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Selma Jean Frase Corley
TRINITY – A celebration of life service for Selma Jean Frase Corley, 76, of Trinity was held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 at Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Jason Burden officiating. Mrs, Corley was born July 3, 1934, in Mission, the daughter of Erwin L. Frase and Muriel A. Novotny Frase. She was a 1952 graduate of Weslaco High School. In high school she was a member of the Weslaco High Green and Gold band and played the baritone saxophone. Following graduation, she was married to Charlie J. Krause, Jr. and they had two children. The couple later moved to the Pinecrest Estates subdivision near Trinity. She greatly enjoyed bass fishing along the Trinity River and entered many fishing tournaments. Mrs. Corley won first place in the TDCJ Tournament by catching the largest bass, which weighed in at 6 1/2 lbs. She had that fish mounted and hung it on the wall in her home. Mrs. Corley was a member of the Dorcas-Wills Memorial Baptist Church in Trinity and loved to sing in the choir. She greatly enjoyed going to what they called “The Ole Country Church” on Friday and Saturday nights for singings. Next to the Lord Jesus, Mrs. Corley loved her family, her many friends and her former WHS graduate classmates. She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Diana Margaret Krause; a granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn; a grandson, Sean Joseph Krause; and a nephew Steven Bazar. Survivors include a son, Charlie J. Krause III, of Carrolton; her sister, Lee Annette Bazar of San Antonio; her granddaughter, Aura Lynn; a great-grandson, Sean Jaidan of Carrollton; a nephew and his wife, James L. and Janelle Bazar; niece and nephew, Amanda and Adam Bazar of San Antonio; an aunt and uncle, Ruby and Dennis French of Wimberley; and many cousins. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Lucy Mae Sanders Hirsch
HOUSTON – Services for Lucy Mae Sanders Hirsch, 97, were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Klein Funeral Home. Burial followed at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston. Mrs. Hirsch died Friday, Feb.18, in Cleveland, Texas. She was born Nov. 23, 1913, in Tomball and moved to Cleveland with her husband and children in 1945. She was a nurse and an artist but her true love was cooking and baking for the enjoyment of her family and many friends. She also enjoyed traveling. Together with her husband, Fred J. Hirsch, she was an organizer of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Cleveland in 1972. Mrs. Hirsch was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years in June 2001. She also was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Lura Woods Sanders; a brother, Winfield Sanders; a sister, Fannie Samson; a daughter, Maureen Hirsch; and a granddaughter, Debra Lee McKenzie, Survivors include a son and his spouse, Dr. Bubba and Marty Hirsch of Trinity; a sister, Gussie Rudel of Tomball; a brother-in-law and his spouse, Bill and Ruth Hirsch of Dallas; a granddaughter, Holly Hirsch of Austin; a caregiver and family friend, Mary Murray; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Vada Bagwell Klaus
TRINITY – Services for Vada Bagwell Klaus, 90, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 at Zion Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Dee Queen officiating. Burial followed in Zion Hill Cemetery. Ms. Klaus died Monday, Feb. 14, in Lufkin. She was born Oct. 27, 1920 in Trinity County and was retired from the Groveton Independent School District where she worked as a teacher’s aid for more than 20 years. She was a faithful Christian woman and a lifetime member of Zion Hill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Tillman Klaus,; her parents, L.W. and Evaline Bagwell; four sisters, Nellie Friday, Annie Driskell, Myrtle Voyce and Ruth Baker; and four brothers, Leo Bagwell, Hugh Bagwell, Travis Bagwell and Marvin Bagwell. Survivors include three sons and a daughter-in-law, John and Ann Klaus, Joe Klaus and David Klaus; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Willie Lee Lever and Geraldine and Bunk Harrelson; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a number of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers included Quentin Klaus, Willie Josey, Jeffery Driskell, David Driskell, Kenny Harrelson and Terry Lowry. Honorary pallbearers were Steven Driskell and Dale Klaus. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

J.B. Woodrow Litzler
GROVETON – Services for J.B. Woodrow Litzler, 95, of Bay City were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Herd officiating. Burial followed in the Pennington Cemetery. Mr. Litzler died Saturday, Feb. 19, in Bay City. He was born Oct. 21, 1915, in Mentz and was a retired carpenter. A former resident of Pennington, he was a member of the Lovelady Methodist Church. Mr. Litzler was preceded in death by his wife, Neva Litzler. Survivors include a sister, Mary Magdalene (Maggie) Weather of Bay City; and a brother, Andrew A. Litzler of Fort Worth. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Ollie Genoa Matson II
LOS ANGELES – Trinity native and Hall of Fame runningback Ollie Genoa Matson II, 80, died Saturday, Feb. 19, from respiratory failure at his home in Los Angeles. Members of his family told the Associated Press that Mr. Matson had been mostly bedridden for several years due to a form of dementia and had not spoken in four years. Born May 1, 1930, in Trinity, Matson moved with his family to San Francisco at the age of 14. While attending George Washington High School in San Francisco, he developed into one of that city’s greatest athletes. He later attended City College of San Francisco for a year before transferring to the University of San Francisco. During his senior football season at USF, Matson led the nation in rushing yards (1,566) and touchdowns (21) while leading the Dons to an undefeated 1951 season. Despite its 9-0 record, the USF football team was not invited to a bowl game. It was later reported that the Orange, Sugar and Gator bowl committees did not consider inviting any teams with black players and USF had two, Matson and linebacker Burl Toler. The team would forever be known by the slogan, “Unbeaten, Untied, Uninvited.” Mr. Matson told the New York Times in 2001 that the USF coach told the team the Orange Bowl might invite them if Matson and Toler did not play. The team’s defensive star, Gino Marchetti, is reported to have responded, “No, we aint going to go without Burl and Ollie.” Marchetti later confirmed the story but added he was not the only player to take that stand. The football program lost $70,000 over that 1951 season and with no bowl money to offset the deficit, USF discontinued its football program. Three members of that 1951 team – Matson, Marchetti and Bob St. Clair – were all later voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Toler went on to become the first African American game official in the NFL. He died in 2009. Mr. Matson also won two Olympic medals – silver in the 1,600-meter relay and bronze in the 400 – during the 1952 Helsinki games and played from 1952 to 1966 in the National Football League, missing the 1953 season for service in the U.S. Army. When he retired he had 12,884 combined net years, an NFL record at the time, despite the fact that his teams collectively had only two winning seasons. During his career he played for the Chicago Cardinals, the Los Angeles Rams, the Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, earning MVP honors in the 1956 game. He also made the All-Pro team seven times. Mr. Matson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, Survivors include his children, Lisa Lewis, Ollie Matson III, Bruce Matson and Barbara King; his twin sister, Ocie Thompson; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Judith S. Ryles
TRINITY – A memorial service for Judith S. Moritz Ryles, 70, of Trinity were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at Trinity Funeral Home. Mrs. Ryles died Thursday, Feb. 17, in Trinity. She was born Dec. 10, 1940, in Kansas City, Mo., and was a bookkeeper and store owner. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill E. Ryles; her parents, Joseph and Bertha Moritz; five siblings, Josephine, Larry, Richard, Fred and Mike; and a granddaughter, Melinda. Survivors include three children and their spouses, Janie and John McAllister, Terry and Vicky Ryles and Peggy E. and Donald Coots; six grandchildren, Jered, Sarah, DeAnna, Tonya, Wesley and Kenneth; and eight great-grandchildren, Katherine, Seth, Katelynn, Kaleb, Danielle, Brandon, Cameron and Derrick. Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Cynthia Nell Parrish “Cyndi” Wilkison
TRINITY – Services for Cynthia Nell Parrish “Cyndi” Wilkison, 59, of Trinity were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at River of Life Church with the Rev. Mike Loftin officiating. Burial followed at 3 p.m. at Ryan’s Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Wilkison died Saturday, Feb. 19, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Aug. 14, 1951, in Lufkin and was a 1969 graduate of Lufkin High School. She moved to Trinity in 1971 where she worked in the family business, Wilkison Hardware and Furniture until her death. Mrs. Wilkison loved working with people and helping others with their needs and did her best for everyone. She supported her family in anything they did and believed in her family unconditionally. She loved to travel with her friends and family and enjoyed cooking and having family gatherings. She was active in her community, supporting numerous civic organizations. She was a faithful member of the River of Life Church. Her father, Morris Eulen Parrish, preceded her in death. Survivors include her high school sweetheart and husband of 40 years, Rudy Mark Wilkison; a daughter and her spouse, Robin and Rory Losack; a son, Jason Wilkison; her mother, Mary Frances Parrish; a brother, Morris Parrish; her mother- and father-in-law, Oren and Pauline Wilkison; a brother- and sister-in-law Kelly and Donna Wilkison; two grandchildren, Kalyn and Kevin Losack; dear friends, Norma and Charles Donner; and long time employee and friend. Gail McAlexander. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Rev. Maury Blair
TRINITY -- Services for the Rev. Maury “Boots” Blair, 77, of Trinity were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 at River of Life Church in Trinity with the Rev. D.R. MacNaughton and Pastor Mike Loftin officiating. Burial followed in Clapp Cemetery. The Rev. Blair died Monday, Feb. 7, at his residence. He was born Feb. 23, 1933 in Weldon, the last of 13 children born to Finnie and Ruthie Blair. He served his country in the United States Army. He attended Trinity schools and earned his GED through San Jacinto College. He began the studies to complete his P.H.D. in Theology at Corner Stone Bible College. In addition to serving as a preacher, he was a published writer of music and poetry. He also was a family man and loved to help others in need. He was preceded in death by his parents; 12 siblings; and his son, Richard Dwayne Blair. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Johnnie Blair; one daughter ,Sandra Lee Blair; two grandchildren, Alisha Marie Roman and Justin Dwayne Blair; one great-granddaughter, Ashlyn Marie Roman; and a number of other relatives. Pallbearers included Hayne Huffman, Rodney Blair, Bobby Nicholds, Jack Black, Rusty Hanson and Dustin Blair. Honorary pallbearer was Marty Loftin. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Annie Lee Hall Snowden
TRINITY – Services for Annie Lee Hall Snowden, 79, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with Bro. Lyle Stubbs officiating. Burial followed in Glendale Cemetery. Mrs. Snowden died peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 10, in Huntsville. She was born Dec. 16, 1931, in Walker County, the daughter of Oscar and Violet Hall. She was known as a loving wife and mother, and was employed by the Groveton Independent School District for more than 23 years. She retired after driving a school bus route for more that 20 years to attend to the failing health of her late husband, Herman Snowden. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter, Violet Snowden; a grandson, Cheyenne Shaw; and a brother, Ray Hall. Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Linda and Randall Shaw and Brenda Durdin; a brother, Oscar Hall; three grandchildren, Colt Shaw, Prissy Jones and Michelle Krustchinsky; seven great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Travis W. Starr Sr.
TRINITY – Services for Trinity Memorial Hospital District board member Travis W. Starr Sr., 80, of Sebastopol were held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 at Brookside Funeral Home Chapel in Houston. Burial followed in Brookside Memorial Park. Mr. Starr died Friday, Feb. 11. He was born Oct. 15, 1930 in Stephenville, the son of Thomas E. and Freda E. Starr. He grew up in Houston where he graduated from Aldine High School in 1949. Mr. Starr earned both a bachelor of science and master’s degree in education from The University of Houston and served in the U.S. Army for two years. He was married to Joyce F. Harwell of Houston in 1953. During his career, he served in a number of positions with the Houston Independent School District and retired as a deputy superintendent. After his retirement, he moved to Trinity County and had resided in the Sebastopol area for over 20 years. He had served on the Trinity Memorial Hospital District’s board of directors for a number of years and had a little over one year remaining on his current elected term at the time of his death. During his time on the TMHD board, the local medical facility has undergone a major expansion project that includes a new emergency room waiting area, a complete renovation of the emergency room and a new clinic. The hospital currently is constructing a new 15-room patient wing, surgical suite, kitchen/dining area and entry way/waiting area. Mr. Starr also was a member of the Onalaska Church of Christ and was an avid hunter and woodworker. He also had served as a squadron commander and as a search and rescue pilot for the Texas Civil Air Patrol and was a director and secretary for the Trinity Rural Water Supply Corporation’s board. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Starr of Trinity; a son and his spouse, Travis W. and Natalie Starr Jr. of Mayville, N.Y.; and three grandsons, Travis III, Kyle and Jack. Brookside Funeral Home of Houston directed the arrangements.

Donald M. Williams
TRINITY -- Services for Donald M. Williams, 74, were held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011.at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. West officiating. Burial followed in Glendale Cemetery near Trinity. Mr. Williams died Monday, Feb. 7, in Cleveland, Texas. He was born Dec. 15, 1936 in Henderson County and was preceded in death by his parents, George M. and Stella M. Williams; and a sister, Lynette Bottoms. Survivors include a sister, Venita Arnold of Trinity; and a number of nieces and nephews.. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Carolyn J. Cross Wolf
TRINITY -- Memorial services for Carolyn J. Cross Wolf, 64, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 at Lakeway Baptist Church with the Rev. Martin officiating. Mrs. Wolf died Friday, Feb. 4, in Lufkin. She was born Feb. 11, 1946, in Santa Anna, Calif. and married Gary Aucoin at the age of 18. Together they had one son. Later she married Leon Wolf. She worked for Georgia Brown and Arlen Brooks and enjoyed her retirement after 10 years of service with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. She loved crafts, helping others in need and the shopping channels, where she would shop for all her Christmas gifts for her family and friends. Mrs. Wolf was a member of Lakeway Baptist Church and loved cooking for all occasions for the church and her friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gene and Emma Cross. Survivors include a son, Brent Aucoin; a brother, Jim Marks; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Darryl Josie Goolsby
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Darryl Josie Goolsby, infant daughter of Jeremy and Shea Goolsby, were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at Clapp Cemetery with the Rev. Jason Burden officiating. The child died Sunday, Jan. 30 in Trinity. She was born Tuesday, Jan. 18, in Huntsville. Survivors include her parents; four siblings, Coltin Hampton, Breigh Ann Tanner, Aerien Goolsby and Tori Goolsby; grandparents, Ruth Ann Warren, Bobbe Sherley and Darrell Goolsby; uncles and aunts, Kyle and Hope Warren, Brandon and Phyllis Warren, Zeb Goolsby, Joe Wayne Garrett, Garrett Nemcik and Walter and Katie Sigford; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Nelda Jean Groze Loftin
TRINITY – Services for Nelda Jean Groze Loftin, 71, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity with the Rev. Jason Burden officiating. Burial followed in Weldon Cemetery. Mrs. Loftin died Monday, Jan. 31, in Beaumont. She was born June 1, 1939 in Trinity and attended Trinity High School. She was self-employed all her life, having owned and operated a Dairy Queen, a craft store, a cafe, a trucking company and a gas station. She also was a homemaker, a wife and a mother of three children. Mrs. Loftin was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Michelle Loftin Bronstrop; and a brother, Charles Groze. Survivors include her children, Roger Loftin and his wife Connie, Vicki Baker and Kevin Fickey and Joe Loftin and his wife Kathey; her siblings and their spouses, Margie and Doyle McNeese, Betty Gregory, Janandel Jones, Ernest and Becky Groze, Jimmy and Peggy Groze and Benny Groze; grandchildren, Kimberly Baker, Amanda Baker, Joe Loftin Jr., Erica Loftin, Theresa Loftin, Jennifer Wendling, Jessica Loftin and Sarah Loftin; great-grandchildren, Payton Bronstrop, Skyler Bronstrop, Brendon Loftin, Briana Loftin, Seth Loftin, Savanna Bruce, Alysa Bruce, Jacob Bruce, Brooke Wendling, Ashley Wendling, Ethen Wendling and Wyatt Sumrall; and a number of other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Glen Richard McDonald Sr.
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Glen Richard McDonald Sr., 69, of Trinity were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at Glendale Cemetery with the Rev. Jason Burden officiating. Mr. McDonald died Wednesday, Feb. 2,, at his residence. He was born Aug. 11, 1941, in Waco and served a tour in the U.S. Navy. He was a trade welder and pipe fitter, he drove a wrecker for a short time, worked for the police department, was employed at Texas Department of Criminal Justice and enjoyed the countryside as a truck driver. His retirement was filled with family, fishing and hunting. Mr. McDonald was preceded in death by his parents, Glen Edwin and Laura Helen McDonald. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Louise McDonald; two sons and their spouses, Glen Richard and Rhonda McDonald Jr. and Robbie and Melissa McDonald; four grandchildren, Travis, Cody, Robbie and Brittany; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Cecilia Rose Schanfish
TRINITY – Services for Cecilia Rose Schanfish, 49, were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at Calvary Baptist Church in Trinity with the Rev. Randy Lowe officiating. Burial followed in New Zion Cemetery Mrs. Schanfish died Monday, Jan. 31, in Tyler. She was born Aug. 30, 1961 in Galveston, Texas was employed at Camp Cullen near Trinity for more than 16 years in the housekeeping department. Mrs. Schanfish was preceded in death by her parents, Raleigh and Exier Allbright; three brothers, Ronnie Allbright, Carl Allbright and Errol Bell; a sister, Doris Harrell; and a nephew, Daniel Ross Allbright. Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Vernon Dean Schanfish; her children, Randy Todd Schanfish, Gregory DeShawn Schanfish his wife D’Ann, Wendy Cecilia Michelle Schanfish and James “Snoopy” Gates, Misty Diane Schanfish and Jeremy Cross, Brittany Roxanne Schanfish and Richard Yeager; eight siblings and their spouses, Doyle and Sonja Allbright, Johnny and Joan Allbright, Gladys Clark, Irene Rogers, Flora and Melvin Redden, Sue and Larry Barron, Gaye and Mike Schanfish and Shelley and Keith Armstrong; 14 grandchildren,; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Jackie Louise Walker
TRINITY – Services for Jackie Louise Walker, 59, of Trinity were held at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Loftin officiating. Burial followed in Trinity Cedar Grove Cemetery Ms. Walker died peacefully at her residence on Wednesday, Jan. 26. She was born April 2, 1951 in Huntsville. Although she had no children, she touched thousands of children through her career working at YMCA Camp Cullin. She had special relationship with many and numerous kids. Ms. Walker never met a stranger and was known for her quiet and gentle personality. She was a graduate of Trinity High School. Survivors include her parents, Billy Jack and Margie Walker; her pet bird, Pearl Walker; uncles and aunts, Jimmy Joe and Edna Walker, Bobby and Barbara Charles and Peggy and L.W. Rogers; cousins Cathy Ellis and Debbie and Joe Smith; special friend, Kevin Elliott; and a number of other relatives. Pallbearers were Neal Smith, Joe Smith, James Gates, Bob Frame, Tommy and Buddy Johnson. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Jessie Larrine Charlton Mitchell Bennett
TRINITY -- Services for Jessie Larrine Charlton Mitchell Bennett, 73, of Trinity were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at the Trinity Funeral Home with Shane Hoevelman officiating. Mrs. Bennett died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, in Trinity. She was born Nov. 6, 1937, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and was employed as a greater by Wal-Mart. Survivors include her husband, Billie Gene Bennett; eight children and their spouses, Randy and Trisha Mitchell Trisha, Billie Jean and Joe Farmer, Jimmy Wayne Mitchell, Larry Thomas and Patty Mitchell, Marta "Cissy" and Thomas Albus, Kathrine Luanne and Michael Cain, Tonya and Shane Hoevelman, Tina and Bruce Bruce; four brothers, Richard Charlton, Frank Charlton Jr., Danny Charlton and Charles Charlton; grandchildren, Tracy, Johnathan, Randy, Dustin, Tim, Lacey, Joshua, Bradley, Jessica, Kayla, Emily, Cassidy, Michael Kay, Jacob, Jordan, Michael, Michelle, Cristy, Hana, Micah, Zachary, Sheridan, Duston and Joy; and 24 great-grandchildren Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

John Meredith Brecheen Jr.
TRINITY -- Services for John Meredith Brecheen Jr., 61, of Trinity were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jim Parrish officiating. Burial followed in Trinity Cedar Grove Cemetery. Mr. Brecheen died Tuesday, Jan. 25, at his residence. He was born Sept.1, 1949 in Pasadena and was a graduate of La Porte High School. He was retired from Shell Oil Company of Deer Park after 23 years service as a welder. Mr. Brecheen was owner/operator of P-Paws BBQ in Palestine and enjoyed cooking for his friends and family. He enjoyed his retirement singing Karaoke, entertaining the public and serving as Santa Claus on numerous occasions during Christmas Holidays. He was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce Ruth Brecheen. Survivors include his wife of four years, Cynthia Brecheen; three children, Cheyenne Maloy, Tommy John Brecheen and Tina Brecheen; four step-children, Crystal Barton, Kandie Coe, Kimberly Barton and Sherri Duggan; his father and step-mother, John Meredith and Loueise Brecheen Sr.; three siblings and their spouses, Sandra Kay and Mark Mullins, Karen Renee and David Langehenning and William and Crysta Brecheen; grandchildren, Mercedes, Mandie, “Buffalo” Cole, Brooklyn, Shelby, Macy and Gage; step-grandchildren, Savanna, Angelo, Bobbie, Michael, Kelly, Michelle and Stephen; one great-grandchild, Layna Wymore; his best friend, Jerry Taylor; a number of nieces and nephews; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Cecil Hamilton Mann III
GROVETON -- Services for Cecil Hamilton Mann III, 54 of Groveton were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 in the Oaklawn Baptist Church in Groveton with Bro. Lester McAdams officiating. Burial followed in the Bennett Cemetery in Groveton-Centerville. Pallbearers included Michael McClain, Chris Rose, Josh Roberts, Shawn Mann, Kurt Minter, Allen Due, Jason Meshell, and Jason Parker. Honorary pallbearers were Thomas Trapp and Jeremy Ray. Mr. Mann died Friday, Jan. 28, in Lufkin. He was born March 17, 1956, the son of Cecil Hamilton Mann Jr. and Peggy Josephine Loehmann Mann in Austin. He was a member of the Josserand Baptist Church and participated in many different organizations, such as NRA, Second Amendment Rights, and John Wayne Birthplace Association. Survivors include his wife, Roeina Mann of Groveton; two daughters, Mandy Ray of Pflugerville and Malinda Mann of Hudson; two sons, Shawn Mann of Groveton and Steven Mann of West Virginia; two brothers, Ben Mann of Munster, Ind., and Charles Cochran of West Virginia; four grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements. An on-line guestbook is available at www.grovetonfuneralhome.com

Callie Lyndel Rollins
GROVETON -- Services for Callie Lyndel Rollins, 79 of Apple Springs were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 in the Cartwright Memorial Chapel of the Groveton Funeral Home in Groveton with the Rev. Nimmons officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Apple Springs. Mr. Rollins died Thursday, Jan. 27, in Lufkin. She was born Feb. 22, 1931, the daughter of Joe Lester and Hallie Frederick Lester in Trinity County. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and grandmother. She enjoyed going to church as long as she was able at the United Methodist Church and she was a retired school teacher. Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Beek Rollins of Apple Springs; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Alan Rollins of The Woodlands, and Ken and Linda Parker Rollins of Chandler; two brothers, Fred “Dudley” Lester of Lufkin, and Billy Joe Lester of Groveton; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives. Pallbearers included Brian Thorne, Trevor Thorne, Steve Bentley, Clayton Rollins, Don Nevins, and Freddie Thorne. Honorary pallbearer was Ben Pyle. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements. An on-line guestbook is available at www.grovetonfuneralhome.com

Lois Opal Bean Schanfish
TRINITY – Services for Lois Opal Bean Schanfish, 88, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Lowe officiating. Burial followed in New Zion Cemetery in Trinity County Mrs. Schanfish died Wednesday, Jan. 26, in Trinity. She was born Dec. 4, 1922 in Hughes Springs. She was a homemaker. Ms Schanfish was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Otto Schanfish; an infant daughter, Vickie Lillie Schanfish; two brothers, Z.R. and J.L. Bean; and two sisters, Juanita “Babe” Smith and Edna Currey. Survivors include six children and their spouses, Terry Ray Schanfish, Judy Elaine Mitchell, Nita Diane Shaw, Eddie Laverne and Winston Luce, Vernon Dean and Rose Schanfish and Michael Lynn and Gaye Schanfish; a brother-in-law, Floyd Allen Currey; 25 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

 

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