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Tyler County Booster- March 8, 2009 - March 15, 2009
Margarete Laverne Cartwright Crews, 83, of Colmesneil, passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at Huntington Health & Rehabilitation Center in Huntington, Texas. She was born in Austin, Texas on April 5, 1925 to E.B. and Era Stevenson Cartwright. She had a twin brother, Malcolm. She spent her youth in Carrizo Springs, Texas where she graduated from Carrizo Springs High School in 1942. She was a member of the Lord’s Church and worshiped with the congregation that meets in Colmesneil, Texas. She taught children’s Bible class for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Harley Crews, her twin brother Malcolm L. Cartwright, her brother William B. Cartwright who was lost in action in World War II, and her sister Marillyn Rogers. She is survived by her sons; Duane Crews and wife, Renee; Jimmy Crews and wife, Ruthie; and daughter, Carolyn Laverne Walsh, all of Colmesneil; brother & sister-in-law, (Ret.) Lt. Com. Harold Cartwright and Millie of Alvin; and sister-in-law, Claudene Crews Pool of Nacogdoches. She leaves six grandchildren, Jim Crews, Kayla Scalise, Wyatt Walsh and wife Rebecca, Julie Landin and husband Aaron, Brittnie Crews & fiance, Aaron Pickens and Micah Crews and seven great-grandchildren, Cody Walsh, Wade Walsh, Wesley Walsh, Sadie Lynn Landin, Maegan Laverne Landin, Katie Scalise and Jose Ruiz and wife Ryan. Margarete and her late husband, Harley Crews managed Lake Tejas during the 1960’s & 70’s. She worked as the dietician for Colmesneil ISD for 10 years. She was inducted into the “Ring of Honor” for her many years of service to the Colmesneil ISD. After working for the school district, she worked for several years at First State Bank in Colmesneil. She later retired as co-owner of East Texas Insurance. Margarete was always busy with her hands. She loved to crochet and she made many beautiful table cloths and doilies. She enjoyed giving them to her family and friends. She could hardly wait each year for the Tyler County Dogwood Festival. For more than 50 years, she helped make the tens of thousands of beautiful paper flowers that adorned the amphitheater. She received the James E. Wheat Award for her dedication in 1990. For many years she enjoyed being a member of the TOPS group in Woodville. She made many friends and won many awards for her progress. She truly enjoyed going to the weekly meetings. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 28th at 11:00 a.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Colmesneil Cemetery. Officiating were Dan Henderson, Jimmy Crews, Jim Crews and Keith Bellamy. Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons and granddaughters, whom she dearly loved. Visitation began on Friday, February 27th from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.
Edith Shepherd, 99, of Shelbyville, formerly of Woodville, passed away, Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at her residence. Funeral services were held Friday, February 27th at 1:00 p.m at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Magnolia Cemetery all in Woodville. Officiating was Dr. Raymond A. Parker and Rev. Kemper Smith. Serving as pallbearers were Mark Shepherd, Steven Shepherd, Kerry Minzenmayer, Colby Deutsch, Josh Deutsch, Johnny Hammond, Mark Woods and Kenny Guillotte. Visitation began on Friday at 10:00 a.m. until service time. Edith was born September 23, 1909 to Mark & Cora Weeks Fortenberry in Woodville, Texas. She was a longtime resident of Woodville and had lived in Shelbyville for the past eight years. She had worked years ago for Southwestern Bell as a telephone operator and many years as a volunteer “Pink Lady” for the Tyler County Hospital Auxiliary. She is survived by her son, Dr. James Shepherd & wife, Judy of Georgetown; daughter, Margaret McBride & husband, Ronald of Shelbyville; brother & sister-in-law, Ernest & Barbara Fortenberry of Woodville; sister, Creasy Hamilton of Orange; seven grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; ten great-great grandchildren and special caregivers, Kaye Coker, Donna Hayden and Janice Vazquez. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.
Dale Farrell, Jr.
Dale Farrell, Jr., 48, of Colmesneil, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2009 at his residence. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 11th at 3:00 p.m. at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel in Corsicana, TX with burial in Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery in Corsicana under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 10th from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville. Dale was born April 13, 1960 to David Sr. & Jan Farish Farrell in Corsicana, Texas. He was a longtime resident of Tyler County and was a self-employed contractor. He is survived by his wife Paula Farrell of Colmesneil; parents, David Sr. & Jan Farrell of Chester; grandmother, Loree Palmeri of Chester; step-sons, Wes Wiler & wife Reagan of Stillwater, OK and Kent Mitcham of Colmesneil; step-daughter, Ashley Ebach & husband Michael of Zavalla; sisters & brothers-in-law, Cynthia & Ricky Tribble of Chester and Rebecca & Josh Smith of Wimberley; nephews, Brandon Tribble and Christopher Tribble both of Galveston. Dale was a father figure to Max High. Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.
Jewell Taylor Treadwell, 83, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2009 at her residence in Woodville, Texas. Jewell, a devoted wife and mother whose family always came first, lived in Houston for 30 years prior to her move to Woodville in 1993. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 42 years, Ralph Simon Treadwell; her parents, Gordon Taylor and Willie B. Pate; and her sister, Virginia Raye Nagypal. She is survived by her two daughters, Tamera Jean Treadwell and husband, Daniel Owen of Houston; Terri Ellen Treadwell of Houston; sisters, Anita Selman of Woodville, Ann Sterling and husband, Jim of Woodville and numerous nieces and nephews. Jewell will always be remembered for her kind, generous, and gentle nature and kept close in the hearts of those who loved her. “God looked around his garden and found an empty space. He then looked down upon the earth, and saw your tired, tired face. He put his arms around you, and lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best. He knew that you were suffering. He knew that you were in pain. He knew that you would never get well on earth again. He saw the road was getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb, so he closed you weary eyelids, and whispered, Peace be Thine.” Thank you God for blessing our lives with Jewell, an angel who walked among us for 83 years. A celebration of her life was held Saturday, March 7th from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. with services being Sunday, March 8th at 3:00 p.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville with Reverend Ross Shelton officiated. Graveside services followed at Campground Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Daniel Owen, James Hays, Tillman Johnson, Bela Nagypal V, David Ashworth and Scott Scoggins. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Diabetes Association. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.
Ruth Reid Parker Morris, 81, of Lufkin, formerly of Colmesneil, passed away Friday, March 6, 2009 at Grace Care Center in Lufkin. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 10th at 1:00 p.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Egypt Cemetery near Colmesneil. Officiating was Brother Jackson Colwell. Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons, Clint Greer, Irvin Emerson, Tony Parker, Joey Courtney, Cody Dykes, Jessie Reppond and Logan Keely. Visitation was held on Monday, March 9th from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Ruth was born November 15, 1927 to John Henry & Martha Jane Wiggins Reid in Colmesneil, Texas. She was a former longtime resident of Colmesneil and had lived in Lufkin for the past two years. She was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church in Zavalla, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Oscar Parker and I.V. Morris and her daughter, Daisy Fails. She is survived by her son, Tommie Parker of Dayton; daughters & sons-in-law, Ruthie “Parker” & Ernest Day, Ruby & Molee Jones and Mayreen & Kenneth Dykes all of Zavalla and Mary & Dewayne Greer of Hillister; sister, Martha “Marie” Sheffield; fourteen grandchildren, Kim Keely, Tony Parker, Cindy Parker, Shannon Foxworth, Irvin Emerson, Amanda Byerly, Molena Courtney, Mittie Jones, Eva Donahe, Jessie Reppond, Khandi Dykes, Cody Dykes, Tracy Johnston and Clint Greer and numerous great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice, 1320 S. John Redditt, Ste. A, Lufkin, Texas 75904. The family would like to give a very special “Thank You” to the staff of Grace Care Center and Heart to Heart Hospice. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.
Nora Davis, 77, of Woodville, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2009 at Tyler County Hospital in Woodville, Texas. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 1st at 3:00 p.m. at the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville with burial in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Officiating was Brother Steven McBride and Brother Chad Barnes. Serving as pallbearers were Chris DuBose, John Michael Primm, Chase Fulfer, Patrick Harvey, Colt Rice, Jerred Primm and Jimmy MacGinnis. Visitation was held on Saturday, February 28th from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Nora was born September 25, 1931 to Letues & Vera Elizabeth Wilkinson Davis in Crandall, Texas. She was longtime resident of Tyler County and was valedictorian of her high school class of 1951. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Henry T. Davis on March 8, 2008.. She is survived by her daughters & sons-in-law,Carolyn Marie & Tommy Crosby, Susan Elaine & Leon Jefferson, and Janet Lenore Davis all of Woodville; sister, Lucille Cates of Lubbock; sister-in-law, Cora Davis of Lubbock; eleven grandchildren, John Crosby, Jeannie Harvey, Jessica Primm, John Michael Primm, Jennifer Fulfer, Colt Rice, Jamie Primm, Patricia Rice, Holly Davis, Shadow Wiggins and Jerred Primm and nine great grandchildren, Destiny Read, Dezirae Read, Dakota Read, Savannah Crosby, Aaron Crosby, TaeLynn Hunter, Tayvion Hunter, Tre Juan Hunter and Zechariah Crosby. T he family offers special thanks to Dr. James M. Brown and staff of Tyler County Hospital for their attentive and tender care of their mother. Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.