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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of October 1, 2007 - October 14, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

James Markham “Mark” Beasley, 56, of Reno, Nevada, died on September 4, 2007. He was born August 18, 1952 in Toledo, Ohio, the son of James Albert and Darlene Marie Markham Beasley. He was a free spirit who enjoyed being around his family. He loved his children very much and was always a very helpful caring, loving man, who was always on the go.Mr. Beasley was preceded in death by his father, James A. Beasley; his mother, Darlene M. Hoyt; his brothers, Randy Norton and Charles Norton.Survivors include his daughter, Leslie Stevenson and husband, Robert, of Dayton; his son, Chad Beasley and wife, Christina, of Yucca Valley, California; his wife, Paula Beasley of Reno, Nevada; his brother, Jerry Beasley of Dayton; his sisters, Kimberley Beasley and Theresa Ungles, both of Dayton; six grandchildren; numerous other relatives and friends.

A service of remembrance for James H. Clark, 32, of Batson, was conducted on October 3, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church with Reverend Alvin Tomlinson and Pastor Carlton Bailey officiating. Interment was held at Guedry Cemetery, Batson.
He was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, and was a self-employed welder and a member of the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church-Marysee of Moss Hill.
Mr. Clark passed away on September 30, 2007 in Cleveland. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Lois Deckert of Batson; great-grandmother, Mildred Ray; great-grandmother, Neddly Tedly; and grandfather, Peewee Clark.
Survivors include his girlfriend, Joanna Williamson; mother and stepfather, Jeanette and Carl Selby of Humble; father and stepmother, Bo and Carolyn Clark of Crockett; son, Ty Clarf of Douson, Louisiana; daughter, Skylar Doucet of Duson, Louisiana; brother, David Smith of Thicket; sister, Tonya Jeansonne; niece, Colbi Jeansonne; grandparents, Joe Deckert of Batson, Beverly Clark of Sour Lake and Donald Taylor of Batson.

Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2007 for Thomas John Conner, 44, at Oakdale Cemetery with Rev. Charles Prince officiating.He was born March 4, 1963 in Liberty, the son of Charles and Willie Dempsey Conner. He was a lifelong resident of the Dayton area and attended Dayton High School. Tommy had worked as a service manager before retiring. He loved his family and will be dearly missed by all.Mr. Conner passed away on September 29, 2007, in Baytown after an extended illness. His brother, Chuck Conner and his sister, Cheryl Nugent, preceded him in death. Survivors include his parents, Charles and Willie Conner of Dayton; his daughter, Ashley Cole Pevehouse of Dayton; his sons, Brandon Lee Conner and wife, Kendra, of Abilene, and Bradley Ashton Conner of Houston; one grandson, Kayden Conner; brother, Richard Conner of Houston; sisters, Ethel Hiriart and husband, Sid, of Houston and JoAnn Gilliland and husband, Mike, of Liberty; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held at Cornerstone Church for Alfred George Davidson, 48, on Thursday, September 27, 2007, with Pastor James Holt officiating. He was born Thursday, May 14, 1959, in Houston to the late Hiram Valentine Davidson Jr. and the late Margaret Rose Elliott.He passed away on Friday, September 21, 2007 in Cleveland. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Joe H. Hill Sr.; grandparents, Archibald Elliott and Bess Ralph Williams of Canada.Survivors include his three children, Christina Ross, Thomas Davidson and Zachary Davidson; brothers, Hiram V. Davidson III, William D. Davidson and Thomas D. Davidson; sister, Valerie Sissy Ward; grandchildren, Joseph Sarmiento III, Nicholas Sarmiento, Paisley Ross, and Landry Bryan Ross. All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Visitation for L.C. Evans, 60, was held at Neal Funeral Home on Monday,  September 24, 2007 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. in Cleveland.  He was born Tuesday, July 1, 1947 in Ace, Texas, the son of the late Jessie Carl Evans and the late Audrey Geraldine Ausband.He passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2007 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Edward Gene Evans and Danny Ray Evans. Survivors include his loving daughter, Frances and husband, Ricky Letsinger; two sons, Tim and Diane Evans and Charlie and wife, Jennifer Evans; brothers, J.C. and wife, Pat Evans, Malcomb and wife, Vickie Evans, Earl and wife, Mary Lynn Evans; sisters, Ann Day, Geraldine Maupin and Mary Cessna;  grandchildren, Matthew and Dustin Henry and Adrianna and Chloe Evans.All services were under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

 A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, September 27, 2007 for Mary Joyce Fontenot, 76, of Raywood, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Raywood. Burial followed at Sacred Heart Cemetery.
A lifelong resident of Raywood, Mrs. Fontenot was a dedicated member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was a retired secretary with Hull-Daisetta Independent School District.
She departed this life on September 20, 2007. Her husband, Oscar Fontenot; parents, Gilbert and Lizzie Deliphose; brothers, Aubry, Clarence, Harold and Jessie; sisters, Irene and Edwina; nephew, Gilbert M. Deliphose; and son-in-law, Clayton Guillory, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughter, Sylvia Guillory; grandson, Daniel Guillory of Beaumont; sister-in-law, Jennie Deliphose of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, other relatives and special friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Benito Gonzalez Sr., 45, was held Saturday, September 29, 2007, in St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church in Corrigan, with Father Clifton Labbe, Father Victor Hamon and Deacon Jose Vitella officiating. A rosary was held Friday, September 28, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was in Union Springs Cemetery.
He was born December 22, 1961 in Valparaiso, Zacatecas, Mexico, and died on Monday, September 24, in Lufkin.
He was employed by Fleetwood Transportation in Diboll as a truck driver.
He is preceded in death by his father, Joaquin Gonzalez; daughter, Maria Gonzalez; and nephew, Valente Gonzalez.
Survivors include his wife, Maria Agapita Gonzalez of Corrigan; son, Benito Gonzalez Jr. of Corrigan; daughters, Guadalupe Gonzalez and Crystal Gonzalez, both of Corrigan; mother, Guadalupe Ibarra of Mexico; brothers, Juan Gonzalez Ibarra, Benjamin Gonzalez Ibarra, Jose Angel Gonzalez Ibarra and Margarito Gonzalez Ibarra, all of Mexico and Miguel Gonzalez of Austin; sisters, Manuela Chavez of Austin and Leonardo Gonzalez Ibarra of Mexico; father-in-law, Catarino Medina Garcia of Mexico; and mother-in-law, Santos Cortez Diaz of Mexico.

Lois Darlene Harthcock, 73, of Wallisville, passed away on Friday, September 21, 2007.She was born on January 23, 1934, the daughter of George and Linda Lingner in Lawrence, Indiana. Lois liked to hunt and fish, go to garage sales, cook and sew. She was a gardener that had a green thumb for flowers. She was also a brick swapper and a member of the Brick Collectors Association International. She was a devout Baptist. More than anything, she loved to spend time with her family and friends.Lois is preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Tommy Vining.Survivors include her loving husband of nearly 55 years, Bryan Harthcock; children, Linda Weisinger, Bryan Harthcock Jr. and wife, Tina, George Harthcock and wife, Deliliah, Lisa Mellen and Lucy McBride; brother, Jack Vining; sister, Sarah Taylor; grandchildren, Karrie Sherman, Jeremy Weisinger, Dylan Harthcock and Lucas Harthcock; and three great-grandchildren.Arrangements were entrusted to Sterling Funeral Home, Anahuac.Condolences may be made online at www.sterlingfuneralhome.com.

Funeral services for Odis Alton Hinklin, 74, of Shepherd, were held Thursday, September 27, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland. Interment was at Squire Cemetery.
He was born on January 31, 1930 in Romayor, the son of Orren J. and Mattie L. Hinklin.
He passed away on Monday, September 24, 2007. His parents, along with his wife, Ellen Elizabeth Hinklin; sister, Mattie Lee Bowen; and daughter, Gaylynn Marie Harper, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his daughters, Pamela Alecia Hinklin, Cheral Ann Granger, Cathy Robinette Norman, Cynthia Jean Phelan and Windy Mickel Cheshire; sister, Betty Lou Sapp; many cherished grandchildren and other loving family members and caring friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 9, 2007 for Roy Calvin Jackson, 82, at Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston with Brother Harold Isaacs officiating.He was born February 9, 1925 in Arkansas, the son of Bryan and Eula Starkey Jackson.He died on Thursday, October 4, 2007, at his home in Livingston. He was preceded in death by his father, Bryan Jackson; his mother, Eula Starkey Jackson; two brothers and one sister.Survivors include his wife, Beverly Jackson of Livingston; sons, Roy Calvin Jackson Jr. and Larry Wayne Jackson; daughters, Sandra Jackson and Sharon Jackson; sisters, Louise Fontenot and Eva Lewis.Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Graveside services for Patricia Norene Jordan, 63, were held at Farley Chapel Cemetery on Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor David Moore officiating.She was born Sunday, October 24, 1943 in Alabama, to the late Hubert Garner and the late Edna Darby.She passed away on Thursday, September 20, 2007 in Conroe Regional Hospital. Patricia was preceded in death by her daughter, Angela Janine Kirchner.Survivors include her loving husband, Ronnie Jordan; children, Terri and late husband Butch Coleman, Ricky J. Vines, Lynn and husband, Randy Sanders; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brother, Hubert and wife Diane Garner;  and long time friend, Kenneth Delana.All services were under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 3, 2007 for William Coleman Kinnison, 85, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Ronnie Ray Kinnison officiating. Burial followed in Pace-Stancil Cemetery in Cleveland. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 1839 in Cleveland.
He was born February 2, 1922 in Haskel, the son of William and Mary Coleman Kinnison.
Mr. Kinnison died on Monday, October 1, 2007, in Cleveland. His wife, Dorothy Lee Lynch Kinnison; brothers, Clyde Randolph Kinnison, Brice Kinnison and Judson Kinnison; sisters, Edna Hewlet, Victoria Ruth Bowley and Norma Thompson; and grandchildren, William Randal Rieske and Kenny Ray Kinnison, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his daughters, Connie Sangster of Cleveland and Carolyn Sue Beane of Cannon City, Colorado; sons, Johnny Lynn Kinnison of Livingston and Ronnie Ray Kinnison of Brenham; grandchildren, Shelly Kay, Shea Marie, Toni Lue, Johnnie Kay, Shawnie Diane, Sharon Lee, Jeremy Wayne, Lisa Michelle and Ronnie Lyn; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

A memorial celebrating the life of Ethelyene “Tenny” Comeaux Loop was held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mark Martinez of Calvary Chapel, Katy, officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph Mausoleum in Rayne, Louisiana.
She was a native of Rayne, Louisiana and had lived most of her life in southern Texas. She was known as a loving woman who enjoyed her life and impacted many others along the way. Throughout her life her interests included hunting, fishing, writing, and painting. She was known as an accomplished artist and enjoyed sharing her talents with many.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Nick and Eta Comeaux; her sister, Anna Gray; first husband, C.B. Jones; and second husband, Homer Boothe.
Survivors include her husband, Pat Loop; her daughter, Nikki Jones; sons, Kim and Kevin Jones; grandchildren, Austin Jones, Brittany Corcoran and Brandon Taylor; great-grandchildren, Christian Taylor, Bronson Taylor and Anabella Taylor; cousin, Marceline Zaunbrecher, who currently resides in Rayne, Louisiana with husband, Alfred; stepdaughters, Karen Jones and her husband, William, and Martha Holbrook and her husband, Burl; stepson, Larry Loop and wife, Connie; and nine step-grandchildren.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Cindy Kay McCoy-Aman, 55, of Dayton, on October 2 at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home. Private burial followed at Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton.She was born January 23, 1952 in Council Bluffs, Iowa and was a former student of Sheldon. She has resided in the Dayton area for the past 10 years. She was a graduate of the Thomas Jefferson High School in Iowa, a former clerk for H.E.B. in Liberty, and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.She passed away at the Memorial City Hospital in Houston on September 28, 2007. Her birth mother, Georgia Porter; husband, Loran E. Aman; and mother, Violet McCoy, preceded her in death.Survivors include her daughters, Rashell Martin and Mark, Randi Aman and Terri Lindberg and Tonya Aman, all of Crosby; son, Loran Aman and wife, Jennifer, of Channelview; father, Donald McCoy of Council Bluffs, Iowa; sisters, Sally Norman of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Sandy Ream of Underwood, Iowa; brothers, Donald McCoy of Pensacola, Florida, Sid McCoy of Crosby, Sam McCoy and Jim McCoy, both of Council Bluffs, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Robert F. Morlock, 85, was celebrated September 27, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. Interment was in the Mount Olivet Cemetery.
He was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on July 29, 1922 and has been a resident of Texas for 58 years.
Robert volunteered for service in World War II in 1942 and was a member of the 14th Air Force Flying Tigers in the China-India-Burma theater of operation.
He was a graduate of the Christian Brothers High School, St. Joseph, Missouri, University of Missouri at Rolla, School of Mines and Metallurgy and was awarded a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering in 1949. He was a member of Theta Tau and Theta Kappa Phi fraternities.
In 1949, he married Pauline Karl and they began their life together in Texas, where Robert was employed by the Texaco Oil Company. He retired from Texaco after 31 years and became a consultant for Venus Oil Company.
Robert was a dedicated husband, half of a partnership made up of hard work, support and love. He was a loving and caring father. He spent many hours engaged in activities that enhanced the growth and development of his seven children. From scouting to religious, education to sports, he was always a willing volunteer. His care and concern for the poor, the hungry, and the mentally handicapped was a source of inspiration to everyone he met. He was one of Notre Dame’s most loyal fans. Golf was his fashion, but was surpassed by his fondness for desserts and Hershey Bars.
He was a husband, father, and grandfather, who peacefully passed away on Saturday, September 22, after a lengthy illness
He is preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Rose Morlock; his brother, William; and son, Brian.
Survivors include his wife, Pauline; his daughters, Mary Gail Buzzella and her husband, Michael, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Peggy Morlock of Liberty, Missouri, and Linda Langlois and her husband, Ray, of Cedar Park; his sons, Michael Morlock and wife, Nancy, of Evergreen, Colorado, Bruce Morlock and wife, Vicki, of Bellville, and John Morlock and wife, Adamina, of Big Bend National Park; 12 beloved grandchildren; sisters, Shirley Shaw of Overland Park, Kansas and Mary Ann Lawhon of St. Joseph, Missouri; and his brothers, John Morlock and wife, Barbara, of Collinsville, Illinois and James Morlock of Carmichael, California.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Immacolata Manor, 2135 Manor Way, Liberty, Missouri 64608. Robert’s daughter, Peggy, is in this residential facility for developmentally disabled persons.

Funeral services for Frances Ray, 95, were held Wednesday, October 3, 2007, at Soda Baptist Church, with the Revs. Frank Hood, Ray Matthews and Doyle Butcher officiating. Burial followed in San Jacinto Cemetery in Pasadena.
She was born July 3, 192 in San Saba, the daughter of John and Willie Sanderson Moore.
Mrs. Ray died Saturday, September 29, 2007 in Pineridge Health Care in Livingston. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Ray; her son, Billy Joe Ray; daughters, Martha Havens and Barbara Ann Ray; grandson, Jody Havens; and brother, John Moore.
Survivors include her son, Johnny Ray of Conroe; daughters, Linda Matthew of Livingston and Anease Green of Pasadena; grandchildren, Natalie Ott, Connie Davies, Cheryl Hanson, Debbie Surez, Ray Matthews, Mary Neely, Rebecca Thomson, Sharon Sheffield, Debbie McDaniel, Christy Godorow, Steven Ray, Billy Ray and Scott Ray; 30 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Melvin Sheffield, Joseph Sheffield, Asa Sheffield, Tim Neely, Christopher Matthews, Chris Ray, Brandon McDaniel, Steve McDaniel, Billy Ray, Derrick McDaniel, Steven Ray, Carl Thomson and Scott Ray.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 3, 2007 for Robert D. “Harold” Reed, 67, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Larry Smith officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska.
He was born July 2, 1940 in Looneyville, the son of Robert and Daisey Young Reed, both of whom preceded him in death. Mr. Reed served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era.
Mr. Reed died on Sunday, September 30, 2007, in Coldspring.
Survivors include his wife, Camille Reed of Coldspring; daughters, Dana Reed of Bakersfield, California and Robin Reed of Coldspring; son, Kevin Reed of Van; four sisters and grandsons, James Carrico, Jason Carrico and Jackson Reed.
Pallbearers were John Adair, Ben Rutland, Gary Petterson, Drew Szilagyi, Jed Campbell and John Peden.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

A memorial service is scheduled for John “Jack” Sheckler, 67, of Dayton,  at a later date.
He was born on August 20, 194 in Peoria, Illinois, the son of Kenneth and Pauline Henning Sheckler. He had been a resident of Dayton for the past three years and was previously living in Hardin. A retired carpenter, he enjoyed woodworking and gardening.
Mr. Sheckler passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2007, at home after a brief battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Michael Sheckler; and his grandson, Travis Lee Pilgreen.
Survivors include his daughter, Annette Fuentes and husband, Jose, of Dayton; and five grandchildren, Abbiella Fuentes, Fabiola Fuentes, and Christopher Fuentes and Christopher Pilgreen; and one great-granddaughter, Cheleby Pilgreen.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

A memorial service for Oliver Kellum “Straw” Sirmons, 85, was held at Earthman Southwest Chapel at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2007.
He was born on January 11, 1922 in Sour Lake, the son of Oliver and Minnie Waldrop Sirmons. His mother later became Mrs. H.M. Hulsey of Hull.
Oliver graduated from Hull-Daisetta High School in 1940. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston in 1949, where he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honors fraternity. He then embarked on a career as an insurance broker and later, an estate planner. Oliver was a resident of the Houston area for 57 years. He was a decorated WWII veteran, an avid golfer, and a devoted family man. He was well respected both in his professional career; and his personal life by anyone fortunate enough to know him.
Mr. Sirmons passed away peacefully on September 7, 2007. Oliver departed this life to join his loving wife of 52 years, Eldera Garner Sirmons. His brother, Jesse Dale Hulsey; and sister, Maurice Carter also preceded him in death.
He leaves behind their daughters, Linda Ruth de Vega and husband, Hector, and Laura Ann Sirmons; grandchildren, Sean David de Vega (wife Misty), Ryan Paul de Vega (wife Megan), and Jennifer de Vega Haines (husband Paul); great granddaughter, Isabella Loren de Vega; brother, Charles Henry Hulsey; and sister, Sabra Nell Hollister.
Those wishing to make donations in his honor, can contact the Houston Alzheimer’s Association, www.alztex.org, Sterling Funeral Home, 602 North Main Street, Dayton, Texas 77535.

Paul Stelly was born July 8, 1936 in Liberty, the son of Leo and Doris Stelly. He attended school at Our Mother of Mercy in Ames and completed West Liberty High School.
Paul, known by many as PoBoy, confessed to Christ at an early age and was a member of Our Mother of Mercy until his health failed.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Leo and Doris Stelly; and two brothers, Leo Jr. and Xavier Stelly.
He leaves to cherish his memory, a loving friend, Shirley Brown of Port Arthur; one daughter, Cheryl (William) Ingram; and two sons, Paul Jr. and Harry Craig Stelly; and three brothers, Phillip, Joseph and Kenneth Stelly, all of Seatlle, Washington; seven sisters, Myrtle Naves and Ruby Mazique, both of Seattle, Washington, Audrey Williams of Houston, Leona Bernes, Viola Bean-Brooks, Leola Griffin, Norma Guidry, all of Liberty; six grandchildren, Twanna, Kount, Phillip, Stelly, Harold and Simon; one great grandchild; three aunts, Eva Sterling, Annie Bell Malone and Elvira Peters; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2007, for Henry Lee Vanderpool, 58, at the Palms Memorial Park Cemetery, Dayton.
He was born in Liberty on January 13, 1949 to the late Custer and Ethel (Scott) Vanderpool. A lifetime resident of Liberty County, he will be totally missed by all who knew and loved him.
He passed away suddenly on Monday, September 24, 2007 at his home. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles, Eddie and James Vanderpool
He leaves behind his brother, Paul, and his wife, Patsy Vanderpool of Liberty; numerous nieces and nephews.
Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.








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