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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of May 21, 2007 - May 28, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company



AUDRA BAILEY WOOD
Mrs. Audra Bailey Wood, age 75 of Crockett, formerly of Houston, passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Wood was born February 11, 1932 in Flona, Georgia and had lived in Crockett for the past two months, previously living in Houston. Mrs. Wood was retired having worked as a paralegal secretary and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Crockett.
Survivors include her daughters Stacy Easterly and husband Jamie, of Crockett, Kelcy Johnson and husband Ladd, of Houston; grandchildren Robert Konstantin, of Houston, Bryan Easterly and Michele Easterly, both of College Station; brothers J. F. Bailey and wife Rubye, of Valdosta, Ga., Arnold Bailey and wife Irene, of Woodland, Ala.; sister Julia Wilson and husband Charlie, of LaGrange, Ga.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her parents T. J. and Ruby Bailey; brothers and sisters Ilene Heard, Era Lewis, Mary Watson, Hulitt Bailey, Gene Bailey and Geneva Gregory.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Audra Bailey Wood were held Friday, May 11, at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Dr. Jerry House officiating. Interment followed in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 984, Crockett, TX.  75835; Flat Rock United Methodist Church in Woodland, Alabama or American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin, TX. 75904.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BOBBIE CAROL RINGERSMA
Mrs. Bobbie Carol Ringersma, age 64 of Crockett, passed away Monday, May 7, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Ringersma was born March 7, 1943 in Searcy, Arkansas and had been living in Crockett. Mrs. Ringersma was a seamstress and attended the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband Jack Ringersma, of Crockett; daughters Penny Clevenger and husband Max, Vicky Ringersma and Tim Brown, all of San Diego, Calif., Danette Senesac and husband Paul, of Crockett; grandchildren Chris Clevenger, Ben Clevenger, Wes Clevenger, Amanda Avalos, Sara Ringersma, Jennifer Ringersma, Eddie Rose III; great-grandchildren Haylee Cryer, Tyson Griffin, Marcus Kennedy; sister Wanda Ridpath and husband Jack, of Norman, Okla.; sister-in-law Virginia Nelson, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her parents John L. and Lettie Mae Lowe; sisters Grace Moore and Peggy Blodgett; and brother, J. L. Lowe.
Memorial Services for Mrs. Bobbie Carol Ringersma were held Friday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church with Father Jose George officiating. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ETMC Cancer Support Group, 1100 E. Loop 304, Attention Carol Dawson, Crockett, TX.  75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

CHRIS CHRISTENSEN
Mrs. Chris Christensen, age 69 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at her residence. Mrs. Christensen was born May 3, 1938 in Summerfield, Kansas and was a resident of Crockett. Mrs. Christensen was a homemaker and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Mrs. Christensen enjoyed crafts, loved her family, loved the outdoors and gambling.
Survivors include her husband Robert Christensen, of Crockett; daughters Bonnie Perez, of Lakewood, Colo., Debbie Dronet and husband Michael, of Grapeland; sons Robert H. Christensen and wife Denise, of Mosca, Colo., Kelly J. Christensen and wife Angela, of Deer Park; grandchildren Dawn Weber, Denice Ramirez and husband Nathan, Jeremya Dyess, Levi Dyess and wife Amy, Michelle Robinson and husband Ronnie, Tiffany Christensen and Marc Christensen; great-grandchildren Darryon and Morgan Vasquez, Deion and Desiree Ramirez, Cheyenne Dyess, Cody and Mickey Robinson; sister Zelda Ann Conley, of Belott; brothers Dallas Ward Hungate and wife Micky, of ID, and Carl Hungate and wife Gwen, of Ore.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her parents Charlie A. and Naomi Baker Hungate; and brother-in-law Dean Conley.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Chris Christensen were held Saturday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Branch President of the Mormon Church Mr. Robert L. Bray officiating.  Interment followed in the New Energy Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford, Lufkin, Texas 75904 or A Pineywoods Hospice, 103B Carriage Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75902.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

CLAUD "CEDAR" CLIFTON
Mr. Claud "Cedar" Clifton, age 78 of Grapeland, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2007 in the Nacogdoches Medical Center. Mr. Clifton was born May 2, 1929 in Bronte, Texas and was a resident of Grapeland since 1953. Mr. Clifton was retired having worked for a nursery as a tractor operator and he enjoyed wood working. 
Survivors include his children Brenda Faye Collier and Shirley Ann Cutler, both of Grapeland, Billy Joe Clifton, of Brownsboro, Bobby Gene Clifton, of Jacksonville, Billy Ray Clifton, of Lufkin and Joyce Antinet Tucker, of Athens; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers and sister Leonard, Cecil and Leona.
Preceded in death by his wife Clara Faye Clifton; grandson John William Collier, Jr.; parents William H. Clifton and Lou Ellen Grissom Clifton; and three brothers.
Funeral Services for Mr. Claud "Cedar" Clifton were held Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Wayne Stewart officiating.  Interment followed in the Weches Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DORIS ELOISE RICHARDSON
Mrs. Doris Eloise Richardson, age 64 of Crockett, the sister of Shirley Reid, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Richardson was born September 5, 1942 in Houston County and was a lifetime resident of Houston County. Mrs. Richardson had worked as a store cashier and was a member of the Liberty Hill Methodist Church.
Survivors include her children James Davis, Lynda Gibson and husband Jeff, Cheryl Paterno and husband Craig and David Hazen and wife Heather; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers; one sister; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her parents James and Lillian Hollis; son Greg Davis; sister Nelda Burton; and brother Jamie Hollis.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Doris Eloise Richardson were held Saturday, May 19, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Dewayne Mills officiating. Interment followed in the Weches Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DOROTHY MAE HADNOT
Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy Mae Hadnot age 83, will be held Thursday, May 24, 2007, 11 am, St. Luke Baptist Church, 315 South 2nd, Crockett, Rev. Ralph P. Taylor, pastor and officiant. She was laid to rest in Old Sumpter Cemetery, Woodlake, TX. Casketbearers were: Steven Scott, Roderick Craig Scott, Kenneth Denby, Lance D. Franklin, John Anthony Taylor, Herbert Scott, Cedrick Jenkins.
Dorothy Mae Hadnot was born August 2, 1923 in Groveton to Felix and Iona Littleton Hadnot, her mother died soon after her birth. She had 3 brothers; Chig Hadnot, Leroy Hadnot, and Buddy Boy Hadnot, 4 sisters; Blanchie Mae Perry, Inez Sergis, Curtis Hardy, and Donie Harris all who preceded her in death.
She completed the 11th grade in Groveton and received her GED from Crockett Adult Services. She was employed by the Texas Welfare Department as a janitor for a number of years then later as a file clerk with the same agency. After retirement she worked at the Crockett State School until finally leaving the workforce for good.
After moving to Crockett she joined St. Luke Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Simpson remaining a faithful member until illness prevented her attendance. She was a member of Queen of Sheba Grand Order of the Eastern Star serving as Worthy Matron, Daughters of Spinks Order of the Eastern Star of Texas, Rose of Seven Seals Order of the Eastern Star of Texas, Grand Secretary of the Grand Chapter of Houston until her retirement.
Life’s departure was on May 18, 2007 in Conroe.  Of her 5 children 2 preceded her in death, son, Payne Denby, daughter Betty Louise Denby. Survivors are: 3 daughters; Nathalie Taylor of Houston, Helen Marie Scott of Mansfield, Carolyn Faye Warren of Montgomery, son-in-law; Herbert Lee Scott of Mansfield, 6 grandchildren, Sandra Franklin of Houston, Steven Scott and wife Lisa of Arlington, John Taylor of Houston, Roderick Scott and wife Meredith of Overton, Kenneth Denby of Montgomery, Natashia Warren of Montgomery, 9 great grandchildren, numerous other relatives and friends, and her dog “Buddy.”
McClain-Clebourn Funeral Service

FAYE LOUISE MCCURDY MERRIWETHER
Mrs. Faye Louise McCurdy Merriwether, age 78 of Crockett, passed away Monday, May 7, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Merriwether was born in the Plain Community on August 20, 1928 and she lived her entire life in Houston County. On August 29, 1947 she married John Willis Merriwether and they embarked on a life together that lasted over 50 years until his death on August 13, 1999. They had two children Johnny Merriwether and his wife, Cathy and Georganna Bozeman and her husband, Paul. Mrs. Merriwether also was blessed with three grandchildren Todd Merriwether, Jami Robinson and her husband, Casey and Ashly Merriwether. Mrs. Merriwether was also one of those incredibly lucky people who knew her great grandchildren, Kristin, Madison, and Case. Mrs. Merriwether also leaves her brother Charley McCurdy, her sister-in-law Marjorie Womack and her godchild Cindy Clopton. 
Preceded in death by her parents Fannie and C. T. McCurdy; and a grandson Jesse Bozeman.
Mrs. Merriwether was a faithful servant of God who lived out that faith at the First Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Merriwether served as an elder and was chairman of Circle III more years than she could count. Mrs. Merriwether lived a life that she loved. Mrs. Merriwether and John made their living off the land and faced all of the good and bad times that go with that. Mrs. Merriwether was always his partner and we know there was great joy for her on Monday morning when she was reunited with him.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Faye Louise McCurdy Merriwether were held Wednesday, May 9, at 10:00 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church with Reverend Jim Tom Ainsworth officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church 715 East Goliad Avenue, Crockett, TX. 75835 or the Michelle Lynn Holsey Foundation, P. O. Box 652, Crockett, Texas 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

FLORINE PATTON COLLINS
Mrs. Florine Patton Collins, age 88 of Kerrville, formerly of Crockett, passed away on May 8, 2007 at a local care facility. Mrs. Collins was born January 13, 1919 in Weches to Willie Adele Vaught Patton and William Grant Patton.
After graduating from Crockett High School in 1936, she attended Sam Houston State Teachers College and received her degree in business in 1940 at which time she entered the teaching profession. Mrs. Collins related that it took the financial support of three families to allow her achievement of a college degree.
On April 19, 1942, she married Lieutenant William Atmar Collins, Jr. in Crockett. After the birth of their son in November 1943, she dedicated her life to raising her children and making a home for her family. She was proud to be called a homemaker.
Mrs. Collins was a courtier seamstress, with an eye for color and fabric. Patterns were merely a guide for her as she adapted them to produce her vision for the garment. Mrs. Collins was also very informed regarding nutrition and organic foods. Mrs. Collins fed her family meals made from "scratch," and a large portion of her time was dedicated to the preparation of these nutritious and delicious meals.
Mrs. Collins was active in the Presbyterian Church, serving in many capacities over the years. Mrs. Collins volunteered her time at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas and after their move to Kerrville, Mo Ranch.
Mrs. Collins does not have certificates and credentials bestowed upon her by worldly achievement standards. By word and deed, she was a weaver. With love, she wove the important parts of the fabric of all the lives she touched until her passing. Mrs. Collins was a loving and generous person and will be sorely missed by her friends and family.
Survivors include her son; daughter and son-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her husband W.A. Collins, Jr.
Memorial services will be held Friday, May 11, at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Ingram with Pastor Ray Tear officiating.
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Kerrville Funeral Home

HALLIE M. "EFFIE" BROWN
Mrs. Hallie M. "Effie" Brown, age 93, passed away in Boerne, Texas, on Saturday, May 5, 2007.  Mrs. Brown was born in Smackover, Arkansas, on January 12, 1914 to Clebe and Lottie Threadgill Chambliss.  Mrs. Brown grew up in Humble and graduated from Humble High School.  Retiring from GTE, she had served as a switchboard operator for 40 years. Moving to Crockett after retirement, she was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Historical Society. Mrs. Brown had married William Wofford on January 18, 1943.
Survivors include her nephew Jim Pendley; nieces Lynn Pendley and Claudia Parker and her husband Larry; great-nephews Jarrett Dozier and Alex Pendley; great-niece, Lori Knowles and her husband Pete.
Preceded in death by her husbands William Wofford in 1959 and A.D. Brown in 1995; parents Clebe and Lottie Threadgill Chambliss; brother Clebe M. Chambliss; and sister Jimmie Pendley,
Graveside Services were held on Tuesday, May 8 at 1:00 p.m. at Rosewood Memorial Park in Humble with Dr. Tom Fritts, officiating.
 To leave a message or tribute for the family, please visit www.vaughanfuneralhome.com and select the obituaries icon.
Vaughan Funeral Home

JERRY DON DILLARD
Mr. Jerry Don Dillard, age 68 of Houston, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2007 in the Northwest Medical Center in Houston. Mr. Dillard was born April 25, 1939 in Houston and was a resident of Houston all of his lifetime. Mr. Dillard was retired having worked as a machine operator for oil tool industries and attended the Baptist church. 
Survivors include his wife Pat Ashmore Dillard, of Houston; children Jerry Dillard, Jr. and wife Angee, of Conroe, Debbie Swenson and husband Tage, of Houston; grandchildren J. D. Dillard, Jade Dillard, Hannah Swenson, Richard Swenson; father-in-law J. E. Ashmore, of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral Services for Mr. Jerry Don Dillard were held Monday, May 7, at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Robert Allcorn and the Rev. Paul Robinson officiating. Interment followed in the New Energy Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Center of Life Church-Houston, 11250 Bentley, Houston, TX.  77093.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JOYCE HARRELSON
Mrs. Joyce Harrelson, age 66 of Lovelady, passed away Thursday, May 24, 2007 at her residence. Mrs. Harrelson was born July 17, 1940 in Houston County and was a resident of Lovelady for the past 6 years. Mrs. Harrelson was a retired nurse and was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church in Lovelady.
Survivors include her husband Charles Harrelson of Lovelady; children Pamela Gougler and husband Mike, of Lago Vista,, Steven Pierce and wife Paula, of Lovelady, Steve Harrelson, of Alvin, Janet Ebner and husband Roy, of Trinity, Craig Harrelson, of Alvin and Robert Harrelson and wife Misty, of Huntsville; grandchildren Jennifer Taylor and husband Cory, of Angleton, Justin, Christopher, April and Kara Gougler, all of Lago Vista, MaKenna and Lance Pierce, both of Lovelady, Chad Harrelson, of Alvin, Brandi Barksdale and husband Chris and Kyle Ebner, all of Trinity; six great-grandchildren; sisters Billie Weeks, of Huntsville, Edna LaRue and husband John, of Lovelady, Wanda Kennedy and husband Roy, of Trinity; brother Kenneth Knighten, of Lovelady; special friend Nanette Vondra of Lovelady; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her brothers Troy Knighten and Avon Knighten.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Joyce Harrelson were held Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in the Antioch Baptist Church in Lovelady with the Rev. Robert Lacey and the Rev. Scott Matthews officiating. Interment followed in the Antioch Cemetery in Lovelady.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Antioch Cemetery Association, c/o Joan Little, 4846 C. R. 3455, Lovelady, Texas 75851.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

LILLIE PEARL LARUE PATTON
Mrs. Lillie Pearl LaRue Patton, age 82 of Crockett, passed away Monday, May 7, 2007 in the Whitehall Nursing Center in Crockett. Mrs. Patton was born November 8, 1924 in Houston County and was a lifetime resident of Crockett. Mrs. Patton was retired having worked as a medication aide and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Crockett.
Survivors include her son Ronnie LaRue and wife Freddie, of Fort Worth; sister-in-law LaNell Jackson, of Texas City; cousins Melba Beard and Janet Hopkins, both of Latexo; many friends through her church, Whitehall Nursing Center and her working career.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Lillie Pearl LaRue Patton were held Wednesday, May 9, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Terry Gibson officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

LUCILLE CREATH
Mrs. Lucille Creath, age 79 of Houston, passed away Friday, May 4, 2007 in the Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth. Mrs. Creath was born March 18, 1928 in Pampa, Texas and had lived in Houston. Mrs. Creath was a retired teacher and attended the Baptist Church.
Survivors include her sister Mariola Duvall Jernigan, of Hazel Green, Ala.; nieces and nephews Bradley Aspey, of Santa Monica, Calif., Kristal Aspey Griffith, of Tempe, Ariz., Michael Langley Jernigan, of Harvest, Ala., Natasha Jernigan, of Toney, Ala.
Preceded in death by her parents Thomas C. and Lucille Overall Duvall; and sister Tomasene Duvall Bishop.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Lucille Creath were held Tuesday, May 8, at 2:00 p.m. in the Cedar Point Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Tom Ainsworth officiating.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

PHILIP MAURICE TANNER
Mr. Philip Maurice (Phil) Tanner, 76, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2007.
Mr. Tanner was born April 19, 1931 in Frankston, TX.
A graduate of Kennard High School, Mr. Tanner received a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Western College and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas at El Paso. A gifted teacher, he touched many students’ lives and was teaching for Angelina College at the time of his death.
Serving on the front lines in the Korean Conflict, Phil was decorated for service as combat and infantry squad leader, and Honorably Discharged at the rank of Sergeant from the U.S. Army and from the National Guard of Texas.
A member of the First United Methodist Church of Crockett, he dutifully and faithfully sang in the Chancel Choir. Mr. Tanner found his joy in singing and shared his beautiful voice with everyone.
At the time of his death, he was the Chancellor Commander, Davy Crockett Lodge #193, Knights of Pythias,
Mr. Tanner was an entertainer, singer, songwriter, actor, poet, storyteller, novelist, and philosopher. He performed in off-Broadway musicals in New York, summer stock in New England, operas around the country, and in nightclubs and movies in Hollywood.
Out beloved Phil Tanner died as the result of a tragic automobile accident and will be missed.
Survivors include his wife, Celeste Cox Tanner, of Hagerville, TX; daughters, Kathleen Marie Tanner, of Tucson, AZ, Joy Elizabeth Tanner, of Hagerville, TX and step-daughter Wynona Lynn Chilbert, of Kettle Falls, WA; sister, Barbara Tanner Woodall of Lakeway, TX; brother, Raymond Stuart Tanner, of Hagerville, TX; mother-in-law, Bess Cox, of Crockett, TX; nieces and nephews, Cynthia Lynn and Paul Sellers, of Cameron, LA, and their children, Alyssa and Michael, his wife Erica and newborns Chloe Anne and Claire Michelle, Robin and Toni Tanner, of Tomball, TX and their children Brandon, Holli and Andrew, Lawrence Wayne Tanner and daughter Emily, of Lake Charles, LA, Sylvia Beth and Karl Broman, of Kingwood, TX, Marcus and Collette Tanner and their sons Aaron and Benjamin, of Lake Charles, LA, Sharon Elaine Williams, of Lakeway, TX,  Lt. Col. USAF Thomas N. Williams, Jr. and wife Elizabeth and daughter Haley, of Prattville, AL.
Preceded in death by his father Elbert V. Tanner; mother Elsie Veda Owens Tanner; brothers Robert Owens Tanner and Cyril Wayne Tanner; and brother-in-law James Woodall.
Memorial services for Mr. Philip Maurice (Phil) Tanner were held Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Jerry House officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the John H. Wootters Crockett Public Library, 708 East Goliad Avenue, Crockett, TX. 75835 or the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 984, Crockett, TX. 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

WALTER JACK LEDFORD
Mr. Walter Jack Ledford, known as "Smiling Jack," age 85, of Grapeland, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2007 at his residence in Grapeland. Mr. Ledford was born April 29, 1922 in Shelby County, Texas and was a resident of Grapeland. Mr. Ledford was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served during World War II. Mr. Ledford was retired from Northcutt Woodworks.
Survivors include his James sons Ledford and wife Brita, Lealond Ledford and wife Dorothy, Jerry Ledford and wife Debbie; daughters Pat Cook and husband Wayland, Linda Shaw and son-in-law Ronnie Shaw, Doris Lowery and husband Billy, Carol Manley and husband Sheryl; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; beloved dog Frenchie.
Preceded in death by his father Otha Ledford; mother Lela Peace; step-father Ollie Peace; and great-grandson, Dylan Strawn.
Funeral Services for Mr. Walter Jack Ledford, "Smiling Jack" were held Wednesday, May 16, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Jerry Ledford and Mr. Bill Lowery officiating.  Interment followed in the Grounds Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

WILMA GALLANT
Mrs. Wilma Gallant, age 90 of Kennard, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2007 in the Winfield Healthcare in Crockett. Mrs. Gallant was born July 7, 1916 in Kennard and spent most of her life in this area. Mrs. Gallant was a retired public school teacher who taught for 47 years. Mrs. Gallant was a member of Mt. Olive Church in Kennard.
Mrs. Gallant graduated as valedictorian from Kennard High School in 1934. Mrs. Gallant attended Mary Hardin Baylor for one year and obtained her teaching certificate. Mrs. Gallant began teaching in 1936 at Pine Prairie near Kennard. Mrs. Gallant taught during the school years and attended Sam Houston State Teacher's College in the summer semesters until she completed her baccalaureate degree in 1940.
After she and husband Rayford moved to Buda, Texas, she obtained a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Texas in 1953. Two of her proudest moments in the latter stage of her life were to see her granddaughter, Sonya Gallant Stevenson graduate from Stephen F. Austin State University in May 2005, and to know that her grandson, Daniel Logan Gallant, graduated from Texas A&M University on May 13, 2007.
Mrs. Gallant taught second grade most of her teaching career. Mrs. Gallant taught at Pine Prairie, Kennard, Buda, Glover and Crockett public schools.
 Mrs. Gallant loved her family with all of her heart. Mrs. Gallant was the most wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Gallant was a tremendous example of devotion and dedication, and will always be a source of inspiration and strength to her family. Mrs. Gallant also delighted in the fact that she had positively touched and shaped young people's lives during her teaching career.
Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Rayford Gallant, of Kennard; sons Danny Gallant and wife Ethel, and Billy Gallant, all of Kennard; grandchildren Sonya Gallant Stevenson and husband Shane Stevenson, Logan Gallant and Ashley Gallant, all of Kennard; great-granddaughter Haley Nicole Morgan; numerous other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents Bill and Sallie Baker; and brother Robert Baker.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Wilma Gallant were held Sunday, May 20, at 2:00 p.m. in the Mt. Olive Church in Kennard with the Rev. Larry Bruce officiating. Interment followed in the Corinth Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Olive Church in Kennard.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 





 



 

 

 

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