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REVEREND JAMES “JIM” BRADLEY
Reverend James “Jim” Bradley, age 53 of Tenaha, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2011 at his home. Reverend Bradley was born July 9, 1957 in Pasadena to James Ronald Bradley and Glory Dawn Lacewell Bradley. Reverend Bradley had been a United Methodist minister for eleven years. He was a member of the American Legion, and was a board member for the Hope Clinic and Tenaha Housing Authority. Reverend Bradley also served in the U.S. Navy. Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Leslie Bradley, of Tenaha; sons Wes Bradley and wife Victoria, of Germany and Ron Bradley, of Tenaha; daughter Katie Weeks and husband William, of Lufkin; grandchildren Jonathan Bradley and Mary Ann Bradley; Mother Glory Cooper, of Nacogdoches; sisters Pam Porter and husband Charlie, of Nacogdoches and Linda Walker and husband Jimmy, of Humble; also numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Preceded in death by his father James Ronald Bradley; brother Keith Wayne Bradley; and niece Anne Harrell. Funeral Services for Reverend James “Jim” Bradley were held Monday, April 18, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at First Methodist Church in Tenaha with Bro. Rick Sitton officiating. Interment followed in Wesley Chapel in Houston County. Online condolences and tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com Watson & Sons Funeral Home

JUDGE RAYBURN WAYNE LAWRENCE
Judge Rayburn Wayne Lawrence, age 90, passed from this world into eternal life with Jesus Christ on Friday, April 15, 2011, at Cartmell Home in Palestine. Judge Lawrence was born November 3, 1920, in Logan, Texas to Robert Crittenton Lawrence and Arizona Adams Lawrence. He graduated from Groveton High School in 1937 as Salutatorian and was a member of the debate team that won district honors as well as being an all district quarterback in football. In the fall of 1937 he entered the College of Marshall (now East Texas Baptist University) at the age of 16. In 1939 he graduated from that institution and then completed his Bachelors Degree at the University of Texas, majoring in History with a minor in English and graduating prior to the outbreak of WWII in 1941. During the War he served 44 months in the US Navy with 33 of those months being at sea in the Pacific on the Destroyer USS Wilson DD 408, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Senior Grade. After the war he returned to Texas and worked out of Brownsville for the Texas Company (Texaco) for 3 years as their Zone Representative along the Texas/Mexico border. In 1947 he married his sweetheart Evelina Martin from Apple Springs. In 1949 they moved to Waco, Texas to begin his studies at Baylor University School of Law. Graduation occurred in 1952, and he and Evelina moved to Teague, Texas for about a year. They moved to Palestine in 1953, and he has lived here ever since. That year the family became members of First Baptist Church and have been members since then. Over the years he enjoyed serving as a Sunday School teacher at times and is a Deacon of the church. Early on he was in private practice involved in cases from Municipal Court level to the Supreme Court of Texas. He began his judicial career as Palestine City Judge from 1955 to 1958. Then he was elected Anderson County Judge and served from 1962 to 1964. In 1964 he retired as County Judge to run for District Judge of the Third Judicial District. He was elected, took office in January 1965, ran unopposed 7 times and retired in 1995 after 31 years of service. In 1993 he was awarded the Outstanding Jurist Award in Texas given by the Texas Bar Foundation which recognizes exceptional achievement in competency and integrity on the bench. He was recently honored by the Palestine Rotary Club for having been a continuous member for 54 years since 1957. He spoke at innumerable ceremonies and occasions during his career and served on many boards, committees and associations. His favorite Bible verse and one he often quoted is from Micah 6:8 which says “and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” Survivors include his son Robert Martin Lawrence and daughter-in-law Debra Hendrick Lawrence; brother Tracy Nelson Lawrence and wife Elma Lee Lawrence; (sister of Evelina Lawrence); sister-in-law Florine Welsh Lawrence widow of Price Winton “Slim” Lawrence; and a host of nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents Robert Crittenton Lawrence and Arizona Adams Lawrence; wife Evelina Lawrence; second wife Layneigha Chapman Lawrence; and special friend Dorthy Collins; four brothers and sisters who either died at birth or as infants, as well as Bobbie Fargarson, Bonnie Pope, Rev. Noble S. Lawrence, Opal Chapman, and twins, Robert Quintmon Lawrence and Price Winton Lawrence. Funeral Services for Judge Rayburn Wayne Lawrence were held Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. in First Baptist Church Palestine with the Rev. Jay Abernathy and Dr. Richard Waters officiating. Interment followed in Roselawn Park Cemetery. Pallbearers were nephews Lawrence Ray Chapman, Frank Chapman, Noble S. “Buzz” Lawrence, Mike Pope, Jim Lawrence and Johnny Lawrence. Honorary Pallbearers were members of the Anderson, Henderson and Houston County Bar Associations. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations, if desired, be made to: First Baptist Church of Palestine, Texas, 5700 N. Loop 256, Palestine, TX 75801 or Baylor University School of Law, 1114 South University Parks Drive, Waco, TX 76798. To leave condolences or sign guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com Bailey & Foster Funeral Home

NANCY CAROL LIVELY
Mrs. Nancy Carol Lively, entered this world on July 6, 1947, and peacefully departed for heaven on April 18, 2011. A devoted wife, mom, sister and grandmother, She devoted her life to the compassion and care of others. She selected the nursing profession in order to care for those who could not care for themselves. In this same selfless fashion, she, along with friend Juanita Brenner, went on to open and operate the first home health care in Houston County, Houston County Home Health Care. This was her passion for many years, and there are numerous families and individuals who benefitted from her soft, caring hands. She will always be treasured and remembered for those days in which she placed others comfort above her own and delivered caring service above self. Mrs. Lively was also famous for taking in a disabled or sick animal a time or two in her life, to include rabbits, deer, ferrets, coons and many, many puppies! This was her passion, and she will always be treasured and remembered for her kind acts! Survivors include her husband Don Lively, of Grapeland; sons Troy Harrison and wife Kathy, of Pasadena and Randy Lively and wife Sissy, of Grapeland, daughter Tracie Credeur and husband Barry, of Pasadena; grandchildren Donovan and Dalton Harrison, Savanah, Shanna, Shane, Lexie and Dodd Credeur, and Haylei and Colton Lively; sisters Sandy Duren and husband Jimmy, Pam Evans and husband Warren Joe; half-sister Carla Giles; numerous other family members and friends. Preceded in death by her parents Carl and Betty Rich; and sister Linda Welch. A celebration of life and accomplishments for Mrs. Nancy Carol Lively were held Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., at Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel in Crockett with the Rev. Kenny Bush officiating. Interment followed in the Percilla Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, 355 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10017-6603 or Alzheimer’s Foundation, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th floor, New York, NY 10001. The memory of Nancy shall remain in our hearts forever. Condolences for Mrs. Lively may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

VENCIE LEE BEARD
Mr. Vencie Lee Beard, age 74 of Latexo, born August 23, 1936 in Houston County, Texas, passed away April 16, 2011. Mr. Beard was a member of the North Loop Baptist Church. Survivors include his mother Maydelle Brown; brothers Doyle Beard, Charles Beard, Michael Brown; children Scott Beard and Pam Johnson; grandchildren Brandon Beard, Lindsay Beard, Chase Johnson, Megan Johnson; and great-grandchildren. Graveside Services for Mr. Vencie Lee Beard were held Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in Latexo Cemetery with the Rev. Dennis Lowery officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to North Loop Baptist Church. Condolences for Mr. Beard may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MELBA STEWART BEARD
Mrs. Melba Stewart Beard, age 71, of Latexo, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2011 at her residence. Mrs. Beard was born November 25, 1939 in Lovelady, Texas and had lived in Latexo most of her lifetime. She was retired from the Crockett Housing Authority having worked as an executive director and had went back to work for the Crockett Housing Authority as a deputy director. Mrs. Beard was a member of the North Loop Baptist Church in Crockett. Survivors include her daughters Beverly Gilmore and husband Darrell and Janet Hopkins and husband Terry, all of Latexo; grandchildren Jake Gilmore and wife Nikki, of Hugoton, Kan., Matt Hopkins, of Latexo, Jeremy Hopkins and wife Jessica, of Crockett; great-grandchildren, Jace Gilmore, Clay Johannsen, Rustyn Gilmore, all of Hugoton, Kan. and Natalie Grace Hopkins, of Crockett; brothers Jonny Paul Stewart and wife Kathryn, of Houston County Lake, Donald Harold Stewart and wife Shirley, Bobby Lee Stewart and wife Avalon, all of Lovelady and Billy Ray Stewart and wife Rosemary, of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her parents Sherman and Sylvia Stewart; and nephew Johnny Lee Stewart. She was married to Vencie L. Beard for 20+ years of Latexo who also passed away on April 16, 2011. Funeral Services for Mrs. Melba Stewart Beard were held Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Harvest Church with the Rev. Dennis Lowery and the Rev. Dennis Ivey officiating. Interment followed in the Latexo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North Loop Baptist Church. Condolences for Mrs. Melba Stewart Beard may be left online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

GLYN B. COOK
Mr. Glyn B. Cook, age 89 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2011 in Crockett. Mr. Cook was born September 19, 1921 to William Hull Cook and Minnie Mae Brewton Cook of Porter Springs and lived in Houston County where he graduated from Crockett High School in 1938. On February 1, 1941 he married his sweetheart Georgie Lavenia McDonald and recently celebrated 70 years of marriage. He was a World War II U. S. Army veteran having served in the China-Burma-India Theatre. After his return from the war he and his wife and three young sons lived in Nacogdoches before locating to Houston where he worked for Armco Steel until his retirement in 1977. Mr. Cook enjoyed his retirement years living in the the Ash Community, working in his garden, tending his livestock, and volunteering in the Ash and Austonio communities where he had many friends. He attended the Ash Church of Christ with his wife. Mr. Cook was known in the community as “B” Cook, but his grandchildren affectionately called him Pawpaw. They loved and respected him and always knew there was room for one more on “Pawpaw’s knee.” He loved and was proud of them all. Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Georgie Lavenia McDonald Cook, of the Ash Community; sons Glyn McDonald Cook and wife Norma, of The Woodlands, William Michael Cook and wife Emma, of Bryan and Jimmie Lynn Cook and wife Susan, of New Waverly; grandchildren, Traci Cook Lee and husband Richard, of Fort Worth, Jeffrey Cook, of Alexandria, Va., William Michael Cook, Jr. and wife Missy, of Houston, Mark Willis Cook and wife Tracey, of Pa., Christopher Scott Cook and wife Kristi, of Pflugerville and Marcy Rebecca Pullen and husband Lucas, of Oxford, Md.; great-grandchildren Barrett, Stephanie and Kale, Brandy, Maggie and Bryan, Alyson, Emily, John Thomas, Ethan, Tucker, Cheyenne and Levi; great-great-grandchildren Fletcher, Brooklyn, Anderson, Brayden and Bradley; several nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by granddaughter Anna Caryn Cook; parents William Hull Cook and Minnie Mae Brewton Cook; four brothers and four sisters. Funeral Services for Mr. Glyn B. Cook will be held Monday, April 25, 2011 at 2:00 p.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 Alzheimer’s Foundation, 1100 W. 49th Street Room #G408, Austin, Texas 78756. Condolences for Mr. Cook may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

PAT WILLINGHAM
Mrs. Pat Willingham, age 78 of Houston, passed away April 20, 2011. Survivors include her children Ronald Keith Willingham and wife Jeanie, Rickey Lee Willingham and Renee Jean Holsinger and husband Steve; sisters Alma Drake, Merle Jatzlau and Edith Van Horne; grandchildren Shane and wife Michelle, Shaunna and husband Josh, Justin and wife Katherine, Ashley and husband Kerry, Steve Jr.; great-grandchildren Marshall, Michael, Lance (L.C.), Alex, Breanna, Stevie, Chasidy, Coral, Ashton, Ali, Garrett and Raelynn. Preceded in death by her beloved husband L.C. Willingham; and a granddaughter Elyssa Patrice. Funeral Services for Mrs. Pat Willingham will be held Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Rosewood Funeral Home in Humble. Graveside Services will follow at 2:00 p.m. in the Creek Cemetery. Rosewood Funeral Home

EBILENE REYNOLDS
Mrs. Ebilene Reynolds, age 86 of Lumberton, formerly of Houston, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at her residence. Mrs. Reynolds was born February 6, 1925 in Houston County, Texas and had lived most of her lifetime in Houston. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Reynolds was a housewife and attended the Cedar Point Church. Survivors include her son Jim Reynolds and wife Marcia, of Lovelady; daughter Stacey Hughes and husband Royce, of Lumberton; grandchildren John Reynolds and wife Michelle, of Kingwood, Stephanie Reynolds, of College Station and Cameron Hughes, of Lumberton; great-granddaughters Alison Reynolds and Meredith Reynolds, of Kingwood; sister Billie Brunson, of Travis County; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Harold Reynolds; and parents Bill and Effie (Patton) Vaughn. Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Ebilene Reynolds were held Friday, April 15, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Tom Spath officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 715 E. Goliad, Crockett, Tx. 75835. Condolences for Mrs. Reynolds may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

WILLIAM RICHARD SUDLOW
Mr. William Richard Sudlow, age 88 of Belton, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2011 in Austin. Mr. Sudlow was born October 1, 1922 to Richard and Inez E. (Gotthardt) Sudlow in Rock Island, IL. He graduated from high school in Rock Island, IL, and attended Augusta College. Mr. Sudlow proudly served in the US Army Air Corp as a Navigator during WWII and was awarded the Air Medal with 3 Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). He received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston in 1949. Mr. Sudlow married Wanda Katherine (Sally) Sheeley July 19, 1945 in Nashville, Tennessee. They moved to Temple in 1978 from Houston. He is a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Temple, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister. He was chapter chairman of the local Texas Association of Business, a member of the Temple Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the American Legion in Belton. He retired from Texas Instruments in 1983 after he and Sally became the owners of a local business, Brazos Stamp and Engraving. Survivors include his son Bill Sudlow Jr. and wife Liz, of Temple; two daughters Susan Grisham and husband Stan, of The Woodlands and Stephanie Bannon, of Austin; sister Sue Grampp, of Ariz.; six grandchildren Vaughn Grisham and wife Jenny, Shawn Dinh and husband Quan, Crystal Fulbright, Sarah Sudlow, Kristine Bannon, and Stephen Sudlow; four great-grandchildren Henry Grisham, Hana, Jonah and Noah Dinh. Preceded in death his wife Sally; and son-in-law Patrick Bannon. A Christian Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday April 18, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Temple, with Father Don Loftin officiating. Contributions in memory of Bill Sudlow may be sent to St Luke’s Catholic Church, 2807 Oakdale Drive, Temple, Texas 76502.

EDNA KNIGHTEN LARUE
Mrs. Edna Knighten LaRue, age 79 of Lovelady, passed away Friday, April 1, 2011 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. LaRue was born June 16, 1931 in Pearsons Chapel and had lived in Lovelady most of her lifetime. She was a member of the Lovelady First Baptist Church and attended Antioch Baptist Church. Mrs. LaRue was retired having worked as a beautician. Survivors include her husband John H. LaRue, of Lovelady; daughter Patricia Ann Tillman, of Houston; grandchildren Michael Champagne and wife Ashley, of Abilene, Eric Champagne and wife Sharon, of Dickenson, David Champagne and wife Jennifer, of DuPont, Wash.; great-grandsons Caden, Jessie and one on the way; step-children John David LaRue and wife Debbie, of Houston, Gary LaRue and wife Laurel, of Lovelady, Tommy LaRue and wife Jennie, of Galveston and Steve LaRue and friend Anna Boyd, of Red Oak; brother Kenneth “Bugs” Knighten, of Crockett; numerous step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her brothers Avon Knighten, Troy Knighten; and sisters Billie Weeks, Joyce Harrelson and Wanda Kennedy. Funeral Services for Mrs. Edna Knighten LaRue were held Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Scott Matthews officiating. Interment followed in the Center Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lovelady First Baptist Church, 229 W. Read St., Lovelady, Texas 75851 or Center Hill Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 563, Crockett, Texas 75835. Condolences for Mrs. LaRuemay be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

FRANCES THERESA KEELAND OVERSTREET
Mrs. Theresa Overstreet, age 96 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, April 3, 2011 peacefully at home with her family. Mrs. Overstreet was born June 25, 1914 in Grapeland, Texas. She moved to Crockett, Texas in 1927 where her father and mother, William E. “Bill” Keeland and Frances Royall Keeland, started their business. Mrs. Overstreet was married to Robert Clifford “Bob” Overstreet Sr. for 55 years. Mrs. Overstreet was a very active person. She loved hunting and spending time with her family. Most of her time was spent watching her grandchildren in every different sport. There was never an activity that she missed. She loved to watch horse racing, Wheel of Fortune, and even playing guitar hero at the age of 95! She was a very loving daughter, mother, and grandmother. She had a very humorous and out-going personality. Mrs. Overstreet was a member of the First Baptist Church and loved to be involved in activities. She served as director of Nursery for 25 years. She also taught in the junior and adult department of the church. Other activities include the Baptist Training Union and Girls Auxiliary. Mrs. Overstreet was a proud founding member of the Jarrell Beasley chapter of NSDAR. She attended the organizational meeting hosted by Miss Nell Beasley in the home of her sister Mrs. Gail King. Mrs. RD Evans, the State Organizing Chairman, met with them. Their first official meeting was held at the Kings Inn. Mrs. Overstreet served as the State Chairman on the Conservation Committee and won a first place national award. This award was the first won for Texas. She also was a delegate for about 22 years at the State Conference in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Overstreet is the descendent of Francis Epps of Virginia and a member of the Killough family. She belonged to many genealogical organizations as in Daughter of American Colonies, Jamestown Society, Colonial Dames of America, and Magna Carta Dames. Mrs. Overstreet was a member of the Magnolia Garden Club, the Culture Club of Crockett, Cadman Club, and Choral Club. She was a member of the Spring Creek Country Club, the Tuesday Sewing Club, the Downs Aldrich Corporation, and served as the Chairman of Historical Research. She was a member of many more various organizations. Survivors include her son R.C. “Bob” Overstreet Jr. and wife Michele Overstreet, of Crockett; daughter Frances Overstreet Tabor and husband Tommy Mack Tabor, of Crockett; grandchildren Stacy Overstreet Selman and husband Troy Selman, of Hunstville, Sabrina Overstreet Driskell and husband Jim Driskell, of Prosper, R. C. “Bob” Overstreet III and wife Tabitha Overstreet, of Spring Branch and their mother Bonnie Deckard, of Crockett, Kimberly Ann Canada, of Crockett and friend Lamar Jones, of Grapeland, Tommy Mack “TJ” Tabor Jr., of Midland and friend Raechell Bruner, Katelyn Renee’ Carmichael and friend Bradley McLendon, of Crockett; niece Mary Jane Byrd, of Houston; nephew Bobby Overstreet, of Fort Worth; great-grandchildren Chayse and Jude Driskell, Braddox Overstreet, Courtney and Ty Huff, Madison and Emilee Phillips and Macy Walker; special cousin Craig Keeland, of Dallas; special friend Minnie Pearl Riley, of Crockett. Preceded in death by her husband Robert Clifford Overstreet Sr.; mother and father Frances Royall Keeland and William Edward Keeland; sister and brother-in-law Jane Dawson and Dooley Dawson; grandchildren Melissa Huff and Chase Westmoreland. Funeral Services for Mrs. Theresa Keeland Overstreet were held Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Tim Allen officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Houston County Relay for Life, attn. Norma Lane, P. O. Box 220, Lovelady, Texas 75851. Condolences for Mrs. Overstreet may be left online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

NELL EVELYN RAY BEASLEY HULSEY
Mrs. Nell Evelyn Ray Beasley Hulsey, age 81 of Wichita Falls, passed away Sunday, March 13, 2011. Mrs. Hulsey was born July 23, 1929 in Pritchett, Texas to the late Frank and Janie (Alexander) Ray. As a child, she moved with her family around East Texas following her dad’s “Saw Mill.” Most of her life, she lived in Crockett where she ran her own Convenience Store and Meat Market. She also worked as a Bookkeeper, and retired in 1973 in Wichita Falls. She was a lifelong member of Church of Christ, and enjoyed crocheting, baking cakes, working with stained glass, and watching baseball. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, her biggest joy in life was her love of God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Survivors include her children James Beasley, II and wife Teresa, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Pamela Husak and husband Walter, of Wichita Falls, Larry Hulsey and wife Susan, of Breckinridge, and Terri Wright and husband John, of Abilene; two sisters-in-law Eloise Ray, of Lake of the Pines, and Hope Ray, of Ft. Worth; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husbands James Beasley, I. and Lawrence Hulsey, I; brothers Thurman, Hardy, Elmo, and Hayden Ray; and sister Kathleen Campbell. Funeral Services for Mrs. Nell Evelyn Ray Beasley Hulsey were held Monday, March 14, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John Robertson of Floral Heights Church of Christ, officiating. Interment were held at Burkburnett Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.owensandbrumley.com Owens & Brumley Funeral Home

JAMES EDWARD EVANS
Mr. James Edward Evans, age 65 of Crockett, entered into eternal rest Thursday, February 10, 2011 in Houston. Mr. Evans was born December 16, 1945 in Crockett to Earnest Evans Sr. and Gracie M. Evans were blessed with the birth of their son. He was the fourth of five children, he was reared in Crockett. Mr. Evans accepted Christ at an early age and was a faithful and supportive member of Bethel Baptist Church. He was active in the Mass Choir and Male Chorus and served as a Lead Vocalist. He attended Ralph J. Bunche High School and graduated in 1965. After graduation, He enlisted in the United States Army and served for three years in Europe. Honorably discharged, He returned home to Crockett, where he united in marriage with Dorothy Nell Mitchell. Mr. Evans was employed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Texas Youth Commission. He was well known and admired throughtout Crockett and the surrounding Communities. “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven: A time to be born..” Ecclesiastes 3:1 Survivors include his loving and devoted wife Dorothy Nell Evans; three children Lisa Evans-Whitting, Sylvia Evans-Thompson, both of Houston and Angela Evans-Watson, of Crockett; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; mother Mrs. Gracie M. Evans, of Crockett; sister Dorathy J. Evans Washington (Jerome), of San Antonio; one brother Earnest Evans, Jr. (Ruby), of Crockett; four uncles Levi Lockhart, Jr. (Patricia), Eugene Lockhart (Jerlene), Curtis Lockhart, of Crockett and William H. Lockhart (Ruby), of Killeen; five aunts Erma J. Ryan, of Houston, Hazel J. Shepherd, of Norcross, Ga., Jessie Lockhart, Sarah Lockhart, both of Crockett and Dorothy Lockhart, of Lufkin; a host of other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his father Earnest Evans Sr.; brother George Kelly Evans; sister Delores Evans Mask; and two nephews George and DeWayne Mask. Funeral Services for Mr. James Edward Evans were held Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 12:00 Noon at Bethel Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Earl Harris and the Rev. M. Waddle officiating. Interment followed in Jasper Cemetery in Crockett. Pallbearers were Earnest Evans, III, DeGerrian Evans, Eugene Lockhart, Patrick D. Anderson, John Thompson, Henry E. Smith, Ronald Mask and Nathaniel Ryan. Honorary Pallbearers were DeMarcus Evans, Kirlan Evans, Jacobe Evans, Greg Lockhart, Sammy Lockhart, Michael Hatch, Jerome T. Washington, M.D., Jaye T. Washington, Edward Morris, Jr., William “Butch” Dow, Port A. Colter, Ray Hickman and Calvin R. Watson. Flowers Bearers were his Granddaughters. Barkley Mortuary

EDDY DAVENPORT
Mr. Eddy Davenport, age 63 of Lovelady, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2011 in Lovelady. Mr. Davenport was born February 13, 1948 in Diboll and had lived most of his lifetime in Lovelady. He was a member of the N. R. A. and the Calvary Baptist Church in Crockett. Mr. Davenport worked as a commercial air and heat installer. He loved life, fishing, hunting and most of all his family and friends. Survivors include his wife Jeanie Davenport, of Lovelady; daughters Shena Hutto and husband Tommy, of Fort Worth, Charlotte Webb and husband Neal, of Palestine, Shelly Davenport and fiance’ Brett, of Lovelady; brothers Ronnie Davenport and wife Debbie, of Crockett, Dennis Davenport and wife Marcha, of Conroe; sister Altonette Shannon and husband Keith, of Silsbee; aunt Louise Pryor and husband Fred, of Onalaska; grandchildren Gregg Hutto, Jeffrey Hutto, Ryan Webb, Ali Brownfield; sisters-in-law Dorthy Jones, of Whitehall Nursing Center, Ann Gibson, of Livingston, Wanda Kleppel and husband Rick, of Houston, Beverly Koon and husband Toby, of La.; brothers-in-law Walter Standley and wife Carroll, of Lovelady, Ernest Standley and wife Carolyn, of North Zulch; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents Alton and Charlene Davenport; and great-niece Kaitlyn Drennon. Funeral Services for Mr. Eddy Davenport were held Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Carl Wayne Standley officiating. Interment followed in the Zion Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Zion Hill Baptist Church. Condolences for Mr. Davenport may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

R. C. BRUCE
Mr. R. C. Bruce, age 83 of Crockett, passed away Monday, March 28, 2011 in Crockett. Mr. Bruce was born October 9, 1927 to Millard and Ella Bruce in Etoile, Texas. Mr. Bruce served in World War II in the United States Navy. He was a life member of the DAV and a member of Evergreen Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Betty Bruce, of Crockett; one daughter Kathleen Harvill and husband Ronald, of Katy; one grandson Christian Reinhard; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services for Mr. R. C. Bruce were held on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at Evergreen Baptist Church, Evergreen, Texas. An online family register book is available at www.brookefuneralservice.com Brooke Funeral Home & Crematory

MORRIS GENE JACKSON
Mr. Morris Gene Jackson, age 81 of Texas City, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at Mainland Medical Center. Mr. Jackson was born May 25, 1929 in Chilton, Texas. He was a Chief Operator for Union Carbide, retiring after 40 years of service. Mr. Jackson was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Texas City and the Texas City Masonic Lodge. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, was involved in the Berlin Airlift, and received an Air Medal. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, LaNell Jackson, Texas City; sons Roy G. Jackson and Scott L. Jackson; granddaughter Sophia Jackson; numerous other relatives and friends. Graveside Services for Mr. Morris Gene Jackson was held Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery in Lovelady. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Texas City or a charity of your choice. Emken-Linton Funeral Home

FRANK J. GRIFFIN
Mr. Frank J. Griffin, age 91 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2011 in the Houston County Nursing Home. Mr. Griffin was born September 29, 1919 in Houston County, Texas and was a graduate of Crockett High School Class of 1937. He had lived in Crockett most of his lifetime. Mr. Griffin was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served during World War II. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Crockett and was also a member of the American Legion Post # 134, D. A. V. and the S. P. J. S. T. Mr. Griffin was a retired truck driver having owned and operated his own trucking business. Survivors include his wife Doris Griffin, of Crockett; sons and daughters-in-law David Frank Griffin and Glendia, of Palestine, Dwight Griffin and Gail and Don Griffin and Darla, all of Crockett; grandchildren Tanya Griffin Mills, of Palm Harbor, Fla., Stacy Griffin, Russell Griffin, Sabrina Griffin, all of Crockett and Ryan Griffin and wife Megan, of Lufkin; great-grandchildren Ava Jade Mills, Harley Nicole Grant, Stasia Brenae Parker, Ayriel Verna Parker, Kayde Bryan Bagwell and Makenzie Paige Bagwell; special niece Martha Sharon Stubbs; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his parents Herman H. and Frances L. Griffin; two brothers; and five sisters. Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Frank J. Griffin were held Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Condolences for Mr. Griffin may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DONNA SUE ANSLEY
Mrs. Donna Sue Ansley, age 53 of Oakwood, perviously of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at her residence. Mrs. Ansley was born on September 17, 1957 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Donald and Melba (Beasley) Humphrey. Mrs. Ansley was a homemaker. She loved to send emails on her computer to communicate with people. Survivors include her husband, Pete Ansley, of Oakwood; mother Melba Humphrey, of Crockett; step-sons Gary Ansley and wife Rebecca, of Houston Eric Ansley and fiancée Amanda, of Angleton and Phillip Ansley, of Austin; sister Mary Rounds and husband Vince, of Ga.; four grandchildren Joey, Josh, Justin and Leslie; and close friends, Annabell Dominges, Susan Reyes, and Jeanette. Preceded in death by her father Donald Humphrey; and sister Lori. Memorial Funeral Services for Mrs. Donna Sue Ansley were held Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at the Walters Buffalo Funeral Home in Buffalo. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, 190 E. Bannock St., Boise, ID. 83702. Condolences and sign the guestbook for Mrs. Ansley may be left at online www.buffalofuneralhome.com. Walters Buffalo Funeral Home

FRAN GOOLSBY
Mrs. Fran Goolsby, age 88, departed this world in the presence of her six children and loving family and entered heaven Sunday, March 27, 2011 in Crockett. Mrs. Goolsby was born June 12, 1922 in Linton, North Dakota to Ellis and Anna Merrill. She lived in South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan and Corpus Christi, Texas before settling in Crockett in 1947. Mrs. Goolsby was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed gardening and canning. She was happiest when she had a house full of family and friends to cook for. She had a generous heart and enjoyed sharing her talent with others. Mrs. Goolsby was a veteran of the US Navy serving as a pharmacists mate until she was honorably discharged on November 11, 1946. Mrs. Goolsby was employed as an office nurse for Dr. A. B. Brown. A member and Elder of First Presbyterian Church, past president of First Presbyterian Church Women, the Redbud Garden Club, Latexo Extension Homemakers, Home Extension Council, the Davy Crockett Pilot Club and past member of the Texas Hospital Volunteers. Fran was a volunteer at ETMC Crockett. Survivors include her Daughters: Judy Morgan and husband Bill, of Latexo, Linda Horton, of Latexo and Ann Shroyer and husband John, of Crockett; sons John Danner and wife Sammy, David Goolsby and wife Linda, and Mike Goolsby and wife Connie, all of Latexo; grandchildren Tim Morgan, Rebecca Shroyer, Rachel Shroyer, Melinda Goolsby, Jessica Cutshall, Jo Lane, Harmonie Seaton, Martha Worley, Mary Worley, Faith Worley, Anna Rush, Josh Worley, Naomi Smith and Joseph Worley; great-grand-children Randi Lane, Jordan Lane, Journie Seaton, Abigail Rush and Shelby Smith; many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. Preceded in death by her husband Wilson Goolsby; parents Ellis and Anna Merrill; two brothers Howard and Clifford Smith; sister Eunice Motsinger; and grandchild Jason Danner. Services for Mrs. Fran Goolsby were held Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. the Rev. Tom Spath, the Rev. Jim Tom Ainsworth and Dr. Jeff Taylor officiating. Interment followed in Milligan Cemetery in Latexo. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Merriwether Scholarship fund at the First Presbyterian Church or the Latexo Alumni Association fund. Condolences for Mrs. Goolsby may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BENOLA PETERSON
Mrs. Benola Peterson, age 92 passed away Sunday, March 27, 2011 in Crockett. Mrs. Peterson was born April 27, 1918 in Houston County, near Grapeland and she was the eighth child of eleven born to John Colin Lawrence and Lura Eugenia (Genie) Williams Lawrence. She was raised in Houston County, where she remained until moving to Houston in 1942. She returned to Crockett in 1984 after the death of her husband, William A. Peterson. Survivors include her son and two daughters along with their spouses: Troy and Patricia Walling, of Magnolia, Betty and Jerry Kanka, of Spicewood and Thelma Peterson, of Tomball; five grandchildren Sherrie Walling Nielsen, Michael Walling, Kelly Wilson King, Charles (Chuck) Wilson and Jason Kanka; Twelve great-grandchildren Courtney Brown Kirkpatrick, Kristen Moreno, Sara Walling, Emily Walling, Ava Walling, Ashley Brooke Whitlock, Sydney King, Chaz Wilson, Whitney Wilson, Ethan Kanka, Ransom Kanka and Fisher Kanka; two great-great-grandchildren Tyler Meyers and Juliana Moreno. Preceded in death by her husband William A. Peterson; parents John Colin Lawrence and Lura Eugenia (Genie) Williams Lawrence; and all of her brothers and sisters. Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Benola Peterson were held Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Denson Cemetery outside of Grapeland. Condolences for Mrs. Peterson may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

 

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