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East Texas News - Obituaries
Houston County Courier - October 12, 2008 - October 19, 2008

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 Fort 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 Hawk, of Fort 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

Mrs. Heather Houghton Bixby, age 65, passed away Thursday, October 9, 2008. Mrs. Bixby was born August 7, 1943 in Port Jefferson, New York to William (Bill) and Margaret Houghton.
Mrs. Bixby spent her formative years in Princeton, New Jersey. Mrs. Bixby attended Princeton High School and went on to attend Juniata College, in Huntingdon, PA. for her undergraduate degree in Foreign Language, she was fluent in French and could read Russian. Mrs. Bixby went on to obtain her master’s degree in Counseling at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Bixby was married to Jeffrey Bixby for 15 years and no children were born to this union. It was her husband’s work that brought them to Texas where she dedicated her life to working with at risk youth.
Mrs. Bixby worked at McKinney Job Corps for 8 years where she received her LPC and then moved to Crockett where she worked at the Crockett State School for 21 years as a caseworker, Social Service Administrator and completed her years of dedicated service as a caseworker so that she could do what she loved most, working with the youth. Mrs. Bixby affectionately known by her co-workers enjoyed training her staff and caseworkers.
Mrs. Bixby loved watching the light come on when working with youth and staff. Mrs. Bixby loved making the program work. Her promotion to administrator was to help the kids, not because she wanted to be an administrator. Mrs. Bixby’s heart was in direct care.
Mrs. Bixby loved to read a good book, travel, cooking, enjoyed the fresh air and the country and loved her animals. Mrs. Bixby was self taught but she loved working with computers and was on the first committee to computerize casework paperwork and to help design the local network. Mrs. Bixby was the first caseworker at Crockett State School to do a release packet on the computer. Mrs. Bixby was also on a team that went to Boston to work on the agency wide network, WAN.
Survivors include her long time friends Kaye Seth, of Crockett, Irene Hechler, of Lawrenceville, NJ.; cousins Donnie Thompson, of Sayville, NY., Geri Wells, of Sound Beach, NY., Debra Wells, of Staten Island, NY., Joseph Wells, of Greenwood, NY and Donald Wells, of Long Island, NY.
Preceded in death by her parents William (Bill) and Margaret Houghton; and husband Jeffery Bixby.
Memorial Services for Mrs. Heather Houghton Bixby will be held Saturday, October 18, at 2:00 p.m. at the Crockett State School Gazebo in Crockett.
Family Mortuary Services

Mr. L. C. Davis, age 83 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, October 11, 2008 at his residence. Mr. Davis was born Oct 26, 1924 in Harrisburg and had resided in Crockett since 1980. Mr. Davis was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in WWII and retired from Southwestern Bell as a Engineer Manager. Mr. Davis was past Master of the Lovelady Masonic Lodge #539, Mt. Houston Masonic Lodge and a member of the Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21 AF & AM and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Crockett.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Dorothy May Davis, of Crockett; daughter Dorothy May Davis Kleemeier and husband Buddy, of Tulsa, Okla.; grandchildren Carrie Kleemeier Stout and husband Terry and Keith Kleemeier, all of Tulsa, Okla.
Preceded in death by his parents Phillip and Margaret Davis; sister Velva Lawson; and brother Cecil Van Davis.
Funeral Services for Mr. L. C. Davis were held Tuesday, October 14, at 2:00 p.m. in First United Methodist Church in Crockett with Dr. Jerry House and Dr. Jack Shoultz officiating. Interment followed in the Center Hill Cemetery in Crockett.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 984, Crockett, Texas 75835; Masonic Lodge; or Hospice in the Pines, 116 S. Raguet, Lufkin, Texas 75904.
CallawayAllee Funeral Home

Mrs. Mollie Ruth Bowman, age 57 of Pennington, passed away Saturday, October 11, 2008 in Crockett. Mrs. Bowman was born October 13, 1951 in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Bowman was a Pharmacy Tech and was affiliated with the Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church and Texas Phar-maceutical Association.
Survivors include her husband James Bowman, of Pennington; son James Bowman, Jr., of New Boston; son and daughter-in-law Jeremy and Morrell Bowman, of Grapeland; mother-in-law Billie Bowman, of Palestine; sisters Martha Holliman and Mary Franklin, both of Houston; brothers William (Betty Jean) Swindull, of Baytown, Thomas Ray (Rebecca) Swindull, of Houston and Frances M. (Jo Ann) Swindull, of Md.; grandson Clay Bowman, of Grapeland; granddaughter Cheyenne Bowman, of Grapeland; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Mollie Ruth Bowman were held Wednesday, October 15, 2008 in the Groveton Funeral Home with Bro. Lonnie Valance officiating. Interment followed in the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Trinity.
Pallbearers were Ivan Swindull, Ray Swindull, William Swindull, David Swindull, Neil Swindull, and Justin Filer.
Groveton Funeral Home

Mr. Richard Hunter Shaffer, age 67, passed away Sunday, October 12, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Shaffer was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mr. Shaffer later served in the U.S. Army as a Green Beret. Mr. Shaffer enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, gardening, cruising, cooking and entertaining.
Survivors include his beloved and devoted wife of 26 years, Margie Whitehead Shaffer; son Russell Shaffer; sister and brother-in-law Sally and Joe Russo; mother-in-law Betty Whitehead; and numerous other loving family members and friends.
Preceded in death by his parents Harry and Vilate Shaffer; and brother Joel Shaffer.
Funeral Services for Mr. Richard Hunter Shaffer were held Wednesday, October 15 at 10:00 a.m. at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Hugh Durham officiating. Interment followed at 3:00 p.m. at the Whitehead Cemetery in Grapeland.
Memorials in honor of Richard may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.
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