|Houston County Courier - Obituaries
January 25, 2010 - February 28, 2010
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Mr. Obie Kilpatrick, age 77 of Crockett, passed away Friday, February 19, 2010 in the Hospice Home Place in Tyler. Mr. Kilpatrick was born October 6, 1932 in Houston County, Texas and had lived in Crockett most of his lifetime. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Korean Era. Mr. Kilpatrick was a member of the Austonio Baptist Church, North American Fishing Club and D. A. V. He was retired having worked as a Supervisor for a Paint Manufacturing Company. Survivors include his children Eva Ludwig, Obie N. Kilpatrick, both of Crockett, Lisa Fair and husband Joe, of Corinth, Harold Lynn Kilpatrick, of Houston and Rhonda Smith and husband Tommy, of Percilla; grandchildren Jason Williams and Mary Keith Luce and Callie John Kilpatrick and Amber Amanda Luce Laura Sarubbi and Michael Phylicia Kilpatrick; great-grandchildren Makayla, Abigail, Mackenzie, Anna-Marie and Anabella; sister Melba Newman, of Grapeland; step-sister Mary Lois Patrick, of Porter Springs; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his wife Wanda Kilpatrick; father Nathan Kilpatrick; mother and step-father Dovie and Jessie Cheairs; grandson Brian Ludwig; and brother Cotton Kilpatrick. Funeral Services for Mr. Obie Kilpatrick were held Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. David Harkins officiating. Interment followed in the Brushy Creek Cemetery in Elm Town. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin, Tx. 75904. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
JOHNNIE LEE (WOOLEY) FISHER
Mrs. Johnnie Lee (Wooley) Fisher, age 89 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, February 20, 2010 in the Houston County Nursing Home. Mrs. Fisher was born January 10, 1921, in Grapeland, Texas, and had been living in Crockett for the past year, previously living in Aztec, New Mexico. She was retired having worked as a cosmetologist and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include her daughters Glynda Sue Rowton and husband Dan L., of Manning, S C., and Sharron Anne Naab, of Aztec, NM.; son Harry Lee Fisher, of San Antonio; grandchildren Robert M. Rowton and wife Jill, Sarah Lynn Rowton all of Marlton, NJ., Heather Anne Erlandson and husband Gary, of Aztec, NM., Kevin Keith Crown and wife Rose, of Albuquerque, NM., Leann Fisher, of Austin and Rebecca Sue Fisher, of York, Neb.; seven great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband Harry M. Fisher, Jr. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
FRED M. TELSCHOW SR.
Mr. Fred M. Telschow, Sr., age 82 of Lovelady, passed away Thursday, February 18, 2010 in the St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston. Mr. Telschow was born February 11, 1928 in Houston, Texas and had been living in Lovelady for the past 20 years. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army Air Corps. having served during World War II. Mr. Telschow was a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Salt Grass Trail Association, American Quarter Horse Association, S. P. J. S. T. and A. P. O. A. He was retired as the Chief of Police for the City of Tomball and was also a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Crockett. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Peggy Ann Turner Telschow, of Lovelady; son Fred M. Telschow, Jr. and wife Corey Leigh, of Midland; grandchildren Alexandra Marie Telschow, William Frederick Telschow, and Nikolaus Glenn Telschow, all of Midland; foster-son Volodimir Kravchuk, of Lovelady; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his brother Albert Henry Telschow, Jr.; sister Lillian Telschow Eldred; brother Burnett William Telschow; and parents Albert Henry and Marie Anna Telschow. Funeral Services for Mr. Fred M. Telschow, Sr. were held Monday, February 22, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Grace Lutheran Church with the Rev. Thomas St. Jean officiating. Graveside Funeral Services followed at 2:30 p.m. in the Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church, 925 W. Loop 304, Crockett, Tx. 75835 or Charity of Choice Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
Mr. Gordon Brubaker, age 86 of Crockett, passed away Friday, February 19, 2010 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Brubaker was born October 2, 1923 in Houston, Texas and was a resident of Crockett for the past 50 years. He was a retired dairyman and rancher and had also worked for Bennett Equipment Company. Mr. Brubaker was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Crockett. Survivors include his wife of 61 years and 10 months: Elizabeth Brubaker, of Crockett; son John Brubaker and wife Vicky, of Jacksonville; daughter Linda Klingbeil and husband Ricky, of Portland, Ore.; granddaughter Kelsi Elizabeth Brubaker, of Jacksonville; step-grandsons Damon Whitener and wife Kristi, of Maumelle, Ark. and Andy Whitener, of Austin; great-grandchildren Caleb Whitener, Baylen Whitener and Hanah Whitener, of Maumelle, Ark.; brother Clyde Brubaker and wife Maudine, of Patterson; step-sister Edith Strom, of Ocean Springs, Miss.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his parents John and Mary Brubaker; brother Kenneth Brubaker; and sister Molly Anna Brubaker. Funeral Services for Mr. Gordon Brubaker were held Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Tom Spath and the Rev. Jim Tom Ainsworth officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 715 E. Goliad, Crockett Texas 75835. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
RALPH HAYES “SMITTY” SMITH
Mr. Ralph Hayes “Smitty” Smith, age 81 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, February 21, 2010 in the Houston County Nursing Home in Crockett. Mr. Smith was born May 29, 1928 in Mt. Caramel, Illinois and had lived in Crockett most of his lifetime. He was a member of the Lothrop Masonic Lodge A. F. & A. M. Mr. Smith was retired having worked for Stowe Lumber Company in Crockett for many years. Survivors include his wife Hazel Smith, of Crockett; children Bob Smith and wife Gina, Sandra Smith Boyd and husband William, and Chris Smith and wife Tena, all of Crockett; grandchildren Aryn Smith, Amber Martin and husband Justin, all of Crockett, Somer Franklin and husband Tyler, of Willis, Kristy Hartley and husband Brian, Elizabeth Luce, all of Crockett, Christopher Smith, of College Station and Tiffany Smith, of Crockett; six great-grandchildren; sister Judith Steffin, of Bellville, Ill.; sister-in-law Mary Lee Smith, of Henderson, Ky; numerous other relatives. Preceded in death by his brother Edward Smith; infant brother Walter Smith; and great-granddaughter Kadance Hartley. Memorial Services for Mr. Ralph Hayes “Smitty” Smith were held Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Johnny Bear officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Michelle Lynn Holsey Foundation, P. O. Box 652, Crockett, Texas 75835. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
RUTH “BERNICE” MAPLES
Mrs. Ruth “Bernice” Maples went to be with our Lord Sunday morning February 14, 2010. Mrs. Maples was born in Weldon, Texas on November 18, 1929 to Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Ivins. One of nine children. On June 3, 1948 she married Carl D. Maples and out of the happy and wonderful union they had five children (Steve, Shirley, Danny, Randy and Linda), ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Mrs. Maples gave her life to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in 1943 and was baptized in the Goodrum’s family farm pond where Carl was baptized eight years later. She attended church most of her life and was a member of First Baptist of Crockett. She enjoyed playing the piano for the local nursing home and serving her church, family and friends. Survivors include her children Steve Maples and wife Timi, of Livingston, Shirley Burriss, of Woodlake, Danny Maples and wife Cindy, of Pasadena, Randy Maples, of Pearland and Linda Murff and husband Stan, of Crockett; grandchildren Robert Miles and wife Erica, of Katy, Jesse Burriss, of Crosby, Nicole Maples, of Houston, Sarah Maples, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Missy Maples, of South Houston, Lauren Shea Maples, Nathan Maples, both of Pearland, Heath Murff and wife Jessica, and Meagan Murff, all of Crockett; great-grandchildren Alyssa, Audrey and April Miles, Eddie and Joseph Maples and Kyle Stanley Murff; sisters and brothers-in-law Mary Romine, of Crockett, Faye Stanfield and husband Delma, of Grand Prairie and Nell Jones and husband, Roy of Latexo; brother and sisters-in-law Jim “Trutt” Ivins and wife, Frances, of Houston and Nina Ivins, of Crockett; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband Carl D. Maples; grandson Albert Steven Maples; parents C. J. and Ruby Ivins; brothers J. D. and C. J. Ivins; sisters Joyce Ann Ivins and June Bennett – Burton; sister-in-law Betty Jo Ivins; brothers-in-law James Bennett, Bill Burton and Lonnie Romine, Sr. Funeral Services for Mrs. Ruth “Bernice” Maples were held Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in the First Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Keeney Dickenson officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the J. H. Wootters Crockett Public Library 709 E. Houston, Crockett, Texas 75835 or Weldon Cemetery Association, 5928 C.R. 3555, Lovelady, Texas 75851. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
ALICE ESTELLE KING
Mrs. Alice Estelle King, age 98 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, February 11, 2010 at Winfield Nursing Home in Crockett. Mrs. King was born April 21, 1911 in Malvern, Arkansas to William R. and Hester Louisa Cunningham Sessor. She worked as a motel clerk. Survivors include her daughter Patricia Kelley, of San Antonio; son Johnnie Lane, of Crockett; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents William R. and Hester Louisa Cunningham Sessor; first husband Thonnie Cordell Lane, second husband Walter T. King; daughter Diane Lane; and son Thonnie Ray Lane. Graveside Services for Mrs. Alice Estelle King were held Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in Garden of Memories Cemetery with Johnnie Ray Lane officiating. To view online, leave condolences or sign the guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com Bailey & Foster Funeral Home
JOHN WESLEY MOORE
Mr. John Wesley Moore age 50 of Livingston, passed away Friday, February 12, 2010. Mr. Moore was born on January 7, 1960 in Salisbury, North Carolina to parents Elmer Joe Moore and Elizabeth Jordan Moore Newman. He worked for many years for the Lake Livingston Water Supply. He loved to read, he would read anything he could get his hands on, he also loved to fish at Lake Livingston. Mr. Moore proudly served our country in the United States Navy. Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Tammy Moore, of Livingston; parents William and Elizabeth Newman, of Lovelady; sister Pamela Christine Corely and husband Rex, of Huntsville; two nieces Candi Shafer and husband Brandon, of Huntsville and Cindy Azadi and husband Cameron, and their daughter Isabelle Elizabeth, of Dallas. Memorial Services for Mr. John Wesley Moore were held Tuesday February 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel. Please sign the online guest book at www.cochranfh.com Cochran Funeral Home
MOZELLE PAULINE MILLS
Mrs. Mozelle Pauline Mills, age 92 of Weches, passed away Monday, February 15, 2010 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Mills was born August 28, 1917 in Nacogdoches County, Texas and had lived in Weches most of her lifetime. She was a housewife and a member of the Weches Baptist Church. Mrs. Mills enjoyed cooking and was always happy when she could cook a good meal for family and friends. She was the last of the “Pioneer Women” she could skin a buck, run a trot line and pop a chalk line. Survivors include her children Carlon Fagan, of Calif., Duane Mills and wife Alice, of Weches; grandchildren Lesa Steele and husband Mark, of NJ., Cecil D. (Bubba) Mills, Josh Mills and wife Kay Kay, all of Weches and David Mills and wife Katherine, of Grapeland; great-grandchildren Alan Mills and wife Karen, of San Augustine, Alisha Sharp and husband Nick, of Lufkin, Matthew Steele, Michael Steele, both of NJ., Danielle Lewis, Isaac Lewis, Zachery Lewis, all of Weches, Dusty and Kimberly McMillon and Michael Pruitt, all of Lufkin; great-great-grand children Shane Alan Mills, Tory Mills, Serena Mills, all of San Augustine, Sevrin Sharp, and Nicholas Duane Sharp, both of Lufkin; brothers William Brandon, of Nacogdoches and Charles Brandon, of NC.; and her baby, Cricket; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Cecil Mills; grandson Shane Mills; granddaughters-in-law Rashelle Mills and Donna Mills; great-great-grandson, Chazdon Sharp. Funeral Services for Mrs. Mozelle Pauline Mills were held Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Grapeland with the Rev. Duane Mills and Mr. Josh Mills officiating. Interment followed in the Mills Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, 10733 F.M. 2022 North, Grapeland, Texas 75844. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
JENNIE ROSEN DAVIDSON
Mrs. Jennie Rosen Davidson, age 90 of Garrison, passed away Friday, February 12, 2010 in the Garrison Nursing Home. Mrs. Davidson was born February 3, 1920 in Cheshire, England and had been living in Garrison. She was a retired jeweler and of the Baptist faith. Survivors include her close special friends The Chandler’s, of Garrison, The Baker’s and The Jones’s, all of Garrison Preceded in death by her husband Billie Davidson. Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Jennie Rosen Davidson will be held Monday, February 15, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Davidson-Cutler Cemetery in Grapeland with the Rev. Jamie Allee officiating. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
MILTON “RAY” CARLTON
Mr. Milton “Ray” Carlton, age 73 a native of Crockett and a lifelong resident of Franklin, Louisiana, passed away Friday, January 29, 2010 in Iberia Medical Center.
Survivors include his wife Margaret LeBlanc Carlton; one son Kevin R. Carlton, of Houma, La; two daughters Leslie C. Loucks and husband Tom, of Flippin, Ark. and Rebecca C. Causer, of Mountain Home, Ark.; two sisters Cindy Engle and husband Allen, of Crockett and Dorothy Nell Carlton, of Commerce; six grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his parents Snide Carlton and Reba Gates Carlton; four brothers Leland, Clayton, Ivy Lee and Benny Wayne Carlton; and one granddaughter Lori Comeaux.
Funeral Services for Mr. Milton “Ray” Carlton were held Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 12:00 noon at Ibert's Mortuary in Louisiana with Father Beniot officiating.
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RALPH LEONARD MATHER
Mr. Ralph Leonard Mather, age 93 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, January 31, 2010 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Mather was born December 12, 1916 in Clarksville, Iowa. Mr. Mather was a graduate of Colorado State University receiving a Bachelors Degree in 1940 in Forestry. On November 1, 1940, he married Eugenia Pletka and they moved to Crockett in 1941. In 1945, he served one tour of duty in the United States Army. He worked with the U. S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Department from 1941-1951 and then owned and operated Crockett Seed and Supply Store from 1951 to 1961.
Mr. Mather was a Farm Bureau Agent from 1961 until 1981 and retired as agency manager, continuing to serve on the Houston County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. He took pride in Farm Bureau’s membership growth from 203 to 2,800 members at his retirement. Mr. Mather served on the Selective Service Board, Houston County Tax Appraisal Board and was past president of the American Legion. He joined the Crockett Lions Club on March 1, 1963 being a very active member having been very instrumental in the success of the annual Crockett Lions Club Rodeo. He was an active supporter of the Texas Lions Club Crippled Children Camp as well as other Lions Club functions including the annual Lions Club Mop and Broom Sales. He was heavily involved in the Houston County Livestock Show.
Mr. Mather was a member of the First United Methodist Church serving as teacher of the Builder’s Sunday School Class. He also served on the Board of Stewards and a member of the Methodist Men’s Club. Mr. Mather was a cattleman and enjoyed world traveling with his wife, Jean.
Survivors include his wife Eugenia Mather, of Crockett; daughter Linda Walker and husband James D., of Orleans, La.; son Mike Mather and wife Jeanne, of Chickasha, Okla.; grandchildren Heidi Rice, Elizabeth Walker, Robert Dayton Mather and Jacquelyn Hutzell; great-grandchildren Sydney Walker, Lara Rice, John David Rice, Lana Rice and Dayton Mather; nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral Services for Mr. Ralph Leonard Mather were held Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Jerry House and Dr. Jerry Neff officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Texas Lions Camp, P. O. Box 290247, Kerrville, Texas 78029 or First United Methodist Church, Crockett, Texas 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
Mr. Sherman Allen, age 90 of Lovelady, passed away Sunday, January 31, 2010 in Lovelady. Mr. Allen was born July 21, 1919 in Chita, Texas and was a resident of Lovelady for the past 26 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during World War II. Mr. Allen was retired having worked for Oscar Mayer as a large account salesman and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lovelady serving as deacon for many years.
Survivors include his daughters Sharon Eggleston and husband Lynn, of Fairfield and Carol Carson, of Lovelady; grandchildren Lyle Eggleston, of Los Angeles, Calif., Lori Eggleston, of Austin, T. K. Dunbar and husband Steve, of Highlands and Troy Carson and wife Susan, of Houston; great-grandchildren Ethan Tucker, Davis Carson, Andrew Carson and Steven Dunbar; sister Juanita Johnson and husband Kenith, of Diboll; special friend Pauline Greer, of Riverside; care giver Jann Hensley, of Lovelady; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his wife June Allen in 2000; parents Elbert and Drucella Allen; brothers Truett Allen and Roy Allen; and sister Evelyn Monzingo.
Funeral Services for Mr. Sherman Allen were held Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 11:00 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 Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 130, Lovelady, Texas.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
EDWARD LEE PERRY
Mr. Edward Lee Perry, age 88 of Lovelady, passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at his residence. Mr. Perry was born November 3, 1921 in Lovelady, Texas and had lived in Lovelady all of his lifetime. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy having served during World War II and was self employed.
Survivors include his brothers Clifton Perry, of Lovelady and Charles Perry and wife Doris, of Temple; nephew Pat Gayle Perry and wife Helen, of Lovelady; niece Linda Forshage and husband Larry, of San Angelo; great-nephews Chuck Perry and wife Gari Shae, of Round Rock, Lee Perry, of Lovelady and Landon Forshage, of College Station; great-nieces Leslie Perry Patrick and husband Ray, of Lovelady and Laurie Forshage, of Galveston; great-great-nephews Blake and Colton Patrick, of Lovelady; great-great-nieces Avery and Reese Perry, of Round Rock and Ana Perry of Louisa, Va.
Preceded in death by his brother Eugene Franklin Perry.
Funeral Services for Mr. Edward Lee Perry were held Friday, February 5, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Mitchell Kleckley officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Hermann Foundation, Attn: M H Woodlands Palliative Care, 9401 Southwest Freeway, Suite 401, Houston, Texas 77074 and Lighthouse Hospice, 200 River Pointe Dr, #300, Conroe, Texas 77304.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
GENEVA ANN MOORE
Mrs. Geneva Ann Moore, age 61 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2010 in the Whitehall Nursing Center. Mrs. Moore was born February 12, 1948 in Crockett, Texas and had lived most of her lifetime in Houston County. She was a member of the Good Shepherd Fellowship Church.
Survivors include her mother Robbie Rodgers, of Weches; daughters Charla Kelley and husband Jonathon, of Manassas, Va., Tresha Johnson and husband Michael, of Cleveland, Missy Moore of Orlando, Fla. and Susan Stewart and husband Bruce, of Chesapeake, Va.; son Samuel Moore and wife Cheyenne, of Crockett; grandchildren Jonathon Kelley, David Kelley, Brent Johnson, McKenzie Johnson, Hunter Johnson, Savannah Lively, Kason Stewart and Malley Moore; brother Severn Rodgers and wife Neta Jane, of Burran Town; sister Essie Kellum and husband Kennon, of Weches; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her father R. J. Rodgers; and husband Terry Moore.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Geneva Ann Moore were held Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Good Shepherd Fellowship Church with the Rev. Ottis Byers, the Rev. Dennis Ivey, the Rev. Nelson Neyland and the Rev. Wayne Neyland officiating. Interment followed in the Weches Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Family of Mrs. Geneva Moore, 104 El Camino Drive, Crockett, Texas 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
LILLIAN ADELL PARRISH GIBSON-KELSEY
Mrs. Lillian Adell Parrish Gibson-Kelsey age 90 of Kennard, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2010 in the Memorial Hospital in Lufkin. On Tuesday, July 8, 1919, twins Lillian Adell and Lilly Belle were born to Lizzie Emma Poole Parrish and James Newton Parrish. Lillian got her middle name from her father's birthplace in Adell, Georgia, her height from her mother, and her sparkling wit, brilliant mind, invariable kindness, and love of reading and gardening from both of them.
She was a lively conversationalist who could entertain and amuse the youngest child, the sickest patient, or the most troubled individual. Her hobbies were reading, gardening and canning, playing with her dogs and fishing, attending the Ratcliff Sr. Citizen's Center, caring for her parents' old home place, and participating in many missions projects. For years, she went weekly with a group of friends and relatives to sing at the various nursing homes in Houston County. She loved to be outside, and considered a day to be wasted if she couldn't comfort, feed, or transport someone, chop down at least one tree, work in the yard, or use her tractor to fix the roads by her house.
Mrs. Gibson-Kelsey was a remarkable woman who more than filled the roles of daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend. She was especially gifted in working with elderly or sick people and with little children in Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church of Kennard. She was born a month after the passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution that granted women the right to vote, and in the true spirit of patriotism, she immediately began expressing intelligent and strongly held opinions. When the twins got old enough to go to high school, they stayed in town during the week, and the honors of Kennard High School valedictorian and salutatorian went to Lillian and Belle, respectively. Later honors included multiple prizes and terms as President of the Garden Club of Freeway Manor, Houston, and the Masonic Community Builder's Award in 2000.
Although she grew up alongside her second husband, Joe Kelsey, and considered him to be her sweetheart, when he asked her to marry him, she had to decline. She felt that it was critical for her to go to Houston and get a good job in order to help her parents during the war. (As things happen, she and Joe didn't reconnect until 60 years later, when both were widowed. When they did meet again, they got married- right around the time of her 85th birthday in 2004.) Intent on supporting her parents, she did go to Houston as soon as she graduated from high school. There she got a job as a nanny for the disabled son of a wealthy family. She went with them to Coronado, CA, where she stayed until she felt a desperate homesickness for Deep East Texas and her own family.
Once home, she recommitted to her goal of being more active in the war effort, so she went to Fort Polk, LA. There, she found the job of her dreams, running an airplane parts facility. In 1943, she met her future husband of 42 years, Robert H. (Bob) Gibson. Bob liked to joke that she had been his boss at work and at home, and she did a great job at both. They were married until his death in 1985, but she continued to be a loving and attentive daughter-in-law until her mother-in-law died at the age of 105.
After the war, they and their two boys, Jesse and Johnnie, moved to Houston where she eventually took a long-term job in management at Sears. During her tenure in Houston, she invited two of her nieces to come live with them while they got their own starts in life. When she retired, she moved back to Stubblefield permanently, and began working the farm. She loved enthusiastically tending to sick friends and relatives, taking care of her dogs, and hospitably entertaining anyone who dropped by. She was an integral part of the community and of the church and of her extended family. She will be forever missed.
Survivors include her husband Joe Kelsey, of Kennard; son and daughter-in-law Jesse and Marsha Gibson, of Crosby; step-daughter Linda Clifton, of Linden; grandchildren Jesse Gibson, Jr., and his son Seth, of Weatherford, Krista Gibson and husband Jim Coppedge, and their daughters Victoria Gibson, Sarah Coppedge, and Lillian Coppedge, Mark and Markus Werner, all of Houston, Jana and Eric Visser and their children Jessica, Gus, and Ros, of Austin, Nicole Gibson and her children Andrew, Amber and Max, of Dallas and Kristi Grogan; three nieces, seven nephews and hundreds of friends and relatives who loved her dearly, and, of course, her dogs, Blue and Sam.
Preceded in death by her husband Robert H. Gibson; son Johnnie Gibson; parents Lizzie Emma Poole Parrish and James Newton Parrish; sisters Lilly Belle Parrish Wright (twin) and Betty Parrish English; brothers James Maurice Parrish and RG Parrish; mother-in-law Natile Simon Gibson; and niece Gwen Parrish Davis.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Lillian Adell Parrish Gibson-Kelsey were held Thursday, February 11, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel in Crockett with the Reverend Gerald Hollis will officiate, along with tributes offered by her niece Jacqueline Parrish Stewart and her sister-in-law, Jewel Kelsey. Burial followed in the beautiful historic Antioch Cemetery in Ratcliff where most of her loved ones are buried.
Pallbearers were grandsons Jesse Gibson, Jr. and Jim Coppedge and nephews Gary Parrish, Jerry Parrish, Michael ("Mike") Parrish, and Jason Parrish.
Honorary Pallbearers were nephews Carroll Stewart, James Wright, Bo Parrish, Don Parrish, and Jimmy Frank Harrison and friends Phillip Taylor and Los Aiken.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
DIXIE MARIE TUCKER
Mrs. Dixie Marie Tucker, age 82 of Crockett, passed away Monday, February 8, 2010 in Crockett. Mrs. Tucker was born February 7, 1928 in Zavalla to Willard and Revar Bealer Barkley. She was a retired secretary for Byron Jackson, and a member of Grapeland Missionary Church.
Survivors include her husband Jim Tucker, of Crockett; sons Charles Tucker, of Crockett and Michael Tucker and wife Judy Lee, of Pearland; sisters Mary Hodges, of Md. and Jan Davis, of Lufkin; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her parents Willard and Revar Bealer Barkley; son James Tucker Jr.; three sisters Barbara Skillern, Velma Ivy and Bonnie Havard; four brothers Doyle, Fred, Billy and Charles Barkley.
Graveside Services for Mrs. Dixie Marie Tucker will be held Friday, February 12, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in Huntington Cemetery, in Huntington, Tx., with Bro. Brad Forest officiating.
To view online, leave condolences or sign guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com
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JANA LEE MUSICK FREESE
Mrs. Jana Lee Musick Freese, age 42 of Elysian Fields, passed away Monday, February 08, 2010 as a result of a car accident. Mrs. Freese was born on February 24, 1967 in Dallas, Texas to Sammy Jo Musick and Dixie Jarvis Musick. On July 06, 1990, in Jacksonville, N.C., she married Roger Freese. She was a member of the New Hebron Baptist Church and worked as the church secretary. Mrs. Freese was a member of the Elysian Fields Band Booster and was a secretary of the Community 4 Fire Department. Jana was a great supporter of her church, community and school.
Survivors include her husband Roger P. Freese, of Elysian Fields; two sons Trevor Freese and Travis Freese, both of Elysian Fields; parents Sammy Jo and Dixie Musick, of Elysian Fields; and one brother Chuck Musick, of Elysian Fields.
Preceded in death by her sister Susan Musick McQueen on May 15, 2005.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Jana Lee Musick Freese were held Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at New Hebron Baptist Church in Elysian Fields with the Rev. Joe Sherwin and the Rev. Elton Musick officiating. Interment followed in Elysian Fields Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Juan Martinez, Joseph Musick, Ryan James, Luke Cook, Bobby Stephenson and Kevin Maroney.
A Memorial Fund has been set up at Capitol One Bank in memory of Jana Freese. jan
Downs Funeral Home