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Sonny Johnson
LIVINGSTON - Sonny Johnson, 62, of Blanchard died on Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at his residence. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 28, from Livingston Church of God in Christ, with the Rev. Keith John-son of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church officiating. Interment followed in Coraville Cemetery in Blanchard. Mr. Johnson was born Aug. 28, 1940 in Blanchard, the son of Willie and Ruby Johnson. He attended Blanchard Elementary School, Dunbar High School and Texas A&M University. He retired from Sam Houston Electric Cooperative after over 30 years of service. He was a Baptist, president of the Blanchard Community Center and Travelers Rest Lodge No. 55 and vice-president of the Coraville Cemetery Association. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Ora Johnson of Blanchard; children, Kenneth Johnson and wife Rosemary of Hous-ton, the Rev. John E. Johnson and wife Beverly of Livingston, Terrie Clark and husband Willie of Cleveland, and Willie John-son and wife Kathryn, the Rev. Gregory Johnson and wife Nikki, Curt Johnson, and Ruby Gordon and husband Johnny, all of Livingston; grandchildren, Dana, Semone, Keneshia, John Jr., Kenneth Jr., Terrance, Allan, Brittany, Sean, Sharell, Jordan, Donnell, Deguerin, Gredric and Nia; three great-grandchildren, Michael, Beyonce and Mary-Anna; honorary daughter, LaToya Dosia; honorary son, Reginald Lyons; brothers, Lee Otis Johnson of Houston and Henry Lee Johnson of Blanchard; aunts, Ka-tie Harrell, Maggie Conley and Carrie Manor; 13 brothers-in-law; 10 sisters-in-law; special friends, Andrew and Minnie Lee Womack, Jessie Hooey, Otis White Jr., Richard Evans, Robert White, Joe Jackson and Jim Peters; and a host of nieces, neph-ews, cousins and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Mike Gordon, Johnnie Dewalt, Odell McDuffie, Michael McDuffie, Robert White, Frank Henderson, Will Hill, Calvin Walker, Bobby Garrett and Charles White. Honorary pallbearers were Jessie Hooey, Otis White Jr., Gregory John-son, John E. Johnson, Joe Hamilton Sr., Henry L. Johnson, Kenneth Johnson, Willie Johnson, Lee Otis Johnson and Joe Jack-son. Duncan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Leroy Carlos
LIVINGSTON - Graveside services for Leroy Carlos, 62, were held Friday, April 25, 2003, from Farley Chapel Cemetery in Shepherd, with the Rev. Ell M. Lee Sr. officiating. Mr. Carlos died Tuesday, April 22, at his residence in Shepherd. He was born Sept. 3, 1940 in Houston, the son of Luther Charles Carlos and Helen Christine Welch Carlos, both of whom preceded him in death. Survivors include his sister, Joyce Marie Cooper of Shepherd; nephews, Craig Cooper, Kenneth Cooper and Charles Carlos, all of Shepherd; niece, Melba Tolar of Cleveland and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Audrey L. Stanford
CORRIGAN - Funeral services for Audrey L. Stanford, 77, of Corrigan were held Wednesday, April 23, 2003, from the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Royce Pennington and Pastor Phil Corbett officiating. Interment followed in Un-ion Springs Cemetery. Mrs. Stanford was born Aug. 1, 1925 in Houston and died on Monday, April 21, in Pine Ridge Nursing Home in Livingston. She retired from Brookshire Bros. in 1993 after 22 years of service. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Corri-gan and Order of Eastern Star Corrigan Chapter No. 631. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clenon Stanford, in Feb-ruary of 1972; son, Ira James "Sonny" Stanford in January of 2002 and brother, Leon Miller in April of 2003. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Bo and Tutti Stanford of Corrigan; daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Bill Whitworth of Spring; grandchildren, Wendy Cruz and husband Carlos, Adam Stanford and wife Jonie, Billy Whitworth and wife Michele, Erin Stanford and fiancée, Tim Newman, and Jimmy, Clenon, Wes and David Stanford; great-grandchild, Syd-ney Stanford; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Bessie Miller of Colmesneil and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Donnie Harris, Rusty Hughes, John Martin, Harlon Parrish, Mike Parrish and Larry Whitworth. Honorary pallbearers were Adam Stanford, Billy Whitworth, Tim Newman and Carlos Cruz. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ray Allen Houchen
LIVINGSTON - Ray Allen Houchen, 63, of Onalaska died on Thursday, April 24, 2003, in Memorial Health System of East Texas in Lufkin. Funeral services were held Monday, April 28, at the Houston National VA Chapel in Houston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Burial followed in Houston National Cemetery. He was born Oct. 6, 1939 in Houston, the son of Raymond A. Houchen and Doris Carnathan Houchen. He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Donna Kay Houchen. Mr. Houchen served in the U.S. Navy from 1959-63. Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Bobby Morgan of Houston; sister, Debbie Capers of Norman, Okla.; aunt and uncle, Bobbie and Buddy McCauley of Onalaska; special friend, Raymond Tanner of Onalaska and numerous neph-ews, cousins and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Stewart J. "Slim" Fisher
CORRIGAN - Funeral services for Stewart J. "Slim" Fisher, 87, of Corrigan were held Saturday, April 26, 2003, from the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Phil Corbett officiating. Interment followed in Stryker Cemetery. Mr. Fisher was born April 28, 1916 in Baytown and died Wednesday, April 23, in The Orchard Assisted Living Home in Woodville. He retired as a bridge tender from Harris County and was a Baptist by faith. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mona Fisher of Corrigan; son and daughter-in-law, William "Billy" and Mary Alice Fisher of Corrigan; daughters and son-in-law, Betty Joyce and Jimmy Tant of Corrigan and Ann Rowe of Livingston; sister, Virginia Duncan of Baytown; 10 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Ricky Purvis, Melvin Askew, Kendall Fisher, Dennis Whitworth, Michael Tant, Steve Dazat, Chancelor Tant and Glenn Jackson.

Donald Wayne Cantrell
LIVINGSTON - Donald Wayne Cantrell, 22, died Sunday, April 27, 2003, in Memorial Medical Center - Livingston. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 30, from the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs offi-ciating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery. He was born Jan. 12, 1981 in Lufkin, the son of Donald and Tina Nelson Cantrell Jr. Survivors include his father, Donald Cantrell Jr. of Onalaska; mother, Tina Nelson Cantrell of Livingston; stepmother, Can-dice Cantrell of Onalaska; sister, Shian Bartee Cantrell of Onalaska; grandparents, Wayne and Reba Nelson of Goodrich; grandmother, Jean Cantrell of Livingston; grandparents, Don and Karen Cantrell of Livingston; great-grandmother, Ina Bout-well of Clear Lake; aunt and uncle, Marty and Shari Cantrell of Pflugerville; cousin, Stephen Durbin of Peoria, Ill.; aunt and uncle, Keith and Viki Stifflemire of Livingston; cousin, Dusty Stifflemire of Livingston; aunt, Pearlene Nelson of Livingston and a host of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Marty Cantrell, Zack Chaney, Chick Young, Ronnie Reynolds, William Young, Emory Watts and Stephen Durbin. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Mikusek and Daniel Hankerd.

William "Bill" Sheffield Jr.
PEARLAND - William Paul "Bill" Sheffield Jr. died on April 29, 2003 at the age of 77. He was born on April 3, 1926 in Houston to William Paul Sheffield Sr. and Anna Marie Breneman. He served his country during World War II in the United States Navy. He was known as someone who loved daylilies and spending time with his family. Surviving him are his sons, Cary and wife Liz of Pearland and Ronnie and wife Linda of Angleton; granddaughter, Amber and husband Joel Hudson of Spring Hill, Tenn.; sister, Iola Harty of Kerrville; sisters-in-law, Thelma Vornkahl of The Wood-lands and Alice Reynolds of Grapeland; brother-in-law, Victor Harbers of Pasadena; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Leon and Ruth Mrazek of Kingsbury and many friends. A celebration of his life was held Thursday, May 1, at SouthPark Funeral Home in Pearland, with burial following in Rest-land Cemetery in Livingston.

Julian Lawrence Vance
LIVINGSTON - A memorial service for Julian Lawrence Vance, 60, were held Thursday, May 1, 2003, from the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Vance died Saturday, April 26, in Memorial Medical Center - Livingston. He was born April 10, 1943 in Birmingham, Texas, the son of Julian and Mildred Fayett Vance. Survivors include his wife, Peggy Vance of Shepherd; mother, Mildred Evanell Fayett Vance; three sisters; three nieces and one great-niece.

Cecil Harrison Meredith
LIVINGSTON - Cecil Harrison Meredith, 53, died on April 25, 2003 at his residence in Livingston. He was born on March 8, 1950 in Junction, the son of George Cecil Meredith and Cora Athlene Milsap Meredith. He was preceded in death by his parents. He served in the Air Force from 1974-77. He married Elizabeth Oliver Meredith on June 17, 1993 in San Angelo. He graduated from Angelo State University in 1994 and returned to college later to pursue a teaching de-gree. He was chosen as Teacher of the Year at Livingston Junior High in 2001-02. He was a member of Blanchard Baptist Church and taught Sunday school. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Meredith of Livingston; grandson, Paul Meredith of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Trina and Charlie Schmidt of Mason; four sons and daughter-in-law, Pat Meredith of Leakey, Troy Meredith of Uvalde, Will "Zane" Neely of Sequin and Wesley and Angie Neely of Bonham; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Delores Truelove of Pearland, Hoyt and Priscilla Truelove of Poland, Barry and Kim Truelove of The Colony and Alan and Cindy Truelove of Deer Park; brother-in-law and wife, Chris and Arlene Oliver of Crowley; sister-in-law and husband, Susan and Klaus Szabo of Stryker, Ohio; mother-in-law and husband, Sue and Elton Booth of Odessa; seven grandchildren and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 30, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. The Rev. Fred Alford and the Rev; Jerry Bennett conducted the services. Military honors were conducted by Honor Guard District 4. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 1, in Houston National Cemetery in Houston. Pallbearers will be Larry Truelove, Hoyt Truelove, Barry Truelove, Alan Truelove, Chris Oliver, Jason Truelove, Scott True-love and Randy Truelove. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice in the Pines, The Green & White Scholarship Fund or the Gideons In-ternational.

Sue Floyd Tomlinson
LIVINGSTON - Funeral services for Sue Floyd Smith Tomlinson, 94, were held Monday, April 28, 2003, from the First United Methodist Church in Onalaska, with the Rev. Chuck Bratz officiating. Mrs. Tomlinson died Friday, April 25, at her residence in Onalaska. She was born Oct. 31, 1908 in Vernon, the daughter of Paul Kenneth Smith and Jewell "Judy" Keirsey Smith. She was pre-ceded in death by her husband, Ervin B. Tomlinson; her parents and son, Terry H. Glass. Survivors include her daughter, Patricia S. Huggins of Onalaska; daughter-in-law, Charlene S. Glass of Beaumont; grand-daughters, Teresa L. Campbell of Missouri City, Debra H. Holscher of Naperville, Ill., Kimberly A. Glass of Beaumont and Lisa L. Gracia of Spring; grandson, Christopher E. Huggins of Houston; nieces, Joan Gruetzmacher of Bellaire and Jean Parker of Houston; six great-grandchildren and six great-nieces and nephews. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Elvin Grady Stewart Sr.
CORRIGAN - Funeral services for Elvin Grady Stewart Sr. of Corrigan were held Wednesday, April 30, 2003, from the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Phil Corbett officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery. Mr. Stewart was born July 21, 1932 in Redland and died Monday, April 28, at his residence in Corrigan. He retired from Champion International Corrigan as a millwright and, at the time of his death, was employed with Clifton Chevrolet. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Corrigan. Mr. Stewart was preceded in death by his parents, Woody E. and Opal Stewart. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Billie Jean Alsbrooks of Corrigan; sons and daughters-in-law, Elvin Jr. and Sarah Stewart and Timothy "Tim" and Janie Stewart, all of Corrigan; daughters and sons-in-law, Jeanie and Peewee Moulder of Dib-oll and Lisa Ann and Robert Riggs of Corrigan; brothers and sisters-in-law, Eber and Sue Stewart of Corrigan, and Joe Lynn and Dottie Stewart of Diboll; brother, Wayne Stewart of Friendswood; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Bob Wright of Port Orchard, Wash.; nine grandchildren; three step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Shane Wilkerson, Billy Radar, Rory Primm, Joey Mezger, James Crookes and Michael Dunn. Honorary pallbearers were Scott Stewart, Daryle Stewart, Marty Stewart, Travis Stewart, Matthew Miller, Justin Miller, Wallace Dixon, Goober Stewart, Pat Sylvester, Jeff Delasandro, Sheldon Delasandro, Jonathan Miller and Kendall Stewart.

Mike Corzine
LIVINGSTON - Mike Corzine, 88, of Cleveland died Saturday, April 26, 2003, in Houston. Services were held Wednesday, April 30, at Pace Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dicky Boddie officiating. Interment with military honors by VFW Post 8568 followed in Feagan Cemetery near Leggett. Mr. Corzine, a former Polk County resident, was born on July 15, 1914 in the community of Tollasos, near Kemp, to parents Homer and Eva Clamon Corzine. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the U.S. Army Air Corps. He retired from Austin Bridge Co. in 1963, where he was a heavy equipment operator. He was a life member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and VFW Post 8568 in Livingston. Survivors include his two daughters, Eva Corzine of Cleveland and Ruth Marie Conde of Louisville, Ky.; two sisters, Mar-great Layne and Zuma Pat Windham, both of Onalaska; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Larce Dean McGee Jr., Charles "Dauber" Beverly, Michael Conde, Edward Earl Hilton, Jackie Ray Hilton and Michael Wayne Hilton.

Michael L. Harris Sr.
LIVINGSTON - Funeral services for Michael L. Harris Sr., 42, of Livingston were held Thursday, May 1, 2003, from Gar-ner Chapel Missionary Baptist Church on FM 3126, with the Rev. Eldridge Nickson officiating. Interment followed in Shiloh Cemetery in Moscow. Mr. Harris died April 25 in Memorial Health System of East Texas in Lufkin. He was born Oct. 15, 1960 in Diboll, the son of Joe A. Harris and Thelma L. Harris Howard, both of whom preceded him in death. He attended Diboll public schools. Mr. Harris was employed with Cox Communications. He was a Baptist and a mem-ber of the Texas Association of State Officials. Survivors include his wife, Felicia Harris of Livingston; sons, Michael Harris Jr. of Lufkin, and Marvell Nickson, Darryl Nickson and Justin McGowen, all of Livingston; daughters, LaToshia Harris and husband Cedric of Arlington, Derrah Roberts and Tymesha "Mykie" Smith, both of Lufkin, and Wykethia Nickson of Livingston; sisters, Sandra Fenley and husband Ray Fenley Sr. of Diboll, Jo Anne Smith and Martha Nell Ross and husband E.L., all of Tyler, and Marjorie Moreland and husband James Moreland Sr. of Lufkin; mother-in-law, Joyce Nickson of Livingston; sisters-in-law, Veronica Thomas and husband Earl Thomas Sr., Velma Darden and husband Michael Darden Sr. and Pamela Bogany, all of Livingston; brothers-in-law, Robert Parker and wife Flora and the Rev. Eldridge Nickson and wife Rosetta, all of Livingston; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Michael Barnes, Tim Hale, David Jennings, T.C. Cooper, Barton Sowell, Sylvester Harris, Earl Thomas Sr. and John Henry Miles. Honorary pallbearers were Carlton Teal, Sean Moore, Robert Parker, Bobby Wallace, Jerry Teer, Shan-non Richards, Henry Howard and Willie Robinson. Duncan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Terence Joelon Sykes
LIVINGSTON - Funeral services for Terence Joelon Sykes, 20, of Onalaska were held Saturday, May 3, 2002, from the As-sembly of God on Old Trinity Road, Onalaska, with Pastor Eric L. Garrett officiating. Interment followed in St. Andrews Cemetery, Onalaska. Mr. Sykes died April 25 in Onalaska. He was born Oct. 20, 1982 in Huntsville to Artie Sykes Gaston and Columbus Sargent and attended public schools in Ona-laska and Livingston. Survivors include his mother, Artie Gaston and father, Columbus Sargent; stepfather, Donnis Gaston; three sisters, Tamara Sykes of Onalaska, Telisa Henderson of Dallas and Bridget Sargent of Houston; stepbrother and sister, Donisha and Randy Hogan of Houston; brother, Tevan Gaston of Onalaska; grandparents, Lucille and Anderson Bean of Onalaska, and Lindsey and Catherine Gaston of Houston; aunts, Mary Johnson, Rosie Linear and Carrie Shepherd, all of Onalaska, Rita Bell of Dallas and Paula Edwards of Houston; uncles and aunts, Doug and Selbrina Sykes of Livingston, Maurice White and wife of Fairfield, Glynn White of Montana and Kenneth Gaston, Reginald Gaston and Lindsey Jr., all of Houston; nephew, Michael West of Onalaska and a host of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Kelvin Sykes, Quentrele Linear, Warren Williams, Anderson Bean, Robert Lockhart and Jerry Bogany. Honorary pallbearers were Mitchell Linear, Henry White, George White Jr. and Reginald Finister. Duncan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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