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Mrs. Barbara Ann Nagy Spinks, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at East Texas Medical Center Crockett following a long illness. Mrs. Spinks was born August 24, 1943 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and had lived in Crockett since 1995. Mrs. Spinks had been a Grants Management Specialist in Genetic Research for the National Institute of Health, General Medical Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland and later held a similar position with the Department of the Interior in Denver, Colorado until her medical retirement in 1992. Survivors include her husband of 34 years, John L. Spinks, Jr. of Crockett; sons and daughters-in-law Doug and Shaun Pavlik, of Willis, Arnie Pavlik, of Elkton, Maryland, David and Sarah Pavlik, of Brambleton and Virginia, Brian and Dani Pavlik, of Denver, Colorado; step-daughters Kelly Spinks, of Studio City, California and Rebekah Spinks, of Hermiston, Oregon; grandchildren Daniel and Benjie Pavlik, of Brambleton, Virginia, Nic, Griffi n and Wyatt Silver, of Studio City, California and Annika and Eva Pavlik, of Denver, Colorado; brother Bill Nagy and wife Carol Nagy, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.; niece Carrie Marsh, of Shingle Springs, California; nephews Billy Nagy, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Ricky Nagy, of Dauphin, Pennsylvania and Rob Nagy, of Audubon, Pennsylvania. Preceded in death by her father and mother William B. and Beatrice Nagy of Johnstown, Pennsylvania; brother and sister Dennis and Roberta Nagy. A visitation for Mrs. Barbara Ann Nagy Spinks were held Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Callaway-Allee Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Condolences for Mrs. Spinks may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee. com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Mary Jane Hill, age 88 of Kennard, passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2012 in the Hospice in the Pines Inpatient Unit in Lufkin. Mrs. Hill was born February 11, 1924 in Houston County, Texas and had lived most of her lifetime in Houston and Kennard. Mrs. Hill was a housewife and a member of the First Baptist Church in Kennard. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Janie and Raymond Martin, of Kennard; son Tommy Hill, of Pasadena; grandchildren Venessa Hutcherson, Raymond Martin, Jeffrey Martin, Desiree Martin, Lori Aleman, Staci Williams; great-grandchildren Meagan Dellis, Farron Raymond Cook, Kristie Martin, Kellie Martin, Benjamin Kolek, Brittaney Aleman, Robert Kolek, Heather Williams, Jess Aleman, Eryn Williams, Colton Aleman; great-greatgrandchildren Kaiden Cook, Hailee Dellis, Riley Cook, Sophia and Christopher; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband R. L. Hill in 1995; grandson Raymond Martin, Jr. in 1964; great-grandchildren Holly Cheyenne Williams; sisters Hildred Toole, Oma Troutman; brothers Clay C. Dominy and Bradley Dominy. Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Jane Hill were held Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Kennard with the Rev. Jim Durham offi ciating. Interment followed in the Pennington Cemetery. In lieu of fl owers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice in the Pines, 1201 W. Frank, Lufkin, Texas 75904. Condolences for Mrs. Hill may be left at online obituaries www.callaway.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. W. E. “Gene” Freeman, age 80 of Atlanta, Texas, passed away Saturday, October 13, 2012 in Golden Villa Nursing Home in Atlanta, Texas. Mr. Freeman was born February 2, 1932 in Vivian, Louisiana. He was retired from Amoco Oil Company and a member of Antioch Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife Ethel Freeman, of Atlanta; four daughters and three sons-in-law Debra Queen, of LaFayette, Georgia, Barbara and Alton Simpson, of Latexo, Terry and Larry Pekoc, of Plano, Illinois, and Cathy and Paul Jordan, of Pasadena; 11 grandchildren Venice and husband James Cagle, Robert Queen, Victor Queen, Cheryl Queen, Brian Simpson, Rae Lynn Simpson, Thomas and wife Katie Steward, Dean Steward, David and wife Amber Jordan, Dwight Jordan and Kristen Jordan; fi ve greatgrandchildren Clarkson Cagle, Thomas Steward, Lilly Steward, Lyndsey Steward, and Aidan Jordan; one sister Faye Harper, of Wichita Falls; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer T. and Floye Freeman; brothers Dick, Travis, and Ray Freeman; sisters Betty Hale and Ouida Taylor; and brotherin- law Art Harper. A celebration of Mr. W. E. “Gene” Freeman’s life will be held at Friday, October 19, at10:00 a.m. at Hanner Funeral Home in Atlanta, Texas, with the Reverend Willard Land offi ciating. Interment will follow in the Vivian Cemetery in Vivian, Louisiana. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon’s International, P. O. Box 775, Atlanta, Texas 75551, or to a charitable organization or church of your choice. Messages may be left on the Guest Registry at hannerfuneralservice. com. Hanner Funeral Home

Mr. James Hardy (Jim) Platt, Jr., age 84, passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at his home in Crockett. He was surrounded by family. Mr. Platt was born January 30, 1928 in Lovelady, Texas and attended school there where he was an All-State basketball player. He is predeceased by his parents Minnie Ola and James Hardy Platt, Sr. and eleven brothers and sisters. He married his high school sweetheart, Hazel Driskell, nearly 67 years ago. They moved to the Texas City, La- Marque area in 1946 where He was employed by American Oil Company for 41 years. Due to his dedication to Amoco and the abundant respect by his fellow workers, He was elected to the Amoco Credit Union Board of Directors where he served for 18 years in various positions including multiple appointments as Chairman of the Board. He was also actively involved in the La- Marque Church of Christ where he was a Deacon for numerous years. Jim and Hazel moved to Crockett in 1993 to enjoy their retirement. He was a faithful member of the Grace Street Church of Christ. Traveling to different countries and 49 states kept Jim and Hazel busy. They made memories in Europe, Asia, Greece, Australia, New Zealand and other ports of call. Their six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren also kept them busy and happy. Survivors include his wife Hazel; three girls and their spouses Patricia and Kirby Fortenberry, of Richmond, Linda and Frank Marsters, of Missouri City, Marsha and Charles Montes, of Nacogdoches; sister Beth Tunstall Sherman, of Crockett; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Jim’s grandchildren and greatgrandchildren Amy, Spencer, Cade and Brinley Lippincott, Kevin and Megan Fortenberry, Lindsay, Cori and Ty Cantu, Sarah, Brad and Macy McFaddin, Frank, Vanessa and McKenna Marsters and James, April, Jace and Aubrey Marsters. Honorary Pallbearers were Oscar Allen, Roy Lucas, John Kenneth Hinson, Morris Kirk and Wayne Thompson. Funeral Services for Mr. James H. (Jim) Platt, Jr. were held Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in the Callaway- Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Frank Minton offi ciating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of fl owers, memorial contributions may be made to Solaris Hospice, 1521 S. Loop 256, Palestine, Texas 75801. Condolences for Mr. Platt may be left at online obituaries http://www.callawayallee. com/. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Clint McBay, age 81 of Grapeland, departed this life on the evening of Sunday, October 14, 2012 at his home in Grapeland. Mr. McBay was born July 18, 1931, in Chillicothe, Texas, to Elvis Baines McBay and Nanny Elsie McGee McBay and was the younger of their two children, with a rich heritage of Irish/American Indian decent. Mr. McBay was born in a tiny Texas town into the hardest of hard times. Mr. McBay began working in his father’s grocery store at age 11 as a stock boy, loading truckloads of crates into trucks, cleaning up the store and working most days until late at night. This was back before there were child labor laws and standards and when children learned to work, and learned a work ethic early in life. From a young age, he learned to work the land and raise cows, and he learned and accepted that it was his responsibility to help provide for the family. Mr. McBay graduated from Quannah High School in 1948, then entered college and soon fi xated on a course which began his life’s journey to the oil and gas industry. In 1952, he took his fi rst job as a rough neck on a drilling rig while pursuing a petroleum engineering degree, while at the same time, working hard to support a young family. He worked extra jobs and did a little bit of everything. Back then there weren’t enough daylight hours to get in all the work that needed to be done in order to make it. Following college, and early in his oil and gas career, Mr. McBay worked for Dresser Industries and Champion Oil Field Chemicals in West Texas, Western Canada, Louisiana, and Houston. McBay Drilling was originated and headquartered in Abilene, Texas, in 1977, and focused on numerous drilling projects in West Texas. Mr. Mc Bay’s journey in the oil and gas industry brought him to Houston County, Texas, in 1977, when he built a chemical manufacturing company in Latexo, called Chemical Manufacturing Exchange, which manufactured oil fi eld chemicals shipped to worldwide destinations. McBay sold the plant in Latexo to Reichhold Chemicals in 1982 and remained as president and consultant for the company for the next 5 years. The manufacturing plant has been ongoing even to this year when it was sold to Weatherford International, a corporation with a huge global footprint and marketing resources based in Geneva Switzerland, with corporate offi ces in Houston and Bryan. Weatherford’s Latexo plant manufactures chemical additives for petroleum production used in oil fi elds and the gas industry. Clint was proud of having built and started the plant, which has provided jobs for many people over these years, and for the tax revenues earned for Houston County, this county that he loved. Clint and his wife, Jo McBay, formed McBay Oil and Gas in 1980, which was headquartered in Houston County. The decade of the 80’s, but specifi cally 1985, was a time when the oil & gas industry was devastated fi nancially along with the banking industry. Oil well drilling and banking dragged each other down, and that was the demise of McBay Oil and Gas, and tragically, that was also the time of the death of Jo McBay, Clint’s wife of 23 years. The hard lessons of the 80’s, Clint’s work ethic formed in his youth, and the lessons of frugality from his childhood helped him take life’s next steps. Using his vast experience in the fi eld, he spent the next several years recovering and consulting on gas pipelines, gas processing plants, and various interests in oil and gas fi elds. In 1996, Clint McBay incorporated Lockout Corporation based in Grapeland, Texas, and purchased a producing oil fi eld in Slocum, Texas. With his oil fi eld expansion, oil revenues, vast oil and gas experience, courage and determination, and taking careful steps, he attained security and success one more time, which continued until his end. Mr. McBay always believed he would never retire, and such was the case. He was one of a few who started Citizens National Bank of Crockett from its beginning. Mr. McBay served on the board of directors of several Texas banks during his career. Mr. Mc Bay is responsible for Houston County Airport being equipped with the fi rst landing lights so that planes could take off and land safely in the dark. Mr. McBay’s farm, garden, and cows were an accomplishment for which he obtained great pride and joy. It was a core part of him which began from his earliest memories growing up. Mr. McBay named and studied his cows closely and believed he could read what they were thinking and saying to one another. He obtained great pleasure in milking a cow, and making cheese and butter, and collecting eggs from his own chickens. He had a deep respect for animals and loved the land. He was committed to making this year’s garden better than any previous year’s garden, and the best garden of all was the one planned next to be planted. Something else Mr. McBay loved was helping others who needed help, and the best reward was to see his help launch the person or family in an upward direction. Mr. Mc Bay was a very generous man who felt it was his God given responsibility to help others, and he did so quickly and without restraint. Mr. McBay was a faithful Methodist who helped support his church and those with whom he worshipped God, and many others as well; employees, numerous charities, people he knew and people he didn’t know. He especially loved to help and donate without the recipient having knowledge of its origin. He never forgot from where he came, and the diffi culty of the times and place into which he was born. He was grateful for the many blessings which his hard work earned him, and always was heard repeating, “life is good”. His sense of humor, smile, work ethic, intellect, generosity, kindness and goodness will teach all who knew and loved him and will forever be missed and remembered. Our sadness is surpassed only by our gratitude for having known Mr. Mc Bay and for having loved him. Friends and family looking on in those last days were inspired and amazed at Clint’s perseverance in the face of diffi culty and the hard work to overcome physical disability. He never lost his fi ght against the adversity, while still being strong shoulders for those he cared for. His heroic battle made its mark on many of us as a life lesson in perseverance, dignity, compassion and love. Survivors include his loyal wife of 22 years, Martha McBay, who was his helper in every way. When Mr. McBay had his stroke, she worked tirelessly and walked every step of the walk with him. She was his fi rst line of care, and in his declining days, Martha’s focused and channeled diligent care was constant, fl awless, and a life lesson to all looking on; daughter Debbie Hartgrove, of San Angelo; grandsons Craig Hartgrove, of Alexandria, Louisiana, Richard Hartgrove, of San Angelo and Trace McBay, of Huntsville; granddaughters Jennifer Hartgrove Hancock, of Austin, Kara Gant, of Iowa Park; and long time friend and secretary Beverly Giorgio, of Crocket; numerous other grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral Services for Mr. Clint McBay will be held Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Grapeland. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park. Condolences for Mr. McBay may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee. com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Wesley Troy Matthews, farmer, deer hunter, rancher, cowboy, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at East Texas Medical Center in Crockett. Mr. Matthews was born August 19, 1923 in Haskell, Oklahoma to Charles D. and Ruth Matthews. After his mother’s death, Wes, along with his sister and one brother moved to Clarksville, Arkansas to live with their paternal grandparents. When he was about 12 years old he went to Sinton, Texas to join his father and a brother rig building in the oilfi eld. He enrolled in school in Sinton and continued on through high school, dividing his time between rig building and attending school. As a senior in 1942 playing full back for the Sinton Pirates, he was selected as one of the Eleven Ironmen of Texas. Upon graduation he went on to play football at Kilgore, Jr. College. He married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Nell Keeter on June 28, 1946. Dot and Wes had two sons and two daughters. In 1958 he left Sinton and his established fence and nursery business to become foreman of a quarter horse ranch in Bandera, Texas. A few years later, He moved the family to East Texas where he became a foreman of Josephine and Rex Cauble’s ranch in Leon County. After a few years, He left the ranch to tend to his own livestock. He continued farming and ranching until he had a major stroke in December of 1994. He was an avid hunter, fi sherman and outdoorsman. Mr. Matthews was a strong man who was positive, determined and faithful in his belief in God, which enabled him to live many years longer, in spite of his health issues. He often said, “Thank you Lord for one more day!” Dot and Wes have been members of Central Baptist Church for 50 years. Survivors include his wife of 66 years and constant caregiver, Dorothy Matthews, of Crockett; son Michael Warren Matthews and wife Gail, of Crockett; son Troy Rix Matthews and wife Judy, of Lexington, Oklahoma; daughter Sally Dee Everingham and husband Thomas, of Spring; daughter Dody Lydett Gomez and husband Gary, of Angleton; grandchildren Heather Ladette Wallenta and husband Scott, of Rosenberg, Ellen Susan Carroll and husband Clint, of Lufkin, Alice Ann Gomez, of Houston, Lora Jean Griffi n and husband Danny, of Porter, Hollie Ann Gomez, Matthew Joseph Gomez, both of Angleton, Steven Patrick Ginn, of Spring and Floyd Dewayne Matthews, of Lexington, Oklahoma; great-grandson Wesley Joseph Gomez; great-granddaughter “on the way”; sister- in-law Nelma Lee Martin and husband Thomas, of Alvin; many nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by his parents Charles D. and Ruth Matthews; mother-in-law Fannie Warren; one sister Sue Bartell; and three brothers Paul, Charles and Dewitt Matthews. Funeral Services for Mr. Wesley Troy Matthews were held Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Central Baptist Church with the Rev. John Goss and the Rev. Charles Butler offi ciating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of fl owers, memorialcontributions may be made to the Central Baptist Church, 100 N. 7th Street, Crockett, Texas 75835 or Charity of Choice. Condolences for Mr. Matthews may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee. com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Ms. Michelle Leigh Warner, age 31 of Houston, passed away in Houston. Ms. Warner was born June 6, 1981 in Humble to Walter Chaffi n and Donna Johnston. She was a paralegal for Donato, Minks, Brown & Pool PPC and a member of Felders Chapel Assembly of God. Survivors include her parents Walter Chaffi n and Brenda, of Elkhart and Donna Malone and Richard Petit, of Marshall; grandparents Olga Chaffi n, Wayne Johnston and Nan Johnston; daughter Hayley Warner, of Houston; son Cayden Castellano, of Houston; brother David Chaffi n and wife Jessica, of Grapeland. Preceded in death by her grandfather Arnold Chaffi n. Funeral Services for Ms. Michelle Leigh Warner will be held Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in Felders Chapel Assembly of God with the Rev. Randy Shipman and the Rev. Kevin Poage offi ciating. Interment will follow in Guiceland Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rusty Jones, Ryan Bobbitt, Scotty Teems, Matt Teems, A. J. Dabney and Cody Sink. Honorary Pallbearers will be Scott Russell, Chase Warner, John Lindsey and Russell Johnston. To view online, leave condolences or sign guestbook go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome. com. Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

Mr. Leslie Wayne “Les” Edwards, age 63 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, September 27, 2012 in Lufkin, Texas. Mr. Edwards was born February 08, 1949 in Houston, Texas and was a 1966 graduate of Waltrip High School. He was a Home Builder and The Developer of Enchanted Estates Subdivision in Crockett. Survivors include his mother Louise Edwards, of Crockett; son Heath Edwards and wife Shelley, of Fredericksburg; daughter Raechel von Minden and husband Lorenze, of La- Grange; grandsons Hagan Edwards, Mitchell Edwards, Blaine Edwards, Harrison and Addison Hall; brothers Bob Edwards, of Houston and Larry Edwards and wife Cherri, of Magnolia; sister Donna Smith, of Crockett; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by his dad Sterling Edwards. Memorial Services for Mr. Leslie Wayne “Les” Edwards were held Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Larry Edwards offi ciating. Burial was in the Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of fl owers, memorial contributions can be made to the Michelle Lynn Holsey Foundation, P. O. Box 652, Crockett, Texas 75835. Condolences for Mr. Edwards may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee. com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Kaylin Hope Jansky Higgins, age 24 of Lovelady, passed away, Monday, September 24, 2012 in the East Texas Medical Center- Crockett. Mrs. Higgins was born May 30, 1988 to George and Shawn Jansky in Temple, Texas. She lived the fi rst two years of her life in Waco, Texas. She then moved to Lovelady, Texas where she grew up. Mrs. Higgins was a housewife and a member of the Westside Baptist Church in Crockett. Survivors include her husband Larry W. Higgins, of Lovelady; step-son Seth Higgins, of Lovelady; stepdaughter Alyssa Higgins, of Lovelady; parents George and Shawn Jansky, of Lovelady; grandparents Thomas and Margaret Burris, of Lovelady and George and ImaJoy Jansky, of Waco; sisters Casey Lynne Jansky, of Latexo and Kassidee Grace Jansky, of Lovelady; nephews Curt and Cameron Baker, of Latexo; uncle Jerome Jansky and wife Lynn, of Porter Springs; aunt Shawnet Schultz, of Crockett; mother and father-in-law Linda and Emmanuel Cordova, of Crockett; father and motherin- law Larry G. and Shelly Higgins, of Florida; brothers- in-law Layne Higgins, of Crockett and Michael Cordova and wife Heather, of Latexo; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives. Funeral Services for Mrs. Kaylin Hope Jansky Higgins were held Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Steve Meadows offi ciating. Interment will follow in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of fl owers, memorials may be made “In Memory of Kaylin Hope Jansky Higgins” c/o Citizens National Bank, P. O. Box 1420, Crockett, Texas 75835. Condolences for Kaylin may be left at online obituaries http://www.callawayallee. com/. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Thelma Ruston, age 88 of Latexo, passed away Friday, September 28, 2012 in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mrs. Ruston was born December 10, 1923 in Bedias, Texas. Mrs. Ruston was a housewife and a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include her sons Ernest Vest, Herman Cecil Vest, both of Latexo and Clyde Vest, of Splendora; daughter Vera Vest, of Cleveland; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her son William Travis “Jr.” Vest; brothers and sisters Avon, Coy, Hubert, Clifford, John Ed, Hazel and Rosie. Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Thelma Ruston were held Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery with Johnny Lahmann offi ciating. Condolences for Mrs. Ruston may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee. com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home



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