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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of October 7, 2007 - October 14, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Mr. Wade Griffin Sr., age 72 of Kennard, passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2007, at Memorial Health Systems of East Texas in Lufkin, went to go be his Heavenly Father on the wings of Angels, ending all pain and suffering. Mr. Griffin was born January 12, 1935 in Kennard to Arthur B. Griffin and Linnie Mae Lockett he was their first of two children.
Mr. Griffin accepted Christ at an early age and united with New Hope Baptist Church in Kennard. Mr. Griffin served as secretary of Sunday school, Sunday school teacher, choir member, chairman of the deacon board. Mr. Griffin attended and received his education at Kennard Colored School.
Mr. Griffin married in Holy Matrimony to Cliffertine Mitchell, November 27, 1954, this union was blessed with seven children. Mr. Griffin worked for Contract Pulpwood and retired in 1970.
Survivors include his wife Cliffertine Griffin, of Kennard; two sons Wade Griffin, Jr., of Kennard and Clifton D. Griffin, of Lufkin; five daughter Linda (Jimmy) Mask, of Lufkin, Patsy (Clyde) Gilmore, of Dallas, Wadette (James) Malone, Charlotte Hamilton, all of Lufkin, Cossandra Patton, of Tadmor; three brothers Willie Z. (Thelma Faye) Mitchell Sr., of Kennard, Robbie (Mary) Griffin, Cornelius (Ruthie) Jergo, all of Houston; two sisters Maxine (Wallace) Lewis, of Houston, Owena Byrd, of Lufkin; daughters-in-law Norvella Bean, of Houston, Kalisa Griffin, of Lufkin; sister-in-law Mattie Jergo, of Tucson, Ariz.; aunt Margie Lockett, of Lufkin; uncle Harvey (Bertha) Griffin, of Crockett; wifes brothers and sisters-in-law Robbie (Beverly) Mitchell, Bobby Calhoun, Rayford (Barbara) Mitchell; sisters and brothers-in-law Ruth (Frank) Billingsley, Doris (Irvin) Bunton, Diane Mitchell, Delores Mitchell; 13 grandchildren Stephanie, Clyde Jr., Tameka,  Jeffery Jr., Shayla, Tiffany, Marcus, Reginald Jr., Brittany, Ja’Korus, Sharitha, Julius, Chy’ene; 13 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 
Preceded in death by his parents Arthur B. Griffin and Linnie Mae Lockett and Charles L. Jergo; son-in-law Jeffery Patton, Sr.; granddaughter Ashley Patton; aunts Helen Lockett and Ozell Calhoun; uncles Alton Lockett and Henry Griffin, Jr.; grandparents Henry and Carrie Griffin, Sr. and Vester and Ozell Calhoun.
Funeral Services for Mr. Wade Griffin Sr. were held Saturday, September 22, at 11:00 a.m. in the New Hope Baptist Church-Kennard with Rev. William T. Purvis officiating. Interment followed in New Hope Cemetery-Kennard.
Active Pallbearers were Clyde Gilmore Jr., Marcus Patton, Julius Patton, Robbie Mitchell Jr., Jeffery Patton Jr., Reginald Hamilton Jr., Reginald Hamilton Sr. and Ja’Korus Denning.
Honorary Pallbearers were Wade Griffin Jr., Willie Z. Mitchell Sr., Jimmy Mask, Clyde Gilmore Sr., Clifton Griffin, Robbie Griffin, James Malone and Jimmy Griffin.
Emanuel Funeral Homes

Mr. Richard E. Looney, age 60, passed away Monday evening October 8, 2007, in Lufkin, as his family gathered. Mr. looney was born May 22, 1947 in Crockett, Texas to John E. and Nelwyn Morgan Looney, he was also the grandson of Everett and Gladys Morgan of Austonio, Texas and Robert and Bettie Looney of Nacogdoches, Texas.
Mr. Looney began his career with The Lufkin Daily News in Advertising in 1966 while attending Stephen F. Austin University. Working at The Lufkin News for 13 years, Richard worked under Cox Newspapers as Advertising Director for seven years when The Lufkin News received the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service. Mr. Looney later went on to Advertising Director for Hartman Newspapers and Publisher for The Alvin Sun, in Alvin, Texas for seven years. Mr. Looney later formed the Lufkin Advertiser Newspaper and printing business in Lufkin.
An avid antique collector for many years, Mr. Looney spent the last 10 years traveling and living on the East Coast dealing in Antiques. Mr. Looney had resided in Hanover, PA for the last 4 years where his youngest son Robert and grandson Gavin live, before coming back to Lufkin.
While Mr. Looney's expertise in the newspaper industry is best known for his ability in the sales and marketing portion of that business, the unparalleled events in Alvin in 1979 demonstrated that he was a keen newspaper man as well.
That was the year that Tropical Storm Claudette literally dumped 43 inches of rain within 24 hours right above Alvin along with the 27 inches of rain within Alvin proper. Vast percentages of homes in the community suffered flooding and major roadways to and from the community were shut off to most highway traffic. It's a rainfall record for the North American continent that still stands.
Despite these conditions, Mr. Looney's relentless belief in the role of a community newspaper was never more evident. He personally guided the publication of his newspaper producing an initial edition that was only hours late off the original press time. Mr. Looney greatly expanded the distribution of the newspaper for several editions so that thousands of affected citizens could get the important news they needed. While his background was advertising, he personally wrote stories; interviewed police and other community leaders; took photographs and got the paper to the citizens of the community.
Mr. Looney believed that it was never more important to get his newspaper on the street. That was well before the days that newspapers sent their pages to the press room electronically like today. The only vehicles moving in and out of Alvin during the early part of that community crisis were big 18-wheelers along with National Guard trucks. Mr. Looney 'hitchhiked' with his pages to a community 15 miles away and 'hitchhiked' back with his newspapers for local distribution. That was his commitment to the Newspaper Industry.
Survivors include his two sons Richard Scott Looney, of Lufkin and Robert Everett Looney, of Hanover, Pa.; Three Grandsons Christopher Scott Looney of Bend, Ore. and Reid Morgan Looney, of Lufkin and Gavin Robert Looney, of Hanover, Pa.; brothers, Michael J. Looney, of Fort Worth, James T. Looney and wife Noeleen and daughter Nicola, of Kingwood, David Scott Looney and wife Olga, of San Antonio; sister Susan Elizabeth Culbertson and husband Todd Culbertson, of Lubbock; nieces and husbands, Kimberly and Randy Castles, of Austin and Kelley and Paul D'Spain, of New York, NY.
Preceded in death by his parents John E. and Nelwyn Morgan Looney; grandparents Everett and Gladys Morgan of Austonio and Robert and Bettie Looney of Nacogdoches.
Memorial Services for Mr. Looney were held Saturday, October 13, at the Largent Cemetery Outdoor Chapel.
Honorary Pallbearers were Ron Hester, Marvin Ivie, Pat Garrett, Ray Parker, George Scott, Mike Taylor, and Dr. Ron Corley.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice In The Pines, 116 So. First St., Lufkin, Tx 75904; American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Dr., Lufkin, Tx 75904
Gipson Funeral Home

Mr. Marvin Edwin "Buzz" Rawls, of Winter Haven, Florida, passed away October 5, 2007 in Winter Haven after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Mr. Rawls was born May 4, 1929 in Crockett, Texas. Mr. Rawls attended school at the Texas State Orphanage in Corsicana, Southern Methodist University, and UCLA. Mr. Rawls loved to fly, and served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.  He worked for many years as a mechanical engineer before settling in Florida, where he became a well-known local entrepreneur.
Mr. Rawls was passionate about preserving the memory of the Texas State Orphans Home, and was integral in establishing its Memorial Fund. Mr. Rawls worked tirelessly in helping to preserve the SOH’s heritage, knowing that the continued support and association of former students has served as the sole long-term familial relationship for so many of them.
Mr. Rawls’ family and friends will remember Buzz for his humor, heart, and generosity. Mr. Rawls loved people and animals of all kinds, and demonstrated this consistently. Although he lived in Florida for much of his life, Buzz’s heart remained in Texas.
Survivors include his daughter Jeannie Taylor and husband Stephen; three grandchildren Zachary, Joshua, and Mary, all of Mesquite, TX; brother and sister-in-law Claude Dillard Rawls and Billie Downey Rawls, of Crockett; sister and brother-in-law Mozelle Rawls Weeks and Bob Weeks, of Arlington; as well as numerous nieces and nephews; many, many friends, and his two cats, Kiki and J.J.
Funeral Services for Mr. Marvin Edwin (“Buzz”) Rawls were held Friday, October 12, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Goss officiating. Interment followed in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the State Orphans Home Scholarship Fund, c/o Mozelle Weeks, 2106 Twin Elms, Arlington, TX 76012.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Jason Allen Jones, age 31, of Laredo, tragically lost his life in a senseless murder in McAllen, Texas on Wednesday, October 3, 2007. Mr. Jones was born May 15, 1976 in Pasadena and was a graduate of North Christian Academy in 1994. Mr. Jones was a veteran of the U. S. Navy. Mr. Jones had worked closely with his mother transcribing medical records for Med-E-Solutions, Inc.
Survivors include his mother Sharon E. Naill, of Laredo; father John P. Jones, of Cypress; brother John Edward Jones, of Laredo; grandmother Lillian Naill, of Crockett; uncles Jerry Naill and Steve Ruiz; special aunts Vicki Naill, Jane Mullican, Melba Jones and Sharon Jones; cousins Shey Stitt, Shonda Haag, Michelle Wilkison, Carol Hitt and Debbie Cosper; special friends James Cundiff, Keisha Lassiter, Ed Duran and Ken Leggett; numerous other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his grandfather Walter Edward Naill, Sr.; grandparents Lorenz and Rita Jones; uncle Walter Edward Naill, Jr.; aunt Irene Ruiz; and cousin Brandon Shane Naill.
Funeral Services for Jason Allen Jones were held Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Rick Kelley officiating.  Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Crime Victims Compensation Fund, Office of the Attorney General - MC011, PO Box 12198 Austin, TX 78711-2198 www.oag.state.tx.us.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Miss Grace A. Crockett, age 85 of Dallas, passed away Sunday, September 30, 2007. Miss Crockett was born August 9, 1922 in Denton, Texas to Chelcie and Roxie (Coleman) Crockett. Miss Crockett graduated from Southern Methodist University with a bachelors degree in Art, and worked for many years in the Dallas area as a Commercial Artist. Miss Crockett specialized in the design of Holiday wrapping paper for several major department stores.
Survivors include her niece Julie (Crockett) Howell, of Crockett; nephews Bob Crockett, of Gibbon, Neb. and Bill Crockett, of Kearney.
Preceded in death by her parents Chelcie and Roxie (Coleman) Crockett; brothers Curtis Crockett and Orville Crockett; and sister Patsy Crockett.
Burial for Miss Grace A. Crockett was held Saturday, October 6, at 10:30 a.m. in the Pecan Grove cemetery in McKinney.

Mr. Clayton Amy, age 82 of Belott, passed away Tuesday, October 09, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Amy was born July 18, 1925 in Eunice, Louisiana and was a resident of Belott for the past 16 years, previously living in Houston. Mr. Amy was a veteran of the U. S. Navy having served during World War II as a quartermaster first class. Mr. Amy was a member of the Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21 A.F. and A. M. in Houston for 53 years first class and was a past board member of the Houston County Senior Citizens Center. Mr. Amy was retired having worked as a water well specialist and was also a member of the New Energy Community Church.
Survivors include his wife Nell Amy, of Belott; children Yvonne Newton, of San Antonio, Vernon Daniel Amy and wife Erin Murphy, of Golden, Mo., Raymond Amyel Amy and wife Brenda, of Chattanooga, Tenn., Michael Loyd Amy, of Houston; grandchildren Dionne McBride and husband Kurt, of Roundrock, Dustin Daniel Amy and wife Tammy Daly, of Hutto, Kyle Geoffrey Amy, of Roundrock, Angela Nicole Amy, of U.S.A.F. in Korea; great-grandchildren Jacob Wyatt McBride, Emma Kaitlyn McBride, Taylor Byerley, Dylan Daniel Amy, Alexis Daly, Savannah Leigh Amy, Alex Herren; brother Percy Ray Amy, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by parents Edmund and Mary Elizabeth (Middlebrooks) Amy.
Funeral Services for Mr. Clayton Amy were held Saturday, October 13, at 2:00 p.m. in the New Energy Church with the Rev. Richard Gillet and the Rev. Winston Coones officiating. Military and Masonic graveside services will follow in the New Energy Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Houston County Senior Citizens Center, 100 Wells St., Crockett, TX.  75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Josephine Skalicky Overstreet, age 79 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Overstreet was born August 18, 1928 in Houston County and was a lifetime resident. Mrs. Overstreet was a housewife and a member of the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church. 
Survivors include her sons Calvin C. Overstreet, Jr., of Crockett, James E. Overstreet and wife Elizabeth, of Lufkin; granddaughters Lauren Overstreet and Jessica Overstreet, both of Lufkin, Darla Collins and husband Russ, of Dallas and Amber Wright, of Palestine; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Calvin Overstreet, Sr.; parents Charles “Charlie” Skalicky, Sr. and Julie Kadlecek Skalicky; brothers Charlie Skalicky, Jr. and George Skalicky; and sister Mary Smoldas.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Ida Pauline Hause Marshall
Mrs. Ida Pauline Marshall, age 95 of Crockett, went home to be with the Lord Monday, October 1, 2007. Mrs. Marshall was born on March 30, 1912 in Calvert, Texas to John Barney and Allie Pauline Riley Hause. 
Mrs. Marshall went to school at Calvert, Texas. On September 15th 1934, she married the love of her life, Roy Jackson Marshall in Calvert. Together they enjoyed 67 wonderful years of marriage and were blessed with three children before the Lord called R. J. home on February 20, 2002. Mrs. Marshall was a member of the First Baptist Church in Crockett.
Mrs. Marshall spent her life in the most noble calling a woman can have a Christian wife and mother. Mrs. Marshall devoted her life to raising her children, caring for her family and serving along side her husband. Mrs. Marshall served the Lord with him at Reid’s Prairie Baptist Church in Waller, Cobbs Creek (Elwood) Baptist Church in Midway, Shady Grove Baptist Church of Crockett, Antioch Baptist Church of Lovelady, Westside Baptist Church and Arbor Baptist Church of Crockett and was the perfect example of a pastor’s wife.
For years she taught Sunday School to children and countless children were affected by her gentle, quiet and Godly lifestyle. Mrs. Marshall was a fabulous cook and entertained often in her home serving the best coconut pie in the county.
Survivors include her three children Wanda Myers and husband Rev. Kenneth Myers, of Trinity, Joan Woolley, of Crockett and Rev. Roy W. Marshall and wife Sharon, of Hewitt; eight grandchildren and their families Tammy Myers Cloug and husband Delbert, of Huntington Beach, Calif., Julie Myers Perez and husband Shane, of Douglasville, Ga., Kenneth Wayne Myers and wife Belinda, of Huntsville, Annette Arnold Green and husband Michael, of Lewisville, Tim Arnold and wife Dawn, of Midway, Wayne Marshall and wife Brooke, of McGregor, Heather Marshall Anderson and husband Doug, of Hewitt and Lindsey Marshall Klepper and husband Travis, of Temple; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters Margaret Walston, of The Woodlands and Doris Snow, of Longview; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Ida Pauline Hause Marshall were held Thursday, October 4, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Crockett with the Rev. Roy W. Marshall, the Rev. Kenneth R. Myers, and the Rev. Keeney Dickenson officiating.  Interment followed at the Evergreen Cemetery in Crockett.
In lieu of flowers and our mother’s love for God’s Word and His Church, donations may be given to the Gideon’s International or the church of your choice.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Edmund Schmidt was born in Lampasas to Myrtle Garner Schmidt and Edmund C. Schmidt, November 30, 1929. Mr. Schmidt grew up in Cameron and was a graduate of Yoe High School. Following his years of service in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, he returned to college receiving his degree from Southwest Texas State University in Chemistry.
During his years of service while in Chicago, he met Dorothy Schnur whom he married October 4, 1952.  They lived for many years in Houston where he worked as a salesman of heavy industrial coating. Mr. Schmidt worked for Pittsburg Paints, Exxon and International Coating. 
Mr. Schmidt was active in Christ Lutheran Church where he was president of the congregation and served on many boards. Mr. Schmidt was known for his love of hunting, gardening, golf and bridge.
Survivors include his two sons Shane Schmidt, of Austin and Shawn Schmidt, of Miami, Fla.; one daughter Susanne Schmidt, of Austin; one sister Elizabeth Holloway, of Rockdale; several nieces and nephews; dear friend Bennie Rush of Crockett.  
Preceded in death by his wife Dorothy. 
Services for Edmund Schmidt of Crockett were held Monday, October 1, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in the Grace Lutheran Church with the Rev. Larry Knobloch officiating.   Burial with military honors followed at 2:00 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Memorial Park in Buckholts.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Research.
  Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Charlyne Matchett Shaver, age 83, of Crockett, former resident of Palestine and Dallas, passed away Tuesday, October 02, 2007 in Tyler.  Mrs. Shaver was born May 27, 1924 in Houston County.  She was a retired teacher and member of the South Loop Church of Christ in Crockett.
Survivors include her husband George Willis Shaver, of Crockett; daughter Gorgana Hyde and husband Joe, of Crockett; grandchildren Jeremy Daniel Hyde, of Crockett, Casey Shaver Hyde, of Huntsville; great-grandchildren Nathan Blake Hyde, of Lovelady, Harper Jo Hyde, of Crockett; aunt Vivian Brandon, of Lovelady; brother-in-law John R. Shaver, of Crockett; sister-in-law Margie Cecil, of Palestine; nephew James Matchett Morgan, of San Antonio; numerous other relatives.
Preceded in death by her parents Charlie and Ethel Matchett; sister Marguerite Morgan.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Charlyne Matchett Shaver were held Thursday, October 4, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Rick Kelly and Mr. Bill Jeter officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Billie Merle Weeks, age 79 of Lovelady, passed away Friday, September 28, 2007 in Huntsville. Mrs. Weeks was born January 4, 1928 and lived in Houston County most of her life. Mrs. Weeks was a member of the Pearsons Chapel Baptist Church in Lovelady, a lifetime member of the Lovelady Eastern Star Chapter and was a retired hairdresser for 37 years. Mrs. Weeks was a loving and devoted wife for 62 years and a wonderful grandmother of six and great-grandmother of eight.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Willie Hayne and Linda Weeks, of Grapeland; daughters and sons-in-law Connie and Tommy LaRue and Cathy and Kevin Thomas, of Huntsville; six grandchildren Kevin and Rachel LaRue, of Katy, Krissi and Randy Pickett, of Victoria, Jennifer and Merle Hayes, Michael and Ana Thomas, of Huntsville, Wendi and Nathan Shaw, of Grapeland and Brian Weeks, of Mexia; eight great-grandchildren, Austin Small, Michael Hayes, Tanner Hayes, Abigail Hayes, Carly Pickett, Katie Cleaver, Bryson Thomas and Hayden LaRue; sister Edna LaRue; brother Kenneth Knighten, of Lovelady; lifelong friends Maedean and Dale Harrelson, of Lovelady; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband, Hayne Weeks; parents Bill and Maggie Knighten; brothers Troy and Avon Knighten; and sisters Joyce Harrelson and Wanda Kennedy.
  Funeral Services for Mrs. Billie Weeks were held Tuesday, October 2, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Scott Matthews officiating.  Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
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