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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of July 26, 2007 - August 3, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Mr. Ted Rea, age 88 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2007, in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Rea was born July 14, 1919 in Benjamin, Texas. Mr. Rea was retired from Houston County where he operated a road grader and was a member of the San Pedro Baptist Church.
Survivors include his daughter Carolyn Sommerfeld and husband Milton of Chandler, Ariz.; son Benny Thompson and wife Winnie, of Crockett; grandchildren Tami Barugh, Terri Briggs, Toni Nichol, Milton Sommerfeld, Jr. and Julia Sommerfeld; numerous close friends.
Preceded in death by his loving wife, Mattie Rea.
Funeral Services for Mr. Ted Rea were held Monday, July 30, at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Poodle Wittnebert officiating. Interment followed in the San Pedro Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to National Alliance of Mental Illness, Donor Services, P.O. Box 630577, Baltimore, MD 21263-0577.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. M. L. “Smitty” Smith, age 81 of Lovelady, formerly of Crockett, passed away July 26, 2007 at ETMC in Tyler. Mr. Smith was born April 2, 1926 in Crockett. Mr. Smith was a retired painter and farmer and was a Baptist of faith.
Survivors include his 2nd wife Ethel Mae Smith, of Lovelady; sister Adell Quinn, of Conroe; brother James Smith, of Channelview; daughters Louise Dunbar, of Crockett, Jeanie O’Neal, of Palestine; daughters and sons-in-law Mary and Clyde Kronenberger, of Spring, Sue and Billy Matthews, of Palestine, Vickie and Randy Harkins, of Spring; son Buddy Smith, of Crockett; son and daughter-in-law Michael and Dianne Smith, of Rye; step-children Joyce Ferguson and Steve Versiland, of Onalaska, Billy and June Patton, Carolyn and James Milwee, Donna Patton, all of Latexo, Donald and Shasta Patton, of Carthage and Jason and Lisa Patton, of Latexo; 23 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his mother Lizzie Smith; father Millage Smith; first wife Blanche Brent; and brother Charlie Ray Smith.
Graveside Services for Mr. M. L. “Smitty” Smith were held Wednesday, August 1, at 10:00 a.m. at Holley Cemetery with Bro. Robbie Bailey officiating.
Pallbearers were Ricky Petterson, David Driskell, Timothy Parker, Christopher Kronenberger, Brian Smith and Steven Smith.
Honorary Pallbearers were Mitchell Smith and Michael Smith.
Memorials may be given to the M.L. Smith fund at Citizens Bank in Crockett.
Groveton Funeral Home

Mr. Welch Werner Knight, age 49 of Cypress, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2007 at his residence. Mr. Knight was born December 31, 1957 in Houston. Mr. Knight was a graduate of San Marcos Baptist Academy and attended Southwest Texas University. Mr. Knight was a veteran of the United States Navy and was a professional photographer at the time of his death.
Survivors include his wife Penny Johnson Knight, of Houston; parents Dee and Mack Steed, of Kennard; sisters Sara Bruce and husband Larry, and Suzanne Steed, of Kennard; mother-in-law Hilda Johnson, of Port Arthur.
Funeral Services for Mr. Welch Werner Knight were held Sunday, July 15, at 2 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Larry Bruce officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
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Mrs. Sallye Christian, 83 of Blytheville, passed away Monday, July 16, 2007, at Great River Medical Center in Blytheville, Ark. Mrs. Christian was born January 16, 1924, in Elkhart, Texas, to the late Dud and Verdie Freeman. Mrs. Christian was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Crockett.
Survivors include her one daughter and son-in-law Judy and Rickie Gallant, of Blytheville, Ark.; one granddaughter and her husband Kim and David Zielinski; one grandson and fiancée Kody Gallant and Ashley Smith; two great-grandchildren Seth Eatmon and Mallie Ann Zielinski, all of Blytheville, Ark.; two sisters Aloise Evans and husband George and Annie Lou Flasowski and husband Wallace, all of Crockett; and a host of family and friends including several nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by one daughter LaJean Teams; husbands Luthor Wolf and F.E. (Raleigh) Christian, of Crockett; and two sisters Ola  Starling of Kennard and Alice Wolf of Baytown.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Sallye Christian were held Friday, July 20, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park in Crockett.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Wolf, Jerry Wolf, Ricky Flasowski, Randy Flasowski, Jerry Christian and Merle Johnson.
Honorary Pallbearers were Bobby Sam Harkins, John Gullo, Mitch McDonald, Michael Brown, Butch Arnold and Johnny Starling.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Mary Lois Stevenson Harless, age 81 of Pasadena, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2007. Mrs. Harless was born June 1, 1926 in Mary Neal, Texas to Robbie Barbee ad Louis Stroud Stevenson. Mrs. Harless was raised in Lovelady and attended Texas Women’s College, Sam Houston University and University of Houston. Mrs. Harless began her career in teaching in La Porte, Bay City and Pasadena and retired after 31 years of teaching. Mrs. Harless was a member of Ashbury United Methodist Church, member of United Methodist Women, Pasadena Retired Teachers, host volunteer in reading got 10 years, La Porte Alumni Association, Jane Long Chapter of DAR, grandmothers club and S.P.J.C.
Survivors include her son Louis Raymond Harless, of Dallas; daughter Sharon A. Daniel and Dale, of Arlington; two grandchildren Robin Marie Daniel and Brad Stevenson Daniel; niece Marcia Marcantonio, of San Antonio.
Preceded in death by her parents Robbie Barbee and Louis Stroud Stevenson; two brothers Louis Stroud Stevenson. Jr. and Robert Lloyd Stevenson; and husband Raymond Leo Harless.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Lois Stevenson Harless were held Monday, July 23, at 10:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Grand View Funeral Home.
Graveside Services were held at 4:00 p.m. in the Lovelady Cemetery in Lovelady.
Grand View Funeral Home

On July 20, 2007 Mr. Louis Lynn Stuart, Jr. entered into the glorious presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Mr. Stuart is now with our Heavenly Father because he accepted God’s gracious gift of salvation by “faith alone in Christ alone.”
God’s promises never fail!
Acts 16:31, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”  John 3:16, “For God loved the world so that He gave his Uniquely born Son, that whoever believes in Him should not die but shall have Eternal Life.” Romans 5:8, “God demonstrated His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died as a substitute for us.” Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is spiritual death, but the free gift of God is Eternal Life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” John 19:28, “After this (the substitutional Spiritual Death, the saving work of the True Humanity of Jesus Christ on the cross), Jesus knowing that all things had already been accomplished…30: He said, “It (salvation) is finished!” And He bowed His head, and gave up His Spirit (His physical death).  Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.”
Mr. Stuart was born to Louis and Fay Keeton Stuart on September 8, 1929 in San Antonio, Texas. Along with his parents, he spent his early years on his grandparents ranch 30 miles from Sonora, Texas. In 1942, his family moved to Bryan where he graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School. After completing his freshman year at Texas A&M Lynn joined the U.S. Army for one year. Mr. Stuart then returned to his beloved Texas A&M to continue his education and served in the Ross Volunteers as the Executive Officer. After graduating in 1952 with a degree in Civil Engineering and receiving his commission as a 2nd Lt., Lynn served two more years in the U.S. Army. Mr. Stuart then joined the U.S. Army Reserves, serving 35 years in the 420th Engineering Brigade, retiring with the rank of Brigadier General. During this time he received the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Service Medal.
In 1957, Mr. Stuart became a business partner with Mrs. B.F. Vance and Frank Thurmond, that later became Bryan Construction.  Later Frank and Lynn added Larry Ridgway and Bob Gilliland as partners.
Mr. Stuart was a volunteer in many different groups in this area. One of his favorite pastimes was traveling and he made many trips with dear friends of all ages whom he greatly cherished.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Sylvia Stewart Stuart; daughter Sharon and husband Kirk Brenner, of Crockett; son Scott and wife Leticia Duran Stuart and their children Sarah, Stephen and Robert Stuart, all of Houston; sister-in-law Pat and her husband Ken Sherry, of Bryan; brother-in-law Chuck Stewart and his wife Marcia, of New Braunfels; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Berachah Church, 2815 Sage Rd., Houston, TX  77056, Grace Bible Church in College Station, Gideons International, 50 Century Blvd., P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800 or Operation Grace World Missions, P.O. Box 19508, Houston, TX  77224.
Private services will be held for the immediate family only.
Please leave condolences at www.callawayjones.com.
Callaway-Jones Funeral Home

Mr. John Harvey Poe, age 90 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2007 in the Houston County Nursing Home. Mr. Poe was born November 23, 1916 in Latexo to Walter Henderson Poe and Janie Dixon Poe. Mr. Poe was a graduate of Lovelady Schools in 1936. Mr. Poe married Nelma Louise Arnold and they had two daughters. Mr. Poe had been a resident of Crockett for the past 30 years.  Prior to moving to Crockett he had lived in Houston for many years. While in Houston, Mr. Poe worked for TXDOT, Mustang Tractor and Equipment, Sinclair Refining and Arco. Mr. Poe was loved and will be missed by many. 
Survivors include his daughters Darla Nell Lawrence, of Lovelady, Carol Jeannine Blazek and Steve Stone, of Huntsville; grandchildren Jerry Don Lawrence and wife Lauretta, of Keller, John Gary Lawrence, of Lovelady, Dennis William Harrison and wife Ramona, of Spring, Nicholaus Poe Blazek, of Bryan, Lori Beth Blazek Slott and husband Brent, of New Waverly; great-grandchildren Emily Sue Lawrence, of Cypress, Jarod Wayne Lawrence, of Houston, Sarah Elizabeth Lawrence, of Keller, Christina Lynn Lawrence, of Austin, John Timothy Lawrence, of Lovelady, Stephen Dane Harrison, Morgan Diane Harrison, both of Lufkin, Zachary Harrison, of Spring, Raegan Alyssa Slott, of New Waverly; brothers W. H. Poe, Jr. and wife Irene, of Pennington, Paul E. Poe and wife Gwendolyn, of Livingston; sister Ruth Seymour Martin of Priceville, Ala.; nieces and nephews Ron Easton, JoAnn Easton McMillian, Michelle Cook, Pat McDonald, Pam Tome, Randy Seymour and Gene Seymour; numerous other relatives, dear friends of Houston County.
Preceded in death by his wife Nelma Louise Arnold Poe; parents Walter Henderson Poe, Sr. and Janie Dixon Poe; one brother and two sisters.
Funeral Services for Mr. John Harvey Poe were held Tuesday, July 17, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Rex Harrell officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the E. T. M. C. Cancer Support Group, Attn: Carol Dawson, 1100 E. Loop 304 East, Crockett, TX.  75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Jewel Delane Wagner was born January 26, 1919 in Crockett to the parentage of Jim and Mary Delane. Mrs. Delane attended Salt Branch school in the Halls Bluff Community and was a Deaconess, Choir president and mother of the church.
On January 19, 1935, she united in Holy Matrimony with Walter “Sam” Wagner. To this union, six children were born.
On Saturday, June 30, 2007, the angel of death visited Mrs. Jewel Delane Wagner as she was surrounded by her loving family.
Survivors are her two daughters Georgia Murphy, of Crockett and Crezette Evans (Rev. Oliver), of Fort Worth; two sons Jimmy Wagner and Sammy Wagner, of Crockett; one granddaughter whom she raised Cynthia Howard (Rev. Terrence), of Fort Worth; seven other grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one brother Clyde Delane, of Crockett; son-in-law Clarence Jolley, of Crockett; one god-daughter Dorothy Johnson, of Crockett; special provider Pearlie Holman; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents Jim and Mary Delane; husband Walter “Sam” Wagner; one daughter; one son’ one grandson; one granddaughter; one great-great-grandchild; four sisters; and four brothers.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Jewel Delane Wagner were held Saturday, July 7, at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church in Crockett with Rev. Earl Harris, Rev. Elliott Marshall and Rev. precious Gipson officiating. Interment followed in Campbell Cemetery.
Active Pallbearers were Wayne Dairs, Clarence Jolley, Sammy Wagner, Jr., Rev. Terrence Howard, Rev. Oliver Evans and Kenneth Jolley.
Honorary Pallbearers were Jimmy Wagner, Cory Murphy, Julian Howard, Rodney Jolley, Sammy Wagner, Sr., Arthur Murphy, Jr., Aaron Davis, Jr. and Clyde Delane.
Barkley Mortuary

Mrs. Frances LaMont Cook, age 97 of Waco, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at a local hospital. Mrs. Cook was born June 21, 1910, in Whitney, Texas, to William Nuckols and Florence McCabe. Mrs. Cook graduated in 1930 from College of Industrial Arts, retired from the Houston Independent School District as a teacher and counselor, and lived many happy years on land originally settled by early Cook family.
Survivors include her brother W.D. Nuckols of Clifton; daughter Doris Dell, of Woodland Hills, Calif.; son Rev. Bob Maxwell, of Robinson; six grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her daughter Barbara Wofford.
Graveside Services for Mrs. Frances LaMont Cook were held in the Porter Springs Cemetery adjacent to her husband Lansford Cook Saturday, July 28, at 10:00 a.m. with Rick Kelley officiating.  
Memorials may be sent to Grace Street Church of Christ 124 S. Grace Street Crockett, TX. 75835 or to the Porter Springs Cemetery Association in care of Kathy Ward 301 Johnson Avenue Crockett, TX. 75835.
Oak Crest Funeral Home

Mr. Donald Macon Wills, age 92 of Lovelady, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Wills was born October 14, 1914 in Houston County and was a lifetime resident of this area.  He was a farmer and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Edna Wills of Lovelady; sons Don Wills and wife Peggy, of Houston, Jim Wills and wife Barbara, of Austin; grandchildren David and Carla Wills, of Georgetown, Lezli and Kevin Wiggins, of Austin; great-grandchildren Macon and Carlen Wills, of Georgetown, Kylie, Ian, Jace Wiggins, of Austin; sisters Cleo Filer and husband Al, of LaMarque, Marianne Evans, of La.; numerous beloved nieces, nephews and cherished friends.
Preceded in death by his parents Bernard and Edna Bitner Wills; grandson Karl Dean Wills; brother Farrell Wills; great-granddaughter Megan Wills; and sisters Mildred Mitchell and Bernadine Higginbotham.
Funeral Services for Mr. Donald Macon Wills were held Thursday, July 12, at 10:30 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Scott Matthews officiating.  Interment followed in the Center Hill Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Darrell Lynn “Mugsy” Catoe, age 42 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2007 in Huntsville. Mr. Catoe was born January 23, 1965 in Huntsville and has lived in Crockett most of his lifetime. Mr. Catoe had worked as a truck driver. 
Survivors include his son Kaleb Catoe, of Atlanta, Ga.; brothers John Catoe and wife Sherrie, James Catoe, Jeffrey Catoe and wife Tracy, all of Crockett and Eric Bettis and wife Anita, of Pasadena; sisters Phyllis Chavez and husband Carlos, of Huntsville and Monica Catoe, of Madisonville; step-dad Billy Crowson and wife Linda, of Lovelady; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
Preceded in death by parents Butch Catoe and Dale Crowson.
Funeral Services for Mr. Darrell Lynn “Mugsy” Catoe were held Tuesday, July 17, at 10:00 a.m. in the Central Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating.  Interment followed in the Latexo Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Charles Ray Marks, age 52 of Lovelady passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at his residence. Mr. Marks was born April 4, 1955 in Houston, Texas and grew up there. Mr. Marks moved to Lovelady with his parents, Glover and Gladys Marks in 1983, where he lived until he passed away.
Survivors include his step-mother Doris Driskell and husband Troy C. Driskell, of Lovelady; brother Steve Marks, of Houston; sister Janet Clark, of Houston; nieces Laura Marks, of Houston, Mary Ann Couvillion and husband Ryan, of Denton; nephew Wesley Marks and wife Stephanie, of Houston; special aunts Charlene Bartee, of Pearsons Chapel and Martha Huntsman, of Lovelandy; other nieces and nephews, many cousins and close friends.
Preceded in death by his parents Glover and Gladys Marks; and sister Gerry Ann Marks.
Funeral Services for Mr. Charles Ray Marks were held Friday, July 13, at 10:30 a.m. in the First Baptist Church in Lovelady with the Rev. Scott Matthews officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Music Department, P. O. Box 130, Lovelady, TX. 75851.
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