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East Texas News - Obituaries
Houston County Courier- May 24, 2009 - May 31, 2009

BILLYNE TABOR
Mrs. Billyne Tabor, age 78 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2009 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Tabor was born January 17, 1931 in Brownwood, Texas and was a resident of Crockett most of her lifetime. She was owner and operator of Tabor Farm Supply with her husband for many years. Mrs. Tabor enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Crockett.
Survivors include her son Mark Tabor and wife Kim, of Crockett; grandchildren Nicki Novosad and husband Trey, of Helotes, Chelsea Tabor, Tyler Tabor, and Presley Ellis, all of Crockett; great-grandchildren Austin Novosad, and Addison Novosad, both of Helotes; brother-in-law Joe Tabor and wife Oneale, of Blanket; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Marshall E. Tabor; daughter Marsha Lynn Tabor Gullo; brother Coleman Hodges; and sister Ann Lee.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Billyne Tabor were held Thursday, May 28, 2009 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

DONA SUE CURRY
Mrs. Dona Sue Curry, age 85 years, 4 months and 25 days, beloved Mother, sister and Mimi passed away Sunday, May 24, 2009, at her home in Crockett, surrounded by her loved ones. Mrs. Curry was born on December 29, 1923 in Kennard, Texas to Charles Lovelace and Minnie Steed who preceded her in death.
Also preceding was her beloved husband of 57 years, Shellie A. Curry Jr.; two brothers Cloyce Steed and Marcus Steed; two sisters Mozelle Warren and Margaret Williams; two daughters-in-law Hager Morton and Louise Curry; and two Grandsons Scott Rudd and Baby Boy Morton.
Besides being a wife and homemaker, she worked as a bookkeeper and stenographer for 42 years. She was just 14 years old when she first accepted Christ as her savior. She has been a devout Baptist and has been a member of the Baptist churches where she resided.  
For the past 24 years, she has been a member of the First Baptist Church of Crockett. She has taught Sunday school for 30 years and was an avid Bible scholar and teacher. She read and studied the Bible daily and was a source of inspiration to all that knew her. She had also been an active member of several organizations including the Daughters of The Republic of Texas, where she served as Chaplain, and, the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Mrs. Curry and her husband Shellie served as Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron of Crockett Chapter #509 Order of the Eastern Star, during the years of 1967-1968 and 1982-1983. Mrs. Curry loved and appreciated her bridge games with friends, and her association with a local cancer support group. She will be missed dearly by her family and her community.
Survivors include her four sons and two daughters-in-law Billy Rex Rudd, of Crockett, Charles R. “Bobby” Morton and wife Betty, of Waco, Richard Mark Curry, of Crockett, and Shellie Curry, III and wife Amy Caplan, of Towson Md.; three brothers and sisters-in-law Mack and Dee Steed, Ray and Hudell Steed, all of Kennard and Lacy and Theresa Steed, of Conroe; one sister JoAnne Holcomb, of Crockett; one sister-in-law Lillian Steed, of Lufkin; grandchildren Daniel Rudd, Mark Curry, Luke Morton, Monique Curry and Alton Curry; great-grandchildren Marissa Land, Avery, Nicholas and Preston Rudd, Rori Holcomb, and Melody Ella Claire Morton;  many nieces and nephews. 
Funeral Services for Mrs. Dona Sue Curry were held Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Keeney Dickenson officiating. Interment followed in the Corinth Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Cancer Support Group of Houston County C/O of First Community Bank P.O. Box 172, Crockett, TX. 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

HARVEY "TINY" BLAIR
Mr. Harvey "Tiny" Blair, age 76, passed away Monday, March 23, 2009 in Whitehall Nursing Center after a lengthy illness. Mr. Harvey and his twin brother were two of 12 children and were born February 23, 1933 in Weldon.
He served in the United States Air Force for 10 years, where he was trained as a Med-tech. He lived all over the world with a long stint in Japan. After discharge from the service, he resided in Nebraska for several years before returning to Texas. Mr. Blair was a timber man and was known for his expertise in timber appraising and management. His passion was the game of golf.
Survivors include his son David Blair, of Neb.; daughter Ruth Blair Smith, of Neb.; twin brother Maurey Blair, of Trinity; and step-daughter Courtney Haggard, of East Texas.

JIM FRANKLIN BYRD SR.
Mr. Jim Franklin Byrd Sr., age 51, on Saturday, May 16, 2009 he completed his earthly journey and stepped into eternity. Mr. Byrd entered this life June 2, 1957 as the sixth of eight children born to Carl and Esther Byrd in Crockett.
Mr. Byrd was a faithful member of Jones Chapel A.M.E. Church in Crockett and was educated in the Crockett public school system where he became a star running back for the Crockett Bulldogs. He graduated from Crockett High School in 1976 and began his military career shortly thereafter in the U.S. Army.
Following his honorable discharge, he pursued post-secondary education at San Jacinto College where he became a skilled welder.
Loved by all who knew him, he was a caring and affectionate father, brother, uncle and friend. Mr. Byrd was a gentle giant whose physical strength was only surpassed by his love for those around him.
Funeral Services for Mr. Jim Franklin Byrd will be held Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in Jesus Christ Victory Interdenominational Church in Crockett.
Barkley Mortuary

JOE HALLMARK
Mr. Joe Hallmark, age 74, a good man passed away Friday, April 24, 2009 in Houston, as result of a sudden stroke. Mr. Hallmark was a dedicated worker at M.D. Anderson for over 30 years.
Survivors include his sisters Lavon Rather and Dorothy Hudgins-Newson; sister-in-law Doris Hallmark; four nephews; three nieces and their children.
Preceded in death by his parents Belle and Joe Hallmark, Sr.; sister Hazel; two brothers Kyle and Glen.
Mr. Joe Hallmark was laid to rest Tuesday, April 28, 2009 in Brookside Cemetery.

STERLING L. EDWARDS
Mr. Sterling L. Edwards, age 81 of Crockett Texas passed away Monday, May 18, 2009. Mr. Edwards was born in Houston, Texas on February 5th 1928 to Alice and Kerpurnel Edwards in their home near what is now the corner of 34th Street and Ella Blvd. He worked on the Brandt Dairy near that home until he chose to enter the plumbing profession.
Mr. Sterling married Louise Daniels on May 1, 1948. Sterling was ordained a Deacon at Golf Drive Baptist in 1950 and together he and Louise faithfully served churches in Houston and then in Crockett. He continued in the plumbing profession and received his Master Plumbing license in 1953. 
After a brief partnership, he started Sterling Plumbing Company in 1959 and together with Louise at his side, the business quickly grew. At one time, his wife, all three sons and his daughter worked for and with him. He retired in 1975 to Crockett, Texas where he was able to have his own cattle farm. He was active in the First Baptist Church in Crockett. Mr. Edwards was a member of Reagan Lodge No. 1037 in Houston and a member of the Arabia Shriners and the Order of the Eastern Star Crockett Chapter No. 509.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Louise Edwards, of Crockett; children Les Edwards, of Crockett, Bob Edwards, of Houston, Donna Smith, of Crockett and Larry Edwards and wife Cherrie, of Magnolia; grandchildren Heath Edwards and wife Shelley, of Fredericksburg, Raechel Von Minden and husband Lorenze, of La Grange, Matt Edwards, of Dripping Springs, Kristina Waldrep and husband Brandon, of Crockett, Sterling Edwards and wife Jenna, of New York and Aaron Edwards and wife Anita, of Magnolia; honorary grandchildren Kevin, Diana, Jay and Seth Maxwell, all of Crockett; great-grandchildren Hagan, Mitchell and Blaine Edwards, Jessie and Shelby Waldrep, Madison, Emma and Avery Edwards, Edie, Nate and Sophie Edwards; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral Services for Mr. Sterling L. Edwards were held on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Keeney Dickenson and the Rev. Larry Edwards officiating.  Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the A.S. Lee Scholarship Fund c/o First Baptist Church, 801 E Goliad, Crockett, Texas 75835.
Callaway-Allee funeral Home

WILLIE HAYNE WEEKS
Mr. Willie Hayne Weeks, age 63 of Grapeland, passed away at Hospice of East Texas in Palestine, Texas, on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, following a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Weeks was born November 6, 1945, in Lovelady, Texas, and served in the U.S. Army, during The Vietnam War, and was stationed at Pleiku. On November 23, 1977, he was united in marriage to Linda Ashwood in Grapeland, Texas.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Weeks, of Grapeland; son Brian Weeks, of Mexia; daughters and their husbands, Wendi and Nathan Shaw, of Grapeland, Krissi and Randy Pickett, of Victoria; two grandchildren Allison Shaw, of Grapeland and Carly Pickett of Victoria; sisters and brothers-in-law Connie and Tommy LaRue, of Elkins Lake, Cathy and Kevin Thomas, of Huntsville; mother-in-law Ima Ashwood, of Grapeland; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Preceded in death by his parents Hayne and Billie Weeks.
Funeral Services for Mr. Willie Hayne Weeks were held Friday, May 22, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Scott Matthews officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of East Texas-Tyler, 4111 University Blvd, Tyler, Texas 75701.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home 



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