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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of November 1, 2007 - November 18, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Bishop Franklin G. Jones passed from this life into his eternal life on October 30, 2007. January 1, 1933, was an ordinary New Year’s Day for most everyone. People put away gifts, cleaned up all the party favors. The strains of Auld Lang Syne were distant memories of a night gone by. But in Lamar County, Texas, Ira Jones paced the floor as his wife, Dorothy, was giving birth to a brand new son. Bishop Jones would be fifth of what was to be 13 children. When this new son received his name, it was in honor of Franklin D. Roosevelt and “Cactus” Jack Garner, President and Vice President of the United States of America respectively. Bishop Jones would grow to be a great leader in his own right. Not a leader of cities, states or countries, but a General in the body of Christ.
Bishop Jones served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. It was while on shore leave in Long Beach, California that this pastor’s son walked to an altar and completely surrendered his heart and life to Christ. Not long after his tour of duty was over, Franklin married his sweetheart, Joyce Green, on April 28, 1956.
In 1963 Franklin and Joyce felt the burden of lost souls so strongly that they sold their home and all their furniture to work full-time for the Lord. Their first revival was in Shepherd, Texas. Coming from a comfortable home to a travel trailer, with two children in tow, was quite a transition. Later in November of that year they settled in Houston to help establish Texas Bible College.
In August of 1964 a small church in Aransas Pass, Texas, called the Joneses to the pastorate. It was a great time for this young family. Seeking the face of God in that South Texas town helped establish the character that would mold so many lives in the coming years. It was there that the family grew to five.
Then in March of 1966 the Jones family moved to the pastorate of Mt. Houston Pentecostal Church in Houston, Texas. There were 21 voting members at that time.  From service to service Franklin Jones invested his life into others and the small congregation grew. Upon changing their location in 1990 the congregation became known as Grace Church of Humble and today celebrates a membership exceeding 2900 people. Franklin Jones was consecrated to the office of Bishop in 1992. 
Bishop Franklin Jones leaves his legacy to his wife of 51 years, Joyce; daughter Patti Johnson and her husband, Rex and their children, Misty and husband Damon McNicholas, Cassidy and husband Brad Wilkinson, and Kaitlin; son Brett and his wife, Gizelle and their children Kimber, Casey and his wife Kristine, and Carley; son Scott and his wife, Melanie and their children Spencer and Savannah; He was also the proud Papa of three great-grandchildren: Kaden, Conner and Ella.
Memorial Services for Bishop Franklin G. Jones were held on Friday, November 2 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 3, at 10 a.m.  Both services were held at Grace Church of Humble, 7224 N. Sam Houston Parkway East, Humble, TX 77396. The burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bishop Jones’ honor to the Imagine Grace for Generations building fund.
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Mrs. Claire Kelley Britenbaker, age 85, passed away peacefully Friday, September 21, 2007, with her loving family by her side. Mrs. britenbaker was a long time resident of Wimberley, Texas, before moving to the Grand Prairie area.
Survivors include her daughters Karen B. Key, of Grand Prairie, Lynn and husband Don, of Golden, Colo.; son Kelley W. Britenbaker, of Toledo, Ohio; two grandchildren Amy Singley and husband Roy, of Slidell, La. and Kelley Key, of San Francisco, Calif.; one great grandchild, Ryan Singley; one brother Fount N. Kelley, of Austin; and one sister L. Jean Dauphin, of Grapeland.
Preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Francis W. Britenbaker; and son Anson Lee Britenbaker.
Graveside Services for Mrs. Claire Kelley Britenbaker will be held Monday, October 29, at 1:30 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Lovelady with Pastor Jim Denham from Chapel In The Hills, Wimberley, Texas, officiating.
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Mrs. Cora Dothyl Thornton, age 95 of Pennington, passed away Thursday, October 25, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Thornton was born November 11, 1911 in Pennington, Texas and had lived most of her lifetime in Pennington. Mrs. Thornton was a graduate of Stephen F. Austin University where she received a Bachelor’s degree. Mrs. Thornton was a member of the Trinity County Retired Teachers Association. Mrs. Thornton was a retired teacher and was also a member of the Pennington Baptist Church. 
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law David and Patricia Thornton, of Pennington; granddaughter Lori Blanchard and husband Kent, of Pennington; step-Grandson Greg Sharpe, of Oyster Creek; great-grandchildren Kris and Nick Sharpe, of Oyster Creek and Kale and Katie Blanchard, of Pennington; sister-in-law Irene Dominy Poe and husband Walter, of Pennington; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Hayne Thornton in 1974; sisters Hazel Brannen, Willie Mae Sanders and Ruth Welch; and brother John Dominy.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Cora Dothyl Thornton were held Sunday, October 28, at 2:00 p.m. in the Pennington Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Butler officiating.  Interment followed in the Pennington Cemetery.
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Mrs. Gladys Corbitt, age 82 of Houston, passed away Thursday, October 18, 2007 at her residence in Houston. Mrs. Corbitt was born June 7, 1925 in Houston County and had lived most of her lifetime in the Houston area. Mrs. Corbitt was a homemaker and a member of the Gulf Meadows Church of God.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law Judy Panciera and Sergio, of Houston, Linda Spearman, of Tomball, Debra Mattes and Art, of Houston; grandchildren Kim Keilers and husband David, of Tomball, Grant Spearman and wife Traci, of Tomball, Gary Panciera and wife Maggie, of Dickinson, Rick Mattes and wife Stephanie, of Houston, Angela Pasquale and husband Jeff of Manvel; great-grandchildren Brandon and Cameron Keilers, Tyler, Emily and Wesley Spearman, Charity, Corbi and Faith Panciera, Chelsea and Craig Mattes, Ella Pasquale; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Frank Corbitt; daughter Frankie Gonzales; son-in-law Grant Spearman; sister Louise English; and brother Henry Morgan.
Funeral services for Mrs. Gladys Corbitt were held Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Terry Gibson officiating. Interment followed in the Creek Cemetery.
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Mrs. Judith R. Gallant Mantell, age 67 of New Caney, passed away Monday, October 22, 2007 in the Conroe Regional Hospital. Mrs. Gallant was born March 12, 1940 in Houston County and had lived in New Caney since 1992 previously residing in Houston.  She was a Harris County Probation Officer.
Survivors include her Highly Decorated Vietnam Veteran Husband, Andrew L. Mantell, of New Caney; sister-in-law Toni Childres, of Pasadena; special friend Cathy Bolton, of Channelview.
Preceded in death by her parents Gail Lawson Gallant and Minnie Irene Luce Gallant; and brothers Quinton Gallant and Doyle Gallant.
Funeral Services Mrs. Judith R. Gallant Mantell were held Thursday, October 25, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Goss officiating. Interment followed in the McCarter Cemetery.
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Mrs. Karen Jean Wilson, age 47 of the Houston County Lake, passed away Monday, October 29, 2007 at her residence. She was born June 7, 1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and had lived most of her lifetime in Minnesota until moving to the Houston County Lake. Mrs. Wilson was a member of the American Legion Post # 134 and Crockett Elks Lodge. Mrs. Wilson had worked for Home Health Care.
Survivors include her daughters Sabreana Wilson, Nadine Wilson, both of Crockett, Dana Wilson, of Anoka, Minn. and Crystal Ahner and husband Michael, of Elk River, Minn.; grandchildren Donnajean Colbert, Curtis Smith, Misty Smith; sister Cheryl Wengel of Osseo, Minn.; brother Greg Triden of Wyoming, Minn.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorial Services for Mrs. Karen Jean Wilson were held Saturday, November 3, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. in Truly God’s Country Church with the Rev. Gene Kellum officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Karen Wilson Benefit Account, c/o Citizens National Bank, P. O. Box 1420, Crockett, TX. 75835.
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Mr. Kenneth Reagan Holliday, age 87 of Waco passed away Friday, October 19, 2007 at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco. 
Mr. Holliday was born in Lovelady on May 2, 1920 to John and Viola Holliday. Mr. Holliday married Miriam Ann Robertson on February 11, 1956. Mr. Holliday was a decorated veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army in the Pacific.
Mr. Holliday was in the furniture and carpet business in the Lufkin area and later in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Mr. Holliday joined the Methodist Church at an early age, but was a member of First Woodway Baptist Church at the time of his death.
Survivors include his one sister Myra Shipper, of Waco; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his wife Miriam; three brothers; and two sisters.
Graveside Services for Kenneth Reagan Holliday were held Monday, October 22, at 2:00 p.m. in Antioch Cemetery near Lovelady, Texas with the Rev. Bob Lacey officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Foundation, 1100 w. 49th Street Room#G408, Austin, TX. 78756.
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Mr. Merle Johnson, age 70 of Latexo, passed away Saturday, October 27, 2007 in the Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin. Mr. Johnson was born April 18, 1937 in Latexo and had lived most of his lifetime in Houston County. Mr. Johnson was a past member of the Crockett Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Johnson was retired from Houston County Electric Cooperative and attended the Baptist Church in Latexo. 
Survivors include his daughters Beverly Coates and husband Terry, of Oakwood and Janet Hopkins and husband Terry, of Latexo; sister Ida Faye Higgins and husband Jimmy, of Latexo; mother Bertha Holley, of Crockett; grandsons Jake Gilmore and wife Nikki, of Medicine Lodge, Kan., Matthew Hopkins, of Latexo; great-grandsons Rustyn and Jace Gilmore of Medicine Lodge, Kan.; step-grandsons Jeremy Hopkins, of Latexo and Adam Hopkins of Alaska; step-great-grandson Clay Johannsen, of Medicine Lodge, Kan.; niece Patsy Gilson and husband Danny, of Latexo; special friends Ann Folmar, Annette Wallace and Stanley Taylor.
Preceded in death by his father Lee Johnson; brothers-in-law Bill Herrington and Artis Allen; and nephew Billy Herrington.
Funeral Services for Mr. Merle Johnson were held Tuesday, October 30, at 2:00 p.m. in the Harvest Church with the Rev. Dennis Lowery and the Rev. Terry Gibson.  Interment followed in the Latexo Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford, Lufkin, TX.  75904.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Minnie Ola Duncan, age 93 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Duncan was born February 28, 1914 in Pennington and was a lifetime resident of Houston County. Mrs. Duncan was a housewife and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include daughter Louise Page and husband Walter, of Crockett; sons John Duncan and wife Wanda, of Magnolia, Earl Duncan and wife Becky, of Apple Springs; grandchildren Belinda Page, of Pollok, Theressa Page Ashworth and husband Royce, of Little Centerville, Darrell Duncan and wife Terri, of Magnolia, Darwin Duncan and wife Mary, of Katy, Chris Duncan and wife Cheryln, of Katy, Leisa Rogers and husband Dewayne, of Apple Springs, Genni Kelso and husband Troy, of Llano, Karren Mahaney and husband Ken, of Porter Springs; 21 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her husband John Henry Duncan; daughter Mammie Ann Shelton; granddaughter Barbara Baker; parents B. F. and Ida Davis; sisters Ida May Hambrick, Elsie Anderson and Ruth Thornton; and brothers Carl Davis and Arthur Davis.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Minnie Ola Duncan were held Monday, October 15, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Rev. James Whittlesey officiating.  Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Evergreen Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 525, Crockett, TX. 75835 or Nogalus Calvary Baptist Church.
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Mr. Richard L. Gerla Jr., age 62 of Troup, passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2007 in a Tyler Hospital. Mr. Gerla was born April 15, 1945, in El Campo to the late Richard L. Gerla, Sr. and Antonia Angeline Hubenak Gerla. Mr. Gerla was a veteran of the US Army and served in the Vietnam War. Mr. Gerla received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and his mater’s degree in counseling from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville.
Mr. Gerla married Jacqueline Kay Parten January 18, 1969 in Houston. Mr. Gerla was a math teacher at Carlisle ISD. Mr. Gerla was an avid sportsman who loved to fish and hunt and was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother and teacher.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Jackie Gerla, of Troup; son Jeffrey Jack Gerla, of Troup; an adopted son Chad Meroney, of Troup; mother Tonnie Gerla, of El Campo; three brothers and two sisters Anthony Gerla, of El Campo, Lawrence and Susan Gerla, of Louise and Ray and Kathy Gerla, of El Campo; father-in-law and mother-in-law Jack and Jeanette Parten, of College Station; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Suzanne and Kendall Hay, of College Station; and several nieces and nephews.
A Rosary for Mr. Richard L. Gerla Jr. was held Friday, November 2, at 6:00 p.m. at Cottle Funeral Home.
A Funeral Mass for Mr. Richard L. Gerla Jr. were held Saturday, November 3, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Jacksonville with the Reverend Mark Kusmirek officiating. Interment followed in the Griffin Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Lawrence Gerla, Ray Gerla, Anthony Gerla, Chad Meroney, Brent Hay and Joe Reed.
Honorary Pallbearers were Jack Parten, Kendall Hay and Robert Milne.
Online registration and condolences are available at www.cottlefuneralhome.com
 Cottle Funeral Home

Mr. Richard W. “Doodle” Varley, age 76 of Grapeland, passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Varley was born December 2, 1930 in Colorado County, Texas and was a resident of Grapeland for the past 22 years. Mr. Varley was a veteran of the U. S. Marines having served during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Varley was a lifetime member of the D. A. V. and was also a Member of the Chosin Few.  Mr. Varley was retired from Eastern Airlines where he worked in air freight and was also a member of the San Pedro Church.
Survivors include his wife Martha Anderson Varley, of Grapeland; son Richard D. Varley and wife Terri, of Conroe; daughter Phyllis Varley and husband Drew, of Alto; son Richard S. Varley and wife Heather, of Grapeland; grandchildren Donald Wayburn Varley, of Grapeland, Christopher James Varley, of Conroe; sisters Bernice McCauley, Virginia Varley, both of Sheridan, Linda Newman and husband Bill, of Wyo.; brothers Donald Dean Varley and wife Betty, Larry Varley and wife Darnell, all of Sheridan; brother-in-law Dennis Anderson and wife Janice, of Nacogdoches; sister-in-law Weida Shurtleff and husband Robert, of Sugar Land; mother-in-law Jewell Anderson, of Nacogdoches; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents Tom A. and Opal Varley; and brother Ed “Corky” Varley.
Funeral Services for Mr. Richard W. “Doodle” Varley were held Monday, November 5, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Hutto and the Rev. Eddie Atkinson officiating. Military graveside services will follow in the Whitehead 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.
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Mr. Serge R. Perrin, Jr., age 68 of Centerville, passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2007 in Centerville, Texas. Mr. Perrin was born March 2, 1939 in Portland, Oregon and had been living in Centerville since 1996, previously living in San Leon. Mr. Perrin was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force Reserve having served from 1960-1965. Mr. Perrin was a retired supervisor for a Steel Fabrication Company.
Survivors include his wife Rachel Perrin, of Centerville; son Kerry Rene Perrin, of San Leon; daughters Kami Christel Carmona, of Baytown, Kendra Jeanne Perrin, of Houston; grandson Ryan Rene Perrin; great-grandchild Raven Rene Perrin; sister Diane Jeanne Black of League City.
Graveside Services for Mr. Serge R. Perrin, Jr., will be held Monday, November 5, at 12:00 noon in the Bayview Memorial Park in Pensacola, Florida.  Interment will follow.
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Mr. William Edward “Pete” Hammons, age 63 of Belott, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at his residence. Mr. Hammons was born in Houston County on February 13, 1944 to Bill and Lucille Hammons, the youngest of three children. Mr. Hammons retired from Southwestern Bell after 38 years of service beginning in Houston 1964 and ending in Nacogdoches in 2002.
Mr. Hammons was a graduate of Kennard High School and was a member of the Board of Trustees for Kennard ISD for many years. Mr. Hammons loved being a part of helping children succeed academically and athletically. He was a great fan of high school sports. Mr. Hammons loved hunting, fishing, flying his airplane and traveling. Mr. Hammons favorite pastime was spending time with family, friends, and beloved grandsons, Dyllan and Gable.
Mr. Hammons was a member of the First Baptist Church, Grapeland where he served as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher. Mr. Hammons worked with the volunteers at Crockett State School as a bible study teacher and participated in epithany.
Mr. Hammons was a devoted, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Pete loved people and touched many lives with his smile, his humor, and his generosity.
Survivors include his loving wife Deloris; son Heath; grandsons Joshua Dyllan and Brandon Gable; sister Joyce Priddy, of Gladewater; brother John Hammons and wife Sue, of Belott; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and friends.
Funeral Services for Mr. William Edward “Pete” Hammons were held Friday, October 19, at 1:00 p.m at the First Baptist Church in Grapeland with Bro. David Bradley and Bro. Charles Pyle officiating. Interment followed in New Energy Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 283, Grapeland, TX. 75844.
Bailey&Foster Funeral Home 

Mrs. Zelma Duren Beathard, age 99 of Belott, passed away Thursday, November 1, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Beathard was born September 19, 1908 in Houston County and had been back living in this area since 1976. Mrs. Beathard was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Phythian Sisters and Retired Teachers Association. Mrs. Beathard was a retired school teacher having 40 years of service and was also a member of the New Energy Methodist Church.
Survivors include her sons Donald Beathard and wife Sue, of Vidor, Dr. Gerald Beathard, of Page; grandchildren Steven Beathard and wife Kim, of Austin, Jerry Beathard and wife Mary, of Page and Wendy Beathard, of Austin; great-grandchildren Briana, Wendy, Trey, Madison, McKenna and Merritt; sister-in-law Verna Duren, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband C. H. Beathard; granddaughter Kay Harvey; daughter-in-law Brenda Beathard; brother George T. Duren; and sister Velma Minter.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Zelma Duren Beathard were held Sunday, November 4, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Richard Gillet officiating. Interment followed in the New Energy Cemetery. 
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