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Houston County Courier - Obituaries

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CAROLYN VAUGHAN ALEXANDER
Mrs. Carolyn Vaughan Alexander, age 71 of Houston, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2011 in the Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Mrs. Alexander was born September 9, 1939 in Houston County, Texas and had been a resident of Houston since 1963. Mrs. Alexander was a housewife and a member of the Oak Forest Baptist Church in Houston. Survivors include her husband Johnny Alexander, of Houston; son Robin Alexander, of Houston; granddaughter Jessica “J. J.” Alexander, of Magnolia; brother Glen H. Vaughan, of Kennard; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her son Randy Alexander; parents Charlie and Mary Lee Vaughan; and sister-in-law Janet Vaughan. Funeral Services for Mrs. Carolyn Vaughan Alexander were held Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. in the Oak Forest Baptist Church in Houston with Dr. Richard Walters officiating. Graveside Funeral Services followed at 3:30 p.m. in the Corinth Cemetery in Kennard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Oak Forest Baptist Church c/o Music Department, 1700 West 43rd, Houston, Texas 77018. Condolences for Mrs. Alexander may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BEVERLY JEAN COLLIER GLOVER
Mrs. Beverly Jean Collier Glover, age 79 of Lovelady, formerly of Clute, passed away Monday, July 18, 2011 in Hospice in the Pines Inpatient Unit in Lufkin. Mrs. Glover was born February 10, 1932 in Birmingham, Alabama and had lived in Lovelady since 2003, previously living in Clute. Mrs. Glover had worked as a Licensed Vocational Nurse having retired from Brazosport Memorial Hospital and was a member of the Lovelady Church of Christ. Survivors include her sister Charlotte Jones and husband Claude, of Lovelady; brothers John Collier and wife Betty, of Hope, Ark. and David Collier, Sr. and wife Betty, of Lovelady; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Glen S. Glover; parents Jesse W. and Blanche Collier; and brother William Garvey Collier. Funeral Services for Mrs. Beverly Jean Collier Glover were held Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. in the Lovelady Church of Christ with Mr. Randy Jones officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice in the Pines, 116 S. Raguet, Lufkin, Texas 75904 or Antioch Cemetery Association, 4846 C. R. 3455, Lovelady, Texas 75851. Condolences for Mrs. Glover may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

FERRELL DORA FELDER THOMAS
Mrs. Ferrell Dora Felder Thomas, age 86 of Crockett passed away of congestive heart failure on Thursday, July 14, 2011 in Houston at North Cypress Medical Center. Mrs. Thomas was born in Houston, Texas on November 8, 1924 to Henry Howard Felder and Desta A. Williams Felder. Her father was a choir director of various Assembly of God churches for most of his life, so naturally Ferrell’s secondary interest was singing. She had a strong alto voice and sang God's praises with various gospel quartets in the South Texas, Louisiana and Florida area. Mrs. Thomas and the love of her life, Will Thomas, loved the area around Houston County and her grandmother founded a church that exists still today in Grapeland: Felder's Chapel. She loved to sing, she loved to laugh, she loved to appreciate God's creation, she loved a good game (whether it was dominoes, cards, or even football). But the primary passion and driving force of her life was to be a servant and coworker in the ministry of Jesus Christ. He was the Rock on which she built her life and what a strong foundation He has been. She was active in the “fields of harvest in the Kingdom of God on earth” until her days were completed, fittingly, for at least the past decade, here at Harvest Church in Crockett. She lived her life in accordance with her faith and her faith was Strong as was her love for People. She was known variously as "Sister Ferrell," "Miss Ferrell," "Miss Thomas", "Grandma Ferrell," "Mom," just plain "Ferrell," and by other terms of endearment. She loved generously with words and action and to really know her was to know of her love for her Savior, His Word, and her love for you…and to love her in return. Survivors include her sons James Thomas, of Crockett, Kevin Thomas and wife Melody, of Katy, Randy Thomas and wife Amy, of Houston and Lamar Thomas and wife Stacy, of Keller; grandchildren Jennifer Jones, of Katy, Kolby Thomas, of New Waverly, Danielle Thomas, of Keller, Luke Thomas, of Houston, Faith Thomas, of Keller, Ben Thomas, of Houston, Callie Shugart and Samantha Coveney, both of Katy; great-grandchildren Ethan Jones and Aidan Jones, both of Katy; sisters Geraldine Young, of Houston, Doreen Poling, of Austin, Nina Ponfick, of Nursery and Lynn Tullos, of Richmond; brothers Ralph Felder, of Fort Worth and Mark Felder, of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Will Thomas; sons Richard V. Thomas, Gerald H. Zeigler; and brothers Melvin Felder and Howard Felder. Funeral Services for Mrs. Ferrell Dora Felder Thomas were held Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Harvest Church with the Rev. Dennis Ivey officiating. Interment followed in the Creek Cemetery. Condolences for Mrs. Thomas may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

GEORGE IVINS
Mr. George Ivins, age 71 of Weldon, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2011 in the Triumph Hospital in Tomball. Mr. Ivins was born May 22, 1940 in Weldon, Texas and had lived all of his lifetime in Weldon. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Mr. Ivins retired having worked in Pipeline Construction as a Heavy Equipment Operator and was a member of the Weldon Baptist Church. Survivors include his brother Lytlejohn Ivins and wife Ann, of Tomball; sister Doris Crowson and husband Wayne, of Dickinson; brother-in-law Doyle Hutcherson and wife Helen, of Tomball; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his parents Travis and Hazel Ivins; brother Rayford Ivins; and sister Jan Hutcherson. Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. George Ivins were held Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Weldon Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Westbury officiating. Condolences for Mr. Ivins may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JONNY PAUL STEWART
Mr. Jonny Paul Stewart, age 74 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2011 at the M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. Mr. Stewart was born September 21, 1936 in Lovelady and had lived in Houston County most of his lifetime. He was a retired carpenter and a member of the Lovelady Baptist Church. Mr. Stewart also was a veteran of the United States Army. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Kathryn May Stewart, of Crockett; son Wayne Stewart and wife Barbara, of Crockett; grandchildren Chase Zachary Stewart and Ciara Vera Stewart, of Crockett; brothers Bobby Lee Stewart and wife Avalon, of Lovelady, Billy Ray Stewart and wife Rosemary, of Houston and Donald Harold “Dude” Stewart and wife Shirley, of Lovelady; sisters-in-law Cynthia Mitchell and husband Kenneth, of Crockett and Brenda May Lewis, of Trinity; brother-in-law Eugene May, of Oceanside, Calif.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his parents Sherman and Sylvia Stewart; sister Melba Stewart Beard; nephew Johnny Lee Stewart; father-in-law and mother-in-law Leonard and Kathleen May; and sister-in-law Frances McManus. Funeral Services for Mr. Jonny Paul Stewart were held Monday, July 11, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. in the Harvest Church with the Rev. Dennis Lowery and the Rev. Dennis Ivey officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. Condolences for Mr. Stewart may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

CLARA FAYE WILLIAMS
Mrs. Clara Faye Williams, age 86 of Texas City, passed away Friday, July 8, 2011, at Mainland Medical Center. Mrs. Williams was born December 2, 1924 in Center Hill, Texas. She was a retired school teacher, a member of Mainland Church of Christ, and Mainland Morning Quilt Guild. She is preceded in death by her husband, Fred S. Williams. Survivors include her sons Mike Williams and Cathy Bain and Fred Williams Jr. and wife Sue; daughter Jan Carraway and husband Bill; brother James Platt and wife Hazel; sister Beth Sherman; grandchildren Courtney Barrett and husband David, Tara Verm and husband Rodney, Amanda Roman and husband George, Kaylin Petras and husband Dwayne, Kassie Hajovsky and husband Clay, and Andrew Williams; great-grandchildren Hunter Williams, Makayla Verm, Lauren Verm, and Parker Petras; numerous other relatives and friends. Funeral Services for Mrs. Clara Faye Williams were held Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Emken-Linton Funeral Home. Graveside Service were followed at 4:00 p.m. at the Center Hill Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Mainland Church of Christ, 4801 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Texas City, TX 77591. Emken-Linton Funeral Home

EUGENIA (JEAN) PLETKA MATHER
Mrs. Eugenia (Jean) Pletka Mather, age 94 of Chickasha, Oklahoma, formerly of Crockett, Texas, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2011 in the Glen Haven Retirement Village in Chickasha, Oklahoma. Mrs. Mather was born October 5, 1916 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado. She graduated from Mesa Junior College and taught school in Western Colorado. Mrs. Mather had a variety of occupations and ended her career as a social worker for the Texas Department of Welfare. She was active in the Magnolia Garden Club and Phythian Sisters. Mrs. Mather was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Crockett where she was the founding member of the Builder’s Class, past president of the Methodist Women and was active in the Young at Hearts Club. Art was a passion, beadwork, needlework, water colors, oils, etc. She traveled to Europe, Asia, Mexico, Canada and throughout the United States. Survivors include her daughter Linda Walker and husband James D., of New Orleans, La.; son Mike Mather and wife Jeanne, of Chickasha, Okla.; grandchildren Heidi Rice, Elizabeth Walker, Robert Dayton Mather and Jacquelyn Hutzell; great-grandchildren Sydney Walker, Lara Rice, John David Rice, Lana Rice and Dayton Mather; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by heer husband Ralph Mather in January 2010. Funeral Services for Mrs. Eugenia (Jean) Pletka Mather were held Friday, July 15, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Earl Cantrelle officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 984, Crockett, Texas 75835. Condolences for Mrs. Mather may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DOROTHY LOU BEAVERS ENGLISH
Mrs. Dorothy Lou Beavers English, age 83, passed away on Saturday July 2, 2011 in Sherman, Texas. Mrs. English was born March 5, 1928 in Crockett, Texas. The only child of Dock and Mary Sue Beavers, Mrs. English was raised in the Shady Grove Community east of Crockett. She graduated from Crockett High School in 1945. After graduation, she worked with the United States Veterans program in Crockett and later worked for the First National Bank in Crockett until 1982. On August 18, 1946 she and Charles E. English were united in marriage which lasted over 63 years until his death on December 28, 2009. In 1982 Mrs. English was elected County Clerk of Houston County and was re-elected in 1986. In 1990 she retired from public service and relocated with her husband to Nacogdoches, Texas where they resided until his death. In 2010 she relocated to Sherman, Texas where she resided at the Renaissance Retirement Center until her death. Mrs. English was a member of the First Baptist Church of Nacogdoches, Texas and the Order of Eastern Star 509. She previously served as Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star in both Lovelady and Crockett. Survivors include her sons Dr. Charles Keith English and wife Debbie, of Rockville, Md. and Dr. Ken English and wife Lauren, of Sherman; grandchildren Stacey English, Christina English and husband Christopher Smith, of Rockville, Md., Lance English, of College Station, Clay English, of Burlington, Vt. and Meredith Ladd and husband Craig, of Ardmore, Okla.; great-grandchildren Chandler, Collin, and Alec Ladd; brothers-in-law Homer L. English, of Crockett and Cecil Ray English and wife Carol, of Farmers Branch; nieces and nephews Jayne Hillhouse, of Lufkin and Donna Sue English, Michael English, and April English, of Farmers Branch. Preceded in death by her husband Charles E. English; and parents Dock and Mary Sue Beavers. Funeral Services for Mrs. Dorothy Lou Beavers English were held Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel in Crockett. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park in Crockett. Condolences for Mrs. English may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

GEORGE TRENTON SNODGRASS
Mr. George Trenton Snodgrass, age 89 of Grapeland, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2011 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. Mr. Snodgrass was born July 4, 1921 in Hutchinson, KS., to Bert and Letha Snodgrass. He was one of four children. Mr. Snodgrass was an aviation mechanic and worked for Hyde Aviation and Metro Airlines. He was a member of the Grapeland Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Snodgrass served in the Army Air Corp during WWII. Survivors include his two sons Trenton and Clifton; daughters-in-law Joey and Alana; three grandchildren Holly, Dana, and Terren; four great-grandchildren Sam, Lillie, Will and Lucy. Preceded in death by his wife of 55 years Faye Snodgrass in 2001. Funeral Services for Mr. George Trenton Snodgrass will be held Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Missionary Baptist Church in Grapeland with Pastor Albert Munsinger officiating. Interment will follow in Grapeland City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Thomas Smallwood, Matt Micheletti, Jim French, Terren Snodgrass, Dale Fogle and Bob Jones. To view online, leave condolences or sign the guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com Bailey&Foster Funeral Home FLORENCE JEAN HUGHS Mrs. Florence Jean Hughs, age 64 of Jacinto City, passed away from this life Wednesday, July 6, 2011. Mrs. Hughs was born May 5, 1947 in San Antonio, Texas to Lawrence Pickney Cudd and Dorothy M. (Mann) Cudd. She had retired in 2007 from Baker Hughes Tool after 10 plus years. Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Joe Don Hughs, Sr.; children Joe Hill and wife Andria, Julie Maldonado and husband Steve, Joe Don Hughs, Jr. and wife Debra, Travis Russell Hughs and wife Peggy, Christopher Cudd and wife Letty, Stacey Bryant and husband Gene, and Phyllis Taylor and husband Bobby; brothers and sisters Sissy Michael, Carol Davis, Larry Cudd, Shirley Hodges, Roger Cudd and Brian Cudd; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family and dear friends. Preceded in death by her parents Lawrence Pickney Cudd and Dorothy M. (Mann) Cudd. Funeral Services for Mrs. Florence Jean Hughs was held Friday, July 8, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Carter Funeral Chapel. Interment followed at 4:30 p.m. in Evergreen Cemetery in Percilla. Go to www.carterfuneral-houston.com to leave online condolences. Carter Funeral Home

SAMMIE LOUISE STERNS
Mrs. Sammie Louise Sterns, age 84 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2011 in the Whitehall Nursing Center in Crockett. Mrs. Sterns was born April 14, 1927 in Crockett, Texas and had lived in Crockett most of her lifetime. She was a retired bookkeeper and attended the Presbyterian Church. Survivors include her daughter-in-law Peggy Martin, of Houston; grandchildren Steven Leon Martin, of Katy, Paul Todd Martin, of Spring and Anthony Wayne Rutledge, of Houston; great-grandchildren Heather King, Kourtnie Shrader and Justin Poiencot, Leah Martin and Kenzee Martin; brother-in-law Jerry Fulenwider, of San Antonio; sisters-in-law Pat Sterns, of Willis and Frieda Thompson, of Colo.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Leon E. “Sonny” Sterns; son Michael L. Martin; parents Dave and Ethel Thompson; sisters and brothers-in-law Albertine Morgan and husband Herbert Morgan, Janie Hendricks and husband Rex Hendricks; and brother David Thompson, Jr. Funeral Services for Mrs. Sammie Louise Sterns were held Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Tom Spath officiating. Interment will follow in the Corinth Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 15186, Austin, Texas 78761. Condolences for Mrs. Sterns may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

 

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