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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of November 18, 2007 - November 25, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Mrs. Ada B. (Kimmey) Goodrum, age 96, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2007 in Montgomery County. Mrs. Goodrum was born in Leon County February 21, 1911 to John Angus and Bertie Della (Bledsoe) Kimmey. Mrs. Goodrum was a long-time resident of Weldon and Trinity, but also resided in Huntsville, Houston-Heights, Bryan, Conroe and Alexandria, Louisiana.
Mrs. Goodrum married William Glover Goodrum in 1936 in Grimes County. Though she spent most of her life as a homemaker, she also worked as a prison guard at Goree Women’s Prison.
Mrs. Goodrum and her husband owned the corner store by Eastham Prison in the early 70s. Later in life, she worked many years as a waittress at Westwood Shores Country Club in Trinity. Mrs. Goodrum thoroughly enjoyed life, had endless love for her family, and loved family celebrations. Mrs. Goodrum was a true matriarch of the family and will be deeply missed.
Survivors include her sister Bobby Sowell and husband Lon Ed, of Huntsville; son Bill Goodrum and wife Marcy, of Weldon; grandchildren Jackie Moszkowicz and husband Charles, of Houston, Suzie Yates and husband David, of Willis, Tammera Roberts, of Montgomery, Kim Tomlinson, of Groveton, Tiffany Goodrum, of Houston, Michael Goodrum, of Huntsville, Dan and Bill Goodrum, of The Woodlands; great-grandchildren Douglas Brumble, Chaz Moszkowicz, Justin Roberts, Christopher Tomlinson, Kendall Henderson, Jordan Roberts and Katie Yates; great-great-granddaughter Angelina Roberts; daughters-in-law Bonnie Goodrum, Jo Beth Goodrum and Susie Cusworth; many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her parents John and Bertie Kimmey; husband Glover Goodrum; brother Glenn Kimmey and toddler brother Herbert; sister Margaret Rodgers and infant sister Ruby; sons Van Goodrum, Johnny Goodrum and Greg Goodrum; daughter-in-law Barbara Goodrum; grandchildren Melinda Goodrum, Donna Goodrum and Randy Goodrum.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Ada B. (Kimmey) Goodrum were held Friday, November 9, at 11:00 a.m. at Waller-Thornton Funeral Home in Trinity. Interment followed in the Weldon Cemetery.
Pallbearers were her beloved grand and great-grandsons Michael Goodrum, Dan Goodrum, Bill Goodrum, Douglas Brumble, Justin Roberts, Christopher Tomlinson.
Honorary Pallbearers were Chaz Moszkowicz and Mike Manners.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

Mr. Cecil Nettles, age 70 of Golden Acres, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Nettles was born March 14, 1937 in Shelby County, Texas and was a resident of Golden Acres since 1999. Mr. Nettles was a veteran of the Texas National Guard. Mr. Nettles was a member of the Grapeland Masonic Lodge #473 and the Plumbers Local #68 Lodge for over 52 years. Mr. Nettles was retired having worked as a plumbing inspector.
Survivors include his wife Mary Lou Nettles, of Golden Acres; children Randy Nettles and wife Elizabeth, of Austin and Tracy Knighton and husband Daryl, of Hearne; grandchildren Doug, Kate and John Nettles, D.J., Blayke, Amber and Hannah Knighton; numerous other relatives.
Preceded in death by his brother Curtis Nettles.
Memorial Services for Mr. Cecil Nettles were held Friday, November 16, at 2:00 p.m. in the Ira Rials Park at Golden Acres. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grapeland Masonic Lodge #473, P. O. Box 97, Grapeland, Texas 75844 or Crockett Public Library, 708 E. Goliad Ave., Crockett, TX. 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Colonel Ernest L. Webb, Jr., age 93 of Enchanted Pines, formerly of Porter Springs, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Colonel Webb was born July 23, 1914 in Itta Benna, Mississippi and had lived in Porter Springs for the past 38 years. Colonel Webb was a veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and had retired after having served 28 years in the U. S. Air Force. Colonel Webb was a highly decorated officer having been awarded the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Bronze Star. Colonel Webb was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Crockett.
Survivors include his daughters Patty Meyer and husband Larry, of Crockett, Nancy Watson and husband Danny, of Prescott, Ariz., Judi Blackwell, of The Colony; granddaughters Susan Meyer of, The Woodlands, Sally Brannen of Crockett, Angela La Mew of Prescott, Ariz., Jennifer Blackwell, of New York City, N Y, Holly Blackwell, of Villanova, Pa.; great-grandchildren Ashly La Mew, Shawn La Mew, Will Brannen, Grant Brannen and Abigail Boyd; sister Mary Jane Webb Pruitt, of Anderson, S. C.
Preceded in death by his wife Frances Grant Webb; sisters, Eoline Jones and Evelyn Sue Hill; and granddaughter Amy Watson.
Military Graveside Funeral Services for Colonel Ernest L. Webb, Jr. were held Saturday, November 17, at 10:00 a.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Thomas Spath and the Rev. Jim Tom Ainsworth officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Houston County Share, 200 S. 6th St., Crockett, Tx. 75835; Habitat for Humanity, 310 Comal St. #100, Austin, Tx. 78702 or Presbyterian Hand Bell Choir, 715 E. Goliad, Crockett, Texas 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Connie Lowe, age 66 of Willis, passed away on Monday, November 5, 2007 in The Woodlands. Mrs. Lowe was born August 7, 1941 in Columbus, Indiana.
Survivors include her husband Walter Lowe, of Willis; daughter Vicki Hill and husband Robert, of Willis; sisters Loretta Greene and Karen Neptune; brother Art Shafer; grandchildren Joshua Hill, Nicholes Hill, Morgan and Matthew Hill, all of Willis; numerous other relatives and friends.
Memorial Services for Mrs. Connie Lowe were held on Friday, November 9, at 10:00 a.m. at First Christian Church of Conroe with Dr. Wes Morgan officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to the American Cancer Society, 6301 Richmond Avenue, Houston, TX. 77057.
Cashner Funeral Home

Mrs. Gwen Davis, age 59 of Lufkin, passed away Monday, November 12, 2007 while vacationing in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Mrs. Davis was born November 1, 1948 in Kennard to the late Annie Mae Laverne (Reeves) and Robert Guinn Parrish, and had resided in Lufkin for the past 30 years.
Mrs. Davis loved her family, she was focused on those she loved. Mrs. Davis cherished her husband of 29 years, Ray Davis. Mrs. Davis and Ray were self-employed for the last 29 years. Mrs. Davis’s daughters were a source of pride to her. Mrs. Davis cared for her sons-in-law and frequently commented on their thoughtfulness and consideration.
Mrs. Davis most beloved dream of grandchildren was a mission for which she was highly accomplished. Each one could claim a special place in her heart. Mrs. Davis was adept at making them feel special. Mrs. Davis siblings were never far from her thoughts and she looked forward to family reunions.
Mrs. Davis loved autumn, especially the fall leaves and she loved decorating her home to reflect the seasons. Mrs. Davis was fond of traveling and never missed a chance to see new places.
Mrs. Davis was a role model of compassion and a spokesperson for concern. Mrs. Davis frequently exhibited random acts of kindness and never met a stranger and you never left her home hungry or in need.
Survivors include her husband of 29 years, Jesse Ray Davis, of Lufkin; daughters and sons-in-law Kimberly and Mickey Swor and Pamela and Calvin Toups, all of Lufkin; grandchildren Jennifer Drummond, Ashley Toups, Meagan Swor, Colton Toups and Gwynna Swor; great-grandchildren Kaylee, Kamree and Kole Drummond; sister, Beth Carroll, of Atlanta, Ga.; brothers Jerry Parrish, of Kennard, Gary Parrish, of Crockett, Kenneth “Bo” Parrish and Don Parrish, both of Kennard; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Gwen Davis will be held Friday, November 16, at 2:00 p.m. in the Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Bill Bailey and Brother Reagan Duncan officiating. Interment will follow in the Calvary Cemetery in Trinity County.
Pallbearers will be James Parrish, Randy Parrish, Brian Parrish, Phil Parrish, Michael Parrish, Matthew Parrish and Devon Parrish.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75231-4596.
Funeral Home

Mrs. Grannie Annie Erickson, age 82 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2007 in the Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston. Mrs. Erickson was born September 14, 1925 in Gonzales, Texas and was a graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School in Houston. Mrs. Erickson was a resident of Crockett since 1976 and was a member of the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church in Crockett. Mrs. Erickson was a Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother.                       
Survivors include her children Martha Browning and husband Elwin, of Crockett, Mary Brown and husband Wyman, of Grapeland, John S. “Bubba” Erickson and wife Lynne, Paul Erickson and wife Karen and Patty Evans and husband David, all of Crockett; special son Marlin Clark, of Trinity; grandchildren Michele Scott (Donald), Melissa Green (Frankie), Niki Richburg (Brandon), Kari Byrd (Jeremy), Aundie Gunnels (Jeff), Kristi Estes (Jason), Christina, Julie, Brooke and John IV; great-grandchildren April, Bubba, Peanut, Chelsea, Brittni, Kalee, Kadie, Emily, Cameron, Callie and Colby; sister-in-law Janet Hollis, of New Caney; brother-in-law Edward Buddy Erickson, of Gilmer; lifelong friends Arthur and Johnnie Bennett and their children Lynn, Kay, Nancy and Angie; special girls Barbara, Darlene, Becky and Tracey; special caregiver Carolyn Murray; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband John Erickson.
Graveside Funeral Services for Grannie Annie Erickson were held Saturday, November 10, at 10:00 a.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park with Father Jose George officiating.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Leon Turner, age 71 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2007 in the Houston County Nursing Home. Mr. Turner was born December 17, 1935 in the Plain Community and had lived in this area most of his lifetime.  Mr. Turner was a veteran of the U. S. Army. Mr. Turner was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Mr. Turner was retired having worked as a television and radio repairman. 
Survivors include his daughter Jayne Tallant and husband Billy, of Corsicana; sister Virginia Williams, of Lufkin; niece Tammy and husband Mike, and their children; several other relatives.
Funeral Services for Mr. Leon Turner were be held Friday, November 9, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Rev. David Walker officiating. Interment will follow in the Conner Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Loman Kelley Tipton, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 6, 2007. Mr. Tipton was born October 31, 1917 in Beaumont to Kelley and Ora Tipton. Mr. Tipton time on this earth was 90 years and now he has gone to live with the Lord.
Mr. Tipton grew up in Beaumont, married his high school sweetheart, graduated from South Park High School, attended business school in Beaumont, and went to work for Ideco Incorporated in Beaumont.
Mr. Tipton retired from Ideco as Manager of Manufacturing in 1972. Mr. Tipton joined the Masonic Lodge in Beaumont and remained forever a mason dedicated to the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God.
Shortly after retiring he met and married Bertie. They enjoyed traveling and spent many summers in Estes Park, Colorado. Mr. Tipton was an active member of the Lovelady Methodist Church and a long time member of the Northwood Christian Church in Beaumont.
Mr. Tipton was adored by all his family and friends who treasured his ability to love, his wit, his intelligence, and his great enthusiasm for life. Mr. Tipton will be greatly missed and forever cherished in our hearts and minds. Life as we know it will never be the same without him.
Survivors include his son Kenneth Loman Tipton and wife Vera, of Houston; sisters Doris Calder and Alice Butler, of Kountz.
He is also survived by his special long time second family and friends the LaRue family, of Lovelady and Crockett including step-sons, daughter and grandchildren Betty LaRue, Glenn LaRue and wife Joylea, Ronald LaRue and wife Colleen, Russell Bracewell and wife Kathy, Jeremy LaRue and wife Kristi, Wesley LaRue and fiance Kristin Sliker. This second family readily took him into their hearts and were a significant part of Mr. Tipton’s life.
Preceded in death by his wife of 37 years Effie Marie Tipton and wife of 28 years Bertie LaRue; parents Kelley and Ora Tipton; brothers Jack and Cal; and sister Polly.
A Celebration of Mr. Loman Kelley Tipton life was held Saturday, November 10, at Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Beaumont.







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