after 60 years of marriage and he was also preceded in death by his daughter, Cecelia, who died in 2001.
Survivors include his son, Charles Jr. and his daughter, Ann, as well as six grandchildren, Keith Franklin, David Franklin, Adrian Hayes, Celia Brown, Tim Brown and Amber Franklin; and five great-grandchildren, AnnaNell Franklin, Anthony Little, Sarah Little, Julian Hayes Diaz, Tello and Allison Hatcher.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the Children’s Fund at First United Methodist Church, Livingston or to the  Texas Forestry Association Education Fund – In memory of Charles R. Franklin at P.O. Box 1488, Lufkin, Texas 75901.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements. 
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Marberry
Funeral services for Faye Marberry, were held at 10:00 a.m. at New Life Assembly of God Church in Batson. Burial followed in the Moss Hill Community Cemetery.
She was born on January 31, 1912 in the New Hope community in San Augustine County to parents Eugene W. Cupit and Mary Jane Peoples Cupit.
She was the youngest of eight children and was the last surviving member of her family. She was a resident of Batson for the last thirty years.
Faye Marberry, passed away on Friday morning, April 25, 2008, in Devers, at the home of her granddaughter, Melissa Myers.
 Survivors include her five children, Robert L. Marberry of Fairfield, Bennie Marberry and wife, Erma, of Lumberton, Betty Duke and husband, Billy, of Elderville, Texas, Thelma Strahan and husband, James, of Fannet and Mary Phillips and husband, Loyd, of Batson; one daughter-in-law, Lola Marberry of Moss Hill; 19 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren.
To view and sign the guestbook, go to sterlingfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were under the direction of Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton.

Barber
Howard George Barber Sr., 81, of Livingston, died on Wednesday, April 30, 2008. A small family gathering will be held at a later date.
Mr. Barber was born April 22, 1927 in Ashtabula, Ohio, to parents Harold A. Barber and Ora Mae Turner Barber.
He was known as a devout father, husband, and grandfather. Mr. Barber was an avid gardener. He was known as the “brisket and jerky man.” He loved canning peppers and donating them to his neighbors and friends. He was a woodworker, building furniture and novelties.
His parents; two sons and a grandson preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Barber of Livingston; daughters, Donna Lee Faulkner and husband, David, Mary Lou Barber and partner, June, Venice Swigert and husband, Kent, Patricia Goff and husband, Kent, Lorain Daisy and husband, Roger Frers, Cheri Norris and husband, Steve, Renea Hopson and husband, Glenn, Cynthia Mensah and husband, Keith, and Lisa Minnes; and sons, Howard G. Barber Jr. and wife, Kim, and Bobby Cagle and wife, Dawn; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and last but not least, his constant companions, his beloved dogs, Taz, Gidget, Misty and Bambi.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Hightower
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 22, 2008 for Beatrice Blackman Hightower, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Coldspring. Burial was in the Evergreen Community Cemetery.
She was born on January 15, 1917 in Trinity, the only child of Tom and Lena Blackman.
Bea attended Sam Houston State Teachers College and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin Law School in 1940.
She briefly returned to Trinity to practice law before moving to Port Arthur, where she worked at becoming a full-time homemaker in 1953. She was active in local PTAs and St. George’s Episcopal Church.
Bea served as president of the PTA at Robert E. Lee Elementary School, Woodrow Wilson Junior High and Thomas Jefferson High School.
She was the first woman to serve on the Vestry of St. George’s and was elected Senior Warden of the Vestry in the early 1970s. She was also active in the women’s Quinn Chapter, produced craft pieces for the annual Christmas Bazaar, and with Christine Kelly co-edited the first Parish Pantry cookbook.
In 1978 she moved near Coldspring, Texas with her husband, Albert. She was active in establishing the first library in San Jacinto County, and was a volunteer worker at it for many years. She belonged to the Women’s League and was a member of the cookbook committee to raise money for the restoration of the Old County Jailhouse.
She passed away on April 19, 2008 at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio. Her parents and her husband of 43 years, Albert Irby Hightower, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son, Irby Hightower of San Antonio; her cousins, Barbara Golden and Mary Dezelle; her nephews, Donald Hightower and Douglas Wheeler; and her nieces, Francis Jamal and Sylvia Butler and their families.
Bea always celebrated day-to-day life. She enjoyed good food, the company of close friends, reading, and a lifetime of learning.
Donations may be made in her honor to the Coldspring Area Public Library.

Hodge
Graveside services for Jim Burton Hodge, 53, were held on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska.
He was born March 17, 1955 in Livingston, the son of William and Rose (Jones) Hodge.
He died Thursday, May 1, 2008 at his home in Onalaska.  His father, William Hodge; his mother, Rose Jones Hodge; and his brother, James Hodge, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Donny and Jo Hodge of Onalaska; brothers, Tom Hodge and David Hodge, both of Onalaska; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers were Doyle Hodge, Ronald Hodge, Jerry Hodge, Larry Hodge and Weldon Hodge.

Hughes
Funeral services were held Sunday, May 4, 2008 for Edward Emanuel Hughes Jr., 85, in the Farmer’s Funeral Home Chapel in Silsbee, with Dr. Scott Moody and Dr. Don Willis officiating. Burial followed in Resthaven Cemetery, Silsbee.
Eddie was born on September 29, 1922 in Little Rock, Arkansas, to Edward E. Hughes Sr. and Mamie Daugherty Hughes.
He graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1941. Eddie enlisted in the Army Air Corp and served his country proudly during World War II.
He later went to work for Sun Pipe Line Company in 1947 and retired in 1983, after working in the Beaumont area, West Texas, South Texas, Louisiana and Portland, Texas.
Eddie and his wife, Henrietta, retired in Silsbee and had moved to The Gardens in Livingston in recent years.
Eddie and Henrietta McDonald Hughes were married for over 65 years and their love and commitment to each other was evident as they enjoyed all the seasons of their lives together.
He was a member of First Baptist Church, Silsbee, and also attended the First United Methodist Church of Livingston. Eddie gave of his time and efforts over the years to many areas of church leadership, the Lions Club, youth sports coach, and athletic booster clubs in each community where his family lived.
He was also a lifetime Mason. Eddie loved to be on the golf course and equally enjoyed the friendships he made while playing the game.
He died on Friday, May 2, 2008, at Memorial Medical Center, Livingston. His wife, Henrietta McDonald Hughes; his parents; sister, Elizabeth Rayburn; brother-in-law, Ernest McDonald; brother and sister-in-law, Clyde and Gertie Baker; and his mother and father-in-law, Scott and Jimmye McDonald, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Janet Hughes of Buna and daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Greg Martin of Livingston.
 “Grandfather” leaves his legacy to five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
His sister-in-law, Evelyn McDonald of Beaumont and brother-in-law, Kenneth Rayburn of Little Rock also survive.
Edward’s grandsons and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Johnson
Funeral services for Glenna Marie Johnson, 52, were held Saturday, May 3, 2008 at Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Troy Uselton officiating. Burial followed at the Menard Chapel Cemetery in Livingston.
She was born November 6, 1955 in Pasadena, the daughter of Albert and Nettie (Delano) Atkinson. She passed away on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at her home in Goodrich.
Her father, Albert Atkinson; husband, P.M. Johnson; and grandson, Christopher Witten, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her mother, Nettie Atkinson of Livingston; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry Lee and Diane Murphy Jr. of Lufkin and Philip Wayne and Julia Murphy Sr. of Corrigan; daughter, Georgia Rae Scott of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Jenniffer and Eric Linton of Corrigan; daughter-in-law and husband, Beth and Earl Hudson of Corrigan; grandchildren, Misty Lester, Matthew Lester, Monica Lester, Albert Lester, all of Livingston, Jonathan Murphy, Ryan Murphy, Kelly Parker, Dylan Murphy, Deshanna Murphy and Philip Murphy Jr., all of Corrigan; great-grandson, Mack Lewis of Livingston; brothers and sisters-in-law, James Delia Atkinson and Johnny and Donna Atkinson, Sr., all of Goodrich; sister and brother-in-law, Alice and David McNiel of Livingston.
Pallbearers were James Atkinson, Johnny Atkinson Sr., Billy Sharder, Johnny Atkinson Jr., Byron Atkinson and David McNeil Sr. Honorary pallbearers were Carlie Coward, Marquita Honeycut and Jerry Lee Murphy Sr.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Sloane
A memorial service for David Allen Sloane, 63, of Highlands, will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, Cleveland.
David was born on October 7, 1944,  in Cleveland, the son of the late Louis Dixon and Ima Simmons Sloane.
He was an electrician for Turner Industries and worked inside Polly One and was an avid fisherman.
David passed away on Friday, May 2, at his home.  His parents, his son, Melvin Kenneth “Kenny” Sloane and one brother, Melvin D. Sloane, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Irene Perme Sloane of Highlands; one son, James Louis Sloane and wife, Deborah, of Dayton; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jeanette and Frank Lambeth of Segno, Betty Lou and Horace Bell of Cleveland, Pat and Leon Tullos of Danbury; brother and sister-in-law, Edgar and Gail Sloane of Humble; mother of his children, Frances Disotell of Rye; five grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
The family requests in lieu of usual remembrances, memorials be made to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 816 Blair Street, Cleveland, Texas 77327 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718.
To view the online obituary or to post a tribute for the family, go to www.navarrefuneralhome.com.
 
Tant
Walter Wesley Tant Sr., 62, of Onalaska, died on Wednesday, April 30, 2008, in Lufkin. A private family service will be held at a later date.
He was born October 7, 1945 in Brooks, Georgia, to parents William and Mary McNiel Tant.
His parents; four brothers and six sisters precede him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Edna Tant of Onalaska; sons, Wesley Dewayne Tant and W. Wesley Tant Jr., both of Onalaska; daughter, Lisa Harris of Point Blank; granddaughters, Meagan Nicole Teller, Melissa Erin Tant and Trevor Allen Tant; sisters, Geneva Myers of Onalaska, Louise Holland of Burley Idaho and Erlene Kirby of Jacksonville; and brother, Jacky Tant of Moscow, Missouri.
Arrangements were under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

 

 

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