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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of November 4, 2007 - November 11, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company



Bennett
Memorial services were held Monday, October 22, at Cochran Funeral Home Chapel for Earline Duff Bennett, 69, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Burial was in Menard Chapel Cemetery in Livingston.

She was born on March 13, 1938 to Ferguson and Mary Parrish Duff. She passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2007, in Lebanon, Missouri.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy Bennett and Susan; daughter and son-in-law, Darlene German and Tony; daughter, Donna Marie Bennett; grandchildren, Erin Bennett, Joshua Bennett, Nelson German and Matthew Dees; and sisters, Bonnie Ray Haggerton and Worth and Mary Alice Madden and Johnny.

Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Blankenship
Funeral services for Luella A. Blankenship, 81, were held Wednesday, October 24, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating.
She was born February 23, 1926 in Hamilton, Alabama, the daughter of Everett and Mary Noel Bohnert.
Mrs. Blankenship died Sunday, October 21, 2007, in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents; sons, Rodney Hess and Larry L. Hess; and brother, Richard Bohnert.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne E. Blankenship of Onalaska; daughter, Lynda Wingate of Aurora, Colorado; brothers, Robert Bohnert of Augusta, Kansas and Harold Bohnert of Brookshire; sister, Kathy Ray of Burkeville; grandchildren, Kimberly Hiebert, Gary Wingate, Stacy Heff, Trisha Heff and Rodney Heff; and five great-grandchildren.
Her grandchildren served as pallbearers.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Brinser
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 20, 2007 at 10:00 a.m., for Chu Brinser, 76, of Tarkington Prairie, at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland, with Rev. Robert Brown officiating. Interment followed in Pace-Stancil Memorial Rest Gardens.

Her family originated in Central China, The Kiangsu Province. Her father was killed during the China’s war with Japan and her mother raised the children and cared for the grandparents and other family members.

She died on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at the Woodland Memorial Hermann Hospital. Her father, Wei-Ching Shiah; mother, ChuShen Shiah; and her loving husband, Amos Albert Brinser, precede her in death.

Survivors include daughters, Connie Chu Lehnett and husband, James Joseph and Sue Hsia Taylor and husband, Kenneth Charles; son, Amos William Brinser and fiancé’ Tracy Mize; sisters, Chan Zhu of China, Chan Hsia Yeh of New York and Hsia Zy Jou of Massachusetts; brothers, Liang Hsia of California, Guang Hsia of Taiwan and Paul Shiah of Philadelphia; grandchildren, Erin Rae Tanner and husband, Daniel Keith, Alison Chu Krawacki, Jamie Nicole Lehnen, Kyle James Lehnen, Christopher David Brinser, Nicholas William Brisner and Derek Alan Taylor; numerous nieces and nephews, other family members and countless friends.

Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Brown
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 20, 2007 for Woodrow Wilson “W..W.” Brown, 89, of Sugarland, at Earthman Southwest Chapel, Stafford. Interment followed in Petrie Cemetery in Crabbs Prairie.

He was born January 8, 1918 in Diboll. He was a Houston business owner for over 40 years. Brown was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Temple Lodge No. 4 for 54 years. In addition, he was a member of the Scottish Rite and the Arabia Temple. He loved to fish and hunt, but was known as someone whose family came first.

Mr. Brown died on Wednesday, October 17, 2007. His son, Charles L. Brown Sr., preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Helen Gaines Brown; daughters, Lori Lowe and her husband, Jack, Elizabeth Greenswood and her husband, Mark, and Nelda Gibson and her husband, Lloyd; daughter-in-law, Patty Brown; eight grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and many relatives and friends.

Memorials may be made to The Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children, 6977 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77030.

Carney
Funeral services for Shelby Carney Jr., 73, were held at Neal Funeral Home in Cleveland at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2007 with Brother Daniel Goodman officiating.

He was born Monday, November 13, 1933 in Harris County, to the late Woodrow Shelby Carney and Eugenia Leona Kriger.

He passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2007. His parents preceded him in death.

Survivors include his loving daughters, Catherine Blackburn, Victoria Zink and Tammy Jo Carney; son, Shelby Carney Jr. II; brothers, Gerald Shauer, George Shauer, Donald Shauer and Danny Ray Shauer; sisters, Gloria Grant and Phyllis Tyler; 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Cooper
Funeral services for Dorothy Dorcas Cooper, 82, were held on Tuesday, October 23, 2007, at Central Baptist Church, with Brother Barry Jeffries officiating. Burial followed in Center Grove Cemetery, Livingston.
She was born December 4, 1924 in Leggett, the daughter of Joseph and Meddie Warren Matthews.
Mrs. Cooper died Wednesday, October 17, at her residence in Livingston. Her parents; daughter, Marilyn Kay Cooper; and brothers, Hack Matthews and Ester Matthews preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, George L. Cooper of Livingston; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard L. and Diane Cooper of Olympia, Washington and David A. and Kathy Cooper of Sedro-Woolley, Washington; granddaughters, Dani Fernandez and husband, Luis, of Yakima, Washington, Jason of Tacoma, Washington, Jennifer cooper of Forks, Washington and Rebecca Cooper of Greer, South Carolina; grandson,  Lee Cooper and wife, Abby; great-grandson, Bastain Schumaker of Yakima, Washington; great-granddaughters, Annabel Cooper and Meddie Ann Cooper of Kennewick, Washington; sister, Celia Hickman of Cypress; sisters and brothers-in-law, Reedie and Clarence Grover of Pasadena and Pauline and Harvey Powell of Livingston and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Bryan Hickman, Lagene Hickman, Wayne Hickman, Timothy Hickman, Joe Matthews and Roger Dowden. Honorary pallbearers were Ben Ogletree III, Sidney Smith, Joe Pedigo, Dan Marsh, Ray Keagen, Bob Headen, Bob Weathers, Jim Sharp and Fed Smith.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Davis
Graveside services were held Friday, October 19, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. for Raymond Edward Davis, 76, at White Cemetery with Brother Don Knox officiating. Burial was in White Cemetery in Highlands.
He was born June 15, 1931 in Yoakum, the son of Mac and Nora Boone Davis.
Mr. Davis died on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at Conroe Regional Medical Center.  He was preceded in death by his wife; his father, Mac Davis; and his mother, Nora Boone.
Survivors include his son, Billy Davis of New York and Bobby Davis of Houston; daughter, Brenda Davis of Cleveland; grandsons, Patrick Davis and Raymond Summers, brother,  Luther L. Davis of Angleton; sister, Ruby Hidgon of Cleveland; numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Estenson
Funeral services for Mark Lee Estenson, 37, were held Friday, October 26, 2007, at Beacon Bay Baptist Church, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating.
He was born February 24, 1970 in Milton, Florida, the son of Milton and Edell Maddox Estenson.
Mr. Estenson passed away on Wednesday, October 24, in Conroe Regional Medical Center, Conroe.
Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Estenson of Livingston; parents, Milton and Edell Estenson of Sandia; step-sons, Henry Boles and Jeffrey Boles, both of Livingston; step-daughter, Merissa Mahan of Livingston; granddaughter, Scarlet Boles of Livingston; brother, Michael Patrick Lucas of Corpus Christi; sisters, Deborah Ann Sierra and Donna Alexander, both of Bandera; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers were Jessie Sierra, Jamie Sierra, Travis Combs, Henry Boles, Jeffrey Boles, Michael Lucas and Phil Tremble.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Frazier
A memorial service was held at the Escapees Care Center, Highway 146 South for James Henry Frazier, 85, at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 27, 2007.
He was born October 31, 1922 in Houston, the son of Virgil Ross Frazier and Gladys Pleasant Branch Frazier.
Jimmy served with the Marines in the South Pacific Peleliu, Guadalcanal and Ima Jima. As a freshmen at Sam Houston University he taught diesel and dozer operations at the Country Campus. At the same time, he had an auto repair shop and a dump truck operation in Huntsville.
He taught auto mechanics in Galveston, Pasadena, Deer Park and Angleton High Schools. He helped start TST in Waco and job training in San Marcos.
He also taught teacher training for U.T. for several years and served as Vice-President of Galveston College. Jimmy was written up in Outstanding Educators of America even though he did not graduate from high school.
Upon retiring in 1982, his hobbies included carpentry and wood carving. He and Laura built and remodeled several houses and barns for relatives.
The last several years have been spent RV traveling in Texas and other parts of the U.S.
He passed away on October 15, 2007 in Livingston. He was preceded in death by his son, George Robert Frazier; father, Virgil Ross Frazier; mother, Gladys Pleasant Branch; and sister, Virginia Branch Frazier Zimmer.
 Survivors include his childhood sweetheart and wife, Laura Lively Martin Frazier; sons, James Ross and Velma of Franklin, Texas, Marvin Ray and Anita of Galveston; step-sons, John Randolph and Elizabeth Martin of Montgomery and Brian Gene Martin of Livingston; granddaughter, Kalynne G. Martin; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Care Center, 155 Care Center Drive, Livingston 77351 for the care of RV travelers or the charity of your choice.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Haselwood
A memorial service for James Smith Haselwood, 66, was held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 27, 2007, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Dorothy Gremillion officiating.
He was born July 13, 1941 in Tyler, the son of Smith and Adelyn Baxley Haselwood, both of whom preceded him in death.
Mr. Haselwood obtained a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Miami. He served 15 years as an Alief Fire Department volunteer, three, three years as a Coldspring Fire Department volunteer, five years as an instructor at the Texas A&M Industrial Fire School and was a Texas Society of Fire Service Instructors member. He was certified as a volunteer firefighter by the Texas Volunteer Firefighters and served as training officer in both the Alief and Coldspring fire departments. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Mr. Haselwood spent 12 years sailing the Caribbean in a 40-foot sailboat with his wife.
Mr. Haselwood passed away on Friday, October 19, at his residence in Coldspring.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Haselwood of Coldspring; daughter, Samantha Haselwood of Cypress; son and daughter-in-law, Jay Smith Haselwood and wife, Dacota, of Seguin; and sister and brother-in-law, Carol and John Risher of The Woodlands.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Havard
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 17, 2007 for Lela Calline “Callie” Havard, 21, of Tarkington Prairie, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland. Interment was at Lum’s Garden of Memories, Tarkington Prairie.
She was born in Baytown, the daughter of Dale Havard and Cindy Sumner on July 31, 1986. Callie was a fun loving girl with a lot of heart. Her family and friends will miss her immensely.
Callie was killed in a tragic car accident on October 12, 2007. She is preceded in death by her grandfathers, Bernard Havard and Gary R. Sumner; and uncle, Jody R. Sumner.
Survivors include her parents, Dale Havard and Cindy Sumner; grandmothers, Betty Havard, Linda Vance and Brenda Primeaux; step-mother, Barbara Helmcamp; sister, Destiny Anne Havard; brother, Gary Richard Havard; nephews, Klayton and Garrett Smith; and many, many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who loved her dearly.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Johnson
Funeral services for Professor Langston C. Johnson Sr., 83, of Livingston, were held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 27, 2007, with Colonel Howard Daniel Jr. officiating. Interment followed in Greenfield Cemetery, Livingston.
 He was born March 15, 1924 in Nigton, the son of the late Wayne Wright Johnson and the late Elsie Hedro Mark Johnson.
He attended public school in Nigton and later graduated from Mary Allen College in Tyler.
He retired as a teacher from the Livingston Independent School District. Professor Johnson was a Baptist and a U.S. Army veteran.
Professor Johnson died Sunday, October 21, 2007 at his residence. His wife, Dorothy Johnson, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his son, Langston Johnson Jr. (Bobbie) of Livingston; grandchildren, Shawnaton, Johnathan and Alissa Johnson, all of Livingston; two sisters, Opal Smith (Joe) of Dallas and Versa Barnes of Houston; and a host of nieces, nephews, special friends and other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Otto Lyons, Byron Lyons, Stanley Pierson, Johnny Dewalt, Velton Price and Luther Earl Jackson. Honorary pallbearers were L.C. Johnson Jr., Johnathan Johnson, Shawnaton Johnson, Dr. Kevin Smith, Dr. Cedric Smith, Joe Stephens Sr., Dr. Stanley Smith and Marion Johnson.
Duncan Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Jones
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 21, 2007 for Mark Michael Jones, 63, at the Neal Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Daniel Goodman officiating.
He was born on Monday, June 19, 1944 in Texas City, to the late Drue Jones and the late Alice Pregeant.
Survivors include his loving daughters, Lisa Dillard and husband, Stacey and Christine Gassner and husband, John; son, Christopher Jones and wife, Lana; brother, Thomas Jones and wife, Rosa; sisters, Dorothy Robertson, Valerie Hooker, Martha Carpenter and husband, Jack and Mary Donelson and husband, Gary; 6 grandchildren, Sean, Joshewa, Felechia, Chelsey, Nathaniel and Laynie.
All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Kates
Funeral services for Alberta England Kates, 92, were held Monday, October 22, 2007 in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Sam Steele officiating. Cremation was in Restland Crematory Service in Livingston.
She was born in Girard, Illinois, the daughter of Sebird and Etta Stutzman England.
Mrs. Kates died Friday, October 12, in Pineridge Health Care, Livingston. Her husband, Melvin; her parents; brothers, Homer England, Ivan England and Lyle England; and nephew, Richard England, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her step-son and wife, Myron and Sally Kates of Urbana, Illinois; grandsons and wives, Mark and Linda Kates of Champaign, Illinois and Jim and Candie Kates of Urbana, Illinois; three great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Audrey Kates of Carlinville, Illinois; niece and husband, Marilyn England Canfield and Jack of Tarkio, Missouri; cousin and husband, Nancy Eldridge and Stan of Bay City; nephew, Gene England; and several close friends of Livingston.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Lowery
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 27, 2007 for Paul Riley Lowery, 39, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Jimmy Tyner officiating.
He was born April 27, 1968 in Houston and died on Saturday, October 20. He loved to fish for flounder and spend time with his family and grandkids.
Survivors include his mother and step-father, Carol Clark and Larry Williams of Romayor; father, Louis Hallo of Crosby; step-father, Kenneth Clark of Romayor; sisters and brothers-in-law, Kimberly and Al Bell of Houston, Amber and Pete Gonzales of Galena Park, Shannon and Bobby Jackson and Shelly and Shawn Fye; brother and sister-in-law, John and Sarah Clark of Brazoria; grandmother, Peggy Lowery of Livingston; great-aunt, Edna Biddle of Livingston; uncle, Gary Lowery of Union City, California; aunts and uncles, Vickie and Melvin Ramey of Houston and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hallo of Timpson; uncle, William Hallo of Houston; the love of his life, Vickie Balser of Houston; step-children, Amber, Nikki and Lavonne; four grandchildren; sister-in-law, Gale of Pasadena; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Lyonel Cecil, John Clark, Wade Anderson, Bill Thornton, Al Bell and David Kainer.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Mayfield
Funeral services for Courtney Lou Ann Mayfield, 19, were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2007, in the Neal Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Cleveland City Cemetery.
She was born Monday, January 25, 1988 in Houston, the daughter of Donald Dean and Brenda Lou Mayfield.
Courtney unexpectedly passed away at her home in Houston on October 12, 2007. Her grandparents, Pat and Bill Mason and Clara Lou and Harold Durham preceded her in death.
Survivors include her loving husband, Blake Eugene Moran and son, Bradly Moran; two brothers, Dillon and Nathan Mayfield; and numerous other family and friends.
All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Smith
Funeral services for Clarence Everett “Pete” Smith, 74, of Corrigan, were held Tuesday, October 23, 2007, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Don VanZandt and Brother Phil Corbett officiating. Interment followed in Stryker Cemetery, Corrigan.
He was born April 17, 1933 in Cherokee County, Alabama and died Friday, October 19, in Corrigan.
He was retired from Skrla Road Construction as a supervisor. Mr. Smith was a Baptist by faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Ovis and Dovie Highfield Smith; and brother, A.T. Smith.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Smith of Corrigan; step-sons and daughters-in-law, Kyle and Vicki Jesse of Houston, Lester and Heide Lee of North, Virginia, Jimmy and Charlotte Lee of Pollok, Joel Jesse of Houston and David and Deidra Cross of Hudson; step-daughter and son-in-law, Bonita and Shannon Mettlen of Huntington; brother, Gary Smith of Houston; sister, Shirley Mobbs of Houston; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and numerous relatives and friends.

Thompson
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 27, 2007 for Genevieve Thompson, 94, at the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Harold Isaacs officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery.
She was born April 2, 1913 in Port Lavaca, the daughter of Charles and Emma Feagell Crossman. Mrs. Thompson died on Wednesday, October 24, 2007 in Gulf Health Nursing Home in Texas City.
Her husband, Jens L. Thompson; her parents; her son, Robert Neal Thompson and her sister, Josephine Dunn, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Jeanie Thompson, Richard and Mary Thompson, all of San Leon and Willie and Jackie Thompson of Dickinson; grandchildren, Warren Thompson, Debbie Thompson, Jeff Thompson, Scott Thompson, Beverly Thompson, Richardon Thompson Jr., Susan Mills, David Thompson and Frank Kilmer; 15 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; and brother, Bill Crossman of Irving.
Pallbearers were David Thompson, Richard Thompson Jr., Richard Kilmer, Warren Thompson, Jeff Thompson and Scott Thompson.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Webb
Funeral services for Billy Joe Webb, 77, were held Wednesday, October 24, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Paul Boyd officiating. Burial followed in Menard Chapel Cemetery in Polk County.
He was born October 28, 1929 in Hamilton, Alabama, the son of Chester and Ruby Parmer Webb.
Mr. Webb died Sunday, October 21, in Memorial Health System of East Texas in Lufkin. He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores; and his parents.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Sharon Webb of Shore Acres; son, Randy Webb of Rye; daughters, Carol Webb of Ace and Dawn Townsend of Colgate, Colorado; grandchildren, Steven, Jonah, Matthew, Christina, Lucy, Punkin and Kelly; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the South Polk County Volunteer Fire Department.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.


 

 





 



 

 

 

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