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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of July 19, 2007 - July 26, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Mr. Woodie H. Kitching, 61 of Dickinson, passed away on Monday, June 11, 2007 after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Kitching was a U.S. Army Veteran of Viet Nam.
Mr. Kitching was an active member of Cowboy Assault helicopter group from 173rd Airborne and 335th Viet Nam 1966-1967. Mr. Kitching was also a member of local union 450 of Corp. of Operative Engineers and member of VFW Post 5400. 
Survivors include his wife Kathy; son Kendall, of Dickinson; sister Wilma McVay; three grandchildren Jordyn and Landon Kitching, of Dickinson and Laryssa Shiftlett, of Splendora,; mother-in-law Lillie Moffitt, of Crockett; three step-children Brad Shiflett and wife Susie, of Splendora, Melissa and husband Scott Boyson, of Virginia Beach, Va. and Craig Brasher, of Dickinson; special friends Garry and wife Barbara Hargrove and Jesse Hargrove, all of Corpus Christi; sister-in- laws Linda Brinegar and husband Bill, of Grapeland, Lillie Licklider and husband Kermit, of Angleton and Joan Jones and husband Randy, of Santa Fe; and numerous other family members and friends.
Funeral Service for Mr. Woodie H. Kitching were held on Thursday, June 14, at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Forest Park East Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery.
Forest Park East Funeral Home      

Mr. William Reese Pemberton II, age 32 of Van Horn, previously of Crockett, passed away Friday, June 29, 2007 in Cleveland County, North Carolina. Mr. Pemberton was born April 13, 1975 in Beeville, Texas and had lived in Van Horn for the past six months. Mr. Pemberton was employed by Swift Transportation as a truck driver and attended the Methodist Church.
Survivors include his father Bill Pemberton and wife Judy, of Crockett; mother Anne Pemberton, of Van Horn; sister Amanda Scheller and husband Rich, of Austin; nieces Allison Scheller, Emma Scheller, all of Austin; step-sister Katie Kromer, of Crockett; numerous other relatives.
Preceded in death by his grandparents Barnes and Tommie Ruth Pemberton and James and Fanita Vaught.
Funeral Services for Mr. William Reese Pemberton II were held Friday, July 6, at 11:00 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Crockett with Dr. Jerry House and the Rev. Jim Tom Ainsworth officiating. 
Graveside Funeral Services were held Saturday, July 7, at 2:00 p.m. in the Vaught Cemetery in Mountainburg, Arkansas with the Rev. Justin Allen officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 984, Crockett, Texas 75835 or Charity of Choice.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Welch Werner Knight, age 49 of Cypress, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2007 at his residence. Mr. Knight was born December 31, 1957 in Houston. Mr. Knight was a graduate of San Marcos Baptist Academy and attended Southwest Texas University. Mr. Knight was a veteran of the United States Navy and was a professional photographer at the time of his death.
Survivors include his wife Penny Johnson Knight, of Houston; parents Dee and Mack Steed, of Kennard; sisters Sara Bruce and husband Larry, and Suzanne Steed, of Kennard; mother-in-law Hilda Johnson, of Port Arthur.
Funeral Services for Mr. Welch Werner Knight were held Sunday, July 15, at 2 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Larry Bruce officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Walter Naill, Jr., age 65 of Upland, California, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2007 near Tacoma, Washington. Mr. Naill was born April 21, 1942 in Houston, Texas and was a 1960 graduate of John F. Dulles High School.
Mr. Naill was a graduate of Texas A&M University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and he had also received a degree in aviation from San Jacinto College in Pasadena.
Mr. Naill was a veteran of the U. S. Navy having served as a lieutenant commander and had also served on the Admirals staff for two years, as a U. S. Navy Recruiting Officer for eight years, the submarine services for six years, a Nuclear Weapons Safety Instructor for six years and a member of the Naval Reserve for 39 years. Mr. Naill was a certified flight instructor for single and multiple engine airplanes.
Mr. Naill was a member of Reserve Officer Association, American Rifleman’s Association, Aviation Owners, Pilots Association, Texas A&M Club of Tulsa and of the residential sales council of Realtor National Marketing Institute receiving Graduate Realtors Institute designation.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law Carol and Keith Hitt, of Midlothian; mother Lillian Naill, of Crockett; brother Jerry Naill, of Conroe; sister Sharon Naill, of Laredo; grandchildren Morgan Crump, Aaron Hitt and Christian Hitt of Midlothian; aunt Evelyn Allegar and husband Bruce, of Brazoria; uncle Charlsie Jacobs and wife Eileen, of Georgetown; nephews Jason Jones and Johnny Jones; nieces Shonda Haag, Michelle Wilkison and Shey Stitt; special friends Roy and Jane Mullican, of Midlothian; numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and many cousins.
Preceded in death by his father Walter E. Naill, Sr.; and nephew Brandon Naill.
Military graveside funeral services for Mr. Walter Naill, Jr. were held Friday, July 6, at 2:00 p.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park with Mr. Rick Kelley. 
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Virginia "Bitty" Leaverton Trube, age 92 of Tyler, passed away Monday, June 18, 2007 in the Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. Mrs. Trube was born April 22, 1915 in Grapeland and had lived in Tyler for the past 50 years.  Mrs. Trube was a retired office manager for an Insurance Agency and was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Tyler.
Survivors include her sons John Trube, of Tyler, Larry Norton and wife Mary, of Corpus Christi; grandchildren John Trube, Andrew Trube, both of Austin, Emily Garrett, of Georgetown, Stacey Norton, of Sulphur Springs, Jason Norton, of Houston, Jennifer Norton, of Corpus Christi; numerous great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Harry Trube; sister Frances Dentler; and brothers, Ed Leaverton and James Leaverton.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Virginia "Bitty" Leaverton Trube were held Wednesday, June 20, at 10:00 a.m.  in the All Saints Episcopal Church in Crockett with the Rev. Robin Reeve, of Christ Episcopal Church, officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Christ Episcopal Church, 118 S. Bois d‚ Arc, Tyler, TX. 75702.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Tameka Nacole Stanton was born February 1, 1982 in Crockett to Mary Stanton and James Jones. She attended Crockett Public Schools and graduated from Longview High School, Longview. She joined Bethel Baptist Church at an early age and served as an usher.
On June 23, 2007 in a Tyler hospital she was called home at age 25.
Survivors are: parents; Mary and Joel Martin of Crockett, James and Angela Jones of Palestine, sisters; Ruth Vette Stanton (Mark) of Crockett, Chantilly Ware (Marcus) of Houston, Anedra and DeMarius Jones of Palestine, brothers; James T. Jones Jr. (Jay) and DeMaicus Jones of Palestine, Joal Martin of Wisconsin, grandmother; Alice McKnight of Crockett, 2 nieces, 2 nephews, aunts; Sandra Burmeister (Steven) of Dallas, Joyce Stanton and Sharon Brown of Houston, uncles; Oscar White (Gloria) of Lonestar, TX., Ernest Gerald Jones of Houston, Tommy Jones and Rev. Larry Jones of Palestine, God-mother Bobbie Cunningham, God-brother and sister; Willie Jr. and Ashley Cunningham, special friend; Natrena Hicks, special cousin; Pat Johnson, other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services for Tameka Nacole Stanton were held Saturday, June 30, 2007, 2 pm, Bethel Baptist Church, 900 North 6th, Crockett, Rev. Earl Harris, Pastor and officiant. She was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Casketbearers were: Willie H. Cunningham Jr., Mark Simon, Mack Simon, Keith Nathaniel, Eric Enge, Roderick Rodgers.
McClain-Clebourn Funeral Service

Mr. Sidney Rex Ellis, loving father and grandfather, departed this world on Sunday, June 17, 2007. Mr. Ellis was born in Crockett on March 5, 1949 and lived there until graduating from Crockett High School. Mr. Ellis then moved to Lubbock where he received his degree from Texas Tech University. Then, in Houston, Mr. Ellis was in sales at Sears before moving into his role as a successful Allstate agent. Mr. Ellis owned his Allstate agency for 36 years, building a large clientele and winning many corporate awards. Mr. Ellis was an Honor Ring recipient and won the National Conference Award numerous times.
As dedicated as he was to his business, Mr. Ellis was even more devoted to his two sons: Jason Aldrich Ellis and Jordan David Ellis, and his little grandson Riley. Mr. Ellis's extreme love for his family was unquestionable, and he will be truly missed by all his family and his many friends, dear friends, many of whom go back as far as elementary school. Over the years, Mr. Ellis remained in contact with these friends; he was loyal and would do anything for those he held close in his very large circle of friends.
As a teenager, Rex played basketball and golf for the Crockett Bulldogs, drove a really cool 1965 Mustang, and was known by many as "Oedipus." Mr. Ellis was conservative, yet every once in a while managed to shock folks by doing something unexpected. Mr. Ellis's extremely dry wit often fooled some, but most were aware of his quick and sometimes acerbic sense of humor. All trivia, particularly information about the state of Texas, Crockett and the many people within the city and within Houston County, fascinated Mr. Ellis, and with his acute attention to details, he often seemed to possess a photographic memory. No doubt, he remembered stories and events in detail long after others had forgotten, and he knew and remembered little known facts that often allowed him to win debates and bets. He was an avid golfer and was thrilled to have been in attendance at this year's Augusta National Master's Tournament.
Friends and family recall Mr. Ellis as a thoughtful and caring person, a sensitive and generous man, able to work through adversity to create a more positive result. His unselfishness will continue even after his death as Mr. Ellis became a donor to the Gift of Life. Mr. Ellis most recent accomplishment in which he took great pride was the establishment of the Jordan D. Ellis Memorial Scholarship. This August, the first scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student in the Fire Science Department at the College of the Mainland.
Survivors include his son Jason Ellis and wife Lauren; precious grandson Riley Ellis "Papa" and Riley spent a lot of quality time together certainly "Papa" will be remembered as a loving and involved grandfather; sister Jerry Corbin and husband Bob, of Crockett; also leaves behind so many dear friends, including his special friend Carol Wallace.
Preceded in death by his parents J. A. and Lucille Ellis; brother Tony Ellis; and his beloved son, Jordan David Ellis.
Funeral Services for Mr. Sidney Rex Ellis were held Wednesday, June 20, at 10:00 a.m. at The Woodlands Forest Park Funeral Home.
Graveside Services were held at 1:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Memorial Park in Crockett.
Mr. Ellis's family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to this fund: The Jordan D. Ellis Memorial Scholarship, c/o The College of the Mainland Foundation, 1200 Amburn, Suite A-148, Texas City, TX 77591.
The Woodlands Forest Park Funeral Home

Mr. Russell Van Horne, age 69 of Pearsons Chapel, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Van Horne was born June 20, 1938 in Wheeling, West Virginia and lived here for the past 13 years. Mr. Van Horne worked as an electrician for Union Pacific Railroad retiring after 42 years of service in 2002 and served on the Palestine Union-Pacific Safety and Health Board. Mr. Van Horne played semi-pro football for Galena Park and was past fire chief for the Jacinto City Fire Department, past president of the Twin Community Athletic Club, and past president of the Jacinto City Optimist Club. Mr. Van Horne was a veteran of the United States Navy serving during the Korean era. Mr. Van Horne was a member of the Pearsons Chapel Baptist Church where he served as Sunday school superintendent and adult Sunday school teacher.
Survivors include his wife Edith Bartee Van Horne, of Pearsons Chapel; children Tammy and Mike Millstid, of LaPorte, Teresa Manne, of Huntsville, Tracy and Eugene Hensley, of Santa Fe; granddaughters Mandy, Kimmie and Britt; sister Marian Dacus, of Beaumont; brothers Herman Van Horne and wife Tonya, of Willis, Richard Purcell and wife Edwina, of Jacinto City; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by mother Anna Van Horne; and brother Eugene Van Horne.
Funeral Services for Mr. Russell Van Horne were held Wednesday, July 11, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jim Bob Gunnels and the Rev. Joe Dacus officiating. Interment followed in the Creek Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford, Drive, Lufkin, TX.  75904.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


Mrs. Ruby Viola Bates, age 97, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2007 in Conroe. Mrs. Bates was born October 8, 1909.
Survivors include her daughter Lillian Goodrum; brothers Buford Adams and Mack Adams; sister Mary Ethel Adkinson; grandchildren Terry Jones, Jana Broussard and David Bates; great-grandchildren Travis Aldridge, Kaydee Aldridge, Landon Dickerson, Dillion Bates and Alex Bates.
Graveside Services were held for Mrs. Ruby Viola Bates Saturday, July 7, at 1:00 p.m.
Beresford Funeral Service

A man who called Jewett home, but spent some of his boyhood growing up in Crockett, Mr. Royce Dale Hammond, passed away in an auto accident on Tuesday, May 1, 2007. Mr. Hammond was born July 25, 1955 in Hillsboro, Texas to Lois Wells Hammond and Herman Hammond.
His family traveled during his school years, but his excellent skills in sports stayed consistent. Mr. Hammond was a quarterback of his football team as well as excelling in baseball and his love for baseball continued into adulthood. In his early career, he was a player considered for the Astros.
Mr. Hammond made a choice to join the U.S. AirForce to serve his country, and further his education opportunities as well. After the military, Mr. Hammond entered law enforcement; first with the border control, then as a police officer in Limestone County, Falls County and Roberson County. Mr. Hammond served as chief of police in two cities. Upon retirement, he continued to work part-time as a civil process server.
Mr. Hammond’s marriage brought the love of his life, his three daughters. One could never be with Mr. Hammond very long before he turned the conversation to the girls, and then came Hallie, his first grandchild, he adored her and Hallie adored him. Mr. Hammond used to say “Grans and Grand, aren’t they?”
Mr. Hammond’s strength stems back to his heritage from the H.L. McCall and J.J. Wells families of Ratcliff, as well as the Hammond family of Jewett. Many happy family memories were connected to his two families, along with times spent with his special “Auntie,” Hazel Johnson of Crockett. The characteristics which his family will especially remember include Mr. Hammond’s gentle nature, yet the ability to make others laugh and enjoy just being around him.
Mr. Hammond was very family oriented and stayed in contact with cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends through e-mail, all of whom found it difficult to delete his name from their contacts. Mr. Hammond held a very close relationship with his mom, and she will miss seeing and sharing with him every day for the rest of her life. His brother, Gary and his sister, Betty both feel the shock and hurt of losing their beloved brother and will never be able to replace the void left by him. Mr. Hammond’s daughters will cling to the sweet daddy memories and honor him as a great father as their families grow.
Mr. Hammond was intrigued by the weather and mapped it on the computer daily; ironically, horrible weather caused the auto accident, which took his life. Mr. Hammond was Baptist by faith.
To each of us is granted a season, but for those who remain, Heaven will be worth it all, when we reunite together with Mr. Hammond as members of God’s family.
Survivors include his three daughters Shanna Schultz and husband Cody, Amber Hammond and Elizabeth (Lizzy) Hammond, all of Jewett; sister Betty Whitehead and husband Anthony, of Huffman; brother Gary Hammond and wife Sheila, of Magnolia; sister-in-law Mary Hammond, of Jewett; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who count themselves lucky to have shared his life.
Preceded in death by his father Herman F. Hammond; two brothers Charles Hammond and Jimmy Hammond; and sister-in-law Mozette Hammond.
Funeral Services for Mr. Royce Dale Hammond were held by the ministers of his church in the Ricks-Bowers Funeral Home in Jewett, the Rev. Billy Evans and the Rev. James Engle officiated. A beautiful acapella rendition of “Amazing Grace” was presented by Carly, one of Mr. Hammond’s daughter’s classmates.
Pallbearers were J.D. Foley, Mike Ferrel, Bob Evans, Joe Hall, Mike Sutton and Darren Thomas. Honorary Pallbearers were law enforcement officers from several towns.

Mrs. Ruby Louise Adams, age 84 of Simms, Texas, passed away Friday, July 6, 2007 in a Texarkana Hospital. Mrs. Adams was born June 25, 1923 in Moody, Texas. Mrs. Adams was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Survivors include her two daughters Billie Young and Jimmie Kay Jester, of Simms; two sons Eldon Adams and Paul Adams, of Simms; one brother Roy Ray Hamilton, of Albuquerque, N.M.; two sisters Ann Dulock, of McKinnie and Betty Jo Stapp, of Port Lavaca; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
Graveside Services for Mrs. Ruby Louise Adams were held Tuesday, July 10, at 1:00 p.m. at Grounds Cemetery in Crockett.
Online registration is at www.batesrolffuneralhome.com
Bates-Rolf Funeral Home

Mrs. Dovie Mae Vest Nealy, age 79 of Crockett, went to be with our Lord on Thursday, June 7, 2007. Mrs. Nealy was born April 24, 1928 in Polk County to Roxie and Howard Vest Sr. Mrs. Nealy married William "Buddy" Nealy and together they had three sons William Darrell Nealy, Charles Lee Nealy and Howard Wood Nealy, one daughter Janice Nealy Gilson Hood. Mrs. Nealy attended Grace Church of Christ in Crockett.
Survivors include her sisters Eva Dell Vest Wisdom, Mary Frances Vest Thomas; brothers Howard Vest Jr., Roy Thomas Vest; sons William Darrell Nealy and Charles Lee Nealy; daughter Janice Nealy Gilson Hood; grandchildren Lawana Lachelle Nealy Foster, Darrell "Bubba" Dewayne Nealy, Carol Denise Gilson, Sheila Jay'Lynn Nealy Stockton and Angela Halona Hood; eight great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her husband William "Buddy" Nealy; son Howard Wood Nealy; father and mother Howard Percy Vest Sr. and Roxie Mae Lockhart Vest; sister Esther Fay Vest Parker; and brother Charles "C.W. Vest.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Dovie Mae Vest Nealy will be held Tuesday, June 19, at 12:00 p.m. at Grace Church of Christ in Crockett.
Graveside Services will be at 3:00 p.m. in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home

Mrs. Carlean Smith Conner, age 69 of Apple Springs, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2007 in Kennard. Mrs. Conner was born November 18, 1937 in Ratcliff to the late Syble (Fitts) and Earl Smith. Mrs. Conner was a beloved daughter, wife and mother. Mrs. Conner was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband Robert (Bob) Conner, of Apple Springs; sons and daughters-in-law Bobbie and Donna Conner, of Lufkin and Bill and Belinda Conner, of Apple Springs; daughter and son-in-law Karen and David Vickers, of Crockett; grandchildren Billy Ray Conner and wife Deidre, Michael Conner and wife Krystal, Sarah Thompson and husband Nathanael (Chop), Duane Nevins, Ashley Conner and husband Dewayne Falvey, Bradley Conner and Cortney Conner; great-grandchildren Brantley, Morgan and Cadee Conner, Kaitlyn and Hannah Selman and Ashtyn and Ryland Reid; brothers and sisters-in-law E.C. and Becky Smith, of Flint, Jim and Nancy Smith, of Kennard, Joe and Diane Smith, of Apple Springs and Eddie and Carolyn Smith, of Diboll; sister and brother-in-law Ann and Bobby Brooks, of Diboll; sister-in-law Kathy Smith, of Chandler; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her parents Syble (Fitts) and Earl Smith; stepfather Earl C. Smith; sister Linda Kay Smith; and brother Nelson Smith.
Graveside Services for Mrs. Carlean Smith Conner were held Wednesday, May 23, at 10:30 a.m. in the Conner Cemetery in Houston County with the Reverend Gerald Hollis and the Reverend Bill Bailey.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, or to the Conner Cemetery Association.
Oakley-Metcalf Funeral Home

On June 17, 1911, the 3rd of 12 children, Arlena was born to the late Arnold and Emmaline Ware of Lovelady. At an early age she joined Thankful Baptist Church. She attended the White Rock Community Schools.
In 1929 she married the late Cecil Berry with 2 children born to their union. She worked as a farmer and rancher most of her life.
Mrs. Berry passed away on May 10, 2007 at age 85, in the comfort of her home in Lovelady. A son also preceded her in death.
Survivors are: devoted daughter; Cecil Mae Berry of Lovelady, 2 sisters; Emmaleon Lane of Trinity, Ruthie Mae Anderson of Port Arthue, numerous other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services were held Wednesday, May 16, 2007, 12 noon, Thankful Baptist Church, Lovelady, Rev. Lander Terry, pastor and Rev. Harry Fred Scott, officiated.
Casketbearers were: Noel Berry, Arnold Anderson, Esau Anderson, Craig Anderson.
McClain-Clebourn Funeral Service

Mrs. Bettye Wilson, of Lovelady, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2007.
Survivors include her three sons Larry Hamilton, of Friendswood, Donald Hamilton, of Huntsville and Alfred Simmons, of Lovelady; three daughters Sheryl James, of Houston, Pamela Simmons, of Katy and Gwen Smith, of Lovelady; two brothers Deboise Mitchell, of Tennessee Colony and Norbert Mitchell, of Huntsville; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Bettye Wilson will be held Monday, May 14, at 11:00 a.m. at Smith Grove Church Of Christ with Bro. Lovell Henry officiating. Interment will follow in the Cal Wooten Cemetery in Lovelady.
Williams & Sons Funeral Home

Mr. James Neal Sides, age 72, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2007 in San Antonio. Mr. Sides was born July 14, 1934 in Weldon to James Edgar and Mary Shiflett Sides.
Mr. Sides began school in Weldon but moved to Angleton with his family for his father to begin work with Dow Chemical Company.
Mr. Sides was a 1954 graduate of Angleton High School and was involved in sports during his school years. After high school graduation, he served in the United States Air Force for four years.
Mr. Sides then moved to the Dallas area and worked for Western Electric for several years before beginning DFW Builders in the Lewisville area. Mr. Sides served as a member of the Plano City Council and Planning Commission for a number of years.
Mr. Sides was a member of the Masonic lodge in Garland for many years. Mr. Sides moved to San Antonio in the mid-1980's and made his home there until retirement when he and his wife, Andra became full-time RVr's.
Survivors include his wife Andra Fawcett; daughters Jamie Lynn Kuntz and husband David and Roxanne Sides, all of Austin; son Mike Sides, of Austin; stepsons Richard Fawcett and wife Aimee, of Dallas and Scott Fawcett, of Fla.; five grandchildren Christopher, James, Angelia, Amanda Sides and David Fawcett; two great-great-grandchildren; the mother of his children Patsy Graham Sides, of Austin; brother Curtis Sides and wife Lucille, of Angleton; sisters Georgia Sides Bailey and husband Leon, of Livingston, Bette Sides Sweeny, of Alvin and Nola Sides Matheny, of Houston; aunts Ella Mae Shiflett Tolbert, of League City and Naomi Shiflett Coulter, of Houston; uncle W.H. (Coonie) Shiflett and wife Betty, of Brenham; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Preceded in death by his parents James Edgar and Mary Shiflett Sides; and one sister Lorene Sides Wade.
A Celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association or to your favorite charity.

Mr. Charles (Charlie) William Wallace, age 71, was called to the Lord on Friday, May 5, 2007 in Crockett after a lengthy battle of respiratory illness. Mr. Wallace was born April 22, 1936 in Morrison, Tennessee to John and Sarah Wallace and moved to Texas at three months of age. On June 11, 1955 he married Melba Sanders in Houston. Mr. Wallace was retired as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Services after 29 years.
Survivors include his wife Melba, of Cypress; daughters Thresa Kovar and husband Johnny, of Columbus, Sheila Concilio and husband Mike, of Grapeland; four grandchildren to which he was known as Pawpaw; Cypress Michael Concilio, Justin Concilio, April Thornton and husband Brandon and Cody Kovar; one great-grandson William Gage Concilio; three sisters LouAnn Fridel (Lu-wee-gee), Faye Auippa (Sa-mam-a-lee), and Sandra Pennington (Sandy); one brother Murphy Wallace (Murf); 21 nieces and nephews; numerous great-nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents John and Sarah Wallace; and three brothers Johnny, Dee and Ray Wallace.

Mr. Nick Lumbreraz, age 94 of Grapeland, passed away June 18, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Lumbreraz was born February 2, 1913 in LaSalle County, Texas and was a resident of Grapeland. Mr. Lumbreraz was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served as a Staff Sergeant participating in 5 campaigns in the European Theater of Operations and was awarded the Purple Heart. Mr. Lumbreraz was retired and had worked in the road construction business.
Survivors include his children Mary Squyres and husband Lonnie, of Houston County Lake, Raul Lumbreraz and wife Joy, of Houston, Daniel Lumbreraz and wife Kathy, of Grapeland, Teresa Moyer and husband Billy, of Slocum, Nick Lumbreraz and wife Mary Kay, of Cheyenne, Wyo., Christine DePoyster and husband, Joe, of Fredericksburg, Va.; sister Irene Lumbreraz, of Cotulla; grandchildren Phillip Squyres, David Squyres, Melissa Latta, Aaron Hollis, Darrell Hollis, Nicolas Lumbreraz, Justin Lumbreraz, Joey DePoyster, Kirk DePoyster; great-grandchildren Charity and Austin, Christopher and Paige, Robin, Connor, Christian and Kaden, Tyler, Keyton and Karissa, Baylee and Tyler, Nolan.
Preceded in death by his wife Margarita in 1995; grandson Casey Lumbreraz in 2002; three sisters and two brothers.
Funeral Services for Mr. Nick Lumbreraz were held Wednesday, June 20, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Steve Meadows officiating. Interment followed in the Grapeland City Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Miss Nancy C. Albright, age 63 of Spring, passed away Friday, July 6, 2007 in the Memorial Northwest Hospital in Houston. Miss Albright was born July 25, 1943 in Corpus Christi, Texas and was a resident of Spring. Miss Albright received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Texas A&M University. For most of her career she was a dedicated elementary school teacher. For the last few years Nancy was an educational diagnostician in Aldine, Shepherd Tomball and Klein ISD.
Survivors include her mother Norah B. Albright, of Houston
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date for Miss Nancy C. Albright’s family and friends.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Ms. Melba Downs Beck, age 56 of Gause formerly of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at her home. Ms. Beck was born January 4, 1951 in Houston County to Terrell David and Gertrude (Willis) Downs. Ms. Beck who for years selflessly provided home healthcare for the sick and elderly free of charge.
Survivors Include her daughter Carla Michells, of Nacogdoches, Carrie Denice, of Rockdale, Rebecca Ann, of Nacogdoches; brothers Beauford Downs, of Nacogdoches and Leon D. Downs, of Porter; sisters Loretta Wall, of Gause and Georgia Johnson, of Crockett; and three grandchildren 
Preceded in death by her son Billy Leon Moore; brother Jimmy Downs; and sister Vinita Downs.
Private Family Services for Ms. Melba Downs Beck will be held at a later date.
E-mail condolences may be sent by visiting www.marek-burns-laywell.com
Funeral Home

Ms. Martha Preston, age 66 of Vidor, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2007 at Village Creek Nursing Home in Lumberton. A native of Austonio and was a longtime resident of Vidor.
Survivors Include her sons Billy Parker, of Lumberton, Craig Parker, of Vidor; daughter Susan Fruge, of Lake Charles, La.; brother William McDonald, of Groveton; sisters Freddie LaRue and Levine Cook, both of Houston County; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  
Memorial Services for Ms. Martha Preston were held Wednesday, July 4, at 5:00 p.m. at Georgia Camp Baptist Church in Creek.
Memorial Funeral Home

Mrs. Lena Bennett Smith, age 101 of Crockett, passed away Monday, June 18, 2007 in the Houston County Nursing Home. Mrs. Lena was born March 26, 1906 in Ratcliff. Mrs. Smith was the daughter of Frank and Sallie Bennett. Mrs. Lena and husband, Arthur Smith made their home in Arbor, Texas, where they raised four daughters. Mrs. Smith was a devoted wife and loving mother and a friend to all.
Survivors include her daughters Dorothy and husband Frank, of Houston, Creola and husband Jimmie, of Crockett; son-in-law Wendell Luce, of Lufkin; eight grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her husband Arthur Smith; daughters Marjorie Wills and Verna Luce; grandson James D. Odom; and son-in-law James Wilcox.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Lena Bennett Smith were held Tuesday, June 19, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Terry Gibson officiating. Interment followed in the Shady Grove Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Katie K. Smith, age 74 of Kennard, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2007 in Lufkin Woodlands Heights Hospital. Mrs. Smith was born July 28, 1932 in Houston County and had lived in this area most of her lifetime. Mrs. Smith was a housewife and had also worked at Exxon and Brown and Goolsby Hospital. Mrs. Smith was a member of the Pearsons Chapel Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband J. R. “Jack” Smith, of Kennard; sons John Smith and wife Mae, of Lufkin, Doug Smith and wife Shelly, of Trinity; grandchildren Chad Smith, Chris Smith, Kenny Smith and Joel Smith; great-grandchildren Ryan and Kelsey, Kloe and Kalista; nieces and nephew Debbie, Kim and Bubba; numerous other nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her parents Johnny and Tressie Knox; and sister Alma Callaway.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Katie K. Smith were held Tuesday, July 10, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Terry Gibson officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lester Roloff Evangelistic Enterprises, P.O. Box 1177, Corpus Christi, TX. 78403
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Joseph Melton Long, Jr., age 87 of Houston, passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2007 in Crockett. Mr. Long was born October 2, 1919 in Galveston. Mr. Long was a longtime resident of Houston and retired from the Southern Pacific Railroad after 41 years as an Engineer. Then, he and his wife, Bernadean, moved to Centerville to fulfill his dream of a "slow paced, peaceful country life." Mr. Long's joys were his family, tending his garden, riding his tractor and drinking coffee at Hopewell Store and let us not forget, "shopping," reading of the daily newspaper in his recliner (and saving everyone of them) and shelling pecans (which was almost passion for him).
Survivors include his sons David Michael Long, of Atlanta, GA and Joseph M. Long III and wife Margaret, of Centerville; daughter Vella Jean Malek, of Alvin; son-in-law, Art Oswald Jr., of Houston; 11 grandchildren Denise Hyland, Robin Johnson, Arthur Oswald III, Stewart Oswald II, Carmen Long, Jamie Long, Jessie Long, Joseph M Long IV, Justus Long, Shelly Studebaker and Holly Higgins; 12 great-grandchildren ˆ Tanya Hyland, Shawn Hyland, Jennifer Hollis, Kendall Hollis, Geoffrey Hollis, Amanda Oswald, Collin Oswald, Stewart "Triple" Oswald III, Austin Oswald, Jackson Ramos, Brittany Pack and Griffin Studebaker.
Preceded in death by his parents Joseph Melton Long, Sr. and Mittie (Lindsay) Long; first wife Geraldine (Walkner) Long; his loving wife of 40 yrs, Bernadean (Stuart) Long; daughter Jodine (Long) Oswald; and a brother, J.L. Long.
Funeral Services for Mr. Joseph Melton Long, Jr. were held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 18, with graveside services at Parker Cemetery in Houston County held at 2:00 p.m.
Pallbearers were Shawn Hyland, Mark Hyland, Arthur Oswald III, Joseph Melton Long IV, Danny Kemper, Jim Green and Robert Ames.
You can go online to www.waltersfuneralhome.com to view the DVD prepared for Mr. Long, to view the obituary and to sign the guestbook.
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Mr. John Harvey Poe, age 90 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2007 in the Houston County Nursing Home. Mr. Poe was born November 23, 1916 in Latexo to Walter Henderson Poe and Janie Dixon Poe. Mr. Poe was a graduate of Lovelady Schools in 1936. Mr. Poe married Nelma Louise Arnold and they had two daughters. Mr. Poe had been a resident of Crockett for the past 30 years.  Prior to moving to Crockett he had lived in Houston for many years. While in Houston, Mr. Poe worked for TXDOT, Mustang Tractor and Equipment, Sinclair Refining and Arco. Mr. Poe was loved and will be missed by many. 
Survivors include his daughters Darla Nell Lawrence, of Lovelady, Carol Jeannine Blazek and Steve Stone, of Huntsville; grandchildren Jerry Don Lawrence and wife Lauretta, of Keller, John Gary Lawrence, of Lovelady, Dennis William Harrison and wife Ramona, of Spring, Nicholaus Poe Blazek, of Bryan, Lori Beth Blazek Slott and husband Brent, of New Waverly; great-grandchildren Emily Sue Lawrence, of Cypress, Jarod Wayne Lawrence, of Houston, Sarah Elizabeth Lawrence, of Keller, Christina Lynn Lawrence, of Austin, John Timothy Lawrence, of Lovelady, Stephen Dane Harrison, Morgan Diane Harrison, both of Lufkin, Zachary Harrison, of Spring, Raegan Alyssa Slott, of New Waverly; brothers W. H. Poe, Jr. and wife Irene, of Pennington, Paul E. Poe and wife Gwendolyn, of Livingston; sister Ruth Seymour Martin of Priceville, Ala.; nieces and nephews Ron Easton, JoAnn Easton McMillian, Michelle Cook, Pat McDonald, Pam Tome, Randy Seymour and Gene Seymour; numerous other relatives, dear friends of Houston County.
Preceded in death by his wife Nelma Louise Arnold Poe; parents Walter Henderson Poe, Sr. and Janie Dixon Poe; one brother and two sisters.
Funeral Services for Mr. John Harvey Poe were held Tuesday, July 17, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Rex Harrell officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the E. T. M. C. Cancer Support Group, Attn: Carol Dawson, 1100 E. Loop 304 East, Crockett, TX.  75835.
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Mr. John Francis Chenette, age 69 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2007.  Mr. Chenette was born December 16, 1937 in Albany, New York and had lived in Crockett since 1978. Mr. Chenette retired from the Houston County Water District in April 2007. Mr. Chenette was a veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. Chenette graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1965. Mr. Chenette was also a member of the Palestine Knights of Columbus and a member of the Saint Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Barbara Chenette, of Crockett; children Tim Chenette and wife Toni, Elizabeth Chenette, all of Crockett, William Chenette and wife Crissie, of Friendswood, Sara Carroll and husband Clint, of College Station; grandchildren Cory Chenette, Mollie Richey, Courtney Richey, Thomas Chenette, Matthew Chenette, Jenna Chenette, and Allison Carroll; step-mother Anna K. Chenette, of Rensselaer, N.Y.; brothers Lee Chenette and wife Joan, of East Schodack, N.Y., Norb Chenette and wife Jean, of West Sand Lake, N.Y.; sisters Peg Wey, of Bethany Beach, Delaware, Marie Brophy and husband Frank, of Mesa, Ariz., Anna Louise Quell and husband Jeff, of Rensselaer, N.Y., numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorial Services for Mr. John Francis Chenette were held Tuesday, July 10, at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church with Father Jose George officiating. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church building fund, 609 North 4th St., Crockett, TX 75835.
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Mr. John Delbert Abernathy, age 34 of Willis, passed away Friday, June 8, 2007 at his residence. Mr. Abernathy was born March 1, 1973 in Channelview and had resided in Willis since 1982. Mr. Abernathy was a truck driver and a member of the Baptist Church. 
Survivors include his daughters Algust Skye Abernathy, of Conroe, Hailey Nicole Abernathy, of Willis; mother Dr. Linda DeLoache and husband, Dr. William DeLoache of Willis; father Rodger Abernathy and wife Martha, of Conroe; grandmothers Ruby Gates, of Willis and Viola Erickson, of Conroe; grandfather Mack Blair, of Huffman; brothers Forrest Matthieu, Jr. and wife Peggy, Stacy Matthieu and wife Josie, all of Willis, Dr. William DeLoache, Jr. and wife Grace, of Spring, Rodger Abernathy, Jr. and wife Elna, of Lodi, CA. Earnest Abernathy and wife Rene‚ of Conroe; sisters Dr. Rhonda DeLoache, of Cypress, Rene Abernathy and husband Earnest, of Conroe, Jennifer Heyer, of New Waverly; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends.
Preceded in death by his grandfathers Delbert Gates and James Abernathy; and grandmothers: Jackie Abernathy and Arzena Blair.
Funeral Services for Mr. John Delbert Abernathy were held Tuesday, June 12, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with ministers officiating Dr. Linda DeLoache and Pastor Fred Edmiston.  Interment followed in the Ivie Cemetery.
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Mrs. Jewel Delane Wagner was born January 26, 1919 in Crockett to the parentage of Jim and Mary Delane. Mrs. Delane attended Salt Branch school in the Halls Bluff Community and was a Deaconess, Choir president and mother of the church.
On January 19, 1935, she united in Holy Matrimony with Walter “Sam” Wagner. To this union, six children were born.
On Saturday, June 30, 2007, the angel of death visited Mrs. Jewel Delane Wagner as she was surrounded by her loving family.
Survivors are her two daughters Georgia Murphy, of Crockett and Crezette Evans (Rev. Oliver), of Fort Worth; two sons Jimmy Wagner and Sammy Wagner, of Crockett; one granddaughter whom she raised Cynthia Howard (Rev. Terrence), of Fort Worth; seven other grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one brother Clyde Delane, of Crockett; son-in-law Clarence Jolley, of Crockett; one god-daughter Dorothy Johnson, of Crockett; special provider Pearlie Holman; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents Jim and Mary Delane; husband Walter “Sam” Wagner; one daughter; one son’ one grandson; one granddaughter; one great-great-grandchild; four sisters; and four brothers.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Jewel Delane Wagner were held Saturday, July 7, at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church in Crockett with Rev. Earl Harris, Rev. Elliott Marshall and Rev. precious Gipson officiating. Interment followed in Campbell Cemetery.
Active Pallbearers were Wayne Dairs, Clarence Jolley, Sammy Wagner, Jr., Rev. Terrence Howard, Rev. Oliver Evans and Kenneth Jolley.
Honorary Pallbearers were Jimmy Wagner, Cory Murphy, Julian Howard, Rodney Jolley, Sammy Wagner, Sr., Arthur Murphy, Jr., Aaron Davis, Jr. and Clyde Delane.
Barkley Mortuary

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.
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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

Mr. Glenn Sidney Glover, age 76 of Lovelady, formerly of Clute, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2007 at his residence in Lovelady. Mr. Glover was born September 2, 1930 in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania and had lived in Lovelady for the past three years, previously living in Clute. Mr. Glover was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served during peacetime. Mr. Glover was a member of the Royal Order of Eagles.   He was retired and worked as a machinist for Maincore.
Survivors include his wife Beverly Jean Collier Glover, of Lovelady; brother Charles Glover, of Elmira, N.Y.; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law John Collier and wife Betty, of Hope, Ark., Charlotte Jones and husband Claude, of Lovelady, David Collier, Sr. and wife, Betty, of Lovelady; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents John and Jane Glover; brothers George Glover and Jack Glover; and sister, JoAnna Glover Casteline.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Glenn Sidney Glover were held Monday, July 16, at 4:30 p.m. in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery with Mr. Randy Jones officiating.
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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.
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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

The hour glass of time has slowly spilled it’s contents and with the last grains of sand, went the life of our beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. A wonderful and well spent life came to a quiet close on Monday, June 25, 2007 at 12:45 p.m. when Mrs. Dorothy Lee Morrison was called to be with the Lord.
Mrs. Morrison was born to Mr. Clemmie and Mrs. Lydia Price, April 12, 1949, in Crockett. Mrs. Morrison grew up under the loving care of her parents and joined the Union Prairie Baptist Church in porter Springs at an early.
Mrs. Morrison moved to Houston and united with the First Outreach Missionary Baptist Church, 14010 Player Street, under Rev. John P. Richardson and remained there until her demise.
Mrs. Morrison attended elementary school at Williams High in porter Springs and graduated from Ralph Bunche high School in Crockett in 1967.
Mrs. Morrison met Vernon Morrison, Sr., and after a length courtship, married him. To this union, four children were born: Vernon, Jr., Jamie, April Shunta’ and Christopher Dwayne.
Mrs. Morrison lived a beautiful life with her family. It was her desire to never have another woman raise her children, therefore, she quit her job at the First City National Bank to come home and raise them herself. Like all mothers, she spoiled them rotten, but God gave her the opportunity to carry out her wish.
Mrs. Morrison loved her daughter’s activities in dance and the band, she rallied at the football games when Chris would “get his man,” and she missed and cried for Jamie everyday who was away for a long time. Mrs. Morrison’s grandchildren were her pride and joy, but she would send them home when she got tired. Mrs. Morrison had a husband who supported her in all the things she wanted to do for her home, children and family.
Survivors include her loving husband Vernon E. Morrison, Sr.; four children Vernon, Jr., Jamie, April and Chris; three grandchildren Denzel Le-Morrison, Vernon III, and Carl Trevon; mother Mrs. Lydia Mae Price; six sisters Mae Pearl Biggers (Lon L.), of Houston, Tina McCullough (Edward Lee), of Crockett, Willie “Pat” Ammons (John Henry), of Missouri City, Mary Jo Brown, of Houston, Georgia Nell Mills (Bobby Joe), of Huntsville and Barbara Ann McKnight (Johnny), of Crockett; loving nephew who was raised as a brother Kenneth Price (Linda), of Missouri City; along with a host of other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her father Deacon Clemmie Price; two brothers John Edward and Clarence Lee; and one sister Patricia.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Dorothy Lee Price Morrison were held Saturday, July 7, at 1:00 p.m. at First Outreach Missionary Baptist Church in Houston with Rev. John P. Richardson officiating. Interment was held Monday, July 9, at 9:45 a.m. in the Houston National Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Andre Lapeyrolerie, Kendall Haynes, Aubrey Horton, Nicholas Thomas, Wendall DeCuir and Lance Soders.
Honorary Pallbearers were Kenneth W. Price, Robert Morrison, Leroy Brown, Patrick Ammons, Sebastian Bingley, Lafayette Morrison, Ira Boykins, Jr and Thaddeus Gunter, III.
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Mrs. Doris McLaughlin, age 86 of Crockett, went to be with our Lord Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at her home after a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer. Mrs. McLaughlin was born October 5, 1920 in Latexo to George D. Dunn and Lottie Martin Dunn. Mrs. Mclaughlin attended Latexo school until her marriage to Johnnie Jones in 1936. After his death in 1966, she married Donald McLaughlin in 1967. They moved to many different places until they returned to Crockett in 1978 to make it their home. Mrs. McLaughlin was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Crockett where she taught Sunday school there for over 20 years.  She worked as secretary for the First Christian Church before retiring to write. Being a published author was her life long dream. Two of her books, magazine articles, and numerous poems have been published.
Survivors include her son Jerry Jones and wife Marianne, of Columbus, OH.; daughter Laura Vaughn and husband Royce, of Palestine; step-son Mike McLaughlin, of Wilcox, Ariz.; grandchildren Rachel Smith and husband Mark, Earl Vaughn and wife Kathryn, Eric Vaughn, Anita Huddleston and husband Justin, Kim Babbitt and husband Bob, Gregg Jones and wife Elizabeth, Benjamin Kubat; 12 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her parents George D. Dunn and Lottie Martin Dunn; husbands Johnnie Jones and Donald McLaughlin; and one granddaughter, Teri.
Memorial Services for Mrs. Doris McLaughlin were held Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Royce Vaughn officiating.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Library, 801 E. Goliad Ave., Crockett, TX.  75835.
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Mr. Donald Macon Wills, age 92 of Lovelady, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Wills was born October 14, 1914 in Houston County and was a lifetime resident of this area.  He was a farmer and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Edna Wills of Lovelady; sons Don Wills and wife Peggy, of Houston, Jim Wills and wife Barbara, of Austin; grandchildren David and Carla Wills, of Georgetown, Lezli and Kevin Wiggins, of Austin; great-grandchildren Macon and Carlen Wills, of Georgetown, Kylie, Ian, Jace Wiggins, of Austin; sisters Cleo Filer and husband Al, of LaMarque, Marianne Evans, of La.; numerous beloved nieces, nephews and cherished friends.
Preceded in death by his parents Bernard and Edna Bitner Wills; grandson Karl Dean Wills; brother Farrell Wills; great-granddaughter Megan Wills; and sisters Mildred Mitchell and Bernadine Higginbotham.
Funeral Services for Mr. Donald Macon Wills were held Thursday, July 12, at 10:30 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Scott Matthews officiating.  Interment followed in the Center Hill Cemetery.
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Mr. Darrell Lynn “Mugsy” Catoe, age 42 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2007 in Huntsville. Mr. Catoe was born January 23, 1965 in Huntsville and has lived in Crockett most of his lifetime. Mr. Catoe had worked as a truck driver. 
Survivors include his son Kaleb Catoe, of Atlanta, Ga.; brothers John Catoe and wife Sherrie, James Catoe, Jeffrey Catoe and wife Tracy, all of Crockett and Eric Bettis and wife Anita, of Pasadena; sisters Phyllis Chavez and husband Carlos, of Huntsville and Monica Catoe, of Madisonville; step-dad Billy Crowson and wife Linda, of Lovelady; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
Preceded in death by parents Butch Catoe and Dale Crowson.
Funeral Services for Mr. Darrell Lynn “Mugsy” Catoe were held Tuesday, July 17, at 10:00 a.m. in the Central Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating.  Interment followed in the Latexo Cemetery.
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Mr. Charles Ray Marks, age 52 of Lovelady passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at his residence. Mr. Marks was born April 4, 1955 in Houston, Texas and grew up there. Mr. Marks moved to Lovelady with his parents, Glover and Gladys Marks in 1983, where he lived until he passed away.
Survivors include his step-mother Doris Driskell and husband Troy C. Driskell, of Lovelady; brother Steve Marks, of Houston; sister Janet Clark, of Houston; nieces Laura Marks, of Houston, Mary Ann Couvillion and husband Ryan, of Denton; nephew Wesley Marks and wife Stephanie, of Houston; special aunts Charlene Bartee, of Pearsons Chapel and Martha Huntsman, of Lovelandy; other nieces and nephews, many cousins and close friends.
Preceded in death by his parents Glover and Gladys Marks; and sister Gerry Ann Marks.
Funeral Services for Mr. Charles Ray Marks were held Friday, July 13, at 10:30 a.m. in the First Baptist Church in Lovelady with the Rev. Scott Matthews officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Music Department, P. O. Box 130, Lovelady, TX. 75851.
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Mr. C. C. Collier, Jr., age 84 of Lovelady, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2007 in the M D Anderson Hospital in Houston.  Mr. Collier was born September 5, 1922 in Buckholtz, Texas and was a resident of Lovelady since 1967. Mr. Collier was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force having served during World War II. Mr. Collier was a retired Commercial Airline Pilot having flown for Trans Texas Airways, now known as Continental Airlines. Mr. Collier was also a professional photographer and enjoyed farming. Mr. Collier was a member of the First Baptist Church in Crockett and was also a member of the Houston County Amateur Radio Club.
Survivors include his children Jean Chastang of Oriental, N. C., Calvin Collier and wife Janie, of Lovelady; grandchildren: Cindy Chastang, Kim Schooler and husband Ric, Molly Abele and husband Justin, Jesse Collier; great-grandchildren Brandi, Shannon and Billie-Jean Schooler, Brayden Abele; numerous nieces and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his wife Mary L. Collier.
Funeral Services for Mr. C. C. Collier, Jr. were held Thursday, July 19, at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Keeney Dickenson officiating. 
Military graveside services will follow in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 801 E. Goliad Ave., Crockett, TX. 75835.
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Brother R.J. “Dooley” Rodgers, age 91 of Weches, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2007 in the Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Brother Rodgers was born July 18, 1915 in Houston County and was a lifetime resident of Houston County. Brother Rodgers began working as a mechanic then worked at the Forest Service in 1949 and retired in 1978. Brother Rodgers began in the ministry in 1949 and pastored Weches Baptist Church and several other churches, he continued to preach until having to retire after his health failed. Brother Rodgers time was well spent as an avid fisherman, with his cattle and with his family, his greatest asset. Brother Rodgers was a member of the Weches Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Robbie Rodgers, of Weches; children Severn Rodgers and wife Neta Jane, Essie Kellum and husband Kennon, all of Weches, Geneva Moore, of Nashville, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren Shelly Villanueva, of Crockett, Severn Rodgers, Jr,, Steve Rodgers, Shane Rodgers, Roger Kellum, Russell Kellum, all of Weches, Charla Kelley, of Manassas, Va., Tresha Johnson, of Cleveland, Missy Moore, of Orlando, Fla., Susan Stewart, of Norfolk, Va., Samuel Moore, of Nashville, Tenn.; 20 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; half-brothers Brother Raleigh Burran, of Weches, Elvis Burran, of Levelland; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Funeral Services for Brother R. J. “Dooley” Rodgers were held Tuesday, July 10, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Cary Modisette the Rev. Ottis Byers and the Rev. Jonathan Kelley officiating.  Interment followed in the Weches Cemetery.
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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.
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Mr. Bobby E. Worley, age 75 of Lovelady, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2007 in the Conroe Regional Medical Center. Mr. Worley was born March 3, 1932 in Whitney, Hill County, Texas and had lived in Lovelady since 2003, previously living in Montana. Mr. Worley was a veteran of the Army National Guard having served as master sergeant. Mr. Worley was a retired insurance salesman and was of the Baptist faith.  
Survivors include his children James D. Worley and wife Dana, of Katy, Johnny F. Adams, of Houston, Rickey Adams, of Huntsville, Mary Sessions, of Houston, Sherry Otto and husband Driscoll, of Richardson; grandchildren Brooke Worley and Ryan Worley, of Katy, Christine Adams, John David Adams, Eric Adams, Stephen Adams, Tori Davis and Driscoll Otto IV; sister Gloria June Hooker and husband Ron, of Houston; niece Janice Lynn Cheney and husband Dean, of Castroville; best friend and caretaker Owida Ford, of Weldon.
Preceded in death by his wife Wanda M. Worley in 2003; and parents James and Juanita Worley.
Funeral Services for Mr. Bobby E. Worley were held Tuesday, July 10, at 1:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Whitney with Dr. Mack Jones officiating. Interment followed in the Whitney Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wooster Baptist Church, 7007 Bayway Drive, Baytown, TX.  77520 or National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.
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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.
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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.
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