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East Texas News - Obituaries
Trinity Standard - June 14, 2009 - June 21, 2009

Lucille Bond Bass 
TRINITY -- Funeral services for Lucille Bond Bass, 71, of Trinity were held  at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 4, 2009, at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenneth Myers officiating.
Burial followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.
Mrs. Bass died on Monday, June 1, in Houston.
She was born Aug. 31, 1937 and was employed as a shipping clerk for a pharmaceutical company in Sugar Land for more than 20 years. She moved to Trinity when she retired and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by a son, Wendell Bass; and seven siblings, Albert, Wilton, Nelda, Shelia, Jerry Gene and Braunice.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Earl Bass; two daughters  and their spouses, Earline and Ernie Nickerson and Loraine and John Crutchfiel; five brothers and two sisters-in-law, Donald and Janelle Bond, Jimmy and Loretta Bond,  Douglas Bond, Leroy Bond and Gene Wallace Bond; a sister, Clarice Alexander; a grandson and his spouse, Earl and Shira Nickerson; and three great-grandchildren, Austin, Katrina, and Marshall.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Velma Grace Davis
GROVETON – Services for Velma Grace Davis, 96, of Nogalus Prairie were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at the Prairie View Methodist Church in Nogalus Prairie with the Rev. Ben Bagley officiating.
Entombment followed in Calvary Cemetery.
Mrs. Davis died Sunday, June 14, in Lufkin.
She was born Aug. 8, 1912, in the Possum Walk community of Trinity County and was a member of the Prairie View Methodist Church. She was a former owner and operator of the Davis Grocery in Nogalus Prairie.
Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her parents; he husband, Clarence Davis; and 14 brothers and sisters.
Survivors include a daughter and her spouse, Charlene and Bob Ham of Lufkin; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Clell and Mellowayne Davis and Clarence Davis Jr., all of Nogalus Prairie; a sister-in-law, Minnie Ola Smith; five grandchildren and their spouses, D’Wayne Davis of League City, Robert and Jenny Ham of Brenham, Dr. Cary and Lucy Davis of San Antonio, Kenneth Ham of Florence and Cheryl and Frank Dutill of Crystal Bach, Fla.; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers included Dewey Ashworth, Kenneth Smith, Martin Davis, R.C. Davis, Dennis Davis and James T. Davis.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Hospice in the Pines or the Prairie View Methodist Church.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

John “Sonny” Gaines Jr.
HUNTSVILLE – Services for John Lewis “Sonny” Gaines, Jr. were held at 20 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2009, in the chapel of Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville.
Burial followed at Petree Cemetery.
He died Wednesday, June 10, in Trinity following a long battle with Altzheimers.
Mrs. Gaines was born Sept. 28, 1934 in Trinity, the son of John L. Gaines Sr. and Maggie Lee Gaines.
He grew up in Trinity and graduated from Trinity High School where he played football and was very proud to be a “fullback for the Tigers”. Mr. Gains also attended Sam Houston State University.
He was employed at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s “Walls” Unit in Huntsville, working in several capacities including the Warden’s Office, the Prison Store, and the Industrial Warehouse until 1993 when he retired after 38 years of service.  
He enjoyed fishing, camping, dancing and driving around East Texas and loved visiting with friends and family. Mr. Gaines was baptized in White Rock Creek as a child.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Florence “Bebe” Gaines; and daughter, Susan Gaines Barfoot. 
Survivors include his wife, Nina Hall Gaines; a daughter, Rhonda Ann Gaines Roark; a son and his spouse, John R. and Sheri Gaines; two stepsons and their spouses, James Lewis and Jo Sue Owens and Charlie and Judy Owens; 11 grandchildren and their spouses, Jodie Lee Roark, Lindsey Barfoot  and Jesse Wallace, Savannah Gaines, Sarah Frances Gaines, Stratton Gaines, Jerod and Amy Owens, Wesley and Ashley Owens, Melissa Owens, Stephanie Owens, Jason and Rosina Owens and James and Kerry Owens; numerous great-grandchildren’ and numerous extended family and friends. 
Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville directed the arrangements. Memorial condolences may be made online at www.shmfh.com

William Wall “Bill” Stevenson
TRINITY – Graveside services for William Wall “Bill” Stevenson, 84, of Baytown, formerly of Trinity, were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday,  April 30, 2009 in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity with the Rev. Rodrick Jay Vincent and the Rev. J. P. Granbury officiating. 
Mr. Stevenson died on Tuesday, April 28, in Baytown.
He was born Sept. 2, 1924, in Waverly, Penn. and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Mr. Stevenson was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Stevenson.
Survivors include a son and his spouse, William “Bill” Stevenson, Jr. and Theresa O’Brian; a daughter; and her spouse, Catherine June  and the Rev. Rodrick Jay Vincent; four grandchildren and their spouses, Alicia Vincent, Tracy and Clint Sorensen, William W. “Trey” and Amy Stevenson and Amy and Jay Tillery nine great-grandchildren;, Cody Blayne Sorensen, Bradley Stevenson, Shelby Stevenson, Colby Stevenson, Braden Ray Stevenson, Cody Stevenson, Cassidy Sproat, Chase Sproat and Jaycee June Tillery; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home  of Trinity directed the  arrangements.

Velma Lee “Nanny” Whitman
TRINITY – Services for Velma Lee “Nanny” Whitman, 89, of Trinity were at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with the Rev. Randy Lowe officiating.
Burial followed at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in the Oakwood Cemetery in Waco.
Mrs. Whitman died Sunday, June 14, in Trinity.
She was born on Sept. 12, 1919, in Waco, the daughter of  James and Modest O’Bier.
Mrs. Whitman was employed in a bomb manufacturing plant during World War II and worked for Shamrock Bakery and Bill’s Dollar Store. With her late husband, she was owner and operator of a night club in Bedias.
She moved to Trinity in 1991 where she worked endless hours volunteering at the Good Samaritan House where she loved to do anything that needed done. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. 
She is preceded in death by two husbands, Grady Compton and Arthur Whitman; a son, James Compton; three brothers, James O’Bier, Ray O’Bier and Roy O’Bier; and two daughters-in-law, Frances Compton and Mildred Compton.
Survivors include a son and his spouse, Larry and Mary Compton; four grandchildren and their spouses, Michael Compton, Teresa  and Johnnie Cleveland, Jerry  and Lynn Compton and Susan Muehe; 8 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and extended family members. 
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.



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