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Trinity Standard - Obituaries
March 2010
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Adelheid Anna “Heidi” Bemis
TRINITY – Services for Adelheid Anna “Heidi” Bemis, 69, were held Saturday, March 20, 2010, at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with Father Tom Edelen officiating. Burial followed in Trinity Cedar Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Bemis died Tuesday, March 16, in Crockett. She was born Aug. 29, 1940, in Miesenback, Germany. She was employed at the Westwood Shores Country Club and was a member of the Red Hats. Known as a loving mother of five children, she enjoyed riding motorcycles and working in her garden and yard. She also remodeled her own home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Friedrich and Lydia Kraemer, and a granddaughter ,Jessica Leclair. Survivors include her five daughters, Pia Havner and her husband Kenneth, Mary Quinton and her partner Vinson Jones, Wendy Wacker and her husband Alan, Heidi Leclair and her friend Jeff King and Bonita Merryfield and James Sagent; a brother and his spouse, Deiter and Elsbeth Kraemer; a sister, Anneliese Conrad; grandchildren, James and Wendy Weatherford, Michelle Flowers, William Quinton, Rachel Carroll and Brad, Amanda Wacker, Brandon Wacker, Jenipher Leclair, Karl-Heinz King, Mia King, Phillup Merryfield and David Merryfield; one great-grandchild, Brenden Flowers; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

James Warner Colburn
TRINITY – James Warner Colburn, 64, of Trinity died Thursday, March 11, 2010 at his residence. There are no services scheduled. He was born April 10, 1945, in Houston, the son of Hubert and Verna Colburn Sr. In his earlier years, Mr. Colburn was a commercial fisherman and he worked as a machinist in Houston. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include two brothers, Wesley and Roy Colburn of Riverside. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Dennis Michael Francis
TRINITY – A memorial service for Dennis Michael Francis, 66, of Trinity will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 28, 2010, at the Westwood Shores Country Club. Mr. Francis died Sunday following a long illness at his residence in Westwood Shores.

Nath Waymon Fussell
GROVETON – Services for Nath Waymon Fussell, 70, of Brush Prairie in the Zion Hill Community were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 18, 2010, in the Cartwright Memorial Chapel at Groveton Funeral Home. Bro. Lewis Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Zion Hill Cemetery. Mr. Fussell died Monday, March 15, in Houston. He was born July 7, 1939, in the Friday Community and was retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. He was a member of the Zion Hill Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Velma Fussell; a son, Nath Fussell of Brush Prairie;; two sisters, Lois Sexton of Trinity and Lettie Fay Norsworthy of Possum Walk; and a number of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers included Johnny Watkins, Jack Hogan, Johnathan Sexton, John Childs, James Box and Randy Williams. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Brad Smith
TRINITY – Services for Brad Smith of the Port Adventure subdivision in Trinity County will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the Patsy Jackson residence. Mr. Smith died Sunday, March 21, at East Texas Medical Center-Trinity. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Smith; a daughter, Sheila Smith; three brothers and their spouses, Wayne and Margie Smith, Wilber J. and Patricia Smith and Curtis and Sue Smith; and a sister, Patsy Lee Jackson. Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Leslie Kent VanZandt
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Leslie Kent VanZandt, 75, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 21, 2010 at Clapp Cemetery with the Rev. Randy Lowe officiating. Mr. VanZandt died Friday, March 19, in Houston. He was born Dec. 21, 1934, the son of Kent and Lucy VanZandt. Mr. VanZandt worked for the Trinity Saw Mill for many years and proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed taking care of his cats and of others in need. He had a passion for old cars and enjoyed going to car shows. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. His last words spoken were “Tell them I loved and get them in church.” He was preceded in death by his wife Allyene VanZandt in 1983 and his parents. Survivors include a son, Randy VanZandt; aunts and uncles, Elmer and Lilas Tarr and Edith Klahr; his cousins, Elizabeth Vaugh, Lilas and Milton Cramer and Linda Street; his children at heart, Brenda and Ben Drone, Johnny and Erma Davis, Jim Paul and Stacy Davis, Cindy and Scott Pocius; and numerous grandchildren, Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

James Wesley “Jimmy” Wickham
TRINITY – Services for James Wesley “Jimmy” Wickham, 57, of Houston were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at the Calvary Baptist Church of Trinity with the Rev. Randy Lowe officiating. Burial followed in the Magnolia Cemetery. Mr. Wickham died March 18 at his residence. He was a volunteer and worked in narcotics for the Harris County Sheriff Department. Survivors include his mother and step-father, Helen and Bert Brown; his father, Wesley Speer “Wick” Wickham; a sister, Cheri Hart; a brother, Mike Wickham; two step-sisters and a spouse, Shirley and Jimmy Chandler and Linda Mitcham; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Hiram Winfred “Woody” Wood
GROVETON – Services for Hiram Winfred “Woody” Wood, 83, of Groveton were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 20, 2010, at the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Lewis Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Glenwood Cemetery. Mr. Wood died Thursday, March 15, in Groveton. He was born July 2, 1926, in China Grove and was a retired firefighter for the City of Houston. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Groveton and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Wood was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Wood, in 2009; and by his parents, Justin “J.W.” Wood and Ethel Wilson Wood. Survivors include four daughters, Deborah Pike of Groveton, Karen Heine of Burton, Pam Valicek of Houston and Donna Dalton of Katy; a sister, Floyce Gandy of Fort Worth; and a brother, Kenneth Wood of Livingston. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Ned Botkin
TRINITY – Memorial services for Ned Botkin, 93, of Trinity were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 12, 2010, at the Riverside United Methodist Church. Mr. Botkin died Tuesday, March 09, at Park Manor Southbelt in Houston. He was born Feb. 21, 1917, in Kossuth, Ohio and was a resident of Trinity and a former resident of Texas City. He was a retired welder/ pipefitter for Union Carbide and was a member of the protestant faith. Mr. Botkin was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Marie Botkin; his parents, Freely and Lillie Botkin; one sister; and two brothers. Survivors include a son and his spouse, William “Bill” and Linda Botkin of Houston; a daughter, Nancy Botkin of Houston; three grandchildren, Jason and Lance Botkin and Andy Tolbert; seven great-grandchildren, Madalyn, Brooke, Madison, Mackenzie, Bailey, Bryce and Macey; and a number of other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Church General Fund, P.O. Box 744, Riverside, Texas, 77367. Arrangements were under the direction of the Scott Family of Alvin.

James Carl “JC” Dunaway
TRINITY – Graveside services for James Carl “JC” Dunaway will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 2010, in the Chita Cemetery in Trinity County. Mr. Dunaway died July 31, 2009 and his cremains will be intered this week in the cemetery located off FM 355. B. Charlene Hoevelman TRINITY – B. Charlene Hoevelman, 82, died peacefully on Thursday, March 11, 2010 in Trinity. She was born on July 9, 1927 in Lawton, Okla., the daughter of Clement and Edna Edmonds. She worked for Lansberry Elementary School and sold Avon for more than 25 years. She was a mother, grandmother and a great grandmother. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Lee Morriss. Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Harry Hoevelman; three children and their spouses, Patricia Lynn Yates, Vicki Jan and Gary Fontenot and L. Shane and Tanya Hoevelman; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Malissa Ann and Billy Don Evans, Rhonda Sue and Keith Greenwade, Georgia Anna and Ron Gunnels, David-Shane Yates, Terry Randall Yates Jr. Hana Christine and Drew Callaway Micah Hoevelman and Zach Hoevelman; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Roy Benjamin Hudspeth
TRINITY -- Memorial services for Roy Benjamin Hudspeth, 68, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 13, 2010, at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Jason Burden officiating. Mr. Hudspeth died Sunday, March 7, in Trinity. He was born Nov.30, 1941 in Huntsville, and proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966 during the Vietnam War. He was a self-employed carpenter and was known for his sense of humor and a smile. He enjoyed taking care of his plants and especially loved the beauty of the rose. He never turned a stray dog away and he made them part of his family. Survivors include his adopted daughter and her spouse, Debra and Jesse Jackson; grandchildren, Christopher and Amberlie Falk and Phillip Falk and his fiancé, Covie Grimet; Great-Grandchildren, Christian, Harold, James-Lee, Everett and Ryan Falk and Allee Grimet; and a number of friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Chester Eugene Baker
TRINITY -- Services for Chester Eugene Baker were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 8, 2010, at the River of Life Church with the Rev. Mike Loftin officiating. Burial followed in Clapp Cemetery. Mr. Baker died Friday, March 5, in Crockett. He was born, Jan. 31, 1935 in Trinity. Mr. Baker was very knowledgeable about automobiles and worked as a self employed and self-educated mechanic for Billy Tidwell and Roberts Soil Service. He also owned and operated a pulp wood business. He was a master in hunting and fishing and has taught his grandchildren the sports. Mr. Baker was preceded in death by a son, Richard “Ricky” Baker; a brother-in-law, James Roark; his parents, Sleanus & Lucille Baker ; and a grandson, Baby Ashton. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Barbara Jean Baker; a son and his spouse, Mitchell and Terri Baker; a daughter and her spouse, Kimberly and Allen Cleveland; three siblings, Fred Baker, Katie Roark, Stacy Baker and his wife Daina; his mother-in-law, Mary Groze; seven grandchildren, Ryan, Olivia, Justin and Clayton Baker, Sheldon, Jaden and Kylen Cleveland; three nieces, Carrie Ringo and her husband Eddie, Patty Gates and Kay Smith and her husband Neal; and a number of other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Vernon E. Nixon
SOMERVILLE – Services for Vernon E. Nixon, 81, of Trinity, and a former resident of Somerville, were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 8, 2010 at Strickland Funeral Home in Somerville with Chaplain Wayne Hienz officiating. Burial followed in Oaklawn Cemetery in Somerville. Mr. Nixon died Friday, March 5. He was born Nov. 7, 1928 in Somerville, the son of Irvin Hugh and Mattie Lee Woodburn Nixon. He attended school in Somerville and served in the United States Army during World War II. Mr. Nixon worked as a heavy equipment operator and was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Alaska and in Nevada. Vernon loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, John and Emma Woodburn; his first wife, Claudie May Nixon; and two brothers, Leonard and Hubert Nixon. Survivors include his daughters, Linda Nixon-Starke of Houston, Toni R. Nixon-Olague of Warner Robbins, Ga., Candy Nixon of Kansas City, Mo., Bonny Nixon-Peacock and her husband Jimmy Peacock of Bivins and Dana Nixon-Livermore of Bivens; two sons, Brian K. and his wife Judy Nixon of Iola and Vernon Kelly Nixon of Iola; sisters, Dorothy Gosney of Belton, Mo, Emma Gene Nixon-Alt and her husband, Jim Alt of Malakoff, and Rita John of New Waverly; 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Ppallbearers included Jamey Starke, David Starke, Jon Karnes, Mitchell Holbert, Tommy Mooney, and Kelly Scott Nixon. Family members have requested that memorials be made to Oaklawn Cemetery in Mr. Nixon’s memory. Strickland Funeral Home of Somerville directed the arrangements.

Carl William Puckett
HUNTSVILLE – Memorial services for Carl William Puckett, 68, was held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 6, 2010, at Trinity Church of Christ. Mr. Puckett died peacefully on Wednesday, March 3. He was born Dec.14, 1941, the youngest of eight children to David and Florence Puckett of Russellville, Ohio. During his life, Mr. Puckett served as a police officer for the cities of Georgetown and Ripley, Ohio. He moved to Houston where he worked and owned businesses related to maintenance and home repair. He was a member of Trinity Church of Christ where he served his church and community. He was a talented craftsman and passionate outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He was preceded in death by his parents and three siblings, Less, Floyd and Don Puckett. Survivors include his children, Gwendolyn Puckett and her partner, Jenna Pakhchanian, and Amber Maple and husband, Richard; siblings, Raymond, Arthur, Galdis Hall and Dorthy Derickson; four grandchildren, Rebecca, Andrew, Hali, Kelsey; and numerous nieces and nephews. Brooke Funeral Services of Huntsville directed the arrangements.

Sue Carolyn Thomasson Riggs
TRINITY – Services for Sue Carolyn Thomasson Riggs, 72, of Trinity were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with Associate Minister Jerry Gardner officiating. Burial followed in Montague Cemetery in Cleveland, Texas. Mrs. Riggs was born December 6, 1937 in Brady and was a graduate of LaPorte High School, Class of 1956. She is formerly of LaPorte, where she was a bookkeeper for the Bay Shore National Bank and where she worked in accounts payable department for Morton Thicol of Seabrook. Mrs. Riggs had a passion for cooking for her family as well as her friends. She and her husband retired to Trinity in 1995, where she enjoyed shopping, riding in her golf cart around the neighborhood and watching the beauty of the wild deer, She was a member of Church of Christ of LaPorte. Mrs. Riggs was preceded in death by her parents, Ben Alvin and Kathryn Thomasson; a nephew, Scott Hutchison; and a brother-in-law, Eddie Hutchison. Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Sammie Charles Riggs; four sons and their spouses, Sammy and Teresa Riggs, Lanny and Debbie Riggs, Danny Glenn and Elizabeth Ann Riggs and William Scott Collins; a sister and her spouse, Marilyn and John Hambrick; a sister-in-law, Jene Hutchison; her mother-in-law, Ida Mae Riggs; seven grandchildren, Dustin, Cody, Kyle, Cory, Kayla, Brooke and Brandy; a niece, Gwenda and Tommy Moser; three nephews, Ronnie Gray, Eddie Hutchison and Brad Hutchison; and numerous aunts, uncles and other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Christina Melissa Danielson
ONALASKA – Services for Christina Melissa Danielson, 25, of Houston were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010 in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska with the Rev. Stephen House officiating. Burial followed in the Eastern Gate Cemetery in Trinity. Mrs. Danielson died Friday, Feb. 5, at her residence. She was born Feb 16, 1984 in Houston, the daughter of Terry Danielson and Wanda Owen Danielson. Survivors include her husband, Josh Cook of Houston; her father, Terry Danielson of Ohio; two brothers, Chad Owen and Eric Shepherd of Houston; grandmother, Kathleen Taylor of Trinity; uncles, and aunts, Donny LaPlant of Trinity, Judy Rigler of Borger and Carrie Bowman of Cypress; a nephew, Jude Shepherd of Houston; and a niece, Haley Owen of Borger. Pallbearers included Jessica Ramamo, David Weiss, Kevin Wade, Chris Curtis, Josh Munoz, Kirk Runyon, Doug Seaborn and Richard Faller. Cochran Funeral Home of Onalaska directed the arrangements.

Joyce Fay Stewart
TRINITY – Services for Joyce Fay Stewart, 67, of Trinity were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, at the Trinity Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Lofton, pastor of the River of Life Church, officiating. Mrs. Stewart died on Monday, Feb. 15, at Hermann Hospital in Houston. She was born Sept. 20, 1942, in Dallas and was employed as a fiberglass worker. Survivors include her husband of 34 years, H.F. Stewart; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Michael Allen Baker of Trinity and Billy and Kimi Stewart of Trinity; two daughters and a son-in-law, Crystal Marie Allen of Wyoming and Vera and James Hester of Trinity; two brothers and their spouses, Allan and Debbie Jewell of Lebanon, OR., and Bill and Lori Jewell of Pendleton, OR.; grandchildren, David Cox and his wife Nicole of Spring, Brandon Steward of Trinity, Junior Hester of Trinity and Jonathan Hester of Trinity; and two great-grandchildren, Hannah and Peyton Cox of Spring. Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Hubert Earl “Charlie” Westerfield
GROVETON – Visitation for Hubert Earl “Charlie” Westerfield, 81, of Groveton was held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at the Groveton Funeral Home. Burial was held in the Sunnydale Cemetery in Valley Center, Kansas. Mr. Westerfield died Friday, Feb. 26, in Crockett. He was born July 17, 1928, in Valley Center, Kansas and was a retired equipment operator. He was a member of the Baptist faith. Mr. Westerfield was preceded in death by Rhonda Westerfield. Survivors include two sons, Danny Westerfield of Groveton and Neil Westerfield of Pennington; a daughter, Cindy Armstrong of Magnolia; a brother, Jim Westerfield of Valley Center, Kansas; a sister, Jackie Huntch of Wichita, Kansas; nine grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

 

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