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East Texas News - Obituaries
Houston County Courier - January 11, 2009 - January 25, 2009

Mr. Alfred Eugene Biedrzycki, age 79, passed away on January 17, 2009.
Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, Zelda Biedrzycki; son Danny Biedrzycki and wife Peggy; daughter Kathy Biedrzycki; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brother Joseph Biedrzycki and wife Dorothy; and many other loving family and friends.
Funeral Services for Mr. Alfred Eugene Biedrzycki were held at Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 12:30 p.m. at Brookside Funeral Home Chapel in Houston. Interment followed at Forest Park Lawndale.
Brookside Funeral Home

Mr. Aubrey Eugene Clark, age 57 of Grapeland, passed away Thursday, January 8, 2009 at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. Mr. Clark was born March 24, 1951 in Houston to Vaughn Aubrey Clark and Mae Eugenia Clark. Mr. Clark was a retired construction supervisor for the Marine Division of Brown & Root, and a rancher. He was a member of the Muse Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Kelly Montgomery Clark, of Grapeland; mother and step-father Genia Eckhardt and Henry Eckhardt, of Groesbeck; daughter Audrey Dean Clark, of Palestine; sons Monty Clark, of Longview, Vaughn Aubrey Clark, II., of Grapeland, Scott Prater, Jr., Steven Prater, and Lionell Williams, all of Palestine; mother of his children Bridet Clark York; brother Richard Wayne Clark, of Houston; four grandchildren Gracie Lee Ann Clark, Aubrey Delton Warren, Reagan Faith Clark and Cooper Chase Warren; nephew Richie Clark, of Calif.; aunt Eddress Turner; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Preceded in death by his father Vaughn Aubrey Clark.
Funeral Services for Mr. Aubrey Eugene Clark were held Monday, January 12, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at Muse Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Davy Hobson and Bro. David Keith officiating. Interment followed in Davis Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Gerald Lively, Will Yates, Melvin Chapin, Steve Mock, Darrell Jones, and Joel Lovell.
Honorary Pallbearers were Guy Yates and Dennis Brunson.
Bailey & Foster Funeral Home

Mrs. Barbara Jackson Stephens, age 88 of Grapeland, passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at East Texas Medical Center, Crockett. Mrs. Stephens was born December 2, 1920 in Tampa, Florida, to Butler and Pauline Lambert Jackson. Mrs. Stephens was a homemaker and attended the Calvary Baptist Church. She graduated from the University of Tampa. She was also involved with many Women’s organizations at Le Tourneau University in Longview, Texas. Mrs. Stephens also served as school hostess at Black Forest Academy, a missionary school in Kandern, Germany. Mrs. Stephens met and married her husband Dr. Robert L. Stephens, Ph.D in 1940.
Survivors include her children Richard Stephens, of Grapeland, Roger Stephens and wife Patricia, of Longview, Elizabeth Stephens, of Deland, Fla., and Donna K. Stephens, of Crockett.
Preceded in death by her parents Butler and Pauline Lambert Jackson; and her husband Dr. Robert L. Stephens in 1997.
Memorial Services for Mrs. Barbara Jackson Stephens will be held at a later date.
The family request that in lieu of flowers donations be made to either, Frontier Camp, 131 Frontier Camp Rd., Grapeland, TX. 75844, or to Interaction International, P.O. Box 863, Wheaton, IL. 60189.

Bailey & Foster Funeral Home

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 was held Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Grapeland with Rev. David Bradley officiating.  Militaredy Graveside Services follow in the Pennington Family Cemetery in Grapeland.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

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.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Ernestine Driskell, age 76 of Lovelady, passed away Monday, January 12, 2009 in the Memorial Hospital in Lufkin. Mrs. Driskell was born February 7, 1932 in Lovelady, Texas and was a resident of Lovelady for the past 30 years, previously living in Houston for 25 years. She was a member of the Weldon Civic Club. Mrs. Driskell was a homemaker and a member of the Antioch Baptist Church in Lovelady.
Survivors include her husband of 57 Years: Troy R. Driskell, of Lovelady; sons Troy C. Driskell and wife Doris, of Lovelady, Carl Driskell and wife Carol, of Montgomery and David Driskell and wife Sherry, of Lovelady; daughter Patricia Baker and husband Bill, of Riverside; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister Bobbie Jean Ham, of Lovelady; brothers Sanford A. “Sap” Price and wife Elizabeth, of Houston, Jerrel A. Price, of Dodge and Jimmy Price and wife Peggy, of Lovelady; special friends Mary Simmons and Sara Mathis, both of Weldon; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her parents Gus and Mama Pearl Price; brothers Louie Price and Carl Price; sister Edith Stansel; and grandson Charlie Marks.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Ernestine Driskell were held Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Antioch Baptist Church in Lovelady with the Rev. Ted Jeffries, the Rev. Emmett Solomon, the Rev. Jared Burt and the Rev. Bob Lacey officiating. Interment followed in the Antioch Cemetery in Lovelady.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford, Lufkin, Texas 75904.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

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.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Hollis C. Driskell, age 87 of Athens, previously of Lovelady passed away Saturday, January 10, 2009 in the Park Highland Nursing Home in Athens where he had lived for the past 1 1⁄2 years. Mr. Driskell was born May 10, 1921 in Huntington and had lived in Lovelady for many years. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Army. Mr. Driskell owned and operated a service station in Lovelady retiring after many years of service. He was a member of the Lovelady First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Clara Driskell, of Athens; son Hollis Driskell and wife Kelly, of Athens; grandsons Kevin Fritze and wife Misty, of Houston, Mark Driskell and wife Michelle, of Athens and Wade Driskell, of Bradford; great-grandchildren Mark Edward, Matthew, Dillon, Melea and Kaylea; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his daughter Linda Driskell Fritze in 2001.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Hollis C. Driskell were held Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery with the Rev. Scott Matthews officiating. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to the Houston County Senior Citizens Center, 100 Wells Street, Crockett, Texas 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. John Franklin Musick, Sr., age 78 a resident of Midland City, passed away late Sunday morning, January 18, 2009, at his home.
Mr. Musick was a native of Alto, Texas but was reared in Porter Springs, Texas, son of the late Kenneth Elbert Musick and Nettie Dora Bowdoin Musick. He lived in Crockett, Texas before moving to Midland City in 1968.
Mr. Musick was retired from Industrial Chemicals in Dothan as warehouse manager. In earlier years, he was employed by Dolly Madison Industries in Napier Field as transportation manager. While living in Crockett, Mr. Musick served as the Chief of Police as well as the Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge. He was a member of the Midland City Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Berlene Evans Musick, of Midland City; three sons John Franklin Musick, Jr. and wife Jackie Musick, of Clayton, Ala., Pete Musick, of Echo, Ala., Mike Musick and wife Karen Musick, of Franklin, Tenn.; four grandchildren Morgan Musick, Courtney Musick, Kathleen Musick and Lauren Musick; brother Arthur Ray Musick and wife Dorothy Musick, of Crockett; three brothers-in-law Bobby Adams, of LaGrange, Burtis Evans, of Crockett and Lewis Evans and wife Patsy Evans, Friday.
Preceded in death by his two sisters Stella Mae Adams and Emma Faye Chambless.
Funeral Services for Mr. John Franklin Musick Sr. were held Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Holman-Headland Mortuary Chapel with the Reverend Roger Phillips and the Reverend William Brown officiating. Interment followed in Gardens of Memory, between Headland and Dothan.
Pallbearers were Roland Thompson, Burtis Evans, Ed Baker, Allen Geier, Bobby Adams, Jr., Billy Quattlebaum, Murray Dozier and J.R. Riley.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wiregrass Hospice, Inc., P.O. Drawer 2127, Dothan, AL. 36302.
You may sign a             guest     register at www.holmanmortuaries.com.

Mrs. Sarah Naomi Pruitt, age 91, of Pennington, passed away January 18, 2009 in the Houston County Nursing Home in Crockett. Mrs. Pruitt was born October 20, 1917 in Frankston, Texas to Waymon Green and Alabama Clakley Cook. She had lived in Trinity County most of her lifetime and was currently living in Crockett for the past year. Mrs. Pruitt married Woody R. Pruitt on May 9, 1936 and had three sons; Woody Jr., Jerry and Donnie. She was a housewife and a member of the Flat Prairie Congregational Methodist Church.
Survivors include her sons Woody Pruitt, Jr. and wife Billie, Jerry Pruitt and Deborah Matlock and Donnie Pruitt and wife Barbara, all of Pennington; 10 grandchildren Teresa Ginn, Michael Pruitt, Jerry Pruitt, Jr., Sherry Camet, James Pruitt, Robert Pruitt, Tawnya Haygood, David Pruitt, Paul Watson and Sarah Pruitt; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her husband Woody R. Pruitt.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Sarah Naomi Pruitt were held Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Flat Prairie Congregational Methodist Church with the Rev. John Smith and the Rev. Charles Butler.  Interment followed in the Flat Prairie Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home



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