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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of June 5, 2007 - June 12, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company



ANDREA DAWN ROYCROFT
Mrs. Andrea Dawn Roycroft, age 34 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Roycroft was born July 20, 1972 in Dallas and was a resident of Crockett. Mrs. Roycroft had worked for Home Health Care and was a member of the Baptist Church.
Survivors include her children Daniel Cody Roycroft, Andrew Clayton Roycroft, Natalie Dawn Roycroft and Madison Deanne Roycroft, all of Crockett; mother Mary Barton, of Crockett; sisters Angela Denise Lane, of Louisville and Brandy Alise Barton, of Seagoville.
Preceded in death by her father James Cody Barton.
Graveside Services were held for Mrs. Andrea Dawn Roycroft on Wednesday, June 13, in the Ivie Cemetery. 
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DARRELL LYNN MALONE
Mr. Darrell Lynn Malone, age 47 of Latexo, passed away in his home Monday, June 4, 2007 in Latexo. Mr. Malone was born March 25, 1960 in Houston, Texas and had spent the last 30 years living in Houston County. Most of Houston County knew him from his long years of service at City Tire in Crockett.
Survivors include his son Kyle Malone, of Crockett; brother Greg Malone, of Granbury; father and step-mother Don and Betty Malone, of Magnolia; cousins Penny Pickrel and Lorrie McClain, both of Granbury; numerous friends.
Preceded in death by his mother Sue Black in 1995.
Visitation for Mr. Darrell Lynn Malone were held Saturday, June 9, from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Funeral Home.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
 

EDDIE BLACKWELL
Mr. Eddie Blackwell, age 81 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Blackwell was born May 10, 1926 in Elm Mott, Texas and was a resident of Crockett for the past 60 years. Mr. Blackwell was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served during World War II. Mr. Blackwell was a member of the Fairfield VFW Post 5872 and he was also a member of the Crockett Volunteer Fire Department for 21 years. Mr. Blackwell was a retired truck driver and of the Baptist Faith.
Survivors include his wife Joe Ann Blackwell, of Crockett; children Joe Eddie Blackwell and wife Deborah, of Crockett, Royce Blackwell, of Huntsville; Virginia Ann Smith and husband Bob, of Crockett; granddaughters Jennifer Ann Blackwell, Holly Lynn Blackwell, both of New York City, N.Y., Somer Lynn Smith, of Huntsville, Kasey Leann Englehart and husband Dustin, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sisters Mattie Kinnison, of Moody, Juanita Newman, of Fairfield; sister-in-law Juanita Blackwell, of Waco; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Lucy Sherrod, of Crockett, Sally and Bobby Reid, of Port O‚Connor, Tommie and Bill Corbin, of Nacogdoches, Susie and Jimmy Weisenger, of Grapeland,  Henry Spinks, Kirby and Linda Spinks and Lawrence "Snuffy" Spinks, all of Crockett; life long friend Edward Brent; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Eddie Blackwell were held Tuesday, June 5, at 2:00 p.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Reggie Gregory officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Crockett Volunteer Fire Department, 200 N. 6th Street, Crockett, TX. 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

EULIS SIMPSON WEST
Mr. Eulis Simpson West, a resident of Vanndale, Arkansas, departed this life Monday, May 28, 2007 at the Cross Ridge Community Hospital in Wynne, Arkansas. Mr. West was born January 17, 1926, in St. Charles, Arkansas, to Eulis Simpson, Sr. and Lettie Irene (Smith) West. Mr. West married Miss Mary Reeves. 
Mr. West served in the US Air Force during WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Mr. West was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church in Lovelady the American Legion in Willis. Mr. West enjoyed fishing and gardening.
Survivors include his sister Lorene West Futrell, of Vanndale, Ark.; three nephews Dwight Futrell, of El Dorado, Ark., Eulis Clayton West and Walter Eugene West, Jr., both of Fair Oaks, Ark.; three nieces Myra Futrell, Susan Futrell, both of Vanndale, Ark. and Oleta Garcia, of Houston.
Preceded in death by his parents Eulis and Lettie West; one brother Walter Eugene West, Sr.; one niece: Teresa Arlene Anderson.
Funeral Services were held Thursday, May 31, at 2:00 p.m. at the Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home Wynne Chapel with Brother George Fink officiating. 
Graveside Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 1, at the Anitoch Cemetery in Lovelady.
Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home

GENE LARUE
Mr. Gene LaRue, age 54 of Lovelady, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mr. LaRue was born March 6, 1953 in Ashland, Oregon and was a resident of Lovelady since 1958. Mr. LaRue was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force having served during the Vietnam Era. Mr. LaRue had worked as a welder and was a member of the Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Linda LaRue of Lovelady; children Robert LaRue and fiancée Emily Grayson, of Lovelady, William Conley and wife Patricia, of Pottsville, Ark., Melissa Burns and husband Robert, of Cedar Park and Tiffany Micias, of Amarillo; eight grandchildren; father Virgil LaRue, of Pearsons Chapel; brother Tom LaRue and wife Connie, of Huntsville; special friends Martin and Suzi Boedeker, of Lovelady; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his mother Thelma LaRue; and brothers Winford Ray LaRue and James Leroy LaRue.
Funeral Services for Mr. Gene LaRue were held Monday, June 11, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Scott Matthews and Mr. Quenton Watson officiating. Interment will follow in the Creek Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

GERALD G. CECIL
Mr. Gerald G. Cecil, age 75 of Crockett, passed away Monday, June 4, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Cecil was born April 28, 1932 in Crockett and was a resident of Crockett. Mr. Cecil was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean Conflict as a Staff Sergeant. Mr. Cecil was retired having worked for T.D.C.J.I.D. and was a member of the Grace Street Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife Gaye Cecil, of Crockett; daughter Sherald Wood and husband David, of Buffalo; grandchildren Terri Wood, of Royce City, Holly Wood, of College Station, Misty Sizemore, of Trinity and Brittany Mangum, of Huntsville; three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives; special friends Mr. and Mrs. John Hicks, Mr. and Mrs. John Angerstein and Mr. and Mrs. James Pratt.
Preceded in death by his daughter Cindy Kay Mangum; and parents Nolan Cecil and Nora Erwin Cecil.
Funeral Services for Mr. Gerald G. Cecil were held Friday, June 8, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Rick Kelley officiating. Interment followed in the Weldon Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

HAROLD SISSOM
Mr. Harold Sissom, age 54 of Grapeland, passed away May 24, 2007 in Lovelady.
Mr. Sissom was born April 26, 1953 in Kennett, Missouri and he had lived most of his lifetime in this area. Mr. Sissom was commander of the Royal Rangers and a member of Tres Dias. 
Mr. Sissom was a member of the Light on a Hill Church in Grapeland where he served as deacon and board member. Mr. Sissom was retired from T. D. C. J. having worked in the Agriculture Maintenance Department with 23 years of service.
Survivors include his wife Terri Sissom, of Grapeland; children Carrie Sissom Miller and husband Shawn, Amber Burns and fiancé, Chris Satterley, Brandi Burns, all of Houston and Cameron Burns, of Grapeland; grandchildren Corbin Miller, Kaylee Satterley; sisters Sherry Allen and husband Billy, of Palestine, Rachel Skinner and husband Kenneth, of Gary, Carolyn Sissom, of Chandler, Bobbie Sissom, of Latexo; nieces and nephews Todd, Starla, Trey, Dylis Anne, Cristy, Tammie, Anthony and Rusty.
Preceded in death by his parents Edward Wayne and Juneta Sissom; brothers Victor Dan Sissom and Edward Wayne "Bootie" Sissom
Funeral Services for Mr. Harold Sissom were held Sunday, June 3, at 2:00 p.m. in the First Assembly of God Church with Mr. Kenny Sissom and the Rev. Tommy Sprinkle officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Texas EquuSearch, P.O. Box 395, Dickinson, Texas 77539.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

HOLLIS L. OWENS
Mr. Hollis L. Owens, age 88 of Fredericksburg, formerly of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2007 in the Windcrest Nursing Home in Fredericksburg.
Mr. Owens was born July 1, 1918 in Rusk County, Texas and had been living in Fredericksburg. Mr. Owens was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served during World War II. Mr. Owens was a retired glass blower and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Crockett.
Survivors include his son Don Owens and wife Sherry, of Fredericksburg; grandchildren Vavettte Marie, Janeene Lanai, Donnie Clay, Annissa Lynn, Laura Elizabeth, Kimberly Sue; numerous great-grandchildren; brothers Eugene Owens and wife Opal, of Livingston, Bernice Owens and wife Hope, of Crosby; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his wife Berniece Owens; son Rickey Owens; sisters Mony and Evelyn; and brother Ernest.
Funeral Services for Mr. Hollis L. Owens were held Tuesday, June 5, at 10:30 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Terry Gibson officiating. 
Graveside Services will follow at 2:30 p.m. in the San Jacinto Memorial Cemetery in Houston. 
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JACOB LANE BRENT SANDERS
Jacob Lane Brent Sanders, age 11, passed away from this life Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 12:20 a.m. and is now smiling upon us from Heaven. Jacob was born November 7, 1995 in Bryan, the third of four children of Miranda Brent Sanders and Vernon Ray Sanders.
Jake was truly a gift from God for 11 years and he brought a smile to everyone’s face that he met. The significance is that Jake never met a stranger and always saw the good in every person that he met!  Jake was a special little guy who had a HUGE heart that worked overtime! He was honest, hard working, compassionate, caring, and he loved the Lord his God with all of his heart, mind and soul. Jake knew God before he was old enough to even understand religion and he loved to hear his favorite song, “My God is an Awesome God” by Rich Mullins.
Jake attended Huntsville Intermediate School and was in the 5th grade. Jake was highly enthusiastic, energetic, and all that knew him can attest that he was always very happy. Jake loved going to school simply to be engulfed by people. Jake, even as a little man, was a HUGE people person. He was known by people from Houston, Cypress, Navasota, Conroe, and all the way to Huntsville. He knows more people than our entire family put together because he took the time to stop and meet and greet any of what he calls his neighbors, friends, and all those he came in contact with.   
Jake had many hobbies. He loved to fish, swim, ride horses, plant gardens, work with farm animals, ride tractors, work on machinery, collect big trucks, play football, and he dreamed of becoming a firefighter. Jake also sincerely dedicated his hobbies and time to pleasing other people! He always felt fulfilled when he did something special for someone other than himself. He was a deep thinker for a little guy and could talk lawn mowers, tractors, and weed eating with any man!
Jake was best known for his sincerity, manners, and kindness toward others. He was always optimistic and he was a true little Texas gentleman!
Although Jake's death was a sudden and tragic loss at such a young age, he touched more people's lives than most of us ever will in a lifetime!
Jacob knew how to live life to the fullest and he never went halfway with anything that he did.  If he got involved with an activity or sport, he gave all he had. Even last place was first place to Jake! 
We all take great comfort in the fact that we know and trust that our God has a greater plan that we might not or cannot understand at this time.
Survivors include his brothers Justin Ray Sanders and Richard Craig Sanders; sister Dovie Raylin Sanders; mother Miranda Brent Sanders and Edward Lee Brent Jr.; grandparents Ray and Betty Thomas; aunts Dannell Thomas Price and Tracy Thomas Mooney; uncles Wesley Ray Thomas and Travis Allen Thomas; father Vernon Ray Sanders and Angela Darleen Sanders; stepbrother Matthew Allison; stepsisters Shandi Luce and Caitlin Allison; grandmother Wanda Lee Sanders; aunt Brenda Jackson; and uncles Richard Carl Sanders and Thomas Craig Sanders. 
Preceded in death by his grandfather Billy Jo Sanders. 
Funeral Services for Jacob Lane Brent Sanders were held Thursday, May 31, at 10:00 a.m. with Graveside Services immediately following. Cashner Funeral Home and Cemeteries located at 801 Teas Road “commonly known" as Teas Nursery Road in Conroe, Texas 77303. If you need directions, please contact the Funeral Home at 936-756-2126. 

Anyone wishing to send flowers may send them to Cashner Funeral Home.
Cashner Funeral Home

JOHN DELBERT ABERNATHY
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.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JOYCE HARRELSON
Mrs. Joyce Harrelson, age 66 of Lovelady, passed away Thursday, May 24, 2007 at her residence. Mrs. Harrelson was born July 17, 1940 in Houston County and was a resident of Lovelady for the past 6 years. Mrs. Harrelson was a retired nurse and was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church in Lovelady.
Survivors include her husband Charles Harrelson of Lovelady; children Pamela Gougler and husband Mike, of Lago Vista,, Steven Pierce and wife Paula, of Lovelady, Steve Harrelson, of Alvin, Janet Ebner and husband Roy, of Trinity, Craig Harrelson, of Alvin and Robert Harrelson and wife Misty, of Huntsville; grandchildren Jennifer Taylor and husband Cory, of Angleton, Justin, Christopher, April and Kara Gougler, all of Lago Vista, MaKenna and Lance Pierce, both of Lovelady, Chad Harrelson, of Alvin, Brandi Barksdale and husband Chris and Kyle Ebner, all of Trinity; six great-grandchildren; sisters Billie Weeks, of Huntsville, Edna LaRue and husband John, of Lovelady, Wanda Kennedy and husband Roy, of Trinity; brother Kenneth Knighten, of Lovelady; special friend Nanette Vondra of Lovelady; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her brothers Troy Knighten and Avon Knighten.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Joyce Harrelson were held Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in the Antioch Baptist Church in Lovelady with the Rev. Robert Lacey and the Rev. Scott Matthews officiating. Interment followed in the Antioch Cemetery in Lovelady.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Antioch Cemetery Association, c/o Joan Little, 4846 C. R. 3455, Lovelady, Texas 75851.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MAXINE STEELY BEAZLEY
Mrs. Maxine Steely Beazley, age 87 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at Houston County Nursing Home in Crockett.
Private Services for Mrs. Maxine Steely Beazley will be held at a later date.
Herrington/Land of
Memory Funeral Home

MICHEAL VEAL
Mr. Michael Veal, age 33 of Baytown, passed away Thursday, June 7, 2007 in Jefferson County. Mr. Veal was born July 23, 1973 in Lufkin. Mr. Veal was a trucking training supervisor. 
Survivors include his wife Missy Veal, of Baytown; daughter Haley Veal, of Baytown; son Shannon Veal, of Baytown; parents Judy and Larry Veal, of Jasper; sisters Melissa Rowe, of Jasper, Dena Bean, of Dayton and Casey Veal of Ark.; grandfather Frank Phillips, of Lufkin; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his grandparents Gladys Lee and Louis Ross Veal and Georgia Lee Phillips.
Funeral Services for Mr. Michael Veal were held Sunday, June 10, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Lynn Gentry officiating. Interment will follow in the Ratcliff Antioch Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MOLLIE CHERRY EHMLING
Mrs. Mollie Cherry Ehmling, age 66, of Houston passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2007 in Houston, after a long illness. Mrs. Ehmling was born May 15, 1941 in Crockett and had lived in Houston for many years. Mrs. Ehmling had worked as a secretary for U. T. M. B. Medical Center and was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Ehmling will be missed by her friends and family.
Survivors include her husband of 25 years, G.W. (Bill) Ehmling, of Houston; step-children Lee Ehmling and his wife Keri, and their daughters Morgan and Grace Denisa Ehmling, Jeanine and her husband Tom Goyens; sister Johnnie Cherry Allee, of Crockett; brother Jack Cherry and his wife Edith; sister Patsy Cherry Gibbs, of Houston; numerous loving nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her parents Ben and Kathleen Hooks Cherry; brothers James and Joe Cherry; and sister Julia Cherry Oxley.
Memorial Services for Mrs. Mollie Cherry Ehmling were held on Saturday, June 2, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


 

 





 



 

 

 

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