Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the week of September 1, 2008 - September 14, 2008
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Mrs. Cleo Arnold Brannen, age 98 of Bonham, formerly of Gladewater, Texas passed away September 6, 2008 at the Seven Oaks Care Center in Bonham. Mrs. Brannen was born March 9, 1910 in Pennington to Charley Arnold and Mary Evie Hooks Arnold. Mrs. Brannen attended school in Pennington and was a graduate of Rusk High School in Rusk and was a graduate of Lon Morris College in Jacksonville. 
Mrs. Brannen married Calvin Brannen on April 4, 1930 in Crockett. Mrs. Brannen was a teacher, seamstress, great cook and gardener. Mrs. Brannen was a past member of the Gladewater Garden Club. In the First Methodist Church she had served as a member of the Board of Stewards and taught various Sunday school classes.  She loved being a member of the Creative Christians. Mrs. Brannen had been living in Bonham close to her daughter and family for the last several years.
Survivors include her daughter Sue Ann Brannen Taylor and husband Glenn, of Bonham; three grandsons James Calvin Wiggins, of Bonham, Michael Keith Wiggins and wife Andrea, of Bonham, Robert Derrick Wiggins and wife Renee, of Sherman; three great-grandchildren Bailey Elaine Wiggins, Audrey May Wiggins, and Amanda Sue Wiggins; niece Linda F. Arnold; and nephew Charles H. Arnold.
Preceded in death by her husband Calvin Brannen in 1979; parents Charley Arnold and Mary Evie Hooks Arnold; sister Mildred Arnold; brother Hugh Morris Arnold; nephew Hugh Morris Arnold Jr.; and great-nephew Chris Arnold.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Cleo Arnold Brannen were held Wednesday, September 10, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Gladewater where she has been a member since 1945 with the Reverend Rodger Garbs officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park in Crockett at 4:00 p.m.
If desired, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 217 W. Quitman at Ferry Street, P.O. Box 1167, Gladewater, Texas 75647 to the Creative Christians.
Wise Funeral Home

Mr. Earl Cheatham, age 96 of Grapeland, passed away Saturday, September 6, 2008 in the Winfield Healthcare in Crockett. Mr. Cheatham was born April 3, 1912 in New Baden, Texas to John H. and Ada Smith Cheatham. Mr. Cheatham worked 30 plus years for Grapeland Welding Machine and blacksmith Shop. Mr. Cheatham was a deacon at First Baptist Church of Grapeland.
Survivors include his one son Billy Earl Cheatham and wife Glenda, of Grapeland; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his parents John H. and Ada Smith Cheatham; wife Louise Cheatham; son Jerry Dalton Cheatham; grandson Clint Cheatham; and three brothers George, Bernard and Willie Cheatham.
Funeral Services for Mr. Earl Cheatham were held Monday, September 8, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Grapeland with Bro. David Bradley and Mr. Rick Kelley officiating. Interment followed in the Grapeland City Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Bill Glynn Cheatham; Terry Scott Cheatham, Tim Schafer, Doug McIntyre, Darrell Wallace and Curtis Wallace.
Bailey & Foster Funeral Home

Mrs. Loretta Holmes, age 84 of Pennington, passed away Monday, September 8, 2008 at her residence in Pennington. Mrs. Holmes was born August 9, 1924 in Houston County, Texas and was a lifetime resident of Pennington. Mrs. Holmes was a retired nurse where she worked for the Crockett Clinic, Medical and Surgical and Houston County Hospital and loved to take care of everyone. Mrs. Holmes was a member of the Flat Prairie Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years: J. C. (Crit) Holmes, of Pennington; special nephew and niece Calvin and Pam Holmes, of Pennington; grandchildren Linzey Holmes and Zachary Holmes, of Pennington; brothers Buddy Gilbert, of Crockett, Oscar Gilbert, Jr. and wife Evelyn, and Boyce Gilbert and wife Billie, all of Belott; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Preceded in death by her parents Oscar and Rosie Gilbert; sisters Mae Minter, Bessie Coburn, Lillian Tilley and Willie Henley; and brothers George Richarson and R. L. Gilbert.  
Funeral Services for Mrs. Loretta Holmes were held Thursday, September 11, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John will followed in the Pennington Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

  Mrs. Marie Dixon Shaw, age 87 of Grapeland, passed away Sunday, September 7, 2008 at East Texas Medical Center in Crockett. Mrs. Shaw was born September 23, 1920 in Latexo to William and Alice Cannon Dixon. Mrs. Shaw was a homemaker and worked for numerous businesses in Grapeland and Crockett. Mrs. Shaw was a member of the First Baptist Church of Grapeland, and a member of the Dogwood Squares.
 Survivors include her son James Ronnie Shaw, of Grapeland; daughter Madra Dawn Horne and husband Billy, of Grapeland; nine grandchildren Larry Shaw and wife Lenise, of Elkhart, Dina Shaw, of Addison, James Shaw, Gina Shaw, Shawn Shaw and wife Racheal, and Todd Shaw, all of Grapeland, Sandi Thornton and husband Glenn, of Groveton, Sherry Duhon and husband Heath, of Grapeland, and Shannon Payne and wife Ginger, of Kennard; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her parents William and Alice Cannon Dixon; husband of 50 years, Elzy Shaw in 1989; and a beloved son Larry Dean Shaw in 1975.
Graveside Services for Mrs. Marie Dixon Shaw were held Wednesday, September 10, at 10:00 a.m. at Latexo Cemetery with Dr. Jack Shoultz officiating.
   Pallbearers were Shannon Payne, Larry Shaw, James Shaw, Shawn Shaw, Todd Shaw and Tommy Byrd.
Bailey & Foster Funeral Home

Mr. George C. Guinn, age 92 of Huntsville, formerly of Lovelady, passed away Sunday, September 7, 2008 in the Huntsville Memorial Hospital. 
Mr. Guinn was born January 15, 1916 in Travis, Texas and had been living in Huntsville for the past ten years. Mr. Guinn attended the Antioch Baptist Church in Lovelady and First Baptist Church in Huntsville. Mr. Guinn was retired having worked as a machinist for Reed Roller Bit for 33 years. 
Survivors include his wife Sallie Guinn, of Huntsville; daughter Betty Jones and husband Jim, of Lovelady; grandchildren Connie Brocksmith and husband Owen, of Kurten, Don Jones and wife Kassie, of Lovelady, Darrell Jones and wife Sandi, of Magnolia; great-grandchildren Artie Brocksmith, Klint Brocksmith, Benson Brocksmith, Weston Jones and wife Randa, Tara Jones, Holton Jones, Dalli Jones, Haylee Reah Jones, Jacob Jones and Ian Jones; sister Alice Burtrand, of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth Ruth Guinn in 1980; parents Porter and Maud Guinn; three brothers and four sisters
Funeral Services for Mr. George C. Guinn were held Friday, September 12, 2008 at 10:00 a. m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Carroll Williams officiating. Interment followed in the Plain View Cemetery in Normangee, Texas. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin, Texas  75904.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Walter Warren Usher passed away at his home in Crockett, Texas, Sunday evening, September 7, 2008.
Mr. Usher was born in Chipley, Georgia, to H. Anderson and Frances Usher on July 30, 1932. Mr. Ushers father was Budget Operations Director for the Atomic Energy Commission during and after the Manhattan Project, so Walter and his brothers grew up in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and in the Atlanta area.
Mr. Usher attended University of Maryland and enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in occupied Germany. After military service, he was graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism and film production and attended special sessions at the University of Munich.
Mr. Usher started his career in Hollywood in film and television as a publicist for Rogers and Cowan and some years later for MacFadden, Strauss, and Irwin before starting his own P.R. firm.  During his 35 years in Hollywood he handled numerous celebrities including film and t. v. stars, movies, and t.v. shows.  Among these were The Smothers’ Brothers, Frank Sinatra’s Reprise Records, Burt Reynolds’ early t.v., shows, National Geographic specials with Jacques Cousteau, Danny Thomas, Ronald Reagan’s G. E. Theater, and a host of other films and stars.
Survivors include his wife Tillie, whom he met while they were both exchange students at the University of Munich; one brother D.H., of Texas and Georgia; sister-in-law Mrs. Jessica Usher, of Ocala, Fla; two nephews John and Jim Usher, of Ocala, Fla.
Preceded in death by his older brother Donald; niece, Jane; and parents.
Memorial Services will be held later in his native Georgia.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home





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