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East Texas News - Obituaries
Trinity Standard - July 19, 2009 - July 26, 2009

Gwendolyn Barbara Payton Cain
TRINITY – Gwendolyn Barbara Payton Cain, 71, of Trinity died Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at her residence.
She was born Sept. 5, 1937, in Louisiana and worked for an attorney as a legal secretary for many years. She was a mother, grandmother and sister.
She moved to Trinity to enjoy and spend time with her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by three siblings, Cecil, Phillip and Estelle Vondrick.
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Maureen Wyatt and Michele and Mark Servis; a sister, Connie Payton; a brother, Leman Payton; three grandchildren, Courtney Vossen and  her fiancé Shawn Shovan, Joshua Willmon, and Christopher Wyatt; two great-grandchildren, Seth and Austin; and numerous other relatives.
There are no services planned at this time.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrangements

Guy Winston Cunningham
TRINITY – Services for Guy Winston Cunningham, 78, were held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 17, 2009 at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Leroy Brown officiating.
Burial followed in the Clapp Cemetery.
Mr. Cunningham died Monday, July 13 in Tyler.
He was born on Oct. 9, 1930 in Trinity and was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Marie Cunningham, and a granddaughter, Jennifer Marie Cunningham. 
Survivors include three sons and their spouses, Gary and Lisa West, Clyde and Vickie Cunningham and  Curtis Cunningham; a daughter and her spouse, Rhonda Rebecca and Raymond Crain; grandchildren, Beau and Lindsey West, Chris and Kristy Cunningham, Kim Allen, Stacie Cunningham, Clyde Cunningham Jr. Ashley Crain and Matthew; nine great-grandchildren, Joshua West, Brinley West, Kali Cunningham, Jonathan Cunningham, Kristina Arnold, Daniel Allen, Brannan Johnson, Brice Cunningham, Laranda Simmons; and numerous other relatives.
Pallbearers included John Chamberlain, Neal Smith, Matthew Stuart, David Drake, Buddy Johnson and James Parker. 
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements

Mablene Dobbins
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Mablene Dobbins, 73, of Oklahoma City and formerly of Trinity died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born June 11, 1936 in Trinity and was a 1954 graduate of Trinity High School. After completing high school, she worked for Gulf States Utilities (now Entergy).
She was married to Ken Dobbins and in 1964 the couple moved to Oklahoma City. Mrs. Dobbins worked as a realtor for 32 years and loved to travel.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Craig Dobbins.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Ken Dobbins; two daughters and a son-in-law, Janie Dobbins Anderson and Susan and Mike Daniels; four sisters, June Pollard Black, Jeri McCormick, Bess Golden and Sherry Bienek; and a granddaughter, Kaitlyn Anderson.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3555 NW 58 Street, Suite 220, Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Vondel L. Smith and Sons Mortuaries of Oklahoma City, Okla, directed the arrangements.

Jessie Ray Hall
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Jessie Ray Hall, 72, of Somerville were held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2009, in the Glendale Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Golden officiating. 
Mr. Hall died Thursday, July 9, at his residence.
He was born March 6, 1937, in Walker County community of Pine Prairie, the son of Oscar and Violet Hall.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sons, Jessie Hall Jr., Jackie Horsley and Rodger Horsley; and a daughter, Anna Maria Hall.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Margaret Hall; five daughters and their spouses, Linda Hall, Diane and Gene Horsely, Betty  and Rick Willcoxon, Sue Quest and Rebecca Hall; a sister, Annie Snowden; a brother, Oscar Hall; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements

Gladys Irene Kendrick
HOUSTON – Services for Gladys Irene Kendrick,  84, of Houston were held at noon on Monday, July 6, in the chapel of Pat H. Foley Funeral Directors in Houston with Pastor Sam Parker officiating.
Burial followed at Historic Hollywood Cemetery.
Mrs. Kendrick died Thursday, July 2, following a long, valiant struggle with a debilitating illness.
She was born Dec. 20, 1924, in Trinity, the daughter of Eula (Madden) and Claude Johnson . She moved to Houston as a young girl.
She was a member of the Clayton Library Friends and of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 560. She spent many hours performing genealogical research at the Clayton Library and enjoyed her yard and garden plants.
Mrs. Kendrick also enjoyed her role as a homemaker and using her sewing talents to make everything from little dresses to prom dresses. She also was involved in art and museums and was eager to explore.
She was preceded in death by her husband Earl “Choc” Kendrick; two sisters, Willie Mae Morish and Pauline Ketchey, a former husband, Pat Lindsay; and her stepfather, Ted Puls.
Survivors include two children: and their spouses, Patricia and Joe Phillips and Pat “Rhett” and Patricia Lindsay; five grandchildren and their spouses, Cynthia and Laton Laskowski, Michael and Brenda Phillips, Stacey and Bryant Osceola, John and Christy Lindsay  and Jennifer and Marc Hess; seven great grandchildren, Valerie Laskowski, Lindsay Laskowski, Alex Phillips, Brent Phillips and Hannah Phillips, Emily Lindsay, Freddie Hess and Heidi Hess; a niece Diane Morish; and a special friend, Claudia.
Pat H. Foley Funeral Directors of Houston directed the arrangements.

David Lee Lowry
TRINITY -- Funeral service for David Lee Lowry, 35, of Lovelady were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at the Living Word Outreach Church with Pastor Donna Kirby officiating.
Burial followed in Douglas Cemetery in Houston County. 
Mr. Lowry died Friday, July 17, at his residence with his family at his side.
He was born Feb. 13, 1974 in Houston and was employed as a by Brown and Root as a boiler maker working plant shutdowns.
He was a fan of the Texas Longhorns and enjoyed the games with his friends. He also enjoyed spending time with his children.
He was  preceded in death by a brother, Daniel Lynn Lowry.
Survivors include five children, Michelle Lowry, Daniel Lowry, Sarah Lowry, James Lowry and Jaquilien Lombardi; his mother and step-father, Yreva Lynn and Michael Walker;  his father and step-mother, Terry Lee and Kristy Lowry; a brother, Travis Williamson; two sisters, Angelia Clark and Misty Lowry;  two step-brothers, Shawn Moore and Steven Walker; the mother of his children, Melissa Lowry; his common-law wife and mother of his children ; Sabrina Scott; a niece Sally Thorpe; his best friend, Kevin Cates; and a number of other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Edwin Richard Martinson
TRINITY -- Memorial services for Edwin Richard Martinson, 89, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009 at the First Presbyterian Church of Trinity with the Rev. Dan Alexander officiating.
Mr. Martinson died Monday, July 6, in Conroe.
He was born Feb. 7, 1920 in Mt. Iron, Minnesota, the son of Matthew and Elizabeth Martinson. He passed away in
As a 21-year-old machinists mate onboard the battleship USS California BB-44, Martinson was present when the Japanese Navy launched the Dec. 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor Attack that thrust the United States into WWII.
At the time of the attack, Martinson was in the stern part of the ship below deck when the bombs and torpedoes hit his ship. The battleship was on fire and listening to port, when the abandon ship order was issued.
Martinson and several of his shipmates had trouble reaching top side and had to jump into the 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 metals during the war.
During his Navy career, Martinson served onboard a number of ships including the USS California, USS Columbia, USS Shangri-la, USS Boxer and the USS General H.W.Butner. He also was among the fleet group, which participated in the early atomic bomb test in the Pacific.
Martinson retired from the US Navy in1962 as a Master Chief Petty Officer.
He was a dedicated member of Trinity County VFW Post 6899 and was the last member of the VFW Post member to survive Pearl Harbor.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Loretta Martinson; a son and his spouse, Edwin Richard “Rick” and Beth Martinson, Jr.; two sisters, Lila Mehelich and Delores Johnson; a grandson, Jacob Rudolph Martinson; and a number of other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Perry Smith
TRINITY – Graveside services for Annie Mae Perry Smith, 88 of Trinity were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July16, 2009, in the Smith Cemetery in Splendora with the Rev. Troy Uselton officiating.
Mrs. Smith died Tuesday, July 14, in Trinity.
She was born June 27, 1921 in Palestine and was a homemaker all her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas Smith; a son, Thomas Wayne Smith; six grandchildren, Louis Wayne Smith, William Henry Smith, Robert Thomas Perry, Carl Ray Stansbury, Paul Mitchell Perry and Deredith Dane Perry; her parents Pope and Hattie Perry; and seven siblings, Joe, Bob, Sug, Bonner, Sun, Dicie and Elizabeth.  
Survivors include three daughters, Evelyn McClung, Deborah Lynn Smith and Dolores Ann Perry; six grandchildren Gary Wayne Stansbury, Curtis Lewis Perry, Gary Ray Moore, Steven Murrel Yates, Sarah Louise Smith and Carol Ann Moore; 17 great-grandchildren; eight great-great- grandchildren; and a number of other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.



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