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JACKIE RICHARD “JACK” HOWARD
Mr. Jackie Richard “Jack” Howard, age 71 of Pennington, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2012 at his residence in Pennington. Mr. Howard was born August 30, 1940 in Vidor, Texas and was a resident of Pennington for 20 years, previously living in Vidor. He was retired having worked for Joe’s Rental Tools and was a member of the Pennington Church. Survivors include his wife Mary Jane Howard, of Pennington; son Mikey Jack Howard, of Pennington; grandson Brandon Bond, of Vidor; brother-in-law Roy Clyde Wimer, of Pineland; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his parents Danny L. and Mary Elizabeth Howard; daughter Sharon Ann Howard Bond; brothers Denson Wayne Howard and J. D. Howard. Condolences for Mr. Howard may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MARY ELLEN DAVIS HOPKINS
Mrs. Mary Ellen Davis Hopkins, age 61 of Dallas, Texas passed away on March 18, 2012. Mrs. Hopkins was born November 17, 1950 in Marshall, Texas to Jeff Davis and Lillia Rosborough Davis. On August 4, 1973, she married the love of her life, Randy Hopkins in Crockett, Texas where she spent her childhood. The light of her life, Katy, was born July 9, 1986, in Dallas, Texas where Mary and Randy made their home for 40 years. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin University in 1971 with a BA in education. While at SFA, she was immersed in collegiate life as a cheerleader, Chi Omega member, Class Favorite, and freshman representative for Homecoming. Mrs. Hopkins went on to receive her Master’s degree in Education and later her PhD in 1989. She was passionate and devoted to her profession and to helping children succeed in life. Mrs. Hopkins spent over 40 years in education. She was a teacher at Mesquite ISD, was a diagnostician at Garland ISD and was Executive Director of Personnel in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. Her professional life was filled with recognition for her many accomplishments. She was a long time member of The Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators, and served as President of the TASPA Executive Board, as well as in several other positions. She was awarded TASPA Administrator of the Year in 2001 and 2005. In 2007, she received a TASPA Special Recognition Award. ‘More than life its own self’, Mary adored her Randy and Katy. They were her reason for being and the driving force behind her strength, courage, and determination to be the best she could be at all she endeavored. Her devotion to her family was unparalleled. She was blessed with the joy of knowing her precious Katy became engaged to be married next year to Blake Holmes and was so excited to share the news with everyone. She loved life. She was exuberant, full of love for family and friends. She always put others before herself and never met a stranger. Mrs. Hopkins was a joy to be around and was the life of every party. She filled the room with her light and laughter and people were drawn to her magnetic personality. She had the ability to find and draw out the best in people. Through her love and graciousness, she made every moment memorable and made our world a brighter place. One of the gifts she gave to her many family and friends was her spectacular annual Christmas Eve party which none of us will ever forget. She would want you to remember her with a smile on your face. Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Randy Hopkins, of Dallas; daughter Katy Hopkins, of Dallas; mother Lillia Rosborough Davis, of Dallas; sister Daryl Davis, of Dallas; brother Barry Davis and wife Silvia, of Dallas; brother-in-law Mike Hopkins, of Dallas; sister-in-law Franette Hopkins Dommer and husband Mick, of Dallas; sister-in-law Paulette Hopkins Pickel and husband Todd, of Dallas; mother-in-law Vanette Hopkins, of Dallas; nieces and nephews Thomas Mathias, Aubrey Hopkins, Chris Hopkins, David Hopkins, Scarlett Davis, and Truett Davis; as well as many cousins and loving relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her father Jeff Davis of Crockett; and father-in-law Frank Hopkins of Dallas. A Memorial Service Celebrating Mary’s life were held on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 1:00 p.m., at Highland Park United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Genesis Women’s Shelter, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Educational Foundation, Planned Parenthood, and Highland Park United Methodist Church Youth Ministry. Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home

GEORGE (RONNIE) RONALD CLOER SR.
Mr. George (Ronnie) Ronald Cloer, Sr., age 65 years, of Crockett, lost his courageous battle with cancer, Monday afternoon, March 19, 2012. He passed away in the comfort and peace in his home with his wife, Millie at his side and with his close family members. Mr. Cloer was born October 16, 1946 in Houston, Texas. he has been a resident of Crockett since 1983. Mr. Cloer was a member of Good Shepherd Fellowship Church located in Crockett. He also was a Mason in good standing and a member of the Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21 A.F.&A.M. for the last 10 years and a member of the Mt. Houston Lodge #1359 A.F.&A.M. in Houston, since 1972. He knew he was truly blessed and loved by his family and friends during his life. By trade he was a carpenter/contractor and was a retired auctioneer and enjoyed helping with charity auctions. He also enjoyed garage sales. But his passion was serving his Lord and Savior and attending and attending church at Good Shepherd up until he was no longer able to attend due to his illness. Although he never lost faith, as he had total confidence in the Lord and the Lord’s will be done. When he was first diagnosed 2 ½ years ago with cancer, he told Millie, “I wish that this did not happen to me, but since I have to face this battle, I am a winner either way. I win if He allows me to stay with my family or I win if He takes me to Heaven.” He never gave up or never gave in. Mr. Cloer also enjoyed traveling with his wife Millie and spending time with his kids, grandchildren and family. He enjoyed eye catching pickup trucks and classic cars, and restoring cars for street rods. He also enjoyed motorcycles including Harley’s and Honda’ with chrome reflecting in the sun. He love his pets Yoda, Miss Kitty, Tony and Lady. Working in his yard and garden made him very happy, as did watching all the beautiful birds that visited his yard. Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Mildred “Millie” Hayes Cloer, of Crockett; sons George Ronald “Ronnie” Cloer, Jr. and Billy Ray Cloer and wife Sharon, all of Houston; daughters Kimberly Barker, of Houston, Tammie Chometa, of Alto and Theresa Hayes, of The Woodlands; grandchildren Ashley Chometa, Ashton Cloer, Brittany Ferrell, Whitney Chometa, Nick Cloer, Ethan Cloer, Elyssa Barker, Gryce Barker and Jacob Cloer; great-granddaughter Tansley Ann; one sister Mary Tope, of Conroe; special brothers and sisters-in-law; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents George William Cloer and Mary Allene Barganier Cloer. Homegoing Celebration for Mr. George (Ronnie) Ronald Cloer, Sr. were held Friday morning, March 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Good Shepherd Fellowship Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Good Shepherd Fellowship Church or to the Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21 A.F.&A.M. Condolences for Mr. Cloer may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

HENRY D. TYER
Mr. Henry D. Tyer, age 85 of Crockett, passed away Monday, March 19, 2012 at his residence in Crockett. Mr. Tyer was born February 20, 1927 in the Juanita Community in Houston County, Texas and was a lifetime resident of Crockett. Mr. Tyer was a veteran of the U. S. Army. He had worked as a Butcher for Roy Petty’s Grocery, salesman for William George Produce in Palestine for 15 years and had also worked for Davey’s Locker Plant in Crockett. Mr. Tyer had owned and operated Thrifty Corner Grocery and Meat Market in Crockett. In 1976, he owned and operated T. C. Processing Plant in Crockett for many years, now called Tyer’s Processing, still owned by his family, where he worked until his health failed. His passion was fishing and buying and selling cattle. Survivors include his wife Evelyn N. Phillips Tyer, of Crockett; children Terry Tyer, Linda Spinks and husband Kirby and David Tyer and wife Pattie, all of Crockett; grandchildren Shannon Tyer, Todd Merriwether, Jami Robinson and husband Casey, Kim Korenek and husband Nick, Bridgett Williams and husband Jeff, Melissa Richmond and husband Paul, Tatum Matlock and Devin Tyer; great-grandchildren Kristin and Charley Merriwether, Madison and Case Robinson, Cooper, McKenzie and Colt Matlock, Payton and Gavin Richmond, Emily, Brady and Caroline Korenek; step-children Brad Phillips and wife Paula and Gail Wilson and husband Audie; eight step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Myrle Snell, Dorothy Tyer, Agnes Hilton, Lena Fredericks, Margaret Stubblefield and Rosie Mae Stratton; brothers-in-law Carrell Norsworthy, Roger Frederick, Lloyd Stubblefield and Daniel Stratton; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his first wife Laura Tyer; brother Elmer Tyer; and sister Inez Wilkins. Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Henry D. Tyer were held Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park with Mr. Carl Allen and Mr. Mike Gibson officiating. Condolences for Mr. Tyer may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JIMMY HIGGINS SR.
Mr. Jimmy Higgins, Sr., age 80 of Latexo, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012 in the Lufkin Memorial Hospital. Mr. Higgins was born August 20, 1931 in Arkansas and had lived in Houston County for the past 22 years, formerly living in Houston. Mr. Higgins was a veteran of the United States Army. He had worked as a carpenter and was a member of the North Loop Baptist Church. Mr. Higgins hobbies were hunting, fishing and gardening. Survivors include his wife Faye Higgins, of Latexo; son Jimmy Higgins, Jr., of Crockett; daughters Linda Taylor and husband Perry, of Coldspring, Mary Botkins and husband Bob, of Sierra, Arizona and Angela Denise Calvert, of Friendswood; step-children Morris Murphy, of Pasadena, Sherry Murphy, of Tomball, Kenny Murphy, of Friendswood and Patsy Gilson and husband Danny, of Latexo; grandchildren Marcie Lucas and husband Chase, Cris Higgins, both of Crockett, Brandy Dupree, Travis Taylor, both of Lufkin, Dylan Davis, of Friendswood, Holly Murphy, Julia Murphy, both of Kentucky, Fallon Nona, of Dayton and Sophie Murphy, of Tomball; step-grandchildren Amber Martin and children Destiny, Emily and Matt; great-grandchildren Addison Lucas, Brett and Ty Oliver and Michael D. Taylor; brothers Joe Higgins and Frank Higgins, of Arkansas; great-nephew William Anderson; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his parents William and Hattie Higgins; and grandson Joshua Higgins. Funeral Services for Mr. Jimmy Higgins, Sr. were held Friday, March 23, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Lowery officiating. Military Graveside Service followed in the Latexo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904. Condolences for Mr. Higgins may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JANICE FRANKLIN HAMMAN
Mrs. Janice Franklin Hamman, age 74 of Lovelady, passed away Monday, March 12, 2012 in the Kindred Bay Area Hospital in Pasadena. Mrs. Hamman was born March 21, 1937 in Patroon, Shelby County, Texas and had resided in Lovelady for the past nineteen years. She was a member of the Lovelady Antioch Baptist Church. Mrs. Hamman was also a member of the Trinity Order of Eastern Star #186. Survivors include her sons Franklin Preston Hamman, Jr. and Michael Jeffrey Hamman; grandsons Shannon Hamman and David S. Hernandez; friend Linda Beth Walker; beloved friend Sonya Rocha; and great-grandson Damien Hernandez. Preceded in death by her father J. E. Franklin; mother Beatrice Curry Franklin; husband Franklin P. Hamman, Sr.; and sister Murlene Seay. Funeral Services for Mrs. Janice Hamman were held Friday, March 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lovelady Antioch Baptist Church. Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery. Condolences for Mrs. Hamman may be left at online obituaries at www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ALTON NEALY
Mr. Alton Nealy age 76 of Grapeland, passed away Friday, March 23, 2012 at ETMC/Crockett. Mr. Nealy was born August 16, 1935 in Grapeland to John and Martha Lewis Nealy. He was a diesel mechanic for Bartee Construction. Survivors include his wife Jo Ann Richards Nealy, of Grapeland; daughters Ann Price, of Lovelady, Deborah Allen, of Ft Polk, Sherry Lively, of Grapeland and Susan Mathews; sons Robert Nealy, of Grapeland, James Nealy, of Houston, Gary Clark, of Bryan, Charles Clark, of Elkhart, Randy Clark, of Palestine and John David Clark, of Bryan; sister Dorothy McQueen, of Latexo; brother Omer Lee Nealy, of Latexo; numerous grandchildren; and great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents John and Martha Lewis Nealy; sons John Nealy and James Clark. Funeral Services for Mr. Alton Nealy will be held Monday, March 26, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Bailey & Foster Chapel in Grapeland with the Rev. Steve Meadows officiating. Interment will follow in Pilgrim Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dick Bridges, Jason Bridges, William Matthews, Gary Clark, Omer Lee Nealy and Justin Emmons. To view online, leave condolences or sign guestbook go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com. Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

BERNICE PARKS ENGLISH
Mrs. Bernice Parks English of Kennard, Texas went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at the age of 95 years. Mrs. English was the last surviving child of Will B and Carrie Dominy Parks. Mrs. English was born in Kennard on August 1, 1916. She grew up on her family's cotton farm and graduated from Kennard High School. She married Cloyce in 1931 and they began a 60 year marriage. She graduated from Sam Houston State Teachers College obtaining both Bachelors (1940) and Masters (1949) degrees in Education. Mrs. English taught at Kennard High school, coached girls basketball and volleyball, and later went on to be a counselor at Crockett High School. Mrs English taught in public schools for 45 years. Throughout this long career in education she touched many lives of young people. She encouraged them to study hard, prepare well and get a good education in order to follow their dreams and be successful in life. Mrs. English was a long time faithful member on the First Baptist Church of Kennard. As a teenager, she began as the church pianist and continued for well over 40 years. She taught the ladies Sunday School class for more than 40 years until her failing eyesight made it too difficult to continue. You could find Miss Bernice preparing her lessons on Saturday, reading and studying on her reading machine. She was active in her church until October, 2011 when her health began to fail. She loved the Lord, loved her church, her friends and her family. And she loved "Home". If you knew Miss Bernice, you knew that she didn't get too far from home unless it was to Catfish King in Lufkin. She loved home! She was a past president, parliamentarian and active member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society for 65 years. She was honored for her 63 years of membership at a special ceremony in Waco in 2010. If there was only one adjective to describe Bernice it was "faithful". You could always count on her to be in her place on Sunday, Wednesday or Tuesday night Delta Kappa Gamma meetings. Faithful to commitments is who she was! Survivors include her nieces and nephews Nelda Parks Carter, Katherine Parks Crawford, Paul Mitchell Wright, Carrie Wright Gay, Gloria Parks, Carolyn Parks Goldman, Barbara Parks Meriwether, Diana Parks, Marian Parks Greeny, James Otis Parks, Sandra Parks; numerous cousins, former students, friends, neighbors and loving caregivers. Preceded in death by her husband Cloyce English; parents; brothers Ray, Billy, Otis and Hubert; sister Dorothy Parks Wright; and nephew William "Bill" Wright. Funeral Services for Mrs. Bernice Parks English will be held at the First Baptist Church in Kennard on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. with Brother Jim Durham officiating. Graveside Services will be held at Ivie Cemetery in Kennard immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the First Baptist Church in Kennard or the Bernice P English Scholarship at East Texas Baptist University. "But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." 1 John 1:7 Condolences for Mrs. English may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

RUTHIE MAE (SELLS) JACKSON
Mrs. Ruthie Mae (Sells) Jackson, age 87 of Crockett was called to her heavenly rest surrounded by her family at 12:17 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Funeral Services for Mrs. Ruthie Mae (Sells) Jackson were held on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Live Oak Church of God in Christ in Bon Wier, Texas. ROGER WARD Mr. Roger Ward, Sr. age 70 of Crockett, passed away Friday, March 9, 2012 in the ETMC-Tyler. Mr. Ward was born July 21, 1941 in Houston and had lived in Houston County most of his lifetime. He was a member of the New Energy Baptist Church and loved hunting and fishing. Survivors include his wife Norma Jean Ward, of Grapeland; children Barbara Vaughn, of Grapeland, Debbie Parrish, of Crockett, Carolyn Currie, Becky Morgan, Roger Ward Jr. and girlfriend Tina, all of Grapeland and Joseph Ward and wife Becca, of Ratcliff; grandchildren Shane Smith, Kevin Vaughn, Jessica Vaughn, Donna Salinas, Stephen Johnson, Stephanie Tims, Mathew Johnson, Mark Johnson, Kristal Morgan, Kandace Boyd, Keith Morgan, Russell Ward, Nick Ward, Rachael Ward, Nathan Ward, Amber Ward, Ashley Ward, Adam Ward, Karley Leblanc, Trigger Leblanc and Hannah Horne; great-grandchildren Brice, Jaime, Casey, Amaya, Kalynn, Jordan, Skyler, Jevin, Emily, Alex, Kiley, Bentley, Tessa, Kennedy, Jenny, Samuel, Gracie and Keaton; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his father Joseph Earl Ward, mother Elizabeth McIntyre Ward; grandson Devin Parrish; and two infant children. A private family memorial will be at a later date. Condolences for Mr. Ward may be left at online obituaries at www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JANICE FRANKLIN HAMMAN
Mrs. Janice Franklin Hamman, age 74 of Lovelady, passed away Monday, March 12, 2012 in the Kindred Bay Area Hospital in Pasadena. Mrs. Hamman was born March 21, 1937 in Patroon, Shelby County, Texas and had resided in Lovelady for the past nineteen years. She was a member of the Lovelady Antioch Baptist Church. Mrs. Hamman was also a member of the Trinity Order of Eastern Star #186. Survivors include her sons Franklin Preston Hamman, Jr. and Michael Jeffrey Hamman; grandsons Shannon Hamman and David S. Hernandez; friend Linda Beth Walker; beloved friend Sonya Rocha; and great-grandson Damien Hernandez. Preceded in death by her father J. E. Franklin; mother Beatrice Curry Franklin; husband Franklin P. Hamman, Jr.; and sister Murlene Seay. Funeral Services for Mrs. Janice Hamman were held Friday, March 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lovelady Antioch Baptist Church. Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery. Condolences for Mrs. Hamman may be left at online obituaries at www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

LOIS MARIE STEPHENS HAMILTON
Mrs. Lois Marie Stephens Hamilton, age 80 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2012 at her residence. Mrs. Hamilton was born April 11, 1931 in Oklahoma and had resided here for over 30 years. Survivors include her daughters Patricia Arnold and husband Jimmy, of Woodsboro, Martha Clevenger and husband Don, of Athens and Sherri Rivers and husband Floyd, of Groveton; sons Henry Stephens and wife Donna, of Douglass and Kelly Stephens and wife Deidra, of Crockett; grandchildren Kody Stephens and wife Katie, Kaleigh Stephens and Chris Jimenez, Kolton Stephens, Ashley Martin and husband Marty, Krystal Rivers, Thomas (Bubba) Morgan, Jr, Holly Hollnagel and husband Chris, Heather Overturf and husband Brandon, Deborah Kirkland, Michelle Allen, Connie Raymond and husband Jeff, Robin Arnold, Matt Rivers and wife Fallon, Russell Rivers, Jennifer Stephens and Melissa Stephens; Twilia Howry and husband Eric; 19 great-grandchildren; sisters Bonnie Bye, of Kansas, Arcella Matlock and Marie Stephens, both of Athens; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Lora Baker; husband Haskell Stephens; sons Roger Stephens, Norman Stephens and Dale Stephens; grandson Darren Kirkland; brother Sonny Baker; and sister Yvonne Harrison. Funeral Services for Mrs. Lois Marie Stephens Hamilton were held Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy C. Arnold officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. Condolences for Mrs. Hamilton may be left at online obituaries at www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

GLENNA DAWSON MEDINA
Mrs. Glenna Dawson Medina, age 68 of Lovelady, passed away Monday, January 30, 2012 at her residence. Mrs. Medina was born February 23, 1943 in Pensacola, Florida and was a resident of Holly for the past 21 years. Mrs. Medina was a member and past secretary of the Houston County Child Welfare Board. She was also a member of the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church in Crockett where she had served on the Ladies Guild and as a Eucharist Minister. Survivors include her husband Louis A. Medina, of Holly; son Larry R. Medina and wife Kristy, of Clear Lake; grandchildren Kendra Sosa and husband Alex, of Houston and P. F. C. Stephen Medina, of Washington State; great-grandchild Alex; brother Sam C. Dawson and wife Leslie, of Austin; sisters Frances Wiechkoske and husband Jim, Jean Higgins and husband Earl, Janice Syphrett and husband Bobby, Jeanette Brown and husband Floyd, all of The Woodlands; brother-in-law Pete Medina and wife Janie, of Houston; eight very precious nieces and one nephew; numerous other relatives. Funeral Services for Mrs. Glenna Dawson Medina were held Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church with Father Ranjan officiating. Graveside Services followed at 2:30 p.m. in the Brookside Memorial Park in Houston. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Houston County Child Welfare Board, P. O. Box 481, Crockett, Texas 75835. Condolences for Mrs. Medina may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

OTIS C. “BUBBA” WOOTEN
Mr. Otis C. “Bubba” Wooten, age 86, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, teacher, farmer, rancher, civil servant, neighbor and community activist, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Mr. Wooten was born April 27, 1925 in the Thankful Community on the family farm in the house built by his father’s hands, to the late LaVerne and Earl Francis Wooten, Sr. and the brother of the late Lois Frances and Earl (Peach), Jr. After attending Elementary School in his home Community, he attended and graduated from Crockett Colored High School in 1942 and attended Mary Allen College in Crockett. He was drafted into the United States Army Air Corp in October 1943, during World War II. Corporal Wooten trained in Nebraska and colorado and was stationed in Panama City; Florida. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the At and Victory Ribbons and was discharged in 1946. Shortly thereafter, he drove a taxi cab in Houston briefly and soon continued his college career at Prairie View A&M College where he met the love of his life, Elois Lynell Williams from Benchley, Texas. Well known in Houston County for his basketball skills, He quickly won a starting postion on the Pather team where he loved to taunt the opposing team with his half court bombs and quick steps down the lane amid the taller players. He looked back on those days with many fond memories. He never lost his love for the purple and gold. He loved to say, “Once a Panther, Always a Panther.” Mr. Wooten and Eloise were married June, 1949, in Benchley. They and their children Donald and Charlotte made their home in Crockett where the couple most recently celebrated 62 years of marriage. Professionally, He taught agriculture and coached basketball and football in many school districts, including Green Bay HS near Palestine, Central HS near Troup, Lovelady ISD, Center Grove HS, Crockett ISD, Ralph Bunche HS, Davy Crockett HS and Crockett High School. Many students had some fun-filled days working with him. He was always good for a joke or two just to get class started. Most of his students probably remember him saying to some of their classmates, “You Ham, you!” or “Hold on Horsefly!” A strict disciplinarian when necessary, he was not afraid to apply the board of education to the seat of knowledge if needed. Prior to the complete integration of public schools in Crockett, He was the first African American teacher hired at Davy Crockett High in 1966. After serving thirty-three years as a public school teacher, he began a new career as a member of the Houston County Commissioners Court, representing Precinct Three which included which included mostly rural areas in and around Crockett and Lovelady. He spoke often of his camaraderie with other commissioners, including Randall McCullar, Buzzy Bush, Pat Perry and Judge Morgan. A lifelong member of White Rock Methodist Church in Lovelady, He served as the church trustee, Sunday School Superintendent, choir soloist and lay speaker. His other affiliations included the American Legion, the Ralph Bunch Boosters Club, the American Cancer Society, Mary Allen College Board of Directors, the Housing Authority Board, the Draft Board, Future Farmers of America, New Farmers of America, Prairie View Alumni Association, the Evening Wayside Masonic Lodge, Texas State Teachers Association, Can do, the teachers credit union, and many others too numerous to mention. However, he was especially proud to have received the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver award. Like many civic leaders, he often stuck out his neck on behalf of the poor or less fortunate among his fellows citizens. He would speak up for fairness and justice when others would fall silent. An asset to his community, schools and church, He was unique in his ability to make a stranger feel at ease and would strike up a conversation with practically anyone. He shall be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Elois; children Donald and Charlotte; grandson Michon; nieces Barbara Ann, Sandra Kay, Gwendolyn Lois, Andrea, Stefanie, Andie, Kimberly, Gabrielle, Ella, Taylor, Jerusalem, Vivian, Beverly, Helen, Jacqueline, Gwendolyn, Sharon, Cassandra, Fredericka, Carolyn and Michelle; nephews Earl III, Robert W., H. dudley, James Howard, Stephen, Clayton, Earl IV, Wilford, Ladell, Herman, Jr., Larry, Michael, Tommy Jr., George, Jr., James Anthony and Kenneth; sisters-in-law Doris Wooten, Joyce Mitchell, Gloria White, Geraldine Carter and Barbara Dixon; brothers-in-law Richard and Herman Sr. and Freddie Dixon; cousins O’Neil, Terry, Hadnott, Berry, Martin, Ware and Wooten families; friend and ranch manager Jimmy Smith (Charlene). Funeral Services for Mr. Otis C. “Bubba” Wooten were held Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. at White Rock Methodist Church in Lovelady with the Rev. Arnold Harden officiating. Interment Followed. Pallbearers were Anthony Davis, Clayton Scott, Hunter Watson, Freddie Dixon, Earl Wooten IV and Jimmy Smith. Emanuel Funeral Home

MILDRED G. JACKSON
Mrs. Mildred G. Jackson, age 96 of Houston, passed away March 13, 2012 in Houston. Mrs. Jackson was born October 2, 1915. Survivors include her children Shirley Lowery, Roy Jackson, Alice Lohnes and Allen Jackson; several grandchildren great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband Feeland Jackson in 1999. Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Mildred G. Jackson were held Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Davis Cemetery. Condolences for Mrs. Jackson may be left at online obituaries at www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ROY LYNN CHOATE SR.
Mr. Roy Lynn Choate, Sr., age 57 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at his residence. Mr. Choate was born May 3, 1954 in Houston and lived in Houston County for the past 14 years. He was a member of the Tabernacle of Praise in Kennard. Survivors include his wife Deborah Choate, of Crockett; children Rena Green and husband Chris, of Houston, Blue Choate and wife Kandias, Ashley Choate and Amanda Kulms and husband Jerrod, all of Crockett; grandchildren Kaitlyn Green, Logan Green, Ashton (Blue) Choate, Jaden Kulms, Lauryn Green and Landon Green; brother Ray Choate and Ginger, of Bandera; sister Belinda Aldrich; of Conroe; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Funeral Services for Mr. Roy Lynn Choate, Sr. were held Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Grady Gladden and the Rev. Gene Kellum officiating. Interment followed in the Fennell Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice in the Pines or the American Cancer Society. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JOAN (KUEHN) MADDEN
Ms. Joan (Kuehn) Madden, age 67 of Matteson, Illinois entered eternal rest Tuesday, December 20, 2011 and passed away of Chronic Liver Disease. Ms. Madden was born April 4, 1944 in Groveton, Texas to Woodrow and Lula (Tullos) Kuehn. She lived a Full life in the short 67 years she was on earth. Ms. Madden will be deeply missed and always remembered. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Terry and Tracey Stallings, of Splendora; daughter and son-in-law Luann and Jeff Parduhn, of Frankfort, Illinois; four grandchildren Tyler, Jake, Zach, and Lizzie; two sisters Carolyn Monk, of Groveton and Tina Jones, of Latexo; three brothers Joe Mac Kuehn, Glen Kuehn, and John Roland Carper, all of Houston; numerous nephews and nieces Curtis Ray, Julie, Pam, Caron, Bula, Glenda, Michael, Denise, Christopher; and many friends and her pups Little Girl and Little Mack. Preceded in death by her beloved George; sister Brenda Fox; and niece Vanessa Beasley. Per her wishes Ms. Madden was cremated and her ashes will be placed with her beloved George in Baltimore, Maryland and with her family in the Bennett Cemetery in Groveton, Texas.

J. TERRY MORROW
Mr. J. Terry Morrow, age 78 of Lufkin, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2012 in a Lufkin Hospital. Mr. Morrow was born June 10, 1933 in Crockett, Texas to the late Thelma (Knox) and James Glover Morrow. Mr. Morrow had lived in Lufkin since 1974 and was the retired owner of the Morrow Honda dealership. He had been involved in the automobile industry for 38 years, serving on the Board of Directors of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association, as Chairman of the Buick Motor Division Regional Dealers Council, and as President of the Lufkin Automobile Dealers Association. Mr. Morrow was a longtime member of Lufkin’s First United Methodist Church where he served as Chairman of the Church Council, on the Board of Trustees, and as President and Treasurer of the Musslewhite Sunday School Class. He was a Charter Member of Crown Colony Country Club, where he served as the first President of the Men’s Golf Association, on the Board of Directors, as Co-Chairman of the Crown Colony Pro-Am, as a founding Director of the Temple Cup and Senior Temple Cup, and as a member of the Architectural Committee. Mr. Morrow was also very active in the community, serving as President of the Board of Hospice in the Pines, on the Kurth Foundation Board, President of the Lufkin Host Lions Club, on the Angelina Benefit Rodeo Board, and as a member of the Chamber of Commerce. He was a United States Army veteran. Survivors include his son Jim Morrow, of Plano; grandsons Taylor, Zach and Jake Morrow; niece Paula Emmert, of Kingwood; nephew Rick Pennington, of Crockett; numerous of other relatives and a host of friends. Preceding in death by his wife of 48 years, Diana Morrow in January 2011; and sister Esta Faye Pennington. Funeral Services for Mr. J. Terry Morrow were held Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Henderson Chapel of the First United Methodist Church of Lufkin with the Rev. D. Nick Sholars, Senior Pastor, officiating. Interment followed in the in the Sunset Mausoleum in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Taylor Morrow, Zach Morrow, Jake Morrow, James Kerbo, John C. Ramey and Jim Todd. Honorary pallbearers were James Gibbs, Wyatt Leinart, Tom Tayloe, and the members of the Crown Colony Neighborhood Dinner Club. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 805 East Denman Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75901, or to Hospice in the Pines, 1504 West Frank Avenue, Lufkin, Texas 75904. Memories and condolences for Mr. Morrow may be made at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com. Carroway Funeral Home

DORT PRICE
Mr. Dort Price, age 85 of Pearland, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2012 in Pearland. Mr. Price was born November 5, 1926 in Harrison Town, Texas and had lived in Pearland for the past 3 years. Mr. Price was a veteran of the United States Navy having served during World War II. He was a retired operator for Shell Oil Company. Survivors include his wife Cleo Price, of Pearland; children LaVonne Whitesides and husband Johnny, of Rosharon and Crystal Price, of Pearland; grandchildren Lt. Col. Gene Whitesides and wife Michaelle, of Pennsylvania; great-grandchildren Barret Whitesides and Morgan Whitesides, both of Pennsylvania; sister-in-law Ruby Adler and husband Albert, of Crockett; brothers-in-law Dewitt Rains and wife Joyce, Jay Rains and wife Joyce, all of Crockett; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his mother Willie Harrison Price; father Pleas Price; sister Beila Alfred and husband Elzie; grandson Dean Ray Whitesides; sister-in-law Dorothy Rains; brothers-in-law Edwin Rains and Carl H. Rains; father-in-law and mother-in-law Henry and Ada Belle Rains. Funeral Services for Mr. Dort Price were held Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Military Graveside Funeral Services will be held Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. in the South Park Cemetery in Pearland with the Rev. Russell Cravens officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to the Good Shepherd Fellowship Church, 401 S. 7th, Crockett, Texas 75835. Condolences for Mr. Price may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ALINE STRANGE
Mrs. Aline Strange, age 91 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, February 25, 2012 in the Whitehall Nursing Center in Crockett. Mrs. Strange was born September 27, 1920 in Houston County, Texas and had lived in Crockett for over 50 years. Mrs. Strange was a housewife and of the Baptist Faith. Survivors include her sons Curtis Strange, of Lufkin and Jessie Strange, of Crockett; niece Fannie Petty, of Lufkin; and nephew Tommy Beal, of Lufkin. Preceded in death by her husband John C. Strange. Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Aline Strange were held Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery with the Rev. Reggie Gregory officiating. Condolences for Mrs. Strange may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

NELDA MARIE SALMON HEATH
Mrs. Nelda Marie Salmon Heath, age 85, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2012 following a brief illness. Mrs. Heath was born August 18, 1926 in Grapeland, Texas to William Fredrick Salmon and Alice Baker Salmon. She married Fred Hubert Heath in 1945 after he returned home from the military during WWII. They made their home and life together on a farm in the Jones School House Community just north of Crockett. Mrs. Heath was loved by all who knew her. She served her community in many ways over the years. She had been a member of the Latexo Garden Club, Worthy Grand Matron of the Eastern Star and a member of both the VFW and American Legion Ladies Auxiliaries. She was known for her love of life and she was passionate about her family and friends. Mrs. Heath will be greatly missed by all. May she rest in peace with her Lord. Survivors include her one daughter Fredia Hutcherson and son-in-law Bobby, of Crockett; one grandaughter Tracy Hutcherson, of Houston; one brother Winsel Salmon and wife Jan, of Crockett; beloved nieces, nephews and many cherished friends. Preceded in death by her parents William Fredrick Salmon and Alice Baker Salmon; husband of 63 years, Fred Hubert Heath; and an infant child. A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Nelda Marie Salmon Heath will be held Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion or V. F. W. Condolences for Mrs. Heath may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JOE FRIZZELL
Mr. Joe Frizzell, age 81 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2012 in the Houston County Nursing Home. Mr. Frizzell was born October 4, 1930 in Houston County, Texas and had lived in Crockett most of his lifetime. Mr. Frizzell was a farmer and rancher and also worked as a factory worker. He was a member of the South Loop Church of Christ. Survivors include his sister Billie Jean Beard and husband Earl, of Crockett; brother Benford Frizzell and wife Doris, of Crockett; sister-in-law Cora Frizzell, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his parents Myrtle and Joe Frizzell; brothers Ernest “Mutt” Frizzell and Paul “Moody” Frizzell; sisters Jewel DeSmyter and Nell Huff; special uncle Harvey Frizzell; and love of his life Velma Page. Funeral Services for Mr. Joe Frizzell were held Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Michael Gibson officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of Choice. Condolences for Mr. Frizzell may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DOCTOR IRA J. YOUNG JR.
Doctor Ira J. Young Jr., age 92 of Lovelady, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2012 in the Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.Doctor Young was born to Ira and Ella Young in Lovelady on June 28, 1919. He graduated as salutatorian of his class in 1936 and after graduating from Baylor University and Texas Dental College he enlisted in the United States Navy and served from 1943 to 1946. Doctor Young’s dental practice was in Galveston where he served the community for over 30 years. He married Janette Walker of Trinity in 1941 and they enjoyed 69 years together until her death in 2010. In 1986, I. J. and Janette moved back into his Lovelady home. He served as chairman of the committee to create the Lovelady Community Park on the Old School Campus. Doctor Young also was a contributing editor to the Houston County Courier with his frequent articles “Words of Tongue and Pen”, an active member of the Houston County Historical Commission and a lifetime member of the American Dental Association. Doctor Young faithfully attended both Lovelady First Baptist Church and the Lovelady First United Methodist Church. Survivors include his children Cheryl Brien, of Fort Worth, Ira Samuel Young and wife Mary, of Kaneohe, Hawaii and San Antonio and Julia McIntyre, of Lovelady; five grandchildren Jan Davis, Jeff Warren, Dana Moore, Eric McIntyre and Marilee Young; and four great-grandchildren Warren Davis, Autrey Moore, Marcus Moore, Jr. and Ella McIntyre. Preceded in death by his wife Janette Young; and parents Ira and Ella Young. Funeral Services for Doctor Ira J. Young Jr. were held Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Lovelady First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jackie Snarr and the Rev. Mitchell Kleckley officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lovelady First Baptist Church or Lovelady First United Methodist Church. Condolences for Dr. Young may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BERNIECE CHRISTINE JAMES
Mrs. Berniece Christine James, age 88 of Crockett, Texas, left us to be with her Lord Monday, February 27, 2012. Mrs. James was born August 19, 1923, in Beckville, Texas, to Luther and Jessie (Plunkett) Vanderburg and grew up in Houston. On June 7, 1941 , she married Alge Ross James, Jr. Berniece was very proud to have been a member of the Magnolia Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the Tourchlight Community Church of Crockett. She loved cooking, sewing, crocheting and making memories with her family. Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Ross James; their children Fay Irene (Jim) Cannon, Joseph Carl (Shirley Hale) James, and Bradley Ray (Diane) James; five grandchildren James Edward Cannon, Jr., DeLinda Cannon, Christy James Yeats, Bradley James, and Matthew James; numerous great-grandchildren; two brothers Luther Vanderburg and Louis Vanderburg; and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents Luther and Jessie (Plunkett) Vanderburg; brother Johnny Vanderburg; and infant sister Margie Whelchel. Funeral Services for Mrs. Berniece Christine James were held Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Brookside Family Chapel, 13747 Eastex Fwy, Houston, Texas. Interment followed in Brookside Memorial Park. Brookside Funeral Home

NATHAN DALE RODGERS
Mr. Nathan Dale Rodgers, age 60 of Weches, passed away Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at his residence. Mr. Rodgers was born April 21, 1951 in Fort Worth, Texas and had lived in Weches for many years. Mr. Rodgers was a licensed Journeyman Plumber having worked for Jerry Ray Bobbitt. He was an outdoorsman and he never met a stranger. Mr. Rodgers loved small children. Survivors include his sisters Linda Reil and husband James, of Garland, Brenda K. Collinsworth and husband John, of Corsicana and Anita Rodgers Shelton and husband Bob, of Terrell; brothers Larry Rodgers and wife Sherri, of Kentucky and Stephan Rodgers and wife Stephanie, of Forney; brother-in-law Darrell McClung, of Forney; aunt Robbie Rodgers, of Weches; cousins Essie Kellum and husband Kennon, of Weches, Severn Rodgers and wife Neta Jane, of Weches; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his parents Joe and Delores Rodgers; sister Marsha McClung; and brother Paul James Rodgers. Memorial Services for Mr. Nathan Dale Rodgers were held Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. in the Weches Pentecostal Church. Condolences for Mr. Rodgers may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MARY TAMSEY COOK
Mrs. Mary Tamsey Cook, age 74 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at her residence with her husband and her friend, Wanda Sheppard by her side. Mrs. Cook was born September 25, 1937 in McDowell County, West Virginia and had lived in Crockett for the past 6 years. Mrs. Cook was a housewife and attended the Assembly of God Church. Survivors include her loving, devoted husband of 48 years, Fred Wallace Cook; brother Otis Anglin, of Columbus, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews who dearly loved her and will miss her. Preceded in death by her parents Fred and Martha Anglin; five brothers; and two sisters. Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Tamsey Cook were held Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in the Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Hendersonville Tennessee. Interment followed in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Goodlettsville, Tennessee. Condolences for Mrs. Cook may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DOROTHY VERNON SANDERS WATKINS
Mrs. Dorothy Vernon Sanders Watkins, age 85 of Trinity, passed away, early Sunday morning, January 22, 2012 at her home in Trinity. Mrs. Watkins was born November 25, 1926 in Houston County, Texas to Vernon and Louise (Leediker) Sanders. Mrs. Watkins received her teaching degree from Sam Houston Teacher’s College in Huntsville and her Master’s of Education from Texas Women’s University in Denton. After a brief stint of teaching English at Colmesniel High School, she married the love of her life, Buford Marvin Watkins, in 1952. She, then, became a homemaker, raising their two children. Survivors include her son Bruce Watkins and wife Debbie, of Crosby; daughter Paula Ruth Ciota and husband Matthew, of Buda; grandson Ben Veazey; brother Howard Sanders and wife Betty; numerous other relatives and friends. Funeral Services for Mrs. Dorothy Vernon Sanders Watkins will be held Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home Chapel at 203 San Jacinto Street in Trinity with the Rev. Leroy Brown officiating. Graveside Services will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Crockett. Mrs. Watkins will be laid to rest beside her husband. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

KELCIE HOPKINS
Mr. Kelcie Hopkins, age 98 of Bedias, passed away Friday, January 20, 2012 in the Riverwood Healthcare in Madisonville. Mr. Hopkins was born October 17, 1913 in Dierks, Arkansas. Mr. Hopkins was a veteran of the United States Army having served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He was a member of the Bobby Twitty Am Vet Post # 105 in Bedias. Mr. Hopkins was a retired boiler operator and a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include his daughter Karla Hardamon and husband Lonnie, of Bedias; grandchildren John C. Hopkins and wife Carrie, of Montgomery, Stephanie Hardamon, of Bedias and Misty Elesby and husband Mike, of Houston; great-grandchildren Kindra and Coleton; sister-in-law Lydia Grady, of Malakoff; nieces Pam Akens, of Roswell, New Mexico, Cindy Jackson, of Malakoff and Jane Finch, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; great-nieces Emily Aaron, Audra Aaron and Angela Jackson, all of Malakoff. Preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Judy Hopkins in 2000; and son, John Hopkins in 2002. Military Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Kelcie Hopkins were held Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the New Energy Cemetery with the Rev. Steve Meadows officiating. Condolences for Mr. Hopkins may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MILDRED BOLTON
Mrs. Mildren Bolton, age 86 of Jacksonville, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2012 in Tyler. Mrs. Bolton was born June 3, 1925 in Maydelle, Texas. Mrs. Bolton was a member of Central Baptist Church, Jacksonville and was retired from Waller Broadcasting. Survivors include her daughters Brenda Pepin, of Jacksonville and Cathy Merriwether, of Crockett; sister Vera Mae Barton, of Corvallis, OR; three grandchildren and spouses Martin Pepin and Laeil, April Mamigonian and Jacques and Ashley Merriwether; three great-grandchildren Travis, Abbie Joy and Trenton; several nieces and nephews; and special friends Iris Smith and George Crawford, both of Jacksonville. Preceded in death by her husband Ennis Bolton; and five sisters Laverne King, Bernice Baumberger, Evelyn Sherman, Edith French and Soleta Tackett Funeral Services for Mrs. Mildred Bolton were held Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with the Rev. Darin Wood and the Rev. Jim Tom Ainsworth officiating. Interment followed in Resthaven Memorial Park in Jacksonville. Pallbearers will be Martin Pepin, Travis Pepin, Johnny Merriwether, George Crawford, Paul Bozeman, Stanley Smith and Vincent Smith. Honorary Pallbearers will be Albert King, Joe French, Dwayne French, Ed Lovelady and Wilson Folden. Autry Funeral Home

HAROLD DENMAN LUCE JR.
Mr. Harold Denman Luce, Jr., age 62 of Pharr, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at McAllen Heart Hospital. Mr. Luce was born October 25, 1949 to Earline and Harold Denman Luce, Sr. After wedding his love Kathy Hermes they settled in Pharr, Texas to raise their family. He served for 30 years as a produce inspector for the USDA and happily retired in 2005. He was lovingly known as the “idea man” by his family and loved doing creative projects and writing poetry. “Laughter through tears, my favorite emotion” Survivors include his wife Kathy Luce; children Georgia and Moses Gunesch and Sarah and Joshua Hansen; mother and step-father Earline and G. C. Shanks; sister and brother in law Dianne and Mike Taylor; and numerous loving family members and devoted friends. Memorial Services for Mr. Harold Deman Luce, Jr. were held Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Skinner Silva Funeral Home on West Sam Houston in Pharr. Graveside Funeral Services were held Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the New Energy Cemetery. The family suggest memorial donations be made in his name to the New Energy Cemetery Association, 9270 State Hwy 21 East, Crockett, TX 75835. Condolences for Mr. Luce may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ESTELLE GAIDA TEMPLE
Ms. Estelle Gaida Temple, age 96 of Austin, passed away Friday, January 13, 2012. Ms. Temple was born on January 29, 1915, in Marlin, Texas, to Wilber Gafford and Pearl Smith Gafford. Survivors include her daughter Cynthia Jackson (Ewell); grandchildren Lori Garrison (John), James “Brook” Brookshire (Julie), Crissy Brookshire; step-grandchildren E.H. Jackson IV (Leslie), James Jackson (Rachel); and six great-grandchildren. Private family services will be held. Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home

RUBY B. FRIZZELL
Mrs. Ruby B. Frizzell, age 96, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2012. Mrs. Frizzell was born April 2, 1915 in Houston. She was a member of White Oak Baptist Church and retired from Memorial High School at the age of 70. Survivors include her children Derwood Felton, Janice Perkins, Arlene Papke and Debra McElhany Wappler and husband Keith; brothers-in-law Joe Cecil Frizzell and Benford Frizzell and wife Doris; sisters-in-law Billie Jean Beard and husband Earl and Cora Frizzell; grandchildren Todd Perkins, Kenneth Perkins and wife Carla, Donna Dean, Scooter Felton and wife Tammy, Theresa Schlichter and husband Eric and Natalie McElhany and friend Billy Chastain; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband Paul “Moody”; her parents; brothers; and sisters. Funeral Services for Mrs. Ruby B. Frizzell were held Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Woodlawn Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Woodlawn Garden of Memories. Woodlawn Funeral Home

BRO. HAROLD SHIRLEY
Bro. Harold Shirley, age 76, of Crockett, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2012 at his residence. Bro. Shirley was born January 20, 1935 in Coryell County, Texas and was a resident of Crockett since 1977, previously living in Oglesby, Texas. Bro. Shirley was the Pastor of Austonio Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife Patsy Shirley, of Crockett; sons Jeff Shirley and wife Pam, of Heath, Terry Shirley and wife Janita, of Crockett and Aaron Shirley and wife Mary, of Rockwall; grandchildren Amanda Authement and husband Philip, of Rockwall, Nick Shirley, of Dallas, Melissa Shirley, of Waco, Jessica Shirley, of Jacksonville, Jeremie Shirley, John Ryan Shirley, both of Crockett, Nicolas Shirley and Mathew Shirley, both of Rockwall; brothers Carroll Shirley and wife Jane, of Gatesville, Joe Frank Shirley, Billy Don Shirley, both of Waco, Eugene Shirley and wife Linda, of Moody, Wayne Shirley and wife J, of San Antonio; sister Nita Ruth Schaub and husband Reid, of Lampasas; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his parents Joe Frank and Ruth Shirley; and sister Gladys Lowery. Funeral Services for Bro. Harold Shirley were held Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Central Baptist Church with the Rev. Clint Lowery and the Rev. John Goss officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. Condolences for Bro. Shirley may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

PAULA ANN TARVER
Mrs. Paula Ann Tarver, age 64, of Crockett, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2012 at her residence. Mrs. Tarver was born December 15, 1947 in Ville Platte, Louisiana and had lived the past 7 years in Crockett. Mrs. Tarver was a retired L.V.N. and was a member of the Grapeland Baptist Church. Survivors include her sons Hollis Scott, Jr. and wife Shannon, of Pooler, Georgia and Jason Tarver, of Crockett; step-son Austin Tarver and wife Susan, of Pittsburg; step-daughters Elouise Sims and husband Robert, of Center Hill, Florida, Sherry Hill, of Pasadena and Terry Tarver, of Kerrville; grandchildren Hope Tarver, Christina Tarver and McKayla Scott; numerous other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Hollis; and son Christopher Tarver. Condolences for Mrs. Tarver may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JAMES BUFORD BOWMAN SR.
Mr. James Buford Bowman, Sr., age 70 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2012 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Bowman was born September 18, 1941 in Holly Ridge, Louisiana and was a resident of Crockett since 1981. Mr. Bowman was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Vietnam War. He had worked as a cementer and was a member of the Harvest Church. Survivors include his wife Irma Mae Bowman, of Crockett; sons James Bowman, Jr. and wife Zeena, of League City, Joseph Bowman and wife Betina and Jevon Bowman, all of Crockett; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; mother Vera Bowman, of Crockett; brother Dennis Bowman and wife Judy, of Crockett; step-children Bonita Carpenter and husband David, of Grapeland Wonda Corcoran and husband Buddy, of Huntsville and Hubert Conarroe and wife Missy, of Lovelady; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his father Buford Bowman. Funeral Services for Mr. James Buford Bowman, Sr. were held Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jessie Taylor and the Rev. Dennis Ivey officiating. Interment followed in the Rockland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Food Bank, P.O. Box 6974 Tyler, Texas 75711or the Food Pantry at Harvest Church, 1403 E. Loop 304, Crockett, Texas 75835. Condolences for Mr. Bowman may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

 

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