Friday, April 12, 2013

Apr. 11, 2013 @ 07:31 PM

Birdie T. Goforth

VICTORIA, Texas — Birdie Beatrice Tekell Goforth, 91, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

She was born Oct. 17, 1921, in Mertens, Texas, to the late, Nip Columbus Tekell, a farmer, and Florence Overman Tekell. Birdie was the youngest of eight siblings; four brothers and three sisters.

In 1937, Birdie was a survivor of the New London School Explosion, a life changing disaster that took the lives of 282 students and 14 adults of an oil-rich East Texas community. This catastrophic event altered the way natural gas was processed and dispensed in the United States.

Birdie graduated from Overton High School in 1939, and finished the Lufkin Beautician School, in 1941. She worked for several establishments before opening her own shop. On June 26, 1941, Birdie married Morris Sheppard Goforth at the Overton Methodist Church, in Overton, Texas.

Birdie is survived by her two sons; Eric Goforth (Cathedral City, Calif.) and Rene’ Goforth (Victoria, Texas); four grandsons, Monte, Rip, Zachary and Grant Goforth; three granddaughters, Ashley Goforth Wheat, Natalie and Christine Goforth; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

In addition to her parents, brothers and sisters, Birdie was preceded in death by her former husband, Morris Sheppard Goforth.

Birdie was a member of the Violet Chapter No. 158, Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of the First United Methodist Church. In her younger years, she enjoyed playing “42” and golf. Birdie loved playing bingo at Hearthstone Assisted Living, and attended activities at the Victoria Senior Citizens Center, for many years prior to going into Twin Pines Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Birdie grew up in hard times, during the Great Depression, losing both her parents at an early age. She was raised by her sister, Eveline Wright, around the Rocky Mount Church, in Sexton City, Texas. Birdie lived by the Eastern Star 19 Words: “God our Father, Walk through my house and take away all my worries and illnesses. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to Gulf Bend Center’s Wellness Community Housing Project, 6502 Nursery Drive, Suite 100, Victoria, Texas 77904; or Hospice of South Texas’s New Building Fund, 605 E. Locust Avenue, Victoria, TX 77901.

Honorary pallbearers include Stroud P. Watson and Eloise R. Craiger, who is now with her in Heaven.

A private graveside service will be held in Overton, Texas. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

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Annie W. Champion

HENDERSON — Annie Esther Wilson Champion, 73, 220 Brame Road, Henderson, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at her residence.

Born in Franklin County, she is the daughter of the late Zollie and Rosa Jordan Wilson.

At an early age, she joined Jordan Chapel Baptist Church and remained a member until her death. She was the widow of the late James Wilbert Champion.

Funeral services will be Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 3 p.m., at Jordan Chapel Baptist Church by the Rev. John Barham. Burial will follow in Jones Chapel Cemetery.

Survivors include: two daughters, Nicole Champion and Tiffany Balthrope, both of the home; three sons, Frankie Champion, Michael Champion of Henderson and Quincey Champion of the home; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Family receiving friends at the resident. Body will be on view at the Funeral Home today, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m,, and at the church one hour before the service.

Arrangements are by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.

Hetra C. Fields

NEWARK, N.J. — Hetra Crudup Fields, 79, a native of Henderson, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Newark, N.J.

The family is receiving friends at 141 West Young Ave.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.

David S. Forsythe Jr.

HENDERSON — David Solomon Forsythe Jr., 90, formerly of 733 Alexander Ave., Henderson, Thursday, April 11, 2013, at a local nursing home.

Funeral arrangements will be by Flowers Funeral Home.

Ruth M. Mann

DURHAM — Ruth Marie Mann, 71, died Friday, April 5, 2013, at Hock Family Pavilion of Durham.

Born Dec. 29, 1941, in Franklinton, she was the daughter of the late Lorenzo and Rosa Yarbough.

She was educated in the Granville and Franklin County School Systems.

Mann was a faithful member of First in Flight Way of the Cross Church of Henderson.

She later relocated to New York City.

Ruth was employed with the Franklinton Cotton Mill, and Trailways Bus Station in Baltimore, Md.

She was married Joe Benn Mann Jr.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Cleo, Willie and William Yarbough.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 1 p.m., from the United Faith Way of the Cross Church of Christ of Henderson. The pastor, Elder Celester Richardson, will deliver the eulogy. Interment will follow in the Ever Green Cemetery in Franklinton.

Survivors include: her daughter, Rhonda Perry of Franklinton; one granddaughter; three grandsons; and two brothers, Lorenzo “Pete” Yarbough of Franklinton and Fred Yarbough of Baltimore, Md.

She may be viewed today, from 1-6 p.m., in the R.H. Greene Funeral Home Chapel; and at the church one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are by R.H. Greene Funeral Home of Warrenton.

Carolyn J. Neely

DURHAM — Carolyn Burchette Jones Neely, 69, of 305 E. Bute St., Warrenton, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Duke University Hospital in Durham.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 2:30 p.m., at Cooks Chapel Missionary Baptist in Warrenton. The Rev. Tony Cozart, pastor, will officiate and burial will follow in King Burchette Family Cemetery in Warrenton.

Survivors include: one daughter, Deborah McQueen; one son, Gerald Neely; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her mother, Ethel Harris; one sister, Annette Silver; and one brother, Milo Jones.

The body will be on view Friday, April 12, 2013, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., at Boyd’s Funeral Services Chapel in Warrenton.

Professional services are by Boyd’s Funeral Services in Warrenton.