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East Texas News - Obituaries
Houston County Courier- November 7, 2009 - November 30, 2009

Mr. Raymond Stuart Tanner, age 74 of Hagerville, passed away Monday, November 2, 2009. Mr. Tanner was born April 18, 1935 in Frankston, TX to Elbert and Elsie (Owens) Tanner.  He lived in Frankston, Nacogdoches, Ratcliff and Freeport TX as a child. Mr. Tanner attended school in Kennard TX from late elementary, and graduated from Kennard High School, where he received his nickname "Burr". He attended The University of Texas at El Paso, then joined the U. S. Army in May, 1956.  Mr. Tanner served in the U. S. A. and Germany and was honorably discharged March 26, 1959. He came home to Hagerville in the early 1970's to live.
Survivors include his sister Barbara Elaine Tanner Woodall, of Lakeway; four nephews; and six nieces.
 Preceded in death by his parents E. V. and Elsie Tanner; and three brothers Robert O. Tanner, Cyril Wayne Tanner and Philip Maurice Tanner. 
Graveside Services for Mr. Raymond Stuart Tanner were held Saturday, November 28, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. in the Enon Chapel and Cemetery.
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Mr. Charles Wayne “C. W.” Currie, age 68 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, November 5, 2009 in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mr. Currie was born December 28, 1940 in Franklin, Texas and had been living in Crockett. He was a retired veteran of the United States Army having served during the Vietnam War.
Survivors include his companion Shirley Wilson, of Crockett; three daughters Regina Moore, Amy Smith and Mina Calhoun; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Doris Bryant; brother Don Currie and wife Treva; brother-in-law C. J. Douglas.
Preceded in death by his father and mother George Morris Currie and Dricie Currie; sister Mary Douglas; and brothers Alton, Doyle and Morris Currie.
Graveside Services for Mr. Charles Wayne “C.W.” Currie were held Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Juanita Kemp, age 97 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2009 in the Whitehall Nursing Center. Mrs. Kemp was born June 4, 1912 in Houston County, Texas. She was a member of the American Legion Post #134 and the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Kemp had retired from Braniff Airlines where she had worked as an accountant with over 20 years of service. She had also worked for Butler Brothers and was a School Teacher.
Survivors include her niece B’Ann Beam and husband Bob, of Lancaster; nephews Larry Collier and wife Jackie, of Dallas and Dr. Tom Collier and wife Ann Marie, of Seattle, Wash.; great-nieces Kathryn Fulkerson and husband Matt, of Ind., Lindsey Collier, of Charleston, S. C., Carrie Collier, of Salt Lake City, Ut. and Elizabeth Hahn and husband Ken, of Seattle, Wash.; great-nephews Robert C. Beam, of Denton and John C. Beam, of Lancaster.        
Preceded in death by her husband Bill Kemp in 1990; and brother John C. Collier in 2009.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Juanita Kemp were held Wednesday, November 25, 2009 in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Reggie Gregory officiating.  Interment  followed in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post #134, P. O. Box 724, Crockett, Texas  75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Robert Earl “Bob” Bowdoin, age 66 of Grapeland, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2009 in Crockett. Mr. Bowdoin was born January 23, 1943 in Porter Springs to the late Robert K. Bowdoin and Lurlene Bowdoin.
Upon graduating from high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served for eight years. He was a resident of Grapeland for the past 32 years and a member of Salmon Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Bowdoin was a truck driver for Vulcraft for the past 32 years.
Survivors include his loving wife of 46 years, Brenda Bowdoin; daughters Tracie Denson and husband Doug, of Slocum and Linda Bowman and husband Troy, of Crockett;sons Randy Bowdoin and wife Michelle, of Slocum and Geoffery Bowdoin, of Jewett; grandchildren Tiffany Bowman, Kendra Bowman, Brandon Bowman, Taylor Denson, Landry Bowdoin, Emilee Bowdoin, Andrew Bowdoin and Ethan Bowdoin; step-grandchild Cody Handorf; sisters Frances Welsh and husband Darden, of Crockett and Norma Ruth Birdsong and husband Kenneth, of Needville; numerous nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. 
Preceded in death by his parents Robert K. Bowdoin and Lurlene Bowdoin; and two brothers.
Funeral Services for Mr. Robert Earl “Bob” Bowdoinwere held Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at Bailey & Foster Chapel in Grapeland with the Rev. Chuck Johnston and the Rev. Steve Meadows officiating. Interment followed in the Porter Springs Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jeff Jeffcoat, James Stuckey, Suvella Walker, Harold Phillips, Barrett Riess, Jerry Turner, Sam Duncan and Billy Kendrick.
Honorary Pallbearers were The Truck Drivers from Vulcraft. to view online, leave condolences or sign the guess-book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com.
Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

Pastor Barcus Birdine Adams
Celebration of Life
Sunrise: August 17, 1941— Sunset: November 20, 2009
The air was crisp bellowing against the classic single family home that sat between the glorious wide green yard and the flourishing vegetable garden. A homemade swing swayed easily on the massive pine tree in Crocket Texas, the hometown of Pastor Adams.
Pastor Adams, the first child and son of Wallace Adams and Rosa Stewart-Douglass was born August 17, 1941. The valiant child cherished caring for his four siblings. In a fit of creativity he once turned the cornbread dressing green for the family dinner. As an educator, he taught his little brother, Edgar, how to shine shoes at LA Parker’s Shoe Shop charging $.25 a pair. Often times he would use his money to buy things for the family and of course, his favorite candy; peanut brittle. His mother encouraged and embraced his vision.
The sanctity of the warmth Pastor Adams felt in the family fashioned the goodness within him. He came from a family of avid servant leaders of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ under the tutelage of their missionary mother by faithfully attending Crockett’s Miles Chapel CME. He was called to serve the Lord at the young age of six. Yet at his own admission, he did not respond to the calling for many years. It was surviving Vietnam when he promised the Lord, ‘When you bring me back to the States, I will serve you faithfully”. After coming back from the war he retired as Captain with a Bronze Star from the United States Army. In fulling his promise to the Lord he accepted his calling to the ministry. Pastor Adams' first sermon was at Pilgrim Rest in 1979. At Pilgrim Rest he rose through the ranks from Director of Christian Education to Executive Assistant. A year later, 1980, Pastor Adams founded Mt. Moriah Baptist Church where he served as pastor for more than 23 years.
The Texas native had an insatiable hunger for knowledge. Pastor Adams received his Masters in Religious Education and Bachelor of Theology from United Theology Seminary in Monroe, Louisiana. He matriculated to several institutions of higher education which include Prairie A&M University, San Antonio College, Denver University's College of Business Administration, Rock Mount Bible College, and International Bible College in Fort Collins, Colorado.  His military education included Officer's Candidate School, Medical Corpsman School, emergency medical training, pharmacy training and data processing.
Alongside his lifes' journey stood his wife, Joyce. Their marriage of thirty-eight years was one full of love, devotion and tenderness. Joyce was a strong bold witness for the Lord and a loyal wife to her ‘Lil Red Rooster’. In 1980 Barcus and Joyce were blessed with their only child, Sean Birdine -The name Birdine, comes from Barcus’ grandfather that is carried thru Sean and his son, Tariq. Joyce was called to the loving embrace of the Lord in  2002 just days before celebrating her 38th wedding anniversary to Barcus.
Pastor Adams enjoyed a rich compelling life and commanded attention by his vast stature and compassionate demeanor. He extended his love and service by helping others in need. He enjoyed watching sports as he once was a Tackle for the Ralph J. Bunch High School football team.  In addition to his enthusiasm of sports, Pastor Adams was also an avid playing piano player, and reader. His renowned mathematical dexterity aided in a mean domino game.
God called his true solider home on November 20, 2009. Today we rejoice in the knowledge that he has passed the barrier of time, as we know he is forever at home with his Saviour Jesus Christ, whom he faithfully served.
The Pastor Adams' Celebration of Life service will begin at 10:00 a.m. Monday November 30th at Friendship Baptist Church, 880 Fairfax Street in Denver. The military service will begin at 2:00 p.m. at Fort Logan National Cemetery where Pastor Adams will rest with his beloved wife, Joyce.
Pastor Adams leaves to cherish his memories and to continue his legacy: son Sean B. Adams (Ashlee); grandchildren Tariq Adams, Halia Adams;  siblings Nancy L. Givens, of Austin, JoeRuth George, of Dallas, Edgar A. Williams (Dorothy), of Dallas, Dr. Thelma J. Douglass, of Houston,  Velma Adams, of New Braunfels, Ruth Ella Robertson (Jody), of Eden, NC, Margaret Matthews (Joseph), of Fall Church, Virginia and Patricia Faye Taylor, of San Antonio;  a host of nephews, nieces, in-laws, cousins, godchildren and friends.




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