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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of July 10, 2007 - July 18, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Mr. Jay R. Douglas IV, age 56 of The Woodlands, went to heaven on Sunday, July 1, 2007. Mr. Douglas was born September 1, 1950 in Paola, Kansas. Mr. Douglas was an avid sportsman that enjoyed all sports and spending time with his loving family.
Survivors Include his wife of 24 years, Dean Douglas; three children Kyle, Jay V and Keagan; mother Dorothea Douglas; one sister Melinda Moore.
A Service Celebrating Mr. Jay R. Douglas IV, life were held Tuesday, July 3, at 10:00 at First Baptist Church in The Woodlands with the Rev, Don Barrick officiating.
Graveside Services were held at 3:00 p.m. in North Creek Cemetery in Centerville.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Church of The Woodlands Recreation Ministry, 11801 Grogans Mill Road, The Woodlands, TX. 77380.
Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home

Mrs. Janis Marie Baker Fulton, age 70 of Grapeland, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2007. Mrs. Fulton was born September 11, 1936 in Bay City to Frank James and Alice Callaway Baker. Mrs. Fulton graduated from Bay City High School in 1955 and entered Sam Houston State University that fall. Soon after the fall semester began she met John Fulton. Thay married on May 28, 1957. Over the next four years she finished a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and had three children. Mrs. Fulton taught first and second grade for 27 years in Grapeland and Pasadena. In 1964 Mrs. Fulton and John bought a piece of property in Percilla that they named “See-More and Do-Little Ranch, Inc.” The last 14 years of her life were happily spent there.
Survivors Include her husband of 50 years, John Fulton; children Eileen Maas and husband Steve, Dianne Hess and husband Michael, David Fulton and Debbie Crenshaw; grandchildren Brandyne Wegman and husband John, Stacy Taylor and husband Toby, Laura Hess, Erich Schoeffler, Amy Fulton, Ryan Fulton and Madison Maas,; brothers Frank Baker and wife Tommy, of Bay City, Aubrey Baker, of Galveston, D K Baker and wife Joan, of Pearland; sister Janet Gilbert and husband Gerald, of Grand Saline.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Janis Marie Baker Fulton were held Tuesday, July 3, at 1:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Grapeland with Dr. Jack Shoultz, the Rev. Bill Denmon and Chuck Gossett officiating. Interment followed in the Parker Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Phil Barnes, Ben Childress, Chad Goolsby, Mitchell Huff, Bill Mehrens, and Harry Pridgen. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Brown, Herbert Franks, Faron Griffin, Charles Ingram, Kirby Jett, Charlie Perry, Robert Stephens, and Don Weeks.
Bailey & Foster Funeral Home

Mrs. Gladys C. Hughes, age 93, a resident of Whitehall Nursing Center for the past five years, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2007. Mrs. Hughes was born August 11, 1913 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and lived most of her life there. After her retirement as an office manager for the Square D Electric Company, she traveled extensively. Mrs. Hughes was active in her Presbyterian Church where she served as an Elder and Clerk of Session. 
Survivors include her sister Irene Case, of Crockett; nieces and nephews Bill and Paulette Heck, of Livingston, Sharon H. Vester, of Bedford and Jeffery N. Heck, of Woodville.
Preceded in death by her daughter Charlene Noggler; and husbands Charles Noggler and Arthur Hughes.
Memorial Services for Mrs. Gladys C. Hughes will be held Wednesday, July 11, at 2:00 p.m. at Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. William Heck and the Rev. Thomas Spath officiating. Interment will be in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Elizabeth Smith Tanner, age 86, passed away Friday, June 29, 2007. Mrs. Was retired from the Crockett State School where she was employed as an administrative and made her home in Crockett. Mrs. Tanner had a deep love for all animals, especially the many pets that inhabited the Tanner household through the years. Mrs. Tanner was a Catholic. Mrs. Tanner will truly be missed by all of her family and friends.
Survivors Include her husband and sweetheart of 66 years, Frederick L. Tanner, Jr.; nephews Joseph Soltis and Bill (Wanda) Soltis.
Graveside Services for Mrs. Elizabeth Smith Tanner were held Thursday, July 5, at 1:15 p.m. at Houston National Cemetery in Houston.
Memorial Services will be celebrated Friday, July 6, at 9:00 a.m. at St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church in Crockett.
Seaside Funeral Home

We have lost a bright star, a woman full of life, laughter, and love. Mrs. Brenda Beathard left this world on June 18, 2007 with her beloved family and friends at her side. Mrs. Beathard was born to Homer and Gwendolyn Nagel on April 30, 1940. Mrs. Beathard graduated from Vidor High School in 1958 and married her high school sweetheart, Gerald Beathard.
After many years of teaching in Vidor and Galveston, she became the camp director in the game of life for her children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors. Mrs. Beathard was tenacious in her battle against several illnesses and overcame many obstacles. Her life is a testimony to never giving up, never feeling sorry for yourself, and always believing in the promises of tomorrow. Mrs. Beathard will be missed by those she loved and will always be present in our hearts.
Survivors include her daughter Wendy; son and daughter-in-law Gerry and Mary Beathard; grandchildren Jessica and Trey; brothers John Austin Nagel and Charles Glenn Nagel; and mother-in-law Zelma Beathard.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Brenda Beathard were held Saturday, June 23, at 1:00 PM in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel in Crockett. Interment followed in the New Energy Cemetery.  
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Barbara Bush Youth Literacy Foundation, 1201 15th Street NW, Suite 420, Washington, DC 20005.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Bobby Nolan Atkinson, age 77 of Liberty, passed away Friday, June 29, 2007 in Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital from complications following a heart attack. Mr. Atkinson was born February 18, 1930 Pearson Chapel in Houston County, he was the second of four sons born to Leo and Jewel Atkinson and was a long time resident of Liberty.
Mr. Atkinson graduated from Lovelady High School in 1948 and married his childhood sweetheart, Barbara Daniel, on Christmas Day of that year. Trained as a butcher by his uncle, Mr. Atkinson was employed by IIooks Grocery in Crockett where he and his wife Barbara lived until 1952.
Their first child a daughter Cynthia was born in 1951. In July, 1952 Mr. Atkinson and his family moved to Liberty when he was hired by B.M. “Tad” LaFour, owner of LaFour’s Super Value Grocery. This business grew and became Minimax in 1958.
Mr. Atkinsson’s family also grew as twins Robbye and Bobby were born to him and Barbara in 1963. The business continued to flourish, and Mr. Atkinson loyalty and hard work paid off when Mr. LaFour sold Minimax to his stepson Hubert Ray and to Mr. Atkinson in 1973. In 1976 Minimax moved into a new and larger store and continued as Liberty’s leading grocery under their ownership until it was purchased by H.E.B. Mr. Atkinson officially retired in 1989.
Mr. Atkinson enjoyed hunting, fishing and working in his yard, but he most enjoyed the company of his family-his wife, children and grandchildren and family activities. In retirement Mr. Atkinson and Barbara took 15 cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska. A member of the First Baptist Church in Liberty since 1980 and active in the church also with Barbara until he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1994, Mr. Atkinson had been a resident of Golden Charm Nursing Home since 2001.
A well respected man in the community and beloved by his family and friends, he will be missed by all whose lives he toughed.
Survivors Include his wife of 58 years, Barbara Atkinson; three children Cynthia and John Henderson, of Livingston, Robbye and Dorrance Deakle, of Houston and Robert and Ellen Atkinson, of Liberty; eight grandchildren chris and Jeff Henderson, Donnie deakle and Dawn Holland, Eric and Ashley Atkinson and Jessica and Laura Smith; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services for Mr. Bobby Nolan Atkinson were held Monday, July 2, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Liberty.Allison Funeral Service   


Mr. Ben L. Satterwhite III, age 63 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Satterwhite was born June 21, 1944 in Huntsville and was a graduate of Crockett High School. Mr. Satterwhite worked in the family business, B. L. Satterwhite Wholesale Grocery, until 1980. Mr. Satterwhite was a life long member of First Baptist Church in Crockett. Mr. Satterwhite was an avid sports fan and was loyal to his favorite teams, the Texas Longhorns and the Atlanta Braves. Mr. Satterwhite faced many challenges in his life and met them all without complaint. Mr. Satterwhite will be missed by all his family because he was a true historian. Mr. Satterwhite had a phenomenal memory and could recall dates and information for all who could not remember. 
Survivors include his sister Judy Satterwhite, of Houston; brother and sister-in-law Bob and Trudy Satterwhite, of San Antonio; nieces Kimberly Satterwhite, of San Antonio and Melissa Ramos and husband Nick, of San Antonio; great-nephew Jacob Ramos. of San Antonio; aunts and uncle Ann and Smith Satterwhite, of Crockett,  Helen Satterwhite, of Raymondville.
Preceded in death by his parents B. L. Satterwhite, Jr. and Rebecca Wilson Satterwhite.
Funeral Services for Mr. Ben L. Satterwhite III were held Tuesday, July 3, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Keeney Dickenson officiating.  Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Crockett Merchants Little League, Attention: Burl Hobson, P. O. Box 1420, Crockett, TX. 75835 or First Baptist Church Library Fund, 801 E. Goliad Avenue, Crockett, TX.  75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home







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