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Trinity Standard - Obituaries
For the Week of December 9, 2007 - December 16, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Dr. John Richard Cook
TEMPLE – A memorial service for Dr. John Richard Cook, M.D., of Temple and formerly of Trinity will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Lovelady First Baptist Church.
Dr. Cook died peacefully at his Temple residence on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Born Dec. 19, 1914, in Chase County, Kansas, he was the son of J. Wilkins and Elinor Martin Cook. He was reared in Stockton and Long Beach, Calif., and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach. He attended the University of Southern California, majoring in business and accounting.
He was married to Almalie Becker while in California but she died during the birth of their daughter, Sharon. He later married Mary Dmytrick.
He came to Texas with his brother, Carl, to open a family business, Cook Heat Treating, in Houston. While in Texas, he became interested in ranching and raised Angus cattle on his ranch near Normangee.
He had always dreamed of becoming a medical doctor so he enrolled in the University of Houston for his pre-med study and was later accepted at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston to complete his education.
Following an internship in Philadelphia, he entered private medical practice in Trinity. Partnering with the late Dr. Sam Barnes at the Trinity Clinic and at Trinity Memorial Hospital.
During his time in Trinity, he served two terms as mayor and was involved with the Trinity River Authority during the construction of the Lake Livingston Dam.
Dr. Cook was a member of the Tri-County Medical Association, Theta Kappa Psi Medical Fraternity, the Lions Club and the Texas Angus Association.
He was a Christian and while he was a member of the Methodist church, he enjoyed attending all Bible based churches.
Following his retirement from medicine in 1984, Dr. Cook moved to Pagosa Springs, Colo., and married Jane Fuller LaRue. They shared the hobbies he loved: fishing, golfing and hunting, cross country skiing, traveling and entertaining their many friends.
Health issued caused them to move back to Texas.
Dr. Cook was preceded in death by his parents; former wives Almalie B. Cook and Mary D. Cook; three brothers, Ed Cook, Carl Cook and Clifford Cook; a grandson, Shannon LaRue; and a sister-in-law, Beth Fuller Weekley.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Cook of Temple; a daughter, Sharon Dunlap of Trinity; four sons and their spouses, David and Debbie LaRue of Dhahran, Saudia Arabia, Gary and Laurel LaRue of Lovelady, Tommy and Jennie LaRue of Galveston and Steven and Lori LaRue of Glen Heights; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, Michelle and Stacy Roberts, Jill Lindley, Brad and Jennifer LaRue, Lacy Slinkard, Trey Slinkard, Laura LaRue, Lindsey LaRue, Cameron LaRue, Trevor LaRue and Gabriella LaRue; six great-grandchildren and their spouses, Billy and Kim Andrews, Josh and Christy Thornton, Glenn Stark, Emily Roberts, Nicole Roberts and Dillon LaRue; two great-great-grandchildren, Rilyn Roberts and Cecilia Fuller; a number of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Clarite and Roland Neer, Robert and Cecilia Fuller, Charles and Marcelyn Fuller and Shannon and Donna Fuller; and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Scott and White Cancer Research, 2401 South 31st St., Temple, Texas 76508; the Trinity Peninsula Foundation, c/o Dan Barnes, P.O. Box 1851, Trinity, Texas 75862; or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Betty Wendt Edens
TRINITY – A celebration service for Betty Wendt Edens, 88, of Groveton was held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, at the Waller-Throntion Funeral Home with the Rev. Lewis Jones officiating.
Mrs. Edens died Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Lufkin.
She was born Sept. 18, 1919, in Apple Springs and was retired from Sears and Roebuck Co. after many years of service. She was a homemaker and was known as a strong Christian woman.
Mrs. Edens was preceded in death by her parents, William A. and Betty Nieman Wendt.
Survivors include two daughters, Faye Truskoski and her husband, Jerry, and Betty Collier; a son, Frank Kohler and his wife, Stella; a sister, Christine Bennett; special caregivers and granddaughters, Kary Saunders and her husband, John, and Debbie Wilson Ellis and her husband, Dudley; eight additional grandchildren, James Collier, Michael Collier, Frank Kohler, Cristy Kohler, Brent Truskoski, Brett Truskoski, Kim Truskoski and Michael Truskoski; 19 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Shelia Rena Kenner Edwards
TRINITY – Graveside services for Shelia Rene Kenner Edwards, 47, of Livingston were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, at the Center Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Alglee Kilgore officiating.
Mrs. Edwards died Saturday, Dec. 8, in Livingston.
She was born June 24, 1960, in Livingston and was a graduate of Channelview High School. She was a homemaker and a mother all of her adult life.
Mrs. Edwards was preceded in death by her father, Billy Kenner; a sister, Marshella Kenner; and a nephew, Eric Paul Brast.
Survivors include a daughter, Tiffany Kenner; her mother, Thelma Parker Hopson; her step-mother, Linda Kenner; a brother, Edward Kenner; two sisters, Teresa Tarver and Suzan Daugherty; and a number of nephews, nieces and other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Roy Thuston ‘Buddy’ Hall
TRINITY – Services for Roy Thuston “Buddy” Hall, 77, of Pasadena and formerly of Trinity were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007, at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with Bro. Lyle Stubbs officiating.
Burial followed in the Glendale Cemetery with military honors.
Mr. Hall died Saturday, Dec. 1, in Houston.
He was born Sept. 26, 1930, in Trinity and served as a Texas Ranger for a short time. He was the owner-operator of Hall Food Supply of Houston for many years.
Mr. Hall was preceded in death by his parents, R.W. and Clara Hall; his wife, Shirley Hall; and a son-in-law, Kenney Liles.
Survivors include three daughters and their spouses, Linda and Dwight Adams, Donna Liles and Julie and Kevin Hall; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Charles and Elizabeth Hall and John Hall; seven grandchildren, Zane, Kay, Roy, Robin, Rodney, Annie and Favian; a great-granddaughter, Carmen Aguilar; and a number of other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Baine Arnold Hawthorne
TRINITY – Services for Baine Arnold Hawthorne, 87, of Trinity were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity with the Rev. Robert Nichols officiating.
Burial followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.
Mr. Hawthorne died Tuesday, Dec. 4, in Conroe.
He was born June 3, 1920, in Healdton, Okla., the son of Ervin Isaac and Ola Mae Watts Hawthorne. During World War II, he was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served as a B-17 bomber pilot, flying more than 35 missions in the European Theatre.
Mr. Hawthorne served as a leader in the Boy Scouts of America for 17 years.
He earned a Bachelors Degree in mathematics from Southeastern State Teachers College in Durant, Okla., and was ordained as a deacon in the Baptist Church.
Following 38 years of service with Exxon Production Research, he retired as the secretary to the board of directors and moved to Trinity.
In Trinity, Mr. Hawthorne served as the secretary-treasurer of the Trinity Lions Club. He was a member of the Heart of Texas Men’s Golf Association and loved to play golf.
He was the former treasurer of the Calvary Baptist Church in Trinity.
Mr. Hawthorne was preceded in death by his parents; a brother; and three sisters.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Mrs. Marcia Blanton Hawthorne; three sons and their spouses, Gary A. Hawthorne of Houston, David and Glenda Hawthorne of Concan and Mark and Debra Hawthorne of Azle; and three grandchildren, Kelsey Hawthorne, Amanda Phillips and Victoria Sokol.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Mildred Iden‘Granny’ Marsh
TRINITY – Services for Mildred Iden “Granny” Marsh, 89, of Trinity were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, in the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Roger Goins officiating.
Burial followed in the Antioch Cemetery.
Ms. Marsh died Tuesday, Dec. 4, in Houston.
She was born Feb. 12, 1918, in Lovelady and served as a sales representative for numerous products, such as Amway, Avon and Watkins Products. She was retired from Exxon Oil Corporation.
She was a lifetime member of the Trinity Tabernacle Assembly of God.
Mrs. Marsh was preceded in death by her parents, John Chester and Viola Iden; her husband, Arlis Marsh, a daughter, Laura Gray; a son, Jerry Marsh; and two brothers, John Chester Iden and J.C. Iden.
Survivors include a son and his spouse, Larry and Sharon Marsh; a brother, Herbert Clinton Iden; a sister-in-law, Willie Marie Iden; seven grandchildren, Cindy Brady, David Roberts, Cookie Barton, Bobby Gray, Jerry Marsh, Brenda Marsh and Pam Marsh; six great-grandchildren, Brittani, Kirsti, Jimmy, Ja’Nee, Bryan and Chelci; and a great-great-grandson, Gaberial.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Preston Lee Mericle
GROVETON – Services for Preston Lee Mericle, 78, of Livingston, and formerly of Groveton, were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, in the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Lewis Jones officiating.
Burial followed in the Bennett Cemetery.
Mr. Mericle died Saturday, Dec. 8, in Lufkin.
He was born July 31, 1929, in Polk County and was a retired truck driver. Mr. Mericle was a member of the Baptist church.
Mr. Mericle was preceded in death by a son, Earl Ray Mericle; his parents, Earl and Ollie Mericle; a sister, Merliene Mericle; and two brothers, J.L. Mericle and Edsor Mericle.
Survivors include a son and his spouse, Preston and Mary Mericle of Livingston; two daughters and a son-in-law, Billie and James White of Trinity and Floye Hall of Thibodaux, La.; two step-children, Paul Franka and Pattie Lynn Franka, both of California; a brother, E.J. Mericle of Livingston; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Thelma Sue Smith Scott
GROVETON – Graveside services for Thelma Sue Smith Scott, 88, of Houston were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, in the Glenwood Cemetery with Rik Bailey officiating.
Mrs. Scott died Thursday, Dec. 6, in Tomball.
She was born Sept. 15, 1919, in Groveton and was a retired file clerk with Shell Oil. She was a member of the Baptist Temple of Houston.
Mrs. Scott was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Scott.
Survivors include a daughter, Sheryl Darleen Gray of Lufkin; a son, Michael David Scott of Houston; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Jeff and Julie Gray, Alan Gray, Sarah and Robbie Wagnone, David Michael and Jamie Scott, Lindsay Scott, Shelly Scott and Julia Scott; seven great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.







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