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Lillian M. Yates

Obituary published in the Polk County Enterprise – July 20, 1986 Edition

LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Lillian M. Yates, 75, of Diboll were held Sunday,

July 13, 1986 from the Bethel Baptist Church in Bold Springs, with Rev. Curtis Oliver

officiating. Interment followed in Bold Springs Cemetery. Mrs. Yates was born Nov. 15, 1910 in Carmona, the daughter of the late William Fletcher Pierce and the late Roxie Ray Pierce. She and her family moved to Onalaska in 1914, where she was reared and attended school. On June 27, 1928 she married the late Claude Yates in Groveton. They had three children, all of whom survive. Lillian and Claude moved to Diboll in 1962, where Claude preceded her in death in 1964. Mrs. Yates remained in Diboll until her death July 11, 1986. She was an active member of the Assembly of God Church for many years. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Bernice Cook and Annie Mae Wheeler of Cleveland; one son, Kenneth Yates of Diboll; two sisters, Pearl Lawrence of Livingston and Lola McPike of Cleveland; brother, Chester Pierce of Livingston; 15 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Billy Pierce, Roger Pierce, Robert Pierce, Billy McPike, Clay Lawrence and Gordon Crawford.

Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Yates, Otis – b: {Apr. 15,} 1907   d: {Feb. 9,} 1979

*Otis Yates
        “At Rest”

{Son of Riley & Kizzie Matilda Sexton Yates}

Otis Yates

Obituary published in the Polk County Enterprise - February 15, 1979 Edition

DIBOLL – Services for Otis Yates, 71, of Rt. 1 Diboll, were conducted Sunday in Gipson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Vic Bass officiating. Interment followed in Bold Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers were Reed W. Parrish, Bobby Hambrick, Kenneth Yates, Jack Yates, J. T. Parker and Clayton Yates. Eugene Yates was honorary pallbearer.

Yates was born April 15, 1907, in Clarksville, Ark. He died Feb. 9 in a Rusk hospital

after a lengthy illness. He had resided in Angelina County most of his life and was a

member of Burke Baptist Church. Among survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Grace

Hambrick and Mrs. Iva Burke, both of Diboll; two brothers, Clarence Yates of Trinity

and Verlin Yates of Bethany, La.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Yates, William N. - b: Aug. 21, 1933   d: Dec. 24, 1934

*William Newton Yates
        “At Rest”

{Son of Claude & Lillian M. Pierce Yates}


Of people related to those people that are buried at Bold Springs Cemetery

Plus News Stories about people either buried at Bold Springs Cemetery or someone kin to them. Copied from the POLK COUNTY ENTERPRISE and other sources.

A. B. “Bubba” Alexander

Published February 2006 in the Polk County Enterprise

LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for “Bubba” Alexander, 97, were held Monday,

Jan. 30, 2006, at Central Baptist Church, with Bro. Frank Hood officiating. Burial

followed in Alexander Cemetery. Mr. Alexander died Friday, Jan. 27, in Woodville. He was born Sept. 27, 1908 in Marston, the son of E. Frank Alexander and Nettie Collier Alexander. He was preceded in death by his wife, Allie; his parents and two sons, A.B. Alexander Jr. and Jerry Michael Alexander. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Mayme Alexander of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Alexander Shepherd and husband Roger of Woodville; daughter and fiancé, Martha Alexander Reily and David Wilson of Livingston; grandsons, Brent Alexander and wife Jami, Brad Shepherd and wife Kim, Todd Reily, Grady Reily and Kevin Reily and wife Terri; granddaughters, Jana Lowe and husband Marty of Livingston, Jamie Shepherd and Judy McKnight and husband Joe; great-grandson, Bryan Butler and great-granddaughters, Aubri Alexander and Meghan Reily. Pallbearers were David Wayne McClain, David Butler, James Bergman, Corky Cochran, John Gardner, Bubba Rowe, Keith Hawkins, Donnis Galloway, Benny Glover, Gary Beamon Davis, Kent Atkinson and Arnie Alexander. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

{His son, A. B. Alexander Jr. is buried at Bold Springs. Bubba’s wife was Allie Maude

Rogers, Allie Maude Rogers was the daughter of Rogers Merritt & Florence Layton

Rogers. Rogers Merritt Rogers was the youngest son of William Pickney “Bill” & Alafair “Allie” Moody Baggett Rogers.}

Barbara Ann Coker-Astleford

Published in the Polk County Enterprise

LIVINGSTON - A memorial service for Barbara Ann Astleford was held July 2, 2002,

from Schwab City Baptist Church, with Bro. John Brimacombe and Bro. Frank Hood

Mrs. Astleford was born Nov. 26, 1949 in San Antonio to Evelyn and Bill Coker, but

lived her young life in Livingston. She graduated from Livingston High School in 1968

and moved to Houston, where she met and married the love of her life, Seldon Astleford.

She died June 17 in St. Joseph Hospital following a long and brave battle with cancer.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Joe and Nola Buller and J.C. and Willie

Coker and uncle, Reams Buller. Survivors include her husband of 26 1/2 years, Seldon Astleford; mother and step-father, Evelyn and Alfred Sumrall of Livingston; sister and

husband, Becky and Terry Browning of Houston; brothers and wives, Lloyd and Lori

Coker of Houston and John and Rose Coker of California; uncles and aunts, Hodge and

Ethel Buller of Louisiana and Wallace and Foy Buller of Livingston; aunt and uncle, Edna

and L.P. Marsh of League City; aunts, Carol and her husband Joe Pridgen of Livingston,

and Virginia and her husband Dick Hubert of Livingston; stepbrother and wife, Buddy

and Diane Sumrall of Crockett; stepsister and husband, Jewel and Billy Collins of

Livingston and many nieces, nephews and many other relatives, friends and coworkers.

{Barbara married Seldon Astleford on November 18, 1975 in Harris County,

Texas. He was born on December 1, 1950 and he died on November 2, 2002.

He died from a heart attack, just about 5 months after she died.}
Seldon C. Astleford

Published in the Houston Chronicle - November 08, 2002 Edition

SELDON C. ASTLEFORD died Saturday, November 2, 2002 at his home in Houston.

Seldon was born in Biloxi, MS. Dec. 1, 1950 to Clarke Arnold Astleford and Jessie Faye

Campbell. Both parents preceded him in death as did his beloved wife Barbara A. Astleford

on June 17, 2002. Survivors include his sister: Stephanie Westerlage of Austin, TX, Mother-

in-law and step father-in-law: Evelyn and Alfred Sumrall of Livingston, Brothers-in-laws and

wives: Lloyd and Lori Coker of Houston and John and Rose Coker of California, sister-in-law

and husband: Rebecca and Terry Browning of Houston. He is also survived by numerous

nieces and nephews. A memorial gathering will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Saturday,

November 9, 2002 at Earthman Resthaven, 13102 North Freeway, Houston.
Joyce Elaine Barrington
Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries - May 3, 2004
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Joyce Elaine Barrington, 69, were held Sunday,

April 25, 2004, at Cochran Funeral Home, with Bro. Don Goodwin, Bro. Rodney Goins

and Bro. Glenn Hearren officiating. Burial followed in Oates Cemetery in Leggett.
Mrs. Barrington died Friday, April 23, in Kindred Hospital in Houston.
She was born Jan. 11, 1935 in Crockett, the daughter of Edgar Roland Reeves and Lula

Mae Baker Reeves. Mrs. Barrington served as election judge of the Democratic Party

for several years and election judge for the school board. She was preceded in death by

her parents; daughter, Lidie Mae McNiel and granddaughter, Aletha Templeton.
Survivors include her husband, Harold Barrington of Leggett; sons, Billy McNiel of

Livingston and Roy McNiel of Leggett; daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Randy Templeton of Livingston, Nancy and Johnny Simons of Leggett and Barbara and Derral Whisenhunt of Livingston; brother and sister-in-law, James “Jim” and Joan Reeves of Livingston; 15 grandchildren;17 great-grandchildren; two nephews of Livingston; one

niece of Livingston; two great-nieces and two great-nephews. Pallbearers were Daniel Templeton, J.R. Olvera, D.J. Whisenhunt, Chris Gray, Paul Shirley, Jesse Oliver, Jason

Reeves and Jerry Reeves.

{Elaine Reeves McNeil Barrington was the grandmother of Aletha Templeton}
R. Lindy Burgess

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on July 9, 2007

R. Lindy Burgess, 76, of Hamshire died July 7, 2007 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont.

Lindy, a native and life long resident of Hamshire, graduated from Lamar College in

1953 with a degree in accounting. He worked for Winnie Pipe Line-Duke Energy,

where he retired in 1994. Lindy was a member of First Baptist Church of Hamshire

and a member of the Historical Society. He appreciated history and was a member

of the Sons of the Confederacy. As well as his cattle and dogs, Lindy enjoyed pursuing

the oil and gas industry and stock market reports. Married for thirty-one years, he

enjoyed trips with his wife and it can be said that Lindy loved and appreciated the

simple pleasures of life. He is survived by his wife, Joann of Hamshire; daughter,

Cheryl Shenk and her husband, Donnie of Hamshire; two grandchildren, Shannon

Cook and Donnie Shenk, Jr.; brother, Reed Burgess and his wife Frances of Hamshire

and their two children, Marcella Brumlow and Christine Sublett. He will be missed by numerous cousins, friends and neighbors. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday,

July 10, 2007 at Broussard's, 134 W. Buccaneer Drive, Winnie with burial to follow in

Fairview Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday evening, July 9, 2007 at the mortuary.
{R. Lindy Burgess is the great-grandson of David Franklin Burgess.}

Billy Wilson Coker

LIVINGSTON — Billy Coker was born Sept. 20, 1930, to J.C. and Willie (McCarty) Coker in Old Colita, Polk County. He went to Rowe School and on to Livingston High School, graduating in 1948. He went directly into the United States Air Force, where he stayed for 11 years. He then married in December 1948 and had three children, Barbara, Lloyd and Rebecca Coker. He was divorced in 1955 and remarried in 1956 to Wanda; they had no children. They were divorced in 1959 and he remarried his first wife in 1960. They had another son, John Coker. In 1965 he was divorced and in 1966 he married Kevin. To this marriage a daughter was born, Cellie Coker. They divorced in 1971 and in January 1972 he married Mary Helen (Collins) Williamson in Livingston. They had no children of their own, but Mary Helen had two children, Corliss and Carlton Williamson, who were 18 and 19 years of age in 1972. Billy loved them like his own and they loved him. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, J.C. and Willie Coker; his oldest daughter, Barbara (Coker) Astleford; his special stepchildren, Corliss (Williamson) Hiney and Carlton H. Williamson; some special nieces and a special nephew. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Mary Helen Coker; his youngest daughter, Cellie (Coker) Booten and husband Eric of Brighton, Ill. and her children; his grandchildren, Aaron, Talon and Ciara; his other three children, Lloyd, Rebecca and John; his sisters, Virginia Aubrey and Carol Pridgen and husband Joe of Livingston; brother-in-law, Joe Collins and wife Bonnie from Tarkington; two sisters-in-law, Pat Burnett and husband Willie from Zavalla and Arlene Timmons and husband Nolan from Livingston; his special grandchildren, Tammy Morehead and husband Doug of Bremond, Willie Williamson and Carlton D. Williamson and wife Melinda of Oklahoma and Eric and Kevin (Hiney) Kay of Redway, Calif; a lot of other grandchildren and great-grandchildren, uncles, nephews, and nieces and some very special friends and neighbors. Billy died on Jan. 20, 2009. He is being cremated and there will be a memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Cochran Funeral Home, with Bro. Frank Hood officiating. Burial will be in Holly Grove Cemetery. Military honors will be given by VFW Post 8568. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Valarie Darling

Published August 2006 in the Polk County Enterprise

LIVINGSTON -- Valarie Jane Darling of Livingston died after a lengthy

illness at 2:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006 at Hospice in the Pines, Lufkin.
She was born on Nov. 24, 1924 to Mr. and Mrs. O.W DuBose of Victoria.
Mrs. Darling was an avid collector of antiques for many years and it was through

her antique collecting that she gained so many friends in not only the Livingston

area, but throughout the state. She spent a lot of time fishing on Lake Livingston

in earlier years and she found great joy in that. She was also founder of a craft

magazine prior to her death. She received her formal education in Hobbs, N.M.

and she earned an associates degree from the University of Illinois.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Darling of Honey Grove; her

son, Michael Darling of Livingston; brother, Glenn DuBose Sr. of Livingston and

brother, Allan DuBose of Antonio. Survivors include her sister, Sue Brown of

Midlothian; granddaughter, Victoria Baudat; great-grandson, Zachary Saun

Baudat; nephews, David DuBose of Divide, Colo., Oscar DuBose of Livingston,

Glenn DuBose of Livingston and Kirk Glenn of The Woodlands and great-nieces,

great-nephews and grandchildren. A memorial service was held at Saturday, Aug. 5,

at Chesswood Baptist Church in Livingston, with Pastor Howard Daniel Jr. officiating.
The family requests donations be made in lieu of flowers to one of the following:

Hospice in the Pines “In Patient,” 1201 W. Frank, Lufkin, TX 75904 or Chesswood

Baptist Church, Valarie Darling Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 343, Livingston, TX 77351.
Rufus E. Davis
Obituary published in the Polk County Enterprise

LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Rufus E. Davis, 67, were held Friday, March 26, 2004, at the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. David Jones and Bro. Orval Barger officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery. Mr. Davis died Tuesday, March 23, in M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. He was born Feb. 7, 1937 in Austin, the son of Fred B. and Dovie Annielou Barnett Davis. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Fred

Davis Jr., James E. Davis and Carl Davis. Survivors include his wife, Deloris Davis; daughters and son-in-law, Debra and Jimmy Ward of Livingston and Diana and Gary Hunter of Livingston; granddaughters, Heather Lee and husband Brandon, Courtney Ward and

Jaime Doria; grandsons, Adam Hester and wife Stacy, Clint Ward and wife Leanna and Justin Hunter; great-granddaughters, Trista Hester and Dalanie Ward; great-grandsons, A.J. Hester, Justin Washburn and Loe Doria IV; one great-grandchild on the way; sister, Joyce Mayzell Nelson of Livingston; brothers, Jimmie Davis of Kerrville and Johnnie Ray Davis of Livingston and numerous other relatives. Pallbearers were Adam Hester, Clint Ward, Justin Hunter, Lynn Simpson, Daniel Denham, Ricky Nelson, Allen Nelson, Reggie Grimes, Brandon Lee and Stephen Puckett. Honorary pallbearers were Elbert Gaynor, Roul Zavala,

Efrain Meza, Jack Cade, Doug Allen, Jim Wildowski, Doug Ward, Preacher Simpson, David Byford, Bobby Smith, Buddy Purvis, Dick Hubert, Tommy Overstreet, H.B. Douglas, Bert Bailey, Billy Wilson, Jim Godwin, Jim Sims, Mike Brottlund, Jason Brottlund and Robert Griffin.

Mrs. Ella Frances Mainer Dodd, age 102 years, 11 months of Lovelady, TX passed away at 1:20 a.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2008. Mrs. Dodd was the widow of James Bard Dodd. Mrs. Dodd was born March 24, 1905 in Lovelady to Thomas Nelms Mainer and Martha "Mattie" Kyle Williams Mainer, and was the oldest of seven children. Upon graduating from Lovelady High School, she attended Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, TX and Baylor University in Waco, TX.  Mrs. Dodd’s first teaching job was at Camp Letcher, a lumber camp near Conroe,

TX., and then taught High School English in Yoakum, TX. Mrs. Dodd met James Bard Dodd in Yoakum, and they married in Lovelady on June 8, 1932. He passed away on September 18, 2001 in Lovelady.  Mrs. Dodd taught school in Cuero, TX and New Braunfels, TX where she retired in 1961.  Mrs. Dodd and Bard then moved to Lovelady where they went into the grocery and general merchandise business with her sister, Margaret Muenker. They sold the

store and retired in 1972. Mrs. Dodd was interested in many things.  Mrs. Dodd was a member of the Baptist Church, was a Sunday school teacher, and the church pianist and organist in Yoakum, Cuero, Houston, New Braunfels and Lovelady. Mrs. Dodd was a member of garden clubs and literary clubs and helped start the Yoakum town library. Mrs. Dodd was on the Evergreen Cemetery Committee in Lovelady. Helping her father with family history, she became very interested in genealogy. Mrs. Dodd joined the Houston County Historical Society and the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Crockett, Texas. Mrs. Dodd compiled several books of wills and marriages for the DAR. Mrs. Dodd was a co-editor for the "Lovelady, Texas Centennial - 1872-1972" book, and wrote several articles on different families for the "History of Houston County, Texas 1687-1979" book. Mrs. Dodd published her father's works "Houston County in the Civil War",

and compiled and published a Mainer family history and a Nelms family history. At the present time, the Lovelady, Texas Centennial book is being upgraded, and the new book will be dedicated to Ella Frances Mainer Dodd for all her contributions in genealogy and history of the Lovelady area. Survivors include her daughter Martha Lynn, wife of Nick Gass, Jr., of New Braunfels; sons James Barney Dodd and Eugene Mainer Dodd, of Lovelady; grandchildren Janice Lynn Gass Baucum and husband Brent Baucum, of Cibolo, Linda Kaye Gass, of Austin, James Michael Gass, of New Braunfels, Michael Wayne Dodd and wife Brenda Joyce, of Colonial Heights, Va. Jeffrey Michael Louis and wife Dallas, of Spring, James Brian Dodd IV and wife Amy, of Tomball, Toby John Dodd, of Lafayette, La. and Sandy Marie Dodd Price and husband Marshall, of Mobile, Ala.; great-grandchildren Brandi Le Dodd-Goetz, of Hutchinson, Kan., Ethan Michael Louis, Emma Kaye Louis and Elliott Walker Louis, of Spring, and Madison Bailey Dodd, of Tomball; sisters Lucile Mainer Boyd, of Harleton, Pollyanna Mainer McEldowney, of Olathe, Kan.; brother-in-law Roger Helm, of New Braunfels; sister-in-law Floy Scott Mainer Vance, of Atlanta, Ga.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by her parents Thomas Nelms Mainer and Martha “Mattie” Kyle Williams Mainer; her brothers and sisters Margaret Mainer Muenker and husband Emmett W. Muenker, Thomas Nelms Mainer Jr., Daniel Southerland Mainer, and

Elsie Beth Mainer Helm; sister-in-laws Winnie Dodd Hiltz, Ted Dodd Karasek; and brother-in-law Barney A. Dodd. Funeral Services for Mrs. Ella Frances Mainer Dodd were held on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Lovelady with the Rev. Scott Matthews officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Evergreen

Cemetery. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Obituary copied from the Polk County Connections website:

Ex-Officer Foreman Dies at 82

"R. P. Foreman, pioneer Texas sheriff, land banker and real estate man and father of

five Houstonians, one of them Attorney Percy Foreman, died Saturday in Livingston

after a long illness.

Mr. Foreman would have been 83 in March. A tall, robust man with a full head of

handsome gray hair, he had been in excellent health until a few months ago when his

heart began to go bad. He had been confined to his bed for about two months.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. William Pinckney Rogers Foreman; five sons,

Zemmie L. Foreman of Livingston and Percy, Hill, Keith, and Hugh Foreman of

Houston; two daughters, Mrs. P. R. Rowe Jr. of Houston and Mrs. Alvis A. Ward

of Encino, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Emma Hoover of Mexia and a number of grandchildren.

Both Mr. Foreman and his widow came from old Texas families. Mr. Foreman's father,

Zemmie Foreman, and Mrs.Foreman's father, William Pinckney Rogers, after whom

she is named, were both officers in Hood's Texas Brigade during the Civil War.

Mr. Foreman was born in Limestone County and moved to Polk County when he was 19.

He lived at Carmona, Livingston and Camden before moving again to Livingston, where

he lived the last 41 years of his life in a stately old white house. Mr. Foreman served 10

years as sheriff of Polk County, from 1908 to 1918, and was for a number of years the

secretary of the Federal Land Bank there before going into the real estate business. He

was a deacon in Livingston's Central Baptist Church and was active in the Masonic Lodge

and the Eastern Star.

The Widow, a native of Polk County, is 79. She and Mr. Foreman celebrated their fifty-

ninth weddinganniversary on Dec.10.

Besides the seven children who survive them, the Foremans had three other children.

One was Mrs. Fred Mauritz, for many years superintendent of schools in Sugar Land

and Ganado, who died in childbirth in 1932. There were also two boys who died at early


Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the Central Baptist Church in Livingston. The

Rev. Ben H. Wellmaker, pastor of the Central Baptist Church, and the Rev. W. B.

Wadsworth, pastor of Livingston's

First Baptist Church, will officiate. It will be a Masonic funeral, with burial in the

Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. Members of Mr. Foreman's Sunday School class

will be honorary pallbearers.

Percy Forman named his four-year-old son William P. R. Foreman III after his mother."

{His two sons who died at early ages are buried at Bold Springs Cemetery.}

Jim Foreman

Published on April 09, 2005 in the Polk County Enterprise

LUFKIN – Funeral services for Jim F. Foreman, 75, of Lufkin were held Thursday,

April 7, 2005, in the Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Herman

Hendrix and the Rev. Roy Carroway Sr. officiating. Interment followed in Garden

of Memories Memorial Park. Mr. Foreman was born June 4, 1929 in Livingston to

Zemmie L. and Edna Feagin Foreman, and died peacefully in his residence on

Monday, April 4.

Mr. Foreman served in the U.S. Army and graduated from Sam Houston State

University with a masters in education. He began his 25-year coaching career at

Caldwell ISD in 1959. In 1962, he took a varsity coaching position at Hudson,

where he obtained a zone championship in 1964. In 1969, he moved to College

Station and coached at A&M Consolidated, where he obtained his second zone

championship. He completed his career at Huntington, where he started in 1979,

retired from coaching in 1983 and retired from administration in 1984. Over his

career he had the opportunity to touch many lives. In retirement, Mr. Foreman

loved spending time with family and friends and fishing. In particular, he loved

watching his grand-children play sports. Mr. Foreman was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Foreman of Lufkin; son and daughter-in-law,

Mitch and Angie Foreman of Huntington; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and

Kenny Thurman of Lufkin; stepson, Dean Cruseturner of Lufkin; grandchildren,

Leigh Ann and Brian Reese and Lauren and Greg Nordstrom, all of Houston,

Kendall Thurman of Lufkin and Kelsey and Karlee Foreman, both of Huntington;

nephew and wife, Mark and Kathy Foreman and great-nephew and great-niece,

Emily and Brady Foreman. He was preceded in death by his parents, Zemmie

and Edna Foreman and brother, Clyde Foreman. Pallbearers were Kendall

Thurman, Richard Free, Lloyd Long, Dexter Lovett, James Giese, Jack Churchill

and Bob Horton.

{Jim Foreman is the grandson of Ransom Parson {R. P.} and William Pinckney

Willie” Rogers Foreman. He is the great-grandson of William Pinckney & Alafair

Allie” Moody-Baggett Rogers.}
Howard Herman Gafford
Published in the Polk County Enterprise - July 26, 2004 Edition
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Howard Herman Gafford, 81, were held Friday,

July 16, 2004, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Frank Hood

officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Military honors were

provided by VFW Post 8568.
Mr. Gafford died Tuesday, July 13, in Lumberton Rehabilitation Center in Lumberton.
He was born May 18, 1923, the son of Aubrey Burton Gafford and Lilley Kelley Gafford.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Christina; his parents; brothers, Raymond Gafford

and Gerald Gafford; his sister, Macel Fuller and grandson, Brian Gafford.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Howard and Joan Gafford of Lumberton; daughter and son-in-law, Toni and Ricky Riley of Lumberton; sisters, Clara David, Iris

Cliff and Chloe Hammond, all of Livingston and Lois Martin of Groves; 10 grandchildren

and 10 great-grandchildren.

A. B. Garvey Is Claimed by Death
Well Known Livingston Man Dies After Brief Illness

     "A. B. Garvey, a life long resident of Polk County, died at his home in Livingston Wednesday morning following a brief illness.

     Mr. Garvey has been in poor health for several months, and suffered from a heart

ailment. However his condition did not become serious until about three weeks ago,

when the doctor instructed him to remain in bed.
     Funeral services have been announced for 2 o'clock on Thursday, February 4, {1945}

at the residence, with the Masonic Lodge in charge at the grave.  Burial will be in Forest

Hill Cemetery.
     Mr. Garvey was born June 12, 1870, near Elwood.  He was a member of the Methodist Church, and served as superintendent of the Sunday School, and was chairman of the

board of stewards for many years.
    He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Woodmen of the World.
    Mr. Garvey had been engaged in the abstract business in Livingston since 1923. 

Before that time he was a farmer and surveyor.  He was chairman of the draft board in

World War I, and served as president of the school board for a number of years.  He was

also a member of the city council several years ago.
     Survivors are his wife' four daughters, Mrs. H. R. Lively, and Mrs. M. S. Jackson of

Houston, Mrs. Ray Brock and Mrs. J. M. Hooks of Livingston; one son, O. C. Garvey of Houston; and one sister, Mrs. Allie Bean of Livingston, Also nine grandchildren and one

great grand child."

{Copied form the Polk County Connection website.}

{He was the uncle of Kenneth Bean, Jerutia Bean Hairston, Margaret Bean Rushing.}

Ethel Inez Gregory

Published in the Dallas Morning News on May 28, 2007

GREGORY, ETHEL INEZ, Of Dallas passed away May 25, 2007 at Presbyterian

Hospital. She was born March 22, 1912 in Leggett, Texas. She graduated from

Herman Hospital Nursing School in 1932 and worked as an RN. She married

John Kermit Gregory in 1939 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She was preceded in

death by husband John Kermit Gregory in 1972. Survivors include son Dr. David

Gregory and wife Becky of Dallas; daughter Jane Gambrone and husband Chuck

of Sarasota, Florida; daughter Eileen Gregory of Dallas; sister Emily Walters of

Goodrich, Texas; 4 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral services

will be held at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 29th at Browns Memorial Funeral Home

Chapel with Father Samuel Gottlich officiating. Interment to follow at Oak Grove

Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Tuesday morning from 10:00 A.M.

to 1:00 P.M. Ben F. Brown's Memorial Funeral Home.

{She was the sister of Nola Irene McCormick-Buller & Ruth Henrietta McCormick-Marsh}

Lee Roy Harris
Obituary published in the Polk County Enterprise

SAN ANTONIO -- Lee Roy Harris, 78, a resident of San Antonio, died on Sunday,

Dec. 10, 2006, after a four-year battle with cancer.
He was born in Marlin on Aug. 30, 1928, to Nealy Harris and Opal (Davis) Harris.

He lived in San Antonio for approximately 40 years having formerly lived in Austin

except for his time in the military. Mr. Harris had numerous careers throughout his

life. He served in the Air Force for the 3595th Installations Squadron at Nellis Air

Force Base in Nevada for almost three years. He was a heavy Equipment Operator

for Karl B. Wagner Construction Company in Austin prior to his military service

and upon his return. During his employment with Wagner Construction Company

he designed, built, established and was shop manager of Austin Machine & Supply

Company (AMSCO).
He had a love for horses and rodeoed throughout the 50's and 60's and was well

known throughout the PRCA. In the 60's he invented and patented the Mechanical

Calf to train cutting horses. He then opened and operated a welding shop for several

years. The next chapter of his life started with training and racing quarter horses and

he continued to do so until the 80's. In 1971, Mr. Harris received Texas Racing

Commission's Horse of the Year for Ajax Straw, a horse he owned and trained. He

then ranched, bought and sold used cars as well as drove an 18-wheeler for numerous

years. Retiring was not in his plans.
Throughout his later years he continued to ranch and you would always find him out

on a dozer clearing land, digging ponds or putting up fences. The only thing that

would pull him away from working was the love of hunting, the outdoors and watching

the Dallas Cowboys or UT football games.
He is survived by his wife, Blanca Gloria Harris; two daughters, Rebecca Vogt and

Anita Vernon Wilson and husband James Wilson; stepson, Paul L. Freedman and wife

Barbara; grandchildren, Lee Vernon and wife Lesli, Kenny Vernon, 1st Lt. Mark Vernon

and Brian Vogt; step-grandchildren, Paul Samuel Freedman, Amanda Katie Freedman

and Kristen Wilson; uncle, R.D. Davis and wife Fran; sisters, Trudie Neal and Doris

Jean Grimes and husband Joe David; brother-in-law, Omar Bishop and wife Minerva;

sister-in-law, Minie Bosquez and numerous nieces and nephews on both sides of the

family and special friends and loved ones.
A celebration of his life was held on Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Retama Park Race Track

Pavilion in Selma.

Brookehill Funeral Home, San Antonio, was in charge of arrangements.

Jona Elaine Bell Haynes
Published in the Polk County Enterprise

LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Jona Elaine Bell Haynes, 44, were held Saturday, June 7, 2003, from the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Burial followed in Farley Chapel Cemetery in Shepherd. Mrs. Haynes died Thursday, June 5, in Memorial Medical Center – Livingston. She was born Jan. 28, 1959 in Jacinto City, the daughter of Malcomb and Dorothy Christian Bell. Survivors include her mother, Dorothy Dieinger of Lufkin; stepfather, Ray Maxwell of Lufkin; son, Steven Gardner; sisters, Lynda Robinstein of Onalaska and Sherrie Franklin of Livingston; nieces, Ashley Lawrence and Casey Lawrence, both of Livingston and brothers, Ray Allen Bell and Donnie Everett.

{Jona was the widow of Kenneth Eugene Haynes Jr.}

Anita Hilton

Published February 2006 in the Polk County Enterprise

ONALASKA – Funeral services for Anita Hilton, 73, were held Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006,

in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery

in Onalaska.

Mrs. Hilton died Friday, Feb. 17, in Conroe Regional Medical Center in Conroe.

She was born April 11, 1932 in Colita, the daughter of William and Limmie Tidwell

Rasberry. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Harold Hilton and brother,

Bogan Rasberry.

Survivors include her husband, Haril Junior Hilton of Onalaska; daughters, Carolyn

Scarborough of Channelview, Betty Wells of Onalaska, Debra Craig of Channelview

and Sharon Pace of Onalaska; brothers and sisters-in-law, Cecil and Frankie

Rasberry of Rifel, Colo. and Granville and Ada Rasberry of Channelview; brother,

Johnny Rasberry of Dayton; sisters, Joann Helmer of Channelview, Tommie Matlock

of Garrison and Doris Kilough of Dayton; sister and brother-in-law, Peg and Tim

Ramsey of Lexington; grandchildren, Greg Scarborough, Toby Scarborough, Jason

Wells, Amanda Wells, Jennifer Jones, John Craig, Stacy Pace, Russell Pace, Stacy

Scarborough and Lauren Wells and great-grandchildren, Zachary, Jacob, Jessica,

Taylor, Kayla, Hayden, Alexis, Kacey, Cody and Raymond.

Pallbearers were William Earl Babbs, Kenneth Kilough, Chris Rogers, Wesley Scott

Junior, Dennis Ramsey and Aaron Ramsey. Honorary pallbearers were Ruben

Rasberry and Justin Helmer.

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