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East Texas News - Obituaries
Houston County Courier - November 16,2008 - November 23, 2008

Mrs. Symova Jean Nordstrand Baxter, was born in Pasadena, Texas February 15, 1926 and passed away in Crockett, Texas November 12, 2008 at the age of 82. After graduating from Sam Houston State University, she became a school teacher and owned her own business in Deer Park, Texas. Mrs. Baxter taught Sunday school, sang in the Church Choir and served on the Board of Directors for the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Baxter artistic talents included beautiful handmade heirloom gifts, such as elaborate hooked wall hangings and rugs, quilts, Christmas Decorations, crocheted bedspreads and designer clothes.  Mrs. Baxter was a member of First United Methodist Church, Jacksonville, Texas and a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include her daughter Syneva Williams and husband Wayne, of Crockett; sons T.R. Usry and wife Theresa, of Jacksonville, Joseph Robert Klecka and wife Trina, of Mabank, Kim Martin Klecka, of The Woodlands, and Keith Michael Klecka, of Hillsboro Beach, Fla.; grandchildren Jamie Tarpenning and Jason Usry, of Tyler, Gloria, Charles, and Grace Anne Klecka, of Mabank; great-grandson Bryce Tarpenning, of Tyler; five sisters Marie Standberg, of Alaska, Mary Sharpless, of Kerrville, Joy Angela Smith, of Houston, Martha June Nordstrand, of Houston and Nell Cox, of Magnolia; two brothers Carl Nordstrand, of Houston and Victor Nordstrand, of Sugarland; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Mabel Nordstrand; brothers Arthur "Buddy" Nordstrand, Elray Nordstrand, and Sigwald Nordstrand; and granddaughter Deborah.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Symova Jean Nordstrand Baxter were held Saturday, November 15, at 1:00 p.m. in   the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev.      Keeney Dickenson officiating.  Graveside Services followed at 3:30 p.m. in Resthaven Memorial Cemetery, Jacksonville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund or First Baptist Church Matts House, 801 E. Goliad Avenue, Crockett, TX.  75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Michael Xavier Colgrove, age 14 of Palestine, passed away Saturday, November 15, 2008 in Anderson County. He was born March 2, 1994 in Palestine. Michael was a ninth grade student at Westwood High School and a member of Truly God’s Country Church in Crockett. He was an avid soccer player and loved hunting and fishing. Michael loved pleasing and taking care of others and never put himself before anyone else.
Survivors include his mother and father Heather and Chris Thompson, of Palestine; sister Alexandrea Thompson, of Palestine; brother Freedom Thompson, of Palestine; grandparents Debra Thomas of Montalba, Kathy Thompson, A.D. Thompson and Marvin Warren, all of Palestine; great-grandmother Bessie Kellum, of Crockett.
Funeral Services for Michael Xavier Colgrove will be held Friday, November 21, at 1:00 p.m. in the Evangelistic Temple with Bro. Gene Kellum officiating. Interment will follow in Chambers Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Shannon Bruner, Jerry Hodge, Jeremy Morgan, Justin Kellum, Josh Kellum, David Walker, Eddie Basquez and Marvin Warren, Jr. 
Honorary Pallbearer will be Chance Gibson.
Bailey & Foster Funeral Home

Mrs. Loyce LaVerne Richardson, age 83 of Crockett, passed away Monday, November 17, 2008 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Richardson was born March 12, 1925 in Richland, Texas the daughter of Lucille and J.T. Crocker, Sr. Mrs. Richardson was a resident of Crockett for the past seven years, previously living in Willis and had also lived twenty years in Hemphill. Mrs. Richardson was retired having worked as a hospital cook and attended the First Christian Church in Crockett.
Survivors include her children son Dennis Wayne Dunaway and wife Joyce; daughter Patricia Bounds and husband Gary; daughter Linda McDaniel and husband Randy; daughter Sandy Richardson; son Ron Richardson and Sissy Redfern; brothers J.T. Crocker, Jr. and wife Mary and Philip Crocker and wife Pat; grandchildren Dennis, Deborah, Malissa, Amanda, Scott, Brad, Nathan, Jet, and Starla; 17 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Loyce LaVerne Richardson were held Wednesday, November 19, at 10:00 a.m. in the First Christian Church with the Rev. Tim Allen and the Rev. Jerry Garner officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund, 200 Gordon Drive, Crockett, Texas 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Carl Dean Hensley, age 62 of Crockett, passed away Monday, November 10, 2008 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Hensley was born December 1, 1945 in Clarinda, Iowa and was a resident in Crockett since 1986. Mr. Hensley was a veteran of the Iowa National Guard. Mr. Hensley was a lifetime member of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. Mr. Hensley was a truck driver having owned and operated C.D. Hensley Trucking Company and was currently leased to Dallas Mavis Trucking. “Papa Dean” was a beloved father and grandfather and was a wonderful dad to all of his children.
Survivors include his wife of 5 years, Carla Lynn Hensley, of Crockett; children Tammy Spray and husband Brent, of Henrietta, Dr. Jr. Hensley and wife Valerie, of Lenox, Iowa, Kim Fmelpzer and husband Mark, of Kansas City, Mo., Levi Hensley of Bedford, IA., April Hansen and husband Casey, of Tyler, Tiffany Vickers and husband Jerrod, of Crockett, Megan Yount, of Lufkin, Carrie Sullivan and husband Rick, of Palestine, Joshua R. Grounds and wife Alicia and Sarah Grounds, of Crockett; grandchildren Nick, Ty, Eric, Lauren, Jared, Noah, Erin, Ella, Jayden, Tristan, Kiersten, Preston, Caleb, Courtlin, Emily and Peyton; mother Helen Hensley of Bedford, IA.; brothers Eldon Hensley and wife Linda, of Council Bluffs, IA, Jim Hensley and wife Mary Lou, of Council Bluffs, IA; sister Bonnie Papageorge, of Clinton, IA; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his father Ralph “Bill” Hensley; brother Donald Hensley; and sister, Phyllis Craddock.
Memorial Services for Mr. Carl Dean Hensley were held Friday, November 14, at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Ivey officiating. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home 

Mrs. Bette Jo Murray Ellis was born December 25, 1933 to Lacy L. and Elizabeth Dupuy Murray and lived all of her life in Crockett, Texas. Mrs. Ellis was called to rest on November 13, 2008 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Mrs. Ellis was an inspiration to her family and friends because of her courage, dignity and determination. 
Survivors include her sons Mark Lacy Ellis and wife Catherine, of Houston and Mike Edward Ellis, of Crockett; grandchildren Amy Catherine Nabors and husband Clint, of Cypress, Katie Elizabeth Montez and husband Chris, of San Antonio, Michael Edward Ellis, II, of Houston and Andrew Steed Ellis, of Abilene. 
Preceded in death by her beautiful great-grandchildren Claire Ellise and Winston Cole Nabors; and a nephew Frank Callier, Jr. of Crockett.
After attending Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas in Austin, Bette Jo worked with her late husband, Henry M. Ellis, in the insurance business where they founded and operated what is now Crockett Insurance Service. She was also an active partner along with her husband in the Etex Dairy Queen Company that at one time owned an interest in numerous Dairy Queens in East Texas. As a civic-minded citizen of the community, Mrs. Ellis served as president of the Redbud Garden Club, president of the Magnolia Garden Club, a member of the board of directors of the Monroe Crook House, Cub Scout den mother for eight years and president of the P.T.A. Mrs. Ellis also taught Sunday School for many years at the First United Methodist Church and was a past president of the United Methodist Women. She served on the board of directors for Houston County S.H.A.R.E. and donated many hours to that organization as Treasurer and as the Friday Day Director. Mrs. Ellis was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church and recently rejoined her childhood congregation at the First Presbyterian Church in Crockett.  She was fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel around the world and she was an avid reader who loved to debate with others about current events.  Mrs. Ellis also loved to hunt and spend time out in the Hill Country at the deer lease with family and friends from Crockett and Tyler. Mrs. Ellis’ home reflected her love of flowers, gardening and entertaining and her and Earlie Mae Martin’s fried chicken and fresh vegetable lunches will be missed!
Preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Henry McConnell Ellis; parents; sister Frances Elizabeth Callier; and great-grandson, James Michael Nabors.
A celebration of life was held on Sunday, November 16, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Crockett. Followed by interment at Evergreen Memorial Park. In addition to floral tributes, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or Houston County S.H.A.R.E.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


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