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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of April 28, 2007 - May 5, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

God has taken from our midst our son, our brother, a grandchild, nephew, cousin, and our friend, in Mr. Charles Monroe Conley. Those closest to him called him Monroe. Friends and schoolmates called him "Chukk."
Charles Monroe Conley was born to parents Mr. Charles Edward Conley and Mrs. Gloria Kennard Conley on the blessed 27th day of December, 1978 at Memorial Hospital in Lufkin, Texas. He was reared at home as a child to love and serve the Lord. As a child, he attended Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Henry R. Lovelady and the late Rev. Howard Hamilton.
Later he attended services at the Church of the Living God in Groveton, TX. and Williams Chapel Church of the Living God in Crockett with his grandmother, Eldress Ruth Lipscomb. Wherever needed or wanted, he shared his gift as a drummer and on occasion his testimony in song "I Won't Complain," As a youth, he played Little Dribblers. As a teenager, he excelled in choir, band, and as a football manager at Crockett High School. He was a hard worker and easy to get along with on any job; Northcutt, Wal-Mart, and Texas Home Health.
He leaves to celebrate his life his loving parents of 28 years, devoted mother; Gloria Conley and caring father; Charles Edward Conley, two sisters; Charisse Antoinette Conley Gardner and husband Pastor Jorge Luis Gardner of Huntsville, TX., Charla Annette Conley and special friend Mike Jenkins of Houston, TX., two play brothers; Billy Nix (Camilla) of Houston, George Davis, Jr. (Melissa) of Crockett, grandmother; Eldress Ruth Lipscomb of Crockett, grand-aunts; Gladys Johnson and Iona Littles of Houston, aunts; Vera and Dr. Vernon Hickerson of Groveton, Sylvia and Raymond Lee of Lufkin, TX., Berta and Willie Henderson of Crockett, Corine Miller of Ft. Worth, TX., Ardell and Ercell Cunningham of Dallas, TX., play aunt; Janice and James O'Neal of Houston, uncles; Raymond and Carolyn Lipscomb of Groveton, Lonny R. and Josie Lipscomb of Crockett, Johnny R. Lipscomb of Groveton, Stanley J. Kennard of Rapid City, South Dakota, R.L. and Lesie Kennard, Sr. of Seagoville, TX., Jeffery Jones of Crockett, Marvin "Bud" Todd of Houston, special friend; Marshandala McDaniel and family of Crockett, Best friends; Shannon Runnels, Joe Martin, Jim Anderson, numerous other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Annecia Charlette Conley, play sister, Lisa Nix, aunt Edna Conley Todd, uncles, R.L., Harold, and Bubba Conley, William "Tighteye" Kennard, Jim Ed Kennard, and Daniel Kennard, Sr., maternal grandfather, Edgar Kennard, paternal grandparents, John Monroe Conley and Creola Conley.
Funeral Services for Charles Monroe "Chukk" Conley were held Saturday, April 21, 2007 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church 906 North Sixth Street Crockett, TX. With Rev. Earl Harris, Pastor and Rev. Cornelius Harbin, Eulogist.
Active Casketbearers were Shannon Runnels, Joe Martin, George Davis, Jr., Rodney Seastrunk, Jim Anderson, Rigoberto Castro, Tyrone Smith and Joseph Porter.
Honorary Casketbearers were Kenneth Lee, Doranner "Pistol" Legington, Willie "Lil Willie" Love, Jr., Jermaine "Papa" Matlock, Phele Wilson, Josh Davis, JuLouis Patton and Boderick Guinn.
McClain-Clebourn Funeral Services

Mrs. Frances Dunn, age 85 of Longview, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2007 in Longview. Mrs. Dunn was born July 25, 1921 in Creek to James and Pat Dawson and had been a resident of Longview since 1946.
After graduating from Austonio High School, she attended Sam Houston University, where she met and later married Ralph Andrew Dunn.
Mrs. Dunn was a homemaker and a volunteer at Good Shepherd Medical Center. Mrs. Dunn was a member of Mobberly Baptist Church where she was the Jr. High Department Director and a Sunday school teacher. Mrs. Dunn severed on several committee's, including the pastor search committee that brought Dr. Laney Johnson to Longview.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Patricia and Edwin Poorman, of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; son Andy Dunn, of Longview; grandchildren Shane Poorman and wife Stephanie and Heather Dunn; great-grandchildren Benjamin and Kaytlin Poorman.
Preceded in death by her parents James and Pat Dawson; husband Ralph Andrew Dunn; and brother J.E. Dawson.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Frances Dunn were held Saturday, April 21, in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home in Longview with the Reverend Scott Schulik officiating. Interment followed in Lakeview Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Texas Home Health Hospice, 3220 North 4th St., Suite 101, Longview, TX. 75605-5143.
A memorial guestbook may be signed at www.raderfh.com.
Leroy Rader Funeral Home

Preston "Pete" White was born September 1, 1938 to Legora and the late Charlie White in Augusta, Texas. He attended W.R. Banks High School in Grapeland. Preston was an avid farmer, he loved to till his garden, plant crops, and raise animals. His true passion in life was operating heavy equipment. He was a master at site preparation with a dozier, mechanics, building, and a pioneer in the old methods of food preparation.
Life's departure was on April 1, 2007 at his home surrounded by loved ones.
He was also preceded in death by 7 siblings: Ruthie Marie, Betty, Norma Jean, Stella Mae, Charles, Rommie Lee, and James, 3 children; Tonya Gale, Kathy, and Daryl Sr.
Survivors are; wife Joyce Williams, Crockett, 7 children; Cathy Bailey and husband Charles of Houston, Jeffery White of Crockett, Preston White and wife Ethel of Palestine, Elizabeth Thomas and husband Alan of Huntsville, Sheila Williams of Houston, Maurice Hampton and wife Barbara, Michael Hampton of Crockett, mother; Sis. Legora White of Crockett, sister; Barbee Harrington and husband Lonnie of Odessa, numerous grand and great-grandchildren that called him "Papa Jack," several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral Services were held Saturday, April 7, 2007, 11 am, St. Luke Baptist Church, 315 South 2nd, Crockett, Rev. R.P. Taylor, pastor, Elder Norris White, eulogist. He was laid to rest in Post Oak Cemetery, Augusta Community, Grapeland, TX.
Casketbearers were: Johnny Lundy, Adonnis White, Freddie Williams, Ricky Gilmore, Bobby Brown, W.L. Tillis.
McClain-Clebourn Funeral Service

Mr. Mark E. Rich, age 44 of Grapeland, passed away Monday, April 2, 2007 at his residence. Mr. Rich was born January 19, 1963 in North Carolina. Mr. Rich worked as a night manager for Kim's Convenience Stores.
Survivors include his wife Selina Davis Rich, of Grapeland; son and daughter-in-law Jonathan Ellington and wife Candace, of Grapeland; two grandsons Justin Ellington and Jesse Ellington, of Grapeland; two sisters Sue Robinson, of N.C. and Lonnie Copeland, of Ga.; brothers Wayne Rich, Larry Rich and Mack Rich, all of N.C.; aunt Shirley Lovick, of N.C.
Preceded in death by his parents Lonie Alduria Hooks and Lee Rich.
Funeral Services for Mr. Mark E. Rich were held Friday, April 6, at 1:00 p.m. at Christ Essential Baptist Church with Bro. Danny Hill officiating.
Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

Mrs. Jessie Kelly Ash, age 98 of Alto, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2007 in Nacogdoches. Mrs. Ash was born May 23, 1908 in Elida, New Mexico to Jesse P. and Lena Walters Kelly. Mrs. Ash attended college at the Oklahoma College for Women, East Central State Teacher's College in Oklahoma and Stephen F. Austin State College in Nacogdoches. Mrs. Ash was a school teacher for 30 years and was a member of the Old Palestine Baptist Church. Mrs. Ash lived most of her life in Alto.
Survivors include her nieces Gay Ash, Juanita Kemp, both of Ratcliff, Sue Gildmeier, of Waco, Ann Marks, of Md. and Joe Marie Marriott, of Houston; nephew John T. Collier, of Ratcliff; special friend and caretaker Viola George, of Douglass.
Preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Milburn Ash.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Jessie Kelly Ash were held Tuesday, April 3, at O.T. Allen&Son Funeral Home Chapel in Alto with the Rev. Ken Wooley officiating. Interment followed in the Old Palestine Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Dick Low, Charles Jeter and other friends.
Honorary Pallbearer was Doyle Click.
O.T. Allen&Son Funeral Home

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

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







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