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BILLY JOHN ADAMS
Mr. Billy John Adams, age 82 of Weldon, passed away Monday, January 02, 2012 at his residence. Mr. Adams was born April 12, 1929 in Weldon, Texas and had lived all of his lifetime in Weldon. Mr. Adams had worked for Bowen Tools Inc. and had retired from the Texas Department of Corrections. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his wife Barbara Annette Adams; children Johnny F. Adams, Rickey J. Adams, Mary S. Sessions, Sherry A. Otto, Gerald W. Sousley, Richard G. Sousley and Kathy I. Jones; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; five brothers; two sisters; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his parents Charlie R. and Lillie Adams and two brothers. Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Billy John Adams were held Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery with the Rev. Joe Galleagos and the Rev. Reggie Gregory officiating. Condolences for Mr. Adams may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ELLA MAE “MIMI” SHIFLETT TOLBERT
Mrs. Ella Mae “Mimi” Shiflett Tolbert, fondly known as Mimi, age 92, passed away peacefully Friday, December 30, 2011. Mrs. Tolbert was born April 11, 1919 in Weldon, Texas to George and Nola Shiflett. Mrs. Tolbert was a long time resident of Texas City. She moved to Alta Loma in 1978 and after the passing of her husband, she moved to League City. At the time of her passing, she was a resident of the Terrace Retirement Community. She was a member of League City Methodist Church, the League City Garden Club and was a League City Lioness. Mrs. Tolbert will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends. Survivors include her daughters Gladys Tolbert Woodard and husband John and Frances Tolbert Morris and husband Loyd; son Chet Tolbert and wife Betty; daughter-in-law Olivia Tolbert; she was a loving grandmother to her eight grandchildren Paula Knox and husband Franklin, Brenda Reagan, John Charles Woodard, Jr., Greg Morris and wife Kerri, Lt. Col. Grant Morris and wife Tina, Jack Tolbert and wife Laurie, Jaason Tolbert and wife Cristin and Andy Tolbert and wife Keila; 15 great-grandchildren Madison and Mackenzie Tolbert, Molly Morris, Josh and Jordan Reagan, Cooper, Claire and Carson Morris, Brady, Emily and Presley Woodard, Zane and Jake Knox, Angela and Sara Tolbert; best friend Bea Maples; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents George and Nola Shiflett; loving husband of 52 years, Jack M. Tolbert; son Arthur Mack (Bubba) Tolbert; and eight siblings. Pallbearers were Greg Morris, Jack Tolbert, John Woodard, Jr., Jason Tolbert, Andy Tolbert, Franklin Knox and Lt. Col. Grant Morris. Honorary Pallbearers were Paula Woodard-Knox and Brenda Reagan. Funeral Services for Mrs. Ella Mae “Mimi” Shiflett Tolbert were held Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Crowder Funeral Home with the Rev. Chris Harrison officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson. In lieu of flowers, you may send memorials to League City United Methodist Church, 1411 West Main Street, League City, Texas 77573. Crowder Funeral Home

IVA GWENDOLYN LARUE RIDLEHUBER
Mrs. Iva Gwendolyn LaRue Ridlehuber was born in Lovelady on June 6, 1928 and went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, December 29, 2011 at Presbyterian Hospital. She spent her entire life surrounded by music. She graduated from Lovelady ISD and Sam Houston with a degree in music and was a band director for 28 years, most of those years in Dallas ISD. Her bands consistently won first division recognition at any contest she performed in. She passed her love for music on to her children and grandchildren all of whom played either in the band or the orchestra throughout school. Many times her youngest granddaughter said she would look up during marching practice and see her Nana watching from her car parked beside the practice field. After her retirement she continued to enjoy music, never missing a performance her grandchildren were in and she had music playing constantly in her home. When she became so ill in August and eventually went to a rehab facility, where she stayed for 100 days, she received a special surprise when SMU Mustang and Crockett High School football star Ja'Gared Davis came to visit her. She said that his visit inspired her to keep fighting and work towards getting better. Her family is most grateful to Ja'Gared for giving them their mother for a little while longer. She was a member of Colonial Baptist Church in Dallas and was an amazing prayer warrior. Her faith in the Lord was evident to everyone she met. Her greatest legacy to her family was that of praying about everything and working hard at whatever job you have. Survivors include her son Glenn Ridlehuber; daughter Rene Matthews; three grandchildren Andrea Wiener and husband Tony Wiener, Michael Tennison and Amy Tennison; three great-grandchildren Kristen, Abigail and Olivia Wiener; special 'adopted' son Ja'Gared Davis; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by her parents GW and Iva Mae LaRue; and beloved husband Garland Ridlehuber. Funeral for Mrs. Iva Gwendolyn LaRue Ridlehuber were held Monday, January 2, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Colonial Baptist Church in Dallas. Interment followed in Hillcrest Garden of Memory in Hillsboro. Troy Suggs Funeral Home

JAMES “MIKE” DRISKELL
Mr. James “Mike” Driskell, age 80 of Lovelady, passed away Thursday, December 15, 2011 at his residence. Mr. Driskell was born December 27, 1930 in Lovelady and had lived in Lovelady most of his lifetime. Mr. Driskell was a retired truck driver and a member of the Lovelady Assembly of God. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Marie Driskell, of Lovelady; sons Jimmy Driskell and wife Diane, of Lovelady and Larry Driskell and wife Vivian, of Baytown; daughter Judy Lilley, of Lovelady; grandchildren Tara, Melissa, Sherry, Vanessa, Larry Jr., Robert, Jonathan and Tommy; 15 great-grandchildren; sister Eva Freeman, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his parents Richard and Emma Driskell; sisters Beulah Durdin, Lela Freeman; and brother Roy Driskell. Funeral Services for Mr. James “Mike” Driskell were held Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Ministers Jonathan Lilley and Adam Slatter officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lovelady Assembly of God Building Fund. Codolences for Mr. Driskell may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


PHIL STOWE JR.
Mr. Phil Stowe, Jr. age 41 of Nacogdoches, passed away Monday, December 19, 2011 in the Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Mr. Stowe was born August 26, 1970 in Galveston, Texas had had been living in Nacogdoches for the past 20 years. He had worked as a press operator for R. R. Donnelly Business Forms and was a member of the Appleby Baptist Church in Nacogdoches. Survivors include his wife Kim Stowe, of Nacogdoches; children Katelyn Stowe, Nathan Stowe, Natalie Stowe, all of Nacogdoches; parents Philip and Carol Stowe, of Grapeland; father-in-law and mother-in-law Dennis and Janice Anderson, of Nacogdoches; sister Shana Baker and husband Chance, of Grapeland; grandmother Dorothy Pourchot, of Santa Fe; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his grandparents Opal and Woodrow Stowe; and grandfather Edison Pourchot. Funeral Services for Mr. Phil Stowe, Jr. will be held Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Appleby Baptist Church in Nacogdoches with the Rev. Dennis Anderson and the Rev. Darrell Flanagan officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Condolences for Mr. Stowe may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

GLORIA GAY ASH
Miss Gloria Gay Ash, age 87 of Ratcliff, formerly of Nacogdoches, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2011 in Ratcliff. Miss Ash was born November 12, 1924 to Claude Ash and Glen Marshall in Beaumont, Texas. She lived in California and Kansas City before spending the last 40 years of her life in the East Texas area. She worked as a Program Analyst for SFA and was a member of the Angelina Photography Club. Survivors include her numerous cousins; close friends Mary Burton and Nelda Jordan, both of Nacogdoches; long time caretaker Viola George; and many friends who cared for her and looked after her. Preceded in death by her parents Claude Ash and Glen Marshall; and Brother George Ash. Funeral Services for Miss Gloria Gay Ash will be held Friday, December 23, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in the O.T. Allen and Son Funeral Home Chapel in Alto with Bro. Ken Wooley officiating. Interment will follow in Old Palestine Cemetery near Alto. Pallbearers are Jimmy Taylor, Lonnie Edwards, Ed Lee, John Beam, Bob Beam, Bobby Beam. Contributions may be made to the Gloria Gay Ash Scholarship at the S.F.A Alumni Association. O.T. Allen & Son Funeral Home

GEORGE SIDNEY FULGHAM
Mr. George Sidney Fulgham, Colonel (retired) USAF, was born in Crockett, Texas on June 9, 1932. He left this earth on December 19, 2011 at the age of 79. He was born to George (Joe) and Elizabeth Fulgham. His first love was Jan Baker, who he married July 31, 1954, just after he graduated from Texas A&M and Jan graduated from Baylor. They were blessed with three daughters, Debra, Pamela and Kimberly. Mr. Fulgham joined the Active Duty Air Force in April of 1955. He immediately went into pilot training, which turned into the second love of his life. He really loved flying and served in many different states. His tours of duty included the Pentagon twice, Germany, the Philippines, Thule, Greenland and Vietnam twice. Sid’s distinguished career merited several medals, citations and decorations including the Distinguished Flying Cross with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters. Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Jan Fulgham; three daughters and their husbands Debra and Robert Otto, Pamela Fulgham and Robert Fryr, Kimberly and Jesse DeLosSantos; three granddaughters, Elise, Ariane, and Juliette Chreties; two grandsons Colton and Clinton DeLosSantos; cousin Vina Eskew and her two sons and families Allen Eskew, Jr. and Judge Benton Eskew; cousin Frank Fulgham and his wife Pat; and numerous other cousins and family members. Preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral Services for Mr. George Sidney Fulgham will be held Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Marrs-Jones Newby Funeral Home. Graveside Services with Military Honors will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 23, 2011 at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Crockett. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or Red Cross in loving memory of Sid Fulgham. Please join the family in remembering Sid Fulgham by visiting our Memorial at www.Marrs-Jones-NewbyFuneral.com. Marrs-Jones-Newby Funeral Home

PENNY GROUNDS
Ms. Penny Grounds, age 52 of Porter Springs, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at her residence. Ms. Grounds was born July 7, 1959 in Crockett, Texas and had lived all of her lifetime in Porter Springs. Ms. Grounds was a member of the First Presbyterian Bell Choir. She was the operator and manager of Town and Country Cleaners in Crockett and was also a member of the Porter Springs Baptist Church. Survivors include her children Shelle Vickers, of Tyler, Stacey Parry and husband James, of Lufkin, Grady Nathaniel Moffett, of Plano, Kimberley Williams and husband Andrew, of Anderson; granddaughter Samantha Parry, of Lufkin; dad Grady Grounds, Jr., of Porter Springs; sisters Cynthia Criddle, of Mesquite and Pamela Vickers-Fairchild, of Crockett; brothers Grady Grounds III, and Fred Grounds, both of Porter Springs; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her mother Carol Grounds in December 2010. Funeral Services for Ms. Penny Grounds were held Friday, December 23, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. William Few and the Rev. Carl Standley officiating. Interment will follow in the Parker Cemetery in the Jones School House Community. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lottie Moon Offering. Condolences for Ms. Grounds may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

EARSHEL RAY PEDEN
Mr. Earshel Ray Peden, age 66 of Flint, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2011 in Tyler. Mr. Penden was born February 3, 1945 in Lufkin to James and Hazel Peden. He greatly loved and enjoyed time spent with his family and working around the farm. He was a pipe welder by trade. Mr. Penden loved God and enjoyed going to church. Survivors include his loving family his wife of 48 years, Shirley A. Peden, of Flint; mother Hazel Cockrell; daughters Kim Perez and husband Rick, of Flint and Jennifer Maddoux and husband Chris, of New Waverly; five grandchildren Taylor Maddoux, Wesley Maddoux, Jocelyn Maddoux, Codey Perez and Hailey Perez; siblings Leroy Peden, Betty Oliver, Betty Owens, Louise Cole, Mary Raines, Andy Raines, Walter Peden and Sherry Wetzel; and numerous nephews and nieces. Preceded in death by his son Gary Ray Peden; father James D. Peden; and two brothers, Tommy Raines and John L. Raines. Funeral Services for Earshel Ray Peden were held Friday, December 23, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at New Life Worship Center in Tyler with the Rev. Rudy Bond and the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Interment followed in Rose Lawn Cemetery. Memorials in honor of Earshel Peden may be made to the Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701 or the American Cancer Society, 1301 South Broadway, Tyler, Texas 75701. Stewart Family Funeral Home

COUNCILMAN NATHAN GARDNER JR.
Councilman Nathan Gradner Jr., age 59 of Crockett, departed this life Thursday, December 22, 2011 at Whitehall Nursing Home surrounded by staff, family and friends. Councilman Gardner was born August 31, 1952 to Nathan Gardner and Gladys Harris Gardner. “A message from Nate” “I worked all my life. I went from the cotton patch to catching chickens and then to Mr. Leonard Arnold’s Compress while in High School. I helped my mother with our bills, purchased my school clothes, a car, some gasoline, protein and stayed in school to help with my dream. I united with and was baptized in the church. I graduated from Crockett High School in 1970 with money in my pockets. I went across the loop to Houston and got a job for 12 years at grocery supply. I worked for the Teamsters Union and served on the Board of Directors of the Teamster’s Credit Union for 10 years. During this tome I helped people from all over, especially from Crockett. I united with Reverend Larry Lewis’ Church (True Doctrine Baptist). I maried Miss Cecila Ann Robbins Gardner and raised one step daughter, Brachelle Robbins Denmon. Cecilia and I had Nicholas Nathaniel “Nick” Gardner. My family and I retured and I returned to Crockett and attended St. Luke Baptist Church. I work at Kennard ISD. I joined Progressive Baptist Church Inc. and worked through Progressive’s Church Prison/Jail Program in connection with Scott Bail Bond Community Service six years. I did Crockett time 17 years at Circle P Convenience Store. I served Crockett City Council Precinct Number #3 some 12 years; Deep East Texas Council of Governments six years. My constituents called me “Brother Nate,” after I came back from across the loop. Survivors include his one son Nicholas Nathaniel Gardner; cousins Pastor Jame Harris and his sisters and brothers; my other relatives; special friends Mrs. Cecilia Ann Robbins Gardner, Mr. Larry Robbins, City Administrator Mr. Ron Duncan, Mr. Harold Brown, “Sugar Mama,” Progressive Church members, Pastor and Mrs. Scott, Mrs. Lois Duren Ball who accepted me into their family and my very own family, and my dependable constituents of Crockett City Council Precinct Number Three. Preceded in death by his parents Mr. Nathan Gardner (1925-1972) and Mrs. Gladys Harris Gardner 1927-2009. Funeral Services for Councilman Nathan Gardner Jr., were held Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 12:00 noon at Good Fellow Church 401 s. 7th Crockett with the Rev. Larry Mouton officiating. Interment followed in the Union Prairie Cementery in Porter Springs. Family Mortuary and Monument Services

MINNIE EVELYN WILCOX HESTER
Mrs. Minnie Evelyn Wilcox Hester was born September 20, 1912 in Pearson Chapel, Texas, and passed away January 21, 2011 at the age of 98 years, 4 months and 1 day in the Winfield Healthcare in Crockett. She and her husband Travis Wilcox, opened a general store in which Minnie spent most of her days waiting on customers and filling big bills of groceries for residents of Vestula and Murray Farm. Mrs. Hester was a faithful member of the Lovelady First United Methodist Church and never missed a Sunday unless ill, which was almost never. She loved her church with all her heart and read her Bible daily. Mrs. Hester loved cooking, quilting, embroidering, crossword puzzles and gardening; and had a spring and fall garden each year. Survivors include her daughter Jo Ann Starns Henry and husband Roy, of Porter Springs; one grandson Christopher Dean Starns and wife Renee; one great-granddaughter Morgan Kate Starns; one great-grandson Jacob Dean Starns, all of the Creek Community; special nephew Charles Arnold, of Crockett; special niece Nell Sinclair and husband Leon, of Bryan; special great-nephew Larry Knox and wife Susan, of Crockett. Preceded in death by her husbands, James Travis Wilcox and Harold Hester. Funeral Services for Mrs. Minnie Evelyn Wilcox Hester were held Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Lovelady First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Doug Howell and the Rev. Jackie Harmon Snarr officiating. Interment followed in the Creek Cemetery. Condolences for Mrs. Hester may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BETTIE SUE LARUE
Mrs. Bettie Sue LaRue, age 81 of Crockett, passed away Monday, January 24, 2011 in the Houston County Nursing Home. Mrs. LaRue was born October 30, 1929 in Belott to Grover and Nora Bell (Brooks) Minter and had lived most of her lifetime in the area. Mrs. LaRue was retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone having worked as an operator and was a member of the Grace Street Church of Christ. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 Survivors include her husband Charles L. LaRue, of Crockett; sister Carrie Bennett, of Crockett; niece Sue Strban and husband Steve, of Crockett; nephews Kenneth Bennett and wife Carla, of Slidell, La. and Larry Bennett and wife Myra, of Crockett; great-niece Kim Duhon and husband Randy, of Grapeland; numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Charles L. Durst; parents Grover and Nora Bell (Brooks) Minter; sisters Berta Nell Gilbert and Nora Bell Minter; and brothers Grover Minter, Jr. and Wendall Minter. Graveside Services for Mrs. Bettie Sue LaRue were held Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Center Hill Cemetery with Dr. Johnny Garner officiating. Condolences for Mrs. Larue may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

THOMAS E. WHIFFEN JR.
Mr. Thomas E. Whiffen, Jr., age 53 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, January 23, 2011 in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mr. Whiffen was born January 12, 1958 in Los Angeles, California and had been living in Crockett for the past 3 years, previously living in Trinity. Mr. Whiffen had worked as a pipe fitter and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his wife Debbie L. Whiffen, of Crockett; sons Victor W. Whiffen and wife Rachel M. Harte and Daniel W. Whiffen; daughter Barbara L. Thompson and husband Roger M. Thompson; grandchildren Christopher R. Crampton, Alyssa L. Whiffen and Susan F. Thompson; brothers and sister, Roxanne Whiffen, Tony A. Schreckengost-Whiffen, Rickie Schreckengost-Whiffen and Jimmy Joe Schreckengost-Whiffen; nephew, Lawrence K. Pack; and his dog the love of his life was his great dane, Marmaduke; numerous other relatives. Preceded in death by his granddaughter Angel N. Thompson; parents Thomas and Barbara Whiffen; brothers and sisters Gary L. Schreckengost, Edward W. Schreckengost, Jr., Dan Patrick Schreckengost, Melvin W. Schreckengost, Floy E. Schreckengost, Learay Schreckgost and Claudine Schreckengost. Funeral Services for Mr. Thomas E. Whiffen, Jr. were held Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ken Myers officiating. Interment followed in the Jim English Cemetery. Condolences for Mr. Whiffen may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JOYCE EVELYN BAILEY
Mrs. Joyce Evelyn Bailey, age 90 of Pearland, passed away Sunday, January 23, 2011 at her residence. Mrs. Bailey was born February 17, 1920 in the Creek Community and was a resident of Pearland for the past 43 years. Mrs. Bailey was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a loving mother and loved her family. Survivors include her daughters Pamela Jo Mickler, of Pearland and Melanie Dowdy and husband Randy, of Creek; grandchildren Aaron and Emily Woodard, of McKinney, Erin Elaine Mickler, of Lake Jackson and Cody Woodard, of Pearland; great-granddaughter Rylyn Mickler, of Lake Jackson; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Joe E. Bailey; parents James David and Willie B. McCullar; brother Kirby; and sisters Helen, Jimmie and Maxine. Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Joyce Evelyn Bailey were held Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Creek Cemetery with Bro. Cody Craig officiating. Condolences for Mrs. Bailey may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

CHARLES L. RICH
Mr. Charles L. Rich, age 93 of Lovelady, passed away Monday, January 24, 2011 at his residence. Mr. Rich was born August 9, 1917 in Lovelady, Texas and was a resident of Lovelady. Mr. Rich was a veteran of the United States Army having served during World War II. He was an audio and visual specialist for the U. S. Air Force. Mr. Rich was retired having worked for public schools and junior colleges as a science teacher. He was a member of the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M and was a proud member of the First Baptist Church in Lovelady. Survivors include his son Herman Charles “Chuck” Rich; daughter Charlotte Ann Baker; grandchildren Emilia Rich, Doris June Dabney, Jenny Lynn Spray, Newman Foster Baker III “T’ree” and Laura Belle Mayo; 10 great-grandchildren Jake Dabney, Emily Dabney, Benjamin Dabney, Ryan Spray, Corey Spray, Conner Spray, Lauren Spray, Anna Grace Baker, Ava Kate Mayo, Carlton John Mayo III and #11 due in 1 month; numerous other relatives. Preceded in death by his wife June Rich; and parents Herman and Annie Rich. Funeral Services for Mr. Charles L. Rich were held Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. in the Lovelady First Baptist Church with the Rev. Scott Matthews officiating. Military Graveside Services followed in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lovelady First Baptist Church or Texas A&M Twelfth Man Foundation. Condolences for Mr. Rich may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

L. J. “JACK” PARTEN
Mr. L. J. “Jack” Parten, age 91 of Troup, passed away Tuesday, January 25, 2011 in a Rusk nursing home. Mr. Parten was born November 22, 1919, in Weldon, Texas to the late Jack and Minnie Robinson Parten. He was a longtime resident of Lovelady before moving to the Troup area in 2008. Mr. Parten was a retired petroleum equipment engineer. He was also a farmer and rancher who loved horses. He loved writing poetry, carpentry and travel. Mr. Parten was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II. He was the Ping Pong champion of the Pacific Theater. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Troup. Mr. Parten married Jeanette Smith in Houston, October 4, 1941. Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Jeanette Parten, of Troup; two daughters and a son-in-law Dr. Jackie Gerla, of Troup and Suzanne and Kendall Hay, of College Station; three grandchildren Debbie Reed, of Madisonville, Brent Hay and wife Sandra, of College Station and Jeff Gerla, of Troup; an adopted grandson Chad Meroney, of Troup; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces. Preceded in death by his son-in-law Richard Gerla. Funeral Services for Mr. L. J. “Jack” Parten were held Friday, January 28, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Troup with the Reverend Mike Cline officiating. Military Honors followed in the Griffin Cemetery, near Troup. Online condolences for Mr. Parten are available at "http://www.cottlefuneralhome.com" www.cottlefuneralhome.com. Cottle Funeral Home

DOUGLAS PATTON
Mr. Douglas Patton, age 60 of Boliver, passed away Tuesday, January 25, 2011, in Houston. Mr. Patton was born December 5, 1950 in Freeport and had lived in Boliver for the past 3 years. He was a member of the Local #61 Iron Workers and had worked as an iron worker. Survivors include his daughters April Nicole Patton, of Houston and Lacey Lynn Patton, of Ga.; son Cheyenne Levi Patton, of Huffman; grandchildren Christian, Kera, Addisyn and Presleigh; brother Billy Jack Patton and wife Sue, of Huffman; sister Bridget Cochran and husband Daniel, of Okla.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his parents Robert Lee Patton and Lois Dean (Kay) Patton; and brothers Jerry Lee Patton, Robert Larry Patton and Rayford Lee Patton. Funeral Services for Mr. Douglas Patton were held Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jessie Ray Patton officiating. Interment followed in the Patton Family Cemetery in Weches. Condolences for Mr. Patton may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

LUE B. MURRAY
Mr. Lue B. Murray, age 92 of Lufkin (formerly of Crockett}, passed away Saturday, January 15, 2011 at a local Hospital in Lufkin. Mr. Murray was born January 14, 1919 in Crockett, Texas, the son of the late Ola (Buford) and Frank Murray. Mr. Murray was a retired Master Sergeant with the United States Army, serving during the Korean Conflict and World War II. He was a member of the civil service and the Shriner's Club, and was a recipient of a purple heart. He enjoyed being with his family, watching sports and loved to cook. Survivors include his son Lloyd Murray; son and daughter-in-law Gene and Barbara Murray; daughter and son-in-law Myra and James Ferguson; grandchildren Brittany, Joshua, Christopher and Jamie; numerous great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law Elma and Abbott Hargraves; special friend Jo Harber; and a number of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Preceded in death by his parents Ola (Buford and Frank Murray; wife Georgia May Murray; daughter Donna Louise Edmonson; two brothers; and 1 sister. Funeral Services for Mr. Murray were held Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Jim McDonald officiating. Interment followed in the Porter Springs Cemetery in Crockett. Pallbearers were Travis Parker, James Ferguson, Roger Pool, Al Hargraves, and Abbott Hargraves. Condolences may be offered at www.gipsonfuneralhome.com Gipson Funeral Home

A. B. TURNER
Mr. A. B. Turner, age 71 of Fairfield, passed away Saturday, December 4, 2010 in Tyler. Mr. Turner was born November 25, 1939 in Houston County, Texas, near Latexo, to Albert and Birdie Mae Weisinger Turner. He was a graduate of Latexo High School and Tyler Commercial College. Mr. Turner was involved in the commercial freight business in East Texas before moving to Fairfield in 1980 to manage the Red Arrow Freight Terminal and oversee family ranching interests. He was also a former Freestone County Justice of the Peace. Mr. Turner will be remembered for his musical talent, his tale telling ability, his hospitality and his marvelous sense of humor. Survivors include his son Justin K. Turner, of Fairfield; three grandchildren Brandi Holcomb, of Tyler, Ashley Turner and Brett Turner, both of Fairfield; one great-grandson Ayden Jones, of Fairfield; three sisters Christine Schulman, of Latexo, Billie Jones, of Crockett and Valta Engstrand, of Elkhart; four nephews; four nieces; and his ex-wife Jo Olive Watson Turner, of Fairfield. Preceded in death by his parents Albert and Birdie Mae Weisinger Turner; two brothers; and two sisters. Memorial Services for Mr. A.B. Turner were held Friday, December 17, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Capps Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Terry Skinner officiating. Interment will follow at a later date in Stewards Mill Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers were Morris Schulman, Mark Schulman, Craig Schulman, Willie Wofford, Jr. Marvin Bland, James Whatley, David Rousch and William Jacoby. Capps Memorial Chapel Funeral Home

ELLENA HAMLIN
Mrs. Ellena Hamlin, age 81 of Lovelady, passed away Friday, January 14, 2011 in the Houston Hospice. Mrs. Hamlin was born December 1, 1929 in Houston County, Texas and had lived in Lovelady since 1991, previously living in Houston. Mrs. Hamlin was retired having worked as a secretary. Survivors include her son Richard Hamlin and wife Kathy, of Pasadena; daughter Janis Alfred and husband Charles, of Crockett; grandchildren Melissa Hamlin, Meagan Hamlin, Matthew Hamlin, Trey Johnson and Cliff Johnson; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Harold Hamlin; father and mother Richard Henry Alfred and Elzora Padgett Alfred; sisters Effie Moffitt, Alpha Morgan and Frances Kendrick Bartee; and brothers Moody Alfred, R. H. Alfred and Elzie Alfred. Funeral Services for Mrs. Ellena Hamlin were held Monday, January 17, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Lowery officiating. Interment followed in the Jim English Cemetery. Condolences for Mrs. Hamlin may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

EUNICE DALE GATES “NANNY” ZALESKY
Mrs. Eunice Dale Gates “Nanny” Zalesky, age 73 of Kennard, passed away Friday, January 14, 2011 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Zalesky was born December 17, 1937 in Carmona, Trinity County, Texas and had lived all of her lifetime in Kennard. Mrs. Zalesky was a homemaker and member of the Truth Tabernacle Church in Kennard. She was an avid seamstress and enjoyed making dolls. Mrs. Zalesky was a loving nanny and mother. Survivors include her children La Quita Mancilla, of Crockett, Perry Lynn Neal, Gary Neal, Terry Neal, all of Kennard, Raquel Lopez and husband Gustavo, of Livingston, Cristy Zalesky, of Kennard, Kenneth Neal, of San Augustine and Kayla Neal, of Seattle, Wash.; 20 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brothers Raymond Gates and wife Martha, Aubrey Gates and wife Joyce and Harold Gates; sister Joanie Arnold and husband Eugene; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her parents Cleet and Eva Alexander Gates; brother and sister-in-law Tommy and Kay Gates; sister-in-law Betty Gates; grandson Cpl. Jacob Neal; and ex-husband Huron “Judge” Neal. Funeral Services for Mrs. Eunice Dale Gates “Nanny” Zalesky were held Monday, January 17, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle of Praise in Kennard with the Rev. Eugene Arnold officiating. Interment followed in the Ivie Cemetery. Condolences for Mrs. Zalesky may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

LURLINE SMITH
Mrs. Lurline Smith, age 91 of Crockett, passed away Friday, January 14, 2011 in the White Hall Nursing Center in Crockett. Mrs. Smith was born May 4, 1919 in Alto, Texas. Survivors include her two sisters Thelma Burleson, of Crockett and Georgia Powers, of Arlington; three brothers Frank Guinn, of Crockett, Jack Guinn, of Houston and Carl Guinn, of Alto; numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be on Saturday at the Church of Christ Hwy 69 North Alto, Texas from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Funeral Services for Mrs. Lurline Smith will be held Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Church of Christ, Hwy 69 N. Alto, with Bro. Kafee Andrews pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the Linwood Cemetery in Alto. Colonial Mortuary- Directors

FRANCES PEARSON
Mrs. Frances Pearson, age 88 of Grapeland, passed away, Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at her residence. Mrs. Pearson was born February 06, 1922 in Waco and was a resident of Grapeland for many years. Mrs. Pearson attended Baylor University where she met her husband, Rev. L. R. Pearson and they were later married on August 5, 1941. She was a homemaker and a Pastor’s wife. Mrs. Pearson was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lovelady. Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Rev. L. R. Pearson, of Grapeland; daughters Pat Pyron and husband Metz, of Houston, Nancy Rooney and husband Larry, of Grapeland and Connie Birdwell and husband Joe, of Md.; grandchildren Sherri Bazan, Ronnie Pyron, Stacey Goar, Richard Pyron, Shelley Nauman, Rhonda Shaw and Craig Martin; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters Inda Miller, of Columbus and Rose Mary Painter, of Dallas; brother Dr. Milton Rhodes, Jr., of San Antonio; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her parents Milton and Fannie Mae Rhodes; and sister, Martha Beckham. Funeral Services for Mrs. Frances Pearson were held Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the First Baptist Church in Lovelady. Graveside services followed at 3:00 p.m. in the Waco Memorial Park. Condolences for Mrs. Pearson may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ELVERA PORET SAUCIER
Mrs. Elvera Poret Saucier, age 85 of Grapeland, passed away Monday, January 16, 2011 at her residence. Mrs. Saucier was born January 19, 1925 in Hickory, Louisiana and was a 1941 graduate of Cottonport High School in Cottonport, Louisiana. Mrs. Saucier was a resident of Grapeland for many years. She was involved with her children in the P.T.O., Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. She was a member of the Garden Club and Business and Professional Women in Grapeland. Mrs. Saucier was also a member of the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church in Crockett having served on the Ladies Guild and was very active in the Catholic Daughters of America. Survivors include her children David Saucier and wife Peggy, of Houston, Philip Saucier and wife Lisa, of Santa Fe, Cynthia Jones and husband Fred, of Magnolia, Walter Saucier and wife Tina, of Grapeland, Burton Saucier and life partner Helmut Stuhlman, of Valrico, Fla., Cheryl Rodriquez and husband Roy, of Houston and Tim Saucier and wife Kim, of Grapeland; grandchildren David Emile Saucier, Stephen Saucier, Sara Rodriguez, Ryan Saucier, Eric Saucier, Matthew Jones, Jennifer Noto, Susan Jones, Roy Rodriquez IV, Reneè Basham, Melissa Parker and Keith Saucier; step-grandchildren Jamie Stewart and Vince Stewart; great-grandchildren Jena Saucier, Leah Saucier, Mattie Saucier, Allie Noto, Carson Basham, Addisyn Basham, Nathaniel Saucier, Natalie Saucier, Caroline Saucier, Chloe Saucier, Ellie Rodriguez, Benjamin Rodriguez and Macie Parker; brothers Ory G. Poret of Baton Rouge, La. and Dr. Harris L. Poret and wife Josie, of Cottonport, La.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Walter Earl (Dutch) Saucier; parents Lionel H. and Sarah (Ardoin) Poret; brothers Dr. Harvey A. Poret and Curley L. Poret. Funeral Mass for Mrs. Elvera Poret Saucier was held Friday, January 21, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. in the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church with Father Ranjan Cletus and Father Gary Rottman officiating. Interment followed in the Augusta Cemetery. Condolences for Mrs. Saucier may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

GORDON PYLE
Mr. Gordon Pyle, age 70 of Jacksonville, Arkansas, went to meet our Lord on January 7, 2011 after a long courageous battle with COPD. Mr. Pyle was born June 9, 1940 in Weches to the late Doyle and Annie Francis Pyle. After graduating from high school he joined the US Air Force. For many years Mr. Pyle worked for Veritype until joining a close friend in his computer sales company. On December 18, 1970 he married Joan VanBuskirk Admire in North Little Rock. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, and bird watching. He was a charter member of Military Road Baptist Church. Mr. Pyle was an active and faithful member of the church where he also composed the church’s monthly newsletter. He remained an active prayer warrior when he could no longer attend services. Those who knew him understood his love for life and his quick witted sense of humor. To perfectly describe him would be to say he was completely loyal, reliable, cooperative, trustworthy and a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be truly missed. Survivors include his loving wife of 40 years, Joan Pyle, of Jacksonville, Ark.; five children Keith (Wanda) Admire, Scott Admire, all of Jacksonville, Ark., Beth Ann (Teddy) Reynolds, of McNeil, Ark., Robin Ann (Tom Turnbeaugh) Pyle, of Pocatello, Idaho and Doyle (Shannon) Pyle, of Houston; 10 grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; two brothers Mickey Pyle, of Rosenburg, and Royce (Edna) Pyle, of Alto; sister Robbie Francis (Trent) Baggett, of Houston; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents Doyle and Annie Francis Pyle; older brother Bill Pyle; two sister-in-laws Joyce and Pansy Pyle. Funeral Services for Mr. Gordon Pyle were Wednesday, January 11, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Military Road Baptist Church with Brother Tim Hicks officiating. Interment will be Friday, January 14, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in Weches Cemetery in Weches. Please sign online guestbook at www.mooresjacksonvillefuneralhome.com Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home

ANNIE JEWEL SHMOLDAS
Miss Annie Jewel Shmoldas, age 63 of Lovelady, passed away Monday, January 10, 2011 in the Whitehall Nursing Center in Crockett. Miss Shmoldas was born March 19, 1947 in Camden, Texas and had lived in Houston County most of her lifetime. Miss Shmoldas enjoyed gardening, pets, coloring and her entertainment was watching television and listening to the radio. Survivors include her mother Rosie Steffek, of Crockett; sister Dorothy Whitehead and husband Ron, of Weldon; nephew Daniel Whitehead, of Weldon; numerous cousins and other relatives. Preceded in death by her father Richard Shmoldas; step-father Martin Steffek; and nephew Russell Whitehead. Private Graveside Services for Miss Annie Jewel Shmoldas were held Friday, January 14, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. in the Center Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of Choice or Heart to Heart Hospice. Condolences for Miss Shmoldas may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

PAULINE MARIE HALLMARK
Mrs. Pauline Marie Hallmark, age 95 of Flowery Branch, Georgia, formerly of Crockett, Texas, passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2011 in the Willowwood Nursing Home in Flowery Branch, Georgia. Mrs. Hallmark was born October 8, 1915 in Houston County, Texas and was a resident of Crockett for many years. She was the wife of Burke L. Hallmark until his death on January 19, 1996. Mrs. Hallmark was a former member of the First Baptist Church in Kennard and First Baptist Church in Crockett. She was a housewife. Survivors include her one child Shirley Hallmark Goodwin and husband Dr. Charles Goodwin, of Atlanta, Ga. area; three grandchildren Timothy Goodwin, Andy Goodwin and Tylene Goodwin Foster, all Atlanta, Ga.; three great-grandchildren Savannah Foster a student at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga., Hunter Foster a student at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga. and Drew Goodwin a student at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga.; many nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews; and a few great-great-nieces and greatgreat-nephews. Preceded in death by her parents Robert Edward Sanders and Norma Byers Sanders, of Houston County; three brothers Homer Sanders, of Houston, Nelson Sanders and Austin Sanders, both of Huntsville; and three sisters Helen Hobson, of Huntsville, Zula Broxson, of Lovelady, and Mavrick Hobson English, of Latexo. Funeral Services for Mrs. Pauline Marie Hallmark were held Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jim Durham officiating. Interment followed in the Calvary Cemetery in Nogalus Prairie. Condolences for Mrs. Hallmark may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

EMMA PAULINE WESTBROOK
Mrs. Emma Pauline Westbrook, age 90 of Latexo, passed away Wednesday, December 29, 2010 in the Pine Ridge Healthcare in Livingston. Mrs. Westbrook was born December 20, 1920 in Angleton, Texas and had lived most of her lifetime in Latexo. Mrs. Westbrook was retired from Champion Papers in Pasadena where she had worked as a secretary with 40 years of service. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the First Baptist Church in Latexo. Survivors include numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives including; great-niece and care-giver, Sheila Koperna and husband Bill, of Livingston; and great-great-niece Stacie Walton, of Onalaska. Preceded in death by husband of 65 years, James L. Westbrook; parents Willie and Sallie (Giesecke) Pruitt; and half brother Billy Pruitt. Funeral Services for Mrs. Emma Pauline Westbrook were held Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Latexo with Dr. Jeff Taylor officiating. Interment followed in the Latexo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Order of the Eastern Star, Masonic Lodge or the Shriner’s. Condolences for Mrs. Westbrook may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home ALTA “SISSY” RAY Miss Alta “Sissy” Ray, age 52 of Huntsville, passed away, Friday, December 31, 2010 in the Huntsville Memorial Hospital. Miss Ray was born June 20, 1958 in Crockett, Texas and had lived most of her lifetime in Huntsville. Survivors include her brother Wayne Roberson and wife Joyce, of Huntsville; sister Addie Ray “Mickey” Smith, of Huntsville; brother Larry Roberson and wife Debbie, of Riverside; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her parents Alton Ray, Sr. and Addie Lou Ray; sister Betty Joyce Roberson; brother Alton Ray, Jr.; and sister Mary Huntsberger. Funeral Services for Miss Alta “Sissy” Ray were held Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Goss officiating. Interment followed in the Davis Cemetery. Condolences for Miss Ray may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JO-CARROLL FILLEY
Mrs. Jo-Carroll Filley, beloved wife, mother, sister and friend, left this earth peacefully on Thursday, December 30, 2010, surrounded by love with her daughter and son-in-law by her side. Mrs. Filley was born on February 21, 1950 to Mervin and Doris Jean (Andrus) Sanford in Conroe, Texas. She grew up in Victoria, and was a long time resident of Crosby, where she was a Deputy Sheriff with the Harris County Sheriff’s office. She later moved to Crockett, where she again pursued her career with law enforcement with the Houston County Sheriff’s office. Along with her long-time public service, she also loved working with the local animal shelters to help neglected and unwanted animals. She also had a love of antiques and opened up the antique shop “Somewhere in Time” on the square in downtown Crockett. She later reunited with classmate Michael Filley, and remarried and moved to Austin. She will be truly missed and is loved by all. Survivors include her husband Mike Filley, of Austin; daughter Kymberly and her husband George Poulos, of Austin; stepchildren John, Daniel, and Laura Filley, of Austin; sister Linda and her husband Bud Hankins, and their children, Jason Hankins and Ashlee and husband Robert Seale, and their daughter Abbi Seale, all of Victoria. Preceded in death and met in heaven by her parents Mervin and Doris Jean Sanford. Memorial Services celebrating Jo’s life was held Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel of Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home, 14501 North Interstate 35, Pflugerville, Texas 78660. To share your memories of Jo-Carroll with her family, please visit HYPERLINK "http://www.cookwaldencapitalparks.com" www.cookwaldencapitalparks.com. Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home

HELEN CALVERT CHANDLER
Mrs. Helen Calvert Chandler, age 97 of College Station, previously of Lovelady, passed away Monday, January 3, 2011, in the Magnified Health and Rehab of Anderson in College Station. Mrs. Chandler was born September 20, 1913 in Prairie Point Community and had been living in College Station for the past 3 years. Mrs. Chandler was a member of the A & M Church of Christ in College Station and was a housewife. Survivors include her son Leon Chandler and wife Pat, of Conroe; daughter Linda Chandler, of Bryan; grandchildren Michael Chandler, of Conroe, Jeff Chandler, of Houston, Paula Roberts, of Somerville, Steven Barefield, of Houston, Amanda Wright, of Austin, Matthew Martin, of College Station and Cynthia Martin, of Marble Falls; 15 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Jo Calvert, of Madisonville; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Carl Chandler; daughter Melba Anderson; parents Austin and Minnie Calvert; grandson Jodie Barefield; sisters Faye Chandler, Lois Jeffus and Ruth Carroll and brother, Gary Calvert. Funeral Services for Mrs. Helen Calvert Chandler were held Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Lanier Stevens officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Houston County Cancer Support Group c/o First Community Bank, P. O. Box 172, Crockett, Texas 75835. Condolences for Mrs. Chandler may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DIANA MORROW
Mrs. Diana Morrow, age 76 of Lufkin, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2011 in Lufkin at Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Morrow was born June 30, 1934 in Kansas City, Missouri to the late Amelia (Vanson) and Virgil Ross Sheffield. She had resided in Lufkin since June 1974. Mrs. Morrow graduated from Stephens College and the University of Missouri. She was a 5th and 6th grade teacher, and taught in Kansas City, Missouri, Grand Island, Nebraska, and Jacksonville, Florida, and in 1975 she began teaching at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School in Lufkin. Mrs. Morrow enjoyed performing in plays at Angelina College. She loved playing Bridge, and taught Bridge classes at Angelina College. Mrs. Morrow was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lufkin. Mrs. Morrow was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her proudest moments in life were the births of her son and three grandsons. Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Terry Morrow, of Lufkin; son and daughter-in-law James Sheffield and Kimberly Morrow, of Plano; grandsons Taylor, Zach and Jake Morrow; sister and brother-in-law Jean and Jim Prewitt, of Indian Wells, Calif.; nieces Julie Kramschuster, Jill Smull and Janis Auner; and a number of other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral Services for Mrs. Diana Morrow were held Friday, January 7, 2011 in the Henderson Chapel of the First United Methodist Church of Lufkin with Senior Pastor D. Nick Sholars officiating. Entombment followed in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park Sunset Mausoleum. Pallbearers were Gene Benton, Bryan Blevins, Arthur Jordan, James Kerbo, Jake Morrow, Taylor Morrow, Zach Morrow and Dr. Jerry Spinks. Honorary Pallbearers were the members of the Crown Colony Neighborhood Dinner Club. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Lufkin, 805 East Denman Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75901 or Hospice in the Pines, 116 South Raguet Street, Lufkin, Texas 75904. Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com. Carroway Funeral Home

ALMA KNOX TAYLOR
Ms. Alma Knox Taylor, age 82 of Abilene, passed away Wednesday, January 5, 2011 in Abilene after a brave battle with cancer. Ms. Taylor was born December 18, 1928 in Crockett to Dovie and Leo Knox, Alma was the youngest of seven children. She grew up in Crockett and graduated from Crockett High School and Sam Houston State University. She was a devoted mother and avid cheerleader to her sons Charlie and Steve. Ms. Taylor lived in Abilene, Texas and had a long, successful career at Waldrop's Furniture. In recent years she brought joy to all the patients and staff at her son's orthodontic office. A sports enthusiast and strong competitor; countless memories were made playing golf and tennis with her family and friends. Survivors include her sons Charles Marcus Taylor III and wife Linda, Steven Knox Taylor and wife Kristine; grandchildren Meredith and Stephen Luskey, Margaret Claire Taylor, John Knox Taylor and Ellen Kristine Taylor were the joy of her life. Preceded in death by her parents Dovie and Leo Knox; granddaughter Hallie Elizabeth Taylor; twin sister Bettye George; brothers Willie Knox and HB Knox; and sisters Dorothy Barker, Peggy Mattox and Doris Faye. A Memorial Service for Ms. Alma Knox Taylor was held Friday, January 7, 2011 at Church of the Heavenly Rest, Episcopal with The Reverend Luke Back officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Hendrick Hospice, 1682 Hickory Street, Abilene, TX 79601, and Church of the Heavenly Rest, Episcopal, 602 Meander, Abilene, TX 79602. Online condolences may be posted at HYPERLINK "http://www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com" www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com. The Hamil Family Funeral Home

WILLIAM T. (BILL) TONEY JR.
Mr. William T. (Bill) Toney,Jr. age 97, passed away Thursday, December 16, 2010, in Austin. Mr. Toney was born in Houston County, Texas, the eldest son of William Thomas Toney and Ida Ora Leonard Toney. After attending area schools, he enlisted in the Army and served in the Cavalry. After being discharged by the Army and working along the Texas border as a Border Patrol Agent, Bill enlisted in the Navy and served aboard the USS Crescent City in World War II. Following WWII, he remained in the Navy Reserves and retired as a Commander, while still serving in the Border Patrol. He was a master marksman, and won the National Pistol Championship in 1952, and served as an official at the 1984 Olympics. After retiring from the Border Patrol, he joined the faculty of Stephen F. Austin State University and later worked for the State of Texas as a probation officer. Survivors include his children Anne Toney, Martha (Ron) Cunningham, John Toney, and William Toney III (Maggie); grandchildren William Small (Gina), Thomas Small (Stacy), Cullen Toney, Sarah Littler (Ben), Laura Smith (Kyle), Summer Toney, Rose Toney, Julia Toney, and William Toney IV.; great-grandchildren Kati, Rebecca, TJ, Payton, Austin, and Alexander; sisters Helen Toney, Demp Toney and Nelma Wilkinson. Preceded in death by his brothers H. Beeson and Vinnis Toney. Funeral Services for Mr. William T. (Bill) Toney Jr. were held Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Weed-Corley-Fish Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to the American Heart Association or your favorite charity. Memorial guestbook available online at HYPERLINK "http://www.wcfish.com" www.wcfish.com Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home

SUE GIBSON HILL
Mrs. Sue Gibson Hill, age 72 of Crockett, passed away Monday, December 20, 2010 in Crockett. Mrs. Hill was born November 19, 1938 in Crockett, Texas and had lived in Crockett for the past 15 years. Mrs. Hill was a housewife and was a member of the Shady Grove Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband Billie G. Hill, of Crockett; daughters Rita Gibson King and husband DaWayne, of Crockett, Susan McDaniel and husband Curtis, of Crockett; grandchildren Timothy King and wife Shelly, Anthony King and wife Kendall, all of Crockett and James Ragsdale and wife Michal, of Beaumont; great-granddaughter Leah King, of Crockett; step-children Jacky Hill and wife Deana, of Crockett and Russell Hill and husband Jody, of Buffalo; step-grandchildren Brandon Hill and wife Sandy, of Crockett and Tiffany Thomas and husband Justin, of Spring; step-great-grandchild Tristen; sisters Carol Patrick and husband James, of Crockett and Estelle Stuart, of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Jack Gibson, Jr. in 2005; parents George and Jewell Richardson; and nephew David Patrick. Funeral Services for Mrs. Sue Gibson Hill were held Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Mack McCall officiating. Interment followed in the New Energy Cemetery. Condolences for Mrs. Hill may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

PAULA JONES
Mrs. Paula Jones, age 88 of Lovelady, passed away Monday, December 20, 2010, in the Triumph Health Care in Tomball. Mrs. Jones was born August 17, 1922 in Collin County, Texas and had lived in Lovelady since 1982. Mrs. Jones was instrumental and actively involved in Between Job Ministries in Northwest Bible Church. She was a housewife and a member of the First Baptist Church in Lovelady. Survivors include her daughter Patricia Anne Williams and husband Larry; son Larry C. Jones and wife Allie; sister Sandra Jaynes; brothers Lloyd Fred Akin, Kenneth Ray Akin and wife Loretta; grandchildren Robert D. Williams and wife Nan, Robin A. Arnold and husband Brian, Rodney E. Williams and wife Kathleen, Ronald Williams and wife Renee, Lori Snelson and husband Ricky, Heather Shaffer and husband Kevin, Shelly Jones, Robin Kachantones-Tucker and husband Michael, Lainie McKeating and husband Sean, Jessica Doty and husband, Michael; 20 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, greatnieces, great-nephews and friends. Preceded in death by her parents Roy and Edna Akin; husband John H. Jones, Jr.,; son Vaughn Ray Jones; and sister Edna Faye Jones and husband, Quinton. Funeral Services for Mrs. Paula Jones will be held Monday, December 27, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Northwest Bible Church in Spring with the Rev. Scott Matthews officiating. Graveside Services will follow at 3:00 p.m. in the Holly Cemetery. Condolences for Mrs. Jones may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MAVIS LITTLE KNOX
Mrs. Mavis Little Knox, age 89 years young, passed away peacefully Saturday, December 18, 2010 in Maysville, Kentucky. Mrs. Knox was born to T. L. (Roy) Little and Maude Gayle Little on March 25, 1921 in Volga, Houston County, Texas and resided in the county for most of her life. She also spent ten years of her adult life in Centerville in Leon County. She was a lifetime member of the Church of Christ, most recently the South Loop Church of Christ in Crockett. She was a faithful Christian all of her life. Mrs. Knox was a graduate of Sam Houston State Teachers College. During her lifetime, she was a farmer and rancher's wife, a school teacher, a County Home Demonstration Agent and an employee of the State Welfare Department. She was an active member of the Houston County Historical Society and spent many years of service at Crockett's East Texas Medical Center. In that service, she was praised many times for her loyal and dedicated work. Her proudest moment there was when she was recognized for 2,000 hours of service. Survivors include her children daughter Pamela Knox Webb, of Tollesboro, Ky.; son Royce Malcolm Knox, of Southlake; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother Thurman Little, of Lovelady; and a sister Genelle Treesh, of Brenham. Preceded in death in 1989 by her husband of 49 years, Malcolm (Mack) Knox; and a son Terry Paxton Knox at the age of 15 in 1961. Funeral Services for Mrs. Mavis Little Knox were held Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with her family officiating. Private Graveside Services followed. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. Condolences for Mrs. Knox may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DENNIS SEXTON
Mr. Dennis Sexton, age 87 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mr. Sexton was born November 6, 1923 in Houston County, Texas and was a resident of Crockett most of his lifetime. Mr. Sexton was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served during World War II. He was a retired painter and a member of the First Baptist Church in Crockett. Survivors include his wife Jane Omelina Sexton, of Crockett; sister-in-law Mickey McGaugh, of Corsicana; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his parents Will and Leila Sexton; sisters Syble Beeson and Mary Lou Welch; brothers W. J. Sexton, John Elliott Sexton and Charles Edgar Sexton; and special cousin Wilma Sexton Foote. Funeral Services for Mr. Dennis Sexton were held Friday, December 24, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Keeney Dickenson officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Houston County Animal Shelter, Houston County Veterinary Hospital, 2105 North Fourth Street, Crockett, Texas 75835. Condolences for Mr. Sexton may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

HAZEL MCANALLY
Mrs. Hazel McAnally, age 96 of Pasadena, passed away Friday, December 24, 2010 in the Bayshore Hospital in Pasadena. Mrs. McAnally was born September 13, 1914 in Mt. Selman, Texas, and had been living in Pasadena for the past 11 years. Mrs. McAnally had worked as a clerk for Craven and Dargins Insurance and was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mt. Selman. Survivors include her two sisters Frances Loretta Blaylock and husband Thomas Winston, of Houma, Ouida Sanderson, of Pasadena; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives including, Sandee and Stan Davis, of Friendswood and Sherry and Mike Mays, of Mobile, Ala. Preceded in death by her husband Milton Fletcher McAnally. Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Hazel McAnally were held Monday, December 27, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in the Old Glover Cemetery with the Rev. Reggie Gregory officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 1100 W. 49th Street Room #G408, Austin, Texas 78756. Condolences for Mrs. McAnally may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MATTIE BELL NICK
Mrs. Mattie Bell Nick, age 98 of Grapeland, passed away Saturday, December 25, 2010 at Houston County Nursing Home. Mrs. Nick was born October 5, 1912 in Houston County to J.L. and Olivia Gentry Whitehead. Mrs. Nick was a homemaker, an avid quilter and gardener. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Grapeland. Survivors include her daughters Lilly Pearl Moss, of Sherman, Marie Reed, of Grapeland, Eva McKinney, of Lufkin, Mattie Lou Richardson, of Crockett and Edwena Martin and husband Bobby, of Palestine; two sisters Ruth Butler and Elsie Kinard, both of Grapeland; 16 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents J.L. and Olivia Gentry Whitehead; husband A.E. Nick; son John Truit Nick; sisters Alma Randall, Adell Martin, and Eunice Tims; brothers Decator Whitehead, Clifton Whitehead, Eacle Whitehead, and Frank Whitehead; three grandchildren Jessie Lynn Tims, D.E. Tims, Rodney Richardson; and two great-grandchildren Ashley Nicole Benge, and Stephanie Curry. Funeral Services for Mrs. Mattie Bell Nick were held Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, Grapeland with the Rev. David Bradley and the Rev. Wes Johnson officiating. Interment followed in Whitehead Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, Grapeland, Texas. To view online, leave condolences or sign the guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com Bailey & Foster Funeral Home

DOROTHY PARKS WRIGHT
Mrs. Dorothy Parks Wright, age 92, passed away Sunday, December 26, 2010. Picking cotton during the depression was a way for Dorothy Parks Wright to help out with her family’s needs. She had one sister and four brothers and would work in the fields sometimes after school. Dragging around a 100 pound sack of cotton prepared her for the stamina required to raise three of her own children while working full time for the Harris County Department of Education as a bookkeeper. Mrs. Wright was born in Kennard, Texas to Will B. and Carrie Parks. She moved to Houston after high school and began her career as a bookkeeper in the late 1930’s working for the T.J. Bettis Company. It was here she met her husband, Mitchell Wright, who coincidentally, spent his childhood years about 60 miles away in Pineland, Texas. She was a dedicated Christian who lived her life in service of the Lord Jesus Christ. A favorite Bible verse was “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9 Mrs. Wright passed away peacefully in the afternoon surrounded by her immediate family and numerous caregivers who have provided some of the best loving care imaginable during the previous year. Her generosity touched so many lives and she will be missed. Survivors include her sister Bernice English, of Kennard; son Paul M. Wright, of Austin; daughter Carrie Gay (husband Mike), of Katy; grandchildren Katie Gay, Austin Gay (wife Rebecca), Kelli Gay, Barclay Wright; and numerous, cousins, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband Mitchell Wright (1990), son William Lon Wright (1995). Funeral Services for Mrs. Dorothy Parks Wright were held Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Kennard with the Rev. Jim Durham officiating. Interment followed Corinth Cemetery. A Memorial Service for other family and friends will be held at the West University Baptist Church on January 8, 2011. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Dorothy’s name to a charity of the giver’s choosing. Condolences for Mrs. Wright may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ALVIN ALLEN BURCHFIELD
Mr. Alvin Allen Burchfield, age 97 of Rusk, passed away Sunday, December 26, 2010 at the Arbors Nursing Home in Rusk. Mr. Burchfield was born February 26, 1913 in Trevat, Texas to the late Samuel Allen and Anne Ball Burchfield. He was the second child and oldest son of Samuel and Spice Anne Burchfield. He was delivered by his grandfather, Dr. Smith Strauther Ball M.D. Mr. Burchfield was a logger in the Fastril and Diboll communities. He was interviewed by Tumble Weed Smith and Bob Bowman. Mr. Burchfield was a Mason for almost 65 years, served as Grand Master and recently received the prestigious Golden Trowel Award and was recognized as the oldest Mason in the state of Texas performing Masonic burial memorials which he was “honored” to do. He was a member of the Rusk Euclid Masonic Lodge #45, First United Methodist Church in Rusk, The Order of Eastern Star, Rusk/Alto Chapter#79, The United Cherokeean Indian Nation Tribe, a carpenter by trade, craftsman and oil field worker. Survivors include his daughters and their spouses, June Hensley, of Nacogdoches, Gloma and Jim Aultman, of Lufkin, Sharron and James Randall, of Crockett, Shirley and Jim Newell and Judy and Dan Williams, all of Rusk; son Randy Burchfield and wife Kathy, of New Caney, 12 grandchildren and spouses, Kenny and Karen Hensley, Kirk and Diana Hensley, Keith and Gina Hensley, Jerry and Carrie Mullins, Jonathan and Kimberly Mullins, Tim and Rhonda Williams, Jay Williams, Eric and Stacia Newell, April and Tobin Becker, Amber and Jason Ortega, Aaron and Crystal Burchfield, Ashley and Jeremy Lusk; 21 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, brother-in-law Truman and Truis Hugghins, Merle Thornhill, Jewel Eberhardt and Mary Ellen Harris. Preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Ruby Hugghins Burchfield; parents Samuel Allen and Anna Ball Burchfield; two brothers; three sisters; son-in-law Kenneth “Rock” Hensley. Funeral Services for Mr. Alvin Allen Burchfield were held Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home in Rusk with Randy Burchfield and the Rev. Don Copeland officiating. Masonic Graveside Rites was in Salem Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandsons. If desired, memorials may be made to Rusk Euclid Masonic Lodge #45 and The Scholarship Fund, PO Box 56, Rusk, TX 75785. Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home

DONNIE RAY WEISINGER
Mr. Donnie Ray Weisinger, age 57 of Houston, formerly of Grapeland, passed away Saturday, December 25, 2010 at Southern Hills Medical Center, while visiting family in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Weisinger was born February 28, 1953 in Crockett to Donald and Wilma Lucille Koepnick Weisinger. Mr. Weisinger spent his entire career in the oil industry. In his more than 35 years in the industry Mr. Weisinger worked for a number of companies and in a variety of locations. Mr. Weisinger worked on-shore and off, from Louisiana to Alaska and on projects across the globe. He worked for BP, Exxon Mobile, and Vastar, and finished his career as director of drilling completion for Noble Energy in Houston. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Lanita Weisinger, of Houston; father Donald Weisinger, of Grapeland; three sons Eric Weisinger, of Nashville, Tenn., Kurt Weisinger and wife Brittany, of Oak Harbor, Wash. and Luke Weisinger, of Houston; sisters Shirley Huff and Barbara Brown and husband Greg; brothers Donald Gene Weisinger and wife Gwen and Billy Oscar Weisinger and wife Sherry. Preceded in death by his mother Wilma Lucille Koepnick Weisinger. Funeral Services for Mr. Donnie Ray Weisinger will be Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in Oak Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Fred Lintelman officiating. Interment will follow in Guiceland Cemetery. To view online, leave condolences or sign the guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com Bailey & Foster Funeral Home

JOHN R. (JOHNNY) SHAVER
Mr. John R. (Johnny) Shaver, age 86, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 30, 2010 in Conroe, Texas. Mr. Shaver was born in Grapeland, Texas on November 15, 1924 to Willis and Adelaide Shaver. He joined the Navy Seabees in the 1940's during WWII and was in the South Pacific corridor. After the war he returned to Crockett where he met and married Martha Ann Spence. They had one son, John Rodney Shaver, Jr. and lived in Crockett, Texas. He retired from Entex as Manager of the Crockett office after thirty-seven years of service. Mr. Shaver was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Crockett, a member of the Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21 of Crockett and retired from the Crockett Volunteer Fire Department presiding as Fire Chief during that time. He loved being with his family and his many friends, along with fishing and hunting. Survivors include his son John Rodney Shaver Jr. and wife Barbara Norrid Shaver, of Kingwood; sister Marjorie Shaver Cecil; grandson Eddie Norrid, of Deer Park; greatgrandchildren Lexi and Riley Norrid; sister-in-law Doris Spence Griffin; nieces Gorgana Shaver Hyde and Mary Helen Cecil York; nephews James David Cecil, David Frank Griffin, Dwight Griffin, Don Griffin and Bill Freshour. Preceded in death by his loving wife, Martha Ann Spence Shaver; father Willis Shaver, mother Adelaide Selkirk Shaver; brother George Willis Shaver; sisters-in-law Charlyne Matchett Shaver and Peggy Spence Freshour; brother-in-law James Cecil; niece Jo Anna Cecil; and nephew Marty Freshour. Funeral Services for Mr. John R. (Johnny) Shaver were held Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Dr. Jerry House officiating. Graveside service followed in Evergreen Memorial Park in Crockett. In lieu of flowers donation may be made to the Shiloh Methodist Church, P. O. Box 984, Crockett, Texas 75835. Condolences for Mr. Shaver may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

 

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