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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For January 27, 2008 - February 17, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company



ABBIE LEE BRIDGES  
Mrs. Abbie Lee Bridges, age 94 of Grapeland, passed away Sunday, October 14, 2007 at the East Texas Medical Center in Crockett. Mrs. Bridges was born February 2, 1913 in Anderson County to Bruce James and Beulah Bennett James. Mrs. Bridges was a member of the Grapeland First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Bridges was a farmer’s housewife.
Survivors include her two grandchildren Selena Jo Cryer and William Bridges, both of Grapeland; four great-grandchildren Cieja Cryer and Joe Cryer, of Grapeland, Sam Bridges and Dalton Bridges, of Ill.; and two great- great-grandchildren Haylee Jo Cryer and Micah Cryer, both of Grapeland; and two nieces: Samantha Baker, of Henderson and Grace Towery, of Grapeland.
Preceded in death by her parents Bruce James and Beulah Bennett James; husband William Clarence Bridges; son Joe Billie Bridges; sister Cora Mae Estes; and brothers Otha James and Marvin James. 
Graveside Services for Mrs. Abbie Lee were held Wednesday, October 17, at 3:00 p.m. in Parker Cemetery with Dr. Jack Shoultz and the Rev. Bill Denham officiating. 
Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

ADA B. (KIMMEY) GOODRUM
Mrs. Ada B. (Kimmey) Goodrum, age 96, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2007 in Montgomery County. Mrs. Goodrum was born in Leon County February 21, 1911 to John Angus and Bertie Della (Bledsoe) Kimmey. Mrs. Goodrum was a long-time resident of Weldon and Trinity, but also resided in Huntsville, Houston-Heights, Bryan, Conroe and Alexandria, Louisiana.
Mrs. Goodrum married William Glover Goodrum in 1936 in Grimes County. Though she spent most of her life as a homemaker, she also worked as a prison guard at Goree Women’s Prison.
Mrs. Goodrum and her husband owned the corner store by Eastham Prison in the early 70s. Later in life, she worked many years as a waittress at Westwood Shores Country Club in Trinity. Mrs. Goodrum thoroughly enjoyed life, had endless love for her family, and loved family celebrations. Mrs. Goodrum was a true matriarch of the family and will be deeply missed.
Survivors include her sister Bobby Sowell and husband Lon Ed, of Huntsville; son Bill Goodrum and wife Marcy, of Weldon; grandchildren Jackie Moszkowicz and husband Charles, of Houston, Suzie Yates and husband David, of Willis, Tammera Roberts, of Montgomery, Kim Tomlinson, of Groveton, Tiffany Goodrum, of Houston, Michael Goodrum, of Huntsville, Dan and Bill Goodrum, of The Woodlands; great-grandchildren Douglas Brumble, Chaz Moszkowicz, Justin Roberts, Christopher Tomlinson, Kendall Henderson, Jordan Roberts and Katie Yates; great-great-granddaughter Angelina Roberts; daughters-in-law Bonnie Goodrum, Jo Beth Goodrum and Susie Cusworth; many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her parents John and Bertie Kimmey; husband Glover Goodrum; brother Glenn Kimmey and toddler brother Herbert; sister Margaret Rodgers and infant sister Ruby; sons Van Goodrum, Johnny Goodrum and Greg Goodrum; daughter-in-law Barbara Goodrum; grandchildren Melinda Goodrum, Donna Goodrum and Randy Goodrum.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Ada B. (Kimmey) Goodrum were held Friday, November 9, at 11:00 a.m. at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity. Interment followed in the Weldon Cemetery.
Pallbearers were her beloved grand and great-grandsons Michael Goodrum, Dan Goodrum, Bill Goodrum, Douglas Brumble, Justin Roberts, Christopher Tomlinson.
Honorary Pallbearers were Chaz Moszkowicz and Mike Manners.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

ASHLEY NICHOLE BLAKLEY
Miss Ashley Nichole Blakley, age 20 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2008.  Miss Blakley was born March 13, 1987 in Conroe and had lived in Crockett for the past 18 months.  Miss Blakley was a member of Central Baptist Church in Crockett.
Survivors include her daughter Chloe Renae Blakley, of Crockett; mother Diana Renae Kimich, of Pinehurst; father Steven Lee Blakley, of Magnolia; step-father Floyd P. Kimich, Jr., of Plantersville; sister Amanda Denae Kimich, of Crockett; grandparents William and Sandra Hughes, of Crockett, William and Louise Alexander, of Magnolia, Joy and Fredrick Gilpin, of Magnolia and Donald Blakley, of Norman, Okla.; great-grand-fathers Cleburne Randall, of Crockett and William H. Alexander, Sr., of Magnolia; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral Services for Miss Ashley Nichole Blakley were held Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Central Baptist Church with the Rev. John Goss officiating.  Interment will follow in the Concord Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

AUDREY ALVERSON SLOAN
Mrs. Audrey Alverson Sloan, age 90 of Huntsville, passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2008 at the Trinity Memorial Hospital in Trinity. Mrs. Sloan was a resident at Huntsville Health Care in Huntsville, Texas and had been a resident of Huntsville for several years. Mrs. Sloan was born November 25, 1917 in Lovelady to Wiley Franklin (Boog) and Nora Neil Laird Alverson. Mrs. Sloan married James Sloan in 1954 in Houston. The couple moved to Kissimmee, Florida where they were in the moving business. They moved back to Huntsville in 1976 to be near family.
Mrs. Sloan worked in Houston during World War II at Pappas Food Market. Mrs. Sloan was also a supervisor of housekeeping at Huntsville Memorial Hospital where she was a loyal employee for many years. Mrs. Sloan worked as housekeeper for dr. and Mrs. Tommy Cole after her retirement from the hospital. Dr. Cole was not only her doctor, but a special and dear friend. Mrs. Sloan always thought of him as if he was her son. Mrs. Sloan was a member of Family Faith Church in Huntsville.
Survivors include her stepson Jim Sloan, of Tenn. and Fla.; nieces Margie Delbert and husband Jim, of Huntsville, Nelda Moore and husband Buddy Broome, Nannette Vondra, all of Lovelady, Bonnie Sauers and husband Donald, of Nixon, Janet Robison, of Spring, Elsie Hester, all of Palestine, Earlene Alverson, of Centerville, Joyce Moore, of Crockett; and numerous other family and friends.
Preceded in death by her husband Jim Sloan; parents Wiley Franklin (Boog) and Nora Neil Laird Alverson; brothers Harvey Alverson, Bennie Alverson, Marvin Alverson and wife Jessie; sisters Ella Mae Lenox and husband Jim, Eunice Moore and husband Hollis; niece Doris Millican; nephews Harvey Alverson, Jr., Paul Alverson, Ray Alverson, Guy Gene Rains, Hollis Wayne Moore, Joe Frank Vondra and Lee Hester.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Audrey Alverson Sloan were held Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Lovelady. Interment followed in Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
Memorial condolences may be made online at www.shmfh.com
Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home

BARBARA MAE WILSON FERLES
Mrs. Barbara Mae Wilson Ferles, age 75 of Palestine, passed away Thursday, August 30, 2007 in Tyler. Mrs. Ferles was born October 21, 1931 in Dallas to Pat and Lura Mae Wright Wilson.
Mrs. Ferles was a beloved wife and friend to John Ferles and a loving dedicated mother and grandmother (best known to her children as Mee Maw). First and foremost Mee Maw was a loving caring friend to all mankind.
Mrs. Ferles was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Palestine, which she loved and cared for with all her heart. Mrs. Ferles was a business woman in Houston in construction and owner of a lady’s clothing store. After moving to Houston County, she chartered Grapeland Propane and Fuel, Inc. and owned a ranch on the Percilla Rd.
Mrs. Ferles was an active participant in the Grapeland Peanut Festival providing award winning floats for the queen contestants. After retiring to Palestine, she became active with The Stockpot which provided hot meals to those in need of a meal. Mrs. Ferles also delivered Meals on Wheels to shut-ins. In her spare time, Barbara was a world class tennis player and bowler and she loved her Thursday bridge club at First Christian Church.
Survivors include her husband John J. Ferles, of Palestine; daughter Janie Lay and husband Dave, of Spring; son Michael D. Fehrle, of Houston; daughters-in-law Suzanne Fehrle, of Grapeland and Terry Fehrle, of Sugar Land; grandchildren Jennifer Fehrle, Jana Fehrle, Matthew Fehrle, and Patrick Fehrle, and a brother Richard Melton of Spring.
Preceded in death by her parents Pat and Lura Mae Wright Wilson; first husband Milton Fehrle, Sr.; sons Milton Fehrle, Jr. and Thomas L. Fehrle; and a sister Patte Sue Rice.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Barbara Mae Wilson Ferles were held Sunday, September 2, at 3:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Scott Dornbush and Dr. Randy Fitzgerald officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Frank Fulghum, Ray Shank, Randy Ward, Bud Martin, Max Tubb and Dylan Mayfield.
Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

BASSETT D. KELLER
Bassett D. Keller, age 80 died 1/12/08. Mr. Keller was born 11/4/27 in Amarillo, Texas and Graduated from Abilene High School. He had a long and distinguished newspaper career as a Publisher serving papers in Huntsville, Snyder, Cleveland and Crockett. Mr. Keller was also employed at the Abilene Reporter News for a number of years. Mr. Keller was a veteran and served his country during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Keller was a member of the Rotary Club, Lothrop Masonic Lodge # 21 AF&AM and the Houston Scottish Rite Bodies.  He was an avid private pilot.
Preceded in death by his Parents, Robert H. Keller and Margaret Keller.
Survivors sons Robert W. Keller, of Lufkin,Tx., Karl and Stella Keller, of Cleveland,Tx.; grandchildren Stacey R. Keller of, Lake Dallas,Tx., Robert D. Keller, of Lufkin,Tx., Billy E. Keller, of Cleveland,Tx., Karl and Kellie Keller, of Cleveland,Tx.; five great-grand-children; sisters Margaret A. Kuykendall, of Abilene,Tx., Martha J. Fleming, of Ft.Worth,Tx.
Graveside Funeral Services for Bassett D. Keller were held Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gerald Cemetery near Waco, Texas with the Rev. Sally Fleming officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Scottish Rite Hospital, 2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, Texas 75219. 

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BEN CARLTON
Mr. Ben Carlton, age 62 of Lafayette, Louisiana, passed away Friday, August 31, 2007 at Lafayette General Medical Center. Mr. Carlton was born July 21, 1945. Mr. Carlton was a native of Crockett and was a resident of Lafayette for many years.
Survivors include his wife Cynthia Young Carlton; two daughters Nancy Bourque and husband Armond, of Luling, La. and Jayme Lisabeth Carlton, of Lafayette; two sons Rush Joshua Carlton and wife Jamie, of Metairie and Jeff Logan Carlton, of Lafette; two sisters Dorothy “Nell” Balcher, of Commerce, Cynthia Kay Engle, of Crockett; three brothers Milton Ray Carlton, of Franklin, Clayton Carlton, of LaRose and Ivy Lee Carlton, of Commerce; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Preceded in death by his parents Snide Rushing and Reba Jewel Gates Carlton; and one brother Leland Carlton.
Funeral Services for Mr. Ben Carlton were held Monday, September 3, at 12:00 p.m. at David Funeral Home Chapel in Lafayette with Father Glenn Meaux officiating.
David Funeral Home
 

BESSIE MAE KEE
Miss Bessie Mae Kee walked into the Garden and met her Savior on Sunday afternoon, January 20, 2008. Miss Kee was one hundred three years and four days old.
Miss Kee was born in Keltys, a sawmill town of East Texas on January 16, 1905 to Mary Jane Wheat Kee and James Taylor Kee. Miss Kee was raised in Nogalus Prairie, Texas on a farm with her five siblings and a large extended family.
Miss Kee graduated from Groveton High School earning her high school certificate and began teaching in small country schools sometimes riding a horse to school from home, other times boarding with families in the community. By teaching during the winter term and attending Sam Houston State Teachers College during the summer term, she graduated in 1934 and began to teach in earnest in small communities around East Texas. She earned a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Texas at Austin in 1943.
Miss Kee began a long and dedicated career at Alvin High School in Alvin, Texas in 1942. Always a lover of words and literature, Miss Bess taught her students how to think and write and an appreciation of English and American Literature. Miss Kee high standards and expectations for her students were legend and they loved her. Miss Kee retired from active teaching in 1971.
Miss Kee had a remarkable memory and amazed her family with her recollections of her ‘former students’. Miss Kee students returned the affection to her and she was the centerpiece of many class reunions. Still tutoring high school students at 100, Miss Kee set a high standard for her profession. In a crowning moment of a long and dedicated career, the Alvin Independent School District named the main building at the high school in her honor in 1995.
In 2005 Miss Kee was named as Outstanding Alumna of the School of Education at Sam Houston University.
Miss Kee was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, first initiated by Dr. Annie Webb Blanton, the founder of the organization, in Palestine, Tx in1934, later joining the Brazoria County Chapter. Miss Kee served as President of the Alvin Delta Delta Chapter from 1976 through 1978. Miss Kee was a charter member of the American Association of University Women Alvin Branch, President 1955 - 57, and a founder of the Alvin Retired Teachers Association.
Church attendance was always of utmost importance to Miss Kee. Miss Kee was a founding member of South Park Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and served as Director of the Sixth Grade Sunday School Class for twenty-five years. Miss Kee also sang in the choir and was most recently a member of the Keenagers and the Fidelis Sunday School Class.
Miss Kee was Aunt Bess to sixteen adoring nieces and nephews. Miss Kee encouraged us, cared for us, and corrected our English. Miss Kee could peel a whole apple without breaking the skin and she could bait a fishhook without sticking her finger. Miss Kee attended our graduations, our weddings, and kept pictures of all of our babies on her wall. For all of her adult life she lived independently taking care of her own business. Miss Kee life is an example to us all.
Survivors include her beloved youngest brother Leland Kee, of Angleton; nieces and nephews James McClain, of Livingston, Sam Kee, Frances Kee Arreguin, Phil Kee, Marcy Kee Irwin, and Paula Kee Robinson, all of Houston, Carl Kee, of Elgin, Janice Kee Yiengst, of Dripping Springs, David Kee and Barry Kee, both of Austin, Susan Kee Endendyk of Dallas and Nancy Kee Patterson, of Liverpool; in addition to a host of friends and former students around the state and the nation.
Preceded in death by her parents James Taylor Kee and Mary Jane Wheat Kee; brothers Jim Wheat Kee, Morris Kee, and Vernon Kee; and sister Dorris Kee McClain.
Graveside Services for Miss Bessie Mae Kee were held Friday, January 25, 2008 at Benett Cemetery, Groveton, Texas, with the Reverend Bruce Peterson officiating.
A Memorial Celebration of the life of Bessie Mae Kee was held at South Park Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2008.
Honorary Pallbearers will be her nephews.
The Family requests that memorials be made to the Bessie Mae Kee Scholarship Fund in care of Alvin ISD Education Foundation, P.O. Box 2342, Alvin, TX 77512-2342 or the Library at South Park Baptist Church, 1718 S. Johnson Drive, Alvin, TX 77511.

BETTIE JANE DRISKELL
Mrs. Bettie Jane Driskell, age 75, of Lovelady, passed away Monday, January 21, 2008 at her residence in Lovelady.  Mrs. Driskell was born March 9, 1932 in Houston County, Texas and had lived in Lovelady most of her lifetime.  She was a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star.  Mrs. Driskell was a housewife and a seamstress.  She was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Lovelady. 
Survivors include her children Joe Ross and Candy Driskell, of Lovelady, Becky and Shawn Burrow, of Longview; grandson Jason Driskell and wife Brandi, of Jacksonville; great-grandchildren Josh West and Sean Driskell; sisters Minnie Brasher and husband Herbert, of Seattle, Wash., Edna Smith, of Trinity, Alma Lois Hinson, of Conroe, Mary Lee Smith, of Giddings and Billie Jean Reeves and husband Bill, of Lovelady; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Joe Frank Driskell; brother Horace Moses; parents Robert Arnold and Ola Mae (James) Arnold; and sister Frances Goynes.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Bettie Jane Driskell will be held Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in the First Baptist Church in Lovelady with the Rev. Scott Matthews and the Rev. Jason Wade Driskell officiating.  Interment will follow in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 130, Lovelady, TX. 75851.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BETTY LOU RIVERS
Mrs. Betty Lou Rivers, age 73 of Groveton, passed away Friday, August 31, 2007 in Houston. Mrs. Rivers was born October 24, 1933 in Jennings, Louisiana to Antoinette Glen and M.J. Stockman. Mrs. Rivers graduated from Jeff Davis High School in Houston. Mrs. Rivers was a homemaker and artist and was a member of Pennington Baptist Church. Mrs. Rivers married Floyd Charlie Rivers, Jr., May 4, 1951 in Houston.
  Survivors include her four daughters Paulette Teel, of Austin, Camille Rivers, of Groveton, Belinda Tousson, of Spring Hill, Tenn., Rebecca Rivers, of Trinity; five sons Floyd Rivers III, of Groveton, Joseph Rivers, of West Columbia, Benjamin rivers, of Groverton, mark Rivers, of Diboll and Daniel Rivers, of Booneville, Ark.; one sister Nancy Williams, of Clute; 22 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her parents Antoinette Glen and M.J. Stockman; husband Floyd Charlie Rivers; two brothers; and one sister.
Graveside Services were held for Mrs. Betty Lou Rivers Monday, September 3, 2007 at the Bald Prairie Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. with Chaplain Judith Forsman officiating.
McCauley Funeral Home Inc.

BILL MCCORMACK
Mr. Bill McCormack, age 89 of Crockett, formerly of Latexo, passed away Saturday, September 1, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. McCormack was born May 28, 1918 in Marquez and had lived in Houston County since 1985. Mr. McCormack was retired from TDC and was also a veteran of the United States Army serving in World War II. Mr. McCormack was a member and deacon of the Latexo Baptist Church. 
Survivors include his sister Ollie Watson, of Normangee; step-children J. W. Lindsey, Mary Ruth Gryder and Earl Lindsey; sisters-in-law Mildred Porter, of Palacious, Betty Hogan White, of Tucumcari, NM; numerous nieces, nephew and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his wife Doxye Teems McCormack in 1994.
Funeral Services for Mr. Bill McCormack were held Monday, September 3, at 2:00 p.m. in the Latexo Baptist Church with Dr. Jeff Taylor officiating.  Interment followed in the Percilla Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Latexo Baptist Church, 3962 US Hwy 287, Crockett, TX 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

WILLIAM LEE “LITTLE BILL” O’PRY
Mr. William Lee “Little Bill” O’Pry, age 42 of San Augustine, previously of Latexo, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2008 in San Augustine. Mr. O’Pry was born March 19, 1965 in Crockett to Jesse Earl O’Pry, Sr. and Exea Lee (Jones) O’Pry.
Mr. O’Pry was employed by the Latexo I.S.D. for several years, he also was employed by the Latexo General Store. When he was growing up he attended the Latexo Methodist Church and then later on he became a member of the Ephesus Baptist Church in Latexo. Mr. O’Pry will be missed by everyone that knew him.
Survivors include his wife Norma Jean O’Pry; step-daughter Jennifer Nell Frejia; sisters and brothers-in-law Becky O’Pry and boyfriend Carl Tullis, Sarah Frizzell and husband Robert L. Moffett, Annette O’Pry, Janet Williams and husband Daniel Z. Williams and Sondra Henderson and husband Johnny Romo, all of Latexo; special nephew Bryon Lee Williams, of Latexo; special niece Kimberly Elizabeth Frizzell, of Latexo; mother-in-law Norma Nell DuBose; special aunts Lois Lancaster, of Waco, Joyce Burk, of Denton and Ola Mae O’Pry, of Center; numerous special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Preceded in death by his parents Jesse Earl O’Pry Sr. and Exea Lee (Jones) O’Pry; grandparents Gerald Lee Jones and Sarah Bell Jones; brothers Jimmy Earl O’Pry, Billy Roy O’Pry and Jesse Earl O’Pry Jr.; and an infant sister Janet Earline O’Pry.
Funeral Services for Mr. William Lee “Little Bill” O’Pry were held Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel in San Augustine with Bro. Hiram Melton and Bro. P.A. “Boot” Dubose officiating. Interment followed in the Hebron Cemetery in San Augustine.
Pallbearers were Rae Estes, Nick Estes, John Chance, Wayne Sanders, Bubba Shoemaker, Delbert Lennis McKinney, Lynn Chance, Don McClelland and Terry McClelland.
Honorary Pallbearers were Jerry McClelland and Thomas Shoemaker.
Wyman Roberts Funeral Home

BILLIE JO KRENEK
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.
Please leave online condolences www.raderfuneralhome.com
 Rader Funeral Home

BILLIE MERLE WEEKS
Mrs. Billie Merle Weeks, age 79 of Lovelady, passed away Friday, September 28, 2007 in Huntsville. Mrs. Weeks was born January 4, 1928 and lived in Houston County most of her life. Mrs. Weeks was a member of the Pearsons Chapel Baptist Church in Lovelady, a lifetime member of the Lovelady Eastern Star Chapter and was a retired hairdresser for 37 years. Mrs. Weeks was a loving and devoted wife for 62 years and a wonderful grandmother of six and great-grandmother of eight.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Willie Hayne and Linda Weeks, of Grapeland; daughters and sons-in-law Connie and Tommy LaRue and Cathy and Kevin Thomas, of Huntsville; six grandchildren Kevin and Rachel LaRue, of Katy, Krissi and Randy Pickett, of Victoria, Jennifer and Merle Hayes, Michael and Ana Thomas, of Huntsville, Wendi and Nathan Shaw, of Grapeland and Brian Weeks, of Mexia; eight great-grandchildren, Austin Small, Michael Hayes, Tanner Hayes, Abigail Hayes, Carly Pickett, Katie Cleaver, Bryson Thomas and Hayden LaRue; sister Edna LaRue; brother Kenneth Knighten, of Lovelady; lifelong friends Maedean and Dale Harrelson, of Lovelady; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband, Hayne Weeks; parents Bill and Maggie Knighten; brothers Troy and Avon Knighten; and sisters Joyce Harrelson and Wanda Kennedy.
  Funeral Services for Mrs. Billie Weeks were held Tuesday, October 2, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Scott Matthews officiating.  Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BLANCHE MILLER SHAW
Mrs. Blanche Miller Shaw, age 99, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2008. Mrs. Shaw was born December 26, 1908 in Belott, Houston County, Texas, the third daughter of Estelle Conner Miller and Edwin Lawrence Miller. Mrs. Shaw was a direct descendant of Francis B. Conner and his wife, Sarah, who migrated to Texas in 1831 from Abbeville, South Carolina.
In 1909, the Miller family moved to Ratcliff, Texas, and later to Huntsville, Texas, where Blanche and her two sisters received Bachelor of Arts degrees from Sam Houston State University (then Sam Houston State Teachers College). Mrs. Shaw began teaching at age 18 and taught first grade for forty-three years in the Anahuac, Luling, Barbers Hill and Houston schools. Mrs. Shaw obtained a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Houston in 1942, graduating with honors. During this time, she married Vern Shaw, a native of Denver, Colorado.
Mrs. Shaw retired from teaching in 1970, and moved from Houston to Beaumont, Texas to be near family. Mrs. Shaw was a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Texas Retired Teachers Association, and Trinity Methodist Church, Beaumont, Texas. Mrs. Shaw loved to read and research her family genealogy. Mrs. Shaw also loved to travel and visited many foreign countries, as well as all fifty states in the United States.
Survivors include her niece Beverly Barclay Collie, of Beaumont; three great nieces Susan Collie Holmes and husband Doug, of Englewood, Colo., Catherine Collie Schulte and husband Steve, of Kerrville and Laura Collie Hayes and husband Jim, of Beaumont; and eight great, great nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her husband Vern Shaw; parents Estelle Conner Miller and Edwin Lawrence Miller; two sisters Edice Hines and Myrtle Barclay; and nephew Patrick Hines.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Blanche Miller Shaw were held Thursday, January 10, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin, Beaumont. Interment followed at 3:00 p.m. in Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 3706, Beaumont, Texas 77704-3706.
Broussard’s Mortuary

BOBBIE HOLCOMB
Mrs. Bobbie Holcomb, age 77 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at her residence. Mrs. Holcomb was born October 28, 1929 in Jewett, Texas and was a resident of Crockett since 1978. Mrs. Holcomb was a past member of the Davy Crockett Pilot Club and Houston Garden Club. Mrs. Holcomb was a housewife.
Survivors include her daughter Jo Lynn Davidson and Drew Fowler, of Crockett; grandchildren Kenneth Bryan Culpepper III and wife Katie, of Crockett, Charles (Bo) Douglas Culpepper and wife Katherine, of Crockett; brother James Cameron and wife Lilly, of Spring; sister Shirley Griffin, of Houston; extended family members Billy Sherman, of Crockett, Andy Davidson, of Tyler, Jere and Dawn Crabtree of San Diego, Calif., Royce and Carolyn Graham, of Latexo; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by husband Charlie Holcomb; brothers Jolly, Guy and Charles Glenn Cameron and sisters Verna Dean Lane.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Bobbie Holcomb will be held Friday, September 7, at 10:30 a.m. in the Weches Cemetery with Mr. Mike Orr officiating. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Weches Cemetery Association, c/o Sharron Ivie, Rt. 2 Box 97A, Grapeland, TX.  75844.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BOBBY LEE PARKER
Mr. Bobby Lee Parker, age 70 a lifelong resident of Crockett, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 2, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Parker was born December 13, 1937 in Trinity, Texas. Mr. Parker had worked a truck driver and was previously a heavy construction foreman.
Survivors include his wife of 50 Years, Wanda M. Parker; son Bobby Lee Parker, Jr. and wife Barbara; brother Arthur L. Parker and wife Barbara; seven grandchildren Stephen Parker and wife Kelley, Wesley Parker and wife Crystal, Dustin Parker, Joshua Parker, Wesley Kinard, Christopher Kinard and wife Savanna, Michael Hauser and Matthew Hauser; great-grandchildren Riley Hunter, Marlee, Landon and Evelyn; brother-in law Jerry Mac Anderson and wife Teresa; nieces Susan Fruge and husband Gerard and Madeline Singleton; nephews William L. Parker and wife Shirley, Craig Parker and wife Pam, Gabriel Caballero, Jerry Lee, John, James and Jeffrey Anderson; numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, a host of family and friends.
Preceded in death by his mother and father Bessie (Lewis) and Oval Lee Parker; sister Wilma Faye Montgomery; and daughter Tonya Parker.
Memorial Service for Mr. Bobby Lee Parker were held on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway- Allee Memorial Chapel in Crockett.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BUFORD LUCAS
Mr. Buford Lucas, age 67 of Belott, passed away Sunday, August 12, 2007 in the Houston County Nursing Home.  Mr. Lucas was born October 23, 1939 in Belott and was a resident of Houston County most of his lifetime.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy having served during the Korea Era.  Mr. Lucas was a member of the American Legion in Crockett and attended the Belott Pentecostal Church.  He was a retired brick mason.
Survivors include his wife Peggy Mae Lucas, of Belott; children Marie Lucas and Vincent Diaz, of Waco, Buford Lucas, Sr., of Belott, Christie Brown and husband Anthony, of Weches and Roy Lucas, of Belott; grandchildren Vincent, Theresa, Allen, Josphina, Anthony, Samantha and Buford Jr.; brother Raymond Lucas, of Crockett; sister-in-law Christine Peterson, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Buford Lucas were held Wednesday, August 15, at 2:00 p. m. in the New Energy Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Durham officiating. 
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

CECIL NETTLES
Mr. Cecil Nettles, age 70 of Golden Acres, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Nettles was born March 14, 1937 in Shelby County, Texas and was a resident of Golden Acres since 1999. Mr. Nettles was a veteran of the Texas National Guard. Mr. Nettles was a member of the Grapeland Masonic Lodge #473 and the Plumbers Local #68 Lodge for over 52 years. Mr. Nettles was retired having worked as a plumbing inspector.
Survivors include his wife Mary Lou Nettles, of Golden Acres; children Randy Nettles and wife Elizabeth, of Austin and Tracy Knighton and husband Daryl, of Hearne; grandchildren Doug, Kate and John Nettles, D.J., Blayke, Amber and Hannah Knighton; numerous other relatives.
Preceded in death by his brother Curtis Nettles.
Memorial Services for Mr. Cecil Nettles were held Friday, November 16, at 2:00 p.m. in the Ira Rials Park at Golden Acres. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grapeland Masonic Lodge #473, P. O. Box 97, Grapeland, Texas 75844 or Crockett Public Library, 708 E. Goliad Ave., Crockett, TX. 75835.
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CHARLES ARCHIE SNELL
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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CHARLOTTE LAVERNE TANNER
Mrs. Charlotte Laverne Tanner, age 51 of Crockett, departed this earth on the Wings of Angels Tuesday, December 13, 2007 in Lufkin.
On April 1, 1956, in Houston County, Texas, Norman and Hattie Bell Larue Satterwhite, became the proud parents of a sweet baby girl whom they named “Charlotte Laverne.” Mrs. Tanner was their third child of four children.
Mrs. Tanner attended and received her education at Crockett High School and Bunch High School. Mrs. Tanner accepted Christ at an early age and united with St. Luke Baptist Church, later New Pleasant Grove Baptist, and Bethel Baptist Church.
Mrs. Tanner married in Holy Matrimony to Maderia Tanner, Jr. the union was blessed with one child. Mrs. Tanner worked as a seamstress.
Survivors include her husband Maderia Tanner, Jr., of Crockett; son Lauardrick (Christal) Tanner, of Crockett; daughter Katina (Greg) Hubbard; special nephew Dawson Ware; three brothers Asa James Satterwhite, Edward Satterwhite and Norman Satterwhite; two sisters Norman Jean (Jay Lee) Hunt, Patricia (Leon) Gibson; three grandchildren Sykera, Greg II and Kylie; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents Norman and Hattie Larue Satterwhite; sister Brenda Jordan.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Charlotte Laverne Tanner were held Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in Bethel Baptist Church in Crockett with Rev. Earl Harris pastor and officiating. Interment followed in the Forest Lawn Cemetery. 
Active Pallbearers were Brandon Johnson, Charles Baker, Patrick Tanner, Jamie Williams, Marcus Davis and Thomas White.
Honorary Pallbearers were Cliff Irving, office and Members of New Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
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CHARLOTTE LAVERNE TANNER
Mrs. Charlotte Laverne Tanner, age 51 of Crockett, departed this earth on the Wings of Angels Tuesday, December 13, 2007 in Lufkin.
On April 1, 1956, in Houston County, Texas, Norman and Hattie Bell Larue Satterwhite, became the proud parents of a sweet baby girl whom they named “Charlotte Laverne.” Mrs. Tanner was their third child of four children.
Mrs. Tanner attended and received her education at Crockett High School and Bunch High School. Mrs. Tanner accepted Christ at an early age and united with St. Luke Baptist Church, later New Pleasant Grove Baptist, and Bethel Baptist Church.
Mrs. Tanner married in Holy Matrimony to Maderia Tanner, Jr. the union was blessed with one child. Mrs. Tanner worked as a seamstress.
Survivors include her husband Maderia Tanner, Jr., of Crockett; son Lauardrick (Christal) Tanner, of Crockett; daughter Katina (Greg) Hubbard; special nephew Dawson Ware; three brothers Asa James Satterwhite, Edward Satterwhite and Norman Satterwhite; two sisters Norman Jean (Jay Lee) Hunt, Patricia (Leon) Gibson; three grandchildren Sykera, Greg II and Kylie; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents Norman and Hattie Larue Satterwhite; sister Brenda Jordan.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Charlotte Laverne Tanner were held Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in Bethel Baptist Church in Crockett with Rev. Earl Harris pastor and officiating. Interment followed in the Forest Lawn Cemetery. 
Active Pallbearers were Brandon Johnson, Charles Baker, Patrick Tanner, Jamie Williams, Marcus Davis and Thomas White.
Honorary Pallbearers were Cliff Irving, office and Members of New Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
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CHARLYN MATCHETT SHAVER
Mrs. Charlyne Matchett Shaver, age 83, of Crockett, former resident of Palestine and Dallas, passed away Tuesday, October 02, 2007 in Tyler.  Mrs. Shaver was born May 27, 1924 in Houston County.  She was a retired teacher and member of the South Loop Church of Christ in Crockett.
Survivors include her husband George Willis Shaver, of Crockett; daughter Gorgana Hyde and husband Joe, of Crockett; grandchildren Jeremy Daniel Hyde, of Crockett, Casey Shaver Hyde, of Huntsville; great-grandchildren Nathan Blake Hyde, of Lovelady, Harper Jo Hyde, of Crockett; aunt Vivian Brandon, of Lovelady; brother-in-law John R. Shaver, of Crockett; sister-in-law Margie Cecil, of Palestine; nephew James Matchett Morgan, of San Antonio; numerous other relatives.
Preceded in death by her parents Charlie and Ethel Matchett; sister Marguerite Morgan.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Charlyne Matchett Shaver were held Thursday, October 4, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Rick Kelly and Mr. Bill Jeter officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery.
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CLARA MOLINE SMITH SHEFFIELD
Mrs. Clara Moline Smith Sheffield, age 82 of Conroe passed away suddenly on January 24, 2008. Mrs. Sheffield was born February 13, 1925 in Weches, Texas.
Mrs. Sheffield graduated from Glover High School as salutatorian of her class and went to work in Rusk in 1943. Later, she met Cozby Sheffield in Weches and they dated prior to his service in World War II. They were married November 4, 1945 and remained so for sixty-two years, until his passing in August of 2007.
Mrs. Sheffield and her husband were longtime members of Lindale Baptist Church in Houston until moving to Conroe in 1982 where they attended Mims Baptist Church. Mrs. Sheffield was a member of the Mary Martha Sunday School class.
Mrs. Sheffield was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Although she did work outside the home at Three Weavers in Houston, homemaking was her special talent.  
Mrs. Sheffield, known lovingly as “Moey,” was a devout Christian and devoted caretaker to her family.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”  Psalm 116:15   

Survivors include her children Pamela Lindsey and husband James, of Victoria; sons Randy Sheffield and wife Mae, of Magnolia and Mark Sheffield, of Conroe; grandchildren Kendra and her husband Robert Phelps, Amy and her husband Mick Jones, Cody Lindsey and wife Ashley and Steven Lindsey; three great-grandchildren Tristan and Tyler Jones and Grace Phelps; sisters Aletha Faye Kirchoff, of Lockhart and Sandra and her husband Lee Hollingsworth, of Weches; sister-in-law Wanda Roberts, of Alto; Beloved longtime friends Norma and Edwin Preston; and numerous nieces and nephews mourn her passing; special caregiver Marcia Raines.   
Preceded in death by her husband Cozby Sheffield; parents Lee and Faye Smith; and sister Natha Lee Tims.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Clara Moline Smith Sheffield will be held Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Cashner's Funeral Home in Conroe with the Reverend Gene Kendrick officiating. 
Graveside Services will be held that day at 2:00 p.m. in the Weches Community Cemetery in Houston County.
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CLAYTON AMY
Mr. Clayton Amy, age 82 of Belott, passed away Tuesday, October 09, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Amy was born July 18, 1925 in Eunice, Louisiana and was a resident of Belott for the past 16 years, previously living in Houston. Mr. Amy was a veteran of the U. S. Navy having served during World War II as a quartermaster first class. Mr. Amy was a member of the Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21 A.F. and A. M. in Houston for 53 years first class and was a past board member of the Houston County Senior Citizens Center. Mr. Amy was retired having worked as a water well specialist and was also a member of the New Energy Community Church.
Survivors include his wife Nell Amy, of Belott; children Yvonne Newton, of San Antonio, Vernon Daniel Amy and wife Erin Murphy, of Golden, Mo., Raymond Amyel Amy and wife Brenda, of Chattanooga, Tenn., Michael Loyd Amy, of Houston; grandchildren Dionne McBride and husband Kurt, of Roundrock, Dustin Daniel Amy and wife Tammy Daly, of Hutto, Kyle Geoffrey Amy, of Roundrock, Angela Nicole Amy, of U.S.A.F. in Korea; great-grandchildren Jacob Wyatt McBride, Emma Kaitlyn McBride, Taylor Byerley, Dylan Daniel Amy, Alexis Daly, Savannah Leigh Amy, Alex Herren; brother Percy Ray Amy, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by parents Edmund and Mary Elizabeth (Middlebrooks) Amy.
Funeral Services for Mr. Clayton Amy were held Saturday, October 13, at 2:00 p.m. in the New Energy Church with the Rev. Richard Gillet and the Rev. Winston Coones officiating. Military and Masonic graveside services will follow in the New Energy Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Houston County Senior Citizens Center, 100 Wells St., Crockett, TX.  75835.
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COLONEL ERNEST L. WEBB JR.
Colonel Ernest L. Webb, Jr., age 93 of Enchanted Pines, formerly of Porter Springs, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Colonel Webb was born July 23, 1914 in Itta Benna, Mississippi and had lived in Porter Springs for the past 38 years. Colonel Webb was a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and had retired after having served 28 years in the U. S. Air Force. Colonel Webb was a highly decorated officer having been awarded the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Bronze Star. Colonel Webb was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Crockett.
Survivors include his daughters Patty Meyer and husband Larry, of Crockett, Nancy Watson and husband Danny, of Prescott, Ariz., Judi Blackwell, of The Colony; granddaughters Susan Meyer of, The Woodlands, Sally Brannen of Crockett, Angela La Mew of Prescott, Ariz., Jennifer Blackwell, of New York City, N Y, Holly Blackwell, of Villanova, Pa.; great-grandchildren Ashly La Mew, Shawn La Mew, Will Brannen, Grant Brannen and Abigail Boyd; sister Mary Jane Webb Pruitt, of Anderson, S. C.
Preceded in death by his wife Frances Grant Webb; sisters, Eoline Jones and Evelyn Sue Hill; and granddaughter Amy Watson.
Military Graveside Funeral Services for Colonel Ernest L. Webb, Jr. were held Saturday, November 17, at 10:00 a.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Thomas Spath and the Rev. Jim Tom Ainsworth officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Houston County Share, 200 S. 6th St., Crockett, Tx. 75835; Habitat for Humanity, 310 Comal St. #100, Austin, Tx. 78702 or Presbyterian Hand Bell Choir, 715 E. Goliad, Crockett, Texas 75835.
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CONNIE LOWE
Mrs. Connie Lowe, age 66 of Willis, passed away on Monday, November 5, 2007 in The Woodlands. Mrs. Lowe was born August 7, 1941 in Columbus, Indiana.
Survivors include her husband Walter Lowe, of Willis; daughter Vicki Hill and husband Robert, of Willis; sisters Loretta Greene and Karen Neptune; brother Art Shafer; grandchildren Joshua Hill, Nicholes Hill, Morgan and Matthew Hill, all of Willis; numerous other relatives and friends.
Memorial Services for Mrs. Connie Lowe were held on Friday, November 9, at 10:00 a.m. at First Christian Church of Conroe with Dr. Wes Morgan officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to the American Cancer Society, 6301 Richmond Avenue, Houston, TX. 77057.
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COZBY LILBERTSHEFFIELD
Mr. Cozby Lilbert Sheffield, age 85 of Conroe, passed away Saturday, August 11, 2007 at Rosa’s Angel Care in Conroe after a long struggle with Alzheimers in the care of hospice. Mr. Sheffield was born October 10, 1921 in Percilla (Houston County) to Gordon Russell and Ima Hogan Sheffield. Mr. Sheffield served in the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp.) during the Great Depression, and served in the U.S. Army, 3432nd Ordinance MM Company during World War II.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his Saints.” Psalms 116:15
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Gandhi
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Moline Smith Sheffield; daughter Pamela and husband James Lindsey, of Victoria; son and daughter-in-law Randall G. and Mae Sheffield, of Magnolia and Mark Sheffield, of Conroe; four grandchildren Kendra and husband Robert Phelps, Amy and husband Mick Jones, Cody Lindsey and wife Ashley, and Steven Lindsey; three great-grandchildren Tristan and Tyler Jones and Grace Phelps; sister Wanda Roberts, of Alto.
Preceded in death by his brother Gordon Sheffield, Jr.; and sisters Ima Jean and Mary Ann Sheffield Hughes.
Funeral Services for Mr. Cozby Lilbert Sheffield were held Monday, August 13, at Cashner’s Funeral Home in Conroe with the Reverend Gene Kendrick officiating.
Graveside Services were held in the Weches Cemetery in Houston County.

DAVID AUSTIN BAIN JR.
Mr. David Austin Bain Jr., age 73, passed away August 2, 2007 in Conroe, Texas after a lengthy illness.  Mr. Bain was born July 27, 1934, in Chattanooga, Tennessee to David Austin Bain Sr. and Prudie Lee Bain.  Mr. Bain served in the United States Air Force as a Military Policeman during the Korean War where he was stationed in Paris, France. Mr. then graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Mr. Bain was employed with General Electric in Roanoke, Virginia and then worked for many years for Powell Electrical Manufacturing Company in Houston. Mr. Bain enjoyed working on his ranch, golfing, reading and was an avid hunter. 
Survivors include his wife Beverly K. Bain; sister Delores Dickson, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; brother Donald Bain, of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; daughter Ingrid and son-in-law Joe Lee, of Lovelady, daughter Kimberly and son-in-law Paul Wright, of Lufkin, and daughter Greta Bain and Scott Curry of Lufkin; grandchildren, Robert, Kristie, Nathan, Sarah, Hannah, Samuel, Curtis, Zachary and Jade Lee, all of Lovelady, Austin, Brooke and Tyler Wright, all of Lufkin, Benjamin David Bain, Britney, Karen and Lexi, all of Lufkin;  great-granddaughter Isabella Wright, of Lufkin; and numerous nieces and other relatives.
 Graveside Services were held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Monday, August 6, at 10:00 a.m. at the Forest Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to CASA, 412 W. Phillips, Suite 107, Conroe, TX 77301.
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DAVID MADISON DAILEY SR.
Mr. David Madison Dailey, Sr., age 72 Snellville, GA passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2007. Mr. Dailey was a graduate of Oklahoma A&M earning a BS in Forestry in 1957. After graduation he began a career with the U.S. Forest Service in Florida. Mr. Dailey was later transferred to Lufkin where he met and married Richie Burks in 1962. Mr. Dailey’s career with the USFS spanned more than 42 years including service in Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Georgia and New Mexico. Mr. Dailey retired in January, 1998 in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Dailey served as a Deacon at the First Baptist Church of Lilburn.
Survivors include his loving wife of 45 years, Richie Dailey, of Snellville, Ga.; Son and Daughter-in-Law, David, Jr. and Nancy Dailey, of Loganville, Ga.; two grandchildren Matthew Tyler Dailey and Jonathan David Dailey, both of Loganville; sister and brother-in-Law Diane and Charles Kolar, of St. Louis, Mo.; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services for Mr. David Madison Dailey Sr. will be held on Friday, October 19, at 2:00 p.m. at the Tom M. Wages Chapel in Snellville. Interment will follow in Eternal Hills Memory Gardens. www.wagesfuneralhome.com
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DAVID WAYNE ROARK
Mr. David Wayne Roark, age 43 of Wells, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2008 in Wells. Mr. Roark was born August 18, 1964 in Jacksonville, Texas to Don and Helen Baker Roark. Mr. Roark lived in Alto most of his life before moving to Wells. Mr. Roark attended the Weches Pentecostal Church when he was younger. Mr. Roark liked hunting, fishing, working on cars and enjoyed working for his dad hauling cars with the wrecker.
Survivors include his parents Don and Elizabeth Roark, of Kennard; grandmother Mary Roark, of Alto; brother Larry Roark, of Etoil; half-brother Paul Roark, of Kennard; step-brother Charles and wife Donna, of Lufkin; step-sister Debra Burran, of Kennard; uncles Lindall Roark and wife Brenda, of Houston, Glen Roark, of Alto and Wendall Baker, of Lufkin; two nieces; and one nephew.
Preceded in death by his mother Helen Baker Roark; grandfather and grandmother Baker; grandfather Charles Roark; and an aunt.
Graveside Services for Mr. David Wayne Roark were held Sunday, February 3, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. at the Old Palestine Cemetery with Brenda Roark officiating.
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DEVIN KYLE PARRISH
Mr. Devin Kyle Parrish, age 20 of Crockett, left us to be with Jesus on  Wednesday, December 26, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mr. Parrish was born December 8, 1987 in Lufkin to Don and Debbie Parrish of Kennard. Mr. Parrish was loved by so many, he never meet a stranger and had a heart of gold he would do anything he could to help anyone in need, he would give you anything he had if you needed it. Mr. Parrish was a 2007 graduate of Kennard High School and was employed by Baskin’s Department Store in Crockett, where he sold boots and hats, he was known as the hat man because he sold and shaped hats, he loved his job. Mr. Parrish attended the First Baptist Church of Kennard, and was on his way to church when he had the accident. That’s how much he loved the Lord. Mr. Parrish was a special man and he will be missed by all.
Survivors include his mother and step-dad Debbie and Clint Pyle, of Crockett; father Don Parrish, of Conroe; sister and brother-in-law Donna Parrish and Jaime Salinas, Sr., of Kennard; pride and joy his nephew Jaime Salinas, Jr., of Kennard; grandma Jean Ward, of Grapeland; grandpa Roger Ward, of Crockett; grandma Ackley, of Kennard; step-sister Alicia Pyle, of Waco; an abundance of aunts and uncles; numerous cousins who loved him dearly as he loved them.
Preceded in death by his special Paw Paw Gates, Paw Paw R.G.; granny LaVerne; and Aunt Gwen.
Funeral Services for Mr. Devin Kyle Parrish were held Monday, December 31, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jim Durham and the Rev. Grady Gladden officiating.  A private family graveside followed in the Cowboy Haven Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Legacy for Life, 4804 Research Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78240.
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JOHN RICHARD COOK M.D.
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
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.
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EDDELL NELSON SHROYER
Mrs. Eddell Nelson Shroyer, age 82 of Crockett, formerly of Houston, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2008 in the Cy-Fair Hospital in Houston. Mrs. Shroyer was born April 7, 1925 in Fort Smith, Arkansas and was a resident of Crockett since 1979, previously living in Houston. Mrs. Shroyer was a member of the Red Hat Society. Mrs. Shroyer was a homemaker and was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Crockett. 
Survivors include her husband Guy F. Shroyer, Jr., of Crockett; sons Guy Shroyer III and Cecilia Castillo, of Washington, D. C., Paul Shroyer and wife Lisa, of Cypress; grandchildren Tucker Shroyer and Shelby Shroyer, of Cypress; cousin Charles Lowery, of Denver, Colo.
Preceded in death by her parents Henry and Ruth Nelson.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Eddell Nelson Shroyer were held Friday, January 18, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Thomas Spath officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
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EDDIE MAE STOCKTON
Mrs. Eddie Mae Stockton, age 83 of Crockett, passed away Monday, January 21, 2008 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Stockton was born in Bedias, Texas on November 8, 1924 and had moved to Freeport at an early age. Mrs. Stockton always said that she was so very blessed with her Christian heritage that her grandparents on both sides of her family and her mother and daddy were good Christians. After World War II, she moved to Houston and in 1948 met Wayne Stockton and they had a blessed marriage for 52 years. Mrs. Stockton was blessed with one of the best husbands, two wonderful sons, a granddaughter and grandson. Their grandchildren were always a joy, not only to Mrs. Stockton, but to the whole family to watch Papa Wayne play with his grandchildren. Mrs. Stockton was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 984 where she was initiated on November 22, 1971. They had moved to Crockett in 1978 and she was a volunteer at Whitehall Nursing Center where she loved and enjoyed helping the elderly. Mrs. Stockton was a wonderful homemaker, loved taking care of her family and having a clean home with everything in order. Mrs. Stockton was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Crockett. 
Survivors include her sons Dwayne Stockton and wife Frieda, of Austin, Kenneth Stockton, of Crockett; grandchildren Jessica Stockton and Adam Stockton, both of Austin; brother Dan Adams and wife Betty, of Houston; brother-in-law J. Van Stockton and wife Gwynn, of Dallas; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Wayne R. Stockton.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Eddie Mae Stockton will be held Friday, January 25, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Goss officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Central Baptist Church Building Fund, 100 N. 7th Street, Crockett, TX. 75835.

EDMUND SCHMIDT
Mr. Edmund Schmidt was born in Lampasas to Myrtle Garner Schmidt and Edmund C. Schmidt, November 30, 1929. Mr. Schmidt grew up in Cameron and was a graduate of Yoe High School. Following his years of service in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, he returned to college receiving his degree from Southwest Texas State University in Chemistry.
During his years of service while in Chicago, he met Dorothy Schnur whom he married October 4, 1952.  They lived for many years in Houston where he worked as a salesman of heavy industrial coating. Mr. Schmidt worked for Pittsburg Paints, Exxon and International Coating. 
Mr. Schmidt was active in Christ Lutheran Church where he was president of the congregation and served on many boards. Mr. Schmidt was known for his love of hunting, gardening, golf and bridge.
Survivors include his two sons Shane Schmidt, of Austin and Shawn Schmidt, of Miami, Fla.; one daughter Susanne Schmidt, of Austin; one sister Elizabeth Holloway, of Rockdale; several nieces and nephews; dear friend Bennie Rush of Crockett.  
Preceded in death by his wife Dorothy. 
Services for Edmund Schmidt of Crockett were held Monday, October 1, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in the Grace Lutheran Church with the Rev. Larry Knobloch officiating.   Burial with military honors followed at 2:00 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Memorial Park in Buckholts.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Research.
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EDRIS DARE HOPKINS
Mrs. Edris Dare Hopkins born Edris Dare Buller in Grapeland, Texas to Meda and Edd Buller on April 14, 1931.  Edris was born into a family of musicians and was an accomplished vocalist singing for many churches and functions around Houston, County.
A graduate of Crockett high School class of 1948.  Mrs. Hopkins attended Baylor, Southern Methodist, and Sam Houston Universities earning a B. S. in history and music in 1957.  Mrs. Hopkins began her teaching career at Houston County C.S.D. (Porter Springs School) from 1955-1958, she was choir director in Aldine I.S.D. from 1963-1067, Choir director for both Jr. High and High School in La Marque I. S. D. from 1968-1972.
In 1972, Edris reinvented herself and began a career in special education at Glena Park I.S.D. while she attended University of Houston Clear Lake graduate school.
Mrs. Hopkins taught special education reading for 5 years and after achieving her Masters of Education she began her career as an Education Diagnostician.  Edris worked as an educational diagnostician for Galena Park I.S.D.
In 1973-1980, Alief I.S.D. 1980-1981, Grand Prairie 1981-1982, Alief 1982-1983, Crockett State School 1983-1984, and Houston Trinity County Resource Education Coop 1984-2006 where she retired at the age of 75 years.  She had also taught for Sulross Univeristy in Alpine. Mrs. Hopkins and her husband Jack owned and operated Discount World in Crockett and Rudy Stephan Perfume business in Houston. Mrs. Hopkins was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Crockett.  Mrs. Hopkins touched the lives of countless children in her career. Mrs. Hopkins lost a courageous battle to cancer on Saturday, January 26, 2008.  Mrs. Hopkins will be sorely missed by her family and friends. 
Survivors include her son Edd Buller Smith and wife Kathy, of Crockett; grandson, John Pablo and wife Cheryl, of Grand Prairie; great-grandchildren Heath Ferguson and Chiane Swinner, both of Grand Prairie; sister Sammye Stanley, of George Town; niece Carol Sibley and husband Stanley, of George Town; and many other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents Edd and Meda Buller; and husband Jack Hopkins.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Edris Dare Hopkins were held Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Jerry House officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Percilla Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ELIZABETH ANN “NANA” MYERS
Mrs. Elizabeth Ann “NaNa” Myers, age 72 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, September 6, 2007 at her residence. Mrs. Myers was born October 4, 1934 in Nottingham, England and had lived in Crockett for many years.  Mrs. Myers was a member of the Wilma Foote Organ Club and the American Legion. Mrs. Myers was a housewife.
Survivors include her sons Robert Steven Myers and wife Billie, of Dickenson, Andrew Forest Myers, of Vallejo, Calif. and Michael Lee Myers and wife Lydia, of Crockett; grandchildren Elena, Jamie, Josh, Heather, and Christian; great-grandchildren Justin and Jayden; brother Rodney Wainwright and wife Jill, of Sheffield, England; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Robert Myers; and mother Norah Cuthbertson.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Elizabeth Ann “NaNa” Myers were held Saturday, September 8, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Keeney Dickenson officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ELSIE M. KELLUM
Mrs. Elsie M. Kellum, age 76 of Weches, passed away Friday, August 24, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mrs. Kellum was born November 5, 1930 in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada and had lived in Weches most of lifetime. Mrs. Kellum was a housewife and a member of the Liberty Hill Methodist Church and also a past member of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include her husband Jimmie Kellum, of Weches; children Joyce Ward, of Contonment, Fla., Carolyn Greenwood and husband Clayton, of Stark, N.H., Paul Kellum and wife Julie, of Jewett and Donna Maddox and husband John, of Livingston; 19 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sisters Edith Davidson, of Vancouver, Alberta, Betty Wiseman, of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives
Preceded in death by her sons Ricky Dean Kellum, Billy Wayne Kellum and Jimmie Lee Kellum.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Elsie M. Kellum were held Monday, August 27, at 10:00 a.m. in the Liberty Hill Methodist Church with the Rev. Paul Houston officiating.  Interment followed.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ERA (OWENS) THETFORD
Mrs. Era (Owens) Thetford, age 94, passed away Monday, September 10, 2007 at ETMC in Crockett. Mrs. Thetford was born March 23, 1913 in the Refuge Community East of Grapeland to the late Telitha Virginia (Brown) Owens and William Claude Owens.
Mrs. Thetford was a descendant of pioneer Houston County families who had made their homes in this area since 1930, and she was a member of Sunset Christian Church.
Mrs. Thetford received a Family Land Heritage Certificate of Honor from the Texas Agriculture Commission for a century or more of continuous ownership and operation of a family agricultural enterprise.
Mrs. Thetford was formerly a clerk in downtown Grapeland stores, including Pat Taylor Grocery, Grapeland Dry Goods and Darsey’s. Mrs. Thetford had proudly been an Avon “lady” for over 20 years.
Survivors include her son William Thetford, of Leander; three daughters Virginia McArthur, of Houston, Marjorie Spake and husband Roger, of the Villages, Fla. and LaWanda Pennington and husband Troy of Grapeland; six grandchildren Sandy Talley, Shawna Linck and husband Tom, Chad Myers, Stephanie Kleiner and husband Mike, Aaron Pennington and Ross Pennington and wife Kim; 11 great-grandchildren Kristi Foster and husband Alan, Scott Talley and wife Nikki, Justin, Anna, Madison, Jennie and Meg Linck, Ashton Norris, Cody and Abby Kleiner and Taylor Pennington; nieces and nephews Nelda Johnson, Bonnie Keen, Carol Owens, Billy Owens, Bobby Owens, James Owens, W.A. Brown; and special caretaker Velma Walker.
Preceded in death by her parents Telitha Virginia (Brown) Owens and William Claude Owens; husband Luther Howell Thetford; daughter Mary Gene Thetford; grandson Russell Brent Pennington, son-in-law W.H. McArthur; and three brothers Grady Owens, Golden Owens and Garland Owens.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Era (Owens) Thetford were held Thursday, September 13, at 3:00 p.m. at Grapeland’s First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Denham officiating. Interment followed in the Refuge Cemetery off FM 227 East.
Pallbearers were grandsons Aaron Pennington, Ross Pennington, Chad Myers, Scott Talley, Alan Foster and great-nephew Stuart McLen.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to First United Methodist Church, Grapeland of Sunset Christian Church, Grapeland.
Bailey&Foster Funeral Home  

ERIC MARQUISE GRAY
Funeral services for Eric Marquise Gray age 16, were held Saturday, August 18, 2007, 11 am, St. Luke Baptist Church, 315 South 2nd, Crockett, Rev. Ralph P. Taylor, pastor, Bishop Miller Thompson, Restoration Holiness Church #2, New Waverly, officiated. He was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Cemetery
 Eric Marquise Gray was born December 7, 1990 in Crockett. He was preceded in death by his mother Shonna Reney Gray and grandfather, Norman Gray.
Eric attended Crockett Public Schools and at age 13 joined God’s Restoration Holiness Church #2 in New Waverly, pastured by Bishop Miller Thompson. He regularly attended sunday school and sang in the choir.
Eric passed away on August 8 at Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston. Survivors are; devoted great grandmother; Mrs. Sarah Taylor McBride of Crockett, grandmother; Lillie Gray of Dallas, uncles; Christopher Gray (Tracy), Brian Gray (Anita), Norman Gray, Jonathan Gray, Edward Taylor and wife Lindsey all of Dallas, Henry Taylor and wife Maxine of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Tsaac McBride and wife Teresa of New Waverly, aunts; JoAnn Allen of South Carolina, Everlyn Verdun (Michael), Carol Taylor all of Houston, Annie Ruth Cleveland (Joseph) of New Waverly, several great aunts and uncles, several other relatives, classmates, teachers, and friends.
 Casketbearers were: Christopher Gray, Brian Gray, Norman Gray, Derrick Taylor, Edward Taylor, Jr., Michael Verdun, Edward Taylor, Sr.
McClain-Clebourn Funeral Service

EUNICE MATTHEWS
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

FLORINE GREGG SMITH
Mrs. Florine Gregg Smith, age 90 of Woodville, passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at Dogwood Trails Manor in Woodville. Mrs. Smith was born August 4, 1914 in Weches and had been living in the Woodville area for the past 35 years. Mrs. Smith was a member and past president of the American Business Women’s Association. Mrs. Smith was retired having worked as a financial loan officer and was also a member of the Colmesneil Baptist Church. 
Survivors include her son Mack Smith and wife Peggy, of Warren; grandchildren Shelia Kahla and husband Jack, of Woodville, Mike Philmon and wife Cathy, of Nederland; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brother Earl Porter Gregg, of Grapeland; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her parents Sam and Virgie Gregg; brothers John A. Gregg and Sam A. Gregg; and sistersMavis Gregg, Lorine Herbert and Betty Lois Gregg.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Florine Gregg Smith were held Saturday, September 29, at 2:00 p.m. in the Weches Cemetery with Mr. Earl P. Gregg officiating.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

FRANCES KENDRICK BARTEE
Mrs. Frances Kendrick Bartee, age 85 of Rosenberg, passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2007, in Rosenberg. Mrs. Bartee was born Frances Alfred on October 4, 1921 in Crockett, Texas to Richard and Elzora Alfred.
Survivors include her son Ranzy Kendrick and wife Joanie, of Liberty Hill; daughter Joyce Loesch and husband, Larry, of Rosenberg; daughter-in-law Jackie Kendrick of Richmond; foster daughter Ruby Spacek and husband Robert, of Richmond; 11 grandchildren; two foster grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one foster great-grandchild; seven great great grandchildren; sister, Ellena Hamlin, of Lovelady; brother-in-law L.C. Kendrick, of Crockett; sisters-in-law: Marie Alfred, of Elkhart, Edna Alfred, of Jacinto City, Reba Fae Bowdoin and Betty Jo Kendrick, both of Crockett; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her parents Richard and Elzora Alfred; husband of 47 years, R. C. Kendrick; and husband of three years, Lacy Bartee; son, Roy Kendrick; daughter, Linda Mosier; grandsons Dennis McAnally and Wayne Mosier; brothers Elzie Alfred, Moody Alfred and R. H. Alfred; sisters Alpha Morgan and Effie Moffitt.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Frances Kendrick Bartee were held Saturday, September 29, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 502 South Fifth St., Richmond, Texas, with Dr. John Lockhart officiating.
Graveside Service were held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday at Shady Grove Cemetery in Crockett.
Pallbearers were Kevin McAnally, Jeff McAnally, Wesley McAnally, Cody Loesch, Christopher Kendrick, Daryl Kendrick, Jeremy Kendrick and Kent Spacek.
Memorial gifts may be made to First Baptist Church, 502 South Fifth St., Richmond, TX 77469 or to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11457, Alexandria, VA 22312.
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FRANCES PARRISH
Mrs. Frances Parrish, age 73, of Crockett, passed away Friday, August 17, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett.  Mrs. Parrish was born September 5, 1933 in Houston County and was a lifetime resident of this area.  She was a retired bookkeeper and a past member of the Beta Sigma Phi.  Mrs. Parrish was a member of the Open Door Baptist Church. 
Survivors include her son Stephen Parrish and wife Brenda, of Crockett; granddaughter Tera Furrh and husband Ty, of Crockett; grandson Kyle Parrish, of Crockett; great-granddaughter Sydney Furrh, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Jack Parrish; parents Walter and Annie Mae Smith; step-father Grady Woolley; brothers Nolan Smith and Waymon Woolley; and sisters Mary Whetstone, Billy Simpson, Rosa Robert and Peggy McKithan.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Frances Parrish were held Sunday, August 19, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Funeral Home with the Rev. Stephen Parrish officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the The Gladney Fund 6300 John Ryan Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76132.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

FRANKIE IONA STOCKTON
Mrs. Frankie Iona Stockton, age 85 of Latexo, passed away Thursday, September 27, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Stockton was born December 9, 1921 in Lufkin and she had lived most of her lifetime in Latexo. Mrs. Stockton was a housewife.
Survivors include her children Kenneth Stockton and wife Sue, of Highlands, Harold Stockton and wife Edith, of Latexo, Wesley Stockton, of Elkhart, Helen Tims and husband Bobby, of Weches, William Stockton, of Corsicana and Judy Matthis and husband Sam, of Merryville, La.; grandchildren Aaron Stockton, Alice Bowman, Kim Brasher, Edward Stockton, Margaret Tuggle, Theresa Nelson, Rebecca Clinkscale, Roy Tims, Joseph Harrison, Melissa Stockton, William T. Stockton, Jr., Tim Charanza, John Charanza and Chris Charanza; brother G. W. Smallwood; sisters Mary Masters and Sue Courtney; 34 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Edward Stockton; grandson Robert Tims; brothers Jack Smallwood, Bomer Smallwood and Alford Smallwood; and sisters Florence Schultz, Lizzie Mae Burns and Dora Middlebrook.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Frankie Iona Stockton were held Sunday, September 30, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Dewayne Mills officiating. Interment followed in the Latexo Cemetery. 
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GENEVA HILL
Mrs. Geneva Hill, age 71 of Kennard, passed away Monday, January 14, 2008 in the Hospice in the Pines Inpatient Unit at Memorial Hospital in Lufkin. Mrs. Hill was born June 19, 1936 in Houston County, Texas and lived in Kennard most of her lifetime. Mrs. Hill was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Women’s Missionary Auxiliary. Mrs. Hill was a member of the Piney Creek Baptist Church where she served as church secretary and was also a homemaker. 
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law Nina and C. J. Wisniewski, of Houston, Tracy and Todd Hutson, of Kennard; son and daughter-in-law James and Judy Hill, of Spring; daughter-in-law Kimberley Jones, of Lufkin; grandchildren Jason Wisniewski, Laura Wisniewski, Brandon Hill and wife Rhea, Jared Hill, Lane Hill, Megan Hill White,,Zack Wisniewski, J. R. Hutson, Caitlyn Hutson; sisters Annie Hill and husband Jean and Wanda Johnson, all of Kennard, Mary Glaser, of Crockett; brothers R. L. Smith and wife Dianne, J. R. Smith and G. O. Smith and wife Retha, all of Kennard; brother-in-law George Seale, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Jim E. Hill; son Steve Hill; parents H. O. and Mattie (Foster) Smith; and sister Shermie Smith Seale.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Geneva Hill were held Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. James Bickley, the Rev. Terry Gibson and the Rev. John Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Piney Creek Baptist Church.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

GEORGE MORRIS BARTEE
   Mr. George Morris Bartee, age 82 of Grapeland, passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at his residence. Mr. Bartee was born December 11, 1924 in Montalba, Texas to Jim Camel and Olivia Hodges Bartee. Mr. Bartee married his wife of 62 years, January 7. 1945. Mr. Bartee attended Elkhart Public Schools.
Mr. Bartee served in the U.S. Navy Construction Battaltion during WWII. Mr. Bartee was a charter member and Deacon of the Grapeland Missionary Baptist Church, Mayor of Grapeland for 19 years, served on the Board of Directors at the First State Bank, Grapeland for over 30 years.
Mr. Bartee served on the school board for Grapeland Independent School District and the Grapeland Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Bartee was instrumental in helping to bring Nucor Vulcraft Corporation to Grapeland and was awarded Houston County Man of the Year for his accomplishments.
Early in his career, he was employed by Geier Jackson Inc. and L.H. Moon Company. An entrepreneur, he later formed his own company George Bartee Construction Company. He has owned and operated this company since 1965 until present, chiefly serving the oilfield and excavation services industries.
Survivors include his wife Thelda Meador Bartee, of Grapeland; daughter Mona Karen Bridges and husband Dick, of Grapeland; granddaughter Lindsay Bridges Bullock and husband Rodney Bullock, Jr.; grandsons Gregory Brian Bridges and wife Shelly, Jason Michael Bridges and wife April, Brandon Ryan Bridges and wife Jessica; five great-grandchildren, Brian, Kalea, Madison, Ben, and Jaycee Bridges.
Preceded in death by his parents Jim Carmel and Olivia Hodges Bartee; brothers Nolan Buchanan, Coy Lee Bartee, and J.C. Bartee.
Funeral Services for Mr. George Morris Bartee, were held Saturday, September 29, at 10:00 a.m. at the Grapeland Missionary Baptist Church with Bro.’s Bob Goodnight, Albert Munsinger, David Keith and Wesley Howard officiating. Interment followed in Pleasant Grove Cemetery near Maydelle. 
Pallbearers were Tom Keith, Bob Jones, Don Hobson, Billy Joe Killion, John Raymond Ross, Jimmy Gaines, Lloyd Dickey, and Walter Cook. Honorary Pallbearers were Joe Billy Burris, Weldon Easley, Lewis Bridges, Dan Walling, Tom Nicol, and George Murray, all employees of George Bartee Construction Company, all employees of Mark-West Pinnacle Company and past Grapeland City Council Members.
Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

GLADYS CORBITT
Mrs. Gladys Corbitt, age 82 of Houston, passed away Thursday, October 18, 2007 at her residence in Houston. Mrs. Corbitt was born June 7, 1925 in Houston County and had lived most of her lifetime in the Houston area. Mrs. Corbitt was a homemaker and a member of the Gulf Meadows Church of God.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law July Panciera and Sergio, of Houston, Linda Spearman, of Tomball, Debra Mattes and Art, of Houston; grandchildren Kim Keilers and husband David, of Tomball, Grant Spearman and wife Traci, of Tomball, Gary Panciera and wife Maggie, of Dickinson, Rick Mattes and wife Stephanie, of Houston, Angela Pasquale and husband Jeff of Manvel; great-grandchildren Brandon and Cameron Keilers, Tyler, Emily and Wesley Spearman, Charity, Corbi and Faith Panciera, Chelsea and Craig Mattes, Ella Pasquale; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Frank Corbitt; daughter Frankie Gonzales; son-in-law Grant Spearman; sister Louise English; and brother Henry Morgan.
Funeral services for Mrs. Gladys Corbitt were held Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Terry Gibson officiating. Interment followed in the Creek Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

GLADYS EDITH TITCOMB MACLEOD
Mrs. Gladys Edith Titcomb MacLeod, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008 at the age of 94. Born August 24, 1913, in Island Falls, Maine, Gladys enjoyed a long and interesting life. A school teacher at the age of 16, she later went on to get her RN degree and worked in several hospitals around the country as well as for the Red Cross. In middle age, when most people are thinking of slowing down, Gladys chose to go back to school and received her B.S. degree in the early 1960's.
During WWII while Gladys served in the Army Nurse Corp stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, a very handsome young private, Jack MacLeod, was admitted to her ward.  Mrs. Macleod new patient was so taken by his nurse that he faked illness for several days.  Clearly, Mrs. MacLeod was as just as interested since after a whirl-wind two week courtship, the couple were married on April 10, 1942.  Their marriage lasted 66 years, until Mrs. MacLeod’s death. After her husband's retirement from the military,
Mrs. MacLeod and Jack successfully worked together in their own business for many years. An excellent nurse, loving wife, caring mother, and good businesswoman, Mrs. MacLeod was also an excellent horsewoman who owned horses and rode whenever she could. In between time spent on her other interests, Mrs. MacLeod traveled to as many places as possible, including Mexico, Canada, Europe, the Orient and much of the U.S.
Mrs. MacLeod had a strong love of Christ and was always active in one of the local churches in whatever town she was living in.  Mrs. MacLeod was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Riverhead, NY, and the Liberty Hill Methodist Church in Liberty Hill, Texas, the place of her husband's birth. Mrs. MacLeod was also active in the Christian Woman's Club, the Mayflower Society (the Priscilla Mullins Alden Colony), and the Daughters of the American Revolution (the Francis Dighton Williams Chapter). Mrs. Gladys Edith Titcomb MacLeod was the daughter of Vernon Emery Titcomb Sr. and Helen Maria Lord Titcomb.
Survivors include her husband Andrew Jackson (Jack) MacLeod, of Cedar City, Ut.; daughter Sara Wolff and husband Lonnie, of Cedar City, Ut.; son Myron MacLeod and wife Kathy, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; grandsons Justin Couch and wife Erin, of Portland, Ore., Jamie Couch, of Riverhead, N.Y., Eric Ecuyer of Carlsbad, Calif., Rob Ecuyer, of Atlanta, Ga. and Andrew MacLeod, of Los Angeles, Calif.; sister Ruth Currier, of Brewer, ME; and brother, Ellwood Titcomb, of DeLand, Fla.
Preceded in death by her parents; two sisters Inez who died in childhood and Serena Titcomb Smiley; and one of her brother Vernon E. Titcomb Jr. 
Funeral Services for Mrs. Gladys Edith Titcomb MacLeod will be held on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 11:00 a. m. in the Liberty Hill Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the Augusta Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

GRACE A. CROCKETT
Miss Grace A. Crockett, age 85 of Dallas, passed away Sunday, September 30, 2007. Miss Crockett was born August 9, 1922 in Denton, Texas to Chelcie and Roxie (Coleman) Crockett. Miss Crockett graduated from Southern Methodist University with a bachelors degree in Art, and worked for many years in the Dallas area as a Commercial Artist. Miss Crockett specialized in the design of Holiday wrapping paper for several major department stores.
Survivors include her niece Julie (Crockett) Howell, of Crockett; nephews Bob Crockett, of Gibbon, Neb. and Bill Crockett, of Kearney.
Preceded in death by her parents Chelcie and Roxie (Coleman) Crockett; brothers Curtis Crockett and Orville Crockett; and sister Patsy Crockett.
Burial for Miss Grace A. Crockett was held Saturday, October 6, at 10:30 a.m. in the Pecan Grove cemetery in McKinney.

GRANNIE ANNIE ERICKSON
Mrs. Grannie Annie Erickson, age 82 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2007 in the Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston. Mrs. Erickson was born September 14, 1925 in Gonzales, Texas and was a graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School in Houston. Mrs. Erickson was a resident of Crockett since 1976 and was a member of the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church in Crockett. Mrs. Erickson was a Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother.                       
Survivors include her children Martha Browning and husband Elwin, of Crockett, Mary Brown and husband Wyman, of Grapeland, John S. “Bubba” Erickson and wife Lynne, Paul Erickson and wife Karen and Patty Evans and husband David, all of Crockett; special son Marlin Clark, of Trinity; grandchildren Michele Scott (Donald), Melissa Green (Frankie), Niki Richburg (Brandon), Kari Byrd (Jeremy), Aundie Gunnels (Jeff), Kristi Estes (Jason), Christina, Julie, Brooke and John IV; great-grandchildren April, Bubba, Peanut, Chelsea, Brittni, Kalee, Kadie, Emily, Cameron, Callie and Colby; sister-in-law Janet Hollis, of New Caney; brother-in-law Edward Buddy Erickson, of Gilmer; lifelong friends Arthur and Johnnie Bennett and their children Lynn, Kay, Nancy and Angie; special girls Barbara, Darlene, Becky and Tracey; special caregiver Carolyn Murray; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband John Erickson.
Graveside Funeral Services for Grannie Annie Erickson were held Saturday, November 10, at 10:00 a.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park with Father Jose George officiating.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

GWEN DAVIS
Mrs. Gwen Davis, age 59 of Lufkin, passed away Monday, November 12, 2007 while vacationing in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Mrs. Davis was born November 1, 1948 in Kennard to the late Annie Mae Laverne (Reeves) and Robert Guinn Parrish, and had resided in Lufkin for the past 30 years.
Mrs. Davis loved her family, she was focused on those she loved. Mrs. Davis cherished her husband of 29 years, Ray Davis. Mrs. Davis and Ray were self-employed for the last 29 years. Mrs. Davis’s daughters were a source of pride to her. Mrs. Davis cared for her sons-in-law and frequently commented on their thoughtfulness and consideration.
Mrs. Davis most beloved dream of grandchildren was a mission for which she was highly accomplished. Each one could claim a special place in her heart. Mrs. Davis was adept at making them feel special. Mrs. Davis siblings were never far from her thoughts and she looked forward to family reunions.
Mrs. Davis loved autumn, especially the fall leaves and she loved decorating her home to reflect the seasons. Mrs. Davis was fond of traveling and never missed a chance to see new places.
Mrs. Davis was a role model of compassion and a spokesperson for concern. Mrs. Davis frequently exhibited random acts of kindness and never met a stranger and you never left her home hungry or in need.
Survivors include her husband of 29 years, Jesse Ray Davis, of Lufkin; daughters and sons-in-law Kimberly and Mickey Swor and Pamela and Calvin Toups, all of Lufkin; grandchildren Jennifer Drummond, Ashley Toups, Meagan Swor, Colton Toups and Gwynna Swor; great-grandchildren Kaylee, Kamree and Kole Drummond; sister, Beth Carroll, of Atlanta, Ga.; brothers Jerry Parrish, of Kennard, Gary Parrish, of Crockett, Kenneth “Bo” Parrish and Don Parrish, both of Kennard; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Gwen Davis will be held Friday, November 16, at 2:00 p.m. in the Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bill Bailey and Brother Reagan Duncan officiating. Interment will follow in the Calvary Cemetery in Trinity County.
Pallbearers will be James Parrish, Randy Parrish, Brian Parrish, Phil Parrish, Michael Parrish, Matthew Parrish and Devon Parrish.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75231-4596.
 Carroway-Claybar
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HAZEL HALL
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.

Ida Pauline Hause Marshall
Mrs. Ida Pauline Marshall, age 95 of Crockett, went home to be with the Lord Monday, October 1, 2007. Mrs. Marshall was born on March 30, 1912 in Calvert, Texas to John Barney and Allie Pauline Riley Hause. 
Mrs. Marshall went to school at Calvert, Texas. On September 15th 1934, she married the love of her life, Roy Jackson Marshall in Calvert. Together they enjoyed 67 wonderful years of marriage and were blessed with three children before the Lord called R. J. home on February 20, 2002. Mrs. Marshall was a member of the First Baptist Church in Crockett.
Mrs. Marshall spent her life in the most noble calling a woman can have a Christian wife and mother. Mrs. Marshall devoted her life to raising her children, caring for her family and serving along side her husband. Mrs. Marshall served the Lord with him at Reid’s Prairie Baptist Church in Waller, Cobbs Creek (Elwood) Baptist Church in Midway, Shady Grove Baptist Church of Crockett, Antioch Baptist Church of Lovelady, Westside Baptist Church and Arbor Baptist Church of Crockett and was the perfect example of a pastor’s wife.
For years she taught Sunday School to children and countless children were affected by her gentle, quiet and Godly lifestyle. Mrs. Marshall was a fabulous cook and entertained often in her home serving the best coconut pie in the county.
Survivors include her three children Wanda Myers and husband Rev. Kenneth Myers, of Trinity, Joan Woolley, of Crockett and Rev. Roy W. Marshall and wife Sharon, of Hewitt; eight grandchildren and their families Tammy Myers Cloug and husband Delbert, of Huntington Beach, Calif., Julie Myers Perez and husband Shane, of Douglasville, Ga., Kenneth Wayne Myers and wife Belinda, of Huntsville, Annette Arnold Green and husband Michael, of Lewisville, Tim Arnold and wife Dawn, of Midway, Wayne Marshall and wife Brooke, of McGregor, Heather Marshall Anderson and husband Doug, of Hewitt and Lindsey Marshall Klepper and husband Travis, of Temple; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters Margaret Walston, of The Woodlands and Doris Snow, of Longview; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Ida Pauline Hause Marshall were held Thursday, October 4, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Crockett with the Rev. Roy W. Marshall, the Rev. Kenneth R. Myers, and the Rev. Keeney Dickenson officiating.  Interment followed at the Evergreen Cemetery in Crockett.
In lieu of flowers and our mother’s love for God’s Word and His Church, donations may be given to the Gideon’s International or the church of your choice.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

INEZ STEPHENS
Mrs. Inez Stephens, age 88 of Lovelady, passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Stephens was born March 17, 1919 in Embryfield, Texas and was a resident of Lovelady for the past 25 years, previously living in Houston. Mrs. Stephens was a housewife.
Survivors include her daughter Rebecca Smith and husband Glenn, of Surprise, Ariz.; son Lewis H. Stephens and wife Wanda, of Houston; grandchildren Lewis Wayne Stephens, of Trinity, Kimberly Arie, of Conroe, Dale W. Fulmer, of Houston, Christopher Deiss, of Sacramento, Calif.; great-grandchildren Shane, Kayla and Chloe; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Lewis Hopkins Stephens; and parents William and Carrie Barnette.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Inez Stephens were held Wednesday, August 29, at 2:00 p.m. in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

INFANT JASHER DRAKE HYDE
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.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

IRA ELLIS GOOLSBY
Mr. Ira Ellis Goolsby, age 82 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2008 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Goolsby was born July 3, 1925 in Houston County, Texas and was a resident of Houston County all of his lifetime. Mr. Goolsby was a veteran of the U. S. Navy having served during World War II. Mr. Goolsby was a member of the Crockett Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. # 1729 and the American Legion Post #134. Mr. Goolsby was retired from Texas Department of Transportation. 
Survivors include his son Ronnie Goolsby and wife Laura, of Crockett; daughter Peggy Reeves and husband Bob, of Latexo; grandchildren Kelli Hackler and husband Cole, of Latexo, Traci Goolsby and fiancé Brandon Bain, of Katy, Collin Reeves, of Palestine, Bill Douglas, of Latexo, Lisa Allbright and husband Billy, of Crockett, great-grandchildren Trent Hughes and wife Kayla, James Tory Hughes, Meredith Allbright, all of Crockett and Caroline Hackler, of Latexo; special friend Mrs. Rena Davis, of Crockett; sister Florine Graham, of Latexo; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his daughter Sharon Goolsby; parents Lawrence and Corine (Turner) Goolsby; brother Wilson Goolsby; and sisters Zelma Platt and Maydelle Bradley
Funeral services for Mr. Ira Ellis Goolsby were held Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. in the Ephesus Baptist Church with the Rev. Dennis Ivey officiating. Interment followed in the Milligan Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Crockett Elks Lodge Children’s Fund, P. O. Box 1242, Crockett, TX. 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home 

J. C. GREEN JR.
Mr. J.C. Green Jr., age 88 of Greenville, Texas, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2008 in Parkland Health and Hospital System. Mr. Green was born November 2, 1919 in Sayre, Oklahoma to John Cager Green and Mary Smith.
Mr. Green married Vera Kennedy March 25, 1944 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mr. Green was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force. Mr. Green was retired from Warren Seed Co. as a Sales Representative. Mr. Green was a charter member of the Ridgecrest Baptist Church and a member of Gideon’s International.  
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Vera Green, of Greenville; son and daughter-in-law Chris and Shelia Green, of Greenville; daughter and son-in-law Jeanne and Lynn Reynolds, of Agoura Hill, Calif.; grandchildren Jennifer Bruton, Cynthia Gentry, Jeffery Green and Ashley Reynolds; great-grandchildren Paden Bruton, Bayleigh Bruton and Kennedy Bruton.
Preceded in death by his parents John Cager Green and Mary Smith; six brothers; and four sisters.
Funeral Services for Mr. J.C. Green Jr. were held Saturday, January 5, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Ridgecrest Baptist Church with the Rev. Kevin Herbert and Dr. Sam Douglass officiating. Interment followed in Memoryland Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Monty Bruton, Bryan Gentry, J.W. Housewright, Gene Glass, Jeffery Green, Richard Habbinga, Odis Sullivan.
Honorary Pallbearers were the Adult 7 Men’s Sunday School Class.
Memorials may be made to the Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Greenville.
Coker-Mathews Funeral Home

JACK WAYNE GOLDMAN
Mr. Jack Wayne Goldman, age 64 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2008 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Goldman was born December 8, 1943 in Houston County, Texas and had lived most of his lifetime in Houston County. Mr. Goldman was a veteran of the U.S. Army. 
Mr. Goldman had worked as a logger and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kennard.
Survivors include his children Charlotte Goldman, Wayne Goldman, Curtis Goldman, and Carey Goldman, all of Okla.; six grandchildren; brother C.A. Goldman and wife Carolyn, of Crockett; sisters Bonnie Trammell and husband Billy, of Kennard, Sharon Owens and husband Carl, Deborah Lee and husband Kenneth, all of Richmond and Brenda Dominy and husband Clell, of Kennard; aunt Margie Gilbert and husband Bob, of Kennard; special cousin Jimmy Goldman, of New Caney; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her daughter Selina Goldman; parents Oscar and Marie Goldman; and brother Karl Goldman.
Funeral Services for Mr. Jack Wayne Goldman were held Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jim Durham officiating. Interment followed in the Corinth Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JAMES DOUGLAS ALLISON SR.
Mr. James Douglas Allison, Sr., age 78 of Houston County Lake, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mr. Allison was born January 2, 1929 in Eagle Mountain, Texas and had been living at the Houston County Lake for the past 25 years. Mr. Allison played football for Freeport High School where he was named All State Line Backer. Mr. Allison was a 60-year member of the I. B. E. W. Local #716 and the N. R. A. Mr. Allison was retired having worked as an electrician and was also a member of the Methodist Church. Mr. Allison was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a knife and gun collector.
Survivors include his children Sue Griffin, of Crawford, Kitty Hilton and husband John Engstrom, of West Minister, Calif. and Doug Allison and wife Diana, of Houston; step-children Mac Casey and wife Peggy, of Danbury, Terry Casey and wife LaBonne, of West Columbia; grandchildren Jimmy Griffin and wife Ramey, Allison Engstrom and J.D. Allison III; great-grandchild Rikki Griffin; step-grandchildren Christopher Casey, Kimberly Ahrens and husband Brad, Megan Phillips and husband Colt, Elizabeth Casey, Mark Hamilton; step-great-granddaughters Laynee Williams, Jillian Williams; sister Evelyn Ferris, of Fort Worth; number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his wife Betty Allison; and parents Dee and Mamie Allison.
Memorial Services for Mr. James Douglas Allison, Sr. was held Saturday, October 20, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Doug Allison officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the N. R. A., 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JAMES EDWARD STOWE
Mr. James Edward Stowe, age 85 of Bryan, previously of Crockett, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2008 at his residence. Mr. Stowe was born December 21, 1922 in Crockett and had been a resident for 45 years. Mr. Stowe was a retired truck driver.
Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law Billy and Martha Stowe, of North Zulch and Bobby and Pam Stowe, of Austin; daughters and sons-in-law Dell and Felix Bomnskie and Lois and Pam Stowe, all of Bryan, Dorothy and Jimmy Hamm, of Lovelady, Ruth and Gene Keels, of Terrell, Doris and Ken Hager, of Bryan and Shirley and Chester Connor, of Anacoco, La.; 27 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his son Richard Stowe.
Graveside Services for Mr. James Edward were held Monday, February 4, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. in San Pedro Cemetery in Houston County.
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Callaway-Jones Funeral Home

JANET KATHRYN REED MACOMBER
Mrs. Janet Kathryn Reed Macomber, age 58, passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2008 in a Tyler Nursing Home. Mrs. Macomber was born August 24, 1949 in Pasadena to J.C. “Jack” and Clarite Lansford Reed. Mrs. Macomber graduated from Conroe High School in 1970, and married Donald Macomber in Conroe on June 1, 1974. Mrs. Macomber lived in Conroe, Texas, Crewe, Virginia, and Tyler, Texas. Mrs. Macomber attended Green Acres Baptist Church and was a member of the Celebration Sunday School Class. Mrs. Macomber played the piano and loved playing Skip-Bo, Bingo, and ‘42’. Mrs. Macomber’s life and tenacity were inspirational to many who knew her. Mrs. Macomber’s favorite response was “I don’t know.”
Survivors include her husband Donald Macomber; daughter Emily Hightower and fiancée Kevin Nave, both of N. Fort Myers, Fla.; brothers Jim Reed and wife Kathy, of Tyler and Bob Reed and wife Norma Sue, of Hattiesburg, Miss.; sisters Judy Reed, of Conroe and Joyce Austin and husband Jack, of Edmond, Okla.; uncle John and aunt Bow Lansford, of Mineral; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A celebration of the life and home-going of Mrs. Janet Kathryn Reed Macomber were held Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in Porter Springs Cemetery in Porter Springs with her brother Mr. Bob Reed officiating with music by several family members.
If desired, donations may be made to Cancer Research or the Porter Springs Cemetery Association, c/o Kathy Ward, 301 Johnson Avenue, Crockett, TX.  75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JASON ALLEN JONES
Mr. Jason Allen Jones, age 31, of Laredo, tragically lost his life in a senseless murder in McAllen, Texas on Wednesday, October 3, 2007. Mr. Jones was born May 15, 1976 in Pasadena and was a graduate of North Christian Academy in 1994. Mr. Jones was a veteran of the U. S. Navy. Mr. Jones had worked closely with his mother transcribing medical records for Med-E-Solutions, Inc.
Survivors include his mother Sharon E. Naill, of Laredo; father John P. Jones, of Cypress; brother John Edward Jones, of Laredo; grandmother Lillian Naill, of Crockett; uncles Jerry Naill and Steve Ruiz; special aunts Vicki Naill, Jane Mullican, Melba Jones and Sharon Jones; cousins Shey Stitt, Shonda Haag, Michelle Wilkison, Carol Hitt and Debbie Cosper; special friends James Cundiff, Keisha Lassiter, Ed Duran and Ken Leggett; numerous other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his grandfather Walter Edward Naill, Sr.; grandparents Lorenz and Rita Jones; uncle Walter Edward Naill, Jr.; aunt Irene Ruiz; and cousin Brandon Shane Naill.
Funeral Services for Jason Allen Jones were held Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Rick Kelley officiating.  Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Crime Victims Compensation Fund, Office of the Attorney General - MC011, PO Box 12198 Austin, TX 78711-2198 www.oag.state.tx.us.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JERRY DON DUNN
Mr. Jerry Don Dunn, age 69 of Hull, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at his residence. A native of Rayland Texas Mr. Dunn was a machinist and an U.S. Marine Reserves veteran.
Survivors include his loving wife Leona ”Jo” Dunn, of Hull; son’s Terrill Ray Dunn and wife Cheryal, of Onalaska, Anthony Dewayne Dunn and Chiara, of Crockett, John Mark Dunn, of Wimberly;.daughter Connie Arlene Edmondson and husband Hollis, of Hull; brother Joe Allen Dunn, of Dumas, Judy Kay Sims, of Pampa; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his son Timothy Neal Dunn.
A Service of Remembrance was held Saturday February 2, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church 516 Hwy 770 Daisetta, Texas. Interment followed at the Guedry Cemetery of Batson.
Faith & Family Funeral Home

JESSIE MILDRED BARNES
Mrs. Jessie Mildred Barnes, age 93 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2008, in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. She was born on November 10, 1914 in Crockett, Texas to her parents Homer and Lela Manville. She grew up in Crockett, went to school here and graduated from Crockett High School. She was a very dedicated student, had perfect attendance and walked three miles to school each day.
She married Jarrett Barnes on September 2, 1933, and they had two daughters, Lela Anne and Thelma. She worked at Betts Dry Goods and Variety Goods on the square in Crockett, in the building which now houses the Court House Annex on Goliad Avenue. She was manager of the variety store and it was located downstairs in the basement with the entrance on South 4th Street.
She later worked for Mrs. Delbert Brown at Fairyland’s, a children’s dress shop located on Houston Avenue where Thomas McLendon presently has his business.
Her husband, Jarrett, passed away in 1950.  She never remarried and raised her daughters as a single parent. She worked very hard giving her daughters every advantage. She was a wonderful, caring mother through the years, showing sacrificial love for them, providing for them and not once thinking of her needs. 
She worked two jobs, her regular job and worked as an excellent seamstress on the side. She made wedding dresses, prom dresses, and any type of dress even without patterns and did all kinds of alterations.
Later years, she joined Jimmy and William Spruill as their bookkeeper and clerk in the business of Spruill Builders Supply. While working for them, Floy Spruill originated a floral business, named it Crockett Florist and it was located where Crockett Bank is today. She learned floral design and loved working with flowers. After working for the Spruill family for 32 years, she retired.
She later returned to the floral business and worked for Janie Ivins at Janie’s Flower Shop.  She enjoyed arranging flowers and helping her customers with their floral needs. She was a very talented lady, anything she strived to do, she did it well.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church for fifty-seven years, she loved the Lord and her family was a very important part of her life.
Mothers are a gift from God and her family was truly blessed having Mrs. Mildred Barnes as their mother and grandmother. She was a very loving and caring person. She was a real lady from years ago, where she was taught manners and used them graciously.
 No one ever did anything for Mrs. Barnes that she didn’t thank them for. She always used the words, “Mam,” “Yes Mam” and “No Mam,” words not heard too much in these days. 
Survivors include her daughters Lela Anne Lackey and husband Curtis Wendell, of Arlington, Thelma Broxson and husband E. J., of Lovelady; grandchildren Dana Lynn Lackey, of Arlington, Carla Kay Davies and husband Tom, of Magnolia, Ron Keith Lackey, of Grapevine, Russ Curtis Lackey and wife Sarah, of Arlington, Jarrice Anne Perry and husband David and Jennifer Lea Freeman and husband Stacy, all of Lovelady; great-grandchildren Callie Anne Perry, of College Station, Dustin David Perry, Cody Allen Freeman, Courtney Lea Freeman, all of Lovelady, Eric Curtis Samuel Smith, Grayson Robert Curtis Lackey, both of Arlington, Hannah Christine Davies, and Brandan Thomas Davies, both of Magnolia.
Preceded in death by her husband Jarrett Howard Barnes; mother Lela Manville; father Noel Homer Manville; and infant sister Eva Estell Manville.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Jessie Mildred Barnes were held Friday, February 1, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Scott Matthews and the Rev. LeRoy Pearson officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JEWELL TODD FLETCHER TRYON
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

JOHN CALVIN INCE SR.
Mr. John Calvin Ince, Sr., age 85 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, September 6, 2007 in the Hospice of East Texas in Tyler. Mr. Ince was born December 31, 1921 in Paris, Texas and was a resident of Crockett for the past 28 years. Mr. Ince was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served during World War II in the 36th Infantry Division. Mr. Ince was a member of the Shriners, Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21 A. F. and A. M. and Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. Ince was retired from Houston Lighting and Power having worked as a foreman and also was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church in Crockett. 
Survivors include his wife Maxine Bowren Ince, of Crockett; son John Ince, Jr., of Kingwood; daughters Joy Evon Winkle, of Mt. Pleasant, Peggy Lou Blackmon, of Houston; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brother Albert Louis Ince and wife Fern, of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives
Preceded in death by his wife Della Ince; and son Fred Ince.
Funeral Services for Mr. John Calvin Ince, Sr. were held Sunday, September 9, at 2:00 p.m. in the All Saints Episcopal Church with Father Jack Chase officiating. 
Masonic graveside services will follow 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 or Hospice in the Pines, 116 South Raguet, Lufkin, Tx. 75904. 
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JOHN SWANCY SNELL
Mr. John Swancy Snell was born December 26, 1925 in Lovelady, the son of the late Lois (Shaw) and Byron Blain Snell. Mr. Snell passed away early Thursday morning, January 3, 2008. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Van Elizabeth. Mr. Snell was baptized in the Lovelady Church of Christ when he was a teenager. 
Mr. Snell graduated from Lovelady High School in 1943 and went in the Merchant Marines. Following his Merchant Marine service he met and married Joyce Jordan on November 29, 1949. In 1952 he became a switchman for the Southern Pacific Railroad in Houston, where he made lifelong friends, and was there until he retired in 1988. Mr. Snell was Secretary-Treasurer of the Switchman’s Union for ten years during the 1970’s.
Mr. Snell spent the last nineteen months in Community Care Nursing Home in Crockett where he knew all the employees by name and knew most of the residents even though he was completely bedridden. Mr. Snell was interested in everything that went on and encouraged his wife to attend functions so she could come back and tell him everything. Likewise he told her everything that went on at the nursing home.
Mr. Snell was usually a cheerful soul and when feeling good would sometimes startle employees by bursting out in song. Mr. Snell kept a cell phone in speakerphone mode as he could not raise it to his ear but could manage to open it. Wednesday morning he called his wife and sang to her on voicemail. Mr. Snell had to vote by mail ballot and he kept up with the time for the mail ballot to be requested because one time he didn’t get it in time for the deadline and Joyce thought she was going to have to go to the State and get special permission for him to be able to vote.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Joyce Jordan Snell, of Crockett; daughter and son-in-law Suzanne and Reagan George, of Chantilly, Va.; son William Snell, of Bryan; daughter and son-in-law Kathy and Craig Williams, of Crockett; son and daughter-in-law Fred and Mary Snell, of Houston; daughter and son-in-law Vanna and Jim Fillion, of St. Louis, Mo.; son and daughter-in-law Rex and DeAnna Snell, of Elgin; brother and sister-in-law B. B. and Dorothy Snell, of Houston; sister Lois Allen, of Houston; grandchildren  John-Allen and Jennifer George, Aubrey Crabtree and Brock Williams, Josh, Tim and Kathleen Snell, Thomas and Jordan Heagy and Savannah Fillion, Sydney, Kyle and Colin Snell; numerous nieces and Nephews; special friend and cousin Grover Ham and wife Bobbie.
Funeral Services for Mr. John Swancy Snell were held Sunday, January 6, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Craig Williams officiating.  Interment followed in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to The Myositis Association, 1233 20th Street NW, Suite 402, Washington, DC 20036.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JON “JOHNNY” EDGAR CARNELL
Mr. Jon “Johnny” Edgar Carnell, age 68, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2007 at the Moody House Nursing Center in Galveston, Texas after a lengthy illness. Mr. Carnell was born May 3, 1939 in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Carnell’s family moved to Galveston when he was very young. Mr. Carnell grew up on the island graduating from Ball High School. Mr. Carnell lived in numerous locations throughout his life but his favorite place was the East Texas Pineywoods. Mr. Carnell was an avid outdoorsman and had a love of horses.
Survivors include his children Sheila Carnell and J.J. McSwain, of Austonio, Jennifer Guzman and husband John, of Lovelady and Jon Carnell and wife Annette, of LaPorte; sisters Judy Thome and husband Todd, Sandra Young and Sonia Gamache, all of Galveston; brothers Dennis Carnell and wife Nell, of Santa Fe, Ed Carnell, of Houston; grandchildren Angel, Elizabeth, Haley, Ryan and Ethen; and many nieces and nephews.  
Preceded in death by his parents Helen and Eddie Connett and father Dennis Carnell, all of Galveston.
A small private memorial service will be held.

JOSEPHINE SKALICKY OVERSTREET
Mrs. Josephine Skalicky Overstreet, age 79 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Overstreet was born August 18, 1928 in Houston County and was a lifetime resident. Mrs. Overstreet was a housewife and a member of the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church. 
Survivors include her sons Calvin C. Overstreet, Jr., of Crockett, James E. Overstreet and wife Elizabeth, of Lufkin; granddaughters Lauren Overstreet and Jessica Overstreet, both of Lufkin, Darla Collins and husband Russ, of Dallas and Amber Wright, of Palestine; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Calvin Overstreet, Sr.; parents Charles “Charlie” Skalicky, Sr. and Julie Kadlecek Skalicky; brothers Charlie Skalicky, Jr. and George Skalicky; and sister Mary Smoldas.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JUANITA BELL DUKE THOMPSON
Mrs. Juanita Bell Duke Thompson, age 84, went home to be with the Lord Friday, August 10, 2007. Mrs. Thompson was born May 6, 1923 in Port Arthur to parents who owned the first grocery store in Pear Ridge, Texas, with older twin brothers, ever her protectors and tormentors.
Mrs. Thompson was naturally competitive and real tomboy. After her father passed away she was only three, she was indulged and doted upon by all her relatives, and naturally craved being in the spotlight and performing. Unusually loquacious from the start, she took elocution lessons and gave readings for the Port Arthur Garden Club and on local radio. Mrs. Thompson took piano lessons as a child and later played a “Honkytonk” piano style for local Baptist Churches.
Mrs. Thompson was proudly claimed by James Robert Thompson, a handsome Aggie, when she was a freshman at Texas Women’s University in Denton, he asked her to wait for him until he finished his degree. As a surprise, he brought her home from their honeymoon, to a brand-new, completely furnished house with all her clothes and personal belongings carefully arranged for her arrival in love and happy in their marriage, they went on to have six children over the next 18 years; Sharon Anne, Kathryn Jo, Sandra Jeanne, Judith Lynn, Deborah Sue and (finally) James Robert Thompson, II.
They Vacationed every year at Neal’s vacation Lodges in Concan, Texas and never missed a chance to swim in any available body of water. Mrs. Thompson was a charismatic, born leader, who never met a stranger, and was a rebel at heart, loving to challenge rules. When she was already the mother of four children and the wife of a traveling husband, she taught herself to drive on the freeways of Houston, and loved to speed when she was behind the wheel.
Mrs. Thompson attended the Baptist Church from childhood but accepted Christ as her personal savior years later as an adult. A member of the Central Baptist Church in Crockett, she gave generously of her time, talents, and money. Mrs. Thompson visited local nursing homes to give comfort.
Mrs. Thompson had a natural affinity for children and youth, and encouraged them to develop their talents and to realize their potential, and took them into her heart and loved them deeply, spending one-on-one time with them and financially supporting their studies.
Mrs. Thompson had many dear friends, especially the members of her Sunday school class. Wherever she went in the community, she cheered and entertained others with her wit and vivacious personality.
Over the last several years, Mrs. Thompson faced innumerable serious health issues with amazing faith and courage. A widow for almost 30 years, she overcame lung disease, a broken hip, surgeries, and extended hospital stays. All who knew her were blessed and challenged by her love of life and faith in God and His amazing grace.
Survivors include her daughter’s Sharon Hearne, of Wimberley, Kathryn Ferguson, of Austin, Sandra Raney, of Pearland, Judith Woodson, of Zavalla, Deborah Harrelson, of Lovelady; only son James Robert Thompson, II, of Marshall; sister Betty Lawson, of Lufkin; grandchildren Julianne Hearne, Eden Hinshaw, Tara Kirkland, Rustin Raney, Amber Dendy, Brandi Woodson, Kristy Jordy, Jeremy and Bryan Harrelson, Katie and Harrison Thompson; sons-in-law Wendell Hearne, Woody Woodson and Carl Dale Harrelson; daughter-in-law Shay Thompson; cousin and lifelong friend Tem Shaunfield; and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her true love, James Robert Thompson; father Richard Duke; mother Maggie Jewel Mount; twin brothers Dick and Joe Duke; sister Bobbie Landry; brother Walter Raiford; and son-in-law Hughie Raney.
A celebration of her life was held Monday, August 13, at 10:00 a.m. at Central Baptist Church in Crockett. Graveside services followed in the Antioch Cemetery in Lovelady.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Central Baptist Church Youth Programs, 102 N. 7th Street, Crockett, TX. 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JULIUS WALKER CLEBOURN SR.
Mr. Julius Walker Clebourn, Sr. was born in Houston (Harris County) Texas on July 20, 1944 to the late St. Julius Clebourn and Cora Bell McClain Clebourn and was their first born son.
Mr. Clebourn was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in 1962 and Commonwealth College of Mortuary Services in Houston in 1971.
Mr. Clebourn was a member of Pi Signa Eta as well as Epsilon Nu Delta Fraternities. Mr. Clebourn moved to Crockett in the mid 70’s to take over the operation of the family-owned funeral home.
Mr. Clebourne passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at ETMC Tyler.
Mr. Clebourn was a very faithful member of St. Luke Baptist Church where he served as deacon, T/trustee, men’s Sunday school teacher, male Chorus member, and Cubmaster for Pack 471. Mr. Clebourn also hosted a radio program called “The Brother’s Gospel Hour” throughout is duration.
In addition to his Christian services, he undertook many civic duties, served as a City Councilman, as Mayor Pro Tem and as a Precinct 3 Commissioner candidate.
Mr. Clebourn served as vice-chairman of the Davy Crockett District of the East Texas Area Council and was on the board of directors of the Deep East Texas Council of the Boy Scouts of America, county representative of the Deep East Texas Mental Health-Mental Retardation organization and chairman of the city Planning and Zoning Commission, and help organize and served as president of the Houston County Chapter of the Texas Small Farmers and Ranchers Community-Based Organization (CBO) and was a lifetime member of the Landowners Association of Texas (L.A.T.).
Mr. Clebourn lived by this philosophy: “Through this toilsome world, alas! Once and only once I pass; If a lindness I may show, if a good deed I may do to a suffering fellow man, Let me do it while I can. No delay, for it is plain I shall not pass this was again.
Mr. Clebourn was married to Joyce L. Webb. To this union four children were born. After moving to Crockett, he married Mattie Mitchell.
He leaves to cherish his memory a wife: Mattie Clebourn, of Crockett; four daughters: Denise L. Clebourn Mosley, LaShella Clebourn Holmes, Sonja Clebourn, and Yolanda Lawson; one son: Julius Clebourn, Jr. (Jennifer); two stepdaughters: DaKota Neely and Erika Hall, all of Houston; two brothers: Kenneth Clebourn, of Houston and Harold P. Clebourn (Earlene), of Crockett, 13 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren, a host of relatives, friends, farmers, employees, and a loving church family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and two brothers.
McClain-Clebourn Funeral Services

KATHERINE IRENE SMITH
Mrs. Katherine Irene Smith, age 82 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2008 in the Houston County Nursing Home. Mrs. Smith was born March 13, 1925 in Anson, Texas and had lived in Houston County since 1979. Mrs. Smith was retired having worked as a supervisor.
Survivors include her husband Neal Wayne Smith, of Tomball; son Thomas Smith, of Kennard; daughter Linda Smith; granddaughter Katie Carbajol; brother D. L. Mathis, of Fort Worth; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Graveside Services for Mrs. Katherine Irene Smith were held Tuesday, February 5, 2008 in the Old Zion Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home  

KIMBERLY ANN SHROYER
Mrs. Kimberly Ann Shroyer, age 40 of Lovelady, passed away Monday, September 3, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Shroyer was born May 11, 1967 in Livingston and was a resident of Lovelady for the past 4 years. Mrs. Shroyer had worked as a grocery cashier and was a homemaker. Mrs. Shroyer was of the Baptist Faith.
Survivors include her husband Bill Shroyer, of Lovelady; children D‚Anna, Bryan and Chase, all of Lovelady; mother Marie Hester, of Trinity; brothers and sisters Debbie and Binky Monk, of Lovelady, Kathy and Pat Ross, James and Vera Hester, all of Trinity, Charlie and Monica Hester of Weldon, Becky and Ray Borden, of Woodsboro, Brenda and Ted Smith, of Kerrville, Glenda Robert, of Riverside, Bubba and Mary Hester, of LaRue; half-sisters and half-brother Gloria Smith, Karen Sue Damon, both of Lindale, John Roy Hester, of Gary; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her father Addison Hester in 1970; and brother, William Addison Hester, Jr. in 2007.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Kimberly Ann Shroyer were held Wednesday, September 5, at 10:00 a.m. in the First Baptist Church in Lovelady with the Rev. Scott Matthews and the Rev. Mitchell Kleckley officiating.  Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

L. MARIE POOLE WRIGHT
Mrs. L. Marie Poole Wright, age 83 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, September 6, 2007 in the Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. Mrs. Wright was born January 26, 1924 in Greensboro, North Carolina and was a resident of Crockett since 1962. Mrs. Wright was retired from Allee’s Jewelry in Crockett where she had worked for over 30 years. Mrs. Wright was a member of the Young at Hearts Club and was also a member of the Central Baptist Church in Crockett.
Survivors include her brother Waldo Holt Poole, of Greensboro, N C.; children Ronda Grant and husband Bobby, of Chatfield, Jo Lynn Wright, of Tyler, Tommy Wright and wife Kathy, of Teague and R. Andrea Kirkham, of Tyler; step-son James David Wright and wife Mary Ann, of Palestine; grandchildren Jason Grant, Chad Grant, Clint Herod, Rusty Herod, Daniel Wright and William Wright; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Vera Poole, of Greensboro, N C., Marie Hester, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by husband James F. Wright; parents Everett and Mary Poole;
brothers Bernard Lee Poole, E. C. Poole, Jr. and Elmer M. Poole
Funeral Services for Mrs. L. Marie Poole Wright were held Monday, September 10, at 10:00 a. m. in the Central Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. John Goss and
the Rev. Tracy Wright officiating. Interment followed in the Roselawn Park in Palestine.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, TX. 75701.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

LEE ROY VARGAS
Mr. Lee Roy Vargas, age 55 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2008 in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mr. Vargas was born January 25, 1953 in Houston, Texas and had lived in Crockett for many years.  Mr. Vargas was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served during Vietnam. Mr. Vargas had worked as a mechanic. Mr. Vargas was a member of the Westside Baptist Church in Crockett and was also a member of the National Guard. 
Survivors include his wife Patricia Vargas, of Crockett; Daughter Jessica Vargas Mittasch and husband Russell, of Crockett; son Chris Price and wife Denise, of Diboll; granddaughters Remington Price and Kaitlin Mittasch; sister Linda D. Martinez, of Conroe; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his mother-in-law Peggy Orbke in 2005 and jeanne Marie Price.
Memorial Services for Mr. Lee Roy Vargas were held Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. in the Westside Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Steve Meadows and Mr. Billy Joe Lewis officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Westside Baptist Church, 1207 W. Goliad, Crockett, TX.  75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

LEON TURNER
Mr. Leon Turner, age 71 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2007 in the Houston County Nursing Home. Mr. Turner was born December 17, 1935 in the Plain Community and had lived in this area most of his lifetime.  Mr. Turner was a veteran of the U. S. Army. Mr. Turner was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Mr. Turner was retired having worked as a television and radio repairman. 
Survivors include his daughter Jayne Tallant and husband Billy, of Corsicana; sister Virginia Williams, of Lufkin; niece Tammy and husband Mike, and their children; several other relatives.
Funeral Services for Mr. Leon Turner were be held Friday, November 9, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Rev. David Walker officiating. Interment will follow in the Conner Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

LEROY CLIFFORD
Mr. Leroy Clifford, age 72 of Grapeland, passed away Saturday, August 25, 2007 in Palestine Regional Medical Center. Mr. Clifford was born September 29, 1934 in Houston to Harry Clifford and Minnie Somers Clifford.
Mr. Clifford was a member of the Percilla United Methodist Church. Before retiring, he had been employed in the maintenance division of the Texas Highway Department.
Survivors include his daughter Carolyn Reynolds, of Grapeland; sister Sybill Smith, of Houston; brother Frank Lee Clifford, of Calif.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his wife Susan Clifford in 2005; son Robert A. Clifford in 1961; and a brother Harry A. Clifford in 1992.
Funeral Services for Mr. Leroy Clifford were held Tuesday, August 28, at 10:00 a.m. in the Percilla United Methodist Church. 
Burial Services will be private on family property. 
Pallbearers were Joey Reynolds, Jason Reynolds, Jordan Smith, Jason Smith, Steve Fritsche, and Jared Reynolds.
Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

LESLIE G. PARKER
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

LILLIE BELLE CRAIG MOFFITT
Mrs. Lillie Belle Craig Moffitt, age 89 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, January 26, 2008 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Moffitt was born April 28, 1918 in the Tadmor Community and had lived most of her lifetime in Houston County. Mrs. Moffitt attended the Community Full Gospel Church and was a homemaker.
Survivors include her daughters Linda Reynolds Brinegar and husband Bill, of Grapeland, Kathy Kitching, of Dickinson, Lillie Raye Licklider and husband Kermit, of Angleton, Joan Jones and husband Randy, of Santa Fe; grandchildren Tonya Darsey and husband Charley, Jennifer Graves and husband Len, Melissa Boyson and husband Scott, Craig Brasher, Joey Licklider, Rachel Licklider, Joshua Jones and wife Stephanie, and Jessica McDonald and husband Matt; great-grandchildren Haley, Brooke, Maddie, Mackenzie, Trenton, Presley, Taylor, Frankie Belle, Jordyn and Landon; special niece Mildred Gibson, of Latexo; sister-in-law Anna Lee Patton, of Kennard; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Love ones gone before her husbands Raymond Craig and A.B. Moffitt; sons-in-law, John Reynolds and Woodie Kitching; grandson Jeremy Jones; brothers Noble, Frazier, Andy and Sam; and sisters Leola and Eleanor.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Lillie Belle Craig Moffitt were held Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Larry Bruce officiating. Interment followed in the Latexo Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford, Lufkin, TX. 75904 or the Gideons, P.O. Box 1005, Crockett, TX. 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

LILLIE BELLE STUBBLEFIELD
Miss Lillie Belle Stubblefield, age 96, of Jacksonville, passed away Thursday, October 18, 2007 in Jacksonville Hospital. Miss Stubblefield was born January 23, 1911 in Kennard to Albert Stubblefield and Carrie Gail Stubblefield. Miss Stubblefield was a seamstress and a member of Beall Chapel Baptist Church in Jacksonville.
Survivors include her sister Frances Albright and husband John, of Jacksonville; and several cousins.
Preceded in death by her parents Albert Stubblefield and Carrie Gail Stubblefield; and brother Willie Franklin Stubblefield.
Graveside Services for Miss Lillie Belle Stubblefield will be held Monday, October 22, at 2:00 p.m. in the Old City Cemetery in Jacksonville with Bro. Ken McEachern officiating.
Thompson Funeral Home

LOIS LORENE WILLINGHAM
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

LOMA PEARL BITNER
Mrs. Loma Pearl Bitner, passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at her residence. A native of Lovelady she has lived in Vidor since 1957. Mrs. Bitner was a homemaker and a member of North Main Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Ray Bitner, Sr., of Vidor; daughters Debra Dunlap and husband Billy, of Mauriceville, Paula Phillips and husband Brad and Deedra Smith and husband Ronnie, all of Vidor; brother Homa Reynolds, of Montgomery; 10 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her son Ray Bitner, Jr.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Loma Pearl Bitner were held Friday, August 31, at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Interment followed in Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor.
Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor

LOMAN KELLEY TIPTON
Mr. Loman Kelley Tipton, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 6, 2007. Mr. Tipton was born October 31, 1917 in Beaumont to Kelley and Ora Tipton. Mr. Tipton time on this earth was 90 years and now he has gone to live with the Lord.
Mr. Tipton grew up in Beaumont, married his high school sweetheart, graduated from South Park High School, attended business school in Beaumont, and went to work for Ideco Incorporated in Beaumont.
Mr. Tipton retired from Ideco as Manager of Manufacturing in 1972. Mr. Tipton joined the Masonic Lodge in Beaumont and remained forever a mason dedicated to the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God.
Shortly after retiring he met and married Bertie. They enjoyed traveling and spent many summers in Estes Park, Colorado. Mr. Tipton was an active member of the Lovelady Methodist Church and a long time member of the Northwood Christian Church in Beaumont.
Mr. Tipton was adored by all his family and friends who treasured his ability to love, his wit, his intelligence, and his great enthusiasm for life. Mr. Tipton will be greatly missed and forever cherished in our hearts and minds. Life as we know it will never be the same without him.
Survivors include his son Kenneth Loman Tipton and wife Vera, of Houston; sisters Doris Calder and Alice Butler, of Kountz.
He is also survived by his special long time second family and friends the LaRue family, of Lovelady and Crockett including step-sons, daughter and grandchildren Betty LaRue, Glenn LaRue and wife Joylea, Ronald LaRue and wife Colleen, Russell Bracewell and wife Kathy, Jeremy LaRue and wife Kristi, Wesley LaRue and fiance Kristin Sliker. This second family readily took him into their hearts and were a significant part of Mr. Tipton’s life.
Preceded in death by his wife of 37 years Effie Marie Tipton and wife of 28 years Bertie LaRue; parents Kelley and Ora Tipton; brothers Jack and Cal; and sister Polly.
A Celebration of Mr. Loman Kelley Tipton life was held Saturday, November 10, at Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Beaumont.

LOUISE H. ELLIS
Mrs. Louise H. Ellis, age 73, of Sherwood, Arkansas went to be with her Lord on January 7, 2008.  Mrs. Ellis was born in Nacogdoches, Texas to Ed and Nancy Hoya who preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband and caregiver for 56 years, James C. Ellis; two children Terry (Buddy) Ratliff, of Camden, Ark.; James C. (Kay) Ellis, of Fort Worth; and five grandchildren.
Funeral Services were held Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Huson Funeral Home Chapel in Sherwood, Arkansas.
Graveside Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
Huson Funeral Home

LOUISE MURCHISON
Mrs. Louise Murchison, age 89 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2007 in the Winfield Healthcare Center. Mrs. Murchison was born April 3, 1918 in Tehuacana, Texas and lived in Crockett since 1946. Mrs. Murchison was a charter member of the First Baptist Church where she taught the Beginner’s Sunday School for 33 years.
Survivors include her sons John S. Murchison III and wife Dottie, of Austin, Jimmy Murchison, of Salado, Danny Murchison, of Crockett; sisters-in-law Nell Robinson, of Waco, Hattie Edna Crow, of College Station, Nell Worden, of Vernon; brother-in-law Bill Murchison of Okla.; grandchildren Michelle Carter, Nicki Murchison, Andy Ackley, Tosh Murchison, Smith Murchison, and Mary Beth Murchison; seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by husband John Smith Murchison, Jr; son Billy Gaines Murchison; and daughter-in-law Nona Beth Murchison. 
Funeral Services for Mrs. Louise Murchison will be held Saturday, August 11, at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Kenney Dickinson and the Rev. Bill Murchison officiating.  Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park in Crockett, TX.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Presbyterian Children‚s Home, 156 Private Road 443, Itasca, TX 76055.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

LYNDA CARLENE BENKLEY LANE
Mrs. Lynda Carlene Benkley Lane, age 65, 6 months 21 days, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed away peacefully, with her family by her side on Wednesday, September 5, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Lane was born February 15, 1942 in Hillsboro, Texas and had resided in Crockett since 1965. Mrs. Lane retired in 1988 from the daycare that she had in her home for approximately 22 years. After retiring, she and her husband enjoyed traveling all over the United States with some of their close friends. Mrs. Lane was member of the Good Shepherd Fellowship Church in Crockett, a member of the Texas Travelers R V Club and a member of the ETMC Crockett Cancer Support Group.
Mrs. Lane always had a cheerful smile, kind words and a positive outlook on life. Mrs. Lane enjoyed traveling, camping, painting, any type of arts and crafts, playing cards, bingo and spending as much time as possible with her grandkids. Mrs. Lane was a devoted Christian always ready and willing to serve the Lord.
Mrs. Lane had a concern for the welfare of others and was always there when a friend needed someone. Mrs. Lane was truly an angel on earth and will be deeply missed by all who knew here.
Leaving to cherish her memory is her husband of 46 years, James Lane, of Crockett; daughters Teresa and husband Dale (Scooter) Hickman, of Trinity, Tammy and husband Robert Cousins, of Austonio; grandchildren Tiffany and Lance Hickman, of Trinity, Max and James Robert Cousins, of Austonio; nephew Mark Lane and wife Tammye, of Lovelady; niece Norma Lane, of Lovelady; cousin Joan Little, of Lovelady; special Friends Norris and Faye Melton, of Riverside, Clifford and Gwen Price, of Crockett, John and Jean Linegar, of Mansfield, Ohio, Ronnie and Millie Cloer, of Crockett, ETMC Crockett Cancer Support Group; A host of numerous relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents Walter and Thelma Benkley; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Joe Thurman Lane and Tisha Lane.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Lynda Carlene Benkley Lane were held Saturday, September 8, at 10:30 a.m. in the Good Shepherd Fellowship Church in Crockett with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Cemetery in Lovelady.
Pallbearers were Cecil Campbell, Joel Crowsey, Walter Leblanc, Carl McNulty, Vernon Williamson and Butch Toerck.
 Honorary Pallbearers were Norris Melton, Cliff Hagy, Tom Terry, Mickey Bayers and James Blanton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Fellowship Church Building Fund, 401 S. 7th Street, Crockett, TX  75835 or ETMC Crockett Cancer Support Group, Attn: Cancer Support Fund, 1100 Loop 304 East, Crockett, Texas  75835
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MARGUERITE MCCLAIN
Mrs. Marguerite McClain, age 94 of Montgomery, formerly of Crockett, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2008 in the Conroe Regional Hospital. Mrs. McClain was born June 23, 1913 in Trinity, Texas and had lived in Montgomery for the past 2 ∏ years, previously living most of her lifetime in Crockett. Mrs. McClain was a member of the Wilma Foote Music Club, past president and judge of the National Piano Guild and the Crockett Noon Lions Club. Mrs. McClain was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Crockett where she served as church organist from 1949 until 2006 and was also a member of the Adult 2 Sunday School Class.
Survivors include her children Philip P. McClain and wife Carol, of Lakeway, Earlynne Koch and husband Stephen, of Montgomery Thomas Earl McClain, Jr. and wife Debbie, of Crockett; grandchildren Stephen B. McClain and wife Mary, of Georgetown, Gordon McClain and wife Tina, of Crockett, Wade Sullivan and wife Susan, of Lakeway, Jenny McCann and husband James, of Dripping Springs, Shelley Townsend and husband Jon, of Montgomery, Clay Short and wife Christi, of Latexo, Jo Anna Short and Stacy Wyman, of Montgomery, Melanie Dilli and husband Bryan, of Grapeland, Marci Miller, of New Braunfels; great-grandchildren Jackie, Justin, Anna, Sam, Kate, Emily, Devon, Mason, Chaice, Reed, Alyssa and Kamryn; sisters Hazel James Reagan, of Conroe, Louise Byrd, of Dallas; brother Jay M. James and wife Evelyn, of Mesquite, Nev.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by husband, Earl McClain; parents, C. E. and Luna James; sisters, Luna Mildred James, Dorothy Hobbs and Jeanne Humphrey and brothers, E. Allen James and James Edward James
Funeral Services for Mrs. Marguerite McClain were held Sunday, February 3, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in the First Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Mitchell Kleckley and the Rev. Keeney Dickenson officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, Marguerite McClain Memorial Fund for Music Ministry, c/o First Baptist Church, 801 E. Goliad Avenue, Crockett, TX. 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MARION EUGENE “GENE” OWEN
Mr. Marion Eugene “Gene” Owen, age 58 of Richards, passed away Sunday, August 19, 2007 at his home. Mr. Owen was born August 1, 1949 in Crockett to John Travis and Lena Pearl Johnson Owen. Mr. Owen was a retired lieutenant from TDCJ. Mr. Owen loved living in the country. Mr. Owen liked working with his John Deere tractor, gardening and piddling around outdoors and he also enjoyed going to garage sales and junking with his wife Janice.
Survivors include his wife Janice Stanfield Owen; children Clint Hinds and wife Brie, of Richards, Jennifer Thompson and husband Allen, of Cleveland, Tenn., Melissa Lewis and husband Warren, of Huntsville, John Owen, of Chattanooga, Tenn. and Emily Byrd, of Richards; grandchildren Kirsten Hinds, Zanna Thompson, Chance Lewis, Logan Hinds, Gage Lewis, Wyatt Lewis, Olivia Thompson and Landon Hinds; brothers John K. Owen and wife Frances, of Tomball and James Gary Owen and wife Niakki, of Jacksonville, Ark.; sister-in-law Louise Owen, of Washington State; special cousins Carol Ann Hoch, Bobbie Sissom and Sherry Kaye Reed, all of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews, loving cousins, neighbors and family friends.
Preceded in death by his parents John Travis and Lena Pearl Johnson Owen; and brother David L. Owen.
Funeral Services for Mr. Marion Eugene “Gene” Owen were held Wednesday, August 22, at 10:00 a.m. in the Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Floyd Hoke and the Rev. Bob Lynch officiating. Interment followed in the Pool’s Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Shane Reed, Sammy Reed, Trey Sissom, Billy Hoch, John Domingue and Curk McFall.
Honorary Pallbearers were John Kenneth Owen, James Gary Owen, John Stanfield, Paul Burns, Patrice Domingue, Jane Pool and Joanie Willis.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Odyssey Health Care of Bryan College Station or Pool’s Cemetery.
Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.shmfh.com.
Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home

MARJORIE MERLE ALEXANDER
Mrs. Marjorie Merle Alexander, age 80 of Crockett, formerly of Bedias, passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2008 in the Community Care Center in Crockett. Mrs. Alexander was born February 19, 1927 in Bedias, Texas and she had lived most all of her lifetime in Bedias, until moving to Crockett.  Mrs. Alexander was a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church Restoration Society in Bedias. Mrs. Alexander was a housewife and also a former member of the Jones Road Baptist Church in Houston.
Survivors include her sons Thomas Wayne Atkins and wife Margaret, and Howard Atkins and wife Delores, all of Houston; 18 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Jo Merle Shiflet, of Crockett.
Preceded in death by husband Otis Alexander in 1995; parents Albert Dewey Shiflet and Rosie M. Trammell Shiflet; brother Harroll Shiflet; step-sons Ray Alexander and Johnny Alexander.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Marjorie Merle Alexander were held Friday, February 8, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Gerald Brown officiating. Interment followed in the Pankey Cemetery in Bedias, TX. 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MARJORIE JOYCE MAYO
Mrs. Marjorie Joyce Mayo, age 81 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2007. Mrs. Mayo was born March 23, 1926.
Survivors include her loving husband of 58 years, Henry B. Mayo; daughter Carolyn Keels; sons Milton Gullick and wife Roberta and Jerry Gullick and wife Terry; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters Dorothy Broussard and Marlene Birdwell.
Preceded in death by her granddaughter Jerolyn Gullick; sister Marion Gladys Railey; and brother Robert Charles Bunch.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Marjorie Joyce Mayo were held Saturday, November 24, at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Forest Park East Funeral Home. Interment followed at Forest Park East Cemetery.
Forest Park East Funeral Home

MARK ALBERT SLIGAR
Mr. Mark Albert Sligar, age 79 of Grapeland, formerly of Houston, passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2007 in the Hospice in the Pines in Lufkin. Mr. Sligar was born October 27, 1928 in Dallas and had lived most of his lifetime in Houston until moving to Grapeland in 1990. Mr. Sligar was a veteran of the National Guard. Mr. Sligar was a 40-year-member of the Masonic Lodge #21and a member of San Pedro Baptist Church. Mr. Sligar was retired having worked in the used tire business.
Survivors include his wife Corinne Sligar, of Grapeland; son Mark Dale Sligar, of Rosharon; daughters Wanda Joyce Hedrick and husband Paul, of Spring, Janet Broussard and husband Bo, of Katy; grandchildren Joey Broussard and wife Dara, Shawn Broussard, Chelsea Broussard, all of Katy, Chad Hedrick and Natalie Hedrick, both of Spring; great-grandchildren Mallory, Tristan, Addison, and Keely Broussard; numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and all of our loving friends.
Preceded in death by his parents Mark Albert Sligar and Alice (Palmer) Sligar; sister Clo Burch; and niece Patti Slotts.
Funeral Services for Mr. Mark Albert Sligar were held Thursday, November 8, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Dewayne Pollard, the Rev. Tommy Hutto and the Rev. Elliott Reagan officiating.  Interment followed in the Latexo Cemetery.
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MARSHALL E. TABOR
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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MARTIN DELL WOOLEY
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

MARVIN EDWIN "BUZZ" RAWLS
Mr. Marvin Edwin "Buzz" Rawls, of Winter Haven, Florida, passed away October 5, 2007 in Winter Haven after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Mr. Rawls was born May 4, 1929 in Crockett, Texas. Mr. Rawls attended school at the Texas State Orphanage in Corsicana, Southern Methodist University, and UCLA. Mr. Rawls loved to fly, and served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.  He worked for many years as a mechanical engineer before settling in Florida, where he became a well-known local entrepreneur.
Mr. Rawls was passionate about preserving the memory of the Texas State Orphans Home, and was integral in establishing its Memorial Fund. Mr. Rawls worked tirelessly in helping to preserve the SOH’s heritage, knowing that the continued support and association of former students has served as the sole long-term familial relationship for so many of them.
Mr. Rawls’ family and friends will remember Buzz for his humor, heart, and generosity. Mr. Rawls loved people and animals of all kinds, and demonstrated this consistently. Although he lived in Florida for much of his life, Buzz’s heart remained in Texas.
Survivors include his daughter Jeannie Taylor and husband Stephen; three grandchildren Zachary, Joshua, and Mary, all of Mesquite, TX; brother and sister-in-law Claude Dillard Rawls and Billie Downey Rawls, of Crockett; sister and brother-in-law Mozelle Rawls Weeks and Bob Weeks, of Arlington; as well as numerous nieces and nephews; many, many friends, and his two cats, Kiki and J.J.
Funeral Services for Mr. Marvin Edwin (“Buzz”) Rawls were held Friday, October 12, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Goss officiating. Interment followed in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the State Orphans Home Scholarship Fund, c/o Mozelle Weeks, 2106 Twin Elms, Arlington, TX 76012.
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MARY MELISSA TAYLOR
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

MATTHEW SOLOMON
Mr. Matthew Solomon was born June 23, 1959 to Emmett W. Solomon and Jan Goodman Solomon and passed away January 25, 2008 in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Solomon was a graduate of Lovelady High School and then attended Baylor University majoring in engineering for two years prior to coming to SHSU to complete his BA degree in radio/TV and minoring in psychology. Mr. Solomon was a clinical case manager for UTMB at the Pam Lychner Unit in Humble.
Mr. Solomon was a very intelligent man who loved reading books and loved history. Mr. Solomon was very devoted to helping others. Outdoors and sports were part of his life but his advocation was drama. This allowed him to participate at the Renaissance Festival and as a student at SHSU, he played the lead in a production at the SHSU Theater Department in Little Abner. Also, he was a radio announcer at the radio station on SHSU campus.  One of the other joys in his life was playing the coronet and playing with the Navy Band.
Survivors include his parents W. Solomon and Jan Goodman; brother Mark Solomon and wife Laurie; nieces Amanda Paige Solomon and Stephanie Rennee Solomon; nephew Stephen Michael Solomon; and many other family members, friends, and people he has helped along the travel of life.
Funeral Services were held Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of the First Baptist Church with Chaplin Jerry Groom and the Rev. David Valentine officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Cemetery in Lovelady.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Restorative Ministries, 1229 Ave J, Huntsville, TX 77340.
Memorial condolences may be made online at www.shmfh.com .
Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home

MAURICE BRADLEY CURRIE
Mrs. Maurice Bradley Currie, age 72, of Latexo passed away Monday, November 12, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Currie was born March 12, 1935 in Grapeland and was a resident of Latexo most of her lifetime. Mrs. Currie was a housewife and attended the Ephesus Baptist Church.
Survivors included her daughters Kathy Baird and husband Kenneth, of Spring, Patricia Ann Crisler and husband David LeRoy, of Latexo; grandchildren Brandy Thomas, of Houston, Chelsea Baird, of Spring, Danny Gene Wade, David LeRoy Crisler, Linda Darnell Crisler, all of Houston; great-grandchild Lauren, of Houston; brothers Wesley Bradley and wife Maxine, of Latexo and Jim Bradley and wife Shirley, of Huntsville; sisters-in-law Faye Currie, Nellie Currie, both of Latexo, Exie Lee Parrish, of Kennard; special aunt  Florene Graham; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by husband K. D. Currie in 1995; and grandson, Kenny Lee Wade in 2005.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Maurice Bradley Currie were held Wednesday, November 14, at 10:00 a. m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Interment followed in the Latexo Cemetery.
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MELANIE MCRAE
Miss Melanie McRae, age 52 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at her residence in Crockett.  Miss McRae was born January 2, 1955 in Pasadena, Texas and had been a resident of Crockett for the past 15 years.
Survivors include her father Don McRae, of Dana Point, Calif.; sister Melinda McRae Keller, of Houston; aunts Grace Hayhurst, of Kerrville, Robbie Carroll, of Dallas, Dona Sue Curry, of Crockett, Ida Morrow, of Pasadena, Peggy LaVrier, of Conroe, Lita Hughes, Sharon Lumnus, both of Houston, Cheryl Goodman, of New Port News, Va.; numerous other relatives.
Preceded in death by her mother Patricia Curry.
Graveside Funeral Services for Miss Melanie McRae were held Sunday,
November 18, at 2:00 p. m. in the Corinth Cemetery with the Rev. Keeney Dickenson officiating.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MIKEY CAGLE
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

MINNIE OLA DUNCAN
Mrs. Minnie Ola Duncan, age 93 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Duncan was born February 28, 1914 in Pennington and was a lifetime resident of Houston County. Mrs. Duncan was a housewife and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include daughter Louise Page and husband Walter, of Crockett; sons John Duncan and wife Wanda, of Magnolia, Earl Duncan and wife Becky, of Apple Springs; grandchildren Belinda Page, of Pollok, Theressa Page Ashworth and husband Royce, of Little Centerville, Darrell Duncan and wife Terri, of Magnolia, Darwin Duncan and wife Mary, of Katy, Chris Duncan and wife Cheryln, of Katy, Leisa Rogers and husband Dewayne, of Apple Springs, Genni Kelso and husband Troy, of Llano, Karren Mahaney and husband Ken, of Porter Springs; 21 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her husband John Henry Duncan; daughter Mammie Ann Shelton; granddaughter Barbara Baker; parents B. F. and Ida Davis; sisters Ida May Hambrick, Elsie Anderson and Ruth Thornton; and brothers Carl Davis and Arthur Davis.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Minnie Ola Duncan were held Monday, October 15, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Rev. James Whittlesey officiating.  Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Evergreen Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 525, Crockett, TX. 75835 or Nogalus Calvary Baptist Church.
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MOLLY NELSON HUFF
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

MONROE “ZEKE” SMITH
Mr. Monroe “Zeke” Smith, age 90 of Kennard, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2007 at his residence. Mr. Smith was born December 29, 1917 in the Arbor Community and was a resident of Kennard most of his lifetime. Mr. Smith was veteran of the U. S. Army having served during World War II. 
Mr. Smith was a member of the Ivie Missionary Baptist Church where he served on the board of trustees, as deacon and song leader. Mr. Smith was a retired auto mechanic.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Marjorie Smith, of Kennard; son Danny Smith and wife Roberta, of Kennard; grandchildren Shannon Greenwalt and husband Brian, of Spring, Danny E. Smith, Jr. and wife Kyleen, of Crockett; four great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Ima Burton and husband Joe, of Kennard; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents Lonnie and Mary Smith; six brothers; and one sister.
Funeral Services for Mr. Monroe “Zeke” Smith were held Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Ivie Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Marshall Jackson and the Rev. Grady Gladden officiating.  Interment followed in the Ivie Cemetery.
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LINDA WELCH
Ms. Linda Welch, age 62 of Conroe, formerly of Crockett, passed away Sunday, September 23, 2007 in the Conroe Regional Hospital. Ms. Welch was born August 15, 1945 in Crockett.  Ms. Welch spent many years in England and the Middle East and moved back to Crockett to raise her children close to her family. Ms. Welch moved to Conroe to be with her children and grandchildren. Ms. Welch had worked as a bookkeeper and office manager and also owned a trucking company.  Ms. Welch was devoted to her children and grandchildren and was an inspiration in strength to all who knew her. 
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law Brandi and Todd Daniels, of The Woodlands, Ali and Ken Lezama, of Conroe; son Kerry Welch, of Conroe; grandchildren Tristan Welch, McKennan Lezama, Chase McDow; sisters Nancy Lively and husband Don, of Grapeland, Sandy Duren and husband James, of Crockett; Pam Evans, of Lovelady, Carla Giles of Austin; aunts Katherine Cook, of Crockett, Jean Wilson, of Houston, Irene Welch, of Latexo; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives, special friend Dona Brenner, of Crockett.
Preceded in death by her parents Carl and Betty Rich; and grandparents Lee and Maude Swearingen and Lee and Sally Rich.
Funeral Services for Ms. Linda Welch were held Saturday, September 29, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Reggie Gregory officiating. Interment will follow in the Latexo Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Rose, 12700 N. Featherwood Drive, Houston, TX. 77034 or The Benefit Fund for Linda Welch at First National Bank, P. O. Box 172, Crockett, Tx. 75835 and also at First Victoria Bank, The Woodlands, 25661 I-45, The Woodlands, Tx. 77380.
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MYRTLE BOWMAN LOVELL
Mrs. Myrtle Bowman Lovell, age 95 of Weches, passed away Monday, January 14, 2008 at her residence in Weches. Mrs. Lovell was born May 15, 1912 in Muse, Texas and lived most of her lifetime in Houston County. Mrs. Lovell received a Masters Degree from Stephen F. Austin University and was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Mrs. Lovell had worked as a teacher for many years and was a member of the Retired Teachers Association. Mrs. Lovell was a lifetime member of the Weches Volunteer Fire Department and was also a member of the Weches Baptist Church.
Survivors include her nieces and nephews Ginger and Glayse Childs, Jim and Marleen Lovell, Jody and Tracy Glazner, Justin Lovell and Brittany and Amanda Glazner; caregiver Lou Cook; numerous other nieces, nephews and family members of the Bowman family.
Preceded in death by her husband Elwin Lovell; parents Charlie and Ila Bowman; and nephew James Lacy Lovell.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Myrtle Bowman Lovell were held Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Weches Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Luker and the Rev. Danny Bowman officiating. Interment followed in the Weches Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Weches Volunteer Fire Department or Weches Baptist Church.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

NATHAN “HANK” BROWNWELL
Mr. Nathan “Hank” Brownwell, age 18 of Crockett, passed away Monday, January 29, 2008 at his residence in Crockett. Mr. Brownwell was born March 23, 1989 in Arlington, Texas and was a resident of Crockett for the past 9 years. Mr. Brownwell was a student and a member of the Grace Home School Group. Mr. Brownwell was also a member of the Harvest Church in Crockett.
Survivors include his Parents Matthew and Jody Brownwell, of Crockett; sisters Nicole Brownwell, Abby Brownwell, Jamie Brownwell and Kaylee Brownwell, all of Crockett; brother George Seal Brownwell III., of Crockett; grandparents Judy Bain, of Tomball, Gail Thomas, of Crockett and Val Ray Foster, of Tomball; aunts and uncles Larry Bain, of Austin, George Bain, of Tomball, Major Michael Thomas and wife Margie, of Converse and Bruce Thomas and wife Nancy, of Plano; numerous cousins and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his grandfather James K. Thomas; and great-grandmothers Lovella “Mimi” Mahan and Corine “Memaw” Brownwell.
Funeral Services for Mr. Nathan “Hank” Brownwell were held Sunday, February 3, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. in the Harvest Church in Crockett. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Nathan Brownwell Medical Fund c/o First National Bank, P. O. Box 172, Crockett, TX.  75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ODESSA LAVERNE PHELPS PRESTRIDGE
Mrs. Odessa Laverne Phelps Prestridge, age 87 of Crockett, previously of Elkhart, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2007 in the Houston County Nursing Home in Crockett. Mrs. Prestridge was born June 17, 1920 in Wilson, Oklahoma to Charlie Lee and Pearlie Hicks Tower.  After living in the Alvin area for more than 30 years, she resided in Elkhart for over 20 years before entering Houston County Nursing Home. Mrs. Prestridge was a homemaker and Foster parent to more than 80 children in the Brazoria and Galveston County area. Mrs. Prestridge was a volunteer for the Sunshine Guild at Palestine Regional Medical Center for over 5 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Elkhart.
Survivors include her children Argaree Arline Rose, of Elkhart, Perry Lee Phelps and wife Patricia, of Texas City, Davida Ruth Phelps, of Liverpool, Michael Wayne Phelps and wife Teresa, of Elkhart; special friends Kathleen and Roy Dyches, of Crockett; eight grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter;
sister Clarice Crews, of League City; brother R. Q. Tower of Talco.
Preceded in death by her parents Charlie Lee and Pearlie (Hicks) Tower; husband of 59 years, David Richard Phelps, husband, William Clay Prestridge; five brothers; one grandson; and one great-grandson.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Odessa Laverne Phelps Prestridge will be held Monday, November 12, at 2:00 p.m. in the Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock, Texas.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

REBA JEAN MAYABB LEDINGHAM
Ms. Reba Jean Mayabb Ledingham, age 70 of Crockett, passed away Friday, January 11, 2008 at ETMC in Crockett. Ms. Ledingham was born March 3, 1937 in Idabel, Oklahoma. Ms. Ledingham was a caregiver.
Survivors include her one daughter Donna McCrary, of Crockett; three grandchildren Donald, Doyle and Donavan McCrary; two great-grandchildren Brandi and Phillip; brothers and sisters May Frances Likehart and husband Melvin, of Crockett and Linda Ruth Pritchett, of Conroe.
Funeral Services for Ms. Reba Jean Mayabb Ledingham were held Monday, January 14, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in Trinity Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Dennis Ivey officiating. Interment followed in the New Zion Cemetery in Trinity.
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RICHARD E. LOONEY
Mr. Richard E. Looney, age 60, passed away Monday evening October 8, 2007, in Lufkin, as his family gathered. Mr. looney was born May 22, 1947 in Crockett, Texas to John E. and Nelwyn Morgan Looney, he was also the grandson of Everett and Gladys Morgan of Austonio, Texas and Robert and Bettie Looney of Nacogdoches, Texas.
Mr. Looney began his career with The Lufkin Daily News in Advertising in 1966 while attending Stephen F. Austin University. Working at The Lufkin News for 13 years, Richard worked under Cox Newspapers as Advertising Director for seven years when The Lufkin News received the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service. Mr. Looney later went on to Advertising Director for Hartman Newspapers and Publisher for The Alvin Sun, in Alvin, Texas for seven years. Mr. Looney later formed the Lufkin Advertiser Newspaper and printing business in Lufkin.
An avid antique collector for many years, Mr. Looney spent the last 10 years traveling and living on the East Coast dealing in Antiques. Mr. Looney had resided in Hanover, PA for the last 4 years where his youngest son Robert and grandson Gavin live, before coming back to Lufkin.
While Mr. Looney's expertise in the newspaper industry is best known for his ability in the sales and marketing portion of that business, the unparalleled events in Alvin in 1979 demonstrated that he was a keen newspaper man as well.
That was the year that Tropical Storm Claudette literally dumped 43 inches of rain within 24 hours right above Alvin along with the 27 inches of rain within Alvin proper. Vast percentages of homes in the community suffered flooding and major roadways to and from the community were shut off to most highway traffic. It's a rainfall record for the North American continent that still stands.
Despite these conditions, Mr. Looney's relentless belief in the role of a community newspaper was never more evident. He personally guided the publication of his newspaper producing an initial edition that was only hours late off the original press time. Mr. Looney greatly expanded the distribution of the newspaper for several editions so that thousands of affected citizens could get the important news they needed. While his background was advertising, he personally wrote stories; interviewed police and other community leaders; took photographs and got the paper to the citizens of the community.
Mr. Looney believed that it was never more important to get his newspaper on the street. That was well before the days that newspapers sent their pages to the press room electronically like today. The only vehicles moving in and out of Alvin during the early part of that community crisis were big 18-wheelers along with National Guard trucks. Mr. Looney 'hitchhiked' with his pages to a community 15 miles away and 'hitchhiked' back with his newspapers for local distribution. That was his commitment to the Newspaper Industry.
Survivors include his two sons Richard Scott Looney, of Lufkin and Robert Everett Looney, of Hanover, Pa.; Three Grandsons Christopher Scott Looney of Bend, Ore. and Reid Morgan Looney, of Lufkin and Gavin Robert Looney, of Hanover, Pa.; brothers, Michael J. Looney, of Fort Worth, James T. Looney and wife Noeleen and daughter Nicola, of Kingwood, David Scott Looney and wife Olga, of San Antonio; sister Susan Elizabeth Culbertson and husband Todd Culbertson, of Lubbock; nieces and husbands, Kimberly and Randy Castles, of Austin and Kelley and Paul D'Spain, of New York, NY.
Preceded in death by his parents John E. and Nelwyn Morgan Looney; grandparents Everett and Gladys Morgan of Austonio and Robert and Bettie Looney of Nacogdoches.
Memorial Services for Mr. Looney were held Saturday, October 13, at the Largent Cemetery Outdoor Chapel.
Honorary Pallbearers were Ron Hester, Marvin Ivie, Pat Garrett, Ray Parker, George Scott, Mike Taylor, and Dr. Ron Corley.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice In The Pines, 116 So. First St., Lufkin, Tx 75904; American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Dr., Lufkin, Tx 75904
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ROSA LEE SELMAN
Mrs. Rosa Lee Selman, age 85 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2008, at her residence in Crockett. Mrs. Selman was born June 26, 1922 in Houston County and was a lifetime resident of Crockett. Mrs. Selman was a housewife and was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include her children James Edward “Jim” Thomas, Judy Skalicky and husband Larry, all of Crockett and Janice Lewis and husband Mike, of Latexo; grandchildren Heather Lewis and Michael Lewis, of Latexo; sisters Dorothy Selman and husband Jack, and Velma Ruth Munsinger, all of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Obie Selman in 1991; and grandson David Skalicky in 2005.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Rosa Lee Selman were held Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 10:00 a. m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Interment followed in the Creek Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ROSEMARY TAYLOR BOLLINGER
Mrs. Rosemary Taylor Bollinger, age 81, lost her battle with vascular disease and emphysema Saturday evening August 18th.
Mrs. Bollinger was born September 24, 1925 in Porter Springs. Mrs. Bollinger was the youngest daughter of Robert Lee and Willie Eugenia (nee Pate) Taylor. Mrs. Bollinger was called “Rosemarie” or her nickname “Mo” through most of her childhood. Mrs. Bollinger, her sister Norma Lee, and older brother William Frank grew up in Crockett, Texas where their father owned and ran a cotton gin and, later, a well-drilling business.
Following her graduation from Crockett High School in 1942 she became a telegrapher for Western Union, a critical job in the communication of war news at that time. Mrs. Bollinger met a young soldier and became a war bride at 18. Mrs. Bollinger has two daughters, Janice Lynn and Amy Jane, from that marriage.
After 16 years as an Army wife, Mrs. Bollinger managed to support and raise her two daughters alone during a time when single mothers were a rarity. Mrs. Bollinger worked for the Poultry Science department at Texas A&M University for six years. In 1963 she married Dr. James Norman Bollinger; they were happily married for 33 years. Dr. Bollinger earned acclaim as a research scientist with the Southwest Research Institute (San Antonio) and, later, in private industry with Galderma (Ft.Worth). Jim succumbed to heart disease in 1996. Rosemary relocated to San Antonio to be nearer her girls a year later.
Survivors include her two daughters and their husbands, Janice and Ronald Goodenough, of Manor and Amy and Curtis Coffee, of Lytle; and will be greatly missed by her four grandchildren Guy Adam and Honey Gayle Goodenough and Leeann and Taylor Coffee; one great-grandchild Shelbie Marie Sittre; daughter of Leeann and Patrick Sittre.
An intimate memorial service will be held at Providence Cemetery near Caldwell. Mrs. Bollinger will rest beside her beloved husband, Jim.

ROSIE JENNINGS KLEYPAS
Mrs. Rosie Jennings Kleypas, age 74 of Texas City passed away Friday, October 11, 2007 at The Cottages of Clear Lake, after a long journey through Alzheimer’s. Mrs. Kleypas was born February 20, 1933 in Trinity to Edward T. and Ollie Mae Riddle. A loving mother and nanny, she will be forever cherished and missed.
Survivors include her children Dennis Jennings, Thresa Jennings McClellen and husband Charles and Linda Jennings Rogers, all of Texas City; loving sister Mickie Jones, of Texas City; brother Robert Roddle and wife Pat, of Wyo.; grandchildren Jennifer Jennings Silberisen and husband Harold, Tim McClellen and wife Amy, Breanne Rogers, Ryan McClellen, Jason Jennings and Kasey Rogers; great-grandchildren Clay Jennings, Austin Silberisen and Madison McClellen; step-daughters Lisa Kleypas, Suzanne Kleypas and Sara Barber.
Preceded in death by her husband William E. Kleypas; and parents Edward T. and Ollie Mae Riddle.
Graveside Services for Mrs. Rosie Jennings Kleypas will be held Monday, October 15, at 2:00 p.m. in the Corinth Cemetery in Kennard.
Memorials may be sent to the Bay Area SPCA 3000 Avenue R. San Leon, TX. 77539 in memory of Little Man.

SENOBIA (TERRY) SMITH
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.

SHIRLEY ALFRED ANSLEM
Mrs. Shirley Alfred Anslem, age 64 of Grapeland, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2007 in the Palestine Regional Hospital. Mrs. Anslem was born June 1, 1943 in Crockett and had lived in Houston County all of her lifetime. Mrs. Anslem was a homemaker and a member of the Georgia Camp Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughter Cheryl Johnson and husband Jimmy, of Grapeland; son Roy Anslem and wife Pebbles, of Grapeland; grandchildren Emily Johnson, of Grapeland, Raven Anslem, of Crockett, Roy Joseph Anslem, Jr., of Grapeland; sisters Mae Huntsman, Joyce Turner and husband Cubby, all of Lovelady, Betty Rowland, of Buffalo, Bonnie Duval, of Grapeland; brother Jesse Alfred and wife Jonell, of Grapeland; sister-in-law Patsy Wade and husband Ben, of Ala.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Herman Anslem; parents Lawrence and Maggie (Phillips) Alfred; sisters Mamie Salmon, Ruby Lane, Mary Oliver, Nellie Myers and Helen Alldredge; brother Bert Alfred; mother-in-law Inez Anslem Majors; father–in-law Harvey Majors; and brother-in-law Mervin Anslem.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Shirley Alfred Anslem were held Saturday, November 10, at 2:00 p. m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Rev. Ottis Byers officiating.  Interment followed in the Creek Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

T. A. BYNUM
Mr. T.A. Bynum, age 94 of Weches, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2008 in Alto Nursing Home. Mr. Bynum was born May 13, 1917 in Big Springs to Charles Lonzo and Callie Goodson Bynum.
Mr. Bynum was a veteran of the U.S. Navy of WWII. Before retiring, Mr. Bynum had been a self-employed carpenter in the Houston area for many years.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Eva Bynum, of Weches; one daughter Donna Meek and husband Jack, of Willis; two sons Tim Bynum and wife Sue, of Weches and Gary Bynum and wife Delores, of Buffalo; one sister Iva Jeffery, of Elkhart; nine grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his parents Charles Lonzo and Callie Goodson Bynum.
Graveside Services for Mr. T.A. Bynum will be Friday, January 11, 2008 at Weches Cemetery with Bro. Grady Gladden and Mr. Roger Kellum officiating.
Pallbearers will be his Grandsons.
Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

TOMMIE ALAN MIERS
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.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

VALERIE JEAN LOWRIE
Mrs. Valerie Jean Lowrie, age 78 of Deer Park, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at her daughter’s residence. Mrs. Lowrie was born October 31, 1929 in Houston, Texas and grew up in Pennington. In 1991, she moved back to Pennington and had lived there until 2005 when she moved to Deer Park. Mrs. Lowrie was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Lowrie was retired from the Civil Service where she had held many positions and was a member of the Flat Prairie Congregational Methodist Church. 
Survivors include her children Valeriane Mounce and husband David, of Deer Park, Robert Miles Lowrie and wife Angie, of Lovettsville, Va., Lynn Edward Lowrie and wife Ida, of Marietta, Ga.; grandchildren Ashley, David, Brittany, Travis, Jared, Samantha, J. D., Heather, Madison, Mason and Oren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Vernon Lowrie; mother Mae Elizabeth Dominy Miller; step-father Vernon Miller; and sister Billie Faye Kennedy Greer.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Valerie Jean Lowrie were held Friday, January 4, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Smith officiating.  Interment followed in the Pennington Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

W. B. (BILL) LENDERMAN
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

WADE GRIFFIN SR.
Mr. Wade Griffin Sr., age 72 of Kennard, passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2007, at Memorial Health Systems of East Texas in Lufkin, went to go be his Heavenly Father on the wings of Angels, ending all pain and suffering. Mr. Griffin was born January 12, 1935 in Kennard to Arthur B. Griffin and Linnie Mae Lockett he was their first of two children.
Mr. Griffin accepted Christ at an early age and united with New Hope Baptist Church in Kennard. Mr. Griffin served as secretary of Sunday school, Sunday school teacher, choir member, chairman of the deacon board. Mr. Griffin attended and received his education at Kennard Colored School.
Mr. Griffin married in Holy Matrimony to Cliffertine Mitchell, November 27, 1954, this union was blessed with seven children. Mr. Griffin worked for Contract Pulpwood and retired in 1970.
Survivors include his wife Cliffertine Griffin, of Kennard; two sons Wade Griffin, Jr., of Kennard and Clifton D. Griffin, of Lufkin; five daughter Linda (Jimmy) Mask, of Lufkin, Patsy (Clyde) Gilmore, of Dallas, Wadette (James) Malone, Charlotte Hamilton, all of Lufkin, Cossandra Patton, of Tadmor; three brothers Willie Z. (Thelma Faye) Mitchell Sr., of Kennard, Robbie (Mary) Griffin, Cornelius (Ruthie) Jergo, all of Houston; two sisters Maxine (Wallace) Lewis, of Houston, Owena Byrd, of Lufkin; daughters-in-law Norvella Bean, of Houston, Kalisa Griffin, of Lufkin; sister-in-law Mattie Jergo, of Tucson, Ariz.; aunt Margie Lockett, of Lufkin; uncle Harvey (Bertha) Griffin, of Crockett; wifes brothers and sisters-in-law Robbie (Beverly) Mitchell, Bobby Calhoun, Rayford (Barbara) Mitchell; sisters and brothers-in-law Ruth (Frank) Billingsley, Doris (Irvin) Bunton, Diane Mitchell, Delores Mitchell; 13 grandchildren Stephanie, Clyde Jr., Tameka,  Jeffery Jr., Shayla, Tiffany, Marcus, Reginald Jr., Brittany, Ja’Korus, Sharitha, Julius, Chy’ene; 13 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 
Preceded in death by his parents Arthur B. Griffin and Linnie Mae Lockett and Charles L. Jergo; son-in-law Jeffery Patton, Sr.; granddaughter Ashley Patton; aunts Helen Lockett and Ozell Calhoun; uncles Alton Lockett and Henry Griffin, Jr.; grandparents Henry and Carrie Griffin, Sr. and Vester and Ozell Calhoun.
Funeral Services for Mr. Wade Griffin Sr. were held Saturday, September 22, at 11:00 a.m. in the New Hope Baptist Church-Kennard with Rev. William T. Purvis officiating. Interment followed in New Hope Cemetery-Kennard.
Active Pallbearers were Clyde Gilmore Jr., Marcus Patton, Julius Patton, Robbie Mitchell Jr., Jeffery Patton Jr., Reginald Hamilton Jr., Reginald Hamilton Sr. and Ja’Korus Denning.
Honorary Pallbearers were Wade Griffin Jr., Willie Z. Mitchell Sr., Jimmy Mask, Clyde Gilmore Sr., Clifton Griffin, Robbie Griffin, James Malone and Jimmy Griffin.
Emanuel Funeral Homes

WELDON W. GARRETT
Mr. Weldon W. Garrett, age 81 of Crockett, passed away Monday, November 5, 2007 in Winfield Healthcare in Crockett. Mr. Garrett was born August 9, 1926 in Kerrville and had been a resident of Crockett since 1962. Early in his adult life, he was a foreman for the Dixie Pipeline then became a carpenter and cabinet builder. Mr. Garrett retired from the Texas Department of Corrections as a correctional officer then became a teacher of buildings and trades in the Windham School System where he lastly retired. Mr. Garrett was a member of the Sharon Shriners of Tyler, Scottish Rite of Freemasonary, Lothrop Lodge #21, and the Order of Eastern Star. Mr. Garrett was presently serving on the Monroe Crook Board and was a past board member of the East Texas Women’s Shelter which he was one of the original founders in Crockett. Mr. Garrett was a member and deacon of the Grace Street Church of Christ.  Mr. Garrett was an avid hunter, enjoyed woodworking and loved to refinish antiques.
Survivors include his wife Betty Garrett; sons Danny Garrett, of Little Elm, Jay Garrett and wife Rhonda of Centennial, Colo. and Johnny Garrett and wife Donna, of Crockett; daughter Chari Townsend and husband Steven, of Marble Falls; grandchildren Wayne and Meredith Garrett, of The Colony, Jerry and Tammy Garrett, of Platteville, Colo., Jay and Kim Garrett, of Flower Mound, Misty and Brandon Longcrier of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jarrod Garrett of Centennial, Colo., Rachael Allen, John Austin Garrett, all of League City and Angie and John Kandis, of Round Rock; great-grandchildren Kinny and Chelsea  Garrett, of Frisco, Evin Garrett, Skylar Garrett, Marissa Garrett, all of The Colony, Brandon and Elizabeth Hutchens, of Colo., Cole and Stone Garrett, of Flower Mound, Meagan Allen–Kandis, of Roundrock, Logan Longcrier, of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Briana and Richard Morris, Kiara Hutchens, both of Colo.; great-great-grandchildren Collin and Mason Garrett, of Frisco, Haley Hutchens, Aubrana Branco and Garrett Branco, all of Colo.; brother Jerry Garrett and wife Sue, of Crockett; sisters Dorothy Jones, of Mesquite, Pat McFerron and husband Paul, of Siloam Springs, Ark.; brother-in-law Lynn Barrier, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his father and mother Wilby and Gladys (DeMasters) Garrett; grandson Darrell Garrett; and great-great-grandson Michael Hutchens.
Funeral Services for Mr. Weldon W. Garrett were held Thursday, November 8, at 10:00 a.m. in the Grace Street Church of Christ with Mr. Rick Kelley officiating. Interment followed in the Bynum Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Street Church of Christ, 124 S. Grace, Crockett, Texas 75835 or Monroe Crook House, P.O. Box 1251 Crockett, TX.  75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

WILLIAM EDWARD “PETE” HAMMONS
Mr. William Edward “Pete” Hammons, age 63 of Belott, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at his residence. Mr. Hammons was born in Houston County on February 13, 1944 to Bill and Lucille Hammons, the youngest of three children. Mr. Hammons retired from Southwestern Bell after 38 years of service beginning in Houston 1964 and ending in Nacogdoches in 2002.
Mr. Hammons was a graduate of Kennard High School and was a member of the Board of Trustees for Kennard ISD for many years. Mr. Hammons loved being a part of helping children succeed academically and athletically. He was a great fan of high school sports. Mr. Hammons loved hunting, fishing, flying his airplane and traveling. Mr. Hammons favorite pastime was spending time with family, friends, and beloved grandsons, Dyllan and Gable.
Mr. Hammons was a member of the First Baptist Church, Grapeland where he served as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher. Mr. Hammons worked with the volunteers at Crockett State School as a bible study teacher and participated in epithany.
Mr. Hammons was a devoted, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Pete loved people and touched many lives with his smile, his humor, and his generosity.
Survivors include his loving wife Deloris; son Heath; grandsons Joshua Dyllan and Brandon Gable; sister Joyce Priddy, of Gladewater; brother John Hammons and wife Sue, of Belott; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and friends.
Funeral Services for Mr. William Edward “Pete” Hammons were held Friday, October 19, at 1:00 p.m at the First Baptist Church in Grapeland with Bro. David Bradley and Bro. Charles Pyle officiating. Interment followed in New Energy Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 283, Grapeland, TX. 75844.
Bailey&Foster Funeral Home 

WILLIE G. GREEN SR.
Mr. Willie G. Green Sr., age 51, God called him home Saturday, December 15, 2007. Mr. Green was born April 29, 1956 in Crockett to the late Billy and Marcella Green.
Mr. Green graduated from Crockett High School, class of 1975. In 1976 he married Josie Reece and remained for 24 years. They were blessed with two children. In 1978 he begin helping raise her siblings, Jessie, Jr,. Sammie, Lemone and Roemorna Reece.
Mr. Green dedicated his occupational time at John Frye Co. and the City of Crockett. Mr. Green attended Porter Springs COGIC under the leadership of Elder J.E. Reeves. Mr. Green later joined Hampton Memorial COGIC under the leadership of Superintendent J.R. Hampton, Jr. On July 1, 1999 he was united in Holy matrimony to veronica Williams.
Survivors include his wife Veronica Williams Green; three adopted kids James, Jamel and Cedric, all of Crockett; one step-son Joseph, of Houston; two step-daughters Amanda and Breanne, of Houston; one son Willie Jr., of Houston; one daughter Yolanda Green, of Crockett; one brother John Green (Elaine), of Crockett; one sister Annie Sue Green, of Jacksonville; four uncles Robert Lee Robinson, of Ariz., Lloyd Robinson, of Crockett, Jimmy Robinson and Wesley Robinson, both of Dallas; two aunts Jettie Lee Williams, of Dallas and Earline Bennett, of Houston; mother-in-law Louise Wyatt, of Crockett; one great-uncle and great-aunt Rev. Noble L. Cooper, Sr. and Missionary Dorphine Cooper, of Houston; a host of sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his father Billy Green; mother Marcella Green; and two brothers Cardell and Norris Green, Sr.

WILLIE L. SANDERS JR.
Mr. Willie L. Sanders, Jr. was a native of Crockett, Texas. Mr. Sanders graduated from Crockett High School. Mr. Sanders was a long time resident of Houston, Texas from where he departed this life. Mr. Sanders served in the U.S. Army in Viet Nam.
Survivors include his father and stepmother Willie L. and Robbie Sanders, of Crockett; two brothers Ronald and wife Wanda, of Crockett and Donald L. Sanders and wife Denita, of Conyers, Ga.; one sister Janetta Sanders, of Crockett; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his mother Effie D. Sanders.
Services for Mr. Willie L. Sanders, Jr. were held at J.H. Pruitt & Pruitt Memorial Chapel Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. Interment Wednesday 12:45 Houston National Cemetery.
JH Pruitt & Pruitt Funeral Masters

WILLIE HAYNE WALLER
Mr. Willie Hayne Waller, age 69 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2007 in the Winfield Nursing Center. Mr. Waller was born February 4, 1938 in Houston County and was a lifetime resident of Crockett.
Mr. Waller was a veteran of the U. S. Army. Mr. Waller was a retired roofer and attended the Baptist church.
Survivors include his daughters Suzanne Gourley and husband Stephen and Angela Simmons, all of Herrin, Ill.; grandchildren Crystal Evrard and husband Brock, Debra Mincey and Thomas Gourley and wife Tara, all of Herrin, Ill.; great-grandchildren Kylee and Cameron Evrard, Emma Mincey and Caleb Gourley; brothers A. W. Waller, of Crockett, Ronny Waller and wife Carolyn, of Latexo and Jack Waller, of Crockett; sister Lela Owens; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents T. J. and Avie Lou Waller; brother Thomas Ray Waller; sister and brother-in-law Mary Lou and John B. LaRue.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Willie Hayne Waller were held Friday, August 24, at 10:30 a.m. in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Goodson officiating. 
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

WONNELL HENLEY ELLIS
Mrs. Wonnell Henley Ellis, age 73 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, January 02, 2008, in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Ellis was born September 15, 1934 in Houston County and was a resident of Crockett most of her lifetime. Mrs. Ellis had worked as a telephone operator.
Survivors include her children Ronnie Ellis, Clinton Ellis, Larry Ellis and wife Loretta, Bryant (Hoss) Ellis, Glenda Ellis and Lisa Graham and husband Todd, all of Crockett; grandchildren Larry Thompson, Aaron Ellis, Dustin Harrison and wife Rhonda, Valerie Davenport and husband Scott, Tiffany Keels, Rocky McKithern, Matthew Graham, Payton Graham, Jaycee Graham and Landon Graham; brothers J. A. Henley and wife Lois, of Houston, Don Henley and wife Frances, of Alto and Danny Henley and wife Pam, of Weches; brothers-in-law George Wright, of Ark., Hollis Ellis and Lonnie Ellis and wife Bobbie, all of Crockett; sisters-in-law Hazel Martin, of Houston, Lorine Rhone, of Grapeland; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband J. L. Ellis; brother Jerry Henley; and great-granddaughter Haley Harrison.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Wonnell Henley Ellis were held Saturday, January 05, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Interment followed in the Jim English Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 1100 W. 49th Street Room #G408, Austin, TX. 78756.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

WRETHA PEARL HYETT
Mrs. Wretha Pearl Hyett, age 87 of Palestine, passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at the Cartmell Home for aged. Mrs. Hyett was born January 25, 1920 in Newark, Arkansas to Rufus W. and Myrtle L. Metcalf Walker. Mrs. Hyett had lived in Anderson County for over 50 years and was a homemaker. Mrs. Hyett loved spending time with family and friends and loved to sing.
Survivors include her daughters Helen Hyett Crowson and husband Rayford, of Lovelady and Diann Hyett Blackwell and husband Rick, of Crockett; son Fred Coy Hyett, of Palestine; sisters Etta Rayburn, Exie Lane and Leona Rodgers, all of Ark.; five grandchildren Marc Crowson, Kenneth Crowson, Robert Blackwell, Shelly Jean Waller and Tracy Sue Cower; and eight great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her husband Johnnie Hyett in 1992; son William Riley Hyett in 2003; and three brothers and three sisters.
Memorials Services for Mrs. Wretha Pearl Hyett were held Saturday, August 25, at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Cartmell Home for Aged. 2212 W. Reagan, Palestine, TX. 75801.
Herrington/Land of
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