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East Texas News - Obituaries
Trinity Standard - July 12, 2009 - July 19, 2009

Helen Middie Burrows Evans
TRINITY – Graveside services for Helen Middie Burrows Evans, 85, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2009, in the Peebles Cemetery with the Rev. Schipper and the Rev. Thomas Edward Evans officiating. 
Mrs. Evans died Thursday, July 9, in Katy.
She was born Nov. 19, 1923 in Vernon and was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother.
Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, the Rev. Thomas Edward and Karin Evans Sr. and Joseph Young Evans; a sister-in-law, Florene Burrows; nine grandchildren, Trinity Fields, Heidi Cates, Micah Evans, James Evans, Thomas Evans Jr., Tristen Brightwell, Randi Brightwell, Dylan Brightwell and Savannah Evans; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Mounty Andrew Gabehart
TRINITY -- A gathering of friends and family was held in memory of Mounty Andrew Gabehart, 53, at his residence at noon on Saturday, July 11, 2009.
Mr. Gabehart died suddenly on Thursday, July 2, in Trinity.
He was born Sept., 28, 1955, in Pasadena and was a professional Bartender all his adult life.
Mr. Gabehart was preceded in death by his mother, Henrietta Ellen Gabehart, and his Uncle Bobby Gabehart.
Survivors include a sister and her spouse,  Kim and William Klutts; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Curtis Eugene and Jeanette Gabehart and Randy Ray Gabehart; his father, George Andrew Gabehart; five nephews, Jason, Robby, Jacob, Dillon and Dakota; and a number of other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Edward Martinson
TRINITY -- Memorial services for Edward Martinson, 89, of Trinity, one of the last survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at the First Presbyterian Church of Trinity.
Martinson died Monday, July 6, at the Tyler Medical Center in Tyler.
As 21-year-old machinists mate onboard the battleship USS California BB-44, Martinson was aboard when the Japanese Navy launched the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that thrust the United States into World War II.
At the time of the attack, Martinson was in the stern part of the ship below decks when bombs and torpedoes hit his ship. The battleship was on fire and listing to port when the “abandon ship” order was issued.
Martinson and several of his shipmates had trouble reaching topside and had to jump into a sea of burning fuel oil.
After surviving the ordeal, Martinson was reassigned to another ship and spent the rest of the war serving in the South Pacific Theater. He earned 12 medals during the war.
During his Navy careers, Martinson served onboard a number of ships including the USS California, USS Columbia, USS Shangri-La, USS Boxer and USS General H.W. Butner.
He also was among the fleet group, which participated in the early atomic bomb tests in the Pacific. Martinson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1962 as a master chief petty officer.
Martinson was a dedicated member of the Trinity County VFW Post 6899 military honor guard and was the local post’s final Pearl Harbor survivors.
He and his wife, Loretta, resided in the Westwood Shores subdivision near Trinity.

James Edward “Jambo” Meredith, Sr.
TRINITY -- Graveside services for James Edward “Jambo” Meredith Sr., 62, were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 10, 2009, in the Pioneer Riverside Cemetery with the Rev. Jack Black officiating.
Burial followed in Riverside Cemetery.
Mr. Meredith died peacefully at his residence on Tuesday, July 7.
He was born Sept. 3, 1947, in Evansville, Ind., and was a self-employed carpenter and auto mechanic.
Mr. Meredith was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Beatrice Meredith; his wife, Clydenia Meredith; and a grandson, Zack Meredith.
Survivors include a daughter and her spouse, Dawn and Keith Parish a son and his spouse, James “Bub”  and Melenie Meredith; three sisters, Wilma Schulte, Lillian Riggles and Mary Osborne; four brothers, Chester Meredith, Richard Meredith, David Meredith and Larry Meredith; six grandchildren, Misti Parish, P.J. Parish, Clayton Parish, Justin Meredith, Trenton Meredith and Zane Meredith; his best friend, Ed Lott; and numerous other relatives.
Pallbearers included T.J. Allbright, Bubba Bogs, Gary Smith, Bobby Heifner, Ed Lott, Wesley Allen.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Emma Kennedy Norsworthy
GROVETON – Services for Mrs. Emma Norsworthy, 98, of the Possum Walk community in Trinity County were held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 10, 2009, in the Groveton Funeral Home with Bros. Jeff Hilton and Mark Stratton officiating.
Burial will follow in the East Prairie Cemetery.
Mrs. Norsworthy died Tuesday, July 7, in Groveton.
She was born May 4, 1911, in the Magee Bend community of Trinity County and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Mrs. Norsworthy was preceded in death by her parents, George and Rosie Bennett Kennedy; five brothers, Arthur Kennedy, Grover Kennedy, Edward Kennedy, Cleaver Kennedy and Vonie Kennedy; four sisters, Lillie Kennedy, Panola Perkins, Jennett ''Hart'' Norsworthy  and Mary Kennedy; her husband of 71 years, Albert Norsworthy; two grandsons, Dean Norsworthy and Michael Stratton; a great-grandson, Michael Rushing; a great-granddaughter, Katie Norsworthy; and two sons-in-law, Jack Phillips and Forest Hilton.
Survivors include a son and his spouse, Carrell and Lettie Faye Norsworthy of Groveton; five daughters and their spouses, Agnes Norsworthy Hilton of Trinity, Evelyn and Henry Tyre of Crockett, Lena and Roger Fredrick of Nederland, Margaret and Lloyd Stubblefield of Groveton and Rosie and Danny Stratton of Groveton; a brother, Omie Kennedy of Beaumont; a sister, Opal Kennedy Thomas of Beaumont; 13 grandchildren andtheir spouses, Carolyn and Gary Ramirez of Crockett, Wayne and Kathy Norsworthy of Groveton, Kelly and Tiffany Norseworthy of Spring, Brad and Paula Phillips of Vidor, Gail and Audie Wilson of Slocum, Vickie and Harold Patman of Carrollton, Jeffery and Paula Hilton of Trinity, Cheryl and Ricky Leon of Beach City, Patrick and Frances Fredrick of Lumberton, Harold and Marlena Stubblefield of Groveton, Judy and W.L. ''Bo'' Freeman of Groveton, Mark Stratton of Georgetown and Emily and Jeffery Boyd of Silsbee; 32 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Grandsons served as the pallbearers.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.



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