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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
April 2010
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CASEY DEE PEARSON
Mr. Casey Dee Pearson, age 77 of Crockett, passed away Friday, April 16, 2010 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Pearson was born August 3, 1932 in Houston, Texas and had been living in Crockett for the past 15 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Pearson was retired having worked as a fabricator and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his daughters Cindy Hooks and husband Stan, of Conroe, Cheryl Ann Tristan and husband Anthony, of Humble and Becky Hesterley and husband Jeff, of Huntsville; sons Casey Pearson Jr., of Austin and Keith White, of Houston; children’s mother Martha Rae Pearson, of Houston; grandchildren Susy Goad, of Kingwood, Paul Montealvo, of Magnolia, John Montealvo, of Spring, Michael Tristan, of Dallas, Steven Tristan, of Cleveland, Joseph Tristan, of Denver, Colo., Bobby Bates, Jennifer Franklin, both of Huntsville, Ashley White and Jessica White, both of Tomball; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother Leon Curtis Read, of Giddings; sisters Mary Canning, of Crockett and Junita Ann Read, of Houston; he loved his nieces to pieces, Chris, Kathy and Joann; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and his family at Whitehall. Preceded in death by his parents Willie K. and Mary A. Pearson; wives Margaret Pearson and Opal Pearson; step-daughter Robbie Goodenough; brothers Edward Wayne, Ray and Donald Pearson; brothers-in-law Walton E. White and Charles H. Canning. Military Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Casey Dee Pearson were held Monday, April 19, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Copeland Chapel Cemetery in Montgomery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Waters Edge Encampment, 4139 Highway West, Crockett, Texas 75835. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


GRADY EDGE JR.
Mr. Grady Edge Jr., age 88 of Grapeland, passed away Friday, April 16, 2010 at ETMC in Tyler after a short illness. Mr. Edge was born December 221, 1921 in Grapeland to Grady Edge Sr. and Xemina Alice Harman. He was a World War II veteran where he served during the European Theatre. After the war he worked in the oil and gas fields all over the U.S. He retired at age 72 from his own oilfield construction company in 1994. Mr. Grady enjoyed working in the garden with his brother and spending time with family. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Frances Marie Dominy, of Grapeland; son Victor Edge and wife Lisa, of Palestine; one brother Harman Edge, of Grapeland; grandchildren Waylon Lejeune and wife Mary, of Sealy, Jason Lejeune and wife Melissa, of Pasadena, Johnathan Lovell, of San Antonio, Lindsey Lovell and Xemina Allison Edge, both of Palestine; and eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents Grady Edge Sr. and Xemina Alice Harman; and daughter Judy Lynn Edge. Funeral Services for Mr. Grady Edge Jr. were Monday, April 19, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Sunset Christian Church with Dr. Vance Drum officiating. Interment followed in Davis Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jason Lejeune, Joshua Lejeune, Don Cunningham, William Yates, Geoff Weinman and Stuart Weinman. To view online, leave condolences or sign guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

COLONEL PETER J. BARRETT
Colonel Peter J. Barrett (retired), age 72, passed away at home in Tejas Shores, Houston County Lake, on April 21, 2010 following a brief illness. Colonel Barrett was born on February 2, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Fordham University in New York City and obtained a master’s degree from Syracuse University in Broadcast Journalism. He began broadcasting in 1952, at age 14, as a member of The All City Radio Workshop at WNYE-FM, New York. Worked as on-air personality for WFUV, NY and WAER, Syracuse while attending school. He worked part time as television news talent for NBC affiliate WSYR, Syracuse. Colonel Barrett was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant Regular Army upon graduation from Fordham as a Distinguished Military Graduate. He served in the U.S. Army 24 years as aviator, aviation unit commander and public affairs officer. Spent two tours of duty in Vietnam as Assault Helicopter Company Commander. He was awarded 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 2 Bronze Star Medals and 19 Air Medals. Colonel Barrett retired in 1983 as Deputy Director of Armed Forces Broadcasting Service Programming Center, Hollywood, CA. He earned the Tom Lewis Award as Department of Defense Outstanding Military Broadcaster. Upon retiring from the Army, he spent two years as staff announcer for the NBC Television Network in Burbank, and as a Free lance voice-over talent in Los Angeles and Houston. He was affiliated with KIVY, in Crockett TX as on-air talent in news and special programming. for several years. Colonel Barrett had a love for theater and performing arts of all genres. He was known as “The Voice of Piney Woods Fine Arts.” He was an accomplished actor and director of performances in Houston County and all over the United States. He was also an avid ukelele player, traveling to Conroe twice weekly to perform with the Happy Strings Band at Conroe First Baptist Church. He attended the First Baptist Church, Grapeland. Colonel Barrett began playing the ukelele when he bought an “Arthur Godfrey” plastic uke for $5.00 at age 14. He quickly progressed to a baritone uke to emulate his radio idol and has been playing ever since. His only picture in the Fordham College Yearbook is on Jones’ Beach, Long Island with uke in hand. He discovered the banjo ukelele in a flea market in Saigon in 1966. Survivors include his wife Susan Barrett; children Michael Barrett, of Astoria, NY; daughter Kate Barrett and husband Robert Schroeder, of Whittier, Calif.; son Kevin Barrett, of North Attleborough, Mass.; step-sons Brad Bobbitt, of Crockett and Matt and wife Cassie Bobbitt, of College Station; four grandchildren Eric Schroeder and Rebecca Schroder, of Whittier Calif., Jackson and Kate Bobbitt, of College Station; mother-in-law Lorene Allee, of Crockett; brothers-in-law Stephen Allee, of Crockett and Ray and Chelli Turner, of Pasadena. Preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Mildred Barrett; and father-in-law Jack Allee. Memorial Service for Col. Peter J. Barrett will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to The American Cancer Society or The Piney Woods Fine Arts Center. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ESSIE MINTER RAY
Mrs. Essie Minter Ray, age 74 of Deer Park, passed away at her home on Wednesday, April 21, 2010. Mrs. Ray was born in Leon County on October 27, 1935 Essie grew up in Houston County and graduated from Glover High School. Even though she lived most of her adult life in the Houston area, she always stayed a country girl in deed and at heart. Survivors include her daughter Donna Ray Gardner and husband John, of Clear Lake; sons Wayne Coleman Ray and wife Tara, of Magnolia and Truitt Allen Ray, of Austin; grandchildren Lindsey and David Shoffitt, Amber, Brittany and Trevor Ray, Adam and Coral Gardner; great-grandchildren Ackley and Chessli Shoffitt; sister Bonnie Payne, of Crockett; brother Ferrell Minter and his wife Ann, of Latexo; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her loving husband of 48 years, Truitt Coleman Ray of Pennington; brother L.E. Minter, Jr; parents L.E. Minter, Sr. and Mae Richardson Minter; grandparents John Minter and Lillie Belle Newberry Minter and Dee Richardson and Rosia Bennett Richardson. Funeral Services for Mrs. Essie Minter Ray were held Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the New Energy Church. Interment followed in the New Energy Cemetery. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

PAULINE MADDOUX DAVIS MCCOOL
Mrs. Pauline Maddoux Davis McCool, age 75 of Pennington, passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at ETMC in Crockett. Mrs. McCool was born August 18, 1934 in El Paso, Texas. She was a Health Care Provider and a member of Possum Walk Church of Christ. Survivors include her husband Kenneth McCool; daughters Cathy Sterling, Christine Deitchler and Roberta Ham and husband Tommy; grandchildren Robert Sterling, Christopher Maddoux and wife Jennifer, James Maddoux, Misty Warren, Kory Warren and Destany Yeager; step-children Martha Smith, Yvette Davis and Nolan McCool and wife Sherri ; great-grandchildren Stomy Starling, Taylor Maddoux, Wesley Maddoux, Jacelyn Maddoux, Curtis Bouchon Maddoux and Charlie Bach Maddoux; verbally adopted daughters Angelee Smith abd Bobbye Sherley; numerous other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her husbands Ralph Eugene Davis and Robert Edgar Maddoux; son Robert Edgar Maddoux, Jr.; grandchildren Deborah Sue Starling Russal and Anna Elizabeth Sterling; nephews John Alan and Roy Maddoux and Michael Odis Drake; niece Patricia Collard; father-in-law and mother-in-law Pearl and Alex Maddoux; brother-in-law Kenneth Clark; brother and sister-in-law Arlene and Mac Drake. Funeral Services for Mrs. Pauline Maddoux Davis McCool were held Friday, April 23, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Carroll Norsworthy officiating. Interment followed in East Prairie Cemetery. Groveton Funeral Home

HUDELL MCCELVEY STEED
Mrs. Hudell McCelvey Steed, age 71 of Kennard, passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2010, in the Hospice in Pines in Lufkin, Texas. Mrs. Steed was born November 14, 1938 in Houston County, Texas and had lived in Kennard most of her lifetime. She was a member of the Texas Bar Association and the Texas State Teachers Association. Mrs. Steed was a retired teacher having taught for 36 years and had also worked as an attorney for Sun Oil Company. Mrs. Steed attended the Good Shepherd Fellowship Church in Crockett, First Baptist Church in Kennard and First Baptist Church in Crockett. She loved to travel and loved her family and friends. Survivors include her husband Ray Steed, Sr., of Kennard; brothers Alfred Lee Smith and wife Jean, of Crockett and Jimmy McCelvey and wife Patsy of Marshall; nieces and nephews Scott McCelvey, of Houston, Shannon Page and husband Mark, of Hallsville and McCelvey Page, of Hallsville; step-children Nancy Smith and husband Jimmy, of Kennard, Rana Jones and husband Michael, of Latexo, Jennifer Day, of Kennard and Dudley Steed, of Kennard; step-grandchildren Matthew Crowe and wife Tracy, Sam Crowe and wife Janna, Ruth Anne Phillips and husband James, Barrett Steed, Gaston Jones, Ashley Day and Daniel Cook; step-great-grandchildren Jacy Maxwell, Emily Crowe, Bethany Crowe, Lacy Phillips, Anna Bella Phillips and Ava Phillips; and numerous other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents Hugh Alton and Adell McCelvey. Funeral Services for Mrs. Hudell McCelvey Steed were held Friday, April 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Interment followed in the Conner Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Dr., Lufkin, Texas 75904. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MAYDELLE MORGAN STRANGE
Mrs. Maydelle Morgan Strange, age 87 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2010 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Strange was born March 1, 1923 in Selma, Alabama and had lived in Crockett for the past 25 years. She was a housewife and a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband Jessie Strange, of Crockett; sons Tommy Kyle, of Midway and Paul Kyle, of Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren; sister Billie Jo Shepherd, of Trinity; and special niece Katherine Renee Rodriquez, of Crockett. Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Maydelle Morgan Strange were held Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ROBERT ALFRED McGLOHON JR.
Mr. Robert Alfred McGlohon, Jr., age 47 beloved son of Alys and Bob McGlohon of Kerrville, Texas passed away in Bryan, Texas, Wednesday, April 7, 2010. Mr. McGlohon was born in Topeka, Kansas on May 8, 1962. He attended schools in Arizona, Mississippi, and California and graduated from the Kaiserslaughtern American High School in Germany. He graduated from Texas A&M University and St. Mary's Law School. Mr. McGlohon worked as a reporter in Clute, College Station, Killeen, and Kerrville, Texas. He clerked for the Texas Supreme Court of Appeals, was a defense attorney in San Antonio, a trust officer for Wells Fargo in Austin, and an Assistant District Attorney in Palestine, Crockett, and El Paso. Most recently he was a defense attorney in Brazos County. Survivors include his younger brother David McGlohon and his wife Kimberly, of El Paso; sister Amy Goertz and her husband Jason, of Dripping Springs; five nephews and nieces, Tyler, Ellen, and Janie of El Paso and Rebecca and Michael of Dripping Springs. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in the name of Robert A. McGlohon, Jr. Class of '84 to the Association of Former Students, 505 George Bush Dr., College Station, TX 77840 or online at www.aggienetwork.com. The family invites you to send condolences at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the "Send Condolences" link. Grimes Funeral Chapel

SYLVIA JEAN (BURWICK) BRADLEY
Mrs. Sylvia Jean (Burwick) Bradley, age 58 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2010. Mrs. Bradley was born in Cleveland, Texas on March 3, 1952 to Gilbert I. Burwick and Eunice L. Burwick. Survivors include her loving husband Jim Bradley; children Lisa Gschwind, Bryan Bradley and Jamie Bradley; granddaughter Ali Gschwind; brothers and sisters Ira Burwick, Hampton Burwick and wife Pat, Carolyn Lewis and husband E.W., Edna Arnold and husband Carl, Larry Burwick and wife Jeanine, Gwen Bittick and husband Lester and Edgar Burwick and wife Janie; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other cherished family members and treasured friends beyond measure. Preceded in death by her parents Gilbert I. Burwick and Eunice L. Burwick. Funeral Services for Mrs. Sylvia Jean (Burwick) Bradley were held Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. James Coots officiating in Cleveland, Texas. Interment followed services followed at Ryan Cemetery. Pallbearers were Larry Burwick, Ira Burwick, Chet Tims, Paul Tims, Edgar Burwick, and Hampton Burwick. Pace-Stancil Funeral Home

DYAN DALE PILKINGTON PARMLEY
Mrs. Dyan Dale Pilkington Parmley, age 65 of Woden, Texas, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 2010 at her home surrounded by her family. Mrs. Parmley was born June 10, 1944 in Weches, Texas to the late John H. Pilkington and Martha Marie Burran Pilkington. She was born and raised in Weches and graduated fron Kennard High School. She married Jerry Max Parmley on July 19, 1976. Mrs. Parmley worked as a bookkeeper at Barnhill Poultry and Nacogdoches Lumber Company and the 10 years of her employment before her retirement was at the Stephen F. Austin State University Library. She was a member of Woden United Pentecostal Church and loved to collect cookbooks. She was known for giving personality and good heart. She would go out of her way to help anyone in need and she was very independent. While receiving her cancer treatments at MD Anderson she would refuse to be pushed in a wheelchair or ride the shuttle and she was such a strong beautiful person. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Jerry Max, of Woden; son Max Parmley, of Woden; one sister Jean Hammons and husband J.C., of Weches; three brothers John Pilkington and wife Sherill, of Belott, Fred Pilkington and wife Debbie, of Weches and James Pilkington and wife LeAnn, of Fairfield; numerous other relatives and friends. Funeral Services for Mrs. Dyan Dale Pilkington Parmley were held Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Laird Funeral Home with the Rev. Barry T. Rankin officiating. Interment followed Simpson Campground Cemetery. Pallbearers were Terry Pilkington, Weldon Hodge, Stephen Pilkington, Adam Pilkington, Russell Hammons, Justin Wells and Charles Wells. Honorary Pallbearers were David Vaughn and Aldon Kellum. To convey or sign an online register please log onto www.lairdfh.net Laird Funeral Home

AMANDA LOUISE BAGGETT
Ms. Amanda Louise Baggett, age 29 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, April 10, 2010 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Ms. Baggett was born October 13, 1980 in Nacogdoches, Texas and had lived in Crockett for the past 15 years. She had worked for Ames Fried Chicken in Crockett and was a member of the Nazarene Church. Survivors include her husband Apolinar Arteaga, of Crockett; children Destiny Nicole Baggett, Brandon Baggett, Julian Enrique Arteaga, and Christian Apolinar Arteaga, all of Crockett; nephew Lorenzo Antonio Baggett, of Crockett; parents Robert and Linda Baggett, of Nacogdoches; sister Melinda Beth Martinez and Victor Guerreo, of Crockett; brothers Robert Dale Baggett and Tina Rhoades, Danny Lee Baggett and Amber Stanley, all of Nacogdoches; nieces and nephews Zenas Whitaker, Kevon Whitaker, Austin Whitaker, Haley Baggett, and Jessie Baggett, all of Nacogdoches. Funeral Services for Ms. Amanda Louise Baggett were held Wednesday April 14, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel. Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. in the Whiterock Cemetery. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

NORMAN LEE PEACOCK
Mr. Norman Lee Peacock, age 71 of Crockett, passed away Monday, April 12, 2010 at Winfield Nursing Center of Crockett. Mr. Peacock was born August 14, 1938 in Weches to Minnie Richardson and Rush Edward Peacock and had lived all of his lifetime in the area. Mr. Peacock was retired having worked for the Texas Forest Service. Survivors include his three nieces Brenda Collier and husband Buddy, Shirley Cutler and husband Tommy, all of Grapeland and Joyce Tucker and husband Corey, of Athens; three nephews Billy Joe Clifton, Bobby Clifton and Billy Ray Clifton; four great-nieces; two great-nephews; and numerous great-great nieces and great-great nephews. Graveside Services for Mr. Norman Lee Peacock were held Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Weches Cemetery with Wayne Stewart officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Weches Cemetery Association, c/o Sharron Ivie, Rt. 2 Box 97A, Grapeland, Texas 75844. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

LOIS NELL TAYLOR
Mrs. Lois Nell Taylor, age 69 of Ratcliff, passed away Sunday, April 11, 2010 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Taylor was born June 28, 1940 in Forest, Texas and was a resident of Ratcliff for the past 29 years. She was a 1957 graduate of Kennard High School and a 1960 graduate of Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches. Mrs. Taylor had worked as a librarian and was a member of the Ratcliff Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband Jimmy Taylor, of Ratcliff; daughter Diana Smith, of Crockett; step-daughters Diann Saenz and Gail Taylor, both of San Antonio; step-son Brian Taylor, of San Antonio; grandchildren Cory Smith, of Dallas, Casey Smith and wife Lona, of Bremerton, Wash. and Kylie Smith, of Crockett; great-grandson Zane Smith, of Bremerton, Wash.; step-grandchildren Brandon Taylor, Cheyann Saenz and A. J. Saenz, all of San Antonio; two step-great-grandchildren; sister Opal McClain, of Ratcliff; brother Gene Montgomery, of Pearl River, La.; nephew Chris McClain, of Ratcliff. Preceded in death by her mother Mazie Montgomery; father Ernest Montgomery; and brother-in-law Charles McClain. Funeral Services for Mrs. Lois Nell Taylor were held Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Robert Lacey officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Support Group of Houston County, c/o First Community Bank, P. O. Box 172, Crockett, Texas 75835. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

W. E. “BILLY” WRIGHT
Mr. W. E. “Billy” Wright, age 71 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2010 in Crockett. Mr. Wright was born October 10, 1938 in Beaumont to Percy and Elvie Wright. Mr. Wright married Johnnie Moore Wright on October 1, 1967. He was a farmer and cattleman. Survivors include his wife Johnnie Wright, of Crockett; four daughters Kathy Baldwin, of Humble, Rhonda Doucet and husband Bud, of Bridge City, Dawn Butler, of Baytown and Shawn Chestain; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents Percy and Elvie Wright; and a brother. Funeral Services for Mr. W.E. “Billy” Wright were held Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family would like to request that memorials be made to the Kidney Cancer Association, P.O. Box 3516, Oak Brook, IL 60522-3516 or the American Cancer Society, 755 S. 11th Street, Beaumont, TX 77701. Forest Lawn Funeral Home

DORA ELIZABETH (BETH) HIGGINBOTHAM BITNER
Mrs. Dora Elizabeth (Beth) Higginbotham Bitner, age 83 of Houston County, Texas, formerly a resident of the City of Houston, passed away at home on April 1, 2010, on her beloved family farm in the Lone Pine Community, near Lovelady, after a recent illness during which she was lovingly cared for by her devoted husband Orlan E. Bitner, Sr, family, and friends. Mrs. Bitner the oldest child of Joe and Laura Higginbotham, was born July 11, 1926, at the home of her maternal grandparents, Leonard Hampton (Stell) and Elizabeth Spence Sharp, on the Sharp family farm near Crockett, Texas. Her paternal grandparents were Samuel Houston and Dora Genora Hassell Higginbotham of Anderson and Houston Counties. The Bitner, Higginbotham, Hassell, Spence and Sharp families have lived in Houston and Anderson Counties for many generations, some going back to the time of the Republic of Texas. She attended school in the Lone Pine Community and Lovelady High School in Houston County, graduating from South Park High School and Lamar Junior College in Beaumont, where her family moved for her father to work in the war effort. Mrs. Bitner and Orlan married May 19, 1945, at South Park Methodist Church in Beaumont, moving to Houston where they were in the plumbing and home building business. She earned her degree from the University of Houston, taught in the Alief School District for fifteen years and began the first kindergarten program in Alief. Mrs. Bitner retired from teaching to work in the family business, Keith Plumbing Company, which Beth and Orlan continued to operate until retiring, selling their City of Houston home, and moving full-time to their Houston County farm. Survivors include her husband of sixty-five years Orlan E. Bitner, Sr. their children, Orlan E. Bitner, Jr. and his wife Jan, of Houston, Janet Elizabeth Bitner, of Austin, Judith Ann Bitner Barron and her husband Kevin, of Tomball and William Joseph Bitner and his wife Michelle, of Austin; and grandsons Jonathan, Jordan, Austin, Jameson, and Kyle; sisters Betty Jo Petty and Laura Sue Davis and her husband John Houston Davis III, of Houston; sisters-in-law Ernestine (Kelley) Bitner, of Houston and Trinity, wife of Ray Bitner, Dorothy Brasher, of Bryan, Mary Brasher Wiggins, of Leander, Jean Brasher Westmoreland, of Bryan, and Harriet “Judy” Wade Higginbotham, of Houston and Frankston, wife of Gene Higginbotham; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins, as well as many loving friends. Preceded in death by her parents Joe Austin and Laura Evin (Sharp) Higginbotham; father and mother-in-law William and Ola Bitner Brasher; brother Samuel Eugene Higginbotham; and brothers-in-law Gordon Ray Bitner, and Robert H. Petty. Funeral Services for Mrs. Dora Elizabeth (Beth) Higginbotham Bitner were held Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Jerry House. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

RUTH E. DRISKELL
Mrs. Ruth E. Driskell, age 95 of Crockett, passed away Friday, April 2, 2010 in the Houston County Nursing Home. Mrs. Driskell was born March 2, 1915 in Crockett, Texas and was a resident of Houston County most of her lifetime. She had worked all of her lifetime as a caregiver and homemaker. Mrs. Driskell was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Crockett. Survivors include her daughter Carolyn Turner, of Crockett; grandson Jimmy Johnson and wife Cheryl, of Crockett; granddaughter Angela Criswell and husband Ken, of Spring; great-grandchildren Sean Criswell, of Spring and Emily Johnson, of Crockett; sister Marie Beavers, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband James Marion Driskell; parents Zeb and Audrey (Allbright) Huntsman; brothers Nolan Huntsman and Gary Huntsman; and sister Bertha Huntsman. Funeral Services for Mrs. Ruth E. Driskell were held Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Goss officiating. Interment followed in the Bynum Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Central Baptist Church, 100 N. 7th Street, Crockett, Texas 75835. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

AMBASSADOR RUSH WALKER TAYLOR JR.
Ambassador Rush Walker Taylor, Jr., age 75, passed away Sunday, March 7, 2010 of cancer at Capitol Hospice in Arlington, Virginia. Ambassador Taylor was the son of Rush Walker Taylor, Sr. and Hallie Nuckols Taylor, long time Crockett residents. He graduated from Crockett High School in 19520 and received an AB from Harvard University in 1956 and a JD from the University of Virginia in 1959. After serving two years in the US Army, he joined the Foreign Service of the US Department of State as a career diplomat. In addition to assignments in Washington, his tours included Cameroun, Gabon, Italy, Portugal, Bahamas and Guinea-Bissau. His last assignment was as Ambassador to Togo, West Africa. After retiring from the State Department in 1990 he became the CEO of a bauxite mining company in Guinea, West Africa. Ambassador Taylor also worked for theAngolan Chamber of Commerce and Equator Bank. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Joanna Bellows; three daughters Ann Taylor, of Alkmaar, The Netherlands, Charlotte Taylor, of Providence, R.I. and Emily Taylor, of New York City; one son Patrick Mensah, of Woodbridge, Va.; and nine grandchildren. At his request services will be held in Corinth, MS later this summer. Memorials contributions may be made to either the National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues, Washinton, DC 20016, for either music or preservation, or to Capital Hospice, 2900 Telestar Court, Falls Church, VA 22042.

ELEANOR MARIE WHITLEY STEWART
Eleanor Marie Whitley Stewart, age 85 of Grand Saline entered her heavenly home on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 in Tyler. Mrs. Stewart was born November 19, 1924 in Dallas, Texas to the late Earl and Annie Whitley. She was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas and married Gailen Stewart on January 30, 1947. They moved to Crockett, Texas where they raised three children. The family moved to Grand Saline, Texas in the summer of 1968 where her late husband accepted the position of school superintendent and she was his secretary. Thus began her many church and civic activities in Grand Saline and Van Zandt County. Mrs. Stewart was a member of First United Methodist Church of Grand Saline where she taught Sunday School and was a member of United Methodist Women and Administrative Board. Her civic memberships included Athena Club, Historical Society, Friends of the Library, and Retired Teachers of Van Zandt County. In Athena Clubs she held many offices, but was best known for writing the scripts for many Salt Pageants produced by the club. Mrs. Stewart helped organize the local Historical Society and worked on the history of Grand Saline for the Van Zandt County publication. The Retired Teachers Association held a special place in her heart since she and her late husband were in the school business all of their lives. She received Van Zandt County Woman of the Year in 1993. Her passions were her God, family, writing, traveling, and playing bridge. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister. Survivors include her daughter Carol Ann Davis, of Grand Saline; son and daughter-in-law Scott and Miryam Stewart, of Fort Worth; grandchildren Glen Davis, of Mineola, Hollie Davis, of Austin, Jeremy and Jaclyn Terndup, of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. and Blake Stewart, of Stephenville; sister Lynn and Wayne Laurence, of Dallas; nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends. Preceded in death by her husband Gailen Stewart and second husband Richard Hamaker; son Charles Gailen Stewart; brother Edgar Whitley; and sister June Stevens. Funeral Services for Mrs. Eleanor Marie Whitley Stewart were held Friday, April 9, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Grand Saline with the Rev. Dan Gilliam Officiating. Internment followed in Woodside Cemetery. Pallbearers were Blake Stewart, Glen Davis, Andy Laurence, David Whitley, Charles Little and Harry Clifford. Honorary Pallbearers were Edgar Laurence, Gerald Gilbert, John Rash, Murray Means, Dr. Ron Sherbert, Dr. Richard Ingrim and Wiley Garland. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 584, Grand Saline, TX 75140 or the charity of one’s choice. Bartley Funeral Home

JO DENNARD JONES
Mrs. Jo Dennard Jones, age 78 of Flint, passed away Sunday, March 28, 2010 at ETMC in Tyler. Mrs. Jones was born June 1, 1931 in Nacogdoches to Marvin Henry and Mary Corine Corley Dennard. Survivors include her loving family, daughter Ada Jones Walker and husband Steve, of Bryan; son Dean Paul Jones and wife Kathy, of Seabrook; grandchildren Bre’Anna Walker, of Bryan, Charles, Tracie and Tommy Jones, all of Seabrook and Kyle Smailey, of Norman, Okla.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Tommy Jones in March of this year; parents Marvin Henry and Mary Corine Dennard; son Jeffrey Jones; sisters Linda Angelico, Maxine White and Clydine Kueck; and brother Marvin Dennard. Graveside Services for Mrs. Jo Dennard Jones were held Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at 11:30 a.m. in Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery with the Rev. Mitchell Kleckley officiating. For more information or to express condolences, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.stewartfamilyfuneral.com" www.stewartfamilyfuneral.com. Stewart Family Funeral Home

MARTHA DESSIE O'PRY COURTNEY
Mrs. Martha Dessie O’Pry Courtney, age 91 of Tyler, formerly of Crockett, passed away Friday, March 26, 2010 in the Pinecrest Senior Care Center in Tyler. Mrs. Courtney was born June 19, 1918 in Jewett, Texas and had been living in Tyler for the past 6 years, previously living in the Crockett area for 40 years. She was a retired nurse and a member of the Grace Street Church of Christ. Survivors include her children James Alfred Courtney and wife Carol of Trinity, Carol Praytor, of Hurst, David Jack Courtney and wife Gloria, of Trinity and Jerry Lynn Courtney and wife Kay, of Tyler; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; half brothers and half sisters Pat, Vera Jo, Mike and Bobby; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, B. C. “Jack” Courtney in 2002; parents Julius Audie and Nancy Foley O’Pry; son-in-law Ronnie Praytor; brothers Julius and Jake; sister Mary; and half brothers Billy and Audie. Funeral Services for Mrs. Martha Dessie O’Pry Courtney were held Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Clay Thornton officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

OLA MAE GAIL WILSON
Mrs. Ola Mae Gail Wilson, age 83 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, March 25, 2010 in the East Texas Medical Center Specialty Hospital in Tyler. Mrs. Wilson was born November 11, 1926 in Pearsons Chapel, Texas and was a resident of Crockett for the past 40 years. She was retired having worked in Accounting for American National Insurance Company. Survivors include her children Patricia Wilson Brown and husband Louis, of Crockett and Michael E. Wilson and wife, Vroni, of Houston; grandchildren Gary Simmons, of Texas City, Malisa May and husband Benecia, of Calif., Amberly O’Shea, of Nasa, Darla Fincham, of Crockett and Robert Rodgers, of Mexico; numerous great-grandchildren; brothers George Marvin Gail, of Grapeland, Frank Adolph Gail, of Santa Fe and Tony Gail, of Crockett; sister Christine Cauley, of Rusk; cousin Donie Albright, of Jacksonville; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband William “Bill” Wilson in 1999. Burial was in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 134, P.O. Box 724, Crockett, Texas 75835. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ROBERT CLIFTON BENNETT
Mr. Robert Clifton Bennett, age 77 of Grapeland, passed away Friday, March 26, 2010 at Palestine Regional Hospital. Mr. Bennett was born September 4, 1932 in Groveton, Texas and had lived in Grapeland for the past 22 years. He was a Korean War veteran of the United States Air Force. Mr. Bennett retired to Grapeland after 38 years of service in the air Force and Civil Service as an electronic technician; most recent service was with the Federal Aviation Administration at Houston Intercontinental Airport. He was a Baptist church of Grapeland, Latexo Baptist Church, and Beaumont Place Baptist Church in Houston. Mr. Bennett loved God and had a passion for teaching God's word, actively participating in church visitation, working with other men of the church to build the Family Life Center at First Baptist Church in Grapeland, and actively coming to the aiding to those in need. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Survivors include his wife Evelyn Pauline Bennett; daughter Donna Bennett McHaney and husband Jeffrey Scott Crook; granddaughters Amy Xiao Crook and Haley Qiongyu Crook, both of Grapeland; grandson Daniel Paul Cantron, of Hemet, Calif.; sisters Jackie Richardson, Vee Ola Corso, of Kalama, Wash. and Sonia Albright and husband Doyle Albright, of Portland, Ore.; brother Travis Leland Bennett and wife Mona Bennett, of Kalama, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her son Robert Keith Bennett; father and mother Herman Bennett and Savilla Blaylock Bennett; sisters Verna Johnston, Lee Ola Middleton; and brother Chester Bennett. Memorial Services for Mr. Robert Clifton Bennett will be held Saturday, April 3, 2010 at First Baptist Church in Grapeland at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor David Bradley and Dr. Bill Jones officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Building Fund, First Baptist Church of Grapeland, 408 W. Chestnut, Grapeland, Texas 75844.

JUDY CALDWELL
Mrs. Judy Caldwell, age 89 of Winona, passed away Monday, March 29, 2010 in the U. T. Health Science Center in Tyler. Mrs. Caldwell was born April 19, 1920 in Trinity County, Texas and had lived in Winona for the past 5 years. She was a housewife and a member of the First Baptist Church in Winona. Survivors include her daughter Rose Friday, of Winona; grandson Fletcher Friday and wife Laura, of Friday; great-grandchildren Brittany Lea Friday and Donald Eugene Friday, both of Friday; sister Jane Boney and husband Buddy, of Woodville; brother Don Williamson, of Riverside; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Homer Caldwell in 2000; son-in-law Don Friday in 1988; sisters Lois and Eilene; and brothers Odell, O’Neal, John and Shine. Funeral Services for Mrs. Judy Caldwell were held Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Tony Watson and the Rev. Lewis Jones officiating. Interment followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 189, Winona, Texas 75792. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JOE EDD BOBBITT SR.
Mr. Joe Edd Bobbitt, Sr., age 69 of Weches, passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2010 in the University General Hospital in Houston. Mr. Bobbitt was born March 6, 1941 in Crockett, Texas and had lived in Weches most of his lifetime. He was a member of the Elks Lodge. Mr. Bobbitt was retired having worked as a personal manager for Fan Instruments and was affiliated with the Weches United Pentecostal Church. Survivors include his son Joe Edd Bobbitt, Jr. and wife Dana, of Kingsville; grandchildren McKayla, Weston and Morgan Bobbitt, of Kingsville; sister Beth Kleinschmidt, of Weches; niece Amy Gladden and husband Ronnie, of Weches; and numerous other relatives. Preceded in death by his parents A. E. Bobbitt and Carline Bobbitt Jacobs. Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Joe Edd Bobbitt, Sr. were held Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Weches Cemetery with Bro. Randy Russell officiating. Joe’s last request was for all people attending to be dressed in Cowboy and Western Attire, if possible. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Weches Cemetery Association, Rt. 2 Box 97A, Grapeland Texas 75844. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JANETTE WALKER YOUNG
Mrs. Janette Walker Young, age 89, passed away on March 29th with her husband by her side. Mrs. Young was born to Sam and Clara Walker in Onalaska, Texas, on January 14, 1921. She grew up in Trinity, Texas, graduated from high school there in 1938. She then attended Sam Houston University in Huntsville until she married her husband, Dr. Ira J. Young Jr. At the time of her death they had been married 69-years. During her life she had a varied experience in the workforce; first as a switch board operator, then as a dental assistant, then a clerk for the Southern Pacific Railroad, and finally as the office manager for her husband's dental office in Galveston, Texas. She was a long time member of Methodist churches and also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Survivors include her husband Dr. Ira J. Young Jr., of Lovelady; two daughters Cheryl Brien, of Fort Worth and Julia McIntyre, of Lovelady; one son Sam Young, of San Antonio; five grandchildren Jan Davis, Jeff Warren, Dana Moore, Eric McIntyre and Marilee Young; three great-grandchildren Warren, Autrey and Marcus James. Preceded in death by her father and mother Sam and Clara Walker; and brother Sam who was killed in World War II. Funeral Services for Mrs. Janette Walker Young were held Friday, April 2, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Lovelady with the Rev. Jim White and the Rev. Scott Matthews officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 87, Lovelady, Texas 75851. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

CLEO HENRY HAMILTON
Mr. Cleo Henry Hamilton, age 85 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at his residence. Mr. Hamilton was born June 26, 1924 in Elkhart, Texas and had lived in Crockett for the past 30 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during World War II. Mr. Hamilton was retired having worked for the American Can Company in Houston and was a member of the Family of God Ministries. Survivors include his wife Betty Hamilton, of Crockett; grandsons Billy Lee Foreman and wife Denise, of Frisco, Richard Alan Foreman and wife Treasure of Lake Jackson; great-grandchildren Stephanie and Brandon Norman, of Frisco, Keith and Kim Foreman, of Lake Jackson; niece Connie Louise Dean, of Conroe; brother Marvin James Hamilton and wife Myrtle, of Elkhart; sister Lucy Pearl Hamilton, of Houston; numerous other relatives; very special friend Rhonda Eernisse, of Crockett. Preceded in death by his son Raymond Richard Foreman; granddaughter Rebecca Renee Foreman; and brothers Leo Hamilton and Billy Joe Hamilton. Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Cleo Henry Hamilton will be held Monday, April 5, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Latexo Cemetery with the Rev. John Goss officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Dr., Lufkin, Texas 75904 or Alzheimer’s Foundation, 1100 W. 49th Street Room # G408, Austin, Texas 78756. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BEN F. COOKSEY
Mr. Ben F. Cooksey, age 81 of Elkhart went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, February 23, 2010. Mr. Cooksey was born on May 22, 1928 in Crockett to Ben Frank and San Francisco Cooksey. Mr. Cooksey had a distinguished military career and was a veteran of the Korean War. Leaving the military as a Chief Warrant Officer in 1956, he began another career with the Federal Civil Service, serving our country as a Missile Maintenance Technician and instructor in radar and missile systems until his retirement in 1974. Among his many accomplishments, a favorite was being ordained in the service of his LORD. The Cooksey family made multiple moves during a 22 year span, enjoying an adventurous life of traveling for work and pleasure. Upon retiring to Elkhart, Mr. Cooksey completed his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology and worked with CPS for 8 years. Daddy/Pa, we are eternally grateful that you have left us with a legacy of love for our Savior Jesus Christ. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Rosa L. Cooksey; daughters Kathleen Cooksey Sebenoler, Sharon Sutton, Bendetta C. Howington and husband LTC (ret.) Rick Howington; son SGT (ret.) Richard Lynn Cooksey and wife Shannon; six grandchildren Allori Leone and husband TSgt Mike Leone, David Ellis and wife Laurie, Cassandra Majauskas and husband CPT Steve Majauskas, Sally Howington, Stephanie Douglas and husband John, Richard Lynn Cooksey (Huck), Alexandra Stites; great-grandchildren: Brianna Leone, Bayleigh Kasper, Jakob Ferris, Matthew Ellis, and Abigail Majauskas, plus one little Douglas on the way. Preceded in death by his parents Ben Frank and Sa Francisco; two brothers Charles and John Robert Cooksey; sister Opal McMannus; and his beloved daughter Grace Ann Cooksey (Baby Gal). Funeral Services for Mr. Ben F. Cooksey were held Friday, February 26, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at Family of Faith Church in Elkhart with the Rev. Justin Pitts officiating. Internment followed in Garden of Memories Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or Youth Group at Family of Faith Church, Elkhart. To view online, leave condolences or sign guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

DANNY RAY BURRAN
Mr. Danny Ray Burran, age 57 of Mexia, passed away Thursday, February 25, 2010 in Mexia. Mr. Burran was born February 9, 1953 in Brownfield, Texas and had lived in Mexia most of his lifetime. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. Survivors include his parents Elder R. R. and Toy Faye Burran, of Weches; sisters Sandra Faye Hayes and husband Kerry, of Arp, Sharon Estes and husband David, of Mansfield and Verna Ann Clark, of Arp; nephews Gary McDonald, John Ray McDonald, both of Arp, Andy McDonald, of Corpus Christi and Danny Cook, of Katy; nieces Lora Gayle Cook, of Dallas and Stacey McDonald, of Oneida, Tenn.; nine great-nieces and great-nephews; host of friends and family. Funeral Services for Danny Ray Burran were held Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Elder Darrell Inman and Elder Arnold Hendrick officiating. Interment followed in the Weches Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mexia State School, P. O. Box 1132, Mexia, Texas 76667. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BILLY DOUGLAS EMERSON
Mr. Billy Douglas Emerson, age 68 of Garwin, Iowa, passed away Thursday, February 25, 2010 in Round Rock, Texas. Mr. Emerson was born on September 28, 1941 to Billy L. Emerson and Margaret Douglass Emerson in Fort Worth, Texas. He was a beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, and Marine Corps Veteran. Mr. Emerson was loved by all and enjoyed making everyone laugh. His kind soul will be forever missed. Survivors include his daughters Cindy Laing, Billie D. Miller, Sherrie Sandor, Bobbie Jo Vastine, and Kristen Brice; grandchildren Ryan Brice, Braeden Brice, Jamie Vastine, Joshua Vastine, Anna Sandor, Krisztian Sandor, Jordan Miller, Christopher Laing, Andrew Laing, Brendan Laing, and Daric Laing; sister Carol Scoville and husband Mike; niece Melissa Blennert; nephew Michael Blennert; and numerous other loving family and dear friends. Veteran Memorial Service was held at the DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211 on Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. Please visit Mr. Emerson online memorial at HYPERLINK "http://billy-emerson.memory-of.com" http://billy-emerson.memory-of.com.

TOMMIE JEAN AIKEN WHITEHEAD
Mrs. Tommie Jean Aiken Whitehead, age 79, passed away Sunday, February 25, 2010. Mrs. Whitehead was born May 12, 1930 in Sinton to Harold (Buster) and Ellie Lee Mitchell Aiken. She will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her. Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law Ronald and Dorothy Whitehead and Jeff and Susan Whitehead; sisters Nelva Peyton, Vivian Moore, Patsy Jones and husband Jerry; brothers Harold (Sonny) and wife Polly and Bobby and wife Jean; grandchildren Daniel Whitehead, Keila Crews and husband Mike and Britney Whitehead; and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Preceded in death by her husband Clifford; sisters Christine Crawford and Maxine Wagner; and a grandson Russell Whitehead. Service of Remembrance for Mrs. Tommie Jean Aiken Whitehead was held Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of South Park Funeral Home in Pearland officiating Mr. Roy Finner of Wallisville Road Church of Christ. Gravesides Services followed at 3:30 p.m. in the Antioch Cemetery in Lovelady. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.southparkfunerals.com SouthPark Funeral Home

MARY SEALE TULLOS
Mrs. Mary Seale Tullos, age 80 of Crockett, surrounded by her family, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 28, 2010 at Houston County Nursing Home. Mrs. Tullos was born on December 24, 1929 to Jim and Millie Powell in Leon County, Texas. After marrying J. E. Seale July 15, 1946 they made their home in Pennington until 1965 when they moved to Crockett. Mrs. Tullos spent many years as a nurse in the 50, 60 & 70’s. Mrs. Tullos started her nursing career at Crockett Medical and Surgical in the late 50’s, nursing there until the early 70’s when she and her husband J.E. Seale moved to Houston where she then nursed at Methodist Hospital and Doctors Clinic. After a back injury and surgery she was no longer able to nurse. Moving back to Crockett, she enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, family and friends. Mrs. Tullos was a member of the First Christian Church of Crockett. Survivors include her son Bill Seale and wife Sally, of Pennington; daughter Jeanie Driskell and husband Tommy, of Crockett; daughter-in-law Beverly Seale, of Zavala; grandchildren James Seale and wife Ann, Gary Seale and wife Karen, all of Splendora, Cindy Liles and husband Robin, of Tatum, Win Seale, of Nacogdoches, Troy Seale, of Pennington, Tommy Driskell, Jr. and wife Christine, of Round Rock, Jim Driskell and wife Sabrina, Will Driskell and wife Ashley, all of Frisco; great-grandchildren Jon Seale, of Splendora, Lacy, Dillon and Lexi Liles, of Tatum, Jack, Maegan and Josh Driskell, of Round Rock, Chayse and Jude Driskell, of Frisco; sisters Patsy Hallmark and husband George, of Arbor, Sue Kendrick and husband Don, of Crockett; brothers Alfred Powell and wife Lorine, Elmer Powell, all of Crockett and Jimmy Powell and wife Brenda, of Onalaska; brother-in-law Olan Seale and wife Walline, of Brenham; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents Jim Powell and Millie Wilkins Powell; husbands J.E. Seale in 1983; Joe Hill in 1987; and George Tullos in 2005; sons infant Gary N. Seale in 1955 and James E. Seale in 2005; sister Ann Black in 2002. Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Seale Tullos were held Wednesday March 3, at 2:00 p.m. at First Christian Church in Crockett with the Reverend Tim Allen officiating. Interment followed in the Pennington Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pennington Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 216, Pennington, Texas 75856 or First Christian Church, 200 Gordon Drive, Crockett, Texas 75835. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

FRED E. ELLIOTT
Mr. Fred E. Elliott, age 93 of Creek, passed away Sunday, February 28, 2010 in the Whitehall Nursing Center in Crockett. Mr. Elliott was born February 3, 1917 in Creek, Texas and had been living in Creek. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army Air Corps having served as Staff Sergeant. Mr. Elliott was a member of the American Legion South Houston Post # 490. He was a retired operator having worked for Sinclair Oil Refinery and was a member of the Georgia Camp Baptist Church. Survivors include his son Gary E. Elliott, of Creek; granddaughters Kalen Massingill and husband James, of Fritch, Jaimie Patterson and husband John, of Huffman; great-grandchildren Morgan, Alyssa and Bryce; sister Clara Standley, of Creek; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his step-son Virgil Dewayne Elliott; and parents George and Minnie Elliott. Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Fred E. Elliott were held Thursday, March 4, 2010 in the Creek Cemetery. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

PEGGY HOLT
Mrs. Peggy Holt, age 62 of Kingwood, passed away Monday, March 1, 2010 in the Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital in Kingwood. Mrs. Holt was born June 28, 1947 in Houston, Texas and had lived in Kingwood for the past 7 months. She was a member of the Family Faith Church in Huntsville and had worked as a Funeral Home attendant. Survivors include her son Kenith Dover and wife Betty, of Onalaska; mother Nora Middleton and husband Jimmy, of Kingwood; granddaughter Sophia Dover, of Houston; great-granddaughter Lilly Pena, of Houston; brothers Joe Kaigler, of Latexo and Robert Middleton, of Porter; nephews and niece Mark Kaigler, of Latexo, Robert Allen Middleton and Trisha Middleton, both of Austin. Preceded in death by her husband Rusty Holt in 2006; and brother Jimmy Middleton in 1972 . Funeral Services for Mrs. Peggy Holt were held Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Phil Meadows officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DURWOOD LYNN BRISTOW JR.
Mr. Durwood Lynn Bristow, Jr., age 53 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2010, in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mr. Bristow was born August 21, 1956 in Calexico, California and was a resident of Crockett. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served during the Vietnam Era. Mr. Bristow had worked as a caseworker for the Department of Human Services and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Crockett. Survivors include his wife Christine Bristow, of Crockett; daughter Kristie Parrish and husband Brian, of Huntington; son Charles Durwood Bristow and wife Fawna, of Wichita, Kan.; grandchildren Levi Parrish, Harleigh Cassandra Parrish, Raegyn McKayla Parrish, Madison Leann Reid, Ashton Matthew Reid and Sofie Leann Bristow; parents Durwood Lynn, Sr. and Janice Bristow, of Coronet; sisters Sharon Luanne McMillan and husband James, of Tyler, Cynthia Irene Thrailkill and husband Jimmy, of Madisonville; brother Roy Durwood Bristow, of Tennessee Colony; mother-in-law Mary Canning, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his brother Michael Phillip Bristow in 1961; father-in-law Charles Canning in 2001 and father-in-law Walton Ellis White in 1972. Funeral Services for Mr. Durwood Lynn Bristow, Jr. will be held Monday, March 8, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. James McMillan officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 15186, Austin, Texas 78761. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

 

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