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“Ask Al” Q&As for June 6, 2007

Meg of Skokie, IL asks: Al, how appropriate or inappropriate is the tour material in terms of a 10-yr-old? It’s now made the top of the birthday list, and as a parent, while I’d love to see the tour, I need to know about kids…? Thank you very much!

I see every demographic in the audience at my live shows, from toddlers to geriatrics. And we do put on a “family-friendly” show… although that doesn’t mean it’s a squeaky-clean G-rated kiddie show. You should be aware there is some cartoon violence and a little bit of what some people might call “adult themes.” But there’s no harsh profanity, and nothing that I think you would find terribly offensive. As always, you should use your best judgment as a parent, but if your child wouldn’t be traumatized by, say, an issue of MAD Magazine or an episode of The Simpsons, I’m pretty sure he or she wouldn’t have any problems at all with my live show.

Susan M of Tallahassee, FL asks: How come the DualDisc doesn’t contain the video for “White & Nerdy”? It’s a fantastic disc, a fantastic song, and a fantastic video; I just don’t understand why there are lots of other (great) videos but not that one.

We weren’t able to finish that video until just a couple weeks before the scheduled release of the album. I would have included that video if I could have, but to do so would have meant delaying the release of “Straight Outta Lynwood” by a couple months, and obviously I wanted to get the album out as soon as possible (before the parodies got too dated). Of course, the video is available on iTunes (in fact, it was the #1 best-selling music video for a couple months!) and I’m hoping it will also be available on some kind of DVD compilation in the future. Actually, I can’t wait until HD-DVD or BluRay discs are more prevalent in the marketplace – most people have only seen the video in low res on MySpace or on You Tube, and as I’ve said before, we shot the thing in HD… it looks gorgeous! 

Ally of Ohio asks: Hey Al, in your video for “Trapped In The Drive-Thru” why doesn’t the cartoon look like you???

Actually, when the animator Doug Bresler sent me his künstliche befruchtung für singles in dänemark original animatic, the character in the video did in fact look a lot like me. But my note to him was that the video should not be too “cartoony” – it should be more or less an animated version of what the video would have looked like if we had shot it in live action. (And before you ask, no, it wasn’t ever in our budget to shoot an 11-minute live-action music video.) Anyway, if we were doing the video in live action, I would almost certainly be playing a character, not “Weird Al” – and therefore I instructed Doug to give the guy a more generic hairstyle. So if you don’t like that, blame me.

Mike of Phoenix, AZ asks: Al, can you list some of the actors with cameos in the “White & Nerdy” video? I think I got Donny Osmond…

Right – of course, that’s Donny Osmond dancing behind me (playing “Krayzie Bone” to My “Chamillionaire”)… Seth Green is the guy obsessed with action figures (he’s basically playing himself)… Judy Tenuta is the woman on the couch who graciously accepts my gift of a surge protector… the two gangstas in the car at the beginning of the video are Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele from MAD TV… and of course there are the 18 MySpace friends that I cast as extras.

Howard & Cindy Wilson of Hamilton, Ontario asks: On the back page of the CD insert, you mention Nickelback in the credits. Can we ask what inspiration they provided you with? P.S. We ourselves are not beer-swilling hockey nuts, but we do know several, eh.

Nickelback was nice enough to give their permission for me to use their song “Photograph” in the latest polka medley. I typically get clearances for the songs in the medley before I actually arrange it… and when I was putting “Polkarama!” together, I just couldn’t find a way to incorporate the Nickelback song into it where it didn’t sound wedged in or tacked on – so unfortunately I had to leave it off. You may notice that I also mentioned T Pain in the “special thanks” – similarly, he had given his blessing for me to do a parody of one of his songs. At the last minute, I decided against recording the song for the album, but if you come to one of my live shows this summer, you may hear a snippet of it somewhere in the medley…

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“Ask Al” Q&As for September 2, 2006

Cliff of Somewhere Around Detroit, Michigan asks: Al, you usually only have a couple of videos for each album.  Why do six (although I appreciate the extra work that you, the band and the behind-the-scenes people do so fans like me can watch more amazing videos than ever) for Straight Outta Lynwood?


It all began a couple years ago, when my record label suggested that I consider doing a DualDisc release.  At the time I thought it was a great idea, because I was all in favor of anything that would make the new album more of an event and provide more “bang for the buck” for the fans.  I decided early on that I wanted to do 5.1 mixes and instrumental mixes of everything, as well as a documentary on the making of the album… but what really excited me was the possibility of doing a bunch of animated videos for the originals.  I generally don’t have a lot of time to come up with videos when I’m dealing with parodies, but there are typically several months between the time I finish recording the originals and the time an album gets released, so even though I knew it would be a logistical nightmare, I figured I could pull it off… which would give the album tons of “added value” and hopefully give my originals a bit more attention than they usually receive from the general public.  I also like the idea of just having a ton of videos for this album, since Poodle Hat didn’t really have anyvideos (unless you count “Bob”… which most people don’t).  Anyway, since our budget for all these videos was very modest (to put it mildly), I wasn’t sure what kind of talent we’d be able to attract – but to my surprise and delight, some of the best animators in the world signed on to participate, just because they loved the music and wanted to be part of this project.  I really didn’t give any of the animators very much in terms of direction – I wanted them all to have as much freedom as possible in visually interpreting my songs.  As you probably know by now, the Academy-Award nominated animator Bill Plympton did the video for “Don’t Download This Song”… he’s a true icon in the world of animation, and he’s done several animated feature films (including “The Tune,” “I Married A Strange Person,” “Mutant Aliens” and the soon-to-be-released “Hair High”) as well as the latest Kanye West video.  I was absolutely thrilled that John Kricfalusi agreed to do one of the videos – he’s a true genius and one of my all-time heros (many of you would know him as the creator of Ren & Stimpy). The folks from Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim show Robot Chicken did an amazing stop-motion animation piece (which will World Premiere on their show on September 24!)  At this point, Thomas Lee is probably best known for animating “Star Wars Gangsta Rap” (which is one of those songs on the Internet that I’m often mistakenly given credit for)… but I have a feeling that pretty soon he’ll be more famous for his phenomenal Weird Al video – it’s really outstanding.  David C. Lovelace did some terrific work as well – he’s best known for a flash-animated Internet series called “Retarded Animal Babies” (If you want to check out his other stuff online, be forewarned: it is very, very, very un-family-friendly!)  And the great Jim Blashfield did a piece – you might remember some of the remarkable photo-collage-type videos he did in the ’80s (“And She Was” by Talking Heads, “Boy In The Bubble” by Paul Simon, “Leave Me Alone” by Michael Jackson, etc.)  So we’ve got six very different and very exciting videos on the DualDisc.  Plus there’s a big-budget live-action music video in the works which I’m directing, and we just found out that JibJab has agreed to put out an animated video for one of the parodies later this year.  So that’s what, 8 videos on this album so far?  Hope that’s enough for ya!

John Turnbull of Kona, Hawaii asks: Hey Al!  So I’ve been wondering.  Did you have an alternate album cover/title picked out before the entire issue arose with “You’re Pitiful”?  Any chance you’ll ever show it to us (if you had taken it already)?

The album was always going to be called Straight Outta Lynwood and have some kind of gangsta imagery on it.  I had decided on that even before I knew I was going to do a James Blunt parody, but I thought it actually would have worked very well with “You’re Pitiful.”  I really liked the irony of having that kind of title and cover with such a toothless ballad for the lead parody… but as it turns out (with the upcoming Chamillionaire parody) the cover has become unintendedly appropriate.  For the record, all of the photographs for the album were taken on April 22, 2006 by Michael Blackwell. 

Maria of Wilmington, IL asks: Do the letters on the license plate on the cover of your new CD stand for anything?

The numbers and letters have several meanings – “NLY” are my daughter’s initials as well as my father’s initials.  “27” is obviously my favorite number and an in-joke with my fans, but February 7 (2/7) was also my mother’s birthday. 

Lizzi K of Chicago, IL asks: Hey Al, I was wondering whose dog that is on the cover of your new album?  Is it a “dog model” or a stock photo/drawing or what?

Strangely enough, while the photographer was taking pictures of me in front of that 1967 Chevy Impala convertible, a young couple walked by with a pit bull.  They said, “Hey, do you want to use our dog in the shot?” And we said, “Sure, why not?”  I don’t remember the owner’s name, but the dog’s name was Dough Boy.  Anyway, we wound up liking that particular shot so much that it wound up as the cover image.  The picture that I originally intended to be the cover is now on the back of the CD case.  There are a lot of great pictures in the package – the DualDisc comes with a 24- page full-color booklet! 

Ed of Winter Garden, Florida asks: Hey Al!  Love your work, but aren’t you slipping a bit?  “Don’t Download This Song?”  I mean, the whole downloading music from the Internet controversy is like 5 years old, man!

Yeah, you’re absolutely right.  It’s a completely dead issue – people stopped illegally downloading songs off the Internet years ago, and the RIAA is no longer taking legal action against P2P sites or criminalizing people who share files.  What was I thinking?  Thanks for setting me straight.  By the way, don’t forget to e-mail Neil Young and ask him why he’s still writing songs about Iraq on his new album.  I mean, come on… that war is so 2003! 

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“Ask Al” Q&As for June 28, 2006

Noah Halford of San Rafael, CA asks: Hey Al! I was wondering (along with probably a bunch of other fans)… WHY won’t “You’re Pitiful” (which is a great and hilarious song, by the way) be on the next album?

Thanks for asking… That question is answered pretty well in a recent piece on NPR, so you may want to click 

Cliff C of Trabuco Canyon, CA asks: Okay Al, now that the CD is delayed, does that mean the tour won’t start until much later this year, or we will be waiting until next summer?

Back when we thought the album was coming out in June, we were fully intending to have a tour starting in August. Now, unfortunately, that’s not going to happen. The plan at this point is for us to tour next summer – no matter what. I suppose it’s possible that we’ll hit the road before then, but I’m sorry to say it’s pretty unlikely. 

Sizzling Volleyball of Budd Lake, NJ asks: Hey Al, have kind of a complicated/tedious question for you: Over the years, I’ve wondered how your homages or songs “in the style of” come into being. Many are homages to “demented” bands (B-52s, Talking Heads, Devo, Oingo Boingo, TMBG, Zappa, etc.), but others are less so. Also, there are many that seem to be affiliated to no one particular band, but are genre parodies: unplugged, ska, hair band, etc. Are these bands that you listen to, and so are a sort of tribute? Or are they something else? 

As you’ve obviously noticed, I have done quite a few “style parodies” over the years – that’s what I call songs that are original (as in, not direct parodies) and yet they are done in the style of another artist, group or genre of music. It’s an interesting exercise for me to try to get into the heads of these artists – or at least attempt to crudely forge their musical signatures. In fact, I enjoy doing these kinds of songs so much, I hardly ever do an “original” original any more. (I guess “Hardware Store” could be considered a true original – but truth be told, that was actually a screwed-up style parody. I started out trying to write in the style of a particular group, but I got it so wrong that I just gave up and did it my own way instead.) The artists that I’ve style-parodied range from the extremely popular (Bob Dylan, Nine Inch Nails, James Taylor, etc.) to the semi-obscure (Tonio K, The Rugburns, Hilly Michaels, etc.) – but they’re all favorites of mine, and my homages to them are always done with great affection and attention to detail. In the past, I never put the artists that I style-parodied in the Special Thanks section on my album, mostly because I wanted to see if fans could figure out what I was doing (without being given any obvious hints). But I’ve come to realize that’s a little unfair to those artists – to whom I certainly owe a huge debt of gratitude – so I plan to acknowledge all my musical influences in the CD liner notes in the future. 

Yancy Gadzonski of Glendale, Wisconsin asks: How did you feel about Vince Vaughn’s reference to you in the uncut version of the recent hit comedy, “Wedding Crashers”?

I was very flattered, of course. I understand that Vince Vaughn completely ad libbed that scene, so it’s nice to know I’m there floating around in Vince’s subconscious mind.

Kevin of Lexington, Ohio asks: I thought I had heard a rumor about the upcoming album being your last one. Is there any truth to this?

Absolutely not.  “Poodle Hat” was my last album. My upcoming album is my next one. I don’t know how these silly rumors get started.

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“Ask Al” Q&As for April 27, 2006

Tracy A. of Hudson, Florida asks: Okay, Al. So what DID that huge “27” that flashed on the screen April 7th really mean? Everyone wants to know. Come on, spill your guts!

Oh, okay. Well, if you must know, the big “27” that appeared briefly on this web site was the beginning of a teaser campaign to announce that the new album was coming out on June 27. I’m very sorry to say that the album is not coming out on June 27 anymore, due to something which threw a major monkey wrench into our release plans. (Don’t worry, it’s just silly record company politics. Maybe I’ll tell you the story someday.) Anyway, we’re obviously trying to resolve the issue, and hoping to get the album out as soon as humanly possible. I’m bound and determined to get it out… well, sometime this year, for sure. I really think it’s a great album (although I may be just a little biased) and I sure hope everybody will think it’s been worth the wait. 

Stephanie of Fullerton, CA asks: Why did the Permanent Record go out of print?

My box set didn’t go out of print due to lack of interest. The only reason it went out of print is… are you ready for this?… my record label lost the artwork. A few years ago, when all the assets of Scotti Bros. were being transferred over to Volcano, somehow the artwork to Permanent Record slipped between the cracks, and is ostensibly lost forever. (If you see it turn up on eBay, you WILL let me know, won’t you?) I realize that we could just scan existing booklets and CD art and crank out boxed sets with slightly inferior graphics, but that’s not how I roll, boyyy. 

Erich Reinhardt of Hagersville, Ontario, Canada asks: On your “Ultimate Video Collection”, I noticed there is an Easter Egg containing archival footage of your performance of “My Bologna” shot in 1979. Was that a performance that was shown on a local cable show, or was it at a local entertainment club where they shoot all of their performances? And also, was the song for the performance pre-recorded, and then synched in to match your lips and accordion playing? What’s the story behind that?

That performance was done while I was a student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (although it was actually shot at nearby Cuesta College). My friend (and fellow KCPR DJ) Randy Kerdoon needed to shoot a live music performance for a school project that he was doing, and he asked me to lip sync to my then-new recording of “My Bologna.” He put me in a small studio on campus, turned on a couple cameras, and documented Young Al Yankovic doing what was arguably his first music video. It’s absolutely terrible, yet of earth-shatteringly profound historical significance. 

Tim Sloane of Ijamsville, MD asks: Al, which of these purchasing methods should I use in order to make sure the most profit gets to you: Buying one of your albums on CD, or buying one of your albums on iTunes?

I am extremely grateful for your support, no matter which format you choose to legally obtain my music in, so you should do whatever makes the most sense for you personally. But since you ASKED… I actually do get significantly more money from CD sales, as opposed to downloads. This is the one thing about my renegotiated record contract that never made much sense to me. It costs the label NOTHING for somebody to download an album (no manufacturing costs, shipping, or really any overhead of any kind) and yet the artist (me) winds up making less from it. Go figure. 

Bob Malaggese (rhymes with crazy) of Quakertown, PA asks: I saw the new pictures of you and Coolio. Does this mean that all is forgiven?

Well, it appears that 10 years after the initial brouhaha, Coolio has decided to let bygones be bygones. I was at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year signing autographs at the XM Radio booth, when somebody told me, “Hey, did you know Coolio is in the building?” A few minutes later it was “Hey, Coolio is in the area” and then “Hey, Coolio is coming over here to see you!” I admit I was a little nervous at the time, since I didn’t know if I should be expecting a handshake or a punch in the eye. As it turned out, Coolio couldn’t have been nicer – he just walked up to the table and started signing one of my pictures with his own name (see the picture in our Gallery). The cameras started going off like crazy. I don’t remember what we said to each other exactly, but it was all very friendly – and after a minute, he was gone. I turned to the next person in line and said, “Did that really just happen?” So to answer your question, I doubt I’ll be invited to Coolio’s next birthday party, but at least I can stop wearing that bulletproof vest to the mall. 

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“Ask Al” Q&As for November 15, 2005

Greg Osborne of Vista, CA asks: Hey, Al! So what was it like doing “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”?

I had a great time. Nothing like flying to Wells, Maine for a day! I never got to actually meet the family, but Ty, the designers and all the workers couldn’t have been nicer. (For those who didn’t see the episode, the gag was that the girl in the family apparently really loved polka dots, so Ty got “confused” and thought she loved polka – ergo my appearance in the show.) I hear some fans were upset that the girl didn’t seem too happy about me playing that polka for her, but that was the joke – if she had looked like she was enjoying it, it wouldn’t have been as funny. They shot a lot of footage – after I serenaded Amanda (actually I serenaded Ty’s video camera – the family didn’t see the footage until a week or so later) I went around the construction site with my accordion and annoyed the workers with polka music for about an hour. Of course, prime-time network TV reality shows being what they are, they only used a very small portion of what they shot. In fact, the song that I wrote for the show was cut down considerably. Here are the full lyrics: 

Well, there’s a girl named Amanda who lives in Wells, Maine
She never has boys or shopping on her brain
There’s only one thing drivin’ her insane
All she cares about is polka
Congratulations, Amanda
Rebecca, Doug and Tabitha too
‘Cause I brought my accordion
And soon I will be moving in with you
Because you don’t want 50 Cent here
Or that Matchbox Twenty guy
Oh no, you just want to polka
And so I’ll stay right here and polka polka polka polka polka till I die… hey!
How do you like your new polka room, Amandaaaaa?!

Matt Ceccato of Norcross, GA asks: Did you write your own copy for the material you presented in “I Love The 80s” or was it scripted by someone else?

When I have my own segment (like “Movies That Should Have Been In 3-D”) I am given a script, but I am allowed to re-write it as much as I want. Some bits I wind up using as is, some bits I tweak a little, and some bits I re-write completely. For the question and answer stuff, sometimes I get the questions in advance, sometimes not – but the answers always come from me. 

Rachel C. of Lufkin, TX asks: I’m dying to know. Is that really you on myspace.com? If not, someone’s out there impersonating you!

I am not on myspace.com. Every now and then I hear about someone on the Internet claiming to be me – and yet, sadly, they are not. Here’s a good way to tell for sure – whenever I have any kind of presence on the Internet, it will be on weirdal.com, or be linked from weirdal.com. Otherwise, it’s highly unlikely that it’s really me.

Nathan Brody of Hamilton Square, New Jersey asks: When you sing songs, do you do the background vocals or the lead vocals first?

I almost always record the lead vocals first. The only exception that comes to mind is “It’s All About The Pentiums.” I had pitched Puff Daddy on the parody idea, and by the time I finally got his official approval, we were already in the final studio sessions for “Running With Scissors”! It was such a last minute addition to the album that I had no choice but to record all the instrument tracks and background vocals first, just to buy me some time to come up with the lyrics. We were mixing the last few songs on the album by the time I finished writing the lyrics to “Pentiums,” and I wound up recording the lead vocals just a couple days before the album had to be mastered. It’s a good thing I work well under pressure!

Garrett Fritzler of Denver, Colorado asks: First I want to say that I think the music you do is great, and even though I like the songs you make fun of, I love your versions even more. But my question is, do you write all the stuff on this website? I know you write the feedbacks to the questions, but what about everything else?

I write the Ask Als, the FAQ, the News and the updates on the splash page… Bermuda writes most of the “funny” captions in the Gallery, compiles the obsessive lists and selects the Fan Art. Pretty much everything else on the site is either written by him or me. 

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“Ask Al” Q&As for October 2, 2005

Gary Derrick of Mustang, Oklahoma asks: I was recently watching Late Night with Conan O’Brien and the tambourine player with that night’s musical guest (whom I can’t really remember at the moment) looked surprisingly like you… any idea who your evil twin is?

Well, first of all, it was Jay Leno, not Conan O’Brien… and FYI, the musical guest was Ben Folds… and the guy who looked surprisingly like me was… me. But you’re absolutely right, it WAS a tambourine. The story is, Ben and I have been friends for a while (I directed one of his music videos and we’ve performed on each other’s albums). I went to see Ben when he was in concert here in Los Angeles, and afterwards we were hanging out in his dressing room. At one point he said to me, “Hey, I’m doing the Tonight Show tomorrow – you should come on the show with me and just play tambourine!” And we both laughed at what a ridiculous idea that was. Then the next morning, he called me up and said, “I just woke up from this weird fever dream, and I think it was some kind of a sign… you HAVE to play tambourine on the show.” I was honored to accept his offer, of course, so I hopped in the car and headed down to the NBC studios, practicing the tambourine as I drove. I was surprised when I got to the stage… I thought they were going to have me tucked away somewhere behind the string section, but they had me standing right next to Ben’s piano. It was kind of surreal – my first appearance on the Tonight Show in 20 years, and there I was being a professional tambourine player! Well, needless to say, I had a blast, and I think the performance came off very well. And I’ll be happy to slap the tambourine again for Ben any time he wants. 

Thomas Safayee of Hayward, California asks: What character do you do the voice of in “The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy”?

I did three episodes of “The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy,” each time playing a character called the Squid Hat. These episodes were all Harry Potter parodies, and my character was a take-off on the sorting hat at the Hogwarts School. Unfortunately, John Vernon (the wonderful actor who played Toadblatt in those episodes, as well as Dean Wormer in “Animal House”) passed away recently, so I have to assume they won’t be continuing that storyline. 

Hannanh of St. Louis, MO asks: Why do you write dirty songs? Since I’ve heard a few (like “Bill Clinton Bimbo Number 5”) myself and a few of the kids at my school (like 183) are boycotting you and spreading the word fast. You disgust me!

As I’ve stated very clearly in the FAQ, there are a lot of crude and vulgar parodies floating around the peer-to-peer sites that have my name attached to them. They are NOT by me. All of my material is really pretty family friendly. Of course, you would KNOW this if you actually BOUGHT my CDs instead of trying to ILLEGALLY DOWNLOAD them off the Internet like the amoral-yet-self-righteous HOOLIGAN you obviously are! YOU disgust ME!! Ah, the delicious irony of it all…

Nolan Klinedinst of Reykjavik, Iceland asks: I’m looking to buy a midi accordion. What is the model that you play in concert?

Occasionally in concert I play a red Hohner midi accordion. It’s really a great instrument, but the technology is a little outdated now (the keys only send on/off midi messages – dynamics are not possible at all.) 

Caro of Connecticut asks: Can u send me your music for free?

Yes, I certainly can. And yet, I shan’t.

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“Ask Al” Q&As for September 6, 2004

Kristine Slipson of Mission Viejo, CA asks: I heard that you were attacked my an angry mob of moths… what exactly happened?

I was kind of surprised when the AP wire picked this up and it became a worldwide news story. (Gee, maybe I should get attacked by bugs more often!) What happened was, we were doing a concert at a state fair in DuQuoin, Ilinois when we basically found ourselves playing in the middle of a swarm of bugs. (They weren’t really moths, they were mayflies – which, for the record, are much, much more disgusting). They were all over my clothes, my accordion and my hair, but luckily they didn’t find their way into any of my orifices. When I rolled around on the floor at the end of the show, I found myself rolling over hundreds of mayflies. Yecch.

Judy of Independence, MO asks: Is it true that you were the Grand Marshall for the 17th Annual Elvis Parade in Kansas City, Missouri in August of 2004?

Yes, and it was by far the best Elvis parade that I’ve ever participated in. I was a little confused and disoriented when I found out that it was actually honoring Elvis Presley (and not Elvis Costello, as I had hoped)… but I had a great time anyway.

Michael Anino of Santa Rosa, CA asks: Did you get to meet Don Knotts for the Johnny Bravo cartoon or did you just do voices at different times? ‘Cause you and Don Knotts are both heroes of mine.

Thanks. Don is a hero of mine too, so I was disappointed to find out that he couldn’t make it to the studio that day (he wasn’t feeling well). I got to record my voice tracks along with Gary Owens, Tom Kenny and everybody else, though… and had a blast! Don Knotts apparently came in a couple weeks later to do his part.

Cliff Clinton of Trabuco Canyon, CA asks: Dear Al, is September 25 the end of the tour for a while?

That’s the plan. Anything can change, so don’t hold me to this, but I’m thinking that I won’t be going back on the road again until summer 2006.

Lee Martin of Austin, TX asks: What kind of morons do you have working for you? They gave the reviewer for the Austin TX paper the WORST possible seats (SRO) so now you have a bad review…..

Gee, I’m terribly sorry about that. Some reviewer actually had to STAND UP during a sold-out rock concert? That’s inexcusable. But I have to ask…What kind of morons do you have working at newspapers in Austin that would base an entire review of an artist’s performance on whether or not they had a good seat?

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“Ask Al” Q&As for September 2, 2003

Randy of Albuquerque, NM asks: I have been trying to find the DVD called “‘Weird Al’ Yankovic: The Videos” and I understand it is out of print. Will it be available in the future?

The bad news is, yes, that particular item has in fact gone out of print and will most likely remain in that condition for the rest of eternity. The good news is, we’re currently putting the finishing touches on a brand-spanking-new and completely up-to-date DVD called “The Ultimate Collection.” It will have 24 of my music videos, plus a photo gallery, on-screen lyrics and 5.1 surround sound. And we’ve even “cleaned up” some of the older videos a little bit – they look great. Anyway, we’re trying to rush-release this for a September 22 street date in Australia. The North American release will most likely be sometime in November. 

Amanda of Bend, OR asks: Hey Al, I was wondering why you say you don’t like to talk about political issues but in some interviews you talk about them anyway. Why? 

Well, it’s true – I really don’t like talking about political issues in interviews. But when an interviewer asks me a direct question, I feel somewhat obligated to either give them a direct answer, or make a joke, or perhaps a little combination of both. Unfortunately, it’s normally considered pretty rude just to jump out of my chair and run screaming out of the room with my hands over my ears. 

Greg Method of Cleveland, OH asks: I know you usually hate to change a song for a network broadcast performance. So, did you whittle down “Couch Potato” to two verses for the Nickelodeon Magazine special, or did Nickelodeon edit the song afterward? If it’s the latter, were you aware of it before it aired? I just ask because if you did perform the whole song, I’m wondering if you were able to mention the Playboy and Disney Channels, or if you used alternate lyrics.

Nickelodeon did have a few specifications: the song had to be 3 minutes long, and I wasn’t able to mention the Playboy Channel or the word “gay.” I decided to cut out the second verse and chorus of the song (which solved the first two problems) and instead of “gay,” I had the band yell “hey!” Normally I wouldn’t edit or censor my songs like that, but since we don’t have a video for “Couch Potato,” I’m a little more likely this time around to do whatever it takes to get it on the air. 

Damien Pearse of Benalla, Victoria, Australia asks: Is there any chance of your TV show being aired on Australian cable TV now that you’re touring Australia? 

I’m not exactly sure which TV show you’re referring to, but if you mean AL-TV, then you’re in luck! It appears that the latest AL-TV special will air in Australia on the Comedy Channel on October 5 at 3:00 PM. 

Joshua Silvius of Chicago, IL asks: Why didn’t you choose to run for governor of California?

I just didn’t want to take any votes away from more qualified candidates, like Gallagher.

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“Ask Al” Q&As for August 15, 2003

Jeff Nichols of Mattoon, IL asks: How long until you qualify for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?

Well, from what I understand, an artist or band becomes eligible 25 years after the release of their first record. “My Bologna” came out in 1979, so let’s see… I guess that means I’ll be eligible next year! I’m not going to hold my breath, though… I think my chances of ever making it into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame are about as good as Milli Vanilli’s. 

Mark Souder of St. Petersburg, Florida asks: Do you think you will ever go against Coolio on Celebrity Boxing?

Is that show still on the air? Well, to answer your question, no, for three reasons… I don’t have a beef with Coolio, I don’t want to fight anybody, and I don’t have a pathological need to humiliate myself on TV. Believe it or not, the producers of that show did call me at one point – they wanted me to fight Chyna (the woman from the World Wrestling Federation.) I somehow didn’t see it as a positive career move to either beat up or (much more likely) get beat up by a woman on national TV, so naturally I passed. (I think Joey Buttafuoco finally wound up fighting her. Well, at least it’s nice to know I ranked higher on the producer’s list than Joey Buttafuoco!) 

Trevor Haworth (Weird Albert) of Springfield, IL asks: Who were those other “Backstreet Boys” behind you at eBay [Live]?

Those were dancers hired specifically for the occasion. A choreographer worked with them to develop a dance routine to perform while they lip-synched the background vocals. I didn’t meet them or know exactly what they were going to do until I flew into Orlando that morning to do the show. They did a phenomenal job, and we all had a great time. 

Chris Newsom of Springfield, Virginia asks: Did you voice your character on Celebrity Deathmatch?

No, I didn’t. I didn’t even know about the show (where I battle to the death with then-Vice President Al Gore) until shortly before it aired. I did think that whoever was doing my voice did a pretty impressive imitation, though! 

Gina of Alto, MI asks: Will you ever release The Weird Al Show on DVD and make me the happiest woman on earth??

I don’t have time to do both. Figure out which one you want and get back to me.

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“Ask Al” Q&As for August 7, 2003

Jake L. of Readington, NJ asks: When you recorded your lines for The Simpsons, were there any that got cut out of the episode?

Thankfully, my part wasn’t cut at all, which was lucky for me because I know a lot of really, really funny lines from that episode wound up on the cutting room floor. My band recorded the instrumental track for the “Jack and Diane” parody at Mad Dog Studios in Burbank, but I got to go to the 20th Century Fox lot to sing the song and read my lines in a studio sitting next to Dan (Homer Simpson) Castellaneta himself, which was a huge thrill for me. Originally I was only intended to be in the body of the show, but the recording session went so well, the writers thought it would be a great idea for me to sing an extended version of the parody over the closing credits (and of course, I did too)! So they came up with some additional lyrics and I went back to the Fox lot several weeks later to record that as well. Then, shortly before the show aired, I had to go back one more time to re-record the end of the song… I think the original ending went something like, “Oh yeah, we got time to fill / Why don’t you go pee before King Of The Hill?” The problem was, by the time the episode was scheduled to air, The Simpsons was being followed by Oliver Beane, not King Of The Hill – so they had me change it to the more generic “Oh yeah, Weird Al had fun on this show / Even if it was just a brief cameo.” Being on The Simpsons was definitely a high point in my life – big thanks to all the writers, producers and artists who helped make it happen! 

Christopher P. “ClabberHeads” Sedtal of Groves Texas asks: How do you feel about the Comedy Grammy now re-including “musical comedy” as well as “spoken word comedy?”

Well, I’m thrilled, of course. For the last decade the Grammys have chosen to limit their nominees in the Comedy category to spoken word performances (ie: stand-up comedians), thereby effectively eliminating any chance of my getting nominated, going to the ceremonies and eating free food. But recently they have overturned their decision, and now the Comedy category will once again include both spoken-word and musical comedy… so cross your fingers for Poodle Hat next year! 

Christian of New Hyde Park, New York asks: In the song “Party at the Leper Colony,” I heard something that sounded like a Hammond B3 organ. Was that a real one, or was it a synthesizer? 

Normally we probably would have used a synthesizer, but it just so happened that there was an actual B3 organ lying around the Mad Dog Recording Studio, so we were able to get the actual authentic vintage sound. 

Jeannie of Tokyo, Japan asks: Was “Wanna B Ur Lovr” intended to be a style parody of anyone specific? It totally sounds like Midnite Vultures-era Beck to me, but I was just wondering.

You’re right on the money. The Prince-like title throws a lot of people, but that song is actually intended to sound like me trying to sound like Beck trying to sound like Prince. 

Glabber Dabber of ValleyJoe Killa, CA asks: Have you ever had frog legs?

No, they’ve always been human.

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“Ask Al” Q&As for July 5, 2003

Bobbi Jordan of Boardman, OR asks: Will you identify for us the people on the cover of Poodle Hat?

Well, let’s see… the guy with the poodle on his head would be me. The very pregnant woman with the sunglasses is my wife Suzanne. The guy in the surgical scrubs is my friend Joel Miller. The woman in the foreground with her legs crossed is my first-cousin- once-removed Tammy (who also played Queen Amidala in my video for “The Saga Begins”). UH Jeff, the guy that screens my fan mail, is the guy wearing the NY Yankees cap way in the back. Steve Jay’s son Ian is the really tall blond bicycle messenger. Tracy Berna, one of the writers for the Weird Al Show, is the waitress with the beehive hair-do. The Boy Scout is Dylan Bostick, the oldest son of one of Suzanne’s oldest friends. Bermuda’s wife Leslie is in there too. Plus there’s my mother-in-law, my father-in-law, my electrician, a couple from my church, the owner of my favorite ice cream shop, my aunt’s boyfriend… I think we got maybe 2 or 3 people from the casting office, but the overwhelming majority were friends and family members that just wanted to come to the shoot. 

Adam Shuler of Casa Grande, AZ asks: Hey Al! Why was your current Al-TV special only an hour long? Is that all VH-1 was willing to give you?

Let me first point out that it was pretty darn generous of VH1 to let me do a TV special that was “only” an hour long. Maybe some of you got spoiled by the AL-TV specials in the 80’s which were four hours long. In case you don’t remember, those specials aired exactly once – but with an hour-long show, it’s much easier to fit it into a programming block, so the new AL-TV special can be aired repeatedly (and it already has). The down side is that I was not able to do all the things that I normally do in an AL-TV, including AL-News and showcasing music videos from other artists that I like. I chose to concentrate on the celebrity interviews, because those seem to be everybody’s favorite part of AL-TV – plus I didn’t have a lot of spare time and I needed to focus on creating video material that I could also use in my live concerts. 

Alison Cuomo-Nason of Keene, NH asks: Let me start by saying I’m a BIG Zappa fan and old enough to have seen him in concert many times during the late 60’s & through the 70’s. I absolutely LOVE “Genius in France”! You nailed it!! “GIF” is truly a masterpiece! (Thanks for doing it for ME!) Now to the question – I am curious if you are getting much criticism from the masses who have misinterpreted your intent and believe you wrote “GIF” in response to the war in Iraq? Great to see “Ask Al” back! (BTW- You ROCKED North Tonawanda! Looking forward to another 5 concerts this summer! 

Thanks! Yes, let me now say for the record, I did not write “Genius In France” as any sort of political statement. I wrote the song long before the war in Iraq started, and it was never my intention to jump on any kind of “bashing the French” bandwagon. I was bashing the French before it was trendy. 

Andrew Geanacopoulos of Ludlow, MA asks: Was it true that the hilarious radio talent Phil Hendrie did the narration for the UHF trailer?

Yes, Phil Hendrie (who now is a famous syndicated radio host) and I used to be peons working together at Westwood One in the early 80’s, and we shared a warped sense of humor. I thought it would be a good choice to use him as the authoritative voice on the UHF trailer. 

Madeline Jarvis of Little Falls, MN asks: Is Ruben single?

Yes, thankfully there’s just one of him.

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“Ask Al” Q&As for May, 2000

CMonkey2000 of Spatula City, Liechtenstein asks: Seriously, how do you rationalize being a vegan and playing a gig at the Great American Rib Cook-Off? 

The same way I can rationalize playing at a college even though I’m not a student anymore.

Stanley Spudski of Phoenix, AZ asks: Hey Al. In the insert/lyrics page included with the “Running With Scissors” CD there is a picture of you and your band. Is there any special reason why your drummer, Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz, chose the number “9” to wear on his shirt?

I think it’s because of his being a Beatles fan (“Number nine…. Number nine…. Number nine…”)

Emily of Dayton, OH asks: Al, it states in “Behind the Music” that you skipped two grades during school. Which two were they?

Actually I only skipped one grade (I was pulled out of second grade and placed in third), but I also started kindergarten a year early. 

Jeremy McCarthy of Fairfield, CT asks: Hey Al!!!!! What do u think about Napster? I just want to know if you approve.

I have very mixed feelings about it. On one hand, I’m concerned that the rampant downloading of my copyright-protected material over the Internet is severely eating into my album sales and having a decidedly adverse effect on my career. On the other hand, I can get all the Metallica songs I want for FREE! WOW!!!!! 

Bill of Torrance, CA asks: Did you sing the following songs: “Toast,” “Baby Got Jack,” “Ugly Girl,” and “Livin’ La Vida Yoda.” I’m asking because people download these songs and the title would say “by Al Yankovic.” 

No, no, no, and no. This is actually my biggest problem with all those mp3-download services. A large number of the songs which are attributed to me are NOT by me at all. Some of the songs supposedly by me are, in fact, rather profane, and it disturbs me that some people might be led to believe that I’m responsible for them. Check the discography on my web site if you’re ever in doubt as to whether something is really a Weird Al song or not. 

Andie Forslund of Houston, TX asks: Hi Al! I just got a copy of “The Compleat Al” video off ebay, and I noticed the video for “This Is The Life” was different from the one on the DVD of all your videos. Why is that? Love ya!

Back when we were putting “The Compleat Al” together, for one reason or another we weren’t able to secure the rights to use clips from the movie “Johnny Dangerously” in “This Is The Life,” even though that video was made specifically to promote the movie. So old stock footage was used to replace those movie clips. Years later we finally managed to secure the rights to use the clips, and we were able to release the original version of the video with the movie scenes intact. 

Autumn Wright of Albany, OR asks: Hey Al! I heard you got something in your eye during the MO concert on 4/26! I’m sorry! Are you all better now?

I’m just fine now, thanks for asking. During “Like A Surgeon” the stethoscope flew up into my face and cut my eyeball. Luckily it missed my cornea and I healed quickly. 

Jonathan D. H. Parshall of Brevard, North Carolina asks: Now that Orion Pictures is defunct, who owns “UHF”? MGM? And do you have any stake in ownership?

I don’t have any ownership of the title – MGM has the rights to “UHF” at the moment. I’m hoping that they’ll put the DVD out one of these days, but they don’t seem to be in any hurry. (In the meantime, though, they’ve found the time to send me a cease-and-desist letter barring me from using any clips from “UHF” in my live show – which is why we had to change the concert films a few months ago.)

Will Dyess of Cincinnati, Ohio asks: How do you feel about the massive cuts (nearly 15 minutes are missing) made for the TV version of “UHF”? 

I have no idea why Comedy Central butchers “UHF” so much when they air it. You’d think the network that made “South Park” famous wouldn’t have a problem with ANY of the content in MY movie! 

Matt Driscoll of Fresno, CA asks: What was the name of the actor in UHF who went “You so stupid”?

That was the great Gedde Wattanabe, playing the part of Kuni the karate instructor. He also got to reprise that role in an episode of “The Weird Al Show.”

Weird Alice of twenty-sevenville asks: At the end of the “I Lost On Jeopardy” video, there was a guy in a car who turned and winked at the camera. Who was that person?

That was none other than Greg Kihn, who wrote and performed the original “Jeopardy” song. 

HArold WAide of Dansville, NY asks: When you are in the studio, what order do you usually lay the tracks down on a given song? 

Usually I record drums, bass and rhythm guitar all at once – then if we get a drum track that’s usable, we do fixes on the bass and guitar tracks. All other instrumental overdubs come next, and the vocals usually go on last. 

Tim Montgomery of the same city/state Amber lives in asks: Greetings, Al! I just gotta know: when you record songs for an ALbum, do you already have the lyrics memorized or do you sing them while looking at the lyrics sheet?

I usually use a lyric sheet when I sing in the studio, both to help me remember the words and also to allow me to make notes and changes as I go along. 

Tiffany “Pretty Fly for a Shicksa” Baxendell of Clairton, PA asks: Every time I hear “Albuquerque” I laugh out loud. How did you handle what all that screaming does to your voice while you’re recording an album?

“Albuquerque” is one of those songs that I would always save till the end of a session, because my voice would be too shot to sing anything else afterwards.

Kenneth Edwards of Waynesboro, VA asks: Did you ever meet Adam Sandler?

I’ve run into him a few times. The first time I met him we were both appearing on an episode of that old MTV game show “Remote Control.” From what I remember, he wasn’t making $20 million a picture at the time.

Torso Girl of Sydney, Australia asks: Hey Al! Were you ever in the International Comedy Festival “Just For Laughs”? If so, what were you doing – I didn’t think you were a stand up comedian as well!

I didn’t really do stand up, but I did host one of the “Just For Laughs” gala events in 1990, and I played several songs with my band. We were featured on the live “Just For Laughs” Showtime special that year, and we were invited back several years later to play a couple more tunes for the Festival. 

Mandy of Calabasas, CA asks: I went to one of your concerts out here and I heard you sing a song about pizza to the tune of “My Heart Will Go On.” What is the name of the song and if it is on one of your CD’s, which one is it on? Thanks.

The official name of the song is “Free Delivery.” This is a concert-only song, and it will not be on any future CD releases. 

Rachel Merrick of Turnetr, ME asks: How many times did you have to try before you got your driver’s license?

I didn’t get my driver’s license until the third attempt. I’ve gotten a lot better at driving in the last 24 years, though.

Elysse of Orange County, CA asks: On the cover of “Running With Scissors,” are the two blurry runners in the background band members, or are they other runners who were on hand at the shoot? Thanks!

Those were, in fact, two band members. So never let it be said that I don’t feature the band on my album covers!

Crazy Chris of Florence, SC asks: My wife is hearing impaired and none of your music video tapes are closed-captioned. I want her to appreciate the lyrics also. Can you help me out? Thanks.

You might want to check out the new “‘Weird Al’ Yankovic – Live!” DVD – it has a closed-captioning function.

Tom Bagnall of Anaheim (grew up in South Gate, CA) asks: Settle a bet, please… my daughter and I LOVE your CD “Running With Scissors,” but we have a disagreement about the song “Germs.” She insists the words “microscopic bacteria” begins on the first beat of a 4 beat phrase. I know it starts on the second beat of 4. Can you settle this family feud??? 

It starts on the second beat. There. You’re smarter than your daughter. Feel superior now??

Adam Barager of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada asks: Hey Al! I just bought your “Running With Scissors” album and I was wondering, did you make the Read-me file for the movie clip yourself? I found it quite funny.

That was a collaboration between myself, Bermuda and a bunch of lawyer folk.

Eskimo Joe of Dalhart, TX asks: I would like to ask you a personal question. Are you flat-footed?

Not completely, but a bit more than average.

Linda Shah of Vienna, VA asks: Dear Al, since you’re a “This is Spinal Tap” fan I was wondering if you also enjoyed Christopher Guest’s & Eugene Levy’s “Waiting for Guffman”? (Did ya catch the Judy Tenuta t-shirt?) Thank you.

Yes, I liked “Guffman” a lot. I talked to Judy about it – she had no idea that Chris Guest was going to wear a T-shirt with her picture on it in the movie. She feels that she deserves an Academy Award for Best Performance by a T-Shirt.

Dot of Boise, Idaho asks: Do you have a waterbed? I hear they are bad for you.

I had a waterbed for a couple years in the ‘80’s, but it sprung a leak one day and I decided to get rid of it. 

Joe Weatherford of Lexington, KY asks: How were you able to stay on key when you sang “Since You’ve Been Gone”?

I had Jim record a scratch guitar track first, and I sang all my vocals against it. Then when we were mixing, we just took the guitar out.

Kara Nadeau of Somerset, MA asks: What is the first thing you notice about a person?

Whether or not they’re on fire.

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“Ask Al” Q&As for April, 2000

Adela of Chandrapore, Indiana asks: Hi Al! You’re the best 🙂 Anyhoo, I have some friends in CA who camped overnight outside the Shrine to watch the crazy red carpet parade at the 72nd Annual Oscars. They claim that they saw you there, but they couldn’t tell who you were with. Were you really there?

Yes, I got to go to the Oscars for the very first time this year. My friend Spike (from the Spike and Mike Animation Festival – three of his animated shorts were nominated) had a couple extra tickets, and he was nice enough to invite me. You may have seen me – I was the guy in the tuxedo WAY up in the second balcony. 

Caroll Flanery of Redding, CA asks: Hi Al! I read in your introduction to “MAD About TV” that you used a piece from MAD magazine in statewide speech tournaments in high school. Since I also competed in speech tournaments in high school, I would like to know what was the highest placement you achieved and how many forensics points did you rack up?

I don’t know about forensics points, but I made it to the State Competition a couple times. One year I made it to the State finals with my Expository speech about all the garbage they put in hot dogs (and this was years before I turned vegetarian!)

David, the Al-Oholic of LaFayette, Georgia asks: Hey, Al! Why aren’t your CD’s available to buy from Columbia House?

Volcano doesn’t like to have their product available through places like that because they get a much lower royalty rate that way. Scotti Brothers had the same policy. 

Brenda of Danvers, MA asks: Hey Al, why don’t you use a headset microphone on stage instead of the regular microphones?

I’m afraid people will confuse me with Garth Brooks.

Sherri Miller of Thornville, OH asks: What do you do when women throw undergarments at you while you are performing on stage?

Well, I save them, of course, but I always wash them before wearing them.

Alex Rose of Los Angeles, CA asks: Greetings, Al. In UHF, was U62 a set or is it an actual building somewhere?

The exterior was actually the building at the bottom of a radio transmitter tower somewhere in Tulsa, but the interior shots were done on a soundstage (in an abandoned Tulsa shopping mall). 

Bjarke Lorentsen of Aarhus, Denmark asks: I have been listening quite a lot to “This Is The Life” on “Dare To Be Stupid,” and I was wondering what you call this music style? I think the track is absolutely fabulous, especially the spoon-intermission. =)

It’s just supposed to sound like the kind of music that was popular in the late ’20’s and early ’30’s. That’s the time frame of the movie that it was written for (“Johnny Dangerously”). I’ve pointed this out before, but it bears repeating: my song is NOT on the video release of the movie, but it’s under the opening credits if you happen to catch it on TV. 

Weird Rob of Annandale, New Jersey asks: In school now I am a straight A student. What were your grades as a kid?

I got perfect straight A’s all through high school. 

Sean Coates of Costa Mesa, CA asks: Why are all of your songs shorter? For example, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is about five minutes long and your version is about 3 1/2 minutes long. Why?

I like to tighten up my parody arrangements as much as possible without making the songs sound unnatural. I try to shorten or eliminate instrumental breaks, cut down the repetitive choruses, and also speed everything up just a hair. The general rule of thumb is, if it’s not funny, get rid of it. 

Matt L. of Oregon asks: Hey Al, I saw “I Lost On Jeopardy” and there was a quick scene with Jim where he had a cigarette. Does Jim smoke?

No. But apparently his character in that video did.

Carole of Seattle, WA asks: Hi Al! As a self-described “control freak,” did you have any input regarding the editing of your live concert video?

Since I was on the road for most of the time that the live video was being edited, tapes and mixes had to be Fed-Exed to me at various hotels – and then I sent back my notes for changes. It’s a bit more laborious to work that way, but unfortunately I can’t be in two places at once. 

Homely Bubert of Santa Rosa, CA asks: Hey, Al! A while back I heard your Billy Joel parody demo (“It’s Still Billy Joel To Me”) on the Dr. Demento Show, and was just wondering why it never got into one of your LPs. Never got the rights? Decided it was a bit harsh? Just curious.

I wrote that in 1980, but even by 1983 (when my first album came out) it felt a bit dated. Also, we figured that Billy wasn’t very likely to give us his blessing on that one anyway, so we never even bothered asking.

Linda Shah of Vienna, VA asks: Dear Al, in your song “Slime Creatures From Outer Space” there’s the line “They’ll zap you with their death ray eyes and blow you up real good” – Is the “blow you up real good” phrase from the SCTV sketch “Celebrity Farm Film Blow-up” hosted by Big Jim McBob and Billy Sol Hurok (Joe Flaherty and John Candy)? Thank you.

Yes, that was the intended reference. Here’s your gold star.

John Chadwick of Orlando, FL asks I recall back in the eighties when I first bought “Dare to Be Stupid” on vinyl (Vinyl is a thing we used to buy our music on, kids. We called them records.) I noticed that the phrase “Mores Songs About TV and Food” was etched into the inner groove area. Was this a reference to the Talking Heads album with a similar title?

Yes, that was the intended reference. Here’s a nice cookie.

Joshua Michael Stewart of Atlanta, Georgia asks: While watching your “Music Video Library” video, I noticed a scene at the beginning of You Don’t Love Me Anymore where Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz throws his drumsticks down and walks off. But on the DVD version, this scene ends the “Smells Like Nirvana” video. Where does it belong?

That bit is actually the beginning of the “You Don’t Love Me Anymore” video. The folks that mastered the DVD messed up the chapter stops. 

Blair Freeman of Carbondale, IL asks: You mentioned in a recent newspaper article that you had to cut some lines out of “The Saga Begins” after it was already recorded because of bad information. What were the lines?

The changes were pretty minor. Like “He’s probably gonna marry her someday” was originally “I hear he’s gonna marry her someday” – because in the movie (according to my Internet rumor source) Anakin was supposed to tell the Queen that he was going to marry her (this was not in the final cut of the film). And I think I slightly changed the very beginning of the last verse for some reason. But overall, I was very, very pleased with how closely those Internet rumors corresponded with the storyline of the finished film. 

Ali Sills of Petal, Mississippi asks: Hey Hey Al, I was wondering, why wasn’t Ruben interviewed for your “Behind the Music”??

The producers at VH1 were concerned about the potential sudden ratings drop. 

Andrew Brace of Snover, Michigan asks: Who exactly is Eddie Vedder?

(sigh) I promised myself I was never going to answer this question, but believe it or not, hundreds of people have asked. So… Eddie Vedder is the lead singer of a little band called Pearl Jam.  You remember, kids… they were really popular way back in the ’90’s…?

Sam (Eagle Boy) of Lowell, MA asks: Did you need permission from Jerry Springer to write the song “Jerry Springer”?

No – Jerry Springer is considered a public figure, so I have just as much right to do a song about him as I do to write a song about President Clinton or, uh… Eddie Vedder…

Fanny of Sebastian, CA asks: Dear Al, I notice you have six weeks off in your touring schedule. What do you do with your time off?

Try to have a life.

Jason Bach of Gresham, OR asks: Hey Al… I was channel surfing a while back and I came across this show. I don’t remember what it was called, but it had you in it. You were this weird green alien-thingy wearing a suit and your head looked like a giant cabbage… in fact, I think that may have been your name….”Cabbage Head” or something… What was that show?

That was an episode of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories. That particular episode was directed by Tobe Hooper and featured Laraine Newman and the late, great Dick Shawn.

Sean of Vicksburg, MS asks: Do you cut your own grass when you’re at home?

There’s no grass in my yard.

Daelin Keller of Ukiah, CA asks: What is that German-sounding song byte in “Hooked on Polkas”???

That was the German version of Nena’s “99 Red Balloons” (both the English and German versions were radio hits in the mid-80’s). 

Affy, your close personal friend of Lake Charles, LA asks: Dear Al, I saw your concert in Houston and noticed that you didn’t perform “Like A Surgeon” like you did on the “Weird Al” Yankovic Live! tape. Did you hurt yourself?

Actually, I did hurt my neck that day, and had to see a chiropractor in Houston. I figured I could get through most of the show okay, but I might wind up killing myself if I put my leg around my head (like I do in “Surgeon”). I’m feeling much better now, thanks. By the way, sometimes we have to pull that song from the set if the stage is too small to accommodate a riser (for me to writhe around on), and sometimes we’re forced to do a short show and we just have to cut out a few numbers. 

Hillary Tutor of Great Falls, Montana asks: I was wondering why you wear a clown suit in the beginning of the Bedrock song. I don’t understand the correlation.

The harlequin suit that I wear at the beginning of that song is similar to the one that used to be worn on stage by Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis.

Chris Charles of Searcy, AR asks: If I gave you my mailing address, would you send me an accordion autographed by you and all of the band members?

No.

Coby Howard of Big Spring, Texas asks: What are the lyrics to “Albuquerque”?

Way back when I was just a little bitty boy living in a box under the stairs in the corner of the basement of the house half a block down the street from Jerry’s Bait Shop… you know the place… well anyway, back then life was going swell and everything was juuuuust peachy… except of course for the undeniable fact that every single morning… my mother would make me a big ol’ bowl of sauerkraut for breakfast… Arggggh! Big bowl of sauerkraut!! Every single morning!! It was driving me crazy! I said to my mom, I said, “Hey! Mom! What’s up with all the sauerkraut??” And my dear sweet mother, she just looked at me like a cow looks at an oncoming train, and she leaned right down next to me, and she said, “Unhhhh… It’s goooood for you!” And then she tied me to the wall and stuck a funnel in my mouth and force-fed me nothing but sauerkraut until I was twenty-six and a half years old. That’s when I swore that someday, someday I would get out of that basement and travel to a magical, far-away place where the sun is always shining and the air smells like warm root beer and the towels are oh-so-fluffy… where the shriners and the lepers play their ukuleles all day long and anyone on the street will gladly shave your back for a nickel.  Wocka wocka doo doo yeah. Well, let me tell you, people, it wasn’t long at all before my dream came true, because the very next day a local radio station had this contest to see who could correctly guess the number of molecules in Leonard Nimoy’s butt. I was off by three, but I still won the grand prize… That’s right, a first-class one-way ticket… to Al…buquerque! Al…buquerque! Oh yeah… You know, I’d never been on a real airplane before, and I gotta tell you, it was really great… except that I had to sit between two large Albanian women with excruciatingly severe body odor, and the little kid in back of me kept throwing up the whole time, and the flight attendants ran out of Dr. Pepper and salted peanuts, and the in-flight movie was “Bio-Dome” with Pauly Shore, and three of the airplane engines burned out and we went into a tailspin and crashed into a hillside and the plane exploded in a giant fireball and everybody died… except for me… you know why?  ‘Cause I had my tray table up… and my seat back in the full upright position, had my tray table up… and my seat back in the full upright position… had my tray table up… and my seat back in the full upright position… Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!! So I crawled from the twisted, burning wreckage… I crawled on my hands and knees for three full days… dragging along my big leather suitcase and my garment bag and my tenor saxophone and my twelve-pound bowling ball and my lucky, lucky autographed glow-in-the-dark snorkel. But finally I arrived at the world-famous Albuquerque Holiday Inn where the towels are oh-so-fluffy… and you can eat your soup right out of the ashtrays if you wanna. It’s okay, they’re clean! Well, I checked into my room and I turned down the AC and I turned on the Spectravision and I’m just about to eat that little chocolate mint on my pillow that I love so very, very much when suddenly there’s a knock on the door. Well, now who could that be? I say, “Who is it?” No answer. “Who is it?” There’s no answer. “Who is it??” They’re not sayin’ anything. So finally I go over and I open the door, and just as I suspected… it’s some big fat hermaphrodite with a Flock of Seagulls haircut and only one nostril. Ohhhh, man, I hate it when I’m right. So anyway, he bursts into my room and he grabs my lucky snorkel and I’m like, “Hey! You can’t have that! That snorkel’s been just like a snorkel to me!” And he’s like, “Tough!” And I’m like, “Give it!” And he’s like, “Make me!” And I’m like, “‘kay!” So I grabbed his leg and he grabbed my esophagus and I bit off his ear and he chewed off my eyebrows and I took out his appendix and he gave me a colonic irrigation. Yes indeed, you better believe it. And somehow in the middle of it all the phone got knocked off the hook and twenty seconds later, I heard a familiar voice, and you know what it said? I’ll tell you what it said. It said, “If you’d like to make a call, please hang up and try again. If you need help, hang up and then dial your operator… If you’d like to make a call, please hang up and try again. If you need help, hang up and then dial your operator…” in Al…buquerque! Al…buquerque! Well, to cut a long story short, he got away with my snorkel. But I made a solemn vow right then and there that I would not rest… I would not sleep for an instant… until the one-nostriled man was brought to justice. But first I decided to buy some donuts. So I got in my car and I drove over to the donut shop and I walked on up to the guy behind the counter and he says, “Yeah, whaddaya want?” I said, “You got any glazed donuts?” He said, “No, we’re outta glazed donuts.” I said, “Well, you got any jelly donuts?” He said, “No, we’re outta jelly donuts!” I said, “You got any Bavarian creme-filled donuts?” He said, “No, we’re outta Bavarian creme-filled donuts!” I said, “You got any cinnamon rolls?” He said, “No, we’re outta cinnamon rolls!” I said, “You got any apple fritters?” He said, “No, we’re outta apple fritters!” I said, “You got any bear claws?” He said, “Wait a minute, I’ll go check……………..No!! We’re outta bear claws!!” I said, “Well, in that case… in that case, what do you have?” He says, “All I got right now is this box of one dozen starving, crazed weasels.” I said, “Okay. I’ll take that.” So he hands me the box and I open up the lid and the weasels jump out and they immediately latch onto my face and start biting me all over.  Arr arrrr arrrrh. Oh man, they were just going nuts. They were tearing me apart! You know, I think it was just about that time that a little ditty started going through my head. I believe it went a little something like this: “Arrrrrrgh!!! Get ’em off of me!!! Get ’em off me!!! Argggggh!!! Get ’em off!! Get ’em off!! Arrrrrrrrgh… Arggggggghh!!!” I ran out into the street with these flesh-eating weasels all over my face, waving my arms all around and just running, running, running like a constipated wiener dog. And as luck would have it, that’s exactly when I ran into the girl of my dreams. Her name was Zelda. She was a calligraphy enthusiast with a slight overbite and hair the color of strained peaches. I’ll never forget the very first thing she said to me. She said, “Hey. You’ve got weasels on your face.” That’s when I knew it was true love. We were inseparable after that. Aw, we ate together, we bathed together, we even shared the same piece of mint-flavored dental floss. Aw, the world was our burrito. So we got married and we bought us a house and had two beautiful children, Nathaniel and Superfly. Oh, we were so very, very, very happy. Oh yeah. But then one fateful night, Zelda said to me, she said, “Sweetie Pumpkin… do you want to join the Columbia record club?” I said, “Whoa! Hold on now, baby! I’m just not ready for that kind of a commitment!” So we broke up and I never saw her again. But that’s just the way things go… in Al…buquerque! Al…buquerque! Anyway, things really started looking up for me, because about a week later I finally achieved my life-long dream. That’s right, I got me a part-time job at the Sizzler. I even made Employee of the Month after I put out that grease fire with my face. Oh yeah, everybody was pretty jealous of me after that. I was gettin’ a lot of attitude. Okay, like one time, I was out in the parking lot trying to remove my excess ear wax with a golf pencil, when I see this guy Marty trying to carry a big ol’ sofa up the stairs all by himself. So I say to him, I say, “Hey! You want me to help you with that?” And Marty, he just rolls his eyes and goes, “Nooo, I want you to cut off my arms and legs with a chain saw.” So I did. And then he gets all indignant on me! He’s like, “Hey, man, I was just being sarcastic!” Well, that’s just great. How was I supposed to know that? I’m not a mind-reader, for crying out loud. Besides, now he’s got a really cute nickname – Torso Boy – so what’s hecomplaining about? Say, that reminds me of another amusing anecdote. This guy comes up to me on the street and he tells me he hasn’t had a bite in three days. Well, I knew what he meant, but just to be funny I took a big bite out of his jugular vein. And he’s yelling and screaming and bleeding all over, and I’m like, “Hey! Come on! Don’t you get it?” But he just keeps rolling around on the sidewalk, bleeding and screaming, “Ahhhhh!! Ahhhhh!! Ahhhhhh!!!” – y’know, completely missing the irony of the whole situation. Man, some people just can’t take a joke, y’know? Anyway, I uh… Um… where was I?…… I kinda lost my train of thought. Uh… Well, okay, anyway, I know it’s kind of a round-about way of saying it, but I guess the whole point I’m trying to make here is… I… HATE… SAUERKRAUT!! That’s all I’m really trying to say. And by the way, if one day you happen to wake up and find yourself in an existential quandary, full of loathing and self-doubt and wracked with the pain and isolation of your pitiful, meaningless existence, at least you can take a small bit of comfort in knowing that somewhere out there in this crazy ol’ mixed-up universe of ours, there’s still a little place… called Al…buquerque! Al…buquerque! Albuquerque! Albuquerque! Albuquerque! Albuquerque! I said, A!  (A!) L!  (L!) B!  (B!) U!  (U!) …querque!!  (Querque!!) Albuquerque! (Querque!!) Albuquerque!(Querque!!) Albuquerque! (Querque!!) Albuquerque! (Querque!!) Albuquerque! (Querque!!) Albuquerque! (Querque!!) Albuquerque! (Querque!!) Albuquerque!  (Albuquerque!) Al…… buquerque! 

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“Ask Al” Q&As for March, 2000

Linda Shah of Vienna, VA asks: Dear Al, from which institution’s film archives do you obtain the educational films that are used in your concerts & TV shows? Do you personally select each one to assure maximum wackiness? Thank you.

We’ve been using a New York-based stock footage house called Streamline, and they’ve got tons of great stuff. I personally screened a mind-numbing amount of footage in order to select just the right bits to use in my educational films. By the way, we’re planning to include the two newest educational films (seen on AL-TV 2K) as a little bonus on the upcoming “‘Weird Al’ Yankovic – Live!” DVD.

Snails of Rochester, NY asks: Who cooks for you guys when you are on tour?

We don’t travel with a chef – each venue that we play at provides us with a catered meal before the show. 

David Ramussen of Kenyon, MN asks: In the movie “Naked Gun 2 1/2,” where were you in the movie? 

I’m a little hard to recognize – I’m the crackhead holding O.J. Simpson at gunpoint and saying “Okay, pigs, say your prayers…” right before Leslie Nielsen walks in the room, slamming me in the face with the door.

Keith Kliebert of New Orleans, LA asks: Al, I hear that you really enjoy visiting New Orleans, especially during Mardi Gras. Why don’t you ever perform down here?

Good question. I believe New Orleans is the largest U.S. city we’ve never played. Unfortunately, as I’ve said before, I have virtually no control over where we do shows – it’s mostly based on interest from concert promoters and the availability of suitable venues.

Renee Weber of Lancaster, Calif. asks: Hi Al! I owe you an apology! How much of an annoyance is it to have audience members use flash photography during your concerts? I’d like to apologize for my flash going off a couple times while taking pictures of you at the Oxnard, CA concert. So sorry!

I can’t speak for the rest of the band, but flash photography doesn’t particularly bother me on stage. However, most theatres seem to have a strict policy against it.

Bob of Simi Valley, Calif. asks: My girlfriend lived in the Sequoia dorm at Cal Poly in 1977. What dorm did you live in?

I lived in Sierra Madre, tower 4, third floor.

Kara Nadeau of Somerset, MA asks: What exactly is a “coffee achiever”?

You’re referring to a line in “Dare To Be Stupid” where I say, “You can be a coffee achiever, you can sit around the house and watch ‘Leave It To Beaver.’” “Coffee achiever” was a reference to a commercial campaign from the mid-80’s designed to get people to drink more coffee. The commercials showed active, happy people drinking coffee while E.L.O. sang “Hold on tight to your dreams…” I believe the tagline was something oxymoronic like, “Coffee… it perks you up… and calms you down.” BTW, the “coffee achiever” in the DTBS video is played by my manager Jay Levey. 

“Insane Emily” Menden of Manitowoc, WI asks: How in the world did you end up on the Movie Lounge?!?! 

The host of the show, Kent Osborne, is the brother of the Academy-Award-nominated Mark Osborne, who co-directed my “Jurassic Park” video. They’re both currently working on their own low-budget independent film in which I made a small cameo. 

Josh Boileau of Manitoba, Canada asks: In the song “I Want a New Duck,” is that the music for “Ghostbusters”? It sounds close to the same.

It’s actually a parody of “I Want A New Drug” by Huey Lewis and the News – but apparently Huey felt the same way you did. He sued Ray Parker Jr. (the writer of the “Ghostbusters” theme song) for copyright infringement.

Karla of Lindon, Utah asks: Why are you pictured in “MAD About TV” sitting in a coffin? Is there a story behind it?

That confused me a lot too when I first saw it. I figured it out when I saw the next issue of MAD magazine – the same illustration was used for a gag in which I had supposedly written a song called “Pretty Fly For A Dead Guy.” So I guess they were just recycling their art.

Lindsey of Saugerties, NY asks: What is the highest you’ve ever been on the Billboard charts, and for how long?

“Eat It” made it to #12 on the singles chart, and “Bad Hair Day” made it to #14 on the albums chart, both for one week. 

Rachel Merrick of Turner, ME asks: When were your parents married?

August 14, 1949.

Dayna Sorrells of AL-buquerque, NM asks: In the video “Eat It,” a picture falls off the wall. Who or what was on that picture?

That was Dr. Demento, making one of his famous cameo appearances. (If memory serves, I believe the good Doctor was getting married the day we were shooting that scene!)

Jerry of Haymarket, VA asks: Al, my accordion teacher says that a 96-bass accordion is enough – what would you recommend?

Sure, a 96-bass accordion is enough… if you’re a WIMP!  Real men only play 120-bass accordions! 

Shannon-Queen of Saturn-Roae of Meadville, PA asks: Hey Al, how you doin’? I was just wondering, did you go to your senior prom?

No, I didn’t go to my senior prom, or my junior prom, or any high school dance, for that matter.

Jesamy Porter of Missouri asks: Did you get to pick your co-stars in your movie “UHF” or did someone else?

Jay Levey (my manager and the director of “UHF”) and I made all the final casting decisions together.

Caitie of Arvada, CO asks: In the “UHF” video when you are pretending to be Billy Idol, you say “UHF” and it looks like you’re blowing smoke out of your mouth. Did you really inhale smoke when you were shooting the video?

Although I’d never smoked in my life, I had to take a puff on a clove cigarette to achieve that effect.

David Guzman of Brooklyn, NY asks: In the questions for January 2000 on this site, someone asked about the glasses holding up your mask when doing “Fat” on the “‘Weird Al’ Yankovic-Live!” video, but why did you have glasses on when doing “Amish Paradise”?

I just thought it helped sell the “Amish look.”

Doug “Mr. Dougie” Kiel of Burlington, Wisconsin asks: Did you ever meet Donny and/or Marie prior to being on the show?

I’d met Donny once or twice previously – in fact, I believe there’s a picture of me in the “Permanent Record” booklet where Donny’s holding me up by my lapels.

Matt Chelko of State College, PA asks: First off, I’d like to say that you did an excellent concert here in State College, but I was wondering, on the “‘Weird Al’ Yankovic – Live!” video, why wasn’t the entire medley included?

The “concert only” songs in the medley were never cleared, and therefore could not be included in a product that was for sale to the public. The “between songs” films could not be included for a similar reason.

Scott Snyder of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin asks: Was Harvey the Wonder Hamster a small guinea pig on one of your MTV specials years ago or was I just drunk?

Harvey was, in fact, feeling a little under the weather that day, so his pal Bob the guinea pig was nice enough to fill in for him at the last minute. 

John “I wish my name were cooler” Colvin of Oregon, OH asks: Hey Al! I was just watching “UHF” and I was wondering how you did that stunt with Emo cutting off his thumb. So let us in on the secret.

It’s actually a very simple movie trick. Emo was heavily anesthetized when he cut his thumb off with a power saw, so he really didn’t feel a thing. And then as soon as the director yelled cut, the team of highly skilled micro-surgeons that we had standing by quickly attached it back on. Luckily, we only needed to do a couple takes.

Asher Doak of Marietta, OH asks: Hey Al, I was just wondering: You know how Jim usually sings harmony with you during the chorus part of your songs? Do any of the other guys ever harmonize with you? If so, how many?

Actually, on the albums I sing virtually all the harmonies myself. Of course, in concert that’s a little difficult to do, so as a rule Jim will sing the high harmony parts, Steve will sing the low harmony parts, and Bermuda and Ruben will sing only when absolutely necessary

Robert Lares of Los Angeles, CA asks: Your liner notes say that Kim Bullard plays [keyboards] on “Headline News,” but in the video it’s Ruben in a wig. Why not Kim? 

Well, Kim is a terrific keyboard player, sure, but let’s face it – Ruben just looks a lot better in a blonde wig.

Jimmy Imoehl of Eagle, Wisconsin asks: In the song “Mr. Frump In The Iron Lung,” were you using the air valve on your accordion to make the sound of Mr. Frump breathing?

You are correct, sir!

Al Nennig of New London, Wisconsin asks: I just bought your second album “‘Weird Al’ Yankovic In 3-D” and because it was reissued it doesn’t have any liner notes inside. So I’m confused on “King of Suede” as to whether the background singers are saying “Is my size on sale” or “Is my size avail(able).” I know, I know, I should have bought the album the day it came out but I kinda wasn’t born yet. Sorry. Thanks a lot.

That’s me and (producer) Rick Derringer singing, “Is my size up there…?”

Ludwig Von Ruiner of Ruination asks: If and when you have children, will they also be weird? For instance, would you name your son Weird Walter or your daughter Weird Wendy?

No, that would be kind of cruel, don’t you think? I mean, who in their right mind would name their kid Walter?

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“Ask Al” Q&As for February, 2000

Karla of Lindon, Utah asks: Were you surprised about the “Achy Breaky” question on “Donny and Marie” and were they *really* good sports about it?

I had actually mentioned that song to the show’s producer during the pre-interview, and I knew they were going to ask me about it. I think they were mostly pretending to be upset – they’re professionals, and they realize that what I do is all in good fun. By the way, they had asked me to perform a song on the show, but only if I could cut it down to under three minutes. Being the uncompromising artiste that I am, I declined, since I didn’t want to hack any verses out of “Saga” or “Pentiums.” (I also recently turned down a chance to be on Regis & Kathie Lee for the exact same reason – only their stipulation was that the song had to be under TWO minutes!!) 

teri2k of AL!buquerque,NM asks: Hi, Al, you’re terrific! I’ve heard a description of your room on the tour bus, and how you have the air vents taped over to keep out cigarette smoke. Do you have some other air intake, or way to keep fresh air in your room? Doesn’t it get stuffy?

The vents aren’t taped over to keep out cigarette smoke (smoking is strictly prohibited on the band bus) – they’re taped over to keep out the AC. I have to stay out of air conditioning and smoky rooms if I want to avoid losing my voice on the road. If my room ever gets stuffy, I can always open a window and let in some fresh air. 

Annapolis Amy of Maryland asks: How many people ride on your tour bus?

There used to be a dozen or so people all on one bus – but since the tour started last year, we’ve been leasing two busses, so now the band rides on one bus and the crew rides on the other. Ironically, the crew bus has become the “party” bus, while us guys on the band bus mostly sit around working on our laptops. 

Caroll Flanery of Redding, CA asks: How do you finance your music videos? Does the money come out of your own pocket, do you have a separate production company set up just for music videos, or is there some other way?

The record company pays for all expenses up front, but half of it is reimbursable through my royalties, so in essence, I pay for half the cost of my videos. There is a production company that deals with each video, and they are paid a separate fee (which is part of the video budget). I even get to pay myself to direct, although half of my paycheck is in essence coming from my back pocket. 

Dr. D.R. of Solon OH asks: How do you feel about your appearance in the recent issue of MAD?

I’m thrilled whenever I get a mention in MAD. If you want to know more about my life-long love affair with MAD Magazine, you might want to check out the recently released softcover book “MAD ABOUT TV.” I wrote the foreword for it.

Kate Jones of Acton, MA asks: Al, none of my family members like your song The Night Santa Went Crazy just because it’s gross (No offense). Unfortunately, that’s one of my favorite songs. What should I do?

Well, obviously, you were adopted. Perhaps they haven’t broken the news to you yet. I’d just bring the subject up sometime over dinner, whenever there’s a lull in the conversation.

Tuck Davion of San Diego, CA asks: Hi Al! I just wanted to know, what is the difference between the Capitol Records version of “My Bologna” and the album release version?

The Capitol Records version is the original bathroom recording – the ONLY instrument is the accordion. The album release version was done in the studio and features the whole band. On the “Permanent Record” box set, the initial pressing went out with the incorrect version of “My Bologna,” which caused a great disturbance in the Force. 

Tabitha Lynch of Fort Worth, TX asks: Do you collect things from each city you travel on, like shot glasses?

Lately I’ve started collecting souvenir squished pennies, and those pens that have things floating in them.

Mitch Rabb of Pevely, MO asks: I noticed during The Saga Begins music video that Rubén’s face is always partially covered with the hood of his robe. Why is this?

We didn’t want to frighten small children.

Marianne Rose of Erie, PA asks: Okay Al, I just gotta know! In the video for “Smells Like Nirvana,” did you actually make that over the shoulder basketball shot, or was it some amazing editing or special effects??

I threw the basketball up into a net which was just out of frame, and a crew guy hanging from the rafters dropped another basketball straight down into the hoop. Not that I COULDN’T have made the shot, mind you…

Doug Kiel “Mr. Dougie” of Burlington, Wisconsin asks: What was it like being on the Mancow show? Are you a fan of the show? The show is syndicated across about half the country and a lot of people heard you. Curious minds want to know 🙂

My record company was concerned about my being on the show because apparently he has a history of ripping people apart on the air – but Mancow was great to me. I’ve known him for years, and he’s actually a big fan… In fact, he credited me as being one of the reasons he decided to get into radio in the first place! 

Kim of Houston, TX asks: In your song “I Want a New Duck” you say: “And show me how to get down. ‘How to get down,’ baby. Get it?” What exactly is the joke there? I just don’t get it. I feel very stupid that I don’t but maybe you can enlighten me!

Hmmm. You ever hear that old joke… “How do you get down off an elephant?” “You don’t get down off an elephant, you get down off a DUCK.” HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. See, duck feathers are called “down.” HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! 

John Hall of Derry, NH asks: On Running With Scissors is “Your Horoscope For Today” a style parody of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones? Thanx, love your show!

There’s definitely a lot of Mighty Mighty Bosstones influence in that song, but I was also listening to a lot of Reel Big Fish and other contemporary ska bands while I was writing it, so I just like to think of “Horoscope” as a generic 90’s third-wave ska tune.

Janet of Mesa, AZ asks: How can one talk to you on a more personal basis?

Oh, I don’t know, I suppose one could call me up on the phone or drop by my house for a little chat…

Gray of Staunton, Virginia asks: In the song “Moonlight Star” on “In 3-D,” what are the people saying when you start singing “I Wanna Know?” It sounds like “READ A CHICKEN.” Please HELP!!!!!!

Um, first of all it’s MIDNIGHT Star… and I believe the part you’re referring to is the part that goes: “You can read it, you can read it, you can read it, you can read it in the Midnight Star.” Although “read a chicken” is pretty good, too.

Gavin of Sydney, Australia asks: Did you use a real dental drill in “Cavity Search”? It sounded so much like the real thing that I was actually wincing!

I didn’t want to just take a dental drill sound off a sound effects record. I wanted to make the Ultimate Dentist Song, so I decided to do it as authentically as possible. I got my real dentist (Dr. Schuster) to come into the recording studio. He brought his actual dental drill with him as well as a real human tooth – and then he proceeded to wail away on it while the tape rolled. I even took a turn with the drill and the tooth myself. It was pretty sick. 

Dan Butera of Under Weird Al’s tour bus asks: In “Cavity Search,” what kind of music is playing at the end accompanied by a high-pitched dental drill?

That’s supposed to sound like Muzak – the kind of music that’s generally played in dentists’ waiting rooms. 

Chrissy Maher of Turner, ME asks: What were your SAT scores?

I don’t remember exactly – I’m pretty sure I scored in the 600’s for English and in the 700’s for Math.

Polka Man of who knows where asks: Hey, Al! I was just wondering who wrote “The Weird Al Show”? I didn’t see many episodes, but it seemed distinctly like you had graced the scripts. Did you get to write a lot of it, or were there other people who wrote it?

I was the head writer, but I also had a rotating staff of writers that I worked with, including Susan Amerikaner, Tracy Berna, Zeke Kamm, Steve Lookner, Mark O’Keefe and Ron Weiner. 

glassesmiley of Lafayette, IN asks Dear Al, when did you get your first PC? 

I think it was early 1992.

Christine Coulter of Carbondale, KS asks: Have you ever met the Backstreet Boys?

I met them when I was doing VH1’s “Fairway to Heaven” – I got to give them “golf tips.” We’re actually kind of on the same label – Volcano is distributed through Jive (the Backstreet Boys’ label). 

Melissa of Northampton, MA asks: In “Pretty Fly For A Rabbi,” you give credit to two different women for singing in the song, but I can only hear one woman singing in it. I believe that’s Tress MacNeille. So when does Mary Kay Bergman sing in it?

Originally I had Mary Kay come in to sing the whole song. I basically wanted her to do the voice of Kyle’s mom from South Park. Her agent wouldn’t let her do it (thinking that it might get her in trouble with Comedy Central) – so Mary Kay wound up doing kind of a squeaky voice instead. Later, I decided that the “squeaky voice” thing really wasn’t what I was looking for, so I called in my old friend Tress to do her Fran Drescher impersonation instead. The part that you can still hear Mary Kay on is the line in the middle of the song where she does the very Gentile-sounding ”for a Rab-bi…” Mary Kay was an incredibly sweet, talented, funny, wonderful woman, and we all miss her very, very much. 

Peter Mullins of Sydney, Australia asks: I know you’ve heard this question before (or a dozen similiar ones) but things have changed and I was wondering if there are any plans of you guys doing a tour however insignificant in Australia???

I’m very sorry to say this, but the much-anticipated Australian tour fell through. We’d been negotiating with an Australian promoter for a very long time, and in the end we just couldn’t make it happen. We’re extremely thankful for all the support we’ve gotten in Australia (and especially for the fans who have given us our first gold record outside of North America!) and we apologize for not being able to make the trip this time. We’d all LOVE to play there, so hopefully someday… 

Lord Spank of Omaha, NE asks: Hi, Al. Today I heard Madonna’s cover of “American Pie.” How come she’s ripping your stuff off now?

I imagine she finally got tired of me making fun of her all these years. Oh well, I guess turnaround’s fair play. (I still think my version’s funnier, though.) 

David Jeffreys of Royal Oak, Michigan asks: Were the people in your Disney special your real parents?

That’s what they tell me.

MaraJayde of Michigan asks: During “Like A Surgeon” while Rubén is doing his cone-bra thing, who’s playing the keyboard? In the live concert video there are close-ups of someone’s hands and I was just wondering whose they are.

That’s Jim playing the keyboard (he also plays keyboards in “Amish Paradise”). When we first started doing the “Truth or Dare” version of “Surgeon,” Jim wore the cone bra and Rubén played keyboards – but Jim felt uncomfortable doing it, and obviously it was a role that Rubén was BORN to play – so they just switched parts.

Lucy “Nifty Little Doodah” Horton of New Canaan, CT asks: Hey Al!!! I LOVE you!! Anyways, I was just wondering, was there a specific reason why you chose to write the song “My Baby’s in Love With Eddie Vedder” about Eddie Vedder? 

Well, with a title like that, it would have been pretty stupid if I wrote the song about somebody else, wouldn’t it? 

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“Ask Al” Q&As for January, 2000

Harold Waide of Dansville, NY asks: Hey Al… Since the world didn’t come crashing down, I’m sure fans are interested in knowing what you did for New Year’s Eve… Did you hide in a bomb shelter? Hide in your house and watch all the fun on TV? WHAT???

I went to a couple parties and had a great time.

Jack Ayer of Newnan Georgia asks: Al, in your December ’99 questions someone named Fred Durst from L.A. California submitted a question. Was this THE Fred Durst, lead singer of Limp Bizkit?

I can’t say for sure, but I highly doubt it. Actually, I DID meet Fred at one of the New Years Eve parties I went to. He was really nice, and said he was a fan. In fact, he started telling me what parodies I should do for “Nookie”! (I refrained from telling him that I write my own material, thank you!)

Patrick Baker of Ann Arbor/MI asks: On “The Saga Begins” video, the desert looks slightly choppy on the beginning. Is it computer generated or filmed on location at some desert?

That scene was really shot in the desert. The reason the beginning looks a little “choppy” is because I chose to speed up that first shot when we were doing the final editing on the video – and when the speed change is implemented in the editing stage (as opposed to while you’re actually shooting), the footage sometimes doesn’t wind up looking quite as smooth. I still thought it was preferable to having a pan of the desert that was just way too slow. 

Alicia Slater of Ionia MI asks: On “I Lost On Jeopardy,” how did your head spin?

I believe it was clockwise.

Daniel of Brisbane/Queensland asks: How come there is only a Special Edition film clip of “Pretty Fly For A Rabbi” In Australia?? It seems like because it’s not released in America that you can’t be bothered making one?? 

Let me explain for the non-Australians: My Australian record company decided to release “Rabbi” as a single there, even though it was not a single in North America, and they insisted on releasing a video to go along with it. I didn’t have the time (or the inclination to spend a big pile of money) to do a video for the song, but I told them that if they absolutely had to have a video for it, they could make one themselves by cutting together bits from “W.A.Y. Live!” Which is what they did. 

Adam Shuler of Casa Grande, AZ asks: In the catalogue section of the site, where it lists your albums and such, I saw The TV Album. I just bought one of those the other day, but mine is called The MuchMusic TV Album. I know these are the same songs, but what is the difference between the 2?

Just the title. I’m not sure how you got a copy of the MuchMusic version in Arizona – it was meant for Canadian release only. We let MuchMusic put their name on the album as part of a promotional deal we had with them at the time. 

Jessie Niessink of Redding, California asks: On your AL-TV 2K thingy, when you were doing the Al News, you were showing a bunch of movies that never made it. You showed a clip of the one where that guy can tap into some one else’s body and stuff. Who acted out the guy that was reading the magazine and clipping his toenails? 

In the clip for “Being Corey Feldman,” that was me playing Corey. The show’s producer, Craig Armstrong, was hovering over me holding a digital camcorder (that’s also him doing the voice-over). 

Sean “It’s Not Art” Peterson of Castro Valley, CA asks: What type of changes can we expect in the change from Touring With Scissors ’99 and Touring with Scissors 2K?

Chances are, we’re going to change a couple of the video clips – maybe add a bit or two from the latest AL-TV. We may even possibly throw in a different original song instead of “Eddie Vedder” every now and then – we’re still talking about that. And there will most likely be a few other subtle little changes here and there, but for the most part, it will be the same show. 

Dylan Roche of Severna Park, Maryland asks: In your song, “Phony Calls”, is the ‘my crotch’ phone call a real clip from the Simpsons?

Yes, that was taken directly from an episode of the Simpsons – I think it was called “Blood Feud.” It was a pretty sweet deal for the Simpsons’ voice actors – they each got a nice pile of money, and they didn’t even have to come to the studio! 

Luke Owen of Woking, Surrey, England asks: Hi there, Al. I was recently listening to “Running With Scissors,” and was wondering… the woman who says “It’s all about the Pentiums, baby” at the beginning of that song…… well, no woman is listed in the credits as saying it… so is it……. nah, it couldn’t possible be. Could it?

No, it’s not Celine Dion. Actually, the woman who did that part asked that she not be given a credit, because she was being paid “under the table.” Shhh. 

Maroon Moron of Boise Idaho asks: How did you come about to direct [a video for] for The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion? Are you a big fan like myself, or did you come to know the band in some other way?

I was being interviewed for Grand Royal magazine by Mike D from the Beastie Boys and Russell Simins from the Blues Explosion. We started talking about how I wanted to branch out into directing videos for other artists, and then Russell mentioned that Jon Spencer was looking for a director for their next video… and things just kind of progressed from there. I had been familiar with some of their music, but after working with them and seeing them play live, I became a real fan. 

Keith Steelman of Harriman/Tennessee asks: Al, My Question if you think Andy Kaufman is a comical genius or do U hate him????????

Are those my only two choices? Gee, then I guess I’ll have to pick the “genius” one. I’ve always liked Andy. I even met him once very briefly in 1982 – he came backstage after one of Dr. Demento’s all-star Evenings of Dementia.

Veronica of Los Angeles, CA asks: Hey Al, I noticed that in Weird Al Live the song “Jerry Springer” goes slower than it does in the record and it starts with music instead of you saying, “It’s been….”. Why?

We play it just a hair slower live because, well, it’s a tough song to sing that fast! And the musical intro is there mainly to help me sing the beginning of the song in the right key and at the right tempo.

Samantha of Leesburg, VA asks: What did Jerry Springer think about your song of his show?

From all reports, he wasn’t that thrilled. At one point we were considering doing a video for that song, and we inquired if Jerry would be in it. We sent him a rough mix of the song while we were still in the studio finishing up the album. Before he had heard the song, he seemed excited about the prospect of being in a Weird Al video, but after hearing the lyrics, he balked, saying that the song was just too “negative” towards the show, and that he didn’t want to associate himself with it. Oh well. 

Julie Shilling of Verona, NJ asks: Hey, Al! I was just wondering… I know that you get permission to do a parody of someone’s song, but what if you want to do a parody of a song by someone who died, let’s just say Elvis Presley, and you can’t get permission because he’s not alive, then what do you do? Do you just ask someone else? Skip the song? Just wondering.

If an artist is no longer living, I get permission from that artist’s estate (which usually means the closest living relative). 

Andy “Who Took My Boxer Shorts” Sikora of Taos NM asks: How come you didn’t use as many sight gags in “The Saga Begins” video as in others?

It was a matter of practicality and budget. I had to come up with a video concept that could be done as cheaply as possible because A) the song was over 5 ½ minutes long, B) I knew that whatever costumes and effects we used would eat up a big chunk of the budget to begin with, and C) I figured no matter what I did, MTV wouldn’t play the video very much anyway, for the same reason they didn’t really play “Jurassic Park” (not “contemporary” enough for them). So I came up with the idea of Star Wars Unplugged – and even though it’s not gag-a-second comedy, I thought it was an appropriate and effective treatment for the song. 

Katie Winters of Harlingen, TX asks: Al, what year did you become a vegetarian?

1992.

Greg “Kill The Grand Poohbah!” Sepelak of Cary, NC asks: So I’m watching the VH1 “Behind the Music” episode about you, and they discuss UHF. They really made it sound like after that you were ready to dive headlong into a stump grinder. So exactly how big of an exaggeration is this? I know that box-office-wise it was limping, but I also know that show loves dirt…

Hey, I was disappointed, sure, but I didn’t go into some huge spiraling depression. BTM loves to play up the drama, and since there’s so little in my life… well, they had to find SOME place to play that sappy violin music, didn’t they? 

Kate of somewhere in OR asks: What was your worst subject in middle school?

Physical Education, no doubt. Just out of curiosity, did anybody in history ever NOT have a sadistic Junior High School P.E. coach? 

Cindy Greenfield (Cyn) of Idaho Falls, Idaho asks: After cracking up for the millionth time over Ruben’s antics during “Like a Surgeon”, I was just wondering, has anything so funny happened during a concert, that you just started laughing? Or, is everything so well rehearsed that you can keep a straight face?

I admit, Ruben cracked me up a couple times during “Surgeon” on this tour. I just try not to look at him anymore.

Linda Shah of Vienna, VA asks: Dear Al, How did your parents meet? Thank you.

They met while they were both working at a place called Firestone Tire and Rubber. My dad was very close friends with my mom’s dad Alfred (I was named after him). Alfred introduced them, and luckily for me, they hit it off. 

Gayle of NY, NY asks: Do you ever have sign language interpreters at your shows? (or would you like to?… grin)

We have had interpreters at a few of our shows – Cal Expo in Sacramento and the Orange County Fair come to mind. However, the fairs provide the interpreters, not us. (It’s a real hoot to watch them try to follow along during the Yoda chant!) 

Amy of Modesto, CA asks: Hi, Al!! I really like your song “Mr. Popeil,” and I was wondering if you meant it to be a style parody of the “B52’s.” I’ve been wondering this for a long time, so please, PLEASE answer me!! Thanks!!

Yes, “Mr. Popeil” is meant to sound like the B52’s. A lot of my originals are intentionally derivative of other groups (although not enough to infringe on their copyright!) Some other very obvious style parodies would be “Dare To Be Stupid” (DEVO), “Dog Eat Dog” (Talking Heads), “You Make Me” (Oingo Boingo), “Everything You Know Is Wrong” (They Might Be Giants) and “Germs” (Nine Inch Nails). 

Adam Speigel of Santa Rosa, CA asks: Does it make you sore that “The Saga Begins” didn’t make it to #1 on Dr. Demento’s Funny 25 this year?

Somehow, I’ll just have to find the strength to go on with my life. (I see that I had 6 of my songs on the year-end Funny 25, though – that’s pretty cool, huh?) 

Rachel Manis of Roscoe/IL asks: Dear Weird Al: You said that for the music video “Fat” (Parody of Jackson’s “Bad”) it took you 3 1/2 hours each morning to put on the make-up and costume. How in the world did you pull that off when you dressed up like that for your concert? (PS: Rock on, Al!)

The special effects makeup that I use for concert situations can be applied in a matter of minutes and looks pretty darn good from about ten feet away – but unfortunately, it really doesn’t look all that great up close. Doing the effect the “right” way requires a substantial amount of time in the makeup chair.

Kari Dilley of Ann Arbor/Michigan asks: I know you had laser surgery on your eyes, and you don’t wear glasses anymore. So, why do you wear glasses with the Fat costume at your concerts? Are the glasses connected to the Fat mask/make-up? 

That’s exactly right. The glasses help to hold up the Fat mask, so I need to keep wearing them for that song. (The lenses were changed to clear plastic.)

“Weird Jack” Truax of Tualtin, OR asks: The live video Rocks!!!! Will you ever make a live album? 

Here’s a little secret – I’ve already released a live album! In fact, it’s secretly encoded in every single copy of the “‘Weird Al’ Yankovic – Live!” video. All you have to do to access it is to put the video in your VCR, press “Play,” and then turn your head away from the TV so that you can’t see the screen. Voila! Live album! 

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“Ask Al” Q&As for December, 1999

Lisa Shock of Sunny Phoenix, Arizona asks: How did your family react to your decision to become a vegetarian? I’m a vegetarian too (since college), and my parents really disapproved at first. They’ve gotten used to it (20 years later), but I don’t think they’re happy. Just wondering how it’s going for you…

When my mom first found out, she reacted as if I’d joined some kind of Satanic cult, but I think she’s okay with it now. She always makes a nice vegetarian meal for me when I come to visit. 

Miguel Cruz of Saginaw, TX asks: Are there times when you start a parody thinking it’ll be very funny but end up dropping it when you find there’s not enough ideas?

That’s never really happened with me. I can usually sense if an idea is strong enough to warrant doing a song based on it – and every time I’ve started a song, I’ve been able to finish it to my satisfaction.

Jason Geen Sales MCIVVXIIVof St. Helen, MI asks: What’s the most expensive and least expensive videos you’ve done?

The least expensive was “Ricky,” and the most expensive was probably “It’s All About The Pentiums.”

Vicki of Phoenix, Arizona asks: Where did u film the desert scene in “The Saga Begins” music video?

That was done somewhere out in the middle of the Mojave desert in California.

Tim Burrow of Oskaloosa, Iowa asks: [In the picture in the booklet for Running With Scissors], how’d they get scissors in Ruben’s back?

We just had to wait until he wasn’t looking.

Luke Owen of West Byfleet, Surrey, England asks: Have you ever met Tom Lehrer?

We’ve never met face to face, but I’ve been fortunate enough to speak on the phone with him, and we’ve exchanged a letter or two. 

Christine Kossol of Monessen, PA asks: I just got the Polka Party CD, and of course there are no liner notes (I know, I should have bought it years ago!) Anyway, could you please tell me if the song “Please Don’t Wear Those Shoes” is an actual parody or style parody of a particular song/group? I really like it, and the sound seems very familiar but I just can’t place it. Thanks!

“Don’t Wear Those Shoes”, as far as I can recall, was not intended to sound like anybody else, although the intro is kind of a ripoff from an old Kinks song. 

Karla of Lindon, Utah asks: Growing up I was a huge fan of the Monkees (just like I am for YOU!!!) What was it like working with them? I’ve seen specials on them and they seem to be a little bitter and it sounds like they argued a lot.

I liked the Monkees very much – it was a fun tour. Mickey, Davy and Peter are all terrific people individually, but I did notice that they didn’t seem to get along all that great when they weren’t on stage. There was even a separate tour bus for each Monkee! 

Katie Morgan of Columbia, MO asks: What is “cycle four” [as mentioned in the song “Happy Birthday”]?

It’s a kind of dog food (for older dogs, as I recall).

Kevin of Indy asks: Why isn’t “Patterns” on any of your CDs, or is it and I just haven’t found it yet?

“Patterns” was just something that I did for the Children’s Television Workshop. I didn’t write it, I didn’t produce it, and it’s geared towards very young children, so I didn’t think it belonged on any of my albums. 

Bob Slye of Los Altos, CA asks: Hey, I finally rented Spy Hard and I loved it. Your theme song is awesome. I noticed that the lyrics in the ending credits are a little modified to fit the end of the movie. I also know that the song is on the Gump single, but is there a way for me to acquire the track with the ending credits somehow?

Since only a couple words were changed, we didn’t feel the need to release the ending as a separate bonus track. If you really want a recording of it, I guess you’ll have to tape it off the movie.

Sean “It’s Not Art” Peterson of Castro Valley, CA asks: I’ve noticed this tour that you’re not using the classic red heart boxers, but rather a more Hawaiian print. What’s the new print and what’s the reason for the change?!

I just thought Hawaiian silk boxers would be a nice change of pace. Plus, they feel better and take up less room in my pants.

Armando of San Juan, PR asks: Happy Birthday, dude. Did you throw a party for your birthday and if you did, who attended it??? And where was it?

It was on stage in Ottawa, Ontario, and thousands of people showed up! Wish you could’ve been there.

Neil Harrington of Ottawa Ont Canada asks: Tell the truth, did you know that you where going to get pie’d after your concert in Ottawa?? It appeared that at least the crew knew about it, but did you? PS. Loved your concert.

I knew they were up to something, but I didn’t know exactly what. Then when they presented me with the birthday cake (from stage left), I thought that was it… not knowing that my tour manager was sneaking in from stage right with the deadly cream pie. 

Gina in Greenbelt, MD, asks: In “Jerry Springer” under the line “he put the sin in syndication”, you sing something in the background. What is it you are saying? 

I believe it’s “brain cells gone, brain cells gone…”

Andrew “Hi Al” Hetterscheidt of Bright Lights, Nevada asks: In your “All About The Pentiums” music video, there is something on your sunglasses…..is that a glare from the light, or was that something on it? You’re the greatest!!!

Those are the reflection of Kino lights, which are used for lighting close-ups in quite a number of rap videos.

Shannon Leonard of the magical land called Jersey City, NJ asks: Hey, Al! I have spent many days and nights since AL-TV aired on MTV wondering…did Harvey the hamster survive that slam into the wall???

Of course. I should have pointed it out on the show, I guess, but I was just assuming that most people know that Harvey IS a professionally-trained stunt hamster.

Weirder Albert Stanky-Vic of Minneapolis, MN asks: In the song “Jerry Springer” is your best friend Jay or Jake? I always though it was Jay but my friend hears Jake.

It’s Jake. And that goat doesn’t love him, either.

Fred Durst of L.A., California asks: In “Eat It”, why is it that the music sounds a little off-key from the original “Beat It”?

We did that in a much different key from the original song, because Michael Jackson and I have very different vocal ranges.

Diva of North Hollywood, CA asks: The educational films on AL-TV and in your concert are screamingly funny. How much footage is shot new and how much is culled from old educational films [the real kind?]

Every single shot is culled from an authentic educational film. Scary, isn’t it?

Steve “All about the Pentiums” K. of somewhere out there, NJ asks: “Airline Amy” is your *only* love song that doesn’t end in suicide, death, or general misery for all involved. Is this because it was inspired by a real-life person, or were you just in a good mood that day?

I didn’t have anybody in mind when I wrote that song, and I’m pretty much always in a good mood. And for what it’s worth, I’ve always thought “You Make Me” was pretty much a straight-forward love song.

Deborah Fabec of Atlanta, GA asks: Have you ever thought of recording an album under a different name the way that Garth Brooks did with his Chris Gaines album?

Yes, I’ve been releasing cheesy new age albums under the name “Yanni” for years. It started out as a joke, but people have just been eating it up! 

Gina Asprocolas of Edison, NJ asks: Hi Al! I just saw your Al-TV special on MTV & I thought it was great! I know that you have to get permission when you want to write parodies of songs but, did you have to get permission from the artists (Cher, Steven Tyler…) for those crazy interviews?? 

MTV had to get permission from the artists. However, they only asked the artists if it was okay to use their interviews for “another MTV special” they were doing – I’m pretty sure they didn’t say their interviews were going to be ripped apart on AL-TV! (Gee, all of a sudden, I’ve got new respect for those MTV guys…)

Admiral Bob of Dallas/Texas asks: Will “Cell Phone” be on your next album? 🙂

I’m afraid not – I told Stipe he could have the exclusive on it.

Nathan Pitcher of Beverly, MA asks: Al, in the song, “The Saga Begins”, how come you didn’t put in all of the verses of the lyrics? I can understand there are probably 10 or 12 verses in “American Pie”, but I was just wandering why you didn’t. The song would be wicked funny if you did!

It would have been funny – but the video would also have been twice as expensive, and I would have gotten half as much airplay. So I guess I opted for practicality. (By the way, for the record, the original song had six verses, and mine had four.)

Steph “Evita27” Wild of Madison, WI asks: Who did the voiceovers for the “educational” films? The voice sounds way too authentic!

Originally (in the Saturday morning show), it was Bob Scott, but he is now retired and living in Miami. On AL-TV 2K we used Ralph Votrian.

The Artful Dodger of Ft. Lee, Virginia asks: Hey Al, I just saw your special on AL-TV and I have to say it was awesome, but I did notice one thing, it looked to me like you had a different Harvey the Wonder Hamster!!! Is’nt he normally white with a huge brown spot??? 

Harvey was a little jealous about all the attention that I got with my “makeover,” so he decided to get one too!

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“Ask Al” Q&As for November, 1999

Reina Samuels of Washington D.C. asks: HI! First let me start by saying I LOVE YOU! Okay, now I was just listening to your new CD last night, like I do every night, and I noticed something at the end of Albuquerque. Who is that laughing in the last few seconds and was it left on the CD on purpose or was it a mistake?

That’s Jim West laughing – I thought it would be a good way to end the album. He’s cracking up because of the stupid chord he played at the end of the song.

Derek “Inquiring” Miner of Largo, Florida asks: I keep hearing people mispronounce your name as “Yanko-VICH.” Why do you think they do this, and doesn’t it bother you?

My paternal grandparents actually pronounced their name YONK-o-vich, so I guess there’s some history behind it. But it’s still one of my little pet peeves. 

Liam Davenport of Blue Point, NY asks: Al, since you’re such a good friend of Drew Carey’s, will you ever appear on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

Drew asked if I wanted to join in on the fun the last time I attended a taping of the show, and I declined. I’m terrible at improv, and I’m always amazed by people who are good at it. 

Adam Mykris of Waterloo, IA asks: What did you dress up as for Halloween?

Let’s see… I did a concert in Portland, Maine, so that night I dressed up as Fred Flintstone, Kurt Cobain, an Amish guy, an 800-lb. Michael Jackson, a Jedi Knight, and a few other things… 

Jamie Bergen of NSW, Australia! asks: Have you ever been to Australia? If not, do you think you’ll ever come here?? ANSWER ME!!

Um… okay… The last time I was in Australia (1989, I think), I was doing promotion for my movie “UHF” (which was released there as “The Vidiot From UHF”). Since Running With Scissors seems to be doing so well there (a top 20 album the last time I checked!) – and since we’ve always wanted to tour outside of North America (which to this date we’ve never done) – we’ll be making every effort to bring the tour there sometime next millennium. 

Neal of Saylorsburg, PA asks: What is your biggest fear during a live prefomance?

Being attacked by rabid wolverines.

Dante Ranieri of Halifax/Nova Scotia asks: FANTASTIC CONCERT tonight, Al!! The bubble flakes during ‘The Night Santa Went Crazy’ were fun but tasted weird (of course!) What were they made out of?

Asbestos. Sorry about that.

Kathy of The tent in the middle of nowhere, NJ asks: Who sang the “Camp Superfun” on the Weird Al Show?

All those sped-up voices belonged to Steve Jay.

Sara of Colorful Colorado asks: Okay… Now I am triple confused… I sent you the questions about my Bad Hair Day CD, the picture being different from my friend’s copy and the picture being the same as my Alapalooza CD… But now I am even more confused because the back of the case for my Bad Hair Day CD says copyright 1994, the CD has a copyright of 1993, and the book in the CD case has a copyright of 1996… HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE????

The folks at Volcano are apparently having some quality control problems with these re-issues, and I apologize. We’ll try to keep a closer eye on them in the future.

Katie Morgan of Columbia, MO asks: What was your freshman year college roommate’s name?

Rob Hikido. You know him? 

Sean “It’s Not Art” Peterson of Castro Valley, CA asks: Why is there a picture of you (I’m assuming it’s you) as a baby in the box set booklet with an accordion if you didn’t start playing until 7?

That accordion belonged to my Aunt Dot (I guess she played a little), and they took the picture because they thought it would be an ominous foreshadowing of my future career.

Elizabeth Fagan of Jersey City, NJ asks: Do you ever plan on having children?

Being a male, I believe that’s biologically impossible. 

Carrie of Moncton, New Brunswick asks: Why was the concert in Moncton cancelled? Jay and I are big fans, and Jay especially has been waiting to see his hero since he was at least 10. This was our once in a lifetime chance and now it’s gone. 

It was the promoter’s decision to cancel the show, and we’re all very sorry about it. I’m not sure what the exact reason was, but I believe it had something to do with Halloween being celebrated a day earlier in Moncton. Anyway, we’re making every effort to reschedule, and again, we’re very sorry. 

Michael Lavoie of Meriden, CT asks: Al, when are you finally going to settle down and hear the pitter, patter of little feet around the house? 

Are you suggesting that I marry a midget? Hmmm. I’ll have to consider that.

Lucy of CT, USA asks: Al, I was wondering, what was the strangest date you played at and why?

I can’t really narrow it down – there have been so many. One appearance that comes to mind, though, is a show I did for KROQ in Los Angeles. They had a promotion where the winner got to have me come to their place of business and do a live show. As it turns out, the winner worked in a rest home. I’ll never forget the looks on the faces of those poor geriatrics as I screamed the lyrics from “Smells Like Nirvana” at them.

Matt Lufcy of Springfield, IL asks: Do you actually hate sauerkraut?

No, I don’t really hate sauerkraut. But for the record, everything else in “Albuquerque” is absolutely true.

Karen & Katie of Pottsville, PA asks: How do you and the band, as warm-climate natives, manage to survive and stay warm when touring the northern U.S and Canada?

When we go outside, we put on jackets.

Tim Burrow of Osklaoosa Iowa asks: Is “Mr. Popeil”, off of the “IN 3-D” album, referring to Ron Popeil?

Actually, in spite of contrary belief, it’s not – it’s referring to Ron’s dad, who was the original inventor/pitchman of the Egg Scrambler, the Pocket Fisherman, and a myriad of other useful household items. Ron has obviously carried on the family tradition. 

Nadrojjio of Orangeville, Ontario asks: I was at your recent Toronto show and I was wondering if there was some reason you didn’t perform Albuquerque?

I know it’s a fan favorite, but it’s just very hard to do live. We performed it when we did a show in Albuquerque (we pretty much had to), but then my voice was trashed for a week afterwards.

Genia Glos of Elizabeth,PA asks: Who is your favorite boy band?

The Beatles.

Carrie of Bellingham, WA asks: After watching “Behind The Music” on VH1 and the movie clip on the “Running With Scissors” CD, I absolutely adore your parents. They are so funny, sweet and genuine. My question is, are there any plans to have them in any forthcoming videos or interviews?

On my new concert video, “Weird Al” Yankovic – LIVE! (coming to a fine retail establishment near you on November 23), my parents introduce the show. They had to fly up to San Rafael to do it, and it was a pretty big deal for them, because my dad rarely travels anywhere, and my mom hadn’t been on an airplane in over 40 years!

Andrew of Rockaway, NJ asks: Why didn’t you tell us that Running With Scissors is an enhanced CD?!

Shhhhh!! It’s a secret!

Erin English of the boonies, ON Canada asks: Hey Al, I was just wondering… how come you only did “The Weird Al Video Collection” on Much Music instead of the usual Al Music you do for your albums?? Please say you’ll do another Al Music soon!!

I had hoped to do another traditional Al Music, but the legal department at Much Music decided that they didn’t want me to do any more fake interviews, or talk over videos, or make fun of people in general without their written consent. Which is a drag. So the “Weird Al Video Collection” was the compromise. The irony is, MTV (who had a very similar attitude the last time around), is now saying that they’d like me to do an old-school style AL-TV! I’ll believe that when it happens, but I’m working on the script right now, and I’m told the special will start airing next month! 

Hans Wright of Marietta/Ohio asks: Why did you shave?

I thought it would be the easiest way to get rid of my moustache.

Dan & Marle Workmon of Fresno, CA asks: On VH-1’s Behind the Music program featuring Al, we noticed a picture hanging above the mantle. What is that? It looks like a cross between a bumble bee and Bob’s Big Boy holding an ice cream cone! We watch it every time it airs, we’ve recorded it and played it over and over. Please tell us what it is and put our tortured minds to rest. Thank you.

That three-dimensional art piece was actually part of Harvey the Wonder Hamster’s habitrail, a prop that I nabbed from the set of the Weird Al Show.

Lynette of Mesa, AZ asks: I read today that you will be co-starring in a movie with Judy Tenuta called “Desperation Boulevard”. When will the general public be given the opportunity to have the immense pleasure of viewing this inevitable cinematic masterpiece?

I’m not co-starring, I have a very small cameo role. And I’m not sure when the movie will be out – Judy is financing it herself, and is currently looking for distribution. It’s a very funny movie, by the way, and Judy’s great in it. 

Luke Owen of West Byfleet, Surrey, England asks: Hi there, Al. Here in England it’s absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to obtain your videos. How can I remedy this problem?

Move.

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“Ask Al” Q&As for October, 1999

J. Watts of San Luis Obispo, CA asks: I was at your concert at your alma mater (Cal Poly). I was sitting in the dress circle left and had my feet up. Anyways… I was wondering… I heard you have a special song about San Luis Obispo and was hoping you would play it, but you didn’t. Why didn’t you, or are my friends pulling my leg?

We played the song (“Take Me Down”) at our previous Cal Poly show, but not this last time. For what it’s worth, the original recording (from 1978, I believe) is going to be on a local album called “SLO Unplugged” (with benefits going to the homeless), and it will probably also be on the next Dr. Demento Basement tapes collection. 

Mary of The tent in the middle of nowhere, New Jersey asks: Do you or Bermuda still have an unedited version of UHF?

I have a long, horrible, first-cut of the movie – no music, no sound effects. It’s pretty bad – we cut a lot of stuff out that just plain didn’t work. 

Rene’ Shaw of St. Marys, GA asks: Are there any web sites that you know of that have a “Weird Al” screen saver?

Well, there’s thepentiums.com, for one…

Linda Shah of Vienna, VA asks: Dear Mr. Yankovic, I’ve been having fun this weekend watching your VH1 video compilation! I didn’t realize you were still performing (Sorry! Most of this past decade I was overseas; I’ve missed lots.) Anyhow, my question – beneath that “rock ‘n’ roll” exterior are you a Buster Keaton fan? Two gags in your videos struck me as pure Keaton: 1. the barn raising in “Amish Paradise” where the frame falls over you is similar to “Steamboat Bill, Jr.”, and 2. the basketball “swish” shot in “Smells Like Nirvana” is like a skit from The Buster Keaton Show (1950). Thank you!

The falling barn frame gag was very much a Buster Keaton homage/ripoff. However, I’m not familiar with any Keatonesque basketball gags.

Brian Sullivan of Eliot, Maine asks: Who was your favorite New Kid on the Block?

Sneezy.

Lisa of L.A., CA asks: I just saw your concert at the Greek Theatre and I wanted to know if you still get nervous onstage. 

I usually get just a tiny bit nervous, but before the Greek I was extremely nervous because of all the people that I knew in the audience: my relatives, my friends from high school, the local media, newspaper reporters, and loads of celebrities (including John Landis, Emo Philips, Doug Feiger, Corey Feldman, the guys from Hanson, Jake Lloyd, Dr. Demento and my hero Stan Freberg). I was glad to get through that show without my brain exploding. 

Pat Boylan of Long Beach, CA asks: Just saw you at the Greek last night (9/26/99) and wanted to know if Jake [Lloyd] had been prepared in advance for the fun that goes on onstage during Yoda? 

I don’t know if he knew what he was getting himself in for. He was actually supposed to leave the stage after “The Saga Begins,” but I guess he decided to hang out for “Yoda” as well – so we had a little fun with him. He’s a really cool guy.

Mike Farley of South Amboy/ NJ asks: Hey Al, I just recently saw “Access Hollywood” and they were showing your house, and I was wondering what were all those remotes for??

Let’s see if I can remember off the top of my head: Audio Receiver, TV, VCR #1, VCR #2, C-Band Satellite Receiver, DSS Satellite Receiver, CD Player, Laserdisc Player, DVD Player…

Amy Smith of CA asks: I heard you had your vision corrected with laser surgery. I’m curious to know who did the surgery and do you now have 20/20 vision (or did it take a few times to get it perfect)?

It was done by Dr. Robert Maloney in Westwood, California, and the last time I was tested my vision was actually 20/15 (better than 20/20). They did both eyes at the same time, and I haven’t had to go back since. 

Cody of MA asks: I’ve been to your 1999 tour and it rocked!!!! Have you ever considered taping your 1999 tour live and selling it as a album or as a video? Cause if you do I’ll buy one or maybe two!

The San Rafael show (10/2/99) is being taped for a VH1 concert special, and chances are that an expanded version of the special will be available as a home video later on in the year (it will most likely also include the new videos from Running With Scissors as well). We’ll let you know as soon as it’s confirmed.

Scott Jones of Issaquah, WA asks: Where did you go to Junior High School?

Hosler Junior High in Lynwood, California.

Sean Sydney of Toronto asks: Do you study your song parodies? For example, for Jerry Springer, did you watch it for a couple of weeks or something?

I don’t think I ever watched an episode of Jerry Springer until I decided that I wanted to do the song. And after watching a couple shows, I pretty much figured out the basic formula. 

Art Beckerman of Lancaster, CA asks: Who was the resource for the lyrics for Pretty Fly for a Rabbi? As a synagogue board member, I was amazed at how accurate those lyrics are. And, I used that song as a discussion topic at a recent synagogue board meeting!

A good percentage of my friends are Jewish, and most of those Yiddish words are fairly common usage – in the entertainment industry, anyway. Also, I bought several English-Yiddish dictionaries for reference. 

Lynda of O.C., CA asks: My mom and I watched the VH-1 special the other night and we both noticed something very interesting. There are a couple of clips of you twirling around in what looks like a dress when you were a boy. Where does this fetish for dresses stem from? I would understand if you had sisters but you are an only child.

That’s the one thing in the special I kinda wish they’d left out. My grandmother used to make dresses for little girls, some of whom were “just about my size,” so she’d have me try them on to make sure they looked all right. At least, that’s what she told me at the time. I’m starting to think she just wanted some juicy blackmail footage for later on in my life.

Michael “Cool Breeze” Pacelli of Cleveland, Tennessee asks: HEEEEYYYYY AL! Jus’ wonderin: In UHF and in the “Pentiums” video, you drive very similiar 1950’s Nash Metropolitans. Because I am a car freak as well, do you actually own one, and if no, what cars do you own? Thanx.

I’ve always thought that one of those Metropolitans would be great to have as a 2nd car – but currently my garage only has enough room in it for one. My current car is a Z3. 

LuvnAl of PA asks: When Disney made George of the Jungle (with Brendan Fraser), why didn’t they use your George of the Jungle song at the end of the movie?

Because this world just isn’t fair, is it?

Matt of Westmont IL asks: What is the song “Way Blue”? It said it was in the movie UHF.

“Way Blue,” from what I remember, was the name given to the generic blues music playing in the bar before Stanley begins his mop speech.

Me (aka Kathy27) of Herein, NJ asks: What was it like having BNL on The Weird Al Show?

Barenaked Ladies are one of my favorite groups and we’ve been friends for a while, so of course it was a real kick to have them on. And I’m very glad to have won my battle with the CBS censors (they wanted me to introduce them as “BNL” instead of their “offensive” full name. Give me a break.)

Matthew Walker of Highland, CA asks: How come your parodies are often played faster than the original songs?

I generally like to make my parodies a couple beats per minute faster than the original song, just for a little energy boost. Also, I find that the comedy usually plays better if the tempo is a little quicker.

Stevo of T-burg, NY asks: Who plays the unlucky pianist in “You Don’t Love Me Anymore”?

That’s the very talented and unlucky Robert Goulet, who flew in from Las Vegas just to have his hands chopped off.

Chadly of Elgin, IL asks: I know you must be getting tired of What-was-it-like-working-with-so-and-so questions, but I noticed that you were recently working on a song with Tavis and Dan from Reel Big Fish. How/why did you hook up with the guys from RBF? 

I met them at a party for the premiere for the movie “BASEketball,” and found out that we were mutual fans. I mentioned that I was writing a ska song for my new album, and they gladly accepted my invitation to lay down some tracks in the studio.

Jedi Josh of Chicago, Illinois asks: Hey Al, I’ve been watching the Star Wars Special Editions quite a lot lately and I keep hearing George Lucas saying that films are always a “work in progress” and are really never completed. Being a fellow director and writer, would you agree with him and do you think this “artist’s view of film,” as he calls it, also pertains to music?

I could work on an album forever, but like anything else of a creative nature, at a certain point you just have to “give up” on it and let it live its own life. I can certainly feel empathy for how George wanted to re-do his earlier works. Maybe someday I’ll get around to doing “In 3-D – The Special Edition”!

Fudge of Huntsville, AL asks: When you mention company names/products (i.e. Burger King, Spam, Oscar Meyer), do you have to get their permission or anything?

Legally, this is another gray area. I generally don’t, and just hope that the manufacturers will have a sense of humor about it and consider it free advertising. 

Jake-on of Seattle WA asks: In the music video “Eat It,” what is that thing looking at you in the window?

That’s Bermuda Schwartz, wearing a rubber alien mask (for no apparent reason).

Tony Goldmark of San Francisco, CA asks: When I watched your sway pole act on “Circus Of The Stars” with my grandpa, he said that wasn’t really you, it was a stunt man. (Because most of the scenes in which they actually showed your face looked like they COULD have been shot in some dark room). Is he right? Is he going senile? Did you really risk your life on that sway pole? WHAT?

That was not trick photography, I really was hanging off a sway pole 55 feet in the air without a safety net. My manager says if he gets any more offers for me to be on Circus Of The Stars, he’s not going to tell me about them.

May Berenbaum of Urbana, IL asks: Was Mr. Yankovic’s appearance on “Space Ghost Coast to Coast” taped in Atlanta at Cartoon Network headquarters or was it taped in Los Angeles? What was it like interacting with a giant alien mantis?

I was at TBS headquarters in Los Angeles, talking via phone lines with the actor who plays Space Ghost, who I believe was in Atlanta. (I never actually spoke with Zorak.) Like they do with all their guests, they conducted an actual interview, then later chopped it all up and used a lot of the answers out of context. I guess I should know a little about that, huh? 

Lizzy of St. Paul MN asks: Do you take showers or baths?

Yes.

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“Ask Al” Q&As for September, 1999

Happy Steve of Aurora, IL asks: In “Jerry Springer,” did you say “That goat doesn’t love you!” or “That goat doesn’t belong to you!”?

“That goat doesn’t love you!”

William Sanchez of Greenville, SC, home of the redneck asks: Did you have any marbles in your mouth while you were [singing] “bargle nawdle zouss” [in “Smells Like Nirvana]? 

I believe I had cookies in my mouth while actually recording that line in the studio.

William Kirk of Columbus, OH asks: Why did you cancel your concert in Columbus, OH at the last minute?

The venue at which we were scheduled to play had failed to provide even the minimum technical requirements needed for us to put on a show, and we weren’t fully aware of this until we actually rolled into town. Also, they decided they weren’t going to pay us to perform – which is always a drag. Hopefully another Columbus show (with a different promoter) will be scheduled soon, and we’re all extremely sorry for the inconvenience. 

Queen Amidala of Washington D.C. asks: Okay, Al, my man, I have suffered through many years of orthodontal pain to get my teeth as straight as they are today. Okay, dude, here’s my inquiry. Your teeth are in total alignment so I was just wonderin’ if you suffered as well…. and if you haven’t, it’s people like you with the perfect gene-pool who make me look bad. Cholly ho!

I have never worn braces or experienced any of the joys of orthodontia. Sorry. 

Rachel of Holbrook, NY asks: Al – were you and Victoria Jackson ever more than just friends?

Yes. During the filming of “UHF,” we were also co-stars!

Michael Bateman of North Bend, WA asks: Your recent concert was quite the spiritual experience for me. Right as you sang “Ray Of Light,” a huge bolt of lightning shot across the sky. Is that something special you worked out with God, or is it a result of your new-found friendship with effects-master George Lucas?

Just a nice coincidence. The Monroe fair board actually tried to shut down our show early (before the encores) because they were concerned about the possibility of somebody getting hurt during the impending thunderstorm. We finished with “Fat,” and then I said goodnight to the audience and left the stage. Several minutes later I was on the bus watching TV when my road manager ran in, yelling, “Nobody’s leaving! You’d better get back out there!” I came back out to a standing ovation. It was truly an unexpected encore, and very gratifying for myself and the band. 

Patrick Durkin of Rowlett Tx asks: In my local paper it says that Al will be playing in Dallas Texas on Oct. 3rd at the Bronco Bowl. But why is it on your site it says he’s not playing that date in Dallas? Please respond ASAP. Thanks!

Your local paper is toying with your emotions. Actually, some Texas dates had been discussed at one point, but nothing was confirmed – apparently your paper jumped the gun a bit. Hopefully, we’ll play Texas someday… and until then, you can check out all the real tour dates at weirdal.com. 

Joe Weatherford of Lexington Ky asks: On Running With Scissors, how did they make it look like there was a pair of scissors sticking out of Bermuda’s head?

We kept ramming a pair of scissors into Bermuda’s head until we found a spot soft enough so that they stuck. What a good sport he is, huh?

Joe Weatherford of Lexington Ky asks: Who was that dead guy in Running With Scissors?

That’s Ruben (our tour keyboardist) finally getting his long-awaited first picture on an album. 

Jim Lang of Columbus, Indiana asks: Are you going to release any CD singles or cassette singles for any of the songs on “Running With Scissors”?

Unfortunately, I’m told that our new record label (Volcano) has a policy of not releasing commercial singles – only promotional singles to radio stations. 

Vince of Washington State asks: What was Don McLean’s response to your parody of his song?

I talked to Don on the phone before the tour started, and he seemed to like the parody very much. However, he says that his kids listen to RWS around the house a lot, so now when he’s doing “American Pie” in concert, the lyrics to my song keep creeping into his brain. He also told me that around the same time he approved my parody, he turned down a request from Coolio to use an “American Pie” sample (great, another reason for him to hate me). 

Greg of Youngstown, OH asks: I love the dead wax inscriptions on Even Worse, Dare To Be Stupid, and your first album. Are there any others and what exactly does “100,000,000” mean on Even Worse? Make more vinyl.

There were inscriptions on most if not all of my vinyl releases. “100,000,000” was a reference to a story in the media about Michael Jackson, who apparently at the time was scrawling the number everywhere because he had set a personal goal to sell 100,000,000 copies of his “Bad” album. So I figured that I might as well set the same goal for myself. 

Big Jon L. of Lawrenceville, Georgia asks: Hey Al, I recently bought Running With Scissors, and at the beginning of Pretty Fly For A Rabbi, what do the phrases you say in Hebrew mean in English?

It’s a phrase that I pulled out of an English-Yiddish dictionary. It’s actually half of a Yiddish curse – roughly translated, it means “May you turn into a blintz.”

Jacob Pactor of Indianapolis, IN asks: What type of deodorant do you use?

Lime-scented Mennen speed stick, or a dead raccoon, depending on the occasion. 

Emily of Dayton, Ohio asks: What are the things you wear in your ears during concerts? What is their purpose?

This tour, for the first time, all the band members (except Steve) have switched to wearing in-ear monitors. This helps us to hear ourselves much better on stage, allowing us to sing more in tune and play more in time. It also keeps the stage volume down and eliminates the need for those bulky monitor wedges. 

Stu Gowdy of South Berwick ME asks: Why do you think Eddie Vedder is pretty cool? It says so at the end of the “special thanks”section.

I met Eddie after a Pearl Jam show in Akron, Ohio a couple years ago. I talked to him backstage for a few minutes, and he seemed like a decent, down-to-earth kinda guy. I don’t know what he thinks of my song, but I really hope he’s not offended by it. Of course, it was written from the perspective of a guy who’s bitter and jealous because his girlfriend’s got a crush on him, so it may seem a little harsh… but hopefully Eddie understands that it’s a JOKE. 

Joe of Tampa/FL asks: The other day I was listening to Radio Disney (don’t ask) and they were playing “The Saga Begins”. Actually, they play it frequently. Anyway, I noticed that instead of saying “hitting on the queen” it sounds more like “talking to the queen.” Is this a different version (the kid friendly version), or am I just hearing it wrong (it is an AM station after all)?

Radio Disney (who, as you mentioned, has been extremely supportive) had a problem with the line “hitting on the queen.” They played the unedited version of the song on the first night it aired, but after that they just CUT the offending line right out of the song. The edit sounded horrible. And as much as I don’t like to “adjust” my lyrics to suit other people’s needs, changing those two words was a much preferable alternative to hearing a bad edit over and over. 

Tim Burrow of oskaloosa Iowa asks: Why was your video “Jurassic Park” in claymation?

It’s just too hard to find real live dinosaurs these days. 

The Doc of Monroe, LA asks: I noticed on your Saga Begins homepage that you’ve got a tiny section at the bottom showing the Saga Begins and Pentiums, both in the Star Wars format. But there’s a vacant space on the third block. Was that a clue for anyone who was paying attention and is there a new work of “Al” in the makings? (hope that doesn’t count as two questions.) Oh yeah, and dude, you rule!!!

I’m sure that the web designers were just trying to emulate the format of the official Star Wars website. There are currently no plans to do a third video for “Running With Scissors.” 

Rene’ Shaw of St. Marys, GA asks: I was just admiring the artwork on your debut album when I noticed something. All of the songs on the album have a drawing associated with them on the cover. Am I the only one who has noticed this?

No, I noticed it a long time ago.

Nate Lohman of Whitehall, Michigan asks: In the video “It’s All About The Pentiums,” are your ears really pierced?

No, I was using magnetic earrings (the top part is metal, and the backing is a magnet). I remember the video shoot ground to a halt because one of my earrings had flown off, and it took several minutes to find it. (It was in my pants.) 

Spencer of Albuquerque, NM asks: What’s the difference between a lyrical adaptation, a parody, and a plain adaptation?

Boy, you got me there. For whatever reason, the lawyers for Don McLean and Puff Daddy insisted that we list my version of their songs as “adaptations,” not “parodies.” Hey, if it makes them happy… 

Laura Minegar of Rogue River/Oregon asks: Is that your voice on the Truck Drivin’ Song? If so, how’d you get your voice so deep?

That is, in fact, my voice. It’s not altered in any way. However, I did have to sing it first thing in the morning when my voice is naturally much lower.

Johnalan Norris of Rockbridge, IL asks: Al, during your concert at Six Flags in Eureka, MO you called your mom and had the audience wish her a happy anniversary. Did she know what was going on?

I’m not sure if she fully understood at the time, but one of my cousins explained it to her after she got off the phone, and she really appreciated it.

Bobman of Palmdale, CA asks: How do you pick your concert songs — are they the same for any given show? In other words, if I saw you in Lancaster and then see you at the Greek Theatre, will the show be different?

Our full shows for this tour are pretty much identical. However, the Lancaster show was only an hour long, and the Greek show will be the normal two hour show. A lot of times, fairs insist that we do a shorter set so that the audience members will have more time to walk around and buy corn dogs.

Byron of San Marcos, California asks: Where did you get those great Jedi robes for the “Saga Begins” video? I’m looking for good replicas and those look authentic. Were they from Lucasfilm?

Those robes are the same ones that we wore in the video, and they were made from scratch by wardrobe designer Nancy Fisher, who’s done a number of projects with us.

Justin of Brooklyn/New York asks: Can I get your autograph?

Well, now, that remains to be seen, doesn’t it?

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“Ask Al” Q&As for August, 1999

Luke Owen of West Byfleet, Surrey, UK asks: Which bit exactly is the “Ear Booker Polka”?

Every songwriter in the polka medley is paid based on the percentage of the medley where their song is heard. “The Ear Booker Polka,” basically, is the name given to every single part of the medley that is not directly attributable to another songwriter – that is, if somebody else didn’t write it, I get the credit (and the royalties). Recently the name was changed to “The Way Moby Polka” for accounting reasons.

Janelle of Alberta, Canada asks: How come on the front of your Running With Scissors album your hair is straight? Or is it not you?

No, it’s definitely me. And my hair is definitely not straight – it’s still extremely curly. It’s just that my hair has gotten very long, and gravity tends to straighten out my curls a bit.

Garrett Stanfield of Mt. Airy, NC asks: Al, why did you choose to release Running With Scissors on a Tuesday?

I didn’t have any say in it. I don’t know why, but all major label albums are released on a Tuesday. That’s just the wacky way of the world. 

Dan of Sacramento, CA asks: “Truck Drivin’ Song” – Was that inspired by C.W. McCall and his lovely songs of trucking life on the road, perhaps?

I got several compilation CDs of Truck Driving Songs when I was doing research for “Truck Drivin’ Song,” and C.W. McCall was definitely one of the people I listened to for inspiration. 

Nate of Whitehall, MI asks: In the song “Jurassic Park,” did you get the T-rex sounds from the movie “Jurassic Park”?

No. Sandy Berman, a friend of mine who does sound effects, created some nifty dinosaur yells for a major theme park attraction and he was nice enough to “loan” them to me. 

Jordan Walsh of Willoughby Hills, OH asks: On the cover of Running With Scissors did you run with real scissors?

Yes, they were big, sharp and very real. Kids, don’t try this at home.

Lee Seitz of Huntsville, AL asks: Did you consider trying to get UHF alumnus Fran Drescher to do one of the voices for “Pretty Fly for a Rabbi”?

Actually, yes – but there was apparently some kind of mix-up or miscommunication with her agent, so it didn’t happen. The incredibly talented Tress MacNeille filled in quite nicely, though. 

Don “Don O’ the Dead” Pinsent of Oakville, Ontario, Canada asks: Your box set seems to have two titles– “Permanent Record” and “Al in the Box.” Is that just because you couldn’t decide which one you liked better or what?

I came up with both titles, and then decided that I liked Permanent Record better. In the meantime, Scotti Bros. decided that they liked Al In The Box better. Neither one of us wanted to give in, so we compromised by calling it “Permanent Record: Al In The Box.” 

Jason Bryans of Mason, Mi asks: Was Running With Scissors the first title that popped into your head for the new album or did you have other possible titles?

I was strongly considering a title and cover concept based on Star Wars – I kind of liked “Album One” for the title, but nobody else did. Basically, nobody could come up with a Star Wars-based title that we all could agree was clever or catchy enough, and everybody seemed to like “Running With Scissors,” so we went with that instead. 

Darian Glover of Sidney, NY asks: Has touring ever conflicted with a directing offer or other project you wanted to do?

After I directed “Wail” for the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, I got offers to direct for Sammy Hagar, Megadeth, Blues Traveller and others, but I had to turn them down because I was going on the road. Also, I had to turn down being Michael Jackson’s opening act on the European leg of his 1988 tour – because that was the summer we shot UHF.

Uncle Nutzy of Kansas asks: Al, I have seen UHF exactly 7 times. I’ve been dying to know, are those staples in that bad guy’s face real?

I’m pretty sure they were real staples, but I’m also pretty sure they were just attached with adhesive.

Geoff Voigt of Ridgecrest, CA asks: Al… Waaaaaayyyyy back when in the early 80’s, you were part of a contest on MTV in which the 2nd prize was supposedly your car. Was it really your car, or just a car made by MTV to be a Second Place prize? Just Curious.

It really was my beat-up white 1982 Toyota Corolla. I was trying to get rid of it, so I had it painted up like a giant Hawaiian shirt and gave it away on MTV. The woman that won it was less than thrilled (three prizes were being offered, and she was hoping to win the David Bowie package – she was downright disgusted to find out that all she got was my stinking car). 

Brian Eager Beaver of Pendleton Oregon asks: Do you think Madonna still has it?

What, the five bucks that I loaned her? Yeah, probably.

Steve of Reno! of Reno, NV asks: Al, why are you doing a show in Idaho one night and then one in Antelope Valley, CA and then back to Idaho again? Seems to be a logistical problem here. Do you have your own private aircraft?

We use public airlines when we fly, but we much prefer to just ride the bus whenever possible. And rock tours NEVER make any logistic sense. Shows are booked by the availability of the venues and the money being offered – and because of that the tour routing oftentimes gets downright stupid. 

Russ Widger of Toronto asks: When I met you after your show in Tampa in 1997, you graciously autographed my copy of James Brown’s In The Jungle Groove. Hopefully I will meet you in Detroit this August, and I do not want to insult you – so could you please suggest a CD for me to carry with me that you would like to autograph?

Hmmm… oh, I don’t know… let’s see… how about Running With Scissors? 

Ashley Devine of Bellefontaine, Ohio asks: I’m just wondering what was it like directing a music video that isn’t your own?

The downside is that since it’s not my own video, I don’t have full creative control, and on occasion I have to compromise my vision to please a client. The upside is that I’m not spending my own money.

Tim Montgomery of Decatur, IL asks: I noticed you thanked “local high school shop teacher” Joe Earley on the back of your debut album. I’m just interested in knowing why you thanked him. 

Joe Earley wasn’t really the name of my local high school shop teacher. He was one of my best friends in college – he played juice harp on some of my early coffee house gigs, and actually was my first bass player. Sadly, we had to let him go because, well, he didn’t know how to play bass.

Kevin Weaver of Joppa, MD asks: Where was that picture of you as Anakin Skywalker taken?

That was taken against a backdrop next to the track where we shot the front cover of Running With Scissors. The actual background you see in the finished art was a photograph of a miniature which we had built; the pictures of me and my shadow were then dropped into it.

Rip Carbuncle of Big Loins, Arkansas asks: Al… In UHF, did you get the name “Uncle Nutzy’s Clubhouse” from the MAD Magazine article with the same show title?

Yes, that was a little homage to one of my favorite all-time pieces in MAD magazine.

Bob Olson of Tampa Bay, Florida asks: Have you ever peed out of a car window when it was moving?

When it was moving? No.

Joe Roy of Scituate, RI asks: What is the difference between “My Bologna” on “Weird Al” Yankovic and “My Bologna” (Capitol Records single version) on the box set? I noticed the difference between both “Happy Birthday”s, but not between the “My Bologna”s. 

Sounds to me like you got a first printing of the box set, which unfortunately contained the wrong version of “My Bologna” (the debut album version, not the Capitol Records single version). If it’s important to you to have the right version, you might consider trying to return and exchange it. Sorry. 

Sean “It’s Not Art” Peterson of Castro Valley, CA asks: Do the original artists have a “silence agreement” not to tell the world that you’ll be parodying them?

Although we usually suggest that they keep mum on the parody, it really isn’t appropriate to swear anybody to secrecy. This is why there are sometimes “leaks” on parody information before the album comes out. 

Chris Irvine of Darwin, Australia asks: What exactly was George Lucas’ reaction to “The Saga Begins” when you sent it to him?

The exact quote we got from Lucasfilms was, “You should’ve seen the smile on his face.” That was one of the best phone calls I’ve ever gotten in my life. 

Greg Method of Richfield, Ohio asks: We all know you’re a big fan of “Ren and Stimpy” and John Kricfalusi/Spumco, but I once read that after Nickelodeon fired Spumco from producing the show, they actually approached you with doing the writing for new episodes. Is there any truth to that?

Yes, they were interested in having me write for the show, but I declined out of respect for John Kricfalusi. Besides, John has a real problem with non-animators writing for animation. 

Anthony Galenbeck of Salem/OR asks: Since you live in the Hollywood Hills, I was wondering who your neighbors are?

Well, there’s Dolores, of course – she picks up my mail when I’m on the road – and then there’s Michael and Elizabeth on the other side. Nice folks. 

Paul B of Palmerston North, New Zealand asks: Looking at the video for “The Saga Begins,” I noticed that Al’s hands didn’t change key while playing the guitar. Is this because Al doesn’t play the guitar, and just wanted it for show?

No no no… I was using a very special kind of Jedi tuning. Extremely difficult to master. I wouldn’t expect you to know that, though.

Scott O of Boston, MA asks: Why 27 questions?

Because 28 would be too many – and 26 too few.

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“Ask Al” Q&As for July, 1999

Michael Zduniak of Scottsdale, AZ asks: How’d u get all that hair under the wig????????? 

My “hair lady” uses an extremely sticky substance called “gaf quat,” which I’m told is the active ingredient in hair spray. My hair is carefully combed, positioned, pinned and glued down to my head, and then blow- dried until it’s hard as a rock. Then the wig goes on. And the whole process only takes 3 or 4 hours! 

Tracy Halladay of Brigham City, Utah asks: Are you easily recognized in public or are most people clueless when they actually see you in person?

Ever since I’ve gone without the glasses and the facial hair, very few people recognize me in public anymore. And even when they do, a lot of them are still clueless! 

Donovan Jones of Louisville, Kentucky asks: Hey Al, who painted the cover for your first album (“Weird Al” Yankovic)?

That was a Brazilian artist named Rogerio, and as you can tell, he’s very talented.

Kevin Masser of Phoenix, Arizona asks: Did you get to keep the big Al balloon from “Safety Patrol”?

Yes I did – and a lot of the people that came to our outdoors shows on the Bad Hair Tour got to see that balloon live and in person!

Bonnie Peterson of Madison,WI asks: How long have you had your nickname?

Which one, “Stud Muffin” or “Love Monkey”? Oh it doesn’t matter, I’ve had them both for practically forever.

John Biggelsworth of Riverside, CT asks: Why does Hanson thank you on their “Tokyo to the Middle of Nowhere” music video?

I’d imagine it was for giving them their “big break” on the Weird Al Show!

Marty Gobin of Ajax, Ontario asks: Were you or any of the band members born in Canada?

Jim West is a proud Canadian. And the rest of us are honorary Canadians, eh?

Lisa of Middletown RI asks: On the UHF video where you are in the red car with the girl in the sunglasses, is it a parody of I Love LA? 

Yes it is – in fact, we used the very same “big nasty redhead” that Randy Newman used in his video.

Stephen Schultz of Bakersfield, CA asks: I’ve heard two songs called “Windows 95 Sucks” and “He Got the Wrong Foot Amputated” which are credited to you, but don’t really sound like you to me. Am I crazy? Did you write them, and if not, do you know who did? 

Okay okay okay. Let me try to clear this up once and for all. No, I didn’t do “Windows 95 Sucks.” Or “He Got The Wrong Foot Amputated.” Or “Baby Got Jack.” Or “What If God Smoked Cannabis.” Or “Star Wars Cantina.” A lot of people assume that every parody in the world is done by me, and that’s just not true. Only 62% of them are. So check the discography at this web site if you have any doubts. If it’s not on there… chances are, it ain’t me!

Nate Cary of Saginaw,MI asks: I noticed that in the credits in UHF there were stunt men. I’m just wondering what dangerous scenes in the movie required stunt men?

Are you kidding?? Somebody could’ve gotten their eye poked out with that mop! 

Jared of Batesville/IN asks: Is there a specific reason why you tilt your head in photos?

The left side of my brain is much heavier than my right side. 

Micheal Kling of Tulsa, OK asks: The new James Bond movie is called “The World Is Not Enough”. Now, take the first letter in each of those words. TWINE. Any thoughts?

Yes. You really need to get out more often.

The wich doctor of Austin, TX asks: How old are your parents?

My mom was born on 2/7/23 and my dad on 6/4/17. As always, I’ll let you do the math.

Lee of Ft Myers, Fl asks: Did you try to get Leslie Nielsen to come on the Weird Al Show?

Actually, yes, we did ask him, but unfortunately he couldn’t do it because he was busy shooting “Mr. Magoo.” And I certainly didn’t want to deprive the world of THAT.

Cris Ketchum and Kickhafer of Cottage Grove, MN asks: Have you met any of the following people : Adam Sandler, Damon Wayons, Marlon Wayons, Jennifer Aniston, Tim Allen, Jim Carrey, George Lucas, Stan Lee, or Rodney Dangerfield?

Yes.

Lizzy of St. Paul MN asks: What was the first concert you went to?

I’m pretty sure it was Elton John, sometime in the mid-70’s.

Brian Leahy of North Ridgeville, OH asks: I got your DVD and love the “Spy Hard” sequence. I understand that you had to omit the credits for legal reasons, but I’d have thought you could at least have preserved the two spots where you actually interacted with the credits – that is, when you smack the “Spy Hard” title out of the way, and when you look at your own credit and flash a smug grin. After all, the words “Spy Hard” and “Weird Al Yankovic” are already printed on the DVD’s packaging, so how could there be legal trouble with that? 

That’s EXACTLY the argument we used with Disney’s legal department. Of course, being corporate lawyers, that kind of logic and reason was beyond their comprehension.

Paul Triggiani of Springfield, Pa asks: Who is that woman laughing well into the end of “The Check’s In The Mail?” She has been bugging me since I was eight.

That woman is… uh… me.

Andy “Gadget” Hainline of Tnek, The City of the Unpronouncable asks: Hey Al … I know you’re pretty computer savvy. I was just wondering — what music software/hardware do you use? (i.e., Cakewalk or something else) and what type of MIDI setup you have… Boy am I a geek.

I’ve been using Passport software – Encore for notation and Master Tracks Pro for sequencing… you geek.

Princess Buttercup of Savage MN asks: Do you cook for yourself, and if you do, what do you like to make?

I don’t like to spend a lot of time cooking, so if it requires more than one step, I usually don’t bother. (Like, if I have to take it out of the can AND heat it up… forget it!)

Tom Drewicke of Bemidji, MN asks: What was it like working with Crispin Glover on his “Big Problem” album? Did you ever consider him for a role in UHF?

It was fun, and really bizarre. Actually, we did try to cast him in “UHF.” At one point, in fact, I think I had offered him the role of Philo! However, the only part he was interested in playing (for some odd reason) was the “I’ll club a seal to make a better deal!” used car salesman – and we just didn’t think he was right for that particular part. 

This Guy of Somewhere, USA asks: When you were Penn & Teller’s Sin City Spectacular, I noticed you were having a bit of trouble hitting the high notes on “The Night Santa Went Crazy.” Were you sick at the time?

Yes, I was just getting over a terrible case of laryngitis. I know I sounded bad, and I would have canceled our appearance, except for the fact that Penn & Teller had built a whole production number around me, and I would have felt horrible about backing out. I’m better now, though, thanks.

Bob Rodman of Tri-Cities, WA asks: Have any of your songs been based on true stories?

Just “Slime Creatures From Outer Space.”

Fan Tom Mennis of Embarrass, MN asks: How many takes were required to film your hold-up scene in “Naked Gun 2 1/2?

I forget exactly, but I’m pretty sure it was over 20. They kept slamming that door into me over and over and over… By about the 16th take, after my leg had turned a nice shade of purple, the stunt coordinator finally came over and asked – “Hey, would you like to wear some padding?” I remember O.J. felt sorry for me. 

Jace McLain and Megan Herman of Germantown, Tennessee asks: Why aren’t any of the of the songs from “Bad Hair Day” on Greatest Hits?

You know, we WOULD have put them on there, except for the fact that “Bad Hair Day” came out several years after “Greatest Hits.” 

Jedi Josh of Chicago, Illinois asks: If you were to make a “Special Edition” of UHF, what changes or additions would you make to your hysterical masterpiece?

Hmmm… I guess I would show me actually going ABOARD the spaceship…

Not_Amused in Mayaguez of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico asks: Dear Al: I hate “Dare to be Stupid” but my boyfriend likes it a lot and he just won’t stop singing it. Whatever can I do? — Not_Amused in Mayaguez

I think you should break up with him as soon as possible, so he can be free to find someone with decent musical taste.

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“Ask Al” Q&As for June, 1999

Aaron Barnard of Hamel, Illinois asks: What is the new CD called?

“Running With Scissors.”

Weird M of Stanley Spadowski’s Clubhouse asks: How come your music video collection says “Alapalooza: the Videos” but only has four videos on it and only two of them are actually from “Alapalooza”?

Well, we WERE going to call it “Alapalooza: Two Videos Based On Songs From The Album, And Two Other Videos That Really Don’t Have Anything To Do With Alapalooza But We Thought You’d Appreciate Having Them On This Collection Anyway”… but the retailers liked the shorter title better. 

Cal Patti of WVU (I forget where I used to live) asks: Are any of your band members married to someone?

Both Steve Jay and Bermuda Schwartz are married, but not to each other.

Jason Bryans of Mason Michigan asks: At the end of the Weird Al Theme song where the word “show” is held, what are the people saying when they are yelling?

Those voices are all mine, and basically I’m just scat-singing whatever nonsense syllables pop into my head. No secret messages, no Satanic back-masking.

JJ Hintz of Santa Barbara, CA asks: Throughout UHF there are times when a barber shop quartet/doo-wop style music can be heard in the background (such as when George first arrives at the U62 station). Is that an Al and band creation or did some other group perform those interludes?

Those particular music cues were by John DuPrez (he did the music score for UHF, and also had worked quite a bit with the Monty Python troupe). He asked me to sing a few things as part of the score, so yes, that is my voice that you hear in that particular section. 

Chuck Nathan of Cortlandt Manor, NY asks: A few days ago I picked up your DVD and saw the video for ‘Dare To Be Stupid’. My question is, was the device with the video monitor an interociter from the sci-fi movie ‘This Island Earth’ also seen in MST3K The Movie?

Yes, that was supposed to be an interociter. Unless you’re an attorney, in which case – no it wasn’t, and I have no idea what you’re talking about.

Ralf Hildebrandt of Braunschweig, Germany asks: Why didn’t you include “Bite Me” on the OTDE CD in Europe?

Unfortunately, we have very little control over what happens in pressing plants overseas. Sorry.

Luke Owen of West Byfleet, Surrey, England asks: Describe your worst memory of a gig.

Um, let’s see… There was this one gig we had – it was on the east coast somewhere, I think – it was in a nightclub… maybe a theatre… and we did this show where we, um… did a bunch of songs, and uh… I guess after we were done everybody went home. I think.

DK of Greenvile,California asks: What is the title of your new album?

It’s called “Running With Scissors.”

Andrew of Lakewood, NJ asks: Can you name any of the songs on your new album?

Yes, I can name all of them.

Bonnie Peterson of Madison, WI asks: Do you have a nasty habit?

Yes, I have a nasty habit of giving flip, stupid answers to perfectly reasonable questions.

Netty of New Zealand asks: When are you going to come to New Zealand on tour or a promotional visit or something? (I would like it if you did)

Probably not in the near future. I did go to New Zealand in 1989 to promote the release of UHF there. I even appeared on the New Zealand version of the Dating Game! 

Joshua Nicholson of Semmes, AL asks: Did you really hold the endlessly long note at the end of the Spy Hard theme, or was it just a looping job?

I originally planned to loop it, but when I got to the studio, I found I was actually able to sing the entire note in one breath – which I did.

Blinky the One-Eyed, six-legged hedgehog of I think it’s California asks: Is Mr. Frump in the Iron Lung real?

Yes, it’s really the last cut on my debut album.

michial of lawrenceville, ga asks: I saw somewhere that an important figure in the development/invention of television was a guy named Philo. Is that where you got the name for the character in “UHF”?

How very astute of you! Yes, Philo was named after Philo T. Farnsworth, who is widely credited as having invented television.

Sami Walker of Chandler, Az asks: Hey, It’s me again. Just wondering if that is your real hair braided in the Bad Hair Day photo. Well, hope to see you in concert for the ’99 tour!

Yes, that is my real braided hair – and just to prove it, check out the half-tone photo (under the lyrics) in the Bad Hair Day CD booklet. That’s an extreme close-up of my scalp! 

Jeff of Stratford, Ont. Canada asks: Hey Al: Could you give me an idea of how your albums sold – like a ranking from most sold to least sold? Thanks.

I don’t have the most current information on me, but as of 1/17/97 the ranking of my albums from best-selling to worst-selling is as follows: Bad Hair Day, Even Worse, In 3D, Dare To Be Stupid, Off The Deep End, Alapalooza, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Polka Party, Greatest Hits, Greatest Hits Vol. II, The Food Album, The UHF Soundtrack, The TV Album, Permanent Record.

Kevin Brockway Jr. of Greenwich, N.Y. 12834 asks: Are you a fan of the classic rock band Led Zeppelin at all? If you are, you could polka versions of some of their songs. Since you did a polka version of the Queen song “Bohemian Rhapsody”, you could do “Stairway to Heaven” or “Dazed and Confused” or something, I think you sound cool if you did polka versions of Zeppelin tunes, don’t you?

Oddly enough, a few years ago Jimmy Page called my office to get some copies of my videos, so I knew he was a fan. Unfortunately, when I asked him shortly after that how he’d feel about my doing a Led Zeppelin polka medley, he was less than thrilled with the prospect, so I didn’t pursue it.

Badaim of St. Louis, MO asks: Hey Al, who played Lucy in the “Ricky” video?

That was Tress MacNeille, who just might make an appearance or two on the new album! 

Stephanie of Indiana asks: What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve done on TV?

I’d have to say it was completely blanking out and forgetting the words to “Achy Breaky Song” during a national live appearance on Regis & Kathie Lee. (I brought along cue cards the next time I did the show.) 

Rex New of Berwick, Louisiana asks: What is the new album called?

That would be “Running With Scissors.”

Vermin Boy of Templeton, MA asks: Was “Polka Your Eyes Out” meant to be reminiscent of Spike Jones? I’ve noticed a few similarities (The breaking glass and gunshots, the banjo riffs, the “Der Fuhrer’s Face” tuba part…)

At this point, I’d say my polka medleys probably owe more to the music of Spike Jones than to any traditional kind of polka music. 

Jordan D. White of Naugatuck, CT asks: Is the song “I’m So Sick of You” based on the sound of Elvis Costello’s earlier records? It reminds me of the album “This Year’s Model,” especially the bass part which sounds a lot like “Pump It Up.”

Right you are – “I’m So Sick Of You” was very much “Model”-ed after the early works of Elvis Costello. 

Ray Smotherman of Nashville, TN asks: Every year I wait, and every year I cry (well, I get miffed anyway.) Why don’t you ever play Nashville anymore? Our Zanies club has a newspaper clipping of you on the wall, so I know you were here before. Did something “Deliverance”-like happen? 

Oh yes, we all remember Zanies. A very nice little comedy club – but not one that could accommodate a full rock band. We were so cramped up on that stage we could hardly move – we had our amps out in the audience. My stage manager was begging me to cancel the show, but we did it anyway – and had a nice long talk with our booking agent afterwards.

Nate Cary of Saginaw, MI asks: I heard that you didn’t like the TV & Food albums, but did you like doing the 2 Greatest Hits albums?

I don’t mind putting out actual “Greatest Hits” albums every decade or so – I realize the value in that. I just have a problem when the record company tries to make a quick buck by putting out albums like “Songs That Al Did In The Key Of F#”. 

larry hitz of lafayette/IN asks: Do you sell back stage passes to your concerts?

Only to Rubén.

Thorsten Gutbrod of Germany asks: When will your new album be released???

June 29, 1999. Oh, and if you haven’t heard, it’s called “Running With Scissors.”

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“Ask Al” Q&As for May, 1999

Matt 2 of Noho, MA asks: How did UHF do in the box office? I’m a little too young to remember. I’ve read some old not-too-friendly reviews, but it’s still my favorite movie. Just wondering how many others share my love.

Thanks. It really didn’t do that well initially at the box office – I think it made about 2.1 million the first weekend, and went on to make a little over 6 million domestically. The movie only cost about five million to make, so it’s not like the studio lost a ton of money. However, their hopes for it were so high (it got Orion Pictures’ best testing score since the original “Robocop”) that they were naturally disappointed that it didn’t blow Batman and the latest Indiana Jones movie out of the water. Well, I’m really glad you guys still like it. 

Doug McDonald of Montclair, NJ asks: Is that Madonna on the video to “Like A Surgeon”?

No, that was the winner of a local Madonna look-alike contest.

ryan hewitt of edinboro, pa asks: are you ready for y2k?

Yes, I’m burying my life savings in the back yard and covering myself in tinfoil.

Eric Stringer of Fayetteville, AR asks: Dear Al, I once visited San Luis Obispo, CA. Unfortunately, this was in about 1979 and before I knew of your great talent, so forgive me for not stopping by and saying hello. Anyway, here is my question: While I was visiting this wonderful city, I noticed several people had filled used milk containers with water and placed them on their lawn. Why is this? Sincerely, Eric Stringer 

Obviously you’ve never heard of the San Luis Obispo milk container fairy, who comes in the middle of the night and replaces the water with fresh homogenized milk. That’s why most people live there. 

Drew Stern of MD asks: How old were you when you first got glasses?

I believe I was in the 4th grade, so… I don’t know, 8 or 9? 

Matthew Wyatt of San Diego, CA asks: You performed “Melanie” in your 1996/97 tour (I saw you in Tulare). It’s one of my favorite songs. I was so happy, I jumped up and down, screaming. I think I scared the people sitting next to me. Anyway, I was wondering why you chose to put it in the tour so long after it’s release date? And what are the chances I could hear Velvet Elvis in the future?

I like to put at least one semi-obscure original song in each tour set list just for the hardcore fans that like those semi-obscure original songs. And by the way, if you’ve got “Even Worse,” you can hear Velvet Elvis right now!

brian lough of edmond/oklahoma asks: why isn’t ruben in the band photo on the back of the bad hair day cd cover?

He is – he’s just hiding behind Bermuda.

Matthew Rogers of Kaneohe Bay, HI asks: Has there ever been any ukulele parts played in your music?

I’m pretty sure there was ukulele on the breakdown section of “I’ll Be Mellow When I’m Dead.”

Rob and Kevin (of Kevin and Rob fame) of Gurnee, IL ask: Does your drummer Bermuda Schwartz have any nicknames (besides Jon)?

In certain circles he’s known as Pedro the Weasel-Faced Dog Boy.

Tony Goldmark of San Francisco, CA asks: I noticed your 1996 AL-TV special was considerably different from past specials (not only in the videos you played, but also your “between video” bits were a lot shorter). Who’s idea was that?

That was totally MTV’s idea. I wasn’t happy about it, but the show did very well and they aired it to death. I’m not exactly sure what they’re going to let me get away with if and when we do it again. 

Mike Schooley of T-Ville Ut asks: do you have to ask permission to do style parodies?

Well, as I always say, we live in a country where anybody can sue anybody else for any reason at any time, so it’s always a gray area. However, even though I always get permission for the parodies, I don’t feel obligated to do the same for “sound-alikes.” 

Jon G of Abbotsford asks: What is the average reaction from a person at McDonalds when you walk in the door and order food?

“Would you like fries with that?”

Frederico Chavez of Chicago/IL asks: Have you ever considered working (or have you worked) with the fellows from Spinal Tap? I think that would be a priceless moment in musical comedy history.

I love those guys – they’re just amazing. Well let’s see – Michael McKean played a miner in an episode of the Weird Al Show… and Christopher Guest and I have the same agency for our directing work… and uh-I’ve MET Harry Shearer… Anyway, I’d jump at the chance to work with any of them. 

May Berenbaum of Urbana, IL asks: How is it that the songwriting proceeds of the “Achy Breaky” song came to be donated to the United Cerebral Palsy Association?

Both the writer of “Achy Breaky Heart” and I were a little uncomfortable over the fact that the parody was a little bit, well, mean-spirited. So we thought it would kind of take the edge off of it if we donated all of the songwriting proceeds to a worthy charity. 

Weird Ando of Dallas, GA asks: In Young, Dumb, and Ugly, is the line “We’re rebels without a clue” a play on a line from Tom Petty’s song Into The Wide Open (or whatever it’s called), which has the line “A rebel without a clue”?

Actually, I had written “Young, Dumb and Ugly” before I ever heard that Tom Petty song. I thought it was kind of bizarre that Tom Petty used the same phrase in his song. 

Adam Clayton of Providence,NC asks: Why did you want the song UHF to sound different on the UHF soundtrack and greatest hits vol 2?

The soundtrack album has the long version, and the greatest hits version has the much shorter “single” version that was remixed specially for the video (MTV generally doesn’t like to play 6 minute videos, and besides, they’re a lot more expensive to make). I just thought fans would appreciate having both versions available. 

Tim Howland of Danvers, Ma asks: At concerts, who is the guy that dresses up in the Santa suit and always gets punched, and do you really punch him?

His name is Mongo – he’s our stage manager and much more. And oh yes, I punch him every night. Hard.

Mary(aka Kathy27) of Nowhere, New Jersey asks: On the back of your Polka Party! ALbum, there’s a guy reading a magazine called “Polka World”, is that Frankie Yankovic on the cover?

Yes it is. Good eye.

aaron thomas of niles michigan asks: i was wondering if you were just as mad about the tv album as you were “the food album”

Well, I think the concept of a TV Album is every bit as ridiculous as the concept of a Food Album – but at least the record company was a whole lot nicer when they asked the second time (i.e., more groveling, less demanding). For what it’s worth, I believe the Scotti Bros. used up all their “compilation options” before they sold off my contract to Volcano – so you probably won’t be seeing any more “greatest hits” packages until a reasonable amount of time has gone by.

chucky the magic squirrel of Oakville, Ontario asks: How much O’ the writing on the Weird Al Show and UHF was done by you personally?

Just the funny parts. 

Eddie Schmidt of LA,CA asks: Is it true that you were approached to do a theme song for the film “National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1”?

Man, how do you dig up this stuff? Yes, it was offered to me, but they later retracted the offer when they found out that I wanted to get paid for it.

WIT asks: can i sing with you?

Sure, go ahead.

Brian Leahy of North Ridgeville, OH asks: In an early part Al Franken’s book “Why Not Me”, he says that he’d contacted you about posing for the book’s cover – but I don’t see you there. Is there any truth to this statement, or was it just another of the book’s countless jokes?

Al was just joking, as he has been known to do from time to time.

Ian of Rocklin/CA asks: Are you ever coming to California??????

I’m there right now!!!!!!

Anonymous asks: Why didn’t you include “Bite Me” on the OTDE cassette too? 

The joke about “Bite Me” (the name we gave to the six seconds of primal screaming at the end of the CD) is that it’s supposed to come on after 10 minutes of silence and scare you to death. Now it’s one thing to use up 10 minutes of time on a CD, but it would be pretty obnoxious to have 10 minutes of blank audio tape, don’t you think?

xavier mackonnella of Oakville, Ontario asks: When you have a stand-up comedian as an opening act, I know they’re usually (always?) local guys, but do you have anything to do with auditioning them, or is that someone else’s job?

It’s always the local promoter who hires the opening act. We have certain guidelines we request that they follow (keep it pretty clean, etc.) – but I rarely know who the opening act is going to be until they’re actually on stage.

Shawn Malenich of Pittsburgh,PA asks: Which one of the 3 stooges do you like the best?

Ruben.

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“Ask Al” Q&As for April, 1999

Aritania of planet earth asks: How’d you guys take those underwater pictures for “Off the Deep End”? 

Oddly enough, we were underwater. In fact, we were in the very same swimming pool (in Pasadena, California) where the cover of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album was shot (with the swimming baby, remember?) It wasn’t easy – the camera crew had all this scuba gear on, and the guys in the band could only hold their breath for three or four minutes at a time before they started complaining about “needing oxygen.” Sheesh. 

Kristen “alhead27” Jacobs of GA asks: After you read your fan mail, what do you do with it?

First of all, it takes me a very long time to actually get around to reading fan mail – but I treasure every letter. I’ve never thrown one away. I have boxes and boxes of them stored away at my parents’ house.

Mike Hadley of Sanibel, Florida asks: Would you like to be a contestant on “Who’s Line Is It Anyway” with Drew Carey? I love that show. I used to watch it when it was only a British show. I think you would be great at the improvs.

Improvisation is certainly a great skill, but unfortunately, one that I don’t have. I went to a taping of that show and was amazed at how quick, sharp-witted and funny everyone was. If they needed to re-take a sketch for any reason, the cast immediately came up with a completely different bit! I have tons of respect for people who can do that, but personally… well, it takes me a really long time to be funny (how long has it been between albums now?) 

Justin Crouch of Cahokia, Illinois asks: Whatever happened to the Nash Metropolitan you drove in UHF?

We rented it from some guy locally in Tulsa, so I guess it went back to him! I’ve always loved those cars. If I ever were to own a second car (that didn’t need to get used much), it’d be a turquoise and white late 50’s Metropolitan. Currently, I wouldn’t have room for it in the garage – plus old cars constantly need repairs and restoring, and I certainly don’t have time for another hobby right now! 

Dan Shaw of Sutton/MA asks: How come on the back of your first album, it doesn’t mention Jim West in the band, but instead it gives special thanks to him?

I don’t think Jim actually played on the first album – Rick Derringer was doing pretty much all the guitar work in the beginning. However, Jim was playing live with us at the time and he was definitely part of the band, so we felt he should at least get a mention! 

May Berenbaum of Urbana, IL asks: Are there any circumstances under which it is proper to write “Weird Al” Yankovic without the quotation marks? What’s the proper punctuation of the possessive case? “Weird Al”‘s?

This is historically what I’ve done: I use quotes when it’s the full name (“Weird Al” Yankovic), but no quotes when it’s just plain Weird Al. So the possessive case would be Weird Al’s.

Pokey of Tuscaloosa, AL asks: When you directed the Jeff Foxworthy videos was he a hoot to work with?

Jeff was terrific, a total professional. He was the first artist I directed (other than myself) and he kind of spoiled me. Always on time, always hit his marks – and believe me, if you’ve ever tried to lip synch to a comedy routine, it’s not easy to do. But Jeff put in the rehearsal time and did a great job.

Spencer of St.Louis, MO asks: You mailed me a picture autographed by you, but I mailed you 2 years ago! Why did it take so long?

These days I’m signing my name reeeeeeeeeeally slow.

Jeff “No Nickname” McClelland of Brownsville, Pa asks: Hiya Al. I was wondering why you never released an “Addicted to Spuds” video. I believe that I saw a clip from it on your Disney special. If you were given permission to create a parody of the song, then why not a video? Thanks… (come to Pittsburgh again soon!)

For one thing, getting permission for an audio recording and getting permission for a video are two different things (we had not secured the “synch rights.”) Secondly, we were somewhat limited in our video budget, so we can’t always do as many videos as we’d like from an album. And perhaps most importantly, I thought that a video for “Addicted To Spuds” would essentially be one joke – and you saw it in the UHF video. 

Brett Bayne of Los Angeles, CA asks: What was songwriter Jimmy Webb’s reaction to “Jurassic Park”?

Jimmy was great, and it was a real thrill for me getting to know him. I think he was getting kinda tired of “MacArthur Park” himself – when he heard my parody, he wrote me a letter saying, “Well, this oughta bury that song once and for all!” I wound up actually performing the song with him on stage a couple times – once in New York and once at the Roxy in Los Angeles. He was doing a concert, and near the end of the show he’d launch into “MacArthur Park.” After a couple bars he’d pretend to forget the words… and then he’d call me up out of the audience to sing my version! He was the coolest – he even sent me a rubber dinosaur mask for Christmas that year! 

Trev-al of West Hartford,CT asks: In “She Drives Like Crazy,” is that weird voice supposed to be Kermit the Frog’s voice?

I don’t think I was trying to do Kermit – I think I was kinda doing a cross between Dudley Do-right and Peter Puma. (I wound up having trouble trying to match the voice of the lead singer in Fine Young Cannibals, so I decided to make it more cartoony instead.) 

Greg Method of Richfield, Ohio asks: Al, I loved your opening sequence to “Spy Hard” (seeing if brown-nosing will get my question answered…), but I must ask did you also edit the “music video” of the theme that was shown on MTV, etc., or was that done entirely by Disney?

Well, it was kind of done by me, but Disney made me make so many changes that I wound up not being very happy at all with it. Just to name one lame thing about it – they made me take out all footage of the silhouetted women swimming in the background, because they were deathly afraid of getting in trouble with the James Bond people. (In case you didn’t know, the opening titles are a direct rip from the James Bond movie “Thunderball” – why Disney had a problem with it in the music video but not in the actual movie is just one of those executive logic things I’ll never understand.) 

Rob and Kevin (of Kevin and Rob fame) from Gurnee, IL ask: Do you ever have trouble distinguishing between Bermuda and Ruben?

Not really. Umm, Bermuda’s the one behind the drums, right?

David Wester of St. Louis, Missouri asks: What did you think of the reviews of UHF? I find it funny that the movie was pretty much dismissed at the time, but everyone I know seems to have loved it.

Oh, you find that funny, huh? Well, I can’t say that I went into a depression after the movie came out, but I felt pretty beat up. (Read some of the reviews that came out at that time if you want to know why.) Ten years later, however, I’ve noticed that critics in general are being much kinder to the movie, and it gives me an incredible amount of satisfaction knowing the cult-like status it has achieved with a lot of my fans.

Tony Goldmark of San Francsisco, CA asks: Why did Paul McCartney turn you down to do “Gee I’m A Nerd” even though he’s so supportive of your work?

Paul didn’t turn me down – he just turned the decision over to Yoko, who ultimately decided that she didn’t feel comfortable with my doing a parody of that song (for obvious reasons). In deference to her, we’ve never played that song live if we knew beforehand that she was in the audience. 

Brian Siguenza of Cedar Rapids, IA asks: I noticed that David Letterman OR Saturday Night Live were not part of your TV credits – were you ever on either of those shows?

No, not so far – too bad, they’re two of my favorites! (I have been used on those shows numerous times as a pop culture reference, however.)

A person with no name and no residence asks: In the video for “Smells Like Nirvana,” I noticed you “playing” the guitar with your left hand. ARE you left-handed?

No. But Kurt was, and I can fake playing left-handed just as well as I can fake playing right-handed. 

Joe & Sandi Peterson of Kit Carson, Co ask: In “Livin’ In The Fridge,” what are you singing in the background vocals (is it “dysentery” or “dis’ the tupperware”)?

What?? Uh, it’s “dysentery.”

Brian Kelly of Kerhonkson, New York asks: I heard somewhere that Joel Hodgson from MST3K was originally supposed to play Philo in “UHF.” How do you think things would be different if he had?

Well, since Philo was an inventor and Joel is famous for cooking up weird gadgets, I probably would have had him come up with a bunch of strange gizmos and doodads for the film. It would have been extremely cool to get Joel, but I’m more than happy with the job Anthony Geary did. (When Anthony Geary came in to read for the part, we were thinking, “Tony Geary? The soap opera guy? Forget it!” But then he did his lines as Philo for us and had us rolling on the floor. He’s really a terrific, underrated actor.) 

Troydan Glomk of Clearlake, CA asks: Do you need artists’ permission to mock their videos on AL-TV and AlMusic? (i.e. “Brilliant Disguise,” “Don’t Cry,” “Ironic” etc.)

Welllllll, technically, probably yes… but I never bother on those specials because otherwise it would take me forever to get all the clearances – and forgiveness is a lot easier to get than permission. I can’t believe how much I get away with on those shows (especially on Much Music)! Mostly I just cross my fingers and hope that everyone has a good sense of humor about it. I’m very careful about permissions on my albums, but for a cable special – well, if anybody gets really upset, we’ll just edit their part out the next time it airs. 

Peter Perpetua III of Coraopolis, PA asks: Al, from listening to your music and watching your videos it is apparent that you spent a lot of time watching TV while growing up. I would like to know if you liked the show “Lost In Space” and would you ever consider doing a video parody of it?

When I was very young I loved that show – and now I can appreciate it for its ultra-low-budget campiness. Bill Mumy (who played young Will Robinson on that show, and is also half of Barnes & Barnes) is a good friend of mine – you may have seen him as the mailman with a Ph.D. on an episode of The Weird Al Show. As for doing a parody… hmmm, probably not, but I wouldn’t rule anything out. 

Thomas Wittenburg of Denmark asks: How come we’ve never really heard of you guys in Denmark?

Oh, don’t you worry. We’ve just been biding our time, slowly and meticulously planning for our huge DENMARK MEDIA BLITZ! Actually, my new record label is very much hoping to establish a stronger presence for me outside of North America once the new album comes out.

Spazz from Midland, Michigan asks: I was looking through some pictures in the gallery when I came across one of you surrounded by your accordions and I was just wondering, why do you have so many?

You know what they say… “You can never be too rich, too thin, or have too many accordions!”

Little Debbie from Rochester,MN asks: Al, where do you get your socks?

From my sock drawer.

David Rossi of Nutley, NJ asks: Darwin, Minnesota’s twine ball weighs 17,400 pounds, or 8.7 tons. Was 21,140 a made up number?

Well, according to the edition of “Roadside America” that I was reading at the time I wrote the song, it was 21,140 pounds. Perhaps it shrunk, or the earth’s gravitational pull has changed since that book came out.

greg gee of columbus twp, michigan asks: I was present at your Roseville Michigan concert at the Ritz bowling alley in August of ’94. I was in the front when your lead guitarist came close for a solo. I untied his shoelace and he saw me do it. I was wondering if he was still ticked off at me about that? Thanx

Oh man, he just won’t stop talking about it. I think you traumatized him for life. (And you’ll notice, we haven’t played a bowling alley since then!)

Al from TN asks: What did you really want to be when you were young?

When I was about four, I used to design miniature golf courses (with a crayon and a big pad of paper). I also thought it would be really cool to be a professional fireworks maker. A few years later I got interested in cartooning, and then I wanted to be a writer for Mad Magazine. When I was 12, a guidance counselor told me to forget about the funny stuff and convinced me to become an architect. And then, around my third year in college, I decided that what I really really wanted to do was to be Weird Al for a living. 

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“Ask Al” Q&As for March, 1999

fred of chgo il asks: In “UHF” in the beginning, when one of the guys pulls out the gun to shoot you, he uses his left hand, but when it’s on the ground, it’s the right hand, can you tell me why that is? 

I think we realized the continuity error after we had already shot the footage with the actor – the disembodied arm that the prop guys had supplied didn’t match the arm that our actor was using for the whip. At the time, there wasn’t a whole lot we could do about it. We just rationalized, “Who’s gonna even care about this 10 years from now? Besides Fred, of course.”

Eddie Schmidt of LA,CA asks: What’s happening with the screenplay you wrote prior to the release of “Bad Hair Day”? Is it a “Weird Al” vehicle, or kind of a departure?

I originally wrote the screenplay to be a made-for-Showtime movie, since a friend of mine was producing movies for that cable channel at the time. That deal kinda fell through, and I never thought the movie was really good enough for the big screen, so the script is just gathering dust on my hard drive. The script did have a few pretty funny moments, some of which I adapted and used for my Saturday morning show. (Fred Willard’s “Whack-A-Mole” routine at the “Host Of The Year” awards show was pretty much a direct lift from the screenplay.) My original script had the working title of “Rabid Puppy,” which was also the name of the fictional rock band that the story revolved around.

Mike Farley of South Amboy/NJ asks: Hey Al!! I was wonder if “Alimony” was live or did you just throw in the screaming and yelling?

I was singing it live… in the studio… with a bunch of pre-recorded screaming. Does that count?

Jonathan Campbell of Las Vegas/NV asks: Where you REALLY born in the elevator on the way up to the Maternity Ward like it said in the “almost true rockumentary” THE COMPLEAT AL?

No, that was a joke. It’s always bothered me a little how the facts and the jokes got mixed together in The Compleat/Authorized Al, because I’m sure a lot of fans got confused as to which parts were real and which weren’t.

David Wester of St. Louis, MO asks: I know you don’t want to say much about the parodies on the new album, but can you tell us one song that you WON’T be parodying?

Okay. “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby.

Kyrissa Koch of WOBWORLD and WOWACITY asks: HOW MANY TIMES DID YOU HAVE TO SHOOT THE SCENE FROM “UHF” WHERE THE BOY SPITS AT YOU AND WAS THAT REAL SPIT HANGING OFF YOUR NOSE OR MOVIE MAGIC? 

That was an incredible optical effect done by Industrial Light & Magic. A team of experts working around the clock with the latest digital imaging software were able to closely approximate the effect of a little boy spitting in my face. It put us millions of dollars over budget, but it was well worth it, don’t you think?

Oh, you want the real answer? I think we did two takes, and we used the first one, since the kid had better aim. The boy had a real problem keeping a straight face. If you look at him near the end of the shot, you can see him starting to crack up.

Thomas Stanford of Buffalo, NY asks: I’m a huge Transformers fan. I always found it interesting how “Dare to be Stupid” ended up in the middle of it. How did you manage that?

The Transformers soundtrack came out on Scotti Bros., so oddly enough, there were a bunch of Scotti Bros. artists on there. I think I probably got a phone call saying, “Hey, we’re gonna use one of your songs in this movie, if that’s okay with you,” and I probably said, “Sure, why not – hey, how did you get this number?”

Rob and Kevin (of Kevin and Rob Fame) from Gurnee, IL ask: Do you have any naked pictures of your band members?

No. Except for Steve and Rubén, of course.

“Weird Ando” of Dallas, GA asks: In the video for You Don’t Love Me Anymore, what’s that thing that on the golf club. It looks like either a lady’s stocking or a condom or something weird like that. What is it, really?

Well, uh, it’s a condom. Our set decorator was trying to be “funny,” and unfortunately neither Jay Levey or I caught it until it was too late. We both thought it was kind of tasteless and inappropriate, and I don’t believe we ever worked with that guy again.

walter fitch of highland, ny asks: do you still have your jacket from the “eat it” video?

Yes I do. It’s a very heavy leather jacket – I need to use the much lighter vinyl version when I’m on the road. (Hey, anybody got any spares? The vinyl one is on its last legs, and those jackets are hard to find now!) Maybe the leather one will wind up at AlCon some day – I just don’t see myself wearing it around town much.

Tracy Halladay of Brigham City, utah asks: Even though it’s hard to believe, I’ll grant that your long curly hair is the real thing. When you had short hair for the MTV promos did you ever have the urge to get a hair cut? 

I actually WAS tempted to get a major haircut, especially after people told me how much “better” I looked in the MTV promos. Thankfully, my hair surgeon Roseanne talked me out of it, reminding me that I don’t really have straight blonde hair, and that if I cut my own hair short, it would look considerably different. So I’ll be a long-haired rock n’ roll hippie freak for a while longer.

Dustin Jablonski of Anderson, IN asks: During a tour where do you find the cheerleaders for “Smells Like Nirvana?”

That’s usually the responsibility of the concert promoter – when anybody books our show, among other things we ask them to supply us with two young, attractive female dancers to use as cheerleaders (ah, the perks of fame!) Sometimes the promoter will get them through a radio promotion, or maybe it’ll be the promoter’s cousins, or maybe it’s someone the promoter met at a club the night before – we never know. All I can say is, if you want to be a cheerleader in our show, your best bet would be to find out who’s promoting it and then dazzle ’em with your pom poms.

Chris of Tiverton, RI asks: My question is now that you’re a vegetarian do you consider the song eat it against your morals because of references to eating spam & chicken?

I also sing about decapitating people, but I don’t advocate that either. I need to stress once again that my songs aren’t autobiographical, and just because the words are coming out of my mouth, it doesn’t mean that I’m expressing my personal views. It’s just a joke, folks.

Psycho Steve of Nampa, Id asks: How did you get into Hawaiian shirts?

One arm at a time, like I still do. (Oh man, I kill me.) Actually, I’ve always had an affinity for really loud clothing, and Hawaiian shirts have always been the most accessible obnoxious clothing around, so they’ve kind of become one of my trademarks.

Matt Hurwitz of Ann Arbor, Michigan asks: Did you co-write the song “Revenge Of The Nerds” with the Rubinoos? I was wondering if this rumour was true.

Hmmm… This is around 1984, so my memory may not be completely accurate – but from what I recall, I was asked to sing the theme song for “Revenge Of The Nerds.” I turned it down, mostly on the grounds that I was being asked to sing somebody else’s song – I figured that if they wanted me singing the theme song to a movie, I should be the one writing it as well. They weren’t open to that, so I passed, and I guess the Rubinoos wound up doing it instead. (What an obscure piece of trivia – where’d you hear that rumor?)

Sue Carlson of South Bend, IN asks: I recently went to the Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando, FL. Luck was with me as I was seated right across from one of your accordions and several Al photos. Did you donate these items to Hard Rock and have you ever been there?

I donated that accordion to the Hard Rock Café in New York City some time around 1985. From what I understand, the Hard Rock memorabilia floats around the world (I think the accordion was in Amsterdam for a while) and now I guess it’s in Orlando. It’s painted like a Hawaiian shirt – it’s quite nice, and I’m a little sorry I gave it away. I haven’t visited it in a while, but from what I understand, it’s sharing a corner of the restaurant with some memorabilia from my pal Judy Tenuta.

the great Luke Ski of Kansas City, MO asks: Was the “backwards” scene at the end of the “Amish Paradise” video meant to be a parody of that video by “the Pharcyde” in which the whole video was filmed and lip synced backwards, or was that just a coincidence (Or perhaps you did it in homage to “Top Secret”)?

I didn’t learn about the Pharcyde video until after I did “Amish Paradise.” I was also later made aware of a video by Steve Vai where he does some cool backwards stuff. I was a little bummed, because I was hoping that I’d be the first one to do it in a music video. (Well, at least I was the first one to do it with Amish people!) And you’re right, the movie “Top Secret” may have been an influence – I’ve always been amazed by that scene in the Swedish bookshop.

Gregory Gillen of Maumee, OH asks: Is “Trigger Happy” a full-out Beach Boys style parody, or is it just a generic surfer rock style parody?

It’s mostly meant to be the Beach Boys, but I think there’s a little Jan & Dean thrown in. I listened to both groups while I was writing the song.

Joel Mapes of Westland, Michigan asks: During the making of the “RICKY” video, did you film the scenes with your long hair and mustache first, or were you wearing a wig?

Right the first time. I shot my scenes as myself first (using a stand-in double for Ricky Ricardo), and then did the transformation into Ricky for the rest of the day.

stabbim of Salt Lake City UT asks: You have stated before that you never learned to play guitar. Considering that you get sole writing credit on the original tunes, how do you work out the parts for heavily guitar-based originals like ‘Young Dumb & Ugly’? Do you figure out the parts yourself on keyboard then have Jim transpose them, or do you just lay out the basic idea of the song and he takes it from there?

When I submit my demos to the band, all the music is played on a keyboard. The chords and melody lines and main riffs are all there, but not being a guitar player myself, I wouldn’t dream of writing out the solos, since Jim could come up with something so much better than anything I could suggest. I’ll work with him in the studio until his solo has just the right feel, or I may have him do several solos and then piece together the best bits later. In short, I try to give the guys in the band as much musical leeway as possible in the studio, but it’s still not really enough to warrant giving them their own writing credits. (Sorry, guys!)

Will of North Branch, Minnesota asks: In the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion video that you directed, who’s idea was it for you to appear in the video, yours or the band’s?

The Blues Explosion insisted on having me in the video, and who am I to argue with them? They also had considered Dick Van Patten and Mike D. from the Beastie Boys, but since I was already directing the video, I happened to be the most available at the time.

Tony Goldmark of SF, CA asks: Did you notice that in episode 3607 of The Weird Al Show, the Hooded Avenger’s party hat is on his head in one frame, and in the next frame he’s holding it in his hand?

That, my friend, is just one of his many super powers.

Jared R of Coram, NY asks: Are there any “secret tracks” on any of your albums?

Yes. On “Off The Deep End,” there’s a secret track called “Airline Amy.” Shhhh, don’t tell anybody.

Rainbow Heron of Sumter, SC asks: What is the craziest thing that you and the band have done at/to a hotel while y’all were on tour?

We cleaned our rooms before the maid got there.

Ross Edward Rogers of Howell, NJ asks: “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” has been following the Clinton Crisis since the beginning. Every so often, they have a sketch called “The President… In Crisis”. During the graphic, they always show a picture of the President, of Monica Lewinski, and then a third picture of somebody who has nothing to do with the whole situation. Recently, YOUR picture was that third picture. What did you think of that? <laugh>

I’m proud to have had nothing to do with that whole situation.

The Pokemaster of Glen Burnie, MD asks: Hey Al…I saw you playing on Pictionary once. What was it like?

Hey, you know how it is… Any excuse to hang out with Alan Thicke.

Casey Andersen of Nibley/Utah asks: Are you dating anyone serious right now?

No. Everyone I’m dating is kinda goofy.

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“Ask Al” Q&As for February, 1999

“Weird Ando” of Dallas, GEORGIA, NOT TEXAS asks: In “Phony Calls”, where you sing about calling a guy in Japan, some dude starts talking in what I guess is Japanese. Does what he say mean anything?

His name is Gen, and yes, he is speaking real Japanese. I can’t tell you exactly what he said, but I told him to ad-lib something to the effect of “Why are you calling me? Are you crazy or something?”

Ron Murray of Northbrook, IL asks: Did you ever make a video for “Taco Grande”? I remember at least *thinking* I saw one on MTV when “Off the Deep End” was new, and I just KNOW it was you singing “Let me give you a tip; just try a nacho chip/It’s really good with bean dip.”

What I believe you saw was an AL-TV where I just took the original “Rico Suave” video by Gerardo and substituted my own music. I’ve done that trick a few times – it’s an ultra-cheap but somewhat effective way for me to get more album tracks heard on MTV!

Drew Stern of MD asks: Have you ever dated any well known (female) celebrities?

About ten years ago I was involved with singer Nicolette Larson, who, I’m very sad to say, passed away about a year ago. I also very briefly dated Terri Nunn (from the group Berlin), Laraine Newman (from SNL) and yes, during her hiatus between marriages, Victoria Jackson. 

May Berenbaum of Urbana, IL asks: How and when did you meet Jay Levey?

Jay Levey used to manage Dr. Demento some time ago. When the good Doctor asked me to come along and perform at some of his live appearances (around 1981), Jay heard me and was impressed. (Mind you, at the time I was up on stage by myself with just an accordion, so he’s pretty easily impressed.) Some time later, when relations with my previous manager had soured, I asked Jay to help me out, and he’s been garnishing a huge chunk of my income ever since.

Tracy Halladay of Brigham City, Utah asks: In the end of your video Amish Paradise, you filmed it while doing everything in reverse. Was that as difficult as it looks?

It took a lot of concentration and planning – I had to phonetically memorize the chorus of the song backwards, then sing it to a backwards music track while walking backwards across a field being crisscrossed by live farm animals. When I fell backwards at the end of the shot, I just had to hope that I wasn’t going to miss the pile of hay that had been set there for me. Actually, singing the lyrics backwards wasn’t so difficult – the hardest part of it all was getting the animals to hit their marks. (The producer kept trying to talk me out of doing the shot, because he wasn’t sure it was going to work at all!)

Chris Reichert of Yucca Vally Ca. asks: Why did you dislike making the Food Album?

I was just very upset at the time over the fact that Scotti Bros. was putting out this cheesy compilation against my wishes and better judgment. They needed to make a certain amount of money that fiscal quarter, and they wanted a new Weird Al album, no matter what. Their original concept for the album was even worse… They wanted to call it “Al Unplugged” – with me holding a bunch of unplugged kitchen appliances on the cover – but it wouldn’t be a live recording, just a remix of the studio versions of the songs with most of the electronic instruments missing. I managed to talk them out of it, and into just doing “The Food Album,” a concept I hated only slightly less. 

Kyle A. Carrozza of Philadelphia, PA asks: What was it like working with Billy West?

Billy’s great, and a total pro. I’d met him many years ago in Boston at BCN, and I’d been a big fan of his work on “Ren & Stimpy.” When he came in to audition for us, he blew everyone else out of the water. He had us in stitches. Billy’s always got a funny story to tell, and besides being the best comic voice-over artist in the business, he’s just a really sweet guy.

Dave Rossi of Nutley NJasks: Al, I dressed as you for Halloween. 99.27% of the people recognized me as you. The other people… I don’t know what planet they were from. So, now I wonder, was it just my costume, or do people ever confuse you for Howard Stern?

Well, yeah, on occasion. I get Howard Stern, Kenny G, and on my off days, sometimes even Gallagher (“Hey, man, I love it when you smash them watermelons!”)

Jimmy Bonomo of New York City, CA asks: What’s the real story behind you jumping up on stage with Too Much Joy?

A few years ago I went to a Too Much Joy concert at a club on the Sunset Strip. Since I was a big fan of the group, I was right in front of the stage, jumping up and down and singing along. The bass player noticed me and reached out his hand. I thought he wanted a handshake, but he pulled me right up on stage with him. From what I remember, I sang the next song with the band (I believe I might have had my leg behind my head for part of it)… and the lead singer got so jealous of all the attention I was getting from the crowd that he stripped completely naked right on stage! 

PaulFifier & David Grant of Kent, Ohio ask: I first want to state that I have been an avid fan ever since I knew who you were and remember hearing your songs even before that. Do you still get star struck when you run into celebrities even though you are a star?

I do get a little nervous, especially if it’s somebody whose work I really admire. But I only get really starstruck when I meet somebody that I idolized as a kid (like Paul McCartney).

Lizzy of St. Paul MN asks: Do you drink coffee?

I’m trying not to get hooked, but currently my drug of choice is a tall soy caramel macchiato at Starbuck’s.

Sabrina Khan of Coral Springs, Fl asks: When did you take those pictures on your web page? You know, the ones on top!!!

The one in the middle was taken in ’93, the one on the left was taken in ’96, and the rest were digital camera pictures taken last year.

Tim Murphy of North Bergen/New Jersey asks: I remember seeing you when I was a lad of 4 or 5 on Turkey TV, but no one I talk to remembers it. It isn’t even listed on this site. So, my question to you is, am I crazy??? Did Turkey TV exist??? And if so, were you on it??? Please, for the love of god answer this question.

I vaguely remember it myself – I’m pretty sure it was some kind of show on Nickelodeon. You might want to ask on the newsgroup.

Kee-li B. of Eddystone,PA asks: What do you do if you suddenly have to go to the bathroom while you’re performing on stage?

I at least wait until I’m in the Fat costume.

Lee of Ft Myers, Fl asks: Why don’t you wear those velvet pants anymore?

You mean those crazy-quilt pants from the back cover of my first album? Well, even though they’re still the height of fashion, they’re heavy and HOT. Especially on stage. So now, they’re just a cherished museum piece.

Jeremiah of South Paris, Maine asks: One of my absolute favorite songs of yours is “Everything You Know Is Wrong”. Was the title at all inspired by the Firesign Theatre album of the same title?

Yes, which is why the Firesign Theatre is thanked in the liner notes. 

Joe Tussing of Escanaba, MI asks: If you have several parodies that you have written and recorded but not enough space to put all of them on the album how do you decide which cuts make it and which don’t?

I don’t think I’ve ever recorded more songs than I had room for on an album – every song that I record makes it on. (It usually costs several thousand dollars to record a song, so I try not to waste any!) 

jeremy lundahl of andover/M.N. asks: have you ever lost your voice when you’re in a concert?

Not so much lately, but on some early tours I had to croak my way through a few shows with total laryngitis. I try to take better care of my voice on the road now.

Eddie Schmidt of LA, CA asks: Who played the sweaty, Elvis Costello-looking guy that laughed maniacally during the “sexy” videos on the old AL-TVs? And where is he today?

That was John Paragon, reprising his “Breather” character from Elvira’s TV show. You might remember him as Jombi the Genie in PeeWee’s Playhouse or R.J. Fletcher’s weaselly son Richard in UHF – he’s a very funny guy. Lately he’s been directing (“Silk Stalkings”) and continuing to act (he was featured in one of the last Seinfeld episodes). 

Keelie Brilliott of Baraboo, WI asks: Did you need permission to have the Flintstones cartoon on your show (I think the episode was “Talent Show”)?

Absolutely. We needed Hanna-Barbera’s full cooperation. Luckily, we were able to kill two birds with one stone by hiring Hanna-Barbera do to the animation for us! Not only did we have the Flintstone’s original animation company, but we got the actual voice actors who played Fred and Wilma to do the sketch! It was very exciting for me. That one piece of animation went way, way over budget – our show producer was having a coronary over it – but it’s still one of my very favorite bits in the whole series.

Brent Zebell of Goshen/Indiana asks: Do you have any tattoos on your body if you don’t I think that you should get a potato on your leg that would make you the best ever well thanks! bye

Well, I don’t have any tattoos right now… but… you say I’d be the best ever? Well… okay, I guess I better get that potato tattoo!

Tiffany Dykstra of Camarillo, Ca asks: Are there any episodes of the Weird Al Show that were written, but never filmed?? How many??

It didn’t quite work that way – there was always a storyline for each episode, but also a lot of mixing and matching done in the editing room. When we did a “Channel Hopping” bit, we were never exactly sure which show it was going to wind up in. Having said that, we developed 13 shows and shot them all – but there were a number of commercials and bits (and even an entire Fatman episode!) that for one reason or another got shot down before they could be filmed. I was particularly fond of a Fred Huggins show I wrote where Papa Boolie and Baby Boolie decide to end it all in a grisly double suicide (for some reason, the censors didn’t think it was all that funny). 

Satchmo of Northampton, MA asks: Did you and David Bowe (Bob from UHF) have to do a lot of practicing/takes do perfect the grape throwing scene in UHF?

We were hanging around the craft services table when David showed me his uncanny ability to catch grapes in his mouth from across the room. That bit wasn’t written into the script, but I liked it and we did the whole scene that way. We only did a couple takes, and David didn’t miss once. 

Benjamin Davidson of Georgetown, PA asks: That eyeball chair you had on the show, was that specially made for you or did you buy that from a store that anybody could get it from?

What, you haven’t seen those at Ikea? Actually, that eyeball chair – and virtually everything else on the Weird Al show set – was designed by Wayne White, the gentleman who also did much of the design for PeeWee’s Playhouse. 

Tony “I can play 27 accordions at the same time” of SF, CA asks: Did you write “Cut The Grief” or did Richard Belzer? (Or did you do it together?)

Actually, neither one of us had anything to do with the writing. We had both agreed to be part of the first Comic Relief special, and the producers paired us together – I’m assuming the song was written by someone on the show’s writing staff. Richard’s a very funny guy, but, well, he’s not exactly a rapper – and I was kind of having an off night myself – so I declined the offer to have the live performance of that song on the Comic Relief soundtrack. 

Matthew Strain of Queensland asks: Why does it say “GILLIGAN’S ISLAND THEME, Lyrics Courtesy of Sherwood Schwartz” On the BHD lyrics for Amish Paradise?

Lyrics from the “Gilligan’s Island” theme song – written by Mr. Schwartz – are quoted in the bridge of “Amish Paradise” (“No phone, no lights, no motorcar, not a single luxury…”) If those lyrics don’t sound immediately familiar, it’s because they were only heard over the show’s closing credits. 

(unknown) from daytona /fl asks: Were you guys just a”local” band when you started?

No, we’ve always been from somewhere else.

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“Ask Al” Q&As for January, 1999

Aaron Cooper of Downs, Kansas asks: Hey, Al! Being a big fan of both UHF and Seinfeld, I was just naturally curious if Michael Richards (of “Kramer” fame) was the first choice to play Stanley Spadowski. And if not, who was? 

Michael was my first choice and I wrote the part of Stanley with him in mind, although Jay and I also briefly considered Christopher Lloyd, who had much more marquee value at the time due to his starring role in the “Back To The Future” movies. I’m really glad Michael got the part, though – as much as I like Christopher Lloyd, nobody can pull off physical comedy like Michael Richards. 

OpalCat of Reston, VA asks: Have you ever been approached to do product endorsements (or have you done any?)? 

I was in a Diet Coke commercial in 1984. I’ve been approached by various advertising agencies to do commercials a few times since, but turned them down because I didn’t feel comfortable endorsing their product. 

Frank P Skinner of New Westminster, British Columbia asks: Are your recent albums (post-“Even Worse”) available on vinyl LP? 

The last album of mine available on vinyl was the UHF Soundtrack, released in 1989. In case you’re wondering, no, I’ve never had an album released on 8-track or Edison cylinder. 

Tony Goldmark of San Francisco, CA asks: What is your new years resolution? 

600 dpi. 

Dan Klitzing of San Luis Obispo, CA asks: I was surprised to learn that you were an Architecture major at Cal Poly, SLO. How did you get involved with KCPR, and were you involved in the Music Department at all? Thanks — and oh, which dorm hall did you live in? 

Hey, that’s three questions! Well, since you’re from SLO Town, I guess I’ll put up with it just this once. I got involved with KCPR by passing a test for my FCC license and applying for a shift on the station. I wasn’t involved with the Music Department at all, except for one bogus Beginning Piano class that I took purely as an easy credit so I could graduate. And I lived in Sierra Madre, Tower 4 on the 3rd floor. I went back there after my concert at Cal Poly in ’97, and the dorm residents kinda freaked out. It was fun. 

Dean A. Beckstein of South Lyon, MI asks: In the video “Eat It”, I have heard rumors that the guitar solo was done by Eddie Van Halen. Is this true, or is someone just pulling my chain? 

Eddie did the guitar solo for Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” The solo in “Eat It” was done by my then-producer Rick Derringer. 

Lizzy of St. Paul, MN asks: What’s your favorite restaurant? 

I’ve got a number of favorites in the L.A. area – I like the Gardens of Taxco (Mexican food), Toi (Thai food), and especially Real Food Daily, a completely vegetarian restaurant in which I am an investor. I’m also very partial to Indian and Italian food. 

Brandon W. Horton of Fieldale, VA asks: What’s your vision? (Mine’s 20/120) 

Prior to my eye surgery, it was about 20/1000, but now it’s 20/15 (a little better than 20/20!) 

Archbishop Jason Polland of Santa Barbara, CA asks: Your first album is one of my favorites because, yes, the accordion is prevalent on every track. Subsequent albums only have accordion in the polkas… Why did you choose to downplay the instrument? (I’m not trying to criticize or anything, I’m just genuinely curious about your creative processes.) 

Nowadays, I only use it on original songs where I feel an accordion is appropriate, and on parody songs where I feel an accordion is extremely inappropriate (for comic effect)… and of course, on the polka medleys. I’m not really downplaying the accordion at all – I usually feature the accordion on three or four songs every album, which is three or four more accordion-based songs than most Top 40 albums have! 

Eddie Schmidt of LA,CA asks: Have you ever turned down any acting roles because they didn’t jibe with your style and/or sense of humor? 

Yes, on occasion I get offered acting roles that are either a little off-base or WAY off-base. I briefly had an agent that sent me out for pretty much any role that he could find. He got really excited one day because he thought he could get me a guest spot on “L.A. Law”…as a hot-tempered short-order fry cook who sexually molests retarded women. You know, as much as I’d like to expand as an actor, I thought that was juuuust a little too much of a stretch for me.

Alex Blundale of firewater, utah asks: Have you ever taken drugs? 

Nothing serious. Just aspirin, Tylenol and Flintstones chewable vitamins. 

Eric Summerer of Kalamazoo, MI asks: Do you think there is any chance that a record company/song artist will change their mind and let you record any of those concert-only songs? In other words, will The Rembrandts let you do “Theme from Home Improvement” when “Friends” loses popularity? 

The Rembrandts had okayed that parody – the problem was with the producers of the “Friends” TV show, who said that they didn’t want their theme song to get “overexposed.” (Ha ha.) As far as waiting for the show to lose popularity, what would be the point of doing it then?

gene ward of corpus christi tx asks: what inspired you to write the yule classic “the night santa went crazy” which is the favorite weird al song of me and all my friends. 

That song was inspired by a Christmas card given to me one year by Mark Osborne, one of the directors of the Jurassic Park video. I used the art work from that card as the cover of the CD single for “The Night Santa Went Crazy.” 

Erik “AL”len Williams of Centralia,IL asks: I am very interested in becoming a vegan (a vegetarian at least). Can you give me any advice? 

Don’t eat meat. 

Ken Miller of Philadelphia, PA asks: Way back in 1985, you showed a video on AlTV by a group called “Pancreas Joe and the Eskimo Leftists.” I love that song and I’ve been obsessed with it since then – who was this group, and did they ever put out an album? 

I don’t think so – they’re about as obscure as they come. Their song “$30 Guitar” was, from what I remember, a video on MTV’s “Basement Tapes” show (where people send in their own videos hoping to be discovered).  I discovered them – but apparently Pancreas Joe Fever never caught on. 

Keith Jambura of Orlando, Florida asks: What inspired you to create a children’s educational program? 

When we first set out to pitch a TV show, it wasn’t necessarily going to be a Saturday Morning Kid’s Show – I just wanted to do some free-wheeling sketch comedy. But in Network TV Land, we always got the warmest response from the people in Children’s Programming. As far as having an educational show – that was kind of an 11th hour addition. CBS was very interested in our show, but they were only buying educational programming – so we promised we’d make it educational for them. So, to actually get a TV show on the air, we had to compromise, appease the censors, take notes from advisors, change a lot of stuff around… and eventually we wound up with something considerably different than what we originally wanted. Gee, guess that’s never happened before in television, huh?

Clint Porter of Indianapolis, Indiana asks: Why did you rerecord “My Bologna”, “Gotta Boogie”, “Happy Birthday”, and several other of the original singles for the first album? 

Somehow, we thought those songs might sound better recorded in a professional 24-track studio than they did when they were recorded in a bathroom or garage.

Erin Bradley of East Lansing, Michigan asks: Do you have bodyguards with you when you go out? (Not planning on stalking you, just curious!) 

No, nobody that I know of wants to beat me up. 

Stephen M. Vincent of Flint, Michigan asks: Back in ’87 when you opened for the Monkees, I gave you a banner, made from a bedsheet, inscribed “Al rocks the universe.” What did you do with it? Can I have it back? 

I’ve been sleeping in it all this time. You really want it back? Well… ohhhhkay.

Kyle A. Carrozza of Philadelphia, PA asks: How did you decide on DNA productions to do the Fat Man cartoons? 

I really enjoyed the animation on their reel – they had a very dark and unusual sense of humor. Plus, they were a “hands-on” kind of company – they did everything in-house, as opposed to sending the animation overseas to Korea and hoping it came back making some kind of sense. Also, they were enthusiastic, they were eager to work with me, and they came in with a very competitive bid. 

Dave Rossi of Nutley NJ asks: If you were going to the beach and could only bring one item in addition to your swimsuit, what would that item be? 

My car keys. 

Brandon of Chatsworth/CA asks: Did you have any pets when you were a kid if so what kind and what were their names

I had a dog named China, kind of a black and white spotted mongrel terrier. I got him when I was five and he went to doggie heaven when I was in college.

Jesse Glacken of Freeport, NY asks: What’s the most unusual object a fan has ever asked you to autograph? 

One of my albums. 

Jeff Mohney (aka: Smooth Noodle Maps) of Pittsburgh PA asks: When you played in Pittsburgh in 96 the crowd was exactly as I expected or always wanted for an AL show. But I guess there was a lot of complaints about the behavior with the stage diving and such. The next year there was more security than I’ve seen when the Pres came to town. Which show did you prefer or your reactions to the 96 show? Also where there any other concerts that were as wild as the 96 BHD show in Pittsburgh? 

That show in Pittsburgh had the wildest audience I can ever remember having – I’d never seen people moshing to a polka medley before. But as much as I love to see an audience get pumped up and go crazy, it’s never worth it if people are getting hurt, and I think that was the case that evening – which is why security had to keep things a bit more toned down the next time.

Brian Kosich of Poway, CA asks: Did you ever do a slow parody called, “It’s a Gas.” I got a CD in a mad magazine with that song on it and then I saw it on your list of songs on tours. Did you do the mad magazine cd. 

No, I didn’t do the CD – but “It’s a Gas” was one of my favorites when I was a kid listening to Dr. Demento. (By the way, it’s neither slow nor a parody. It’s an up-tempo instrumental artistically punctuated with belches.) My band actually did perform it on stage on occasion many years ago – primarily as a way to kill time during my costume changes (for those daylight shows where we couldn’t show films). 

Tony Bologna of San Francisco, CA asks: What was it like working with The Ramones? 

Even though I was in the Ramones’ video for “Something To Believe In,” they weren’t on the set the same time as me, so I don’t really feel like I actually worked “with” them – but I’ve always been a fan, and it was an honor to be included in their video. By the way, Joey Ramone called me at home a while back just to tell me how much he enjoyed the Weird Al Show. Apparently he’s a big fan of Harvey’s.

Brandon W. Horton of Fieldale, VA asks: Do you have obsessive-compulsive tendencies like so many other absolute geniuses? 

No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. No, absolutely not. 

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“Ask Al” Q&As for December, 1998

Owen Lars, 2 of Tally, FL asks: What kind of computer do you have? (assuming you have one…)

This year I got a 400 MHz Pentium II with a bunch of fun but unnecessary goodies (like a 16 Gig hard drive). I still do my music sequencing on my old 486, though, and my laptop is a nearly-as-archaic Pentium 75.

Kevin Weaver of Joppa Maryland asks: I really want the song “School Cafeteria,” but I can’t find the “My Bologna” single, because it’s too old. Where can I find it?

The “My Bologna” single is nearly impossible to find nowadays – in certain collector’s circles it’s probably going for, oh, two or three bucks, easy. However, if you’d like to own a rare live version of “School Cafeteria,” there’s one on the Demento Society CD that’s coming out this month. 

Tim Montgomery of Decatur/Il asks: Why wasn’t “Girls Just Wanna Have Lunch” on the Food Album?

There is a “royalty ceiling” on parodies for each album (meaning there are only so many parodies I can put on each album before it starts eating into my own profits), and I needed to eliminate a song from the list, so I chose “Girls Just Wanna Have Lunch.” That song has never been one of my favorites, mostly because I was basically forced to do it. For some reason, my record label was dead-set against releasing the “Dare To Be Stupid” album unless I had a Cyndi Lauper parody on it. I grudgingly obliged them – and that was pretty much the last time they told me what to put on an album. 

matt strain of nambour, qld, australia asks: Who was that guy behind you in the “River” video?

I think his name was Craig – he worked at Digital Domain, which oddly enough was the post-production facility that did a lot of effects for “Titanic.” He was not an actor – he was cast because he bore a passing resemblance to Bill Paxton’s bearded sidekick in the movie. 

Londo of Santa Rita, Guam asks: What made you decide to have LASIK and where did you have it done? (I’m currently considering the procedure myself)

I’d heard from a number of people that the LASIK eye surgery was quick, simple and painless – and I figured it would be cool not to have to depend on glasses the rest of my life to see things. The operation was performed (on live TV!) by Dr. Robert Maloney at the UCLA Jules Stein Eye Clinic. 

Stacy of Louisville, Ky asks: Do you like Barenaked Ladies?

Yes, very much. And I’m a big fan of the band, too.

Jordan Cooper of NY/NY asks: I was wondering if you saw the parody of you on Mr. Show a few weeks ago? It involved a song called “Superstar,” and then it showed a Weird Al-Look-a-like doing a parody of it called “Sushi Bar.” 

I saw that, and got a kick out of it. Bob Odenkirk (one of the stars of HBO’s “Mr. Show”) and I go back a long ways. In fact, he was one of the people that I brainstormed with when we were developing the Weird Al Show a few years ago. (I remember, among other things, he came up with the names for Fred Huggin’s puppets, Papa Boolie and Baby Boolie.) He and his co-star David Cross work out of a place called Dakota North, which is also where I had my production offices for the BHD videos – so I used to bump into them a lot and hear them through the walls as they tossed ideas around. 

Eric Summerer of Kalamazoo, MI asks: I seem to recall you competing against the guy who played The Incredible Hulk on an episode of Family Double Dare several years back. Who won?

I kicked his big green butt!

Lizzy of St. Paul, MN asks: Why are there two slightly different versions of the music video for This is the Life?

I don’t remember exactly why, but apparently there was some kind of legal problem with us using footage from “Johnny Dangerously” in the “Compleat Al” video, so we cut a shorter version of “This Is The Life” using stock footage in its place. Fortunately, we were able to secure the rights to use the original footage by the time the “Video Library” was released. 

murray boyer of calgary ab asks: In the song Jurassic Park, is it the T-rex or the lawyer who isn’t “all bad”?

I left that ambiguous on purpose – so you can make up your own mind about that!

Dave Rice of Friesland, WI asks: Whose decision was it to make UHF rated PG-13?

Well, it was the Motion Picture Board. They told us the movie was too violent, and that they would change it to a PG if we were to remove the scenes with Emo getting his thumb chopped off and Raul throwing poodles out the window. Those were two of my favorite scenes, so I refused, and the movie stayed PG-13.

Mark Klooster of Mason City, IA asks: What is your favorite horror movie?

I really liked “The Shining,” “An American Werewolf In London,” “Evil Dead II” and “Carrie”… but the most frightening thing I’ve ever seen is “The Care Bears Movie.” I still have trouble sleeping. 

Michelle Paterala of Kalamazoo, MI says: I was pleased to see the photo of you with Alice Cooper in the gallery. I am a great fan of both of you and was hoping you would tell me if you are a fan of his as well, and what it was like to meet him.

I still remember how excited I was as a teenager, sitting in back of a huge arena watching Alice Cooper through a pair of cheap binoculars. So you can imagine what a thrill it was when Alice showed up at MY show in Arizona last year and sat in the front row with his family! (During “One More Minute” I threw my underwear in his face!) I’ve always been a big fan – his theatrical stage shows have influenced not only my own live act, but every big-budget, high-production-value rock ‘n roll show since. 

Jeremy Brettholtz of Poughkeepsie, NY asks: Have you ever considered doing a duet with anybody?

Back when Frank Sinatra was still around and doing his “Duets” albums, I asked him if he would do a duet with me on MY album – maybe do a new version of “One More Minute” or something. (Hey, it doesn’t hurt to ask.) Well, guess what. He said no.

Aaron Husk of Fayette, Alabama asks: Is there any permission you need for your polka medleys like for your parodies?

Yes and no. In principle I don’t need permission, but if I paid everybody their full royalty rate for songs in the medley, I would wind up LOSING money on each album! So each and every songwriter needs to agree to only take their rightful share of the royalties (meaning, if a Green Day song takes up 11% of the medley, then Green Day will only get 11% of the songwriting royalties for that one song). We can’t make exceptions because it’s a “favored nations” deal, meaning that if one person gets the full amount, EVERYBODY gets the full amount. Obviously, a whole lot of artists have been good sports about this – but it’s a mountain of paperwork every time I do a medley. 

Noob McMaD of Hinckley (UK) asks: I can’t find any of your albums here in England. Why aren’t they released over here? (Every one I know who has heard the albums a friend got while in the US wants a copy but can’t find one).

Scotti Bros. never had much of a presence overseas – I don’t believe “Bad Hair Day” even got officially released in Australia or in Europe, which is a real shame. However, Volcano (my new label) seems intent on broadening my fan base worldwide, so hopefully they’ll be putting some effort into finally giving proper releases to those albums internationally. 

Rainbow Heron of Sumter, SC asks: Has any *totally obsessed* fan ever sent you a marriage proposal? (I know someone once asked you to be their Prom date…)

Actually, a surprising percentage of the “Ask Al” questions I get are marriage proposals. Yeah, like that does ME a lot of good! Come ON, people! I need pictures! I need resumes! Send all correspondence to “Marriage Proposals, c/o Close Personal Friends Of Al, 8033 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046.” 

Frank Roggenkamp of South Huntington/ NY asks: Did you know that they were discussing you on the Oct. 17th episode of Saturday Night Live? If you did, how did you feel about it?

I always enjoy being a pop culture reference. (And it was nice to know what a big influence I’ve been on Puff Daddy!) 

Sharon, the bird monger woman of Beautiful Downtown Phelan, California asks: I know that you are a true perfectionist. Does it bother you to see yourself grab your jacket prior to “Lucy’s” grabbing of your sleeve as you exit the door to go to “THE CLUB”? Your face certainly does not show it, but you discreetly grab your shoulder. Sorry, I noticed it. I will now gouge out my eyes. (sharon, the french huguenot, with no life!)

You caught that, huh? I think we were on our 5th or 6th take, and every time Tress MacNeille tried to pull off my sleeve, it wouldn’t come off right – and each time the sleeve would have to be sewn back on by hand. As you can imagine, this was very time-consuming, and we were a no-budget production, so finally the director just told me to grab my jacket a certain way during the next take so that the sleeve would come all the way off. Yeah, it looks kinda stupid – but we figured, hey, 15 years later, who’s gonna care? 

Mike Anino of Rancho Cordova, California asks: What was it like wearing a cabbage on your head for that one episode of “Amazing Stories”?

It was pretty fun. The cabbage makeup was applied by Kevin Yagher, who I later hired to do the special effects for the “Fat” video. Once I was in makeup (it took three or four hours to put it on), I was a cabbage all day (and it took a good week or so to shoot the episode – it was one of the most expensive half-hour shows ever made at that time). Sometimes if I wasn’t needed for a shot for a while, I would leave Universal Studios (where we were filming) and wander up and down Lankershim Boulevard in full cabbage makeup, just to watch traffic screech to a halt. The only bad part I remember about the costume was that there were two tiny light bulbs next to my nose in order to light up my eyes behind my green-tinted glasses. They were pretty uncomfortable, and I didn’t find out till later that they were actually starting to burn holes in my nose! 

David Rasmussen of Kenyon Mn asks: So how was working with the Machoman Randy Savage like.

He was great. Actually, he almost bailed out on us at one point – after agreeing to do the show, his manager called up to cancel his appearance, saying that Randy was having second thoughts. I called up Randy personally to see what the problem was. Randy told me that he didn’t think it was good for his “Machoman” image to get beaten up by Harvey the Wonder Hamster. I told him as reassuringly as I could that I seriously didn’t think his fans would really believe that he got his butt kicked by a hamster. After a bit of cajoling, he agreed once again to be on the show. At the end of the conversation, he asked, dead-serious: “Uh… by the way, it’s not a girl hamster, is it?” I said no, Harvey was a manly, manly hamster all the way. Randy came on the show the next week and was a terrific sport. 

Patrick Nickelson of Warren, Oregon asks: Did you enjoy being on Drew Carey and are you friends with him?

Drew and I have been hanging out on occasion – he’s a very, very cool guy. It was a lot of fun doing his show, too – the cast and crew are all great. I remember I happened to be clean-shaven at the time, and the producers insisted that I wear a fake mustache and glasses for the show. It was bizarre – I felt like I was wearing a Weird Al Halloween costume or something. I also got a kick out of jamming with Joe Walsh and the James Gang (I played with them at rehearsal, but the producers decided that it would be better if they just played by themselves during the closing credits). 

Tifany Dykstra of Camarillo, CA asks: When u did the Weird Al Show, did u get to meet Jay Leno? I mean, studio one is right next door to the Jay Leno studio.

Yes, since we shared a common hallway, I bumped into Jay a few times. I think he was a little skittish around me, because I was always trying to corral him into coming on my show. In fact, I think the whole Tonight Show staff was getting peeved at us, because we always tried to steal their guests. Now that I think of it, I believe that’s how I first met Drew Carey (“Hey, Drew, as long as you’re here, you wanna come next door and stick your head in a box?”) 

Eddie Schmidt of LA,CA asks: How did you wind up doing a cameo as “Random Dressing Room Guy” in the independent film, “Nothing Sacred”?

I was visiting a friend in San Francisco, and I was just killing time walking down the street when I ran into comic Paul Provenza. I asked him what he was up to, and he told me he was shooting a low-budget feature inside the clothing shop that we happened to be standing in front of. He asked me if I wanted to do a cameo in it, and I said sure, why not, I’ve got some time to kill. I put on some ugly shirt that they had, and they filmed me walking out of a dressing booth. One take, that was it. I still haven’t seen the movie. 

Kristen “alhead27” Jacobs of GA asks: When you found out Frankie Yankovic died on Oct 15, what was your first reaction?

Somebody called me that morning – woke me up – and said, “I’m sorry to hear your dad died.” Well, that gave me a good jolt. Obviously, I was happy to find out that my real dad was all right, but sad about Frankie. He was a legend, and a friend, and I’ll miss him very much. 

Archbishop Jason Polland of Santa Barbara, CA asks: Hi Al! I read that you own a midi accordion. As an accordion player and electronic musician, that’s a very exciting instrument to me! Have you used it in any previous works, and do you plan to use it in any upcoming projects? (Come on, don’t let it sit around collecting dust!)

I used it on the road for the Bad Hair Tour – it’s the red one that I play during “Biggest Ball of Twine.” It’s great – I can make the accordion sound like just about anything I want (during that song, I used an ordinary piano sound, but the possibilities are endless). I used that same accordion acoustically for one of the songs on the new album, and I’m sure it’ll be in all its midi glory on the next tour. 

William Squier of North Canton, OH asks: How could we, as your fans, get you into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Buy me a ticket.

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“Ask Al” Q&As for November, 1998

Chris “Not at all painted Blue” Shattuck of Portland Oregon asks: How did you meet the Kipper Kids? It was great to see them in UHF and Richard Elfman’s “Forbidden Zone”

I was first exposed to the Kipper Kids through “Forbidden Zone” myself, and later I caught their live performance art show at a loft somewhere in downtown L.A. – very bizarre stuff. I believe one of the Kipper Kids is actually an investment banker, and he’s married to Bette Midler! Anyway, when it came time to shoot “UHF,” I wasn’t sure what I wanted them to do – I just knew that I wanted the Kipper Kids in my movie somewhere. We called them up and invited them to fly out to Tulsa where we were filming, and sure enough, they did. (For those of you not in the know, in “UHF,” the Kipper Kids are the two gentlemen with large prosthetic noses who appear in the channel 62 telethon for just a few seconds. They actually performed an entire song for us, but unfortunately it wound up on the cutting room floor).

kristen jacobs (alhead27) of Marietta GA asks: In the complete Al… why are your eyes blue on the cover??

Gee, I never noticed that before! I guess the artist was taking… uh, artistic license!

Dustin Jablonski of Anderson,IN asks: During your tours do you take along any back-up costumes (Flintstone, Nirvana, Fat etc) or just take one of each?

For a few of the specially-made (read: expensive) wardrobe pieces, we do not have any back-ups, so we have to use those same costumes night after night and get them specially dry cleaned whenever we have a day or two off. Believe me, there are nights when that Bedrock loincloth and the Fat suit are pretty rank.

Stuart Gibson of Los Alamos, New Mexico asks: Speaking of songs that may or may not be on the next album, what will you do with the “Firestarter” parody? (BTW, you promised me a song about New Mexico back at Alcon)

CBS had absolutely insisted on putting new song parodies in the Weird Al Show, so my concession was doing the “Firestarter” parody (“Lousy Haircut”). I think it’s pretty funny, but it’s meant to be a quick visual gag – I don’t think the joke would sustain for much longer than about thirty seconds, and it just wouldn’t be as funny without the accompanying video. Therefore, don’t expect to see it on the next album

phil knitel of allentown, PA asks: did you ever really do [or even contemplate] a take off of “Ice Ice Baby” entitled “Rice Rice Baby”… when i was an al obsessee, various people told me that, and i never knew what to think

It seems I get credit for any parody that anybody any place puts out. Actually, “Rice Rice Baby” was done by a very talented friend of mine named Mark Davis, who has also made a bit of a name for himself in demented circles with his “Copacabana” parody, “Star Wars Cantina

Kyla Lee of Boise, ID asks: Why is it that everyone I know who has the Bad Hair Day Album has a colored photo of you on the cd itself, and my brother and I both have black and white ones?

Well, if you have a black and white CD, that proves that you were not one of the first 500,000 people to buy a copy. What were you waiting for??! (The record label decided to save a couple pennies on printing costs by switching from color CDs to black and white ones after the first half million copies were sold. Yet one more reason why you should always buy my albums on THE DAY THEY COME OUT).

Jason Dayhoff of Worthington Indiana asks: What did you do for the EEK STRAVAGANZA!! show???

Savage Steve Holland (who created Eek the Cat and also “ghost-directed” “Spy Hard”) is a friend of mine, and he asked me to appear as myself (in cartoon form) in one of the Eek episodes. The storyline revolved around my capturing an interesting piece of evidence on camera while shooting my latest music video.

Lizzy of St. Paul MN asks: What’s the worst thing that’s happened on stage during a concert?

I’ve had a number of sicknesses and physical injuries on stage – oh, it’s so hard to pick. I’ve done shows with complete laryngitis. I did a show in Victoria, BC (against doctor’s orders) with a temperature of 104. When smashing a guitar on stage at the Button South in Miami, Florida, the splintered pieces ricocheted off the floor and up into my face, slashing my nose wide open. I had to get stitches in my eyebrow after banging into a microphone stand while doing James Brown spins. And I’ve fallen off (and through) a stage on several occasions, most dramatically at the Konocti Harbor resort last year. (I had to go through weeks of physical therapy, and it was quite some time before I could put my leg behind my head again!) But in every single one of these cases, I still somehow managed to finish the show (although my bleeding and limping somehow made me seem a little less funny to the audience.)

Gregory Gillen of Maumee, OH asks: How can you fit all that hair underneath those wigs?

It’s not easy. In concert, it involves a lot of stretching and pulling. For videos, it’s a more painstaking process – sometimes my hair needs to be straightened or braided, and then glued down to my head. It can take hours, and it’s not very fun – but it works!

Brent Venable of Lafayette Louisiana asks: I saw a picture of Al and The Monkees,what were you doing with The Monkees?:)

During the summer of 1987, my band and I opened up for the Monkees on their North American (2nd Reunion) Tour. Despite the fact that the promoter gypped us out of a bunch of money, it was still a pretty fun tour… although it took a while to get used to having teenage girls running up to me, screaming, “Al! Al! Al! Where’s Davy Jones staying?”

Ron Murray of Northbrook, IL asks: Is it true the guy who played Raul Hernandez in “UHF” died shortly afterward?

Actually, Trinidad Silva, the actor who played Raul, tragically died *while* we were shooting the movie. He was run over by a drunk driver (which was a contributing factor to my later turning down a multi-million dollar offer to do beer commercials). Trinidad hadn’t even shot all of the scenes we needed him for, and we briefly considered re-casting the role, but we were all a bit too grief-stricken to look at new actors for that part – besides which, he had done a brilliant job. “Raul’s Wild Kingdom” is still one of my favorite parts of “UHF,” although for a long time it was kind of hard for me to laugh at it. If you watch the end credits, you’ll see that “UHF” is dedicated to the memory of Trinidad Silva.

Ryan Roe of Uvalde/TX asks: Is that you doing all the vocals on Since You’ve Been Gone?

I do all the vocals on that song, except for the really, really, REALLY low vocal, which is Steve Jay.

FUDGE of Huntsville, AL asks: Are you a member of The American Feferation of Musicians, or the Associated Actors and Artists of America?

Let’s see now… I’m a member of SAG (the Screen Actors Guild), AFTRA (the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), NARAS (the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences), the AFM (American Federation of Musicians), the DGA (Directors Guild of America), the WGA (Writers Guild of America), and… oh, probably a couple of others that I can’t even think of right now.

Josh Frisch of Roseland, NJ asks: Why and when did Rick Derringer and stop making records together?

The last record that Rick produced for us was the UHF Soundtrack in 1989. We had a great run with Rick, he’s a terrific guy – but I had become more and more of a control freak over the years, and I’d finally gotten to the point in my recording career where I felt that I could capably hold the reins all by myself. So Rick and I split very amicably, and I’ve been producing my own records ever since.

Geri Mason of Hackettstown / NJ asks: Can you name all the Spice Girls?

Sure. I hereby name them all… Bob.

Eddie Schmidt of LA, CA asks: What can you tell us about the short film you made with Judy Tenuta entitled, “The Fan”?

A couple years ago, Judy put together this twisted little short film called “The Fan.” She basically had me play myself, and she played a psychotic, deranged fan that forces her way into my backstage dressing room and won’t leave (she’s very funny in it). I know Judy used to show the film during some of her live appearances – I don’t know if she does anymore, and I don’t know where else you’d be able to see it.

Bushwhacker of Green Bay asks: I know you’ve had you’re share of good/not-so-good relationships…did you try asking Victoria Jackson?? You two were sooo cute in UHF!

Vicki’s a real sweetie – the problem is, every time I run into her, she’s always married!

Joe Ferrari of Butler, PA asks: Have you ever appeared on stage with another artist?

Sure, lots of times. I got to perform “Headline News” with the Crash Test Dummies on Canada’s Much Music (as well as on stage at the House of Blues in L.A.)… I jammed with the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at the Palace in L.A…. I jammed with Sam Kinison in a little club at the Montreal Comedy Festival one year… I did the Comic Relief Rap with Richard Belzer… Boy, I’m just getting started. Maybe you should ask on the newsgroup and see if anyone can come up with a list!

Chris Jones of St. Louis Missouri asks: How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.. I really am interested!!!!

Let’s see… One… Two… Three… CHOMP!! …Three.

Brent Flanders of Du Bois, PA says: I love the Simpsons. What`s your favorite TV show(other than “the weird al show”)?

Gee, that’s not a *loaded question* or anything, is it?? Actually, the Simpsons is one of my all-time favorite TV shows, and I still think it’s the wittiest, most well-written show on television today. (Hmmm… “Flanders,” huh? Any relation?)

Blair Freeman of Canton, IL asks: I just got the new Demento Society newsletter in the mail that said it would have another rare cut of yours. I think you said at ALCON ’98 that research of a live recording of “School Cafeteria” from the Doctor’s show was being done. Ever consider releasing a new demo rather than an old one as a sort-of “sneak peak” for the demented devotees from the new album?

Unfortunately, there’s a legal problem with that. My record label might be upset if I were to “give away” recordings made while under contract to them. So the songs released through the Demento Society have to be the ancient, early-80’s, pre-record contract recordings.

TyRone Francis of Ituna Sask asks: Have you ever licked a rock?

No!! Are you crazy? That’s disgusting! Ewww! I would never – wait a minute, did you say “rock”? Yes, yes I have.

Mike Adams of Fort Worth, Texas asks: Would you write a song about President Clinton in the form of the old Harper Valley PTA song.

No. (Besides the fact that I can’t take unsolicited song suggestions, I tend not to do songs that are too topical or political because they can become dated VERY quickly.)

Alhead27 of Marietta GA asks: Did you get to keep the stuff from the set of the Weird al show?!?!??!

Back in September I was invited to go out to Dick Clark’s massive warehouse in Valencia, California and drag home any of the props, wardrobe and junk from the Weird Al Show that I wanted to keep (they were going to throw it all out the next week to make room for new shows). I brought Bermuda with me, and we snagged as much stuff as we reasonably could, although it was painfully difficult for us to leave *anything* behind – we’re both total pack rats. In case you’re interested, Bermuda currently has the eyeball chair in his possession, and I’ve got most of the cool art work. Who knows, there may even be a couple choice Weird Al Show items showing up on the next AlCon auction block…

Farthead of Kents Store, VA (usa) asks: Have you ever considered bungee jumping?

Well, Farthead – if that IS your real name – I actually did go bungee jumping several years ago in Florida. I was pretty brave until the very last split second (that’s the point when your brain suddenly screams, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING???!!!”) But it was a lot of fun – I even did some kind of triple somersault on the way down (since the crowd gathered below was egging me on to do something “weird”). As an added bonus, the stack of index cards that I happened to have in my back pocket came showering down on the onlookers like a tickertape parade.

troyshow of Willmar, mn asks: re: the recording of your show’s theme- How was it recorded (ie.,analog tape,mac,p.c.)?

For all of our songs, we generally record onto a 24-track analog tape machine (or if the song is more complex, we also sync up another 24-track analog or 32-track digital machine) and then we mix down to a 2-track stereo digital master tape.

Jonathan (Wiggy) Wigdortz of Greenwich, CT asks: What would you do if you went bald?

I guess I’d have to do more Smashing Pumpkins parodies.

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“Ask Al” Q&As for October, 1998

Blair Freeman in Canton, IL asks: Have you ever taken voice lessons?

When I first started doing concert tours in the mid-80’s, I would always lose my voice at some point while on the road, because I wasn’t used to singing that much or that often. So at one point I took a couple vocal lessons from my friend Lisa Popeil (yes, Mr. Popeil’s daughter), who taught me how to sing without completely destroying my vocal chords. Also as a precaution while on the road, I now try to avoid air conditioning, smoky rooms, and shouting when I’m not onstage.

Jeremy Wilcox in Racine, Wisconsin asks: Hey Al! Hows it going? Do you ever lip synch your songs in concert?

I don’t believe I ever have (with the exception of a few cheeseball TV shows where lip synching is mandatory). So if you ever see my mouth moving on stage, for better or worse, I’m making the sound coming out of it.

Amber McReynolds in Fairbury, Illinois asks: What did you used to dress up as on Halloween and what was your favorite costume?

The one Halloween costume that sticks out in my mind was “Broccoli Man.” I strung raw broccoli on fishing line and wrapped myself in it, then put on a green cape and stuck a big letter “B” on my forehead. I remember I had to leave the party after about half an hour because I started smelling so bad.

Mike Roach in Joe, MT asks: Did you ever have the opportunity to meet Frank Zappa?

I’ve always been a big Zappa fan. In fact, when I was a teenager, I didn’t really care about being famous, but I used to fantasize about how cool it would be if Frank Zappa actually knew who I was. I finally met Frank while I was working in the mailroom at Westwood One, where Dr. Demento was then recording his national radio show. I got him to sign my tattered copy of “Freak Out,” and then he in turn asked for MY autograph, because his son Dweezil (then about 13 years old) was apparently a big fan of “Another One Rides The Bus”! A very proud day in my life.

Rainbow Heron in Sumter SC asks: Did you chose the name “Amy” in “Airline Amy” cuz you’re initials are A.M.Y.?

Actually, I was going more for the alliteration – it could have been Airline Annie, I suppose – but you’re right, I guess on some level I guess I was influenced by my own initials.

Matt kristek in Northampton, MA asks: I’d really like to know what got cut from UHF…pretty please?

There were a couple subplots and a couple gags here and there, but really, nothing worth writing home about. If anybody’s that interested, maybe I’ll try to dig up an early rough cut of the movie and show some deleted scenes at the next AlCon.

David Fisher in Billerica, MA asks: There is a significant time difference between the release of “UHF” and Dire Straits’ “Brothers In Arms”. Did you create “Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies” when the song first came out and you just had no place for it until the movie, or did you have the idea for a Hillbillies parody while you were writing “UHF”, and had to go back to find a song whose tune matched the lyrics?

First of all, the bulk of “UHF” was written in 1985 (the year the Dire Straight song came out) – Jay Levey and I shopped the movie around Hollywood for years before finding somebody that actually wanted to make i. I believe the original script didn’t even have any parody lyrics written out – it probably just said “Insert Song Parody Here.” In fact, the *original* “Hillbillies” parody written for the movie was based on an even older song – “Let’s Go Crazy” by our pal, Prince. But I think you can guess what happened there.

Matt “Subman” (The 7) Marks in Omro, Wisconsin asks: Why is the Parodied song and the parody both included in the title “Money for Nothing / Beverly Hillbillies”

That incredibly stupid name is what the lawyers insisted that the parody be listed as. I’m not sure why, and I’ve obviously never been very happy about it.

Rev. Matt Keeley in Seattle, WA asks: What did DEVO think about “Dare to be Stupid”? I’ve heard various conflicting reports, and I just was wondering what the truth was.

Right after I finished “Dare To Be Stupid,” I went over to (lead singer) Mark Mothersbaugh’s house and played it for him. He seemed to enjoy it a lot.

Kristen “alhead27” Jacobs in Marietta asks: HI AL! I just wanted to know what your favorite thing to drink is.:)

My own saliva.

Justin Frazier in Tennessee asks: In the song “Taco Grande”, did you make the spanish lyrics during the middle of the song, or did you have someone help you (basically I’m asking if you know spanish)???

I took about three years of Spanish in high school, but I’ve retained very little of it (I know how to ask where the library is). I had to write Cheech Marin’s speech in English, and then have a Scotti Bros. employee (who was a bit more bilingual than me) translate it into Spanish for him. (Oddly enough, Cheech isn’t that fluent in Spanish either.)

Lizzy in St. Paul MN asks: What is you favorite Tom Lehrer song?

Oh, I can’t pick just one. But I will tell you, when my friend Joel Miller and I were in college and playing the local campus Coffee House, we used to perform the Elements song. That’s a fun one to memorize.

Tiffany Dykstra in Camarillo, CA asks: Why did Hanson ask u to do the River video??

Well, they were doing a parody, so who would YOUR first choice be? 🙂 Actually, they had approached me to direct their previous video, “Weird” (which I thought was kind of appropriate). I had written the video for them and was all set to go, but at the last minute Gus Van Sant decided that *he* wanted to direct it, so I guess they felt they had to go with the bigger name.

Mike Basel in Southfield, MI asks: Do you read Mad Magazine?

I pick it up now and then and still get a chuckle out of it, but back when I was in my early teens, I was absolutely obsessed with it. It was a big part of my childhood. It was another dream come true for me when I finally got to visit the MAD offices in New York, as well as when they reprinted the lyrics to “Jurassic Park” in one of their issues!

David Catmull in Berkeley/California asks: What was your interview with Space Ghost like? How did they arrange a conversation with a cartoon character?

I was in a studio in Hollywood wearing an earpiece, talking over a phone line with Space Ghost, who I believe was in Atlanta. We had a bizarre little interview, which was a lot of fun… Of course, the folks at Space Ghost Coast To Coast tend not to use the interviewee’s real answers in context with the actual questions that were asked – they take a lot of liberties there. But then, I guess *I* wouldn’t have any right to complain about that, would I?

John K. Brewer, Jr in Coushatta, LA asks: How’s the new car drive?

You just stick the key in the ignition, turn it clockwise, step on the gas pedal, and it just takes right off!

Vinnie Bartilucci in Riverdale, NY asks: Is “The Biggest ball of Twine in Minnesota” supposed to be a parody of Harry Chapin’s or Gordon Lightfoot’s style of music? (I’m guessing Harry, but I have a friend who thinks it Lightfoot…)

It actually is supposed to sound like both Chapin AND Lightfoot. I wanted to encapsulate that 70’s singer-songwriter rambling epic kind of thang.

Jordan in Whitby asks: Are you mad at King of the Hill for making fun of you or did you give them permission?

No, I thought it was funny – although I did have to explain to a few people that I’m not quite dead yet. I’ve talked to Mike Judge a few times in the past (I had originally considered Beavis and Butthead for the “Phony Calls” cameo). He’s a nice guy, and as it turns out, a big fan of “UHF.”

Kyla Lee in Boise, ID asks: Why is it on some of your early albums’ cd form the cover booklet is blank inside, i. e. no pictures, credit to the original artists, or lyrics, if on record form that information is given?

When my CDs are first released, they generally have lyrics, pictures, and all the other goodies you’d expect to find. But sometimes when they are reissued, the record company tries to save a couple pennies by skimping on the printing costs. All of which is another reason why you should buy my albums on THE DAY THEY COME OUT.

Eddie Schmidt in LA, CA asks: The director of “The Weird Al Show” was credited as Peyton Reed. I’ve never heard of him before. Could this be (gasp!)…a pseudonym? If not, what else has Reed directed, and what was it like to work with him?

Peyton Reed is an extremely cool guy – I met him for the first time when we were auditioning directors for the Weird Al Show. He has a background in music video, and has done some TV movies for Disney (remakes of “The Computer That Wore Tennis Shoes” and “The Love Bug”) as well as a few episodes of HBO’s “The High Life.” His primary medium is film and he hadn’t done a multi-camera TV shoot before, but unfortunately that’s all we were budgeted for. Peyton was as enthusiatic and as dedicated a director as I could have hoped for, and especially considering all the limitations, restraints and pressures heaped on him by the network, I think he did a terrific job.

TyRone Francis in Ituna asks: How did you think of Dog Eat Dog?

I just drew on my experiences from my old desk job, and remembered what it was like to play with paper clips all day and have my boss come stomping up to me with the veins bulging in his forehead.

Rich Kitterman in Franklin, WI asks: Al, Have you ever read anything by Douglas Adams? If so what, and Who is your favorite author?

A fan turned me on to Douglas Adams a couple years ago – I’ve read a couple books in his Hitchhiker series, and enjoyed them immensely. Favorite author? Gee, I don’t really read many novels… I dunno… Dr. Seuss?

Jens Landmand in Lillebøs: Is your music copyrighted?

Yeah, so just don’t try anything funny, okay, Buster?

Harold in Dansville, New York asks: Was the concert footage at the beginning of ‘the Compleat Al’ filmed just for the mockumentary or did you always torch your accordions early on in your career?

That’s the only time I ever set fire to my accordion, but on several occasions on the ’85 Stupid Tour (usually in the major markets), I would destroy an accordion by whacking it repeatedly on the stage (this was the “big finish” of our rendition of “My Generation” by the Who”). It was always a big crowd pleaser, but I had to stop, because as you know, an accordion is a terrible thing to waste.

Sandy Butler in New Jersey asks: Al, what was your favorite stop on last years BHD tour?

Taco Bell.

Cindy Groves in Friendly, WV asks: Over the years, you’ve played a lot of practical jokes on your band members (especially Ruben). Have they ever played a practical joke on you?

Once we did a show in San Francisco that happened to fall on my birthday. When I came out for the encore, my tour manager walked onstage and planted a big messy birthday cake right in my face. I didn’t mind the face part, but the cake got all over and inside my beloved accordion, and it kind of brought the show to a halt.

Ryan E. in Orlando. FL asks: What number am I thinking of?

Ummm… nawww, that’s too easy.

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“Ask Al” Q&As for September, 1998

Jordan Cooper in New York asks: Do you usually hang out after a show? Would it be easy to meet you? (Hope you play in NYC on your next tour!)

It depends – there are a lot of factors involved. For security reasons, it’s usually very difficult for me to meet fans after concerts at state and county fairs – but I try to do “meet and greets” whenever the band plays smaller venues like clubs and theatres. We generally wait until the crowd thins down to a reasonable number, but if we’re on a really tight schedule, it may not be possible at all. So I can’t guarantee it – and you shouldn’t expect it – but having said that, the band and I really enjoy meeting people after shows, and if we can do it, we will do it.

James from Placerville, CA asks: Have you ever met They Might Be Giants

TMBG is one of my favorite groups, and I’ve met the Johns on one or two occasions. I even asked them several years ago if they’d be interested in co-headlining a concert tour with me, but they weren’t into it at the time. (They were also too busy to do The Weird Al Show last year. What, is it my breath?)

Stephen Burton from Trumansburg, NY asks: Can you give any information on your new album?

Yes. (Unfortunately, I can only answer one question about the new album, and I’m afraid that was it.)

May Berenbaum from Urbana, IL asks: What’s an ear booker?

Ear booker (rhymes with BEER PUKER) is a word that I share with an old high school friend of mine, as part of a secret language of sorts. It’s hard to describe the actual meaning of the word – all I can say is an “ear booker” is the event that has transpired when your “ear” has been sufficiently “booked.” I hope I’ve cleared that up.

Blair Freeman from Canton, IL asks: I know that Stan Freberg was on “The Weird Al Show”. Do you ever get a chance to communicate with comedy record artists who have inspired you?

Doing a weekly network TV show (even one on CBS) gave me an excellent opportunity to call up some of my life-long heroes and beg them to work with me. Having Stan Freberg as a semi-regular on my show was one of the greatest experiences of my life. And for the record, I did also talk to Tom Lehrer and Shel Silverstein, both of whom were incredibly gracious, but politely declined due to the fact that they don’t like to appear on camera anymore. (Maybe I should have asked Tom to be the Guy Boarded Up In The Wall?)

Rainbow Heron from Sumter, SC asks: At your 10/27/96 concert in Jacksonville, you mentioned that Rubén was getting married. Since he is/will be a married man (since I haven’t heard yet), do Steve, Bermuda, and Rubén ever tease you and Jim about being the only bachelors? (seems as if there is or could be some inside joke going on about it)

Rubén is nowhere close to getting married, as far as I know. As I recall, that night in Jacksonville Rubén had a girlfriend in the audience, and she had brought her parents to the show. Knowing this, I decided to embarrass and humiliate the poor lad as much as possible, so I told the audience that Rubén had brought his “fiance” to the show. Everybody thought that was really, really funny, except, for some reason, Rubén.

Tim Lindsay from Toronto, Canada asks: I think I remember you doing a music video called “Patterns” for the PBS show “Square One” a few years back, but I’ve looked everywhere and there’s no record of it. Can you help my verify it exists?

It doesn’t exist on record. It was just something that I did for the Children’s Television Workshop several years ago. One of their staff writers wrote the song, and the track had already been produced – all I did was sing the lyrics and appear in the video, which, as you pointed out, appeared on “Square One” on PBS. By the way, my manager Jay Levey directed the “Patterns” video, so that kept him off the streets for a while.

Rick Winkler from New Brunswick, NJ asks: Is it in good comic taste to punt a small dog?

Only if it is a poodle.

Justin Crouch from Cahokia, IL asks: Have you considered putting your show into syndication on another channel such as Fox Family Channel?

There were only 13 episodes made, so traditional syndication would be virtually impossible. At this point, the future of The Weird Al Show looks pretty bleak, but we haven’t given up trying to place it with another network.

Simple Jim from Norton, Ohio asks: Does my hair look better parted on the left or the right?

In your case, it really doesn’t matter. Just get that mole removed, all right?

Greg Method from Richfield, Ohio asks: Why was John Kricfalusi thanked in the “Alapalooza” booklet? Just a little cartoonist worship or did he help out with the Flintstone research for “Bedrock Anthem?” T’anx. 🙂

I think John Kricfalusi is a genius, and I’ve been a friend and fan of his for many years. Specifically, he’s thanked in the liner notes because one of Kricfalusi’s drawings inspired one of the visual gags in the Jurassic Park video. I tried as hard as I could to get John to do part of the opening animation sequence for the Weird Al Show, but unfortunately we weren’t able to come to terms on the deal – plus, the network was a bit concerned about his being able to deliver on deadline (he’s known to be quite the perfectionist).

Matt “Subman” (The 7) Marks from Omro, Wisconsin asks: I’ve looked everywhere for shoes similar to yours. Do you get them specially made?

Mostly, I’m known for wearing Van’s shoes – they have retail outlets (mostly on the West Coast, I think), and you might be able to get them mail-order. I wear their shoes off the rack, but I’m told you can send in your own fabric and have them specially made if you want.

Cindy Groves from Friendly, WV asks: Have you ever considered showing any outtakes or bloopers or other behind-the-scenes hijinks to one of those “bloopers” shows?

Actually, a few outtakes from The Weird Al Show were selected to be shown on a Dick Clark Bloopers special of some sort, but I don’t think the clips were ever used. Maybe I’ll show them at AlCon 2000…

Brenda from Bossier City, LA asks: Will the Backstreet boys ever be on your show? because thats my favorite band and tv show!!

Seeing as how the show was cancelled in January, that might be a bit of a problem. Okay, here’s what you do… get a tape of the Weird Al Show and then record a video of the Backstreet Boys in the middle of it. Then just watch it and pretend…

Matt from Cleveland, Ohio asks: some artists do not like to listen to themselves or see themselves on film, does this pertain to you? why or whynot?

Whenever I do an album, video or film, during the entire process I’m looking for mistakes, weak points and glitches. I’m never absolutely 100% happy with anything I do, but after a while, you just have to stop and declare something “done.” The problem with this whole process is, even after a project is finished, for a long time afterwards all I can hear are the “mistakes.” It usually takes quite a while before I can really enjoy watching or listening to something that I’ve done.

Janet from California (like, for sure!) asks: Are you happy with what you’ve accomplished throughout your life, or do you wish you chose a different path?

Sometimes I wish I had been… a lumberjack!

Arielle Dykstra from Camarillo, CA asks: What did u think of getting 2 work with Hanson and Gloria Stewart??

Overall, it was a lot of fun. Gloria Stewart is one of the sweetest people in the whole world – just a joy to work with. I couldn’t believe I was actually directing somebody that had just been nominated for an Academy Award! And the guys in Hanson were very nice, too. They didn’t really need to come to the video shoot (since their performance part had already been shot in New York) but they flew in anyway and spent the whole day on the soundstage with me. They were even singing some of my songs on the set between takes (originals, yet!) so I got a big kick out of that. The only negative part of the whole experience was that they asked me to make some changes during the editing process that I was not very happy with – I thought my original version was a lot funnier. As a professional, I was obliged to make the changes, but as an artist, I decided to take my name off the video. Unfortunately, MTV insisted on giving me directing credit anyway, and I didn’t feel like going to war over it – I did, however, turn down several national TV interviews because of my artistic snit. But like I said, the whole experience overall was still a blast, and I really wouldn’t mind working with them again. (I still can’t understand all the negative mail I got after they appeared on the Weird Al Show – you’d think we’d booked Hitler or something. Really, they’re just three phenomenally popular teenage musicians – just because your younger sister likes them, it doesn’t mean they’re the embodiment of evil.)

Renee from Pittsburgh PA asks: Who is Leroy Finkelstein?

Leroy Finklestein is a gag name that I’ve been using for various characters over the years. It started in my college radio days when my friend Joe Earley would come into the studio and play the part of soul-rock-surf-punk-country-and-western-easy-listening-rhythm-and-bluesman Leroy Finklestein. I’d interview him, and he’d talk about all his amazing adventures in the music business. His biggest hit was an annoying song called “Cookin’ Rats,” which he’d insist was “very big on the East Coast.”

James Matons from Staten Island/ New York asks: Was “Twister” A style Pardoy of The Beastie Boys??

Yyyyyeahhh, boyyyyyyyyy!

Tony Goldmark from San Francisco, CA asks: Of these four songs – “I’ll Repair For You,” “Theme From Spy Hard,” “Ballad Of Kent Marlow,” and “The Weird Al Show Theme Song”-which ones are you planning to include on your next album?

“I’ll Repair For You” was never officially approved, and is destined to be a concert-only song. “Theme From Spy Hard” was already released on the “Gump” single, and also seems way too dated to include on the next album. “The Ballad Of Kent Marlow” was done specially for the “Safety Patrol” TV movie, and it would make very little sense out of context. However, I would say “The Weird Al Show Theme” is a definite contender, and has a decent chance of showing up on my next release.

Jessica Frank from Rock Island, IL–Augustana College asks: What’s your favorite cheese?

Stinky.

Drew Stern from Bowie, Maryland asks: What is your connection with Dick Van Patton? I mean he is in like 4 of your music videos, and a whole bunch of Weird Al show episodes!

On the day that we were shooting “Smells Like Nirvana”, the production team was banging its collective head against the wall because we still hadn’t come up with an appropriately odd celebrity cameo for the crowd shot. As luck would have it, at the 11th hour a friend of mine announced that a friend of a friend of hers happened to be Dick Van Patten. I thought that was a great idea, so we made the call and luckily Dick was available. He was such a huge hit in that video that I’ve since tried to incorporate him into as many of my projects as possible. (I have to admit, though… I still feel a little bad about making him dance around in a little pink tutu on the Weird Al Show.)

Tiffany Dykstra from Camarillo, CA asks: Have u ever written a demented love song (i.e. U don’t Love Me Anymore, I’m So Sick of U, et cetera, et cetera) while dating a girl and have her be offended by it (please note I did not include One More Minute because I know the story)?

Generally when I write a twisted love song, I’m not thinking of anybody in particular, but whoever I’m dating at the time usually gets offended anyway. By the way, for some reason nobody I’ve ever been involved with has thought that “I Was Only Kidding” is very funny at all.

Kevin P. Kirby from Grand Junction, CO asks: Why wasn’t a Video ever made for the song “Yoda”?

At the time, everybody thought “Yoda” was just a cool album track, not a potential single. After all, “The Empire Strikes Back” was already five years old when “Dare To Be Stupid” came out, and “Lola” was fifteen years old – so the bulk of the video budget went toward the then-current Madonna parody. Nobody could have guessed what a perennial favorite “Yoda” was to become. (Plus, it would have been legally difficult and very expensive to do a decent video for it.)

Erik Williams from Centralia, IL asks: Would you be willing to be on MTV’s FANatic?

Boy, would I! I’d love to meet Zamfir, master of the pan flute!

Shawn Dowler from Escondido, CA asks: My friend asked me today, “Have you seen ‘Weird Al”s new look? I guess now everyone will start calling him ‘Regular Al’ or something.” Anyway, does your new look reflect a new “Serious Al,” or will you stil be wacky and cool

Okay, for the last time, it was a JOKE. I was wearing a WIG. I didn’t cut my hair. Everybody just calm down. Everything’s going to be all right. Hey, remember the “Gump” video? I was bald in that one, and the next day, all my hair was back! Amazing what Hollywood can do these days, huh? For the record, a producer at MTV approached me about doing those “Unplugged” spots. My supposed “new look” from the Hanson video was getting such a huge reaction that MTV wanted to confuse people even more with some promos featuring a “serious, introspecive” Al. Man, that really flipped people out. Friends I’d known for years were convinced that I’d cut my hair. (And gee, for some reason, my hair suddenly became straight and blonde, too!) At least one person even believed that I’d been wearing a curly-haired wig all these years, and that those commercials finally showed my REAL hair! I mean, I wanted to stir up a little controversy, but I think I’ve confused and disturbed a lot of people. So like I said before… JOKE. Ha ha.

Hal Burrows from Milwaukee, WI asks: Hey Al! Can I appear on your next album?

Sure. It’s easy – just hold the shiny side of the CD up to your face… voila! There you are.

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for July/August, 1998

Had you ever played a theremin prior to “Slime Creatures From Outer Space”? It sounds like you were having fun. 

I believe that was the first time. I knew I wanted a theremin-like sound on “Slime Creatures” to simulate those cheesy 50’s sci-fi soundtracks, and Steve just happened to have an actual theremin! In fact, when we did the song live, I played Steve’s theremin on stage! 

If the 3 Tenors did another concert and let you pick the songs for the medley (okay, so it’s a really hypothetical question…) what would you make them sing? (#’s 1 & 2 – Unruly Julie Jiles) 

A medley of “Kung Fu Fighting,” “The Night Chicago Died” and “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero.” 

Do you plan on releasing a CD of previously unreleased songs or alternate takes? How about a live CD and video? (Robert and Doreen Self) 

No. Pretty much everything worth releasing has been released already – I’m not very proud of the stuff that I did when I was 17. If hardcore fans want to circulate tapes of the early stuff, I guess that’s okay, but I just wouldn’t want to subject the general population to that. And I wouldn’t really want to release a live CD because most of my songs sound pretty close live to the way they do on record. Plus, the stuff that we do only in concert couldn’t be done legally on record anyway. As far as a live video is concerned, I think the Disney Channel special is about as close as we’ll come to that any time soon. If you missed it, there’s still a (small) chance that it’ll be released on home video some day. 

Do you do any sports like swimming, roller blading, skiing or biking? 

I’ve decided my ankles are too weak for roller-blading, and I’ve only been skiing twice. I enjoy tennis and racquetball, but I don’t get to play very often at all. I guess the most exercise I get is… going on the road! 

Where do you like to go on vacation? 

I rarely travel to places where I’m not performing or working, but I took a week off at the end of last year and visited Jim at his place in Hana (Hawaii). I had the time of my life – snorkeling, cliff diving, and all the papayas you could eat! Thanks again, Jim! 

You’re known for your parodies, but would you ever release an album of just your original songs? (#’s 4-6 – Vicki and Kelsey McLoughlin) 

I don’t think so. The fact is, it’s the parodies that “sell” the album to the bulk of the population, so I think it would behoove me to keep a healthy mix of the parodies and originals. 

If you’re not Jewish, why do you use a lot of Yiddish in your songs? 

I’m in the entertainment industry. It’s like a second language! 

Are any of the band members Jewish? (Oh, by the way, I AM Jewish) (#’s 7 & 8 – Russell Kay)

Hmmm… let’s see… Schwartz…. gee, I dunno! 

Now that you are often without your trademark glasses and mustache, do you enjoy being more anonymous or does it bother you, not being recognized in public? (Carlotta) 

It’s a nice change of pace. I’m actually quite amazed – it’s like Clark Kent… I take off my glasses, and 90% of the people have no idea who I am! I’m actually still debating about what to do when the next album comes out – do I continue to wear glasses even though I don’t need them?? Hmmm… 

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for May/June, 1998

After 30-plus years of high-intensity accordion playing, how are your carpal tunnels holding out? (Unruly Julie Jiles) 

Just fine, thanks! 

Do you own any Pez dispensers? 

I’ve been given a few over the years. My favorite one is a Weird Al Pez dispenser that a fan made for me. 

What is your favorite cartoon show on TV? 

I guess that would have to be “The Adventures of Fatman.” 

Who is your favorite musician that you have parodied (#’s 2 & 4 Jon Hillyer) 

I’ve been a big fan of quite a few artists that I’ve parodied… It’s really hard to say. So I won’t. 

Have you ever been arrested? (Lee Schuler) 

No. 

On “This is the Life,” scratching is credited to an artist known only as “The Glove” – but whose glove is it really? (Eddie Schmidt) 

The Glove was a professional “scratcher” who we called in just for that session. That’s the only name he gave us. I never met him before and I haven’t seen him since. 

Do you have and recurring nightmares? 

See album #5, Side 1, Track 2. 

In past issues of the MS you have said you judge a woman by the size of her nostrils. Would you consider dating the nasally-challenged? (#’s 7-8 The Incredible Colin) 

Only if she’s got really big ear lobes. 

Have you ever collaborated with a fan on a song or video? (Nancy Eckard) 

No, not really. 

Any chance we could see a Rare & Unreleased compilation to be sold to readers of the MS and/or the Demento Society that would include songs like “Belvedere Crusing” and “School Cafeteria” and a “Weird Al Show” soundtrack album? (Derik Rhum) 

The Demento Society has been doing their part by releasing some of my pre-record contract rarities on the Doctor’s annual Basement Tapes collections for the last few years. I think that way, the hard-core fans can hear how lousy I used to sound, and the run-of-the-mill fan won’t be subjected to it. If a decent copy can be located, there should be a live-on-the-air early recording of “School Cafeteria” on the next edition. As far as songs from the Weird Al Show, a soundtrack album is highly unlikely at this point, although I’m considering throwing the theme song on the next album. 

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for March/April, 1998

There are many people who want to know “Why didn’t you tour (my state’s name here) during the BHD tour, etc.” Is there anywhere or anyone to whom a person can write and let them know there is an interest and possible audience for you? It seems you hit the same places each time your tour anymore. (Pam R. on behalf of the entire MS membership) 

Believe it or not, we really do try to cover as much of the country as possible, but we can only go where we get reasonable offers. I don’t know if it would do any good to harass them, but local concert promoters and fair organizers would usually make those kind of decisions. 

What was your favorite movie that you saw last year? 

I hate to be so totally un-original, but I’d probably have to say “Titanic.” 

Do gentlemen/you prefer blondes? (Catheryn Blair) 

I don’t judge a woman by the color of her hair. I judge her by the size and shape of her nostrils. 

Are you going to rewrite the words to and re-record Buckingham Blues because of what happened to Princess Diana? (Terrill Eugene Williams) 

Uh, no. 

Is Rocky Road really your favorite ice cream? (Gretchen Wood) 

There’s really no ice cream I dislike (although I’m trying to avoid dairy in general these days), but I got pretty burnt out on Rocky Road in the early 80’s. I was involved in a number of Rocky Road ice cream eating contests to promote that single. 

What/who inspired “Airline Amy”? 

I was not thinking of any particular woman. “Airline Amy” was actually inspired by a couple of songs that I heard by Nick Lowe and Jonathan Richman. 

Is Harvey the Wonder Hamster related to the Radioactive Hamster from a Planet Near Mars? (Mary “Zorak” Griswold) 

They’re second cousins twice removed. 

What was your favorite subject in school? 

Probably math. 

Did you have many friends when you were young or were you always considered “weird”? (Vicki & Kelsey McLoughlin) 

I had a very small group of very weird friends. 

How many accordions do you own? (Jen Willis) 

I think right now, including my midi one, I own four. 

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for January/February, 1998

Has Harvey ever bitten you? (Saundra Doyle/The Incredible Colin) 

I remember several years ago I was hosting Friday Night Videos with my friend Emo Philips. The producers supplied me with a “Harvey” that was right from the pet shop and had not had much real human interaction. The nervous hamster took a couple chunks out of my hand during the first couple takes of the show opening. I finally had to put on heavy gloves just to hold him. 

The Official Celebrity Appearance Price List quoted John Tesh at $82,000; How much would I need to spend for a visit from you? 

I’m a bargain at just $27,000! 

Who animates you for the opening & Fatman portions of your show (#’s 2&3 Scott A. Wilson) 

A company called Epoch Inc. animated the first part (traditional animation), a company out of Texas called DNA did the computer generated part, and Scott Nordlund (who also did my Jurassic Park video) did the claymation at the end. DNA also did the Fatman cartoons. They are known on the animation circuit for their “Nana and Li’l Puss Puss” series, and also recently did a TV special called “Santa vs. the Snowman.” 

Do your parents still tell you to get your hair cut? 

It depends. Which hair are you talking about? 

Are there any reasons why you haven’t ventured into the musical style of zydeco, where the accordion is revered as the most popular instrument? (#’s 4 & 5 – Dan Raudonis) 

Actually, I’ve been listening to quite a lot of zydeco recently, so I wouldn’t be too surprised if a zydeco-flavored original crops up on the next album. 

What is the story behind the “Spasm Jam” at the end of the OTDE CD? (Austen Dooley) 

I wanted to emulate Nirvana, who also had a song following ten minutes of silence at the end of their “Nevermind” album. But I also thought it would be a great practical joke to make the “song” a six-second burst of the most anxiety-provoking sounds imaginable, thereby scaring people out of their minds. We actually spent a lot of time recording and mixing that – adding feedback, fingernails on chalkboards, etc. We wanted to create the most annoying six seconds of audio ever recorded. 

How many foreign countries have you visited and which ones? 

Most of my international traveling was done while I was promoting UHF. To date, I’ve been to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Italy, England, Holland, Germany and Belgium. That’s all I can think of off hand.

Who is your favorite cartoon character? (#’s 7 & 8 – Jen Willis) 

I used to say Marvin the Martian, but now I guess it’s… uh… ME! 

Does your curly hair ever get on your nerves? 

I used to want straight hair when I was growing up, but now I don’t mind my curly hair so much. I only get the impulse to shave it all off every once in a while. 

Do vegetarians eat animal crackers? (#’s 9 & 10 – Abigail Atkinson) 

No. 

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for November/December, 1997

Is your original music teacher still alive, and if so, is he/she proud of his former student? (The Incredible Colin) 

My original accordion teacher was a wonderful lady named Mrs. Fesenmeyer, although it’s not the actress that plays her on the Weird Al Show. I haven’t seen her since I was about ten, but I believe she’s still with us. 

How long does it take you to re-grow your mustache once you shave it off? (The Incredible Colin) 

Usually about three or four weeks. 

Who would you say is your biggest competitor? (Ian Clements) 

Fabio. 

Since you’ve done a few movie themes now, would you ever consider scoring an entire film? Would it have to be a comedy? (Eddie Schmitt) 

I probably could score a movie, but that’s not really my forte. I have some friends (Steve Jay, Jim West and Will Anderson to name a few) who are a whole lot more talented at it than I am – I’d rather give them the work. 

Does a “director’s cut” or “alternate version” of UHF exist with different and/or deleted scenes, and would you ever allow that to be released? (Eddie Schmitt) 

The first cut of UHF was about an hour longer than the final theatrical version – but believe me, there was a REASON that hour was cut. You’re not really missing anything. 

Have you ever tried to do (or considered doing) a parody of a song by a deceased artist like Jimi Hendrix or Elvis Presley? (Terill Eugene Williams) 

I don’t have anything against dead people. If I were to think of a funny enough idea, I would certainly consider it. 

How many rooms are there in your house? (Abigail Atkinson) 

2 bed, 2 bath. 

Are you Jewish or Polish? (We have a poll 8 to 5) (Jen Willis) 

No. 

How long have you been able to contort your body the way that we saw on “I Lost On Jeopardy” and “Space Ghost: Coast To Coast”? (Allison Corbin) 

Since my early teens. 

Have you met any Presidents? (Ryan “Bruno” Michaliski) 

Once I met the President of the local Rotary Club. Does that count? 

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for September/October, 1997

Who does the ominous voice of Big Louie in UHF? (Eddie Schmitt) 

I don’t remember. It doesn’t say in the credits? 

Did you get an Easter basket this year and if so what was in it? (Mary Renee McReynolds) 

I don’t think I got one this year. 

In the song “I Want A New Duck” the name Bruce is mentioned. Is that the reason why the duck in Peter & The Wolf is name Bruce? 

Yes. 

Who out of the entire band is the tallest? Shortest? (#’s 3 & 4 Sara “Cornfed” Brooks) 

I haven’t measured them recently. I’m about six foot even, that’s about all I can tell you. 

Did you ever drive a motorcycle? 

No. 

Are you a neat freak or a slob or somewhere in between? 

Somewhere in between. 

Do you ever really go bowling? Do you own a bowling ball? 

I don’t get to bowl very often, but I try to go at least once every several years, just to stay in practice. The owner of the Big Kahuna in Delaware actually gave me a bowling ball on tour this year. 

Do you play Monopoly or any other board games? Did you as a child? What was/is your favorite? (#’s 5 – 8 Vicki & Kelsey McLoughlin) 

I don’t play too many board games these days – but I do play a computer trivia game called “You Don’t Know Jack” on occasion (thanks, Marty & Nick!). I played a lot of board games as a kid. I don’t know if I had a favorite – I suppose Monopoly was one, but the fact that it took weeks to finish a game was a bit of a drawback. 

Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket, crashed or been in court? (Abigail Atkinson) 

I got a speeding ticket once, and went to traffic school for it. I’ve had a couple minor fender benders in my life, nothing serious. And so far, I’ve never had to go to court for anything. 

Ahem… what size is your bed? King, queen, etc…? (Jen Willis) 

It’s called a “California King” – it’s slightly larger than King size. 

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for March/April, 1997

Have you ever been stung by a bee, bitten by a dog, broken any bones or received any stitches?

I’ve never been stung by a bee, but for some reason I’m still deathly afraid of them. I was bitten pretty severely by my uncle’s dog when I was a little kid, but I’m fine now, thanks. I haven’t broken any bones, but I’ve gotten stitches a few times, mostly because of accidents that have happened on stage (doing my James Brown spins and bashing my head into the microphone, etc.) 

When was the first time you realized you were a “star”? 

I guess it was when Paul McCartney noticed me at a party and said, “Hey! It’s Weird Al!!” 

How many TV’s do you have and what’s their screen size? 

I have a 35″ (tube) TV in my living room and a barely-working 20″ TV in my bedroom. 

Do you like the ocean or the mountains better? 

It depends. I like the ocean better for swimming, but I prefer mountains when I’m climbing. 

What’s your favorite holiday? 

Groundhog’s Day. 

What color are the towels in your bathroom? (#’s 1-6, Vicki and Kelsey McLoughlin) 

I don’t think I have more than two towels that match. I’m a bachelor, remember? 

Do you like to ride roller coasters? If so, how many do you think you’ve been on? Which one was the scariest? (V & M McLoughlin, Gabriele Centamore, The Incredible Colin) 

The band and I love roller coasters, and we try to check them out whenever we play at an amusement park. I’m sure I’ve been on several dozen roller coasters in my life, but I couldn’t pick a favorite, although I remember enjoying the Wildcat at Hershey Park last year. 

How much did you sell the 1977 Toyota featured in the Compleat Al for? 

Actually, I didn’t want to go through the trouble of selling it, so I gave it away on MTV! It was part of a big MTV “Let’s Make A Deal” style contest. You could win the David Bowie prize package, the Tom Petty prize package, or… Weird Al’s car! (I guess my Toyota was supposed to be the “Zonk” prize.) The woman that wound up winning my car was a huge David Bowie fan, and when she found out (on live TV) that she’d gotten the Weird Al package instead, she was visibly upset, to put it mildly. 

Have you ever been in a TV commercial and if you could pick a product to endorse, what would it be? (Hawaiian Ryan Swoverland/The Incredible Colin) 

I was seen briefly in a Diet Coke commercial in 1984. If I had to pick another product to endorse, it would have to be, uh, one of the fine products listed on Bermuda’s merchandise web set! 

How do people get to appear in your videos? (A LOT of people ask this!!!) 

Well, it helps if you’re in my band. Or if you’re Dick Van Patten. Other than that, I just pick names at random out of the phone book. Don’t worry, I’ll get around to everyone eventually.

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for January/February, 1997

When you leave the stage at the end of your concerts, why aren’t you wearing your glasses? 

Usually I end my concerts by spinning around in circles very quickly, which would sometimes cause my glasses to fall off. So now I remove my glasses before I start spinning – and then just leave them off until I get backstage. 

Are you afraid of spiders? Do you have any phobias? 

Now that you mention it, sometimes I get really creeped out when I wake up in the morning and my mouth is full of spiders. Yuck. 

Why did you write Waffle King? There must be a story behind that. 

Boy, you’d think so, wouldn’t you? But there isn’t. I just wanted to write a song about a guy who becomes incredibly famous for doing something kinda stupid, and then starts taking himself way too seriously. And NO, it’s not autobiographical! 

You seem kind of hyper! How much sleep do you usually get? 

It varies wildly. During really busy weeks (I had a few of those last year!) I’ll get 2-4 hours sleep, but I love to get 8 or more if my schedule will allow it (and the phone doesn’t ring too early in the morning). 

Do you ever have the guys in the band over to your house for a barbecue? (#’s 1-5 Vicki & Kelsey McLoughlin) 

I haven’t yet – but they know they’re always welcome to use my barbecue grill. 

A club in Houston was sued for calling itself Velvet Elvis. Have you heard anything from the Presley family about the song’s name? (CB) 

No. I met Priscilla once or twice while doing the Naked Gun movies, and she never tried to subpoena me or anything. 

Is there any gag or line you had to cut out of UHF that you really wish you’d been able to keep in? (Eddie Schmidt) 

There was a station promo for a new sitcom called “Those Darn Homos!” which Orion made me take out. It was pretty funny, but I guess not terribly P.C. 

Have you ever had your IQ measured? Do you have a genius level IQ? (Daniel Savad) 

I remember taking IQ tests in school, but I don’t think they ever told me the results. I’m guessing it’s somewhere in the triple digits. 

What is your favorite color? 

Black. 

How often do you bowl? (#’s 9 & 10 Hawaiian Ryan Swoverland) 

At least once every five years, whether I need to or not. 

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for November/December, 1996

Where did you get your good looks? 

Enormous amounts of plastic surgery. 

Are you available? (#’s 1-2 Allison Corbin) 

Yes, I’m available for wedding and Bar Mitzvahs. Call my agent. 

Do you keep in touch with the people you were in UHF with like Michael Richards and Fran Drescher? (Willie T. Brandum) 

Unfortunately I don’t get to see them very often (I hear they’re doing some TV shows now or something)… but I do run into them every once in a while.

What was/is your favorite pizza topping? 

Tomato sauce. 

Who is your lifetime hero? 

I guess I’d have to say Dr. Demento. 

How many pair of lederhosen do you have? (#’s 4-6, Ryan Swoverland) 

Just one. And I’ve pretty much retired it since the “Polka Party” days. 

Who drew the cover of your first album? Was it you? (Steven Shilling) 

No, it was a Brazilian artist name Rogerio. We picked him because of his MAD Magazine-like drawing style. 

I know you produce your own albums. Would you be willing to produce the album of another parody artist? (Ian Bonds) 

Well, my dance card’s pretty full these days – but you can always submit any reasonable business proposition you like to my manager (Jay Levey at Imaginary Entertainment). 

Why are you thanked on the inner sleeve of Quiet Riot’s QRIII album? (Eddie Schmidt) 

I think it’s because I had invited them to be my special guests on “Weird Al’s Guide to the Grammys.” In one segment of the TV show, two guys from Quiet Riot share a limo (and pickled wieners) with myself, Kevin Cronin from REO Speedwagon, and Steve Allen. 

If you hadn’t gotten permission from Coolio to do Amish Paradise, what would have been the feature cover for Bad Hair Day? (Jim Maciorowski) 

Gee, I don’t know… I’m not sure that I would have put out “Gump” as the first single… maybe I would still be waiting to put out the album. 

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for September/October, 1996

Are you ever going to write your autobiography, like Howard Stern did? (Eddie Schmidt) 

If I were to write my autobiography, I doubt very much that it would be like Howard Stern did. 

We know “One More Minute” was inspired by a real ex-girlfriend; Were any other of your boy-loses-girl songs also inspired by an unhappy romance? (Lisa Hut Jenson) 

I don’t think I was specifically thinking of anybody when I wrote those other songs, but of course I’ve had a plethora of dysfunctional relationships to draw inspiration from. 

What’s your favorite place to eat? 

A restaurant. 

What’s your favorite cereal? 

Organic raspberry mueslix. 

How many different colors of socks do you have? (#’s 3-5, Ryan Swoverland) 

27. 

Have you ever seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show with full audience participation? Did you like it? Did you dress up? Would you go again? (Bill Putt) 

I believe I’ve seen RHPS three times in the theatre, twice with audience participation. I enjoyed it very much, but I didn’t dress up, and I don’t feel strongly compelled to go again – been there. 

How did Jim West feel about not being in the Gump video? Did he want to be in it? (Steven Shilling) 

I feel really bad that Jim wasn’t in the video. He was actually supposed to be in the video instead of Steve, since the part called for a guitar player. Jim literally lost the role because he had too much hair – our hair stylist said it would be nearly impossible to fit him in a short hair wig. Jim, as always, was a terrific sport about it – hopefully I’ll be able to feature his talents next time around. 

Will you ever release the Al-TV specials on tape? (Ian Bonds) 

Very, very doubtful. Most of the stuff on Al-TV (especially the earlier stuff) was never legally cleared – playing it on cable TV is one thing, but offering it for sale is quite another. Feel free to swap tapes with friends. 

Are you surprised at the range of ages of your fans, from 5 to 85? Or was this expected? 

I never suspect who my fans will be – as always, I just write what I personally think is funny and hope that other people will enjoy it as well. 

Are you familiar with Peter Schickele and PDQ Bach, and how do you feel when he is referred to as the Weird Al of the classical world? (#’s 9-10, April Hassel) 

I’m very familiar with PDQ Bach (he beat me out of several Grammys!) and enjoy Mr. Schickele’s work. I think that description of him is very flattering to me – I’m not sure how he would feel about it. 

BONUS QUESTION: Boxers or briefs (Chris Sedtal) 

At the moment, briefs… 

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for July/August, 1996

Why do you give special thanks to Weezer when there is no parody or nothing of them (on BHD)? (Tony Olivas) 

“Buddy Holly” by Weezer was originally in the Alternative Polka. In fact, it was completely recorded, and we were about to do the final mix when we got a call from Weezer’s management – apparently the song’s writer, Rivers Cuomo, decided for whatever reason that he didn’t want his song in my medley after all, so at the very last minute (after the “special thanks” had already been printed on the CD and cassette booklets) we had to physically cut the song out of the medley. I’m still kind of bummed about it – it sounded really cool. 

Is it true Coolio is angry at you for some reason? (Aaron Layman) 

I’ve had to answer this question many times already, but once again: There was apparently some major miscommunication between Coolio’s people and my people. I was under the impression that Coolio had given his blessing for me to do a parody of “Gangsta’s Paradise.” However, much to my surprise, Coolio made a statement to the press backstage at the Grammys, saying that he didn’t appreciate my “desecrating” his song, and that I should “stay away” from him. I don’t know if Coolio changed his mind about the parody, or if my record company just gave me some bad information – I don’t think I’ll ever know for sure what happened. I immediately sent Coolio a sincere letter of apology for the misunderstanding, but have to this date not heard back from him. 

Why wasn’t “Green Eggs and Ham” on Bad Hair Day? 

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get the proper clearance from the Dr. Seuss estate, so this will have to remain a “concert-only” favorite. 

What are you saying backwards at the end of “I Remember Larry”? (#’s 3 & 4 Julie Weeden) 

I believe it’s “Wow, you must have an awful lot of free time on your hands!” 

What’s your first memory? 

Getting spanked by the doctor. (Of course, I was 23 at the time.) 

Are you nearsighted or farsighted? 

Nearsighted. Actually, anybody that tries on my glasses says, “Wow, you’re blind!” 

Do you color your hair? (#’s 5-7 Michelle San Angelo) 

Nope. 

When you were a kid, what were your favorite TV shows? (Jeff Hoyt) 

Cartoons, sitcoms, “The Twilight Zone”… actually, any time the illusion of motion was created by a cathode ray tube, I was there. 

When you do your taxes, do you procrastinate? (Colin the Incredible) 

No, I have my accountant do them right away. 

Does it get annoying when people come up to you and want to meet you? (Steven Shiling) 

Only if they’re rude, obnoxious or really drunk (“Hey man, can I give you a head butt?”). It’s never annoying to meet friendly, considerate people. 

Have you ever worn contacts? (Carlotta Barnes) 

No, I’ve never worn contacts. I got fitted for them last year, but it was just too traumatic for my sensitive eyes, so I’m sticking with glasses. 

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for May/June, 1996

The April 1996 U Magazine interviewed Al but didn’t have space for all the questions and answers. Thanks to U’s Shad Powers who gave the Midnight Star permission to print the rest of the interview!

I saw you sporting a Coolio-esque hairdo at a music awards show; Is that a permanent thing? 

I knew that I was going to be co-presenting with Coolio at the American Music Awards, so I just wanted my hair to bond with his. 

What were your college years like? Where did you go, if at all? 

I graduated with a degree in architecture from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. I remember next to nothing, but I can still print pretty neatly. 

I’m guessing MTV has always been pretty cool to you, or at least pretty good for you… What do you think of the current MTV as opposed to the MTV of the ’80s? 

You know, the weirdest thing happened to me the other day. I happened to turn on MTV, and they were playing a music video! 

A lot of successful bands meet and evolve in college. Why do you think college is good for the creative musical process? 

I’m sure that my songwriting ability would suffer immensely if it hadn’t been for those three years of calculus that I took in college. 

A new spot on many college students’ road trips is the musical Mecca of Cleveland to visit the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. What do you think of this landmark, and do you expect to make it into the mighty Hall one day? 

I think my chance of making it into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame is only slightly better than Milli Vanilli’s. 

What kind of student were you in school? Troublemaker, geeky guy that always raised his hand, always asleep, smokin’ in the boys’ room, what? 

I wasn’t a nerd in high school. I was King of the Nerds! Straight-A student, school valedictorian… even the teachers wanted to beat me up. 

What do you think of the current movie scene? Do you feel UHF got snubbed by the Academy? 

After recovering from the shock over UHF not even being nominated for best picture of 1989, I decided to completely dismiss the Oscars as being any kind of arbiter of quality entertainment. 

What birth control devices do you condone? 

I’ve always figured that my personality was an effective birth-control device. 

A small college newspaper chose to call itself the Voice. New York’s big-time newspaper, the Village Voice, has taken exception to that and is threatening a lawsuit. Do you think that’s fair? 

People today are lawsuit-crazy. I’m in the middle of trying to develop a TV show for myself, and I wanted to call it “Seinfeld” – but the stinking lawyers thought we might have “problems.” What is this world coming to?

Gender equity in college athletics is a big issue in this day and age. Any input? 

I consider myself very liberal, pro-feminist and politically correct. Therefore, I see no reason why chicks and broads shouldn’t compete in college athletics. 

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for March/April, 1996

What are the chances you’re ever gonna come to Europe for a concert? 

Not great – it’s a very expensive proposition to take our entire production overseas. If we’re lucky we may be touring Australia for the first time this year, but we’re considerably more popular there than in Europe. Of course, if some European promoter wants us badly enough, anything is possible. 

Has anything ever happened to you that nobody believed when you tried telling people about it later? 

I still can’t get anybody to believe that Elvis came to my house in the middle of the night and mowed my lawn. 

Do you think life evolved a) as some kind of biological accident; b) with the help of a superior being; c) in a fridge; or d) do you have your own theory? 

Yes. 

Where does your inspiration come from? (#’s 1-4 Gideon Haberkorn) 

Cleveland. 

I recently saw you on the American Music Awards. How long did it take you to get your hair like that? And how long to get it back to normal? (Tyler Herman) 

It takes between 3 and 5 hours, depending on the number of braids. I’ve done it three times now (the album cover shoot, the AMA’s and the new video) and I really don’t recommend it to anyone with a fragile scalp… it HURTS! It takes about half as long to untangle it. 

Do you collect anything (like stamps, Star Wars stuff, etc.)? (Colin the Incredible) 

Well, I think my collection of Weird Al memorabilia is second only to Bermuda’s. Plus, I’m currently collecting mold in my refrigerator. 

Which musical instrument do you wish you knew how to play? (Julie Prather) 

I wish I knew how to play the guitar, so that every time I have to fake it for a video, I’d at least have clue as to what I should be doing. 

Why was Waffle King left off the Off the Deep End album? 

Okay, I think this is what happened: I had already written the originals for “Alapalooza” by the time we were finishing “Off the Deep End.” One of those originals was “I Was Only Kidding” and I was rightly concerned that the line “I really love you… not!” would be about as funny as “Where’s the beef?” by the time 1993 rolled around. And since there’s a ceiling on the number of songs I can put on an album, I decided to record IWOK and save “Waffle King” for the next album. And I put “Waffle King” on the flip side of “Smells Like Nirvana” single just in case there wasn’t going to be a next album. (Hey, you never know in this business!) 

Do you have a tattoo? If not, would you consider getting one and what would you get? (Colin the Incredible) 

I don’t have a tattoo and don’t plan on getting one, but if I did, I’d want a tattoo on my pancreas, so that if I ever had to have major exploratory surgery, the doctor would think I was really cool. 

Your adult female fans see you as handsome and incredibly sexy. How do you see yourself? (Pam) 

I use a mirror. 

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for January, 1996

Do you know the Italian language? (Alfredo Cappello of Milan, Italy) 

I only know a couple of handy catchphrases, like the translation for “Won’t you please shave off my eyebrows?” 

Do you own a computer? If so, what kind? (David Zechiel) 

It’s an IBM clone, 486. 

How old were you when you quit believing in Santa Claus? (Julie Prather) 

23. 

When you are writing lyrics, do you write them when you are all alone or do you have other people around? At what point do you start asking others what they think of the lyrics? Who is the first person you share the lyrics with? (Julie Prather) 

Generally, I write the lyrics when I’m at home alone, often very late at night. Once I have a completed first draft of my lyrics, I’ll show them to a couple close friends like Joel Miller or Lynn Dickinson, who will in turn tell me if I’ve completely lost my mind. 

Any plans yet with the screenplay you wrote? (Joe Krause) 

No, and I wouldn’t hold my breath. I only wrote it because I figured nobody would believe I lived in L.A. if I didn’t have at least one unproduced screenplay gathering dust in a drawer. 

What is your New Year’s resolution? (Nick Kraft) 

Put out a stinking album as soon as possible. 

If you are displeased with Scotti Bros. putting out as many compilations as regular albums, why stay with them? (Marty Lick) 

I’ve got this little thing called a long-term contract… 

What kind of shoes are you referring to in “Don’t Wear Those Shoes”? 

Exactly the kind you thought I meant. 

When you go to Taco Bell, what do you order? (Ryan Swoverland) 

A bean burrito with green sauce and tomatoes, no cheese. 

Is your daily schedule always completely filled, or do you sometimes find yourself at home in the evening watching some TV or reading a book for pleasure? (Dave Zechiel) 

No matter how busy I am, I always find time to watch old Scott Baio movies on cable. 

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for October/November, 1995

Does you band ever argue or disagree? (Mike Whelan) 

Never. Never never ever. No sir. 

If you are a vegetarian then why did you eat a twinkie-weiner sandwich in UHF? You must not really be a vegetarian, are you? (Steven Shilling) 

I didn’t really become a vegetarian until three or four years ago. Nowadays I just eat a twinkie tofu weiners, but when we were shooting the movie, I had to eat about seven of the real article. 

What kind of car do you drive?

A red one. 

If you found out that you only had a week to live, what would you do for that week? 

Weep uncontrollably. 

How many pairs of shoes do you own? (Beth Francik – #’s 3-5) 

I don’t know, close to a hundred? Most of them are kind of old and cruddy, though. 

Are you ticklish? 

Try me. 

When you grow older, will you let your gray hair show or will you color your hair? 

I’ll just shave it all off. 

Have you thought about what you’ll do when (and if) you retire? (Michele Fritchie – #’s 6-7) 

Set the alarm clock, turn off the light and tuck myself into bed. 

Of all your albums, which is your favorite? (Bob Rodgers) 

I seem to have a special place in my heart for the albums that sell the most copies. 

Has the changing music scene (pop/country is now more rap/alternative, etc.) made it more difficult for you to do parodies? (Fearless Leader) 

It’s not harder to write the parodies, but the largely prevailing rap/alternative “attitude” sometimes makes it difficult to get permissions. 

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for September, 1995

How do your neighbors feel about living next door to a celebrity? (Mike Whelan)

How did you know my neighbors lived next door to Leslie Nielsen? 

Are you a fan of Mystery Science Theatre 3000? (Doug Rand/Justin Pettway/Jonathan Rand) 

I’ve been a fan of MST3K for a long time. In fact – (interesting bit of trivia) – Joel Hodgson was my original first choice to play Philo in “UHF,” but he was on some kind of self-imposed show business hiatus at the time. 

I am trying to do parodies of my own. How do I get permission? (Ian Bonds) 

Kids, don’t try this at home. Leave it to professionals — it’s dangerous work. But if you insist, the best bet is to contact the publisher of the original music. 

I read that “Talk Soup” was going to be the new theme song for the E! Channel’s show of the same name. How come they never used it yet? (Laurie Webber) 

Well, to put it bluntly, they kind of jerked me around. The producers of the show approached me, asking me to do a new theme song for the show. I wrote the lyrics (which they approved) and then recorded the song (which they said they “loved”). And then they never used it. Go figure. 

Do you ever go out in disguise when you don’t want to be recognized or do you just be yourself and take your chances?

If I really want to disguise myself, I have to put in contact lenses, shave my mustache, cut off all my hair and wear a nondescript shirt. So if I’m just going out to get the mail or something, it’s usually not worth it. 

Where are your parents from originally? And their parents? (#’s 5 & 6 – Michele Fritchie) 

My dad was born in Kansas and his parents were from Yugoslavia. My mother was born in Kentucky and her parents were Italian and English. 

What exercises do you do (if any) to keep yourself of healthy & limber status? (A.J. Orosco) 

When I go on tour I get a 95-minute aerobic exercise every night. Other than that, I just try to exercise my best judgment. 

What’s your favorite TV show? (Amie Hagler)

I guess my all-time favorite show was “Police Squad.” 

Since the “Authorized Al” book and a lot of other Weird Al collectors’ items have gone out of print (like the videotape of UHF and the Compleat Al) why don’t you re-issue them? (Note: That question/request goes for some of the older T-shirts too, like the UHF shirt.) (Terrill Eugene Williams) 

Well, I may be many things, but I’m not a book publisher or video distributor, so it’s hard for me to “re-issue” anything. If you know of a company that’s interested in doing it… we’ll talk. As for the T-shirts, it’s very difficult for us to keep more than a small handful in stock, so unfortunately the older ones will have to remain collectors’ items. 

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for July, 1995

How old were you when you got your first pair of glasses? (Steven Shilling)

I think I was in the 4th grade… I don’t know, about 8? 

What’s your favorite opening line when introducing yourself to or asking out an attractive female? (A.J. Orosco) 

Hi, my name’s Al. Wanna go out? 

Where do you like to go on vacation and once there, what are your favorite activities? 

I tend to turn all my “business” trips into vacations – I rarely go someplace just for the sake of going there, although I’m thinking about going to Hawaii or Mexico this summer. I hear the cable TV there is great! 

When you take a girl out on a date, where do you usually take her? 

Fairly standard stuff – usually I’ll take a date to dinner, sometimes a movie. If she’s wearing the appropriate shoes I might take her for a midnight hike to the Hollywood sign. I don’t normally pull out the shoehorns and dental floss till at least the second date. 

Have you ever considered getting married and having a family of your own? (#’s 3-5 Michele Fritchie) 

Oh, it’ll probably happen someday… I’ve never been in much of a hurry to grow up. 

Why did you cancel your Off the Deep End concert in Baltimore? (Editor’s Note: Why are some concerts canceled when other dates are added within the same tour?) (Ian Bonds) 

I personally have never canceled a concert for any reason. If any show is canceled, it is because that show’s promoter decided to cancel it. Sometimes shows are booked and then canceled without me ever finding out about them. 

Would you ever date a fan of yours? (Beth Francik) 

Well, I’m certainly more inclined to be attracted to somebody who likes my work than someone who thinks I’m an idiot. 

What religion are you? Would you call yourself a Christian? (“Lisa Hut” Jenson/Doug Rand/Justin Pettway/Jonathan Rand/Shonna Felice) 

Yes. 

Now that Harvey the Wonder Hamster lives at MuchMusic in Canada, will he ever be seen again by Americans? (“Lisa Hut” Jenson) 

If Harvey gets his green card, he’ll be coming back to the states regularly. 

This is a collective question from various fans who have written in: Where do you get your Hawaiian/wild print shirts from? A lot of the fans would like to get some like yours but are having no luck finding them. Any suggestions? (Pam Ritchie) 

I used to wear a lot of shirts made by a now-defunct company called “Burmys” – nowadays I buy a lot of shirts from “Jam’s World” – but most of my best shirts are ones I find in thrift shops and used clothing stores. I’ve also gotten quite a few from fans and concert promoters. 

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for May, 1995

Are you addicted to anything except spuds? (Gideon Haberkorn) 

Breathing in and out. I just can’t stop. 

Has a wax figure been made of you for a museum? 

No, but once an old girlfriend of mine did make a sculpture of me out of Play-doh. 

Have you ever released music under an alias? 

Yes, for the last several years, I’ve been releasing lame instrumental albums under the name “Kenny G.” 

Is it difficult for you to find women who like you for you are and not how much money (they think) you have? (Julie Vaughn- #’s 2, 3, & 4) 

You’ll never know how hard it is to find a woman who can overlook the whole money thing and just love me for my perfectly-shaped nostrils. 

Is that absolutely gorgeous hair of yours a lot of trouble to care for? Do you have trouble combing out those curls? What kind of shampoo do you like best and how often do you get it cut?

Usually I finger-comb my hair, but every once in a while (about the time I start looking like a reggae musician) I need to use a real comb. This is not very fun, and usually takes half an hour or so. When I shampoo I usually use Nexxus products, and I get my hair cut at least once a year, whether I need it or not. 

Why have you chosen to keep the same style of glasses all these years? Have you ever been tempted to try a different style, or perhaps some plastic frames? (Staff’s comment: YUCK!)

Instead of trying to re-invent myself every six months like Madonna, I prefer to keep my image the same, just so people can reassure themselves that there’s at least one thing that stays constant in this crazy world. Actually, around 1990, I wore plastic frames when I was trying to be more “incognito,” but I felt kinda stupid. 

Aside from when you were born, have you ever been hospitalized?

Not to my knowledge. 

Do you ever shop at K-Mart?

Only to buy my animal-print bikini underwear. 

Do you put up a Christmas tree at your house and if so is it a fake one or do you buy a real tree? (Cindy Caturia- #’s 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9)

I have a tiny fake Christmas tree that dances when you sing to it. 

There are a LOT of fans out here who would love to see a live album & video from one (or more) of your tours. Do you think you’ll ever make us happy and release something like that? Pam Ritchie (Speaking for many, many people who also yearn for a “live” Al video!) 

I would have to say probably not, although you never know what my wacky record company might insist on someday. The food medley in particular would be nearly impossible to get legal clearance for (because, among other reasons, it contains a few “unauthorized” parodies). The other songs performed live in concert stay pretty close to the original arrangements, and I think there’s more than enough Al compilations floating around already, so I’d probably veto the idea of a live album. (Of course, if MTV ever wanted to do a Weird Al Unplugged, I might have to reconsider.) In the meantime, go ahead and bootleg the shows – just don’t let ME catch you!

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for March, 1995

When you send out autographed photographs, do you sign them personally or have a secretary do it? 

The autographs are always authentic, although I *may* have signed it before reading the letter requesting it. All mail coming in to CPFA is first screened by an assistant, who burns the song suggestions, defuses the mail bombs, and responds appropriately to everything else, sometimes sending a pre-autographed picture, sometimes forwarding the letter to me for a more personal response. I *do* read all my mail eventually, but it may be months or a year after I’ve received it, depending on my schedule. 

Do you enjoy the Midnight Star since it is run by devoted fans and headed by the greatest leader a newsletter could have? (Questions 1&2 by Matthew Horn) 

Yes, I’m the luckiest boy in the worrrrrrld! 

What do you see yourself doing in 20 years? (Julie Vaughn) 

Drooling all over myself. 

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? 

I would be a one-celled animal, like an amoeba. I just like to keep things simple. 

If you could be anything over again in your childhood or career, what would it be (and why)? (#’s 4 & 5 by Annie Hagler) 

I would be Speed Racer- cause he’s the coolest! 

Do you like to cook? Do you regularly cook meals for yourself or do you eat like a bachelor and just graze all day? What do you eat for breakfast? 

I don’t like to cook anything that requires more than one step. I graze a lot, use the microwave on occasion, and eat out whenever I get the chance. For breakfast (if I wake up that early), I usually just have juice, or a bowl of organic raspberry muesli in vanilla soy milk. 

Is there anything you did naughty as a boy that you never got caught for and still no one knows about it that you could confess to your forgiving fans right now? (Fearless Leader’s comment: And that you wouldn’t mind your mother knowing about?!?!?!?) 

No. Absolutely nothing. I was perfect in every way. With the exception of that one tiny train-derailing incident. 

If you weren’t in showbiz, would you continue to live in the Los Angeles area or would you ever consider moving away to another place? If so, where would that be? 

I grew up in L.A., and I feel comfortable here, so I’m probably not moving anytime soon. If I did move out of L.A., I’d probably stay in California – San Diego and the Bay Area are both nice. I love Toronto too. I’d even consider moving to Maryland if I had a good enough reason. 

Does the threat of earthquakes (and mudslides, brushfires, etc.) bother you at all? 

I look forward to natural disasters. I used to go tobogganing when I was a kid, so it should be a real blast when my house finally slides down the hill. 

Do you REALLY have a pet hamster? Why don’t you have any big pets like a dog? You look like a dog kind of guy. Would you say you’re an animal lover or not? (#’s 6-10 Cindy Caturia) 

I am an animal lover, and yes, I did have a dog named China when I was growing up. I would find it difficult to have a pet nowadays, because I live by myself, and I’m on the road sometimes for months, during which time a pet would probably get pretty hungry. 

If you could take one flavour of yogurt with you to a desert island for 163 days, what flavour would it be? Would it have any artificial colours? (Dylan B. from Australia) 

Boysenberry – fruit on the bottom – injected with every color not found in nature. 

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for January, 1995

Are you farsighted or nearsighted? (Ken Innes)

Nearsighted. 

Why haven’t you had “School Cafeteria” on any album besides the 45 with “My Bologna” on the opposite side? 

Frankly, I’m a little embarrassed by the really early stuff, and I don’t have any burning desire to flaunt my musical shortcomings by releasing those songs on an album. If you’re really dying to find out what I sounded like as a teenager, I understand there’s a “rarities” tape floating around… 

Are you thinking of making an updated version of “The Authorized Al” anytime in the future? (Matthew Horn)

Well, the booklet in the box set is basically an updated version of the “Authorized Al,” only (for the first time) historically accurate. I should mention that “Close Personal Friends of Al” is making the booklet available separately, because I didn’t want to force fans into buying the box set if they already had the other albums. 

Have you ever regretted becoming a music star?

No, it’s been lot of fun. Sometimes I wish I could turn the fame on and off like a light switch, but overall I get a kick out of it. More fun than being an architect, I bet. 

How come you are the only guy in California who isn’t tan? 

I’m not. I met this guy Bob from Oakland a couple of years ago, and he was just as white as me. Don’t you know that the sun’s deadly rays can cause brain damage? Don’t you watch “Baywatch”? 

Have you ever been physically hurt by a fan?

Once I received a rather painful headbutt by an overzealous, drunk fan, but by and large, I’ve never had much of a problem. I think the solution is staying away from really drunk idiots. 

If you had super powers, would you be a hero or a villain and what would you call yourself?

I’d be a hero and I’d call myself… Al. 

What made you decide to become a vegan (total vegetarian)?

An old girlfriend of mine gave me a book called “Diet for a New America” and it made what I thought was a very compelling argument for a strict vegetarian diet. So now I still sing “My Bologna,” but I don’t really mean it! 

How many accordions have you owned over the years and how many do you have now? (Julie Vaughn) 

I’ve smashed and burned a few accordions over the years for dramatic effect – I’m not sure how many I’ve owned. Currently I have three, although the one I always use is the one I’ve had since I was seven years old. 

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for October, 1994

Did you read comic books as a kid (or today)? What were/are your favorite comics?

I can spend hours browsing in comic stores. As a kid I was especially partial to MAD Magazine. I would scour used magazine stores for back issues – it was definitely a big early influence. 

Aside from comics, what kind of books do you like to read? Do you have a favorite book?

I find that I don’t read a lot of novels these days – the last one I read was “Jurassic Park” (for obvious reasons). My favorite book used to be “Circus McGurkus” by Dr. Seuss. But I haven’t read it in about thirty years. 

You seem talented enough to produce any kind of music you choose; Have you ever considered going to straight pop or rock where you could make a bazillion dollars with a more mainstream approach? Not that I want you to change, but why do you choose instead to skewer pop culture? Is it just too much fun? 

I love doing the kind of music that I do, and I think there’s already enough people in the world that make “unfunny” music. I’m happy with my niche. 

Your hair, clothes and mustache are so recognizable; Do you ever regret making those your “signature” and do you sometimes consider changing your image?

The only drag is, sometimes I get an urge in the middle of the night to shave my head and wear a muu muu. But I know that would confuse countless dozens of fans. So I don’t. 

What do you consider your greatest strength?

I suppose that would be my songwriting. I’ve never considered myself a great singer, although I think I’m a lot better than I was ten years ago. 

What was the happiest day of your life (so far)? 

The day I was born. Man, it was getting so stuffy in there. 

You’re known by your wild weird character when you’re “onstage.” Deep down inside, when you’re not “on,” do you consider yourself an extrovert or an introvert? 

I’m kinda schizo – I’m really a little of both. It just depends on what time of the day you catch me in. 

Did you attend your high school’s 10th or 15th year reunions?

No. I think I must have been on the road or something. Yeah, that’s it. 

Did you have any control over the casting in UHF?

Yes. Jay Levey and I were extremely involved in the casting process. I wrote the part of Stanley Spadowski with Michael Richards in mind. 

Why Dick Van Patten? 

Why not? 

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for July, 1994

What is the most memorable thing a fan has ever done for you? (Darlene Brown) 

I guess I’d have to say, starting this newsletter! 

Why haven’t you ever been on Saturday Night Live? We think you’d be great. (Tonya, Wesley & Tracy Wright; Terrell E. Williams) 

Thanks. I think the problem is, you have to be asked first. 

Have you ever tried to write a parody of a song that has already been parodied? (R.J. Witcher)

That’s been the case a number of times, but I always had the advantage of being on a major record label. 

On bass virtuoso Stuart Hemm’s 1st solo album “Radio Free Albemuth,” there is a song called “Country Music (A Night in Hell).” At the very end of the track, an extremely Al-like voice yells, “Hey! Play a polka!” I’d like to know if that is really you, or just an amazing facsimile.

Unless he sampled it from somewhere, I would have to guess that it’s just an amazing facsimile. 

As you appear as a Martian DJ in the introductory video for the “Red Planet Race” game, I’m curious about how you hooked up with the folks that produced this virtual reality piece, and what it was like to do the video? (#s 4&5 Boris – from Prodigy) 

An agent that was (briefly) representing me got me an audition with the folks at Virtual World, who happened to be fans and hired me for the role of Freeman Jack. They were a pleasure to work with. It was just a couple of hours’ work on a soundstage in North Hollywood – I remember the wardrobe was pretty hot and cumbersome. 

Where did the name “Imaginary Entertainment come from? (Lois Ritchie) 

From the brain of Jay Levey. (It’s his company.) 

Do you still have the leather jacket you wore in the George Michael section of the UHF video? (Carlotta Barnes (the shy one)) 

I gave it away to a friend of mine a couple of years ago. 

Are you farsighted of nearsighted? (Ken Innes) 

Nearsighted. 

Do you like Spam? 

Being a vegetarian, I can’t honestly say that I eat a whole lot of it. 

What did you do on your 27th birthday? (#s 9 & 10, Gideon Haberkorn) 

Woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head. 

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for April, 1994

I wonder, which (body) organ would you consider the funniest? Which has the most intrinsic humor? (Don Kurtycz, MD) 

The pancreas. 

If you ever have a use in a video for a restored ’64 Oldsmobile, would you consider using mine? It could hold your entire band – instruments and all! (How-weird) 

We’ll let you know… 

What is your favorite breed of cat? Do you, or have you, ever owned a cat? (27 Cat fanciers)

I’ve never owned a cat, but if I did it would be a Peruvian Bone-Cruncher. 

What are/were your parent’s occupations? 

Dad was a street-crossing guard, and mom’s a domestic engineer. 

What did your parent think of your music when you started out, and what do they think of it now? (Especially after they spent all that good money on your education!) 

They’ve always been supportive, and now I think they get a kick out of all the attention they’re getting. 

What do you look for in a girlfriend?

I judge a woman solely by the size and shape of her nostrils. 

What are your pet peeves – besides Prince? (Questions #4,5,6,&7 from Michelle Fritchie) 

War, plague, famine & pestilence. 

When I get depressed, I like to watch old Abbott and Costello movies to cheer myself up. What comedies are your favorites? (Susan Marshall)

I’m partial to the Z.A.Z. comedies (Airplane!, Top Secret, etc.) (made by the Zucker brothers…Ed.) 

How on earth did you end up working in a mailroom after graduating from college with a degree in architecture? (Fearless Leader) 

I decided about my 3rd year in college that I didn’t really want to be an architect after all, but I couldn’t think of a better idea at the time, so I hung around and graduated. 

Rumor has it you like gaming – both role-playing & board games. If this is true, do you like the Dragon Lance series? (Staff of the MS) 

I have to admit I’m not familiar with it. Mostly I waste a lot of time playing computer games like “Doom” and “Wolfenstein 3-D.” 

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Midnight Star “Ask Al” Q&As for January, 1994

What is “Al” short for? Is it Alex, Alvin, Allen, or maybe even Alfonso? Please tell me! (Peter Carlin) 

Al is short for Alfred. 

When are you going to come out with a “Live in Concert” album? (Terrill Williams) 

Probably never. But then again, I never thought my record company would force that “Food” album on me. So I guess I can’t say for sure. 

Is that picture of you on the inside of ALAPALOOZA supposed to resemble Michael Crichton’s picture on the Jurassic Park novel? (Brandon Young) 

No, the photographer, Rocky Schenck, happens to specialize in “glamour” shots, and I thought it would be fun to try. Kinda scary, huh? 

Why do you thank John Kricfalusi in the liner notes of ALAPALOOZA? (Brandon Young) 

For being a modern-day inspiration to me. He also picked up the check the last time we had dinner. 

I’ve noticed that you’re very physically limber. What’s the strangest position you’ve ever gotten yourself into? (Patricia Catchouny) 

Opening for the Monkees. 

Could I be in a music video with you & Michael Richards? You two are the funniest people I know. (Fay Snider) 

Okay. 

Do you have any children and if so did you really take them to see the Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota? 

No. I’ve never been to Darwin, Minnesota, but I hear that since the song came out, they have built a “Twine Ball Inn” and have postcards that say “Greetings from the Twine Ball, wish you were here.” 

Are you The God, or just A God? (David J. Cooper) 

(There was no comment written under this question. Ed.) 

When and why did you start writing parody songs? (Nate Cherrier) 

Probably when I was 7 or 8. But there was nothing worth remembering. 

Have you ever tried to do a parody of a Styx or Cheap Trick song? (Mrs. Hazander) 

No, not yet. 

What thoughts were going through you mind when you were up there on top of that sway pole (for the Circus of the Stars)? (Semi-Fearless Leader) 

“Boy… the things I’ll do for fifty bucks!” 

What sort of music do you like to listen to when you want to be relaxed and/or entertained? (Wrenne Hazard) 

Aerosmith, B-52s, Beatles, Devo, Peter Gabriel, Kinks, Oingo Boingo, R.E.M., Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, They Might Be Giants, Too Much Joy, The Who, Frank Zappa, and of course All Things Demented. 

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COOPER
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Lillian Frances "Boots" Acuff Puckett Cooper, 91, of Bay City will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Kevan Wood officiating. Interment will follow in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Mrs. Cooper died on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. Boots was born on June 25, 1923 in a log cabin in Goodrich, to Prentiss Lamar Acuff and Lula Vera Henderson Acuff. She attended school in Goodrich and graduated from there. Her father died when Boots was barely six weeks old. When her mother was married a few years later to Rafe Henry Smith, six step-siblings came to join them. And when new babies arrived in the new marriage, Boots and her brother Lee Douglas welcomed each of them as each sibling was born to the home and assisted in rearing them. She loved telling stories about the first new siblings, a set of twins, and their adventures and misadventures in caring for them. Upon her graduation from Goodrich High School, Boots worked in the retail industry in Livingston. During World War II she married James Puckett and followed him to his military posts in the United States. After the war they returned to Livingston and she returned to working in retail. Many customers relied upon her opinion in purchasing fine clothing at the dress shop she managed for the Davis family. She gave up that position to become involved in various business ventures with her husband. Then, in September 1956, Boots and James were blessed with the child they had long desired with the birth of their son, Jimmie Wayne. He quickly became the center of their attention. In July of 1984 Boots found herself without her partner when James was suddenly taken in an accident. In that stoic determination that she had developed while growing up in a large family in a log cabin, she met adversity and did not flinch. She toiled diligently to carry on without her business partner and husband. In 1992 a relationship with a childhood friend blossomed into romance and Boots married Harwell Cooper. They had grown up together in Goodrich and Harwell's sisters and Boots had been lifelong friends. Boots relocated to Arizona with Harwell and they shared 19 wonderful years together before his death in August of 2009. In May of 2010 she returned home to Livingston and was cared for by the staff at The Gardens until she relocated to Bay City on April 15, 2014, to be near her caregivers there. She was cared for by the staff at The Legacy. In the years that she spent back home in Texas, she and her nephew Bill (always Billy to her) enjoyed reliving the stories of her growing up and taking care of her younger siblings, adventures with friends and Grandma Henderson. Many happy memories were shared and treasured. During her years at The Gardens she especially treasured visits from her nephews Joe Henry Smith and Wallace (Babe Ray) Atchley. She commented about how pleased she was that they were in their churches. Her nieces and nephews and many friends will always remember her at the lake house preparing catfish and the trimmings for anyone who came for a visit. Preceding her in death were her father and mother; her stepfather; her brother, Lee Douglas Acuff; her first husband, James Puckett and her second husband, Harwell Cooper and her step-siblings, Elsie Belcher, Lucille Diamond, Clay Smith, Haskell Smith, Vesta McBride and Hubert Smith. Siblings from her mother's marriage to R.H. Smith who predeceased her were Alma Burchfield, Elmer (Jack) Smith, Maudelle Atchley and Carolyn Gaston. Two siblings, Norma Jean Hancock and Jimmy Ray Smith, both of Livingston, survive her. Her sister-in-law, Opal Mitchamore of Baytown, also survives Boots as do her brother's widow, Mary Ola Acuff of Bay City and numerous nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren and one son. Boots was baptized in the Baptist Church at an early age and served in various capacities for many years. She was known for her devotion to her church; her friend Jeannine Wood became as close as another sister and continued to show her love and support through visits and always checking by phone. Those who had the special privilege of being loved by Boots and getting to care for her in her final years were her stepson, Bobby Cooper and his wife Helen of White Mountain Lake, Ariz. and Bill (her nephew) and Judy Acuff of Bay City. Boots stated many times that Helen was the daughter she never had and Helen has said Boots was a mother to her. Pallbearers will be Joe Henry Smith and Wallace (Babe Ray) Atchley, Brett Acuff, Michael Mitchamore, Joe Keith Puckett and Ronnie Wood. In lieu of floral donations, it is requested that donations be made to First Baptist Church, Alzheimer's research or a charity of your choice. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

SNOOK
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for J.V. Snook Sr., 91, of Livingston were held Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Orval Barger officiating. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568 Interment followed in Bluff Creek Cemetery in Livingston. Mr. Snook was born Feb. 28, 1923 in Palestine, to Bert Norwood Snook and Frances Theresa (Damon) Snook, and died Dec. 8, 2014 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his wife, Lucile Snook; parents; son, Jay V. Snook Jr.; granddaughter, Chelsea Ross; brothers, Eugene Bert Snook, Olan Norwood Snook and James Reese Snook and sister, Lena Mae John-son. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Tommy Ray and Donna Snook; daughter-in-law, Patricia Snook; grandson, Kevin Snook; granddaughter and husband, Wendy Ross and Mack; grandson and wife, Tommy Snook Jr. and Monica; grandson and wife, Billy Snook and Laura; great-grandchildren, Cody and Taylor Ross, Allie Botello, Dylan and Ryan Snook, Jenna and William Snook, Logan and wife Amber and Colton Clary; great-great-granddaughter, Elaina Clary; sister, Nanette Daic; brothers, George Snook and Gerald Snook and wife Clara; sister-in-law, Ann Wiggins; numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Tommy Ray Snook Jr., Billy Lloyd Snook, Kevin Snook, Logan Clary, Colton Clary and Mack Ross. Honorary pallbearers were members of the VFW Post 8568 Color Guard. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

LEWIS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Velma Rae Lewis, 67, of Livingston were held Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with interment following in Menard Chapel Cemetery in Livingston. Mrs. Lewis was born July 24, 1947 in Livingston, to Thomas Jackson Caldwell and Mary Alva (Davis) Jackson, and died Dec. 8, 2014 in Conroe. She is preceded in death by her son, Curtis A. Pinckard; her parents and daughter, Donna Lynn Pinckard. She is survived by her son, Jim Pinckard and Terri of Magnolia; grandchildren, Michael Pinckard, Kristie Pinckard, Jimmy Rollish and Jackie Rollish; numerous great-grandchildren; sisters, Dale Sailer of Livingston and Sue Bugbee of Trinity; nieces, Stacy LeBlanc of Livingston, Gaye Henley of Humble and Joy Bailey and Debra Lee, both of Trinity; nephew, Mike Robbins of Livingston; longtime friend and companion, John Fuller; numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Jimmy Rollish, Cody Pinckard, Ronnie Beard, Charles Ray Fuller and Danny Wayne Fuller. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MEUTH
ONALASKA -- Funeral services for Jeanette "Bushrod" Meuth, 60, of Onalaska will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Gerald Reeves officiating. Interment will follow in Black Jack Cemetery in Walker County. Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 11, beginning at 5 p.m. at Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska. Mrs. Meuth was born May 27, 1954 in Houston, to Fred Goodson Sr. and Mae Onita Moye (Murphy) Goodson, and died Dec. 5, 2014 in Onalaska. She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Candy and Mark Schrader of Magnolia; son, Drew Capps of Tyler; daughter, Christy Carroll of Magnolia; brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Lisa Singleton of Spring Branch; sister, Linda Loudenslager of Onalaska; grandsons, Dalton Skelton and Trey Schrader, both of Magnolia, and Durian Capps of Tyler; numer-ous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

JACKSON
LIVINGSTON -- Robert Andrew "Andy" Jackson, M.D., died peacefully on Dec. 3, 2014 at home, surrounded by his children. Family and friends say the world lost a great man when he slipped away. Andy was born on Oct. 12, 1934 in Industry (Austin Co.), to Robert Wilburn Jackson and Tillie Zanek Jackson. Education and a strong work ethic were instilled in him early on and he was always proud of his Czech heritage. His father, a business owner and school superintendent, moved the family to Galveston in 1944. It was there, after spending time in the hospital, that he discovered a passion for the field of medicine and knew that he wanted to become a doctor. He graduated in 1951 from Ball High School and every summer rode his bicycle miles down the Seawall to work on the island roller coaster to start saving. At age16 he entered The Rice Insti-tute and later met the love of his life and soul mate, Wanda Ragland. He graduated from Rice in 1955 and Andy attended the University of Texas Medical Branch (class of 1959) followed by an internship and residency at Hermann Hospital, 1959-1965; captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corp. 1962-1963. Dr. J's amazing medical practice in internal medicine spanned over 35 years, beginning at Medical Arts, 1965-1975 (downtown Houston); Ledbetter Clinic/Twelve Oaks Hospital, 1975-2000; chief of staff at the Medical Arts Bldg., 1972 and Twelve Oaks, 1978. Memberships include: AMA; TMA; Harris County Medical Society; Houston Society of Internal Medicine; Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council, Board of Directors 1980-2008, chairman of Health and Safety Committee, scout master, Silver Beaver/Highest Award in Leadership; Family of the Year; member of South Main Baptist Church, deacon since 1985, Youth Sunday School instructor, Youth Camp for 15 years and Bible Study Fellowship, 1987-1993. Andy was known as an outstanding physician, leader mentor, father figure and caretaker to so many. His calling in life was practicing medicine and he was respected and admired by so many of his fellow physicians, patients and medical staff. Andy's love in life was his devotion to his four children: Nancy, Judy, Amy and Clay. There was never a dull moment in the 30 years they lived in Southampton. It was Grand Central Station on Rice Boulevard, where the door was always open, the driveway was always full and aroma from the kitchen lingered. Andy and Wanda's generosity and unconditional love was endless, hosting foreign exchange students from all over the world, Steak Nights, Movie Nights and many memorable vacations and weekends at the family farm. He was preceded in death by wife of 57 years, Wanda Jackson; father, RW Jackson; mother, Tillie Jackson and sister, Jaquelyn Jack-son Kitchings. Survivors include daughters, Nancy Fisher, Judy Jackson and partner Coye Prince and Amy Jackson and Paul Herman; son, Clay Jackson; grandchildren, Wayne, Carol and Stephanie Fisher and Kendall and Bailey Jackson, great-grandchildren, Shawn and Spencer Fisher; multiple nieces and cousins and longtime family friend, Maggie Johnson. Donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, National Kidney Foundation or South Main Baptist Church. A private gathering for family and friends will be held in the spring of 2015. If interested, contact a family member. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MAY
HOUSTON – Dr. Ernest V. May Jr. died on Nov. 2, 2014. He was laid to rest in Houston National Cemetery. He was a fighter pilot during World War II and received the Purple Heart and The Air Medal. He and his wife served as Baptist ministers in Indiana, Tennessee and Mississippi, then as foreign missionaries with the Southern Baptists until retiring and moving to Livingston in 1985. He served as minister of music at First Baptist Church, Onalaska, from 1990-97. He was a writer and author of several works on the Book of Revelation. He and his wife moved to Houston when his health failed in 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Frances May; his parents, Ernest May and Tommie May; his brother, Bill Jo May and his grandson, Brian Wood. He is survived by his sister, El Louise Price; daughters, Penny Mitchell and Jo and the Rev. Michael Wood; son, Victor May; grandchildren, Randy and Aggie Creel, Adrienne Creel, Amy and Brian Oliver, Jeff Mitchell, Emily and John Timpani, Tim and Maggie Wood, Casey May and Rachel May and great-grandchildren, Jacob and Tasha Creel, Danielle Creel, JJ Oliver and Riley Oliver, John Caleb Timpani, David Timpani and Stephen Timpani. Klein Funeral Home, Houston, was in charge of arrangements.

CURRY
LIVINGSTON – A memorial service for Pastor Theodore "Ted" Curry, 57, of Livingston will be held from 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at Fellowship Church in Livingston. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Holy Ground International, with Apostle L.C. Youngblood officiating. Interment will follow in Greenfield Cemetery, Livingston. Pastor Curry died Dec. 5, 2014 in Livingston. He was born April 17, 1957 in Memphis, Tenn, to the late Theodore V. Curry and Martha J. Curry. He attended public school in Livingston and Sam Houston State University. He married on March 23, 2005 in Beaumont and was retired. Survivors include his wife, Evang. Donna J. Curry of Livingston; aunt/mother, Rosemary Dewalt of Livingston; daughters, Veronica M. Curry of Houston and Ruby Bertrand of Beaumont; son, Ronald J. Smith of Beaumont; sister, Linda J. Belt (Elmo) of Houston; niece/sister, Rosalind Bell (B.J.) of Livingston and Carla Belt of Houston; sisters-in-law, Linda J. Charles (Herman), Beverly A. Martin (James), Pastor/Dr. Carolyn L. Sterling (Pastor Paul Sr.) and Jacqueline Y. Graham (Pastor Floyd), all of Beaumont; brothers-in-law, Wesley J. Smith (Tonya) and Pastor/Elder Gerald L. Smith (Patrice), all of Beaumont; special grandsons, Minister Zacharius Andrews and Darius and Jaden Bertrand, all of Beaumont; seven grandchildren; a host of other relatives and many friends. Pallbearers will be Jessie Ray Jackson, Earnest Jackson, Johnnie R. Dewalt and Frank Henderson. Honorary pallbearers will be Elmo A. Belt, Elder Joe Jackson, Deacon Aaron McGown and Elder Edward Jackson. Duncan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

HAWKINS
LIVINGSTON -- John McKinnie Hawkins, 81, known to some as "Hawk," died on Dec. 4, 2014 in Onalaska. He was preceded in death by parents, Earle Lindsey Hawkins and Margaret McKinnie Hawkins. John was known as a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was born as an only child on May 10, 1933 in Jackson, Tenn. He attended Lambuth College in Jackson where he met his lifelong love of 60 years, Jo Dean Hufstedler; they married on Sept. 12, 1954 and had four children. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army, serving his country from 1953 to 1955. Mr. Hawkins is survived by his loving wife, Jo Dean Hawkins; his sons, Steve Hawkins (wife Barbara), Joe Hawkins (wife Lea) and Richard Hawkins; daughter, Sybil Hawkins McElyea (husband Kevin); seven grandchildren, Michelle McElyea Cheatham (husband Brian), Tara McElyea Porfirio (husband Paul), Lauren McElyea, Gabi Hawkins Hamilton (husband Jonathan), Annie Hawkins Hames (husband Eric), Stefan Hawkins and Collin Hawkins and six great-grandchildren, Dysen Meador, Brayden and Austin Cheatham, Madeline Porfirio, Zaiden McElyea and Ethan Hames. John joined General Gas/Amoco Oil Co. in Baton Rouge in 1955 as an LP gas broker after an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army. He worked at Xcel and then later became president of Southwestern Liquids Inc. until retirement. His love was shared in music on the steel guitar, meeting many friends along the path. His other hobbies were fishing, hunting and enjoying time with his family. Services were held Monday, Dec, 8, in the First United Methodist Church in Livingston, with the Rev. James Frazier and the Rev. Steve Woody officiating. Pallbearers were Dan Hill, Collin Hawkins, Stefan Hawkins, Terry Bentley, Kevin McElyea and Mason Nevill. In lieu of floral tributes, the family asks that memorial contributions in John's name be made to First United Methodist Church in Livingston, Helping Hands or a charity of your choice. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

HOLBERT
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Martin Luther Holbert, 83, of Houston will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Ralph Steven Clements Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Visitation will be held Thursday, Dec. 11, beginning at 7 p.m. at Cochran Funeral Home. Mr. Holbert was born April 23, 1931 in Paris, Texas, to John Holbert and Delphia (Flemmings) Holbert, and died Dec. 6, 2014 in Shepherd. He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Ruth Sutherland, Muarine Rasco, Bertha Rasco, Patsy Garrett, Betty Levitt and Joyce Allan; brothers, Leroy Holbert and Rascoe Holbert and great-grandsons, Geblin Graves Clements and Joseph Ray Clements. He is survived by his daughters, Velma Ann Holbert of Livingston, Doris Jean Clements of Livingston, Gladys May Holbert of Shepherd, Barbara Gail Clements and husband, Ralph Steven Clements Sr. of Shepherd, Nora Sue Holbert of Houston and Mary Christine Holbert of Houston; son, Luther James Holbert of Houston; daughter, Jeanette Ann Perkey and husband, Leonard Wayne Perky of Livingston; sons, Kenneth Martin Holbert and wife Joycelyn of Deer Park and Ronnie Lee Holbert of Houston; 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; sister, Lois Ewing of Amarillo; brother, Vaudie Holbert of Floydada and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

RODRIGUEZ
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Elijah Reuel Rodriguez, 38, of Kinder, La. were held Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in the Alabama-Coushatta Entertainment Center in Livingston, with Bro. Chris Harjo officiating. Interment followed in the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation Cemetery. Mr. Rodriguez was born April 21, 1976 in Woodville, to Armando Rodriguez and Boni Sue (Poncho) Rodriguez, and died Dec. 3, 2014 in Lafayette, La. He is preceded in death by his mother; grandfather, Norris Poncho; grandmothers, Rebecca Thompson and Clara Mae Castillo; aunt, Jackie Thompson and uncle, Ellison Poncho. He is survived by his son, Ian Rodriguez of Kinder, La.; father, Armando Rodriguez of Livingston; sister, Tabitha Rodriguez of Livingston; brother, Ezekiel Rodriguez of Livingston; brother and sister-in-law, Issac and Mary Rodriguez of Woodville; nephew, Norrislee Seward of Nacogdoches; nephews, Kolin Seward and Calvin Seward, both of Livingston; nieces, Aurora and Helen Rodriguez of Woodville; aunt, Cindy Morris of Sulphur, La.; aunts, Maureen and Fay Breaux of Krotz Springs, La.; uncle, Roland Thompson of Cleve-land; uncle and wife, Gabriel and Bambi Castillo of Kinder, La.; uncle and wife, Joe and Peggy John of Livingston; uncle and wife, Floyd and Waynne Poncho of Livingston; uncle, Leamon Poncho of Elton, La.; uncle, Dalton Poncho of Livingston; uncle, Victor Thompson of Livingston; great-uncle and great-aunt, James Cody and Christine Poncho of Livingston; numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Roberto Guardida, Renning Koster, Maynard Williams, Shane Poncho, Simeon Williams, Jeffrey Morris, Destin Castillo, Greg Willis and Clint Willis. Honorary pallbearers were Cody Castillo, Quanah Castillo, Daniel Castillo, Damien Domke and Joseph Maxsted. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

KENNEDY
LIVINGSTON -- Memorial services for Wanda Kennedy, 76, of The Woodlands were held Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Crossroads Baptist Church in The Woodlands, with the Rev. Larry York officiating. Mrs. Kennedy was born July 1, 1938 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to William Krismer and Ruth (Gable) Krismer, and died Dec. 3, 2014 in The Woodlands. She was always very active in Blanchard Baptist, Baptist Temple and Crossroads Baptist churches. She loved to quilt, make greeting cards and work in the garden. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, George Zaludek. She is survived by her devoted husband, Noel Kennedy of The Woodlands; sons, John David Elzner of Spring and Jeffrey Michael Elzner of Conroe; daughters, Jode Jean Bennett of Tomball and Rochelle Lynn Revell of Dallas; brother, William Krismer of Houston; sister, Ruth Bartulla of Houston; brother, Gary Zaludek of Centerville; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

SNOOK
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Lucile Wiggins Snook, 88, of Livingston were held Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Orval Barger officiating. Mrs. Snook was born Feb. 19, 1926 in Alexandria, La., to Jasper Valentine Wiggins and Eve Estelle (McWright) Wiggins, and died Dec. 2, 2014 in Livingston. She was a member of the VFW Post 8568 Ladies Auxillary. She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Jay V. Snook Jr.; granddaughter, Chelsea Ross; brothers, J.D. Wiggins, Odell Wiggins and Gordon Wayne Wiggins and stepfather, George McNab. She is survived by her devoted husband of 72 years, JV Snook; son and daughter-in-law, Tommy Ray and Donna Snook; daughter-in-law, Patricia Snook; grandson, Kevin Snook; granddaughter and husband, Wendy Ross and Mack; grandson and wife, Tommy Snook Jr. and Monica; grandson and wife, Billy Snook and Laura; great-grandchildren, Cody and Taylor Ross, Allie Botello, Dylan and Ryan Snook, Jenna and William Snook, Logan and wife Amber and Colton Clary; great-great-granddaughter, Elaina Clary; sister-in-law, Nanette Daic; brothers-in-law, George Snook and Gerald Snook and wife Clara; numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Tommy Ray Snook Jr., Billy Lloyd Snook, Kevin Snook, Logan Clary, Colton Clary and Mack Ross. Honorary pallbearers were members of the VFW Post 8568 Ladies Auxiliary. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

HUNTER
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Jerald Donald Hunter, 77, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Robert Smith officiating. Military honors will be provided by the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard. Interment will follow in Midway Cemetery in Midway. Mr. Hunter was born Aug. 19, 1937 in Livingston, to Charlie Hunter and Jewell Evelyn (Parten) Hunter, and died Dec. 1, 2014 in Livingston. He served as the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department support technician from 1992-2005. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Charlene Hollifield. He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Brett and Stephanie Hunter and David and Rhonda Hunter of Livingston; granddaughter and husband, Heather and Jared Wiggins of Livingston; grandsons, Blake Hunter of Livingston and Garrett Hunter of Houston; numerous other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Livingston Volun-teer Fire Department. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

DUNBURG
LIVINGSTON -- Mr. William "Bill" Dunburg was born May 27, 1938 in Pittsburg, Pa., to Fred Dunburg and Amalia (Haddock) Dunburg, and died Nov. 28, 2014 in Rye. He is preceded in death by his parents; son, John Dunburg and brother, David Haddock. He is survived by his wife, Ann Dunburg of Rye; daughter, Amy Weaver of Gainesville, Va.; sons, W.D. Danburg of Mingo Junction, Ohio, Frank Hawaky of Knoxville, Tenn., Carl Erskine of Hubbard and David Wayne Erskine of Groesbeck; sister, Geraldean Dunburg of Detroit, Mich.; 10 grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

FINDLEY
LIVINGSTON -- Memorial services for Glen Paul Findley, 74, of Livingston will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Faith Christian Center in Liv-ingston, with Donnie Smith and Randy Findley officiating. Mr. Findley was born Feb. 9, 1940 in Mission, to Jack B. Findley and Clirey (Tracy) Findley, and died Nov. 27, 2014 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Mary E. Findley of Livingston; son, Randy G. Findley of Livingston; granddaughter, Kricie Robles; grandsons, Dustin Findley, Jeremy Findley and Cameron Palmer; five great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

EDWARDS
DIBOLL – James Albert Edwards was born on Dec. 16, 1930 in Memphis, Tenn., to Lucious and Ada Edwards, and died peacefully on Nov. 18, 2014 in Lufkin with his wife Janette at his side. James joined the U.S. Army and served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne during the Korean conflict. He later met his future wife and to this union there were three children, two of whom preceded him in death. After leaving the Army, he moved to California and worked as a me-chanic for United Airlines. In 1960, he took a job with Pacific Telephone Co. (now AT&T), where he was employed for 27 years, including a short tenure with another phone company in Columbus, Ohio. He would later meet and marry his second wife, in 1962, to which there were four children born from that union. During his tenure at the telephone company he was promoted several times before retiring in 1987 in San Ramon, Calif. He then started his own business, called Apocalypse, as a handyman; he owned and operated the business for two years before he and his family moved to Texas. In Texas, he accepted the position of director of Community Action, a non-profit organization which offered a variety of programs and service to assist low-income individuals and families. He later met and married Janette Oliphant. Family members say, of all his jobs, his most important was Dad and he instilled values and knowledge that are with his children today and will be passed on to the next generation. He was known as a great provider who always made sure his kids had more than what he had growing up. He dedicated his life to God and went to seminary school; he received a bachelor's degree in technology from Conroe Normal and Industrial College and later served as a pastor at Second Baptist Church in Diboll. Family and friends say James touched the lives of many people with his smile, knowledge of life and stewardship. He was not one to raise his voice, although he had a "brown" belt that he used back in the day, sparingly. James was a teacher who believed you learned from your mistakes. His younger children remember the "talks" he would give when a whipping would have ended quicker. As he aged, Alzheimer's began to set in and his family members say he knew what was happening and accepted it, as always, with a smile. James is preceded in death by his daughter, Kim Edwards and son, Byron Edwards. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Janette Edwards of Diboll; sister, Ann Johnson of Detroit, Mich.; daughter, Stephanie Edwards of Birmingham, Ala.; sons, Dennis Edwards of Lewisville, Carleton Edwards of Beaumont and Craig Edwards of Carrollton; daughter, Christi Edwards of Duncanville; three stepsons, Anthony Hall of Memphis, Tenn., Antywine Oliphant of Diboll and Jermaine Oliphant of Diboll; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and a host of cousins, nephews, nieces, colleagues and friends. Services were held on Saturday, Nov. 22, at First Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Diboll, with the Rev. James Hennington officiating. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were friends of the family. Peaceful Rest Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

O'BANNON
LIVINGSTON – A memorial service for Gary O'Bannon, 58, of Livingston will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. Mr. O'Bannon was born Sept. 28, 1956 in Houston, to Elbert O'Bannon and Iva Ruth (Watson) O'Bannon, and died Nov. 26, 2014 in Houston. He is preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his father, Frank O'Neil Jr. of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Alba and Randy Soukup of Tomball; son, Jason O'Bannon and Cathi of Porter; grandmother, Hattie Watson of Livingston; grandchildren, Blayk, Presleigh, Mykah, Grayson, Colin, Alex and Ashleigh; great-grandson, Brent Easton "Bew"; sisters and brothers-in-law, Angela Vickery and Matt of Tequesta, Fla., Debra and Russell Tuncap of Kingwood and Pam Carrisalez and Robert of Plantersville; sister, Julie Willis of Centerville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kevin Cannady and Patti of Livingston and Steve O'Bannon Sr. and Martha of Livingston; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

GILBERT
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Mickey Dale Gilbert, 63, of Livingston will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Livingston, with Father Link Hullar officiating. Mr. Gilbert died on Dec. 1, 2014. Mickey is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sandra; daughter, Amanda of League City; daughter, Sarah Ege and son-in-law Michael of Little Elm; his mother, Willie Rutherford; brother, Ronnie and sister, Sharlene. Mickey was preceded in death by his father, Clyde; adoptive father, Henry; adoptive mother, Ora; brother, Allan; sister, Audrey; sister, Pat and grandmother, Vallie Mae. Mickey was a 27-year member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Livingston, where he served several terms as senior warden and taught Sunday school for many years. His lessons based on the television show, Andy Griffith, were enjoyed by all. Mickey was a long-time educator. His coaching and teaching career included jobs at Hearne, Alvin, Livingston and Trinity. Mickey was also high school assistant principal, principal and elementary principal in Groveton. Most recently, Mickey worked as a teacher at Livingston High School in the Challenger Program. Mickey cared for each of his students and athletes and had a continued friendship with many of them years after they graduated. Mickey graduated from Sudan High School in 1969 and attended Ranger Junior College where he played football. He also attended South Plains College and graduated with a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University in 1975. He received his master's degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. Mickey was known to be a kind, generous, funny man with a knack for storytelling. He loved to watch football and cheered for anyone who played the Dallas Cowboys and Texas A&M. Mickey was active many years with the Sea Lions Swim Team and served as starter for several seasons. The Empty Stocking Program was a special project of Mickey's. Mickey was an avid woodworker and he had a special interest in making beautiful pens. He also loved to fish. He was known as a wonderful husband, father and friend. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Livingston Green and White Scholarship Fund or to the Groveton Faculty Scholarship Fund. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

HUNTER
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Jerald Donald Hunter, 77, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Living-ston. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the funeral home. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

HUMBLE
LIVINGSTON -- Mary Ann Humble of Livingston, born on Nov. 16, 1937 in Teague, to Bill Rikard and Janie Harris Rikard, died on Dec. 1, 2014 in Corrigan at the age of 77. Survivors include her sons, Ronald Glynn Humble and wife Tiffany and Randy Metz and wife Leah; daughters, Debra Courtney and husband John, Darla Campbell and husband David, Donna Feimster and husband Richard and Brenda Doucet and husband Mark; sisters, Jackie Boyd and husband Bob and Nancy Mize; brothers, William Rikard and Billy Lewis Walthall; brother-in-law, Gerald Glynn Humble and wife Norma; aunt, Lois Lilley Tanner; grandchildren, Jennifer, Jason, Michelle, Brian, Stephanie, Deanna, Amanda, Cody, Jacob, Tyler, Samantha, Caleb, Melissa, Dustin, John Eric, Seth and Sara; 15 great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of dear friends. Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles Dwayne Humble; in-laws, J.D. and Emily Hendrix Humble; grandson, Jarrod Dwayne Humble and great-granddaughter, Adelynn Elizabeth Zischler. Mary Ann was known as someone who loved her family very much. A celebration of Mary Ann's life will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in Big Sandy Community Church, off FM 1276 in Dallardsville. Pastor Rex Hendrix will officiate. Interment will follow in Big Sandy Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dustin Metz, Cody Courtney, Jacob Courtney, Greg Boyd, Dale Humble and Blake Humble. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, please go to pacefuneral.com.

GOODSON
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Annie Bell Goodson, 96, of Corrigan were held Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan, with Bro. William Glass officiating. Interment followed in Carmona Cemetery, Carmona. Mrs. Goodson was born Sept. 7, 1918 in Center and died on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was baptized and served her Lord at Union Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Corrigan. Her favorite passage of scripture was Psalm 23. Annie enjoyed cooking, doing crossword puzzles, collecting what-nots and, most of all, taking care of her children and grandchildren. She loved her children and never forgot to celebrate their birthdays. Mrs. Goodson and her husband George were married on Sept. 3, 1932. They were married 56 years. One of the most memorable events for her was when she celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary. Annie is survived by her daughters, Shirley Davis of Corrigan and Mary Schmidt of Zavalla; sons, Lee Roy Goodson and wife Liz of Sargent, Rex Goodson and wife Darlene of Houston, Rickey Goodson and wife Claudia of Ft. Worth and Ronny Goodson and wife Marilyn of Corrigan; 28 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren and a host of friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, George Goodson and three children, Clifton George Goodson, Ray Harold Goodson and Daisy Catherine Tarver. Pallbearers were Matthew Blalock, Derek Goodson, Dustin Langston, Caleb Goodson, Brad Goodson, Tristan Cuevas and Rickey Goodson Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Davis, Stephen Blalock, Jimmy Chandler, Randall Goodson, Buddy Langston, Steve Blalock, Tommy Blalock, Kris Blalock, Rockey Goodson and all grandchildren. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To send condolences and to sign the online guestbook, go to corriganfh.net.

WITHERSPOON
LIVINGSTON -- Celebration of life services for Mary Ann Witherspoon, 63, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Kevan Wood officiating. Mrs. Witherspoon was born April 16, 1951 in Silsbee, to Alan Apshire and Allie (Mayton) Apshire, and died Nov. 23, 2014 in Houston. She was a faithful lover of her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family and friends say she was loved by all of her patients at the Livingston Clinic and was a devoted mother, wife, mother-in-law and great Nanny. She is preceded in death by her grandfather, Joseph Rogers; father, Alan Apshire and aunt, Nancy Breithauf. She is survived by her husband, Marcus Witherspoon of Livingston; mother, Allie Marcrum of Livingston; sons, Michael Douglas and Reider Penny, both of Kingwood; daughters and sons-in-law, Ina Reider and Charles of Livingston and Brandy Welker and Tommy of Groveton; grand-children, Megan Smith and Zack, Payton Haltom and Timothy, Britteny Marlow, Marcus Welker, Hannah Reider, Zack Reider and Tuff Welker; great-grandchildren, Ryelynn Smith and Braiden Marlow; several sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, numerous other relatives, extended family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Foundation or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

KIMES
LIVINGSTON -- Bobby Harold "Pop" Kimes, born on Aug. 2, 1937 in Livingston, to Hal Augusta Kimes and Caddie Oliver Kimes, died on Nov. 23, 2014 in Livingston at the age of 77. Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Sandra Kimes; children, Sonja Wallace, Robin Shotwell and husband Joe, Shani Landry and husband Mike, DeDe Saunders and husband Tommy and Megan Kimes; sisters, Vernelle Cain, Darlene "Tincy" Simpson and husband Oliver "Preacher"; grandchildren, Bobby Wallace and wife Lynn, Jason Wallace, Josh Shotwell, Dr. Joseph Shotwell and wife Emily, Coco McSwain and husband J.J., Jefry Saunders, Amy Landry, Kelcie Landry and Noah Landry; great-grandchildren, Allison Wallace, Carolyn Wallace, Peyton Shotwell, Katherine Shotwell, Kelsey McSwain, Jayden Saunders and Michael Shane Landry Beavers; numerous other relatives and a host of dear friends. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughters, Haley Land Shotwell and Paige Saunders and nephews, Jesse Duke and Dale Simpson. Bobby was a deacon at Oak Grove Church of Christ in Livingston. He loved to hunt, fish and play cards. Bobby was known as a very kind and devoted hus-band, father, grandfather and friend who loved his family very much. A celebration of Bobby's life was held Nov. 26, 2014 at Pace Funeral Home. Officiating were his grandson, Josh Shotwell; son-in-law, Mike Landry and Pastor Mike Miller. Interment followed in Bluff Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bobby Wallace, Jason Wallace, Dr. Joseph Shotwell, Noah Landry, Richard Cain, Nick Cain, Lynn Simpson and Mike Duke. Honorary pallbearers were Pete Langford, Carl Cruce, Lloyd Luco, Jefry Saunders, Vincent Incardona, Josh Shotwell, Mike Landry, Joe Shotwell, Tommy Saunders, Richard Wallace, Dennis Quinlan and Tony Harris. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

MCCARDELL
BEAUMONT -- Nathaniel McCardell Jr., 50, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at his residence after an illness. He was a coach for Beaumont ISD for the last 10 years. Nathaniel is survived by his wife, Sheila McCardell; sons, Shane and Jordan; daughter, Adrianne; stepson, Charlie Gengo; stepdaughter, Kara Partain; parents, Ida and Tommie Gray; three sisters and many nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at Broussard's Mortuary, Beaumont. His graveside service followed in New Hope Cemetery, Goodrich. Complete and updated information may be found at broussards1889.com.

BURNETT
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Foster Louis Burnett, 70, of Sweeny were held Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Living-ston, with Bro. Lesly Wilkinson officiating. Interment followed in Bold Springs Cemetery in Livingston. Mr. Burnett was born Oct. 11, 1944 in Livingston, to Foster O. Burnett and Willie Mae (Sherrouse) Burnett, and died Nov. 23, 2014 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his father; aunt, Minnie Bell Burnett and uncle, Louis Burnett. He is survived by his wife, Jovita Burnett of Sweeny; daughters, Becky Burnett of Livingston and Lisa Burnett of Houston; son, Foster L. Burnett Jr. of White Plains, N.Y.; mother, Willie Mae Hollis of Rosenburg; granddaughter, Franci Burnett of College Station; grandson, Alex Burnett of White Plains, N.Y.; sister, Linda Kovar of Rosenberg; numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BUSSELL
LIVINGSTON -- Mrs. Clara "Rita" Bussell was born Oct. 9, 1929 in Wichita Falls, to Luther B. Wilson and Cary Belle (Boydston) Wilson, and died Nov. 22, 2014 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Herbert K. Wilson, William L. Wilson, Raymond F. Wilson, Johnny Wilson, Barton L. Wilson, Bruce W. Wilson and John S. Wilson and sisters, Ila Katherine Reynolds, Valta Mildred Corn, Edith Nichols, Dorothy Taylor and Naomi Wilson. She is survived by her nephew, David Tarr; several great-nieces and nephews and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CHASTEEN
ONALASKA – A memorial service for Jesse Lee "Sailor" Chasteen was held on Nov. 22, 2014 in the Canyon Park Clubhouse in Onalaska. Mr. Chasteen, who preferred to be called Sailor, died peacefully on Nov. 20, 2014 after a long struggle with cancer. He was surrounded and supported by his wife, daughters and sisters-in-law during this time. Sailor was born on July 7, 1955 in Ukiah, Calif., but spent his retirement in Onalaska surrounded by family. Sailor served his country in the United State Navy from June 1973 to June 1977. He had a long career as a merchant seaman/chief en-gineer. Sailor loved to fish, hunt hogs and deer, and take his boat out on the water. Sailor also rode a motorcycle for several years. One thing he really cared about was playing Frisbee with his German shepherd named Bozo. He was known as a man who loved his family. He is preceded in death by his mother, Hazel Urie; stepfather, Donald Hutchinson and sister, Sharon Rhyne. Sailor is survived by his wife of 20 years, Linda Kay Chasteen; his sister, Estelle Doolittle and husband Stephen; daughters, Michelle Chasteen, Tacha Ve-lasquez and Julie Negrete and spouse Derek Duncan; son, Sean Maylum, a United State Army combat engineer; grandchildren, Mario Velasquez Jr. and Noel Velasquez and Austin and Cameron Duncan; numerous other family members, Fay and Ronnie Barrett, MaryAnn Robertson, Sandra and David Robertson, Vicki and J.R. Robertson, Ronda and Ed Stash, Sherri and Bud; and numerous nephews.

RHODEN
LIVINGSTON -- Lula Rhoden, born on Dec. 18, 1931 in Corfu, Greece, to Cavmenos Votisagier and Katrina Boua Votisagier, died on Nov. 20, 2014 at the age of 82. Survivors include her children, Linda Stane and husband Larry of Livingston, Edwin Lee Rhoden and wife Debra of Carmel, Ind. and Debbie Kay Rhoden of Big Sandy; sisters, Sophia LeMatrie of Athens Greece, Helen Benio and husband John of Montrose, Pa. and Ephtehia of Greece; grandchildren, Stephanie, Timothy, Dawn and husband Russell and Joni; six-great grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Lula was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Maurice E. Rhoden; grandson, Rocky Ed Rogers; sister, Maria and brother, Tony. A celebration of Lula's life was held on Monday, Nov. 24, at Pace Funeral Home, with Bro. Rex Hendrix officiating. Interment followed in Camp Ruby Cemetery. Pallbearers were Timothy Moody, Joni Schaeffer, Russell Walters, Larry Stane and James Murphy. Honorary pallbearer was Edwin Rhoden. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

CARSON
LIVINGSTON -- James Henry Carson III was born Oct. 13, 1951 in Miami, Fla., to James Henry Carson Jr. and Marcelyn Anoinette (Speed) Carson, and died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Livingston. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam conflict on the USS Benjamin Stoddert. He is preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Machia Carson of Livingston; son, Jeremy James Carson of Livingston; mother and husband, Marcelyn Anoinette Lu-ther and Derold William of Livingston; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

WELCH
WOODVILLE -- Zolene B. Welch, 83, of the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Tyler County Hospital in Woodville. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 19, at First Baptist Church of Village Mills, with burial in Village Mills Cemetery. Officiating was Bro. Jon Welch. Pallbearers were Bill Collins, David Richard, Jon Welch II, Hunter Welch, Dexter Welch and Nathan Welch. Honorary pallbearers were Brandon Welch, Elijah Welch, Micah Lerma and Johnathan Lerma. Zolene was born June 28, 1931, to John and Bursie Abbey Battise, in Polk County. She was a lifelong resident of the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation and loved her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Welch; son, John David Welch; daughter, Judith Welch; grandson, Joshua Lee Collins; parents, John and Bursie Battise and her sisters, Margaret Celestine, Ella Sylestine, Eloise Poncho, Betty Jane Speth and Adele Williams. She is survived by her sons, Jon Welch and wife Jennifer of Lumberton and Jeff Welch and wife Jennifer of Village Mills; daughters, Martha Pannell and husband Benny of Town Bluff, Mary Richard and husband Patrick of Fred and Ann Pritchard and husband Kenny of Indian Springs; sister, Monnie Mae Langley of Indian Springs; 23 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

TOLER
GROVETON -- Gordon Wade Toler, 66, of Groveton died on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at his residence in Groveton. Mr. Toler was born on Feb. 15, 1948 in Camden, to Gordon and Tina Mae Toler. He was retired from Champion International. He was a member of Oaklawn Baptist Church. Gordon married his wife, Terry, in February of 2001 and they shared many happy years togeth-er. He loved God and his family and was most happy when he was able to serve others. He found joy in making things grow and working with his hands. Gordon is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Charles C. Toler. Survivors include his loving wife of 13 years, Terry Nell Lowry Toler of Groveton; his four sons, Brian Williams and wife Amy of San Saba, Chris Williams of Lufkin, Toby Toler and wife Sarah of Lumberton and Ross Toler and wife Bridgett of Colmesneil; three daughters, Kaylee Toler of Chester, Dori Beard and husband Darrell, of Lufkin and Charla Adamick and fiancé Ray Harrison of Crawford; brother, David Toler and wife Sharon; 11 grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and a host of other loved ones and friends. Services were arranged by Groveton Funeral Home. To share memories with the family and sign the online guestbook, go to grovetonfuneralhome.com.

BIVENS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Bonnie J. "Boutwell" Bivens, 68, of Onalaska were held Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Pastor Don Davis officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Mrs. Bivens was born Aug. 13, 1946 in Atmore, Ala., to Burnice Boutwell and Ina (Carter) Boutwell, and died Nov. 14, 2014 in Onalaska. She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Bobby D. Parrott; daughter, Belinda Jeannie Chrissy and brother, Billy Wade Boutwell. She is survived by her husband, Mark Bivens of Onalaska; sons, Patrick Parrott, Scott Daniel Parrott and Johnny Parrott, all of Vidor; daughter, April Sellers of Bridge City; brother, Rick Boutwell of Port Boliver; sister, Jean Boutwell Carrtrell of Livingston; 13 grand-children; five great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Andy Parrott, Donald Cantrell, Steve Bivens, Scott Bivens, Jack Crissy and Scott Duby. Honorary pallbearer was Marty Cantrell. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

DENVER
LIVINGSTON -- Memorial services for Oliver "Buzzy" Parks Denyer, 77, of Point Blank will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Point Blank Community Church in Point Blank, with Bro. Don Davis officiating. Mr. Denyer was born Feb. 7, 1937 in Galveston, to William George Denyer and Thresia Jane (Oliver) Denyer, and died Nov. 14, 2014 in Point Blank. He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Denyer of Point Blank; son and daughter-in-law, Glen Denyer and Vickie of New Ulm; daughter and son-in-law, Kelly Ann Smalley and Earl of Houston; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Stephanie and Brian York; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Jennifer and Charles Watkins; grandson, Kyler Monson; granddaughter, Kirby Monson; great-grandchildren, Savannah, Brylee York, Blaire York and Shane York; sister and brother-in-law, Alice Clifton and Herbert of Dallas; brother, Robert Denyer of Tuscon, Ariz.; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

WHITE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Carole Ann White, 73, of Livingston were held Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, in the First United Pentecostal Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Gerald Morris officiating. Interment followed in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. She was born on Sept. 23, 1941 in Livingston and died on Nov. 14, 2014 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her father, Dave Zimmermann. Carole worked as a Licensed Vocational Nurse and was also a member of the First United Pentecostal Church. Carole is survived by her mother, Eloise (Walters) Zimmermann of Livingston; daughters, Dana Bryant and Debra Soto, both of Liv-ingston; son, Dave Loy of Livingston; brother, Donald Lafferty of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren, Christopher Hetzel and Sara of Royal West Palm Beach, Fla., Andrew Soto and Yen of Havelock, N.C., Joseph Soto and Miriam Llanas, Danielle Loy and Heath Herman, Becky Loy and Chris O'Brian and Samantha Sanders, all of Livingston, and Kristin Crane of College Station; great-grandchildren, Andariel Soto and Seth Soto, both of Havelock, N.C. and Integra Loy, Neil Her-man, Joshua Herman and Lestar O'Brian, all of Livingston; and numerous family members and a host of friends. Pallbearers were Frank McQueen, Joseph Soto, the Rev. Robert Smith, Jeremy Buie, the Rev. Jeremy Allen and Grant Hemphill. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

PRUITT
LIVINGSTON – Kathy Mae Williams Pruitt, 63, of Pasadena died on Nov. 16, 2014 in Pasadena. She was born on Jan. 8, 1951 in Livingston, to John Forest and Lola Mae Hendrix Williams. Kathy is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Leroy "Curly" Pruitt. Kathy is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Israel Rodarte; her grandchildren, Miranda, Isiah, Elijah and Noah Rodarte; brother and sister-in-law, John and Linda Williams; sister and brother-in-law, Patsy and Marlion Clamon and numerous other relatives and friends. Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Rosewood Funeral Home in Pasadena, with Steve Shirley officiating.

GOODSON
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Annie Bell Goodson, 96, of Corrigan were held Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan, with Bro. William Glass officiating. Interment followed in Carmona Cemetery, Carmona. Mrs. Goodson was born Sept. 7, 1918 in Center and died on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was baptized and served her Lord at Union Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Corrigan. Her favorite passage of scripture was Psalm 23. Annie enjoyed cooking, doing crossword puzzles, collecting what-nots and, most of all, taking care of her children and grandchildren. She loved her children and never forgot to celebrate their birthdays. Mrs. Goodson and her husband George were married on Sept. 3, 1932. They were married 56 years. One of the most memorable events for her was when she celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary. Annie is survived by her daughters, Shirley Davis of Corrigan and Mary Schmidt of Zavalla; sons, Lee Roy Goodson and wife Liz of Sargent, Rex Goodson and wife Darlene of Houston, Rickey Goodson and wife Claudia of Ft. Worth and Ronny Goodson and wife Marilyn of Corrigan; 28 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren and a host of friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, George Goodson and three children, Clifton George Goodson, Ray Harold Goodson and Daisy Catherine Tarver. Pallbearers were Matthew Blalock, Derek Goodson, Dustin Langston, Caleb Goodson, Brad Goodson, Tristan Cuevas and Rickey Goodson Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Davis, Stephen Blalock, Jimmy Chandler, Randall Goodson, Buddy Langston, Steve Blalock, Tommy Blalock, Kris Blalock, Rockey Goodson and all grandchildren. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To send condolences and to sign the online guestbook, go to corriganfh.net.

WITHERSPOON
LIVINGSTON -- Celebration of life services for Mary Ann Witherspoon, 63, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Kevan Wood officiating. Mrs. Witherspoon was born April 16, 1951 in Silsbee, to Alan Apshire and Allie (Mayton) Apshire, and died Nov. 23, 2014 in Houston. She was a faithful lover of her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family and friends say she was loved by all of her patients at the Livingston Clinic and was a devoted mother, wife, mother-in-law and great Nanny. She is preceded in death by her grandfather, Joseph Rogers; father, Alan Apshire and aunt, Nancy Breithauf. She is survived by her husband, Marcus Witherspoon of Livingston; mother, Allie Marcrum of Livingston; sons, Michael Douglas and Reider Penny, both of Kingwood; daughters and sons-in-law, Ina Reider and Charles of Livingston and Brandy Welker and Tommy of Groveton; grand-children, Megan Smith and Zack, Payton Haltom and Timothy, Britteny Marlow, Marcus Welker, Hannah Reider, Zack Reider and Tuff Welker; great-grandchildren, Ryelynn Smith and Braiden Marlow; several sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, numerous other relatives, extended family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Foundation or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

KIMES
LIVINGSTON -- Bobby Harold "Pop" Kimes, born on Aug. 2, 1937 in Livingston, to Hal Augusta Kimes and Caddie Oliver Kimes, died on Nov. 23, 2014 in Livingston at the age of 77. Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Sandra Kimes; children, Sonja Wallace, Robin Shotwell and husband Joe, Shani Landry and husband Mike, DeDe Saunders and husband Tommy and Megan Kimes; sisters, Vernelle Cain, Darlene "Tincy" Simpson and husband Oliver "Preacher"; grandchildren, Bobby Wallace and wife Lynn, Jason Wallace, Josh Shotwell, Dr. Joseph Shotwell and wife Emily, Coco McSwain and husband J.J., Jefry Saunders, Amy Landry, Kelcie Landry and Noah Landry; great-grandchildren, Allison Wallace, Carolyn Wallace, Peyton Shotwell, Katherine Shotwell, Kelsey McSwain, Jayden Saunders and Michael Shane Landry Beavers; numerous other relatives and a host of dear friends. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughters, Haley Land Shotwell and Paige Saunders and nephews, Jesse Duke and Dale Simpson. Bobby was a deacon at Oak Grove Church of Christ in Livingston. He loved to hunt, fish and play cards. Bobby was known as a very kind and devoted hus-band, father, grandfather and friend who loved his family very much. A celebration of Bobby's life was held Nov. 26, 2014 at Pace Funeral Home. Officiating were his grandson, Josh Shotwell; son-in-law, Mike Landry and Pastor Mike Miller. Interment followed in Bluff Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bobby Wallace, Jason Wallace, Dr. Joseph Shotwell, Noah Landry, Richard Cain, Nick Cain, Lynn Simpson and Mike Duke. Honorary pallbearers were Pete Langford, Carl Cruce, Lloyd Luco, Jefry Saunders, Vincent Incardona, Josh Shotwell, Mike Landry, Joe Shotwell, Tommy Saunders, Richard Wallace, Dennis Quinlan and Tony Harris. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

MCCARDELL
BEAUMONT -- Nathaniel McCardell Jr., 50, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at his residence after an illness. He was a coach for Beaumont ISD for the last 10 years. Nathaniel is survived by his wife, Sheila McCardell; sons, Shane and Jordan; daughter, Adrianne; stepson, Charlie Gengo; stepdaughter, Kara Partain; parents, Ida and Tommie Gray; three sisters and many nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at Broussard's Mortuary, Beaumont. His graveside service followed in New Hope Cemetery, Goodrich. Complete and updated information may be found at broussards1889.com.

BURNETT
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Foster Louis Burnett, 70, of Sweeny were held Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Living-ston, with Bro. Lesly Wilkinson officiating. Interment followed in Bold Springs Cemetery in Livingston. Mr. Burnett was born Oct. 11, 1944 in Livingston, to Foster O. Burnett and Willie Mae (Sherrouse) Burnett, and died Nov. 23, 2014 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his father; aunt, Minnie Bell Burnett and uncle, Louis Burnett. He is survived by his wife, Jovita Burnett of Sweeny; daughters, Becky Burnett of Livingston and Lisa Burnett of Houston; son, Foster L. Burnett Jr. of White Plains, N.Y.; mother, Willie Mae Hollis of Rosenburg; granddaughter, Franci Burnett of College Station; grandson, Alex Burnett of White Plains, N.Y.; sister, Linda Kovar of Rosenberg; numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BUSSELL
LIVINGSTON -- Mrs. Clara "Rita" Bussell was born Oct. 9, 1929 in Wichita Falls, to Luther B. Wilson and Cary Belle (Boydston) Wilson, and died Nov. 22, 2014 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Herbert K. Wilson, William L. Wilson, Raymond F. Wilson, Johnny Wilson, Barton L. Wilson, Bruce W. Wilson and John S. Wilson and sisters, Ila Katherine Reynolds, Valta Mildred Corn, Edith Nichols, Dorothy Taylor and Naomi Wilson. She is survived by her nephew, David Tarr; several great-nieces and nephews and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CHASTEEN
ONALASKA – A memorial service for Jesse Lee "Sailor" Chasteen was held on Nov. 22, 2014 in the Canyon Park Clubhouse in Onalaska. Mr. Chasteen, who preferred to be called Sailor, died peacefully on Nov. 20, 2014 after a long struggle with cancer. He was surrounded and supported by his wife, daughters and sisters-in-law during this time. Sailor was born on July 7, 1955 in Ukiah, Calif., but spent his retirement in Onalaska surrounded by family. Sailor served his country in the United State Navy from June 1973 to June 1977. He had a long career as a merchant seaman/chief en-gineer. Sailor loved to fish, hunt hogs and deer, and take his boat out on the water. Sailor also rode a motorcycle for several years. One thing he really cared about was playing Frisbee with his German shepherd named Bozo. He was known as a man who loved his family. He is preceded in death by his mother, Hazel Urie; stepfather, Donald Hutchinson and sister, Sharon Rhyne. Sailor is survived by his wife of 20 years, Linda Kay Chasteen; his sister, Estelle Doolittle and husband Stephen; daughters, Michelle Chasteen, Tacha Ve-lasquez and Julie Negrete and spouse Derek Duncan; son, Sean Maylum, a United State Army combat engineer; grandchildren, Mario Velasquez Jr. and Noel Velasquez and Austin and Cameron Duncan; numerous other family members, Fay and Ronnie Barrett, MaryAnn Robertson, Sandra and David Robertson, Vicki and J.R. Robertson, Ronda and Ed Stash, Sherri and Bud; and numerous nephews.

RHODEN
LIVINGSTON -- Lula Rhoden, born on Dec. 18, 1931 in Corfu, Greece, to Cavmenos Votisagier and Katrina Boua Votisagier, died on Nov. 20, 2014 at the age of 82. Survivors include her children, Linda Stane and husband Larry of Livingston, Edwin Lee Rhoden and wife Debra of Carmel, Ind. and Debbie Kay Rhoden of Big Sandy; sisters, Sophia LeMatrie of Athens Greece, Helen Benio and husband John of Montrose, Pa. and Ephtehia of Greece; grandchildren, Stephanie, Timothy, Dawn and husband Russell and Joni; six-great grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Lula was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Maurice E. Rhoden; grandson, Rocky Ed Rogers; sister, Maria and brother, Tony. A celebration of Lula's life was held on Monday, Nov. 24, at Pace Funeral Home, with Bro. Rex Hendrix officiating. Interment followed in Camp Ruby Cemetery. Pallbearers were Timothy Moody, Joni Schaeffer, Russell Walters, Larry Stane and James Murphy. Honorary pallbearer was Edwin Rhoden. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

CARSON
LIVINGSTON -- James Henry Carson III was born Oct. 13, 1951 in Miami, Fla., to James Henry Carson Jr. and Marcelyn Anoinette (Speed) Carson, and died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Livingston. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam conflict on the USS Benjamin Stoddert. He is preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Machia Carson of Livingston; son, Jeremy James Carson of Livingston; mother and husband, Marcelyn Anoinette Lu-ther and Derold William of Livingston; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

WELCH
WOODVILLE -- Zolene B. Welch, 83, of the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Tyler County Hospital in Woodville. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 19, at First Baptist Church of Village Mills, with burial in Village Mills Cemetery. Officiating was Bro. Jon Welch. Pallbearers were Bill Collins, David Richard, Jon Welch II, Hunter Welch, Dexter Welch and Nathan Welch. Honorary pallbearers were Brandon Welch, Elijah Welch, Micah Lerma and Johnathan Lerma. Zolene was born June 28, 1931, to John and Bursie Abbey Battise, in Polk County. She was a lifelong resident of the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation and loved her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Welch; son, John David Welch; daughter, Judith Welch; grandson, Joshua Lee Collins; parents, John and Bursie Battise and her sisters, Margaret Celestine, Ella Sylestine, Eloise Poncho, Betty Jane Speth and Adele Williams. She is survived by her sons, Jon Welch and wife Jennifer of Lumberton and Jeff Welch and wife Jennifer of Village Mills; daughters, Martha Pannell and husband Benny of Town Bluff, Mary Richard and husband Patrick of Fred and Ann Pritchard and husband Kenny of Indian Springs; sister, Monnie Mae Langley of Indian Springs; 23 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

TOLER
GROVETON -- Gordon Wade Toler, 66, of Groveton died on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at his residence in Groveton. Mr. Toler was born on Feb. 15, 1948 in Camden, to Gordon and Tina Mae Toler. He was retired from Champion International. He was a member of Oaklawn Baptist Church. Gordon married his wife, Terry, in February of 2001 and they shared many happy years togeth-er. He loved God and his family and was most happy when he was able to serve others. He found joy in making things grow and working with his hands. Gordon is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Charles C. Toler. Survivors include his loving wife of 13 years, Terry Nell Lowry Toler of Groveton; his four sons, Brian Williams and wife Amy of San Saba, Chris Williams of Lufkin, Toby Toler and wife Sarah of Lumberton and Ross Toler and wife Bridgett of Colmesneil; three daughters, Kaylee Toler of Chester, Dori Beard and husband Darrell, of Lufkin and Charla Adamick and fiancé Ray Harrison of Crawford; brother, David Toler and wife Sharon; 11 grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and a host of other loved ones and friends. Services were arranged by Groveton Funeral Home. To share memories with the family and sign the online guestbook, go to grovetonfuneralhome.com.

BIVENS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Bonnie J. "Boutwell" Bivens, 68, of Onalaska were held Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Pastor Don Davis officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Mrs. Bivens was born Aug. 13, 1946 in Atmore, Ala., to Burnice Boutwell and Ina (Carter) Boutwell, and died Nov. 14, 2014 in Onalaska. She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Bobby D. Parrott; daughter, Belinda Jeannie Chrissy and brother, Billy Wade Boutwell. She is survived by her husband, Mark Bivens of Onalaska; sons, Patrick Parrott, Scott Daniel Parrott and Johnny Parrott, all of Vidor; daughter, April Sellers of Bridge City; brother, Rick Boutwell of Port Boliver; sister, Jean Boutwell Carrtrell of Livingston; 13 grand-children; five great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Andy Parrott, Donald Cantrell, Steve Bivens, Scott Bivens, Jack Crissy and Scott Duby. Honorary pallbearer was Marty Cantrell. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

DENYER
LIVINGSTON -- Memorial services for Oliver "Buzzy" Parks Denyer, 77, of Point Blank will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Point Blank Community Church in Point Blank, with Bro. Don Davis officiating. Mr. Denyer was born Feb. 7, 1937 in Galveston, to William George Denyer and Thresia Jane (Oliver) Denyer, and died Nov. 14, 2014 in Point Blank. He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Denyer of Point Blank; son and daughter-in-law, Glen Denyer and Vickie of New Ulm; daughter and son-in-law, Kelly Ann Smalley and Earl of Houston; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Stephanie and Brian York; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Jennifer and Charles Watkins; grandson, Kyler Monson; granddaughter, Kirby Monson; great-grandchildren, Savannah, Brylee York, Blaire York and Shane York; sister and brother-in-law, Alice Clifton and Herbert of Dallas; brother, Robert Denyer of Tuscon, Ariz.; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

WHITE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Carole Ann White, 73, of Livingston were held Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, in the First United Pentecostal Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Gerald Morris officiating. Interment followed in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. She was born on Sept. 23, 1941 in Livingston and died on Nov. 14, 2014 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her father, Dave Zimmermann. Carole worked as a Licensed Vocational Nurse and was also a member of the First United Pentecostal Church. Carole is survived by her mother, Eloise (Walters) Zimmermann of Livingston; daughters, Dana Bryant and Debra Soto, both of Liv-ingston; son, Dave Loy of Livingston; brother, Donald Lafferty of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren, Christopher Hetzel and Sara of Royal West Palm Beach, Fla., Andrew Soto and Yen of Havelock, N.C., Joseph Soto and Miriam Llanas, Danielle Loy and Heath Herman, Becky Loy and Chris O'Brian and Samantha Sanders, all of Livingston, and Kristin Crane of College Station; great-grandchildren, Andariel Soto and Seth Soto, both of Havelock, N.C. and Integra Loy, Neil Her-man, Joshua Herman and Lestar O'Brian, all of Livingston; and numerous family members and a host of friends. Pallbearers were Frank McQueen, Joseph Soto, the Rev. Robert Smith, Jeremy Buie, the Rev. Jeremy Allen and Grant Hemphill. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

PRUITT
LIVINGSTON – Kathy Mae Williams Pruitt, 63, of Pasadena died on Nov. 16, 2014 in Pasadena. She was born on Jan. 8, 1951 in Livingston, to John Forest and Lola Mae Hendrix Williams. Kathy is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Leroy "Curly" Pruitt. Kathy is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Israel Rodarte; her grandchildren, Miranda, Isiah, Elijah and Noah Rodarte; brother and sister-in-law, John and Linda Williams; sister and brother-in-law, Patsy and Marlion Clamon and numerous other relatives and friends. Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Rosewood Funeral Home in Pasadena, with Steve Shirley officiating.

MCINTOSH
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Gary Gene McIntosh, 38, of Splendora were held Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Liv-ingston, with Pastor Aubery Vaughan officiating. Interment followed in Rosewood Memorial Park Cemetery in Humble. Mr. McIntosh was born Feb. 17, 1976 in Houston, to Bobby McIntosh and Debora (McIntyre) McIntosh, and died Nov. 10, 2014 in Humble. He is survived by his parents, Bobby and Debora McIntosh of Splendora; brother and sister-in-law, Bobby and Diane McIntosh of Splendora; nieces, Andrea Hoberg and Hailey McIntosh; nephew, Colby McIntosh; great-nephew, Reagen Hoberg, and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were James Hall, Bobby McIntosh, Bobby Wilkerson, Joshua Tyler, Lesley Usher and Dale Minori. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

DUNHAM
HOUSTON -- Superintendent Manuel Dunham Sr., 75, died on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Home-going services were held Saturday, Nov. 15, at First Assembly Church of God in Livingston, with interment followed in Victory Cemetery in the Swarthout community near Livingston. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Maggie Dunham; son, the Rev. Manuel Dunham Jr.; daughter, Patricia Dunham and a host of other relatives and friends. One daughter preceded him in death, Shelia Dunham-Booker. McDuffie's Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

BREWER
LIVINGSTON -- John Charles Brewer, born on Feb. 16, 1932 in Spaulding, Okla., to John Charles Brewer and Ellen Norris Brewer, died on Nov. 11, 2014 in Conroe at the age of 82. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Mary Brewer; children, Pauline Brewer, Wannell Thomas, Charlotte Bagwell and husband William, and Johnny Brewer; sisters, Betty Hamilton, Marvine Purkerson and Margaret Tullos; grandchildren, Shawn Gustin and wife Kelly, Brittany Kennedy, Courtney Kennedy, Lauren Bagwell and Sara Williams and husband Dustin; great-grandchildren, Micheal Gustin, Rylee Williams, Sara Gustin and baby on the way (Kennedy); nu-merous other relatives and a host of dear friends. John was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Midget Catherine Brewer. John proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. He retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, where he worked as a correctional officer. John and Mary belonged to the First Assembly Church of Onalaska. John loved to do woodwork and loved his family very much. A celebration of John's life was held on Friday, Nov. 14, at Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Military honors were presented by VFW Post 8568. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

DONNER
LIVINGSTON -- Memorial services for Erna "Candy" Donner, 83, of San Antonio were held Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Wayne Bickley officiating. Mrs. Donner was born Sept. 1, 1931 in Lublin, Poland, to Fredrich Scheller and Emma (Seibert) Scheller, and died Nov. 5, 2014 in San Antonio. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Alfred Carol Donner. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Laurence Michael Donner and Teresa; son and daughter-in-law, Alfred Gerald Donner and Marsha Smoot; grandsons, Bradley Michael Donner and Robert Paul Carroll; granddaughters, Meghan Marie Donner and Christa Smoot; great-grandson, Porter Allen Donner; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

LEDOUX
ONALASKA -- Funeral services for Dolores Le Doux, 82, of Onalaska were held Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in the First Baptist Church in Onalaska, with the Rev. Scott Denton and the Rev. Don Wilkey officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Mrs. Le Doux was born Jan. 13, 1932 in Slocum, to M. Lee Alford and Oma (Vickery) Alford, and died Nov. 10, 2014 in Livingston. She was a Lioness of the Onalaska Lions Club and an avid card player. She loved to quilt and fish and was very active in her church as a church greeter. She is preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Chris Jordan; sister, Patsy Alford and brothers, Harold Alford and Maurice Alford. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Vernon Le Doux of Onalaska; daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Allen Denton of Hou-ston; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Linda Brown of Houston; daughters, Verna Foreman of Lake Charles, La., Marilyn Landry and husband Allen of Lake Charles, La., Arlene Jordan and husband John of Sulpher, La., Gail Herbert and husband Richard of Lafayette, La. and Lori Wright and husband Fred of Moss Bluff, La.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Ann Meadows and LeeRoy, Benita Michell and Peggy Myer; numerous nieces and nephews who called her "Aunt Doie" and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Mac McElwee, Gary Evans, Monti Montague, Orvill Wright, Duane Sauls and Mike Ainsworth. Honorary pallbearers were Lincoln Smith and all of her grandsons. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BEDWELL
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Willie Jefferson Bedwell, 89, of Trinity were held Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Carlisle Baptist Church in Carlisle, with the Rev. Dwain Pollard officiating. Interment followed in Carlisle Cemetery. Mr. Bedwell was born April 29, 1925, to Tillman and Elsie (Ward) Bedwell, in Morganton, Ark. He died Nov. 12, 2014 in Livingston after a short illness. He was baptized and a member of the Carlisle Baptist Church in Carlisle. He married Catherine Clark on Aug. 21, 1946 in Heber Springs, Ark. and they were married for 68 years. Willie and his family moved to Houston in 1954. He owned and operated a roofing company for 36 years and retired to Carlisle in 1990. Willie enjoyed life. He loved country music, dancing, trail rides, hunting, fishing and his cows. But most of all, he enjoyed his family and friends. Family members say he never met a stranger, you always felt like he was an old friend after the first meeting and you would find Willie helping his friends, neighbors, or strangers alike. He loved to tell stories of all kinds. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Troy Bedwell; sisters, Grace Walker, Odean Nunley and Gladys Hunter; son, Larry Bedwell; daughter, Glenda Bedwell McKay and grandson, Jefferson Forisha. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Bedwell; daughters, Charlotte Brokmeyer and Patsy Forisha and husband James; brother, Earl Bedwell; grandchildren, Michelle Smith, Penny McManus and husband Shane, Janise Jurica and husband Rick and Christie Snider and husband Gary; great-grandchildren, Dakota Caves, Jessica Jurica, Justin Jurica, Brittney Snider, Ashlynn Snider and Darci Snider; step-grandchildren, Corey McManus, and Casey McManus; step-great-great-grandchild, Amelia McManus; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Rick Jurica, Shane McManus, Brian Kernchan, Gary Snider, Randy Lofton and Derek Cotrone. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

WHEATLEY
LA MARQUE -- Mary Wheatley, 80, of Livingston died on Nov. 8, 2014 at UTMB in Galveston. She was born June 17, 1934 in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Najeeb and Tamam Dahir. Mary was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Livingston; was very active in the church, where she loved to cook for the Wednesday community meals and worked with the church's Crafty Ladies Group. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, DMA (Don't Mention Age Traveling Club), loved to take cruises and she loved to host the Wine Club. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Milton McPhearson Wheatley; sister, Josephine Hylton and brothers, Stanley Dahir and George Dahir. She is survived by her daughter, Christina Martin (Paul) of Santa Fe; sons, Douglas Wheatley (Janice) of Gloucester, Va., Kevin Wheatley (Karen) of Jewett, Lawrence Wheatley (Tyra) of Texas City and Andrew Wheatley (Lori) of Springfield, Ore.; brothers, Mitchell Dahir and Tommy Dahir; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the First United Methodist Church in Livingston, with Pastor James Frazier and Pastor Steve Woody officiating. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque, with Dr. John Wheatley officiating. Burial followed in Galveston Memorial Park in Hitch-cock. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1638, Livingston, Texas 77351.

BURKETT
LIVINGSTON -- Velma "Billie" Burkett, born on March 14, 1932 in Leggett, to Mark William Penry and Lila Mae Wells Penry, died on Nov. 7, 2014 in Conroe at the age of 82. Survivors include sons, Marvin Lee Burkett Sr. and James Ray Burkett and wife Linda; brother, Mark William Penry; grandchildren, Curtis Burkett and wife Jennifer Lynn, Lee Burkett and wife Jennifer Lea, Kimberly Burkett Dorn, Timothy Burkett (U.S. Army) and Amanda Moore and husband Brad; great-grandchildren, Amy Burkett, Hunter Burkett, Brittany Burkett, Brandy Burkett, Trista Burkett, Page Burkett, Kenneth Burkett, Whitley Moore, Wesly Moore, D.J. Dorn, Christopher Dorn, Derek Dorn and Eric Dorn; numerous other relatives; a host of dear friends and her family at Soda Baptist Church. Billie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Loyd Burkett; son, Billy Burkett; brother, Johnie Penry; sisters, Dorothy Arnold and husband John and Lola Arnold and husband Jack; grandson, John Paul Burkett and great-grandson, James Turner. A celebration of Billie's life was held Monday, Nov. 10, at Soda Baptist Church, Livingston, with Pastor Wayne Bickley officiating. Interment followed in Ryan's Chapel Cemetery in Diboll. Pallbearers were Lee Burkett, Curtis Burkett, Dallas Dorn Jr., Brad Moore, Cody Whipple and Pat Watson. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Hambrick, Wayne Woods, Bryan Ramsey, "Little" Johnie Penry and Jesse Whipple. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

THAIN
CORRIGAN -- John Scott Thain, 51, of Corrigan died on Nov. 2, 2014. John was born on Nov. 8, 1962 in Houston, to Thomas Franklin Thain and Hope LaFaire Creel. He is survived by his father, Thomas Thain; his wife, Denise Kuss; five children, Travis Nichols, Hope Thain, Jacob Adams, Leda Patterson and DeShanna Murphy; his Godson, Daniel Colquitt; two grandsons, Wayde Caples and Brantlee Murphy and many friends and family. John was known as a good man and a great father and grandfather. He had many of loves throughout his life, including his children and family. He loved his grandsons and motorcycle and he loved being a painter. He painted all over the United States and made friends everywhere he went. Life was one big adventure for him and he was along for the ride. He enjoyed camping, going on long road trips and spending time with the people he loved most. John touched many lives and many hearts in his life; family members say he was the kind of man that would do anything for anyone, had a big heart and loved life. A small service to remember John will be held by family and friends at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Moscow Park in Moscow. There is a donation jar at Hughes Truck Stop in Corrigan. All donations will go toward funeral expenses.

NELSON
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Reba Louise Nelson, 72, of Livingston were held Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston, with Pastor Harold Isaacs officiating. Mrs. Nelson was born Oct. 13, 1942 in Springfield, Tenn., to Elvis McClain and Frances (Bryan) McClain, and died Nov. 10, 2014 in Lufkin. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wayne Nelson and grandson, Donald Wayne Cantrell. She is survived by daughter, Tina Reynolds of Livingston; brothers, Jimmy McClain of Port Lavaca and Starling McClain of Johnstown, Pa. and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Jeff Summy, Willie Jernigan and Wayne Scott. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BUCHHORN
LA GRANGE -- Ethel Minnie Buchhorn, 87, of Livingston, for-merly of La Grange, died on Nov. 4, 2014 in Conroe Ethel was born on Dec. 1, 1926 in Muldoon, to Edward Wessels and Lydia Emma Gau Wessels. She married Walter Buchhorn on Oct. 15, 1950 in La Grange. She was retired waitress. She loved quilting, sewing, polka music, Gene Autry movies and especially her coffee She is survived by two daughters, Mary Jane David of Alvarado and Cynthia Gonzales and husband Robert of Livingston; five grandchildren, Jennifer Meyen, Jamie Smith, James David Jr. Carlton Gonzales and Gabriel Gonzales and three great-grandchildren. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband and her parents. Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 8, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in La Grange. Interment followed in Cedar Ceme-tery near Hostyn. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Associa-tion, 2242 W. Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030-2008. Fayette Memorial Funeral Home in La Grange was in charge of ar-rangements.

BRUDNICKI
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Walter Brudnicki, 73, of Livingston were held Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Living-ston. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568. Mr. Brudnicki was born July 13, 1941 in Chicago, Ill., to William Chas Brudnicki and Mary V. (Scislowicz) Brudnicki, and died Oct. 29, 2014 in Livingston. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy, from which he retired, and was a lifetime member of VFW Post 8568. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jo Ann (Whittier) Brudnicki; son, Bert Ferrell; brothers, Mitchell Brudnicki, Pete Brudnicki and Bill Brudnicki and other family members, William and Bev Brudnicki, Victor and Mill Brudnicki, Joseph and Betty Brudnicki, Peter and Helen Brudnicki, Arthur Brudnicki, Chirler Brudnicki, Mary Ann and Bob Ratz and Wanda and Charles Fink. He is survived by sons, Paul Brudnicki of Onalaska, Steven Brudnicki of Chula Vista, Calif. and Bert Brudnicki of Livingston; daughters, Holly Shulack of Washington, N.J. and Deanna England of San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

HILDEBRANT
LIVINGSTON -- Earnest R. Hildebrandt was born Aug. 23, 1937 in Houston, to Rhinehart E. Hildebrandt and Hattie (Hoenig) Hildebrandt, and died Oct. 31, 2014 in Kingwood. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joy "Brunfield" Hildebrandt and sister, Velma Cunningham. He is survived by his daughter, Gail Perry and Edward of Kerrville; sister, Margaret Wheeler of West University; grandchildren, Steven Perry, Eric Perry and Amy Perry; great-grandson, Levi Perry; numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MOORE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for James Richard Moore, 69, of Livingston were held Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. C.W. "Bill" Campbell officiating. Interment followed in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568. Mr. Moore was born July 25, 1945 in Livingston, to parents J.D. Moore and Billie Maudine "Watson" Moore, and died Nov. 1, 2014 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his parents and wife, Wilma Mullican Moore. He is survived by his son, Richard D. Moore of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly D. Rosser and John D. of Thicket; grandson, Ryan Rosser with Brooke of Dayton; grandson, Dylan Rosser of Thicket; granddaughter, Cheyenne Moore of Kingwood; grandson, Dustin Moore of Livingston; great-granddaughters, Betty and Bailey, both of Kingwood; sister and brother-in-law, Carol Hand and Kenneth of Livingston; brothers, Jack Moore and David Moore, both of Onalas-ka; numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Ryan Rosser, John Rosser, Dylan Rosser, Dustin Rosser, Jerry Mullins and Eric Spencer. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

HUGGINS
SILSBEE -- Bill Huggins died on Oct. 29, 2014. He was born Aug. 28, 1955 in Corpus Christi, nd had lived in Silsbee for 12 years. Bill was an avid member of the Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department and Pinecrest Baptist Church. He had also served in the Video Ministry with First Baptist Church in Silsbee. Bill faithfully served in a motorcycle ministry through Bikers for Christ and Faith Riders. Bill is survived by his wife, Jami Huggins of Silsbee; daughter, Kaitlyn Garrett and her husband David of Okinawa, Japan; sons, Jason McDonald and his wife Miranda of Livingston, David Smith and his wife Heather of Batson and Will Huggins of Silsbee; mother, Mary Lou Huggins of Lumberton; brother, Paul Huggins of Lumberton; grandsons Trevor Smith and Micah McDonald and nephews Gerod Huggins and Gable Huggins. He is preceded in death by his father, the Rev. William Howard Huggins. Services for Bill were held Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Pinecrest Baptist Church in Silsbee, with burial following in R.S. Farmer Memorial Cemetery. The family has requested, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department or Pinecrest Baptist Church. Farmer Funeral Home, Silsbee, was in charge of arrangements.

WILLIAMS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Charles Wyatt Williams, 73, of Livingston were held Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Billy Brackin and the Rev. Mitchell Murphy officiating. Interment fol-lowed in Magnolia Hills Cemetery in Segno. Charles was born on Nov. 8, 1940 in Livingston and died on Nov. 1, 2014. He is preceded in death by his parents, Wyatt and Alma Love (Cain) Williams; brother, Billy Gene Williams; daughter, Rhonda Hernandez and son, Jason Charles Williams. He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Billy Williams and Sharon and Todd W. Williams and Heather, all of Livingston; grandchildren, Michael Threeton of Baton Rouge, La., Justice Kelly of Livingston, Wyatt Williams of San Augustine, Abigail Williams of Livingston, Montana Hernandez of Baton Rouge, La., and Quintin Fleming, Jacob Williams, Katelyn Fleming, Jakob Manshack and Alexandra Williams, all of Living-ston; along with other numerous other family members and a host of friends. Pallbearers were Robert Aldrich, Scott McMillian, Billy Mitchell, Pook Cain, Joe Smith, and David Sonnier. Honorary Pallbearers are Dusty Griffin, Buddy Wiggins, Wesley Cain, Londie Cain and Harvey Jones. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

DAVID
CLEVELAND -- Joseph "Joey" David II (Sac-Man), 49, of Livingston died on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer. He was born Monday, Nov. 1, 1965, in Woodville, to Joseph M. David I and Ervie B. (Gibson) David, both of whom have preceded him in death. Also preceding Joey in death are his sister, Deana Marie David; his friend, Karl Kellar "Double 00" and numerous aunts and uncles who he dearly loved. Survivors include his daughters, Lakin David, Lacey David and Layna Jo David; loving companion, Evie Bright; his very special friends, Glen and Tammy Barker and Scotty King and wife Alisha; sisters, Toni Clark and Debbie Stephens; nephews, Eric Stephens and wife Aleashia, Tyrell Clark and wife Maris and Shawn David; and numerous great-nieces, nephews, other loving family and treasured friends. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Rex Hendrix and the Rev. Mitchell Murphy officiating. Cochran Funeral Home and Neal Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.

NIXON
LIVINGSTON -- Earl Leroy Nixon, born on July 5, 1934 in Poe, Ohio, to Luther Nixon and Anna Gregga Nixon, died on Oct. 21, 2014 at the age of 80. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Patty; children, Richard Earl Nixon, Ronald Charles Nixon and Rhonda Marie Archultta and husband Benjamin; brothers, Charles Nixon and Dave Nixon and wife Barb; sister, Beatrice Wells; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of dear friends. Earl was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Charlie. Earl belonged to the Teamster No. 407 for 32 years. He loved his family very much. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

SMART
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Rees Arlen Smart, 78, of Cleveland were held Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Pastor Tim Stone officiating. Interment followed in Rice Cemetery in Leggett. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568. Mr. Smart was born Oct. 10, 1936 in Hawthorne, La., to Andrew Rees Smart and Eva Evelyn (Crosby) Smart, and died on Nov. 2, 2014 in Shenandoah, Texas. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Janice Ann Garrett Smart; sister, Ruby Eloise Smart and son, Kevin Wayne Smart. He is survived by his wife, Gwyn Smart of Cleveland; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Lisa Smart of Dayton; daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Eddie Hoagland of Conroe; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Patsy Lewis of Whitehouse; son, David Miller of Carthage; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dennis Smart and Tena, Andy Smart and Lydia, Almon Smart and Barbara, Frankie Smart and Juanita and Julian Lynn Smart and Brenda; sister and brother-in-law, Helen June Swain and Clifford; grandchildren, Amber Morris and Tosh, Chase Miller, Chris and Pam Smart, Hayley Miller, Heather Smart, Julie and Ray Laake, Justin Lewis, Matthew and Abby Hoa-gland, Richard Smart Jr., Samantha Smart and Tabatha Smart; great-grandchildren, Abby, Alex, Braden, Brandon, Bryan, Christopher, Jaycie and Sherry; many special nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Matthew Hoagland, Justin Lewis, Chris Smart, Michael Young, Jonathen Young, Chad Young, Patrick Smart and Wayne Young. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

PHILLIPS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Hershel Eugene Phillips Sr., 81, of Livingston were held Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Trinity Lutheran Church in Livingston, with Pastor Roy Askins officiating. Interment followed in Brookside Cemetery in Houston. Mr. Phillips was born Nov. 23, 1932 in Cedar Glades, Ark., to Marion Z. Phillips and Mattie E. (Caldwell) Phillips, and died Nov. 2, 2014 in Livingston. He worked as a counselor for Aldine ISD and Big Sandy ISD. He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Gene Phillips and brother, Kermit. He is survived by wife, Kathie Phillips of Livingston; daughter, Dannette Phillips; brothers and sisters-in-law, Roscoe and Doris, Sherman and Mildred, Clem and Clyda and Ottie and Shirley; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Long; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

KIGHT
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Margie Mae Kight, 79, of Livingston were held Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Pine Forest Baptist Church in Onalaska, with Pastor Robert Williams officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Margie was born Dec. 5, 1934 and died on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 8, 2014, in her daughter's home in Humble. Margie was known as a strong woman of unwavering faith. She raised four children as the wife of an Air Force sergeant, traveling all over the world. She loved her country, the military, Christmas, reading, anything in the color of red. She was a strong proponent of making family memories for her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family. But most of all she loved her family, and her Lord Jesus, who is her Savior, and her best friend. She always felt she had a special place in His heart. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Agnes Pollard; sister, Lela Deal; brothers, Bill, Paul, and Gerald Pollard; late husband, George Mills; daughter, Margaret Fowler and great-granddaughters, Evelyn Mills and Kylie Robinson. She is survived by her husband, Adrian Kight; her children, Danny Mills and wife Jackie, Debbie Williams and husband, Robert and Eddie Mills; seven grandchildren, David Carlson, Danny Mills Jr., Jennifer Mitchell, Joseph Mills, Katy Robinson, Robby Williams and Annie Williams; seven great-grandchildren, Emily Mills, Taylor Carlson, Sage Mitchell, Jonah Robinson, Peyton Robinson and baby Robinson due in April; and brothers, John and Jim Pollard. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BUTZ
LIVINGSTON -- Lois Marie Butz, born on Oct. 9, 1931 in Granite City, Ill., to Myrle Shremp and Virginia M. Sager, died on Oct. 9, 2014 in Livingston at the age of 83. Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Marvin A. Butz; children, Kathleen Kitchen and husband David, Tina Marie Katlin and husband Mark, Loraine Kitchen and husband Mark, Douglas Edward Butz and wife Roberta, Debra K. Shock and Timothy Allen Butz and wife Sherrill; brother, Morgan Campbell; sisters, Virginia Ray and Sharon Robertson; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of dear friends. Lois was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, Raymond W. Campbell. Lois was a member of the Church of Christ in Livingston. Marvin and Lois belonged to the Escapees. Lois loved her family very much. A celebration of Lois's life will be announced at a later date. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

BAXTER
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Louis Burrell Baxter, 84, of Livingston were held Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Mike Utley officiating. Interment followed in Menard Chapel Cemetery in Livingston. Mr. Baxter was born Nov. 1, 1929 in Livingston, to Claud Baxter and Ada (McAdams) Baxter, and died Oct. 7, 2014 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Ella May and Ida Fay Baxter (infant twins) and Lela Elizabeth Atkerson; three brothers, Claud Eugene Baxter, James Douglas Baxter and Alford (Frog) Lee Baxter; son, James (Doughbelly) Lewis Baxter; wife, Delores Peek Baxter and his two faithful dogs, Trouble and Skipper. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Anita and John Schumacher of Livingston; grandson, Kevin Robert Munson of Livingston; sister and brother-in-law, Alice and Willy Howell of Livingston; granddaughter, Sabrina Rinehart of Livingston; great-grandchildren, (twins) Hope and Hayden of Livingston; very special friend, Lynn Causby of Trinity; special caregiver, Gail Dupree of Livingston; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gentiva Hospice or American Cancer Society. Pallbearers were Doug Spurlock, Ricky Sammons, Leslie Galloway, Scott Baxter, Larry Seale and Terry Proctor. Honorary pallbearers were Rick West, Keith Howell and Tony Proctor. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

GOKEY
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for infant Lillian Sophia Gokey of Porter were held Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery in Livingston, with Byron Lyons officiating. Lillian was born Oct. 6, 2014 in Houston, to Robert Emanuel Gokey and Krystal Dawn (Blankenship) Gokey, and also died on Oct. 6, 2014. She is survived by her parents, Robert and Krystal Gokey of Kingwood; grandparents, Bobby and Patty Gokey of Goodrich, Sheryl Gokey of Humble and Jim and Carol Blankenship of Huffman; great-grandfather, Bobby Gokey Sr. of Goodrich; uncles, Sonny Wolfe and Michael Wolfe, both of Humble; uncle and aunt, Terry and Kelly Wolfe of Haslet; aunt and uncle, Katie and Donny Vestal of Seguin; aunt, Brittany Wright of Goodrich; great-uncle and aunt, Kenneth and Brenda Hambrick of Goodrich; great-aunt, Nita Gokey of Goodrich; great-uncles and aunts, Robbie and Avi Knee of Pinehurst, Donald and Kaylynn Knee of Humble and Barney and Sandra McCartney of Atoscota and numerous cousins and other rela-tives. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MALONE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Roger Malone, 54, of Austin were held Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Grant Rainey and Pastor Chris Borden officiating. Interment followed in Bold Springs Cemetery in Livingston. Mr. Malone was born Aug. 20, 1960 in Livingston, to Marvin Eugene Malone and Joyce Ann (Watts) Malone, and died Oct. 6, 2014 in Austin. He is preceded in death by his father, Marvin "Peanut" Malone; uncle, Albert Watts; paternal grandmother, Myrle Andrus; paternal grandfather, Cleo Malone and maternal grandparents, Gleason and Annie Watts. He is survived by his mother, Joyce Agan of Livingston; brother, Danny Malone of Livingston; brother and sister-in-law, Wes and Heather Nettles of Longview; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marsha and James Stutts, Kathy and Marcos Rodriguez, and Lynne and Danny Hutchinson, all of Livingston; uncles, Tommy Watts and wife Kathy and Billy Andrus and wife Sharon, all of Livingston; aunt, Anna Mae Rummel of Livingston; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Pallbearers were Jonathan Stutts, Jeremy Stutts, Kyle Simpson, Marcos Rodriguez, Scott Spellman and Wes Nettles. Honorary pallbearers were the Class of 1979. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

DRABEK
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Eddie R. Drabek, 94, of Livingston were held Saturday, Oct. 11, 20United Methodist Church in Goodrich, with Dr. Don Willis officiating. Interment followed in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston. Mr. Drabek was born Feb. 22, 1920 in Shiner, to Louis Drabek and Francis (Mikish) Drabek, and died on Oct. 7, 2014 in Houston. He moved to Houston when he was 20 years old and had a successful career in sales. He retired from the Houston Post in 1985 and moved to Livingston where he enjoyed fishing, gardening, woodworking and family reunions serving his special BBQ. He had been a member of Goodrich United Methodist Church since 1985. He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister; four brothers and first wife, Louise (MeMi) Drabek. Survivors include his wife, Lillie Drabek of Livingston; sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Kelvia Ford of Houston and Rudy and Donna Drabek of Houston; grandchildren, Mark Ford, Doug Ford, Dawn Stillwell, Staci Atchison and Scott Drabek; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and numerous other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Goodrich United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 609, Goodrich, Texas 77335. Pallbearers were Don Rodgers, Cecil McNeil, Jerry Martin, Bob Kilgore, A.C. Newman, Harold Vaughn and David Houseworth. Cemetery pallbearers were Mark Ford, Doug Ford, Scott Drabek, Larry Drabek, Rob Stillwell and Steve Atchison. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

AUSTIN
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Pearlie Lee Austin, 91, of Livingston were held on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Gracehill Baptist Church, with Bishop Eldridge Nickson officiating. Interment followed in Gracehill Cemetery. Mrs. Austin was born June 17, 1923 in Livingston, to the late Eddie and Addie Youngblood, and died Oct. 1, 2014 in Humble. She attended Garner Prairie public schools and was a Baptist. Survivors include her children, Velma Wallace (Bobby D.), Robert Austin (Marilyn) and Londell Austin, all of Livingston; sisters, Geri Davis and Ann Fobbs, both of Houston; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Anthony Austin, Larry Johnson, Arthur English, Londell D. Austin, John McGowen and Vincent Crew. Honorary pallbearers were Odis Shine Jr., Kin Ware, Robert Austin, Londell Austin, Desmond Austin, Reggie Smith and Bobby Wallace. Duncan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

PETTY
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Henry Thomas Petty, 88, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Minister Lindell Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. Visitation will be held Sunday, Oct. 12, beginning at noon until the service begins. Mr. Petty was born July 25, 1926 in Dorchester, to Birdie Leslie and Willie Mae (Smith) Petty, and died Oct. 7, 2014 in Livingston. He proudly served his country and retired from the United States Marine Corps. After retiring, he went to Okinawa, Japan as a minister of Ojana Church of Christ for a short period of time. Mr. Petty also loved to travel and fish. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Maurine (Wigley) Petty and brother, Roy Petty. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Henry Larry and Gail Petty of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, John Leslie and Becky Petty of Pahoa, Hawaii; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Stephen Petty, Michael Petty, Randy Sparks, Matthew Moak, Devin Sparks and Henok Moak. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

SNODGRASS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Jerry Snodgrass, 68, of Livingston will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Chris Borden officiating. Interment will begin at 2 p.m. in Houston National Cemetery in Houston. Visitation will be held Sunday, Oct. 26, beginning at 5 p.m., at Cochran Funeral Home. Mr. Snodgrass was born July 3, 1946 in Indianapolis, Ind., to Frank Snodgrass and Alice Mae (Potts) Snodgrass, and died Oct. 21, 2014 in Livingston. Jerry proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict. He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his daughter, Tonia Snodgrass of Luling, La.; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Jennifer Snodgrass of Livingston; mother of his children, Dianna Snodgrass of Livingston; granddaughter and husband, Andrea and Joshua Dubuisson of Livingston; granddaughters, Mi-kayla Snodgrass and Melody Snodgrass, both of Livingston; grandson, Jon "J.D." Robinson of Houston; great-granddaughter, Brooke Dubuisson of Livingston; brother, Richard Snodgrass of North Carolina; sister, Patricia Snodgrass of Indianapolis, Ind.; twin brother, Larry Lee Snodgrass of Jasper; and numerous other rela-tives and friends. Pallbearers will be Larry Snodgrass, Larry Lee Snodgrass, James Simmons, Joshua Dubuisson, Billy Schupska and Travis Robertson. Military honors will be provided by VFW Post 8568. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

LAIRD
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Wanda Laird, 76, of Conroe were held Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment followed in Holhausen-Darby Cemetery in Moscow. Mrs. Laird was born Sept. 12, 1938 in Houston, to Buford Richards and Maudie Faye (Parrott) Richards, and died Oct. 21, 2014 in The Woodlands. She is survived by her husband, Hank Laird of Conroe; sons, Rocky Matthews of Livingston, Scott Laird and Mindy of Conroe and Jon Laird and Mindy of Houston; daughter, Leigh Ann Smith and Jim of Lantana, Fla.; sons, Brian Laird and Wanda of Louisville, Ky. and Clayton Laird and Mary of Hollywood, Fla.; granddaughters, Jordan Laird and Makenzie Matthews; numerous other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Ronnie Eyman, Trae Gerard, Robbie Maddox, Jakob Miller, Zach Davies and Earl Windsor. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

REYNOLDS
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Ila Kathryn "Kit" Reynolds, 91, of Livingston will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Wichita, Kan. Mrs. Reynolds was born Jan. 13, 1923 in Wichita Falls, to Luther B. Wilson and Cary Belle (Boydston) Wilson, and died Oct. 21, 2014 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl Eugene "Gena" Reynolds; son, Ronald Keith Reynolds; brothers, Herbert K. Wilson, William L. Wilson, Raymond F. Wilson, Johnny Wil-son, Barton L. Wilson, Bruce W. Wilson and John S. Wilson and sisters, Valta Mildred Corn, Edith Nichols, Dorothy Taylor and Naomi Wilson. She is survived by her son, David Tarr of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law; Sherry Jernigan and Tom Jernigan of California; daughter, Sue Norton of Wichita, Kan.; daughter and son-in-law, Patsy Thomson and Vaden Thomson of Derby, Kan.; grandchildren, Keith Reynolds and Sandra Reynolds, Ronnie Reynolds, Lori Maddox, Michele Hendrix and J.R. Hendrix, Bruce Tarr and Virginia Tarr, Tracy Seaton and Cole Seaton, Alicia Hernandez and Manuel Hernandez, Barbara Tarr, DeAnn Herzet and Brad Herzet, Pam Wren and Keith Wren, Lynn Sandefor and Dalton Sandefor, Marty Thomson and Kathleen Thomson, Raelin Villalobos and Robert Villalobos, Troy Gentry and Monica Gentry, Karey Woodland and Shaun Woodland; sister, Clara Noreta "Rita" Bussell of Livingston; special pet, Buddy and numerous great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; great-great-great-grandchildren and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CANNON
LIVINGSTON -- Visitation for Kenneth Wayne Cannon, 65, of Livingston was held on Thursday and Friday, Oct., 23-24, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. Mr. Cannon was born April 15, 1949 in Montague, to John Cannon and Della (Martin) Cannon, and died Oct. 20, 2014 in Livingston. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. He loved car racing, going to swap-meets and his dogs; they were like his children. He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Donna Lister and Richard Lister of Livingston; brother and sister-in-law, David Cannon and Kathy Cannon of Flecher, Okla.; nephews, John Lister of Livingston and Shane West of South Bend, Ind.; nieces Shay Budinger of Kerrville, Denise Lynn of Flecher and Michel Mills of Katy; four great-nieces; two great-nephews and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

COMPTON
LIVINGSTON -- Memorial services for Louise Compton, 61, of Livingston were held Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in The Next Level Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Jim Sherrill and the Rev. Debbie Sherrill officiating. Mrs. Compton was born May 8, 1953 in Houston and died Oct. 20, 2014 in Conroe. She is preceded in death by her parents, Gradey B. Ener and Allie Mae (Brown) Ener and brothers, Roy Ener, John Ener and Lloyd McDaniel. She is survived by her husband, Charles "Charlie" Compton of Livingston; son, Cory Davis of Livingston; stepchildren, Chris Compton of Dallas and Keith Compton of Frisco; five grandchildren; brothers, Troy Ener of Shepherd, Kenneth Ener of Shepherd and Boyd McDaniel of Humble; sister, Barbara Canaday of Coldspring; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BOURKE
LIVINGSTON -- Marion Eileen Bourke, born on Jan. 28, 1927 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Peter Wiens and Mary Wiebe Wiens, died on Oct. 13, 2014 in Livingston at the age of 87. Marion was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Livingston. She also was a member of the Special Libraries Association. Marion and late husband Arthur belonged to the Escapees family. A celebration of Marion's life was held on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Escapees Care Center, Livingston, with the Rev. Paschal Chester, S.V.D., officiating. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

BAILEY
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Fred Anthony Bailey, 53, of Livingston were held Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Fellowship Incorporation, with Apostle L.C. Youngblood officiating. Interment followed in Greenfield Cemetery. Mr. Bailey was born June 6, 1961 in Livingston, the son of Freddie Lee Bailey and Sarah Lee Haynes Bailey, and died Oct. 17, 2014 in Livingston. He attended primary school in Livingston and junior high and high school in Houston. Survivors include his loving wife, Marvie Bailey of Livingston, whom he married in 2001 in Houston; his parents of Livingston; two stepchildren, Fredon Shaw and Herman Shaw of Kansas City, Mo.; step-granddaughter, LaMonisha Howard of Houston; step-grandson, Jaron Jones of Alton, Ill.; step-great-granddaughter, Kuridon Howard of Houston; three sisters, Patricia Bryant (Frank), Hattie English and Dewanna Lewis (Joey), all of Houston; aunts, Theresa Hayne and Charlene Lusk (Bobby), all of Livingston, Leslie Bailey of Leggett, Gloria Jean Bailey, Cynthia Haynes (Gary) and Jean LeBlanc, all of Houston; uncles, Robert Haynes (Jennifer) of Corrigan, Clyde Haynes (Jean) of Livingston and Johnnie Bailey (Jewel), Will Bailey and Otis Bailey, all of Houston; four nieces; four great-nieces; three nephews; one great-nephew and a host of other relatives and friends. Duncan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

WOODS
LIVINGSTON -- Lawrence L. Woods, born on Nov. 2, 1932 in Joaquin, to Lee Woods and Minnie Sarah Coyle Woods, died on Oct. 22, 2014 at the age of 81. Survivors include brothers, Billy G. Thrasher and wife Donna R., Gene Woods and wife Bobbie and Marvin Woods and wife Gay-Nell; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Thelma Woods; two sisters; one brother. Lawrence proudly served in the United States Army. Having served in the Korean conflict, Lawrence received six bronze stars. After retiring from the Army, he worked for Brown & Root, from which he retired. Lawrence worked on the Dredge A. McKinsey for the Corps of Engineers. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, in Fellowship Cemetery on CR 1600 off of FM 1943 near Warren. Military honors will be presented by VFW Post 8568 of Livingston. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

BAILES
ONALASKA -- Graveside services for Betty Bailes, 81, of Onalaska will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska, with the Rev. Bobby Aid officiating. Ms. Bailes was born Feb. 20, 1933 in Nacogdoches, to Noah Patin and Ruby (Gilbert) Patin, and died Oct. 23, 2014 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Robert Bailes. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Melisa and Steven Grimm of Onalaska; son, David Bailes of Livingston; grandson and wife, Steven and Jackie Grimm of Livingston; grandson and wife, Kevin and Jennifer Grimm of Livingston; great-granddaughters, Taylor Grimm, Chesney Payne and Allyson Grimm; great-grandsons, Evan Grimm, Jaxon Grimm and Jaron Grimm; all the staff at Pine Ridge Nursing Home and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

WITTE
ONALASKA -- Funeral services for Elfred Witte Sr., 90, of Trinity, were held Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska, with Bro. Marvin Martin officiating. Interment followed in Carlisle Cemetery in Carlisle. Mr. Witte was born Jan. 22, 1924 in Summerville, to Herman Witte and Ida (Opperman) Witte, and died Oct. 22, 2014 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Louise Witte and brothers, J.C. Witte, Herman Witte and Gussie Witte. He is survived by his son, Elfred Witte Jr. of Humble; daughters, Connie Brown and Casey Marceline Stone, both of Humble; grandson, Lee Brown; sisters, MC Kamizee and Lillie Mae Kirk; brothers, Havert Witte and Ernest Witte; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Lee Brown, Randy Allgood, Billy McDonald, Roy Newport, Casey Stone and Jerry Allgood. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

ORONA
LIVINGSTON -- Memorial services for Leo Orona, 64, of Rye will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Schwab City Baptist Church in Schwab City, with the Rev. David Jones officiating and Bro. Albert Lynch assisting. Military honors will be provided by the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard. Mr. Orona was born Nov. 4, 1949 in California, to Pete and Vincenta (Carrasco) Orona, and died Oct. 18, 2014 in Livingston. He was very proud to be a part of the United States Army and represented his country. He remained a proud supporter of military men and women. He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Jean Orona of Rye; four sons, Owen Leonardo Orona of Rye, Nathanael Bryan Orona of Rye, Owen Franklin Jensen IV of Rye and Clinton Bryan Jensen and wife Rose Ann of Katy; three brothers, Raymond Orona and wife Gloria of Roswell, N.M., Roy Orona and wife Lucy of Las Vegas, Nev. and Pete Orona Jr. of Kingwood; two sisters, Elfida Orona Rodriguez of Meadow Vista, Calif. and Maria "Terry" Teresa Urias of Houston; sister-in-law, Joyce Adams of Rye; three grandchildren, Abel Jensen, Daniel Williams and Julianna Williams; extended family members, Sherry Dawn, David Holley, Cheyenne, Steven and Cynthia Tooke, Amanda, Danielle, Harlie, Hali, Rachael Jones, Tyler, Cody, Tristin and Tori Banos and a host of other extended family members and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

PEPPENHORST
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Odessa Peppenhorst, 91, of Livingston were held Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Royce Pennington officiating and the Rev. Fred Alford assisting. Interment followed in Rosewood Cemetery in Humble. Mrs. Peppenhorst was born Nov. 5, 1922 in Converse, La., to Charles and Mandy Burk, and died Oct. 18, 2014 at her residence in Livingston. She was a member of VFW Post 402 Ladies Auxiliary and she enjoyed being outdoors so that she was able to mow and weed-eat. She loved to mow and weed-eat so much that she would take care of their neighborhood subdivision. She also had a love for music and would often play the harmonica. She is preceded in death by her parents; children, Steve Adkison, Jerry Adkison and Glenn Adkison; grandson, Justin Adkison and two brothers, Aubrey Burk and Leo Burk. She is survived by her husband, Henry M. Peppenhorst of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Felton Adkison and Rose Adkison of Livingston; daughter, Kathy Hight of Onalaska; grandchildren, Shauna Hokams and husband Steve, Monica Adkison, Chris Adkison and wife Dana and Billy Adkison; great-grandson, Wesley Hokams; numerous other great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BROCK
PELHAM, GA. -- Memorial services for James H. Brock, 65, of Pelham, Ga. were held Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at Willis-Jamerson-Braswell Funeral Home, with Bro. Andy Hall officiating. Interment was in Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery. Mr. Brock died Oct. 17, 2014 at his residence. Honorary pallbearers were Peyton Phelps, Dylan Harper, Bailey Ferrell, Mary Ellis Richardson, Colton Ferrell and Dane Worley. Born March 10, 1949 in Bainbridge, he was the son of the late Bowen Lee Brock Jr and Varnell Henderson, who survives. He was married to Jacquelin Brock, who preceded him in death. Mr. Brock was a retired K-9 sergeant with the Texas Department of Corrections. Sgt. Brock served with the Texas Department of Corrections for over 30 years as a peace officer, High Rider and dog sergeant. He received numerous awards and recognition for his many contributions and years of dedicated service. Survivors, other than his mother, include daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Ellis Richardson of Grady County and a daughter, Jodi Brock of Mitchell County; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janice and Carroll Middleton of Miller County and Judy and Bobby Duke of Worth County; brother and sister-in-law, Britt and Day Henderson of Leon County, Fla.; his grandchildren, Dylan and Nikki Harper, Peyton and Brandon Phelps, Bailey Ferrell, Mary Ellis Richardson, Colton Ferrell; great-grandchildren, Brayden Phelps and Nicholas Harper and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jacquelin Brock (PeeWee); his father, Bowen Lee Brock, sister, Jennie Brock and a grandson, T.J. Ferrell. Friends may sign the online guest register at willisjamersonbraswell.com. Willis-Jamerson-Braswell Funeral Home, Pelham, Ga., was in charge of arrangements.

FLOYD
CONROE -- Michael Edward Floyd died on Oct. 16, 2014. Michael was born on Dec. 28, 1946 in San Antonio. He is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Coursey Floyd Sr. and Margaret McFarland Floyd of Rockport and his brothers, Herbert Coursey Floyd Jr. and Robert Lee Floyd. He is survived by his three children, Lance E Floyd and his wife Kirsten N Floyd of Conroe, Michelle L. Ballard of Sugarland and Nicole K. Lee and her husband Robert Lee of Crockett; 10 grandchildren and many more family and friends whose lives he touched with his special brand of humor and love. He was raised in Rockport and graduated from Rockport High School. He grew up on the Texas coastline fishing and playing around his father's tackle shop. He was a crane operator for most of his adult life and enjoyed training and riding horses. Among his other hobbies were fishing and spending time at his home in Crockett, taking care of the animals that brought him so much joy. A celebration of Michael's life will take place in the near future in Rockport, back home for one final time. McNutt Funeral Home, Conroe, is in charge of arrangements.

WIGGINS
LIVINGSTON -- Robbie Lynn Wiggins, born in Huntsville, to Willie Perry Morris and Mattie Novella Morris, died on Oct. 18, 2014 at the age of 79. Survivors include her daughter, Lynda Mandujano; sons, Roy Glenn Wiggins and wife Laura and Larry Wiggins; sister, Nettie Mae Laramore and husband Ben; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Robbie was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Willie Morris and one granddaughter, Lisa. A celebration of Robbie's life was held Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Orval Barger officiating. Interment followed in Camp Ruby Cemetery. Pallbearers were Brian Laramore, Bobby Clifton, Eddie Clifton, Lester Rhoden, Chris Wiggins and Julian Vasquez. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

FORBUS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for James Daniel Forbus, 27, of Madisonville were held Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery in Livingston. James was born July 18, 1987 in Harris County, to Brenda Kay For-bus, and died Oct. 13, 2014 in Madisonville. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Daniel L. and Iva Mae Forbus Sr.; grandmother, Brenda Hatcher and uncle, Johnny Arredondo. He is survived by his son, Johnathon Forbus of Sulphur, La.; daughters, Selena Forbus and Gracie Forbus, both of Livingston; mother, Brenda Forbus of Livingston; sisters, Tiffany Kelly of Kerrville and Kathleen Arredondo and Jessica Arredondo, both of Livingston; brothers, Anthony Arredondo, Christopher Arredondo and Larkin Jackson Powers, all of Livingston; aunts, Ritha Arredonda and Tammy Mudd, both of Livingston, Sherri Tims of Trinity, Wendy Stevens of Huntsville, Tracy Yates of New Caney, Juanity Prevett of Trinity and Kasey Webb of Livingston; uncles, Vernon Forbus of New Caney, Jason May of Trinity and Kevin Webb of Madisonville; grandfather, Daniel E. Forbus of Livingston; grandmother, Shelia Webb of Livingston and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MOSLEY
TRINITY – Graveside services for Robert Lynn Mosley were held Oct. 15, 2014 in Magnolia Cemetery, with Jason Sandefer officiating. Robert was born on April 20, 1953 in Childress and, at 61 years of age, died on Oct. 13, 2014. He loved to go hunting and fish-ing. When he was younger he loved to ride bulls in the rodeo. He is survived by his daughter and son-in- law, Robin and Sean Myers of Whitney and their three children, Carly, Colton and Callie Myers; son and daughter-in-law, R.L. Mosley and Chyann Drake of Frankston and their child, Bentley Mosley; sister and brother-in-law, Pam and Glen Johnson and brother and sister-in-law, Danny and Deb-bie Mosley. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Elaine and Len-vel Mosley; and nephew, Billy Tooke and his wife of 20 years, Nancy Schneider. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

HARRELL
CENTERVILLE -- Clara Virgin-ia Harrell, "Gini," as she was known by family and friends, died on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at 10:15 a.m. Gini was born May 3, 1938 in Polk County, to Benjamin F. Durant and Clara Durant. She married to David R. Harrell on Sept. 7, 1957. He preceded her in death on Jan. 25, 2014. Of this union they were blessed with three children who all survive her: David M. and wife, Claydeen Harrell of Blue, Robyn and husband Ken Brand of The Woodlands and Kimberly and husband Billy Paul of San Antonio. She is also survived by grandchil-dren, Lauren Brand of Los Angeles, Calif., Andrea Harrell of Carrollton, Heather and Nick Brand of Austin, Benjamin Harrell of San Antonio and Kaitlyn, Will and Tyler Paul of San Antonio. Gini was instrumental in the success of the family business, Harrell's Supply in Austin, and worked many long hours alongside David in building a thriving family business before retiring to Bandera. By far, her favorite job was when she was a mail carrier for the U.S. Post Office while living in Wharton. She loved it because of the opportunity it gave her to visit with the people on her route. Gini loved to talk and could talk to any-one…stranger, friend, or family that she encountered. More importantly, she was a good listener and always made a person feel that there was nothing more important than what they were saying. "Mammaw," as she was affectionately known by her eight grandchildren, loved to spend time with her family and was especially known for her wonderful cooking. She thought there was nothing more important than teaching her grandchildren how to cook and loved to watch them get their hands messy in her kitchen. Family members say her homemade sour dough bread and made from scratch, colored, bunny rabbit shaped pancakes (made with love for her grandchildren) will be greatly missed. Gini, who grew up in Polk County, was the youngest of nine children and is survived by brothers, Melton, Eddie, and Robert Durant and sister Annie Nettles. Brothers Lawrence, Frank, Elton and sister, Bennie Fay, preceded her in death. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in Walters Funeral Home in Centerville. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Old Liberty Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in Virginia's name be made to Breast Cancer Research Foundation at http://www.bcrfcure.org/.

LELOUX
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Brian Gene Leloux, 51, of Livingston were held Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston, with Bro. Lesly Wilkinson officiating. Mr. Leloux was born Feb. 21, 1963 in Freeman, S.D., to Henry Leloux and Grazella (Hoff) Leloux, and died Oct. 16, 2014 in Livingston. He was a field service representative for Southwest Water Company. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law, Joann Leloux. He is survived by his daughter, Ranae Leloux of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Amber Leloux of Batson; son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Tiffany Leloux of Shepherd; grandchildren, Jacob Roberts of Livingston, Rylan Leloux, Kevin Pate and Austin Pate, all of Batson, Wyatt Leloux, DeLaynie Leloux and Hayden Pawlowski, all of Shepherd and Bryden Holmes of Livingston; loving mother of his children, Kathy Leloux of Livingston; brother and sister-in-law, Conley and Cathy Leloux of Georgetown; brother, Bobby Leloux of Parker, S.D.; sister, Beverly Gerres of Springersville, Ariz.; and numerous nieces, neph-ews, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Conley Leloux, Bobby Leloux, Jack Morris, Bert George, Billy White and Raymond Pelton. Honorary pallbearers were Jacob Roberts, Kevin Pate, Austin Pate, Hayden Pawlowski, Wyatt Leloux and Rylan Leloux. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

WILLIAMS
BEAUMONT -- Rupert Conrad "Rudy" Williams, 92, of Beaumont died Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. He was born on Aug. 27, 1922 in Milam, to Lily Meador and Vessie Fulton Williams. Rudy was reared in Milam, graduated from Hemphill High School in 1940, and moved to Beaumont. In 1945, he and Roy Maness started Gulf Supply Co. He moved to Houston in 1970, and became president and CEO of Gulf Consolidated Services. After Rudy retired in 1988, he moved to Livingston, where he had a lake house, and later returned to Beau-mont in 1998. He was a charter member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Beaumont, and an active member of First United Methodist Church of Livingston. While living in Beaumont, Houston and Livingston, Rudy was active in church, community and professional organizations. In 2014, Lamar University named a building at the John Gray Center in his honor for his contributions to higher education at Lamar. Rudy was known as a loving, caring person who loved God, and loved his life: his family and his friends. An avid sportsman and "farmer," Rudy enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, playing bridge, watching basketball and golf games, and telling tall tales. His favorite saying was, "Life is good!" Rudy is survived by his wife, Helen Freeman Williams; children, Susan Simmons and her husband Dr. James Simmons of Beaumont, Reed Williams and his wife Martha of Boulder, Colo. and Dick Williams and his wife Jane of Conroe; grandchildren, Matt Sim-mons and his wife Becki, Mike Simmons and his wife Nickki, Jennifer Lehane and her husband Danny, Scott Williams and his wife Kelly, Drew Williams and his wife Theresa, Elizabeth Creveling and her husband Jack and Emily Schlueter and her husband Mike; great-grandchildren, Meg, Anna, Rachel and Thomas Lehane; Madeline, Emma and Wells Simmons, Lily and Reed Simmons, Abby Williams, Hudson, Landon, and Grayson Williams, Margaret Schlueter and Henry and John Creveling; Helen's children, David E. Bernsen and his wife Dinah, John Freeman, Mary F. Kennedy and her husband Scott and Cyndi F. Boren and her husband Charles; her grandchildren, Taylor McSpadden and her husband Fuller, Cade Bernsen and his wife Meredith; Jeff Kennedy and his wife Sarah; Katelyn and Carly Kennedy, Chad Brett, Wilson and Paige Boren and Haley and Nate Freeman; her great-grandchildren, Hatchell and Monroe McSpadden and Clara Channing Bernsen; and several nephews and nieces. Rudy was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Pyron; sisters, Rachel Williams and Carra Cates and his devoted wife of 60 years, Jean H. Williams. A gathering of Mr. Williams' family and friends was held Monday, Oct. 13, at Broussard's Mortuary, Beaumont. His memorial service was Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Beaumont, with Dr. Robert C. Shield officiating. A reception followed in the Nita McKnight Parlor. His committal was held at Broussard's Crematorium, Beau-mont. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Capital Fund, P.O. Box 5247, Beaumont, Texas 77726 or to a charity of one's choice. Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.

FULLER
CORRIGAN -- Laura Aladee White Fuller, 94, died on Oct. 9, 2014. She was born on Dec. 15, 1919 in Corrigan, to Calvin Fennie and Clara Covington White. Laura married her childhood friend, Grady Eugene Fuller, on Sept. 11, 1937. Together they raised four children until his death on Feb. 1, 1960. She became a single mother, managing a farm and ranch once shared with her husband. Laura received her nursing license from Cleveland School of Nursing, in Cleveland. She worked at the Corrigan Hospital for six years and, in 1966, she began working in the Labor and Delivery Department at Memorial Hospital in Lufkin. Laura retired from nursing in 1982, but not from life. At the age of 75, she achieved a life goal of receiving her high school diploma by attending G.E.D. classes at Corrigan High School. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church for 50 years and taught Sunday school classes to the youth and adult ladies. In addition, she served several offices in the Women's Missionary Union. Laura is survived by her four children and their spouses, Geneva Grimes (Jerry), Elaine DuVall (George), Calvin Fuller (Mary) and Bonnie Holsomback (Thomas); nine grandchildren, Mitzi Beetham, Bruce Jordan, DeWitt DuVall, Kenneth DuVall, Aaron DuVall, Cody DuVall, Misty Purvis, Laura Zelman and Suzanne Holsomback; 14 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three grandchildren, Laura Lee Jordan, Shane Fuller and Tommy Fuller, seven brothers, Vernon White, Cornelius White, Marshall White, Midguel White, Raymond White, Floyd White and Bryan White and one sister, Inez Tipton. Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 12, at Corrigan Funeral Home, with the Rev. Royce Pennington and the Rev. Suzanne Holsomback officiating. DeWitt DuVall, Aaron DuVall, Cody DuVall, Bruce Jordan, Jake Zelman and Hayden Armstrong served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Calvin Fuller, Jerry Grimes, George DuVall and Thomas Holsomback. Grace Beetham and Mark Armstrong sang at the funeral. The family requests that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church Corrigan, 103 North Collins Street, Corrigan, Texas 75939. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. BOURKE LIVINGSTON -- Marion Eileen Bourke, born Jan. 28, 1927 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Peter Wiens and Mary Wiebe Wiens, died on Oct. 13, 2014 in Livingston at the age of 87. Marion was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Livingston. She also was a member of the Special Libraries Association. Marion and late husband Arthur belonged to the Escapees family and will be missed dearly by her loving friends. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

THOMAS
LIVINGSTON – A memorial service for Van Thomas, 81, of Livingston was held Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. John Taylor and Dr. Don Willis officiating. Mr. Thomas was born July 21, 1933 in McCrory, Ark., to James Harve Thomas and Tess McDaniel, and died Oct. 10, 2014 in Living-ston. He had served as sports editor of the Polk County Enterprise since August of 1979. Thomas was a veteran of the U.S. Army and, following his discharge, began a 55-year career covering sports for newspapers. He worked briefly in northern California and later covered athletes as sports editor for the Henderson Daily News, Longview Morning Journal and Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel. While working in Longview, Thomas spent the summer of 1967 serving as a war correspondent in South Vietnam. He was a longtime member of the Texas Sportswriters' Association. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Billy Mac Thomas, Jack Thomas, Jean Thomas, twin brother Vance Thomas and James Thomas and sister, Ruby Thomas. He is survived by his sister, Wade Holder of Little Rock, Ark.; sister-in-law, Mary Thomas of Dallas; nephew, Keith Thomas of Burleson; nieces, Judy Whitehead, Gloria Allgood, Lisa Thomas and Betty Cary, all of Little Rock, Ark.; niece, Doris Farley of Dallas; nephew, Harvey Thomas of Memphis, Tenn. and numerous other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Green and White Scholarship Fund at Livingston High School. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CONWAY
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for James Robert Conway, 71, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Ron Liesmann officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. Mr. Conway was born June 7, 1943 in Lufkin, to Robert and Vera (Craig) Conway, and died Oct. 11, 2014 in Livingston. He graduated in 1962 from South Houston High School. He proudly served the state of Texas with many careers that included ambulance driver, Harris County sheriff's deputy and State of Texas Department of Transportation. Mr. Conway was commissioned as a Harris County sheriff's deputy from 1970-72. In 1972, he started a career with the Texas Department of Transportation where he held the positions of courtesy patrol officer, emergency dispatcher and engineer technician in the Heavy Load Permit Office. His career spanned 25 years with the Texas Depart-ment of Transportation. He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Linda Conway and sister-in-law, Jerri Conway. Mr. Conway had too many life experiences to mention and he lived them and cherished each. He always said the most wonderful day in his life was the day he met his wife, Bettie and her two children, Donnie and Barbara. He also said the day his son, Jim Conway, was born and the birth of his granddaughter, Brittany were among the most memorable days of his life. Mr. Conway wanted to say thanks to everyone who made his life a trip – especially his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is survived by his wife, Bettie Conway of Livingston; son, Jimmy Conway of Chicago, Ill.; son and daughter-in-law, Don McAdams and Jackie Hampton of Kingwood; daughter, Barbara McAdams of Anna; brother, Joe Conway of Clear Lake; granddaughters, Brit-tany Conway of Chicago, Ill. and Erika Hampton of Kingwood; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Don McAdams, Jim Conway, Jim Copeland, Tony Sherril, Darren McKee, Shorty Oldner and C.L. Parks. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

DEWBERRY
LIVINGSTON – Debra Glenice Dewberry, 63, of Onalaska died on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. She was born in Lubbock, to Glen and Joyce Powell. Debra enjoyed her days to the fullest. Her love of God was ever present in her life. She was an avid reader and enjoyed bowling very much. Her happiest times were spent with family. She was known as a devoted wife and daughter and amazing mother and grandmother whose children and grandchildren were her greatest joy. She became "Grandma" to many of her grandchildren's friends. Family and friends say her heart was forever growing to make room for anyone and that she was beautiful, funny, loving, selfless and kind. Debra is survived by her mother, Joyce Powell; brother and sister-in-law, James and Dana Powell; sister, Diane Davids; sister and brother-in-law, Jody and Terry Carter; first husband, James Goins; brother and sister-in-law, Chris and Lisa Williams; brother-in-law, Kenneth Williams; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Joe Wallace; daughter-in-law and husband, Stephanie and Clint Feese; daughter-in-law, Jessica Hoyt; grandchildren, Erin, Payton and Reagan Wallace, Austin, Kailen and Jamie Goins, Chelsea Goins and Mikey Conway and wife Cathryn Conway; great-grandson, Haiden Conway Scott; numerous aunts, nieces, nephews, dear friends and other loved ones. Debra is preceded in death by grandparents, James and Essie Smith; father, Glen Powell; brother, Doyle Powell; second husband, Harold Dewberry; mother and father-in-law, James and Hazel Goins; sisters-in-law, Bitha Bates, Wanda Haynes and Nina Goins; brother-in-law, Howard Williams and sons, Jamie Ray and Lee Ray Goins. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Pace Funeral Home in Livingston. A celebration of Debra's life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Pace Funeral Home. Close family friend, pastor and evangelist James Adams of Boling will officiate. A memorial fund has been established by Teresa Graham at www.gofundme.com/frrukc. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

KIGHT
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Margie Mae Kight, 79, of Livingston were held Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Pine Forest Baptist Church in Onalaska, with Pastor Robert Williams officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Margie was born Dec. 5, 1934 and died on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 8, 2014, in her daughter's home in Humble. Margie was known as a strong woman of unwavering faith. She raised four children as the wife of an Air Force sergeant, traveling all over the world. She loved her country, the military, Christmas, reading, anything in the color of red. She was a strong proponent of making family memories for her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family. But most of all she loved her family, and her Lord Jesus, who is her Savior, and her best friend. She always felt she had a special place in His heart. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Agnes Pollard; sister, Lela Deal; brothers, Bill, Paul, and Gerald Pollard; late husband, George Mills; daughter, Margaret Fowler and great-granddaughters, Evelyn Mills and Kylie Robinson. She is survived by her husband, Adrian Kight; her children, Danny Mills and wife Jackie, Debbie Williams and husband, Robert and Eddie Mills; seven grandchildren, David Carlson, Danny Mills Jr., Jennifer Mitchell, Joseph Mills, Katy Robinson, Robby Williams and Annie Williams; seven great-grandchildren, Emily Mills, Taylor Carlson, Sage Mitchell, Jonah Robinson, Peyton Robinson and baby Robinson due in April; and brothers, John and Jim Pollard. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BUTZ
LIVINGSTON -- Lois Marie Butz, born on Oct. 9, 1931 in Granite City, Ill., to Myrle Shremp and Virginia M. Sager, died on Oct. 9, 2014 in Livingston at the age of 83. Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Marvin A. Butz; children, Kathleen Kitchen and husband David, Tina Marie Katlin and husband Mark, Loraine Kitchen and husband Mark, Douglas Edward Butz and wife Roberta, Debra K. Shock and Timothy Allen Butz and wife Sherrill; brother, Morgan Campbell; sisters, Virginia Ray and Sharon Robertson; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of dear friends. Lois was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, Raymond W. Campbell. Lois was a member of the Church of Christ in Livingston. Marvin and Lois belonged to the Escapees. Lois loved her family very much. A celebration of Lois's life will be announced at a later date. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

BAXTER
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Louis Burrell Baxter, 84, of Livingston were held Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Mike Utley officiating. Interment followed in Menard Chapel Cemetery in Livingston. Mr. Baxter was born Nov. 1, 1929 in Livingston, to Claud Baxter and Ada (McAdams) Baxter, and died Oct. 7, 2014 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Ella May and Ida Fay Baxter (infant twins) and Lela Elizabeth Atkerson; three brothers, Claud Eugene Baxter, James Douglas Baxter and Alford (Frog) Lee Baxter; son, James (Doughbelly) Lewis Baxter; wife, Delores Peek Baxter and his two faithful dogs, Trouble and Skipper. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Anita and John Schumacher of Livingston; grandson, Kevin Robert Munson of Livingston; sister and brother-in-law, Alice and Willy Howell of Livingston; granddaughter, Sabrina Rinehart of Livingston; great-grandchildren, (twins) Hope and Hayden of Livingston; very special friend, Lynn Causby of Trinity; special caregiver, Gail Dupree of Livingston; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gentiva Hospice or American Cancer Society. Pallbearers were Doug Spurlock, Ricky Sammons, Leslie Galloway, Scott Baxter, Larry Seale and Terry Proctor. Honorary pallbearers were Rick West, Keith Howell and Tony Proctor. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

GOKEY
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for infant Lillian Sophia Gokey of Porter were held Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery in Livingston, with Byron Lyons officiating. Lillian was born Oct. 6, 2014 in Houston, to Robert Emanuel Gokey and Krystal Dawn (Blankenship) Gokey, and also died on Oct. 6, 2014. She is survived by her parents, Robert and Krystal Gokey of Kingwood; grandparents, Bobby and Patty Gokey of Goodrich, Sheryl Gokey of Humble and Jim and Carol Blankenship of Huffman; great-grandfather, Bobby Gokey Sr. of Goodrich; uncles, Sonny Wolfe and Michael Wolfe, both of Humble; uncle and aunt, Terry and Kelly Wolfe of Haslet; aunt and uncle, Katie and Donny Vestal of Seguin; aunt, Brittany Wright of Goodrich; great-uncle and aunt, Kenneth and Brenda Hambrick of Goodrich; great-aunt, Nita Gokey of Goodrich; great-uncles and aunts, Robbie and Avi Knee of Pinehurst, Donald and Kaylynn Knee of Humble and Barney and Sandra McCartney of Atoscota and numerous cousins and other rela-tives. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MALONE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Roger Malone, 54, of Austin were held Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Grant Rainey and Pastor Chris Borden officiating. Interment followed in Bold Springs Cemetery in Livingston. Mr. Malone was born Aug. 20, 1960 in Livingston, to Marvin Eugene Malone and Joyce Ann (Watts) Malone, and died Oct. 6, 2014 in Austin. He is preceded in death by his father, Marvin "Peanut" Malone; uncle, Albert Watts; paternal grandmother, Myrle Andrus; paternal grandfather, Cleo Malone and maternal grandparents, Gleason and Annie Watts. He is survived by his mother, Joyce Agan of Livingston; brother, Danny Malone of Livingston; brother and sister-in-law, Wes and Heather Nettles of Longview; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marsha and James Stutts, Kathy and Marcos Rodriguez, and Lynne and Danny Hutchinson, all of Livingston; uncles, Tommy Watts and wife Kathy and Billy Andrus and wife Sharon, all of Livingston; aunt, Anna Mae Rummel of Livingston; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Pallbearers were Jonathan Stutts, Jeremy Stutts, Kyle Simpson, Marcos Rodriguez, Scott Spellman and Wes Nettles. Honorary pallbearers were the Class of 1979. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

DRABEK
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Eddie R. Drabek, 94, of Livingston were held Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in the First United Methodist Church in Goodrich, with Dr. Don Willis officiating. Interment followed in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston. Mr. Drabek was born Feb. 22, 1920 in Shiner, to Louis Drabek and Francis (Mikish) Drabek, and died on Oct. 7, 2014 in Houston. He moved to Houston when he was 20 years old and had a successful career in sales. He retired from the Houston Post in 1985 and moved to Livingston where he enjoyed fishing, gardening, woodworking and family reunions serving his special BBQ. He had been a member of Goodrich United Methodist Church since 1985. He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister; four brothers and first wife, Louise (MeMi) Drabek. Survivors include his wife, Lillie Drabek of Livingston; sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Kelvia Ford of Houston and Rudy and Donna Drabek of Houston; grandchildren, Mark Ford, Doug Ford, Dawn Stillwell, Staci Atchison and Scott Drabek; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and numerous other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Goodrich United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 609, Goodrich, Texas 77335. Pallbearers were Don Rodgers, Cecil McNeil, Jerry Martin, Bob Kilgore, A.C. Newman, Harold Vaughn and David Houseworth. Cemetery pallbearers were Mark Ford, Doug Ford, Scott Drabek, Larry Drabek, Rob Stillwell and Steve Atchison. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

AUSTIN
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Pearlie Lee Austin, 91, of Livingston were held on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Gracehill Baptist Church, with Bishop Eldridge Nickson officiating. Interment followed in Gracehill Cemetery. Mrs. Austin was born June 17, 1923 in Livingston, to the late Eddie and Addie Youngblood, and died Oct. 1, 2014 in Humble. She attended Garner Prairie public schools and was a Baptist. Survivors include her children, Velma Wallace (Bobby D.), Robert Austin (Marilyn) and Londell Austin, all of Livingston; sisters, Geri Davis and Ann Fobbs, both of Houston; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Anthony Austin, Larry Johnson, Arthur English, Londell D. Austin, John McGowen and Vincent Crew. Honorary pallbearers were Odis Shine Jr., Kin Ware, Robert Austin, Londell Austin, Desmond Austin, Reggie Smith and Bobby Wallace. Duncan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

PETTY
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Henry Thomas Petty, 88, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Minister Lindell Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. Visitation will be held Sunday, Oct. 12, beginning at noon until the service begins. Mr. Petty was born July 25, 1926 in Dorchester, to Birdie Leslie and Willie Mae (Smith) Petty, and died Oct. 7, 2014 in Livingston. He proudly served his country and retired from the United States Marine Corps. After retiring, he went to Okinawa, Japan as a minister of Ojana Church of Christ for a short period of time. Mr. Petty also loved to travel and fish. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Maurine (Wigley) Petty and brother, Roy Petty. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Henry Larry and Gail Petty of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, John Leslie and Becky Petty of Pahoa, Hawaii; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Stephen Petty, Michael Petty, Randy Sparks, Matthew Moak, Devin Sparks and Henok Moak. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

POOLE
LUFKIN -- Memorial services for William S. "Billy" Poole, 58, of Corrigan, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Rusty Waller, Bro. Robert Lankford and Bro. Charlie Hodge officiating. Billy was born May 9, 1956 in Rhinelander, Wis., the son of the late Naomi (Samuelson) and William Henry Poole. He died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at his residence. Billy worked in nuclear medicine as a radiology technician at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. His spiritual gift was music -- he played both the guitar and piano. He taught several people to play and also wrote songs. He was a "people person" with a great sense of humor. He made people laugh and never met a stranger. He was "Employee of the Year" his last year at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. He enjoyed cooking -- the spicier the better. He painted in acrylics and oils. Billy said, "My greatest achievement was having my baby." Melissa was the apple of his eye and he was a good father. He was a member of Wakefield Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Karen Poole; daughter, Dr. Melissa Poole and husband David Rice of Lufkin; grandchildren, Evelyn and Jackson Rice; sisters, Katherine Hutson of Corrigan, Marlene Wilkinson and husband Roy of Rusk and Marie Fairfull and husband Timothy of Colorado Springs, Colo.; mother-in-law, Montez McNaughten and husband Joe of Milam; brother-in-law, Dr. Rusty Waller and wife Dr. Sharon Waller of Ras Al Khaimah; sister-in-law, Kim Johnson and husband Mike of Nacogdoches; nieces and nephews, Donna, Cindy and Kelly and Brad, Amanda, Jared, Jon, Zoey, Jayce and Jacob; special friends, George and John Schoenemann and Terry Albrooks; and numerous other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Henry Poole. Gipson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be offered at gipsonfuneralhome.com.

SMITH
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Tommy Lynn Smith, 72, of Chester were held Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Chuck McLaurin officiating. Interment followed in Jones Prairie Cemetery in Leggett. Mr. Smith was born June 15, 1942 in Big Springs, to Forrest Bowley Smith and Willie Mae (Ligon) Smith, and died Oct. 3, 2014 in Chester. He had a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and worked for many years as a field supervisor for Comstock Oil and Gas. He retired on June 15, 2010. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Bobby Smith. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Naomi Sue (Tharp) Smith of Chester; daughter, Syleenia Gilman of Fort Worth; son and daughter-in-law, Forest and Martie Smith of Livingston; son-in-law, Kevin Gilman of Oklahoma City, Okla.; grandchildren, Trevor Gilman of Arlington, Ambyr Capps of Fort Worth and Lance Smith, Hailey Smith, Trinity Smith, Lillie Smith and Cade Parrish, all of Livingston; great-grandson, Ryker Capps of Fort Worth; brothers, Johnny Smith of Waco and and Emory Smith of Forney; sister, Sally Carruth of Andrews; three nephews; 11 nieces; and numerous other rela-tives and friends. Pallbearers were Kevin Gilman, Trevor Gilman, Lance Smith, Cade Parrish, Logan Smith, Chase Capps, Jerry Tharp, John Smith and Waylon Smith. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MCCLAIN
LIVINGSTON -- Roger Hugh McClain, born Feb. 6, 1937 in Corrigan, to O.B. McClain and Carrie Fay Tidwell McClain, died on Oct. 5, 2014 at the age of 77. Survivors include his sons, Floyd McClain and wife Regina, Damon McClain and Chayne McClain; daughters, Karen McClain and Leah McClain; brothers, Charles McClain and wife Joyce and Billy McClain and wife Pat; sister, Verna Anderson and husband Andy; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of dear friends. Roger is preceded in death by his parents. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

HOLLINGSHEAD
LUMBERTON -- Funeral services for H. Glen Hollingshead, 72, of Lumberton were held on Saturday Oct. 4, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Lumberton, with interment following in R.S. Farmer Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Farmer Funeral Home. Mr. Hollingshead died on Oct. 1, 2014 in Southeast Texas Medical Center in Port Arthur. Mr. Hollingshead was a native of Ponte and a longtime resident of Lumberton. He loved doing woodwork, watching the Dallas Cowboys, listening to music and traveling. Glen is preceded in death by his parents, Barney B. Hollingshead and Mary Lee Teel Hollingshead and a brother, Barney G. Hollings-head. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Huebel Hollingshead of Lumberton; daughters, Janis Hollingshead of Lumberton, Lynn Denise Thames of Nederland and Amanda Hollingshead of Lumberton; sister, Patricia Massengill of Lufkin; grandchildren, Jared Hale, Courtney Hale and Grace Thames and several nieces and nephews.

CHANEY
LIVINGSTON -- Caroline Bernice Chaney, born on Sept. 3, 1930 in Gideon, Mo., to Rayborn Jackson Miller and Margaret Lewis Miller, died on Sept. 27, 2014 in Livingston at the age of 84. Survivors include her son, Joseph Bandy; twin brother, Riley Miller and wife Rebecca of Livingston; brother, Larry Miller and wife Rose of Livingston; sister, Carolyn Goode of Oklahoma; two granddaughters; numerous nephews and nieces and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Chaney; parents and grandparents. Caroline worked in nursing at Terrell State Hospital, from which she retired after 17 years. A celebration of Caroline's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Providence Church at Victory Bible Church Building, 3911 State Highway 146 South, Livingston. Officiating will be Pastor Moises Manrrique and Pastor Jerry Stine. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

BAILEY
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Joyce Violet Bailey, 80, of Livingston will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Wayne Bickley officiating. Interment will follow in Menard Chapel Cemetery in Segno. Joyce Violet "Sissy" Bailey was born on Jan. 9, 1934 in Polk County, to Hollie and Frances Bailey. She was one of nine chil-dren that were part of a loving, Christian family. She grew up in Big Sandy where, upon retiring after 37 years from the Houston Oilers, Joyce returned to live at the "home place" for the remainder of her life. Sissy's strength in Jesus Christ led her through the ups and downs of life. She was a dedicated member of Soda Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir, prepared the Sunday morning coffee and was always helping out in the kitchen. She loved her Sunday school class and pastor. She will be remembered by many for her canned goods that were shared and delivered with a smile. She was always lending a helping hand to those who needed it most. She was also an animal lover who had some sort of critter at her home to care for at all times. She is preceded in death by two sisters, Pearl O'Neill and Berniece Watson and three brothers, Hollie Bailey Jr., L.E. Bailey and her twin brother, Vol Bailey. Survivors include her sisters, Hazel Milliken and Maudine Anderson; her brother, T.A. (Buck) Bailey; many nieces and nephews; and other family members and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Soda Baptist Church, 8135 US Highway 190 E., Livingston, TX 77351. Pallbearers will be Larry Adams, Mitch Bailey, John Ferguson, Billy Milliken, Tommy Walker and Marty Watson. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

YANCEY
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Kenneth Eugene Yancey, 46, of Splendora were held Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment followed in Oak Shade Cemetery in Cleveland. Mr. Yancey was born Aug. 18, 1968 in Houston, to Floyd Eugene Yancey and Lawana (Hillin) Yancey, and died Sept. 26, 2014 in Kingwood. He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Tina Richey of Splendora; sister, Kay Yancey of Splendora; nephew, Dallas Drummond of San Antonio; nieces, Brooke Hilton of La Porte and Kayla Skinner and husband David Skinner of San Antonio; nephew, Hayden Villyard of Splen-dora; numerous great friends and cousins. Pallbearers were Alex, Coco Ramirez, Darrell Hollifield, Kay Yancey, Hayden Villyard and Billy Richey. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

HANVY
LIVINGSTON -- Pauline Kirkley Hanvy, born on April 29, 1925 in Kirkland, died on Sept. 28, 2014 in Humble at the age of 89. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, with a celebration of Pauline's life beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday at Pace Funeral Home in Livingston. A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. in Brookside Cemetery 13401 Eastex Fwy, Houston. Pastor Orval Barger will be officiating. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

HELPENSTELL
LIVINGSTON -- Gladys Helpenstell, born on Nov. 24, 1924 in Livingston, to Richard Snelling and Beulah G. McKay Snelling, died on Sept. 24, 2014 in Livingston at the age of 89. Survivors include her nephews, John Davis Jr. and wife Anna, Alan Maitland and wife Elaine, Frank and Carol Ann and David Maitland; niece, Carolyn Davis; sister-in-law, Avis Maitland; brother-in-law Harold Belo; step-great-nieces, Rebecca Bowman and Mary E. Bowman; great-great-niece, Cadynce Moore; great-great-nephew, Cameron Moore; numerous other relatives and a host of dear friends. Gladys is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Travis S. Helpenstell; sister, Carolyn E. Davis and sister-in-law, Sylvia Belo. Gladys was a member of Central Baptist Church in Livingston and owned an insurance agency in Livingston for many years. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

HILL
LIVINGSTON -- James Ray Hill, born on Jan. 27, 1984 in Conroe, to David Hill Jr. and Elizabeth Watson Hill, died on Aug. 25, 2014 at the age of 30. Survivors include his wife, Carrie Hill; daughter, Sierra Hill; son, James Hill Jr.; mother, Elizabeth Hill; brother, David Hill and wife Jamie; brother, Bryan Hill and wife Kimberly; grandmother, Evelyn Ramsey; sister-in-law, Hope McWhorter and Arnold Steven; mother and stepfather, Car-rie Judalet and Bau Beasley; sister-in-law, Michelle Judalet and Daniel; sister-in-law, Melissa Judalet and Bryan; sister-in-law, Jessica Brown and Louis; brother-in-law, Zack Echhade; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends. James was preceded in death by his father, David Hill Jr.; brothers, Steven Hill and Michael Hill; grandmother, Laura Bryson and grandfathers, Tommy Watson and David Hill. James loved working in the oilfield on rigs, running equipment and was called a "Jack of all trades" because he could fix anything. He loved his children very much. A graveside service was held on Wednesday, Sept. 24, in Peebles Cemetery near Livingston. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

BLAKEWAY
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Mary Louise Blakeway, 88, of Livingston were held Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Cold-spring, with the Rev. Kevan Wood officiating. Ms. Blakeway was born April 20, 1926 in Texarkana, Texas, to Doc Vore and Marie (Monk) Vore, and died Sept. 24, 2014 Livingston. During her lifetime she worked as an office clerk for Palais Royal and was a faithful member of First Baptist Church. Mary was known as a loving mother, NaNa and friend. She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Ronnie Blakeway and brother, Harry Fisher. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Harwell of Livingston and Patti Bratton of Livingston; grandchildren, Darrell and Emilie Harwell, David and Krystal Harwell, Kara and Charles Ean, Alysha Blakeway and Robin Packard; great-grandchildren, Krislynn, Katie, Brylee, Harper Belle, Stella, Lane and Landry; close and special friend, T.D. Blakeway of Livingston; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

ROBINSON
LIVINGSTON -- Della Marie Robinson was born Aug. 26, 1941 in El Campo, to Felton Baker and Dessie (Martin) Baker, and died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Livingston. She was a homemaker all her life. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gary Robinson; son, John Lloyd Baker; brothers, Irvin Baker and Jackie Baker and sister, Evajean Baker. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Bennie and Lisa Robinson of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Dinakay and Harry Carnes of Onalaska; grandchildren, Tina Wagner, Bennie Robinson Jr., Alexuss Robinson, Kaitlyn Vest, Katie Mayo, Dereck Mayo and Kelly Mayo; great-grandchildren, Alli Vest, John Vest and Hunter Robinson; sister, Mickey Duke; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

SCHULTZ
LIVINGSTON -- Milton "Buzz" Schultz Jr., born in 1954, died quietly at his residence in Bacliff on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. He was a beloved member of the community, an ordained minister, and a tri-member of the American Legion Post 554 in League City, serving as legionnaire judge advocate as well as chaplain for the Riders. A celebration of his life was held on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at American Legion Post 554 in League City. There will be a graveside service held at 4 p.m. on Oct. 4 at a family cemetery on 511 Creel Road, Livingston. He is preceded in death by his mother, Blanche "Rickie" Schaper; father, Milton Schultz; brother, Stanley Schultz and granddaughter, Raven Schultz. He is survived by his wife, Bree Schultz; son, Milton "Trey" Schultz III; daughter, Brandi Stewart and husband Michael; daughter, Amber Schutlz; stepson, Danny Rouse and wife Shannon; stepdaughter, Tammye Gimenes and husband Fred; brother, Michael Schultz; sisters, Dorothy Bray, Rosalind "Roz" Tipton and husband Clarence, Cheryl Buckley and husband Ken, Vicky Buckley, Marlene Parlak and husband Tim and Kathleen Dominguez; brothers-in-law, Thomas "T.C." Nash and wife Barbara and Richard "Eddy" Nash; stepfathers, David "Spike" Schaper and Don Cartwright; 10 grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, his rider brothers and sisters, and numerous friends.

GEBERT
LIVINGSTON -- Hazel Gebert, 87, of Livingston, formerly of Alvin, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Tall Pines Assisted Living, a special second home for her in Livingston. Hazel was born Oct. 5, 1926 in Schulenburg. She had been a resident of Alvin since 1948, moving to Livingston in 2013. Hazel worked as a kindergarten teacher, was a proud homemaker and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Alvin. Hazel is preceded in death by her husband, James August Gebert; parents, Lester and Sallie Little; son, Roger James Gebert; brother, "Skip" Little and great-grandchild, Emily Black. Hazel is survived by her daughter, Susan Muzny and husband John; sister, "Mickey" Little; four grandchildren, Laura Farnell and husband Russell, Karen Black and husband Jeff, Steven Gebert and Aaron Gebert; three great-grandchildren, Ryan Farnell, Carter Black and Will Farnell; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Gebert; and numerous other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 26, at the First United Methodist Church of Alvin. Graveside services followed in Schulenburg City Cemetery in Schulenburg. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to First United Methodist Church in Livingston or Gentiva Hospice. Arrangements were under the direction of Scott Funeral Home, Alvin.

MARTIN
LIVINGSTON -- Ricky Claude Martin, born June 8, 1959 in Houston, to Kathrine Shipp and John Coble, died Sept. 21, 2014 in Trinity. Ricky was known as a good man with a true heart of gold. He loved to listen to country music and dancing. He loved to spend time with his family and he loved football. He was also a Jack of all trades. Ricky is preceded in death by his mother, Kathrine (Carroll) Shipp and father, John Coble. He is survived by his wife, Kari Williams of Livingston; son, Rusty Williams; daughters, Mandy Coble and Cassidy Barker of Houston; brothers, Jody and Trudy Martin of Crosby and John Coble; sisters; Rubie Cumbie and spouse Parker "Pat" Williams of Livingston, JoLynn Anderson and spouse Tommie Dollar and Joyce Ann Hunkapiller of Eljay, Ga.; grandchild; Matthew Laney; nephews, Aaron, Roy, Kenneth, Kenneth Jr., Tristan, Ralph Jr., James, Little Jody, Patrick, Patton, Parker, Lane and Taylor and nieces, Casey, Racheal, Kylie, Raylee, Kiera, Debbie, Katelyn, Emlie, Disney, Eloise and Ashlyn. Pallbearers were Kenneth Nelson Sr., Roy "Bubba" Nelson, Ralph Nelson Sr., Eric Vahldiek, Tommy Stone and Parker "Pat" Williams. Graveside services were held Saturday, Sept. 27, in Forest Hill Cemetery. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

DOWNING
ONALASKA -- Funeral services for Elsie E. Downing, 76, of Point Blank were held Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in Point Blank Baptist Church in Point Blank, with the Rev. Mickey Fountain officiating. Mrs. Downing was born April 22, 1938 in Butler, Pa., to Frank B. Rinker and Bertha (Thompson) Rinker, and died Sept. 21, 2014 in Point Blank. She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Tonda Lou Kessler; brothers, Frankie Rinker, Dean Rinker and Melvin Rinker and sister, Katherine Rinker. She is survived by her husband, "Jack" John Downing of Point Blank; sons, Terry Downing of Point Blank, Cliff Downing of Lompoc, Calif. and Harold Downing of New Castle, Pa.; daughters, Francis Downing of Pearland, Nancy Crnkovie of Houston and Jackie McComb of New Castle, Pa.; grandchildren, Leslie Montamayor, Tany Reyna, Cody Kellos, Hilary Kessler, John Downing, James Downing, Jud McComb, Jed McComb, Quincy McComb and Tim Reed; seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home, Onalaska, was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CANNAMORE
CORRIGAN – Minnie Helen "Memaw" Hendry Cannamore died on Sept. 12, 2014. She was born to John Floyd Hendry and Laura Wright Hendry on Sept. 26, 1921 in Corrigan. She was the great-granddaughter of J.B. Hendry, the first settler in the Corrigan area. She grew up and lived in Corrigan until she moved to Houston after marrying Milburn Theo Cannamore. Memaw spent the next 40 years making a home for her husband and three children. She was active in church and her children's schools. As her children grew older and became active in outside activities, she was very busy, sometimes driving them to three different sporting events or school functions on the same day. As her husband worked two jobs, she became the disciplinarian of the family. Family members say she let you know when you had done something wrong, but she was always your strongest supporter. In 1982, she returned to Corrigan after her husband's death, where she lovingly served as the family matriarch from her little farmhouse on Hendry Hill. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters, Marie Sirman, Emma Jean Wadlington and twin sister, Winnie Hazel Harrison and two brothers, Lavon Hendry and John Hendry Jr. She is survived by her daughters, Brenda Presley and husband Sammy and Suzy Bailey and husband Carl; her son, Vernon Cannamore and wife Karen; her sister, Ardell Ratley; seven grandchildren, Melissa Presley Rabano, Matthew Presley, Tracy Cannamore Smith, Christopher Bailey, Bryan Cannamore, Laura Bailey Weigand and Caroline Bailey; five great-grandchildren, Nicholas Rabano, Connor Presley, Carlyn Presley, Aidan Presley and Callie Cannamore; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

THOMPSON
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Delwin Thompson, 93, of Coldspring will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Lake Livingston Lutheran Church in Onalaska. Military honors will be provided by the VFW Post 8568. Interment will follow in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Visitation will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. until service time at Lake Livingston Lutheran Church in Onalaska. Mr. Thompson was born Dec. 26, 1920 in Walters, Okla., to Daniel Benjamin Thompson and Katherine Thompson, and died Sept. 18, 2014 in Livingston. He proudly served his country in the United States Army and also retired from the Army. He was a member of the Lake Livingston Lutheran Church. He was known as a warm and great friend. He is survived by his brother, Jack Thompson of North Carolina, and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

SWINT
CLEVELAND – Jewel "Dad" Swint was born Jan. 11, 1933 in Huntington, the second child of the late Pearl Elnora and John Swint. He died on Sept. 3, 2014. Services were held Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Mt. Beulah Baptist Church in Lufkin, with Dr. Troy L. Allen Sr., pastor, officiating. At an early age, he confessed his belief in Jesus Christ. He was a faithful servant for many years at the New Zion Baptist Church as the president of the Usher Board. He later placed his membership at the Mt. Beulah Baptist Church, where he was a proud member until the time of his death. Mr. Swint attended the Huntington and Orange Independent School Districts. He proudly served his country in the United States Army as a member of the 601st Battalion stationed in Maryland and Washington, D.C. He guarded the president of the United States among many other duties. Mr. Swint was employed by Lufkin Foundry for many years. He later became an entrepreneur with many business ventures, especially with the timber industry. At the time of his death he was employed at the Lufkin Independent School District and Lufkin State School as a foster grandparent. He was married to the late Bonnie Carol Swint for over 30 years; they raised seven children. He is preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Carol; his parents, Pearl and John and one sister, Ida Bell Denman. Active pallbearers were his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers were Harold Alexander Jr., Robert Lee Robinson, Jewel Vernon Swint, Ronald Ray Swint, Michael Jewel Swint, Robert Jewel Dukes, Henry Lee Swint and Joe Mac Brooks. Peaceful Rest Mortuary, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

LOWERY
LIVINGSTON -- Ola Marine Lowery, born on March 4, 1926 in Houston, to Thomas Cronin Boykin and Marine Van Sickle, died on Sept. 18, 2014 in Livingston at the age of 88. Survivors include her loving husband of 40 years, Jesse T. Lowery; daughters, Theresa Bradshaw and husband Hollis and Debbie Ellingburg and husband Eddie; daughter-in-law, Sandy Coalson; grandchildren, John, Chris and wife Lynn, April and husband David, Chad and wife Allison, and Brittani; great-grandchildren, Kandra, Connor, Camryn and Casen; numerous other relatives and a host of dear friends. Ola is preceded in death by her parents; son, Ronald O. Coalson; three brothers and one sister. Ola was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Houston. A celebration of Ola's life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2590 Hwy 190 West in Livingston. Father Clifton Labbe, S.V.D., will officiate. Private interment will be held in Houston National Cemetery in Houston. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

PASKE
LIVINGSTON – A service in celebration of the life of Hayden Scott Paske, 13, of Katy was held Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Parkway Fellowship Church in Richmond. Hayden was born Oct. 24, 2000, to Paul and Sheree Paske. Within an instant he was the joy of their life. Throughout his time on earth he lived his life to the fullest from his adventurous spirit and passion for the outdoors, to his caring nature. He had an overall charismatic personality that touched the lives of countless others. Hayden's life would seem too short to many but those who were touched by him understand that the quality of his existence far exceeds the time in which he lived. Family members ask that his life be celebrated. Hayden is survived by his parents, Paul and Sheree Paske; his sister, Amber Paske; his grandparents, Brenda Walker, Paul and Jenny Paske, and C.A. and Kathleen Boulte; great-grandparents, Wally and Amanda Walker and Rose Palash; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members and many friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MCDONALD
LIVINGSTON – Regina Autumn Frazier McDonald, 28, daughter of Paul and Charla Frazier of Onalaska, died in the early morning hours of Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, from injuries sustained in a car accident near Ingram. She was born Nov. 13, 1985 and became a chosen member of the Frazier household in 2000, where she was the eldest member of the six-sibling family. She attended school in Livingston and, in May of 2011, married her now-estranged husband, Dustin McDonald. She is survived by two daughters, Alexis and Addyson, living with their grandparents (Paul and Charla); a brother, Terry; a sister, Lisa and well as the other Frazier children. A memorial service will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Onalaska First Baptist Church.

JOHNSON
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Leslie Wayne Johnson, 31, of Livingston will be held at noon Thursday, Sept, 18, 2014, at Livingston Church of God in Christ, with Elder Robert Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Gracehill Cemetery in Livingston. Mr. Johnson was born on Oct. 27, 1982 in Houston, to Alma Jean Toliver and the late Perry Lee Jr., and died on Sept. 12, 2014 in Livingston. He attended Livingston public schools and was employed with Polk County NDI. Survivors include his mother, Alma Toliver of Livingston; son, Lloyd Johnson of Livingston; brother, Lernard Taylor of Livingston; sisters, Marvine Preci-ado (Jesus) and Monique Johnson (Lynn Sr.), all of Livingston; aunt, Frances Taylor of Livingston; six nieces; six nephews; special friends, Octavia Wright, Lynn Johnson Sr., Dean Frasch; John Johnson, Ray Phillipi, Frankie Hartin, James Womack, Justine Wheeler, Billy Hill, River Phoenix Harrell, Clarrisa and Issac Randall, Justine Ovalle, Wayne Williams, the Polk County NDI work crew, Tony Davis and Eddie Ray Robinson; a host of other relatives and many other friends. Pallbearers will be Michael Taylor, John Taylor, Lamont Taylor, Jarvas Taylor, Jacques Taylor and Marquest Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Lynn Johnson Sr., Lernard Taylor, Gillett Toliver Jr., Willie Harris, River Phoenix Harrell, Justine Wheeler, James Womack and Dean Frasch. Duncan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

CLARK
LIVINGSTON -- Pauline Lilley Clark, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, died on Sept. 13, 2014 at the age of 73. Pauline was born on July 17, 1941 in Springfield, Mass., to Robert McLeish and Mary Elizabeth Lyons McLeish. Survivors include her loving husband, Onnie Dwayne Clark; daughters, Valerie Grogan and husband Ronnie and Virginia Lilley; granddaughter, Michelle Grogan; sister, Ann Barasa; brothers, Laird McLeish and Edward McLeish; numerous other relatives and a host of dear friends. Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, William McLeish and Ernie McLeish and sister, Mary Hurd. Pauline was a member of East Tempe Baptist Church in Livingston. She came to Texas when she was just 18 years old. Her children were all born in Massa-chusetts. Pauline worked as a waitress in the White Kitchen for 18 years. She became a Realtor in 2000. Pauline was known for her honesty and humor. A celebration of Pauline's life was held on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Wayne Bickley and Pastor Mitchell Murphy officiating. Interment was in Whitehouse Cemetery in Lufkin. Pallbearers were Joey Reisner, Buddy Reisner, Jerry Sumner, Ronnie Sumner, Jimmy Sumner and Clestel Riffe. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

DAVID
LIVINGSTON -- Margaret Knight Blank David, 92, died on Sept. 11, 2014 in Houston. Margaret was born on Nov. 7, 1921, in Plano, to Margaret Lois Knight and Paul Henri Blank. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Conway David; her parents; her brothers, Paul Henri and James Ray; her sister, Gene Morehead and her two sons, Michael Henri Foster and Stephen Craig Foster. Margaret spent most of her early years in Plano. Her mother was a homemaker and her father was a rural letter carrier. When she was just 5 years old, in 1927, both of her older brothers, ages 7 and 9 years, died within three months of each other. Then, in 1929, the Great Depression hit. When she was 15 years old, she was bitten by the family's pet collie, which was discovered to have rabies. Margaret had to undergo the Pasteur treatment, requiring upwards of 20 injections in the abdomen. Despite numerous sorrows and adversities growing up, she graduated from Plano High School with a perfect attendance record, having been neither absent nor tardy during her entire school history. Following a short romance, Margaret married J.T. Moseley. Their marriage ended in divorce before it really began after he went off to fight in the war overseas. Margaret went to work for North American Aviation, where she assembled AT-6s, P-51 Mustangs, and B-25 Mitchell bombers during WW II. It was during that time at North American Aviation that she met and married Alfred Lee Foster Sr., who was the father of her only children. Their first son died at just 6 months of age in 1945 from hydrocephalus, which was thought to be caused by a birth injury. They had another son the following year and a daughter a few years later. Margaret was known as smart, creative, fun-loving, energetic and strong-willed. She worked outside the home as a legal secretary while raising her children in Houston. She and Alfred Lee would divorce and marry twice... almost marrying for a third time. Alfred Lee died in 1970, and it was about that time that Margaret bought a little cabin in the woods on the outskirts of Livingston, which was her weekend getaway for years. Margaret was active in Delta Rho Delta Sorority, a national service organization for business and professional women. For many years, her finished garage was the staging place for assembling duck Easter baskets to benefit cancer patients at M.D. Anderson. During the mid-70s, she met and married Arthur "Art" Lloyd Seljos and, some years later, they both moved to the cabin in Indian Springs. Margaret soon became involved in many local projects. She supported the Pine Cone Festival and, as a member of the hospital auxiliary, she helped raise funds for scholarships to graduating students entering a field in health care. She became a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church and served on the altar guild. Margaret also supervised the landscaping for their sanctuary, parish hall, parsonage and bell tower. After her husband Art died, she moved out of the country and into town where she found many more opportunities to become involved and volunteer. She served on the Board of Directors of the Polk County Heritage Society and chaired the Tour of Homes in 2002. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Polk County Emergency Health Board. As president, she initiated the Fiesta De Amigos fund raiser, raising thousands of dollars for local low-income and underserved families. In 1992, Margaret married Samuel Conway "Dave" David, a WWII veteran and local resident. They enjoyed taking trips together and playing bridge and dominos regularly with friends. The other thing they equally shared was their love of Toby, the little black poodle they welcomed into their home. Margaret and Dave were married until Dave's death in 2008. Margaret was very active in Polk County Garden Club, holding offices in local, state and district levels. She was instrumental in landscaping the grounds of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, the Boys and Girls Club, and the old hospital before the new one was built. She was chair of the new hospital's Healing Garden—named in her honor—a place of therapeutic refuge for patients, families, and staff. More recently, she was chair of the Courthouse Beautification Committee, and she spearheaded the plantings for the gazebo on the courthouse grounds. Margaret's vision and dedication is manifest around town, and the City of Livingston is a more beautiful place because of her efforts. Margaret was probably best known around town as "the butterfly lady." terrell owens ex girlfriend on single ladies She had t-shirts and sweatshirts, pant suits and dresses, scarves and sweaters adorned with butterflies. She wore butterfly jewelry and, if there was a knick-knack with butterflies, she likely owned it. She had a butterfly garden in her backyard and, for years each spring, would capture the caterpillars to watch their ever amazing metamorphosis to Monarch butterflies. As an environmental consultant in the garden club, she took her caterpillars on the road to nearby garden clubs to share that wonderment with any and all who were interested. On one trip before perfecting her butterfly enclosure, Margaret's "captives" emerged from their chrysalis phase and escaped, flying around inside the car en route to her presentation. Margaret was honored to be named Polk Countian of the Year by the Polk County Chamber of Commerce in 2002 and Woman of the Year by the American Association of University Women in 2003. She worked for the betterment of her community until she was no longer able to do so. When she was unable to live independently, she moved to Houston in 2011 to be nearer to her family. Margaret is survived by her daughter, Donna Foster Boyd and husband Carter; granddaughter, Heather Boyd Martin and husband Scott; great-granddaughters, Abigail and Katherine; granddaughter, Brooke Boyd Priest and husband Ryan; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Mason and Allison; grandson, Joseph Craig Foster; granddaughter, Kristin Wheeler and husband Rob; great-grandsons, Caden and Bodi; and sister, Jon Paula Ackley. Margaret was affectionately known to her family as "Honey." A celebration of Margaret's life was held on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at First United Methodist Church in Livingston. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

PASKE
LIVINGSTON -- Memorial services for Hayden Scott Paske, 13, of Katy will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Parkway Fellowship Church at 27043 FM 1093, Richmond. Hayden was born Oct. 24, 2000 in Katy, to Paul Wayne Paske and Sheree Kay (Boulte) Paske, and died on Sept. 13, 2014 in Living-ston. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

HIGH
LUFKIN -- Services for Mildred High, 88, of Onalaska will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Roland Coyle officiating. Interment will follow in Fielder Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. High was born April 2, 1926 in Angelina County, the daughter of the late Jessie Mae (Quarles) and Gains Alvie Hopson. She died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, at her residence. Mrs. High was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed singing, cooking, quilting and crocheting. She was a member of Fellowship in the Pines in Ace. Survivors include her husband, Cecil Escue of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Alva and Joyce High of Texas City; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and James Weber of Willis; son, Douglas High and fianceé, Evelyn Starr of Houston; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Stanley and Verna Denman, both of Lufkin; and a number of nieces, nephews, and other family mem-bers. In addition to her parents, Mrs. High was preceded in death by her first husband, Glynn High in 1994; second husband, Lee Baughman in 2004; and four brothers. Gipson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements Condolences may be offered at gipsonfuneralhome.com.

NELSON
LIVINGSTON -- Services for Allen Nelson, 59, of Livingston were held Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, at the Nelson residence on Bar-N-Lane in Livingston. Interment was also held at the Nelson residence. Mr. Nelson was born on July 11, 1955 in Livingston, to Lester Nelson and Joyce Mayzell Nelson, and died on Sept. 7, 2014 at his residence in Livingston. He was a lifelong resident of Livingston. He lived his life for his family and friends. Carrying on tradition, he was a third-generation concrete craftsman. He served as a volunteer on the Livingston Fire Department for 20 years. As an avid outdoorsman, he was known to some as "The Great White Hunter." His football buddies may remember him as "Uncle Al the kiddies' pal" -- like they say, children at the greatest judge of character. On any given Saturday, at 1 o'clock, you could always find him at the auction barn. He took pride in the fact he could sit at the table with anyone, look past class and see the real person. He was known as a humble man who was bigger than life. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Bubba Watson. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 42 years, Debra Nelson of Livingston; son, Brandon Nelson of Livingston; daughter, Rachel Nelson Darling of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Montana and Meagan Nelson of Livingston; grandchildren, Ace Nelson, Alexis Darling, Briley Darling, Kason Nelson and Karter Nelson, all of Livingston; sister, Linda Watson of Livingston; brother and sister-in-law, Ricky and Marcey Nelson of Livingston; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Corky Cochran, Mark Jones, Chuck Hinton, Claude Thomas, Doug Stanford, Ryan Hall, Ronnie Shaw, Dennis Clifton, Mike Dominey, John Haynes, Guy Rasberry, Craig "Jug" Wright, Mark Smith, Keith Mayes and Bubba Rowe. Honorary pallbearers were the Livingston Fire Department and all concrete craftsmen, past and present. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

YATES
LIVINGSTON -- Mrs. LuAnn Yates, 76, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in Lufkin. Born Sept. 24, 1937 in Avery, Mrs. Yates lived most of her life in Santa Fe with her husband Larry, before moving to Livingston where she enjoyed living in the country and spending time with her family. She is preceded in death by her parents, Flora and Claude Clark; brothers, Claude Clark Jr. and Leslie Ray Clark; sisters, Eulah May and Beulah May Clark; daughter, Martha Kay Kemp; son, Claude Eugene Phillips and great-granddaughter, Taylor Kayann Hallmark. Survivors include her husband, Larry Yates; daughter, Kathy Taylor and husband Bo of Buffalo; son, Bobby Phillips Jr. of Livingston; granddaughters, Joni Hallmark and husband Troy, Julie Taylor and Mindy Stephens and husband Calvin, all of Buffalo and Mandy Phillips of Dickinson; grandson, Jandy Phillips and wife Stephanie of Atascocita; sisters, Juanita Nell Garcia and Elsie Sheppard; brothers, Randy Clark, Glen Clark, Mikey Clark, Joe Clark, Billy Wayne Clark and Garland Clark and great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Christine, Troy and Lexi Hallmark, Kaylie and Keiley Caffee, Hunter Bowman, Calvin, Collin and Cannin Stephens and Jadyn Phillips. Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 12, in the chapel of Hayes Funeral Home, Hitchcock, with Pastor Steve Weaver officiating. Interment followed in Alta Loma Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook, go to hayesfuneralhome.com.

PURSLEY
HUNTSVILLE -- Martha Dwain (Jameson) Pursley died Sept. 8, 2014. Her parents and her brother, Donald M. Jameson, preceded her in death. A 30-year breast cancer survivor, she is survived by her husband of 49 years, Norman C. Pursley; her two children, Staci (Pursley) Stephens of The Woodlands and Phillip Pursley of Houston; grandson, Slade Stephens; brother, Burel W. Jameson of Water Valley and many nieces and nephews. A devoted wife and mother whose children and grandson were the light of her life, Martha was born July 8, 1933 to Wayne and Frances (Bowman) Jameson in Gladewater. She graduated New London High School in Overton, attended Kilgore College and was a member of the world-famous Kilgore Rangerettes. She was a member of the University Baptist Church in Clear Lake City and an charter member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Joanna Troutman Chapter, Magnolia. Services were held on Thursday, Sept. 11, at First Baptist Church in New Waverly, with Dr. J.D. Andrews officiating. Interment followed in Hill Cemetery in New Waverly. A reception was held at First Baptist Church in New Waverly to celebrate Martha's life. Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorial condolences may be made to the family online at shmfh.com.

ELDER
LIVINGSTON – Steven Guy Elder, born Nov. 22, 1980 in Loma Linda, Calif., died on Sept. 1, 2014 in Kingwood Medical Center after fighting liver cancer for 17 years. A 20-year resident of Goodrich, he was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Alice Elder and father, Russell Elder. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Elder; three brothers, David Elder and wife Virginia, Jon Elder and wife Yolanda and Tim Elder; sister, Lynette Polacek and husband Mike and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held on Friday, Sept. 12, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Livingston, with Pastor Randy Bailey of-ficiating.

PEEBLES
LIVINGSTON -- Allen Wiley Peebles, 89, of Livingston died peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at Central Baptist Church in Livingston. Burial will immediately follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Allen was born in Livingston on Sept. 20, 1924, to Wiley and Addelle Peebles. He graduated from Livingston High School in 1941. Allen then proudly served his country in the G-3 Section (Plans and Operations) of the U.S. 9th Army in the European Theater of Operations with the rank of sergeant. When his tour of duty ended, he attended The University of Texas at Austin where he earned a bachelor of business administra-tion. Allen married to his beloved wife, Betty Sewell Peebles, on June 4, 1949. During their 65-year marriage, they shared many interests including bridge, golf, tennis, world travel, mountain hiking in the Colorado Rockies, and taking their grandchildren to Walmart to teach them the value of a dollar. He adored his family and shared President George H.W. Bush's sentiment that the proudest thing in his life was that his children still wanted to come home. Allen was employed by First National Bank of Livingston in 1948 serving in various capacities including teller, accountant, loan officer, president (1953 to 1986), and chairman of the board (1986 until his death). Allen also served as secretary-treasurer and on the Board of Directors of Livingston Telephone Company. During his life he was involved in numerous civic activities such as serving on the Livingston City Council for 25 years, and serving as president of various organizations including the Polk County Chamber of Commerce, Livingston Lions Club, Polk County Oratorio Society and Polk County Consolidated Funds Drive. He served on the founding Board of Directors of the Region VI Education Service Center and as chairman of both the Dogwood District of the Boy Scouts of America and the first Polk County Forestry Festival. He served on the original Board of Directors of the Babe Ruth Little League and also served on the Board of Directors of Polk County Hospital and the Polk County Library-Museum, Inc. Allen served as a deacon and choir member of Central Baptist Church of Livingston. He was the longest running member of the church at the time of his death. In 1951 he was selected Polk County Man of the Year, and in 1994 was recipient of the Lions International Melvin Jones Fellowship. He was also chosen as an Outstanding Graduate of Livingston High School. Allen is preceded in death by his parents, Wiley and Addelle Peebles. He is survived by his wife, Betty; sisters, Nell Wilkerson, Jean Maxwell, Ruth Peebles and Ann Cunningham and husband Harold; daughters, Leslie Jones and husband Mike, Meredith Miller and husband Jim and Laurie Gupton and husband Ronnie; six grandchil-dren, Clint Jones and wife Robin, Andrew Jones and wife Kelly, Spencer Jones and wife Avery, Jamie Villarreal and husband Josh, Meg Scott and husband Lee and Jonathan Gupton and wife Emily; and five great-grandchildren. Donations may be made to the building fund for Central Baptist Church of Livingston. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

WELLS
LIVINGSTON -- James Jay Wells, born on May 29, 1925 in Hamden, Ohio to Woody Jay Wells and Martha Neumeister Wells, died on Sept. 10, 2014 at the age of 89. Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Beatrice Wells; daughter, Linda Olson and husband Danny; grandchildren, Erica and husband Mike, Keith and wife Becky and Brigg and wife Kelliey; great-grandchildren, Clarie, Margot, David, Rebecca, Olyvia and Justin; five great-great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Jim is preceded in death by his parents; son, Mark Jay Wells; sister, Martha Marshall and brother, Vaughn Wells. Jim served proudly in the United States Marine Corps. He was a life-long electrician and a member of the IBEW Union. Jim loved Bea's apple pie, fishing and Western movies. He loved watching his great-randchildren play. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Lung Association in Jim's memory at lung.org. Visitation will be held from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at Pace Funeral Home. James will be laid to rest in Medina, Ohio. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

MICHELETTI
LIVINGSTON -- Memorial services for Opal Micheletti, 93, of Livingston, formerly of Galveston, were held Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Beacon Bay Baptist Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Mrs. Micheletti was born Nov. 22, 1920 in Haskell County, to Napoleon Grisham and Ethel Mae (Healer) Grisham, and died on Sept. 10, 2014 in Lufkin. During her lifetime she worked as a banker. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Sirio Micheletti and best friend, Jack Heitman. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Virgil Stutte of Livingston; daughter, Nancy Brandl of Wharton; grandchildren, Tony Hankey, David Hankey, Kim Hankey, Kerry Brandl and Christi Meggs; 11 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

PEDIGO
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Elmer Joe Pedigo, 92, of Livingston were held Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Central Baptist Church in Livingston, with Pastor Mike Meadows officiating. Interment followed in the Pedigo Cemetery in Tyler County. Mr. Pedigo, former mayor and councilman of Livingston, died on Sept. 10, 2014 with family by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Abram and Ella Tucker Pedigo; his beloved wife of 53 years, Gloria Ager Pedigo; his wife of 11 years, Rogene Griffey Pedigo; daughter, Cherie Pedigo Evans and granddaughter, Dallas Michelle Pedigo. Joe is survived by his sisters, Virginia Turner and Maurine Rienstra; daughter, Judy Pedigo Shipp and son-in-law, Bill Shipp; son, Joe Ernest "Joey" Pedigo and daughter-in-law, Beverly Farris; grandchildren, Andy and Allison Evans, Casey Evans Davis and Gary Davis, Jason and Kathryn Pedigo, Jeremy Pedigo, Joseph and Mary Kate Pedigo, Cari Shipp Kramer and Josh Kramer, Tyler Shipp, Jessica Ruffer, Gage Fowlkes, Corky and Deana Evans, Wade and Sherrie Evans and Keith and Laura Evans; great-grandchildren, Jack Pedigo, Samuel Pedigo, Henry Pedigo, Caleb Evans, Colby Evans and Kirbie Evans; and many nieces and nephews. Joe was a true son of rural East Texas. He was born on Aug. 26, 1922 in a small house in Doucette. He was raised in Woodville but spent most of his youth in Pedigo, Texas at his grandfather's, Jack Pedigo's, homestead. His stories of his childhood had no order and no end, but they were always of his beloved Pedi Papa and Pedi Mama's home. Joe graduated from Woodville's Kirby High School in 1939, and he was a member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of '43 where he served in the Corps of Cadets. He served as an ensign in the U.S. Navy until the end of World War II, at which time he was shipped to Portland, Ore. to await orders. Upon arriving to Portland, he met his future wife, Gloria Ager. Joe taught in the Woodville School District from 1947-1948, and then he and his father co-owned a café-bus station in Livingston from 1949 until 1953. In 1953, Joe and Gloria began Pedigo Furniture, and the store became a family affair that continues to operate with second and third generation families. Joe was known affectionately by the Polk County community and beyond as "Papa Joe." His life was the church, the community, his family and "the people." He accepted Christ at the age of 13 at a revival in Woodville, and has been a member of Central Baptist Church since 1949. Joe also served as a Livingston city councilman from 1962-1968, and as mayor of Livingston from 1968-1985. He was honored for his public service in 1991 when the city of Livingston also founded Joe Pedigo Park in Livingston. Joe also served on numerous civic organizations and boards, including the Livingston Rotary Club, the American Red Cross, the First National Bank Board of Directors, the Selective Services Board and the Polk County Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the Texas Forestry Service, which showed his devotion to the timber industry and the outdoors, in general. In his lifetime, he traveled extensively with family and friends to places including the Pyramids of Egypt, the Red Square in Moscow and the Great Wall of China. Joe lived during the Great Depression and was part of the last generation that fought in World War II. He never asked for anything except the opportunity to greet people, share their stories, and assume they were one of God's children. His last words before he passed to his beloved Lord and Savior were, "Stand up, Stand up for Jesus." Joe lived what he believed and he lived in a way that those who did not know God would know Him because of him. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to Central Baptist Church of Livingston (503 N. East Ave., Livingston, Texas 77351), Polk County Relay for Life (3785 US Hwy 190 W., Livingston, Texas 77351), or Michael Gott International Evangelistic Asso-ciation (P.O. Box 2636, Keller, Texas 7244-2636). Pallbearers were Jason Pedigo, Jeremy Pedigo, Joseph Pedigo, Andy Evans, Casey Evans Davis, Cari Shipp Kramer, Tyler Shipp, Greg Turner, Paul Turner, Lisa Radike, Debbie Van Etten, Matthew Rienstra, Jay Rienstra, Mike Ager, Jack Pedigo, Samuel Pedigo, Henry Pedigo, Caleb Ev-ans, Colby Evans and Kirbie Evans. Honorary pallbearers were current and former deacons of Central Baptist Church; the Joy Sunday School Class of Central Baptist Church; employees of Pedigo Furniture; current and former City of Livingston officials, including mayors, city councilmen and councilwomen, city secretaries and city managers; First National Bank Board of Directors and employees, Sidney Smith, Lois Lively-Lichte, Betty Peebles, Jay Walrath, Rudy Williams and Harold Barfield. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BROCK
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Wanda Lee Brock, 69, of Seven Oaks will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Fred Huff officiating. Interment will follow in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Mrs. Brock was born Aug. 13, 1945, to John Edward Brock and Mable (Atkinson) Brock, and died Sept. 12, 2014 in Conroe. She is preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Willard Brock, William Brock and Wayne Brock. She is survived by her brother, Walter Brock of Wichita Falls; brother and sister-in-law, Wallace and Deanna Brock of Porter; sister and brother-in-law, Wilma and Joe Swanson of Livingston; niece, Christy Hammond of Livingston; nephew, Jonathan Hammond of Livingston; niece, Wanda Hammond of Livingston; nephew and wife, Michael Brock and Janet of Willis; nephew and wife, Wesley and Joan Brock of Lufkin; niece and husband, Debbie Brock Stuard and Larry of The Woodlands; great-nephew and wife, Shane and Hazel Stuard of The Woodlands; great-nephew and wife, Tyler and Breanne Stuard of The Woodlands; great-niece, Tiffany Stuard of The Woodlands and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Wesley Brock, Michael Brock, Jonathan Hammond, Shane Stuard, Tyler Stuard and Larry Stuard. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

GRIFFIN
LIVINGSTON -- Annie Faye Nash Griffin, born Feb. 15, 1930 in Apple Springs, to Isaac Nash and Martha Nash, died on Sept. 11, 2014 in Coldspring at the age of 84. Survivors include daughters, Patricia Adine Horton, Marsha Gail Page and husband Steve and Mamie Olene Dueitt; sisters, Adell McLane, Audrey Parrish and Bessie McDonald and husband Al; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; other family members and a host of friends. Annie was preceded in death by husband, Ed Griffin; daughters, Willa Myrel Conley and Sharon Marie Smith; her parents; sisters, Bertha, Gladys and Joyce and brothers, James Coy and Dub. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, in Davis Cemetery in the Mt. Carmel community, with the Rev. Kenneth Harper officiating. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Jackie Norris Jr., Heath Bagley, Waylon Hicks, Johnnie Hodum, Derek Overstreet and Starsky Franklin. Honorary pallbearers will be Jackie Harper and Joshua Coleman. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

CHANDLER
LIVINGSTON -- Lenora Ann "Peachy" Chandler, 70, of Livingston was born June 20, 1944 in Indiana, to Marshall Gayle Chandler and Margie Ann (Hen-son) Chandler, and died Sept. 6, 2014 in Lufkin. She worked as a secretary for Sam Houston Electric Cooperative. She is preceded in death by her mother and sister, Lisa Marie Chandler. She is survived by her father, Marshall Chandler of Livingston; brother, Michael Chandler Sr. of Onalaska; nieces, Kim Blair and Dawn Chandler; nephews, Michael Chandler Jr. and Marshall E. Chandler; and numerous great and great-great-nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

WILLSON
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Myrtle Irene Willson, 86, of Pasadena will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. George Pounds officiating. Myrtle was born Jan. 13, 1928 in Batesville and died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Heritage House in Pasadena. She loved all sports, especially bowling and playing golf. One of her hobbies was flower gardening. Myrtle and several of her friends formed a little band and she played the clarinet. Myrtle is survived by her nieces, Andrea Tiff and family of Morgan Hills, Calif., Becky Willson and family of Splendora and Christina Willson of Houston; nephews, Joe Willson of Milbrae, Calif., John Willson of Gresham, Ore. and Pat Willson of Houston; grandnieces, Carey Willson of Splendora, Robin Rodgers of Dayton, Bobbie Ebbers of Humble, Kimberly Willson of Calvert, Jamie Tolleson and husband Joshua of Kingwood, Lara Regus, Lisa Flynn, Nikole Nasland and Teir Bowman; grandnephews, Scott, David, Greg and Joe Willson; six great-grandnephews; four great-grandnieces; numerous cousins and faithful life friends, Oleta, Katherine and Nettie. Myrtle is preceded in death by her parents, Joe Willson and Lola Sirman Willson; sister, Ruth Willson; brothers, Joe, Marion and Ollie Willson and nephew, James Willson. Corrigan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To send condolences and to sign the online guestbook, go to corriganfh.net.

WHITE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Gladys White, 74, of Livingston were held Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in Farris Cemetery in Huntsville, with Chaplain Jason Sandefer officiating. Mrs. White was born on Feb. 11, 1940 in Huntsville, to Manuel Brown and Viola (Ellington) Brown, and died on Sept. 6, 2014 at her residence in Livingston. She was known as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who will be dearly missed. She is preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Charles Brown and Donald Brown and Ima Ruth. She is survived by her husband, Arlis White of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, David White and Tammy of Livingston; son, Darin White; sister-in-law, Faye Brown of Frankston; sister and brother-in-law, Agnes Cloud and Tex of Humble; cousin, Joyce Shiflet of Huntsville; grandchildren, Joanna Quinlian and Scott, Steven White and Meagan, Shane White and D.J. White and great-grandchildren, Caleb, Kaelyn, Cayden and Jack. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MARSH
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Daniel Booker Marsh Jr., 81, of Livingston were held on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Central Baptist Church in Livingston, with Pastor Mike Meadows officiating. Interment followed in San Jacinto Memorial Park Cemetery in Hou-ston. Daniel was born on Nov. 24, 1932 in Troy, Kan., to Daniel Booker Marsh Sr. and Katie (Hartmann) Marsh, and died on Sept. 4, 2014 at his residence in Livingston. Dan proudly served his country in both the Army and the National Guard. He had many passions in life, including his love for John Deere tractors; it didn't matter the size, large or small. Dan was a licensed ordained minister and also served as deacon at Central Baptist Church. He enjoyed bailing hay, listening to Southern gospel music, and loved the time he spent with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family and friends say, if there was one word to describe Daniel Marsh, that word would be "faithful." Dan is preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Katie Marsh; brothers, Warren Marsh, Cliff Marsh and Bob Marsh and beloved wife, Ann Marsh. He is survived by his sons, Daniel Marsh III and fianceé Gwen, Tim Marsh and wife Christie and Allen Thomason; daughter, Cheryl Fuller and husband Louis; grandchildren, Skye Dawn Marsh, Kenny Gurley and wife Jeanette, Jonathan Gurley and wife Mary, April Spell and husband Jay, Robert Fuller and Leah Ritchie and husband Jim; great-grandchildren, Rush Hudson Gurley, Ashtyn Gurley, Andrew Gurley, Jacob Dike, Lilly Spell, London Spell, Emma Ritchey and Tara Ritchey; brothers, Roger Marsh and wife Mabel, Chester Marsh and wife Naomi and Walter Marsh and wife Jean; sister, Margaret Benford and husband Harold; and numerous other family and friends. Pallbearers were Kenneth Gurley, Jonathan Gurley, Robert Fuller, Jay Spell, Jim Marsh and Jim Chaplin. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MUSGROVE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Jerry Duane Musgrove, 55, of Oakhurst were held Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Oakhurst Full Gospel Church in Oakhurst, with Pastor Glenn Cooksey officiating. Interment followed in Raven Hill Cemetery in Oakhurst. Mr. Musgrove was born Dec. 3, 1958 in Huntsville, to Deavours Harrison Musgrove and Lilla Jo (Bennett) Musgrove, and died Sept. 3, 2014 near Coldspring. He worked during his lifetime as a carpenter in the construction business. He loved to travel and was able to see so much of the world. The love of his life was his 7-year-old son, Levi. He is preceded in death by his biological mother, Alice Goff; mother, Lilla Jo Musgrove and brother, Robert Carter Jr. He is survived by his father, Deavours Musgrove of Livingston; son, Levi Musgrove of Oakhurst; brother, Joseph Carter of Bryan; sisters, Eunice Dees of Livingston and Deborah Carter of Livingston; brother, Robert Hermes of Livingston; special aunt and uncle, Mickey and Linda Bennett of Oakhurst; special friend and mother of his son, Destiny Scuffert of Oakhurst; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

NELSON
LIVINGSTON -- Services for Allen Nelson, 59, of Livingston were held on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, at the Nelson residence in Livingston. Interment was also held at the Nelson residence. Mr. Nelson was born on July 11, 1955 and died on Sept. 7, 2014 at residence. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

ULICNIK
LIVINGSTON – Tommy Dean Ulicnik, born on Nov. 24, 1956 in Houston, to Tony Ulicnik and Margaret Doughty Ulicnik, died on Sept. 8, 2014 at the age of 57. Survivors include his children, Joshua Ulicnik, Lynsey Ulicnik, Jessica Ulicnik and Sydney Stancil; sisters, Betty Pounds and Nancy Slack; brother, Mike Ulicnik; many nieces and nephews; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Tommy was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Edward Ulicnik and Jerry Wayne Ulicnik and sisters, Dottie Henderson and Marian Powers. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

SAYER
LIVINGSTON -- Kathryn Lynn Sayer died on Aug. 30, 2014. She was known as a kind, wonderful soul who touched many lives during her lifetime. She was born on Sept. 3, 1948 in Elgin, Ill., to Lawrence Earl Barnes and Shirley Jean (Cameron). She was an avid quilter, belonging to numerous quilt guilds and associations, and a mother to her furry peeks. Kathy was retired from Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center where she was executive assistant to the chief executive officer and was the recording secretary for the Board of Trustees. She was currently working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Kathy was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Martin; her father, Lawrence Barnes and stepbrother, Larry A. Survivors include a son, James Sayer; her stepmother, Paula Barnes of Jackson, N.J.; brother, Douglas Barnes and wife Lorna of Curlew, Wash.; brother, Kevin Barnes and wife Debra of Westminster, Colo.; stepbrother, Timothy and wife Pamela of Long Valley, N.J.; sister, Michelle White of San Antonio; stepsister, Carolyn and husband Tony Roselli of Jackson, N.J.; uncle, James Barnes and wife Candice of Fort Wayne, Ind.; many cousins; her nieces and nephews and many dear friends and co-workers. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at First United Methodist of Livingston, with the Rev. James Frazier officiating. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

SMITH
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Jesse Hamilton Smith Jr., 70, of Livingston were held on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in Houston National Cemetery in Houston. Mr. Smith was born on Aug. 21, 1944 in Atlanta, Ga. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Hamilton Smith Sr. and Carol (Davis) Hamilton; brother, Robert Smith and wife, Patricia A. Smith. He is survived by his wife, Karen Hogg; daughters, Jessica Smith, Mandy Smith and Tracy Laluzerne; brother and sister-in-law, Harry and Lynn Smith; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

IVEY
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Darlene Ivey, 56, of Livingston were held Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston, with the Rev. Melvin Holifield officiating. Mrs. Ivey was born Aug. 4, 1958 in Cleveland, to Curtis Floyd Wright Sr. and Essie Faye (Ford) Wright, and died Aug. 31, 2014 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Clifton Wright. She is survived by her husband, Larry Ivey of Livingston; daughter, Christie Ivey of Willis; son, Robert Ivey of Livingston; grandson, Kyle Torres of Willis; brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Staci Wright of Livingston; brothers, Bobby Wright of Houston and Floyd Wright of Groveton; sisters, Teresa Wright and Janice Wright, both of Livingston; sister and brother-in-law, Angie and Dennis Lester of Livingston; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Blaine Juergens, John Wright, Roger Wright, Alec Smith, David Clinton, Dennis Lester and Clinton Smith. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

RILEY
ONALASKA -- Funeral services for Stella M. Riley, 90, of Waco were held Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Center Hill Cemetery in Oakhurst, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Mrs. Riley was born Dec. 20, 1923 in Savanna, Okla., to Andrew Pazero and Elizabeth Ann (Miller) Pazero, and died Sept. 3, 2014 in Waco. She was a homemaker. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, James E. Riley; son, Chris Daniel Hogland; brothers, George and Tony and sisters, Margie, Betty, Katherine, Ann, and Marye. She is survived by her daughters, Barbra Gowin of Waco, Marye L. Guthrie of Waco and Effie M. Gano of Denton; stepsons, James L. Riley of Houston and Roger D. Riley of Houston; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home, Onalaska, was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MURPHY
LUFKIN -- Funeral services for Teresa Carrico Murphy, 54, of Lufkin were held Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Elton Musick officiating. Interment followed in Wheeler Cemetery near Corrigan. Ms. Murphy was born Oct. 25, 1959 in Lufkin, to Hilliard "Bill" Carrico and Murl (Byron) Hines, and died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at her residence. She was a lifetime resident of Lufkin. Ms. Murphy was the office manager at Ewell Equipment for 20 years. She loved to crochet and was a member of Wakefield Baptist Church. Survivors include her life partner, Kevin Wallace of Lufkin; daughters and son-in-law, Melissa and Kris King of Corrigan and Tami Wars of Lufkin; grand-children, Brooke Wars, Sydney King, Kyle Wars, Luke King and Cameron Kesinger; brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Honey Carrico of Groveton, Mickey Carrico, and Royce and Geri Lea Carrico, all of Corrigan; sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Stephen McKenna of Humble; best friend, Robin Wanner of Lufkin; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents. Pallbearers were Kyle Wars, Luke King, Brian Carrico, Keith Wright, Justin Helton, Matt Brown and Jeremy Carrico. Honorary pallbearers were David Carrico, Mickey Carrico, Royce Carrico, Kris King, Josh Carrico and Patrick Blair. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, was in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be added, and live webcasting of the services may be viewed at carrowayfuneralhome.com.

WILKINSON
LIVINGSTON -- Greg Wilkinson, 72, of Rusk died on Sept. 2, 2014 in Tyler. Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 5, at Gallatin Missionary Baptist Church in Gallatin, with the Rev. Don Copeland and Bro. Robin Parsons officiating. Graveside services were in Lowes Chapel Cemetery near Rusk. Born on July 15, 1942 in Livingston, Greg was the son of Carnie Gregory Wilkinson and Nettie (Murry) Wilkinson. He married Martha Evelyn Hancock in Rusk on Sept. 16, 1961, and they moved to Houston. They raised two daughters, Beverly and Brenda, in Houston, Huntsville and Rusk. He was a member of Gallatin Missionary Baptist, although he had served as deacon and adult Sunday school teacher of Memorial Missionary Baptist in Rusk for many years. He was named national salesman of the year for Pitney Bowes numerous times. He also retired from Rusk State Hospital. He loved farming and ranching and enjoyed operating heavy machinery. He is preceded in death by Martha Hancock Wilkinson, his wife of 52 years, and his brother, Billy Gerald Wilkinson of Livingston. He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly and Robin Parsons of Gallatin and Brenda and John Thigpen of Rusk; granddaughters and husbands, Kathryn and Joe Jones of Timpson, Kristen and Kody Killion of Rusk, Sarah and Joshua Rutherford of Columbia, Ohio and Samantha Jo and Lane Childress of Sulphur, La.; grandsons, Joshua Parsons of Gal-latin, Greg Rempfer of Columbia, Ohio and Anthony Thigpen of Jacksonville; great-grandchildren, Klaira Grace Jones of Timpson, Kayleigh Jo Jones of Timpson and Logan James Childress of Sulphur, La.; sister, Wanda Williams of Kingwood; sister and husband, Sue and Ernie Rush of Kingwood; sister-in-law and husband, Shirley Wilkinson and Mike Johnson of Coldspring; cousin and wife, Roy Wilkinson and Marlene of Rusk; and many nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were grandsons, Joshua Parsons of Gallatin, Greg Rempfer of Columbus, Ohio, Joe Jones of Timpson; Kody Killion of Rusk; Anthony Thigpen of Jacksonville, Joshua Rutherford of Columbus, Ohio, and nephews, Quinn Alexander of Kingwood, Cody Evans of Beaumont, Kevin Hall of Kingsland, Billy Shane Wilkinson of Corrigan and Lesly Wilkinson of Corrigan; and also Roy Wilkinson of Rusk, Mychal Parker of Chandler and Bill Smith of Rusk. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

LEGGETT
HOUSTON – Michael Ray Leggett Sr., 54, was born on Dec. 9, 1959 in Groves and died on Sept. 3, 2014. Michael is survived by his wife of 37 years, Barbara; his children and their spouses. Michael Jr. and his wife Jana, Michelle and her husband Chris James and Justin and his wife Marissa; many grandchildren that he loved dearly; six brothers and two sisters. Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Carrie Lee and Faye Harrison Leggett. Cypress-Fairbanks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

MEDVECZKY
LIVINGSTON – Olga Mary Medveczky, 57, of Livingston, previously of Szeckszand, Hungary, died on Sept. 3, 2014 in Houston. She was born on Oct. 27, 1957 in Hungary, to Kalman and Olga Subits. Her body was taken to Restland Crematory. Survivors include her husband, Endre Medveczky of Livingston; son, Andre (Cara) Medveczky of Livingston; mother, Olga Subits of Arizona and a host of other relatives and friends. Duncan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

CLARKE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Billie Jane Clarke, 84, of Livingston were held Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment followed in Jones Prairie Cemetery in Leggett. Ms. Clarke was born on Sept. 26, 1929 in Livingston, to J.L. Clarke Sr. and Meadie (Swilley) Clarke, and died on Aug. 28, 2014 after a brief illness in Cornerstone Hospital in Conroe. She was a graduate of Livingston High School and spent her whole life in the Livingston area. She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Jewell Denton, Juarine Peters, Margaret Beatrice Mitchamore and Elizabeth Dorris and brothers, J.L. Clarke Jr. and Jimmy Clarke. She is survived by her sister, Rebecca Ann Isaac and husband James Marvin of Livingston; nieces, Kathy Ringo and husband Richard of Livingston, Debbie Isaac Cooper of Livingston, Rhonda Cox and husband Randy of Livingston, Barbara Ann Milner and husband Lewis of Livingston, Amy Clarke Palmer of Allen, Judy Holder of Conroe, Sandy White and husband Gordon of Houston, Peggy Connelly and husband Hulett of Centerville, Sue Gates of Montgomery, Margaret Dorris of Dallas and Nancy Dorris of Dallas; nephews, Gene Hanson and wife Rose of Point Blank, Jackie Peters and wife of Shepherd, Larry Peters of Livingston, Wayne Peters and wife Cindy of Livingston, Ricky Peters and wife Marilyn of Liv-ingston, Randy Peters of Livingston, Bobby Peters and wife Sara of Livingston and James Lee Clarke and wife D.A. of Livingston; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

HUGHES
LIVINGSTON -- A memorial service for Berton F. "Mike" Hughes, 76, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Nick Caveness officiating. Mr. Hughes was born on Feb. 15, 1938 in Houston. He married the love of his life, Margaret, on June 15, 1957 and enjoyed 57 years of happiness with her until his passing. He had many passions in life, including fishing and camping, collecting guns and knives, resale shops, and having family get-togethers where he could enjoy barbecuing for everyone. Mike died at home on Aug. 30, 2014, as he requested, surrounded by his loving wife, children, and grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Berton Franklin Hughes Sr. and Lora Berniece (Holliday) Hughes. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Hughes of Livingston; son, Mike Hughes and wife Barbara of Baytown; daughter, Brenda Johnston and husband Bill of Denton; grandchildren, Jennifer Cantu of Spring, Wesley Brock of Livingston, Michael Hughes Jr. of League City, Amanda Babineaux of Corinth and Kelli McKenny of Beaumont; brother, Wayne Hughes of Houston; sister, Lana Hughes of Houston; great-grandchildren, Ryan Cantu, Oscar Cantu IV, Mia Cantu, Raven Babineaux, Delton Babineaux, Dylan Hughes, Delanie Hughes, Alina Martin and Aiden Tompkins; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

EMANUEL
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Minnie Mae Emanuel, 98, of Shepherd were held Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Mt. Rose Cemetery in Livingston, with the Rev. Lesly Wilkerson officiating. Mrs. Emanuel was born on Nov. 1, 1915 in Mt. Enterprise and died on Aug. 30, 2014 in Woodland Park Nursing Home in Shepherd. She is preceded in death by her parents, Hubbard and Amanda (Pierce) Lollar; husband, Albert Nathan Emanuel, whom she married on Dec. 8, 1932 in Mercedes; sons, Daniel Wade Emanuel, Elbert Everett Emanuel, Billy Gardner Emanuel and Nathan Eugene Emanuel; daughter, Dar-lene Crowson; grandson, Gregory Kyle Emanuel; brothers, Maston Lollar, Daniel Lollar, A.P. Lollar and Willie Lollar and sisters, Lillie Patterson and Dolly Simpson. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Jean Mauney and Judy Elaine Walters; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Brad Smith, Jayden Smith, Jake Smith, Shay Johnston, Mark Emanuel and Elbert Emanuel Jr. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BURNHAM
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Laura Virginia Burnham, 80, of Livingston were held Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in the First United Methodist Church in Livingston, with the Rev. James Frazier and Father Clifton Labbe officiating. Interment followed in Bold Springs Cemetery in Living-ston. Laura was born on March 5, 1934 in Port Arthur, to William and Stella (Laughlin) Clanan, and died on Aug. 29, 2014 at her home in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents and first husband, John Burnham. She is survived by her husband, Robert Dibbern, whom she married on Sept. 9, 2006 in Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Annette Burnham of Dayton; daughter, Trish Bonsall of Port Arthur; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Kary Burnham of Beaumont; daughter, Diana Burnham of Point Blank; stepdaughter and husband, Tanya and Chuck Nagel of Katy; stepson and wife, Bobby and Debbie Dibbern of Spring; stepdaughter and husband, Melody and Mark Bounds of Tyler; grandchildren, Christina Burnham, Ginger Burn-ham, Nikki Bonsall Renfrow, Amber Bonsall Campbell and Jason, Christal and Jamie Shackford, Kyle and Vita Burnham, Jason and Margarita Graham, Ryan Graham, Jason Fallon, Melisa Wright and Chad, Brian Nagel and McCall, Chuck Nagel Jr. and Sara, Stephanie Nagel, Maryanne and Jorge Qui-tana, Shiro The Horse, Black Dog, Blue Dog, Red Dog and Sarah The Cat; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Frances Hoffpauir of Lake Charles, La.; sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth Ann Eaves and Tommy of California; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

COMBS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Larry W. Combs, 70, of Livingston were held Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Byron Lyons officiating. Interment followed in Camp Ruby Cemetery in Livingston. Mr. Combs was born on Aug. 7, 1944 in Pasadena, to Ray and Mildred (Weston) Combs, and died on Aug. 28, 2014 in Livingston. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy and later worked at a master electrician. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Juanita Combs; and Larry Neil Combs (Bubba.) He is survived by his daughter, Sherry Marek of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Keith Pate of Livingston; grandchildren, Michael Combs, Curtis Hermes, Shelby Marek, Laci Pierce, Jared Pierce, Trent Pierce and Ethan Combs; great-grandchildren, Grayson Hermes, Graci Hermes, Violet Rowe and Noah Combs; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Robert and Peggy Neugebauer and Butch and Carol Neugebauer; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lena and Larry Smith; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Shelley Sanders; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Jared Pierce, Trent Pierce, Michael Combs, Curtis Hermes, Shelby Lynn Marek and Laci Pierce. Honorary pallbearer was Destanee Barnens. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

SAYER
LIVINGSTON -- Kathryn Lynn Sayer died on Aug. 30, 2014. She was known as a kind, wonderful soul who touched many lives during her lifetime. She was born on Sept. 3, 1948 in Elgin, Ill., to Lawrence Earl Barnes and Shirley Jean (Cameron). She was an avid quilter, belonging to numerous quilt guilds and associations, and a mother to her furry peeks. Kathy was retired from Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, where she was executive assistant to the chief executive officer and was the recording secretary for the board of trustees. She was currently working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Kathy was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Martin; her father, Lawrence Barnes and stepbrother, Larry A. Survivors include a son, James Sayer; her stepmother, Paula Barnes of Jackson, N.J.; brother, Douglas Barnes and wife Lorna of Curlew, Wash.; brother, Kevin Barnes and wife Debra of Westminster, Colo.; stepbrother, Timothy and wife Pamela of Long Valley, N.J.; sister, Michelle White of San Antonio; stepsister Carolyn and husband Tony Roselli of Jackson, N.J.; uncle, James Barnes and wife Candice of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews, many dear friends and co-workers. Services will be announced at a later date. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pace-funeral.com.

DUKE
LIVINGSTON -- Tessie Faye Duke was born on Feb. 26, 1931 in Maud, Okla., to Sam and Clara (Templar) Lucy, and died on Aug. 30, 2014 at the age of 83, in Timberwood Nursing Home in Livingston after a long battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Tessie enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Tessie spent life caring for others; beginning a nursing career at the Carrie Tingley Hospital in Truth or Consequences, N.M. in 1947. She continued this care throughout her career in Hobbs, N.M. at Lea General Hospital, and Llano Estacado Hospital before moving to Texas in 1976. While in Texas she took a different route by providing child care in Roundrock, before moving back to New Mexico where she worked at the nursing home providing daily nursing care to resi-dents. Moving back to Texas in 1991, she took on the care for her mother-in-law, Bertha Smith. Even though she had no official degree, as a nurse she supervised and taught many nursing students during hands-on instructional learning. The most precious award she earned, according to her, was the "Best Granny Ever" award from her grandchildren. She was known as a very patient person who found humor in all situations. Tessie was well known for her exquisite embroidery and sewing skills. She also loved to grow flowers and vegetable gardens. She spent time bird-watching and col-lecting salt and pepper shakers. Survivors include her loving husband of 46 years, J.W. Duke of Romayor; sons, Clifton Clary of Hobbs N.M. and Bobby Clary of Romayor; daughter, Diann (Charles) Brown of Cotulla; granddaughters, Brenda (Bryan) Davis of Portland, Texas and Amanda (Tye) Snowden of Cotulla; grandson, Dylan Clary of Midlothian; great-grandchildren, Brayden and Breckyn Davis; four stepchildren, Billy, Bobby, David and Lonnie Duke; sisters, Chesta Cowan of Bowie and Willie Mae Reeder of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sister-in-law, Pat Feuerbacher; brother-in-law, Paul Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews. Tessie is predeceased by her parents and brothers, Hiley and Rufus Lucy. A celebration of Tessie's life, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Pace Funeral Home in Livingston, with Pastor Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment will follow in Holly Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Charles Brown, Bryan Davis, Tye Snowden, Eugene Reeder, Paul Smith and Colby Leviness. Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Rhodes, Mark Leviness, Wilbern Vickery, Ed Tice, Wayne Johnson, Red King and Bob Taylor. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to: Arthritis Foundation P.O. Box 96280, Washington, D.C. 20077 or Gentiva Hospice Foundation, 7801 Mesquite Bend Drive, Suite 105 Irving, Texas 75063. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

POPE
ONALASKA -- Funeral services for Faye Pope, 76, of Point Blank were held Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with Bro. Steve Waldrep officiating. Interment followed in Foster Cemetery in Point Blank. Faye was born Nov. 11, 1937 in Austin, to Carl and Lily (Ferrell) Bolt, and died Aug. 18, 2014 in Point Blank. She was a Baptist by faith and worked as a beautician for the majority of her life. She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her daughter, Sherre Montgomery of Point Blank; son, Curtiss Pope of Texas City; grandson, Clayton Pope of Texas City; granddaughters, Brandy Lockhart of Mont Belvieu and Sonya Worsham of Point Blank; brother, Joe Pearson of Leander; brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl and Mary Bolt of Caldwell and Judith and Joyce Bolt of Goldthwaite; five great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

NEWMAN
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Emma Fay Newman, 82, of Goodrich were held Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in the First United Methodist Church in Goodrich, with the Rev. Wade Floyd and the Rev. Louie Armstrong officiating. Mrs. Newman was born Aug. 10, 1932 in Scoby, Miss., to Richard Holland and Effie (Thomas) Holland, and died Aug. 21, 2014 in Livingston. She was married for 59 years to A.C. Newman and was devoted to her family. She loved her church and flowers, and worked for a long time in the garden department at Jackson's True Value. She is preceded in death by her parents and three brothers. She is survived by her husband, A.C. Newman of Goodrich; sons, Jerry Newman of Livingston, Terry Newman of Dickinson, Mike Newman of Austin, Kenneth Newman of Goodrich and Randy Newman of Goodrich; daughters, Judy Kennon of Center and Linda Newman of Goodrich; grandchildren, Tera, James, Sarah, Bernadette, Andy, Dawn, Shaun, John, Lydia, Matthew, Elvis, Kim, Kimberly, Steven, Randy Jr., Haley and Evan; 22 great-grandchildren; brothers, Paul Holland of Gernada, Miss. and Rainey Holland of Tulsa, Okla.; sister, Bonnie Morgan of Greenwood, Miss. and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BROOKS
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Billie Jean Brooks, 81, of Livingston were held Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at First Community Church, with Pastor Ray Fisher of Pine Valley Baptist Church officiating. Interment followed in Shiloah Cemetery in Moscow. Mrs. Brooks was born July 20, 1933 in New Willard, to Mancie Scott and Jessie Lee Austin Scott, and died Aug. 12, 2014 in Pine Ridge Health Care, Livingston. She was a housewife and member of Pine Valley Baptist Church. Survivors include her daughter, Pamela (Todd) Armstrong of Houston; son, Willie Earl (Susan) Jackson on Ingleside; goddaughters, Helen Allen of Livingston, Helen (Daniel) Pickens of Point Blank, Mable Davison of Shepherd and Bettye Washington of Point Blank; grandchildren, Ur-Shaun Jackson of Point Blank, Eric (Laura) Jackson of San Antonio, Adrian Jackson of Livingston, Kevin Buchmann of Frankfort, Germany and Jasmine Jackson of San Antonio; great-grandchildren, Kahly Jackson and Jordan Jackson, both of Livingston, Arneisha and Jasmine Jackson, both of San Antonio, Justice Villareal of Willis and Erica Boone of Houston; aunt, Mary Cole of Livingston; special cousin, Warren Anderson of Delaware, Md.; special friends, Veronica Thomas of Livingston and Earnestine Lawrence of Point Blank; and a host of cousins and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Todd Armstrong, Wesley Armstrong, Jermaine Turner, Billy Hill, Darren Wayne Sykes, Gerald Robinson, Robert Thompson and Marvin Robinson Sr. Honorary pallbearers were Willie Earl Jackson, UrShaun Jackson, Eric Jackson, Adrian Jackson, Kevin Buchmann and Johnnie Robinson. Duncan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

KITE
LIVINGSTON -- Debra Gale Kite, born on Sept. 10, 1958 in Platka, Fla., died on Aug. 3, 2014 in Onalaska at the age of 55. Survivors include her husband, William John Kite; mother, Betty Gordon; brothers, Norman Williams and family and Kenneth Williams and family; numerous other relatives and a host of dear friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Emerson Williams. Debra loved to garden, tend to her flowers and was an avid fisherman. She was known as someone who never met a stranger, loved her husband and friends dearly and always tried to make everyone happy. A celebration of Debra's life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at Lake Livingston Lutheran Church, on the corner of FM 3152 and 190 West. The Rev. Sharon Kapsch will officiate. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Pines, 1504 West Frank Ave. Lufkin, Texas 75904. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

COLQUITT
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Allie Jean Colquitt, 73, of Corrigan were held Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in the Corrigan First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Corrigan. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery in Corri-gan. Allie Foreman-Colquitt was born Sept. 15, 1940 in Kennard, to the late Earl and Signora Foreman. She was raised in Onalaska and Marston. Allie attended Dunbar in Livingston and became a strong pillar in the community of Camden while married to the late Jimmy Lee Menifee. In this union of 34 years eight children were born. After moving to Corrigan-Snow Hill, she raised her children with vigor and modesty, helping the whole community every way she could. Allie joined Mt. Olive Baptist Church and was baptized by Pastor Barns on May 25, 2014. Survivors include her husband Joel Colquitt; two stepdaughters, Tonya and Tasha Colquitt; four daughters, Sandra Menifee of Corrigan, Signora Menifee-Broussard and husband Andre' of Houston, Tonie Menifee-Bradford and husband Dorian of Shepherd and Leslie Menifee of Corrigan; four sons, Anthony Menifee Sr. of Corrigan, Alvin Menifee of Houston, George Menifee of Corrigan and Jimmie Menifee of Corrigan; two sisters, Earlean F. McQueen and husband Eura of Moscow and Beaulah F. Hood and husband Charles of Corrigan-Rayburn Hills; three brothers, Elijah Foreman Sr. and wife Dora of Moscow, Moses Foreman and wife Thelma of Houston and Bobby Earl Foreman of Corrigan; uncle, Lawrence Robinett and wife Pam of Houston; two sisters-in-law, Margaret and husband T.J. and Angie Jefferson of Corrigan-Rayburn Hills; brothers-in-law, John Wynne of Ft. Worth, Donald Ray Colquitt of Houston, William Earl Colquitt of New Jersey and Frank Colquitt and wife Della of Corrigan-Rayburn Hills; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to corriganfh.net.

KERMAN
LIVINGSTON -- Sondra Lea Kerman, 59, of Livingston was born on Aug. 5, 1955 in Phoenix, Ariz. and died on Aug. 22, 2014 in Texas City. She is preceded in death by her sister, Vickey Evans and special friend, Alice Fox. She is survived by her daughter, Samantha Aultman of Livingston; son, Paul David Nakunz of Scottsdale, Ariz.; brother, Kenneth Ellis of Great Fall, Mont.; grandchildren, Dylan, Preston, Treston, Shelby, Blayso, and Zane; parents, Joyce and Doug Evans of McCalaster, Okla. and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

KINDSTRAND
CLEVELAND -- Wilma Irene Kindstrand, 83, of Shepherd died on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. She was born on Thursday, Dec. 11, 1930 in Houston, to Luther Hugh and Ardella (Windsor) Batey, both of whom preceded her in death. Wilma was also preceded in death by her spouse, Robert Kindstrand; daughter, Mary Elizabeth Posuk; brother, Clarence Jack Batey and great-grandson, Zeblen Ray Clements. Survivors include her loving son, Johnnie Posuk and wife Patricia of Cisco; daughter, Della Cash and Gary Bellinger of Shepherd; brother, Luther Batey of Bedias; grandchildren, Joseph Turner, Johnnie Turner, Tony Amonette, Jake Armer, James Armer, Stewart Posuk, William Posuk, Robbie Posuk-Zink, LaDonna Clements, John Stowe, Preston Posuk, Landon Posuk, Scott Cash, Jimmy Cash, Jason Cash, Amber Floyd and Allen Cash; 36 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a host of other loving family and treasured friends. Neal Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

CLARK
CLEVELAND -- Fred Clark, 84, of Shepherd died on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. He was born on Thursday, July 10, 1930, in Marshall, to Willie and Irrielee (Stephen) Clark, both of whom preceded him in death. Fred was also preceded in death by his wife, Rosie Lee Hooey; seven brothers and two sisters. Survivors include his niece and nephew, Willie and Terrie Clark, who were also his devoted caregivers; brother, Waddell Clark; sister, Mildred Dunn and husband YB; nieces and nephews, Ira, Jimmy Ray and Edward Clark and Loretta Clark; and numerous other loving family and treasured friends. Visitation for Fred will be held from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Neal Funeral Home, with funeral services beginning at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in in Cleveland Memorial Park. Minister Ira Clark will be officiating.

GRUBBS
SOUTHLAKE -- Henry Allen Grubbs, 93, died on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Southlake. A memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Southlake. Memorials may be made to Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Southlake (Building Expansion Program); the Fort Worth chapter of Heart to Heart Hospice; or a charity of choice. Born in Forney in 1921, Henry grew up in Abilene and graduated from Abilene Christian University. Henry loved his country. In 1942 he enlisted in the Army and fought in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific. He was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After the war, Henry accepted God's call to become a Presbyterian minister and graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He told others about God's love for the remainder of his life. Henry pastored congregations in Junction, Camden, Ark., Fort Worth, Houston and Livingston. Six months after he and Ann retired and moved back to Abilene, she passed away. Henry then drove the Sunday circuit, preaching in Cross Plains and Eastland. In 2001 he married Mary Maxine. In 2004 they moved to Keller to live with his family. Family and friends say he truly kept the faith while fighting the good fight, was a man with the wisdom borne of a faith in God few possess, one of the elect, one of a kind. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Hugh and Marianne Grubbs; his first wife, Ann Allen Grubbs and his second wife, Mary Maxine Fergerson Grubbs. Survivors include his son, Allen Grubbs of Houston; daughter and son-in-law, Georgia and Russell Billingsley and grandchildren, Seth and Ashley Billingsley of Keller; sister, Annette Pierson of Eastland; and niece and nephews, Marilyn Van Zandt, Grey Pierson, Tom Allen, Bob Allen and their respective families.

GEARY
LIVINGSTON -- A memorial service for Paula Walker Geary, 65, of Livingston was held on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at First United Methodist Church in Humble. Paula died peacefully at home with family at her side on Aug. 23, 2014. She was born May 21, 1949 in Houston, to Wallace Wayne and Amanda Ruth (Scott) Walker. Paula is survived by her parents, Wally and Amanda Scott Walker of Livingston; son, Brian Geary and wife Melissa of Humble; sisters, Brenda Walker of Houston and Wendy Walker of Huntsville; brother, Charlie Walker and sister-in-law Julie of Livingston; loving friend and partner, Isaias Coronado of Humble; and many other relatives and a host of friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

NEWMAN
LIVINGSTON -- A memorial service for Larry Newman, 60, of Beaumont will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Larry was born on Aug. 17, 1954 in Houston and died on Aug. 22, 2014 in Beaumont. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Maxine (Haler) Newman; sisters, Peggy Williams and Penny Hill; brother, Jerry Newman and sisters-in-law, Cheryl Newman and Darlene Newman. He is survived by his brothers, Charles "Mike" Newman of Livingston, John "Butch" Newman of Houston, Billy Newman of Livingston and David Newman of Cleveland; sisters, Sue Newman Chambers of Vidor and Pat Newman Durham of Groves; brother-in-law, Roy Williams of Conroe; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CLARKE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Billie Jane Clarke, 84, of Livingston are pending with Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. Ms. Clarke was born on Sept. 26, 1929 in Livingston, to J.L. Clarke Sr. and Meadie (Swilley) Clarke, and died on Aug. 28, 2014 in a hospital in Conroe. She worked as a housekeeper for the majority of her life. A full obituary will be published in the next edition. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

ANDERSON
LIVINGSTON -- Darryl E. Anderson, 49, of Livingston was born on Oct. 2, 1964 in Waukegan, Ill. and died on Aug. 23, 2014 in Livingston. The family will have a private memorial service. He worked in construction for the majority of his lifetime. He is preceded in death by his sister, Carol Y. De Los Santos. He is survived by his mother, Dianne Anderson of Livingston; brother, Jerome B. Anderson Jr. of Houston; niece, Yvette D. Walters of Austin; brother-in-law, Phillip De Los Santos of Richmond; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

SWANNER
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Howard "Ray" Swanner, 75, of Katy were held on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston. Mr. Swanner was born on Feb. 14, 1939 in Washington, N.C. and died on Aug. 25, 2014 in Katy. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and later married Barbara Swanner on May 20, 1961 in Norwich, Conn. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie G. Swanner and Sally (Hodges) Swanner; wife, Barbara M. Swanner; brother, Charlie G. Swanner Jr.; and sister, Ellen J. Dayton. He is survived by his daughters, Kyra Swanner of Katy and Krista Smith of Monroe, N.C.; daughter and son-in-law, Kim Gustafson and Eric of Katy; grandchildren, Kyle Smith, Daniel Gustafson and Zachary Gustafson; brother, James Swanner of Jacksonville, Fla.; sisters, Hope Ward of Summerville, S.C., Darnell Jones of Washington, N.C., Mary Lane Stewart of Hampton, Va. and Linda Mason of Fayetteville, Ga.; brother-in-law, Michael McGlaflin of Centerville, Va.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Honorary pallbearers were Kyle Smith, Daniel Gustafson, Zachary Gustafson and Eric Gustafson. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

COMBS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Larry Combs, 70, of Livingston are pending with Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. A full obituary will be published in the next edition. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

SHORT
LIVINGSTON -- Maurice "Dorie" Short, born on Dec. 15, 1934 in Trinity, to George Leon Thompson and Ever Skains Thompson, died in Huntsville at the age of 79. Survivors include children, Paulette Short and Kari Short Jones; grandchildren, John Henry Jones and Nolan Jones and stepchildren, Hershel Short, John Short and Wayne Short. Dorie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John W. Short; brothers, Willie Leon Thompson, Pete Thompson and Pat Thompson; sisters, Marie Jernigan, Ruth Crowe and Bernice Gates; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. A celebration of Dorie's life was held on Aug. 19 at Huntsville Church of Christ, Huntsville, with Pastor John Spencer officiating. Interment followed in Trinity Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity. Pallbearers were Don Andrews, Larry Cox, Nelson Thompson, Sam Thompson, Rowdy Smith and Eric Poppitt. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

BARBEE
LIVINGSTON -- A memorial service for Chris Barbee, 21, of Humble, formerly of Livingston, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in the Cochran Fu-neral Home Chapel in Livingston. Chris was born on Dec. 8, 1992 in Pascagoula, Miss. and died on Aug. 14, 2014. He graduated from Livingston High School, Class of 2011. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, William "Bill" Shamblin; great-grandfather, H.O. Withers; great-aunt, Glenda Wilson and cousin, Beth Wolfe. He is survived by his father and mother, Jarod Barbee and Kara of Humble; sister, Sarah Barbee of San Antonio; grandmother, Sheila Shamblin of Livingston; great-aunt and husband, Linda Rice and Ricky of Livingston; uncle, Stephen Bar-bee of Livingston; grandfather, Joe Barbee of Waco; cousins, Richard and Kelly Rice of Dayton, Ryan Rice of Dayton, Rusty Rice of Dayton, James Wolfe of Danbury and Alice and Mike Moriarty of Livingston; sister, Mehgan Jones of Gulfport, Miss.; aunts, Dawna Hacker of Waco and Devonna Heckman of Harrison, Mich.; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MARCUS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Frank Marcus, 81, of Onalaska will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in the First United Pentecostal Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Gerald Morris officiating. Interment will follow in Mitchell Cemetery in Anacoco, La., beginning at 4 p.m. Mr. Marcus was born Dec. 26, 1932 in Anacoco, La., to Francis Monroe Marcus and Addie Leola (Snell) Marcus, and died Aug. 16, 2014 in Livingston after an extended illness. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean conflict. He worked for Texaco for more than 26 years. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, the Rev. Lonnie Marcus. He is survived by his wife, Doris Marcus of Onalaska; sister, Anna Laura Dowden of Homer, La.; son Michael Marcus and daughter-in-law Linda of Springfield, Mo.; daughter, Robbie and son-in-law George Cox of Snellville, Ga.; five grandchildren, grandchildren, Rodney Beaubouef, Rachel Harrison, Brian Cox, Cory Cox and Destiny Marcus; great-grandchildren, Brendan Harrison, Morgan Harrison and Bonham Beaubouef; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

SMITH
KERRVILLE -- Dennis Lee Smith, 58, of Center Point died on Aug. 15, 2014 at his residence. He was born Aug. 5, 1956 in Houston, to Willard Lee Smith and Geraldine Hanson. He married Carol Ann Schwartz on July 20, 1991 in Kerrville. Dennis went to Spring High School and graduated from The University of Texas as a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. He went on to graduate from South Texas Law School. He operated a private practice attorney at law in Kerrville for 26 years. He was a member of both the American Bar Association and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. In addition, he was a Master Mason and was a member of the Advisory Council of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He was preceded in death by his father, Willard Lee Smith and his favorite cat, Bandito. Dennis is survived by his spouse, Carol Ann Smith and her children, Michael and Audrey Schneider, Caleb and Deborah Burress; his sister, Ramona and her husband Mark Boeker; his mother Geraldine Tagge of Livingston and his grandchildren, TJ, Jacob and Hannah. Graveside services were held Monday, Aug. 18, at Garden of Memories. Dennis asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the local Salvation Army or Hospice. Grimes Funeral Chapels, Kerrville, was in charge of arrangements. The family invites you to send condolences at grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the "Send Condolences" link.

HART
LIVINGSTON -- A memorial service for Roy Clinton Hart, 68, of Goodrich was held Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at the First Baptist Church in Goodrich, with Pastor Tom Owens officiating. Mr. Hart was born on Dec. 16, 1945 in Nampa, Idaho and died on Aug. 13, 2014 in Livingston. He married Cyndi Camden on Oct. 14, 1977 in Ennis. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy and later worked as a gunsmith. Among his many hobbies, he always enjoyed helping his wife rescue dogs. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clinton and Dorothy Hart and brother, Robert Hart. He is survived by his wife, Cyndi Hart of Goodrich; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ronnie and Sandra Hart, Ricky and Penny Hart and Randy and Belinda Hart; brother-in-law, Charlie Camden and wife Terry; sister-in-law, Kelly and husband Lynn Mitsanaga; brother-in-law, Todd Camden and wife Carol; and numerous loving nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

SMITH
LIVINGSTON – Joyce "Chee Chee" Cain Smith was born on Feb. 25, 1943, to Hardy and Daisy Cain of Segno, and died Aug. 10, 2014 in Jacksonville, Fla. at the age of 71. A graveside memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, in Magnolia Hill Cemetery in Segno. Joyce was raised in Segno and graduated from Big Sandy High School in 1961. She worked for General Motors and retired in 2006. Survivors include her husband of 29 years, Marvin Smith of Jacksonville, Fla.; sister, Dorothy Kervin of Segno; brothers, Olan Cain and wife Fay of Segno and Eldon Cain and wife of Kountze; son, Alan Moore and wife Britt of New Port Richey, Fla.; daughters, Pam Strasburg and husband Joseph of Boguc, N.C., Gale Moore of Boguc, N.C. and Beth Ann Moore of Jacksonville, Fla.; stepdaughters, Lori of Fleming Island, Fla. and Angela of Lake Asbury, Fla.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

PATTERSON
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Irene Patterson, 84, of Livingston were held Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Beech Creek Assembly of God Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Don Goodwin and Bro. Lucas Swinnea officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Rose Cemetery in Livingston. Mrs. Patterson was born Jan. 4, 1930 in Polk County, to Arthur J. Nelson and Mertie (Channel) Nelson, and died Aug. 13, 2014 in Lufkin. She was a homemaker all her life. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, W. B. Patterson Jr.; son, W. B. Patterson III; brothers, Clarence, Ben, Gaston, Edgar, Lester and Otho Lee; sisters, Verna, Lucille and Esther and step-grandson, Scotty Tooke. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Patsy and Benny Evans, Dee Mearl and Ronald Farrar, Carolyn and Clint Coleman and Brenda and Juan Cruz; daughter-in-law, Teresa Patterson; stepdaughter and husband, Birdie Lee and Billy Tooke; sister, Lillie Espinosa; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Waylon Evans, Steven Evans, Bradley Farrar, Chad Farrar, Clint Coleman, Cory Coleman, Jason Patterson, Eric Cruz and Nathan Cruz. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

GREER
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for David Greer, 58, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Orval Barger officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, just prior to service, at Cochran Funeral Home. Mr. Greer was born on March 24, 1956 in McComb, Miss. and died on Aug. 14, 2014 in Houston. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Greer of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Lacie and Raimy Eymard of Galliano, La.; son and daughter-in-law, Joshua David and Dana Greer of Raceland, La.; daughter and son-in-law, Brandie and Jody Matherne of LaRose, La.; daughter, Caroline Hon of Livingston; son, Will Hon of Livingston; parents, J.B. and Juanita Greer of Ruth, Miss.; brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Robin Greer of Brookehaven, Miss.; sister, Kathie Bunch of Brenham; grandchildren, Nicole Eymard, Kathryn Eymard, Austin Greer, Avery Greer, Paige Matherne, Jace Matherne and Kylee Greer; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Danny Ellis, Chuck LeBlanc, R.J. Austin, J.J. Eftink, Dwayne Land, Josh Saybe, Mike Bates, Kenny Davis and Charlie Davis. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to M.D. Anderson Hospi-tal or St. Jude's Hospital. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CORZINE
LIVINGSTON -- Claudette Skidmore Corzine, 77, of Livingston was born Feb. 21, 1937 in Groveton, to Otto Skidmore and Mary Hutto, and died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her son, Ruben Corzine of Indiana; daughter and son-in-law, Angelica Corzine and Xerox Thompson of Goodrich; sons, Antonio Tomlinson of San Saba and Jesse Tomlinson of Odessa; daughter and son-in-law, Rosa Corzine and Matthew Henderson of Livingston; grandchildren, Jasmine Terrell, Ellana Terrell, Azura Terrell, Alexander Corzine, Devin Corzine, David Corzine, Addisyn Gonzales, Emma Rae Gonzales, Stormie Tullous and Cory Macmiller; brother and sister-in-law, Joe Tomlinson and Sherri of Goodrich; nephews, Mackenzie Miller and Joe Tomlinson III; fiancé, Glen Wetherell; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CERVANTES
LIVINGSTON -- Dhonda Faye Davis Cervantes, 43, of Point Blank was born Aug. 1, 1971 in Lubbock, to David Blain Davis and Cora Faye (Emery) Davis, and died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Livingston. She is survived by her mother, Cora Faye Davis; daughters, Amber Davis of Coldspring and Maria Cervantes of Lubbock; son, Elijah Cervantes of Lubbock; husband, Jerry Cervantes of Lubbock; sisters, Rhonda Warren of Lubbock and Karen Ammons of Buna; brothers, Michael Davis of Lubbock and Blain Davis of Lubbock; grandchildren, Jeremiah Davis and Jaelyn Dosia; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

WESTBROOK
LIVINGSTON -- Michael Wayne Westbrook was born Jan. 22, 1949 in Longview, to Donald and Jeanne Westbrook, and died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Livingston. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his daughter, Tammy Smith of Lockhart; son, Paul Westbrook of Corpus Christi; son, Michael Shane Westbrook of Bastrop; grandchildren, Haley, Anthony, Ashley, Brooke, Clay, Maddie, Bailey and Emma; brother, Richard Westbrook; special friend, Linda Copeland; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

THOMAS
OAKHURST – Billy M. Thomas, born Feb. 5, 1925, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Grace Community Church, 6801 FM 980 North, Oakhurst. The family requests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.

WORTHEN
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Hugh Anderson Worthen, 89, of Livingston will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska, with Bro. Lloyd Lowe officiating. Military honors will be provided by the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard. Mr. Worthen was born on April 15, 1925 in Goose Creek and died on Aug. 13, 2014 in Livingston. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hubert E. Worthen and Bertha W. (Anderson) Worthen; wife, Eddie Elizabeth Worthen; brother, Roy Worthen; son, Tommy Mounts; daughter, Betty Rouse and granddaughter, Deanna Mounts. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, John Worthen and Dorothy of Galveston; son and daughter-in-law, George E. Sims and Ann of Galveston; son and daughter-in-law, Hugh Anderson Worthen Jr. and Kathy of Galveston; son, Richard W. Worthen of Galveston; son and daughter-in-law, Burt Mounts and Debbie of Santa Fe; grandchildren, Alison, Meredith, Shawna, Robin, Matthew, Brandon, George, Denise, Jennifer, Kevin, Kristi, Nathan and Melissa; numerous other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews; and other relatives and friends. Directions to Magnolia Cemetery: 190 West, towards Onalaska -- Right on 356 North for approximately 1.7 miles – Right at the Magnolia Cemetery road sign, follow road for approximately.5 mile. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

SMITH
CLEVELAND -- Lessie Jo Smith, 24, of Shepherd died on Aug. 13, 2014. She was born on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 1990, in Humble, to Eddie Dwayne Bailey and Dana (McAdams) Bailey. Survivors include her loving husband, Joshua Smith of Shepherd; her beloved children, Joshua Smith Jr., Ryan Gabriel Smith and Trevor Isaiah Smith; sister, FayLisa Danielle Bailey of Mexia; grandparents, Daniel and Ima McAdams of Cleveland; her stepfather, Charlie Barnes; and a host of other loving family members and treasured friends. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 16, at Neal Funeral Home. Interment followed in Bethel Cemetery in Montgomery. The Rev. Darrell McAdams officiated. Neal Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

VANN
CLEVELAND -- Arnold J. "A.J." Vann, 78, of Cleveland died on Thursday, July 31, 2014. He was born on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1936 in the Magnolia community, to Floyd Riley Vann and Annie Lee Jeffcoat-Vann, both of whom preceded him in death. A.J. was also preceded in death by his brother, Lloyd Riley Vann and sisters, Bula Mae Hinson, Alice Murray and Faye Lilley. Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, Judy C. Vann of Cleveland; sons, Carl Vann of Roman Forest and Allen Vann and wife Christa of Evergreen; brothers, William Cleo Vann and wife Bobby and Horace Wilbur Vann and wife Elizabeth; sister, Mattie Richards; grandchildren, Caitlin Rose Vann and Will Allen Vann and the mother of his grandchildren, Merry Vann; numerous other nieces, nephews, extended family and treasured friends. As an active member of Magnolia Baptist Church, he served with his wife Judy as leaders in the children's ministry. A.J. was a dedicated employee in the elevator industry, retiring after 25 years of service. Funeral services were held on Monday, Aug. 4, at Neal Funeral Home. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery. Bro. Carl Williamson officiated. Neal Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

WATSON
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Leon Edward Watson Sr., 92, of San Marcos were held on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, Corrigan, with Bro. David Butters officiating. Interment followed in Carmona Cemetery, Carmona. Mr. Watson was born April 23, 1922 in Carmona and died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in San Marcos Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in San Marcos. Leon grew up in the Carmona community and attended school at Corrigan-Camden School in Corrigan. After graduating from high school he went to Livingston, where he joined the United States Air Force and served his country 30 years. He met the love of his life in Corrigan. They were married on May 25, 1946. Leon enjoyed cars, mechanics, gardening and baseball games. He coached many boys in Little League. Leon was a member of the Republican Party. He is survived by his wife, Letha Watson; sons, Leon Edward Watson Jr. of Spring and Byron Watson of Spring; grandchildren, Laura K. Watson-Cowan of Austin and Brendan Watson of Spring and sister, Mary Wiggins of Corrigan. Leon is preceded in death by his son, David Watson and parents, Harvey Watson and Ethel Finley Watson. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To send condolences and to sign the online guestbook, go to corriganfh.net.

ANDREWS
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Nancy Leannah Andrews, 87, of Corrigan were held on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, Corrigan, with Pastor Walter Deptula officiating. Burial followed in Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan. Mrs. Andrews was born Aug. 28, 1926 in Manning and died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Corrigan LTC, Corrigan. Nancy is survived by her son, Dennis Andrews and wife Karen; granddaughter, Micayla Andrews of Montgomery and special niece, Kathy Wasdin. Mrs. Andrews is preceded in death by her parents, Jesse Riggs Jones and Eunice Hopkins; husband, W.B. Andrews; two brothers and one sister. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Heart to Heart Hospice, 209 Christie Street, Lufkin, Texas 75904. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To send condolences and sign the online guestbook, go to corriganfh.net.

ODOM
ORANGE -- Minnie Evelyn Hudson Odom, 82, of Deweyville died on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Christus Hospital – St. Elizabeth in Beaumont. Born on June 30, 1932 in Moscow, to James Oliver Hudson Sr. and Maggie Ola Augusta (Hilton) Hudson, she had lived in Deweyville since 1957. She had previously lived in Bleakwood and worked as a retail clerk in stores in the Orange area. Minnie was a member of the First Baptist Church in Deweyville; she enjoyed fishing, hunting, crafts, sewing and spending time with her family. Minnie was a friend to many and she also will be re-membered for the kindness and care she showed to others. Minnie is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herman " Preacher " Odom; son, Ricky Odom; brother, Jimmy Hudson; sister, Hazel Hudson and daughter-in-law, Deborah Lynn Odom. Survivors include her sons, Jerry Odom and wife Jane of Deweyville and Larry Odom of Deweyville; daughter-in-law, Ramona R. Odom of Deweyville; brother, James Hudson of Livingston; her very special friend, Winfred Robinett of Livingston; grandchildren, Ricky C. Odom, Misty Gayle Odom and James C. Odom; great-grandchildren, Reagan Danaye Odom, Bailey Lynn Scherman and J.W. Welch; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Services to remember and honor Minnie's life were held on Sunday, Aug. 10, at the First Baptist Church in Deweyville, with the Rev. Damon Bickham officiating. Rite of Committal and interment followed in Sand Ridge Cemetery in the Wolf Den community in Newton County. Pallbearers were Jerry Odom, Ricky C. Odom, James C. Odom, Robert Allen Nixon, Michael Allen Crim and Larry Odom. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Hudson, Bobby Abshire, Leslie Morgan and Winfred Robinett. For those who desire, memorial contributions, donations to assist with final expenses are appreciated. Dorman Funeral Home in Orange was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at dormanfuneralhome.com.

SANDLIN
LIVINGSTON – A memorial service for J.C. Sandlin, 74, of Livingston was held on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Chuck McLaurin officiating. Mr. Sandlin was born on Oct. 5, 1939 in Houston and died on Aug. 7, 2014 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Alma (Matthews) Sandlin and sister, Jean Wheeler. J.C. loved hunting and fishing. He was known as a good-hearted, honest man, who spent his time thinking about others. He was also known as sweet, reliable, and if ever in need he would try to provide. He is survived by his brothers, Tommie Sandlin of Livingston and Freddie Matthews of Livingston; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the USO and VFW Post 8568. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

COTE
BAYTOWN -- Robert John Côté, 92, of Baytown was born Aug.12, 1921 in West Stewartstown, N.H. and died Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in a local hospital. He was a 1943 graduate of Bates College and a U.S. Navy WW II veteran. He taught chemistry for the Navy at North Carolina State and Iowa State and later worked on the Manhattan Project. He was a chemist, retiring from Mobay, now known as Bayer Material Science, and was a member of Cedar Bayou Grace United Methodist Church and the Bird and Blooms Club of Livingston. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Marion Côté; brother, Richard Côté; sisters, Patricia Glassey and Priscilla Cook and son, Toby J. Côté. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Carolyn W. Côté of Baytown; son and daughter-in-law, Pete and Mary Ann Côté of Baytown; daughters and sons-in-law, Cecile and Jim Ross of Rolla, Mo. and Janine and Robert Schrock of Baytown; grandchildren and their spouses, Jenny and Matt Grundy of Liberty, Mo., Seth and Susan Schrock of Arlington, Wade and Lisa Schrock of Baytown, Cale and Laura Schrock of Deer Park, Toby Ross of Iowa City, Iowa and Katie and Cameron Côté, both of Baytown; and great-grandchildren, Kate, Jane, and Erin Grundy and Owen, Maggie, and Mason Schrock. A memorial service with military honors was held at Navarre Funeral Home on Tuesday, Aug. 12, which would have been his 93rd birthday, with the Rev. John Newsome officiating. At his request, he will be cremated and interred next to his son at Cedarcrest Cemetery. In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. To view the online obituary or post a tribute for the family, go to navarrefuneralhome.com.

EVANS
LIVINGSTON -- Gerald Spencer Evans, born on Feb. 17, 1934 in Arcola, Ill., to Dale Evans and Irma Way Huddlestun Evans, died on Aug. 7, 2014 at the age of 80. Survivors include his daughter, Gail Plank; sisters, Patty Murdock and husband Bud and Gale Lofgren; grandchildren, Crystal Hargroder and husband Joe and Brittany Plank; great-grandchildren, Trinity Hargroder, Madison Hargroder and Maddux Case Brown; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Debbie; grandchild, Robert McCurry; brother, Lloyd Evans and son-in-law, Calvin Plank. Gerald was a veteran and proudly served in the United States Army. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

WILKINSON
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Doyle "Dee" Wilkinson, 92, of Livingston will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Lesly Wilkinson officiating. Interment will follow in Bold Springs Cemetery in Livingston. Mr. Wilkinson was born on May 28, 1922 in Goodrich and died on Aug. 11, 2014 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his parents, Doyle P. Wilkinson and Dora (Turner) Wilkinson; grandson, Jason Lowe; great-granddaughter, Lauren Jones; three brothers and one sister. He was a Baptist by faith and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Dee married Velma Locke on July 7, 1950. At the beginning of his marriage, he worked on the pipeline and numerous other jobs. On Oct. 8, 1959, he began working with the City of Livingston Electrical Department until his retirement on Jan. 31, 1985. He is survived by his wife, Velma Wilkinson of Livingston; daughter, Cindy Wilkinson of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Roy Wilkinson and Marlene of Rusk; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy Lowe and Ronney of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Linda Jones and Mike of Livingston; granddaughter and husband, Bria Lowe Morris and David of Livingston; grandson and wife, Brian Jones and Christie of Livingston; grandson and wife, Craig Jones and Lindsey of Livingston; granddaughter, Kelly Wilkinson of Rusk; great-grandchildren, Gage Morris, Jace Morris, Emily Jones, Lexi Jones and Lizzy Jones, all of Livingston; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Wayne Farmer, Billy McPike, Leonard Tucker, James Smith, Dewayne Oates and Wilburn Reeves. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BATTISE
LIVINGSTON -- Jack Adam Battise Sr., 86, died on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. He was born on Oct. 29, 1929 in Camp Ruby. He was preceded in death by his parents, Miller and Lola Jack Battise; sister, Dorthyn Battise Apolinar; brother, Earl Battise and granddaughters, Colleen Allison and Kaci Layne. He was a longtime resident of the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Village, Polk County, and of the Turkey Clan. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lawrine Bullock Battise and their children, Nita Battise of Indian Village, Rita Marsh and husband Steve of Livingston, Wanonia Clark of Indian Village, Garrett Battise of Cypress, Stephanie Williams and husband Bryan of Indian Village, Melissa Celestine of Indian Village and Jack Battise Jr. of Kihei, Hawaii. He is also survived by his 94-year-old mother-in-law, Dorcas Bullock; she is the oldest surviving Alabama Tribe Elder. Other survivors include grandchildren, Jeremiah Waggoner of Chillicothe, Ohio, Alicia Kate Daniel of Indian Village, Tiffany Johnson and husband Christian of Portland, Ore., Priscilla White and husband Douglas of Spring, Niki Marsh and David Bennett of Conroe, Veronica Williams, Victoria Battise, Jordan Williams, Francellia Clark of Indian Village, Emma Abbey and husband Elliott of Dallardsville, Crystal Stephenson and husband James of Cleveland, Mike Battise and wife Jade of Houston, Tanah Battise, Shiloh Battise of Cypress, Traci Thompson and husband Brent of Indian Village, Whitney Williams of Indian Village, Jennifer Celestine, Christina Celestine, Matthew Celestine of Lufkin, Cheyanne Celestine of Indian Village, Chelsea Battise and Luke Battise of Kihei, Hawaii; eight nephews; two nieces, and 27 great-grandchildren. His surviving in-laws are Mavis Marroquin and husband Joe of Terrell, Glendon Wayne Bullock and wife Genny, Foster Bullock Jr., Margaret Celestine, Loretta Williams, Gary Bullock and wife Anite, Brady Bullock and wife Carlene of Indian Village, Burton Bullock of Kinder, La. and Jean Williams and husband Danny of Dallardsville. As was the custom of traditional Native American acceptance, Jack was blessed to have many sisters, brothers, grandsons and granddaughters throughout Indian country. He deeply cherished and loved each and every one. He attended Big Sandy and Livingston High Schools. He graduated from Haskell Institute in 1949 specializing in auto mechanics which became his lifetime trade until retirement in1990. He was quite proud to be a Haskell alumni and would take every opportunity to share his colorful Haskell stories to anyone who would listen. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp, serving honorably during World War II in the Philippines. He instilled in his children to respect and acknowledge all veterans they should happen to encounter with a sincere greeting and thanking each for serving our country. As a child, he observed the traditional dances of the Alibamu and Koasati by his mother, Lola Jack Battise, who herself would lead the women in dance. He would sit on the porch of the log cabin homes of McConnico Battise and Frank Sylestine, both respected tribal elders, and become entranced by the stories being shared. He listened intently to the songs of Charlie Boatman, Koasati, who continued the traditional dances when so many became lost due to assimilation of non-Indian religious doctrine. The tribe celebrates the annual powwow each June, recently staging its 46thyear, attended by Native Americans across the nation and Canada. He was the centerpiece of this celebration as he was a key figure in its organization and survival. He rose to prominence by being honored during several decades to serve as head gourd dancer at major powwows in Indian Country of the Southeast bringing recognition to his tribe. He served one term on the Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Council and it was during this time when a resolution was passed to pursue tourism for the tribe. He was a strong supporter of this endeavor by creating the first Indian dance program including the original Na Ski La (Dogwood) Dance group for the public as a cultural sharing experience for children and adults across East Texas. It expanded to become a destination tourist attraction where he welcomed and greeted thousands of visitors. He was called upon to represent the tribe and present special programs at functions in the region, welcoming state, national and world leaders. He loved the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Longhorns and Glenn Miller. He was self-taught on the violin and guitar (had a band called "The Barn Yarders" back during his Haskell days). He loved God, his family, his people and his country. A celebration of Jack's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Alabama-Coushatta Multi-Purpose Center on the reservation. Officiating will be Debbie Battise-Kleinman, CLP. Military honors will be provided by VFW Post 8568 of Livingston. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

DUNHAM
LIVINGSTON – Oleatha Plattenburg Dunham, 78, died on Aug. 7, 2014. Survivors include her children, Cheryl Cheatom, Nelda (Mickel) Newton, Cynthia Clark and James K. Dunham, all of Houston; daughter-in-law, Virginia (late Darrell) Plattenburg of Centerville; sisters, Oretha Norman of Point Blank, Linda (Darryl) Richard and Janice Taylor, all of Houston and Gloria (George) Nickles of New Orleans, La. and brothers, Lionel (JoAnn) Plattenburg of New Orleans, La., Edward (Rhonda) Plattenburg of California and Larry (LeAnn) Plattenburg of New Jersey. Services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 14, at St. Luke's Missionary Baptist Church in Blanchard. Viewing will be from 10-11 a.m., with funeral services immediately following.

MCKAY
LIVINGSTON -- Katy Lorene Turner McKay, born on Jan. 24, 1959 in Houston, to Horace Turner and Edna McMillian, died on Aug. 4, 2014 at the age of 55. Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Anthony McKay; daughter, Brandy Wisdom and husband Jason; son, Christopher Garner and wife Brittee and grandchildren, Devon, Connor, Tristan and Abby. Katy proudly served in the United States Navy. She was preceded in death by her parents. Katy was laid to rest in Big Sandy Cemetery, with a private service. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

IVEY
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Barbara Anne Ivey, 73, of Onalaska were held on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in the First Baptist Church in Point Blank, with the Rev. Mickey Fountain officiating. Interment followed in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Coldspring. Barbara was born on May 23, 1941 in Bullard, to Hayden Edward Terrell and Lillian Estelle (Moore) Terrell, and died on Aug. 4, 2014 in Conroe. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marion Ivey and sister, Joan Eschberger. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Coy Ivey of Conroe, Lee and Melinie Ivey of Spring, James and Paula Ivey of Spring and Russell and Darlene Ivey of Houston; sister, Bobbie Clark of Pineland; brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Patricia Terrell of Troup and Billy and Lynda Terrell of New Harmony; sister, Charlene Klein of Missouri City; grandchildren, Christopher Ivey, Michael Ivey, Jake Ivey, Justin Ivey, Luke Ivey, Sarah Ivey, Mason Ivey and Katy Ivey; great-grandchild, Brayden Ivey; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

HARGRAVE
CORRIGAN -- Minnie Averilla Maxey Hargrave, 78, died on Aug. 1, 2014 at Grace Home in Shreveport, La. She was reared in Corrigan by parents Robert and Helon Youngblood Maxey. Minnie retired from teaching at Corrigan-Camden Elementary School in 2003.Two years later, she moved into Montclair Assisted Living Facility in Shreveport. She married Jeffries Maurice Hargrave on Dec. 7, 1956 in Houston after dating a short time. They lived in Houston many years before moving back to Corrigan in 1982. Together they owned and operated Sweet Dreams Sleep Shop in Lufkin, before Jeff's untimely death in 1999. Minnie enjoyed life and found peace in God's creations. Even in her last days, her smile and gentle spirit delighted her caregivers. She had a strong faith and love for her family and friends. She was proud to talk about and show pictures of her daughters and grandchildren. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star for more than 50 years and queen of the Red Hat Society for nearly a decade. She loved her churches, keeping membership at Angel of Joy Lutheran Church in Lufkin but attending Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Shreveport. Minnie is survived by two daughters, Starlet Agrella and husband Mark of The Woodlands and Kacee Kirschvink and husband Michael of Shreveport; four grand-sons, Austin and Garrett Agrella and Cameron and Kevin Kirschvink; two sisters, Betty Hagerty and husband Frank of Corrigan and Robbie Parrish of Corrigan; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service was held at Angel of Joy Lutheran Church in Lufkin, with burial immediately afterward in Union Springs Ceme-tery in Corrigan. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To send condolences and sign the online guestbook, go to corriganfh.net.

TULLOS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Agnes Toby Tullos, 88, of Corrigan will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in the Fellowship of the Pines Church in Ace, with the Rev. Roland Coyle officiating. Interment will follow in Ace Community Cemetery in Ace. Visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 7, beginning at 10 a.m. until the service starts in the Fellowship of the Pines Church. Agnes was born on June 25, 1926 in Robeline, La., to John Toby and Sallie (Morvan) Toby, and died on Aug. 3, 2014 in Livingston. She was a homemaker for many years and loved her family. She was a member of the Caddo Adia Indian Tribe of Spanish Lake, La. until she moved to Ace in 1963. Agnes was better known as "Nanny" and was the light and heart of her family. Her kids were many and meant the world to her. She was a member of the Ace Assembly of God Church. She was firm believer in God and instilled it into her children and grandchildren. Agnes was known to make the best coconut pie in Polk County for 30 years. All of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were her darlings. She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Sherlene Brown; brothers, Bill Toby and Paul Toby and sisters, Selena Clark, Martha Peters, Gladys Rivers and Geraldine Lagrange. She is survived her daughters, Judy Harville and Bennie of Bento, La., Denise Roberts of Ace and Suzette Temple of Lufkin; son, Dennis Sutton of Ace; grandchildren, Darlene Gregrich of Benton, La., Kimmela Hall and Gerald of Macomb, Mich., Tameka Neher and Alan of Loco, Okla., Jessica Lester and Robert of Ace, Alicia Williams and Rusty of Healdton, Okla., Julie St. Martin and Rafael Ruiz of Livingston, Lindsay Burks and Peter of Corrigan, Kenna McMullen and Brad of Apple Springs, Keith Brown and Robin of Sinton and Shane Sutton of Fairfax, Va.; 26 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; dear family friend, JoAnn Hopkins Blair; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Shane Sutton, Shameron Steel, Tracey Steel, Robert Lester, Mike Tobin and Keith Brown. Honorary pallbearers are Peter Burks, Brad McMullen, Nolan Tipton III and Brett Brown. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

LAND-SHOTWELL
LIVINGSTON -- Haley Keà Land-Shotwell, born on April 14, 1982 in Huntsville, to Dwight and Kerry Land, died on Aug. 2, 2014 at the age of 32. Survivors include the love of her life for 17 years, Josh Shotwell; both her parents; brother, Ty Land and wife Kateri; sister, Kasey Kennedy and husband Dusty; grandparents, Bobby and Sandra Kimes and Betty Shotwell; aunts and uncles, Billy and Gwen Watson and Sheri Douget, Dwayne and Robin Land and Bo and Cindy Land; nieces, Kaden Kennedy, Lila Ray Kennedy, Katherine Shotwell, Peyton Shotwell and Megan Kimes; brother-in-law, Dr. Joseph Shotwell and wife Emily; father and mother-in-law, Joe and Robin Shotwell; great-aunt, Ruth Hughes; special family member, Sonja Wallace; her beloved pets, Kealey, Tator-Tot, Sam, Bella, MudBug, Charlie, Miss B., Layla, Oreo, Patches, Spazz and Feebe; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Haley was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bill and Ann "Nanny" Watson, Alton and Mona Land and J.W. Shotwell and uncle, Danny Douget. A celebration of Haley's life was held on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Pace Funeral Home, with Ministers Mike Miller and Bill Yasko officiating. Interment followed in Camp Ruby Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Jason Wallace, Cassity Land, Cody Land, Andy Evans, Cory Land, Dusty Kennedy, Clint Watson and Wilburn Reeves. Honorary pallbearers were Bo Land, Dwayne Land, Noah Landry, Dr. Joseph Shotwell, Ty Land, Joel Douget, Bobby Kimes, Wade Douget, Justin Cude, Jerry Shotwell, Jeremy Shotwell, Kevin Quinn, Tommy Saunders, Mike Landry, Jefry Saunders, Roy Campbell, Mark Barnes, Bobby Wallace and Crockett Dubose. Haley was a member of Oak Grove Church of Christ in Livingston. She was a lifetime honorary member of the Pilot Club. Haley lived in Livingston her whole life. In March 2014, Haley was diagnosed with new onset heart failure. She was a double heart transplant survivor who was born with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. At the age of 13 months, Haley received her first pacemaker to sustain her life until cyclosporine became available for children. In 1988, at the age of 5, she received her first heart transplant. Again at age 15, she found herself in heart failure and required a second heart transplant. Haley spent much of her life going to doctors, and hospitals had become like a second home for her. Haley was diagnosed with lymphoma on Sept. 20, 2012, and she received four months of chemotherapy to rid her body of cancer. The chemotherapy drugs damaged her heart, which resulted in the need for another heart transplant. Unfortunately, Haley was not a candidate for a heart transplant until her cancer had been in remission for five years. In February of 2014, Haley developed an abnormal heart rhythm forcing her to be hospitalized for the entire month of March. She eventually had to undergo three cardiac ablation procedures causing her heart rate to fall dangerously low. She then had to have a pacemaker placed in her heart to keep her heart rate at a normal rate. In March of 2014 Haley was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. She continued to battle heart failure until her death. Haley's family extended warm thanks to the city of Livingston and the surrounding Polk County residents for all their thoughts and prayers through the 32 years of Haley's Life. There is a Go Fund Me account set up at http://www.gofundme.com/b3vd6k for anyone who wants to make donations in honor of Haley. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Go to pacefuneral.com to sign the guestbook.

CECIL
LIVINGSTON -- Clifford Cecil was born on Sept. 29, 1925 in Oklahoma City, Okla., to Ray Price Cecil and Odra Mae (Noll) Cecil, and died on Aug. 3, 2014 in Livingston. He worked as a customer service manager for Sears & Roebuck. He proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Corps. He is preceded in death by his parents; daughters, Debay Kay Cecil and Cindy Lou Satterthwaite; son, Ray Price Cecil and grandchil-dren, Scott Allen Cecil and Price Cecil. He is survived by his wife, Mary Cecil of Livingston; daughter, Vicki Jurgens of Houston; son, Wayne Cecil of Parsons, Tenn.; brother, Tom Cecil of Houston; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

KINNE
ALLEN -- Lt. Col. (Ret.) Robert E. Kinne died on July 28, 2014 at the age of 81. Born in Liberty City, Mo. on Feb. 17, 1933 to Jessie and Josephine Kinne, he grew up in Goodrich. Robert graduated from Goodrich High School in 1951 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1952. While serving at Luke Air Force Base in San Antonio, he met his lovely bride, Gloria, and they were married in 1955. He served in the Air Force until 1973 when he retired, receiving three Distin-guished Flying Cross citations, three Air Medals, and the Bronze Star for his service during the Vietnam conflict. Robert loved flying and continued with a career in aviation until 2009. Robert leaves behind two daughters, Michelle Workman of Plano and Jennifer Kinne of McKinney; two grandsons, Jeremy Workman of Wylie and Michael Fox of McKinney; a great-granddaughter, Andie Workman of Wylie; a sister, Anita Campbell of Goodrich and one brother, Andy Kinne of Greenway, Mo. Services were held on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in McKinney. Interment followed in Turrentine Jackson Morrow Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen.

ARMSTRONG
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for David Lee Armstrong, 36, of Corrigan were held on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Pastor Tim Fuller officiating. Interment will be at a later date in the Jehu Cemetery in Wewahitchka, Fla. Mr. Armstrong was born Feb. 5, 1978 in Wewahitchka, Fla., to William Armstrong and Annette (Leynes) Armstrong, and died on July 25, 2014 in Polk County. He worked in the maintenance department of the Corrigan Housing Authority. He is survived by his wife, Rashel Armstrong of Corrigan; daughter, Haley Armstrong of Corrigan; sons, Jeremiah Arm-strong, Gavin Armstrong and Nathanael Armstrong, all of Corrigan; father, William Armstrong Sr.; mother, Annette Leynes; brother, Bobby Rhoades; sister, Lisa Rhoades Hire; sister, Becki Rhoades Darley; brother, Billy Armstrong; brother, Jamie Armstrong; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CHOATE
LIVINGSTON -- Irene Victoria Mary Theresa Trojanowski Choate, born on Aug. 20, 1929 in Houston, to John Joseph Trojanowski and Anna Mary Schank Trojanowski, died on July 30, 2014 at the age of 84. Survivors include sons, John Joseph Choate and wife Linda, William David Choate Jr. and James Dean Choate and wife Mary; brother, Robert Leon Trojanowski and wife Kitty; sister, Ethel Harris; grandchildren, Michelle Reeves and husband Keith, Amber Ross, Kenneth Albert Whittleman III and wife Kelly and Robbie Lynn Whittleman and wife Stephanie; 13 great-grandchildren; numerous other family and a host of friends. Irene was preceded in death by her husband, James Bryant Choate Jr.; her parents; children, Baby Choate, Little Jimmy Choate, William David Choate Sr. and Robin Lynn Choate Brewer; one brother and two sisters. Irene was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Livingston. Irene loved her family very much. A celebration of Irene's life was held on Saturday, Aug. 2, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Clifton Labbe, S.V.D, officiating. Graveside services were held on Saturday afternoon at Forest Lawndale Cemetery in Houston. Pallbearers were John Trojanowski, Lynn Anderson, Richard Anderson, Joe Lee Trojanowski, Jimmy Trojanowski and Ronnie Anderson. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

PEARSON
LIVINGSTON – Maudine Susan Pearson, 81, of Onalaska died on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at her residence. Susan was born on July 18, 1932 in Mt. Hermon, La., to Ed Watson and Minnie Prinnes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Pearson. She is survived by one sister, Myrtle Miller of Mt. Hermon, La. Susan was known as a very kind person, with a fun sense of humor. She loved gardening and was always planting shrubs and flowers at home. Susan's greatest love, though, was serving her heavenly father, Jehovah God. Susan, after much study of the Bible, became one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1989. She felt that she had finally found the answers to life's big questions, such as: What is the meaning of life? Is God to blame for our suffering? What happens when you die? When Susan felt she had learned the answers to such questions, she was motivated to share her new-found faith with others. She recognized the need to be obedient to Jesus's command to "go therefore, and make disciples, teaching them about the good news of God's kingdom." For decades, Susan shared faithfully in the door-to-door ministry of Jehovah's Witnesses, finding joy in teaching others about the wonderful future Jehovah God holds out for obedient mankind. Susan was associated with the local Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

WITHERS
AMARILLO -- Funeral services for Blanche Mae Withers, 75, of LeFors were held on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Livingston, with her son, the Rev. Rickey Withers; her grandson, the Rev. Nick Withers and family friend, the Rev. John Moye officiating. Burial followed in Peebles Cemetery in Goodrich. Mrs. Withers died on July 30, 2014. She was born on Oct. 1, 1938 in Campti, La., to Walter and Ruby (Plunkett) Woods. She married Henry Withers Jr. on Oct. 29, 1951. Blanche loved caring for others. She worked in nursing for many years, but her true passion was family. Blanche was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a son, Jerry Withers. Survivors include her son, Bruce Withers and wife Ruth of Lefors; daughter-in-law, Kathy Withers of Huntsville; son, Mike Withers and wife DeAnna of Trinity; daughter, Diana Jackson and husband Russell of Amarillo; son, Rickey Withers and wife Shaunita of Livingston; 20 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and sister, Helen Elledge of Coushatta, La. The family suggests memorials be made to Wounded Warriors of America at woundedwarriorproject.org/donate. Cox Funeral Home in Amarillo and Cochran Funeral Home in Liv-ingston were in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coxfuneralhomeamarillo.com.

BEARD
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Herman Ray Beard, 76, of Houston will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 3, 2014, in Jones Prairie Cemetery in Leggett, with Pastor Richard Boyd officiating. Mr. Beard was born Aug. 15, 1937 in Huntsville, Ala. and died on July 28, 2014 in Houston. He was known as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was also known as a well-renowned gunsmith; when not constructing the beauty of his guns, he found joy in shooting and hunting with his family and friends. Most people knew Herman as an avid hunter either by the stories they were told or they were present to live the exotic lifestyle. As for his family, they not only knew him for his fascination with guns, but mainly knew him for his kind-hearted ways and his ability to turn any situation from bad to good. As a grandfather, he was looked up to as a role model to all bearing the gifts of (fantasized Hershey bars, donuts and Klondike bars), great knowledge and passing down his fascination with guns so that the tradition may live on. He is preceded in death by his father, Herman I. Beard; mother, Doris L. Burton-Beard and sister, Barbara Ann Vidal. Herman is survived by his wife, Jonel Pierce Beard; brother, Jerry W. Beard and wife Doris; sister, Lynda Callaway and husband Sonny; children, Terri, Lance, Ja-son, Trudy, Lisa and Paul Sr.; 20 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren with one on the way; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Lance Beard, Blake Beard, Jason Beard, Austin Beard, Corey Bittick, David Bittick, Paul Thompson Sr., Paul Thompson Jr., Patrick Thompson and Nicholas Thompson. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

STEWART
ONALASKA -- Memorial services for Joseph "Joey" Tyler Stewart, 24, of Onalaska were held on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Don Wilkey officiating. Joey was born Jan. 23, 1990 in Houston and died on July 26, 2014 in Livingston. He worked as a glass glazer for Texas Auto Glass. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Joseph Howard Stewart Jr. and great-grandfathers, J.T. Criddle and Charles Jenkins. He is survived by his mother, Glenda Hardin and husband John Wesley Hardin of Onalaska; daughter, Sammie LeeAnn Stewart of Tarkington; fianceé, Kayla Marie Sarvaunt of Onalaska; brother, Chase Ryan Hardin of Onalaska; grandparents, Eddie Manker Criddle and Clarenda Adkins, Laura Stewart and Connie Denman Hardin; great-grandparents, Shirley Jean Chastain, Imagene and Wayne Stewart and Glen and Ruth Logsdon; great-great-grandparent, Eleanora Chastain; cousins, Justin Lee Criddle, Nick Cunningham, Makaylah Cunningham and Ashley Smith; and numerous other cousins, relatives and friends. Honorary pallbearers were Corey Barnes, Justin Criddle, Nick Cunningham, Makaylah Cunningham and Ashley Smith. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

POLITE
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Bernice Poncho Polite, 89, of Livingston were held on Thursday, July 31, 2014, in the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation Cemetery in Livingston. Bernice was born June 7, 1925 in Livingston, to Mike Poncho and Ida (Johnson) Poncho, and died on July 27, 2014 in Livingston. Bernice was also known as Ah'po and Ah'po Chuba to her family. She was a very proud mother and grandmother and a member of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe. There are 12 clans of the tribe and she belonged to the Bear Clan. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was an influence to them all with her sense of humor, and personal stories and quotes she loved to tell. Before her retirement, she was employed for many years with the Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Enterprise in various locations in the complex or museum and on tours. She was one of the best frybread makers in the "Indian Village" and always gave an extra piece of frybread. Another job was one she enjoyed the most, which was becoming a pottery maker at the pottery plant. Before finishing her employment days, she worked alongside with the Ah'pos, creating handmade quilts. After a hard day of work, she enjoyed many things such as collecting small trinkets, dolls, and baskets. She also loved gardening, beading, quilting, and cooking and often made sof-key at home. She always worked in and out of her home as there was always something to do. She managed to do all this before retirement and upon retirement she would enjoy her favorite rocking chair for hours or sitting on her porch before bedtime. Family members say she touched not only her family but many other people in her life with her kindness. Although she was tiny, she gave everyone an amazing amount of courage and hope and reminded us all of the preciousness of life. She spent her life doing things for her family and was always there for her children during their years of growing up. They praise her lifelong dedication to them which only increased when her grand-children arrived, and she did many things for them as well. She is preceded in death by her parents; companion, Roscoe D. Stafford; sisters, Ruby Thompson and Wilma Williams; sons, Frank Paul Polite and Ervin "Mussie" Polite; grandchildren, Gervin Polite and Frank Charles Polite and great-grandchildren, LaSonna Williams, LaDonna Williams and Priscilla Polite. She is survived by her sons, Baxter Polite and Ardie Polite and Maxine, all of Livingston; daughter, Laberta Williams of Livingston; the AH-POs, Doris B. and Kathleen B.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Daniel Williams, Armand Polite, Brandon Polite, Delvin Polite, Nathan Williams and Lendrick Polite. Honorary pallbearers were Brad Bullock, Clay Polite, Ashton Polite, Cedric Polite, Lonnie Willaims and Curtis Williams. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MCNIEL
LIVINGSTON -- Glen McNiel died on Sunday morning, July 27, 2014, following an impressive stroke survival journey of almost 20 years. Glen's legacy for his wife Carlene, his two daughters, his seven grandchildren, his 13 great-grandchildren, his two stepchildren and his many friends, is one of facing adversity without complaint and awaking each morning with a positive attitude and a hot cup of coffee. As the slow progression of muscle weakness took its toll, his fishing adventures evolved into fishing stories that were filled with the same exuberance. Instead of a motorized scooter, he chose a riding lawn mower so he could continue a productive lifestyle. His love of people and desire to help made him a positive force for the Outlaw Ridge subdivision. Family and friends say he never quit, he never complained, he never attended a pity party. He left the following legacy: It's not what happens to you in life that matters; it is what you do with what happens to you that matters. Glen was born on June 5, 1943, the youngest of seven children born to Artie and Jimmie McNiel of Moody. Glen will return to Moody and join the family that has preceded him in the McNiel plot in the Moody cemetery. Glen's brother, Benny McNiel; his daughters, Brenda Shepherd and Tammy Ingraham of Gatesville and his stepchildren, Lisa Harvey and Robby Davis will carry on his lega-cy. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BLANKENSHIP
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Luella "Joyce" Blankenship of Livingston were held on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Onalaska United Pentecostal Church, with Michael Richter, David Kearney and Joshua Cathey officiating. Interment followed in Bluff Creek Cemetery, Livingston. Mrs. Blankenhip was born on Oct. 5, 1938 in Borger, the daughter of Bill and Lois Alexander, and died on July 29, 2014 in Liberty. She was a member of the United Pentecostal Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Randall Blankenship and son-in-law, Billy Richter. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Perry and Marie Cathey; daughter, Debbra Richter; daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Donnie Blankenship; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Rita Blankenship; son, James Blankenship; nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Tommy Blanks, Micah Cathey, James Blankenship, James Snook, Dustin Richter and William Richter. Honorary pallbearers were Tyler Blankenship and Zachary Vinklarek. Claire Brothers Funeral Home, Houston, was in charge of arrangements.

FULTS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Lillian Faith Fults, age 2, of Livingston were held on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Dennis Maddox officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Lillian was born March 28, 2012 in The Woodlands, to Timothy Harmon Fults Jr. and Jessica (Self) Fults, and died on July 23, 2014 in Livingston. Family members say Lillian was a precious little girl and a blessing to all her family. She is preceded in death by her father, Timothy Fults Jr.; great-grandmother, Lois Molina; great-grandparents, Dora and Gene Pierce; great-grandfather, Royce Self; great-grandmother, Julia Fults Henley; great-grandfather, David L. Simons and great-grandfather, Harmon Fults. She is survived by her mother, Jessica Self Fults of Livingston; sisters, Maci Fults and Braelee Dubose, both of Livingston; brothers, Jacob Watson and Cameron Watson, both of Livingston; grandparents, Robert and Bobbie Self of Pasadena, Tim and Dina Fults Sr. of Livingston, Robert and Cissie Jordan of Onalaska and Darrell and Darlene Kerr of Livingston; great-grandmother, Juanita Tolar of Livingston; great-grandparents, Johnnie and Nonnie Molina of Livingston; special friends of the family, Robert and April Dennis; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Robert Dennis, David Simons, Mitchell Watson Jr., Robert Self Jr. and Jason Wheeler. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Haggard, Mitchell Watson Sr., Donny Fults, Chris Gaston, Brett Williams, D.J. Simons and John Molina. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CAREY
LIVINGSTON -- Jackie Lee Carey Sr., born on March 31, 1945 in Fountain, Ind., to Melvin Wayne Carey and Anna Melissa Souls Carey, died on July 26, 2014 at the age of 69. Survivors include his son, Jackie Lee Carey Jr.; daughter, Saturday McCauley and husband Robert; brother, Fred Carey and wife Debra; sisters, Minnie Kingston and husband Jimmy and Sharon Holly; grandchildren, Caleb Perry, Dillon Hoover, Stormy Hoover, Seth Hoover, River Carey, Reagan Carey, Reece Carey, Skylar Carey and Lillee Carey; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Jackie is preceded in death by both parents; brothers, Cecil Carey, Virgil Carey, Charles Carey, Donald Carey, Ernest Carey and Baron Carey and sister, Karen Kincannon. Jackie was a veteran of the United States Army, having served five campaigns during the Vietnam conflict. He was a truck driver for many years. Jackie was very active and enjoyed life very much. Friends were very important to him and he was a great friend to have. Friends called him "Cowboy" and grandkids called him "Cowboy Grandpaw." Jackie will lay at rest in the Houston National Cemetery in Houston. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

POLITE
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Bernice Poncho Polite, 89, of Livingston will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, in the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation Cemetery in Livingston. Bernice was born June 7, 1925 in Livingston, to Mike Poncho and Ida (Johnson) Poncho, and died July 27, 2014 in Livingston. She had worked as a crafter for the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Tribe of Texas. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

FERGUSON
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Tony Max Ferguson were held on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at the Loop 287 Church of Christ in Lufkin, with Preacher Chris Eppler officiating. Interment followed in Stryker Cemetery in Corrigan. Mr. Ferguson was born June 30, 1957, in Greenville, S.C., to Jim and Bonnie Ferguson, and died on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at his residence in Moscow, surrounded by his loving family, after a short but valiant battle with cancer. Tony was known for his big smile and cheerful disposition. His laugh was known by many and, more than once, people said they knew Tony was around because they could hear him laughing before they saw him. He loved to help others and was always willing to teach anyone a skill when they showed interest in what he was doing. Tony loved working with his hands and collecting the tools needed for whatever job he was working on. Supervising his wife and children was always a favorite pastime as they completed projects around the house and for others. His love for speed and thrill rides is well known. Tony was an avid rollercoaster fan, motorcycle rider and skydiver. Survivors include his loving wife of 33 years, Ann; son and daughter-in-law, Jeremy and Melinda Ferguson; son and fianceé, Jared Ferguson and Nikki James; daughters and sons-in-law, Nicole Eddins and husband Mike and Jessica Lisenbe and husband Jonathan; grandchildren, Abigail, Bradley and Cason; brothers, Bill, Wayne, David, Troy and Derral Ferguson and father-in-law, Guy Bacon. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dwight Ferguson and mother-in-law, Elizabeth Ba-con. Pallbearers were Charlie Hodge, Bernard Ware, Bill Maddox, David Coker, Joel Gardner and Edgar Damien. Honorary pallbearers were Chad Stewart, Sydney Gardner, Jerry Briscoe, John Briscoe, Aaron DuVall and Scott Cayton. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To send condolences and sign the online guestbook, go to corriganfh.net.

MCPIKE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Leo Daniel McPike, 76, of Livingston were held Monday, July 28, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment fol-lowed in Bold Springs Cemetery in Livingston. Mr. McPike was born July 20, 1938 in Livingston, to Oliver Carl McPike and Lolar Maud (Burch) McPike, and died July 25, 2014 in Livingston. Mr. McPike was a cement truck driver. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Pauline (Brown) McPike; brother, Oliver McPike and sisters, Helen Loftin, Mary Ann Sullivan and Neda Boaen Tucker. He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Danny and Estela McPike of Livingston and Gary Lloyd and Sharon McPike of Groveton; grandchildren, Anthony McPike, Brandy Reese, Jordan McPike and Kyndall McPike; great-grandchildren, Zane Reese and Zander Reese; brothers, Billy Gene McPike and Charles Wells, both of Livingston; sister, Mary Jane Martin of Livingston; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Dustin Wells, Tom Riley, Johnny Boy Riley, Milo Winters, Christian Schanmier, David Allen Boaen, Scooter Beason, Kip Blanton, John Sanders, Shannon Sullivan and Mike Hodge. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

JARBOE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Peggy Jean Grayson Jarboe, 75, of Shepherd were held Monday, July 28, 2014, in the First Baptist Church in Shepherd, with the Rev. Larry Dean officiating. Interment followed in Farley Chapel Cemetery in Shepherd. Mrs. Jarboe was born May 28, 1939 in New Willard, to M.E. "John" Grayson and Gladys (Brookshire) Grayson, and died on July 24, 2014 in Shepherd. She worked as a CNA in the medical industry. She was saved at the age of 9 years old at a Baptist church in Cleveland. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Shepherd, where she was the church clerk for over 30 years. She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Judson "Jud" Doc Jarboe Sr. of Shepherd; sons and daughters-in-law, Judson "J.D." Doc Jarboe Jr. and Shelia of Cleveland and Derek Grayson Jarboe and Carol of Tarkington; daughter and son-in-law, Tamara Renae Jarboe Moore and Mark of Shepherd; grandchildren, Autumn Moore, Lucas Moore and Jennifer, Ansley Moore, Arissa Enloe and John, April Singleton and Jason, Stephen Jarboe, Whitney Casper and Brandon, Emily Adams and Dustin, Brandon Sanford, Courtney Alcantara and Tony and Tyler Jarboe; 25 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Lucas Moore, John Enloe, Tyler Jarboe, Kiethon Johnson, Stephen Jarboe, Dustin Adams, Brandon Sanford, Tony Alcantara, Brandon Casper and Jason Singleton. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

EMMONS
LIVINGSTON -- Franklin Deek Emmons was born to Ola Faye Simpson Emmons and Franklin Delanie Emmons on Saturday morning, April 18, 1953. He died at his home with family, friends and his dog at his side on July 27, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Connie Archer Emmons; his stepchildren; Thomas Faires and his wife Pam Price of Livingston, Lisa Faires of Chicago, Ill. and Jennifer Faires of Texas City and step-grandchildren, Melody Faires, Seth Wallin, Shawn Williams and Shannon Odem. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ola Faye Maze of Livingston; his father, Franklin Delanie Emmons of East Brewton, Ala. and his grandparents, Ruby Simpson Parrish and W.Q. (Horsey) Parrish. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug 1, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with interment to fol-low in Center Grove Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Taylor, Tommy Faires, Hank Keller and Jamie Murphy. Deek attended school in Livingston from grades one through five, after which he moved in with his grandparents and at-tended school in Leggett until he graduated as salutatorian of his class in 1971. He worked as a land surveyor which later evolved into seismic surveying. He was good with numbers. He could do math "in his head" long after the rest of us had forgotten how. He did things right the first time, he read directions and he never forgot anyone's name. There was no grey in his world, only black and white. It was either right or it was wrong. His favorite person (other than his wife) was his dog, Alice Cooper. Deek Emmons was known as a fine man, a passionate man, who worked hard and played hard. He loved to play drums, ride motorcycles and to watch the Houston Texans play football. His favorite band was Chicago with Alice Cooper coming in at a close second. Family and friends say he loved to torture his wife with a Frank Zappa tune whenever possible, an occasional Jack and Coke was his idea of heaven and that you never had to guess what Deek was thinking; he would glad-ly tell you what was on his mind. The friends he had when he was young were still his friends the day he died. Deek was known as someone who never met a stranger; he could hold a conversation with anyone about anything all the while making you feel like you were the most important person in the room. His ability to find humor in ordinary things kept him going through his cancer treatment. He sometimes stole a line from Leslie Neilson in the movie "Airplane" when he said, "I don't say funny things, I say things funny." When notifying one of his friends that he was about to go on hospice, he texted "The Magic Eight Ball says, 'It doesn't look good.' I'm going on hospice." Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CUDE
CONROE -- A celebration of life service for Jeanell Cude, 61, of Conroe will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 2, 2014, at Mt. Calvary Church in Conroe. Jeanell was born on Feb. 23, 1953 in Livingston and died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on July 26, 2014 at her residence in Conroe. Jeanell was born and raised in Livingston. She was a realtor in Livingston for many years before moving with her family to Conroe in the late eighties. She continued working as a realtor in Conroe, but more recently did landman consulting for several oil and gas companies in the Conroe and Houston areas. Jeanell was known as a loving, kind mother, sister, grandmother and dear friend, who was generous and had an amazing sense of humor and zest for life. She was preceded in death by parents, Ed and Oma Grace Collins of Livingston. She is survived by her daughters, Britney Truax and husband Chris, Alana Vineyard and Chelsee Wojtaszczyk and husband Andy; her brother, Bobby Collins; eight grandchildren and many other caring family and friends. Conroe Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

COOK
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Bobbie Jean Cook, 78, of Livingston were held on Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Holly Grove Cemetery in Livingston, with Bishop Tom Crockett officiating. A memorial service was held later in the day at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Livingston Ward), Livingston. Bobbie was born on Dec. 4, 1935 in Chatfield and died on July 16, 2014 in Houston. She worked as a librarian for many years. She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Callie (Cleveland) Ray and daughter, Rebecca Cook. She is survived by her husband, Gary Johnson; daughters, Laurel Lund, Sarah Cook and Susan Guest; brother, Kenneth Ray; sister, Nita Wineberry; four grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

DUNN
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Adrian L. Dunn, 56, of Livingston will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, with Pastor Kenneth Darden officiating. Interment will follow in Greenfield Cemetery in Livingston. Viewing will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Charles Mortuary. Mr. Dunn was born on Feb. 4, 1958 in Livingston and died on July 21, 2014 in the Livingston hospital. He attended public school in Livingston, graduating from Livingston High School. He was retired from Polk County Publishing Co. and was a Baptist. Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Georgia Wills Dunn, whom he married on June 17, 1999 in the Polk County Courthouse; seven brothers, Andrew (Carol) Dunn of Houston, Jeffrey Dunn, the Rev. James Dunn and Martin Dunn, all of Livingston, Samuel Dunn of Temecula, Calif., Eddie Ray Dunn of Amarillo and Phillip (Shebia) Dunn of Katy; three sisters, Sylvia Dunn-Johnson and Jessica (Ricky) Guilbeau, both of Houston, and Jennifer (B.C.) Harrell of Livingston; aunts, Bennie Ruth Douglas of Lufkin and Evalina Jordan of Dallas; great-uncle, Herman Caleb of Houston; aunt-in-law, Lorine Dirden of Livingston; brothers-in-law, Arlee (Rose) Wills and Aruthur Wills, both of Livingston, and Wendell (Kryschell) Wills of Coldspring; sisters-in-law, Alice (Anthony) Walker, Lola Wills and Rhonda Wills, all of Livingston and Carolyn Sweats and Lorraine Wills, both of Lufkin and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Adrian was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew James Dunn Sr. and Bettye Gordon-Dunn; sister, Jacqueline Ladelle Dunn; brother, Gordon Dunn, niece, Alexiss Justine Dunn, father-in-law and mother-in-law, E.D. Harry Wills Jr. and Everine Grant Wills; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Nell Wills Robinson and Evelyn Joyce Dogins-Perkins and brother-in-law, Joe Cliff Wyatt. Active pallbearers will be James Dunn, Jeffrey Dunn, B.C. Harrell Sr., Wendell Wills, G.C. Perkins, Martin Dunn, Andrew Dunn, Phillip Dunn and Velton Price Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Alvin Holley, Michael Dunn, Patrick Dunn, Arlee Wills, Shane Wills, Claude Colston, Terry Allison, Paul Holley and the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Senior Usher Ministry and Mission Ministry. Charles Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

BASS
LIVINGSTON -- Services for Dianne Bass, 69, of Livingston will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Bryan Dickens officiating. Interment will follow in Midway Cemetery. Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, July 21, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. A full obituary will be published at a later date.

TREJO
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Maria Trejo, 81, of Corrigan will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, in St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church in Corrigan, with the Rev. Clifton Labbe, S.V.D., officiating. Interment will follow in Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with the rosary at 6 p.m. Maria Monserrat Tarango Trejo died on Monday, July 21, 2014, at her residence, surrounded by her family. Maria was born Oct. 10, 1932 in Satevo, Chihuahua, Mexico, to the late Isabela Rivera and Crisostomo Tarango. She resided in Corrigan for the past 10 years. Mrs. Trejo attended San Martin Catholic Church and was a homemaker. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Maria and Pedro Nava of Corrigan, Maria Guadalupe Trejo and Gerardo Juarez of Vero Beach, Fla.; sons and daughters-in-law, Jesus and Filoeina Rubalcava of Chihuahua, Mexico, Santos and Guadalupe Trejo of Chichuahua, Mexico, Fransisco & Paty Trejo of D.F., Mexico, Javier Trejo of Livingston, Miguel Angel and Luz Elva Trejo of Hearne, Sergio and Margarita Trejo of Franklin, Crisostomo and Martha Trejo of Corrigan and Eduardo and Araceli Trejo of Hobbs, N.M.; sisters, Emilia and Paula Tarango of Chihuahua, Mexico; brother, Manuel Tarango of Pecos; 32 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends Mrs. Trejo is preceded in death by her husband, Santos Trejo; son, Pedro Trejo; daughter, Isabel Trejo; sister, Magdalena Tarango and brothers, Guadalupe, Jose and Crisostomo Tarango. Pallbearers are Crisostomo Trejo, Miguel Angel Trejo, Eduardo Trejo, Sergio Trejo, Santos Trejo and Javier Trejo. Honorary pallbe-aers are Pedro Nava, Rodolfo Nava, Crisostomo Nava and Miguel Gallegos.

HOLBERT
LIVINGSTON -- Services for Ruby G. Holbert, 81, of Houston were held on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Ralph Steven Clements Jr. officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Ruby was born on March 23, 1933 in Lamar County and died on July 3, 2014 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Bithe (Tate) Helms and siblings, Mary Wilkerson, Marie Melton, Walter B. Helms, James Helms, Verdell Helms, Elmer Helms and Eugene Helms. She is survived by her husband, Martin Luther Holbert of Houston; children, Velma Ann Holbert of Livingston, Doris Jean Clements of Livingston, Gladys May Holbert of Shepherd, Barbara Gail Clements and husband Ralph Steven Clements Sr. of Shepherd, Nora Sue Holbert of Houston, Mary Christine Holbert of Houston, Luther James Holbert of Houston, Jeanette Ann Perkey and husband Leonard Wayne Perky of Livingston, Kenneth Martin Holbert and wife Joycelyn of Deer Park and Ronnie Lee Holbert of Houston; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brothers, R.C. Helms and Delbert Helms; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Billy Clements, Bobby Clements, David Perkey, Christopher Perkey, Jonathan Perkey and Robert Williams III. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

VEST
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Danny Lee Vest, 67, of Livingston were held on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Military honors were provided by the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard. Interment fol-lowed in Fairview Cemetery in Nacogdoches. Mr. Vest died on Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Conroe. He was born on June 9, 1947 in Nacogdoches, the son of James Addison Vest and Marjorie Irene Brown Vest. He was a 1965 graduate of Slocum High School and briefly attended Stephen F. Austin State University before enlisting in the United States Air Force. He served his nation for more than 20 years until his retirement, with the rank of chief master sergeant. His retirement was filled with spoiling his daughter and even more so, his grandchildren. Danny was also known as one of the most prolific bass fishermen around, who could always be found on the lake chasing after the prize bass. Mr. Vest is survived by his daughter, Sharon Denese Vest Patterson and her husband Zach of Livingston; grandchildren, Corbin Lee Patterson and Krislyn Denese Patterson, both of Livingston; brother, James Corley Vest and his wife Karen of Nacogdoches; sister, Carolyn Cedillos and her husband Manuel of Livingston; nephew, William "Casey" Sheley Warnock II and his wife Helen of Livingston; nieces, Lydia Renee Vest of Nacogdoches, Stephanie Lyn Cavazos and her husband David of Albuquerque, N.M., Leah Regina Vest of Nacogdoches, Amanda Elizabeth Cedillos-Hood and her husband Ricky of Willow Park and Amber Hope Cedillos of Dallas; a host of other extended family members and close friends. Mr. Vest was preceded in death by his parents, James and Marjorie Vest and a brother, Clyde Wayne Vest. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Fairview Cemetery Association. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

YANCEY
LIVINGSTON -- Services for Lawana Yancey, 73, of Katy were held on Saturday, July 5, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment followed in Oak Shade Cemetery in Cleveland. Mrs. Yancey was born on March 30, 1941 in Pine Hill and died on July 2, 2014 in Katy. She worked as a dispatcher for Harris County for many years. She was a proud grandmother and mother, who had a great love and dedication to her family and a strong will for life. She is preceded in death by her husband, Floyd E. Yancey; parents, Jimmy Lee Hillin and Marjorie (Bosworth) Hillin; brother, G.W. Hillin and sister, Jimmy Sue Hillin. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth Yancey and Tina of Splendora; daughter, Kay Yancey of Splendora; grandchildren, Kayla Skinner and David of San Antonio, Dallas Drummond of Splendora and Brooke Hilton of LaPorte; nephew, Hayden Villyard of Splendora; and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

COX
LIVINGSTON -- Wayne Craig Cox, 83, of Goodrich was born on Feb. 17, 1931 in Phoenix, Ariz. and died on July 3, 2014 in Goodrich. He is preceded in death by his wife, Henriette Adolphine Cox, whom he married on Dec. 17, 1957 in Herstal, Belgium; parents, James and Cleo (Morrison) Cox and numerous siblings. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Joe Weldon Cox and Dawn of Goodrich; two grandchildren, Dustin Shane Cox and Hunter Garrett Lewis, both of Goodrich; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MYERS
LIVINGSTON -- Ronald Everett Myers, 70, of Livingston died on July 2, 2014 in Livingston. He was born on June 13, 1944 in Hortonville, Ind., to Lawrence and Bonelda (Reed) Myers. He is survived by his wife, Lois Myers of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Donald Myers and Tammy of Sanford, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law, Kristi Stallings and Russell of New Caney; grandchildren, Kendal Sullivan, Chas Myers, Lori Stallings, Jonathon Stallings and Makayla Stallings; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

LUTHI
CLEVELAND -- Eddie Dean Luthi Sr., 55, of Livingston died Wednesday, July 2, 2014. He was born on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1958, in San Jose, Calif., to Edward William and Verda Joy (Price) Luthi. Eddie Dean was preceded in death by his father; daughter, Hope Cobb and brother, Floyd Tackel. Survivors include his loving wife, Nancy Luthi of Livingston; daughters, Kimberly Coyle and husband Roland of Livingston and Michelle Williams and husband Andre of Beaumont; sons, Michael Luthi of Waco and Edward Dean Luthi Jr. of Beaumont; daughter, Karla Womack of Beaumont; mother, Verda Joy Luthi of LaPorte; two brothers, John Leslie Tackel and wife Patti of Mount Vernon, Ark. and Kenny Luthi and wife Faith of Baytown; three sisters, Kat Womack and husband Randy of LaPorte, Esther Wilkie of Cleveland and Darlene Porter and husband Ron of Huntsville; 10 grandchildren; and numerous other loving family and treasured friends. Funeral services were held on July 4 in Fellowship in the Pines Church in Ace. Interment followed in Ace Cemetery. Pastor Roland Coyle officiated. Neal Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

HOLT
LIVINGSTON -- Colleen Briley Holt, beloved mother, grandmother, and aunt, died peacefully in her Huntsville home on July 1, 2014 at the age of 63. A private family memorial will be held to celebrate her life. Colleen was born on April 20, 1951 in Cheyenne, Wyo., to Carl and Margaret (Rains) Briley. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Courtney Frolick and Chris of Spring; granddaughter, Olivia Frolick of Spring; brother, Michael Briley of Susan of Pearl, Miss.; nieces, Lisa Briley and Kayla Briley, both of Pearl, Miss.; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is handling arrangements; cochranfh.com.

STEIN
LIVINGSTON -- Services for Hazel Fay Stein, 75, of Conroe were held on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Wayne Landrum officiating. Interment followed in Massey Cemetery in Livingston. Mrs. Stein was born on Feb. 21, 1939 in Houston and died on July 2, 2014 in Conroe. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lubie and Julia (Willis) Warren; husband, William Stein; son, Gary Stein and sisters, Bobbie Onken and Shirley Nugent. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert William Stein and Nancy of Rye; daughter, Julia Stein and Robert Casselberry of Conroe; grandchildren, Robert Stein Jr. and Jessica, James Stein and Angel, Amy Stein Okenyo, Tonya Parker and Elhadji Ndaiye, Charity Lister and Chris, Alisha Robbins and Richard McClain and Shyane Stein; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Ivy Arm-strong of Nacogdoches, Beth Spencer of Missouri and Martha Warren of Missouri; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Robert Stein, James Stein, Elhadji Ndaiye, Chris Lister, Richard McClain and Robert Casselberry. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

WILLIAMS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Mary Louise Williams, 55, of Livingston were held on Friday, July 4, 2014, at the Indian Village Assembly of God Church, with the Rev. David Busby officiating. Interment followed in the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation Cemetery. Mary was born on May 28, 1959 in Woodville and died on July 1, 2014 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents, Edward Ray Williams Sr. and Mabel (Alec) Williams; sister, Annise Wise and brothers, Glendale Williams, Edward Ray Williams Jr. and Alvin Alec. She is survived by her daughter, Cherolyn Thompson of the reservation; son, Jeremiah Thompson of the reservation; family friend, Eleazar Duran of Livingston; grandchildren, Christian Thompson of the reservation, Phillip Thompson of the reservation, Alexis Lee of Woodville, Coryn Thompson of the reservation and Tahwnee Williams of the reservation; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Obrey Alec, Maynard Williams, Duane Alec, Mark Alec, Jed Thompson, Logan Alec, Brandon Williams, Leonard Williams and Neal Thompson. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

NASH
CORRIGAN -- Margaret Nash, 83, of Onalaska died on Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Conroe. She was born on March 19, 1931 in Corrigan, the daughter of William and Thelma Goynes. Funeral services for Mrs. Nash were held on Monday, July 7, in the chapel of Corrigan Funeral Home, with the Rev. Royce Pennington officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan. Margaret was raised in the Corrigan and Carmona community. She married the love of her life, James Otis Nash Jr., on Dec. 24, 1948 in Corrigan. Many wonderful years were spent together. Margaret loved one of God's most beautiful things, flowers. She owned and operated Margaret's Flower Shop in Corrigan for many, many years. She also loved the outdoors. Taking family camping trips, hunting and fishing, made family time important to her. After her Lord, her family came first. She spoiled her grandchildren and even got the joy of great-grandchildren. A servant of Christ, she was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Corrigan. She had a love for angels and they decorated her home. She especially enjoyed the work of her hands in the crocheted items she would make and give to her family and friends. Margaret is survived by her son, Tommy Nash and his wife Donna of New Waverly; grandchildren: Sharon Grimes and her husband Bobby of Kyle, Justin Nash and his wife Mandy of Huntsville, Krissi Trantham of New Waverly, Crystal Beadles and her husband Mike of Huntsville, David Broaddus Jr. and his wife Aubra of Huntington and Michele Lightsey of Corrigan; son-in-law: David Broaddus Sr.; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other extended family and close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Otis Nash Jr., her daughter, Sandra Broaddus and by her infant brother. Pallbearers included Bobby Grimes, James Nash, Seth Broaddus, David Broaddus Sr., David Broaddus Jr. and Justin Nash. Honorary pallbearers included Justin Ray Grimes and Lucas Ray Trantham. In memory of Margaret, memorial donations may be made in her name to the Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan. To convey condolences or to sign an online register, visit corriganfh.net.

MONROE
CORRIGAN -- William Monroe III was born Aug. 29, 1940 in Clarksville, Tenn., to William T. Monroe II and Marian Zimer Monroe, and died on Thursday, July 3, 2014, in Lufkin Memorial Hospital, Lufkin, surrounded by his loving family. William grew in in Clarksville, Tenn. and later moved to Houston. He met the love of his life in Orange County, Santa Anna, Calif. at El Torro Marine Corps Base and they were married on June 11, 1959. Mr. Monroe served his country in the United States Marine Corps as Marine lance corporal. He earned the good conduct medal and the sharp shooter medal. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, taking care of his goats, fruit trees and, most of all he loved to spend time with his family. William was especially known as Butch "Papa Smurf." He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree in Livingston. William is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Woodine; son, William T. Monroe IV of Moscow; daughter, Deanna McCarty and husband Stanley of Moscow; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Loretta Bonin of Pearland; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his parents. A private memorial service will be planned at a later date. Corrigan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.To send condolences and to sign the online guestbook go to, corriganfh.net.

WILLIS
GROVETON -- Clarice Ramona Willis, 86, of Onalaska, formerly of Groveton, was born Jan. 31, 1928 and died on July 7, 2014 at the Hospice in the Pines in Lufkin. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 10, in the Cartwright Memorial Chapel of Groveton Funeral Home, with Bro. Lester McAdams officiating. Burial will follow in Bennett Cemetery in Groveton. Pallbearers are Tim Etie, Kirk Schellhase, Michael Holland, Gary Ables, Mark Ables and James Ables. Honorary pallbearers are Jeremy Varnado and Michael Mul-lins. Mrs. Willis was a faithful member of Groveton Oaklawn Baptist Church growing up and it was there where she received her baptismal. She was a graduate of Groveton High School and went on to learn the trades of being a beautician. She never chose to work because she felt her occu-pation was to be a homemaker and to take care of her husband and children. She was married to her husband George for 69 years. Since George traveled for his job, they lived in Houston for several years and it was there that they raised their family. Upon retirement, they moved to Lake Livingston and became members of the First Baptist Church in Onalaska. She loved gardening, cooking and traveling. She also had a passion for helping children and enjoyed working with them through her church group as well as the Onalaska Lioness Club. Mrs. Willis was a charter member of the Greater Onalaska Lioness Club. She was known as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. Mrs. Willis is preceded in death by her parents, Ester Mae Ray Powell and Cleaver "Buck" Powell; brother, Earl C. Powell and a sister, Mavis Aucoin. She is survived by her husband, George Willis of Onalaska; daughter, La Nell Holland of Houston; daughter and son-in-law, Mary E. "Beth" Schellhase and Danny Schellhase of Fort Wayne, Ind.; grandchildren, Tim Etie, Kirk Schellhase, Michael Holland, Kimberly Varnado and April Mullins; 17 great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothea Ables and Robert Ables of Groveton and numerous other relatives and friends. Memorials may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 1504 West Frank Avenue, Lufkin, TX 75904, 1-800-324-8557 and hospiceinthepines.org or to the Oaklawn Baptist Church, P.O. Box 893, Groveton, TX 75845. Groveton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To share memories with the family and sign the online guestbook, go to grovetonfuneralhome.com.

DRY
LIVINGSTON – A memorial service for James Allen Dry, 46, of Livingston was held on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Liv-ingston, with Bro. Bert Hill officiating. Mr. Dry was born May 17, 1968 in Baton Rouge, La., to Elton Dry and Donna (Leonard) Dry, and died on Saturday, July 5, 2014, in Livingston. Mr. Dry was a commercial fisherman. He loved his dogs and fishing and would buy a boat before buying a car. He is survived by his wife, Pam Dry of Livingston; parents, Elton and Donna Dry of Sargent; daughters, Jessica Dry of Houston, Jamie Dry of Laramie, Wyo., Julia Dry of Waco, Allison Dry of Livingston and Ariel Dry of Livingston; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Leanne Dry of Houston; sister, Christine Mamerow of Houston; brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Janet Dry of Katy; brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Karri Dry of Conroe; brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Kathryn Wall of Watertown, Tenn.; 16 nieces and nephews; stepson and wife, Joey and Alicia Soto of Dickinson; grandmother, Margie Leonard of Baton Rouge, La. and numerous other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a Scholarship Fund Savings Account for James Dry's daughters. You may go to any bank and send donations to Bank of America at this account information: Title on Acct: Michael B. Dry (guardian of Allison and Ariel), Account Number: 5860 3490 1796, ACH Routing Number: 111000025. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MCSWAIN
LIVINGSTON -- Mitchell Dean McSwain, 55, beloved husband, father, son, brother, "Papa Mitch" and uncle, of Livingston died on July 5, 2014. Born in Houston, he attended schools in North Shore on the east side of Houston and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1982 with a degree in business administration. He later served in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman and worked at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Pensacola. Mitch was employed with Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for the past 18 years and was senior field foreman at the Woodville, Texas location at the time of his death. In his spare time, he enjoyed the outdoors and especially loved riding his Harley. Survivors include his devoted wife, Mary Wooldridge McSwain; sons, Matthew McSwain of Fort Worth, Ryan Wallander and wife Brandy of Wichita Falls, Andrew Wallander and wife Emily of Wichita Falls and Buck Wallander of San Francisco, Calif.; daughter, Erin Vierus and husband Nicholas of Conroe; parents, Rex and Veronica McSwain of Austonio; brothers, Rex Jr. and wife Janeen of Montgomery and Justin and wife Cathy of Austonio; and other family, friends and co-workers, whose visits in his last weeks meant the world to him. Family members say Mitch will be remembered for his great sense of humor, concern for others, faith in God, and love of family. Visitation will be held from 9-10 a.m. on Thursday, July 10, at Pace Funeral Home in Livingston. A celebration of Mitch's life will start at 10 a.m., with Bro. Rex McSwain Jr. officiating. Pallbearers will be Matthew McSwain, Tom Sawyer, Mark Tumbleson, Ryan Wallander, Buck Wallander and Andrew Wallander. Honorary pallbearers are Justin McSwain, David Hinson, Nicholas Vierus and Sam Stevens. A graveside service will be held at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at the Houston National Cemetery, Houston, with military honors. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Embracing Hospice of Livingston at EHTexas.com or M. D. Anderson Cancer Center at mdanderson.org. To sign the online guestbook, please go to www.pacefuneral.com.

HOPE
LIVINGSTON -- Treaston Scott Hope, born on July 5, 2014 in Livingston, to Daniel James Hope and Kaylyne Sue Burnett, died on July 5, 2014. Survivors include his parents; grandparents, Dean and Mary Brewster, Kevin Burnett and Kimberly Burnett and step-grandfather, Kenneth Graber; uncles, Scott and wife Amber Burnett, Tony Burnett, Chuckie Beatty, Mike Draves and Chris Bass; great-grandmothers, Carol Wasmuth and Henrietta Odom; cousins, Annie Kate Harold, Raeleigh Sue Burnett, Cason Anthony Burnett and Kinslynn Alexis Burnett; great-aunts, Maryanne Walters, Shelly Brooks, Kelly Wasmuth and Tearesa Walters; great-uncles, Richard Walters and wife Tangie, James Walters and wife Brooke, Mark, Matt, Jeff, Benjamin, Jake and Luke Burnett; great-cousin, Jordan Winter and numerous other rela-tives and family friends. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

SHARP
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Barbara Jean Sharp, 80, of Livingston will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Wayne Bickley officiating. Interment will follow in Magnolia Hill Cemetery in Segno. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, just prior to service time. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MONCRIEF
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Ollie June Moore Moncrief, 84, of San Antonio will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Colmesneil Cemetery in Colmesneil. June was born on June 23, 1930 in Beaumont, to Leroy Jackson Moore and Mary Evelyn (Earnest) Moore, and died on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in San Antonio. She was homemaker all her life. She is preceded in death by her parents and her middle daughter, Valerie Lanette Moncrief, and will be laid to rest beside her. She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl "Cher" Kathleen Breeden Moncrief Miculka and husband James Ray Miculka of San Antonio; daughter, Cynthia Diane Moncrief of Las Vegas, Nev.; grandson, Jay Eric Miculka of San Antonio; granddaughter, Jennifer Elise Miculka Huff and husband Kevin Tyler Huff of San Antionio; grandsons, Nicholas Collin Pfeiffer and Patrick Ryan Pfeiffer, both of Las Vegas, Nev.; great-grandsons, Dylan Kade Miculka and Adam Christopher Huff, both of San Antonio; brothers and sisters, Clarence R. Moore and wife Peggy, Marilyn Fay Moore Lewin, Bobby Moore and wife Skip, Louis T. Fawcett and wife Lavita, Mary Dean Fawcett Walker, Evelyn Jean Fawcett Nelson and husband Willis and Wanda Faye Moore Brammer and husband David; and other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BECHER
LIVINGSTON -- Joyce Ann Becher, 70, of Onalaska died peacefully and surrounded by her girls on June 26, 2014. She was born in Silsbee on Sept. 16, 1943, to the late Delbert Ray Lakey and Valley Spurlock, and graduated from Silsbee High School. Joyce was an area manager/network maintenance with Southwestern Bell and retired with over 30 years of service. She was the first female selected to run a switching control center in Southwestern Bell. In retirement Joyce moved to Onalaska to a beautiful home on Lake Livingston and enjoyed fishing, feeding the ducks, and relaxing on the lake. Joyce is preceded in death by her husband of 28 years, Roy Douglas Jeffcoat. She is survived by her brother, Ray Lakey of Silsbee; daughters, Amanda Becher Martin of Damon and Amber Becher Gentz of Livingston and one granddaughter, Sierra Gabriella Becher. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, July 2, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to SAAFE House (www.saafehouse.org) or the SPCA of Polk County (spcaofpolkcounty.org). Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

ROGERS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for James Ernest "Jim" Rogers, 77, of Livingston were held on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Mike Rambado officiating. Interment followed in Victory Place Cemetery in Living-ston. Jim was born July 18, 1936 in Serville, Tenn. and died on June 27, 2014 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Martha (McClanahan) Rogers; son, Ralph Clay Cain and granddaughter, Kelli Cain. He is survived by his wife, Claudine Rogers of Livingston; daughters, Peggy Club, Jana Kay Rogers, Terry E. Weber and Cindy Luquette; sons, Berry Rogers, Ryan Rogers and Doug Roach; daughter, Lara Roach; sons, Curtis Roach and Dennis Cain; daughter, Pamela Allen; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. Pallbearers were Charles Smith, James Cain, R.J. Pennington, Brittany Cain, Jeanie Cain and Amber Cook. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

HAYES
BELTON -- Peggy Ann Carpenter Hayes was born Jan. 14, 1941 in Belton, to Kyle and Willie Lee Carpenter. She died peacefully in Livingston on June 27, 2014 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 1, in the chapel at Dossman Funeral Home in Belton, with the Rev. David Green officiating. As a young girl she was very athletic and had a great love for horses. She spent most of her spare time with her horses or riding them. Peggy rode in almost every parade in Belton and was also very active with the Belton Rodeo each year; she was elected rodeo queen. She was also very active in school-related activities. In addition to being an excellent student, she was in the Belton Tigeretts, class officer, student leaders club, FFA, science club, a cheerleader, sports queen and was elected Miss Belton High School. Peggy was born and raised in Belton and graduated Belton High School in May of 1959. She married Thomas Jarrell Hayes Jr. in Lampasas in March of 1959 and moved to Kingsville, where her new husband was attending college at Texas A&I University. While in Kingsville, she worked as receptionist/secretary for Roberts & Roberts Construction and also as secretary to the president of Texas A&I University. Peggy and family moved to Houston in 1962 and lived in the Houston and Humble area until 1998 when the family moved to Lake Livingston. She had two sons, Kenneth Brian Hayes, born Dec. 28, 1960, and Kelvin Ryan Hayes, born Dec. 19, 1962. Peggy also raised a granddaughter, Jessica Nicole Hayes, and a grandson, Kelvin Ryan Hayes Jr. She dearly loved her children and grandchil-dren and raised them for 44 years. Peggy's working career included jobs as a receptionist/secretary at Spencer Herolz Architects, a secretary at Pace Petroleum in Houston, and she worked in the Humble Independent School District tax office and as assistant to the principal in the Humble school district. Her hobbies included fishing, gardening and yard work and painting. She was a good artist and gave most of her paintings to family and friends. She was also known as an excellent cook and family members say her recipe box is a treasure. One of her favorite passtimes was reading recipe books. Peggy also loved angels and the home has more than 80 angel figurines. She thought angels are real in some form and could make things better. Peggy was a long time member of the United Methodist Church in Humble, and also in the Livingston and Coldspring area. Until she became home bound, she was very active in the church and made certain that her children attended church. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Kyle Don Carpenter of McGregor and Rick Carpenter of Troy; sister, Tommie Lee Crane of Kingwood; son, Kenneth Brian Hayes of Humble and granddaughter, Jessica Nicole Hayes of Humble. Peggy is survived by her siblings, Rosemary Barnes and husband Jerry of Belton and Judy Hargrove and husband Lynn of Littleton, Colo.; her husband, Thomas Jarrell Hayes Jr. of Livingston; son, Kelvin Ryan Hayes and wife Debi of Livingston; grandson, Kelvin Ryan Hayes Jr. and wife Jessica of Lufkin; granddaughters, Erin Hayes of Beaumont, Crystal Hayes of Humble, Kena Hayes of Humble, Lacy Hayes of Humble and Lettie Hayes of Huntington, W.VA. and great-grandchildren, Dalton Hayes of Central and Allison Hayes of Lufkin.

JACKSON
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Irene Jackson, 78, of Livingston were held on Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Livingston, with Bro. Hewy Jackson Jr. officiating. Interment followed in Holly Grove Cemetery in Livingston. Mrs. Jackson was born Nov. 27, 1935 in Liverpool, England, to William Fairhurst and Maude (Reid) Fairhurst, and died on June 26, 2014 in Livingston. She was a devoted homemaker. She is preceded in death by her parents and son, Brian Lee Jackson. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Jane Yates of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Darrell Murphy of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Colleen and Glen Goodwin of Livingston; sister, Joan Kirkland of Houston; grandchildren, Autumn and John Cox, Kabe and Chelsea Murphy, Laurel Goodwin, Jesse Goodwin, Lauren Goodwin, Judah Goodwin and Elijah Goodwin; great-grandchildren, Chloe Cox, Paige Cox, Lev Cox, Hayes Cox, Johnie Kay Cox, Elijah Murphy and Dan Murphy; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Rodney Jackson, Coleton Jackson, Rodney Rhodes, Tommy Slack, Glen Goodwin and Eddie Harvey. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

JACKSON
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for H.W. "Bill" Jackson, 82, of Livingston were held on Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Livingston, with Bro. Hewy Jackson Jr. officiating. Interment followed in Holly Grove Cemetery in Livingston. Mr. Jackson was born Oct. 18, 1931 in Holly Grove, to Jessie Archie Jackson and Damaras (Murphy) Jackson, and died on June 26, 2014 in Livingston. During his lifetime he was an electrician for a petroleum company. He is preceded in death by his parents and son, Brian Lee Jackson. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Jane Yates of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Darrell Murphy of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Colleen and Glen Goodwin of Livingston; sister, Joan Kirkland of Houston; grandchildren, Autumn and John Cox, Kabe and Chelsea Murphy, Laurel Goodwin, Jesse Goodwin, Lauren Goodwin, Judah Goodwin and Elijah Goodwin; great-grandchildren, Chloe Cox, Paige Cox, Lev Cox, Hayes Cox, Johnie Kay Cox, Elijah Murphy and Dan Murphy; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Jessie Goodwin, Darrell Murphy, Kabe Murphy, Randy Van Wagner, Ronald Cox and John Cox. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

COURTNEY
GRAPELAND – A memorial service for David Jack Courtney, 67, of Trinity will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Wildwood Gospel Church in Onalaska, with Bishop David Taylor and Bro. Dennis Hodge officiating. A second memorial service will be held later in the day at American Legion Post 402 in Onalaska, with President Felton Reb Adkinson officiating. Mr. Courtney was born on Nov. 21, 1946 in Houston and died on June 18, 2014 at his residence in Trinity. He was a retired truck driv-er. He is preceded in death by his parents, Martha Dessie Courtney and BC Courtney; his son, Kenneth Wayne Courtney and several other family members and friends. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Jean Courtney of Trinity; daughter, Ronda Lynn of Cleburne; son, David Nathan Courtney; brother, James A. Courtney and wife Carol of Trinity; brother, Jerry Courtney and wife Kay of Tyler; sister, Carol Praytor of Bedford; and numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Walker & Walker Funeral Home, Grapeland, is in charge of arrangements.

JACKSON
CLEVELAND -- Graveside services for Baby Jereniyah Antwainett Jackson were held on Monday, June 30, 2014, at Carrington Cemetery in Seven Oaks, with the Rev. Ronnie Coleman officiating. Baby Jackson was born and died on June 26, 2014 in Houston. She is survived by her parents, Jeremy Jackson and Charlene Hill; grandparents, Charlie and Beatrice Hill; great-grandparent, Leslie Bailey; sister, Miyhana Holman and aunts, Veronica Hill and La'Trisia Hill. Peaceful Rest Mortuary, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

O'NEILL
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Iva Ruth (Watson) O'Neill, 74, of Livingston were held on Monday, June 30, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment followed in Bold Spring Cemetery in Livingston. Ruth was born on Feb. 25, 1940 in Iola and died on June 27, 2014 in Livingston. She worked as a certified nursing assistant in health care. Ruth is survived by her husband, Frank O'Neill Jr. of Livingston; daughter, Debra Flores Tuncup and husband Russell of Kingwood; sons, Gary O'Bannon, Steve O'Bannon Sr. and wife Martha and Kevin Cannady Sr. and wife Patti, all of Livingston; stepdaughter, Angela Vickery and husband Matt of Jupiter, Fla.; mother, Hattie Watson of Livingston; sister, Pearl Reeder of Livingston; brother, Kelley Watson and wife Cathy of Livingston; grandchildren, Benjamin Flores and wife Amber of New Caney, Brittany Young and husband Ronnie of Kinder, La., Alba Soukup and husband Randy of Spring, Jason O'Bannon and wife Cathy of Porter, Shawn O'Bannon, Steven O'Bannon and Alesha O'Bannon, all of Livingston, Kevin Cannady Jr. of Rusk, Matthew Cannady of Livingston, Christopher Wiggins, Megan Vickery and Matthew Vickery, all of Jupiter Fla. and Jamie Leigh Malac of Arab, Ala.; and numerous other relatives and close friends. Pallbearers were Benjamin Flores, Randy Soukup, Jason O'Bannon, Steven O'Bannon, Matthew Cannady, Erik Placker and Jason Placker. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

SHELLEY
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Myrtle Lee Robinson Shelley, 75, of Livingston will be held at noon Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. Kenneth Darden officiating. Interment will follow in Kibbiefield Cemetery in Marston. Mrs. Shelley was born on Dec. 25, 1938 in Shreveport, La., the daughter of Vatis Robinson and Janie Mae Phillips, and died on June 27, 2014 in Kingwood. She attended school at Booker T. Washington in Houston. She was retired and was a Baptist. Survivors include her daughter, Dianne Knapper of Livingston; sons, Larry Gills, Melvin James and Alvin James, all of Houston; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings. Pallbearers will be Freddy Robinson, Harry Dean Lewis, Milton Gladney, Kenny Robinson, Devonta Gills and Milton Benton. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Robinson, Larry Gills, John Phillips, Willie Robinson, Melvin James and Alvin James. Charles Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

MIZE
ONALASKA -- Funeral services for Robert Clayton "Bob" Mize, 75, of Livingston were held on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with Bro. Don Davis officiating. Interment followed in Tool Cemetery in Tool, Texas. Robert was born on April 29, 1939 in Gladewater and died on June 29, 2014 in Livingston. He was a graduate of Alvin High School, Class of 1957; he was also a graduate of University of Houston, Class of 1963. He worked in the East Texas oil fields while attending Henderson County Junior College for one year and one year at Alvin Junior College. Robert also worked in a lab at Monsanto – Chocolate Bayou on graveyard shift, full time, while attending U of H. He was employed by IBM at the Houston branch upon graduation from U of H, with degrees in math and physics. His first large client was one of the major banks in Galveston. He was transferred to the Dallas office after three years and continued to work with the banking industry division of IBM. Later, transferred again, this time to Los Angeles, Calif., where he spent his last 20 years as a senior systems engineer with check processing in the banking division of IBM. During this time, he was also part of an international sales force which led to extensive travel throughout Asia. Since May 2002, Robert had served on the board of directors for the Polk County Freshwater Supply District #2. He was also a founding board member of the DaVita Patient Citizens advocacy group. Upon receiving his kidney transplant, Robert was bestowed the title of board emeritus. Mr. Mize is preceded in death by his parents, Pinkney Thomas Mize and Carrie Lee (Wood) Mize; sister, Lora Sharp and brother, C.J. Mize. He is survived by his wife, Julia Ann Eberhardt-Mize of Onalaska; daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Ray Keefer of Palm Bay, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law, Anjie and Jon Suter of Marietta, Ga.; grandsons, Chris Keefer, Stephen Keefer, Zach Suter, John Keefer and Nick Suter; nieces, Barbara Miller, Shirley Kay, Vicki Wright and Traci Henson; nephews, Charles Sharp and Jimmy Mize; and numerous other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Polk County SPCA or FAITH Military Support Group of Livingston. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

THOMPSON
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Douglas Keith Thompson, 54, of Maple Valley, Wash. will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2014, at Holly Grove Cemetery in Livingston. Mr. Thompson was born Aug. 5, 1959 in Thibodeaux, La. and died June 16, 2014 in Maple Valley, Wash. Keith graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1978 where he was a member of the famous Robert E. Lee Marching Band. He graduated from East Texas State University with honors in 1983. He was an associate editor of Model Railroader Magazine at Kalmbach Publishing in Waukesha, Wis. Keith married Michelle Sullivan on Nov. 26, 1994 in Kent, Wash. Their twin girls were born Sept. 16, 1995 in Menomonee Falls, Wis. Shortly after their birth Keith and Michelle moved the family back to the state of Washington. As a technical writer Keith worked for AT & T Wireless, Microsoft, Nintendo and F5 Networks. The hobbies he loved were photography and model railroading. Keith is survived by his wife, Michelle; daughters, Denver and Mikayla; sister, Kemala Thompson-Knott and husband James and mother-in-law, Millie Sullivan. Memorials may be made to Pan-creatic Cancer Action Network at www.pancan.org. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

HAYES
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Kenneth V. Hayes, 86, of Livingston were held Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Jones Prairie Cemetery in Leggett, with the Rev. Don Goodwin officiating. Military honors were provided by the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard. Mr. Hayes died on June 20, 2014 at residence in Livingston. He was born on Sept. 2, 1927, in his maternal grandparent's house in Leggett, to Jack L. Hayes and Eunice Victery Hayes. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, Dave and Ella Victery of Leggett; brothers, Jack L. Hayes Jr. and Gordon G. Hayes and sisters, Ella May Townsend and Betty Anne Sanders. He is survived by his children, Charles Keith Hayes and wife Cathy of Albuquerque, N.M. and Claire Denise Mabry and husband George of Richardson; his grandchildren, Kelly Meyer and husband Johnnie of Chandler, Ariz., Colin Hayes of Denver, Colo. and Kara Hayes of El Paso; great-granddaughters, Madilyn and Kimberly Meyer and his children's mother, Bera Parrish Hayes of Garland. Kenneth attended schools in Leggett and Galveston. He served three years in the U.S. Navy during World War II as an air gunner. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1946, he attended college at Sam Houston State University and The University of Houston. He was employed for 37 years by AT&T - Southwestern Bell Telephone in Houston, retiring in 1984. He then relocated to Livingston, representing Lear Siegler Telecommunications-Joslyn Industries of Santa Barbara, Calif. until retiring again in 1998. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BLAKE
LIVINGSTON -- Carl Blake died on June 19, 2014 in Del Rio, Texas at the age of 60, after a five year battle with cancer. He was born in Henryetta, Okla., to J. L. Blake and Evelyn Blake Toler. Carl loved his work and all the fellow pipeliners he met and worked with over the years. Family members say, now that he is in Heaven, he might already be working on a pipeline project, transporting souls into Heaven and being an amazing boss. In his down time he liked to have fun playing golf with family and friends. Carl leaves behind his wife, Julia Blake and children, Mark Blake, Mendy Blake-Gaillardet and husband Craig; four stepchildren; nine grandchildren; two siblings, Connie Calobreves of Midland and Curtis and wife Debbie Blake of Millersview; stepbrother, Steve and Kyla Wilkes; one niece and several nephews; and his faithful companion, Rambo. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Hazel Blake and stepbrother, Bill Johnson. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, June 25, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation or Texas Children's Hospital of Dallas. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

WILLIAMS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Elaine Edith Williams, 47, of Livingston were held Monday, June 23, 2014, at the Indian Village Assembly of God Church in Livingston, with the Rev. David Busby officiating. Interment followed in the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation Cemetery. Elaine was born on July 5, 1966 in Woodville and died on June 19, 2014 in Livingston. She had worked as a receptionist at the Ala-bama-Coushatta Multi-Purpose Center. She is preceded in death by her mother, Ora (Obe) Williams; brother, Quentin Williams; sister, Elizabeth Williams and uncles and aunts, Merrill Williams, Edgar Williams, Lee Obe, McKinney Obe, Mary Williams and Irene Stafford. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kelli and Kyle Smith of Lumberton; son, Noah Wilkerson of the reservation; granddaughter, Jamie Smith of Lumberton; father, Clarence Williams of the reservation; aunts and uncles, Delma Williams of the reservation and Leila Battise of Elton, La., Sherman Williams of the reservation, Roy Williams of the reservation, Dolen Williams of Houston, Kenneth Williams of the reservation and Donald Obe of the reservation; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Darren Obe Sr., Chesson Williams, Rydell Williams, Foster Bullock Jr., Stewart Poncho and Phillip Abbey. Honorary pallbearers were Roby Williams, Roland Thompson, Rain Langley, Raven Langley, Oscar Williams, Gabe Castillo, Wayne Wilson and Dwayne Williams. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

GOWDY
FRISCO -- Victoria Faye Whitsitt Gowdy, 54, of Frisco died on Sunday, June 22, 2014. She was born to John Whitsitt and Rose Morrow Whitsitt on Sept. 25, 1959, in Canadian, Texas. Victoria attended school in Canadian, graduating high school with the class of 1978. She earned her bachelors of business administration in accounting from West Texas A&M University in Canyon. She worked in a number of office administrative and accounting jobs until opening her own event coordinating company in 1996. The whole family pitched in to help with cross-country journeys to fold and stuff name badges late into the night for each convention Victoria hosted. In 2003, Victoria and her two kids relocated from Livingston to Frisco, where she found employment with the Frisco ISD. During her tenure there, she started as a substitute teacher, quickly moved into an entry level position in the payroll department, and finally worked her way all the way up the ladder to payroll manager, which she worked as dutifully for a number of years all the way to the very end. Victoria's greatest joy was her children, Christopher and McKenzie. Family members say she worked hard every day to provide them the very best and secure life that she could, and found great joy in watching Christopher become a pilot and McKenzie succeed in her college endeavors with an anticipated graduation in December of this year. She is survived by her son, Christopher Gowdy of Dallas; her daughter, McKenzie Gowdy of Frisco; her father, John Whitsitt of Higgins; sisters, Lee Ann Julian and husband John of Canadian and Billie Jo Nesler and husband Shane of Brentwood, Tenn.; honorary sister and aunt, Ann Morrow Burnett and husband Rick of Williston, N.D.; nieces, Tamera Julian of Canadian and Kimbra Julian and husband Juan Gomez of Canadian and nephews, Ike Julian of San Marcos and Christian Olivas of Brentwood, Tenn. She is preceded in death by a sister, Patsy Whitsitt and her mother, Rose Morrow Whitsitt. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, at the Church at Frisco Heritage Center, 6455 Page Street, Frisco, TX. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to UT Southwestern Medical Center, Office of Development, PO Box 910888, Dallas, TX 75391-0888 or online at utsouthwestern.edu. An account has also been established for Victoria's children. Contributions can be made to Christopher and McKenzie Gowdy, in care of Happy State Bank, PO Box 97, Canadian, TX 79014. Condolences may be left for the family online at www.never-gone.com/memorials/vgowdy.

HISER
LIVINGSTON -- Larry Roy Hiser, born on Jan. 11, 1953 in Snider, to Leon Hiser and Alice Laverne Culp Hiser, died on June 23, 2014 in Point Blank at the age of 61. Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Audrey Gail Whittington-Hiser; children, Kenneth Lambert, Leland Winstead and partner Courtney, Rhonda O'Donovan, Melisa Thibodaux, Michelle Blakeney and husband Randall, Jeremy Hiser, Edmund Hiser and wife Brandi, David Hall and Sarah Hall; sisters, Linda Nelson, Karan Erwin and husband Steve and Lynn Sanford; mother, Alice Laverne Culp Hiser; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Larry is preceded in death by his father, Leon Hiser and brothers, Ricky Fanning and Michael Blackwell. Family members say he was the best carpenter in the world and loved his children and grandchildren very much. A celebration of Larry's life was held on Wednesday, June 25, at Pace Funeral Home, with Chaplin Ron Ellis officiating. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

LOWERY
LIVINGSTON -- Kelvin Pernell Lowery, 53, of Livingston was born on Dec. 31, 1960 in Memphis, Tenn. and died on June 22, 2014 in Livingston. Mr. Lowery is preceded in death by his parents, June and Duff Lowery; uncle and aunt, Jay and Peggy Lowery; Uncle Eddie and cousins, Gary Lowery and Patricia Bennett. He is survived by his aunt, Martha Alexander; cousins, Dela Hardaway, James and Catherine Tyner, JoAnn Lowery, Yvonne Clark and Larry Williams, Vickie Lynn and Melvin Ramsey, Kimberly and Al Bell, David Hill, Jackie Vick, Amanda Martinez and Audrey Lawrence; special friend, Debbie Keller; along with numerous second, third and fourth cousins, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

INGERMAN
LIVINGSTON -- Christopher James Ingerman, 54, of Cleveland died on June 21, 2014 in Cleveland. He was born on Oct. 11, 1959 in Houston, to Conrad and Elizabeth (Exniscious) Ingerman. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his wife, Beth Ingerman of South Houston; children, Christopher J. Ingerman II and Joshua Ingerman, both of Vancouver, Wash.; sister and brother-in-law, Connie (Sister Mama) and Clay Laird of Pasadena; brother, Tommy Ingerman of Crosby; sister, Denise Jones of Benita Springs, Fla.; aunts, Gerry Lara and Cynthia Cunningham, both of Houma, La.; uncle, Daniel Lirette of Houma, La.; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

DANIEL
LIVINGSTON -- Marie T. Daniel was buried Monday, June 23, 2014, in Houston National Cemetery, Houston. The private graveside service was officiated by her husband, Pastor Howard Daniel Jr. of Livingston. In attendance were her two sisters, Verlene of Houston and Ada of Dallas, and their children, Howard D. and Helen of Tyler, Greg and Kim of Desota, Howard III of Atlanta and Trent and Joanne of Houston. Little Marie, their handicapped daughter, was unable to attend. There will be a public memorial service for her many friends at Chesswood Baptist Church, 4357 US Hwy 59 South, Livingston, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014. The family will go to Houston to visit her grave site after the memorial. Her gravesite is available to any of her friends who would like to visit. She is interred in section R, grave 193 at the National Cemetery. The family requests that no flowers, food or donations be sent.

KELLEY
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Hunter Lee Kelley, 18, of Livingston are pending. Hunter is the son of Edward Kelley and Lecie Gardner. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

READ
ONALASKA -- Funeral services for James Michael Read, 61, of Onalaska were held on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in the Cochran Fu-neral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Marvin Martin officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Mr. Read was born on Feb. 7, 1953 in Runnels County and died on June 23, 2014 in Shenandoah. He worked as an assistant professor at Sam Houston State University. He is preceded in death by his father, James Dorsey Read; brother, Robert Read and sister, J-Ann Tay-lor. He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Timothy and Brittany Read of Trinity and James and Chelsea Read of Livingston; son, Matthew Read of Onalaska; mother and stepfather, Betty and Robert L. Behrns of Huffman; grandson, James Robert Read of Livingston; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Stephan Duman of Huffman; nieces and nephews, Katie Duman, Stephan Duman and David Duman, all of Huffman; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Michael Newport, Stephan Duman, Roy Newport, Arnold Ortiz, Robert Behrns and Ty Gongora. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BROWN
CONROE – Donald Brown of Conroe died on June 15, 2014. He was born Feb. 12, 1935 in Hunts-ville, to Manuel and Viola Brown. Donald is preceded in death by his loving wife, Ima Ruth Brown; son, Larry Brown; grandson, Brian Purselley; brother, Charles Brown and son-in-law, Tommy Patton. He is survived by his children, Donald Brown, Melvin Brown, Glen Brown, David Brown, James Brown, Annette Steelman and hus-band David, Debra Steelman and husband Alvin, Diane Gibson, Sha-ron Gibson and Donna Neal and husband Glenn; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and sisters, Agnes Cloud and Gladys White. Services were held on Wednes-day at Metcalf Funeral Home. Graveside services followed in Park Cemetery in Madisonville.

LOWE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Peggy Anita Lowe, 70, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Kevin Hendrix officiating. Interment will follow in Magnolia Hill Cemetery in Segno. She was born on Jan. 29, 1944 in Denison and died on June 12, 2014 in Conroe. She was a member of the Jimmy Swaggart Ministries and was also devoted to her family and nursing. Peggy is preceded in death by her father, Willis Dale Souther and brothers, Butch Souther, Richard Raines and Marc Raines. She is survived by her mother, Easter Helyn (McBride) Raines of Snyder; daughter, Mary Ruth Barnett and husband David of Tucson, Ariz.; sons, Billy Duwane Lowe of Livingston, Jeffery Don Lowe of Tucson, Ariz., Tracy Lawrence Lowe of Cleveland and Robin Phillip Lowe and wife Crystal Lynn of Hardin; sister, Cassie Sue Lendermon of Colorado City; grandchildren, Ryan Lowe, Katie Lowe, David Barnett, Rachel Lowe, Heather Barnett, Samantha Lowe, Nathen Barnett, Woodrow Barnett, Stephanie Barnett and Ashley Barnett; and other family members and friends. Pallbearers will be David Barnett, Billy Lowe, Jeffery Lowe, Tracy Lowe, Robin Lowe and Chris Lowe. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

ELDREDGE
SOUTH JORDAN, UTAH -- Kieth Ashton Eldredge, the first child of Melvin A. and Eva L. Bowles Eldredge, was born Dec. 13, 1932 in Ririe, Idaho and died on June 5, 2014 in Livingston, Texas. He was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and attended Lincoln Elementary School, Granite Junior High School and graduated from Granite High School. He attended Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University) for one year. Kieth served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. Following his military service, he moved to California and worked for Hughes Aircraft Company. He was married to Margurite Amy Meader (divorced) and subsequently to Rosie Buffington (deceased) and to Bessie Sinyerd. He is survived by his wife, Bessie of Livingston; daughter, Kimberly Barnes (David Burda), Nevada City, Calif.; son, Kent (Brenda) Eldredge of Norfolk, Va.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his siblings, Laura (Orrice) Lewis of Kamas, Utah, Garth (Ann) of West Jordan, Utah, Lorin (Jackie) of South Jordan, Utah, Betty J. Fox Lewis (Lance) of Seattle, Wash., Jerry, Midvale of Utah and Roger of Winston, Ga. He was predeceased by his parents and his wife, Rosie. Kieth was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Funeral services will be held at noon Friday, June 20, at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway (10600 S), South Jordan, UT. A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 19, and again from 11-11:45 a.m. Friday at the mortuary. Interment will be in Larkin Sunset Gardens. Online condolences may be submitted at Jenkins-soffe.com.

WOODCOCK
LIVINGSTON -- Billie Jean Woodcock, born on July 10, 1929 in Hollis, Okla., to Walter Ray Denton and Zelma Estelle Holmes Denton, died on May 20, 2014 in Onalaska, Texas on May 20, 2014 at the age of 84 years. Survivors include daughters, Sharon Hall and husband William, Sheryl Christie and husband Stan, Brenda Lummus and Buena Custer and husband Gary; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Billie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Garold Woodcock; daughter, Patricia Lynn Lummus and son, Robert Elvis Lummus Jr. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

JONES
LIVINGSTON – Infant Lauren Elizabeth Jones died at birth on April 18, 2014. She was the daughter of Brian Jones and Christie Hancock-Jones of Living-ston. She is survived by her parents; her twin sister, Emily Margaret Jones; grandparents, Mike and Linda Jones of Livingston and David and Beth Hancock of Livingston; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and great-grandparents. The family will have a memorial service for her at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Childrenz Haven of Livingston in Lauren's honor.

CLOER-WEAVER
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Margie Cloer-Weaver, 95, of Livingston were held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston, with Bro. Chris Borden officiating. She died peacefully with her grandson, Billy, by her side on Saturday morning, June 14, 2014 at Legend Oaks Healthcare in Katy. She was born Nov. 4, 1918 in Water Valley, Miss., to the late, Marvin and Era Tutor. She retired from Montgomery Ward after 30 years of service. She served as a manager of the credit collections department. She was an avid and long-time member of the First Assembly of God Church in Liv-ingston, where she served faithfully. She is preceded in death by her second husband, Floyd Cloer; son, Edward "Pete" Willingham; grandson, Jimmy Willingham; third husband, John Weaver; sisters, Hazel Taylor and Dorothy Dibble and three brothers, Herman Tutor, Frank Tutor and Harvey Tutor. She is survived by her grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Billy and Toni Willingham of Katy; daughter-in-law and husband, Martha and Harold Barfield of Livingston; sisters, Betty Moore and husband Benny of Columbus, Miss. and Georgie Roberts of Searcy, Ark.; brothers, J.W. Tutor of Water Valley, Miss. and Leslie Tutor of Southhaven, Miss.; great-grandsons, Ian and Oliver Willingham; and numerous other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Assembly of God Church in Livingston. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BLEVINS
LIVINGSTON -- Marceil Morris Blevins, born July 15, 1925, to George and Minnie Morris in Cameron, died on June 14, 2014 in Livingston at the age of 88 years. Her loving family includes daughter, Barbara Jansa and her special son-in love, William Jansa; grandchildren, Wade Skelton and wife Elizabeth, Cody Skelton and wife Jennifer, Jennifer Hubbard and husband Jeff and Gina Lomelo and husband Frank; great-grandchildren, Randall Skelton, Tyler Skelton, Tucker Skelton, Courtney Smith, Makenzie Smith, Caden Hubbard, Camryn Hubbard and Makenna Lomelo; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Floyd E. Blevins; brother, Riley Boyd Morris and sisters, Hazel Narramore and Florene Mor-ris. She graduated from East Mountain High School as valedictorian. Marceil was a charter member of Faith Memorial Baptist and Uvalde Baptist for a total of 70 years; she was a member of Eastern Star Rosyland Chapter. She retired with Phil and Barbara on Lake Livingston for 12 years. A celebration of Marceil's life was held on Tuesday, June 17, at Pace Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Herb Reeves officiating. Interment followed in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. Pallbearers were Wade Skelton, Cody Skelton, Frank Lomelo, Bill Jansa, Ronny Narramore and Jeff Hubbard. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Pipes and Frank Ampe. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

MALONE
LIVINGSTON – Bobby Frank Malone died peacefully on Friday, May 30, 2014, at the age of 78. Bobby is preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Annette Malone; parents, Harry and Vena Malone; four brothers and one sister. Bobby is survived by his loving daughters, Andrea Black of Austin and Stephanie Malone of Baytown; grandchildren, Emily Black of Silver Springs, Md. and Bridget Black of Austin; sister and brother-in-law, Willie and Ray Parker of Burnett and a host of nieces and nephews. Bobby was born on Dec. 4, 1935 in Livingston and graduated from Livingston High School in 1953. He belonged to the FFA chapter. He married Annette Stephens on Oct. 19, 1956. They made Freeport their home and raised their two daughters there. Bobby attended the Methodist Seminary in Georgetown in 1956-57. He joined the Carpenters and Millwrights Union and worked as a millwright professional for many decades. Bobby earned an associate of applied science degree in drafting from Lee College, Baytown, in 1990. He taught drafting and machine works for several years at Lee College. In 2001, Bobby moved to his family home in New Willard. After retirement, Bobby worked at the Anheuser-Busch facility in Houston. Bobby enjoyed his travels to England, Ireland and took several Caribbean cruises. He enjoyed playing Santa on Christmas Eve at New Willard Church to the delight of many nieces and nephews. He especially enjoyed gatherings with family and friends during the holi-days. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at Thompson Memorial Church in New Willard, with Bro. Elton Musick of Grace Baptist Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lee College Foundation: pwarford@lee.edu.

RYAN
ONALASKA -- Graveside services for Frances Ryan, 73, of Trinity will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Rosewood Cemetery in Humble. Frances was born on Aug. 24, 1940 in Plantersville and died on June 15, 2014 in Livingston. She loved gardening and being with her family. She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Annie May (Bomniski) Homniak; daughter, Pamela Maywald; sisters, Louise Crocker and Bessie Homniak and brothers, Sonny Homniak, Robert Homniak, and Herman Homniak. She is survived by her children, Wendell Maywald of Colmesneil, Gary Maywald of Cut-N-Shoot and Manda McCandless of Leggett; grandchildren, Jessica, Samantha, Brandi, Krystal and Hailey; great-grandchildren, Blane, Ryan, Shyan, Madelyne, Samuel and Tucker; brothers, James Homniak and Carley Homniak; sister, Dolly Henitz; and numerous nieces, neph-ews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

DANIEL
LIVINGSTON – Private graveside services for Marie T. Daniel, 77, of Goodrich will be held at the Veterans Cemetery in Houston next week. Mrs. Daniel died at 9 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, at her residence. A public memorial service will be scheduled soon at Chesswood Baptist Church near Livingston. She was born April 28, 1937 in Caldwell and moved to Houston as a child. She moved to Polk County in 1987 with her husband, Col. Howard Daniel. A full obituary for Mrs. Daniel will be published at a later date.

OGLETREE
LIVINGSTON -- A memorial service for Charles David Ogletree, 61, of Livingston will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 20, 2014, at Pine Forest Baptist Church in Onalaska, with Bro. Larry Shine officiating. Mr. Ogletree was born on March 8, 1953 in Livingston and died on June 16, 2014 in San Jacinto County. He was a first-class lineman for Universal Electric for many years. He is preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Birdie (Robins) Ogletree and brother-in-law, Jimmy Hudson. He is survived by his wife, Renee Ogletree of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Wendy Ogletree Davis and Bobby of Huntsville; son and daughter-in-law, Raylynn Ogletree and Leigh of Oakhurst; son, Creal Ogletree of Beaumont; grandchildren, Tyler Roam, Ray-gen Oliver, Madelyn Davis, Alyson Davis, Phybie Ogletree, Brendon Ogletree, Faith Ogletree and Chasity Newsom; sister, Louis Hudson of Goodrich; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

TAYLOR
ONALASKA -- Graveside services for Ada Campbell Taylor, 93, of Onalaska will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2014, in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska, with the Rev. Rick Tate officiating. Visitation will begin at noon Sunday, just prior to service time. Ada was born on Sept. 27, 1920 in Running Water and died on June 11, 2014 in Oakhurst. She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Stella (Huguley) Collins; husband, Jessie Glenn Campbell; husband, William "Bill" Taylor and son, David Campbell. She is survived by her son, James Campbell of Onalaska; grandson and wife, Robert and Lisa Campbell of San Antonio and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

LOWERY
LIVINGSTON -- Services for Gary Allen Lowery, 60, of Livingston were held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Pastor James R. Tyner officiating. Mr. Lowery was born on July 4, 1953 in Atlanta, Ga. and died on June 11, 2014 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his parents, John William Lowery and Raytha Pauline (Pullum) Lowery; nephew, Paul Lowery and aunt, Edna Lowery Biddle. He is survived by his wife, JoAnna (Davis) Lowery of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Christopher Anthony Lowery and Jackie of Tomball; son, William Allen Lowery of California; son, Isander Norat of California; son and daughter-in-law, Matthew Woolf and April of South Carolina; son and daughter-in-law, Mark Edward Woolf and Amie of Livingston; daughter-in-law, Sonia Norat; sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol Yvonne Clark and Larry Williams of Romayor and Vickie Lynn Collins and Melvin Ramey of Houston; grandchildren, Jaina Reann Lowery, Ashlyn Michael Lowery, Klarissa Norat, Selena Norat, Miguel Sandoval, Saige Marie Woolf, Amanda Jolee Woolf, Chayton Woolf and Chaleton Woolf; special friends, John and Virginia Dailey; niece and husband, Kim and Al Bell; nephew and wife, John and Vanessa Clark; niece and husband, Amber and Pete Gonzales; niece and husband, Dianna Collins and Carl Jackson; niece, Sherry Ramey; nephew, Wesley Ramey; and numerous other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

HELTON
GROVETON -- Harrell C. Helton, 81, of Corrigan died on June 11, 2014 in Lufkin. Funeral services were held Friday, June 13, in the Cartwright Memorial Chapel of Groveton Funeral Home. He was escorted to his final resting place in Ivie Cemetery in Kennard by pallbearers Kevin Burks, Shane Wilkinson, Matt Page and Roy Zalizar. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Carmona Third Thursday Group. He was born on Aug. 22, 1932 in Trinity County, to Lonnie O. Helton and Jonah (Ainsworth) Helton. Harrell was known as a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. He grew up attending church and was a Baptist by faith. He served in the United States Army and fought in the Korean conflict. Harrell was a Mason and a member of Masonic Lodge No. 1 in Houston. He was also a fellow member of the Carmona Third Thursday Group. Harrell is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Barbara Helton; son, Harrell C. Helton Jr. and brother, Lon L. Helton. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Dale Helton and Melanie Helton of Corrigan; Melanie Helton, of Corrigan; grandsons, Harrell Helton, III of Corrigan and Justin Helton of Corrigan; granddaughters, Alaina Helton of Lufkin and Haley Helton of Houston; long-time special friend, Betty Martin of Lufkin and numerous other relatives and friends. Groveton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

GAGE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Floyd Hays Gage Sr., 78, of Spring were held Friday, June 6, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment followed in Bluewater Cemetery in Livingston. The VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard provided military honors. Pallbearers, led by Blake and Brooke Orsack, were Graham Washbourne, Dennis Gage, Billy Gage, Billy John Clifton, Jesse Don Gage, Roger Gage and Mark Orsack. Honorary pallbearers were Max Welch, Gale Welch, Tom Clifton and John Ezra Gage. Hays was born June 7, 1935 in Minden and died peacefully at residence in Spring on June 2, 2014, surrounded by family. He is preceded in death by his son, Floyd Jr.; parents, Cynthia and John M. Gage; two brothers and three sisters¬. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Murphy Gage, formerly of Livingston; two daughters and their spouses, Brenda Gage Washbourne and husband Graham of Huntsville and Bekilu Gage Orsack and husband Mark of Spring; five grandchildren, Brandy Alexander, Kirk Alexander and wife Brandi and Ashley Alexander, all of Huntsville and Blake Orsack and Brooke Orsack of Spring; sister, Katherine Welch and brother, Jesse "Dutt" Gage of Henderson; and numerous other relatives and friends. Hays worked for Southwestern Fence Company and Atlas Fence Company and retired in 2001. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of The Woodlands and previously served as song leader of the First Baptist Church of Tamina in Spring. Hays served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1962 under General Sam Houston IV. During that time, Sgt. Gage was Honor Guard for President Eisenhower in Germany during the Cold War. In his earlier years, he and his brother "Dutt" played guitar on Jim Reeves' radio show in Henderson and enjoyed working as a little league baseball umpire. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MCKENNEY
LIVINGSTON -- Michael Patrick McKenney, born on Nov. 5, 1954 in Dallas, to Clyde Earl McKenney and Mary Allen Dunaway, died on June 10, 2014 in Conroe at the age of 59. Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Dawn McKenney; daughter, Candace Paige McKenney; son, Cole Hunter McKenney; brother, Kent O'Day McKenney and wife Cindy; sisters, Michelle Griffin and husband Wayne and Jill Fogle and husband Mike; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Mike was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather, Jack Dunaway. Mike was known as someone who had a great sense of humor and loved to make his family and friends laugh. He was easygoing and had a passion for fishing. A celebration of Mike's life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 16, at Livingston First Church of the Nazarene, 3430 US Hwy 190 West, Livingston. Pastor Fred Huff will be officiating. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

GROSS
TACOMA, WASH. – Carl Edward Gross, 73, of Tacoma, Wash. died on June 7, 2014. Carl was born on May 11, 1941 in Livingston, Texas, to Carl and Essie Gross. Carl enjoyed working on his Jeep, going on joy rides and really loved his ice cream, as well as spending quality time with his brother and his grandchildren. Carl also loved listening to his Elvis and Neil Diamond albums. He retired from the shipyards after 30 years and was a United States military veteran, serving both with the Army and the Navy. He will be laid to rest with honors at 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 16, in Tacoma National Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Fl., New York, N.Y. 10001. Carl was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Paulette; sons, Jeff Orr and Jason Gross and wife Jessica; daughters, Jennifer Gross and Jeanette Gross; brothers, James "Leroy" Gross and Kenneth Gross; five grandchildren and Texas cousins, Rodney and Doris Rodgers of Sour Lake, Bobby Wiggins of Huntington, John and Virginia Hodge of Burke and Pauline Blum, Thelma McKee, Mary and Putney Moore, Mike and Patsy Jacobs, Debbie Clack, Brenda Jacobs and Linda Jacobs of Livingston.

WHITE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Geraldine (Walters) White, 79, of Goodrich will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Tim Thompson officiating. Interment will follow in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Mrs. White was born on March 8, 1935 in Goodrich and died on June 9, 2014 in Goodrich. She retired from the Livingston District Clerk's Office in 1998 and loved spending her time scrapbooking. She was very family-oriented and always helped people in their time of need. She is preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Agnes (Moffett) Wal-ters. She is survived by her husband, Hugh White, whom she married on March 13, 2004 in Livingston; daughters, Lynda Hayes of Magnolia and Leanne Ray of Wichita Falls; son, Winfield White of Baird; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and nu-merous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MATTHEWS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for George Ray Matthews, 77, of Livingston will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Ray Matthews and the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Houston National Cemetery in Houston. Mr. Matthews was born on Feb. 22, 1937 in Joaquin and died on June 8, 2014 in Livingston. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam conflict, serving from 1956-1971; he retired from the military. He celebrated 54 years of marriage with his wife, Linda Sue (Ray) Matthews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Turner and Lois (Bolton) Matthews and sister, Baby Girl Matthews. He is survived by his wife, Linda Matthews of Livingston; daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca Thomson and Carl of Livingston and Mary Neely and Timothy of League City; son and daughter-in-law, George Ray Matthews Jr. and Kristy of Ellisville, Miss.; grandchildren, Rachale Bulanek, Christopher Matthews, Sarah Neely, Caleb Neely, Naomi Neely, Bryan Matthews and Jared Matthews; great-granddaughter, Evelyn Bulanek; brothers, Jimmy Matthews of Center and Johnny Matthews and wife Madeline of Kingwood; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Joseph Matthews, Jud Matthews, Jim Matthews, Brandon Matthews, Christopher Matthews, Kory Bulanek, Melvin Sheffield and Tim Neely. Honorary pallbearers will be Jared Matthews, Bryan Matthews, Johnny Thomson and Caleb Neely. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

WIEGREFFE
LIVINGSTON -- Services for Tyba Wiegreffe, 71, of Livingston were held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at Church of Christ in Livingston, with Lindell Mitchell officiating. There was a private family interment. Mrs. Wiegreffe was born on June 16, 1942 in Livingston and died on May 18, 2014 in Livingston. She worked as a teacher for 29 years, teaching grades third and fifth. She is preceded in death by her parents, E.O. and Maude (Moore) Gilliland and brother, Emmitt "Little Boy" Gilliland. She is survived by her husband, Roger Wiegreffe of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie Wiegreffe and Julie of Livingston; son, Bo Wiegreffe of Spring; grandchildren, Kortni Wiegreffe of Livingston and Shay and Steve Gore of Austin; great-granddaughter, Pyper Gore of Austin; and numerous other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Livingston Municipal Library, 707 N. Tyler Ave. Livingston, TX 77351, www.livingstonlibrary.net; or the Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 96280 Washington, DC 20077, www.arthritis.org. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

SHIMEK
LIVINGSTON – A celebration of life service for Gwendolyn Barry Shimek will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, on the corner of Willis and Jones in Livingston. Gwen was born on June 16, 1964 in Houston and died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Austin. Gwen was known as a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend with a remarkably kind soul and an endless capacity to love. Family members say they will miss Gwen's constant laughter, quick wit and powerful hugs. She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Doyle A. and Marguerite Barry; maternal grandparents, Jack and Dorothea Whitten and her Godparents, Aunt Rowena and Uncle John Vaughn. She is survived by her husband, Mark Shimek of Austin; her son, Sam Shimek of Washington D.C.; her parents, Jim and Salley Leeper of Freeport; Tom and Thelma Barry of Livingston; brother and sister-in-law, Chris and Kara Barry of Pearland; sister and brother-in-law, Jorja and William "Butch" Turner; nieces, Kaitlyn Barry and Lindsey Klock and nephews, Collin Barry and Kevin Klock Gwen was the manager for Nash D'Amico's Restaurant in West University in Houston and opened the restaurant in Galveston. She was an avid cook. She was also an electrolysis technician. Gwen was a scuba diver and she was a docent at the Houston Zoo before moving to Austin. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made on Gwen's behalf to the Houston Zoo. Arrangements were by Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis.

RAY
LIVINGSTON -- Essie Mae Pace Ray, born on Nov. 13, 1919 in Soda, to John Edward Pace and Laura Gertrude Sanders Pace, died on June 6, 2014 in Houston at the age of 94. Survivors include her son, Walter Randy Ray and wife Debbie; daughters, Betty June Dickson and husband Jim, Janice Turner and husband Charles and Forestine Turner; brother, Perry A. Pace and wife Ann; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of dear friends. Essie Mae was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter Forest Ray and grandson, 1st Lt. Jeremy Edward Ray. Essie was known as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved the Lord and through her examples led her family to trust the Lord as their savior. Family members say she leaves a legacy of love and a life time of memories. A celebration of Essie Mae's life was held on Monday, June 9, at Camp Ruby Cemetery, Livingston, with interment following. Bro. Ralph Richards officiated. Pallbearers were Justin Ray, David Dickson, Jeff Petersen, Mark Turner, Chris Turner, Connor Petersen, Joey Willingham and Josh Willingham. Honorary pallbearers were Matthew Turner and Steven Turner. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

CHANDLER
LIVINGSTON -- Mabel Maudine Chandler, born on Feb. 23, 1926 in Kosse, to C.L. Wilson and Rosa M. Winfield Wilson, died on June 7, 2014 at the age of 88. Survivors include her daughter, Joyce Lanette Spence and husband Pete; son, Ronnie Lee Chandler and wife Suzy; daughter, Bridgett Sheila Lorraine Ray and Ricky; 19 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of dear friends. Mimi was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Woodrow Wilson Chandler; daughters, Mable Maudean Parker and Doris LaVerne Perronne and son, Woodrow Wilson Chandler Jr. Mimi loved to sew, make quilts, embroidery, crochet, cook, work in garden and loved camping. She also loved teaching children the word of the Lord. A celebration of Mimi's life was held on Sunday, June 8, at Bluewater Cemetery, Livingston, with Pastor Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment followed. Pallbearers were Corey Sanderson, Issac Satterwhite, Stoney Parker, Woody Chandler Jr. and Justin Chandler. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuner-al.com.

BENOIT
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Diana M. Benoit, 60, of Livingston were held Monday, June 9, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Living-ston, with Deacon Mike Marion officiating. Mrs. Benoit was born on Aug. 4, 1953 in Staunton, Ill. and died on June 4, 2014 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents, Buddy and Loretta (Urick) Morgan and siblings, Lil McSweeney and Keith Morgan. She is survived by her husband, Daniel Benoit of Livingston; daughter, Loretta Sanchez and husband Frank, Jr. of Onalaska; grandsons, Christian Sanchez and Bubba Sanchez, both of Onalaska; brothers, Michael Morgan and wife Etta and Jimmy Morgan and wife Lynn, all of Staunton, Ill.; sisters, Chris Hienz and husband Wally of Highland, Ill. and Alice Lotspeich and husband Scott of St. Louis, Mo.; stepdaughters, Bonnie Hickman and husband Jimmy of Livingston and Cindy Underwood of Conroe; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BASS
LIVINGSTON -- Born in Paris, Texas on April 18, 1930, Donald Anthony Bass died June 7, 2014 at his residence in Livingston. He graduated from Paris High School and had fond memories of sliding down the banister of Graham Elementary School. (Naturally, the principal was ob-ligated to apply the "board of education" to his "seat of understanding.") He often smiled to say he left the principal's office to slide down again and go home. Don eventually sought the Creator in earnest and exchanged his GS-14 job with the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn, Md. for a doctorate of education from the University of Houston and served in public and parochial schools in Texas, Oregon, Mexico, Turkey and six years in Yemen. He said of his life: "God has been very gracious and merciful to me. My life has contained much more joy than I deserve." He trusted in God with all his heart and leaned not to his own understanding, and endeavored in all his ways to acknowledge Jesus Christ as his Savior and soon-coming King. His heart went out to the world's needy children, especially the ones with cleft palates. Don Bass is survived by his wife of 58 1/2 years, Helen Fay Chism Bass; three brothers; two brothers-in-law and five sisters-in-law; and many adoring nieces and nephews, friends and former students. He was preceded in death by parents, Obie and Mattalene Freeland Bass; brothers, William and Ken and sister, Dorothy Ford of Waco. A graveside service was held on Wednesday, June 11, in Houston National Cemetery, Houston. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuner-al.com.

COCKRELL
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Eugene Ellis "Party" Cockrell, 84, of Corrigan were held Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in the Corrigan First Baptist Church, with Bro. Ralph Johnston officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Billie Christine Smiley Cockrell of Corrigan; daughter, Janie Cockrell; daughters and sons-in-law, Bubba and Eva Perry and Luther and Barbara "Possum" Roden, all of Corrigan; grandchildren, T.J. Nash, Tracy Parrot, Michelle Roden, Kaycee Standley, Wesley Roden and Colter Perry; 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law, Bobby Smiley of Corrigan and Donald and Magge Smiley of Kingwood and sister-in-law, Charlene Cockrell of Corrigan. He is preceded in death by his son, Michael Cockrell; parents, Ervin and Luna Cockrell; brothers, Elmer (Honey), Earlene (Maggie), Everett (Sybil) and Emitt (Dude) and father and mother-in-law, Bill and Sibyl Smiley. He served his country during the Korean conflict and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, obtaining the rank of sergeant. Party was married to the love of his life for 62 years. Through this marriage, there were four children; they were the light of his life. He became a "Poppa" and that light grew brighter. His children say family meant the world to him and he provided a caring loving home for all of them to be raised in and were proud to call home. The majority of his life he worked as a mechanic at his own business. But his real job was hunting, fishing, farming and story-telling. Anyone who knew him could tell some kind of hunting/fishing story he told them. This is what made him Party Cockrell. Military honors were provided by the the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard. Pallbearers were T.J. Nash, Colter Perry, Wesley Roden, Clay Nash, Luthur Cockrell and Johnny Cockrell. Honorary pallbearers were Wallace Dickson, Jerry Maxey, Bill Mac Cockrell, Alec Cockrell, Ben Cockrell, A.W. Cockrell and Jerry Cockrell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bulldog Blue Scholarship Fund, CISD, 504 S. Home St., Corrigan, TX 75939. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To send condolences or to sign the online guestbook, go to corriganfh.net.

BAGBY
CORRIGAN -- Graveside services for Alan Chapman "Chappy" Bagby, 68, of Diboll were held Monday, June 9, 2014, in Stryker Cemetery in Corrigan, with Bro. Rick Clark officiating. Mr. Bagby died on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in the Trinity Mission Health & Rehab in Diboll. Alan, also known as "Chappy," was born in El Paso County on Jan. 19, 1946, to William Cobb and Hope Alice Stewart Bagby. Friends and family say he was the sweetest person you would ever meet. He loved to watch TV, read, play Bingo, collecting all sorts of cans and, most of all, studying the Bible. Alan is survived by his sisters-in-law, Rebecca Robertson and husband Rian of Corrigan and Pamela Worley and husband Darryl of Bristol, Va.; brothersin-law, James Sanders and wife Jeneatte of Carthage and Richard Sanders of Huntsville; niece, Danielle Norman and husband Roman of Corrigan; nephew, Joshua Johnson of Corrigan; great-niece and nephew, Savannah and Ronald Ener of Corrigan; great-aunts, Faye Brown of Huntsville and June Raley of Huntsville and great-cousins, Perry Brown and Jerry Brown, both of Huntsville. He is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia "Patsy" Sanders Bagby; his parents; mother-in-law and father-in-law, David and Pauline Sanders and nephews, Michael and Jimmy Sanders. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to the Epilepsy Foundation and Heart to Heart Hospice. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To send condolences or sign the online guestbook, go to corriganfh.net.

POKORNY
ONALASKA -- Funeral services for Jim Pokorny, 83, of Onalaska were held on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska, with Deacon Mike Marion officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Mr. Pokorny was born on March 26, 1931 in Dodge, Neb. and died on June 1, 2014 in Onalaska. He is preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Evelyn (Bartosh) Pokorny; brother, Robert Pokorny and lifelong friends, John and Dorothy Lyles. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Harry and Susie Pokorny of Howells, Neb.; sister-in-law, Alice Pokorny of Howells, Neb.; lifelong friend, Debbie Johnson of Onalaska; lifelong friends, Jon Lyles and Preston Lyles, both of Dry Prong, La.; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

AKERY
LIVINGSTON -- A memorial service for David "Doc" Akery Sr., 70, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Faith Christian Center in Livingston, with Randy Findley officiating. Military honors will be provided by the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard. Doc was born on Nov. 19, 1943 in Houston and died on June 3, 2014 in Livingston. He married Janet Grace Hinkle on Oct. 1, 1988 in Houston. He is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Gazella (Mandich) Akery. He is survived by his wife, Janet Akery of Livingston; daughters, Tina Marie Akery Read of Porter and Shere' Denise Akery Lipinski of Houston; stepsons, Matthew Douglas Smith of Kingwood and Aaron Christopher Smith of Spring; son, David Alan Akery Jr. of Fredericksburg; son-in-law, John Lipinski of Houston; daughter-in-law, Barbara Jane Smith of Spring; grandchildren, Joshua John Read, Bruce Edward Nolte III, Evangeline Beatrice Lipinski, Jazalyn Ann Frances Smith, Shelby Layne Smith, Charles Xavier Smith, Dara Catherine Smith, Evelyn Grace Smith, Deborah Ann Akery and Andrea Nicole Akery; great-granddaughter, Madilyn Marie Read; sisters, Katherine Ann Akery Stubbe of Cypress and Marilyn Beth Akery Gilbert of Cypress; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Scenic Loop Volunteer Fire Department, 1406 FM 3277, Livingston, TX 77351. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CRAGER
LIVINGSTON -- Ms. Shirley Harper Crager was born on Jan. 12, 1945 in Huntsville and died on June 2, 2014, peacefully, at her residence in Livingston. Funeral services were held on Friday, June 6, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. Ms. Crager is preceded in death by her parents, Johnnie and Esther (Beck) Harper; husband, Kenneth Crager Sr. and siblings, Mary Emma Hartzler, David Harper and George Harper. She is survived by her son, Kenneth Crager Jr. of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Emily Stover and Edward of Vivian, La.; granddaughter, Payton Stover of Vivian, La.; siblings, Linda Crowson of Huntsville, Peggy McMillian of Riverside, Johnny Harper of Colorado Springs, Colo., Joe Harper of Huntsville and Judy Twardeski of Huntsville; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; and companions, Ruby, Rusty, Lizzy and Moonlight. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CIESLIK
LIVINGSTON -- Diana Kay Cieslik, born on Oct. 28, 1956 in Nuremburg, Germany, to Virgil and Donna M. Rosean Tyner, died on June 4, 2014 at the age of 57 in Livingston. Survivors include her daughter, Jennifer Cieslik; son, Brandon Kyle Tyner; father, Virgil Tyner and stepmother Anna; sister, Cheryl Carter; nephew, Jeremy Carter; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. She is preceded in death by her mother, Donna. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

DINGESS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Lonnie George Dingess, 83, of Livingston were held on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, Interment will be at 1 p.m. Monday, June 9, in Forest Park Lawndale in Houston. Mr. Dingess was born on June 25, 1930 in Logan, W. Va. and died on June 2, 2014 in Livingston. He worked as a manager for Phillips Oil for many years. He is preceded in death by his parents, Oscar Dingess and Darlene (Moorehouse) Dingess Allen and granddaughter, Sheila Crutcher. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Audrey Dingess; daughters, Beverly Thompson, Belinda Sowards and Dianna and husband Ed Betzlaff; brother, Marvin Moorehouse; four grandchildren, Lonnie Neal and wife Jeannie, Corinna Wright and life-mate, Robbin, Jody Thompson and wife Courtney and Ron Jr. Stall; 12 great-grandchildren, Emily, Shanelle, Kendall-Kay, Cheyenne, Savannah, Carey, Cash, Zeden, Saderah, Shevelle, Laurelle and Jade; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MCLEOD
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Joyce Chastang McLeod, 79, of Houston were held on Sunday, June 1, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaac officiating. Interment followed in Bold Springs Cemetery. Mrs. McLeod was born Jan. 20, 1935 in St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana, to Leroy Lyons Chastang and Edwina (Frierson) Chastang, and died on May 29, 2014 in Houston, Texas. She was a homemaker and loved her family. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, John H. McLeod; son, Deane Bostick III and brother, Roy Chastang. She is survived by her daughters, Penny Morton of Onalaska, Wis. and Carey McLeod of Houston; sons, Anthony Bostick of Houston, John McLeod of Channelview and Clinton McLeod of Crosby; sister, Donna Hotard of Timpson; grandchildren, Deane, Shawn, Robin, Justin, Daniel, Alexis, Elvis, Johaiden, Austin and Clifford; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Amiah, Grace, MaKayla, Trey and Ethen; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

KELLAR
LIVINGSTON -- Karl Alan Kellar, born on Aug. 26, 1963 to Jerry and Roynel Kellar in Conroe, died on May 30, 2014 in Livingston at the age of 50 years. Karl was a Mason, belonging to Trinity Masonic Lodge No. 14 of Livingston. His loving family includes his wife of 30 years, Melody Kellar; daughter, Kasha Colvin and husband Matthew; son, Taylor Kellar; mother, Roynel Kellar; brother, Sammy Kellar; one grandchild, Rowan Colvin; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Karl is preceded in death by his father, Jerry Kenneth Kellar and a brother, Craig Kellar. Karl loved his family very much and will be forever in their hearts. A celebration of Karl's life was held on Monday, June 2, at Pace Funeral Home, with the Rev. Rex Hendrix officiating and with honors from Trinity Masonic Lodge of Livingston, TX. To send condolences online go pacefuneral.com.

CRIM
LIVINGSTON -- Services for Debra Lynn Crim, 46, of Goodrich will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. James Hilton and the Rev. Wayne Landrum officiating. Interment will follow in Bold Springs Cemetery. Debra was born on Aug. 6, 1967 in Baytown and died on June 1, 2014 in Livingston. Debra was well loved by many and considered a mother to everyone. She was also known as the "best maker of chicken and dumplings." Debra is preceded in death by her parents, William and Charlene Crim and brother, Dennis McNeese. She is survived by her daughters, Christine Crim of Goodrich and Paula Collier of Goodrich; grandson, Hunter Allen Vincent of Goodrich; sister, Patricia Crim of Goodrich; brother, Michael Crim and wife Juanita of Goodrich; very special friend, James Hudson of Goodrich; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

TROUTMAN
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Jessie Franklin Troutman, 88, of Livingston will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Scott Tidwell and Deacon Andy Muldrow officiating. Interment will follow in Ace Com-munity Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard. Mr. Troutman was born on Aug. 28, 1925 in Purcell, Okla. and died on May 30, 2014 in Livingston. He proudly served his country in World War II from 1943-45. Jessie is preceded in death by his parents, John H. Troutman and Blanch (Ficklin) Troutman; son, Lee Chavers and several brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Troutman of Ace; son, Ralph Smith of Ace; daughters, Donna Brooks and husband Larry of Ace, Debra Moores of Baytown and Betty Collins and husband Mikel of Oklahoma; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sister, Laura Malena of Florida; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CRAGER
LIVINGSTON -- Ms. Shirley Sue Harper Crager was born on Jan. 12, 1945 in Huntsville and died on June 2, 2014, peacefully, at her residence in Livingston. Funeral services for Shirley will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 6, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 5, also at Cochran Funeral Home. A full obituary will be published at a later date. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MANSHACK
LIVINGSTON -- Services for R. L. Manshack, 67, of Cleveland were held on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at First Concord Baptist Church in Rye. Interment followed in Concord Cemetery in Rye. Mr. Manshack was born on Aug. 10, 1946 in Livingston and died on June 1, 2014 in Cleveland. He is preceded in death by his parents, Amos and Estelle (Lambright) Manshack and wife, Sylvia Ann Manshack. He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas Manshack and Sheila of Crosby, Jerry Manshack and Tina of New Caney and Barry Manshack and Maria of Hardin; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry Littleton and Robert of Splendora; sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol Keddie and Larry of Crockett, Wanda de Villiers and Charles of Lake Jackson, Joan Lowe and Joseph of Katy and Kathy Vanderhider of Lake Jackson; brother and sister-in-law, Dee Manshack and Jennifer of Rye; grandchildren, Ariana, Dakota, Jarrod, Mason, Marissa, Colton, Jason, Jenny, Jasmine, Miranda, Kristina and Jacob; great-grandchildren, Adelyn and Juliette; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BOSWELL
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Wilano H. Boswell, 95, of Humble will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 19618 Atasca Oaks Dr., in Humble, with Bishop Larkin LeSuerer officiating. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, just prior to service time. Interment will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery in Livingston. Mrs. Boswell was born on June 9, 1918 in Silsbee and died on May 30, 2014 in Kingwood. She is preceded in death by her parents, William Timothy and Clara Ella (Holmes) Oakley; husband, Melvin Boswell and sister and brother-in-law, Juanita and James Ernest. She is survived by her daughters, Ann Green of Humble, Lynn and husband Ray Spriller of Humble, Pat Cooper of Lynchburg, Va., Judy Munn of Ft. Myers, Fla. and Sandy and husband Gordan Davis of Ft. Myers, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

SCHNEIDER
ONALASKA -- A memorial service for Nancy Schneider, 62, of Onalaska will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with Preacher (John Brown) officiating. Nancy was born on Dec. 10, 1951 in Stuttgart, Germany, to Noel Avery Sr. and Ilse Annamaria (Statter) Avery, and died on May 24, 2014 in Livingston. She is survived by her children, James Schneider and Lisa of Onalaska, Tammy Stevens of Michigan and Pete Schneider of Michigan; grandchildren, Jesse McCollum, Andrew Myslewick, Tasha Myslewick and Rachal Walsh; numerous other grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Wolfgang Avery and Debbie of Boerne, Noel W. Avery Jr. and Debby of Florida and Julie Antley and James of Onalaska; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

LAMBETH
LIVINGSTON -- Francis "Frank" Norman Lambeth, born Jan. 5, 1926, died on May 29, 2014 in Marble Falls at the age of 88. He was a former resident of Big Sandy, near Livingston, and was a member of Sunflower Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife: Jeanette Lambeth; daughters, Lanna Barnhart and Candy Bearden; sons, David Lambeth and Royce Lambeth; nine grandchil-dren and 18 great-grandchildren. He was retired from Richman Tank Car Mfg. Co. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at Sunflower Baptist Church, 5353 Sunflower Rd., Livingston. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a monetary contribution to his surviving wife, Jeanette Lambeth. Mail to: Jeanette Lambeth, 410 Gateway Pkwy., Marble Falls, TX 78654.

LOVE
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Minnie Lee Love, 81, of Corrigan will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014, at First Community Missionary Baptist Church in Leggett, with Pastor Curtis Hester officiating. Interment will follow in St. Andrew's Cemetery in Onalaska. Viewing and visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until noon at the church. Mrs. Love was born on April 4, 1933 in Onalaska, the daughter of Jesse and Fannie Mae Johnson, and died on June 1, 2014 at her resi-dence. She grew up in Onalaska, moving to Corrigan 61 years ago. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Perry Love, whom she married on July 25, 1952 in Onalaska; five daughters, Rosie (Wayne) Love, Murl (James) Hubert, Mary (Leroy) Durham, Fannie Love and Essie Love; four sisters, Loyna Seals, Johnnie Fransaw, Ruby Shine and Mattie Fransaw; brother, Ben Johnson; daughters-in-law, Lillian Love and Nellie Love; numerous precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sons, Perry Jr., Melvin Sr. and Teuthus Love and daughter, Glorita. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Members of the church will serve as honorary pallbearers. Charles Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

GAGE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Floyd Hays Gage Sr., 78, of Spring are pending at Cochran Funeral Home. He was born on June 7, 1935 in Minden and died peacefully on June 2, 2014 at his home in Spring. He is preceded in death by his son, Floyd Jr.; his parents, Cynthia and John M. Gage; two brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Murphy Gage, formerly of Livingston; two beautiful daughters, Brenda Gage Washbourne and husband Graham of Huntsville and Beki Gage Orsak and husband Mark of Spring; three granddaughters, Brooke Orsak and Brandy and Ashley Alexander; two grandsons, Blake Orsak and Kirk Alexander and wife Brandi; brother, Jesse "Dutt" Gage and sister, Katherine Welch, both of Henderson; and numerous other relatives and friends. His many talents included church song leader, baseball umpire, a guitar back-up on Jim Reeves' radio station and honor guard for President Eisenhower during the cold war in Germany. Hays was a U.S. Army sergeant from 1958 to 1962 under General Sam Houston IV. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MURPHY
LIVINGSTON -- A memorial service for Katherine Jeanne Murphy, 57 of Livingston, Texas, is currently pending. Katherine was born on Aug. 14, 1956 in Houston and died on May 27, 2014 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her father, Kennard Eddie Williams and son, Jerry Douglas Murphy. She is survived by her daughter, Abbie Pursley and husband Jonathan of Livingston; mother, Billie Williams of Rye; grandchildren, Roy Douglas Murphy II of Liberty, Jonathan Pursley of Livingston, Ty Winter of Livingston, Trinity Winter of Livingston and Lillian Pursley of Livingston; sister, Kathy Kelly of Rye; brother, Elton Williams of Sour Lake; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

NIX
ONALASKA -- A memorial service for Shirley May (Reed) Nix, 72, of Point Blank was held Saturday, May 24, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Louie Matthews officiating. Mrs. Nix was born June 23, 1941 in Syracuse, N.Y., to Charles and Josephine (Bonner) Reed, and died on May 16, 2014 in Point Blank. She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Penny Sue Warren; brothers, Lindon Reed, Donald Reed, Leslie Reed, and William Reed and sister, Juanita Reed. Mrs. Nix is survived by her husband, Ritchie Nix of Point Blank; daughters, Cindy Hoffart of Klein, Sandra Samples of Sellersburg, Ind. and Lee Ann Matthews of Point Blank; stepson, Carry Nix of Santa Fe; sister, Carol Parker of Central Square, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

SULLIVAN
LIVINGSTON -- A memorial service for Vanessa Jean Sullivan, 43, of Shepherd was held on Thursday, May 29, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Paul Boyd officiating. Vanessa was born on Oct. 9, 1970 in Corpus Christi and died on May 25, 2014 in Shepherd. She is preceded in death by her father, Gary L. Sullivan and brother, Jerry L. Sullivan. She is survived by her children, Hunter White and Skylar White; mother, Rosemary Sullivan; brother and sister-in-law, James and Linda Sullivan; sister, Sandra Kay Sullivan; spouse, Donny White; nieces and nephews, Zach Riley, Savannah Riley, Seth Sullivan and Spencer Comeaux; stepchildren, Christane White-Tidwell and Justin White; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CHILDS
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Anna Ruth Childs of Livingston, formerly of Onalaska, were held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Blanchard Baptist Church, with the Rev. Fred Alford officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Mrs. Childs was born on Nov. 24, 1939 in Mineral Wells, the daughter of Raymond W. and Eva Lee McKee, and died on May 22, 2014 at her residence. She was a founder and charter member of the Onalaska Lioness Club, former active member of the Onalaska Chamber of Commerce, promoted Lake Livingston businesses and community services and was former owner of A&M Office Supply and Printing. She was retired and a Baptist. Survivors include her husband, Richard H. Childs, whom she married on Feb. 2, 1970 in Miami, Ohio; daughter, Lyn Carroll; son, Ken Childs; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four brothers and one sister. Pallbearers were Ken Childs, Ryan Childs, Michael Childs, Christian Crider, Sean Gilnore and Chris McKee. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

KENNER
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Jeff Daniel Kenner, 85, of Livingston were held on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Clint Smith officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Mr. Kenner was born Oct. 22, 1928 in Onalaska, to William and Molly Kenner, and died on May 28, 2014 in Livingston. He worked during his lifetime as a welder for the Local 211-Pipefitters Union. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Aline Kenner; daughters, Gale Sublett and Patricia Smith; great-granddaughter, Anna-Leigh Smith; brothers, Billy Kenner and Joe Kenner and sister, Helen Augustonie. He is survived by his daughter, Sherry Gillan of Livingston; sister, Beulah Henry; grandchildren, Kris Sublett, Chad Sublett, Mandy Sublett, Clint Smith and Lacy Lawrence; great-grandchildren, Christopher, Trisha, Nick, Brett, Jordyn, Tyler, Madison, Landon, Andrew-Lee and Rayeah; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Kris Sublett, Chad Sublett, Clinton Smith, Hunter Higginbotham, Randy Higginbotham and Ronald Higginbotham. Honorary pallbearers were sons-in-law, Terry Sublett and Patrick Smith. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

REEGS
ONALASKA -- A memorial service for Katie Julian Reegs, 81, of Onalaska will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska, with Chaplain Jason Sandefer officiating. Mrs. Reegs was born on March 30, 1933 in Lubbock and died on May 20, 2014 in Onalaska. She worked as a legal secretary for many years. She is preceded in death by her parents, Albert L. and Maude Eliza (Randolph) Julian; husband, Willie A. Reegs and siblings, John Julian, James Howard Julian, Maurice Albert Julian, Ernest W. "Tooter" Julian, Bobbie Ruth Julian Partin and Betty Jean Julian Gilson. She is survived by her son, Jimmy Reegs and wife Kathy of Onalaska; grandchildren, Henry W. Musterman, Phillip W. Musterman, Cherie L. Reegs and Cassie E. Reegs, all of Conroe; great-grandsons, Alan Musterman and Aric Musterman; sister, Faye Pierce of Round Rock; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

RIDDLE
LIVINGSTON -- Helen Joyce Riddle, 84, died on Friday, May 23, 2014, under the care of Hospice at Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care in Houston. She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Leah Gibson; husband Alvis "Buddy" Riddle; son, Bill Riddle; grandson, Ryan Riddle and son-in-law, Bill McDougal. Helen is survived by her sister, Dorothy Holmes; brother, Virgil Gibson; sons and wives, Jimmy and Carolyn Riddle, Robert Riddle, Rocky and Linda Riddle and David and Vicki Riddle; daughter, Ann McDougal, and Sharlot McElroy; grandchildren, Shannon Janek, Jason Riddle, Deni McKay, Amber Riddle, Josh Riddle, Matt Riddle, Alex Riddle, Lauren Riddle, Aly Riddle, Bryan Wilkins, Lyndsey Bratton, Julie Gilaspie, Dana Kurtin, BJ McDougal, Nick Riddle and Chris Riddle; 27 great-grandchildren; cousins; nieces and nephews. Helen was known as a loving wife, mom, and treasured friend who had a wonderful sense of humor. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 29, at Second Baptist Church, 19449 Katy Fwy., Houston, under the guidance of Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services, 6200 N. Braeswood, Houston, TX 77074. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

HELTON
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Lon L. Helton, 85, of Corrigan were held on Sunday, May 25, 2014, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan, with Bro. Charlie Hodge officiating. Interment followed in Carmona Cemetery in Carmona. Corrigan Masonic Lodge No. 1103 conducted services following the chapel service. Mr. Helton died on Friday, May 23, 2014, in Hospice In The Pines of Lufkin. He was born on May 22, 1929 in Nogalus Prairie, to Lonnie Olin and Jonah Ainsworth Helton. He enjoyed raising gardens, cattle, loved old tractors, sitting in the garage and waving at the motorists as they passed by; some would stop and visit with him. Lon L. loved good deer and coon hounds. He loved visiting with his friends from The Diamond H Ranch in Woodlake and his Masonic Lodge Brothers from Corrigan Lodge No. 1103. He was member of Corrigan Lodge for 64 years, past Worshipful Master, Houston Scottish Rite 32 Degree Mason and Houston Arabia Shriners. He cherished his family, especially his grandsons. Mr. Helton is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Neva Stanford Helton; son, Lon L. Helton Jr. and Lon Jr's girlfriend, Davida Elliott; grandson, Kevin Helton and wife Erin; granddaughter-in-law, Callie Helton; brother, Harell C. Helton and numerous other relatives. He is preceded in death by parents; sister, Nancy Ann Helton and grandson, Kyle Bart Helton. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Cockrell, Harrell C. Helton, Bo Fortune, W.J. Bearden and Bo Smith/ In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice In The Pines, 1201 W. Frank, Lufkin, TX and Corrigan Lodge No. 1103, 102 E. Ben Franklin, Corrigan, TX. To send condolences and to sign the online guestbook, go to corriganfh.net.

REDDING
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Michelle Sandra Redding, 54, of Houston will be held at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014, at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, with the Rev. Chris Borden officiating. Mrs. Redding was born on March 2, 1960 in Encino, Calif. and died on May 24, 2014 in Houston. She worked as a hotel auditor for many years. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Redding of Houston; cousin, Robert Hoffman of California; daughter, Corinne Redding of Naperville, Ill.; son, Kevin Redding of Wilmington, Del.; son, Cameron Redding of Naperville, Ill.; daughter, Kayla Redding of Fort Worth; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

LERMA
LIVINGSTON -- Services for Joe Lerma, 99, of Houston were held on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Father Clifton Labbe, SVD officiating. Interment followed in Stryker Cemetery in Corrigan. Mr. Lerma was born on Feb. 8, 1915 in Driskell and died on May 23, 2014 in Baytown. He is preceded in death by his parents, Vicente and Escolastica (Torrez) Lerma; wife, Margaret Lerma and daughter, Linda Jo. He is survived by his niece and husband, Evelyn and David Diaz of Houston; niece and husband, Sulema and Paul Reyes of Bay-town; niece, Janie Polo of Houston; nephew, Bobby Turnipseed and his wife of Baytown; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

ROGERS
CEDAR PARK -- Buddy Clarence Rogers, 71, of Lago Vista died on Friday, May 23, 2014. He was laid to rest on Tuesday, May 27, at Hillcrest Cemetery in McLean, with his mother and grandparents. A memorial service and celebration of his life is being planned. Buddy was born Aug. 4, 1942 in Amarillo, to Bob Rogers and Lorene Damron Rogers. He attended Texas A&M University and graduated from University of Houston at Clear Lake. Buddy was a gifted writer and musician. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was an accomplished and award-winning wheelchair athlete and an early advocate for wheelchair basketball, travelling the country to participate in a variety of competitions. An avid bird watcher and Texas history buff, Buddy had many interests. He was the first president of the Texas Paralyzed Veteran's Association and proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force. Buddy is survived by his devoted wife, Brenda Vincent Rogers; his daughter, Kristi Katz Gordy and son-in-law David of Leander; son Martin Katz and daughter-in-law Courtney of Houston; three grandchildren, Nicholas, Fallon and Gianna Gordy; brother, Glenn Rogers and his wife Charlene; niece, Stephanie Swift and her husband Troy; as well as a host of other family and friends. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Buddy's honor to Children's Medical Center Foundation for the Dell Children's Inpatient Rehabilitation Canine-Assist Therapy Endowment supportdellchildrens.org or to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org to help injured veterans. Beck Funeral Home, Cedar Park, was in charge of arrangements.

MURPHY
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Enneth Murphy, 83, of Livingston were held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Camp Ruby Community Church in Livingston, with Bro. Robert Smith officiating. Interment followed in Camp Ruby Cemetery. Military Honors were provided by the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard. Mr. Murphy was born on Sept. 26, 1930 at Village Mills, to Lillie Mae and Eual Murphy. Enneth was raised in Polk County and lived here most of his life. He went to Big Sandy School and played all kinds of sports while in school. After graduation, he joined the Ma-rines, where he served proudly and was honorably discharged after his tour of duty was over. He went to Houston in 1953, working at Hughes Ford Company. There he met his future wife, Bobbylene; they become engaged and married in October of 1954. To this union, two children were born, a daughter, Cindy and a son, Darrell. After being laid off, Enneth moved his young family to Polk County and Camp Ruby became home again. He worked at several jobs, then became employed with the Highway Department, where he stayed for 26 years until his retirement in 1992. He loved hunting, fishing, and his family. In 1988, he surrendered his life to Christ and loved working for the Lord's service. His life took a new and wonderful turn. Enneth is survived by his daughter, Cindy and husband Mike Nichols of Tomball; son, Darrell and wife Sharon Murphy of Camp Ruby; two grandchildren, Autumn and husband John Cox of Camp Ruby and Kabe and wife Chelsea Murphy of Camp Ruby; six great-grandchildren, Chloe, Paige, Lev and Hayes Cox of Camp Ruby and Eli and Dax Murphy of Camp Ruby; sister, Murel Welch of The Bradford in Livingston; sister-in-law, Audra Murphy of Livingston; a host of wonderful friends, nieces, nephews, and his Midway Church Family. Pallbearers were O.L. Collins, Randy VanWagner, Tommy Slack, Ronald Cox, John Cox and Kabe Murphy. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

SCOTT
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Michael Eugene Scott, 71, of Livingston will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Bro. Pat Hitt officiating and R.J. Wesley reading the eulogy. Interment will follow in Holhausen-Darby Cemetery in Moscow. Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 30, at the funeral home. Mr. Scott was born on March 24, 1943 in Corpus Christi and died on May 23, 2014 in the VA Hospital in Houston. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy, serving during the Korean conflict and two tours of duty in Vietnam. His last duty station was VRF-31 in Norfolk, Va. After retiring from the Navy, he became a master partsman and worked at Smickless Chevrolet in Oklahoma City, Gandra Buick in Oklahoma City, Landmark Chevrolet in Houston and Bounds Chevrolet in Livingston. He loved to rebuild motors on friends' cars, loved fishing, and telling stories. He is preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Ollene (McCrany) Scott. He is survived by his wife, Jessa (Gebhart) Scott of Livingston; children, Vivian Carpenter of Tomball, Tammy Ciolfi of Virginia, Robert Loper of North Carolina, Vanessa Craigue of Beaumont and Clifford Glenn Scott of Livingston; sister, Jeanette Park of Seymore, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. The U.S. Navy will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Willett, R.J. Wesley, Keith Gorenflo, Clifford Glenn Scott, M.C. Cortinas, John Bratton, James Bratton and Bobby Craigue. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CAPPS
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Lonnie Dale Capps, 75, of Corrigan were held on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel in Corrigan, with Bro. Robert Jones officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan. Mr. Capps died on Monday, May 26, 2014, in the Corrigan LTC Partners Nursing Home in Corrigan. Lonnie was born on Dec. 20, 1938 in Hardin County, to Lonnie Garlon and Ola Mae Hodge Capps. Mr. Capps started off pulling logs in a flume for Champion Paper and by the end of his career he was working in the Power House as an operator at Bowater Papermill In Grenada, Miss. Mr. Capps is survived by his sons, Daniel Capps Sr. and daughter-in-law Lisa of Houston and Kevin Capps and wife Maricel of Plano; daughter, Kina Kitchen of Livingston; grandchildren, Dustin Havard, Allen Maze, Kevin McGaughey, Daniel Capps Jr, Austin Capps, Christopher Capps, Brittany Graham and Elizabeth White and husband Jonathan of West Memphis, Ark.; great-granddaughters, Josie Havard, Tori Havard, Abigail Graham and Madison White and many cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Laverne Capps Sisney and Bertie Mae Capps Lewis; brother, Lubin Wesley Capps and great-granddaughter, Marley Havard. Honorary pallbearers were Dustin Havard, Allen Maze, Kevin McGaughey, Daniel Capps Jr, Austin Capps, Christopher Capps, Randy Frankens, Michael Capps and Larry Bean III. To send condolences and to sign the online guestbook, go to corriganfh.net. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

WILEY
LIVINGSTON -- A memorial service for William R. Wiley Jr., 62, of Livingston was held on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Living-ston. Mr. Wiley was born on June 27, 1951 in Dearborn, Mich. and died on May 20, 2014 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his parents, William R. Wiley Sr. and Lenora (York) Wiley. He is survived by his wife, Gail Wiley of Livingston; daughters, Sandra Wiley of Livingston, Leslie Thompson and husband Justin of Clute and Jennifer Odom and husband James of Livingston; grandchildren, Kaleb Cox, Emma Gail Odom and Darcie Thompson; close friends, Sharon Yancy and LouAnn Yancy; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

STUBBS
LIVINGSTON -- Services for Maysel Erlene Stubbs, 87, of Cleveland, formerly of Onalaska, were held on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Mrs. Stubbs was born on Aug. 22, 1926 in Ladelle, Ark. and died on May 19, 2014 in Cleveland. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ancy and Minnie (Vining) Burch; husband, Elbert Louis Stubbs, whom she married on July 3, 1946; brothers, Billie Burch and Freeman Burch and sisters, Mary Graham, Winnie Varnell and Della Thomas. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Glen Stubbs and Susan of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Connie E. Schiller and David of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Elbert Ray Stubbs and Kim of Corrigan; grandchildren and spouses, Donna Stern and Steve, Melanie Schiller, Adam Schiller, Courtney Wilson and Daniel, and Ashley Stubbs; great-grandchildren, Mira Stern, Sophia Stern, Cameron Stern, Seth Stern, Chloe Wilson, Reed Wilson and Jace Stubbs; sisters, Ancy Mae McKiever and Clennie Clampit; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

DOBBS
RIO RANCHO, N.M. – Troy H. Dobbs died on May 18, 2014. He was born on Aug. 11, 1943 in Livingston. After graduating from high school, he joined the United States Air Force in 1961 and proudly served his country for 23 years until he retired in 1984. Troy met his wife, Barbara White, while stationed in Oklahoma. He received military orders and left for England shortly after meeting her and subsequently wrote letters to Barbara for one and a half years. He told everyone the reason they got married was for an excuse for him to visit the States and for Barbara to go to England. They were married on July 30, 1968 in Oklahoma and then returned to England. Troy and Barbara had two children, Steve and Jennifer. He was very proud of his children and their accomplishments. During his military career, he was stationed in Texas, Spain, Oklahoma, England, Michigan, Colorado, Turkey, Arkansas and New Mexico. Troy received numerous awards while in the military. He also completed his bachelor of science degree in occupational education while in the military, graduating in 1984. Troy said he chose to retire in New Mexico because there were no mosquitoes, hurricanes, or tornadoes and very little snow. After retirement, Troy said he had to go to work for a living and spent the next 24 years working as a technical writer. He finally retired at the age of 66 to enjoy a life of doing a list of "honey-dos" for Barbara. Troy was known for his wit, sarcasm and humor by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Barbara, of the home; his son Steve and his wife Lesley; grandchildren, Kelton, Alayna and Braydon of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughter, Jennifer Dobbs of El Dorado, Ark.; his two sisters, Laverne and husband A. D. Dillon, Mildred and husband Tommy Gene Clifton and brother, Tommy Dobbs and wife Kathy of Livingston. He was preceded in death by his parents, Troy and Irvie Dobbs. A memorial service was held on Friday, May 23, at French Funerals in Rio Rancho, NM. To sign the online guestbook, go to french-funerals.com.

WOMACK
LIVINGSTON – Funeral services for Andrew "Buddy" Womack, 101, of Livingston were held on May 17, 2014 at Holy Ground International, with Apostle L.C. Youngblood of the Church of God in Christ officiating. Interment followed in Grace Hill Cemetery in Blanchard. Mr. Womack was born on April 15, 1913 in Point Blank, to the late Henry and Mary Womack, and died on May 12, 2014 in Livingston. He was a farmer and a volunteer for the Scenic Loop Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Church of God in Christ. Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 80 years, Minnie Lee Ballard Womack; daughters, Freddie Mae McCormick (Fred), Eliza Jay Adair and Lois Dirden; son, Charles E. Womack; 23 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; 36 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Carl Davis, Charles Davis, Reid Dirden, Martie Dirden, Cedric Dirden, Mark McCormick, Gregg Womack and Joseph Womack. Duncan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

COOK
ONALASKA -- Services for Dois Marie Cook, 73, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 26, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Larry Shine officiating. Interment will follow in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 25, also at Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska. Mrs. Cook was born on Aug. 10, 1940 in Sikes, La. and died on May 22, 2014 in Houston. She was known as a loving wife, mother and devout Christian; she was a member of Pine Forest Baptist Church in Onalaska. Her grandchildren were the light of her life. She was an avid sports fan and loved the Houston Rockets. She married Walter Cook, on Dec. 24, 1957; they celebrated 56 loving years of marriage together. She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Myrtis (Peppers) Taylor; dad, Marshall Woodard; brothers, Travis Taylor and John Taylor; sister, Mary Coates and niece, Karen Bruce. She is survived by her husband, Walter Cook of Onalaska; son, Greg Cook of Onalaska; grandson, Ryan Cook of Magnolia; granddaughter, Brittany Cook of Onalaska; niece and husband, Dena and John Whittington of Onalaska; nephew and wife, Dewayne and Kim Taylor of Onalaska; brothers and sistersin-law, Ricky and Ruth Taylor of Onalaska, Laveral and Nancy Taylor of La Porte and Ron-nie and Elizabeth Taylor of Pasadena; sister-in-law, Louise Taylor of Deer Park and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Dewayne Taylor, Matt Taylor, Andy Taylor, Josh Taylor, Ricky Taylor Jr. and John Whittington. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CONNORS
LIVINGSTON -- Audra Arlene Connors, of Point Blank was born on Dec. 14 in an undisclosed year in Joplin, Mo. and died on May 19, 2014 in Livingston. She worked as the equipment control manager for the Port of Houston for many years. Audra was known as someone who never met a stranger and was always the life of the party; she lit up every room she walked into. She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Nadine (Quackenbush) Caldwell; daughter, Cindy Malone; sister, Virginia Gibson and brother, Bubba Caldwell. She is survived by her husband, Michael Blake of Point Blank; sons, Bruce Smith and David Smith, both of Point Blank; sister, Wanda Look of Galveston; grandchildren and spouses, Amber and Jerry Lockwood of Dickinson, David and Crystal Smith of Rockwall and Misty Smith of Rainbow City, Ala.; great-grandchildren, Raynee Lockwood, Jordan Lockwood, Brandon Lowery, Catlin Lowery and Tyler Lowery; niece and husband, Karen and John Regini of Galveston; and numerous other nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CLENDENNEN
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Tyra Jo Clendennen, 76, of Livingston were held on Wednesday, May 21, in Holly Grove Cemetery in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Mrs. Clendennen was born on July 27, 1937 in Gilmer and died on May 17, 2014 in Goodrich. Family members say everyone knew her by her infectious laugh and positivity and that, even in the toughest of times, she was always an inspiration to all who loved her and knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Gracie (Lee) Sanders; her husband, and numerous other relatives. She is survived by her daughters, Ranita Shows of Alexandria, La., Debra Smith of Kilgore, Virginia Gayle of Nevada and Leonna and husband Leonard Howard of Goodrich; son, Joe Don Smith of Amarillo; granddaughter, Sabrina Howard; seven other grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Woody Chism, Danny Bailey, Pete Rasco, Leonard Howard, Keith Howard and Don Holse. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

PONCHO
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Marion Snider Poncho, 73, of Woodville were held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at Indian Village Assembly of God Church, with the Rev. David Busby and the Rev. Darrell Surface officiating. Interment followed in the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation Cemetery. He was born on May 3, 1941 on the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation in Polk County and died on May 17, 2014 in Woodville. He was known as a devoted husband and father; he was also very proud of being a lay minister. He had a love for gospel, was a Sunday school teacher, and was a devote Christian who was dedicated to the Lord. He is preceded in death by his parents, Folsom David Poncho and Taia (John) Poncho; brothers, Chap Poncho and Needham Poncho and sister-in-law, Wanda Poncho. He is survived by his wife, Mary Poncho of Woodville; daughters, Rashyal Sylestine and husband Frank of the reservation, Sylvia Lovelace and husband, Britt of Rockport and Charla Talacon and husband Shash of Christen, Wash.; stepson, James Hunter of Warren; brothers, Robert Poncho of the reservation and Elwin Poncho of Spurger; sisters, Ruthie Padilla, Lenora Williams and Jennie Thompson of the reservation; sisters-in-law, Henrietta Poncho of the reservation, Joyce Poncho of the reservation and Elizabeth Poncho of Spurger; grandchildren, Leif Poncho, Cameron and Isabella Buford, and Koral, Bart and Karman Sylestine; step-grandchildren, Matthew and Sterling Lovelace and Brittany Kolodziej and husband Marty; great-grandchild, Quinn Kolodziej; along with numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Stewart Poncho, Rydell Williams, Eric Poncho, Elgin Poncho, Troy Langley, Zachary Williams, Richard Thompson and Marcus Thompson. Honorary pallbearers were Roby Williams, Harvey Williams, Michael Reyna, Sean Williams, Laine Langley and Talon Sky Williams. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

HICKS
LIVINGSTON -- Margaret Jane Hicks, 75, died on May 16, 2014 in Livingston, after her battle with cancer. Margaret was born on July 26, 1938, to Michael Cashatt and Nadine (Hollingsworth) Cashatt, in Breckenridge, Mo. Margaret is preceded in death by her father and mother; son, Terry Dwayne Hicks and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Linda Hicks Margaret is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Marvin of Livingston; son, Toby Dale Hicks of Livingston; special friend to the family and Toby, Brenda Ducett of Livingston; daughter, Sandra Ann Hicks of Keithville, La.; special friend to the family and Sandy, Sondra Kaye Smith Lawrence of Keithville, La.; granddaughters, Jessica Lena Hicks of College Station and Alexandra Dale Hicks of Livingston; brother, Walter Cashatt and wife Wilda of Independence, Mo.; sister, Vonnie Narr and husband Ronnie of Mead-ville, Mo.; brothers-in-law, Bobby Hicks and wife Dorothy of Independence, Mo. and Fred Hicks and wife Pat of Edmond, Okla.; niece, Monica Palmer and husband Johnny of Meadville, Mo.; niece, Donna Crist and husband Don of Independence, Mo.; nephew, Duane Hicks and wife Julie of Independence, Mo.; niece, Beverly Thomas and husband Brent of Tomball; niece, Stacy Hagman and husband Todd of Louisville, Ky.; nephew, Mark Hicks and wife Nichole of Indianapolis, Ind. and numerous great nieces and nephews. Margaret grew up in Breckenridge, Mo., where her dad worked for Burlington Railroad most of his life and her stay-at-home mom raised Margaret and her siblings. Margaret was an avid basketball player and a very popular cheerleader. She attended Girl's State her senior year and graduated from Breckenridge High School in 1956. In 1960, Margaret was employed by a telephone co-op and at the age of 23, she became the head bookkeeper of the co-op. In 1963, Marvin and Margaret were married and Marvin gained a wonderful addition to his marriage with Margaret, a son, Terry Dwayne Hicks. Terry would later serve for several years as a fire chief of the Scenic Loop Fire Department of Lake Livingston. In 1966, before leaving Breckenridge, Margaret and Marvin became the proud parents of Toby Dale Hicks. They packed up their family and moved to Hartdale, Mo. and in 1968, Margaret gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Sandy Ann. Margaret worked for a local hospital and became the assistant administrator. In 1973, again the Hickses packed up their family and made one final move to the great state of Texas and the beautiful East Texas country surrounding Lake Livingston. Marvin and Margaret took over the management of Lake Livingston Telephone Company and shortly after purchased the telephony company. In 1997, they sold Lake Livingston Telephone Company and retired to the Reata Ranch in western Polk County where they enjoyed country living, riding horses, participating with their many Wagon 7 friends on the Salt Grass Trail Ride and the Rancher's Ride. Marvin and Margaret rode the Salt Grass Trail every day come sunshine or rain and spent many evenings with friends and family gathered around a fire sharing stories and laughter. Eventually, they "un-retired" to manage their business, Eastex Security. Margaret enjoyed the challenge of helping to grow the many facets of their business. Margaret was very much involved in operating Eastex Security until the very end. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Livingston and was very active in MYF when her children were very young. Margaret was also involved with her husband Marvin in many community activities. Margaret's friendships not only touched the four corners of Polk County, but also the many friends in the great state of Texas and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Wagon 7, Ranchers Ride, and the friends of her family of the elite Texas cowboy organization, Tejas Vaqueros. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 20, at the First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. James Frazier and Dr. Don Willis officiating. Pallbearers were James Bergman, Shannon Carter, Steve Heizer, Larry Hill, Brent Hunter, Craig Jones, Malcolm Jones, Eddie Martin, Gary Don Murphy, Joey Pedigo, Phil Smith and Johnny Van Matre. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Methodist Youth Fellowship. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

JOHNSON
BAYTOWN -- Jennie Dry Johnson, 74, of Livingston died on May 16, 2014. She was born May 5, 1940 in Lufkin. Jennie was known for her big heart. One of her greatest accomplishments was raising 11 children. She was an avid gardener and crafter. She loved the outdoors. She also loved her work as a CNA in Polk County where she took care of her patients like she took care of her children. She was known as a giving and warm person who loved to help others and enjoyed her work until she retired. At Jennie's request the family will not be holding any services. To view her online obituary, or post a tribute to her family, go to navarrefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were under the direction of Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Baytown.

NIX
ONALASKA -- A memorial service for Shirley May (Reed) Nix, 72, of Point Blank will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with the Rev. Louie Matthews officiating. Mrs. Nix was born June 23, 1941 in Syracuse, N.Y., to Charles and Josephine (Bonner) Reed, and died on May 16, 2014 in Point Blank. She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Penny Sue Warren; brothers, Lindon Reed, Donald Reed, Leslie Reed and William Reed and sister, Juanita Reed. Mrs. Nix is survived by her husband, Ritchie Reed of Point Blank; daughters, Cindy Hoffart of Klein, Sandra Samples of Sellersburg, Ind. and Lee Ann Matthews of Point Blank; stepson, Carry Nix of Santa Fe; sister, Carol Parker of Central Square, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CAGLE
LIVINGSTON -- Kevin Glenn Cagle, born on Jan. 20, 1981 in Humble, to Wendell Glenn Cagle and Sheila Dianne Cooper Cagle, died on May 16, 2014 in Point Blank at the age of 33. Survivors include his mother, Sheila Cagle; son, Hunter Levi Cagle; daughter, Liliane Summer Cagle; sister, Heather Ashley Cagle; grandpa, Arthur Lee Cagle; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Kevin was preceded in death by his father and grandmothers, Iva Cooper and Mattie Alma Cagle. His little boy was born on his birth-day. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. on Friday May 23, at Pace Funeral Home in Livingston. A celebration of Kevin's life will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, at Christian Faith, 1040 Hwy 190, Oakhurst, with Pastor Dale Kelley officiating. Interment will follow in Smith Butler Cemetery in Point Blank. Pallbearers will be Calvin Steele, Greg Rowe, Ronnie Elliot, Travis Dean, Marc Love and Jason Moses. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Steele and Jeffrey Lindsey. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

HASTY
CORRIGAN -- Funeral Services for Harold Clifton Hasty, 66, of Corrigan were held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, in Union Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Corrigan, with the Rev. Lesly Wilkinson officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan. Mr. Hasty died on Sunday, May 18, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his family. Harold was born on Oct. 29, 1947 in Palestine, to Clifton and Lena Hasty. He dearly loved his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and was known by H.C., "Hasty," Eugene and "Popi." Harold enjoyed working out in his yard, mowing especially. He served his country proudly in the USMC from Oct. 31, 1968 until July 22, 1974. Harold is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Shirlene "Sissy"; son, Christopher Sanders and wife Nicole of Corrigan; daughters, Jennifer Thomas and husband Wes of Little Rock, Ark., Megan Bedre and husband Barry of Palestine and Krystal Currie of Corrigan; grandson, Troy Hasty-Wilson and wife Kat of Palestine; granddaughters, Amy and Ally of Little Rock, Ark. and Ali, Karli, Kendall, Kadee, Chasity and Kayla of Corrigan; great-grandchildren, Penelope and Kevin Wilson of Palestine; numerous nieces and nephews; a very special sister and brother-in-law, Jean Turbyfill and husband Wayne and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; stepdad, Rudolph Jung; son, Kevin Hasty; brother, Donald Hasty; grandson, Jarod Hasty Wil-son and father-in-law, Kenneth Thomas. Pallbearers were Gary Currie, Paden Reed, Dean Bowman, Gene Bacon, Hunter Bullock, Tracy Gossett, Johnny Mercer and Bubba Lynn Braneff. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To send condolences and sign the online guestbook, go to corriganfh.net.

BRAZZIEL
CORRIGAN -- Nellie "Nell" Ann Brazziel, lifetime resident of Corrigan, moved around a bit during and after WWII. She lived the last 55 years of her life in the house she was born in. Her grandfather, William Parnell Maxey, built the house before the Civil War. He and Mr. Hendry established Union Springs Church and School. Nell was a long time member of Union Springs Baptist Church and later joined Barnum Baptist Church with her husband, where she was a member for the last 40 years. Nell was born on Oct. 24, 1907 and died on May 19, 2014. She was predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Alton Brazziel. She is survived by her daughter, Yvonne Parks; granddaughter, Lisa Brightman and granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Carolyn and Dennis Irvine. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at Corrigan Funeral Home. To send condolences and sign the online guestbook, go to corriganfh.net.

KELLEY
ONALASKA -- Funeral services for Wanda Mae Kelley, 87, of Onalaska will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with John Venning officiating. Interment will follow in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Mrs. Kelley was born July 28, 1926 in Bailey County and died Monday, May 12, 2014, in Livingston. She was a program director for the State of Texas. She is preceded in death by her husband, Truman Kelley; father, Lester Johnson; mother, Virgie Mae Tyson; stepfather, John Tyson; son, Lynn Kelley and sister, Evelyn Davis. She is survived by her daughter, Gwen Nevils of Kinder, La.; grandchildren, Gina Kelley Nevils, Gigi Nevils Noe and husband Dr. Timothy Noe II and Gia Katrina Nevils; great-grandchildren, Vivian, Emma, Evalyn and Aurora; brothers, Caton Tyson and Jesse Tyson, both of Maple; sister, Maxine Robertson; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Damon Miles, Dr. Tim Noe and members of the Livingston congregation of Jehovah's Witness. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

FISCHER
TOMBALL -- Judy Kathleen Fischer, born Oct. 7, 1939, died on May 11, 2014. She was a long-time resident of Livingston. She is preceded in death by hus-band Raymond G. Fischer. Survivors include her son, How-ard Fischer; granddaughter, Carrie Fischer and grandson, Wesley Fischer. Services were held on May 14 at Klein Funeral Home in Tomball. She was laid to rest at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Houston.

BEARDSLEY
LIVINGSTON -- Memorial services for Bonnie Lee Beardsley, 66, of Livingston will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Matthews Park in Livingston. Mrs. Beardsley was born April 9, 1948 in Zion, Ill., to Henry Ruchti and Ellen (Anderson) Ruchti, and died on May 14, 2014 in Liv-ingston. She had been employed as nurse. She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her daughter, Kelly Lee Kilbourn of Livingston; daughter, Shannon Oglesby of Waller; grandsons, Donald Paul Kilbourn Jr. of Pearland and Brandon Beardsley of Livingston; granddaughter, Ashlee Kilbourn of Humble; grandson, Duncan Begg of Livingston; great-granddaughters, Nicole Evette Kilbourn of Pearland, Faith Harmony Beardsley of Livingston and Emily Rose McMillian of Humble; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

COLEMAN
LIVINGSTON -- Alvin Wayne Coleman, 87, of Livingston died on May 3, 2014 in the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston. Alvin was born on Feb. 1, 1927 in Creston, Iowa, to George and Gladys Coleman. Alvin is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Joan Coleman of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Missy Coleman of Longview; daughter and son in-law, Robin and Denton Mason of Walnut Grove, Mo.; son in-law and daughter in-law, Wade Wayne and Donna Wilioughby of Gilmer; brother and sister in-law, Robert and Jeanine Coleman of Gilmer; numerous grandchildren; great grandchildren, other relatives and a host of wonderful friends. Alvin grew up in Creston, Iowa, Abita Springs, La. and Longview, Texas. At 17 years of age he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, taking his basic training in San Diego, Calif. Alvin served in World War II and the Koreas conflict from 1944 to 1954. Both Alvin and his broth-er, Robert, served on the USS Rushmore in 1951. In Longview, Alvin worked as a salesman for Gossett's Pie Shop, a TV technician for Brown TV and as the biomedical equipment technician for Longview Regional Hospital. In 2009, Alvin was awarded a special recognition for all his services with the DTM, Toastmaster Hall of Fame, Area Governor of the Year. Alvin retired in 1992 after working for the Longview Regional Hospital for 12 years. Al and his wife Shirley began full-time RVing in 2004; they were on the road for eight years. The same year they became members of the Escapees RV Club and volunteers at the Escapees Care Center. Al was an Escapees Care Center volunteer from 2004 to 2010. In 2009, he received the Presidents Volunteer Service Award for volunteering more than 1,000 hours. Al attended the Northside Church of Christ when possible in Livingston and was a long-time member of the Escapees RV Club. Al was a resident at the Escapees Care Center in Livingston since September 2013. In 2006 Alvin (Al) made prearrangements to will his body to science with "Science Care." A celebration of Al's life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 24, in the Escapees Care Center Multi-Purpose Room, 155 Care Center Drive, Livingston. The celebration is open to family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Al's memory to Escapees Care Inc. 155 Care Center Drive, Livingston, TX 77351.

WILLIAMS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Howard Earl Williams, 64, of Point Blank were held on Saturday, May 17, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Steve Waldrep officiating. Interment followed in Knupple Park Cemetery in Silsbee. Mr. Williams was born Dec. 27, 1949 in Beaumont, to Selman Earl Williams and Hazel Mae (Sanders) Williams, and died on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Point Blank. He was a member of the Waterwood Volunteer Fire Department for 14 years. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nina Viola Goins; niece, Felicia Williams and nephew, Lee Ray Goins. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Chris and Lisa Williams of Point Blank; brother, Kenneth Williams of Woodville; stepbrother and wife, James and Debra Goins of Onalaska; nephew and wife, Robert and Jessica McCue of Oakhurst; niece and hus-band, Samantha and Brian Cosme of Waterwood; niece, Megan Mae Williams of Point Blank; niece, Morgan Williams of Vidor; niece and husband, Lanell and Scott Fountain of Silsbee; niece, Kimberly Gonzales of Silsbee; nephew, Milton Dewayne Jackson Jr. of Silsbee; nephew, Thomas Earl Jackson of Vidor; niece and husband, Robbie and Moe Ashmore of Burkeville; niece, Bobbie Medley of Burkeville; nephew, Thomas Glendon Goins of Burkeville; niece and husband, Judy and Joe Wallace of Onalaska; a host of great-nieces and great-nephews; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

REDD
ONALASKA -- Services for Kaytrichia Ray Redd, 60, of Livingston were held on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska, with Bro. Larry Shine officiating. Interment followed in Calvary Cemetery in Nogales Prairie. Kaytrichia was born on July 10, 1953 in Nacogdoches, to Winford and Racheal (Benge) Redd, and died on May 12, 2014 in Living-ston. She is survived by her son, Joseph McCoy and Khara of Livingston; grandchildren, Josiah McCoy, Christian Deason and Baylee Roberts; brother, James Redd of Onalaska; sister, Deborah Birge and Riley of Rosenberg; brother, Wendell Redd and Pam of Plantersville; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Joseph McCoy, John Fothergill, Shane Redd, Mike Alford, William Taylor and Charles Taylor. James Redd and Wendell Redd were honorary pallbearers. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

LOVE
VOTAW – John Melvin Love, 72, of Votaw died on Monday, May 12, 2014, in Michael E. DeBakey V.A. Medical Center, Houston. He was born on Feb. 21, 1942 in Kirbyville, to Noble Daisy Dryden Love and Joe Love, and was a long-time resident of Votaw. Mel-vin was a retired logger and faithful member of Votaw Worship Center. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Love; children, Bobby Love and wife Melissa of Purvis, Miss., Dean Love and wife Patti of Columbia, La., Dianne Nelson and husband Nathan and Tracie Williams and husband Robert, all of Votaw; 19 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and siblings, Jerry Don Love and wife Joyce and Jimmy Wayne Love and wife Bitsy, all of Thicket, Carolyn Sue Burrous and husband Tommy of Huntington, Yvette Love of Diboll, Phil Love and wife Rhonda of Big Sandy and Tony Love and wife Melinda of Troy. He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Terry Love, N.J. "Pickle" Love and Bobby Joe Love. A celebration of his life was held on Thursday, May 15, in the Votaw Worship Center in Votaw. Interment followed in Votaw City Cemetery. Military honors were provided by the U.S. Alvin Wayne Coleman Air Force Southeast Texas Veterans Service Group. Pallbearers were Larry Thompson, Nathan Nelson, Rusty Shoats, Kalvin Sherman, Scotty Hughes and Danny Danford. Honorary pallbearers were Donald Henson and Cornell Matcalf. Memorial contributions may be made to Votaw Worship Center, P.O. Box 190, Votaw, TX 77376. Broussard's Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

DANIELS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Clarence Joseph "Buddy" Daniels, 65, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Kevin Kleinhenz, the Rev. Clay Duckworth and Bishop Gerald Reeves officiating. Military honors will be provided by the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard. Interment will follow in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Visitation will be held Monday, May 19, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. Mr. Daniels was born June 21, 1948 in Ottawa, Ill. and died Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Livingston. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Brown and Root and proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He is preceded in death by his parents, William Henry Daniels and Florence Elizabeth (Littlefair) Daniels; brother, William H. Daniels Jr. and sister and brother-in-law, Fannie Mae and William Baker. He is survived by his wife, Doris Daniels of Livingston; daughter, Missy Kleinhenz and Kevin of Baytown; son, William "Bubba" Daniels and Lisa of Onalaska; sister and brother-in-law, Jan and Dale Faust of Spring Valley, Ariz.; granddaughters, Tarah Daniels of Spring, Brandi Jo Daniels of Onalaska, Lauren Kleinhenz, Lindsey Kleinhenz, Rebekah Kleinhenz and Breonna Kleinhenz, all of Baytown; grandson, Dustin Daniels of Onalaska; great-grandson, Brantley Kyle Daniels of Onalaska; sister-in-law, Jeannie Daniels of Marseilles, Ill.; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MALONE
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Marvin Malone, 85, were held on Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Mr. Malone was born on Oct. 31, 1928 in Soda and died on May 11, 2014 in Sulphur Springs. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and was a qualified parachutist and gliderman. He was a past commander of the VFW Hall and also a member of Douglas McArthur's Honor Guard. He joined the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department on Sept. 6, 1953, Unit No. 6, and during his years of service he was a lieutenant and a captain. He was also a member of the fire department Pumper Team. Mr. Malone coached youth baseball and youth football in Livingston for many years; among his many hobbies, fishing was his favorite. He was also a member of Bethel Baptist Church at Bold Springs. He loved his family, his children, and his grandchildren dearly. Mr. Malone is preceded in death by his parents, Cleo and Myrle (Stutts) Malone and brothers, Charles Malone and David Malone. He is survived by his wife, Janice Malone of Alba; son, Danny Malone of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Marsha Stutts and James of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy Rodriguez and Marcos of Livingston; son, Roger Malone of Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Lynne Hutchison and Danny of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Weston Nettles and Heather of Longview; numer-ous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; brothers, Andy Malone, Malcolm Malone, Jerry Malone, John Malone, Billy Andrus and Danny Malone and sisters, Linda Benson, Mildred Brown, Sheryl Sims, Nancy English, and Gail Reily. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

SEEK
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for John Wesley Seek Sr., 84, of Livingston were held Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at Bold Springs Cemetery in Livingston, with the Rev. Mike Meadows officiating. Mr. Seek was born on Jan. 19, 1930 in Ravel, Mo. and died on May 8, 2014 in Lufkin. He worked as a mechanic and carpenter for many years and was a Baptist by faith. He is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Viola (Leech) Seek; brothers, Raymond Seek and Wilford Seek; daughter, Cathie White; and great-grandson, William Burks. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Seek of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Richard Fancher of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, John and Detra Seek Jr. of Baytown; daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Schuyler White of Sugarland; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Stephanie Seek of Livingston; son, Gary Seek and friend Deborah of Livingston; daughter, Tammy Dunsmore of Livingston; sister and brother-in-law, Wanda and Rick Wahn of Livingston; brother, Charles Seek of Richmond, Mo.; brother, Kenneth Seek of Bloomington, Ind.; sister, Betty Borchers of Grandview, Mo.; sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Matt Kyle of Hendersonville, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Ricky Fancher, James Seek, Brian White, Sky White, Casey Seek and Robert Pennington Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Seek, Kenneth Seek, Lonnie White Jr., Shane White, Samual Burk and Aaron Burk. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

LECURE
ONALASKA -- A memorial service for Linda Kay LeCure, 65, of Onalaska will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Onalas-ka. Mrs. LeCure was born on July 3, 1948 in Shreveport, La. and died on May 9, 2014 in Conroe. She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles E. Hanson Sr. and Marjorie Clinton and brother, John David Lee. She is survived by her husband, Thomas LeCure of Onalaska; brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Debra Lee of Navasota and Daniel and Ruth Lee of Selma, Ala.; stepdaughter, Roxanne LeCure and granddaughter, Nicole Guilbeau, both of Lafayette, La.; stepdaughter, Myra Spears and granddaughters, Thea Spears and Molly Spears, all of Jennings, La.; stepson, Ernest LeCure and granddaughter, Sara Ashley LeCure and grandsons, Joshua LeCure and Zachary LeCure, all of Bristow, Va.; along with numerous other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Healing Hearts Clinic, 100 Medical Center Blvd. Suite 200, Conroe, TX 77304. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

PHILLIPS
LIVINGSTON -- Naida McKnight Phillips of Dallardsville was born on Nov. 25, 1933 in Sweetwater, to Douglas and Mary Landry McKnight, and died on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the age of 80. Naida is survived by her sons, Jim Phillips of Tarpley, Doug Phillips and wife Jennifer of Livingston, Paul Phillips of Dallardsville, Denny Phillips and wife MaryLynn of Conroe, Rick Phillips and wife Alana of Sanger and Steve Phillips and wife Dawn of Charlotte, N.C.; daughters, Denese Lambright and husband Kenneth of Dallardsville, Dianne Murphy and husband Patrick of Segno, Sharon Cain and husband Lloyd of Livingston and Kat Phillips and husband Tod of Montgomery; sister, Myrtis Knape of Alvin; 46 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Douglas (J.D.) Phillips; grandson, Lloyd Robert Cain and great-great-granddaughter, Lydia Nance. Naida loved her Lord, family and friends deeply. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, knitting and crochet. A celebration of Naida's life was held on Monday, May 12, at Pace Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Bo Cheatham and Jim Phillips (her son) officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Phillips, Jeremy Phillips, Eric Phillips, Shawn Phillips, Kyle Phillips, Scott Phillips, Trent Phillips, Khoury Phillips, Keaton Phillips, Kameron Phillips, Bubba Johnson, Michael Campbell, Lance Needham, RV Reed Jr. and Tommy Williford. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

DOUTY
LIVINGSTON -- Douglas Deckard Douty died on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the age of 63 after a long courageous battle with can-cer. He was born on Oct. 23, 1950 in Houston, to Elmer and Mary Douty. Douglas proudly served in the United States Navy from 1971-1975. He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. He retired from ExxonMobil in 2007, serving 32 years in Baytown and Baton Rouge, La. as a research technician. Soon after his retirement, he pursued a new adventure with his wife in hot shot delivery where they traveled across the U.S. for two years. Douglas enjoyed saltwater fishing, making road trips, especially to the hill country of Texas for his favorite barbecue, and bragging on the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. After residing 20 years in Zachary, La., Douglas returned to his beloved state of Texas to enjoy the tranquility at Lake Livingston in Onalaska. He marveled in the beauty of nature and loved to watch the many birds, squirrels, and deer as he sat on the back porch drink-ing his coffee. Douglas accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior in 1978 and lived his life sharing and giving to others. Family members say his warm smile, sparkling eyes, and positive charm was immeasurable and everyone that knew him, knew that he loved them. Survivors include his best friend and loving wife of 42 years, Martha Anderson Douty. They were married on October 1, 1971 in Kountze. He is also survived by two children, DaLina Tate and her husband Bobby Jr. of Zachary and Dalin Douty and his wife Christina of Houston; four sisters, Lola Steele, Nancy Jackson and husband John, Brenda Arceneaux and Erin Douty; two brothers, George Douty and wife Letty and Larry Douty and wife Nedra; six grandchildren, Bobby "Trey" Tate III, Shelby Tate, Karlee Tate, Ian Carr, Jared Carr, Chyann Douty and Leesi Philson; one great-grandchild, Beau Tate; and numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Doug was preceded in death by his parents. A celebration of Douglas's life will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, at Pace Funeral Home, with Mike Brown, Assembly of God minister, officiating. Pallbearers will be Bobby "Trey" Tate III, Ian Carr, Jared Carr, Wyatt Lummus, James Smith, Timothy Steele, Josh Arceneaux and George Douty II. Honorary pallbearers are Shaun Sellers and Brandon Beane. Military honors will be provided by the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard. Interment will follow at Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

RICHARDSON
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Forrest H. Richardson Sr., 93, of Livingston will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston, with Lindell Mitchell and Ted Savage officiating. Military honors will be provided by the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard. Douglas Deckard Douty Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. Mr. Richardson was born on Oct. 16, 1920 in Cleveland and died on May 12, 2014 in Livingston. He served his country as a master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force from 1941-1945, with four years and seven months of active duty, and retired on Oct. 16, 1980, after serving 25 years in the Air Force Reserve. He also worked for the Texas Highway Department and was a member of the Livingston Fire Department. He is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Ray Richardson Sr. and Maggie (Williamson) Richardson; wife, Jerrye Rich-ardson and son, Forrest H. Richardson Jr. He is survived by his sister, Zelda Wells of Montgomery; son, Ronald L. Richardson of Woodburn, Iowa; niece, Ginger Ash of Montgomery; nephews, Ernest Richardson of Lindale, Marion Richardson of Amarillo, Gary Richardson of Wylie and Michael Daigle of Montgomery; along with numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Jack Tyler, Mike Dominy, Greg Ogletree, Marion Richardson, Ernest Ray Richardson and Gary Richardson. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MALONE
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Marvin Malone, 85, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Mr. Malone was the husband of Janice (Jenkins) Malone. A full obituary will be published at a later date. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

YOUNGBLOOD
COLDSPRING -- There will be a memorial service held for Mrs. Marie Youngblood, the rural postal carrier killed in the line of duty in Coldspring last year, at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Coldspring Community Center located at 101 E Cedar in Cold-spring. The public is invited to attend.

IVIE
LIVINGSTON -- Merlin David Ivie, born on Sept. 9, 1950 in Houston, to Coleman Chester Ivie Jr. and Joyce Juanita Tice Ivie, died on May 12, 2014 at the age of 63. Survivors include his loving wife of 40 years, Kathleen Ward Ivie; mother, Joyce Juanita Ivie, children, David Aaron Ivie, Michelle Denise Ivie Washington and husband James, Anna Belle Ivie and Joshua Christopher Ivie; brother, Mark Allen Ivie; sister, Rebecca Sue Ivie; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. David was preceded in death by his father and brothers, Michael Coleman Ivie and Marvin Bruce "Joe" Ivie. David loved the out-doors. He proudly served in the United States Army. Visitation will be from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, at Pace Funeral Home in Livingston. A celebration of David's life will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at Pace Funeral Home, with Bro. Glen Mead officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Joshua Ivie, Stephen Krebs, James Washington and David Ivie. Military Honors will be presented by the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

MAY
HOUSTON -- Frances B. May, 92, formerly of Livingston, died on May 5, 2014. She is survived by her husband, the Rev. E.V. May Jr.; daughters, Penny Mitchell, Jo and the Rev. Mike Wood; son, Vic May; grandchildren, Randy and Aggie Creel, Adrienne Creel, Emily and John Timpani, Tim and Maggie Wood, Casey May, Rachel May, Amy and Brian Oliver and Jeff Mitchell and great-grandchildren, Jacob and Tasha Creel, Danielle Creel, John Caleb Timpani, David Timpani, Stephen Timpani, J.J. Oliver and Riley Oliver. She is preceded in death by her grandson, Brian Wood. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, in Houston National VA Cemetery.

BROXSON
LUFKIN -- Services for Jana Carter Broxson, 67, of Corrigan were held on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Corrigan, with Ralph Johnston officiating. Interment followed in Pine Grove Cemetery in Polk County. Jana was born March 9, 1947 in Vivian, La., the daughter of the late Kathryn Maurine (Erwin) and Jewel Davis Carter. She died on Monday, May 5, 2014, at her residence. Jana was known as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in business administration and a minor in accounting. She retired as the business manager of Corrigan-Camden ISD following 30 years of service. Jana enjoyed hunting turkey, deer and fishing. She loved spending time with her husband in Lake City, Colo. She also enjoyed listening to music. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Corrigan. Survivors include her husband, Phil Broxson of Corrigan; sons and daughters-in-law, Blaine and Tiffany Broxson of Richmond and Drew and Brianna Broxson of Richardson and granddaughters, Jenna, Cambry, Brooklyn, Brynnley and Sawyer (who is due to be born in three weeks). Pallbearers were Jim Dawson, Harold Stanley, Gordon Birdwell, Larry Burris, John Paul Purvis and Joel Handley. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jana's memory may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 1504 W. Frank Avenue, Lufkin, TX 75901; First Baptist Church, 103 N. Collins Street, Corrigan, TX 75939; or to Susan G. Komen Cancer Research, P.O. Box 6211, Tyler, TX 75711. Condolences may be offered at gipsonfuneralhome.com. Gipson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

WALLA
PASADENA – Tennie E. Walla, 89, of Livingston was born Tennie Elizabeth Bowers on Aug. 24, 1924 in Houston, to William H. Bowers and Anna Bowers Brewster. She died on May 5, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Ms. Tennie attended Milby High School, where she participated in numerous events especially her many class reunions. After high school she went on to serve in many capacities in her church, SPJST lodge, real estate, insurance and the business community. Ms. Tennie was predeceased by her parents; husband, Willie Walla; sons, Charles G. Rozell and Mark A. Rozell and granddaughter, Patri-cia Cooper. Survivors include her brothers, William H. Bowers Jr. of Livingston and Joe Bowers and wife Martha of Pasadena; daughter-in-law, Wanda Rozell of Burlington, Vt.; Coleman Callahan and wife Sue of Richmond; stepdaughters, Ramona Fisher and Vivian Martin; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family and friends say Ms. Tennie will be remembered by many not only as a great business woman but a caring and generous friend to one and all. Graveside services were Saturday, May 10, at Grandview Memorial Cemetery in Pasadena. Earthman Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.

FOX
LIVINGSTON -- Memorial services for Elaine Fox, 61, of Goodrich were held Saturday, May 10, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. Mrs. Fox was born Nov. 28, 1952 in Beaumont, to Bill Moren and Bernice (Vestal) Moren, and died on May 2, 2014 in Livingston. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her beloved husband of 34 years, Dennis Fox of Goodrich, whom she married on March 28, 1980 in Pasadena; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Connie Zavadil of La Porte; grandsons, Josef Zavadil of La Porte and Greg Utley of Pasadena; granddaughter, Lauren Zavadil of La Porte; father, Bill Moren of Shepherd; mother, Bernice LeJeune of Shepherd; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Ronnie Allen of Shepherd; sister, Gail Moren of Shepherd; sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Adrian Soto of Livingston; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

WILKINSON
LIVINGSTON -- A memorial service for James T. Wilkinson, 62, of Point Blank was held Friday, May 9, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Paul Boyd officiating. Mr. Wilkinson was born on Sept. 9, 1951 in Houston and died on May 6, 2014 in Livingston. He was a truck driver for many years and a member of the American Legion Riders Post No. 402 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his father, James Edward Wilkinson; first wife, Karen Marie Wilkinson; son, Jeffrey Dale Chapnick and uncles, Constantine "Tiny" Housas and Anthony Housas. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Preston Dillon of Ennis; granddaughter, Abbey Dillon of Ennis; mother, Jenny (Housas) Wilkinson of Houston; brother and sister-in-law, Larry Wilkinson and Carmen of Houston; sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Cooter Lackey of Houston; sister, Cynthia Wilkinson Todd of Clinton, N.C.; aunt and uncle, Irene and Bob Wilkinson of Livingston; ex-wife, Sandra Barra of Livingston; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

STACEY
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for John Wilfred Stacey, 71, of Livingston were held Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Central Baptist Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Mike Meadows officiating. Interment followed in Willow Wild Cemetery in Bonham. Mr. Stacey died on May 6, 2014 at his residence. John was born Jan. 9, 1943 in Northfield, Mass., the son of Owen and Emma Stacey. He graduated from Pioneer Valley Regional School. He held bachelor's and master's degrees in music education from East Texas State University, now called Texas A&M Commerce. John taught for 17 years in public schools where he had a positive effect on many young people as evidenced by his many students who were Facebook friends. He also taught for 16 years in the Wyndham Schools in the Texas prison system, where he also touched many lives. In 1995, he was recognized as Vocational Teacher of the Year. John and his wife of 48 years, Rosemary, were faithful members of First Baptist Lake Jackson for many years. He sang tenor in the choir, served as interim music director, directed the church orchestra and was director of a Sunday school department. During a five-and-a-half-year temporary music director position in Angleton, John and Rosemary became involved in Volunteer Christian Builders. Summer va-cations were planned around a building project. In December 1998, John and Rosemary retired to Lake Livingston where they built their home and a new life. Following God's leadership, they began work with Texas Baptist Men Retiree Builders Cabinet Crew. RVing and building churches became their passion. Locally, John was involved in Community Band, Community Jazz Band and Community Concerts. He served on the first board of directors for Habitat for Humanity, helping secure a charter for the group. He also served on the board of Texas Landing Property owners association, serving as president for many years. At his beloved Central Baptist Church, he served a choir president for many years, was a Sunday school director, and served on numerous committees. He helped in the building of the new sanctuary. In 2006, John was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma. He fought it with various forms of treatment. In 2012, John and Rosemary were featured in the Polk County Enterprise as survivor and caregiver for Relay for Life. John was an avid sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. John is preceded in death by parents, Owen and Emma Stacey and his sister, Dorothy Nimchick. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary; three sons and their wives, David and Molly Stacey of Hutto, Daryl and Joanna Stacey of Belton and Devin and Lynda Stacey of Fort Worth; a brother, Arthur Stacey of Rutland, Vt. and wife Faith; grandchildren, Hannah Stacey, Daniel Stacey, Emma Stacey, Cameron Stacey, Kendall Stacey, Rowen Stacey, Desiree Stacey, Danielle Stacey and Isaac Stacey; and numerous other rela-tives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Central Baptist Church building fund. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MOYE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Tom William Moye, 92, of Bon Wier, formerly of Livingston, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 12, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Simon Geller and Danny Moye officiating. Interment will follow in Big Sandy Cemetery in Big Sandy. Military honors will be provided by the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. Mr. Moye was born on Sept. 15, 1921 in Livingston and died on May 8, 2014 in Livingston. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII. He is preceded in death by his parents, John William Moye and Annie (Maderas) Moye; first wife, Goldie Moye; brothers, Archie Moye and Ahi Moye and sister, Maudine Robran. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Moye of Bon Wier; sons and daughters-in-law, Danny and Alice Moye of Livingston and Ben and Lucy Moye of Battleground, Wash.; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Sam Evans of Deer Park; grandchildren, JaLynn Moye, Robyn Moye, Stephen Moye and wife Kimberly, Amanda Geller and husband Simon, Leslie and hus-band Dwayne Mitchell, Thomas Addison and wife Michelle and Alan Addison; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Ben Moye, Jonathan Moye, Ryan Moye, Keith Askelson, Ben Griffin, Dwayne Mitchell, Lloyd Downing and Thomas Ben Downing. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

SAMPSON
LIVINGSTON -- Services for Katharine Glock Cochran Sampson will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. Katharine, age 96, died at her home in Houston, Texas on May 9th, 2014. She is survived by her eldest son, George Packer Sampson III and his wife Patricia of Allentown, Pa.; her second son, Robert Brindley Sampson and his wife Louise of Merritt Island, Fla.; her daughter, Joan Sampson Cupic of Houston; her youngest son, James Todd Sampson and his wife Martha of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; her son-in-law, Dr. Zoran Cupic of Houston; her grandchildren, Sanya Ahmann, Erika Sykes, Natasha Tessier, Nicole McPherson, Shane Cupic, Todd Sampson, John Sampson, Scott Sampson, Teresa Smith, Chris Olsen, Molly Sampson, Dabney Sampson and Katharine Sampson; and 23 great-grandchildren. Kay, as she was known to friends and family, was born on Feb. 24, 1918 in Johnstown, Pa., the daughter of Todd Dresser Cochran and Katharine Freda Glock. After attending Margorie Webster Finishing School in Washington, D.C., Kay settled in the Washington metro area, where she raised her four children. She was the first woman hired in the Silver Springs, Md. Postal Service and also worked at the Army Map Service, Army-Navy Country Club and the National Institute of Health. Kay retired to Lake Livingston, although she enjoyed her visits to her beach home on the Isle of Palms in South Carolina, spending quality time with her generational family members. She served in many civic organizations, including the Ladies Auxilliary of the Bethesday/Chevy Chase Rescue Squad and the Scenic Loop Fire Department. Kay was an avid golfer. Kay enjoyed the last 22 years of her life with her loving companion, Fred Berry. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

KNUDSEN
LIVINGSTON -- Lena Rose Knudsen was born March 1, 1935 in Waco, to Ludvik Thompson and Kate V. (Thomas) Thompson, and died on May 1, 2014 in Cleveland. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, John Knud-sen. She is survived by her daughter, Ruth Ann Currie; sons, Roger Bailey, Willie Bailey and Douglas Ray Bailey; daughter, Carlotta Griffis; sons, John McGovern and Douglas Knudsen; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Rogers; brother, Luther Thompson; sister, Dorothy Young; brother, Robert Thompson; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

LILES
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Ola Mayell (Ola Maye) Liles, 93, of Livingston will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. James Frazier and the Rev. Don Willis officiating. Interment will follow in Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Houston. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, prior to the service. Mrs. Liles was born on Feb. 18, 1921 in Belton, to Lewis O. Jones and Ola (Kegley) Jones, and died on May 1, 2014 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Earnest Cecil Liles; her parents and brother, Lewis O. Jones Jr. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Stanley and Lou Liles of Point Blank; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Dennis Lawrence of Houston; grandchildren, Lisa Hambrick, Laura and Jeff Liles, Drew and Carrie Lawrence and Damon Lawrence; step-grandchildren, Toshia and Damian McKeon and Chris Byrd; great-grandchildren, Andrew Hambrick, Carter Dillon, Caroline Dillon, Darrien Lawrence, Sean McKeon and Darren McKeon; sisters, Dorothy Formigue and Posey Martin; brother, Samuel Jones; special friend, "Opie" Burleson and numerous other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Endowment or a charity of your choice. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

FOX
LIVINGSTON -- Memorial services for Elaine Fox, 61, of Goodrich will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. Mrs. Fox was born on Nov. 28, 1952 in Beaumont, to Bill Moren and Bernice (Vestal) Moren, and died on May 2, 2014 in Livingston. Mrs. Fox was a homemaker. She is survived by her beloved husband of 34 years, Dennis Fox of Goodrich, whom she married on March 28, 1980 in Pasadena; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Connie Zavadil of La Porte; grandson, Josef Zavadil of La Porte; granddaughter, Lauren Zavadil of La Porte; father, Bill Moren of Shepherd; mother, Bernice LeJune of Shepherd; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Ronnie Allen of Shepherd; sister, Gail Moren of Shepherd; sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Adrian Soto of Livingston; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

LOCKE
L IVINGSTON -- Edward "Joe Boy" Locke, born on July 27, 1940 in Livingston, to Emmett Locke and Doris Phillips Locke, died on May 2, 2014 in Houston at the age of 73. Survivors include his loving wife of 47 years, Patsy; son, Douglas Bryant Locke and wife Stephenie; two grandchildren, Cortney and Magen Locke; numerous other rela-tives and a host of dear friends. Joe Boy was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law and mother in-law, Douglas and Ruth Butler. He proudly served in the United States Army. He was known as a dedicated husband, daddy and pawpaw. A celebration of Joe Boy's life was held on Tuesday, May 6, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment followed in Jones Prairie Cemetery in Leggett. Military honors were provided by the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard. Pallbearers were Curt Fredregill, David Phillips Jr., Brian Massey, Shane Lollar, John Butler, Jason Stephens and Rodney Watts. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

SMITH
LIVINGSTON -- Rosa Lee Smith, born on July 31, 1926 in Conway, S.C., to Only Hartford McDowell and Matti Wallace McDowell, died on May 5, 2014 in Livingston at the age of 87. Survivors include her daughter, Janet Jones; grandchildren, Jerry Jones Jr. and wife Rachelle and John D. Jones and wife Heather, step-grandson, Shannon "Blue" Macks; six great grandchildren, Lisa Nicole Jones, Lessley Renea Jones, John Glenn Jones, Justin Allan Jones, Jerremey Glenn Jones and Reese Star Jones; step-great-grandchildren, Treana Shea Macks and Shannon "Malachi" Macks; great-great-grandchildren, Marayah Griffith, Jayda Griffith, Brooklyn Griffith and Matthew Niemtschk; sisters, Hattie Jordan and Dixie Morris; three special family members, Donna McDaniel, Paula McDaniel and David Paiva; special adopted daughter, Trena Smith; numerous other family and host of friends. She loved to dance, go to casinos, but loved her babies the most. Rosa was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George E. Smith; three sisters, Nina, Nancy and Mary; one brother, Darcey; son in-law, Charles E. Macks and brother-in-law, Paul Morris. A celebration of Rosa's life will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Pace Funeral Home, with Bro. Jason Sandefer officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry Jones Jr., John David Jones, Blue Macks, John Glenn Jones, Justin Jones and Jeremey Jones. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

LOWERY
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Peggy J. Lowery, 91, of Corrigan were held on Monday, May 5, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Link Davis Jr. officiating. Interment followed in Brookside Memorial Park Cemetery in Hou-ston. Mrs. Lowery was born on Sept. 21, 1922 in Springfield, Mo. and died on April 27, 2014 in Corrigan. She married John Lowery in 1962 in Denver, Colo. She worked as a nurse for Parkway Hospital in Hou-ston. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Lola (Crosby) Bostic; husband, John W. Lowery and grandson, Paul Riley Lowery. She is survived by her daughter, Gloria Lucille BeBout of Livingston; son, Kenneth Anderson of Monmouth, Ill.; grandchildren, April Dawn Spoon, Vickie Templeton, John BeBout III and Juanette Neeley; great-grandchildren, Benjamin "B.J.," Kenneth "Pete," Wesley, Teara, Robert, Guilliana, Gabrailla, Jessica BeBout, Jessica M., William, Amber, Michael, Peter and Damon; great-great-grandchildren, Miya, Gage, Amellia, Dante, Logan and Ryan; daughter-in-law, Millie; two step-daughters; one stepson; and numerous step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

JOHNSON
LIVINGSTON -- Honey Lee Johnson died on Saturday, April 26, 2014, due to medical reasons in Trinity. She was born in London, England on April 3, 1958 and spent her life making meaningful connections in both Austin, Texas and Arvada, Colo. She is survived by her daughter, Alice Johnson; son, Travis Fritz; two sisters; one brother and her father. A service will be held at 2 p.m. on May 17 at her father's residence in Austin. Family members say many will remember her for her bright, spunky energy. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

KENNEDY
LIVINGSTON -- Mae "Moe" Emma Kennedy of Willis died on April 25, 2014 in Livingston at the age of 87. Moe was born on July 20, 1926 in Niles Center "Skokie," Ill., to Ralph Sidney Kennedy and Elsie E. Knabe-Kennedy. Survivors include her sister, Betty J. "Boots" Kennedy-Hart of Livingston; nephews and niece, Steven Hart of Deer Park, Ralph Hart of Normangee, Patrick Hart of Clark and Linda Lee Hart-Thomas of Houston; numerous other rela-tives and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; other dear relatives and friends. Moe was an avid collector of stamps and enjoyed working on her family genealogy. She loved all kinds of animals, was involved in community projects, garage sales and loved Facebook, especially the games. Moe loved Bluebell ice cream and, family members say, she was a joy to be around and was a great joker and story-teller. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuner-al.com.

MARX
DENISON -- Hazel Marie Marx, 92, of Denison died on Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Homestead of Denison. She was born the daughter of Willard Allen and Minnie Mae Kohler Quick on Oct. 29, 1921 in Forest County, Wis. Hazel graduated from Spooner High School in Spooner, Wis. She married the love of her life, Beryl Leo Marx, on July 2, 1939 in Pine City, Minn. Hazel and Beryl farmed in Granada, Minn. for 30 years. They retired to Onalaska, Texas, where she was active in the Onalaska Methodist Church. She taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. Hazel sang solos in church and Christmas cantatas until she was 89 years old. Hazel moved to The Bradford at Brookside of Livingston in 2010, where she resided until moving to Homestead of Denison. Survivors include her husband of 74 years, Beryl of Denison; children, Sandie (Bruce) Lohse of Rochester, Minn., Bob (Janelle) Marx of Ft. Meyers, Fla., Bruce (Sherry) Marx of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Sharon Marx (Russ) of Watertown, Wis..; brother, Bill (Lois) Quick of Ocala, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers and five sisters. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, at the Homestead of Denison. Chaplain Bryan Spurgin of Heart-to-Heart Hospice will be officiating. Memorials may be made to Heart-to-Heart Hospice, 600 E. Taylor, Ste. 3005, Sherman, TX. 75090. Condolences may be registered to johnsonmoorefuneralhome.net. Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson-Moore Funeral Home.

KIRK
LIVINGSTON – Mary C. Kirk, born March 20, 1924 in Eatonton, Ga., was known as a loving mother who raised four children: Larry Greene, Terri Trubey, David Kirk and Lisa Keith. Family members say she was a perfect example of what a mother should be: caring, devoted and loving and always thinking more of her children than herself. She was known as someone who was almost always cheerful, despite many years in pain with back and hip problems. She loved Jesus Christ and, even at the age of 90, said her mission was to continue to tell everyone what Jesus had done for her. Mrs. Kirk died on April 29, 2014. She is preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence H. Kirk; a child, David Kirk; granddaughter, Heather Greene; seven brothers and sisters and her parents. Survivors include her son, Larry Greene and wife Beverly of Livingston; daughters, Terri Trubey and husband Ray of The Villages, Fla. and Lisa Keith and husband Harry of Charlotte, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Kirk and Bradley Greene, Ryan, Corey and Harry Keith III and Michael and Scott Trubey and seven great-grandchildren. At the time of her death, she was living in Livingston. She will be buried in Florida, where she lived for over 35 years. There are no plans, at the present time, for a memorial service.

FITZGERALD
LIVINGSTON -- A mass and memorial service for Michael Ellis Fitzgerald Jr. of Onalaska will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 836 West Jones Street, in Livingston, with the Rev. Link Hullar as the presiding celebrant. Mike, known as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, died on Friday, April 4, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center in Livingston at the age of 94. He was born on March 8, 1920 in Houston. His devotion and love of family and friends meant more to him than anything. He graduated from Sam Houston High School Class of 1938 and then at-tended the University of Houston after proudly serving his country in the U.S. Army Air Corp. He had many successful careers throughout his life. He was an active member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Livingston for many years. He was lovingly known by many of his friends and family as "Mr. Mike." Mike is preceded in death by his parents, Michael Ellis Fitzgerald and Maude M. (Bludworth) Fitzgerald; grandparents, Catharina Monaghan and Alfred William Fitzgerald; first wife, Frankie Han-son Fitzgerald and her daughter, Sue Anne Fitzgerald; second wife, Elizabeth Katherine Fitzgerald. He is survived by his sons, Michael E. Fitzgerald III of Onalaska and Patrick Leon Fitzgerald of Pikesville, Ky.; daughter, Katie Britain and husband Wade of Whitney; grandchildren, Ashley Caughman, Michael E. Fitzgerald IV, Matthew E. Fitzgerald, Melissa Hogan and Taylor Britain; great-grandchildren, Rylee and Austin Stubbs and Michael E. Fitzgerald V; along with numerous other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity in his memory or to the Onalaska Senior Citizens Activity Center, P.O. Box 1497, Onalaska, Texas 77360. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CONNELL
LIVINGSTON -- Memorial services for Susan Ann Connell, 58, of Livingston will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 12, 2014, in the First United Methodist Church in Livingston, with the Rev. Steve Woody officiating. Susan was born April 26, 1955 in Flint, Mich., to Donald Eugene Keihl and Janet Arlene (Madson) Keihl, and died on April 11, 2014 in Livingston. She was employed as housekeeper for the First United Methodist Church in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her stepfather, Ron Dennis and very special friend, Johnny "Cowboy" Warren. She is survived by her mother, Janet Arlene (Madson) Dennis; father, Donald Eugene Keihl; children, Steven Larimore, Brenda Hunter, and David Hunter; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

WILLIAMS
ONALASKA -- Funeral services for Marvin Eugene Williams, 87, of Point Blank were held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska, with Bro. Dean Ferguson officiating. Interment followed in Center Hill Cemetery in Oakhurst. Mr. Williams was born on March 27, 1927 in Grand Saline and died on April 28, 2014 in Point Blank. He is preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Ollie Mae (Godwin) Williams and great-grandchild, Madison Williams. He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Lucille Williams of Sheldon and Paul and Jane Williams of Richmond; daughters and sons-in-law, Sherri and Mike Joiner of Baytown and Theresa and Rodney Houser of Pasadena; grandchildren, Raymond Williams Jr., William Williams, Kevin Williams, Tammy Williams, Christopher Williams, Chadwick Williams, Alicia Lightsey, Sabrina Shipwash, Amanda Scott, Joshua Houser, Hope Barker and Jason Houser; 32 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; siblings, L.J. Williams of Willis, Willis Williams of Willis, Ralph Williams of Point Blank and Opal Pilgreen of Point Blank; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Christopher Williams, Chadwick Williams, Joshua Houser, Jason Houser, Raymond Williams Jr., William Williams, Kevin Williams and Mike Barker. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

LOWERY
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Peggy J. Lowery, 91, of Corrigan will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Link Davis Jr. officiating. Interment will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Brookside Memorial Park Cemetery in Houston. Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. Mrs. Lowery was born on Sept. 21, 1922 in Springfield, Mo. and died on April 27, 2014 in Corrigan. She married John Lowery in Den-ver, Colo. in 1962. She worked as a nurse for Parkway Hospital in Houston. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Lola (Crosby) Bostic; husband, John W. Lowery and grandson, Paul Riley Lowery. She is survived by her daughter, Gloria Lucille BeBout of Livingston; son, Kenneth Anderson of Monmouth, Ill.; grandchildren, April Dawn Spoon, Vickie Templeton, John BeBout III and Juanette Neeley; great-grandchildren, Benjamin "B.J.", Kenneth "Pete", Wesley, Teara, Robert, Guilliana, Gabrailla, Jessica BeBout, Jessica M., William, Amber, Michael, Peter and Damon; great-great-grandchildren, Miya, Gage, Amellia, Dante, Logan and Ryan; daughter-in-law, Millie; two stepdaughters; one stepson; and numerous step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

REEDY
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside services for Patty Merle Reedy, 71, of Livingston were held on Friday, May 2, 2014, in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston, with David Goddard officiating. Patty was born June 24, 1942 in Enola, Ark. and died on May 1, 2014 in Livingston, surrounded by family. She is survived by daughter, Toni Valence; daughter and son-in-law, Becky Johnson and John; granddaughters and husbands, Misty Nettles and Eric, Lacy Gears and Kyllan and Shanis Goodson and Jody; grandson and wife, Casey Johnson and Shaunci; great-grandchildren, Zachary Kreg, Eli Nettles, Elyas Miller, Serenity Miller, Caden Goodson, Boone Johnson, Brady Johnson, Payton Johnson, Carolyn Johnson and Felicia Johnson; brothers, John and wife Faye, and Keith; sisters, Sammie Jo, Mary Lee and Ruthie; her faithful companion, Sparky; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BENNETT
LIVINGSTON -- Services for Martha Patricia Bennett, 75, of Livingston were held on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. James Tyner and Bro. Mike Gates officiating. Mrs. Bennett was born on April 30, 1938 in Jacksonville, Fla. and died on April 24, 2014 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Edna Lowery Tyner Biddle and sister, Sondra Kay. She is survived by her husband, Charles "Chuck" Bennett of Livingston; son, Vern Bennett Sr. of Humble; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Robert Kelley of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Debbie Bennett of Spring; brother, James and Kat Tyner of Livingston; grandchildren, Karen Bennett, Vern and Gina Bennett Jr., Seth Bennett, Chris Kelley, Caleb and Dionda Bennett, Kristina Kelley, Sara Beth Bennett, Abigail Kelley, Christina Fletcher and AJ Whitaker; great-grandchildren, Cody Bennett, Ashley Bennett, Wyatt Bennett, Blake Queenn, Rylee Bennett, Brittany Bennett, D'Andre Key, Cameron Robinson, Haylie Kelley, Rachel Perrault, Kyra Ramirez and Cheyenne Kelley; and numerous other relatives and close friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BENNETT
LIVINGSTON -- Ser-vices for Martha Patricia Bennett, 75, of Livingston were held on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Living-ston, with Bro. James Tyner and Bro. Mike Gates officiating. Mrs. Bennett was born on April 30, 1938 in Jacksonville, Fla. and died on April 24, 2014 in Living-ston. She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Edna (Bid-dle) Tyner. She is survived by her husband, Charles "Chuck" Bennett of Liv-ingston; son, Vern Bennett Sr. of Humble; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Robert Kelley of Liv-ingston; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Debbie Bennett of Spring; brother, James Tyner of Livingston; grandchildren, Karen Bennett, Vern and Gina Bennett Jr., Seth Bennett, Chris Kelley, Caleb Bennett, Kristina Kelley, Sara Beth Bennett and Abigail Kelley; great-grandchildren, Cody Bennett, Ash-ley Bennett, Wyatt Bennett, Blake Bennett, Rylee Bennett, Brittany Bennett, D'Andre Key and Cam-eron Robinson; and numerous other relatives and close friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

PALMOUR
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside ser-vices for Dortha Mae Palmour, 92, of Lufkin, formerly of Livingston, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 2, 2014, in Forest Hill Ceme-tery in Livingston, with Aubrey Knox officiating. Interment will follow. Visitation will be held at begin at 10 a.m. Friday, prior to the service, in Forest Hill Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the Pinecrest Retirement Community, 1302 Tom Temple Drive, Lufkin. Mrs. Palmour was born on Aug. 15, 1921 in Lehigh, Okla. and died on April 27, 2014 in Lufkin. She was a Baptist by faith and a mem-ber of Blanchard Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Ellen (Wood) Lovinggood; husband, Harold Pal-mour and granddaughter, Misti Ayers. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Don and Pam Palmour of Houston and Sid and Vickie Palmour of Graham; grand-son and wife, Phillip and Kimberly Palmour of Graham; granddaugh-ter, Anjela Palmour of Houston; granddaughter and husband, Becky and Patrick Gilgour of Houston; great-grandchildren, Everett Gilgour, Eliza Gilgour, Chloe Pal-mour and Elijah Palmour; and sev-eral nieces, nephews, other rela-tives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

BUSH
TIMPSON – Funeral services for John Cohron Bush Jr. were held on Monday, April 28, 2014, in the Taylor Funeral Home Chapel in Timpson, with the Rev. Dock Laza-rine officiating. Interment followed in Corinth Cemetery in Timpson. Mr. Bush was born on Jan. 29, 1944 in Orange, the son of the late John C. Bush Sr. and Lura Doris Heaton Bush, and died on April 25, 2014 in Longview. He attended public school in Leggett, where his father once served as superintendent. He grad-uated from Timpson High School in 1962 and, after graduation from Panola College, attended Stephen F. Austin State University. He was a salesman for many years and then enjoyed farming and ranching. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, Clayton, Timpson Masonic Lodge 437 and was also a Shriner. Survivors include his wife, An-gela Davis Bush of Clayton; sons, Todd Bush and wife Cindy of Timpson, Tim Bush and wife Janelle of Timpson, Trevin Bush and wife Janice of Cadiz, Ky. and Sean Bush and wife Sondra of Timpson; daughters, Leslie Wood and husband Matt of Spring Hill, Tenn. and Ashley Hall and husband Rick of Austin; brother, Tommy Bush and wife Annette of Gary; sisters, Beth Tipton and husband Harvey and Sandra Brownlow and husband Keith, all of Timpson; 18 grandchildren, Katie, Tyler and Maggie Bush, Timothy and Shelby Bush, Whitney Yother and husband Eric, Paige Trent, Caleb and Abby Bush, Cameron, Wil, Kyle, Celine and Celeste Bush, Madison and Eric Wood and Hudson Hall; and great-grandchildren, Candyce and Cadyence Yother. Pallbearers were Tyler, Timothy, Trent, Caleb, Cameron and Wil Bush. Taylor Funeral Home, Timpson, was in charge of arrangements.

FITZGERALD
LIVINGSTON -- A mass and memorial service for Michael Ellis Fitzgerald Jr. of Onalaska will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 836 West Jones Street, in Livingston, with the Rev. Link Hullar as the presiding celebrant. Mike, known as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, died on Friday, April 4, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center in Livingston at the age of 94. He was born on March 8, 1920 in Houston. His devotion and love of family and friends meant more to him than anything. He graduated from Sam Houston High School Class of 1938 and then attended the University of Houston after proudly serving his country in the U.S. Army Air Corp. He had many successful careers throughout his life. He was an active member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Livingston for many years. He was lovingly known by many of his friends and family as "Mr. Mike." Mike is preceded in death by his parents, Michael Ellis Fitzgerald and Maude M. (Bludworth) Fitzgerald; grandparents, Catharina Monaghan and Alfred William Fitzgerald; first wife, Frankie Hanson Fitzgerald and her daughter, Sue Anne Fitzgerald; second wife, Elizabeth Katherine Fitzgerald. He is survived by his sons, Michael E. Fitzgerald III of Onalaska and Patrick Leon Fitzgerald of Pikesville, Ky.; daughter, Katie Britain and husband Wade of Whitney; grandchildren, Ashley Caughman, Michael E. Fitzgerald IV, Matthew E. Fitzgerald, Melissa Hogan and Taylor Britain; great-grandchildren, Rylee and Austin Stubbs and Michael E. Fitzgerald V; along with numerous other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity in his memory or to the Onalaska Senior Citizens Activity Center, P.O. Box 1497, Onalaska, Texas 77360. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

STAKES
KEMAH -- Thomas Dudley Stakes 64, of Crosby, a former resident of Polk County, died on April 12, 2014. Thomas was born on Aug. 12, 1949 in Houston, to Juel and Abbie Stakes. Thomas worked as a security officer for many years and in his spare time he enjoyed dancing, watching TV and spending time with family and friends. Thomas was known as a very strong willed, loving and caring man. He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Sissy Stakes; brother, Charles Stakes and sister, Wanda Stakes. Thomas is survived by his daughter, Tanya Lucus and husband Jason; sisters, Mary E. Hickey, Diane Kimberlin and Lisa Gaspard; brother, Robert A Stakes; many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. A celebration of Thomas's life was held on Saturday, April 26, at Life Fellowship Church in Kemah. Sterling-White Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To send the family condolences, visit sterlingwhite.com

ANDERSON
HUNTSVILLE -- Kate Marion Anderson, 84, died on April 21, 2014. Kate, born June 29, 1929 in Onalaska, is preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Iola Smith and grandson, Michael Arron Peavey. She is survived by her cherished husband, Luther "Buddy" E. Anderson; son, John Michael Peavey and wife Sharon; daughter, Pamela Peavey; grandchildren, Chad Womack and wife Dillon, Brad Womack, Wesley Womack and wife Prima and Angela Kate Peavey Mayton and husband Mike; great-grandchildren, Bailea, Darianne, Madeline, Garrett, Lyla Kate, Skylar and Lincoln; sister, Jane Bowers and brother, Roy Lu-cas. Kate was known as truly a southern lady, who dedicated her life to preparing herself and family to go live with Christ. She and her beloved husband, Buddy, had a unique love for each other unlike no other, which her children and grandchildren were blessed to witness. Kate believed home is where the heart is and when you walked through her front door you truly felt at home. Family members say she will be remembered as a gracious and loving dedicated Christian. Funeral services were held Friday, April 25, at Elkins Lake Baptist Church in Huntsville. Graveside services were Friday, April 25, in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Elkins Lake Baptist Church Building Fund, 206 Texas 19, Huntsville, Texas 77340. Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorial condolences may be made to the family online at shmfh.com.

PERONI
EAGLE LAKE -- Funeral Services for Edweina Roberts Peroni were held on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Menard Chapel in Segno, with Ben Clamon officiating. Interment followed in the chapel cemetery. Edweina was born on May 25, 1929 in West Columbia, to Frank Michaux Roberts and Jewel Jane (McWhorter) Roberts. She died on April 22, 2014. She was a registered nurse, and after retirement in 1982 became a dedicated Mission Service Corps volunteer at Valley Baptist Retreat in Mission. She made medical mission trips into Mexico and all along the border helping in clinics with other volunteer health professionals. In 1985, Edwenia and her husband started a Christmas Stocking Ministry that reached children on both sides of the border as well as far into the interior of Mexico. Church organizations all across the United States donated toys to this ministry. In one recent year, Edweina and other volunteers at VBR distributed approximately 25,000 Christmas stockings to children on the border and all over Mexico. She is preceded in death by her parents her husband, John Peroni; infant daughter, Bonnie Darlene Peroni; daughter, Bonnie Norene Tangradi; sister, Joyce Neal and brothers, John O. Roberts and Henry H. Roberts. She is survived by her son, Ron Peroni and wife Joy of Chesterville; son-in-law, Richard Tangradi of Springhill, Fla.; sister, Cynthia Clamon and husband Ben (Rusty) of Livingston and four brothers, Frank Roberts Jr. and wife Estella of Santa Rosa, James Roberts and wife Patricia of Krum, Douglas Roberts of Huffman and Charles Roberts of Poolville. Grandchildren include Ron Peroni II, Rhonda and husband Ioben Borbiliac, Russell Peroni and wife Laura, Jim Bodenhiemer and wife Dana, Chanda Millender and Timothy Raskani. Great grandchildren are Rylee, Rayden, and Rebecca Peroni, Chenyia Tangradi, Zane Bodenheimer, Chakira, Maurice and Mausona Millender. Her aunt and best friend, Dorothy McWhorter of Livingston, and numerous other relatives and friends also survive. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Valley Baptist Retreat, Mission, Texas or your favorite missionary. Eagle Lake Funeral Home, Eagle Lake, was in charge of arrangements.

ISAACKS
LIVINGSTON -- John Alfred Isaacks, 77, was born on March 10, 1937 in Falfurrias and died on April 22, 2014. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. He is preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Ray Isaacks Sr. and Dorris Lorene Bowen Isaacks and brothers, Ellis Lee Isaacks and Jimmy Lloyd Isaacks. Mr. Isaacks is survived by his children, John David Isaacks, Darla Margaret Isaacks Reinhardt, Darryl Wayne Isaacks, Daniel Ray Isaacks, Dennis James Isaacks, Dana Isaacks Huey and Daylon Wade Isaacks; brother, Leonard Ray Isaacks Jr.; sisters, Beverly Echols, Evelyn Brown and Dorris Barker; along with many grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

WILLIAMS
ONALASKA -- Funeral services for Shirley Rose Williams, 86, of Point Blank will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska, with Bro. Dean Ferguson officiating. Interment will follow in Center Hill Cemetery in Oakhurst. Mrs. Williams was born on June 4, 1927 in Houston and died on April 24, 2014 in Point Blank. She is preceded in death by her parents, Adrian and Daisy (Cotton) Clark; sisters, Mathlyn Birdsong and Daisy Young; brother, Leland Smith and great-grandchild, Madison Williams. She is survived by her husband, Marvin Williams of Point Blank; sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Lucille Williams of Sheldon and Paul and Jane Williams of Richmond; daughters and sons-in-law, Sherri and Mike Joiner of Baytown and Theresa and Rodney Houser of Pasadena; grandchildren, Raymond Williams Jr., William Williams, Kevin Williams, Tammy Williams, Christopher Williams, Chadwick Williams, Alicia Lightsey, Sabrina Shipwash, Amanda Scott, Joshua Houser, Hope Barker and Jason Houser; 32 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Christopher Williams, Chadwick Williams, Joshua Houser, Jason Houser, Raymond Williams Jr., William Williams, and Kevin Williams. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BASS
ONALASKA -- Funeral services for James Albert Bass, 74, of Onalaska were held on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska, with the Rev. Gideon Watson officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Mr. Bass was born on Nov. 27, 1939 in Trawick and died on April 23, 2014 in Onalaska. He was known as a family man who loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He also loved hunt-ing and telling stories. He came to be known as the "neighborhood watch dog" because he loved being outside and sitting on his porch. He worked in commercial construction during his life. He is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Helen (Emerson) Bass; son, James Luster Bass and sisters, Roberta Johnson, Hazel McBride and Anna Lou Rawlinson. He is survived by his wife, Laura Bass of Onalaska; daughters, Susan and husband Gary Cain of Moss Hill, Vita and husband Bobby Baker of Onalaska and Rita Bass of Onalaska; son, Thomas Bass of Porter; grandchildren, Chris Cain, Mike Cain, B.J. Baker, Becky Sparks, Thomas Lynn Bass, Rachel Bass and Ben Bass; great-grandchildren, Brittni Jennings, Keegan Kight, McKenzie Cain, Samantha Cain, Ethan Kight, Emily Cain, James Cain, Laura Sparks, Graham Sparks, Owen Bass and Tristan Bass; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Chris Cain, Mike Cain, B.J. Baker, Ben Bass, Devon Sparks, Mark Whittaker and Thomas Lynn Bass. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

VIRKKI
LIVINGSTON -- Viktor J. Virkki, 82, of Livingston died on April 19, 2014. He was born on Dec. 15, 1931 in Finland. He married Pamela Miller on July 12, 2009. He is preceded in death by his parents, Eero and Helmi Virkki. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Virkki of Livingston; stepdaughter, Heather Woods and husband Rick of Kingwood; stepson, Donald Haynes and wife Daphne of Humble; grandchildren, Brooklyn, William, Blake, Sarah and Seth; and numerous other relatives in Finland. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

HOLLEY
LIVINGSTON -- Memorial services for Rex Narlon Holley, 53, of Livingston will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston. Military honors will be provided by the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard. Rex was born on Sept. 11, 1960 in Woodville and died on April 18, 2014 in Livingston. He is preceded in death by his mother, LaHoma (Hightower) Holley and father, Narlon Chambless. He is survived by his sons, Rex Ryan Holley of Kingwood and Aaron Everette Holley of Kingwood; dad, Cleburn "Bill" Holley of Livingston; brothers, Marc Holley and Mary of Pearland, Troy Holley and Kay of Pearland, Derek Holley of Crockett, Scott Holley of Livingston and Lance Holley and Charlotte of Webster; sisters, Christie Weatherford and Kim Breakiron, both of Broaddus; lifelong friend, Elbert Emanuel; along with numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

LAMBERT
LIVINGSTON -- James Carl Lambert was born July 1, 1952 in Huntsville, to Jeff Carl Lambert and Geniece Ellen (Blair) Lambert, and died on April 19, 2014 in Moscow. During his lifetime, he worked in the maintenance industry. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jerry Sneathern. He is survived by his wife, Darlene Lambert of Moscow; daughter, Shantae Shifflet and John Shipman of Katy; sons, Robert Lambert and Jaime of Corrigan, Jeff Lambert of Diboll and Patrick Shifflet and Joanna of Nacog-doches; grandchildren, Troy, Drew, Tatum, Payton, Addison, J.T., Angie, Justin, Katelyn and Abbigail; sisters, Patsy Landrum of Huntsville and Bobbie Wright of Garland; and numerous other rela-tives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

COWART
WOODVILLE -- Robert Allen Cowart, 85, of Colmesneil died on April 18, 2014. Survivors include his sons, Allen Ray Cowart of Kemah, Norman Earl Cowart and wife Laurie of Parkersburg, W. Va. and Lloyd Gene Cowart and wife Dona of Orange; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 23, in the Riley Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville, with burial at Ferrell Cemetery near Woodville.

SCHUNIOR
LIVINGSTON -- Robert Nicholas Schunior Jr. was born Aug. 26, 1953 in Houston, to Robert Schunor and Clothilde "Tillie" (Cantu) Schunior, and died on April 16, 2014 in Onalaska. During his lifetime, he worked for ERA Helicopters as a technician. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Tillie Schunior and brother, Hector Schu-nior. He is survived by his wife, Ellen "Carlin" Schunior of Onalaska; daughter, Jasmin Milenberg of Iowa; sisters, Norma Sowell and Cynthia Schunior, both of Chireno, Sylvia Kirkland of Houston and Ada Mazariegos of Rydal, Ga.; grandchildren, Kaylin Peterson, Faith Peterson, Keaton Peterson and Jade Peterson; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

BAXTER
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Mayselle L. Baxter, 85, of Livingston will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Wayne Bickley officiating. Interment will follow in Camp Ruby Cemetery near Livingston. Mrs. Baxter was born on Feb. 4, 1929 in Cabot, Ark., to James Mitchell Moran and Annie Matilda (Driskel) Moran, and died on April 18, 2014 in Livingston. She was a homemaker all her life. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, James L. Baxter; daughters, Carolyn Rawls and Jennifer Sibley; son, Herman P. Sibley; sister, Marie Weiland and brothers, Oneal Moran, W.J. "Bill" Moran, Novis C. Moran, Argle Moran and Lloyd Moran. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Annette Harrison of Livingston; daughter, Rita Sills of Pasadena; grandchil-dren, Steven, Stephanie and husband John, Stacie, Shannon, Choyss and wife Aimee and Jessica and husband Bobby; great-grandchildren, Brandi, Andrew, Brayden, Cayss, Riyan Rae, Stephanie, Dylan, Jace, Kaylee, Joshua and Emma; great-great-grandchild, Kilea; sister, Joyce F. Warner of Pasadena; brother, Leroy Moran of North Little Rock, Ark.; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Steven Sills, Choyss Lowery, Jeff Warner, Scott Warner, Edward J.R. Moran, John Wayne Moran. Honorary pall-bearers will be Tony Warner, Chuck Simecek, Ricky Sills and Bobby Harrison. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

COPPOCK
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Richard Neal Coppock, 60, of Livingston were held on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Pastor Marvin Martin officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Richard was born on April 21, 1953 in Houston and died on April 14, 2014 in Houston. He was a member of the Scenic Loop Fire Department from 1980-1996. He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Hilde (Pokora) Coppock. He is survived by his sons, Ricky Coppock and Frank Coppock, both of Port Arthur; brother, Ron Coppock of Houston, and his two children, Sherry and Michael; sister, Jennifer Beauseigle of Houston and numerous other rela-tives and friends. Members of the Scenic Loop Fire Department served as pallbearers. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

HECKERT
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH. – Mirriam "Mimi" Heckert died peacefully on April 9, 2014 in an adult care home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. She is survived by Dick, her loving husband of 62 years; daughters, Donna Deska of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. and Valerie Greene of Alexandria, Va.; son, Gregg of San Mateo, Calif.; sons-in-law, Tom Deska and Jim Greene; three granddaughters, Katie Deska, Sarah Greene and Annie Greene and nephews, Keith and Kevin Dowd. Mimi was blessed with lifelong friendships made at both the Cypress Swingers and the Hey Lollies square dance clubs in Houston. She also enjoyed many friends at her home in Memorial Point near Livingston. A family memorial was held on April 12 at her inurnment in White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, Mich.

SALAZAR
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Mary Helen Castillo Salazar, 56, of Livingston were held on Friday, April 18, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Pastor David Goddard officiating. Interment followed in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. Mary was born on Nov. 6, 1957 in Galveston, to Virginia Flores, and died on April 15, 2014 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents, Toribio and Felicitas (Mendoza) Castillo and sisters, Emily Castillo and Margaret Castillo. She is survived by her husband, David Salazar Sr. of Livingston; daughters, Angela Castillo of Livingston and RoseAnn Murphy of Livingston; sons, David Lee Salazar of Livingston, David Salazar Jr. of Pasadena and Steven Salazar of Livingston, Texas; grandchildren, Alexis Murphy, Dylan Murphy, McKenzie Murphy, Amerie Gomez, Anisia Salazar, and Maritza Salazar; sister and brother-in-law, Mariane and Marcus Sosa of Houston; brother and sister-in-law, Freddie and Sandra Flores of Houston; sisters, Elena Sanchez and Tina Guevara, both of Houston; brother, Louis Flores of Houston and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Freddie Flores, Louis Flores, Isaac Flores, David Lee Salazar, Steven Salazar and Daniel Trevino. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

SAXON
CORRIGAN -- Funeral Services for Billy Ray "Poppy-Pa" Saxon, 78, of Corrigan were held on Friday, April 18, 2014, in Union Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Corrigan, with the Rev. Lesly Wilkinson and the Rev. Curtis Jordon officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan. Billy died on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Lufkin Memorial Hospital. He married the love of his life, Catherine Bell, on Jan. 6, 1962. He served in the US Army from 1959-1961 in Germany. In 1963, he became a father to his first daughter, Debra McAdams, followed in 1965 with his second daughter, Dwana Nowak. Billy, also known as "Poppy-Pa," worked hard to provide for his family, retiring from Lufkin Industries after 34 years of service. He took great pride in his family. His greatest joy was to bring smiles to the faces of his children and grandchildren. Billy found happiness in long rides with his brother, Trey. He was known as a family man with endless love for each of his family members, who will be remembered for his wit and sense of humor. He loved a good laugh and making anyone smile. Mr. Saxon is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Catherine "Cathy" Bell Saxon; daughters, Debra McAdams of Corrigan and Dwana Nowak and husband James of Lufkin; granddaughters, Amy Howard and husband Brent of Port Lavaca and Brittany and Caitlin McAdams of Corrigan; grandsons, Alex Nowak of College Station and Robert McAdams of Corrigan; brothers, Doyle Saxon of Diboll and Tracy Saxon of Trinity; one great-granddaughter, Emily Kay Howard and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Fern Dunn Saxon and brothers, Kenneth Saxon and Royal Saxon. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568 of Livingston. Pallbearers were Christopher Sanders, James Williams, Jamie Saxon, Tracy Gossett, Bo Bell and Brian Lawson. Honorary pallbearers were Duncan Langston, Robert McAdams and Alex Nowak. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to corriganfh.com.

YOUNG
LIVINGSTON -- Wallace Scott Young of Livingston was born on Aug. 22, 1923 in Des Moines, Iowa and died on April 11, 2014 at the age of 90. Survivors include his children, Dawn Crittellie, Dennis Young, James Blake, Frank Stewart and Fred Young; grandchildren, Michael Butler and Brandon Butler; great-grandbaby, Kaydence Butler; numerous other relatives and a host of dear friends. Wallace was a bomber pilot in the United States Air force, serving four tours of duty for the 351 squadron. After the war he worked for the United States Government as a FBI agent. Wallace had a long good life and was willing to help anyone. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

RIVERS
WOODVILLE -- Mary Jane Rivers, 85, of Woodville died on April 16, 2014. Family members say Jane was an inspiration to everyone that came in contact with her and that her faith in the Lord never wavered. Jean and her husband Robert looked in on a lot of people and tended to their needs. She was known as a loving, caring, and giving person who loved having tea with her dear friends and taking care of her flowers. She loved her family, friends, church, but most of all, she loved the Lord. Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Robert. She is survived by her brother, James Parrish and wife Shirley; sister-in-law, Harriet Whitmire; dear friends,Wilma Ross, Carol and Randy Burke, Jim and Melba Bedgood, Tabitha and Josh Branham, Randy Robert, Kim, Kate and John Burke, Arwin and Jane Burkett and Mary Miles; nephews, James Rivers and wife Suzanne, Robert Rivers and wife Belinda, Troy Dobbs and wife Barbara, Tommy Dobbs and wife Kathy and Dale Parrish and wife Kerrie; nieces, Belinda and husband Archie Connor, Cindy Gaston, Lisa Weeks, LaMerle and husband Buddy Seymour, Janice and husband Marvin Phillips, LaVerne and husband A.D. Dillon, Mildred and husband Tommy Clifton and Billie Ann McDaniel; as well as numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. Services were held on Saturday, April 19, in the Riley Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville, with Bro. Neil Higginbotham and Bro. Chance Sims officiating. She was buried in Parrish Cemetery in Hortense (Polk County). Pallbearers were Jim Bedgood, Arwin Burkett, Tommy Walker, Tommy Clifton, Tommy Dobbs and Dale Parrish. Honorary pallbearers were Randy Burke, Randy Robert Burke, Joshua Branham and Johnathan Burke. Services were under the direction of Riley Funeral Home in Woodville.

SEGREST
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Bobbie Lou Segrest, 85, of Livingston were held Monday, April 14, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Pastor Mike Meadows, the Rev. John Wilhelm and Bro. Martin Bienvenue officiating. Interment followed in Midway Cemetery in the Midway community. Mrs. Segrest was born on Feb. 21, 1929 in Livingston and died on April 9, 2014 in Livingston. She attended nursing school at San Jacinto College and worked in the Livingston hospital for 13 years. She also took care of many Livingston residents as a private nurse. She was a Baptist by faith and was known as someone with a heart of gold, and one of the biggest givers ever known. Any time anyone came to her house to visit, she always wanted to cook for them and insist they stay as long as they liked, She loved company and was an excellent host. She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Cuba (Hales) Hubert; husband, Milton Allen Segrest and granddaughter, Heather Dorris Ramsey. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Tim Syms of Livingston; grandson, Heath Allen Dorris of Livingston; grandson-in-law, Jeremy Ramsey of Marquez; great-grandchildren, Chloe, Carter, Hunter and Maddie; brother and sister-in-law, Robert Hubert and Leighnae of Livingston; sister-in-law, Virginia Kovaly and Jerry of Houston; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Mickey Hubert, Lynn Hubert Jr., Aaron Hubert, John Wesley Hubert, Dale Hubert and Eddie Wayne Ward. Honorary pallbearers included Robert Lynn Hubert Sr., Jeremy Ramsey, Jerry Kovaly, Bob Smith, Fred Smith, Corky Cochran, Bubba Piper, Charlie Hubert, Wayne Hubert, James Richardson and Glenn Hu-bert. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

REEVES
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Blanche Yvonne (Eads) Reeves, 75, of Livingston were held on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at First Baptist Church of Livingston, with the Rev. Orval Barger and the Rev. Brett Lester officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Blanche was born on Sept. 1, 1938 in Camden, to John Henry Eads and Rebecca Atkinson Kelley, and died on April 11, 2014 at her residence in Livingston. She was raised by her mother and stepfather, Rebecca and John W. Kelley, in the Big Sandy and Soda communities. She attended school in Big Sandy and then Livingston, where she graduated with the class of 1956. Blanche met and married Leonard Reeves on March 4, 1956 in Livingston. She later worked as a dispatcher for Polk County Sher-iff's Office, Livingston Police Department and Livingston Fire Department. She is preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Reeves; father, John Henry Eads; mother, Rebecca Atkinson Kelley; stepfather, John William Kelley; son, Roy Lynn Reeves; daughter, Linda Beth Reeves; four half-brothers, six half-sisters, five stepbrothers, and three stepsisters. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Roland Reeves and Donna; son and daughter-in-law, Michael Reeves and Cecilee; two brothers, Billy Eads and Oscar Eads; three granddaughters, Tanisha and husband Lewis Findley Sr., Emily Rebecca Schroeder and husband Glenn Schroeder and Jenna Eve Reeves; seven grandsons, Otis James Reeves and wife Crystal, Roman Lee Reeves and wife Amanda, Thomas Kirk Reeves, Tyler Cain Reeves, Marshall Ray Reeves, Matthew Jones and Zachary Jones and wife Teresa; 10 great-grandchildren, Lewis Wayne Findley Jr., Derrick Scott Findley, Walker Lee Findley, Jasmine Reeves, Elizabeth Reeves, Symphony Reeves, Dylan Reeves, Marla Reeves, Reagan Lee Reeves, Zachary Daniel Jones Jr., Peyton Reeves and Logan Cain Reeves and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Ricky Taylor, Dennis Clifton, Byron Lyons, Leon Middleton, Matt Parrish, Wesley Smith, Dakota Hernandez and Mike DeVilleneuve. Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, Livingston Police Department, and Polk County Sheriff's Department were honorary pallbearers. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

MCCULLOUGH
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Roy Glenn McCullough, 64, of Houston were held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Ronald Gene Richardson officiating. Interment followed in Menard Chapel Cemetery in Livingston. Mr. McCullough was born on Feb. 17, 1950 in Abilene, to Avis and Roy L. McCullough. He enjoyed many years of hunting and fishing in the Livingston area alongside numerous cousins, uncles, and brother. He died on Saturday, April 12, 2014. He was a graduate of M.B. Smiley High School, class of 1968, and graduated from the University of Houston in 1975. Roy was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Deborah McCullough; son, Sean and his wife Sarah; brother, David and his wife Brenda, along with their sons Jason and Micah and their wives and children. Pallbearers were Sean McCullough, Jason McCullough, Micah McCullough, Mike Richardson, James Kenneth Richardson and Wayne Richardson, with David McCullough as an al-ternate. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CROW
ONALASKA -- Funeral services for Jason John Crow, 46, of Livingston were held on Monday, April 7, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska, with interment following in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Mr. Crow was born on June 8, 1967 in Houston, to Edward Earl Crow Jr. and Jo Ann (Bennett) Crow, and died on April 2, 2014 in Temple. He was employed in the engineering department for Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, although most of his life he worked as a locksmith. He is preceded in death by his father, Edward Earl Crow Jr.; grandparents, John Bennett and MaMa Pat Bennett and uncle, Curtis Latiolais. He is survived by his mother, Jo Ann Crow of Livingston; daughters, Amber Crow of Bastrop and Jessica Crow of Livingston; granddaughters, Stephanie Crow and Jordan Crow, both of Livingston; sister, Jeannine Berry of Bastrop; nieces, Rebecca Berry and Rachael Berry, both of Bastrop; great-nephew, Jalen Bell of Bastrop; aunt, Betty Latiolais of Prairieville, La.; cousins, Dock Latiolais of Rosharon and Gevan Latiolais of Walker, La.; second cousins, Brittany Barcia of Tickfaw, La. and Rhena Latiolais, Slate Latiolais and Olivia Latiolais, all of Rosharon; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Jason Page, Greg Fleck, Luciano Mendez, Todd Peterson, Jonathan Fleck, Cliff West and Dave Dorner. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

TRAVIS
LIVINGSTON -- Cynthia Louise "Cindy" Brewer Travis, born on Feb. 5, 1959 in Houston, to Ira Herbert and Valene Margaret King Brewer, died on April 10, 2014 in The Woodlands at the age of 55. Survivors include her loving and devoted husband of 28 years, Michael Edwin Travis; her parents and sisters, Debbie and husband Tony Cox, Betty and husband Curtis Hoffman, Margaret Sanders, Sandra Brewer and Rebecca and husband Nels Wickander; her very special nieces and nephews and numerous other relatives and a host of dear friends. A celebration of Cindy's life was held on Saturday, April 12, at Pace Funeral Home, with Bro. Mike Meadows officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery in Goodrich. Pallbearers were Curt Hoffman, Robert Dennis, Bryan Cox, Steven Cox, Darren Cox, Lance Hammond, Avrey Phillips and Hunter Phillips. Honorary pallbearers were Tony Cox, Curtis Hoffman, Jim Hill, Nels Wickander, James Richardson, Jason Hunt and Nathan Cox. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

MURPHY
LIVINGSTON -- Bobblene Murphy died on April 12, 2014 at the age of 81. She was born and raised in Hattiesburg, Miss. and moved to Houston in 1953. There she met and married the love of her life, Enneth Murphy, in 1954. To this union two children were born, a daughter, Cindy, and a son, Darrell. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 15, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Bro. Robert Smith and Bro. Quentin Matthews officiating. Interment followed in Camp Ruby Cemetery in Livingston. Mrs. Murphy loved being a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and loved being a friend to all. She was a faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ and loved the Lord with all her heart. She attended Midway Community Church. Mrs. Murphy worked in a local grocery store as produce manger for 22 years and it was a very special part of her life. There she had many wonderful friends and treasured the customers she served. Through the years many young people came and went. She worked with three very special dear friends, Melvin Stephens, Tracy Hilton and Paul Brown, and their friendship through the years. Mrs. Murphy retired in 1989 to enjoy gardening, canning vegetables, cooking for friends and family, and all drop-ins were welcome to eat at her table. Mrs. Murphy was treasurer for Camp Ruby Cemetery for seven years, a job she loved dearly. She made many wonderful friends over the years. Mrs. Murphy is survived by her husband of 59 years; daughter, Cindy and husband Mike Nichols of Tomball; son, Darrell and wife Sharon Murphy of Camp Ruby; two grandchildren, Autumn and husband John Cox and Kabe and wife Chelesa Murphy, all of Camp Ruby; six great-grandchildren, Chloe, Paige, Lev and Hayes Cox and Ruby, Eli and Dax Murphy, all of Camp Ruby; sisters-in-law, Audra Murphy of Livingston and Murel Welch of The Bradford in Livingston; a host of nieces and nephews; dearly-beloved friend, Violet Baily of Camp Ruby and two special people in her life, Genny and Kenneth Devoltz of Camp Ruby. Pallbearers were Randy Van Wagner, Tommy Slack, O.L. Collins, Randy Hinson, Larry Welch, Ronald Cox and Don Fancett. Honorary pallbearers were Glen Goodwin, Kabe Murphy and John Cox. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

CARTER
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Lillie M. Carter, 81, of Livingston were held on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston. Mrs. Carter was born on Oct. 12, 1932 in Garrison and died on April 11, 2014 in Livingston. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary No. 1839 in Cleveland, and a member of Beacon Bay Baptist Church in Livingston. She married Albert Carter on March 23, 1953 in Livingston. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Rose (Hutto) Powers; husband, Albert Carter; brother, Homer Powers; sisters, Pauline Lee, Luella McNease Jacobs and Nita Powers and granddaughter, Cierra McCoy. She is survived by her son, Charles Allen Carter of Livingston; daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn McCauley and Richard of Humble and Linda Sullivan and James of Livingston; grandchildren, Amanda McCoy, Carrie Gibbs, Joshua Warren and Jennifer and husband, Jim Chancey; great-grandchildren, Michael, Sadie, Ty and Mason McCoy, Katelynn Gibbs, Brooke Willson, Jayleigh and Lane Warren and Autumn Chancey; sister, Leoma Neil of Garrison; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

DAVID
ONALASKA -- Funeral services for Genevieve M. "Lolly" David, 82, of Point Blank were held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Point Blank, with Father Kim Nuygen officiating. Interment followed in Forest Park Lawndale in Houston. Mrs. David was born on Dec. 17, 1931 in Rosenberg and died on April 14, 2014 in Point Blank. She worked as a broker in the real estate industry during her lifetime. She is preceded in death by her parents, Mike and Theresa (Krolczyk) Sopczak; son, Joseph Frank David Jr. and sister, Anatalie Dvorak. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Frank David Sr. of Point Blank; son and daughter-in-law, Michael David and Debby of McKinney; daughter, Pam Ambrose of Point Blank; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth David and Bessie of Nassau Bay; son and daughter-in-law, Frank David and Karen of Point Blank; grandchildren, Michael Keathe David, Brian James David, Angela Vassallo, Michael Dedwylder, Lisa David, Jessica Owens, Carrie Michelle Grimes, Anatalie Nicole David, Wesley Aaron David, Daniel David and April Stanley; great-grandchildren, Shane David, Cobi David, Colten Calvit, Whitney Dedwylder, Wyatt Dedwylder, Michael McClenny, Jacob McClenny and Mason Brew-er; great-great-grandson, Mikal London David; brother and sister-in-law, Chester Sopczak and Shirley of Houston; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Keathe David, Brian David, Daniel David, David Dvorak, Randy Dvorak and Dalton Dvorak. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

COPPOCK
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral services for Richard Coppock, 60, of Livingston will be held at noon Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with Pastor Marvin Martin officiating. Interment will follow in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, prior to service time, also at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. A full obituary will be published at a later date. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

HERNDON
LIVINGSTON -- Waunita Dawn Herndon was born on Nov. 14, 1931 and died on April 10, 2014. She is preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Dodd Herndon. Dawn, as most knew her, was known as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. Dawn died at her son's home, peacefully, with hospice care provided during her final days. She was known as someone who was loved by all and will be missed by many. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Strebeck; son, Wesley Wilkinson; brothers, Jerry Hauke and Johnny Hauke; sister, Sue Baley; three granddaughters, Kelly Key, Charlotte Hathaway and Courtney Sanders; great-grandchildren, Tabetha Key, Samantha Batteram, Thomas Hathaway, Savanna Brown, Elijah Sanders and Isaiah Sanders and great-great-grandchildren, Taitum Trevenio, Rai Savage, Daniela Garcia and Isabella Garcia. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to cochranfh.com.

WHITTEN
LIVINGSTON -- Lawrence Ray Whitten, 76, died on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Livingston. He was born July 13, 1938 in Houston. Survivors include his wife, Dolores Whitten; daughter, Renee Tubbleville; son, James Whitten Sr. and wife Kathy; grandchildren, Nicole Valderez and husband Randy, James Whitten Jr., Chris Whitten and Rachel Tubbleville; great-grandchildren, Kassidy Valderez, Kylie Valderez and Teigan Whitten; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, at Brookside Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, April 18, in the Brookside Grand Chapel. Interment will follow in Brookside Memorial Park.

ROWE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral ser-vices for Natalie Cecile Rowe, 50, of Livingston were held on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Central Baptist Church in Livingston, with Aaron DuVall officiating. Interment fol-lowed in Bold Springs Cemetery in Livingston. Natalie was born on Oct. 12, 1963 in Galveston and died on April 4, 2014 in Livingston. She is survived by her husband, Billy Rowe of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Lindsey and Craig Jones of Livingston; son, Jake Rowe of Livingston; granddaugh-ters, Lexi Jones and Lizzy Jones of Livingston; mother, Trudy Fleet-wood of Livingston; father, Bob Love Sr. of Livingston; brother, Bob Love Jr. of Onalaska; sister and brother-in-law, Lezli and Steve Myers of Moscow; sister, Nancy Love of Kingwood; sister and brother-in-law, Keisha and Michael Bryan of Lufkin; mother-in-law, Ann Rowe of Livingston; sister-in-law, Dalva Rowe Moseley of Liv-ingston; brother and sister-in-law, F. Dennis and Elena Rowe of Liv-ingston; brother-in-law, Dennis E. Rowe of Livingston; sister-in-law, Denise Rowe of Livingston; sister and brother-in-law, Janhi and Doug Adams of Livingston; brother and sister-in-law, Bobby and Roechalle Rowe of Livingston; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Craig Jones, Bryan Fann, Mark Bullock, Keith Bullock, Bobby Rowe and Jose Balderama. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

STOCK
ONALASKA -- Funeral services for Sharon Annette Stock, 66, of Onalaska were held on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Onalaska. Interment fol-lowed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Mrs. Stock was born on July 29, 1947 in Texarkana, Ark. and died on April 5, 2014 in Conroe. She is preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Mary Lou (Crowson) McDowell and brother, Buddy McDowell. She is survived by her husband, John Stock of Onalaska; son and daughter-in-law, James and Jody Cope of Humble; son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Luana Cope of Humble; sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Mike Skaggs of Ona-laska; brother, Albert McDowell of New Caney; grandchildren, Scarlett Cope, Jayden Cope, Landon Cope, Katie Maidlow, Jessica Maidlow and Jacob Maidlow and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

GRAVES
LIVINGSTON -- Margaret Ree Graves was born on May 27, 1931 in Vincent, Ala., to George and Beulah Smith, and died on April 8, 2014 at the age of 82. Survivors include her daughters, Margaret Darlene Ezell and hus-band Steve and Chris McCoy and husband Don; grandchildren, De-ana Magee, Candie Kapanowski, Trey McCoy, Treb Alderson, Karly Alderson, Eric Pingleton and Chase Ibendahl; great-grandchildren, Colton Clifton, Jacob Langley, Rebekah Kapanowski, Michael Kapanowski, John Kapanowski, Reagan Magee, Logan Magee, Jaymen Alderson and Ashlynn Al-derson; sister, Mavis Roscoe; spe-cial niece, Cindy Botts; best friend, Jay Kennedy; seven stepchildren of late husband, Eugene Forrest; her baby, "Buddy"; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Margaret was preceded in death by husband, William Warren Graves; five brothers and three sisters. Margaret was a member of the Eastern Star out of Deming, N.M. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Liv-ingston. A celebration of Margaret's life was held on Friday, April 11, at Pace Funeral Home, with Pastor Steve Woody officiating. Interment followed in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. Pallbearers were Steve Ezell, Chad Magee, Mark Kapanowski, Don McCoy, Dale Ibendahl and Edward Marion. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefu-neral.com.

SEGREST
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral ser-vices for Bobbie Lou Segrest, 85, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with Pastor Mike Meadows and the Rev. John Wil-helm officiating. Interment will follow in Midway Cemetery in the Midway community. Mrs. Segrest was born on Feb. 21, 1929 in Livingston and died on April 9, 2014 in Livingston. She retired from her career of nursing. She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert W. Hubert and Cu-ba T. (Hales) Hubert. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

HOOKS
LIVINGSTON -- Bettie Lee Hooks, born on Oct. 13, 1941 in Aberdeen, Miss., died on April 9, 2014 at the age of 72. Bettie is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, James Hooks Sr.; son, James Hooks Jr.; brothers, Cecil Jones, Charles Jones and Dale Jones; sisters, Ruby Brantly and Catherine Moore; grandchil-dren, James Lee Hooks, William Joseph Hooks, Jennifer Matthews and Greg Matthews; three great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Bettie was preceded in death by her parents, Dock Spencer Jones and Ronnie Lee Harris Jones; daughters, Mary Ann Hooks and Judy Lynn Hooks; brothers, Frank-lin Jones, Robert H. Jones and Billy Joe Jones and sister, Baby "Sis" Pace. Bettie was a member of Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Segno. A celebration of Bettie's life was held on Saturday, April 12, at Pace Funeral Home, with Bro. Mitchell Murphy officiating. Interment fol-lowed in Magnolia Hill Cemetery in Segno. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefu-neral.com.

LOWE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral ser-vices for Thomas J. Lowe, 78, of Tomball were held on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating and the eulogy reading by Alton Gerhardt. Inter-ment followed in Pine Grove Cem-etery in the Barnum community. Mr. Lowe was born on Oct. 15, 1935 in Moscow and died on April 7, 2014 in Houston. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and later worked in the lumber industry, retiring from Louisiana Pacific. He is preceded in death by his parents, William Riley Lowe Sr. and Della (Toney) Lowe; brother, Thurman Lowe and sister, Mae Stutts. He is survived by his wife, Janet Lowe of Tomball; son, Jack Lowe and wife Lori of Sugar Land; daughter, Jana K. Baker and hus-band Jim of Tomball; grandchil-dren and their spouses, Jared Lowe and Ann Marie of Frankston, Me-ghan Brown and Brady of West Columbia, Anthony Baker and Murrae of Conroe, Keely Ana Baker of Tomball and Cory Tho-mas Baker of Tomball; great-grandchildren, Parker Lowe, Pres-ley Brown, Emmylou Brown, Aid-en Baker and Noelle Baker; brother and sister-in-law, William "Bo" Lowe and Charlene of Onalaska; brother, Arthur R. Lowe of Hunts-ville; sister, Nelma Huer of Living-ston; and numerous nieces, neph-ews, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Jared Lowe, Brady Brown, Anthony Baker, Cory T. Baker, Greg Lowe and Kevin Dandy. Honorary pallbearers included Robert Chisolm, Gayland Hancock, Henry D. Pope, B.L Manry, Marvin Slusher and Cory Jones. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

BATY
LUFKIN -- Funeral services for James L. "Pete" Baty, 62, of Leg-gett were held Friday, April 11, 2014, in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin. Interment followed in Wallace Chapel Ceme-tery. Mr. Baty was born July 7, 1951 in Lufkin and died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at his residence. Mr. Baty had worked as a diesel mechanic for Hughes Trucking for more than 20 years, and had re-sided in Leggett for the past 25 years. He loved to hunt, fish, gar-den, and be outdoors. But, most of all, he loved his family very much. Mr. Baty attended Leggett Assembly of God. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Edna Baty of Leggett; chil-dren and their spouses, James O. Baty of Leggett, Timothy and Kelly Baty of Leggett, Amanda and John Barksdale of Houston and DeeDee and Jerry Davis of Onalaska; grandchildren, Kara, Brittney, Shelby, Kristine, William, Krista, Daniel, Lynn and Gracie; great-grandson, Brandon; his mother, Farah Baty of Lufkin; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Jesse Lopez of Liberty, Crystal Calder of Lafayette, La., Wonda and David Massey of Zavalla and Jean and James Bennett, Doris and Larry Siegert, and Joyce and Thomas Watson, all of Lufkin; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, William T. Baty and a brother, Thomas Wayne Baty. Pallbearers were Tim Baty, Dus-tin Watson, Jerry Davis, John Barksdale, Charles Calder and Carl Calder. Honorary pallbearers were James O. Baty, Jason Bennett, Wil-liam Baty and Daniel Hamilton. Memories and condolences may be added at carrowayfuneral-home.com. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, was in charge of arrangements.

WILLIAMS
LIVINGSTON -- A gathering for John E. Williams Sr., 82, of Cam-den will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. Interment will be held at 1:45 p.m. Monday, April 14, in Houston National Cemetery in Houston. Mr. Williams was born Oct. 8, 1931 in Camden, to Jessie Williams and Madie (Freeman) Williams, and died on April 8, 2014 in Cam-den. He retired from Champion International. He was known as a devoted and loving father. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Marvin Williams. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Kersh Williams and Anita of Conroe; son, John Earl Williams III and Arnetra Che-dikah of Houston; brother and sis-ter-in-law, Jessie Williams Jr. and Clara of Houston; sister and brother-in-law, Queen Ester Pre-ston and Ray of Camden; brother, Donald Williams of Houston; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

MORRIS
NACOGDOCHES -- Graveside services for Marian Ellen "Liz" Morris, 73, of Livingston will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Davis Cemetery in Hen-derson, with Bro. John Spurgins officiating. Mrs. Morris died on April 9, 2014. Liz was born on June 19, 1940, to the late Thomas William Wright and Marian Ellen Clarke Wright, in London, England. She met and married David Morris in England, where they were married on May 1, 1971. She was married to her lov-ing husband for 42 wonderful years. Liz lost track of her sister, Patricia Howarth, when they moved from their hometown; about 30 years later they were reunited. She enjoyed spending quality time with her friends and family. Christmas was her special time of the year. She made all her tradi-tional meals and decorated her with Christmas decorations all through-out her lovely home. Liz also en-joyed gardening out in her flower bed, her trees, and her yard. Indian jewelry and old western history were her favorite items to have and collect. Liz enjoyed meeting people and found pleasure working with many people while working as a Red Cross volunteer. Her children and grandchildren called her "Nan-ny" to show the love they had for her; spending time with them just made her days. Liz is survived by her husband, David Morris; sons, Roger Morris and wife Patricia, Robert Morris and wife Melissa and David Mor-ris; daughter, Karen Morris; broth-ers, Leslie Wright and Billy Wright; sister, Patricia Howarth; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Pallbearers will be Roger Morris, Robert Morris, David Morris, An-drew Morris, Justin Hindsman, Maison Messer, Hayden Messer, Dylan Morris and Ethan Guevara. Laird Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

BAILEY
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral ser-vices for Jimmie "Memie" Bailey, 83, of Riesel were held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Gene Beamon officiating. Inter-ment followed in Midway Ceme-tery in Livingston. Memie was born Oct. 15, 1930 in Bedias and died on April 4, 2014 in Waco. She was employed by Texas Home Health and enjoyed caring for the elderly. She is preceded in death by her parents, Gooch and Lola (Leigh) Colburn; husband, Grover Bailey; brothers, Guy Colburn, Raymond Colburn and Woodrow Colburn and sister, Eva Bender. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Beamon of Bryan; sons, James Wingard of Houston and Donald Wingard of Shiro; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Phil-ips; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

WILKINSON
LIVINGSTON -- Martha Evelyn Wilkinson, 69, of Rusk died on April 5, 2014, in MD Anderson in Houston. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 9, at Gallatin Missionary Baptist Church. The family visitation will also be at Gallatin MBC, on Tues-day evening, April 8th, from 6-8 pm. Graveside services were held in Lowes Chapel Cemetery near Rusk. Born on Feb. 10, 1945 near Rusk, Martha was the youngest daughter of William C. (Bill) Han-cock and Verna Lou McKnight. She married C. Gregory (Greg) Wilkinson of Rusk, formerly of Livingston, in 1961, and they moved to Houston. They raised two daughters, Beverly and Brenda, in Houston, Huntsville and Rusk. In 1980, Martha graduated Cum Laude from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor of sci-ence degree in accounting. Moving back to Rusk in 1981, she worked as a legal secretary in Rusk and Jacksonville, and for many years in the accounting de-partment of Rusk State Hospital, from which she eventually retired in 2004. Martha enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, reading, can-ning, cooking and a weekly "Mema and Pepa night" with her seven cherished grandchildren. She was a member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school and as-sisted the pastor, Don Copeland, with the church bulletin for years; and in more recent years, she was a member of Gallatin Missionary Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Billy Jack Han-cock and Henry Hancock; sister, Sarah Grace Price; stepbrothers, Leonard and Harvey Hancock; stepsisters, Edna Dickson and Ar-nella Jones; grandson, Caleb Par-sons and granddaughter, Kara Eve-lyn Parsons. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, C. Greg Wilkinson; great-aunt, Marie May of Rusk; sister, Mary Lou West of Arkansas; brother, Coy Hancock of Dallas; daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly and Robin Parsons of Gallatin and Brenda and John Thigpen of Rusk; granddaughters and husbands, Kathryn and Joe Jones of Timpson, Kristen and Kody Killion of Rusk, Sarah and Joshua Rutherford of Clarksville, Tennessee and Saman-tha Jo Rempfer of Rusk; grandsons, Joshua Parsons of Gallatin, Greg Rempfer of Clarksville, Tenn. and Anthony Thigpen of Jacksonville; great-grandchildren, Klaira Grace Jones and Kayleigh Jo Jones of Timpson; sister-in-law and dear friend, Wanda Williams; sister-in-law and husband, Sue and Ernie Rush of Kingwood; sister-in-law, Shirley Wilkinson of Corrigan and many nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were grandsons, Joshua Parsons, Gallatin; Greg Rempfer, Clarksville, Tenn.; Joe Jones, Timpson; Kody Killion, Rusk, Anthony Thigpen, Jackson-ville and Joshua Rutherford, Clarksville, Tenn. and nephews: Quinn Alexander of Kingwood, Cody Evans of Beaumont, Kevin Hall of Kingsland, Billy Shane Wilkinson of Corrigan and Lesly Wilkinson, Corrigan; and also Roy Wilkinson of Rusk and Mychal Parker of Chandler. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

DAVIES
ONALASKA -- Funeral services for Richard Dwayne Davies, 43, of Onalaska will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Coch-ran Funeral Home in Onalaska, with the Rev. Don Wilkey officiat-ing. Interment will follow in Hol-hausen-Darby Cemetery in Mos-cow. Richard was born on March 29, 1971 in Houston and died on April 5, 2014 in Onalaska. He worked in construction during his lifetime. He is survived by his parents, Bobby Davies Sr. of Seguin and Seleta (Richards) Davies of Ona-laska; brother, Bobby Davies Jr. of Seguin; sister, Renee Davies of Onalaska; nieces, Shelbey Maynard of Onalaska, Chelsey Elmore of Lambert, Miss. and Timberlee Li-ma of Onalaska; nephew, Zachary Davies of Onalaska; along with numerous other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Trae Gerard, Scott Laird, Rocky Matthews, Robbie Maddox, Jay Todd Hughes, Rusty Pace and Jon Laird. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

WEATHERFORD
WOODVILLE -- William "Bill" Bryan Weatherford, 67, of Wood-ville died peacefully at his resi-dence on March 27, 2014. Funeral services were held on Sunday, March 30, at Riley Funeral Home in Woodville, with the burial in Magnolia Cemetery. Officiating the service was Dr. Raymond Parker. Pallbearers were George Jarrott, Jerry Minter, Darion Pate, Scott Yosko, Lonnie Grissom and Dwayne Greer. Honorary pallbear-ers were Zaccary Weatherford, Tyler Weatherford, Mike Roberts, Alex Weatherford, Scott Weather-ford and Stan Richardson Bill was born Jan. 17, 1947 in Camden, to Robert A. and Berniece Weatherford. A 1965 graduate of Kirby High School, he married his high school sweetheart, Janice Richardson Weatherford, on May 7, 1966. Janice was the love of his life and his life partner. His faith, along with their special bond, was the foundation of his life. His life-long career was in the timber indus-try, and he loved being in the out-doors. He spent a lot of his free time at his camp house where he always felt at peace. A strong sup-porter of law enforcement, two of his proudest moments were his oldest son, Bryan, being elected as Tyler County sheriff and his youngest son, Brad, becoming a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert A. and Berniece Weatherford. Survivors include his loving wife of 47 years, Janice Weatherford; two sons, Bryan Weatherford of Woodville and Brad Weatherford and wife Kim of Austin; six grand-children, Zaccary, Tyler, Ashton, Reese, Reagan and Rylan Weather-ford and many special nieces and nephews. Riley Funeral Home of Wood-ville was in charge of arrange-ments.

NEWMAN
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral ser-vices for Cheryl Marie Watkins Newman, 54, of Cleveland will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment will follow in Peebles Cemetery in Liv-ingston. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Cochran Funeral Home in Living-ston. Cheryl was born on Jan. 19, 1960 in Coco Beach, Fla. and died on April 6, 2014 in Houston. She is preceded in death by her grandfa-ther and a brother. She is survived by her husband, David Newman of Cleveland; son and daughter-in-law, James and Erica Alexander of Humble; moth-er and stepfather, Etta (McKissick) Dupuis and Cooney of Blevins, Ark.; father, Ernest Watkins of Splendora; grandmother, Alice Watkins of Porter; sister, Donna Jacobs of Livingston; brother, Jay Watkins of Liberty; sister, Marsha Coleman of Mt. Belvieu; uncle and aunt, Ron and Elizabeth Wil-ganoski of Porter; along with numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

SHEPTOCK
LIVINGSTON -- Joseph Shep-tock Jr., born on July 3, 1926 to Joseph Sheptock Sr. and Mary Zil-istaska Sheptock in Peckville, Pa., died on April 5, 2014 in Katy, Texas at the age of 87. Survivors include his loving wife of 12 years, Geneva; daughter, Jo-Ann Gierspeck and husband Micky; granddaughter, Mary Jo Bowers; four grandchildren; broth-er, George Sheptock and wife Peg-gy; numerous other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Mary Ruth Shep-tock; five brothers and one sister. Joseph was a veteran of the Unit-ed States Army, having served in World War II and the Korean con-flict. He was a member of the car-penters and millwright locals of Houston and a member of the First Assembly of God in Livingston. A celebration of Joseph's life was held on Wednesday, April 9, at the First Assembly of God in Liv-ingston, with Pastor Chris Borden officiating. Pallbearers were Shorty Fergu-son, Robert Owens, Micky Gier-speck, Skip Bowers, Willie Wilcox and Mark Maguire. Honorary pall-bearers were the Jet Sets. Grave-side services followed in Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock, with the Dickinson VFW Post No. 6378 presenting military honors. Pace Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefu-neral.com.

PHILLIPS
LIVINGSTON -- James Wallace (Jimmy) Phillips of Livingston died on April 1, 2014. He was born to Wallace W. Phillips and Jessie Falloure Phillips on Jan. 25, 1928 in Liberty. He was a graduate of West Co-lombia High School, Schreiner Institute and the University of Hou-ston. He was in the United States Air Force for three years, eight months, eleven hours and 15 minutes, ob-taining the rank of staff sergeant with a tour of duty in Korea. He was employed by Wilson In-dustries for 22 years as office man-ager, store manager, salesman and international sales, residing in Tripoli, Libya in time for the revo-lution and finally in Aberdeen, Scotland for four and a half years. He was later employed by Cabot Corporation (IRI International) for six years and with Jackson's Indus-trial Supplies for six years. While selling oilfield supplies and drilling rigs, he traveled extensively in Eu-rope, Russia and the Middle East. He was a member of Nomads and the Livingston Lions Club, where he was a greeter for several years. As a member of the First United Methodist Church, he was involved in the church's finances and served many years as the treas-urer of the church. His survivors include his wife of 63 years, Byrne Morrison Phillips; a son, James Wallace Phillips Jr. and his wife Sandra Ballard Phil-lips; a daughter, Amy Byrne Phil-lips; grandchildren, Amanda Phil-lips and son Scout (great-grandson) and Wayne Wallace Phillips. He is also survived by his sister, Elmira Phillips Finken and husband Robert E. Finken; their sons, John, Bobby and Paul Finken and their children. Pallbearers were four former golfing friends, Bob Cook, George Hollenbeck, Sam Gordon and Johnny Sutton and friends, Joe Day and Isaac Alexander. The Living-ston Lions Club served as honorary pallbearers. A memorial service was held on Thursday, April 3, at First United Methodist Church sanctuary in Livingston, with Senior Pastor Ste-ve Woody and Pastor Emeritus James Frazier presiding. There was a private family burial at Moscow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Endowment or a charity of your choice. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

NEWTON
LIVINGSTON -- Services for Barbara Starr Newton, 53, of Liv-ingston were held on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Fred Alford officiating. Barbara was born on June 1, 1960 in Port Arthur and died on March 31, 2014 in Livingston. She worked as a caregiver for special needs patients. She is preceded in death by her parents, James Buford Bradshaw and Dorothy Irene (Greer) Hooker. She is survived by her husband, Terry Newton of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Christopher Bradshaw and wife Kendra of Hou-ston; sister, Catherine McKenzie of Houston; stepson, Terry Newton of Lufkin; stepdaughter, Brandy New-ton of Lufkin; grandchildren, Mya Bradshaw, Tyler Bradshaw, Jade Bradshaw, Kaden Deans, Keandra Beasley and Ciera Newton; neph-ew, Marcus Bradshaw of Cleveland and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

BURNETT
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral ser-vices for James Allen Burnett, 70, of Livingston will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014, in the Coch-ran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Larry Shine officiating. Interment will follow in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska. Mr. Burnett was born on Jan. 28, 1944 in Houston, to Buster Burnett and Mattie (Chatman) Burnett, and died on April 3, 2014 at his resi-dence in Livingston. He married the love of his life and had 23 wonderful years. He became the happiest man once he found God and that is when his life changed. He loved God and his church family and when they had dinners he was there, always will-ing to help any way he could. If someone asked him to help around the church he was always willing to do it. He retired from Harrison Paint and Body Shop after working there for 35 years. After retirement he spent his time raising a garden. He loved to plant, see the garden grow and produce, and got a great bless-ing sharing it with others. His hob-bies were horseback riding, fishing and gardening. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lorine Smith and brothers, Bearron Burnett and Ro-land Burnett. He is survived by wife, Clara Burnett of Livingston; sons, James Thomas Burnett and wife Jo Ann of San Antonio and Doug Hamilton and wife Erika of Lufkin; daugh-ters, Frances Dubose and husband Mark of Livingston and Kimberly Burnett of Livingston; six grand-children, Dallas Barker, Samantha Hamilton, Valerie Hamilton, Zach-ery Wilson, Alexis Stevens and Addison Dubose; three brothers, Coleman Burnett and wife Carolyn of Goodrich, Frank Burnett and wife Betty of Livingston and Roy Burnett and wife Rosie of Livingston; numerous other rela-tives and friends and his two pets, Foxy and Ko Ko. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Bur-nett, Lenoard Chatman, Eddie Clif-ton, Shane Burnett, Frank Burnett and Billy Burnett. Honorary pall-bearers will be Guinn Jones, Pre-ston Jones and Tres Harrison. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

PERDUE
ONALASKA -- Funeral services for Roger Perdue, 74, of Onalaska were held on Saturday, April 5, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with Bishop Tom Crockett, Tommy Lee and Layal Curtis officiating. Interment followed in Carlisle Cemetery in the Carlisle community. Mr. Perdue was born on Sept. 7, 1939 in Fort Worth, to Edward Michael Perdue and Eunice Lorane (Dollar) Perdue, and died on April 2, 2014 in Onalaska. He was a salesman for Bison Lumber Com-pany. He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by wife of 50 years, Sharon Perdue of Onalaska; sisters, Joylene Minshew of Corpus Christi and Theresa Smith of Liv-ingston; numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

ROBERDS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral ser-vices for Kenneth Wayne Roberds, 53, of Cleveland were held on Fri-day, April 4, 2014, in Rainbow Baptist Church in Rye, with Pastor Bobby Tryal officiating. Interment followed in Menard Chapel Ceme-tery in Livingston. Mr. Roberds was born on Feb. 23, 1961 in Houston, to Raymond Lewis Roberds and Doris Rochelle (Rocchi) Roberds, and died on April 1, 2014 in Houston. He was a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Choir and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Committee. He was also a member of the Christian Cowboy Fellowship Church and the owner of Ken's Karaoke. He is preceded in death by his fa-ther, Raymond Lewis Roberds Sr.; sister, Debbie Faye Neal and nu-merous other family members. He is survived by his mother, Doris Rocchi Roberds of Living-ston; daughter, Kimberly Ilene Roberds of La Porte; daughters and sons-in-law, Heather Rochelle Sells and Scott of La Porte and Lacey Cooper and Lynn of Texas City; daughter, Kendra Brianna Roberds of Livingston; son, Kenny Hicks of Missouri; grandchildren, Lilliana, Aundrea, Aaron, Victoria, Austin, Skylar, Heather, Tori, Shae and Paolo; brother and sister-in-law, Ray Roberds and Sherry of Port O'Conner; brother, Larry Roberds of Livingston; sister and brother-in-law, Teresa Benson and Robert of Sarepta, La.; special friend, Tracy Roberds; numerous nieces, neph-ews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

THOMAS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral ser-vices for Mark Howard Thomas, 52, of Livingston were held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs officiating. Interment followed in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. Mark was born on March 25, 1962 in Houston and died on March 29, 2014 in Conroe. He is preceded in death by his mother, Ina (Sims) Thomas; horse, Deacon and dog, Molly. He is survived by his father, Jack Thomas of Livingston; sister and brother-in-law, Terry and Tony Smith of Livingston; nephew, J.T. Smith and his fiancée Danielle Dye of Livingston; aunt, Kiku Thomas of Livingston; his horse, Cole; along with numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Mike Perry, J.T. Smith, Larry Sims, Roy Schneider, Don Miller, Coy Sloan and Greg Sims. Buck Sloan was an honorary pallbearer. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

BATTISE
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral ser-vices for Maldrid Lynn Battise, 81, of Woodville were held on Tues-day, April 1, 2014, at Indian Vil-lage Presbyterian Church, with Elder Debra Battise-Kleinman, CLP, officiating. Interment fol-lowed in the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation Cemetery. A wake service was held on Monday, March 31, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. Maldrid was born on Jan. 27, 1933 in Livingston and died on March 29, 2014 in Woodville. She was a faithful member of the Indian Village Presbyterian Church and she knew her Bible very well. She is preceded in death by her mother, Elsie Correen Battise; be-loved brother, Baldwin Battise; brother, Delphis Battise; aunts, Lucine Feather Hoff, Esla Doud, Alline Zarete, Helen Battise, Judy Poncho and Rhonda Marie Battise; uncles, Daniel Webster Battise, Reavis Battise and Oscar Battise Jr.; grandfather, Oscar Battise Sr. and grandmother, Hattie Henderson Battise. She is survived by her cousins, Jacquelyn Battise, Stephen Battise, Gloria Zarete, Opal Espinosa, Su-san Roselez, Daniel Zarete, Kim-berly Doud and Daryl Doud, all of Houston, Thelma Flores of Living-ston, Reavis Battise Jr. of Shawnee, Okla. and McClamrock Battise of Livingston; along with a host of other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

PIXLEY
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral ser-vices for Frances Inez Pixley, 90, of Goodrich were held on Monday, March 31, 2014, at First Baptist Church of Goodrich, with Bro. Tom Owens officiating. Interment followed in Peebles Cemetery. Mrs. Pixley was born on Nov. 15, 1923 in Goodrich and died on March 29, 2014 in Goodrich. She married Edwin R. Pixley on June 6, 1942 in Livingston, and was a housewife the majority of her life. She was very involved in First Baptist Church of Goodrich. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Emmie (Cox) Emanuel; husband, Edwin R. Pix-ley, who died on Sept. 26, 1988; son, Robert "Bobby" Pixley; sister, Effie Ellis and brother, Jesse Her-man Emanuel. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, James E. Pixley Sr. and Yvonne of Goodrich; daughter-in-law, Carol Ann Pixley of Goodrich; brother-in-law, Bill Ellis of The Highlands; grandson and wife, James Pixley Jr. and Kathy of Goodrich; granddaughter, Malinda Pixley of Goodrich; grandson and wife, Rex Pixley and Judy of Savannah, Ga.; grandson and wife, Robert Pixley and Leta of Goodrich; great-grandchildren, Lauren Pixley and Justin, Chase White, Michael Pixley and Hannah, Matthew Pixley, Zane Pixley-Hill, Colter Pixley, Kory Gardner and Jordan, Ashley Seago, Carson Sea-go, Kimball Pixley and Carter Pix-ley; great-great-grandchildren, Halle Galloway, Cheslynn Seago, Kash Gardner, Kade Clifton and Ryder Pixley; along with numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

PULLIN
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral ser-vices for Phillip Henry Pullin, 63, of Porter were held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at New Caney Fam-ily Worship Center in New Caney, with Pastor David Andy Hunt offi-ciating. Interment followed in Rosewood Cemetery in Humble. Phillip was born on Jan. 15, 1951 in Houston and died on March 25, 2014 in Humble. He is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond P. Pullin Sr. and Gertrude (Hencher) Pullin and sister, Janie Adames. He is survived by his sister, Lois Morris of Goodrich; brother and sister-in-law, Raymond Pullin Jr. and Cathy of Willis; sister, Nancy Kay Pullin of Tarkington; numer-ous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

CASO
SHEPHERD -- A celebration of the life of Tony Paul Caso, 32, of Shepherd will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Shepherd Community Center. Tony was born Nov. 15, 1981 in Channelview, to Eddie W. Caso and Billie Sue (VanCamp) Hill. Tony grew up in Cloverleaf and attended Northshore schools until he moved to Shepherd in his early teens. Tony was an electrician and welder and was a member of IBEW Local 716. He loved fishing and racing and could fix anything. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Sue (Cotton) Fulsom and Bill VanCamp and Virginia (McCord) Smith and Edwin R. Caso. He is survived by his mother, Billie Sue (VanCamp) Hill and her husband Billy Hill of Livingston; his father, Eddie W. Caso and his wife Julie Caso of Baytown; his three brothers, Eddie R. Caso and his wife Jessica Caso of New Wav-erly, Beau Caso and his wife Amanda Fisher of Coldspring and Sawyer Caso of Baytown; his three children, Chelsy Caso of Shepherd, Tony Caso of Shepherd and Conner Caso of Houston; and many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

COLLINS
LUFKIN -- Funeral services for Dorothine McIntyre Collins, 86, of Lufkin were held on held Friday, March 28, 2014, in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel, with John M. Sirman Jr. and the Rev. Blackie Cranford officiating. Interment followed in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. Mrs. Collins was born Oct. 21, 1927 in Livingston, to Roxie (Myers) and Andrew J. "Buck" McIntyre Sr., and died Sunday, March 24, 2014, in a Houston hos-pital. Mrs. Collins attended Livingston schools, Southwestern Business College in Houston, Sam Houston University in Huntsville and USC in Los Angeles, Calif. She was a member of Chestnut Drive Baptist Church in Lufkin. Mrs. Collins worked as a secre-tary in the office of the City of Livingston for approximately two years. She was executive legal secretary from 1964 to 1973 for James A. Baker III, former chief of staff and secretary of state. She married Thomas Henry Col-lins on May 18, 1973 and they moved to Saudi Arabia. She worked as office manager and per-sonnel director for a Saudi-American company in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia for four years. Upon returning to the United States in 1977, Mrs. Collins was manufacturing coordinator at Merle Norman Cosmetics in Los Angeles, Calif. for 13 years. She retired in 1994 and she and Mr. Collins moved to Lufkin. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Julia and John Myrtis Sirman of Corrigan; grand-sons, John M. Sirman Jr. of Carls-bad, N.M. and Andrew Sirman and wife Jamie of Pollok; great-grandchildren, Callie Anne Sirman and fiancé Bryce Poncik of Acad-emy, Amanda Beth Sirman of Las Cruces, N.M., Corley McIntyre Sirman of Pollok, Katie Rose Sir-man of Academy and Carter Mitchell Sirman of Pollok; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Thomas H. Collins; sisters, Dora Anne Bond, Gersie Walding and Doyce McIn-tyre and brothers, Thomas McIn-tyre, Sherman McIntyre, Andrew J. McIntyre Jr. and Ernest E. McIn-tyre. Pallbearers were Callie Anne Sirman, Amanda Beth Sirman, Cor-ley Sirman, Katie Rose Sirman, Carter Sirman and Bryce Poncik. Memorial contributions may be made to Chestnut Drive Baptist Church, 1701 S. Chestnut Street, Lufkin, Texas 75901 or the First United Methodist Church of Corri-gan, 101 N. Market Street, Corri-gan, Texas 75939. Memories and condolences may be added at carrowayfuneral-home.com. Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, was in charge of arrangements.

YOUNG
LIVINGSTON -- Verna Mae Schanfish Young, also known as "Sis," was born on March 23, 1918 in Texarkana, Ark., to Lizzie Lo-rena Hudson and Otto Augusta Schanfish. She died on March 27, 2014 in Crockett at the age of 96 years and four days. She was preceded in death by husband of 47 years, J.W. Young; sons, Harvey Joe, Leonard Charles and Jimmy Wayne; one daughter, Catherine Lynne Young Wilson; three brothers, Dud, Pete and twin brother Vernon Schanfish and one grandson, Anthony Charles Young. She is survived by daughter, Vir-ginia Mae and husband Don Carroll of Austonio; son, L.B. Young of Leggett; one brother, J.L. and wife Mazell Schanfish of Livingston; son-in-law, Jimmy Carl Wilson of Oakhurst; Sally Young Christoph of Denham Springs, La.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson; numerous other nieces and nephews. Special friends, Lu-cille Randolph, Florida Faye Gay and Joe Tilley; Family members say she loved with no faults or reservations, ex-tended her love to everyone and never met a stranger. From picking cotton to hand-sewing every quilt, she did everything with a tender-ness, love and passion. She pro-vided for her family and never met anyone without a hug, a smile, and the most sincere, "I'm glad I got to meet you." A celebration of Verna Mae's life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at Pace Funeral Home, with Bro. Tim Thompson officiat-ing. Honorary pallbearer will be Joe Tilley. Interment will be in Jones Prairie Cemetery in Leggett. Pace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to pacefuneral.com.

SUMMERS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral ser-vices for Doris Sarah Summers, 94, of Livingston were held on Friday, March 28, 2014, at Cochran Fu-neral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Rod Averitt officiating. In-terment followed in Mt. Rose Cem-etery in Livingston. Mrs. Summers was born on Nov. 17, 1919 in El Campo and died on March 26, 2014 in Livingston. She married Marion Edgar Summers on Sept. 11, 1937 in San Antonio, and later worked as a school counselor for Austin ISD. She is preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Anna (Waugh) Glazner; husband, Marion Sum-mers and brother, Robert Glazner. She is survived by her sons, Da-vid Ray Summers of Mesquite, Don Robert Summers of Palestine and Ted Eugene Summers of Liv-ingston; daughter, Betty Jean King of Rosanky; brothers, Max W. Glazner of Dickinson, Dan R. Glazner of Victoria and Edgar Ross Glazner of Pearsall; sister, Cora Anderson of Fredericksburg; grandchildren, Quince, Lori, Chris-tie, Shane, Tegan, Dustin, Ryan, Kathy, Peggy and Charlie; along with numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Juliette Fowler Homes Inc. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

BROWN
LIVINGSTON -- Johnnie Mack Brown, 85, of Trinity was born on Dec. 14, 1928 in Fairview Alpha, La. and died on March 22, 2014 at his residence in Trinity. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and later worked in the construction industry. He is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Ruby (Yount) Brown and daughter, Diana Brown. He is survived by his sons, Mi-chael Eugene Brown of Texas City and James Allen Brown of Galves-ton; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn Smith of Trinity, Ruby Reed of Livingston and Barbara Gonzalez of Houston; brother, W.J. Ham of Kyle; and numerous nieces, neph-ews, other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

KNOX
CORRIGAN -- Mable Ellen Knox, 93, died on Thursday, March 20, 2014. She was born on Sept. 20, 1920 in Hortense, to William Corry Cummings and Mary Ellen Parker Cummings, and grew up in Mos-cow. She worked at the Forum in Houston during World War II and married her sweetheart, J.D. Knox, who was in the army, in 1942. She was a substitute teacher in Corpus Christi and worked at Easley Drug in Victoria. Mable was preceded in death by her husband; sisters, Pauline Hatcher and Trellis Vickery and stepmother, Willie Watts Cum-mings. Survivors include her daughter, Donna Bentley (Bob) of Victoria; son, John Knox (Ann) of Canyon Lake; grandsons, Corry Bentley (April) of Allen and Ian Knox of Galveston; granddaughters Lea Ellen Castillo of Dripping Springs and Lindsay Baronoskie (Alan) of Dallas; great-grandchildren, Brian Bentley, Blake Bentley, Chase Cas-tillo, Mallory, Lauren, and Owen Baronoskie and Elissa Castillo; and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held Wednesday, March 26, in Union Springs Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity. Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to corri-ganfh.net.

LAGRANDER
CLEVELAND – Funeral ser-vices for Gayle LaGrander were held on March 21, 2014 at Calvary Baptist Church, with Bro. Carl Wil-liams officiating. Interment fol-lowed in Veterans Memorial Ceme-tery. Mrs. LaGrander was born on Aug. 1, 1946 and died on March 17, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard LaGrander; son, Christopher Hobbs; parents, Ervin and Margaret Whitmire; brother-in-law, Claude Thibodeaux and neph-ew, Tommy Morton Jr. Survivors include her daughter, Tina Hobbs; brothers, Ronnie and Mary C. Whitmire, Doug and Mary L. Whitmire and Charles and Robin Whitmire; sisters, Sharon Thibodeaux and Joni and Tommy Morton and nieces and nephews, Alana Carrell, Tonya Lucas, Doug Whitmire, Brent Whitmire, Travis Thibodeaux, Andrea Garcia, Jesse Morton and Kendal O'Brian. Peaceful Rest Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

SATTERHWAITE
ONALASKA -- A memorial ser-vice for Cindy Lou Satterthwaite, 55, of Saint Helena Island, S.C. will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the American Legion Post No. 402, 11457 U.S. Hwy 190 West, in Onalaska. Cindy was born on Sept. 8, 1958 in Champaign, Ill. and died on March 23, 2014 in Lufkin. She is preceded in death by her siblings, Debora Cecil and Ray Cecil. She is survived by her parents, Clifford and Mary (Froman) Cecil of Onalaska; husband, Mike Satter-thwaite of Saint Helena Island, S.C.; sons, Nicholas Satterthwaite and Jess Satterthwaite, both of Saint Helena Island, S.C.; sister, Vicki Jurgens of Houston; brother, Wayne Cecil of Parsons, Tenn. and numerous other relatives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

PARRISH
CORRIGAN -- Funeral services for Richard Allen "Buddy" Parrish of Corrigan will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014, in the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church in Corrigan, with Bro. Les-lie Wilkinson, officiating. Inter-ment will follow in Union Springs Cemetery in Corrigan. Mr. Parrish died on Monday, March 24, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. Buddy was born on July 1, 1942 in Livingston. He grew up in Leg-gett and graduated from Leggett High School. He also attended Sam Houston State University. Buddy proudly served his country in the United States Army with a rank as a sergeant E5, stationed at Fort Greely in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army on May 3, 1971. After returning home he met his wife, Robbie Ray Maxey, and they were married six months later on March 16, 1968. Buddy went into his own busi-ness as a logging contractor. His brother Speedy joined him in part-nership. This is what he spent most of his life doing, logging in the woods. He always provided for his family and home. After retirement, he stayed busy every day until dark working on his beautiful place and keeping up with his children and grandchildren. Buddy enjoyed hunting, fishing, working, keeping his land maintained and family gatherings. He also enjoyed playing with his grandkids. He was a mem-ber of the VFW in Corrigan. He is preceded in death by his mother, Melba Griffin Waites and father, Hobson Brown. Buddy is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Robbie Raye Maxey Parrish of Corrigan; sons, Marty and wife Karen Parrish of Corrigan and Mickey and wife Heather Parrish of Corrigan; grand-children, Makenzie Parrish of Cor-rigan, Harlie Parrish of Corrigan, Whitney Kosina of Austin, Jake Kosina of Corrigan and Chance Kosina of Corrigan; brothers, Eu-gene "Ham" and wife Verna Par-rish of Livingston, Charles "Speedy" and wife Adlove Parrish of Leggett and David Waites of Bivin; sisters-in-law, Minnie Har-grave of Shreveport, La. and Betty Hagerty and husband Frank of Cor-rigan; six nieces; three nephews and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Mickey Par-rish, Jake Kosina, Chance Kosina, Jay Clarke, Tommy Hensley, Les-ter Knight, Billy Shane Wilkinson and Matt Matlock. Honorary pall-bearers will be Boyce Parrish, Kyle Parrish, Chad Parrish, Milt Purvis, Stevie Wilson, Johnny Arnold, Steve Wright, Dennis Mewborn and Frank Hagerty. Corrigan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to corri-ganfh.net.

CROOKES
WOODVILLE -- Jonas Albert Crookes, 43, of Colmesneil died on March 13, 2014. Born Nov. 5, 1970 in Washing-ton, D.C., to Leslie and Donna Bakersmith Crookes, he grew up in Chester, Texas and graduated from Chester High School in 1989. Jonas was known as a fun-loving person who always had a smile on his face and love in his heart for his family and friends. He was a loving hus-band, father, son, brother and neph-ew. He was a carpenter for Georgia Pacific at the Camden Plant. Jonas was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ethel and George Crookes and Elva and Bill Bak-ersmith and two cousins, Adam Logan and David Dansey. Survivors include his loving wife, Helen Crookes; daughters, Jazmin Crookes, Raelyn Crookes and Rylee Crookes; parents, Leslie and Donna Crookes; brother, Travis Crookes; aunts and uncles, Linda Passons, Susan and George Morris, Jean and George Crookes; and numerous cousins and friends. A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 18, in the Riley Funeral Home Chapel in Wood-ville, with Father Michael Strother officiating. Eulogies were pre-sented by Patrick Cherry and Roger Pate. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Don Cherry, Patrick Cherry, Dale Flowers, Butch Henson, Dennis Johnson, Kris Moore, Scott Owens, Roger Pate, Skipper Swearingen and Larry Thompson. Services were held under the di-rection of Riley Funeral Home of Tyler County.

RICHARDS
LIVINGSTON -- Wayne Rich-ards, 94, of Livingston was born on April 20, 1919 in Winnsboro and died on March 13, 2014 in Living-ston. He proudly served his country as first sergeant in the U.S. Army dur-ing WWII and the Korean conflict. His military decorations and cita-tions included the American Thea-ter Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead; Philippine Lib-eration Ribbon Good Conduct Medal; Victory Ribbon; one service stripe and three Overseas Service Bars. Later, he worked as a sales-man for various freight companies. He is preceded in death by his parents, Howard Clifford and May (Poole) Richards; wife, Billie Ann Richards; daughter, Judith Ann (Richards) Dunn; brother, Johnny Richards and sister, Mabel Key. He is survived by his wife, Jew-ell Ruth (Jordan) Richards of Liv-ingston; son, Jerry Wayne Richards and wife Candy of San Angelo; grandchildren, Tracey Kennemer, Sonja Reyes, Brooke Quinney and Paul Dunn; great-grandchildren, Cody Kennemer, Cole Kennemer, Samantha Reyes, Bailey Quinney, Nicholas Quinney, Ryan Quinney, and Ethan Quinney, all of San An-gelo; stepdaughters, Ruth Anne Kroll and Karen E. Dunbar; step-grandsons, Gary Kroll and wife Tracy, Michael Kroll, Brian Dun-bar and wife Shelley and Jonathan Dunbar and wife Kristy; step-great-grandchildren, Torie Ann Kroll, Makenzie Grace Dunbar, Kylie Dunbar and Jayden Dunbar; along with numerous other relatives and friends. The family will have a private celebration of his life at a later date. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

SMITH
ONALASKA -- Visitation for Flossie Mae Smith, 75, of Ona-laska, Texas, will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Ona-laska. Flossie was born on Oct. 25, 1938 in Noble County, Ind. and died on March 13, 2014 in Living-ston. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Club and Lion's Club in Livingston. She was a truck driver and a very avid bowler during her lifetime. She lived with Mark and Linda Hyland of Onalaska. She is preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Mildred (Huser) Targgart; husband, Richard Smith and one brother. She is survived by her daughter, son, two grandchildren, three sis-ters, and three brothers, numerous other relatives and a host of friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

STUTTS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral ser-vices for Mae Stutts, 86, of Living-ston were held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel, Livingston. Interment followed in Feagin Cem-etery in Hortense. Mrs. Stutts was born on June 6, 1927 in Livingston, to William Riley and Della (Toney) Lowe, and died on March 15, 2014 in Living-ston. She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Thur-man Lowe. Mrs. Stutts is survived by her husband, William Stutts of Living-ston; son, Butch Cummings and daughter-in-law Lynn of Conroe; daughter, Marilyn Martin and son-in-law Chuck of League City; son, Keith Cummings of Pasadena; brother, Thomas Lowe and sister-in-law Janet of Tomball; brother, Art Lowe of Huntsville; sister, Nell Heuer of Livingston; brother, Bo Lowe and sister-in-law Charlene of Onalaska; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Justin Bunker, Mark Grissim, Charles Fuller, Tom Fuller, John Fuller and Jonathan Cummings. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

BUTLER
LIVINGSTON -- Larry Darnell Butler, 60, of Livingston died on March 14, 2014 in Livingston. Mr. Butler was born on March 19, 1953 in Sylacauga, Ala., to James Andrew and Margie (McElath) Butler. He is preceded in death by his father and one sister, Melissa Goodwin. Mr. Butler is survived by his wife of 23 years, Valerie of Living-ston; son, Rodrick Hall of Tennes-see; daughter, Tachari Butler of Tennessee; sons, Lavido Butler of Tennessee, Ronell Butler of Michi-gan, Marcus Butler of Michigan and Jabare McKinstry of New York; mother, Margie Butler of Michigan; sister, Ann Butler and husband Wayne of Alabama; brother, William Butler and wife Elizabeth of Arizona; sisters, Mar-gielene Swain and husband Joe of Alabama, Delores Martin and hus-band Joseph of Alabama, Barbara Davis and husband John of Michi-gan and Jacqueline Burris and hus-band Lunnie of Michigan; seven grandchildren and numerous other family members and friends. Larry loved golf and also en-joyed traveling. He attended the West End Church of Christ and also Livingston Church of Christ. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

NELSON
LIVINGSTON -- Graveside ser-vices for Wayne Nelson, 75, were held on Monday, March 17, 2014, in Peebles Cemetery in Livingston, with the Rev. Harold Isaacs offici-ating. Mr. Nelson was born on Dec. 19, 1938, to Walter Lee and Corene (Kervin) Nelson. He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Jackie Nelson and grandson, Don-ald Wayne Cantrell. Wayne is survived by his wife, Reba Nelson of Livingston; daugh-ter, Tina Nelson Reynolds of Liv-ingston; sister, Pearlene Nelson of Livingston; brother, Gary Nelson and wife Loura of Chester; special friends, Carrie Nelson and Don Thomas, both of Livingston; and a host of other relatives and friends. Military honors were provided by the VFW Post 8568 Honor Guard. Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

KNIGHTON
LIVINGSTON – Funeral ser-vices for Lee Etta Knighton of De-Soto, previously of Corrigan, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Providence No. 1 Bap-tist Church in Leggett, with the Rev. Barnes officiating. Interment will follow in New Wensley Ceme-tery. Mrs. Knighton was born on Aug. 17, 1924 in New Willard, to Ed-ward and Susan Martin, and died on March 10, 2014, in Baylor Uni-versity Medical Center. She at-tended elementary school in New Willard and also attended Leggett High School. She married in De-cember of 1944 in Leggett. Mrs. Knighton was a Baptist. Survivors include children and spouses, Bennie (James) Jackson, Ted Knighton, James Knighton, Norene Knighton, Linda Knighton Phillips, Carolyn Hernandez, Shirley Knighton, Garland (Lor-raine) Knighton, Charles (Dina) Knighton and Robert Knighton. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Martha Lee Knighton and one grandson, Willie Phillips Jr. Pallbearers will be Deandre Lew-is Knighton, Laurance Knighton, Garland Knighton Jr., Kristopher Knighton, Eric Wheeler, Nicholas Knighton, Chasmond Knighton and Travis Knighton. Honorary pall-bearers will be Cedric Knighton, Omar Phillips, Patrick Phillips, Ronnie Jackson, Travion Hender-son, Jordan Knighton, Standford Odango, Robert Terry, Lewis Knighton and Andrew Lewis Knighton. Peaceful Rest Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

MATTHEWS
LIVINGSTON -- Funeral ser-vices for Winnie Lou Matthews, 99, of Beach City, Texas will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, with the Rev. Orval Barger officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, until service time. Mrs. Matthews was born on Feb. 13, 1915 in Troup and died on March 15, 2014 in La Porte. During her lifetime, she worked as a teach-er, enjoyed working in her yard and loved her church work. She is preceded in death by her parents, H.W. and Cora (Burton) Dumas; husband, Jordan Royce Matthews Sr.; daughter, Baby Girl Matthews; sister, Cora Lillian En-gel and brothers, W.E. Dumas and Preston Dumas. She is survived by daughters, Peggy Krell of Beach City and Mary Lou Green of Houston; son, Jordan Royce Matthews Jr. of Hou-ston; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Burton Dumas of Houston; along with nu-merous nieces, nephews, other rela-tives and friends. Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, go to coch-ranfh.com.

JACKSON
LIVINGSTON -- Wanda Yvonne Ragland Jackson was born in St. Joseph Hospital on April 3, 1934, to Vernon Lee and Bryan Bailey Ragland, and died on Sunday, March 16, 2014. A beautiful only child with Shirley Temple curls and exquisite hand-sewn dresses, Wanda grew up in Houston's Pecan Park area. Her intelligence soon earned her many scholastic achievements and acco-lades, including National Merit Scholar and valedictorian of Milby High School Class of 1952. There-after, she attended the Rice Institute (Rice University), where she con-tinued to thrive and earned a BA degree in foreign language. While at Rice, the forces of nature put her in the path of medical student, Robert Andrew Jackson. Five days after graduation they married on June 7, 1956 and celebrated 57 years together with a true love for one another. Wanda's passion for education continued as she taught school in La Marque, Texas while Andy fin-ished medical school at University of Texas in Galveston. They moved to Houston upon his graduation and she continued to teach at Braeburn Elementary. The next chapter would include the start of their family with the other "Fab Four": Nancy, Judy, Amy and Clay. Family members say "ultimate mom" was an under-statement, as she tirelessly, effort-lessly, and energetically gave so much to nurture and love her chil-dren. Her gourmet dinners and en-tertaining for many were unsur-passed along with endless carpool-ing, PTA meetings, baking, and welcoming so many to "Grand Central Station" on Rice Boule-vard, as well as many memorable weekends at the family farm. A devout Christian, she was deeply involved at South Main Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school, attended multiple youth camps, served as deacon and helped with pastoral care. She was also very active as a teacher in Bi-ble Study Fellowship and well as Community Bible Study. Wanda gave so much of her time and effort to the Boy Scouts of America and earned the highest award in leader-ship (Silver Beaver) as well as Family of the Year. Upon Andy's retirement, they settled in Living-ston, where they enjoyed many happy years. Survivors include her husband, Dr. Andy Jackson; daughters, Nan-cy Fisher of Livingston, Judy Jack-son and partner Coye Prince of Hous