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Trinity Standard - Obituaries
For the Week of April 6, 2008 - April 13, 2008
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Alva Douglas ‘Doug’ Aden
HUNTSVILLE – Memorial services for Alva Douglas “Doug” Aden, 74, were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2008, in the Pointblank First Baptist Church in San Jacinto County with Pastor Mickey Fountain officiating.
Burial followed in the Center Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Aden died Sunday, March 16.
He was born April 14, 1933, the son of Thomas and Anna May Aden. Mr. Aden owned a tax accounting business since 1969 and served on a number of boards and organizations.
He was married to Jeanie for 21 years and was the father of four children and one step-daughter. He has eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter; and a sister.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association.

Traci Lee Cloud
TRINITY – Services for Traci Lee Cloud, 40, were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2008, at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Cleven Thompson officiating.
Miss Cloud died unexpectedly on Thursday, March 13.
She was born June 20, 1967, in Lincoln, Neb., and in 1985 was graduated from Papillion High School in Nebraska. She moved to Texas shortly after graduation.
Survivors include her father and stepmother, James and Nancy Cloud; her mother, Linda Cloud; a brother, Jim Cloud; a sister, Lori Cloud; a step-sister, Kelly Tish; a niece, Taylor Cloud; a step-niece, Brook Tish; three nephews, Jamie Cloud, Kenny Cloud and Mike Cloud; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Wanda Lee Griffin
TRINITY – Graveside services for Wanda Lee Griffin, 82, were held at 12 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2008, in the Eastern Gate Cemetery in Trinity with the Rev. Leroy Brown and the Rev. Jason Burden officiating.
Mrs. Griffin died Tuesday, March 18, in Trinity.
She was born Feb. 24, 1926, in Mart and was employed as an accountant for the Waxahacie courthouse as well as an accountant for St. Jude’s Hospital.
She was a member of the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church in Trinity.
Survivors include a son and his spouse, Michael Dennis and Evelyn Griffin; three grandchildren, Michelle Denise Griffin, Tonia Kleen and her husband Collin and Pei Sim; a niece and her spouse, Sherry and Leslie Haas; a nephew and his spouse, Gayland and Barbara Latimar; and a number of other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Cecil Andrew Heisch
TRINITY – Services for Cecil Andrew Heisch, 84, were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2008, at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Katie Alexander officiating.
Burial followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.
Mr. Heisch died Friday, March 21, in Trinity.
He was born Feb. 14, 1924, in Granger, the son of Felix and Myrtle Heisch. He moved with his family to Holland where he grew up on a farm during the Great Depression. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II on various ships in the Pacific Theater.
Mr. Heisch was employed by J Curtin Company for more than 20 years in Houston. He accepted a job with ETCH and Assoc. and worked with the oilfield company until his retirement in 1974.
Following the death of his wife, Leona, Mr. Heisch dedicated his time to working with the Avalon Place Family Council, for which he served as president of the board. While working with the council, he sought to provide a memorial park to be used by Avalon residents. When the park was completed, he dedicated it to the memory of Dr. Sam Barnes.
He was known as a husband, father, community volunteer and neighbor who was unselfish with his time, talents and earthly gifts. He also was a gardener who was known as “the tomato man” and loved to fish and share his catch of the day with others.
Mr. Heisch was preceded in death by his wife; two brothers, Milton Heisch and Foster Heisch; and two sister, Juanita Villerosa and Agnes Key.
Survivors include a son and his spouse, Harold and April Heisch; a daughter and her spouse, Carolyn and Tom Emanis; a sister, Ruby Neilsen; two grandchildren, Leslie Call and her husband Brent and Austin Heisch; and two great-grandchildren, Madyson Call and Asher Call.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

John Alton Matchett
TRINITY – Services for John Alton Matchett, 80, of Grand Prairie were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2008, at the Carlisle Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Goodson officiating.
Burial followed in the Carlisle Cemetery in Trinity County.
Mr. Matchett died Friday, March 21, in Arlington.
He was born Dec. 26, 1927, in the McGee Bend area of Trinity County and spent most of his childhood in Carlisle. He went to public school in Trinity and there joined the U.S. Army. He later retired from Texas Utilities (Big Brown) in Fairfield after 25 years.
He had a passion for many things including cooking, fishing and hunting and was deeply devoted to his family.
Survivors include a son and his spouse, Gary Ray and Annette Matchett of Grand Prairie; a sister, Dianne Tipton Walker and her husband Glen of Austin; a grandson, Justin; a granddaughter, Randi; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Helen Marie Rice
TRINITY – Services for Helen Marie Rice, 87, were held Monday, March 17, 2008, at the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Jason Burden and the Rev. Lindsey Nimmons officiating.
Burial followed in the Antioch Cemetery.
Mrs. Rice died Saturday, March 15, and joined her beloved husband of 60 years, Raymond Roscoe Rice, who died Dec. 23, 2007.
She was born Oct. 30, 1920, in Choteau, Okla., the daughter of Richard Lee Spencer and May Elizabeth Hard. She moved to Houston at the age of 17 to help care for family members.
She met and fell in love with Raymond Rice in 1946 and the couple was married in 1947.
A devoted Christian, she was also known as a wonderful mother and an amazing “granny” to all who were lucky enough to call her such. She enjoyed salt water fishing and could have resided by the ocean all of her life. Instead, she followed her husband around the world during his pipeline career.
The couple settled in Trinity in the 1970s where she became an avid gardener and widely known Avon lady. She also became known to area children as the Candy Lady.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmie Lee Spencer of Houston; and a sister, Ora Lee Daily of Trinity.
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Denise and Donald Hannusch of Trinity and Betty Henry of Dallas; two sons and their spouses, Raymond Paul and Peggy Rice of Galveston and Ricky and Judy Rice of Livingston; a sister, Emily Meredith Rice; two sisters-in-law, Maxine Tally of Houston and Jeanette Rice of Grapeland;  four grandchildren and their spouses, Richard and Kelly Rice, James and Michelle Fruge, Melanie and Steven Jones and Olivia Lauren Rice; 10 great-grandchildren, Ryan, Rusti, Kelly, Garrett, Kaitlyn, Colleen, Colton, Cody, Hayden and Lainey; and nieces and nephews, Pamela, Elizabeth and Judy and Billy Jackson of Trinity.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

 


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