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East Texas News - Obituaries
Trinity Standard - October 11, 2009 - November 7, 2009

Estelle Geneva Adams
BAYTOWN – Graveside services for Estelle Geneva Adams, 96, of Highlands were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Baytown.
Mrs. Adams died Friday, Oct. 9, in Huntsville.
She was born Dec. 14, 1912, on a farm in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, and was a longtime member of the Highland United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Adams was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Paul Adams; two brothers; and three sisters.
Survivors include a son, Norman Reese Adams of Houston; a daughter and her spouse, Sarah E. and Gary Kerr of Trinity; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Earthman Funeral Home of Baytown directed the arrangements.

Bertha Hildred Cochran
GROVETON – Services for Bertha Hildred Cochran, 89, of Apple Springs were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Horace Fletcher officiating.
Burial followed in the Bennett Cemetery.
Mrs. Cochran died Thursday, Oct. 8, in Groveton.
She was born Jan. 12, 1920, in Trinity County and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Scrub Creek Baptist Church.
Mrs. Cochran was preceded in death by her husband, Prentiss Cochran in 1995.
Survivors include six children and their spouses, Ferrell and Reba Cochran of Gilmer, Leland and Pat Cochran of Pollok, Larry Cochran of Helmic, Wanda and Billy Pillows of Helmic, Marilyn and Rayford Davis of Groveton and Felita and Richard Fischer of Conroe; a brother and his spouse, Thomas and Dee Holcombe of Apple Springs; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Nelda Mueller of Houston, Grace Brizendine of Helmic and Jerrie Sue and David Thrasher of Cline; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers included Shannon W. Davis, Tyson Davis, Gary Don Harris, Richard Fischer, Christopher Fischer, Jason Fischer, Dennis Cochran and William Scott Cochran. Michael Cochran was an honorary pallbearer.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Ellen Thompson
TRINITY – Graveside services for Ellen Thompson, 84, of Centerville and formerly of Trinity were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, in the Thornton Cemetery with the Rev. William Usher officiating.
Mrs. Thompson died Monday, Oct. 5, in Centerville.
She was born May 21, 1925, in Atlanta, Ga., and was a mother and grandmother. She
Mrs. Thompson was preceded in death by husband, James Louis Thompson; and a daughter, Mary Ellen Cupit.  
Survivors include a step-daughter, Peggy Host; a son-in-law and his spouse, Danny and Betty Cupit Sr.; four grandchildren and their spouses, Peggy and Mark “Porkchop” Ivey, Loretta and Chuck Sherrill Jr., Juanette and Jimmy “Buck” Henley and Danny  and Susan Cupit Jr.; eight great-grandchildren, Billy Ivey, Jamie Cupit, Whitley Ivey, Amber Burkhalter, Dustin Burkhalter, Destiny Henley, Taylor Cupit and Kelbee Cupit ; a great-great-grandchild, Jaydon Bailey; a nephew and his spouse, Donnie and Jean Love; and a number of other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Joseph Hugh McClure Jr.
TRINITY – A celebration of life service for Joseph Hugh McClure Jr., 73, of Trinity will be held at 1 p.m.  Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with Pastor Russ Munch officiating. 
Mr. McClure died Monday, Oct. 19, in Trinity.
He was born Sept. 18, 1936, in Midland, the son of Myrtle Mae and Joseph Hugh McClure Sr. He received a bachelors degree in engineering from the University of Colorado and worked for a number of companies as a mechanical engineer.
Mr. McClure enjoyed fishing, the beauty of the lake, being outdoors and listening to music.  
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years; Mary Ellen McClure; two daughters and their spouses, Karen Gordon and Kent Keith and Donna and Steve Farmar; a son, Mike McClure; a sister and her spouse, Jane and Dean Baker; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Phil and Elsbeth McClure and Charlie Patteson; four grandchildren, Mallory Gordon, Landry Gordon, Ryan Farmar and Kyle Farmar; the mother of his children, Judy McClure; and a number of other relative and friends.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to Brook Wood Community, 1752 FM 1489, Brookshire, TX 77423. 
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the  arrangements.

Katie Lee Adkins
LUFKIN -- Services for Katie Lee Adkins, 39, of Lufkin were held Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009 in the Cross Timbers Cowboy Church with Dr. Andy Pittman, Brother R.C. Forrest and Brother Mark Gray officiating.
Mrs. Adkins died Monday, Oct. 19, in a Lufkin hospital.
She was born June 23, 1970 in Tulsa, Okla. And had resided in Lufkin for five years. Mrs. Adkins was a loving wife and mother, and was a devoted pastor’s wife and member of Cross Timbers Cowboy Church.
Survivors include her husband, Pastor Ford Adkins of Lufkin; two sons, Austin James Adkins and Chase Reid Adkins, both of Lufkin; a daughter, Leah Suzanne Parker of Fort Worth; her father, Bob Scott of Tomball; two sisters and their spouses, Carla and Ron Weeks of Hawaii and Kim and Danny Cottrell of Waller; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leslie and Mickey Adkins of Trinity; three brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Clayte and Joetta Adkins of Victoria, Clint and Jodie Adkins of Trinity and Justin Adkins of Houston; a nephew, Joey Weeks; and five nieces, Courtney Collins, Ashley Weeks, Brittney Cottrell, Riley Adkins and Emily Adkins.
Honorary pallbearers were the elders of Cross Timbers Cowboy Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions may be made to Cross Timbers Cowboy Church, P.O. Box 118, Lufkin, Texas 75902.
Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home of Lufkin directed the arrangements.

Nona Lee Rich Carver
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Nona Lee Rich Carver, 85, were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23, 2009 at Trinity Cedar Grove Cemetery with Pastor Jim Parrish officiating.
Mrs. Carver died Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Crockett.
She was born May 16, 1924 in Leon County and worked as a caregiver in nursing homes, helping the elderly with daily activities.
Mrs. Carver was preceded in death by her parents,  William and Edna Rich; a son, Ernie B. Davis; a daughter, Martha Ann Lusk; and seven siblings, Glenda, Ima, Nancy, Marie, Junior, Eunice, and Buddy.
Survivors include four children and their spouses, Edna and Bobby Fails, Stacy and Martha Thornton, David Arnold Thornton, and Sam Roger and Donna Thornton; eight grandchildren; Theodore Jr., Michael, Pam, Stacy Jr., Polly, Tye, Miranda and Tracy; 16 great-grandchildren,  Olivia, Trey, Dayne, Elizabeth, Shane, Scott, Linnie, Anthony, Shelby, Clayton, Myles, Mandi, Brandon, Clay, Ashley and Theodore III; and a number of other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Sharon Lee Jackson
HUNTSVILLE – Services for Sharon Lee Jackson, 70, of the Elkins Lake area near Huntsville were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Huntsville.
Burial followed at the Mayes Addition of Oakwood Cemetery in Huntsville.
Mrs. Jackson died Friday Oct. 30. She was found in her home on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 22, after she had suffered a severe stroke. She was rushed to Herman Memorial Hospital in Houston where became comatose and remained so for seven days.
She was born March 8 1939, in Alliance, Neb., the daughter of Arthur and Lucille Bestol. In 1957 she graduated high school in Bell Flower, Calif. where she met her husband, Edmond Wally Jackson. The couple was married in November 1959. Next month would have been their 50th wedding anniversary.
They later moved to Dallas where she worked for 15 years as a data processor for Southland Corporation. In 1981 she had her first and only child Edmond Brent Jackson. At that time, she quit her job and became a full time mother. She was active at every school function for the next 13 years.
In 1990 her family moved to Trinity, where she ran the Dairy Queen with her husband. She took great pride at what she did and was not always easy to work for because she expected the same pride in others.
She was known as a loving, compassionate mother and a loyal, supportive wife.
Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Wally Jackson; a son, Brent Jackson; and two brothers, Jim Bestol and Doug Bestol.
Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home of Huntsville directed the arrangements.
Those wishing to leave memorial condolences may do so at www.shmfh.com 

Everett William McPherson
TRINITY – Services for Everett William McPherson, 90 of Trinity were held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church in Trinity with the Rev. Jason Burden, pastor, officiating.
Graveside services conducted by the Masonic Lodge #155 and the Trinity County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6899 were conducted at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.
Mr. McPherson died Monday, Oct. 19, in Huntsville.
He was born March 18, 1919, in Groveton and was employed as a chief industrial engineer for Cameron Iron Works.
Mr. McPherson was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy Seabees. He served as president of the American Institute of Plant Engineers’ Gulf Coast Chapter from 1960-63 and was a Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scout troop master for 18 years.
He attended Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church and was a Grand Mason for 46 years.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Rowena Blair McPherson; a son, William Blair McPherson; his parents, John King and Ezelda McPherson; a sister, Cecilia McPherson Smith; and a nephew, David Wayne McPherson.
Survivors include three sons, Roger King McPherson, Gregory Reed McPherson and Bradley Jay McPherson; and a brother, Donald McPherson.
Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Kenneth Lee Peterson
HUNTSVILLE – Services for Kenneth Lee Peterson, 68, of Riverside were held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at the First Baptist Church in Riverside with Pastor Jim Newton officiating.
Burial followed in Creek Cemetery near  Lovelady.
Mr. Peterson died Sunday, Oct. 25, at his residence.
He was born Jan. 14, 1941 in Houston, the son of James and Sudie Peterson.
He discovered his vocation at the age of 15 when he got a job making furniture. He soon realized that he had a talent and passion for wood-working and in 1968 formed his own construction company.
Mr. Peterson loved his family, enjoyed fishing, watching sports and being outdoors.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Claudia; two sons and their spouses, Kenny and Sherry Peterson and Steven and Shelia Peterson; a daughter and her spouse, Janene and Corey Shelton; a sister and her spouse, Ruby and Don; a brother and his spouse, Wayne and Patsy; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Columbus and Sudie Florene; a son, Michael Ray; a daughter, Janet Lee,; a grandson, Gavin Wayne; three brothers, A.J., Lester and Donald; and a sister, Maxine.
Pallbearers included Lance Thompson, Donnie Griffen, Derek Peterson, Travis Peterson, Jimmy Leflet and Jimmy Brummett.
Brooke Funeral Home Chapel of Huntsville directed the arrangements. On line family register book available at: www.brookefuneralservice.com


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