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East Texas News - Obituaries
Houston County Courier - October 26, 2008 - November 9, 2008

Mrs. Ada Bell Rhone Rains, age 104 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, October 29, 2008 in the Houston County Nursing Home in Crockett. Mrs. Rains was born November 24, 1903 in the Cutt Community, Houston County, Texas and was a lifetime resident of Houston County. Mrs. Rains was a graduate of the Center Hill School. Mrs. Rains was a member of the Faith Tabernacle Church in Kennard and attended the Good Shepherd Fellowship Church in Crockett.  She was a housewife.
Survivors include her children
Dewitt Rains and wife Joyce, of Crockett, Cleo Price and husband Dort, of Pearland, Jay Rains and wife Joyce, of  Latexo and Ruby Adler and husband Albert, of Crockett; grandchildren Duwaine Rains, Donnie Rains, Michael Rains, all of Crockett, Marilyn Turner, of Latexo, LaVonne Price Whiteside, of Rosharon, Crystal June Price, of Pearland, Ricky Rains, of Latexo, Vickie Kelledy, of Dallas, Randy Powell, of Latexo, Margie Wendel, Devita Donelan, both of Crockett, Dale Adler, of Waco and Melanie Goolsby, of Crockett; 27 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren; brother Johnny Rhone, of Crockett; sisters Eva Dell Reynolds, Louise Walker, Wendell Mericle, all of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Henry Rains; infant son Marshall Franklin Rains; sons Carl Hugh Rains and Dave E. Rains; daughter-in-law, Dorothy Rains; great-great-grandson Dean Ray Whiteside; sisters Bessie Morgan, Mable Rhone and Eurene Johnson; brothers, J.D. Rhone, Willie B. Rhone and Mack Rhone; and step-mother Myrtie Rhone
Funeral Services for Mrs. Ada Bell Rhone Rains were held Saturday, November 1, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park in Crockett.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Fellowship Church, 401 S. 7th Street, Crockett, Texas 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Allen Clinkscales, age 71, of Latexo, passed away Monday, October 27, 2008 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Clinkscales was born March 26, 1937 in Galveston, Texas and was a resident in Latexo for the past 29 years. Mr. Clinkscales was a veteran of the United States Navy having served during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Clinkscales was a retired house painter and attended the Crockett United Pentecostal Church.
Survivors include his children Samuel Clinkscales and wife Rebecca, Mary Akins, all of Crockett; son-in-law Shon Akins, of Elkhart; grandchildren Cheyenne, Julie, Andrew, Kali, Brittany and Felicia, all of Crockett; devoted wife and children’s mother Barbara Hardwick, of Crockett; sister Elizabeth Gates and husband Fred, of Porter; brothers William L. Clinkscales and wife Betty Lou, of Lake Worth, Fla., Jerry L. Clinkscales, of Austin; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents A.L. and Dora Lee Clinkscales; and brothers Robert Clinkscales, Gene Clinkscales and Pete Carpenter.
Funeral Services for Mr. Allen Clinkscales were held Thursday, October 30, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ron Johnson and the Rev. Robert Durham officiating.  Military Graveside Services followed the New Energy Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Crockett United Pentecostal Church Building Fund.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Carl Dean Roberts, age 46 of Latexo, passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2008 in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mr. Roberts was born September 10, 1962 in Gatesville, Texas and was a lifetime resident of this area. Mr. Roberts was a member of the American Legion. Mr. Roberts had worked as a landscaper and attended the Methodist Church.
Survivors include his sons Josh Roberts and Austin Roberts, of Latexo; mother Joyce Patterson and husband Pat, of Latexo; brother Bobby Roberts and Gail, of Latexo; grandmother Ruby Roberts, of Crockett; nephews Adam and Brad Roberts, of Latexo.
Preceded in death by his father Ronnie Roberts; grandparents Willie Beard, Otie Mae Beard and Joe Roberts; and uncle Doyle Wayne Roberts.
Funeral Services for Mr. Carl Dean Roberts were held Saturday, October 25, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Marshall Jackson officiating. Interment followed in the Corinth Cemetery. 
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Our precious baby, Chloe Elizabeth Harrison, entered into heaven and into the arms of our Lord Monday night, October 20, 2008. Chloe was born on October 6, 2007 and even though she lived only 54 weeks and never spoke a single word, she became an inspiration to people everywhere. Chloe was born with many physical handicaps and spent the first seven months of her life at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. While there, she warmed the hearts and forever touched the lives of all she came into contact with. The great community of Wharton, Texas rallied around this special baby and prayed continually for her. Chloe came home from the hospital on May 16, 2008 and had five glorious, healthy months with her beloved parents and big brother. 
Chloe defied the odds and thrived, meeting milestones of development that none believed possible. She didn’t know she wasn’t perfect and delighted in her many accomplishments.  She was the happiest baby around and her ministry of unconditional love and faith reached thousands.  People from all over the world have sent e-mails praising her courage and strength.  So many have written that even though they never met Chloe, she was, and continues to be, their inspiration.  Chloe accomplished in a year and two weeks what many people do not accomplish in a lifetime.  She softened hearts, showed people what really matters in life and most importantly, brought us all closer to God.
Chloe leaves behind to cherish her memory her parents, Kate and Rex Harrison, her two-year-old brother, Charlie, her grandparents, Kathy and Kenneth Johse, her aunt and uncle, Shelly and Clay Harrison and her uncle, Ken Johse.  She was welcomed with open arms into Heaven by her paternal grandparents, Doug and Patsy Harrison.
Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon, October 23, 2008 at the First United Methodist Church in Wharton with Reverend Polly Standing and Father Lance Ousley officiating.  Interment followed at the Wharton City Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Clay Harrison, Nick Harrison, Cole Harrison and Michael Quinn.
Honorary Pallbearers were Beth Carter, MD, Eddie Gordon, MD, Curtis Kennedy, MD, Penny Lewis, MD, Mark Mazziotti, MD, Antonio Mott, MD and Ken Johse.
For those desiring, memorials may be made to Texas Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 300630, MC-4-4483, Houston, TX 77230-0630 or the Ronald McDonald House, 1907 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030.

Mrs. Eva Beard, age 79 of Grapeland, passed away Saturday, October 25, 2008 at her residence. Mrs. Beard was born April 29, 1929 in Kaplan, Louisiana and was a resident in Grapeland for the past 32 years.
Mrs. Beard was past Girl Scout Leader in the Houston area and also Director of CCD Assumption and CYO Director Assumption. Mrs. Beard was a member of the Houston County Go Texan Quilting Club and Houston County Fair Quilts and Canning and won first place awards in Houston County and in Houston for her quilts. 
Mrs. Beard was a very active member of the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church in Crockett serving on the Ladies Guild, Euchortic Minister, Parish Photographer, Marriage Preparation Sponsor and Church Cook Book Chairman. 
Mrs. Beard was retired having worked as a beauty shop operator.
Survivors include her husband Henry A. Beard,            of Grapeland; daughters Susan Abshire and husband Rick, of Grapeland, Barbara Irving and husband Larry, of Houston, Peggy Dworsky and husband David, of Cypress; grandchildren Cheryl Bennett and husband Darryl, of Lufkin,     Amy Cutshaw and husband Michael, of Grapeland, Austin Dworsky, of Cypress; Great-Grandchildren D.J., Dane, Eric and Anna; brother and sisters Alton Abshire and wife Mary, Ruby A. Bertrand, Ruth A. Trahan and Ellagene Adams and husband Mayfeel, all of Kaplan, La.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her daughter Cindy Lee Beard; parents Fernest and Azelia Abshire; sisters and brother Hilda Mouton, Bill Abshire; Willa Lege and Lula Abshire.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Eva Beard were held Tuesday, October 28, at 1:00 p.m. in the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church with Father Dan and Father Ranjan officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
Rosary Services were held Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. with Father Dan Gonzalez officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church, 609 N. 4th St., Crockett, Texas 75835
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. John H. “Rocky” Truesdale Jr., age 45 of Weches, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2008 in Gary, Texas. Mr. Truesdale was born July 31, 1963 in Galveston, Texas to John Truesdale and Ruth Velasco Bobbitt. Mr. Truesdale lived in Weches most of his life and was a Baptist. Mr. Truesdale graduated from Rusk High School and attended Lon Morris College. Mr. Truesdale worked as a foreman for Kalman Floor and was a member of the Volunteer Fire Department.
Survivors include his wife Christina A. Truesdale, of Weches; mother and step-father Ruth and John Bobbitt, of Weches; father and step-mother John H. Sr. and Vivian Truesdale, of NC; sister and brother-in-law Tish and Tony Simmons, of Alto; loving niece Lexi Simmons, of Alto; numerous other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death his grandparents Rev. Adolph Velasco and Dora Velasco and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Truesdale.
Funeral Services for Mr. John H. “Rocky” Truesdale Jr. were held Saturday, October 25, at 1:00 p.m. at the Hilltop Baptist Church in Alto with the Rev. Roy Lee Bobbitt and the Rev. Josh Lindsey officiating. Interment followed in the Weches Cemetery.
O.T. Allen & Son Funeral Home

Mr. Milford Lee “Easy” Curnutt, age 76 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, October 25, 2008 in the Whitehall Nursing Center in Crockett.
Mr. Curnutt was born March 14, 1932 in Smith County, Texas and was a resident of Crockett for the past 10 years.  Mr. Curnutt was a veteran of the United States Air Force having served during the Korean Conflict Era. Mr. Curnutt was a retired crane operator and was a member of the Austonio Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Mary Frances Stork Curnutt, of Crockett; brother Sam H. Curnutt and wife Shirlene, of Henderson; sisters Maxine Curnutt Pate Curtis, of Tyler; brother-in-law D.E. Stork and wife Jeannie, of Humble; father-in-law Emil E. Stork, of Texas City; numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his mother Lillie Gertrude Beam Curnutt Hale; father Hiram Rodgers Curnutt; step-father F. M. Hale; brother Paul Curnutt; and sister Daisy Ruth Curnutt.
Funeral Services for Mr. Milford Lee “Easy” Curnutt were held Tuesday, October 28, at 10:00 a.m. in the Austonio Baptist Church with the Rev. Harold Shirley officiating. Graveside Services were held at 3:00 p.m. in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Tyler.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105; Austonio Baptist Church, 12895 F.M. 1280, Crockett, Texas 75835 or American Cancer Society 212 Gene Samford, Lufkin, Texas 75904. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Richard Charles Koontz, age 89 of Grapeland, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at the Winfield Health Care Center. Mr. Koontz was born November 19, 1918, in Bloomington, Indiana to John Stanley Orville Koontz and Stella Burkett Koontz. Mr. Koontz was in the auto body shop business, an ordained minister, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
After his military training in Ft. Knox, Kentucky, he served in the European Theater in World War II, receiving five bronze stars. Mr. Koontz was in the 355th Corps of Engineers, the 101st Air Borne and the 1st Armor Tank Division. Mr. Koontz was in several major battlefronts including Omaha Beach, Battle of the Bulge, St. Lo, Normandy, and Ardennes Forest. Upon his return home from active duty he joined the Civil Air Patrol and later owned and operated an air transport service.
Survivors include his two daughters Emilie Cunningham, of Grapeland and Dana Taylor, of Groves; niece Phylis Mitchell, of Little Rock, Ark.; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his parents John Stanley Orville Koontz and Stella Burkatt Koiontz; wife Marjorie Koontz; two daughters Yvonne Moat, and Patricia Poindexter Fleming; son Forrest Wells; and a sister Pearl Rogers.
Funeral Services for Mr. Richard Charles Koontz, were held Saturday, October 25, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Grapeland with the Rev. Bill Denham and the Rev. Richard Dobbins officiating. Interment followed in Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches.
Pallbearers were Christopher Stephens, Robert Winfrey, Walter Authement, Glenn Cunningham, Kevin Westbrook, Jared Murray, Justin Cunningham and Alton Moore.
Bailey & Foster Funeral Home

Mrs. Vera Mae Anderson, age 68 of Trinity, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2008 in the Community Care Center in Crockett. Mrs. Anderson was born September 7, 1940 in Humble, Texas and was a resident of Trinity for the past 25 years. Mrs. Anderson was a housewife and attended the Trinity Pines Church.
Survivors include her husband Hadley E. Anderson, of Trinity; children Hadley Anderson, Jr. and wife Carrie, of Riverside, Della Taylor and husband Kenny, of Lovelady and Jeannia Adams and husband Joe of La.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother Hilton Tyler and wife Billie, of Splendora; sister Melva Jean Philpot and husband Sonny, of Riverside.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Vera Mae Anderson were held Friday, October 24, at 10:30 a.m. in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery with the Rev. Kenneth Myers officiating. 
 Callaway-Allee Funeral Home



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