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



ALETHA MAE BLACK HARRIS
Mrs. Aletha Mae Black Harris, age 86, passed away Friday, March 14, 2008 in Baytown. Mrs. Harris was born March 14, 1922 in Galena Park, Texas to Hubert Elmore and Rudy Lucille Graff Black. Mrs. Harris had an outgoing and sociable nature and made many friends. Mrs. Harris loved her family dearly and enjoyed family gatherings. Mrs. Harris enjoyed doing research and was a talented writer of poems and verses.
Survivors include her daughters Kay Crawford and husband Richard and Darlene Shipman; grandchildren gene Crawford and wife Tina, Rusty Crawford and fiancee Lee Ann Cunha, Wendy Gardner and husband Wayne and Bill Shipman and wife Loyce; great-grandchildren Lindsee Crawford, Joshua Gardner and Kelly Gardner; step-great-grandsons Max Gardner and soon expected Steven Lee Shipman; step-sister Lucille Galbraith; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William Russell Harris; and son-in-law Ronald L. Shipman.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Aletha Mae Black Harris were held Tuesday, March 18, at 2:00 p.m. at Weldon Baptist Church with the Rev. Reggie Gregory officiating. Interment followed in Weldon Cemetery.
Memorial condolences may be made to the family at www.mem.com.
 Huntsville Funeral Home

ALTON “TEBBIE” ARNOLD
Mr. Alton “Tebbie” Arnold, age 78 of Rosharon, formerly of Lovelady, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2008 in the Christus Spohn Hospital in Beeville, Texas. Mr. Arnold was born August 4, 1929 in Houston County, Texas and had lived most of his lifetime in Lovelady. Mr. Arnold was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force having served during World War II and was also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps having served during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Arnold was retired and had worked as a machinist.  
Survivors include his sister Opal “Mickey” Nixon and husband Gene, of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives; special family Tommy and Mackie Arnold, of Bonney.
Preceded in death by his parents Sam and Ellen Arnold; three brothers; and two sisters.
Funeral Services for Mr. Alton “Tebbie” Arnold were held Thursday, March 27, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Arnold officiating. Interment followed in the Douglas Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BERTHA BELL JOHNSON HOLLEY
Mrs. Bertha Bell Johnson Holley, age 97 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2008 in the Whitehall Nursing Center. Mrs. Holley was born April 6, 1910 in Houston County, Texas and was a lifetime resident of Crockett. Mrs. Holley was a member of the First Baptist Church in Crockett. Mrs. Holley taught Sunday School for 40 plus years and was a housewife.   
Survivors include her daughter Ida Faye Higgins and husband Jimmy, of Latexo; grandchildren Patsy Gilson and husband Danny, of Latexo, Beverly Coates and husband Terry, of Oakwood and Janet Hopkins and husband Terry, of Latexo; great-grandchildren Jake Gilmore and wife Nikki, of Beaver, Okla., Matthew Hopkins, of Latexo, Jeremy Hopkins, of Crockett, Adam Hopkins of Fairbanks, AK. and Amber Martin, of Crockett; great-great-grandson  Rustyn Gilmore of Beaver, Okla.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husbands Wesley Lee Johnson and Joe Holley; son Leland Merle Johnson; grandson Billy Otis Harrington; and sons-in-law Bill Harrington and Artice Allen.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Bertha Bell Johnson Holley were held Sunday, March 23, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Lowery officiating. Interment followed in the Latexo Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

CARMELLA SALAZAR
Mrs. Carmella Salazar, age 35, of Crockett passed away March 18, 2008 in the Palestine Regional Hospital. Mrs. Salazar was born September 1, 1972 in Tampico, Mexico and had lived in Crockett for the past 17 years. 
Survivors include her husband Eusebio (Chevo) Salazar, of Crockett; children Oscar, Anahi and Christian; mother Maria Cruz Sanchez, of Crockett; sisters Zenaida, Maria Luisa, Zita, Fernanda, Lucia and Beatriz; brothers Juan, Leocadio, Alberto, Alfredo and Carlos; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her father Pablo Mancillo.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Carmella Salazar were held Monday, March 24, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church with Father Jose George officiating.  Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. 
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

HOLLIE WEDEMEYER HAHN SMITH
Mrs. Hollie Wedemeyer Hahn Smith, age 82 of Waco, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2008 at her home in Waco. Mrs. Smith was born July 13, 1925 in Creek, Texas (Houston County). Mrs. Smith attended schools in Bruceville-Eddy, Texas. Mrs. Smith was employed by First National Bank of Waco from March 1946 to July 31, 1990. Mrs. Smith was V.P. and Asst. Controller and co-owner of Merle Norman Cosmetics from September 1, 2986 to July 1, 1997.
Mrs. Smith was a member of several banking associations, charter member of Huaco Chapter of ABWA, and a member of the Altrusa Club International of Waco since 1968. Mrs. Smith served two terms as president as well as chairman of almost all committees also a member of Hamilton House. Mrs. Smith was a member of First Baptist Church of Woodway since 1962. Mrs. Smith served on many committees and was an active member of the New Horizon Sunday School Class, and a volunteer in the Cjurch office and served on many committees.
Survivors include her husband John Smith; one son Kenneth and his wife Debra, of El Dorado, Ark.; grandsons Michael Hahn and wife Heather, of Little Rock, Ark. and Andrew Hahn, of Fayetteville, Ark.; aunt Beth Wedemeyer, of Waco; and a host of friends and relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Ernest E. Hahn; parents J.F. Wedemeyer and Opal Allee Wedemeyer.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Hollie Wedemeyer Hahn Smith were held Tuesday, March 18 at 1:30 p.m. at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel. Interment followed in Lorena Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Randy Crawford, David Bullock, Currie Bishop, Earl Patrick, Terry Lynn and Gil Lillard.
Honorary Pallbearers were Donnie Hagan and Sam Simpson.
Memorials may be made to the building fund of First Baptist, Woodway or Hamilton House Foundation.
The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our “Memorial Guestbook” at www/wilkirsonhatchbailey.com
Wilkirson-Hatch Bailey

LUDOMIER SHMOLDAS
Mr. Ludomier Shmoldas, age 93 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2008 in Webster, Texas. Mr. Shmoldas was born October 3, 1914 in Lovelady to Joseph and Mary Shmoldas. Mr. Shmoldas earned his family’s livelihood first in farming, dairy work, and then the Shmoldas Service Station 1952-1974, finally as Tex Pac agent in Crockett for several years, and was always with Mary at his side. Mr. Shmoldas worked hard but attended all his girls school activities, traveled the northern U.S. and Mexico with his family, was a good solid man a always put his family first. Mr. Shmoldas was a Presbyterian Deacon. Mr. Shmoldas served in WWII from 3/1942 to 10/1945, his responsibilities included a sighting of a torpedo headed broadsided into the ship, while on lookout. Mr. Shmoldas reported the sighting, the ship was throttled and turned right, avoiding destruction.
Survivors include his two daughters; four grandchildren; and six great-grandsons; Bessie Helen Gault and husband Robert their children Rebecca Marilynne and Robert Douglass Gault, Marie Emily Beard her children Rhonda Marie Hajkhalil and husband Khalil their children Colton, Nazi, Rami and Zain, Dwayne Ludomier Rushing and wife Crystal their children Mason and Devon Rushing.  
Preceded in death by his wife Mary Bessie in 1997; sister Slivena Michka; and brothers Julius, Chester and Richard Shmoldas.
Gravesides Services for Mr. Ludomier Shnoldas were held Saturday, March 29, at 9:00 a.m. in the Evergreen Cemetery in Crockett.
Kingwood Funeral Home

OPAL CHAPMAN
Mrs. Opal Chapman, age 91 of Grapeland, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at East Texas Medical Center in Crockett. Mrs. Chapman was born August 11, 1916 in Panola County to Robert C. “Boss” Lawrence and Arizona Adams Lawrence. Mrs. Chapman was owner of Chapman’s Hardware and Gift Store for over 50 years. Mrs. Chapman was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church, Grapeland.
Survivors include her daughter Dee Ann Reppond, of Lafayette, La.; sons Frank Chapman and wife Dawn, of Grapeland and Lawrence Chapman and wife Emma, of Arlington; daughter-in-law Paulette Chapman, of Granbury; brothers Tracy Lawrence, of Houston and Wayne Lawrence, of Palestine; a sister-in-law Flo Lawrence, of Huntsville; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her parents Robert C. Boss Lawrence and Arizonz Adams Lawrence; husband J. Kelly Chapman; a son Tommy Chapman; two sisters Bobbie Fargarson and Bonnie Pope; brothers Noble S. Lawrence, Quinton Lawrence and Winston “Slim” Lawrence.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Opal Chapman were held Friday, March 21, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Grapeland with Bro. Wes Johnson and Bro. Todd Chapman officiating. Interment followed in Grapeland City Cemetery.
Pallbearers were her Grandsons.
Bailey & Foster Funeral Home

ROBERT L. COOPER, JR.
If he had chosen the place to leave this life, it couldn’t have been better than Glorieta, NM, a place he called, “a little bit of heaven on earth”. Coop left us on Monday, March 17, 2008 at 8 p.m. He was known as R.L., Bob or Coop to many friends all over the country. Coop of Edgewood, TX and was the youngest of six children.
He grew up in Hunt County and attended high school in West Texas at Phillips. After receiving a football scholarship to Baylor University where he played for two years, he joined the Marine Corps during W.W. II. During that time, he played football for the Pre-OCS Group at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. It was a proud moment when he threw the winning touchdown in the 1944 Sun Bowel Game against the University of New Mexico.
After serving with the Marines in China for one year, he returned to Baylor University in 1946. It was there he met and married the love of his life, Margaret Sue Anderson, his wife of 60 yeas.
Coop was an ordained deacon in the Baptist Church and a 32nd degree Mason for more than 50 years.
After retirement, he and Sue worked at the Lifeway Glorieta Conference Center, where he was the host of the dining room for the past 30 years. Because of his faithfulness and love for the ministry for people young and old, a life-sized bronze statue of Coop was installed at the entrance of the Glorieta dining hall and was dedicated to him in 2002 of his 80th birthday.
Coop is survived by his wife, Sue; son Robert L. Cooper III and wife Jean-Ann, of Dallas; daughter Claire Black and husband Clyde, of Lovelady. He leaves grandchildren Kim and Jeff Mauser, Ryan and Katie Cooper, Drew Cooper and Ashley and Justin Krajca; two great-grandchildren Nicole and Luke Mauser; sisters-in-law Nancy Thurmond and husband Jim, of Ft. Worth and Bonita Cooper, of Greenville; plus many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, March 22, at 2:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Park Cities Baptist Church located at 3933 Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX. 75225. A reception followed in the Fellowship Hall.
Memorial gifts may be made to Baylor Letterman’s Association Scholarship Fund, 150 Bear Run, Waco, TX. 76711 or Buckner International, 600 Pearl Street, Dallas, TX. 75201.

WANDA FAYE EASLEY KILPATRICK
Mrs. Wanda Faye Easley Kilpatrick, age 71 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2008 in the Community Care Center in Crockett. Mrs. Kilpatrick was born November 29, 1936 in Madison County, Texas and was a lifetime resident of Crockett. Mrs. Kilpatrick was retired having worked as a shipping and receiving clerk.
Survivors include her husband Obie Kilpatrick, of Crockett; children Eva Ludwig, Obie Kilpatrick, Jr., both of Crockett, Lisa Fair and husband Joe, Jr., of The Colony, Harold Kilpatrick, of Austin, Rhonda Smith and husband Tommy, of Grapeland; grandchildren Jason Williams, Keith Luce, John Kilpatrick, Amanda Luce, Laura Ludwig and Phylicia Kilpatrick; sisters and brothers Dell Wolf, of Jacksonville, Helen Kilpatrick, Marvin Easley, Bobby Easley, all of Crockett and Julie Ramirez, of Woodville; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her parents John Daniel Easley and Eva Perkins Easley; grandson Brian Ludwig; brothers Earl Easley, Jessie Easley, Elvis Easley, and Billy Ray Easley; and sister Margaret Fitzgerald.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Wanda Faye Easley Kilpatrick were held Saturday, March 22, at 1:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. David Harkins officiating. Interment followed in the Brushy Creek Cemetery in Elm Town. 
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

WILMA SUE WILLIAMS DUE
Mrs. Wilma Sue Williams Due, age 69 of Ore City, formerly of Kennard, passed away Monday, March 24, 2008 at a local Medical Center. Mrs. Due was born October 22, 1938. Mrs. Due was married April 16, 1958 to William Francis (Toby) Due for 50 years. Mrs. Due was a Baptist.
Survivors include her husband William Francis (Toby) Due, of Ore City; sons and daughter-in-law Robert Leon Due and William Earl and Tammie Due, all of Ore City; daughter Jo Rushing, of Longview; grandchildren and spouses Janie and Glenn Ackley, of Hallsville, John and Charity Hathorn, of Diana, Lynn and Lyle Howsmon, of Kennard, William (Bubba) and Lace Ruching, both of Hallsville; great-grandchildren David Ackley, Amy Ackley, Christoper Ackley, Bo Ackley, Dagon Hathon, Alissa Hathorn, Zain Williams, Cy Howsomn, Lyle Howsmon and Wyatt Rushing; three brother; three sisters; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends Robert Hathorn, Betty Lou and Butch Miller.
A Memorial Visitation for Mrs. Wilma Sue Williams Due was held Friday, March 28, at 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Longview.
Memorial gift may be made to help pay for her 3 month Hospital stay, P.O. Box 18, Kennard, TX. 75847 or 8962 US Hwy 259, Longview, TX. 75605.

 


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