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Houston County Courier - May 3, 2009 - May 17, 2009
Mr. Brady Shaw, age 89 of Pasadena, formerly of Lovelady, passed away Monday, May 4, 2009 in the Triumph Hospital East in Houston. Mr. Shaw was born August 18, 1919 in Love-lady, Texas and had lived most of his lifetime in Lovelady until moving to Pasadena. He was a veteran of the United States Navy having been stationed in Kingsville during World War II. Mr. Shaw retired from Good-year Rubber Company where he worked in the maintenance de-partment and was a member of the Grace Street Church of Christ in Crockett. Survivors include his wife Margie Shaw, of Pasadena; daughter Barbara Hazel and husband Ron, of Pasadena; sons Barry O. Shaw and wife Linda, of Pasadena and Michael J. Shaw, of Deer Park; grandchil-dren Brent O’Neal Shaw, of Dickinson, Amy Michele Shaw, Brian A. Hazel, both of Pasa-dena, Steven L. Hazel, of Hous-ton, Richard Shaw, and Reyna Shaw, both of Deer Park; great-grandchildren Kennedy, Salene, Braeden and Madeline; sister-in-law Jeanne Shaw, of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his par-ents John and Mae Donia Shaw; sisters Lola Dee Saunders and Mary Jane Whittington; and brother Arthur Mack Shaw. Funeral Services for Mr. Brady Shaw were held Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. with Mr. Rick Kelley and Mr. Charles Davis officiat-ing. Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home.
BRIAN KEITH STEWART
Mr. Brian Keith Stewart, age 31 of Latexo, after a long and courageous battle with cancer Brian went home to Heaven on Wednesday, May 6, 2009. Brian was born June 19, 1977 in Crockett, Texas and had lived in Latexo most of his lifetime. He was an amazing son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend. He loved life, his family, friends and his animal buddies. He was an avid outdoorsman and was often found on the lake fishing or the deer stand. Mr. Stewart had a huge heart filled with compassion, caring and understanding. He never met a stranger and considered everyone his friend.
He had a wonderful way of making any situation positive and always found a silver lining behind the clouds. His family and friends were blessed to have known and been loved by Brian.
Survivors include by his mother and step-father Loyd and Darlene Stephens, of Grapeland; brother and sister-in-law James Darrin and Sarah Stewart, of Grapeland; nieces Brittany and Taylor, of Slocum, Macy, of Latexo; nephew Trevor, of Latexo; half-sisters Rebekah and Emily Stewart, of Cedar Bluff, Va.; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; special lifetime best friend Thomas Wilson, of Latexo; special “fur babies” Shiloh and Jewel.
Preceded in death by his father Donnie Wayne Stewart; and grandparents George and Eva Allen and Dunk and Thelma Stewart.
Funeral Services for Brian Keith Stewart were held Friday, May 8, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Tim Allen officiating. Interment followed in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Elkhart.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Methodist Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 4384, Houston, Texas 77210-4384.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
CECIL EARL "DOUBLER" MARTIN
Mr. Cecil Earl "Doubler" Martin, age 73, passed away Friday, April 17, 2009 at Cornerstone Hospital in Bossier City, Louisiana after a short battle with cancer. Mr. Martin was born in Attoya, TX on May 15, 1935 to Wilbur and Lola B. Martin. He was a resident of Haynesville, LA, formerly of Trinity, TX. He was retired from the Texas Dept. of Corrections. The enjoyments of his life was hunting, fishing, and gardening. He loved the outdoors. He served his country in the Army during the Korean War. The love of his life was Katie, his beloved pet.
Survivors include his five daughters Pam and husband Bruce Birdsong, of Haynesville, La., Terrie and husband Robert Heard, of Homer, La., Gayle Bailey, of Haynesville, La., Keeta and husband Bret Keepers, of Palestine and Phyllis Gilmore, of Magnolia, Ark.; one sister Betty Jo Adler, of Lufkin; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his parents Wilbur and Lola B. Martin.
Memorial Services will be held Friday, May 15, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. at Callaway Allee.
JACALYNE "CRICKETT" WOODS
Mrs. Jacalyne "Crickett" Woods, age 57 years, 8 months and 11 days, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2009 in her home in Hearne. Mrs. Woods was born August 15, 1951 to Joseph and Mary Cummings Morth in New London, Connecticut.
Survivors include her husband Dennis Woods; parents Joseph and Mary Morth; son and daughter-in-law R.J. and Laura Woods; daughter and son-in-law Melissa and Robbie McDonald; brothers Larry Morth and Carol Anderson; sister and brother-in-law Maureen and Alan O'Neil; grandchildren Brian, Kristin, Chelsi, Bryce, Dylan, Brittany and Robbie Jr.; Great-grandchildren Lexi and Anthony; nephews Christopher, Ryan and Jason; nieces Caitlin, Maselin and Alexia.
Preceded in death by her grandson Derek Woods.
Memorial Funeral Home
JOHN ROBERT PARRISH
Mr. John Robert Parrish, age 72 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2009 in the Palestine Regional Hospital. Mr. Parrish was born December 26, 1936 in Crockett, Texas and had lived all of his lifetime in Houston County. He had worked as ranch foreman and manager of 7 J Stock Farm, Angelina Farms and Landmark Cattle Company from 1962 until 1998. In 1999, he went to work for Houston County Precinct 2 until his retirement in 2004.
Survivors include his wife Beverly Parrish, of Crockett; son Robert Parrish and fiancée, Christina Lambright, of Crockett; daughters Sarah Faker of Edgewood, Wash. and Meredith Mankowski and fiancé, J. D. Deemer, of Granbury; grandchildren Matthew Weston, of O’Fallon, Ill., Joshua Weston, of College Station, Garrett Weston, of Edgewood, Wash., Alek Mankowski and Luke Mankowski, both of Granbury; sister Ruby Mae Denman, of Nogales Prairie; sisters-in-law Carla Light, of Stephenville, Linda Bess Kothe and husband David, of Fredericksburg, Catherine Walker and husband Joe Sam, of Crockett and Nell Parrish, of Tyler; father-in-law and mother-in-law Doyle and Ida Jo Light, of Fredericksburg; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents Frank and Pearl Parrish; first wife Dorothy Jean Strban Parrish; son Ricky Parrish; and four brothers A. F. Parrish, James Parrish, Dewey Lynn Parrish and Jack Parrish.
Funeral Services for Mr. John Robert Parrish were held Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Dr. Charles Lowery and the Rev. Stephen Parrish officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of Choice.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
LILLA "MUFF" PETERS
Mrs. Lilla “Muff” Peters, age 87 of Pearson Chapel, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2009 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Peters was born December 23, 1921 in Madison County, Texas and was a resident of Houston County for the past 40 years. She had worked for Hughes Tool Company during World War II and had been a volunteer for the American Cancer Society driving patients to their appointments. Mrs. Peters was a member of the Crockett E. T. M. C. Women’s Auxiliary for 38 years. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lovelady and Lovelady Methodist Women’s Fellowship.
Survivors include her husband E. R. Peters, of Pearson Chapel; brother Edwin “Q. Z.” Sloan and wife Val, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; niece Glenda Hibbitts and husband Tom, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; great-niece Allison Hibbitts; great-nephews Jay Hibbitts and Michael Hibbitts; nephew Donald Sloan and wife Lori, of Austin; brother-in-law Morris Gardner and wife Laverne, of Lovelady; nephew Charles Gardner and wife Rhonda, of Lovelady; niece Donna Murray and husband Stacy, of Lovelady; niece-in-law Joan Little, of Lovelady; great-nephews Perry Little and wife Audrey, Billy Morris Little and wife Melissa and Danny Little and wife Michelle, all of Lovelady; great-niece Nancy Lawrence and husband Robert, of Crockett; step-son Mike Peters and wife JoAnn, of Washington State; step-granddaughters Tammy Buenning and husband Brice, of Washington State, Tiffany Peters, of Palm Desert, Calif.; step-grandson Michael Peters, Jr., of Huntington Beach, Calif.; step-great grandchildren Michaela, Olivia, Jaden and Sadie Muff; and many special great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Wilmer “Scoby” Gardner; and nephew Billy Little.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Lilla “Muff” Peters were held Friday, May 8, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Lovelady with the Rev. Jim White and the Rev. Doug Howell officiating. Interment followed in the Weldon Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 87, Lovelady, Tx. 75851 or Weldon Cemetery Association, Rt. 1, Box 211D, Lovelady, Tx. 75851.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
MARK EDWARD BROWN
Mr. Mark Edward Brown, age 48 of Conroe, passed away on May 1, 2009 in Conroe, Texas. Mr. Brown was born August 26, 1960 in Houston, Texas to Rita McMichael Brown and James E. Brown.
Survivors include his father James Brown; son Matthew Brown; daughter Meagan Brown; and a large extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Preceded in death by his mother Rita; and his maternal grandparents Lyman and Frances McMichael.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Mark Edward Brown were held Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Butler officiating.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
Willis Dan Goodrich
TRINITY – Services for Willis Dan Goodrich, of Trinity were held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2009, at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Gray officiating.
Burial followed with honors from the Houston Police Department in Riverside Pioneer Cemetery.
Mr. Goodrich died Monday, April 27.
He joined the Houston Police Academy Class #16 on March 4, 1957 and during his career with the Houston Police Department he worked in the vice division and the central division. When he retired on Jan. 15, 1994, he was assigned to the North Division.
Mr. Goodrich served for four years during World War II in the U.S. Navy.
Following his retirement, he resided for a time in Milam before moving to Trinity. He loved to fish, hunts and spend time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis Monroe and Maude Goodrich; a son, Alton Richards; a son-in-law, Russell Linderman; and a sister, Virginia Sword.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Glenda Goodrich; five children and their spouses, Danny and Linda Goodrich, Rhonda and Jay Murphy, Beverly Goodrich, Jeanniene and Robert Vick and Tammy Linderman.; a sister, Ruth McNell; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home of Trinity directed the arrangements
James A. Lepien
RIVERSIDE – James A. “Jim” Lepien, 65, of Riverside died Friday, April 24, at East Texas Medical Center-Tyler.
A memorial service is pending.
Mrs. Lepien was born Feb. 13, 1944, in Camp McCoy, Wis. He was retired from the retail business in southern California and Houston.
Survivors include his closest friend and companion, Jackie Shepard of Riverside; two daughters and their spouses, Val and Tony Carrick of Springs and Lori and Trini Martinez of Lancaster; a son and his spouse, Jimmy and Amy Lepien of Spring; a sister, Cindy Mayo of Tucson, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
SAMMY TUNSTALL VAUGHAN
Mr. Sammy Tunstall Vaughan, age 76 of Azle, Texas, a beloved husband, daddy, granddaddy, brother and friend, passed away Monday, May 4, 2009, at his home surrounded by his family after a brief and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Mr. Vaughan was born July 25, 1932, in Waco to Sam T. and Willie Lee Tunstall Vaughan. He had resided in the Azle area since 1943 and was baptized in Eagle Mountain Lake when he was 11 years of age. A 1950 graduate of Azle High School where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Nina Haugen Vaughan, his loving wife for the past 58 years.
Mr. Vaughan was a longtime salesman for Houston Credit Sales in Fort Worth. After retirement, he worked part-time at Larry's Carpet which is owned by his son, Larry.
He enjoyed gardening, camping, fishing, arrowhead hunting and traveling with their friends. He spent many weekends throughout the 1960s, '70s and '80s on Eagle Mountain Lake teaching his kids and grandkids to waterski. He was a very hardworking individual, staying busy in his garden, flower beds and most beautiful landscaped yard. He was a dedicated Dallas Mavericks fan who watched every game.
Mr. Vaughan was very proud that all eight of his children were also graduates of Azle High School as were most of his grandchildren.
He was very kind and helpful to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed by all his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Nina Vaughan; eight children daughters Patty Vaughan, Sharon Shearer and husband Eddie, Kristi Blair and husband Richard; sons Larry Vaughan and wife Debbie, Kerry Vaughan and wife Dottie, David Vaughan, Scotty Vaughan and wife Susanne, and Kirk Vaughan, all of Azle; 19 grandchildren Tricia Morelock Hannie, Leslie Morelock Austin, Nolan Morelock, Chad Shearer, Ryan Shearer, Nathan Vaughan, Natalie Vaughan Walley, Steven Creach, Shelly Vaughan, Cassie Vaughan, Courtney Vaughan, Casey Vaughan, Slayton Vaughan, Jory King, Brandon Vaughan, Cody Vaughan, Shelbi Vaughan, Colson Blair and Kassidy Blair; 13 great-grandchildren, Karson Moore, Kenzie Morelock, Chandler Austin, Gatlyn Shearer, Anna Shearer, Luke Walley, Trayson and Anna Creach, Brynn and Avery White, Braye Davis, Jared King and Kaden Vaughan and three more on the way; brother Mike Vaughan; sisters, Helen Buchanan and husband Jimmy, Carolyn Fritts and husband Sam; sisters and brothers-in-law Bette and John Hall, Dorothy and Forrest Horton, Barney and Kathy Haugen, Kathy and Robert Sorrels, Eddie and Susie Haugen.
Preceded in death by his parents Sam and Willie Lee Vaughan; father and mother-in-law Barney and Nina Haugen Sr.; brother Charles Vaughan; and nephews Johnny Hall and Randy Horton.
Funeral Services for Mr. Sammy Tunstall Vaughan were held Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Lakeside, 8801 Jacksboro Highway in Lakeside. Interment followed in Azleland Memorial Park.
Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Pallbearers were Nolan Morelock, Chad Shearer, Nathan Vaughan, Steven Creach, Courtney Vaughan, Slayton Vaughan, Brandon Vaughan and Colson Blair.
Honorary Pallbearers were Ryan Shearer, Cody Vaughan and Jory King.
Biggers Funeral Home
CAROL S. "DEDE" ROLLER TERRY
Mrs. Carol S. “Dede” Roller Terry, age 58 of Belott, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at her residence. Mrs. Terry was born November 4, 1950 in Fredrick, Maryland and moved to the Rio Grande Valley where she attended elementary school and graduated from Harlingen High School in 1969. She graduated from Texas A&I University, now Texas A&M University – Kingsville, in 1973 with a teaching degree and in 1977 with a Masters in Education. Mrs. Terry taught a total of 32 years and had taught in Harlingen, Robstown, Madisonville, Crockett and Latexo. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Crockett. She loved playing bridge with her beloved Cowgirls bridge group and also loved her family, her animals and working in her yard.
Survivors include her husband Texas H. Terry, of Belott; daughter Courtney Terry, of Belott; son Cody Terry, of Fort Worth; brothers Charles Roller and wife Hannah, of Edmond, Okla. and James Roller and wife Becky, of Giddings; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her sister Marjorie Roller Kirchoff; and parents Clarence and Helen Roller.
Memorial Services for Mrs. Carol S. “Dede” Roller Terry were held Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Dr. Jerry House officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Michelle Lynn Holsey Foundation, P. O. Box 652, Crockett, Texas 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
GARY ANDREW "ANDY" JOSEY JR.
Mr. Gary Andrew "Andy" Josey Jr., age 31 of Lafitte, Louisiana, formerly of Crockett and Montgomery.
Survivors include his mother Selena "Sandy" Josey, of Texas City; father Gary Josey, Sr. and Sue, of Conroe; children Deavon Andrew, Charlea Rene and Samantha Grace; sister Chris Josey, of Texas City; grandmother Willie Lever, of Montgomery; nephews James Hearon and Randy Mills; aunts and uncles Martha Arnold, Linda and Don Spruill, Joe Don Hallmark, Willie Josey and Charlotte Long; numerous other relatives and special friends.
Preceded in death by his grandparents J.D. and Lucille Hallmark and Bill Josey; cousins Chad Arnold and Sidney Spruill.
Memorial Services for Mr. Gary Andrew "Andy" Josey, Jr. will be held Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Arbor Church in the Arbor Community.
Interment will follow at a later time at Pleasant Grove Cemetery.