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East Texas News - Obituaries
Houston County Courier- January 1, 2009 - January 11, 2009

Mr. Jarid Thomas Johnston, age 22 of Galveston, formerly of Crockett, passed away Friday, December 25, 2009 in the U.T.M.B.-Galveston. Mr. Johnston was born November 27, 1987 in Galveston, Texas and had been living in Galveston for the past 7 months. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church and Arbor Baptist Church. He was a faithful member of AA and had worked as a tree cutter.
Survivors include his wife Melissa Johnston, of Crockett; parents Thomas and Dorothy Johnston, of Crockett; son Ethan Allen Johnston, of Crockett; sister Mariah Johnston, of Spring; brothers Joseph Johnston and Jeremiah Johnston, both of Spring; uncles David Lennox, Jimmy Lennox, both of Crockett and Glenn Johnston of Virginia; aunts Mary Ann Peek, of Porter Springs and Jody Ellen Johnston, of Galveston; great-uncles Roy Wimer and wife Frances and Jack Howard and wife Mary; great-aunt Jewel Hartt; mother-in-law Margaret Ramirez, of Crockett; grandmother-in-law Barbara Lucas, of Crockett; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.
Funeral Services for Jarid Thomas Johnston were held Monday, January 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Brad Steel officiating. Interment followed in the Creek Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Ms. Aletha Faye Smith Kirchoff, age 77, passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2009 in Lockhart, Texas. Ms. Kirchoff was born July 15, 1932 in Weches, Texas to Lee Edgar and Faye Gilbert Smith.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She put herself through Business School and was a legal secretary for over 30 years in Midland, Texas and Austin, Texas.  She worked for Stubbeman, McRae, Sealy and Laughlin.  The name later changed to Bankston, Wright and Greenhill. She was lovingly called “Torchy” (for her red hair), Aunt Pete, Aunt Deat, Leafa and, of course, Mom and Mimi. She loved to travel all over the world. She went on many cruises with friends.   She loved life, family, and friends.
Survivors include her one sister Sandra Sue Smith Hollingsworth, of Weches; two daughters Sherry Lynn Saragusa Schaefer and husband Larry R. Schaefer, of Lockhart and Kelly Jo Saragusa McEntee, of Austin; four grandchildren Jordan Schaefer, of Lockhart,  Joshua Schaefer, of San Marcos, Miles McEntee and Taylor Rose McEntee, both of Austin; many nieces and nephews.
 Preceded in death by her husband Joseph Anthony Saragusa;  parents Lee Edgar and Faye Gilbert Smith; and her beloved sisters Natha Lee Smith Tims and Moline Smith Sheffield.
 Graveside Services for Ms. Aletha Faye Smith Kirchoff were held Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. at the Cook-Walden/Memorial Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Association in Faye’s memory.
Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home

 Mrs. Ima Huff Ashwood, age 89 of Grapeland, passed away Monday, January 4, 2010 at East Texas Medical Center in Crockett. Mrs. Ashwood was born March 26, 1920 in Grapeland to Brud and Lorena Brown Huff. Mrs. Ashwood was a grocery checker and worked many years for Darsey’s Grocery Store. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Grapeland.
Survivors include her daughters Linda Weeks, of Grapeland and Nina Barrett and husband Lynn, of Manvel; brother Charles Huff, of Austin; five grandchildren Gaylon Barrett, Stacey Cumming, Mark Barrett, Wendi Shaw, and Brian Weeks; and seven great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her parents Brud and Lorena Brown Huff; husband Charlie Ashwood; sisters Luna Matthews and Ann Brown; brothers Gene Huff, Nolan Huff, Harvey Huff and Bill Huff.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Ima Huff Ashwood were held Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Grapeland with Dr. Jack Shoultz officiating. Interment followed in Parker Cemetery.
 Pallbearers will be nephews, Dan Huff, Paul Huff, Mitchell Huff, Steven Huff, Scott Huff and Larry Huff.
To view online, leave condolences or sign the guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com
Bailey & Foster Funeral Home

Mrs. Audrey N. Dominy Crowe, age 94 of Tyler and San Augustine, passed away Monday, January 4, 2010 in Tyler. Mrs. Crowe was born September 13, 1915, in Pennington to the late M. Q. and M. Nolia Holmes Dominy, Sr. On December 1, 1940s she married James Roy Crowe. She and her family lived in San Augustine, from 1948 until 2007.
Survivors include her husband James Roy Crowe;  their three children and their families: Cynthia Crowe Welch of Tyler; James Byron Crowe and wife, Judy, of Spring; and Sarah Crowe Johnson and husband, Warren, of Bullard; sisters Mary E. Dominy, of Dallas and Thama Dominy Cook and husband Charles, of Highland Park, Ill; brother M.Q. Dominy, Jr. and wife Mary Jane, of Pennington;  grandchildren Justin M. Welch and wife Beverly, Rallin M. Welch and wife Gabrielle, Jason E. Clark, Amy Clark Cohen and husband Mark, Jill K. Crowe, and John B. Crowe; great-grandchildren  Scott and Chris LeCount; Ashton, Ella, and Gigi Welch; and Carly Clark.
 Preceded in death by her son-in-law Dr. J. Michael Welch of Tyler; sister Elma D. Craven and her husband Elmer Lee Craven of Pennington; and by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Audrey D. Crowe were held Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at Pennington Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Tom Ainsworth officiating. Interment followed in Pennington Cemetery in Pennington.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
Stewart Family Funeral Home

Mr. James William Hutsell, Jr., age   67 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2009 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Hutsell was born June 30, 1942 in Mart, Texas and had lived most of his lifetime in Crockett. Mr. Hutsell was a member of the Latexo Volunteer Fire Department, Houston County Search and Rescue and Latexo School Board from 1980 to 1981. He served as City Councilman of Latexo and was also a member of the Ephesus Baptist Church. Mr. Hutsell was formerly the owner and operator of J’s Food Mart in Latexo, Alto and Wells and had also owned and operated Hutsell Plumbing.  He was an avid stock car racer and drag racer having owned and operated his own race car. 
Survivors include his daughters Sherri Lewis and husband Rodney, of Latexo and Sheila Sims and husband Kevin, of Crockett; grandchildren (He loved and cherished): Gene Olan (Trey) Allen III, Brittni Sims, Lacee Taylor, Tyler Taylor and Karissa Hutsell; his children’s mother and dear friend:  Wanda Cutler Alderman, of Latexo; sisters Barbara Humphries and husband Lamar, of Tomball, Mary Stevens, of Spring and Linda Simmons and husband Jerry, of Houston; brother Emery Wisenbaker and wife Alena, of Monassas, Va.; aunt and uncles Agnes Millican, of Austin, W. M. Freeman and Richard Freeman, both of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents James William Hutsell and Nettie Inez (Freeman) Hutsell; sons-in-law Gene Olan “Bubba” Allen II and David Taylor; brother-in-law Roger Stevens; and niece Crystal Wisenbaker.            
Funeral Services for Mr. James William Hutsell, Jr. were held Saturday, January 2, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Bob Thompson officiating. Interment followed in the Weches Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Robert Richard “Richie” Douglas Jr., age 36 joined his Savior in Heaven Thursday, December 31, 2009. Mr. Douglas known to the Christian Rap World as s/ave founded OneMind Magazine, om95.com and dasouth.com to promote and support the music and people he loved so dearly. He recently discovered a new passion for the Deaf Community and sign language, and was an avid student working towards full interpreter certification. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Helen E. Douglas and father-in-law Joseph Melia, Sr. He had such a tender heart for his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife of 13 years, Theresa Melia Douglas; parents Dick and Glenda Douglas; maternal grandmother Lorene Atkinson; sister Sheila and husband Will Ryman; brothers Chip Baldridge and Dusty Douglas; mother-in-law Rosalie Melia; brothers and sister-in-law, nephews and nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. 
 Funeral Service for Mr. Robert Richard “Richie” Douglas Jr. were held Monday, January 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Cy- Fair Christian Church, 9730 Grant Rd., Houston, Texas with his uncle Wyane Atkinson officiating. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Theresa Douglas c/o the Richie Douglas Memorial Fund through Wells Fargo Bank, acct.#7963198499, benefiting the Texas School for the Deaf.
Earthman Resthaven
Funeral Home

Mr. George Wesley Perry, also known as “G.W.” age 55, departed this life Monday, December 14, 2009. Mr. Perry was born August 24, 1954 to S.L. Perry and Aaron Perry. Born and raised in the Cooper Settlement. He attended William High School and united with Union Prairie Missionary Baptist Church at an early age. He later rededicated his life to Christ at Union Prairie Missionary Baptist Church. He later enlisted in the United States Army and received an Honorable Discharge. Mr. Perry united in holy matrimony with JoAnn Jones.
 Survivors include his beloved wife Jo Ann Perry; children Jennifer Y. Perry, Donald J. Gobert, III, of Crockett, Shanett Perry, Latisha Perry (Michael), Chimira Murphy (Paul); grandchildren Z'Von' Drich Perry, Dajhiana Tyjhiay Perry, Tishayla Antrez Perry, Jaleon Ramone White, Mikayla Deionce Perry, Chimanie Murphy, Daijah Murphy; siblings Shirley Lovelady (Rev. James Lovelady), Bobbie Perry, Elnetha Robbins, LaWanda Barnes (Steve), Vanesen Perry, Tommy Perry, Geneva Perry Simon and Sammy L. Perry (Ester); five aunts Bernice Harris and Albertine Smoot and three aunts and three uncles of Ariz.; one great-aunt Ms. Espanola Gainous; special friend Rommie Lee White, Jr.; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his parents S.L. Perry and Aaron Perry.
Funeral Services for Mr. George Wesley Perry were held Monday, December 21, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Union Prairie Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Myron E. Waddle officiant. Interment followed in the Union Prairie Cemetery.
Active Pallbearers were Donald Ray Price, Delbert Price, Michael Lovelady, Rommie White, Jr., Homas Perry, Freddie Purvis, Kevin Robbins and Darrion Perry.
Honorary Pallbearer was Larry Young.
Barkley Mortuary

Mr. Donald Leon DeWitt, age 78, passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2010 in Huntsville. Mr. DeWitt was born Sunday, March 15, 1931 to James Benjamin DeWitt and Sarah Ellen DeWitt in Clayton, Oklahoma.
Survivors include his daughters Lynn Hunt, Dawn Lawler and husband Mark, Cindy DeWitt and Meg Cagnola and husband Mike; sons Alan DeWitt and wife Dena, Keith DeWitt and wife Susan; brothers Lloyd DeWitt and Luther DeWitt; 12 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his wife Nelda Fern DeWitt; and grandson James Keith Dewitt.
In lieu of flowers, memorials, donations may be made to Cancer Society or Weldon Cemetery.
Huntsville Funeral Home

Mr. Ned Stephens, age 79 of Austonio, passed away Thursday, January 7, 2010 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Stephens was born February 6, 1930 in the Pearsons Chapel Community, Texas and had lived in Austonio most of his lifetime. He was retired having worked as a Painter and was of the Baptist Faith.
Survivors include his son Harold Stephens and wife Susan, of Crockett; daughters Kathy Field and husband Larry, of Waukesha, Wis. and Polly Shupak, of Austonio; grandchildren Dawn Lambright and husband David, of Lovelady, Brent Stephens, of College Station, Heather Lukaszewski and husband Jeff, of Milwaukee, Wis., Melinda Field of Waukesha, Wis., Dalton Shupak, of Austonio and Dillon Shupak, of Lovelady; great-grandson Trey Lambright, of Lovelady; brother Donald Green and wife Rose, of Austonio; sister-in-law Jo Keller, of Prairie Village, Mo.; brother-in-law and Sister-in-law Bill and Janice Hobbs, of Van; brother-in-law Darell Lewis and wife Betty, of Grand Saline; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by wife Freda Stephens; son Jerry Wayne Stephens; twin daughters Linda and Brenda Stephens; parents Weaver Stephens and Adina Green; and brother, Wayne Stephens.
Funeral Services for Mr. Ned Stephens were held Sunday, January 10, 2010 in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Harold Shirley officiating. Interment  followed in the Porter Springs Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


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