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East Texas News - Obituaries
Trinity Standard - September 20, 2009 - October 1, 2009

Alvin W. Cummings Jr.
TRINITY – Graveside services for Alvin W. Cummings Jr.. 86, of Huntsville were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at Hayman Cemetery in Coldspring with Dr. David Valentine officiating.
Mr. Cummings died Sept. 19.
He was born Sept. 10, l923 in Huntsville and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He served as a teacher and administrator in the Conroe and Bloomington school districts for 34 years.
Mr. Cummings was a Mason, a Shriner and a member of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans organizations.
He also was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed spending time on his ranch near Cuero with his courses and cattle and he enjoyed traveling with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Phyllis; his parents, Alvin Cummings Sr. and Bessie Cummings of Trinity; and a granddaughter, Marla Linville.
Survivors include two sons and their spouses, David and Cheryl Cummings of Riverside and Danny and Vickye Cummings of New Braunfels; two daughters, Deanna Wickes of Conroe and Debra Cummings of Victoria; six grandchildren, Todd, Cummings Kyle Cummings, Erin Cummings, Glenna Stewart, April Finney and Chad Cummings; and three great- grandchildren, Christian Rodriguez, Cassidy Cummings and Colby Finney.
Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.shmfh.com
Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home of Huntsville directed the arrangements.

Mary Ann Bednar Toups Curbello
TRINITY – A rosary service for Mary Ann Bednar Toups Curbello, 84, of Baytown and formerly of the Trinity Cove subdivision near Trinity, was held Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Trinity.
A funeral mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with Father Tom Edelen officiating.

Burial followed at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.
Mrs. Curbello died Monday, Sept. 14, in Baytown.
She was born Sept. 2, 1925, in Brenham, the daughter of the late Cyril Bednar and Johanna Mylek Bednar. She was one of 15 children from her father’s two marriages.
She was married to Ira “Frenchie” Toups in 1945 and they remained together for 42 years until his death in 1987. She was later married to Henry Curbello in 1989 and they remained together until his death in 1998.
Mrs. Curbello was a homemaker and served for more than 20 years as a Cub Scout den mother and Girl Scout leader. She also was a founding member of the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church and was a lifetime member of the church’s Ladies Guild.
She was proud of her Czeck heritage and traveled to Europe several times to meet extended family members who now reside in the Czeck Republic.
Survivors include a son and his spouse, Larry and Charlene Toups; a daughter and her spouse, Sandra and Dwayne Faulkner; four stepchildren, George Curbello, Christine White, Larry Curbello and Catherine Barth; two grandchildren, Laci Toups and Kristy Faulkner; a number of step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

James David Kelton
TRINITY -- Graveside services for James David Kelton, 73, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009 at Glenwood Cemetery.
Mr. Kelton died Saturday, Sept. 19, in Crockett.
He was born Jan. 15, 1936, in Groveton and was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Dewey and Oneita Kelton and a brother-in-law, Billy Wayne Rollo Sr.
Survivors include a sister, Amanda Rollo; a brother, John Patrick Kelton; nieces and nephews, and their spouses John Patrick Kelton Jr., Michael Howard and Sherri Kelton, Jan Felcoff, Danny  and Cindy Blair, Dudley Steed, Rana and Michael Jones and Jennifer Day; an uncle, Victor Powell; two aunts, Bernice Mason and Oliva Toddy; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Roberta Thompson Miller
GROVETON -- Services for Roberta Thompson Miller, 83, of Houston will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at the First Baptist Church of Friday with Bros. Kenneth Myers and James V. Anderson officiating.
Burial will follow in the Ellis Prairie Cemetery in Friday. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the Groveton Funeral Home.
Mrs. Miller died Sunday, Sept. 20, in Houston.
She was born Sept. 4, 1926, the daughter of Mary E. Fussell Thompson and Martin Luther Thompson. Mrs. Miller was known as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Nathan Thompson, O. Z. Thompson, Orgen Thompson, Wilford Thompson, Vinson Thompson; five sisters, Cleo Thompson, Leona Harrison, Magdalene Raspberry, Zula Mills, and Maurine Williams; a stepson, Bill Miller; a step- grandson, James Miller; a step- great-grandson, Brad Dominy; and a step-grandson-in-law, Charlie DeRise.
Survivors include two daughters and their spouses, Jacquelyn (Jackie) Anne and Doyle Whitfield of Grapeland and Mary Frances and Ronnie Westfahl of Pearland; a stepdaughter-in-law, Barbara Miller of Houston; one brother and his spouse, Tom and Polly Thompson of Friday; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Lillie Mae Dunlap of Trinity, Darlene Pyle of Groveton and Sallye and Clifton Evans of Holly; a sister-in-law, Willie Mae Thompson of Groveton; four grandsons and their spouses, Martin and Traci Whitfield of Bellevue, Neb., Dwight and Kerri Whitfield of Pearland, Cory Westfahl of Pearland and Brandon Westfahl, who is now serving with the U. S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan; 11 step-grandchildren, Debbie DeRise, Teresa Phillips and husband David, Billy Miller and wife Jill, Chad, Megan, Mike, Neal, Alyssa, Jeff, Ethan, Logan,; eight great-grandchildren, Becky Whitfield, Sarah Whitfield and Steven Whitfield, all of Bellevue, Neb., Mason Whitfield, Ryan Whitfield and Adam Whitfield, all of Pearland, and Julia Westfahl of Pearland; a step great-grandson, Dylan; a number of nieces and nephews
Pallbearers will be Martin Whitfield, Dwight Whitfield, Steven Whitfield, Cory Westfahl, Jim Bernard, Tony Koenig, and David Phillips.
Groveton Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

Dorothy Jean Phillips
TRINITY -- Service for Dorothy Jean Phillips were held at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 20, 2009, at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with the Rev. Gerald Cheatham officiating.
Burial followed in Brooke Cemetery. 
Mrs. Phillips died Wednesday, Sept. 16, in Trinity.
She was born Nov. 5, 1932, in Houston County, the daughter of Lawrence Albert and Mary Lou Wilson. She was employed at Dr. Hospital in Conroe as a bookkeeper.
She was known as an excellent cook and loved cooking for and spending time with her family and friends. Mrs. Phillips also enjoyed gardening, sewing and fishing.
She was is preceded in death by her parents; a son, Kenneth Merle Phillips; a granddaughter, Jeannie Marie Thompson; and two brothers, Charles Wilson and Raymond Odell Wilson.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Bobby Louis Phillips; two daughters and a son-in-law, Bobbie Jean Floyd and Pat and Randy Neal; a sister, Juanita Crocker; two brothers and their spouses, Merle and Gloria Wilson and Don and Sally Wilson; three grandchildren, Joshua R. Floyd, Kellie Jean Floyd and Julie Cooper & husband Clint; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.



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