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East Texas News - Obituaries
Big Thicket Messenger - September 13, 2009 - September 20, 2009

A memorial service was held on Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. for Gary Gene Anderson, 58, at Allison Funeral Services, Inc. of Liberty.

He was born October 18, 1951 in Frostburg, Maryland. He was the middle of three children. He graduated with a Technical Degree from the Computer Learning Center. Mr. Anderson started his career in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. he worked as the Director of Engineering for McDonnell Douglas in McLean Virginia. In 1991, he moved to Kingwood with his wife and daughter. While living in Texas, he had a successful career with the Chrysler Corporation in Kingwood, Madisonville and Liberty. Gary was a member of the Elks Lodge in Liberty. 

He died on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at his home in Huntsville of natural causes. His parents and one brother, Norman “Tommy” Anderson, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his daughter, Samantha, of College Station; her mother, Kimberly Snodgrass; brother, Dale Anderson and his wife, Laura, both of Centerville, Maryland; a niece, a nephew, other relatives and many dear friends.

Friends and family are encouraged to sign the online guest book at www.allisonfuneralservice.com as all memories are cherished.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made for a Scholarship Fund for Samantha Anderson at Pearland Main Bank, 2301 North Main, Pearland, Texas 77581.

“Gary” Gene filled all of our lives with honesty, kindness, and humor.

Funeral services for Virginia Marie Arriola, 81, were held Tuesday, September 1, 2009, at Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in the Arriola Cemetery in Nacogdoches.

She was born November 7, 1927 in West, Texas, to parents Ashton Droze and Clara Mae Burns Droze. 

Virginia passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2009, in Kingwood. Her parents and one daughter, Patricia Arriola, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Tom Arriola of New Caney; sons, Frank Arriola and Tom Arriola II, both of New Caney and David Arriola and wife, Cindi and John Arriola, all of Houston; daughters, Cynthia Ngo and husband, Son, of Houston and Deborah Arriola of Hockley; brother, Edward Droze of California; sisters, Bernice Shiftlett of Moore and Shirley Gernand of Alvin; grandchildren, Jennifer, Rachel, David Jr., Ashley, Christopher, Jaime, Jill, Jeremiah, Faith, Charles, Hope, Stephanie, Michael and Nicholas; great-grandchildren, Charles, Carmine and Sienna.

Pallbearers were Frank Arriola, David Arriola, Tom Arriola II, Nicholas Chalk and Michael Ngo.

Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, handled arrangements.

To sign the online guest book, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Funeral services  were held Sunday, September 6, 2009 for Truman Leslie Brown, 64, of Huntsville, at 3:00 p.m. at Montague Church of Christ, with Brother J.V. Thomas presiding. Interment was in Montague Cemetery.

He was born on August 8, 1945 in Cleveland, the son of James Robert and Dessie Gwendolyn Allis Brown. He passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2009, at Huntsville Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include his daughter, Karen Beth Brown Richards and husband, William “Slavin” Richards of Huntsville, and Nancy Kaye Brown Summervile of Kyle, Texas; grandchildren, Morgan Richards, Lauren Richards, William “Billy” Richards, Holly Summerville and Lacy Summerville; siblings, Robert Leon Brown and wife, Ervie Jean Lesser Brown of Shepherd, Larry Don Brown and wife, Dona Gay Brown, Thelma Brown Mooney, Ernest Gene Brown and wife, Paula O’Connor Brown, Molly Brown Currie,  all of Huntsville and Martha Brown Scalco and husband, Troy Scalco, of Katy; countless nieces, nephews, and other treasured family members and faithful friends beyond measure.

A special thanks to Jack Purswell for treating Truman like a brother and being such a supportive friend through his illness.

Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements. 

Graveside services for Kenneth Luther Coleman, 49, of Livingston, were held Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Bear Creek Cemetery, Cleveland, with Brother Melvin Hollifield officiating.
He was born in Dallas,  on June 17, 1960, the son of George Luther and Edith Marie Coleman. He passed away on Monday, September 14, 2009.
 His parents; his grandparents, George and Bertie Coleman and Joe and Mary Blackman; father, Joe Spears; nephew, Jason Coleman; and stepdaughter, Brandy Chambless, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his loving wife, Jayne Coleman; son, Kenneth J. Coleman; daughter, Kacy Lynn Coleman; stepdaughter, Nikki Bevis; grandchildren, Stormy Nicole Coleman and Chloe Ann Bohler; brother and sisters, Betty and Charlie Cato, Barbara and John Allis, Beverly and Richard Chambless and Neal and Lisa Coleman; numerous nieces, nephews and other cherished family members and treasured friends throughout the years.
Pallbearers were Stuart Breier, Greg Lawrence, Darrell Johnson, Billy Seagroves, Kenneth Johnson Jr., Richard Gorsha and Michael W. Hon. Honorary pallbearer and lifelong friend, Jim Tillett.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral  services for Rose Marie Farris, 68, of Goodrich, were held Monday, September 7, 2009, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother David Jones officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston.
She was born September 22, 1940 in Union Church, Mississippi, the daughter of John Garland Farris and Lessie Mae Patterson Farris. She died on September 4, 2009 in Humble.
Her parents and her brothers, John Garland Farris II and John Garland Farris III.
Survivors include her sisters and brothers-in-law, Georgie B. and Howard Hunter of Goodrich and Kathy and Ernest Moore of Brookhaven, Mississippi; brother and sister-in-law, David and Vicky Farris of Goodrich; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Howard Hunter, Zachary Coldwell, Tommy Coldwell, Josh Farris and David Farris.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 8, 2009 for Edmon Lewis Fregia, 79, of Liberty, at the Allison Funeral Services, Inc. of Liberty, with Brother Kevin Basham officiating. Burial was in the V.R. Fregia Cemetery.
Edmon was born on September 11, 1929, the son of Velia Robert Fregia and Elizabeth Fregia.
He went to work on the Rice Farm, and was a rancher and oil field worker, and also a member of the Baptist Church.
He married Martrell Carrico on October 28, 1955, and lived in Liberty all of his life.
He loved his animals, Longhorns, dogs and cats.
He died Friday, September 4, 2009, in the Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital. His parents, V.R. and Elizabeth Fregia; a brother, Richard Fregia; a sister, Idell Moorman; two sons, Douglas Wallace and Vernon Wallace; two grandsons, Scotty Wallace and Rocky Vaughn; and a great niece, Amy Brittin, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, D. Matrell Carrico Fregia of Liberty; daughters, Audra and her husband, Gayle Vaughn of Raywood and Brenda Wallace of Liberty; a son, Leslie Wallace and his wife, Melissa, of Liberty.
Final arrangements for Edmon were entrusted to Allison Funeral Services, Inc., Liberty.
Condolences may be left online at www.allisonfufneralservice.com.

Roland David Gauthier, 66, of Livingston, died on September 9, 2009,
He was born January 4, 1943 in West Warwick, Rhode Island, to parents, Leo Gauthier and Lucy Roper Gauthier.
His parents and one brother, Richard Gauthier.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Scott of Livingston; daughters, Robin Eichorn of Houston, Deborah Haney and husband, Roy, of Katy and Lisa Driver and husband, Glen, of Seminole; stepsons, Darin Scott and wife, Jennifer, of Spring, Brian Scott and wife, Sheila, of Bagdad, Florida, David Scott and wife, Kristi, of Humble and Kelly Scott of Livingston; sister, Rita Fox and husband, Bill, of New Philadelphia, Ohio; and his grandchildren, Tiffany, Victoria, Roberto, Nicholas, Kaytlin, Colton, Dalton, Samuel, Franklin, Aislinn, Austin, Maxx, Douglas, Dustin and Jeremy.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Funeral services for Wallace Lee Herndon, 83, were held on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. at Allison Funeral Services. Burial  followed at Fairlawn Cemetery, Liberty.
He was born August 2, 1926 in Lytton Springs, Texas, the son of the late Isham Younger Herndon and Mable Matthews Herndon. Wally was a hard working go-getter and a “real handy man.” He loved to fish, camp, and spend time with his family.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II about the U.S.S. Houston, as a Seamon First Class. He retired after 35 years of service from Schlumberger as an operator. He attended Liberty schools, Port Arthur College and was a member of North Main Baptist Church.
He passed away on Monday, September 7, 2009, after a valiant battle with cancer. His parents; a brother, Jack Herndon; sister, Barbara Lambright; five grandchildren; and a special friend, Lucky, preceded him in death.
He leaves behind his beloved wife of fifty-nine years, Uarda (Coe) Herndon of Liberty; his daughter, Holly Hargis and husband, David, of Liberty; son, Wes Herndon of Liberty; sisters, Jean Baughman and Martha Dillard, both of Liberty; his four grandchildren, Reese, Bailee, Savannah and Ethan; many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the dedicated healthcare professionals at Odyssey Hospice,  especially James, Pam, Sandy, Marcie, Ricky, Alma and Christy.
Allison Funeral Services, Inc., Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.
Friends and family may send their condolences online at www.allisonfuneralservice.com.
Funeral services were held Friday, September 11, 2009 for Roland Ray Jones, 65, of Corrigan, in Union Springs Baptist Church in Corrigan with Brother Kenneth Couthen officiating. interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery.
Mr. Jones was born February 23, 1944 in Stigler, Oklahoma, and died on Monday, September 7, 2009, at his residence in Corrigan.
He was a Baptist by faith and retired from Georgia Pacific.
His parents, Roland L. and Ila Tucker Jones; niece, Pamela Cleveland; and nephew, Caleb Hartwick, preceded her in death.
Survivors include his wife, Ingeborg Jones of Corrigan; daughter, Misti McGregor of Purcell, Oklahoma; godson, Steve Jewell of Lorena; brothers and sisters-in-law, L.D. and Connie Jones of Tahlequah, Oklahoma and Terry and Kathy Jones of Stigler, Oklahoma; sisters and brothers-in-law, Roma Duff and Jo Palmer, both of Austin, Joyce and Billy Cleveland of Stigler, Oklahoma and Jimmie and Bill Markhom of Kinta, Oklahoma; granddaughter, Eva McGregor of Purcell, Oklahoma; 
Pallbearers were Bob Jewell, Steve Jewell, Felix Pecina, Calvin Gratham, Rette Ratliff, Pedro Uveta and Daniel Pitre. Honorary pallbearers were Buddy Purvis and Cloyce Reinhardt.
The family requests memorials be made to Hospice, 317 Church Street, Suite 112, Livingston, Texas 77351, www.swhospice.com in memory of Roland Ray Jones.
Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral service for were held Friday, September 11, 2009, for Elizabeth Martha Knesek, 93, of Livingston, at Froberg Funeral Home at Oak Park, with the Rev. Robert Magee officiating. Interment followed in Oak Park Cemetery.
She was born August 22, 1916 in Tylertown, Mississippi, to parents, Stephen and Mary Elizabeth Sims. She and her husband lived in the Shelter Cove community of Livingston for over 25 years.
She died on September 8, 2009 in League City. Her husband, Willie F. Knesek; sisters, Mary Prejean and Ollie Fornea; and brothers, Murry, Bob, Tom and Clyde Sims, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Philip and Dorothy Burch of Alvin; grandchildren, Michael Burch and wife, Lanelle, of Angleton, Annette Mickan and husband, Darrell, Kenny Burch and wife, Wendy and Jimmy Burch, all of Alvin; great-grandchildren, Tiffany Burch, Ashley Burch, Melissa Mickan, Danielle Mickan Hill, B.J. Burch, Stephanie Burch Hein and husband, Brandon, Jordan Mize and Pat and Josh Hill; great-great grandchildren, Andrew Hill, Baylee and Kaelyn Hein and Brendon Wilson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services were held at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 9, 2009, for Kathryn Eloise Miller, 93, of Winnie, at the Fairlawn Cemetery, Highway 563 South, Liberty at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. V.R. Hylton officiating.
Eloise was born on February 5, 1916, the daughter of Walter Abshier and Josephine Brown Abshier. She graduated from Sam Houston High School in 1932 and attended Rice University in Houston.
She was a bookkeeper for the Grand Leader Department Store in Liberty for years. She was also a member of First Baptist Church of Liberty, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and enjoyed sewing, knitting and yard work.
Eloise was a very good piano player. She married Virgil Brooks “Jack” Miller on August 27, 1935 in Liberty.
She died on Sunday, September 6, 2009. Her parents; her husband; a daughter, Linda Lassitter; two sisters, Geraldine Abshier and Audrey Abshier, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn Sue Bass of Winnie; a son and daughter-in-law, Brooks and Dianne Miller of Liberty; four grandchildren, Laura Silagy, Craig Miller, Amy Waller and Jennifer Smith; and seven great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were under the direction of Allison Funeral Service, Liberty.
To share condolences online, visit www.allisonfuneralservice.com.
Funeral services were held Friday, September 11, 2009, Mary Louise Murphy, 78, of Livingston, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Frank Hood officiating. burial followed in Jones Prairie Cemetery.
Mrs. Murphy was born May 15, 1931, in Ollie, Texas, to parents, Emanule Hamilton and Lula Bell Goynes Hamilton. She worked for 25 years as a nurse’s aide at Bur-Mont Nursing Home.
She was known as someone who loved her children and especially her grandkids and she loved to cook for her family.
Mrs. Murphy died on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, at her residence. Her parents; husband, Jessie James Murphy; brothers, Junior Hamilton, Albert Hamilton, Emanuel Hamilton and Earl Hamilton; sister, Luetta McDonald; grandson, Scott Wayne Herman and great-grandchild, Tyler Horn, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughter, Pat Cummings and husband, Bill, of Livingston; son, J.M. Murphy of Leggett; grandchildren, Marvin Murphy, Amanda Stacy, Theresa Horn, Robert Herman Jr., Angela Guest, Leslie Kowis and Adam Cummings; great-grandchildren, Logan Horn, Kaitlyn Herman, Brooklyn Guest, David Guest Jr., John Kowis Jr. and Jeston Kowis; and great-grandchild, Jesse Murphy.
Pallbearers were Adam Cummings, John Kowis, Marvin Murphy, Robert Herman Jr., Gary Brown, Diane Haynes and Doug Hamilton. Serving as honorary pallbearers were her great-grandchildren.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.cochranfh.com.

Funeral services for Andre’ Ramon Payne, 33, of Dayton, were held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton with Rev. Lowell William officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Park Cemetery.
A native of Dayton, he was a graduate of Dayton High School and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
He passed away on Friday, September 4, 2009 in Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston.
Survivors include his wife, Courtney Payne; four daughters, Jaide Payne, Adreea Payne, Courtlynn Payne and E’Leila Payne; his parents, Thomas and Jacqueline Payne; two sisters, Marcella Payne and Marvella Payne-Brady; his grandmother, Beatrice Payne; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Wells Funeral Service, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for CSM Doyle Odell Smith (Retired) were held Friday, September 11, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. with Dr. Joe Gulley II and Steve Smith officiating, at the Oak Grove Church of Christ. Burial followed in Camp Ruby Cemetery.
He died on Saturday, September 5, 2009.
He was known as a strong, gentle man, who loved his family, his friends and his life.
He was born in Camp Ruby, Texas, on May 10, 1929, to Dennis Odell Smith and Hesta Myrle (Hammond) Smith. He was the oldest of three children.
He attended school in Camp Ruby until it was consolidated with Livingston when he was in the ninth grade. He graduated from Livingston High School, where he played football, basketball, ran track and was student council president, along with being the Class Most Handsome Boy.
He proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1949 to 1979.
In 1950, he departed Tacoma Washington for Korea, with the 23rd Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, as a tank gunner. Upon his return home, he married Francis Ellis, his high school sweetheart. They shared a military life traveling the world.
After Korea, he went to Camp Chaffey, Arkansas, then to Munich, Germany. This is where Denise, his oldest daughter, was born.
In 1958, he went back to Munich, Germany, then three years at Fort Hood, Texas. His next post in Germany was Erlangen at Ferris Barracks. He returned stateside to Owensboro, Kentucky, where he was in charge of the National Guard. He fought in Viet Nam and another tour in Germany, with his final post at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
In 1979, after running the 47th Field Hospital in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he retired as Cmd. Sergeant Major. Shortly after retiring, he and married Caryl (Jody) Baker Crockett from Pasadena, Texas. They made their home in Pasadena, where he spent time gardening, fishing, hunting and traveling.
In 1995 he met up with his old tank crew from Korea and joined the 2nd Indianhead Division Association. He was an active member of the association, proudly wearing the division patch, planning and hosting annual reunions and supporting their cause.
His parents, Dennis and Hesta Mryle Smith; and brother, Edwin D. Smith.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Jody, of Pasadena; daughters and sons-in-law, Denise and Britt Cribbet of Rowlett and Melinda and Ray Loney of Crosby; five grandchildren, Brittany and Richard Cribbet of Rowlett and Ryan, Daren and Kevan Loney of Crosby; sister, Betty Joyce Smith Gulley; and sister-in-law, Etta Townley Smith, both of Livingston.
Pallbearers were Ryan Loney, Richard Cribbet, Daren Loney, Kevan Loney, Jerrod Byley, Jason Gulley, Joe Gulley III and Stephen Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Brittany Cribbet, Taylor Groze and John Groze.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to the 2nd Indianhead Division Association (Scholarship Foundation), P.O. Box 218, Fox Lake, Illinois 60020-0218. Please include date of death and show Tank Company, 23rd Infantry Regiment.
Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

Funeral services for Lynda Charlene Strait, 45, of Onalaska, were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 11, 2009, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with Brother John Stone officiating. Interment followed at 2:00 p.m. in Rosewood Cemetery in Humble.
She was born July 28, 1964 in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Jim Wilderman and Charlene Stone Wilderman. She passed away September 5, 2009, in Livingston.
She was a former board member of Onalaska ISD for eight years, member of the PTA, member of the Band Boosters and a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader.
 Her father, David Haislip; her grandfather, J.B. Stone; step-grandfather, George Massey; father-in-law, A.B. Strait and mother-in-law, Joyce Strait, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband of 26 years, Thomas Strait of Onalaska; daughter, Sarah Strait of Onalaska; son, T.J. Strait of Onalaska; mother and spouse, Charlene and Mark Sockel of Taylorville, Illinois; father, Jim Wilderman of Decatur, Illinois; brothers and sisters-in-law, Timmy and Christy Wilderman of Decatur, Illinois and Larry and Gina Wilderman of Taylorville, Illinois; grandmother, Donnie Stone of Salem, Arkansas; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Glen and Marie Bethune of Onalaska; brother-in-law, Mike Bethune of Willis; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers were T.J. Strait, Adam Yates, Nathan Carlton, James Chandler, Jacob Wilderman and Rick Doyle. Honorary pallbearers were Steven Dunbar, Tim Wilderman and Larry Wilderman.
Cochran Funeral Home, Onalaska, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online guest book, go to www.cochranfh.com.

A memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 13, 2009 for Hazel Mildred Taylor, 88, at the Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.
She was born Monday, January 10, 1921, in San Antonio, Texas, the daughter of Frank Fournier Sr. and Hulda Emma Herbst, both of whom preceded her in death. Her brother, Frank Anton Fournier II, also preceded her in death.
Hazel passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2009, in Cleveland.
Survivors include her loving three daughters, Phylis Ann Chorman and husband, Michael, Joann Lumpkin and husband, Larry, all of Cleveland and Carol Jo Ellis of Floresville.
To sign the guest book, or to leave tributes, go to nealfh.com.
All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Hazel Marie “Granny Tom” Huffman Thomas, 87, was called safely home, September 8, 2009.
She was born in Hemphill, Texas, on February 17, 1922, the daughter of the late Adam Huffman and Viola McGee Huffman. Hazel enjoyed quilting and spending time with her family.
Her parents; her first husband, Dick Retherford; her second husband, J.C. THOMAS; sons, Lane Guy and Calvin Retherford; three grandchildren; and her brothers, Paul, Hal, Clint, John Henry, Chuck, Marcus and Lewis Huffman preceded her in death.
She leaves behind her beloved children, daughters, Linda Funk of Hemphill, Melba Rixe of Milam, Jo Ann Modisette and her husband, Robert, of Hardin, Sharon Krajewski and her husband, Mike, of Henderson, Judy Rouse and her husband, David, of Hot Springs, Arkansas and her son, Terry Retherford and his wife, Becky, of Odessa; brothers, Jerry Huffman and his wife, Robbie, of Bronson, Jimmy Huffman and his wife, June, of Hemphill and Bruce Huffman of Milam; seventeen grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren and ten great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and close friends.
Arrangements were private and under the direction of Allison Funeral Service, Liberty.
Condolences may be sent online to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Funeral services for George Tommy Waring, 88, were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 8, 2009, at First United Methodist Church, with Rev. John Stouffer officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Park Cemetery.
Tommy was born in Hitchcock, Texas, on August 11, 1921, the son of the late William Basil Waring and Mary Emmerline Tacquard Warring.
Tommy spent nineteen years as a Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy before “Chief” joined the Dayton Police Department, where he spent an additional nineteen years as chief. For twenty-four years “Coach” led the Braves Little League baseball team. However, for over fifty active years, “Fat Tom” was a member of the Dayton Volunteer Fire Department. He collected picket knives as well as antique glass bottles and a past member of the First United Methodist Church in Dayton.
He went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 4, 2009. His parents; a sister, Francis Sisk; brother, William Waring; daughter, Emily Ann Waring; and his beloved wife of fifty-four years, Hettie Sue (Renfro) Waring.
He leaves behind his son, George T. Waring Jr. and his wife, Marilyn, of Friendswood; grandchildren, Jessica S. Power of St. John’s Newfoundland, John W. Waring of Houston, Angela Noack of Dayton and Michael Thomson of Crosby; his great-grandchildren, Kendra, Jesi and Kirstie Noack, Christopher Thomson and Talen S. Waring and a great-great grandchild, Kylie Noack. 
Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Mary Ruth Osburn Webb, 88, of Dayton, were held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 10, 2009, at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton. Burial followed at Magnolia Park Cemetery, Dayton.
She was born June 24, 1921 in Houston, the daughter of Joseph F. and Gay Cole Hope Osburn.  She was raised in Houston Heights and Cut-N-Shoot by her grandparents and loved as a daughter by J.M. and Kate Webb.
She was a graduate of the Reagan High School Class of 1938 in Houston, a retired cafeteria director for Dayton ISD, member of the First Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and flowers.
She died Sunday, September 6, 2009, at the Heritage Oaks Nursing Home in Arlington. Her parents; brother, George w. Gee Osburn; sister, Melba Fay McCann; nephew, Tommy Webb; and niece, Frances Webb Duerr, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sons, Jack Webb and wife, Anita, of Dayton, Bucky Webb and wife, Carol, of Salem, Oregon, and Roy Dean Webb and wife, Judy, of Arlington; a daughter, Kathy Webb Hudnall of Oak Ridge; ten grandchildren, Lisa Webb Leger, Byron Webb, Derrill Webb, Todd Webb, Deane Webb, Erin Webb Kontura, Kate Hudnall, Eric Hudnall, Yvette Schultz and Theresa Huckabee; 12 great-grandchildren; and she was loved by numerous nieces and nephews including Ronny Webb, Dale Webb, Bonnie Webb Baillio and Loretta Webb Broussard
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for  Ryleigh Kendall Wells, 4, were held at Oak Shade Cemetery in Cleveland on August 28, 2009. She was laid to rest beside her great-grandmother, Lillie Ruth Godejohn.
Ryleigh was born on January 9, 2005 in Galveston, Texas, the daughter of Dawn Ashley and Michael Wayne Wells. She gave us four years of sunshine and then went to Heaven on August 23, 2009.
Survivors include her parents; her sister, Mackenzie Faith wells; her brother, Garrett Hayden Wells, all of Cleveland; grandparents, Hank and Cathy Martin and Mark and Sandra Wells; as well as her great-grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Her smile will be dearly missed by every life she touched. We are fortunate to have known and loved her.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 9, 2009, for Laura Ann Whatley, 68, of Centerville, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Mitchell Murphy officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston.
She was born in Winfield, Louisiana, on May 28, 1941, the daughter of Earl Monroe Grice and Sybil Margaret Edwards Grice and died on September 6, 2009 in Centerville.
Her parents and her husband, J.D. Whatley preceded her in death.
She is survived by her sons, Buddy Whatley of Centerville and Richard Whatley of Texarkana, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and David Powell of Livingston; grandchildren, Jeremy Whatley, Kayleigh Powell, Haley Whatley, Jay Whatley, Carrie Whatley, Zac Powell, Ashley Lawhon and Josh Powell; five great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Aleene Ivie of Centerville, Peggy and John Morrow of The Woodlands and Willie and William Stutts of Groesbeck; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Pallbearers were Jay Taylor, Troy Perkins, Glenn Anderson, Joe Overbeck, Josh Powell, Jeremy Whatley, Eddie Barnes and Toby Anderson.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.



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