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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of August 18, 2007 - August 25, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Mr. Buford Lucas, age 67 of Belott, passed away Sunday, August 12, 2007 in the Houston County Nursing Home.  Mr. Lucas was born October 23, 1939 in Belott and was a resident of Houston County most of his lifetime.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy having served during the Korea Era.  Mr. Lucas was a member of the American Legion in Crockett and attended the Belott Pentecostal Church.  He was a retired brick mason.
Survivors include his wife Peggy Mae Lucas, of Belott; children Marie Lucas and Vincent Diaz, of Waco, Buford Lucas, Sr., of Belott, Christie Brown and husband Anthony, of Weches and Roy Lucas, of Belott; grandchildren Vincent, Theresa, Allen, Josphina, Anthony, Samantha and Buford Jr.; brother Raymond Lucas, of Crockett; sister-in-law Christine Peterson, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Buford Lucas were held Wednesday, August 15, at 2:00 p. m. in the New Energy Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Durham officiating. 
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. David Austin Bain Jr., age 73, passed away August 2, 2007 in Conroe, Texas after a lengthy illness.  Mr. Bain was born July 27, 1934, in Chattanooga, Tennessee to David Austin Bain Sr. and Prudie Lee Bain.  Mr. Bain served in the United States Air Force as a Military Policeman during the Korean War where he was stationed in Paris, France. Mr. then graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Mr. Bain was employed with General Electric in Roanoke, Virginia and then worked for many years for Powell Electrical Manufacturing Company in Houston. Mr. Bain enjoyed working on his ranch, golfing, reading and was an avid hunter. 
Survivors include his wife Beverly K. Bain; sister Delores Dickson, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; brother Donald Bain, of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; daughter Ingrid and son-in-law Joe Lee, of Lovelady, daughter Kimberly and son-in-law Paul Wright, of Lufkin, and daughter Greta Bain and Scott Curry of Lufkin; grandchildren, Robert, Kristie, Nathan, Sarah, Hannah, Samuel, Curtis, Zachary and Jade Lee, all of Lovelady, Austin, Brooke and Tyler Wright, all of Lufkin, Benjamin David Bain, Britney, Karen and Lexi, all of Lufkin;  great-granddaughter Isabella Wright, of Lufkin; and numerous nieces and other relatives.
 Graveside Services were held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Monday, August 6, at 10:00 a.m. at the Forest Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to CASA, 412 W. Phillips, Suite 107, Conroe, TX 77301.
Forest Park The
Woodlands Funeral Home

Funeral services for Eric Marquise Gray age 16, were held Saturday, August 18, 2007, 11 am, St. Luke Baptist Church, 315 South 2nd, Crockett, Rev. Ralph P. Taylor, pastor, Bishop Miller Thompson, Restoration Holiness Church #2, New Waverly, officiated. He was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Cemetery
 Eric Marquise Gray was born December 7, 1990 in Crockett. He was preceded in death by his mother Shonna Reney Gray and grandfather, Norman Gray.
Eric attended Crockett Public Schools and at age 13 joined God’s Restoration Holiness Church #2 in New Waverly, pastured by Bishop Miller Thompson. He regularly attended sunday school and sang in the choir.
Eric passed away on August 8 at Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston. Survivors are; devoted great grandmother; Mrs. Sarah Taylor McBride of Crockett, grandmother; Lillie Gray of Dallas, uncles; Christopher Gray (Tracy), Brian Gray (Anita), Norman Gray, Jonathan Gray, Edward Taylor and wife Lindsey all of Dallas, Henry Taylor and wife Maxine of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Tsaac McBride and wife Teresa of New Waverly, aunts; JoAnn Allen of South Carolina, Everlyn Verdun (Michael), Carol Taylor all of Houston, Annie Ruth Cleveland (Joseph) of New Waverly, several great aunts and uncles, several other relatives, classmates, teachers, and friends.
 Casketbearers were: Christopher Gray, Brian Gray, Norman Gray, Derrick Taylor, Edward Taylor, Jr., Michael Verdun, Edward Taylor, Sr.
McClain-Clebourn Funeral Service

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; brothers Dennis Carnell and wife Nell, of Santa Fe, Ed Carnell, of Houston; 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.

Mrs. Juanita Bell Duke Thompson, age 84, went home to be with the Lord Friday, August 10, 2007. Mrs. Thompson was born May 6, 1923 in Port Arthur to parents who owned the first grocery store in Pear Ridge, Texas, with older twin brothers, ever her protectors and tormentors.
Mrs. Thompson was naturally competitive and real tomboy. After her father passed away she was only three, she was indulged and doted upon by all her relatives, and naturally craved being in the spotlight and performing. Unusually loquacious from the start, she took elocution lessons and gave readings for the Port Arthur Garden Club and on local radio. Mrs. Thompson took piano lessons as a child and later played a “Honkytonk” piano style for local Baptist Churches.
Mrs. Thompson was proudly claimed by James Robert Thompson, a handsome Aggie, when she was a freshman at Texas Women’s University in Denton, he asked her to wait for him until he finished his degree. As a surprise, he brought her home from their honeymoon, to a brand-new, completely furnished house with all her clothes and personal belongings carefully arranged for her arrival in love and happy in their marriage, they went on to have six children over the next 18 years; Sharon Anne, Kathryn Jo, Sandra Jeanne, Judith Lynn, Deborah Sue and (finally) James Robert Thompson, II.
They Vacationed every year at Neal’s vacation Lodges in Concan, Texas and never missed a chance to swim in any available body of water. Mrs. Thompson was a charismatic, born leader, who never met a stranger, and was a rebel at heart, loving to challenge rules. When she was already the mother of four children and the wife of a traveling husband, she taught herself to drive on the freeways of Houston, and loved to speed when she was behind the wheel.
Mrs. Thompson attended the Baptist Church from childhood but accepted Christ as her personal savior years later as an adult. A member of the Central Baptist Church in Crockett, she gave generously of her time, talents, and money. Mrs. Thompson visited local nursing homes to give comfort.
Mrs. Thompson had a natural affinity for children and youth, and encouraged them to develop their talents and to realize their potential, and took them into her heart and loved them deeply, spending one-on-one time with them and financially supporting their studies.
Mrs. Thompson had many dear friends, especially the members of her Sunday school class. Wherever she went in the community, she cheered and entertained others with her wit and vivacious personality.
Over the last several years, Mrs. Thompson faced innumerable serious health issues with amazing faith and courage. A widow for almost 30 years, she overcame lung disease, a broken hip, surgeries, and extended hospital stays. All who knew her were blessed and challenged by her love of life and faith in God and His amazing grace.
Survivors include her daughter’s Sharon Hearne, of Wimberley, Kathryn Ferguson, of Austin, Sandra Raney, of Pearland, Judith Woodson, of Zavalla, Deborah Harrelson, of Lovelady; only son James Robert Thompson, II, of Marshall; sister Betty Lawson, of Lufkin; grandchildren Julianne Hearne, Eden Hinshaw, Tara Kirkland, Rustin Raney, Amber Dendy, Brandi Woodson, Kristy Jordy, Jeremy and Bryan Harrelson, Katie and Harrison Thompson; sons-in-law Wendell Hearne, Woody Woodson and Carl Dale Harrelson; daughter-in-law Shay Thompson; cousin and lifelong friend Tem Shaunfield; and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her true love, James Robert Thompson; father Richard Duke; mother Maggie Jewel Mount; twin brothers Dick and Joe Duke; sister Bobbie Landry; brother Walter Raiford; and son-in-law Hughie Raney.
A celebration of her life was held Monday, August 13, at 10:00 a.m. at Central Baptist Church in Crockett. Graveside services followed in the Antioch Cemetery in Lovelady.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Central Baptist Church Youth Programs, 102 N. 7th Street, Crockett, TX. 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Louise Murchison, age 89 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2007 in the Winfield Healthcare Center. Mrs. Murchison was born April 3, 1918 in Tehuacana, Texas and lived in Crockett since 1946. Mrs. Murchison was a charter member of the First Baptist Church where she taught the Beginner’s Sunday School for 33 years.
Survivors include her sons John S. Murchison III and wife Dottie, of Austin, Jimmy Murchison, of Salado, Danny Murchison, of Crockett; sisters-in-law Nell Robinson, of Waco, Hattie Edna Crow, of College Station, Nell Worden, of Vernon; brother-in-law Bill Murchison of Okla.; grandchildren Michelle Carter, Nicki Murchison, Andy Ackley, Tosh Murchison, Smith Murchison, and Mary Beth Murchison; seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by husband John Smith Murchison, Jr; son Billy Gaines Murchison; and daughter-in-law Nona Beth Murchison. 
Funeral Services for Mrs. Louise Murchison will be held Saturday, August 11, at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Kenney Dickinson and the Rev. Bill Murchison officiating.  Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park in Crockett, TX.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Presbyterian Children‚s Home, 156 Private Road 443, Itasca, TX 76055.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Wretha Pearl Hyett, age 87 of Palestine, passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at the Cartmell Home for aged. Mrs. Hyett was born January 25, 1920 in Newark, Arkansas to Rufus W. and Myrtle L. Metcalf Walker. Mrs. Hyett had lived in Anderson County for over 50 years and was a homemaker. Mrs. Hyett loved spending time with family and friends and loved to sing.
Survivors include her daughters Helen Hyett Crowson and husband Rayford, of Lovelady and Diann Hyett Blackwell and husband Rick, of Crockett; son Fred Coy Hyett, of Palestine; sisters Etta Rayburn, Exie Lane and Leona Rodgers, all of Ark.; five grandchildren Marc Crowson, Kenneth Crowson, Robert Blackwell, Shelly Jean Waller and Tracy Sue Cower; and eight great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her husband Johnnie Hyett in 1992; son William Riley Hyett in 2003; and three brothers and three sisters.
Memorials Services for Mrs. Wretha Pearl Hyett were held Saturday, August 25, at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Cartmell Home for Aged. 2212 W. Reagan, Palestine, TX. 75801.
Herrington/Land of
Memory Funeral Home








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