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Big Thicket Messenger
For the week of September 21, 2008 - September 28, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company



Block
James Andrew Block, 61, of Texas City, passed away on September 4, 2008 at his home.
James was born December 13, 1946 in Daisetta. He enjoyed going to church, walking in the park where he fed the squirrels and visiting friends.
His parents, Orien H. Block Sr. and Ella W. Black; his brother, Orien H. Block, Jr.; and sister, Mary Esther Block Falkenberry, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his sister, Betty Block Sherrill of Texas City; nephews and nieces, Sam Sherrill and Rosi of Gilbert, Arizona, Candy Sherrill Cantrell and Rod of Texas City, Carrie Denise Block of Kilgore, James L. Peavey of Dallas, Sherrill Renee Lohite of Tennessee, Andrea Michael and Joseph Block of Texas, Connie Bachman and John of Gilbert, Arizona, Troy Cantrell and Pam of Iraq, Paige and Presli Bachman of Gilbert, Arizona, Elisabeth and Charlie Cantrell of The Woodlands and other family and friends.
A private service for the family will be held at a later date.

Dawson
Funeral services for Jackie Thomas Dawson III, 44, of Liberty, were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 13, 2008, at The Community Chapel in Houston with Brother Bobby Thurston officiating.
He was born October 17, 1963 in Houston to parents Jackie Thomas and Frances Hill Dawson.
Jack had lived in Liberty since 1995, previously of Houston. He worked as a carpenter, enjoyed fishing and drawing. He also attended The Community Chapel.
Mr. Dawson passed away on Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at Methodist Hospital in Houston. His father, Jackie T. Dawson Jr.; his companion, Katherine Stinnett; grandparents, Horace and Gladys Hill and Rev. J.B. and Wanda Dawson, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his mother, Frances Hill Dawson of Dayton; his sons, Jackie “Skip” T. Dawson IV and Joshua Dawson, both of Magnolia; his sister, Crystal Dawson of Liberty; his brother, Darrell E. Dawson of Dayton; nephews, Matthew Moore and Devin Dawson; niece, Brenda Dawson; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Lahti
Funeral services were held Friday, September 12, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. for Joan Haltom Lahti, 87, of Dayton, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jon Stouffer officiating. Interment followed at Rosewood Cemetery in Humble.
She was born October 18, 1920 in Nacogdoches to parents B.B. and Lisa Smith Haltom.
She had been a resident of Dayton since 1967, previously of Houston, was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Timers in Atascocita and a volunteer at the Heritage Villa Nursing Home.
Mrs. Lahti loved her family and enjoyed sewing, quilting and gardening.
She passed away on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 in Houston after an extended illness. Her parents; her husband, Arthur A. Lahti; her son, John Lahti; brothers, B.B. Haltom Jr. and William “Bill” Haltom; and sister, Pat Franklin, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son,  Raymond Lahti and wife, Charlotte, of Dayton; daughter-in-law, Mary Lahti of Center; grandchildren, Deborah Lynn Odom, David W. Lahti, and Tara Suzanne Lahti-Midkiff; great-grandchildren, Johnna Recane, Crystal Odom, Johnathan Odom, Katie Katrina Midkiff and Chloe Grace Lahti; great-great granddaughter, Skylar Tinkle; sisters, Louise Gruver of Conroe and Beatrice Hadley of Splendora; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Arrangements were under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton.

McDaniel
A service of remembrance for Mary Elizabeth Hudson McDaniel, 38, of Anahuac, was held Wednesday, September 10, at 10:00 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home. Interment followed at Anahuac Cemetery.
She was born on April 14, 1950 to Troy Delbert Hudson and Florence Dell (Hamic) Barger in Kansas City, Missouri.
Mary was a smart outgoing business woman. She enjoyed going to the beach and the deer lease. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Mary passed away on Saturday, September 6, 2008. Her stepfather, Frank Barger; and father-in-law, J.C. McDaniel, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughter, Teresa DeFuston and husband, Kevin, of Anahuac; son, Donald “T-Don” McDaniel and wife, Beverly, of Anahuac; grandchildren, Stetson and Rebecca DeFusto and James, Logan and Shelby McDaniel; former husband, Don McDaniel; brothers, Stephen Barger and Troy Allen Hudson; sisters, Joy Winkler and Tina Hudson; father, Troy Hudson; mother, Florence Barger; and numerous more relatives and close friends.
Arrangements were under the direction of Sterling Funeral Home, Anahuac.
Condolences may be made online at www.sterlingfuneralhome.com.

 

Parrish
Charleen Carmel Parrish 68, of Livingston, passed away Thursday, September 11, 2008, in Lufkin.
Graveside services were held in her home on Monday, September 15, 2008, with Rev. Kevin Wood officiating.
Charleen was born September 13, 1939 in Corpus Christi to parents Charles and Marie McKenzie Gale. She married Elzie Parrish on September 23, 1967 in Leggett. Charleen was a certified dietician, and worked at several camps and churches around Livingston. She was also a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Livingston.
Survivors include her loving family, husband, Elzie Parrish; sons, Ronnie Babcock and wife, Cindy, of Athens, Lee Parrish and wife, Elizabeth, of Onalaska; daughter, Pam McCain and husband, James, of Lufkin; daughter, Lindsey Parrish of Onalaska; grandchildren, Lauren McCain of Dallas, Owen Babcock of Athens, Ashley Parrish of Franklin and Katelyn Parrish of Onalaska; sister, Geannie Pharris of Conroe; and several nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers were David Babcock, Jerry Babcock, Owen Babcock, Felder Dubose Jr., Larry Lawrence, Jim Butler and Joe McWhorter. Honorary pallbearers were Harlen Camp, Larry Clamon and Marlon Clamon and also her Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you make a donation to the First Baptist Church Library Fund.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, is in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

Rash
Funeral services for Robert Leon Rash, 52, were held Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside services were held at Peebles Cemetery in Livingston with Roy Cole officiating.
He was born June 28, 1956 in Livingston, the son of O.L. and Joyce Hammett Rash.
He died on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at Memorial Medical Center, Livingston. His sister, O.L. Rash; and great-nephew, Blake Thomas Gill, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his sons, Christopher Rash and Justin Rash; his mother and stepfather, Joyce Rash Nevinger and Tom; sister, Risa and Glenn (Spanky) Ivy; sister and brother-in-law, Rayford and Kathy Rash; brother and sister-in-law, numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Please feel free to sign our online guest book at www.cochranfh.com.

Reiter
A rosary was held for Bernadine Reiter, 88, of Dayton, formerly of Baytown, at 4:00 p.m. at Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home in Baytown on Sunday, September 7, 2008.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, September 8, at noon, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment followed in Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton.
She was born on January 7, 1920 in Austin, Minnesota, the eldest of six children born to A.A. and Mae Barry.
She was valedictorian of her high school and was awarded a scholarship and attended the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota.
She was working as an office manager in a medical practice, when she met the love of her life, John Foster Reiter, while attending Mass.
In November 1946 she and John were married in Austin, Minnesota, and began their family and a wonderful life together.
After moving to Bellaire in 1952, Bernadine and John moved their young family to Baytown and established John Reiter Optician in 1956.
She and John was longtime active members of Baytown’s St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Dayton and the Serra Club of East Harris County.
An avid reader, she will be missed and remembered by her friends in the “Stitching Chatter” Sewing Circle and the Lakata Club.
Bernadine dedicated her life to her loving husband, John, and her family.
She was surrounded by the love of her family at her home in Dayton when she peacefully departed this life on September 4, 2008, following a brief illness. Her parents preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, John Reiter; sons, Barry Reiter and wife, Becky, of Clarcona, Florida, John Reiter Jr. and wife, Karen, of Baytown and Phillip Reiter and wife, Lori, of Salt Lake City, Utah; daughters, Mary Elizabeth “Bitsi” Rose and husband, Andy, of Baytown, Virginia “Ginger” Ann Panter and husband, Maurice, of Waco, Margaret “Margi” Jane Hall and husband, Frank, of Houston and Bernadette Reiter of Maui, Hawaii; brother, Vernon Barry and wife, Esther, of Austin, Minnesota; and sister, Bonnie Martin and husband, Olin, of West Lafayette, Indiana; 21 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Grandsons honoring her as pallbearers were Eric Wirfel, Chris Hall, Marcus Rose, Jay Reiter, Wade Vose, Jeffrey Vose, Lucas Hall, Keith Hall, D.T. Panter and Sam Panter.
To view the obituary or post a tribute to the family, visit www.cresèpamdjirrels.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Crespo & Jirrels Funeral and Cremation Services, Baytown.

 

Tanner
Funeral services for Milton Ray Tanner, 73, of Livingston, were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 18, 2008 at Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska, with Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating.
He was born August 13, 1935 in Liberty. He passed away Thursday, September 11, 2008.
His parents, Perry Tanner Sr. ad Seivel Collins Tanner; daughter, Belinda Theriot; and niece, Julie Smith, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Tanner; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Dina Tanner; son and daughter-in-law, David and Angela Tanner; son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Krishana Durbin; daughters, Janna Durbin and Janet Durbin; brothers, Perry Tanner Jr. and Alfred Tanner; sisters, Margaret Brackin, Renell Fondon, Judy Wheeler and Darlene Hampton; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Please sign the register book on line at www.cochranfh.com.

Arrendell
Funeral services for Thomas “Tommy” Bryant Arrendell, Jr., 66, of Livingston, were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 24, 2008, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland. Interment at Victory Place Cemetery in Swartout, Texas.
He was born April 29, 1942, in Gorman, Texas. He passed away Friday, September 12, 2008.
His son, Billy Arrendell, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his loving wife, Linda Arrendell; son, Mike Arrendell; mother, Dorris Arrendell; father,  Thomas B. Arrendell Sr. and wife, Ida: brothers, Clyde Arrendell and wife, Norma, Randall Arrendell and wife, Georgia and Kent Arrendell and wife, Susie; sisters, Barbara Robinson and husband, Mike, Jeanette Neff and husband, Bill, Glenda Kelso and husband, Jimmy; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and other cherished family and many treasured friends.
Pace-Stancil  Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Bearnth
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 20, 2008 for Robert E. Bearnth, in the chapel of Forest Park, Westheimer. Interment followed in Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.
He was born May 4, 1928 in Aurora, Nebraska, He died on September 11, 2008 in Livingston.
His first wife, Zel Bearnth and son, James Bearnth, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Bearnth of Coldspring, stepson, Ryan Simmons of New Orleans; daughter, Peggy Percival and husband, James, of Houston; daughter-in-law, Suzanne Bearnth of Cleveland; grandson, Robert Bearnth of Burleson; granddaughter, Michelle Bearnth of Crosby; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Arlyss Tombarge of Delaware, Ohio and Lori Conroy of Houston; and brother, John Gilliland of South Thomaston, Maine.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Society of Exploration Geophysicists General Scholarship Fund, Account No. 16 Fund at SEG, P.O. Box 702740, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74170 or to a charity of your choice.
Davis
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 17, 2008 for Opal Elaine Davis, 62, of Votaw, at Votaw Worship Center. Interment was in Votaw Cemetery.
She was born in Votaw, Texas on December 10. 1945 to Ira F. and Opal I. Allemang.
She  passed away Thursday, September 11, 2008.
Survivors include her loving husband, Grady G. Davis; son, Curtis G. Davis and wife, Cindy; daughter, Theresa L. Fregia Childers and husband, Phillip; sisters, Edna Garrett, Patsy Jackson and husband, Dean; brother, Arnold Allemang and wife, Terri, Curtis Allemang and wife, Joy, Nathan Allemang and wife, Carolyn, Milton Allemang, Elton Allemang and Johnny Allemang and wife, Theresa; grandchildren, Jessica King, Matthew King, Ashley Davis, Heatger Davis, Shannon Davis, Randy Ryan, Jamie Ryan and Kasey Cooch; great-grandchild, Kaley Pickering; numerous nieces, nephews and other cherished family members and treasured friends.
Services under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland.
Gay
Funeral services for Tom Watson Gay, 79, of Livingston, were held Saturday, September 20, 2008 in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Tim Thompson and Joe Pridgen officiating. Interment followed in Holly Grove Cemetery.
He was born December 19, 1928 in Livingston, the son of Willie and Estella Wilkerson Gay.
He died on Friday, September 12, 2008, at his residence in Livingston. His parents; his grandsons, Shane and Tommy Fuller; and his sisters, Estell Lofton, Lounell Stegall and Mary Alice Cain, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Gay, of Livingston; son, James Richard Gay of Gilmer; daughters, Frances Gay and Melba Slater, both of Livingston, adopted son, Kenneth Dillon of Livingston; grandsons, Chad Gay, Richard Bradley Gay, James Ryan Gay, Jonathon Gilbert, William Hinson and Chris Hinson; granddaughters, Jessica Lynn Fisher, Leslie Ann Gay, Misty Purvis, Briana Gay and Jennifer Gilbert; great-grandsons, John Michael Fisher, Dwayne Purvis, Thomas Brandon Purvis and Jacob Hinson; great-granddaughters, Sierra Hinson and Haley Gilbert; and sister, Delmar Lee Kurtz of Livingston.
Pallbearers were Richard Bradley Gay, James Ryan Gay, Johnathon Gay, Chris Hinson, Buddy Stegall, Michael Fisher, Chad Gay and Kenneth Dillon. Honorary pallbearers were William Hinson and VFW Post No. 8568, which provided military honors.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Hall
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 20, 2008 for Lizzie Hall, 75, of Houston, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. Ethel Mathews and Lou Ann Hall Cotton officiating. Interment followed in Shiloh Cemetery in Moscow.
She was born August 7, 1933 in Lufkin and died on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 in Houston.
She was a member of the New Unity Bible Fellowship Church.
Her parents, Jimmy and Mae Ellis (Taylor) Abbott; husband, Timothy Hall Sr.: and sisters, Charlene Louise McGee and Jimmy Lee Kegler, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sons, Michael Hall, Edward Hall and Vernon Hall, all of Houston; daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Hall and Mark E. Tatum of Missouri City; play-daughters, Yvette and Kanitha; grandchildren, Rodney Wilson and Bernard Wilson (Tameka); granddaughter-in-law, Shameka Wilson; play-granddaughters, Troyesha and Marc Tatum Jr., Michael Jr., Edward Jr., Marcus, Joseph and Tristan; great-grandchildren, Lundon C. Jordan and Rodney Jr.; and also a host of nephews, and great nephews, niece (Carolyn) and great-niece (Keisha).  
Herridge
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.
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.

Hoyland
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.

McCracken
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.

Moore
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.

Wagnon
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.

Bailey
Raymond Neal Bailey, 55, of Onalaska, died on Sunday, August 24, 2008, at his residence.
Mr. Bailey was born on July 25, 1953 in Houston to parents, Beverly Raymond Bailey and Carrie Ethel Cunningham Bailey.
He served with the Houston Fire Department for 32 years before retiring.
His mother precedes him in death.
Survivors include his father, Beverly Raymond Bailey of Houston; son, Kyle Bailey of Houston; daughter, Kim Bailey of Humble; and brothers,  Mike Bailey of Houston and Steve Bailey of Huffman.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.
Christian
Funeral services for Charles Wade Christian, Jr., 57, were held on Thursday, August 28, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Bertram with Revs. Margaret Clemings and Wally Brown officiating.
Graveside services were held Friday, August 29, at 10:00 a.m. at Brooke Cemetery in Huntsville.
He was born in Huntsville and spent his early years near Dayton where he graduated from high school. His life mirrored the simple small town values he learned in rural Liberty County. This is where he also developed his passion for and expertise in gardening from his father.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 17 and served in Vietnam in the Special  Forces in the 101st Airborne. He received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart and was discharged in January, 1971 as an E-5 Sergeant.
He spent two years as a student at TSTI graduating with a construction degree.
For the next three decades, he worked in the construction industry as a private home builder and as superintendent for major home building companies. Other major interests included deer processing and restaurant enterprises and his deep-seated passion for hunting and fishing. He loved restoring his beloved antique trucks, all music, especially bluegrass, and time spent enjoying life at the family cabin near Huntsville.
Charles greatest attribute was love for family, starting with his parents, brothers, wife, children and grandchildren and many close and wonderful friends.
He passed away Sunday, August 24, 2008, at his home near Bertram. His grandparents, S. and Margaret Christian, Fred and Bryant Sellers; and parents,, Charles Sr. and Betty Sellers Christian of Montalba.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Tansley Christian of Bertram; sons, Charles William Christian of LaMesa, California, Charles Wade Christian III of Wimberley, Brett James Christian and wife, Kristal of Cap May, New Jersey; daughter, Katie Lynn Papaina and husband, William, of Huntsville; Jacob Bryant Christian of Wimberly; former wife, Jana Christian of Wimberly; brothers, Danny Christian and wife, Cindy, of Onalaska, Robert Christian and wife, Sarah of Algona, Iowa; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services under the direction of Edgar Funeral Home, Burnet.

Haynes
A service of remembrance was held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 27, 2008 for Jesse Floyd “Tooter” Haynes, Jr., 76, at First United Methodist Church of Anahuac. Interment followed in Anahuac Cemetery.
He was born on December 26, 1931 in Anahuac, the son of Jesse Floyd Haynes Sr. and Effie Mae (Jenny) Haynes.
Tooter lived all his life in the same house that he was born in. he was a strong willed cowboy.
He enjoyed cooking and was known for his outdoor stew that was made in a cast iron pot. He also enjoyed hunting deer.
Tooter died on Sunday, August 24, 2008. His parents; loving wife of 49 years, Barbara Haynes; son, Billy Haynes; and sister, Rita Fugger, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his son, Jesse Haynes III and wife, Sherry, of Joshua; great-grandson, Heath and wife, Angela, of Stephenville; grandson, Mason Haynes of Stephenville; sister, Ella Mae Mayes; and a host of other relatives and close friends.
Arrangements were entrusted to Sterling Funeral Home, Anahuac.
Condolences may be made online at www.sterlingfuneralhome.com.

Hedge
Funeral services for Everett “Pa Pa” Hedge, 68, were held Thursday, August 21, 2008, in the First United Assembly of God in Onalaska with the Rev. Don Wilson officiating.
He was born July 8, 1940 in Grayson, Kentucky, the son of Wylie and Vergie Justice Hedge, both of whom preceded him in death.
Mr. Hedge died Monday, August 18, at his residence 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.
Hixler
Funeral service, were held on Monday, August 25, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at Sterling Funeral Home, Anahuac, for Billy Gene Hisler, 72, with the Revs. Bob Morgan and Dean Kennedy officiating. Burial followed in the Anahuac Cemetery.
He was born on October 11, 1935 in Baytown, to George William Hisler and Lois Gertrude Barker Hisler. 
He served in the U.S. Navy, and married Ruth Nadine Ford on June 25, 2008 in Bremerton, Washington. They moved to the southeast part of Texas and called it home.
Billy was a Tug Boat Captain, and enjoyed working on the water. He was a very good fisherman and shrimper.
He died at his home in Oak Island on Wednesday, August 20, 2008. His parents preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth N. Hisler of Oak Island; two daughters, Shari Nadine Kennedy and husband, Dean, of Wallisville and Billie Jean Gersbach of Oak Island; three brothers, Robert Hisler, Johnny Hisler and Preston Hisler; one sister, Alice Marie Bickett; six grandchildren, Misty Robertson, James Kennedy, April Curiel, Sheldon Gersbach, Amy Flores and Matthew Shiver; twelve great-grandchildren, and a host of other family members and friends.
Arrangements were under the direction of Sterling Funeral Home, Anahuac.

Howard
Funeral services for Mattie Lee Howard, 89, of Shepherd, were held Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at First United Methodist Church, Shepherd, with Pastor John E. Stephenson officiating. Interment was at Magnolia Cemetery, Evergreen.
She was born January  24, 1919, in Bear Creek, the daughter of Daniel Smith Pate and Johnny Lee Pate.
She died Houston, the daughter of the late L.B. and Jimmie Mooney Hutchins.
She passed away on Saturday, August 23, 2008, Her parents; her loving husband, J.C. Howard; and her sisters, Martha “Christina” Smith and Ruby Mae Squire, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sister-in-law, Christine West; sister, Mildred Irene Vrana; brother, Julius D. Pate and wife, Gloria Jean; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and a host of friends beyond measure.

James
Funeral services were held Thursday, August 28, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. for Larry William James, 77, of Raywood, at the Batson Community Center. Interned followed with a graveside service at 3:00 p.m. at Freeman Cemetery in New Caney.
He was a native of Rusk, but he had lived in Raywood and was a truck driver.
Mr. James passed away on Sunday, August 24, 2008 at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown.
Survivors include his sons, Larry D. James and wife, Margaret Jean, of Alvin and Jesse Williams James and his wife, Elsie, of Magnolia; daughters, Lisa Cocras and husband, Jerry, of Raywood, Fred Dee Meche and husband, Jerry, of Devers and Helen Calhoun of Coldspring; brother, William Robert “Gus” James and wife, Joyce, of New Caney; sister, Anita Johnston; grandchildren, Bobby, Sharon, Ashley, Amy, Danielle, Steven, Jesse, Ashley, Katy, Frank, Lynn, Jay, Jennifer and Nicki; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Services were entrusted to Faith & Family Funeral Service, Batson.
 
Jarboe
Funeral services were held Sunday, August 24, 2008, for Lloyd Allen Jarboe, 80, at the First Baptist Church in Coldspring, followed by burial at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Coldspring.
He was born on March 5, 1928, in Shepherd, the son of John Alvin Jarboe and Agnes Cronin Jarboe.
He was a gifted musician and retired social worker of Coldspring.
After graduation from Shepherd High School in 1945, Jarboe joined the United States Navy and served in San Diego, California and Yokosuka, Japan, until January 1, 1948. He married Laverne Pope at the First Baptist Church in Shepherd. After 43 years of marriage, Laverne Pope Jarboe, an elementary school teacher for more than 30 years, preceded her husband in death on September 14, 1993.
Jarboe studied music at East Texas Baptist College. Over a span of 63 years, he served as a minister of music and religious education at a number of Baptist churches in various cities including Hallsville, Sour Lake, Gilmer, Pasadena, Santa Paula, California, Magnolia, Goodrich, Onalaska, Cleveland, Baytown and Dayton.
In addition, Jarboe had a distinguished career as a social worker for the Texas Department of Human Resources, which began on April 1, 1963. He rose through the ranks of the department, retiring in 1988 as program director of 13 counties within Houston Area Region II.
On the afternoon of December 10, 1995, Jarboe married Betty Jordan Shirley, also a former social worker at the Texas Department of Human Resources, at the First Baptist Church in Coldspring. The two were married 13 years and lived in Coldspring.
Survivors include his wife, Betty; daughter, Jan Jarboe Russell and her husband, Dr. Lewis Russell, Jr.; son, Lloyd Allen Jr.; and three grandchildren, Maury Rabb, Tyler Rabb and Calvin Jarboe.
He is also survived by three step-daughters, Anna Gail Sewell and husband, Billy Green, Linda Ballard and husband, Richard, Jan Wahlen and husband, Kurt; one stepson, Charles Jordan and wife, Pam; eight step-grandchildren, Amy Sewell, Mark Sewell and wife, Holly, Shawn Ballard, Ashley and Charlie Jordan, Jesse, Hannah and Samuel Wahlen; and two step great-grandchildren, Peyton Sewell and Keaton Fountain-Sewell.
He is also survived by a brother, Judson Jarboe and wife, Peggy; two sisters, Elizabeth McKellar and Luca Thomas and her husband, Rev. J.V. Thomas; a brother-in-law, Mike Pope and wife, Jana; and sisters-in-law, Lanece Lomonte, Sharon Pope and Diane Schulz; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Agnes Jarboe Memorial Scholarship Fund, at the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 17, Shepherd, Texas 77371 or to the church of your choice.

Matthews
Randel Wayne Matthews, 48, of the Humble-Atasocita area, died on August 24, 2008.
He was born August 16, 1962 to Houston and worked as a draftsman and faithfully volunteered his time for the last seven years with the Boy Scout Troop 56 in the Humble-Atascocita area, where he served the last three years as scoutmaster.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Toni Matthews of Houston; children, Tonya Matthews of Houston, Lynette Savage and husband, Tony, of Dayton, Ryan Wayne Matthews and Derek Austin Matthews of Humble; mother and father, James E. Holder of Baytown and Elaine Mazzola of Dayton; brothers and sisters, Lee Holder, David Holder of Humman, James Holder Jr. of Houston, Timber Lee Nettles of Livingston, Gaily Sudduth of Dayton and Dino Mazzola of Dallas; and grandchildren, Kierra Lanee’ Crocker, DeShaun Scott Crockett, Caden Randel Crocker, Christina Lee Matthews, Alexandria Elaine Savage and Seth Anthony Savage.
Services celebrating Randel’s life were held Wednesday, August 27, at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Houston. Interment followed in Center Grove Cemetery, Livingston.
 
Mitchell
James Edward “Ed” Mitchell, 78, of Winnie, died August 23, 2008 at his residence.
Mr. Mitchell is survived by his children, Cheri Janean Mitchell, Tamara Joy Harris, Rebecca Loren Mullinix and her husband, Bruce, James Edward Mitchell II and his wife, Beth, Jennifer Elizabeth Adler and her husband, Mark; twelve grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Mitchell.
Cremation was under the direction of Broussard’s in Winnie. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Complete and updated information may be viewed at www.broussardsmortuary.com.

Parker
A rosary was recited Monday, August 25, for Jack Leon Parker, Sr., 75, of Livingston, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, August 26, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Livingston. Interment followed in Houston National Cemetery.
He was born December 31, 1932 in Tillamook, Oregon. He was known as a beloved husband, father, granddaddy, great-granddaddy, and friend to many, a devout Catholic and the epitome of a Good Samaritan.
He attended St. Thomas High School and served his country in the Korean conflict. He was a bricklayer by trade for more than 50 years and past president of Bricklayer’s Union Local No. 7.
He was an active member of Knights of Columbus and American Legion No. 312. He was an avid bowler, golfer and card player. He loved his beautiful roses. He married the love of his life, Joan Van Wijk in a “Dream Wedding”, sponsored by the Houston International Flower & Garden Show on April 5, 1956 in the Sam Houston Coliseum.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joan Parker; son, Jack L. Parker Jr. and wife, Melissa; daughters, Maryke Cudd and husband, Pat, Jacquelyn Parker and husband, Donald Ray and Joanie Knight and husband, Dusty; grandchildren, Brian Cudd, Matt Cudd, Amy Mills, Becky Giddens, Bridgette Fitch, Dianna Parker, Stephanie House, Jeffrey Parker, Michael Parker, Tiffany Upshaw, Zachary Knight and Cheyenne Knight; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret Nicholson, along with several nieces and nephews.

Pollard
Memorial services for Glendon “Dude” Pollard, 78, of Onalaska, was held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 30, 2008, in the Revival Center Church of God, with the Rev. Gerald Reeves officiating.
He was born November 15, 1929 in DeWitt, Arkansas, the son of Alex and Hazel Adams Pollard, both of whom preceded him in death.
He passed away on August 25, 2008. His wife, Lora Pollard and one brother, Jack Pollard, also preceded him in death.
Survivors include his daughter, Glenda Childers and husband, Donnie, of Onalaska; sisters, Virgie Upson of Little Rock, Arkansas; grandchildren, Wanda Vaughan and husband, Tim, of Paris, Arkansas, MSgt. Glenn Schmitz and wife, Bianca, of Thetford, England, Barbara Shaffer and husband, John, of Spring; Mandi Childers of Onalaska and April Jones of Muldrow, Oklahoma; and great-grandchildren, Sandra Schmitz of San Angelo, Wyatt Schmitz of Thetford, England, Jackie Vaughan of Paris, Arkansas, Anthony Vaughan of Paris, Arkansas and Jesse Childers, Jared Jones and Jaden Jones, all of Muldrow, Oklahoma.
Cochran funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Rumsey
A service of remembrance was held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 22, 2008 for Howard Noel Rumsey, 80, of Liberty,
He was born on December 9, 1929 to Robert Mitchell and Linnie Loy Manning Rumsey.
Howard loved bluegrass music, dogs and children. He is a veteran of the Army Air Force.
He was a kind, compassionate person who could play any form of guitar. He was in a band called “The Good Ole’ Boys”.
He passed away Monday, August 18, 2008. His parents; wife, Dorothy Rumsey; brothers, Calvin Lee Rumsey, Arnold Rumsey and Kenneth Rumsey; and one sister, Barbara Loy Matte, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his sisters, Mary “Dean” Swift of Orange, Betty Jean Montgomery of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Vernadine Montgomery of Houston.
Arrangements were under the direction of Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton.
To send condolences online www.sterlingfuneralhome.com.

Smesny
A funeral mass for Edwin Charles Smesny, Sr., 80, of Mont Belvieu, was held Tuesday, August 26, 2008, at 3:oo p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment followed at Sterling-White Cemetery.
He was born September 1, 1927, at East Gate, Texas, to Ludvik and Francise Smesny.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1945 and was stationed in Germany as a military policeman during World War II.
He met June Stasney in 1948 and they married November 3, 1949 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Crosby.
After his military service, Edwin went to work at Armco Steel in 1949 and retired in 1954.
After retirement, Edwin enjoyed making crafts with his wife, June. Edwin was also a member of several organizations in the area such as Catholic Life, SPJST and the Knights of Columbus.
His parents; stepmother, Annie Smesny; sister, Henrietta Hlavaty, Patty Jean Hlavaly, Hartman; nephew, Larry Hlavaty; and brother, Albert Smesny.
Survivors include his son, Edwin “Bud” Smesny, Jr. and wife, Denise; daughter, Kathleen Munsch and husband, Thomas; daughter, Charlotte Dornak; grandchildren, Charla Smesny, Breck Barnhart and husband, Josh, Ryan Neely, Austin Neely, Matthew Dornak, Daylan Dornak; brother, Max Smesny and wife, Georgie, of Midlothian; sister, Edith Jasek and husband, Thomas, of Grapeland; brother-in-law, Jerome Hlavaty of Lomita; sister-n-law, Malibu Smesny and husband, Robert, of Crosby; brother-in-law, Chester Smesny and wife, Marie, of Highlands; sister-in-law, sister-in-law, Mary Lou Smesny of Highlands; sister-in-law, Georgia Smesny of  Katy; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
 
Smith
Graveside services for Mrs. Lucille Harrell Smith, were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 30, 2008 at Victory Place Beautiful Cemetery on FM 1988 in Swartwout with Rev. Cassandra Nelson officiating.
 Mrs. Smith was a resident of Portland, Oregon and a native of the Swartwout Community in Polk Count.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings and five nephews.
Survivors include his nephew, Mr. Ellis Ashley and wife, Dr. Mary Ashley; nieces, Emma Ashley, Johnetta Ashley and Mary Ashley, all of Houston and Nancy M. Simmons of Livingston; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
Lockwood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements in Houston and Charles Mortuary is in charger of graveside arrangements.

Van Valkenburg
Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 27, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, Onalaska, for Gerald Arthur “Gerald Vann” Van Valkenburg, 73, of Livingston, with James Van Valkenburg and Janet Akery officiating. Burial followed in the Woodlawn Garden of Memories Cemetery in Houston.
He was born July 2, 1935 in Greenfield, Massachusetts, to parents Leo and Eleanor Sears Van Valkenburg. He was a proud veteran, serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
He died on Monday, August 25, 2008, at his residence. His parents and one daughter, Teresa Chimene, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Gay Van Valkenburg of Livingston; son, Bruce Van Valkenburg and wife, Melissa, of Houston; grandchildren, Casey Coupland, Corey Coupland, Brian Van Valkenburg and Sam Van Valkenburg; and his brothers, James “Jimmy” Van Valkenburg and wife, Patricia, and Donald “Ronnie” Van Valkenburg and wife, Catherine.
Pallbearers were Dave Akers, Corkey Ryan, Bill Burley, Tom Neumann, Brian Van Valkenburg, and Jack Kaleb. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Tadlock, Billy Barrett and Bob Bacon.
Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Baker
Funeral services for David Allen Baker Sr., were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 28, at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Ryan Cemetery in Tarkington Prairie.
David was born September 21, 1952 in Houston, the son of Bert and Sue Tacker Baker. He was a graduate of Milby High School in Houston, a veteran of the U.S. Army, the owner and operator of Baker Glass. He was also a member of Cypress Point Baptist Church and enjoyed motorcross, boating, horse racing and playing golf.  
He died on Tuesday, August 21, 2008, at the Methodist Hospital in Houston. His father, Bert Baker and two brothers, Jack Baker and Jerry Bonc, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his son, David Baker Jr.; wife, Abbey of Spring; daughters, Stacy King and husband, Jeremy, of Spring; mother, Sue Tacker Baker of Cleveland; five grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.
Pace-Stancil  Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Cummings
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 30, 2008 for Burton Cummings, 78, of Daisetta, at the Central Baptist Church in Daisetta. Burial followed at Oakdale Cemetery, Daisetta.
Burton was born November 8, 1929 in Saratoga to parents, J.B. and Edna Mae Cook Cummings and has resided in the Daisetta area his entire life.
He was a graduate of Hull-Daisetta High School, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Central Baptist Church and a retired owner of restaurants and a furniture store. He also enjoyed shopping, visiting with others, traveling, gardening and the outdoors.
Mr. Cummings died Tuesday, August 26, at the San Jacinto Memorial Hospital in Baytown. His parents; sister, Ernestine Nugent, and brother-in-law, Fernando Ramirez, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Leticia Ramirez Cummings of Daisetta; daughters, Janice Marie Bower and husband, Michael, of League City, and Tammy Kay Cundiff and husband, Buddy, of Raywood; sons, James Eugene Trousdale and wife, Phyllis, of Baytown and Floyd Sterling Cummings of Conroe; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; nephews, Fernando Barrera, Arturo Cedillo, Juan Carlos Breeden, James Robert Kyler and wife, Glenda; brother-in-law, Jose Carlos Garduno; other relatives and a host of friends.
Services under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton.

Drawhorn
A memorial service for Esther
Rae Young Drawhorn, 93, was held on Saturday, August 30, 2008, at 1485 N. 800 West Orem, Utah.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 6, 2008, at  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 331 Vera Lane in Liberty. Interment will follow at Magnolia Cemetery in Dayton.  
She was born in Oakdale, Louisiana, on July 22, 1915, to parents Ray and Esther M. Young. Ester Rae enjoyed a happy childhood as older sister to Marie and Charles, fondly known as “Bubba.”
When she was 9 years old, her family moved to Dayton, where her father was the superintendent of the local sawmill.
She loved to tell of their adventures while living out at the mill – playing tennis on their grass court, trips to Galveston and Turtle Bay, and picnics on the Trinity River.
Several years later, when the mill closed, her father bought a business in Dayton, Young’s. While attending Dayton High School, she worked in the store for her dad.  
In the Fall of 1938, she met and married Laurie. The early years of their marriage were spent in Beaumont, but the majority of her life was spent in Dayton, where Laurie was a rice farmer and cattle rancher.
Esther was a woman of many talents and interests. She was an accomplished seamstress, sewing thousands of hours as she outfitted their four daughters.
For many years, she daily milked the family cow. She educated herself in doctoring pets and farm animals. She always had a large vegetable garden and avidly canned fruits and vegetables.
She learned to paint and wallpaper, repair appliances and upholster furniture. She was a voracious reader – a lover of the classics, art and good music.
In December of 1947, her life and the destiny of her family was changed when she joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
She served in numerous positions in the church, during her 60 plus years as a member. After Laurie’s death in 1990, Esther at the age of 75, learned to use computers and served a one-year mission in Raleigh, North Carolina, teaching others to do genealogical research.
At the age of 79, she decided to move to Utah. She enjoyed the amenities of Brigham Young University – concerts, plays, classes, etc., and she was happy to be near many members of her family.
Mother loved life and always maintained her enthusiasm and work ethic to be “anxiously engaged in a good cause.”
We never saw her waste time on mindless or trivial things. Her generosity and charity are legendary.
On innumerable occasions, she opened her home and her heart. She fed the hungry, tended the sick, gave clothing to the poor, wrote poems of peace and hope for the grieving, and lifted the downtrodden and lonely.
She passed away on August 28, 2008, in Orem, Utah. Her husband, Thomas Laurie Drawhorn; two infant children, Tom and Yvette; granddaughter, Mindy Baker; and great-great granddaughter, Elizabeth Rae Beane, preceded her in death.
Esther is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Sally and Jon Larson of Hyrum, Utah, Laurie and Larkin Franklin of Vidor, Dixie and Lloyd Baker of Provo, Utah and Eileen and Bob Ramsey of Burley, Indiana; 23 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren.
We, her family, always knew that we were her first priority. Her love, compassion and sacrifice have sustained us and greatly influenced who we have become. Thank you, Mother.
Local arrangements were entrusted to Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton.
Condolences may be made online to pacestancildayton at sbcglobal.net.

Ellisor
Graveside services for Nelda Francis Ellisor, 76, of Cleveland, were held on Friday, August 29, 2008 at 10:30 at Boswell Cemetery in Huntsville.
She was born in Huffman, on November 2, 1931 to Ross Clifton and Sadie Lee Shipman, both who preceded her in death.
She passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2008. In addition to her parents, her sister, Shirley Justice; brother, Jim Shipman; and niece, Kathy Justine, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her loving husband, Elbert Ellisor; daughter, Carla Ellisor; son, Wayne Ellisor and wife, Anna; sister, Juanita Caldwell; brothers, John Shipman, Leonard Shipman; grandchildren, Jessica Ainsworth, Anna Garra and Shonda Galvan; great-grandchildren, Kaitlinn, Madilina, Payton, Holly, Hally, Danta, Alexandria and Juliana; and numerous nieces, nephews and other treasured family members and faithful friends.
Services were entrusted to Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Johnson
A memorial service was held on Saturday, August 30, 2008 for Kenneth Burl Johnson, 59, of Austin, at 4:00 p.m. at Sister-s Home, 945 North Travis, Liberty. Interment followed in Moss Hill Cemetery.
Kenneth was born August 27, 1948 in Liberty to Burl Eldridge Johnson and Delores Rose Johnson.
He attended Hardin High School and enjoyed dancing and fishing.
He is survived by his parents, Burl and Delores Johnson; one sister, Barbara Nugent and brother-in-law, Frank Nugent; one daughter, Kim Johnson; grandchildren, Joseph, Lindsay and Dylan; two nieces, Tracie Litton and husband, Justin and Stacie Nugent; four great-nieces, Destiny Laurel Litton and Paige Nugent; four great-nephews, Roy Murphy-Litton and Kody Winkle; other relatives and many friends.
Flowers can be sent to 945 N. Travis Street, Liberty, Texas 77575.
Faith and Family Funeral Services, Batson, was in charge of arrangements.

Mahon
Funeral services for Marion Mahon, 84, of Livingston, were held Saturday, August 30, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Winky Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Bluewater Cemetery.
He was born March 27, 1924 in McConneyille, Ohio, to parents Marion H. Mahon Sr. and Mildred Hoffman Mahon.
He was a proud veteran, serving in the Army during World War II. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Wild Country.
He died on Wednesday, August 27, 2008. His first wife, Betty Mahon; a daughter, Sharlene Mahon; and numerous brothers and sisters, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Williams of Schwab City; daughter, Dianna Pennington of Vernon, Alabama; son, Jimmy Mahon of Birmingham, Alabama; stepson, Jim Tennyson of Lufkin; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Simmons
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 29, 2008 for Virgil W. “Duke” Simmons, 64, of Kenefick, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Dayton, with Rev. Charles Stoker officiating. Interment followed at French Cemetery, Dayton.
He was born September 10, 1943 in Liberty to parents Vergil Claude and Bernice Alexander Simmons.
Duke was a lifelong resident of Kenefick and a graduate of Dayton High School. he had worked for many years at Remke’s Hardware, Chachere’s Feed Store, Potetz and was retired from Shell/Phieffer Construction.
Duke enjoyed duck hunting, fishing, working in his yard and garden. He loved his family, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren.
He passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 in Baytown. His parents, Vergil Claude Simmons and Bernice Alexander Folkes; his sister, Barbara Ann Simmons; and his great-granddaughter, Braelee Kay Christian, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his loving wife of 45 years, Sharon Williams Simmons of Kenefick; his daughters, Shelly Cook and husband, Scott, of Kenefick, Elizabeth Hutchins and husband, Donny, of Kenefick; his sons, Curtis Simmons, Mark Simmons and wife, Cheryl, of Dayton, and Jerry Simmons and wife, Gicelaof of Dayton; fifteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; his sister, Donetta Parsley and husband, Lyndburg of Evadale.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Vaught
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, August 27, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, for Cleo Vaught, 83, of Ace, with Brother Winky Johnson officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Center.
Mrs. Vaught was born October 20, 1927 in Center, to parents, Joe and Clara Belle Fincher Emanis. She was a charter member of the Wild Country Baptist Church, and also a member of the Eastern Star for over 23 years in Freeport.
She died on August 24, 2008 at her residence. Her husband, James E. Vaughn; son, Clarence Eugene Vaught; and her brother, J.R. Emanis.
Survivors include her daughter, Martha Blankenship of Ace; granddaughters, Stephanie Clements and husband, Harold, and Dorothy Goodan and husband, Timmy; grandsons, Jerry Rivers and Michael Blankenship and wife, Christy; great-granddaughters, Kimberly Hickman and husband, Brodie, Tina O’Quinn, Cayla O’Quinn, Skyler Blankenship and Shelby Blankenship; great-great grandson, Ethan Hickman; her sisters, Dorothy Strong, Bobbie Joyce Hinton and Mary Ann Williams; cousin, Telvie Savell; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Michael Blankenship, Jerry Rivers, Jack Thomas, Bruce Bell, Brodie Hickman, Leamon Cain and Harold Clements.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Vinson
Funeral services were held Sunday, August 31, 2008 for Doris “Doll” Lorene Adams Vinson, 90, of Liberty, were held at Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. Burial was in the Cooke Cemetery.
She was born April 4, 1918 in Sour Lake, Texas, to parents Willey B. Adams and Mary Willie Jones.
She was a homemaker who loved quilting, cooking and spending time with her family. She was definitely a people person and was very kind to everyone. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Liberty.
She passed away on Thursday, August 28, 2008, at her home. Her husband, A.B. Vinson; daughters, Barbara Jean Scott and Linda Louise Stratton; a sister, Vera Reinhardt; and a granddaughter, Tammy Sullenger, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughter, Sharon Pope of Nederland; and her five grandchildren, Carla Osborne, Charles Sullenger, Cliff Sullenger, Dean Stratton and Allan Stratton; and ten great-grandchildren.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Allison Funeral Services, Liberty.
To share condolences online visit www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

 

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