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East Texas News - Obituaries
Houston County Courier - November 23, 2008 - November 30, 2008

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; 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

Mr. Ronald Keith Sullivan, age 48 of Latexo, passed away Saturday, November 22, 2008 at Whitehall Nursing Home in Crockett. Mr. Sullivan was born June 12, 1960 in Hamilton Ohio to Ernest and Annie Jo Turner Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan was employed as a welder and serves in the National Guard. Mr. Sullivan was a Baptist.
Survivors include his mother Annie Jo Sullivan, of Latexo; sister Anna Lee Hurtado and husband Jim, of Celeste; nieces Jo Shirae Turpen and husband Clay and Leslie Etherdige and husband Caleb; nephew Pete Hurtado; great-nephew Presley Etherdige; uncles Marcur Turner and wife Marvelene, of Kennard, Travis Turner and wife Dorothy, of Dallas, Johnny Sullivan and wife Jeri, of Hamilton, OH; great-aunt Kathleen Turner, of Latexo; and numerous cousins.
Preceded in death by his father Ernest Sullivan; grandparents Marcus and Annie Mae Turner, Delia Sullivan and John Sullivan; uncles Boyd M. Sullivan, Chester Sullivan and Orville Sullivan.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Ronald Keith Sullivan were held Wednesday, November 26, at 1:00 p.m. at Milligan Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ray Turner, Johnny Turner, Larry Melson, Randy Reed and Jason Turner.
Bailey & Foster Funeral Home



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