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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of January 1, 2008 - January 13, 2008
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

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. Emanuel Funeral Home

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.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

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

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.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

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

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.

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.
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