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Mr. Don Craven, age 63, passed away on Thursday, December 2 at his home at Waterwood, Texas. Mr. Craven was born September 4, 1947 in Crockett, Texas, where he graduated from high school. He graduated from the University of Texas. Most of his work was in the hotel business as general manager of major hotels and then resort properties. He was always dedicated to his work. His most recent employment was Community Manager of the Property Owners Association at Cape Royale. Survivors include his loving mother Bitsy Craven; sister and brother-in-law Thelda and Ed Chambliss; and nephew Chris Chambliss, who he adored. Preceded in death by his father, Deal Craven. Funeral Services for Mr. Don Craven were held on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. at Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel. Interment followed in the Pennington Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to an animal shelter or a charity of your choice. Condolences for Mr. Craven may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Lola Mae Dronet, age 89 of Crockett, formerly of Killeen, passed away Sunday, December 5, 2010 at the Winfield Nursing Home in Crockett. Mrs. Dronet was born December 18, 1920 in Louisiana and a longtime resident of Killeen. Mrs. Dronet enjoyed the good life. She was active in the NCO retired wives club, enjoyed line dancing, traveling and art work. She volunteered at Darnell Army Hospital and enjoyed the company of family and friends. Mrs. Dronet was a long time member of St. Josephs church in Killeen and a member of the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church in Crockett. She will be missed by all of her family and friends. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Michael and Debra Dronet, of Grapeland; granddaughter Michelle Borden and husband Ronnie Borden; Michelle's two son's Cody and Mickey; granddaughter Lisa Dronet and her daughter Lakin, all of Miss.; granddaughters Tasha and Sara, of Calif.; grandson Shawn Dronet, of Calif.; and blessed with five great-grandchildren. Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

Mrs. Verna Harrison Duren, age 104 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, December 4, 2010 in the Whitehall Nursing Center in Crockett. Mrs. Duren was born March 17, 1906 in Harrison Town, Texas and had lived in Port Arthur until 1964, moving to Crockett. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a lifetime member and past president of Port Acres P.T.A. and a member of the Houston County Hospital Auxiliary. Mrs. Duren was a homemaker and was also a member of the New Energy Methodist Church. Survivors include her children Doris Alderman, of Shreveport, La., Colleen Moore, of Groveton, Verna Hogan Baumbach and husband Joe, of Pasadena, Virginia Sherer and husband Arnold, of Crockett, William Wayne Duren and wife Joann, of Beaumont, James Hudson Duren and wife Sandy, of Crockett and George T. Duren, Jr. and wife Debby, of Lufkin; 17 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 25 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband George T. Duren, Sr.; great-grandson Brian Moore; eight siblings; and son-in-law Gaylon Alderman. She was the last survivor of the James and Margaret Harrison Family. Funeral Services for Mrs. Verna Harrison Duren were held Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Richard Gillet and the Rev. Winston Coones officiating. Interment followed in the New Energy Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Energy Cemetery Association, c/o Virginia Sherer, 9270 State Highway 21 East, Crockett, Texas 75835. Condolences for Mrs. Duren may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Henry Beard, age 82 of Grapeland, passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2010 at his residence. Mr. Beard was born May 16, 1928 and was a resident of Grapeland for the past 35 years. Mr. Beard was a member of the Knights of Columbus, past board member of Grapeland Coop and member of the Houston Ceramic Tile Association. He was a member of the St Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church and had served as an Euchortic Minister and Marriage Preparation Sponsor. Mr. Beard was a retired contractor having owned and operated a ceramic tile business and was also a rancher. Survivors include his daughters Susan Abshire and husband Rick, of Grapeland, Barbara Irving and husband Larry, of Houston and Peggy Dworsky and husband David, of Cypress; grandchildren Cheryl Bennett of Lufkin, Amy Cutshaw and husband Michael, of Grapeland and Austin Dworsky, of Cypress; great-grandchildren D.J., Dane, Eric, and Anna; sister Jane Hopson and husband Gwen, of Houston; brothers Frank Beard and wife Billie, of Grapeland and Curtis Beard and wife Betty, of Buffalo; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his wife Eva Beard; daughter Cindy Lee Beard; parents Oscar and Julia Beard; and brother Ray Beard. Funeral Services for Mr. Henry Beard were held Friday, December 10, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church with Father Gary Rottman officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church Building Fund, 609 N. Fourth Street, Crockett, Texas 75835. Condolences for Mr. Beard may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Leland B. Keeage, age 93 of Angleton, long time community leader, passed away Thursday, December 9, 2010 at his home in Angleton. Mr. Kee was born on a farm on Nogales Prairie in East Texas in 1917 to Mary Jane Wheat Kee and James Taylor Kee. He was the youngest of six brothers and sisters in a family that survived the great depression and flourished in post war America. Upon graduating from Groveton High School Mr. Kee attended Marshall Junior College before transferring to North Texas State where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. For two years he taught in the rural schools of Trinity County where as teacher and boys' softball coach he met and later married Marie Harkins, who was a teacher in the same school. The couple formed a union that flourished 67 years. War interrupted their lives in 1941 and Mr. Kee joined the United States Navy immediately following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He served in the South Pacific during the war remaining active in the Naval Reserves until 1977 when he retired with the rank of commander. After the war, Kee enrolled in the University of Texas to study law and upon graduation in 1948 moved to Brazoria County to begin a successful legal career, raising a family, and a life of community service. Kee’s strong sense of civic duty may be best represented by a partial list of organizations to which he dedicated his time and talent: •Trustee of the Angleton Independent School board for nine years and legal counsel and advisor to five AISD superintendents. Mr. Kee had a primary role in increasing the taxable valuation of the Angleton Independent School District from $13 million in the 1950’s to well over $1.7 billion insuring adequate funding for generations of Angleton area school children. Mr. Kee began practicing law in Brazoria County in 1948 and over the next 60 years left a legacy of service benefiting local schools, civic organizations, governments, and many Brazoria County citizens who turned to him for legal advice. • Last surviving charter member of the Angleton Rotary Club. He helped organize the Angleton club in the 1950's serving as the club's second president and member of the Board of Directors • President of the Brazoria County Chamber of Commerce. Founding member Angleton Chamber of Commerce serving on numerous chamber committees, its Board of Directors, and as Chamber President. The Chamber has on two separate occasions named Kee the recipient of its Outstanding Service Award. • President and director of the Brazoria County Transportation Planning Commission. In 1977, Mr. Kee led a 1,000 person countywide delegation from Brazoria County to Austin to impress on the Texas Highway Commission of the urgent need for funding for the construction of the 288 freeway. • General Counsel to the Port of Freeport from its inception until 2004, Mr. Kee shepherded Port Freeport from an idea to the multibillion-dollar industry that it is today. • In 1983, Kee participated in the organization of the Brazosport Economic Development Corporation. He served on its Board of Directors and as a member of its executive committee until it was merged into the Brazoria County Partnership in 1997. • Charter member and first Chairman of the Brazoria County Appraisal District. • Member and past president of the Brazoria County Bar Association, Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of The United States. • 1961, he was appointed by Governor Price Daniel to a six-year term on the Texas Board of Corrections. • An active member of the First United Methodist Church, having served as chairman of its Administrative Board and on various committees. Survivors included his daughters Susan Endendyk and husband Bruce, of Lake Travis and Nancy Kee Patterson, of Liverpool; son Barry Kee and wife Lynn, of Austin; grandchildren John Endendyk and wife Kristin Beck Endendyk, Matthew Endendyk, Sara Patterson, Elissa Patterson, Gena Patterson, Bradley Kee, and Michael Kee; one great-grandson William Endendyk; long time administrative assistant Joan Chesser. Preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years, Marie Harkins Kee; and their infant daughter Karen Jane Kee; parents Mary Jane Wheat Kee and James Taylor Kee; and his five brothers and sisters. Funeral Services honoring the life of Mr. Leland B. Kee will be held Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church of Angleton, Texas. Graveside Services will follow at Corinth Cemetery in Kennard. Honorary Pall Bearers will be Dr. Randolph Brantley, Jay Brockman, Joseph Snow, Joe Galaznick, Judge Jay Ray Gayle, III, Bob LeBoeuf, and Mark Neal. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the 23rd District Court Restoration Fund, ℅ Brazoria County Historical Museum, 100 E. Cedar, Angleton, TX 77515; the Leland and Marie Kee Community Service Scholarship Fund, ℅ Greater Angleton Chamber of Commerce, 445 E Mulberry, Angleton, TX 77515 or the First United Methodist Church Building Fund at PO Box 1058, Angleton, TX 77516. Palms Funeral Home

Mrs. Betty Ann Elliott, age 86 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at ETMC Crockett. Mrs. Elliott was born December 1, 1924 in Killen, Al., to James M. and Myrtle L. Trouseale Harrison. She worked as a switchboard operator for many years in New Orleans. Survivors include her daughter Virginia McKean; son Jim Elliott and his fiancé Carolyn Gentry; sister Katheleen Tassara; grandchildren Nita, Debbie, Gay, Amanda, Patrick and Robert; 13 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her parents James M. and Myrtle L. Trouseale Harrison; sister Ruth Jenning; and a great-great-granddaughter Jasmine. Memorial Services for Mrs. Betty Ann Elliott was held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 18, 2010 at Bailey & Foster Chapel in Grapeland with Reggie Gregory officiating. To view online, leave condolences or sign guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

Mrs. Inez Harris, age 83 of Baytown, formerly of Lovelady, passed away Tuesday, December 7, 2010, in the St. James House in Baytown. Mrs. Harris was born December 25, 1926 in Houston County, Texas and had lived in Lovelady most of her lifetime. Mrs. Harris was a past member of the American Legion having served as an officer, a member of the S. P. J. S. T. and Weldon Civic Club. She was a housewife and was also a member of the Antioch Baptist Church in Lovelady. Survivors include her son Robert Mack and wife Judy, of Channelview; granddaughters Robyn Shamoon and husband Shawn, of Kingwood and Caryn Mack and fiance’ Patrick Arnold, of Sheldon; grandson Daniel Mack, of Channelview; great-grandchildren Justyn Shamoon and wife Jennifer, Shalyn Shamoon, all of Kingwood, Carlee Pace, Travis Arnold, Blake Arnold and Bekka Arnold, all of Sheldon; sister Mardell White and husband Vic, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Raymond Harris; great-grandson Colton Shamoon; parents Lee and Viola Searcy; and sisters Louise Bearden and Faye Sparks. Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Inez Harris were held Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Lacey officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Antioch Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. Joan Little, 4846 C. R. 3455, Lovelady, Texas 75851. Condolences for Mrs. Harris may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Annie “Florene Graham age 78 of Latexo, passed away Saturday, November 27, 2010 at East Texas Medical Center in Crockett. Mrs. Graham was born April 26, 1932 in Houston County to Lawrence and Corine Turner Goolsby. Mrs. Graham attended the Grace Bible Church. She graduated from Latexo High School and lived in Houston for many years before returning to Latexo. Survivors include her sons Gary Graham and wife Bessie, Greg Graham and wife Donna, and Wyatt Graham, all of Latexo; four grandchildren Daniel and Tara McCurley, Adam and Jessica Graham, Jonathan Graham, Kevin and Hillarie Gustavus; five great-grandchildren Jaycee Graham, Zachary Gustavus, Abigail Gustavus, Preslee Gustavus, and Conner Graham. Preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Corine Turner Goolsby; husband Denny Graham in 2000; two sisters Maedell Bradley and Zelma Platt; and two brothers Wilson Goolsby and Ellis Goolsby. Funeral Services for Mrs. Annie “Florene” Graham were held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at Grace Bible Church with Pastor Mike Tindall officiating. Interment followed in Graham Family Cemetery. Pallbearers were Adam Graham, Jonathan Graham, Mike Goolsby, David Goolsby, Daniel McCurley, and Daniel Howard. To view online, leave condolences or sign the guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

Mrs. Mary Ethel (Adams) Adkinson, age 86 of Odessa, passed away Friday, November 26, 2010. Mrs. Adkinson was born June 22, 1924 in Lovelady, Houston County to Bill and Ethel Adams. She was a member of the Church of Christ for over 50 years. She dearly loved the church. Mrs. Adkinson worked as a waitress for many years at Warfield Truck Stop. Survivors include Kevin Adkinson and wife Debbie, of Odessa; step-son Kelly Adkinson and wife Mary, of Saratoga, Ark.; two granddaughters, whom she love dearly, Jennifer and Melissa and husband Chris Hunt, all of Odessa; three grandsons Richard Boswell and wife Jennifer, of Dayton, Justin and Rodney and wife Melissa, all of Calif.; and eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband Bob Adkinson in 1978; brother Buford Adams; and son Richard Boswell who passed away Nov. 5, 2006. Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Ethel (Adams) Adkinson were held Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Tanglewood Church of Christ with Don Belk and Jim Dillow officiating. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home

Mr. Frank Surginer, age 77, of Grapeland, passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at his residence. Mr. Surginer was born September 9, 1933 in Maydell, Texas and had been living in Grapeland for the past 10 years. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps having served as a Corporal during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Surginer was a lifetime member of the V. F. W. Post # 518 and was retired having owned and operated Surginer Trucking Company. He was a member of the Harvest Church in Crockett. Survivors include his wife Pat Surginer, of Grapeland; son Craig Surginer and wife Patty, of Houston; daughter Kim Rose Cornell, of Grapeland; granddaughter Kristina Myhres and husband Jason, of Palestine; grandsons Kyle Stolarsky, of Houston and Keith Cornell, of Grapeland; brothers Wilburn Surginer, of LaPorte and Howard Surginer, of Luling; sisters Shirley Cox, Gay Cox, both of Corpus Christi and Kathy Surginer; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives; and eight loving dogs. Preceded in death by his parents Vinia and Garland Surginer; sister Mary Lou Maddox; brothers James Surginer and Charlie Surginer. Funeral Services for Mr. Frank Surginer were held Friday, December 3, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Harvest Church in Crockett with the Rev. Dennis Ivey officiating. Graveside Services followed at 3:00 p.m. in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Houston. Condolences for Mr. Surginer may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Margaret Jean (Woolbright) Henderson, age 66 of Lafayette, Louisiana, passed away Wednesday, November 24, 2010 after a short illness. Mrs. Henderson was the first born to Rev. Detroit and Sis. Mary Alice Woolbright August 31, 1944 in Shiloh Community of Crockett. She was born and raised in the Shiloh Community of Crockett, Texas. Mrs. Henderson was a lifelong member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, and attended school at Center Grove. Upon graduating from high school, and attended Jarvis Christian College and later moved to Houston where she worked for a number of years. The third of five children, She was extremely bright and creative. While growing up, She made good grades in school and excelled in track on the relay team. She often entertained her siblings with her poetry, theatrical plays and skits, and quick wit. Her children and others close to her often reminiscence about the days when she would entertain them with countless stories, games of make believe, kids' club house meetings, walks through the woods, song and dance, syrup cakes, and other special homemade treats and fun activities. Mrs. Henderson resided in Lafayette, Louisiana for many years prior to her death where she had many dear friends who loved her well, and knew her to be loyal and true in return. She died in Lafayette after a short illness, and will be missed dearly. Survivors include her two children Syrzel Henderson and Kathy Woolbright; brothers Jerry and Detroit Jr.; sister Bobbie; her cat and faithful companion, Candy; and a wide host of other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents Rev. Detroit and Sis Mary Alice Woolbright; husband Zel T. Henderson; and one brother Curtis Lee Woolbright. A Memorial Service celebrating for Mrs. Margaret Jean (Woolbright) Henderson was held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, December 11, 2010 at Barkley Mortuary located at 106 E Bell Avenue Crockett, TX 75835.

Mrs. Billie Robinson, age 77 of Dickinson, formerly of Weldon, passed away Thursday, December 2, 2010 in the Mainland Medical Center in Texas City. Mrs. Robinson was born December 27, 1932 in Weldon, Texas and had been living in Dickinson for the past 12 years. Mrs. Robinson was retired having worked as a hairdresser and was a member of the Pine Drive Community Church. Survivors include her daughter Jackie Thompson and husband Willie, of Dickinson; granddaughter Faith Kilmer and husband Richard, of Chireno; grandson David Thompson and wife Lynnette, of Va.; great-grandchildren Trent, Lance, Nicole, Natalie, Lauren and Jack; brother John Greer and wife Gloria, of Cleveland; sister-in-law Yvonne Anderson, of Port Neches; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Jack Robinson in 1990; daughter Paula Robinson in 1968; five brothers and sisters. Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Billie Jean Robinson were held Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Weldon Cemetery with the Rev. Reggie Gregory officiating. Condolences for Mrs. Robinson may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Margie Aliene Flournoy, age 83, passed away Wednesday, December 1, 2010 in Huntsville. Mrs. Flournoy was born April 15, 1927 in Richards, Texas to Henry Cothran and Nettie (Smoot) Cothran. She was born in the depression era and quit school after 7th grade. She met Charlie who had just gotten out from the Navy and WW II and it was love at first sight. One of Charlie’s favorite sayings was that “it was plum romantical” which always brought on the smiles. They lived most of their lives in Houston, Texas. While Charlene and David were in school, She studied at a local library and received her GED and then went on to graduate from Durham Business College and worked as an office nurse for Dr. EK Chunn for many years. She received her LVN degree and was a dedicated nurse for many years at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston. After retiring in 1992, she moved to Huntsville to the home Charlie had built for them where they enjoyed their time gardening, raising cattle, visiting friends and relatives. Mrs. Flournoy was devoted and nurturing to family, and when anyone had a need, she was there. She loved and looked forward to traveling with her sisters, nieces, and friends. She loved going to Coushatta Casino with her twin sister and she would always say with a chuckle, “I’m going to spend your inheritance” and her kids would always tell her to enjoy herself and that she earned it and could spend it how she wanted to. Mrs. Flournoy looked forward to getting her hair done each week and would be dressed with her makeup on before breakfast. She enjoyed looking pretty. She was the first snooze alarm and Charlie would say “just five more minutes” every morning at least three times every morning. She always had his khaki‘s and his welding cap starched and ironed all his clothes, including his underwear, handkerchief, socks and boots were always laid out for him. She would always have his bath water drawn and breakfast on the table. Mrs. Flournoy was an avid Astros fan and especially when they were winning and enjoyed watching the Cowboys and Texans. She loved mowing the yard and in the early days used a push mower with no motor and in later years got herself a fancy riding mower. She loved and doted on her children and grandchild. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Survivors include her daughter Sandra Charlene and husband Mike Lansford, Jr., of Huntsville; son David Allen Flournoy, of Huntsville; granddaughter Lacy LeaAnne Lansford and special friend Leanne Lindsey, of San Antonio; twin sister Irene Ellisor, of Huntsville; sister Joyce Murdock, of New Waverly; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. Preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Charlie Flournoy; parents Henry and Nettie Cothran; brothers H.C. Cathran, L.A. Cothran, William Floyd Cothran, and Addison Cothran; sisters Mattie Morris and Mandy Lea Barker. Funeral Services for Mrs. Margie Aliene Flournoy were held Saturday, December 4, 2010, 10:00 a.m. at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Huntsville with the Rev. James Ray Necker officiating. Interment followed in Adickes Addition of Oakwood Cemetery, Huntsville. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.shmfh.com Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home


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