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San Jacinto Newstimes - Obituaries
For the Week of September 4, 2007 - September 23, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Terri Ann Smith, 44, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2007 at her home in Shepherd.  She was born Wednesday, July 25, 1962 to Gus Borgeson and Beverly McClure Borgeson.
She is survived by her children, Amanda Ramirez, Lou Anne Smith and Thomas Gothard; brother, James “Jim” Borgeson; parents, Gus and Beverly Borgeson; grandchildren, Sabrina and Layla Smith, Alexis, Cheyenne and Mary Jane Ramirez.
Funeral services were held at Edom First Baptist Church, Edom on July 28, 2007. 
All arrangements were handled under the care of Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Edward “Ed” V. Rollins, Jr., 74, of Coldspring died Tuesday, July 10.  He was born in Dolen on July 6, 1933.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Reba Rollins; sons, Kenneth Rollins and Jerry Street.
He is survived by his daughters, Kim Hoot and husband, Jake, Patty Jessup and husband, Dean, Debbie Holt and husband, Mark, Shelly Davison and husband Scott; son Jerry Rollins and wife, Barbara; parents, Edward V. and Birtie Mae Rollins, Sr.; sisters, Marie Bailey and Fay Belcher; grandchildren, Sarah Rollins, Jessica Street, Brian Carey, Josh Carey, Ken Rollins, Wayne Rollins, Steven Street, Tyler Davison, Kyle Davison, Cody Holt, Tyler Holt, Travis Holt; great-grandchild, Lena Carey; numerous nieces and nephews; and other family members and friends.
Bro. Ray Bailey conducted funeral services July 13, 2007 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Clevealnd, with interment at County Line Cemetery, Willis.

Leon Franklin Durdin, passed away on July 23, 2007. He was born in Emoryfield on March 18, 1926 to William Franklin and Sarah Elizabeth Fitzgerald Durdin.
 As a youngster he and his brother Cecil sang and played their guitars on a regular basis on KSAM radio in Huntsville.
He joined the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Washington State before being transferred to Korea during World War II.
On August 23, 1947 he married Dorothy Means. Although they were not blessed with children, they were like second parents to many nieces and nephews.
He was a member of Local 450 in Houston, where he was employed in the heavy equipment operations field mainly for Linbeck Construction.  He was an active member of the Missionary Church of God in Houston for 41 years.  He and Dorothy retired to their farm in Oakhurst in 1991 where he became a member of the Oakhurst Full Gospel Church and was an active board member.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mineola, Bessie, Effie, Zelma, Lelar, Walter and Georgia; one brother Cecil Ray.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy Durdin; brother, Alfred M. Durdin also of Oakhurst. Alfred, who married Dorothy’s sister, Margaret Inez had three children, Sandra, David and Connie who have always felt they were blessed with two sets of parents, biological and adoptive.  He is also survived by in-laws Pete and Louise Means, Jack and Gisela Means, I.B. and Dixxie Means, Irene Means, Annie Means and Bertha Wright; host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; and a multitude of friends.
He was a loving husband, substitute father, substitute grandfather and beloved uncle, brother and brother-in-law.  He possessed a wacky sense of humor and often had people in stitches at his witticism, or as the family might say, “Leonisms.”  In the one area he remained serious, was his quiet walk with the Lord.  He lived as he believed a Christian should, and led by example.  He never had an unkind word about anyone and treated everyone equally.  He was a true gentleman, fair and just with a very tender heart.
Funeral services were held on July 26 at the Oakhurst Full Gospel Church under the direction of Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home.  Interment followed at Mr. Capers Cemetery.
Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.shmfh.com.

Funeral services for Tina Louise Griffin, 89, of Houston, formerly of Point Blank, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, at Eastside Church of God in Christ, Point Blank, with Elder James Elmore officiating.  Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery, Coldspring.  Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until service time at the church.
Mrs. Griffin died Aug. 9, in Houston.
She was born Oct. 13, 1917 in Coldspring, the daughter of Ulysses and Sarah Douglas.  She married George Griffin on March 12, 1946 and to this union was born one son, Willie G. Griffin, who preceded her in death.  After moving to Point Blank, she united with Eastside Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of Elder Willie Eckford, and continued there until her health began to fail.
Survivors include her husband, George Griffin, two stepsons, Layfate Griffin Sr., (Jacquelyn) and Arthur F. Griffin (Margie) all of Livingston; special daughter and friend, Betty Griffin of Livingston and daughter-in-law, Helen Griffin of Willis.  Although she loved all 14 of her grandchildren, she had a special bond with Troy Griffin (Amy) whom she raised from six months old,  Toshia and Sarah Griffin.  She is also survived by 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; special cousin, Ola Pearl and many other relatives and friends.
Active pallbearers will be Layfate Griffin Jr., Darrin Griffin, Arthur Griffin Jr., Carl Griffin, Alex Griffin and Edward Roberts.  Honorary pallbearers will be L. Troy Griffin, Layfate Griffin Sr., Arthur F. Griffin Sr., Douglas Griffin, Quentin Griffin and Kyle Griffin.
Charles Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Katherine Beard, 64, died Friday, August 10, 2007, in Houston.  She was born June 2, 1943 in Parkersburg, W. Va., the daughter of Curtis and Bessie (Oliver) Harris, Sr.
She is survived by her husband, Warren Beard, Jr. of Coldspring; son and daughter-in-law, Freddie White, Jr. and Carol of Coldspring; daughter Theresa Jennings of Coldspring; son, Roger White of Channelview; daughter Leta Woods of Springs; mother, Bessie Mae Harris of Waverly, W. Va., step-children, Charisma, Misty, Brandy, Amanda and Warren III; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Mae Holmes of Red House W. Va., Anna Marie Hendershot of Walker, W. Va.; brothers, Donald Eugene Harris of Vienna, W. Va., Kenneth Lee Harris of Waverly, W. Va. And Clarence Richard Harris of Parkersburg, W. Va.
She was preceded in death by her father, Curtis Harris, Sr., and sister Sharon Mercer.
Funeral services were held August 14, 2007 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Livingston.  Pastor Carl Roth officiated.  Burial will be in the Farley Chapel Cemetery in Shepherd.
Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Christopher Allen Jennings, 45, died Wednesday, August 8, 2007 in Coldspring.  He was born April 13, 1962 in Waterloo, New York.
He is survived by his father and step-mother, Lawrence Francis Jennings and Sandy of Shepherd; mother, Rebecca Allsbrooks of Bullard; son, Jesse Charles Jennings of Grand Prairie; sister Susan Haynes of Grand Prairie; step-brothers, Troy Beckner of Shepherd and Terry Rinehard of Houston.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 1 p.m. at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston.  Burial will be held in Romulus, New York.
Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Harry R. Young, 82, passed away on August 22, 2007 in Katy.  Harry was born on October 9, 1924, in St. Louis Mo., but lived in Coldspring the last 35 years of his life,  next door to his good friends Paul and Doris.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marjorie Young; son, Daniel R. Young; and granddaughter Holly E. Young.
He is survived by his son Donald P. Young (Bo); granddaughter Favor D. Fenwick; and great-grandsons Taylor, Robbie and Chandler.
He served in the U.S. Navy as First Class Aviation Machinists Mate (Flight). 
He later went on to build a one of a kind airplane that he flew as often as he could earning his experimental aircraft pilot license and repairman license.  He was in the process of building another plane when he passed away.  He worked for ARCO until he retired in 1981. He went on to be a volunteer fireman, full-time grandpa, pilot and outdoors man.
Harry loved his grandchildren, fishing, hunting and anything outdoors.  His dearest love was his wife Marjorie.
His completed plane will be donated to an aircraft museum and his plane in progress will be sent to an aviation school for completion, thinks to his good friends Richard and Alf of the Cleveland Airport, two men who shared the love of flying with him.
A memorial service will be held for friends and family on Sept. 8, 2007, at 2 p.m. followed by reception at Trinity Lutheran Church, 221 Pan American Way, Livingston.







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