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Sunday 04/24/2016
Harvey Hampton Finley Jr.
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 12:53 pm

Harvey Hampton Finley Jr. – age 41 went to be with the Lord Friday April 22, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  Harvey was known to many as, “Lil Harvey”,” Junior”,” J.R.” and “J”, no matter how you knew him, or what you called him, he will be lovingly remembered.  J.R. was born in Huntsville, Texas May 7, 1974 the son of Harvey Hampton Finley Sr. and Beverly Kay Moore Finley.  He was a graduate of North Shore High School where he played in the band. At his graduation, as his name was called, the entire student body as well as guests, and families in attendance, honored him with a standing ovation.  He loved sports; he had an encyclopedic knowledge of his favorite teams. He was passionate about his Astros, Texans, Rockets, and especially his beloved University of Texas Longhorns.  At a younger age J.R. participated in the Special Olympics as well as played with the “Hot Wheels” wheelchair basketball team. J.R. also enjoyed playing dominos and watching game shows. He never spoke an ill word about anyone, and will be remembered for his patience and intellect. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Charles “Bill” Moore and Ethelyne Moore and his paternal grandparents, Arnold “A.W.” Finley and Nora Lou Finley. He also was preceded by a special great uncle, Arley John Finley. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his parents Harvey and Beverly Finley of Hardin, brother Charles Finley and wife Rebecca of Katy, sister Amy Ann Finley Hunt of Houston, aunts Marsha DeDear and husband Vernon of Liberty, Janice Smith of Hardin, Carol Addison and husband Bob of Grand Prairie, uncle Butch Moore and wife Debra of Liberty. He also leaves his nieces and nephews, Matthew Finley, Zachary Finley, Bradley Finley, Madison Hunt, and Austin Hunt. Visitation for J.R. will be held Monday April 25, 2016 from 5-8PM at Hardin Baptist Church. Funeral Services to be held 2PM Tuesday April 26, 2016 at Hardin Baptist Church with Rev. Tony Hines to officiate. Burial to follow in Finley Cemetery. Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.allisonfuneralservice.com

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Wednesday 04/20/2016
Rosalie Ellen Tywater Studensky
Posted: April 20, 2016

Rosalie Ellen Tywater Studensky of Hull, Texas, died on Sunday April 10, 2016 at harbor Hospice in Beaumont.

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Wednesday 04/13/2016
Nelson “Bo” Redmon
Posted: April 13, 2016

Nelson Redmon, 85, a resident of Dayton ,Texas, peacefully passed away, on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 , at a local hospital in Baytown.

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Juanita Leggington Freeman, 84, or Raywood
Posted: April 13, 2016

Juanita Leggington Freeman, 84, a resident of Raywood, Texas peacefully passed away on April 8, 2016 at 2:00 A.M., after a long battle with Alzheimer, at her residence in Raywood, Texas.

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Glenn Dugger
Posted: April 13, 2016

On the morning of April 8, 2016, Glenn Dugger passed away peacefully at his home in Alice, Texas, surrounded by his loving children and family. He joins the Lord and his beloved wife, Mary Lou Dugger, after 91 well-lived years as a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

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Sunday 04/10/2016
Margie Burnice Neal, age 87 of Hardin
Updated: April 11, 2016 - 11:02 am

Margie Burnice Neal, age 87 of Hardin, passed away at her residence on April 8, 2016. Margie was born June 20, 1928 in Baytown, Texas. She was the daughter of the late George Washington Golden and Lavada Lee Hicks Golden. Margie and her three sisters were all known as the “Golden Girls”. She graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and Nursing School at Lee College Nursing School.  As an LVN, she was a passionate care-giver working in homes and hospitals, mostly as a private duty nurse.  God and family was the highest priority in her life.  As a member of Hardin United Pentecostal Church for forty plus years, she served the church as food coordinator for events and funerals.  She loved sewing, gardening, cooking and spoiling her fur babies Lady and Lucky.  She was known for her amazing pies.  Home on “Neal’s Hill” was her favorite place to be.

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Michael Ray “Boudro” LeJeune
Posted: April 10, 2016

Michael Ray “Boudro” LeJeune - age 52 passed away Saturday, April 9, 2016 in Anahuac, Texas. Boudro was born in Lafayette, Louisiana on August 13, 1963 to Leroy LeJeune and Lillie Mae Richard LeJeune.  He loved to fish, hunt, and anything that had him out on the water. Boudro was a huge fan of NASCAR where he made weekly bets.  He loved to spend time at his camp house on the Trinity River.  Everybody on the River knew Boudo and his airboat.  He was the “Big Block” on the river.  His devotion was too his beloved family.  Trent was the light of his life.  He was the best dad a little boy could ask for.  He so enjoyed his friends.  He never met a stranger and most of the conversations were about his pitbull in the back of that green dodge truck, Gator will miss him terribly.   He started his career working for American Rice Growers in Louisiana then transferred to Raywood, Texas.  He met Tisha in 1991.  She loved him very much and was by his side every single day.  In 1994, he went on to work for Warren Petroleum as an I/E Tech for Nesco.  For a short time, he worked for VanLeer Containers in LaPorte as an Electrician.  He left VanLeer and return to Mont Belvieu to become an Analyzer Technician at Targa Midstreams for 15 years.  Then in 2011, he went to work for Energy Transfer as an Analyzer Technician.  He made many friends thought out his career.  Everyone knew Boudro the Coonass.   In 2012 he suffered a stroke and was unable to return to work.  He was heartbroken, but spoke often about the good times and friends from work. Boudro is preceded in death by his nephew Zachary Armentor, brother-in-law Steve “Steve-O” Menard, and his father-in-law James Anderson. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife and best friend Letitia “Tisha” LeJeune of Wallisville, his “Little Booger”, Trent Michael of Wallisville, Parents Leroy and Lillie LeJeune of Welsh, LA, Sisters – Debra Ann Menard of Welsh, LA, Celida Faye “Blacksheep” Armentor and husband Byron of Jennings, LA.  Mother-in-law, Linda Anderson of Liberty, Numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.   This man made his mark on this Earth and we will forever be grateful for knowing him. Visitation for Boudro will be held Monday April 11, 2016 from 5-9PM with a Rosary Service to be held at 7PM at Allison Funeral Service, 1101 N. Travis Liberty, Texas. Funeral Services to be held 10AM Tuesday April 12, 2016 at the funeral home with burial to follow in Norris Cemetery. Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.allisonfuneralservice.com.

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Thursday 04/07/2016
Jim Rubash, age 93
Posted: April 07, 2016

Jim Rubash, age 93, passed away peacefully while sleeping on April 6, 2016 in Liberty, TX. Jim was born on September 17, 1922 in St. Andrews, Florida, son of the late John and Mary Rubash. He graduated from Bay County High School and received a degree in civil engineering from University of Florida in 1948. He entered the US Army in July 1943 and served in Europe until honorably discharged in 1946, during which time he received 2 bronze service stars. Jim worked as a field engineer with Atlantic Richfield before entering the public works department for the City of Houston where he served with distinction for 34 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Liberty where he served as deacon. In retirement Jim regularly volunteered at the Spirit of Sharing Food Pantry and the city library, as well as served as an adult reader for young school kids. He enjoyed the outdoors, was an avid reader, and especially loved his grandkids and great grandkids. Jim’s kindness, generosity and self-sacrifice will be much missed.

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Marjorie Ruth Cannady
Posted: April 07, 2016

Marjorie Ruth Cannady, surrounded at home by family, was gently received by our Lord and Savior on April 5, 2016. Her Heavenly homecoming was surely grand as many loved ones awaited her arrival.

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Tuesday 04/05/2016
Frederick Wayne Cruse 54, of Dayton
Posted: April 05, 2016

Frederick Wayne Cruse 54, of Dayton TX; passed Mar. 31, 2016. 

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Philip Ray Chadwick, 79
Posted: April 05, 2016

Philip Ray Chadwick, 79, grew up in Aransas Pass, TX where he met and married his true love Delores Ann Hopkins. They have resided in Dayton, TX since the early 90's. Philip Ray Chadwick passed away, Friday, April 1, 2016 at 12:15 pm of respiratory failure at Sea Breeze Nursing home with family by his side in Texas City, TX.

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Monday 04/04/2016
Edmond Ray Taylor – age 84
Posted: April 04, 2016

Edmond Ray Taylor – age 84 passed away Saturday April 2, 2016 in Pasadena, Texas. Edmond was born January 29, 1932 in Hull, Texas the son of the late Roy Taylor and Effie Boothe Taylor. Edmond went to work at an early age, working in the oilfield for over forty years; he worked on work over rigs, drilling rigs, tool pushing, and as a pumper. Prior to working in the oil field he broke horses and worked at a saw mill. Edmond enjoyed reading his bible and was a member of the Community Church in Hull, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his wife Mary Sue Wilson Taylor, son Edmond Glenn Taylor, grandson Bobby Bellah, and his brothers Henry Taylor and Hollie Taylor. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his sons David Ray Taylor and wife Debra of Batson, Robert Roy Taylor of Houston, daughters Laura C. Bellah of Pasadena and Mary Ann Gill and husband Bruce of Deer Park. In addition he also leaves a sister Rita Wells of Batson, eight grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. A visitation for Edmond will be held Tuesday April 5, 2016 from 5-8PM at Allison Funeral Service, 1101 N. Travis Liberty, Texas. A graveside service will be held 10:30AM Wednesday April 6, 2016 at Guedry Cemetery in Batson, Texas. Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.allisonfuneralservice.com

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Leonard Ray Butler – age 73
Updated: April 05, 2016 - 11:49 am

Leonard Ray Butler –age 73 passed away Sunday April 3, 2016 at Liberty Healthcare. Leonard was born July 3, 1942 in Midland, Texas the son of the late Claude L. Butler and OraNell Badgett Butler. Leonard will be remembered for his great sense of humor. He enjoyed country music, hunting, and his time as a Volunteer Firefighter for Corrigan Fire Department.  Leonard served in the US Navy as an x-ray tech from 1960-1974. Upon his retirement from the Navy he continued to work as an x-ray technician at St. David’s Hospital in Austin, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his brother Darrel Wayne Butler. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife Geri Bonny-Butler of Kingwood, son Leland Ray Butler of Odessa and Cindy Butler-Bowers of Odessa. He also leaves his brothers: Harold Butler and his wife Margaret of Beeville, TX; Weldon Butler and wife Suzanne of Brenham, TX; Eddie Butler and wife Gloria of Bastrop, LA; Bobby Butler and wife Betty of Odessa, TX; Jerry Butler of Goldsmith, TX; Sisters: Carol Kennedy and husband Jim of Canyon, TX; Sharon Cooke and husband Pat of Lubbock, TX.  In addition he is survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.  Inurnment to be held April 11, 2016 at 10:15AM at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77038. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Corrigan Volunteer Fire Department. Condolences and memories can be shared online www.allisonfuneralservice.com

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Terry Earl Brunson, 61, of Liberty
Posted: April 04, 2016

Terry Earl Brunson, 61, of Liberty, passed away on Tuesday March 29, 2016. He died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family and dearest friends.

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Saturday 04/02/2016
Leatha Elizabeth Cress, age 94 of Liberty
Posted: April 02, 2016

Leatha Elizabeth Cress, age 94 of Liberty, passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2016 in Humble, TX.  Leatha was born May 18, 1921 in Haskell, TX daughter of the late Wesley Marchbanks and Ora Lee Pillow Marchbanks.  She graduated from Childress High School and was a housewife most of her life.  Leatha was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Liberty.  She was also a member of the Altar Society and the Trinity River Travelers Square Dancers.  Leatha enjoyed working in the yard, reading, cooking, traveling and especially loved square dancing and any type of dancing.

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Thursday 03/31/2016
Thomas Franklin Calhoon III, age 89 of Liberty
Updated: April 01, 2016 - 11:22 am

Thomas Franklin Calhoon III, age 89 of Liberty, passed away March 30, 2016 in Liberty, TX.  Thomas was born May 30, 1926 in Liberty, son of the late Thomas F. Calhoon Jr and Grace Lee Maywald Calhoon.  He graduated from Liberty High School in 1943 and then went to work for the U.S. Postal Service.  After two months at the postal service, Thomas entered into the U.S. Navy in July of 1943 and served his country until May of 1946 where he received an honorable discharge.  He then went back to work for the postal service.  In 1961, Thomas was appointed as postmaster at the Liberty Post Office.  This made him a third generation postmaster in his family.  He continued as postmaster until 1981 where he retired with thirty-eight years of service.  Thomas was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Liberty and worked twenty-seven years as the treasurer for the church.  He was also a member of the Men’s Bible Class, Elks Lodge and past president of the Quarterback Club.  In his spare time, Thomas enjoyed sewing and needle point.

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Monday 03/28/2016
Robert Lee Hamilton, age 90 of Cleveland
Posted: March 28, 2016

Robert Lee Hamilton, age 90 of Cleveland, Texas, passed away Thursday, March 24, 2016.  He was born October 13, 1925 in Rayburn, Texas to parents Van Hamilton and Minnie Smith who preceded him in death along with his wife, Rachel Hamilton.

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James A. Davidson, 69, of Dayton
Posted: March 28, 2016

James A. Davidson, of Dayton, passed away at the age of 69 at the Houston VA Hospital.

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Joe Kendall Tullos
Posted: March 28, 2016

Joe Kendall Tullos - age 86 of Liberty passed away Friday March 25, 2016 at Magnolia Place Nursing Home. Joe was born in Ace, Texas January 3, 1930 the son of the late Willie and Susie Stanfield Tullos. Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, and tending to his cattle. He was always the happiest with his cattle and being on a tractor. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the US Navy. After the service he went on to work for Diamond Chemical for fifteen years. Upon leaving Diamond Chemical Joe went to work for himself as the owner of Joe Tullos Enterprises building homes, apartments, and Washaterias. He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his wife Geraldine Munson Tullos, daughter Kathy Davenport, and his brothers Adrian, Tommy, and Charlie Tullos. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his son William Tullos and wife JoAnn of Ace, daughter Jody Connevey and husband Earle of Liberty, brother Donald Tullos of Ace, sisters Dorothy Williamson of Liberty, Justine Oliver of Houston, and Juanita Crockett of Jacksonville, FL.  In addition he leaves his grandchildren: Brandon Davenport; Shannon Davenport; Ricky Carbo; Keshia Tullos; Krystal Tullos; Daniel Connevey; and Jennifer Connevey. He also leaves seven great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews, and a dear family close friend Ernesto Rangel.  Visitation for Joe will be held Monday March 28, 2016 from 5-8PM at Allison Funeral Service, 1101 N. Travis Liberty, Texas. Funeral Services to be held 10AM Tuesday March 29, 2016 at the funeral home with burial to follow in Ace Community Cemetery, Ace, Texas. Memories and condolences can be shared online at www.allisonfuneralservice.com

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Margaret Allison Williams, age 68 of Patagonia, AZ, formerly of Liberty, TX
Posted: March 28, 2016

Margaret Allison Williams, age 68 of Patagonia, AZ, formerly of Liberty, TX passed away Friday, March 25, 2016 in College Station, TX with her loving family by her side.  Margaret was born September 15, 1947 in Liberty, TX daughter of the late William Allison and Florence Michalka Allison.  She was the oldest of nine siblings.  Margaret graduated from Liberty High School in 1965 and then went on to receive her license as a registered nurse from Lamar University, The Hotel Dieu Nursing School and then St. Mary’s Hospital in Galveston.  She specialized as an operating room nurse until her retirement from nursing.  She was in the medical field for thirty plus years.  Margaret enjoyed cross stitching, quilting and scrapbooking.  She was one of the biggest Texas A&M fans around but she mostly loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Margaret was always seen at any of the grandchildren’s activities when possible.

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Saturday 03/26/2016
June Jackson, 68, of Ames
Updated: March 26, 2016 - 12:11 pm

June Jackson, 68, a resident of Ames, Texas, passed away peacefully, on Monday, March 21, 2016, at a hospital in Humble, Texas.

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Thursday 03/24/2016
Blain Taylor Elledge, of Deer Park
Posted: March 24, 2016

Blain Taylor Elledge, of Deer Park, Texas passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2016 in Clear Lake, Texas. He was born on July 19, 1990 in Baytown to Michael Elledge and Amber Walker Colvin. Blain attended Barbers Hill High School and worked the past five years as a fitter for Ohmstede Industrial Services. He was a quick learner and a great leader with a big heart. Blain was known as a natural nurturer to everyone, very compassionate and dedicated, intelligent, athletic and hardworking. He was funny and some say he had his dad’s sense of humor. In his spare time, Blain enjoyed sports, reading the news on his phone, boating and golfing. He was self-educating and had just recently started showing interest in politics.

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Tuesday 03/22/2016
Richard Charles Mosley
Posted: March 22, 2016

Richard Charles Mosley, 71, a resident of Humble ,Texas, peacefully passed away, Saturday, March 19, 2016, at a local hospital in Humble, Texas.

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Margaret Hatton Farris, 89
Updated: March 22, 2016 - 2:33 pm

Margaret Hatton Farris, 89, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on March 12, 2016. She was born in Coffeeville, Alabama on January 6, 1927 to George Clayton and Mabel Hatton. Her family moved to Beaumont when she was very young. She graduated from Beaumont High in 1944. Margaret eventually went to work for Stewart Title where she met the love of her life, Burke Farris. They had many adventures together living in Liberty, Texas; Houston, Galveston, and Honolulu Hawaii. She moved to Kingwood in 1998 to be near her daughter and family. 

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Gabe Hebert, Jr.
Posted: March 22, 2016

Gabe Hebert, Jr. departed this life on the morning of March 17, 2016 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on January 28, 1930 to the late Gabe and Lorena Hebert. Gabe received his education in the Dayton Public School System. He took his education very seriously, excelling in academics and graduating the top of his class from Colbert High School. Gabe started his career following high school with Ashland Oil Company. After Ashland relocated to Michigan, he went to work with Chevron as a shipping supervisor, where he remained until his retirement.

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Sunday 03/20/2016
Pearline Theresa Ripkowski Tilton
Posted: March 20, 2016

Pearline Theresa Ripkowski Tilton, resident of Victoria, Texas, formerly of the Dayton area, passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2016 in Victoria. One of sixteen children, she was born on October 1, 1930 in New Waverly, Texas, to Stash and Mattie Olybrych Ripkowski. Pearline was the ultimate family woman and her children were the center of her world. She had many hobbies some of which included sewing, playing games and cooking. Pearline wanted her family to remember her for her cooking and for loving them unconditionally all of her life.

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Bailey Elaina Iduarte
Posted: March 20, 2016

Bailey Elaina Iduarte, infant daughter of Angel Iduarte and Carol Perez, passed away Monday, March 14, 2016 at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.  Bailey was born March 14, 2016 in Houston, TX and lived just a few precious hours.  God had a special plan for her and she is in Heaven with the Lord.

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Patsy Maxine Clark – age 72
Posted: March 20, 2016

Patsy Maxine Clark – age 72 of Willis, Texas passed away in Willis, TX March 16, 2016. Patsy was born in Cleveland, Texas December 6, 1943 the daughter of the late Arthur Clark and Rosalie Hales Clark. Patsy enjoyed arts and crafts, fishing, and spending time with her beloved family. She worked at Memorial Hermann Hospital as a respiratory therapist up until her retirement.  She attended San Jacinto College as well as North Harris County Community College to receive her degree. She was preceded in death by her parents as well as a sister Nadine Dunagan. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her children: James Ritchie, Dennis Ritchie, and a daughter Deena Youngblood and her husband Ron all of Willis. In addition she leaves her sister Bernice Groda of Cut N Shoot, her grandchildren Zach Youngblood, Nicole Lucas, and Jamie Ritchie, as well as numerous great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.  Visitation for Patsy will be held Sunday March 20, 2016 from 5-8PM at Allison Funeral Service, 1101 N. Travis Liberty, Texas. Funeral Services to be held Monday March 21, 2016 at 2PM at the funeral home with burial to follow in Linney Cemetery, Dayton, Texas. Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.allisonfuneralservice.com

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Larry Joe Grabener, age 65 of Hul
Posted: March 20, 2016

Larry Joe Grabener, age 65 of Hull, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2016 in Baytown, TX.  Larry was born February 11, 1951 in Waskom, TX, son of the late Olen Grabener and Thelma George Grabener.  Larry attended Lafayette High School in Louisiana and then served twenty-five years in the U.S. Air Force before retiring as a Sergeant.  He then worked as a supervisor in the security department for Securitas for twenty years.  Larry was a big LSU fan and was adored by all of his nieces and nephews.  He also enjoyed going to festivals in Louisiana whenever possible.

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Wednesday 03/16/2016
Florence Ada Nealy, 83, of Hankamer
Updated: March 28, 2016 - 1:52 pm

Florence Ada Nealy, 83, lifetime resident of Hankamer, Texas passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2016 in Port Arthur, Texas. She was born on August 20, 1932 in Hankamer to John and Eula Albritton Weaver.

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Tuesday 03/15/2016
Modesta Morgan, 77, of Dayton
Posted: March 15, 2016

Modesta Morgan, 77, resident of Dayton, Texas passed away on Friday, March 11, 2016 in Baytown, Texas. She was born on January 21, 1939 in Baytown to Cruz and Felicitas Granados Rocha. Modesta graduated from Lee High School in Baytown. She was a cook for many years in the restaurant business, retiring in 1990. Modesta was a member of the St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Dayton, Texas, where she served on the Altar Guild. She was also a dedicated volunteer at the local food pantry. Some of Modesta’s hobbies included cooking, gardening and sewing. Her favorite hobby of all was her family. Modesta was married to Gerald Morgan, Sr. for forty-four years. They like to travel together whether by car or on his big rig. She was a beautiful, caring, loving, nurturing and good hearted woman.

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Earnest Gayle Vaughn
Posted: March 15, 2016

Earnest Gayle Vaughn- age 75 went to be with his Lord and Savior March 7, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Gayle was born October 11, 1940 in Freer, Texas the son of the late Earnest E. Vaughn and Velda Morphis Vaughn. He enjoyed hunting, reading, and tending to his cattle. He was a dedicated family man, the true “Hero” of the family. Gayle was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the US Army from 1965-1967. He retired from Bayer with over twenty-seven years of service as an Operation Superintendent. He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his sister Betty Sparks and his son Rocky Lewis Vaughn. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of Fifty years, Audra A. Vaughn of Raywood, daughters: Roxanna V. Lynch and her husband Arthur; Nicole Vaughn; and Marti Vaughn all of Raywood. Brothers: Seldon Vaughn of Beaumont and Hollis Vaughn and his wife Y’vonne of Marshall, Texas, and a sister Hilda Jones of Silsbee. He also leaves his mother-in-law Martrell Fregia of Liberty.  In addition he was Poppy to his seven grandchildren: Audrea Gayle Lynch, Misty Lynch Frazier, Kyrie Vaughn, Kacey Vaughn, Tierney Young, Avery Hall, and Morgan Vaughn. He also leaves twenty great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews,  and extended family and friends. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. A funeral service for Gayle will be held 11AM Saturday March 12, 2016 at Allison Funeral Service, 1101 N. Travis Liberty, Texas  with Hollis Vaughn to officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial to immediately follow the service in Guedry Cemetery. Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.allisonfuneralservice.com. Serving as pallbearers will be: Patrick McElroy, Terry Vaughn, Glenn Jones, Jonathan Lynch, Tristin Wilkerson, and Matt Pantalion. Honorary pallbearers include: Ronnie McElroy, Jerry Ashlock, Arthur Lynch, Leslie Wallace, and Chuck McElroy. 

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Wednesday 03/09/2016
Larry Henderson
Posted: March 09, 2016

On August 31, 1948 a baby boy was born to Jerry and Marguerite Henderson of Liberty, Texas. He was the sixth child of ten. Larry was reared in Liberty, Texas, where he spent most of his life. He attended Liberty Training School.

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Tuesday 03/08/2016
Michael Francis Guthrie
Posted: March 08, 2016

On Monday 3/7/16, our Heavenly Father carried Michael Francis Guthrie home after his nine month struggle with cancer and his forty year struggle with mental illness.  Michael was living in Pasadena, TX at the time of his death.

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Monday 03/07/2016
Opal Neuman Norris, age 97 of Dayton
Posted: March 07, 2016

Opal Neuman Norris, age 97 of Dayton, passed away at Magnolia Place in Liberty on March 5, 2016.  Opal was born December 2, 1918 in Wallisville, TX, daughter of the late Felix Neuman and Dora Watson Neuman.  Opal grew up in the Liberty area and spent time in Dayton until her passing.  She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Dayton and was also a member of the Eastern Star, Liberty Chapter.  Opal was a wonderful seamstress and sewed all of her life from clothing to quilts.  Education was important in her life and she wanted her children to get the best education possible.  Opal enjoyed working the polling places during elections.  It was always said that anyone that visited Opal at her house, there would always be coffee and sweets.

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Wednesday 03/02/2016
Mary Line Brod
Posted: March 02, 2016

Mary Line Brod, age 94 of Gatesville, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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Preston Hoyt Cessna
Posted: March 02, 2016

A funeral service for Preston Hoyt Cessna, age 49, of Jacksonville, is scheduled for 2 o’clock in the afternoon Thursday, March 3, 2016 at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville with Rev. Doug Wintermute and Charles Dickerson officiating.  He will be laid to rest with military honors at Still Waters Memorial Gardens. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.

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Tuesday 03/01/2016
Lawrence “Larry” Stephen Olecki, 65, of Hardin
Posted: March 01, 2016

Lawrence “Larry” Stephen Olecki, 65, of Hardin passed away, Wednesday February 24, at his residence.  Memorial service for Mr. Olecki will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday March 5, 2016 at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.  Officiating will be Reverend Kent Brown.

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Paul Darius Peek
Posted: March 01, 2016

Paul Darius Peek of Saratoga, formerly of Clarksville, TX, died Friday February 26, 2016 at Conroe Regional Medical Center. He was 82.

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Saturday 02/27/2016
Madge Marie Harrison, age 85 of Ames
Posted: February 27, 2016

Madge Marie Harrison, age 85 of Ames, passed away at her residence peacefully with her loving family by her side.  Madge was born February 2, 1931 in Liberty, daughter of the late Michael Sam Wickliff and Beaulah Mallett Wickliff.  She worked for the Liberty Independent School District in Liberty for forty years before retiring.  Madge was a member of Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Ames.  She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She will be missed by all.

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Mary Susan Ammons, nee Scott, of Dayton
Posted: February 27, 2016

Mary Susan Ammons, nee Scott, of Dayton passed, Friday February 26, in Baytown, Harris County, Texas at 67 years of age.   Services for Mrs. Ammons will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday March 1, 2016 at Pace Stancil Funeral Home in Dayton.  Officiating will be Reverend Mike Blackburn & Reverend Stephen Ammons. Interment will follow at Magnolia Park Cemetery.   Pallbearers are; Bret Leatherwood, Patrick White, Carl Kennedy, Aaron Kennedy, Matthew Scott, Joe Maberry, Ethan Maberry, Brad Poland. Honorary pallbearers are Joseph Maberry, Michael Kennedy, David White, Haley Leatherwood and Trinity Baptist Church Mission Team. Visitation will be Monday February 29, 2016 at Pace Stancil Dayton from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM. 

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Wednesday 02/24/2016
Ruben Louis Schatz- age 89 of Liberty
Posted: February 24, 2016

Ruben Louis Schatz- age 89 of Liberty passed away Sunday February 21, 2016 at Liberty Health Care. Ruben was born December 24, 1926 in Burton, Texas in Washington County. He was the son of the late Otto Schatz and Minnie Knipstein Schatz. Ruben joined the US Army in April of 1945, serving in Engineering Company. He deployed to the Tuazon, Philippines for over thirteen months and was honorably discharged in December of 1946. He worked as a farmer until 1954 and then moved to Houston working in various jobs. He married Ella Mae Hopmann on August 5, 1956 at St. James Lutheran Church at New Wehdam Washington County Texas.  He later went on to work for and retire from the US Postal Service as a letter carrier with over twenty-eight years of service. Ruben moved to Liberty in 1993 and as resided here since. He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his wife Ella Mae Schatz. In addition he was preceded by his brothers: Louis Schatz and his wife Elsie; Otto Schatz Jr. and his wife Felba; sisters: Baby Schatz; Irene Hartfiel and her husband Otto. Ruben leaves behind to cherish his memory his son Larry Schatz and his fiancée Mary Shoemaker, sister-in-law Lucille Buckhorn, his beloved grandchildren: Cody Schatz and his wife Kristin; Rachel Alfaro and her husband Juan. In addition he leaves his four great- grandchildren: Greyson Estep; Paisley Schatz; Pace Schatz, and Sawyer Alfaro, extended family: Hannah Shoemaker and Laura Schatz, and a host of nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. A visitation for Ruben will be held Thursday February 25, 2016 from 6-8PM at Allison Funeral Service, 1101 N. Travis Liberty, Texas. Funeral Services to be held 10AM Friday February 26, 2016 at the funeral home with burial to follow in Fairlawn Cemetery. Condolences and memories can be shared online at www.allisonfuneralservice.com

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Monday 02/22/2016
Patricia Rose Ripkowski
Posted: February 22, 2016

Funeral services for Patricia Ripkowski, 67, of Jacksonville, are scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Dayton, Texas. She will be laid to rest at Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton.

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Vernon Ray Caninenberg, age 83 of Liberty
Posted: February 22, 2016

Vernon Ray Caninenberg, age 83 of Liberty, passed away February 20, 2016 in Baytown, TX.  Vernon was born January 24, 1933 in Taylor, TX, son of the late Fritz and Clara Marie Kreig Caninenberg.  Vernon graduated from Thrall High School and then received his degree in accounting from Lamar University.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 where he received the National Defense Service Medal while stationed in Alaska.  Vernon moved from Hankamer to Liberty in 1955 where he was the Assistant Post Master for thirty-three years.  After retiring he opened his booking keeping and tax service where he served many clients.  Vernon was a life time member of the Liberty Fire Department where he dedicated his service to the community for fifty plus years.  He was also a member of the Elk’s Lodge and the Taylor American Legion Post 39.  He loved to camp and loved his blue bonnets.  But mostly he loved his children and grandchildren.

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Thomas Watson Mullins Jr, age 91 of Liberty
Posted: February 22, 2016

Thomas Watson Mullins Jr, age 91 of Liberty, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2016 In Houston, TX.  Tommy Mullins, the oldest of three children, was born June 12, 1924 in Silsbee, TX to Hallie Mae and Thomas “Moon” Mullins.

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Tuesday 02/16/2016
Roger J. Roberts
Posted: February 16, 2016

Roger J. Roberts was born to Roger Calvin Roberts and Sally Smith on July 24, 1927.  On January 29, 2016 he went home to be with Jesus.

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Dale H. Speer, 74 of Hardin
Posted: February 16, 2016

Dale H. Speer, 74 of Hardin died Monday, February 15, 2016 in Beaumont, Texas. 

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Monday 02/15/2016
Mary Ada Conditt Stivers Beddoe
Posted: February 15, 2016

Mary Ada Conditt Stivers Beddoe was born in Idabelle, Oklahoma on October 24, 1925, where she spent the first 17 years of her life before moving with her family to Lufkin to fulfill her Texas destiny. She was received into Heaven February 13, 2016 in the same way she lived her entire life – peacefully.

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Wednesday 02/10/2016
Ross “Rusty” Reed
Posted: February 10, 2016

Ross “Rusty” Reed passed away Monday February 8, 2016 in Temple, Texas. He was born on December 12, 1923 in Dayton, Texas, son of the late Phelps and Maggie (Holstein) Reed. Ross was raised in Dayton, and was a member of the Dayton High School Class of 1942.  After high school Ross had the honor of serving his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps in 1943 and served in Hawaii during World War II.  He was honorably discharged after two years of service, and he returned home to join the love of his life. Ross married Virginia Hale in May of 1946 and began to build his life with her. He began working for Gulf States Utilities climbing poles, but gradually worked his way up into management. He and Virginia moved to New Caney in 1973, and he retired from his dedicated career in 1986. During his free time, Ross enjoyed playing dominoes and working outdoors in his yard. He was known as a very kind and gentle man who was loved by all, especially dogs and children. Mr. Reed’s family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff members of William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home and Hospice Compassion for the care they provided to their father, grandfather, uncle, and friend.

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Sunday 01/31/2016
Wanda Granny” Smith, age 80 of Liberty
Posted: January 31, 2016

Wanda Granny” Smith, age 80 of Liberty, passed away at her residence on January 27, 2016.  Granny was born January 26, 1936 in Quail, TX, daughter of the late R.B. Blacksher and Myrtle Wall Blacksher.  Granny moved to Liberty in 1989 and was a daycare specialist.  She touched so many families by caring for the little ones that she called hers.  Granny loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  The community has lost a loving member.

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