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East Texas News - Obituaries
Houston County Courier - November 30, 2008 - December 7, 2008

Mrs. Alisa Gale Baskin Bryan, age 31 of Arizona, passed away Thursday, November 27, 2008.  Mrs. Bryan was born January 9, 1977 in Houston, Texas and had been living in Arizona. Mrs. Bryan was a homemaker and a member of the Crockett Road Church of Christ in Palestine, Texas.
Survivors include her parents Larry and Glenda Baskin, of Elkhart; sisters and brothers Lena Douglas and husband Jeff, of St. Charles, IA., John Hail, Jr. and wife Wendy, of Clovis, NM, Lori Carter and husband Bruce, of Houston, Terry Hail and wife Michelle, of Huntsville; uncles and aunts Walter Baskin and wife Helen, of Lufkin, Gala Canada, of Lufkin, Mike Baskin and wife Linda, of Bedias and Sherry Warrem, of Houston; nieces and nephews Rae Hail, Lindsey Hail, Steven Hail, Jessica Carslie and husband, Joshua, Kimber and Dustin, Brett and Brandon, Brenna, Shane and Sean Rochelle, Tamara, Jack (John Hail II serving in Iraq at this time.) This nephew is the inspiration for her Train Holiday card at M.D. Anderson as he inspired her. He loved trains as a small child; great nieces Alyssa, Leah and Hailey, of N M; cousins Andrea Olley and husband Chuck, of NJ, and their children Wesley, Zack, Luke and Clay, Jennifer Tipton and husband Batsil, of Lufkin, and their children Austin, Breana and Stephanie, Stephanie and Kurt, Chad and Cody Baskin, Waltter, Roger, Michelle, Milana and so many more.
Preceded in death by her grandparents Walker and Neta Baskin and Bill and Alyne Grau.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Alisa Gale Baskin Bryan were held Saturday, December 6, at 2:00 p.m. in the Crockett Road Church of Christ Church in Palestine, Texas with Mr. Dan Manuel officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park in Crockett, Texas.
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Mrs. Bertha Lee Sanders, age 81 of Lovelady, passed away Saturday, November 29, 2008 in the Houston County Nursing Home. Mrs. Sanders was born May 1, 1927 in Flat Prairie, Texas and was a resident of Houston County for the past 40 years. Mrs. Sanders was retired having worked as a nurse.
Survivors include her daughters Donia Lee Wilkerson, of Gladewater and Fay Johnson, of Grapeland; son Sam Vernon Sanders, of Palestine; grandchildren Robin Shields, of Gilmer, Rachel Fay Collins, of Bryan, Nathan Ray Collins, of Riverside and Gene Collins, of Lufkin; great-grandchildren Saber Lee Shields, Nicole Scarborough, Ricky Travis Collins, Ryan Collins, Rose Collins, Brittany Nicole Collins, Alexis Delynn Collins and Nicholas Damian Collins.
Preceded in death by her husband Howard Blunt Sanders in 1983; and granddaughter Lisa Marie Sanders.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Bertha Lee Sanders were held Tuesday, December 2, at 2:00 p.m. in the Holly Cemetery with the Rev. Scott Matthews officiating. 
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Mr. Clifford Warren Wood, Jr., age 64 of Carrollton, passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2008. Mr. Wood was born in Jacksonville, Texas, on March 2, 1944, to the late Clifford “Puny” Warren Wood, Sr. and Geneva Durham Wood. Mr. Wood considered Crockett, Texas, his home as he grew up there working in the Wood Pharmacy off the town square. Mr. Wood graduated from Crockett High School in 1962 and received a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University. Mr. Wood was proud of his service in the US Army and his work as a real estate broker and appraiser.
Mr. Wood will be remembered for his unique sense of humor and animated story telling, his love for fishing, and his compassion for animals.  Mr. Wood will be missed by countless other treasured friends and family members.
Survivors include his daughters Wendy Alexander and husband Matt, of Gilmer, and Kristin Thurston and husband Bill, of Trinidad, Colo.; son Michael Wood and wife Nikki, of Carrollton; grandchildren Chelsey and Kyle Alexander, Lance and Ashlynn Wood, Dillon, Brandon, Dustin, Clint, and Faith Noelle Thurston; brother Lynn Wood and wife Pat; nephews Duke Wood and Kenny Wood; niece Tiffani Burroughs; uncles and aunts Mrs. Floyd B. (Grace) Harrelson, Robert and Betty Heath, John and Lavita Wood, Emily Smith, and Edna Earl Durham Billings; and his beloved friend and companion Betsy Wakefield.
Graveside Services for Mr. Clifford Warren Wood Jr. were held Saturday, December 6, at 12:00 Noon at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

Mrs. Elretha James Strong Williams King, age 91 went to her heavenly home Tuesday, November 25, 2008, in Humble, Texas. Mrs. King was born in Plainview, Texas, July 14, 1917 and was the oldest child of five children: parents were McKinley and Mary Thornton James. She was married to William E. Strong, John W. Williams and Junious N. King, who all preceded her in death. Mrs. King resided in Humble, Texas for much of her adult life but moved to Groveton, Texas to live with her loving daughter after having knee surgery. Her caretaker, Alice Smith, was one of her favorite people.
Mrs. King worked as a cook, caretaker and volunteer. Although a faithful member of St. Mark Baptist Church in Humble, Texas she adored attending Mt. Senora Baptist Church in Pennington to hear the male choir sing and Rev. Richard, Preach.
Mrs. King was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother and played a significance and active role in the lives of all of the members of her family.
 Survivors include many friends and family who adored her: one brother Robert O.T. James, of Dallas; two sisters Ida Bell Baines, and Lillie M. Young, both of Houston; Six daughters Bettye Strong, of Detroit, Mich., Eula McCardell, of Houston, Lorine Dendy, of Hyattsville, Md., Elizabeth Taylor, of Washington D.C., Lula Battle, of New Caney and Mary Curtis, of Groveton; two very special son-in-laws James Curtis and Herman Taylor; Mrs. King was very proud to be blessed with 25 grandchildren, 68 great-grandchildren, 52 great-great-grandchildren; and 31 great-great-great-grand-children; numerous other relatives and friends.
 In addition, to her three husband’s, Mrs. King was preceded in death by her parents McKinley and Mary Thornton James; sister Myran Childress; son Larry Strong; daughters, Marylene Williams, Ruth       A. Williams; granddaughter Christine Landrum; great granddaughters Madeline Richards, Mary Richard Hardin; aunt Priscilla Pennington; and many more uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends from this community.
A Celebration of Life Service for Mrs. Elretha James Strong Williams King will be held Friday, December 5, at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Luke M.B.C. on 8906 Humble-Westfield Rd. Humble, Texas 77338, with Rev. Timothy Sloan pastor/ Pastor J. Wesley Williams, II, officiating, Interment-Calvary Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Mt. Herman Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1264, Groveton, Texas 75845 or The Key Women Safe House, P.O. Box 3334, Humble, Texas 77347. Lockwood Funeral Home

Mrs. Eva Mae Bynum, age 87 of Grapeland, passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2008 in Alto. Mrs. Bynum was born September 21, 1921 in Cone, Texas to Claude and Hattie Matthews Turney. Mrs. Bynum was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Survivors include her daughter Donna Jean Meek and husband Jack, of Willis; two sons Gary Bynum and wife Delores, of Buffalo and Tim Bynum and wife Sue, of Weches; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her parents Claude and Hattie Matthews Turney; and husband T.A. Bynum. 
Funeral Services for Mrs. Eva Mae Bynum were held Saturday, December 6, at 10:00 a.m. in the Weches Baptist Church with the the Rev. Grady Gladden officiating.  Interment followed in the Weches Cemetery. 
   Pallbearers were her grandsons.
Bailey & Foster Funeral Home

Mrs. Jo Myrl Shiflet, age 83 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2008 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Shiflet was born May 11, 1925 in Gillette, Texas and had lived in Crockett for the past ten years. Mrs. Shiflet was retired having worked as a secretary and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Crockett.
Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her husband Harroll Shiflet; father Joe Boyd; mother Docia Boyd; and brother Wiley Boyd.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Jo Myrl Shiflet were held Friday, December 5, at 10:00 a.m. in the Pankey Cemetery in Bedias, Texas with the Rev. Gerald Brown officiating. 
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Mrs. Lora Lee Lenderman Flaming, age 79 of Perryton, passed away Thursday, December 4, 2008. Mrs. Flaming was born Higgins, Texas September 23, 1929. Mrs. Flaming worked for Lamaster Insurance Agency and Sidney Jines for a number of years and was a member of the First Christian Church in Perryton, member of the Hospital Auxiliary Pink Ladies. Mrs. Flaming loved family functions, playing cards, travel with her son and family, watching grandkids, playing sports, watching Wheel of Fortune, spending her winters with her son in Hagerville and loved to bake and decorate cakes.  
Survivors include her son Lynn Lenderman and wife Karen of Hagerville; granddaughter Katelyn Lenderman of Hagerville; grandson John Dent Lenderman of Hagerville; stepsons Kevin Flaming and Greg Flaming, both of Perryton; sisters Rose Wilson, of Perryton and Betty O’Neal of Lubbock; brother J.R. Busch, of Perryton; nieces Debbie Felix and Diane Felix, both of Perryton; two grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and nephews.  
Preceded in death by her mother Clara Schwab Busch; husbands Dent Lenderman March 7, 1970 and Virgil Flaming 2003; brother J.E. Busch; parents Oras and Lydia Busch.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Lora Lee Lenderman were held Saturday, December 6, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church with the Rev. Roy King and the Rev. Tim Ramsey officiating.
Graveside Services will be held Monday, December 8, at 11:00 a.m. in the Enon Cemetery in Hagerville with the Rev. Jim Durham officiating.
The family requests Memorial to Ochiltree Hospital Auxiliary 3101 Garrett Dr. Perryton, TX. 79070, First Christian Church, P.O. Box 1244 Perryton, Tx. 79070 or St. Judes, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105-1942.
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Mr. Robert T. (Bob) Mattox, age 88 of Crockett, passed away, Monday, December 1, 2008 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Mattox was born April 6, 1920 in Winnsboro, Texas and attended grammar school in Gilmer, Texas and high school in Lindale, Texas. 
Mr. Mattox joined the United States Army in 1940 in Jacksonville, Texas where he served as Communication Officer in the 326th Glider Regiment of the 13th Airborne Division serving in France and was discharged to the Reserve as a Captain of Infantry in 1946.
 Mr. Mattox came to Crockett to join his parents who had moved to Crockett during the war. Mr. Mattox entered Texas A&M in 1946 and married the former Peggy Knox in 1948. He graduated in 1950 and returned to Crockett where he worked in business and ranching from 1950 to 1954.
In 1954 to 1957, he was manager of the Crockett Chamber of Commerce. While with the Chamber, he had a part in obtaining Loop 304 for Crockett, a county wide telephone system and organizing the Trinity River Authority of Texas. Mr. Mattox later served three six-year terms as a board member and president of the T.R.A. having been appointed by Governors Dolph Brisco, Mark White and Bill Clements.
During an earlier period, he served as Civil Defense Director of Crockett as well as Executive Director of the United Fund. Mr. Mattox was manager of the Paris Milling Co. branch from 1957 to 1962 when he organized the Credit Bureau which he and his wife operated until they retired in 1982. 
After returning to Crockett in 1952, he was active in the Jaycee projects including building the swimming pool, promoting the Fiddlers Festival and many other projects. Mr. Mattox was active in organizing the Houston County Development Foundation where he served as president and had a part in securing the first modern motel, the first nursing home, a modern hospital, the airport, Houston County Lake, the Library and the many industries that have contributed so much to our economy. 
Other civic organizations had his interest including the Rotary Club and the Lions Club where as president he instituted the Student Exchange Program whereby students from Crockett exchanged visits with students from other countries where they learned about life in these countries.
Mr. Mattox has always been interested in high school sports especially since he had a son and nephews who were stars on the Bulldog football team. He did the P.A. announcing at the games for many years. His latest activity has been on behalf of the Boys and Girls Club where he worked to secure the old field house and the property around it and to get the building restored so it could be used.
Mr. Mattox is a life time member of the Methodist Church and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Crockett and served in almost every capacity as Lay Speaker, Board President, Finance Chairman, Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Cook, you name it. Mr. Mattox started the program whereby different teams of men cook for the monthly Family Night Suppers. They are called the Kitchen Disciples which has been very popular. 
Mr. Mattox liked to fish, play some golf, do some gardening and although he didn’t fire a gun, he still liked to ride the quail hunting rigs the boys use and watch the dogs work.
Survivors include his wife Peggy Knox Mattox, of Crockett; son John Knox Mattox and wife Pat, of Murphy, N.C.; grandson Chris Stinnett, of Asheville, N.C.; daughter-in-law Jane Mattox, of Crockett; granddaughters Kathryn Mattox Jenkines, and husband Russell, of Madisonville, Julie Mattox Forshee and husband Jim, of Shenandoah; great-grandchildren Haley and Jordan, of Madisonville, Adeline, of Asheville, N.C.; sisters June Edie, of Dallas, Jerry Harris, of Houston; sisters-in-law Vencie Knox, Dottie Knox, both of Crockett, Alma Knox Taylor, of Abilene; brother-in-law Murphy George, of Lufkin; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his son Jim Mattox.
Funeral Services for Mr. Robert T. (Bob) Mattox were held Wednesday, December 3, at 2:00 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Crockett with Dr. Jerry House officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boys and Girls Club, First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 984, Crockett, TX. 75835 or Kalin’s House.
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