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East Texas News - Obituaries
Houston County Courier- October 25, 2009 - November 7, 2009

Mrs. Jewell Frizzell DeSmyter, age 84 of Tomball, a long time resident of Crockett,  passed away Thursday, October 22, 2009 in the Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. Mrs. DeSmyter was born May 11, 1925 in Crockett, Texas and had been living in Tomball, previously living in Crockett for many years.  She was a retired business owner and a member of the South Loop Church of Christ in Crockett.
Survivors include her daughter Bernice DeSmyter Mims, of Tomball; grandchildren Maschell Pareya, Delve Donald Mims and wife Teri, both of Tomball, Melissa Mims, of Lafayette, La., Warren Woolley, of Cleveland and Alison DeSmyter, of Houston; great-grandchildren Morgan Pareya and Cianna Mims, both of Tomball; brothers Joe Cecil Frizzell, Thomas Benford Frizzell and wife Doris, all of Crockett; sister Billie Jean Beard and husband Earl, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Donald Frank DeSmyter; daughter Donna DeSmyter Woolley; son Donald Frank DeSmyter, Jr.; parents Joe and Myrtle Frizzell; brothers Ernest “Mutt” Frizzell and Paul “Moody” Frizzell; sister Rosie Nell Huff; nephew Clyde Frizzell; and niece Linda Giles.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Jewell Frizzell DeSmyter  held Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Michael Gibson officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans or the V. F. W.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Robbie Robison West, age 94 years, 4 months and 18 days of Lovelady, passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2009 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. West was born on June 9, 1915 in Leon County, Texas, to James and Mattie Robison. They moved to Houston County when she was three years old and resided most times between Antioch and Pearson Chapel. She met and married J. B. West, who was a farmer in 1932 in the middle of the Great Depression. After J. B.’s retirement from Finger’s Furniture in Houston, Texas, they moved back to Lovelady where they joined and became active in the First United Methodist Church which was just across the street from their home. 
Survivors include her daughter Bonnye Schaefer and husband Vernon, of Lovelady; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her husband J. B. West; and sons Jessie Bevin West, Charlie Doyle West and Ricky Joe West.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Robbie Robison West were held Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Doug Howell officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Robbie requests donations be made to the First United Methodist Church in Lovelady.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Donna Jean Fuller, age 76 of Lovelady, passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at her residence. Mrs. Fuller was born October 31, 1932 in Fon Du Lac, Wisconsin and lived the last 37 years in Lovelady. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and part time member of the New Mexico Mounted Patrol. Mrs. Fuller was retired having worked as a legal secretary and was of the Protestant Faith.
Survivors include her daughters Suzanne Humbird and Kathie Carpenter and husband George, all of Lovelady; grandchildren Sheena Humbird and fiancé Matt Abernathy, of Spring Juston Carpenter, of Lovelady.
Preceded in death by her husband Shannon Fuller; father and mother Frank and Rita Hodgden; son James Ronald Fuller; daughter Betsy Jane Fuller; and son Thomas Edward Fuller.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. W. F. Mooneyham, age 94 of Kennard, passed away Sunday, October 18, 2009 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Mooneyham was born April 30, 1915 in Boling, Texas and had lived in Kennard for the past 10 years, previously living in Crockett. He was a member of the East Gate Masonic Lodge and Woodmen of the World. Mr. Mooneyham retired from Shell Oil Company in 1972 and he attended the Pentecostal Church.
Survivors include his wife Mayme Ruth Mooneyham, of Kennard; sons W. F. Mooneyham, Jr. and wife Carolyn, of Dobbin and Austin David Mooneyham and wife Cherie, of Kennard; grandchildren Bill Mooneyham and wife Paula, Melissa McGrath and husband Greg, David Mooneyham and wife Heather and Lonnie Mooneyham; great-grandchildren Andrew and Sam Mooneyham, William and Michael McGrath and Preston and Peyton Mooneyham.
Funeral Services for Mr. W. F. Mooneyham were held Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Grady Gladden officiating. Interment will follow in the Jim English Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Ms. Lisa Ann Frisby, age 42 of Grapeland, went home to be with the Lord, on Thursday, October 15, 2009.  Ms. Frisby was born November 9, 1966 in Grapeland to Lavon and Eula Lea Frisby.
She spent her young married life in Montalba with then her husband, Troy Whitfield, Jr., now deceased. Ms. Frisby was a devoted mother to Troy Whitfield III and Taylor Lavon Whitfield and stepmother to Eric and Misty Bowden. She took pride in assisting in the family business, Frisby Trucking Company.
Survivors include her son Troy Whitfield III, of Grapeland; daughter Taylor Lavon Whitfield, of Grapeland; mother Eula Lea Frisby, of Grapeland; brother Kevin Frisby and wife Elizabeth, of Bullard; sisters Tonya Frisby McQueen and husband Glen, of Grapeland and Sonja Frisby-Corcoran and husband Anthony, of New Waverly; four nephews; four nieces; two great-nephews; three great-nieces; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. 
Preceded in death by her     father Lavon Frisby of Grapeland; and husband Troy Whitfield, Jr. of Palestine.
Funeral Services for Ms. Lisa Ann Frisby were held Sunday, October 18, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in Bailey&Foster Funeral Home Chapel in Grapeland. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting a donation to the Taylor Whitfield College Fund at Grapeland State Bank.
Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

Mr. J. D. Risner, age 86 of New Waverly, passed away  Monday, October 19, 2009. Mr. Risner was born June 15, 1923 in Anna, Texas to Jimmie Dee and Beulah V. Risner. 
Mr. Risner was an Army veteran serving during World War II and was stationed in the Philippines and New Guinea. Mr. Risner was employed by the U. S. Forest Service for 37 years and after retirement he worked at Walker and Byrd for 23 years.
Mr. Risner was a lifelong Baptist and was a deacon at First Baptist Huntsville. He was an active and faithful member of the Fellowship Sunday School class until his health prevented his participation.
Survivors include his daughter Threcia Risner; son Jerry Risner and wife Lisa; former daughter-in-law Jo Risner; grandchildren Riley Rector and wife Amy, Christine Bomsnkie, Jered Risner, Jordan Risner, Matthew Stuart and wife Ashley and Mark Molandes; great-grandchildren Molly Rector, Maggie Rector, Caleb Lewis, and Chase Stuart; brothers Walter Risner and wife Winona and Barry Risner and wife Eleanor; sisters Julia Sterling, Delois Sims, and Nan Ferguson and husband John; sisters-in-law Helen Ayers, Dorothy Mitchell, Loretta Snowden, and Dolly Sisk and husband Robert; brothers-in-law M.J. Mitchell and wife Barbara, Ivan Mitchell and wife Peggy and Charles Nichols and wife Betty; two special cousins Milton Risner and wife Jane and Frank Risner; many nieces and nephews, and many friends.
 Preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Geraldine Mitchell Risner; daughter Kathy Lynn Risner; and parents.
Funeral Services for Mr. J.D. Risner were held Friday, October 23, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Huntsville with the Rev. Carroll Williams and the Rev. Horace Fletcher officiating. Interment followed in Pine Valley Cemetery. 
In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Huntsville library.  For those wishing to do so memorial condolences may be made at  HYPERLINK "http://www.mem.com"
Huntsville Funeral Home

Mrs. Hazel Pike-Johnson, age 91 of Crockett, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 28, 2009. She had many special names; Mom, Mother, Ms. Hazel, Grammie, Ms. Pike, Ms. Johnson and she answered to all of them.  “Ms. Hazel” was born September 3, 1918, to Jess and Pearl Wells in Tadmor, Texas, and lived her life in Houston County. Whichever name you called her by, you knew her as a Christian, a loyal friend and a lady.
Mrs. Johnson owned her own beauty shop as a young woman, worked as a nurse during World War II, and was dietician for Whitehall Nursing Center. She was a member of the Church of God and had served for 50 years as secretary of the Women’s Missionary Society. Her house was always open to family, as well as friends. Hundreds of “get together”, parties, and “holidays shared” were always planned at “Ms. Hazel’s” home.  She sent out flowers to the sick, and for anniversaries as well as special occasion cards to everyone she knew and shared her earthly goods with all of us.  “Ms. Hazel” could talk on her cell phone, land phone, listen to the scanner, watch t. v., baby sit her great grandchildren all at the same time!  and still carry on a conversation if you were visiting her. And we all loved it that way. 
When we ask the grandchildren what one word that described how going to Gram’s made them feel…the word was “safe” (you were always taken care of and felt “safe” in her home.)  Ms. Hazel continued to have a sharp mind and “ran” her house until she went to heaven. She worked diligently for her church and we never remember a time when our Mother didn’t pay her tithe. Her giving –sharing spirit drew us to her. To family and friends alike, she was a listener. Her home was filled with laughter, lots of food, and special games. One tradition we will carry on is playing “Dirty Dog” a card game she always won.  A memory of her which will last is Mother playing solitaire on her computer and she wouldn’t go to bed until she won and “her yellow pages” of names and numbers, who of us hasn’t called “Ms. Hazel” for a telephone number?
God threw the mold away when he made “Ms. Hazel”. Her encouragement will remain in our hearts, her weekly phone calls to everyone in her life will be missed. But we are thankful that God honored us to be part of Ms. Hazel’s life!! We will miss you every day for the rest of our lives here on earth and we will cherish the day we are reunited with you in Heaven! You were the best Mother, Grandmother and Friend that we could have ever had. You, Hazel Pike Johnson, were “an angel” here on earth.  God is so lucky to have you helping Him now. We honor you today as we celebrate your wonderful life by living ours to follow in your footsteps.
Survivors include her children Elner Pike-Pyle, of Texarkana, Barbara Pike-Land, of Kingwood and Tilford Pike and wife Gabriela, of Temple; special daughter Elizabeth Gaylord, of Miami, Fla.; grandchildren Carmen Pyle, Richard Pyle, Gail and Joe Perusic, Dreux and Misty Land, Shannon and Jason Martz, Angela Pike Engelmohr, Marisa and Anthony Lonzetta III; great-grandchildren Jess and Heather Cook, Jena Pyle, Brandy Lail, Ryan Lail, Devin Engelmohr, Christian Perusic, Landon Engelmohr, Madison Land, Maddux Engelmohr and Tanner Cook; great-great-grandchild Lily Cook; sister and brothers Lois Hammond, Leroy Wells and wife Lenora and Kenneth Wells and wife Mary; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Henrietta Johnson McFall, Genova Pike Spence, Edgar Johnson and wife Laquana and Pat Johnson; special cousin Robbie Dean Smith; special family friend Martha Wooten; “Aunt Hazel” also considered all her nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews as an important part of her life. 
Funeral Services for Mrs. Hazel Pike-Johnson were held Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. David Taylor and the Rev. Matt Jones officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Women’s Missionary Fund c/o the Church of God, 405 Alamo Drive, Crockett, Texas  75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Joe Mack Roach, age 70 of Lufkin, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2009 in a Lufkin Hospital. Mr. Roach was born February 5, 1939 in Crockett to the late Julia (Roberson) and Joe Roach. He had resided in Lufkin for the past 5 years, and previously lived in Lake Charles, Louisiana for 30 years. Mr. Roach was a retired teacher and principal for the Kennard Independent School District, following a 25-year career in public education. He was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Betty Roach, of Lufkin; daughters and son-in-law Jeannie and Jimm Twohig and Julie Landry, all of Lufkin; brother and sister-in-law Emmitt and Maura Roach, of Kennard; six granddaughters Kristi Dowdy, of Kennard, Stacy English, of Yokohama, Japan, Erin Graham, of Lufkin, Alex Landry, of Houston, Dani Walker and Kacey Walker, both of Lufkin; four great-grandsons Elijah Dowdy and Nikolas Dowdy, both of Kennard, Jake Fougeron and Isaiah Waldon, both of Lufkin; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. 
Preceded in death by his parents Julia (Roberson) and Joe Roach; and a son-in-law Danny Walker.
Funeral Services for Mr. Joe Mack Roach were held Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin with the Reverend Don Johnson  officiating. Interment followed in the Ivie Cemetery. in Houston County.
Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home

Mr. Melvin Elwood Cook, age 81 of Crockett, passed away Monday, November 2, 2009 at his residence. Mr. Cook was born November 1, 1928 in Houston County, Texas and was a resident of Crockett all of his lifetime. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Cook was retired having worked 37 years for the Texas Highway Department where he was a road maintenance technician and was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Crockett.
Survivors include his wife Edna Cook, of Crockett; daughters Kathy Bowman and husband Jeff, of Dumas and Debbie Whiffen and husband Tommy, of Crockett; grandchildren Trey Bowman, Adam Bowman, Victor Whiffen, Daniel Whiffen and Barbara Whiffen; brother Glyn B. Cook and wife Lavene, of Austonio; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral Services for Mr. Melvin Elwood Cook were held Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Goss officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Lorraine Bridges, age 82 of Lovelady, passed away Sunday, November 1, 2009, in Stafford, Texas. Mrs. Bridges was born December 19, 1926 in Youngstown, Ohio and had lived in Lovelady for many years. She was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church in Lovelady and was retired having worked for Wal-mart. 
Survivors include her daughter Sharon Jenkins and husband Bob, of Sugar Land; sons Kenneth Bridges and wife Nancy, of Needville and Jon Bridges and wife Sara, of Houston; grandchildren Kenneth Bridges II and wife Sharon, of Killeen, Crystal Smith and husband Robert, of Houston, Amanda Maddings, of Richmond and Ryan Maddings, of San Diego, Calif.; great-grandchildren William, Lawson, Jaryd, Joirdana, Jaidyn and Faith; brother Charles Skeen and wife Dorothy, of Warren, OH; sisters Ann Greathouse, of Warren, OH and Grace White, of Missouri City; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Earl Bridges; and brother, Robert Skeen.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Lorraine Bridges were held Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Robert Lacey officiating. Graveside Services followed at 3:00 p.m. in the Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 9430 Research Echelon II, Suite 300, Austin, Texas  78759.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Ms. Imogene Cook, age 86 of Bedford, passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2009. Ms. Cook was born March 23, 1923 in Crockett to the late Lemuel and Vivian Mullins. She grew up in the Weches area where she led a very full life. Ms. Cook worked for many years at Rusk State Hospital and Wilson Nurseries.
Survivors include her nieces Cindy Lee and Cindy Larson; nephew Brad Lee; brother-in-law Charles Lee; and numerous grand-nieces and nephews. 
Preceded in death by her parents Lemuel and Vivian Mullins; and a sister Charlie Lee.
Graveside Services for Ms. Imogene Cook will be held Sunday, November 8, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in Weches Community Cemetery in Weches.
Forest Ridge Funeral Home

Mr. Bill Suggs, age 76 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, November 5, 2009 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Suggs was born December 3, 1932 in Pleasanton, Texas and had lived in Crockett since 1993 . He was a veteran and retired from the United States Navy having served for 20 years during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. Mr. Suggs was a member of the Westside Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Elizabeth Suggs, of Crockett; children Theresa Lynn McGregor and husband Patrick, of Arlington, Vonda Korbakes, of Tyler, William Wesley Suggs, Jr. and wife April, of Webster and Elizabeth Phillips and husband Tommy, of Enterprise, Ala.; nine grandchildren; sisters Emily Stevens, of Calif., Geraldine Jones and husband Ray, of Alto and Beverly Neitermayer and husband Nick, of Porter Springs; brothers Garvin O. Suggs, Jr. and wife Jennie Lee, of George West and Olen Wayne Suggs, of Dayton; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral Services for Mr. Bill Suggs will be held Monday, November 9, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel. Graveside Services will follow at 2:00 p.m. in the Houston National V. A. Cemetery.
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