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SPEARS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Clarence William Spears Sr., 70, of Livingston were held Saturday, April 23, 2011, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Leslie Wilkinson officiating. Interment followed in Camp Ruby Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Robert Smith, Wayne Purvis, Doug Thompson, Gary Thompson, Richard Patterson, Bill Thompson and Jerry Taylor. He was born Dec. 1, 1940 in Gladewater, the son of Clarence Spears and Marjorie Sadie Combs Spears, and died April 19, 2011 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his grandsons, Charles Latimer and Steven Garza and sisters, Bonnie Thompson and Janice Spears. He is survived by Ernestine Spears, wife, of Livingston; Clarence William “Bill” Spears Jr., son, of Houston; Clarence and Robin Spears, son and daughter-in-law, of Shepherd; James and Lorna Spears, son and daughter-in-law, of Chester; Sharon Kay and James Binter, daughter and son-in-law, of Lovelady; Robert and Mary Spears, son and daughter-in-law, of Nordheim; Kenneth Taylor, son, of Livingston; grandchildren, Christopher Clarence Spears, Krystell Maryanne Spears, Kelsie Nepveux, Kyle Nepveux, DeWayne Purvis, Wesley Purvis, Justin Spears, Lacy Spears, Travis Binter, Jacob Binter, Brent Binter, Amber Quinn, Levi Garrett Spears and Raina Garza and numerous great-grandchildren. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

BOX
LIVINGSTON -- Evelyn M. Box, 84, died April 18, 2011 in Kingwood. Evelyn was born March 13, 1927 in Shiro, to Robert and Mabel Gi-vens Oliphant. She was a master bridge player and was a faithful Luthran. She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, William H. Box; children, Pat Morgan, Mike and Denise Box, David and Cyn-thia Box and Debra and Denise Box; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ray and Frances Box; grand-children, Allen Box, Billy Morgan, Katherine and Michael Redden, Daniel Box and William Box and great-grandchildren, Jacob Morgan, Hannah Morgan, Avery Redden and Riley Redden. Preceding her in death are her parents, Robert and Mabel Ol-iphant and brother, Chick Box. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011, at Lake Livingston Lutheran Church on U.S. 190 at FM 3152 in Onalaska, with the Rev. Sharon Kapsch offi-ciating. A private interment will take place in Houston National Cemetery in Houston. Pallbearers will be Daniel Box, William D. Box, Billy Morgan, Mi-chael Redden, Freddie Baker and D.C. Casner. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lake Livingston Luthe-ran Church. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

BOONE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Viola Mae Boone, 81, of Winnie were held Saturday, April 23, 2011, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with family officiating. Interment fol-lowed in Menard Chapel Cemetery in Polk County. Pallbearers were Brian Keefover, George Amolochitis, Sam Boone, Earl Boone, Wayne Bass, Robert Celis and Pat Boone. She was born Feb. 7, 1930 in Shamrock, the daughter of Hustus Augusta Miller and Dorothy Marie Poe Miller, and died April 20, 2011 in Winnie. She is preceded in death by her parents; sons, Billy Boone and Leonard Boone; great-grandchild, Jake Wayne Boone; brothers, Hus-tus Ray “Hoot” Miller and Rodger Miller and sisters, Jeanette Baker, Christine Miller, and Loretta Jean Miller. She is survived by her husband, W.W. “Bill” Boone of Winnie; son, Sammy Boone of Rye; daughters, Dorothy Boone Amolochitis of Channelview and Anita Boone Amolochitis of Humble; sisters, Gloria Miller Bryer of Oklahoma and Patricia Miller Skillern of Gra-ham; brother, Danny Gus Miller of Austin; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

KING
LIVINGSTON -- Thomas Miller King, 71, of Livingston, Texas and Tidioute, Pa. died on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, in Lufkin Memorial Medical Center in Lufkin. Mr. King was born on Nov. 15, 1939 in Tidioute, a son of the late Arthur and Marjorie Miller King. He attended Hunter Memorial School in Tidioute and retired from National Forge Company Irvine, Pa. in 1994 where he was em-ployed for 35 years in the Crank-shaft Department. Mr. King was a member of Goo-drich United Methodist Church in Goodrich, Masonic Trinity Lodge 14 of Livingston, Scottish Rite Consistory of Coudersport, Pa. and Escapees RV Club. Besides spend-ing time with his family and many friends, he enjoyed NASCAR rac-ing, hunting, canoeing, and travel-ing in the RV style. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Kerry Miller King and Stephen King; sister, Leatha Miller White and brother, Richard King. Survivors include his wife, Sherrill McIntyre King, whom he married at the Tidioute United Methodist Church on Feb 14, 1958; two sons, Thomas A. King and wife Dawna of Chambersburg, Pa. and Joseph King and wife Elaine of Haslet, Texas; daughter-in-law, Christine King, Littleton, Colo.; sister, Donna King Baughman and husband William of Livingston; seven grandchildren, Jodi King Clever and husband Shawn of St Thomas, Pa., Thomas King, York, Pa., Steven King, Ft Collins, Colo., Jennifer and Emily King of Little-ton, Colo., Lorna Martin of Keller, Texas and Genni Ann Keane of Haslet, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Jared,Kaitlyn, Jason Clever and Emma Martin and many nieces, nephews and cousins. A celebration in honor of his life will be held at the Escapees Care Center, Livingston, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Pastor Pam Howard will officiate. The Masonic Lodge will conduct a rit-ual. Memorials may be made to Goo-drich United Methodist Church or the Escapees Care Center.

VAHLDIEK
HOUSTON – Funeral services for Mariana Verdugo Vahldiek of Trinity, formerly of Tomball, were held April 11, 2011 in the Forest Park Lawndale Family Chapel, with Deacon Merce Leal officiat-ing. Interment followed in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery, Houston. She was born Oct. 6, 1919 in Ca-lexico, Calif., the daughter of Ynes and Mariana Verdugo, and died April 7, 2011 in Trinity. She was a homemaker and a member of the Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Otto Henry Vahldiek, whom she married on Aug. 21, 1937 in San Diego, Calif.; a son, Robert “Bobby” Henry Vahldiek; infant daughter, Barbara Vahldiek; brothers, Ernie and Pete Verdugo and sisters, Angela Castro, Nora Verdugo and Irene Martin. Survivors include her sons, Wil-liam “Billy” Henry Vahldiek and wife Ginger and Richard William Vahldiek and wife Darlene; daugh-ter-in-law, Barbara Vahldiek; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Joshua Vahl-diek, Matthew Vahldiek, Trent Vahldiek, John Farley, Joel Cook and Jim Cunnigham. Honorary pallbearer was Eric Vahldiek.

MARTIN
GASTONIA -- Elaine P. Martin, 76, of Gastonia died April 15, 2011 in Rehab and Health of Gastonia. She was born Aug. 9, 1934 in Gaston County, the daughter of the late James Mote and Lillie Blan-chet Mote. Mrs. Martin was known as someone who was kind-hearted and always there when someone needed her. She was a housewife, who enjoyed babysitting. All services will be private. She is survived by her sisters, Geneva Mote McIntyre of Gasto-nia and Ruby Mote Morris of Livingston. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her hus-band, Pete Martin; brothers, Ru-dolph Mote and Roy Mote and sisters, Myrtle Mote, Curtis Mote Westmoreland, Pauline Mote Moore and Faye Mote. Arrangements are with Greene Funeral Service, South Chapel, Gastonia. Condolences may be sent to www.greenefuneral.com.

HOLMES
LIVINGSTON – Graveside services for Gene Holmes, 67, of Livingston were held Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at Old Peebles Cemetery in Livingston, with Bro. Clark Lott officiating. Pallbearers were Glen Gallop, Vincent Gallop, Michael Holmes, Chris Jackson and Ray Harriger. Honorary pallbearers were City of Livingston employees. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568 of Livingston. He was born Aug. 3, 1943 in Galveston, the son of John William Holmes and Christine Bartlett Holmes, and died April 16, 2011 in Livingston. He is survived by his wife, Katy Holmes of Livingston; son, Paul Holmes of Livingston; grandchildren, Lauren Holmes, Michael Holmes, Bryce Holmes and Brock Holmes; brothers, John Holmes and Richard Holmes, both of Livingston and sister, Terry Gallop of Santa Fe. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

LORTIE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Frank Elmer Lortie Jr., 42, of Livingston were held Tuesday April 19, 2011, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. He was born Dec. 3, 1968 in Watertown, N.Y., the son of Frank Lortie Sr., and Sharon Trainham Lortie, and died April 12, 2011 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by Philomena and Armando Tamayo, sister and brother-in-law, of Dickinson; Sandra and Jose Cadena, sister and brother-in-law, of Bacliff; Rodney and Pamela Lortie, brother and sister-in-law, of Webster; Thomas Lortie, son, of Livingston; Sandra Baletka, girlfriend, of Livingston; Barbara and Gene Farrar, mother-in-law and father-in-law, of Livingston; Donna and Jimmy Foster, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, of Livingston; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joan and Peter Fultz, Billie and Kenneth McDonald, Gail Reddicks, James and Crystal Reddicks, Mike and Hortencia Reddicks; Mae Peerson, grandma; Tim Zook, stepson; Celena Zook, stepdaughter; Ericka Edwards, stepdaughter; Destiny Gist, step-granddaughter; Owen Gist, step-grandson; Charles and Brenda Cates, special friends; Jacob Gates, special friend; Miguel Tamayo, nephew; James Sullivan, great-nephew; Benjamin Cotton, great-nephew; nieces, Corinne Tamayo, Jamie Lortie, Jacklyn Lortie and Vanessa Lortie and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com .

HISER
LIVINGSTON -- Reba Finklea Hiser died on March 23, 2011. “Miss Reba” loved living in Li-vingston and Indian Springs where she had resided since the early 1960s. Due to de-clining health, for the past four and half years, she had lived with her daughter and son-in-law in Hou-ston. The joy of her life centered around Beech Creek Assembly of God Church and its related activi-ties. She worked tirelessly with the Polk County Senior Citizen’s Cen-ter where she served on the board for 25 years. Her efforts included raising funds and being instrumen-tal in purchasing their current property. She was probably best known in the community for her making and selling quilts to raise funds to bene-fit the church and improving facili-ties of the Senior Citizen’s Center. Reba was born in Fate, Texas on March 26, 1914, to Barney and Martha Etna Sears. Of their 10 children, only one now survives, a sister who currently lives in Dallas. Reba is also survived by daugh-ters, Tallie Dickerson and Ruth Canniff, both of Houston, Gail Grigar of Indian Springs and Judy Simpson of Crosby. A “Celebration of Reba’s Home-going” was held on her 97th birth-day, March 26, 2011, in Houston at the Christian Temple Assembly of God Church. The Rev. Don Goodwin of Beach Creek Assembly of God brought the mes-sage.

BOX
LIVINGSTON – Evelyn M. Box, 84, died on April 18, 2011 in Kingwood. Funeral services are pending with Pace Funeral Home.

LORING
LIVINGSTON -- David Loring, a respected member of the Livings-ton community, died on April 16, 2011. His dear friend Ray Ehren-shaft performed a graveside service at Peebles Cemetery in Livingston, on April 17, 2011. David was born on July 30, 1948 in Long Island, N.Y. and moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where he met the love of his life, Carol Richards. With his beloved Carol, he found a home in Livingston, Texas, where he became a devoted member of Shomer Torah, a Messianic Jewish Community of Livingston, and created a financial planning prac-tice that eventually included a part-nership with his loving son, Shawn Loring. David was known for his unwa-vering love of and loyalty to his family, his profound generosity, and his weakness for most things chocolate. Friends and family say his wry sense of humor, which was usually accompanied by a sly smile, will not be forgotten but will be missed. During his short time on earth, David created bonds with his family and friends that will remain intact even in death. He is survived by his wife, Carol Richards of Livingston; an aunt, Janet Sandman, of Boca Raton, Fla.; sister, Susan Crespi of Ventu-ra, Calif.; two cousins, Randy Wal-lach, of Ann Arbor, Mich. and Pamela Starfield, of Philadelphia, Pa.; son and daughter-in-law, Shawn and Teal Loring of Los An-geles, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Sean Warsch of Plantation, Fal.; a nephew and his wife, Adam and Michelle Crespi of Seattle Wash. and three grandniec-es, Keilani, Makena, and Ciara Crespi of Seattle, Wash. He is preceded in death by his fa-ther, Harold Loring, and mother, Harriet Loring; an uncle, William Sandman and a brother, Richard Loring.

NEWSMAN
ONALASKA -- Memorial ser-vices for Geraldine Hilliard New-man, 80, of Onalaska will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 2011, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. She was born Aug. 7, 1930 in Port Arthur, the daughter of Jesse W. Hilliard and Effie Wooley Hil-liard, and died April 7, 2011 in Conroe. She graduated in 1952 from Lil-lie Jolly School of Nursing, Me-morial Hospital in Houston, and began a career in nursing which included experience as a surgical nurse, an occupational health nurse for NASA, and a very long career in industrial nursing at companies including Houston Lighting and Power, Goodyear, and ARAMCO. She was very active in the Memori-al Hospital alumni association and served as president of the Houston Area Association of Industrial Nurses. She was a volunteer with the American Red Cross, and the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, as well as other organizations. A long-time member of First Baptist Church of Deer Park, Mrs. New-man also volunteered as a Sunday school teacher. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Joseph R. Newman of Onalaska; two daughters, Jerilyn Newman Pennell and husband Da-vid of Austin and Joellen Newman Tipton and husband Cullen of Onalaska; grandchildren, Erin Pen-nell Zamore, Joel Pennell, Connor Tipton and Kaitlyn Tipton and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her honor to the American Red Cross or the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

PERRONNE
LIVINGSTON -- Doris LaVerne Perronne, 67, died on Monday, April 11, 2011, in Clearlake Re-gional Medical Center in Webster. Doris was born July 2, 1943 in Goose Creek, to Woodrow Wilson Chandler Sr. and Mabel Maudeen Chandler. Doris was a RN and enjoyed working in healthcare. Doris en-joyed spending time with family, especially her grandchildren, she liked shopping at Wal-Mart with grandchildren and vacationing at hotels with her family. She is survived by her mother, Mabel Maudeen Wilson Chandler; daughters, Angela Griffin and hus-band David, Roberta Stearns and husband Troy and Brandy Frugia and husband Jeffrey; brother, Ro-nald Lee Chandler; sisters, Joyce Spence and Bridgett Ray and grandchildren, Robert and Kenneth Griffin, Rebekah and Rachel Stearns and Ansley and Presley Frugia. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Perronne; father, Woodrow Wilson Chandler Sr.; brother, Woodrow Wilson Chandler Jr. and sister, Mabel Maudeen Parker. Funeral services were held Fri-day, April 15, 2011, at Pace Funer-al Home, with Pastor Orval Barger officiating. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

OLIVER
LIVINGSTON -- William Oliver, 62, died on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in Conroe Regional Medical Center in Conroe. William was born May 30, 1948 in Santa Rosa, Calif., to Walter David and Lucille Garman Oliver. His survivors include his daugh-ters, Angelique M. Oliver and Alicia A. Oliver Campbell and husband Edmund; mother, Lucille Oliver; brother, John T. Oliver; sisters, Sue Pressler, Dolly Welch, Laurie Stormburg and Donna Short; grandchildren, Shane W. Oliver and Alicia S. Oliver; great-grandchildren, Cameron Campbell and Victoria Campbell and numer-ous other relatives and a host of friends. Preceding him in death are his fa-ther, Walter David Oliver and brother David Oliver. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

PETERSON
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Ruby Adell Peterson, 54, of Livingston were held Thursday, April 14, 2011, in Center Grove Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Mitchell Murphy officiat-ing. Interment followed in Center Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael Cain, Scott Brown, Shane Dillard, Keith Woodman, Kevin Woodman and Wayne Collins. She was born Nov. 19, 1956 in Livingston, the daughter of Charles and Patsy Hamler Parker, and died April 9, 2011 in Livingston. She is survived by her husband, Mike Peterson of Livingston; Charles Dewayne Harrison, son, of Livingston; Christopher and Peggy Harrison, son and daughter-in-law, of Livingston; Misty Michell and Skyler Ball, daughter and son-in-law, of Centralia, Wash.; grand-children, Erin Dale Simpson, Mor-gan LeeAnn Harrison, Jordan Ma-rie Harrison, Annika Michell Ball, Gunner Melin Ball, Trenton Hand-ly, Crystal Handley and Justin Handley; numerous great-grandchildren; Deborah Charlene Crocker, sister, of Livingston; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

STEGENT
LIVINGSTON -- Gladys Allen Matthews Stegent died on April 12, 2011 at the age of 87 with family at her side. She was born on May 25, 1923 in Trinity, to A. B. Allen and Lula (Rhodes) Allen. She was preceded in death by her parents; her hus-band, Doyle Matthews and second husband, M. Stegent. Doyle and Gladys made High-land Hills their home for many years before retiring to Ace. Gladys is survived by her child-ren, Doyle Wesley Matthews (Del-phia), Brenda Matthews Suelten-fuss (Don), Rhonda Matthews, Daniel (Gene) and Glenn Allen Matthews (Karen). She is also sur-vived by grandchildren, Gene Norman, Amy Norman, Lori Powell (Russell), Matthew Powers (Katy), Ryann Matthews and Seann Mat-thews and great-grandchildren, Peyton Powell, Alia Powers and due on April 21, Miria Powers. She was a special Nana to Wesley James Varnel, Chrystal Varnel, Gina Gotschall (Russell), Nolan Daniel (Priya), Travis Brackin (Maegan), Shelley Garland (Chad), Luke Gotschall, Lydia Gotschall, Kaylee Daniel, Grace Daniel and Genevieve Daniel. She is also sur-vived by one sister, Abby Munson of Houston and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held Saturday, April 16, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with interment following in Jones Prairie Cemetery in Leggett. Pallbearers were Russell Powell, Wesley James Varnel, James Tul-los, Matthew Powers, Gene Nor-man, Chad Garland, Ryann Mat-thews and Seann Matthews. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.cochranfh.com.

JOHNSON
LIVINGSTON -- Mollie Cathe-rine Johnson was born on July 6, 1920 in Geneva, Ala. and died April 8, 2011 in Trinity at the age of 90. She is survived by son, Johnny Hamilton Johnson Jr. and wife Kelly; grandchildren, Johnny Ham-ilton III, Norma Jean Predomo, Terry Laskey and Kathryn R. Johnson; numerous great-grandchildren and a host of other family members and friends. Mrs. Johnson is preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Hamilton Sr. and brothers, Lewis J. Richardson, James Otis Richardson and Thomas Garland Richardson. Mollie is also preceded in death by her parents, Lottie and Murph Richardson. She enjoyed arts and crafts, gar-dening of flowers and vegetables, she loved animals and had a special interest in miniature horses. Graveside services were held Monday, April 11, 2011, in Holly Grove Cemetery, with Bro. Orval Barger officiating. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

CLARK
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Terrie Lee Clark, 62, of Goodrich were held Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Livingston, with Father Labbe officiating. Interment was in the Parker Cemetery in Grapeland. Pallbearers were members of the Morman Church. She was born Aug. 22, 1948 in Houston, the daughter of William Henry Duck and Catherine Marie Collier Duck, and died April 8, 2011 in Livingston. Terrie is survived by her hus-band, Glen Clark of Goodrich; sons, Rodney Blankenship and Lawrence James Welch III and wife Lori Camp, all of Livingston; sister, Susan J. Miller of Livingston; brother-in-law, James Clark of Goodrich; sister-in-law, Pat Fruge of Smithville; grandchildren, Jessie Adame, Manuel Arredondo, Chris Arredondo, Tyler Blankenship and Megan E. Clark, all residing in Livingston; stepson, Glen Edward Clark and wife Dana and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the oline register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

GRIMES
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Joe David Grimes, 76, of Livingston were held Monday, April 11, 2011, in the Cochran Fu-neral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Bruce Baker and Bro. Stonewall Jackson officiating. In-terment followed in Bold Springs Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Kolt Grimes, Garron Fleetwood, Stan Galloway, Mark Meuck, Dakoda Hernandez, Danny Osborn, Christian Johnson, Joe LeBlanc and Scott Galloway. He was born Oct. 5, 1934 in Crockett, the son of Fred Grimes and Mattie Williamson Grimes, and died April 8, 2011 in Conroe. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Billy Fred Grimes. David married his best friend, Doris Jean Harris Grimes, on Feb. 4, 1956 in the First Baptist Church in Livingston. They spent many wonderful years together and had three beautiful children. He was part owner of the sawmill Grimes and Son in Goodrich, owner of Grimes T.E. Mill in Centerville, manager of Board Road Sawmill, South Louisiana Contractors in Batson, Texas. He served as assis-tant regional manager of South Louisiana Contractors in Houston. He worked with Bayou City Indus-tries, where he served as supervisor in the environmental field. He was later the senior project manager of the waste management environ-mental and USA environmental. He is survived by his wife, Doris Grimes; son, David Lynn Grimes; son and daughter-in-law, Reggie and Tammy Grimes; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Billy Heath; grandsons, Garron Fleetwood and wife Sharee, Dakoda Hernandez and wife Amanda and Kolt Grimes; granddaughters, Tiffany and husband Christian Johnson, Precilla and husband Danny Osborn, Kindsay and husband Wanderson Leite, Stormie Grimes and Chantzie Grimes; nine great-grandchildren, Alexia, Gracie, Gloria, Ethan, Ashton, Isaiah, Leda, Chris and Zach; sisters, Connie Walker and Betty Patterson and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

ROEDER
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Joe Charles Roeder, 75, of Livingston were held Tuesday, April 12, 2011, in the Cochran Fu-neral Home Chapel in Livingston. Interment was in Earthman’s Me-morial Garden Cemetery in Hou-ston. Pallbearers were Tony Adams, James Adams Jr., Joe Stavinoha, Jeff Roeder, and Charles Ridge. Honorary pallbearers were Lacey Adams, Jennifer Roeder and great-grandchildren. He was born Aug. 7, 1935 in Schulenburg, the son of Oswald Roeder and Leona Baca Roeder, and died April 9, 2011 in Baytown. He is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. He was a member of the Board of Di-rectors for Lake Livingston Water Supply and Sewer. Joe is survived by his wife, Rita Mae Roeder of Livingston; daugh-ter, Theresa Krutz of Weimar; daughter and son-in-law, Rose and Tony Adams; son and fiancée, Joseph Roeder Jr. and Linda Jones of Old River; son, Michael Roeder of Schulenburg; grandchildren, Joe and Randy Stavinoha, James and Lacey Adams and Jeff and Jennifer Roeder; great-grandchildren, James Ratliffe, Hailey Adams, Justin Resendez and Sitara Stavinoha; sisters, Vir-ginia Helweg of Shiner, Dorothy Ulrich of Alexandria, La. and Mary Ann Wotipika of Schulenburg; brothers, Melvin and Allen Roeder, both of Schulenburg, and numer-ous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

JONES
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Connie Jean Jones, 47, of Houston were held Sunday, April 10, 2011, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Jack Baggett officiat-ing. Interment followed in Farley Chapel Cemetery in Shepherd. She was born July 6, 1963 in Merryville, Tenn., the daughter of Kenneth Lee Jones and Ruth Si-merly Jones, and died April 6, 2011 in Houston. She is survived by Carl Shirley, husband, of Houston; Jonathan and Lori Lambert, son and daughter-in-law, of Spring; Carlton Blaine Shirley, son, of Houston; Glenda Smith, stepdaughter; of Conroe; grandchildren, Nathan Lambert, Haley Mays and Michael Mays; brothers, Donnie Jones and Jimmy Jones; sister, Annice Thorn-hill; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

PATTERSON
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside ser-vices for R. W. Patterson Jr., 82, of Livingston were held Sunday, April 10, 2011, in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston, with Bro. Billy Bratkin officiating. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568. Pallbearers were Garrett Patter-son, Wyatt Patterson, Morgan Pat-terson, Steven Smith, Robert Mul-lins, Ben Ellison, Luke Allen, Eric Watkins, Coley Chase and Tanner Talley. He was born Jan. 27, 1929 in Terry, Miss., the son of Robert William Patterson Sr. and Callie Ethel Fleming Patterson, and died April 7, 2011 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty Lou Patterson; daughter, Marjorie Olma; grand-daughter, Kim Olma; grandson, Butch Patterson and brother, Charles Patterson. R. W. is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Dobbie and San-dra Patterson of Livingston and Victor and Patti Smith of Texas City; daughters and sons-in-law, Alice and Tim Bishop of Dallas, Pita Chase of Dallas and Denise and Jerry Allen of Rye; brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Jonell Patterson of Crosby, Frankie and Charlotte Patterson of Kemp and Bobby and Cynthia Patterson of Pasadena; sisters and brothers-in-law, Irene and Jose Blanco of Li-vingston and Dorothy and Lucian Watkins of Shepherd; sisters, Doris Jackson and Earline Harper, both of Goodrich; sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Bob Rose of Houston; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

WILSON
LIVINGSTON -- Kathryn Wilson of Livingston died April 12, 2011 in Pine Ridge Health Care in Livingston. Mrs. Wilson was born Nov. 21, 1932 In Huntington, W. VA., to Lawrence Edwin and Mary Mof-fatt Tooley. She graduated in 1950 from South Charleston High School in South Charleston, W. Va. and attended Florida State Univer-sity. She was active in the Lake Li-vingston Singles Group, serving as president for a year. Mrs. Wilson, along with three other ladies, cro-cheted hats for the American Can-cer Society for chemo patients, as well as crocheting baby caps, adult hats, and afghans for Bethany Ministry. She also made cooling scarves for Faith Ministries for the solders in Iraq. Survivors include two sons, Shawn Cogburn of Kingwood and Christopher Hall of Houston; one brother, Michael Tooley of Lampa-sas; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two nieces and one nephew. She was preceded in death by one brother, Lawrence Edwin Too-ley and one son, Michael Hall. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Memphis, TN 38148 or 1-800-822-6344. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 15, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Visitation will start at 9 a.m. Friday at the church. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

PERRONNE
LIVINGSTON -- Doris Perronne died April 11, 2011 in Houston. Arrangements are pending with Pace Funeral Home in Livingston.

LAWSON
LIVINGSTON -- Jerry Dion Lawson, born Aug. 17, 1963, died Friday, April 8, 2011. Jerry grew up in the Houston area and was a star baseball player in high school. He also acted in a supporting role in the movie The Bad News Bears in Breaking Train-ing in 1977 starring William De-vane and Jackie Earle Haley. He loved playing golf and making people laugh. He is survived by his children, Michael (Mykel) Dion Lawson, Joseph Lawson, Johannah Lawson, Jordan Lawson, Jerred Lawson and Jade Lawson; his sister, Jana Kim-berling; brother, Jon Cain; niece, JoLynn Lawson; nephew, Nicholas Kimberling and niece, Olivia Kim-berling. Jerry is preceded in death by his mother, Anneta Jo Ennis; father, T.G. Lawson; brother, Jim Lawson and granddaughters, Kendall, Ca-meron and Katie bug. Chapel services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Pace Funeral Home. Visitation was held Wednesday, April 13, from 3-8 p.m. To sign the online guest-book, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

MARTINEZ
LIVINGSTON -- Memorial ser-vices for Eva Maxine Martinez will be held Saturday, April 16, 2011. She was born Aug. 27, 1956 in Houston and died April 6, 2011 in San Augustine. She is survived by her mother, Geraldine Tims; husband, Richard Hornburger; sisters, Paula Lee and Pam Cain; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael McCracken and Don-na Snook and Billy and Lorretta Wiggins; grandchildren, Ashley McCracken, Constance Marie and Kimberly Joe Wiggins and Mitchell, Calvin and April Bailey and great-grandchildren, Weldon Bailey, James Bailey, Morgan Scogin and Mitchell K. Scogin. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

BELL
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Elizabeth Marie Bell, 81, of Corrigan were held Saturday, April 9, 2011, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan, with Pastor Phil Corbett officiating. In-terment followed in Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan. Mrs. Bell was born June 29, 1929 in Houston and died Wednesday, April 6, 2011, in Lufkin. She married the love of her life, Raymond “Buck” Bell on March 23, 1956 in Houston. She was a seamstress for Bemis Bag and Baggage Company in Houston and was a Lutheran by faith. She is preceded in death by her parents, Fritz and Adell Maria (Wilkins) Koska; brothers, Louis Koska, Sonny Koska, Claude J. “Bubba” Koska, and Freddy Koska; sisters, Pearl Prerio, Mar-grite Jordan, Mary Bell Cardree, and Adell Adkins; brothers-in-law, Cecil Bell and Revis Bell and sis-ters-in-law, Dorothy Chandler, Marge Sanford and Earline Shirley. She is survived by her husband, Raymond “Buck” Bell of Corrigan; brothers-in-law, Robert Gossett, James “Snooks” Bell, and Oscar “Buddy” Bell; sisters-in-law, Cathy Saxon, Shirley Thomas, Merline Sanford and Tracy Mae Sanford and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Thomas Shirley, Gene Bacon, Gary Lynn Currie, Skipper Swearingen, Bradley Currie and Bo Bell. Honorary pallbearers were Christopher Sanders, Gerald Prerio, Alan Prerio, Ronald Prerio, Oscar Young Bell, and Revis Lee Bell.

FRANKLIN
LIVINGSTON -- William “Willie” Richard Franklin, 49, died on Friday, April 1, 2011, in Tomball Regional Hospital in Tomball. “Willie” was born Oct. 19, 1961 in Wurtzburg, Germany. He was a mechanist employed with Wyman Gordon in Houston. Survivors include his wife, Gale Meyer Franklin; children, Ray-mond Christopher Welsh and wife Donna, Curtis Ray Welsh and wife Kim and Wendy Charmaine Suca-richi; father, Ronald Franklin and wife Virgie of Bedias; brothers, Rickey Wayne Franklin and Charles William Chapman and wife Helen of Mississippi; sister, Christina Marie Lange and husband Michael of Waller; brother-in-law, Raymond Meyer Jr. and wife Cindy of Goodrich; sister-in-law, Nancy and husband Donnie Randall of Huntington; grandchildren, Paige Sucarichi, Colton Ray Welsh, Shelby Digges, Dylan Andrew Welsh, Hannah Welsh, Kayla Digges, Cierra Digges, Mason Welsh, Casey Welsh and Shane Sucarichi and numerous nieces and nephews. His mother, Edeltraud English Franklin, precedes him in death. Services were held Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Royce Pennington officiating. Interment followed in West Tempe Cemetery. Pallbearers were Raymond Christopher Welsh, Curtis Ray Welsh, Ricky Wayne Franklin, Dylan Andrew Welsh, Trey Meyer, Nick Meyer, Tom Beaver and Brittney Elaine Randall. Honorary pallbearers were Charlie Chapman, Matt Weisinger, Trai Weisinger, Hannah Welsh, Mason Welsh, Ca-sey Welsh and Shane Sucarichi. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

LANG
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Loraine Lang, 81, of Spring were held Friday, April 8, 2011, in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Mike Hurman officiating. Inter-ment followed in Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan. Pallbearers were Don Lovette, Wayne Lovette, Louis W. Lang, IV, Justin Cole, Terry Hargus and Tom Yarick. Honorary pallbearers were Austin Taylor and Kurtis Sheffler. She was born June 11, 1929 in Upshur County, the daughter of Ben Riley and Etta Stracener Bridges Riley, and died April 4, 2011 in Spring. She is preceded in death by her husband, Louis W. Lang Sr. She is survived by her children, Janis Cole and Kathryn Thornton, Louis Lang Jr., Charles Cole, Den-nis Thornton and Aida Lang; her grandchildren, Brooke, Sarah, Jus-tin, Louis III, Lauren and Chrissy and great-grandchildren, Austin, Connor, Tyler, Brendan, Madison and Owen. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

ROSENOW
LIVINGSTON – Graveside ser-vices for James Frederick Rosenow, 68, of Livingston were held Saturday April 9, 2011, in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Adam Spore, Allen Spore, Perry Spore, Mark Spore, Karl Spore and Daniel Hut-chinson. He was born July 26, 1942 in Tripola, Iowa, the son of Herman F. Rosenow and Helen M. Lenway Rosenow, and died April 6, 2011 in Houston. He is survived by his sisters, Jean Mackowsky of Waterloo, Mary Beck of Waterloo and Janet Buf-fington of Livingston and numer-ous nieces, nephews and cousins. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

WILLIS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Walter Benjamin “Ben” Willis, 54, of Livingston were held Saturday, April 9, 2011, in the cha-pel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Dr. Bruce Baker and the Rev. James Frazier officiating. Interment followed in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. Ben was born July 10, 1956 to Robert D. Willis and Jerry Jackson Willis in Livingston, and died on April 1, 2011. After graduation from Livingston High School in 1974, Ben attended Schriener Institute in Kerrville and later San Jacinto Junior College. During his studies at SJJC, Ben achieved recognition by virtue of being named to the “Deans List” for outstanding scholastic achieve-ment for four semesters. After his graduation as top student in the General Motors ASEP Training Program, Ben earned his nickname “Mr. Goodwrench” from family and friends for the majority of his life. Ben enjoyed working with his hands, being outdoors, being around his family and friends. Tell-ing stories about hunting and fish-ing were among his favorite things to do. He enjoyed the love and friendship of many people and did enjoy doing things for others. Ben was preceded in death by his father, Robert D. Willis and is sur-vived by Jerry Willis, mother; Bob and Julie Willis, brother and sister-in-law; Susan and Charles Wadle, sister and brother-in-law; Bill and Brenda Willis, brother and sister-in-law and Frankie R. White, Ben’s “other mother.” Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

CROCKER
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Norma Jane Crocker, 81, of Corrigan were held Monday, April 11, 2011, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan, with Bro. Curtis Jordan officiating. In-terment followed in Brookside Memorial Park in Houston. Mrs. Crocker was born on April 7, 1930 in Victoria and died April 7, 2011 in her home in Corrigan. She was a homemaker all her life and was a Baptist by faith. She loved to fish on Sam Rayburn Lake and she also enjoyed bowling. She is preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Crocker; parents, Richard and Agnes (Anders) Milberger; brothers, Roy Milberger, James Milberger, Charles Milberger, Herbert Milberger, Richard Milberger, and Clarence Milberger and sister, Gracie David. She is survived by her sons, James Lockwood of Houston, Greg Lockwood of Bryers, Colo., Craig Lockwood of Shepherd and Roger Lockwood of Corrigan; sisters, Elizabeth Hoffman of Victoria and Edith Pearson of Austin; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

POLITE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Gervin Bebe Rowan Polite, 31, of Livingston, were held Friday, April 1, 2011, in the Alabama-Coushatta Reservation Gym-nasium in Livingston. Interment followed in the Alabama-Coushatta Reservation Cemetery. He was born Sept. 11, 1979 in Woodville, to Ervin K. Polite and Maudine Abbey, and died March 27, 2011 in Livingston. He is pre-ceded in death by his father, Ervin K. Polite; paternal grandfather, Lawrence Battise and daughter, Priscilla Lawson. Gervin is survived by his daugh-ter, Tessah Marie Tipton of Li-vingston; mother and father, Mau-dine and Lloyd Abbey of Oberlin, La.; brother and sister-in-law, Ce-dric and Leeann Polite of Oberlin, La.; niece and nephew, Selynn Alice and Lendrick Polite of Ober-lin, La.; aunt, Jerlynn Mullins of Livingston; uncle and aunt, Elvis and Diane Battise of Livingston; grandmother, Bernice Polite of Livingston; uncles, Baxter Polite, Ardie and Maxine Polite and fami-ly and aunt, Labertta Williams and family, all of Livingston; and nu-merous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

RENFROE
LIVINGSTON -- Geraldine Harmon Renfroe, 66, died on March 29, 2011 at her home in Livingston. She was born Aug. 30, 1944 in Lake Charles, La., to Elzie M. and Georgia L. Gregory Hamil-ton. Geraldine was a Christian and a very big animal lover. She loved gardening and working with flowers and plants. Survivors include her daughter, Tracy R. Phillips; brothers, James L. Hamilton and David A. Hamil-ton and grandchildren, Blake and Zach Breneman. Preceding her in death are her parents, Elzie M. and Georgia Hamilton; brother, Elzie Hamilton and sister, Faye Smith. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

MILLER
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral Services for James “Jimco” Oliver Miller, 67, of Livingston were held Friday, April 1, 2011, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Li-vingston, with Dale Foux and Adrian Handley officiating. Mili-tary honors were provided by the VFW Post 8568. He was born March 6, 1944 in Houston, to James Oliver Miller Sr. and Daisy Mae Cheatham Garney, and died March 28, 2011 in Con-roe. He is preceded in death by his father. James is survived by his wife, Delonna Joyce Johnson Miller of Livingston; daughter, Kimberly Long of Lewisville; sons, Vernon Bearss of Livingston, William Bearss of Huntsville and Paul Wig-gins of College Station; daughters, Chrissy Laviolette of Lufkin and Wendy Williams of College Sta-tion; mother, Daisy Garney of Li-vingston; sisters, Debby White of Haviland, Kan., Pattie Garney of Livingston and Paula Mitchell of Scotland, Conn.; grandsons, Phillip Long of Ohio, Clinton Long of Livingston and Nolan Long of Ohio; his very best friend, Goobey and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com. LATIMER LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Princeton Jerome “P.J.” La-timer, 28, of Livingston, were held Monday, March 28, 2011, at Li-vingston Church of God in Christ, with Bishop Helen S. Pradia offi-ciating. Interment followed in St. Andrews Cemetery in Onalaska. He was born Sept. 2, 1982 in Houston, the son of Pastor James and Octavia Latimer, and died March 21, 2011 in Livingston. Survivors include his parents, James and Octavia Latimer of Li-vingston; three sisters, Demetrius Latimer of Seattle, Wash., Jessica Prescott (Lang) and Olivia Carter (James), all of Seattle, Wash.; two brothers, Orlando Latimer of Seat-tle, Wash. and Victor Latimer of Livingston; nephew, Tayshawn Latimer of Seattle, Wash.; grandfa-ther, James H. Young of Philadel-phia, Miss. and a host of uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Derrick Young, Elder Timothy Stewart, Brandon Prescott, Courtney Young, James F. Carter and Charles Tucker. Ho-norary pallbearers were Orlando J. Latimer, Victor J. Latimer, Rhonda D. Young and Lang A. Prescott. Duncan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

LANTRON
KINDER, LA. – Funeral services for Margaret Lucille Lantron, 85, were held Thursday, March 31, 2011, in Ardoin Funeral Home in Kinder, La., with the Rev. Terrance Brownlow-Denby officiating. Buri-al followed in Harmony Cemetery under the direction of Ardoin Fu-neral Home of Kinder. Mrs. Lantron died March 27, 2011 in Livingston after a lengthy illness. Born in Pelly, Texas, she married Henry L. Lantron Jr. in 1950 and the couple resided in the Kinder area where they raised their children. While residing in Allen Parish, Margaret worked for the Allen Parish Fair Association. In 1993, she served as grand marshal of the Allen Parish Fair Parade. She was an active member of Kinder Church of Christ as well as Li-vingston Church of Christ. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and painting. Following her husband’s death, she moved to Vacaville, Calif. in the late 1990s, then relo-cated to Livingston, where she lived until her death. Survivors include three sons, Robert Lantron and wife Karen of Livingston; Mark Lantron of Wes-tlake and Stephen Lantron and wife Cheryl of Kinder; two daughters, Marilyn LeRue of Vacaville, Calif. and Marye Burch and husband Terrell of Waco; son-in-law, Delbert Vidrine of Ragley; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Margaret is preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Henry Lantron and a daughter, Grace Vidrine. Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.ardoinfuneralhome.com.

RHODES
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Geraldine Rhodes, 76, of Humble were held Saturday, April 2, 2011, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. In-terment followed in Peebles Ceme-tery. She was born Sept. 13, 1934 in Livingston, to Roy Eugene Walters and Myrtle Vaughn Crowson Wal-ters, and died March 29, 2011 in Houston. She is preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Myrtle Walters. She was very pleased to be a Baptist and loved to sing with a quartet. Geraldine is survived by her hus-band, Herald Rhodes of Humble; daughters, Melinda Conley of Hou-ston and Melissa Hartman of Li-vingston; sister, Barbara Simmons of Henderson; grandchildren, Courtney Hartman, Eric and Brittany Hartman, Leslie Hartman, Kyle Hartman and Paige Conley; great-grandchildren, Abigale Hart-man and Keiran Conley and nu-merous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

BURNETT
LIVINGSTON -- Services for Carolyn Peak Burnet, 70, of Katy will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2011, in the Cochran Fu-neral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Charles Stuart, pastor of the Living Word Church of the Naza-rene of Houston, officiating. Burial will follow in Restland Memorial Cemetery near Livingston. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at Cochran Funeral Home. Mrs. Burnet died Thursday, March 31, 2011, in Memorial Her-mann Hospital -- Katy. She was born Oct. 24, 1940, in Prior, Okla., the daughter of the late Edward and Clara Peak of Leggett. She was a homemaker, mother and grandmother. She resided for most of her life in Colorado, where she helped operate a family farm and where she served as a member of the Bennett, Colo. school board. She moved to Houston in 1979 and was retired from the accounting department of Clear Channel Outdoor Communications in Houston. Mrs. Burnet was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Robert E. Peak. Survivors include a daughter and her spouse, Barbara and John Bang of Bellville; three sons and a daughter-in-law, James and Bonnie Neely, Ty Burnet and Clint Burnet, all of Bennett, Colo.; a sister and her spouse, Rosemary and Clifford Rosser of Houston; a brother, Gre-gory Peak of Livingston; seven grandchildren, Ann Bang of Gree-ley, Colo., Ensign Heather Wilkins of Norfolk, Va., Monica Bang of Bellville, Ashley Burnet, Holly Burnet, Zach Burnet, all of Denver, Colo., and Heidi Burnet of Scottsbluff, Neb; four great-grandchildren, Parker and Grayson Dees, both of Bellville and Ily and Layton Burnet, both of Denver, Colo.; and a number of nieces and nephews. Cochran Funeral Home of Li-vingston is directing the arrange-ments. To sign the online guest-book, go to cochranfh.com.

HILL
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Louise Hill, 79, were held Sunday, March 27, 2011, at Hick-ory Grove Church. Interment fol-lowed in Peebles Cemetery. Louise Faye (Nancy) Budro Hill was born on Dec. 23, 1931, to John Louie and Annie Florence Budro in Liberty. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert L. (Bob) Hill; infant son, John Amos; sister, Lillian Sullivan; brothers, her twin William Ray, Charles, Dewey, J.L., Lonnie and Roger; grandsons Vance and John Jason and her sister, Mary McGee, who died on March 23, 2011, just four days after Nancy. She is survived by her sister, Barbara Scott, and her brother-in-law, Thomas Jean and Janice Hill; children, Florence and the late Bob McCamy, Robert (Buddy) Hill, Louise and John Hampton, Emma Hill, Tom and Karen Hill, Patricia Hill, Jonathan Hill, Michelle and Aaron Phillips and James and Kelly Hill; grandchildren, Vickie and the late Ray Ensminger, Vaughn and Rachel McCamy, Mark McCamy, Tonya and Pat Atchley, Robert Allen Hill, Tammie and Chris Blackwood, Becky and Jay Snell, David and Christine McClain, Vir-ginia and Brad Patterson, John IV and Amanda Hampton, Brandi Hill and Angie McClain; great-grandchildren, Bradley McCamy, Clayton Ensminger, Cody McCa-my, Lawson Hill, Joey Atchley, Sammy Atchley, Masey Hill, Tessa Faye Hill, Britni Smith, Scooter Smith, Brianna Smith, Brittany Tamaz, Courtney Snell, Allison McClain, Kelsey Snell, Austin Ta-maz, Xavier Hampton and Josh Phillips; great-great-grandchild, Ariah McCamy and a host of niec-es, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Her family returned her to a final resting place in her beloved Polk County to lie beside her husband, infant son and her loving in-laws, "Aunt Sis and Uncle Tom." Pallbearers were Louie Hill, Rance Allen, John Bailey, Dewey Budro, Roger Budro, Lonnie Bu-dro, Dan Budro and John Budro. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Budro, Jerry Budro, Jerry Barker, Louie Barker, Danny Barker, Rex Barker, Michael Barker and Bobby Lynn Sullivan. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

MCDONNELL
LIVINGSTON -- Mary Jane McDonnell was born in San Mateo, Calif. on July 4, 1947, to Joseph and Ruth Ruark, and died Mon-day, March 21, 2011, in New Caney, surrounded by her loving family. She moved to North Attleboro, Mass. and married. She began her love of singing there and was a member of the Sweet Adelines or-ganization, where she was a longstanding member. Mary Jane is survived by her son, Robert Betts; daughters, Dana Fri-ga and Kerri Paradysz and spouse John; her sister, Barbara Pieters and grandchildren, Megan, Kelsey and Kaitlin Betts, whom her world revolved around. After the birth of her grandchildren she moved back to Texas part-time. She gave up much of herself to ensure her child-ren were happy. She is also sur-vived by other family members and many lifetime friends. Preceding her in death are her brothers, David Ruark and Bobby Ruark. After moving to Texas she con-tinued to sing and was remarried to Charles Willing. She was the choir director of the local sweet Adeline Choir in Shepherd, while she con-tinued to sing in the Houston Chap-ter. She loved to perform and loved harmony. She was a gifted painter and loved ceramics. She owned “A Ceramic Place” in Livingston. She was known as someone who was creative and inventive, a kind and understanding person who one could talk to and seek advice and someone who was supportive of her family and friends. She later moved to Las Vegas, Nev., where she went to school to learn how to deal blackjack. Not only did she deal blackjack, she became a pit boss. She controlled the tables. There she met and mar-ried James McDonnell. She was known as a hard worker, no matter how much pain she had from here degenerative spine disease. If she said she was going to do something she did it. Graveside services were held Wednesday, March 23, 2011, in Forest Hill Cemetery. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

ADAMS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Travis Lee Adams, 60, of Livingston were held Sunday, March 27, 2011, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livings-ton. Interment will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 31, in Houston National Cemetery. He was born Nov. 3, 1950 in Tomball, to Jim Billy Adams Sr. and Rosie Lee House Adams, and died March 24, 2011 in Livingston. Travis was a highly-decorated veteran who served in the United States Navy. He spent several years with the Scenic Loop Volun-teer Fire Department, where his final position was as chief. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Rosie Adams; sister, Betty Jo Tune of Magnolia and brothers, Jerry and Joel Adams. Travis is survived by his wife, Apolonia Pepito Adams of Livings-ton; son and daughter-in-law, Da-niel and Samantha Adams of Li-vingston; son, John Adams of Dal-las; grandsons, Tristan and Garrett Adams; granddaughters, Savannah Adams, Brooke Adams, McKenzie Adams, Emorie Adams and Alexia Butler; brothers and sisters-in-law, Billy and Jean Adams of Onalaska, Levi and Janet Adams of Wyom-ing, Donald Adams of Arkansas and Charlie and Ann Adams of Arkansas; sisters and brothers-in-law, Virginia and Louis Nugent of Arkansas, Barbara and Lewis Nes-by of Magnolia and Rose and Kenneth Nugent of Liberty and a host of other relatives and friend. Assisting with services were members of VFW Post 8568. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

ATKINSON
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Kent Atkinson, 65, of Li-vingston were held Tuesday, March 29, 2011, in the First Baptist Church of Livingston. Interment followed in Bluff Creek Cemetery. He was born Jan. 31, 1946 in Lufkin, to Rex William Atkinson and Margaret Hazel Butler Atkin-son, and died March 25, 2011 in Houston. He is preceded in death by his parents. Kent is survived by his wife, Sheila Atkinson of Livingston; daughters, Sandra Sandison of Houston and Leslie Atkinson of Houston; brother-in-law, John Mul-lins III of Houston; nephews, John Mullins IV and Justin Mullins, both of New Braunfels; brother-in-law, Claude Mullins of Lufkin; sister-in-law, Pam Mullins of Lufkin; nieces, Kate Mullins and Anna Mullins, both of Lufkin and numerous cou-sins and close friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

COLBURN
LIVINGSTON -- Brian Colburn, born Sept. 5, 1955 in Lancaster Calif., died March 16, 2011 in Ona-laska at the age of 55. Mr. Colburn is survived by his wife of 35 years, Lynn; sons, Mi-chael Edwards and wife Jennifer and Eric Edwards and wife Denice; daughter, Laura Newman and hus-band Kevin; 10 grandchildren, Je-remy, Ryan, Aaron, Brittney, Sa-mantha, Cameron, Caitlyn, Ashley, Jasmine and Nicholas; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Brian is preceded in death by his parents, William and Catherine Bull Colburn. Services were held Saturday, March 19, 2011, at Pace Funeral Home, with the Rev. Sharon Kapsch officiating. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

MILLER
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for James Oliver Miller Jr., 67, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2011, in the First Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. Military honors will be provided by VFW Post 8568. Visitation will be held from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. He was born March 6, 1944 in Houston, to James Oliver Miller and Daisy May Cheatham Garney, and died March 28, 2011 in Hou-ston. He is preceded in death by his father. James is survived by his wife, Delonna Joyce Johnson Miller of Livingston; daughter, Kimberly Long of Lewisville; sons, Vernon Bearss of Livingston, William Bearss of Huntsville and Paul Wig-gins of College Station; daughters, Chrissy Laviolette of Lufkin and Wendy Williams of College Sta-tion; mother, Daisy Garney of Li-vingston; sisters, Debby White of Haviland, Kan., Pattie Garney of Livingston and Paula Mitchell of Scotland, Conn.; grandsons, Phillip Long of Ohio, Clinton Long of Livingston and Nolan Long of Ohio; his very best friend, Goobey and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online register, go to www.cochranfh.com.

 

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