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 This page is being restyled. Please excuse the "mess".

Most of the obits listed are of my family lines however, there are some obits of people who were family friends or co-workers.  Obits are not in any order although I did try to keep surnames together.

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Carrie Edna Hobbs Cross - 1964

Hiram Melton "H.M." Cross

Hiram Melton Cross, 83, of Groves, Texas formerly of Buna and Port Arthur, Texas passed away Sunday, February 19, 2006 at his residence. He was born on December 1, 1922 in Franklin, Texas to William Franklin Cross and Mary Ellison Cross. He was a longtime Port Arthur and Buna resident. He retired as plant manager from Cowboy Concrete after many years of sevice and was a member of First Baptist Church of Port Arthur. He was a U.S. Army, World War II veteran. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves with Rev. Don Faulk officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Bluff Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Survivors include his sons, David Melton Cross and wife, Gail of Groves, TX and Gary Michael Cross and wife, Veda of Fred, TX; daughter, Linda Marie Manuel and husband, Clem of Mamou, LA; daughter-in-law, Natalee Ledet Cross of Baytown, TX; former daughter-in-law, Carolyn Cross Rutledge of Crosby, TX; sisters, Frances Woodside and husband, Dave of Colorado Springs, CO; Jerry Arthur of Port Arthur, TX; seven grandchildren, Michael Manuel, Michelle Manuel Bieber and husband, Charles, II of Mamou, LA, Darin Cross and wife, Kellie of Groves, TX; Nikki Cross of Groves, TX; Marc Cross of Nederland, TX; Brian Cross and Jace Cross of Baytown, TX, and Shayla Reese of Fred, TX; ten great-grandchildren, Maeghon Manuel, Andrew Manuel, Alex Deshotel, Baylee Deshotel, Trey Bieber and Charley Marie Bieber all of Mamou, LA; McKenna Cross of Groves, TX; Jaden Cross of Crosby, TX and Brianna Cross of Nederland, TX; one great-great grandson, Sylas Fontenot of Mamou, LA. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ethel Higgingbotham Cross of Port Arthur, TX; second wife, Ethel Fedor Cross of Buna, TX; son, Jeffery Mark Cross of Baytown, TX; brothers, Carlton C. Cross, George W. Cross and W.C. "Bill" Cross all of Port Arthur, TX; sister, Katherine Moss of Port Arthur, TX and Maureen Echols of Houston, TX. He will be lovingly missed by many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and friends through-out the Mid County area, Texas, Colorado and Louisiana. The family also wishes to thank Hospice of Texas, especially Annette, Susan, Wendy, Chris, and Brandon; family friend Rick Gill; members of the West Groves Church of Christ; and especially his dear friend, Rudy Dillard for their prayers, loving friendship and kind and gentle care. Friends wishing may send memorial contributions to the local American Cancer Society or charity of choice. 5601 39th St. Groves, Texas (409)962-4455

"Beaumont Enterprise", Beaumont, Jefferson Co. TX  February 21, 2006


George Franklin Joplin 1920 - 1981

Ft. Worth Star- Telegram as publish March, 5, 2003

Paul Glen Joplin Sr., 80, a superintendent for Gene Ledel Carnival Shows, died Monday, March 3, 2003, at a local care center. Graveside service: 10 a.m. Monday, March 10, in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Grand Prairie. Paul was born Feb. 7, 1923, in McKinney to the late Grover Cleveland and Sally Ann Bell Joplin. He was a World War II Army veteran and a lifelong carnival man. Paul was also predeceased by his wife, Shirley Jane Joplin, in 1998. Survivors: Sons, Paul Jr., Howard, Lee and Floyd Joplin; daughter, Donna Joplin; sister, Frances Callan; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Floyd Eugene Joplin 1918-1994

Robert Henderson Joplin 1912 - 1994

William Burrell Joplin 1915-1978


Robert Lee Joplin
1962 - 2007

Robert Lee Joplin, 45, passed away Friday, March 9, 2007, at a local hospital.

Memorial service: 10 a.m. Thursday at West Freeway Church of Christ, 8000 Western Hills Blvd., Fort Worth.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Howard Wayne Joplin. Survivors: His wife, Kaye; sons, Cody Lee and Robert Chad of Fort Worth; brothers, Floyd H. Joplin and Paul Glen Joplin Jr.; sister, Donna Joplin; and former wife, Terry Lynn Tidwell.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 3/13/2007

Robert Charles Joplin s/o RA-Kate McEntire Joplin

Robert Alfred Joplin
OBITS/Robert Alfred Joplin

Bill Cunningham, husband of R.A. Joplin

Grover Cleveland Joplin
OBITS/Grover Cleveland Joplin

Sallie Ann Bell Joplin
OBITS/Sallie Ann Bell Joplin

Little Willie White Ware Joplin or L.W.W.W. Joplin

Lillie E. Joplin Alexander
OBITS/Lillie E. Joplin Alexander

J. Floyd Alexander, husband of Lillie E. Joplin
OBITS/J. Floyd Alexander

Lucy Joplin Staples

Johnnie Mae Joplin Hawks
OBITS/Johnnie Mae Joplin Hawks

John Norton "Doc" Hawks, Sr. (lrg file)
OBITS/John Norton "Doc" Hawks, Sr.

Sarah Malina "Lina" Hankins Joplin
OBITS/Sarah Malina Hankins Joplin

John Norton Hawks, Jr.
OBITS/John Norton Hawks Jr

Luke Lee Bond, husband of Ibbie Bell Joplin

Leon Oxford
OBITS/Leon Oxford

R. A. Joplin Cunningham
OBITS/R. A. Joplin Cunningham

Thomas Malcolm Staples (blurred copy)
OBITS/Thomas Malcolm Staples

Daily Courier-Gazette, McKinney, Collin Co., TX Mon., June 4, 1945, pg. 4:


Relatives have been advised of the death of Thomas Malcolm Staples of Somerset, Ky., Monday morning in the Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington, Ky.

He was the son of the late Dr. T. M. Staples and Mrs. Staples, and was born in Wylie in 1894.

He resided in McKinney for a number of years and in 1934 he was married to Miss Lucy Joplin who survives. Also surviving is a daughter Kate Tom, and a brother, Dr. Hereferd Staples, of Alexandria, La.

The funeral arranfements are pending but services will be held in McKinney, probably Wednesday or Thursday.


Joan Stewart Joplin Obit - Jan 2008
wife of Robert Charles Joplin, Sr


George B. Wilkinson
Beaumont Enterprise
Oct. 13, 1924 edition

George B. Wilkinson, 60 years old, died at his residence at Guffey, Texas at 7:50 o'clock Sunday evening.
He is survived by two sons, C. C. and Charlie Wilkinson of Guffey; two daughters, Mrs. R. A. Hart of Buna and Mrs. C. F. Counce of Sour Lake, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Beattie of Milvid, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at the late residence at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon. Burial will be in Magnolia cemetery under the direction of Pipkin & Brulin, funeral directors.

Jeff D. Wilkinson 1942
Jeff D. Wilkinson  1942

Oscar Monroe Wilkinson - 1981
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Mrs. Ida Wilkinson
Beaumont Enterprise
March 12, 1916 edition

Mrs. Ida Wilkinson died yesterday morning at the home in Guffey. She was 44 years old. Surviving Mrs. Wilkinson are her husband, G B Wilkinson; two daughters, Miss Ivy Lee Wilkinson and Mrs. R. A. Hart, and two sons, C C Wilkinson and Charles Henry Wilkinson, all of Guffey. The funeral will be held at 10 o'clock this morning at the home, Rev. Mr. Smart officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery. Pipkin and Brulin will have charge.

Jeff Frank "Jep" Wilkinson - My Great Uncle

Anna Dell Gardner Wilkinson
Wife of Jeff Frank "Jep" Wilkinson

Bess A. Rhodes Wilkinson 1998
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LaVelle Wilkinson Dear 1919-2008

Funeral services for Lavelle Dear, age 89, of Livingston will be held Friday, October 3, 2008 at 2:00PM in the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Bill Jackson officiating, interment will follow in the Peebles Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Roy Wilkinson, Greg Wilkinson, Ernie Rush, Brent Alexander, John Mullins and Claude Mullins.

 She is survived by Ola Faye Franklin, daughter, Beth Mullins, daughter, Wales P. “Bubba” Dear, Jr. & wife Darla, son & daughter in law, Patricia Dear Thompson, daughter, Dan & Bobbie Franklin, extended family, Jimmy Strawn, extended family, John Mullins III, extended family, Mike Bryant, grandson, Lisa Clickner, granddaughter, Michelle Millican, granddaughter, Joel Foster, grandson, John Mullins IV, grandson, Justin Mullins, grandson, Cambria Dear, granddaughter, Trey Dear, grandson, and Dee & Velma Wilkinson, brother & sister in law.

She was born March 24, 1919 in Livingston, Texas the daughter of Doyle & Dora Turner Wilkinson, and passed away Tuesday September 30, 2008 at Memorial Medical Center in Livingston, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Wales Dear, her sons, Bobbie Bryant, Jack Bryant and Robert Donald Franklin, granddaughter Emily Mullins, and brothers, Gilbert, Carmen, & Carnie Wilkinson.


Dora Okervill Wilkinson

Nettie Rosetta Wilkinson Langston
Nettie Langston
pub. Beaumont Enterprise, Apr 1, 1992

David Max Langston

Max Langston, 76, of Lumberton, died March 27, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, after a lengthy illness of diabetes, cancer and congestive heart failure. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 30th at Woodcrest Methodist Church in Lumberton, with Rev. Rick Sitton officiating. Burial will follow with a Masonic graveside service at Village Mills Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29th at Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee. Max was born March 25, 1929, in Village Mills, Texas to W.A. "Pat" Langston and Nettie Wilkinson Langston.  He was a graduate of Warren High School.  He served 5 years in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged as a S/Sgt.  He served as tower chief at Camp Gary in San Marcos, Texas, until June 1959 at which time he began working for the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Controller at Hobby Airport in Houston, and transferred to Intercontinental Airport when it opened.  He transferred to the Jefferson County Airport and was a supervisor there until his retirement in 1974.  He was a graduate of the Peace Officer's school from Kilgore College and served as a volunteer deputy with the Hardin County Sheriff's Office under Mike Holzapfel for many years.   He also served as a volunteer deputy with the Tyler County Sheriff's Office for 2 years. He was a member of Myrta Lodge A.F./A.M. in Warren and Past Patron of the Eastern Star. He was preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Juanell Jones Langston; daughters and sons-in-law, Lynda and Jim Wilson of Warren; and  LaVerne and Art Danos of Warren; brother, W. A. (Bill) Langston of Wildwood.  Grandchildren:  LeAnn (Shawn) McNulty of Lumberton; Tim (Dawn) Freeman of Nacogdoches; Jana Lane of Lumberton; Aaron Danos of Lumberton; Andrew Danos of Baltimore, MD; and Alan Danos of Warren.  Great grandchildren:  Aleisha McNulty of Warren; Harrison McNulty  of Lumberton; Kyler Bradford of Lumberton; and Brady Freeman of Nacogdoches; plus a niece and 2 nephews and many great nieces and nephews and a host of friends. The family would like to thank Drs. Merrick Ross (M.D. Anderson); Alfred Brady, Suresh Indupalli, Scott McKenney and Jerry Clark and their staffs for their wonderful care over the past 25 years. Pallbearers will be:  Jim Wilson, Art Danos, Aaron Danos, Alan Danos, Tim Freeman and Mike Holzapfel. Honorary pallbearers are:  Andrew Danos, Jack Langston, Randy Davis, Randy Martin and Thomas Tyler. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Max's name to the Friends of the Lumberton Public Library, Inc.  P. O. Box 8847, Lumberton, TX, 77657 or Woodcrest Methodist Church Building Fund, 1684 Hwy 96 S, Lumberton, TX 77657. Farmer Funeral Home " Condolences will be accepted at " timeformemory.com/farmer

Deaths - March 28, 2005
Beaumont Enterprise
Beaumont TX

Doris Mae Deason Langston ~ 1924-1972

Mike Langston

Delane Matthews Langston

pub Beaumont Enterprise, Oct 26, 1992


Beulah Mae Adams Blessing

From the Houston Chronicle,
Friday Mar 29, 2002:

Beulah Isbell Goen, born December 14, 1896 in Woodville, Texas died peacefully at the Hallmark in Houston, March 26, 2002. Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and great aunt was pre-deceased by her husband, Preston Soles Goen. Her contributions to life and love of life was an inspiration to all. Beulah is survived by her daughter, June Napier; her grandchildren Becky Lander Beeson and Husband, Barry and their children Michael and Christopher and wife, Katie; Trey Lander and wife, Vickie, and children John, Lizzie, Houston and Angele; Ellen Lander Yeoman and children, Lander, Joshua, and Audrey; Louise Lander Myler and husband, Wayne and children Matthew, Lane, Austin and Haley. Nieces, Cathryn Graham Whaling, Shirley Tucker Charpiot, and Johnnie Maxwell. And beloved friends Leola Davis, Elnora Reynolds and Ruby Lucky. Family graveside services will be held Saturday, March 30 at Woodville, Texas.

Marguerite Yelverton Pate - 1988

Martha Ernestine Pate Williamson

Adalein McCree Campbell Pate - 1959

Floyd Jackson Hignett - 1988

Angie Lockhart Creel - 1980

Irene Henry Wooten -

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Martha Ernestine Pate Williamson Funeral Card

Dr. David Thomas Pate - 1963

David T. Pate Jr. - 1999

Burman H. George - 1987

Raymond Arthur Noeller

Mavis Ann Noeller Waterson, d. 22 Feb 1975
Not a very good copy - dwnld from the Internet
d/o Augustus A. Noeller & Anna Belle Lindsley

Edmonia Orendoff Perrin

Joseph Clark Cowart - Sept 1966

Edna E. Jones Ratliff
Edna E. Jones Ratliff Obit

CLICK /   John W Ratliff  1934 - 2007

John W. Ratliff
1934 - 2007

John W. Ratliff, 73, a loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2007, at a local hospital.

Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Monday in Greenwood Chapel.

Memorials: Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 2630 W. Freeway, Suite 250, Fort Worth 76102.

John was born Feb. 11, 1934, in Goree. John moved to Bowie with his parents, the late Wellington "Harve" and Grace Thornton Ratliff. John attended the University of Texas and graduated from North Texas University in 1955. Soon after college he married the love of his life, Robbie Harlan of Graham. John was an extremely accomplished business executive, but his love for his family, God and country were more important to him. John was most proud of his service as a pilot and officer in the U.S. Navy until 1962. After military service, he moved to Fort Worth, where he started his career with IBM in sales and management receiving many awards for outstanding service from 1962 to 1967. He joined Rauscher Pierce in 1967 as an investment broker. In 1969 John started Venture Capital Management, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and taking unprofitable companies to profit. During 1973 he worked with Tandy Corp., serving in various positions president or general manager of several Tandy subsidiaries and was the first president of Tandy Computers. A true entrepreneur, John started RCM Corp. in 1978 as a management and financial consultant and the business continues as an investment and management firm. In 1980 he purchased Standard Parts and Equipment Corp., which he sold in 1999 and is currently part of Honeywell. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth.

Survivors: Wife, Robbie Harlan Ratliff; son, John W. Ratliff Jr.; daughters, Robin and husband, Allan Shivers Jr., Lisa Ratliff and Kimberly Ratliff Truman; and grandson, John Patrick Truman.

Published in the Star-Telegram from 7/14/2007 - 7/16/2007.

Andrew Lee George

James Earl Ivey - Oct 1990 (Friend)

Mrs. Edna Lanata Funeral Card (Family Friend)

Ida Agnes Moreland George - 1989

William Henry Jones
The Evergreen Courant, Evergreen, Alabama, April 29,1925
Jones Killed By Train
  W. H. Jones, of Durant, Okla., was a pleasant caller at this office Saturday. He was a citizen of this county in former years, but moved away thirty-eight years ago and is on his first visit to his old home since that time. He is a splendid conversationalist and it was interesting to hear him tell of the many changes and note marked improvemnets of this country since the last time he went away.
  Since the above was put in type, and just as we go to press, we learn that the body of Mr. Jones was found yesterday morning at the sharp curve on the railroad near Wilcox, and it is supposed that passenger train No. 5 killed him
Note: W.H. Jones is William Henry Jones who married Paratine Saxon

Essie Nola Hurst - Sept 1990 (School Friend)

William Marion Cole

Ralph D. Shelton, Sr. - 1979 (Fireman & Friend)

Mildred Hudson Post 1989 (Friend)

Ferdinand Cropper - 1992 ** Fireman**

Thomas B. Stutts 1979 (Friend)

Howell Walker - 1986 (friend)

Verline FeeToomey 1988 Family Friend

Dana Wolfe, friend of my father's


Eugene "Gene" H. Turner, descendant of Rev. S.S. Saxon & Maranza Anna Adams

Gene Turner, a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, in Smithville, was born Feb. 18, 1929 in Corpus Christi, Texas and died March 23, 2009.  The family and friends of Gene are invited to a memorial service at the Seaside Funera Home, in Corpus Christi, Texas on Friday March 27th, 2009 at 3 pm.  Gene was preceded in death by his son, Matthew Aaron Turner, brothers John, William and Henry Turner and sister Myrtle Turner.  

Gene is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Judy and sister Aurora Pearl Fox.  He is also survived by children Elizabeth Atkins, Johanna Turner, Mark Turner (Lori), Leslie Turner, Derek Tolmachoff, Corey Tolmachoff (April), Tyson Tolmachoff (Erica), 24 grandchildren and 14 great grand children. 

Gene worked in photography most of his adult life, graduated from Corpus Christi High School, attended Del Mar College and served his country as an army combat photographer in  Korea. He enjoyed country/western music dancing, fishing and genology, but the joy of his life was golf, and is credited with four “holes in one”.

Please join us in celebrating Gene’s life and this soul in transition.In lieu of flowers, a donation to the American Lung Association or Hospice Austin’s Christopher House would be appreciated. 

To view guestbook, share memories and leave condolences please visit www.seasidefuneral.com

Christina Lynn Simon Butcher 

TUE  04/04/1995
Section: A
Page: 13
Edition: 2 STAR

 Space heater-related fire

An electric space heater may have caused the Sunday fire that killed a Channelview mother and two of her young sons, officials said Monday.

Christina Butcher, 20, and her sons, 3 and 1 1/2, were found dead in the family's mobile home at 302 Elsbeth. Butcher's husband, Terry, 34, his daughter, 14, and son, 2, escaped. Officials suspect an electric space heater that had been placed near the youngest child's crib. They said the trailer had no smoke detectors.

Those wishing to help may send donations to the Christina Butcher Memorial Fund at Crosby State Bank, P.O. Box 929, Crosby, Texas 77532.

(Buried, San Jacinto Memorial Park cemetery, Houston, Harris Co TX )


LIVINGSTON -- Julius Edmond Dominy, 81, of Livingston died on April 12, 2008. He was born Nov. 3, 1926 in Goodrich to Julius Dominy and Melvinia Armitage Dominy. Mr. Dominy was a member of Leggett Baptist Church and served as a church deacon for 50 years. He is predeceased by his wife of 60 years Zeffa Dominy. He is survived by Billie Dominy Street and Douglas, son and daughter-in-law of Pearland; Michael Dominy and Angela, son and daughter-in-law of Livingston; grandchildren, Mike Street, Jake Dominy and Crissy Dominy; brother, Leon Ray Dominy of Siloam Springs; sisters, Mary Ruth DeLaney of Livingston and Annette Lowe of Livingston; brother, Tommy Dominy of Livingston and special friends, Foy Buller, Ida Nettles, Frankie Hopson and Doris Stockton. Services were held Tuesday, April 15, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Frank Hood and Bro. Lynn Dyke officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Jerry Dominy, Randy Lowe, Gary Lowe, Douglas Street, Jake Dominy, Felder Dubois, Robert Gray and Bobby Lowe. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Jan 14, 1981- Geo. Burrell- No Kin or Friendship
Family Cem is BURRELL CEM, LaBelle, TX
His family has the Burrell Cem. LaBelle, TX

Tessie Lee Gore Reed, Obit date: Jan 1, 1998
My grandmother's life long friend




JESSIE RAE REED HAMILTON, age 83, went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, April 14, 2009. She was born on January 6, 1926 in Beaumont, Texas. A long time resident of Houston, she grew up in Beaumont, where she graduated from French High School in 1943; she attended Lamar University in 1944. Since 2007, she had resided at Cornerstone Retirement Community in Texarkana, Texas. A devoted Christian, she was a member of Clay Road Baptist Church in Houston for 42 years. She sang in the choir, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and served faithfully in other ministries of the church. She retired from Exxon Corporation in 1983 after 10 years of employment. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, David W. Hamilton, her parents, Tessie Lee Gore Reed and Randolph Ray Reed, and her sister Sidney Anna Sawyer Zuptich. She is survived by daughter, Julie Bloxom and husband Wayne of Hooks, Texas; son, David Hamilton and wife Debra of Houston Texas; grandchildren; Matthew Bloxom and wife Breanne of New Boston, Texas, Jennifer Bloxom of Hurst, Texas, Michael Bloxom of Hooks, Texas, Libby Bloxom of Hooks, Texas, Justin Joswiak of Houston, Texas, and Matthew Joswiak of San Antonio, Texas; and one great grandson, Landon Bloxom; her brother Randy and wife Betty Reed of Hondo Texas, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Bettye Hamilton of Owensboro, Kentucky; thirteen nieces and nephews, and a host of friends that she touched and treasured. Family will receive friends at Waltrip Funeral Directors between the hours of 5 and 7 PM on Friday. Funeral services will be at 10 AM Saturday, April 18, 2009 at the funeral home chapel with Dr. Mark Redd officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Oaks Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mrs. Hamilton's name to the Clay Road Baptist Church Music Ministry, 9151 Clay Road, Houston, Texas 77080 or the Antioch Christian Church Homebound Ministry, PO Box 25, Hooks, Texas 75561.

Mr. Ezra Dowell, Died Feb. 8, 1925, Kentucky
Obit of Mr. Ezra Dowell, Feb 1925, KY

Obit of Mrs Lydia St. Clair Bandy, d. Aug 10, 1928
Obit of Mrs Lydia St. Clair Bandy
d/o Lou & Eliza McCoy St. Clair.

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