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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For March 10, 2008 - March 17, 2008
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BILLY PAUL BLALOCK
Mr. Billy Paul Blalock, age 74 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2008 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Blalock was born November 26, 1933 in Crockett and had lived in Crockett for many years. Mr. Blalock was a graduate of Sam Houston State University and was an alumni member. Mr. Blalock served in the Korean Conflict in the United States Army. Mr. Blalock was president of the Houston County Retired Teachers Association. Mr. Blalock had taught and coached at several schools including Troy, Rotan and Centerville. Mr. Blalock was a member of the Grace Street Church of Christ. Mr. Blalock announced Crockett High School Football for 14 years.
Survivors include his wife Janis Blalock, of Crockett; children Brian Blalock and wife Melodee, of Huntsville, Julie Merrill and husband Jerry, of Dos Palos, Calif., Darrell Rials and wife Mary, of Bedford, John Rials and wife Jill, of Mesa, Ariz., Debbie Wilson and husband Charles, of Blooming Grove; grandchildren Charles Blalock, Katherine Blalock, Kelli Merrill, Jerrick Merrill, Zane Merrill, Marissa Merrill, Tina Word, Chandra Wommer, Mallory Rials, Zoey Rials, Daylan Smith, Ryan Elizabeth Rials, Maxx Wilson; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral Services for Mr. Billy Paul Blalock were held Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. in the Grace Street Church of Christ with Mr. Rick Kelley officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Street Church of Christ Library, 124 S. Grace St., Crockett, Texas 75835.
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CHARLES WYNDLE MURRAY
Mr. Charles Wyndle Murray, age 71, of Creek, passed away Friday, February 29, 2008 in the Hospice of East Texas in Tyler. Mr. Murray was born February 16, 1936 in Crockett, Texas and had lived in Houston and Houston County all of his lifetime.  Mr. Murray was member of several Coon Hunting Clubs and was a retired truck driver having worked for Yellow Freight Company.
Survivors include his son Brent Wyndle Murray, of Livingston; former wife Elizabeth Murray, of Livingston; brothers and sisters Carl Stokes Murray, James William Murray, both of Lovelady, Bonnie Jean Kerr, of Katy, Margie Dale Collins, of Romayor, Roy Murray, Ray Murray, both of Centerville, Mary Ubernosky, of Lovelady, Alvin Murray and Nelda Joy Cramer, both of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and hunting buddies.
Preceded in death by his parents Luther Carl Murray and Ethel Mae Murray; sister and brother-in-law Dorris and Lonnie Marsh.
Funeral Services for Mr. Charles Wyndle Murray were held Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Charity of Choice.
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ESTA FAYE PENNINGTON
Mrs. Esta Faye Pennington, age 85 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2008 in the East Texas Medical Center- Crockett. Mrs. Pennington was born January 2, 1923 in Pearsons Chapel, Houston County, Texas and was a lifetime resident of Crockett. Mrs. Pennington was a 1939 graduate of Crockett High School and attended Southwestern University. Mrs. Pennington married Clifford Pennington on January 16, 1944 at Wesley Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mrs. Pennington joined the First United Methodist Church at 8 years old and had served the church in many capacities that included, organizing the Builders Sunday school class in 1947, teaching Sunday school classes in all age levels and also served as Sunday school Superintendant for many years. Mrs. Pennington was a member of the United Methodist Women serving as circle chairman and also as president.  Mrs. Pennington worked as manager for Morrow Furniture Store in Crockett for many years. Mrs. Pennington married Richard Gentzel on November 25, 2001.  She had served on many civic organizations including the Salvation Army, Crockett Cemetery Association and Spring Creek Country Club Association. Her hobbies included bridge, reading and cooking.
Survivors include her husband Richard Gentzel of Crockett; children Paula Emmert and husband Don, of Kingwood,
Ric Pennington, of Crockett; grandchildren Stacy Johnson and husband Derek, of Austin, Haley Wiley and husband Garrett, of Kingwood,
Karon Emmert, of Dallas,
Daniel Pennington, of Plano, Leslie Walston and husband Jeff, of The Woodlands; great-grandchildren Layne, Kaley, Emily, Ethan, Eric, Evan, Isaac, Ian and Ellise; brother Terry Morrow and wife Diana, of Lufkin; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Clifford Pennington; parents Glover and Thelma Morrow; and grandsons Trae Pennington and David Hutchinson.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Esta Faye Pennington were held Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Crockett with Dr. Jerry House officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the John Wooters Crockett Public Library, 708 E. Goliad, Crockett, TX. 75835.
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HARRY HILL
Mr. Harry Hill, age 82 of Porter Springs, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2008 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Hill was born November 14, 1925 in McKinney, Texas and had lived in Porter Springs for the past 25 years. Mr. Hill was a veteran of the U. S. Army Air Corps having served during World War II. Mr. Hill was a member of the Crockett Elks Lodge, Masonic Lodge in Crockett and the American Legion in Crockett. Mr. Hill was retired having worked as a pilot for Texas Eastern Airlines and was also a member of the Porter Springs Baptist Church. 
Survivors include his daughters Jeannine Hill, of Katy, Denise Finnell and husband Jim, of Atlantic, Iowa, Terri Hill, of Katy, Cheryl Ann Strobel and husband Larry, of Katy; grandchildren Danielle, Michelle, John and wife Ada, Matthew and Katie; great-grandchildren Shelby, Kaytlyn and Ashley; brother Robert L. Hill, of Pasadena; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his wife Joyce Hill in 2003; and parents W. I. and Cleo Hill.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Harry Hill were held Friday, March 7, 2008 at 10:30 a. m. in the Porter Springs Cemetery with the Rev. Carl Standley officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 15186 , Austin, Texas 78761; American Cancer Society,212 Gene Samford, Lufkin, Texas 75904 and Diabetes Foundation, P. O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720.
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JENNIE CORDELIA PEACOCK
Mrs. Jennie Cordella Peacock, age 91 of Weches, passed away Monday, March 3, 2008 at Whitehall Nursing Home in Crockett. Mrs. Peacock was born September 12, 1916 in Weches to William J. and Elizabeth Walling Burran.
Mrs. Peacock was of Pentecostal faith and in her younger years attended Belott Pentecostal Church as well as Weches Pentecostal Church regularly (and any other Pentecostal Church she could get a ride to). Mrs. Peacock was loved by all who knew her and whether you were family, friend or stranger you never left her home or presence without a hug an “I love you,” and an invitation to come back to visit her.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Sanford Lee and Myrtle Ruth Peacock, of Weches; daughters Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bridges, of Friona and Belle Bridges, of Amarillo; daughter-in-law Delores Orum, of Weches; grandchildren Tammy Peacock, of Plaestine, Diane Jimenez, of Latexo, Ricky Peacock, Harvey Lyn Peacock and wife Rhonda, all of Weches, Denese O’Pry-Droddy and husband Steven Droddy, of Houston, Stephen O’Pry and wife Lori, of Kingwood, Jim Harvey O’Pry, of Palestine, Patricia Lanier and husband Jerry L., Margie Reeves and husband Joe, all of Friona, Debbie Miller and husband Eddie, of Amarillo, Jerry Bridges, of Friona, David Bridges, Michael Bridges and Donna Lilcs and husband Scott, all of Amarillo; also the Clicks Family; numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her parents Williams J. and Elizabeth Walling Burran; husband Harvey Lee Peacock; daughter Linda Sue Peacock-Ringer; infant son; grandson Gary Bridges; brothers Winfred, John and Sanford Burran; sisters Nora Pyle, Dora McIntyre Simon, Ruth Oates and Viola Beal; and infant sister Cora Burran.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Jennie Cordelia Peacock were held Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. at Weches Cemetery with Bro. James Allee officiating.
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MAUDE EDITH MOORE MAUK
Mrs. Maude Edith Moore Mauk, age 90 of Grapeland, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at Houston County Nursing Home. Mrs. Mauk was born July 5, 1917 in the Liberty Hill Community to John Henry and Cora Young Moore. Mrs. Mauk attended schools in Liberty Hill, Glover, and Grapeland. Mrs. Mauk left home to work in Waco where she met her future husband, Roy N. Mauk of Oklahoma. They married in Austin in November of 1943 and began life of travel compliments of the U.S. Army.
As a child she always wanted “to go” whenever the opportunity arose and now she was traveling constantly. Edith and Roy were married for 60 years, their travels took them to Georgia, Arizona, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria and Panama. Even after Roy’s career in the U.S. Army was over they continued to move, in retirement in Texas they lived in Huntsville, Houston, San Antonio, New Braunfels, Rockport and Galveston.
Mrs. Mauk was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother. Mauk’s family was most important to her above all else. Mrs. Mauk loved Liberty Hill and her family here and was always ready to come home to visit. She was very happy to be able to move back to the land where she was raised, in October 2004.
Survivors include her daughter Susan Mauk Haase and husband Bob, of Liberty Hill; grandchildren Erin Haase of Houston, Nathan Haase and wife Marion, of Houston, Cary Haase and wife Vida, of Detroit, Mich. and Jamie Johnson, of Grapeland; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews whom all held a very special place in her heart.
Preceded in death by her parents John Henry and Cora Young Moore; husband Roy N. Mauk; brothers James Nolan Moore, Rayford H. Moore, Paul L. Moore and Frank H. Moore; sisters Willie Lee Moore, Mozelle Moore McLeod; nephew Frank H. Moore, Jr.; and grandson Stacy L. Haase.
Graveside Services for Maude Edith Moore Mauk were held Friday, March 7, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. in Augusta Cemetery with Kathy Lind officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Liberty Hill United Methodist Church or to the Augusta Cemetery Association.
Bailey & Foster Funeral Home

ROBBIE CURRY CARRELL
Mrs. Robbie Curry Carrell, age 88 of Arlington, formerly of Houston, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2008 in the Arlington Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Carrell was born November 23, 1919 in Kennard, Texas and had lived most of her lifetime in Houston. Mrs. Carrell was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mrs. Carrell was retired having worked 41 years for Hughes Tool Company as a supervisor and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Arlington.
Survivors include her daughter Diane Carrell Martin and husband Danny Michael, of Arlington; grandchildren Douglas Raymond Carrell Martin, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., Dustin Elliott Martin, of Arlington; close relatives Sandra Currie, Susan Stovall; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husbands Douglas Raymond Carrell and Herbert Morgan; parents Shellie Adam Curry, Sr. and Margaret Hannah (Tunstall) Curry; three brothers; and four sisters.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Robbie Curry Carrell were held Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jim Tom Ainsworth officiating. Interment followed in the Corinth Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Order of the Eastern Star c/o Lothrop Lodge #21 A.F. & A.M., P. O. Box 955, Crockett, TX. 75835.
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SHIRLEY ANN HIGH BULLER
Mrs. Shirley Ann High Buller, age 70 of Spring, Texas went home to be with the Lord on March 1, 2008. Mrs. Buller was born in Crockett, Texas on October 27, 1937 and grew up in Crockett where she graduated from Crockett in the class of 1956. Mrs. Buller lived most of her adult life in Houston. Mrs. Buller was a secretary for an Independent Oil and Gas Exploration Company.
Survivors include her loving partner of 34 years, Dean Edmonds, of Spring; children Steven Newt Buller and fiancé Debra Vercher Frazier, of Tomball; Morris Lynn Buller, of Corinth and Ann Arden Buller Sharp and husband David, of Spring; step-son Mike Edmonds and wife Christi, of Alvin; grandchildren Christopher Sharp, Stefani Buller, Arland James (AJ) Buller and Kelli Sharp; step-grandchildren Dustin, Blake, Blisse, Kirby, Cecily, Carly and Madalynn Frazier, Kayley, Jake and Jenna Edmonds; lifelong loved and cherished sister-in-law Bobbie Buller Leediker Brown, of Crockett; sister-in-law Melba High, of Huntsville; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her husband Arland Newt Buller; father and mother Morris and Loye Ann High; step-mother Nellie Ruth High; brother Billy Morris High; and father-in-law and mother-in-law Arden and Eva Pearl Buller.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Shirley Ann High Buller were held Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Mike Evans officiating. Interment followed in the Shady Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shady Grove Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. Dana Reed, Rt. 5 Box 93, Crockett, TX.  75835.
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WILLIAM MACK (BILL) HOLT JR.
Mr. William Mack (Bill) Holt, Jr., age 83 passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2008 in College Station. Mr. Holt was born August 24, 1922 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Many people knew him as Mack but just as many or more knew him as Bill. Mr. Holt was not a man to be described in one word or two, he was charming, helpful, dedicated, loving and deeply, deeply appreciative for even the smallest kindness. Mr. Holt wasn’t a big man in stature but he had the heart of a giant.
Mr. Holt loved his family, his job and his church. Mr. Holt was extremely proud of his service to his country in World War II. He never tired of talking about the B-26 Marauder.
Mr. Holt spent most of his working life in the retail business as a store manager. Mr. Holt worked for J.C. Penney’s, K. Wolen’s until the chain closed, then in later years at Wal-Mart. He worked at the Crockett Wal-Mart Super Center for 16 years.
Mr. Holt loved to work. Mr. Holt only retired at the age of 83 due to illness. While working at the Wal-Mart store in Crockett, you couldn’t walk in the place without hearing them constantly paging “Mr. Bill” to solve some store problem.
Mr. Holt loved to work but still made time for gardening (for which his picture was in the paper for the huge tomatoes he grew), reading science fiction, mysteries and westerns, playing solitaire and working word puzzles. While in Crockett, he also had a clock repair shop known as “The Clock Doctor.”
Anyone who knew Mr. Holt will remember his bear hugs; a family friend even nicknamed him “Huggy Bear.”
Mr. Holt will always be remembered by those of us who loved and respected him.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Cecilia Holt; daughters Joyce Payne, Cathy Bowers and husband Bill Bowers, and Jacki Payne; brothers Marvin Holt and wife Glenna Holt, and John David Holt; among other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents William Mack Holt, Sr. and Ella Clark Holt; and one brother and sister-in-law Bob Holt and wife, Loyce Holt.
A Memorial Mass Service was held on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church in Crockett, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Houston County Visitors Center Museum at 303 S. 1st, Crockett, TX. 75835.
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