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East Texas News - Obituaries
Houston County Courier- September 20, 2009 - October 11, 2009

JAMES DAVID KELTON
Mr. James David Kelton, age 73, passed away Saturday, September 19, 2009 in Crockett. Mr. Kelton was born January 15, 1936 in Groveton to Clyde Dewey and Oneita Kelton.
Mr. Kelton was a printer by trade. His first job after completing his education at the Texas State School for the Deaf in Austin, Texas, was as a lynotype operator for The Groveton News. He was proficient in sign language and enjoyed visits with friends and old class mates. one special couple was George and Sue Farek of Crockett.
Survivors include his brother John Patrick Kelton; sister Amanda Rollo; nieces and nephews John Patrick Kelton, Jr., Michael Howard Kelton and wife Sherri, Jan Felcoff, Danny Blair and wife Cindy, Dudley Steed, Rana Jones and husband Michael, Jennifer Day; uncle Victor Powell; aunts Bernice Mason and Oliva Toddy; numerous other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents Clyde Dewey and Oneita Kelton; brother Clyde Don Kelton; brother-in-law Billy Wayne Rollo, Sr.; and nephew Thomas Neal Kelton. 
Graveside Services for Mr. James David Kelton were held Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. in Glenwood Cemetery in Groveton with the Rev. Lewis Jones officiating.
Pallbearers were Tom Blair, Michael Kelton, Dudley Steed, Michael Jones, Barrett Steed and Gaston Jones.
Honorary Pallbearer was Daniel Cook.
Waller-Thornton Funeral Home

W. R. “PETE” WELLS
Mr. W. R. “Pete” Wells, age 90 of Lovelady, passed away Sunday, September 20, 2009 at his residence. Mr. Wells was born August 11, 1919, in Cordele, Texas and had spent most of his lifetime in Lovelady. Mr. Wells was retired from T. D. C. J. I. D and had also worked in the oilfield. His hobbies were gardening and he enjoyed raising pigs, sheep and quail.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years,  Shirley Wells, of Lovelady; sons  Kenneth Wells and wife Dianne, of Gulfport, Miss., Fred Wells and wife Barbara, of Houston; daughters Dixie Ann Swearinger and husband Lee, of Victoria and Lynne Erickson and husband Bubba, of Crockett; grandchildren Glenn Swearinger, Kristian Johnson, Lisa Rainy, LeAnne Barfield, Aundie Gunnels and husband Jeff, John Erickson, Julie Erickson, Jason Sieler, Brandon Wells and Heather Wells; numerous great-grandchildren including two very special great-grandchildren Tanner Gunnels and Garrett Gunnels; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his daughter Donna Kay Sieler; one brother; and four sisters.
Funeral Services for Mr. W. R. “Pete” Wells were held Tuesday, September 22, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Randy Jones officiating. Interment  followed in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

FRANKIE WYMAN
Mrs. Frankie Wyman, age 84 of Lovelady, passed away Thursday, September 17, 2009 in the Winfield Nursing Center in Crockett. Mrs. Wyman was born March 19, 1925 in Cleburne, Texas and was a resident of Lovelady for the past 33 years. She was a housewife and a member of Pearsons Chapel Baptist Church.
Survivors include her children Doug Wyman of Mancos, Colo., Gil Wyman and wife Prissy, of Richardson and Elizabeth Ann White, of Lovelady; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; numerous other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Gilbert Wyman in 2006.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Frankie Wyman were held Monday, September 21, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park in Crockett with the Rev. Jim Bob Gunnels officiating. 
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DORIS LAWRENCE GROVE
Mrs. Doris Lawrence Grove, age 79 of Crockett, formerly of Lovelady, passed away Friday, September 18, 2009 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Grove was born December 27, 1929 in Houston, Texas and had been living in Crockett, previously living in Lovelady. She was retired from Southwestern Bell having worked as a secretary and was a member of the Grace Street Church of Christ in Crockett.
Survivors include her husband L. F. “Bill” Grove, of Crockett; four children Heidi Julian of Lovelady, Myles Rippenhagen of Calgary, Canada, Clay Rippenhagen and wife Catherine, of Austin and Trey Rippenhagen and wife Linda, of Sugar Land; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother Harold Lawrence, of Cypress; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her parents Benjamine and Lola Lawrence; sister Mildred Shropshire; and brother Chester Lawrence.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Doris Lawrence Grove were held Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Rick Kelley officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JUANITA BRIDGES
Mrs. Juanita Bridges, age 85 of Lovelady, passed away Sunday, September 20, 2009 at her residence. Mrs. Bridges was born July 5, 1924 in Houston County, Texas and lived most of her lifetime in Lovelady. She was a member of the Weldon Civic Club and Young at Heart Club. Mrs. Bridges was a housewife and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lovelady.
Survivors include her daughter Charlotte Hentschel and husband Joe, of Livingston; brother Eskel Rollo and wife Myrth, of Lovelady; sister Lanora Goodrum, of Lovelady; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Howard Bridges; son Willis Bridges; brother Delbert Rollo; and sisters Mae Lee Price Caskey and Freda Straughan.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Juanita Bridges were held Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev.. Doug Howell officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the J. H. Wootters Crockett Public Library, 709 E. Houston Ave, Crockett, TX.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MARY MADELINE JACOBS PIERCE
Mrs. Mary Madeline Jacobs Pierce, age 78 of Spring, passed away September 20, 2009 in the St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan. Mrs. Pierce was born May 21, 1931 in Hunt, Arkansas and had been living in Spring for many years. She was retired having worked for A. V. Emmett Book Binding in Houston as a supervisor. We love you and will be seeing you again.
Survivors include her brothers and sister Billy Jacobs and wife Mary Ellen, of Cedarville, Ark., Bruce Jacobs, Joan Jacobs, Jimmy Jacobs and wife Carolyn, all of Fort Smith, Ark. and Paul Jacobs and wife Betty, of Van Buren, Ark.; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews, friends and extended family.
 Preceded in death by her loving husband, Lester Cleo Pierce, Jr.; father and mother Bill and Margaret Jacobs; brothers Harold and Gerald Jacobs; sisters Wanda Jacobs, Jackie Hamilton, Carolyn Brown and Betty Craine; and brother-in-law Raymond Hamilton.
Funeral Services for Mary Madeline Jacobs Pierce were Friday, September 25, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Bro. Ronnie Yandell. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ROBERTA THOMPSON MILLER
Mrs. Roberta Thompson Miller, age 83 of Houston, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend went to be with the Lord on Sunday the 20th day of September 2009, in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Miller was born September 4, 1926, she was the daughter of Mary E. Fussell Thompson and Martin Luther Thompson.
To her daughters, her son-in-laws, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren, her family, and her friends, she will always be remembered for her selflessness, her caring spirit, her loving non-judgmental ways, and her unconditional love. Throughout her life and even in her last weeks and days, she had an extraordinary sense of peace and tranquility filled with happiness and love. This is a very special gift she has left her loved ones.
She was famous for her sayings, “what will be, will be”, “whatever,” and “don’t worry about me”. She was from a very large and loving family with 15 brothers and sisters.
Survivors include her two daughters and their husbands Jacquelyn (Jackie) Anne Miller Whitfield and husband Doyle, of Grapeland and Mary Frances Miller Westfahl and husband Ronnie, of Pearland; grandsons Martin and wife Traci Whitfield, of Bellevue, Neb., Dwight and wife Kerri Whitfield, Cory Westfahl, both of Pearland, and Brandon Westfahl now serving with the U. S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan; especially loved by her precious great-grandchildren Becky, Sarah, and Steven Whitfield, of Bellevue, Mason, Ryan and Adam Whitfield and Julia Westfahl, all of Pearland; brother Tom Thompson and wife Polly, of Friday; sisters Lillie Mae Dunlap, of Trinity, Darlene Pyle, of Groveton, Sallye and Clifton Evans, of Holly; sister-in-law Willie Mae Thompson, of Groveton; numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly; very special step-family: step-daughter-in-law Barbara Miller, of Houston; step-grandchildren Debbie DeRise, Teresa Phillips and husband David, Billy Miller and wife Jill,  Chad, Megan and Mike, Neal, Alyssa, and Jeff, Ethan, Logan; and step-great-grandson Dylan.
Preceded in death by her momma and daddy; brothers Nathan Thompson, O.Z. Thompson, Orgen Thompson, Wilford Thompson, Vinson Thompson; sisters Cleo Thompson, Leona Harrison, Magdalene Raspberry, Zula Mills, and Maurine Williams; step-son Bill Miller; step-grandson James Miller; step-great-grandson Brad Dominy; and step-grandson-in-law Charlie DeRise.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Roberta Thompson Miller will be held Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Friday with Bros. Kenneth Myers and James V. Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in the Ellis Prairie Cemetery, Friday, Texas. 
Pallbearers will be Martin Whitfield, Dwight Whitfield, Steven Whitfield, Cory Westfahl, Jim Bernard, Tony Koenig, and David Phillips.
Groveton Funeral Home

BILL HENDERSON
Mr. Bill Henderson, age 79 of Pennington, passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2009 in the Memorial Hospital in Lufkin.  Mr. Henderson was born in Pennington, Texas to parents Lou Milton and Mollie Ashworth Henderson. Mr. Henderson moved to the Lake Jackson area in 1951 and lived there until 1993 where he worked as an insulator for Dow Chemical, retiring after 33 years of service.  He was a member of the Insulators and Asbestos Workers Local 102 and Local 22. He and his wife, Sandra came back home to Pennington in 1993 and he began his career as a rancher. 
They were involved in the Piney Creek Baptist Church where he was an usher and served on the Building and Grounds Committee. They were also involved in several community organizations where they met many new friends and became reacquainted with former friends. Mr. Henderson was a founding member of the Pennington Party Animals who purpose is to celebrate birthdays and play 42.
 He was president of the Pennington Cemetery Association, member of the Pennington Volunteer Fire Department, Pennington Water Department Board, Pennington Community Center Board, Charter member of Pennington Buyers Group, past member of Trinity County Fair Association and Brazoria County Cattlemen’s Association. Mr. Henderson was a former weather watcher for KTRE TV in Lufkin which he took much pride in.
Survivors include his wife Sandra Henderson, of Pennington; children Kathy Taylor, of Brazoria, Mary Zambada, of Livingston, William Henderson, of Pearland, Marty Lewis, of Hudson, James Henderson and wife Jennifer, of Pineland, and                  Rebecca Henderson, of The Woodlands; eight grandchildren Shannon Day and wife Melissa, Cindy Arambula, Michael Zambada, Michelle Soria and husband Robert, Misty Tatum and husband Todd, Michael, Brandon and Skye Brazile; 12 great-grandchildren; sister Pauline Buller, of Bay City.
Preceded in death by his parents Lou Milton and Mollie Bell (Ashworth) Henderson; brother-in-law Haddon Buller; and sister Lella Mae Sexton and husband Maness.
Funeral Services for Mr. Bill Henderson were held Friday, September 25, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. James Bickley and Mr. Billy Ed Buller officiating. Interment followed in the Pennington Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pennington Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 216, Pennington, Texas  75856 or Pennington Community Center Sign Project, P. O. Box 15, Pennington, Texas  75856.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

CLAYTON CARLTON
Mr. Clayton Carlton, age 78 of Larose, Louisiana, former resident of Luling, Louisiana, and a native of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, Sept 15, 2009.
Mr. Carlton was a Korean War Air Force Veteran.
Survivors include his wife Raily Naquin Carlton; step-sons Jerry, Dean, Craig, Lance Orgeron, Kenny and Robert Mathews; daughter Carolyn Mayeaux; step-daughters Maxine Guidry, Donna Adams, Tina Williams, Linda Becnel, Cheryl Fournet; brother Ray Carlton; sisters Nell Carlton, Cindy Engle; 24 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his 1st wife Glenda Bailey Carlton; parents Snide and Reba Gates Carlton; and one grandchild.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, September 21, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Luling, Louisiana.
Burial was at St. Charles Cemetery in Luling, Louisiana.

W. T. GILLEN
Mr. W. T. Gillen, age 74 of Weches, passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2009 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Gillen was born in Burdette, Arkansas on February 7, 1935 and was raised in South East, Missouri and North East, Arkansas until he was 16 years of age. 
After the loss of his parents, Aunt Oma and Uncle Jack Thurman adopted W. T. and his two sisters and they came to Houston, Texas and lived with them until he joined the United States Air Force. He served 20 years retiring in 1975, including 2 years in Vietnam. He and Billie married in 1969, along with her 5 children. He always called them his children and never made any difference between them and the 2 they had together.  He was a good man. 
Upon retiring from the United States Air Force they made their home in Bullard, Texas residing there until moving to Weches in 2000.  Mr. Gillen was a Charter Life Member of the Jacksonville Veterans of Foreign War Post #3984 serving as quarter master from 1988-2000. He was a carpenter by trade and loved gardening, canning and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife Billie Gillen, of Weches; sons   Charles Easley, of Weches, George Easley, and wife Shayne, of Sommerville and  Gary Gillen, of Weches; daughters Clara Alavi and husband Hamid, of Dallas, Eva Ball, of Athens, Pamela Easley and Prudnsio, of Jacksonville and                        Terrie Wiggins, of Sommerville; sisters Lois Hammons and husband Jim and                Joyce McGaha, all of Belott Community; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Gillen has two brothers and six sisters that all hold a very special place in his Heart.
Preceded in death by his parents Johnnie and Abbie Gillen; adoptive parents Jack and Naomi Thurman; brother-in-law Sonny McGaha and sister, Bessie Weiss.
Funeral Services for Mr. W. T. Gillen were held Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the New Energy Church with the Rev. Richard Gillette and the Rev. Sam Sassaman officiating. Interment followed in the Bobbitt Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the local V. F. W. to send packages to Troops overseas.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DELLA MAE FERGUSON
Mrs. Della Mae Ferguson, age 78 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2009 in the St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston.  Mrs. Ferguson was born June 16, 1931 in the Arbor Community and had lived in Crockett all of her lifetime. She was retired having worked as a Licensed Vocational Nurse since 1949. Mrs. Ferguson was a member of the LVN League and Fibromyalgia Association.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Crockett.
Survivors include her children Janice Wightman and husband Roger, of Irving, Walter L. Ferguson and wife Joyce, of Clear Lake, Karen Gerlich and husband Collin, of Humble and Roger Ferguson, of Palestine; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; numerous other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband James S. Ferguson in 1978; granddaughter Rachel Ferguson in 1991; and brother Claude W. Tolar in 1967.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Della Mae Tolar Ferguson were held Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Keeney Dickenson officiating. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1332 North Halsted Street Suite 201, Chicago, Illinois 60642.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

LANORA ROLLO GOODRUM
Mrs. Lanora Rollo Goodrum, age 93 of Lovelady, passed away Monday, September 28, 2009 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Goodrum was born February 28, 1916 in Houston County, Texas and had lived all of her lifetime in Houston County. She was a housewife and a member of the Baptist Church.
Survivors include her brother Eskel Rollo and wife Myrth, of Lovelady; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband R.T. Goodrum; brother Delbert Rollo; and sisters Mae Lee Price Caskey, Freda Straughan and Juanita Bridges.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Lanora Rollo Goodrum will be held Friday, October 2, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Charles Butler officiating. Interment will follow in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DONALD WAYNE BARNETT
Mr. Don Barnett was born on the blackland prairie of north central Texas on August 16, 1935.
His mother Inez gave birth to him on a farm near Rural Shade in Navarro County. His father, Vester, came home from the fields to meet his first son. Inez and Vester named him Donald Wayne.
Mr. Barnett graduated Kerens High School, where he excelled in football. Arlington Junior College (now UT-Arlington) awarded him a scholarship to play offensive guard for the Rebels.
Don and Patricia Anderson, both of Kerens, knew each other for years but didn∂t date until 1956. Pat and Don marked their 52nd wedding anniversary on February 15th of this year. Before and after the nuptials,
He worked as a roughneck across Texas and Louisiana. Then he took more regular work in Nacogdoches to support his growing family. Pat and Don lived in Nacogdoches for five decades.
Mr. Barnett earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Stephen F. Austin State College while working full time. He managed cafeterias at SFA until retiring in 1997.
He kept busy in retirement driving for Enterprise, Foretravel, Motor Homes of Texas, individuals, and others. Mr. Barnett worked hard all his life. He never shirked responsibility. He put great store in honesty.
Mr. Barnett adored his grandchildren, his greatest joy. They loved him more than he could imagine. Don also loved to help people. He smiled and laughed - a lot. And he showed kindness to all.
He enjoyed spending time with his daughter and playing golf with his sons; visiting relatives and old friends in Kerens and Corsicana; going on spring break trips with family to Arizona, Florida, and Hawaii; serving as "horsey" for his grandchildren; and cheering on his offspring, and theirs, at sporting, academic, musical, and social events. Mr. Barnett passed away in an accident on September 24. His family and friends will miss him.
We already miss him terribly. Don∂s mother and father, his sister Lonez, and his brother Bill predeceased him.
Survivors include his wife Pat;  sons Blake, of Houston and Barry of Dallas; daughter Melanie, of Nacogdoches; grandchildren Caroline Robbins Barnett, of New Haven, Conn., Hamilton Chase Barnett, of Houston and James Edward Barnett of Dallas; and a great many nephews, nieces, cousins, and many others, who loved him, too.
Don felt deep gratitude for his education and wanted others to have the chances he did. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, any contributions go to your favorite school or to the Donald Wayne Barnett Memorial Scholarship, c/o SFA Alumni Association, P.O. Box 6096, Nacogdoches, Texas 75962. The scholarship will benefit students wishing to attend SFA.
 Memorial Services was held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 28, 2009 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 903 North Street, Nacogdoches.
 Graveside Service followed at the Oak Grove Cemetery near Kerens at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 29.
Cason Monk-Metcalf
Funeral Directors



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