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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of May 13, 2007 - May 20, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company



ANN MORGAN CROWSON
Mrs. Ann Morgan Crowson, age 86 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2007 in the Whitehall Nursing Center in Crockett. Mrs. Crowson was born May 24, 1920 in Alabama and was a resident of Crockett for the past 30 years. Mrs. Crowson was retired having worked as a waitress and was a member of the American Legion Women's Auxiliary. Mrs. Crowson was also a member of the Country Side Baptist Church.
Survivors include her son Mel Williamson, of Crockett; step-sons Cliff, Perry and Stewart Turman, of Houston; grandchildren Rita Daigrepont, of Cumming, Ga., Anita Moore, of Conroe, Melody Mueller, of Porter, Mark Williamson, Kevin Williamson and Rachael Moore, all of Houston; 13 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; sisters Billie Joe Spinks, of Palestine, Maydell Strange, of Crockett; brother Bennie Morgan, of Lufkin.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Ann Morgan Crowson were held Saturday, April 14, at 2:00 p.m. in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grant A Wish, P. O. Box 3013, Conroe, TX.  77305. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BETTY JEAN SANDERS
Mrs. Betty Jean Sanders, age 64 of Freeport, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Friday, April 6, 2007. Mrs. Sanders was born February 24, 1943, in Vidor, Texas.
Mrs. Sanders was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister.  Mrs. Sanders volunteered at O. A. Fleming Elementary School on 4th Street in Freeport for several years, and also worked at the Freeport Hospital, was a dietitian at Woodlake Nursing Home in Clute and later became a receptionist.
Mrs. Sanders brought joy and happiness everywhere she went. Mrs. Sanders always had a smile on her face, and was a very strong and devoted person.  Mrs. Sanders would take in kids that had no place to go. Mrs. Sanders was a very active member of West End Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband Glenn R. Sanders; daughters Theresa Haagensen and husband Pat, Annie Crank and husband Lee, Glenda Brady and husband Matt, Wilda Staley and Junior Morales; grandchildren Mandi and Devin Chitty, Jennifer Dolezal-Haagensen, Sean Tisdale, Jr., Matt Brady, Jr., Trey Crank, Kevin Brady, Richard Haagensen, Chris Brady, Melinda Tisdale, Lisa Sanders, Roger Haagensen, Brittney Sanders, Emalee Crank and Darrell Murrell; great-grandchildren Kyle and Kirk Chitty, Addonniss Haagensen; sisters and brothers Daisy  Bennett and husband, Bill, Letha Mae Marsh and husband James, Dock Minter, John Minter and wife, Ann; sister-in-law Glenda Minter; and many other loving relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Dorothy Minter; and brother Lawrence Minter, Jr.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Betty Jean Sanders were held at Monday, April 9, at 10:00 a.m. at Stroud Funeral Home. Interment followed in the New Energy Cemetery in Crockett.
Stroud Funeral Home

BILLY JOE SMITH

Mr. Billy Joe Smith, age 76 of Grapeland, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Smith was born November 30, 1930 in Fort Worth, Texas to H. H. "Buddy" Smith and Dorothy Grace Kent Smith.
When he was about a year old the family returned to Grapeland where Billy attended school graduating with the Grapeland High School class of 1947. After graduation he attended East Texas Baptist College for two years before joining the U. S. Air Force in 1951.
Mr. Smith made a career of the U. S. Air Force serving in the field of Flight Medicine and staying for 20 years retiring in 1972. Mr. Smith served on bases in Wichita Falls, Austin, Clovis, NM, San Antonio, Orlando, FL, Goldsboro, NV, Anchorage, AK, as well as overseas tours in England and Taiwan. 
In 1959 he married Helen Quarles, also a native of Grapeland at Ellington AFB Houston. After Billy retired from the Air Force he moved his family to Houston, working for Brown and Root in their First Aid and Safety Department, taking college courses at night receiving an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from San Jacinto College, Pasadena, Texas. 
In 1979 Mr. Smith and Helen moved back to Grapeland and purchased Wilson's Stop and Shop renaming it Smitty's Stop and Shop which they owned and operated 19 years until Mr. Smith's health began to fail and they sold the business.  Mr. Smith's family was the main focus in his life. Mr. Smith was a loving grandfather, father, husband and brother.
Mr. Smith was a lifetime member of the VFW #15045 and the DAV Tx-63. Mr. Smith was part of the East Texas Tres Dias Community and a member of Wayside Bible Church.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Helen Smith, of Grapeland; daughters Tami and husband Ray Bruner, of Crockett, Suzie and husband Ronnie LaRue, of Lovelady; son Mark Smith, of Spring; grandsons Vance Bruner, Landon LaRue, both of College Station, Colton LaRue, of Lovelady, Evan Bruner, of Crockett, Malachi Smith, of Spring; granddaughters Jennifer Corcoran, of Baytown, Raechell Bruner, of College Station, Ashley Smith, of San Antonio, Lyndsey LaRue, of Lovelady and Adrianna Smith, of Spring; step-grandchildren Brooklyn Scott and Alexander Scott; sister Anne and husband Jack Spence, of Grapeland; nieces Stacy Skeen, of Grapeland and Stephanie Spears, of Grapeland; nephew Michael Guercio and wife Kit, of Grapeland.
Preceded in death by his parents, H. H. "Buddy" Smith and Dorothy Smith.
Funeral Services for Mr. Billy Joe Smith were held Saturday, March 31, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Dr. A. Charles Allen and the Rev. Scott Matthews officiating.  Interment followed in the Parker Cemetery in Grapeland.
Donations may be made to National Kidney Foundation 30 East 33rd St., New York, New York 10016 or Wayside Bile Church Building Fund 1245 E. Goliad, Crockett, TX.  75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

CAROLYN STUBBLEFIELD
Mrs. Carolyn Stubblefield, age 69, of Kennard passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2007 in the Hospice in the Pines in Lufkin. Mrs. Stubblefield was born July 25, 1937 in Houston County and was a lifetime resident of Kennard. Mrs. Stubblefield was married to Leon Stubblefield on February 15, 1957 and they were married for 50 years. Mrs. Stubblefield was a housewife and a member of the Mt. Olive Church in Kennard where she served as church secretary for 30 years.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Leon Stubblefield, of Kennard; son and daughter-in-law Terry and Brenda Stubblefield, of Kennard; grandchildren Mandy Stubblefield, of Tyler, Trevor Stubblefield, of Kennard; mother Eva Gene Wilmeth, of Palestine; brothers Bobby Wilmeth, of Grapeland, Gene Wilmeth, of Abilene; sisters Nancy Latham, of Onalaska, Rita Salmon, of Elkhart, Linda Poole, of Hinesville, Ga., Joy Corman, of Palestine, Dorothy Ledford, of Freeport, Josephine Rains, of Leonard; brother-in-law Cleon Stubblefield and wife Diane, of Kennard; sister-in-law Nell Stubblefield, of Kennard; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her father Cody Langley; father-in-law and mother-in-law Gorden and Tecie Stubblefield; sisters Mary Castro and Sherry Boone; and brother-in-law Cleveland Stubblefield.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Carolyn Stubblefield were held Friday, April 27, at 2:00 p.m. in the Mt. Olive Church in Kennard with the Rev. John Smith and the Rev. Larry Bruce officiating.  Interment followed Jim English Cemetery. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Olive Church Building Fund.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DORIS VONDRA MILLICAN
Mrs. Doris Vondra Millican, age 72 of Huntsville, passed away Friday, April 6, 2007 in the Huntsville Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Millican was born March 7, 1935 in Lovelady and had lived in Huntsville for the past 27 years. Mrs. Millican was a member of the American Legion Post #618 in Willis and also a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Crockett.
Survivors include her husband Billy Millican, of Huntsville; children Linda Smith and husband Melvin, of Grapeland, Norma Fuson and husband Gary, of New Waverly, Billy Jeffery Millican, of Ga., James Rains and wife Ginger, of Huntsville, Calvin Millican and wife Tammy, of Crockett, Melinda Woolley and husband Bubba, of Lovelady; grandchildren Laurie, Melissa, Jason, Julie, Gary, Crystal, Billy, Marcus, Jamie Gail, Joshua, C. J., Danny, Ketrina, Tasha, and Chandra; great-grandchildren Ashton, Veda, Alex, Keaira, Angel, Kirstyn, Ayden, and Kaylee; brother Jimmy Vondra and wife Pat, of Crystal Beach; sisters Mary Ann Millican and Jean Davenport, both of Crockett.
Preceded in death by her parents Joe Vondra and Annie Vondra Steffek; step-father Tom Steffek; brothers Charlie Vondra and Joe Frank Vondra, Jr.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Doris Vondra Millican were held Monday, April 9, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Terry Gibson officiating. Interment followed in the Center Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Michelle Lynn Holsey Foundation, P. O. Box 652, Crockett, TX.  75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

EARL BRIDGES
Mr. Earl Bridges, age 80 of Lovelady, after a long illness passed away Monday, April 23, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mr. Bridges was born December 6, 1926 in Houston County and was raised in Pearsons Chapel. Mr. Bridges had been living in the Lovelady area for the past 30 years. Mr. Bridges was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served during World War II. Mr. Bridges was retired from the Lovelady I. S. D. where he had worked in the maintenance department and was also a rancher. Mr. Bridges had attended the Lovelady Antioch Baptist Church. Mr. Bridges will be truly missed by many family members and friends.
Survivors include his wife Agnes Lorraine Bridges, of Lovelady; sons Kenneth Bridges and wife Nancy, of Needville, Jon Bridges and wife Sara, of Houston; daughter Sharon Jenkins and husband Bob, of Sugar Land; grandchildren Kenny Bridges II and wife Sharon, of Killeen, Crystal Smith and husband Robert, of Houston, Amanda Maddings, of Sugar Land, Sgt. Ryan Maddings, of Oceanside, Calif.; six great-grandchildren; sisters Eloise Adams and husband Walter, of Kennard, Joyce Adams and husband Chester, Hilda Adams and husband Mack and Geraldine Gardner, all of Lovelady; brother Garland Bridges and wife Nancy of Spring; sisters-in-law Juanita Bridges, of Lovelady and Sandra Bridges of Sulphur Springs; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his brothers Howard Bridges and Terrell Bridges.
Funeral Services for Mr. Earl Bridges were held Thursday, April 26, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Charles Butler officiating.
Military graveside services followed at 3:00 p.m. in the Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

EVVIE (JO) BEARD
Mrs. Evvie (Jo) Beard age 76 of Lufkin, passed away Monday, April 23, 2007 in the Parkwood Place Nursing Home in Lufkin. Mrs. Beard was born September 20, 1930 in Crockett and was a resident of Parkwood Place Nursing Home in Lufkin. Mrs. Beard was retired having worked as a nurse's aide and was also a housewife. Mrs. Beard attended the Kelty's Methodist Church in Lufkin.
Survivors include her daughter Sue Morgan and husband Ray, of Lufkin; grandchildren Rodney Leatherwood, Charlie Stephan Beard, Sherry Lynn Hamlin and husband Kindal, of Santa Fe, N. M., Lori Ann Brown and husband Donald, of Lufkin, Michael Baldwin Beard and wife Vanessa, of Nacogdoches, LaTisha Marie Lane and husband John, of Lufkin, Carl Wayne Beard, of Pittsburg; great-grandchildren Meredith Sheree Allbright, Michele Brown, Morgan Raeanne Brown, Jordan Beard, Malori Kaitlyn Brown, Tyler Sage Hamlin; twin sister Effie (Billie) Self, of Kountze; sister-in-law Mary Rider, of Palestine; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Roy and Polly Beard, of Crockett; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Charlie E. Beard; and son Charlie B. Beard.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Evvie (Jo) Beard were held Thursday, April 26, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Reverend Jacquelyn Snarr and the Reverend Ottis Byers officiating. Interment followed in the New Energy Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 116 South Raguet, Lufkin, TX. 75904.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

FRANCES HAYNES
Mrs. Frances Haynes, age 60 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2007 in the Whitehall Nursing Center in Crockett. Mrs. Haynes was born November 9, 1946 in Houston County and was a resident of Crockett for the past 40 years. Mrs. Haynes was the past State and National Champion of the Women's International Bowling Club and was a member of the Red Hats Society. Mrs. Haynes had worked and was an employee of Allee's Jewelry and Knox Furniture Store in Crockett. Mrs. Haynes had also worked as a caregiver and was a member of the Westside Baptist Church in Crockett. 
Survivors include her husband Bobby Haynes, of Crockett; daughter Debra Gambill and husband Rocky, of Palestine; son Steve Haynes and wife Sandra, of Crockett; grandchildren Hillary Regester, of Palestine, Luke Haynes and Joni Haynes, both of Crockett; mother Eloise Harrington, of Crockett; brother Bobby Harrington and wife Joyce, of Friendswood; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her father Bob Harrington.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Frances Haynes were held Tuesday, April 24, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Steve Meadows and the Rev. Burl Humphrey officiating. Interment followed in the Latexo Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the E. T. M. C. Cancer Support Group, P.O. Box 1129, Crockett, TX.  75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

FRANCES LORENE STRANGE STOWE
Mrs. Frances Lorene Strange Stowe, age 75 of Liberty, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2007 at home after an extended illness. Mrs. Stowe was born September 29, 1931 in Crockett to Jewel Francis and Ethel Sepmoree Strange. Mrs. Stowe was a member of the Latexo High School class of 1947. Mrs. Stowe married her husband of 54 years on June 7, 1947 and had been a resident of this area for the past 48 years.
Survivors include her daughter Jennifer Hutchins, of Liberty; grandchildren Joel and Lori Hutchins, of Houston and Brent Hutchins of Liberty; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents Jewel Francis and Ethel Sepmoree Strange; and husband Johnnie Stowe.
Graveside Services for Mrs. Frances Lorene Strange Stowe were held Tuesday, April 24, at 2:00 p.m. at Cooke Cemetery with the Rev. Jeff Day officiating.
Pace-Stancil Funeral Home-Dayton

HARRY D. THOMAS
Mr. Harry D. Thomas, age 84 of Crockett passed away on Friday, April 13, 2007 in Hardin. Mr. Thomas was born in Athens on September 2, 1922 to his late parents, Frank M. and Lucy Add Thomas. Mr. Thomas was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Army. In 1945, he married Betty Jean Evans in Crockett at Central Baptist Church. Together they raised 10 children. Mr. Thomas retired for Hudson Engineering in 1978 and moved to Crockett where he spent the rest of life enjoying farming, ranching and his grandchildren. Mr. Thomas was a member of the Old Arbor Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Betty Thomas, of Crockett; children Laura Webb and husband Jessie, of Groesbeck, Lucy Webb and husband Mike, of Hardin, Dottie Winters and husband Albert, of Crockett, Idus Edwards and husband Ray, of Harleton, Harry Thomas, of Kilgore, Frank Thomas and wife Sheilia, of Crockett, Deborah Woolsey and husband Jack, of Mo., John Thomas and wife Miket, of Crockett, Billy Thomas and wife Lisa, of Cold Springs, Tommy Thomas and wife Lucinda, of Palestine; 27 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister Mable Wells of Quitman.
Preceded in death by his parents Frank M. and Lucy Add Thomas; and brothers, W. F. (Hank) Thomas and Verdie C. Thomas.
Funeral Services for Mr. Harry D. Thomas were held Sunday, April 15, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Goss officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MARIE YARGER KIRKSEY
Mrs. Marie Yarger Kirksey, age 29 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mrs. Kirksey was born November 15, 1977 in Mesa, Arizona and had lived in Crockett for the past 8 years. Mrs. Kirksey was a mother and housewife. Mrs. Kirksey was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Crockett where she served as the children's Sunday school teacher, taught with AWANA's, helped with the Children's Choir, taught in Vacation Bible School and was member of the Church Choir. Mrs. Kirksey volunteered at school by reading to children and was also a member of the Mom's Club.
Survivors include her husband Kenny Kirksey, of Crockett; daughters Brianna Nicole Kirksey, Chloe Elizabeth Kirksey and Sophie Gabrielle Kirksey, all of Crockett; mother Sherry Yarger, of Tigard, Ore.; father John Yarger and wife Lori, of Vancouver, Wash.; mother-in-law Sharon Kirksey, of Crockett; brothers and sisters-in-law Sean and April Yarger, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Mark and Dodie Yarger and Chris White, all of Vancouver, Wash.; grandfather Gene George, of Yakima, Wash.; sister-in-law Carla Miles and husband Jonathan, of Oakwood, Ga.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her father-in-law Carl Kirksey; grandmother Marie George; grandfather Robson Yarger and grandmother Loretta Yarger.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Marie Yarger Kirksey were held Wednesday, May 2, at 2:00 p.m. in the Central Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. John Goss officiating.  Interment followed in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Marie Kirksey Memorial Fund C/O Central Baptist Church, 102 North Seventh Street, Crockett, TX.  75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BOONIE WOOLLEY
Mrs. Boonie Woolley, age 100 of Shady Grove, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2007 in the Houston County Nursing Home. Mrs. Woolley was born November 8, 1906 in Houston County and was a lifetime resident of Shady Grove. Mrs. Woolley was a homemaker and a member of the Shady Grove First Baptist Church.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law Charles and Mildred Woolley, of Dallas, Ramon and LaMona Woolley, Dan and Gaylia Woolley, all of Crockett, Jerry and Kay Woolley, of Conroe; daughter-in-law Billie Woolley; 14 grandchildren Cynthia, Sandra, Charla, Chuck, Vernon, Linda, Elita, Randy, Leslie, Tommy Jr., Kathy, Warren, Tommy and Wendell; 28 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; sisters Nollie Woolley, of Crockett, Eunice McCelvey and husband Doyle, of San Marcos; sister-in-law Mae Ellisor, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by husband Jesse A. Woolley; son Thomas Edward Woolley, Sr.; sisters Winnie Mae Moffitt and Helen Woolley; and brother, Walter Ellisor, Jr.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Boonie Woolley were held Tuesday, May 1, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Stephen Parrish and the Rev. Tommy Woolley, Jr. officiating.  Interment followed in the Shady Grove Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

NORMA TALLEY CLANCY ROOP
Mrs. Norma Talley Clancy Roop, of Crockett, formerly of Tyler, lost her courageous battle with cancer on Monday, April 16, 2007 at the age of 82. The first of five children, Norma was born on September 12, 1924, in Mobile, Alabama, to William and Hazel Clancy. 
Mrs. Roop grew up in Denison where she played her beloved cornet for the Denison H.S. Yellow Jacket Marching Band. After graduating high school, she went on to graduate from Draughn's Business College in Denison. Mrs. Roop was a bookkeeper and a homemaker.
Mrs. Roop married the love of her life, John Wallis Roop, on June 30, 1956, in Dallas, Texas. Mrs. Roop spent her life loving and caring for her family with an intensity that could have only come from God. Mrs. Roop was loved and will be missed with that same intensity.
Mrs. Roop always made sure that anybody and everybody felt welcome in her home. Mrs. Roop loved to cook and cook she did and she would not allow you to leave hungry!  Mrs. Roop also loved to play golf and board games and she worked the hard crossword puzzles in INK!  Mrs. Roop created many crochet and ceramic masterpieces that are treasured by those fortunate enough to have received them as gifts. 
Mrs. Roop is now in her final, glorious home with her Lord and all of the loved ones that went before her. 
Survivors include her loving and devoted husband John Wallis Roop, of Crockett; children Dallas Fitzgerald and husband Bobby, of Tyler, Shirley Ann Griswold and husband Dave, of Boynton Beach, Fla. and John Clancy Roop and wife Ada, of Crockett; sisters Betty Jean Loomis and Patsy Jo Smith, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her parents William Atwood Clancy, Sr. and Hazel Inez Sigler Clancy, of Winnsboro; daughter Vicki Jo Crump, of Sulphur Springs; granddaughters Tammy Michelle Joyce, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Norma Ann Gore, of Mo.; brother William Atwood Clancy, Jr., of Port Arthur; and sister Mary Ann Gunther, of Phoenix, Ariz.
There will be a private memorial service at Marvin United Methodist Church with the Reverend Gary Bagley officiating.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

CHARLES MONROE "CHUKK" CONLEY
God has taken from our midst our son, our brother, a grandchild, nephew, cousin, and our friend, in Mr. Charles Monroe Conley. Those closest to him called him Monroe. Friends and schoolmates called him "Chukk."
Charles Monroe Conley was born to parents Mr. Charles Edward Conley and Mrs. Gloria Kennard Conley on the blessed 27th day of December, 1978 at Memorial Hospital in Lufkin, Texas. He was reared at home as a child to love and serve the Lord. As a child, he attended Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Henry R. Lovelady and the late Rev. Howard Hamilton.
Later he attended services at the Church of the Living God in Groveton, TX. and Williams Chapel Church of the Living God in Crockett with his grandmother, Eldress Ruth Lipscomb. Wherever needed or wanted, he shared his gift as a drummer and on occasion his testimony in song "I Won't Complain," As a youth, he played Little Dribblers. As a teenager, he excelled in choir, band, and as a football manager at Crockett High School. He was a hard worker and easy to get along with on any job; Northcutt, Wal-Mart, and Texas Home Health.
He leaves to celebrate his life his loving parents of 28 years, devoted mother; Gloria Conley and caring father; Charles Edward Conley, two sisters; Charisse Antoinette Conley Gardner and husband Pastor Jorge Luis Gardner of Huntsville, TX., Charla Annette Conley and special friend Mike Jenkins of Houston, TX., two play brothers; Billy Nix (Camilla) of Houston, George Davis, Jr. (Melissa) of Crockett, grandmother; Eldress Ruth Lipscomb of Crockett, grand-aunts; Gladys Johnson and Iona Littles of Houston, aunts; Vera and Dr. Vernon Hickerson of Groveton, Sylvia and Raymond Lee of Lufkin, TX., Berta and Willie Henderson of Crockett, Corine Miller of Ft. Worth, TX., Ardell and Ercell Cunningham of Dallas, TX., play aunt; Janice and James O'Neal of Houston, uncles; Raymond and Carolyn Lipscomb of Groveton, Lonny R. and Josie Lipscomb of Crockett, Johnny R. Lipscomb of Groveton, Stanley J. Kennard of Rapid City, South Dakota, R.L. and Lesie Kennard, Sr. of Seagoville, TX., Jeffery Jones of Crockett, Marvin "Bud" Todd of Houston, special friend; Marshandala McDaniel and family of Crockett, Best friends; Shannon Runnels, Joe Martin, Jim Anderson, numerous other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Annecia Charlette Conley, play sister, Lisa Nix, aunt Edna Conley Todd, uncles, R.L., Harold, and Bubba Conley, William "Tighteye" Kennard, Jim Ed Kennard, and Daniel Kennard, Sr., maternal grandfather, Edgar Kennard, paternal grandparents, John Monroe Conley and Creola Conley.
Funeral Services for Charles Monroe "Chukk" Conley were held Saturday, April 21, 2007 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church 906 North Sixth Street Crockett, TX. With Rev. Earl Harris, Pastor and Rev. Cornelius Harbin, Eulogist.
Active Casketbearers were Shannon Runnels, Joe Martin, George Davis, Jr., Rodney Seastrunk, Jim Anderson, Rigoberto Castro, Tyrone Smith and Joseph Porter.
Honorary Casketbearers were Kenneth Lee, Doranner "Pistol" Legington, Willie "Lil Willie" Love, Jr., Jermaine "Papa" Matlock, Phele Wilson, Josh Davis, JuLouis Patton and Boderick Guinn.
McClain-Clebourn Funeral Services

FRANCES DUNN
Mrs. Frances Dunn, age 85 of Longview, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2007 in Longview. Mrs. Dunn was born July 25, 1921 in Creek to James and Pat Dawson and had been a resident of Longview since 1946.
After graduating from Austonio High School, she attended Sam Houston University, where she met and later married Ralph Andrew Dunn.
Mrs. Dunn was a homemaker and a volunteer at Good Shepherd Medical Center. Mrs. Dunn was a member of Mobberly Baptist Church where she was the Jr. High Department Director and a Sunday school teacher. Mrs. Dunn severed on several committee's, including the pastor search committee that brought Dr. Laney Johnson to Longview.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Patricia and Edwin Poorman, of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; son Andy Dunn, of Longview; grandchildren Shane Poorman and wife Stephanie and Heather Dunn; great-grandchildren Benjamin and Kaytlin Poorman.
Preceded in death by her parents James and Pat Dawson; husband Ralph Andrew Dunn; and brother J.E. Dawson.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Frances Dunn were held Saturday, April 21, in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home in Longview with the Reverend Scott Schulik officiating. Interment followed in Lakeview Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Texas Home Health Hospice, 3220 North 4th St., Suite 101, Longview, TX. 75605-5143.
A memorial guestbook may be signed at www.raderfh.com.
Leroy Rader Funeral Home

PRESTON "PETE" WHITE
Preston "Pete" White was born September 1, 1938 to Legora and the late Charlie White in Augusta, Texas. He attended W.R. Banks High School in Grapeland. Preston was an avid farmer, he loved to till his garden, plant crops, and raise animals. His true passion in life was operating heavy equipment. He was a master at site preparation with a dozier, mechanics, building, and a pioneer in the old methods of food preparation.
Life's departure was on April 1, 2007 at his home surrounded by loved ones.
He was also preceded in death by 7 siblings: Ruthie Marie, Betty, Norma Jean, Stella Mae, Charles, Rommie Lee, and James, 3 children; Tonya Gale, Kathy, and Daryl Sr.
Survivors are; wife Joyce Williams, Crockett, 7 children; Cathy Bailey and husband Charles of Houston, Jeffery White of Crockett, Preston White and wife Ethel of Palestine, Elizabeth Thomas and husband Alan of Huntsville, Sheila Williams of Houston, Maurice Hampton and wife Barbara, Michael Hampton of Crockett, mother; Sis. Legora White of Crockett, sister; Barbee Harrington and husband Lonnie of Odessa, numerous grand and great-grandchildren that called him "Papa Jack," several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral Services were held Saturday, April 7, 2007, 11 am, St. Luke Baptist Church, 315 South 2nd, Crockett, Rev. R.P. Taylor, pastor, Elder Norris White, eulogist. He was laid to rest in Post Oak Cemetery, Augusta Community, Grapeland, TX.
Casketbearers were: Johnny Lundy, Adonnis White, Freddie Williams, Ricky Gilmore, Bobby Brown, W.L. Tillis.
McClain-Clebourn Funeral Service

MARK E. RICH
Mr. Mark E. Rich, age 44 of Grapeland, passed away Monday, April 2, 2007 at his residence. Mr. Rich was born January 19, 1963 in North Carolina. Mr. Rich worked as a night manager for Kim's Convenience Stores.
Survivors include his wife Selina Davis Rich, of Grapeland; son and daughter-in-law Jonathan Ellington and wife Candace, of Grapeland; two grandsons Justin Ellington and Jesse Ellington, of Grapeland; two sisters Sue Robinson, of N.C. and Lonnie Copeland, of Ga.; brothers Wayne Rich, Larry Rich and Mack Rich, all of N.C.; aunt Shirley Lovick, of N.C.
Preceded in death by his parents Lonie Alduria Hooks and Lee Rich.
Funeral Services for Mr. Mark E. Rich were held Friday, April 6, at 1:00 p.m. at Christ Essential Baptist Church with Bro. Danny Hill officiating.
Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

JESSIE KELLY ASH
Mrs. Jessie Kelly Ash, age 98 of Alto, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2007 in Nacogdoches. Mrs. Ash was born May 23, 1908 in Elida, New Mexico to Jesse P. and Lena Walters Kelly. Mrs. Ash attended college at the Oklahoma College for Women, East Central State Teacher's College in Oklahoma and Stephen F. Austin State College in Nacogdoches. Mrs. Ash was a school teacher for 30 years and was a member of the Old Palestine Baptist Church. Mrs. Ash lived most of her life in Alto.
Survivors include her nieces Gay Ash, Juanita Kemp, both of Ratcliff, Sue Gildmeier, of Waco, Ann Marks, of Md. and Joe Marie Marriott, of Houston; nephew John T. Collier, of Ratcliff; special friend and caretaker Viola George, of Douglass.
Preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Milburn Ash.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Jessie Kelly Ash were held Tuesday, April 3, at O.T. Allen&Son Funeral Home Chapel in Alto with the Rev. Ken Wooley officiating. Interment followed in the Old Palestine Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Dick Low, Charles Jeter and other friends.
Honorary Pallbearer was Doyle Click.
O.T. Allen&Son Funeral Home

MARY JO BROWN
Mrs. Mary Jo Brown, age 72, passed away March 26, 2007. Mrs. Brown was born in San Benito, Texas.
Survivors include her children Debra Dunnevant and husband Bobby, Jo Lynn Norton and husband Bruce and Richard Brown and wife Susan; brother Johnny Blevins and wife Jeanette; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her husband Charley Brown.
Graveside Services were held Wednesday, March 28, at 12:00 noon at Houston National Cemetery.
Pasadena Funeral Home

MELMA EASTON BROCK
Ms. Melma Easton Brock, age 87 of Lovelady, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2007 in Crockett. Ms. Brock was born February 15, 1920 in Lovelady. Ms. Brock was a homemaker and a member of Lovelady Church of Christ.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Ronnie and Ann Easton, of Lovelady; daughter and son-in-law JoAnn and Ricky McMillan; grandchildren Sandi Morris and husband Chris, Chris Easton and wife Jolynn, Shanna Glawson and husband Len and Jimmy McMillan and Megan McMillan; great-grandchild Christopher Ace Easton; numerous other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her husband Foye Easton.
Funeral Services for Ms. Melma Easton Brock were held Friday, March 23, at Lovelady Church of Christ in Lovelady with Bro. Randy Jones officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Sonny Rollo, Mike Broxson, Justin Baker, Pat Perry, Ben Bucannon and Dennis Coker.
Honorary Pallbearers were George Broxson, Jim Hardy Platt and Wade Minter.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lovelady Church of Christ Building Fund.
Groveton Funeral Home

PAM BOATRIGHT SEPMOREE
Mrs. Pam Boatright Sepmoree, age 46 of Tyler went to be with her Lord and Savior, Monday, April 30, 2007 in Tyler. Mrs. Sepmoree was born December 18, 1960 in Overton, has spent her life in Tyler and graduated from Tyler Junior College. Mrs. Sepmoree worked as a dental hygienist for both Dr. Clay Cannon and Dr. John Adcock dental offices. Mrs. Sepmoree was a member of New Life Worship Center.
Survivors include her husband James “Jimmy” Sepmoree, of Tyler; children Emily Morales and husband Andres Morales, of Edinburgh, Jacob Sepmoree and Megin Sepmoree, both of Tyler; parents Floyd and Lanell Boatright, of Tyler; grandparents Blanche Boatright, of Kilgore and W.J. and Wilda Osburn, of Big Sandy; mother-in-law Jean Sepmoree, of Crockett; two sisters Dee Laney and Angela McDonald, both of Tyler; sister-in-law and brothers-in-laws Keith Laney, of Tyler, John David Sepmoree, of Crockett and Becky and Steve Keller of Columbus; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of the life of Mrs. Pam Boatright Sepmoree was held Thursday, May 3, at 2:00 p.m. at the New Life Worship Center with the Rev. Rudy Bond, the Rev. Barry Boatright and Bro. Andres Morales officiating.  Interment  followed at Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to New Life Worship Center, 18535 U.S. Hwy. 69 S., Tyler, 75703.
Burks, Walker, Tippitt
Funeral Home

RELLA LANE
Mrs. Rella Lane, age 81 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2007 in Winfield Healthcare in Crockett. Mrs. Lane was born February 20, 1926 in Madison County and was a resident of Crockett for the past 18 years, formerly living in the Houston area. Mrs. Lane had worked as a sales clerk for a department store.
Survivors include her daughters Barbara Hope Dickey and Joe Wolf, of Belton, Linda De Borde and husband Mutt, of Deer Park; son Buddy Sloan and special friend Kathy Hayman, of Midway; grandchildren Lisa Dickey Dumlao, of Calif., Debbie Dickey McPheters, of Fla., John Dickey, of Temple, Co De Borde, of Houston, Joseph De Borde, of Deer Park, Josh Sloan, of Groesbeck, Melissa Sloan, of Killeen; 12 great-grandchildren; sister Lily Hope Wilson, of Crockett; brothers Mills Whitley, Jr., of Crockett, Hazlett Whitley, of Clute, Eddie Whitley of Lufkin, Riley Whitley, of Cleveland; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Oneil Sloan; parents Mills William Whitley, Sr. and Mary Maude Whitley; sister Emily Baltazar; and brothers Arnold Whitley, Billy Whitley and Sugar Whitley.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Rella Lane were held Wednesday, May 2, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial chapel with Rev. Mitchell White officiating.  Interment followed in the Midway Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

SHARON LYNN GOOLSBY
Ms. Sharon Lynn Goolsby, age 56 of Latexo, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2007 at her residence in Latexo. Ms. Goolsby was born January 30, 1951 in Houston County and had lived in Houston County most of her lifetime. Ms. Goolsby had worked for T. D. C. J. in the Risk Management Department. Ms. Goolsby enjoyed scuba diving, enjoyed the outdoors and was active in youth sports. 
Survivors include her daughter Lisa Allbright and husband Billy, of Crockett; son Bill Douglas, of Latexo; grandchildren Trent Hughes and wife Kayla and Tory Hughes, all of Crockett, Meredith Allbright, of Trinidad; mother Verzona Musick, of Crockett; father Ellis Goolsby, of Latexo; brother Ronnie Goolsby and wife Laura, of Crockett; sister Peggy Reeves and husband Bob, of Latexo; nieces Kelli Hackler and husband Cole, of Latexo, Traci Goolsby, of Katy; nephew Collin Reeves, of Palestine; great-niece Caroline Hackler, of Latexo; special friends  David Goolsby, Mike Goolsby, Larry Melson, Denise Ynquanzo and Dianne Droddy; numerous aunts, uncles and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Robert Dale McDonald.
A celebration of life of Ms. Sharon Lynn Goolsby was held Sunday, April 29, at 2:00 p.m. at the Ellis Goolsby Residence in Latexo.  
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Fund of America, 2901 Breezewood Lane, Knoxville, TN 37921.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

VERNA QUERRY
Mrs. Verna Querry, age 82 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Querry was born August 17, 1924 in Knox County, Kentucky and was a resident of Crockett.  Mrs. Querry was a volunteer at Whitehall Nursing Center having received Volunteer of the Year and she loved all of the residents.  Mrs. Querry was a member and very active in the Calvary Baptist Church in Crockett. Mrs. Querry was retired having worked as a seamstress.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Charles Woodall and Janet, of Grapeland; daughter Paula Owens, of Grapeland; daughter-in-law Eula Saylor, of Alexandria, La.; brother Ed Saylor, of Cincinnati, OH; sisters Faye Proffitt and husband George and Edith Sutton, both of Corbin, Ky., Betty Taylor, of Mission; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her son Jack Saylor; husbands Charles Woodall and Willard Querry; and brothers John Saylor, Ray Saylor and Billy Saylor.
Memorial Services for Mrs. Verna Querry were held Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Gibson and the Rev. Randy Shipman officiating. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of Choice.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

WILLIS "BUTCH" BRIDGES
Mr. Willis "Butch" Bridges, age 58 of Orange, previously of Lovelady, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2007 in the St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. Mr. Bridges was born August 24, 1948 in Crockett, and had been living in Orange for the past 2 years, formerly living in Lovelady most of his lifetime. Mr. Bridges was a master electrician and was a member of the Local I. B. E. W. Union # 716. 
Survivors include his mother Juanita Bridges, of Lovelady; sister Charlotte Hentschel and husband Joe, of Livingston; special friend Annette "Skeeter" Fulcher, of Orange; aunt Lanora Goodrum, of Crockett; uncle Eskel Rollo and wife Myrth, of Lovelady; numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins.
Preceded in death by his father Howard Bridges; grandfather and grandmother Robert Willis Bridges and Viola Bridges and wife Arminda "Mindy" Bridges.
Funeral Services for Mr. Willis "Butch" Bridges were held Tuesday, April 10, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Montgomery officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 307, Lovelady, TX. 75851.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


 

 





 



 

 

 

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