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Trinity Standard - Obituaries

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Lessie May Lee McVay
TRINITY – Services for Lessie May Lee McVay, 81, of Trinity were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Parrish officiating. Burial followed in Trinity Cedar Grove Cemetery. Ms. McVay died Saturday, July 23, at her residence. She was born Nov. 5, 1929 in Mississippi, and was employed as a waitress for several years and as a Wal-Mart greeter. She was known as a wonderful and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Wesley A. Little and Stewart McVay; and siblings, Alice, Buford and Johnny. Survivors include two daughters, Regina Wheelus and Lisa Hobbs; a son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Cheryl Little; a brother, Billy Lee; five grandchildren, Tina, Wesley, Anna, Stephanie and Virginia; and seven great-grandchildren, Candida, Alyxandria, Aubrey, (twins) Brady and Bailey, Kloee and Aaron. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Flora Maxine Johnson Bailey
TRINITY – Services for Flora Maxine Johnson Bailey, 76, were held Friday, July 15, 2011, at the Trinity Church of Christ with Jerry Gardner officiating. Burial followed in Trinity Cedar Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Bailey died Monday, July 11, with her children at her side. She was born Feb. 25, 1935, in Eldorado, Ark. Mrs. Bailey and her later husband, Bobby Bailey, were blessed with nine children, including two sets of twins. Mrs. Bailey cared for her mother, Flora Johnson, under she died in 2010 at the age of 104. A faithful member of the Trinity Church of Christ, she enjoyed canning and outing up vegetables for her family. She was named a Lady Sharpshooter after bringing in a number of trophy kills. She also enjoyed making quilts and quillos for her friends and family members Survivors include her children and their spouses, Donnie Wayne Bailey, Tommy Bailey, Belinda Tarrant, Shelia and Wayne Lewis, Theresa and J.C. Yarborough, Alton Keith Bailey, Alvin Kent Bailey, Johnny and Ginny Bailey and Ronnie Bailey; a brother, D.W. Johnson; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Ruth Hazel Ferguson
TRINITY – Services for Ruth Hazel Ferguson, 91, of Trinity were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church of Trinity with the Rev. Everett McCollum officiating. Mrs. Ferguson died Saturday, July 16, 2011. She was born July 24, 1919, in Newark, N.J. Mrs. Ferguson never met a stranger and was know for her love and desire to help others enjoy a happy life. She was an active volunteer in the Trinity Lions Club and a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Trinity. In her younger days, she worked at Ross S. Sterling Senior High School in Houston, where she touched the lives of many high school students. Some of her fondest memories were of her interactions with the students during this time of her life. When “Nana” wasn’t caring for her family and friends, she would spend her time in her favorite pastimes. Her primary hobby was tatting and was known for making handkerchiefs for soon-to-be-brides and other people that she loved. In addition, she would spend her time watching sports. She was a devoted fan of Houston sports teams and enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren compete in sports. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Raymond Ferguson; her mother, Rose Phiffer-Hirth; and her father, John Hirth. Survivors include her son and his spouse, Thomas Douglas and Kathy Ferguson; a daughter and her spouse, Katherine Louise and Joseph Cammarata; three grandchildren and their spouses, Jenny and Jack Followay, Tommy and Sarah Ferguson Jr. and Kelsey and Danny Woodward; two grandsons, Jon Lincoln Followay and Ty Douglas Ferguson; and her faithful companion of 12 years, her daschund, Kelly Ferguson. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations on behalf of Ruth Hazel Ferguson be made to the Texas Heart Institute, Development Office, MC 3-117, Post Office Box 20345, Houston, Texas 77225-0345 or Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77030-4123. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Ima Belle Owens Hine
TRINITY --- Internment services for Mrs. Ima Belle Owens Hine, 95, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2011, in the Adickes Addition of the Oakwood Cemetery in Huntsville. A memorial service followed at 1 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church in Trinity. Mrs. Hine died Wednesday, July 13, in the Baywind Care Center in League City. She was born Sept.17, 1915 in Trinity, the daughter of Nodie Susannah Graham and Lee Owens. She lived and attended school in Trinity until her parents moved to Huntsville in the late 1930’s in order for their family of daughters to have the opportunity to attend college. Mrs. Hine attended Sam Houston State Teachers College and obtained her teaching degree in Home Economics. It was at Sam Houston that she met her best friend, dearest companion and husband of 60 years, Dwight Ewing Hine of Val Verde. They were married on December 23, 1940 and lived in Val Verde, Buckholts, and Sharp where Mr. Hine taught vocational agriculture and coached six-man football teams. They lived and worked in Central Texas until the late 1950’s when they moved to Trinity. There, Mr. Hine continued his career in the public school system, teaching and coaching, refereeing and umpiring sporting events. Mrs. Hine was his biggest supporter as well as a full-time homemaker and mother. They worked and volunteered in their church and community and lived during their retirement years in Trinity. They tended to their garden, farm animals and acreage; worked in their church and in civic affairs; and spent time with their families. Mrs. Hine spent her remaining years in League City, living with her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Ron LeFan, before moving into the Baywind Care Center. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters and their spouses, Gladys Lee and Frank Ing, Thomas Pauline and Parker Jennings, Eva Myrteil and Gene Collier, and Billie Goree and Allen Baldwin; her infant son, Thomas Dwight Hine. Her husband also preceded her in death in November 2001. Survivors include her daughters and their spouses, Sandra Lu and David Noles and Judith Nell and Ron LeFan; granddaughters and their spouses, Stephanie Noles and Randy Wean, Susannah Noles and Clay Huggins; two great-granddaughters, Evie and Allie Huggins; and a number of nieces, nephews and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial donations be sent to the First Presbyterian Church of Sharp, the First Presbyterian Church of Trinity, or to the Nassau Bay Baptist Church of Nassau Bay. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Shawn Winslow McLaughlin
TRINITY -- Memorial services for Shawn Winslow McLaughlin, 48, of Trinity were held at 6 p.m. Monday, July 11, 2011 at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Parrish officiating. Mrs. McLaughlin died Sunday, July 3, at her residence. She was born Jan. 4, 1963 in Council Bluff, Iowa. She was a graduate of Burlington High School in Colorado and attended community college in Colorado. Shawn was a professional waitress and moved to Trinity two years ago. Mrs. McLaughlin was preceded in death by her mother, Elaine Irene Winslow; a brother, Russell James Winslow; and a great-nephew, Xander. Survivors include two sons, William Winslow and Reno Thomas McLaughlin; a daughter, Christine McLaughlin and friend Rebecca Shepple, a sister, Melody Winslow; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Laura Dell Owens
GROVETON --- Graveside services for Laura Dell Owens, 61, of Lufkin were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2011, in the Mount Zion Cemetery with Bro. Andy Salaja officiating. Mrs. Owens died Tuesday, July 5, in Lufkin. She was born Dec. 12, 1949 in Crockett and was a member of the First Assembly of Lufkin. She attended Massey Business College. She was employed by the City of Lufkin for 23 years, the Texas Municipal League for nine years and Apple Springs High School for 12 years. Mrs. Owens was a member of the Woodland Heights Senior Circle, the Memorial Power Luncheons and the Red Hat Ladies Association. Survivors include her husband, Nicholas Owens of Lufkin; her mother, Eva Butler of Apple Springs; a brother and his spouse, Edward and Kathy Butler; a sister and her spouse, Sue and Grover Hollis of Groveton; three brothers- and sisters-in-law, Nancy Owens of Lufkin and Tony and Angie Owens of Lufkin; special friends, Pam Stokes and Carolyn Cerbo of Lufkin; a special boss, Roger Johnson; her cat, Tabby; and a number of other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Hospice in the Pines. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Junior Bennett Bedwell III
TRINITY --- Graveside services for Junior Bennett Bedwell III, 66, were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 27, 2011 at Taylor Cemetery in Trinity County with the Rev. Leroy Brown officiating. Mr. Bedwell died Wednesday, June 22, in Tyler. He was born Aug. 16, 1944, in Columbia, Miss and was preceded in death by his parents, J.B. and Elsie Bedwell, and a son, Jason Bedwell. Survivors include three sons and their spouses, Steven Bedwell, David and Elizabeth Bedwell and Richard and Devrie Bedwell; a sister, Alice Faye McKinzie; the mother of his children, Linda Tarr; five grandchildren, David Bedwell, Nathan Bedwell, Danielle Bedwell, Cody Lee Bedwell and Shelby Lyn Bedwell; special friends, Joe Dell and Peggy Hamm; and a number iof other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Leonard Lee Cooper Jr.
HOUSTON – Services for Leonard Lee Cooper Jr., 62, of Trinity were held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home Chapel in Houston. Burial followed in Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston. Mr. Cooper died Saturday, July 2, 2011. He was born Aug. 20, 1948, in Houston, the son of Leonard Lee Cooper Sr. and Edith Eileen Cooper. He was a proud retiree from the Houston Police Department. He served on the force for 26 years and held the rank of lieutenant and the title of latent fingerprint examiner. Mr. Cooper moved to Trinity following his retirement. He was preceded in death by both of his parents and his wife, Connie Cooper. Survivors include a daughter and her spouse, Nancy Lynn and Stephen Loesch; a son and his spouse, Matthew Lee and Casey Cooper; his fiancée, Jenny Waltmon; a sister, Dominique Seader; a brother, Jack Cooper; four grandchildren, McCartney, Ethan, Connie and Ben; and a number of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston directed the arrangements.

Mary Gaudet Duhon
HOUSTON – A funeral mass for Mary Gaudet Duhon, 73, was held at 4 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2011, at the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Trinity. Graveside services were held Wednesday, July 6, at the Houston National Cemetery. Mrs. Duhon died Wednesday, June 29, following a lengthy illness. She was born July 26, 1937 in Lafayette, La., the daughter of Curtis B. and Mary Gaudet. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mrs. Duhon was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Trinity. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Russell Gaudet; and sister Betty Rigney. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, James W. Duhon Sr.; a son and his spouse, James and Colleen Duhon Jr.; two daughters; and a son-in-law, Christine and James Quinn and Anna Duhon; a sister and her spouse, Helen and Wilbert Castille; a brother, Curtis Gaudet of Lafayette; 10 grandchildren and their spouses; 27 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and friends, In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Trinity or to Odyssey Hospice of Conroe, Texas. Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home of Houston directed the arrangements.

Mary Lou Goodrum
HUNTSVILLE – Graveside services for Mary Lou Goodrum, 100, of Trinity were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2011, at Antioch Cemetery in Lovelady. Mrs. Goodrum died Thursday, June 30. She was born Sept. 2, 1910, in Volga, Texas. Survivors include her son and his spouse, Ray and Charline Goodrum of Huntsville; two brothers, John Williamson of Nogalus Prairie and Sherman Williamson of Luling; a sister-in-law, Cootsie Williamson of Nogalus; two grandchildren, Blake Goodrum of Huntsville and Shane Durdin and wife, Jamie, of Coldspring; and two great-grandchildren, Hunter and Colby Durdin of Coldspring. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to charity of the donor’s choice. Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home of Huntsville directed the arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.shmfh.com.

Mary Elizabeth Worthington
TRINITY – Mary Elizabeth Worthington, 91, of Trinity died Friday, June 15, 2011, in Magnolia. There are no services scheduled at this time. She was born Dec. 11, 1919 in Cape Girardeau, Mo. and had resided in Trinity for many years. She was a homemaker all her adult life, loved to travel and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Don Worthington. Survivors include her best friend and caregiver ,Brenda Reaves; and other relative. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements

 

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