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Trinity Standard - Obituaries
For the Week of August 20, 2007 - September 3, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company



Clell L. Benton Sr.
TRINITY – Services for Clell L. Benton Sr., 78, of Pennington were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Ronald Dart officiating.
Burial followed in the Mount Zion Cemetery.
Mr. Benton died Sunday, July 22, in Lufkin.
He was born April 7, 1929, in Trinity County and was retired from both the Trinity County road and bridge department and from Rohm and Haas. He was a member of the Tyler Church of God.
Survivors include two sons, Clell Benton Jr. and Mark Benton, both of Alto; four daughters and a son-in-law, Linda Benton of Tyler, Sharron Travis of Nacogdoches, Rachel Browning of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Kim and Charles Conway of Nacogdoches; a brother, Weston Benton of Deer Park; 19 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Grandsons served as pallbearers.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Bernice Sullivan Luera
GROVETON – Graveside services for Bernice Sullivan Luera, 90, of Houston were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2007, in the Bennett Cemetery with Bro. Lester McAdams officiating.
Mrs. Luera died Tuesday, July 17, in Houston.
She was born Sept. 1, 1918, in Trinity County and was employed as a waitress. She was a member of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Luera was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel Temple Sullivan and Holly Hannah Sullivan Barton; and four siblings, Josie Sullivan, George Barton, Dudley Barton and Ben Barton.
Survivors include a daughter, Dalores Leigh Willett; two sisters, Tee Adler of Groveton and Marie Welch of Tyler; a sister-in-law, Doris Barton of Crockett; a granddaughter, Lee Ann Willett; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Ottie Sue Love Safford
TRINITY – Services for Ottie Sue Love Safford, 87, were held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2007, in the Groveton Church of Christ with Lee Brinkman and Neal Kemper officiating.
Burial followed in the Carmona Cemetery.
Mrs. Safford died Wednesday, July 11, in Lufkin.
She was born March 23, 1920, in Chillicothe and was employed as an interior designer for a number of years. She enjoyed fabricating her own designs for window treatments and was known as a good seamstress. Mrs. Safford also was known as a strong Christian woman who enjoyed serving in the local nursing home.
She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Mrs. Safford was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Wilson Safford, a daughter-in-law, Susan Safford; and a great-grandson, Dane Wilson Safford.
Survivors include two sons, Gary Wilson Safford and Kim Alan Safford; a brother, Bobby Lee Love; two grandsons and a spouse, Glen Wilson and Cynthia Safford and Todd William Safford; two great-grandsons, Wendell Wilson Safford and Colton Dane Safford; and a number of other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Joseph Wall Jr.
TRINITY – Graveside services for Joseph Wall Jr., 77, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2007, in Hayes Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
Mr. Wall died Sunday, July 8, in Conroe.
He was born Dec. 3, 1929, in Nueces County and was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Edward and Ellen Nancy Mathisen Wall; and three sisters, Mary, Evelyn and Ann Marie.
Survivors include two daughters and their spouses, Marcia and Charles Saylor and Debra and Karl Buckley; a son, Edward Wall; a sister and her spouse, Elizabeth and Joe Cook; two grandchildren, Melissa Wall and her fiancé David, and Jeanette Blanco; and three great-grandchildren, Cory, Krischanna and Charlsie.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Thelma Edith Critchlow
TRINITY – Services for Thelma Edith Critchlow, 93, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with Bishop Boyle officiating.
Burial followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Beaumont.
Mrs. Critchlow died Thursday, Aug. 9, in Huntsville.
She was born Nov. 23, 1913, in Los Angeles, Calif., and was a homemaker and mother all of her adult life. She was employed in marketing for a short time in California. Since 1942 she has been a faithful servant and teacher of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John William and Anna Rosali Victoria Danielson Kelso; her husband, John Wesley Critchlow; and a son, Phillip Sven Critchlow.
Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jerome Wesley Critchlow and Larry and Rosita Critchlow; a daughter and son-in-law, Constance Victoria and James Bateman; a brother, Daniel William Kelso; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, Shawn and Carol Critchlow, Delores and Terrell Holcombe, Dru and April Bateman, Douglas and P.J. Bateman, John Wesley Critchlow, Cheryl Lee and Michael McElroy, Katherine Rose and Kevin Jacque, William Matthew, Devan Critchlow and Ian Herman Critchlow; 13 great-grandchildren, Tanner Holcombe, Tannlee Holcombe, Trey Critchlow, Amy Waller, Glade Smith, Keifer Bell, Jacob Hardy, Hunter Jacque, Gunnar Jacque, Gage Jacque, Jeremy Patrick Critchlow, John Wesley Critchlow and Braden Michael Bateman; and a great-great-grandson, Matthew Thomas Waller.

Russell Shane Floyd
GROVETON – Graveside services for Russell Shane Floyd, 29, of Groveton were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, in the Bennett Cemetery with Bro. Rodger Floyd officiating.
Mr. Floyd died Sunday, Aug. 12, in Groveton.
He was born March 27, 1978, in Lufkin and was employed as a logger. Mr. Floyd was a member of the Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James King; and grandparents Charlie and Mavis Floyd.
Survivors include his father, Rodger Floyd of Groveton; his mother, Judy Steel of Apple Springs; a brother, Rodney Floyd of Huntington; his grandparents, Frank and Lois O’Guinn of Lufkin; a niece, Kaylee Floyd of Groveton; a nephew, Robert Floyd of Groveton; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers included Aaron Floyd, Tony Floyd, Andy Floyd, Rodney Floyd, Gary Hollis and Grant Hollis. Honorary pallbearers were Gannon Hollis and Wes King.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Aubrey Gene Fry
GROVETON – Graveside services for Aubrey Gene Fry, 75, of Apple Springs were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, in the Bennett Cemetery with Bro. Gerald Hollis officiating.
Mr. Fry died Thursday, Aug. 9, at her residence.
He was born April 19, 1932, in the Helmic Community of Trinity County, the son of William Fry and Polly Steel Frey. He was employed clearing land for all the area paper companies and for the U.S. Forest Service. He was an avid gardner and rancher and was a member of the Baptist faith.
Mr. Fry was preceded in death by a daughter, Audrey Yvonne Fry.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Willie Mae Fry; two sons, Terry Ray Fry and Aubrey Dudley Fry, both of Apple Springs; two daughter, Jeanne Fry Brister and Elizabeth Fry, both of Groveton; a daughter-in-law, Melinda Fry of Lufkin; a sister, Marie Fry Sandlin of Houston; a sister-in-law, Lonnie Mae Fry; grandchildren, Bracy and David Wars, Amber Nicole Fry, Ashley Dowthitt, Crystal Fry, Aubrey Reagan Fry Pinner and Jubul Dowthitt; two great-grandchildren, Mickel Aubrey Wars and James Cody Wars; four special friends, Brenda Madden, Wayne Steel, Robert Lee Pilliows and Lee Miller Hicks; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Burl ‘Big’ Gross
TRINITY – Graveside services for Burl “Big” Gross, 69, of Trinity were held at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, at the Mt. Capers Cemetery with the Rev. Everett McCollum officiating.
Mr. Gross died Sunday, July 29, at his residence.
He was born May 18, 1938, in Polk County and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a retired switch operator for the railroad and moved to Trinity to enjoy his retirement. Where here he was known for helping his neighbors with their automobile repairs.
Survivors include a daughter and her spouse, Kimberly and Roy Brown; a son, Troy Gross, and his fiancé, Julie; a sister, Mary Melcher; grandchildren, Cole and Jess Brown and Dalton and Payton Gross; and a number of other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Wanda Fay Kennedy
TRINITY – Services for Wanda Fay Kennedy, 63, of Trinity were held at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with the Rev. Mike Loftin officiating.
Burial followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.
Mrs. Kennedy died Wednesday, Aug. 8, in Trinity.
She was born Jan. 19, 1944, in Lovelady and was preceded in death by her parents, William and Maggie Mae Cecil Knighten, a daughter, Kim Muse; a stepdaughter, Shelia Stockstill; two brothers, Troy Knighten and Avon Knighten; and a sister, Joyce Harrelson.
Survivors include her husband of 23 years, Roy Grady Kennedy; two daughters and their spouses, Lawanna and Mark Goodrow and Jeri and Robert Boley; a brother, Kennethy Knighten; two sisters and brother-in-law, Billie Weeks and Edna and John LaRue; four grandchildren, James Goodrow, Morgan Goodrow, Laci Boley and Kaci Boley; two step-grandchildren, Cade Stockstill and Misty Stockstill; and two great-grandchildren.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Bobby Ray McCoy Sr.
LINDALE – Services for Bobby Ray McCoy Sr., 65, of Tyler were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, in the Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Home Chapel with Trinity Mayor  Lyle Stubbs officiating.
Burial followed in the Sand Flat Cemetery.
Mr. McCoy died Wednesday, Aug. 1, in a Tyler hospice.
He was born Aug. 19, 1941, in Hugo, Okla., the son of Robert Whitfield and Dessie Ward McCoy. He was a lifelong resident of Trinity before moving to Tyler two years ago.
He was employed for 31 years by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a correctional officer in Lovelady.
Mr. McCoy was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Vernon McCoy.
Survivors include three sons, Bobby Ray McCoy Jr. of New Jersey, Stacy McCoy of Red Springs and Billy McCoy of Lake Palestine; three daughters, Brenda Reel of Chapel Hill, Bobbie D. Brewton of Waco and LaManda McCoy of Tyler; two sisters, Wanda Godwin and Terry Sigler, both of Whitehouse; seven brothers, Lee Roy McCoy of Tyler, Carl Wayne McCoy of Tyler, Harold McCoy of Lindale, Larry McCoy of Lindale, Jerry McCoy of Tyler, Gerry McCoy of Tyler and Alfred Yarbrough of Diana; his stepmother, Myrt McCoy; a stepson, Chris Salas; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers included Johnny Smith, Lyle Stubbs, Neal Smith, Matthew Aills, David Welch and Tony Wrazen.
Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Home of Lindale directed the arrangements.


 

 





 



 

 

 

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