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East Texas News - Obituaries
Trinity Standard - December 21, 2008 - December 28, 2008

Angie Gray
TRINITY – Services for Angie Gray, 71, were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at Forest Park of The Woodlands.

Graveside services followed at Brookside Memorial Park.

Mrs. Gray died Friday, Dec. 12, with her family by her side.

She was known as a wife, mother and grandmother. A devoted Christian, she was a member of the Riverside Baptist Church.

Mrs. Gray was preceded in death by her parents, Betty Lou and John Fendley; her son-in-law, Mark Jennings; and a brother-in-law, Charles Clarke.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Vernon Gray; three daughters and their spouses, Melodie and Sam Taglearino, Robin and Doug Harmer and Velvet and Richard Ortegon; a brother, John M. Fendley; a sister, Maxine Clarke Terry; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Gray’s family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center or The Odyessy House in Conroe.

David Earl Hardy
TRINITY – Services for David Earl Hardy, 56, of Dodge were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at the Riverside Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Newton officiating.

Burial followed in Riverside Pioneer Cemetery.

He died Sunday, Dec. 7, in Conroe.

Mr. Hardy was born Nov. 21, 1952, in Conroe and was a self-employed painting contractor. He was a member of the Riverside Baptist Church where he taught children’s Sunday school classes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jake and Pauline Hardy; and a brother, Buck Hardy.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Gloria Brooks; six children and their spouses, Jason and Shannon Hardy, Robert and Sarah Brooks, Nichole Hardy, Jessica Miller, Kyle Hardy and Rusty Hanson; a brother, Rick Hardy; two sisters, Ann Seaton and Patsy Boyd; grandchildren, Jacob Miller, Harley Hanson, Maci Clark, Chloe Brooks Tyler, Ethan and Samantha Hardy; and a number of other relatives.

Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

James Howze Juniel
TRINITY – Services for James Howze Juniel, 60, were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at the First United Methodist Church of Trinity with the Rev. Jeff McDonald officiating.

Burial followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.

Mr. Juniel died Wednesday, Dec. 10, in Huntsville.

Born Oct. 16, 1948, he was employed by Steeley Lumber Co. of Huntsville. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting.

He was preceded in death by his father, George Juniel.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Brenda Jane Juniel; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Samuel Juniel and Justin and Melissa Juniel; his mother, Alvis Juniel; four sisters and their spouses, Robbie and Bill Summers, Sarah Zaleski, Susie and Buck Cefalu and Pattie and Edwin Ringo; a brother and his spouse, George H. and Cory Juniel; four grandchildren, Alyssa Juniel, Chelsney Juniel, Landon Juniel and Kolton Juniel; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Otto Jacob Konetzke
TRINITY – Services for Otto Jacob Konetzke, 86, of Trinity were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity.

A private burial service followed.

Mr. Konetzke died Friday, Dec. 12, following a brief illness.

He was born Oct. 16, 1922, in Houston where he grew up. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Mr. Konetzke was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Judy Konetzke, who died in 2003.

Survivors include a son, Ronnie Konetzke; a daughter, Robin Konetzke; a sister-in-law, Alice Snapp; a brother-in-law, Henry Amensen; three grandchildren, Danyiel, Randy and Drew; two great-grandchildren, Rhianon and Ryan; and a special friend, Teresa Parker.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Chita Cemetery Association, 9000 FM 355, Trinity, Texas 75862.

Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Leslie Davis Sr.
TRINITY – Services for Leslie Davis Sr., 73, of Trinity were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, in the Lone Star Baptist Church in Trinity.

Burial followed in the Trinity Community Cemetery.

Mr. Davis died Wednesday, Dec. 10.

He was born July 27, 1935, the son of Wakefield and Merry Davis. He was a member of the Bowen Pilgrim Baptist Church of Trinity and of the True Vine Baptist Church in San Jose, Calif.

Mr. Davis attended Trinity Elementary School and graduated from Trinity Negro High School in 1953. He met, fell in love and married Betty Ruth Stallworth in Milton, Fla.

He attended Texas Southern University in Houston prior to enlisting in the U.S. Navy. After 22 years in the navy, he retired from active duty in 1977 and from the Fleet Reserves in 1999.

Mr. Davis moved to San Jose, Calif., in 1979 where he worked for Kaiser Aerospace as a quality engineer, retiring in 1994.

He joined the San Andreas Lodge #70 in 1982 as a Master Mason and served as Right Worshipful Master, serving under Most Worshipful Hiram Tyre Grand Lodge for the State of California. As a member of the Masonic Lodge, he served in a number of station of the Upper Houses, St. Andrews Consistory #2, Royal Lodge of Perfection #2, Growing Star Royal Arch Chapter #8 and Mecca Shrine Temple #20.

A fan of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, Mr. Davis had a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the Giant’s spring training camp in Arizona. He also attended the World Series in 1875 and 1989.

Mr. Davis also was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys football franchise, a passion he passed on to his children.

He also enjoyed dancing and would often turn on music and dance the night away with his children and grandchildren.

Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Donald Spencer; and a brother, Wakefield Davis Jr.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Betty Davis; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Anthony Davis, Lesley Davis Jr. and Michael and Tamara Davis, all of San Jose, Calif.; two daughters and their spouses, Karen and Roderick James of San Jose, Calif., and Constance and Kenneth of Seabrook; a sister, Joe Nell Womack; a brother, Valree Davis; two sisters-in-law, Annie Green and Dorothy Stallworth; a brother-in-law, the Rev. Joseph Green; 13 grandchildren, Temekisa, Samuel, Brandon James, Lesley Diamond III, Xavier, Quentin, Kieayre, Kiana, Isiah, Bryanna and Camilla Davis; two great-grandchildren, Jaylen and Tamia Davis; seven nieces, Sandra Canada, Ester Douglas, Sherry and Synthia Womack, Vernita, Katina and Cindy Powell, and Sharon Kiser; five nephews, Lesley Womack Jr., Harold Womack, Willie Stallworth, Kevin Robinson and Fornois Robinson; a number of aunts, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.

Brooke Funeral Service of Huntsville directed the arrangements.

Thomas Calvin Gates
TRINITY – Services for Thomas Calvin Gates, 73, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at Harvest Church with the Rev. Denis Ivy officiating.

Burial followed in the Ivie Cemetery.

Mr. Gates died Friday, Dec. 19, in Crockett.

He was born June 14, 1935, in Kennard and was employed by Ingersoll Rand Corporation of Houston. He was a self-taught carpenter and a member of the Harvest Church. He enjoyed playing 42.

Mr. Gates was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Kay Gates; his parents, Cleet and Eva Pearl Gates; and a sister-on-law, Betty Gates.

Survivors include three children and their spouses, Thomas Glynn and Debra Gates, Virgil Lee Gates and Debra and Mike Burran; three brothers and their spouses, Raymond and Martha Gates, Aubry and Joyce Gates and Harold Cleet Gates; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Eunice Zalesky and Jonnie and Gene Arnold; grandchildren, Daniel, Jordon, Ashley, Michael Cory, Shelby and Eric; two great-grandchildren, Keyton and Karissa; and a step-great-great-grandson, Nate.

Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Mary Louise Goettsch Schramm
TRINITY – Mary Louise Goettsch Schramm, 87, of Trinity died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, in Trinity.

The family will gather later in South Dakota for burial services.

She was born April 1, 1922, in South Dakota. She was a homemaker and mother.

Mrs. Schramm was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Alice Goettsch; a son, Dale Schramm; a sister, Joyce Goettsch; and three brothers, Jim Goettsch, Harlin Goettsch and Neil Goettsch.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Mark Schramm of Riverside and Sydney and Elaine Schramm of Colorado; three daughters and their spouses, Alice and Wayne Gilbert of Washington, Rose and Robert Christol of Alabama and Kathy and Richard Adams of California; three brothers, Francis Goettsch, Everett Goettsch and Bill Goettsch; 14 grandchildren, William, Jacob, Melanie, Shavonne, Dustin, Kristy, Shane, Mary, Jarrett, Caleb, Shawn, Josh, Destiny and Melinda; 18 great-grandchildren; and two babies on the way.

Waller –Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Michael David Tavares
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. – Michael David Tavares, 60, died Dec. 17, 2008, at the University of Louisville Hospital.

He was a retired command sergeant major in the U.S. Army, having served in Vietnam and the Gulf War. He also was retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and owned and operated KY Freight Systems.

He was born Jan. 18, 1948 in Ketchikan, Alaska, the son of William Christopher Tavares and the late Delores Ann Vera Tavares.

Survivors include two children, Michaele S. Tavares and Micah S. Tavares and his wife, Jessica; 12 brothers and sisters; his former wives and the mothers of his children, Kathy M. Tavares and Edna Mae Paulman; and numerous other relatives.

A Mass of Christian Burial was said at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Pax Christi Catholic Church in Lexington, Ky.

Burial followed in the Bayview Cemetery in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Betts and West Funeral Home of Nicholasville, Ky., directed the arrangements.

Linda Sue Guerrero Wilson
TRINITY – Services for Linda Sue Guerrero Wilson, 61, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at the First Presbyterian Church of Trinity with the Rev. Dan Alexander officiating.

Mrs. Wilson died Monday, Dec. 8, in Conroe.

She was born April 23, 1946, in Okmulgee, Okla. And graduated from Texas Woman’s University with an RN-BSN degree. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse for more than 36 years,

At the time of her death, she was employed by Zurich as a CCM Medical Case Manager.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her parents, Ventura and Mable Guerrero; two brothers, Edward Guerrero and Martin Guerrero; and a sister, Sandra Guerrero.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Lynn Wilson; three sons, Giovanni Guerrero, Chase Wilson and Tate Wilson; three brothers and their spouses, Bilasaroco and Connie Guerrero, Joe and Pauline Guerrero and Robert and Denise Guerrero; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.







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