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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
March 2010
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WADE LEWIS PENNINGTON
Mr. Wade Lewis Pennington, age 86 of Grapeland, passed away Saturday, March 20, 2010 at Cartmell Home for Aged in Palestine. Mr. Pennington was born near Hayes Springs Community, west of Grapeland, on April 20, 1923, the youngest son of Daniel Boone Pennington and Ada Viola Ward Pennington. Mr. Pennington was part of a pioneer Houston County family whose roots here date back to the mid 1800s. His great-great-great-grandmother was Hannah Boone Pennington, a sister of the legendary Daniel Boone of Kentucky. Mr. Pennington graduated from Grapeland High School in 1941 where he excelled in academics. He married the love of his life on September 21, 1942. On February 12, 1943 he entered the US Army where he served his country in World War II. He was stationed in the Phillipines, Luzon and other bases in the Pacific until February 22, 1946. He returned to Grapeland and began his farming and ranching career which spanned over 70 years. Mr. Pennington was a member of the First Baptist Church, Grapeland. He was one of the original founders of the Grapeland Coop, and served as president. He was also director for many years of the Houston County ASCS. He was a member of the Texas-Oklahoma Watermelon Association and the Texas Angus Association. Mr. Pennington loved sports and always backed the Grapeland Sandies. He rarely missed a football, basketball, or baseball game. He talked fondly of the 1954 quarter final game he attended, the State Championship game in 1974 where his son Stanley played, the girl’s and boy’s basketball state championship games in Austin. Later in his years he never missed a Sandie game on the radio. Television was his friend, and he enjoyed the news, weather, Astros, Mavericks, and Cowboys. He loved card games and dominoes with his friends and family, and with especially the annual competitive holiday poker games with his children and grandchildren. His greatest joy was his work and having his family involved with him. All his children and grandchildren have spent time with grandpa in the watermelon business, a fact he was proud of. Also thousands of young men and women and several generations have spent their summers working for him in the Grapeland watermelon fields and loading facilities. In the recent years he was so proud to be partnered in the business with Glynn, Troy and LaWanda, Stanley and Jan, Aaron and Ross and working with them on a daily basis. He saw his business grow from a small watermelon patch, selling melons on the side of the road, to the large operation it is today, Wade Pennington and Sons, and sending his beloved product not only throughout Texas, but coast to coast and into Canada. Mr. Pennington was proud on July 4th each year, he gave a watermelon to every veteran that would come to the stands. In addition to the watermelon business Mr. Pennington was a long time peanut farmer and Angus cattle producer. He was especially proud his business received the Outstanding Peanut Producer of Texas in 1991, and was honored at a ceremony at the Dallas Fair. He was presented the award by the Honorable Kiki dela Garza, longtime Texas Senator. On October 28, 2004, in a ceremony in Waco, Wade Pennington and Sons were honored by Baylor University, Institute for Family Business, as the Texas Family Business of the Year. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Edna Arvay (Cummings) Pennington; three sons Glynndon Wade Pennington, Troy Lewis Pennington and wife LaWanda and Stanley Brent Pennington and wife Jan, all of Grapeland; two daughters Jill English, of College Station and Linda Sue Ingram and husband Curtis, of Dayton; son-in-law Mike Bennett, of Grapeland; sister Ava June Pennington Bush, of Grapeland; grandchildren Aaron Wade Pennington, of Grapeland, Lance Russell English, of College Station, Matthew Robert Bennett and wife Liza, of Shreveport, La., Ross Howell Pennington and wife Kim, of Grapeland, Ryan Glynn Pennington, of Sugarland, Ashley Marie Bennett, of Grapeland, Clayton Daniel Pennington, of Plantation, Fla., Morgan Lynn Pennington, of Houston, Jillian Elaine Erwin, of Dayton and Clancey Jayne Pennington, of Grapeland; great-grandchildren Taylor Marie Pennington, Case Howell Pennington and Colt Boone Pennington, all of Grapeland; sister-in-law Lupe Pennington Smoot, of Grapeland; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents Daniel Boone Pennington and Ada Viola Ward Pennington; daughter Nita Marie Pennington Bennett; grandson Russell Brent Pennington; four brothers Sam, Jack, Dan and Hugh; and two sisters Fannie Mae Mitchell and Etta Lewis. Funeral Services for Mr. Wade Lewis Pennington were held Monday, March 22, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church, Grapeland with the Rev. David Bradley and the Rev. Bill Denham officiating. Interment followed in the Pennington Family Cemetery west of Grapeland, on his land his ancestors settled in 1850. Pallbearers were his grandsons Aaron Pennington, Ross Pennington, Ryan Pennington, Clay English, Lance English, and Matt Bennett. Honorary Pallbearers were Winston Sizemore, Billy Wells, Scott Talley, Mitchell Huff, David Walton, Allen Cheatham, Terry Long and Buddy Sumrall. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Grapeland, first United Methodist Church of Grapeland or to the Russell Pennington Scholarship Fund c/o Grapeland State Bank. To view online, leave condolences or sign the guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

MARGARET ELIZABETH “BETTY” ANDREWS ROGERS
Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth (“Betty”) Andrews Rogers, age 80 of Georgetown, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 20, 2010, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Mrs. Rogers was born in Waxahachie, Texas on January 7, 1930 to Samuel Sylvester Andrews and Edith Koger Andrews. Both her father’s and her mother’s family were distinguished pioneer residents of Waxahachie and Ellis County. Mrs. Rogers attended public schools in Waxahachie and Denton, Texas and graduated from Waxahachie High School in 1947. During high school, she worked as a part time clerk in the Ellis County Courthouse. She attended Gulf Park College in Gulfport, Mississippi and graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Personnel Management in 1951. While at SMU Betty was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Following graduation, she worked as assistant to the Vice President of Personnel at the Dallas office of Oil Well Supply Company (a division of Bethlehem Steel). Her career also included work as personal secretary to the City Manager of the City of Temple, Texas and as personal secretary to Dr. Isaac Epstein, Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the Veterans Hospital in Temple, Texas. On December 28, 1951, she married William Allen Rogers of Ennis, Texas. Mrs. Rogers and Allen have two sons, William Allen (“Bill”) Rogers, Jr. and David Andrews Rogers. Mrs. Rogers and Allen owned and operated retail shoe stores in Temple, Crockett, Ennis, and Nacogdoches, Texas for 33 years. In 1984, they moved to Austin and then to Kerrville where they were active in real estate. In 2003 she and Allen retired and they moved to Sun City Georgetown, Texas. In Temple, then Crockett, then Nacogdoches, she devoted herself to raising her sons. She encouraged them to develop to their fullest potential, and was particularly proud of Bill’s legal career and David’s career in musical theater, both of which were a direct result of her nurturing and championing them every step of the way. Mrs. Rogers personal relationship with God was an important part of her life. She grew up in the First Baptist Church in Waxahachie, Texas, and in 1952, she joined the Methodist Church and remained an active member for the rest of her life. She loved golf and the beach, and among her fondest memories were good times spent traveling and visiting family and friends. Sunshine was always her friend and it was never too warm for her. In 1999, She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In 2006, she entered the Alzheimer’s Care unit of the Wesleyan at Scenic Nursing Home in Georgetown, Texas. Her family feels particularly blessed for the loving care she received from the staff at the Wesleyan. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Allen Rogers; children Bill Rogers and his wife Meredith, of Georgetown and David Andrews Rogers, of New York City; three grandchildren Christopher Allen Rogers, of Dallas, Jonathan Marichal Rogers, of Austin and Kendall Elizabeth Rogers, of Georgetown. Funeral Services for Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth “Betty” Andrews Rogers were held Monday, March 22, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church in Georgetown. If friends wish to make donations in Betty’s memory, the family suggests the Wesleyan Nursing Home, 2001 Scenic Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78626, or the First United Methodist Church, 410 E. University, Georgetown, Texas 78626. Gabriels Funeral Chapel

ELEANOR RUTH STEWART PATTON
Mrs. Eleanor Ruth Stewart Patton, age 92 of Crockett, passed away March 19, 2010 in East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Patton was born March 25, 1917 to Hugh L. and Ruth Stiff Stewart of Brownwood. She attended the public schools of Waco, San Angelo and Brownwood, graduating from Brownwood High School in 1934 as salutatorian of her class. Mrs. Patton received her bachelor of science degree from Baylor University in Waco graduating in 1938 Magna Cum Laude with majors in Education and Spanish and minor in History. While in Baylor University, she served as president of Kappa Delta Pi and was also a member of the Sigma Delta Pi, an honorary fraternity for students of Spanish. Mrs. Patton received a master of education degree from Sam Houston State with a minor in history. After teaching in Falfurrias, Texas for one year, she accepted a position as Spanish teacher in Crockett High School where she taught for 29 years before retiring. In Crockett, she met and married Nat Patton, Jr., son of Congressman and Mrs. Nat Patton on August 9, 1940. One daughter, Martha Ruth Patsy Patton was born to the couple on February 21, 1942. Mrs. Patton was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School for more than forty years and served on many church committees. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and The Builders Sunday School Class. Mrs. Patton was active in civic affairs and helped to organize Crockett’s first Garden Club and also served as a docent and member of the Board of Directors for the Monroe Crook House. Mrs. Patton was a member of the Gamma Chi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Texas State Teachers Association as well as the Daughters of the American Revolution also TSTA, NEA and the Texas Educational Theater Association. She enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of the two bridge clubs. Mrs. Patton traveled extensively and was able to visit all of the fifty states and sixteen foreign countries. Mrs. Patton was a wonderful wife, daughter, mother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend to all. Survivors include her daughter Patsy Patton, of Crockett; nieces Bonnie Weikel, of Colleyville and Jan Schroeder, of Plano; nephew James Patton, of Huntsville; niece Angela Patton Brizendine, of Huntsville; nephews Pat LeGory, of Va. and Ricky Smith, of Ore.; and cousin Garth King, of Tyler. Preceded in death by her husband Nat Patton, Jr.; and sister Dorothy Jean Schroeder. Funeral Services for Mrs. Eleanor Ruth Stewart Patton were held Monday, March 22, 2010 at 2 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Jerry House officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Monroe Crook House, P. O. Box 1251, Crockett, Texas 75835. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

CLARA MARCIELLE NEAL
Mrs. Clara Marcielle Neal, age 75 of DeSota, passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2010 in Charleton Methodist Hospital. Mrs. Neal was born August 12, 1934 to W.T. Bill Shuck and Clara Shuck. She lost her mother at a young age and lived with her grandmother and dad until she came to Crockett to live with her sister Lou Sroyer and became a member of the family. She graduated from Crockett High School in 1952 and moved to Dallas. Mrs. Neal began her career with Texas Employers Casualty Insurance Company. She worked there for many years and moved on to Republic National Bank where she retired as a vice president. Mrs. Neal and her late husband Garland owned a farm outside of Dallas in Italy, Texas where she enjoyed her animals and fishing in the pond. She was especially fond of horses and of her dogs. Mrs. Neal was much loved by all her nieces and nephews who survived her. She was a special person to their children, the great-nieces and nephews and even the great-greats. She grew up in Church and loved to sing. She played the piano and organ. She was a member of Windsor Park Baptist Church upon her death. Survivors include her one granddaughter Kimberly Hile, of Dallas; and two sisters-in-law Rosetta and Charlotte Shuck. Preceded in death by her parents W.T. Bill Shuck and Clara Shuck; husband Garland Neal of Dallas; brothers Jack, Billy, Chester, Donald, Dale and Jerry. sister Loudelphia Shroyer; brother-in-law Dale Shroyer; and sister-in-law Pat Shuck.

ROBERT ALLEN FERRARI
Mr. Robert Allen Ferrari, age 31 of Grapeland, passed away Saturday, March 20, 2010 in the Southwest University Hospital in Dallas. Mr. Ferrari was born May 28, 1978 in Waco and had lived in Grapeland for the past 7 years. He attended the Cowboy Church of Houston County and was a brick mason supervisor. Survivors include his wife Christal Ferrari, of Martindale; children Emily Jean and Anthony Steven Ferrari, of Martindale; parents Steve and Barbara Ferrari, of Grapeland; brother Joshua Ferrari, of Elkhart; sister Shannon Shimer, of Spring Branch; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral Services for Mr. Robert Allen Ferrari were held Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ricky Missildine officiating. Interment followed in the Providence Cemetery. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

LENA DELL BURKS
Mrs. Lena Dell Burks, age 90 of Huffman, passed away Sunday, March 21, 2010 at her residence. Mrs. Burks was born January 1, 1920 in Crockett, Texas and had been living in Huffman. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Huffman. Survivors include her son George Burks and wife Cheryl, of Conroe; daughters Judy Wells, of Montgomery and Lagene Story and husband Eddie, of Huffman; 14 grandchildren Mark, Mike, Jill, David, Jerry, Stephen, Deann, Carla, Elaine, Lezley Landon, Lauren, Timothy and James; 27 great-grand children; and one great-great grandchild. Preceded in death by her husband Norman Burks in 2005; son Jerry Burks; daughters Norma Dell Burks and Kathy Sue Passons; and son-in-law Vernon Wells. Funeral Services for Mrs. Lena Dell Burks were held Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Paul Shockley officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MARIE AINSWORTH WESTERMAN
Mrs. Marie Ainsworth Westerman, age 96 of Lufkin, went to be with her Lord Tuesday, March 23, 2010 after a brief illness. Mrs. Westerman was born September 20, 1913 in Kennard, Texas to Tom and Minnie Ainsworth. Mrs. Westerman spent most of her childhood in Kennard and Nacogdoches. She was one of seven sisters and four brothers. In high school she participated on the debate team, and she was part of a singing quartet that performed in various local churches. She graduated from Nacogdoches High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. Mrs. Westerman married Grover Westerman of Kennard and they had a family of four children. She taught school in Kennard and Austonia. She and her husband were owners of Westerman General Merchandise in Kennard and she worked alongside her husband for many years in the store. Mr. and Mrs. Westerman were members of Calvary Baptist Church in Lufkin. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. After her husband’s death in 1991, she was able to live in her home and take care of all her affairs up until the time of her death. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Tucker and Elizabeth Westerman, of Lufkin; daughters and son-in-law Wanda and John Rolf, of Cypress, Judy Jordan Barbour, of Kingwood; grandchildren and spouses Ann Westerman, of Texarkana, Charles and Jan Westerman, of Lufkin, Lisa Rolf Barfield, of Cypress, Lori Rolf Moore and husband Bret, of Williston, N D., Kevin Jordan, of Magnolia and Rhonda Jordan Kersting and husband Toner, of Kingwood; great-grandchildren Clark and Hanna Westerman, John and Wesley Barfield, Tyler and Kody Jordon and Kaleb and Kendall Kersting; sister Erma Guidry, of Deer Park; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents Tom and Minnie Ainsworth; husband Grover Westerman; daughter Charlotte; four brothers Harvey, Herman, Cloyce and Lloyd Ainsworth; and sisters Lillian Dominey, Mammie Dee Parker, Vivian Curry, Thelma Hasha and Louise Hanna. Funeral Services for Mrs. Marie Ainsworth Westerman were held Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel, 2704 South John Redditt Drive, Lufkin, with the Reverend Jimmy Hedges and the Reverend Jim Tom Ainsworth officiating. Interment followed in the Ivie Cemetery in Houston County. Pallbearers were Tom Kelly Byrne, Bill Ainsworth, Joe Ainsworth, Jerry Ainsworth, Jimmy Guidry, Freddy Guidry, Thomas Guidry and Dennis Worsham. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 116 South Raguet Street, Lufkin, Texas 75904. Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com. Carroway Funeral Home

JERRY LEE PATTON
Mr. Jerry Lee Patton, age 60 of Weches, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Mr. Patton was born August 27, 1949 in Weches, Texas and was a resident of Weches for the past 6 years. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. Mr. Patton was retired having worked as a carpenter. Survivors include his wife Joyce Elaine Patton, of Juliff; children Jeremy Cain Patton, of Juliff, Joshue Lee Patton, of Alvin, Sherry Lee Brink and husband Mike, of Austin and Jaimee Lee Patton, of Juliff; grandchildren Jacob, Seth, Dylan, Micah, Eli, Koda and Chloe; brothers Robert Larry Patton and wife Julie, of Houston, Douglas Patton, of Galveston and Billy Jack Patton and wife Sue, of Huffman; sister Bridget Cochran and husband Daniel, of Okla.; very special mother-in-law Faye Sistrunk ,of Juliff; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his baby son Shane Lee Patton; parents Robert Lee and Loyce Dean Patton; and grandson Christopher Evan Chang Patton. Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Jerry Lee Patton were held Sunday, March 27, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. at his Home Place in Weches with Jessie Ray Patton officiating. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

PATRICIA ANN “TRISH” BENNETT
Ms. Patricia Ann “Trish” Bennett, age 33 of New Waverly, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2010 in the College Station Medical Center. Ms. Bennett was born December 3, 1976 in Galveston, Texas and had lived in New Waverly for the past 12 years. She was a mother, housewife and of the Baptist faith. Survivors include her children Christopher Brockman, Hunter Brockman and Hayden Hewitt, all of New Waverly; ex-husband Adam Brockman, of Ill.; special friend Mark Hewitt, of New Waverly; mother and step-dad Matilda Tunmire and Randy Davis, of Kennard; father and step-mother Charles Bennett and Sheila Bennett, of Weches; sister Christina Bennett Pounders and Alvin Klock, of New Waverly; brothers Charles “C. D.” Bennett and Marie McDaniel, of Crockett and Justin Bennett, of Grapeland; two step-brothers; three step-sisters; niece, Andrea Bennett, of New Waverly; five step-nieces; nephews Adrian Pounders, of Crockett, Caleb Klock, of New Waverly and Colton Bennett, of Crockett; two step-nephews; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives. Preceded in death by her grandparents Beatrice and Leon Ackley; grandfather Leonard Bennett; brother Gary Bennett; and aunts and uncles. Graveside Funeral Services Ms. Patricia Ann “Trish” Bennett were held Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. in the Creek Cemetery with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Matilda Tunmire c/o Callaway-Allee Funeral Home, 700 East Houston Avenue, Crockett, Texas 75835. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JOSEPH DAVID MAY
Mr. Joseph David May, age 91 of Woodville, passed away Saturday, March 13, 2010 at Conroe Regional Hospital in Conroe, Texas. Mr. May was born June 14, 1918 to John David and Minnie Cordelia Houchin May in Lovelady, Texas. He was a longtime resident of Woodville. Mr. May was a U.S. Army Air Corp WWII veteran, a true patriot, a farmer at heart, who loved to garden. He never met a stranger and was a very patient man. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law Elmer and Trina May, of Woodville; daughters Georgia Ann, of Woodville and Shirley Louise, of Lovelady; and numerous grandchildren. Preceded in death by his son John David May. Funeral Services for Mr. Joseph David May will be held Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville. Interment will follow in Center Hill Cemetery in Lovelady. Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home

TOMMY A. JONES
Mr. Tommy A. Jones, age 77 of Flint, Passed away Friday, March 12, 2010 in Tyler. Mr. Jones was born in Lovelady on May 29, 1932 to the late Sam Paul and Ida McCullar Jones. Mr. Jones was a veteran, serving in the United States Army during the Korean War. He retired from Arco Refinery in Houston in 1985. He was a Baptist and was also a Master Mason with membership in the Anson Jones Masonic Lodge #1416 in Friendswood, Texas. Survivors include his loving family including his daughter Ada Jones Walker and husband Steve, of Bryan; son Dean Paul Jones and wife Kathy, of Seabrook; grandchildren Bre’Anna Walker, of Bryan, Charles, Tracie, and Tommy Jones, of Seabrook; step-grandson Kyle Smailey, of Norman, Okla.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by his son Jeffrey Lynn Jones; parents Sam Paul and McCullar Jones; brothers Ansel, Paul, and Harold Jones; and sister Evanell Wiant. Graveside Services for Mr. Tommy A. Jones were held Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. at Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery in Lovelady, Texas. Stewart Family Funeral Home

JAMES L. SHEPHERD
Mr. James L. Shepherd, age 75 of Grapeland, passed away March 9, 2010. Mr. Shepherd was the first born child of ten to the parentage of R. L. and Jesse Bell Shepherd of Grapeland, Texas on September 4, 1934. He was reared in the Dailey Community of Grapeland and attended W. R. Banks High School. Mr. Shepherd later moved to Houston and since returned to Grapeland where he retired. He was a member of St. John Baptist Church, Head Deacon and a faithful worker, then joined Rising Star Baptist Church until demise. Survivors include his wife (Ellen); two sons (Johnny Smith and James Cal Shepherd); eight daughters (Dorothy Witherspoon, Brenda Joseph, Carolyn Bush, Janice Abrams, Tangula and Ebony Shepherd); five brothers (A.J., Edward, Willie Fadell, Lee Terrell and Winfred Shepherd); two sisters (Barbara Franklin and Wanda Black); 28 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews, and nieces. Preceded in death by his parents R. L. and Jesse Bell Shepherd; first wife (Helen Shepherd); one brother (Charles Shepherd); two daughters (Juanita Shepherd and Wanda Dugas); and one grandson (Durell Joseph). Funeral Services for Mr. James L. Shepherd were held Saturday, March 13, 2010 at Rising Star Baptist Church and laid to rest at Golden Gate Cemetery in Grapeland.

JESSIE BELL JOHNSON SHEPHERD
Ms. Jessie Bell Johnson Shepherd, age 92 of Grapeland, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2010. Ms. Shepherd was born April 4, 1917 to the parentage of Johnny Johnson and Flossie Beazley Johnson. She attended Daily High School and was an “A” student. Ms. Shepherd joined church at an early age and was baptized at Mt. Zion Baptist Church and was always a devoted worker. She later united with Greater New Hope Baptist Church in the Daily Community, St. John Baptist Church in Grapeland, Texas and Rising Star Baptist Church in Grapeland where she remained a faithful member until her demise. Ms. Shepherd was loved by all and honored by many. She was the mother of the church. Survivors include her six sons (James, A.J., Edward, Willie Fadell, Lee Terrell and Winfred Shepherd); two daughters (Barbara Franklin and Wanda Black); one adopted daughter (Nita Harrell); 45 grandchildren; 80 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents Johnny Johnson and Flossie Beazley Johnson; one sister (Addie Bell Shepherd); eight brothers (Elmo, Pete, Spencer, Ike, Dunk, Herbert Lee Stubblefield, Fadall and Walter Johnson); and one son (Charles Shepherd). Funeral Services for Ms. Jessie Bell Johnson Shepherd were held Saturday, March 6, 2010 at Rising Star Baptist Church and laid to rest at Golden Gate Cemetery.

ROBERT LEE MONTGOMERY
Mr. Robert Lee Montgomery, age 73 of Ratcliff, passed away Friday, March 5, 2010 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Montgomery was born October 7, 1936 in Kennard, Texas and had lived in Ratcliff most of his lifetime. He was a retired veteran of the United States Air Force having served as Staff Master Sergeant. Mr. Montgomery was a member of the Plain Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. Survivors include his children Robert Lee Montgomery, Jr., of Houston, Beverley Schaffer and husband Steven, of Belleville, Ill.; grandchildren Sonya LaJean Davis and husband Robert Paul, of Lufkin and Christopher Michael Harper and wife Ashley Lee, of Key Largo, Fla.; great-grandchildren Shane Richard Oehler, of Lufkin, Austin Nicole Schaffer-Harper, Logan Rose Schaffer-Harper and Tanner Ryce Schaffer-Harper; brother Kenneth Montgomery and wife Edwina, of Ratcliff; and sister Donna Montgomery, of Hemphill; several nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his wife Bettie Jean (Cutler) Montgomery; and parents Claude Miller Montgomery and Barbara Elizabeth (McKinney) Montgomery. Military Graveside Funeral services for Mr. Robert Lee Montgomery were held Monday, March 8, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Conner Cemetery with the Rev. Don Hobson officiating. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MATTIE CORA HUGHES TROUTMAN
Mrs. Mattie Cora Hughes Troutman, age 84 of Houston, passed away Saturday, March 6, 2010 in the Spring Branch Hospital in Houston. Mrs. Troutman was born March 19, 1925 in Pennington, Texas and had resided in Houston most of her lifetime. She was a homemaker and a member of the Long Point Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband of 64 years, E. C. Troutman, of Houston; daughter Judy Gonzales, of Houston; granddaughter Lori Ann Searcy and husband Frank, of Houston; grandson Casey Anderson and wife Miranca, of Langley, British Columbia; great-grandchildren Delaney Searcy, Cailey Searcy, both of Houston and Kasen Anderson, of Langley, British Columbia ; sisters Allie Arnold, Kitty Magee and Mary D. Holmes and husband Billy B. Sr., all of Pennington; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her parents Dee W. and Geneva Hughes, of Pennington; and son-in-law Ernie Gonzales, of Houston. Funeral Services for Mrs. Mattie Cora Hughes Troutman were held Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Terry Gibson officiating. Interment followed Pennington Cemetery. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MARGIE WISE
Mrs. Margie Wise, age 78 of Lovelady, passed away Friday, March 5, 2010 in the Centerville Nursing Home. Mrs. Wise was born December 16, 1931 in Lovelady. She was a homemaker and also a member of the Lovelady Antioch Baptist Church. Survivors include her sons Mike Wise and wife Janice, of Godley, Richard Wise and wife Elizabeth, of Trinity, Mark Wise and wife Cathy and Lloyd Wise, all of Cleburne ; daughter Renn Linthicum and husband Ricky, of Cleburne; grandchildren Rhonda Martin and husband Donald, of Cleburne, Karen Snapka and husband Derek, of Godley, Molly Gray and husband Jeff, of Weatherford, Wendy Wise, of Ala., Tracy Tyukodi and husband Paul, of Dothan, Ala., Saundra Elliott and husband Josh, of Iola, Amy Kelly and husband Kevin, Leslie Brown and husband Steven, all of Centerville, Patricia Wise, Candace Pearson, both of Cleburne, Jennifer Wise, of Dallas, David Sullivan and wife Brittney, of Joshua, Joe Sullivan and wife Meredith, Cody Foster and fiancé Jennifer and Dylan and Kastan Wise, all of Cleburne; great-grandchildren Katlyn, Coby, Hannah, Abigail, O D, Lucas, Blaine, Alex, Coy, Tyler, Elizabeth, Billy Joe (B. J.), Miranda, Trista, Katelyn, Caden, Desiree, Ginger, Arianna, Travis, Jada, Makennah, Destiny, Serenity and Landon; sisters Josephine Reynolds, of Huntsville, Verna Kuykendall and husband Richard, of Lovelady; Many nieces, nephews and family and friends at Centerville Healthcare. Preceded in death by her husband O.D. Wise; parents Melvin and Phenia Searcy; and brother-in-law Bill Reynolds. Funeral Services for Mrs. Margie Wise were held Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. in the Lovelady Antioch Baptist Church. Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Michelle Lynn Holsey Foundation, P. O. Box 652, Crockett, Texas 75835. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

SHIRLEY ROBERTS
Mrs. Shirley Roberts, age 61 of Midway, passed away Tuesday, March 9, 2010 in Madisonville. Mrs. Roberts was born on October 31, 1948 in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Roberts was on the Board of Regents for St. Joseph Hospital and a councilwoman for the Houston County Co-op. She had been a resident of Madison County for 25 years and was an advocate for the citizens of the county and for the good of all people. She loved and enjoyed her grandchildren daily. She was their “cheerleader” at many events they participated in. She had a great affection for her dogs and all animals. She was known to be a very accurate pistol shooter and was a lady with a great personality and was loved by all she met. Survivors include her son Kenneth Evan Searcy and wife Cheryl, of Centerville; sisters Darla Lexington O’Quinn and Terry Cates, both of Houston; grandchildren Jacqueline Christine Searcy and Kenneth Wayne Searcy, both of Centerville; nieces Michelle Coopwood and Stephanie Phillips, both of Houston; nephew Eric Phillips, of Huntsville; step-father Tom Tadlock, of Midway; half-sister Linda Lewis and husband Rusty, of Bryan. Preceded in death by her husband Stephen; and mother Christine. A Graveside Service for Mrs. Shirley Roberts will be held Monday, March 15, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in the Houston National Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Madisonville with Father Michael Barone officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Legion Endowment Fund, c/o The American Legion National Headquarters, P. O. Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206. Visit our website at www.madisonvillefuneralhome.com to sign the guestbook for Mrs. Roberts. Madisonville Funeral Home

 

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