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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of September 16, 2007 - September 23, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 5, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. for John Marvin Belcher, 60, at Cornerstone Church in Cleveland. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Park in Humble.
He passed away on Friday, August 31, 2007. His father, O.L. Belcher; his mother, Pheby Belcher; brothers, O.L. Belcher Jr. and Billy Belcher; and second wife, Doris Belcher, precede him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Yvonne Belcher; daughter, Carol Belcher; granddaughter, Michaela Belcher; grandson, Ernest John Ivey; daughter, Pheby Williams and unborn grandchild; daughter, Talicia Belcher; brother, Ernest Belcher; and numerous other loving nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Funeral services for Kurtis Alan Glover, 23, were held Tuesday, September 11, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Coach John Taylor officiating. Burial followed in McElwee Broadway Cemetery in Rye.He was born April 11, 1984 in Humble, the son of David and Delores McElwee Glover. He died Saturday, September 8, in Memorial Health System of East Texas in Lufkin.His uncles, Matthew Wade Glover and Ronald Gene Glover; and his grandmother, Norma McElwee, preceded him in death.Survivors include his mother and step-father, Delores and Roland Johnson of Ace; father, David Glover of Zavalla; sister, Rachel Glover of Ace; brother, Keith Nelson of Zavalla; three step-sisters; one step-brother; grandmother, Martha Warren of Zavalla; grandparents, Loren and Rachel McElwee of Rye; three aunts, two uncles; seven nephews; two nieces; cousin, Joshua McElwee of Houston; best friends, Lucas Wayne Hill, Timothy Johnson, Justin Stapleton and Chris Moehlmann; numerous other relatives, friends and co-workers and a loving girlfriend.Pallbearers were Chris Moehlmann, Wayne Hill, G.W. McBride, Joshua McElwee, Timothy Johnson, Shannon Anglin and Justin Stapleton. Honorary pallbearers were Jami Edwards, Brandon Edwards, Warren McGee and the South Polk County Volunteer Fire Department.,Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Helmut Leroy Lamberth, 86, died on Thursday, September 6, 2007, in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston.He was born June 19, 1921 in Houston, the son of Lee and Edna Hellmuth Lamberth. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, having attained the rank of private first class.Mr. Lamberth was preceded in death by his wife, Luvina; his parents; and brother, Harold Lamberth.Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Liz Lamberth of Seabrook and John and Julie Lamberth of DeRidder, Louisiana; daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Donald Vaughn of Woodville, Nancy Lamberth of Fort Worth and Sandy and Jim Snyder of Nacogdoches; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Kathleen Lewis, 54, of Hardin, were held Friday, September 14, 2007, at Hardin Baptist Church in Hardin at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Tony Hines officiating. Burial was in Hardin Chapel Cemetery in Hardin.Kathy was born June 15, 1953 in Runnels, the daughter of James Robert Holloway and Martha Valeria Thorn Holloway. She graduated from the Sam Houston State University and was a fourth grade school teacher with the Hardin ISD for many years. She was very active in the Hardin Baptist Church and the Hardin community, having served on the Hardin City Council.She passed away at her home on September 10 after a courageous battle with cancer. She is preceded in death by her parents; her parents-in-law, George and Joyce Lewis; maternal grandparents, John and Lorene Thorn; fraternal grandmother, Jewel Ruth; and fraternal grandfather, Jim Bob Holloway. Survivors include her husband, Alton Eugene “Gene” Lewis of Hardin; sons and daughters-in-law, Derek Kyle and Kerri Lewis and Jacob Ray and Nicole Lewis; a grandson, Austin Ryan Lewis; a sister, Marilyn Dromgoole; and two brothers, Johnny and Danny Holloway.The Lewis Family has requested in lieu of flowers donations be sent to the Liberty County Chapter of the American Cancer Society.To view and sign the guest book, go to www.allisonfuneralservice.com. Allison Funeral Services, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements. 

Funeral services were held September 10, 2007 for Codie Adam Mettlen, 20, of Liberty, at North Main Baptist Church of Liberty. Burial was at The Moss Hill Cemetery in Moss Hill.A native of Liberty, he was a member of the North Main Baptist Church of Liberty.He passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2007, at his residence. Survivors include his parents, Steve and Deedra Mettlen of Moss Hill; brothers, Caleb and Cory Mettlen of Moss Hill; grandparents, John and Linda Mettlen of Moss Hill and  Jim and Rebecca Frost of Dayton; grandfather, Eugene Clark of Tarkington Prairie; great-grandmother, Mabel Manuel of Mamou, Louisiana; aunts and uncles, Dana and Larry James of Tarkington Prairie, Daron and Sherry Mettlen and Rita and Albert Wheeler, all of Moss Hill and Nita and Pat Pestlen of Dayton.Faith and Family Funeral Services of Batson was in charge of arrangements. 

Funeral services for Mary Elizabeth Moore, 65, of Cleveland, were held on Friday, September 7, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Ron Ellis officiating. Interment was in Pace-Stancil Memorial Rest Gardens.She was born October 2, 1941 in Houston, the daughter of Leroy and Emma Stiefer, who preceded her in death. She passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2007. Her loving husband, Johnny Ray Moore also preceded her in death.Survivors include her three daughters, Elizabeth Ann Allen, Darla Kay Debardelaben and Julie Belinda Dupuis; one son, Johnny Ray Moore; sisters, Irma Johns and Ann Hough; brothers, Walter, Gerald, Tommy, bud and Charles Stiefer; her cherished grandchildren, Tammatha Goolsby, Julianne Miller, Joshua Miller, Travis Dupuis, Darren Storrs and Jacob Debardelaben; great-grandchildren, Bryce Miller, Cameron Goolsby and Cooper Dupuis; nephews, Aubrey, Tony, Omar, Chris, Wayne, Wally, Matt and Jeffrey; nieces, Margaret, Debbie, Irma Sue, Angie, Donna, Sharon, Cora and Trina; daughter-in-law, Christy Moore; son-in-laws, John Dupuis, Roger Debardelaben and Glen Allen; and so many other loving and caring family and friends.  Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements..

Graveside services were held on September 10, 2007 for Don Connley Shipley, 75, of Liberty, at Fairlawn Cemetery.He was born on October 20, 1931, the son of Lloyd Shipley and Mary Skaggs. He attended Dodge City Kansas High School in Kansas, and the University of Kansas and Kansas State University where he studied Architecture. He loved crafts and golf and was a member in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Elks Lodge and Kiwanis.He passed away at his home on September 7, 2007. His parents preceded him in death.Survivors include his wife, Barbara Shipley; and five children, sons, Bruce Shipley, Lee Medders and Stacey Medders; and daughters, Jamelle Cavous and Shari Lahan; a sister, Martha Kennet and her husband, Bill; twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.To view and sign the guest book, go to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.Allison Funeral Services, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements. 

Funeral services for James Andrew Strange, 29, were held Tuesday, September 11, 2007, in the Neal Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland. Burial followed in Romayor Cemetery in Romayor.He was born July 31, 1978 in Houston and died peacefully on Friday, September 7, 2007, at his home in Cleveland.Survivors include his loving parents, Patti and Jimmy Collins of Cleveland; daughters, Ashlyn Drew Strange and Avary Neoma Strange; brother, Greg D. Strange; sisters, Gretchen A. Thomas and Amanda L. Black; step-brothers, James R. Collins and David L. Collins; and grandmother, Opal Simmons. Services were under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Funeral services for Morris Lee Washington, 56, of Livingston, were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 15, 2007, in St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, with Pastor L.C. Youngblood officiating. Interment was in Washington Cemetery. He was born December 11, 1950 in Livingston, the son of the late Oran and Jessie Lee Washington. He attended Dunbar Elementary School and Livingston High School. He was retired and was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, New Breed Trail Riders and Corrigan-Camden Trailblazers. Mr. Washington passed away on August 21 in Clear Lake Regional Hospital in Webster. Survivors include Latonya Washington Johnson and Shannon Washington. Pallbearers were Ezekiel Robinson, Alonzo Petties, Donte Wiley, Otto Lyons, Ernest Price, Frank York and Godfrey Straughter. Honorary pallbearers were Shannon Washington, Joshua Washington, Voneric Thompson, Nigel Thompson, Jason Washington, T’Charlie Washington, James Washington, Christopher Thompson and Devonte Thompson. McDurne’s Mortuary, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 11, 2007 for Albert Lewis “Albie” Wentzel, 29, at Lakeway Baptist Church in Carlisle, with Brother Marvin Marvin officiating. Burial followed in Carlisle Cemetery.He was born September 13, 2007 in Baytown, the son of Albert and Cynthia Strickland Wentzel, and died on Friday, September 7, in Trinity County. His father preceded him in death.Survivors include his mother, Cynthia Lynn Wentzel of Trinity; wife, Terry Beasley Wentzel of Alvin; daughters, Megan Marie Wentzel and Brittany Louise Wentzel, both of Alvin; son, Joshua Taylor Beasley of Alvin; sisters and brothers-in-law, Angela and John Hall of Trinity and Lee Ann and George Lauderdale of Splendora; grandparents, Lewis and Ann Strickland of Ellisville, Mississippi; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Pallbearers were William Strickland, Richard Sanders, Buddy Costlow, Jesse Jones, Anthony Jones and Jason Wingate. Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.


A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date for Gary Lee Compton, 57, of Segno.
He was born April 3, 1950 in Pasadena. Mr. Compton graduated from Pasadena High School in 1969. He worked at the Diamond Shamrock chemical plant and Chevron Offshore and was a truck driver. He was a resident of Segno for nine years. He had previously resided in Goodrich.
He passed away on August 25, 2007 in Montgomery County. His father, B.C. and mother, Doris Compton; son-in-law, David McGarrahan and grandson, Andrew McGarrahan preceded him in death.
Survivors include his two sons, Butch Compton of Dallas and Waco and wife, Elizabeth Compton, of Goodrich; daughter, Pamela McGarrahan of Livingston; grandchildren, Shannon, Steffani and Dylan Compton and Jessica and Ryan McGarrahan; brother, Dennis Compton; and nephews, Michael Hill and family and BC Compton and family.

Funeral services for Don Lloyd Elkins, 55, of Livingston, were held on Thursday, September 13, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. Interment followed in Stacy Cemetery in Devers.He was born on February 6, 1952 in Liberty, the son of Billy Gene Elkins and Joyce Barrow Elkins. He graduated from Liberty High School. He was a member of the Steel Workers Union. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and water skiing, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.Mr. Elkins died on Tuesday, September 11. 2007. His parents, and his former wife, Brenda Rich Elkins, preceded him in death.Survivors include his son, Donny Bill Elkins and his wife, Tina; his daughter,  Kettie Jo Elkins; brother, J.W. Elkins and his wife, Relma; his twin sister, Donna Lynn Snook and husband, Tommy; grandson, Cory Don Elkins; granddaughter, Reagan Nicole Elkins; and many other relatives and friends.To view and sign the guestbook, go to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.Funeral services were under the direction of Allison Funeral Service, Liberty. 

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 15, 2007 for Vicie ‘Vickie” Marzelia Landrum, 83, of Liberty, at Sterling Funeral Home. Interment was held at Ryan Cemetery at 12:30 p.m.She was born on September 19, 1923, the daughter of Johnny and Emily Holifield in Laurel, Mississippi. Vickie liked to play bingo, computer games and sew, but above all she loved to play with and take care of her grandchildren.She passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2007. Her parents; loving husband, Ernest Wilson Landrum Sr.; and two brothers precede her in death.Survivors include her children, Ernest Landrum Jr., Gloria Jean Roper, David Landrum, Paul Landrum and Jayne Landrum; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great grandchildren.Condolence may be made online at www.sterlingfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton. 

Funeral services for Brandi Joyelle Riendeau, 19, were held Friday, September 14, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Roger Davidson officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery.She was born January 4, 1988 in Pasadena, the daughter of Michael and Sheabrie McLane Riendeau and died on Tuesday, September 14, in Livingston.Survivors include her father and stepmother, Michael and Katrina Riendeau of Livingston; mother and stepfather, Sheabrie and Kenneth Anders of Houston; great-grandmother, Leoda Jackson of Houston; grandparents, Butch and Janis Riendeau of Onalaska, James McLane of East Texas, Kenneth and Sherry Fain of Houston and Susan and Mark Vestal of Rye; brothers, Gabriel Gonzales of Lamesa, Michael Riendeau of Houston, Dustin Anders of Houston, Joshua Catlett and Xander Catlett, both of Livingston and Payton Orzechowski of Cleveland; sisters, Tiffany Anders of Houston, Cody Riendeau of Cleveland and Abigale Riendeau of Humble; uncle, J.P. Fowell of Crosby; aunts and uncles, Michelle and Wesley Shillings of Livingston, Mark and Tracey Riendeau of Highlands, Marshall and Stacy Riendeau of Crosby and Jim and Mia McLane of Baytown; aunt, Kim Brown of Cutoff, Louisiana; and numerous cousins, great-aunts, great-uncles and friends.Pallbearers were Michael Riendeau, Ronnie Bogany, Shain Phillips, Bobby Hall, Jake Herron and Dominic Gonzales.Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements. 

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 15, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. for Freddie A. Rundless, Jr., 58, at Trinity Valley Baptist Church in Liberty, with the Reverend Marvin Etheridge officiating. Burial was in Wells Memorial Cemetery in Liberty. A native of Liberty, he was a graduate of the Class of 1967, West Liberty High School. He worked most of his life as a chef. He was a member of Trinity Valley Baptist Church.He died on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at Heritage Manor Nursing Center in Dayton.Survivors include his wife, Raymond Rundless; two daughters, Tonya Jenkins of Houston and Catedra Goddard of Austin; two brothers, James W. Dugat Sr. and Henry L. Dugat Sr., both of Liberty; four sisters, Mary L. Mosley of Liberty, Rosa Lee Walls of Seattle, Washington, Freddie Gene Rundless of Dallas and Catherine Randolph of Liberty; one aunt, Myrtle Genus of Liberty; several grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Wells Funeral Services, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Mildred ‘Mitt” Tanton, 81, of Votaw, were conducted on Saturday, September 15, 2007 at Votaw Worship Center, with Rev. William Tanton officiating. Interment was in Votaw Cemetery.She was born on Thursday, September 9, 1926, to the late James Robert Mahon and Willie Pearl Westmoreland Mahon.She peacefully passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2007, in Cleveland. She loving husband, Walter Lloyd Tanton; one son, Lloyd Avon Tanton; grandchildren, Puddin Rhodes and Michael Tanton preceded her in death. ,Survivors include her eight loving children, Mildred Carol Guinn and husband, Chester, Dennis Ray Tanton and wife, Kathy, Minnie Pearl Hoke and husband, Roy, Barbara Ann Robison and husband, Rayford, David Lynn Tanton, Chester Dwayne Tanton and wife, Dedria, Robert Henry Tanton and wife, Misty, and Billy Joe Tanton and wife, Regina; brother, Willard Mahon; sister, Francis O’Brinc; 27 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.Arrangements were under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.







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