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Trinity Standard - Obituaries

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William E. Boyner
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Memorial services for William E. Boyner, 80, of Mpls & Rog-ers, Minn. and Trinity, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 at Word of Peace Church, 21705 129th Ave. No, Rogers, Minn. Mr. Boyner died Oct. 17. Survivors include his wife Laura; three daughters and their spouses, Ann Boyner and Mark McPherson, Betsy and Wayne Ortloff and Margaret and Dave Stone; five grand-children, Amy, Ally, Katie, Andy, Sonja; and a great-granddaughter, In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial con-tributions be made to the Shriner’s Childrens’ Hospital.

L. W. ‘Mutt’ Hudson
MARSHALL -- Services for L.W. “Mutt” Hudson, 90, were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at Ramah Church in Tenaha with Jerry Spivey officiating. Burial followed in Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha. Mr. Hudson died peacefully in a Weatherford nursing care facility on Oct.21. He grew up in Trinity and served during WWII in the Navy on the USS Bull in both the Pacific and Atlantic thea-ters. He influenced many lives as a middle school industrial arts teacher in the Marshall Inde-pendent School District and was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church in Mar-shall. Mr. Hudson loved sports, particularly golf. After his re-tirement in 1984 he became a faithful member of the Medi-care Golf Group in Marshall. His other love was gardening and competing with fellow gardeners in raising vast quan-tities of produce to distribute to friends and family. He also was an avid hunter and camper and taught his family to enjoy the outdoors. Mr. Hudson was an accomplished handy man who loved to help others. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Janie Lee Parrish Hudson; three children and their spouses, Susan and Ted Hull, Vergie and Malcom McKinley and Chip and Joy Hudson; a brother ,Billy Ray; five grandchildren, David Hudson Hull and wife Jessy Law, Christopher Lee Hull and wife Andrea Donovan, Hudson Lee McKinley, Stefan Foster McKinley and Ashlee Joy Hudson; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Addie Rose Arrington Hudson; his father, Elias Elonzo Hudson; siblings Lura Hudson Cheshire McCraw, O. B., Joe Bailey, Clifton; and grandson Hudson McKinley. Pallbearers included Chip Hudson, Malcom McKinley, Stefan McKinley, Ted Hull, Chris Hull, and Jeremy Rhodes. Honorary pallbearers were Andi Hull, David Hull and Jessy Hull. Sullivan Funeral Home of Marshall directed the arrange-ments. On-line condolences may be offered at www.sullivan-funeralhome.com.

James Ray Smith
TRINITY – James Ray Smith, 79, of the Carlisle Community died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 at a Lufkin hos-pital. According to his wishes, Mr. Smith was cremated and no services are scheduled at this time. He was born Nov. 17, 1932, the son of James Edward and Sybil June (McPike) Smith. Mr. Smith worked in the construction field and was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles Edward Smith; and four sisters, Evelyn Row, Ann Walker, Lois Hagen, and Patsy Ruth Smith Survivors include a sister, Helen Benson; cousins, Ray-mond Smith, Edward Don Smith and wife Betty, Mary Moffitt and husband James O., Jeannie Love; all of his Singleton cousins; and a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives, and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Mary Ann Reeves
TRINITY -- Memorial ser-vice for Mary Ann Reeves, 71, of Trinity is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 at the Riverside United Me-thodist Church with the Rev. Warren Austin officiating. Ms. Reeves died early Mon-day morning, Oct. 8, at her residence. She was born Jan. 15, 1941 in Kerens, the daughter of Ovell and Fannie Lucille (Chrisman) White. Ms. Reeves graduated from John H. Reagan High School in The Heights area of Hou-ston. She married Clarence “Tiny” Reeves Jr. in 1983, at which time she relocated to Riverside. They enjoyed 25 years of marriage before he died in 2008. She was employed mainly as a waitress. Recently, she had been employed by the Diamond Shamrock (Valero) of Trinity where she worked for about five years. She was a dedicated member of the Riverside United Methodist Church. Ms. Reeves enjoyed quilting and made many quilts that were used by the church to raise money for various mis-sion projects. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents. Survivors include four daughters, Cindy Lou Davis and husband Daymon of Vallejo, Calif., Tina Peterson and Maurice Gagnon of Riverside, Diana Vaughn and Chris Isaacson of Henderson, Nev., and Suzanne Mendez and husband Frank of Las Vegas; three step-children, Kenneth Reeves and wife Brenda, Keith Reeves and wife Paula, and Cindy Kendall and husband Kevin; a sister, Patsy Lowery; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a number of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives, and friends. According to the family’s wishes, Ms. Reeves will be cremated. Her ashes will be interred and a private ceremo-ny held at the Antioch Ceme-tery in Lovelady at a later date. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements,

James Ray Smith
TRINITY –James Ray Smith, 79, of the Carlisle community died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 at a Lufkin hospital. Services are pending with Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity. He was born Nov. 17, 1932, the son of James Edward and Sybil June (McPike) Smith.

Harold Michael ‘Mike’ Trow
TRINITY -- Services for Harold Michael “Mike” Trow, 70, were held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 at the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church in Trinity with the Revs. Jared Burt and Leroy Brown officiating. Burial followed at Trinity Cedar Grove Cemetery in the family plot. Mr. Trow died early Sunday morning, Oct. 14, at the Con-roe Regional Medical Center. He was born March 4, 1942 in Trinity, the son of Raymond Lane and Florene (Standley) Trow. Mr. Trow was a retired U. S. Army veteran having served during the Vietnam era and receiving rank of Chief War-rant Officer 3. He specialized in Missile System Technology and received numerous medals and ribbons for his service. He married the love of his life, Anita, on April 23, 1965 and they enjoyed 47 years of marriage together. Upon retiring from the mili-tary, he worked for Maverick Tube Corporation in Conroe. He was a resident of Trinity and a member of the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church. Mr. Trow was preceded in death by his parents; his wife’s parents, Edward and Jessie Jones; an infant brother, Edwin Trow; and brothers-in-law, Buddy Jones and Albert Pick. Survivors include his loving wife, Ms. Anita (Jones) Trow; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Kevin and Ronda Trow and James Trow; one brother and his spouse, Jerry and Me-lanie Trow and wife Melanie; one sister, Wanda Trow; brothers-in-law and their spouses, George and Linda Jones, Richard and Kay Jones and Carl and Mary Jones; sis-ters-in-law and their spouse, Vicki and Thomas Ramey, Cheryl and Bobby Rushing, Nancy Pick, Sandra and Rusty Sledge, and Betty Jones: and four grandsons, Hayden Trow, Matthew Trow, Justin Trow and Jake Trow; Pallbearers included Hayden Trow, Justin Trow, Josh Trow, Richard Jones, Eric Jones, Bobby Rushing, Archie Currie, Matthew Trow, and Jake Trow. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Gordon Melford Cotton
TRINITY -- A memorial service for Gordon Melford Cotton, 93, of Trinity was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at the First United Me-thodist Church of Trinity with Dr. Jon Weygandt and the Rev. Everett McCollum officiating. Burial followed at the Chalk Cemetery in Walker County. Mr. Cotton died Sunday evening, Sept. 30, at the Ava-lon Place Nursing Home in Trinity. He was born Oct. 26, 1918, in the North Walker County community of Kittrell, near Trinity. He was the only son and one of three children born to Robert Frank and Versie (Williamson) Cotton Mr. Cotton’s father died while a young man and his mother lovingly accepted the challenge to see that her child-ren were reared in a Christian home. Because she valued education, all three of her children graduated from the Sam Houston State Teachers College in Huntsville. All three became educators and retired from the Houston ISD. Mr. Cotton was “Class of 1935” graduate of Huntsville High School and a graduate of Sam Houston State Teachers College. He played on both the high school and college bas-ketball teams. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Cotton retired from the Houston ISD in 1979 after 42 years of service in numerous capacities including basketball coach, assistant principal, ad-ministrator, Area 1 Superin-tendent, and Deputy Superin-tendent for Administration. Mr. Cotton attended many ball games and events during his career. He demonstrated great care for his students and never allowed them to go with-out deserved punishment. He would explain the necessary punishment and, as a result, was highly respected by his students. He contributed greatly to the future of many students and worked diligently to improve education throughout his district. Mr. Cotton was active in the Houston community. He served on the board of direc-tors at Reagan Commerce Bank and the Houston Teach-ers’ Credit Union. He was a member of the Greater North Houston Kiwanis Club and served on the education com-mittee of the Houston Chamber of Commerce. Together with his wife, he retired to Westwood Shores in Trinity in 1980 where he con-tinued to contribute to the community. Here, he served as a trustee of Westwood Shores and as president of the Westwood Shores Men’s Golf Association. He served on the board of directors for the Lake Area National Bank. He, also, was a member of the Trinity Memorial Hospital District’s board where he strongly sup-ported the vision for the new hospital. Mr. Cotton was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Trinity. Mr. Cotton had many inter-ests. He enjoyed his farm, especially tending to the pecan trees that were given to him by the Waltrip Faculty. He en-joyed hunting, wild hog trap-ping, fishing, gardening, golf-ing, riding in the gold cart that was given to him when he re-tired, playing 42 and 84, and watching sports on television. Spending time with friends was always important to Mr. Cotton. Their doors were al-ways open. Many came for counseling while others came for a friendly visit. He enjoyed entertaining in their lovely home. He was always busy eager to get the next thing ac-complished; he did not waste time. Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Marjorie Lee (Weis) Cotton; a son Ralph Cotton and wife Sandra of Colleyville; two grandsons, Nicholas Cotton of Colleyville and Ryan Cotton of Boston, Mass.; twin sister, Dorothy Tipton of Houston; sister, Marguerite Croucher of Houston; a nephew, David Croucher and wife Yolanda; a niece, Diane McCharen and husband Bob; and a number of other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial con-tributions be made to The Trinity Boys and Girls Club and the First United Methodist Church of Trinity. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Joe Allen Eads
TRINITY -- Services for Joe Allen Eads, 47, of Trinity were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 at the Waller-Thornton Chapel in Trinity with the Rev. Jim Golden of the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church officiating. According to the family’s wishes, Mr. Eads body was cremated and his ashes will be scattered in a private ceremony at a later date. Mr. Eads died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 in Tyler. He was born Oct. 22, 1964 in Houston, the son of Les Levi “Sonny” and Mary Louise (Peoples) Franklin. Mr. Eads worked for most of his life as a commercial landscaper. Recently, he had been employed by a local ATV and used car dealer. He was in the process of starting his own alteration tailoring business and was very proud of a tailor-ing job that he did for the local VFW. Mr. Eads was preceded in death by his father, “Sonny” Franklin, and his brother, Ron-nie Franklin. Survivors include his wife, Marsha Ann Eads of Clear Lake City; a son, Jacob Eads of Beeville; two daughters, Charisa Birdwell and Ashley Eads of the Austin area; his mother, Mary Franklin of Trinity; two brothers, William Pipes, and Kenneth Franklin and wife Cathy of Cypress; a sister, Jananda Ellis and husband Delma of Trinity; a sister-in-law, Linda Franklin; his beloved dog, Louie; and a number of other relatives and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Sarah Delphene “Betty” Anderson
TRINITY -- Services for Sarah Delphene “Betty” An-derson, 89, were held at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at the Glendale Baptist Church with Revs. John Valenta and Roye Blackmon Jr. officiating. Burial followed at the Glen-dale Cemetery. Ms. Anderson died Thurs-day evening, Sept. 27, at St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan. She was born Jan. 19, 1923 in Saron, a farming community in Western Trinity County. She was one of four children born to Ellis Elton and Clara (Fuzzell) Johnson. The Johnsons were a charter family of the Glendale Baptist Church where Ms. Anderson was a life-long member. She served the church and the community in numerous capacities throughout the years and touched many lives. Ms. Anderson attended grade school in Glendale and was a Groveton High School graduate. She married Willie Jacob Anderson in 1942 and they enjoyed 31 years of mar-riage before he passed away in 1973. The Andersons were well-respected in the communi-ty. While Mr. Anderson worked to provide for the family, Mrs. Anderson tended to the home and, together, they raised three children. In her later years, Ms. An-derson was known for her work at the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her two brothers, Gary Johnson and Paul Johnson; her daugh-ter, Clara “Sissy” Anderson; and a daughter-in-law, Linda Anderson. Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, William Lee “Billy” Anderson and El-ton Timothy “Tim” and Car-men Anderson; a sister, Gladys Stokley; two grandchildren, Richard Anderson and Amanda Anderson; one great-granddaughter, Katelyn Anderson; and a number of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Pallbearers included Lynn Dotson, Dwayne Stokley, Ed-die Magee, Drew Robb, Jessie McDaniel, and Philip McKen-na. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements,

Helen Priscilla Davis DeWalt
TRINITY – Services for Helen Priscilla Davis DeWalt, 78, were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at Calvary Baptist Church in Trinity with Dr. Randy Lowe officiating. Burial will follow in Thorn-ton Church Cemetery. Mrs. DeWalt died Friday, Sept. 28, at the DeBakey Heart Clinic in Houston. She was born April 10, 1934, in Kirbyville, the daugh-ter of David Edward and Eva Davis. Harold and Helen DeWalt were married on Dec. 31, 1951 in Eunice. La. Mrs. DeWalt worked as a supervisor on Line 26 for Levi Straus as well as a manager for Vermillion Inn Restaurant while living in Crowley, La. They moved to Trinity where she built and owned the DeWalt Riverside Restaurant at Bell’s Camp. Her bowling team, DeWalt’s Riverside Restaurant, went to state several times. Mrs. DeWalt was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for more than 30 years. She served the church and the community in many areas including the Awanas program for children and as a cook for Vacation Bible School. She served as a judge for the Trinity Community Fair Parade where her floats won first place seven years in a row. Most recently, Mrs. DeWalt volunteered for the Good Samaritan House until her health prevented her from doing so. She is preceded in death by her son, Harold Wayne De-Walt; her parents; and broth-ers, Henry Wayne Davis, Da-vid Lee Davis and John Carroll Davis. Survivors include her hus-band of 61 years, Harold Ed-ward DeWalt; a son and his spouse, Clegg and Ernestine DeWalt; a daughter-in-law, Patty DeWalt; a brother, Do-nald Edward Davis; four sisters and their spouses, Kathy Kay and Cecil Trevino, Jayne and Sam Greninger, Rebecca Lou and Ray Couey and Betty Ruth Sheldon; four grandchildren, Clegg Edward DeWalt II and wife Debbie Garza, Harold Wayne DeWalt II and wife Ashlee, Coyle Edwin DeWalt, and Katelyn Marie Wayne DeWalt; a great-grandson, Harold Wayne DeWalt III; her dearest friend, Nellie Mosier; and a number of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives, and friends. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements,

John Edward Lankford
TRINITY – Services for John Edward Lankford, 80, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at the Waltrip Funeral Home Chapel in Hou-ston. Burial followed at Wood-lawn Garden of Memories. Mr. Lankford died Monday, Sept. 24. He was born Aug. 27, 1932, in Dallas, the son of Lon Argle and Claire Jones Lankford. Mr. Lankford was a gradu-ate of Woodrow Wilson High School’s class of 1950 in Dal-las. He was a U.S. Navy veter-an of the Korean War and was the owner and operator of Electronic Services Unlimited. He spent his time between Kingwood and his home on Lake Livingston, where he enjoyed boating and fishing. Mr. Lankford was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Edith; their daughter, Robbie; and son, John Jr. Survivors include a son and his spouse, P. Mark and Julia Lankford; 10 grandchildren, Adam Lankford, Amelia Lankford, David Lankford, Max Lankford, Jessica Garza and husband Damien, Derrick Lankford and wife Laura, Jen-nifer Rico and husband Emmanuel, Rachel Lankford and Amanda Lankford.; a number of great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial con-tributions be made to the Wounded Warriors Project at www.woundedwarriorproject. org.

Jose Guadalupe Llanos
TRINITY -- A Mass of Re-surrection for Jose Guadalupe Llanos, 37, of Trinity was held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 at the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church with the Rev. Gary Rottman and Deacon John Milton officiating. A rosary was held for Mr. Llanos the evening before fol-lowed by an all night vigil. Mr. Llanos died Sunday night, Sept. 23, 2012 in Trinity. He was born Oct. 21, 1974 in Ucareo, Michoacan, Mex-ico, the son of Jose Rafael and Eva (Nunez) Llanos. Mr. Llanos was employed as an auto mechanic. Survivors include his wife of 13 years, Patricia Aquilar; three children, Jennifer Llanos, Tom Llanos and Kerry Llanos; his parents, Rafael and Eva Llanos; eight brothers and sis-ters, Rafael Llanos Jr., Marga-rita Llanos, Marla E. Llanos, Silvia Llanos, Maricela Llanos, Samuel Llanos, Jaime Llanos and Yadira Llanos; and a number of friends and relatives. According to the family’s wishes, Mr. Llanos was cre-mated. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Dan Raymond Werner
RIVERSIDE – Memorial services for Dan Raymond Werner, 56, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012,, at Riverside United Methodist Church with Pastor Warren Austin officiating. A brief service will follow at the Werner family cemetery. Mr. Werner died Sept. 15 following a long battle with a brutal illness. He was born Nov. 28, 1955 and was inspired by Pastor Kent Albright and the Holy Spirit to turn his life over to Christ. He later became a member of the Riverside Unit-ed Methodist Church. His son, Zane and angel Kristin provided him with per-sonal car during the last weeks of his life. Survivors include his step-mother, Jan Werner Dunkerley; two brothers; two sons; two grandchildren; and a number of nieces and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made in his name to the Riverside United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 744, Riverside, Texas 77367,


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