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Trinity Standard - Obituaries
For the Week of January 1, 2008 - January 13, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company



Shelia Rena Kenner Edwards
TRINITY – Graveside services for Shelia Rena Kenner Edwards, 47, of Livingston were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity 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; a number of nieces and nephews; and a number of other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Kamila Jean Evans
TRINITY – Services for Kamila Jean Evans, 46, were held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with Pastor Donna Kirby officiating.
Burial followed in the Pebbles Cemetery.
Mrs. Evans died peacefully on Friday, Dec. 21, in Conroe.
She was born Sept. 16, 1961, in Loveland, Colo.
Survivors include a daughter and her spouse, Heidi and Kalvin Cates; three sons and their spouses, Micha and Katrina Evans, James and Laura Evans and Thomas and Colleen Evans Jr.; his father, Clarence Knudson; a brother, Jeff Knudson; a sister and her spouse, Robin and Victor Williamson; seven grandchildren, Tristen, Randi, Dylan, Savannah, Breanna, Micha Jr., and Dakota; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Morris Eugene Farris
TRINITY – Memorial services for Morris Eugene Farris, 78, of Huntsville were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at Cook Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Nichols officiating.
Mr. Farris died Saturday, Dec. 22, in Conroe.
He was born Sept. 21, 1929, in West Sandy and was preceded in death by his parents, Fletcher Morris and Martha Farris, and a son, Ronald Farris.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine Farris; three daughters and their spouses, Wanda and Michael Boswell, Carol and Bob Wise and Cindy and Donnie Johnson; three sisters, Fredna White, Katheryn Steward and Faye Ragusa; an aunt, Francis Klodginski; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Thomas Aubrey ‘T.A.’ Franklin
TRINITY – Services for Thomas Aubrey “T.A.” Franklin, 94, of Trinity were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007, at the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church in Trinity with the Rev. Jason Burden and the Rev. Leroy Brown officiating.
Burial followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.
Mr. Franklin died Saturday, Dec. 22, in Huntsville.
He was born Oct. 11, 1913, in Houston County and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a rancher and was involved with the Trinity 4-H Horse Club.
Franklin was elected and served a term as the Precinct 3 justice of the peace and was a pioneer in the development of rural water services. He was involved in the membership of the Trinity Rural Water Corporation.
He also was a member of the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church, was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the Disabled Veterans Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Zack and Lula Tiner Franklin, and two sister, Alpha Harvey and Gordie Mae Havard.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Mary Franklin; four children and their spouses, Bobby Franklin, Billie and Sonny Renfro, Garry and Robbie Franklin and Deborah Watson; a sister, Verda Doop; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Theresa, Larry, Robert, Ryan and his wife Ashley, Charles and his wife Kathy, Lenzy and Clinton; and three great-grandchildren, Brianna, John and Kiley.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Doris Joan Kennedy
WINNSBORO – Services for Doris Joan Kennedy, 66, of Frankston were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007, in the Beaty Funeral Home Chapel in Winnsboro with Pastor Steve Zorich Jr. officiating.
Burial followed in the Willard Cemetery in Wood County.
Mrs. Kennedy died Friday, Dec. 21, at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital.
She was born Feb. 6, 1941 in Winnsboro, the daughter of the late L.B. Powell and Lessie (Hood) Powell. She was married to former Trinity resident Earl Kennedy and was a homemaker. She managed the Lake Palestine Motor Lodge and was a Baptist.
Mrs. Kennedy was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Scotty Kennedy.
Survivors include her husband, Earl Kennedy of Frankston; two daughters, Christine Hawthorne of Flint and Toni Baxter of Tyler; three brothers and their spouses, Kenneth and Debbie Powell of Tyler, James and Bobbie Powell of Gilmer and David Powell of Humble; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Donna Powell of Winnsboro and Jolene and David Earl Weems of Winnsboro; five grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Beaty Funeral Home of Winnsboro directed the arrangements.

Richard F. Lester
TRINITY – Richard F. Lester, 75, of Trinity died at his residence on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007.
He was born Nov. 22, 1932, in Roscommon, Mont. and was employed in production and construction labor.
Mr. Lester was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert Lester, Vernon Lester and James Lester; a sister, Mary McCarty; and a grandson, Nicholas Lester.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ann Lester of Trinity; six children and their spouses, Jean and Jack Ramsey of Florida, Rick and Janet Lester, Richard and Jo Ann Lester, Mark Lester of Fowlerville, Kyle and Kim Lester of Perry, Mi., and Karrie Randall of Perry, Mi.; a sister, Betty Knisley; a brother, Charles Lester; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Raymond Roscoe Rice
TRINITY – Services for Pastor Raymond Roscoe Rice, 85, of Trinity were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007, at the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church in Trinity with the Rev. Jason Burden officiating.
Burial followed in the Antioch Cemetery.
Mr. Rice died Sunday, Dec. 23, in Trinity.
He was born June 5, 1922, in Yoakum and served during World War II as a motorcycle message carrier. Mr. Rice was one of the pioneers of pipelines and traveled extensively working with pipelines until 1938.
He was employed as a superintendent at Houston Contracting Co. for over 20 years.
Following his retirement in 1971, he moved to Trinity and became a rancher and cowboy. He moved back to Galveston in 1975 and was ordained as a minister. He remained a preacher for the last 10 years.
Mr. Rice was a member of the Joe Werner Masonic Lodge #556 of Trinity and of the Shriners. He also was a member of the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Jefferson and Elma Dean Rice; a brother, Thomas Larry Rice; a half-brother, Alvin; and two half-sisters, Laverne and Jewel.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Helen Marie Rice; two sons and their spouses, Raymond Roscoe and Judy Rice Jr. and Raymond Paul and Peggy Rice; two daughters and a son-in-law, Betty Henry and Denise and Donnie Hannusch; six grandchildren and their spouses, Richard Raymond and Kelli Rice, Bryn Henry and Sarah Rice, James and Michelle Fruge, Melanie and Steven Jones, Olivia Rice and Emily Rice; 11 great-grandchildren, Ryan, Rusty, Dixie, Brooke, Kaitlyn, Garrett, Colleen, Colton, Cody, Hayden and Lainey; and a niece and a number of great-nieces.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Charlene Maxey Saxon
TRINITY – Services for Charlene Maxey Saxon, 71, of Trinity were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24, 2007, at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Barbara Campbell officiating.
Burial followed in the Union Springs Cemetery.
Mrs. Saxon died Friday, Dec. 21, in Trinity.
She was born Sept. 2, 1936, in Huntsville and was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Nora Allen Maxey, an infant daughter; and a sister, Louis Arthurholt.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Lee Tracy Saxon; two daughters and a son-in-law, Linda Clark and Judy Diane and Mike Wiggins; three sons and their spouses, Michael Eugene Saxon, Charles David and Kay Saxon and James Edward and Megan Saxon; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, Diana Farris, Dustin Saxon, Hannah Saxon, Meredith and Amos Bolton, William and Katherine Burch, Aaron and Charity Burch, Kelly and T.J. Winn, Jimmy and Lori Wiggins, Michael and Juli Saxon and Ricci and Richard Saxon; and great-grandchildren, William Bowden, Brooklynn Winn, Samantha and Brandon Saxon, Taylor Williamson, Ava Burch, Makala Burch, Shaylynn Burch and Randi-Don Saxon.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

James ‘Jim’Doyle McCarty
TRINITY – Services for James “Jim” Doyle McCarty, 91, were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, in the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Leroy Brown officiating.
Burial followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.
Mr. McCarty died Friday, Dec. 14, in Huntsville.
He was born May 22, 1916, in Humble and served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. McCarty was a retired Trinity volunteer fireman and retired in 1975 from the Trinity County Fire Marshall’s position.
Mr. McCarty was a member of the Joe Werner Masonic Lodge #553 and of the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church. He worked in the Kitrell Oilfield from 1937 to 1993 and was the president of Tri Mac Oil Company and Universal Services.
He also was known as a cow and hay man.
Mr. McCarty was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Ann McCarty; his parents, William James and Bertha Heneritte McCarty; a brother, Robert Wilson McCarty; a sister, Phyllis McCarty Mathews; and a nephew, Billy McCarty.
Survivors include a son and his spouse, Jack and Bertha McCarty; a daughter and her spouse, Melba and Hamer Dunlap; six grandchildren and their spouses, Kenny and Beth Dunlap, Beth and Wendle Vickery, Tamera and Mike Touchstone, Faith and Rod Evans, Melinda McMahan and James and Shonda McCarty; eight great-grandchildren, Olivia McCarty, Isabella McCarty, Adican Reese McMahan, Matthew Dunlap, Sarah McGinn, Cameron Dunlap, Tiffany Tilley and Leslie Vickery; two great-great-grandchildren, Hunter and Hayden; and six nieces and nephews, Rose McCarty, Donelle McCarty, Rod McCarty, Cindy McCasland, Kenny King and Maurice King.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Roland Vernon Carswell
GROVETON – Services for Roland Vernon Carswell, 87, of Lufkin were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, in the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. James Whittlesey officiating.
Burial followed in the Knight Cemetery in Lufkin.
Mr. Carswell died Monday, Dec. 31, in Houston.
He was born March 13, 1920, in Pollok and was a retired heavy equipment operator for Brown and Root Construction. He was a member of the Baptist church.
Mr. Carswell was preceded in death by his parents, John and Betty Carswell; a daughter, Brenda Carswell; twin sons, Olan and Noland Carswell; and his ex-wife, Robbie Tullos.
Survivors include four children, Larry Carswell, Thomas Carswell, Steve Carswell and Linda Spence, all of Apple Springs; a sister, Betty Roddam of Lufkin; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers included Mike Lee, Terry Lee, David Spence, Bubba Spence, Lanis Hitt and Curtis Morris. Honorary pallbearer was Donis Tullos.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Charles James Christel Sr.
TRINITY – A funeral mass for Charles James Christel Sr., 76, of Trinity was celebrated on Monday, Dec. 31, 2007, at the St. Edward Catholic Church in Spring with Father Arnel Barrameda as celebrant.
Burial followed in the Earthman Resthaven Cemetery.
Mr. Christel died Tuesday, Dec. 25, at his 9-C Ranch surrounded by his family.
He was born March 12, 1931, in Valders, Wis., the son of Alvin and Minnie Pankratz Christel. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and saw action during the Inchon Invasion. Mr. Christel was a member of the St. Edward Catholic Church in Springs and was a retired machinist with Reynolds Aluminum Co. in Houston.
Following his retirement, he moved to Trinity where he became an rancher and cattleman.
Mr. Christel was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carol Mary Christel; an infant son; a daughter, Cheryl Mary Christel Meadors; and two brothers, John Christel and Bob Christel.
Survivors include three sons and a daughter-in-law, C.J. Christel Jr., Craig Joseph and Gretchen Christel and Chris John Christel; two daughters and their spouses, Cynthia and Gary Baker and Catherine and Greg Hutchins; his beloved friend, Betty Martin; three sisters and their spouses, Eliane and Rocky Verbraker, Mary and Eddie Mallory and Pat and Dave Biasco; a brother, Bill Christel; 11 grandchildren, Pam Christel, Carrin Christel, C.J. Christel III, Christina Christel, Jennifer Baker, Kimberly Baker, Cody Hutchins, Ashley Meadors, Justin Meadors, Clint Christel and Haley Christel; four great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers included C.J. Christel III, Cody Hutchins, Clint Christel, Justin Meadors, Don T. Martin Jr., Randal Leggett and Hamer Dunlap.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Trinity, P.O. Box 665, Trinity, Texas 75862 or the Trinity County Unit of the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 124, Groveton, Texas 75845.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Ollie Mae Corley
TRINITY –Ollie Mae Corley, 60, of Trinity died on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, in Trinity.
She was born Dec. 3, 1947, in Riderwood, Ala., the daughter of Nathaniel and Abbie L. Pearson Harbin.
She attended public school in Riderwood, Ala., and later attended Choctaw Training School and the College in New York in Queens. She was married to Charles Corley and their union was blessed with eight children and one God child, Willie Simpson.
Mrs. Corley accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Trinity. She also was the owner of an antique shop in Trinity.
She was preceded in death by her father; her husband; her grandfather, Coleman Pearson; two brothers, Booker T. Harbin and Willie James Harbin; a sister, Eddie D. Brown; and a brother-in-law, Honey Easley.
Survivors include three sons and their spouses, Nathaniel and Tessie Corley, Robert and Delilah Corley and Charles and Samone Corley Jr., all of Huntsville; six daughters and their spouses, Charlotte and Milton, Charlene and Andrew, Evelyn, Samanatha, Shelia and Harold Lee, and Ollie Corley, all of Trinity; her mother, Abbie Lee Harbin of Trinity; three brothers and their spouses, the Rev. Cornelius and Pauline Harbin, Murray and Felicia Harbin and Eugene and Shelia Harbin, all of Alabama; eight sisters and their spouses, Dorothy and the Rev. Jeff Spivey, Claudia Harbin, Varree Davis, Juanita Harbin, Lola Easley, Minnie and Horace Blakley, Annie and the Rev. David Bush and Ethel Mae Carter, all of Alabama; special friends, Sophia Grooms, Rona Keanum, Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. Evolia Morning; 25 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Jesse Austin Greenwalt Jr.
TRINITY – Services for Jesse Austin Greenwalt Jr., 95, of Trinity were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, in the Trinity Funeral Home with Michael Greenwalt officiating.
Burial followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.
Mr. Greenwalt died Tuesday, Jan. 1, in Huntsville.
He was born Dec. 19, 1912, in Fort Worth and was employed as an insurance manager.
Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert D. and Cheryl Greenwalt and Jesse “Jay” A. Greenwalt III; a brother, Robert Greenwalt; six grandchildren, Robert Greenwalt, Michael Greenwalt, Jeanne Lucas, Brian Greenwalt, Jeff Greenwalt and Kelly Greenwalt; and four great-grandchildren, Conner Greenwalt, Hayden Greenwalt, Clay Greenwalt and Shelby Greenwalt.
Pallbearers included Robert Greenwalt, Michael Greenwalt, Jeanne Greenwalt Lucas, Brian Greenwalt, Jeff Greenwalt and Kelly Greenwalt.
Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Ada Rose ‘Dorothy’ Harbin
TRINITY – Ada Rose “Dorothy” Harbin, 56, of Trinity died Monday, Dec. 24, 2007, at her residence.
She was born March 3, 1951 in Riderwood, Ala., the seventh child of Nathaniel Harbin Sr. and Abbie Lee Pearson Harbin.
She grew up in Riderwood, Ala., and received her early education from the Choctaw County Training School in Lisman, Ala. In 1968 she moved to Trinity where she attended and graduated from Westside High School. She continued her education at Angelina Junior College in Lufkin.
Having accepted Christ at an early age, she was a member of the Gilfield Baptist Church in Pushmataha, Ala. She later became a member of the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Trinity where she served as president of the church choir and president of the dietary department. She later became a member of the Bowen Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Trinity.
She was employed as a medical records clerk by the University of Texas Medical Branch at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Estelle Prison Unit.
In 1964, during the Civil Rights Movement, she was selected as one of three Black students to integrate an all white school in the Choctaw County school system in Alabama. She was praised for her service when a book was written about this integration movement in Butler, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her father; her grandfather, Coleman Pearson; two sisters, Ollie Mae Corley and Eddie D. Brown; two brothers, Booker T. Harbin and Willie James Harbin; two brothers-in-law, Willie James Easley and Charles Corley Sr.
Survivors include her special love, the Rev. Jeff Spivey Sr. of Houston; a son and his spouse, Cornelius and Kimberly Harbin of Huntsville; two daughters and their spouses, Meshall and Sam Foster of Houston and JoAnn and Tommy Simmons of Trinity; her mother, Abbie Lee Harbin of Trinity; three brothers and their spouses, the Rev. Cornelius and Pauline Harbin of Trinity, Eugene and Shelia Harbin Sr. of Houston and Murry H. and Felicia Harbin of Trinity; five sisters and their spouses, Lola Easley of Trinity, Claudia Mae and Valrie Smith of Trinity, Minnie and Horace Blakley of Lisman, Ala., Annie and David Bush of Riderwood, Ala., and Juanita Harbin of Trinity; five grandchildren, Kayla Harbin, Brittani Lane, Sheniquia Harbin, Tommy Simmons Jr. and Mia Foster; one great-grandchildren, Keniya Harbin; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Buddy Smith Jr.
GROVETON – Graveside services for Buddy Smith Jr., 58, of Groveton were held Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, in the Glenwood Cemetery with Bro. Lewis Jones and Bro. Don Hill officiating.
Mr. Smith died Sunday, Dec. 30, in Groveton.
He was born Sept. 2, 1949, in Overton and was affiliated with the Methodist church. He was employed as a public school band director and as a professional jazz musician. He taught at Angelina Junior College in Lufkin and worked in both the Houston and Groveton school systems.
Survivors include his wife, Dona Griswold Smith of Groveton; two sons, Buddy Smith III and Dennis J. Smith, both of Groveton; a step-son and his spouse, Daniel Lee and Jillian Sherrouse of Brenham; a sister, Teresa Smith Lee of Seattle, Wash.; a nephew, David Spikes Lee of Seattle, Wash.’ And a number of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers included Phillip Bennett, Reginald Bowers, Curtis McCloud, Glen Ward, Buddy Reynolds and Ron Lankford.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

 

 





 



 

 

 

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