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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of April 12, 2007 - April 19, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

BESSIE SHOEMAKER ARNOLD
Mrs. Bessie Shoemaker Arnold, age 88 of Wells, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 207 in a Lufkin hospital. Mrs. Shoemaker was born February 16, 1919, in Wells to the late Mattie Lee (Wallace) and Charlie Holsomback.
Mrs. Arnold was a homemaker and a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister. Mrs. Arnold was an excellent cook, and loved to can and bake. When money was tight while raising her family, she never wasted things and always managed to meet their needs. Mrs. Arnold loved to garden, and she loved playing dominoes. Mrs. Arnold was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Wells, where she had lived all her life.
Survivors include her daughters Margie McKinney, of Crockett and Norma Nell Ogden Dubose, of San Augustine; daughter and son-in-law, Jessie and Frank Doucette, of Wells; son and daughter-in-law Thomas and Melinda Shoemaker, of Hemphill; brother and sister-in-law Jesse and Maxine Holsomback, of Dodge; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; as well as a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husbands Lennis Shoemaker in 1981 and Albert Arnold in 1994; sons Billy Shoemaker and Johnny Shoemaker; granddaughters Norma Lee Ogden, Johnnie Jean Shoemaker and Ronda Shoemaker; grandson David McKinney; great-grandson Vernon Marsh; brothers Marele and Forest Holsomback; and sisters Edna Brock and Annie McDuffie.
Funeral services for Mrs. Bessie Shoemaker Arnold were held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 17, in the Calvary Baptist Church in Wells with the Reverend Grant Hanes and the Reverend Horace Fletcher officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Delbert McKinney, Thomas Carl Shoemaker, Billy Shoemaker, Jimmy Shoemaker, Mark Shoemaker, John Chance and James Booker.
Honorary pallbearers were Lynn Chance and Bill Doucette.
Gipson Funeral Home

BILLY JOE SMITH
Mr. Billy Joe Smith, age 76 of Grapeland, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Smith was born November 30, 1930 in Fort Worth, Texas to H. H. "Buddy" Smith and Dorothy Grace Kent Smith.
When he was about a year old the family returned to Grapeland where Billy attended school graduating with the Grapeland High School class of 1947. After graduation he attended East Texas Baptist College for two years before joining the U. S. Air Force in 1951.
Mr. Smith made a career of the U. S. Air Force serving in the field of Flight Medicine and staying for 20 years retiring in 1972. Mr. Smith served on bases in Wichita Falls, Austin, Clovis, NM, San Antonio, Orlando, FL, Goldsboro, NV, Anchorage, AK, as well as overseas tours in England and Taiwan. 
In 1959 he married Helen Quarles, also a native of Grapeland at Ellington AFB Houston. After Billy retired from the Air Force he moved his family to Houston, working for Brown and Root in their First Aid and Safety Department, taking college courses at night receiving an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from San Jacinto College, Pasadena, Texas. 
In 1979 Mr. Smith and Helen moved back to Grapeland and purchased Wilson's Stop and Shop renaming it Smitty's Stop and Shop which they owned and operated 19 years until Mr. Smith's health began to fail and they sold the business.  Mr. Smith's family was the main focus in his life. Mr. Smith was a loving grandfather, father, husband and brother.
Mr. Smith was a lifetime member of the VFW #15045 and the DAV Tx-63. Mr. Smith was part of the East Texas Tres Dias Community and a member of Wayside Bible Church.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Helen Smith, of Grapeland; daughters Tami and husband Ray Bruner, of Crockett, Suzie and husband Ronnie LaRue, of Lovelady; son Mark Smith, of Spring; grandsons Vance Bruner, Landon LaRue, both of College Station, Colton LaRue, of Lovelady, Evan Bruner, of Crockett, Malachi Smith, of Spring; granddaughters Jennifer Corcoran, of Baytown, Raechell Bruner, of College Station, Ashley Smith, of San Antonio, Lyndsey LaRue, of Lovelady and Adrianna Smith, of Spring; step-grandchildren Brooklyn Scott and Alexander Scott; sister Anne and husband Jack Spence, of Grapeland; nieces Stacy Skeen, of Grapeland and Stephanie Spears, of Grapeland; nephew Michael Guercio and wife Kit, of Grapeland.
Preceded in death by his parents, H. H. "Buddy" Smith and Dorothy Smith.
Funeral Services for Mr. Billy Joe Smith were held Saturday, March 31, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Dr. A. Charles Allen and the Rev. Scott Matthews officiating.  Interment followed in the Parker Cemetery in Grapeland.
Donations may be made to National Kidney Foundation 30 East 33rd St., New York, New York 10016 or Wayside Bile Church Building Fund 1245 E. Goliad, Crockett, TX.  75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

CHARLIE V. "BILL" CLICK
Mr. Charlie V. "Bill" Click, age 86 of Weches, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Click was born September 19, 1920 in Weches and was a resident of Weches most of his lifetime. Mr. Click was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served during World War II. Mr. Click had worked as a roughneck in the oil field industry and was also a farmer. Mr. Click was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church in Weches.
Survivors include his wife Juanita Click, of Weches; daughter Yvonne Sorrell, of Lufkin; grandchildren Charles Sorrell, Rachel Massingill and husband Tom, Kristy Hickman and husband Chester; great-granddaughter Haley Hickman; sisters Sue Burgess and husband Dave, of Lubbock, Gladys Boroughs, of Midlothian; special great-niece Pam Henley; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his son Tony Click; son-in-law Howard Sorrell; grandson Troy Sorrell; and brothers Roy and Arlon Click.
Funeral Services for Mr. Charlie V. "Bill" Click were held Tuesday, March 20, at 2:00 p.m. in the Primitive Baptist Church in Weches with Elder Lindsey Blevins, Elder Arnold Hendrix and Elder R. R. Burran officiating. 
Military Graveside Services followed in the Weches Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

CHESTER FOSTER
Mr. Chester Foster, age 94 of Kennard, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Foster was born December 17, 1912 in rural Houston County and had lived most of his lifetime in Houston County. Mr. Foster was retired having owned and operated Foster's Garage in Dallas for 40 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kennard.
Survivors include his children Eula Chesterman and husband Charles, of San Antonio, Glenda Starling, of Merced, Calif., Philip Foster and wife Cynthia, of Irving; grandchildren David and Judy Chesterman, of Seattle, Wash., Mary Chesterman, of Dana Point, Calif., Buddy Starling and wife Rosie, of Winton, Calif., Kathy Starling, of Merced, Calif., Butch Starling and wife Janel, of Merced, Calif., Laurie Starling, of Mariposa, Calif., Sean Foster and wife Heather, of Salado, C. J. Foster of Las Vegas, Nev., Christen Ashley and husband Zac, of Stafford, Va.; 15 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; sister Libbie Lambright, of Spring; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his wife Lydia Foster; and sisters Mattie Mae Smith, Leona Reed and Jesse Maddoux.
Funeral services for Mr. Chester Foster were held Wednesday, March 14, at 1:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Kennard with the Rev. Jim Durham officiating.  Interment followed in the Ivie Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

CLINTON CALVIN "BUSTER" BECVAR
Mr. Clinton Calvin "Buster" Becvar age 68 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett.  Mr. Becvar was born and raised in Dime Box, Texas on March 9, 1939. Mr. Becvar was a proud veteran of the U. S. Army having served during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Becvar retired from Namasco Steel Company in Houston in 2001. After retiring, he and his wife Mary moved to Crockett. Mr. Becvar was a member of the Lutheran Church in Crockett and he enjoyed fishing, traveling and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Mary Becvar, of Crockett; sons Keith Becvar and wife Rhonda, of Waller and Kent Becvar and wife Christina, of Giddings; grandchildren Brian and Britni Becvar, of Waller and Joseph and David Becvar, of Giddings; step-children Mike Bush, of Sealy, Matthew Bush, of Alvin, Susan Hudman and husband Gary, of Cypress and Anita Brown, of Alvin; 15 grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; sister Carolyn Simek and husband James, of Okla.; sister-in-law Flora Becvar, of Dime Box; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents George Becvar and Myrl McClellan; and brother Bobby Becvar.
Funeral Services for Mr. Clinton Calvin "Buster" Becvar were held Saturday, March 24, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Larry Knobloch officiating. Interment followed in the Latexo Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DELEMIA “ANN” ANGERS
Mrs. Delemia “Ann” Angers, 61 of Seguin passed away in her home on Thursday, March 8, 2007. Mrs. Angers was born on August 31, 1945 in Goose Creek, Texas to Wilbur and Marie Kelly.
In 1963, she graduated from Pasadena High School. Mrs. Angers met and married Harvey Albert “Angie” Angers on December 10, 1965. They started their family in Lufkin before settling in Crockett where Mrs. Angers attended cosmetology school. The family moved and made Seguin their home in January of 1987.
Mrs. Angers was a wonderful homemaker and proud member of the Seguin Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association and was devoted to this cause and eagerly participated in its various activities. Mrs. Angers also completed computer courses at Texas Lutheran University. Mrs. Angers enjoyed many hobbies including cooking, painting, ceramics and arts and crafts projects. Mrs. Angers loved her Lord Jesus, her family and the many friends that surrounded her.
Survivors include her husband Angie; daughters Angelia and Kelly; sister Kay Youngblood and her two daughters Cayla and Tamra; sister-in-law Mari A. Rogers and her two sons Kyle and Brady Rogers: brother-in-law Charles Angers; brother and sister-in-law Thomas and Patsy Angers; their sons Kerry and Kane Angers and their families; several cousins and extended family.
Preceded in death by her parents; and a brother.
A private memorial service for Mrs. Delemia "Ann" Angers was held on March 17, at Goetz Funeral Home in Seguin.
Memorial contributions in memory of Ann may be made to the Diamond Dachshund Rescue- Building Fund at P.O. Box 293122- Kerrville, TX. 78029- Attn: Christine McEntyre.

FANELLE SKIPPER LANSFORD
Mrs. Fanelle Skipper Lansford, age 80 of Crockett, passed away, Tuesday, March 27, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett.  Mrs. Lansford was born August 10, 1926 in Trinity and was a lifetime resident of Crockett.
Mrs. Lansford and her husband Mike owned and operated Lansford Refrigeration Service for many years. Mrs. Lansford will be remembered as a kind gentle lady always wanting to help others in need and also for her love of African Violets and for selling Watkins Products.
Mrs. Lansford was a member of the Open Door Baptist Mission currently serving as treasurer and bookkeeper.
Survivors include her children Kathryn Louise Ward and husband Al, of Crockett, Mike McCarty Lansford, Jr. and wife Sandra, of Huntsville, Nita Anne Reed and husband Glynn, of Crockett, Carolyn Sue Cerbo and husband Robert, of Lufkin; grandchildren Amanda Louise Walling and husband Theron, of Crockett, Audra Leigh Ainsworth and husband Patric, of Lufkin, Alfred Michael Ward, of Houston, Lacy LeaAnne Lansford, of San Antonio, John Marcus Harkins and wife April, of Lufkin, Jason Wayne Lansford, of Tyler, Megan Lucile Bruner, of Lufkin, Lisa Floyd, of Grapeland, Timothy Reed and wife Stephanie, of Grapeland, Jeffrey Cerbo, David Cerbo, both of Las Vegas, Nev., Christine Bonnono and husband Jim, of East Rutherford, N. J., Jeff Attaway and wife Karen, of Las Vegas, Nev.; great-grandchildren Barrett Steed, Bradley McLendon and Cole Walling, Connor Ainsworth, Adam Ainsworth and wife Nelly and Zach Ainsworth and wife Heather, Wesley, Max and Hannah Harkins, Lindsey and Ashley Floyd, Haylee Renee Reed, Katie Isabel,  Sarah and Katie Attaway; great-great-grandsons Sean Ainsworth and Dominic Powell; sister-in-law Hope Skipper, of Nacogdoches; brother-in-law John F. Lansford and wife Clara Bow, of Beeville; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Preceded in death by her husband Mike M. Lansford, Sr.; parents John W. Skipper, Sr. and Amanda D. Skipper; brothers Jesse, Monroe, Charlie and John W. Skipper, Jr.; and sisters Jewel Friday and Reba Jordan.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Fanelle Skipper Lansford were held Saturday, March 31, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Open Door Baptist Mission, 816 S. 4th Street, Crockett, TX 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

FARRIS SHELTON ANDERSON
Mr. Farris Shelton Anderson, age 56 of Lovelady, passed away Monday, March 19, 2007. Mr. Anderson was born July 3, 1950 in Dallas and was a resident of Lovelady for the past 11 years.
 Mr. Anderson was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Vietnam Era. Mr. Anderson was a member of the American Legion Post #134 and also the V. F. W. 
Mr. Anderson was a teacher and taught for the Eagle Academy in Trinity. Mr. Anderson was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lovelady.
Survivors include his wife Marianne Anderson, of Lovelady; daughters Melissa Anderson Kirker and husband Dylan, of Lovelady, Natasja Anderson Theriot and husband Justin, of U.S. Air Force, ID; grandson Brodi Shelton Kirker; brother Albert Harris, of Palestine; sisters Genia Lawrence, of Carthage and Mary Hatchett, of La.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents Russell Shelton Anderson and Dorothy Bouge Harris.
Funeral Services for Mr. Farris Shelton Anderson were held Thursday, March 22, at 2:00 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Lovelady with the Rev. John Montgomery officiating. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 207, Lovelady, TX. 75851.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

GARY MAC CALVERT
Mr. Gary Mac Calvert, age 72 of Madisonville, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at his home. Mr. Calvert was born May 5, 1934 in Houston County near Lovelady to Austin M. and Minnie Bell (Hill) Calvert. Mr. Calvert was a resident of Madisonville for 23 years having come from Missouri City, Texas.
Mr. Calvert graduated from Sam Houston University in Huntsville in 1958. Mr. Calvert and his wife owned and operated United Arts & Crafts, Inc. Mr. Calvert enjoyed watching all sports and loved the Texas Aggies even though he went there only one semester. Mr. Calvert served with the US Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the North Madison Church of Christ.  He had a great love for his family and church.
Survivors include his wife Jimmie "Jo" Calvert, of Madisonville; son and daughter-in-law Gary Lee and Shelly Calvert, of Anna; daughters and sons-in-law Anne and Glenn Pace, of Ft. Worth, Nell and Wayne Ard, of McKinney; sister Helen Chandler, of College Station; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Paul and Johynie Park, of Huntsville; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Barney and Betty Carroll, of Lovelady; and 12 grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his parents Austin M. and Minnie Bell (Hill) Calvert; and three sisters Ruth Carroll, Lois Jeffus and Faye Chandler.
Funeral Services for Mr. Gary Mac Calvert were held Saturday, March 31, at 2:00 p.m. at the North Madison Church of Christ with Mr. Lanier Stevens officiating. Interment followed at 4:00 p.m. in the Antioch Cemetery near Lovelady. 
Pallbearers were H.D. Jeffcoat, Bill Culp, Warner Stewart, Perry Pace, Ben Waldrip, Jr. and Brandon Calvert.
 Madisonville Funeral Home

INFANT TESSA ROSE POLLARD 
Infant Tessa Rose Pollard, infant daughter of Richard and Terrie Pollard of Lufkin, was born February 25, 2007, in Nacogdoches. Infant Tessa Rose passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2007, in a Lufkin hospital.
Services for Infant Tessa Rose will be held in Giddings.
Gipson Funeral Home
Directors

JAMES LELAND CHILES JR.
Mr. James Leland Chiles, Jr., age 73 of Crockett, passed away Friday, March 9, 2007 at Winfield Healthcare in Crockett. Mr. Chiles was born June 18, 1933 in Houston County and had been living in Crockett. Mr. Chiles was a veteran of the Texas National Guard 49th Armored Division.
Survivors include his wife Vicki Chiles, of Bullard; sons John Chiles, of Bullard, James Leland Chiles III, of Lufkin; four grandchildren; brother James Ronald Chiles, of Lumberton.
Preceded in death by his daughter Janie Chiles; and son, Joe Chiles
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JASPER FRANKLIN (J.F.) GIBSON
Mr. Jasper Franklin (J. F.)  Gibson, also known as "Jap", age 90 of Latexo, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2007 in the Palestine Regional Medical Center. Mr. Gibson was born April 30, 1916 in Rockdale, Milam County, Texas to John Columbus Gibson and Nancy Jane Parker Gibson and was a 55 year resident of Coahoma until moving to Latexo on May 14, 2000. 
Mr. Gibson was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force and U.S. Army having served during World War II as Tank Commander, Boxing Trainer and Lieutenant. Mr. Gibson also served in the Civilian Conservation Corps receiving rank of First Sergeant.  In 1939, he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals minor league baseball team and played 3-4 years as a pitcher and also other positions.  
Mr. Gibson was a lifetime member of the Coahoma Lodge #992 and a 50-year member of the Eastern Lodge where he received all honors. Mr. Gibson was President of the Coahoma Lions Club, a member of the Coahoma School Board, member of the Coahoma Water Board, served as mayor pro-tem of Coahoma and he also received Man of the Year. Mr. Gibson was president of the International Union of Operating Engineers having worked for Brown and Root.  Mr. Gibson attended the Methodist Church and will be remembered by his dapper dress and his fedora.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mildred Gibson, of Latexo; daughter Carol Schaefer and husband Larry, of Palestine; son Johnny Gibson and wife Melba, of Elkhart; grandchildren Janna Hill and husband Matt, of Pennington, Michael Lee Hanson and wife Shalon and Mark Hanson, all of Big Spring, Hollie Gray and husband Shane, of Palestine and Heather Hopkins, of Lindale; great-grandchildren Riley Floyd, of Big Spring, Taylor Goeble, of Palestine, Trevor Yates, of Big Spring,,Erin Hanson, of Poteet, Tylor Hanson, Jared Hanson, both of Big Spring, Coleton, Levi and Rebecca Gray, of Palestine, Kane Hopkins, of Lindale; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his brothers John C. Gibson, Jr., Eugene Debs Gibson, George Rogers Gibson and William Howard Gibson; and sister Rosa Balch.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Jasper Franklin (J. F.) Gibson were held Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Old Zion Cemetery with the Rev. Terry Gibson officiating.
Pallbearers were Mike Hanson, Mark Hanson, Riley Floyd, Matt Hill, Trevor Hanson and Tylor Hanson. 
Honorary pallbearers were Jared Hanson, Coleton Gray, Levi Gray, Kane Hopkins and Shane Gray.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

KENNETH IRVING JONES
Mr. Kenneth Irving Jones, age 52, was born August 1, 1954, and passed away on March 5, 2007 in Anderson, Indiana. A member of First Baptist Church, Plaquemine, La.
Mr. Jones attended L. S. U., graduated from Nicholls State University, Thibodoux, Louisiana and Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. Mr. Jones worked as a timekeeper for Brown and Root, and worked in Risk Managements for the City of Baton Rouge, La. After graduating from Ball State he taught school.
Survivors include his mother, Carol and father, Irving Jones, of Portland; one brother Thomas R. Jones and wife Debra, of Huntsville; one sister Carolyn Purvis and husband James, of Denham Springs, La.; nieces and nephews Christie and Thomas Jones, Leigh and Katie Purvis; grandmother Georgia B. Thompson and husband Rev. Bill Thompson, of Mexia; and ex-wife Marion Humble, of Anderson Ind.

LEROY GREB
Mr. Leroy Greb, age 82, of Crockett, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2007 in the Winfield Healthcare in Crockett.  Mr. Greb was born December 13, 1924 in Houston County and had lived all of his lifetime in Crockett.  Mr. Greb was a veteran of the U. S. Navy having served during World War II.  Mr. Greb was a member of the Woodmen of the World and was also a member of the Texas Forestry Landowners Association.  Mr. Greb was retired from the U. S. Postal Service where he worked as a letter carrier and was also a farmer and rancher.  Mr. Greb was a member of the First Baptist Church in Crockett where he was a member of the A. S. Lee Sunday School Class.
Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law Doris Robey and Carl Robey, of Houston, Cindy Kersh and Terry Kersh, of Katy; grandchildren Grant Robey and Carey Robey, both of Houston, Kelly Kersh and Lyndsey Kersh, both of Katy; sister Lois Kresta and husband Frank, of Crockett; sister-in-law Mabel Greb, of Crockett; nieces Amy Koellman, of Corpus Christi, Carolyn Kendrick, of Richmond, Linda Vaughan, of Allen, Carole Nix, of Indonesia and Dianne King, of Huntsville; nephews Jay Skinner, of Houston, Ronald Kresta, of Germany, John Maples, Jr., of Ark. and William Arch Maples, of New Waverly; several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Preceded in death by his wife Wilma Greb; parents Theodore William Greb and Lemma (Farrow) Greb; sister and brother-in-law Hazel and Harold Skinner; and brother Kenneth Greb.
Funeral services for Mr. Leroy Greb were held Sunday, March 11, at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Keeney Dickenson officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund in Crockett.
Doris and Cindy would like to give special thanks to Jeannette Nathaniel for her devotion and care that she so lovingly gave to their dad, "Papa" over the last two years.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MARILYN ANN DOWDY
Mrs. Marilyn Ann Dowdy, age 45 of Kennard, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2007 at her residence in Kennard. Mrs. Dowdy was born June 12, 1961 in Webb City, Missouri and had lived in Kennard for the past 9 years. Mrs. Dowdy was a housewife and a member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband Leonard Ray Dowdy, of Kennard; children Brandy Crackenberger and husband Doug, of Ratcliff, Kenneth Dowdy and wife Kristi, of Crockett; grandchildren Jory, Megan, Laine, Joey, Colton and Alyssa; mother Mary A. Garrett, of S.C.; father Albert "Buddy" Bass, of Carlsbad, N.M.; sisters Nancy Bass, of N.M., Tina White, of S.C.; brother Danny Bass and wife Katherine, of N.M.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Marilyn Ann Dowdy were held Monday, March 26, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Gerald Hollis officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MORINE STUBBLEFIELD LUCE
Mrs. Morine Stubblefield Luce, age 93 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2007 in the Whitehall Nursing Center. Mrs. Luce was born April 20, 1913 in Houston County and had been a resident of Whitehall Nursing Center in Crockett for the past 8 years. Mrs. Luce was retired from Miles Laboratory where she had worked as a clerk and was a member of the Lutheran Church.
Survivors include her nephew Delmar Luce, of Brinklow, Md.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Howard Luce.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Morine Stubblefield Luce were held Saturday, March 24, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel. Interment was in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in South Bend, Indiana.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

SUE RAINS BRUNER
Mrs. Sue Rains Bruner, age 88 of Latexo, passed away Monday, March 12, 2007 in the Houston County Nursing Home in Crockett. Mrs. Bruner was born February 5, 1919 in Kennard.  Mrs. Bruner was the daughter of Walter and Ima Rains. After graduating from Kennard High School she helped with the family business.
Mrs. Bruner met Henry Bruner of Kemp, while he was working as a sergeant at the CCC Camp in Ratcliff. They were married on April 8, 1939. Shortly there after, he joined the Air Force and was stationed in India during World War II. Mrs. Bruner lived with family in Houston and worked towards the war effort until Mr. Bruner's return from duty in 1946. At this time they took residence in Latexo and joined the Latexo Baptist Church where she served in many capacities.
Mrs. Bruner served as the Beginner Sunday School Teacher for 45 years due to her great love of children and was also a member of the church choir for over 50 years. 
Mrs. Bruner was an avid cook and enjoyed participating in all church events especially covered dish suppers and enjoyed fellowship with other church members. Mrs. Bruner was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
Survivors include her sons Harvey Bruner and wife Debbie, of Latexo and Ray Bruner and wife Tami, of Crockett; grandchildren Julie Foshee and husband Corey, of Austin, Vance Bruner and Raechell Bruner, of College Station, Evan Bruner of Crockett; great-grandson Rhett Foshee; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Henry Bruner on December 11, 2006; brothers Weldon E. Rains in 1990 and Harold Rains in 1994; sister Blanche Ainsworth in 1984; and nephew, Johnny Ainsworth in 2004.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Sue Rains Bruner were held Thursday, March 15, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Latexo Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Jones and the Rev. Jim Tom Ainsworth officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Latexo Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1007, Latexo, TX. 75849.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

NARVEL "NODY" EDDY PARKER SR.
Mr. Narvel “Nody” Eddy Parker, Sr., age 63 of Farmersville, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2007 in Hamilton.  Mr. Parker was born December 30, 1943, in Minden, Louisiana to Ernest Earl and Florence (Cooper) Parker.
On June 28, 1978, he married Delilah Owens in Delhi, Louisiana.  Narvel earned his Bachelor’s Degree from East Texas Baptist University and a Master’s Degree from Louisiana Tech with degrees in Education. Mr. Parker received his Superintendent Certificate from Stephen F. Austin University. 
Mr. Parker was a teacher, coach and administrator since 1966 in Louisiana and Texas. Mr. Parker coached high school, college and semi-pro baseball and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Princeton. Currently he was the Director of Auxiliary Services for the Princeton Independent School District.
Mr. Parker enjoyed golfing, was an avid baseball player, a fan of the game and a Yankees fan.
Survivors include his wife Delilah Parker, of Farmersville; children Jann Parker, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Deana Parker-Dzurik, of University Park, Ernie Parker, of Edmond, Okla. N. Eddy Parker, Jr., of Farmersville; grandchildren, Michael and Andrew Dzurik, both of University Park; brothers John R. Parker, of Malvern, Ark., Gaylen Parker, of Arcadia, La.; sisters Ernestine DeMarco, of Blue Bell, Pa., Billie McDonald, of Texarkana; and a host of other family members and friends.
Preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Florence Parker; and a sister Martha Jean Cantrell.
Funeral services for Mr. Narvel "Nody" Eddy Parker, Sr. were held at Thursday, March 15, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Princeton with the Rev. Carl Rider officiating.  Interment followed at 6:30 p.m., Thursday at Bayou Macon Cemetery, in Pioneer, Louisiana.
To convey condolences or to sign an online registry, please visit www.tjmfuneral.com <http://www.tjmfuneral.com/>.
Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funneral Home

WILL EVANS DRISKILL
Mr. Will Evans Driskill, age 90, a fourth-generation Houston County native, passed away on Monday, March 12, 2007. Mr. Driskill was born in the family home in the Jones Schoolhouse Community on January 22, 1917 to Zackey and Evvie Johnson Driskill. Mr. Driskill spent most of his life working and living on the land, part of which was originally purchased by his great-grandfather, L. W. Driskill, who came to Houston County with his wife Judith in 1850.
Mr. Driskill met his wife, Hazel Marie Turney, in San Marcos and they were married there on November 6, 1943.  They recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.
Mr. Driskill was a retired Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force. Mr. Driskill entered the service in the U. S. Army in 1935 at Fort Sam Houston and later transferred to the Army Air Corps. Mr. Driskill spent much of World War II training at various locations in the United States as a Flight Engineer on B-29 Bombers and was stationed as a Crew Chief with the 39th Bomb Group, 61st Squadron Ground Echelon on Tinian, in the Mariana Islands in the Pacific, at war's end. Mr. Driskill remained in the Air Force after the war, serving in the Berlin Air Lift and the Korean Conflict, and retired at England Air Force Base, Louisiana on August 31, 1959.
After his retirement from the Air Force, he returned to Crockett with his family where he worked for the United States Post Office for 16 years, until his retirement. During this time, he raised cattle and continued to operate the family farm. Mr. Driskill was a devoted Christian and a member of the First Baptist Church of Crockett.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Hazel Turney Driskill of Crockett; children Don Driskill, of Arlington, Cheryl Driskill Bass, of Crockett, and Ed Driskill, of Clear Lake City; one sister Mattie Clark McLeod, of Augusta; eight grandchildren, Jill Allen, Ryan Driskill, Alexandra Driskill, all of Arlington, Meredith Driskill, of Whitney, Kim Bass and family of Round Rock, Brooke Bass, of Houston, and Emily and Evan Driskill, of Clear Lake City; two great-grandchildren; beloved nieces, nephews, and friends of many years.
Preceded in death by his parents Zackey Jr. and Evvie Johnson Driskill; two brothers Zackey David Driskill III and Harold Edwin Driskill; and two sisters, Lida Mace Hardtner and Marga Jean Reeves.
Funeral services for Mr. Will Evans Driskill were held Thursday, March 15, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Crockett with the Reverend Terry Cashion and the Reverend Keeney Dickenson officiating.  Afterward, he will be interred with military honors, joining three preceding generations of the Driskill family at the New Energy Cemetery in the Belott Community.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Hospice in the Pines, 116 South Raguet, Lufkin Texas, 75904.  You can donate online at http://www.hospiceinthepines.org
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

WILLIAM RANDLE HAM
Mr. William Randle Ham, age 75 of Lovelady, passed away Monday, March 5, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mr. Ham was born September 28, 1931 in Lovelady and was a resident of Lovelady since 1970. Mr. Ham was a veteran and retired from the U. S. Air Force having served during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam Era as Sr. Master Sergeant with 22 years of service. Mr. Ham had also retired from the Wyndham School District and was a member of the Grace Street Church of Christ in Crockett.
Survivors include his wife Lavelda Ham, of Lovelady; children David R. Ham and wife Joyce, of Conroe, Debra Sharon Williams and husband Guy, of Conroe, Tommy V. Ham and wife Roberta, Vicki Ray and husband Alan, Jeff D. Ham and wife Becky, all of Lovelady; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; brother Grover Ham and wife Bobbie, of Lovelady; sister Joella Reineman, of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his son Michael D. Ham; parents Thomas and Zula Ham; sisters, Juanita Ham and Freida DeWolf; and brothers-in-law, Robert Reineman and Jimmy DeWolf.
Funeral services for Mr. William Randle Ham were held Friday, March 9, at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Rick Kelley officiating. 
Military Graveside services followed in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-1942 or American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford, Lufkin, Texas 75904.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MARY JO BROWN
Mrs. Mary Jo Brown, age 72, passed away March 26, 2007. Mrs. Brown was born in San Benito, Texas.
Survivors include her children Debra Dunnevant and husband Bobby, Jo Lynn Norton and husband Bruce and Richard Brown and wife Susan; brother Johnny Blevins and wife Jeanette; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her husband Charley Brown.
Graveside Services were held Wednesday, March 28, at 12:00 noon at Houston National Cemetery.
Pasadena Funeral Home

MELMA EASTON BROCK
Ms. Melma Easton Brock, age 87 of Lovelady, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2007 in Crockett. Ms. Brock was born February 15, 1920 in Lovelady. Ms. Brock was a homemaker and a member of Lovelady Church of Christ.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Ronnie and Ann Easton, of Lovelady; daughter and son-in-law JoAnn and Ricky McMillan; grandchildren Sandi Morris and husband Chris, Chris Easton and wife Jolynn, Shanna Glawson and husband Len and Jimmy McMillan and Megan McMillan; great-grandchild Christopher Ace Easton; numerous other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her husband Foye Easton.
Funeral Services for Ms. Melma Easton Brock were held Friday, March 23, at Lovelady Church of Christ in Lovelady with Bro. Randy Jones officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Sonny Rollo, Mike Broxson, Justin Baker, Pat Perry, Ben Bucannon and Dennis Coker.
Honorary Pallbearers were George Broxson, Jim Hardy Platt and Wade Minter.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lovelady Church of Christ Building Fund.
Groveton Funeral Home

WILLIE D. "BEN" NEWMAN JR.
Mr. Willie D. "Ben" Newman, Jr., age 71, passed away Thursday, February 15, 2007 in his home. Mr. Newman was born August 23, 1935 the 2nd child of the late Willie D. and Iva Mae Newman. Mr. Newman grew in the Rocky Mountain Community and attended the Rocky Mountain and Crockett Public Schools.
Being reared in a Christian home Mr. Newman united early in life with the Jones Chapel A.M.E. Church under the leadership of Rev. T.J. Shepherd and was baptized. Mr. Newman later united with the Bethel Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Thomas Foster and remained faithful and loyal until the Lord said well done. Mr. Newman was an active member of the Sunday School and Male Chorus and was one of the main cooks for the Men's Breakfast Fellowship every 1st Saturday in the month. Mr. Newman was always eager and ready for this task that he enjoyed so much.
In 1955 Mr. Newman met the love of his life Della Pearl Marshall and was united in Holy Matrimony. Mr. Newman loved and cherished his devoted wife of 51 years. To this union four lovely girls and two boys were born. Mr. Newman worked hard rearing them in the admonish of Christ and emphasizing the importance of education. Mr. Newman never complained of his work. As a young boy he began to work and worked through the last of his life doing what he enjoyed, Detailing Cars. Mr. Newman was employed over the years with Lango Saw Mill, Northcutt Wood Works, Kings Inn Motel, Sullivan Motor Company for 33 years and the City of Crockett for 10 years and retired, but continued to work detailing cars and what ever his hand found to do. Mr. Newman was a great family provider and never settled for nothing but the best for his family. Mr. Newman was a man of few words but was genuine and cordial and he touched many lives as he passed this way, and leaves a legacy of love.
Survivors include his devoted wife Della Newman; mother Iva Mae Newman; daughters Zenitta (Bobby Ray) McKnight and Sonya Ward, all of Crockett, Cecelia (Arthur) Carr, Sr., of Grapeland, Felicia (Joe) Nolan, of Memphis, Tenn. and Venitta Simon, of Houston; sons Willie Anthony (Fannie) Newman, of Crockett, Ricky (Nicole) Newman, of Dallas, Willie Dunn Newman, of Houston; sisters Rosa Jean Person, of Fort Worth, Helen (Tom) Connolly, of Houston; brothers Rev. James Newman, Rev. Isaac (Slyvia) Newman, Rev. Michael (Linda) Newman, all of Fort Worth; aunts Annie Lou McCullough and Barbara Berry, both of Crockett and Dorothy (Douglas) Adams, of Houston; a special niece and nephew James and Venus Kitchen; special cousin Catheline Smith, of Crockett; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a host of other nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services for Mr. Willie D. "Ben" Newman, Jr. were held Saturday, February 15, 2007 at 12:00 noon at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Earl Harris Pastor and officiating.
Active Pallbearers were Authur Carr, II., Alfred Newman, Christopher Newman, Willie A. Newman, Jr., Jerry Taylor, Jr., Adrain Newman, David Connolly, Timothy Williams, Bruce Darrell Layne, Reginald Smith and James Kitchen.
Honorary Pallbearers were Ricky Newman, Wilie Anthony Newman, Rev. James Newman, Rev. Isaac Newman, Rev. Michael Newman, Kevin Bertrand, Authur Carr, Sr., Rodney Curtis, Bobby Ray McKnight, Braxton Newman, Gerrod Person, Jackie Jones, Maxie Cobbs and Thomas.
Emanuel Funeral Homes

KATIE LOU JOHNSON DAVIS
Mrs. Katie Lou Johnson Davis, age 86, departed this life on Wednesday, March 7, 2007 to go home and be with the Lord. Mrs. Davis was born June 10, 1920 to Joe Johnson and Ida Tubbs. Mrs. Davis married Levi Davis of Grapeland and to this union 12 children were born.
Mrs. Davis grew up knowing and serving the Lord and spent most her early childhood years as a member of the Union Prairie Baptist Church. Mrs. Davis later moved her membership to the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church where she raised most of her children, teaching them about the Lord. It wasn't very long after that, following the godly leadership of her husband, they relocated from the community of Porter Springs to Crockett where she and her family united with the Church of The Living God under the Leadership of Bishop John L. McKnight, where she remained and served as a faithful member until her health prevented her from attending, however she remained faithful to God, her pastor and church family, all of which she truly loved.
Survivors include her daughters Robbie Clark and Maggie Butler, both of Dallas, Charlene Davis and Lillian Marshall, both of Crockett and Mary Anthony, of Houston; son Roy Earl Davis, of Monroe, La. and wife (Joyce) a daughter she helped reared Dorothy Sandles; sisters Eurshuree Hill, Annie Mae Wormley and (Tommy Joe), both of Hobbs, N.M., Ruby Weatherton and (Fred), of Garland, Roberta Kelly and (Robert), of Lubbock; brothers Johnny B. Buckner and Katy Mae, both of Crockett, Winwright Johnson, of Hobbs, N.M., Lucky Johnson and (Dorothy), of Palo Alto, Calif.;special daughter-in-law Zula Mae Davis; son-in-laws Rev. Reginald D. Marshall, Sr. and (Shameon) and George Owens and (Joetta), all of Crockett; special friends Sis. Dorothy Dupree, Sis. V. Riley and Sis. Dorothy Ellis, all of Crockett; sister-in-law Alene Davis, of Grapeland; a devoted care giver Ms. Laverne Sims Harris; god children Cantrece Ervin, Eddie Richardson and Adrian Gilford; special great-nephew Alvin Dean Sandles; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her husband Levi Davis; eight children with the most recent child Kattie Lou Davis Neff who passed away on February 27, 2007.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Katie Lou Johnson Davis were held Saturday, March 10, at 3:00 p.m. at Church of The Living God with Bishop John L. McKnight and Elder Carl Strong officiating. Interment followed in Union Prairie Cemetery in Porter Springs Community.
Active Pallbearers were LeNorris Ervin, Bro. James Davis, Bro. Joe Canada, Bro. Willie Denby, Tyrone Beasley, Leroy Davis, Otis Davis, Leon Davis, Gus L. Walker and Clarence Colter.
Honorary Pallbearers were Ronnie Owens, Toney Bowens, Joshua Davis, Johnny B. Davis, Jr., Ezekiel Davis, Isaac Davis, Jr., Abraham Davis, Jeremiah Davis, Ralston Marshall, Vincent Marshall, Reggie Marshall, Jyron Butler, Patrick Lacy and Clifford Randolph.
Emmanuel Funeral Home  

LINDA CARNEL WILLIS COOK
Mrs. Linda Carnel Willis Cook, age 60 of Grapeland, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2007 at her residence. Mrs. Cook was born January 10, 1947 in Houston to Marion and Lucile Smith Willis. Mrs. Cook worked as a secretary and was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband Mike Cook, of Grapeland; mother Lucile Willis, of Crockett; sons William Michael Cook and wife Missy, of Houston, Mark Willis Cook and wife Tracey, of Grapeland; sisters Lynette Isget and Lisa Pyle, both of Grapeland; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her father Marion Willis; and a daughter Anna Karyn Cook.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Linda Carnel Willis Cook were held Wednesday, March 14, at 1:00 p.m. at Central Chyrch of Christ in Grapeland with Mr. Floyd Chappelear and Mr. Gerald Kerr officiating.
Pallbearers were Chris Cook, Jeff Cook, Luke Pullen, Kale Farmer, Johnny Willis and Gearld Willis.
Bailey & Foster Funeral Home

LILLIE ELIZABETH CHARANZA
Mrs. Lillie Elizabeth Charanza, age 84 of Houston, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2007 at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston. Mrs. Charanza was born July 6, 1922. Mrs. Charanza was a homemaker and a Catholic.
Survivors include her two sons and daughter-in-law Cameron Charanza, of Houston and Larry and Vonda Charanza, of Alvin; two daughters and sons-in-law Shirl and Landon Parnell, of Chappell Hill and Norma and Donnie Henry, of Baycliff; brother Frank Smoldas, of Crockett; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her husband Frank Charanza.
Graveside services for Mrs. Lillie Elizabeth Charanza were held Thursday, March 8, at Elizabeth Lutheran Cemetery near Caldwell with the Rev. Dimitrij Colankin officiating.
Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home

KATTIE LOU DAVIS-NEFF
Mrs. Kattie Lou Davis-Neff, age 48, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, February 27, 2007. On August 2, 1958, Levi Davis and Kattie (Johnson) Davis, became the proud parents of their 11th child, who they named Katie Lou.
Mrs. Davis-Neff grew up in the Simon/Porter Springs Community and attended the Crockett School District, graduating from Crockett High School in 1977. Mrs. Davis-Neff continued her education in Dallas and obtained her Certified Nurses Aid license.
Mrs. Davis-Neff accepted Christ and joined church at an early age at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church (Simon Springs) and later joined Jesus Church of the Living God under Bishop John L. McKnight.
Mrs. Davis-Neff was a member of Hampton Memorial COGIC under the guidance of (Elder J.R. Hampton, Jr. and served faithfully on the culinary staff and in the Choir (soloist) until her health failed. A loyal and dedicated employee, she previously worked for Crockett I.S.D. and was employed at Piney Wood Home Health.
In 1987 she met and married Richard Neff of Portland, Oregon.
Survivors include her mother Mrs. Kattie Lou Davis, of Crockett; five sisters Lillian Marshall and Charlene Davis, of Crockett, Robbie Clark and Maggie Butler, of Dallas and Mary Anthony, of Houston; one brother Roy Earl Davis (Joyce), of Monroe, La.; ex-husband Richard Neff and mother-in-law Edith Neff, both of Portland, Ore.; a dear friend Carla Holman, of Crockett; god parents Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hamilton; two god sons Derrick Batts and Michael Tutt, II; sisters-in-law Zula Mae, of Crockett, Carol Wright, of Amherst, N.H., Jackie Billings, Nancy Johnson, Lonnie Dunithan and Sallie, all of Ore.; brothers-in-law George Owens (Joetta) and Reginald Marshall (Shameon), all of Crockett; uncles Johnny Buckner, of Crockett, Winwright Johnson, of Hobbs, N.M. and Lucky Johnson, of Palo Alto, Calif.; aunts Katie Buckner, of Crockett, Earshuree Hill and Annie Wormly, both of Hobbs, N.M., Ruby Weatherton, of Garland and Roberta, of Lubbock; nieces Katrina Tutt, Myesha Marshall, Stephanie Owens, Tabitha Aimes, Miriam Davis, Cynthia Batts, Janice Anthony, DeCoffette Fields, Michelle Fields, LaKeisha Marshall, Antonia Marshall,Meagan Marshall and Lamel Owens; nephews Tony Bowens, Ronnie Owens, Johnny Davis, Jr., Isaac Jr., Joshua, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Abraham Davis, Jyron Butler, Patrick Lacy, Ralston, Vincent and Reggie Marshall, Clifford Randolph, B.J. and Broderick Holman; and a host of great-nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Preceded in death by her father Levi Davis; and seven siblings.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Kattie Lou Davis-Neff were held Sunday, March 4, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Ralph Taylor and the Rev. Norris White officiating. Interment followed in the Union Prairie Cemetery.
Active Pallbearers were LeNorris Irving, Alvin Sandles, Willie Rhodes, Jr., Clarence Colter, Billy Holman, Elbert Johnson, Jr., Marty Rhodes, John McKnight and Tyrone Beasley.
Honorary Pallbearers were Ralston Marshall, Reginald Marshall, Jr., Jeremiah Davis, Joshua Davis, Ezekiel Davis, Abraham Davis, Vincent Marshall, Ronnie Owens, Tony Bowens, Patrick Lacy, Jyron Butler, Isaac Davis, Jr. and Clifford Randolph.
Emmanuel Funeral Home

THEOPHILUS RUDOLPH WALKER
Theophilus Rudolph Walker was born on April 10, 1928 to the late Sammy and Angie Walker of the Mt. Zion Community, Grapeland.
At an early age he joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church where he was baptized. He also managed and sang with the Spiritual Wonders Quartet. In 1975 he joined Bethel Baptist Church and served as chairman of the deacon board, sang in the male chorus, and cooked barbeque for church functions.
On January 1, 1946 he married the former Eula Lois Turner with eight children born to their union. From 1975 to 1985, T.R. served as a Reserve Deputy for the Houston County Sheriff's office. He also managed a cotton farm and contracted with Southern Pacific. In his spare time he was an avid gardener.
T.R. was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle until he departed this life after 78 years on February 12, 2007 at the Methodist Hospital, Houston.
Preceded in death by by 2sons, Donald Ray and Sammy Walker and a grandson, Jerald Wayne Houston.
Surviviors are: wife of 61 years; Eula Lois Walker of Crockett, 3 sons; Rudolph Walker, Thomas Walker and wife Joyce of Dallas, Jimmy Walker and wife Dorothy of Midway, 3 daughters; Eula Houston and husband Sherman of Bossier City, LA., Della Howard and husband Will of LaMarque, Carrie Gilford and husband Marvin of Houston, 17 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters; Della Moore, Mary Bradford and husband Horace of Texas City, 2 brothers; Lawrence Walker and wife Daphane of Houston, Charles E. Walker of Galveston, 2 brothers-in-law; Albert Turner and wife Wilma of Grapeland, Joe Turner and wife Eva of Dallas, sister-in-law; Willie Mae Gambrell and husband Ralph of CA., nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, special cousins and friends, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Kitchen, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Murray, Mr. and Mrs. Darius Kitchen.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 17, 2007, 11 am, Bethel Baptist Church, 906 North 6th, Crockett, Rev. Earl Harris, pastor and officiated. He was laid to rest in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Grapeland.
Casketbearers were granddaughters; Debra Jones, Sheila Jenkins, Jessica Scott, Vera Johnson, Kesha Walker Byrd, Yo;anda Adams, Ashala Walker.
McClain-Clebourn Funeral Service

NEWT "N.A." SMITH
Mr. Newt "N.A." Smith, age 90, passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2007 in Beaumont. Mr. Smith was born November 21, 1916 in Houston County to Nancy Almeda Hallmark and Newton Alexander Smith. Mr. Smith came from a pioneer Texas family who fought for Texas Independence and the creation of the Republic of Texas.
After graduating from Crockett High School, he went on to Sam Houston State University where he worked in the Library and continued his love of reading. Mr. Smith taught in Pasadena High School before being commissioned as an officer he attended South Texas College of Law and was licensed in 1952.
As an attorney he represented various corporations, and was involved in chartering banks, and the development of the cities of Pasadena and Deer Park. Mr. Smith ended his legal career as judge of the County Court at Law when he retired to his ranch in Houston County.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Mary Frances Floyd Smith; daughters Sherry Brackin and husband Bill, and Priscilla Craft and husband Robert; daughter-in-law Betsy Smith; grandchildren Stacey Smith, Stephanie Miller, Alex Smith, Elizabeth Allen, Katie Sadler, Anna Craft and Emily Craft; and five great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his son Ney.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Newt "N.A." Smith were held Friday, February 16, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
Broussard's Mortuary Inc.

W.J. BARTEE
Mr. W.J. Bartee, age 82 of Pearson Chapel, passed away Sunday, February 11, 2007 at his residence. Mr. Bartee was born October 3, 1924 in Houston County and was a resident of Pearson Chapel since 1999. Mr. Bartee was retired from the City of Galena Park and attended the Pearson Chapel Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Addie Bell Bartee, of Pearson Chapel; children Wanda Wooten and husband Travis, of Brazoria, Carolyn Umfrid and husband Billy, of Houston and Joe Bartee Bartee, of Pearson Chapel; grandchildren Bryan Tomlinson, Tracy Hagler, Wade Wooten, Teresa Herren and Larry Unfrid; great-grandchildren Ryan and Zora Tomlinson, Cody, Lori and Lillie Wooten, Bruce, Travis and Kristie Hagler, Samantha Umfrid, Natalie, Brooke and Ryan Herren; brother Jack Bartee and wife Laura, of Montgomery; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents Jim H. and Leona Bartee; sister Elaine McKenzie; brother James Harold Bartee; and grandson Duane Carter.
Funeral Services for Mr. W.J. Bartee were held Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Charles Goodson officiating. Interment followed in the Creek Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

NELL SHIVERS BRIDGES
Mrs. Nell Shivers Bridges, age 91, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2007 at Sweetwater Healthcare Center. Mrs. Bridges was born August 28, 1915 in Crockett the daughter of Houston County pioneers John William Shivers and Annie Mae Simpson Shivers.
Mrs. Bridges attended Crockett schools and Southwestern University, located in Georgetown, Texas, graduating with honors in 1937. At Southwestern she was Tri-Delt President and her junior year she was chosen Miss Southwester. Later she received two Master's Degrees from North Texas State University in Denton.
Mrs. Bridges taught in Crockett, Sweetwater, Glen Rose, and for 17 years in Fort Worth, and also taught in the graduate school at North Texas State University.
In 1941 she married Charles W. Bridges of Glen Rose, Charles passed away in 1978. A former resident of Glen Rose, Midlothian, Fort Worth, she moved to Sweetwater in 1977 after his death.
Mrs. Bridges was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Alpha Chi Scholarship Society, Fort Worth American Association of University Women, and Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary society for teachers.
In Sweetwater, she was a member of the Book Review Club and former president of the Sorosis Club. Mrs. Bridges attended the First Methodist Church, serving on the board and in the United Methodist Women's Group.
Survivors include her two nieces Margaret Bishop and Joyce Nell Wright, both of Sweetwater; nephew Jack Bridges and wife Debbie Lou, of Glen Rose; two nieces Nancy Reese and Mary Lee Lilly, both of Glen Rose; two nephews George Beall and Edward, of Portland, Ore.; and several great-nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her husband; two sisters Elizabeth Bishop and Wilma Brann Sparks; and brother John Franklin Shivers.
Funeral services for Mrs. Nell Shivers Bridges were held Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at McCoy Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Mark Metzger officiating. Interment followed in the Squaw Creek Cemetery in Glen Rose, at 3:30 p.m. with the Rev. David Leach officiating she laid to rest next to her husband Charles W. Bridges.
Honorary Pallbearers were Frank Conard, Robert Pieper, Tere Lawrence, Jack Lawrence, Jere Lawrence, Charles Reeves, Ben Turner and Alton Pyburn.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers's Association, Box 3280, San Angelo, TX. 78902, or the Methodist Children's Home, 111 Herring, Avenue, Waco, TX. 76708.
McCoy Funeral Home

EVELYN WALLACE MARSHALL
Evelyn Wallace Marshall was born on October 4, 1937 in Panola County, Texas. At an early age she joined Shady Grove Baptist Church and attended the local schools. Presently she was a member of Union Prairie Baptist Church, Crockett.
She passed away on January 18, 2007, in a Lufkin Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her mother, 2 brothers; Roger McDowell and Frank Castleberry.
Survivors are: devoted husband; L.D. Marshall of Crockett, 3 sisters; Ruth Nicholson and Mary Mitchell of Dallas, Ruby Jackson of San Diego, 2 brothers; Robert Castleberry of Flint, TX., Ollie Ray Shepherd of Palms Springs, CA., Several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday, January 25, 2007, 1 pm, Shady Grove Baptist Church, Carthage, Texas, Rev. James Walls, pastor and officiant. She was laid to rest in Rocquemore Cemetery, Carthage.
McClain-Clebourn Funeral Service

BOBBYJACK LUBY LEWIS
Mr. Bobbyjack Luby Lewis, age 47 of Slater, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2007 at his home. Mr. Lewis was born August 31, 1959 in Ft. Worth.
Mr. Lewis graduated from Gatesville High School in 1978 and received a 12th Man Football Award his senior year. Mr. Lewis graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture Education and a Master's Degree in Agriculture Science and Veterinary Science.
Mr. Lewis worked for the Texas Extension Service as a county agent in Crockett, and Sierra Blanca for nine years. Mr. Lewis was the proud co-owner and manager of Double L Wildlife. Mr. Lewis also managed his family's cattle for the past 15 years.
Mr. Lewis had a heart to help others which was evident in the way he lived his life. Mr. Lewis was very active in the community, serving on many boards and associations. Mr. Lewis was on the Board of the Coryell County Farm Bureau, was the Texas State chairman of the Wildlife program for the Blackland Income Growth Project, past-president of the Southwest Coryell Country Wildlife Management Association, president of the Slater Cemetery Association, and served actively with several other organizations.
Mr. Lewis was also selected to serve as one of the Texas State Reps for the Farm Bureau, a two-year term. During this time he traveled throughout North and South America learning how to improve agriculture in Texas. Mr. Lewis spent endless hours working with many counties' 4-H clubs and youth. Mr. Lewis enjoyed hearing and telling a good story. Mr. Lewis was also a member of Pearl Baptist Church.
Survivors include his parents Jack and Joyce Lewis, of Slater; sister and brother-in-law Jaynie and Maynard Fader, of Slater; and fiancee Karen Holley, of Slater.
Funeral Services for Mr. Bobbyjack Luby Lewis were held Thursday, January 25, at Scott's Funeral Home with Mr. Carl Wayne Stanley officiating.
Memorials can be made to Slater Cemetery Association, C/O Pat Loden 1145 Slater Road, Gatesville, TX. 76528 or Texas 4-H Center, 5600 FM 3021, Brownwood, TX. 76801. Please note on gift that memorial is for BJ Lewis.
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