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Chelette

Jean Ann Chelette, 73, of Baytown, Texas passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on April 9, 1944 in Crowley, Louisiana to Jake and Evelyn Smith Johnson.

Jean was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She enjoyed reading and playing computer games such as Solitaire and Mahjong. Jean was a great cook and the sweetest person who was very involved with family and grandchildren.

Jean was an active member of the Eastside Church of Christ in Baytown and a past member of White Park Church of Christ and Goose Creek Church of Christ. She was a longtime volunteer of the Baytown Literacy Program, DARE and the Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni. Jean who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 50 years Harold Chelette; and her brothers Don R. Johnson, Sr., John C. Johnson and Isadora Duhon, Jr. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her sons Russell E. Chelette, James R. Chelette and Wendell B. Chelette all of Baytown; her 2 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; her numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

A graveside service and committal will be held at 2pm on Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Palms Memorial Park, Dayton, Texas.

Condolences can be shared with the family by visiting www.SterlingFuneralHome.com

Strahan

Everett “Glenn” Strahan, 51, of Dayton died Friday, April 21, 2017 in Houston.

Services for Glenn will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Glenn was born March 2, 1966 in Houston, Texas to parents Everett William Strahan and Garnet Harsey Strahan and was a graduate of C.E. King High School, class of 1984. He had been a resident of Dayton for the past 5 years. Glenn had worked as an air condition technician for Carrier, Oxy, and Letsos. He loved to ride his ATV and 4 wheel drive vehicles. He was always helping people, was a very kind soul and a good christian. Most of all he loved his family and protected the women in his life.

He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Amy Honeycutt Strahan; his father, Everett Strahan and wife Sue; his mother, Garnet Harsey Sheffield and husband Sandy; grandmother, Barnelle Harsey; daughter Emily Donette Strahan; step-daughter, Bridgette Walker; step-son, Hagen Kelso; sister, Tina Marie Strahan Owens; other relatives and friends.

Basham

Joe Scott Basham, 58 of Spring, TX passed away April 11, 2017 at his residence in Spring. 

Joe was born July 24, 1958 in Liberty, TX, son of the late Byron Lee Basham and Bobbie Jo Carrico Basham.  Joe graduated from Hull-Daisetta High School and was a Pipe Inspector for Dril’Quip.  He enjoyed hunting and being outside in the nature.  He loved animals, dancing and singing and sports.  Joe was a big Aggie fan but mostly he loved his family.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents. 

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of thirty-two years; Lynn Basham of Spring, daughters; Jennifer Parnell and husband Jason of Santa Rosa, FL, Amber Robson and husband Benjamin of Pflugerville, TX, Kelsey Kelly and husband Nate of Santa Rosa, FL, son; Ashley Basham of Liberty, TX, brothers; Craig Basham and wife Susan of Conroe, TX, William “Spud” Basham and wife Marian of Kingwood, TX, Kevin Basham and wife Diane of Tyler, TX, sister; Cheryl Loftin and husband T.J. of Buffalo, TX, and ten grandchildren.

Services for Joe Scott Basham will be Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10am at Allison Funeral Service, 1101 North Travis, Liberty, TX.  Condolences can be sent online to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Olmos

Francisco Rosales Olmos, age 70 of Liberty, TX passed away April 18, 2017 at his residence in Liberty. 

Francisco was born January 29, 1947 in Mexico, son of the late Agustin Olmos and Celerina Rosales Olmos.  Francisco worked in the pipeline business for several years.  He was a funny man and loved telling stories.  Francisco loved to ride his horses, loved music and was a very giving man.  He especially loved his family and loved spoiling his grandchildren.  He was a faithful Catholic and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty.

Francisco was preceded in death by his parents, brother; Candido Olmos and sister; Lucia Olmos. 

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of forty-one years; Cirila Olmos of Liberty, son; Francisco R. Olmos Jr and wife Aracely of Liberty, daughters; Belinda Hernandez and husband Jose of Liberty, Imelda Cornett and husband Joe of LaPorte, TX, Annabel Walton and husband Kiefen of Liberty, brothers; Guadalupe Olmos, Alejo Olmos, sisters; Maria Saavedra, Biatrice Vara, Angela Sanchez, Eva Burragan, Antonio Garcia, Maria Isabel Trejo and eleven grandchildren.

Services for Francisco Rosales Olmos will be Friday, April 21, 2017 at 2pm at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 411 Milam, Liberty, TX with burial to follow at Liberty Catholic Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 5pm to 8pm at Allison Funeral Service, 1101 North Travis, Liberty, TX.  Rosary will begin at 7pm.  Condolences can be sent online to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Maxwell

Jeff E. Maxwell, Sr., 86, of Dayton, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017, at the Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

Memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Calvary Baptist Church of Dayton with services concluding thereafter. Arrangements are under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

Jeff was born November 16, 1930 in Houston, to parents; James F. and Maggie M. White Maxwell, a former resident of Houston, and a resident of Dayton since 1967. He was a graduate of Cypress-Fairbanks High School, had attended Blinn College and Sam Houston State University, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a former Ag advisor for Channelview ISD. Mr. Maxwell also enjoyed raising exhibition poultry and horticulture.

Mr. Maxwell was preceded in death by his parents, mother of his children: Alva Ann Walker Maxwell, stepson: Michael Cooper, and brothers: Byron Lee Maxwell, Jimmie Allen Maxwell, and an infant brother. He is survived by his wife of 18 years: Joyce Dickens Maxwell of Dayton, son: Jeff E. Maxwell, Jr. and wife Jo-Ann of Houston, daughters: Betty Krueger and husband Karl of San Antonio and Mary Maxwell of California, stepson: James Cooper and wife Beverly, Dean Cooper, and Jeffrey Cooper, grandchildren: Madelyn Nicole Maxwell, Marissa Ann Maxwell, Matthew Hale Krueger, Alyssa Delaney Krueger, Sara Avery Krueger, Ryan Alec Cortes, and Hannah Olivia Cortes, step grandchild: Gordon Cooper, and one step great-granddaughter: Claire Aubrey Cooper, and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Smith

Leslie “Smitty” Clarence Smith, 67, of Dayton passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Services for Smitty will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Cooke Memorial Cemetery in Liberty. The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home.

Smitty was born May 2, 1949 in Anahuac, Texas to parents, Lester C. and Mildred Rainwater Smith. He had been a lifelong resident of this area, growing up in Liberty and attending Liberty High school where he was a member of the class of 1967. He attended Stephen F. Austin University. He lived in Mont Belvieu before moving to Dayton 31 years ago. Smitty had worked for US Steel, Porler Southwest and most recent he was at Texan Metal. He was a true family man and loved family gatherings, but most of all he loved his grandchildren and being with them. Smitty enjoyed going fishing and motorcycles.

Smitty was preceded in death by his parents, Lester C. and Mildred Smith. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Rhea McBride Smith of Dayton; son, Murray Smith and Brandi Thompson of Kenefick; daughters, Kristen Smith Odom and husband Chad of Kenefick, Leigh Ann Smith of New Mexico; brother Gary Smith of Baytown; sister, Cynthia Hylton and husband Ray of Liberty; grandchildren, Kristopher Smith, Landon Smith, Grant Odom, Reed Odom, Garrett McWhorter, Rainee Wolfe, and Rae Lynn Wilder; also numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Taylor

Larry Dwaine Taylor, 46, of Channelview died Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

Services will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 16, 2017 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Dayton. Visitation for Larry will be 12 noon until service time at 2:00 p.m. on Monday. Interment will follow at Magnolia Park Cemetery, Dayton.

Larry was born September 16, 1970 in Baytown, Texas to parents, Larry Taylor and Carolyn Wilbanks Taylor. He attended Channelview and Escambia High Schools and had worked for Turner Industries. He loved being with his family especially his son and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Larry was preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn Wilbanks Williams and his grandparents, JC Wilbanks, Trudy Wilbanks, Ed Taylor, and Hattie Taylor, and brother Charles Mayon.

He is survived by his parents, Larry and Barbara Taylor of Dayton; son, Zane Edward Taylor of Channelview; sister, Jan Parmelly and husband Kirk of Crosby; also numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Vercher

Curtis “Wayne” Vercher, 61, of Hardin, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017, at the Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 17, 2017, at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at Moss Hill Cemetery in Moss Hill. Services are under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

Wayne was born December 4, 1955 in Pasadena, to parents; Curtis M. Vercher and Ethel N. Coleman, a former resident of Dry Prong, Louisiana, and has resided in Hardin for the past 31 years. He was a graduate of the Dry Prong High School class of 1974, a machinist for 30 years, and currently employed by the maintenance department of the Liberty County Jail. He was also a member of the CCA Trinity Valley Chapter. His hobbies included fishing and spending time with family and friends.

Mr. Vercher was preceded in death by his father: Curtis M. Vercher and brother: Rickey Lynn Vercher. He is survived by his mother: Ethel Coleman Collins of Hardin, sisters: Cynthia Valentine and husband Howard of Louisiana and Rhonda Weiss of Texas City, numerous other relatives, and friends.

Brown

Randall Wayne Brown, 38, of Logansport, LA, formerly of Saratoga, died on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Logansport.

A service of remembrance will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 1:00 P.M. at Faith & Family Chapel with Reverend Bill Campbell officiating. Interment will follow at Guedry cemetery in Batson.
The family will be receiving friends also on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at Faith & Family.

Serving as pallbearers are Coy Duty, Alec Brown, Brett Randolph, Kevin Brown, Bradley Brown, Josh Cox, Zack Brown, Cade Cox and Matthew Graham. Honorary pallbearer Colton Brown.

A native of Baytown, he had lived in Logansport, LA and was a Commercial and Residential Construction carpenter.

Randall is preceded in death by his mother, Sherry Brown and stepsons, Jonah and Jacob Cox.

He is survived by his wife Shannon Brown of Logansport, LA; father Bearl Brown and stepmother Becky Wyatt Brown of Highlands, TX. Sons, Alec Brown , Bradley Brown, Colton Brown, of Winnie, Josh Cox, of Shreveport, LA and Cade Cox of Logansport, LA. Daughter Izzy Brown of Winnie. Sisters Leslie Kilcrease and husband Ken of Midway, TX and Marissa Douglas and husband Julian of Highlands. Brothers Kevin Brown and wife Jamie of Dayton, and Matthew Graham and wife Kodye also of Dayton, and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Randall Wayne Brown please visit our Sympathy Store at www.faithandfamilyfuneralservices.com
Service of remembrance are under the care of Faith & Family Funeral Services Inc. 40847 Hwy 105E. Batson Texas 77519. 936-336-2222 or 936-262-2100. Earning your trust one family at a time.

Hightower

Shiloh Hightower, 43, of Dayton, Texas passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in Kenefick, Texas.

She was born on January 21, 1974 in Channelview, Texas to Jesse B. Hightower and Trisha Pike. Shiloh graduated from Dayton High School in 1992 and attended the Women's University in Dallas, Texas.

Shiloh was a loving mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. She was also a nurturer to many and she never met a stranger. Shiloh had a tendency of helping others with their issues and would often take them in even when she really wasn’t able to. She worked briefly as a chef at the Crawfish Boil in Dayton. Shiloh was an experimentalist in the kitchen, both with cooking and baking but was always successful with her inventions. She enjoyed reading and knitting beanies especially for her grandson, Theo. Shiloh loved her family and her grandsons the most.

Shiloh was preceded in death by her grandmother Ruby Davidson; her brother Adam Pike; and her uncle Lynn Hightower. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her daughter Sarah Castor and husband Malachi of Dayton; her sons Joseph “Joey” Hightower of Dayton and Matthew Lucas of Baytown; her grandchildren Theo and Tristan Dusenberry and Hailey; her mother Trisha Pike and husband Clarence; her father Jesse B. Hightower and wife Celia of Angleton; her sister Shawn Stanford of Dayton, Nevada; her brothers Jesse Hightower and wife Heather of Newport News, Virginia and Aaron Pike and wife Barbara of Kenefick; and a host of other loving relatives and friends. Shiloh will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Services have been entrusted to Sterling Funeral Home in Dayton and condolences can be shared with the family by visiting www.SterlingFuneralHome.com

Alpha

David Murray Alpha died in Grapevine, Texas at the age of 92.

Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Earthman Memory Garden Cemetery in Baytown, Texas. Services are under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton.

Mr. Alpha was born on January 20, 1925 in Baytown, Texas to Kathleen Boudreaux Alpha and David Wilcox Alpha. He was married to Anna Isabelle (Ann) Kretchmar on September 9, 1944. He served in the United States Navy from January, 1943 to December, 1945 during WWII. He served the City of Baytown for many years before his retirement. He had previously been a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baytown.

David was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Ann Alpha; his son, Richard W. Alpha and his sister, Kathleen Alpha Harrop. He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Gordon and Helen Alpha; a sister, Jennifer Alpha Kimball; daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Harry Hood; son and daughter-in-law, David B. and Patti Alpha; daughter, Gwen Alpha; daughter and son-in law, Angela and Michael Prescher; son, Robin Alpha; and son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Bonnie Alpha; 15 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Gilbert

Christina Unterberg Gilbert 57, of Liberty TX passed away Tuesday night, after her long battle with cancer, god decided it was time for her to go home.

She was born January 19,1960 in Phoenix Arizona to James H. Bloomfield and Nancy L. Diller

Christina was a loving mother to her four children (Patrick A. Gilbert, Claudia M. Gilbert, Bobby Unterberg, and Jimmy Unterberg) an amazing wife to her husband (Claude M. Gilbert) of 36 years she was also a great sister to her three brothers (Randy, Mike, and Paul Diller) and her sister (Cindy Theall) and the best grandmother to all of her 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She was an amazing woman who loved life and she knew exactly how to make everyone smile, if she wasn’t spending time with family she was ether outside mowing her yard or in church at O.H.M. Christina will be missed deeply by all her family and friends who she leaves behind. But we know she will always hold a place in everyone of our hearts.

“the pain the you’ve been felling can’t compare to the joy that’s coming”
                                                                Romans 8:18

Christina’s life celebration service will be held at her church, Open House Ministries Saturday April 15, 2017 at 11 am address is 3605 N. Main St Liberty, TX

Local arraignments are under the care of Allison Funeral Service, 1101 North Travis, Liberty, TX.  Condolences can be sent online to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Elder

Terry Lee Elder Sr. age 72 of Hardin, Texas passed away Saturday April 8, 2017 at his home.

Terry was born in Liberty, Texas July 28, 1944 the son of the late John Elder and Merland Brown Mason. Terry had a great sense of humor always quick with a joke. He worked hard throughout his life providing for his family. He was the owner and operator of Elder Trucking for fifteen years, and went on to a Houston based construction company as a Vice President for another fifteen years, before returning to drive his trucks. Terry truly only had one main passion in his life and that was his family, he always found the time to make his grandchildren his number one priority. Terry was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Hull Chapter 1193 as well as the Hardin Baptist Church.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents as well as a brother Jerry Galloway.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of fifty-three years Janice K. Elder of Hardin, his children; Tammie Marberry (Chuck) of Hardin, Terry Elder Jr. (Misti) of Houston, Tracy Pavliska (Heath) of Hardin, Tiffanie Buffington (Blake) of Hardin, sister Merry Mount of Liberty. In addition, he leaves his nine grandchildren: Megan Jordan; Tara Jordan; Monica Marberry; Tealyn Marberry; Terry Lee Elder III; Grahm Pavliska; Harper Pavliska; Joshua Buffington; and Parker Buffington; and his three step-granddaughters. He also leaves his beloved cousin Tommy and Reta Brown, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Terry will be held Wednesday April 12, 2017 from 5-8PM at Allison Funeral Service, 1101 N. Travis Liberty, Texas. Funeral Services to be held 10AM Thursday April 13, 2017 at Hardin Baptist Church with burial to follow in Hardin Chapel Cemetery. Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Jeffcoat

Lanny Dale Jeffcoat, loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend, was called home to be with his Lord and savior on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the age of fifty-eight years, in Humble, Texas with his devoted wife, children, and sisters by his side.

He was born October 2, 1958 in Baytown, son of the late R.O. and Alta Joyce (Purswell) Jeffcoat. Lanny was a life-long resident of Crosby, and a member of the 1978 graduating class of Crosby High School. He spent most of his adult life operating heavy equipment, of which, he spent the last fifteen years as a member of the Murff Turf Farms family. He enjoyed hunting, was an avid gun & knife collector, loved to joke around and pick on people, and was one of the greatest story tellers known to man. Lanny never met a stranger, and it would be tough to find someone who didn’t like him. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Lanny was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Roy Jeffcoat. He is survived by his loving wife of seventeen years, Cynthia “Cindy” (Mayhugh) Jeffcoat; sons, Ethan Jeffcoat & fiancé Ashley Skinner of Crosby, and Jeremy Dueitt & wife Shanda of Conroe; daughters, Cassie Dykes & husband Travis of Bay City, and Lacy (Dueitt) Deriso & husband Dustin of Crosby; sisters, Peggy Barron of Crosby, and Delores “Bity” Speir & Husband Hilton “Blackie” of Crosby; grandchildren, Jase, Brantley, Ashlyn, Colby, Moriah, Amber, Daniel, Jacob, Jeremiah, Marcus, Mandy, Robert, and Taylor; great grandchildren, Aubrey, and Elijah; numerous nieces & nephews, and extended family and friends. Lanny will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Lanny’s family will receive visitation Monday, April 10, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, with services concluding thereafter. Services have been entrusted to Pace-Stancil Funeral Home of Dayton.

In lieu of flowers, the Jeffcoat family has requested memorial gifts be made to the Arthritis Foundation in honor of Lanny Dale Jeffcoat. Gifts may be contributed at https://donate.arthritis.org/site/apps/ka/sd/donorcustom.asp?

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Stanley

Steve Stanley Jr., 78, of Kountze, died Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at his residence.

He was born July 31, 1938 in Jasper, TX to Steve Lemmie Stanley and Sarah Boykin. he had lived in Kountze for 22 years and was an oilfield worker.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian Courts Stanley of Kountze. Son, Jerry Steven Staney and wife Dee of Saratoga, stepsons, C.W. Sims Jr. of Kountze, and Kevin Sims and wife Renee' of Silsbee.

Daughter, Ledarah Lewis and husband George of Saratoga, Teresa Stanley of Baytown, stepdaughters, Debbie Oliver of Kountze, Tracy Martin and husband Billy of Kountze, and Karen Seymour of Silsbee. Sisters, Pat Strahan and husband Pete of Hardin, Johnnie Sue Williams of Pasadena, and Janis Vickery and husband Floyd of Dolan. He has numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great- great- grandchildren.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Steve Stanley Jr. please visit our Sympathy Store at www.faithandfamilyfuneralservices.com

Cremation service under the care of Faith & Family Funeral Services Inc. 40847 Hwy 105E. Batson, Texas 77519. 936-336-2222 or 936-262-2100. Independently owned and operated by local people you know and trust.

Chessher

David Chessher, 79, of Honey Island, died Tuesday, April 5, 2017, at his residence surrounded by his family and many of his caring friends.

A service of remembrance will be held on Saturday April 8,2017 at 2:00 P.M. at Faith & Family Funeral Services with Reverend Tolbert Hudspeth officiating. Interment will follow at Jordan cemetery in Honey Island. The family will be receiving friends on Friday April 7, 2017 from 5:00P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Faith & Family.

Serving as pallbearers are Timothy Hutson, Ed Gilbert, Bryan Chessher, Corey Chessher, Larry McCollough, and Lee Charles Jordan Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Charles Earl, Clayton, Rusty, Evan, Tony, Jacob, Ernest, Robert, Brad, Brennan, Jacob, Kutter, Cameron, Trace, Bo, Buddy, Bryan, Barney Gandy, and J.W. Waters.

David had lived in Honey Island, 34 years and was a Oilfield Consultant. He loved being outdoors, hunting, and just being around his many good friends having a good time.

He was preceded in death by his parents, T.J Chessher and Lenora Edwards. and stepson-in-law Alfred Hutson.

Survivors are his wife, Lee Roth " Snookie" Chessher of Honey Island; mother of his children Sissy Cummings Chessher of Saratoga. Sons, David Harwell Chessher Jr. and wife Susie of Hardin, Granderson Wayne Chessher and wife Ginger of Hardin, and Thomas Glenn Chessher and wife Crystal of Saratoga. Stepson, Lee Charles Jordan and wife Elizabeth of Honey Island. Stepdaughters, Nora Faye Hutson of Honey Island, and Donna Cassidy and husband Darrin of China. Brother, John Hugh Chessher and wife Bertha of Saratoga. Grandchildren: 19 and great grandchildren: 35.

The Chessher family would like to thank Ron Ladwig of Texas Home Health Hospice for his great care and kindness during this difficult time.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of David Harwell Chessher please visit our Sympathy Store at www.faithandfamilyfuneralservices.com

Service of remembrance under the care of Faith & Family Funeral Services Inc. 40847 Hwy 105E. Batson Texas 77519. 936-336-2222 or 936-262-2100. Earning your trust one family at a time.

Pearson

Mary Ann Briggs Pearson, 70, of Dayton, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017, at the Kindred Hospital in Spring.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with rosary services at 7 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 8, 2017, at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church with burial following at Ames Catholic Cemetery in Ames. Services are under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

Mary was born June 16, 1946 in Dayton, to parents; Rodis, Sr. and Ruby St. Julian Briggs, and has been a lifelong resident of Dayton. She was a graduate of Colbert High School class of 1966, a retired computer technician, and former beautician. She enjoyed cheerleading and playing sports while in high school, cooking, and gardening.

Mrs. Pearson was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of 48 years: Derbe Pearson, Jr. of Dayton, sons: Derbe Pearson, III and wife Testi Williams-Pearson of Spring and Dakarai Pearson, Sr. and wife Summer of Spring, brother: Rodis Briggs, Jr. of Dayton, sisters: Leona Carter and husband David of Dayton and Eva Briggs Holmes of Dayton, grandchildren: Myles Pearson, Marqu’es Pearson, Darci Pearson, Wyllo Pearson, Dakarai Pearson, II, and Elizabeth, numerous other relatives, and friends.

Campodonico

Lucille Verona Campodonico, 82, formerly of Anahuac, Texas passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017 in Humble, Texas.

She was born on April 11, 1934 in Hankamer, Texas to Martin and Mary Watson Kocijan. A child of the “Great Depression”, Lucille graduated from Anahuac High School in 1953. She lived a humble, honest life.

Lucille was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many. She enjoyed spending time with her family and loved her dogs. Lucille was a very talented and accomplished artist of oil painting and pen and ink drawings. She who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Lucille was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Marco Campodonico; and her brothers Henry and Billy Kocijan. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her daughter Mary Campodonico of Houston; her sons Ronald Campodonico and wife Katrina of Katy and Roger Campodonico of Houston; her grandchildren Daniel, Mary and P.J. Campodonico; and other loving relatives and friends; and all the children she had a hand in raising.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Sterling Funeral Home, 1201 S. Main Street, Anahuac, Texas. A graveside service and committal will immediately follow in Anahuac Cemetery.

Condolences can be shared with the family by visiting www.SterlingFuneralHome.com

Mullins

Randy Glenn Mullins age 62 passed away March 31, 2017 at Liberty Dayton Hospital.

Randy was born April 5, 1954 in Baytown, Texas the son of the late Glenn E. Mullins and Margaret Matthews Mullins. Randy was a hard worker and when he found the time enjoyed hunting and fishing. Randy most enjoyed his beloved k-9 companion Boo-Boo.

Randy was preceded in death by his parents as well as a sister Donna Ware and his two step-sons Robert and Travis Lyles.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his sisters, Patsy Harrington, Margaret Zeglin, and Debbie Mullins Burrwell. He also leaves a brother Steven E. Mullins and a host of nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Allison Funeral Service, 1101 N. Travis Liberty, Texas. Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Durbin

Lawrence Elvin “Larry” Durbin age 60 passed away April 2, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Larry was born in Houston, Texas December 31, 1956 the son of the late Carl Elvin Durbin and Billie Jo Presler Durbin. Larry loved to do just about anything on the water, he enjoyed surfing, scuba diving, and fishing. He also enjoyed learning about history.

He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his sister Letha Fancher and his brother-in-law Tim Wilkinson.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his brothers Danny Durbin (Debbie), Paul Durbin (Melinda), Shawn Durbin (Shannon), sisters Sandy Wells, Tammy Wilkinson, and Cathy Kiss (Anthony). In addition Larry leaves a host of nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 2PM Friday April 7, 2017 at Hardin Chapel Cemetery. Visit www.allisonfuneralservice.com to share memories and sign the guestbook.

Coffman

Scherry Lynn Sturrock Coffman, 63, of Anahuac, Texas passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 1, 2017 in Liberty, Texas.

She was born on June 20, 1953 in Anahuac, Texas to Earl Sturrock, Sr. and Hazel Goff Sturrock. Scherry graduated from Anahuac High School in 1970 and received her associate’s degree from Lee College. She worked for many years in accounting and bookkeeping for the oil industry.

Scherry was a daddy’s girl, a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many. She was full of life, never meeting a stranger, had an infectious laugh and was known mostly for her nurturing of others and for mothering everyone. Scherry enjoyed playing dominos every Wednesday morning with her closest friends, riding motorcycles and spending time with her daughter and her grandchildren. She also loved her dogs and had a passion for horses which she raised and raced in the early 80’s. Scherry also enjoyed listening to Willie’s Roadhouse and singing along to County and Western music. Nothing could ever slow her down, she lived life to the fullest. Scherry who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Scherry was preceded in death by her parents; her son Roger Dale Abshier, Jr.; her daughter Tracie Elizabeth Knuppel; and a grandson Curry Wade Fancher. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving husband of 21 years Joe Coffman of Anahuac; her daughters Stacie Abshier of Anahuac and Kristy Coffman of Baytown; her sons William Travis Knuppel of Hankamer, Kyle Coffman of Idabel, Oklahoma; her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her brothers Earl Sturrock, Jr. and wife Pat of Deer Park and Eddie Perez of Washington; numerous other loving relatives and friends; and all the children she had a hand in raising.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 6pm until 8pm on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in the chapel of Sterling Funeral Home, 1201 S. Main Street, Anahuac, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Hankamer Community Fellowship, 2844 FM 1663 Road, Hankamer, Texas. A graveside service and committal will immediately follow in Anahuac Cemetery.

Condolences can be shared with the family by visiting www.SterlingFuneralHome.com

Collins

Mathew Jay “Jaybird” Collins, 54 of Dayton died Sunday, April 2, 2017 in Baytown, Texas.

Memorial services for Jay will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Gum Grove Baptist Church in Eastgate with Rev. Jeff Davis officiating.

Jay was born January 30, 1963 in Dayton, Texas to parents, Floyd Collins and Patricia Ford Collins. He was a lifelong resident of Dayton and had worked as a carpenter and welder. He loved being with his kids, fishing, gardening and his animals.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Sharron Day Collins of Dayton; his son, Lee Bishop; daughters, Ashley Michelle and Destiney Nicole; brother, Fred Collins and wife Debbie; sisters, Sunnie Frye and RD, Jonan Rogers, and Kristi Collins; grandchildren, Peyton Bishop and Presley Rae Evans; also numerous nieces, nephew, other relatives and friends.

Scott

Helen Ann Scott, 61, of Raywood, died Saturday April 1, 2017 at Kingwood Medical Center in Kingwood, TX.

A service of remembrance will be held on Tuesday April 4, 2017 at 10:00A.M. at Faith & Family Funeral Services Inc. with Reverend Kenneth Hendricks officiating. Interment will follow at Palms Memorial Park in Dayton.

The family will be receiving friends on Monday April 3, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Faith & Family Chapel

Serving as pallbearers are Sam Dunn, Gene Holland, Kevin Holland, James Spanning, Gary Wiggins and Kenneth Holland. Honorary pallbearers are Donny Barnett, Charles Scott, Reid Evans, Kyle Fregia, Roger Hufford, Kody Fregia, Cameron Seedner and John Earl Scott.

A native of Fort Hood, Texas she had lived in Raywood most of her life and with her husband was owner and operator of Scott's Country Cookin in Raywood. Helen loved to get together with family and friends. She also loved making her husband banana pudding and enjoyed cooking and feeding her many friends. She also loved her grandbabies picking berries and going fishing.

She was preceded in death by her parents Robert Hollis Turner and Ellen Shelfer. Sister- in- laws, Carol Turner, Shirley Scott, and brother-in-law, John Scott.

Survivors include her husband of 26 lovely years Tony Scott of Raywood; sons, Robert Evans of Raywood, Carlton Heard of Raywood. Daughters, Jana Fregia and husband Tony of Daisetta, and Malindee Seedner and husband Russell of Lemore CA. Brother, Jimmy Taylor of Deer Park. Sisters, Elizabeth Sims of Pittsburg, TX Phonie McAllister of Liberty, Frances Russell of Dayton, and Robbie Barnett of Dayton. Helen is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews great nieces, and great nephews and a host of loving friends.

Grandchildren are Kyle, Hannah, Cameron, Gretchen, Kody, Reid and Holly Ann.

To order flowers from our sympathy store or leave a condolence for the family of Helen Ann Scott visit us at www.faithandfamilyfuneralservices.com

Service of remembrance under the care of Faith & Family Funeral Services Inc. 40847 Hwy 105E. Batson Texas 77519 .936-336-2222 or 936-262-2100. Earning your trust one family at a time

Maddox

Jerry Don Maddox, 75, of Liberty, TX died on Thursday March 30, 2017 in LaGrange, TX.

A service of remembrance will be held on Monday April 3, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at Faith & Family Funeral Services Inc. with Reverend Woody Sonnier officiating. Interment will follow at Weeks Chapel Cemetery in Jasper County. The family will be receiving friends on Sunday April 2, 2017 from 4:30 P.M. until 8:00 P.M at Faith & Family.

A native of Zwolle, Louisiana, he had lived in Liberty most of his life and was owner and operator of Top Burgers in Liberty for many years. He loved to garden and being outside.

He was preceded in death by his wife Nadine Maddox, father, J.V. Maddox and brother, Jessie Dewayne Maddox.

Survivors are his mother, Josephine Maddox of Jasper; sons, Jerry Maddox of Hardin, and Dewayne Maddox of Dayton. Daughter, Danielle Tanner of Hardin; brother, Benny Maddox of Hardin, and sisters, Gloria Monzingo of Jasper, and Phyllis Smith and husband Amos of Jasper. Also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers are Jason Maddox, Chance Maddox, Chris Maddox, Zachary Maddox, Matthew Haywood and Alan Tanner.

To send flowers through our sympathy store for the family of Jerry Don Maddox visit us at www.faithandfamilyfuneralservices.com

Service of remembrance under the care of Faith & Family Funeral Services Inc. 40847 Hwy 105E. Batson, Texas 77519. 936-336-2222 or 936-262-2100. Independently owned and operated by local people you know andtrust

Braden

Rita L. Braden, 65, of Dayton, Texas passed away Monday, March 27, 2017 in Baytown, Texas surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on April 10, 1951 in Fulton, Missouri to Norman H. and Lucinda Spencer Zeugin.

Rita was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She enjoyed the simple things in life like cooking and cleaning. But what she enjoyed most was spending time with her family and taking care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rita’s children would say she loved screaming at them most and did it lovingly. Rita who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Rita was preceded in death by her father; and her siblings Rometta Clingman and Spencer Zeugin. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her children Tommy Braden, Jr. and wife Della of Dayton, Tracie Strickland and husband Jason of Crosby and Erik Braden and wife Morgan of Dayton; her three grandsons and five granddaughters; her two great-grandsons; her mother Lucinda; her brothers Tom Zeugin and Ted Zeugin and wife Deborah all of Missouri; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 6pm until 8pm on Thursday, March 30, 2017 in the chapel of Sterling Funeral Home, 602 N. Main Street, Dayton, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10am on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Sterling Funeral Home. A graveside service and committal will immediately follow in Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton.

Honoring the family by serving as pallbearers will be Roy Smith, Jason Starnes, Nick Pate, Lance Clingman, Zach Zeugin and Jason Hyatt.

Condolences can be shared with the family by visiting www.SterlingFuneralHome.com

Delva

Nicole Ann Delva was born April 23, 1972 in Roseburg, Oregon.  

She died Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Humble, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Kirk Wayne Delva of Roseburg, Oregon.

She is survived by her daughters, Katie Price of Channelview, Texas, and Lacie Burns of Dayton, Texas; her son, Kirk Price and his fiancé, Kara Anders of Houston, Texas.  She is also survived by her mother, Kathy Pittman (Louis) of Dayton and her father, Nick Delva (Donna) of Glide, Oregon, and many great friends.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Wells Funeral Services, 300 Alabama St., Liberty, Texas in the Althea P. Gibson Memorial Chapel; funeral Services will begin at 4:00 pm.

Wells Funeral Services, 300 Alabama Street, Liberty, Texas has been entrusted with final arrangements.  Memories and online condolences maybe shared at: www.wellsfuneralservices.com

Chandler

Gretchen Wand Chandler, 67, of Anahuac, Texas passed Saturday, March 25, 2017 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on March 31, 1949 in San Antonio, Texas to Lee and Eleanor Wand. Gretchen graduated from Corsicana High School in 1967 and attended Navarro Junior College.

Gretchen and her loving husband of 48 years, Terry Chandler relocated from Houston making Anahuac their home for the past 32 years. She worked for McJunkin Corporation of Baytown for many years. Gretchen had spent the last 11½ years battling stage 4 colon cancer and was often seen wearing her favorite “Cancer Sucks” shirt.

Gretchen was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She enjoyed fishing, antiquing and working crossword puzzles. Gretchen’s biggest passion was spending time with her family.

Gretchen was preceded in death by her parents. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving husband Terry Chandler; her daughters Amy Hinojosa and husband Marco of Anahuac, Texas and Laura Simmons and husband Jamie of Sequim, Washington; her grandchildren Gabby, Iggy and Nick Hinojosa and Katelyn and Alyssa Simmons; her sister Shary Lynn Robertson of Oklahoma; and a number of loving relatives and friends. Gretchen will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 5pm until 7pm on Friday, March 31, 2017 in the chapel of Sterling Funeral Home, 1201 S. Main Street, Anahuac, Texas. A celebration of Gretchen’s life will be held at 10am on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Sterling Funeral Home in Anahuac.

Condolences can be shared with the family by visiting www.SterlingFuneralHome.com

Joy

Katherine Aline Daniel Joy of Batson, died on Saturday March 25, 2017 at her residence. She was 83.

A service of remembrance will be held on Wednesday March 29, 2017 at 10:00AM at Faith & Family Funeral Services with Reverend Lesley Gaines officiating. Interment will follow at Guedry Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Larry Hughes, Doug Hughes, Doug Hughes II, Trey Joy, Tony Dorsey and Sherman Benson. The family will be receiving friends also on Wednesday March 29, 2017 at Faith & Family Funeral Services from 9:00AM until service time at 10:00AM.

Katherine was born August 16, 1933 in Batson, TX, to Ernest Ray Daniel and Edith Aline Barnes. She lived in Batson most of her life and attended the Central Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Ray Daniel and Edith Aline Barnes; husband, Randy Raymond Joy Sr. and sons, Randy R. Joy Jr. and Wesley E. Joy.

She is survived by her daughter Maura Joy of Baytown. Sisters, Billie Hughes and husband Buster of Batson, Corine Lawson and husband Lynwood of Beaumont and Ernestine Barr and husband Eddie of Sugarland; sister-in-law, Jean Odom of Baytown; grandson, Trey Joy of Highland; granddaughter, Katherine Benson and husband Sherman and great grandchildren Kristina and Wesley Benson.

Service of remembrance under the care of Faith & family Funeral Services Inc. 40847 Hwy 105E. Batson, trxas 77519.936-336-2222 or 936-262-2100. Earning your trust one family at a time

Weems

Betty Neely Weems, age 79 of Liberty, died March 26, 2017 at her residence in Liberty, TX. 

Betty was born April 30, 1937 in Mer Rouge, LA, daughter of the late John Leverett Cheshire and Ruby Elizabeth Neely.  Betty attended Bastrop High School in Louisiana her first three years of high school and then graduated from Silsbee High School here in Texas.  She was a drum major and twirler and was voted Most Beautiful four years in a row at her high school.  Betty was a beautician for fifteen plus years.  She enjoyed cooking, fishing and being at the beach.  She was an excellent seamstress and loved anything to do with the church.  She was also in the choir and loved to sing.  Betty’s most treasured memories were spending time with her family and grandchildren.  She will be missed by all.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband; Buddy Weems, brother; Albert Jack Wilson Jr, great-grandson; Tyler McCann and great-granddaughter; Lily Moss.  She leaves behind to cherish her memory, daughters; Gwen Weems of Liberty, Debbie Sherrell and husband Jaime of Liberty, Angela Battle and husband Harold of Silsbee, Denise Walters and husband Leigh of Liberty, brother; Archie Jack Wilson and wife Carol of Pearland, TX, twelve grandchildren, thirty-six great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services for Betty Neely Weems will be Friday, March 31, 2017 at 2pm at New Work Family Worship Center in Liberty, TX with burial to follow at Fairlawn Cemetery.  Visitation will be Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 5pm to 8pm at the church.  Condolences can be sent online to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Clemonds

Melba L. Clemonds age 92 formally of Liberty, died Monday March 27 in Montegut, LA.

Melba was born in Hemsted, TX, December 31, 1924 the daughter of the late James Stuckey and Hetti Mae Tucker Stuckey. Melba enjoyed fishing, being with her family, and loved to take her children camping. She worked for many years as a Nurse’s Aide.

She was preceded in death by her parents as well as her son Gordon Lamar Crabtree, daughter Evelyn Joyce Brown, brothers James Stuckey and Jan Ray Stuckey, her sisters Mary Ruth Rhoades, Marguerite DeSha, and Gloria Mae Ewing. She also was preceded in death by her first husband Lee Crabtree and her second husband Ralph Clemonds. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her daughters Leona Nelton and husband Alley, and Marguerite Crabtree and wife Cindy Sickles. In addition, she leaves twelve grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Visitation for Melba will be held Thursday March 30, 2017 from 5-8PM at Allison Funeral Service, 1101 N. Travis Liberty, Texas. Funeral Services to be held 10AM Friday March 31, 2017 at the funeral home with burial to follow in Fairlawn Memorial Cemetery. Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Rhodes

Doris “Sue” Marie Craig Rhodes, 82, of Pasadena died March 26, 2017.

Visitation for Mrs. Rhodes will be 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 31, 2017 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton. Services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Pace-Stancil and interment will follow at Linney Cemetery.
Sue was born September 19, 1934 in Dayton, Texas to parents George and Ethelyn Linney Craig. Sue attended Dayton schools where she played athletics and proudly shared with family and friends that she went to state as a member of the Tennis team. She was a resident of Pasadena for more than 50 years where she and her late husband, Curtis raised their family.

Sue worked as a realtor in Deer Park for close to four decades receiving many sales awards. She enjoyed the interaction and just recently retired and gave up her broker’s license in 2015. She was an avid volunteer at Bayshore Hospital in Pasadena where she served for 10 years and proudly earned 3,739 volunteer hours.

“Granny” loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as all her family. She could often be found transporting her loved ones around town or cheering her great-children at their many sporting activities. She loved to drive fast and had speeding tickets to prove it. She was often teased and referred to by loved ones as “the Little Old Lady from Pasadena”.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Curtis Rhodes. Sr., daughter, Linnie Jo Rhodes, and grandsons, Justin Griffin and Timothy Betros. She is survived by son, Curtis “Dusty” Rhodes, Jr. and wife Linda; daughter, Susan Jack and long-time partner, Laura Bye; brother, Donald Craig; grandchildren Jaime Parham and husband Robby, Matthew Jack and wife Rae, Amanda Croix and husband Donny, Nicholas Betros and wife Pam, Whitney Betros, and Allison Gregory and husband Tyler; step-grandsons, Rand E. Riggle and Jeffrey Riggle; 12 great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives, a host of friends, and her very special friend, her dog, Rudy.

Cessna

Marcia Kay Cessna, 72, of Cleveland, died Friday March 24, 2017 at The Bradford at Brookside in Livingston, TX.

A service of remembrance will be held on Sunday March 26, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. at Hardin United Methodist Church with Reverend Gideon Watson officiating. Interment will follow at Hardin Chapel Cemetery in Hardin.

The family will be receiving friends on Saturday March 25, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Faith & Family Funeral Services' Chapel.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband; Ronald Earl Cessna, parents; Charles and Lillian Nelson, and sisters; Mary Scott and Susan Nevills.

Those left to cherish her memory are step-sons; Dwight Cessna and wife Sondra of Caddo Mills, TX and Aubrey Cessna of Dayton, step-daughter; Debbie Wagner and husband Mike of Dayton, sisters; Ruthie Stanford and Ann Benge, grandchildren; Mike, Krystal, Savannah, Scott, Joseph, Ariel, great-grandchildren; Brooklynn, Skyler, Zane, Cooper, K' Lynn, Mason, Dylan and Hunter.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Marcia Kay Cessna please visit our Sympathy Store at www.faithandfamilyfuneralservices.com

Service of remembrance under the care of Faith &Family Funeral Services Inc. 40847 Hwy 105E. Batson, Texas 77519. 936-336-2222 or 936-262-2100 ".Ten years of earning trust one family at a time.

Spencer-Rivon

Audrey Ann Spencer-Rivon 74, of Anahuac, TX died March 23, 2017.

Services are Apr. 01, 2017 at Lily of The Valley Church of God in Christ. 1222 N. Main St. Anahuac, TX. Visitation will begin at 9AM until funeral at 11AM. Interment will be in Rivon Cemetery, Anahuac, TX.

Audrey was preceded in death by her father: Pleasant Spencer, brother: Freddie White Jr., son: John Lewis and grandson: Kenneth Rivers-Spencer.

Cherishing her memories are husband: Ocie Rivon Jr. “Moon”, mother: Patsy Dixon, children: Selena Spencer-King (Tommy), Cynthia Spencer-Griffin (David), Kevin Spencer (Nene) and James Spencer (NeKeisha). Siblings: Cecelia Alfred, Norris Davis Sr. (Christy), Ethelyn Ricks, Lola Washington (Willie) and Patricia Dixon. 13-Grandchildren, 4 Great Grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Rivon’s services have been entrusted to Proctor's Mortuary (Locations in Anahuac, Beaumont, Silsbee and Woodville, TX.) 409-267-3122; "We Make The Difference". The guest book can be signed; words of comfort and condolences for the family can be left at www.proctorsmortuary.com

Tousha

Becky Jean Tousha of Conroe formally of Liberty, age 53 died Saturday March 18, 2017 at Conroe Regional Hospital.

Becky was born in Liberty, Texas October 9, 1963 the daughter of the late Tommy Gene Tousha and Curley “Tiny” Fregia Tousha.  Becky enjoyed fishing and spending time with her beloved family. Becky also had a passion for her favorite football team the Dallas Cowboys.

She was preceded in death by her parents as well as her brothers Johnny Tousha and Sgt. Shawn Tousha.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband David Edwards, brother Tiger Tousha (Rene) nephews Rusty Tousha (Selena), Dusty Tousha (Hunter), Tommy Tousha Jr. (Kandyce), James “Bam Bam” Tousha (Kaycee), and Nick Tousha. She also leaves her niece Hope Tousha, great nephew Breagan Tousha, great niece Dally Tousha who was like a granddaughter, and her uncle Chester Tousha (Doris). She also leaves a host of cousins, extended family, and friends. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

A memorial service for Becky will be celebrated 2PM Saturday April 1, 2017 at Allison Funeral Service, 1101 N. Travis Liberty, Texas. Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Sims

Barry Wilburn Sims, 66, of Hardin died Monday, March 20, 2017 at Liberty Dayton Regional Medical Center with his family by his side.

A service of remembrance will be held Friday March 24, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. at Faith & Family Funeral Services with military honors.

The family will be receiving friends also on Friday March 24, 2017 from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. also at Faith & Family.

Barry was born October 13, 1950 in Silsbee, TX, to B.W. Sims and Catherine Odom. He worked as a Safety Coordinator for P.S.C. in Deer Park. He had proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict.

Barry is preceded in death by his parents, B.W. Sims and Catherine Odom. Brother, Kenneth Sims; daughter, Sandri Lee Sims and brother-in-laws, Tim and Gary Echols.

He is survived by his step-mother, Pat Sims of Hardin; wife, Metzie Sims of Hardin; son, Larry D. West and wife Sheila of Michigan. Mom, Pat Mitchell of Liberty; daughter, Natalie Sims and husband Aamin Ali of Houston.

Brothers, Michael Sims of Angleton and Johnye McMurtry of Hull. Sisters, Tommye Sims of Hardin and Terrye Sims Skaines of Hardin.

Grandchildren, James Miller and wife Jessica, Elijah Sims, Paris Hall, Asif Nayah and Jacob Lee. Great grandchildren, James Dean, Ava Jade and Jayden Christopher.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Barry Wilburn Sims please visit our Sympathy Store at www.faithandfamilyfuneralservices.com

Service of remembrance under the care of Faith & Family Funeral Services Inc. 40847 Hwy 105E. Batson, Texas 77519. 936-336-2222 or 936-262-2100. Independently owned and operated by local people you know and trust.

Renfrow

Krystal Kay Renfrow was born on June 5, 1958 in Liberty, Texas.  She went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on March 18, 2017, following a brief illness.

Krystal was a strong believer in Jesus, and an active church member all her life.  She trusted Christ at an early age and was baptized at First Baptist Church in Liberty, Texas where she was active in many church activities, particularly the youth group and choir as a teenager. She was a faithful church attender, and many of her friends may remember that she was known to phone those who had missed church or a special activity to inquire as to why they had not been in attendance. She cared deeply about her friends and family, and desired that they be faithful in their church attendance.  She had many special memories of attending summer camp at Glorietta Baptist Encampment in New Mexico, and went on numerous youth choir trips with her church choir traveling across Texas participating in choir concerts at various churches.  The Lord gifted her with a beautiful singing voice, and she had the incredible ability to sing with perfect pitch, which is extremely rare. She loved singing praises to her Lord, and being part of her church choir.

She went on numerous trips with the GA’s (Girls Auxillary) to Houston to the state summer conventions. First Baptist Church, GA’s, choir and church attendance were important parts of her life, and her faithfulness was legendary. She loved quoting just the right Bible verse when a friend was in need of encouragement or guidance, and her favorite passage was Psalm 23.

Krystal loved to travel, and one of her favorite trips was to the country of Austria.  She also enjoyed visiting her cousin Mindy in North Carolina, and taking long weekend trips to visit in the homes of family and friends.  She graduated from Liberty High School in 1976, and was a member of the high school choir, the Choraleer Choir and the Spanish Club. One of her favorite pass times was doing counted cross stitch, and she loved making special cross stitch pieces as gifts for friends and family. Friendship and giving were important to this very loving person. She loved listening to the Maranantha Choir and The Carpenters.  Some of her friends’ favorite memories of her were their late night runs to the Sonic in Liberty in Krystal’s 1976 red Firebird singing with the radio turned up very loudly! 

Krystal attended Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, and loved going to school there in that beautiful East Texas town.     

Krystal was preceded in death by her parents, Aubry Renfrow, and Kathryn Renfrow of Liberty, her cousin Micah Felcman, Aunt and Uncle Jewel and John Bailey of Liberty.  She is survived by her brother, Britt Andress of Dayton, Texas, and her cousin, Mindy Felcman Miralia, as well as, River and Miles Felcman all of Charlotte North Carolina.

Krystal also considered the following close friends as part of her family:  The Darrell Budro Family, Randy and Frances Lewis Family, the Tommy Roberts Family, Mrs. Juanita Mosley, and Miss. Janet Mosley Hughen, as well as many of her church family members and neighbors. She was a friend’s friend, and a loving and caring person who will be deeply missed and remembered fondly for years to come.

At the time of her death Krystal was a member of Corner Stone Church in San Antonio, Texas, and was employed at John Hagee Ministries. A fitting tribute to her would be the verse that says “a friend loveth at all times.”  Krystal was that kind of friend. We can all rest assured that she is singing with the angels in the heavenly choir, and free from the worries and trials of this earthly world. May she rest in peace. 

Officiating Pastor Kyle Roberts
Pallbearers Keb Roberts, Kolby Roberts, Ryan Roberts, Jack Wiggins, Jarrod Wiggins 
Justin Kostelnik

Services for Krystal Kay Renfrow will be Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10am at Allison Funeral Service, 1101 North Travis, Liberty, TX with burial to follow at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Liberty.  Visitation will be Friday, March 24, 2017 from 5pm to 7pm at Allison Funeral Service.  Condolences can be sent online to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Majeski

Steven Anthony “Teako” Majeski, 46, of Kenefick died Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton. Services for Teako will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel, Dayton with interment to follow at Holly Grove Cemetery in Holly Grove, Texas.

He was born September 7, 1970 in Liberty, Texas and he had been a resident of Kenefick for the past 9 years, previously of Votaw. He graduated from Galena Park High School in 1989 and had worked for Northstar Energy Services. Teako enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joe and Mable Majeski and Paw and Granny; and his step father, Robert Henry. He is survived by his parents, Virie Rhodes Henry of Votaw and David Majeski and wife Kim of Houston; his son, Robert Cody Majeski of Kenefick; his daughter, Morgan Hagan and husband Alan of Atascocita; his sister, Laura Lee of Crosby; niece, Jaylynn Gutierrez; also other relatives and friends.

Hale

Maurine Tanner Hale, age 96, a longtime resident of the Liberty area died Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Magnolia Place Healthcare in Liberty. 

Maurine was born January 26, 1921 in Burkburnett, TX, daughter of the late Bruce Tanner and Verna Ratcliff Tanner.  Maurine loved gardening, animals, chocolate and was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed her various crafts.  She had a smile that could light up a room.

Maurine was preceded in death by her parents, husband; Robert Hale and sister Ruth Wajer.  She leaves behind to cherish her memory, son; Gregory Chitwood and significant other Gerry Avallone, grandson; Michael Chitwood, great-grandchildren; Lane, Aaron and Charlie Chitwood, sister; Gladys Erskins and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins and her beloved cats.

The family would like to thank Magnolia Place Healthcare for the excellent care for Maurine and hospice Kindred at home and Karla King, her caregiver for such loving, tender care given to her.

Services for Maurine Tanner Hale will be Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 1pm at Cooke Memorial Cemetery in Liberty, TX.  Visitation will be from 10am to 11am in the chapel at Allison Funeral Service, 1101 North Travis, Liberty, TX.  In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made in Maurine’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Research or the Liberty Animal Shelter.

Cooley

Micheal K. Cooley, 62, of Anahuac, Texas, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

A loving husband, father, brother and friend to many. He was born on January 9, 1955 in Liberty, Texas to Walter and Patsy Jo Anderson Cooley. Mike graduated from Anahuac High School in 1973 and attended Lee College where he received his associate degree. He worked as a special education mentor for Anahuac ISD, impacting all his students positively by teaching them valuable life lessons.

Mike was a gentle, kind and compassionate man, always putting his family first. Mike had numerous hobbies in his lifetime, some of which included photography, going to the casinos, college football and anything UT Longhorns, watching cheesy “B movies” and playing with his and other’s fur babies. In his younger years, he enjoyed duck hunting. Of recent, Mike really enjoyed the simple things in life like sitting on his screened in porch, chilling lazily for a little porch therapy and listening to music or the wind blowing around him.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents; his son Joshua Cooley; his brother Allen “Butch” Cooley; and his father and mother-in-law, Fred and Mary Jean Abshier. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of 40 years Pat Cooley of Pine Island, Texas; his son Justin Cooley and Rachael of Shreveport, Louisiana; his grandson Conner Chauvin of Shreveport, Louisiana; his sisters-in-law Charlotte Cooley of Anahuac, Texas, Jean Forest and husband Randy of Double Bayou, Texas and Louise Pierson and husband Windell of Jacksonville, Texas; his nieces Kristin Pierson Payne and husband Clayton of Jacksonville, Texas and Kaye Cormier and husband Willis of Anahuac, Texas; his nephew Mike A. Cooley of Anahuac, Texas; his uncle Adrian B. Cooley, Jr. (Uncle Jr.) and wife Pat; his dear cousin Robert Abshier and wife Phyllis; his furry companions which he loved so much, Buddy, Bevo, Bear and Mojo; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 12pm until 2pm on Saturday, March 18, 2017 in the chapel of Sterling Funeral Home, 1201 S. Main Street, Anahuac, Texas. A celebration of Mike’s life will begin immediately after the visitation at 2pm.

Condolences can be shared with the family by visiting www.SterlingFuneralHome.com

Lewis

Lorene Marie Lewis, 80, of Dayton, Texas died Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in Humble, Texas.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many. She was born on July 22, 1936 in Nacogdoches County, Texas to M.A. and Florida Reed Hardy. Lorene graduated from Dayton High School in 1954. In her younger years, she played softball for the Dayton Swingers and was said to be one of the best first basemen. Lorene worked as a school bus driver for Dayton ISD for 13 years and Liberty ISD for 5 years. Her kids on the bus would call her the “hot rod granny.”

Lorene was a gentle, kind and compassionate woman, always putting her family first. She adored her grandchildren so dearly. Lorene had several hobbies, some of which included playing dominos with her friends, walking and cooking. The people close to Lorene would tell you that she made the best gumbo around. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Lorene was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Terry Hughes; and her stepmother Edna Hardy. She leaves behind to cherish her memories her loving husband of 61 years and 9 months, Walter Lewis of Dayton; her sons Pete Lewis of Jefferson County and Dennis Lewis, Sr. of Dayton; her grandchildren Dennis Lewis, Jr. and Meagan Noble, Courtney Wood, Sabrina James and husband Tyler, Lindsey Lewis and Whitney Marks; her sister Debbie Walker and husband Judge Bob Walker of Gulfport, Mississippi; her daughter-in-laws Sheryl Long of Katy, Texas and Linda Rombs of Dayton, Texas; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 2pm until 4pm on Sunday, March 19, 2017 in the chapel of Sterling Funeral Home, 602 N. Main Street, Dayton, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Sterling Funeral Home. A graveside service and committal will immediately follow in Palms Memorial Park Cemetery.

Condolences can be shared with the family by visiting www.SterlingFuneralHome.com

Collier

Steven Howard Collier, 72, of Dayton, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at his residence.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

Steven was born February 22, 1945 in Fort Worth, to parents; Herman H. and Anne Mae Hilliard Collier, and has been a resident of Dayton for the past 17 years. He was a retired machinist. He also enjoyed motorcycles, BBQs, reading, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Mr. Collier was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 52 years: Geneva Hunter Collier, sons: Jeremy Collier and Steven Collier, Jr., daughters: Wendy Collier and Jennifer Tunnell, sisters: Beverly Shanks, Nettie Deatherage, and Judy McMahan, grandchildren: Jeremy Collier, II, Brittney Collier, Sam Tunnell, Mathew Tunnell, Jessica Saman, and Steven Collier, great-grandchildren: Rose Whitmire, Delilah Collier, Alice Collier, and Carly Tunnell, numerous other relatives, and friends.

Tippit

Morgan M. Tippit, 102, of Dayton, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at the Sycamores Senior Living Center in Sugarland.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Dayton with burial following at Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton.

Morgan was born June 25, 1914 in Tarkington Prairie, to parents; Morgan M. and Laura Thomason Tippit, a former resident of Dayton, and has been a resident of Sugarland for the past 15 years. He was a retired rice farmer, 50-year member and former Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge, and member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church. He also enjoyed lunches with friends and playing golf.

Mr. Tippit was preceded in death by his parents, and wife of 75 years: Nona Wolf Tippit. He is survived by his daughter: Karen Glass and husband Leo Murl, grandchildren: Paul Morgan Glass and wife Janet and David Michael Glass and wife Celeste, great-grandchildren: Jennifer Marie McKellop and husband Rick, Paul Michael Glass and wife Julie, Allyson Margarette Glass and husband Fahri, Andrew Morgan Glass and wife Amelia, Susannah Michal Thomas and husband Harrison, and Allen Michael Glass, great great-grandchildren: Addison Morgan Glass, Leo Raiden Glass, Lilly Marie McKellop, Richard Addison McKellop III, Ela Rose Glass, and Eren Han, numerous other relatives, and friends.

Toler

Glendon Dawkins "Bubba" Toler, Jr., 72 of Cleveland died Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

Visitation for Bubba will be Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland.  Funeral services will be Friday, March 17, 2017 at the First Baptist Church, 400 West Hanson St., Cleveland, TX 77327.

Glendon Dawkins Toler, Jr., Bubba, was a giant in stature and spirit.  He was born on September 10, 1944, in Cleveland, Texas to parents, Glendon D. Toler, Sr. and June Stancil Toler. In 1946, Glen, June, and their children, Sandra and Bubba, moved to Dayton to operate Pace-Stancil Funeral Home there.   Little League and Boy Scouts filled his life, but in 1956, twelve-year-old Bubba was diagnosed with acute nephritis.  He always gave God and Dr. E.R. Richter the glory for his recovery.   By his sophomore year, with Dr. Richter's care, the disease was finally under control and Bubba was able to return to his beloved Bronchos.  He excelled in all sports throughout high school, lettering in football, baseball, basketball, tennis, and track, and more importantly, meeting the love of his life, Barbara Carole Cox.

Bubba and Barbara married in 1964, and continued their education at Lamar University in Beaumont.  Bubba played basketball for the Lamar Cardinals and in 1966, earned his BBA in Business and Economics. He began his professional career, doing what he loved—coaching football and basketball—AND, teaching General Business and Typing I, even taking students all the way to UIL Regional.  In 1970, Bubba was offered the position of Head Basketball Coach at Cleveland High School, which would have made him the youngest head coach of a 3A school in Texas, but his love of home and family led him to make the difficult decision to leave coaching and join his Dad in the family business. Bubba’s dad was “old school” and wanted him to learn the business from the ground up, which included making the late-night ambulance and death calls that had been the family custom for three generations. He learned a lot about people, death and sorrow in those years as well as the importance of helping others at the most difficult time in their lives.

Through the years, Bubba’s range of talents continued to widen and he realized many of his dreams including becoming a farmer! In 1991, he purchased a 735-acre farm in Devers and successfully farmed rice and soybeans in his “free” time. He loved every minute of it. He also loved Colorado and when his health began to decline in 2011, he once again chose to give up something he loved for family. He sold his farm and realized another long-time dream, a house in Estes Park. It’s a place his children and grandchildren love and treasure and where he enjoyed watching the wildlife and fishing in his backyard on the Big Thompson River.

Those lessons, his strong Christian faith and generous spirit, made Bubba a friend and role-model for all.  His gentle nature was a comfort to everyone he met and, though he appeared to be a man of few words, he always seemed to know just what to say and when to say it.  Family, friends, waiters, sales-clerks, employees, and even strangers sensed his genuine interest in learning about their lives and inevitably found themselves willing to share.  Bubba truly lived his faith, demonstrating Christian principles in all of his business and personal dealings.  God blessed his work and Bubba freely and generously shared God's blessings.  If you had Bubba in your corner, you felt like Superman. He encouraged and believed in people and was always ready to help you chart your course if you’d let him. Bubba was quick to see a need and even without being asked, would quietly step up to meet it, supporting his community, local churches, schools, clubs, law-enforcement with both time and treasure.    

Along with his many interests, Bubba was also a talented artist.  He took great pleasure in sharing his talents for carving duck-calls and pens, crafting fishing rods, guns and hunting knives, custom leather-work, "slumping" glass, and designing silver and beaded jewelry.  He loved making jewelry for Barbara and his girls and his creations for them are their treasures. Through his donations to local fundraisers, many are priviledged to own and enjoy the fruits of his talents.  

But above all, Bubba loved his family.  Bubba and Barbara, married for over 52 years, were inseparable.  Just last week, Bubba gave Barbara a plaque which read “And I’d choose you, in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d chose you.” It is and was a great love. Together, Bubba and Barbara had three children, Kristen Amber Toler Brosey, Kimber Leigh Toler Hinch, and Daniel Rabun Toler.  Bubba relished spending time with his children, their spouses and his grandchildren and, to the occasional frustration of others, never let an obligation interfere with an opportunity to spend one more moment with those he loved. He made EVERYTHING special and his love and the time he spent with them will never be forgotten.

Bubba and Barbara honorably served the family business for almost five decades as owners of Pace-Stancil Funeral Homes in Cleveland and Coldspring, Alma's PS Florist, and Toler Monument Company.  In the late 1980’s, they proudly developed Pace-Stancil Memorial Rest Gardens, a perpetual-care cemetery.  In July of 1996, Bubba fulfilled his dream of returning Pace-Stancil Funeral Home to Dayton, where he enjoyed the association of old friends and families and made many new friends.

The Tolers and Pace-Stancil are proud to have served Liberty County families for over 78 years. To quote the title of the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home historical book Bubba has been writing:

“Proud of the Past; Committed to the Future.”

Chapman

Leona Maxine Chapman, 72, of Dayton, Texas died Monday, March 13, 2017 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on April 7, 1944 in Canton, Illinois to Elbert and Mildred Myers Utt.

Leona was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting, baking, reading her Bible and prayer. Leona also was a TV game show junkie always watching, Jeopardy, Family Feud and Price is Right. She also enjoyed the classic series shows like Little House on the Prairie.

Leona was a member of the Old River Assembly of God where most defined her as the Prayer Warrior. She was the leader of the church’s prayer chain for many years. Leona who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Leona was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 47 years Joseph Wayne Chapman; her daughter Renee Ballard; and a brother Larry Utt. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her son Jody Chapman of Dayton; her grandchildren Ryan Chapman and wife Kimberly of Mont Belvieu, Kassie Chapman and husband Levi of Dayton and Laiken Chapman of Baytown; her great-grandchildren Lane and Jacob Mitchell and Sophie Horton; her sister Doreen Curtis and husband Bill of California; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 6pm until 8pm on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in the chapel of Sterling Funeral Home, 602 N. Main Street, Dayton, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10am on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Sterling Funeral Home. A graveside service and committal will immediately follow in Palms Memorial Park.

Condolences can be shared with the family by visiting www.SterlingFuneralHome.com

Ramos

Dolores Mancilla Ramos, 56, of Devers, Texas, died Sunday, March 12, 2017 in Beaumont, Texas surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on April 8, 1960 in Mexico to Blas and Eucebia Mancilla.

Dolores has been a resident of the Devers area for the past 21 years and was a devoted member of Our Lady of Light Catholic Church in Anahuac, Texas. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many. Dolores loved family, reading her Bible, painting her nails and crocheting.

Dolores was preceded in death by her mother; and her sister Bertha Mancilla. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her loving husband of 27 years Jesus Ramos; her son Gabriel Orona and wife Kara; her grandsons Asa Cole and Avery Oliver; her father Blas Mancilla; her siblings Jesus Mancilla, Pedro Mancilla, Aurelio Mancilla and Feliciana Mancilla; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 5pm until 9pm on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in the chapel of Sterling Funeral Home, 1201 S. Main Street, Anahuac, Texas, with a Rosary to be recited at 8pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Our Lady of Light Catholic Church, 2207 S. Main Street, Anahuac, Texas. Rite of Committal will immediately follow in Rice Belt Cemetery in Devers, Texas.

Condolences can be shared with the family by visiting www.SterlingFuneralHome.com

Alridge

Victor Arthur Alridge, infant child of Joseph Arthur Alridge and Courtney Lynn August, died March 8, 2017 at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX. 

Victor was born March 4, 2017 in Houston, TX and was taken from this world after only four days old.  Although his time here on earth was short lived, the impact he had on everyone he encountered was beyond remarkable.

Victor was preceded in death by his grandmother; Vicki Logan, grandfather; Peter Arthur Haley, great-grandfather; Kilroy Holder and uncle; Coby Holder.  He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his parents, sisters; Chloe and Rhemi Alridge, grandmother; Diane Russell, grandfather; Lloyd Holder and wife Wendy, great-grandmother; Betty Guillory, aunt; Kristie Marshall, and cousin; Kenzi Marshall.

Graveside services for Victor Arthur Alridge will be held, Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10am at Guedry Cemetery in Batson, TX.  Services are under the direction of Allison Funeral Services, 1101 North Travis, Liberty, TX.  Condolences can be sent online to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Robinson

Johnnie “Nonnie” Oates Robinson, 93, of Dayton died Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Baytown, Texas.

Services for Mrs. Robinson will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wayne Hardin and Don Allen Bode officiating. Interment will follow at Magnolia Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the funeral home.

Johnnie was born July 7, 1923, in the Busch’s Landing Settlement near Baytown, Texas. She was the 7th and youngest child of Robert F. “Bob” Oates and Sarah Arrilla Canon Oates.

Johnnie was descended from some of the old pioneer families that settled in Polk County, Texas: the Oates, Wilson, Canon, Smith, and Beard Families. She was named after her two grandfathers, John I. Canon and Stephen M. Oates, because her parents were hoping for another son. Johnnie lived as a small girl in the Cedar Bayou and Goose Creek communities in Harris County until her parents moved to Dayton in 1932, where they eventually established a fishing camp on Day Lake. Johnnie accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, and followed in baptism on July 16, 1933, at Shiloh Baptist Church in Cedar Bayou, Texas. Johnnie attended schools in Cedar Bayou and Dayton. From Dayton, she went to school in Tomball where she lived with her oldest brother and his family. From Tomball, she went to school at Cedar Bayou, where she lived with her oldest sister and family. Johnnie graduated from Cedar Bayou High School on May 29, 1942. During her time at Cedar Bayou High School, she was on the cheerleader squad. During World War II, Johnnie served her country as one of the “Rosie the Welders”. She worked as a welder in the shipyards in Houston where she became a Class A welder. Johnnie and her parents were also charter members of South Dayton Baptist Church, which was organized Nov. 18, 1946. Johnnie was the church’s first secretary and Children’s Sunday School teacher.

Johnnie worked at Dayton State Bank in Dayton, Citizen’s Bank in Baytown, Sharpstown Bank in Houston, and finally, Liberty Bank in Houston, from where she retired in 1985.

Johnnie loved to travel, especially to Bandera in the Texas Hill Country. Johnnie and her sisters had many great trips and vacations together, and those sisters really loved each other. She loved going to gospel singings, and she was also a regular attendee at the Liberty Opry for several years. She also enjoyed “fishing” at the casinos in Louisiana, and recently, at the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation casino, but more than anything else, she loved her family and spending time with them. She always looked forward to family reunions and holiday celebrations with the immediate family. In Sept., 1995, she moved into the Dayton Retirement Center where she enjoyed getting together with the “girls” for coffee, playing bingo, cooking for the birthday dinners every month, and participating in all the other social events there. Johnnie was the last of the original group that moved into the retirement center the first day the center opened.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 43 years, R. H. “Bill” Robinson; her daughter, Linda Bode; her two brothers, Arthur Bernie Oates and W. W. “Bill” Oates; her four sisters, Annie Dahlquist, Margaret Pennington, Grace Davidson, and Jennie Fondren.

She is survived by: daughter and son-in-law, Eilene and Joe Alamia of Crosby; son-in-law, Orvel Bode of Dayton; grandchildren: Danny Bode, Donnie and Hedi Bode, Rodney and Wendy Bode, Wendy and James Copeland, Joey and Kathryn Alamia, and Jeffrey and Alyssa Alamia; great-grandchildren: Don Allen Bode, CaLeigh and Cole Turner, Layne Bode, Hillary Copeland, Alyssa Copeland, Nikki and Matt McMahon, Brittany Holcomb, Ivy Alamia, Joseph Alamia, and Andrew Alamia; great-great-grandchildren: Kenzie Holcomb and Scarlett and Calvan McMahon; and sister-in-law, Marie Vavrusa of Hallettsville. In addition, there are several nieces and nephews who loved their Aunt Johnnie.

Newton

Billy L. Newton Sr., age 79, died Friday March 10, 2017 peacefully at his home in Cleveland, TX.

Born December 21, 1937 to Earl Newton & Myrtle Flynn in Pasadena, TX who preceded him in death along with his sister, Louise Fleming; step brother, Danny Johnson; and granddaughter, Michelle Newton.

He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Janett Jacobs Newton; step mother, Bert Newton; step sister, Patricia Owens; daughters, Debbie L. King and Kelly L. Newton; sons, Billy L. Newton Jr., Paul E. Newton and Robert Good; grandsons that he had the opportunity to help raise, Mark Newton and wife, Kaylee Newton; Matthew Newton and wife, Rosie; Jonathon Newton and wife, Meghan and Jeffrey Newton; grandchildren, Tara Davenport and husband, Tony; Joseph Chambers; Billy L. Newton III; Joshua Newton; Ruth Anne Newton; Timothy Newton and Benjamin Newton; and great grandchildren, Daniel, Aidan, Toni, Jace, Addie, Olimpia & Isabella and numerous other family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Monday, March 13, 2017 at Pace Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, Texas. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Oak Shade Baptist Church, Cleveland, Texas.

 
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