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East Texas News - Obituaries
Houston County Courier - March 22, 2009 - March 29, 2009

Ms. Billie Jo Bowman, age 81 of Pennington, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2009 in Palestine. Ms. Bowman was born July 25, 1927 in Groveton. She was a homemaker and Retired Seniors Volunteer Program and a member of First Baptist Church in Crockett.
Survivors include her sons James Bowman, of Pennington and Jeff and Kathy Bowman, of Talpa; grandsons Jeremy and Morrell Bowman, of Grapeland, James Bowman, Jr. Trey and Angel Bowman and Adam Bowman; great-grandsons Clay and Cheyenne Bowman, of Grapeland and Taylen, of Amarillo; numerous other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services for Ms. Billie Jo Bowman were held Monday, March 23, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist in Crockett with the Rev. Kenny Dickerson officiating. Interment followed in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church or the Crockett Library.
Groveton Funeral Home

Mrs. Blake Allan Beeler, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend, left this world Wednesday, March 11, 2009 in Victoria, Texas. Mrs. Beeler was born September 28, 1914 in Galveston to Gertrude Francis Barron and Edward Blake Allan.
Because of the Depression she was unable to attend college so she began working for two new doctors who were starting a clinic in Texas City, Dr. George Beeler and Dr. Richard Manske. In 1936 claiming that he did not have enough money to pay her, Dr. Beeler married Blake and they began a union that lasted 55 years until his passing in 1991.
She was a remarkable woman who was a selfless helpmate in the strictest sense of the word. When Dr. Manske and her husband were sent overseas for World War II, she kept Beeler-Manske Clinic open with a team of young doctors. She escaped being killed in the April, 1947 blast in Texas City because she was just too busy at the Clinic to go to the wharves to watch the fire.
She retired from working at the Clinic in 1947 to begin raising her family but that did not end her days of working. She devoted herself tirelessly to her husband and children, always willing to do whatever task needed to be done for them.
The Beelers moved to Grapeland in 1980 and she resided there until 2002.
Survivors include her three children and their spouses, Mary Blake Meadows and her husband Chuck, of Dallas, Dr. George Beeler and his wife Barbara, of Crockett, and Melissa Daniel and her husband Charlie, of Victoria; four grandchildren, G. W. Beeler III, of Beaumont, Mary Blake Daniel, of Lubbock, Meredith Daniel, and Paul Daniel, both of Victoria; sister Rae DeLaune, of Baytown; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Beverly and Marshall Plummer, of Boerne; and many nieces and a nephew; she also leaves a wealth of good friends from everywhere she lived.
Preceded in death by her parents Gertrude Francis Barron and Edward Blake Allan; husband Dr. George Beeler; and sister Bernice Smith.
A Memorial Mass for Mrs. Blake Allan Beeler will be said at noon on Friday, March 20, 2009 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Texas City. Interment will be at 10:30 a.m. prior to the Mass at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock.
If desired, memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Adopt A Pet, 8215 Houston Highway, Victoria, TX 77901 or to the charity of your choice.
Emken Linton Funeral Home

Mr. Claude Bueil “CB” Rightmire was born on May 8, 1927 in Groves, Texas. On July 21, 1927, he baptized at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Port Neches. Mr. Rightmire was the second of four brothers born to Dewitt C. H. and Zula DeVellier Rightmire. The family later lived in Houston where he attended Jeff Davis High School and starred on the football team. On April 5, 1945 he enlisted in the US Navy and served on destroyer escort USS Acree. After the war, he met and later married Olive Marie Harbison on July 8, 1950.  Mr. Rightmire and Marie had three sons – Mike, Robin and Jeff.  In 1967, the family moved from the city of Houston to Houston County Texas. After a lengthy illness, Marie passed away in 1988.  In 1991, he was married to Eunice “Sissy” Dickey. The couple lived and worked in Houston County until he passed away on March 22, 2009 at age 81 years, 10 month, and 14 days.
For most of his adult life, he was a carpenter and building contractor. He worked as a millworker and finish carpenter on many of the homes in the River Oaks area of Houston. He built three homes for his family in Houston and Houston County. After 1967, he built many homes in Houston County and neighboring counties. He loved the craft of creating with wood.  He was a master mechanical tinkerer and could build or repair almost anything. He enjoyed the outdoors and the camaraderie of hunting and fishing in Texas and Alaska with his sons and many friends.
He was a good Father, grandfather, husband and neighbor and we will all miss him greatly.
Survivors include his wife Sissy Rightmire, of Grapeland; sons Mike Rightmire and wife Evelyn, of Plano and Jeff Rightmire and wife Kelly, of Mabank; grandchildren Lauren Rightmire, of Lubbock, J. J. Rightmire, of San Diego, Joshua Rightmire, of Washington State, Brandi King, Vanessa Petters and Megan Melson, all of Palestine; brother Donald Rightmire and wife Tommie, of Calvert.
Preceded in death by his wife Marie Rightmire; son Robin Rightmire; brothers Robert Rightmire and Jerry Rightmire; and parents Dewitt and Zula Rightmire.
Funeral Services for Mr. C. B. Rightmire were held Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Eddie Atkinson officiating.  Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 531313, Henderson, Nevada 89053 or American Stroke Association, P.O. Box 15186, Austin, TX 78761.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Clifton Dover, age 80 of Crockett, passed away Friday, March 20, 2009 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Dover was born July 25, 1928 in Alto, Texas and was a resident of Crockett for many years. He was retired and a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served as Chief Master Sergeant for 22 years during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion, V.F.W. and the North Loop Baptist Church in Crockett.
Survivors include his wife Natalie Welch Dover, of Crockett; brother Kenneth Dover and wife Norma, of New Carlisle, OH; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents Harvey and Gladys Dover; and sister and brother-in-law Mrs. Mildred Parrott and husband R.E. Parrott.
Funeral Services for Mr. Clifton Dover were held Monday, March 23, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Lowery and the Rev. David Harkins officiating. Military Graveside Services followed in the Old Palestine Cemetery in Alto.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Evelyn Frizzell, age 90 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2009 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Frizzell was born September 1, 1918 in Montgomery County, Texas to James Clark and Eva Bradley and had lived in Houston County most of her lifetime. She was retired having worked as a garment worker at Allee Work Clothes and was of the Baptist faith.
Mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.
Survivors include her daughters Jessie Estelle and husband Winford, Jannie Kelley and husband James and Judy Neel and husband James, all of Crockett; sons Jerry Frizzell, of Crockett and James Earl Frizzell and special friend Becca Caspelich, of Latexo; 14 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister Shirley Brown and husband Orlies, of Palestine; sisters-in-law Sula Bradley, of Pasadena, Barbara Nell Frizzell, of Lufkin, Clemmie Bell, of College Station and Yvonne Bradley, of Nev.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by husband William Frizzell; sons William Frizzell and Jimmy Frizzell; granddaughter Jennifer LeAnn Frizzell; great-grandsons Stephen Kelley and William Warren; parents James and Eva Bradley; brothers Gerald Bradley, Eugene Bradley and Mutt Bradley; sisters Jean Mooney, Mildred Cargill and Marie Davidson and son-in-law Preston Warren.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Evelyn Frizzell were held Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 1100 W. 49th Street Room #G408, Austin, Texas 78756.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. George “Buzz” Mathis, age 78 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2009 in the Houston County Nursing Home. He was born July 25, 1930 in San Antonio, Texas and had been living in Crockett since August 2008. Mr. Mathis was a veteran of the United States Army having served dur-ing the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the San Antonio Masonic Lodge, the V. F. W. and the American Legion where he served as financial officer, sergeant at arms and Chaplin. He was retired having worked as an appliance repairman and was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife Lee Mathis, of Crockett; chil-dren Missy Conarroe and hus-band Hubert, of Lovelady and Joseph Booker, of San Antonio; grandchildren J.L. Conarroe and wife Charlene, of Austonio, Karen Smith, of Lovelady, Jack Whitehead, of U.S. Navy, Great Lakes, Ill., Austin Whitehead, of Nacogdoches and Danielle Conarroe, of Nacogdoches; great-grandson Michael Smith, of Lovelady; sister Doris Fergu-son, of San Antonio; nephew David Natho, of Austin; niece Susan Ferguson, of San Anto-nio; devoted friend Jeremy Leg-gett, of San Antonio. Preceded in death by his par-ents George D. and Grace Mathis; and sister, Joyce Natho Military Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. George “Buzz” Mathis were held Friday, March 20, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the Center Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Scott Matthews officiat-ing. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 130, Lovelady Texas 75851. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Iver Lee Bell Bean, age 77, finished her earthly journey Wednesday, March 11, 2009. Mrs. Bean was born February 22, 1932 the youngest of nine children in Augusta, Texas to the parentage of the late Edd and Essie Dupree Bell. She attended school in the Augusta Community. Mrs. Bean accepted Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of Friendship Baptist Church, which she enjoyed even when her health failed.
On March 23, 1951, Mrs. Bean was united in Holy Matrimony to Wilcy Bean. Following this union, they raised six children. She was a dedicated employee of Whitehall Nursing Home, and worked diligently for 28 years caring for those she loved.
Survivors include her five daughters Lois Washington, of Crockett, Lrena Smith (Freddie), of Killeen, Loice McCullough (Leon) and Claudette Harrell (Perry “Red”), all of Houston and Freddie Jones (Woodrow Sr.), of Crockett; one son Autrey Lee Bean, of Livingston; three sisters-in-law Mattie Bell, of Palestine, Burnette Gales, of Lovelady and Pasty Bean Washington, of Huntsville; she was also “Big Mama” to 18 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends; several neighborhood children were also dear to her heart.
Preceded in death by her parents Edd and Essie Dupree Bell; husband Wilcy Bean; two grandsons Brandon Bean and Leon “Bookey” McCullough; one granddaughter LeAutrey Bean; five brothers Otis Davis, Chester Bell, Jay Jr. Bell, Eddie Ross Bell and John Frank Bell; three sisters Laura Bell, Reba Williams and Ruby Pearl Batts.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Iver Lee Bell Beanwill be held Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Oscar Henderson officiating. Interment will follow in the Post Oak Cemetery in Augusta.
Barkley Mortuary

Honorable Judge Robert Lane Stubblefield, age 61 of Trinity, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2009. Judge Robert L. Stubblefield was born in Groveton, Texas on May 10, 1947 to Chester Dale and Velma Stubblefield. Chester Dale passed away while Robert was young. Later his mother married Mr. Fred Chapman  
Judge Stubblefield was a graduate of Groveton, High School. He went to work for the Department of Justice, Eastham Unit for a short term and resigned to work under Sheriff Lynn Evans as a deputy he later rejoined TDCJ and was assigned to the Diagnostic Unit. He remained with TDCJ for more than thirty years. He retired in 1997 as a Major at the Training Academy. 
Judge Stubblefield was appointed to the Justice of the Peace, Precinct # 2. He was elected to the position two consecutive terms. His most recent term would have ended in December of 2010. 
Judge Stubblefield was a true servant he served on the Board of Directors of Trinity County Crime stoppers and was involved in numerous civic organizations in Trinity County.  He attended Calvary Baptist Church of Trinity. 
Judge Stubblefield enjoyed working with his hands and he made all different kinds of woodwork crafts and gave them to his friends and neighbors. He was a blessing to many and will be greatly missed.
  Survivors include his faithful and devoted wife of 32 years, Mary Stubblefield; brother Lloyd Stubblefield and wife Margaret; mother-in-law Willie Mae Thompson; sisters–in-law Clara Marino and husband Jasper and Meredith Dunaway; secretary Kirk Davis; life time companion (his dog) Bubba; and numerous other relative and friends.
Funeral Services for Honorable Judge Robert Lane Stubblefield were held Sunday, March 15, 2009 at the Trinity High School Auditorium at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Randy Lowe and the Rev. Lewis Jones officiating. Interment followed in Ellis Prairie Cemetery.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

Mr. Ken Payne, age 82 of Crockett, formerly of Austin, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2009 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Payne was born March 20, 1926 in Beaumont, Texas and had lived in Crockett since 1992, previously living in Austin. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. Payne was a member of the Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21 A. F. & A.M. He was self employed having worked in the sheet metal and air conditioning business. Mr. Payne was a member of the Baptist Church in Austin.
Survivors include his wife Bonnie Payne, of Crockett; daughters Kathy Gehm and husband John, of Dallas, Vicki Sweet, of Bastrop, Dena Vallas and husband Wayne, of Irving; step-children Regina Lowe and Tim Boyd, of Centerville and Tony Green and wife Kim, of Whitehouse; six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother Andy Payne and wife Dorothy, of Pinehurst; sister-in-law Evelyn Payne, of Trinity; brother-in-law and Sister-in-law Ferrell Minter and wife Ann, of Crockett and Essie Ray, of Deer Park; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents Euell and Lottie Payne; grandson Rion Monk in 2005; four brothers; one step-brother; one sister; and one step-sister
Funeral Services for Mr. Ken Payne were held Sunday, March 22, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Hutto officiating. 
Military Graveside Services followed in the New Energy Cemetery. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 15186, Austin, Texas 78761.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Ms. Kristi Diane Campbell, age 27 of Midway, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2009.  Ms. Campbell was born September 7, 1981 in Madisonville, Texas and had lived most of her lifetime in Midway. She was a graduate of Texas A&M University and Blinn Jr. College.  Ms. Campbell was a member of the Texas A&M Alumni Association. She had been working for Home Depot in Huntsville as a design manager and was a member of The Dwelling Place Church in Madisonville.
Survivors include her son Kendall Donte Campbell, of Midway; parents Randy and Martha Campbell, of Midway; sisters Jenny Gonzalez and husband Raul, of Houston and their children, Courtney and Tyler, Angie Campbell, all of Houston; grandparents Frances and Clarence Kelley, Jr. of Columbus, Ga.; numerous loving family members and many, many friends also survive.
Preceded in death by her grandparents Marvin and Lynn Campbell.
Funeral Services for Kristi Diane Campbell were held Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lovelady Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. Glenn Campbell and the Rev. Wayne Campbell officiating.  Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kristi Campbell Texas A & M Memorial Scholarship c/o The Bank of Madisonville.
Callaway-Allee Funeral

Mr. Lester Cleo Pierce, Jr., age 74 of Spring, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2009. Mr. Pierce was born December 18, 1934 in Malakoff, Texas and was raised in Pennington. He had lived in Spring for the past 40 years. Mr. Pierce was a veteran of the United States Air Force having served during the Korean War. He was retired having worked as a machinist and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife Mary Madeline Pierce, of Spring; brothers Billie Hill and wife Sue, of Crockett, Bobby Hill, of Oakwood, Tommy Pierce and wife Marrie, of Duxbury, Mass., Carl Pierce and wife Janie, of Montalba, Jimmy Hill and wife Glenda, of Nacogdoches, Jerry Hill and wife Rae, of San Augustine and Mack Hill and wife Donna, of Corsicana; sisters Beth Ward and husband Charles, of Montalba, Bettie Thompson, of Nacogdoches, Judy Shupak and husband Rex, of Lovelady and Rebecca Pishney and husband Doug, of Blue Rapids, Kan.; close friends Clint and Stacy Widner, of Huntsville; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Predceded in death by his parents Jodie and Pauline Hill; brother Jack E. Hill; and dad Lester C. Pierce, Sr.
Funeral Services for Mr. Lester Cleo Pierce, Jr. were held Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Frank Edge officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Friendship Center, Spring, Texas.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Pam Hardin, age 52 of Kennard, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2009 at her residence. Mrs. Hardin was born March 24, 1956 in South Houston, Texas and had lived in Kennard since 1995. She was currently employed at the Crockett State School where she worked as a Clerk IV.
Survivors include her husband Roger Hardin, of Kennard; children Shane Hardin, of Kennard and Shannon Grabein, of Austin; grandson Blake Pledger; mother Willie Lee Reynolds, of Pasadena; sister Rebecca Clingen and husband George, of Deer Park; niece Katie Clingen; nephew Kris Clingen.
Preceded in death by her dad Martin Edward Grabein, Jr.; and brothers Ronald Grabein and Michael Grabein.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Pam Hardin were held Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jim Durham officiating. Interment followed in the Our Family Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Porter Morris Reed, age 87 of Trinity, passed away Friday, March 13, 2009 in Trinity. Mr. Reed was born October 2, 1921 in Augusta to Mack and Mollie Reed. He served a tour of three years in Europe in the United States Army during WWII and received three Bronze Stars for good conduct and a victory ribbon. He was a self-employed bulldozer operator and was a member of the American Legion in Crockett. He enjoyed planting a garden every year and working in his yard.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 62 years, Robbie Odessa Reed; children Richard Reed, Wanda Johnson, Tommy Reed and wife Beverly, Mack Reed and wife Kellie and Albert Reed; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; sister Hazel Newman; numerous other relatives.
Preceded in death by his siblings Delmar, Frannie Lou, Wilda, Gladys and Jim.
Graveside Services for Mr. Porter Morris Reed were held Monday, March 16, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in Latexo Cemetery with the Rev. Leroy Brown officiating.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home



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