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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of February 25, 2007 - March 4, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Abel
Funeral services for John Henry Abel, 82, of Daisetta, were held Monday, February 19, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at the Allison Funeral Service in Liberty. Interment followed at Oakdale Cemetery in Daisetta.
He was born March 9, 1924 in Liberty, the son of John Jerome and Pearl Josephine Railey Abel. He worked as a pipefitter in the construction business and was a member of Local 211 for many years. He served as City Judge for Daisetta and loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Mr. Abel passed away at the Harbour Hospice House in Beaumont on Thursday, February 15, 2007. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Archie; sisters, Lois Abel, Helen Nottingham and Myrtle Rogers; and one son, Mike Abel.
Survivors include his wife, Iva Mae Nugent Abel; daughters, Deborah Parks of jasper and Sherry Isakson of Beaumont; son, Jeff Abel of Daisetta; brother, Robert Abel of Dayton; his grandchildren, Allen Watson, Glenn Abel, Christin Smith, Abbea Abel and Josh Jackson; and great-grandchildren, Jalen, Allie, Sophie and Carson Watson, Gracie and Bayler Smith, Lexxton and Michael Glen Abel III, Alexander Johnson and Ethan Abel.
Allison Funeral Services, Liberty,  was in charge of arrangements.

Arreozola
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 20, 2007 for Ignacio Arreozola, 46, of Liberty, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty with Rev. David Edwards and Deacon Luther Wells officiating. Burial followed in the Liberty Catholic Cemetery. A Rosary was recited at 7:00 p.m. at Allison Funeral Service Chapel on February 19.He was born May 5, 1960Acuna, Missouri, the son of Margarito Arreozola and Maria Del Refugio De La Rosa. He had been a resident of Liberty since 1986. Mr. Arreozola was employed by Martin Marietta Railyard in Dayton. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty.Mr. Arreozola passed away on February 19 in Dayton.

Survivors include his parents, Margarito Arreozola and Maria Del Refugio De La Rosa Arreozola; one son, Jorge Arreozola; two daughters, Karla Arreozola and Mayra Arreozola; one sister, Digna Hernandez; and many other relatives and friends.

To view and sign his guest book go to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Allison Funeral Service, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

 Beal
Funeral services for Karen K. ‘K.K.’ Beal, 38, of Deer Park, were held on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Dayton. Burial followed at Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton.

She was born February 13, 1969 in Pasadena, the daughter of Ronnie Beal Sr. and Linda Cryer. She was a former resident of LaPorte, and had resided in the Deer Park area for the past four years. She was a 1988 graduate of Dayton High School. She was a member of the Clear Point Church, and was previously employed as an accounting clerk. She enjoyed drawing and cooking.

Beal passed away on February 16 in Baytown. She was preceded in death by her father, Ronnie Beal Sr.; and stepfather, James Eubanks.

Survivors include her mother, Linda Cryer Tidwell of Deer Park; sisters, Kimberly Johnston and husband, Jason, of Deer Park, Lori Eubanks of Katy, Denna Miller and husband, Mark, of Tomball and Lynn Clark of Austin; brother, Ronnie Beal Jr. of Dayton; companion, Richard Street of Baytown; nine nieces; two nephews; and numerous other relatives and friends.

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

Biddle
Bertha Mae Biddle, 53, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2007, at her home in Cleveland.

She was born Monday, April 27, 1953 in New Petersburg, Ohio, to the late Jim Robinson and Marie Robinson.

Survivors include her husband, Ronnie Biddle; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Visitation was held Friday, February 16, 2007, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Neal Funeral Home in Cleveland. Services were to be held in Bainbridge, Ohio. Interment followed in the Lapperell Cemetery in Bainbridge, Ohio.

Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of local arrangements.

Cleveland
Funeral services for Sherry Lea Cleveland, 63, were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at the Allison Funeral Service Chapel in Liberty with the Rev. Tim Gruver officiating.
She was born August 7, 1943 in Tyler, the daughter of Johnny Leonard Majors and Ina Jane Sanders. She attended Kingwood Community College.
She was a home health care provider. She was involved with Toys for Tots, and scout mother for the Boy Scouts, and clowned for parties at the Liberty go-cart track. She enjoyed shopping and going to flea markets.
She died on February 17, in Houston. She was preceded in death by her father; one brother, Robert Neal; and one grandson, Tony Rivas.
Survivors include her mother, Ina Jane Sanders; daughters, Terrie Threet, Clara Rivas and Pam Meadows; two sons, Calvin Wood and David Cleveland; one brother, John ‘Bud’ Majors; three sisters, Janice Morgan, Sylvia Luntz and Joyce Hughes; and many other relatives and friends.
To view and sign the guest book, go to allisonfuneralservice.com.
Allison Funeral Service, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Cooper
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 17, 2007 for Mary Frances Cooper, 68, of Cleveland, at 10:00 a.m. at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland. Interment followed in Ryan Cemetery.

She was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, the daughter of Clyde and Mattie Murray on December 18, 1938.

Mrs. Cooper passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2007.

Survivors include her loving husband, Tommy L. Cooper; three daughters, Cathy Rice, Leigh Ann Lowe and Trinace J. Cooper; sisters, Imogene Morton and Martha Kelley; grandchildren, Sarah Denise Lowe, Katelyn Nicole Lowe, Emily Rice, Amy Rice, Shannon Lowe and Courtney Adams; great-grandchild, Marissa Adams; and many other loving family members and friends.

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

Davis
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 20, 2007 for Johnnie Ray Davis, 56, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Frank Hood officiating. Burial followed in Bold Springs Cemetery.

He was born February 3, 1951 in Livingston, the son of Fred and Dovie Barnett Davis.

Mr. Davis died on Saturday, February 17, 2007, in UTMB Galveston. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Carl N. Davis, Fred Davis Jr., James E. Davis and Rufus Davis.

Survivors include his sons and daughter-in-law, Jessie Davis of Houston, Jason and Rocio Davis of Waterwood and Michael Davis of Onalaska; daughter, Shanna McLin of Katy; sister, May Nelson of Livingston; brother and sister-in-law, Jimmie and Sheila Davis of Kerrville; grandchildren, Hanna McLin, Jacob Davis and Graycie Davis; and sisters-in-law, Barbara Davis, Gail Davis and Deloris Davis.

Pallbearers were Glen Vestal, Dennis Clifton, Bill Stuckey, Fred Lester, Gary Slater and Mike Maxey.

Cochran Funeral Services, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Fredericksen
Funeral services for Terry Lynn Fredericksen, 48, were held Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Neal Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jerry Matthews and Bishop Nelson Neyland officiating. Interment followed in the Squier Cemetery in Cleveland.

He was born Friday, May 16, 1958, the son of Edward Brown and the late Dorothy Jean Benson.

Mr. Fredericksen passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 2, 2007, in Concord, California. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Jean Benson and step-father, Austin Benson.

in Livingston on tur residence on February 1. Her father, Lois E. Emmons preceded her in death.

Survivors include her mother, Oletta Emmons; special friend, Lavon Turner and her husband, Bill; special friend and mentor, Ruth Atchley; aunts, Annie Watts and Love Monroe; and a host of cousins and friends.

Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements. To sign the guest book, go to pacefuneral.com.

Grube
Memorial services were held Saturday, February 17, 2007 for Walter ‘Chrome’ Grube, 59, of Splendora, at 2:00 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland.

He was born January 1, 1948, the son of Harvey Lee and Arlene Grube. Mr. Grube passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2007.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife, Sandy Grube; children, Shellie Jo Kimbrell and husband, Allen, Walter Lee Grube Jr. and wife, Amiee, Merl Harvey Grube and wife, Kristen, Stephanie Clem and husband, Steven, Walter Scott, Kathleen Grube, Josh Rankin and wife, Angel; brothers and sisters, Johnny, Marie, Patsy, Bobby, Rosie, Terry, Janie, Allen, Linda and Sandy; grandchildren, Cameron, Matthew, Stephen, Allison, Pate, Fallen, Kassie, Jeremiah, Sam and Haley; numerous nieces, nephews and many other loving family members and caring friends.

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

Hickman
Funeral services for Florence Hickman, 92, of Batson, were held Monday, February 19, 2007 at the Batson Prairie Baptist Church with the Revs. Lee Gruver and Butch Perkins officiating. Interment followed at the Guedry Cemetery in Batson.

She was born May 8, 1914, the daughter of Charles Finch and Esther Smith Daniel. She worked as a Dietician for the West Hardin CISD for 21 years. She was the oldest living charter member of Batson Prairie Baptist Church at the time of her death. She was always very faithful in her attendance to church. She served as Sunday School Secretary for twenty years and enjoyed working in her garden and sewing.

Mrs. Hick passed away at her home in Batson on Friday, February 16. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Godfrey ‘Boots’ Hickman; son, Cordell Hickman; granddaughter, Kimberly Ann Loftin; daughter-in-law, Linda Hickman; brothers, Ernest, Nathan and Donald Daniel; sisters, Marian Taylor, Coliste Ray and Opal Edward; and brother-in-law, Henry Taylor.

Survivors include her son, Travis Hickman of Conroe; daughters, Jimmie Warner and husband tom, and Vivian Henry and husband, Walter, all of Batson; brother, Basil and wife, Beth Daniel; and sister, Jewel Hales; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Mavis Daniel and Helen Daniel; and niece, Billie Hughes.

To view and sign the guest book go to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Allison Funeral Services of Liberty were in charge of arrangements.

Hudson
Funeral services were held at 7:00 p.m. for Chuck Hudson, 48, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Pam Howard officiating.

He was born July 23, 1958 in Crawford, Nebraska, the son of William and Ruth O’Rourke Hudson.

Mr. Hudson passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2007, at his residence in Onalaska. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Patricia Hudson.

Survivors include his wife, Nita Hudson of Onalaska; son, Michael Hudson of Onalaska; brothers, Mike Hudson of Lake Havasu, Arizona and Jerry Hudson of San Antonio; sister, Michelle Bartless of San Antonio; grandson, Riley Hall of Livingston; son, Chris Mayon of Livingston; and daughter, Carla Walls of Livingston.

Honorary pallbearers were Chuck Mangum, Audy Gregory, Michael Hudson and Chris Mayon.

Cochran Funeral Home, Onalaska, was in charge of arrangements.

Mullins
Funeral services for Wilson Earl ‘Big head/Punkin’ Mullins, 48, were held Thursday, February 22, 2007, at the Indian Village Assembly of God Church, with the Revs. David Busby Sr. and Willie Gill Jr. officiating. Burial followed in the Indian Baptist Cemetery in Livingston.

He was born December 26, 1958 in Woodville, the son of Charlie and Hester Mullins Mitchell, both of whom preceded him in death.

Mr. Mullins was the sound man for Indian Village Assembly of God Church and had attended Woodville High School. He was raised by Forman Lee Hudson Sr., who preceded him in death.

Mr. Mullins died Sunday, February 18, in Memorial Health System of East Texas in Lufkin.

Survivors include his wife, Jeralyn Mullins of Indian Springs; daughters, Lashanna Johnson of Jasper and Monique Hernandez of Kinder, Louisiana; sons, John Battiste of Livingston and Tristan Bass of Indian Springs; brothers,  John Hadnot of Omaha, Nebraska, Jerry Hadnot and Victor Hadnot, both of Woodville, Lynn Hadnot of Melissa and Lee Hadnot Jr. of Omaha, Nebraska; and sisters, Valerie Mitchell of Lufkin and Janet Mitchell of Jasper.

Pallbearers were Cedric Polite, Derek Battise, Andre Lacey, Jeremy Hadnot, Ray Battise and Reginald Williams. Honorary pallbearers were John Hadnot, Jerry Hadnot, Victor Hadnot, Lynn Hadnot, Lee Hadnot Jr., Bruce Battise and Jacob Robinson.

Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Rollins
Funeral services were held Friday, February 16, 2007 for Reba Rollins, 70, at 10:00 a.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland. Interment was at County Line Cemetery in Willis.

She was born June 4, 1936, the daughter of Oscar Lee and Mary Pearl Hales.  She was a lifetime resident of Willis.

Mrs. Rollins passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2007. She was preceded in death by two sons, Larry Williams and Jerry Street.

Survivors include her loving husband, Edward V. Rollins; daughters, Shelly Davison and husband, Scott and Debbie Holt and husband, Mark; son, Mike Williams; step-sons, Kenneth Rollins and wife, Diane, Jerry Rollins and wife, Barbara; step-daughters, Patty Jessup and husband, Dean, Kim Hoot and husband, Jake; daughters-in-law, Paul Williams and Iris Street; grandkids, Cody Houston, ‘Mr. Holt, Tyler Davison, Kyle Davison, Ken and Wayne Rollins, David Hoot, Sarah Rollins, Josh Carry, Justin Hoot, Brian ‘B’ Carry and Madison Williams, Kenny and Curtis Williams, Tyler and Travis Holt, Jessica and Steven Street; along with so many other cherished family members and caring friends.

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

Shelton
Funeral services Tommy Lee Shelton Sr., 74, were held Tuesday, February 20, 2007, with Arleigh Glenn Shackelford officiating. Burial followed in Camp Ruby Cemetery. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568.

He was born March 22, 1932 in Clayton, Oklahoma, the son of Lee Roy and Lizzie Post Shelton, both of whom preceded him in death.

Mr. Shelton died Sunday, February 18, in Houston.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Tonnia L. and David Car of Rye, Melita Ann and Eddie Carnine of The Woodlands and Charlena Jeanette and Steve Rousseau of Charlotte, North Carolina; son and daughter-in-law, Tommy Lee and Bonnie Shelton Jr. of Crosby; brothers, Ray Shelton of Potter Valley, California, R.L. Shelton of Midland and Joe Shelton of Denton; sisters, Retha Brooks of Bowie, Winona Gressett of Matador, Joyce Gressett of Pittsburg and Rosa Agnew of Nixon, Missouri; grandchildren, Michael Carr, Tommy Carr, Matt Carr, Melissa Smart, Edward Carnine, Rene Rousseau, Stteven Rousseau, Courtney Shelton, Trey Shelton and Michelle Lowry; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Michael Carr, Timothy Carr, Matthew Carr, Edward Carnine, Trey Shelton and Steven Rousseau. Honorary pallbearers were Ted Gilstrap, Zak Bumgarner and C.J. Bumgarner.

Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Umfrid
Funeral services for Jewel D. Fowler Umfrid, 64, of Dayton, were conducted at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 21, 2007, at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Dayton. Graveside services were at The Allison Cemetery in Warren at 1:00 p.m.

She was born on December 2, 1942, in Jigger, Louisiana, the daughter of Robert Fowler and Carrie Williams. She was a former resident of Crosby, and has resided in the Dayton area for the past 11 years.

She was a graduate of the Fort Necessity High School, received certification in nursing from the Baytown Technical School, and was a retired home health nurse after 10 years of service with the Physicians Visiting Nurses of Dayton. She also enjoyed cooking, sewing and her yard work.

Mrs. Umfrid died on February 16 at the Methodist Hospital in Houston. Her husband, Raymond A. ‘Buck’ Umfrid; father, Robert Fowler and brother, Walter Lee ‘Buck’ Fowler, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughters, Rene Russell and husband, Robert, Shannon Strybos and husband, Gabe and Sherry Bynum and husband, Everette, all of Dayton; son, Charles Roy Wallace and wife, Brandi, of Dayton; mother, Carrie Williams Lishman of Longview; sisters, Bobbie Jean Arnold of Gilbert, Louisiana, Margaret Campbell of Crosby and Maxine Campbell of Ore City; brother, Robert Fowler of Longview; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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

Wyrick
Funeral services for Virgil Lee Wyrick, 92, of Livingston, were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 23, 2007, in the Duncan Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Ronnie Coleman officiating. Interment followed in New Wensley Cemetery in Leggett.

She was born December 23, 1914 in Magnolia, Arkansas. Mrs. Wyrick passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2007, in Timberwood Nursing Home.

Survivors include her sister, Jessie Wyrick Yates (Andrew) of Livingston; brother, R.C. Wyrick of Stamp, Arkansas; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Her nephews served as pallbearers.

Duncan Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Brown
Funeral services for Ocie Brown, 95, of Houston, were conducted Thursday, February 22, 2007, at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Randy Piatt officiating. Interment followed at Guedry Cemetery in Batson.
A longtime resident of Houston, she was a member of the Eastern Star and Central Baptist Church in Bellaire.
Mrs. Brown passed away on February 18. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Brown; daughter, Glenda Boyd; daughter-in-law, Patricia Brown; granddaughter, Cheri Brown; brothers, Thomas, Herbert and W.D. Miller; and sister, Hilda Van Dorn.
Survivors include her son, Ralph Brown of Dallas; grandchildren, Patrick Brown, Sandra Wittwer and husband, Chris, Kenny DuCharme, Melanie Page, Debra Yzaguirre and husband, Kevin, and Rene DuCharme; 14 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Norene Miller.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Service, Dayton, was in charge of local arrangements.

Chance
A memorial service was held Saturday, February 24, 2007 for Debra ‘Debby’ Dianne Chance, 54, at 1:00 p.m. at Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton with the Rev. Tony Rogers officiating.

She was born August 1, 1952 in Baytown, the daughter of Buddy Calvin Morgan and Tillie Morgan.

Mrs. Chance passed away on February 19 in South Carolina. Her parents; and her husband, Leroy Chance, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her children, James Barker and wife, Kristy, of Dayton, Grady Barker of Guam and Shawn Barker and wife, Debra, of Hanahan, South Carolina; brother, Rex Morgan of Dayton; grandchildren, Shawna Barker, Zachary Barker, Hayle Barker, Austin Barker and Kodi Casey; and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

Sterling Funeral Service, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Farrar
Funeral services for E.M. ‘Slim’ Farrar, 87, were held Saturday, February 17, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Rickey Needham officiating. Burial followed in Restland Memorial Cemetery. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568.

He was born March 4, 1919 in Jayess, Mississippi, the son of Marshall and Linnie Mitcham Farrar.

Mr. Farrar served his country during World War II throughout Europe for five years. He owned and operated Farrar’s Body Shop in Livingston for a number of years.

Mr. Farrar died Thursday, February 15, in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston. His parents; his wife, Gladys Farrar; brother, Carl Farrar; and sisters, Josie Calhoun and Laura Mae Lambert preceded him in death.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Annita and Don Baskin of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Mearl Farrar of Livingston; grandchildren, Cary and Mary Baskin, Bradley and Ronda Farrar and Chad Farrar; great-grandchildren, Brittany, Trey, Elizabeth, Conner, Tyler and Allison; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Cary Baskin, Bradley Farrar, Chad Farrar, Trey Baskin, John Baskin and John Cain.

Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Freeman
 A memorial service for Gary Freeman, 48, was held Saturday, February 24, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Jimmy Lackey officiating.

He was born August 15, 1958 in Mesa, Arizona, the son of Fred and Connie Halbart Freeman, both of whom preceded him in death.

Mr. Freeman died Wednesday, February 21, in St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.

Survivors include his brother, Charles Freeman of Onalaska.

Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Grandmaiter
Funeral services for David Wallace Grandmaiter, 62, of Dayton, were held Saturday, February 24, 2007 at 3:30 p.m. at the Sterling Funeral Home Chapel in Dayton with Rev. Tony Rogers officiating. Burial followed at Palms Memorial Park Cemetery in Dayton.

He was born July 6, 1944 in Watertown, New York, the son of Wallace Grandmaiter and Mildred Roberts Grandmaiter.

David was a Meat Market Manager with Market Basket Grocery Store for the past 10 years, a devoted employee who would never consider taking a day off from work just because he was sick. He was an old fashioned man who loved children, was a wonderful father and grandfather to his own children.

Mr. Grandmaiter passed away on February 20 at his home in Dayton. He was preceded in death by his father, Wallace Grandmaiter; and sisters, Sharon Rutledge and Margaret Jean Grandmaiter.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy Grandmaiter of Dayton; children, Victor Grandmaiter and wife, Tonya, of Houston, Michael Grandmaiter and wife, Marilyn, of Spring, Tracy Grandmaiter of Brookeland, Davalyn Grandmaiter of Dayton, Jocelyn Leney of Dayton and Eric Letney of Dayton; mother, Mildred Grandmaiter of Houston; sister, Donna Van Meter of Katy; brother, Gary Grandmaiter of Hillsboro; grandchildren, Felicia Norton, Victor Keith Grandmaiter, Kristina Grandmaiter, Kara Grandmaiter, Derek Grandmaiter, Marc Grandmaiter, Brandon Grandmaiter, David Alan Huffman, Christopher Huffman, Bryce Isbell, Cameron Scott Lewis and Aidan Letney; six great-grandchildren; seven nieces and nine nephews and numerous other friends and relatives.

Sterling Funeral Home, Dayton, was in charge of arrangements.

Jackson
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, February 23, 2007, for Owen Joseph Jackson, 57, of Raywood, at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames with the Rev. Father Ikeokwu Nduh M.S.P. celebrant. Burial was in Ames Catholic Cemetery, under the direction of Wells Funeral Service of Liberty.

A native of Liberty he was a truck driver. A veteran of the U.S. Army he passed away on February 18 at his residence in Raywood after an illness.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Gleen Jackson of Raywood; one son, Andre Nakia Fountain of Raywood; three daughters, Romona A. Jackson and Owennette R. Jackson, both of Raywood and Unjoli S. Fountain of Houston; one brother, Earl Jackson Jr. of Ames; one sister, Joyce Montgomery of Houston; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Wells Funeral Service, Liberty, was in charge of arrangements.

Parsons
Funeral services for William ‘Bill’ C. Parsons, Jr., 78, of Baytown, were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 2007 at Navarre Funeral Home, officiating by Rev. Mike Proctor. Burial followed at Mont Belvieu Methodist Cemetery.

He was born November 27, 1928 in Houston and passed away unexpectedly on February 20, 2007 in a Houston Hospital.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Betty; his father, William C. Parsons Sr.,; his mother, Julia Runnels Parsons; and his sister, June Parsons Beard.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories three daughters and sons-in-law, Dolores and Danny Devine, Susan and Robin Roberts and Vicki and Ricky Batson; four grandchildren, Scott Batson, Brad Batson, Regina Devine and Wade Roberts; two brothers, Clifton Earl Parsons and Johnny Ray Parsons; fiance’ Betty Bledsoe; numerous other family members and friends; and a special puppy dog, ‘Cissy’.

Bill’s true loving character shined in everything he did. At an early age, he took responsibility for the welfare of his family, never thinking twice about quitting school and going to work to assure his mother and siblings were provided for. He carried with him throughout life this strong work ethic as evidenced by his establishing Glendale Boat Works while holding a full time job at Armco Steel.

Serving the Lord, family, and others was an integral part of Bill’s life. He was a dedicated member of the Methodist faith. He belonged to St. Marks United Methodist Church in Baytown and is a past member of First United Methodist Church in Mont Belvieu and Holy Trinity United Methodist Church in Houston. He enjoyed singing in the choir, held numerous church offices, and was quick to lend a helping hand around the church whenever the need arose.

Even after retiring from the boat building business, Bill refused to slow down. He always had a special project going on. Whether it was helping the grandkids with something for school, rebuilding his tractor, or his repairing a friend’s lawnmower, he was continually hard at work. He enjoyed building and flying remote controlled airplanes and was an active member of Jetero RC Club and a past member of Prop Nuts RC Club. Recently he was recertified as a private pilot and looked forward to getting in the air again.

After experiencing a tumultuous year, Bill sought and ultimately found happiness when he met and proposed to Betty Bledsoe of Waco. Filled with great anticipation, Bill spent his last few weeks eagerly awaiting his upcoming wedding and planning for his future.

A devoted father, father-in-law, ‘Pawpaw’, uncle, fiance’, and treasured friend; he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Pallbearers were Ricky Batson, Scott Batson, Brad Batson, Robin Roberts, Wade Roberts, Danny Devine, Chuck Helms, Joe Helms and Donald Montgomery.

To view the online obituary or to post a tribute for the family go to www.navarrefuneralhome.com.

Shulte
Funeral services for Martha Elizabeth Shulte, 85, were held Friday, February 25, 2007,, in the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Banks officiating. Burial followed in Center Hill Cemetery in Oakhurst.

She was born September 11, 1921 in Hartford, Connecticut, the daughter of Charles and Anna Leschinski.

Mrs. Shulte passed away on Tuesday, February 20, at her residence in Point Blank. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Shulte; her parents; brother, Ted Leschinski; and sisters, Jadwiga Glista, Clara Kelsey and Celia Sampson.

Pallbearers were Jerry Shepherd, Geoff Shulte, David Shulte, Joseph Parton, Todd Hummert, Matt Shepherd, Nicholas Hummert and Greg Linton.

Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Vogt
A memorial service for Joseph J. Vogt will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2007, at First Presbyterian Church of Livingston.

He was born in Peekskill, New York and served in the Merchant Marines after graduating from Peekskill High School. He then worked for American Airlines in El Paso for several years and for IBM in Poughkeepsie, New York, Lexington< Kentucky and Austin before retiring.

Mr. Vogt died peacefully on Tuesday, February 20, 2007, at Memorial Medical Center, Livingston. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Csizmar Vogt; his son, Richard Vogt; and by his sisters, Dorothy Price and Elizabeth Jarusevicius.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Vogt of Livingston; his daughter, Margaret Pearce and her husband, Jerry, of Apex, North Carolina; his son, Robert Vogt of Austin; his step-daughter, Cari Spruiell and her husband, Chris, of Austin; grandchildren, Brian Vogt and Maya Spruiell of Austin, Lauren Peace and Katherine Peace of Apex, North Carolina and Jennifer DeLee of McDonough, Georgia; and great-grandson, Hayden DeLee of McDonough, Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the building fund of First Presbyterian Church of Livingston or to Habitat for Humanity.

Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.


 

 





 



 

 

 

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