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Lange

Charles J. “Chuck “ Lange, co-owner and founder of Langetree
Retreat & ECO Center and Homeless Veteran Tiny House Project,
Sunset Celebration.

A Tribute of His Life and Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday,
December 21, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church 3730 FM 160
Raywood TX 77582.

The Tribute will begin at 9:00 A.M
Rosary 10:15 and Mass at 11:00 A.M

Chuck created fabulous memories for his wife and children,
“The ABCD&E Lange Family: Angela, Babs (wife), Chuck,
Donna and Eric”, whom he leaves to celebrate his life.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to:
The Langetree Homeless Veterans’ Tiny House Project.
If mailed send to 2825 CR 190 Liberty, TX 7757.
Dianne Wickliff Cotton, Funeral Director - 979-264-0953Balzer

Balzer

Grace Eileen Brumaghim Balzer, longtime resident of Canyon Lake, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, December 11, at the age of 88.

Grace was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, on February 17, 1929, the second daughter of Frank and Mabel Brumaghim

Grace graduated from Dayton High School in 1946. From there she attended Sam Houston College where she majored in music and received her B.A. in Education. Grace married Philip Parker in 1950, and after he returned from his service in Korea, they moved their two young sons, John and Dan, from Fort Belvoir, Virginia to El Paso, Texas. Soon after, they welcomed their three daughters, Suzanne, Sally and Eileen.

Grace’s first job was teaching music in the Ysleta school system. She was very active in her church, the Women’s Club of El Paso, and other service organizations.

The family moved to Monahans, Texas, in 1967 where Grace continued teaching elementary school and was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, and of the Texas State Teachers’ Association where she served as president of the local chapter, and representative to the state convention. She was also active in the Monahans chapter of the American Association of University Women. As an educator in Monahans, Grace was a pioneer in the “open concept” and “team teaching” methods. She was very respected by her colleagues and administrators.

In 1974, she and Jack were introduced by mutual friends, and married on April 11, 1975. After she and Jack retired they made their home in Canyon Lake. They celebrated 42 years of marriage this year. Through those years, they enjoyed world travels and all their many activities at the lake, but most importantly, they became Grandpa and Grandma to 12 grandchildren.

Grace was a member of the Canyon Lake United Methodist Church, where she served on many boards and committees throughout the years. Grace also lent her beautiful voice to the church choir, as well as singing solos at church and special events.

She was a member of the Canyon Lake chapter of the Pilot Club for 30 years where she served as president for two years, wrote and directed many of the musical melodramas for club’s annual Wineless Cheese Tasting fundraising events, and modeled the fashions presented at the club’s annual style shows. Grace was the eldest living past president of the PilotClub and she was honored at a special Pilot Club event to crown her “Queen Bee.”

Grace was preceded in death by her parents, and her precious daughter, Suzi Parker. She is survived by her husband, Kack Balzer, her sister, Eleanor Brown of Jacksonville; her children, John Parker and wife Olga of Williston, North Dakota; Dan and wife Debbie of Austin; Sally Davis and husband Larry of Houston; and Eileen Potts and husband Ronnie of Round Rock, and 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Grace was loved by a great many people. She will be remembered for her sense of style, her loving kindness, grace and elegance, how she could light up a room, her sharp sense of humor and sass, and the mischievous gleam in her eyes.
Her grandchildren absolutely adored their fun and loving Grandma and along with many friends and former students, have proclaimed that she was their favorite; that she always made each one of them feel special, and she shaped their lives for years to come.

A celebration of Grace’s life will be on Saturday, December 16th at 2:00 pm at the Canyon Lake United Methodist church, 206 Flintstone in Canyon Lake. A graveside service will be held at Linney Cemetery in Dayton for family and friends on a date to be announced later.

In lieu of customary expressions of sympathy, the family requests that you make a donation to the Canyon Lake United Methodist Church, 206 Flintstone, 78133, Hope Hospice at 611 N. Walnut, New Braunfels, 78130, the Pilot Club of Canyon Lake c/o Dee Danford, 1446 Stagecoach Drive, 78133, or a charity of your choice.

Keenan

Jerry Lee Keenan, Sr., 83, of Tarkington Prairie died Wednesday, December 13, 2017. Mr. Keenan was born May 22, 1934 in Ogden, Utah to parents, Patrick Keenan, Sr. and Goldie Davis Keenan.

The family will receive friends 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 18, 2017 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton. Graveside service will be 1:30 p.m., Monday, December 18, 2017 at Ryan Cemetery.

Mr. Keenan was a resident of the Tarkington area for over 42 years and was previously of Highlands. He served in the United States Army during WWII as a medic and was stationed in Germany. He also enjoyed collecting coins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Bobby Keenan, David Keenan and Baby Keenan; step-son, Leslie Ledford; sister, Patsy Webb; brothers, Timmy Keenan and Tommy Keenan; his former wife Wanda Keenan Miles. Jerry is survived by his wife of 46 years, LaVern Keenan of Tarkington Prairie; sons, Timothy Keenan of Iowa, Rodney Keenan of Nebraska, Jerry Keenan, Jr. of Nebraska and Terrance Keenan and wife Donna of Georgia; daughter, Debra Hopkins and fiancé Wade Osborne of Tarkington Prairie; step-children, James Ledford of Dayton Lake Estates and Carla Prieto and husband Ted of Splendora; brothers, Joe Keenan and wife Jackie of Nebraska and Ron Keenan and wife Judy of Oregon; sisters, Frances Burkett of Channelview and Cora Sue Howarter of Coldspring; several grandchildren, including Jay Grider and wife Danielle, Tod Hopkins, Trinity Willaby, Amanda Hopkins, Tracy Barnes and Morgan Hopkins; several great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

O'Neal

Delbert Ernest O'Neal of Rye died on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, in Batson. He was 55.

A service of remembrance will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. at Faith & Family Funeral Services Inc with Reverend Frank Aragon officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Grove Cemetery in Livingston.

Serving as pallbearers are Alan Hale, Chris Dorris, Stephen O'Neal, John Hendrix, Leslie O'Neal, Delbert Manning, Douglas Bowden, and Bryan O'Neal.
Honorary pallbearers are Issac Lopez, Chris Carouthers, and Roy Spinks.

The family will be receiving friends on Friday, December 15, 2017, from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. at Faith & Family.

A native of Houston he had lived most of his life in Rye before moving to Batson. He was a foreman for Jordan Oilfield Services of Batson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Delbert Ernest O'Neal SR., and brother, Leslie O'Neal Sr. He is survived by his mother, Faye Hammock O'Neal of Rye fiance' Wendy Carouthers of Batson. Daughter Amanda Hale and husband Jason of Cleveland, Patricia O'Neal of Rye, step-daughter, Courtney Carouthers of Kountze, and stepson, Christopher Carouthers of Batson. Sisters Debra Dorris of Rye, Shirley Spinks and husband Roy of Joaquin, TX and Florence Lopez and husband Charles of Hankamer.

Grandchildren are Sierra Ruiz, Jason Alan Hale Jr. Alyssa Hale, Zachary O'Neal, Isabella O'Neal-Gilliam, Landon Carouthers, Presley Carouthers, Railyn Brown, and Noa Parrish.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Delbert Ernest O'Neal please visit our sympathy store at 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.

Hampton

Donald Watson Hampton, 67, of Anahuac, Texas, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 9, 2017 in Kountze, Texas.

He was born on July 17, 1950 in Port Arthur, Texas to James Watson and Wilma Lois Keith Hampton. Don graduated from Hardin High School in 1969 and received his Associate’s degree from Mississippi State University. While in Mississippi, he joined the United States Air Force, proudly serving his country. Don was a self-employed construction contractor for more than 34 years and for the past 10 years, he had been working as an independent property adjuster.

Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He had a huge warm heart, strong hands and was a rock and hero to many. Don loved nothing more than helping others whenever he could. He was an adventurous soul who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and dancing. Don always wanted to be a contestant on the reality show Survivor. His favorite hobby of all was the love of his life Barbara, whom he shared a deep and dear love for and spending time with his family. He liked to cook crawfish, barbeque and take outings with family and friends. One of Don’s favorite sayings was “Git U Sum!” He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Maureen West; his brothers Billy Charles Hampton and Pete Hampton; his grandson Christopher Duane Hampton; his nephews Ralph West and James Howard Hampton; and his beloved fur-babies that will be laid to rest with him, Nellie the Lab and Molly the Dachshund. He so loved his canine companions like they were his children. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 12 years Barbara Ann Hampton; his son Donald Duane Hampton and wife Kathi of San Angelo, Texas; his daughters Dawn DeRee Hampton of Waco and Nikki Shelly of Montevallo, Alabama; his grandchildren Joshua Adam Hampton and wife Tyler, Blake Fuller Hampton, Svannah Hope Hampton and Kyleigh Dee Hampton; his brothers John Thomas Hampton of Mineral Wells, Texas and Jimmy George Hampton and wife Gina of Anahuac, Texas; his 13 nieces and nephews; his beloved canine companion Daisy; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Honoring the family by serving as pallbearers will be Duane Hampton, Joshua Hampton, Tommy Hampton, Ricky Hampton, Keith Hampton and Phill Thibodeaux. Honorary pallbearers are John Hampton, Jimmy Hampton, Blake Hampton, Burl McIntosh and TJ McIntosh.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 5pm until 7pm on Thursday, December 14, 2017 in the chapel of Sterling Funeral Home, 1201 S. Main Street, Anahuac, Texas. A funeral service will be held at 2pm on Friday, December 15, 2017 at Sterling Funeral Home. A graveside service and committal will immediately follow in Anahuac Cemetery.

Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.sterlingfuneralhome.com

Green

Alta “Irene” Phillips Sturrock Green, 91, of Dayton, Texas, passed away on Monday, December 11, 2017 in Baytown, Texas.

She was born on May 6, 1926 in Marquez, Leon County, Texas to Lindsey Howard and Alter Lee Moon Phillips. Irene married Milton Layne Sturrock on April 19, 1945 in Liberty, Texas.

Irene was a very quiet and shy woman who was devoted to her family and grandchildren. She enjoyed putting together photo albums, crocheting and needlework. Irene also enjoyed watching her television soap operas. She was an avid and successful flower and plant gardener.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her sister Nelda Faye Johnston of Franklin, Texas; her children Lynn R. Sturrock and wife Cheryl of Lake Fork, Sharon L. Hubbard and husband Fred of Sheldon, Texas, Barry L. Sturrock and wife Victoria Piwonka of San Antonio, Texas and Brenda Odell of Baytown; her grandchildren Stacey L. Sturrock and husband Michael Binns of Houston, Devin Bradley Sturrock of Cove, Texas, Colin Sturrock of Boulder, Colorado, Sidonie Sturrock of Houston and William Sturrock of Austin; her great-grandchildren Kylie Sturrock and Clayton Sturrock of Cove and Gabriel Binns of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews. Irene will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Friends are invited to visit with the family beginning at 1pm on Saturday, December 16, 2017 in the chapel of Sterling Funeral Home, 602 N. Main Street, Dayton, Texas. Funeral services will begin at 2pm. A graveside service and committal will immediately follow in Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton.

Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.sterlingfuneralhome.com

Kabernik

Kami Nicole Kabernik, 26, a loving daughter, sister, angel and friend to many, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 7, 2017 in Dayton, Texas.

She was born on August 14, 1991 in Baytown, Texas to Reece Bundrick and Althea Kovar McCary. Kami attended Spring High School where she participated in the choir and ROTC.

Kami was a very independent and outgoing young woman who had recently started working as a bartender at Rooster’s in Dayton. She was an avid pool player and was a member of the American Pool Player’s Association.

Kami was a courageous person who never met a stranger and was loved by everyone. She was always the life of the party. Kami’s heart was large, and she would do anything for anyone. She had the voice of an angel who loved nothing more than to sing. Kami’s favorite song to sing was One and Only by Adele. She was a gifted singer who once tried out for The Voice. Kami also loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting.

Kami was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents Theresa and Alton King; her paternal grandmother Nancy Bundrick; her paternal grandmother Virginia Lindsey; and her uncle David Ray Patzold. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her mother Althea McCary and husband James of Dayton; her father Reece Bundrick of League City; her siblings Taylor Bundrick of Littleton, Colorado, Ashton McGary and husband Ben of Atascocita, Jay Bundrick of Dayton and Madison McCary of Dayton; her maternal grandparents Alta and Al Kovar of Dayton; her paternal grandfather Sam Bundrick of Palestine, Texas; her niece Iliena Brienn Nicole Bundrick; and a numerous other loving relatives and friends.

Honoring the family by serving as pallbearers will be Albie Kovar, Jr., Alton Kovar, Lance Jones, Andy McCoy, Jay Bundrick and Taylor Bundrick. Honorary pallbearers are Paul Brown, Dalton Farmer, Jr., Dalton Farmer, III, Wade Farmer, Alec Farmer, Hayden Farmer, Kole McCoy, Kaleb McCoy, Kasey McCoy and Doug Sherlock

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 6pm until 8pm on Monday, December 11, 2017 in the chapel of Sterling Funeral Home, 602 N. Main Street, Dayton, Texas. A funeral service will be held at 10am on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Sterling Funeral Home. A graveside service and committal will immediately follow in Palms Memorial Park in Dayton.

Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.sterlingfuneralhome.com

Arttus

Norman Clarence Arttus age 86 passed away November 24, 2017 at his home in Hull, Texas.

Norman was born December 20, 1930 in Sparta, Wisconsin the son of the late Clarence Arttus and Bessie Papenfuss Arttus. Norman served in the US Army from 1947-1950. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and as a young man he enjoyed breaking horses with his father.  He also enjoyed gardening and growing his vegetables. Throughout the years Norman worked in construction up until his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his two brothers Robert Arttus and Arlen Arttus.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his children; Thomas Arttus and his wife Debra, Kelly Minor and husband Richard, Kimberly Gordon, Jody Arttus, and Margaret Chaske. In addition he also leaves a brother Gary Arttus and his caretaker and friend Katherine Moye and her husband George, and her extended family.

A graveside service will be held at 1:45PM January 3, 2018 at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77038 with full military honors. Allison Funeral Service.1101 N. Travis Liberty, Texas has been entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Smith

On December 8, 2017, Charles Olen Smith was welcomed at heaven’s gates by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, at the age of 74.

He passed away in his sleep after battling cancer for almost a year. Charles was born in Vidor, Texas, on December 7, 1943. His family later moved near Houston, where he graduated from Galena Park High School in 1963. At the age of 18, Charles gave his life to Jesus. From 1963 to 1966, he served in the US Army and was stationed in Germany as an aircraft mechanic. Charles met his wife, Geneva Calhoun after returning home. The couple married on April 21, 1967, and celebrated their 50th anniversary earlier this year.

Charles graduated from Pipefitters Local Union No. 211’s five-year apprenticeship school in 1975. He worked as a pipefitter for 46 years in the union.

In 1974, he was licensed to preach at Gatewood Baptist Church, in Houston.  He was ordained the next year, pastoring several churches over the years. His greatest joys were pastoring and preaching. He loved to study his bible, with a special interest in biblical prophecy. He also enjoyed reading Western books and watching Western movies. His favorite family vacations were camping, especially at Garner State Park and Chain O’ Lakes.

Charles was a member of Grace Community Baptist Church, in Dayton, Texas, for fifteen years. He and Geneva moved to the Dayton-Liberty area in 1983, and have lived in Kenefick for the last fifteen years.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Nolan Smith, Sr. and Evelena Smith; siblings: Otis Smith, Swede Smith, Wayne Smith, Mary Ann Smith and LeRay Russell; and numerous other family members.

Charles left behind his wife, Geneva Smith of 50 years, and four sons: Michael and wife Amanda, Mark and wife Joannie, Matthew and wife Rachel, and Stephen and wife Tonya; 10 grandchildren: Devin, Judith, Carlie, Christian, Johnathan, Colton, Zoey, Justin, Lana and Sawyer; siblings: Carl Nolan Smith, Jr. and wife Gladys, Evelyn Burnitt and husband Don, Clifton Smith and wife Ana, Carleen Crisp and husband John, Douglas Smith, Susan LaMorie, and Linda Herrington; sisters-in-law: Ella Smith and Oline Simmons; and his faithful dog Bandit, who was always there for him.

Charles’ funeral service was officiated by Bro. Mark Thrift of Houston, at Grace Community Baptist Church on December 12th in Dayton, Texas. He was buried in Magnolia Park in Dayton, Texas.

Gorden

Doris Mae Tanner Gorden of Batson died on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at her residence with her family by her side. She was 72.

Doris was born February 2, 1945, in Bay City TX to John William Tanner Sr. and Nelma Mae Rogers. She had lived in Batson since 1998 and was a homemaker. She loved people and had Volunteered her time to help those at church and hospital.

She was preceded in death by her husband James Owen Gorden. Sisters Judy Carol Dulaney Joyce Irene Cooley and brother Edward Tanner.

Survivors are a daughter, Sharla Gorden and David Glenn Whitmire of Batson. Brother, John William Tanner Jr. and wife Pat of Raywood and sister, Iris June Fregia and James Holifield of Cleveland and numerous nieces nephews and a host of loving friends

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Doris Mae Tanner Gorden please visit our Sympathy Store at www.faithandfamilyfuneralservices.com

Services handled 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

Hayes

Rosalie Opal Hayes of Liberty died on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at Liberty-Dayton Regional Medical Center. She was 89.

A native of Excelsior Missouri she had lived in Liberty and Dayton most of her life and was a nurse and member of Maranatha of Mt. Belvieu.

She was preceded in death by her daughters Karen Morris and Penny Ervin two brothers and two sisters and her loving companion Coco.

Survivors are a son Tim Hayes of Liberty Lonnie and Larry Houk of Missouri. Daughter Polly Carlisle of Missouri. Grandchildren Melanie Williams, Miranda Morgan, and Melissa Fields and numerous great-grandchildren.

Interment will follow at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Fairlawn Cemetery in Liberty.
To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Rosalie Opal Hayes 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.

Smith

Doris Faye Smith born January 19, 1940 was called home to be with the Lord Friday, December 1, 2017. 

She was the second of 10 children born to Jerry and Marguerite Henderson.  She was a very active and involved member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of her son-in-law, Pastor Michael A. Booze.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jerry and Marguerite Henderson and daughter, Evelyn Ramirez.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, John Henry Smith, 2 children – Cheryl Booze (Michael), John Raymond Smith (Beverly),   5 grand children, 11 great grandchildren, 5 siblings, a host of nieces, nephews, cousin, other family and friends.

Visitation will be at Wells Funeral Services in the Althea P. Gibson Chapel on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  She will lie-in-state Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 9:00am to 11:00am in Trinity Valley Missionary Baptist Church, 801 Sam Houston St.; Liberty, Texas; funeral services will follow 11:00 am.  

Rev. Michael A. Booze officiating.
Interment – Wells Memorial Cemetery, Liberty, Texas.
Wells Funeral Services at 300 Alabama Street, Liberty, Texas has been entrusted with final arrangements.  Memories and online condolences maybe shared at www.wellsfuneralservices.com.

Reed

Travis “Randy” Randall Reed age 67 passed away Monday December 4, 2017 in Liberty, Texas.

Randy was born in Baytown, Texas December 16, 1949 the son of the late Travis Eugene  Reed and Leona Golden Reed. Randy enjoyed hunting, fishing, and raising animals such as his beloved chickens. He also enjoyed cooking and having his family around to share. Randy was a self-employed mechanic who was the owner of Hardin Automotive. He also worked for Brown and Root as well as Coastal Water Authority. He was a member of New Life UPC and was past president for the Liberty Lions Club. Randy also served in the US Army where he was stationed in Germany from 1969- 1972.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant children, as well as his first wife Judy Reed who passed away during childbirth.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his children, Tracy Jackson and husband James, Kristy Davie and husband Leroy Dugat, Travis Daniel Reed and husband Matthew Gregory. In addition he leaves his wife of forty-three years Regina Reed, Brother Jeff Reed and wife Rani, and seven grandchildren: Stephanie Jackson; Samantha Jackson; Kali Davie;  Allyson Jackson; Kassidy Jackson; Emily Jackson; and Kimberly Davie. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A memorial service for Randy will be held at 2PM Wednesday December 6, 2017 at New Life UPC, 2510 Jefferson Dr. Liberty, Texas. Allison Funeral Service, 1101 N. Travis has been entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Herring

Jonathan Wayne Herring, age 67 of Liberty, passed away December 1, 2017 at his residence. 

Jonathan was born May 18, 1950 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, son of Jack and Betty Herring.  He graduated from Skiatook High School in 1969 and then went on to obtain his Associates Degree in drafting.  Jonathan was a member of the Osage Nation Indian Tribe in Oklahoma.  He loved to travel on his motorcycle and was a member of the Lone Star Voyagers.  He was a loving son, brother and husband.

Jonathan was preceded in death by his father; Jack William Herring and son; Christopher Robinson.  He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of thirty-eight years; Brenda Herring of Liberty, sisters; Carol Johnson and husband Scott of Skiatook, OK, Joyce Beene and husband Jonathan of Broken Arrow, OK, brother; Jimmy Herring of Skiatook, OK, mother; Betty Herring-Grace of Skiatook, OK, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation services are under the direction of Allison Funeral Service, 1101 North Travis, Liberty, TX.  Condolences can be sent online to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Stinnett

Sammy Lou Stinnett left us Thursday afternoon, Nov. 30. 

She suffered a heart attack Sunday morning. Treated first at the hospital in Liberty and then taken by LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann, she had an emergency angioplasty and improved briefly, but then complications followed, and the doctors determined she was too frail to survive the additional surgeries that might otherwise have saved her. Sammy’s life was long, and her suffering at the end was short. She was 88.  Sammy Lou was born July 5, 1929 to Sam and Lula May Lynch of Liberty and lived nearly her whole life here, or else just outside of town. 

Born with a rare blood disorder, Sammy was unable to run and play as a normal child might until her purpura was cured at 5 years old, after which she quickly developed into a very rambunctious tomboy, determined, she said, to make up for lost time.  She went to school in Liberty, played every sport girls were allowed to play and thought it terribly unfair she could not play football, too. Her mother tried to keep her in dresses, but Sammy preferred blue jeans. After seeing “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” Sammy wanted her hair cut short like Ingrid Bergman’s, but the local beautician refused to do it until Sammy’s mother confirmed she had given her permission.

She was a popular student and a cheerleader, described in her class yearbook as “happy as the day is long.”  Sammy Lou attended Sam Houston State Teachers College for a year and played on the college softball team.  She married Barnell Stinnett on Dec. 3, 1949 in a house in Liberty, only a few hundred feet from the place she last called home. The Vindicator office is now where Hutchinson’s feed store once stood, and it was in Hutchinson’s that Barnell first asked Sammy Lou for a date. From there they walked over to McGinty’s drug store for a soda. 

Together Sammy and Barnell shared 60 years of love and misunderstanding before Barnell passed away early in 2010.  Sometime early in their marriage she threw away an old, torn and frayed scarf he owned, and to the last year of his life, they were still arguing over it. They argued over that and over the first house he built for them — a house he painted all gray, inside and out. They argued over her cooking and his manners, over whether he really lost his wedding ring as he claimed, and over his once taking her to the hospital in labor with child and then leaving her there to go to a football game.  Those arguments and others like them went on, but over the years they lost the seriousness they might once have had.  Sammy and Barnell were committed to one another. They stuck together through all their hardships, and to the end of his life they still made each other laugh. They kept themselves and each other busy with work and nonsense, and they made a life together even when they had little going for them but each other and the will to carry on.  They brought up five children and moved around a good bit, but never very far. An exact count of the number of houses they lived in now eludes us.  They built many of those houses themselves, with Sammy swinging a hammer right alongside Barnell, and when she wanted to remodel, Sammy thought nothing of tearing out partitions and replacing them herself. 
Later in life, Sammy found a number of unique ways to minister to others. In her 60s, she visited nursing homes regularly, and upon learning the elderly often do not get enough potassium in their diets, she made a habit of bringing bunches of bananas with her to hand out to the residents. Before long she became known to them as the “banana lady.”  For several years she also made a ministry out of a quilting club.  She was a longtime member of North Main Baptist Church, moving there from Hardin Baptist Church, and from Heights Baptist Church before that.  Sammy enjoyed crafts and loved to work in her flower beds. In reference to her many different homes mentioned above, Sammy joked that her flowers got to travel a lot more than most plants do.  As a young woman she had wanted to have a large family. She said all she ever wanted to be was a good mother, and she was. 

Sammy Lou is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one older and one younger brother, both of whom died in infancy; and one grandchild, Charles Harrod. 

She is survived by her children and their spouses — Judy and husband Roy Deane Webb, Stephen Stinnett and wife Sheri, Kay Stinnett and husband Mark Veach, Dana and husband Brandt Martin, and Casey Stinnett. 
Her surviving grandchildren are Deane Webb, Erin Kontura, Cory Stinnett, Logan Stinnett, Traci West, Samantha Harrod, and Jenniffer Harrod,
Her great-grandchildren are Sarah Webb, Ashlyn Webb, Kylie Turner, Kyler Kontura, Auden Kontura, Sarah Yarberry and Allison Yarberry.
She is also survived by her sister, Jo Ann Marks. 

A graveside service will be held at Guedry Cemetery in Batson at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4. Arrangements are under the direction of Allison Funeral Service, 1101 North Travis, Liberty, TX.  Condolences can be sent online to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Garcia

Abigail “Abby” Elizabeth Garcia, 11 of Dayton passed away Friday, December 1, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Services for Abby will be 6:00 pm, Friday, December 8, 2017 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends on Friday evening 4:00 p.m. until service time.

Abby was born in Galveston, Texas to parents Adam Garcia and Elizabeth Rasch Garcia. She had been a resident of Dayton for the past eight years and was currently attending Woodrow Wilson Junior High. Abby enjoyed playing softball. Her future interest were volleyball and participating in track. She always wanted to be a veterinarian.

Abby was preceded in death by her father, Adam Garcia and her grandmother, Teresa Martinez. She is survived by her mother, Elizabeth Rasch of Dayton; grandparents, Anthony and Clara Kilgore of Dayton; Serigo Martinez of Pasadena; Beatrize Melendez of Baytown; great-grandparents, Joe and Codie Kilgore of Lufkin, Maria Reyna of LaMarque and Carolyn Duncan of Highlands; brothers, Garret Rasch and Xavier Garcia of Dayton; also numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Arrangements are under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home 1304 N. Cleveland Dayton, Texas 77535, 936-258-5300, www.pacestancil.com

Tabers

Helen Elaine Todd Tabers, 63, of Liberty died Saturday, December 2, 2017 in Beaumont, Texas.

Services for Elaine will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Dayton. Interment will follow at Cooke Memorial Cemetery in Liberty. The family will receive friends 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Elaine was born March 2, 1954 in Princeton, Indiana to parents Gerald and Shirley Miller Todd. She was a longtime resident of Liberty and had worked throughout the years as a nurse. Elaine was loved dearly by all that knew her. She was devoted to her family and had a very strong relationship with the Lord.

Elaine was preceded in death by her husband Melvin A. “Mano” Tabers, her father Gerald Todd, brother Jimmy Todd, sisters Tammy Shriver and Betty Todd. She is survived by her mother, Shirley Todd of Liberty; son, Michael Tabers and wife Christy of Hull; daughter, Tonia Blanton of Liberty; brothers, Charles Todd and wife Jennifer of Hull, Mike Todd of Liberty, Steve Todd and wife Carol of Conroe; sisters, Becky Stanley of Mexia and Cindy Moreno and husband George of Alvin; sisters-in-law, Joyce Stevenson of Mexia, Virgie Arthur and husband James of Montgomery and Kay Heard of Mexia; fourteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Holloway

Christie Elaine Perkinson Holloway, 66, of Dayton, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017 at her home.

She was born July 1, 1951 in Terre Haute, Indiana to her late parents, William Perkinson and Mary Shirar Perkinson.

Christie was raised in Paris, Illinois, had previously resided in Houston for 10 years and had lived in Dayton for the last 36 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Dayton and enjoyed sewing and ceramics and most of all the time she spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson Kaydon Carson, and a sister Carolyn Ferguson.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Harry Holloway of Dayton; children, Dr. Toilynn Carson of Dayton and Trent Holloway and his wife Crystal of Kingwood; brother, William “Bill” Perkinson and his wife Nelda of Longville, Louisiana; grandchildren, Makayla Carson, Braydon Carson, Cameron Holloway, Lacey Holloway and Katelynn Holloway and numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Dayton with Rev. Randy Piatt and Rev. Henry Malone officiating. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Laran Cemetery in Farmerville, Louisiana with Rev. Henry Malone officiating.

Pallbearers will be Todd Holloway, Cameron Holloway, Braydon Carson, Jeff LaCaze, Derek Daniels and Don Campbell.

Arrangements are under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, 1304 N. Cleveland Dayton, Texas 77535, 936-258-5300, www.pacestancil.com.

Mercer

Hugh Paul Mercer Sr., 68, of Hull, died November 25, 2017, at Liberty Dayton Regional Medical Center.

He was born January 27, 1949, to William D. and Effie Lee Gay Mercer in Port Arthur, TX and had lived in Hull the last 21 years where he worked as a truck driver.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William D. "Butch" Mercer Jr.

Those left to cherish his memory is a son; Hugh Paul Mercer Jr. of Hull, brother; John Lee Mercer of Houston, step-daughter; Tammy Valverde of Houston, daughter-in-law; Teresa Seward of Rye, grandchild; Paul Christopher Mercer, great-grandchild; Addison Nichole Mercer, along with numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and friends.

A service of remembrance will be held Monday, December 4, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Faith & Family Funeral Services, Inc with Reverend David Pursley officiating with interment to follow at Holly Grove Cemetery in Livingston, TX. A gathering of Mr. Mercer's family and friends will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. also at Faith & Family Funeral Services, Inc.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Hugh Paul Mercer Sr. please visit our Sympathy Store at 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.

Middleton

Glenda Carol Middleton, 65, of Liberty, passed away Friday, December 1, 2017 in Kingwood.

She was born August 25, 1952 in Liberty to her late parents, A. B. Middleton and Verna Mae Ruth Wilson Middleton.

Glenda was a lifelong resident of Liberty, member of Day Spring Church, retired teacher from the Cleveland School District and Correctional Officer at the Hightower Unit in Dayton. Her favorite times were those that were spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Gail Middleton Delay.

Survivors include her sisters, Edwina "Winnie" Jacks of Vidor and Evelyn “Kitty” Baker of Salado; nephew, Greg Jacks; nieces, Rev. Karen Tyler and Krista Jacks. Also left to cherish her memory are those who called her “Nana”, Sheree Miles, Casey Rodriguez, Kadi Simmons, Cindy Holy and Ryland, Ava, Kyle and Eli.

A memorial visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursday, December 7, 2017 followed by a memorial service at 6:00 p.m., at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton. Services will be officiated by Rev. Andy Glenn and Rev. Karen Tyler.

In Lieu of flowers, the family has requested donation be made to the Houston ASPCA at https://secure.aspca.org/donate. If you prefer to give by phone please call 1-800-628-0028.

Arrangements are under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home 1304 N. Cleveland Dayton, Texas 77535, 936-258-5300, www.pacestancil.com.

Jackson

Joe Thurman Jackson, Jr., 78, of Dayton passed away Monday, November 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Services for Mr. Jackson will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 1, 2017 at the First Baptist Church, Dayton. Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m. prior to service at First Baptist. Interment will follow at Magnolia Park Cemetery under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton.

Joe was born September 11, 1939 in Houston, Texas to parents Joe Thurman Jackson, Sr. and Marcella Applegate Jackson. He served in the United States Coast Guard and worked for HL&P for over 33 years. Joe had lived in Dayton since 1976 after moving from Houston and was a member of the First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Janice M. Hughes Jackson. He is survived by son, Jeffrey P. “Jeff” Jackson; daughters, Melinda K. “Mindy” Jackson and Tracy M. Jackson; daughter-in-law, Dawn Jackson; brother, Edward “Butch” Jackson and wife Pat; grandchildren, Raegan M. Jackson and Christina Mae Smith; great-grandchildren, Eric and Jackson; special brother-in-law, Gary Hughes; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Graves

J.W. “Dubby” Graves, 87 of Dayton passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Services for Mr. Graves will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Ken Davis officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until service time at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Magnolia Park Cemetery under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton. Serving as pallbearers are Brant Elliott, Jared Graves, Kirk Graves, Brett Reeves, Jim Bob Trant, and Bradley Wills. Honorary pallbearers are Chuck Snyder, Donald Gale Moreau and Tim Williamson.

Joseph “Dubby” William Graves was born April 15, 1930 to parents, William Frederick Graves and Eva Rena Nottingham Graves. He was a lifelong resident of Dayton where he farmed from 1949 until 1989. He served on the Dayton Police Department for 10 years and 8 years for the Liberty County Jail. He was an active member of the Calvary Baptist Church.

Dubby loved being around his family and friends and will be missed by all that knew him.

Dubby was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 67 years Helen Ruth Wills Graves and his daughter Marilyn Graves. He is survived by his sons, Ray Graves and wife Vicki of Teague, Kim Graves and wife Lynda of Dayton, and Barry Graves and wife Pam of Dayton; daughters, Janet Graves and Tim Bianchi of Crosby and Alane O’Neal and husband Rusty of Dayton; grandchildren, Brant Elliott, Leo Moreau and wife Sarah, Angie Fogle and husband Lee, Danielle Pagel and husband Justin, Jared Graves and fiancé Misty Flowers, Lauren Trant and husband Jim Bob, Courtney Pingrey, Kirk Graves and wife Rachel, Brett Reeves and wife Mandy, Glen Reeves and wife Tammy, Macy O’Neal and Meg O’Neal; great-grandchildren, Braydon, MacKenzie, Baron, Maddie, Reece, Blakely, Jaycee, Noah, Kord, Trace, Emma, and Alan; also numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Childs

Kenneth Ray Childs, 64, of Dayton, Texas, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

He was born on August 10, 1953 in Rodessa, Louisiana, the only child to Harold Kenneth and Minnie Belle Betterton Childs.

Kenny was an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He enjoyed nothing more than riding his motorcycle. Kenny also enjoyed movies, mainly Sci-Fi and tinkering around on his computer.

Kenny was preceded in death by his father. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his mother, Minnie Childs Darrington; his children Nicholas James Childs and Jamie Childs; and a host of friends. Kenny was a loving son and father who will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 6pm until 8pm on Thursday, November 30, 2017 in the chapel of Sterling Funeral Home, 602 N. Main Street, Dayton, Texas. A funeral service will be held at 10am on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Sterling Funeral Home. A graveside service and committal will immediately follow in Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton.

Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.sterlingfuneralhome.com

Schwarze

Terry Lee Schwarze, 68, of Devers, died on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas.

She was born August 28, 1949, to Albert and Jean Bent Shaw and lived in Devers the past 42 years.

She is preceded in death by her parents, son; Duane Eddie Schwarze, brother; Ted Shaw, and a great-nephew; Chase Howery.

Those left to cherish her memory is her loving husband of 42 years, Michael Ervin Schwarze Sr. of Devers, son; Micheal Ervin Schwarze Jr. and wife Christy of Devers, sister; Judy Thibedeaux of Raywood, step-brother; William J. Rayon and wife Joyce of Devers, brother-in-law; Gilbert Wayne Schwarze and wife Delores of Omaha, NE, nephews; Christopher Schwarze and wife Cami of Spring, TX and Ervin Wayne Schwarze and wife Carry of Omaha, NE, niece; Tina Livingston and husband Robert of Raywood, great-niece; Rachel Matlock of Raywood, and her grandchildren; Brice Schwarze, Brittney Schwarze, and Duance Michael Schwarze all of Devers.

A gathering of Mrs. Schwarze's family and friends will be Wednesday, November 29, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church Devers.
A service of remembrance will also be held Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church Devers with Reverend Bill Fabriguze officiating.

Honoring Mrs. Schwarze as pallbearers is Calvin Perry, Colton Roach, Matt Casey, Ray Day, Christopher Schwarze, and Joseph Rayon. Honorary pallbearers will be William Rayon, Gilbert Wayne Schwarze, Robert Livingston, Don Helmer, Duane Michael Schwarze, and Ervin Wayne Schwarze.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Terry Lee Schwarze 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.

Way

Charles Douglas Way was born on July 18, 1928 in Monterey, Tennessee to Frederick Ray Way, Sr. and Mary Etta (Carlisle) Way.

Charles, an accomplished athlete in high school, joined the U S. Navy at age 17 and served his country until retiring after 30 years as Chief Petty Officer.  Charles spent his entire career in the Medical field, as a Hospital Medical Corpsman, also spending some time as a Marine Corps Medic.
 
Charles Way was predeceased by his beloved wife of 52 years, Lorraine Ward Way.  Beginning their romance as pen pals, the couple fell in love during their 3-year correspondence, and on the day, they first met in person, an eager Charles proposed to Lorraine on the front porch of her Dayton, Texas home. They were married October 5, 1950 until her death on October 13, 2002. Charles and Lorraine were stationed in various military bases from Rhode Island, North Carolina, Key West, Corpus Christi, as they grew their family of five children, eventually settling in Baytown, Texas after Charles retired from the Navy. Charles continued his medical career as a Medical Technologist for Tidelands Hospital in Channelview, and Gulf Cost Hospital for many years.  He joined other physicians in founding Medi-Plex, where he served as Director of the Laboratory until his retirement.
 
Charles is remembered by granddaughter Kathryn as “the man who taught me how to tie my shoes while singing me Hank Williams Jr. songs” and the same cool grandpa who “had a ton of tattoos. A huge battleship on his chest, sparrows holding a banner…the face of a woman who was decidedly not my grandmother on his bicep with her name simply crossed out with a single line, and my grandmother's name lovingly scripted directly below it.”  Charles made every theater performance, football game, softball game, and dance recital he could while also regaling his loved ones with stories of his family life in the beautiful Tennessee Smokey Mountains. Pappaw, as his grandchildren called him, could also tell a great ghost story.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Geneva, Pauline, Sarah Clay, Frederick Ray and James; and a grandson Kaelen Way. He leaves behind many to cherish his memory, his children Patrick and wife Anne, Jefferson and wife June, Kenneth, Kathy, Russell and wife Tina; his grandchildren Kristen Way, Kathryn Way, Madelyn Way, Tiffany Lockett, Tim Mahaffey, Taylor Mahaffey; great-grandchildren, Kennedy, Holden, Griffen, Landon, Logan, and RJ. Charles has two sisters who also survive, Mary Katherine and Anna Rose and his sister-in-law Georgia, all of Tennessee.

A celebration of Charles’ life will be held at 1pm on Saturday, December 2, 2017 in the chapel of Sterling Funeral Home, 602 N. Main Street in Dayton, Texas. A graveside service and committal will immediately follow in Palms Memorial Park on Highway 146 in Dayton.

Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.sterlingfuneralhome.com   

Pilkenton

Robert “Bob” Leo Pilkenton, Sr., 72, of Baytown, Texas, passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2017 in Baytown.

He was born on April 30, 1945 in Jonesboro, Arkansas to Charley and Mamie Martin Pilkenton. Bob graduated in 1963 from Sam Houston High School in Houston. He proudly served his county as a United States Naval Signalman during the Vietnam War, using morse code to signal other ships. Bob worked as Houston Fireman after his service in the Navy. He retired from the Houston Fire Department after 37 years of dedicated service.

Bob was a member of the Pentecostal Church of God, where he also served as a board member and a musician. He would often mentor the upcoming church musicians and instruct them whenever he was able. They all looked up to him as a talented musician and servant of the church. Bob thoroughly enjoyed cabinet making and was considered a master craftsman. He also loved to read, play music and enjoyed playing a round of golf with Gary Rollo and his niece Kelli Rollo.

Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Bob will be laid to rest with his beloved fur baby Sophie, who passed away the day after his death.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 27 years Dorothy LaFour Pilkenton; his children Rob Pilkenton, Jr. of Houston; his daughter Denice Malone and husband Mike of Lewisville, Texas; his grandchildren Megan Donaldson and husband Brandon, Caleb Pilkenton, Olivia Malone, Phoebe Malone and Lydia Malone; his siblings Terry Pilkenton and wife Sandi and Jo Ann Montez; his special nieces Kelli and Lori Rollo; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Honoring the family by serving as pallbearers will be Ryan Gonzales, Caleb Pilkenton, Ronnie Koonce, Lucky Falco, Jim Stahl, Vincent Ruff, David Teater and Josh Martinez. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Richard Martinez, Guy Humphrey, Gary Rollo and Larry Rollo.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 5pm until 8pm on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 in the chapel of Sterling Funeral Home, 602 N. Main Street, Dayton, Texas. A funeral service will be held at 11am on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Sterling Funeral Home with Rev. Ricky Martinez and Rev. Steve Gatlin officiating. A graveside service and committal will immediately follow in Reeves Cemetery in Old River-Winfree.

Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.sterlingfuneralhome.com                                           

Fowler

Ida Clark Fowler, 82, of New Boston, TX, formerly of Dayton, TX passed away on Friday, November 24, 2017 at Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, TX.

She was born on December 27, 1934 in Huntington, TX to parents, Felix Clark and Priscilla Williamson Clark.  She is preceded in death by her parents; and eleven siblings.  Ida is survived by her husband of 69 years, Burton Alvin Fowler, Sr.; children, Burton Alvin Fowler, Jr. and wife Cheryl, Ann Arthur, Elizabeth Sanford and husband Ron, Betty Christine Espinosa and husband Alfred and Mark Fowler and wife Annie; grandchildren, Michelle Hardy, Michael Fowler, David Smith, Jr., Timothy Smith, John Pounders, Jr., Anthony Pounders, Ida Maria Cole, Tonya Smith, Joni Thrift, Mark Fowler, Jr., Steven Fowler and Jamie Cooper.  Ida is also survived by her thirty three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends. 

The family will receive friends on Monday, November 27, 2017 from 7 PM until 9PM at Grace Community Baptist Church in Dayton, Texas.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 AM at Grace Community Baptist Church in Dayton with Rev. Wayne Hardin officiating.  Burial will follow at Palms Memorial Park Cemetery in Dayton.

Ruesewald

Leo Joseph Ruesewald Sr, age 80 of Dayton, TX, passed away November 23, 2017 in Liberty, TX with his loving family by his side. 

Leo was born July 24, 1937 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, son of the late Frederick Leo Ruesewald Sr and Rosa Lee Gallagher Ruesewald.  Growing up in a one-bedroom house in Weiner, Arkansas, he was the fourth of five children.  As a farming and hunting family, they were taught the importance of hard work and how to live off the land.  During WWII, German POWs were housed in nearby Harrisburg, and came to work the family farm.  An avid duck hunter, they spent many mornings in the Duck Shack before and after the hunt.

As a teenager, he went to Subiaco Academy, a Catholic Boys High School in Subiaco, Arkansas.  Shortly after graduation, Leo joined the United States Army.  Serving in the 25th Infantry Division, he was a member of the Honor Guard as well as two honor rifle teams.  He had many fond memories of his time at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.  After serving his time in the army, Leo moved to California where he met the love of his life, Pat.  He spent his time in California working for his in-law’s construction company where he used heavy equipment cleaning up after mudslides as well as helping with the land preparation for Los Angeles Airport.  Leo and Pat were married August 22, 1959 in Monterey Park, California.  Shortly after, they moved back to Weiner where Leo went back to the family farming business.  In 1966 with four children, Leo and Pat moved to Liberty, Texas where Leo continued farming.  Then in 1967 the family moved to Dayton and with the birth of their fifth child in 1968 their family was complete.  They raised the five kids in Dayton where Leo and Pat continued to live until his passing.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents, brother; Frederick Leo Ruesewald Jr and wife Jodie, Grandparents; Joseph and Teresa Ruesewald and John and Ethel Gallagher, son-in-law; Larry Hajovsky, brother-in-law; Bill Hutchison and niece; Ann Michelle Hutchison Schroeder.  He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of fifty-eight years; Pat Byars Ruesewald, sons; Joe Ruesewald and wife Rhonda, Jerry Ruesewald and wife Michelle, daughters; Pamela Litton and husband Dale, Marianne Gott and husband Dwayne, Carol Hajovsky, sisters; Sr. Rosalie Ruesewald, Dorothy Ruesewald Hutchison, Cecilia Ruesewald Ragsdale and husband David, grandchildren; Kirk Graves and wife Rachel, Matthew Gott, Dr. Melissa Gott-Osterdahl and husband Dr. Paul Osterdahl, Bo Ruesewald, Kayla Ruesewald, Luke Hajovsky, Abigail Hajovsky, Zachary Hajovsky, Great-grandchildren; Madison, Reece and Wyatt.

Services for Leo Joseph Ruesewald Sr will be Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 1:30pm at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 411 Milam, Liberty, TX with burial to follow at the Catholic Cemetery in Liberty.  Visitation will be Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 5pm to 8pm at Allison Funeral Service, 1101 North Travis, Liberty, TX.  Rosary will be held at 7:30pm in the chapel at Allison’s.  In lieu of flowers, donations made be made in Leo’s memory to the Bereavement Fund at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  Condolences can be sent online to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Henley

Vickey Lynn Henley, 54, of Liberty died Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

A service of remembrance will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. at Faith & Family Chapel with Reverend Darrell McAdams officiating. Interment will follow at Anahuac cemetery in Anahuac.

Serving as pallbearers are Robert Johnson, Richard Inskeep, James Mouton, James McNeill, Jamie Best and Michael Tuttle.

The family will be receiving friends on Friday, November 24, 2017, from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Faith & Family.

A native of Anahuac she had lived in Liberty most of her life and was a supervisor for Jacobs Engineering of Mt. Belvieu. She was a member of Living Waters Church of Romayor.

She was preceded in death by her mother Barbara Tilton Thomas, brother, Darrell Wade Tanton Sr. Aunt, Linda Nell Smith, granddaughter, Kaci Dee'ann Sthram, and great-niece, Kynlee Deann McGregor.

Survivors are sons, Keith D'Wade Sthram and wife Nicki of Liberty, and Kevin D'Wayne Sthram and wife Jessica of Liberty. Daughters, Barbie Lynn Becker and husband James McNeill, of Liberty, Sonja Jaunelle Tuttle and husband Michael of Dayton, and Cassie Jo Marsh and boyfriend Richard Inskeep of Liberty. Sisters, Cathy McDonald of Liberty, Karen McDaniel and husband David of Liberty, Sharon Warden and husband Alan of Kountze, and Bertha McAdams and husband Darrell of Romayor.

Grandchildren, Laila, D.J. Tori, Kaicen, Kyndra, Autumn, Marques, Dylan, Marissa, Tre', Kayla, Brandyce, Justin, and Chase.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Vickey Lynn Henley please visit our sympathy store at 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 since 2006.

Mourer

Kris Edward Mourer, 57, of Dayton, Texas, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at his home.

He was born on January 8, 1960 in Gary, Indiana to William and Winnie Ross Mourer. Kris was a talented carpenter for many years and had worked with various companies such as Enron, Jacobs, Fluor Daniel and Texas Turnkey. He was a major Geocacher who also had a small business on eBay called Texas Pull Tab.

Kris was a loving husband, father, brother and friend to many who enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family. He was a master jokester that had a fascination with creating a unique nickname for everyone in his life. Kris was a huge Chicago Cubs fan, never letting anything get in the way of watching them play. He was given the opportunity for his 50th birthday to spend in Chicago and to attend a Cubs game in Wrigley Field. Kris had several hobbies, some of which included fishing, collecting coins and beer cans.

Kris was a member of the Dayton First Assembly of God, a former assistant CubMaster for Pack 8 in Dayton and served with the Airborne National Guard. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Kris was preceded in death by his father; his brother and best friend David Wayne Mourer; and nephew Luke Pafford. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of 25 years Johnnye Faye Mourer; his son Travis Wayne Mourer; his mother and stepfather Winnie and Buck Bush; his sisters Jamie Mathis and Linda Bush; his brother Robert Bush; his sister-in-law Rosetta Mourer; his children of heart Josh, Laura, Amanda, Michael and Robert; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Friends are invited to visit with the family beginning at 10am on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Dayton First Assembly of God located at 2829 FM 1960, Dayton, Texas. A funeral service will begin at 11am with Pastor Rich Cope officiating. A graveside service and committal will immediately follow in Cedarcrest Cemetery in Baytown.

Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.sterlingfuneralhome.com

O' Neill

Patsy Ruth "Punkin" Murphy O'Neill of Liberty, TX died on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at her residence with her loving family by her side. She was 63.

A service of remembrance will be held on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at 2:00 P.M. at Faith & Family Funeral Services Inc. with Reverend Jimmy Charles officiating. Interment will follow at Moss Hill cemetery.

The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Faith & Family.

She was a native and lifelong residence of Liberty, and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Goldie Murphy. Sisters, Shirley Ulkie, Lounell "Sissy" Roscoe and Alice "Sister" Cleveland.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years Dale O'Neill of Liberty, and son, Warren Dale O'Neill of Corrigan. Daughters, Amanda Finley of Hardin, and Sherri Lynn Smith and husband Aaron of Tarkington. Brother, James Edward " Buddy" Murphy and wife Carolyn of Huntsville. Sisters, Mary Ward and husband Bob of Baytown, Linda Remsing of Dayton, Janice O'Neill and husband Colin of Conroe, Loretta Bell of Conroe, Debra Strawn of Moss Hill, and Kathy Brandon of Vidor and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and a host of loving friends and relatives.

Grandchildren are Tyler, Hunter, Kyle, Destane, Cody, Jaron, Jordan, Kyndall, Gage, Tori, Abbi and Gabi.
To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Patsy Ruth "Punkin" Murphy O'Neill please visit our Sympathy Store at 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.

Woodell

Vicki Earline Watts Woodell, 78 of Alvin died peacefully on November 19, 2017.

Services for Mrs. Woodell will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jeff Day officiating. Interment will follow at Magnolia Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Vicki was born February 13, 1939 in Woodville, Texas to parents, Robert Watts, Sr. and Velma Rice Watts. She had been a longtime resident of Dayton and attended the First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Fred Woodell, and grandson Trace Lariviere. She is survived by her son, Ronnie Woodell; daughters, Brenda Trujillo and husband Robert and Sharon Gansky and husband Jerry; brother, Bobby Watts and wife Sherry; grandchildren, Rachel, Keith, Tara, Christopher, Shaena, Russell, and Anthony; fourteen great-grandchildren; one nephew; also other relatives and friends.

DeBerry

Martin Cecil DeBerry, age 75 of Liberty passed away November 15, 2017 at his residence in Liberty with his loving family by his side. 

Martin was born February 27, 1942 in Liberty, son of the late Lloyd Cecil DeBerry and Jessie Lucille Vanderpool DeBerry.  Martin graduated from Danbury High School and worked as a heavy equipment operator for twelve years for Liberty County Precinct 1.  He resided in the Liberty area for twenty plus years.  He married Pamela Smart October 30, 1990 and they were married for twenty-seven wonderful years.  In their spare time, they enjoyed RV’ing and camping.  He was a great mechanic and loved tinkering around on projects.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother.  He will be missed by all.

Martin was preceded in death by his parents, children; Carrie Lynn Vantassel, Donald DeBerry and Wendy Threlkeld Watts.  He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife; Pamela Smart DeBerry of Liberty, son; Reggie Threlkeld and wife Laura of LaPorte, TX, sister; Ellen Kibodeaux and husband Gary of Hardin, brothers; Lloyd Charles DeBerry and wife Gerlinda of Danbury, Jack DeBerry and wife Brenda of Raywood, grandchildren; Tara Palmer, Chelsea Vantassel Baird and husband Cameron, Jared Threlkeld and wife Tanya, Lauren Canales and husband Andy, Amanda Melton and husband Michael, Cody Kokes and wife Melissa, Kelsey Kokes, Rylie Yates, Laikyn Barta, great-grandchildren; Maci, Kylie, Easton, C.J., Nicholas, Parker, Ember, Ariel, Bryce and faithful dog Bud.

Services for Martin Cecil DeBerry will be Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11am at Allison Funeral Service, 1101 North Travis, Liberty, TX with burial to follow at Cooke Memorial Cemetery.  Visitation will be held two hours prior to service from 9am to 11am in the chapel.  Condolences can be sent online to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Campbell

Jerry Branden Campbell, 60 of Dayton, passed away on November 15, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Graveside service for Jerry will be Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Palms Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Monday evening, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton.

Jerry was born April 18, 1957 in Liberty, Texas, son of the late B.C. “Bub” and Jearldene Dunn Campbell. He enjoyed playing softball, bass fishing, golf and billiards. He was an avid Texas Longhorn and Dallas Cowboy fan. He loved spending time with family and friends, cooking, telling stories and being the life of the party.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Robert Thomas Campbell, and sister, Betty Ruth Kirkpatrick. He leaves behind to cherish his memory son, Branden Campbell and fiancé Stephanie; sisters, Reba “Sissy” Templeton of Dayton, Judy McWhorter of Dayton; brother, Mark Campbell and wife Terry of Dayton; brother-in-law, Royce Kirkpatrick of Dayton; sister-in-law, Dana Campbell of Liberty; also numerous nieces and nephews that adored him.

 

Lindsey-Ball

Zettie Louise Lindsey-Ball, 67, transitioned into the hands of the Lord on November 9, 2017 at Kingwood Medical Center in Kingwood, Tx.

She was born on December 8, 1949 in Robeline, Louisiana to David and Alease Lindsey.

Zettie Louise Lindsey, grew up in Robeline, Louisiana, as the eldest daughter, her love of cooking and our Lord Jesus Christ, was ignited very early in her life. Her love for ministry was enhanced by her ability to prepare delicious soulful meals for church and family gatherings

Zettie moved to Dayton in 1998, she was a devoted member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church of Dayton, Tx.   Serving in the Women's Ministry and Sunday School, she was able to share her love for God as well as her life experiences.  Her love for the Bible will always be remembered in the wisdom she shared with fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord, as well as her loving family.

Visitation will be at Wells Funeral Services in the Althea P. Gibson Chapel on Friday, November 17, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  She will lie-in-state Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM - Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 801 South Colbert Street, Dayton, Texas; funeral services will follow 11:00 AM.  

Pastor Carl McNaulty officiating.

Interment - Acie Cemetery, Dayton, Texas.

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

Votaw

Addie Mae Votaw of Sour Lake, died on Monday, November 13, 2017 at Fairy's Landing in Hull. She was 96.

A service of remembrance will be held on Thursday November 16, 2017 at 10:00A.M. at Faith & Family Funeral Services Inc. with Reverend Lonnie Jordan officiating. Interment will follow at Guedry cemetery in Batson.

Serving as pallbearers are Jimmy Votaw, Tip Votaw, Michael Snider, Derrick Snider, and Nelson Votaw.

The family will be receiving friends on Wednesday November 15, 2017 from 6:00P.M. until 8:00P.M. at Faith & Family.

A native of Saratoga, she had lived in Sour Lake, since 1962 and was a homemaker. She was a faithful and longtime member of Apostolic Church of Sour Lake.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tip Votaw and son, Reverend James " BO" Votaw. Sisters, Pinky Walker, Lillie Mae Jackson, Kate Wheeler, and Jimmie Eakens.
Survivors are son, Richard Votaw of Bryan,TX daughter -in- law, Paula Votaw of Sour Lake, and numerous nieces and nephews. Grandchildren:6, Great-grandchildren:12, and Great - great grandchild 1.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Addie Mae Votaw 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.

Murr

Willa Mae Kent Murr, 81, of Dayton, Texas, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at her home.

She was born on March 23, 1936 in Canton, North Carolina to Quin and Verl Stamey Kent.

Willa Mae married Harry R. Murr in 1952. She relocated to Dayton in 2003 from North Shore area. Willa Mae worked as a retail sales manager for Palais Royal in both Pasadena and Liberty for more than 20 years. She was a sports enthusiast who really enjoyed watching basketball.

Willa Mae was preceded in death by her loving husband of 51 years, Harry R. Murr; her son Richard Murr; and her daughter-in-law Margie Murr. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her daughter Judith Berry and her husband John; her granddaughter Ree Herdejergen and husband Josh; her great-grandchildren Maggie, Madelaine and Maci Herdejergen; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

At the family’s request, no services will be held at this time as it was Willa Mae’s wishes to be cremated.

Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.sterlingfuneralhome.com

Leavins

Ray Wilder “Trapper” Leavins, Jr., 67, of Old River, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Baytown.

He was born September 5, 1950 in Baytown, previously lived in Murfreesboro, Arkansas and had resided in the Old River area for the last 33 years.

Trapper was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing the most and was a retired machinist from Exxon Mobil after 26 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Leavins, Sr. and a brother, Kerry Leavins.

Survivors include his mother, Pauline Evans of Arkansas; children, Theresa Hensley and her husband, Matthew of Arkansas, Brandi Disney of Fort Worth, Mandi Taylor and her husband, Kirk of Fort Worth and Tre Leavins and his wife Amy of Old River; brother, Mitch Leavins and his wife, Amanda of Arkansas; sisters, Rowena Leavins, Jeslynne Leavins Brown and Narae Leavins all of Arkansas; cousin, George Leavins and his wife, Leona of Cove; 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of friends from the Old River-Winfree community.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 18, 2017 followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.

For those who desire memorials may be made to the American Heart Institute or the American Diabetes Institute.

Arrangements are under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home 1304 N. Cleveland, Dayton, Texas 77535, 936-258-5300, www.pacestancil.com.

Gilmore

Blanchard Ray “Gil” Gilmore, age 71 of Liberty, TX passed away October 24, 2017 at his residence in Liberty. 

Gil was born February 1, 1946 in Houston, TX son of the late Raymond and Delpha Russell GilmoreGil was Vice President Credit Manager at Gordan’s Jewelers for 19 years, Finger Furniture Head of Credit Department, Barclays credit department, and bookkeeper for Golden’s Furniture.

God quietly took Gil Gilmore into his loving arms on the early morning of October 24, 2017.  Gil has gone to his home in heaven and is celebrating with his family and friends that had left before him.  He was a wonderful husband, good father, and a kind and caring man.  He coached his children in softball and baseball, guided them in life choices, and loved them all so much, He was a dedicated grandfather to all the grandchildren in their lives, sports, events and with their friends he was dedicated to being there for each one of them.  He loved children, going to the school and reading to the children when they were younger. As the children grew and were in high school they still came up to him when they saw him and would tell Papa Gil hello.  He was a big advocate for the helping of all children and so in his memory we do ask that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Bridgehaven in Dayton TX.  He was a man who stood up for what he believed in and never thought one could stop learning.  During the time he was married to Nan his wife he had begun looking within himself and making the changes that he felt needed.  He stated many times we make mistakes, but they are not failures if we change and learn from them.  He was so loving... always giving and a kiss and saying I love you every night.  He will be missed tremendously... but as He stated.  I will be waiting for you and will see you again.

Gil was preceded in death by his parents, brothers:  Charles Raymond Gilmore, William Lee Gilmore Sr., sister; Delpha Marie Gilmore and wife Sharon Elizabeth Wisneski Gilmore.  He leaves behind to cherish his memory, wife Nan Regen Gilmore, children Michele Gilmore Stahl, Michael Gilmore and wife Karen Gilmore, Johanna Todd Sears, Julianne Todd Forse and husband Mathew Forse, Nancee Todd and wife Katrina Cantrell Todd. Grandchildren:  Cameron Stahl, Landon Gilliland, Connor Stahl, Jarrett McMillen, Kaleb Hutton, Kyle Hutton and Carter Gilmore.  Sister, Margaret Gilmore Kelso and husband Pete Kelso, and sister in law Gaynelle Gilmore. and Joe Taylor a very special member of all the family. And Numerous nieces and nephews.

Services for Blanchard Ray “Gil” Gilmore will be Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 5pm in the chapel at First United Methodist Church in Liberty with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.  Arrangements are under the direction of Allison Funeral Service, 1101 North Travis, Liberty, TX.  Condolences can be sent online to www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

Stanley

On Friday, November 10, 2017 at his home surrounded by his wife, family & friends, God called Roe Hoe home.

He was born December 5, 1964 in Liberty, TX to Steve Stanley Joyce Morse Stanley. He lived in Saratoga all his life and worked in the oilfield industry since 1982.

He was preceded in death by his father, Steve Stanley & mother, Joyce Morse Stanley. Grandparents, Edith & Ardivelt Morse & SL & Sara Stanley, & sister, Eva Joyce Williams.

He is survived by his wife, Dee Stanley of Saratoga, TX; daughter & son-in-law, Britni &
Manuel Flores of Livingston, TX; son & daughter-in-law, Joshua & Mary Bowman of
Thicket, TX; 3 grandchildren, who lit up his life, his Princess, Aedynn Flores of Livingston,
TX; his Kiley Bug, Kiley Bowman & his Lil’ Monkey, Karson Bowman both of Thicket,
TX; sister & brother-in-law Ledarah & George Lewis of Saratoga, TX; sister Teressa Stanley
of Baytown, TX; nieces LaDonna Burns & husband Dave, Kaitlin Lee & husband
Quinton; great nephews, Kamron Lewis & Alex Burns; great niece Ashlyn Burns all of
Saratoga, TX; Best friend Gary Gilliam & wife Tami of Saratoga, TX; and a host of aunts,
uncles & cousins.

A service of remembrance will be held on Monday November 13, 2017 at 2:00P.M.at Thicket Church of God with Pastor Mark Ainsworth and Reverend Nathan Hendrix officiating. Interment will follow at Felps cemetery in Thicket.

The family will be receiving friends on Sunday November 12, 2017 from 5:00P.M. until 9:00P.M. at Thicket Church of God.

Serving as pallbearers are: Mike Stanley, Artie Hart, Jr Parsons, Gary Gilliam, Walter
Lowe and Lucas Lowe. Honorary pallbearer is Dump Hart.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Steven Jerry "Roe Hoe" Stanley please visit our Sympathy Store at 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.

Belaire

Tara Denise Belaire of Hamshire, Texas died on Thursday November 9, 2017 in Nome, surrounded by her loving family. She was 46.

Tara was born in Winnie, Texas on January 29, 1971 to Michael Ray Belaire and Jane Bertrand. She had lived in Hamshirew for 10 years and had worked for The City of Beaumont, as Grants Coordinator for many years.

She was preceded in death by her father, Michael Ray Belaire Sister, Dawn Hulsey, and brother, Michael A. Belaire. She is survived by her mother, Jane Bertrand Crain and step-father, James Crain of Nome. Sisters, Robin Broussard of Fanett, and Kim Belaire of Vidor, and her two furry friends that she called her children, Chops and Luna who she loved and cared for very much. Cremation under the care of Faith & Family Funeral Services Inc.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Tara Denise Belaire please visit our Sympathy Store at www.faithandfamilyfuneralservices.com

Cremation handled 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.

Howell

Carole Diane Howell of McKinney,TX died on Monday November 6, 2017 at her residence. She was 61.

A service of remembrance will be held on Saturday November 11, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Faith & Family Funeral Services with Reverend Bill Campbell officiating. Interment will follow at Rosedale cemetery in Sour Lake.

The family will be receiving friends on Friday November 10, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Faith & Family Funeral Services.

A native of Oklahoma City, OK she had lived in McKinney,TX 12 years and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Thomas Neyer and Lucille Morrison, and daughter, Melissa Fliescher.

Those left to survive her are sons, Matthew Howell and wife Hollie of Lawton, OK and Chad Nelson of McKinney, TX. Sisters, Sandra Welch of Ardmore, OK Mary Russell of Beaumont, and Linda Farris and husband J.P. of Sour Lake. Niece, Patricia Vaughn of Ardmore OK and nephew, Jonathan Farris of Sour Lake. Her loving grandchildren, Crimson, Scarlet, and Ruby.
To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Carole Diane Howell please visit our Sympathy Store at www.faithandfamiyfuneralservices.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

McClelland

Robert Earl McClelland of Honey Island, died on Sunday November 5, 2017 at his residence. He was 70.

A service of remembrance will be held on Thursday November 9, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. at Freedom Fellowship Church of Silsbee, with interment to follow at William Hart cemetery in Kountze.

The family will be receiving friends also on Thursday November 9, 2017 from 11:00 A.M. till time of service. A native of Silsbee, he had lived in Honey Island, most of his life before moving to Montgomery. He had worked as a tool pusher for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee McClelland and Celena Fregia. Brothers, Joe McClelland, Vernon McClelland, and Dale McClelland. Sister Mary Fisher.

He is survived by his wife, Estelle McClelland of Montgomery, son, Randell McClelland of Silsbee. Daughters, Renay Ard of Dam B. Tammy Babinat of Silsbee, and Teresa Dubose of Silsbee. Brothers, Bobby McClelland, Benny McClelland, Teddy Lee McClelland, Coon McClelland all of Kountze. Sisters, Margie Yeager of Silsbee, and Annette Kinsey of Kountze. Grandchildren: 13, and Great Grandchildren: 6.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Robert Earl McClelland 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.

Fregia

Raymond Doyle Fregia, 88 of Liberty, Texas passed away on Friday, November 3, 2017 at his home.

Services for Mr. Fregia will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 10, 2017 at Open House Ministries Church, 3605 North Main, Liberty, Texas 77575. Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday evening at the church. Burial will be at The Wilderness of God Cemetery under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton.

Raymond was born March 15, 1929 in Hull, Texas to parents, Tojan and Drucilla Fregia. He was a lifelong resident of the Liberty area. He had worked in the oilfield.

Mr. Fregia was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Veli Whitmire, J. D. Fregia and John Lewis Fregia; granddaughter, Rebecca Fregia; great grandchildren, Phillip Fregia and Aubrey Fregia. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Gracie Burch of Ames; children, Raymond Fregia and wife Linda of Ames, Billy Roy “Cooter” Fregia and wife Sarah of Ames, Nellie Cheryl Shook of Hardin; Billy Wayne Fregia and wife Debbie of Batson; Rosa Lee Cook and husband Dennis of Hull; Stoney Burke Fregia and wife Vanassa of Raywood; Johnny Yuma Fregia and wife Kerri of Ames; Elvis Presley Fregia and wife Regina of Hardin; and Evil Knievel Fregia of Ames; step-children, Tessa Burch and husband Billy of Livingston; Selena Cain and husband Johnathan of Kenefick; Loryie Lee Burch of Ames and Daniel E. Burch of Ames; sister, Nellie Taylor of Raywood; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Rhodes

Lois Mae Rhodes of Houston, formerly of Saratoga, died on Saturday November 4, 2017 at Brookdale Assisted Living Center in Houston. She was 89.

A service of remembrance will be held on Thursday November 9, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at Faith & Family Funeral Services, with Reverend Lee Gruver officiating. Interment will follow at Guedry cemetery in Batson. A reception for family and friends will follow after service at 8001 N. Travis Street Liberty, Texas 77575.

Serving as pallbearers are Adam Lightfoot, Russell Laing, Brian Laing, Marshall Lightfoot, John Lightfoot, David Laing, Noah DeLaSierra, and Rudy DeLaSierra.

A native of Prairie Lee, TX she had lived in Houston, and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Nickells, and Ora Mae Walker and brother, Bryan Nickells.

She is survived by her son, Scott Mann and wife JoAnn Best Mann of Smith Point, TX., Step-son, Tommy Reynolds and wife Sandy of Mauriceville, TX., Daughters, Karen Mann Lightfoot and husband John of Houston, and Kathy Mann Laing and husband David of Houston. Brother, Scotty Nickells and wife Wava of Ohio, and sister, Inez Shivers and husband Lonnie of Liberty. Grandchildren: 4 Great-Grandchildren: 8.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Lois Mae Rhodes please visit our Sympathy Store at www.faithandfamiyfuneraservices.com

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

Studensky

Johnny Studensky of Hull, died on Friday November 3, 2017 at San Jacinto Houston Methodist Hospital in Baytown. He was 77.

A service of remembrance will be held on Wednesday November 8, 2017 at 12:00P.M. at Faith & Family Funeral Services. Interment will follow at Moss Hill cemetery.

The family will be receiving friends also on Wednesday November 8, 2017 from 10:00A.M. until time of service at Faith & Family.

A native of Bryan College Station, he had lived in Hull, for 55 years and had worked as a machinist. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalie Studensky, and brother, Richard " Dickie" Studensky.

Survivors are sons, Michael Studensky of Hull, and John Wesley Studensky and wife Judy of Hull, and brother, Virgil Dirk Loftin of Sour Lake. Sisters, Renee Robinson of Sour Lake, Dora Robinson of Sour Lake, Lavergne Sterling of Orange, and Sneed Elmer of Silsbee.

Grandchildren are Lesa Renee Studensky, John Wesley Studensky II, Racheal Davis, Alex & Alexis Crawford, and Harlie Studensky. Great Grandchildren, Madison Studensky, J.J. Davis, Braidain Gipson, and William McCall.
To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Frank John "Johnny" Studensky please visit our Sympathy Store at www.faithandfamilyfuneralservices.com

Service of remembrance under the care of Faith & Family Funeral Services Inc. 4084 Hwy 105E. Batson, Texas 77519. 936-336-2222 or 936-262-2100. Earning your trust one family at a time.

Halfin

Theresa Marie Weaver Halfin, 84, lifelong resident of Anahuac, Texas, passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2017 in Humble, Texas.

She was born on January 8, 1933 in Devers, Texas to Harry Arthur and Naoma Harris Turner. Theresa graduated from Anahuac High School in 1951 where she participated in many of the sports programs, was a cheerleader, a member of the band, choir and the Bar Nothing Gang. Also in 1951 she was the Anahuac Rep at the Neches River Festival.

After graduating high school, Theresa attended Modern Beauty School in Houston. After receiving her cosmetology license, she and her sister Alice Jones began building their beauty salon. Together they operated their business, the Charm Shoppe in Anahuac. Theresa worked as a beautician for 60 years. She eventually retired from the salon in January 2014.

Theresa was a loving and devoted Christian woman who was strong in her faith. She was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church of Anahuac, where she was a member the Love Notes and the church choir. Theresa also taught the first and second grade Sunday School class for over 30 years.

Theresa was a beautiful and talented seamstress. She loved to sew and always loved to make clothing for her daughters including their twirling uniforms, dance and prom dresses. Theresa even reupholstered her own sofa cushions. She was the ultimate homemaker and an excellent cook. She enjoyed square dancing, teaching her girls how to twirl and flower gardening. Theresa will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Theresa was preceded in death by her first husband of 25 years, Billy Jack Weaver; her parents; and her siblings Roy Turner, Ed Turner, Vernon Turner, Velma Edmonds, Alice Jones and Jasper Turner. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband of 30 years George Halfin of Anahuac; her children Freda Corbell Creech and husband Jim of Fulshear, Vicki Weaver-Rosen and husband Jimmy of Kingwood and Valice Lewis and husband Hans of D’Hanis, Texas; her grandchildren, Cody Corbell and wife Stephanie, Tana Lewis, Jonathan Weaver-Rosen and wife Chelsey, Meagan Weaver-Rosen, Kelly Creech, Josh Creech and wife Emily; her great-grandchildren Reed Garrett Corbell and Adelaide Creech; her brother George Turner of Anahuac; her step-children Glenn Halfin, Mark Halfin and wife Kippi and Kim Dickenson and husband Bill; her step-grandchildren Blake and Evan Dickenson; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Honoring the family by serving as pallbearers will be Leslie Turner, Jimmy Turner, Kim Turner, Greg Turner, Arthur Jay Turner, Todd Turner and Colby Turner.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 5pm until 7pm on Thursday, November 9, 2017 in the chapel of Sterling Funeral Home, 1201 S. Main Street in Anahuac. A funeral service will be held at 1pm on Friday, November 10, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Anahuac, 405 Magnolia Avenue South. A graveside service and committal will immediately follow in Anahuac Cemetery.

Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.sterlingfuneralhome.com

Bridges

Sharon Ann Bridges, 67, of Dayton died Thursday, November 2, 2017.

Services for Mrs. Bridges will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 10, 2017 at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton. The family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening at the funeral home.

Sharon was born September 23, 1950 in Gonzales, Texas to parents Clarence Ivey and Annie Yates Ivey. She had been a long time resident of Dayton and had previously lived in the Northshore and Channelview area.

Mrs. Bridges was preceded in death by her parents; son, Shawn Bridges, and brothers, Bobby West and Kenneth West. She is survived by her son, David Asher of Lufkin; daughter, Shari Bridges and Tara Bridges of Dayton; brother, Clarence Ray Ivey and wife Carrie of BeBe; sister, Louise West of Stockdale; grandchildren, Daiva Asher, Eric Bridges, Austin Bridges, Alani Bridges, and David Asher; great grandchild, Daveah Asher; also numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 
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