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East Texas News - Obituaries
Trinity Standard - March 15, 2009 - March 22, 2009

Victoria Gretchen Smith Cotton
TRINITY – Services for Victoria Gretchen Smith Cotton, 103, were held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 2009, at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity.
Burial followed in St. Andrews Cemetery in Onalaska.
Mrs. Cotton died Tuesday, March 10.
She was born Aug. 29, 1905, the second of 10 children born to Solon and Emma Smith in the Kickapoo community in Polk County. She attended  grade school in Kickapoo and later studied and practiced cosmetology in Bryan.
Mrs. Cotton relocated to Houston and transferred her membership from the Saint Andrew Methodist Church in Kickapoo to the Sloan United Methodist Church in Houston where she served faithfully until her health no longer permitted.
She was married to Edward Cotton. While the union produced no children, Mrs. Cotton had a passion and love for children. She served as a surrogate mother to many young people in her family, community and church.
Mrs. Cotton was employed for many years as a domestic worker in River Oaks and as a helper in the Sloan Day Care.
She was a member of her church’s gospel choir, official board, other church related auxiliaries and was a Sunday school teacher/superintendent.
Mrs. Cotton was preceded in death by her husband; six siblings, Doris, Garland, Lucas, Truell, Smiler and Marcus; and two half-brothers, Solon Smith and Horace Smith.
Survivors include two sisters, Katie Green and Winona Lowe; a brother, Olga Smith; special nephews, Peyton Franklin, Larry Lowe and Oris Green; special nieces, Dorothy Tillmon, Maudell Simon and Emma Joyce Hobbs; a number of additional nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews; two special confidantes, Harold Hempstead and Lillie Ballard; and additional relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Vivian Irene Duncan
TRINITY – Services for Vivian Irene Duncan, 70, of Nogales Prairie were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at the Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Jonathan Sawyer officiating.
Burial followed in the Calvary Cemetery.
Mrs. Duncan died Friday, March 6, at her residence.
She was born Nov. 27, 1938, in Piggott, Ark., the daughter of Oscar and Florence Luff. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and  sister.
Mrs. Duncan was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley Jean Aulmann.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, James Duncan Sr.; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Oscar Duncan and James and Lynn Duncan Jr.; a daughter and son-in-law, Vivian and Carl Stewart; a brother, Kenneth Luff; 17 grandchildren and their spouses, Tearah Sawyer, Zach Duncan, Joshua Duncan, Heather Duncan, Jonathan Duncan, Eric Duncan, Rachel Duncan, Sharon and Louis Bishop, Aaron and Georgia Duncan, Stephanie and Tom Redus, Laura Duncan, Nickie and Aaron Love, Lynde Emerson, Brandy Jackson, Jamie Tellez, Allen Stewart and Thomas Aulmann; 18 great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Pauline Green
TRINITY – Graveside services for Pauline Gurney Green, 84, were held at 1 p.m. Feb. 19, 2009, in the Eastern Gate Cemetery in Trinity. Mrs. Green died Monday, Feb. 16, in Crockett.
She was born July 20, 1924, in Bremond and was a homemaker.
Survivors include three daughters and their spouses, Barbara and Russell Goss of Trinity, Martha and James Kegley of Hewett and Cathy and Richard Morcin of Trinity; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Betty Charlotte Marini
TRINITY – A celebration of life service for Betty Charlotte Marini, 80, of Trinity will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church of Trinity with the Rev. Jeff McDonald officiating.
She died Saturday, March 7, in Katy wither family at her side.
She was born Aug. 2, 1928, in Urbana, Ohio, the daughter of Stanley and Beryle Blake. A former resident of Houston, she owned and operated B&G Graphics of Houston.
Mrs. Marini was a mother, grandmother and sister and friend to many. She valued her time with her family and loved visiting and helping out when she could.
She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Trinity.
Survivors include her children and a son-in-law, Paige and Marco Gortana of Dallas, Guy Marini of Houston, Vanessa Faske of Houston and Darrell Arthur of Houston; a brother and his spouse, Stanley “Sonny” and Sidney Blake Jr. of Urbana, Ohio; a sister and her spouse, Sandra Sue and Kurt Hoppe of Littleton, Colo.; four grandchildren and a spouse, twins Luca and Isabella of Dallas, Travis and Yesenia Faske of Houston and Wesley Marini of Katy; and a number of other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Judge Robert Lane Stubblefield
TRINITY – Services for the Honorable Judge Robert Lane Stubblefield, 61, of Trinity were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 2009, in the Trinity High School Auditorium with the Rev. Randy Lowe and the Rev. Lewis Jones officiating.
Burial followed in the Ellis Prairie Cemetery.
Judge Stubblefield died Thursday, March 12, in a Lufkin hospital following an illness.
He was born May 10, 1947 in Groveton, the son of Chester Dale and Velma Stubblefield. His father died while Judge Stubblefield was young and his mother later married Fred Chapman.
A 1965 graduate of Groveton High School, he went to work for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice at the Eastham Prison Unit. He resigned 1971 in order to accept a deputy’s position under former Trinity County Sheriff Lynn Evans.
Judge Stubblefield rejoined TDCJ in 1972 and was assigned to the Diagnostic Unit. He remained with TDCJ for over 30 years, retiring in 1997 as a major at the training academy.
After his retirement, he taught for three years at Angelina College’s corrections officer academy in Lufkin and served as the training and ACA accreditation manager for a private prison in Diboll.
Following the death of longtime Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Joe Chandler, Judge Stubblefield was appointed to the vacant JP’s post in May 2002. He subsequently won two four-year terms in elections held in November 2002 and November 2006. His current term was set to expire Dec. 31, 2010.
In additions to his duties as JP, Judge Stubblefield also served on the board of directors for the Trinity County Crime Stoppers, Inc., and was involved in a number of civic organizations in Trinity County. He attended Calvary Baptist Church in Trinity.
In his free time, Judge Stubblefield enjoyed working with his hands and made various kinds of woodcrafts, which he gave away to friends and neighbors.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Mary Stubblefield; a brother and his spouse, Lloyd and Margaret Stubblefield; his mother-in-law, Willie Mae Thompson; two sisters-in-law and a spouse, Clara and Jasper Marino and Meredith Dunaway; his secretary, Kirk Davis; his lifetime companion, his dog Bubba; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Joseph Leo Werner
HUNTSVILLE – Services for Joseph Leo Werner, 87, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 20, 2009, at Riverside Methodist Church in Riverside.
Burial will follow in the Werner Family Cemetery.
Mr. Werner died Wednesday, March 11.
Known affectionately as “Old Joe Werner, World’s Greatest Fisherman” to his friends, he was born Jan. 15, 1922. He raised five sons and introduced them all to his great love for the outdoors.
Following a long, successful career with American General Insurance Co., he retired in 1988 and moved with his family to Riverside and said it felt like moving home. His great-grandfather and namesake was a steamboat captain and Prussian immigrant who founded the town of Newport on the Trinity River in the 1850s. Mr. Werner inherited a piece of land and he and his wife, Jan, made their retirement home a few hundred yards from the old Newport steamboat landing.
The couple loved fishing and gardening and felt that living in the woods was a challenging and exciting experience. With special friends Durnal Cross and Jack McVey, various projects were achieved
Mr. Werner’s health began to decline in recent years and he steadily weakened in recent months.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy, and two sons, Mark and Doug.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Jan K. Werner; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Joe L. Werner Jr., Gary and Patti Werner and Dan R. Werner; two stepchildren and their spouses, Susie S. and Randall Price and B. Scott and Barbara Sence; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


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