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East Texas News - Obituaries
Houston County Courier- May 24, 2009 - June 7, 2009

James Roland “Broom” Dixon
TRINITY – Services for James Roland “Broom” Dixon, 75, of Trinity were held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 25, at River of Life Church with the Rev. Mike Loftin officiating.
Burial followed in Taylor Cemetery.
He died May 22 at his residence.
He was born June 14, 1933, in Trinity County and served in the U.S. Air Force. While in the service, he was assigned to the sheet metal shop where he assisted families in need.
He was a lifelong resident of Trinity and worked as a deck hand on a tugboat for six years. Before his retirement, Mr. Dixon worked for 28 years for the Trinity County Precinct 3 Road and Bridge Department as a road maintainer operator. After retiring, he would help the county on jobs that needed to be done.
He enjoyed going to a casino at least two times a week if he could get away.
Mr. Dixon was preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie and Irene Dixon; a daughter, Kim Dixon Allen; a stepson, Jackie Word; and a stepdaughter, Brenda Briscoe/ 
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Jerry Dixon; a son and his spouse, James and Tiffany Dixon; a daughter, Tracy Denise Dixon; six step-children and their spouses, Rusty and LeAnn Word, David and Lupe Schneider, Bubba and Mary Ann Schneider, Clifford and Jeanette Schneider, Kim and Bob Stewart and Terrie and Bob Ewell; two brothers and their spouses, Robert Randall and Debbie Dixon and Harold Don and Patsy Dixon; two sisters and their spouses, Wanda and Harry Collett and Louise and James Neyland; and a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren 
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Verda Vanecek Doop
TRINITY – Services for Verda Vanecek Doop, 101, were held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 25, at the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Jason Burden, the Rev. Leroy Brown and the Rev. Lindsey Nimmons officiating.
Burial followed in Trinity Cedar Grove Cemetery. 
Mrs. Doop died peacefully at her residence on May 22 with her family at her side.
She was born Oct. 20, 1907, in Trinity County and was a graduate of Lovelady High School.
She was a homemaker and was involved in many civic organizations.  In 1940, she became a charter member of the first garden club in Trinity, She was a member and served as president of local AARP chapter and she was a loyal member of Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church.
Her church activities included helping with families that were in need, serving on the Bereavement Committee and teaching children and adults in Sunday school, a service she particularly loved.
Mrs. Doop was a rancher through and through and enjoyed being outdoors everyday. She was exceptionally fond of pheasant hunting and taking her fishing gear to the pond and lake. 
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Johnny Joe Vanecek;  her second husband Virgil Doop; a daughter, Betty Ruth Vanecek; and a brother, T.A. Franklin. 
Survivors include a son and his spouse, Joe Wayne and Laura Vanecek of Trinity; two granddaughters, Valecia Vanecek of Cleveland, Tenn. and Sareca Vanecek of Hill Top Lakes; two great-grandsons, Brandon Veedell of Phoenix, Ariz. and Cpl. Jared Baker of the U.S. Army; and a number of nephews and nieces.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Robyn Renee Sheats Feest
TRINITY -- Services for Robyn Renee Sheats Feest, 48, of Lovelady were held Saturday, May 30, 2008, in the River of Life Church with the Rev. Mike Loftin officiating.
She died Wednesday, May 27, at her residence following a battle with cancer.
She was born Nov. 15, 1960, in Conroe and was a 1979 graduate of Conroe High School. She had a talent for flora design and loved to make flower arrangements for all occasions.
Mrs. Feest was a homemaker and a member of the Fore Tower Baptist Church of New Caney. She also enjoyed going to garage sales, fishing, camping and spending time outdoors with her family.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Earl Sheats; and an uncle, David Earl Hardy.
Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Muilbert Keith Feest; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Micha and Jennifer Feest and Ian Feest; her mother, Jackie Ann Hardy Seaton; a brother, Bobby Maurice Sheats; two grandsons, Leo Feest and Levi Feest; two aunts, Patsy Boyd and Gloria Hardy; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Carolyn Joyce Hill

TRINITY -- Services for Carolyn Joyce Hill, 62, of Trinity were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 2009, at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with the Rev. Jason Burden officiating.
She died Saturday, May 23, at her residence.
Mrs. Hill was born Oct. 26, 1946, in Houston, the daughter of Hulan and Lois Brown. She was employed at Wal-Mart in the domestics department for more than 22 years.
Holidays were important to Mrs. Hill because she loved to design and decorate her yard and home in special ways for each holiday.
She was preceded in death by her parents; maternal grandparents, Wiley and Nannie Mae Kee; her mother and father-in-law; John Frazier and Eddith Hill; and her step-father, Paul Minter.
Survivors include her husband of 46 years, John Lewis Hill; three children and a son-in-law; Bobby Wayne Hill, Sherry Hill-Obey and  her husband Marlon Obey and Tammy Michelle Hill; two sisters and their spouses,  Diane and George Bryant and Gwen and Raymond Smith; three grandchildren, Shelbie Lynn Hill, Adrian Vincent Obey and Julian Lewis Obey; three nephews, Travis, Terry and Troy Bryant; and a niece,  Sharon Meeks.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Steve Corbin Johnson
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. -- Services for Steve Corbin Johnson, 47, of Gillette, Wyo, and formerly of Trinity, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at the United Methodist Church in Belle Fourche, S.D.
Burial followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Spearfish, S.D.
Mr. Johnson died Friday, May 22, at the Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Wyo.
 He was born January 29, 1962, in Bismarck, N.D., the son of Corbin Johnson and Lu Ann Evridge.  He grew up in the Lemmon and Buffalo areas, and in 1980 he graduated from the Buffalo High School. 
In 1984, he became a graduate of South Dakota State University. 
On May 31, 1985 he was married to Shari Simmons in Belle Fourche.  To this union, three sons were born: Cole, Clay, and Cord.  Following their marriage, Steve and Shari lived in Lemmon for a short time before moving to Texas where they raised their family and lived for 19 years.  Since 2005 they have lived in Gillette, Wyo.
Mr. Johnson had a love for rodeo and team roping and passed on his passion for team roping to his three boys.  His devotion to team roping gave him the idea to manufacture Velvet Ropes.  He also enjoyed raising Corriente cattle and putting on team roping at his Texas home.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; step-father, Paul Painter; mother-in-law, Donna Simmons; and brother-in-law, Harold Routier.
Survivors include his wife, Shari Johnson; three sons, Cole Johnson, Clay Johnson and Cord Johnson, all of Gillette Wyo; his father and step-mother, Corbin and Suzie Johnson of Morristown, S.D.; his mother and step-father, Lu Ann and Ray Ericsson of Spearfish, S.D.; a sister and her spouse, Deb and Mike Kisgen of Gillette, Wyo.; a brother and his spouse, Joe and Cindy Painter of Buffalo, S.D.; six sisters and their spouses, Laurie and Terry Goehring of Buffalo S.D., Cindy Lou and Bill Mankin of Gillette, Wyo., Judy and Marty Melvin of Keller, Kandi and Steve Smith of Normal, Ill., Staci and Scott Stern of Freeman S.D. and Jami and George Mendoza of Timber Lake, S.D. 
Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche, S.D. directed the arrangements

Lonnie Raymon Pixley
TRINITY – Lonnie Raymon Pixley, 75, of the Possum Walk Community in Trinity County died Thursday, May 28, 2009, at his residence.
Private memorial services will be held at a later date.
Mr. Pixley was born April 2, 1934, in Pennington and he was a retired riverboat captain.
Survivors include his wife, Glenda Pixley of Possum Walk; a sister, Patsy Lambert of Nederland; a brother, J.T. Lowery of Houston; two nephews and their spouses, Keith and Michelle Rowe of Kennard and Marty and Sherry Lambert of Toledo Village; a niece and her spouse, Angie and Troy Babineaux of Anacoco, La., two sisters-in-law and their spouses, Mary and Fred Fosson of Frankston and Janice and Lloyd Farris of Crockett; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements. James Milton Rhodes CONROE – Services for James Milton Rhodes, 79, were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at the Metcalf Funeral Chapel in Conroe with the Rev. Jack Therrell officiating.
Burial followed at 1 p.m. in Big Sandy Cemetery in Dallardsville.
Mr. Rhodes died Saturday, May 23.
He was born Jan. 21, 1930 and was retired from the U.S. Air Force.
Survivors include two daughters, Dusteen “Dusty” Lusk and Pam Mitchell; two sons, Dan Rhodes and Jeff Rhodes; and three sisters, Vernice Bowhannon, Ruby Carnes and Pat McNiel.
Pallbearers included Steven Bowhannon, Mathew McNiel, Carey McNiel, Buddy Carnes, James Matthews and Donald Thibeaux.
Metcalf Funeral Home of Conroe directed the arrangements.




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