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East Texas News - Obituaries
Houston County Courier - January 4, 2009 - January 11, 2009

Mr. Bobby Wayne Hill, age 31 of Pasadena, passed away January 2, 2008 in a motorcycle accident in Houston. He was born June 26, 1977 in Houston.
Survived by his mother Brenda Bishop and stepfather Larry Bishop, of Deer Park; sisters Stacy and husband Ryan Crawley, of Deer Park and Tracy and husband Witt Armstrong, of The Woodlands; stepbrother Daniel Bishop; nieces Alyssa and Amber Crawley and Micaela and Karlie Armstrong; grandparents Jean and Annie Hill, of Kennard and Clyde and Betty Hunt, of Pasadena; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Preceded in death by his father Bobby Lynn Hill.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Bobby Wayne Hill were held Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. in the Hill Cemetery.
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Dr. Tom J. Mitchell passed away on November 17, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio, after a long illness. He was born in Grapeland, Texas, March 10, 1924.
Preceded in death by his mother Fannie Mae Pennington Mitchell and father Tom Mitchell Sr.; two sisters and one brother.
Survivors include one sister Mrs. Carsand Mitchell Williams, of Buna,; three nephews and two nieces David Lund and Jay Garrison, of Orangefield, Stan Garrison and Carsienne Harvey, of Jasper, and Taunya Turner, of Liberty Hill.
He wasa graduate of Hollis High School, Hollis, Oklahoma, where he was in the Honor Society and had Perfect Attendance. He also graduated from Oklahoma A&M College and Kansas City Medical School.
He served his internship in York, Pennsylvania, and residency in Columbus, Ohio, as anesthesiologist. He served in the United States Army Air Force during World War II and earned medals, First Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, and Overseas Bars. He was licensed to practice in 8 states in the US and in Vienna, Austria. He was a member of Mensa.
He belonged to the International Association of Anesthesiologists, AMA, Cleveland Area Heart Society, Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, Iota Tau Sigma Fraternity, and Masonic Lodge. At the age of 12 he was chosen as the representative in the Junior BYPU Memory Contest of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. At the age of 13 he went to work to support his mother and 3 siblings after his father abandoned the family. To say he was a high achiever is an understatement.
Memorial Services for Dr. Tom J. Mitchell will be held Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Grapeland with Rev. David Bradley officiating.  Military Graveside Services will follow in the Pennington Family Cemetery in Grapeland.
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Mrs. Erma Lois Magee, age 97 of Pennington, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2009 in the Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin. Mrs. Magee was born July 19, 1911 in Friday, Texas and was a resident of Pennington. She was a housewife and a member of Pennington Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughter Maxine Magee Mabry, of Pennington; granddaughters Cinda Norsworthy and husband David, of Pennington, Pam Kemper and husband Jason, of Woodlake and Brenda Parrish, of Crockett; daughter-in-law Jenny Magee, of Groveton; great-grandchildren Amy, Erika, Tera, Amber, Amanda and Kyle; great-great-grandchil-dren Blake, Troy, Chad, Carley, Madison, Allisyn and Sydney; sister Annie Lee Reynolds, of Pennington; brother Hoyt Thompson, of Friday; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives; special caregiver Charlotte James, of Glendale.
Preceded in death by her husband Willie Magee; son Jamie Magee; parents Asa and Lottie Thompson; brother Floyd Thompson; and sisters Thelma Friday and Mae Thompson.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Erma Lois Magee were held Friday, January 9, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the Pennington Baptist Church with the Rev. Bud Magee officiating. Interment followed in the Pennington Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Groveton E. M. S., Pennington Baptist Church Building Fund or Pennington Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. Sandra Henderson P. O. Box 216, Pennington, Texas 75856.
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Mr. Floyd James Standley, age 72 of Brighton, Colorado, passed away Monday, January 5, 2009. Mr. Standley was born August 14, 1936 in the Holly Community, Houston County, Texas and was resident of Colorado. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force having served during Peacetime. Mr. Standley was retired having worked for Dow Chemical for over 25 years as a supervisor and was a member of the Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Norma June Standley, of Brighton, Colo.; son Terry Standley and wife Jackie, of Brighton, Colo.; grandchildren Chelsea, Chad, Amanda and Claire; great-grandchildren Peyton, Conner, Preston and Braelynn; sisters Dorothy Jones, of Crockett, Ann Gibson, of Livingston, Wonda Kleppel and husband Rick, of Houston, Beverly Koon and husband Toby, of Slidell, La. and Jeanie Davenport and husband Eddie, of Lovelady; brothers Walter Standley and wife Carrol, of Lovelady, Earnest Standley and wife Carolyn, of Madisonville; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents Floy and Anna Standley; and brothers William and Michael Standley.
Funeral Services for Mr. Floyd James Standley were held Friday, January 9, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Clifton Jones officiating.  Interment followed in the Zion Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Houston County Share, 200 South Sixth Street, Crockett, Texas 75835 or Zion Hill Cemetery Association c/o Peggy Eastepp, 11368 F. M. 1280, Lovelady, Texas 75851.
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In the year 1900 Margaret Virginia Allbright and Sidney Joseph Heath were married and with this union Fred Hubert Heath was born on December 12, 1923. He had one full brother Robert Heath (still living) and one step-brother Roy Roberson and one step-sister Rena Roberson Robinson (both deceased).
He grew up when "times were hard". He was taught, at a very young age, to work for what he wanted and he did. He told how he would sell bags of roasted peanuts for his spending money. He would use that money to buy his clothes, buy bananas and occasionally, for a real treat, go see a movie.
He spent his childhood in a small community near Crockett known as Wesley Chapel. There he rambled, most of the time barefooted, all through the woods. He began hunting and when he was just barely big enough to carry a shotgun.
Hunting and fishing was something he dearly loved and this was a very important part of his life for all his life.
He attended Latexo School and graduated from high school in 1941. Shortly after graduation he went into the Military. It was during World War II and he was sent overseas. He was a Tail Gunner in the Air Force. Once during a mission his plane was shot down. He and his crew members made it out, but the pilot did not. He hid in a hay stack as the Germans were searching in the field for him. He made his way to a Frenchman's house and that family gave him refuge. He narrowly escaped again as he was sent out the back door of the house while the Germans were coming in the front. The Germans chased him and he ran for days and he could hear the dogs on his trail. He survived by milking a cow at night and eating raw potatoes for food.
During this time, he was reported to his family as missing in action. They pretty much had accepted that he would not be coming home and then one day, by the grace of God, he did.
He got a job as an auto mechanic. He married, worked hard, scrimped and saved and purchased a small farm seven miles East of Crockett, in a community known as Jones School House. He worked hard to build up the farm and to purchase cattle. He would work during the day and come home and do his planting and farm work at night. Many nights it would be midnight before he would stop working to eat his supper, then to be up and back at work by 7:00 a.m. Working hard was a way of life for him; because he had worked hard, he was able to retire from his job as a mechanic at an early age. His small ranch would provide their livelihood. He loved his land and cattle and would sometimes just spend hours watching his cows graze. Mr. Heath had a great fondness for all animals; especially his dogs and horses. He was a member of the American Legion and the V.F.W.  Mr. Heath was a past member of the Wesley Chapel Methodist Church. He passed from this life on December 30, 2008, 18 days after his 85th birthday and will be missed.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Nelda Marie Salmon Heath, of Crockett; one daughter Fredia Marie Hutcherson and husband Bobby, of Crockett; one granddaughter Tracy Renae Barry and husband Jeff, of Houston; a brother-in-law Winsel Salmon and wife Jan, of Crockett; nieces and nephews.
Memorial Services for Mr. Fred Hubert Heath was held Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Commander Oma Arnold officiating. 
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Mr. Jerry Blackstone, age 65 of Crockett, passed away Fri-day, January 02, 2009 at his residence. Mr. Blackstone was born July 27, 1943 in Houston, Texas and was a resident of Crockett for the past 40 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Vietnam Era. Mr. Black-stone was a retired plaster con-tractor and attended the Westside Baptist Church in Crockett. Survivors include his daugh-ters Deanna Blackstone Lane and husband Allen and Tamyra Blackstone Montgomery and husband Michael, all of Crock-ett; grandson Morgan Black-stone, of Crockett; step-grandchildren Justin Montgom-ery, of Porter, Chelsie Mont-gomery, Rachel Montgomery, Chad Montgomery, all of Crockett and Connor Montgom-ery, of Alto; brothers Joseph E. “Joe” Blackstone, of Livingston and Raymond P. “Ray” Stansel, of Va.; sister Carolyn Moore, of Houston; numerous aunts, un-cles, cousins and other relatives. Funeral Services for Mr. Jerry Blackstone were held Sunday, January 04, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Billy Joe Lewis officiating. Interment followed in the Porter Springs Cemetery. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Josephine “Jo” Earle Connell, age 89 of Thornton passed away Monday, December 29, 2008, in Groesbeck.
Mrs. Connell was born December 15, 1919 to Charles J. and Clara Boyer Earle in Fort Worth. She taught school in Birdville ISD for 29 years, the last 17 years spent as counselor and assistant principal at Richland Junior High. She and her husband, Tom, moved to their ranch in Limestone County in 1985. Mrs. Connell was an active member in Central Baptist Church in Thornton and numerous civic organizations in Groesbeck.
Survivors include her sons Robert Thomas Connell, of Lovelady and Stephen Earle Connell and wife Tami, of Littleton, Colo.; grandchildren Chris and Leah Connell, Billy, Emily, Gus and Rachel Connell.
Preceded in death by her parents Charles J. and Clara Boyer Earle; husband Thomas B. “Tom” Connell; two infant daughters; and grandchildren Allen, Laurel, Lee and Sara Connell.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Josephine “Jo” Earle Connell were held Thursday, January 1, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at Central Baptist Church in Thornton with the Rev. Tracy Sims officiating. 
Graveside Services were held at 1:00 p.m. on January 2, 2009 in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to TYRRA Connell Scholarship Fund, Julie Jordan, treasurer, P. O. Box 20, Fairfield, Texas 75840 or a charity of your choice.
Please visit www.blair-stubbs.com to leave a memorial message or sign the guest register.
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Randall E. “Randy” Rash, beloved son, brother, and friend, died in Saint Luke’s Episcopal Hospital on the 2nd of January 2009, following a brief illness.  Randy was born on the 10th of January 1975, in Grapeland, Texas, to Billy W. Rash and Cherie Moller Rash.  His birth was a pivotal event in the life of his mother and his father. As his mother Cherie said, “When I held Randy, I first understood the meaning of the term love.”
After spending his first 10 years in the Gulf Coast area, Randy and members of his family moved to Crockett, Texas. Randy was an enormously popular student and a member of the first Honors classes formed at Crockett High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society, the Drama Club, the Spanish Club, and the Crockett High School Band. He was a cast member of the award winning UIL One Act Play cast and was chosen as a member of the District All Star Cast. He served as president of his class both his junior and senior year in high school and was president of the Crockett High School FFA. He won many honors in the FFA and was one of the youngest district presidents. He was elected Mr. Crockett High School his senior year in high school where he graduated with honors.
In addition, Randy was an extremely successful livestock exhibitor. He traveled throughout the United States exhibiting steers. The trophy room in his mother’s home is filled with honors won by Randy and his brother Ryan during their careers as junior livestock exhibitors. During this time, he exhibited five breed champions at the Houston Livestock Show, the Grand Champion Steer at the State Fair of Texas, the Grand Champion Steer at the National Western in Denver, the Grand Champion FFA steer at the American Royal in Kansas City, and the Reserve Grand Champion Steer at the San Antonio Livestock Show. He was a member of the Texas Junior Livestock Association and served as president of the Texas Club Calf Association Junior Board of Directors for two years. He won top honors in the TCCA and was named the TCCA All-Around Champion Steer exhibitor.
After graduating from high school, Randy set off for Texas A&M University in College Station.  He was a member of the Saddle and Sirloin Club and as a freshman was chosen to chair the TAMU Saddle and Sirloin Steer and Heifer Futurity. His personality and enthusiasm attracted many close and enduring friends. He served as a member of National Champion TAMU Evaluation team under the coaching of Dr. Larry Boleman. He graduated with honors from Texas A&M with a degree in Agricultural Journalism.
Immediately following his graduation, he served as a Congressional Intern in the offices of United States Congressman Jim Turner. After returning from Washington D.C., Randy went to work for some of his family’s businesses in Crockett, Texas. He was an Administrative Assistant for his stepfather, John Ben Carrabba, and was a graphic artist for The Showbox Magazine, the livestock magazine founded by his mother.
In 1999, Randy moved to Houston to attend South Texas College of Law. It was during his time in law school that he formed some of the lasting friendships of his life.  He became a member of the Diana Foundation, served on the writing committee for its awards show and was a member of its Board of Directors.  He continued to love animals and discovered his passion for Boston Terriers. He traveled abroad as part of South Texas’ International Studies program and graduated with a Doctor’s of Jurisprudence from South Texas in 2002.
While in law school, Randy continued to work for his family businesses and after a brief time in Dallas, Texas, he moved back to Crockett where he was involved in Carrabba Enterprises, the Showbox Magazine, and the Texas Junior Livestock Association.
He returned to Houston in 2004 where he renewed his active membership in the Diana Foundation and served the association in various capacities. He was a member of the Board of Directors, served as second vice-president and was the chairman of Diana’s Country Dinner for the past two years. He also supported various animal causes such as Saving Animals Across Borders and actively sponsored activities for both the Diana’s and the Bayou City Boy’s Club while maintaining residences in both Houston and Crockett.  He served as the Legal Counsel for the Texas Junior Livestock Association.
Randy had the biggest heart of anyone that ever lived. His kindnesses to friends, family, and total strangers endeared him to those who met him. He impacted the lives all those that he met. His great kindness towards animals and those less fortunate and his unbounded generosity will leave an imprint on all of us for the rest of our lives.
He is survived by his mother, Cherie Rash Carrabba; his stepfather, John Ben Carrabba; and his brother, Ryan Rash, all of Crockett; his father, Billy Rash and stepmother Jane Rash of Willis, Texas; his grandmother, Lois Rash of Baytown and his step-grandfather Lloyd Parker of Marble Falls. He is also survived by his aunts, Michelle Howles of Georgetown, and Wanda Stafford, Edna Smith, and Doris Sherron of Baytown, and his aunt Francis Pederson of Los Fresnos, as well as their spouses and numerous cousins.  His beloved Boston Terriers, Lula Belle, Falco, and Gizmo, also survive him. 
Other survivors include friends whom he considered family members: Bill Poplin, and Billy Underwood of Houston, and William Lewis of Crockett.  He viewed his other close friends from Houston as a “Band of Brothers” and was devoted to them and to the causes of human rights.  The imprint that he left on the hearts of those that he left behind will be there forever.
Friends gathered with the family for a visitation and to share remembrances from five o’clock in the afternoon until seven o’clock in the evening on Sunday, the 4th of January, in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Crockett, 701 East Goliad Avenue in Crockett, Texas.
A celebration of Randy’s life was conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Monday, the 5th of January, also in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Crockett, where Dr. Jerry House, Pastor, officiated.
The interment followed, via an escorted cortege provided by the Crockett Police, in a private cemetery situated at the family’s home, La Bella Vista.  La Bella Vista is accessible from State Highway 21 West in Crockett.
If desired, contributions in Randy’s memory may be directed to the American Boston Terrier Rescue Fund, P. O. Box 525, Sanger, TX, 76266.
Arrangements in Houston and Crockett were entrusted to Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, The Funeral Directors Since 1936, 713.789.3005, www.geohlewis.com.



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