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KENNETH WAYNE LAMB
Mr. Kenneth Wayne Lamb, age 70 of Spring, Texas, went to be with the Lord Monday, May 7, 2012. Mr. Lamb was born October 16, 1941, in Austin, Texas, to Hubert William Lamb and Vada Louise Lamb. Mr. Lamb was a contractor for many years. He was also a fishing guide on Lake Livingston. He loved hunting and one of his favorite things was being with his family and friends. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Myra Mae Barrington; daughters Debbie and Tom Reed, Kimmie Hay, Susan Holcomb and Jonny Warse, Cookie and Mickey Kendrick, and Robin Thorntan; son Kenneth and Tara Lamb; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers Jimmy and Myra Lamb, Gene and Beth Lamb, Rick Lamb and Michael Lamb; numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents Hubert William Lamb and Vada Louise Lamb; and brothers Ray Lamb, Roger Lamb, and Danny Lamb. Funeral Services for Mr. Kenneth Wayne Lamb will be held Saturday, May 12 at Brookside Funeral Home, 13747 Eastex Freeway, Houston. Brookside Funeral Home

ELDER RALEIGH RAY BURRAN
Elder Raleigh Ray Burran, age 82 of Burrantown, passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at his residence. Elder Burran was born March 27, 1930 in Houston County, Texas and had lived most of his lifetime in Houston County. Elder Burran was a Pastor and member of the Primitive Baptist Church in Weches. He was retired from Vulcraft in Grapeland. Survivors include his wife Toy Burran, of Burrantown; daughters Sandra Hayes and husband Kerry, of Burrantown, Sharon Estes and husband David, of Midlothian and Verna Clark, of Arp; grandchildren Gary McDonald, Andy McDonald, John Ray McDonald, Danny Cook, Lora Gayle Cook and Stacey McDonald; 10 great-grandchildren; brother Henry Elvis Burran, of Levelland; special friends Jimmy and Kathy Isget; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his son Danny Burran; one grandson; parents Harrie Lee and Lela Ann (Mosley) Burran; seven brothers and sisters. Funeral Services for Elder Raleigh Ray Burran were held Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Elder Daryal Inman and Elder Van Quick. Interment followed in the Weches Cemetery. Condolences for Elder Burran may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

EVELYN CARROLL
Mrs. Evelyn Carroll (Mom-N-Law), age 82, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 10, 2012 at Houston Hospice, with cancer. Mrs. Carroll was born July 10, 1929 in Fayetteville, Texas to Frank and Petrolina Kocurek. She married Earl Ray Carroll in 1947. Mrs. Carroll worked at C. E King High School in the school cafeteria in Sheldon where she and Earl Ray resided until his retirement in 1975. They moved to the Crockett area where they enjoyed retirement and working occasional jobs at the Crockett Family Resort on Houston County, a working cattle ranch in Jewett and her furniture upholstery business. She was blessed with a very active lifestyle able to maintain her two acres in Crockett mowing, tilling and planting her garden, harvesting and shelling pounds of pecans, quilting, doing her woodworking projects, fishing (her and Aunt Georgies’ favorite time) and doing crossword and picture puzzles. he enjoyed her weekend phone calls with her sister, Georgia and her Cousin Martha reminiscing about the good old days. She will be remembered as the best mother, mom-n-law, grandma, granny, aunt, sister and friend. She will be missed by all. Survivors include her one daughter and son-in-law Connie and Jim Mahaffey; sister Georgia Brocato; special friend Mary Mahaffey; eight grandchildren Tamara Brewer, Tonya Heuer, Terria Jones, Jon Wilcox, Misty Ballinger, Sonya, Eric, and Erica Mahaffey; 12 great-grandchildren Kaylie, Vanessa, Allison and Emily Barge, Amanda and Bryana Jones, Karly and Dean Wilcox, Heather and Nick Coon, Summer Mahaffey, and J. T. Ballenger; three great-great-grandchildren Joslyn and Dione Barge, Aslyn Coon; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends Helen and Albert Harris. Preceded in death by her husband Earl Ray; daughter Patricia Carroll; grandchildren Ricky and Latisha Mahaffey; brother Ludwig Kocurek; and nephew Davie Jones. Funeral Services for Mrs. Evelyn Carroll were held Monday, May 14, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel. Interment followed in the Evergreen Cemetery, in Percilla. Condolences for Mrs. Carroll may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DELORES MOERS
Mrs. Delores Moers, age 79 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2012 in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mrs. Moers was born January 20, 1933 in Navasota, Texas and had lived in Crockett since 1978. Mrs. Moers was a housewife and member of the First Baptist Church in Crockett. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, A. C. Moers, of Crockett; children Gary Moers and wife Diane, of Crockett, Gail Henning, of Katy and Donna Breck and husband Joseph, of Pensacola, Florida; grandchildren Kimberly Vogt and husband Russell, of Houston, Andy Moers and wife Gina, of Tyler, April Henning, of Houston and Ginny Moers, of Huntsville; half sister Mary Elder, of Bryan; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her parents Fred and Hazel Engelke; and sister Joyce Liere. Funeral Services for Mrs. Delores Moers were held Monday, May 14, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the First Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Keeney Dickenson officiating. Graveside Services followed at 3:00 p.m. in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Houston. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 801 E. Goliad, Crockett, Texas 75835. Condolences for may Mrs. Moers be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

PATSY IRENE ROSS MIZE
Mrs. Patsy Irene Ross Mize, age 85 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2012 in Crockett. Mrs. Mize was born November 26, 1926 in Crockett, Texas and was a lifetime resident of Crockett. Mrs. Mize was a housewife and member of the Lake Baptist Church where she served as secretary and treasurer. Survivors include her children Patty Rains and husband Duwaine, Frank Ross and wife Sheila, all of Crockett and Mike Mize, of Austin; grandchildren Jeremy Rains and wife Kristy, Jason Rains and wife Candace, Jessica Murff and husband Heath, Jordon Ross, all of Crockett, Jonathan Ross and wife Isabel, of Tomball and Melissa Fellers and husband Mike, of Austin; eight great-grandchildren; sister Virginia “Tidy” English, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by her husband George Ross in 1963 and husband Jimmy Mize in 1993. Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Patsy Irene Ross Mize were held Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park with Pastor Mike Tindall officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation, 7240 Chase Oaks Blvd., Plano, TX 75025 American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Dr., Lufkin, TX 75904 or Charity of Choice. Condolences for Mrs. Mize may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

TERRY MAYHUGH
Terry Mayhugh, age 47 of Crockett, passed away Friday, May 11, 2012 in the Houston Methodist Hospital. Mr. Mayhugh was born January 2, 1965 in Merkel, Texas. He was a maintenance mechanic and was presently employed at Alloy Polymers. Survivors include his wife Mary Mayhugh, of Crockett; children Marcy, Cade and Cory; grandchildren Miles, Brooklyn, Braylen, Brylee, Gavin, Jordan and Rosita; step-children Tyler, Wesley and Allison; sisters Cindy Jeffcoat and husband Lanny, of Crosby, Carlotta Gonzales and husband Victor, of Pflugerville, Pam McKay and husband Mike and Melanie Smith and husband Kevin, all of Crockett; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by his father O. F. “Butch” Mayhugh and mother Lovetta Faye Mayhugh. Funeral Services for Terry Mayhugh were held Monday, May 14, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Victor Gonzales officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904 or the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 15186, Austin, Texas 78761. Condolences for Terry may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

LAVETA WOOLBRIGHT
Miss Laveta Marchelle Woolbright was born December 25, 1965 in Crockett, Texas to Robert and Johnnie Woolbright. Known as "Marchelle" by those who knew and loved her, she was a faithful member of Bethel Baptist Church and the Crockett High School Band. A caregiver to young and old alike, Marchelle was a cheerful and loving person. She will be memorialized on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Higher Dimension Church (D-Spot) Community Center located at 9745 Bissonnet Street, Houston, Texas 77036. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be presented at Barkley Mortuary, 106 E. Bell, Crockett, Texas. Barkley Mortuary

JACK G. FULSOM
Mr. Jack G. Fulsom, age 76 of Lovelady, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2012 at his residence. Mr. Fulsom was born July 1, 1935 in Weldon, Texas and had been living in Lovelady for the past 30 years. Mr. Fulsom was a veteran of the United States Navy having served during the Korean Conflict. He had worked in sales in the Oil Pipeline Industry and was a member of the Fellowship of Huntsville Church. Survivors include his wife Tonya Fulsom, of Lovelady; daughters Dianna Kennedy and husband Joseph, of Longview and Delia Ramsey and husband Tim, of Huntsville; grandchildren Christopher Ramsey and wife Jessie, of Huntsville, Katelyn Kennedy, of Dallas, Melissa Bauman and husband Zac, of Austin, Kendall Kennedy, of Lubbock, Kailey Ramsey, of Huntsville, Clayton Kennedy, of Longview, Jenna Ramsey and Brenton Ramsey, both of Huntsville; great-grandson Carson Ramsey, of Huntsville; nephew Mike Fulsom and wife Paula, of Trinity and their children Kadey Cochran, Lissie Hagerman and Silas Fulsom; father-in-law Aubrey Bilbo and wife Betty, of Picayune, Mississippi; mother-in-law Sandra McCoy, of Ocean Springs, Mississippi; cousin Yvonne Otis, of Lovelady; brother Rod Fulsom, of Oklahoma. Preceded in death by his parents Sye and Louise Fulsom; and grandson Justin Ramsey. Funeral Services for Mr. Jack G. Fulsom were held Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. C. F. Hazelwood officiating. Interment followed in the Salem Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Cemetery Association. Condolences for Mr. Fulsom may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

NORAH BEN MILLIFF ALBRIGHT
Mrs. Norah Ben Milliff Albright, age 89, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2012 in Trinity at Avalon Place where she had been a resident since July 2007. Mrs. Albright was born September 28, 1922, in the Oakland Community of Houston County, to Emma Eliza ( Woelfley) and Michael A. Milliff. On June 30, 1940, she married Doyle Eugene Albright (who predeceased her), and they had one daughter Nancy Catherine born July 25, 1943, in Corpus Christi. Her daughter Nancy preceded her in death on July 6, 2007, in a Houston hospital. At the time the two lived in Spring. Mrs. Albright was the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University for many years. She and her daughter also typed numerous theses and dissertations while they lived in the Bryan/College Station area. One dissertation they typed was that of Dr. Joe Frank Thornton, resulting in a life-long friendship with Norah and Nancy. After retiring and moving to Spring with her daughter, Mrs. Albright worked in the Human Resource Department of Tomball ISD. Later she substituted in schools in the Spring area and received many honors for her volunteer work in schools. A true Southern lady, Mrs. Albright was known at Avalon Place for her special smile, her pleasant and quiet demeanor, and her ability to be friendly and cordial to everyone. She referred to Avalon as her home, and she loved the special attention she received at ETMC, Trinity. Dr. Thomas Cole, her physician, referred to her as one of his happiest patients. Mrs. Albright, a life-long Methodist, enjoyed the visits from Rev. Munch and Rev. Everett McCollum and the visitation team from First United Methodist Church here. She also loved hearing the Trinity Singers and enjoyed hair and nail days in the Avalon Place Salon. Mrs. Albright had worked in the Catlin’s law office, and she and Nancy frequently babysat the Catlin’s three daughters who always remembered her with cards, letters, and pictures. When Shirley Sheffield, who had worked with Mrs. Albright in Tomball ISD, learned that Mrs. Albright was living in Avalon, she and her husband Billy became frequent visitors as did other community and church members. Other special friends from the Houston area who visited her were Ann Hill who was instrumental in overseeing Mrs. Albright’s move to Avalon, Susan Hartoon, and long-time family friend Mercie Davis and her brother. Both Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Hartoon taught with Nancy and were also friends of Mrs. Albright. Mike Williams, her former boss and then director of Human Resources at Tomball ISD, and Jerrie Nickolson, also a Tomball ISD Human Resource employee, remained friends with her and came frequently to visit Mrs. Albright. Betty Nelson Doss, a second cousin in Mobile, Alabama, sent cards and letters to her and assisted in verifying family information. Mrs. Albright’s daughter Nancy received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University. A dedicated elementary teacher and later an educational diagnostician in Aldine, Shepherd, Tomball, and Klein ISDs, Miss Albright touched the lives of hundreds of school children. She loved decorating her classroom for the elementary children. She, too, was a lifelong Methodist. Memorial Services for Mrs. Norah Ben Milliff Albright and her daughter Miss Nancy Catherine Albright will be held Sunday, May 20, at 2:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Trinity with the Rev. Russ Munch officiating. Memorials may be made to Tomball ISD Scholarship Fund, the First United Methodist Church of Trinity, Avalon Place, or ETMC Hospital, Trinity. Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

MORRIS EDWARD WOOD JR.
Morris Edward Wood, Jr., age 45 of Crockett, passed away Monday, May 14, 2012 in the Huntsville Memorial Hospital. Mr. Wood was born December 16, 1966 in Houston, Texas. He had worked as a truck driver and was a member of Central Baptist Church in Crockett. Survivors include his children Jessica Howard and husband Ryan, of Dayton, Jacob Ryan Wood and Sara Jo Wood, both of Houston; parents Morris Edward Wood and Margaret Randall Wood, of Crockett; brothers Randall S. Wood, of Crockett, John W. Wood, of Riverside; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his grandparents Elbert and Dona Wood and Cleburne and Alma Randall. Funeral Services for Mr. Morris Edward Wood, Jr. were held Friday, May 18, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Central Baptist Church in Crockett. Interment followed in the Concord Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Concord Cemetery Association, c/o Citizens National Bank, P. O. Box 1420, Crockett, Texas 75835. Condolences for Morris may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

UNA BITNER WEBB
Mrs. Una Bitner Webb, age 76 of Houston, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2012 in the Emeritus at Clear Lake. Mrs. Webb was born July 5, 1935 in Houston County, Texas and had been living in Houston. Mrs. Webb was a member of the Baptist Church and had worked as a data processing manager. Survivors include her sons Don Webb, Jr. and wife Dana, of Houston and James Webb and wife Sherrie, of Cypress; grandchildren Shannon and Evan Webb, of Houston and Ryan and Katie Webb, of Cypress; brothers Bill Bitner and wife Elva, of Deer Park, James Bitner and wife Carolyn, John Bitner and wife Nell, all of Houston and Hubert E. Bitner, Jr. and wife Stella, of Dallas; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by husband Donald Webb, Sr.; parents Hubert E. and Geraldine Bitner; and sister Betty Krenek. Funeral Services for Mrs. Una Bitner Webb were held Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Tony Wolfe officiating. Interment followed in the Rockland Cemetery. Condolences for Mrs. Webb may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

KATHY ANNE EVANS REED
Ms. Kathy Anne Evans Reed, age 54 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2012 in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Ms. Reed was born October 17, 1957 in Crockett, Texas and was a lifetime resident of Crockett. She was a housewife and attended the Temple of Praise Church in Crockett. Survivors include her children April Hansen and husband Casey, of Tyler, Tiffany Vickers and husband Jerrod and Megan Griffin and husband Ryan, all of Crockett; grandchildren Jayden Vickers, Jakob Vickers and soon to be Nathan Griffin; mother Aloise Evans, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her father George Evans; and brother David Earl Evans. Memorial Services for Ms. Kathy Anne Evans Reed were held Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Temple of Praise in Crockett with Bro. Bob Thompson officiating. Condolences for Kathy may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BOOTS (CARROLL STOKES) REED
Mr. Boots (Carroll Stokes) Reed, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2012, at his residence, after a brief illness. Boots was 67 years old. Mr. Reed was born February 27, 1945, in Latexo, Texas, to Stokes and Edwina Reed. Mr. Reed worked for many years as a carpenter with his father, Stokes Reed. Mr. Boots greatly enjoyed woodworking, and any type of wood crafts. He later drove trucks and found great joy in that as well. He particularly enjoyed his work for P&S Trucking, and considered his friends there as family. Known for his quiet kindness, dry sense of humor, and generosity, he will be missed greatly. He had a host of friends in Lufkin that will miss him greatly. Survivors include his children Shawna Reed-Sitka and Mark Sitka and Geneva Reed-Fooshee and Blake Fooshee; sister and brother-in-law Rinthie and Johnnie Lowery; grandchildren Jacob Boots Reed Luce, James Fooshee, Jordan Fooshee and Jack Fooshee; one great-granddaughter Elizebeth Luce; nieces and nephew Joan Reed Pitchford, Teresa Lowery Armstrong, John Lowery; many great-nieces and nephews; extended nieces and nephews include Shelly Benoit-Crosby, Larry Spears, Wally Gregory, Bo Hardin, Tyler Hardin, Bobby Ashley, and Lonnie Kershaw, and their families; special friends Lawon Weeks, Ernesto Ramos, Matthew “Road-Dog” Pillar, and Skyler Daniel. Preceded in death by his parents Stokes and Edwina Reed; and his brother James Reed. Celebration of life for Mr. Boots (Carroll Stokes) Reed will be held at the home of his children on Harmony Hill Drive, Saturday, May 26, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. Condolences for Mr. Reed may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JUDGE JAMES WILLIAMSON
Judge James Williamson, age 73 of Lovelady, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2012 in the Community Care Center in Crockett. Judge Williamson was born October 8, 1938 in Holly, Texas and had lived in Lovelady most of his lifetime.Judge Williamson attended Lovelady Schools and Sam Houston State University. He was a member and secretary of the Lovelady Masonic Lodge # 539, a Master Mason serving as District Deputy 23 for the District of Texas and was the recipient of the Gold Trowel Award. Judge Williamson had worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice System retiring after 30 years. He was also elected to the Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 retiring after 16 years. Judge Williamson was a member of the Lovelady First United Methodist Church where he served as chairman of the board and also treasurer of the Lovelady Methodist Men. Survivors include his wife Dorothy Williamson, of Lovelady; daughters Cathy Stokes and husband Gene, of Huntsville, Angela Gross and husband Mike, of Lovelady; granddaughter Jamie Gross, of Lovelady; grandsons Dusty Stewart and wife Emily, of the U.S. Army, Schweinfurt, Germany and Matt Stokes, of Huntsville; great-grandchildren Gabriel and Savannah Stewart, of Schweinfurt, Germany and Cutter Stokes, of Huntsville; brother-in-law Charles “Chili” Hodges and wife Marie, of Crockett; sister-in-law Sharron Hodges, of Onalaska; mother-in-law Bessie Hodges, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his parents Jimmy and Catherine Williamson; father-in-law and mother-in-law J. M. and Essie Hodges; granddaughter Katelyn Gross; brother-in-law Victor Hodges; and sister-in-law Janet Hodges. Funeral Services for Judge James Williamson were held Friday, May 18, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Lovelady First United Methodist Church with Bro. Doug Howell officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lovelady First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 87, Lovelady, TX 75851 or Relay for Life. Condolences for Judge Williamson may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

EDISON DALE ANDERSON
Mr. Edison Dale Anderson, age 87 of Wesley, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2012 in Brenham after a brief illness. Mr. Anderson was born in Saratoga, Arkansas on September 30, 1924. After serving in the Army during World War II, he came to Houston where he was a longtime employee of Brown & Root, Inc. Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Edith Anderson; daughter Rhonda Demel and husband Dennis; son Ron Anderson; brother-in-law Edward Moffett; grandchildren Katherine Demel, Monica Cable and husband Greg, Krista Moran and husband Gregg, Lauren Spriggs and husband Jason and Ryan Anderson; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services for Mr. Edison Dale Anderson were held Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Houston National Cemetery in Houston. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a contribution to the charity of your choice in Dale’s name. Condolences for Mr. Anderson may be left at online obituaries at www.brenhammemorialchapel.com. Brenham Memorial Chapel Funeral Home

JOYCE WOFFORD LEWIS
Mr. Joyce Lewis, age 94 of Brownsboro, Texas, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2012. Mr. Lewis was born in Murchison, Texas to Jack Wofford and Fannie Obie (Ard) Lewis. Jack was born in 1889 in the Ash Switch community near Athens, Texas. He served as Postmaster of Murchison, Texas, for a number of years and later became well-known as co-founder of the L. R. Barron Pea Co., processors of one of Henderson County's chief agricultural products. Jack died in Athens, Texas, September 10, 1967. Mr. Lewis was a hard working, humble man and was a friend to many of us in Region 6. He ran a large dairy herd a short distance from Athens, with his brother, John D. They combined milking cows with growing daylilies. The Lewis farm was called Bluebird Sands. Mr. Lewis was a decorated pilot during World War II. He went overseas as a B-24 pilot in March of 1944, and served for eight months in the European Theater. He was awarded the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Silver Star, the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with three Battle Stars, and the Distinguished Unit Badge with one Oak Leaf Cluster. His rank at discharge was First Lieutenant After the war he owned a plane with his brother. He was a School Board member and supported desegregation when it was unpopular in the South. He was District Champion Farmer and Henderson County Farm Bureau President. Mr. Lewis and his wife, Allyene, had 4 daughters Martha, Beth, Joanna, and Jolene, and a son Joe Mark. Allyene lost her brave five-year fight against cancer on July 7, 1991. She lived a full life as a wife, mother, and professional nurse. Aware of the need for more nurses, she set up a scholarship fund at the Trinity Valley Community College in Athens. Although not as well known a daylily hybridizer as Joyce, she registered two cultivars: Hemerocallis 'Tres Butterfly' (1986) and H. 'Ground Hugger' (1989). Mr. Lewis’ daylily mentor was his Aunt Agnes Carson (Mrs. W. K. Carson). She was also a second mother to him all his life, until her death March 30, 1983. Aunt Agnes purchased her first daylilies in the late 1930s from Hugh Russell who was peddling them door to door in Dallas. Moving to Athens, Texas, after World War II, her daylily garden and seedlings started attracting visitors from Dallas, Jefferson, Lufkin, Marshall, Waco, and other places as the knowledge spread that she sold all her daylilies each year as seedlings, keeping only a few of her best a second year for hybridizing purposes. She purchased the top daylilies of the time to out-cross with her own seedlings and was the most generous person Joyce ever knew with her seedlings. Her line was infused with the best of Hugh Russell, Edna Spalding, Lucille Williamson, and other great hybridizers. She joined AHS in 1956, and presented Him with a gift membership two years later. Joyce attended his first daylily flower show in 1958, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on one of their annual visits to Edna Spalding's garden. He was always Aunt Agnes chauffeur. During each year's bloom season, if Joyce's family didn't drive to Aunt Agnes' home, she would drive the 12 miles to their house each Sunday with a tray of her best blooms, all full of fresh pollen. Her line became Joyce's line and her daylilies are in the ancestry of many present-day hybridizers. Joyce's first two registrations in 1972, H. 'Allyene Lewis' and H. 'Blushing Princess', were Carson seedlings his Aunt tried to give him. This was one of the few times he talked her into letting him pay $3 for a large clump of each. Lula Mae Purnell held a very big place within Joyce's heart. He always came away from her programs with more inspiration and dedication to do better in whatever he was attempting to do. He was not too fond of miniature daylilies until he met Lula Mae and witnessed her love and enthusiasm for the small and miniature daylilies growing in her garden. He attended his first AHS National Convention in Dallas, in 1965, and Lula Mae's garden was one of the highlights of the Convention. He joined AHS in 1966. In 1967, He became Region 6's first Treasurer, an office that had just been created. He started the treasury with nothing and worked hard to solicit funds to keep Region 6 running smoothly. Mr. Lewis was an inspiration to many members of Region 6 and to the members of the East Texas Daylily Society for many years. He was 1984 President of Daylily Growers of Dallas and in 1990, a Charter Member of the East Texas Daylily Society. He served Region 6 as the1978-81 RPD and 1982-83 RVP. In 1988, Joyce was honored as the recipient of the Region 6 Service Award. Mr. Lewis helped start the Albuquerque Daylily Society and the now defunct Athens Area Hemerocallis Society. He served Region 6 for many years, in many different capacities, in fact if there was a job to be done, you can bet Joyce has done it. After spending the last two years living with his son he passed away peacefully in his sleep. He was loved and will be missed by many. Survivors include his children daughters Jolene Taylor, of Houston, Joanna Goldman, Martha Sullivan, both of Murchison and Beth Massey, of Longview; son Joe Mark Lewis, of Murchison; grandchildren Paul Cowan, of Houston, David Cowan, of San Antonio, Rebecca Woodfin, Thomas Goldman, both of Marshall, Rachel Garber of Lafayette, Louisiana, Stephen Sullivan, of Chandler, Amy Fulgham, of Brownsboro, Joe Allen Lewis, of Gainsville, Oran Lewis, of Hawaii, Crystal Rhone, of Grapeland and Justin Mosby of Washington; one niece and one nephew; and numerous great-grandchildren. Funeral Services for Mr. Joyce Wifford Lewis were held Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Carroll Lehr Funeral Chapel in Athens with the Rev. Randy Jones officiating. Interment followed in the Oaklawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers were his grandsons Paul Cowan, David Cowan, Thomas Goldman, Stephen Sullivan, Joe Allen Lewis, Oran Lewis, Justin Mosby and Rob Sullivan. Carroll Lehr Funeral Home

DAVIE JEANNE REED
Mrs. Davie Jeanne Reed, age 75 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in the Hospice of East Texas Home Place in Tyler. Mrs. Reed was born June 30, 1936 in Madison County, Texas and had lived in Crockett for many years. Mrs. Reed had worked in retail sales and enjoyed making jewelry. She was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include her children Sharon Thompson, of Crockett, Dale Thompson, of Grapeland, Paul Thompson, of Louisiana, Stephanie Standley, of Canyon and Chip Reed, of Austin; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister Vera Kerr and husband Morris, of Mexia; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her son Marcus Thompson; granddaughter Logan Thompson; parents David Samuel and Mattie Anna (Cobb) Morgan; brothers and sisters, Raymond Morgan, Mary Ethel Lambert, Brent Morgan, Sadie Blagrave and Sam Morgan. Funeral Services for Mrs. Davie Jeanne Reed were held Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Interment followed in the Porter Springs Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Dr., Lufkin, Texas 75904 or Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701. Condolences for Mrs. Reed may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

GARLAND CALHOUN
Mr. Garland Calhoun, age 85 of Kennard, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2012 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Calhoun was born September 1, 1926 in Bell County, Texas and graduated in 1945 from Little River Academy. Mr. Calhoun was a member of the Kennard Lions Club for twenty years. He had worked for Amaco Oil in Texas City for 35 years. In 1982, he retired and built a home and moved to his ranch in Kennard and was a member of the Kennard First Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife Wadell Harrison Calhoun, of Kennard; children Wayne Calhoun and wife Elanda, of East Bernard, Trina Walker and husband Russell, Judy Loughridge, all of Spicewood, Doris Miller and husband Mike, of Dallas and Sharon Rosalas and husband Mario, of Magnolia; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brothers Billy Calhoun, of Dickinson, Weldon Calhoun, of Texas City, Darnell Calhoun and wife Sharon, of Santa Fe; sister JoAnn Reeves and husband Cory, of Mount Pleasant; sister-in-law Delores Calhoun, of Santa Fe; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his wife Wilma Calhoun; father and mother Arthur Lee Calhoun and Lena Geneva Calhoun; and brothers Cornell Calhoun, A. L. Calhoun and Edwin Calhoun. Funeral Services for Mr. Garland Calhoun were held Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jim Durham officiating. Graveside Services were held Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Galveston County Memorial Park in Hitchcock with the Rev. R. L. Calhoun officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kennard Lions Club. Condolences for Mr. Calhoun may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BILL GILBERT
Mr. Bill Gilbert, age 66 of Livingston, Texas, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2012 in Livingston. Mr. Gilbert was born July 8, 1945 in Highlands to Calvin “Bo” William Gilbert and Ernestine Dykes Gilbert. Survivors include his wife Mary Katherine Gilbert, of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law Daymon William Gilbert and Aimee Gilbert, of Kingwood; daughter and son-in-law Katherine Denise White and Gary White, of Shepherd; daughter and son-in-law Glenda Gale Daane and Gary Daane, of Green River, Wyoming; sister and brother-in-law Toni Ramirez and John Ramirez, of League City; grandson Clayton White, of Shepherd; granddaughter Brooke White, of Shepherd; granddaughter Kaitlin Gilbert, of Kingwood; grandson Noah William Gilbert, of Kingwood; numerous other relatives and friends. Funeral Services for Mr. Bill Gilbert were held Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston with the Rev. Charles Butler and Larry Allbritton officiating. Interment followed at 3:00 p.m. in the Old Ivie Cemetery in Kennard. Pallbearers were Jamie Hoelyn, Matt Davis, Matt Davis, Jr., Clayton White, Gary White, and John Ramirez. Honorary Pallbearer was Ralph Blount. Please sign our online register at www.cochranfh.com Cochran Funeral Home

LENA FRANCES LEWIS STRINGER
Ms. Lena Frances Lewis Stringer, age 69 of Nacogdoches, Texas, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2012 in Nacogdoches. Ms. Stringer was born October 13, 1942 in Crockett, Texas to Jesse Orman Lewis, Sr. and Josephine (Neruda) Lewis. She was raised in Crockett and graduated from Crockett High School. She and Billy Royce Stringer were married February 7, 1964, resided in Burke, Texas for 25 years before moving to Nacogdoches. Ms. Stringer loved spending time with her grandchildren, reading her Bible daily, and church activities. She enjoyed flower gardening, shopping, cooking and baking. Survivors include her daughters April McGrath and husband Michael, of Castaic, California and Kimberly Smith and husband Wayne, of Nacogdoches; six grandchildren Justin Smith, Kaleigh Smith and Billy James Smith, all of Nacogdoches, Joshua McGrath, Andrew McGrath and Aaron McGrath, all of Castaic, California; two brothers Billy Joe Lewis and wife Virginia and Jesse Lewis, all of Crockett; sister Elizabeth Low and husband Garland "Pete" Low, of North Zulch; her beloved dog, "Sue,"; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Preceded in death by her parents Jesse Orman and Josephine Lewis; loving husband of 45 years, Billy Royce Stringer; and sister Paula Marie Lewis. Funeral Services for Ms. Lena Frances Lewis Stringer were held Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Laird Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Michael McGrath and Pastor Nathan Pannell officiating. Interment followed in Maroney Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bob Clawson, Rodney Goff, Billy Mark Lewis, David Winthrop, James Thomas and Steve Morgan. Honorary Pallbearers were Robert McGrath, Travis Wall and Bill Ross. To leave condolences or sign an online guest register, please visit www.lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home

GARY JOE SCOTT SR.
Mr. Gary Joe Scott, Sr., age 67 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Mr. Scott was born July 8, 1944 to Alma Lee Hamrick and A.W. Scott. Survivors include his wife Mary Beth Scott; two children Georgann Arthurs and Gary Joe Scott, Jr.; three grandchildren Anna Scott (Aaron Webb), Andrea Arthurs and Scott Belk; three great-grandchildren Chance Webb, Layla Arthurs and Luke Webb; a host of other family and friends who will greatly miss him. Preceded in death by both parents Alma Lee Hamrick and A.W. Scott; and one brother (George Scott). Memorial Services for Mr. Gary Joe was held Saturday, February 11, 2012 at Porter Springs Baptist Church in the Porter Springs Community of Crockett. Barkley Mortuary

S. L. “JR.” MORGAN
Mr. S. L. “Jr.” Morgan, age 89 of Crockett, passed away Monday, April 23, 2012 at his residence. Mr. Morgan was born August 23, 1922 in Kennard and had lived in Crockett for most of his lifetime. Mr. Morgan was a veteran of the United States Army having served in the 603rd Tank Company during World War II. Mr. Morgan was a lifetime member of the American Legion, Crockett Elks Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Morgan was raised Methodist. He was a retired trucker, was retired from Northcutt Woodworks and had also worked in car sales. Survivors include his daughter Melinda Gunnels and husband Jerry, of Gatesville; grandson Clint Gunnels and wife Susie, of Jonesboro; great- grandson Garrett Gunnels, of Jonesboro; great-granddaughter Morgan Gunnels, of Jonesboro; sister Hazel Dell Sims, of Huntsville; niece Tami O’Brien and husband Larry, of Houston; sisters-in-law Gloria Schaeffer, of Dallas, Dorothy Wright and husband Ben, of Cedar Creek Lake. Preceded in death by his parents S. L. “Buck” and Della Morgan; wife Betty Jo; and brother-in-law Bill Sims. Funeral Services for Mr. S. L. “Jr.” Morgan were held Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the M. D. Anderson Cancer Research, 1515 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030. Condolences for Mr. Morgan may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

FRANCES ENLOE PRIDGEN
Mrs. Frances Enloe Pridgen, age 94 of Grapeland, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at her residence. Mrs. Pridgen was born February 13, 1918 in Houston County to Murdoch Enloe and Luna Frank Hollingsworth Darsey. Mrs. Pridgen was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was retired from the Methodist Hospital in Houston where she worked as a lab technician. Her lifetime passion was the Grapeland Public Library. Survivors include her sister Edwina Long, of Grapeland; six nephews and two nieces. Preceded in death by her parents Murdoch Enloe and Luna Frank Hollingsworth Darsey; husband Jack S. Pridgen; son Brent Alan Pridgen; and a brother Murdoch E. Darsey, Jr. Funeral Services for Mrs. Frances Enloe Pridgen were held Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Grapeland with the Rev. Bill Denham officiating. Interment followed in Grapeland City Cemetery. Pallbearers were nephews Harry Wayne Pridgen, Murdoch “Buzz” Darsey, Jim Darsey, Tim Darsey, Joe Long and Bill Long. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Grapeland Public Library. To view online, leave condolences or sign the guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com. Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

FRANCES ENLOE PRIDGEN
Mrs. Frances Enloe Pridgen, age 94 of Grapeland, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at her residence. Mrs. Pridgen was born February 13, 1918 in Houston County to Murdoch Enloe and Luna Frank Hollingsworth Darsey. Mrs. Pridgen was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was retired from the Methodist Hospital in Houston where she worked as a lab technician. Her lifetime passion was the Grapeland Public Library. Survivors include her sister Edwina Long, of Grapeland; six nephews and two nieces. Preceded in death by her parents Murdoch Enloe and Luna Frank Hollingsworth Darsey; husband Jack S. Pridgen; son Brent Alan Pridgen; and a brother Murdoch E. Darsey, Jr. Funeral Services for Mrs. Frances Enloe Pridgen were held Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Grapeland with the Rev. Bill Denham officiating. Interment followed in Grapeland City Cemetery. Pallbearers were nephews Harry Wayne Pridgen, Murdoch “Buzz” Darsey, Jim Darsey, Tim Darsey, Joe Long and Bill Long. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Grapeland Public Library. To view online, leave condolences or sign the guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com. Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

 

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