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Trinity Standard - Obituaries

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Edna Dale Carlton
GROVETON -- Services for Edna Dale Carlton, 70, of Groveton were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 in First Baptist Church in Groveton, with Bro. Lewis Jones, Bro. Lester McAdams, and Bro. Curtis Jordan officiating. A private interment followed. Mrs. Carlton died Sunday, Sept. 11, surrounded by her family in Lufkin’s Hospice in the Pines, She was born July 16, 1941 in Polk County, the daughter of Easton Frank Perkins and Jewel Massey Perkins. Mrs. Carlton grew up in the Wakefield Community and after marrying G.W., Smith she moved to Houston, where she lived until 1980. While in Houston, she became involved in many activities centering around her children’s lives. Desiring to be closer to family, she and her husband returned to the Corrigan area after building their home there in the early 1980’s. She became known in the area for her commitment to her church and community as well as for her beautiful artwork and cake decorating. She also loved to travel and spend time with her family and friends, often hosting them for a home cooked meal. Whether traveling or staying at home, she enjoyed getting “dolled up” and was known for her style and grace. After G.W.’s death, she was married to Billy Carlton and resided in Groveton until the time of her death. She was preceded in death by her first husband, G.W. Smith; her father, Easton Perkins; and a brother, Bobby Perkins. Survivors include her husband, Billy Carlton of Groveton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Eddie Van Antwerp of Houston and Lisa and Kevin McCollum of Corrigan; a son and daughter-in-law, Travis and Kim Smith of Corrigan; two brothers, Carl Perkins of Tuttle, Okla. and Jerry Perkins of Atoka, Okla.; a sister, Linda Parrish of Corrigan; her mother, Jewel Perkins of Corrigan; four grandchildren, Ethan Van Antwerp, Elijah Van Antwerp, Andy McCollum and wife Courtney, and Emily Smith; a great-granddaughter, Kaylee McCollum; two nieces, Amy Kilgore and Kasey Perkins; two great-nephews, Jackson Kilgore and Cooper Kilgore; a step-son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Tammy Carlton of Trevat; three step-grand-children, Ben, Corey, and Alison Carlton; and a number of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers included Paul Martin, Jerry Perkins, Carl Perkins, Donald Wilson, Charles Chandler, and Leslie Kilgore. Honorary Pallbearers were Harlon Parrish, Willie Brooks, Earl Caddenhead, Brandt Burleson, Milt Purvis, Bobby Reed, Doug Page, Sam Carlton, Tiger Worsham, Jack Vickers, and Mike Hales. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made in honor of Edna Dale Carlton to Trinity County American Cancer Society or to Hospice in the Pines. An online guestbook is available at www. grovetonfuneralhome.com. Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Ethel Rhea Gates
TRINITY – Services for Ethel Rhea Gates, 74, were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Trinity with the Rev. Kenneth Myers, Bro. Harold Gates (son) and the Rev Dennis Lowery officiating. Burial followed in Clapp Cemetery. Mrs. Gates died Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Roans Prairie. She was born Feb. 20, 1937 in Riverside and was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Gates; her parents, Benjamin Harvey and Birdy Caneacy Blackman; and six siblings, Eddie “Feller”, William “Junior”, Weldon “Bo”, Doris, Fay, and Lois. Survivors include eight children and their spouses, Louis and Valerie Gates, Harvey and Pam Gates, Troy and Terri Gates, Randall and Wendy Gates, Harold and Denise Gates, Charlie and Vickie Marie Gates, James “Snoopy” Gates and Wendy Schanfish, and Gayla and Danny Garcia; 32 grandchildren, James, Jason, Justin, Clint, Jordon, Randy, Haley, Josh, Johnathon, Crystal, Chelsey, Blake, Jacob, Joni, Julie, Nathan, Stormie, Kayla, Dusty, Aliva, Britney, Ashley, Alyssa, Tessa, Jaden, Amy, Chloe, Ashley, Dean, Amanda, William and Ryan; 11 great-grandchildren, Aaliyah, Wednesday, Riley Keith, Reilynn, June, Aubrey, Emlyen, Ian, Tyler, Victoria and Mason; and a number of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers included Billy Joe Slaughter, Bruce Thompson, Richard Jones, Billy Blackman, James Gates and Neal Smith. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Billy Elzie Hogg
TRINITY – Services for Billy Elzie Hogg, 75, were held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church in Livingston with the Rev. Joe MacDonald officiating. Burial followed in the Glendale Cemetery in Trinity County. Mr. Hogg died in a truck accident on Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Trinity County. He was born June 26, 1936 in Livingston and was in the transportation business. He had driven a truck for more than 55 years and had more than four million miles of safe driving on his record. Mr. Hogg was a man of great faith and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he volunteered many hours. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Florence Hogg. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Jo Ann Hogg; a daughter and her spouse, Elizabeth Anne and Phillip McKenna of Willis; a son, Wayne Hogg of Livingston; his mother-n-law, Gladys Stokley of Livingston; a sister, Jeannie Sorley of Alief; grandchildren, Kristen and Brian Loveday of College Station, Karla McKenna, Kelsi McKenna and Kayla McKenna, all of Willis, Kasey and Isaia of Ft. Meade, MD, Phillip McKenna Jr. of Conroe, Wayne Hogg Jr. of Splendora and Kassie Hogg of Livingston; great-grandchildren, Klayton, Kaileigh, Bryce, Blake, Christopher and Kyla; special cousins and their spouses, Minnie and Gary Wilson of Onalaska, William and Sharon Hodge of Onalaska, Doyle and Virginia Hodge of Leggett and Elton and Debra Hodge of Corrigan; and a number of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers included Calvin Hogg, Bill Anderson, Tim Anderson, Donald Sorley, Phillip McKenna Jr., Wayne Hogg Jr. and Calvin Hogg. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Delma Thornton Williams
PALESTINE -- Graveside services for Delma Thornton Williams, 95 of Crockett were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 at Dailey Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Lofton officiating. Mrs. Williams died Sunday, Sept. 18. She was born Dec. 25, 1915, the only child of Clea and Ettie Thornton. Mrs. Williams was found her savior at an early age and strived to serve Jesus Christ. She began teaching Sunday school at age 16 and continued for 71 years. She loved children and taught school for 37 years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Paul Williams; her father, Clea Thornton; her mother, Ettie Cheatham; a grandson, Christopher Williams; and a great granddaughter, Kara Whitney. Survivors include her precious sister, Milly Cheatham Masters of Pollock; two daughters and son-in-law, Martha and Glenn Whitney of Franklin, Tenn. and Karen Hare of Trinity; a son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Linda Williams of Deer Park; grandchildren, Kevin and Alison Whitney, Kelley and Jay Hall, Geri and John Stout, Scott and Misty Williams, Heather and David Counsellor and Andrea “Anne” and Jeromy Walker; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a number of nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Youth Group in Trinity Bailey and Foster Funeral Home of Palestine directed the arrangements. To view online, leave condolences or sign guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneral home.com

Oscar Mills Williams
TRINITY – Services for Oscar Mills Williams, 86, were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 at the First Baptist Church of Groveton with the Rev. Lewis Jones officiating. Burial followed in Glenwood Cemetery in Groveton. Mr. Williams died Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Groveton with his family at his side. He was born Dec. 24, 1924, in Carmona on December 24, 1924 and was preceded in death by a son, Robert Carrol Williams; a sister, Vera Smith; three brothers, Johnny Williams, Thomas Williams and Richard Williams; and his parents, Thomas Leo and Jessie Lavinia Williams. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Mildred Williams; two daughters and a son-in-law, Nancy Cotton and Kay and Joe McKinney; a son, Terry Don Williams; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary Stewart and Rachel and Mack Stevenson; a brother and his spouse, Marvin Clinton and Lynn Williams; grandchildren, Amanda, Shawn Robert, Christian Dwayne, Cody Jay, Randy Joe, Tamera Lynn, Tyler Don and Timothy Robert; 10 great-grandchildren; and a number of nephews, nieces and other relatives. Pallbearers included Shawn Cotton, Tyler Williams, Tim Williams, Alton Mericle, Chris Cotton and Bobby Smith. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Arthur William “Bill” Meyers
TRINITY -- Graveside services for Arthur William “Bill” Meyers were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011 at the Carlisle Cemetery in Trinity County with the Rev. Leroy Brown officiating. Mr. Meyers died Friday, Sept. 9, in Houston. He was born March 25, 1946 in Groveton and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a professional diesel mechanic and had worked for International Trucking, Cummings Trucking, Montgomery Trucking and Airline Trucking. He also did a little plumbing and electric work as well. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo Meyers; his parents, Arthur Junior and Ruth Mae Meyers; and a stepson, Ricky Bratton. Survived include a son and his spouse, Arthur William and Gina Meyers; a daughter and her spouse, Shaun and John Burnman; two step-daughters, Susie Cross and Shannon Arnold; four siblings and their spouses, Brenda and Joseph Fredrick, Shelia and Phil Smith, Janice Coursey and Joseph Meyers; two grandchildren, Josh and Leslie; a great-great granddaughter, Zoey; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

James Elvin Neeley
HUNTSVILLE – Services for James Elvin Neeley, 74, Madisonville were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville. Burial followed at Pine Prairie Cemetery in Walker County. Mr. Neeley died Tuesday, Sept. 6 at his residence. He was born Aug. 13, 1937 in Richards and worked for over 30 years at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, retiring as a project superintendent. Mr. Neeley was a lifelong member of Elks Lodge #1981. He also was a charter member the Pine Prairie VFD and was instrumental in forming the department. He coached in the Lion’s Club Little League Baseball for many years in the 1970s and followed Huntsville athletics for many years, always supporting and encouraging the youth of Walker County. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Ella Laverne Neeley. Survivors include a son and his spouse, Mike and Amy Neeley; a daughter and her spouse, Bridgette and Tony Clay; a bother, Norman Neeley; and grandchildren, Dustin Neeley, Emily Mazyn and her husband Cameron, James Clay, Dylan Neeley, Trista Suttles, Stephanie and Michael Evans; and a great-grandson, Hunter Neeley. Memorial condolences may be made to the family online at www.shmfh.com Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home of Huntsville directed the arrangements.

Dorothy Mae Ralston
TRINITY – Dorothy Mae Ralston, 77, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2011 in Huntsville with her devoted daughters at her side. Private funeral services were held by the family. She was born March 24, 1934 in Hollis, Okla. She was retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice after 15 years service as a nurse. She loved helping and providing for those in need. She also worked as a nurse for Avalon Place Nursing Home in Trinity and assisted the elderly. Mrs. Ralston is preceded in death by her husband, Larry Jim Ralston; and her parents, Howard and Virginia Crow. She is survived by two daughters, Elaine Enoch and Ginger Pina; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Wane and Bernice Crow and Warren Crow; three grandchildren and their spouses, Brandy and Mark Watson, Amber and Gabriel Pina and A.J. Pina; two great-grandchildren, Lala Demi and Gabriel Gurrero; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Jean Lee Rhodes
HUNTSVILLE – Services for Jean Lee Rhodes, 69, were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 at Union Grove Baptist Church, in Richards. Burial followed at Pool’s Cemetery in Richards. Ms. Rhodes died peacefully Saturday, Sept. 10, after a valiant battle with pulmonary fibrosis. She was retired from the Union Baptist Association after 20 years of employment. She also was a volunteer at Huntsville Memorial Hospital until her declining health forced her to stop. She also sang in the church choir and taught children in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Stella Lee. Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, William D. “Butch” and Gloria Lee; a sister and brother-in-law, Edwin and Faye Egbert; and a number of nieces, nephews and extended family. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church Choir Robe Fund, P.O. Box 112, Trinity, Texas 75862. 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.

Randall Elwood “Randy” Stephens
TRINITY – Services for Randall Elwood “Randy” Stephens, 51, were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with the Rev. Leroy Brown officiating. Burial followed in Clapp Cemetery near Trinity. He died Friday, Aug. 19, in Highlands. Born Aug. 17, 1960, he was preceded in death by his parents, Winston Elwood and Anelma Jean Brantley Stephens. Survivors include three siblings and their spouses, Dana and Leland Heuszel, Mary and James Bryer and Rusty Stephens; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

William Aaron “Bill” Vaught
TRINITY – William Aaron “Bill” Vaught, 51, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at his Trinity residence. No services are scheduled at this time. Mr. Vaught was born Sept. 21, 1959, in Houston and was a member of the Burning Hope Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Aaron and Gladys Vaught. Survivors include his wife, Linda Lewis; and a brother, Jessie Vaught of Magnolia. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Evelyn Mae Wickman
TRINITY -- Memorial services for Evelyn Mae Wickman, 83, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity with the Rev. Leroy Brown officiating. Mrs. Wickman died Friday, Sept. 9, in Trinity. She was born Aug. 14, 1928 in West Newbury, Mass. and was a homemaker. She was known as a great cook and worked as a chief in the restaurant business. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul David Wickman; three sons, Paul Robert, Tommy and James Michael Wickman; a brother, Jim Dawkins; a sister, Doris Worthley; her parents, Albert and Edith Dawkins; and a brother-in-law, Alfred Wickman. Survivors include a son and his spouse, Albert and Kathy Wickman; a daughter and her spouse, Patty and Dan Lovely; nine grandchildren, Tony, Kelly, Timmy, Colleen, Caroline, Tina, Shane, Robby and Stephanie; two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Alyssa; and a number of other relatives. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Dorothy Stewart
CROCKETT -- Mrs. Dorothy Stewart, 71, of Crockett died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Visitation was held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Callaway-Allee Funeral Home in Crockett. She was born Dec. 26, 1939 in Grapeland and was a resident of Crockett for 30 plus years. Mrs. Stewart attended the North Loop Baptist Church and had worked as an Avon representative. She was preceded in death by a son, Paul Rich; two brothers, Robert Jones and Leroy Jones; and her father and mother, Elbert Lee and Rosa Jones. Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, David Rich of Trinity and Jessie and Ranae Rich of Nacogdoches; a daughter, and her spouse Pamela and Nolan Higginbotham of Tyler; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, Kristi and Shane Crutcher of Neches, Roger Rich of Eden, N.C., Aireal Rich of Eden, N.C., J.B. Rich of Nacogdoches, Marty Rich of Nacogdoches, Clay Rich of Nacogdoches, Robert and Chelsea Rich of Tyler, Jeremy Brumley of Tyler, Jeremy Rich of Center and Tiffany Christopher of Huntington; a number of great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home of Crockett directed the arrangements. Condolences for Mrs. Stewart may be left at online obituaries http://www.callawayallee.com./

 

 

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