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Trinity Standard - Obituaries

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William David Basinger
TRINITY -- Services for William David Basinger, 84, of Trinity were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 at the Waller-Thornton Chapel with Pastor Gerald Reeves officiating. Burial followed at Riverside Pioneer Cemetery in Riverside. Mr. Basinger died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 in Trinity. He was born at home on Sept. 6, 1927 in Sarepta, La., one of 14 children born to James Frank and Maggie (Bullock) Basinger. Mr Basinger served in the U.S, Army and received his honorable discharge as Private First Class in 1952. In 1954, he married his best friend, Clara Louise. He was employed as an electrician in Pasadena and later served as a security guard at the Westwood Shores subdivision, retiring in 2010. Mr. Basinger was baptized at the age of 84. Survivors incljude his wife; three children and a daughter-in-law, Anna and John Lowe, William “Billy” Basinger, and Colleen Basinger; three siblings, Joyce Levoria Basinger Boyett, George Eugene “Gene” Basinger Sr., and Carrie Ole “Carolyn” Basinger Palmer; grandchildren, Kathy and Conan Massey, Charles and Gena Myers, Michael “Mike” and Michele Myers, Hesper “Jo” and Jared Storms, Summer Basinger, and Samuel “Sam” Basinger; 10 great-grandchildren; and a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Leola Staggs, James Thomas Basinger, Florence Flora Morgan, Murphie Howell Basinger, Nolan Willis Basinger, Marjorie Lucille Burks, John D. Basinger Sr., James “Jimmy” Frank Basinger Jr., Carl Rudolph Bassinger, Sr., O.C. Basinger, and Norville Cassell Basinger; and a nephew, Leo Riley “Sonny” Staggs. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home, of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Toye Suzette Biggs
CONROE – Services for Toye Suzette Biggs, 47, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at Metcalf Funeral Home in Conroe. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston. Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Metcalf Funeral Home in Conroe. Miss Biggs died Monday, Dec. 12, in Conroe. She was born Oct. 18, 1964 in Houston, was a graduate of Conroe High School and attended Sam Houston State University. She resided between Conroe and Trinity and managed Harts Creek Marina in Trinity County. She enjoyed traveling, boating, planting flowers and spending time on Lake Livingston. She was preceded in death by her father Robbie Biggs; a brother, Tommy Biggs; a sister, Kerri Leah Biggs; and a niece Kristie Biggs. Survivors include her mother, Peggy Biggs of Conroe; and her pets, Freckles, Shelly, Prancer and Sissy. Because of her love for animals, in lieu of flowers her family has asked that donations be made to the local SPCA.

Leah Mae Ormsbee
TRINITY -- Services for Leah Mae Ormsbee, 70, were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec.17, 2011 at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Parrish officiating. Burial followed in Trinity Cedar Grove Cemetery. Mrs.Ormsbee died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 in Tyler. She was born Sept. 16, 1941 in Lufkin, the daughter of Tom Hardy and Norma Mae (Laird) Hodge. Mrs. Ormsbee worked as a secretary/bookkeeper for a number of businesses through the years including Zale’s Jewelry, A.J. Monday Construction and Target. She also was known as being the first female salesperson on staff for Chrysler of Kansas City. She enjoyed arts and crafts work, fishing, traveling, and fast cars. Above all, she was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who was always there when she was needed. Mrs. Ormsbee was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Tom Clayton Hodge, Hardy Nathaniel Hodge and John Raymond “David” Hodge; and a great-granddaughter, Amie Hodge. Survivors include her husband, Billie Ormsbee; three children and their spouses, Cheryl Ann and Glenn Green, Sharon Diane and William Hodge and David Derwin Franklin; 10 grandchildren, Leean West, Amanda Johnston and husband Johnathon, Christopher Lowe, Shaun Lowe, Glenn Green Jr., William Dewayne Hodge and wife Gina, Michael Hodge and wife Madonna, Billy Hodge and wife Jana, Lucy Franklin, and Kimberly Franklin; 11 great-grandchildren, Justin West, Kayla West, Kaitlyn Johnston, Tristen Johnston, Morgan Lowe, Mason Lowe, William Gordon Hodge, Haley Hodge, Harley Hodge, Dakota Hodge and Luther Hodge; and a brother and his spouse, Gerald and Brenda Hodge; a sister-in-law, Lucy Hewitt and family; and a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives, and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Dorothy “Dot” J. Smith
TRINITY -- Services for Dorothy “Dot” J. Smith, 88, of Trinity were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 at Trinity Tabernacle Assembly of God with Pastor Rodger Goins officiating. Burial followed at Center Hill Cemetery in Oakhurst. Ms. Smith Died Wednesday, Dec.14, 2011 in Conroe. She was born Nov. 13, 1923 in Coldsprings, the oldest daughter of 10 children born to John Henry and Minnie Lou (Savage) Walker. Ms. Smith was a loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, and cousin to many. She was a life-long homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Huey P. Smith; a son, Stevie Dale Smith; her parents; brothers, Theodore Walker, Clifton Walker, Willie Durdin and wife Marie, Marvin Walker and wife Nellie, Tobe Walker and wife Carlie Ann; and sisters, Elizabeth Walker, and Falba Bruce. Survivors include four children and their spouses, Carroll H. and Rhonda Smith, Connie Hamm, Lois and Floyd Koenig and Carolyn Gutierrez; two brothers and their spouses, Emery and Ruby Walker and J.D. and Viola Waller; a brother-in-law, Durwood Bruce; grandchildren, Stephanie Moore and husband Clifford, Stevie Smith and wife Cheyenne, Alan Dunaway and Ivy Sherman, Keisha Hernandez and husband Hector, Josh Gutierrez and wife Nikki, Wesley Smith, Nathan Smith, Sarah Smith and husband Danny, Eric Gutierrez, Coley Dale Hamm, and Kristin Alfaro and husband Jose; 21 great-grandchildren; and a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Robert Harry Steele
TRINITY -- Services for Robert Harry Steele, 78, were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 at the Chapel in the Pines near Trinity, with Pastor Leroy Brown officiating. Burial followed at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity. Mr. Steele died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 in Trinity. He was born July 24, 1933 in Tunkhannock, Penn., the son of Harry and Gladys (Stanton) Steele. Mr. Steel served his country in the U.S. Army during the time of the Korean War and was a member of the honor guard of the Trinity County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6899. He worked as a computer operator and retired after a number of years with Gulf Oil in Houston. He enjoyed cattle, bird watching, and attending garage sales. He was a member of the Chapel in the Pines. Mr. Steele was preceded in death by a daughter, Dianne Flanagan; his parents; and a sister, Loraine Crowe. Survivors include his wife, Judith Elizabeth Steele; three children and their spouses, Vicki Lynn and Joseph Gale, Robert Alan Steele and Laura Ann and Tom Callahan; nine grandchildren, Joseph Michael Gale, Bethany Joy Shultz, Russell Alan Steele, Danielle Kathleen Steele, Joseph Robert Steele, Terry Matthew Callahan, Andrew Joshua Steele, Austin Robert Callahan and Cassidy Dianne Callahan; eight great-grandchildren; and a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Kenneth Austin Watson
LIVINGSTON – Graveside services for Kenneth Austin Watson, 85, were3 helds at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at Camp Ruby Cemetery near Livingston with Pastor Orval Barger officiating. Mr. Watson died Saturday, Dec. 17, in Groveton. He was born May 18, 1926, in Centrailia, the son of James Oscar and Gada Mae Austin Watson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jewell Pace Watson; a daughter, Sharon Watson Robins; and grandson, Jeremy Stephens. Survivors include a daughter, Sheila Dale of Trinity; a granddaughter, Stefanie Dale of Lake Jackson; a grandson, Rohn Benfield of Brenham; two great-granddaughters, Julia and Caitlyn Benfield; a great-grandson, Kenneth Austin Benfield; and a number of other relatives and friends. Pace Funeral Home of Livingston directed the arrangements. To send condolences go to pacefuneral.com

Elmer Roy Wright
GROVETON – Services for Elmer Roy Wright, 77, were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Nogalus with Bro. James Whittlesey and Nathan Alsbrooks officiating. Mr. Wright died early on Wednesday, Dec. 14. He was born Jan. 28, 1934, the son of Albert and Leona Wright. He graduated from Groveton High School in 1951 and enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1954, serving at Ft. Bliss in El Paso as well as Ft. Louis and Camp Hanford in the State of Washington. Following his honorable discharge in February of 1956, Mr. Wright enrolled in college in Huntsville and graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1959. He became a city letter carrier for the Lufkin Post Office in 1963, and he retired in September 1991. Mr. Wright was married to Betty Sue King on July 16, 1959. He was a deacon and song leader at Calvary Baptist Church in Nogalus, and loved preparing refreshments for the youth on Wednesday evening. He also provided and prepared breakfast for the Children’s Church each Sunday morning. Roy has served on the board of directors of Calvary Cemetery Association and worked as a volunteer to make improvements there. He also a founding director of the Nogalus Water System, and at the time of his death, served as vice president of Wright Choice Home Health of Nogalus and Huntsville. Preceding him in death were two sisters, Zoie Pannel and Wilma Savoie Roberts; two brothers Leon and Doyle Wright; and a brother-in-law, Preston (Bubba) King. Survivors include his wife; three children and a son-in-law, Revette and Don Hamilton of Groveton, Lynette Wright of Nogalus and Angela Alsbrooks of Nogalus; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Lucille Tucker of Houston, Madeline Barker of Porter and Lois and Val Bilski of Groveton; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jolene and Ronnie Alsbrooks of Hudson; four grandchildren, Whitney Hamilton of Ft. Worth, Clint Hamilton of Groveton, Nathan Alsbrooks of College Station and Mason Alsbrooks of Nogalus. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be given to Calvary Baptist Church and Calvary Cemetery Association. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Nelda Jack McDonald Bass
CLEVELAND – Services for Nelda Jack McDonald Bass, 78, were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 at the Pace-Stancil Chapel in Cleveland. Burial followed at the Splendora City Cemetery. She was born Oct. 23, 1933, the daughter of E.J. and Bessie McDonald in Maud. When she was born, her mother told her father to name the baby, if it was a girl, Nelda Jacqueline. However, because he did not know how to spell the middle name, he shortened it to Jack. This displeased her mother and later, Nelda, greatly. But because she loved her daddy immensely, she eventually forgave him. During her childhood, the family relocated to Splendora, where she graduated from high school in 1951. Shortly thereafter, she ventured to California where she worked as an overseas telephone operator. Upon returning to Texas, she met and soon married D.L. “Dee” Bass, who called her “Honey” so often that their three children did as well. They only began referring to her as “Mom” when they reached the teenage years. During their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Bass “went where the work was” and resided in Cleveland, Houston, and spent a year in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. However, they always came back home to Splendora. Survivors include three children, Steve Bass of Trinity, Kim and Mark; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a niece, Jody; and her pet Yorkie, Chloe. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Cleveland directed the arrangements.

Gregory “Gregg” Allen Buehring
TRINITY -- Gregory (Gregg) Allen Buehring, 69, of Trinity died from heart failure on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011. Mr. Buehring was born in March of 1942 in Waco, the son of Ted and Laverne Buehring. He had resided in Trinity since 1993. He was an Eagle Scout and a Charter Organization Representative for the Trinity Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venture programs in Trinity. He also ran the sound system for the United Methodist Church of Trinity and started the bridge club at Westwood Shores. Mr. Buehring was an electronics specialist before acquiring a master’s degree in education and teaching school. Survivors include his wife, Mary; his children, Jeff Buehring, Kyle and Mike Bryan and Billy and Janie Braxdale; a brother and his spouse, Ted and Cile; two granddaughters, Megan and Michael; two grandsons, Michael and Allan; and three great-grandsons. His family requests that in lieu of flowers any memorials be given in the form of a contribution to the United Methodist Church of Trinity.

Evelyn Virginia Curtis
TRINITY -- Services for Evelyn Virginia Curtis, 84, of Groveton, were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 at OaklawnBaptist Church of Groveton with Pastor Lester McAdams officiating. Burial followed at Glenwood Cemetery in Groveton. Ms. Curtis died Saturday, Dec. 10. She was born Aug. 7, 1927 in Huntsville, the daughter of Henry and Olive Murray. Ms. Curtis retired after 15 years of employment with Southwestern Bell. She was a homemaker and a member of Oaklawn Baptist Church in Groveton. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Maurice Jackson; husband, John Curtis; two sons, Weldon Jackson and Glen Jackson; and four sisters, Virgie Beal, Nellie Jo Ream, Joyce Owens, and Wanda Lou Mills. Survivors include a son and his spouse, Cole and Holly Jackson; a brother Doyle Murray; a sister, and her spouse Glenda and Bill Davis; a brother-in-law, Don Beal; four grandchildren and their spouses, Lance and Julie Jackson, Dean and Amy Jackson, Joe and Casey Jackson and Chase Jackson; six great-grandchildren, Taylor, Cash, Dylan, Kate, Jett, and Perri; and a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Edwin Berbe Garcia
TRINITY -- Services for Edwin Berbe Garcia, 26, of Huntsville, were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at TemploCristo Rey in Huntsville with the Rev. Ruben Calderon officiating. Burial followed at the Mayes Addition of the Oakwood Cemetery in Huntsville. Mr. Garcia died Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Huntsville. He was born June 11, 1986 in Morelos, Mexico, the son of Machorro Antonio and Maria Rocio (Rojas) Garcia. Survivors include two children, Cristian Garcia and Cristofer Garcia; his parents, Antonio and Rocio Garcia; a brother, Jonatan Garcia; two sisters, Nanci Garcia and Iris Garcia; and a number of other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Nadell Patricia Kinsey
GROESBECK – Services for Nadell Patricia Kinsey, 86, of the Trinity Cove subdivision near Trinity were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at the Groesbeck Funeral Home in Groesbeck. Burial followed in the Wealthy Cemetery in Normangee. Mrs. Kinsey died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 at Laurel Court in Alvin. She was born Aug. 24, 1925 in Monticello, Ark., the daughter of Charles Tindall and Laura Mulzert. She was married to Orvil Ernest Kinsey on May 19, 1944. Mrs. Kinsey served three terms as president of the Westgate Elementary PTA in Texas City. She earned her Texas Real Estate License in 1966 and received numerous certificates and awards while employed by Houston Lighting and Power, including employee of the month in the Credit Department. She retired from HL&P in 1992. She was preceded in death by her husband,, Orvil; a daughter, Patricia Morris; a son, Donald Kinsey; a great-granddaughter, Maeson Morris; two sisters, Bronell Davis, and Mary McKay; and three brother-in-laws. Survivors include a daughter and her spouse, Orvileda Mae and Jim Holbrook-Berendt of Manvel; a son-in-law, Thomas Morris of Thornton; two sons and their spouses, Marvin and Laura Kinsey of Orange, Calif. and David and Sheri’ Kinsey of Altus, Okla.; a sister, Charlene Waters; a brother, Richard Tindall; 11 grandchildren and their spouses, Ernest and Beth Morris of League City, James and Diana Holbrook of Pearland, Veronica and Kyle Baker of Pearland, Alexa Kinsey of Green Cove, Fla., Katrina and Stephen Dye of Forest Hill, La., Nicole Wertz of Huntsville, Ala., Rene Straub of Altus, Okla., Philip Shaver of Altus, Okla., Clifford Shaver of Altus, Okla., Brianna Kinsey of Huntsville, Ala. and Grace Shaver of Altus, Okla.; and 15 great-grandchildren, Rebecca Morris, Haley Morris, Cole Holbrook, Amanda Holbrook, Miranda Lara, Shelby Morris, Stephanie Lara, Holly Baker, Madison Dye, Montana Straub, Sarah Baker, Luke Baker, Rachel Baker, Anna Claire Dye, and Kinsey Gossett. Groesbeck Funeral Home of Groesbeck directed the arrangements.

John Raymond Wingate
TRINITY -- A celebration of life service for John Raymond “J.R.” Wingate, 61, was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at the Burning Hope Baptist Church with President Larry Sanders officiating. Mr. Wingate died Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Polk County. He was born Aug. 23, 1950 in Livingston and grew up in Channelview. In 1969 he was drafted and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, serving one tour in Vietnam. While in the Army, his job was to drive supplies to the front line for the troops. After receiving an honorable discharge and in 1970, he began work at San Jacinto College of Houston where he served for more than seven years in human resources. Mr. Wingate also worked as petroleum insulator supervisor and was a member of Local Union 22. With this position he traveled from job to job. He was a member of Christian Motorcyclist Association and loved to ride down the country roads on his Harley Davidson Motorcycle. Survivors include his children, Nikki Wingate, Ashley Wingate, Jay Raymond Wingate, Anna Wingate and twins Crystal and Felicia Wingate; a step-son, Ben Wingate; his parents, John T. and Thelma Mae Wingate; his ex-wife, Latonia Stanley; a sister, Sherry Kimball; four brothers, Robert Wingate, Jerry Wingate, Paul Wingate and Jesse Wingate; seven grandchildren; and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Marion Irene Bruner
TRINITY – Services for Marion Irene Bruner, 84, were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in El Dorado, Ark. Burial followed in the Arlington Memorial Park in Arkansas. Mrs. Bruner died Nov. 30, 2011 at Avalon Place Nursing Home in Trinity. She was born Dec. 17, 1926, in Watershel, Belgium, the daughter of Louis Gurdon and Teresa Polgar. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and an accounting assistant for Murphy Oil Corporation. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Curtis Carl Bruner; and a sister, Teresa Molnar. Survivors include her daughter and her spouse, Susan and Glenn Bonner of Huntsville; two sons, Curtis L. Bruner and David L. Bruner; a sister, Elizabeth Ulrick; six grandchildren, Johnny Allen Dumas, Henry Wesley Dumas, Jennifer Nicole Bruner, Sean Curtis Bruner, Christopher Bruner and Glenn Bonner III; and six great-grandchildren, Samuel Gray, Randal Blake Dumas, Nathanial Hayden Dumas, Cody Mason Dumas, Gabriel Dumas, and Drew Dumas. Young’s Funeral Directors of El Dorado, Ark., directed the arrangements. An online guest registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.

Etha Irene “Rennie” Cade
TRINITY -- Etha Irene “Rennie” Cade, 80, died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 in Livingston. In keeping with her wishes, Mrs. Cade was cremated and private services will be held by the family at a later date. She was born March 7, 1931 in New Gulf, the daughter of Thomas and Ruby (Edwards) Lewis. Mrs. Cade was employed as a nurse aid and served as a surgical assistant in Sweeny. She lived much of her life in Brazoria, where she and her husband built three homes together. She was a gifted woman who enjoyed painting and music. Survivors include her husband, Lee Cade; a daughter, Deanna Zane of Coldspring; a son, Kenneth Cade of Coldspring; three sisters, Ruth Tullos of Trinity, Colene of Brazoria and Jeraldine Callahan of Warren; a brother, Larry Lewis of Arizona; and a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives,and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

James Woodrow Jordan
TRINITY -- Services for James Woodrow Jordan, 70, were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 at the Riverside Baptist Church in Riverside with Pastor Jim Newton officiating. Burial followed at Riverside Pioneer Cemetery. Mr. Jordan lost his battle with cancer on Nov.27, 2011. He was born Nov. 4, 1941 in Wichita Falls and was a lifetime resident of Riverside,. He was a 1961 graduate of Huntsville High School and was the owner of Jordan Dirt Contractors for over 40 years until his death. Mr. Jordan was preceded in death by his parents, Woodrow and Maxine (Shepherd) Jordan; and a sister, Eva Mae Williams. Survivors include his wife, Mary (Lopez) Jordan; a son and his spouse, Bryan and Jennifer Jordan; daughter and her spouse, Bethany and Shane Loving; a sister and her spouse, Betty and Glen Horne; four grandchildren, Lauren Loving, Shelby Loving, Brooke Jordan and Carter Jordan; and a number of other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486, (800) 525-5841, or at www.mdanderson.org . Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Dela Faye Tibbets McLain
ROCHESTER -- Services for Dela Faye (Massengale) Tibbets McLain, 87, of Trinity were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 at Church of Christ in Rule with John Greeson and Tommy Scarmardo officiating. Burial followed at the Rochester Cemetery. Mrs. McLain died Friday, Dec. 2, in Houston. She was born Sept. 2, 1924 in Flo, the daughter of Bill and Lois Massengale. She was married to Ozzie Jessie Tibbets in Benjamin, on April 28, 1942 and lived more than 40 years in Rochester. Ozzie Tibbets died in June of 1983. Together they owned 200 acres in Haskell County which they farmed and raised cotton. She also worked as a manager and bookkeeper at The Ridge & Maridee Motel in Breckenridge. She was a member of the Church of Christ and spent many years as the Sunday School Teacher. Mrs. McLain was preceded in death by her first husband, Ozzie Tibbets, and second husband, Bob McLain; her parents; a sister, Nadine; three brothers, Merle, Alvin and Lloyd Earl; and a stepson, Bobby J. McLain. Survivors include her daughter, Darlene McKinley of Trinity; two sons, Buddy Tibbets of Haskell and Travis Tibbets of Pampa; a stepson, Pat McLain of Irving; two sisters and their spouses, Anita and Gary Giles of Arroya Grande, Calif. and Mary and Harold Brock of Bakersfield, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, Cami and Tommy Scarmardo of Cypress, Heath and Shanna Tibbets of Idalou, Karen and Johnny Ivy of Trinity, Sheila and Mike Been of Pampa, Angela and Steven Mitchell Baird, Jerred and Tina Tibbets of Pampa, Amy Easterling of Anson, Laura and Nathan Macias of Anson, Cody Tibbets of Haskell and Steven and Katie Tibbets of Amarillo; 25 great-grandchildren, Hillary, Haley Tre', Chelsea, Colton, Josh, Jeremy, Brian, Brittany, Skyler, Madison, Ty, Katelynn, Tate, Lauren, Sheldon, Taylor, Ashlynn, Courtney, Regan, Haley, Lauren, Ethan, Seth and Bryce; and one great-great-grandchild, Raylen. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to Church of Christ in Rule. Smith Family Funeral Homes of Haskell directed the arrangements.

Shayla Nicole Rightmire
TRINITY -- Services for Shayla Nicole Rightmire, 30, were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 at River of Life Church in Trinity with the the Rev. Mike Loftin officiating. Burial followed at Pennington Cemetery in Pennington. Mrs. Rightmire died Nov.23, 2011 in Trinity. She was born Aug. 18, 1981 in Houston. Survivors include her husband, Aaron Rightmire; two children, Charles Aaron Rightmire Jr. and Carleigh Aliha Rightmire; her mother, Dorothy Morris; her father, Wesley Dominy; a step-father, John Ginn; grandparents, Earnest Lueck, and Ruby Trammell and husband Charles; a sister, Amanda Wooten; a mother-in-law, Linda Ginn; nieces and nephews, Aidan Jule, Suggy, and Memphis; her best friends, Mandy Loftin, Cecile Broussard, and Jessica Miller; and a number of other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Olive June Roden
TRINITY – Services for Olive June Roden, 82, of Trinity will be held at 2 p.m,. Thurday, Dec. 8, 2011, at the Waller-Thornton Chapel in Trinity with the Rev. Leroy Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Lovelady. Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Waller-Thornton Chapel at 203 San Jacinto Street in Trinity. Mrs. Roden died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. She was born Dec. 8, 1928 in Weldon, the daughter of Ernest Clyde and Olive (House) Oates. Mrs. Roden was a member of the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church and the Chapel in the Pines. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Mary Sue Perry and Juanita Naaz; and a daughter, Paula Miller. Survivors include her husband, Bud Pride; a son Randy Roden; two grandchildren, Kenny Roden and wife Meagan, Robin Roden and fiancé Scott House; great-grandson, Ry Joshua Roden; two brothers and their spouses, Charles and Wanda Oates and Paul and Sadie Oates; and a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Linda Kay Spikes
TRINITY -- Linda Kay Spikes, 58, of Shepherd died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 in Madisonville. In keeping with her wishes, she was cremated and a private service will be held at a later date. She was born Nov. 26, 1953. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements. Joyce Steinbach TRINITY -- Joyce Steinbach, 81, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011 in Oakhurst.. In keeping with her wishes, she was cremated and a private service will be held at a later date. She was born Feb. 1, 1930 in Willis. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Erma Drew Woods
TRINITY -- Services for Erma Drew Woods, 79, of Trinity were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 at the Burning Hope Baptist Church in Trinity with the Rev. Jim Parrish officiating. Burial followed at Carlisle Cemetery. Mrs. Woods died Saturday, Dec. 3, in Trinity. She was born March 12, 1932 in Call Junction, the daughter of Drew Davis and Erma Mildred (Jones) Marshall. Mrs. Woods was a seamstress who could make just about anything without using a pattern. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and had been a resident of Trinity for the past 35 years. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Roy Engelhardt; and a daughter, Gay Lynn Engelhardt. Survivors include her husband of 40 years, M.J. Woods; six children and their spouses, Pamela Ann and Rusty Rusnick, Cecil and Treva Engelhardt, Teddy and Janice Engelhardt, Larry and Debra Engelhardt, Robert and Kitty Engelhardt and John Glenn and Cathy Engelhardt; a daughter-in-law, Geraldine Engelhardt; three sisters and their spouses, Joyce and Jay Robinette, Johnnie and Bruce Mukleroy and Frankie and Hoy Herrin; 19 grandchildrens; 30 great-grandchildren; and a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Burris Truitt Woodward
TRINITY -- Services for Burris Truitt Woodward, 91, were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 at Waller-Thornton Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Graham officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Spring. Mr. Woodward died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 in Trinity. He was born Aug. 7, 1920 in Sweetwater and served in the civil service in England. He was a cattle rancher and worked in the real estate business. He had been retired for many years. Mr. Woodward was preceded in death by his parents, George and Amy (Ulmer) Woodward; his brother, Elliot Woodward; and a sister-in-law, Amy Sue Woodward. Survivors include a brother and his spouse, John and Joan Woodward of California; a sister, and her spouse Sara and Clay Callahan of Trinity; and a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Abundant Life Full Gospel Church, P.O. Box 6204, Huntsville, Texas 77342. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity, Texas directed the arrangements.

Kenneth Myron Carlisle Jr.
TRINITY – Services for Kenneth Myron Carlisle Jr., 78, were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church of Trinity with Pastor Russ Munch and the Rev. Everett McCollum officiating. Mr. Carlisle died Wednesday, Nov. 23, in The Woodlands. He was born Sept. 17, 1933, in Canton, Ohio, the son of Kenneth Carlisle Sr. and Mildred Marks. He was employed as an electrical engineer and retired and moved to Trinity after 35 years of service to Shell Oil Co. in Deer Park. Mr. Carlisle was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Trinity, where he served in various positions, including the Methodist Men’s Club, church council and sound technician. He also was involved in setting up the church library. Mr. Carlisle helped with the Boy Scouts of American and was a mentor to many children. He enjoyed the challenge of a game at the bowling alley and won many top honors over the years in league play. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Linda Miller. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Nadyne Carlisle; two sons and a daughter-in-law, David Alan Carlisle and Larry Andrew and Kimberly Marie Carlisle; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Beverly Ries and Betty and Mike Kostolich; a brother and his spouse, Jim and Marcia Carlisle; a sister-in-law and her husband, Lorene and Bill Whitehall; three grandchildren, Cody Anderson Carlisle, Cory Jamison Carlisle and Kyra Leigh Ann Carlisle; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Bethany Ann George
TRINITY – Bethany Ann George, 57, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, in Conroe. Services will be held at a later date. She was born Sept. 3, 1954, in Fort Worth and attended Tarleton State College. She earned a masters degree in accounting and was employed by Top Tooling, Inc., of Houston as an accounting administrator. She enjoyed going to Louisiana and spending time with her personal friend and companion, Charlie Harrelson. Survivors include a brother and his spouse, Gary and Robbie Hicks; longtime friends, Mike Warren and Carol Whisenhunt; and her four dogs, Sadie, Rose, Suggy and Missy. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

David Lee Moreland
TRINITY – Services for David Lee Moreland, 70, were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with the Rev. Lynn Gentry officiating. Burial followed in Antioch Cemetery in Lovelady. Mr. Moreland died Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, in Conroe. He was born Jan. 31, 1941, in Weslaco, the daughter of Mhurl and Mary Moreland. He retired after 25 years as an air conditioner technician. Mr. Moreland was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Mhurl V. Moreland. Survivors include 11 siblings and their spouses, John and Carolyn Moreland, Rosemary and Ron Alt, Patricia and Wayne Dixon, twins Viola and Virginia Moreland, Mary Franklin, Crystal Moreland, Kenneth Moreland, Shawn Moreland, Christopher Moreland and James Moreland; a specially devoted niece and her spouse, Dana and Lynn Gentry; nephews and nieces, Billy, David, Sandra, Walter, Debbie, Daryl, Rowland, Patty and Jeanie; and a number of other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Benjamin Rolland Rosser
FORT WORTH – A family celebration of the life of Benjamin Rolland Rosser Sr., 74, was held over the Thanksgiving holiday. Mr. Rosser died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2011. He was born April 15, 1937, in Rogers. Shy in his younger years, Mr. Rosser evolved into a friendly, “never met a stranger”-type with a great sense of humor. He loved Jesus, his family and friends, his animals (furry and feathered), fishing, and growing his garden. Mr. Rosser was married to his lifelong sweetheart, Willie Bea Smith, 55 years ago in McAllen. The couple spent most of their life together in the Rio Grande Valley and Burkburnett, where he worked for a civilian Air Force contractor and in the oil fields. They retired to the piney woods of Trinity in 1989. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert I. Rosser and Mozelle Boney Rosser; three brothers, Eddie, Wayne and Robert Rosser; and a sister, Zella Mae Slaughter. Survivors include his wife, Willie Bea; three daughters and a son-in-law, Lisa and George Eubanks, Diane McCormick and Sandy Voss, all of Fort Worth; a son and his spouse, Bo and Colleen Rosser of Fort Worth; a brother, Vernon R. Rosser of Edinburg; six grandchildren, Will and Ocie Rinehart, Jennifer and Clint Eubanks and Shaina and Kelsey Voss; a great-granddaughter, Kerra Eubanks; a number of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends; and his canine companion, Jackie, and parrot, Quaker. Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel of Fort Worth directed the arrangements.

 

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