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East Texas News - Obituaries
Big Thicket Messenger - October 5, 2008 - October 12, 2008

Graveside services for Jerry Wayne Boyett, 52, of Hardin, were held Wednesday, October 8, 2008, at the Moss Hill Cemetery in Moss Hill.
A native of San Antonio, he lived in Hardin and worked in the oilfield many years.
Jerry died on Tuesday, October 6, 2008, at his residence.
He is survived by his mother, Patricia Gail Hayes of Moss Hill; one brother, Gene Boyett of Yonkers, New York; and one sister, Linda Bracewell of Moss Hill.
Services were entrusted to Faith & Family Funeral Services, Batson.

Funeral services for Arthur Jay Childress, 46, of Hardin, were held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 11, 2008, at St. Miles Missionary Baptist Church in Ames with the Rev. Gregg Bellard officiating. Burial was in Johnson Cemetery, under the direction of Wells Funeral Service of Liberty.
A native of Raywood, he was a graduate of Hull-Daisetta High School. A former employee of the Wal-Mart Corporation, he was employed with the State of Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
He passed away on Sunday, October 5, 2008 in an automobile accident. A wake service was held Friday, October 4, 2008 at the church.
Arthur leaves to cherish his memory one daughter, Quintosha Childress of Humble; his parents, George and Lesa Childress of Raywood; three brothers, George Larry Childress of Raywood, Donald Ray Childress and Jesse Carl Childress, both of Ames; four sisters, Arletha Childress of Liberty, Dana Childress of Houston, Tonya Childress and Hollie Childress, both of Ames; and a host of other family relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Thursday, October 9, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. for Elizabeth Louise “Betty” Gray, 80, in the First United Methodist Church of Goodrich.
She was born December 12, 1927, and died on October 5, 2008. Her daughter, Laura Jean Gray, preceded her in death.
She is survived by her husband, William E. “Pete” Gray; her son, David Lynn Gray; and five grandchildren, Justin William Travis, Sean, Dylan and Marissa E. Gray.
Arrangements were under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston.

Funeral services for Pauline Hall, 87, of Livingston, were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 9, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Frank Hood and Brother Mitchell Murphy officiating. Interment followed in Camp Ruby Cemetery.
She was born on February 3, 1921, in Rusk, the daughter of Jack and Mary Alexander Burns, and died on October 5, 2008, in Pineridge Nursing Home in Livingston.
Her parents; her husband, Butch Hall; daughter, Sandra Ahtle; sister, Berniece Burns; and brother, James Earl “Pee Wee” Burns.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Sandra Simmons of Livingston, Dena and Marc Scott of Livingston;  grandson, Jay Antle of Lawrence, Kansas; granddaughter and husband, Sonja and Rob Moon of Wimberly; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Donna Burns of Livingston; brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Janet Burns of Del Rio; sister-in-law, Pat Burns of Dayton; great-grandson, Chris Stafford; great-granddaughter, Lindsie Malford; great-granddaughter, Kaitlin Scott; great-grandson, Davis Moon; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Marc Scott, Chris Stafford, John Anderson, J.R. Hall, Billy Burns and Dannie Felders.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.
Graveside services were held Saturday, October 4, 2008, for Henry R. Hebenicht, in Brookside Funeral Home and Cemetery in Houston.
He was born September 29, 1919 in Fredericksburg, to Bodo and Martha Cowan Hebenicht, both of whom preceded him in death. He married Charlda Baker in 1943 and was married for 66 years. He enjoyed collecting coins, woodworking, fishing and vacationing. He was known as a very social and charitable person, who loved his grandchildren and enjoyed his time with them. Mr. Hebenicht was a resident of Onalaska (Sportsman Retreat) for 40 years.
He died on Wednesday, October 1, in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston.
Survivors include his wife, Charlda Baker Hebenicht; two daughters, Gretchen Cagle and husband, Eugene, of Claremore, Oklahoma and Bridgett Akin and husband, Charles, of Houston; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Donations may be given to the American Red Cross, Hurricane Relief.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, is in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Ronald Randolph Hodge, 56, of Onalaska, were held at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, October 9, 2008, in the First Assembly of God in Onalaska, with Brother Joe Beasley and Brother Max Wells officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska.
He was born September 27, 1952 in Cleveland, the son of John B. and Lota Mae Hogg Hodge, and died on October 5, 2008 in Onalaska.
His parents; and one brother, John L. Hodge, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Jane Hodge of Onalaska; sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald Gene and Mandi Hodge, Dennis and Loveearl Hodge and Charles and Lisa Hodge, all of Onalaska; daughter, Teresa Carter of Onalaska; grandchildren, Cne’ Hodge, Kailand Hodge, Jacob Hodge, Dalton Hodge, McKenzie Hensley, William Hodge, Heather Maxey and Emily Hodge; sister-in-law, Jacqueline Hodge of Onalaska; brothers and sisters-in-law, William and Sharon Hodge of Onalaska, Doyle and Virginia Hodge of Livingston and Elton and Debra Hodge of Big Sandy; brother, Billy Hogg of Livingston; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Lorine and Jerry Strickland and Minnie and Gary Wilson, all of Livingston.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
Please feel free to sign our online guest book at www.cochranfh.com.

Funeral services for Elby “Buddy” King, 71, of Dayton, were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 9, 2008, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lowell Carraway officiating.
He was born November 21, 1934 in Blytheville, Arkansas, to parents, Clyde and Lillie Wilson King. Mr. King had lived in this area for the past 35 years, moving from Pasadena. He was a carpenter by trade, enjoyed welding, woodworking and barbecuing.
He passed away on Sunday, October 5, 2008 at his residence. His parents; and brothers, Bobby Jo King and Clyde L. King Jr., preceded him in death.
Survivors include sons, David King and wife, Lanelle, and Roy King and his wife, Sabra, of Gloucester, Virginia; his daughters, Sandra King and Robert Martin of Dayton, Patricia Preston and husband, Richard, of Willis and Kelly Bohannon and husband, Rory, of Liberty; sister, Dorothy Russell and husband, Dean of Rockdale; brother, Billy King and wife, Pat; 14 grandchildren, Gabriella Roberts of Lufkin, Rhonda Mead and husband, Kenny, of Humble, Priscilla Hernandez and husband, Sonny, of Crosby, Freddy Munoz and wife, LeAnn, of Montgomery, Eric Munoz and Levi Rollins of Missouri City, Carl Munoz and Alan Welch of Conroe, Erika King of Clarksville, Tennessee, Kraig King of Gloucester Point, Virginia, Jennifer King and Anthony Ramey of Tarkington, David King and wife, Amanda, of Huntsville, Kristina King of Dayton, Garrett Bohannon, Breean Bohannon, Makenzie Bohannon, all of Liberty, Michael Preston and Melissa Preston, both of Conroe; great-grandchildren, Taylor Roberts, Cameron Munoz, Hayden Munoz, Andrew Hernandez, Zeb Ramey and Emily Preston; also numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Services were handled under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton.

Funeral services for Edith S. Kirsch, 90, of Goodrich, were held on Tuesday, October 7, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Tom Owen officiating. Burial followed in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Kirsch was born January 6, 1918 in Casper, Wyoming, to parents Jesse Newton Snider and Nora Edith Dale. She married Earl T. Kirsch on July 19, 1936.
She died on Saturday, October 4, 2008, in Cleveland. Her parents; husband, Earl T. Kirsch; son, Albert Martin Kirsch; daughter, Patricia Elizabeth Kirsch; sisters, Gail Rankin and Harriet Claussen; grandchild, Suzanne Marie Kirsch; great-grandchild, Christopher David Ramsey and great-great grandchild, Cierra Michelle McCoy, preceded her in death.
Survivors include daughter, Phyllis Stutts and husband, Bill, of Goodrich; daughter, Joan L. Strong of Apache Junction, Arizona; son, David D. Kirsch and wife, Helen, f Fort Edwards, New York; daughter, Kathy Key and husband, Gene, of Rosenberg; 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Jay Stutts, David Cunningham, Howard Allen Smith, James Boyd Bishop, Charles Prause and Tommy Duke.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 6, 2008, at Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton, for Gary Don Parish, 60, of Spring, at 2:00 p.m. Burial followed in the Palms Memorial Park in Dayton.
Gary was born on September 7, 1948 in Waco, the son of Marvin Eugene Parish and Gnell Williams Parish.
Survivors include a sister, Joy Louise Durschke and husband, Terry; two brothers, Boyd Allen Parish and wife, Denise and Jerry Dan Parish; and a host of other family members and friends.
Arrangements were entrusted to Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 4, 2008 for Robert James Payne, 64, of Dayton, at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Dayton, with the Rev. Emery Maxwell III officiating. Burial was in Acie Cemetery under the direction of Wells Funeral Service, Liberty.
A native of Dayton, he was a laborer, a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and a graduate of Colbert High School.
He passed away on September 28, 2008 at Heritage Manor Nursing Center, after an illness.
Survivors include his daughter, Nederal Williams of North Carolina; one son, Alonzo Payne of California; one sister, Channie Mae Edwards of Dayton; four brothers, Mercurs Payne Jr. of LaPorte, Heron Payne of California, Charles “C.J.” Payne of New York and Ezra Payne of Dayton; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Wells Funeral Home, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Charles “C.C.” Thomas Jr., 78, a longtime resident of Livingston, Texas, who was most recently residing in Farmington, Arkansas, died on Monday, October 6, 2008, in Prairie Grove, Arkansas.
He was born April 26, 1930 in Shepherd, to Charles C. Thomas Sr. and Thelma (Coogler) Thomas. He was a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Ruby Oates and Anna Page.
He is survived by one brother, Thomas Thomas of Farmington, Arkansas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Livingston.
Memorials may be made to Prairie Grove Health and Rehabilitation, P.O. Box 916, Prairie Grove, Arkansas 72753.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Nelson-Berna Funeral Home and Crematory of Fayetteville.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.nelsonberna.com.

Memorial services for A.R. “Dick” Allison, 63, of the Evergreen Community,, Cleveland, Texas, were held Saturday, October 4, 2008, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Cleveland.
He was born in Muleshoe, Texas on December 3, 1944. Dick was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served his country during the Vietnam War.
He spent his career in the oil field, which began with Baroid, a division of NL Industries, which merged with Dresser Industries and ultimately became a part of Halliburton for a total of 36 years of dedicated service.
He passed away on Saturday, September 27, 2008, after his battle with lung cancer. His mother, Lela Walker Allison and one brother, John Allison, precede him in death.
Survivors include his loving wife, Patricia Allison; father, Alvin Rudolph Allison; sons, Rodney R. Allison and wife, Beverly, Brady Cordell Allison, Justin Allison, Van E. Clemont and wife, Tamara, and Clayton Clement and wife, Veronica; daughter, Dori Shaw Eads and husband, Larry; sister, Sandra Cox and husband, Dr. R.H. Cox Jr.; fifteen grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and other cherished family members and treasured friends.
Pace-Stancil  Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 4, 2008 for Cecil Daniel Casanover, 47, of New Caney, Texas, at 10:00 a.m. at  Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Coldspring. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery.
He was born on June 30, 1961, in Houston, the son of Cecil and Lita Casanover.
He passed away on Thursday, October 2, 2008. His first wife, Lorra Casanover; son, Matthew Casanover and his father, Cecil Casanover, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his loving wife, Jan Casanover; sons, Roy Welch, Clayton Casanover and wife, Jennifer, and Cecil Daniel “C.J.” Casanover Jr.; daughters, Jenny Sue Casanover and husband, Steven, Holly Marett and husband, Shane, and Tosha Welch; grandchildren, Brianna, Jayden, Alexandria, Maddyson, and Blake; mother, Lita Casanover; father-in-law, Leonard V. “Papa” Waldon; brothers, Karl Casanover, Stacy Casanover and wife, Chantel; sisters, Karen Williams, Tracy Casanover and Kim Cannan; niece and nephews, Almenia Williams, Randy Williams, Gilbert Williams and Zackery Casanover; great-nieces, Elyssia, Kaydence and Stormy.

Graveside services for Barbara Ann Hunter, 74, of Livingston, were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 12, in Peebles Cemetery, with the Rev. Wayne Landrum officiating.
She was born July 18, 1934 in Livingston, to parents Junious and Odessa Nelson Gray. She married Dewey Hunter on August 8, 1952. She was a lifetime member of the PTA.
Barbara passed away on Thursday, October 9, 2008. Her parents and one sister, Dixie Leverett, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Dewey Hunter of Rye; sons, Robert Alexander and wife, Donna, of Giddings, Gary Hunter and wife, Brenda, of Tyler, Ronnie Hunter and wife, Debbie, of Alvin, Wayne Hunter and wife, Kathy, of Baxter Springs, Kansas and John Hunter and wife, Bebe, of Livingston; daughter, Linda Hunter of Livingston; 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren;  her brother, Zane Gray; her sister, June Ann Hudson and husband, Robert; her half-brothers, Kenny Gray and wife, Susan, Larry Gray and wife, Becky and Delbert Jamison and wife, Molly; stepfather, Herbert L. Jamison; stepsister, Barbara Woodell; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins and her special companion, her canine “Pressy”. 
Services under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.
A memorial service was held on Monday, October 13, 2008 at Lake Livingston at the end of FM 2457, for Kenneth E. Troyer, a 20-year resident of Livingston.
He was born February 22, 1948 in Norfolk, Virginia, the son of Samuel Troyer and Eva Hammack.
He passed away on September 13, 2008 in Austin. His father preceded him in death.
Survivors include his partner in life of 17 years, Carol Beane; mother, Eva Hammack; brothers, Ronnie Troyer and wife, Norma, and Sammy Troyer and wife, Connie; sister, Shirley Martin and husband, Jim; children, Wanda, Randy and Brenda Troyer; stepdaughters, Dodie Wallace and Delayna Beane; stepson, Tim Beane; a host of grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Funeral services for Walter Murch “Tex” Vandver, 86, were held Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Interment followed in Ryan Cemetery, Cleveland.
He was born Sunday, July 23, 1922 in Nacogdoches, Texas, to Ollis Edward and Eva Jane Vandver.
He passed away on Tuesday, October 7, 2008 in Cleveland. His parents; his children, Toney Agnes, Lawrence Lloyd “Bubba” and James Albert Vandver; his brothers, William and Orland Vandver; and his sister, Katie Thomas, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Betty Ruth Vandver; daughters, Wilma Whitton, Darline Parker and husband, Walter, Jerrie Ott and Carolyn Ruby; son, Melvin Vandver and wife, Brenda; and sisters, Bertha Lee Bagley, Edna Coyle and Ovis Rollins.
All services were entrusted under the care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Graveside services were held on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 for Ernest Clide Herridge Jr., 68, of Livingston, in Peebles Cemetery, with the Rev. Mark Herridge officiating.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, October 11, at Pentecostal Lighthouse Church at 11:00 a.m. The service was delayed due to Hurricane Ike.
He was born August 26, 1940 in Houston, the son of Ernest C. Herridge Sr. and Burnadeen Cooper Herridge.
He died on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at his residence in Livingston.
His parents; brother, Tommy Herridge; and sister, Janice Odom, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Jimmie Sue Herridge; sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Terrie Herridge and Marty and Brenda Herridge; grandchildren, Mark Herridge Jr., and wife, Angel, Brandon and Alicia Herridge, Joshua Herridge, Nicolas and LaShonda Herridge, Kayla Herridge and Tiffany Herridge; and great-grandchildren, Zoie Herridge and Carlee Herridge.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Graveside services for Dessie Lee Baggs Hoyland,  81, of Bacliff, were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 23, 2008, at Old Peebles Cemetery, in Livingston, with Rev. Barry Jeffries officiating.
Dessie was the oldest of five children. She was born April 12, 1927 to Homer Lee and Mildred Baggs in Port Arthur, Texas.
Dessie was a homemaker, mother, wife, grandma, and great-grandma, who was loved by all who knew her. She was always active in her church, teaching Sunday School, GA’s, working in WMU, and any other thing she was asked to do. Dessie was a member of Central Baptist Church in Livingston.
She died Friday, September 12, 2008 in Houston. Her husband, Gerald W. Hoyland of Livingston and brother, Rod Baggs of Winnie, Texas, preceded her in death.
 Survivors include her children, Gerald L. Hoyland and wife, Sylvia, of Texas City; son, Pat Hoyland and wife, Debbie, of League City; son, Steven Hoyland of San Leon; and daughter, Karan Clifford and husband, Steven, of Bacliff; sister, Hazel Hoyland and husband, Tom Holland, of Beaumont; sister, Joe Ann Little of De Ridder, Louisiana; sister, Betty Clopton of De Ridder, Louisiana; sister-in-law, Carol Goodwin of Livingston; 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Walter Quinton McCracken, 83, of Livingston, died on Monday, September 15, 2008, in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston.
He was born May 23, 1925 in Guernseyco, Ohio, the son of Rollo and Margarite McBride McCracken.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ruth McCracken of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Jim Reeves of Livingston; grandson and wife, Jerry and Susie Reeves of Livingston; grandson, Jason Reeves; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Funeral services were held on Monday, September 22, 2008, for Elmer Ira Moore Jr., 83, of Livingston, at Earthman Funeral Home Chapel in Baytown with Carl Mullins and Jeff Archer officiating. Burial followed at San Jacinto Memorial Park.
He was born December 11, 1924 in Cooper, Texas and passed away on September 11, 2008, in Livingston. He spent 57 years of his life in serving and working for the Lord as a preacher in the Church of Christ. He lived in many places in Texas, helping to build congregations of the Lord’s people.
His parents, Elmer I. Moore Sr. and Odessie E. Moore; sister, Allie Mae Liles; and brother, James Moore, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his daughters, Carolyn Tiner and husband, Ronald, and LeMerle Burgess, all of Baytown; granddaughters, Mellisa Targas and husband, David, Elizabeth Eakin, all of Baytown, and Sarah Leal and husband, Brian, of Orange Grove;  grandson, Christopher Tiner and wife, Melissa, of Baytown; great-grandchildren, Riley and Noah Targac, Hannah Eakin and Kaden Leal; sister, Reba Parker of Highlands; and a number of other family and friends.
Pallbearers were Bud Kessner, Eldridge Striedel, Gary Woddy, Bobby Aiken, Mike Aiken, Jerry Jones, Harold Starr and Carl Parker.
To view the online obituary and post a tribute for the family, visit www.earthmanfunerals.com.
Arrangements were under the direction of Earthman Funeral Home, Baytown.

Funeral services were held Sunday, September 21, 2008 for Ewell Lionel Wagnon, 98, of Trinity, at 2:30 p.m. in the Cochran funeral Home Chapel, Onalaska, with Brother Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa.
He was born July 2, 1919 in Sidney. Wagnon died on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston.
His parents, John and Sallie Rasberry Wagnon; daughter, Hylma Smith; grandson, Steven Smith; three brothers and four sisters, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Edna Wagnon of Trinity; daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline and Loy Kyle; sister, Marie Works of Dallas; grandchildren, David Kevil, Christina Heffernan, Phillip Smith and Andrew Smith; and great-grandchildren, Haley, Drew, Amber, Zachary, Joshua, Emily Smith, Cory Underwood and Hanna Gray.
Cochran Funeral Home, Onalaska, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.



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