Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the week of August 24, 2008 - August 31, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company

Mrs. Iva Mae Hunter Newman, age 95, a long time Crockett resident, graduated her life journey of faith August 25, 2008. Mrs. Newman was born December 1, 1912 in Eldorado, Arkansas to the union of Jim Hunter and Daisy Green Hunter. Mrs. Newman was sister to the late Joseph Hunter, Roosevelt Hunter and Viel Hunter.
Mrs. Newman attended Wexley Chapel School and Crockett High School from which she graduated. She enjoyed sports and played softball.
In 1933 Mrs. Newman married Willie Dete Newman. Eight children were born to this union: Betty, Willie (Ben), Bessie, James (Bubba), Rosie, Isaiah (Tim), Helen and Michael. Two more were later added, Timothy Williams and Venus Layne. All were nurtured in the fear of the Lord in a household of love, prayer, and faith.
A virtuous woman, Mrs. Newman modeled this lifestyle. She was godly in conduct, thrifty, industrious and attended the affairs of family and home life throughout her days. Mrs. Newman worked for Crockett County Hospital after he children were older for more than 20 years until retirement.
Early in life, Mrs. Newman confessed faith in Jesus Christ. This faith was the cornerstone of her long fruitful life.
Prayer, cooking and serving were among her fun loving quiet ways. She enjoyed sitting on her front porch, watching the affairs of her neighborhood and waving to all who passed by.
On August 25, 2008, Iva Mae Newman departed this life.
She leaves to cherish her memories Mrs. Willie Newman (Della Pearl), Rev. James L. Newman (Mary Jean), Mrs. Rosie Person, Rev. Isaiah J. Newman (Sylvia), Helen Newman Connolly (Thomas), Rev. Michael Newman (Linda), Timothy Williams (Rhonda), Venus Layne Kitchen, (James) a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Preceded in death by her husband Willie Dete Newman; parents Jim Hunter and Daisy Green Hunter; siblings and their spouses; three of her children Betty Curtis, Willie (Ben) Newman, Bessie Newman Layne; sons in-law Selmus Curtis, Wayne Person, John Henry Layne; and daughter in-law Trula Newman.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Iva Mae Hunter Newman will be held Saturday, August 30, 11:00 a.m. at St. Lukes Baptist Church, 315 South Second Street, Crockett, Texas.

Mr. Ivy Lee Carlton, age 69 of Corsicana, formerly of Tool, Texas, passed away Tuesday, August 26, 2008 in the Twilight Nursing Home in Corsicana. Mr. Carlton was born July 5, 1939 in Crockett, Texas and had been living in Corsicana for the past 4 years. Mr. Carlton was retired from the masonry industry and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his son Randy Lee Carlton and wife Pam, of Fort Worth; daughters Suzan Chapin and husband Earl, of Palestine, Dolly Musser and husband Johnny, of Grand Prairie and Joann Massey and husband Reagan, of Abilene; grandchildren Ray Jennings, of Palestine, Amanda Chapin, of Corsicana, Michael Crump, Tony Tackett, Jason Tackett, all of Dallas, Amy Douglas, of Bastrop, Wendy Massey, of Abilene, Joseph Massey, of Dallas and Randy Lee Carlton, Jr., of Fort Worth; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter Julie Glenn; brothers  Clayton Carlton and wife Railey, of Luling, La., Roy Carlton and wife Ann, of Franklin, La.; sisters Dorothy Nell Carlton, of Commerce, Cindy Engle and husband Allen, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his wife Ruby Carlton; parents Snide and Reba Carlton; son Billy Clayton Carlton; brothers Leland “Cotton” Carlton and Ben Carlton; and grandchildren Stephen Jennings and Rachael Jennings.
Funeral Services for Mr. Ivy Lee Carlton were held Saturday, August 30, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Keeney Dickenson officiating. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Dr., Lufkin, Texas 75904.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Madeline M. Campbell, age 78, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, July 30, 2008. Mrs. Campbell was born August 25, 1929 in El Paso, Texas. Mrs. Campbell was married July 6, 1947. Mrs. Campbell was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is now in the arms of Jesus and she will be miss very much.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Gerald Campbell; five children Jessie Campbell, of Baton Rouge, La., Peggy Swetledge, of Walker, La., Billy Campbell, Pine Grove, La., Connie Arvin, of Walker, La. and Lynda May, of Denham Springs, La.; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Religious Services for Mrs. Madeline M. Campbell were held Friday, August 1, at Victory Harvest Church in Baton Rouge, Mr. Kenny Cutrer officiating. Interment followed in Port Hudson.
Rennascance Funeral Home

Mr. Vernon O. Gayle, Jr., age 76, resident of Clinton, Mississippi, passed away Wednesday, August 27, 2008 in a Jackson, Mississippi Hospital following an extended illness.
Mr. Gayle was born February 28, 1928 in Houston, Texas. Mr. Gayle graduated from Crockett High School where he was an athletic standout and letterman in football and basketball. Mr. Gayle was a member of Texas A&M, Class of ’54, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Administration as a Sociology Major.
Mr. Gayle served as a Captain in the Army National Guard and the US Army Reserve. Mr. Gayle had been Artillery Commanding Officer of the National Guard Unit in Crockett.
Mr. Gayle lived in Texas and Shreveport, Louisiana before making Mississippi his home in 1973. Mr. Gayle worked for the Farm Bureau Federation in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Mr. Gayle retired in 1997 as Director of Governmental Affairs for the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation but continued to do contract lobby work at the State Capitol until his health failed. Mr. Gayle was a popular and much beloved figure at the Mississippi State Capitol and was well respected by those who knew him best.  Mr. Gayle was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, affiliated with the Clinton Lodge and a longtime member of the Episcopal Church of the Creator in Clinton. Mr. Gayle enjoyed life, living, laughter and fellowship.
Survivors include his wife Shirley Scrivner Gayle, of Clinton, Miss.; son Vernon O. “Buddy” Gayle, III, of Jackson, Miss.; step daughters Amy Price of Jackson, Miss. and Jamie Brown, of Crystal Springs, Miss.; brother Robert W. Gayle and wife Scarlett, of New Caney; and a host of friends all over the country.
A Service celebrating his life was held Saturday, August 30, at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Creator. A Graveside Service will be in the Gayle Family Plot at Evergreen Cemetery in Crockett at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 2, 2008.
Memorials may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Creator, 1445 Clinton-Raymond Rd., Clinton, MS, 39056.Callaway-Jones Funeral Home

Mrs. Wanda Grayson, age 86 of Grapeland, passed away Sunday, August 24, 2008 at Providence Park Nursing Home in Tyler. Mrs. Grayson was born January 24, 1922 in Horatio, Arkansas to Ripley W. and Elsie E. Payne Haney. Mrs. Grayson was a homemaker and a member of the Lake Baptist Church. Mrs. Grayson was a preacher’s wife for 59 years.
Survivors include her daughter Gayle Beckmon and husband Phil, of Tyler; son Larry Grayson, of Houston; sister Mozell Whitman, of Nederland; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her parents Ripley W. and Elsie E. Payne Haney; husband A.W. Grayson in 2003; son Mike Grayson; and a brother R.W. Haney.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Wanda Grayson were held Wednesday, August 27, at 9:00 a.m. at the Lake Baptist Church with Bro. Tommy Hutto officiating. Interment followed at 3:00 p.m. at Trout Creek Cemetery in Newton County.
Grandsons served as Pallbearers.
Bailey & Foster Funeral Home


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