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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of March 18, 2007 - March 25, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Funeral services were held Friday, March 9, 2007, at the First Baptist Church of Devers, for Abb ‘Day Day’ Patterson Jr., 44, of Devers. Burial followed at the Moss Hill Community Cemetery in Moss Hill.

He was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, and he had lived in the area most of his life. He was a truck driver for Azurite Trucking Company and also a member of the Devers Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Patterson passed away on March 5 at his residence. He was preceded in death by his parents, Abb Davis Patterson Sr. and Julia Myers Patterson.

Survivors include his son, Kevin Patterson of Liberty; daughter, Shanna Patterson of Tarkington; and brothers, Johnny Patterson of Raywood, Kenneth Patterson of Sour Lake, Jimmy Patters of Devers, Billy Patterson of New Roads, Louisiana and Robert Patterson of Bryan.

A gathering of family and friends was held Thursday, March 8, at the First Baptist Church of Devers.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2007 in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Wayne Landrum, the Rev. Frank Hood and Wayne Bland officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Rose Cemetery.

He was born August 30, 1951 in Livingston, the son of Jackson Peters Sr. and Waurine Clarke Peters, both of whom preceded him in death.

Mr. Peters died Sunday, March 4, at his residence in Livingston.

Survivors include his wife, Becky Peters of Livingston; sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Dawn Peters, Darin and Christina Peters and Jason Peters, all of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Dee Dee and Thomas Dean of Livingston; brothers, Jackie Peters Jr. of Shepherd, Larry Peters of Livingston, Ricky Peters of Goodrich, Wayne Peters, Randy Peters and Bobby Peters, all of Livingston; and grandchildren, Kelsi Peters, Andrew Peters II, Cheyenne Peters, Chevy Peters and Hailey Wiggins.

Pallbearers were Jackie Peters, Randy Peters, Wayne Peters, Ricky Peters, Michael Peters, Ryan Peters, Steven Peters and Jeffrey Peters. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Peters, Bobby Peters, members of Hickory Grove Church, Raymond Serpin and Robert Serpas.

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

Funeral services for Barbara Ann Sack, 52, were held Tuesday, March 6, 2007, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Kevin Wood officiating.

She was born June 5, 1954 in the University of Nebraska Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of C. Duane and Donna Manchester Sack. She died on Wednesday, February 28, 2007, at her residence in Houston.

At the age of 12, she and her family moved to Livingston. Barb attended school in Livingston and graduated from its high school in 1972. She went on to Stephen F. Austin University, obtaining majors in drama, English and education. She started her teaching career in the Forest Brook School District, staying at M.B. Smiley High School 30 years until her unexpected death.

Her ‘kids’ were her prime interest above everything else. She wanted all of them to be happy, successful people. She integrated into her lessons not only the required subject matter but also manners, citizenship, job responsibility, and, above all, concern for others. She loved theater, emulating her favorite high school teacher, Florence Crosby. The ‘play’ was the thing and the productions, all of them, was work she adored. She was known as an expert in her field and was head of her departments, formulating numerous curriculums. She was a mentor for teachers across the state and winner of many drama awards.

Barb was one of four daughters and known as the loudest of four loud girls. Family members say everything about her was loud: her hair, her voice, her opinion, her dogs and her presence. Some took that volume as obnoxious and disruptive, but they missed someone special by not listening. Her loudness was a learned way of communicating her overwhelming desire to make sure you knew she cared about whatever was taking place in her life.

She was preceded in death by her father, Duane Sack; grandfather, Nell Sack and Agnes Sack; great-aunts, Frieda Mason and Helen Miller; and her niece, Laurah Paul.

Survivors include her mother, Donna Sack; sisters, Mary Dodd, Cathey Rocadas and husband Antonio Rocadas and Geri Paul, and husband, Steve Paul; nephews, Steven and Matt Dodd; aunt and uncle, Frances and Al Taylor; and first cousins, Debbie Schmadeke, Sherry Cooper and Kit cooper.

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

Graveside services were held Thursday, March 1, 2007 for Myrtis ‘Nanny’ W. Semmler, 83, of Shepherd, at Pace-Stancil Memorial Rest Gardens.

She was born December 20, 1923 in Oakdale, Louisiana, the daughter of John B. and Alice Perkins.

Mrs. Semmler passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2007.

Survivors include her husband, Melvin Ray Semmler; son, Bill Semmler and wife, Mary Ellen; daughter, Janice Lunsford; grandchildren, David Semmler, Diane Aglia and husband, Glen, Donna Laird and husband, Rick, Robert Lunsford and Christina Michener; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and a host of family members and friends.

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

Funeral services were held at the Neal Funeral Home Chapel for Lois Jean ‘Jenny’ Simmons, 57, on Saturday, March 3, 2007, with Rev. Bob Dunegan officiating. Interment was at the Wells Cemetery in Cleveland.

She was born Sunday, January 29, 1950 in Groveton, the daughter of the late M.K. Scogin and Nelyn Jordon. She passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 in Conroe.

Survivors include her sons, Greg Simmons and wife, Cindy, of Cleveland and Jimmy Doyle Simmons Jr.; brothers, James and Richard Scogin; sister, Sheila Scogin; grandchildren, Jimmy Dwayne Lackey, Khrisopher Raye Simmons and Jason Michael Simmons.

Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland, handled the arrangements.

Funeral services for Lawrence R. Sykes, 50, of Onalaska, were held Saturday, March 10, 2007, at the First Community Baptist Church, with the Rev. Eldridge Nickson officiating. Internet followed in St. Andrews Cemetery in Onalaska.

Mr. Sykes was born May 8, 1956 in Onalaska, to the late Willie Sykes and Lucille Mack Sykes Bean. He attended Dunbar School in Livingston.

Mr. Sykes died February 28 in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Marie Sykes of Onalaska; sons, Kreshun Love of Livingston, Devane Love (Shantaria), Lawrence Sykes Jr., Donte Sykes and Darrell Love, all of Dallas, and LaDarrien Sykes of Leggett; daughters, Shaneka Sykes and Kimberly Sykes, both of Livingston, Ty’Mesha Sykes and Shan’te Chiota (Chris), both of Dallas; brothers, Doug Sykes of Livingston, Maurice White of Fairfield and Glenn White of Colorado; sisters, Carrie Shepherd, Artie Gaston (Dennis), Rosie Linear and Mary A. Johnson (George), all of Onalaska; 14 grandchildren; two very special friends, Patricia Hester Scott and Christina Richards; and a host of nephews, nieces, and other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Milton Linear, Warren Williams, Tracy White, George White Jr., Willie O’Neal Sykes and Henry White. Honorary pallbearers were Eddie Love, Kevin Roberts, Quentrele Linear, Kelvin Sykes, Javarus Willis and Dennis Gaston.

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

Graveside services were held Friday, March 9, 2007 for Jerry Townsend, 55, in Peebles Cemetery, with Brother Barry Jeffries officiating.

He was born December 3, 1951 in Houston, the son of David and Margaret Miller Townsend Sr.

Mr. Townsend died Saturday, March 3, in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy; and his father.

Survivors include his mother, Margaret Hinson of Rye; daughters, Terri Brock of Houston, Bonnnie Holtzclaw of Dayton and Marjorie Bolt of Romayor; sisters, June Walston of Houston and Trudy Hamilton of Webster; and brother, David Townsend of Washington, D.C.

Pallbearers were Steve Roach, Lee Sowell, Michael Clark, Larry Reeves, Fernando Hernandez, Steve Olson and Paul Roach.

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

A celebration of the life of Cherie Pedigo Wheeland, 56, was held on March 5, 2006, at the First United Methodist Church of Livingston.

Cherie died on Saturday, March 3, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born and raised in Livingston and upon graduation from Livingston High School, she made the decision to make Livingston her life-long home. At the age of 17, Cherie began working at her father’s local furniture store, Pedigo Furniture, where she dedicated her time, efforts and heart to the store and its employees for the duration of her life.

Cherie’s heart was committed to the Lord and this was evidenced through her continued service to His people and His church. She gave her heart to the Lord as a child while spending her formative years as a member of Livingston’s Central Baptist Church. After she married, she became a member of the First United Methodist Church of Livingston, where she served on every committee imaginable from Pastor Relations and Education to Worship and Finance. She had a special fervor, however, for Missions in the church, as it was the epitome of sharing Christ’s love with others. Cherie was also a member of the church’s fun-loving handbell group known as the Ding-a-Lings, through who she nourished special Christ-centered friendships while praising our Lord through music.

After losing her mother to cancer and then enduring a 13-year battle with breast cancer, herself, Cherie made the decision to enlist her service in the search to find a cure for the devastating disease. As a result, she initiated Polk County’s first Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. Cherie served as co-chairman of the event for two years, and in 2004, the local Relay was dedicated to her for her continual efforts toward the cause. Her passion in the battle against cancer also fueled her desire to establish the Livingston chapter of the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery that provides transportation assistance for Livingston area residents who must travel outside the area in order to receive treatment for cancer. Even while she was receiving treatments for her own bout with cancer, Cherie would dedicate her own time and energy to providing transportation for others receiving treatment..

Cherie served as a board member of the First National Bank of Livingston and was a member of the Livingston Pilot Club for several years. She was a past recipient of the Livingston Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Fellow Award, and was recognized as an Outstanding Graduate of Livingston Independent School District. In 2006, and this past January, she was named Polk Countian of the Year.

Cherie’s family was always the center of her world, and there was nothing more she would rather do than spend time with her children, her grandchildren and the many members of her extended family. She was known as a selfless individual and epitomized every characteristic of a child of God through her servant’s hear. She was forever giving and receiving love, and she displayed her faith and hope in the Lord through every aspect of her life.

Cherie was preceded in death by her mother, Gloria Ager Pedigo; and her grandson, Chad Evans.

Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Wheeland; her father, E. Joe Pedigo and his wife, Rogena; son and daughter-in-law, Andy and Allison Evans; and daughter and son-ion-law, Casey and Jared Smith. She is also survived by family of Corky and Deana Evans, Wade and Sherrie Evans, Keith and Laura Evans, Kelly and Jon Rood, Wes Wheeland and Ross Wheeland. She also leaves behind 15 beloved grandchildren; four nephews and one niece.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be directed to the First United Methodist Church of Livingston at P.O. Box 1638, Livingston, Texas 77351, or the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at 616 West Calhoun Street, Livingston, Texas 77351.

Funeral services for Julius Lemar Whisenant, 90, were held Wednesday, March 7, in the Neal Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland, with Brother Harvey Abke officiating. Interment followed in Cleveland Memorial Cemetery.

He was born July 19, 1916 in Morris Ferry, Arkansas, to the late Jesse Lafayette and the late Lucille Marie Fawcett. “Lemar” was known as a first-class welder, heavy machine operator and excellent farmer. He was known to enjoy fishing and working in his vegetable garden.

Mr. Whisenant passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2007 at his residence in Cleveland. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jessie Simmons.

Survivors include his wife, Jeannette Whisenant; son, Jesse Lee Whisenant and wife, Shirley; four daughters, Joyce Jean Kuhlmann and husband, James, Carol Ann Borden and husband, John, Martha Marie Scott and husband, Ron, and Nina Fay Kennedy and husband, Fred; siblings, Dan Sawkicki, Fay Traylor, John Henderson, Lucilla Thomas, Mable Gray and Vicky Moak; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.

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







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