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Big Thicket Messenger
For the week of September 14, 2008 - September 21, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company



Avery
Funeral services for Ilse Annamarie Avery, 78, of Livingston, were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 24, 2008 at the First Assembly of God in Onalaska with Pastor R.H. Wuensche officiating.
She was born July 21, 1930 in Stugart, Germany to Willie and Tina Stratter.
She died on August 21, 2008, at Memorial Medical Center, Livingston. Her father, Willie Stratter; her mother, Tina Nunze Stratter; her husband, Noel W. Avery Jr.; and her nephew, Eugene Davis, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son, Wolfgang Avery and wife, Debbie, of Boerne; daughter, Nancy Schneider of Onalaska; son, Noel Avery III, and wife, Debbie, of Traverse City, Michigan; daughter, Julian and James Antley of Onalaska; sister, Sigrid and Blythe Green of Grand Ledge, Michigan; brother, Roland Stratter of Germany; grandchildren, Hunter Cole Avery, Peter Schneider, James and Lisa Schneider, Tammy Stevens, Amanda Patterson, David Schnieder, Jason Avery, Tanya Avery and Jennifer Avery; great-grandchildren, Andrew Mislewick, Tasha Mislewick, Jesse James McCollum, Blake Patterson, Amber Schneider, Emma Schneider, and Rachal Spann; great-great grandchildren, Issabelle, Miley Spann and Mackenzie Spann..
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
Bullock
Jesse Frank Bullock, 56, passed away on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 in Cleveland, Texas..
She was born Friday, September 28, 1951, in Boga Lucas, Louisiana.
Jesse is survived by his loving wife, Linda Bullock.
All arrangements were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Burney
Funeral services were held  Saturday, August  23, 2008, for Donald Lloyd Burney, in the Allison Funeral Services Chapel in Liberty.
Mr. Burney was born in San Angelo to Lloyd Burney and Ada Smith. He was a veteran of the Vietnam conflict, receiving a Purple Heart, Bonze Star and a Silver Star. He spent 20 years as a truck driver before becoming the owner of the Komputer Shoppe in Livingston. He was a computer engineer. He loved to fish, read and play the guitar. He was a member of the Liberty Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. VFW Post 5621, where he served as Quartermaster, Elks Lodge, Lions Club of Livingston and the Vietnam Veterans of America.
He died on August 19, 2008 in the Michael E. Debakey VA Medical Center in Houston. His parents preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Sue Burney of Liberty; daughter, Cathy Kristopher and her husband, Daniel, of Dayton, son, Christopher Dale and his wife, Natasha Burney, of Africa, one sister, Freddie McMullen and husband, Fred, of Branson, Missouri; and six grandchildren, Nicholas Jay Anderson, Kyle Norman Parrin, Tyler Thomas Couch, Kayla Dianne Anderson, Alexandra Burney and Danielle Burney.
Allison Funeral Service, Liberty,  was in charge of arrangements.

Carmona
Linda Zaragoza Carmona, died on August 19, 2008. Visitation was held on Friday, August 22, at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home in San Antonio. The funeral mass took place at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 23, at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, in San Antonio.
Graveside services were held at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, August 24 at Forest Park Westheimer Chapel, Houston.
Mrs. Carmona was born in Acaponets, Nayarit, Mexico on May 4, 1917.
She was the youngest child born to Federico Zaragoza and Sahara Ramirez.  Mrs. Carmona was instrumental in the success of the family grocery business founded together with her husband in 1962. She volunteered her time by working with developmentally delayed children. She always contended that love and compassion for others was the first step in service. Her community service also included organizations such as the Catholic Church Altar Society, Girl and Boy Scouts, and Youth Baseball.
Linda will be remembered for her passion she had for her family. Until the end of her life, she promoted any opportunity for family gatherings. Late in life she rediscovered a passion for painting which will be enjoyed by her family and friends. 
She is survived by her daughter, Alicia Carmona Reyes; and sons, Anthony Carmona, Andrew Carmona and Mark Carmona. One son-in-law, Tony Reyes; and three daughters-in-law, Linda Kay Carmona, Rose Carmona and Liz Valdivla Carmona also survive her. Mrs. Carmona has six granddaughters, Monica Reyes, Allison Carmona, Cristina Reyes, Patricia Carmona, Alyssa Berry and Emily Carmona, her grandsons, Jason Carmona, Christopher Carmona and spouse, Ana, Samuel Carmona, Tony Reyes II; Marcos Carmona and –Aaron Carmona; her great-grandchildren, George Carmona, Sophie Carmona, Rachel Carmona and Daniel Carmona.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Patty and Linda Carmona Fund, %8030 Veleta, San Antonio, Texas 78250. Visit www.mem.com for a memorial and tributes.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Sunset Northwest Funeral Home.

Castleberry
Richard Earl Castleberry, 43, of Oakhurst, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2008.
A memorial service was held in his honor on Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska.
He was born October 21, 1964 in Houston to parents Lee and Annie Pearline Waggoner Castleberry.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Annie Pearline Castleberry; and one sister, Alma June “Junebug” Castleberry.
Richard is survived by his father, Lee Castleberry; wife, Barbara Castleberry of Oakhurst; daughter, Marna Elizabeth Gearhart and husband, Dennis Jason of Coldspring; son, Braddon  Eugene Kolfa of Shreveport, Louisiana and daughter, Allison Nicole Kolafa of Kingwood. He is also survived by his grandsons, Kale Alan Gearhart of Coldspring and Alex Navi Gama of Kingwood; brother, Roy Castleberry and wife, Sabrina, of Huntsville; nephews, Douglas Kirk Castleberry and wife, Kathryn, of Huntsville, Brayden Castleberry of Huntsville; and niece, Jessica Hensarling of Huntsville.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.cochranfh.com.

Franklin
Funeral services for David W. Franklin, 53, were held Monday, August 18, 2008, at Pace Funeral Home, with Rev. Frank Hood officiating. Burial followed in French Cemetery in Dayton.
He was born June 16, 1955 in Pasadena, to Clarence and Corrine Acree Franklin. He was an electrical contractor and liked to build things out of pipe.
Preceding him in death is his father, Clarence Franklin; and brother, Tommy Franklin of Livingston; and one sister, Lou Ann Franklin Jones.
Survivors include his mother, Corrine Acree Franklin; brother, Marvin R. Franklin of Livingston; sister, Cathy White and husband, Kenneth, of Humble; nieces and nephews, Karen, Joann, Jason, McKenzie, James White and Jesse White.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Gaston
A memorial service was held at Monday, August 18, 2008 in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, for Melvin Gaston, 71, of Livingston, with Brother Orval Barger officiating.
Mr. Gaston was born on August 24, 1936 in Livingston, to parents Vernon and Callie Saunders Gaston. He married Carolyn Ann Smith on August 15, 1960 in Cleveland. Mr. Gaston was a member of the First Baptist Church of Livingston and was very active in his Sunday School class. His favorite hobby was art framing.
He died on August 16, 2008 in Anahuac. 
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Ann Gaston of Livingston; daughter, Sheri C. Dunning of Onalaska; grandsons, T.J. Dunning IV and girlfriend, Amy Price, and Ty Dunning and wife, Shelly; great-grandchildren, Thomas J. Dunning V and Haelie Dunning; and special family friend, Candy Placker.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
 To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.
 
Hammond
A memorial service for Charles Eugene “Chuck” Hammond, 58, was held at Splendora First Assembly of God Church, on Friday, August 22, 2008.
He was born Friday, July 7, 1950, in Pala Alta, California.
 He passed away on Tuesday, August 19, 2008, in Splendora.
Survivors include his loving wife, Debbie Hammond; daughters, Dorothy Browne, Misty and Windi Hammond; many other loving family members and friends.
All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.
 
Hedge
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 21, 2008 for Everett “Pa Pa” Hedge, 68, at the First United Assembly of God in Onalaska, with the Rev. Don Wilson officiating.
Mr. Hedge was born July 8, 1940, in Grayson, Kentucky, the son of Wylie and Vernie Justice Hedge, both of whom preceded him in death.
He died on Monday, August 18, 2008, at his home in Onalaska.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Hedge of Onalaska; five sons; one brother; one sister; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Cochran  Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Hendrix
Funeral services for Nathaniel Hendrix, 86, were held  Saturday, August 16, 2008, at Pace Funeral Home with the Rev. Rex Hendrix and Flynn Hendrix officiating. Burial was in Big Sandy Cemetery.
He was born to Josiah and Pearl Bailey Hendrix on April 28, 1922. Mr. Hendrix was a Marine doing duty during World War II. He was a marksman and served during two Jima and Guam. He was a contractor and worked in logging.
Mr. Hendrix died at his residence on Thursday, August 14. His father and mother; brothers, T.J. “Hobby” Hendrix, and Elton Hendrix; and sisters, Zelma Lilley, Lola Mae Mills, Juanita Harrison and Margaret Ashen Birch, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Pauline Moore Hendrix; son, Delynn Hendrix and wife, Teresa; sisters, Bennie Sanders and husband, H.L. of Baytown; four grandchildren, Delynn Hendrix Jr., Billy Hendrix, Tanna Hendrix and Lecolde Hendrix; and two great-grandchildren, Gabe Hendrix and Eathan Fleetwood.
Pallbearers were Billy Hendrix, Delynn Hendrix Jr., Joel Moore, Edwin Hendrix, Troy Sanders and Randall Sanders.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

Hooks
Funeral services for Thomas “T Tom” Hooks, 33, of Cleveland, were held at Neal Funeral Home Chapel on Friday August 22, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. Interment followed at the Morgan Cemetery, Splendora.
He was born Sunday, March 23, 1973, in Fort Ord, California, to Hurshel and Chong Sun Cho “Kim” Hooks.
He passed away on Monday, August 18, 2008, at his home in Cleveland.
Survivors of T-Tom include his loving parents, Hurshel and Kim Hooks; sister, Barbara Hooks; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Lamb
Maxie Frennen Lamb, 79 died Thursday, August 21, 2008, at his home in Channelview.
Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. at Midway Cemetery, with Brother Frank Hood officiating.
He is survived by daughter, Laura and husband, Eric Martin; daughter, Karen Lamb Wiggins; grandsons, Michael Rasco and Nicholas Oden; granddaughters, Shanna Rae Wiggins and Katlin Oden, all of Channelview; granddaughter, Jane Oliver of Watertown, New York.
His father, William Lamb; his mother, Hattie Lamb; his wife, Dixie Lamb, his sons, David and Jeff Lamb; and his granddaughter, Victoria Oden, preceded him in death.
Lamb was born September 19, 1928 in Midway, the son of William and Hattie Lamb.

Masterson
Joseph William “Joe” Masterson II, 31, passed away on Wednesday, August 20, 2008, in Cleveland.
He was born Friday, December 31, 1976, in Houston.
Joe is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Diane Mays; his loving wife, Brandi Masterson; daughters, Kaitlyn and Mary Jane Masterson; sons, Jacob and Joseph Masterson; brothers, Bo Dees, Tommy Masterson; and sister, Leslie Parker.
All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

McCarty
A celebration of the life of Richard “Rick” Allen McCarty, 44, of Livingston, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 30, 2008, in Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. Onalaska.
He was born January 21, 1964 in Bay City to B.W. and Jeanette McCarty and died on August 16, 2008.
His brother, Gordon McCarty; father, B.W. McCarty and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Rowene McNeill, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife and best friend, Denelle Quin McCarty; son, Trent McCarty; daughter, Tabitha; stepdaughter, Tonya; mother, Jeanette McCarty; brother, James McCarty and wife, Melissa; one grandson, Kyle; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.
Rick was known as a country boy at heart, who loved “God’s Country” and loved to fish. He was also known as a man of prayer whose last five years were a testimony of the miracles of answered prayer. He was at the home he shared with Denelle at the lake when he died.
He spent many years as a planner/scheduler for turnaround planning, a job which he loved and was extremely great at. His last position was as the manager over turnaround planning.
Cochran Funeral Home, Onalaska, is in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.
Moore
Graveside services were held Wednesday, August 13, at Farley Chapel Cemetery in Shepherd at 10:00 a.m. for F.N. “Buddy” Moore, 79.
Mr. Moore was born May 10, 1929 in West Monroe, Louisiana, to Walter L. Sr. and Stella Baxter Moore, who preceded him in death. He passed away August 10, 2008 at the Memorial Medical Center in Lufkin.
Mr. Moore was a carpenter for various general contractors and served in the Army. He liked to hunt and fish.
Survivors include his wife, Stephanie Joann Moore; his son, F.N. “Bud” Moore Jr. and wife, Pearl, of Mobile, Alabama; daughters, Crystal Murphy of Houston and Amanda Moore of Onalaska; brother, John Moore of West Monroe, Louisiana; sisters, Margaret Coronad and Verna Mae Leach and husband, John, all of West Monroe, Louisiana; grandchildren, Christopher Moore and Bailey Murphy; numerous nieces, nephew and cousins.

Platt
K.C. Platt, 84, of Lufkin, was born August 25, 1923 in Moscow, the son of the late Pearl (Tarver) and Kyre R. Platt. He died on Monday, August 18, 2008, at his residence.
Mr. Platt’s “Round Table” buddies visited him often and shared memories of their better days. This group started with 20 members as a result of fellowship and coffee drinkers, better known as storytellers at Southland Feeders 37 years ago.
Mr. Platt was the retired owner of Southland Feeders and Supply and Nursery. He was also the founding president of Fuller Springs Water Board, past president of the Angelina County Farm Bureau, member of the Angelina College Steering Committee and a 56-year member and treasurer of the Cypress Lake Hunting Club.
He served in the United States Air Force during World War II, and served in the China Burma India Theater. He was a member of Lufkin’s First United Methodist Church and served on the board.
Survivors include his wife, Bettye Baker Platt; son, Steven Kyre Platt; daughters and sons-in-law, Jill and Mike Carswell and Diane and Steve Morton, Jr.; grandchildren, Patrick and Leslie Day, Leslie and Kris Ball, Skipper Morton and fiancé’, Tad, Julie and Mark Clifton, Natalie and Morgan, Greg and April Carswell, Gracie, Randy and Hannah; sisters, Mrs. Horace (Kathryn) David and Mrs. Milton (Billie Jean) Turner; sisters-in-law,  Mrs. Donald Ray (Delores) Platt, Mrs. T.M. Kennesson and Mrs. E. G. Arnold; sister and brother-in-law, Raymond and Dottie Lovett; “special daughter”, Pam Andersen Taylor and many other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kyre Platt; brother, Donald Platt; and son-in-law, Alan Day.
Pallbearers were Jim Riggs, Steve Adams, Bill Royle, Conner III and Stephen Raley. Honorary pallbearers were ushers of Lufkin’s First United Methodist Church, members of the Round Table and their spouses, and members of the Cypress Lake Hunting Club.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 116 S. Raguet, Lufkin, Texas 75904, Lufkin’s First United Methodist Church, 805 E. Denman Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75901, or to the Chuck Arnold Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 1606, Lufkin, Texas 75902.
Services were held Wednesday, August 23, 2008 in Lufkin’s First United Methodist Church Sanctuary, with the Revs. Randall Green, Carroll Clifford Turner, the Rev. Fay Lovett and Bob Brown officiating. Interment followed in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park.
Gipson Funeral Home, Lufkin, was in charge of arrangements.
Randolph
Funeral services for Rosie Lea Randolph, 89, formerly of Livingston, were held Saturday, August 23, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Darden officiating. Burial followed at Gracehill Cemetery in Blanchard.
Mrs. Randolph was born February 3, 1919 in Coldspring. She preceded in death by her mother, Mrs. Merneva Lomax.
Survivors include her daughters, Mamie Cooper of Livingston, Dorothy O’Brien and Shirley Eckels, both of Houston, and Martha Chancy of Katy; son, James Roy Randolph of Houston; sister, Marybell Furr of Coldspring; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Demetrice Cooper Jr., J.C. Cooper Jr., Joe Keith Cooper, LaQuincy Hinds, Ja’Karta Randolph and James Arringpon.
Honorary pallbearers were James Randolph, Elder Lockett, Horrice Williams, Minister Broadnas and Dexter Randolph.
Duncan Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Ross 
A memorial service was held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 21, 2008 for Lillie Ann Ross, 61, of Livingston, with Bro. Bill Franklin officiating.
She was born on August 5, 1947 in Liberty to parents, Asa and Mildred Flowers Oldham, both of whom preceded her in death. Two brothers and two sisters also precede her in death.
She died on Sunday, August 17, 2008 in Galveston.
Survivors include  her son, Garnon Wood of Livingston; daughter, Jane Tanner and husband, Milton, of Livingston; sons, Robin Wood and wife, Rhonda, of Livingston and Andy Wood and wife, Lisa, of Rye; her brother, Delbert Stark of Rye; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild on the way.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Schmidt
Funeral services for baby Chaos Aloysius Dedeaux Schmidt, were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 22, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel.
He was born August 17, 2008 in Livingston, the son of Chris and Maegan Dedeaux Schmidt, and died the same day in Memorial Medical Center in Livingston.
Survivors include his parents, Chris and Maegan Schmidt of Livingston; grandfather, Doug Schmidt of Denver, Colorado; grandmother, Becky Harris of Livingston; great-grandmother, Susan Schmidt of Corpus Christi; aunts, Brandy Dedeaux and Vince Dedeaux, both of Livingston, Leslie Jeroe of Anchorage, Alaska and Jaymee Jenson; uncles, J.D. Schmidt of Livingston ad Thomas Hill of Houston; and cousins, Carly Bozarth and Cody Bozarth.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
 
Swilley
Wayman Owen Swilley of Livingston and Grapevine died peacefully on April 25, 2008 in Grapevine, surrounded by his family, after gallantly battling heart disease for many years. He was 76. 
Born August 24, 1931 in Leola, Arkansas, he spent his childhood in Winnfield, Louisiana, where he graduated high school. he then attended Northwestern State University and Louisiana State University. Upon returning from service with the Nave, he started his lifelong career of 40 years in the Industrial Pipe Valve and Fitting Industry, with locations throughout the Gulf Coast. He finally retired in Houston from the successful family corporation, ICP Industries, he so meticulously built.
The joy of his life was to be with family, friends and colleagues, working, playing and enjoying the great outdoors at his home on Lake Livingston. Family members say the serenity and splendor there captivated his love of the outdoors and the magnificent forests around. His death came on Arbor Day.
His parents, the late Irene O’Neal Swilley and W.A. Swilley; and brothers, W.A. Swilley Jr., Harold Swilley and Wilson Swilley preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Margaret Mayes Swilley; children, Wayman O. “Chris” Swilley II and wife, Cindy, of Grapevine and Darryl Swilley of Sugarland; three grandchildren, Kristen, Ashley and Kyle; two sisters, Garner Fuller of Waco and Lynette Peters of Conroe; three brothers, Orland Swilley and Conrad Swilley of Winnfield, Louisiana and Durwood Swilley of Grapevine; and a host of brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and other family members and friends.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions in memory of Wayman Swilley may be directed to the American Heart Association.

Thomas
A memorial service for Flora Mae Thomas, 89, of Livingston, was held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 23, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. James Frazier and Dr. Don Willis officiating.
She was born October 10, 1918 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to parents Samuel and Elizabeth Reed McAteer.
She died on Sunday, August 17, 2008, in Timberwood Nursing Home. Her parents preceded her in death, along with her husband, Dr. Bruce Thomas.
Survivors include her sister, Elinor Edenfield and husband, Henry, of Livingston; nieces, Laura Brown and husband, Jerry, and Karen Bock; nephew, John Poxon and wife, Ellen; her great-niece, Jennifer Brown; and great-nephews, Jeffrey Brown, John Bock, Michael Poxon and Brandon Poxon.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, is in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Williams
Funeral services for Shirley Williams, of Leggett, were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 23, 2008, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Livingston with Rev. Kenneth Darden officiating. Interment followed at New Fensley Cemetery in Leggett. She was born March 11, 1957 in Winfield, Louisiana, to the late Lonnie and Sarah Tadlock Hurrell.
She died on Friday, August 17, 2008, at her home in Leggett.
Survivors include her husband, Cedric Williams; daughter, Trinia Henderson of Livingston; sons, Larry Dogins and Jason Joyce, both of Livingston; step-children, Johnathan Williams, Bernesha Williams, Delinda Williams, and Wendy Williams, all of Livingston; step-parents, George and Alma Joyce of Livingston; mother-in-law, Frankie Williams of Lufkin; father-in-law, Billy Birden and wife, Bettye Jane, of Houston; sisters, Rose Wills and husband, Ora Lee, of Livingston; brothers, Henry Howard and wife, Chilli, of Livingston, Mark Joyce, Ronnie Turk and wife, Shirley, of Houston; Theo Tadlock of Livingston; sisters-in-law, Ashley Johnson, Valerie Birden Williams, and husband, Anthony, all of Houston, Danita Turner and husband, Robin, of Dallas; brother-in-law, Nicky Williams of Atlanta; aunts, Mae Lee Holcomb of Houston, Daphne Gardner and husband, John, and Kathryn Williams, all of Livingston; uncle, Porter Joyce and wife, Evette, of Livingston; grandchildren, Brandon, Jamison, Sarah Nisha, Jace, Dyhasia, Adrieyuanna, Courtney Jr., Johnathan Jr., Ty’asia, Ka’travion, Raven, La’daija,  and Destani; best friend, Othena Thomas, and husband, Robert, of Livingston; and all of her special friends, the employees of Wal-Mart No. 275 in Livingston.
Serving as pallbearers were Ralph Figgs Jr., Reginald Finister, Anthony Austin, Patrick Scott, Omar Daughtry, Clayborn Daughtry, Dick Ware, Fred Daughtry and Terry Smith.
Honorary pallbearers were Cedric Williams, Jason Joyce, Nicky Williams, Brandon Henderson Sr., Porter Joyce, Theo Tadlock Jr., Rodney Finister, Ronnie Turk, Joe King Jr., Larry Dogins, Johnathan Williams, Brandon Henderson Jr., Jamison Henderson, Henry T. Howard, Joe Harrell, Otto Lyons, Ora Lee Willis and Kevin Woodfork.
Duncan Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Anderson
Funeral services were held Monday, August 18, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. for Leroy Anderson, at Allison Funeral Services, with Rev. V.R. Hylton officiating. Internment was at Norris Cemetery on FM 563.
He was born March 11, 1941 in Liberty, to parents Oscar Anderson and Velma Moss Anderson.
He had resided in Liberty County all his life and worked previously in the oilfield industry but his true passion was living the cowboy way.
He enjoyed working cattle, riding horses and traveling the rodeo circuit and a calf roper and saddle bronc rider. In his later years, Leroy enjoyed bingo, telling stories of years past and spending time with his nieces and nephews, who were so special to him.
Leroy passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on Friday, August 15, 2008, at the Magnolia Place Health Care nursing home. His parents and brother, James Robert Anderson, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his sister, Agnes Garrison and husband, Allen; aunt, Emily Oglesbee of Baytown; sister-in-law, Linda Anderson; nieces, Evelyn Killion and husband, Tim, Tisha LeJeune and husband, Mike; nephews, Joe Lee Tousha and wife, Tammie, Eric Garrison and wife, Katrina, Jim Bob Anderson and wife, Brenda; great nieces and nephews, Josh, Kaci and Kody Watts, Garrison and Kara Tousha, Trent LeJeune and Hunter Brooklyn, Madison, and McKenzie Anderson. Leroy also leaves behind numerous family members, many close friends and a special group of residents and staff at Magnolia Place and Liberty Health Care nursing homes that were an important part of his last years.
Pallbearers were Allen Garrison, Joe Lee Tousha, Eric Garrison, Josh Watts, Jim Bob Anderson and Tim Killion. Honorary pallbearers were his great nephews, Kody Watts, Hunter Anderson, Garrison Tousha and Trent LeJeune.
Services were under the direction of Allison Funeral Services of Liberty.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.allisonfuneralservice.com.
Browning
Funeral services for William Larry Browning, Sr., 63, of Tarkington Prairie,  were held Saturday, August 17, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. at Hope Apostolic Church of Tarkington Prairie with Pastor Jerry Matthews officiating. Interment followed in Guedry Cemetery, Batson.
A native of Brownwood, he had lived in Tarkington Prairie and was a truck driver.
He died on Thursday, August 14, 2008, at Cleveland Regional Hospital.
Survivors include his son, William Browning Jr. of Tarkington Prairie; daughter, Tammy Fregia and husband, Alton, of Hardin; grandchildren, Britanie Cameron, Michael Posey, Marc Browning, Cheyenne Browning, Candace Posey Bush and husband, Chris.
Arrangements were under the direction of Faith & Family Funeral Services, Inc., Batson.

Horn
A private graveside service for Ruth Ann Briscoe Horn, 96, was held at Magnolia Springs, Texas.
Ruth was born in Yale, Oklahoma. She was the last descendant of Henry and Hattie Hahn.
Ruth was a wonderful, kind and caring mother and grandmother. She inspired her family with her work ethic and her independence.
She was always involved in her children and grandchildren’s’ activities. Ruth lived a full rich life and was dearly loved by friends and family.
Ruth , a resident of Liberty for more than 50 years, passed away on August 17, 2008, two days prior to her 97th birthday. She had been living in her daughters’ home for the last years of his life. Her parents and her daughter, Delia May, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughters, Lois Hewell of Bellaire, and Hester Bell and husband, Milton, of Beaumont; three grandchildren, Charles Hewell and wife, Marti, of Sugarland, Leslie Leone of Destin, Florida and Jason Leone of Beaumont; and one great-grandchild, Joshua Leone.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of Texas for their special care and help with Ruth in her final months. Also, a big “thank you” to Audria Green, her caregivers, Hope Schroeder, Crystal bell and all the other fine people from Hospice.
Farmer Funeral Home, Silsbee, handled the funeral arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to “Some Other Place”, or Trinity United Methodist Church.

Noble
Harvard Newt Noble, 69, passed away on Friday, August 15, 2008, in The Woodlands, Texas.
He was born Tuesday, April 4, 1939, in Mitchell South Dakota, to the late Harvard and Irene Looby Noble.
Newt is survived by his fiancé’ Darlene Hamblin; daughter, Leslie Ann Fabianek and husband, Burl, of Seattle, Washington; brother, David Noble of Tucson, Arizona; sisters, Julie Holmes of Colorado and Sarah Carey of Denton, Texas; grandchildren, Lucas, Rayna and Annie Fabianek.
All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.
Richardson
Graveside services for Amos Richard Richardson, 72, of Rye, were held on Thursday, August 14, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at Moss Hill Community Cemetery, with the Rev. Ron Burnett officiating.
Amos was born on November 13, 1935 in Buna, to parents Thomas R. Richardson and Minnie Lou Kirkindall Richardson. He was a retired truck driver and welder. Mr. Richardson enjoyed woodworking and was an avid fisherman.
He passed away on Monday, August 11, at his home. His parents and one son, Ricky T. Richardson, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Zonia Brawley Richardson; one son, Amos Ray Richardson and wife, Robin; one daughter, Zonia Kathleen Champagne and husband, Lonnie; one sister, Iris Jean Miller; two brothers, James L. Richardson and Walter M. Richardson; six grandchildren, Arthur Ray Lynch and wife, Filecia, Nathaniel Ray Richardson and wife, Amanda, Holly Ann Richardson, Sommer Nicole Lynch and husband, Steven, Cory Gentry and Joey Gentry; 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and friends.
To view and sign the online guestbook, go to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.
Welch
Funeral service were held Johnny Glenn Welch, Jr., 50, of Hardin, were held on Friday, August 15, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty, with the Rev. Jeff Davis officiating. Burial was in the Hardin Chapel Cemetery in Hardin.
Johnny was born on January 13, 1958 in Liberty to parents Johnny Glenn Welch Sr. and Maxine Snider Welch.
He attended Hardin High School. He enjoyed fishing, camping and playing softball.
Survivors include his parents, Maxine and Johnny Welch Sr.; two brothers, Doug Welch and Jerry Lee Welch; one sister, Sara Walden; one daughter, Bridget Welch; two sons, Christopher Welch and Allen Glenn Welch; six grandchildren, Bryanna Welch, Zane Vestal, Sky Welch, Bailey Welch, Aiden Welch, Dallas Welch; friend, Donna Hatcher; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Arrangements were under the direction of Allison Funeral Service, Liberty.
To share online condolences, visit www.allisonservice.com.
  
Wilson
Graveside services for Grace Daniel Smith Wilson, 97, were held on Thursday, August 14, 2008, at the Fairlawn Cemetery in Liberty.
She was born on September 15, 1910 in Blooming Grove, Texas, to William Daniel and Lulu Glenn Daniel.
Grace was a graduate of Blooming Grove High School and attended a business college in Beaumont.
She married William Dan Wilson in 1961 in Baytown. They were members of the Methodist Church and lived in the southeast part of Texas most of their lives.
She died on Tuesday August 12, 2008 in Liberty.  Her parents; nine brothers and sisters; two husbands, Lemuel Newton Smith and William Dan Wilson; and a son-in-law, Charles Victery, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughters, Carolyn Smith Victery, and Elinor Emmons of Virginia; a son, William Dan Wilson Jr.; one granddaughter, Jeri Thorpe and husband, Dallas; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Allison Funeral Service, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.
To share condolences online visit www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

 


   

 

 

 

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