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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of September 16, 2007 - September 23, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Mr. Timothy Lynn “Tim” Turner, age 42 of Brenham, formerly of Grapeland, passed away Monday, September 17, 2007 in Crockett. Mr. Turner was born March 7, 1965 in San Jacinto, Texas and had been living in Brenham for the past 18 months. Mr. Turner was employed by Dillard and Associates as manager and horse trainer of Rocking Star Ranch in Brenham, Texas and was a member of the Texas Rodeo Association. 
Survivors include his wife Candace Lynn Turner, of Brenham; precious children Blake Turner, Dillon Turner, Stratton Turner and Sarah “Crickett” Turner, all of Bullard; children’s mother Jill Turner, of Bullard; Candace’s children Colby Langston and Rachel Ricks, both of Brenham; parents Jerry Lynn Turner and Betty Turner, of Grapeland; brother Bill Sexton, of Grapeland; sister Valerie K. Smith and husband Dr. Frank A. Smith III, of Crockett; nieces and nephew Ryan Pennington, of Sugar Land, Morgan Pennington, of Fort Worth, Madison Canton, of Navasota.
Preceded in death by his sister Jeri Turner Canton.
Funeral services for Mr. Timothy Lynn “Tim” Turner were held Saturday, September 22, at 10:00 a. m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Charles Pyle, the Rev. Mark Norman and Pastor Davy Hobson officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Lovelady.
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Mrs. Mary Ellen Potts Easterly, age 81 of College Station, passed away Thursday, September 13, 2007 in the College Station Medical Center. Mrs. Easterly was born February 22, 1926 in Lufkin and had resided in College Station since 1991 previously residing in Nacogdoches. Mrs. Easterly was a 1943 graduate of Crockett High School and was a member of the Texas Nurses Association. Mrs. Easterly was a retired nurse and a member of the Methodist Church. Mrs. Easterly was also a seamstress and enjoyed quilting.
Survivors include her sons Jimmy Easterly and wife Terry, of Bryan, Jerry Easterly and wife Nancy, of Houston and their father Gerald Easterly, of Crockett; grandchildren Marlene Easterly and fiancée Mark Cogwin, of Houston, Carissa Todd and husband Brandon, of Houston, Jason Easterly and wife Melissa, of Dallas, Darby Humplik and husband Mathew, of Denver, Colo.; aunt Martha Jo Currie and family, of Lufkin; brother-in-law  Morris Easterly and wife Bernice and family, of Crockett; numerous cousins and other relatives.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Ellen Potts Easterly were held Monday, September 17, 2007 at 11 a.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park with Dr. Jerry House officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brazos County A&M Mothers‚ Club, P. O. Box 11041, College Station, TX 77842.
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Mr. John Clinton Henry, age 73 of Crockett, was called home by our Lord, on Monday, September 17, 2007. Mr. Henry was born at home just outside of Maydale, Texas February 21, 1934 to Clinton Henry and Florance Henry. Mr. Henry attended school in Jacksonville, where he enjoyed playing football and graduating in 1952.
Mr. Henry was a member of the United States Army spending most of his time in Germany. Spent most of his life working as a carpenter, doing the very best job that he could. Mr. Henry married Sue Johnson of Crockett in 1953 and later had 5 children.
Mr. Henry later married Lottie Thielson in 1995 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They moved back to Texas in 2000. Mr. Henry was a member of Central Baptist Church in Crockett which he dearly loved.
Mr. Henry was extremely proud of his family.
Survivors include his grieving wife Lottie Henry; son Gary Henry, of Houston; granddaughters Jessica and Tristin; daughter-in-law Debbie Blake, of Houston; daughter Lana Henry and husband Brian Tarrant, of Laffett, La.; granddaughter Grace, of Laffett, La.; daughter Laura Henry and husband Scott Lannie, of Baytown; granddaughter Sophia, of Baytown; daughter Donna Henry and fiance Philip Mendez, of Germantown, Tenn.; step-daughter Diane Plucker, of Sioux Falls, S.D.; grandsons Steven, Joshusua and Johnaton, all of Sioux Falls, S.D.; son-in-law Mike Plucker; three brothers Doyle and wife Jeaneatt, of Mesquite, Jerry Dan and wife Carol, of San Antonio, Wayne and wife Candance, of Jacksonville; uncle Doug Gleason and wife Flo; very special daughter of his heart Natalie Davis; numerous nieces and nephews to mention.
Preceded in death by his parents Clinton Henry and Florance Henry; second born son Mitchell; many aunts and uncles.
Memorials Services for Mr. John Clinton Henry will be held Sunday, September 23, at 2:00 p.m. at Central Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. John Goss officiating.
There will be a social time following for everyone in the Church Family Center.
His family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the family to help off set his many medical bills.

Mr. Gale Severne Merriwether, age 68 of Houston County, passed away Thursday, September 13, 2007. Mr. Merriwether was born September 5, 1939 to George and Vivian Starling Merriwether. Mr. Merriwether graduated from Crockett High School in Crockett and he attended Texas A&M University. Mr. Merriwether spent over 36 years as an oil and gas consultant and 7 years with the Texas department of Correction working at the Ferguson Unit in Madisonville.
Mr. Merriwether was a lifetime member of the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo working in the Donkey and Mule Committee and was a member of the Gulf Coast Donkey and Mule Association. In most recent years he was a very active member of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society (LSDOS) in which he was past president and past chapter advisor of the Saltgrass Chapter.
The local Tejas Chaper was organized and geatly supported by Mr. Merriwether.
Mr. Merriwether just recently started the Sam Houston Chapter LSDOS in the Huntsville and Conroe area. This organization is dedicated to the education and perpetuation of the art of Dutch Oven Cooking, he worked closely with the boy and girl scouts helping them learn the art of Dutch Oven cooking. Mr. Merriwether was a driving force in getting the Dutch Oven declared the official cooking implement of Texas.
Survivors include his beloved wife Mary D. Merriwether; daughter Cynthia A. Bonario; son Gale S. Merriwether; two step-daughters Denise (Mark) Ferguson, Dawn (Travis) Simpson; step-son Clint (Jennifer) Bolen; two granddaughters; great-grandson; nine step-grandchildren; sister Kayla (A.C.) Rabal; sister-in-law Pat Merriwether; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents George and Vivian Starling Merriwether; and brother George Willis Merriwether, Jr.
Graveside Services for Mr. Gale Severne Merriwether will be held Saturday, September 22, at 3:00 p.m. at Conner Cemetery in Ratcliff.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in Mr. Merriwether’s name.
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Mr. Howard F. White, age 92 of Lovelady, passed away Saturday, September 15, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett.  Mr. White was born June 13, 1915 in Westover, Texas and was a graduate of Lovelady High School. Mr. White was resident of Houston County since 1974 and had retired from Champions Paper Company where he had 37 years of service. Mr. White was a member of the State Guard of Texas and was also a member of the Antioch Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Alma Holliday White, of Crockett; son Howard A. White and wife Maribel of Rota, Spain; daughter Penny Sue White, of Glen Burnie, Md.; grandchildren Howard Agustin White, of Huntsville, Mary Elizabeth Mills of Brunswick, Ga., Cynthia Jessup, of Summerville, S. C., Carrie Bockting Lang of New Freedom, Pa., Kristi Kay Bockting, of Deale, Md., and Paul Clay Bockting, of Glen Burnie, Md.; brother Charles E. White, of Pasadena; step-daughter Nan Lawson and husband John, of Huntsville; step-grandchildren Donnie Lawson, Rayford Lawson and Sandy Lawson, all of Huntsville; numerous great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his first wife Carine Cavell White.
Funeral Services for Mr. Howard White were held Tuesday, September 18, at 3:00 p.m. in the Lovelady Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Lacey officiating.
Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
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Mrs. Eugenia Houston, age 96 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, September 16, 2007 at her residence. Mrs. Houston was born July 10, 1911 in Crockett, Texas and was a resident of Crockett for many years, previously living in Kansas City, Missouri. Mrs. Houston was retired having worked as a clerk for an Envelope Company in Kansas City, Missouri and had also worked for the Long Family in Kansas City, Missouri as their Nanny. Mrs. Houston attended the First Christian Church in Crockett.
Survivors include her step-children Edwin Houston, of Quartzsite, Ariz., Sue Houston, of Merrimac, Mass.; niece Sally Needles, of Kansas City, Mo.; nephew Dean Hollis, of Sullivan, Mo.
Preceded in death by her beloved husband Edwin Bernard “Butch” Houston.
Memorial Services for Mrs. Eugenia Houston were held Thursday, September 20, at 1:00 p.m. in the First Christian Church with Dr. C. Philip Chacko officiating.
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Mr. Edward Kyle “Eddie” Pendergraft, age 33 of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at his residence in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Pendergraft was born May 20, 1974 in Houston, Texas and was a graduate of Crockett High School. Mr. Pendergraft was a veteran of the U. S. Navy. Mr. Pendergraft was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church. 
Survivors include his mother Judy Pendergraft, of Crockett; wife Kimberly Pendergraft, of Las Vegas, Nev.; children Hunter, Gracie and Brenden Penderfraft, of Las Vegas, Nev.; grandmother Mary Fennell, of Crockett; grandparents Earl and Ilene Parker, of Willis; brothers William Pendergraft and wife Kristy Kay and, Michael Ray Pendergraft, all of Crockett; sister Robin Wohlfrom and husband Ron, of Vashon Island, Wash.; nieces and nephews Katherine Goodwin and husband Charles DaKota Kyle Pendergraft, Cheyenne Angelica Pendergraft; aunts and uncles Sherrell and John Pilkington, Mike Fennell, Jr. and Jewell, all of Crockett; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his father Leonard Kyle Pendergraft; grandfather Mike Fennell, Sr.; and grandparents, Roger and Annie Laurie Pendergraft.
Memorial Services for Mr. Edward Kyle “Eddie” Pendergraft will be held at a later date.
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Mrs. Clossie Starling Luker, age 88 of Ratcliff, passed away Friday, September 14, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center- Crockett.
Mrs. Luker was born June 24, 1919 in Kennard, Texas and was a resident of Ratcliff most of her lifetime. Mrs. Luker was owner of Sparky’s Café from 1954 until 1959, worked at the Crockett Democrat and the Houston County Courier and was owner of the Crockett Office Supply. Mrs. Luker was a housewife and a member of the First Baptist Church in Kennard.
Survivors include her children Charles William Luker, Cloye Janell Montgomery and husband Claude, all of Houston, Morris Earl Luker and wife Sharon Renay, of Weches; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; beloved sister-in-law Ruth English, of Lufkin; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Morris Luker in 1997; parents; two sisters; and two brothers.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Clossie Starling Luker were held Tuesday, September 18, at 10:00 a. m. with the Rev. Randy Hargrove and the Rev. Jim Durham officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Association, 1100 W. 49th St., Room #G408, Austin, TX. 78756 and Parkinson Disease Foundation, P. O. Box 96268, Washington, D.C. 20090-6268.
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Mr. Charles Henry Knapp, age 84 of Ft. Smith, Montana, passed away at home on September 16, 2007, with his wife at his side. Mr. Knapp was born on February 16, 1923 in Atlanta, Georgia to Charles and Bessie (Aurand) Knapp. The family moved to Texas when Charles was 12. Mr. Knapp went on to graduate from Milby High School in Houston.
Mr. Knapp joined the Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor and he was a patriot and was very proud to service his country. While serving in the Navy, he became the youngest Master Chief Petty Officer of WWII at the age of 19. Mr. Knapp was honorably discharged from the Navy as Master Chief Petty Officer in 1945.
Mr. Knapp was no stranger to serving our country, as his father was the 4th most decorated war hero of WWI. Mr. Knapp was a senior in high school when he entered the military, and was serving his country at the time of his graduation. Due to his absence, his father accepted his diploma on his behalf, dressed in full uniform including his many decorations.
On June 10, 1964, Mr. Knapp married the love of his life, Anita Carl Goodman in LaPorte, Texas.
Throughout his life, Mr. Knapp and his wife traveled extensively in the U.S. mostly involved with lodging and food services in Texas, Missouri, Alaska and Montana, including seasonal work at Red Lodge Mountain, and most recently his Airport Shuttle Business between the area lodges located on the Big Horn River and the Billings and Sheridan Airports.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Anita Carl Knapp, of Ft. Smith; children Randy Steven (Brenda) Knapp, of LaPorte, T.J. Knapp-Ates, of Ft. Smith, Michael Evan (Marie) Knapp, of Hallsville, and J.J. (Steve) Hilbers, of Ft. Smith; nine grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and many, many dear friends.
The hearse was escorted to Ft. Smith from Billings by the Patriot Guard on Friday.
Funeral Services for Mr. Charles Henry Knapp were held at Saturday, September 22, at 11:00 a.m. at the church in Ft. Smith. Interment followed with Military Honors in Ft. Smith Cemetery.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.michelottisawyers.com.

Mrs. Betty Lois Rice Pyle, age 77 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, September 16, 2007 in the Whitehall Nursing Center in Crockett. Mrs. Pyle was born July 26, 1930 in Houston, Texas and she had lived in Houston County most of her lifetime.  Mrs. Pyle was a member of the Mission Tejas Friends Association, Houston County Historical Commission and the American Legion Post #549. Mrs. Pyle had worked as a nurse and was also a member of the New Energy Church.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law Carolyn Reed Thompson and Kenneth, of Joshua, Sharolyn Lusk and Larry, of Weches; sons and daughters-in-law Eddie Holcomb and Mary Ann, of Weches, Robert C. Holcomb and Anna, of Zapata; grandchildren Barry Starr, Bret Starr, Cody Lusk, Corinna Peters, Johnny Reed, Eddie C. Reed, Dalton Reed, Samantha Eller, Bobby Sue Logan and Billy Joe Holcomb; great-grandchildren Ryan, Alana, Tanner, Darrian, Morgan, Derek, Caitlyn, Evelyn, Adysen, Will and Trenton; brother Weldon Rice and wife Mary Frances, of Crockett; sister Millie Hogan, of Austin; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by parents Sam L. Rice and Grace Lester Rice; granddaughter Jamie Lee Holcomb; and sister Mary Elizabeth Rupkalvis.
Memorial Services for Mrs. Betty Lois Rice Pyle were Wednesday, September 19, at 10:00 a.m. in the New Energy Church with the Rev. Richard Gillet officiating.
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Mr. Baker Birdwell, passed away September 15, 2007. Mr. Birdwell was born in Fairplay, Texas January 24, 1935. Mr. Birdwell dropped out of school to go to work in the East Texas oilfields. Mr. Birdwell later worked for Layne Texas Company for before starting his own water well drilling company in 1961. Mr. Birdwell designed, engineered, and built drilling rigs without a degree in engineering; he ran a successful business for over 40 years without an MBA; and he modeled many important lessons for life without a teaching certificate.
One of Mr. Birdwell’s most memorable assets was his ability to tell a good story-stories of his childhood in the Piney Woods, tales of hunting deer or fishing for flounder with his friends; or simply comments on the absurdities of our world. Mr. Birdwell’s stories were filled with colorful idioms, great punch lines, and a few malapropisms. 
The most treasured of Mr. Birdwell’s qualities were his non-judgmental nature, his patience, and his trust in people. Mr. Birdwell never sized up a person based on his appearance or the amount of money in his bank account. Mr. Birdwell was never quick to dismiss or criticize a person who made a mistake or two. And he was one of a few people left willing to close a deal with a handshake based on honor and integrity.
Mr. Birdwell was deeply loved and will be missed.
 Survivors include his wife Kay; children Brenda Cheatham, Larry Birdwell (Susan), Gary Birdwell, Linda Birdwell, Brian Birdwell, Jack Taunton (Julia), and Adrienne White (Dustin); sisters Nell Soape (Larence) and Mary Ann Ridlehuber (Joe); sister-in-law Catherine Birdwell; step-brothers Henry Liles, Johnny Liles, Jessie Liles, and Billy Jack Liles; grandchildren Gary Birdwell, Jr., Kimberly Gonzalez (Chris), Alan Birdwell (Amber), Clay Cheatham (Amanda), Clarice Cheatham, Sarah Birdwell, and Cameron White; great-grandchild Kennedy Birdwell; a wonderful array of nieces, nephews, and great friends.
Preceded in death by his mother Mary Irene Witherspoon; father Henry Birdwell; step-mother Maude Birdwell; and brother John Birdwell.
Funeral Services for Mr. Baker Birdwell were held Wednesday, September 19, at 10:00 a.m. at Callaway-Allee Funeral Home. Interment followed at 3:30 p.m. at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Henderson. 
For those desiring, memorials may be made to the Waco Methodist Home Crockett Program, P.O. Box 984, Crockett, TX. 75835.
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Mrs. Audrey Adams Bacon, age 92 of North Richland Hills, Texas, formerly of Crockett, Texas, passed away early Monday, September 17, 2007. A retired school teacher of 36 years, two of those years in Crockett. Howard Adams, her first husband, passed away in 1985 in Crockett. Later married James Bacon of Baytown, who passed away in 2000.   Mrs. Bacon’s laughter and joyful attitude was a joy to all who knew her. Mrs. Bacon was a faithful Christian and an inspiration to everyone until her death.
Survivors include her son Jerry Adams, of Edmond, Okla.; daughter and son-in-law Carolyn and Allen Alford, of Bedford; step-daughters Sharon Tucker and JoBeth Bacon, of Baytown; grandchildren David Alford, of Houston, Mark Alford and wife Leslie, of Kansas City, M., Tim Alford and wife Mendy, of Orange, Paul Alford and wife Tammy, of Marlton, NJ., Lisa Mason and husband Joe, of Edmond, Okla., Lori Harrell and husband Shawn, of OK City, Okla.; 11 great-grand-children;  Step-grandchildren Tina and Bobby Ashley, of Baytown, and their four children; sister and good friend, Sue Hall, of Wharton; cousin Inez Ingram; loving and devoted daughter-in-law Carol Eldridge and husband Leon, of Edmond, Okla.; and several special nieces and nephews.
Graveside Services for Mrs. Adrey Adams Bacon will be held Friday, September 21, at 12:30 p.m. in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery.  Interment will follow.
In lieu of flowers, Audrey had requested that donations be made to the Medina Children's Home, 21300 State Highway 16 N, Medina, TX 78055 or To the Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, 2501 Parkview Drive, Ste 600, Fort Worth , TX 76102.
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Mrs. Anna Louise Ainsworth Hannah, age 82 of Lancaster, passed away at home on Thursday, September 13th, 2007 in Lancaster, Texas. Mrs. Hannah was born at home in Kennard, Texas on November 23rd, 1924 to Tom and Minnie Lee Ainsworth. Mrs. Hannah attended Durham Business School in Houston, TX. Mrs. Hannah went on to have a long career in restaurant ownership/management, with eateries in Pecos, Commerce and Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Mrs. Hannah retired in 1989 to Star Texas when Odell had open heart surgery. They moved to Lancaster in 2001 to be near family and children. Mrs. Hannah’s first love and driving force was always her devotion to her family. Our mother and grandmother was the absolute best in the world. A light has gone out in our life that will never shine again. Mrs. Ainsworth will be missed every day, until we meet again in heaven.  Mother, Momma, Nana, we will always love you so much.
Survivors include her son Dennis Ray Worsham and wife Belinda, of Austin; daughter Patricia Ann Fabby and husband Jim, of Lancaster; grandchildren Alexa Smith, Rick Fabby, Lainey Segovia, Parker Worsham, T.J. Fabby and Lauren Worsham; nine great-grandchildren Jared, Austin, Brianna, Jonah, Abby, Cassi, Jordyn, Lydia and Reece; sisters Marie Ainsworth Westerman and Erma Ainsworth Guidry; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Malcolm Odell Hannah in October 2005; parents Tom and Minnie Ainsworth; brothers Lloyd Alton, Harvey Clinton, Herman Earl, and Johnny Cloyce Ainsworth; sisters Reba Lillian, Mamie Dell, Esther Vivian, and Thelma Lee Ainsworth.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Anna Louise Ainsworth Hannah were held Saturday, September 15, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with her beloved nephew the Rev. Jim Tom Ainsworth officiating.  Interment followed in the Corinth Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jim Fabby, Kyle Smith, Robert Segovia, T. J. Fabby, Jared Weigant and Parker Worsham.
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