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Trinity Standard - Obituaries
For the Week of March 15, 2007 - March 22, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Alton Odell Cannon
TRINITY – Services for Alton Odell Cannon, 77, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, 2007, in the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Thurman Cannon officiating.

Burial followed with military honors and Masonic Last Burial Rites in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.

Mr. Cannon died Thursday, March 1, in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Houston.

He was born Oct. 25, 1929, in Lovelady. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was awarded the Korean Service Medal with two bronze stars.

Mr. Cannon was the owner/operator of Cannon’s Barber Shop for many years and was a lifetime member of the Trinity County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6899 in Trinity.

He also was an active member of the Joe Werner Masonic Lodge #553 AF & AM of Trinity. He served as the lodge’s worshipful master in 1975 and as tiler for more than 20 years.

Mr. Cannon was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Laura Cannon; a daughter, Susan Moore; and a grandson, Ryan Moore.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Edith Cannon; a daughter and her spouse, Terri and Gary Fields; brothers and sisters as well as their spouses, Morris Cannon, Margaret and Walter Lyons, Syble Vanderpool and Jim Perry, and Joy and Billy Hinson; two grandsons, Bobby A. Fields and Steven A. Fields; and a number of other relatives.

Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements.

Wanda Kay Owen
ONALASKA – Services for Wanda Kay Owen, 47, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2007, at the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska with the Rev. Steven Waldrep officiating.

Burial followed in the Eastern Gate Cemetery in Trinity.

Mrs. Owen died Monday, Feb. 26, at her daughter’s residence in Houston.

Born Nov. 26, 1959, in Houston, she was the daughter of Kathleen Owen Taylor.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Charles Owen of Borger and Eric and Kendal Shephard of Houston; a daughter and son-in-law, Christina Danielson and Josh Cook of Houston; her mother, Kathleen Taylor of Trinity; two sisters, Judith Rigler of Borger and Carolyn Bowman of Cypress; a brother, Donald LaPlant of Trinity; a foster brother, Steven Glossner of Salt Lake City, Utah; two grandchildren, Haley Owen and Jude Shepherd; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers included Herbert Kidd IV, Kevin Wade, David Weiss, Miguel Soto, Christopher Lynn and Kevin Spaulding. Honorary pallbearer was Christopher Curtis.

Cochran Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

George Allen Pillows
GROVETON – Services for George Allen Pillows, 78, of Groveton were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2007, at the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Lewis Jones officiating.

Burial followed in the Bennett Cemetery.

Mr. Pillows died Thursday, March 1, in Lufkin.

He was born July 5, 1928, in Colmesneil and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a retired machinist.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Lewis and Idell Brown Pillows; and two sisters, Melva June Pillows and Loraine Pillows.

Survivors include his wife, Rose Pillows of Groveton; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Dinah Redden of New Waverly; a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Danny Blackburn of Huntsville; four sisters and their spouses, Letha Rasco, Marjorie and Curtis Hildebrandt, Sandra Sepulvado and Geraldine and Jack Lloyd; four brothers and their spouses, Aubrey Pillows, Asa and Dorothy Pillows, Herman and Sue Pillows and James and Flossie Pillows; six grandchildren and their spouses, Jessica Redden, Daniel and Holly Blackburn, Deann and J.D. Sailor, Michael Blackburn, Danny Ray and Ginger Blackburn and Brian Blackburn; and four great-grandchildren, Lynzie Blackburn, Shane Sailor, Aaron Blackburn and Courtney Blackburn.

Pallbearers included Larry Rasco, Kevin Rasco, Sonny Jack Collins, Max Sepulvado, Scott Pillows, Gary Pillows, James E. Pillows and Jeffrey Pillows. Honorary pallbearers included the members of Masonic Lodge #284 AF & AM.

Groveton Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

Perry Alvin Price Jr.
BAYTOWN – A family graveside service for Perry Alvin Price Jr., 78, of Baytown will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2007, at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity with his nephew, the Rev. Charles Traylor, officiating.

Mr. Price died Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Born July 11, 1929, in the Midway community, he was the son of Essie Mae and Perry A. Price Sr. Mr. Price spent most of his youth in Trinity and after graduating from Trinity High School, he attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.

Mr. Price joined the U.S. Army and served in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in December 1951.

Soon after leaving military service, he met his sweetheart, Carol Ann Richards, and the couple was married on Feb. 24, 1953. After residing in Liberty for a number of years, the couple settled in Baytown in 1957.

After working for three years as a highway patrolman, Mr. Price became an insurance adjuster until his retirement from Chubb and Sons in 1993.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and working in the garage.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years; three sons and their spouses, Michael and Jane Price of Spring, Dennis and Nancy Ann Price of Trinity, Perry III and Kelli Price of Baytown; two daughters and their spouses, Patricia and Gerald Payne of Old River and Nancy and Andy Jacobs of Baytown; a sister, Margorie Ruth Mangum; a brother, Dean Price; a number of grandchildren, Stephen Price, Elizabeth Price and Kimberly Price, all of Spring, Terry Ann Price of Kingsland; Dennis Price II of Baytown, Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Marshall Price and his wife, Sandy, of Chesterfield, Mich., Abigail Price of Huntsville, Rebekah Price of College Station, Garrett and Whitney Payne of Old River, Price Georgeanne and Trace Jacobs of Baytown; three great-grandchildren, Kelly, Kylie and Kaden of Kingsland; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Cedar Bayou Baptist Church Building Fund or the American Cancer Society.

Navarre Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Baytown directed the arrangements. Graveside arrangements were directed by Trinity Funeral Home.

Nelda Faye Springer
TRINITY – Services for Nelda Faye Springer, 70, of Trinity were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2007, in the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church of Trinity with the Rev. Jason Burden and the Rev. Leroy Brown officiating.

Burial followed at the Grandview Cemetery in Pasadena with the Rev. Ernest Weedon officiating.

Mrs. Springer died Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Trinity.

Born Feb. 23, 1937, in Burnsville, Miss., she was the daughter of Marion Lafayette and Myrtle Elizabeth Formby Holland. Mrs. Springer was retired from Sears and Roebuck Co. after 17 years of employment in the credit department.

She was a faithful member of the Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church in Trinity since 1995. She was a former member of the First Baptist Church in Deer Park.

Mrs. Springer also was an active volunteer at the Trinity Pines Baptist Encampment of Trinity and was the mentor in her family in the teaching of God’s word and the love and meaning of family.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Fred Springer Jr.; a daughter and her spouse, Becky and Eddie Allen; two sons and their spouses, Kenneth and Cindy Springer and Phillip and Melanie Springer; two brothers and their spouses, Edwin and Joan Holland and Molton and Joyce Holland; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Amy and Jarrod Conway, Brandy and James Harris, Ashley Springer, Lindsey Springer, Elizabeth Springer, Jacob Springer, Ethan Springer and Adam Springer; two great-grandchildren, Cheyenne and Savanna; and a number of other relatives.

Ronald K. Unruh
TRINITY – Services for Ronald K. Unruh, 68, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at the Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity.

Burial followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.

Mr. Unruh died Monday, Feb. 26, in Houston.

Born July 24, 1938, in DeRidder, La., he was the son of James Griffin and Frances Unruh. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and received a Good Conduct Medal, an award as a carbine rifle expert and a letter of commendation.

He retired after more than 40 years as a contract draftsman in the gas and oil business. He enjoyed a good challenge of a crossword puzzle, reading, hunting and having his friends over to watch sports on television.

Mr. Unruh was preceded in death by his parents; and a grandson, Cody Unruh.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Becky Miller Unruh; a daughter, Diane Unruh; a son and his spouse, Brian and Juanita Unruh; a sister, Vivian Sparks; five brothers, Dean, Bob Bill, Arthur and Donald Kahn; two grandchildren, Chris and Sarah Unruh; an aunt, Nora Jantz; two uncles, Curtis and Wesley Unruh; his mother-in-law, Lola Miller; two sisters-in-law and a spouse, Roberta Eddings and Winkie and Arch Maples; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity 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.

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.


 

 





 



 

 

 

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