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Trinity Standard - Obituaries

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Eva Irene Gunnels
TRINITY -- Services for Eva Irene Gunnels, 87, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 at Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church in Trinity with Pastor Jared Burt officiating. Burial followed at New Salem Cemetery in Centerville. Ms. Gunnels died on Wednesday, Nov. 16, which was her 71st wedding anniversary. She was born Feb. 8, 1924 in Oak Grove, La., the daughter of the late Reece and Irene Morphis. She was a graduate of Lydia Beauty School of Houston and was an owner-operator of a salon for many years. She retired from the cosmetology business in 1968 and moved from Houston to Centerville. She loved raising children and her family was very special in her heart. Ms. Gunnels was a strong Christian lady and was a member of Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Aulsie Gunnels;s three sons, David Willis Gunnels, Jimmy Gunnels and Cecil Gunnels; a daughter, Darlene Easterling; three brothers, John Thomas Lee, W.A. Morphis and R.L. Morphis; and a half sister, Jean Gober. Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Leo and Linda Gunnels and Carl Gunnels; four half-brothers, Bobbie Morphis, Larry Morphis, John Morphis and Roy Morphis; 16 grandchildren and their spouses, Todd and Cindy Gunnels, Troy Gunnels, James Gunnels, Jonathan Gunnels, Jeffrey Gunnels, Joseph Gunnels, Shannon and Jimmy Don Kersh, Shawn and Nicki Easterling, Shane Easterling, Kim Gunnels, Shelly and Greg Vick, Michael and Chesney Gunnels, Greg Gunnels and fiancé Marie, Ron and Georgia Gunnels, Don Gunnels and Carl Steven Gunnels; 16 great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Joyce Elaine Leggett
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Joyce Elaine Leggett, 73, of Lufkin were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011 at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity. Ms. Leggett died Thursday, Nov.17, 2011. She was born Sept. 18, 1938 in Colmesniel, the daughter of Clifford and Jamie Conner. Ms. Leggett was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Dean Leggett; her mother, Jamie V. Marino; and sisters, Carolyn Burchfield and June Delcoure. Survivors include her daughters, Denise Leggett and Keri Leggett-Bush; a grandson and his spouse, Brandan T. and Mandi Bush; two brothers-in-law, Randle Leggett and wife Betty, and Tom Burchfield,; five nieces and nephews, Lynda Ketron, Lisa Evans, Michael Schultz, Matt Delcoure and Tracey Delcoure Housley; great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins; Lindsay Terzo, Allison Bundick, Joey Knight, Nick Stroup, Sabrina Gooden and Greg Smith; and extended family members, Danny and Christina Montgomery, Ida McAllister, Stacey Jusko, Sabrina Mosely and Zack Bridges. In lieu of flowers, the family has ask that donations be made the the Lufkin State School Supported Living Center, Unit 549, Lufkin, Texas. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Alberta Louise “Birtie” Story
TRINITY -- Services for Alberta “Birtie” Louise Story, 91, were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 at the Trinity First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Everett McCollum officiating. Burial followed at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, at the Houston National Cemetery beside her husband. Mrs. Story died Monday, Nov. 14, in Conroe. She was born May 24, 1920, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., the daughter of Henry and Francis Hanf. She was a homemaker and loved to go fishing. She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church and was devoted to the Ladies Auxiliary and their functions. Mrs. Story was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Walker Story, and her parents. Survivors include a daughter, Judith Darlene Neal; a son and his spouse, David Walker and Brenda Story; a sister, Francis Moss; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Clay Neal, Tracy and Mark Dandy, Ginger and Brent Ziebold, Julie and Brandon Casburn, Kelly and Becki Ginn, Kirstan and Don Williams and Jill and Brian McCloskey; 13 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends. Her grandsons served as pallbearers. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Joseph “Joe” Newton Thompson Jr.
TRINITY -- Services for Joseph “Joe” Newton Thompson Jr., 73, were held 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Golden officiating. Burial followed in Saron Cemetery. Mr. Thompson died Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 in Conroe. He was born April 26, 1938, the son of Joseph and Mary Thompson. Mr. Thompson graduated from Cleveland High School and obtained a Bachelors Degree from Sam Houston State University in education. He was talented in drawing, drafting, and building and could sit down and draw of sketch of anything within a matter of minutes. Mr. Thompson retired after 17 years of teaching wood shop in the Trinity Independent School District and was loved and respected by his fellow faculty and students alike. He was a member and ordained deacon of the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church. He said his greatest achievements were his 31 years of marriage to his wife, April, his three children, and his grandchildren. Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leon Thompson and Leo Thompson; a sister, Doris English; and a niece who was raised with him like a sister, Linda Lightsey. Survivors include his wife, April Sue (Bailey) Thompson; a son and his spouse, Joe and Vanessa Foster; two daughters and a son-in-law, Carin and Danny Housley and Beth Compton; eight grandchildren, Autumn, Lezah, Aidan, Jordan, Brionna, Landen and Key; a nephew, Don English; a niece, Susan Campbell; and a number of other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Edwin D. Ford
GROVETON -- Funeral services for Edwin D. Ford, 47, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 at Rose-Neath’s Southside Chapel in Shreveport, La. with the Rev. Denis Austin officiating. Burial followed at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Bennett Cemetery in Groveton. Mr. Ford died Saturday, Nov. 5, in Shreveport, La. He was born Dec. 3, 1963, in Texas City and was employed by the City of Shreveport as a mechanic. He was a member of Red River Baptist Church. His mother, Lois O. Ford, preceded Mr. Ford in death. Survivors include his father, Samuel Ford; and two siblings and their spouses, David and Dona Ford and Janet and Byron . Rose-Neath Funeral Home directed the Shreveport arrangements and Groveton Funeral Home directed the local arrangements.

Deloyce “Lois” Reynolds
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Deloyce “Lois” (Faulkner) Reynolds, 87, of Sebastopol were held at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 at the Carlisle Cemetery with long-time friend, Brent Phillips, officiating. Mrs. Reynolds died Oct. 9, 2011. She and her late husband, G.C. Reynolds, were residents of Trinity County for over 40 years as weekenders and, later, as permanent residents. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Allie (Watkins) Reynolds; her husband of 62 years, G.C. Reynolds; and all of her brothers and sisters. Survivors are a niece and nephew of Nashville, Tenn. and numerous friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Merdene Whitton Turner
TRINITY -- Services for Merdene Whitton Turner, 65, were held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011 at the Waller-Thornton Chapel with the Rev. Jim Servicio officiating. Burial followed at Magnolia Cemetery in Evergreen. Mrs. Turner died Monday, Nov. 7. She was born Sept. 20, 1946. She was preceded in death by her father, Jessie James Turner; a sister, Marie Turner; and her husband, Don Probe. Survivors include a daughter, Gina Hart; two sons, Robert Charles Tucker and Chad Stanton Crosby; her mother, Merdell Turner; a sister, Gerri Turner; two ex-husbands, Robert Tucker and Keith Crosby; her boyfriend, Joe Beavin; three grandchildren, Michael Hart Jr., Kristin Hart and Zackary Hart; and adopted grandchild, Adrianne Hart; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Allan Hill Anderson
TRINITY -- Allan Hill Anderson died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home, of Trinity is in charge of the arrangements.

Jean Colston
TRINITY -- Services for Sarah “Jean” Colston, 87, were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 at the Trinity Church of Christ with the Rev. Jerry Gardner officiating. Burial followed at Resthaven Cemetery in Houston. Mrs. Colston died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 in Conroe. She was born July 21, 1924 in Kosciusko, Miss., one of 10 children born to the late Tom and Etta Rosamond. She moved to Houston in 1949. In 1984 Jean and her husband, Bob, retired to Trinity. She was preceded in death by her son Douglas “Buddy” Colston and her parents. Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Bob Colston; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Jack Ward of Trinity; a son, Kevin Colston of Trinity; a sister; and several nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Michael Ray Knouse
TRINITY -- A memorial service for Michael Ray Knouse, 55, was held at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 at the Waller-Thornton Chapel in Trinity with the Rev. John Budd and Bro. Reagan Duncan officiating. Mr. Knouse died Saturday, Nov. 5, in Houston. He was born May 25, 1956 in Tampa, Fla. Mr. Knouse graduated from South Dade High School and was a retired landscaper. He was a member of the Friendship Harbor Church in Sebastopol, near Trinity. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Agnus (Byrd) Knouse. Survivors include a son and his spouse, Reginald Ray and Ellen Knouse; a daughter and her spousel Ashley Eronema and Graham Shusta ; his parents, Reginald Ray and Mary Lou Knouse; two sisters, Regina Marie Knouse and Theresa Linnette Mason; four grandchildren, Michael Alexander Knouse, Sara Bloom Knouse, Jeffrey Knouse, and Abrianna Shusta; ands numerous nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Lonzo Massey
FORT WORTH -- Lonzo Massey, 56, a native of Trinity, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2011 in Fort Worth. A wake was held Friday, Nov. 4, at the Golden Gate Funeral Home in Fort Worth. Services were held Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Lone Star Baptist Church of Trinity.

James T. McCormick
TRINITY – A Mass of Resurrection for James T. McCormick, 82, of Trinity, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 at the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Father Fenton and Father McCormick officiating. Burial will follow in the Cedar Gove Cemetery in Trinity. A viewing and rosary will be held for Mr. McCormick from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Chapel in Trinity. Mr. McCormick died peacefully at his home on Saturday, Nov.5. He was born June 22, 1929, in York, Neb., the son of James and Bernice McCormick. Mr. McCormick worked in the medical claims department for Travelers Insurance Company of Houston. He also worked as a paralegal for a Houston law firm. He was a member of the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church and was a faithful Member of Knights of Columbus. He is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gary McCormick; and a grandson, Ryan Senabaugh. Survivors include his loving wife, Annette McCormick; a son, Jimmy McCormick; two daughters, Diane Payne and husband Stan, and Patricia Katz and fiancé James Hesidence; three step-children and their spouses, Debbie and Jeff Galloy, Denise and Frank Smith and Donna and Steve Parnell; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Fr. Tom McCormick and Don and Marie McCormick; two sisters and their spouses, K. Jane and Richard Croker and Barbara and Richard McMahon; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren. The family has asked that memorial contributions be made to The Parkinson Foundation and the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Charles Edward Rex
TRINITY – A Celebration of Life Service for Charles Edward Rex , 74, will be held at 2 p.m,. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at the Trinity Fellowship Church with the Rev. Richard Gonzales officiating. Mr. Rex died Tuesday, Nov. 1. He was born April 1, 1937 in Lima, Ohio, the son of Ira and Thelma (Biggs) Rex. Mr. Rex served his country and retired from the military after 32 years of service with the U.S. Marine Corp and the U.S. Air Force. He later worked as a pipefitter for Union Carbide Corporation in Texas City. He is remembered as a prankster who had a gift and joy of restoring antique cars. Mr. Rex was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Mary Lou Rivera, Rose Marie Cooper, Karen Sue Jenkins and twin brother, Richard Eugene Rex. Survivors include his wife, Rita (Miller) Rex of Trinity; three children, Stephen Rex of Wyoming, Brenda Kay Irlas of Santa Fe ands Christopher Edward Rex of Las Vegas, Nev.; six siblings, Betty Jo Lee of Trinity, Cheryl Lynn Klein of Santa Fe, Judy Kay Bruce of Cleveland, Raymond Lee Rex of Pearland, Frank Leroy Rex of Pearland, and Sandy Joyce Williams of New Braunfels; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; four aunts, Meriam Kemple, Faye Moon, Pauline Lewis, and Ruby Laymon; and a number of other relatives and friends. The family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Aubrey Cleon Bell Jr.
GROVETON -- Services for Aubrey Cleon Bell Jr., 65, of Groveton were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011 at Groveton Funeral Home. Mr. Bell died Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Groveton. He was born Sept. 12, 1946 in Texas. Hewas a machinist and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He liked to stay alone andf to help others. Survivors include his son, James Bell of Crosby; and daughter, Tonya Rodriquez of Houston. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

James Timothy “Tim” Dunlap
TRINITY -- Services for James Timothy “Tim” Dunlap, 82, were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 at the Waller-Thornton Chapel in Trinity with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Mr. Dunlap died Saturday, Oct. 29, in Porter. He was born April 18, 1929 in the Kittrell community near Trinity. Mr. Dunlap worked for McGinnis Paint and Body for 22 years. He began working for Jim Grady Waller at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in 1973 and continued to do so until recently. He, also, owned an appliance store business and a small engine business. He was a member of Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church and attended Good Shepherd Fellowship. He married the love of his life, Bobbie (Bowman) Dunlap, on Feb. 6, 1954. He dearly missed her when she passed away, and would proudly tell that they were married for 50 years, 1 month, and 4 days. Mr. Dunlap was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Dunlap; two great-grandchildren, Carmen Renee and Jesse Garcia; and his parents, James C. and Lucille (Sanders) Dunlap. Survivors include his daughter, Nancy Wilson Thompson and husband Charles; four grandchildren, Amanda Dixon, Shawna Garcia and husband Tony, Joel Wilson and wife Erica, Charlie Thompson and wife Christina; five great-grandchildren, Ashley Dunaway, Jordon Garcia, Tyler Garcia, Elijah Alexander, and C.J. Thompson; and a number of other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

John Kelley
TRINITY -- Services for John Kelley, 74, of Trinity were held at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 at the Waller-Thornton Chapel with the Rev. Leroy Brown officiating. A graveside service was conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Live Oaks Community Cemetery in Buda, Texas. Mr. Kelley died early Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Crockett, Texas. He was born April 28, 1937 in Lefors and served his country in the National Guard. He was an auto mechanic by trade, and retired from Johnson Fleet Service of Austin after over 10 years of service. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. Mr. Kelley was preceded in death by his parents, John Mack and Daisy Dell (Parks) Kelley; three sisters, Dovie Butts, Lorene Thomas and Ima Riedell; and two brothers, James and Joy Kelley. Survivors include his loving wife, Loretta Kathleen (Folley) Kelley; a daughter and her spouse, Kathleen and Michael Nemec; two sons, Rodney Sean and Roger Dale Kelley; a brother, Dave Kelley; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Patsy and Nelson Cain and Geneva Pilgrim; six grandchildren, Ashley Kelley, Joshua Kelley, Jacob Kelley, John Calvin Jayroe, Stephen Nemec and wife Ashley, and Sarah Latzel and husband Michael; a great-grandson, Justin Jayroe; and a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives,and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Patrick Neil Morris
TRINITY -- A memorial service for Patrick Neil Morris, 41, of Trinity was held Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 at Waller-Thornton Chapel with the Rev. Mike Loftin officiating. Mr. Morris died Sunday, Oct.16, in Houston. He was born May 5, 1970 in Dallas, and was employed by Patterson UTI of Houston, working in the oil fields. He loved boating, fishing and any type of water activity. He also enjoyed restoring boats and was a Texas Longhorn fan. Above all, he adored his wife and grandchildren. Mr. Morris was preceded in death by his father, George Morris. Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Dorothy Lueck Morris; two daughters and their spouses, Amanda and Henry Gatlin and Shayla and Aaron Rightmire; his mother, Norah Morris; five grandchildren, Aidan, A.J., Michelle, Carleigh, and Memphis; his godfather, Jesse Woodard; god brother, Mark Woodard and wife Annie; god nephew, Morgar Woodard; close friends, Allen Ellison, Charlott Ford, and Sheri Tims; his supervisor, Mike Smith; all of his co-workers and friends at Patterson UTI; and a number of cousins, aunts, uncles and other friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Jacquline Sanders
GROVETON -- Services for Jacquline Sanders, 72, of Lufkin and formerly of Groveton were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 in the Groveton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Paul Hillier officiating. Burial followed in the Ryan’s Chapel Cemetery in Diboll. Mrs. Sanders died Saturday, Oct. 15, in Huntington. She was born Aug. 26, 1939 in Leggett, the daughter of the late Aruther Herring and the late Edith Landrum Herring. Survivors include her husband, William R. Sanders of Lufkin; three children and their spouses, Guy Morris of Color-ado, Michael and Angie Sanders of Colorado and Daryl and Jill Sanders of Lufkin; five grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Julie Mae Taylor
GROVETON – Services for Julie Mae Taylor, 38, of Groveton were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, in the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Cecil Wade officiating. Burial followed in Glenwood Cemetery. Ms. Taylor died Saturday, Oct. 29, in Crockett. She was born Dec. 6, 1972, in Kerrville and was a member of the Baptist faith. Survivors include four daughters and a son-in-law, Robin and Mat Amodio of Colmesneil, Leticia Taylor, Tammy Taylor and Breanna Taylor, all of Groveton; her mother, Linda McFarkland of Colmesneil; her step-father, Alton Howard of Colmesneil; her father, Jimmy Clowers of Fred; her ex-husband, Timothy Todd Taylor of Groveton; four brothers, Jimmy Joe Clowers of Zavalla, Jason Clowers, Ricky Brown and Larry Skinner, all of Colmesneil; four sisters, Ginger Clowers of Goodrich, Jennie Clowers and Kandy Maddox, both of Rusk, and Linda Munguia of Hemphill; one gvrandchild, Landyn Shane Amadio; and a number of other relatives and friends. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

 

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