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East Texas News - Obituaries
Houston County Courier - March 1, 2009 - March 8, 2009

Mr. Arnold Wayne Best, age 51 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2009 at his residence. Mr. Best was born April 2, 1957 in Houston, Texas and was a resident of Crockett since 1970. He was employed by Quantex where he had worked as a machinist and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kennard.
Survivors include his wife Cathy Best, of Crockett; two daughters Summer Rogers and husband Carl, of Apple Springs and Holli Collins and husband Garet, of Lufkin; two sons Joshua McConnell and wife Rachael, of Athens, and Jeremy McConnell of Crockett; seven grandchildren; one sister Lisa Golding and husband Kenneth, of San Saba; four nieces; mother and step-father Gay Best Conner and Bob Conner of Crockett; step-brothers and step-sister Bobby Conner and wife Donna, of Diboll, Bill Conner and wife Belinda, of Apple Springs, Karen Vickers and husband David, of Crockett; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Betty and Bob Taylor, of Lufkin, Jeffie and Duane Stone, of La Grande, Ore., Judye Cole, of Montgomery, Bill and Sandra Cole, of Ratcliff, Gordon and Brenda Cole, of Wells, Mike and Jennifer Cole of Montgomery and Jerry and Dianne Cole, of Ratcliff; numerous aunts, uncles and other relatives. 
Preceded in death by his father Miledge A. Best; grandparents Alford and Mattie Best and Eskell and Opal Butler; and nephew Zachary Stovall.
Funeral Services for Mr. Arnold Wayne Best were held Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Ernest Butler officiating. Interment followed in the Conner Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home  

Mrs. Hurley Ann Sepmoree, age 72 of Bonham, Texas, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2009 at her residence. Mrs. Sepmoree was born June 22, 1936 in Crockett, Texas and was a resident of Bonham for the past 25 years, previously living in Midland. She had worked as an accountant and was a member of the Congregational Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband John Sepmoree, of Bonham; daughters Sherry Simon and husband George, of Maumelle, Ark., Johnna Boyd and husband Russell, of Allen and Jeannie Nickel and husband Joe, of McKinney; grandchildren Chris Simon and wife Amy, of Little Rock, Ark., Adam Simon of Maumelle, Ark., Jason Boyd, Jennifer Boyd, Jordan Boyd, all of Allen, Justin Nickel, and Johnny Nickel, both of McKinney; great-grandson Noah Simon, of Little Rock, Ark.; sisters Linda Holder and husband Jon, of Austin and Kay Leaverton, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her parents James and Hurley Leaverton.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Hurley Ann Sepmoree were held Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Normus Free officiating. Interment followed in the Rice Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home 

Infant Judiria Maite Navarro, age 1 month and 1 day old, passed away March 4, 2009, in the Dallas Children’s Hospital. Infant Judiria was born February 2, 2009, in Crockett, Texas. 
Survivors include her parents Maria Arivizu and Samuel Navarro, of Crockett; grandparents Braulio and Angelica Arvizu and Elena Vega Quintero; great-grandparents Mercedes Ramos, Olivio Arvizu and Maria De Jesus and Jose Vega; numerous aunts, uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her grandfather Ignacio Navarro Padron
Graveside Funeral Services for Infant Judiria Maite Navarro were held Friday, March 6, 2009 at 12:00 noon in the Evergreen Memorial Park with Father Dan Gonzales officiating. 
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Jamie H. Clements, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2009. Mr. Clements born in Crockett, Texas, in 1930 to Neal and Alberta (Hager) Clements. Mr. Clements and his older brother Neal Woodson, attended Crockett High School, where Jamie was captain of the football team and the 1948 class valedictorian.  
Mr. Clements was general counsel for Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas, for nearly 40 years. He served in the Texas Legislature for three terms in the 1950’s and as Mayor of Temple in the early 1970’s. He had leadership roles on numerous boards and commissions at the state and local level, including Chairman of the Texas Department of Public Welfare, and on a national level, co-founded the National Health Lawyers Association and served as its president.  Mr. Clements was a dedicated alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas School of Law and was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus in 1999.
He enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin the following year and was active on campus all four years. He joined Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, was a Silver Spur, and served on the intra-fraternity council and other student organizations. He graduated with honors in 1952 and entered the School of Law the following semester.
While still in law school, Jamie was elected a State Representative from the district covering Crockett and Huntsville. He was called the “baby of the house” when sworn in at the age of 21 – the youngest person ever to serve in the Texas Legislature. He served two terms while completing law school in 1955, then served a third and final term in 1958-59.
In 1956, he joined the United States Marine Corps and entered officer candidate school. He became a combat infantry officer and was assigned to the legal division while stationed at El Toro Marine Corp Air Station in California.
Mr. Clements moved to Temple in 1960 to join the development office of Scott & White Hospital. After helping Scott & White move into new facilities, he was named general counsel for the Hospital, a position he held until his retirement in 1998. He unretired shortly thereafter when he began working part-time at the Scott & White Health Plan, then retired for good in 2001.
Mr. Clements poured his heart and soul into Scott & White and become close friends with many of the physicians and professionals on staff. He also focused his attention on the city of Temple, serving on the City Planning Commission, the City Council, and then as Mayor from 1970 to 1974. He played an active role in the Texas Municipal League, as well, and was elected its president.  Jamie’s civic involvement extended to the Temple Chamber of Commerce and Bell-Lampasas-Mills Counties Bar Association, both of which he served as president, and numerous other local civic and professional groups.
Throughout his career, Jamie was very active in Texas state politics and government and was fully devoted to his beloved alma mater, the University of Texas. He was a President’s Associate and member of the UT Centennial Commission, Executive Committee of the Chancellor’s Council, the Eyes of Texas Foundation, UT Athletic Foundation, and the Keeton Fellows of the School of Law. And he loved nothing better than to watch the Longhorns play football, and win. Mr. Clements ultimate devotion was to his family. 
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Ann; three children Jamie Jr. and wife Diana, Susan Negley and Cindy Volter and husband Chuck; 11 grandchildren William, Ashley, Jamie, Madison, Suzanne, Austen, Noe, Carolina, Hannah, Samuel and Rhett.
Graveside Services for Mr. Jamie H. Clements were held Monday, March 2, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas. 
Memorial Services was held at 2:00 p.m. Monday March 2, 2009 at the Grace Presbyterian Church in Temple. Dr. Thomas Allen and Dr. Ralph Person will officiate at the services.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Scott & White Hospital c/o Development Department 2401 South 31st Street Temple, Texas 76508 or to the Presbyterian Children’s Homes of Texas, 4407 Bee Cave Road, Suite 520, Austin, Texas, 78746-6496.
Obituary and guest book at www.scanioharperfuneralhome.com
Scanio-Harper Funeral Home

Mr. Johnny Woodard, age 102 of Fort Worth, passed away Friday, February 27, 2009 in the Universal Hospice House in Fort Worth. Mr. Woodard was born December 20, 1906 in Leon County, Texas and had been living in Fort Worth. He was retired having worked as a farmer and had also worked as an assembler for A-Brandt Furniture Company. Mr. Woodard was a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. 
Survivors include his two children daughter Louise Maddux and husband Wayne, of Fort Worth; son Don Woodard and wife Helen, of Fort Worth; four granddaughters Deborah Southard, Donna Mann and husband Rick, Cindy Taylor and husband Jeff, and Deon George, all of Fort Worth; four great-grandchildren Jeffrey, Tiffany, Brandon and Hailee; one great-great-grandson Shane; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his wife Bessie Woodard on January 8, 2001.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Johnny Woodard were held Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park in Crockett with Pastor James Schoenrock officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Universal Hospice House, 5651 Bridge Street, Fort Worth, Texas  76112.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Reverend Alton Fullard Sanders, age 85 of Kilgore, formerly of Crockett, passed away Monday, March 2, 2009 in the Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.  He was born January 2, 1924 in Moffet, Texas to the late Moses and Annie Sanders. 
Reverend Sanders graduated from Groveton High School in 1941 and then in 1943 enlisted and served three years in the U.S. Navy. In 1950, he graduated from Sam Houston State University and from the BMA Theological Seminary in 1969. Reverend Sanders was a Licensed Insurance Agent before he surrendered to the Ministry in 1963. He was ordained and licensed as a Minister by Calvary Baptist Church of Crockett and served as a Minister and Pastor in the Baptist Missionary Association of Texas for over thirty years.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Laura Marie Sanders, of Kilgore, formerly of Crockett; one son Allan Sanders, of Carrollton; one daughter and son-in-law Patricia and Bill Salmon, of Kilgore; four grandchildren Teri Beavers, of Frisco, Rebekah Lee, of Edmond, Okla., Laura Williams, of Frisco and David Sanders, of Dallas; two great-grandchildren Asher Lee, of Edmond, Okla. and Rachel Beavers, of Frisco; brother J.B. Sanders, of Canton; four sisters Almarene Taylor, of Lufkin, Wilmith Charlton, Juanita Dotson, both of Trinity and Shirley Wolfe, of Cooper; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services for Reverend Alton Fullard Sanders were held Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Deward Mullen of Frankston and the Rev. Gaylan Henry of Fort Worth officiating. Interment followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity. 
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to BMA Theological Seminary 1530 E Pine St, Jacksonville, Texas 75766.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home



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