Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For April 27, 2008 - May 25, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company

Mr. Jesse Stapp, age 84 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2008 in Winfield Healthcare in Crockett. Mr. Stapp was born April 24, 1924 in Houston County, Texas and was a resident of Houston County most of his lifetime. Mr. Stapp was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during World War II. Mr. Stapp was a retired Contractor and a member of the Latexo Baptist Church.      
Survivors include wife Geraldine Denton Stapp, of Crockett; children Randie Johnson and husband Bruce, of Spring and Ann Batterson, of Marfa; step-children Leroy Gibbins and wife Nancy, of Houston, Daniel Gibbins and wife Denine, of Latexo, Jessica Ingle and husband James, of Grapeland and David Gibbins, of Houston; sister Jewel Manning, of Mt. Belview; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral Services for Mr. Jesse A. Stapp of were held Saturday, May 17, at 1:00 p.m. in the Latexo Baptist Church with Dr. Bill Jones and Dr. Jeff Taylor officiating. Interment followed in the Latexo Cemetery. 
In lieu flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Latexo Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1007, Latexo, TX. 75849.
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Mr. James Lee Taylor, Sr., age 85 of Lufkin, Texas, formerly of Brownsville, Texas, passed away Friday, May 9, 2008 following a lengthy illness. Mr. Taylor was born August 16, 1922 in San Benito, Texas, to Joe A. and Angie E. Taylor. 
Mr. Taylor served in the Amy Air Corps during World War II, and upon completing his military duty, he attended the University of Texas at Austin and received his BBA Degree from Texas A&I University, Kingsville, Texas. Mr. Taylor was also a 32nd degree Mason in the San Benito Lodge. The Taylor’s lived in Brownsville, Texas from 1955 until they moved to Lufkin in 2005. Mr. Taylor worked as an Independent Insurance Agent until his retirement.
Mr. Taylor was active with the Boy Scouts of America. As a young teen he completed and received the coveted Eagle Scout Award. Mr. Taylor later advanced into leadership where he was an active Scoutmaster, National Scout Jamboree Scoutmaster in 1960 and later served as Council Jamboree Chairman. Mr. Taylor served on the executive board of the Rio Grande Council in South Texas for many years. Mr. Taylor was a member of the Episcopal Church.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth White Taylor; two children daughter Rebecca McLendon and husband Tom, of Crockett; son James Lee Taylor, Jr. of Flower Mound; five grandchildren David W. McLendon, of Fort Worth, Mary Elizabeth Durrett and husband Ray, of Lufkin, Deanna B. Teague and husband Jon, of Los Alamos, NM, Katherine Elizabeth Taylor and Charles Demaree Taylor, both of Flower Mound; three great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins and good friends.
Graveside Services for Mr. James Lee Taylor, Sr., were held Monday, May 12, at 10:00 a.m. in the Cedar Point Cemetery, Belott, Texas, with the Rev. Tom Spath, First Presbyterian Church, Crockett, officiating.
A Memorial Service was held Tuesday, May 13, at Pinecrest Retirement Community Chapel with the Reverend Jim Tom Ainsworth of Crockett.
 Pallbearers were David McLendon, Charles Taylor, Ray Durrett, Ronald Finke, Wilson Norris and Larry Meyer.
Memorial donations may be made to the Rio Grande Council, B. S. A. 6912 W. Expressway 83, Harlingen, TX. 78552.
Trinity Funeral Home

Mrs. Effie “Billie” Jennings Self, age 77 of Woodville, passed away, Thursday, May 8, 2008 in the Holiday Pines Nursing Home in Woodville. Mrs. Self was born September 21, 1930 in Crockett, Texas and was a resident of Woodville for the past 20 years. Mrs. Self was a housewife. 
Survivors include her children Danny Self and wife Jenette, of Hillister, Connie Mack Self and wife Lana, of Shepherd, Jerry Wayne Self, of Hillister, Pondy Leindecker and husband Donald, of Rosenburg, Kathy Mayes and husband Jerry, of Lufkin, Rocky L. Self, of Lufkin and Jerry Wayne Self, Jr. and wife Ashley, of Hillister; 28 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Lee Self; son Billy Ray Self; parents Ed and Drucilla Jennings; and numerous brothers and sisters.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Effie “Billie” Jennings Self were held Sunday, May 11, at 1:00 p.m. in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery with Dr. Jerry House officiating.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Bill Reeves, age 70 of Lovelady, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2008 at his residence. Mr. Reeves was born June 16, 1937 in Dalhart, Texas and had lived in the Lovelady area for the past 35 years. Mr. Reeves was a veteran of the U. S. Coast Guard having served during the Korean Era. Mr. Reeves was a member of the Lovelady Masonic Lodge # 539 and attended the Lovelady Antioch Baptist Church. Mr. Reeves had worked and retired from Texas Department of Corrections as a Captain.
Survivors include his wife Billie Arnold Reeves, of Lovelady; son B. J. Reeves and wife Christi, of Madisonville; daughter Marla Reeves Holloway and husband Audie, of Manchester, Tenn. and Anchorage, AK; grandchildren Ashley Brooke Reeves, Amanda Kay Reeves and Billy Joe Reeves, all of Madisonville; sister Betty Ann Reeves Lee and husband Billy Joe, of Friendswood; step-children Larry and Kim Brasher, of Lovelady, Carol and Terry Warren, of Palestine, Jerry and Jan Brasher, of Conroe, Charlene and Billy Williams, of Slocum and Ernestine and Clegg Dewalt, of Trinity; 11 step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; two nephews Larry Lee and Bobby Jay Reeves; and numerous other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents Edward and Margaret Reeves; and brother Bob Donal Reeves.
Funeral Services for Mr. Bill Reeves were held Saturday, May 10, at 10:00 a.m. in the Lovelady Antioch Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Howell officiating. Masonic graveside followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery Association c/o Joan Little 4846 C. R. 3455, Lovelady, TX. 75851 or Shriner’s Children Hospital, Burn Unit, 815 Market Street, Galveston, TX. 77550-2725.
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