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East Texas News - Obituaries
Trinity Standard - January 11, 2009 - January 18, 2009

James Ray Due
GROVETON – Services for James Ray Due, 48, of Groveton were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009, in the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Lewis Jones and Bro. Mike Due officiating.
Burial followed in the Glenwood Cemetery.
Mr. Due died Sunday, Jan. 11, in Lufkin.
He was born July 1, 1960, in Lufkin and was employed as a painter. He was affiliated with the Baptist church.
Survivors include two daughters, Crystal Dawn Due of Chita and Niki Lee Due of Onalaska; his mother, Evie J. Magee of Groveton; his father, Elbert James Due of Apple Springs; and a sister, Belinda Joy Greenville of Lufkin.
Pallbearers will include Jimmy Cochran, Michael Wayne Due, Jason White, Keith Ray Dupree, Cody Smith, Jimmy Due, Damon Scoggins, Michael Townsend and Cory Gallaway. Honorary pallbearers will include Clayton Smith, Mann Due, Danny Cathey and Lloyd “Sambo” Townsend.
The family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Groveton EMS.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Francis Foster England
TRINITY – Services for Francis Foster England, 83, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity with the Rev. John Valenta officiating.
Burial followed in the Brookside Cemetery in Houston.
Mr. England died Thursday, Jan. 8, in Crockett.
He was born July 3, 1925, in Culbertson, Neb., and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He retired from the Union Pacific Railroad after more than 35 years of service and moved to Trinity in 1990. He was a member of the Glendale Baptist Church.
Mr. England was preceded in death by his parents, Houston and Amelia England; a daughter, Linda England; a step-daughter, Shelia McFadden; and a brother, Bert England.
Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Joyce Bailey England; a daughter and her spouse, Bonnie and Allen McGwire; a step-son and his spouse, Roger and Nellie Bailey; a sister, Lena Hubbard; two grandchildren, Theresa and Micha McGwire; seven step-grandchildren and a spouse, Kimberly and Mark Golden, Ronnie Bailey, Randy Bailey, Dylan Golden, Mason Golden, Madison Golden and Austin Golden; three step-great-grandchildren, Ronnie Jr., Ryan and Taylor Bailey; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Robert Henry “Bob” Hagen
TRINITY – Services for Robert Henry “Bob” Hagen, 77, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church in Trinity with the Rev. Jeff McDonald officiating.
Mr. Hagen died Tuesday, Jan. 6, in Trinity.
He was born Feb. 4, 1931, in Oceanside, N.Y. and studied engineering and drafting at Farmingdale Tech School.
While residing in Amityville, N.Y., he and his wife owned and operated Hagen’s Confectionary and Luncheonette Store for more than five years. He also was involved in civic events and was a volunteer fireman in Amityville.
He moved from New York to Clear Lake in Texas, where he retired from Grumman Corp following 28 years of service as a machinist.
Mr. Hagen was a member of the Clear Lake Masonic Lodge #1417 AF & AM and a member of the First United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Miriam Joan Hagen; a daughter and her spouse, Suzanne Joan and Michael Todd; a son, Robert Henry Hagen II; a granddaughter, Tanya Nichole Todd; a cousin, Mildred Newell; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Peggy Ruth Jordan
HUNTSVILLE – Services for Peggy Ruth Jordan, 62, of Riverside were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, in the Brook Funeral Home Chapel in Huntsville with Chaplain Ron Ellis officiating.
Mrs. Jordan died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 7,
She was born March 10, 1946 and was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie and Lois Holmes, grandparents, Myron and Gerald Holmes; and a sister, Margaret Steten.
Survivors include a son, George E. Jordan; a brother and his spouse, Curtis and Sharon Holmes; a sister, Juanita Peterson; a grandchild, Lindsey Jordan; a special friend, Bobby Stumbo; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Brooke Funeral Services of Huntsville directed the arrangements.

Laura Elizabeth Renfro Mainer
TRINITYH – Graveside services for Laura Elizabeth Renfro Mainer, 89, were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, in the Evergreen Cemetery in Lovelady with the Rev. Jeff McDonald officiating.
Mrs. Mainer died peacefully on Friday, Jan. 2, in Alvin.
Born Oct. 24, 1919, in Trinity, she was the fourth of six children born to Jesse Thomas and Hettie Clegg Renfro. She attended Trinity public schools and the Piney Woods Business College in Lufkin. She was married to Roy Carter Mainer on Jan. 2, 1942.
A longtime resident of Pasadena, she was a charter member of Parkwood United Methodist Church and was retired from Pasadena General Hospital.
Mrs. Mainer was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Thomas Daniel; three sisters, Tom Clegg Wood, Johnellen Parks and Hettie Sue Waring; and a brother, James Massey.
Survivors include two sons and their spouses, Jim and Patricia Mainer of Alvin and Michael and Melanie Mainer of Bay City; a brother, Jack Renfro of Pasadena; six grandchildren, James, Susan, Toni, Tracy, Michael and Matt; 12 great-grandchildren, Randy, Brent, Solange, Mason, Samantha, Jackson, Marshall, Caroline, Clayton, Rankin, Ragan and Pearl; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Nelda Rhea Richards Shipper
TRINITY – Services for Nelda Rhea Richards Shipper, 71, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, at the Glendale Congregational Methodist Church with the Rev. Barbara Campbell officiating.
Burial followed in the Glendale Cemetery.
Mrs. Shipper died Thursday, Jan. 8, in Houston following a short illness.
She was born June 11, 1937, in Trinity County and was retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice after 10 years of service. She was a member of the Glendale Congregational Methodist Church and enjoyed cooking, traveling with her family and spending time with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Velma Richards.
Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Billy Wayne Shipper; a son and his spouse, Paul Wayne and Kim Shipper; four brothers and their spouses, Jim and Frances Richards of Lovelady, Doug and Sylvia Richards of Centerville, Jon Paul and Margarette Richards of Trinity and Jerry and Cindy Richards of Grapeland; four grandchildren, Lauren, Lexi, Landi and Jacob Shipper; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers included Neal Smith, Carl Edger Casey, Frankie Parish, Jon-Michael Richards, Blake Richards, Clay Richards and Ty Richards.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Bill Swor
TRINITY – Graveside services for Bill Swor, 81, of Trinity were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at Chita Cemetery in Trinity County with the Rev. Roger Goins officiating,
Mr. Swor died Thursday, Jan. 1, in Tyler.
He was born Nov. 23, 1927, in Trinity County, the son of Bert and Minnie Swor. He grew up in Trinity and was employed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on and off for 10 years.
He was a member of the National Plumbers Union where he worked as a pipe fitter for more than 20 years.
Mr. Swor enjoyed the traveling that came with his position and spent time working in Washington state as well as Alvin in Texas.
Following his retirement, he spent many years in Splendora where he owned and operated an antique shop.
He moved back to Trinity in April 2008 to be with his family and enjoyed spending time on his porch watching horses and miniature donkeys graze in the pasture..
Mr. Swor was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers and sisters, Bertie Parker, Bonnie Ellis, Sam Swor and Bob Swor.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Sarah Swor; nephews and nieces, Joe and Marcus Swor, Joe Parker, Patsy Anderson and Bobby Ellis; and a number of other nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.



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