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Trinity Standard - Obituaries
For the Week of March 10, 2008 - March 17, 2008
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Travis Warner Gregory
GROVETON – Graveside services for Travis Warner Gregory, 88, of Groveton were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2008, in the Brookside Cemetery in Houston.
Mr. Gregory died Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Lufkin.
He was born Feb. 11, 1920, in Cleveland, Miss. and was retired from the restaurant business. Mr. Gregory was a member of the Scrub Creek Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie Frances Wimberley Gregory.
Survivors include a daughter, Lynda Kocian of Moulton; two sons, James Gregory Sr. of New Caney and Daniel Gregory of Groveton; a brother, Walter Gregory of Houston; a sister, Mary Sue Alexander of Groveton; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Melba Kathleen Hall
GROVETON – Services for Melba Kathleen Hall, 73, of Trinity were held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2008, in the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church in Trinity with Bro. Larry Brown officiating.
Burial followed in the Glenwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Hall died Friday, Feb. 29, in Trinity.
She was born Dec. 24, 1934, in Highlands and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, B.C. Hall of Trinity; two sons and their spouses, Greg and Teri Hall of The Woodlands and Jerry and Patti Hall of Santa Fe, Texas; a daughter and her spouse, Robin and Tom Hudson of Smithville; two sisters, Marilyne Duorsky of Magnolia and Juanice Thompson of Keller; eight grandchildren, Meagann Chessire, Mallory Hall, Morgan Hall, Mickenzie Hall, Stacee Clark, Amy Hall, Amanda Romo and Jacki Short; five great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers included Bill Broach, Joe Farris, Roy Karnes, Gene Matlock, George Shuttlesworth and Ray Smith.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made to the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Louvena May Harper
TRINITY – Louvena May Harper, 82, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, in The Woodlands. She will be laid to rest in the Grandview Memorial Park at a later date.
Mrs. Harper was born Jan. 4, 1926, in Lubbock and was a homemaker all of her adult life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay O. Harper, and by a daughter, Ann Ellen Bayless.
Survivors include two sons and their spouses, Johnny O. and Mary Harper and Bobby Ray and Yvonne Harper; a sister and her spouse, Kay and Eddie Wayne Gibson; grandchildren, Jason and Kristeen Harper, Kimberly and Shawn Robinson, Wayne and Jana Moody, Diane and David Shalkton, Debra and Robert Crossland and Michael and Amy Harper; 10 great-grandchildren, Kieenly, Josh, Heather, Jewel, Michael, Brian, Kerrie, Nicole, Kateland and Rachael; and a number of other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Johnellen Renfro Parks
TRINITY – Graveside services for Johnellen Renfro Parks, 90, a longtime resident of Pasadena, were held at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity with the Rev. Everett McCollum officiating.
Mrs. Parks died on her 90th birthday on Feb. 19 in the Alvin Convalescent Center in Alvin.
She was born Feb. 19, 1918, in Trinity, the third child of Jesse and Hettie Clegg Renfro. While growing up in Trinity, she was active in school sports, church and academics. As a teenager, she and her siblings helped in the family business, Renfro Funeral Home, which is now the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home.
After graduating from Trinity High School, she enrolled in St. Joseph School of Nursing, where she studied for 35 consecutive months to earn a Registered Nurse certification.
Shortly after completing nursing school, she married the church organist, Walter Edmund Parks, and settled in Mississippi and Missouri to raise their family.
After many years of working as a private nurse and the death of her husband, Mrs. Parks moved to Pasadena and began a career of industrial nursing as an employee of Champion Paper Co. She retired in 1986.
She was a member of the Parkwood United Methodist Church in Pasadena.
Mrs. Parks was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Erma Beth Parks Holland; a son, Walter Edmund Parks Jr.; a brother; and two sisters.
Survivors include a sister, Beth Renfro Mainer of Alvin; a brother, Jack Renfro of Pasadena; a son-in-law, Mark Holland of Baltimore, Md.; a daughter-in-law, Shelia Parks Pace of Diamondhead, Miss.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

John Louis Welcome
TRINITY – Services for John Louis Welcome, 78, of Trinity were held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at the Lone Star Baptist Church with the Rev. Douglas DeBose officiating.
Mr. Welcome died at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1.
He was born June 3, 1929, in Orange, the first son of Louis Augusta and Jewel Welcome. He received his public school education in the Orange School District and graduated from the Orange Colored High School in 1947.
Mr. Welcome served in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years during both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired with honors in 1968 after obtaining the rank of sergeant first class or E7.
After leaving the army, he worked as a postal clerk for over 20 years before retiring with additional honors from the U.S. Postal Service in Sacramento, Calif.
He moved to Trinity in 1992 and joined the Lone Star Baptist Church on Feb. 1, 2004. At the church he was a faithful Sunday school teacher.
Mr. Welcome was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, the Rev. Sam A. Welcome Sr.; a brother-in-law, Orvell Ballard; and a nephew, Wayne Ballard.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Dorothy Welcome; a sister, Imogene Ballard of Houston; a brother, Joe Benny Forward of Orange; a brother-in-law, Willie Shrubs of Sacramento, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Norma Welcome of West Rancho Dominguez, Calif., and Lilly Forward of Orange; 10 nieces, Debra Cowart of Long Beach, Calif., Janice McDonald of Compton, Calif., Stephanie Sims of Orange, Marquette Welcome of Pomona, Calif., Shelia Alexander of Sacramento, Calif., Donna Ballard of Houston, Linda Balabin of Clovis, Calif., Wanda Reed of Houston, Peggy Robinson of Houston and Debra Mathis of Houston; three nieces-in-law, Helen Prince, Norvelda Maide of Inglewood, Calif. and Zenobia Rowe of West Rancho Dominguez, Calif.; four nephews, Ronald Lewis Welcome of Pomona, Calif., Sam A. Welcome Jr., Timothy A. Welcome of Virginia and Jim Balabin of Clovis, Calif.; three nephews-in-law, the Rev. George Cowart of Long Beach, Calif., the Rev. Governor L. McDonald Jr. of Compton, Calif. and Minister Otis Rowe III of Inglewood, Calif.; five great-nieces, Leslie Moses, Daneshia and Shoshanna Nelson, Kelley McDonald and Aronna Bates; four great-nephews, Andre Ballard, Ronald L. Welcome Jr., John Welcome and Blayne Welcome; seven God children, Larry and Jackie Grant, Monica and Vince Morrow, Kathy Woods and Brenda and Christopher Herod; an adopted daughter, Cathy Armstrong; two adopted nieces, Eula Dozier and Nicole Mack; 13 great-great-nieces and nephews; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Rochelle Miller
TRINITY – A memorial service for Rochelle Miller was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2008, at the Trinity First Presbyterian Church at 405 N. Elm with the Rev. Dan Alexander officiating.
Ms. Miller died suddenly while visiting in Vermont.
She was the daughter of Mrs. Marge Miller of Trinity and the late Andrew Miller.
Survivors also include her fiancé, Frank Miller of Houston; a brother, Wayne of San Francisco; a sister and her spouse, Rita and Stanley Schneider of Brenham; and a number of other relatives and friends.

Deanda Cathey Ogden
CROCKETT – Services for Deanda Cathey Ogden, 55, of Trinity were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2008, in the Groveton First Baptist Church with Doug Lowery officiating.
A private graveside service followed in East Prairie Cemetery.
Mrs. Ogden died Friday, March 7, in the Conroe Regional Medical Center.
She was born July 15, 1952, in Houston and was a lifetime resident of Trinity. She was employed as a caseworker for the Department of Health and Human Services and was a member of the Groveton Church of Christ.
Mrs. Ogden was preceded in death by her parents, R.H. and Freda Mae Cathey.
Survivors include her husband, Lynn Ogden of Trinity; two daughters, Linda Ogden and her David Synder of Groveton, and Amy Ogden and Roland Martinez of Webster; two sisters and their spouses, Gina and Terry Townsend of Groveton and Sheri and Lee Barrett of Chita; four brothers and their spouses, Ronald and Brenda Cathey of Possum Walk, Kenny Cathey of Chita, Danny and Lisa Cathey of Groveton and Darrel and Shannon Cathey of Sebastopol; a granddaughter, Sabine Snyder of Groveton; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the funeral home.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home of Crockett directed the arrangements.

Lois Phillips
TRINITY – A celebration of the life of Lois Phillips, 88, was held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2008, at the Riverside Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Newton officiating.
Burial followed in the Riverside Pioneer Cemetery.
Mrs. Phillips died Friday, Feb. 29.
She was born March 9, 1919, in Gilmer, the youngest of 11 children. At the age of five, she came to Riverside with her family by covered wagon. At the age of 18, she gave her heart to Jesus Christ and was Baptized in Harmon Creek.
At the age of 20 she was introduced to Charlie Phillips by her sister. After four dates, they were married on March 11, 1939, in downtown Riverside.
Mrs. Phillips enjoyed fishing and would often take her cane pole and a bucket of minnows and site on the banks of the Trinity River fishing until she ran out of bait.
She also loved flowers of all kinds, reading western novels and working puzzles. She also spent time with her friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a daughter-in-law, Anna Mae Phillips.
Survivors include three sons and their spouses, Charles and Karen Phillips, James and Merlene Phillips and Bill and Karen Phillips; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two special friends, Larry and Michael “Rooter” Fred Therrell; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

 


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