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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of November 25, 2007 - December 2, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Funeral services for Heidi Renee Bishop, 30, were held on Monday, November 19, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Romayor Baptist Church with Rev. Kenneth Worley officiating. Burial followed in Hardin Cemetery.
She was born on June 27, 1977 in Baytown the daughter of Gregory and Teresa Robertson Bishop. She died on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 in Romayor.
Her mother, Teresa Robertson Bishop and her grandfathers, Mark Brooks and Oland Robertson preceded her in death.
Survivors include her father and step-mother, Greg Bishop and Bobbie of Splendora; two sons, Taylor Mark Gaskamp and Mark Gaskamp, both of Moss Hill; grandmother, Bertie Brooks of Romayor; grandparents, John Louis and Molen Bishop of Rye; three brothers, Michael Wayne Bishop, Matthew Gregory Bishop and Marcus Dale Bishop, all of Splendora; sister, Marlee Patricia Bishop of Splendora; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends and the Gaskamp family.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Carl Jackson Codgill, 84, died on November 15, 2007 in Houston.
He was born December 4, 1922 in Thorpe Springs. He was the youngest of seven sons and one daughter born to Alfred and Gertrude Codgill.
His parents; and all of his brothers and sisters preceded him in death.
Mr. Codgill was baptized at Lipan Church of Christ in Lipan. After open heart surgery in 1981, he became a fixture in the neighborhood as he made his daily walks.
Along the way, he would find abandoned lawnmowers, take them home, repair them, and then return them to their original owner of find them a new home.
He was laid to rest in Bold Springs Cemetery on Saturday, November 17, after a private graveside service.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 17, 2007 at 10;00 a.m. in the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel for Larry F. Fann, 51, with Rev. Russ Clark officiating. Burial took place at 3:00 p.m. at the Holhausen-Darby Cemetery in Moscow, Texas.
He as born January 1, 1956 in Houston, the son of Charles Fann and Jeanette Matlock Dickson.
Although life was not always kind to Larry he loved life. Those who knew him best know he delighted in making people laugh. He was very loving and endeared himself to everyone he met. He especially enjoyed the holidays and times with family and friends. He was an avid country and western music fan. One of Larry’s fondest memories was participating in the winter Special Olympics.
He passed away on November 12, 2007. His father, Charles Fann; and brother, Johnny Earl Fann preceded him in death.
Survivors include his mother, Jeanette Dickson and step-father, Jim Dickson; brother, Michael Parker; step-brothers, Fred Dickson and Donald Dickson; and step-sister, Heather Folgart.
Honorary pallbearers were Fred Dickson, Donald Dickson, Gavin Hearn and Jerry Carpenter
Condolences may be sent to the Fann Family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home in Seabrook or at jeter@flash.net.

Funeral services for Jesse Maurice Fuller, 72, were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 18, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Bold Springs Cemetery.
He was born June 24, 1935 in Livingston, the son of Jesse and Macell Gafford Fuller, both of whom preceded him in death.
Mr. Fuller died on Thursday, November 15, in St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.
Survivors include his wife, Irene Fuller; sons and daughters-in-law, Kent and Susan Fuller and David and Desi Smith; daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Eddie Sandlin, Kathi and Shelly Freistat and Renee and Greg Fricano; granddaughters, Courtnie Fuller, Brandi Grant, Jessica Sandlin and Heather Sandlin; grandsons, Matthew Fuller, Byron Smith and Christopher Smith; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Christopher smith, Byron Smith, Greg Fricano, David Smith, Matthew Fuller and Sam Kash.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center or the charity of your choice.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Daryl Lyle Harris Sr., 65, died Wednesday, November 14, 2007, in Memorial medical Center, Livingston.
He was born August 5, 1942 in Johnson City, New York, the son of Kenneth and Cora Bostwick Harris, both of whom preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Marie Harris of Livingston; daughters and sons-in-law, Loretta Jenean and James Rogers of Sayre, Pennsylvania, Lila and Jim Harris of Afton, New York and Delta and Ricky Burns of Sayre, Pennsylvania; sons and daughters-in-law, Daryl Lyle and Shawna Harris Jr. of Governor, new York and Ross and Christy Harris of Morris, New York; step-son and wife, Randy and Heather Merrill of Sayre, Pennsylvania; sister and brother-in-law, Pat and Doug Stern of Venice, Florida; grandsons, Michael Brundege, Michael Larson, David Harris, Randy Harris, Joshua Harris, Stephen Harris, Tallan Davis, Skylar Harris and Austyn Merrill; granddaughters, Krysti Rogers, Kimberly Harris, Mikayla Pallidino, Olivia Morris, Amanda Merrill and Amber Merrill; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held November 13, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. for Linnie Mae Key, 88, of Liberty, at Allison Funeral Service. Interment followed at Holly Grove Cemetery.
She was born on March 26, 1919 in Mount Rose, Texas, the daughter of Eli Hugh and Susan Samantha Richardson Alcorn. Linnie loved to quilt, fish, and can foods.
She passed away on Sunday, November 11, 2007. He was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 32 years, Howard Key; daughters, Vallie McDonald, Norma Jean Leonard and Sue McGraw.
Survivors include her sons, John Odom and wife, Barbara of Liberty and Craig Odom and wife, Hazel, of Port Neches; daughters, Connie Lopez of Dayton and Patsy Vacha and husband, Kevin, of Liberty; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; and numerous more nieces, nephews and friends.
Allison Funeral Services, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Deloris Mosley, 78, in the Pasadena Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Abbey Mausoleum at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.
She was born May 31, 1929 in Dallas. She was an employee of Weingarten Groceries in Houston for 30 years, was a Cub Scout den mother and Girl Scout leader, volunteered with the church ladies group, Prayer Chain Warrior, and volunteered with Hooks N Needles in Livingston.
She died Saturday evening, November 10, 2007, in San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown. Her mother and father, Jack and Sudie Dudley Wheeler and one sister, Jean Graham preceded in death.
Survivors include her son, Gerald Mosley and his wife, Jana, of Pasadena; daughter, Anna Hawkins and her husband, Raymond, of Livingston; sister, Kay White; three grandchildren, Nicholas Mosley, Wesley Hawkins and Amber Mosley; and two great-grandchildren, Breeana Hawkins and Rebecca Hawkins.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 17, 2007, at the Church on the Lake in Livingston, for Edna Sylvia Mae Purser. Burial followed in Restland Cemetery in Livingston. Memorials may be made to the Church on the Lake Bench Fund.
The daughter of William and Maude Elam, she was born March 25, 1913, in Ozark, Franklin County, Arkansas.
She married Johnny Aubrey Purser on March 16, 1929 in Arthur City, Texas. She was the mother of eight, grandmother of 24, great-grandmother of 35, and the great-great grandmother of four. She formerly lived in Livingston, Tawakonie, Tulia, Arthur City and Ozark, Arkansas.
She died on November 13, 2007 at the age of 94. She was preceded in death by her husband; five of her children, Johnnie Junior Purser, Jeanetta Lade4ll Robertson Murphy, Nolan Aubrey Purser, Naomi Ruth Sims, Mae Purser (stillborn) and Ouida Faye Elland; and a grandchild, Kirk Harris Purser.
She is survived by three children, David Earl Purser of Seabring, Florida, Jearld Don Purser of Corrigan and Margaret Arlene “Peggy” Purser Freeman of Granbury; 23 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; brother, Frankie Flynn of Arthur City; and many friends.

Funeral services for Matthew Ealon Pye, Jr., 14 months, of Liberty, were held November 10, 2007, at Trinity Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Marvin Etheridge officiating. Burial was in Wells Memorial Cemetery in Liberty.
He passed away on November 7, 2007 at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.
Survivors include his father, Matthew Pye Sr.; his mother, Kristy Pye; brother, Patrick Pye of Houston; and a host of other relatives.
Wells Funeral Home, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial services were held November 13, 2007 at Wells Memorial Chapel for Rochester Gants, 60, of Liberty, with Brother David Lafleur officiating. Burial will be at a later date under the direction of Wells Funeral Service, Liberty.
A native of Liberty, he was a graduate of West Liberty High School Class of 1966. He was a veteran of the Untied States Army where he received an honorable discharge.
He passed away on November 7, 2007 at the VA Hospital in Houston after an illness.
Survivors include son, Rochester Gants Jr. of Liberty; four brothers, James W. Gants of Winnie, Fletcher Gants Sr., Otis Gants and Thomas R. Gants, all of Liberty; one sister, Bernadette Hayes of Milwaukee; and a host of other relatives and friends.

J.C. Smith
Graveside services for J.C. Smith, 77, of Corrigan, were held Tuesday, November 13, 2007, in Wheeler Cemetery in Wakefield, with Brother Cory Glover officiating.
He was a fireman for Houston County and a Baptist by faith.
Mr. Smith was born August 1, 1930 in Corrigan and died Saturday, November 10, 2007 in Corrigan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Winona Honeycutt Smith; stepmother, Claudia Mae Smith; brothers, Martin Smith, Billy Ray Smith and Billy Murray and wife, Ann; and sister, Allene Smith.
Survivors include his sons, Johnny Smith of Corsicana and Ben Smith; brothers, Claude Smith and Edward Smith, both of Pollock; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Joyce and Lester Glaze of Pollock, Ada and Herman White of Etoile, Sherrill and J.C. McClendon of Corrigan and Jo and Burk Hall of North Zulch; sister-in-law, Jackie Smith of Lufkin; aunt, Bonnie Scogin of Onalaska; three grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Nellie Smith
Funeral services for Nellie Smith, 94, were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 17, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Chris Borden officiating.
She was born April 6, 1913 in Galveston, the daughter of George and Agnes Anderson Henry. 
Mrs. Smith died on Sunday, November 11, at her residence in Livingston. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, George Myers; daughter, Margie Johnson and husband, Japan Smith.
Survivors include her daughter, Sandra Coward of Livingston; sister, Evelyn Jones of Houston; nephew, Richard Henry of Porter; daughter-in-law, Shirley Myers; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 14, 2007, for Nelda Valderez, 59k, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Craig McCracken officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery.
She was born April 18, 1948 in Glendale, the daughter of Henry and Cristdal Baker Reeves.
Mrs. Valderez died on Sunday, November 11, 2007 at her residence in Livingston.
Survivors include her husband, Emanuel Valderez of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Karen Valderez and husband, Larry, of Livingston; daughter, Donna Baker of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Nicole Valderez of Leggett; sisters, Joyce Smith of Jasper and Patricia White of Livingston; brother, David Reeves of Livingston; grandchildren, Amber Laird, Andrew Laird, Kassidy Valderez and Kylie Valderez; and great-grandchildren, Hayghan Johnson and Hunter Johnson.
Pallbearers were Bill Kotterman, Melvin Nesmith, Jimmy Hudson, James Leroy Rosier, James Reeves, Shawn Valderez, Jason Valderez and Felix Valderez III
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.








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