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East Texas News - Obituaries
Trinity Standard - November 23, 2008 - November 30, 2008

Steve Randle Carswell
GROVETON – Services for Steve Randle Carswell, 59, of Houston were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, at the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Livingston officiating.
Burial followed in the Knight Cemetery in Lufkin.
Mr. Carswell died Friday, Nov. 14, in Houston.
He was born Oct. 29, 1949, in Apple Springs and was a truck driver/welder for Contractors Cargo Carriers.
Mr. Carswell was preceded in death by his parents, Robbie Tullos and Roland Carswell; a sister, Brenda Carswell; and a great-nephew, Christian Spence.
Survivors include a son, Jesse Carswell of Apple Springs; a sister and brother-in-law, Linda and David Spence of Apple Springs; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Larry and Gloria Carswell of Apple Springs and Thomas Carswell of Apple Springs; and a number  of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers included Bubba Spence, D.J. Spence, Donnis Tullos, Jesse Tillman, Billy Ray Tullos and Custis Morris.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

George Leroy “Zeekie” Dunaway
TRINITY – Services for George Leroy “Zeekie” Dunaway,  79. were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with the Rev. Marvin Martin, the Rev. Gerald Reeves and the Rev. D.R. McNaughton officiating.
Burial followed in the Glendale Cemetery.
Mr. Dunaway died Thursday, Nov. 20, in Trinity.
He was born May 28, 1929, in the Carlisle community of Trinity County. He was employed by Southland Paper Co. for nine years and loved to attend gospel singings and to play his guitar and sing. He was known as a hard worker who enjoyed mowing lawns and keeping up cemeteries.
He was preceded in death by seven sisters, Thelma Gentry, Lola Barnett, Lorene Mitchell, Armethia Keen, Lois Tullos, Irene Dixon and Maedell Massey.
Survivors i8nclude two daughters and their spouses, Sharon and Donald Schmidt and Margaret Ruth and John Gardner; a son, Paul Dunaway; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a number of nieces, nephews and cousins; and his caregiver and friend, Rosemary Fisher.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

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 brother and his spouse, Charles and Lanora Ainsworth; 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.

Robert Chester Nichols
GROVETON – Services for Robert Chester Nichols, 82, of Pennington were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, in the Highway 287 Church of Christ with Bro. Don Willis officiating.
Burial followed in the Pennington Cemetery.
Mr. Nichols died Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Crockett.
He was born June 14, 1926, in Groveton and was a retired glazier. He was a member of the Highway 287 Church of Christ.
Mr. Nichols was preceded in death by his parents, Thelma Hathorn and Ola May Stutts; two brothers; three sisters; and a grandchild.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma Lois Nichols of Pennington; a daughter and her spouse, Gloria and Bobby Cook; two sons and their spouses, Wayne and Sherry Nichols and Gary and Vivian Nichols; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers include Jared Nichols, Seth Nichols, Shane Nichols, Stephen Thompson, Jesse Alexander and Dalton Kindler.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Odell Edmunson Powell
TRINITY –Odell Edmunson Powell, 76, of Trinity died Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Houston.
The family will conduct a private memorial services at a later time.
Mr. Powell was born April 7, 1932, in Union City, Tenn., He was a commercial fisherman and a former resident of Michigan where he retired as a taxi cab driver. He moved to Trinity 11 years ago and has been in the care of his nephew. During his retirement, he enjoyed fishing.
Survivors include his nephew and his spouse, Greg and Gina Linn of Trinity; two brothers, Spencer Powell and Gene Powell, both of Michigan; two sister, Betty Ann Powell and Becky Powell, both of Michigan; and a number of friends from the Deer Run subdivision.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Frank Varilek
YANKTON, S.D. – Services for Frank Varilek, 41, of Yankton, S.D., were held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, at the Wintz and Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Pastor Brad Danielson officiating.
Burial followed in the St. Leo Cemetery in Tyndall, S.D.
Mr. Varilek died Monday, Nov. 17, in Yankton.
He was born Aug. 9. 1967, in Yankton, S.D., the son of Jim and Wilma (Riggs) Varilek. He grew up and attended school in Yankton and went to work for a core drilling company which allowed him to work all over the world, off the shores of several different nations.
He moved back to Yankton in February 1999 and was employed by Kaneb Pipeline Co., which is now Valero Energy Corporation. A few years later he began working for Ability Building Services of Yankton where he served as a house supervisor for a group home in Yankton.
Mr. Varilek was married to Kim Rempfer on Aug. 9, 2007, in Menno, S.D.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking and spending time with the people served by Ability Building Services.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Joseph and Lillian Varilek; his maternal grandparents; his step-father, Palmer Haugen; and his father-in-law, Oscar Rempfer.
Survivors include his wife; two step-children, Emily and Drew of Yankton; an adopted son, Vincent Varilek of Yankton; his parents, Jim Varilek and Wilma Haugen, both of Yankton; a sister and her spouse, Anna and Jon Nadenicek of Brandon, S.D.; his mother-in-law, Alvina Rempfer of Yankton; two brothers-in-law and their spouses, Gerald  and Peg Rempfer of Menno, S.D., and David and Barb Rempfer of Marion, S.D., a sister-in-law, Loralee Rempfer of Yankton; a niece and a nephew, Jason Nadenicek and Sara Nadenicek, both of Brandon, S.D.; and a number of other relatives and friends.

Jerry Glen Wars
GROVETON – Graveside services for Jerry Glen Wars, 46, of Jasper were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Manning Cemetery with Bro. Calvin Kersh officiating.
Mr. Wars died Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Jasper.
He was born Nov. 21, 1961, in Trinity County and was a former resident of Groveton. He was a disabled logging contractor and was a member of the Josserand Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bryant Wars.
Survivors include a son, Jace Wars; two daughters, Rainey and Skyla Wars; his mother, Garvis Nell Wars; a brother, Danny Wars; a sister and her spouse, Linda and Benny McClain; five nieces and nephews and their spouses, Christi and Craig Coleman, Jarod Wars, Marty and Shanna McClain, Michael McClain and Marla McClain; two great-nieces and a great-nephew, Carliece and Campbell Coleman and Hannah McClain; and a number of other relatives and friends.
The family has asked that memorial contributions be given to The Lighthouse by Tennessee Gentlemen.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.



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