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East Texas News - Obituaries
Trinity Standard - November 30, 2008 - December 7, 2008

Steven Brent Lee Sr.
GROVETON – Services for Trinity County Sheriff Steven Brent Lee Sr., 58, of Groveton were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, in the John Wayne Reynolds Athletic Complex at Groveton High School. Bro. Neil Kemper officiating.
Burial followed in the Bennett Cemetery.
Sheriff Lee died Thursday, Nov. 27, in a one-car accident near Trinity.
Sheriff Lee was born Oct. 11, 1950, in Crockett, the son of Charles Milton Lee Sr. and Dovie Mae Delk Lee. He was affiliated with the Church of Christ.
He was a 1969 graduate of Groveton High School
A 35-year veteran of law enforcement, Sheriff Lee began his career with the Texas Department of Corrections (now the Texas Department of Criminal Justice) where he worked as a corrections officer for 11 months. He then joined the Livingston Police Department, serving there for a year.
He joined the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) on April 2, 1972, and was assigned to the Beaumont District’s law enforcement division where he rose to the position of supervisor. He retired in 2003.
Following his retirement, he moved back to Trinity County where his father had served as sheriff from 1966-1972. Last year he launched his campaign to fulfill a lifelong dream of following in his father’s footsteps as the county sheriff.
He won the Democratic Party’s nomination for the office following an April runoff election and was appointed to the sheriff’s post when former Sheriff Steven Jones resigned in June to accept the position of chief of the Trinity Police Department.
Sheriff Lee was unopposed in the November general election and was scheduled to begin his first full four-year term on Jan. 1, 2009.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Ann Lee; two daughters and their spouses, Lisa and James Mullins and Patricia and Anthony Gee; a son and his spouse, Steven and Chandra Lee Jr.; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Charles M. Lee Jr. and Benne L. and Linda Lee; six grandchildren, Cade Mullins, Cael Mullins, Rachel Gee, Sydney Gee, Hayden Lee and Abby Lee; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Joe Ned Dean, Billy Jones, Woody Wallace, Donald Fisher, Harold Goggins, Paul Skipper and Joe Harrelson.
Honorary pallbearers included Glenda Baker, W.B. Due, Joe Ebarb, Dale Freeman, Anthony Gee, P.D. Hamilton, Thomas Lee, Fred Lovell, James Martin, Gary Meshell, James Mullins, Cloyce Reinhart, John Rexes, John Skinner, Kenny Ray Smith, TABC officials, Texas Department of Public Safety officers, E.D. Tindall, Craig Turpstra and the members of the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department.
The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Henry Giles Medical Fund in care of Linda Lee at Citizens State Bank in Groveton.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Donna Sue Letney
TRINITY – Services for Donna Sue Letney, 64, of Trinity were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, in the Trinity Funeral Home with Perry Cathy officiating.
Burial followed in the Eastern Gate Cemetery in Trinity.
Mrs. Letney died Sunday, Nov. 30, in Trinity.
She was born Nov. 18, 1944, in Covington, Ky., and was employed as a nurses aide.
Survivors include 11 children and their spouses, Theresa  and Don Right, Larry Miracle, Diane Wineman, Michael and Elaine Miracle, Sandy and Curtis Dixon, Callie and Charles Wade, Barbara and Jimmy Staacke, Marie and Perry Cathy, Sharonda Letney, Michael Letney and Austin Letney; eight brothers and sisters, Helen, Louise, Tommy, Leroy, Johnny, Kenny, Kathy and Joe; 18 grandchildren, Bobby, Larry, Jamie, Christopher, Trevor, Michael, Makayla, Mason, Shawna, N’Tosha, Donna, Buddy, Cortney, Cody, David, Kristy, Joshua and Michael; and a number of great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Michael, Buddy, David, Cody, Jamie, Bobby and Joe.
Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Audry Muriel Standley
TRINITY – Graveside services for Audrey Muriel Standley, 77, were held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, at the Holly Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Parrish officiating.
Mrs. Standley died Monday, Nov. 24, in Crockett.
She was born Aug. 16, 1931, in Houston and was a homemaker. She enjoyed reading a good book during her free time.
Mrs. Standley was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Standley; a son, Randy Standley; her parents, Joe Royce and Enoila Williamson; and a granddaughter, Hailey Fisher.
Survivors include two daughters and their spouses, Kathy and Billy Nichols and Karen and Jimmy Brzowski; two sons and their spouses, Lane and Lisa Standley and Larry and Janet Standley; two brothers and their spouses, Leroy and Amber Williamson and Lynn and Charlotte Williamson; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and her loving caregivers, her nephew and niece, Buddy and Bonnie Williamson.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Herman Larry Threlkeld
TRINITY – Services for Trinity businessman Herman Larry Threlkeld, 65, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2009, at Harvest Church in Crockett with the Rev. Dennis Ivy, Pastor Lynn Gentry and Dr. John R. Counts officiating.
Burial will follow in the Pioneer Cemetery in Riverside.
Mr. Threlkeld died Saturday, Nov. 29, in Conroe.
He was born Feb. 18, 1943, in Jacksonville, Fla., the son of the late Herman Cortez and Katherine Threlkeld. He was a 1961 graduate of Jacksonville High School.
In 1965, while residing in Houston, he founded Continental Personnel. In 1976 her and his family moved to Huntsville where he continued his company and began ULTI Systems, which delivered medical systems to area doctors.
Mr. Threlkeld attended college and earned his real estate license.
In 1995 he moved to Trinity and was the pioneer of the Spider Be Gone System, Inc. Recently, he and a partner, David Roberts, started in the self-service ice business in Trinity.
A devote Christian, he was involved in the Hunter Ministries of Kingwood and served on the board of directors for the House of Hope in Trinity. He was a member of the Harvest Church of Crockett and attended the Living Word Outreach Church of Trinity, where he was a founding father.
Mr. Threlkeld enjoyed crappie fishing in Caney Creek as well as trotline fishing.
He was known by many as a generous man who strived to serve the needs of others.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Tye Brandon Threlkeld.
Survivors include his wife of over 46 years, Shirley Janice Threlkeld; his children and their spouses, Todd and Cindy Threlkeld, Terry and Susie Threlkeld, Toby and Janee Threlkeld, Dawn Johnson, John Lutz and Kenny Marcellis; a brother and his spouse, John Coward and Donna Threlkeld; grandchildren and their spouses, Jeffery Lawrence, Stephane Lee and Thomas Rushing, Tiffany Lee and Jay Elms, Lauren Nicole Threlkeld, Jeffery Lee Lawson, Jeremy Fahaber, Timothy Johnson and to be born in April, Colby Ashton Threlkeld; six great-grandchildren, Jaydn Ranee, Alexis Brooke, Abygail Grace, Elijah Everett, Gavin Michael and Madelyn Lee; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Dennis Wars
GROVETON – Services for Dennis Wars, 67, of Groveton were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, at the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Lester McAdams officiating.
Burial followed in the Ivie Cemetery.
Mr. Wars died Friday, Nov. 28, in Lufkin.
He was born Jan. 7, 1941, in Trinity County and was a self-employed logger. He was a member of the Oaklawn Baptist Church and the Texas Logging Council.
Mr. Wars was preceded in death by his father, Guy Wars.
Survivors include his wife, Annie Wars of Groveton; a son, John Wars of Groveton; two daughters and a son-in-law, Gayla and Chuck White of Maryland and Karen Gray of Greenville; his mother, Lillie Belle Wars of Groveton; six grandchildren, James Wars, Chad White, Aaron White, Wesley White, Loren White and Kayleigh Gray; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers included Keith Kesinger, Lindel Dial, Brent Dial, Vance Dial, Steve Truss, Bryan Truss, John Fessell and Delbert McAdams.
The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.


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