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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of November 18, 2007 - November 25, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company



Higginbotham
Funeral services were held on November 8 for Harlot Levon Higginbotham, 79, of Dayton, at the Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton with the Pastor Randy Piatt and Rev. Toby Radcliff officiating. Burial followed in the Magnolia Park Cemetery, Dayton, with full military honors under the auspices of the Nolan D. Pickett Post #5621 VFW in Liberty.
He was born on August 6, 1928 in Philadelphia, Mississippi, the son of Marshall B. Higginbotham and Macy Myrtle Clark Higginbotham. He joined the U.S. Marines. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dayton and was a Tool Pusher for the Trans World Company of Morgan City, Louisiana.
Mr. Higginbotham died on Monday, November 5, 2007 in a Baytown Hospital. He is preceded in death by his parents; and five brothers and sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Florence H. Ricks Higginbotham; two sons, Marshall B. and wife, Charlene Higginbotham and Terry and wife, Lanell Higginbotham; daughter, Suzy Ratcliff and husband, Toby; a brother, Ernest Higginbotham; three sisters, Maureen Harris, Beatrice Odom and Ardell Bozarth; eight grandchildren, Brady Higginbotham, Heith Higginbotham, Kacey Sandefur, Sherelyn Johnson, Lonnie Ratcliff, Chris Ratcliff, Stephen Ratcliff and Shawn Ratcliff; and five great-grandchildren, Lillian Ratcliff, Luke Johnson, Levi Johnson, Landon Johnson and Cody Allen Sandefur; and a host of other family members and friends.
Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Hopkins
Funeral services for Brian Keith Hopkins, 29, of Anahuac, were held on Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Methodist Church in Anahuac. Burial was in Raymond cemetery in Wallisville, under the direction of Wells Funeral Service in Liberty.
A native of Anahuac, he was a labor.
Mr. Hopkins passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at Triumph in Houston after an illness.
Survivors include his father, Raymond E. Bailey; his mother, Wilma A. Hopkins; two brothers, Lee M. Hopkins and Darian Jackson; one sister, Antonette Hopkins; godmother, Etelen Blackshire; grandfather, Alfred Ricks; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Wells Funeral Service, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Krenek
Graveside services were held on Friday, November 9, for Norma Rhea Callihan Krenek, 89, at Stacey’s Memorial Cemetery in Devers, with Rev. Ron Davis of the First Baptist Church of Liberty officiating.
Born March 6, 1918 in Devers, the third of nine children, she was born to Allie Lee Callihan and Era Clayton Callihan.
Norma went to work at Yettie Kersting Memorial Hospital in 1949 in the admitting office the year before the ‘new’ hospital, now known as Liberty-Dayton Hospital, opened in 1950. She loved the hospital, the work, and the friendships she made during that time. She was in charge of the Medical Records  Department when the hospital became accredited by the Joint Commission for the first time. This honor is given to hospitals that attained excellence in all departments. She worked hard for this accreditation and achieved it every year prior to her retirement in 1983. She retired after 34 years of service.
She passed away on November 7, 2007, at the Liberty-Dayton Hospital in Liberty. Her husband, Victor Krenek; her parents; three sisters and two brothers, preceded her in death.
Survivors include one brother, A.O. Callahan and wife, Bonnie, of Amelia; sisters, Evelyn Markby of Beaumont, Iris Whittington and husband, Horace, of Devers; two sisters-in-law, Marie Beck and Evelyn Zeigler and husband, Rusty, of Houston; one brother-in-law, Walter Krenek, of Columbus; two sons, Rodney Baldwin and wife, Jimmie Dell, of Beaumont and Vic “Peanut” Krenek and wife, Kathy; and one daughter, Sharron Farris, all of Liberty; four grandchildren, James Harris and fiancé, Patti, of Austin, Paul Harris of Seabrook, Kim Haddock, Greg Baldwin and wife, Kelly, of Katy; great-grandchildren, Michael Wells, Preston Harris, Rheagan Haddock and Grace Baldwin; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many special friends, Susan Williams, Beth Harwell and Deborah Williams from Angels Above Us, as well as “adopted in heart” children, Linda Mann, Sharon Dunn, Gene Leake and David Miller.

Robinson
Funeral services for Sheila Turner Robinson, 49, of Liberty, were conducted on Saturday, November 10, 2007, at 11:00 at Valley Community Bible Church in Liberty, with the Reverend Keith L. Turner officiating. Burial was in Wells Memorial Cemetery in Liberty.
A native of Liberty, she was a nurse, a member of Valley Community, and a graduate of Liberty High School.
She passed away on November 7, 2007 at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston after an illness.
Survivors include her son, Marcus Romaine Robinson of Liberty; mother, Helen F. Mixon of Houston; father, Lester Turner (Earnestine) of Ames; sister, Carolyn Johnson of Houston; brothers, Lester J. Turner (Martha) of Liberty, Reverend Keith L. Turner (Margaret) of Houston and Troy Turner (Ima) of Houston; two step-sisters, Regina Walker (Anthony) of Houston and Latisha Perry (Freddie); two step-brothers, Barry Williams and Paul Williams, both of Liberty; and a host of other relatives and friends.  
Wells Funeral Service, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Rodriguez
Funeral services were held November 7, 2007 for George Luis Rodriguez, Jr., 21, of Huntsville, at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton. Interment followed in Palms Cemetery.
He was born on, April 1, 1986, the son of George Luis Rodriguez and Cynthia Ellis Murton in Houston. George served his country in the United States Navy. He was a music lover that liked to play video games and play on his computer. In junior high and high school he was active in the L.O.T.C. and R.O.T.C.
He passed away on November 3, 2007. His step-grandfather, Harry Thompson; and aunt, Maggie Rodriguez, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Jillian Robinson Rodriguez; parents, Cynthia and John Murton Jr.; brothers, David Rodriguez, Charles Hogan, John Murton III and baby brother, Nicholas George Murton; sisters, Vanessa and Brianna Rodriguez; biological father, George Luis Rodriguez; grandmother, Alicia; grandparents, Patricia and Bob Mullen and Johnny and Corliss Ellis; great-grandmother, Vivian; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

White
Funeral services for Ceola Huery White, 82, of Dayton, were held on Monday, November 12, 2007 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Dayton with the Rev. R.J. Reels Sr. officiating. Burial was in Wells Memorial Cemetery.
A native of Madisonville, she was a security guard and a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
She passed away on November 5, 2007 at her residence in Dayton after an illness.
Survivors include her three daughters, Linda S. Dugat of Dayton, Patsy C. St. Julian of Houston and Margaret A. Brown of Missouri City; three brothers, George Huery Jr. and Dennis Jones, both of Dayton and Gene Huery of Houston; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Wells Funeral Home, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Banks
Services for Latarrell LaNell “Pooh” Banks, 28, was held on Saturday, November 3, 2007 at the Christian Life Center at 12:00 noon with Rev. William Edwards officiating. 
She was born on September 16, 1979 and passed away on Saturday, October 27, 2007 in St. Luke’s Hospital, The Woodlands.
Her grandparents, Nell Banks, Chetham and Bobby Lee Green Sr.; and her grandmother, Lois Gilford, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her mother, Cheryl Green (John Davis); father, Clifton Gilford (Linda); one brother, Brandon (Erica); one godbrother, Shawn Green; grandfather, Freddie L. Gilford; and a host of aunts, uncles, relatives and many friends.
daughters, Dianna L. Boyd, Tina L. Randall and Iris Boyd; son, Thomas J. Boyd Jr.; sister, Wanda Clark; grandchildren, Mitchell Randall, Isaac Randall, Scott Sveter, Stacy Rambo, Nichole Sveter, Jonathan Stordhal and Jennifer Swanson; many nieces, nephews, and other loving family members, and caring friends.
All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Diddle
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 10, 2007 for Betty Mae Dibble, 72, at First Baptist Church in Onalaska, with Brother Don Wilkey officiating. Burial followed in the Restland Memorial Park in Livingston.
She was born September 6, 1935 in Durlington, South Carolina, the daughter of Henry and Clara (Miles) Dixon.
She died on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 in Kinder Care in Houston. Her father, Henry Dixon; her mother, Clara Mile; and her sister, Dorothy Johnson, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Bill Diddle, of Onalaska; son and daughter-in-law, Rick Diddle and Beth of Houston; daughter and son-in-law, Gina Williams and Gary of Humble; granddaughter, Jennifer Williams of Humble; brother and sister-in-law, David “Buddy” Dixon and Shirley of Abilene; sister and brother-in-law, Faye  Massebeau and Tom of Camden, South Carolina; sisters-in-law, Kate Folk and Wanda Meacham, both of Fairfield, Billie Dodd of Sweetwater and Jerri Flint of Madill, Oklahoma; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Richard Folk, Ronnie Folk, Jack Edwards, Keith Meacham, Terry Meacham and Craig Diddle. Honorary pallbearer was Jatron Flint.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the P.K.D. Foundation at 1-800-PKD-CURE or heidig@polkcure.org.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Ellis
Funeral services for David Hamilton Ellis, 36, were held on Thursday, November 1, 2007 at Neal Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland, at 5:00 p.m.
He was born Thursday, May 20, 1971, the son of Gene and Lynn Ellis.
He passed away on Friday, October 26, 2007. His brother, Raymond Austin Ellis preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Connie Ellis; daughters, Julie, Brandi, Aundrea, Racheal and Delania; son, David; 8 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Hann
Funeral services for Esther Hann, 88, of Livingston, were held on Tuesday, November 6, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Nancy Kellond and Phil Summy officiating. Burial followed in Menard Chapel Cemetery, Polk County.
She was born on February 4, 1919 in Ace, the daughter of Herren and Mamie Oliver Walters. She was the oldest of six children. She attended school in Ace and Livingston. On February 14, 1936 she married Chester David Steagall and was blessed with four children. Later in life she married John Hann.
Mrs. Hann was known as someone who was faithful to her Christian beliefs and gave aid to those in her community that were in need of a helping hand, providing each need to the best of her ability.
Members of her Sunday School Class soon learned to expect a call if they were missing on Sunday morning and to look for a food or fruit basket delivery as soon as she knew they were sick.
She kept homemade jelly on her counter and everyone was invited to take one home. She was also well known for her chicken and dumplings and sourdough biscuits, which she made daily for mot of her life.
She farmed for many years then became a certified nurse aide and cared for people in their homes until she retired.
She died peacefully at her residence in Livingston with her family at her bedside on Saturday, November 3, 2007. Mrs. Hann was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; son, Kenneth Steagall; brother, Harmon Walters; sisters, Jewell Powell, Doris Doby and Geneva Wrenn; sons-in-law, Joe Vanya and Larence “L.D.” Jackson; and grandchildren, Ricky and Randy Chessher.
Survivors include her son, Harold “Butch” Steagall and wife, Edith, of Providence; daughters, Betty Vanya and Patty Jackson of Livingston; sister, Deloris Mathias of Conroe; brother-in-law, Ralph Wrenn of Salinas, California; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Steagall of Greenville, South Carolina; grandchildren, Beth Gill and husband, Craig, of Texarkana, Arkansas, Darrell Vanya of Beaumont, Larence “Bubba” Jackson and wife, Jullie, of Livingston, Tracey Steagall of Providence, Laurie McAdams and husband, Lonnie, of Ace, Harold Steagall and wife, Amy, of Schwab City, Len Steagall of Huntsville, Ken Steagall of Nevada and Linda Bell and husband, Mike, of Greenville, South Carolina; 34 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Pallbearers were Darrell Vanya, Larence Jackson, Len and Ken Steagall, Harold Steagall, Buddy Steagall, Keith Doby and Levi Gill.
Honorary pallbearers were Raymond Summy, Elmer Nettles, Craig Gill, Glen Doby, James Aubrey and Jack Farris.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Kennedy
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 4, 2007, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor James Brock and Brother Leslie Wilkinson officiating.  Interment followed in Stryker Cemetery, Corrigan.
He was born January 5, 1913 in Corrigan and died on Wednesday, October 31, in Corrigan.
He was self-employed as a carpenter for many years and was a member of Union Springs Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma Sirman Kennedy; and parents, Johnny Emmitt George and Anna Reinsch Kennedy.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, A.J. and Faye Smith of Spring; daughter, Myrtiel Sherley of Groves; sister, Estelle Safford of Corrigan; grandchildren, Joe Smith, Mark Sherley, Mary Beech, Marshell Sherley and Mike Sherley; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Joe Smith, Terry Watts, Bill Hudson, Paul Cook, Robert Kennedy and John Wesley Kennedy.

Manbeck
Graveside services were held for Roy Dean Manbeck, 61, of Hull, at Guedry Cemetery in Batson on Tuesday, November 6, 2007.
A native of Jewett, Ohio, he lived in Hull many years.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Manbeck of Hull; son, Calvin Manbeck of Huffman; daughter, Melissa Fox of West Virginia; brothers, Bill Manbeck, Kenneth Manbeck of Jewett, Ohio and Jake Manbeck of Michigan; sisters, Carol Marler of Dayton, Vera Woods and Karen Tanley of Jewett, Ohio; and two grandchildren.
Miller
Funeral services were held Monday, November 5, 2007 for Eloise Fern Miller, 83, at the First Assembly of God, with the Rev. Chris Borden officiating. Burial followed in Palms Memorial Park in Dayton.
She was born April 18, 1924 in Daisetta, the daughter of Varnel and Rissie Rountree Smith. She died on Thursday, November 1, 2007, at Pineridge Health Care in Livingston.
Her husband, Clarence; her father, Varnel Smith; her mother, Rissie Rountree; her step-son, Pete Miller; and her brothers, Vernon Smith and Donald Smith preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughter, Vashti Shores of Livingston; daughters and sons-in-law,  Loralynn Lara-Gomez and Patrecio, of College Station and Fern Simmons and husband, Jerry, of Nacogdoches; step-daughter, Betty Pritchett of New Orleans, Louisiana; step-daughter-in-law, Joyce Miller of New Orleans, Louisiana; granddaughters, Valerie Shores and Vanessa Shores and Amanda Redmann and husband, Joseph; grandsons, Heath Colbert and Madison Simmons; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Jerry Simmons, Heath Colbert, David Shores, Rusty Smith, Christian Schanmier and Gabe Kitzmiller.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Mixon
Funeral services and burial was held on November 4, 2007 for Millard Edward Mixon.
He died on November 1, 2007. He was experienced with the ways of the world and traveled around the world during his twenty-year tour of duty as a merchant marine and eventually retired. He owned the Mixon Mobile Home Park and was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church in Crestview, Florida.
Millard was a true philosopher and instilled his knowledge upon all three children, but was a “dad” to six other children who remained very dear to his heart: Shirley, Carrie, Carl, Kim, Cynthia and Butch Lee.
His father, Coy Mixon; his mother, Lillie Mae (Messer) Mixon and his brother, Richard Mixon, preceded Mixon in death.
Survivors include his sister, Wilma Sue Holmes and brother-in-law, Noel Holmes; beloved and devoted wife of 24 years, Linda Sue Mixon; his daughter, Sonia Byars and son-in-law, Thomas Byars of Las Vegas, Nevada; his son, Charles Fairchild and daughter-in-law, Gerri Fairchild of San Bernardino, California; his son, Steve Mixon of Mobile, Alabama; his step-daughter, Elizabeth Gagne and son-in-law, Gaston Gagne of Liberty; his step-daughter, Cynthia Riley of Dickinson; his step-son, Bobby Rooney of Missouri City; his nephews, Jerry and Paul stokes and Ricky Mixon of Florida; and his nieces, Dane, Deborah, Taylor and Kim Mixon; 15 grandchildren, which include  Ronald E. Harrison Jr. and Clinton Chain of Las Vegas, Nevada; and 28 great-grandchildren, which included Katana Chain of Fallon, Nevada.
Mildred touched many lives and will be deeply missed by all of his family and friends.
Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Russell
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 6, 2007, for Roland Powell Russell Sr., 92, at Central Baptist Church with Brother Barry Jeffries officiating. 
He was born June 27, 1915 in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of William and Addie Dupree Russell. He passed away on Saturday, November 3, in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Russell; his parents, William and Addie Russell; brothers, William L. Russell Jr., Joseph Russell and Henry Russell; and sister, Mary Sue Moore.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Ronald Russell Jr. and Sharon of Livingston; granddaughters, Jennifer Kobus and Cynthia D. Russell; grandsons, Danny Duckett and David Duckett; great-grandchildren, Robin Duckett, Renee Duckett, Rebecca Duckett, Haley Russell, Hannah Kobus and Marcus Flores; and brothers, Wayne Russell of Hope, Arkansas and Thomas Russell of Denver, Colorado.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
Williams
Funeral services for Milton Redd “Chief” Williams, 72, were held on Monday, November 5, 2007, in the Indian Reservation Multi-Purpose Building, with the Revs. David Busby, Darrell Surface and Darrell Bingle officiating. Burial followed in the Indian Reservation Cemetery.
He was born July 23, 1935 in Livingston, the son of David and Mattie Poncho Williams. As a young boy growing up on the tribe’s reservation near Livingston, he spent countless hours in the gymnasium perfecting his game.  
He helped the Big Sandy Wildcats to the Class B state basketball championship in 1952 as guard and later played at Tyler Junior College, where he was an All-American and was first team Little All-American at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana.
He was inducted into the Tyler Junior College’s Sports Circle of Honor in 2000. His teammates and coaches called him “Chief.”
At Big Sandy, he averaged nearly 30 points a game and was a three-time all state selection, leading the school to the state championship game four years in a row and helping the Wildcats to a 190-23 record during his career. The New York Knickerbockers of the National Basketball Association reportedly wanted him as a player, but a knee injury kept him off the team.
In 2006, Mr. Williams was inducted into the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame. He reportedly played at the Fonde Recreation Center in Houston and played in the Senior Olympics.
In 1960 he married Pauline Williams. About 10 years later he was ordained as a minister in the Assembly of God Church.
For several years, he and his wife pastored at churches in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Nevada and Texas. He also spoke at camp meeting revivals in several states.
Redd was a member of the Alabama-Coushatta tribe, who passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2007, in Tyler County Hospital in Woodville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles Battise; and sisters, Nettie Lee Poncho and Marville Price.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Pauline Williams of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Sonia and George Flores Jr., of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Aaron and Kristen Williams of Anchorage, Alaska; sons, Marlin Joel Williams of The Woodlands and Timothy Kyle Williams of Livingston; grandchildren, Faith Flores and George Flores Jr., both of Livingston, Tash Williams and Kelsi Williams, both of Alaska, and Elaine Bullock and Jeremy Battise, both of Livingston; sister, Ada Polite of Livingston; brothers, Burke Walker and Oscar Williams, both of Livingston; and numerous nieces and nephews.   
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Bullock
Funeral services for Frank M. Bullock, 74, were held Friday, November 9, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. Phil Love and Wayne Landrum officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Hill Cemetery. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568.
He was born January 9, 1933 in Magee, Mississippi, the son of Henry and Martha Whatley Bullock. Mr. Bullock died Wednesday, November 7, in Memorial Health System of East Texas in Lufkin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Marie Bullock; brother, Homer Bullock; sister, Virginia Parker; and brothers-in-law, Charles Ray Overstreet, Ralph Welton Overstreet and Charles Myers.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Bullock of Livingston; daughters and sons-in-law, Regina Bullock of Livingston, Brenda and Alan Weaver of Huntington Beach, California, Melinda and Scott Duff of Big Sandy and Ella Ripp of Erie, Pennsylvania; sons and daughters-in-law, Don Bullock of Livingston, John and Jessica Bullock of Sanger, John and Sandi Ward of Edmonds, Washington and Robert and Claudia Cater of Shepherd; 27 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Missouri Myers, Rachael and Alvin Myers, Loretta Shaw and Lacey Bullock, all of Pinola, Mississippi; brothers-in-law, James Barker of Braxton, Mississippi, James and Faye Cain of Livingston, Donald and Sue Cain, Leamon and Shirley Cain and Charley Rain Cain, all of Segno, Bill and Bobby Cain, both of Hearne, Clarence and Betty Overstreet of Livingston and Larry and Kay Overstreet of Lufkin; and sisters-in-law, Ruth Cain of Segno, Barbara and Floyd Foxworth and Barbara Jane Overstreet, all of Livingston.
Pallbearers were Robert Cater, Scott Duff, Garry Cater, D.J. Bullock, Sam Cain, Daniel Cain, Clifford James and Ashley Bullock.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Hall
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 10, 2007 for Harry Earl Hall, 76, of Houston, in Shiloh United Methodist Church in Moscow, with the Rev. LouAnn Hall Franklin officiating. Interment followed in Shiloh Cemetery, Moscow.
He was born January 27, 1931 the son of Joe Hall Jr. and Orsis Robbins Hall in Moscow and died on Friday, November 2, in Houston.
At an early age he accepted Christ and grew up in Evans Chapel Baptist Church, across the highway. He attended public schools in Moscow and later worked at the local sawmill. After relocating to Houston, he started his own landscaping business. He united in holy matrimony with Thedis Marie Knighton and to this union one child was born, Gloria Hall Durgens.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Leon Hall, John Hall, Roosevelt Hall and James Hall.
Survivors include daughter, Gloria H. Durgens; son-in-law, James Durgens Jr.; granddaughter, Marie Durgens Burros; two great-granddaughters, Courtney Durgens and Caleb Burros; sister, Arzula McCarter; three brothers, Rubin Hall Sr., Kara Hall Sr. and Donnis Hall; sister-in-law, Charlsie Hall; and a host of other relatives and friends.
His nephews served as pallbearers and his brothers served as honorary pallbearers.
Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Hawthorne
Funeral services for Edna Hawthorne, 95, of Shepherd, were held Saturday, November 3, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. at the Shepherd Church of Christ. Interment followed at Pace-Stancil Memorial Rest Gardens.
She was born July 8, 1912, in Shepherd, and was a lifetime resident of Shepherd. She passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2007.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Harvey Arthur Hawthorne; daughter, Clara Eloise Hawthorne; grandson, Harvey Edward Hawthorne Jr.; sisters, Elvie Viola Reeves, Alice Gertrude Hood, Mattie Irene Beene, Mary Agnes Hawthorne, Vera Mae Sammons; brothers, Charles Monroe Taylor, Robert Hardin Taylor and Joe Hubert Taylor.
Survivors include her son, Harvey Edward Hawthorne Sr. and wife, Faye; grandchildren, Donald Gwen Hawthorne and wife, Glinda Yvonne, Carla Renee Hoard and husband, Ronald Gene and Carol Denise Hawthorne; great-grandchildren, Holly Renee Harrison and husband, Jason Warron, Erin Yvonne goad and husband, Roy Dean II, Scott Allen Hoard and Brandi Leann Hoard; great-great grandchild, Ally Nicole Fountain; her loving caregivers, Kathy Booker and Geneva Goodwin; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends beyond measure.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Owen
Funeral services for Don Owen, 65, were held Saturday, November 10, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with deacon Bill Rudolph officiating.
He was born July 17, 1942 in Harrisburg, Illinois, the son of Leslie and Evelie Morris Owen.
Mr. Owen died Wednesday, November 7, in Conroe Regional Medical Center, Conroe.
Survivors include his wife, Eunice Owen of Goodrich; sisters, Helen Smith and Shirley Denton, both of Harrisburg, Illinois; many nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law, ray and Kathy Jones of Cleveland, Glenn Jones of Cedar Lake, Indiana and Donald Jones of Chester; sisters-in-law, Ann and Jeff Ratajczak of Burnham, Illinois, Doris and Michael Ratajczak of Westfield, Indiana and Joyce and Eric Odegard of Cleveland; mother-in-law, Margaret Jones of Cleveland; and many friends.
Pallbearers were John Jones, Sean Jones, Matthew Odegard, Nicholas Odegard, Douglas Ratajczak, Andy Ratajczak, Denzel Owen, Ron Owen and Jeff Owen.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Reeves
Funeral services were held Friday, November 9, 2007 for Virgil M. Reeves, 91, of Diboll, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. Paul Mattlen and Nathan Scoggins officiating. Burial followed in Farley Chapel Cemetery, Shepherd.
He was born In Houston County on September 9, 1916. He was a farmer.
Mr. Reeves passed away on November 6 at his residence. His father and mother, Johnny and Willie Reeves; his wife, Frances Reeves; and three children, Floyd, Dottie and Marie Reeves, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his children, Beverly Gail McDonald of Anahuac, James Russell Reeves of Liberty, Richard Melvin Reeves of Pollok, Debbie L. Cross of Onalaska, Randy Reeves of Quitman, Arkansas and Kelvin Reeves of Diboll; three brothers, Robert Reeves of Center, Bud Reeves of Florida and Dub Reeves of Jasper; one sister, Minnieola Reeves of Texas; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other family and friends.
Pallbearers were Russell Taylor, Alex Reeves, Timothy Reeves, Christopher Smith, Garson Evans and Toby Reeves.
To view and sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.
 Arrangements were under the direction of Pace Funeral Home, Livingston.

Yarbrough
Funeral services for Jason Dewayne Yarbrough, 24, were held Friday, November 9, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with chaplain Mike Maness and Mrs. Limbrick officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Hill Cemetery.
He was born on August 10, 1983, in Galveston and died Tuesday, November 6, 2007, at his residence in Livingston.
Survivors include his mother and dad, Ina and L.J. Broussard of Livingston; brother, Travis Calvet of Livingston; brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Tara Yarbrough of Tahoe, California; grandparents, Raymond and Ida Barrett of Livingston; step-grandparents, Gerald and Bernella Broussard of Branch, Louisiana; aunts and uncles, Brent and Melissa Barnard of Livingston and Roxanne and Lonnie Matthews of Branch, Louisiana; uncle and aunt, Raymond and Chelene Barrett of Tarkington; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Bo Tolar, Jackie Wideman, Timmy Leggett, Raymond Barrett, Brent Barnard, Zachary Barnard, Ricky Edwards and Travis Calvet. Honorary pallbearers were Joe LeBlanc, Jerry LeBlanc, Charlie LeBlanc and Howard LeBlanc.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

 

 





 



 

 

 

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