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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of June 12, 2007 - June 23, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Mrs. Myrle Dean Beazley Kaltwasser, age 98 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2007 in the Houston County Nursing Home. Mrs. Kaltwasser was born June 15, 1908 in Houston County and has been back in Crockett since 1974. Mrs. Kaltwasser was a housewife and a member of the Open Door Baptist Mission. Mrs. Kaltwasser's hobbies were fishing, playing dominoes, winning first, second and third place trophies at 42 tournaments, she spent many hours crocheting and making angel pins out of pearl beads. Mrs. Kaltwasser was involved in the Historical Society with Eliza Bishop and worked to get Reynard Historical Markers. You would often find her sitting in her porch sewing and reading with her kittens, Fuzzy Socks and Baby, lying at her feet. Mrs. Kaltwasser seldom met a stranger as she always made all who knew her welcome anytime you called, met her at the Senior Citizens Center or just grocery shopping. 
Survivors include her son John D. Wisdom and wife Tina, of Longview; daughter Marie Isget Westbrook, of Kennard; grandsons Jimmy E. Isget, of Houston, Johnny W. Wisdom and wife Debbie, of Gilmer, John D. Wisdom, Jr. and wife Roberta, of Ocoee, Fla.; granddaughter Crystal D. Sanders and husband Fred, of Yantis; great-granddaughters Sarah Elizabeth Miller, of Dublin, Va., Courtney Walker, of Longview and Loren Dell Wisdom, of Diana; great-grandsons Jeremy R. Isget, Anthony "Tony" Isget, both of Houston, Brandon Carrington, of Longview, Johnny W. Wisdom, Jr., of Diana; great-great-grandchildren Gabriella Isget and Jeremy "Jay" Isget, of Houston, Cari Ann Kennedy and Brittany Nicole Hylton, of Dublin, Va., Jake and Ava Marie Walker, of Longview, Kyle and Chase Isget, of Groveton, Shelbee, Gracee and Hunter Wisdom, of Diana; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Preceded in death by her parents Doug and Mamie Beazley; husband Wayne G. Kaltwasser; grandson David Isget; great-grandchildren Cassondra Wisdom and Christopher "Kip" Isget; sister and brother-in-law Elinor and Clifford Platt; and sons-in-law, James H. Westbrook and Milburn E. Isget.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Myrle Dean Beazley Kaltwasser were held Wednesday, June 6, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jim Durham and, the Rev. Jack Shoultz and Mr. Billy Gene Platt officiating.  Interment followed in the Dailey Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Open Door Baptist Mission, 816 S. 4th St., Crockett, TX. 75835; American Heart Association, P. O. Box 15186, Austin, Texas 78761 or Charity of Choice.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

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      

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. 







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