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Keith Alan Evans
GROVETON -- A celebration of life service for Keith Alan Evans, 48, of the Brushy Creek Community near Friday was held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 20, 2011 in Cartwright Memorial Chapel of the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Lewis Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Zion Hill Cemetery. Mr. Evans died Tuesday, May 17, in Crockett. He was born May 3, 1963 in Houston, the son of Bobbie J. Evans and Nancy “Tootie” Bertrand Evans. He was preceded in death by his father, Bobbie J. Evans. Survivors include his mother, Nancy “Tootie” Evans of Lovelady: two brothers and their spouses, Michael and Vickie Evans of Spring and James and Robin Evans of Deer Park; a sister and her spouse, Kara and Brian Rose of Houston; his nieces and a nephew, Melissa Evans of Spring, Hannah Evans of Deer Park, Madeline Evans of Deer Park, Evelyn Rose of Houston, Daniel Rose of Houston, Faith Rose of Houston; and a number of other relatives and friends. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements. An online guestbook may be signed at www.grovetonfuneralhome.com.
Charles F. “Charlie” Mowery
TRINITY – Charles F. “Charlie” Mowery, 78, died Friday, May 6, 2011, following a lengthy illness. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Born Jan. 10, 1933, in Christiana, Penn., he retired after over 50 years as a truck driver. He loved his family, driving his 18-wheeler and his two dogs. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clara and Adam Mowery; two brothers, Adam and Paul; a sister, Deneda Mowery; and a grandson, Jason Grant. Survivors include four daughters and a son-in-law, Brenda and Rick Haynes of Montgomery, Connie McMahon of Trinity, Rhonda O’Grady of Bloomfield, Iowa, and Debbie Saxon of Livingston; four sisters, Sue Miller, Ethel Caskey, Eva Brewer and Hazel Miller, all of Lancaster County, Penn.; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Wanda Wyone Draper Oliver
TRINITY – Services for Wanda Wyone Draper Oliver, 93, were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at the New Hope First Baptist Church in Cedar Park. Burial followed at 3 p.m. at Earthman Cemetery in Houston. Mrs. Oliver died Friday, May 200., She was born Oct. 30, 1917 in Lohn, the daughter of Gabriel Austin Draper and Ruby Essie Hill Draper. She was married to Olney Odell Oliver on March 10, 1937 in Houston, where they continued to live for many years. In 1965, Mrs. Oliver began her own company, Greater Houston Telephone Answering Service, which she operated until shortly after the death of her husband in 1973. Mrs. Oliver also loved living in the country. She owned a small farm outside of Conroe Texas where she continued to raise a garden and drive tractors until she was 83. She then moved to the Austin area to be closer to her daughter, Margo. Wanda was a member of Security Baptist Church in Security. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Margo Dale Oliver Stansel and Edward of LagoVista; a granddaughter, Sherri Lynn Stansel Law and husband Fred of Bay City; a grandson, Edward Byron Stansel and wife Allison of Birmingham, Ala.; two great-granddaughters, Rachel Lynn Law and Regan Renee’ Law; great-grandsons, Hudson Taft Stansel and Burch Redding Stansel; and a number of other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
C. B. Young Patterson
TRINITY – Services for C. B. Young Patterson, 74, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Joslin Baptist Church in Groveton. Burial followed in the Glenwood Cemetery. Mr. Patterson died peacefully on Thursday, May 19, in Cypress. He was born March 1, 1937, in Lufkin, the son of the late John and Sleeter Patterson. Mr. Patterson proudly served in the U.S. Navy. He was a logger in the piney woods and drove a logging truck for many years. After growing up in the woods, he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of Helmer’s Street Baptist Church of Houston. He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Jean Skidmore Patterson; his parents; two sisters, Johnnie Ruth and Billie Joyce; a brother, Leroy; a step-son, John Robert; and a granddaughter, Melissa Robert. Survivors include five step-children, Verlen Robert, Keith Robert, Dennis Robert, Charlotte Ragan and Melinda Nicholson; a sister, Doris John; 14 step-grandchildren; 22 step-great-grandchildren; a nephew, Jabbo West; a very close friend, Man West; and a number of other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
John Revell Boone
TRINITY – John Revell Boone, 88, of Trinity died peacefully at his residence on Thursday, April 28, 2011. A private funeral service for Mr. Boone to be placed in the columbarium of St. Stephens Episcopal Church of Huntsville will be held at a later date. He was born Feb. 1, 1923, in Baltimore, Md. and was employed for a time as a merchant marine. He earned a masters degree in chemical engineering from John Hopkins University. He retired after more than 25 years of service from Petro Chemical. Mr. Boone loved to play bridge at the Martins Senior Center in Trinity. He was preceded in death by a son, Richard Boone, and a brother, Neal Boone. Survivors include a daughter, Pamela Boone Martin; two nephews, Gene and Jamie Sanders; a niece, Robin Sanders; a special friend, Marguery Williams; and his adopted family, Chip and Debbie Heering, Doug Heering, Steve and Hope Heering, Juliana Heering and Andy Lester. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Herbert Gilbert Jr.
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Herbert Gilbert Jr., 86, were held Saturday, April 30, 2011, at Trinity Cedar Grove Cemetery with the Rev. Randy Lowe officiating. Mr. Gilbert died Tuesday, April 26, in Conroe. He was born Oct. 18, 1924, in Livingston, the first child of the late Helen Bacon and Herbert Theo Gilbert. Mr. Gilbert was retired from the U. S. Postal Service after 27 years of employment, the last ten of which he served as post mater for the Trinity Post Office. He was known as a quiet man who loved his family, his church, and his cows. He started buying cows while serving in the U.S, Navy during World War II. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Mr. Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents; and his uncle, Verlen Gilbert, whom his parents raised from 17 days old. Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Bonnie Harrelson Gilbert; three children, Jan, Larry and wife Barbara and Andy and wife Paula, all of Trinity; brothers, C.A. and wife Marilyn of Cypress and Russell and wife Jane of Sugarland; sisters, Norma and husband Herman Rachal of Vidor and Almeda “Tootsie” Hansford of Vidor; five grandchildren, Cari and husband Jerry of New Waverly, Chris and wife Kathleen of Willis, Shae Gambill of Trinity, Clay and wife Ashley of Huntsville and Tyler of Huntsville; great-grandchildren, Jerry Lee, Lantz, Colton, Jace and Kylie; and a number of other relatives. In lieu of Flowers Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church House of Hope or the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Howard Winfred Hathorn
GROVETON -- Services for Howard Winfred Hathorn, 86, of Groveton were held at 1 p.m. Thursday April 28, 2011 in the First Baptist Church of Groveton with Bro. Lewis Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Bennett Cemetery. Mr. Hathorn died Tuesday, April 26 in Groveton. He was born June 26, 1924 in Nogalus Prairie, the son of Howard Madison Hathorn and Eva Jane Ainsworth Hathorn. His parents preceded Mr. Hathorn in death. Survivors include his wife, Clara Hathorn of Groveton; a son and his spouse, Phil and Patsy Hathorn of Trinity; a daughter and her spouse, Judy and Bruce Atkinson of Conroe; grandchildren, Jason Hathorn and wife Hillary of Madisonville, Jared Hathorn and wife Kayla of New Waverly, Emily Atkinson and fiancé Neal Fikes of Temple, and Daniel Atkinson of Conroe; three great-grand-children, Cade Hathorn, Cannon Hathorn, and Jaxon Hathorn; and numerous other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.
Charles Kenneth Lowery
GROVETON -- Services for Charles Kenneth Lowery, 75, of Possum Walk were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in the Cartwright Memorial Chapel of the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Douglas Lowery officiating. Burial followed in the East Prairie Possum Walk Cemetery. Mr. Lowery died Saturday, April 30, in Crockett. He was born July 17, 1935 in Groveton, the son of Lesley Olen Lowery and Hattie Phene Ainsworth Lowery. Mr. Lowery was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Lou Reynolds Lowery; his father and mother-in-law, Clifton Reynolds and Annie Lee Reynolds; a sister, Freda Mae Cathey; a brother, Cleo Lowery; and a grandchild. Casey Lee. Survivors include his wife, Ola Mae Holmes Lowery of Possum Walk; his children and their spouses, Andrea and Danny Bollinger of Bullard, Laura Michelle Barnett of Groveton, Marvin Lowery of Groveton, Randall and Kathy Horn of Bullard, and Chuck and Jessica Lowery of Tyler; his stepchildren and their spouses, Wesley Holmes and Terresa Young of Pennington, Danny and Debra Holmes of Pen-nington, Calvin and Pam Holmes of Pennington, Kelly and Ricky Holub of Hackley and Tracey and David Bullard of Pennington; 28 grand-children; 18 great-grand-children; and numerous other relatives and friends. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.
Virginia Warren McJilton Barnett Morley
TRINITY – Services for Virginia Warren McJilton Barnett Morley, 88, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 6, 2011, at Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church in Trinity with Dr. Jason Burden officiating. The viewing will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will follow at 4 p.m. at Memorial Park in Gladewater with Jack Jones of Tyler officiating A memorial service also will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the First Christian Church in Longview with Dr. Jim Lewis officiating. Mrs. Morley died peacefully on Sunday, May 1. She was born Feb. 13, 1923 in Brownwood, the daughter of Mary Haynie and Albert Warren. At the age of eight, her struggling family moved to Kilgore during the East Texas Oil Boom. She would tell tales about living at “Belle Camp” and recalled that her father purchased their first home for a mere $35. As a teen, she attended Kilgore High School where she was voted class beauty and played the part of Becky in “Tom Sawyer.” In 1940, she married Brownie Ray McJilton with whom she had three sons and two daughters. After Mr. McJilton’s death, she married Bill Barnett in 1979 and then John Morley in 1993. With such humble beginnings, she was determined to make a better life for herself, her family and the members of her community. One of her goals was to become a pilot. She received her license in 1950 and was the first female aviator in Gladewater. After moving from Gladewater to Longview in 1963, she made the decision to attend the Texas Realtor’s Institute. She would go on to have a prosperous career spanning 26 years and served as both chairman and director of the Longview Board of Realtors. Not only was she active in the business world, but also worked tirelessly serving her beloved community of Longview. She was a member of ABWA, member and past president of Zonta Club, charter member of the Ark-La-Tex 99 Club, charter member of the Children’s Association of Gregg County, president of Knife and Fork Club, and a three-year member of the city’s Planning and Zoning Committee. Some of the many honors she received for her service included Woman of the Year for the Golden Light Chapter of ABWA and First Lady of Beta Sigma Phi. In addition, she was a very dedicated member of First Christian Church of Longview where she served as an elder and directed the first Christmas pageant. The last four years of her life were spent in Trinity, where she was a member of Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Brownie McJilton, Bill Barnett and John Morley; her daughter, Mary Christi McJilton; her parents, Albert Warren and Mary Haynie Warren Woods; and her brothers, Albert and Charles Warren. Survivors include her sons, and their spouses Mike and Susan McJilton of Houston, Gayland and Terry McJilton of Longview and Tim and Michelle McJilton of Arlington; her daughter and her spouse, Patti and Jerry Batis of Trinity; her step-daughter and her spouse, Vickie and Les Cole of Longview; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to First Christian Church “The Bethany Home,” 720 North Sixth Street, Longview, Texas, 75601. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Stephanie Michele Corbin Sandusky
HORN LAKE, Miss. - Services for Stephanie Michele Corbin Sandusky, 41, formerly of Trinity, were held at 1 p.m. Saturday., April 30, at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch, Miss. She died Wednesday, April 27, 2011 following a valiant battle against breast cancer. Born Sept. 24, 1969, she attended Trinity High School in the mid-1980s. She graduated with honors from Northwest Mississippi Community College and later Ole Miss University with a bachelors of business administration degree in accountancy. She was the first recipient of the Maddox Foundation Seymour Scholarship and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She was employed as an import specialist with V. Alexander & Co. and was an avid reader who was known for her quick wit and sense of humor. She was preceded in death by her father, Alan Neil Corbin. Survivors include her husband of 11 years, Jason Earl Sandusky; four children, Lori Michelle Fancher, Jerica Kay Fancher, Mary Rebecca Sandusky and Jason Earl Sandusky II, all of Horn Lake, Miss.; her mother and stepfather, Sarah Louise and Robin Mulcahy of Dickinson; a brother, Michael Corbin of Dickinson; and two grandchildren, Joseph Carlson and Jacob Stewart. Brantley Funeral Home of Olive Branch, Miss., directed the arrangements.
Harry Anderson Sulcer Jr.
TRINITY -- Memorial services for Harry Anderson Sulcer Jr., 69, were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at the Trinity County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6988 with the Rev. Leroy Brown officiating. Mr. Sulcer died Sunday, April 24, in Conroe. He was born Nov. 23, 1941, in Denver, Colo. and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1964-1970 during the Vietnam War. He was a member of VFW Post 6988 of Trinity where called Bingo on Thursday and Friday nights for more than 20 years. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry Anderson and Hazel Sulcer. Survivors include five sons, Harry Anderson Sulcer III, Ralph Gordan Sulcer, David Allen Sulcer, Ronnie Ray Sulcer and Travis Star Sulcer; a sister, Jody Sulcer; a brother, Terry Sulcer; two grandchildren, Kyle and Tanya Sulcer; a great-grandson, Isaiah Walker; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Johnny Gay Williams
TRINITY – Services for Johnny Gay Williams, 80, were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 28, 2011, at the First Baptist Church of Groveton with the Rev. Lewis Jones officiating. Burial followed in Glenwood Cemetery with military honors presented by VFW Post 6988 of Trinity. Mr. Williams died Monday, April 25, in Corrigan. He was born Jan. 7, 1931 in Trinity County and was a member of the Groveton High school Class of 1948. After high school, he proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a charter member of Sam B. Crawford Masonic Lodge, received bachelor of arts degree at North Harris Community College, was a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, was Past Master of Humble Masonic Lodge 979, attended the College of Insurance Sales from 1984-85, received a real estate license in 1985; and was a member of the VFP Post 1839 in Cleveland. He worked in Domestic Abuse Intervention. He also worked with Power & Control of Men Who Batter in 1992, as a compulsive gambler counselor in 1993, as a child and family counselor, as a police officer counselor in 1995, as a sexual abuse counselor, as a “Proud” anger management counselor, and served as a Texas Department of Criminal Justice corrections officer at the age of 72. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Leo and Jessie Mills Williams; and three siblings, Richard Martin, Vera Smith and Tom Lynn Williams. Survivors include a daughter, Kelly Rorai; two brothers and their spouses, Oscar and Mildred Williams and Clinton and Lynn Williams; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary Stewart and Rachel and Mack Stevens; two granddaughters, Kelsey and Heather; two step-grandchildren, Chris and Stephen Rorai; and a number of other relatives. Pallbearers included Richard Moore, Bobby Smith, Thomas Smith, Steve Stewart, Terry Williams, Danny Bazar, Jeffrey Bazar, Edward King, Trevor Williams, Blaine Williams and Clint Williams. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
James William Cobb
TRINITY – James William Cobb, 58, died Sunday, April 17, 2011, at his residence in Trinity. The family will have a graveside service at a later date. He was born Nov. 10, 1952 in Houston and was a professional musician for most of his adult life. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Georgia Cobb; and a brother Richard Cobb. Survivors include his children Courtney Cobb and Eric Cobb; a brother and his spouse, Jon and Carole Cobb; three grandchildren, Scott, Codi and Katrina Gropp; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Donald Ferguson Munro
TRINITY – A celebration of life service for Donald Ferguson Munro, 47, of Needville will be held from 2-5 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2011, at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity. There will be food and fellowship with the Rev. Warren Austin officiating. Mr. Munro died suddenly on Thursday, April 14, at his residence. He was born in Los Angeles but lived most of his life in the Houston area. He attended Cypress-Fairbanks High School and after serving in the U.S. Navy he worked in food service and later in the pest control business. Survivors include his father and step-mother, John D. and Betty G. Munro; his mother Nancy Stickler; a sister, Heather Munro Thompson; a half-brother, Curtis Setso; two step-brothers, Guy Rochelle and Philip Kiser; a step-sister, Renee Rochelle Gensheimer; and a number of other relatives and friends. Testimonies and memories of Mr. Munro’s life may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
TRINITY -- A celebration of life service for Claude Pierce was held at 6 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2011 at Trinity Tabernacle Assembly of God with the Rev. Rodger Goins officiating. Burial followed in Pine Prairie Cemetery in Walker County. Mr. Pierce enjoyed racoon hunting, children’s programs, talking/job (the job was mostly talking), tractor/mowing, family, church and his two church shirts and music (the country sound of old songs). Survivors included his wife, Betty; two daughters and their spouses, Vandalyn and Kenny Rowe and Carless and Steve Hancock; grandchildren, Amber and Roman Rios, Quentin Hall, Starla Posey, Lisa Thompson, Melenie and Bub Meredith; and two great-grandchildren, Alex Rios and Zane Meredith. Pallbearers included Al Turner, Ray Alewine, Marc Strickland, Joe Strickland, Dwayne Wojcik, Brad Volker, Lupe Deorta , Dane and Dustin Dovraski. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.
Peyton Alyssa Wolf
TRINITY – Services for Peyton Alyssa Wolf, infant daughter of Mary Katherine and Bradley Neal Wolf, were held at 11 a,m. Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at Living Word Church with Pastor Lynn Gentry officiating. Burial followed in Antioch Cemetery of Lovelady. The child was born and died on Tuesday, April 19, in Huntsville. Survivors include her parents; a half-brother, Mason Blayne Wolf; her maternal grandfather, Larry Hortman; her maternal grandmother, Debra Rowland,; her paternal grandparents, Deborah and Carl Wolf; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.