San Jacinto Newstimes - Obituaries
For the Week of February 17, 2008 - February 24, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company

Opal Childerss, of  Lufkin, Texas passed away Monday, February 11, 2008 at the age of 100.  She was born in Livingston, Texas on June 5, 1907 to Jasper J. and Vallie E. Young.  Opal was Baptist in faith and belonged to the Pilot Club in Livingston.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Herbert W. Childerss; son, Herbert S. Childerss.  Survivors include her sister, Eddy Vaye Davis; grandchildren, John R. Childerss and Kathleen C. Sanders; great-grandchildren, Katie Sanders, Rebekah Sanders, Russell Sanders, Lindsey Childerss, and Jace Childerss; nieces, Tamee Dark, Marsha Rosenkrans, and Jayne Manuel along with many other loving and caring family members and friends beyond measure.
Dr. Don M. Shannon conducted funeral services at 1 p.m., Thursday, February 14, 2008 at First Baptist Church of Coldspring, Coldspring, Texas with interment, Oakwood Cemetery, Coldspring, Texas.

Nona Coleman, 77, of Splendora, Texas, passed away Friday, February 15, 2008.  She was born in Whiterock, Texas on September 17, 1930 to William B. and Vernese Jackson, Sr.
Survivors include her loving husband, George Coleman; sons, Robert Monroe Coleman, William Wesley Coleman and wife, Debra; grandchildren, Jerrod, Matthew, and Georgie Coleman; brother, William Berry Jackson, Jr. with numerous other loving and caring family members and friends.
Funeral service were held Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 10 a.m. at Plum Grove Assembly of God Church, Plum Grove, Texas with internment at Splendora City Cemetery.

Lyle Leroy Courtney, 83, of New Caney, Texas, passed away Friday, February 15, 2008.  He was born in Lorimor, Iowa on October 17, 1924 to William Lyle and Ruby Pearl Courtney.
He is survived by her husband, Lyle L. Courtney; daughter, Patsy Herren; son, David Mintz; grandchildren, Robin Scott, Gregg Herren; great- grandchildren, Amanda Scott, Clay Scott, Russell Herren.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 1:30 p.m.  at Houston National Cemetery, Houston, Texas.

Jessie James Duff, 74, of Cleveland, Texas, passed away, Sunday, February 17, 2008,  He was born in Livingston, Texas on October 27, 1933 to Charlie and Ruthie Duff who preceded him in death along with his brothers, Eugene Duff and Maco Duff.
Survivors include his loving wife, Marsha Duff; daughters, Kimberly Bennett and husband, Mike and Melissa Wickham; sister, Dorothy Beasley; grandchildren, Heidi Duff, Kara Bennett, Sara Bennett, Katy Bennett, Carson Baird, Dalton Wickham, Jamie Bennett, Emma Bennett with numerous nieces, nephews, and many other cherished family members and caring friends.
Funeral services were  held Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 2 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Cleveland, Texas with interment at Security Cemetery, Security, Texas.

Mary Beth Goodman, 68, passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2008.  She died peacefully at a local medical center after a short and unexpected hospitalization. She was born August 13, 1939 in Houston.  She was the only child of the late Johnnie L Goodman and the late Bernice Carlin Goodman.
  She graduated from  Milby High School in Houston in 1957.  She worked more than 25 years in the insurance industry for Hartford and Elton Porter Insurance Agency in Houston. She moved in Lufkin in 1983 to assist her parents during their retirement.  Upon moving to Lufkin, she worked with Davis Insurance Agency for 16-1/2 years and the time of her death, she was employed at Bartlett, Baggett and Shands.
  Mary Beth loved her Lord, her church (The Church of Lufkin), Southern Gospel music, Rocky (a precious Boston Terrier and her constant companion), and spending time with the Golden Girls.  Family was of utmost importance in her life.
  She is survived by Beverly Dunn, a cousin, who was more like a sister and husband, Billy of Lufkin; “surrogate” children and grandchildren, Marion Dunn McClure and James McClure of Oakhurst and their children, Kristen Holland of Houston, Corina McClure of Dallas and Jonathan Holland and William McClure, both of SHSU in Huntsville; Glenda and Kevin Kelley and their children, Nicholas and Lauren of Lufkin, James and Andrea Dunn of Friendswood and their daughter, Stephanie Colleen Dunn of SHSU in Huntsville; Karen and Mike Braun and  their sons, Trey, Parker and Joshua of Tallahassee, Fla; and Timothy Dunn of Austin.  Her “kids” fondly referred to her as “Aunt Mary Beth.”  She also leaves behind her beloved Rocky, as well as numerous cousins and relatives  throughout the state.
   Funeral services were held February 16, 2008 in the  Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home Chapel. Brother Bob Baggett and Brother Keith Loving officiated.  Interment followed in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park.
   Memorial contributions may be made to The Church of Lufkin, 205 Joyce Lane, Lufkin, Texas 75901.  Please consider becoming an organ donor: www.donatelifetexas.org or www.donatelife.net.
   Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home in Lufkin was in charge of arrangements.

George Griffin, 98, of Conway, Ark., passed away Feb. 13, 2008 . He was born on Feb 12, 1910 in Coldspring to Alice Pullum Griffin and Babe Griffin both of whom preceded him in death.
 He was preceded in death by his wife Tina Griffin.
He is survived by his sons, Layfate Griffin Sr. (Jacquelyn), Aurtha Griffin, Sr. (Margie), all of Goodrich., L. Troy Griffin (Amy) of Calif; daughter-in-law, Helen Griffin of Willis; sisters, Bessie Davis of San Augustine and Clare Blackdell, of Houston; sister-in-law Hallie Griffin of Silsbee; a special daughter and friend Betty Griffin of Livingston; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services are 11 a.m., February 23, 2008 at Eastside, Church of God in Christ, located in Point Blank.  Rev. James Elmore will officiate.  Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Camilla.
Pallbearers are Layfate Griffin, Jr., Aurtha Griffin, Jr., Douglas Griffin, Darrin Griffin, Sr., Carl Griffin and Quinton Griffin.
Honorary pallbearers are grandsons and great-grandsons.
Charles Mortuary of Livingston is in charge of arrangements.

Harmon Benton Jordan, 84 of Splendora, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2008.  He was born in Spurger on February 7, 1924 to Willie Benton and Katie Bingham Jordan.
He is survived by his daughters, Karen Turner, Kathryn Capage, Debbie Riddle; extended sons and daughters, Steve Michonski, Nannette Michonski, Vanette Michonski, Bo Michonski; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Dan Jordan; sisters, Marjorie Breeland; Dana Best, Linda Dean, Mary Nell, Jody Owens and Lucy Parker.
Graveside services were held February 18, 2008 at Beach Creek Cemetery, Spurger.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Willard Leslie, Sr. of Coldspring, Texas, passed away, Friday, February 8, 2008. 
Survivors include his loving wife, Anna Leslie; son, Greg L. Leslie and wife, Debra; daughter, Sherry Soundy and husband, Carl; grandchildren, Charlotte Soundy  and Miranda Soundy, Brandon Runge, Ryan Runge and wife, Jamie, Jennifer Runge; great-grandchildren, Paige Vacek, Audrey Vacek, and Brianna Runge brothers, James Leslie and wife, Faye, Kenneth Leslie; sisters, Barbara Imlay and husband, Francis, lnora Pratt, Hilda Adcock and husband, Dewayne; special babies, Punkin, Goldie, Coco, and Niki many nieces and nephews, other loving family members and a host of friends beyond measure.  In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to: Health Care of the Southwest, 1601 Hwy 59 North Loop, Ste. 600, Livingston, Texas  77351. 

Willa Jean Rinaldi, 61, of Shepherd, Texas, passed away Friday, February 8, 2008.  She was born in Dayton, Ohio on January 17, 1947 to Calvin and Anne Hurt.  She is survived by her cousin, Jane Floyd.  Arrangements were made through Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, Texas.

Arthur Curtis Walker was born June 18, 1921 in Fort Jessup, Louisiana to William Filmore and Annie (Curtis) Walker and passed away on February 13, 2008 in Cleveland, Texas
After Dick’s military service in the U.S. Army during WWII, he moved to Houston and married June Cherry in 1946.  They remained in Houston to raise their family and Dick owned his own company,  Dick’s Auto Sales and Service and Cunill Auto Parts.  He dearly loved fishing  but had a real passion for trot lining.  He was a devoted family man who always insisted on having a garden.
Dick is survived by his wife, June Cherry Walker; son, Arthur Curtis “Curt” Walker, Jr. of Coldspring; daughter and husband, LaNell and Dan Waters of Palestine; granddaughter and husband, Treva and Russell Barham of Longview; great grandson, Aiden Barham of Longview; sister, Ora Lee Church of Pineville, Louisiana and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Services were held Monday, February 18, 2008 at  Pointblank Community Church with interment at  Center Hill Cemetery.  
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Village Schools International , Box 1126, Marion, NC 28752, in “Memory of Mr. Arthur “Dick” Walker”.

Memorial condolences may be made online at www.shmfh.com



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