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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of June 24, 2007 - July 1, 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. 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 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







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