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East Texas News - Obituaries
Houston County Courier - January 25, 2009 - February 1, 2009

Mr. Bobby Neal Spruill, age 55 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, January 25, 2009, in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mr. Spruill was born Sep-tember 12, 1953 in Crockett, Texas and had been living in Crockett for the past year. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Mr. Spruill had been working as an Agent for a Land and Right of Way Acquisition Com-pany. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Crockett. Survivors include his son Mi-chael Spruill, of Pearland; brother Richard Spruill, of Crockett; daughter-in-law Anna Spruill, of Canton; grandchildren Nathan Spruill, of Pearland, Conner Spruill, Logan Wilson and Tara Wilson, all of Canton; aunt Marie Kirk and husband Morris, of Crockett; numerous other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his son David Spruill; parents William and Lucille Spruill; grandparents Lee and Lois Beavers and An-nie and Lem Spruill. Funeral Services for Mr. Bobby Neal Spruill were held Thursday, January 29, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Reggie Gregory officiat-ing. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Bruce Carlton Brumley, age 70 of Lovelady, passed away Friday, January 23, 2009 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Brumley was born September 24, 1938 in Houston, Texas and had lived in Lovelady for the past 4 years. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Brumley was retired having worked as a tug boat Captain and was of the Baptist Faith.
Survivors include his sons Damon Brumley, of Lovelady and Wayne Brumley, of Oklla.; granddaughters Taelor and Avery Brumley, of Lovelady; brothers George Brumley and wife Sandra, of Houston and Edward Brumley and wife B. J., of Dallas; sister Peggy Cardwell and husband Doug, of Buffalo, Wyo.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his father Doyle Brumley; mother Sammie Holland; brother Doyle Brumley, Jr.; and sisters Judy Baxter and Jo Ann Dimicelli.
Funeral Services for Mr. Bruce Carlton Brumley were held Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow in the Latexo Cemetery.
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Mr. J. T. “John” Collier, Sr., age 90 of Kennard, passed away Friday, January 23, 2009 at his residence. Mr. Collier was born December 5, 1918 in Houston County, Texas and had lived in Kennard for the past 40 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps having served during World War II. He was a member of the Coltharp Masonic Lodge #419, American Legion Post # 134 and the Crockett Elks Lodge. Mr. Collier was a farmer and rancher.
Survivors include his children Dr. Tom Collier and wife Ann Marie, of Seattle, Larry Collier and fiancée Jackie, of Garland and B’Ann Beam and husband Bob, of Lancaster; six grandchildren; sister Nita Kemp, of Crockett; special friend Trudy Fleming, of Tyler.
Preceded in death by his wife Katy Collier in 1974.
Funeral Services for Mr. J. T. “John” Collier were held Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jim Tom Ainsworth officiating. Military graveside service followed in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post #134, P. O. Box 724, Crockett, Texas 75835 or Crockett Elks Lodge, P.O. Box 1242, Crockett, Texas 75835.
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James V. “Bo” Turner, age 60 of Porter Springs, was born on August 15, 1948 in Porter Springs, Texas. He left this world and went to his Heavenly home on January 24, 2009 in Lufkin, Texas.  James lived most of his lifetime in Porter Springs and he attended the Porter Springs Baptist Church.
Survivors include his sister Mary Pugh and husband Roy, of Porter Springs; two brothers Julius Turner and wife Katherine, of Palestine and Troy Turner and wife Starlene of Centerville; nieces Helen Hill and husband Steve, of Dodge; Thressa Skidmore and husband Jay, of Bastrop, Sheila Turner, of Houston, Pam White and husband Kenneth, of Palestine, Cheryl Bearden and husband Eddie, of Palestine; and nephews John R. “Shorty” Pugh and wife Cindy, of Crockett and Dennis  Pugh and wife Susan, of Midway; numerous great nieces and great nephews also survive.
Preceded in death by his mother Irene Arnold Turner; his father John F. Turner; a sister Dorothy Helen Turner and a brother, John Jay Turner.
Funeral Services for James V. “Bo” Turner were held Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Ivey officiating. Interment followed in the Porter Springs Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in James V. “Bo” Turner’s name to the Lufkin State School, P.O. Drawer 1648, Lufkin, Texas  75902-1648.
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Maj. Robert Floyd Maiden USMC Ret., passed away Friday, January 23, 2009, three days shy of his 84th birthday. He was born 1925, in Denver, Colorado, where he graduated from North High School and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1943.
In February 1945, his infantry company climbed onto the shores of Iwo Jima. Thirty-six days later, the battle won, he was one of 24 of the original 224, who were able to walk off the island.
After the war, he graduated from Colorado State College of Education, where he was an All-Conference football and baseball player. In 1950, he returned to the Marines as an officer. He earned numerous decorations over his career involving three decades, and as many wars, and retired in 1966. After the Marines, he worked for Boys Club of America, and later, the State of Nevada.
Survivors include his wife Sue, of Carson City, Nev.; one daughter Muriel Troyner, of St. George, Ut.; two proud sons Mike and Joey Maiden, of Crockett; and three grandchildren Becky, Bobby and Kyler.
His remains will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
Any who wish to honor his life with a donation are encouraged to contribute to the Boys and Girls Club of Crockett, P.O. Box 608, Crockett, Texas 75835.

Mrs. Margaret Anne Smith, age 81 of Lufkin, passed away Monday, January 26, 2009 in a local hospital. Mrs. Smith was born March 12, 1927 in Bolivar, Tennessee to the late Margaret (Thomas) and Lewis L. McLean, and grew up working in her family’s hotel in Middleton, Tennessee.
A former resident of Spring Valley, Texas, Mrs. Smith had resided in Lufkin for 18 years. She worked for Lone Star Cement Corp. in Houston for several years, was a volunteer for the Christian Information and Service Center, Den Mother for the Cub Scouts, and taught children’s Sunday school classes in Houston. Mrs. Smith had traveled all around the world. She was a member of Lufkin’s First Baptist Church and the Joy Sunday school class.
Survivors include her husband Glenn M. Smith, of Lufkin; sons and daughter-in-law, Richard and Charla Smith, of Katy and Robert Smith, of Lufkin; granddaughter and husband Carly and Jeff Vondra, of Grapeland; great-grandchildren, Kylee and Justin Vondra, both of Grapeland; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Ann McLean, of Villa Rica, Ga.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, C.A. and Billie Smith, Joyce and Bill DuBose, and Rita Beth Johnson, all of Lufkin; and niece Sarah Stocks, of Southaven, Miss.
Preceded in death by her parents Margaret (Thomas) and Lewis L. McLean; son Charles Smith; and sister Alice Jones.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Margaret Anne Smith were held Wednesday, January 28, 2009 in the Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Kenneth King officiating. Interment followed in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Jeff Vondra, Donnie Vondra, Steve Smith, Randy DuBose, Walter Still, Dennis Murph, Ronnie Stocks and B.B. Standfield.
Honorary Pallbearers were members of the Joy Sunday school class of Lufkin’s First Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Joy Sunday school class of Lufkin’s First Baptist Church, 106 East Bremond Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75901.
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Mr. R. Leon Orr, age 95 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 3:20 p.m. at home. Mr. Orr was born January 3, 1914, in Prairie Township, Tipton County, Indiana, to Pearl and Maude (Wheatley) Orr. He married Mark K. Shockley on January 3, 1935. She preceded him in death on August 12, 2006.
After graduating from Prairie High School and Ball State University, he enjoyed teaching in several area schools for over 40 years, including New London, Sugar Creek, Jackson Township, Forest, Greentown, Kokomo and Haworth. His career began as a teacher and coach and finished in school administration.
After he and his wife retired, they volunteered at St. Joseph Hospital for 25 years. He was an active church member all his life, serving in a variety of capacities including Elder, Deacon, and Sunday school teacher. He served both West Point Christian Church near Russiaville and the South Side Christian Church in Kokomo.
Mr. Orr and his wife cherished time with their family, including their own three children, and always had an open invitation to brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. He especially enjoyed summer vacations with family in Minnesota.
Survivors include his two sons and spouses, Harold and Judy Orr, of Kokomo, Ind. and Mike and Pam Orr, of Crockett; son-in-law Phil Smith and wife Kathy, of Markle, Ind.; six grandchildren and spouses, Brent and Rachel Smith, Brian and Jennifer Smith, Melissa Orr, Matthew Orr, Dan and Kim Clark, and Bryan and Katie Culpepper; 11 great-grandchildren, Nikka Palmer and husband Nathan, Kayla Orr, Mariah Smith, Marisa Smith, Kody Orr, Bethany Smith, Addison Clark, Luke Smith, Isaac Smith, Kayci Clark, and Tabitha Smith; three great-great-grandchildren Garrett Palmer, Dylan Palmer, and Sydney Palmer; and one sister-in-law Elva Orr, of Kempton.
Preceded in death by his parents Pearl and Maude (Wheatley) Orr: wife Mark K. Shockley; daughter Wanda Kay Smith; and two brothers Vern Orr and Lavon Orr.
Funeral Services for Mr. R. Leon Orr were held Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home in Kokomo, with Pastor Brain Smith of Indianapolis officiating. Interment followed in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery, Kokomo.
Memorial contributions may be made to West Point Christian Church at 5112 N. 1250 E., Russiaville, IN 46979.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Online condolences to the family can be made at www.mem.com.
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Mr. W. E. “Ed” Dykes age, 88 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, January 28, 2009 in the Shelby Regional Medical Center in Center. Mr. Dykes was born October 18, 1920 in Houston County, Texas and had been living the past 3 years in Center, previously living in Crockett. He was a veteran of the Merchant Marines having served during World War II. Mr. Dykes was a member of the Lothrop Masonic Lodge # 21 A.F. & A. M. He was retired having worked as a Professional Engineer and was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Crockett.
Survivors include his children Tess Sutton, of Tacoma, Wash. and Leslie Ann Bradley and husband Jim, of Tenaha; grandchildren Wes Bradley and wife Victoria, of Azore Islands, Ron Bradley and Katie Bradley, both of Tenaha; great-grandson Jonathan Bradley, of Azore Islands; brother George Dale Dykes, Jr. and wife Betsey, of Austin; nephews and nieces Mike Snow and wife Clara, of Houston, Becky Kuykendall and husband Don, of San Antonio, William Dale Dykes and wife Lesa, of Grapeland, Connie Pace and husband Rusty, George Taylor and wife Candy, all of San Antonio, Terry Robinson, of Elgin, Patricia Robinson and Judy Tschoerner, both of Jarrell; numerous great nieces, great nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his wife Faye Ellen Dykes; and parents George Dale Dykes, Sr. and Rossie (Butler) Dykes.
Funeral Services for Mr. W. E. “Ed” Dykes were held Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Dr. Jerry House officiating. Masonic Graveside Services will follow in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church-Tenaha, P. O. Box 258, Tenaha, Texas 75974.
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