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Trinity Standard - Obituaries
For the Week of June 18, 2007 - June 25, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company



R.E. Ainsworth
GROVETON – Services for R.E. Ainsworth, 72, of Groveton were held at 1 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2007, in the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Lewis Jones officiating.
Graveside services were held at 2:30 p.m. at the Forest Park Lawndale East in Houston.
Mr. Ainsworth died Wednesday, June 6, in Houston.
He was born Dec. 24, 1934, in Trinity County and was a retired machinist for Continental Can. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Groveton and the Groveton Senior Citizens Center.
Survivors include a daughter and her spouse, Carolyn and Doug Ritterhouse of Groveton; his mother, Ruth Ainsworth; a brother, Lyndoll Ainsworth; a sister, Mary Johnson; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends.
The family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Groveton Senior Citizens Center.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Zula Bell Thompson Mills
PASADENA – Services for Zula Bell Thompson Mills, 91, of Pasadena were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2007, in the Grandview Funeral Home Chapel in Pasadena with Bro. Kenneth Myers and Bro. James Vernell Anderson officiating.
Burial followed in the Grandview Cemetery in Pasadena.
Mrs. Mills died Friday, June 1, in Pasadena.
Born Dec. 11, 1915, in the Friday community of Trinity County, she was the daughter of Martin Luther and Mary Emaline Fussell Thompson.
She was a long time resident of Pasadena. Through her hard work, she assisted her husband in forming the largest landscaping company in Texas in the 1960s as well as many other personal businesses.
Mrs. Mills was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers and sisters, Orgen O’Neil Thompson, Nathan Thomas Thompson, Martin Wilford Thompson, Woodrow Venson Thompson, O.Z. Thompson, Elise Cleo Thompson Thompson, Leona Thompson Harrison, Mary Magdalene Thompson Gordon Rasbeary; and a step-daughter, Vergie Nell Mills Page.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, R.Q. Mills; a son, Luther Gene Hathorn; a brother and his spouse, Ransom Tom and Polly Thompson; five sisters and a brother-in-law, Roberta Thompson Miller, Lillie Mae Thompson Dunlap, Ruth Maurine Thompson Williams, Darlene Thompson Pyle and Sally Faye Thompson Norsworthy Evans and her husband, Clifton; a sister-in-law, Willie Mae Thompson; two grandchildren and their spouses, Dorothy and Gary Simpson and Cynthia and Joe Davis; a step-granddaughter and her spouse; Michele Page and Anthony Koenig; five great-grandchildren, Joshua Simpson, Nathan Simpson, Courtney Simpson, Bonnie Davis and Mollie Davis; five step-great-grandchildren, Caleb Koenig, Josiah Koenig, Hannah Koenig, Rachel Koenig and Matthias Koenig; and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.
Grandview Funeral Home of Pasadena directed the arrangements.

Robert E Lee Burchett
TRINITY – Services for Robert E Lee Burchett, 80, were held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2007, at the First United Methodist Church in Trinity.
Mr. Burchett died Tuesday, June 5, in Conroe.
He was born April 27, 1917, in Greenville and was employed as a supervisor for an oil field tool company.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ada Verena Burchett; and a son, Robert E Lee Burchett II.
Survivors include three sons, Avery Allen Burchett, Roger Doyle Burchett and Jimmy Dale Burchett; two brothers, Roy Burchett and Jimmy Burchett Jr.; two sisters, Betty Joe Kennedy and Bonnie Aline Ligon; seven grandchildren, Robert E Lee Burchett III, Frank Burchett, Seth Allen Burchett, Terrie Joe Burchett, Buck Allen Burchett, Shaunna Jo Burchett and Tristan Dale Burchett; and many great-grandchildren.
Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Katherine Diettinger

TRINITY – Katherine Pope Diettinger, 65, of Trinity died Thursday, June 7, 2007, in Trinity.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
She was born Sept. 21, 1941, in Longview and was employed as an electronic technician.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Diettinger of Dallas and Mandell Diettinger of Trinity; a daughter, Melissa Hudgins of Denton; a brother and his spouse, Bill and Barbara Pope of Trinity; a sister, Carolyn Pentor of Roland; and two granddaughters, Mariah Roe and Katie Hudgins.
Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Carl Owen Dyer Sr.
TRINITY – Services for Carl Owen Dyer Sr., 83, of Trinity were held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Homer in Trinity.
Mr. Dyer died Sunday, June 3, in Crockett.
Born Jan. 14, 1924, in Houston, he was the son of Edward Cecil and Leona Mae Laribee Dyer. He served in the U.S. Navy and was employed as a ship yard superintendent.
Mr. Dyer was a member of the International Union of Longshoremen, was a lifetime member of the American Legion and a member of the Lions Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife Rubye Marie Eberhardt Dyer.
Survivors include a son and his spouse, Carl Owen and Freda Dyer Jr.; a sister, Betty Wilson; five grandchildren, Carl Owen Dyer III and his wife, Holly, Alissa Lee Cisneros and her husband, Daniel, Susan Anderson and her friend, Kenny Taylor, Paula Homrighaus and her husband, Kirk, and Donna Quarles and her husband, Glenn; four great-grandchildren, Courtney, Ross, Brady and Eden; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Lorraine Walker Gates
TRINITY – Funeral services for Lorraine Walker Gates, 87, were held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 11, 2007, at the First Presbyterian Church in Trinity with the Rev. Dan Alexander officiating.
Burial followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.
Mrs. Gates died Friday, June 8, in Huntsville.
She was born Jan. 19, 1920, in Saratoga, one of three children born to Edward and Elvia Cotton Walker. She was known as a strong, independent, Christian lady who loved classical music and had a passion for reading good books.
She was employed as a librarian for the Lansberry Elementary School in Trinity as well as the Blanche K. Werner Public Library. She later devoted volunteer time to the Martin Senior Citizens Center in Trinity and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Randolph L. Gates in 1977; a son, Randolph “Lindy” Gates Jr. in 1984; a son, Bill Barber in 1988; a brother, Edward Walker; and a sister, Dorothy Harris.
Survivors include two daughters and their spouses, Jan and Jerry Stephens and Jennifer Barber and E.W. Williams; six grandchildren and their spouses, Marie and Gregory Walet, Laurie Broussard, Tara and Emmitt Williams, William “Tre” and Amy Barber, Tori and Timothy Smith and Lyndsay Stephens; 11 great-grandchildren, Rachelle, Kassidy, Josh, Jacob, Timothy, Courtney, Justin, Tanner, Jordan, Addison and Morgan Lorraine; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O,. Box 872, Trinity, Texas 75862 or to the Blanche K. Werner Library, P.O. Box 1168, Trinity, Texas 75862.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Peter J. Joly
TRINITY – Services for Peter J. Joly, 56, of Trinity were held in New Orleans, La.
Burial also was in New Orleans.
Mr. Joly died Monday, June 4, in Trinity.
He was born Jan. 8, 1951, in New Orleans, La. and was employed as a stocker/clerk at the Huntsville Wal-Mart store.
Survivors include a brother, Charles J. Joly, three nieces, Anna Boesch, Tina Thomas and Leah Joly; three nephews, Arnaldo Ortiz, Leo Ortiz and Michael Ortiz; and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.
Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Frank Marion McGee
TRINITY – Services for Frank Marion McGee, 82, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2007, at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with the Rev. Leroy Brown officiating.
Burial followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.
Mr. McGee died Sunday, June 3, in Houston.
He was born April 13, 1925, in Groveton and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. For most of his life he was a self-employed in dirt work, as a truck driver and in the septic tank installation business.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Audrey Thornton McGee; his father, Harold McGee; a brother, James Edward McGee; a daughter-in-law, Tessi McGee; a grandson, Brody McGee; and a great-granddaughter, Makenna Michelle McGee.
Survivors include a daughter and her spouse, Betty Ann and John Butler; a son, Danny Frank McGee; two sisters, Catherine Biscamp and Dorothy Jane Doyle; a brother, Billy Gerald McGee; five grandchildren, Blake Daniel McGee and his wife, Kristina, Shay Mikel McGee and his special friend, Kristy, Tracey Rene Wright and her husband, Gaines, Mindy Kaye Harbison and her husband, Aaron, and Brandon Scott Butler and his wife, Megan; 10 great-grandchildren, Brandon McGee, Landon McGee, Kolbey Rowe, Heather Cochran, Jon Place, Morgan Wright, Bailey Wright, Brittney Butler, Hanna Butler and Taylor Butler; and a great-great-granddaughter, Mallory Hendrix.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Myra Elaine Mensch
TRINITY – Graveside services for Myra Elaine Mensch, 63, of Trinity were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2007, at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity with the Rev. Mike Loftin officiating.
Mrs. Mensch died Tuesday, June 5, in Palestine.
She was born Sept. 3, 1943, in Normangee and was employed as a clerk.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Mensch and Gary Mensch, both of Sulphur, Okla.; two daughters, Sharon Kennedy of Palestine and Theresa Mensch of Davis, Okla.; a brother, Glynn Mize of Oklahoma City; a sister, Ima Jean Wiggins of Bockchita, Okla.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Andrew Daniel Miller
TRINITY – Services for Andrew Daniel Miller, 86, of Trinity were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2007, in the First Presbyterian Church in Trinity.
Private burial services followed at the Brookside Cemetery in Houston.
Mr. Miller died Sunday, June 3, in Crockett.
He served in the U.S. Navy and was married to Marjorie Martin in 1943 in Houston. He was employed by Westinghouse Electric for over 30 years and moved to Trinity in 1986 following his retirement.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie F. Miller of Trinity; a son, Wayne Miller of Benica, Calif.; two daughters, Rita Schneider of Brenham and Rochelle Miller of Houston; and one grandson, Brandon and his wife, Susan.
Brooke Funeral Home of Huntsville directed the arrangements.

Addie Bell Parker
AUSTIN – Services for Addie Bell Parker, 88, of Austin were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2007, at the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Austin.
Graveside services also were held on Friday, June 8, at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.
She was born April 24, 1919, in Marietta, the daughter of Kate Ora Bell and Albert Allison Timberlake. She was a 1938 graduate of Trinity High School and was married to Willie C. Parker on June 28, 1940. The couple moved to Austin in 1940 where she was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church for over 60 years.
Mrs. Parker was known as a consummate sales person, having sold Sarah Coventry jewelry, Stanley Home Products and Tupperware. She also worked in the linen department for Sears for many years.
She also was known for her green thumb and her many plants and flowers demonstrated her ability.
She was preceded in death by her husband and two children, Lynita Ann and Willie C. “Bo” Parker Jr.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Ann and Mike Miller; a daughter-in-law, Donna Parker; four grandchildren, Clay Parker, Kathy Beck and her husband, Steve, Amy Mitchell and her husband, Jeff, and Mindy Ann Miller and her fiancé, Cody Kutac; three great-grandchildren, Kasey Beck, Leah Beck and Bo Isaac Mitchell.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Hillcrest Baptist Church, 3838 Steck Ave., Austin, Texas 78759.
Cook-Walden Funeral Home of Austin directed the arrangements.

THERESA REYNA NEU
    A memorial funeral service for Theresa Reyna Neu, 83, of Groveton, Texas was held Saturday May 26, 2007 at 11:00 am in the Groveton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Keith Tilley officiating.
    Mrs. Neu was born October 15, 1923 in Texas and passed away Thursday May 24, 2007 in Crockett, Texas. She was a homemaker.
    She was preceded in death by her husband James E. Neu, Sr. and her parents Pula Rocha and Natividad Reyna.
   Survivors include her brother Steve Reyna of San Antonio, Texas; daughter Mary Lou Miller of Santa Rosa, California; step-son James E. Neu, Jr. of Texas City Texas; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and numerous other relatives and friends.
   Groveton Funeral Home, director.

CLARENCE RAYMOND COXSEY, SR.
   Funeral services for Clarence Raymond Coxsey, Sr., 86, of Groveton, Texas were held Wednesday May 30, 2007 at 11:00 am in the Groveton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Robbie Bailey officiating. Interment followed in the Bennett Cemetery.
   Mr. Coxsey was born November 8, 1920 in Wilson, Texas and passed away Friday May 25, 2007 in Groveton, Texas.  He was a veteran of WWII Army Air Corp and a retired Truck Driver for Central Freight Lines.
    Survivors include his children Clarence R. and Penny Coxsey, Jr. of Huntsville, Texas; Thena & Rodney Newman of Spring, Texas; and Bill Coxsey of Groveton; seven grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.
   Groveton Funeral Home, directors.

Vaudine Bartee
HUNTSVILLE – Services for Vaudine Bartee, 79, of Huntsville were held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2007, at the Brooke Funeral Home Chapel in Huntsville with Pastor Jim Parrish officiating.
Burial will follow at Black Jack Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 10, at the funeral home located at 672 FM 980.
Mrs. Bartee died Saturday, June 2, in a local hospital.
She was born May 1, 1928, in West Sandy, the daughter of Silas and Pearl Harding. She was married to Wilburn Bartee on Dec. 12, 1945 and during the early years of their marriage they loved to dance.
Mrs. Bartee enjoyed working in the garden, cooking late into the night and hunting.
She was preceded in death by her husband in August 2000; her parents; and a brother, Quincy Edward Harding.
Survivors include a son and his spouse, Kenneth and Gina Bartee of Huntsville; two granddaughters, De’Amdra Bartee of Riverside and Cassandra Bartee of Spring; three great-grandchildren, Rebecca Chambers, Gracie Bartee Thompson and Kennlei Bartee.
Brooke Funeral Home of Huntsville directed the arrangements.

Mary Evelyn Bortolazzo Morrison
TRINITY – Mary Evelyn Bortolazzo Morrison, 81, of Trinity died Thursday, May 31, 2007, in Trinity.
She was born Aug. 18, 1925, in Mineral Wells, the daughter of Jesse and Margaret Montgomery Calhoun.
Mrs. Morrison enjoyed dancing and was known as a devoted mother of her three sons.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 22 years, Lawrence J. Bortolazzo; her parents; and a brother and sister.
Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Raulston Lee Morrison of Trinity; three sons and their spouses, Michael and Bobbie Morrison of Trinity, Phillip and Lynn Morrison of Trinity and Stephen and Kathy Morrison of Hanford, Calif.; three step-daughters, Judith Ryan of Las Vegas, Diane Hunn of California and Lori Davison of California; grandchildren, Kim and Chris Fitzgerald, Janet and William Murdock, Drew and Sheila Robb, Chase Robb, Nicki Morrison, Matt Morrison, Murphy and Jamie Morrison, Rodney and Clair Fitiausi; 13 step-grandchildren; great-grandchildren, Anna and Cooper Fitzgerald, Carson Murdock, Lacy Robb, Peyton Robb, Gracie Robb, Avah Morrison and Georgia Fitiausi; and 11 step-great-grandchildren.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Lewis Mortilee Johnson
TRINITY – Graveside services for Lewis Mortilee Johnson, 69, of Onalaska were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 18, 2007, at the Carlisle Cemetery with the Rev. Douglas Johnson officiating.
Mr. Johnson died Tuesday, May 15, at his residence.
He was born Jan. 4, 1939, in Trinity and was known as a honest, generous and compassionate man. He love his ever present puppy, “Little Man,” as well as the company of friend and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee and Nellie Viola Johnson; six brothers, Odell, Clyde, John D., Tom, Donald and Robert Johnson; and two sisters, Olla May Gray and Lois Smith.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Callens Johnson of Onalaska; two sons, Martin Lee Johnson and Danny Lewis Johnson; a brother, Roscoe Johnson; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements

Linda Sue Loving
TRINITY – Memorial services for Linda Sue Loving, 56, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2007, at the Trinity Funeral Home.
Mrs. Loving died Wednesday, May 30, in Conroe.
Born July 26, 1950, she was a 1968 graduate of Huntsville High School and in 1971 earned a degree as a registered nurse from St. Joseph School of Nursing in Ft. Worth.
She worked as an RN at Crown Home Health Care in Livingston and for many hospitals, included the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Huntsville Memorial, East Texas Medical Center – Trinity, Avalon Place nursing home in Trinity, Herman Memorial – The Woodlands and Virginia Mason in Seattle, Wash.
Survivors include a son and his spouse, Buck Travis and Kendra Woodman of Cortez, Colo.; a sister, Patricia Tullos of Trinity; two grandsons, Beau Lowden and Heath Brecken of Colorado; a niece and her spouse, Kimberly and Jon Wheeless of Trinity; and a nephew and his spouse, Michael and Stacye Tullos of Trinity.
Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Fannie Mae Massie
TRINITY –Fannie Mae Hill Massie, 97, of Liberty died June 4, 2007, in Liberty.
No services are planned.
She was born July 17, 1909, in Wills Point and was a retired hotel clerk.
Survivors include a daughter and her spouse, Julia and Chuck Pruden; three grandchildren, Michael, Sheila and Ann; and five great-grandchildren.
Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Robbie Mae McCarley
TRINITY – Robbie Mae McCarley, 83, of Trinity died Wednesday, May 23, 2007.
She was born July 28, 1923.
Mrs. McCarley was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church of Trinity, where she taught Sunday School and was a member of the choir. She also served the church as Sunday School superintendent and as a member of the church board.
She was a past Citizen of the Year in Trinity  and was awarded the Community Builder Award for distinguished service and personal contributions by the Joe Werner Masonic Lodge No. 553.
She was named as Volunteer of the Year several times for her over 9,000 hours of community volunteer work.
She also was a member of the Eastern Star, the Trinity Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Red Hat Society and Do-As-We-Please-Girls, the United Methodist Women, Trinity Athletic Booster Club, American Legion Auxiliary, the Daughters of the American Veterans and the Trinity Fair Association.
She served as an ombudsman at the Avalon Place nursing home in Trinity and was named as the Texas Ombudsman of the Year in 1994.
Mrs. McCarley was a past president of the Trinity Chapter of the AARP and volunteered weekly at the Martin Senior Center.
Her devotion to volunteer service will continue to live on through the Houston and Robbie McCarley Community Service Scholarship Endowment at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. The endowment will award scholarships to deserving students in return for their volunteer service.
Mrs. McCarley was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 48 years, Houston McCarley; two brothers, J.B. Maynard and Otis Maynard; and a sister, Georgia Chernosky.
Survivors include a son and his spouse, G. Scott and Mary McCarley; a daughter and her spouse, Debi and Greg Wilmeth; three grandchildren and a spouse, Cari Gilbert, John Scott Wilmeth and Katie and Jason Phelps; and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Houston and Robbie McCarley Community Service Scholarship, P.O. Box 2537, Huntsville, Texas 77341.

Billie Floye Pillows
GROVETON – Services for Billie Floye Pillows, 76, of Groveton were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2007, at the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Terry Morris officiating.
Burial followed at Moore Cemetery.
Mrs. Pillows died Saturday, June 2, in Groveton.
She was born March 2, 1931, in Nacogdoches and was a retired cosmetologist. She was a member of the Baptist church and served on the Centerville School Board for 23 years.
Mrs. Pillows was preceded in death by a son, Earl Ray Mericle; and her parents, Henry and Gracie Herris Morris.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Lee Pillows Jr., of Groveton; four children and their spouses, Preston and Mary Mericle of Livingston, Billie and James White of Trinity, Floye Hall of Thibodaux, La., and Gleen Pillows of Trinity; a brother, Morris Hilton of Shertz; 8 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers included Shane Pillows, Judd Pillows, Kenneth Fry, Kevin Fry, Sherwood Forrest and Travis Forrest. Honorary pallbearers were her grandsons.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Geneva Ann Redden
GROVETON – Services for Geneva Ann Redden, 56, of Nacogdoches were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2007, in the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Calvin Kersh officiating.
Burial followed in New Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Redden died Wednesday, May 30, in Nacogdoches.
She was born July 24, 1950, in Cleveland and was employed as a deli clerk for Kroger. Mrs. Redden was a member of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Hellen Pauline Rhoudes.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne Redden of Nacogdoches; two daughters, Paula K. Redden and Waine L. Redden, both of Nacogdoches; a step-daughter and her spouse, Jean and Jimmy Wright of Lufkin; a brother and his spouse, Robert and LaDonna Rhoudes of Decatur; two sisters and their spouses, Mary and Bill Aaron of Nacogdoches and Barbara and Wilburn Runnels of Huntsville; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Robbie and James Duff of Lufkin, Wanda and Thomas Cooper of Stigler, Okla., and Edgar West of Groveton; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.


 

 





 



 

 

 

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