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Trinity Standard - Obituaries
June 2010
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Ruby Virginia Bell
TRINITY – Ruby Virginia Bell, 89, of Cleveland died Wednesday, June 16, 2010, in The Woodlands. There were no funeral services. She was born April 7, 1921, in Trinity County, the daughter of Frank and Emma Gaines. Ms. Bell was a homemaker and a mother all her adult life. She was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Hazel Red and Sue Sullivan; a son, Sam David Sullivan; a granddaughter, Carol Sullivan; a great-grandson, Kale Walston; and a sister, Evelyn Speights. Survivors include three children, Stanley Sullivan and special friend Linda Greer, Sandra Sullivan and Sarah Stewart; 12 grandchildren, Shelia Robb, Kim Ward, Kyle Sullivan, Sareca Vanecek, Valecia Vanecek, Sandy Sullivan, Kathryn Dardis, Rachael Walston, Kelly Walston, Kolby Walston, Sonya Red and Gina Hoalguin; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a number of other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Donald Blaine Grafton
TRINITY -- Services for Donald Blaine Grafton, 82, of Trinity and formerly of Houston were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with the Rev. Ron Conatser officiating. Burial followed at 3 p.m. in Forest Park Cemetery in The Woodlands Mr. Grafton died Saturday, June 12, in Trinity. Mr. Grafton served his county in the U.S. Army during peacetime. He also was retired Iron Worker and was employed more than 20 years at Peterson Brothers of Houston. He moved to Trinity in the early 1980ss. Mr. Grafton was a Christian man and would meditate on the scriptures daily. He felt a calling from God to go to the prison and minister to the offenders. He was an avid fisherman and loved to go out on the lake. Mr. Grafton was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Varue Grafton; a granddaughter, Caitlyn Scardino; his parents; a sister, Molly Crow; and a brother, Robert Grafton. Survivors include five children and their spouses, Barbara Lynn and Ronnie Daniels, Donald Edward Grafton, Donna Marie Swales, Cheryl and Richard Scardino, and Michael Dean and Dana Christine Grafton; nine grandchildren, Rhonda Wilkins, Kayla Baucum, Michelle Couture, twins Chase and Chelsea Scardino, Zachary Scardino, Cody Scardino, Emily Caroline Grafton and Kyla Cunningham; and six great-grandchildren. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Adrienne L. Michaud
FITCHBURG, Mass. – A funeral Mass for Adrienne L. Michaud, 90, of Fitchburg, Mass., was celebrated at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2010, at St. Bernard’s Church in Fitchburg. Burial followed in St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Fitchburg. Mrs. Michaud died Saturday, May 22, in Health Alliance Leominster Hospital after a brief illness. She was born Oct. 2, 1919, in Fitchburg, the daughter of George F. and Cecile B. (Valliere) Lavoie. She had resided in Fitchburg all of her life. Mrs. Michaud graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1936 and was widely known for her many years of work in many of the bakeries and luncheonettes in Fitchburg. After her retirement, she enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and taking long afternoon rides with family. She was a member of St. Bernard’s Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Michaud; her first husband, John F. Morley in 1966; her daughter, Barbara Oja; her great-granddaughter, Aleksa Bidleman; three brothers, Edmund Lavorie, Paul Lavorie and Henry Lavorie; and a sister, Theresa Garrity. Survivors include three children and their spouses, John F. “Jack” and Pamela Morley Jr. of Trinity, Mary M. and William Leary of Fitchburg and Judith A. and Carl Nacke of Leominster; her son-in-law, Gerald R. Oja; 11 grandchildren, Traci A. Podrazik, Lynne Delmonico, Jennifer Bidleman, Melissa Torres, Marsha Clark, John Dustin Morley, David Oja, Scott Oja, Kevin Oja, Susan Oja and Ann-Marie Oja; a number of great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a number of nephews and nieces. The Lavery Chartrand and Alario Funeral Home of Fitchburg directed the arrangements.

Dorothy Jane Fails Parrish
TRINITY – Services for Dorothy Jane Fails Parrish, 66, were held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June12, 2010 at Petree Cemetery in Walker County with Rev. Leroy Brown officiating. Burial followed. Mrs. P:arrish died Thursday, June 10, in Trinity. She was born Sept. 4, 1943, in Dubblee.. She was a machinist, was employed at Lane and Bowler, and enjoyed spending time with her family. Mrs. Parrish was preceded in death by her parents, James and Nellie Fails; a son, Anthony Parrish; a grandson, Howard Dwayne Parrish Jr.; and five siblings; Cynthia Chapman, John Daniel Fails, Eula Mae Stepp, James Wilbert Fails and Billy Fails. Survivors include three children, Diana Ebey and her fiancé Elton Durdin, Howard Parrish and his wife Amber Renee and Lisa Jamie; a brother and his spouse, Bobbie Eugene and Edna Fails; nine grandchildren, Angela Kristeen and her husband Curtis Boyd, Dawnelle Marie and her husband James Wilmer, William Henry and his wife Amanda Christine, Rebecca Eileen and her husband Ray Allen, Jackie Michelle, Amanda Jewel and her husband Josh, Justin Dalton, John Anthony and Drake Garnette; five great-grandchildren; Haley Kristeen, Mackenzee Lane, Toni Paulette, Rosalye Keatan and Athena Rae; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Velma Bell Reese
LUFKIN -- Velma Bell Reese, 77, of Lufkin died Monday, June 7, 2010 in Lufkin. She was born May 21, 1933 in Trinity and was preceded in death by her mother, Velma Barnes Bell, who died at her birth; her father, Jones Bell, who died when she was 11; and her grandfather, John Bell. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Dr. James Reese; a daughter, Jeannie Reese Lowery; and a grandson, Matthew Reese Lowery. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.

Samuel Eugene “Gene” Loftin
TRINITY – Services foir Samuel Eugene “Gene” Loftin, 84, were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2010 at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with the Rev. Ron Conaster and Father Tom Edelen officiating. Burial followed in Eastern Gate Cemetery in Trinity. Mr. Loftin died Thursday, June 3, in Conroe. He was born May 18, 1926, in Trinity and was a graduate of Trinity High School. Mr. Loftin proudly served in the U.S. Navy for three years in the South Pacific during World War II. For more than 24 years he was employed as a shift supervisor with Pen Walt Chemical of Houston. After retirement Mr. Loftin moved to Trinity to enjoy fishing and playing dominos with his friends. He attended Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus and Dedie Loftin; a granddaughter, Jerilyn Marie Hambrick; a great-grandson, Samuel Lawrence Kline; a brother, James Cloyce Loftin and a sister, Syble Lorine Trawick. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Bertha Mae Loftin; three children and their spouses, Carole Ann and Roy Hafer, Theresia Marie and Bobby Hambrick and Samuel Eugene and Yolanda Loftin, Jr.; a sister and her spouse, Lawanda and R.C. Dorman; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, Randall Hafer, Kimberly Hafer, Chrystal Muise, Katrina Hafer, Ross Hafer, Deanna Denise Nerren, Joseph and Lisa Hambrick, Grady and Heidi Hambrick, John Thomas Hinojosa and Pedro Antonio Hinojosa; 22 great-grandchildren; a special nephew and his spouse, Jim and Denise Henderson; and a number of other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Lona Marie Medley
TRINITY – Services for Lona Marie Medley, 74, of Trinity were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 6, 2010, at Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church of Trinity with the Rev. Leroy Brown officiating. Burial followed in the Ivie Cemetery. Mrs. Medley died with her family at her side on Friday, June 4, following a prolonged battle with multiple health issues. She was born Aug. 9, 1935 in Kennard, the daughter of Thomas H. and Lela Rice and was a 1953 graduate of Apple Springs High School in Apple Springs. She retired from the City of Houston and has been residing in Trinity County for the last 25 years. Preceding her in death were her parents ; two brothers, Dr. R.D. Rice and Dr. A.F. Rice; two sisters, Nola Farek and her husband Jo Ed, as well as Reba Eastepp and her husband Carroll. Survivors include two brothers and their spouses, Dr. Tom and Geniece Rice of Trinity and Dr. Glenn and Mary Rice of The Woodlands; two sister-in-laws, Edith Rice and Ruth Rice; and a number of nieces, nephews and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

James C. “Red” Smith
TRINITY – Services for James C. “Red” Smith, 82, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 5, 2010, at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with the Rev. Rodger Goins officiating. Burial followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Mr. Smith died Wednesday, June 2, in Houston. He was born Dec. 14, 1927 in Houston County and served in the U.S. Marine Corp during World War II. Mr. Smith was a supervisor with Amoco Oil of Houston. After retirement, he moved back to Trinity and cared for his mother until her death. He was known for his devotion to his family and enjoyed the special times at many family gatherings. He loved flowers, especially roses and the beauty of a red bird. He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Smith; his parents, John Jefferson and Beatrice Smith; two brothers, Wayne Smith and Rayford Smith; and two sisters, Quida Jewel Smith and Wilma Jean Grider. Survivors include two sons, James C. Smith Jr. and John Edward “J.J.” Smith and his partner, Gary Lester; a sister; Mary Linda Arnold; a brother and his spouse; John Thomas and Martha Smith; two sisters-in-law, Edna Earl Smith and Juanita Stark, a brother-in-law, Martin Grider; two grandchildren, Sunny Jo Smith and her husband, Chad, and Misty Dawn Smith; three great-grandchildren; Christopher Smith, Gavin Smith-John and Jayda John; and numerous other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

David August Van Eycke
TRINITY – A funeral mass for David August Van Eycke, 70, of Trinity was said at 11 a.m. Monday, June 7, 2010 at the St Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church in Huntsville. The principal celebrant was the Rev. Felix Chirapurathel, O. Praem. Concelebrants were the Rev. Steven Payne, the Rev. Msgr. Reginald Nesvasbada and the Rev. Tom Edelen. Burial followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity. Mr. Van Eycke died Wednesday, June 2, at his residence. He was born in Chicago, the son of August and Macella Van Eycke and served in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years. He retired as a staff sergeant and moved to Trinity in the early 1980s. He devoted himself to Stand and Pray with St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church in Huntsville. Pallbearers included Bobby Rushing, Larry Hortman, Tom McCroy, Bobby Dobbs, Joseph Pinedo, Bob McKinnon and Peter Pinedo. Honorary pallbearer was Tommy Bryan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Missionaries of The Poor, C/O Jane Rogers, P.O. Box 29893, Atlanta, Georgia 30259. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Larry E. Wall
TRINITY – Larry E. Wall, 71, died Thursday, May 20, 2010, in Loma Linda, Calif. He was born April 2, 1939, in Staford, Mo. And was preceded in death by her parents, Levant and Ruby Wall; and a sister, Emma Williams of Southern California. Survivors include three sons, Greg Wall of Trinity, Steven Enoch of Colorado and Darren Wall of Victorville, Calif.; a sister, Ruth Woning of Whitehouse; four grandsons, including Willam Kendal of Kentucky; nieces, Judy Schmit and Janelle Mears, both of Whitehouse, and DeDe Wall of California; and nephews, Rick Maxey and Gary Maxey of California; his brother-in-law and best friend, Avon Williams; and his former wife, who has remained one of his best friends, Brenda Settle of Trinity.

Joe Dudley DuBose
GROVETON – Services for Joe Dudley DuBose, 86, of Apple Springs were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 30, 2010, in the Apple Springs Baptist Church with Bro. D.C. DuBose and Bro. Lindsey Nimmons Jr. officiating. Burial followed in the Mount Zion Cemetery. Mr. DuBose died Wednesday, May 26, in Apple Springs. He was born Oct. 6, 1923, in Orangefield and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Mr. DuBose was a retired foreman with Exxon Corp. and was a member of the Apple Springs First Baptist Church. Mr. DuBose was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Dickson DuBose; and his parents, Callie Marie Lovett DuBose and C.B. Dubose. Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Kend and Vickie DuBose of Bell, Fla. And Skilly Bradenburg of Brookland, N.Y.; a daughter and her spouse, Sherri and Tommy Hales of Carthage; a brother, Douglas DuBose of Pampa; a sister, Delta Gilliam of San Antonio; four grandchildren, Michelle, Natalie, Coleman and Sara; a great-grandchild, Amy; and a number of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers included Randy Wilson, Don Gilliam, Coleman Hales and Tommy Hales. Honorary pallbearer was Kent DuBose. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Emmett Walter Franz
HUNTSVILLE – Memorial services for Emmett Walter Franz, 80, of Trinity were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 30, 2010 at the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Huntsville. Mr. Franz died Saturday, May 22, 2010 at the Trinity Rehability and Retirement Community in San Augustine. He was born July 17, 1929, in Littlefield, the son of Emmett Walter Franz, Sr. and Elizabeth Minnie (Briggs) Franz. Mr. Franz retired in 1994 after working 30 years for Texas Southwestern Electric Co. in Lubbock. He enjoyed discussing the Bible and symbolized his dedication to Jehovah God in a water baptism in 1995. He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Charles Strange of Florida; and two brothers. Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Naomi Ruth Franz; one step-daughter and her spouse, Melissa and Nathan Harris; two step-sons Kenneth Wallen of Washington State and James Wallen of Tennessee; a sister, Betty Strange of Florida; a brother, Fred Franz of West Texas; and 10 grandchildren. Brooke Funeral Services of Huntsville directed the arrangements.

William Russell Morgan
HUNTSVILLE – Services for William Russell Morgan, 76, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 5, 2010, at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville. A viewing will be held from 8-10 a.m. June 5 at the funeral home. Also known as Bill, Russell, Dad, Daddy and Pawpaw, Mr. Morgan died peacefully on Tuesday, May 25. He was married to Shirley Ann Parker on Nov. 17, 1956. They resided in Pearland from 1969 until 1999 when they retired to Onalaska. He was preceded in death by his parents, John R and Bessie Morgan; a brother, Charlie Walter (CW); and three sisters, Mary Joyce, Lois Faye, Stella Lee. Survivors include the mother of his sons, Shirley Ann Parker Morgan; two sons, Danny Morgan and Larry Morgan of Pearland; his sister, Merle Joyce Brown; a grandson, Wayne Morgan; a granddaughter, Donnette Morgan; a great-grandson, Tyler Morgan; and numerous other family members and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made in his memory to the Chita Cemetery Association, 9000 FM 355, Trinity Texas 75862, Attention Nelda Allen, Sec / Treasurer. Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home of Huntsville directed the arrangements.

Robert Dana “Bob” Seff
GROVETON – Services for Robert Dana “Bob” Seff, 50, of Groveton were held at 10 a.,m. Friday, May 28, 2010, in the Groveton Funeral Home. Burial followed at 2 p.m. Friday in the Brookside Cemetery in Houston. Mr. Seff died Monday, May 24, in Groveton. He was born May 27, 1959, in Akron, Ohio. Formerly of Humble, he worked as the assistant manager for Home Depot in Huntsville. He was a member of the Baptist faith. Preceding him in death were his parents, Betty Lee McGill and Robert EdwinSeff. Survivors include his wife, Teresa Seff of Groveton; seven children, Angel Marie Seff, Allison Kay Watson, Robert Dana Seff Jr., Teresa Ann Denton, Thomas Lee Denton, Lisa Rochelle Kennon and Mary Naomi Kennon; one grandchild, Kyla Watson; and a number of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers included Robert Seff Jr., Thomas Denton, Hank Shank, Slick Whitmire, Chris Allen and Jason Kemper. Honorary pallbearers were Ben Denton, Joe Joe Soto and Danny Westerfield. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements,

Easel Womack Walls
LUFKIN -- Funeral services for Easel Womack Walls, 95, of Lufkin were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2010, in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin. Burial followed in Bennett Cemetery in Apple Springs. Mrs. Walls died Saturday, May 22, at Memorial Health Sytem of East Texas in Lufkin. She was born Feb. 16, 1915 in the Centralia Community of Trinity County and was the daughter of the late Lula Mae (Roach) and Sollie “Unk” Womack. Mrs. Walls was a retired elementary teacher and taught school for 30 years. She was known as an excellent cook and enjoyed traveling and her flowers. Mrs. Walls was a member of Central Church of Christ and a member of Prime Timers. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert A. Walls; and two brothers, S.E. Womack Jr. and Winford “Tiny” Womack. Survivors include her cousin, Elaine Ingram Lockhart of Apple Springs. She was "Aunt Easel" to Lockhart’s children, Michelle Lockhart of Apple Springs and Wayne Hollis, Jr. and his wife Peggy of Houston; their children John E. Hollis of Houston and Brooke Hollis Hortenstine of Dallas and their families. And very special ladies Margie Womack of Groveton, Juanell Womack and Rose McCrary both of Lufkin; and a host of friends. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Bennett Cemetery Association, 227 Max Due Road, Groveton, Texas 75845; or to Central Church of Christ, 711 N. Second, Lufkin, Texas 75901.

James L. Watson
GROESBECK – Memorial services for James Littleton Watson, 85, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 29, 2010, at the First United Methodist Church of Groesbeck with the Rev. Ron Bellomy officiating. Mr. Watson died peacefully on Tuesday, May 25, at his residence. He was born May 28, 1924, in Temple, the youngest son of the late J. Elmer and Florence Granger Watson of Groesbeck and later Plainview. Mr. Watson moved to Groesbeck from Temple in 1931, and entered the Groesbeck schools, graduating in 1942. He entered Texas A&M in College Station prior to entering the U. S. Navy in the spring of 1943. He saw action aboard a destroyer in the South Pacific Theater of World War II. He returned to the states in April of 1946 and married Stansyl McBay on Sep. 1, 1946. He immediately enrolled in Sam Houston College at Huntsville, graduating in 1949 with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture. He also later performed graduate studies at Sam Houston. Mr. Watson organized the first Agriculture Departments in the Killeen and Flatt school districts. He also taught agriculture in the Trinity schools in the late 1950's. In 1960, he joined his late brother, John R. Watson, in the ranching business in Trinity and operated the Walking J Ranch there for 31 years. Upon his retirement in 1991, he and his wife returned to Groesbeck and built a home on Meadow Lane. The couple enjoyed numerous trips around the United States and in Europe and Russia. Mr. Watson was a charter member of the National Cattleman’s Association and the Texas State Teacher’s Association. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Groesbeck, where he served on various committees and as President of the board of trustees in 1996 and 1997. He was a member of the Tejas Sunday School Class, and a member of the Maffett Memorial Library Board, and also on the Faulkenberry Cemetery Board in Groesbeck. He was also a member of the Groesbeck American Legion Post No. 288. Survivors include wife of 63 years, Stansyl (Boots) McBay Watson; one son and his spouse, James Stanley and Diane Watson of Crockett; three daughters, Catherine Bralley of Kansas, Robin Castillo of Colorado, and Wendy Mitchell of Washington state; four grandsons, Jeffrey James Watson of Houston, Joshua Bralley of Kansas, Matthew Mitchell of Pennsylvania, and Shane Michael Castillo of Colorado; and four granddaughters, Jamie Michelle Gomez of Austin, Cassandra Elise Bralley of Kansas, Molly Mitchell of Pennsylvania, and Katie Catherine Castillo of Colorado; and two great grandsons, Peyton James Watson of Houston and Brenden Rhys Bralley of Kansas; a sister-in-law, Joy McBay Smith and husband Everett of Corpus Christi; and numerous nieces and nephews. Groesbeck Funeral Home directed the arrangements.


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