Mattie Clopton, 71, of Groves, died Monday, April 9, 2007. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves.
Sherry Marie Ford Curtis, 77, of Groves, died Saturday, April 7, 2007. Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home.
Francisco Olivio Gutierrez, 62, of Port Arthur, died Sunday, April 8, 2007. Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home.
Genevieve “Jennie” Hampton, formerly of Port Arthur, died Saturday, April 7, 2007. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves.
Walter Snelgrove, 81, of Orange, died Monday, April 9, 2007. Claybar Funeral Home, Orange.
Darrell McSorley, Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, 10 a.m.
Janice Tobias Memorial Baptist Church, 10 a.m.
Claiborne Wagner, Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, 2 p.m.
Mark E. Cozad
WOODVILLE - Mark E. Cozad, 79, of Woodville, died Saturday, at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas.
Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M.,Wednesday, at Clayton - Thompson Funeral Home with Charles Miller and Adam Pardue officiating. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Tuesday from5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.
Born to William Kenneth, Sr. and Grace Gertrude (Aikin) Cozad in Harrisburg, PA, he was a resident of Lakeview and Groves for 56 years before moving to Woodville 13 years ago. Mark was a retired pumper with Texaco after 35 years of service and was the owner of Cozad Roofing. An Army veteran of WW II, he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Woodville , former member of the First Baptist Church of Port Arthur,he was the proud recipient of Mr. T.J., (Thomas Jefferson High School) Man of the Year in 1976, Ivanhoe Man of the Year in 1999 and an avid Houston Astros and Dallas Cowboys fan.
Survivors include wife, Marjorie Cozad, Woodville, daughters, Cheryl Hardin, Nacogdoches and Marla Gauthier and husband Waid, Bridge City. Sons, Mark Cozad, Jr. and wife Valarie, Colorado Springs, CO and Kyle Cozad and wife Nancy, Kingwood, TX, brothers, Bill Cozad, Port Neches, Jim Cazad, Port Arthur and Fred Cozad, Groves and sisters, Leona Howard, Groves, Grace Brent, Nederland and Patty Cousins, Danville, VA. Grandchildren, Joel and Kim Hardin, Waid Gauthier, Angie Pardue, Lance, Keith, Greg Kevin and Sean Cozad.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Sherry Marie Ford Curtis
GROVES - Sherry Marie Ford Curtis, 77, of Groves passed Saturday, April 7, 2007, at Magnolia Manor in Groves, Texas.
Sherry was born on October 11, 1929, in Shamrock, Texas to Rua Ola Hudson Zinn and Robert Alexander Zinn. She had lived in Groves since February of this year and had previously lived in Lufkin and New Mexico. Sherry was a retired cook for a bakery and once was a nurse’s aid.
Sherry was survived by her daughters, Emma Louise Pierce of Groves and Sherry Marie Sandlin and her husband Jimmie of Houston; sons, Robert L. Ford and his wife Dotty of West Virginia and David Lee Ford and his wife Catherine of Lufkin; brother, Robert Alexander Zinn of Magnum, Oklahoma; eleven grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
Sherry was preceded in death by her daughters, Carol Ann Ford Cardoza and Mary Lynn Ford; husband, Robert Ford.
A gathering of friends and family will take place from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Thursday, April 12, 2007, at Grammier - Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur with a Memorial Service to take place at 6:00 Thursday at the funeral home.
Barbara (Crawford) Driver
PORT ARTHUR - Barbara (Crawford) Driver died on Friday, April 6, 2007. Barbara was born in Port Arthur, Texas on November 6, 1933 to Austin R. Crawford and Inez Crawford. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2007 at Clayton- Thompson Funeral Home in Groves, Texas. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2007 at the chapel at Clayton - Thompson Funeral Home in Groves. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Groves.
After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School, Barbara attended Port Arthur Business College. Upon graduation, she was employed by Gulf Oil Company. She married C.G. (Jerry) Cooper in 1954 and they had one son, Blake Cooper. As a member of First Baptist Church in Port Arthur, she was very active in the youth groups and music ministry. Her love for music was a life long passion, as she enjoyed singing and playing the violin. While residing in Port Arthur, she was an active member of Eastern Star.
She lived in Commerce, San Antonio and Galena Park before returning to the Port Arthur area. In 1994, she moved to Midland, Texas where she resided until her death. Barbara was a member of First Baptist Church in Midland.
Her parents preceded her in death. She is survived by her son, Blake Cooper of Channelview, Texas; her sister, Jeanine Fitzgerald and her husband, Lowell of Irvine, California; and her brother, Bob Crawford and his wife, Cherry of Midland.
Local arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com
Arthur E. Halter, Sr.
GROVES - Arthur E. Halter, Sr., Justice of the Peace (Retired), 71, of Groves, died Sunday, April 08, 2007, at Promise Hospital in Nederland.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, at Clayton-Thompson Funeral Home, with entombment in Love Mausoleum in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., Tuesday at the funeral home with a Vigil Service at 7:00 P.M.
Born to Benjamin W. and Eunice Marie (Duncan) Halter, Sr., in Fernandina Beach, Florida, his family moved to Sabine Pass when Art was 11 years old and was his place of residence for 50 years. He graduated from Sabine Pass High School in 1955 and was a union painter for 25 years until his election to Jefferson County, Precinct 3, Justice of the Peace, a position held for 25 years. Art also served in Precincts 8 and 1 for several years.
Judge Halter was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Santa Maria Council of the Knights of Columbus, former member Dick Dowling Lions Club, Sabine Pass Water Board, Jefferson County Emergency Management, and was a Little League Manager.
He is preceded in death by his parents and 8 brothers and sisters. Survivors include son, Arthur E. “Sonny” Halter, Jr., Nederland; daughters and sons-in-law, Lora and Gary Weichering, Glenrose, Texas, Jodies and David Luther, Jasper, Analee and Marino Brailes, Oklahoma City, and Tina and David Glynn, Lacy, Washington; sisters, Adelia Timms and husband, Dave, Groves, Marie Artelli, New Jersey and Eunice Bromley, Port Neches; 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Genevieve “Jennie” May Hampton
PORT ARTHUR - Genevieve “Jennie” May Hampton, of Port Arthur, Texas died Saturday, April 7, 2007 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Jennie was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to Zenon Montz and Josephine Madere Montz. She was a resident of Port Arthur for 63 years before moving to Michigan 5 years ago. She was a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Altar Society and the Port Arthur Country Club.
Private graveside services for family and close friends will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 12, 2007 at Greenlawn Memorial Park with Reverend Stephen McCrate officiating under the direction of Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, George Gist; second husband, John Hampton; and brother, Lynn Montz.
Survivors include her daughter, Jackie Sullivan of Kalamazoo, Michigan; son, Judge Larry Gist of Beaumont, Texas; step-daughter, Hanna Drago of Seabrook, Texas; step-son, Jon Reagan Hampton of Port Arthur, Texas; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Friends wishing may send memorial contributions to charity of choice.
Sybil Claire King
WILLIS - Sybil Claire King, 83, of Willis, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2007. She was born August 18, 1923 in Port Arthur to Olibert and Olga Steib.
Sybil met the love of her life, Harold W. King and married in 1940. Together they raised four daughters Kay, Linda, Donna, and Joni. For 66 years Sybil created and maintained a loving home where she and Harold enjoyed their 6 loving grandchildren. Tracie, Nicki, Melissa, Davy, MaryAnn and Jordan, and 11 great grandchildren. Sybil’s greatest treasure was her family and the pleasure she always got from spending time with them.
Sybil is survived by her sister, Libby Ann Ippalito of Port Arthur, her loving daughters, Kay and her husband, Richard Vincent of Cypress, Linda and her husband, Ron McComas of Willis, Donna and her husband, Jim Schumann of Kingwood, Joni and her husband, Bruce Marantis of Humble, along with her six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Sybil is preceded in death by her sister Doris Demler, and her husband Harold W. King. Sybil is joining Harold in heaven after only 26 days of being apart from one another.
Sybil enjoyed traveling, cooking, reading, playing cards with friends and family and laughter. She was an avid bridge player and a master at crossword puzzles and scrabble. Sybil was a sweet, loving mother, grandmother, and friend. She always had a kind word and a smile. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Visitation will be Tuesday, April 10, 2007 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Grammier - Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at Grammier - Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur. Memorials can be made to the Odyssey Health Care and Hospice, 100 1-45 North, Suite 300, Box 103, Conroe, TX 77301. Arrangements are under the direction of Clayton Thompson Funeral Directors.
James “Jim” C. Knowles
FANNETT - James “Jim” C. Knowles, 78, of Fannett, Texas died Saturday, April 7, 2007 at his residence.
Jim was born on October 14, 1928 in Leesville, Louisiana to Will Knowles and Ida Slatten Knowles. He was a resident of Fannett for 14 years and retired as a switchman for Kansas City Southern Railroad after 38 years of service. He also served as an M.P. in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, Texas with Senior Pastor George Adams and Pastor John Palir officiating. Burial will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Zwolle Cemetery in Zwolle, Louisiana.
Survivors include his wife, Marie Knowles of Fannett, Texas; daughter, Sharon Marie Knowles of Temple, Texas; sons, James Mark Knowles and wife, Tammye of Groves, Texas, Timothy Carl Knowles and wife Betty of Fannett, Texas; granddaughters, Laura Ashley Knowles and Rachel Elizabeth Knowles of Groves, Texas; step-grandsons, Jason Cloud, Jeffery Lake, Clay Autery and Joshua Autery.
Special thanks to Harbor Hospice and especially to the chaplains and aides for their loving care and support. Also, the family expresses their appreciation to the retired railroad men who called and visited during Jim’s illness.
Ethel Hargraves Phelps Lackie
GROVES - Ethel Hargraves Phelps Lackie, formerly of Groves, Texas, passed away on April 3, 2007, in Omaha, Nebraska. She was preceded in death by husbands, William (Bill) Phelps and Joseph Lackie and a brother, Marvin Hargraves. She is survived by a son, William R. (Dick) Phelps, Tampa, Florida, and two daughters, Kathleen A. VonDollen, Omaha, Nebraska, and Patricia E. Lee, Olympia, Washington; four brothers, Walter Hargraves, Newton, Kansas, Charles Hargraves, Houston, Texas, Rodger Hargraves, Temple, Texas, and Abbott Hargraves, Lufkin, Texas; and many nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial services was held at the Twin City Church of Christ in Groves on Monday, April 9, 2007 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a graveside memorial at Oakbluff Cemetery Port Neches, Texas.
Claiborne Norwood Wagner
Claiborne Norwood Wagner, 79, went to be with his eternal Lord on April 7, 2007 surrounded by his loving wife, children and grandchildren. A gathering of family and friends will be from 6:00 - 8:00 Monday, April 9, at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, in Groves. Homegoing services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, in Groves. Officiating at the services will be Rev. David Way, Pastor of First Assembly of God in Port Arthur and Rev. Nathan Wagner, grandson. Burial will follow in Oak Bluff Cemetery, Port Neches.
Mr. Wagner was born on April 21, 1927 in Albany, Louisiana to Riley and Elizabeth Wagner. He moved to the Port Arthur in 1948 and began working at Texaco as a machinist. He later married Jeanette Cramer on September 8, 1950 and remained united with her until death. They had 56 wonderful years together. They moved to the Groves area in 1954. Claiborne worked as a Machinist at Texaco for 36 years, retiring in 1984. Mr. Wagner was a faithful servant and church leader of First Assembly of God in Port Arthur for 56 plus years. He held many church offices of Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher, and Deacon for most of those years at the church. After retiring from his secular job, he gave much of his time and effort to the repairing and maintenance of the church property. He dearly loved the church. He always put God first, then his family, but the church was next.
Mr. Wagner is survived by his wife, Jeanette Wagner, son and daughter-in-law, John and Lesa Wagner of Mansfield, daughter and son-in-law Vicki and Art Fisher of Lumberton, and daughter and son-in-law Susan and Ali Yousefian of Groves. Six grandchildren Nathan Wagner and wife Allison, Jeremy Wagner, Valerie and Lindsay Fisher, and Alex and Andrew Yousefian. He was blessed recently with the birth of his first great grand daughter, Ava Jean Wagner. Also surviving are his 6 brothers and 1 sister Clayton Wagner, Bobby Wagner, Huck Wagner, Dennis Wagner, Lawrence Wagner, Charles Wagner and Vera Honea. There are also many nieces, nephews, and beloved friends.