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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For February 17, 2008 - February 24, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company



BENNIE MACK MORGAN
Mr. Bennie Mack Morgan, age 75 of Kennard, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2008 in the Hospice in the Pines, Inpatient Unit at Memorial Medical Center in Lufkin. Mr. Morgan was born January 24, 1933 in Midway, Texas and had lived most of his lifetime in Kennard. Mr. Morgan was a veteran of the United State Marine Corps having served during the Korean Conflict from 1950 until 1953. Mr. Morgan was retired having worked and had worked truck driver.
Survivors include his children Michael Morgan and wife Valerie, of Lufkin, Bennie Leon Morgan and wife Nadie, of Olla, La., Renee Rodriguez and husband Pablo, of Crockett, Diane Munsinger, of Austin; grandchildren Brandon Morgan, Emily Morgan, Josh Whitney, Gary Whitney, Katrina Perez, Jessica Morales, David Munsinger, Michael Cecil Espinoza; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters Billie Spinks, of Palestine and Madelle Strange, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his granddaughter Tammy Vega; sisters Anna Laura Turman, Rosie Ashworth; brother Curtis Morgan; and sister Syble Starling.
Funeral Services for Mr. Bennie Mack Morgan were held Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Clayton McClendon officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BESSIE ELNA ROACH
Mrs. Bessie Elna Roach, age 87 of Jacksonville, completed her earthly life on Wednesday, February 20, 2008. Mrs. Roach was born May 2, 1920 in Crockett to George Thomas and Etta Irene Patton Walker. Mrs. Roach married Sam Roach in 1943 in Amarillo. During their 46 years of marriage she was a homemaker and help her mate in a life of ranching, furniture sales and mobile home park operation. Mrs. Roach was a faithful member of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Linda and Victor Bunch, of Jacksonville; son and daughter-in-law Roy Darrel and Barbara Roach, of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren Shondra Johnson and husband Keith, of Peoria, Ill. and Rodney Bunch and wife Monica, of Jacksonville; great-grandchildren Jackie Bunch, Rodney Bunch, Jr. and Hannah Johnson; sisters Thelma Kent, of Austin, LaVelle Ingle, of San Antonio; brother and sister-in-law Glenn and Pat Walker, of Crockett.
Preceded in death by her husband Sam Roach.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Bessie Elna Roach were held Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with the Rev. Ken McEachern officiating. Interment followed at 4:30 p.m. at New Energy Cemetery near Crockett.
Pallbearers were her Nephews.
Memorials may be made to The National Parkinson Foundation, Inc., 1501 N.W. 9th Ave./Bob Hope Road, Miami, Florida 33136-1494 or the Building Fund of Beall Chapel Church 1861 South Jackson, Jacksonville, TX. 75766.
Autry Funeral Home

CARL ALBERT TULLIS
Mr. Carl Albert Tullis, age 52 of Latexo, passed away Monday, February 18, 2008. Mr. Tullis was born April 17, 1955 in Galveston, Texas to Cresley Paul and Irene Tullis and was a lifetime resident of Houston County. Mr. Tullis was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Tullis was a heavy equipment operator employed by Circle G Excavating and had completed a training course with the Associated Builders and Contractors Incorporated. Mr. Tullis will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him.
Survivors include his girlfriend Becky O’Pry, of Latexo; daughters Krystle Tullis, of Porter, Carly Tullis, Stephanie Leediker and husband, Kenny, all of Crockett, Erica Nunze, of Latexo; sons Wayne Tullis, Tommy Tullis and Erin Foreman, Reno Tullis and Aliesa McCloud, all of Huffman; Briar Thompson, of Latexo; three granddaughters; three grandsons; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his parents Cresley Paul and Irene Tullis.
Funeral Services for Mr. Carl Albert Tullis were held Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

G. RAY BITNER
Mr. G. Ray Bitner, age 79 of Houston, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2008 at his home in Houston after a long courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Bitner was born July 3, 1928 in Houston County to Willie C. and Ola Mae Dauphin Bitner.
Mr. Bitner served in the U.S. Navy performing shore patrol; in post-war Japan. Mr. Bitner owned and operated Hollywood steel Inc., spent many enjoyable hours tending to his ranch in Houston County, and loved relaxing at his house on Lake Livingston.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Ernest Kelley Bitner; daughter Shelley Bitner Towns and husband Gale; son Kelley Bitner and wife Carol; grandchildren Jeremy Bitner, Robert Lewis and wife Alexandra, Jill Bitner Copenhaver and husband Paul and Brent Towns; one brother Orlan Bitner; sisters Dorothy Brasher, Jean Brasher and Mary Wiggins and husband Earl; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside Services for Mr. G. Ray Bitner were held Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at Evergreen cemetery in Lovelady.
A Memorial Service was held Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at St. Stephens United Methodist Church at 2003 W. 43rd Street in Houston.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for St. Stephens UMC.
Pat H Foley Funeral Home 

GUY FRANKLIN SHROYER JR.
Mr. Guy Franklin Shroyer, Jr., a Beloved Husband, Father, and Grandfather, age 86 of Crockett, formerly of Houston, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2008 in the Legend Oaks Nursing Home in Houston. Mr. Shroyer was born October 19, 1921 in Houston County, Texas and had been living in Houston and Crockett since 1979.Mr. Shroyer was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served during World War II in North Africa and Burma and he met his wife of 62 years in Fort Smith Arkansas while stationed at Fort Chaffee. Mr. Shroyer received his BS in Foreign Relations from Georgetown University in Washington DC and received his MBA from Tulsa University. Mr. Shroyer began working for Warren Petroleum as an auditor in Tulsa which later became part of Gulf Oil Corporation where he worked for 39 years and retired as Vice President, Controller for Gulf Oil. Mr. Shroyer retired to raising cattle and gardening at his homeplace in Crockett. Mr. Shroyer was Baptized in the First Presbyterian Church in Crockett. Mr. Shroyer loved God and his family. 
Survivors include his sons Guy Shroyer III and wife Cecilia, of Washington D. C., Paul Shroyer and wife Lisa, of Cypress; grandchildren Tucker and Shelby Shroyer of Cypress; sister Inez Netherland; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his wife Eddell Nelson Shroyer; parents Guy and Martha Shroyer; brothers Dale, Nathan, Jacob Wood, John and Cline Shroyer; and sisters Ruth Shroyer, Florence Shroyer and Mary Alice Adair.
Funeral Services for Mr. Guy Franklin Shroyer, Jrwere held Friday, February 22, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church in Crockett, Texas with the Rev. Jim Tom Ainsworth and the Rev. Tom Spath officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 715 E. Goliad Ave., Crockett, TX. 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MARGARET JANE WILLIS GOOLSBY
Mrs. Margaret Jane Willis Goolsby, age 88 of Crockett, passed away Monday, February 18, 2008 in the Whitehall Nursing Center in Crockett.  Mrs. Goolsby was born July 8, 1919 in Crockett, Texas and was a lifetime resident of Crockett. Mrs. Goolsby was a 1936 graduate of Crockett High School. Mrs. Goolsby attended Mary Hardin Baylor and Baylor University. Mrs. Goolsby married Dr. Carl B. “Jack” Goolsby her childhood sweetheart in 1942. Mrs. Goolsby was a member of the United Methodist Women and the Redbud Garden Club.
Mrs. Goolsby was a housewife and also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Crockett.
Survivors include her daughter Susan Goolsby Courter, of Katy; son John Carl Goolsby II, of Houston; grandchildren Lacey Marie Courter, of College Station, John Patrick Courter, Katherine Rose Goolsby, both of Houston; special friend and companion Lauda Taylor, of Crockett; special cousins Dian Bennett Jones, of Bryan; J. Walter Bennett, of Conroe, Ruth Steed, of Crockett.
Preceded in death by her husband Dr. Carl B. “Jack” Goolsby on August 4, 1989; step-father William F. Churchhill; mother Evelyn Bennett Churchhill; father Richard Kelly Willis; and cousin, Vira Jo Bennett Atkinson.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Margaret Jane Willis Goolsby were held Friday, February 22, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Johnny Bear and Dr. Jerry House officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 984, Crockett, TX. 75835 or John H. Wooter’s Crockett Public Library, 708 E. Goliad Ave., Crockett, TX. 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MILDRED HOOKS SHMOLDAS
Mrs. Mildred Hooks Shmoldas, age 96 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, February 21, 2008 in the Community Care Center in Crockett. Mrs. Shmoldas was born December 18, 1911 in Henderson County, Texas and had lived in Crockett most of her life.  Mrs. Shmoldas was a retired medical and surgical nurse and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Crockett.
Survivors include numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Mildred Hooks Shmoldas were held Sunday, February 24, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Johnny Bear officiating.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MOSELLE WILLS BELL
Mrs. Moselle Wills Bell, age 93, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2008 in Trinity. Mrs. Bell was born February 14, 1914 in Lovelady, Texas, to Willard W. Wills and Minnie Kelley Wills. Mrs. Bell graduated from Lovelady High School and from Sam Houston State Teachers College, as it was known then. Mrs. Bell taught in elementary schools in Trinity County for 43 years. Mrs. Bell was a faithful member of Dorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church. Mrs. Bell was a long-time member and past-president of Gamma Chi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society.
Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law Hayne and Bobbie Wills, of Dickinson; nephews Robert Wills, James Ratterree and Hoyet Williams; nieces Joyce Teague, Verna Hubbard, Jean Pritsel and Velma Bell Reece.
Preceded in death by her parents Willard W. Wills and Minnie Kelley Wills; husband Lloyd Bell; five siblings Bluebell Ratterree, Thelma Franks, Hazel Chambers, Wade Wills and Grayce Williams.
Memorials donations may be sent to Boys and Girls Club of Trinity, P.O. Box 665, Trinity, TX. 75862 or to Lorcas Wills Memorial Baptist Church, P.O. Box 112, Trinity, TX. 75862.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Moselle Wills Bell were held Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Dorcas Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Leroy Brown and the Rev. Jason Burden officiating. Interment followed in cedar Grove Cemetery.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

SARAH LOIS ROBERSON
Ms. Sarah Lois Roberson, age 77 of Grapeland, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2008 in Crockett Hospital. Ms. Roberson was born April 27, 1930 in Marks, Mississippi to Les and Wilma Tidwell. Ms. Robinson was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Survivors include her daughter Sharon Robinson and husband Sammy, of Huntsville; sons Rodney Roberson and wife Sandy, of Grapeland and John A. Roberson, Jr. and wife Gayla, of Spring; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her parents Les and Wilma Tidwell; sister Ann Franklin; and brother Leslie Tidwell.
Funeral Services for Ms. Sarah Lois Roberson were held Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. in the Grace Bible Church with the Rev. Mike Tindall officiating. Interment followed in Guiceland Cemetery.
Bailey & Foster Funeral Home

NORMAN C. SHROPSHIRE
Mr. Norman C. Shropshire, age 86 of Lovelady, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2008 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Shropshire was born May 4, 1921 in Lovelady, Texas and was a lifetime resident of Lovelady. Mr. Shropshire was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served in France and Germany during World War II. Mr. Shropshire was a Master Mason of the Lovelady Masonic Lodge #539 for 47 years serving as Past Master in 1964 and treasurer from 1965 until 1986.  Mr. Shropshire was retired having worked as a contractor in the Pulpwood and Logging Business. 
Mr. Shropshire was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lovelady and had also served as deacon.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Ruth Shropshire, of Lovelady; daughter and son-in-law Norma and Billy Money, of Lovelady; grandson William Money, of Lovelady; granddaughter Necia Whidby and husband Stephen, of Little Elm; great-grandchildren Karson Money, Garrett Guys, both of Lovelady, Jason Whidby, of Little Elm; sister Oza Brown, of Killeen; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents V. O. and Frankie Shropshire; brother Marion Shropshire; sister Mary Lee Wier; and brother-in-law E. J. Parrott, Jr.
Funeral Services for Mr. Norman C. Shropshire were held Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. in the First Baptist Church in Lovelady with the Rev. Scott Matthews officiating. Interment followed 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 or Lovelady Fire Department.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

W.H. “MACK” MCGUYER
Mr. W. H. “Mack” McGuyer, age 89 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2008 at his residence. Mr. McGuyer was born March 27, 1918 in Fairfield and had resided in Crockett since 1987 formerly living in Centerville. Mr. McGuyer was veteran of World War II serving in the U. S. Army. Mr. McGuyer was retired from the City of Houston as Road and Bridge Supervisor.  He was a member of the American Legion and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife Rose McGuyer, of Crockett; daughter Rose Marie West and husband Bill, of Conroe; sons Vernon Ray McGuyer and wife Michelle, of Corsicana, Tony Liotta and wife Margaret, of Grapeland, Billy Fred McGuyer, of Corsicana; sister Sue McAdams, of Centerville; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.
Preceded in death by his parents C.F. and Jewell McGuyer; brother J.C. McGuyer and wife Jane; sister Louise Rains and husband Ferrell; son Reed Vincent Liotta; grandson Reed Vincent Liotta, Jr.; and brother-in-law Roger McAdams
Funeral Services for Mr. W. H. “Mack” McGuyer were held Monday, February 18, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Hutto officiating. Interment followed in the North Creek Cemetery in Leon County. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to A Pineywoods Hospice.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

 


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