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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the week of October 5, 2008 - October 12, 2008
Copyright 2008 - Polk County Publishing Company

AGNES FLORINE “TOPSY” WRIGHT
Mrs. Agnes Florine “Topsy” Wright, age 79, passed away Thursday, September 4, 2008 at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in Baytown after being diagnosed with cancer only three weeks before. Mrs. Wright was born September 29, 1928 in Pennington to Rayburn and Jessie Dial.
Mrs. Wright married Oscar T. Wright in 1948 and moved to La Porte, where she spent the rest of hers years on Sylvan Beach until moving to Glen Meadows a few years ago. In her early years in La Porte she worked at what were then some of La Porte’s old landmarks like the Sylvan Beach Grocery, Westergen’s Youth Shop and Ben Franklin’s on old Main Street.
 Mrs. Wright was a loving and involved mother to her only child, Sandra, never missed a piano lesson, recital or a football game seeing her march with the LPHS Band. Some of her happiest years of her life were the 16 years she cared for Camille Felgner as she was growing up. Mrs. Wright loved and nurtured her like a child of her own. Mrs. Wright and her husband and daughter were long time members of the Broadway Church of Christ in La Porte before moving her membership to Southside Church of Christ in Pasadena.
Survivors include her only daughter Sandra Haywood   and husband Wilbert, of       the Baytown area; very special nephew Russell Richerson   and his family, Susan,          Cassie, Derek, Aiden and McKenzy, Justin and Jason Paduh, all of La Porte;    special niece Jennifer Liotta     and her family, of Crockett; step-granddaughters Becky Powers and Joe, Laura Garza; step-grandson Devon; step-great-granddaughters Tayra, Amanda, Ashley and Lauren; neighbors Kathleen and Ralph Hansen; numerous other nieces and nephews; and lastly her two loving dachies Val and Candy.
Preceded in death by her husband Oscar T. Wright; parents Rayburn and Jessie Dial; two sisters Billie and Dora; and a brother Martin Dial.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Agnes Florine “Topsy” Wright, were held Saturday, September 6, at 1:00 p.m. at Paul U. Lee La Porte Funeral Home Chapel. Interment following in Grandview Memorial Park in Pasadena.
Paul U. Lee Funeral Home  

ANTHONY E. BOX
Mr. Anthony E. Box, age 53, passed away Saturday, October 4, 2008 in Killeen. Mr. Box was born April 17, 1955 in Washington, DC to James and Billie Box. Mr. Box married Nedra in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Box joined the Army and served his Country Honorably. Mr. Box lived and worked in Houston for many years, and he also worked in Crockett. After a long battle with cancer, having his devoted friend and companion Alicia, of Killeen by his side Mr. Box went on to Glory.
Survivors include his sister Undra, of Baltimore, MD; aunt Mozetta Box, of Sacramento, Calif.; uncle Jesse Box Jr., of Crockett; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceded in death by his parents James and Billie Box; grandparents Jesse and Beatrice Box of Crockett.
Funeral Services for Mr. Anthony E. Box will be held Friday, October 10 in Killeen.
A Memorial Service for Mr. Anthony E. Box will be held Saturday, October 11, at 1:00 p.m. at Progressive Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Harry Fred Scott officiating.

CECIL RAYFORD CROWSON
Mr. Cecil Rayford Crowson age 77 of Lovelady, passed away Saturday, October 4, 2008 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Crowson was born February 14, 1931 in Pearson Chapel. Mr. Crowson was a veteran of the United States Navy serving as a 3rd Class Petty Officer during the Korean War as an engine man aboard the USS Henry W. Tucker. Mr. Crowson married Helen Hyett Crowson on December 1, 1956; she was the love of his life. Mr. Crowson was a member of the Grace Street Church of Christ and also the Lovelady Masonic Lodge #539 as a 32 degree Mason and Scottish Rite. 
Family members include his sons Rayford Kenneth Crowson and wife Cheryl of Sundance, Wyo. and James Marcus Crowson and wife Pam, of Lovelady; grandchildren Michael and Matthew, of Sundance, Luke, Cody and Samantha, of Houston County; sister Louise McDonald, of Crockett; and brothers, George Morris Crowson and wife, Barbara, of Lovelady and Johnny Crowson and wife Jeanette, of Holland; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Diann and Rick Blackwell, of Crockett; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. 
Preceded in death by his father Cecil O. Crowson and mother Sulie Corbitt Crowson.   Funeral Services were held Tuesday, October 7, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Randy Hargrove and Dr. John Montgomery officiating.  Military and Masonic Graveside Services followed in the Concord Cemetery in Montalba. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Crohn’s Foundation, P.O. Box 1245, Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007-9976 or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15186, Austin, Texas 78761.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

CHRISTOPHER DAVID FARR
Mr. Christopher David Farr, age 53 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, October 5, 2008 at his residence in Crockett. Mr. Farr was born January 27, 1955 in Houston, Texas and was a resident of Crockett. Mr. Farr was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Farr attended the First Assembly of God Church in Crockett and had worked as a carpenter. We all love you Bubba.
Survivors include his children Christopher Farr, Jr., Carey Lenora Farr, both of Wassau, Wis.; sister Vellindia Schumann, of Wesley Chapel; brother Billy Rex Alvis, Jr., of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorial Services for Mr. Christopher David Farr were held Saturday, October 11, at 1:00 p.m. in the First Assembly of God Church in Crockett with Bro. Bob Thompson officiating.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DARYL ELWIN COON
Mr. Daryl Elwin Coon, age 49 of Houston, passed away Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at his residence in Houston. Mr. Coon was born September 18, 1959 in Liberty County, Texas and was a 1978 graduate of Crockett High School.
Mr. Coon was a resident of Houston for the past 20 years and had worked as a salesman in the grocery business. Mr. Coon was a member of the N. R. A. and also a member of the Church of Christ. Mr. Coon was an avid hunter and enjoyed cooking.
Survivors include his fiancée- Ann Albright, of Houston; mother Frieda Coon, of Crockett; sisters Suzanne Hawk and husband Scott, of Forth Worth, Darlene Caldwell and husband Gene, of Huntington; brother David Coon and wife Cindy, of Austonio; nieces and nephews Joshua Caldwell, Taylor Caldwell, both of Huntington, David “Buddy” Coon, of Austonio, Sarah Coon, of Okla. and Kailyn Hawkm of Forth Worth; numerous other loving relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his father Elwin Coon; and grandparents Jesse and Letha Mae Skipper and Nelson and Laura Coon.
Funeral Services for Mr. Daryl Elwin Coon were held Saturday, October 11, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Dub Holland and Elder David Coon officiating. Interment followed in the Creek Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Kennel Club, 401 Cardinal Oaks, Lake Mary, FL 32746.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home 

SHELDON DEWAYNE HARTZOG
Mr. Sheldon DeWayne Hartzog, age 35 of Grapeland, passed away Friday October 3, 2008 in Grapeland. Mr. Hartzog was born April 3, 1973 in Houston, to the late C. DeWayne Hartzog and Patricia Decker Ashworth. Mr. Hartzog graduated from Latexo High and the police academy and was a former Crockett police officer. Mr. Hartzog was the owner of Grapeland Propane and a member of Felders Chapel.  He was a Mason and a member of Grapeland Masonic Lodge #473.
Survivors include his mother and step-father Pat and Ronald Ashworth, of Grapeland; daughter Peyton Hartzog, of Grapeland; son Parker Hartzog, of Grapeland; grandparents Jackie Sue Decker, of Crockett and Frances and William Hartzog, of Houston; sister Kimberly Wyne Hartzog of Houston. 
Preceded in death by his father C. DeWayne Hartzog; brother Brandon Hartzog; and grandfather Harold Decker. 
Funeral Services for Mr. Sheldon DeWayne Hartzog were held Wednesday, October 8, at 1:00 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church of Grapeland with the Rev. Randy Shipman and the Rev. Bill Denham officiating.  Interment followed in the Evergreen Cemetery in Crockett. 
Pallbearers were Steve Mock, Ronald Walker, Jerome Nathaniel, Glenn Pennington, Tim Reed, Ross Pennington, Kyle Peterson and Jeremy Byrd. 
Honorary Pallbearers were Mike Crow and Terry Long.
Bailey & Foster Funeral Home

SYLVIA KALLUS MILLS
Mrs. Sylvia Kallus Mills, age 85, passed away Sunday, October 5, 2008 at her daughter’s home in Richards. Mrs. Mills was born May 21, 1923 in Ellinger to Joseph and Anna Kallus one of seven children.
Mrs. Mills graduated high school as valedictorian of her 1940 class and chose to devote herself to marriage, children and family after marrying Jessie Dean Mills in 1942. Mrs. Mills and her husband Dean eventually made their home in the Houston area and successfully raised seven children. Mrs. Mills worked a number of years for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. In 1978 Mrs. Mills and her husband Dean moved to Richards. Mrs. Mills was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Richards.
Survivors include her children Floyce Whitley and husband Floyd, of Conroe, Larry Mills and wife Jean, of Richards, Annette Burnum and husband Ken, of Henderson, Peggy Evans of Richards, Dinah Kuenstler and husband Billy, of Tomball; son-in-law Bob Ivy, of Conroe; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister Leona Tylacka, of Wharton; brother-in-law Ben Mills and wife Doris, of Lovelady; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Jessie Dean Mills in 1988; children Ann Mills Ivy in 1974 and Gary Jay Mills in 1976.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Sylvia Kallus Mills were held Wednesday, October 8, at 10:00 a.m. in Huntsville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wiley Dorman of Ebenezer Baptist Church officiating. Interment followed in Antioch Cemetery in Lovelady.
Pallbearers were her six grandsons Mark Whitley, Paul Whitley, Tim Whitley, Phillip Whitley, James Whitley and Anthony Whitley.
Honorary Pallbearers were Roy Lee Walker, James “Red” Wells and Larry Wells.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Antioch Cemetery Assocation, P.O. Box 26, Lovelady, Tx. 75851.
Condolences can be made online at www.mem.com.
Huntsville Funeral Home


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