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Trinity Standard - Obituaries
For the Week of April 27, 2008 - May 4, 2008
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Forest Hilton
TRINITY – Graveside services for Forest Hilton, 78, of Trinity were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2008, in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity with the Rev. Carroll Norsworthy officiating.
Mr. Hilton died Wednesday, April 16, in Trinity.
He was born Nov. 2, 1929, in Goose Creek and grew up in Sebastopol. He moved to Beaumont for a short time but realized that Trinity County was his home and moved to Trinity.
He held many positions during his lifetime, including working in a sawmill, driving a log truck, working for the Dr. Pepper Company and working as a ranch hand. He was retired from Champion Paper Company, having worked as a bulldozer operator for most of his adult life.
Mr. Hilton enjoyed the beauty of flowers and loved to sit and swing during the day and early evening.
He was a member of the Trinity Church of Christ.
Mr. Hilton was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Madison and Oberia Lawrence Hilton; and a brother, Dale Hilton.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Agnes Hilton; a son and his spouse, Jeffery and Paula Hilton; a daughter and her spouse, Vickie and Harold Patman; a sister, Troy Anderson; grandchildren, Kevin and Heidi Hilton, Scott and Tonya Hilton, Shaun and Kristi Hilton and Jeffery and Samantha Hilton; 13 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Tiffany Lynn Kluttz Lantow
TRINITY – Memorial services for Tiffaney Lynn Kluttz Lantow, 26, were held Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at the family residence with a gathering of friends and family.
Mrs. Lantow died Friday, April 4, in Trinity.
She was born Sept. 14, 1981, in Reno, Nev., the daughter of William Dillard and Kim Kathleen Gabehart Kluttz. She was employed as a bartender in Trinity County.
Survivors include her husband, Darrick Lantow; her parents; a brother and his spouse, Jason and Mandi Gabehart; a half-brother, Andrew Fox; her paternal grandparents, Dillard and Gloria Kluttz; three nieces and nephews, Jason Carl Gabehart, Casandra Gabehart and Dylan Gabhart; and a close friend, Ricki Garrison.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Josie L.‘Jo’ McFerrin
TRINITY – Services for Josie L. “Jo” McFerrin, 81, of Sebastopol were held Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at the Church of God with the Rev. Jack Black officiating.
Burial followed in the Carlisle Cemetery.
Mrs. McFerrin died Saturday, April 15.
Born March 12, 1927, in Sebastopol, she was the daughter of the late Joe M. Blair and Georgianna Reynolds Blair. Mrs. McFerrin was a homemaker and was employed as a sales clerk, office secretary and dental assistant.
She was a member of the National Dental Association, Dress Designers of America and China Painters Association.
Mrs. McFerrin also was a Past Matron of the Yorktown Chapter No. 945 of the Order of the Eastern Star and Past Matron of Huntsville Chapter No. 240 of the OES. She was the president of the Past Matron and Past Patron Club and had several appointments from the Grand Chapter of Texas OES.
She was active in church and community affairs and was a member of the Second Baptist Church and Winsome Class in Huntsville.
Mrs. McFerrin was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wilbur McFerrin; a sister, Betty Jo Yates; and five brothers, Elem Blair, Jessie Williamson, James Williamson, Clifford Williamson and William Williamson.
Survivors include a son and his spouse, Gary and Frances Rowe; a sister, Estelle Killion; two grandsons and their spouses, Gary W. and Renae Rowe and Joey and Angie Rowe; a great-grandson, Eli Dwayne Rowe; two great-granddaughters, Macie Jo Marie Rowe and Makala Frances Rowe; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Dr. Raymond Doyle Rice
GROVETON – Graveside services for Dr. Raymond Doyle Rice, 85, of Hilltop Lakes were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2008, in the Ivy Cemetery near Kennard with the Rev. James Whittlesey officiating.
Dr. Rice died Wednesday, April 16 at The Hospice of East Texas in Palestine.
Born May 15, 1922, in Trinity County, he was the son of Lela Money and Thomas H. Rice. He was a 1940 graduate of Kennard High School and worked briefly in Dallas.
During World War II, he served with the U.S. Naval Air Corps and following his discharge, he attended Stephen F. Austin State University and the Texas Chiropractic College. He graduated from Texas Chiropractic College in 1948 and received one of the first chiropractic licenses issued under the current Texas law.
Dr. Rice was a practicing chiropractor until he became disabled in 2007. He had offices in Lubbock, Groveton, Onalaska and Hilltop Lakes.
During his lifetime, he was an active member of the American Legion, the Lions Club, the Texas Chiropractic Association, the American Chiropractic Association. He also was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years.
Dr. Rice served as both an Onalaska city councilman and Onalaska mayor.
He was preceded in death by his parent; a brother, Dr. Andrew W. Rice; and his two sisters and their spouses, Reba and Carroll Eastepp and Nola and Joe Ed Farek.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Edith Anderson Rice; three sons and their spouses, Dr. Don A. and Cheryl Rice, Dr. John F. Rice and Dr. Richard M. and Lisa Rice; a daughter, Karen Sue Rice; two brothers and their spouses, Dr. Glenn W. and Mary Rice and Dr. Tom W. and Geanice Rice; a sister, Lona Marie “Tony” Rice Medley; three sisters-in-law and their spouses, Ruth Rice, Nell and Bill Aiken and Maggie and Rudy Jacobs; 10 grandchildren, Donnie Rice, Joseph “Trey” Price, Lacey Price, Debyn Rice, Raymond Travis Rice, Holly Rice, Elizabeth “Beth” Rice, Farrelle Rice, Elysa Rice and Tristan Rice; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to either the Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena or the Groveton Eastern Star Lodge No. 284 A.F. and A.M.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Rufus Clayton Terry
TRINITY – Services for Rufus Clayton Terry, 82, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2008, at the First Baptist Church in Groveton with the Rev. Lewis Jones officiating.
Burial followed in the Glenwood Cemetery with Masonic Lodge No. 284 presenting Last Burial Rites.
Mr. Terry died Wednesday, April 16, in Angleton.
Born Oct. 28, 1925, in Tyler County, he was a longtime resident of Lake Jackson. He graduated in 1942 from Groveton High School at the age of 16 before moving to Houston where he went to work in the shipyards.
Mr. Terry joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and was involved in the U.S. Marine Corps landings and naval assaults on the islands of Okinawa and Iwo Jima.
After being discharged at the end of World War II, he attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville and graduated with a degree in accounting in 1950. He returned to SHSU and earned a Masters Degree in administration.
He taught school in Pennington and Dickinson for three years before serving as principal for Dickinson for 14 years.
After moving to Lake Jackson in 1970, Mr. Terry taught in the distributive education department at Brazoswood for four years before working for 17 years as a principal for the Windham School at the Ramsey I and II units of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
He retired from his teaching and administrative career in 1991 after 41 years of service.
Mr. Terry became a member of the Baptist church in 1933 and was a member for over 70 years. He also was a member of the Brazos Port Retired Teachers Association, the Brazoria County Fair Association, the Brazoria County Cattleman’s Association, the Sam Houston Alumni Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was a lifetime member of the Disabled Veterans Association.
He was a Mason and was a past master and member of the Groveton Lodge No. 284 for over 57 years. He also was an Elmira Shrine member and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite member.
Mr. Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Mary Terry of Groveton; and a brother, Gerald Terry of West Columbia.
Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Cloward of Eureka, Calif.; a step-daughter, Lisa Polk of San Antonio; two brothers and their spouses, Douglas and Thelma Terry of Groveton and Bill and Lee Terry of Brazoria; two grandchildren, Candy and Sonny Cloward; three great-grandchildren, Abigail, Annilese and Finnegan; a close friend, Linda Heatherly of Angleton; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

 


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