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Trinity Standard - Obituaries
April 2010
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Danny Lyle Ackley Sr.
TRINITY – Services for Danny Lyle Ackley Sr., 65, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 2010, at Good Sheppard Fellowship Church in Crockett with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Burial followed in Creek Cemetery. Mr. Ackley died peacefully on Tuesday, April 20, in Crockett. He was born Aug. 8, 1944, in Crockett. Mr. Ackley was a truck driver in the transportation industry and also worked as a plumber. He was a member of the Good Sheppard Fellowship Church of Crockett. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul William and Loyce Laveda Ackley; three sisters, JoNell Dann, Patricia Hamby and her husband Donald and Dixie Earl Ackley; two brothers, Eugene Ackley and Thurman Ray Ackley; two brothers-in-laws; W. T. Gillen and Hal Langston; and a sister-in-law, Cathy Christian. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Zenith Ann Ackley; five children and their spouses, Gerald Wayne Allbritton, Lisa and Randy Dumas, Danny and Sheryl Ackley Jr., Cheryl and Jimmy Harris and Marc and Christina Ackley; a brother and his spouse, Paul “Sonny” and Laura Ackley; a sister and her spouse, Sue and Joe Hardee; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Jimmy Dann, Frances and James Lee, Billie Gillen, James Christian, Joel and Robin Christian, Millie and Ronnie Cloer, Johnnie and Wayne Cartwright, Charlie “GeNell” Langston and Rosie Landrum; 16 grandchildren, Chandra, Gerald, Casey, Amber, Shawnna, David, Johnny, Wesley, Destanie and her husband Jeffery, Kody, Savannah, Marisa, Brianna, Raven, Christian, Cameron; 10 great-grandchildren; Kylie, Felicity, Aden, Olivia, Samuel, Blake, Hayden, Mason, Brooke and Gabriel; and a number of other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Mildred Doris Barton
GROVETON – Services for Mildred Doris Barton, 90, of Groveton were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 27, 2010, in the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Lewis Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Moore Cemetery. Mrs. Barton died Saturday, April 24, in Lufkin. She was born Feb. 18, 1920, in Corsicana and was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Groveton. Mrs. Barton was preceded in death by her husband, William Kie Barton. Survivors include her son, Steven Barton of Groveton; a grandson, John K. Barton of Groveton; four nieces, Marjory Walker of Longview, Gina Davis, Sharon Wentz, and Kathy Voight, all of Houston; four nephews, Bill Wooten, David Wooten, Danny Wooten, Mark Wooten, all of Longview, Texas; two great grand-children; and numerous other relatives and friends. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Sandra Dell Calhoon
TRINITY – Services for Sandra Dell Calhoon, 66, of Woodstock, Ga., were held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at the Woodstock Church of Christ in Woodstock, Ga. With Johnny Mackey officiating. Mrs. Calhoon’s remains will be cremated and her ashes spread in Galveston along with the ashes of her late husband. Mrs. Calhood died Friday, April 16. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Anthony “Dale” Lucius and Cheri Kimble Lucius, Diane and Maddie Martinez, Angie and Ken Ledford and Rachel and Jerry Manuel; her biological mother, Camelia (Billie) Bland; five sisters, Patricia McHugh, Patricia A. Bland, Mary R. James, Caroline M. Bland and Rachel (Susan) Bland; grandchildren, Tiffany Lucius Scealf and Joe Scealf, Josh and Rachel Martinez, Ben Martinez, Kelsey and Josh Shortland, Stephanie Dunn, Tori Farrar, Gracie and Jesse James Manuel, Chris Lucius, Kimberly Ledford, Amber and Josh Cook and Emily Ledford; great-grandchildren, Caylin Nevels, Joseph Scealf, Jacob Scealf, Abigail Scealf, Trinity Ledford, Kendrick and Austin Brice, Toni Waldroup and Alyssa Crews; and a number of nieces.

Emma Kayser Clark
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Emma Kayser Clark, 86, were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 29, 2010, at the Carlisle Cemetery in Trinity County. Ms. Clark died Sunday, April 25, in Baytown. She was born March 18, 1924 in Yoakum and was a longtime resident of Baytown. Ms. Clark was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene R. Clark; a son, Richard E. Clark; four brothers, Earl Kayser, Mike Kayser, Fred Kayser and Charles Kayser; three sisters, Ora Lee Kayser, Neva Warm and Francis McFarland; a half-brother, Leon Kayser; a half-sister, Virgie Kayser; and a half-sister Kayser who passed away at a very young age. Survivors include a son and his spouse, Charles R. and Susan Clark; a daughter and her spouse, Martha and David Lawrence; a daughter-in-law, Nora Clark; two sisters, Dottie Mae Toll and Lola Thompson; seven grandchildren, Richard Clark, Randall Clark, Daryl Lawrence, Mikel Janowski, Laura Castillo, Rachel Evans and Leah Rickert; 11 great-grandchildren, Tyrell Clark, Britnee Janowski, William Clark, Hannah Clark, Joseph Castillo, Kayla Evans, Benjamin Castillo, Miranda Lawrence, Dylan Evans, Molly Lawrence and Rebecca Castillo; one great-great-grandchild, Macelynn Rae Clark; and a number of other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Pauline Maddoux Davis
GROVETON – Services for Pauline Maddoux Davis, 75, of Pennington were held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 23, 2010, at the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Carroll Norsworthy officiating. Burial followed in the East Prairie Cemetery. Mrs. Davis died Tuesday, April 20, at ETMC-Crockett. She was born Aug. 18, 1934, in El Paso and was employed as a health care provider. She was a member of the Possum Walk Church of Christ. Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by two husbands, Ralph Eugene Davis and Robert Edgar Maddoux; a son, Robert Edgar Maddoux Jr.; two grandchildren, Deborah Sue Sterling Russell and Anna Elizabeth Sterling; nephews, John Allan Maddoux, Roy Maddoux and Michael Odis Drake; a niece, Patricia Collard; a father- and mother-in-law, Alex and Pearl Maddoux; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Clark; and a brother and sister-in-law, Mac and Arlene Drake. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Murray Calvin Reese
HOUSTON -- Murray Calvin Reese, 82, of Kingwood died Thursday, April 22, 2010 at his residence. His cremated remains will be dispersed in the Thornton Cemetery near Glendale. Mr. Reese enjoyed a lengthy career in high-tolerance sheet metal work in the aeronautical field. He is preceded in death by his parents, Prentice and Jewel Reese; and four sisters, Ernestine Welch, Beth Friday, Norma Wright and Nelene Walker. Survivors include a brother, Eugene P. Reese of Kingwood; a brother-in-law, Edward M. Welch; and a number of nieces and nephews. Brookside Funeral Home and Crematory of Houston directed the arrangements.

Jack Eugene Vian Sr.
GROVETON – Services for Jack Eugene Vian Sr., 65, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, 2010,at the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Lyons officiating. Burial followed in the Zion Hill Cemetery. Mr. Vian died Sunday, April 25, following a battle with COPD and lung cancer. He was born March 15, 1945, in Bad Axe, Mich., the fifth of eight children born to Glenn Austin Vian and Mary McKeever Vian. The family moved to Houston when he was five years old and he attended Aldine public schools. He was a carpenter and a longtime member of Carpenter’s Local 551. During his career, he rose to the position of site superintendent and worked for Turner Construction on the (then) Texas Commerce Tower and fo HC Beck on the construction of Four Oaks Plaza and Four Leaf Place. During the oil bust of the 1980s, he was forced to relocate his family to Simi Valley, Calif. In 1990 her returned to Porter, Texas where he worked on a number of projects for Pepper-Lawson Construction. He retired to his farm in the Friday community of Trinity County in 2003 where he built a new home, raised cattle and gardened for as long as he was able. Mr. Vian served in the Texas National Guard and was called to active duty and stationed in South Korea. He was married to Susan Leona Bonner on July 15, 1967, in Houston. They were married for 29 years and raised two children. Mr. Vian was a fan of the Astros, Rockets and Oilers and as a young man raced cars and owned a dragster. He also enjoyed playing poker and dominos at his Union Hall and later in life enjoyed going to the horse racing track and casinos. Survivors include his children, Jack Vian Jr. of Beaumont and Catrina Winters of Kingwood; his mother, Mary Cavanaugh Via Thompson of Friday; four sisters and their spouses, Linda Louise and Robert Price of Groves, Sharron and Jeff Owens of Porter Springs, Mary Edith Siehl of Yukon, Okla. and Lorraine and Keith Minze of Spring; three brothers and their spouses, Thomas Vian of Wichita Falls, Robert and Dorothy Vian of Willis and James and Yvonne Vian of Houston; a grandson, Dylan “Pistol” Winters; a granddaughter, Jessica Winters; and a number of other relatives and friends. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Gloria Joan Bomer
TRINITY – Gloria Joan Bomer, 81, of Trinity died Thursday, April 1, 2010. She was born Aug. 17, 1928, in Taylor and among her fondest memories were her years attending Catholic boarding schools in Waco and New Orleans, La. She had a tremendous respect for the nuns and priests at the schools and felt they taught her to be a better person and developed her love for God and her neighbors. She was especially found of her time in New Orleans, 1941-1945, where she fell in love with the sights, smells, tastes and cultures there. She often fantasized about moving there but the opportunity never presented itself. Mrs. Bomer became a widow after 36 years of marriage and started life anew as a telephone operator. She went on to become owner and operator of one of the foremost Houston-based doctors’ answering services. Following her retirement, she moved to Trinity to be close to her children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Russell Bomer; and her dogs, Pesky, Rosie, Toad and Sprite. Survivors include four children, Joan Elizabeth Brier, Gorden Kent Bomer, Luther Keith Bomer and Karen Tracy Bomer; nine grandchildren, James Parker, Kenny Bomer, Jeremy Bomer, Penny Ivy, Julie Parker, Brian Keith Bomer, James Smith, Anthony Smith and Taylor Roby; 10 great-grandchildren; and her dog, Boo Boo.

Richard William Caddenhead
GROVETON – Graveside services for Richard William Caddenhead, 43, of Huntington were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 2010, in the Glenwood Cemetery in Trinity County. Mr. Caddenhead died Monday, April 12, in Lufkin. He was born March 16, 1969, in Lufkin and was a member of the Baptist faith. He was a disabled former employee of Lufkin Industries. Mr. Caddenhead was preceded in death by his father, Billy Frank Caddenhead. Survivors include his wife, Lori Ann Harrelson Caddenhead of Huntington; a son, Chase Caddenhead; four step-children, Shauna Fite, James Ward, James Harrelson, and Crystal Ward; his mother, Donna Caddenhead of Groveton; two brothers and their spouses, Greg and Terri Caddenhead of Livingston and David and Fern Caddenhead of Groveton; a sister and her spouse, Penny and Scott Thornton of Trinity; eight grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Vernon Weldon Gray
HOUSTON – Services for Vernon Weldon Gray, 73, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17, 2010, at the Riverside Baptist Church in Riverside. Mr. Gray died Tuesday, April 13, following a long battle with lung cancer. He was born June 8, 1936. Mr. Gray was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Angie, who died in 2008. He also was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Lena Massy; his mother and father-in-law, Betty Lou and John Fendley; a son-in-law, Mark Jennings; and a brother-in-law, Charles Clarke. Survivors include three daughters and their spouses, Melodie and Sam Tagliarino, Robin and Doug Harmer and Velvet and Richard Ortegon; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Odyssey House and his beloved Riverside Baptist Church. Brookside Funeral Home of Houston directed the arrangements.

William James “B.J.” Odom
GROVETON – Services for William James “B.J.” Odom, 18, of Apple Springs were held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, 2010, in the Apple Springs High School gym with Bro. James Whittlesey officiating. Burial followed in the Burketown Cemetery. Mr. Odom died Saturday, April 17, in Apple Springs. He was born Oct. 21, 1991, in Lufkin and was employed by Odom Electric. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. Survivors include his father and step-mother, Randy and Bonnie Odom of Apple Springs; his mother and step-father, Patricia and Glenn Jones of Apple Springs; five brothers, Michael Grime II, Matthew W. Jones, Tommy J. Walker, James Ripkowski and Jason Ripkowski; a sister, Ginger Walker Brownfield; grandparents, James and Virginia Odom of Nogalus Prairie and Betty Purvis of Long Island, N.Y.; uncles and aunts, Ronald and Tammy Odom, Melinda Herzog of Apple Springs, Debbie Purves of Long Island, N.Y., Kenneth Jones, Dianne Ashworth and Debra Peveto; cousins, Nichole Odom, Josh Barker,, Holly Murray, Shelby Sims and Lakin Weems; and a number of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers included Myles Protho, Brandyn Rhoden, Jonathan Burke, Doug Watson, Missouri Davlin, Ryan Allen Warren, Caleb Parker and Bubba Spence. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Kathy Parrish
ONALASKA – Services for Kathy Parrish, 70, of Trinity were held Wednesday, April 14, 2010, in the Cochran Funeral Home Onalaska Chapel with Chaplain Ray Hyden officiating. Burial followed in the Carlisle Cemetery. Mrs. Parrish died Friday, April 9, 2010, at her residence. She was born Dec. 16, 1939 in Houston, the daughter of Steve Lewis Batts Sr. and Francis Pugh Batts. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 0136 in Carlisle, Relay for Life, Juvenile Diabetes Association and numerous other organizations around the area. Mrs. Parrish also worked for many years at Wal-Mart as the OTC manager and recently celebrated her 20-year anniversary. Survivors include her children, Tommy Parrish and Melynda Roberts of Trinity, Donna Lynn Whitmire and Paul Barrett of Trinity, Joyce Griffith of Eaton, Ohio, Spencer Parrish Jr. and wife Robin of Trinity, Julie Abshier and husband Frank of Conroe and Mary Baack and husband Chris of Splendora; five siblings, Francis Moody of Leslie, Ark., Patsy Starr of Pinehurst, Edna Rodrigues of Dallas, Steve Lewis Batts Jr. of Edna, Kan. and Dale Batts of Olney; her stepmother, Vera Bates of Olney; grandchildren, Sharee Parrish, Airman Cody Whitmire, Brooke Whitmire, Cory Whitmire, Crystal Rother and husband Dusty, Paul Leffler, Daniel Parrish and wife Alisha, Brandon Parrish and wife Mica, Ashley Parrish, James Allen and wife Shelly, Amanda Arant, William Barnett, Jason Reardon and wife Mandy, Penny Rogers and husband Johnny, Beau Conn, La Nea Jones and husband Bobby, Bambi Harlin, Shelly Wright, Melissa Johnson and husband Wade and Jeffery Baack; and great-grandchildren, McKenzie, Krislynn, Gage, Chance, Tucker, Kaytyln, Bailey, Brenna, Chelsie, Chase, Abbigail, Mason, Jantzen, Austin, Abby, Cameron, Carleigh, Conner, Cheyanne, Bryan, Blake, Madison, Kelsey, Madison, Kylie, Kaydance, and one on the way. Pallbearers were Jason Reardon, Beau Conn, Jeffrey Baack, Cory Whitmire, Sharee Parrish, Brooke Whitmire and Brandon Parrish. Honorary pallbearer was Airman Cody Whitmire. Cochran Funeral Home of Onalaska directed the arrangements.

Jerry O’Dell Rogers Sr.
TRINITY – Services for Jerry O’Dell Rogers Sr., 69, of Trinity were held at 11 .m. Monday, April 19, 2010, at the Trinity Funeral Home with the Rev. Jason Burden, pastor of Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church, officiating. Mr. Rogers died Friday, April 16, in Conroe. He was born April 6, 1941, in Trinity and was employed as a heavy equipment operator by Merdian Heavy Equipment Co. Mr. Rogers was preceded in death by a daughter, Leeann Rogers; his father, W.F. “Coot” Rogers; and four siblings, Dorothy Owena Hobbs, Linda Hickman, Larry LeWayne and Jimmy Dean Rogers. Survivors include his wife, Monda Jo Barksdale Rogers; a son and his spouse, Jerry O. and Cari Gilbert Rogers Jr.; his mother, Mertyce Rogers; a brother, Eddie Carroll Rogers; three sisters, Belinda Cryor, Sylvia Havens and Charlotte Rogers; and three grandchildren, Jerry Lee Rogers, Ryan Blevens and Michael LeNorman.

Iolene R. Swope
TRINITY –Iolene R. Swope, 101, of Monroe, Mich., died Friday, April 2, 2010, at Medilodge of Monroe, Mich. Burial has taken place at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Jackson, Mich. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Born Nov. 16, 1908, in Jackson, Mich., she was the daughter of Edward W. and Anna (Rushman) Busch. She was married to George W. Swope on July 3, 1928, in Jackson. He preceded her in death on April 16, 1987. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Monroe, Mich. Mrs. Swope also was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Shirley Swope; a sister, Bernadine Weidenfeller; and a brother, Howard Bush. Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Beverly and Willard Hoofnagle of Trinity and Delores Besler of Monroe, Mich.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church in Monroe, Mich., or he Alzheimer’s Association.

Charlie Wilder Baker
TRINITY – Services for Charlie Wilder Baker, 74, of Trinity were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 11, 2010 at the Trinity Church of Christ with Dave Collier and Jerry Gardner officiating. Burial followed in Clapp Cemetery. Mr. Baker died Wednesday, April 7, in Trinity. He was born Feb. 24, 1936, in Trinity and attended Trinity High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Army Reserve. Mr. Baker was employed at General Electric from 1965 until he retired in 1993. His passions in life were hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Wilder and Opal Lorine Baker ; and a sister Margaret Fay. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Joyce Baker of Trinity; his daughter and her spouse, Kim and Bob Dudzik of Houston; two sisters and their spouses, Frances and D.L. Haworth of Trinity and Barbara and Clyde Smith of Center; two granddaughters, Mallory and Taylor Franta of Cypress; step-grandchildren; Eileen and Chris Psencik of Irving and James Dudzik of San Marcus; and a number of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers included Joe Haworth, Frank Baker, Bobby Baker, Neal Smith, Rickey Arnold and Kenneth Franta, Honorary pallbearers included Hamer Dunlap. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Jimmie Mac Eddington
HOUSTON – Services for Jimmie Mac Eddington, 71, will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2010, at the Klein Funeral Home, 9719 Wortham Blvd., Houston. The Eddington family will receive friends Thursday, April 15, from 5-8 p.m. at the Klein Funeral Home. Mr. Eddington died Sunday, April 11. Survivors include his wife, Gail Eddington,; a son, David Eddington; three daughters and a son-in-law, Michelle Eddington, Victoria and Craig Walls and Kim Cameron; seven grandchildren, Andrew Cameron, Cynthia Cameron, Sean Cameron, Jacob Walls, Caden Walls, Nathan Kele Walls and Jaxon Walls; and a number of other family members and friends. Klein Funeral Home of Houston is directing the arrangements.

Lenvell Lee Mosley
TRINITY – Services for Lenvel Lee Mosley, 77, of Onalaska will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 2010 at Cochran Funeral Chapel in Onalaska with the Rev. Dennis Hodge officiating. The family received friends on Wednesday, April 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cochran Funeral Chapel in Onalaska. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery. Mr. Mosley died peacefully on Monday, April 12 at his residence with his family at his side following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Nov. 21, 1932 in Chireno, the son of Bob and Amanda Mosley. He was self educated and known as one of the best vegetable farmers in Polk County. He would work endless hours to maintain thousands of crops for the harvest. In Houston he was employed for Brown & Root Corporation where he traveled and worked as a fabricator and pipe fitter, retiring in 1977. He also worked for Champion Lumber Company and was a logger. He married the love of his life, Velma Elaine Mosley, in June of 1952 and she devoted 58 years of love and care to him. Mr. Mosley loved to go to the casinos. Later he was given the secret of mastering garage sales and he and his wife loved going when they could. He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Billy L. Tooke; eight sisters; and three brothers. Survivors include his wife; four children and their spouses, Robert and Nancy Mosley, Danny L. and Debbie Mosley, Pam and Glynn Johnson and Steve Mosley; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers include Garry Bentley, Allen Weeks, Freddy Weeks, Jerry Milton Jr. and Ed Lasater. Honorary pallbearers include Terry Bentley and Robert Beasley Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements. Andrew Jackson Darington


HUNTSVILLE – Services for Andrew Jackson Darington, 84, of Riverside wer4e held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 27, 2010, at the Riverside United Methodist Church with the Rev. Warren Austin officiating. Burial followed at 5 p.m. in Charlotte, Texas. Mr. Darington died Wednesday, March 24. He was born Nov. 9, 1925. Survivors include his wife Peggy Darington; two sons and their spouses, Geryl and Brit Darington of Austin, and Buddy and Jo Beth Darington of New Orleans, La.; three brothers, Lawrence Darington of Buffalo, Joe Darington of Palestine, and John Darington of Mississippi; four grandchildren, Andrew Darington, Kimberly Theodos, Shannon Stolz and Scott Stolz; and a great-grandson, Tyler Theodos. Huntsville Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Dennis Michael Francis
TRINITY – A memorial service for Dennis Michael Francis, 66, of Trinity was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 28, 2010, at the Westwood Shores Country Club. A second service will be held at a later date in Springfield, Mass. Mr. Francis donated his body to the Baylor College of Medicine, Mr. Francis died Sunday, March 21, at his residence in Westwood Shores following a long illness. He was a fourth generation Texan, born Sept. 11, 1943, in Palestine. Mr. Francis was graduated from Bellaire High School and attended Texas A&M, the University of Texas and was graduated from the University of Houston. Mr. Francis was retired from the U.S. Army and from AT&T. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Rex Francis; his mother, Lucille Forrest-Bond; and a son, Nicholas Ross Francis. Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Joyce Nauert-Francis of Trinity; a daughter and her spouse, Cynthia and Steven Kimball of Springfield, Mass.; a son and his spouse, Stewart and Erin Basler-Francis of Chicopee, Mass.; a sister, Marianne Charlton-Dillard and her husband, David, of Livingston; a brother and his spouse, Patrick and Kelly Bond of Spriong; two brothers-in-law and a spouse, David Nauert of Katy and Dr. Philip and Sandra Nauert of Bellaire; a sister-in-law and her spouse, Nikki and David Truhan of Plano; a granddaughter, Emmalyn Kimball of Springfield, Mass.; a number of nieces and nephews. He also is survived by his extended family in western Massachusetts, Stina and Felix Santos, Sandra and Brian Coombs, Trishand Scott Wooldrich, Nate Seldin, Amanda Taylor, Melanie Gladden, Nicole Perkins, Brian Maxwell and Zubeda Yonis In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Rd., 2nd Fl., Bethesda, MD, 20814 or to Hospice Care of the Southwest, 317 Church St. Ste. 112, Livingston, Texas 77351.

Debrha Louise Hollon McGhee
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Debrha Louise Hollon McGhee, 46, of Trinity were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 29, 2010 at Chita Cemetery in Trinity County with Pastor Shane Holeveman officiating. Mrs. McGhee died Thursday, March 25, in Trinity. Mrs. McGhee was born Nov. 22, 1963 in Pasadena, and attended Glenna Park High School. After raising her sons in Pasadena, she moved to Trinity where she was employed by the Trinity Independent School District for five years in the cafeteria. She then went to work at Shipley’s Donuts. She was known as a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and a good friend to many. She was preceded in death by her mother, Wanda Jean Powell. Survivors include her husband, Gregory Loren McGhee; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Mitchell McGhee and Randy and Sandra McGhee; her father and step-mother, Clifton and Racheal Hollon; a sister, Stormie Ray; two brothers and their spouses, Eddie and Jeannie Hollon and Michael and Kathy Hollon; a granddaughter, Kinsley McGhee; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Thelma Fay Rancher
HUNTSVILLE – Graveside services for Thelma Fay Rancher, 74, of Conroe, were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 29, 2010, at the Bath Cemetery in New Waverly with Pastor Arthur Blevins officiating. Mrs. Rancher died Saturday, March 27, 2010 in Conroe. She was born Nov. 10,1935 in Huntsville, the daughter of Dannie and Sophia Shipp. She spent most of her life as a homemaker in Conroe. Survivors include her husband, Ray Rancher of Conroe; seven children, Linda Kelly of Madisonville, Danny Rancher of Willis, Martha Krohne of Pacific, MO, Brenda Blevins of Aztec, NM, Donald Rancher and David Rancher, both of Conroe, and Kelly Bates of Groesbeck; and a sister, Minnie Clamon of Trinity. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeanette Rancher. Brooke Funeral Home of Huntsville directed the arrangements.

Adelheid Anna “Heidi” Bemis
TRINITY – Services for Adelheid Anna “Heidi” Bemis, 69, were held Saturday, March 20, 2010, at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with Father Tom Edelen officiating. Burial followed in Trinity Cedar Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Bemis died Tuesday, March 16, in Crockett. She was born Aug. 29, 1940, in Miesenback, Germany. She was employed at the Westwood Shores Country Club and was a member of the Red Hats. Known as a loving mother of five children, she enjoyed riding motorcycles and working in her garden and yard. She also remodeled her own home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Friedrich and Lydia Kraemer, and a granddaughter ,Jessica Leclair. Survivors include her five daughters, Pia Havner and her husband Kenneth, Mary Quinton and her partner Vinson Jones, Wendy Wacker and her husband Alan, Heidi Leclair and her friend Jeff King and Bonita Merryfield and James Sagent; a brother and his spouse, Deiter and Elsbeth Kraemer; a sister, Anneliese Conrad; grandchildren, James and Wendy Weatherford, Michelle Flowers, William Quinton, Rachel Carroll and Brad, Amanda Wacker, Brandon Wacker, Jenipher Leclair, Karl-Heinz King, Mia King, Phillup Merryfield and David Merryfield; one great-grandchild, Brenden Flowers; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

James Warner Colburn
TRINITY – James Warner Colburn, 64, of Trinity died Thursday, March 11, 2010 at his residence. There are no services scheduled. He was born April 10, 1945, in Houston, the son of Hubert and Verna Colburn Sr. In his earlier years, Mr. Colburn was a commercial fisherman and he worked as a machinist in Houston. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include two brothers, Wesley and Roy Colburn of Riverside. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Brad Smith
TRINITY – Services for Brad Smith of the Port Adventure subdivision in Trinity County will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the Patsy Jackson residence. Mr. Smith died Sunday, March 21, at East Texas Medical Center-Trinity. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Smith; a daughter, Sheila Smith; three brothers and their spouses, Wayne and Margie Smith, Wilber J. and Patricia Smith and Curtis and Sue Smith; and a sister, Patsy Lee Jackson. Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Leslie Kent VanZandt
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Leslie Kent VanZandt, 75, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 21, 2010 at Clapp Cemetery with the Rev. Randy Lowe officiating. Mr. VanZandt died Friday, March 19, in Houston. He was born Dec. 21, 1934, the son of Kent and Lucy VanZandt. Mr. VanZandt worked for the Trinity Saw Mill for many years and proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed taking care of his cats and of others in need. He had a passion for old cars and enjoyed going to car shows. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. His last words spoken were “Tell them I loved and get them in church.” He was preceded in death by his wife Allyene VanZandt in 1983 and his parents. Survivors include a son, Randy VanZandt; aunts and uncles, Elmer and Lilas Tarr and Edith Klahr; his cousins, Elizabeth Vaugh, Lilas and Milton Cramer and Linda Street; his children at heart, Brenda and Ben Drone, Johnny and Erma Davis, Jim Paul and Stacy Davis, Cindy and Scott Pocius; and numerous grandchildren, Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

James Wesley “Jimmy” Wickham
TRINITY – Services for James Wesley “Jimmy” Wickham, 57, of Houston were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at the Calvary Baptist Church of Trinity with the Rev. Randy Lowe officiating. Burial followed in the Magnolia Cemetery. Mr. Wickham died March 18 at his residence. He was a volunteer and worked in narcotics for the Harris County Sheriff Department. Survivors include his mother and step-father, Helen and Bert Brown; his father, Wesley Speer “Wick” Wickham; a sister, Cheri Hart; a brother, Mike Wickham; two step-sisters and a spouse, Shirley and Jimmy Chandler and Linda Mitcham; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Hiram Winfred “Woody” Wood
GROVETON – Services for Hiram Winfred “Woody” Wood, 83, of Groveton were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 20, 2010, at the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Lewis Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Glenwood Cemetery. Mr. Wood died Thursday, March 15, in Groveton. He was born July 2, 1926, in China Grove and was a retired firefighter for the City of Houston. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Groveton and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Wood was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Wood, in 2009; and by his parents, Justin “J.W.” Wood and Ethel Wilson Wood. Survivors include four daughters, Deborah Pike of Groveton, Karen Heine of Burton, Pam Valicek of Houston and Donna Dalton of Katy; a sister, Floyce Gandy of Fort Worth; and a brother, Kenneth Wood of Livingston. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

 

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