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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of September 5, 2007 - September 9, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company



Barbara Mae Wilson Ferles
Mrs. Barbara Mae Wilson Ferles, age 75 of Palestine, passed away Thursday, August 30, 2007 in Tyler. Mrs. Ferles was born October 21, 1931 in Dallas to Pat and Lura Mae Wright Wilson.
Mrs. Ferles was a beloved wife and friend to John Ferles and a loving dedicated mother and grandmother (best known to her children as Mee Maw). First and foremost Mee Maw was a loving caring friend to all mankind.
Mrs. Ferles was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Palestine, which she loved and cared for with all her heart. Mrs. Ferles was a business woman in Houston in construction and owner of a lady’s clothing store. After moving to Houston County, she chartered Grapeland Propane and Fuel, Inc. and owned a ranch on the Percilla Rd.
Mrs. Ferles was an active participant in the Grapeland Peanut Festival providing award winning floats for the queen contestants. After retiring to Palestine, she became active with The Stockpot which provided hot meals to those in need of a meal. Mrs. Ferles also delivered Meals on Wheels to shut-ins. In her spare time, Barbara was a world class tennis player and bowler and she loved her Thursday bridge club at First Christian Church.
Survivors include her husband John J. Ferles, of Palestine; daughter Janie Lay and husband Dave, of Spring; son Michael D. Fehrle, of Houston; daughters-in-law Suzanne Fehrle, of Grapeland and Terry Fehrle, of Sugar Land; grandchildren Jennifer Fehrle, Jana Fehrle, Matthew Fehrle, and Patrick Fehrle, and a brother Richard Melton of Spring.
Preceded in death by her parents Pat and Lura Mae Wright Wilson; first husband Milton Fehrle, Sr.; sons Milton Fehrle, Jr. and Thomas L. Fehrle; and a sister Patte Sue Rice.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Barbara Mae Wilson Ferles were held Sunday, September 2, at 3:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Scott Dornbush and Dr. Randy Fitzgerald officiating. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Frank Fulghum, Ray Shank, Randy Ward, Bud Martin, Max Tubb and Dylan Mayfield.
Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

BEN CARLTON
Mr. Ben Carlton, age 62 of Lafayette, Louisiana, passed away Friday, August 31, 2007 at Lafayette General Medical Center. Mr. Carlton was born July 21, 1945. Mr. Carlton was a native of Crockett and was a resident of Lafayette for many years.
Survivors include his wife Cynthia Young Carlton; two daughters Nancy Bourque and husband Armond, of Luling, La. and Jayme Lisabeth Carlton, of Lafayette; two sons Rush Joshua Carlton and wife Jamie, of Metairie and Jeff Logan Carlton, of Lafette; two sisters Dorothy “Nell” Balcher, of Commerce, Cynthia Kay Engle, of Crockett; three brothers Milton Ray Carlton, of Franklin, Clayton Carlton, of LaRose and Ivy Lee Carlton, of Commerce; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Preceded in death by his parents Snide Rushing and Reba Jewel Gates Carlton; and one brother Leland Carlton.
Funeral Services for Mr. Ben Carlton were held Monday, September 3, at 12:00 p.m. at David Funeral Home Chapel in Lafayette with Father Glenn Meaux officiating.
David Funeral Home

BETTY LOU RIVERS
Mrs. Betty Lou Rivers, age 73 of Groveton, passed away Friday, August 31, 2007 in Houston. Mrs. Rivers was born October 24, 1933 in Jennings, Louisiana to Antoinette Glen and M.J. Stockman. Mrs. Rivers graduated from Jeff Davis High School in Houston. Mrs. Rivers was a homemaker and artist and was a member of Pennington Baptist Church. Mrs. Rivers married Floyd Charlie Rivers, Jr., May 4, 1951 in Houston.
  Survivors include her four daughters Paulette Teel, of Austin, Camille Rivers, of Groveton, Belinda Tousson, of Spring Hill, Tenn., Rebecca Rivers, of Trinity; five sons Floyd Rivers III, of Groveton, Joseph Rivers, of West Columbia, Benjamin rivers, of Groverton, mark Rivers, of Diboll and Daniel Rivers, of Booneville, Ark.; one sister Nancy Williams, of Clute; 22 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her parents Antoinette Glen and M.J. Stockman; husband Floyd Charlie Rivers; two brothers; and one sister.
Graveside Services were held for Mrs. Betty Lou Rivers Monday, September 3, 2007 at the Bald Prairie Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. with Chaplain Judith Forsman officiating.
McCauley Funeral Home Inc.

BILL MCCORMACK
Mr. Bill McCormack, age 89 of Crockett, formerly of Latexo, passed away Saturday, September 1, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. McCormack was born May 28, 1918 in Marquez and had lived in Houston County since 1985. Mr. McCormack was retired from TDC and was also a veteran of the United States Army serving in World War II. Mr. McCormack was a member and deacon of the Latexo Baptist Church. 
Survivors include his sister Ollie Watson, of Normangee; step-children J. W. Lindsey, Mary Ruth Gryder and Earl Lindsey; sisters-in-law Mildred Porter, of Palacious, Betty Hogan White, of Tucumcari, NM; numerous nieces, nephew and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his wife Doxye Teems McCormack in 1994.
Funeral Services for Mr. Bill McCormack were held Monday, September 3, at 2:00 p.m. in the Latexo Baptist Church with Dr. Jeff Taylor officiating.  Interment followed in the Percilla Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Latexo Baptist Church, 3962 US Hwy 287, Crockett, TX 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BOBBIE HOLCOMB
Mrs. Bobbie Holcomb, age 77 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at her residence. Mrs. Holcomb was born October 28, 1929 in Jewett, Texas and was a resident of Crockett since 1978. Mrs. Holcomb was a past member of the Davy Crockett Pilot Club and Houston Garden Club. Mrs. Holcomb was a housewife.
Survivors include her daughter Jo Lynn Davidson and Drew Fowler, of Crockett; grandchildren Kenneth Bryan Culpepper III and wife Katie, of Crockett, Charles (Bo) Douglas Culpepper and wife Katherine, of Crockett; brother James Cameron and wife Lilly, of Spring; sister Shirley Griffin, of Houston; extended family members Billy Sherman, of Crockett, Andy Davidson, of Tyler, Jere and Dawn Crabtree of San Diego, Calif., Royce and Carolyn Graham, of Latexo; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by husband Charlie Holcomb; brothers Jolly, Guy and Charles Glenn Cameron and sisters Verna Dean Lane.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Bobbie Holcomb will be held Friday, September 7, at 10:30 a.m. in the Weches Cemetery with Mr. Mike Orr officiating. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Weches Cemetery Association, c/o Sharron Ivie, Rt. 2 Box 97A, Grapeland, TX.  75844.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ELIZABETH ANN “NANA” MYERS
Mrs. Elizabeth Ann “NaNa” Myers, age 72 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, September 6, 2007 at her residence. Mrs. Myers was born October 4, 1934 in Nottingham, England and had lived in Crockett for many years.  Mrs. Myers was a member of the Wilma Foote Organ Club and the American Legion. Mrs. Myers was a housewife.
Survivors include her sons Robert Steven Myers and wife Billie, of Dickenson, Andrew Forest Myers, of Vallejo, Calif. and Michael Lee Myers and wife Lydia, of Crockett; grandchildren Elena, Jamie, Josh, Heather, and Christian; great-grandchildren Justin and Jayden; brother Rodney Wainwright and wife Jill, of Sheffield, England; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Robert Myers; and mother Norah Cuthbertson.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Elizabeth Ann “NaNa” Myers were held Saturday, September 8, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Keeney Dickenson officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ELSIE M. KELLUM
Mrs. Elsie M. Kellum, age 76 of Weches, passed away Friday, August 24, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mrs. Kellum was born November 5, 1930 in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada and had lived in Weches most of lifetime. Mrs. Kellum was a housewife and a member of the Liberty Hill Methodist Church and also a past member of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include her husband Jimmie Kellum, of Weches; children Joyce Ward, of Contonment, Fla., Carolyn Greenwood and husband Clayton, of Stark, N.H., Paul Kellum and wife Julie, of Jewett and Donna Maddox and husband John, of Livingston; 19 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sisters Edith Davidson, of Vancouver, Alberta, Betty Wiseman, of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives
Preceded in death by her sons Ricky Dean Kellum, Billy Wayne Kellum and Jimmie Lee Kellum.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Elsie M. Kellum were held Monday, August 27, at 10:00 a.m. in the Liberty Hill Methodist Church with the Rev. Paul Houston officiating.  Interment followed.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

INEZ STEPHENS
Mrs. Inez Stephens, age 88 of Lovelady, passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Stephens was born March 17, 1919 in Embryfield, Texas and was a resident of Lovelady for the past 25 years, previously living in Houston. Mrs. Stephens was a housewife.
Survivors include her daughter Rebecca Smith and husband Glenn, of Surprise, Ariz.; son Lewis H. Stephens and wife Wanda, of Houston; grandchildren Lewis Wayne Stephens, of Trinity, Kimberly Arie, of Conroe, Dale W. Fulmer, of Houston, Christopher Deiss, of Sacramento, Calif.; great-grandchildren Shane, Kayla and Chloe; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Lewis Hopkins Stephens; and parents William and Carrie Barnette.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Inez Stephens were held Wednesday, August 29, at 2:00 p.m. in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JOHN CALVIN INCE SR.
Mr. John Calvin Ince, Sr., age 85 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, September 6, 2007 in the Hospice of East Texas in Tyler. Mr. Ince was born December 31, 1921 in Paris, Texas and was a resident of Crockett for the past 28 years. Mr. Ince was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served during World War II in the 36th Infantry Division. Mr. Ince was a member of the Shriners, Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21 A. F. and A. M. and Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. Ince was retired from Houston Lighting and Power having worked as a foreman and also was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church in Crockett. 
Survivors include his wife Maxine Bowren Ince, of Crockett; son John Ince, Jr., of Kingwood; daughters Joy Evon Winkle, of Mt. Pleasant, Peggy Lou Blackmon, of Houston; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brother Albert Louis Ince and wife Fern, of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives
Preceded in death by his wife Della Ince; and son Fred Ince.
Funeral Services for Mr. John Calvin Ince, Sr. were held Sunday, September 9, at 2:00 p.m. in the All Saints Episcopal Church with Father Jack Chase officiating. 
Masonic graveside services will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Dr., Lufkin, Tx. 75904 or Hospice in the Pines, 116 South Raguet, Lufkin, Tx. 75904. 
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JULIUS WALKER CLEBOURN SR.
Mr. Julius Walker Clebourn, Sr. was born in Houston (Harris County) Texas on July 20, 1944 to the late St. Julius Clebourn and Cora Bell McClain Clebourn and was their first born son.
Mr. Clebourn was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in 1962 and Commonwealth College of Mortuary Services in Houston in 1971.
Mr. Clebourn was a member of Pi Signa Eta as well as Epsilon Nu Delta Fraternities. Mr. Clebourn moved to Crockett in the mid 70’s to take over the operation of the family-owned funeral home.
Mr. Clebourne passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at ETMC Tyler.
Mr. Clebourn was a very faithful member of St. Luke Baptist Church where he served as deacon, T/trustee, men’s Sunday school teacher, male Chorus member, and Cubmaster for Pack 471. Mr. Clebourn also hosted a radio program called “The Brother’s Gospel Hour” throughout is duration.
In addition to his Christian services, he undertook many civic duties, served as a City Councilman, as Mayor Pro Tem and as a Precinct 3 Commissioner candidate.
Mr. Clebourn served as vice-chairman of the Davy Crockett District of the East Texas Area Council and was on the board of directors of the Deep East Texas Council of the Boy Scouts of America, county representative of the Deep East Texas Mental Health-Mental Retardation organization and chairman of the city Planning and Zoning Commission, and help organize and served as president of the Houston County Chapter of the Texas Small Farmers and Ranchers Community-Based Organization (CBO) and was a lifetime member of the Landowners Association of Texas (L.A.T.).
Mr. Clebourn lived by this philosophy: “Through this toilsome world, alas! Once and only once I pass; If a lindness I may show, if a good deed I may do to a suffering fellow man, Let me do it while I can. No delay, for it is plain I shall not pass this was again.
Mr. Clebourn was married to Joyce L. Webb. To this union four children were born. After moving to Crockett, he married Mattie Mitchell.
He leaves to cherish his memory a wife: Mattie Clebourn, of Crockett; four daughters: Denise L. Clebourn Mosley, LaShella Clebourn Holmes, Sonja Clebourn, and Yolanda Lawson; one son: Julius Clebourn, Jr. (Jennifer); two stepdaughters: DaKota Neely and Erika Hall, all of Houston; two brothers: Kenneth Clebourn, of Houston and Harold P. Clebourn (Earlene), of Crockett, 13 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren, a host of relatives, friends, farmers, employees, and a loving church family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and two brothers.
McClain-Clebourn Funeral Services

KIMBERLY ANN SHROYER
Mrs. Kimberly Ann Shroyer, age 40 of Lovelady, passed away Monday, September 3, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Shroyer was born May 11, 1967 in Livingston and was a resident of Lovelady for the past 4 years. Mrs. Shroyer had worked as a grocery cashier and was a homemaker. Mrs. Shroyer was of the Baptist Faith.
Survivors include her husband Bill Shroyer, of Lovelady; children D‚Anna, Bryan and Chase, all of Lovelady; mother Marie Hester, of Trinity; brothers and sisters Debbie and Binky Monk, of Lovelady, Kathy and Pat Ross, James and Vera Hester, all of Trinity, Charlie and Monica Hester of Weldon, Becky and Ray Borden, of Woodsboro, Brenda and Ted Smith, of Kerrville, Glenda Robert, of Riverside, Bubba and Mary Hester, of LaRue; half-sisters and half-brother Gloria Smith, Karen Sue Damon, both of Lindale, John Roy Hester, of Gary; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her father Addison Hester in 1970; and brother, William Addison Hester, Jr. in 2007.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Kimberly Ann Shroyer were held Wednesday, September 5, at 10:00 a.m. in the First Baptist Church in Lovelady with the Rev. Scott Matthews and the Rev. Mitchell Kleckley officiating.  Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

LEROY CLIFFORD
Mr. Leroy Clifford, age 72 of Grapeland, passed away Saturday, August 25, 2007 in Palestine Regional Medical Center. Mr. Clifford was born September 29, 1934 in Houston to Harry Clifford and Minnie Somers Clifford.
Mr. Clifford was a member of the Percilla United Methodist Church. Before retiring, he had been employed in the maintenance division of the Texas Highway Department.
Survivors include his daughter Carolyn Reynolds, of Grapeland; sister Sybill Smith, of Houston; brother Frank Lee Clifford, of Calif.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his wife Susan Clifford in 2005; son Robert A. Clifford in 1961; and a brother Harry A. Clifford in 1992.
Funeral Services for Mr. Leroy Clifford were held Tuesday, August 28, at 10:00 a.m. in the Percilla United Methodist Church. 
Burial Services will be private on family property. 
Pallbearers were Joey Reynolds, Jason Reynolds, Jordan Smith, Jason Smith, Steve Fritsche, and Jared Reynolds.
Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

LOMA PEARL BITNER
Mrs. Loma Pearl Bitner, passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at her residence. A native of Lovelady she has lived in Vidor since 1957. Mrs. Bitner was a homemaker and a member of North Main Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Ray Bitner, Sr., of Vidor; daughters Debra Dunlap and husband Billy, of Mauriceville, Paula Phillips and husband Brad and Deedra Smith and husband Ronnie, all of Vidor; brother Homa Reynolds, of Montgomery; 10 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her son Ray Bitner, Jr.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Loma Pearl Bitner were held Friday, August 31, at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Interment followed in Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor.
Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor

LYNDA CARLENE BENKLEY LANE
Mrs. Lynda Carlene Benkley Lane, age 65, 6 months 21 days, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed away peacefully, with her family by her side on Wednesday, September 5, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Lane was born February 15, 1942 in Hillsboro, Texas and had resided in Crockett since 1965. Mrs. Lane retired in 1988 from the daycare that she had in her home for approximately 22 years. After retiring, she and her husband enjoyed traveling all over the United States with some of their close friends. Mrs. Lane was member of the Good Shepherd Fellowship Church in Crockett, a member of the Texas Travelers R V Club and a member of the ETMC Crockett Cancer Support Group.
Mrs. Lane always had a cheerful smile, kind words and a positive outlook on life. Mrs. Lane enjoyed traveling, camping, painting, any type of arts and crafts, playing cards, bingo and spending as much time as possible with her grandkids. Mrs. Lane was a devoted Christian always ready and willing to serve the Lord.
Mrs. Lane had a concern for the welfare of others and was always there when a friend needed someone. Mrs. Lane was truly an angel on earth and will be deeply missed by all who knew here.
Leaving to cherish her memory is her husband of 46 years, James Lane, of Crockett; daughters Teresa and husband Dale (Scooter) Hickman, of Trinity, Tammy and husband Robert Cousins, of Austonio; grandchildren Tiffany and Lance Hickman, of Trinity, Max and James Robert Cousins, of Austonio; nephew Mark Lane and wife Tammye, of Lovelady; niece Norma Lane, of Lovelady; cousin Joan Little, of Lovelady; special Friends Norris and Faye Melton, of Riverside, Clifford and Gwen Price, of Crockett, John and Jean Linegar, of Mansfield, Ohio, Ronnie and Millie Cloer, of Crockett, ETMC Crockett Cancer Support Group; A host of numerous relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents Walter and Thelma Benkley; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Joe Thurman Lane and Tisha Lane.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Lynda Carlene Benkley Lane were held Saturday, September 8, at 10:30 a.m. in the Good Shepherd Fellowship Church in Crockett with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Cemetery in Lovelady.
Pallbearers were Cecil Campbell, Joel Crowsey, Walter Leblanc, Carl McNulty, Vernon Williamson and Butch Toerck.
 Honorary Pallbearers were Norris Melton, Cliff Hagy, Tom Terry, Mickey Bayers and James Blanton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Fellowship Church Building Fund, 401 S. 7th Street, Crockett, TX  75835 or ETMC Crockett Cancer Support Group, Attn: Cancer Support Fund, 1100 Loop 304 East, Crockett, Texas  75835
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

 


 

 





 



 

 

 

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