Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the week of August 17, 2008 - August 24, 2008
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Mrs. Bonnie Patton Smith (Mrs. Clyde W. Smith) of 4100 Jackson, Avenue, Austin, Texas. Born in Crockett, Texas, the daughter of the late U. S. Congressman and Mrs. Nat Patton, a prominent East Texas political family. Bonnie attended school in Austin during her father's tenure in the Texas Senate and when the family moved to Washington, she attended Holton-Arms School for girls.
While living and attending college in Washington she met and married Clyde W. Smith, a Major in the United States Army. In 1959 the Smiths moved to Austin with their young son. They became active in many charitable organizations. Bonnie served on the Boards of the Austin Heritage Society, Women's Symphony League, Paramount Theatre, Austin Ballet Society, State Hospital Construction Management Board, a volunteer for the KLRU Auctions American Heart Association and Cancer drives. One of her favorite volunteer jobs, because of her political background, was acting as a docent at the Governors Mansion and the LBJ Library.
She was a member of the Austin History Center, Friends of the Library, and a founding member of the Grandparents Club of Children’s Hospital. The Smiths were members of Tarrytown United Methodist Church.
Because of her love for Austin, this was reflected in her many years of work with the Heritage Society of Austin. She was one of the Founders and organizers of the Heritage Guild and helped to organize and start the Guild's very successful "1886 Tea Room" at the Driskill Hotel.
Survivors include her husband Clyde W. Smith; one son Clyde W. Smith, JR. (Rick) and his wife Natalie; one grandson Ryan Smith, of Houston; two granddaughters Amie and Meghann and her husband Chris; two great-grandchildren Jarrid and Alyssa, of Killeen; and sister-in-law Eleanor Patton of Crockett.
A Memorial Service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 22, 2008 at Weed-Corley-Fish Chapel in Austin.
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Mr. Dan Lunsford, age 79 of Austonio, passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2008 in the Giddings Healthcare Center. Mr. Lunsford was born December 5, 1928 in Palestine, Texas and was a resident of Austonio for many years. Mr. Lunsford was a member of the Lovelady Masonic Lodge, Order of the Eastern Star in Clute and the American Legion in Huntsville. Mr. Lunsford was retired having worked for Texas Department of Criminal Justice and was a member of the Austonio Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Bobbie Sue Lunsford, of Austonio; daughters Danice Hurt and husband Virgil, of Milano, Nancye Gardner and husband Steve, of Huntsville and Andrea Henson and husband Newell, of Lincoln; grandchildren Misti Graves and husband Craig, Stephanie Bass and husband Brad, Shanna Balderas and husband J.R., Tana Davis and husband Terry, Katie Gardner and Chris Gardner; great-grandchildren Shelby Mitchell, T.J. Mitchell, Delanie Bass, Victoria Balderas, Marissa Balderas and Lucas Bass.
Preceded in death by his brother Don Lunsford; father Forest Crawford Lunsford; and mother Essie Scott Lunsford.
Funeral Services for Mr. Dan Lunsford were held Friday, August 22, at 10:30 a.m. in the Austonio Baptist Church with the Rev. Willie Reagan and the Rev. David Sutton officiating.
Masonic Graveside Services followed in the Douglass Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Austonio Baptist Church or American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15186, Austin, TX. 78761.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Mildred Presnall Morrison Eckels was born June 4, 1923 in Pollok, Texas to John E. and Ethel Scott Presnall, the fifth of six children, all of whom preceded her in death. They include four brothers, Edwin and sister-in-law, Mae Presnall of Odessa, J. B. Presnall of Wells, Joe Presnall of Baytown, James and sister-in-law, Martha Nell Presnall of Lufkin and one wonderful sister Maurine and brother-in-law, J. B. Floyd of Denton. 
She was also preceded in death by her first husband of 26 years, Ray L. Morrison, Sr. of Dallas in 1971; and newborn daughter Maurine in 1955; she lost her second husband of two years Robert E. Eckels of Golden, Colo. in 1988; she was a widow for over 35 total years.
Mrs. Eckels worked as a bookkeeper for 19 years in the Trust Department at Preston State Bank of Dallas, and was much loved by the Lord during her years of worship with many precious friendships at Pollok Baptist Church growing up, Walnut Hill Baptist Church in Dallas, Royal Haven Baptist Church in Dallas, First Baptist Church of Denton and First Baptist Church of Crockett.
Survivors include her son Dr. Ray L. Morrison, Jr. and wife Pam, of Crockett; step-children Chris Eckels and wife Terresa, of Cedaredge, Colo., Jane Kay and husband Norm, Judy Blaskowski and husband Laddie, all of Colorado Springs, Colo., Robert Eckels, Jr. and wife Laura, of Colo. and Jan Dotson, of Seattle, Wash.; three grandsons Worth, Paul and Robert Morrison, of Crockett; 11 step-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Mrs. Iola Presnall, of Wells and Mrs. Nina Presnall, of Baytown; many other loving family members.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Millie Morrison Eckels were held Monday, August 18, at 11:00 a.m. in the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenney Dickenson officiating.   Graveside Services were held Tuesday, August 19 at 10:00 a.m. in Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Denton, Texas with the Rev. Cliff Feeler officiating. 
In lieu of flowers and in recognition to her as a 20 year breast cancer survivor, memorials may be made to the Cancer Support Group of Houston County, c/o First Community Bank, P. O. Box 172, Crockett, TX 75835; ETMC Volunteers 1100 Loop 304 East, Crockett, Texas 75835; or the First Baptist Church Youth Fund, 801 East Goliad Avenue, Crockett, TX  75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Mildred Pugh, age 87 of Centerville, passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2008 in the Huntsville Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Pugh was born May 29, 1921 in Madison County, Texas and was a resident of Centerville for 48 years. Mrs. Pugh was a farmer and ranchers wife and attended the New Salem Baptist Church in the New Salem Community. 
Survivors include her daughters Wanda Manning and husband Mac, of Leona and Sue Burke and husband Ken, of Crockett; sister Laverne McVey, of Huntsville; and numerous other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband J. E. “Deb” Pugh; and sister Ruth Sigford.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Mildred Pugh were held Friday, August 15, at 10:00 a. m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Billy Gunnels officiating. Interment followed in the Midway Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904 or American Heart Association, P. O. Box 15186, Austin, Texas 78761.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home






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