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Smith, Walter Blant Sr.
Alter Blant Smith Sr., 91, of Magnolia Springs died February 25, 1997 at Hilltop Nursing Home in Pineville, La. A graveside service will be at 1 a.m. today at Magnolia Springs Cemetery under the direction of E.E. Stringer Funeral Home in Kirbyville. A native of Magnolia Springs, he lived in Ruston, La., before moving back to Magnolia Springs 38 years ago. He was a retired merchant. Survivors include a son, Walter B. Smith Jr. of Katy; daughters, Pat Rogers of Pineville and Dorothy Burton of Breckenridge; brother, Alton Smith of Ridgeville; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Smith, William Thomas
April 6, 1977
BUNA – William Thomas Smith, 89, of Rt. 2, Buna, died at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Buna Nursing Home. Funeral is pending at Causey’s E.E. Stringer Funeral Home. Smith had been a resident of Buna for 25 years. Survivors include three sons, William O., Thomas E. and James O. Smith, all of Buna; five daughters, Bulah Crocker of Spurger, Eula Simmons of Buna, Viona Harrison of Pasadena, Lois McCallom of Hemphill, and Willie Stwoevill of Perryton; a brother Hollis Smith of Center; a sister, Hamp Stephens of Center; 22 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Solly, Leon B.
Leon B. Solly, 72, of Kirbyville died Thursday, July 28, 1988 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Trout Creek Cemetery in Trout Creek under the direction of Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee. A native of Hemphill, he lived in Kirbyville 25 years, was a retired crane operator at Bethlehem Steel and was a World War II U.S. Army Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife, Alice Solly of Kirbyville; four sons, Charles Solly of Bon Wier, Robert Solly and Fred Alan Solly, both of Newton, and Joe Solly of Bleakwood; two daughters, Louise Folsom of Mauriceville and Joyce Willis of Kountze; a brother, Fred H. Solly of Beaumont; 25 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Sowell, Gertrude “Trudy”
Gertrude “Trudy” Sowell, 57, of Kirbyville died Sunday, November 27, 1988 at Jasper Memorial Hospital. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bethel Baptist in San Augustine with burial in Sowell Cemetery in San Augustine under the direction of Wyman-Roberts Funeral Home. A native of Chicago, she lived in Kirbyville a number of years and was the owner of an arts and crafts shop. Survivors include her husband, W.A. “Whit” Sowell of Kirbyville; a daughter, Julia Lee Lamberth of Woodville; sons, Bill Sowell of San Diego, Calif., and Paul Sowell of Jasper; a brother, William Joseph Schmitz of Houston; and five grandchildren.

Springfield, Harold Vaughn
Sept. 8, 1976
Funeral for Harold Vaughn Springfield, 36, of Vidor will be at 2 p.m. today in Causey’s E.E. Stringer Funeral Home chapel with James Carter, pastor of Kirbyville Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in the Bean Cemetery. He died at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Methodist Hospital in Houston. He was a native of Kirbyville and had lived in Vidor for 10 years. He was a member of Pipefitters Local No. 195. Pallbearers will be members of Pipefitters Local No. 195. Survivors include his wife, Alice Tucker Springfield of Vidor, whose parents are Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Tucker of Vidor; two sons, Chris and Kevin Springfield, both of Vidor; one daughter, Cheryl Ann Springfield of Vidor; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Springfield of Kirbyville; his grandmother, Mrs. Lottie Taylor of Kirbyville; one brother, Robert Springfield of Vidor; three sisters, Sarah Ciont of Detroit, Mich., Joan Y’Barbo of Kirbyville and Rheta Davis of Kirbyville.

Springfield, Herschel Hardy
Funeral service for Herschel Hardy Springfield, 78, of Kirbyville was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 13 at Central Baptist Church with burial in Bean Cemetery under the direction of Causey’s E.E. Stringer Funeral Home. He died Tuesday, December 9, 1985 at his home after an illness. A native of Call, he lived in Kirbyville his entire life and was a retired pipe fitter. Survivors include his wife, Grace Horn Springfield of Kirbyville; a daughter, Eugenia Whittaker of Baytown; two sons, Lynn Springfield of Olata, Kansas, and Jerry Springfield of Kirbyville; six stepdaughters, Jeanette Guidry of Beaumont, Annette Hogan and Nelda Myers, both of Mauriceville, Grace Demesneil of Bridge City.

Springfield, Robert “Bobby”
Dec. 16, 2001
Robert "Bobby" Springfield, 66, of Kirbyville died Dec. 16, 2001, at his residence. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Stringer Funeral Home in Kirbyville with burial at Bean Cemetery in Kirbyville. A native and lifelong resident of Kirbyville, he was a retired Pipefitter’s Local 195 welder. Survivors include his son, Robert S. Springfield of Kirbyville; mother, Blanche Springfield of Kirbyville; sisters, Joan Y’Barbo and Retta Davis, both of Kirbyville; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Stacy, Lula Brumble
Funeral services for Mrs. Lula Brumble Stacy, 88 of Kirbyville will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Causey's E.E. Stringer Funeral Home chapel. The Rev. Ed Heacock, pastor of the Kirbyville United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Kirbyville City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Elmer and Ronnie Brumble, Mike Woods, Sam Gallier and R.B. Martin. Mrs. Stacy died at 2 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, 1971 in the Buna Nursing Home after a long illness. She was a native of Texas and had lived in Kirbyville more than 60 years. She was a Methodist. Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Celestine Ralph of Lufkin and a number of nieces and Nephews.

Stark, Frank James
July 14, 1976
KIRBYVILLE – Funeral for Frank James Stark, 81, will be at 10 a.m. today in Bon Wier United Pentecostal Church with burial in Davis Cemetery in Fawil under the direction of Causey's E.E. Stringer Funeral Home. Stark died at 11 p.m. Wednesday in Buna Medical Center. A native of Bon Wier, he had lived in Kirbyville for 26 years. He was a retired railroad and sawmill worker. Survivors include three sisters, Clara Windham of Milton, Fla., Florence Prutzman of Beaumont and Ella Griffitts of Kirbyville, and two brothers, Jesse Stark of Bon Wier and Mason Stark of Jasper.

Stark, James L.
KIRBYVILLE – James L. Stark, 85, of Kirbyville died at 5 a.m. Thursday, September 4, 1980 at Jasper Memorial Hospital after an illness. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Causey’s E.E. Stringer Funeral Home in Kirbyville with Masonic graveside rites in Ford Cemetery. A native of Old Salem, Texas, he had lived in the Kirbyville area most of his life and was a retired woods foreman for Kirby Lumber Co. He was also a Newton county commissioner. Survivors include his wife, Cora Williams Stark of Kirbyville; six daughters, Jimmie Lee Talley, Ina Wilma Jones and Charlene Travis, all of Kirbyville, Donna Nichols of Leesville, La., Sybil Peveto of Beaumont and Laura Gene Gall of Vidor; two sons, Chester Stark of Beaumont and Billy Jim Stark of Kirbyville; two sisters, Lola Dougharty of Lewis Chapel, Texas, and Lena Stivender of Bon Wier; three brothers, Bunyon Stark of Houston, Dwight Stark and Babe Stark, both of Lewis Chapel; 30 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.

Stark, William A. “Bill”
William A. “Bill” Stark, 79, of San Augustine died Friday, August 11, 1995 at Lufkin Memorial Hospital. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine with burial at San Augustine City Cemetery. A native of Bon Wier, he lived in San Augustine several years and was a retired maintenance foreman with Mobil Oil in Beaumont. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife, Josephine Stark of San Augustine; sister, Gene Davis of San Augustine; brothers, Carl M. Stark of Silsbee and Donese Stark of Newton.

Stewart, Della Nobles
Funeral for Della Nobles Stewart, 69, of Kirbyville was held October 27 at E.E. Stringer Funeral Home in Kirbyville. Burial was in Kirbyville Cemetery. She died October 26, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. A native of the Beulah Springs community, she lived in Kirbyville all of her life and was a retired secretary from Jasper-Newton Electric Cooperative. Survivors include her husband, R.E. Stewart; a son, Nick Stewart; and brother, Jerry E. Nobles, all of Kirbyville; and sisters, Ruby Tanzen of Beaumont, Kathleen Martin of Arlington and Mamie Perkins of New Iberia, Louisiana.

Stewart, John E.
Funeral services for John E. Stewart Sr., 81, of Oakdale, La., a former Kirbyville resident, will be held at 2 p.m. today in Causey's E.E. Stringer Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in Wilkerson Cemetery near Kirbyville. Stewart died Sunday, August 6, 1972 in an Oakdale hospital. A native of the Kirbyville area, he was a retired Santa Fe Railroad employee. Survivors include three sons, F.C. Stewart, Bellaire, John E. Stewart Jr., Oakdale, La., Edgar Stewart, Groves; two brothers, Rupert Stewart, Vidor, Dudley Stewart, Jasper; one sister, Mrs. Dulcia Skinner, Groves.

Stewart, John Wesley
Funeral services for John Wesley Stewart, 92, of Kirbyville, and a former San Augustine resident, will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Causey's E.E. Stringer Funeral Home. Burial will be at 4 p.m. at the Black Jack Cemetery near Chireno. He died Saturday, April 29, 1972 in a Buna hospital. A native of Nacogdoches County, he was a retired merchant and had lived in Kirbyville 17 years. Among survivors are two sons, Clyde Stewart and Vincent Stewart, both of Nacogdoches, and one daughter, Mrs. Troy Mitchell, Kirbyville.

Stokes, Robert Henry
Robert Henry Stokes, 80, of Kirbyville died Thursday, June 22, 1994 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral was Saturday, June 24 at Smith Funeral Home in Newton with burial at Trout Creek Cemetery. A native of Crowley, Louisiana, he lived in Kirbyville 35 years and was a retired pipe fitter for Local 195. He also was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. Survivors include sons, Robert Thomas Stokes of Kountze and Rickey Lee Stokes of Kirbyville; Stepsons, Dean Jones and Denman Ray Jones, both of Kirbyville; daughter, Darlene Renee Sumrall of Village Mills; stepdaughter, Bobbie Jo Wilkinson of Kirbyville; brother, Joseph Henry Stokes of Groves; half-brother, Gardner Clark of Bridge City; and sister, Evelyn Stokes Raper of Dry Creek, Louisiana.

Stone, Maude Turner
Sept. 28, 1975
KIRBYVILLE – Funeral for Maude Turner Stone, 75, of 509 W. Trout will be at 2 p.m. today in Causey’s E.E. Stringer Funeral Home with burial in Davis Cemetery. She died about 5 p.m. Sunday in a Livingston hospital. A native of Roganville, she was a longtime area resident. Survivors include one daughter, Jo Ann Lee of Livingston; one son, Norman Stone of Las Vegas; three sisters, Ruby Lackey and Creola Shaw, both of Kirbyville, and Gladys Hawthorne of Goodrich, and three brothers, Ira Turner of Iowa, La., Herman Turner of Jasper and Johnny Turner of Hamshire.

Stovall, John M. Sr.
April 14, 1977
KIRBYVILLE – John M. Stovall Sr., 37, of Wichita, Kan., died Thursday in Wichita after an illness. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Resthaven Mortuary in Wichita. A service will also be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Causey’s E.E. Stringer Funeral Home with burial in Trout Creek Cemetery. Stovall was employed as manager of the Riverbend Mall Cloth World Store. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Stovall; a son, John M. Stovall Jr.; three daughters, Barbara, Theabeth and Joy Dawn Stovall, all of Wichita; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Stovall of Kirbyville; three brothers, Dr. Hugh Stovall of Beaumont, Dr. Russell Stovall of Memphis, Tenn., and Tommy Stovall of Kirbyville; and a sister, Dianna Caston of Kirbyville.

Issac Strawther
Mar 6, 2002
Issac Strawther, 58, of Call died Wednesday at Jasper Memorial Hospital. Funeral will be 2:00 p.m. Friday at E.E. Stringer Funeral Home in Kirbyville with burial at Antioch Cemetery in Buna. A native and lifelong resident of Newton County, he was a newspaper carrier for the Houston Chronicle in the Kirbyville area. Survivors include his mother, Annie Strawther of Call; daughters, Sonya Freehill of Houston, Angela O'Quin of Huffman, Tracy Vetitoe of Humble, and Kimberly Gates of Lufkin; a sister, Yvonne Keel of Call, and seven grandchildren. E.E. Stringer Funeral Homes P.O. Box 69 Kirbyville, TX 75956

Strawther, Opal
Nov. 19, 2001
Opal Strawther, 91, of Kirbyville died Nov. 19, 2001, at Avalon Place Nursing Home in Kirbyville. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at E.E. Stringer Funeral Home in Kirbyville with burial at Trout Creek Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. A native of Many, La., she lived in Kirbyville most of her life. Survivors include her son, William W. Strawther of Carbondale, Colo.; daughters, Ann Young of Kirbyville and Doris Hendrix of San Marcos; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Street, Lola Miller
Funeral services for Mrs. Lola Miller Street, 58, of Kirbyville and a former Nederland resident were held Saturday in Causey's E.E. Stringer Funeral Home. Burial was in the Magnolia Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers were Clyde and J.T. Smith, H.W. Lewis, W.J. Fredericks, Preston Quinn, Noah Knighton, Mike and Don Tomplait. She died about 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, 1972 in Jasper Memorial Hospital. A native of Newton County, she was reared in Kirbyville, lived in Nederland 27 years and moved back to Kirbyville 12 years ago. Survivors are her husband, Warren E. Street; one daughter, Mrs. Rebecca Commander, Nederland; two sons, James C. Street, Kirbyville, and Joseph W. Street, Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; her step-mother, Mrs. Priscilla Miller, Woodville; two sisters, Mrs. Maurine Byerly, Jasper, and Mrs. Cleburne Bean; Beaumont; one brother, James A. Miller, Kirbyville and 14 grandchildren.

Strickland, Perry Rossell
Jan. 26, 1977
KIRBYVILLE – Funeral for Perry Rossell Strickland, 62, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Friendship Church near Roganville with burial in the church cemetery under the direction of Causey’s E.E. Stringer Funeral Home. Strickland was dead on arrival at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday at St. Elizabeth in Beaumont of an illness. He was a native of Donaldsonville, Ga., and a former Orange resident that has lived in Kirbyville for 17 years. He was employed as a pipefitter. Survivors include his wife, Jean Arnold Strickland; a daughter, Susan Stroud of Arlington; a son, Gaylon Saunders of Kirbyville; four sisters, Lewrilla Morgan of Kirbyville, Olivia Mick of Houston, Desma McBryde of Mont Belvieu and Mattie Lee Kelley of Texas City; two brothers, Fred Strickland of Lompoc, Calif., and Billy Earl Strickland of Silsbee; and six grandchildren. The body can be viewed at Strickland’s residence.

Stringer, Hoyt
November 20, 2001
Funeral services for Hoyt Stringer, 89 of Jasper, will be held 2 p.m. on Nov. 24 at Stringer and Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in Weeks Chapel Cemetery in Newton County. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Nov. 23rd at the Funeral Home. Mr. Stringer died Nov. 20th at Jasper Convalescent Center. He was a native of Clara, La., a former resident of Newton County and he had resided in Jasper for the past few years. He owned and operated an upholstery business for many years and he served as a Deacon and Minister of Music at several East Texas Churches and could play several musical instruments though he favored the organ. He also taught music in Singing Schools held at area churches. Stringer enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, camping, arts and crafts, and was good at woodworking. He loved Stringer Family Reunions held on the Saturday in October. Survivors include his daughter, Linda Stringer Stevens of Many, La.; two grandchildren, Connie Vanzant and Tammy Smith, one great-grandchild, William Caleb Vanzant; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 49-years, Annie Louise Farr Stringer in Sept. of this year. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Weeks Chapel Cemetery Fund, Rt. 1, Box 544; Jasper, Texas 75951 or to the American Diabetes Association. Services are under the direction of Stringer and Griffin Funeral Home.

Stringer, Walter
Walter Stringer, 80, of Kirbyville died Jan. 8, 2001, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday at E.E. Stringer Funeral Home in Kirbyville with burial at Kirbyville Cemetery. A native of Hornbeck, La., he lived in Kirbyville 52 years and was a retired heavy equipment operator. Survivors include his wife, Marie Stringer of Kirbyville; brother, Cecil Stringer of Hornbeck; and nieces and nephews.

Summers, Margaret Gassett
Oct. 25, 1974
KIRBYVILLE – Funeral services for Margaret Gassett Summers, 96, will be at 2 p.m. today in the Causey’s E.E. Stringer Funeral Home. Burial will be in Kirbyville Cemetery. Mrs. Summers died at 9 p.m. Friday. She was a native of Tennessee and had lived in the Kirbyville area 81 years. Survivors include one daughter, Gladys Doss of Kirbyville; one sister, Iva Fulghim of Dallas.

Sutton, Mary Ann Lamb
Mary Ann Lamb Sutton, 69, of Kirbyville died Sept. 3, 2001, at her residence. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at E.E. Stringer Funeral Home in Kirbyville with burial at Antioch Cemetery in Buna. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. A native of Galveston, she lived in Kirbyville most of her life. Survivors include her husband, Aubrey Sutton of Kirbyville; and brothers, Willie James Achord Jr. of Red Rock, George Achord of Rosenberg and Alton Achord and Milton Achord, both of Kirbyville.

Swan, Harlie Harvard
Mar. 5, 1975
KIRBYVILLE – Funeral for Harlie Harvard Swan, 66, will be at 2 p.m. today in Causey’s E.E. Stringer Funeral Home. Burial will be in Kirbyville Cemetery. Swan died at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in Mixson Memorial Hospital after a long illness. A native of Arkansas, he had lived here 25 years and was the distributor for the and Journal. Survivors include his wife, Leona Bowman Swan; one son, Doy Lee Swan of Silsbee; three daughters, Harlean Irvine and Phyllis Weaver, both of Vidor and Jo Ann Wolfsberger of Jackson City, Mo.; two brothers, Doldon Swan of Kirbyville, and Orville Swan of Delta, Colo.; three sisters, Lona Hinton of Houston, Alton Crawford of Texarkana, Ark., and Arty Dempsey of Texarkana.


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