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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of December 9, 2007 - December 31, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Mrs. Hazel Hall, age 84, departed this life Friday, December 21, 2007 at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston. Mrs. Hall was born September 6, 1923 to Ozabel Wheeler Thompson and Cass Thompson in the Ash Community near Crockett.
Mrs. Hall attended Crockett Colored School and later married Goree Hall on May 10, 1942. The couple relocated to Tallahassee, Florida temporarily where Mr. Hall served in the United States Army. Upon his discharge from the military, they settled back in Crockett where they lived and raised five children. Their union spanned almost six decades until Mr. Hall’s death in 2001.
Mrs. Hall was baptized at an early age and united with a local church, later she joined St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church where she served faithfully as a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Ruth Circle Mission until her health began to fail.
Mrs. Hall was employed for over 20 years at Allee Work Clothes and established lifelong friendships with co-workers and supervisors. Mrs. Hall was also active with the Ralph Bunche P.T.A. and other events at the school.
From 2003 until her death, Mrs. Hall resided in Houston with her beloved caregivers, daughter Hayretha Thomas and son-in-law Booker T. Thomas. Mrs. Hall will be remembered for her love and dedication to the Lord, her family, church and friends.
Survivors include her three daughters Jacquelyn (Billy Paul) Smith, of Las Vegas, Nev., Hayretha (Booker T.) Thomas, of Houston, Frances Hall, Las Vegas, Nev.; two sons Goree Hall Jr., of Crockett and Cass (Karla) Hall, of Dallas; one stepsister Willie Lee Stokes, of Las Vegas, Nev.; one sister-in-law Thelma Tubbs, of Dallas; one dodson Justin McKnight, of Crockett; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents Ozabel Wheeler Thompson and Cass Thompson; husband Goree Hall; one sister Frances Thompson Crump; and two brothers Rosse Lee Thompson and Ervin “Bud” Thompson.

Jewell Orex Todd Fletcher Tryon was born to proud parentage of the late Julia and Baker Todd on May 28, 1916, in Crockett, Texas. She was reared in the Halls Bluff Community.
At an early age, she united with the Pleasant Grove CME Church and remained a faithful and devoted member until death. Her faith in God never wavered, and prayer was a constant part of her life. She was a bible scholar and active participant in Sunday School. Jewell was a lover of music and hosted many gospel musicals during her lifetime to support her church and other community activities.
She attended public schools in Crockett, Texas and attended Mary Allen College.  She was very strong debater and participated and won many competitions. She was also known for her extemporaneous speaking and poetry from her favorite poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar. Many were blessed throughout their lives with her enactment of many of these poems.
In 1938, she joined in holy matrimony with Tallie Fletcher, and this union produced eight children and lasted until Tallie’s death in 1969. Together, they created a home that was always full of love, laughter, children (young and old) and friends. She later married Jim Tryon in 1974. Mother Dear and Mrs. Jewell as she was affectionately known was a loving sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, friend, coworker and neighbor.
She was a member of many civic and professional organizations, including the Court of Calanthe, Pearl Court #96 where she served as Worthy Counselor, Secretary and Treasurer, Order of the Eastern Star, where she served in many capacities. Jewell served on the Board of Directors for the Houston County Senior Citizens Center and was a founding member of the Grapeland Socialites Club.
Jewell was a dietician at the Grapeland Community Memorial Hospital from the day it opened until she retired nearly 25 years later. Mother Dear had many talents and hobbies, including entertaining in her home, cooking, gardening, sewing, and participating in her children and other children in community activities and programs. Many of Mother Dear’s daily visitors were young people who were the recipients of bags of candy, fruit and nuts, sometimes to the dismay of their parents.
Education and children were the cornerstone of her life, and she and her late husband Tallie sacrificed much to ensure that all seven children received a college education (they had three in college at the same time). All of her life she encouraged and supported young people in getting the best education possible and doing the best they could.
Preceding her in death were an infant daughter, Geraldine, her husbands Tallie Fletcher and Jim Tryon, her parents, Julia and Baker Todd, sisters, Clara Berry, Bennie Pruitt, Sylvia Dean Woods, Wilsie Robbins, two brothers Melvin Todd and Alvin Todd, two special nephews Wonder Lee Willis and Roy Willis.
Mother Dear departed this life on December 15, 2007 at East Texas Medical Center in Crockett, Texas.
She leaves a great legacy behind! She leaves to cherish her life, love and memory: four sons, Argell (Annie Pearl) of Dallas, Tally (Gwendolyn) of Pearland, Franklin Valentine (Vera) of Lancaster, California, Gerald (Martha) of Houston, Texas; three daughters, Floydia Phillips (Edd Wesley) of Houston, Bennie Humphries (Raymond) of Royse City, Wardaleen Belvin of Austin, Rosie Mintz, (James) of Las Cruces, New Mexico; special niece Ira Cook of Grapeland, Texas, special nephews Robert Willis (Betty) of Houston, Robert Terry (Joyce) of Houston, Texas; 28 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren; one devoted brother, Port Arthur Todd, Sr. (Emma) of Crockett, one loving sister, Johnnie Lue Estes of Los Angeles, California, one brother-in-law B.L. (Ted) Robbins of Crockett, one sister-in-law Anna Todd of Kansas City, Missouri; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She also leaves to mourn a special friend Edward Grice and two very special caregivers, Gloria Shepherd and LeDona Johnson who provided the best of care during her illness.
Funeral Services were held on Saturday, December 22, 2007 at the First Baptist Church in Grapeland at 11:00 a.m. Interment followed in Campbell Cemetery in Crockett, Texas.
Barkley Mortuary

Mikey Cagle, age 17, of Kennard, passed away Wednesday, December 19, 2007 in Kennard. Mikey was born August 20, 1990 in Kosciusko, Mississippi and had lived in Kennard for the past 11 years. Mikey was a student of Kennard High School and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kennard. Mikey was currently employed at Whataburger in Crockett.
Survivors include his mother Mary Jane Ragan and husband, Darren Ragan, Sr., of Crockett; father Michael Ray Cagle, Sr. of Miss.; brother Darren Lee Ragan, Jr., of Crockett; sisters Shawna Lynn Cagle, of Baytown and Destiny Danielle Sutton, of Crockett; grandmother Patricia “Memaw” Bass, of Crockett; step-grandmother Dixie Ragan of Angier, N C.; uncle and aunt Johnny and Dianna Bass, of Kennard; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his grandfathers Allen Lee “Paw Paw” Bass and Quinon Cagle; and aunt Terrie Bass.
Funeral Services for Mikey Cagle were held Sunday, December 23, at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Kennard with the Rev. Jim Durham officiating. Interment followed in the Ratcliff Antioch Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Youth Ministry, P.O. Box 277, Kenard, TX. 75847.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. W. B. (Bill) Lenderman, age 77 of Lufkin, passed away Monday, December 24, 2007 at Memorial Medical Center after a courageous fight against cancer. Mr. Lenderman was born July 1, 1930 in Trinity County, Texas, the son of Willie B. and Ila Mae Lenderman.
Mr. Lenderman was a retired businessman, musician, and rancher. In 1946, Mr. Lenderman began his career at Sears and Roebuck Company in Dallas. After a few years, he moved to Lufkin where he continued to work for Sears. In future years, he owned an appliance repair business in Lufkin. Ultimately, he was offered a sales position with Westernaire Air Conditioning Company in Houston, and became territorial manager for sales before retiring in 1988.
Mr. Lenderman was an accomplished musician. In 1957, Bill played fiddle with Hank and Juanita Huggins as a regular member of the K-Tree Jamboree. Mr. Lenderman continued to play fiddle in various bands and at special events throughout the East Texas area for the next 30 years. Mr. Lenderman loved good country music and especially the Western swing style. One of his greatest legacies will be the fact that his son, Glenn, became a musician also playing the fiddle, and today continues the tradition of country music in the family.
During the past 25 years, Mr. Lenderman has enjoyed ranching on a farm in Houston County that his father and ancestors once owned. Mr. Lenderman improved the land and enjoyed raising hay and working with cattle.
Mr. Lenderman was also active in two historical associations in Houston County. Mr. Lenderman participated in the Antioch Cemetery Association and was one of several that were instrumental in getting a historical marker placed at the Sutbblefield Church Association. Mr. Lenderman was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Lufkin.
Mr. Lenderman was a 50-year Mason. Mr. Lenderman was a member of the Trinity Valley Lodge #1048 in Dallas, and a dual member of the Burke Lodge #833. Mr. Lenderman was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Anita Lenderman of Lufkin; daughters and sons-in-law Bonnie and Chuck Robinson, of Lufkin and Karen and Michael Nathman, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; son and daughter-in-law Glenn and Laura Lenderman, of Lufkin; grandchildren Jennifer Robinson, of Fort Worth, Forrest Robinson and wife Julie, of Spring, Amy Slaton and husband Bryan, of Wylie, Nick Lenderman, who is currently serving in the military in Iraq, Sara Padelford and husband Bryan, of Charleston, S C., Ben Nathman and Katie Nathman of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one step-granddaughter Kellie Page, of Lufkin; one great-granddaughter Clara Sue Padelford, of Charleston, S C.; sister Shirline Lewing, of Lufkin; three brothers and sister-in-law Aubra Lenderman and wife Loretta, of Lufkin, Raymond Lenderman and wife Sophie, of Diboll and Charles Lenderman and wife Jane, of Diboll; a great number of nieces and nephews; and a host of dear friends.
A celebration for the life of Mr. Lenderman were held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 28, 2007 in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin with the Reverend Horace Fletcher and the Reverend Randy Brown officiating. Interment followed in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park in Lufkin, with graveside services under the auspices of Burke Masonic Lodge No. 833, A.F. & A.M.
Pallbearers were sons-in-law Chuck Robinson and Michael Nathman; grandsons Forrest Robinson, Nick Lenderman and Ben Nathman; and grandson-in-law Bryan Slaton.
Honorary pallbearers were Vernon Havard, Don Sessum, Edmund Kelsey and members of the Burke Masonic Lodge #833.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in Mr. Lenderman's memory to Calvary Baptist Church, 516 Montrose, Lufkin, Texas 75904.
Gipson Funeral Home








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