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Unsigned prayer request: "My brother is a crack addict and I need prayer for him."

Norene Martz of Big Sandy, Texas, is suffering with heart problems and severe osteoporosis. She is in much pain. Prayers are very much appreciated.

Katherine Goodchild of Gladewater, Texas, appreciates your prayers.

Please remember the victims of the recent string of killer tornadoes that passed through the South.


Frederick "Fred" Duane Peace of Eureka Springs, Ark., died of heart failure Oct. 12, 2010, at a hospital in Fayetteville. He was 70. Born in Niles, Mich., he was the oldest son of Frederick and Arbella Peace, deceased. Fred grew up on a farm in Iowa and attended the University of Iowa, where he completed a master's degree in business. He was conferred with a Ph.D in marketing from American International University. After living and working many years in the Los Angeles area, Fred suffered a stroke in 2001 and relocated to Arkansas with the assistance of his brother Jon (now deceased) and Twyla Peace. Survivors include two sons, Dustin of Chico, Calif., and Roderick and his wife, Lana, and their sons, Daniel and Alex of Bozeman, Mont.; three sisters, Sharon Branstater, Cheryl Carlson and Karen Carvalho; and sister-in-law Twyla Pease of Eureka Springs.


James Keith Thornhill, formerly of American Falls, Utah, passed away quietly in his sleep March 19, 2011, at his home in Sandy, Utah, at the age of 73. He was cremated at his request. There was a celebration of Jim's life May 1 at the Willow Creek Country Club in Sandy, where in lieu of flowers the family had requested that you donate to your favorite charity, drink your favorite beer and play a round of golf.

Joseph Reed Clayton, 84, of Rockmart, Ga., died March 22, 2011. Joe is survived by his wife, Ruby, and two daughters, Lin and Jill, and two grandchildren.

Syd Hull, 76, of Johannesburg, South Africa, died March 13, 2011. Mr. Hull had been a member of the Worldwide Church of God, Living Church of God and Restored Church of God.


Wiley Thaddeus "Thad" Russell, 58, of Lufkin, Texas, was born Jan. 15, 1953, in Lufkin to the late Susie Murel (Goodman) and Arta Russell. He died April 13, 2011, in Pennsylvania from injuries sustained in a traffic accident. Mr. Russell was a truck driver for Maverick Transportation and had lived in Lufkin most of his life. Thad was a wonderful, true-to-life, one-of-a-kind man who touched many lives. He enjoyed music of all kinds, telling jokes, showing off the latest family pictures and swapping sports stories from yesteryear. He loved competing in truck-driving competitions, where he held the national title on several occasions. While trucking was his passion, his family was his world.

Survivors include his wife, Jacquelyn Russell of Lufkin; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Laura Russell of Tomball, Texas; daughter, Jenna Murel Russell of Lufkin; grandson, J.B. Russell of Tomball; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marilyn and Dwayne Canup of Big Sandy, Judith and Larry O'Masta of Pasadena, Calif., Adrienne and Tom Pickett of Benbrook, Texas, and Libby and Wood Coston of Laredo; parents-in-law, Gary and Margaret Wells of Lufkin; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Annett and Quinton Berwick, Wayne and Lisa Wells, Alicia Johnson, Cary and Charlinda Wells, Lakishia Gilbert, and Aaron Wells, all of Lufkin, as well as nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other relatives. Memories and condolences may be added at

James S. Lamb Sr., 84, of Huntsville, Ala., died Feb. 15, 2011. Mr. Lamb was born Sept. 7, 1926, and was the former owner and operator of James Lamb Insurance Agency. He was honored by the National Directory of Who's Who and was vice president of the Intercontinental Church of God. Survivors include his wife, Geraldine; two sons, James S. Lamb Jr. and wife Glenda and Terry Michael Lamb; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


Michael Elroy Kottke, 53, of Leslie, Ark., passed away at his home on March 7, 2011. He was born on March 17, 1957, in York, Neb., to Gene Kottke and Janet (Rich) Kottke. Mike was a man who walked with great faith. Farming was his life's passion. He was a talented man who enjoyed writing and oil painting. He enjoyed playing and listening to Celtic music. Mike was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Nora Bell Blum and Irene Rich; and his uncle, Don Rich, and Don's wife, Sara.

Survivors include his wife, Pamala Marie (Pierce) Kottke of the home; his parents, Gene and Janet Kottke of Palestine, Texas; one son, Karson Kottke of Leslie; two daughters, Heidi Kottke of Clinton and Gretchen Parent and husband Kevin of Leslie; four grandchildren, Tristan Kottke, Rebecca Kottke, Alexis Parent and Wyatt Parent, all of Leslie; one sister, Kathy Finley and husband Larry of Palestine, Texas; Aunt Marilyn and Glen of Gladewater, Texas, and Uncle Meryl Rich and wife Cheryl of Omaha, Neb. At the family's request, memorial contributions may be made in Mike's name to the Ozark Highland Athletic Center, c/o Heidi Kottke, P.O. Box 115, Clinton, AR 72301.

Michael Lamont Schulz, 27, of Duenweg, Mo., passed away April 5, 2011, as a result of injuries sustained in an accident. Michael was born Feb. 24, 1984, in Springfield, Mo. He had worked in the construction business, where he was a foreman. He was a devoted family man and loving father, son, brother and uncle who was willing to help anyone.

Survivors include his children, Aidrian Keefer, Kassidy Schulz and Danielle Schulz; his mother, Deborah Hirschler, and husband Timothy of Duenweg; his father, Walter Len Schulz of Purdy, Mo.; grandparents LaVerne Keys and Mr. and Mrs. Killingsworth; brothers Jimmy Ray Schulz, Cody Allen Schulz, Walter Len Schulz II and Jason Eugene Schulz; nieces and nephews Quinton James Schulz, Catrina Ray Schulz, Kyndall Ann Schulz, Jillian Page Schulz, Dakotah Schulz, Alex Schulz and Ivan Schulz; and many aunts and uncles.


Thelma Earnestine Van Orsdol, 92, of Gainesville, Texas, died April 18, 2011. Thelma Van Orsdol was born Thelma Earnestine Putz, Nov. 19, 1918, in Sapulpa, Okla., to Leo Ernest William and Etta Geraldine Putz. She married Clifford Frederick "Ted" Van Orsdol July 25, 1935, in Stroud, Okla. She attended the Hope Community Fellowship church in The Colony, Texas. Thelma loved her daughters and doted on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a devoted Christian who taught her children to love God and His Word.

Thelma Van Orsdol is survived by brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Sue Putz, of Tyler, Texas; daughter Sheila and son-in-law Ed Graham of Lake Kiowa, Texas; granddaughter Tina Dennis of Anna, Texas; granddaughters and sons-in-law Shara and Alan Guss of Highland Village, Texas, and Judith and Edward Bollinger of Carter, Okla., Eileen and Bill Hinshaw of Lake Kiowa; grandsons and daughters-in-law Steven and Connie Dennis of Frisco, Texas, Robert and Gina Lookingbill of Mangum, Okla., John and Sherry Lookingbill of Altus, Okla.; step-granddaughter Liana Scott of The Colony, step-granddaughter son-in-law Debra and David Hoffert of Cheyenne, Wyo.; stepgrandsons Daniel Graham of Glendale, Calif., Kenneth Graham of Aurora, Colo., Jonathan Graham of Van Nuys, Calif., and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter, Judith Cleon Van Orsdol, a son, Max, and a grandson, David Duane Dennis. You are invited to sign the registry at

Lawrence E. Stoner, 71, of Lewisburg, Ohio, passed away April 20, 2011. He was born Oct. 1, 1939, in Dayton to the late Arthur and Florence Stoner. Besides his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his infant son, Donald Stoner; and sister, Laurice Stoner.

Larry is survived by his wife, Joyce Stoner; children: Kenneth Stoner, Jim and Emily Stoner, Tom and Michelle Stoner, Ron and Teri Stoner, Jonathan and Kamie Stoner, and Jennifer and Tim Foster; grandchildren: Joshua Stoner, Christy and Sean Eaton, Jake Stoner, Donald Stoner, Mason, Alex and Chelsea Stoner, Katie Stoner, Jonathan Stoner and Kayla Stoner; great-granddaughter, Chloe Stoner; sisters: Joyce and Dan Pappaw, Rosie and Brooks Beatty and Grace and Jim Shaw; brothers and sisters-in-law: Norm and Celia Roberts and Melvin and Colleen Lewis; many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Larry was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. The funeral service was officiated by Lyle Welty.


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