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East Texas News - Obituaries
Houston County Courier - October 19, 2008 - October 26, 2008

A. J. HERRING
Mr. A. J. Herring, age 86 of Kingsland, passed away Saturday, October 18, 2008 at his residence. Mr. Herring was born November 14, 1921 in Benford, Texas and had lived in Kingsland since 1987. Mr. Herring was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Mr. Herring married Honor Madden on August 1, 1945 in Trinity County, Texas. Mr. Herring was a retired mechanic having owned and operated a service station in Magnolia and was a member of the Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21 A.F. & A.M.
Survivors include his three children Kenneth Herring and wife Cheri, of San Marcos, Janie Youngblood and husband Phil, of El Paso, Pamela Herring, of Dilley; grandchildren Melissa Raska, Shelly Ludwin, Paige Leinneweber, Chad Walker, Kayla Walker, Karla Teasdale, 14 great-grandchildren; sister Geneva Redden, of Goodrich.
Preceded in death by his wife Honor Herring on May 25, 2001.
Military Graveside Services for Mr. A. J. Herring were held Monday, October 20, at 10:00 a.m. in the Pennington Cemetery with the Rev. Johnny Bear officiating. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 15186, Austin, Texas 78761.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


FRANCES DOTSON
Mrs. Frances Dotson, age 84 of Crockett, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, October 19, 2008. Mrs. Dotson was born on June 27, 1924 in Crockett, Texas and was a lifetime resident of Houston County. Mrs. Dotson was well known and a well loved beautician in Crockett for many years. Mrs. Dotson was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Crockett.
Survivors include her sisters Mabel Dishon, of Crockett and Betty Jo Kendrick, both of Crockett; nieces Anda Megginson and husband Ken, of Mobile, Ala., Amy Riemenschneider and husband Billy, of Crockett; nephews Mark Kendrick, Gary Dishon, both of Crockett, Dale Dishon and wife Herminia, of Palestine; step-son Gale Dotson, of Crockett; numerous other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Fritze Dotson in 2000; and parents Marcus and Opal Smith of Crockett.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Frances Dotson were held Friday, October 24, at 2:00 p.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Terry Gibson officiating. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of Choice.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


HAZEL EMMER WOFFORD RICHARDSON
Mrs. Hazel Emmer Wofford Richardson, age 94 of Humble, passed away Friday, October 17, 2008 in the Odyssey Hospice in Houston. Mrs. Richardson was born March 4, 1914 in Tool, Henderson County, Texas. Mrs. Richardson was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Arkansas.
Survivors include her son Sam Sholars and wife June, of Grapeland; daughter Dorothy Hyatt, of Humble; grandchildren Michael Sholars, of Hempstead, David Sholars, of Tyler, Melanie Griffin, of Winnie, Angelia Cotton, of Burnsville, Minn., Stephanie Roberson, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ronnie Sholars, of Houston, Randy Sholars, of Houston; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; sisters Arline Martin, of Humble, Fern Warren, of Athens, Gwen Goolsby, of Humble.
Preceded in death by her parents George W. and Minnie Ann Wofford; husbands Joseph Dyle  Sholars and Albert Lee Richardson; son Joe Dean Sholars; brothers Bennie Wofford, Oad Wofford, Audry Wofford, Albert Wofford and Donovan (Bud) Wofford; and sisters Stella Dabbs Parks, Mary Killingsworth and Dorothy Price
Funeral Services for Mrs. Hazel Emmer Wofford Richardson were held Tuesday, October 20, at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Kevin Griffin officiating. Interment followed in the Latexo Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Including Kids, 5350 F.M. 1960 E., Humble, Texas 77346 or Charity of Choice.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


LOIS I. (EMOGENE) WATSON
Mrs. Lois I. (Emogene) Watson, age 88, passed away Saturday, October 18, 2008. Mrs. Watson was born December 25, 1919 in Conroe to Barney C. Welch and Mattie Ellisor Welch. Mrs. Watson really enjoyed going on numerous road trips with her sister Mattie as long as her health allowed.
Survivors include her brother Darden Welsh and wife Frances, of Crockett; sister Mattie Florene Lawrence, of Grapeland; and numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved very much.
Preceded in death by her husband W. Jack Watson; parents Barney C. Welsh and Mattie Ellisor Welch; brothers Shelby G. and James I. Welch.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Lois I. (Emogene) Watson were held Monday, October 20. Interment followed in Boswell cemetery.
Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.shmfh.com
Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home


LORENA DORSEY TAYLOR
Ms. Lorena Dorsey Taylor, age 72 of Grapeland, passed away Wednesday, October 15, 2008 in a Nacogdoches Nursing Facility. Ms. Taylor was born September 17, 1936 in Grapeland to the late Maggie (Combs) and George E. Dorsey, Jr.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law Josephine Taylor and James Lee and Margaret and Barrett Riess; son Frank Taylor; grandchildren Julie Riess and Cameron Riess.
Graveside Services for Ms. Lorena Dorsey Taylor were held Sunday, October 19, in the Bennett Cemetery in Trinity County with the Reverend Lindsey Nimmons officiating.
Gipson Funeral Home


MARY SHARMAL (CUTLER) DEAN
Mrs. Mary Sharmal (Cutler) Dean, passed into eternal rest on Sunday, October 19, 2008 at her home in Lovelady, Texas. Mrs. Dean’s cherished spouse of 51 years, Nathan Lee Dean, her children and grandchildren, sisters, brothers and sisters-in-laws, and special friends were at her side. Mrs. Dean had been ill for several years. 
Mrs. Dean was born in Pasadena, Texas on June 26, 1941, as the second daughter of A.C. and Alberta Smith Cutler. As a child, she attended Crockett, Glover and Houston schools and spent many happy hours playing with her three beloved sisters and brother.
Mrs. Dean worked as a teenager at the Ritz Movie Theater and Van Pelts Drugstore in Crockett. It was at the movie theater where she met Nathan, her future spouse. After Sharmal and Nathan married on April 30, 1957, they resided in the Houston area where she was a housewife and raised their three children.
An avid gardener with a green thumb, her yard was generally the envy of the neighborhood. Later, as a talented floral designer, she owned and operated Flowers by Sharmal in The Woodlands. Upon their retirement August, 2001, they moved to Lovelady, Texas. As a member of the Lovelady Antioch Baptist Church, Sharmal enjoyed creating floral arrangements for the church for many years.
Survivors include her husband Nathan Lee Dean; three children whom she dearly loved, Robin Nathan Dean, of Lovelady, Ronnie Neal Dean, of Friendswood and Penni Dean Gebhardt and spouse Todd Gebhardt, of Spring; grandchildren Sasha Denea Brewer, Cesily Danielle Brewer, and Carson Dean Gebhardt, all of Spring; three sisters Auba Jean Baker, of Broaddus,, Barbara Kay Angeli and spouse Richard Angeli, of Houston and Wanda Gaye Alderman and spouse Paul Alderman, of Latexo; brother A.C. Cutler, Jr., of Pasadena; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and special in-laws.
Preceded in death by her beloved grandmothers Mary Jane Cutler, Auba Alberta Keeney Smith, and Mollie Hopper Smith; and her parents A. C. and Auba Alberta Smith Cutler. She was a descendent of William Byrd and Annie Bobbitt Smith of Weches, Texas and James K. Polk and Emmaline Tims of Augusta, Texas.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Sharmal (Cutler) Dean were held Tuesday, October 21, at 2:30 p.m. in the Lovelady Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Lacey and the Rev. Jared Burt officiating.  Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Paul Alderman, Richard Angeli, Ron Brown, Randall Hollingsworth, Larry Martin, Ricky Martin and Wesley Sligar.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home  


O’NEAL HELTON
Mr. O’Neal Helton, age 75 of Kennard, was born March 2, 1933 in Houston County, Texas to Ovid Cornelius Helton and Daisy Sue (Oldham) Helton. He passed from this life on Sunday, October 19, 2008 at his home. Mr. Helton was a retired truck driver for Perco.  Mr. Helton loved horses and cows and his dog Lonesome. Mr. Helton was a member of the Prairie View Methodist Church in Nogalus Prairie.
Survivors include his sisters O’Dell Lowe, of Livingston, O’Deane Ellisor of Lufkin; brother Junior Helton, of Diboll; special friends Willie Thompson, Danny and Judy Steel, Louis and Mary Chandler; numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents Ovid Helton and Daisy (Oldham) Helton; wife Margaret (Bozeman) Helton; and dog, Lonesome.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. O’Neal Helton were held Wednesday, October 22, at 2:00 p.m. in the Calvary Cemetery in Nogalus Prairie with the Rev. Keith Wolfe officiating. 
Pallbearers were Danny Steel, S.E. Denman, Terry Haney, Charles Ellisor, Sr., Bo Copus, Roy Lynn Madden and Michael Baird, Jr. Interment will follow.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


WILLIAM A. TURNER
Mr. William A. Turner died at the age of 93 at his home in Crockett, Texas on Saturday, October 18, 2008.  He was born in Crockett, Texas on March 13, 1915 and resided in Crockett most of his life.   
Mr. Turner graduated from Crockett High School in 1933 and attended Texas A&M University where he studied architecture. He served in the United States Army during World War II, attaining the rank of Captain.  Following military service, he worked a brief period for Shell Oil Company, before returning to Crockett to join the building business started by his father.  Mr. Turner spent his entire career in the residential construction and hardware business as the owner of Turner Hardware & Construction, Inc. 
He was a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church of Crockett for over 50 years, serving as chairman of the Board of Deacons and as Sunday School superintendent.  His civic involvement included service as president of the Crockett School Board, president of the Crockett Lions Club and member of the Angelina-Neches River Authority.  He was also a trusted advisor and tireless volunteer in his son Jim’s political campaigns for over 25 years.
Bill Turner was dedicated to God and to his church family, where he encouraged and was an example to many young people through the years.  He was known for his hard work and his pursuit of excellence in his career.  He was a lifelong fan of his beloved Texas Aggies and seldom missed attending an A&M home football game.  Most of all, he was a dedicated and giving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  His family was his pride and joy and his generous spirit was felt in countless ways by those he loved.   
He is survived by Bea Turner, his wife of almost 69 years; son, Jim Turner and wife Ginny of Crockett and McLean, Virginia; grandson John Turner and wife Jenia of Dallas; granddaughter Susan Turner Nold and husband Danny of Austin; great-grandson William Turner of Dallas; great-granddaughter Ginger Nold of Austin; sister, Corine Collins of Crockett; nephew Rufus Turner and wife Elaine of Claremont, California; nieces Carrie Ballard and husband Travis of Conroe, Sandra Bash and husband Vincent of Cashiers, North Carolina, Carolyn Surles and husband Brady of Durham, North Carolina, Frances Baker and husband David of Crockett, Lottie Hollan of Tilden, Texas, as well as numerous great-nieces and nephews.  Mr. Turner is also survived by his loyal employee and friend of over 20 years, Willie Anderson of Crockett.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William R. and Fannie Turner; brother Rufus Turner and wife Lillie Lee; sister Alma Sevier; sister Carrie Lively and husband Billy; brother-in-law Denny Collins, niece Louise Sevier Lack and nephew Billy Lively. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Renovation or Library Fund, 801 East Goliad Avenue, Crockett, Texas 75835, or the charity of your choice.    

 



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