|Trinity Standard - Obituaries
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Arthur Harold Blackwell
TRINITY -- Arthur Harold Blackwell, 77, formerly of Arkansas, died Saturday, April 2, 2011 in Trinity at his daughter’s residence. There are no services scheduled at this time. He was born Oct. 10, 1933 in Louanne, Ark., and served in the United States Army. He was a retired licensed, self-employed industrial electrician. He loved to go fishing whenever he could. He was preceded in death by the mother of the children, Mary O’Brien; a brother, Jerry Blackwell; a granddaughter, Misty Blackwell ; and his parents, Arthur and Elizabeth Blackwell. Survivors include his wife, Betty Blackwell; eight children and their spouses, Michael Rita Blackwell, Donna Alexander, Yvonne Walls, Darryl and Kay Blackwell, step-daughter Renea Stone, Lisa Shaw, Timothy Blackwell and Kenny Blackwell; two brothers, Donald Blackwell and Jimmy Blackwell; a sister, JoAnn Blackwell; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Jorene Werner Bryan
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Jorene Werner Bryan, 87, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Trinity Cedar Grove Cemetery with family members officiating. She died Wednesday, April 6, in Osceola, Ark. Born Feb. 1, 1924, in Trinity, she was the daughter of Harold and Blanche Werner, She was a member of the Presbyterian faith all her life and was a member of Trinity First Presbyterian Church since childhood. Her parents were long time members also. She was a graduate of a Trinity High School and Sam Houston State Teachers College. She worked with her father for many years and was a lifetime friend with Phoebe Lott. She moved to Osceola, Ark. in 1979 to be with her surviving sister. Survivors include he sister, Lois Watson of Osceola, Ark.; a niece, Jo Neal, of Pine Bluff, Ark.; a nephew, John Watson of Newport, Ark.; two great nephews, Watson and Sam Neal; and two great nieces, Haley and Mallory Watson. Roller-Swift Funeral and Waller-Thornton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.
Nancy B. Lively Cleveland
GROVETON -- Memorial services for Nancy B. Lively Cleveland, 71, of Groveton were held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2011 in the Josserand Baptist Church with Bro. Buford Rogers officiating. Mrs. Cleveland died Monday, April 11, in Lufkin. She was born April 13, 1939 in Graham, the daughter of Robert Benjamin Lively and Vera Pennick Lively. She was a mother and wife and was known as the “Hat Lady” at Josserand Baptist Church. Mrs. Cleveland was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Cleveland; and her parents. Survivors include three daughters and a son-in-law, Joanna Hildebrandt of Houston, Terry Godosar of Huntsville and Leslie and Jeff Drastata of Huntsville; three brothers, Robert Lively of Tucson, Ariz., Ralph Lively of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Jesse Lively of Mountain Home, Ark.; four granddaughters, and their spouses, Amanda and Clay Duckworth of Spring, Jordan and Chris Bizauskas of Huntsville, Tiffany Drastata of Huntsville and Marga Godosar of Huntsville; two great grandsons, Kaden Hildebrandt of Spring and Aaron Bizauskas of Huntsville; and numerous other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the Groveton Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility and to Breast Cancer Society. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.
Ernest Eugene Hilton, Jr.
TRINITY – Services for Ernest Eugene Hilton Jr., 51, were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Parrish officiating. Burial followed in Golden Gate Cemetery in Trinity. Mr. Hilton died Thursday, April 14, at his father’s residence in Trinity. Born June 5, 1959, in Houston, he was known by the nicknames of “Routine Gene”, “Sugar Boy” and “Little Gene” throughout his life. He worked as a delivery milkman for Oak Farm Dairy Company in Houston and would drive the truck to many grocery stores and stock the shelves for each store. He enjoyed bowling and during league bowling he rolled a 300 game and received a ring from the American Bowling Association for the perfect game. He enjoyed the surprise and the good and bad of Texas Lotto each week. Survivors include two sons, and a daughter-in-law, Christopher and Nicole Hilton and Michael Hilton; a daughter, Jennifer Hilton; his mother, Patricia Ann Wheatley; his father and step-mother, Ernest Eugene and Linda Hilton Sr.; two brothers and their spouses, Marcus and Dottie Young and Eddie and JoAnna Hilton; a sister, Tamie Hilton and Billy Chappell; a step-brother and his spouse, Charles “Squeeky” and Callie Wade; a step-sister, Marci Wade; and a number of other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Catherine Eileen Schmidt
TRINITY -- Memorial services for Catherine Eileen Schmidt, 31, were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Loftin officiating. She died Saturday, April 9, in Polk County. She was born Sept. 7, 1979, in Philadelphia, Penn., and was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Richard “Sharky” Thompson; a brother, Rayond Richard “Ray Ray” Thompson; an aunt, Jill Hill; an uncle, Frank Raymond; and a grandmother, Ethel May Schmidt. Survivors include two children, Sabrina Lynn Schmidt and Raymond Edward Schmidt; he mother, “Ma Dukes” Catherine Eileen Schmidt; a brother, Edward Michael Thompson; two aunts, Veronica Todaro and Linda Lynn Schmidt; an uncle, Joseph Paul Schmidt; her significant other, Donald Falcone; her step-father, Steve Noel and cousins James Hepworth and Daniella Todaro. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Rev. Adrien S. Johnson
TRINITY – A celebration of life service for the Rev. Adrien S. Johnson, 47, was held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 11, 2011, at Greater St. Matthews Baptist Church in Hitchcock with Pastor W.K. Randall and the Rev. W.H. King III officiating. Pastor A.S. Johnson was the eulogist. A service of remembrance also was held from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at the Jerusalem Baptist Church. The Rev. Johnson died Wednesday, April 6, at the Conroe Regional Medical Center. He was born Jan..7, 1964, in Houston, the son of A.S. Johnson Sr. and Faye Johnson. He attended school in Galveston where he graduated in 1982 from Ball High School. He later attended Sam Houston State University, where he received a BA in communication, and pledged Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity. He also attended University of Houston. His Christian journey began at an early age under the leadership of his father, the Rev. A.S. Johnson. He was continuously feed and nurtured through the spiritual love and care given to him by his father. He would accept his call into the gospel ministry, and at the age of 25, was called to his first church, Greater Mt. Zion in Brazoria. He later served the Ark of the Lord Community Church in Houston, TX and was currently serving as pastor of the Lone Star Baptist Church in Trinity. He also held many positions within the local associations and state convention. He was preceded in death by his mother, Faye Dean Johnson-Mobley; his stepmother, Ula Johnson; and a sister, Annette Johnson. Survivors include his wife, Patreese Mack Johnson; a son, Kyrian Hawkins; his father and stepmother, the Rev. A.S. and Thelma Johnson; his twin brother and his spouse, Pastor André and Giselle Johnson; three other brothers and their spouses, Apostle Andrew and Henerietta Johnson Jr., Bishop Kevan and Danyale Johnson and Arthur and Pamela Johnson; four sisters, Brenda Johnson, Jackie Pipkins, Patrice Sloan, Andrunelle Johnson; four godchildren, Desiree Pipkins, Tamere Johnson, Ke’terra Smith and Ayden DeBose; his best friend, Jonas Brinkley; a number of nieces, nephews and cousins; and his Lone Star Church family and many friends. Fields-Johnson Family Mortuary directed the arrangements.
Mollie Catherine Johnson
LIVINGSTON – Graveside services for Mollie Catherine Johnson, 90, were held Monday, April 11, 2011, in the Holly Groce Cemetery with Bro. Orval Barger officiating. Mrs. Johnson died Friday, April 8, in Trinity. She was born July 6, 1920 in Geneva, Ala. She enjoyed arts and crafts, gardening of flowers and vegetables, she loved animals and had a special interest in miniature horses. Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Hamilton Sr.; three brothers, Lewis J. Richardson, James Otis Richardson and Thomas Garland Richardson; and her parents, Lottie and Murph Richardson. Survivors include a son and his spouse, Johnny Hamilton and Kelly Johnson Jr.; four grandchildren, Johnny Hamilton Jr. III, Norma Jean Predomo, Terry Laskey and Kathryn R. Johnson; numerous great-grandchildren; and a number of other family and friends. Pace Funeral Home of Livingston directed the arrangements. To sign the online guestbook go to www.pacefuneral.com.
Billy Jack Walker
TRINITY – Services for former Trinity Mayor Billy Jack Walker, 79, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 7, 2011 at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity. Burial followed at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity. Mr. Walker died Sunday, April 3, 2011 in Conroe following a long battle with cancer. As a young man Mr. Walker worked at the Basket Factory and the Allen Chamberlain Ice House. He moved to Houston only to stay a month or so and moved back to Trinity. He then began a 33-year career with Texas Longleaf Co. that later became Champion Paper Co. He was an elected two terms as a city councilman and served as the mayor of Trinity from 1992 to 1994. Mr. Walker had a passion for fishing, he loved to raise chickens and had a large garden from which he would share the harvest with friends. He was a member of Joe Werner Masonic Lodge 553 and also a 32 degree Mason. He fought a strong and gallant battle against Cancer. He won his fight on April 4, 2011 when God called him home in Conroe, Texas. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jackie Louise Walker; and his father, Henry Jack Elmer Walker. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Margie Lousie Walker, Pearl (Family Pet Parrot), a sister, and her spouse, Peggy and L.W. Rogers; two brothers and their spouses,, Jim and Edna Walker and Bob and Barbara Walker; the family’s pet parrot, Pearl; and a number of special friends and other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Juan Montalvo Alvarado
TRINITY -- Memorial services for Juan Montalvo Alvarado, 78, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with Father Tom Edelen officiating. Mr. Alvarado died Monday, March 21, in Crockett. He was born May 27, 1932 in Luling. Mr. Alvarado was preceded in death by his parents, Guillermo and Aula Alvarado; and three brothers, Angel, Tony and Arthur Alvarado. Survived by eight children and their spouses, Carmen and Tony DeAvila, Teresa Thomason, Juan Alvarado Jr., Sylvia and Manuel Garza, Gilbert Alvarado, Velma Ballesteros, Lori Martinez and Pauline and Steve Mendez; four siblings, Gilbert Alvarado, Amelia Alvarado, Aurora Martinez and her husband Marcos and Paul Alvarado; 25 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Robert Anderson “Andy” Enoch
TRINITY – Services for Robert Anderson “Andy” Enoch, 62, were held at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 3, 2011 at Riverside Methodist Church with the Rev. Warren Austin officiating. Military honors were presented by VFW Post 6988. Mr. Enoch died Tuesday, March 29, in Huntsville following a courageous battle with stage-four carcinoma of the lungs. He was born Nov. 8, 1948 in Detroit, Mich., and was employed as a manager for GMAC 25 years,; as general manager at Keatins Chevrolet; and most recently, by Collateral Specialists as an auditor. He was a devoted husband and father. Mr. Enoch proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1969-70 during the Vietnam Conflict as part of the 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 25th Division. He was an active member of Riverside Methodist Church for more than 14 years. Survivors include his loving wife of 11 years, Elaine; a son, Chris of Austin; a daughter, Erica of Los Angeles, Calif,; his twin brother, Bill of Detroit, Mich.; and a sister, Sondi Ludd of Detroit, Mich. In Lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Enoch Memorial Fund: Payable to Riverside Methodist Church. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Rosetta Davis Fields
TRINITY – Services for Rosetta Davis Fields, 88, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Horace officiating. Burial followed in Flat Prairie Cemetery Mrs. Field died Monday, March 21, only days after celebrating her 88th birthday. She was born March 17, 1923, in Flat Prairie, the daughter of the late Richard and Permella Davis. Ms. Fields was a homemaker all of her life and she was a loving mother, grandmother and sister. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Lee Fields; two sons, Willie Elbert and Arthur Lee Fields; and nine siblings, Rufus Davis, Wesley Davis, William Davis, J. D. Davis, Douglas Davis, Mary Horace, Louverta Dailey, Anna Mayse, Astella Smiley. Survivors include six children, Otha L. Fields and wife Jonell, Francis Smith, Isaac Cunningham, Pearlie Cunningham and friend Clarence Holoman, Elvis Cunningham and Bennie Cunningham; a brother, Homer Davis; 16 grand-children, 16 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Clyde Ellsworth Foster
TRINITY – A celebration of life service for Clyde Ellsworth Foster, 80, was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Everett McCollum officiating Mr. Foster died Saturday, March 26, in Trinity. He was born Nov. 25, 1930 in Crawford, Penn, and proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean Era. He was a graduate of Penn State University with a bachelors degree. Clyde was plant manager for Koopers Company for more than 30 years while living in Pittsburgh. He moved to Trinity in 2006 to enjoy retirement. He loved to hunt, fish, train bird dogs, carpentry and was a very good cook. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellsworth Hazen and Thelma Audrey Foster. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Barbara Ann Foster; two daughters and their spouses, Kathy and David Sutton and Nancy and Robert Kaechler; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Sam Farnsworth, Tom Farnsworth, Sally Farnsworth, Billy and Loli Tilotta, Stuart Sutton, Kyle Sutton and Nick and Shannon Kaechler; a great-grandson, Bryce Luke; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Jimmie Christeen Golden
TRINITY – Services for Jimmie Christeen Golden, 81, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2011 at Promise Land Baptist Church with Pastor Myrton Thompson officiating. Burial followed in Rocky Hill Sims Cemetery of Lufkin. Mrs. Golden died Thursday, March 31, in Houston. She was born Oct. 18, 1929, in Augusta, Ga., the last of eight children born to James Lonnie and Trannie Victoria Greene. Mrs. Golden was a homemaker as well as a businesswoman. She was the owner-operator of Town & Country Mobil Homes and owned Golden’s Tire Center. She loved gardening and the beauty of flowers and opened Golden’s Nursery, which is still a successful business in operation today. Mrs. Golden was preceded in death by her husband, John Searcy Golden; her parents; seven siblings, Jamie Mae Greene Smally, John Zelton Green, Lucille Greene Seawall, William Walter Greene, Juanita Greene Powell Johnson, Vera Greene Lewis and Lillie Green Hunt; a son-in-law, Felix Rudolpho Rodriguez, special cousins, Ruby Kitchens and Maudie Green Little Vera; and a granddaughter, Little Vera. Survivors include a daughter, Johnna Golden; grandchildren, Victoria Christeen Childs and her husband Randy, Shelby Janelle Ricks, Savannah Grace Golden and Johnathan Cordaro Rodriguez. Also surviving are children from Augusta, Ga., Jewel Faulkner, Vera “Sissy” Kelley, Diane Modney, Warren Lewis, Laura Kitchens; grandchildren from Georgia, Audrey, Carrie, Charles, Heath, Patrick, Olivia, George “Bubba”, Rhonda, Jason and Michael; a special cousin Jonnie Ruth Spence; a brother-in-law, Henry Lee Hunt; and numerous great-grandchildren and other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Robert Virgil Hoelewyn
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Robert Virgil Hoelewyn, 80, of Groveton were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2011 in Bennett Cemetery with Bro. Robert Jones officiating. Mr. Hoelewyn died Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at his residence. He was born Dec. 14, 1930 in New Gulf. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Lottie Hoelewyn; his father and mother-in-law, Bud & Ruth Lee; four brothers; five sisters; a great-grandson; and his fishing buddy, Christopher Pate. Survived include his wife of 62 years, Ruthie Mae Hoelewyn; five children and their spouses, Robert Virgil and Debbie Hoelewyn Jr. of Crockett, Doris and Benny Boykin of Centerville, Martha and Roger Melton of Groveton, Peggy and Robert Allee of Trinity and Lovanne and Bill Brumbelow Damon; a sister and her spouse, Lena and Shorty Archer of Groveton; a brother-in-law, Billy Lee; grandchildren and their spouses, Carrie Hoelewyn, Ronnie and Becky Hoelewyn, James and Ellen Hoelewyn, Jeana and Alex Sanchez, Jamie Boykin, Colby and Gina Melton, Kevin and Chelsea Cleveland, Candis and Scott Selman; a special granddaughter and her spouse, Megan and Ronnie Treece; 24 great-grandchildren, TsuNan, Cody, Mason, Brandon, Moriah, Jake, Andrew, Clayton, Zachary, Christopher, Brittany, Caitlin, Kimberly, Anthony, Sydney, Andrew, Triston, Armie, Reagan, Corey, Casey, Ashley, Christian, Ronnie; and a number of other relatives. Pallbearers included Doug Page, Ralph Montemayor, Donnie Puckett, Larry Karm, Malcom Lawson and James Nichols. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Aubrey Lee Johnson, Jr.
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Aubrey Lee Johnson Jr., 77, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011 in the Pioneer Riverside Cemetery with the Rev. Warren Austin officiating. Mr. Johnson died peacefully on Monday, March 21, in Trinity. He was born Dec. 11, 1933, in Riverside and proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked for Brown and Root and was a truck driver in the transportation industry. He was preceded in death by his parents, Aubrey Lee and Virginia Louise Johnson; and a brother who was a twin, Bobby Johnson. Survivors include four siblings and their spouses, Ida Lois and Wilburn Morgan, Jimmy and Cathy Johnson, twin Billy and Jeanie Johnson Madolyn Cheshire; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Katherine Ann Thompson
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Katherine Ann Thompson, 53, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011 in Chita Cemetery with Bishop Stewart officiating. Ms. Thompson died peacefully Tuesday, March 29, in Shenandoah with her son and daughter at her side. Nicknamed “Catfish” by her father, she was born Aug. 20, 1957, in Gainesville. She was known as a mother who loved her children dearly. She enjoyed gardening as well as dancing the Cotton-Eyed Joe and the Four Corner Dance at the Cedar Lounge. She also loved to spend time with her family She was preceded in death by her father, Michael Thompson; a brother, Michael Thompson; her husband, David Holland; and her favorite dog, Kayla. Survivors include a daughter, Angelia Garcia; a son, Jason Keen; her mother, Florine Thompson; two sisters and their spouses, Brenda and Paul Hayles and Patricia and Rex Huston; three grandchildren, Jaden, Jada and Faith Garcia; and a number of nieces and nephews. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Billie Jean LaRoe Turner
TRINITY – Services for Billie Jean LaRoe Turner of Trinity, 82, of Trinity were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church of Trinity, 131 N. Elm Street. Mrs. Turner died Sunday, April 3, in Odyssey Hospice of Conroe following a long life of service to others. She was born June 7, 1928, in Nacogdoches, the daughter of Faye and Alton LaRoe. She married Robert Turner on July 4, 1947, and together they were in the school business, Robert, a teacher, and Billie, his ever-faithful supporter. They lived and served in the Texas communities of Huntsville, Freer, Navasota, Bellville, Pearland, and Trinity. Mr. Turner served as superintendent of Bellville Schools from 1960 to 1968. Mrs. Turner faithfully and lovingly nursed her husband for almost 30 years after a car accident rendered him a quadriplegic. Mrs. Turner was just as dedicated in her service to her church, especially her church choir where she was the lone female tenor. She was active in many community activities that included serving as president of the Martin Senior Center and helping to coordinate their Meals on Wheels Program. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and her sister, Natalie Russell. Survivors include three children and their spouses, Mike and Carol Turner of Bellville, Susan Enloe of Humble and Dannie and Paul Machemehl of Bellville; a sister Marlene Underwood; her grandchildren, Jennifer Turner, Mason Turner, Tracy and Rocky Byers, Katie and Matthew Jones, JP Machemehl and Amy Machemehl; one great-grandchild, Daxton Jones; and a number of friends, including Leo Chaney. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Billie’s memory to First United Methodist Church of Trinity, Martin Senior Center, First Presbyterian Church of Trinity, or the Robert and Billie LaRoe Turner Endowed Scholarship at Sam Houston State University. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Otis L. Causey
TRINITY – Otis L. Causey, 75, of Trinity died Saturday, March 26, 2011, in Trinity. In keeping with the wishes of the family, his remains will be cremated. Mr. Causey was born Feb. 25, 1936 in California. Survivors include his wife, Mary Malinda Causey; two sons and their spouses, James and Chris Causey and Robert and Jeanine Causey; a daughter, Tammy Stone; and four grandchildren, Michelle, Stewart, Amber and Alyssa. Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.
Dr. Jesse F. Partridge Sr.
HUNTSVILLE – Services for Dr. Jesse F. Partridge Sr. 87, of Trinity will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2011, at the Brooke Funeral Chapel, 672 FM 980, in Huntsville. Dr. Partridge died Monday, March 28, in Houston,. He was born March 24, 1924, in Hillsboro, the son of Luther and Vennie Partridge. Dr. Partridge was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the VFW. He served the community in the alternative medicine avenue and enjoyed helping people. Survivors include a son, Jesse F. Partridge Jr. of Trinity; two daughters, Charlotte Partridge and Leota Herrington, both of Trinity; three brothers, Bennie Partridge of Center, Edward Partridge of Center and Bernis Partridge of Oregon; four sisters, Iva Parker of Center, Canova Rhodes of Houston, Pearl Cessna of Cleveland and Lois Whitmire of Cleveland; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. In keeping with Dr. Partridge's wishes, he will be cremated. An online family register book is available at www.brookefuneralservice.com Brooke Funeral Home and Crematory of Huntsville directed the arrangements.
Leonard Charlie Snyder
GROVETON – Graveside services for Leonard Charlie Snyder, 85, of Groveton were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 28, 2011, in the Glenwood Cemetery with Bro. Buford Rogers officiating. Mr. Snyder died Friday, March 25, in Groveton. He was born Sept. 11, 1925, in Ratcliff and was retired from the Texas Department of Corrections. He was a member of the Josserand Baptist Church. Mr. Stryder was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Snyder, in 1995. Survivors include one son and his spouse, Douglas C. and Karen D. Snyder of Groveton; a daughter, Carolyn F. Snyder of Groveton; a step-daughter, Elizabeth Calvert; two brothers, Emmett Snyder and Louis Snyder; a sister, Lois Sisson Howell; a grandson, Brandon S. Snyder of Conroe; a step-granddaughter, Rebecca A. Williams of Groveton; two great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Groveton EMS service.