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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of August 3, 2007 - August 10, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Mr. Ronnie Oland Robertson of Crockett, Texas passed from this life on Friday August 3, 2007. Mr. Robertson was born in Houston County May 28, 1931 to Ronnie and Albertine Robertson, Sr.
Mr. Robertson’s love for longhorn cattle and ranching kept him busy on his tractor; time he truly enjoyed. His hobbies included building wood furniture, fishing, hunting, working in the pasture, or any activity in which he could be in his beloved outdoors. Mr. Robertson worked along side his wife Lela on the ranch even up to the day he passed away.
Mr. Robertson was a devoted member of the Calvary Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and loved to sing gospel music. Mr. Robertson was also a member of the esteemed Lions Club. Mr. Robertson was, above all, a loving and devoted family man who was a great role model and was always at ease. Mr. Robertson will be dearly missed.
Survivors include his loving wife Lela Robertson, of Crockett; son Kurt Robertson and wife Susan, of Alvin; daughter Debbie Ireland and husband Craig, of Huntsville; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother Harold Robertson and wife Anna, of Waco.
Preceded in death by his first wife Billie Robertson; and his sister Billie Purcell.
Funeral Services for Mr. Robertson were held Tuesday, August 7, at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home. Internment followed at Brooke Cemetery.
Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.shmfh.com.
Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home

Mrs. Peggy McKithan, age 77 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2007 in the Winfield Nursing Center in Crockett. Mrs. McKithan was born December 23, 1929 in Hebronsville, Texas and was a resident of Crockett. Mrs. McKithan was retired having worked as a bookkeeper and salesperson in the food industry. Mrs. McKithan was a member of the Open Door Baptist Mission in Crockett.
Survivors include her daughter Diana Starr and husband Leroy, of Highlands; sister Frances Parrish, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her sisters Rosaline Robert, Mary E. Whetstone and Billy L. Simpson; and brothers Nolan Smith and Waymon Woolley.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Peggy McKithan were held Thursday, August 9, at 10:30 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Stephen Parrish officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Gladney Center for Adoption, 6300 John Ryan Drive, Fort Worth, TX. 76132.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Mary Scherdin, age 80 of Fairfield, passed away Friday, August 3, 2007 in Fairview Healthcare in Fairfield. Mrs. Scherdin was born April 18, 1927 in Floydada, Texas and had lived in Fairfield for the past 7 years previously living in Lovelady.  Mrs. Scherdin worked at Wal-Mart in Crockett while living in Lovelady. Mrs. Scherdin was a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Fairfield. 
Survivors include her husband Eddie Scherdin, of Fairfield; daughters Linda Wynne, of Shreveport, Connie Folk, of San Antonio; grandchildren Jason Wynne and wife Jill, Jacob Wynne and wife Michelle, all of Shreveport, Jennifer Kasper and husband Paul, of Rota, Spain, Michelle Esparza and husband Jorge, of San Antonio; great-grandchildren Alexandria and Cole Wynne, Jacob Jr. and Matthew Wynne, Mason Fritz, Marcus and Victoria Esparza; brothers and sisters Bill Hixson and wife Dot, of San Angelo, Pauline Koening and husband Martin, of Simonton, Katherine LaRue, of Austonio, Sherald Hixson of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. 
Preceded in death by her grandson Jack Wynne, Jr.; brothers, K. Hixon Jr., Eugene Hixon and Gerald Hixon.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Scherdin were held Monday, August 6, at 2:00 p.m. in the Lovelady Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Lacey and the Rev. Bubba Rutherford officiating.  Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Providence Hospice, 107 East Palestine, Mexia, TX  76667.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Loye Murdock English, age 89 of Kennard, passed away Monday, July 30, 2007 in the Whitehall Nursing Center in Crockett. Mrs. English was born September 26, 1917 in Grapeland, Texas and had lived in Kennard most of her lifetime. Mrs. English was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Crockett Chapter. Mrs. English was a housewife and was also a member of the Community Full Gospel Church.
Survivors include her sons Reagan English and wife Nell, of Lufkin, Rex English and wife Ann, of Kennard, David English and wife Vicki, of Beaumont; eight grandchildren Donald English, Jimmy English, both of Lufkin, Tod English, Charles English, both of Kennard, Tami McCreight, of Crockett, Bryan English, of Nederland, Chris English, of The Woodlands, Robyn Brekel, of Beaumont; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by husband, Roscoe English
Funeral Services for Mrs. Loye Murdock English were held Friday, August 3, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Larry Bruce and the Rev. Gerald Ratcliff officiating. Interment followed in the Ivie Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions will be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford, Lufkin, TX. 75904.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Jon “Johnny” Edgar Carnell, age 68, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2007 at the Moody House Nursing Center in Galveston, Texas after a lengthy illness. Mr. Carnell was born May 3, 1939 in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Carnell’s family moved to Galveston when he was very young. Mr. Carnell grew up on the island graduating from Ball High School. Mr. Carnell lived in numerous locations throughout his life but his favorite place was the East Texas Pineywoods. Mr. Carnell was an avid outdoorsman and had a love of horses.
Survivors include his children Sheila Carnell and J.J. McSwain, of Austonio, Jennifer Guzman and husband John, of Lovelady and Jon Carnell and wife Annette, of LaPorte; sisters Judy Thome and husband Todd, Sandra Young and Sonia Gamache, all of Galveston; brother Dennis Carnell and wife Nell, of Santa Fe; grandchildren Angel, Elizabeth, Haley, Ryan and Ethen; and many nieces and nephews.  
Preceded in death by his parents Helen and Eddie Connett and father Dennis Carnell, all of Galveston.
A small private memorial service will be held.

Cherry Nakia Owens, “Chebby” was born February 11, 1976 in Crockett to Jerry and Linda Owens. She was a member of Praise & Glory Worship Center, Huntsville.
“Chebby” passed away on August 4, 2007 in a Galveston hospital at age 31.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors are: 2 loving children; Ja’Imani Nachelle Thacker called “Jada,” and Johnathan Jacolby Ware, called “Boopie,” mother; Linda Epps Owens also known as “Cheyenne’ all of Huntsville, brother; Anthony “Yogi” Epps of Crockett, “father figure;” Bernard Prater, several aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral Services were held Saturday, August 11, 2007, 11 am, Bethel Baptist Church 900 North 6th, Crockett, Rev. Earl Harris, pastor, Rev. V.L. Parker, officiated. She was laid to rest in Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Crockett.
Casketbearers were: Willie Parker, Randy Roundtree, Alto Owens, Jerome Owens, Micheal Willis, Chris Owens, Jack Earl Simmons, Peter Owens.
McClain-Clebourn Funeral Service

Mr. Billy Preston James, age 83 of Grapeland, recently of Cartmell Home in Palestine, passed away unexpectedly Thursday evening, August 2, 2007. Mr. James was born February 11, 1924 in Percilla to John B. and Linnie James.
Mr. James was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II and worked for many years as a supervisor for Brown & Root Construction in Houston. Mr. James attended First Baptist Church in Grapeland.
Mr. James was known by many Grapeland residents as “Uncle Buck.” During the last two years, Mr. James especially enjoyed walking along Main Street and visiting with Grapeland residents.
Survivors include his one daughter Gay Wolters, of Tampa, Fla.; grandson Casey and wife Karen Wolters, of Fla.; great-grandchildren Emma and Austin Wolters, of Fla.; sister Hazel Condron, of Tyler; brothers Loyd James, of Palestine, Doyle James and wife Rosa, of Brownwood, Wade and wife Matilla (Matt), of Tyler and Burnsville, N.C., Dalton and wife Karen, of Burnsville, N.C.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceded in death by his parents John B. and Linnie James; wife Polly; sisters Maudine Dailey and Pearl Clark; brothers Roy, Leonard, Tom, Dan and John R. James.
A Memorial Service for Mr. Billy Preston James to honor his memory and celebrate his life was held Sunday, August 12, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Grapeland.
In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the First Baptist Church, Grapeland, Building Fund.








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