Earl Lea Yarbrough

Earl Lea Yarbrough was born January 5, 1926, in Daisetta, Texas, to parents, Walter Lea Yarbrough and Mattie Thornton Yarbrough.

He passed away March 27, 2023, in Livingston, Texas, at the age of 97. Earl spent most of his life as a logger in the timber industry. He proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corps during World War II.

Earl loved his family dearly and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Lea Yarbrough and Mattie Yarbrough; his wife of 67 years, Zettie Mae Yarbrough; son, Donald Lee Yarbrough; grandson, Donal Lynn Yarbrough Jr.

Earl is survived by his children, Jimmy Dale Perry and wife Jan, Donna Marie Roddy, David Benjamin Yarbrough and wife Angie, Donal Lynn Yarbrough and wife Kim; sister, Winnie Jean Thornton; grandchildren, Melanie, Kyla, Candy, John, Joey, Melissa, David, Jessica; numerous great grandchildren.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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