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East Texas News - Obituaries
Trinity Standard - November 9, 2008 - November 23, 2008

Roxanne Brennan Cooper
TRINITY – A Mass of The Resurrection was celebrated for Roxanne Brennan Cooper, 63, at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Father Tom Edelen officiating.
Burial followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.
Mrs. Cooper died Wednesday, Nov. 12, at her Trinity residence.
She was born Oct. 27, 1945, in Chicago and worked as a controller for an antique company in Houston. She also managed the office for a State Farm Insurance company for more than 18 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Katherine Brennan; and a sister, Marianne Opperman.
Survivors include her husband, Leonard Cooper; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Eric Austin and Becky Miller and Michael Meartz; two daughters and their spouses, Debbie and Gary Shartle and Denise and Carlos Delgado; eight grandchildren, Ryan Miller, Erica Katherine Shartle, David Shartle, Jonathan Shartle, Brandon Delgado, Ashton Delgado, Sean Meartz and Taylor Meartz; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Lucille Forrest Bond
HOUSTON – Services for Lucille Forrest Bond, 86, were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008. at Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home in Houston.
Mrs. Bond died Saturday, Nov. 15.
She was born June 21, 1922, the daughter of James G. Forrest and Elise K. Ledbetter. She had resided in the Westwood Shores subdivision near Trinity for 20 years and was a member of the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church of Trinity.
Mrs. Bond was retired from Coastal Gas and was known as a loving mother, grandmother and friend.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Louis W. Forrest; and a grandson, Nicholas Francis.
Survivors include two sons and their spouses, Michael and Joy Frances and Patrick and Kelly Bond; a daughter, Marianne Charlton; and six grandchildren and their spouses, Cydi and Steve Kimball, Steward and Erin Francis, Lindsay Bond, Mitchell Bond, Laney Bond and Samuel Charlton.
Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home of Houston directed the arrangements.

Nicholas R. Francis
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – A service of remembrance for Nicholas R. Francis, 26, of Riverboat Village Rd, South Hadley, Mass., was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield, Mass.
He died Saturday, Oct. 11, at Baystate Medical Center following a long, courageous battle with Cystic Fibrosis.
Mr. Francis was born March 15, 1982, in Houston, the son of Dennis M. and Joyce M. (Nauert) Frances of Trinity. He attended school in Springfield, Mass and  was employed for several years as a cashier at the Big Y Super Market.
He was a member of the Children’s Choir at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, attended Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral and played on the cathedral’s soccer team. While attending Central High School, he was a member of a drama group and was a cast member of the Rocky Horror Picture Show with the Come Again Players.
Survivors include his parents; a sister and her spouse, Cynthia and Steven Kimball of Springfield, Mass.; a brother and his spouse, Stewart and Erin Francis of Springfield, Mass; and his fiancé, Amanda Taylor of South Hadley, Mass.
The family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, P.O. Box 96305, Washington, D.C., 20077-7215; the Make a Wish Foundation, One Bullfinch Place, Boston, MA 02114; or to Children’s Miracle Network, Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut Street; Springfield, MA 01199.

Audrey Ainsworth Knight
TRINITY – Services for Audrey Ainsworth Knight, 83, were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, at the Faith Baptist Church with the Rev. Burl Humphrey officiating.
Burial followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.
Mrs. Knight died Sunday, Nov. 9, in Trinity.
She was born Jan. 10, 1925, in Carmona and was married to George Albert Knight Sr. at the young age of 17. She relished being a wife and then a mother and enjoyed traveling with her husband during his military tours.
She eventually attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville and then graduated from the University of Houston. She left as a legacy the many students she taught during her career as both a high school and college level instructor.
Mrs. Knight retired to Trinity but remained active by serving in the Trinity County Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and on the Trinity County Historical Commission. More than anything else, she placed her relationship with God and Jesus Christ first and foremost in her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, Will and Sarah Ainsworth; and two brothers, Winston Ainsworth and Edward Ainsworth.
Survivors include two sons and their spouses, George Albert “Joe” and Kim Knight and Pat and Brenda Knight; two daughters and a son-in-law, Karyl and James Horn and Sue Knight; a sister-in-law, Kathryn (Kiki) Knight; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Michelle and Russell Baker, Kevin and Nicole Knight, Jennifer Knight, Christopher Knight, Kim Franklin and her fiancé Cody Blair, Ethan Horn and Isaac Horn; six great-grandchildren, Kathryn Knight, Payton Kibby, Erin Knight, Richard Johnson, Reba Blair and Lillian Knight; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Neva Lowery Litzler
GROVETON – Services for Neva Lowery Litzler, 94, of Bay City were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, in the Groveton Funeral Home.
Burial followed in the Pennington Cemetery.
Mrs. Litzler died Monday, Nov. 17, in Bay City.
She was born April 2, 1914, in Kosse and was a former resident of Pennington. She was a retired secretary for Phillips Petroleum and a retired schoolteacher. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lovelady.
Survivors include her husband, J.B. Woodrow Litzler; a niece; a great-niece; and a great-great-niece.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be sent to the Pennington Scholarship Fund.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.


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