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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
September 2010
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ETHEL EARLINE BIRDWELL CLINE
Mrs. Ethel Earline Birdwell Cline, age 74, went to be with the Lord Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 1:47 p.m. at Conroe Regional Hospital after a short illness. Mrs. Cline was born September 24, 1935 to Floyd and Lillie Mae Birdwell. She graduated from Willis High school in 1954, where she played the clarinet in the band. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Kenneth C. Cline; daughter Debora Cline Nelms and husband Robert; brother Jimmy Birdwell and wife Eloise; sister Martha Birdwell Matchett and husband Glenn; brother Eddy Birdwell and wife Kathy; numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews and great and great- great-grand nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her Parents Floyd and Lillie Mae Birdwell; and brother Delbert Birdwell. Funeral Services for Mrs. Ethel Earline Birdwell Cline were held Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 10:00 am in the First Baptist Church of Grangerland. Interment followed at 2:20 p.m. at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Crockett. You may leave a tribute to the family at HYPERLINK "http://www.metcalffuneraldirectors.com" www.metcalffuneraldirectors.com. The family request in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association at 2400 Augusta Dr # 175 Houston, TX 77057-4954. Metcalf Funeral Directors

MODENE PLATT BRABHAM
Mrs. Modene Platt Brabham, age 95, graduated to glory on September 19, 2010. Mrs. Brabham was born September 12, 1915 to John and Lois Mae Platt in Latexo, Texas. Her long and full life was made up of many devotions. She was devoted to her husband and soulmate, C.L. “Brab” Brabham, until he died in 1993. She was devoted to her five children, their spouses, her seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was devoted to her friends and to a life that always included room for a visitor or two or 12. Mrs. Brabham was devoted to her favorite sport - baseball - and the team she loved - the Texas Rangers. She was very gifted and talented in her long life, being involved in leadership in the PTA plus a long-standing member of the Republican Women in Fairfield, Texas. She also had a great love for animals - cows, horses, cats and dogs, especially Angel, Lady and Tabby (the cat). Most of all, however, she was devoted to her Savior, Jesus. She loved His church as her family. She always sought to include, not exclude and she would remember your name from the first time she met you. She did that because, to her, everyone was special. Those who knew her loved her. Those who loved her will miss her. Those who knew her love for her God, rest in the comfort that she has gone to be with Him in glory for eternity. Her unbounded love will be missed, but we all look with hope to the reunion with her in the life to come. Survivors include all five of her children Larry Brabham, Brenda Gibbs, Sandy Terry, Marilyn Holland and Donna Lange; dear sister and brother-in-law Rosie and John Simmons; four children-in-law Ann Brabham, Bob Gibbs, Phil Terry and Ron Holland; grandchildren Michelle Brabham, Kenny Brabham, Bryce Gibbs, John Terry, Shelley Park, Sara Holland and Meghann Jones; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services for Mrs. Modene Platt Brabham will be Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of Christ at 700 Post Oak Road in Fairfield. Graveside Services will be 2:00 p.m. at Center Hill Cemetery near Lovelady. The family is asking that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Pearl Harbor Church of Christ-England Mission Fund for the mission efforts in the UK of Sandy and Phil Terry. The address for the church is 515 Main Street Honolulu, HI 96818. Another option, because of Modene's love for animals, a donation in her memory to the S.P.C.A. Chapter of your choice would be appropriate and appreciated. To view an online obituary, send a personalized sympathy card, or leave the family a personal tribute, please visit our website at www.cappschapel.com Capps Memorial Chapel

SYLVIA LEAMONS LIVELY
Mrs. Sylvia Leamons Lively, age 92 of Grapeland, departed this life Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at ETMC-Crockett. Mrs. Lively was born January 11, 1918 in Grapeland, Texas to William Duke and Mattie Ann Morehead Leamons. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She married M.T. (Red) Lively July 23, 1938. They were the parents of two daughters Virginia and June. Survivors include her daughters Virginia Ann Higgon and husband George, of Brazoria and June Garst, of Conroe; grandsons James Franklin Thompson, Christopher Wayne Hinman and Douglas Anthony Landry; great-grandchildren Jamie, Chris, Lauren and Tiffany Thompson, Amanda and Cassie Hinman and Elizabeth Landry, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. Preceded in death by her husband M.T. (Red) Lively May 18, 2000; parents William Duke and Mattie Ann Morehead Leamons; six brothers Wallace Leamons, Arthur Leamons, ,J.D. Leamons, A.C. Leamons, E.T. Leamons and Howard Leamons; four sisters Willie Mae Stockbridge, Johnie Lee Marable, Gertrude Adams and Marjorie Graham Gale. Funeral Services for Mrs. Sylvia Leamons Lively were held Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Grapeland with Alan Sowders and Gary Taylor officiating. Interment followed in Livelyville Cemetery. Pallbearers were her grandsons. To view online, leave condolences or sign guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

DIANNA ELIZABETH (BUFF) DEAN WILLIAMS BOWMAN
Mrs. Dianna Elizabeth (Buff) Dean Williams Bowman, age 68, of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, September 21, 2010. She was born September 7, 1942 in Crockett, Texas and was a resident of Crockett all of her lifetime. Buff graduated from Crockett High School in 1961 after spending four active years with her friends and classmates. During her high school years she served on the student council and was involved in many school clubs. She was an organizing member of the Crockett Drill Team, the Crockettes, and served as an officer and Choreographer for this organization. She was President of the Crockett Pep Squad and was elected Senior Class Favorite by her class. During these years she sang with the choral group, the Clarettes, directed by Mrs. Paul Stokes. She grew up as a member of the First Baptist Church and served them at an early age as both organist and pianist, working alongside her mother, Albertine, who served many years as choir director. She participated in all youth programs of this church. Buff attended Mary Hardin Baylor and SMU where she studied music education. She taught piano and voice lessons in Crockett and as a married adult, once again served as organist and pianist for the First Baptist Church. She organized and conducted the Newcomer Singing Group for young girls and directed the Melody Makers, a singing group of adult seniors. Buff served as a trustee of the Crockett Independent School District. She served CISD as a volunteer for the band and other school activities while her children attended school. Buff was a 41 year member of the Major Jarrell Beasley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, having joined as a Junior member. She served as Chaplain of this organization. She was Sweet Heart and member of the Crockett Lions Club. Buff was a member of the Crockett Chamber of Commerce and worked as an Ambassador for the chamber. For the past fifteen years, Buff made her church home at the First Baptist Church in College Station where she was a staff member. She served as organist for her beloved church and participated as a member of Cornerstone, a church singing group that performed in the area and presented musicals for their congregation. Buff leaves a legacy of service and leadership to her community, a marvelous musical talent and unsurpassable love for her family, her friends and those she served. Survivors include her husband Kenneth Bowman, of Crockett; brother Smitty Dean and wife Rae Pat, and their children, Cameron and Catherine, of Crockett; sons John Williams and wife Tracy, of Katy, Scott Williams and wife Shannon, of Huntsville, David Williams and wife Jennifer, of Knoxville, Tenn. and Russell Williams and wife Amanda, of Prosper; grandchildren Cody, Chris, and Cami Williams, of Katy, Kaitlin, Karlee and Klaire Williams, of Huntsville, Avery Williams, of Knoxville, Tenn., Marcus and Maggie Williams, of Prosper; nieces Ashley Dean Florez and husband David, and their children, Madison, Meredith, and Makayla, Lindsay Dean Switzer and husband Chris, and their children, Kelsey, Bailey and Brantley; numerous other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents Dr. John L. Dean and Albertine Smith Dean; brother John L. (Johnny) Dean III; and sister Joanelle Dean. Funeral Services for Mrs. Dianna Elizabeth (Buff) Dean Williams Bowman were held Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the First Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Rodney McGlothlin officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hattie S. Wootters Scholarship Fund c/o First Baptist Church Crockett 801 E. Goliad Avenue, Crockett, Texas 75835, First Baptist Church College Station Mission Fund, 2300 Welsh Ave., College Station, Texas 77845 or Covenant Fellowship Vision Fund, P.O. Box 10769, Huntsville Texas 77340. Condolences may be made online for Mrs. Bowman at www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JERRY MELVIN FRIZZELL
Mr. Jerry Melvin Frizzell, age 66 of Crockett, passed away, Sunday, September 12, 2010 at his residence in Crockett. Mr. Frizzell was born May 7, 1944 in Crockett, Texas and had lived all of his lifetime in the area. He was retired having worked for Allee Work Clothes as a cutter. He will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. Survivors include his sisters Jessie Estell and husband Winford, Jannie Kelley and husband James, Judy Neel and husband James, all of Crockett; brother James Frizzell and friend Becca Caspelich, of Latexo; nieces and nephews Cathy Rickaway, Mary Baker and husband Dennis, Cynthia Tatsch and husband Richard, Kay Vogler and husband Brian, Preston Warren and wife Helen, David Warren, Charles Warren and wife Laurie, Michael Warren and wife Tammy, Sheila Kirkendall and husband Roy, Jerry Kelley and wife Deidra, Jason Kelley and wife Erica, Sylvia Gore and husband Richard, William Kelley, Chris Frizzell and wife Carrie, Kimberly Henley and husband Robert; caregiver Mike Howell; numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and other relatives; Beloved pets, pit bull, Ahlee and cat, Hobo. Preceded in death by his parents Candy and Evelyn Frizzell; brothers William Frizzell and Jimmie Frizzell; Infant niece Jennifer Leann Frizzell; and brother-in-law Preston Warren. Funeral Services for Mr. Jerry Melvin Frizzell were held Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jim Tom Ainsworth officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association 1701 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311. Condolences for Mr. Frizzell may be left online obituaries at www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

LYDIA KENNEDY JONES
Mrs. Lydia Kennedy Jones, age 75, passed away Tuesday, August 31, 2010 while illness may have claimed her body the Lord has claimed her soul. There is rejoicing in Heaven. Mrs. Jones was born January 15, 1935 in Kennard the second of twelve children to Fred and Effie Kennedy. In 1955 she married Ralph Jones who was serving in the U.S. Navy and moved frequently and raised four children. She had an ease about her that always welcomed new adventures and new friends into her life. She worked as a dental assistant, hospital aid, and Sunday school teacher. Her meek spirit, gentle kindness and zest for life touched the lives of many. During retirement, she kept busy as a volunteer receptionist, baking bread, playing bingo and attending Red-Hatter events. Mrs. Jones loved being a wife and mother. she never smiled brighter than when her husband would gaze at her. Their love for each other endured all of life's troubles. Her patience, kindness, and understanding were her strengths, ever modeling Christ's unconditional love and forgiveness. Survivors include her children Vance Evan Jones, Patricia Jones Bower and Michael Wayne Jones; grandchildren Cameron Pittman, Whitney Keltch, Kristopher Mario and Jennifer Mario; great-grandparents are Hudson Pittman, Hunter Pittman, Grace Pittman, Michah Mario and Leon Bowman; 10 siblings Dorothy, Bessie, Barbara, Clara, Clarence, Claude, Jane, Mary, Joe and Eva; many nieces, nephews and numerous friends. Preceded in death by her husband Ralph Jones; and daughter Theresa Lynne Jones. Grove Hill Funeral Home

BILLY JOE “MR. BILL” DOWDY
Mr. Billy Joe “Mr. Bill” Dowdy, age 67 of Ratcliff, passed away Thursday, September 2, 2010 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Dowdy was born February 19, 1943 in Ratcliff, Texas and had lived all of his lifetime in Ratcliff. Mr. Dowdy was a past member of the Elks Lodge in Crockett and member Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. He was a retired truck driver. Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Debbie Dowdy, of Ratcliff; daughters Irene and Felipe Medina, of Ratcliff, Sandra and Daniel Galvan, of Neb., Paula and Billy Waters, of Ratcliff, Brenda and Randy Burran, of Kennard, Barbara Medina, of San Antonio, Dora Vega and George, of Houston, Stephanie Valle, of Waelder, Billie Joe and Bode Williams, of Lufkin, Bobbie Dowdy and Daniel Carrillo, of Kennard; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers L.E. Dikes and wife Rebecca, Mark Dowdy and wife Sharon, all of Lufkin; sister Dot Carney and husband Fred, of Snyder, Okla.; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his parents Henry and Virgie Lee Dowdy; brothers Leonard Dowdy and wife Pauline, Ray Dowdy; grandson Brian; and mother-in-law Exie Lee Parrish. Funeral Services for Mr. Billy Joe “Mr. Bill” Dowdy were held Sunday, September 5, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial with the Rev. Bobby Whisenant officiating. Interment followed in the Old Zion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Old Zion Cemetery Association C/O John Bednarski, Rt. 1 Box 8, Kennard, Texas 75847. Condolences for Mr. Dowdy may be left online obituaries at www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

SHARON FRENCH HADLEY
Mrs. Sharon French Hadley, age 54 of Golden Acres, passed away Monday, September 13, 2010 at her residence. Mrs. Hadley was born March 14, 1956 in Houston, Texas and had lived in Crockett for the past 7 years. Mrs. Hadley was retired from working in the medical profession as an Administrative Assistant in the Emergency Room for the past 17 years for Memorial Hermann Hospital and was a member of the Alvin-Heights Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband Bill Hadley, of Golden Acres; children Laura Gresham and husband Gary, of Kennard, Larry Hadley, of Golden Acres, Billy Hadley and wife Charlotte, of Santa Fe and Timothy Hadley, of Grapeland; grandchildren Gage Gresham, of Kennard, Kelsey Hadley, of Crockett, Dakota Hadley, of Grapeland, Colt Hadley, of Santa Fe and Brett Hadley, of Santa Fe; sister Judith Frankell and husband Nick, of Pearland; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Sharon French Hadley were held Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in the South Park Cemetery in Pearland with the Rev. Gary Bowman officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of Choice. Condolences may be made on line for Mrs. Hadley at www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

FRANKIE GREER
Mrs. Frankie Greer, age 78 of Willis, on this day, Wednesday, September 15, 2010, our precious mother was delivered from this life to feel the pain no more. Mrs. Greer was born August 15, 1932 in Lovelady, Texas. She was an avid sportsman and a fierce competitor in everything she did. She loved to hunt, fish, and play softball; but most of all she loved to cook for her family. Not how he dies, but how he lives. Not what he gains, but what he gives. These are the units to measure the worth of a person as a person, regardless of birth. Survivors include her children son Glenn Greer, of Pasadena; daughters Shirley Roberts and Mike Merdian and Carolyn Etheredge and husband Bill, all of Willis; grandchildren Misti Etheredge, Bryan Roberts and wife April, Lauren Peterson and husband Justin, Amanda Etheredge, and Chad Roberts and wife Hillary; several great-grandchildren; many very special nieces and nephews; and special friend and caregiver Bobbie Price. Preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Bud Greer; sisters Bessie Alexander and Jewell Massey; and brothers W. J. Rains, and Fred Rains. Graveside Services were held Saturday, September 18 at 3:00 p.m. at the Antioch Cemetery in Lovelady. You are invited to leave a written condolence to the family on our website at www.shmfh.com. Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home

ROSE MARIE SKALICKY
Mrs. Rose Marie Skalicky, age 102, of Crockett, passed away Thursday, September 16, 2010 in the Houston County Nursing Home. Mrs. Skalicky was born May 13, 1908 in Crockett Prairie, Houston County, Texas and had lived in Crockett most of her lifetime. She was a volunteer for the Houston County Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. Mrs. Skalicky was a housewife and a member of the First Baptist Church in Crockett. Survivors include her children Joe Skalicky and wife Nancy, Linda Skalicky Moore and husband David and Larry Skalicky and wife Judy, all of Crockett; grandchildren Jody Skalicky and wife Lori, of Crockett, Laura Skalicky, of Cary, N.C., Shalane Christiansen, of Alvin and Christie Kennedy, of Lovelady; great-grandchildren Kaleb, Jace, Elizabeth, Megan, Jake, Dalton, Bryan, Suzanne and Joshua; great-great-grandson Adrian David Moore; brother Jerry Cermak and wife Juanita, of Lake Jackson; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Joe Skalicky; grandson David Lee Skalicky; parents Charles and Rose (Pecha) Cermak; sisters and brothers-in-law Vlasta Porter and N. G., Emilie Trammell and Howard, Eva Lawrence and Arnold, Cecelia Collins and Melvin and brother, George Cermak. Funeral Services for Mrs. Rose Marie Skalicky were held Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Steve McCeig officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. Condolences may be left on line for Mrs. Skalicky at www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JUDY TURNER WHITLEY
Mrs. Judy Turner Whitley, age 68 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, September 5, 2010 in the Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. Mrs. Whitley was born April 10, 1942 in Crockett, Texas where she was born and raised. Mrs. Whitley was a graduate of Crockett High School and lived in Crockett most of her lifetime. She was a retired business owner having owned and operated several businesses in Crockett including; the Royal, Judy’s Drive In, Cattlemen’s Royal and Kings Inn. Survivors include her daughters Brenda Guyton, Glenda Roberts, both of Crockett and Cheryl Whitley, of Athens; son James V. Whitley, of San Antonio; grandchildren Michael, Angela, Daniel, Chad, Sarah, Brad, Adam and Jacob; great-grandchildren Logan and Kyle; step-children Derlene Schmidt, of New Caney, Betty Lacy and husband Melvin, of Houston and Ted Colvin and wife Mary, of Livingston; several step-grandchildren and numerous other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Vernon Whitley; parents C.M. Turner and Ada (Womack) Turner; sister Gladys Wortman; and step-son James Allen Whitley. Memorial Services for Mrs. Judy Turner Whitley were held Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Grace Street Church of Christ with Mr. Rick Kelley officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904. Condolences for Mrs. Whitley may be left online obituaries at www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MARIE WOODSON BENDER
Mrs. Marie Woodson Bender, age 94 of Sugarland, passed away Monday, September 6, 2010 in Atria in Sugarland. Mrs. Bender was born March 11, 1916 in Fort Worth, Texas and had been living in Sugarland for the past 2 years. She was a graduate of Rice University and was named Mrs. May Fete receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Mrs. Bender was a retired Fourth Grade Teacher having worked for West University Elementary with 20 years of service and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Crockett. Survivors include her sons J. D. Woodson III, of Danville, Calif., John Woodson, of Bethel Island, Calif. and Jim Woodson and wife Kim, of Sugarland; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Dudley Woodson; parents Lucian and Marie Wallace; sister Annie Gay Sealy; mother-in-law Margaret Forster Woodson; father-in-law Dudley Woodson, Sr.; second husband Commander William Bender; and daughter-in-law Marty Woodson. Funeral Services for Mrs. Marie Woodson Bender were held Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. David Valentine officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. Condolences for Mrs. Woodson may be left online obituaries at www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

MATT WOOTEN JR.
Mr. Matt Wooten Jr., age 67 of Shreveport, Louisiana, passed away Saturday, September 4, 2010 at VA Medical Center after a long illness. Mr. Wooten was a native of Crockett and had resided in Shreveport, Louisiana for 22 years. He was self-employed. Survivors include his two sons Timothy Wooten (Donnell), Kenneth B. Wooten (Monica); one daughter Tracy Turner (Christopher); sisters Della Vern Nelms (Henry Jr.), Alvertis R. Carr (Willie Joe), Deloris McCullough (Claudie B.), Celerea J. Simon (Willie); 11 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Graveside Services for Mr. Matt Wooten Jr. were held Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Northwest La. Veterans Cemetery in Keithville, La. with Pastor Al Smith of Light Hill Baptist Church. Heavenly Gates Funeral Home

JESSIE BOX JR.
Mr. Jessie Box Jr., age 87 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday morning, September 7, 2010 at Methodist Sugarland Hospital in Houston with his three daughters at his bedside. Mr. Box was born February 9, 1923 in Crockett, he was the son of the late Jessie Sr. and Beatrice (Terry) Box. He was the proud graduate of Crockett Colored High School in 1947. Mr. Box enlisted in the United Stated Army July 3, 1942 where he acquired the nickname, “Hound-dog,” because of in innate ability to identify and troubleshoot potential hazards. Corporal Box received honorable discharge in October 1945 from 3501st Quartermaster Truck Company. He was a Master Mechanic and Wrecker Service Drive for many years at King Motor Company in Crockett. Mr. Box began a law enforcement career as a Correctional Officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in the late 1960’s. He later received the Law Enforcement Officer Standards Certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and served as a Police Officer with the Crockett Police Department until his retirement in the late 1970’s. Among his favorite hobbies during retirement were custom accessorizing his Chevrolet pickup truck, collecting art, monitoring information on his Citizens Band radio, and watching westerns on television. Survivors include his children Claudean Mathis, of Houston, Jesselyn Reese and spouse Billy, of Huntsville, and Jessica Woodson and spouse Jeffrey, of Houston; seven grandchildren Rodney Bennett, Rochelle Bennett, Andre Jackson, Deraunda Hyman, Miiko Rowley, James Fisher, Jr., and Jeremy Woodson; a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. Preceded in death by his two sisters Bernice Johnson and Florence Chatman; two brothers Henry Earl Box, and James Box; one grandson Obi Richardson; and one great-grandson Joseph Trent Jackson; and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services were held Friday, September 10, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Pruitt’s Mortuary Chapel, 7518 North Main Street, Houston. Internment followed at the Houston Veterans Administration National Cemetery, 10410 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038.

JOHN EARL DOWDY
Mr. John Earl Dowdy, age 85 of Kennard, passed away Saturday, August 28, 2010 in the Lufkin Memorial Specialty Hospital. Mr. Dowdy was born July 9, 1925 in Houston County, Texas and had lived all of his lifetime in Kennard. Mr. Dowdy was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps having served during World War II. He was a past member of the Woodmen of the World. Mr. Dowdy was a member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church where he served as deacon and was self employed working in the Construction Business. Survivors include his wife, Mary Dell Dowdy, of Kennard; sons Johney Dowdy and wife Ramona, of Kennard and Mike Dowdy and wife Bonnie, of Lufkin; grandchildren Joseph Dowdy and wife Kristi and Elizabeth (Liz) Dowdy and fiancé Logan Gallant, all of Kennard; great-grandchildren Elijah and Nick; nephew Ricky Alfred and wife Rose Lee, of Houston; niece Linda Janice Alfred, of Shepherd. Preceded in death by his parents Oscar Lee Dowdy and Leona (Smith) Dowdy; and uncle John C. Smith. Funeral Services for Mr. John Earl Dowdy were held Monday, August 30, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Hedges. Interment followed in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Vernon Cemetery Association, 3683 C. R. 1170, Kennard, Texas 75847. Condolences for Mr. Dowdy may be left at online obituaries at www.callaway.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

JAMES D. JORDAN
Mr. James D. Jordan, age 92 of Crockett, passed away Friday, August 27, 2010 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Jordan was born June 16, 1918 in Laurel, Mississippi and has lived in this area since 1997. Mr. Jordan was a veteran of the U. S. Navy having served during World War II. He was a 32 degree Mason and member of the Masonic Lodge in Orange. Mr. Jordan was a retired Construction Supervisor for the Pipe Line Industry and was a member of the Grace Street Church of Christ in Crockett. Survivors include his wife Wanda Jordan, of Crockett; children Gerald W. Jordan, of Dallas, Judith L. Cooley and husband Mark, of Singer, La., Karen Clark, of Crockett, Judy Hall and husband Steve, of Paris, Ark. and Dan Casbeer and wife Jane, of Katy; grandchildren Alan, Christopher, Amanda, Kelly, Haley, Ryan, John, Spencer, Jameson and Patrick; great-grandchildren Mikaylah, Bradley and Morgan; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives; and his dog Chester. Preceded in death by his children James D. Jordan, Jr., Robert W. Jordan and Richard A. Jordan; grandchildren Matthew Cooley and Jill Jordan; and brother Willard Jordan. Funeral Services for Mr. James D. Jordan were held Monday, August 30, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Judy Hall officiating. Interment followed in the Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of Choice. Condolences for Mr. Jordan may be left online obituaries at www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

C. W. MCQUEEN
Mr. C. W. McQueen, age 83 of Groveton, passed away Saturday, August 28, 2010 in the Lufkin Memorial Specialty Hospital. Mr. McQueen was born July 17, 1927 in Carmona, Texas and had lived in Groveton since 1981. Mr. McQueen was a veteran of the United States Army having served during World War II. He was a retired operator for Dow Chemical Company and a member of the Pennington Baptist Church. Survivors include his sons Don McQueen and wife Betty, of Tomball and Jeff McQueen and wife Tammie, of Lake Jackson; grandchildren Melissa Day and husband Shannon, of Lake Jackson, Dan McQueen, of San Antonio, Hope Williams and husband Caleb, of Bryan and Brooke Burwell and husband Aaron, of Marshall; great-grandchildren Shawna and Shayln; sisters Lillian Paduh, of Grapeland and Lucille Jones Land and husband Roy, of Friday; brothers H. E. McQueen and wife Nadine, of Gilmer and William McQueen and wife Nina, of Pasadena; sisters-in-law Maurine Ray and husband Jim, of Clute and Glenna Morlan, of Richwood; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his wife, Wanda McQueen in 2009; parents Cary and Pearl McQueen; and sister Mary Alice McQueen. Funeral Services for Mr. C. W. McQueen were held Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in the Pennington Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Butler and the Rev. Bud Magee officiating. Interment followed in the Flat Prairie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pennington Baptist Church Building Fund. Condolences for Mr. McQueen may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

REBA LOIS (JACK) LARUE
Mrs. Reba Lois (Jack) LaRue, age 89 of Port Neches, passed away Monday, August 23, 2010 at Christus St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas. Mrs. LaRue was born on May 13, 1921 in Lovelady, Texas to Arthur and Ella Bitner. She was a resident of Port Neches for 61 years, and she was married to her husband, Cleland, for nearly 70 years. She was a homemaker who enjoyed quilting, cooking and growing flowers. She cherished spending time with her family and friends. Mrs. LaRue was of the Church of Christ faith. Survivors include her husband C.F. (Cleland) LaRue, of Port Neches; one daughter Karen Cross and husband Tom, of Nederland; three sons Sammy LaRue and wife Sharon, Larry LaRue and wife Debbie, and Barry LaRue, all of Port Neches; one brother Ray Bitner, of Vidor; and two sisters Evelyn Faver, of Crockett and Olene Langham, of Euliss; grandchildren Dana LaRue, of Port Neches and Lance LaRue and wife Michelle, of Lumberton; and one great- grandchild Kate Danielle LaRue, of Lumberton. Preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Ella Bitner; three brothers Lee Bitner, Elmer Bitner, Charles Bitner; and two sisters Lucille West and Cova Atkins. Funeral Services for Mrs. Reba Lois (Jack) LaRue were held Thursday, August 26, 2010 at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches. Interment followed in Oak Bluff Cemetery in Port Neches.

NELVA EARLIINE (NEEL) HAM
Mrs. Nelva Earline (Neel) Ham, age 81 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, September 1, 2010 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Ham was born October 20, 1928 in Latexo, Texas, and had lived most of her lifetime in Crockett. She was a member of the United Pentecostal Church in Crockett and was a retired restaurant worker. Survivors include her children Ila Ruth Gore, of Lovelady, Horace Marshall Ham, Jr. and wife Edna, Charles Glynn Ham and wife, Donna, all of Crockett, Melba Jean Gibson and husband John, of Elkhart, Mary Ethel Anderson and husband Mike, of Grapeland, Charlene Flowers, of Lufkin, Ricky Wayne Ham and Roger Dean Ham and wife Carol, all of Crockett; grandchildren Richard, Sheila, Hollie, Heather, Shane, Angela, Tonya, Savanah, Caleb and Rachel; numerous great-grandchildren; sisters Maydelle Brown, of Latexo, Albertine Hutchinson, of Spring, Betty Jo Stanrich and husband Floyd, of Elkhart; brother A. C. Neel and wife Mary Lois, of Latexo; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her husband Horace Marshall Ham, Sr.; grandson Shawn Anderson; parents Albert and Alice Neel; one brother; and several sisters. Funeral Services for Mrs. Nelva Earline (Neel) Ham were held Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ron Johnson and the Rev. Roy Lee Bobbitt officiating. Interment followed in the Center Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1100 W. 49th Street, Room #G408, Austin, Texas 78756. Condolences for Mrs. Ham may be left at online obituaries at www.callawayallee.com Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

 

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