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Helen Louise Brewer Cook
TRINITY – Services for Helen Lousie Brewer Cook, 69, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 at Concord Baptist Church in Rye with the Rev. Woody Sonnja officiating. Burial followed in Concord Cemetery. Mrs. Cook died Sunday, Oct. 17, in Houston with her family by her side. She was born March 16, 1941, in Colgate, Okla. Together with her husband, she owned and operated 77 Hamburger and a family café while living in Dallas. When she moved to Houston she was the office manager for the family’s paint and body shop/wrecker service business. She was a strong Christian woman who raised her family to be responsible and kind and to live life in the way God has planed for them. Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by her daughter, Judy Godman, and son-in-law Thomas Charles Godman. Survivors include her husband, Gayle Cook, Jr.; a son, Gayle Cook III and wife, Sandra; a daughter, Loraine Mildred Cook and David Johnson; five grandchildren, Charles Thomas Godman, Amber Nicole Cook, Scott Wesley Cook, Laura Marie Karm and Danna Ray Hutson; great-grandchildren, Harley, McKenna and Stella Grace; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Carolyn Faye Frizzell Mangum
TRINITY -- A Celebration of Life Service for Carolyn Faye Frizzell Mangum, 66, of Trinity was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010 at Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church with Pastor Jason Burden and the Rev. Leroy Brown officiating. Burial followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity. Mr. Mangum died Thursday, Oct. 21, at her residence. She was born Jan. 31, 1944, in Houston and was a graduate of W.G. Smiley High School. When she moved to Groveton, she began a career in banking. She was employed with Groveton First Bank and also worked as deputy in the Trinity County Clerks office. She was a member of the Rotary Club. She was married to Gordon Mangum and assisted him in his Gulf Oil Distribution Company as his secretary. Later she became a caregiver, caring for her parents and her husband until their deaths. She loved to read a good book and was known as a loving mother and grandmother who taught her family the importance of God and family. She was a member of Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Booth and Lillian Frizzell; her husband, Gordon Mangum; and a brother, Gene Frizzell. Survivors include two daughters and their spouses, Teresa and Kevin Searcy and Deanna and Freddie Roberts; a sister and her spouse, Grace and Haarvey Stovall; and five grandchildren Kaylyn Searcy, Kinley Searcy, Olivia Roberts, Samantha Roberts and Grant Roberts. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

John Edgar McClain
GROVETON – Services for John Edgar McClain, 90, of Trinity were held at 10- a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, at the Trinity Funeral Home with Jerr Gardner of the Church of Christ officiating. Burial followed in the Bennett Cemetery in Apple Springs. Mr. McClain died Friday, Oct. 22, in Montgomery. He was born Nov. 26, 1919, in Apple Springs and was employed as a watchmaker. Survivors include a son and his spouse, Phil E. and Barbara McClain; a brother and his spouse, James Harold and Mildred McClain; three grandchildren and their spouses, John Preston and Kristina McClain, Charles David and Jennifer McClain and Paul Eugene McClain; and five great-grandchildren, Cheyenne, Corlin, Wintter, Ashlynn and Nicole. Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Albert Pete LeNormand
KOUNTZE – Services for Albert Pete LeNormand, 77, of Sour Lake were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at Broussard’s Mortuary in Kountze. Burial followed in the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Sour Lake. Mr. LeNormand died Monday, Oct.18, 2010, at his residence. He was born Dec. 12, 1932, in Liberty, the son of Austin Columbus and Gladys (Jewell) LeNormand. A Sour Lake resident since 2009, he was a retired welder. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during peacetime in France. He was preceded in death by his step-children, David McEwin and Beth Mostik and her husband John. Survivors include his wife, Mary Elizabeth LeNormand of Kountze; four children and their spouses, Dana and Bubba Frazier of Kountze, Penny and Tommy Hill, Keith LeNormand of Beaumont and Lana LeNormand of Beaumont; a step- son and his spouse, Lawrence Hugh and Sandra McEwin of Lovelady, Texas; a daughter-in-law, Barbara McEwin; a sister, Louise Powell of Hull; 17 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Broussard’s Mortuary of Kountze directed the arrangements.

Doris Arnold Nelms
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Doris Arnold Nelms, 91, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 at Glendale Cemetery with the Rev. Barbara Campbell officiating. Mrs. Nelms died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010 at Kristi Lee Manor in Colorado City, Texas. She was born October 17, 1918. Survivors include two daughters, Fanchon Walker of Ingleside and Fonda Holman of Sweetwater; twin brothers, Archie and Arthur Arnold of Trinity; a sister-in-law, Virginia Arnold of Trinity; two grandchildren, Gregg Lackey and his wife, Carolynn, of Van Cover, Wash., and Heather Cox of Austin; and a number of nieces and nephews. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Peter Frank Morant
TRINITY – Services for Peter Frank Morant, 84 were held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010 at the First Baptist Church of Groveton with the Rev. Lewis Jones officiating. Burial followed in Glenwood Cemetery. Mr. Morant died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 at his residence. He was born June 20, 1926 in London, England. As a young man growing up in London, he would watch his stepfather work as a painter and later in life he became a self-employed contract painter. He attended Navel College and majored in navigation then served in the British Merchant Marines. During WWII he visited the United States and found he loved the country. He moved here in 1957. Mr. Morant worked for Morgan Crushable Company as a machinist. He was known for his since of humor and he enjoyed being around his family and friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Kelly Morant; a grandson, Stewart Morant; and his parents, Albert and Mollie Morant. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Mary Morant; five children and their spouses, Richard and Janet Morant, Stephen and Tamara Morant, Gail and Rodney Roberts, Dennis and Julie Morant and Stephanie and Ken Rammrath; three siblings, Jimmy Morant, Pat Oliver and Olive Rabjohn; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews, and his faithful cat Maggie. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Billy Pipkin
HUNTSVILLE – Graveside services for Billy Pipkin, 62, a life long resident of Huntsville, were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at Brooke Cemetery in Huntsville. Mr. Pipkin died Saturday, Oct. 16, in The Woodlands. He was born May 9, 1948 in Huntsville, the son of William Philip and Meta Isabell Pipkin. He was employed as a truck driver and enjoyed racing cars. Survivors include his wife, Pat Pipkin, of Huntsville; two sons, John Pipkin of Trinity and Steven Pipkin of Huntsville; three daughters, Diana Pipkin and Janet Wyatt of Huntsville and Mary Hopson of Houston; an honorary son, Rodney Avant of Spring; one brother, Sam Pipkin of Huntsville; two sisters, Doris Sloan of Lufkin and Kathy Michael of Cleveland; 11 grandchildren, Ryan, Heath, Corey, Colby, Cristen, Bryan, Jenna, Brianna, Skyler, Shyanne and John; one great-grandchild, Carson; and a number of other family and friends. Honorary pallbearers included Ryan Pipkin, Bryan Hopson, Heath Traylor, Thomas Evans, Corey Wyatt, and Marshall Pitrucha. An on-line family register book is available at www.brookefuneralservice.com Brooke Funeral Home of Huntsville directed the arrangements.

Syble Brewton Reynolds
TRINITY -- A celebration of life service for Syble Brewton Reynolds, 92, was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010 at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Lacey officiating. Burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery of Crockett. Mrs. Reynolds died Sunday, Oct. 17. She was born Oct. 30, 1917, at Porter Springs, the daughter of John Thomas and Annie Turner Brewton. She was known as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, mother-in-law and friend. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Reynolds; two sons, Jackie and Billy Reynolds; and a daughter, Connie Wiggins. Survivors include a son and his spouse, John and Lynn Reynolds of Spring; a daughter-In-law, Pam Ursery and her husband, Buddy of Trinity; a son-in-law, Jay Wiggins of Huntsville; a sister, Bernice Stubbs of Crockett; a brother and his spouse, Floyd and Mavis Brewton of Crockett; two sisters-in-law, Odessa Brewton of Crockett and Frances Brewton of Houston; three grandchildren, Mitzi Carrington, Bryan Wiggins and William “Trey” Strickland; four great-grandchildren, Kiersten Hawkins, Kamrey Hawkins, D’Ante Carrington and Dillion Carrington; and a number of nieces and nephews. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Mary Frances Barton Thornton
TRINITY -- Service for Mary Frances Barton Thornton were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at the First United Methodist Church of Trinity with Pastor Russ Munch officiating. Burial followed in Trinity Cedar Grove Cemetery. Ms. Thornton died Sunday, Oct. 17, in Conroe, Texas. She was born July 19, 1930 in Groveton, and attended Groveton public schools, graduating in 1947. She also graduated from Sam Houston State Teachers College with a degree in elementary education. She also gave piano lessons in her home for 10 years. Education was her passion and she remained an elementary teacher for more than 24 years before retiring from Windham School District after 10 years of service. Ms. Thornton was well known for her love of music, art and a good joke. She was a wonderful teacher and was very dedicated to her profession. Survivors include four children, Kaye Thornton Henry of Trinity, Don B. Thornton of Willis, Carl C. Thornton of Huntsville and Matthew A. Thornton and his wife, Ann, of Clear Lake; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Heather T. and Sam Robison, Jacob R. and Lucrecia Chandler, Dustin C. and Katrina Thornton, Joshua C. and Christy Thornton, Austin R. Thornton, William F. Thornton of Clear Lake and Paige Thornton of Willis; two great-grandchildren, Hath Robison and Gray Robison of Montgomery; and a number of other relatives. Also surviving is her very good friend, Doris Barton and her husband, Oran; and her devoted caregiver and friend, L.D. Lowery. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Barbara Jean Alston
TRINITY – Memorial services for Barbara Jean Alston, 67, of Trinity were held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010 at the Burning Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Parrish officiating. There also was a Karaoke Memorial Service at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at KC’s I Love This Bar and Grill located off FM 356 east of Trinity. Mrs. Alston died Thursday, Oct. 7, in Houston. She was born March 3, 1943, in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., the only child of Frank and May Bell Palmer. She was a professional singer and she owned and operated a karaoke company for more than two years. Her gift of song was her passion and she sang professionally in Oklahoma and in Texas. She was known as a kind hearted and very giving Christian lady who enjoyed helping others in need. She enjoyed painting and worked in home health care for a short term. She was a member of Burning Hope Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband of 18 years,Timothy Alston; six children and their spouses, Patricia and Shep Fagan, George A. Jones Jr., Robert and Barbara Jones, Gregory Fulch, Johnny Warren and Toby Harvey Jr.; a sister in Christ, Penelope Gibson; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

James Eugene Courtney
TRINITY – Graveside services for James Eugene Courtney, 64, were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, in the Taylor Cemetery with the Rev. O.L. Powell, pastor of the Greater Christian Life of New Waverly, officiating. Mr. Courtney died peacefully on Monday, Sept. 27, in Conroe. He was born Feb. 21, 1946, in Trinity, the son of Verner Lee and MaeDell Barnes Courtney. He was a graduate of a Houston high school and served in the U.S. armed forces. Mr. Courtney worked as a mortician for several years in Houston. Before he became disabled, he loved to travel, often spending 30 days in a new town and then move on to the next town. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters Thelma Richards and Patsy Vaughn. Survivors include a son, Randall “Randy” Richards; his niece and caregiver, Stacy Marse and her husband ,James; a niece and her spouse, Wendy and Roy Rodriguez; a nephew and his spouse, Keary and Jessica Vaughn; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Earline “E.J.” Mericle
GROVETON – Memorial services for Earline “E.J.” Mericle, 78, of Apple Springs were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, in the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Lewis Jones officiating. Mr. Mericle died Tuesday, Oct. 5, in Apple Springs. He was born Feb. 21, 1932, in Groveton and was employed as a switchman for Houston Belt and Terminal. He was a member of the Baptist faith. Survivors include a daughter, Judy Fielder of Euless; two sons, Kenneth Mericle of LaPorte and Ronnie Mericle of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Frank Ross Watts
TRINITY – Memorial services for Frank Ross Watts, 61, of Trinity will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 at the Trinity Tabernacle Assembly of God with the Rev. Rodger Goins officiating. Mr. Watts died Wednesday, Oct. 6 in Trinity. He was born April 18, 1949, in Springfield, Mo., the son of Lawrence and Argie Watts. He was a self-employed trim carpenter in the construction business. He also was a furniture reupholster and loved to do repair work on anything and everything. He became a rancher and he loved to work his cows. Mr. Watts attended Trinity Tabernacle Assembly of God Church. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jim Watts; and his mother-in-law, Sue Bell. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Jean Watts; a son, Jeffery Watts; a daughter, Kimberly Dawn Watts; a sister and her spouse, Sharon and Jess Hill; his father-in-law, Doug Bell; an aunt and her spouse, Peggy and Charlie Maines; three grandchildren, Diana, Kristina and Mitchell Watts; and a number of other relative. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Bronell “Pete” Davis
HUNTSVILLE – Services for Mrs. Bronell "Pete" Davis, 86, of Trinity were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at the Brooke Funeral Home Chapel in Huntsville. Burial followed in the Brooke Cemetery in Huntsville. Mrs. Davis died Tuesday, Sept. 28, in Crockett. She was born March 10, 1924 in Monticello, Ark., and was the owner-operator of The White Dove Bridal Shop in Huntsville during the 1980s. Survivors include two sons, Richard Davis of Trinity and Glenn Davis of Dallas; one brother, Richard Tindall of Trinity; two sisters, Nadell Kinsey of Trinity and Charlene Waters of League City; and a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. An online family register book is available at www.brookefuneralservice.com. Brooke Funeral Home of Huntsville directed the arrangements.

Raymond L. Sanders
HUNTSVILLE – Raymond L. Sanders, 72, died Friday, Sept. 24, 2010 in Tomball. He was born March 29, 1938 in Trinity and was a 1956 graduate of Trinity High School. Mr. Sanders was employed by HL&P where he retired in 1992 after 35 years. He was a member of Carrell St. Baptist Church in Tomball,. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Hill Sanders and Florence Calvert Sanders. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Melba Harrelson Sanders; a son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Mona Sanders; a daughter, Tracey Berry; two grandchildren, Jessica and Ryan Berry; and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley and Herbert Wehmeyer and Hilda and Robert Wehmeyer.

Marvin Moody Wroten
HUNTSVILLE – Marvin Moody Wroten, 76, of Trinity died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010 at his residence following a courageous battle with cancer. Family and friends surrounded him at the time of his death. The family will conduct private services at a later date. Mr. Wroten was born Feb. 23, 1934 in Palestine, the son of Thomas Vincent Wroten and Zelma Mae Woolley. At the age of 17 his brother, Jack, signed for him to join the U.S. Marines and he served overseas during the later part of the Korean conflict. Mr. Wroten spent most of his life as a brick mason. He built residences, schools and churches in Dallas, Tyler, Beaumont and the Trinity area. He was a gardener and loved to share the crop with everyone. He was also a story teller, poet and “quiet a character.” He was preceded in death by his mother and father; a stepmother, Mary Aramenta Wood-Wroten; four step-brothers, Calvin, Bert, Phillip and Paul Selman Wroten; one brother, Jack Elton Wroten; one sister, Alice Ola Daley; and his first wife, Mary Allison West. Survivors include his wife, Jackie Price; four daughters and their spouses, Gina and Warren Shaw of Austin, Holley Wroten and husband Brad of Colorado, Melanie and Hale Harris of Lindale and Lori and Bobby Gadaska of Honolulu, Hawaii; a son and his spouse, Randy and Alice Wroten of Huntsville; three sisters, June Hasty and Betty Kniffin, both of Tyler, and Ruth Swick of Plano; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Bobby Joe and Helen Wroten of Louisiana and Ellsey Wroten of Tyler; his adopted family, Gay and Cormac Lynch of Houston, Kent and Debbie Price of Trinity and Brent and Rhonda Price and wife Rhonda of Crockett; and a number of nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In lieu of services and flowers, Mr. Wroten requested donations be made to the American Cancer Society. An online family register book is available at www.brookefuneralservice.com Brooke Funeral Home of Huntsville directed the arrangements.

Terry “Box Car” Harris
HUNTSVILLE – Graveside services for Terry “Box Car” Harris, 57, of Oakhurst and formerly of Trinity were held Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 in the Sumpter Cemetery near Groveton with the Rev. Glenn Cooksey officiating. Mr. Harris died Thursday, Sept. 23, at his residence with his family at his side. He was born Sept. 16, 1953, in Pasadena and was preceded in death by his parents, Angus Harris and Thelma Harris Bailey Abel; and a sister, Juanne Horak. Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Stephanie Harris; a two daughters and their spouses, Tiffany and Thad Pruett of Deer Park and Christy and Justin Switzer of Willis; a son, Terrry Duane Harris of Oakhurst; a sister and her spouse, Melba and Larry Hall of Trinity; and three grandchildren, Justin Colt Switzer, Chase Wilson Switzer and Samantha Pruett. Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home of Huntsville directed the arrangements.

Doris Roberts Johnson
TRINITY – Services for Doris Roberts Johnson, 68, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 at the Rising Star Baptist Church of Grapeland with the Rev. Lawrence Brown officiating. Mrs. Johnson died Friday, Sept. 17. She was born Jan. 19, 1942, in Austin and was a graduate of Smithville High School. Mrs. Johnson was a devoted mother and homemaker. After receiving an LVN degree, she worked in the Medical Arts Building as well as the Nursing Registry. She retired in 1997. Mrs. Johnson moved to Grapeland in 1996 where she was a faithful member of Rising Star Baptist Church. Among her hobbies and favorite things to do, other than the Internet, was keeping in touch with family and friends and helped support her family. She was preceded in death by her mother, Vessya Geneva Holiday Roberts; her husband, Wadell Johnson; and an aunt, Dovadda Henson. Survivors include a daughter, Angela Howard; a son, Anthony Howard; her father and step-mother, James Edward and Lois Jean Roberts; six sisters and a brother-in-law, Joan Carrol Benard, Sherron and Roosevelt Fowler, Pearl Elaine Shepherd, Sally Ielene Tappin, Dovadda Roberts and Haddassah Roberts; four brothers and a sister-in-law, Frank and Sherl Tappin, James Edward Roberts Jr., Samuel Roberts and Marcus Stewart; four step-children, Calvin Dwayne Johnson, Danielch Johnson, Kenneth Johnson and Keith Johnson; two grandsons, Brandon Scott Howard and Christopher Jordan Dagile; a granddaughter, Sharifa Yvette Hampton; her cat, Jazz; and a number of other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Vera Lowery
TRINITY – A memorial services for Vera Lowery will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at the Chesswood Baptist Church located about five miles south of Livingston on U.S. 59. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Carlisle Cemetery Association or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

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