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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of December 2, 2007 - December 9, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Mrs. Billie Jo Krenek, age 84 of Kilgore, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2007 in Longview. Mrs. Krenek was born September 20, 1923 in Whitesboro, Texas to the late Monroe T. and Julia Ann Cross Bewley. Mrs. Krenek was a graduate of Whitesboro High School and shortly after the family moved to Kilgore. Beginning in 1951 she moved to New Iberia, Louisianna for 17 years before spending 20 years in Houston. After retirement, she moved to Houston County Lake near Crockett. In 1990 she moved to Kilgore after the passing of her husband. Mrs. Krenek was very independent, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. Mrs. Krenek was a member of the Chandler St. Church of Christ.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law Jim and Mary Krenek, of Montgomery, Don and Debra Krenek, of Longview; grandchildren Sherry Charles, Candice Brunner, Stefanie Krenek, Don Krenek, Jr. and Linda Krenek; great-grandchildren Ryan Charles, Ashley NiNi, Adam and Dylan Brunner; one sister Wilma Inez Welch; and brothers Jack and Sam Bewley.
Preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, James Brisco Krenek, Sr.; parents Monroe T. and Julia Ann Cross Bewley; and two brothers M.T. Bewley and Harold Bewley.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Billie Jo Krenek were held Saturday, December 1, at 1:00 p.m. at Chandler St. Church of Christ with Mr. Chris Vidacovich officiating.
Private Family interment services followed in Evergreen Memorial Park in Crockett.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3613 S. broadway, Suite 401 Tyler, TX. 75701.
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Mr. Charles Archie Snell, age 66 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2007 in the Houston County Nursing Home. Mr. Snell was born December 15, 1940 in Houston County, Texas and had lived all of his lifetime in Crockett. Mr. Snell was retired having worked as a farmer. Mr. Snell enjoyed fishing and gardening.
Survivors include his wife Mary Snell, of Crockett; daughter Kathy King, of Grapeland; son Jacob Snell, of Crockett; granddaughter Cheyenne King, of Grapeland; mother Myrl Snell, of Crockett; very Special Friend (like a daughter), Teri Waters, of Panama City Beach, Fla.; brother-in-law  Jerry Christian and wife Amanda, of Austonio; sister-in-law Margaret Walding and husband James, of Fort Worth; nieces and nephews  Curt and Elody Christian, Sonya Johnson and Brian Walding; special aunt Frances Crofford Richards; special cousins Teresa and Mack Currie, Jimmy and Paula Crofford, Jason and Shelly Crofford; special friends  Loraine Eakin Wright, Dick and Dorothy Riley, Mike and Terri Riley, Donald and Barbara Lamb, Jackie and Bertie Bowdoin, Stephen and Debbie Zalesky, Felton and Charlotte Higginbotham, Vernon and Robert Gayle, Jessie and Maria Garcia, Morris and Mildred Lanier, Buddy Davis, Janie and Gary Ivins, Chuck Schwen, Tom and Cecilia Whelan, Calvin and Bunnie Lopez; numerous other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his father Charlie Snell; uncle James Crofford; and aunt Laura Tyer.
Funeral Services for Mr. Charles Archie Snell were held Saturday, December 1, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Interment followed in the Boggs Cemetery.
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Dr. John Richard Cook M.D., age 93, passed away peacefully at his home in Temple, Texas on December 4, 2007.
Dr. Cook was born in Chase County, Kansas on December 19, 1914 to J. Wilkins and Elinor Martin Cook. Dr. Cook grew up in Stockton and Long Beach, California and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach. He attended college at U.S.C., majoring in Business and Accounting.
Dr. Cook was married to Almalie Becker while in California.  She died in childbirth when his daughter Sharon was born. Dr. Cook later married Mary Dmytrick. Dr. Cook came to Texas with his brother Carl to open a family business, Cook Heat Treating, in Houston. While in Texas, he became interested in ranching and raised Angus cattle on his ranch near Normangee. Dr. Cook had always dreamed of being a Medical Doctor, so he enrolled in the University of Houston to do his Pre-Med and was accepted at U.T.M.B. in Galveston to complete his education. After his internship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he entered Private Practice in Trinity, Texas at Trinity Memorial Hospital and Trinity Clinic, with his partner Dr. Sam Barnes. Dr. Cook loved small town life and served two terms as Mayor. Dr. Cook was involved in the Trinity River Authority during the building of Lake Livingston.  Dr. Cook was a member of the Tri-County Medical Association, Theta Kappa Psi Medical Fraternity, the Lions Club and the Texas Angus Association. Dr. Cook was a Christian and a member of the Methodist Church, but enjoyed attending all Bible based churches. 
After his retirement from Medicine in 1984, Dr. Cook moved to Pagosa Springs, Colorado and married the love of his life, Jane Fuller LaRue. They shared the hobbies he loved; fishing, golfing and hunting, cross-country skiing, traveling and entertaining their many friends. Health issues later caused them to move back to Texas.
Survivors include his wife Jane, of Temple; daughter Sharon Dunlap, of Trinity; sons David LaRue and wife Debbie, of Dhahran, Saudia Arabia, Gary LaRue and wife Laurel, of Lovelady, Tommy LaRue and wife Jennie, of Galveston and Steven LaRue and wife Lori, of Glenn Heights; grandchildren Michelle Roberts and husband Stacy, Jill Lindley, Brad LaRue and wife Jennifer, Lacy Slinkard, Trey Slinkard, Laura LaRue, Lindsey LaRue, Cameron LaRue, Trevor LaRue and Gabriella LaRue; great-grandchildren Billy Andrews and wife Kim, Josh Thornton and wife Christy, Glenn Stark, Emily Roberts, Nicole Roberts and Dillon LaRue; great-great grandchildren Rilyn Andrews and Jordyn Andrews; brothers and sisters in law Clarite and Roland Neer, Robert and Cecilia Fuller, Charles and Marcelyn Fuller, Shannon and Donna Fuller; and many loving nieces and nephews and a host of loyal friends.
Preceded in death by his parents; three brothers Ed, Carl and Clifford Cook; former wives Almalie B. Cook and Mary D. Cook; grandson Shannon LaRue; and sister-in-law Beth Fuller Weekley.
Following cremation, a Memorial Service will be held at the Lovelady First Baptist Church on December 15TH at 1:00 p.m.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Scott and White Cancer Research, 2401 South 31st St., Temple, TX. 76508; Trinity Peninsula Foundation, c/o Dan Barnes, P.O. Box 1851, Trinity, TX. 75862; or, the charity of your choice.

Dr. Carl O. Murray, age 81 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2007, in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Dr. Murray was born December 28, 1925, in Crockett and was a lifetime resident of Crockett.
Dr. Murray was a graduate of Crockett High School, the University of Texas and Tulane Medical School. Dr. Murray practiced medicine from 1948 until 1998. Dr. Murray served his residency in Buffalo, New York, then returned to Crockett in 1949, where he practiced for the next 49 years.
Dr. Murray was a Charter Fellow of the American Board of Family Practice and a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine, certified with added qualifications in Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Murray was the medical doctor for the Crockett State School and Texas Youth Commission for 40 years until 1991.
Dr. Murray served several terms on Crockett City Council presiding over the Crockett Police Department and was a member of All Saints Church, Episcopal in Crockett.
Survivors include his wife Roberta Murray, of Crockett; daughter Carla Shaver and husband Robert, of Denver, Colo.; granddaughter Anne Elizabeth Shaver, of Denver, Colo.; step-son William Hervey Wells and wife Kelley, of Houston; step-grandson William Hervey Wells III, of Nacogdoches; aunt Mrs. William Guy Murray, of Houston; cousins George Luckel Murray, Richard Lloyd Murray and wife Rachel, all of Houston, William Reynolds Murray, of Greenville, S C., James Lloyd Murray and wife Jessica, of Falls Church, Va.
Preceded in death by his sister Gladys Lucille Murray in 1999.
Funeral Services for Dr. Carl O. Murray were held Wednesday, December 5, at 2:00 p.m. at All Saints Church, Episcopal with Mr. John Chase officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the All Saints Church, Episcopal, 1301 E. Houston Avenue, Crockett, Texas 75835 or the Charity of Choice.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Eunice Matthews, age 90 of Crockett, passed away Friday, November 23, 2007 in the Whitehall Nursing Center in Crockett. Mrs. Matthews was born January 8, 1917 in Madisonville, Texas and was a resident of Crockett since 1969. Mrs. Matthews was retired having worked as a nurse. Mrs. Matthews was a member of the Oak Shade Baptist Church in Cleveland. 
Survivors include her sons Cecil R. Poe, of Gilchrist, John Matthews, Jr., of Grapeland; daughters JoAnn Gray and husband Hughie, Ruth Ramirez and husband Daniel and Mary Matthews, all of Crockett; grandchildren Dwayne Poe, Clifton Poe, both of Beaumont, Cindy Poe, of Houston, James Poe, of Beaumont, Vicki Ann Payne, of New Waverly and Hughie Gray, Jr., of Washington, D.C.; great-granddaughter Karen Ann Broussard, of New Waverly; sister Willie Mae Dwyer, of Silsbee; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband John W. Matthews; father and mother John W. and Althea Campbell; and sister Ruby Burt.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Eunice Matthews were held Monday, November 26, at 2:00 p.m. in the Carlisle Cemetery with the Rev. John Goss officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of Choice.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Infant Jasher Drake Hyde, was born and passed away Thursday, November 29, 2007 in the Palestine Regional Medical Center. 
Survivors include his parents Melissa Burson and Jeremy Hyde, of Crockett; brothers and sisters Lillian Michelle Burson, Isabella Ava’Lou Burson, Harper Jo Hyde and Nathan Blake Hyde; grandparents Joe and Gorgana Hyde, Jeanne Beard and Carl and Wanda Burson; great-grandparents Earl and Billie Jean Beard, George Shaver, Berta Mae Hyde and Joe Burson; aunts and uncles Casey Shaver Hyde, Christy Cayon Atkins, Jerme Matthew Burson and wife Shamica Michelle, Emily Burson and Josh Burson; first cousins Haden Atkins, Ashleigh Atkins, Katelyn Atkins, Brandy Atkins, Dylan Burson and Taylor Burson; numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his great-grandmother Charlyne Shaver; and great-grand fathers, Claude Hyde and C. H. Burson.
Funeral Services for Infant Jasher Drake Hyde were held Tuesday, December 4, at 4:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel. Interment followed in the Beard Family Cemetery.
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Mr. Leslie G. Parker, age 85 of Lovelady, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2007 in the Huntsville Memorial Hospital. Mr. Parker was born May 30, 1922 in Weldon and was a lifetime resident of the Lovelady area. Mr. Parker was a retired rancher and a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Navy as an armed guard on a merchant ship.  Mr. Parker was also a lifetime member of the VFW and the DAV and a member of the Weldon Baptist Church since 1956.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Margaret Jordan Parker, of Lovelady; daughters Sharon Freeman, of Lovelady and Paula Waller and husband Larry, of Ben Arnold; grandchildren Lacy Freeman and wife Andrea, of Buffalo, Doug Freeman and wife Tammy, of Lovelady, Kelly Waller, of Mexia and Wendy Stone and husband Layne, of Temple; 10 great-grandchildren Brandi, Tiffany, Jacob, Leslie, Logan, Natalie, Lily, Lane, Addison and Sadie; sister Pauline Evans, of Lovelady; sisters-in-law Shirley Parker, of Lovelady, Bobbie Penny, of Conroe; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives
Preceded in death by his parents Lee and Nona Parker; brothers Clarence, Ovie Lee, Jack, Hunter, Dick and George; sister Inez Parker; and son-in-law Bill Freeman.
Funeral Services for Mr. Leslie G. Parker were held Tuesday, December 4, at 2:00 p.m. in the Weldon Baptist Church with the Rev. C. F. Hazelwood and the Rev. Reggie Gregory officiating. Military graveside will follow in the Weldon Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Weldon Cemetery Assn. Rt. 2 Box 211D, Lovelady, TX.  75851, Weldon Baptist Church or Charity of Choice.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Lois Lorene Willingham, age 89 of Crockett, passed away Monday, December 3, 2007 in Crockett. Mrs. Willingham was born June 17, 1918 in Lufkin. Mrs. Willingham was a very special person, who loved doing for others, and she was a survivor. Mrs. Willingham enjoyed entertaining company and just loved everybody.
Survivors include her loving children Julia Brimberry and Ted Willingham and wife Marion; brother James “Buddy” Boney and wife Janie; grandchildren Charlotte McKinney and husband Russ, Lori Lake and husband Frank, Randy Willingham and wife Jada, Darla White and Deborah Hawkins and husband Lonnie; great-grandchildren Emily and Holly McKinney, Landon and Kayla Lake, Jordan, Jenna and Jaylee Willingham, Stacy and Jason Maldanado, Brittney White, Haley and Trevor Hawkins.
Graveside Services for Mrs. Lois Lorene Willingham were held Friday, December 7, at 10:00 a.m. in the Plantersville Cemetery with the Rev. Jessica Lagrone officiating.
Pallbearers were Russ McKinnney, Frank Lake, David Ash, Stephen Ash, Frank Viniarski, Jr., and Alan Windham.
Honorary Pallbearers were Randy Willingham, Lonnie Hawkins, Bennie Gillum and Skeet Donaho.
Metcalf Funeral Home

Mr. Marshall E. Tabor age 80 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mr. Tabor was born June 15, 1927 in Munday, Texas and was a resident of Crockett since 1966. Mr. Tabor was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served during the Korean Era. Mr. Tabor was a past member of the Plainview Masonic Lodge. Mr. Tabor had owned and operated Tabor Farm Supply in Crockett for many years until his retirement. Mr. Tabor was also a member of the Central Baptist Church in Crockett.
Survivors include his wife Billie Tabor, of Crockett; son Mark Tabor and wife Kim, of Crockett; grandchildren Nicki Novosad and husband Trey, of Helotes, Chelsea Tabor, Tyler Tabor and Presley Ellis, all of Crockett; great-grandchildren Austin Novosad and Addison Novosad of Helotes; brother Joe Tabor and wife Oneale, of Blanket; sister-in-law Ann Lee, of Lake Brownwood; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death his by daughter Marsha Lynn Tabor Gullo; brother Mackie Tabor; sister Ruth Thornton; and brother-in-law, Ray Lee.
Funeral Services for Mr. Marshall E. Tabor were held Sunday, November 25, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Goss and the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Dr., Lufkin, TX. 75904 and Central Baptist Church Building Fund, 100 N. 7th St., Crockett, TX. 75835.
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Mr. Martin Dell Wooley, age 51 of Possum Walk, Texas, passed away Monday, November 19, 2007 in Galveston.
Mr. Wooley was born May 16, 1956 in Bay City, Texas. Mr. Wooley had worked as a machinist, and for Dominy Tire & Service in Crockett.
Survivors include his mother Darlene Pyle, of Groveton; sisters Shirley Swain and husband Reid, of Kingwood, Marlena Stubblefield and husband Harold, of Groveton; aunts and uncles Louise and Archie Holcomb, Lois Dominy, all of Crockett Tom and Polly Thompson, of Friday, Roberta Miller, of Houston, Lillie Mae Dunlap, of Trinity, Maurine Williams, of Splendora, Sallye and Clifton Evans, of Holly, R. Q. Mills, of Pasadena, and Willie Mae Thompson, of Groveton; four nieces; three nephews; one great nephew; and a host of other friends and relatives.
 Preceded in death by his father Dell Wood Wooley.
A Celebration of Life Service for Mr. Martin Dell Wooley was held Saturday, November 24, at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church in Groveton with Bro. Lewis Jones and Mr. Carroll Norsworthy officiating. Private burial followed at a later date at East Prairie Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Trinity County Unit of the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 124, Groveton, Texas, 75845, or “Carpet Fund” at First Baptist Church Groveton, P. O. Box 306, Groveton, Texas, 75845, or a charity of your choice.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

Ms. Mary Melissa Taylor, age 38 of Conroe, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2007 at home in Conroe. Ms. Taylor was born August 17, 1969 in Trinity, Texas. Ms. Taylor was a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughter Caitlyn Casey, of Conroe; sons Christopher and Cody Casey, both of Conroe; parents Michael and Diane Taylor of Conroe; sister Michelle Burger and husband Mike; brother Ryan Taylor and wife Argin, of Waco; grandparents Earline and G. C. Shanks, of Crockett; special friend Jesse Lopez, who loved her dearly; numerous other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services for Ms. Mary Melissa Taylor will be held Saturday, December 1, at 10:00 a.m. in Cashner Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Gene Kendrick officiating. Interment will follow in New Energy Cemetery in Belott.
Pallbearers will be Roland Ballestros, Gaetano Beato, Eric Evers, Curtis Williams, Joel Marquez and Kris Mayfield. 
Honorary Pallbearers are David Lesh, Rudy Hardy, Steven Seale, Henry Mosley, Wade Brown and Everette Gary.
Cashner Funeral Home

Mrs. Molly Nelson Huff, age 86, passed away Monday, November 26, 2007 at East Texas Medical Center in Crockett. Mrs. Huff was born August 7, 1921, in Grapeland to Joe and Eula Whittle Nelson. Mrs. Huff graduated from Latexo High School in 1939 as Valedictorian. Mrs. Huff was a homemaker and was a long time member of the First Baptist Church, Grapeland, and taught many years in the young children’s department. Mrs. Huff spent many years enjoying the fellowship with dear friends playing dominos and scrabble.
Survivors include her daughter Janis Skidmore and husband Kenneth, of Mont Belvieu; sons Dan Huff and wife Necia and Paul Huff and wife Charlotte, all of Grapeland; sister Neta Nelson, of Crockett; eight grandchildren, Carrie Luce, Kyle Huff, Amy Wyatt, Ali Tyner, Ken Skidmore, Kori Schweinle, Brad Huff, and Gretchen Jagot; 16 great-grandchildren Kelsey Luce, Colton Luce, Claire Huff, Anna Huff, Abby Hinds, Emmy Hinds, Landry Wyatt, Andrew Tyner, Alex Tyner, Lindsey Skidmore, Mason Schweinle, Harper Huff, Jackson Huff,  Kimberly Jagot, Noah Jagot, Bella Jagot, and Kenlee Skidmore due in March.
Preceded in death by her parents her husband of 58 years, Harvey Huff in 2003; daughter Nancy Neill in 2005; a great-granddaughter Lauren Elaine Skidmore; three sisters Inez, Wilsonia and Lodean; two brothers A.J. and Norris.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Molly Nelson Huff were held Thursday, November 29, at 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Grapeland with Bro. Charles Haley officiating. Interment followed in Dailey Cemetery.
Pallbearers were grandsons Kyle Huff, Brad Huff, Ken Skidmore and nephews Mitchell Huff, Steven Huff, and Scott Huff.
Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

Mrs. Senobia (Terry) Smith, age 88 of Kennard, departed this life on Friday, November 30, 2007 after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Smith was born in Fodice, Texas. Mrs. Smith attended Mary Allen College in Crockett and continued her education at Texas College in Tyler where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. Later, she obtained a Master’s of Education at Texas Southern University in Houston and a Master’s of Library Science at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville. Mrs. Smith served many years as an English teacher and librarian for Kennard Independent School District from which she retired.
Survivors include her two sons Henry Wert Smith and wife Valery and Royce Emerson Smith; six grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and a devoted care-giver and niece Esther Terry, of Crockett.
Preceded in death by her beloved husband Henry Evelyn Smith, of Kennard.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Senobia (Terry) Smith will be held Sunday, December 9, at 1:00 p.m. at her church home, New Hope Church in Kennard.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations to the following organization will be appreciated: Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17 Chicago, IL, 60601-7633 1-800-272-3900.

Mr. Tommie Alan Miers, age 54 of Belott, passed away Friday, November 30, 2007 in Winfield Healthcare in Crockett. Mr. Miers was born December 6, 1952 and had lived in Belott for the past 10 years. 
Survivors include his wife Donna Miers, of Belott; children Brandi Miers, of Bryan-College Station, Tommie Miers, of Shreveport, La., Tony Miers of Baton Rouge, La., Jason O’Hearn of Seattle, Wash. and Ian O’Hearn and wife Becky, of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren Nikki, Lauren, Grace, Macey, Laykin and Jazmine; mother Jean Cutler, of Crockett; brother Michael Miers, of Texas City; sisters Patricia Miers, of Austin, Tommie Jean Miers, of La.; mother-in-law and father-in-law Martha and Billy Graham, of Belott; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Robbie and Michael Billig, of Austin, Gary Graham and wife Michelle, of Buda, Randy Graham and wife Shawndra, of Dallas; numerous other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his father Ralph Tommie Miers; and sister, Diane Miers.
A Memorial Service for Mr. Tommie Alan Miers will be held Monday, January 7, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. in the New Energy Church.
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