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Trinity Standard - Obituaries
August 2010
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Robert Baird Cobb
TRINITY – Services for Robert Baird Cobb, 90, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity. Mr. Cobb was born June 12, 1920, in Hasting, Neb., the son of Robert Grant Cobb and Grace Baird Cobb. He graduated from high school, and after attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for a year, served in the military during World War II in the Philippine Islands. He met his future wife, Georgia, while in Houston, and after a whirlwind courtship, they were married on New Year’s Eve, 1941. Following the war, they lived in Houston where Mr. Cobb worked for Burrough’s Corporation as a salesman. The couple moved from Houston to Norfolk, Neb. in 1953, where he joined his brother and father in Cobb Motors, an auto dealership selling Chrysler products. Mr. Cobb opened his own Volkswagen dealership, Avenue Motors, in Norfolk in the early 1960s and started looking for a larger dealership. In 1964, the Cobbs moved to McCook where he bought a Pontiac-Cadillac dealership and he owned and operated the Bob Cobb Pontiac – Cadillac – GMC - Honda dealership until he retired. Mr. Cobb and his wife then relocated to Trinity in 1982. While in Norfolk, Mr. Cobb became an avid pilot, which he continued most of his life. He would fly to Idaho to pick up grandchildren and to Nebraska for Husker football games. At one point, due to a mechanical problem, he had to avert a crash landing. Another adventure involved severe weather when, with no instrument training, he had to fly low over the highway to find his way home. He also had other interests, including boating, go-carts, motorcycles, and traveling, including a trip to Japan. He enjoyed playing the organ and took lessons following his retirement. Mr. Cobb also developed a love for Nebraska Cornhusker football, and continued to follow them all his life. He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia Cobb; and a son, Richard Cobb. Survivors include two sons, John Cobb of Kansas City and James Cobb of Trinity; grandchildren Stephanie Kinney of Hastings, Neb., Randall Cobb of Table Rock, Neb., Jennifer Cobb of Omaha, Neb., Terry Cobb of Omaha, Neb., Shelley Cichowlas and Kris Stauffer, both of Framingham, Mass., Will Cobb of Longmont, Colo., Jess Cobb of Lafayette, Colo., and Eric Cobb and Courtney Cobb, both of Lincoln, Neb.; great grandchildren, Candace Cobb of Lincoln, Neb., Chelsea , Hannah and Caitlyn Lau, both of Hastings, Neb., Jessica and Jordan Muhs, Noah Cichowlas, Elysia Staffer and Garrison Stauffer, all of Framingham, Mass, Ashley Cobb of Lincoln, Neb., Ethan and Bennett Cobb, both of Lafayette, Colo., and Scott, Codi and Katrina Grapp all of Lincoln, Neb.; one great-great grandchild, Jacob Muhs-Corbisier. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Samuel Orville Skinner Jr.
LUFKIN – Services for Samuel Orville Skinner Jr., 83, of Trinity, were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010 in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin with Bro. Billy Jackson officiating. Burial followed in the Bennett Cemetery. Mr. Skinner died Sunday, Aug. 22, at his residence. He was born Aug. 19, 1927 in McClain and served in the U.S. Navy. He was employed as a lab technician for Charter Oil Co. Mr. Skinner enjoyed fishing for catfish and crappie near his home on Lake Livingston and gardening tomatoes, which were always in a straight row. He was a dog lover and trainer and loved his Boston Terriers, Boomer and Buster. Mr. Skinner was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Joe; and two sisters, Lois and Nancy. Survivors include his wife, Betty Skinner of Trinity; three sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Janet Skinner of Deer Park, Samuel Orville and Patricia Skinner III of Tinton Falls, N.J. and Howard and Robin Skinner of Mariposa, Calif.; a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon Ann and Bob Chavin of Gladewater; a brother and sister-in-law, James and Betty Skinner of Ft. Worth; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be offered to Remnant Faith of the Trinity Church, P.O. Box 992, Trinity, Texas 75862. Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com. Gipson Funeral Home of Lufkin directed the arrangements.

Melvin H. Thompson
GROVETON – Services for Melvin H. Thompson, 82, of the Friday community were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, at the Groveton Funeral Home with Bros. Albert Harris and Mark Gray officiating. Burial followed in the Zion Hill Cemetery. Mr. Thompson died Saturday, Aug. 21, in Lufkin. He was born Feb. 15, 1928, in Friday and was a member of the Friday First Baptist Church. He was employed as a mechanical supervisor for Exxon. Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Pearl Thompson; four brothers, Joe Thompson, Murphy Thompson, Jap Thompson and Robert Thompson; and a sister, Nina Sanders. Survivors include his wife, Betty Thompson of Friday; a daughter and son-in-law, Janice and David Morrow of Lovelady; two sisters and their spouses, Susie and Chuck Coull of Friday and Norma Jean and Charles Bila of Cedar Park; two sisters-in-law, Nell Lee and Shirley Zimmerman; a brother-in-law, Truman Sanders; three grandsons and their spouses, Jeremy and Marcia Gentry of Groveton, Ryan and Brooks Gentry of Marble Falls and Devin Gentry of Friday; five great-grandchildren, David, Megan, Lauren Katie, Sydney and Alli Gentry; and a number of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be nephews. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Joe “Coach” Tiner
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Joe “Coach” Tiner, 67, of Fort Worth were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 22, 2010 at Trinity Cedar Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Jason Burden officiating. Mr. Tiner died Thursday, Aug. 19, as the result of complications from a stroke suffered last year. He was born June 10, 1943 in Trinity, the son of Esther O’Quinn and Burrell Tiner. After his marriage to Margarett Fry in 1961, Mr. Tiner moved to Houston where he went to work for General Motors until he retired in 1991. He was active with the UAW throughout his career, his latest position as president of the Retiree Chapter of Local 816 in Fort Worth. Mr. Tiner enjoyed his retirement by traveling, playing on a local pool team and spending time with his family. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Kirk and Sheri Tiner of Arlington; a sister, Cathy Martinez of Huntsville; and nephews Seth Lewis of Houston and Jantz Martinez of Huntsville. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Barbara Janell Loftin Cleveland
TRINITY –Services for Barbara Janell Loftin Cleveland, 73, were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010 at River of Life Church with the Rev. Mike Loftin officiating. Burial followed in Clapp Cemetery. Mrs. Cleveland died peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 14. She was born Jan. 22, 1937, in Trinity and was a graduate of Trinity High School. Her first job was babysitting for Dr. and Mrs. Sam Barnes and she went on to help raise many children. She always had the door of her home and heart open to any and all that needed it. She attended nursing school at Trinity Memorial Hospital and earned an L.V.N. Degree. She then worked in the E.R. and O.B. departments for the local hospital. Mrs. Cleveland was one of the first women to become a reserve deputy for Trinity County Sheriff’s Department. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.Y. “Toby” Cleveland; her parents, John and Maggie Loftin; four brothers, Sherrell, Harold, Leslie and Wayne Loftin; a step-daughter, Barbara Gentry; a sister, Betty Loftin Hanson; a grandson, Baby Ashton; and a nephew, Richard Dewayne Blair. Survivors include four children and their spouses, Kathy Diane Romo, Beverly Ann Chessher, Donna Sue and Marty Rinehart and Allen Dale and Kimberly Cleveland and wife Kimberly; two step-sons, Bobby Wayne and Danny Ray Cleveland; two sisters and their spouses, Johnnie Marie and Maury Blair and Linda and Rodney Blair; a brother-in-law, Earl Hanson; two sisters-in-law, Vera Loftin and Charlene Loftin; 23 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nephews and nieces; and many friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Joe Calvin “Black Jack” Moore
TRINITY -- A celebration of life service for Joe Calvin “Black Jack” Moore, 54, was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with the Rev. Mike Loftin officiating. Mr. Moore died Aug. 7 in Conroe. He was born March 20, 1956, in Crockett. He was employed as an over the road driver in the transportation and worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a driver. He also drove a wrecker for many years in Trinity. He was preceded in death by his parents, J.C. and Lois Moore, and a sister, Carolyn Pegoda. Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Deborah Gail Moore; four children Jillian, Brandy, Joe Jr. and Jesse Moore; three step-children and their spouses, Dennis Durdin, Deborah and Jay Canter and Douglas and Crystal Durdin; 10 grandchildren, Ethan, Brianna, Austin, Sean, Ally, Gerry, Joshua, Jamie, Dixi and Kobie; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Curtis Morris Sides
ANGLETON – Services for Curtis Morris Sides, 79, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010, at Palms Funeral Home in Angleton. Burial followed at Angleton Cemetery. Mr. Sides was born Feb. 15, 1941, in Weldon, the oldest child of James Edgar and Mary Shiflett Sides. He moved to Angleton at a young age where he attended schools. He was a member of Operator’s Union Local 450, the Baptist church and the Angleton Masonic Lodge 829, where he served as an advisor for the Angleton DeMolay Chapter. Mr. Sides was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lorene Sides Wade and Nola Sides Matheny; a brother, James Sides; and a granddaughter, Tammy Hargrove. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Lucille Yates Sides; a son, Donald Sides of Algoa; two daughters, Vicki Smilie and Nicki Sides of Angleton; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Georgia and Leon Bailey of Livingston and Bette Sides Sweeny of Alvin; six grandchildren, Rhonda, Rene, Christopher, Jeff, Amy and Thomas; 12 great-grandchildren, Derrick, Nicholas, Lane, Cole, Cy, Devin, Sabrina, Jared, Brandon, Bobby, Jeffrey and Alex; two great-great-grandchildren, Lukas and Alanna; and two special aunts. Palms Funeral Home of Angleton directed the arrangements.

Joyce Edwards Tullos
GROVETON – Services for Joyce Edwards Tullos, 82, of Apple Springs were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, in the Centralia Church of Christ with Bro. Neil Kemper officiating. Burial followed in the Johnson/Tullos Cemetery. Mrs. Tullos died Tuesday, Aug. 10, in Apple Springs. She was born July 31, 1928, in Woodlake and was employed as a beautician. She was a member of the Centralia Church of Christ. Survivors include her husband, E.L. Tullos; four sisters, Imogene Tullos, Audrey McMullen, Mary Beth Carson and June Bone; and a number of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers included Bennett Ray McMullen, Bobby Randall McMullen, Glen McMullen, Bennie Burke, Mikeal Cockrell and Scott Brister. Honorary pallbearer was Neal Davis. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Wilma Louise Friday Bell
TRINITY – Services for Wilma Louise Friday Bell, 85, were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 2010 at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with the Rev. Leroy Brown officiating. Burial followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity. Mrs. Bell died Thursday, July 29, in Conroe. She was born April 26,, 1925, in Friday, the daughter of Cooper Fred and Nellie Bagwell Friday. She was a graduate of Groveton High School and during World War II she worked in the shipyards. Mrs. Bell also attended business college and worked as a waitress. She was a member of the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church She wa preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Roy Bell, and her parents. Survivors include her children, Barbara Lynn Bell Ward and her husband Jack, Sandy Bell Warren, Randy Bell and his wife Brenda and Rusty Bell; three siblings, Edwin O’Neal Friday, Jackie Friday and Mike Friday; six grandchildren and their spouses, Monica Morrow Battles, Lynley Carden and his wife Dawn, Jeanette Ward and her husband Howard, Matt Warren, Abby Curtis and her husband David and Stephen Bell and his wife Nicole; six great-grandchildren, Colton Elliott, Wyatt Battles, Lacy Ward, Cyera Ohnmeiss, Laurie Curtis and Kenzi McPherson; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Kim Kathline Gabehart Klutts
TRINITY -- Memorial services for Kim Kathline Gabehart Klutts, 53, were held on Wednesday., August 4, 2010 at the residence at 271 Tranquility Drive in Trinity. She died suddenly on Friday, July 30. Mrs. Klutts was born July 20, 1957, in Pasadena and was a 1975 graduate of Clear Creek High School. She was preceded in death by her mother, Henrietta Gabehart; a brother, Monty Gabehart; and a sister, Tiffany Lantow. Survivors include her husband of 16 years, William Klutts; a son and his spouse, Jason and Mandi Gabehart; her father, George Andrew Gabehart; three siblings and their spouses, “Shorty” John Wayne Poston, Randy and Gail Gabehart and Curtis and Wendy Gabehart; four grandchildren, J.C., Dylan, Nathan and Cassie Gabehart. Father, George Andrew Gabehart; her mother and father-in-law, George and Gloria Klutts; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jeannie and Cliff Hollon, Melissa Klutts and Mike Roach, Sharon and Lewis Goldburg; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Ben Winferd Mills
TRINITY – Services for Ben Winferd Mills, 89, of Lovelady were held at 10 a,m, Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at United Methodist Church of Lovelady with the Rev. Jim White officiating. Burial followed at his family’s plot in the Evergreen Cemetery in Lovelady. Mr. Mills died Friday, July 23, 2010, at the residence of his son, Kim Mills, in Highlands, a suburb of Houston. He had been residing with his son since falling ill two months ago. He was born near Lovelady on a farm and during his life worked as a laborer, farmer, chauffeur, Chevrolet mechanic, welder, construction worker and was, as he phrased it, a “Jack-of-all-trades.” He was a self-professed country singer and would often play his guitar and sing at nursing homes in Trinity, Crockett and Groveton as well as a number in the Houston and Granbury areas. He also performed in Lovelady’s Old School Gym with performers such as Moe Bandy, Johnny Rodriguez and Johnny Horton. He also performed at a fundraiser for the Tex Ritter Monument in Carthage. In 2005, Mr. Mills moved back to Lovelady with his wife, Doris Vaughn Mills, and resided in a house owned by his neice, MaeDean Harrelson. He loved the country life and it was one of his final wishes to move back to Lovelady where he grew up. Mr. Mills began school at the age of five at Antioch and in 1926 began attending the Prairie Point School, which was later consolidated into the Lovelady school system. When he was 16, he quit school in order to go to work and help his family with expenses. At 17,he enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) and at 19 he re-enlisted in the CCC in Apple Springs. After he was discharged from the CCC, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard and received combat training in La Porte. During World War II he fought in the Philippines Liberation, receiving shrapnel wounds to both legs during combat with the Japanese. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his action during the battle. Mr. Mills was a lifetime members of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and his hobbies included playing music, gardening, hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Watson Mills and Sarah Ringo Mills; two brothers, Frank James Mills and Jesse Dean Mills; three sisters, Mamie Mills, Daisy Morgan and Ola Mae Robinson. Survivors include a daughter, Sherry Lewis of Woodville, Ala.; two sons, Bennie Dale Mills of New Braunfels and Kim Winferd Mills of Highlands; eight grandchildren; Richard Moore of Splendora, Laura Chambers of Woodville, Ala., Tanya Novosad of Crosby, Deanna Mills of Temple, Erica Staufer of Georgetown, Deidra Mills of Austin, Dale Mills of new Braunfels and Kevin Wayne Mills of Beaumont; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Clayton Lindberg Ryvers
TRINITY – Services for Clayton Lindberg Ryvers, 82, of Riverside were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, in the First United Methodist Church of Trinity with the Rev. Everett McCollum officiating. Military honors at the church were presented by the honor guard from the Trinity County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6899 of Trinity. Burial followed in the Houston National Cemetery in Houston. Mr. Ryvers died Friday, July 30, in Crockett. He was born April 27, 1928, in Kansas and was retired from the pest control business. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Trinity and the Trinity County VFW Post 6899. Survivors include his wife, Judith Grock Ryvers; a daughter, Leigh Ann Moran; two step-children, Michelle Koska and her husband Jeffery and Richard Foutaine; a half-brother, Lyle Sharp of Oregon; two grandchildren, Jacob and Olivia; and six step-grandchildren, Austin, Taylor, Mason, Ricky, Chance and Zeth. Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Wilma Louise Friday Bell
TRINITY – Services for Wilma Louise Friday Bell, 85, were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 2010 at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with the Rev. Leroy Brown officiating. Burial followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity. Mrs. Bell died Thursday, July 29, in Conroe. She was born April 26,, 1925, in Friday, the daughter of Cooper Fred and Nellie Bagwell Friday. She was a graduate of Groveton High School and during World War II she worked in the shipyards. Mrs. Bell also attended business college and worked as a waitress. She was a member of the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church She wa preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Roy Bell, and her parents. Survivors include her children, Barbara Lynn Bell Ward and her husband Jack, Sandy Bell Warren, Randy Bell and his wife Brenda and Rusty Bell; three siblings, Edwin O’Neal Friday, Jackie Friday and Mike Friday; six grandchildren and their spouses, Monica Morrow Battles, Lynley Carden and his wife Dawn, Jeanette Ward and her husband Howard, Matt Warren, Abby Curtis and her husband David and Stephen Bell and his wife Nicole; six great-grandchildren, Colton Elliott, Wyatt Battles, Lacy Ward, Cyera Ohnmeiss, Laurie Curtis and Kenzi McPherson; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Kim Kathline Gabehart Klutts
TRINITY -- Memorial services for Kim Kathline Gabehart Klutts, 53, were held on Wednesday., August 4, 2010 at the residence at 271 Tranquility Drive in Trinity. She died suddenly on Friday, July 30. Mrs. Klutts was born July 20, 1957, in Pasadena and was a 1975 graduate of Clear Creek High School. She was preceded in death by her mother, Henrietta Gabehart; a brother, Monty Gabehart; and a sister, Tiffany Lantow. Survivors include her husband of 16 years, William Klutts; a son and his spouse, Jason and Mandi Gabehart; her father, George Andrew Gabehart; three siblings and their spouses, “Shorty” John Wayne Poston, Randy and Gail Gabehart and Curtis and Wendy Gabehart; four grandchildren, J.C., Dylan, Nathan and Cassie Gabehart. Father, George Andrew Gabehart; her mother and father-in-law, George and Gloria Klutts; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jeannie and Cliff Hollon, Melissa Klutts and Mike Roach, Sharon and Lewis Goldburg; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Ben Winferd Mills
TRINITY – Services for Ben Winferd Mills, 89, of Lovelady were held at 10 a,m, Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at United Methodist Church of Lovelady with the Rev. Jim White officiating. Burial followed at his family’s plot in the Evergreen Cemetery in Lovelady. Mr. Mills died Friday, July 23, 2010, at the residence of his son, Kim Mills, in Highlands, a suburb of Houston. He had been residing with his son since falling ill two months ago. He was born near Lovelady on a farm and during his life worked as a laborer, farmer, chauffeur, Chevrolet mechanic, welder, construction worker and was, as he phrased it, a “Jack-of-all-trades.” He was a self-professed country singer and would often play his guitar and sing at nursing homes in Trinity, Crockett and Groveton as well as a number in the Houston and Granbury areas. He also performed in Lovelady’s Old School Gym with performers such as Moe Bandy, Johnny Rodriguez and Johnny Horton. He also performed at a fundraiser for the Tex Ritter Monument in Carthage. In 2005, Mr. Mills moved back to Lovelady with his wife, Doris Vaughn Mills, and resided in a house owned by his neice, MaeDean Harrelson. He loved the country life and it was one of his final wishes to move back to Lovelady where he grew up. Mr. Mills began school at the age of five at Antioch and in 1926 began attending the Prairie Point School, which was later consolidated into the Lovelady school system. When he was 16, he quit school in order to go to work and help his family with expenses. At 17,he enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) and at 19 he re-enlisted in the CCC in Apple Springs. After he was discharged from the CCC, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard and received combat training in La Porte. During World War II he fought in the Philippines Liberation, receiving shrapnel wounds to both legs during combat with the Japanese. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his action during the battle. Mr. Mills was a lifetime members of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and his hobbies included playing music, gardening, hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Watson Mills and Sarah Ringo Mills; two brothers, Frank James Mills and Jesse Dean Mills; three sisters, Mamie Mills, Daisy Morgan and Ola Mae Robinson. Survivors include a daughter, Sherry Lewis of Woodville, Ala.; two sons, Bennie Dale Mills of New Braunfels and Kim Winferd Mills of Highlands; eight grandchildren; Richard Moore of Splendora, Laura Chambers of Woodville, Ala., Tanya Novosad of Crosby, Deanna Mills of Temple, Erica Staufer of Georgetown, Deidra Mills of Austin, Dale Mills of new Braunfels and Kevin Wayne Mills of Beaumont; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Clayton Lindberg Ryvers
TRINITY – Services for Clayton Lindberg Ryvers, 82, of Riverside were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, in the First United Methodist Church of Trinity with the Rev. Everett McCollum officiating. Military honors at the church were presented by the honor guard from the Trinity County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6899 of Trinity. Burial followed in the Houston National Cemetery in Houston. Mr. Ryvers died Friday, July 30, in Crockett. He was born April 27, 1928, in Kansas and was retired from the pest control business. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Trinity and the Trinity County VFW Post 6899. Survivors include his wife, Judith Grock Ryvers; a daughter, Leigh Ann Moran; two step-children, Michelle Koska and her husband Jeffery and Richard Foutaine; a half-brother, Lyle Sharp of Oregon; two grandchildren, Jacob and Olivia; and six step-grandchildren, Austin, Taylor, Mason, Ricky, Chance and Zeth. Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Louise Marshburn Baughman
TRINITY – Services for Louise Marshburn Baughman, 90, of the Sebastopol community in Trinity County were held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 26, 2010 at Friendship Harbor Church with the Rev. John Budd officiating. Burial followed in Chita Cemetery. Mrs. Baughman died Friday, July 23, 2010 in Marble Falls with her family at her side. She was born Aug. 12, 1929, in Crockett and was known as a strong Christian woman and she loved her church family at Friendship Harbor Church deeply as well as her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Garth Baughman. Survivors include five children and their spouses, Donald Ray and Dianne Baughman, Cathy and Johnny Taylor, Connie and Earl Scott, Ronnie and Elizabeth Baughman and Ricky and Lisa Baughman; 15 grandchildren and their spouses, Donald Ray and Jodie Baughman Jr., Michael Wayne and Judy Baughman, Malinda Sue and Larry Read, Tammy and Damon Hudson, Scott Baughman, Kevin Baughman, Gwendolyn and Jerry Wyngate, Priscilla Baughman, Jessica and Marcos Aguilar, Jonathon Phelps, Justin Hopson, Cindy and Ben Ackley, Cheryl and Lauris Baker, Eulala Jones and Dougie Jones; 19 great-grandchildren, Ashley, Matthew, Megan, Clayton, Justin, Courtney, Cody, Chelsey, Logan, Lacy, Justin, Caleb, Heather, Jonathan, Taylor, Shelby, Bradley, Kadin and Adrian; and a number of other family members. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Johnie O. Wilkey Chamblin
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Johnie O. Wilkey Chamblin, 88, were held at 3 p.m. Monday, July 26, 2010 at the Carlisle Cemetery with Porter Fluellen officiating. Mrs. Chamblin died Friday, July 23, in Baytown. She was born on July 18, 1912 in Carlisle. She was a retired elementary school teacher with more than 40 years of service. Mrs. Chamblin was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Thomas Leon Chamblin; a brother, Arby Lee Wilkey; a sister, Ollie Winstead. Survivors include three children and their spouses, Gene and Cheryl Chamblin, Carolyn and Walter Cortines and Bob and Martha Chamblin; five grandchildren, Laura Beth Cortines Hendry, Christine Cadence Chamblin, Amy Alicia Honea, Anna Marie Miguel and Josh Self; two great-grandchildren, Nina Michelle Grimes and Grant Thomas Honea; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Velma Belle Charles
TRINITY – Services for Velma Belle Charles, 101, were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2010, at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with the Rev. Everett McCollum and the Rev. Mike Loftin officiating. Burial followed in Chalk Cemetery. Mrs. Charles died Thursday, July 22. She was born Feb. 14, 1909, in a small community east of Trinity. The second child of Lace B. and Ollie Tatum Seale, her siblings included an older brother Shelton, younger sister Georgia and younger brother Delve. After being taught at home she began attending White Rock Elementary School at the age of seven as a third grader. She later attended Trinity High School. She resided in Houston, Friendswood and moved to Ft. Worth where she met and married Robert Charles in 1942. After her husband’s death she moved the family to her mother’s home and she cared for her mother until her death in 1960. Mrs. Charles worked as a PBX operator for the Hilton Hotel Downtown, where she had many great experiences including meeting Ronald Regan, Eddie Arnold and Jane Wyman. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Trinity for more than 50 years. She was a Sunday school teacher as well as a choir member. In 2003 she moved back to Trinity to enjoy her retirement. She was preceded in death by her husband; Robert Graham Charles; two brothers,, Shelton Seale and Delve Seale; and a sister, Georgia Seale Reynolds. Survivors include three nephews, Jimmy Lace Seale, Clint Edward Seale and wife Vickie, Rex Earl Seale and wife Glenda; one niece Merline Kellum and husband Harold; and a number of great nieces. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Louis Clark Downey
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Louis Clark Downey, 67, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 25, 2010 at Gravel Ridge Cemetery in Nacogdoches with the Rev. Lynn Gentry officiating. Mr. Downey died Friday, July 23, in the Houston Veterans Administration Hospital. He was born Sept. 21, 1942, in Cleveland, Ohio. He was known as a talented and gifted carpenter who could build anything without blueprints. He proudly served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta Delores Downey; his parents, Hulet Fulton and Ethel Hrebenyar Downey; and five siblings, Hulet Downey Jr., Shirley Hower, Salley Roach, John Calvin Downey and Caroline Patsy Downey. Survivors include his children and their spouses, Harry and Linda Stanley, Amanda Cobb, Erma and Larry Dale, Lynn and Mike Causby and Tina and Greg Files; four siblings and their spouses, Ceola Odell, Fannie Finney, Bob and Patricia Downey and Cathy and Rodell Bledsoe; grandchildren, Carmen Palouicz, Roger and Mellissa Bonanno, Lisa and Eric Hagebusch, Dwayne and Cynthia Stanley, Kimberlyn and Frankie Dean Fruia, Anthony Stanley, Renee and Jeremy Ragan, Heather and Mat Carlin, Logan Files, Justin Causby and Savannah Files; great-grandchildren, Keith Wilson, Ashley Anthony, Coltin Bonanno, Brooke Bonanno, Allison Brook Hagebusch, Riley Paige Hagebusch, Kaelyn Paige Fruia, Ryan Travis Ragan, Reed Thomas Ragan, Zoe Haas, Vance Carlin; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Goree Gates
TRINITY – Services for longtime Trinity businessman Goree Gates, 85, were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 22, 2010 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Trinity with the Rev. Randy Lowe and the Rev. Jerry Lyons officiating. Burial followed in the Thornton Cemetery. Mr. Gates died Tuesday, July 20, in Conroe. He was severely injured on May 20 in an accident on FM 3188 near Trinity when the John Deere Gater off-road vehicle he was riding pulled into the path of a pickup truck. Gates, a widely known merchant in Trinity, operated the Trinity Pawn Shop for a number of years prior to his retirement. He was born March 2, 1927 in Trinity and was a member of the Trinity County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6899 and the Calvary Baptist Church. Survivors included two nephews and their spouses, James F. and Ceda Gates and Ed and Claudia Gates. Pallbearers included members of the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department and the deacons of the Calvary Baptist Church. Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Jerry Devoin Hortman
TRINITY – Services for Jerry Devoin Hortman, 71, of Trinity were held at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2010, at the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church in Trinity with the Rev. Jason Burden and the Rev. Leroy Brown officiating. Burial followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity with military honors presented by the Trinity County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6899. Mr. Hortman died Monday, July 19, in Trinity. He was born July 2, 1939, in Elkhart, the son of James Hobson and Ruby D. Hortman. He was a 1957 graduate of Trinity High School and a proud member of the Trinity Ex-Students Association. Mr. Hortman served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1957 to 1964. In the late 1960s, he owned and operated an electrical/air-conditioning business in Trinity. He later moved his family to the Houston area where he was employed by Brown and Root as an electrical foreman for several years. In 1980, he went to work for Solvay Chemical of Deer Park as a maintenance electrician and retired from Solvay after more than 20 years of employment and moved back to Trinity. He attended Lee College in Baytown, where he earned his electrical and air-conditioning certification. He later earned his Journeyman Electrician License. Mr. Hortman enjoyed exchanging stories with his coffee drinking “cronies” each morning and loved to brag about his grandchildren. He also enjoyed cooking, exchanging recipes and maintained a large collection of cookbooks. Among his hobbies was growing fruits and vegetables, and was proud of his lemon trees. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Hobson and Ruby D. Hortman. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Paula Jo Beeson Hortman; three children and their spouses, Larry Glenn and Debbie Hortman, William Todd and Kim Hortman and Barbara Lynn Hortman; a brother and his spouse, Willard and Jannette Hortman; his mother-in law, Bernice Beeson; a brother-in-law and his spouse, Paul Garvin and Mary Anne Beeson; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Nathan Lee and Shandale Gonzales, Heather Rose and Jeff Goolsby, Mary Kathrine and Brad Wolf, Brittany Leanne and Joel Heston, Sharon Nicole Hortman, Spencer Todd Hortman, Taralyn Rose Hortman and Jessica Lynn Gonzales; two great-grandchildren, Kirstin Rose Heathers and Caidyn Lynn Gonzales; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and his life-long friend, Frank Baker. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Trinity County Emergency Corp, P.O. Box 574, Trinity, Texas 75862 Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Vivian Rae Johnson
ONALASKA – Graveside services for Vivian Rae Johnson, 73, were held Saturday, July 24, 2010, in the Forest Park Lawndale cemetery in Houston with David Johnson officiating. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she died Wednesday, July 21, 2010. She is preceded in death by her husband, George V Johnson; and grandson, James Johnson, Jr. Survivors include four children and their spouses, David and Patti Johnson of Onalaska, Pattie and Clay Childress of Alvin, James Johnson Sr. and Becky Trainello of Channelview and Duke and Vonda Johnson of Friendswood,; 11 grandchildren, Michael, Stacy Lynn, Thomas, Brandy, Stacey, Mandy, Chad, Brian, Mandy, Lilly; and 14 great grandchildren.

Chester Martin
TRINITY – Graveside services for Chester Martin, 91, of Humble were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2010, in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity with the Rev. Jason Burden officiating. Mr. Martin died Sunday, July 18, in Houston. He was born Sept. 25, 1918, and was employed as a truck driver. Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Kenny and Linda Martin of Humble and Mitchell Martin of Onalaska; grandchildren and their spouses, Stefanie and Darrell Green, Tammy and Shane Cheatham, Kenny and Kristin Martin Jr., Christine and Timmy Heffon; and a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers included Darrell Green, Justin Green, Shane Cheatham, Kenny Martin Jr., Russell Martin and Steven Russom. Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Rhonda Ann Wiggs
HUNTSVILLE – Services for Rhoda Ann Wiggs, 45, of Riverside, were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at the Brooke Funeral Home Chapel in Huntsville. Burial will follow at the Brooke Cemetery. Mrs. Wiggs died Friday July 23, at her residence. She was born Nov. 18, 1964 in Houston. For over 12 years she worked for the Trinity Independent School District, serving as the food service director for the past four years. She loved camping, hunting, fishing and anything that had to do with the outdoors. Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Thomas L. Wiggs of Riverside; two sons, Timothy Earl Worthy and James Allen Wiggs, both of Riverside; her mother and step-father; Billie Jean and Lee Bowen of Riverside; a brother, Kelly Selfridge of Fred; a sister, Rhonda Kirk of Canyon Lake; and two granddaughters, Laney and Victoria. Pallbearers included Tim Worthy. James Kinser, David Christ, Dustin Henderson, Kelly Selfridge and Phillip Roy. An on-line family register book is available at www.brookefuneralservice.com. Brooke Funeral Home and Crematory of Huntsville directed the arrangements.

 

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