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Trinity Standard - Obituaries
May 2010
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Ada B. Bagwell Lykins
TRINITY – Services for Ada B. Lykins, 94, of Houston County were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2010, in the Trinity Funeral Home with Randy Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Zion Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Lykins died Sunday, May 23, in Crockett. She was born Feb. 25, 1916, in Trinity County and was employed as a beautician. Survivors include two daughters and their spouses, Judith and Robert Hauk of Sumner, N.M., and Annette and William Bennett of Lovelady; seven grandchildren and their spouses, William and Shandra Bennett, Tammy and John Reynolds, Dawn and Joseph Matone, Kathlene and Russell Bracewell, Bobby and Candy Hauk, Debra and Alan Bingham and David Hauk; 13 great-grandchildren, Johnny, Erica, Eddie, Joshua, Devin, Christian, Logan, Elaina, Christopher, Telia, Braxton, Bailey and Coryn; and one great-grandchild, Samori. Pallbearers included William Bennett, Russell Bracewell, Christopher Sneath, Chris Easton, Ronald LaRue and Stephen Bartee. Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Willie Mae Fry
GROVETON – Services for Willie Mae Fry, 74, of Apple Springs were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at the Groveton Funeral Home with Horace Fletcher officiating. Burial followed in the Bennett Cemetery. Mrs. Fry died Sunday, May 23, in Apple Springs. She was born July 21, 1935, in Trinity County and worked as a rancher. She was a member of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Fry was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Fry., Survivors include her children, Jeanne Marie Fry, Terry Ray Fry, Elizabeth Fry and Aubrey Dudley Frey; her sister, Evelyn Cameron, Corene Fergurson and Ila Fay Wright; her grandchildren, Bracy Wars, Amber Fry, Reagan Fry, Crystal Frey, Ashley Douthit and Jubot Douthit; two great-grandchildren, Michael and James Cody Wars; and a number of other relatives. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Bennett Cemetery Association.

Betty Louise Burke
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Betty Louise Burke, 68, were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2010 with the Rev. Leroy Brown officiating. She died May 7 in Brownsville. She was born April 25, 1942, in Evergreen and was a waitress in several restaurants. She was a mother, grandmother and member of the Trinity Church of God. Survivors include a daughter, Louise Richie; a son, Terry Yorek; a sister, Katherine Mann; a brother and his spouse, Billy Joe and Shirley Risner; two grandchildren, Danielle Hayes and Jordan Mumma; a niece and her spouse, Vicki and Tony Sweet; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Richard Hallford Ellis
TRINITY -- Memorial services for Richard Hallford Ellis, 81, of Huntsville were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 16, 2010 at Grace Baptist Church of Huntsville with the Rev. Jack McKinney and the Rev. Ron Ellis officiating. Burial followed in the Boswell Cemetery in Walker County. Mr. Ellis died Monday, May 10, at his residence. He was born Jan. 19, 1929, in Beaumont and served in the National Guard, earning an honorable discharge in 1949. Mr. Ellis was a general manager at Whitner Chevron Oil and retired as a supervisor with the Rainbo Bread Company. He was preceded in death by his parents, Buford and Hazel Ellis; a son, Richard Ellis; a sister, Gwen Brake; the mother of his children, Jane Ellis; and a step-daughter, Linda Deforest. Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Lillie Pearl Ellis; a son, Ronald G. Ellis; three step-sons, Thomas Borski, Michael Borski and Kenneth Borski; a brother and his spouse, Bennie and Mabel Ellis; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and other family members. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Leslie Walter “Les” Johnson
TRINITY -- A celebration of life service honoring Leslie Walter “Les” Johnson, 68, of Trinity was held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 7, 2010, at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Ron Conatser officiating. Mr. Johnson died Friday, April 30, at his residence. Born Aug. 28, 1942, in Buffalo, N.Y., he served in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Johnson attended Niagara Community College and University College, receiving an associate’s degree. He was a retired long haul truck driver in the transportation industry. In his retirement he enjoyed barbecuing for his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Nickolas and Corine Johnson; and a step-grandson, Rickey Blackwell . Survivors include wife of 30 years, Sharon Johnson; a son, David Lee Blaser; a daughter and her spouse, Jill and Phil Truesdale; four step-children and their spouses, Kimberly and Butch Garcia, Michael and Greta Campe, Scott and Patricia Campe and Carie and Robbie Koranek; four grandchildren, David, Rebekah, Patrick and Joey; step-grandchildren, Robert Courtney, Isaiah, Logan, Joshua, Paul, Jared, Kristin and Beth; three great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Morris Dean Plagens Sr.
TRINITY -- Memorial services for Morris Dean Plagens Sr., 79, of Trinity were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 22, 2010, at the First United Methodist Church in Trinity with the Rev. Jeff McDonald and the Rev. Russ Munch officiating. Mr. Plagens died Wednesday, May 12. He was born Feb. 7, 1931, in Kurten and was a graduate of Normangee High School where he was a founding member of the school’s alumni association. Mr. Plagens in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and earned a bachelors degree in business administration from Sam Houston State University after his military service. He had a long career in the Houston insurance industry and retired from the Brelsford Insurance Agency after 25 years. He was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church and served as church treasurer for many years. In his retirement he enjoyed gardening, hunting, and barbecuing. Mr. Plagens was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Ella Louise Plagens; and his sisters, Mary Ann Johnson and Sylvia Kranchfield. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Eva Plagens; four children and their spouses, Terri Plagens, Krista Malmstrom, Morris and Elizabeth Plagens Jr. and Lori and Edward Wheeler; two brothers and their spouses, Richard Truman and Dora Plagens and David and Barbara Plagens; a sister, Sandra Hightower; and three grandchildren, Amanda Wheeler, Hannah Plagens and Austin Wheeler. Honorary Pallbearers are Austin Wheeler, Frank Morello, Eli Hudson, Randy Donnell, Robert Lys and Pete Parker. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the First United Methodist Church building fund. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Horace Aaron “Hoss” Bridges
TRINITY -- Memorial services for Horace Aaron “Hoss” Bridges were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2010 at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Troy Uselton officiating. Mr. Bridges died Friday, May 7 in Trinity. He was born Aug. 26, 1940, in South Carolina and honorably served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Bridges was retired from Mill Work Interiors of Houston. He enjoyed his retirement on Lake Livingston fishing and going deer hunting during the winter months. He was preceded in death by hks wife, Patricia Bridges. Survivors include a son and his spouse, Bruce and Karen Wright; and two grandchildren, Bruce Wright II and Brooke Wright. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

John Sturgis Cloys
TRINITY -- Services for John Sturgis Cloys, 60, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 8, 2010, in the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Beaumont. Graveside services followed held at 3 p.m. at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity. Mr. Cloys died Monday, April 26, at North Arizona Veterans Administration Living Center in Prescott, Ariz. A native of Beaumont, he had resided in Arizona for the past 10 years. While serving in the U.S. Army, Mr. Cloys trained first as a combat medic and then as an air traffic controller. He also was a licensed airplane pilot. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1969, Mr. Cloys attended Lamar University in Beaumont, and worked in real estate and other areas. He competed internationally in chess, and nationally in backgammon and poker. Survivors include his children, John Davis Cloys of Princeton, N.J. and Elizabeth Ann Cloys of Beaumont; a sister; Ann Cloys McFarland of Beaumont; the mother of his children, Marsha Wall, of Beaumont; and his partner of 10 years, Anette Burlingham of Prescott, Ariz. In lieu of flowers, family requests contributions be made to the North Arizona Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America in Phoenix, Ariz. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Lloyd Franklin Davis
HUNTSVILLE – Services for Lloyd Franklin Davis, 73, were held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 7, 2010, at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Chapel in Huntsville with the Rev. Paul Morris officiating. Burial followed in Cline Prairie Cemetery in Walker County. Mr. Davis died Tuesday, May 4, in Trinity. He was born on June 22, 1936, in Walker County, the son of Alford Davis and Della (Callaham) Davis. Mr. Davis was a flooring contractor in Walker County for 33 years. He was also a charter member of Pine Prairie Volunteer Fire Department for 23 years. He loved fishing and playing dominoes with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane Davis; his parents; a sister, Lucille Woodall; and a grandson, James Ray Davis. Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Alfred “Scooter Davis and Patrick and Laurie Davis; a daughter and her spouse, Connie and Eddie Manning; a brother, Pete Davis; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Bonnie Singleton and her family; a dear friend, J.B. Smith, Jr.; and numerous other relatives. Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville directed the arrangements.

Monty David “Monkey” Hunter
TRINITY -- Memorial services for Monty David “Monkey” Hunter, 38, were held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at Allendale Baptist Church of Conroe with the Rev. Nancy Reeves officiating. Honors were presented by Bennette Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Hunter died Friday, April 30, in Conroe. He was born March 10, 1972 in Lansing, Mi. Formerly of Austin, he was employed as a tow truck driver. He moved to Conroe and was active as a Bennette Volunteer Fireman He loved riding his motorcycle and enjoyed his friends and family from the department. . Survivors include his soul mate, Danelle Szary; a son, Joey Whitworth, whom he adopted through love; his mother and step-father, Nancy Jean and Richard Willis; his father and step-mother, Jeffrey Lynn and Becky Hunter; a sister, Amanda Young; three nephews, Ethan, Aidan and Alex; a daughter-in-law, Darcy Lewis and life partner Tina Ramsuer; a son-in-law, Cody Lewis and fiancée Tanya Linsey; and numerous brothers and sisters with the fire department. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Lorea Allene Rush Smith Starling
GROVETON – Services for Lorea Allene Rush Smith Starling, 81, of Groveton were held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 7, 2010, at the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Lewis Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Flat Prairie Cemetery. Mrs. Starling died Tuesday, May 4, in a Tyler hospital. She was born May 25, 1928, in the Brushy Prairie Community of Trinity County, the daughter of Luther Mabry Rush and Ida Florence Stephenson. She was a homemaker and a member of the Flat Prairie Congregational Methodist Church. Survivors include three sons and their spouses, Melvin and Linda Smith of Grapeland, Allen “Buddy Smith and Ellen Pollard of Pennington and Archie and Patricia Smith of Groveton; four daughters and their spouses, Linda and Marion Lane of Lovelady, Marthalene and Jim Doshier of Huntsville, Janet and Glenn Henley of Midway and Cindy and Donald Eastepp of Lufkin; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Smith of Huntsville; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and friends. Pallbearers included her grandsons, Michael Thomas, Steven Doshier, Johnathan Smith, Thomas Smith, Justin Eastepp and Jacob Smith. Honorary pallbearers were her “special grandsons,” Ronnie Hughes, Zack Holmes and Landon Smith. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Julian Grady Wright
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Julian Grady Wright, 76, of Onalaska were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at Magnolia Cemetery with remembrances from family members. Mr. Wright died Wednesday, May 5, at his residence. He was born Feb. 13, 1934, in Wadesboro, N.C. and served in the U.S. Army. He was a retired butcher. Mr. Wright was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Ollie Wright; and two brothers, Leonard and Clyde Wright. Survivors include two daughters and their spouses, Julie Ann and James Lyles and Jackie and David Scott; two brothers and their spouses, Hugh and Ruth Ann Wright and Fred and Libby Wright; five sisters and their spouses, Estelle Taylor, Ruth and Gilbert McLain, H. Joyce and Roy High, Patricia and Chris Osborne and Nancy Jones; grandchildren, Shaun & Monica Thompson, Scott and Decara Thompson and Bryan and Jamie Rohrer; great-grandchildren, Shaun, Adrian, Cory, Alexandria and Anthony Thompson and Brady Rohrer; and Uncle Virgil Short. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Dayna Paige Campbell
HUNTSVILLE – Services for Dayna Paige Campbell, 7 months, were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at the First Baptist Church in Dodge. Burial followed in the Dodge Cemetery. The infant died Saturday, May 1. She was born Sept. 18, 2009. Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home of Huntsville directed the arrangements. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.shmfh.com

Richard Grant Cobb
TRINITY – Services for Richard Grant Cobb, 67, of Humble were held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2010 at St. Mary Magdalene Church of Humble with Father Michael Carmody officiating. Burial followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity. Mr. Cobb died Friday, April 30, following a courageous battle with cancer. Born March 15, 1943, in Houston, he was the eldest son of Robert and Georgia Cobb. He resided in Norfolk and McCook, Nebraska for much of his adult life before moving back to Texas in 1989. A graduate of Norfolk Senior High School, Norfolk, Neb.. Mr. Cobb worked in automotive sales for over 20 years, and was an inventor prior to becoming a Harris County Deputy Sheriff. He retired after 15 years service in 2006. During his lifetime, Richard was a devoted Christian and loved music, pets, family barbecues and giving to others. Survivors include his father, Robert B. Cobb of Trinity; his children, Stephanie Kinney of Hastings, Neb., Randall Cobb of Table Rock, Neb., Jennifer Cobb of Omaha, Neb. and Terry Cobb of Omaha, Neb.; two brothers, John Cobb of Kansas City, Mo. and James Cobb of Trinity; four granddaughters, Candace Cobb of Lincoln, Neb., Chelsea Lau, Hannah Lau and Caitlyn Lau, all of Hastings, Neb.; his pet macaw of 30 years; and numerous other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Donald Eugene LaPlant
TRINITY – Graveside services for Donald Eugene LaPlant, 56, of Trinity were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 22, 2010, in Brookside Cemetery in Houston with Connye Roberson officiating. Mr. LaPlant died Monday, April 19, at his residence. He was born March 25, 1954 in Milwaukee, Wis., the son of ,William Gordon LaPlant and Kathleen Wilson LaPlant. He worked for many years as a master mechanic. Mr. LaPlant was preceded in death by his wife, Carol LaPlant; a sister, Wanda Owen; a niece, Christina Danielson; and a step father, Bruce Taylor. Survivors include his son, Chris LaPlant of College Station; his mother, Kathleen Taylor of Trinity; two sisters, Judy Rigler of Borger and Carrie Bowman of Cypress; four grandchildren, Heather LaPlant of Borger, Ashlei LaPlant of Montgomery, Sydnee McGee of College Station and Brandon LaPlant of College Station; and a number of nieces and nephews, Chad Owen, Stacey Williams, Eric Shepherd, Corey Bowman-Stavinoha, Bailey Klentzman, Herby Kidd, Carley Bowman, Hayley Owen, Brianna Ward, Jude Shepherd, Elisa Bowman-Stavinoha, Riley Walden and Hannah Walden. Pallbearers included Chad Owen, Eric Shepherd, Corey Stavinoha-Bowman, Herby Kidd, Mark Klentzman, and Reggie Williams. Cochran Funeral Home of Livingston and Onalaska directed the arrangements.

 

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