Trinity Standard - Obituaries
For the Week of June 14, 2008 - June 21, 2008
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John Henry Bailey
TRINITY – Services for John Henry Bailey, 73, were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity with the Rev. Jason Burden officiating.
Burial followed in Clapp Cemetery.
Mr. Bailey died Saturday, June 7, in Conroe.
Born Jan. 1, 1935, in Benton, Ark., he was the son of the late Luther Earl and Lora Ellen Jines Bailey.
He served in the U.S. Navy and worked for the Ford Motor Co. as a parts man and for Ethel Oil Co. as a chemical operator.
Following the death of his wife, Shirley Ann McCoy Bailey in 2006, he moved to Trinity and was employed in security for the Westwood Shores subdivision.
Survivors include three daughters and their spouses, Sonya and Michael Peres, Ellen and Eddie Feehan and Misti and Chris Guthrie; a son and his spouse, Craig and Susan Bailey; three brothers and their spouses, Carroll and Judy Bailey, James and Pam Bailey and Lewis and Gloria Bailey; a sister and her spouse, Annett and Carl Venable; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter on the way, Aeralynn Bailey.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Cleon Miller ‘Don’ Dunaway
CONROE – Services for Cleon Miller “Don” Dunaway, 83, of Conroe were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 13, 2008, at the Spring First Assembly of God Church with the Rev. James Polnick officiating.
Burial followed in the Garden Park Cemetery.
Mr. Dunaway died Tuesday, June 10, in Conroe.
He was born Oct. 15, 1924, in Trinity County. During World War II he served as a corporal in the U.S. Army, earning two bronze star medals. He was employed as a Veterans Administration inspector for over 20 years.
Mr. Dunaway was a member of the Spring First Assembly of God Church for over 20 years.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn Lynnell Dunaway; and a son, Michael Cleon Dunaway.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Mary Dunaway of Conroe; a daughter, Jeanie Stevens-Siders of Conroe; a son and his spouse, Carroll Eugene and Jill Dunaway of DeSoto; a sister and her spouse, Lenore and Verlon Andrews of Trinity; a brother and his spouse, Charles David and Paulette Dunaway of Trinity; four grandchildren and their spouses, Heather and James Leonard of Montgomery, Claire Dunaway and Scott Browon of DeSoto, Leah and Jason Gonzales of Spring and Dustin Siders of Conroe; four great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Gonzales, Katelyn Leonard, Trey Shirey Leonard and Cordell Gonzales; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were Mickey Bell-Robert, James Ashley Dunn, Ben Rush, James Leonard, Jason Gonzales and Bob Schaffer. Honorary pallbearers were Try, Cordell and Dustin.
Cashner Funeral Home of Conroe directed the arrangements.

Sylvia Orel Jones
GROVETON – Services for Sylvia Orel Jones, 92, were held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2008, at the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Neil Kemper officiating.
Burial followed in the Glenwood Cemetery in Groveton.
Mrs. Jones died Thursday, June 12.
She was born Oct. 22, 1915, in the Helmic community of Trinity County, the daughter of the late James and Fannie Jones. She was married to Willie T. “Bud” Jones on Oct. 20, 1932.
Mrs. Jones was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 1035 of Groveton for over 50 years and was a member of the Highway 94 Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her only sister, Bonnie Rogers.
Survivors include two daughters and their spouses, Fran and Leon Dial and Darla and Bill Avery, all of Groveton; three granddaughters and a spouse, Lydia and Bob Dockens of Woodlake, Lana Dial and Kelly Avery of Houston; one great-grandson and his spouse, Matt and Amber Hawkins of Woodlake; one great-great-grandson, Reed Hawkins of Woodlake; and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to Hospice Care of the Southwest, 1601 U.S Highway 59 N. Loop, Ste 500, Livingston, Texas, 77351.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Linda Gail Lathrop
TRINITY – Services for Linda Gail Lathrop, 59, were held at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2008, in the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with the Rev. R.T. Cannon officiating.
Mrs. Lathrop died Wednesday, June 11 in Trinity.
She was born May 22, 1949 in Trinity and was a graduate of San Jacinto High School. Mrs. Lathrop was currently employed at Valero in Riverside as a full-time clerk.
She was preceded in death by her father, Henry Edward Lathrop.
Survivors include two children and a daughter-in-law, Renee LaCoste, Roger “Bubba” and Joanne LaCoste; her mother, Mildred Lathrop; two brothers and their spouses, Gary Eugene and Pat Lathrop and Danny Edward and Mary Lathrop; three grandchildren, Blaze Edward LaCoste, Kayla Mae LaCoste and Madison Kae LaCoste; a nephew, Asher Lathrop; and a number of other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Dane Lamar Legg
TRINITY – A memorial service for Dane Lamar Legg, 50, of Houston was held 2 p.m. Friday, June 13, 2008, at the First United Methodist Church of Trinity.
Mr. Legg died Sunday, June 8, in Houston.
He was born Jan. 9, 1958, in Pasadena.
Survivors include his mother and step-father, Al and Ovella Richard of Trinity; two brothers, Mark Allen Legg of Trinity and his fiancé, Christine Thornton, and Mark Johnathan Legg of Clear Lake, and his fiancé, Kristina Franklin; a sister and her spouse, Taina and Ronni Johnson of West Columbia; three nieces and nephews, Josh, Jarrett and Madison; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jennis Earl Smith
CORPUS CHRISTI – Services for Jennis Earl Smith, 79, of Corpus Christi were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2008, at the Seaside Funeral Home in Corpus Christi.
Mr. Smith died Thursday, June 12.
A resident of Corpus Christi since the 1950s, she worked with her husband, a petroleum engineer, as consultants in the oil industry. In the 1970s, she was a widely known independent broker/real estate saleswoman in Corpus Christi.
She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Master Alpha Charter and the Deck and Derrick Oil and Gas Club, where she served as an officer. She was an active member of the St. John Methodist Church.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, William C. Smith, who died on July 9, 2007.
Survivors include her daughter and her spouse, Jennis Kay and Kevin Pedigo of Corpus Christi; three sons and a spouse, David Pedigo of Corpus Christi, Jack and Carolyn Pedigo of Bryan and Bill Pedigo of Corpus Christi; four step-children, Larry Smith, Roger Smith, Terrie Shell and Holly Steindl; a brother and his spouse, Homer and Marge Smith of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a sister, Louis Hanna of Traverse City, Mich.; and five grandchildren, Sandra Pesl, J.D. Pedigo, Jennifer Baker, Samuel Pedigo and Jennifer Pedigo.
Pallbearers included David Vance Pedigo, Jack Dwayne Pedigo, Jack Dwayne Pedigo Jr., Samuel Pedigo, William Samuel “Bill” Pedigo and Kevin Harvill. Honorary pallbearers included Sandra Kay Pedigo, Dylan Pedigo, Donald Pedigo, Jolee Pedigo and Mr. Devenshire.
Seaside Memorial Park and Funeral Home of Corpus Christi directed the arrangements.

Charles E. Van Dyke
TRINITY – Services for longtime Trinity City Councilman Charles E. Van Dyke, 71, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2008, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Trinity with the Rev. Randy Lowe officiating.
Burial followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.
Mr. Van Dyke died Wednesday, June 11, in Trinity following an illness.
Born Feb. 8, 1937, in Trinity, he was retired as the parts manager for Tatum Chevrolet in Trinity. He coached in the Trinity Little League for 32 years and was a former member of the Trinity Independent School District’s board of trustees.
Since 1985, Mr. Van Dyke had served on the Trinity City Council and with the exception of Mayor Lyle Stubbs, was the longest serving elected city official. He had served as the council’s mayor pro tem until his health problems forced him to relinquish the job in May.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Van Dyke; his children and their spouses, Danny and Debbie Van Dyke, Paula and Andy Gilbert and Kim Marcus and Rankin Ramsey; a brother and his spouse, Tuffy and Jo Ann Van Dyke; a sister, Nelda Reynolds; grandchildren and their spouses, Shae, Justin, Tyler, Megan and John, Lauren and Tony, Kaytlin, Justin and Amy and Clay; three great-grandchildren, Cole, Seth and Jace; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.




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