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East Texas News - Obituaries
Trinity Standard - October 19, 2008 - October 26, 2008

Robert Preston Hamel
TRINITY – Robert Preston Hamel, 58, of Trinity died peacefully on Monday, Oct., 13, 2008, at the East Texas Medical Center – Tyler after being declared brain dead and removed from life support.
Following his wishes, there will be no funeral service and his body will be cremated.
Mr. Hamel was born May 25, 1950, in Tulsa, Okla., and was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Lou and Charles Hamel of Santa Fe, Texas; and his father-in-law, Peter Freeman of Florence, Texas.
Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Gene Hamel of Trinity; his mother-in-law, Sally Freeman of Marble Falls; his sister, Rosemary Simmerman of Pasadena; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Charles and Barbara Hamel of Houston and Jaime Hamel of Hitchcock; a brother-in-law, David Freeman of Houston; a sister-in-law and her spouse, Lyn and Bob Davis of Horseshoe Bay; special friends, Martha Weiman and Peggy and Larry Glassco; and a number of other family members and friends.

James Spencer Miller
GROVETON – Services for James Spencer Miller, 57, of Groveton were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, in the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Lewis Jones officiating.
Mr. Miller died Sunday, Oct. 19, in Crockett.
He was born Sept. 21, 1951, in Irving and was a retired energy manager for Dynegy. He was a member of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include a son, Austin Miller of Houston; two brothers, Ronnie Miller of Escondino, Calif., and Lynn Miller of Carson City, Nev.; a nephew, Dustin Miller of Carson City, Nev.; a special friend, Diana Aston of Kingwood; and a number of other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Carl McCain Memorial Foundation in care of Margaret Mills, BHP Petroleum, 1360 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 150, Houston, Texas 77056.
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

John Henry Place
TRINITY – A celebration of life service for John Henry Place, 74, of Trinity was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at the Riverside Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Newton officiating.
Burial will be in the Houston National Cemetery later next week.
Mr. Place died peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at his Trinity residence. He was born Jan. 3, 1934 in Bullard and served in the U.S. Army.
He retired from the City of San Antonio, where he worked in the water and sewer department. He also worked for the City of Houston in the same capacity.
Mr. Place was preceded in death by his parents, Aubrey and Ruby Chandler Place; his wife, Bonnie Place; and a grandson, Christopher Drazy.
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Elva “Jan” Davis and Ruby and Leo Drazy; a son and his spouse, Joe and Terri Place; three sisters and their spouses, Fay and Fred Earls, Joe Laehu and Barbara and Jerry Niles; six grandchildren and their spouses, John and Jessica Hanson, Gail Wilson and her fiancé Jay Tarneja, Tina Wilson, Jennifer and Rudy Garcia, Melissa Drazy and Dixie Durdin; 11 great-grandchildren, Danielle, Kristen, Mikayla, Heaven, Cierra, Cody, Michelle, Michael, Sandra, Chris and Christopher; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.



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