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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
May 2010
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GENE RAY HUNZIKER
Mr. Gene Ray Hunziker, age 71 of Kennard, passed away Friday, May 21, 2010, at his residence. Mr. Hunziker was born December 17, 1938 in Kennard, Houston County, Texas, to Marlin Chester Hunziker and Reba Teresa Kee. He lived most of his life in Angelina and Houston Counties and was retired from Lufkin Industries. Mr. Hunziker was of the Baptist faith and dearly loved living on his grandfather’s old place. Survivors include his wife Betty Hunziker, of Kennard; son Randy Hunziker, of Lufkin; brother Bobby Hunziker and wife Berta, of Diboll; half brother Jimmy Martin, of Krotz Springs, La.; and four grandchildren. Preceded in death by his mother and father Reba Teresa Kee and Marlin Chester Hunziker; and son Marlin Hunziker. Funeral Services for Mr. Gene Ray Hunziker were held Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jim Durham officiating. Interment followed in the Ivie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ivie Cemetery Association, c/o Letha King, 2502 F. M. 357, Kennard, Texas 75847 or Hospice in the Pines, 116 S. Raguet, Lufkin, Texas 75904. Condolences for Mr. Hunziker may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

WILLIAM THOMAS “TOMMY” BULLOCK
Mr. William Thomas "Tommy" Bullock, age 68, passed away Monday, May 24, 2010 in Crockett. Mr. Bullock was born October 5, 1941 in Bryan, Texas to Polly and Tom Bullock. He was a member of the Wayside Bible Church in Crockett. He was a volunteer for the East Texas Tres Dias. Mr. Bullock started working at the young age of 10 popping popcorn in front of the "Texas Theatre" on Fridays and Saturdays. At age 15-16 years he became a projectionist at the "Ritz Theater" and worked there formany years. He also worked for the Rio Drive In, Ball Record Shop, KIVY radio, and KTRE. T.V. Mr. Bullock served in the U S Army with the 49th Armored Division stationed at Ft. Polk La. and also at Ft. Knox, Ky. After being discharged, he came back to Crockett and graduated from Crockett High School in 1963. For a number of years he worked in Beaumont, Texas, employed with Jefferson Amusement Co where he was the manager of several theatres. He was a pilot, doing his first solo flight in 1962. During his life time he worked for Brown and Root as a medic, the State School, was an EMT, an agricultural pilot, a truck driver and a gun smith. Survivors include his one son Lee Bullock and wife Susan, of Austin; two granddaughters Elizabeth and Emilee Bullock, of Austin; one grandson Easton Bullock, of Austin; one brother Rodney Bullock and wife Linda, of Crockett; one sister Jan Maiden and husband Mike, of Crockett; nieces Becky Maiden, of Houston, Cindy Jackson, Cathy Figert and Cheryl Murphy, all of Odessa; nephews Rodney Bullock Jr. and wife Lindsay, of Baytown and Bobby Maiden, of Waco; great-nephews Austin Bullock and Andrew Wilson; great nieces Anne Marie Bullock, Savanah Wilson and Lexie Bullock; best friend Charles Arnold, of Crockett; and close fiiends George Childs and Roy Adams. Preceded in death by his parents Polly and Tom Bullock; and sister,Patty Whitley. Memorials for Mr. William Thomas “Tommy” Bullock were held Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Wayside Bible Church with Dr. Charles and the Rev. Frank Smith officiating. Honorary Pallbearers Dr Dan Dubberly, Mark Stevenson, Joel Thomas, Chuck Allen, Tim Allen, and Lloyd Dickey. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to East Texas Tres Dias and to the Wayside Bible Church. Condolences for Mr. Bullock may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ELEANOR ELIZABETH RAGAN
Miss Eleanor Elizabeth Ragan, age 75 of Kennard, passed away Tuesday, May 25, 2010, in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Miss Ragan was born February 9, 1935 in Houston, Texas and had lived in Houston most of her lifetime, moving back to Kennard in 1999. Survivors include Brenda and Clell Dominy, of Kennard; and numerous cousins, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents James “Jimmy” Ragan and Carey Starling Ragan. Funeral Services for Miss Eleanor Elizabeth Ragan were be held Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Robert Lacey officiating. Interment followed in the Ivie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans P.O. Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 Attn: Gift Processing. Condolences for Miss Eleanor Elizabeth Ragan may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JIMMIE ED HUGHES SR.
Mr. Jimmie Ed Hughes, Sr., age 69 of Crockett, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at his home in Crockett. Mr. Hughes was born January 18, 1941 in Houston County to Marion Hughes and Mable Gardner. He was a member of the United Pentecostal Church in Crockett. Survivors include his wife Creola Wilcox, of Crockett; children Jimmie Leon Hughes and wife Robin, of San Antonio, Saundra Napier, of Trinity, Jimmie Hughes, Jr., of Grapeland, Tim Hughes and wife Trish, of Grapeland, Charles Hughes, of Plum Grove and Roy Hughes, of Crockett; two stepsons Eddie Wilcox and wife Merly and Glenn Wilcox and wife Cathy, all of Crockett; 17 grandchildren; one special granddaughter Kristina Johnson; one very special great-granddaughter Preslee Johnson; sisters Mary Ann Laake and husband James, Janie Mulligan and husband Roy, Patricia Head and husband James, Denise Long and Ruth Poag; and brother Johnnie Hughes. Preceded in death by his parents Marion Hughes and Mable Gardner; and brothers Roy Hughes, Marion Hughes, Jr. Memorial Services for Mr. Jimmie Ed Hughes, Sr. were held Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Christ Essential Baptist Church on College Street in Grapeland, Texas. Condolences for Mr. Jimmie Ed Hughes, Sr., may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ERNA MARSH ARDRY
Mrs. Erna Marsh Ardry, age 87 of Grapeland, previously of Trinity, passed away Tuesday, May 25, 2010 in the Palestine Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Ardry was born June 1, 1922 in Houston County, Texas and had been living in Grapeland. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and First Baptist Church in Grapeland. Mrs. Ardry was retired having worked as a nurse’s aide. Survivors include her granddaughters Kara Marsh and Kimberly Marsh; great-granddaughter Taylor Marsh; sister-in-law Betty Morrison; special nephews Steve Blackmon and Roye Blackmon; numerous other nieces, nephews and relatives; special friends Sharon Lane, Sandy Thornton, Christine Peterson, Jean Carroll and special dog “Sonny.” Preceded in death by her son Lonnie Marsh; and husbands Leslie Marsh and Bill Ardry. Funeral Services for Mrs. Erna Marsh Ardry were held Friday, May 28, 2010 at 2:00 p. m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Roye Blackmon and the Rev. David Bradley officiating. Interment followed in the McCarter Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 283, Grapeland, Texas 75844. Condolences for Mrs. Ardry may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BERTHA MAE BROUSSARD
Mrs. Bertha Mae Broussard, age 75 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at her residence. Mrs. Broussard was born July 19, 1934 in Kingtown, Texas and had lived in Crockett for the past twenty years. She was a housewife and a supporter of the Latexo Fire Department. Mrs. Broussard was a member of the Truly God’s Country Cowboy Church. Survivors include her daughters Linda Loyd and husband Hollis, Janie Seidel and husband Lawrence Duval, all of Crockett, Crystal Hughes and husband Kenny, of Latexo, Sharon Williams and husband Terry, of Crockett; son Mayne Broussard III and wife Janet, of Katy; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; best friend Karen Carroll; and numerous other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Mayne Broussard, Jr.; son Gary Steven Broussard; and parents Forest McCauley and Dorothy (Lowery) McCauley. Funeral Services for Mrs. Bertha Mae Broussard were held Saturday, May 30, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Truly God’s Country Cowboy Church with the Rev. Gene Kellum and Mr. Rocky Hoch officiating. Interment followed in the Simpson Camp Ground Cemetery in Nacogdoches County. Condolences for Mrs. Broussard may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

HERMAN LEO WELCH
Mr. Herman Leo Welch, age 89 of Uvalde, passed away Monday, February 22, 2010 in University Hospital in San Antonio. Mr. Welch was born August 23, 1920 in Vance, Texas to Lon and Dora Ann Welch. Survivors include his wife Johnnie Welch, of Uvalde; four sons Dan Welch and wife Barbara, Gary Welch and wife Alma, Billy Welch and wife Shirley, all of Uvalde and Fred Welch and wife Laura, of Pasadena; three sisters Mary Lee Engelke, Billie Jo Fellers, both of Boerne and Bobbie Ray Dodd, of Carmen; three brothers Clyde Welch, of Uvalde, W.A. “Tooter” Welch, of Lovelady and Larry Welch, of Sabinal; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents Lon and Dora Ann Welch; first wife Leila Jo Welch; two brothers Pete Welch and Norman “Snooks” Welch; one sister Gertrude Hermes. Funeral Services for Mr. Herman Leo Welch were held Friday, February 26, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. Interment followed in the Vance cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Pallbearers were Gary Welch Jr., Daniel Jones, Freddy Welch Jr., Corey Welch, Krista Welch, Amanda Welch, Valerie Welch, Amy Welch and Jennifer Mosqueda. Honorary Pallbearers were Garland Armstrong, Will Elrod, Stanley Keeney, Aubrey Haynes, Gene Haynes, Sam Barron, Lonnie Horton, Bud Harrington and William Copple. Memorials may be made to ElProgreso Memorial Library 301 W. Main St., Uvalde, Texas 78801. Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, Inc.

HAZEL DOVEY DYES BROWN
Mrs. Hazel Dovey Dyes Brown, age 91 of Crockett, passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2010. Mrs. Brown was born June 9, 1918 in Melrose, Texas. Her parents were Clarence and Lorena Wilkinson Dyes. She had five sisters and two brothers. She went to primary school in Melrose and graduated from Nacogdoches High school in 1936. She moved to Shreveport, Louisiana to work. Later, she moved to Houston, Texas to work for South Western Bell Telephone Company. While in Houston, she met Granville Edward Brown. They were married on October 2, 1948. They had two sons. They moved to Crosby, Texas in 1964. They moved to Crockett in 1981, when Edward retired from South Western Bell Telephone Co. in Houston. They lived on a farm on Hwy. 7 West until Edward's health failed. They moved into town in the Rolling Hills Addition in 1996. They celebrated 52 years of marriage before Edward passed away in 2001. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Crockett. She enjoyed going to the Senior Citizen Center to eat and visit with friends. She enjoyed her dog, Sam going to church, singing songs, birds and flowers. She enjoyed being with her family. She was a special lady who will be missed greatly. Survivors include her son Mark Brown and wife Nancy, of Crockett; three grandsons David Brown and wife Cristy, of Lancaster, Aaron Brown and wife Amie, of Nederland, Adam Brown and fiancé Darla, of Newton; one sister Oudie Faye Stanford, of Houston; many nieces and nephews and friends. Preceded in death by her husband Granville Edward Brown; son David Anthony Brown; parents Clarence and Lorena Dyes; two brothers Stub and Oscar Dyes; four sisters Ethel Davis, Arlene Long, Zeffie Loveless and Audie Mae Dyes. Funeral Services for Mrs. Hazel Dovey Dyes Brown were held on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Keeney Dickenson officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Memorial Park in Crockett. Condolences for Mrs. Brown may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

CLAY AARON CANTRELLE
Mr. Clay Aaron Cantrelle, age 27, went to be with the Lord in the early morning hours Saturday, May 8, 2010, as his family and friends gathered close by the burning SCC Auto Center. Mr. Cantrelle was born in Marshall, Texas to Steven and Deborah Cantrelle on December 14, 1982. He was a graduate of Marshall High School and Texas State Technical College of Marshall with an Associates degree in Software Engineering. Clay was a member of the First Christian Church of Marshall, Texas. He loved his family and friends dearly. He was an avid computer gamer enthusiast and enjoyed playing games on his Xbox with computer friends all over the country. The family has received messages from many of his computer acquaintances, saying “you don’t know me but I played games on the Xbox with Clay and am so sorry for your loss. He was a super friend.” Survivors include his father and mother Steve and Debbie Cantrelle, of Marshall; brother Cody Cantrelle and fiancée Kelly Lovoi, of Marshall; grandparents The Reverend Earl and Sue Cantrelle, of Longview and Gene and Betty Bitner, of Lovelady; his only niece Aften Cantrelle; and a host of many aunts, uncles and cousins also survive him. Memorial Services for Mr. Clay Aaron Cantrelle were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 15, 2010 at Summit United Methodist Church in Marshall, with the Rev. Carl Teel, the Rev. Janice Hill, and the Rev. Mario Parga officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Clay Aaron Cantrelle Scholarship Fund in care of Sullivan Funeral Home, 100 East Travis Street, Marshall, Texas 75670 or to BBVA Compass Bank, 412 East Grand Avenue, Marshall, Texas 75670 where a fund has been established in Clay’s memory. On-line condolences may be made to HYPERLINK "http://www.sullivanheasterfuneralhome.com" www.sullivan-funeralhome.com. Sullivan Funeral Home

EDWARD JAMES FINLEY
Mr. Edward James Finley, age 84, passed away Sunday, May 16, 2010 from complications of Alzheimer's. Mr. Finley was born November 28, 1925 in Meriden, Connecticut to Elizabeth Abigail Jenkins and James Finley. Survivors include his daughters Janet Finley Caliva and husband Marty and Debby Scates; sisters Patricia Cummings and Margie DeMauro; brother Bill Kraszewski; three grandchildren; one grandson; two great-granddaughters. Preceded in death by his parents Elizabeth Abigail Jenkins and James Finley; wife Norma Jean; and brother Ted Kraszewski. Memorial Services for Mr. Edward James Finley were held Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Forest Park East Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Augustine Catholic Church-Flower Fund, 5560 Laurel Creek, Houston, Texas 77017. (713)-946-8968. Forest Park East Funeral Home

BETTY JOAN JONES HACKETT
Mrs. Betty Joan Jones Hackett, age 68 of Crockett, left us with her soul soaring to Heaven on the wings of angels Friday, April 23, 2010. Mrs. Hackett was born February 26, 1942, in Crockett, Texas, to Arie and Geneva Ladell Jones. She was reared in the Post Oak Community, where she also attended school. She later attended Ralph Bunch High School. At an early age, She accepted Christ and joined Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church where she remained a faithful member. She dutifully served the church in many capacities, including Sunday School Teacher, Usher, Usher Board President, and Church Secretary/Clerk/Finance Chair. On March 3, 1961, she united in holy matrimony with D. B. Hackett, Sr. and to this union they parented 7 children. Mrs. Hackett was definitely one of God’s special angels here on earth. She was loved and admired by many because of her beautiful smile, kind ways, unconditional love and never ending, Christ-like advice. Mrs. Hackett retired from Allee Manufacturing as a seamstress after 20 years. During the same time, she was mother to her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and all of the other kids in the community. She was very gracious and compassionate as she spent many years caring for all of the elderly family and friends in need of loving assistance. For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. II Timothy 4:6-8 Survivors include her loving husband D.B. Hackett Sr., of Crockett; one son D.B. Hackett Jr., of Rusk; five daughters Dorothy Riggins, Rose Hackett, Cynthia Hackett, all of Crockett, Jacquelyn (Richard) Johnson and Liesa Hackett, all of Huntsville; one sister Annie (Lynn) Bolton, of Crockett; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sister-in-law; brother-in-law; countless nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents Arie and Geneva Ladell Jones; two brothers Richard Jones and Arther Jones; sister Eliza Jones; two sons Frank Owens and Larry Hackett; one daughter Ada Bell Simon; and one grandson Timothy Riggins.

JAMES WILSON FREEMAN
Mr. James Wilson Freeman, age 88 of Lovelady, formerly of Houston, passed away Saturday, May 8, 2010 in the Whitehall Nursing Center in Crockett. Mr. Freeman was born December 31, 1921 in Pennington, Texas and had lived in Lovelady for the past ten years, previously living in Houston. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served from 1942 – 1945 during World War II. Mr. Freeman was a member of the Oak Forest Lions Club where he had served as past president, served as board member for the Northwest Y. M. C. A and was a member of the American Legion Post #560. He was self employed in the Grocery business and was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church in Lovelady. Survivors include his wife Bonnie Freeman, of Lovelady; half brother Charles Ray Freeman; half sisters Bea Maxey and Rose Pillows; and half brothers-in-law Robert E. Stiles and Dan L. Williams. Preceded in death by his father Allen Ashworth and step-mother Ada Ashworth; mother Dovie Freeman and step-father Leonard Freeman; and half sisters Mattie Stiles and Louise Williams. Funeral Services for Mr. James Wilson Freeman were held Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Antioch Baptist Church in Lovelady with the Rev. Jared Burt officiating. Interment follow in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Antioch Baptist Church, 3910 F.M. 230, Lovelady, Texas 75851. Condolences for Mr. Freeman may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MELBA GLYNNE SIMS
Mrs. Melba Glynne Sims, a resident of Burnet, Texas past away Monday, May 10, 2010 at Cedar Park Regional Hospital. Mrs. Sims was born in September 12, 1929 in Wharton County, Texas. She had worked as a nurse in Crockett for many years and then a caregiver of children including special needs children in Austin. She dedicated her life to helping others and will be greatly missed. Survivors include her son Bruce Thomas Sims and wife Tammy Sims, of Bertram; sister Gwynne Bryce, of Trinity; nieces Patsy Johnson, of Burnet and Vicki Bradshaw, of Jacksonville; and nephew Michael Bradshaw, of Spring. Preceded in death by her husband Curtis Garland Sims; and father and mother Hunter and Marie Bruce. Graveside Services for Mrs. Melba Glynne Sims were held Thursday, May 13, at 11:00 a.m. in the Latexo Cemetery in Latexo, Texas with David Coon officiating. Memorials can be made to Odyssey Vista Care Hospice Foundation, 717 N. Harwood St., Suite 1500, Dallas, Texas 75201. Condolences for Mrs. Sims may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

TRACY SOPHIE DURHAM
Mrs. Tracy Sophie Durham, age 88 of Grapeland, passed away peacefully in her home at Tejas Shores in Grapeland, Texas on Wednesday, May 12, 2010. She was attended by her loving son. Mrs. Durham was born January 14, 1922 in Caldwell, Texas and had been living in Grapeland. She was retired from the Houston Area Teachers Credit Union. Upon retirement, she grew and marketed blueberries and was known as the “Blueberry Lady.” Mrs. Durham was an avid gardener and a long time member of the Central Baptist Church in Crockett. Survivors include her children Sherry Durham, of Austin, Saundra Durham Foster and husband Charles, of Thornton, Dennis Steed Durham, of Grapeland and Rose Riley of Carrolton; grandson Brian Christopher Foster, of Pearland; great-grandson Aaron David Neason, of Thornton; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Frank Maxie Durham; mother and father Anna Sophia Mathus and Vince Matus; sisters Julia Dismuke, Lydia Gaas and Staza Kazmur; and brothers Vince Matus, Ed Matus, Eugene Matus and Lawrence Matus. Funeral Services for Mrs. Tracy Sophie Durham were held Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Goss officiating. Interment follow in the Ratcliff Antioch Cemetery. Condolences for Mrs. Durham may be left may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

LOIS MILDRED GREB KRESTA
Mrs. Lois Greb Kresta, age 81 of Crockett, passed away on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at the Whitehall Nursing Center in Crockett. Mrs. Kresta was born on January 20, 1929 in Crockett and graduated from Crockett High School in 1946. After briefly working as a secretary in Centerville, Mrs. Kresta moved to Houston around 1950, finding a job at National Steel. She married Frank Kresta, originally from Moulton, near Shiner, Texas, on May 31, 1952. The couple lived in Houston 45 years, raising two children in Houston and seeing them both off to college. Mr. and Mrs. Kresta moved to Crockett in August 1997 to enjoy a well-earned retirement in the Piney Woods. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Crockett. Survivors include her husband Frank Kresta, of Crockett; sister-in-law Mabel Greb, of Crockett; daughter and son-in-law Carolyn and Kirk Kendrick, of Richmond; son and daughter-in-law Ronald and Andrea Kresta, of Lonnerstadt (near Nuremberg, Germany); grandson Jerod Kendrick and wife Angela; grandchildren Vicky and Eric Kresta; and numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents Theodore William and Lemma Greb; brother and sister-in-law Leroy and Wilma Greb; and brother Kenneth Greb, all of Crockett. Funeral Services for Mrs. Lois Greb Kresta were held Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Crockett with the Steve Meadows officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park in Crockett. In lieu of or in addition to flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 116 S. Raguet, Lufkin, Texas 75904. Condolences for Mrs. Kresta may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DANNY LYLE ACKLEY SR.
Mr. Danny Lyle Ackley Sr., age 66, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 20, 2010 in Crockett. Mr. Ackley was born August 8, 1944 in Crockett, Texas. He was a truck driver in the transportation industry and also worked as a plumber. Mr. Ackley was a member of the Good Sheppard Fellowship Church of Crockett. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Zenith Ann Ackley; children Gerald Wayne Allbritton, Lisa Dumas and husband Randy, Danny Ackley, Jr. and wife Sheryl, Cheryl Harris and husband Jimmy, Marc Ackley and wife Christina; 16 Grandchildren Chandra, Gerald, Casey, Amber, Shawnna, David, Johnny, Wesley, Destanie and husband Jeffery, Kody, Savannah, Marisa, Brianna, Raven, Christian and Cameron; 10 great-grandchildren Kylie, Felicity, Aden, Olivia, Samuel, Blake, Hayden, Mason, Brooke, Gabriel; brother Paul “Sonny” Ackley and wife Laura; sister Sue Hardee and husband Joe; brother and sister-in-laws Jimmy Dann, Frances and James Lee, Billie Gillen, James Christian, Joel and Robin Christian, Millie and Ronnie Cloer, Johnnie and Wayne Cartwright, Charlie “GeNell” Langston and Rosie Landrum; numerous other relatives and good friends also survive. Preceded in death by his Parents Paul William and Loyce Laveda Ackley; sisters and brother-in-law JoNell Dann, Patricia Hamby and husband Donald and Dixie Earl Ackley; brothers Eugene Ackley, Thurman Ray Ackley; brother-in-laws W.T. Gillen and Hal Langston; and sister-in-law Cathy Christian. Funeral Services for Mr. Danny Lyle Ackley Sr. were held Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Good Sheppard Fellowship Church with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Interment followed in Creek Cemetery. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

RUTH BATSON CARRIGAN
Mrs. Ruth Batson Carrigan, age 92 of Crockett, formerly of Centerville, passed away Friday, April 23, 2010 in Crockett Hospital. Mrs. Carrigan was born in George, Madison County, Texas on June 3, 1917 to Noah and Myrtle (Adams) Batson. She moved to Centerville in 1938 and married Roy B. Carrigan in 1939. She raised their three children in Centerville. She was a room mother, sometimes for several rooms, until her children no longer needed room mothers. Mrs. Carrigan served as president of the P.T.A. more than once. She was active in her church, First United Methodist Church in Centerville, as a Sunday School teacher, V.B.S. teacher and on many administrative boards through the years. She was a homemaker but, she worked along with her husband in their grocery store and, later, clerked for the Lacey’s Grocery Store. She also worked for Mr. And Mrs. Floyd Green in their funeral home and furniture store. Mrs. Carrigan was a fantastic cook and she really enjoyed cooking. Her baked products were in very high demand by organizations that were trying to raise money through cake auctions, bake sales and concession stands. She was a member of the Centerville Area Chamber of Commerce and received their Pioneer Award. She was also a member of the board of the Centerville Cemetery Association. For many years, she did volunteer work at the Centerville Nursing Home and, at one time, was the president of the auxiliary there. Later in life, she was an active and enthusiastic member of several “42” clubs. Mrs. Carrigan did hand work and made many baby blankets and Christmas stockings for the children in her life. She loved children and she loved to travel. She had a special affinity for the hummingbirds in her yard. She was very outgoing and gregarious and loved by many. Mrs. Carrigan had a great and wonderful laugh and loved to use it. She was another “grandmother” for generations of children in Centerville and will be greatly missed. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Roy B. Carrigan, Jr. and Sharon, of Franklin; two daughters Anita Carrigan, of Centerville and Mary Carrigan, of Port Lavaca; brother Joe Oren Batson and wife Linnie, of Bryan; sister Doris Gast, of Clifton; sister-in-law Eunice Carrigan; and a host of nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents Noah and Myrtle (Adams) Batson; husband Roy B. Carrigan, Sr.; three brothers Jim Pitt Batson, Lee Ross Batson; infant Elmo Batson; nephew Ross Dean Batson; and a niece Gaynell Clossin. Funeral Services for Mrs. Ruth Batson Carrigan were held Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in Walters Funeral Home in Centerville with the Rev. Bud Miller, Bro. Tuffy Loftin and Pastor Joy Richards officiating. Interment followed in the Centerville Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tommy Neyland, Johnny Franks, Robert Campbell, Mike Wilson, Johnny Ellis and Elbert Roberts. Honorary Pallbearers were Alan Bass and the staff of Whitehall Nursing Center in Crockett, Tony Boykin, Reese Bellah, John Bellah and Lawrence Johnson. The Carrigan family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorials being given to: First United Methodist Church, 245 S. Commerce St., Centerville, Texas 75833-1965; Centerville Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 340, Centerville, Texas 75833; Centerville Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 452, Centerville, Texas 75833; Elmer P. and Jewell Ward Memorial Library, 207 St. Marys St., Centerville, Texas 75833 or to an organization of your choice. Walters Funeral Home

JACK EUGENE VIAN, SR.
Mr. Jack Eugene Vian Sr., gave out today Sunday, April 25, 2010 at the tender age of 65. He suffered from COPD and lung cancer and his demise was hastened by a lifetime of cigarette habit and a stubborn refusal to listen to doctors, siblings, or children. Mr. Vian the 5th of 8 children born to Glenn Austin Vian and Mary McKeever Vian March 15, 1945, in Bad Axe, Michigan. The family moved to Houston when Jack was four years old. He attended Aldine Junior and Aldine Senior High School where he dreamed of becoming a lawyer. Unfortunately, he was never able to pursue his academic dream. Instead, he became a carpenter and longtime member of Carpenter’s Local 551. Mr. Vian quickly rose to site superintendent. He worked for Turner Construction on the (then) Texas Commerce Tower and for HC Beck on the construction of Four Oaks Plaza and Four Leaf Place. During the oil bust of the 80’s he was forced to relocate the family to Simi Valley, Ca. In 1990 he returned to Porter, Texas where he worked on numerous projects for Pepper-Lawson Construct-ion. He retired to his farm in Friday, Texas in 2003 where he built a new home, raised cattle, and gardened as long as he was able. He served in the Texas National Guard. He was called to active duty and was stationed in South Korea until his tour ended. By all accounts he was proud of his military service although he could have done without all the flying and the harsh Korean winters. Mr. Vian married Susan Leona Bonner July 15, 1967 in Houston. They were married 29 years and raised two children, Catrina Renee and Jack, Jr. Jack was a good father and husband who did his best to provide well for his family. Although he likely would not measure up to the modern over-protective parenting paradigm, his level of fatherly involvement seemed above average for the times. He coached little league, always made the Thanksgiving ham, attended every dance recital, choral concert, and football game, and even sat through a one-act play competition. Mr. Vian was a staunch fan of the Astros, Rockets and Oilers, but he couldn’t stand Bud Adams, T-Sippers, or the Lakers. As a young man he raced cars and owned a dragster for a time. He was known to play poker and dominoes at Union Hall, and in his dotage he took to studying the racing form and donating his children’s inheritance to the ponies at Sam Houston Racing Park. He loved lotteries, occasional trips to the casinos, and two-bets on long shots and exotics. Alas, he never won any of the big prizes. Mr. Vian will not go down as one of the great men of history. His passing will not be noted by the masses, nor remarked upon outside a small circle of family friends, and co-workers, but he will be missed by those who knew him because although he was not a great man—he was a good man—and we should all be so lucky as to be remembered as such when we die. He would rather no one lament his passing because he was tired, in pain, and ready to go home. Survivors include his mother Mary Cavanaugh Vian Thomp-son, of Friday; children Jack, Jr., of Beaumont and Catrina Winters, of Kingwood; grandson Dylan “Pistol” Winter and granddaughter Jessica Winters; sisters Linda Louise and Robert Price, of Groves, Sharron and Jeff Owens, of Porter Springs, Mary Edith Siehl, of Yukon, Okla., Lorraine and Keith Minze, of Spring; brothers Thomas Vian, of Wichita Falls, Robert and Dorothy Vian, of Willis and James and Yvonne Vian, of Houston; and numerous other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his father Glenn Austin Vian. Funeral Services for Mr. Jack Eugene Vian Sr. were held Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Lyons officiating. Interment followed in the Zion Hill Cemetery. Groveton Funeral Home

LIBBIE DELL LAMBRIGHT
Mrs. Libbie Dell Lambright, age 94 of Spring, passed away Friday, April 23, 2010 in Conroe. Mrs. Lambright was born December 5, 1915 in Kennard to Jesse Ruben and Josie Mary Catherine Stubblefield Foster. She was a member of Airline Manor Baptist Church. Mrs. Lambright was a clerk by profession for J Weingarten. Survivors include her daughters Margie Nance, of Baton Rouge, La., Billie Merle Johnson and husband Paul, of Lancaster and Linda Ruth Cornelsen and husband Earl, of Conroe; grandchildren Pamela Porterfield, Jenna Burris, Paul Toby Johnson, Craig Cornelsen and Stacey Cates; great-grandchildren Lloyd Ray Burris II, Laura Burris Gonzalez, Lindsey Rechelle Burris, Lacie Rebecca Burris, Kyle Robert Cornelsen, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Cornelsen, Brandon Dean Cates and Sara Faye Cates; great-great-granddaughter Jessie Sophia Gonzalez. Preceded in death by her parents Jesse Ruben and josie Mary Catherine Stubblefield Foster; husband Chalmer Leo Lambright; and son Charles Edry Lambright. Funeral Services for Mrs. Libbie Dell Lambright were held Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Bailey & Foster Chapel in Palestine with the Rev. Lee Evans officiating. Interment followed in Guiceland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lloyd Ray Burris II, Craig Cornelsen, Kyle Cornelsen, Davin Cates, Paul Toby Johnson and Stanley Porterfield. To view online, leave condolences or sign guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com Bailey & Foster Funeral Home

MR. L. K. PATTON
Funeral Services for Mr. L. K. Patton age 102 of the Tad Moore Community were held Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at Bethel C.M.E. Church with the Rev. Ike Wiley officiating. Interment followed in Mckelvey Cemetery. Survivors include his one daughter Mary Patton, of Tad Moore Community. Hicks Mortuary

BILLY E. OWENS
Mr. Billy E. Owens, age 72 of Grapeland, Passed away Saturday, May 1, 2010 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. Mr. Owens was born August 9, 1937 in Grapeland to Grady and Annie Lee Spruill Owens. He was a dedicated member of the Percilla Community Church where he served as an elder and enjoyed his involvement with the East Texas Tres Dias Community. Mr. Owens worked with the criminal court for Harris County for many years. For the past 10 years he enjoyed living on Houston County Lake. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Juanell Bush Owens, of Grapeland; two sons Stephen A. Owens and wife Lana, of Tomball and Scot Owens, of Grapeland; sister Bonnie Keen and husband James, of Grapeland; three brothers Carol Owens and wife Nancy, of Grapeland, Bobby Owens and wife Dorothy, of Longview and Jim Owens and wife Nancy, of Conroe; and five grandchildren. Mr. Owens was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Stanley Owens and Lester Owens. Funeral Services for Mr. Billy E. Owens were held Monday, May 3, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Percilla Community Church with the Rev. Kenny Bush officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery. To view online, leave condolences or sign the guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com Bailey & Foster Funeral Home

MELBA LANE PETTY
Mrs. Melba Lane Petty, age 68 of Hagerville, passed away Thursday, April 29, 2010 in the Memorial Specialty Hospital in Lufkin. Mrs. Petty was born February 25, 1942 in Houston County, Texas and had lived in Hagerville most of her lifetime. Mrs. Petty was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Crockett and had served as secretary treasurer for the Kennard Buyers Group for the past twelve years. She had worked for Kennard I.S.D. for thirty-two years as the business manager and had also worked fifteen years for Baroid Oil Company. Survivors include her husband Jim Petty, of Hagerville; sister Jean Farley, of Bellaire; brother Billy E. Lane and wife Jackie, of Friendswood; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including; the Rhonda Flasowski Family of Crockett, and the Steed Family of Hagerville. Preceded in death by her parents Bill and Evelyn Lane; sister and brother-in-law Rita and Vic Smoldas; and father-in-law and mother-in-law J. E. and Mildred Petty. Funeral Services for Mrs. Melba Lane Petty were held Monday, May 3, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Crockett with Dr. Jerry House and the Rev. Ronnie Gladden officiating. Interment followed in the Ratcliff Antioch Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Houston County Cancer Support Group, c/o First Community Bank, P. O. Box 172, Crockett, Texas 75835 or American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DAVID ARNOLD
Mr. David Arnold, age 88 of Houston, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2010 in a Houston Hospital. Mr. Arnold was born September 25, 1921 in Jamestown, Louisiana to Johnny and Bennie (Buck) Arnold. In 1942, He, along with his Dad, enlisted in the Army Air Force. He worked as a medic during WWII, served in the PTO and after the war went to Japan for the clean-up. As a young man he worked in the shipyards, was a baker, liked to fish, enjoyed 'shrimping,' and riding motorcycles. He liked many sports, including boxing, baseball and football and was even a golden glove boxer. Mr. Arnold was a founding member and past President of the Ross Sterling Baytown Booster Club. He worked as an instrument technician for Diamond Shamrock, retiring after 36 years. He loved his family and will be greatly missed. Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Oma L. Arnold; sons James Arnold and wife Vicki and Pat Arnold and wife Susan; grandson James David Arnold and wife Rachael; granddaughter Stephanie Merrill and husband Jason; grandson Carl Patrick Arnold and fiancèe Caryn; great-grandchildren Blake, Travis, Rebekka, Katelynn, Jason and Carlee; sister Mae Hargrave-Gonzales; close friend and care giver Sue Miller. Preceded in death by his father and mother Johnny Arnold and Bennie Buck Arnold; wife of 47 years Lucille Arnold; and son Larry Arnold. Funeral Services for Mr. David Arnold were held Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Sterling Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmy Welch, Baptist and Robert Bray, LDS officiating. Honorary Pallbearers were Leo fields, J.T. frisbee, Nolan Malison, Alton Molen, Ed Parker and Art Robinson. Condolences for Mr. Arnold's family may be left at www.sterlingfuneralhome.com Sterling Funeral Home

ALEXANDER EDMUND BUTLER
Mr. Alexander Edmund Butler, age 75 of Palestine, passed away Monday, May 3, 2010 at Memorial Medical Center in Lufkin. Funeral Services for Mr. Alexander Edmund Butler will be held Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home with the Rev. Elvin Austin and Larry Bruce officiating. Interment will follow at Land of Memory Cemetery. Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home

BILLY EARL ALLEN
Mr. Billy Earl Allen, age 55 of Montgomery, Texas passed away Wednesday, May 05, 2010. Mr. Allen was born in Crockett, Texas on January 23, 1955 to Clarence and Opal Neal Allen. He loved his family, and had a special fondness for his horses. Survivors include his wife Gayle Allen; son Jake Allen; sister Clarice Knighten; niece Martha Hauck; and a nephew Ricky Knighten. Preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Opal Neal Allen. Funeral Services for Mr. Billy Earl Allen were held Friday, May 7, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Montgomery, Texas with Pastor Randy Weaver of the Lonestar Cowboy Church officiating. Pallbearers were Jeff Knepper, Albert Mazzola, Perry Bowes, Ricky Knighten, AJ Massola and Kelly Wood. You are invited to leave memorial condolences to his family on our website at HYPERLINK "http://www.shmfh.com" www.shmfh.com. Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home

LOREA ALLENE RUSH SMITH STARLING
Mrs. Lorea Allene Rush Smith Starling, age 81 of Groveton, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2010 in a Tyler Hospital. Mrs. Starling was born May 25, 1928 in the Brushy Prairie Community in Trinity County to Luther Mabry Rush and Ida Florence Stephenson. She was a homemaker and a member of the Flat Prairie Congregational Methodist Church. Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law Melvin and Linda Smith, of Grapeland, Allen (Buddy) Smith and Ellen Pollard, of Pennington and Archie and Patricia Smith, of Groveton; daughters and sons-in-law Linda and Marion Lane, of Lovelady, Marthalene and Jim Doshier, of Huntsville, Janet and Glenn Henly, of Midway and Cindy and Donald Eastepp, of Lufkin; sister-in-law Dorothy Smith, of Huntsville; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and many friends. Funeral Services for Mrs. Lorea Allene Rush Smith Starling were held Friday, May 7, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Lewis officiating. Interment followed in the Flat Prairie Cemetery. Pallbearers were her Grandsons, Michael Thomas, Steven Dosheir, Johnathan Smith, Thomas Smith, Justin Eastepp and Jacob Smith. Honorary Pallbearers were her “Special Grandsons” Ronnie Hughes, Zack Holmes and Landon Smith. Groveton Funeral Home

JUANITA CHANCE
Mrs. Juanita Chance, age 85 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at ETMC in Crockett. Mrs. Chance was born August 15, 1924 in Houston County to Henry L. and Gladys High Hodges. Mrs. Chance was a homemaker. Survivors include her son Carl Chance and wife Wanda, of Crockett; sister Yvonne Fenley; two grandchildren Michael Chance and wife Crystal, and Crystal J. Chance; six great-grandchildren Michael Chance II, Alexia Chance, Aliyah Sherman Chance, Alexis Mathis, Glenn Weiman and Tyler Weiman. Preceded in death by her parents Henry L. and Gladys High Hodges; and husband Elza E. Chance. Services are pending for Mrs. Juanita Chance with Bailey & Foster Funeral Home. To view online, leave condolences or sign guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com Bailey & Foster Funeral Home

RICHARD ALLEN FREEMAN
Mr. Richard Allen Freeman, age 70 of Lovelady, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at his residence in Lovelady. Mr. Freeman was born February 26, 1940 in Houston County and was a lifetime resident of Lovelady. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Vietnam Era. Mr. Freeman was a member of the Lovelady First Baptist Church and was retired from the Contel Telephone Company. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Bettye Freeman, of Lovelady; son Stacy Freeman and wife Jennifer, of Lovelady; grandchildren Cody Allen Freeman and Courtney Lea Freeman, of Lovelady; brother-in-law Montie Bagwell and wife Melinda, of Hockley; special friend Jim Smith, of Dialville; uncle James Driskell and wife Marie, of Lovelady; aunts Betty Jean Driskell and Eva Freeman, of Crockett; and numerous other relative and friends. Preceded in death by his parents Stanley and Lela Freeman; and special cousin Bill Freeman. Funeral Services for Mr. Richard Allen Freeman were held Friday, May 7, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Lovelady First Baptist Church with the Rev. Scott Matthews and the Rev. Mitchell Kleckley officiating. Interment followed in the Center Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lovelady First Baptist Church Building Fund. Condolences for Mr. Freeman may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MARGARET CARMA (BESSO) BURNS
Mrs. Margaret Carma (Besso) Burns, age 90, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at the East Texas Medical Center Hospital in Crockett, Texas. Mrs. Burns was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, August 8, 1919, daughter of Rocco Joseph and Margaret Frances (Fanning) Besso. She had been a resident of the Bradford, Haverhill, and Plaistow area for 75 years. In 1994, after the death of her husband, J.D. Burns, she moved to Texas to be with her son, Gary Burns. She attended public schools in Bradford and Haverhill, and was a graduate of Haverhill High School. She enjoyed planning the class reunions with the Class of ’39 Reunion Committee and was the Treasurer for many years. She was member of the First Baptist Church of Plaistow and the Triangle Guild. Mrs. Burns served on the Board of Directors for the Haverhill Girls Club in the 60’s and 70’s and actively participated in the Haverhill bi-centennial celebration in the 1970’s. She was a member of the Haverhill Arts & Crafts Association and loved to tole paint the antiques refinished by her husband. She was very active at the First Baptist Church and enjoyed creating arts and crafts for their Holiday Fair. Mrs. Burns loved her Club called the “Tuesday Nighters”, which was attended by some of her dearest friends. She will be remembered by all for delivering her homemade custard when a friend was ill! Mom was a very kind and a very compassionate person, who unselfishly helped others throughout her life until her health prevented her from doing so. She loved her family, she was the most unselfish Mom, and will forever be remembered in our hearts. Survivors include her son Gary A., of Latexo; two daughters Beverly A. (Mrs. Peter D.) Malley, of Kodiak, Ala. and Margaret A. (Mrs. Michael R.) Kilcoyne, of Kensington, N.H. ; one brother Joseph Besso, of Largo, Fla.; five grandchildren J. Robert, John Rocco, and Emily Caroline Burns, of Latexo, and twins Mary and Mariah Kilcoyne, of Kensington, N.H.; as well as many nieces and nephews. Perceded in death by her beloved husband of 50 years, J.D. “Tex” Burns; sister Frances (Mrs. Ernast) Desmarais and Henry Vincent Besso; and beloved daughter-in-law Lori Ann McCurley Burns. Funeral Services for Mrs. Margaret Carma (Besso) Burns will be held Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 10:00 a.m., at the First Baptist Church of Plaistow, Main Street, Plaistow, N.H. Burial will be in Plaistow Cemetery, Plaistow, NH. Condolences for Mrs. Burns may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

RALPH OWEN YATES
Mr. Ralph Owen Yates, age 83 of Conroe, passed away Monday, May 3, 2010 in Houston. Mr. Yates was born July 4, 1926 in Malakoff, Texas. He served his country in the U. S. Army during World War II. Survivors include his loving wife Esther Yates, of Conroe; daughters Karen Yates, of Conroe and Deborah Robbins and husband Hal, of Willis; son Ronnie Yates and wife Lynell, of Cleveland; brother Lawrence Yates, of Conroe; grandchildren Renee Moore, Dean Yates, Krystal Green, Nathan Robbins, Ashley Robbins and Shane Robbins; great-grandchildren Wyatt Moore, Elizabeth Moore, Wade Yates, Michael Yates, Nico Yates, Shane Robbins, Jr., Addisson Robbins, Camryn Robbins and Brantley Robbins; numerous other relatives and friends. Funeral Services for Mr. Ralph Owen Yates were held Friday, May 7, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in Cashner Colonial Chapel with Brother Barry McConathy officiating. Interment followed in Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Crockett. Cashner Funeral Home

 

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