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CLEABERN LEVA CURRIE
Mr. Cleabern Leva Currie, age 84 of Kennard, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2011 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Currie was born December 12, 1926 in Kennard, Texas and had lived there most of his lifetime. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Mr. Currie was a retired school teacher having taught at Cypress Fairbanks, Coldspring and Zavalla I.S.D. He had also worked for the Texas Department of Health and Human Services and was a farmer and rancher. Mr. Currie was a member of the Piney Creek Baptist Church. He was a supporter of the 4-H and F.F.A and was very active with the swine projects. Survivors include his brother and sisters, Clinton Currie and wife Jean, of Woodville, Annie Walters and Nelda Loving, all of Kennard; sister-in-law Erma Currie, of Kennard; nieces and nephews Dianne Currie Smith, Rex Currie and wife Belinda, Belinda Jean Allison and husband Sidney, Mark Currie, Melissa Wolfe and husband Gregg, William Bee Walters and wife Amy, Margaret Zirkle and husband Bryan, Eugene Loving and wife Sherry, Laura Jane Loving and Tanya Loving McDowell and husband David; numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and other relatives; special friends David and Helen Goodson, Mike and Judy Curry, Bennie Curry, Ronald Hill, Doug Shives and Billy Smith. Preceded in death by his parents Bee and Ada Gallant Currie; brother Carolos Currie; sister Frances Currie; brothers-in-law Ralph Walters, Julius Loving; and nephew Dr. Allen Currie. Funeral Services for Mr. Cleabern Leva Currie were held Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Larry Bruce officiating. Interment followed in the Ivie Cemetery. Condolences for Mr. Currie may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BRIDGET PATTON COCHRAN
Mrs. Bridget Patton Cochran, age 57 of Talihina, Oklahoma, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2011 in the North Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mrs. Cochran was born June 5, 1954 in Crockett, Texas and had lived in Oklahoma for 20 plus years. Survivors include her husband Daniel Cochran, of Talihina, Okla.; son Ezekiel Cochran, of Talihina, Okla.; daughter Addie Mjures and husband Daniel, of Fort Worth; grandchildren Scotty Williams, Randi Williams and Aiden Mjures; brother Billy Jack Patton and wife Sue, of Huffman; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her parents Robert Lee and Lois Dean (Kay) Patton; brothers Jerry Lee Patton, Robert Larry Patton and Elmer Douglas Patton. Funeral Services for Mrs. Bridget Patton Cochran were held Monday, October 24, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jessie Ray Patton officiating. Interment followed in the Patton Family Cemetery. Condolences for Mrs. Cochran may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DR. ARDELLE ANN SULLIVAN HAMILTON
Dr. Ardelle Ann Sullivan Hamilton, age 72, passed away September 29, 2011 at M.D. Anderson. Dr. Hamilton was born August 1, 1939 in Houston to Ida Agnes and William Clarence Sullivan Sr. Graduated Class of 1957, Student Body President, Incarnate Word Academy, Houston. Dr. Hamilton was the Faith Formation Leader and Parish Liturgical Coordinator of St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church, Crockett. She held the 2nd highest position for a female in Education over the Military Base Schools, Grades 1 thru 12, for the Defense Department in the South Pacific. Korea - Superintendent of School for the Defense Department. Principal of the Military Base Schools for the Defense Department in Germany, Japan, Okinawa. Received her Doctorates Degree in Education. Past President of Toastmasters International. Survivors include her sister Mary Roesler and brother-in-law Leon; brother Clarence William “Bill” Sullivan and sister-in-law Agnes. Preceded in death by her husband William Edward Hamilton III-First Priest of St. Francis of the Tejas; and parents Ida Agnes and William Clarence Sullivan, Sr. A Celebration of Life for Dr. Ardelle Ann Sullivan Hamilton was held in Houston on October 3, 2011. St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church will have a Memorial Mass for Dr. Ardelle Ann Sullivan Hamilton was held Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. You can visit www. Beresfordfunerals.com to see pictures and leave comments.

DARIUS JONATHAN “SKEETER” KITCHEN
Mr. Darius Jonathan “Skeeter” Kitchen, age 38 of Crockett, left this earth to go be with his Heavenly Father Saturday, October 22, 2011. Mr. Kitchen was born November 6, 1972 to the union of Willie Fred and De Etta Miller Kitchen in Crockett, he was the youngest of four children. He was a graduate of Crockett High School, class of 1991. Mr. Kitchen attended U.T. Houston and Angelina College. He was a life time member of Bethel Baptist Church. Mr. Kithchen served two terms on the Crockett City Council. He was a rancher. On November 24, 2000, He married Alretha Davis, this union was blessed with one daughter. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21 Survivors include his wife Alretha Kitchen; daughter Aquevia Sada Davis; parents Willie Fred and De Etta Kitchen, of Crockett; god son Johnny English, Jr., of Crockett; brother Willie (Eunice) Kitchen, of Crockett; sister Freddie Kitchen, of Crockett; uncle Dave (Faye) Miller, of Tyler; in-laws Thelma (Calvin) Rogers, Larry Johnson, Cathy Simpson, Amy Harris, Leslie Davis, all of Crockett; three brothers-in-law McKinley Davis, of Crockett, Reginald (Kalluah) Davis, of Houston and Daryle Davis, of Crockett; and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his grandparents Dave and Florene Miller and Callie Kitchen; and sister Flora Jean Kitchen. Funeral Services for Mr. Darius Jonathan “Skeeter” Kitchen were held Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 11:00a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Reese Old Testament, the Rev. Calvin Rogers New Testment, the Rev. Myron Waddle Prayer of Solace, the Rev. Delvin Atchison Words of Comfort and the Rev. Earl Harris Eulogy. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Emanual Funeral Home

RICK PERKINS
Funeral Services for Mr. Rick Perkins, age 68, of Dallas, the nephew of Mrs. Billie Jean Beard, Benford Frizzell and Joe Cecil Frizzell of Crockett were held Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Reggie Gregory officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. Condolences for Mr. Rick Perkins may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

INFANT CLAYTON MOSE HOUSTON
Infant Clayton Mose Houston, of Tomball, was born and passed away Monday, October 24, 2011in the Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands. Survivors include his parents Holly Williams Houston and David Wayne Houston of Tomball; brothers Mason Houston, Carson Houston and Jackson Houston; grand-parents Linda Helms, of Tybee Island, Ga., Judith and Dale Bristley, of Katy and Linda and Bill Houston, of Grapeland; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who love him. Graveside Funeral Services for Infant Clayton Mose Houston were held Friday, October 28, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the McCarter Cemetery with the Rev. Kenny Bush officiating. Condolences for Infant Houston may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JAMES SIDNEY KERBY
Mr. James Sidney Kerby, age 65 of The Colony, Texas, was called home on October 16, 2011 with his family by his side. Mr. Kerby was born December 5, 1945 in Bedias, Texas to Bland and Lela Kerby. He was the youngest of their three children. He attended high school in Grapeland, Texas where he met Margaret Riley, the mother of his two eldest daughters, Kristin and Cherie. His career in the newspaper business began in Grapeland as well, but quickly stretched outside of the city limits. Mr. Kerby's newspaper career took him to several different places in the state of Texas, including Lufkin, Dallas, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Palestine, and Crockett, as well as cities in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky and Florida. Later in his career he served as publisher of the Harlan Daily Enterprise, Harlan Kentucky, the Richmond Register, Richmond, Kentucky, and The Observer, New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Along the way, He met the love of his life, Lauren McDaniel Kerby, the mother of his youngest daughter, Jan. Lauren and James shared many happy years together during their journey through life. Mr. Kerby was always dedicated to his newspaper career, but even more so, he was a devoted father to his children and a loving husband. He was a good, strong man with a heart the size of the state he loved. No matter where life took him, Texas and his family were always home. Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalm 109:8 Survivors include his three daughters Kristin Reynolds and husband Jeff Reynolds, Cherie Phillips, Jan Carter and husband Robbie Carter; sister Frances Mason and husband Jack Mason; brother Weldon Kerby and wife Sandra Kerby; four grandchildren Amber Phillips, Colby Reynolds, Carson Reynolds, and Cooper Reynolds; three nieces and three nephews along with their families. Preceded in death by his parents Bland and Lela Kerby. Funeral Services for Mr. James Sidney Kerby were held Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Bailey officiating. Interment followed in Hibbitt Cemetery, a serene setting that was his request under the direction of Geo. J. Carroll & Son in Gainesville, Texas. Family and friends encourage those who would like to attend services or sign the online register available at Geo. J. Carroll & Son’s website. www.geojcarroll.com Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home

LOREN CLARK FITZHUGH
Mr. Loren Clark Fitzhugh, age 84, passed away peacefully Saturday morning October 15, 2011 at St. Joseph Manor. Mr. Fitzhugh was born October 14, 1927. After graduating from high school, Loren took part like every American during WWII to help in the war effort. Mr. Fitzhugh worked at an airplane bomber plant in Ft. Worth. Later, Loren managed the Duke & Ayers stores in the mid-west and Texas for 30 years until the store went out of business. He and his wife then decided to open their own business, Lowila Varity and Gifts store in Crockett. He was a member and ministered in the Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife Eva Wilda Fitzhugh, of Bryan; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law Maxine and Harold Gentry; and his half brother Oren Fitzhugh. Funeral Service for Mr. Loren Clark Fitzhugh were held Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan. Interment followed at New Church Cemetery in Edge. Condolences may be made to HYPERLINK "http://www.memorialfuneralchapel.com" www.memorialfuneralchapel.com. Memorial Funeral Chapel

ROBERT CLARENCE HEATH
Mr. Robert Clarence Heath, age 91, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 17, 2011 with his loving family by his side. Mr. Heath was born on July 13, 1920. He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He retired from the United States Navy in 1968. Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 66 years, Betty G. Heath; one son Gary E. (Janet) Heath, of Corpus Christi; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his son William Warren Heath. Graveside Services for Mr. Robert Clarence Heath were held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Wesly Chapel Cemetery in Crockett. Condolences can be made at www.memorygardensfuneralhome.com" www.memorygardensfuneralhome.com Memory Gardens Funeral Home

J. M. HODGES
Mr. J. M. Hodges, age 97 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2011 in the Community Care Center in Crockett. Mr. Hodges was born July 7, 1914 in Randolph Community, Texas and had lived in Crockett most of his lifetime. He had worked for Travis Moore as a radio and television repairman and in 1970 he worked out of his home. Mr. Hodges was the oldest active member of the Crockett Lions Club and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Crockett. Survivors include his wife Bessie Hodges, of Crockett; daughter Dorothy Williamson and husband James, of Lovelady; son C. R. Hodges and wife Marie, of Crockett; daughter-in-law Sharon Hodges, of Onalaska; grandchildren Cathy Stokes and husband Gene, of Huntsville, Angela Gross and husband Mike, of Lovelady, Jennifer Bond and husband Russell, Jason Hodges and wife Jessica, all of Crockett, Michael Hodges and wife Sally, Mitchell Hodges and wife Lynn, all of Huntsville; great-grandchildren Dusty, James, Brad, Jamie and Matt; great-great-grandchildren Gabriel and Savannah; step-children John Charles Hooks and wife Virginia, of Crockett, Mary Nell Love and husband, Bobby, of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his parents Burt and Vera Hodges; first wife Essie Hodges; son Victor Hodges; daughter-in-law Janet Hodges; and step-mother Lil Hodges. Funeral Services for Mr. J. M. Hodges were held Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Dr. Jerry House officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. Condolences for Mr. Hodges may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

EDGAR F. JOHNSON
Mr. Edgar F. Johnson, age 85 of Crockett, passed away Monday, October 17, 2011 in the Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. Mr. Johnson was born March 27, 1926 in Houston County, Texas and has lived in Wesley Chapel since 1962. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during World War II. Mr. Johnson was retired having worked as a deck hand and motorman in the oil field industry. He attended the Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife Lequana Johnson, of Wesley Chapel; daughter Kathy Baker and husband Ricky, of Crockett; grandchildren Mandy Nash, Jason Baker, David Teeter III., all of Crockett and Crystal Buek and husband Mark, of Port Arthur; great-grandchildren Megan Kristin and Cody; sister Henrietta McFall, of Wesley Chapel; sister-in-law Pat Johnson,Wesley Chapel; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by parents Bob and Ima Johnson; brothers Frank Johnson, Robert “Dude” Johnson, Tom Henry Johnson, William Paul Johnson and Durwood Johnson; and sisters Maude Gossett and Lena Pearl Owen. Funeral Services for Mr. Edgar F. Johnson were held Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel. Military Graveside Services followed in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Condolences for Mr. Johnson may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

CLAY W. G. FULCHER PH.D
Mr. Clay W. G. Fulcher Ph.D, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2011, at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas. Mr. Fulcher was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, March 28, 1933, to Henry C. and Elma Gunn Fulcher and graduated from W. F. High where he played guard on the 1949 state champion football team. He entered the University of Texas in 1950 and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, Silver Spurs and NROTC, graduating with a BSME degree and a commission as ensign, USN in January, 1955. Active duty was in WestPac as engineering officer aboard the USS Formoe (DE) and the USS George A. Johnson (DE). Returning to UT, he earned his MSME degree in 1959 and affiliated with the Naval Reserve, serving as XO/CO of units in Naval Research and Naval Air Systems Command, retiring in 1989 with the rank of Rear Admiral. Mr. Fulcher Ph.D was employed by General Electric in l959 with assignments in Flight Propulsion, Aircraft Nuclear Propulsion, and Missile and Space. He completed GE advanced engineering courses before moving to GE Space Division in Houston in 1962. He earned a PhD in mechanical engineering at the U of H; his thesis on control of a liquid cooling garment for extravehicular astronauts contributed to the design of life support systems first employed by astronauts who walked on the moon, and continue to be used by astronauts today. Upon completing his PhD program, Dr. Fulcher became V. P. of GE subsidiary MATSCO. Retiring from GE in 1980, he spent several years as Mgr. Engineering Services at the Analysts/Schlumberger, then returned to the Space Program with McDonnell Douglas/Boeing as a manager in space shuttle ops. Upon retirement from Boeing in 1998, he formed Engineering Support Services Corp. and served as liaison between Goddard and Houston Space Centers in the repair missions for the Hubble Telescope, also participating in astronaut training for those missions. Mr. Fulcher Ph.D held offices in military, professional and civic organizations, including Navy League, Naval Order, UT Midshipmen’s Foundation, NROTC Alumni Assn., UT Chancellor’s Executive Committee, Rotary and Interfaith Caring Ministries. He was a Paul Harris fellow, a professional engineer, and a five year member of the Clear Creek ISD school board. He was recognized as a distinguished graduate of the UT College of Engineering, distinguished alum of the Midshipmen Foundation and NROTC Alumni Assn. and he received the NASA Space Flight Awareness Award and the Astronauts Silver Snoopy Award. The Houston chapter of the Naval Order honored him with the Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz Leadership Award. As an East Texas timber grower he was recognized for forest stewardship by the Texas Forest Service. A resident of Nassau Bay for 32 years, he served on the incorporation committee for that city, was a private pilot (instrument rated), certified SCUBA diver, and Sunday school teacher, elder and trustee at Taylor Lake Christian Church. He and Ann moved to Belton, TX in 2005. He was devoted to the men’s Bible Study group at Temple Bible Church and periodically commuted to Johnson Spaceflight Center up until the time of his passing. He was truly an officer and a gentleman, always ready with a word of encouragement for others, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Ann Arledge; four sons and spouses; Clay, Jr. and wife Christina, of Huntsville, Ala, Sam and wife Janie, of Temple, Roy and wife Becky, of Monument, Colo., and Joe and wife Kayse, of Houston; 11 grandchildren and spouses; Sam and wife Melissa, Sarah and husband Zach, Joe and wife Emily, Ben and wife Meagan, Nate, Ryan, Kella, Jackson, Coleman, Maggie and Korrie; and great-granddaughter Emma Kate; brother Joe and wife Jane; sister-in-law Ria June Fulcher; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and aunts. Preceded in death by his brother Henry. Graveside Services for Mr. Clay W. G. Fulcher were held Friday, October 21, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in Evergreen Cemetery in Crockett. A Memorial Service was held Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Taylor Lake Christian Church, 1730 Old Kirby Road, Seabrook, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations to Salvation Army, Navy SEAL Foundation, or charity of choice are gratefully accepted. Condolences for Mr. Fulcher may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

CLINTON NEAL ELLIS
Mr. Clinton Neal Ellis, age 55 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, October 8, 2011 in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mr. Ellis was born March 16, 1956 in Velasco, Texas and had lived all of his lifetime in Crockett. He was a retired truck driver and attended Truly God’s Country Cowboy Church. Survivors include his brothers and sisters Ronnie Ellis, Larry Ellis and wife Loretta, Bryant “Hoss” Ellis, Glenda Ellis and Lisa Graham and husband Todd, all of Crockett; nieces and nephews Larry, Aaron, Dustin, Valarie, Tiffany, Rocky, Matthew, Payton, Jaycee, Landon, Cortney, Dustin and Ethan; numerous other relatives. Preceded in death by his parents J. L. and Wonnell Ellis; and great-niece Haley Harrison. Funeral Services for Mr. Clinton Neal Ellis were held Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. in the Truly God’s Country Cowboy Church with the Rev. Gene Kellum officiating. Interment followed in the Jim English Cemetery. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MARY K. ASHABRANNER
Mrs. Mary K. Ashabranner, age 82 of Grapeland, passed away Monday, October 10, 2011 at Cartmell Home for Aged. Mrs. Ashabranner was born December 4, 1928 in Laward, Texas to Floyd and Dora Thomas. Mrs. Ashabranner retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company where she worked for 30 years. She was a member of Oakgrove Baptist Church in Grapeland. She was a member of the Houston County Sheriff’s Association and the Houston County Hospital District. Mrs. Ashabranner was a member of the Sunshine Guild at Palestine Regional Medical Center and served as a volunteer for Houston County Sheriff’s office as well as Anderson County Sheriff’s office. She also volunteered at Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin,and the Grapeland City Office. In 2005 she received her jail license and worked at the Houston County Jail as a jailer. Survivors include her daughters Kathy Allen and Kay Simpson, both of Oakwood; sons Pete Araiza III, of Trinity, David Lee Araiza, of Houston and Billy Bob Ashabranner, of Grapeland; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents Floyd and Dora Thomas; husband Billy Bob Ashabranner. Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary K. Ashabranner will be held Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Bailey & Foster Chapel in Palestine with Charles Lewis officiating. Donations are being accepted at Gingerbread Square in Grapeland. To view online, leave condolences or sign the guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com. Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

K. D. MCDOUGALD
K. D. McDougald, age 92 of Hockley, Texas, passed away peacefully at his home on October 11, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. Mr. McDougald was born in Creek on December 15, 1918. Survivors include his sons Bruce Alex McDougald, of Houston and Daniel McDougald and wife Kim, of Madisonville; daughters Rosemary Forbes, of Rockport, Judy Murray and her husband Larry, of Hockley, Mollie Keilers and her husband David, of Tomball, Peggy Stapel, of Hockley, Becky Mallard and her husband Wyatt, of Fremont, N.C. and Lisa McDougald and her partner Alice Serna, of Houston; grandchildren Stephanie Tharp, of Houston, Kelley Isaacks and her husband Bobby, of Pflugerville, Angela Tharp, of Jersey Village, Katrina Forbes, of Austin, Scott Forbes and his wife Heidi, of Virginia Beach, Va., Veronica Cortes and husband Christian, of Boston, MA, Heath and Jeff Landry, of Hockley, Jennifer Dorney and husband James, of Roundrock, Maryrose Murray, of New York City, NY, Christina Quiroga and husband Rae, of Hockley, Martin, Phillip and Danielle Keilers, of Tomball, Jessica Uno, of Katy, Amanda Mitchell and husband Shun, of Linden, Roderick Lino, of Houston, Kelsey, Drew and Mason McDougald, of Madisonville, and Kadie, Kolton and Kylie McDougald and their mother Karen, of Houston; great-grandchildren Corey, Caleb and Colby Isaacks, Michael and Austin Forbes, Sidney, Cassidy and Trinity Cortes, Gabrielle Newman, Joshua Paul Keilers, Tae’-Shun and Elijah Mitchell, Matthew Smith, Jaxson, Makenzi Jones, Mylin Johnson, Olivia and Lillian Dorney, and Mateo and Eliana Quiroga. Preceded in death by his wife Mary Elizabeth McDougald; and grandson Paul David Keilers. Funeral Services for Mr. K. D. McDougald were held Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Matthias Catholic Church in Magnolia with Father Nick officiating. Interment followed at 2:00 p.m. in Douglas Cemetery in Mapleton, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tomball VFW Post 2427. [Video Tribute & Guest Book @ www.canonfuneralhome.com] Canon Funeral Home & Monument Co.

WILLIAM R. “ROB” DAVIDSON
Mr. William R. “Rob” Davidson, age 76 of Bois D' Arc, passed away Saturday, October 8, 2011 in Palestine. Mr. Davidson was born February 12, 1935 in Fort Worth, Texas to the late William Reed and Carroll Elizabeth Moore Davidson. He married Jo Ann Bishop March 30, 1957 in Fort Worth. Mr. Davidson was a resident of Bois D’Arc since 1994, former resident of Cedar Creek Lake since 1980, and formerly of Hurst. After retiring from IBM in 1989 as a systems programmer, Mr. Davidson worked at TVCC as a carpenter. Mr. Davidson also was a veteran of the United States Army. Mr. Davidson had a love for building, and with the help of his son Mark, he built his lake house and the present home near Bois D’Arc. He was an avid hunter, and loved to fish and water ski. Survivors include his wife Jo Ann Davidson, of Bois D' Arc; son Mark Davidson, of Bois D' Arc; granddaughter Courtney Davidson, of Bois D’Arc; sister Barbara Davidson Jones, of Fort Worth; nephew Billy Rains, of Burleson; nieces Lynda Carroll Jones, of Crockett, Susan Mahon, of Fort Worth and Kimerly Oremo, of Rowlett; great-niece Kimberly Carroll Wittmer, of Houston; great-nephew Gerritt Wesley Wittmer, of Oakland, Calif.; and other relatives and numerous friends. Preceded in death by his parents William Reed and Carroll Elizabeth Moore Davidson; sister Mary Carroll Davidson Rains; and a nephew Douglas Allen Jones. Funeral Services for Mr. William R. “Rob” Davidson were held Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in Carroll Lehr Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ken Calhoun officiating. Interment followed in Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens. Pallbearers were Zach Carlson, Tom Mack Connor, Virgil Feinsod, Billy Rains and Earl Winterroud. Honorary Pallbearers were Troy Allen Adams, Jr., Floyd B. Turner, Jr., Isaac Knick and Ken Summerville. If desired, memorials may be made to Cartmell Home for Aged, 2212 W. Reagan St., Palestine, Texas 75801 or to Heart to Heart Hospice. Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home

WATHA JO MILLER
Mrs. Watha Jo Miller, of Crockett, formerly of Baytown, passed away one day shy of her 74th birthday, on Tuesday, September 29, 2011. Mrs. Miller was a great volunteer at many community locations, especially fond of Baytown Jr. with the music program and at Betty’s Flowers. Her favorite past-time in recent years was the computer and the many friends she made chatting on-line. She was the ultimate cheerleader for the Christmas season as it was her favorite time of the year. Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Jimmy Miller; daughter Stacy Miller Whittington and husband Anthony; granddaughters Kristi Alyse and Ashli Lin; cousin Jackie Danford and husband Robert; as well as many other family and friends. Preceded in death by her mother Lillian Wortham; and brother Mark Wortham. Funeral Services for Mrs. Watha Jo Miller were held Saturday, October 1, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at Memory Gardens Cemetery. The family asks that donations be made in Watha’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 6301 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77057; (713) 266-2877, www.cancer.org. To view the online obituary and post a tribute for the family, visit www.earthmanbaytown.com. Earthman Funeral Home

HUELIN BRUCE
Mr. Huelin Bruce, age 90 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, October 1, 2011 at his residence. Mr. Bruce was born May 17, 1921 in Estelline, Texas and had lived in Houston County for many years. He was a member of the Mt. Olive Church in Kennard and had also attended Harvest Church in Crockett. Mr. Bruce was retired having worked as a metal fabricator. Survivors include his children Patricia Jones and husband Don, Sam Bruce and wife Sandy, all of Crockett, Larry Bruce and wife Sara, of Currietown and Dr. Lena Bruce and husband Mike Strait, of Texas City; grandchildren Carlton, Vicki, Staci, Jenni, April, James and Heather; great-grandchildren Sam, Emma, Grace, Averi, Camille, Nate, Noah, Faith, Caleb and Elijah; brothers Huett Bruce and J. C. Bruce, both of Grapeland; special family and friends including Gary Hendry and wife Sophie and Walter Stewart; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his two grandsons Phillip Kirschner and Justin Bruce. Funeral Services for Mr. Huelin Bruce were held Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Larry Bruce officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Olive Church. Condolences for Mr. Bruce may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

CLARENCE STEVE PHILLIPS
Mr. Clarence Steve Phillips, age 78, passed away October 5, 2011 in Crockett. Mr. Phillips was born September 1, 1933 in Navasota to Steve and Mary Phillips. He retired from Bethlehem Steel of Houston after 29 years of service. He was also a member of the Polish Genealogical Society of Texas, and very active with St. Francis Catholic Church of Crockett. Survivors include his wife Claudia Coats Phillips, of Lovelady; sons Stephen Phillips and wife Deborah, of Lovelady and Paul Phillips and wife Susan, of Houston; sister Theresa Malinoski, of Houston; grandchildren Stephen Paul Phillips, Reneé Phillips, Kayla Bloom, Liberty Muñoz and Shawna Monjé; great-grandchildren Korban Phillips, Victor Muñoz, Andréa Muñoz, Hannah Monje, and Michael Monje; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services for Mr. Clarence Phillips were held Friday, October 7, 2011 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Crockett with the Rev. Gary Rottman officiating. Interment followed in Antioch Cemetery in Lovelady. Dignity Memorial Funeral Home

KENNETH BARRIER
Mr. Kenneth Barrier, age 77 of Arlington, passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2011 in the Medical Center of Arlington. Mr. Barrier was born July 26, 1934 in Crockett, Texas and moved to Houston in 1947. He graduated from Jefferson Davis Sr. High School in 1952. Mr. Barrier married Aliene Heine on December 19, 1953 and they had two children. He became a licensed master plumber and eventually owned his own business putting plumbing utilities in new apartment buildings. Mr. Barrier was a Sunday School Teacher and Assistant Sunday School Superintendent at Bethany Lutheran Church for a short period of time. He had also attended Barachi Church for 15 years and the Candlelight Bible Church until moving to Arlington in 1983. Mr. Barrier enjoyed flying and became a licensed pilot of a small Cessna plane of which he owned. He loved the Lord and read the bible every day. Mr. Barrier accomplished reading the bible in its entirety. He underlined and dated each time he read it. Mr. Barrier continued reading the paper and bible until the onset of Alzheimer’s in 2003. In Arlington, he owned and helped operate, along with his wife and daughter, a family roller skating rink, Big Wheel Skateland, until 1996. After that he worked for Darious Plumbing Company as a Supervisor and Master Plumber until heart surgery in 2001. He was never without a dog or cat as a pet and he called these animals his kids. Mr. Barrier will be sorely missed. Survivors include his wife Aliene Barrier, of Arlington; daughter Blythe Kendal Randall and husband Clark, of Dallas; son Bradley Kyle Barrier, of Arlington; grandchildren Alexander Miles Snyder and wife Hilary, of Keller, twins Kylee Paige Snyder, of North Richland Hills and Parker Reed, Snyder of Arlington; great-grandchildren Anabelle Paige Snyder and Alexander Miles Snyder II; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Otto and Geraldine Wiederhold, of Houston; sisters-in-law Mavis Suehs, of Caldwell and Vivian Berlin, of Waller; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by his father Debs Barrier in 1993; mother Eltice Higginbotham Barrier in 2000; sister Elena Ruth Crittenden in 1982; nephew Jay Dalton McGough in 2006; and twin grandchildren Andrew Michael Snyder and Aeris Mythe Snyder. Funeral Services for Mr. Kenneth Barrier were held Friday, October 7, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Harold Shirley officiating. Interment followed in the Bynum Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National S. P. C. A. Condolences for Mr. Barrier may be left online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

SHERRY LEA MEHR
Mrs. Sherry Lea Mehr, age 82 of Magnolia, formerly of Houston County, passed away Saturday, September 24, 2011 in Houston. Mrs. Mehr was born May 12, 1929 in Sheffield, Pennsylvania and had been living in Magnolia, previously living in Houston County for 10 years. She was retired having worked as an insurance auditor and was a member of Emanuel Baptist Church. Mrs. Mehr enjoyed horses and trail rides. Survivors include her son James D. Mehr and wife Christine, of Magnolia; daughter Lisa Marie Mehr, of Houston; grandchildren Christopher Deiss, Amanda Mehr, Ashley Mehr and Alexandra Mehr; brother Francis Stenger, of Kingsville, Ohio; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Jack Mehr; and daughter Cynthia Ann Mehr. Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Sherry Lea Mehr were held Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in the Bynum Cemetery with the Rev. Reggie Gregory officiating. Condolences for Mrs. Mehr may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

SAMMYE BULLER STANLEY
Mrs. Sammye Buller Stanley, age 86, of Georgetown passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2011. Mrs. Stanley was born March 19, 1925 in Percilla, Texas to the late Edd and Meda Coe Elliott Buller. She was raised in the Percilla / Crockett area, moving away after high school. She was an accomplished pianist, organist, accordionist, and violinist and also played the clarinet. Mrs. Stanley lived in the Houston area for over 30 years. She taught music at the University School of Music in Bellaire and also taught lessons out of her home for over 45 years. She also worked at Northline Mall in Houston for over 15 years as the Assistant Mall Manager. It was the early 1950’s that Sammye met the love of her life in Lubbock, James Melton Stanley, she taught him music. Sammye and James were married in 1951. Mrs. Stanley moved to the Georgetown area in 2007, she continued to have a passion for music even in her later years but she also enjoyed taking her motorhome out camping and spending time with family. She touched many lives and hearts with her talent with music. "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 Survivors include her loving daughter Carol Edris Sibley and husband Stan, of Georgetown; grandchildren Janelle Tredway and husband Steve, of Georgetown and Brad Sibley and wife Angelic of Sicily, Italy; great-grandchildren Brandi Hilsberg, Ashton Bryce Sibley, Brianna Sibley, Gabriel Sibley, and Gideon Sibley; nephew Eddie Smith and wife Kathy, of Crockett; along with other loving family members and friends. Preceded her in death by her husband James Stanley in 1988; parents Edd and Meda Buller; sister Edris Hopkins; and her first husband, Carl Maurice Johnson, Jr. Graveside Services for Mrs. Sammye Buller Standley will be held Friday, September 30, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in Percilla at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations should be made to Odyssey Hospice in Sammye’s memory. Personal words of comfort may be sent to the family online at www.gabrielsfuneral.com. The Gabriels Funeral Chapel

 

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