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East Texas News - Obituaries
Big Thicket Messenger - September 28, 2008 - October 5, 2008

Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, September 11, 2008 for Estelle Rhoades Chrisley, 86, of Nashville, Tennessee, were held at the Life Fellowship Building in Liberty. Burial followed in French Cemetery, Dayton.
Estelle was born June 2, 1922 in Woodville, to parents, Adrian S. and Emma Moore Rhoades. She was a former resident of Baytown and has resided in Nashville for the past 16 years.
She was a graduate of Liberty High School, a member of Life Fellowship Church, and enjoyed cooking, travel, sewing, working puzzles and church activities.
She passed away on Saturday, September 6, 2008, at the North Fulton Regional Medical Center in Roswell, Georgia. Her parents; husband of 49 years, Floyd M. Chrisley; sons-in-law, James Dawson and Tom Ainsworth; and sisters, Ruby Roshigia and Flora Sheffield.
Survivors include her daughter, Ellen Ainsworth of Nashville, Tennessee; grandson, David Ainsworth and wife, Angela, of Atlanta, Georgia; great-granddaughter, Taylor E. Ainsworth of Atlanta, Georgia; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.
Funeral services for Emma Jane Graves, 90,  were held on Thursday, September 18, 2008, at South Park Cemetery, Pearland.
She was born December 18, 1917 in Bakersfield, Missouri, the daughter of Charles Clinton and Lenora Foreson Armstrong, both of whom preceded her in death.
She died on September 14, 2008 in Pine Ridge Nursing Home, Livingston.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Pace Funeral Home, Livingston.
Funeral services for Pattie Bell Haskins Jackson, 54, of Liberty, were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 27, 2008 at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, Dayton. Burial was in Wells Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Wells Funeral Service, Liberty.
She was a native of Raywood, and a graduate of Hull-Daisetta High School. She received a degree in secretarial procedure from Lee College in Baytown and worked for the Burnham Car Dealerships for more than 30 years.
She passed away on Saturday, September 20, 2008 after an illness.
Pattie leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband, Samuel Jackson of Liberty; one daughter, Twanna Haskins of Liberty; one step-daughter, Sabrina Jackson; and one granddaughter, Jasmine Bradford; 11 siblings, Ruth Trahan, Evelyn Burrell, Patricia Haggerty, Edward Haskins, Linda Carrier, Brendetta Thibodeaux, Ingrid Barnes, Earl Haskins, Bessie Bouette, Allen Haskins and Deedra Haskins; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Walter Quinton (Mac) McCracken, 83, died Monday, September 15, 2008 in Memorial Medical Center in Livingston.
During World War II he served abroad as a gunner in the Hells Angels Division of the Army Air Corp.
Born May 23, 1926 and raised in Cambridge, Ohio, he moved with his wife, Ruth, to the Port Richey, Florida, area in 1975.
In April of this year they moved to Livingston to be closer to their family.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ruth McCracken; daughter, Joan Reeves and husband, Jim; grandson, Jerry Reeves and wife, Susie; grandson, Jason Reeves; and seven great-grandchildren, all of Livingston.
Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guest book go to www.cochranfh.com
Funeral services for Viola Ruth Murphy, 80, were held Saturday, September 20, 2008, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Irvin Mott and Brother Stephen Lewis officiating. Burial followed in Big Sandy Cemetery in Dallardsville.
She was born April 14, 1928 in Newton to Christopher C. and Eliza M. Barrow-Smith and married J.W. Murphy on July 27, 1946. She liked to read and sew. She belonged to the PTA and from 1955 to 1975 she held offices in local and bi-county councils. She was involved with the Cancer Society and was a charter member of Big Sandy Southern Baptist Church and served in various programs in the church. She was known as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmothers.
Mrs. Murphy died on September 17, 2008 at her residence. Her father and mother; husband, two sisters and three brothers, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughters, Ione Creel of Dallardsville, Melinda Campisi and husband, Paul, of Beaumont and Sonja Lambright and husband, James, of Dallardsville; brother, Oscar T. Smith of Victoria; one sister, Audria Ouhausen of Yoakum; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Clayton Creel, Hawk Lambright, Kenneth Moffett, Brad Traxler, John Young and Mike Murphy.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guest book, go to pacefuneral.com.

Private services were held for Grace Helen (Baker) Brooks, through Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple.
She was born on January 11, 1917 to John T. and Ruby (Watson) Baker in Dayton and was reared in Livingston. She was the youngest of three sisters, Eunice (Baker) Marsh and Juanita (Baker) Jones. Mrs. Brooks graduated from Southwest Texas University in San Marcos, and was voted on the six top beauties of her Senior class. She taught school in Livingston and Waco. She most recently resided near her daughter in Kerrville. Grace Helen Brooks was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church in Temple.
She passed away on September 9, 2008. Her husbands, Edwin Taylor, M.C. (Gib) Gibler and John Brooks, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her two children, Gayla (Gibler) Foust and husband, Bruce and Sherman Gibler and wife, Karen; three grandchildren, Catherine (Gibler) Bailey, Taylor Gibler and John Gibler; granddaughter,  Taylor Marie Bailey; and beloved nephew, Jerry Marsh and wife, Mona.

Graveside services for Barbara Allen Williams Buchanan, 95, of Leggett, were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 25, 2008 at Oak Groves Cemetery in Nacogdoches, with Michael Willette officiating.
Mrs. Buchanan was a school teacher in the Texas school system for 43 years. The first 20 were in surrounding areas, with the last 23 in Livingston. She was a member of Jones Prairie Baptist Church and taught Vacation Bible School. she was known as a beloved aunt to all who knew her.
She died on Sunday, September 21, 2008, in Memorial Medical Center in Livingston from heart complications.
Survivors include her niece-in-law, Cheryl Wetzel and husband, Philip Lurich; great-niece, Anna and husband, Robert Nichols; great-nephew, Foster Albert Wetzel III; great-great niece, Velvet and Alicia Nichols; great-great nephew, Ryan Nichols; and various other friends.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 23, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. for Larse Q. Carouthers, 83, of Batson, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton, with Rev. Bill Campbell officiating. Interment followed in Guedry Cemetery, Batson.
He was born May 25, 1925 in Batson, the son of Tom and Marilda Shaw Carouthers. He was a lifelong resident of Batson, served during World War II in the United States Navy, and worked for many years for R.E. “Bob” Smith and Crown Petroleum before retiring. He was a member of New Life Assembly of God Church.
He passed away at his son’s home in Houston after an extended illness. His parents, two sisters and four brothers preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Jackson Carouthers of Batson; his daughter, Linda Johnson and husband, Mike, of Alvin and Mary Mattson of Batson; his sons, Darrell Carouthers and wife, Donna, of Batson and Marvin Carouthers and wife, Dottie, of Clear Lake; his brother, John Harley Carouthers of Daisetta; six grandchildren, Brandon Smith, Darrell Carouthers Jr., Tonya Mattson, Andrea King, Tiffany Moore and Rachel Carouthers; nine great-grandchildren, Cameron, Trevor, Madeline, Dawson, Ethan, Gracie, Emily, Charlotte and Darcy; and numerous other relatives and a host of friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 26, 2008 for Vincent “Chick” Carpenter, 64, of Onalaska, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Don Kidd officiating.
He was born January 7, 1944 in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Vincent and Helen Eskey Carpenter.
He died on Monday, September 22, 2008, in Livingston.
Survivors include his wife, Kay Eddy of Onalaska; daughter, Christine Bronsueld and husband, David, of San Diego, California; son, Scott Focht and wife, Kim, of East Earl, Pennsylvania; sister, Susan Connell of Naperville, Illinois; grandchildren, Erica Bronsueld and Emily Bronsueld, both of San Diego, California,  and McKenzie Focht and Cameron Focht, both of East Earl, Pennsylvania; daughter, Anita Garner of Onalaska; grandchildren, Kendra Garner and Kevin Garner, both of Onalaska, and Karly Garner of Tucson, Arizona; and niece, Allison Connell; and nephew, David Connell, both of Naperville, Illinois.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Heart Association.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.cochranfh.com.
Funeral services for Billie Blanche Chambers were held on Thursday, September 25, 2008 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. A rosary was held Wednesday, September 24, at 8:00 p.m. at Allison Funeral Home in Liberty.
She was born on April 19, 1926 to T.W. and Hallie Mae Mullins. She graduated from Liberty High School in 1943 and married Allan Chambers in Liberty on June 17, 1943.
She was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty. Billie was a joyful and loving wife, a devoted mother, and a kind friend to all.
She passed away on Tuesday morning, September 23, 2008. Her husband, Allan Chambers; her daughter, Ann Chambers Beavers; and her granddaughter, Shelley Beavers, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her brother, Tommy Mullins and his wife, Peggy; her sister, Pat Watson and her husband, Tom; her children, Peggy Chambers, Betsy Chambers Koen, Tommy Chambers and his wife, Lee, and Nancy Chambers Buckholz and her husband, Larry; her grandchildren, Tony Green Beavers and his wife, Leslie, Laurie Blanche Moreno and her husband, Mark, Paige Spiers Gorman and her husband, Scott, Reed Spiers, Thomas Koen, Elizabeth Arins and Andrew Chambers; her great-grandchildren, Harleigh, Preslie and Parker Beavers, Myri and Luke Moreno and Elle and Brynne Gorman and numerous nieces and nephews.
Allison Funeral Service, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Virgie Pauline Cromer, 95, of Cleveland, were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 25, 2008, in the First United Methodist Church of Cleveland, with the Rev. Carl Lundberg officiating. Burial followed in Holly Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Cromer was born May 22, 1913 in Rye to parents, Tom and Pearl Landers Young.
She died on Saturday, September 20, 2008 in Diboll. Her parents; husband, Walter Albert Cromer; daughter, Mary Hoffman; great-granddaughter, Annie Farr; two brothers, Albert Young and Jesse Young; and two sisters, Alice Smith and Minnie Brooks.
Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Farr and husband, Adrian, of Romayor; son, Walter Albert Cromer Jr. and wife, Waverly, of Yoakum; daughters, Charlotte Cromer of Washington, D.C: and Betty Rupp and husband, Harry, of Romayor; grandchildren, Terry Lynn Cromer and wife, Diane, Kevin Wayne Cromer and wife, Nancy, Beth Chavin and husband, William, and Adrian Farr Jr. and wife, Debbie; and great-grandchildren, Joshua, Benjamin, Zachary and Joy.
Serving as pallbearers were Terry Cromer, Kevin Cromer, Adrian Farr, Jesse Young, Terry Smith and Joshua Farr.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the charity of your choice.
Cochran  Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.
Deborah Dick &
Terry Wayne Riggs
Siblings, Terry Wayne Riggs, 58, of Cleveland, and Deborah Kay Dick, 41, of Loma, Colorado, passed away Monday, September 15, 2008 in a tragic accident.
Terry was born August 19, 1958 in Dayton, and Debbie was born August 1, 1967 in Baytown.
Their father, Ben Riggs, precedes them in death. They are survived by their mother, Wylene Riggs of Cleveland; and sister, Donna Sue Riggs, also of Cleveland.
Terry is survived by his two sons, Anthony Wayne and Ben Riggs.
Debbie is survived by her 13-year-old son, Colton Wade Dick.
Both Terry and Debbie were dearly loved by numerous other family and friends, they will miss.
A memorial services for Tony and Debbie was held on Friday, September 19, 2008 at Neal Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland.
All arrangements were under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Jerry Leo Fox, 73, of Onalaska, died on Sunday, September 21, 2008, at his residence.
He was born May 4, 1935 in Houston to parents Leo and Adelia Nettie Hood Fox, both of whom preceded him in death.
Survivors include his son, Larry Fox of Pearland; daughter, Lisa Fox of Thornton of Colorado; son, Kevin Fox of Colorado Springs, Colorado; daughter, Kathy Hurd of Sterling, Alaska; his grandchildren, Mandy Weaver, Rachel Kerns, Stephanie Kerns, Kimberly Kerns, Christopher Kerns, Patrick Kerns, Michelle Fox, Leslea Fox, Sarah Fox, Wesley Koch and Tyler Koch; great-grandchildren, Lauren Weaver and Mia Fuentas; brother, Wesley Fox of Point Blank; half-brother, Joe Pillow of Cleveland; and sister, Mary Jane White of Tennessee.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements-
To sign the online guest book, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Graveside services for Eufemia Gonzales, 56, of Livingston, were held Wednesday, September 17, 2008, in Big Sandy Cemetery,
She was born December 17, 1951 in Lockhart, the daughter of Juan and Carmen Gonzales. 
She died on Wednesday, September 10, 2008, in Memorial Medical Center in Livingston. Her parents preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Victor and Sarah Vega; grandchildren,  Seth and Victoria Sega; son,  Arthur Gonzales; sister and brother-in-law, Felicha and Martin Ramirez; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.cochranfh.com.


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