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Trinity Standard - Obituaries
For the Week of February 17, 2008 - February 24, 2008
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David Lee ‘Big Dave’ Albright
WILLIS – A benefit in memory of David Lee “Big Dave” Albright, 57, was held at noon Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, in the Iron Horse Saloon near Carlisle.
Mr. Albright died Feb. 7.
Survivors include five sons, Roger Albright and his girlfriend Brooks, Raymond Albright and his wife Lorie, David Albright, Scott Albright and his wife Kathy and Troy Albright; three grandsons, Austin, Mason and Ian; 14 nieces and nephews, Crissy, Valarie, Sheri, Kristie, Michael, Jeff, Jordan, Stacie, Dalton, Jared, Brittany, Josh, Taya and Troy; his friend and business partner, Greg Coleman; and a number of band mates and racing buddies.
Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home of Willis is directing the arrangements. Condolences may be written at the funeral home’s website www.shmfh.com.

Jimmy E. ‘Jim’ Cole
GROVETON – Services for Jimmy E. “Jim” Cole, 62, of Montgomery were held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at the Groveton Funeral Home Chapel with Bros. Buddy Duke and Bill Dickerson officiating.
Burial followed in the Wheeler Cemetery in the Wakefield community.
Mr. Cole died Wednesday, Feb. 13, at his residence following a battle with leukemia.
Born March 13, 1945, in Houston, he was a veteran of the Vietnam War and was self-employed. Mr. Cole was a member of the Lone Star Cowboy Church, was a 100 percent disabled veteran and was an avid racer.
He was a member of the American Legion, the NHRA, the IHRA, the “Cook & Eat” race team and was a patriarch of Cole Family Motorsports.
Mr. Cole was preceded in death by his parents, Jeff and Fay Stone Cole; an infant brother; and a brother, Doug Cole.
Survivors include his wife Judy Cole of Montgomery; a son, Jimmy Cole Jr. of Montgomery; a daughter, Tricia Berger of Montgomery; a daughter-in-law, Melissa Cole of Montgomery; four brothers and their spouses, Bill and Sandra Cole of Ratcliff, Gordon and Brenda Cole of Wells, Mike and Jennifer Cole of Montgomery and Jerry and Diane Cole of Kennard; three sisters and their spouses, Betty and Bob Taylor of Lufkin, Cathy and Arnold Best of Kennard and Jeffie and Duane Stone of LaGrande, Oregon; a sister-in-law, Pam Cole of Lufkin; five grandchildren, Evan “Dude” Ballew, Cori “Pal” Cole, Jake “Buddy” Cole, John “Burr-head” Berger and Jillian “Sugie Woogie” Berger, all of Montgomery; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers included Josh Enyart, Tony King, Wesley Loftin, David Doty, Micha Miller, Ronny DuPree and Evan Ballew. Honorary pallbearer was Wayne Stephens.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to GodSpeed Ministries, 141 Bingham Road, King Mountain, N.C. 28068.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Carol Ann Ashworth Beard
TRINITY – A memorial service for Carol Ann Ashworth Beard, 65, was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, at the First Presbyterian Church in Huntsville.
Mrs. Beard died suddenly on Thursday, Feb. 7.
She was born March 23, 1942 and received a Bachelors Degree in teaching and a Masters Degree in economics from Sam Houston State University.
Mrs. Beard worked in the nursing field for a number of years before going into teaching. She recently retired after teaching special education in various school systems, including the Trinity Independent School District.
It was a joy to her when she met any of her former students, who always recognized her and embraced her with much affection.
She was an active member in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Texas Retired Teachers Association and a local AARP chapter, where she held the position of vice president.
Survivors include a son, Robert Beard; a sister and her spouse, Kathryn and Edward Lillard; a brother and his spouse, Wesley N. “Joe” and Donna D. Ashworth; three nieces, Kathy Lillard of Spring, Cari D. Ashworth and Christa Ashworth-Perkins; a great-niece, McKenna Perkins of Huntsville; and a number of other relatives and friends.

Moselle Wills Bell
TRINITY – Services for Moselle Wills Bell, 93, of Trinity were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, at the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church in Trinity with the Rev. Leroy Brown and the Rev. Jason Burden officiating.
Burial followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Bell died Thursday, Jan. 31, in Trinity.
Born Feb. 14, 1914, in Lovelady, she was the daughter of Willard W. and Minnie Kelley Wills. She graduated from Lovelady High School and from Sam Houston State Teachers College, as it was known then.
Mrs. Bell taught in elementary schools in Trinity County for 43 years.
She was a member of the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church and a long-time member and past president of Gamma Chi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society.
Mrs. Bell was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lloyd Bell; and five siblings, Bluebell Ratterree, Thelma Franks, Hazel Chambers, Wade Wills and Grayce Williams.
Survivors include a brother and his spouse, Hayne and Bobbie Wills of Dickinson; three nephews, Robert Wills, James Ratterree and Hoyet Williams; and four nieces, Joyce Teague, Verna Hubbard, Jean Pritsel and Velma Bell Reese.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Trinity, P.O. Box 665, Trinity, Texas 75862 or to the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church, P.O. Box 112, Trinity, Texas 75862.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Ben J. Elrod
TRINITY – Services for Ben J. Elrod, 87, of Riverside were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, in the First United Methodist Church in Trinity with the Rev. Everett McCollum and the Rev. Jeff McDonald officiating.
Burial followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.
Mr. Elrod died Saturday, Jan. 26, in San Antonio.
He was born Oct. 13, 1920, in Bryant, Ark., and was employed as a carpenter. He also was a retired building inspector for the City of Houston.
Mr. Elrod was a member of the Joe Werner Masonic Lodge #553, the Order of the Eastern Star #186 of Trinity, the Trinity County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6899, the Carpenter & Millwrights of Houston and the Arabian Temple of Houston.
Survivors include a daughter, Rita Piper; one granddaughter, Sherry Jones; a grandson and his spouse, Scott and Lori Piper; two great-grandchildren, Caylor and Colby Jones; and a nephew and his spouse, Buddy and Charlene Elrod.
Pallbearers were members of the Joe Werner Masonic Lodge #553, Mike Williams, Roy Crutchfield, Steve Harper, Tom Hunt and Clyde Sims.
Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Clara Edna Bartel Ferguson
GROVETON – Services for Clara Edna Bartel Ferguson, 65, of Groveton were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, in the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Loftin officiating.
Mrs. Ferguson died Saturday, Feb. 16, in Tyler.
She was born July 13, 1942, in Perryton and was employed as a nurse. She was a member of the River of Life Church in Trinity.
Survivors include her husband, Billy C. Ferguson of Groveton; a daughter and her spouse, Tamrla Ferguson and Richard Palomo of Midway; a brother, Jimmy Bartel of Balko, Okla.; four grandchildren, Shelby Jasey of Midway, Shayna Jasey of Groveton, Jacob Palomo of Lufkin and Austin Palomo of Midway; and a number of other relatives and friends.
The family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Ferguson Scholarship Fund.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Terry Lynn Harris
TRINITY – Graveside services for Terry Lynn Harris, 51, of Mesa, Ariz., were held Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, in the Carlisle Cemetery in Trinity County with the Rev. Marvin Martin officiating.
Mr. Harris died Dec. 25, 2007, in Mesa, Ariz.
He was born Jan. 14, 1956, in Houston and was preceded in death by his father, Walter Harris.
Survivors include his mother and step-father, Ann and Bill Vick of Trinity; a daughter, Nicole Harris of Las Vegas; three brothers and their spouses, Rodney and Diana Harris of Mesa, Ariz., Terry and Stephanie Vick of Alvin and Forest and Marilyn Vick of Livingston; three sisters and their spouses, Rose and James West of Livingston, Billie Hastings of Oakhurst and Starlet and Thompson and Alton Cayce of South Carolina; two aunts, Rose Mary Fisher of Trinity and Edna Walker of Popular Bluff, Mo.; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

William Arlie Hill
GROVETON – Graveside services for William Arlie Hill, 81, of Groveton were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, in the Glendale Cemetery with the Rev. Barbara Campbell officiating.
Mr. Hill died Friday, Feb. 15, in Crockett.
He was born Dec. 7, 1926, in Glendale and was a retired nurse. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of La Marque.
Survivors include a sister, Lena Reynolds of Goodrich; one nephew; and five nieces.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Patricia Dian Johnson
TRINITY – Graveside services for Patricia Dian Johnson, 62, of Trinity were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, in the Pine Prairie Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Parrish officiating.
Mrs. Johnson died Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Conroe.
She was born July 12, 1946, in Houston and was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Hazel Crocker; her first husband, Paul Benjamin Gregory; and a sister, Erma Jewel Crocker.
Survivors include her husband of 16 years, Billy Wayne Johnson; three daughters and their spouses, Cassie Darlene and James Davenport, Tammy Lenen and David Gregory and Donna Sue and Renny Reynolds; two sons and a spouse, Paul Beaumont Gregory Jr. and Kenneth and Sharon Wilson; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Sam Pervies
GROVETON – Services for Sam Pervies, 81, of Groveton were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, in the Baldwin Chapel Church with Bro. David Horace officiating.
Burial ollowed in the Parker’s Ridge Cemetery.
Mr. Pervies died Monday, Feb. 18, in Lufkin.
He was born Nov. 1, 1922, in Livingston.
Survivors include a cousins, Glen Ward of Groveton and Peggy and Scud Phlegm of Livingston.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Clarence ‘Tiny’ Reeves Jr.
TRINITY – A memorial service for Clarence “Tiny” Reeves Jr., 79, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, at Faith Baptist Church of Riverside with the Rev. Humphrey officiating.
Mr. Reeves died Thursday, Feb. 14, in Conroe.
He was born Dec. 6, 1928, in Fort Scott, Kansas, son of Clarence Burt and Gladys Melton Reeves Sr. He served in the U.S. Navy for three years in San Francisco, Calif., during peacetime.
Mr. Reeves resided on the Pacific Coast for most of his life and was employed as an electrician. He served as the supervisor over the electrical engineering when a number of government dams were being built in California.
He also worked as a body guard for a short time in Las Vegas and for a period of five years he drove and 18-wheeler for his son. Mr. Reeves also has a gift for woodworking, making delicate items and giving them as gifts to his close friends.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Mary Ann Reeves; two sons and their spouses, Kenneth and Brenda Reeves and Keith and Paula Reeves; five daughters and their spouses, Cindy and Kevin Kendall, Cindy Lou and Daymon Davis, Tina Peterson and Terry Linder, Diana and Al Vaughn and Suzanne and Frank Mendez; a sister, Sara Moore; the mother of his children, Wynona VanAsten; 29 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Duane Bigler ‘Duke’ Snyder
TRINITY –Duane Bigler “Duke” Snyder, 78, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, in Trinity. No funeral services are scheduled.
Mr. Snyder was born March 24, 1929, in Altoona, Pa. and was employed as a labor union representative. He enjoyed traveling to different cities as part of his duties.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise “Weizie” Snyder; a brother, Harold Snyder; and a sister, Shirley Snyder.
Survivors include his children, Sandra Jordan and her husband Tim, Robert “Bob” Snyder and his wife Pam, Dave Snyder and his wife April and Theresa Snyder and her fiancé Stephen; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Charles Raymond Stratton
TRINITY – Graveside services for Charles Raymond Stratton, 73, were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity with the Rev. Jason Burden officiating.
Mr. Stratton died Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Houston.
He was born Oct. 16, 1934, in Trinity and served in the U.S. Army. He was the owner-operator of Stratton Home Moving Co. and was known as the man who could move a house when no one else would.
Survivors include two sons and their spouses, Daniel and Janie Stratton and David and Janie Stratton; three daughters, Kathryn Stratton Spencer, Karen Stratton Jordan and Patricia Wilson; 11 grandchildren, Robert Stratton and Pamela, Michael Scott Spencer, Kimberly Nicole Spencer, Lisa Marie Spencer, Jessica Jordan, Amanda Breton and her husband Ryan, John Joseph Hernandez, Shawna Newsom and her husband Cedric Living, Autumn Christiansen and her husband Alex, Miles Ware and Justin Allen and his wife Bonnie; and 12 great-grandchildren, Chloe Jordan, Raquel Breton, Kaylea Breton, Kylea Breton, Deion Living, Katie Taylor, Hannah Newsom, Erica Waggoner, Kyle Ware, Kevin Ware, Emmah Christiansen and Zowy Allen.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Lura Dean Thornton
TRINITY – Graveside services for Lura Dean Thornton, 84, were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity with the Rev. Jason Burden officiating.
Mrs. Thornton died Thursday, Feb. 14, in Houston.
She was born Aug. 19, 1923, in Hillsboro, one of eight children born to the late Charlie and Jessie Harrison Moody. She was a homemaker and mother all of her adult life, although she enjoyed the time she worked for the Grand Person Center where she would deliver meals on wheels to seniors.
She resided for a short time in Orange where she was employed in the school cafeteria.
Mrs. Thornton was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold Thornton; three brothers, Grafton Moody, Charles Moody and Virgil Moody; and two sisters, Sally Johnson and Francis Dyer.
Survivors include two daughters and their spouses, Lisa and Slade Haynes and Betty and Arlo Morgan; a son and his spouse, Jerry and Jo Anne Bassham; a sister and her spouse, Doris and Cotton Hodges; a brother and his spouse, George and Jean Moody; six grandchildren, Dillon, Justin, Hayley, Terry, Billy and Sheryl; five great-grandchildren, Cody, Heather, Hannah Nicole, Casey and Hannah Avery; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

 


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