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For the week of August 24, 2008 - September 7, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company



Edgar
Graveside services for Willie Jo Edgar, 92, of Onalaska, were held on Saturday, August 9, 2008 in the Greenwood Cemetery in Garrison, with Don Boyen officiating.
 She was born April 29, 1915 in Greenville, to parents Verna D. and Vera E. Elliott Jones.
She died on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 in Livingston. Her parents; her husband of 53 years, Johnnie Monroe Edgar; son, John Wayne Edgar; and brothers, Earl Jones and Bobby Jones, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughters, Kathy Boyett and husband, Don, of Onalaska and Patricia Edgar of Chattanooga, Tennessee; grandchildren, Sona Bamburg and husband, Steve, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Angela Henderson and husband, Allen, of Henderson, Nevada, Brad Boyett and wife, Heather, of Nacogdoches and Brandi Bryant and husband, Stephen, of Onalaska; great-grandchildren, Lindsey, Emily, Chase, Holt, Bentley, Hunter, Tyler, Blake, Reid, Macy and Kathryn; two great-great grandchildren, Bailey and Tripp; her sisters, Juanita Reynolds of Fort Worth, Helen Crouch of Garland and Joyce Parker and husband, Barzie, of Denver City; and brother, Dale Jones of Canton.
Serving as honorary  pallbearers were Brad Boyett, Steve Bamburg, Stephen Bryant, Allen Henderson, Dickie Jones and Jimmy Payne.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Livingston Church of Christ or The Greenwood Cemetery in Garrison.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Moore
Graveside services were held Wednesday, August 13, 2008, for F.N. “Buddy” Moore, 79, at Farley Chapel Cemetery in Shepherd.
He was born May 10, 1929 in West Monroe, Louisiana, to Walter L. Moore Sr. and Stella Baxter Moore, both of whom preceded him in death. He died on August 10, 2008 in 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 Coronado of West Monroe and Verna Mae Leach and husband, John, of West Monroe, Louisiana; grandchildren, Christopher Moore and Bailey Murphy; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

Richardson
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, 2008 for Patsy Sue Richardson, 77, of Gary, was held at Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Mike Taylor and Brother Pete Williams officiating. Interment followed in Menard Chapel Cemetery.
She was born on January 27, 1931 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to J.V. and Georgia Thomas Ross. She graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1950.
Her parents, J.V. and Georgia Ross; her brother, J.V. Ross Jr.; and son, Danny R. Richardson, preceded Mrs. Richardson in death.
Survivors include her husband, James Richardson of Gary; daughter, Paula Lunsford and husband, Everett, of Gary; granddaughter, Angel Danielle and husband, Jimmy Burgess, of Gary; grandson, Everett James Lunsford and wife, Christy, of Gary; great-grandsons, Bryan Stewart Burgess, James Edward Burgess and Braxton Jones; and many dear friends.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
 To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Sieber
Bobby Sieber, 56, of Livingston, died on Thursday, August 14, 2008, with his family at his side. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
He was born on September 8, 1951 in Baytown. He proudly served the country from 1968 until 1974 in the United States Army.
He is survived by his daughters, Tabetha Marie Rull and husband, Steven, of Baytown and Tiffany Renee Lalumandier and husband, Jason, of Livingston; the son he wished he had, Gilbert Rosas of Baytown; grandchildren, Kade, Miranda, Evelyn, Ramon, Seth and Trace; his nephew, Stuart, and his niece, Sheila.
Arrangements are under the direction of Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston.

Wren
Funeral services for Thelton Owen Wren, 71, were held Tuesday, August 12, 2008, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, Onalaska. Burial followed in Carlisle Cemetery in Onalaska.
Mr. Wren was born in Hico in 1936. In 1942 he and his family moved to Lubbock. In 1957 he met his future wife, Jeanette Boyer. They married in 1960 and in 1961 they moved to Houston. They began their family, with Johnny born in 1961, Fonda in 1962 and Kelly in 1964. Mr. Wren worked at Oteco Products until he later went back to his first love, as a bricklayer. He built homes and churches in the Houston, Deer Park and Pasadena area. In 1974 he began working as a warehouseman for Western Electric. Thirteen years later, when AT&T split, he joined Compaq. Four years later, under new management, he took early retirement. His retirement was spent playing pool, fishing and hunting with his brother, sons and grandchildren. One of his greatest joys was the time he spent with all his family in Lampasas at his Wren/Rhodes/Adams family reunion, playing horseshoes and swapping stories.
He died at home on August 8, 2008, after a long battle with myelodysplasia. His parents, Herschel and Mayde Wren; and one sister, Nadine Wren, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Jeanette Wren of Houston; mother-in-law, Johnnie Boyer of Houston; brother, Kenneth Wren and wife, Norma, of Trinity; son, Johnny Wren and wife, Marty, of magnolia; daughter, Fonda Mancina and husband, Louis, of St. Clair Shores, Michigan: son, Kelley Wren and wife, Monique, of Magnolia; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews; and other family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Constantine
Funeral services for James “Jimbo” Ray Constantine, 47, of Dayton, were held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 3, 2008 at James Crowder Funeral Home in LaMarque, with Pastor Charles Stoker officiating. Interment followed at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
He was born October 8, 1960 in Galveston to James and Joan Constantine. He was a residence of Dayton since 2002 and a former resident of Dickinson.
He passed away on July 29, 2008 in Liberty County. His parents preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita Faye Scruggs Constantine of Dayton; daughters, Deloris Desrey Constantine of Orange and Amy Rae Constantine of LaMarque; son, Evan James Constantine of Bacliff; sisters, Joyce Constantine Byrd of LaMarque and Lois Jean Mecallay of Texas City; grandson, Dallas Corbin Ophof; nieces, Krystine Byrd, Wendy Byrd and Tammy Watkins; great-nephew, Aiden Headlee; uncle, George Constantine and family; and special friends, Terry and Ricky Decker.
Pallbearers were James Ronnie Martin, Wally Overly, Terry Decker, Ricky Decker, Chris Decker, Eric Headlee and Wayne Dunn.

Gere
Miklos Gere, 74, of Huffman, died Thursday, August 7, 2008 at his residence.
Memorial services were held at later date and are under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.
Miklos was born November 7, 1933 in Hungary to parents Miklos and Elizabeth Bonya Gene.
He was a former resident of Goldthwaite and had resided in the Huffman area for the past year. He was a retired contract painter, member of the Lake Houston United Methodist Church, and enjoyed watching TV and gardening.
Mr., Gere was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Velma Degracias Gere; son, Mickey Gere; and one sister.
Survivors include his daughter, Cynthia Gere-Villarreal of Huffman; sons, Joseph Gere and wife, Grace, of Houston and Michael Gere and wife, Kelly, of Aubrey; six grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Papola
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 7, 2008 for Betty J. Burns Papola, 70, of Dayton, at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel.
Betty was born September 12, 1937 in Port Lavaca, to parents Jack and Aline Kirby Burns.
She was a former resident of Corpus Christi, and has resided in the Dayton area for the past 15 years. She was a retired waitress, homemaker, and a member of the Nolan D. Pickett VFW Post 5623 Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed fishing and gardening.
She died on Sunday, August 3, 2008 at the San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, Baytown. Her parents; her husband, Frank Papola; one sister and one brother, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughters, June Petty and husband, Rex, of Dayton, Janice Scroggs and husband, Jay and Kathy Adams, all of Omaha, Nebraska, and Linda Adams of Corpus Christi; son, Larry Adams of Corpus Christi; grandchildren, Royce Adams, Kelly and Kacie Petty, Justin and Christopher Adams and Kevin Land; numerous great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.

Rhodes
Russell John Rhodes, 65, of Liberty, was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on February 12, 1943, and died after a lengthy battle with lung cancer on Monday, August 11, 2008.
He received his degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and was president of Tubular Services, Inc. of Houston.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn Edward and Marilyn Rhodes.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Charlene Rhodes; children, Bradley Rhodes and his wife, Melissa, of League City, Brian Rhodes and his wife, Lilly, of Bellaire, Cynthia Mire and her husband, Vincent, of League City, Blair Rhodes and his wife, Nattakitta, of Houston; sister, Rhonda Widmann of Lake Zurich, Illinois; grandchildren, Brandee, Kelsey, Haley, Blair, Amanda, Natnisha, Ryan, Brianna and Vanessa.
The family would like to extend their thanks for the care and kindness from the doctors and nurses at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown.
At Russell’s request, a private family celebration of life will be held later.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Russell’s name to the American Cancer Society.
To view the online obituary and post a tribute for the family, visit www.earthmanfunerals.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Earthman Funeral Home, Baytown.

Wallace
Funeral services for Sandra Lynn Wallace, 61, were held on Wednesday, August 6, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at Neal Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Memorial Rest Gardens Cemetery, with  Rev.  Ralph Martin officiating.
She was born Monday, June 23, 1947, in Houston, the daughter of the late L.B. and Jimmie Mooney Hutchins.
She passed away on Friday, August 1, 2008, in Conroe. Her parents and her brother, Charles Hutchins, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her loving husband of 34 years, Jimmy S. Wallace; daughters, Rebecca Lynn and husband, Michael O’Bryan Angela Renee and husband, Billy Glenn, all of Cleveland, and Lisa Ann and husband, Harold Kwoka of Magnolia; son, James Edward and wife, Sara Wallace of Appleton, Wisconsin; 11 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and numerous other loving family members and friends.
Arrangements were entrusted to the care of  Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

 

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