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East Texas News - Obituaries
Trinity Standard - February 1, 2009 - February 14, 2009

Mary Canter
TRINITY – Services for Mary Canter, 81, were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at Calvary Tabernacle Pentecostal Church of Trinity with the Rev. Guy Hargrave officiating.
Burial followed in the Glendale Cemetery.
Mrs. Canter died Monday, Jan. 26, in Huntsville.
She was born Jan. 2, 1928, in Teague and was preceded in death by her husband, Grover Morgan Canter; and seven siblings, Leola, Virgie, Delmar, Nona, Faye, J.W. and J.L.
Survivors include two sons and their spouses, Dickey and Diane Canter and John and Sheryl Cante; two daughters, Kathy Bailey and Vicki Canter; five grandchildren and their spouses, Jay and Debbie Canter, Sahnnon and Ariane Canter, Travis Canter, Brandi Cuellar and Autumn and Jes Dubcak; and five great-grandchildren, Gerry, Brinna, Dyllan, Tallon and Savannah.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Jack Wyatt Cornelius
CONROE – Services for Jack Wyatt Cornelius, 72, of Trinity were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, in the Cashner Colonial Chapel in Conroe with Dr. Stephen Brazzel officiating.
Burial followed at 3 p.m. in Clapp Cemetery in Trinity.
Mr. Cornelius died Friday, Jan. 30, in Conroe.
He was born Aug. 23, 1936, in Houston and served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Spring Creek Baptist Church and was employed in the oil tool business for 35 years.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Martha Cornelius of Trinity; a son, Robert Cornelius of Spring; a sister, Shirley Vance of Quitman; Don and Vanessa Cornelius of Magnolia; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Cashner Funeral Home of Conroe directed the arrangements.

Norma Jean King
TRINITY – Services for Norma Jean King, 67, of Trinity were held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at the Lone Star Missionary Baptist Church of Trinity with the Rev. Harry Davis and Pastor C.E. Butler officiating.
Burial followed in the Smith Cemetery in Trinity.
Mrs. King died Jan. 22.
Born Jan. 29, 1941, in Trinity, she was the daughter of Edward Gilford and Elsie Clay. She moved at an early age to Houston where she attended public school including Bruce Elementary and Phyllis Wheatley High School.
Mrs. King accepted Christ at an early age and attended the Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Pastor L.P. Pointer of Houston. She later became a member of the Greater True Light Missionary Baptist Church of Houston under the leadership of the late W. Morrison. After moving back to Trinity, she continued her faithfulness by becoming a member of the Lone Star Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. Douglas DeBose and the Rev. Harry Davis.
She married her soul mate of 50 years, Bobbie E. King Sr., in 1958. In 1959 they began their family with the birth of their first of five children.
After moving back to Trinity, she and her husband devoted their lives to the works of the church, their family and friends.
Mrs. King was preceded in death by her husband and father.
She is survived by four sons and their spouses, Kenneth and Sylvia King Sr., Bobbie E. and Mary King Jr., Alfred and Joselyn King and Christopher and DeeDee King; one daughter and her spouse, Debra and Michael Chapman; her mother and stepfather, Elsie and Ennis Austin; a sister, Mary Ransom; a brother, Clarence E. Gilford; eight grandchildren, Javani, Tyrell (Ebony Reynolds), Kheisha, Ebony, Trimesia, Keiwanna, Kenneth King Jr., and Christopher King Jr.; a great-grandchild, Christopher  “Tigger” Johnson Jr.; an aunt, Audrey Banks; an uncle, Robert Gilford; four brothers and sisters-in-law and their spouses, Stella Brooks, Mary Ann and Garonzick Benson, Patricia King and Jimmy and Retha King; a special relative, Lois “Granny” Saldana;  four god children, Yolanda Jackson, “T” Man, Daniel Arceaneaux and Danielle Wiley; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends.
Emanuel Funeral Homes directed the arrangements.

Clifton Daniel ‘Danny Boy’ Knous
TRINITY – Graveside services for Clifton Daniel “Danny Boy” Knous, 54, of Austonio were held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, in the Thornton Cemetery in Trinity County with Bro. Billy Usher officiating.
Mr. Knous died Monday, Feb. 2, in Crockett.
Mr. Knous was born Nov. 24, 1954, in Houston and he was employed as a master builder.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lola Knous, two brothers, Luther Knous and George Anthony Knous; and two sisters, Jewel Evean Peterson and Veda Jordan.
Survivors include his daughter, Tonya Womack; four sisters, Linda Beggs, Brenda Rushing, Stacy Wiehern and Roxanna Minyard; and two grandchildren, Jordan Wright and Jay Lynn Womack.
Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Cecil Dale Lobdell
TRINITY – Services for Cecil Dale Lobdell, 82, of Trinity were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at the Trinity Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Shane Hoevelman officiating.
Burial followed in the East Gate Cemetery.
Mr. Lobdell died Friday, Jan. 30, at the Conroe Regional Medical Center in Conroe.
He was born March 17, 1926, in Oklahoma City, Okla., and prior to his retirement was employed by the Crane Company in Houston.
Survivors include his wife, Katherine Lobdell of Trinity; two daughters and their spouses, Luann and Gary Gallant of Trinity and Barbie and Bill Troyer of Colleyville; a son and his spouse, Gary M. and Debby Lobdell of Boyd; a sibling, Gene Lobdell; and five grandchildren, Dallas Gallant, Maggie and Matthew Lobdell, Steven Troyer and Jenny Troyer.
Pallbearers included Elmer Williams, Gary Lobdell, Bill Lobdell, Steven Troyer, Bill Troyer, Matthew Lobdell and Dallas Gallant.

Evelyn Edinburgh McCool
TRINITY – Services for Evelyn Edinburgh McCool, 89, were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009, at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with the Rev. Charles Butler officiating.
Burial followed in the Pennington Cemetery.
Mrs. McCool died Saturday, Jan. 31, in Crockett.
She was born June 14, 1919, in Anderson County and was preceded in death by her husband, Mike Grant McCool; a son, Robert Allen McCool; her parents, Lewis Rufus Edinburgh and Della D. Henderson Edinburgh, both of Texas City; a brother, Henry C. Edinburgh; three sisters, Leola Giles, Mattie L. Adams and Bernice Strange; and four grandchildren, Allan, Keith and Barry Silcox and Elizabeth Yvonne McCool.
Survivors include two sons, Kenneth R. McCool and Edmond L. McCool of Pennington; a daughter, Ruby Hairston of Huntsville; a brother-in-law, Jack Strange; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the church or charity of the donor’s choice.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Annie Ruth Williams Murphy
TRINITY -- Annie Ruth Williams Murphy, 89, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2009.
In accordance with her wishes, there will be no funeral services. She elected to continue to give back to the community by donating her body to Texas A&M University.
Mrs. Murphy was born Feb. 17, 1919, in Camden, Ark., the daughter of the late Senator T.M. Williams and Mrs. Annie Ruth Reynolds Williams.
She was employed by Pigsford Menswear and was retired from Mississippi State Commission in Meridian, Miss., where she had resided since 1956.
Mrs. Murphy was know for his wit, gregarious sense of humor and kind heart. She enjoyed traveling and was passionate about the state of Mississippi where she spend the majority of her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Delbert Williams, David Williams and Marvin Williams.
Survivors include two children and their spouses, Jack and Jeanette Murphy of Orange Beach, Ala., and John and Pam Murphy of Trinity; a brother, the Rev. Jack Williams; three grandchildren, Kevin Murphy, Stacy Tatum and Jonathan Murphy; and two great-grandchildren, Steven Tatum and Daniel Tatum.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Ann Clayton Presley
TRINITY – Graveside services for Ann Clayton Presley, 81, of Trinity were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at the Chita Cemetery with the Rev. Jason Burden officiating.
Mrs. Presley died Saturday, Jan. 24, in Trinity County.
She was born Sept. 1, 1927, in Trinity County and was employed in the Trinity Steel factory and by the Nabisco Biscuit Company. She also worked as a waitress for several Trinity restaurants.
Mrs. Presley loved to travel in Louisiana and enjoyed growing vegetables in her garden and canning her harvest. She also had a passion for hunting and fishing.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Eugene Elvin Clayton, and a sister, Norma Jean Russell.
Survivors include two daughters, Alma Louise McDonald of Trinity and Mary Joyce Coogler of New Caney; a son and his spouse, Robert DeWayne and Jananda Presley of Trinity; two sisters, Fannie Anderson of Lindale and Linda McRae of Crockett; three grandchildren, Robbie McDonald, Glen McDonald Jr. and Robert Justin Presley; two step-grandchildren, Carolyn Brenner and Tammy Webb; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Kenneth Ballew
TRINITY – Kenneth Ballew, 69, died in the early morning of Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, during a hunting accident in California.
While attempting to go through a fence to retrieve a bird, he became entangled and his rifle discharged, shooting him in the head.
He was born Aug. 13, 1939. At the time of his death, he was working in California but was planning to join his wife in Trinity soon.
Survivors include his wife, Guen Ballew; five children, Janell, Jay, DeAnn, Laura and Lonna; two brothers, Al and Barry; a sister, Cheryl; nine grandchildren, René, Josh, Ryan, Krystal, Justin, Korri, Trevor, Nathan and Jade; and two great-grandchildren, Bailey and Natalie.

Lawrence Thomas Blanton
TRINITY – Graveside services for Lawrence Thomas Blanton, 78, were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, in the Brookside Memorial Park in Houston with the Rev.Kenneth Myers officiating.
Mr. Blanton died  Wednesday, Feb. 4, in Conroe.
He was born March 22, 1930, in Corsicana and was employed as an auto mechanic for most of his life.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette Blanton.
Survivors include two daughters and a spouse, Carolyn B. Walters and Laura Kay and John Milton Williams; two sons and a spouse, Lawrence Thomas Blanton Jr. and Luke Thomas and Tamara Blanton; three sisters and a spouse, Minnie Fay Ritter, Betty Ann and Gene Jackson and Edna Francis Blanton; 13 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Catherine Skains Clopton
TRINITY – Services for Catherine Skains Clopton, 78, of Houston were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at the Chapel of Pat H. Foley Funeral Directors in Houston.
Graveside services followed at 1:30 p.m. in the Copeland Chapel Cemetery in Montgomery.
Mrs. Clopton died following a battle with cancer on Monday, Feb. 2, at her home surrounded by her family.
She was born in Trinity, the daughter of Elmer Ernest Skains and Maime Balch Skains. After graduating from Trinity High School, she moved to Houston where she met her future husband of 49 years, Bob Clopton.
Following their marriage, the couple resided in the West University area and later bought their first home in the Oak Forest area where they raised their family together.
Mrs. Clopton served as a life member of the Oak Forrest Elementary PTA and was a supporter and active volunteer at the Oak Dad’s Club.
She enjoyed spending weekends with her husband and family at their family farm in the Montgomery area.
She was an affiliate member of St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Houston and retained her full membership at her home church, the First United Methodist Church of Trinity.
Survivors include three sons and their spouses, Rob and Sandra Clopton of Flatonia, Steve and Gail Clopton of Houston and Ray and Suzanne Clopton of Montgomery; a daughter and her spouse, Karen and David Herrick of Flower Mound; two brothers and their spouses, Marion and Bernice Skains of Tomball and Fred and Kathleen Skains of Trinity; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, Tracy and Preston Pavlu, Robbie Clopton, Robert Joseph Clopton, Lisa Clopton, Drew Herrick, Katie Herrick, Kelsey Herrick, J.P. Clopton, Brittany Clopton and Jenny Clopton; two great-grandchildren, Carter Pavlu and Payton Pavlu; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made  to the American Cancer Society.

Byrner Gibson Harris
TRINITY – Byrner Gibson Harris, 88, was buried on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, in the Brookside Cemetery in Houston.
She died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2008, in Springs.
Born Dec. 29, 1919, in the Nogalus community of Trinity County, she was employed for over 35 years by Star Engraving. Following her retirement, she enjoyed yard work, reading, crossword puzzles and eating junk food.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse M. and Magnolia McClain Gibson; her step-mother, Faye Rosser Gibson; a brother, Sam Gibson; a sister, Alma Gibson Calder; and two husbands, Jimmy Gotcher and Herschel Harris.
Survivors include a sister, Martha Wayne Gibson Knight; a sister-in-law, Bernice Gibson; two nephews, Jesse H. “Butch” Gibson and Jeff Harris; two nieces, Francis D. Pillows and Gillian Dickinson; and two great-nephews, Colton Dickinson and Jake Harris.

Robert A. Hester Sr.
TRINITY –Services for Robert A. Hester Sr., 82, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, in the Chapel of Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home in Houston.
Burial followed in Earthman Resthaven Cemetery.
Mr. Hester died Tuesday, Feb. 3.
He was born Sept. 11, 1926, the son of Herbert and Hermie Hester. He was known as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Mr. Hester was preceded in death by his grandson, Davis Renfro; his parents; two brothers; and a sister.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly Jane Hester; three daughters, Beverly, Peggy and Kathy; a son, Robert Hester Jr.; a number of sons-in-law and a daughter-in-law; a brother, Raymond A. Hester; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Clifton Daniel ‘Danny Boy’ Knous
TRINITY – Graveside services for Clifton Daniel “Danny Boy” Knous, 54, of Austonio were held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, in the Thornton Cemetery in Trinity County with Bro. Billy Usher officiating.
Mr. Knous died Monday, Feb. 2, in Crockett.
Mr. Knous was born Nov. 24, 1954, in Houston and he was employed as a master builder.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lola Knous, two brothers, Luther Knous and George Knous; and two sisters, Jewel Peterson and Veda Jordan.
Survivors include his daughter, Tonya Womack; four sisters, Linda Beggs, Brenda Rushing, Stacy Wehner and Roxanna Minyard; and two grandchildren, Jordon Wright and JaylinnWomack.
Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Dr. Hershel Randolph Stinson
TRINITY – Services for Dr. Hershel Randolph Stinson, 77, of Crockett were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, at the Antioch Baptist Church with Dr. Paige Patterson and the Rev. Bob Lacy officiating.
Burial followed with military honors presented by Trinity County VFW Post 6899 in the Weldon Cemetery with the Rev. Kenneth Myers closing.
Dr. Stinson died Sunday, Feb. 1, at his residence.
He was born Nov. 8, 1931, in Nacogdoches, the son of Joe and Dura Lenora Stinson. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.
After receiving a bachelors degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, he began theological studies at Southwest Luther Rice Seminary where he earned a doctorate degree in theology.
During his career, Dr. Stinson served as a pastor in a number of churches including the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church in Trinity. He also served the Martinsville Baptist Church, the First Baptist Church of Pineland, Port Arthur Central Baptist Church, Whitches Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church of Lovelady.
Dr. Stinson also enjoyed working with his hands and particularly loved to garden in the springs and share his harvest with friends and neighbors. He also busied himself with woodworking.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Dorothy Stinson; two sons and a spouse, Hershel Randolph “Randy” Stinson Jr. and Marcus Paul and Jennifer Stinson; a daughter and her spouse, Carissa and Barry Davidson; a brothers and his spouse, Jerry Smith Stinson and Neva Satterwhite; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, David Allen Stinson, Tiffany Marie Middleton, Jennifer Stinson, Joseph Lee and Gretchen Stinson, Jessica Stinson, B.J. and Amanda Davidson Jr., Sgt. Jonathan Randolph and Krystal Davidson, Pfc. Cory Paul Stinson, Emily Tatom Stinson and Maggie Stinson; 12 great-grandchildren; two nephews, Donnis Stinson and Kevin Stinson; a niece, Shawna Ashley; and special cousins Martha Dean Chance and Jimmy Ray Hoehn.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.



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