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DONNA BAKER
Ms. Donna Mae Baker, age 73 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, January 30, 2011. Ms. Baker was born July 16, 1937 in San Diego, California. She moved here approximately 3 years ago to be close to family due to failing health conditions. Ms. Baker was a real estate agent and broker. She enjoyed entertaining as daisy the clown, loved going to the beach, sewing, gardening, dancing, traveling, writing, and spending time with her family. Survivors include her mother Una Baker, of Sutter Creek, Calif.; sister Peggy J. Chappell, of Ione, Calif.; daughters Margarette Bodde (Darrell), of Buffalo, Connie Bonilla(Larry), all of Buffalo, Diane Rico (Michael), of San Diego; son Michael Connors, of San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren Charlotte Petersen, Kathy Taylor, Karen Doyal, Kristi Stapleton, Cassie Crowley, Kimberlie Britt, Celeste Charanza, Cary Rico, Chelsea Bonilla, Anthony Rico, Benjamin Rico and Cody Bonilla; 17 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and one niece and nephew. Preceded in death by her father Charles A. Baker; son Robert C. Connors; and nephew Jerry Chappell. A Memorial Service for Ms. Donna Mae Baker will be held Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Centerville. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Whitehall Rehab Department or First United Methodist Church in Centerville. View her Book of Memories™ at www.CallawayJones.com Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Crematory

CHARLES LEROY (CHUCK) TRAUTWEIN
Mr. Charles Leroy (Chuck) Trautwein, age 97 of Houston/Crockett went to be with his Lord on Thursday, February 3, 2011. Mr. Trautwein was born February 2, 1914 in Dubuque, Iowa and he lived in Galena, Illinois. He was valedictorian of his senior class. Senior editor of his school paper and formed a band in High School. He was already on his way to being a musician. After graduation: He worked two years for the Chicago Daily News, Played piano on WGN in Chicago, His band played Big Band Music in Chicago and had a radio repair shop in Galena. He was a well known piano and accordion musician in his early days. On April 7, 1937 he married his secretary Marjorie Maxine Curry. He came to Houston in 1940 when he was 26 years old from Galena, Illinois to join his wife, who was already in Houston with her sister that was having a baby. After performing one night, he was unable to find his car, because of the snow storm had completely covered his car. He had to ride the train home. It took three days to find his car. He packed his suitcase, got his dog and headed to Texas. He said the snow followed him all the way to Houston. In Houston, he worked at KPRC and KHYZ radio stations. He worked on radio's and then television (when they came out) he had the first color set in Houston, in the day time. And at night he would play his music five and six nights a week. He played the accordion for the first square dance band in Houston. He was a member of the Joe Young Orchestra, playing the accordion and piano. Playing at the Sons of Herman, Cloverleaf Ballroom, Rice Hotel, Donkey on Milby and many other clubs and hotels. Later forming his own band—The Merrymakers at the YMCA, Chuck's Combo at the Heights and Downtown Singles/Couples Dance Club at the First United Methodist Church downtown Houston. Mr. Trautwein played until he retired in August 2004. But, he did not retire, he simply moved to East Texas to play for others. Survivors include his daughters Shirley Land and husband Harold caregivers and Ruth Henderson; daughter-in-law Ann Trautwein; sin grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife Maxine Trautwein; and son Wayne Trautwein. Celebration of Life for Mr. Charles Leroy (Chuck) Trautwein was held Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Huntsville Funeral Home with Pastor Mitchell White officiating. Interment followed in South Park Memorial Cemetery in Pearland.

DOROTHY JANE HARRELL
Mrs. Dorothy Jane Harrell, age 81 of Tennessee Colony, passed away Friday, February 4, 2011 at her residence. Mrs. Harrell was born August 9, 1929 in Emory and had been living in Tennessee Colony. Mrs. Harrell was a retired beautician and a member of the Tennessee Colony Church. Survivors include her brothers Lynn Chastain and wife Mary, of Tennessee Colony and James Chastain and wife Billie, of Tom Beam; sister Faye Taylor, of Overton; nephew Tommy David and wife Shelia, of Round Rock; niece Sandy Cobb and husband Budd, of Fort Worth; numerous other nieces, nephews relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her husband Thomas Harrell. Funeral Services for Mrs. Dorothy Jane Harrell were held Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Pastor John Wisener officiating. Interment followed in the Conner Cemetery. Condolences for Mrs. Harrell may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BOB MATCHETT
Mr. Bob Matchett, age 63 of Crockett, formerly of Houston, passed away Saturday, February 5, 2011 at his residence. Mr. Matchett was born March 29, 1947 in Crockett, Texas and had lived in Houston most of his lifetime. Mr. Matchett was a veteran of the U. S. Army. He had worked in purchasing for a Steel Manufacturing Plant and loved racing and sports. Survivors include his mother Ruth Matchett, of Crockett; sister Carolyn Rawlins, of Houston; uncle and aunt Jim Erwin and wife Margie, of Aransas Pass; special friends Judi Fowlkes, Aleta Woolley and Billy Allbright; numerous cousins and friends in the A. A. Class; Preceded in death by his father Olen Matchett; grandparents Minnie and Henry Erwin and Plez and Lena Matchett. Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Bob Matchett were held Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Pennington Cemetery with the Rev. Paul Carlin and the Rev. Terry Gibson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association. Condolences for Mr. Matchett may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

TISH MCCLAIN
Mrs. Tish McClain, age 83 of Conroe, passed away Monday, February 7, 2011 in the Conroe Regional Medical Center. Mrs. McClain was born June 6, 1927 in Tadmor, Texas and had lived the past 6 years in Conroe, previously living in Crockett. Mrs. McClain was retired having worked as a supervisor for Shell Federal Credit Union and was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include her daughter Mary Cochran and husband Joe, of Porter; son Jesse McClain and wife Jackie, of Conroe; eight grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; brother Jesse Sides and wife Fannie Maud, of Lufkin; grandson-in-law David Gilpin, of La Porte; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her parents Jesse and Samantha Sides; granddaughter Terri Rae Gilpin; sister Mary Lou Cook; and brothers Dave Sides and Buddy Sides. Funeral Services for Mrs. Tish McClain were held Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Roy Gene Brooks officiating. Interment followed in the Ivie Cemetery. Condolences for Mrs. McClain may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

GENEVA HARRISON
Mrs. Geneva Harrison, age 81 of Kennard, passed away Monday, February 7, 2011 in the Pinecrest Retirement Center in Lufkin. Mrs. Harrison was born February 10, 1929 in Crockett, Texas and had lived in Kennard all of her lifetime. Mrs. Harrison was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma and past president of the Texas Rural Letter Carriers Auxiliary. She was a retired teacher and Elementary Principal for the Kennard Independent School District. Mrs. Harrison was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kennard where she had served as Vacation Bible School Director, Sunday School Director, Sunday School Teacher and the Youth Choir Director. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Brenda and Terry Stubblefield, of Kennard; grandchildren Tiffany Harrison Stubblefield, Shanna Harrison James and husband Michael, all of Lovelady, Mandy Stubblefield Palmer and husband Kyle, of Tyler and Trevor Chase Harrison Stubblefield, of Kennard; great-grandchildren Ty Stubblefield, Jacy Stubblefield, Madelyn James and Cody James. Preceded in death by her husband Jack Harrison in 1997; son Jimmy Frank Harrison in 2010; parents Jimmie and Betty English; father-in-law and mother-in-law Bill and Hattie Harrison. Funeral Services for Mrs. Geneva Harrison were held Friday, February 11, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Kennard with the Rev. Jim Durham officiating. Interment followed in the Ivie Cemetery. Condolences for may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

IPHA MAE MORROW
Mrs. Ipha Mae Morrow, age 84, passed away Monday, February 7, in Crockett, where she owned and operated for more than 25 years alongside her husband, Ray, Dairy Queen stores first in Crockett, which opened in 1955, and across East Texas. Through the years, many shared with her their treasured memories of times spent at the DQ, after Little League games, Friday night football and making The Drag. A native of Grapeland, Mrs. Morrow was born August 12, 1926 (sharing her birth date with Ray), and attended San Pedro Elementary School. She graduated from Grapeland High School in 1944 and moved to Crockett, where she worked for five years for Texas Power & Light. She was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist churches of Grapeland and Crockett. In 1974, she and Ray built and moved to Morrow Point in Golden Acres on Houston County Lake and became part of an extended family of neighbors and close friends. As a member of one of Crockett’s weekly bridge club groups, Mrs. Morrow loved playing and was lucky at cards and a gracious hostess known for her delicious food and hospitality. She was an avid women’s tennis player and golfer in Crockett and enjoyed many hours with her friends on the court and the course. She spent the past 15 years living part-time at Viewpoint RV & Golf Resort in Mesa, Ariz., where she was the friendly token Texan to many of the international residents there. Survivors include her daughters Jill McGuckin, of Austin and Jane Mattox, of Crockett; brother W. D. Goodnight and wife Jeanette, of Tyler; granddaughters Julie Mattox, of Spring, and Kathryn Jenkines and husband Russell; great-grandchildren Haley and Jordan, of Madisonville; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins; and many dear and cherished friends. Preceded in death by Ray Morrow, her husband of 48 years; parents W.M. Goodnight and Annie Mae Rials Goodnight; sisters Willie Dell Abshier and Frances Dee Duhon; and son-in-law Jim Mattox. Graveside Services for Mrs. Ipha Mae Morrow were held Thursday, February 10, 2011 at Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Crockett Volunteer Auxiliary Nursing School Scholarship Fund, 1100 Loop 304 East, Crockett, Texas 75835. Condolences for Mrs. Morrow may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JOHN KENNETH MCCELVEY
Mr. John Kenneth McCelvey, age 31 of Lovelady, passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2011. Mr. McCelvey was born December 7, 1979 in Madisonville and had lived all of his lifetime in Lovelady. He was self employed and a member of the First Baptist Church in Lovelady. Survivors include his wife Beth McCelvey, of Latexo; son Aidan Lane McCelvey, of Latexo; parents Kenneth and Lynn McCelvey, of Lovelady; sisters Jo Beth Martinez and husband Javier, of Cypress and Leslie Gilchrist and husband Jeremiah, of Lovelady; grandmother Bernice Vaden Lively, of Crockett; nieces and nephews Kacey Stanley, Kolby and Karson Patton, Morgan, Joseph and Conner Martinez, Grant, Caleb and Tyler Gilchrist; numerous aunts, uncles and other relatives. Preceded in death by his sister Leigh Ann McCelvey; grandfather Marvin Bruce James, Sr.; and grandparents Andrew F. and Lucille Broxson McCelvey. Funeral Services for Mr. John Kenneth McCelvey will be held Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Mitchell Kleckey and the Rev. Jim Tom Ainsworth officiating. Interment will follow in the Conner Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Conner Cemetery Association, 609 C. R. 1175, Kennard, Tx. 75847. Condolences for John Kenneth McCelvey may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

GLENDA FAYE MINTER
Mrs. Glenda Faye Minter, age 68 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, January 15, 2011. Mrs. Minter was a member of God's Truly Country Church. Survivors include her sons Larry Minter and wife Traci, of Fla. and Tommy Minter of Grapeland; stepson Lawrence Minter III and wife Bobbi, of Brazoria; grandchildren Matthew, Tommy, Jr., Michael and Taylor (their mother Samantha), Daniel, Amanda, Timothy, Jasmine, Patricia, Sharon, Robert and James; great-grandchildren Billy, Andrew, Tristan, Emerald and Landon; brothers A.L. Brummett and Glenn Ray Brummett and wife Ginny, all of Pampa; sisters-in-law Daisy Phillips and Letha Marsh, both of Crockett; brothers-in-law John Minter, of Jones Creek, Dock Minter, of Garrison and Glenn Sanders, of Freeport; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends Morris and Sharon Luker, of Kennard. Preceded in death by her husband Lawrence Minter, Jr.,; infant daughter Lisa Kay Minter; infant grandson Larry Minter, Jr.; father and mother Glenn Brummett and Faye Brummett. Funeral Services for Mrs. Glenda Faye Minter were held Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at God's Truly Country Church. Interment followed in the New Energy Cemetery.

HOLLIS ANDREW TARVER
Mr. Hollis Andrew Tarver known only as “Tarver”, was 76 years old and passed away on January 20, 2011 in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mr. Tarver was born in Melder, Louisiana, on July 18, 1934, to Lillie Mae and Sam Tarver. He started as a cab driver in Arkansas when he was 15, then at age 16, he was driving a truck across country. At age 40, he went to work for an underground utility contractor as an operator and supervisor, where he met and married his wife, Paula Joubert Tarver of 36 years. They raised 7 children, he had 4, she had 1, and they had 2 together. They raised their first set of grandchildren with their babies. He was a family man, who very much loved his family and the people around him, he never met a stranger. Mr. Tarver’s last 12 years of working, he worked for Cordell Brick Company in Houston in maintenance. He always loved working, just being able to get up in the morning and go to work. When he wasn’t able to work anymore, it was like something died in him, but he had a thirst for life and his children and grandchildren and he lived through them. He moved his family around a lot, said he was part Gypsy, but when we moved to Crockett in 2002, this was the final move. He was happier here than anywhere he had ever lived. Shortly after he moved here, he gave his life to the Lord, and was very strong in his faith. He was a member of the Grapeland Baptist Church. His faith is what helped him recover from the loss of his beloved son Christopher, who died in 1997, when he was almost 22. His ashes will be interred there with Christopher in Houston. Mr. Tarver was a wonderful husband, a great father, a good brother and friend to all who knew him and he will be greatly missed. Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Paula Tarver, of Crockett; children Austin Tarver and wife Susan, Jason Tarver, Eloise Sims and husband Bob, Sherry Hill, Terry Tarver; step-son Hollis Scott, Jr. and wife Shannon; brother Lowell Tarver and wife Patricia; sister Sammie Lee Johnson and husband Danny; grandchildren Angela Yoder, Pamela Lotz, Austin,Jr., Jody, Hope and Christina Tarver, Krissy Clifton, Shonna and Travis Hill, Stomita and Kostaki Zouboulikos, McKayla, Stephan and Dallas Scott, Clint and Cody Cunningham; great-grandchildren Adarianna, Chasity and Kevin Jr. Clifton; Jody Jr., Christopher, Allison and Brandon Tarver, Joseph, Alissa and Emily Lotz, Wesley, Jasen and Nathan Yoder, Cheyenne and Christopher Cunningham; many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his beloved son Christopher Lee Tarver; parents Lillie Mae Walters and Sam Tarver; sisters Bernadean Collins and Ruth Patterson and nieces, Debbie Swartout and Tanya Ruth Patterson. Memorial Services and a Celebration of life for Mr. Hollis Andrew Tarver was held Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. in the Grapeland Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Pyle officiating. Condolences for Mr. Tarver may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MELVA MARSH HAMLIN
Mrs. Melva Marsh Hamlin, age 74 of Grapeland, passed away Tuesday, February 1, 2011 in the Winfield Nursing Center. Mrs. Hamlin was born October 8, 1936 in Houston County and had lived in Grapeland for the past 7 years, previously living in the Bryan area for 44 years. She was a member of the Crockett Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Hamlin was retired having worked as a financial director for Wal-Mart and was a member of the San Pedro Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband Nolan L. (Ray) Hamlin, of Grapeland; daughter Cynthia Horne, owner of Aftercare Visiting Nurses, of Grapeland; son Marc Hamlin, District Clerk of Brazos County, and wife Kelley, of Bryan; grandchildren Angie Thornton and husband Chris, of Madisonville; Willy Horne and wife Lesley, of Washington D.C., Marcus Horne and wife Faith, of Crockett, Jarrod Hamlin, of Bryan and Katye Hamlin, of Austin; great-grandchildren Lane, Brace and Kaislyn Thornton, of Madisonville and Nate Horne of Crockett; brother Coleman Marsh and wife Charlene, of Bryan; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her parents Bill and Anna Bell Marsh; and brothers Henry, Travis and Billy Joe Marsh. Funeral Services for Mrs. Melva Marsh Hamlin were held Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Hutto officiating. Interment followed in the McCarter Cemetery. Condolences for Mrs. Hamlin may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

R. P. “RIP” BARNHILL
Mr. R. P. “Rip” Barnhill, age 91 of Crockett, passed away Monday, January 31, 2011 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Barnhill was born October 20, 1919 in Houston County and had lived all of his lifetime in Crockett. Mr. Barnhill was a graduate of Texas A&M class of 1941. He was a veteran of the United States Merchants Marines having served during World War II. Mr. Barnhill was a retired contractor and member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Faye Colburn Barnhill, of Crockett; son Phillip Barnhill, of Crockett; daughter Becky Barnhill Gilmore, of Crockett; grandson Scott Gilmore, of Austin; very special friend Elton Neel, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his parents Tom and Estelle Barnhill; sisters Wyncie Dell Barnhill, Ida Hamilton; and brothers Bill, Tom Lee, Petie and Jack Barnhill. Funeral Services for Mr. R. P. “Rip” Barnhill were held Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Reggie Gregory officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. Condolences for Mr. Barnhill may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

 

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