Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For May 25, 2008 - June 17, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company

Mrs. Alice Steshetz Satterwhite, age 81, was born June 13, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan.   Alice passed away peacefully on May 3, 2008 at the home of her daughter, Lee (Satterwhite) Pausky and son-in-law Paul Pausky of College Station, Texas from complications of emphysema. Mrs. Satterwhite was to turn 82 in June.   
Along with daughter Lee and family.
Survivors include her sons D. Michael Satterwhite, PhD and wife Debbee, of Lewiston, Idaho and Alan Satterwhite and wife Yvonne, of Columbus, Ohio and Tampa, Florida; granddaughters Alexandra (Allie) Pausky, of College Station, Jennifer and husband Mark Lundy; great-grandsons Patrick, Jameson and Liam of Powell, Ohio and Amy and husband Tim Arnholt, of Worthington, Ohio; dear childhood friends Helen Nelson, of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Katherine Alexander, of Farmington, Mich.; three nieces; one nephew and their families in Michigan and California. 
Preceded in death by her husband Travis F. Satterwhite of Crockett; parents Alexandra and Ivan Steshetz; and her brothers Alex and John of Detroit.
A Celebration of Life for Mrs. Alice Steshetz were held Sunday, June 15, at 2:15 p.m. at the Crockett Inn.
Donations may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley 979-821-2266 in her memory.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

On Sunday, June 8, 2008, Charles Wayne “Paw Paw” Kirby gave his life serving his community and fellow man. In the early morning hours of June 8, his life was taken suddenly operating a life flight mission.
Wayne’s life of service was one filled with serving in a variety of ways and places. Of course, his most recent call to service began in January 2007 when he became one of four PHI Air Med pilots on the Air Med 12 Unit Team based out of Coulter Field in Bryan.
His 32-year employment with PHI began in January 1976 until Sunday, June 8, 2008. During his tenure with PHI, he served the company in many locations along the Gulf Coast in support of the oil and gas industries. Prior to joining PHI’s Air Medical Unit here in Bryan, he was a pilot for PHI’s operation in Cabinda, Angola, for 12 years.
Wayne was born in Houston to Mamie and C.L Kirby on September 10, 1944. He was a member of Broadway Baptist Church for many years until he recently moved his membership to First Baptist Church in Bryan. He graduated from Charles H. Milby High School in 1963.
After graduation, Wayne became a full time student at Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas, and later was a student at the University of Houston in Houston. While a student at the University of Houston, he married Sally Jean Vinson at Riverview Baptist Church on November 27, 1965. After his tour of duty in the military, Wayne later completed a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Maryland in January 1976.
Given his life of service, it seems only fitting that Wayne gave nine years of his life in the U.S. Army serving his country. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant as a field artillery officer. However, he soon fell in love with flying and later went to flight school, graduating in February 1968.
After graduation, he served two aviation tours in Vietnam; one with the Air Cavalry at Tay Ninh and one with the 20th Engineering Brigade at Bien Hoa. He was honorably discharged from the Army in November 1975 after completing a tour with the 25th Aviation Brigade in Mainz, Germany.
During his time in Vietnam, he received the following awards for his flying service: the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medals, a Broken Wing Award and an honorable discharge. Until the present accident, as a civilian pilot, he completed 32 years of accident-free flying service.
Wayne’s hobbies outside of work included motorcycle riding. He was the proud owner of two Harley Davidson motorcycles and was a member of the local Brazos De Dios Motorcycle Club. He had a love for all kinds of hunting, especially hunting deer.
But no hobby or love of hobby was greater than Paw Paw’s love for his grandchildren, Tyler, Hannah, Sarah and Seth. Fortunately for them and him, his last day was dedicated to creating beautiful memories with them.
Wayne meant a tremendous amount to his family. Even though our loss is great, we take comfort in knowing Wayne had a saving relationship with his Savior Jesus Christ. John 1:6 reads, “Love means living the way God commanded us to live…Live a life of love.”
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Louis “C.L.” Kirby.
Survivors include his 95-year-old mother, Mamie Margaret “NaNa” Kirby of Lovelady, Texas; aunt, Minnie Hester of Crockett, Texas; loving wife of 42 years, Sally Jean Kirby; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald Wayne and Heather Lea Kirby of Brenham; daughter Kari Ann Kirby of Bryan, four grandchildren, Tyler James Wilson of Bryan, Hannah Elizabeth Kirby, Sarah Abigail Kirby and Seth Jacob Kirby, all of Brenham; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley Ann and Gary N. Joiner of Boerne, Texas; two brothers-in-law, James Charles Vinson of Victoria, Texas, and Timothy Scott Vinson and wife, Deborah Faye, of Deer Park, Texas; and many relatives, nieces, nephews and cousins from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and California.
A memorial service will be held for Wayne at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 15, at First Baptist Church in Bryan. A visitation among family and friends will be held following the memorial service in the atrium of First Baptist Church in Bryan. A later burial will follow at the National Cemetery at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
So much has been written about Wayne’s service to his community and country and as important as they are, none surpasses the way in which he devoted his life to serving and meeting the needs of his family. Each member has benefited from his love and generosity. No one more so than his wife Sally. She has been battling colon cancer for the last 11 years and it goes without saying she owes him a debt of gratitude for the selfless way he went about meeting her needs. Oh how you will be missed, sweet Wayne.
Our family mourns not only for Wayne, but also with the families of Jana, Stephanie and Mr. Disman.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorials may be made to the Building or General Fund at First Baptist Church, 3100 Cambridge Dr., Bryan, TX 77802.
Please view and sign the guestbook at www.hillierfuneralhome.com http://www.hillierfuneralhome.com> .
Hillier Funeral Home

Mr. Daniel Ramirez, age 75 of Crockett, passed away Monday, June 9, 2008 at his residence. Mr. Ramirez was born December 2, 1932 in Houston County and had lived in Crockett most of his lifetime.  Mr. Ramirez was retired having worked as a farmer and was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Survivors include his wife Ruth Matthews Ramirez, of Crockett; brothers Paul Ramirez and wife Sam, of Grapeland, Cedar Ramirez and wife Jane, of Rusk; sisters Rachel Kirksey and husband Charlie, Eve Dodson, all of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents Cedar and Sally Ramirez; and brothers John Ramirez and Ben Ramirez.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Daniel Ramirez were held Friday, June 13, at 11:00 a. m. in the Douglas Cemetery with Mr. Ernie Schriewer officiating.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. David Neal Spruill, age 29 of Canton, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2008. Mr. Spruill was born July 2, 1978 in Crockett, Texas and had been living in Canton for the past 6 months. Mr. Spruill was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in operations in Kuwait and Iraq. Mr. Spruill was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Wills Point, Texas.
Survivors include his wife Anastasia Spruill, of Canton; sons Logan and Conner Spruill, of Canton; daughter Tara Spruill, of Canton; mother Charlotte Mannino and husband Charles, of Livingston; father Bobby Spruill, of Crockett; brother Michael Spruill, of Nederland; nephew Nathan Spruill, of Nederland; uncle Richard Spruill, of Crockett; aunts Sherry Sedtal and husband Joseph, of Moscow, Pamela Clark and husband Allan, of Houston, Monica Jannise and husband Ronnie, of Beaumont and Melody Terro of Long Island, N.Y.; grandmother Mildred Knapp and husband Robert, of Nederland.
Preceded in death by his grandparents William and Lucille Spruill; grandfather Herbert Terro; great-great-grandparents Lee and Lois Beavers, Lem and Annie Spruill; and cousin Valerie Getz.
Funeral Services for Mr. David Neal Spruill were held Wednesday, June 11, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Branch President Robert Bray officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Children of David Spruill.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Ernest Lee (Buddy) Elrod, age 74 of Crockett, formerly of Tyler, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2008 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Elrod was born March 12, 1934 in Alverado, Texas and had been living in Crockett for the past 6 years, previously living in Tyler. Mr. Elrod was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean Era.  Mr. Elrod was a member of the Omen Road Church of Christ where he was bible class teacher for High School and Adults. Mr. Elroy had worked for the Great-Western Oil Company for six years in Odessa and New Mexico. Mr. Elrod moved to Tyler in 1962 and worked for the Borden Company for 30 years and had also worked in automated food for 10 years.  Mr. Elroy retired to Crockett in 2002.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law Gary and Debbie Elrod, of Crockett; grandchildren Leigh Ann Cook and husband Jeremy Cook, of Tyler, Matthew Tyler (Ty) Elrod and girl friend Jennifer Carroll, of Crockett; brothers Jack Russell Elrod and wife Marsha, of Bastrop, Don R. Elrod and wife Peggy, of Arlington; niece Michelle Breatty, of Wis.; nephews Brad Taylor and wife Karen Strot, of Austin, Todd Elrod and wife Marsha, and Eric Elrod and wife Kelly, all of Arlington; close friends Charles and Betty Sue Harris, Stacey Macoy and Kim Cornelius, all of Tyler.
Preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Shirley Ann Akey Elrod on August 5, 1995; father Harry Elrod; mother Edith McClure; sister Billie Jo Smart; and nephew Joe Taylor.
Funeral Services for Mr. Ernest Lee (Buddy) Elrod were be held Thursday, June 12, at 10:00 a.m. in the Grace Street Church of Christ with Mr. Rick Kelley officiating. Interment followed in the Cathedral In the Pines Cemetery in Tyler.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to King David’s Kids 754 S. Treadway, Abilene, Texas 79602; Central Texas Leadership Training for Church of Christ c/o Grace Street Church of Christ, 124 S. Grace, Crockett, Texas 75835 or Armed Forces Relief Trust, Department 6055, Washington DC 20042-6055.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Jewel Groves White, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2008 in Houston, Texas and was born July 23, 1920, to Mr. Ed Groves and Zemlia Cooper. Mrs. White attended Williams High School. Mrs. White accepted Christ at an early age and joined Union Prairie Baptist Church and later joined Porter Springs Church of God In Christ, where she faithfully served as Church Secretary and Sunday School Superintendent for more than sixty years. Mrs. White married Tyree White, and remained happily married until the time of his death. Along with her husband Tyree, Jewel lived in harmony with her neighbors and faithful served the Crockett Community. Mrs. White was a loving wife and dedicated mother.  Mrs. White and her husband Tyree, sought to raise their children in the fear of admonition of the Lord by precept and example. Mrs. White legacy of faith and family is demonstrated through her children and their families, and will live on through generations to come.
Mrs. White leaves behind a wonderful legacy of love with her family, church and community. Although, she is not longer with us in her earthly temple, we know that she is singing down from Heaven, “May the life I lived speak for me”.
Survivors include her six sons Norris White and wife Shirley, Charles White and wife Versia, all of Houston, Tyree White, Jr. and wife Joyce, of Arlington, Robert White and wife Betty, of Houston, Norman White and wife Linda, of The Woodlands and Lee White and wife Margie, of Austin; three daughters Geraldine White Gillespie and husband Countee, of Houston, Shirley White Murphy and husband Rory, of Missouri City and Beverly White Collins and husband Winston, of Bensalem, Pa.; three sisters Golden Jenkins, Gerda Taylor, both of Houston and Deyo Norwood, of Sacrmento, Calif.; a special cousin and dear friend, Albertine Jones of Crockett; 21 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.
Preceded in death by her loving husband Tyree White, Sr.; one infant baby boy; one brother Theophylus Groves; one sister Crystal Floyd; and two grandsons Norris White II and Victor White.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Jewel Groves White were held Thursday, June 12, at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Lukes Baptist Church in Crockett.  Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Mary Jane Wooten McCullough, age 72, born September 16, 1935 in Crockett, Texas to Tommy Murphy and Ordell Washington Murphy, passed away on Sunday, June 8, 2008 at home surrounded by family in Crockett.
She leaves nine children and their families to mourn her passing along with many friends from her church and community.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Jane Wooten McCullough will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at New Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Crockett with Rev. Winston Spencer officiating. Interment will follow in the Jiel Huntley Cemetery.
The family invites you to celebrate her life through a website established for Mary at MEM.com. There you can share your personal condolences and "Mary stories" and see additional history and photos of her life.
Barkley Mortuary






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