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Trinity Standard - Obituaries
For the Week of March 7, 2007 - March 14, 2007
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Lorenzo J. “Larry” Bortolazzo
TRINITY – Lorenzo J. “Larry” Bortolazzo, 89, of Trinity7 died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007, in Trinity.
No funeral service is scheduled.
He was born March 6, 1917, in Santa Barbara, Calif., the son of the late Ugenio and Angela Sarnigotto Bortolazzo. He served in the merchant marine, carry supplies by sea to troops during World War II.
Mr. Bortolazzo also was an owner-operator of an auto service and gasoline station in Santa Barbara, Calif.
He moved to Trinity in 2001 and enjoyed playing golf in his free time.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ugenio Bortolazzo.
Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Mary Evelyn Bortolazzo of Trinity; three daughters, Diane Hunn of California, Judith Ryan of Las Vegas and Lori Davison of California; two step-sons and their spouses, Mike and Bobbie Morrison and Phillip and Lynn Morrison; a sister, Ugenia Signor; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Virgil Wiley Doop
TRINITY – Services for Virgil Wiley Doop, 90, were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2007, in the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Jason Burden and the Rev. Lindsey Nimmons officiating.
Burial followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.
Mr. Doop died Wednesday, Feb. 21, in Crockett.
He was born Jan. 17, 1917, in Beaver City, Okla., one of 11 children born to Orr Wiley and Cena Bell Miller Doop.
Mr. Doop was a veteran of World War II. As a member of the U.S. Army, he helped rebuild Pearl Harbor following the Dec. 7, 1941 attack by the Japanese. He was a lifelong member of American Legion Post #314.
He was a member of the Labor Union of Palestine and served as its president as well as president of the AFL/CIO chapter in Yuba, Calif.
Mr. Doop owned and operated a locksmith business for over 24 years and was a member of the Texas Locksmith Association.
He served a term as president for the Trinity AARP chapter and was a member of the Dorcas Willis Memorial Baptist Church where he served as a church deacon and Sunday School teacher.
He was a carpenter by trace and spent his free time hunting, fishing or playing the harmonica and guitar.
Mr. Doop was preceded in death by his parents; eight brothers and sisters, Zell, Lewis, Mary, Joe, Willis, Delmar, Hattie and Faye; and a step-daughter-in-law, Maria Vanecek.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Mrs. Verda Veatrice Franklin Doop; a daughter and her spouse, Margaret and Bruce Davis; a son and his spouse, Dale and Linda Doop; a stepson, Joe Wayne Vanecek; two sisters, Dorothy Page and Lillie Craig; three grandchildren and a spouse, Michael and Mary Davis, Dale Shannon Cooper and Valicia Doop; two step-granddaughters, Valecia Vanecek and Sareca Vanecek; five great-grandchildren, Cheyanna Davis, Cody Davis, Shelli Davis, Brandon Veedell and Jared Baker; two step-great-grandsons, Nathan Smith and Dylon Briston; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Sheri Lynn Derrick
TRINITY – Memorial services Sheri Lynn Derrick, 40, of Trinity were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, at the River of Life Church in Trinity with the Rev. Mike Loftin officiating.
Mrs. Derrick died Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Trinity.
Born Nov. 16, 1966, in Mt. Jackson, Va., she was the daughter of the late Jim and Helen Frances Kitts Leith. Mrs. Derrick was a homemaker and enjoyed helping friends and caring for her neighbors.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Sandy Price and Betsy Price; and a brother, Edward Franklin Leith.
Survivors include her husband of 26 years, William L. Derrick; a daughter, Cherish Derrick; a son, William Derrick Leith; a brother and sister-in-law, James Richard and Tina Leith; a sister, Cathy Argone; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Robert Edward Gates Jr.
TRINITY – Graveside services for Robert Edward Gates Jr., 46, of Houston were held at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, 2007, in the Thornton Cemetery with John Valenta and Leslie McGee officiating.
Mr. Gates died Thursday, Feb. 15, in Galveston.
He was born Dec. 16, 1960, in Houston and was employed as a carpenter.
Survivors include his wife, Dee Cooper; two daughters, Melissa and Samantha; his father and step-mother, Robert Edward “Ed” and Claudia Gates of Trinity; a brother, John Gates; and a sister, Brenda Bosley.
Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

John Thomas Geraughty
CAMDENTON, MO – Services for John Thomas Geraughty, 86, of Florissant, Colo., were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007, in the Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home in Camdenton, Mo.
Burial followed in the Machpelah Cemetery in Lexington, Mo.
Mr. Geraughty died Wednesday, Feb. 14, in Florissant, Colo.
Born May 4, 1920, in Lexington, Mo., he was the son of James Emmett and Beulah Irene Geraughty. He resided in Kansas City until 1973 when he moved to Camdenton, Mo. From 1995 to 2005 he resided in Clearwater, Kansas, and then traveled in his RV between his sons’ homes. He had resided for the past seven months with his son in Florissant.. Colo.
Mr. Geraughty was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Richard Daniel Geraughty; a brother, James Emmett Geraughty Jr.; three wives, Frances Agnes (Polson), Charlotte Louise “Shirley” (Holding) and Delores LaJune “June” (Spackman/McQuillan).
Survivors include two sons and their spouses, John Thomas and JoAnn Geraughty Jr. of Groveton; and Brent Lee and Cindra Geraughty of Florissant, Colo.; two sisters, Elizabeth Finch and Jean Landrum, both of Independence, Mo.; a stepbrother and his spouse, Robert and Bonnie Hankins of Lees Summit, Mo.; and a sister-in-law, Joyce Geraughty of Waverly, Mo.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society of the Prospect Home Care and Hospice, Inc., of Woodland Park, Colo.
Allee-Holoman-Howe Funeral Home of Camdenton, Mo., directed the arrangements.

Marjorie Dee May
GROVETON – Services for Marjorie Dee May, 74, of Apple Springs were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007, in the Groveton Funeral Home with Bros. Jackson and Kennedy officiating.
Burial followed in Moore Cemetery.
Mrs. May died Friday, Feb. 16, in Lufkin.
She was born Nov. 21, 1932, in Trinity County and was a housewife. She was a member of the Scrub Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Adrian May of Apple Springs; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert Kent May of Apple Springs and Michael Dean and Teresa May of Apple Springs; three grandchildren, Julie Dee Helm, Bryan David May and Justin Keith May; two great-grandchildren, Destanie Sky Bonham and Michael Logan May; and a number of other relatives and friends.;
Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Irvin “Shorty”Offutt
HUNTSVILLE – Memorial services for Irvin “Shorty” Offutt, 82, of Trinity were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2007, in the First United Methodist Church in Trinity with the Rev. Everett McCollum officiating.
Mr. Offutt died Tuesday, Feb. 13, in Huntsville.
A veteran of World War II, he was retired from Natural Gas Pipeline of America following 30 years of service. Mr. Offutt enjoyed fishing, traveling and woodworking.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Earleen Offutt; a daughter and her spouse, Brenda and Melton Brock of Trinity; a daughter-in-law, Lana Offutt of Bridgeport; two brothers; three sisters; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Brooke Funeral Services of Huntsville directed the arrangements.

Sharon Kay Ramby
TRINITY – Graveside services for Sharon Kay Ramby, 54, of Houston were held at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, at the Marquez Cemetery in Marquez with the Rev. Marilyn Meeker-Williams officiating.
Miss Ramby died Thursday, Feb. 15.
She was born Nov. 30, 1952, in Shreveport, La. and was a graduate of Houston Baptist University with a Bachelors Degree in both chemistry and biology. After working as a chemist and quality manager/facilitator for many years in Crosby and Tulsa, Okla., she designed and made signs as the owner-operator of BannerlandTX.com.
Miss Ramby was a member of the Bering Memorial United Methodist Church of Houston where she served on the board of trustees for many years.
She enjoyed camping, playing tennis and golf and music. Her newest hobby was serving as a foster home for an animal rescue group and she loved working with shelter dogs to help find them permanent homes.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Esther Lois Ramby in 2005.
Survivors include her father, Harold Barton Ramby; two brothers, Keith Ramby and Tom Ramby; a nephew, Lloyd Ramby; a niece and her spouse, Jennifer and Jeremy Jordan; he beloved dogs, Rusty and Trap’er; her cat, E/Z; and her current foster puppy, Basia.
The family has requested that memorial gifts be made to the Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, Scout’s Honor Animal Resuce, Marquez Cemetery or to the American Heart Assication.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Deborah Wyatt
TRINITY – Memorial services for Deborah Wyatt, 56, of Trinity were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007, at the Trinity Pines Baptist Church.
Mrs. Wyatt died Sunday, Feb. 18, in Trinity.
She was born Dec. 6, 1950, in Houston. She was a homemaker and a member of the Trinity Pines Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Brandi Wyatt; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Mike Curtis and Randy and Tammy Curtis; and two grandchildren, Robert Curtis and Dylan Groves.
Trinity Funeral Home directed the arrangements.







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