Trinity Standard - Obituaries
For the Week of September 1, 2008 - September 7, 2008
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Ronald Glen “Stubby” Brister
GROVETON – Services for Ronald Glen “Stubby” Brister, 54, of Apple Springs were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008, in the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Rodger Floyd officiating.

Burial followed in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Mr. Brister died Monday, Sept. 1, in Lufkin.

He was born Dec. 18, 1953, in Nacogdoches and was employed in the maintenance department at Citation Corp. He was a member of the Trevat Church of Christ and the American Coon Hunter Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Doris McDougled Brister; and a brother, Billy Mac Brister.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly Brister of Apple Springs; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Glen and Christi Brister of Apple Springs and Billy Mac Brister of Groveton; five brothers and their spouses, Jimmy Lee and Shirley Brister of Apple Springs, James Larry and Jean Brister of Iola, Scott and Stacy Brister of Apple Springs, Omer and Brenda Brister of Apple Springs and Michael and Mary Joe Brister of Groveton; three sisters and their spouses, Patsy and George White of Apple Springs, Susan and James Jacobs of New Caney and Bracy and David Wars of Groveton; four grandchildren, Cody, Jaci, Matthew and Emily Brister; 18 nieces and nephews; and a number of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be Rick Harrison, Payton Pate, Brian Perkins, Jose Roules, Kenneth Jones, Larry Turner, Kirk Caps and Paul Mouton. Honorary pallbearers  will be Dallas Sanders and Herman Gibson.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Groveton Funeral Home will direct the arrangements.

Eugene Cooper
CLEVELAND – Services for Eugene Cooper, 80m, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, in the Neal Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial followed in the Cleveland Memorial Cemetery in Cleveland, Texas.

Mr. Cooper died Wednesday, Aug. 27, in The Woodlands.

He was born Sept. 2, 1927, in Mt. Vernon and was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Sadie Boone Cooper; a daughter, Janice Cooper; two brothers, Buddy Cooper and Jerry Cooper; and four sisters, Faye, Bernice, Annie Ruth and Bobby.

Survivors include his wife, Avola Cooper; two daughters and their spouses, Glenda and Lyndol Kinser of Shepherd and Sherria and Henry Crouch of Duck Hill, Miss.; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Kenneth Cooper of Shepherd and Gary and Jimmie Cooper of Shepherd; three sisters, Sammy Lee Mosley, Sara Sue and Bernice Marie Larue; two brothers, Tommy Cooper and Johnny Mack Cooper; 11 grandchildren, Jimmy, Kenny Wayne, Sherrie, Vickie, Craig, Heleshia, Krystal, Mark, Kaygene, Tonya and Eric; 31 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Neal Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Emily Maedell Massey
TRINITY – Services for Emily Maedell Massey, 81, were held Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, in the River of Life Church in Trinity with the Rev. Mike Loftin officiating.

Burial followed in Taylor Cemetery.

Mrs. Massey died Wednesday, Aug. 27, in Houston.

She was born June 3, 1927, in Trinity and was preceded in death by her husband, Carl A. Massey; and four sons, Richard, Russell, Gary and Steven.

Survivors include a daughter and her spouse, June and Ron Dominy; a brother, Zeekie Dunaway; three grandchildren and their spouses, Michael and Lisa, Darrell and Wendy and Sean and Jennifer; eight grandchildren, Jonathan, Jennifer, Jessica, Kaylee, Tanya, Tiffany, Kirsten, Taylor and two babies on the way; and a number of other relatives.

Waller-Thornton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Dorothy Mae Ross
TRINITY – Memorial services for Dorothy Mae Ross, 86, were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28,  2008 in the Avalon Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center with the Rev. Jim Newton officiating.

Mrs. Ross died Saturday, Aug. 23, in Crockett.

She was born Feb. 18, 1922, in Dallas, the daughter of the late Charlie Addison and Ottie Mae Pate. She was employed as an insurance executive secretary for more than 50 years.

Mrs. Ross was a resident of Avalon Place and enjoyed playing dominos with friends as well as any activities in which she could be involved. She was known as a Christian woman and enjoyed reading books and watching television.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Ross; and a son, Richard Lynn Duke.

Survivors include two sisters, Haddie Lee Wojcik and Clela Fay Garner; a brother, John Charles Pate; a granddaughter, Dorothy Lyn Travis; a grandson, Ricky Joe Duke; and two great-grandchildren, Danille Travis and Camren Yeager.

Waller-Thornton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Rafael “Ralph” Serda
TRINITY – A mass of celebration for Rafael “Ralph” Serda, 77, was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 1, 2008, at the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Father Tom Edelen officiating.

Burial followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.

Mr. Serda died Saturday, Aug. 30, in Trinity.

He was born Nov. 10, 1930, in Mission and was preceded in death by his parents, Encarnacion and Epifania Cavazos Serda; a son, Able Serda; and siblings, Amelia Vela and her husband Trinidad, Aurora Olivarez and her husband Auturo, Eli Silva, Emma Gonzalez and Reynaldo Serda.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Guadalupe Sanchez Serda; three daughters and a son-in-law, Maria Teresa Spencer, Maria Thelma Serda and Irma and Michael Dowden; two sons and their spouses, Antonio “Tony” and Juana Serda and Alejandro “Alex” and Debbie Serda; four siblings and their spouses, Alberta and Oscar Ochoc, Lesvia Peralez, Dora and Willie Rodriguez and Raymundo Serda; and four grandchildren, Bryan, Michael, Steven and Brandon Serda.

Waller-Thornton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.



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