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CHESTER VERNON HINES
Mr. Chester Vernon Hines, age 81 of Crockett, passed away Monday, September 19, 2011 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Hines was born September 10, 1930 in McKinney, Texas and was a resident of Crockett since 1965. He was a graduate of the University of North Texas, attended the University of Houston and received his Law Degree from South Texas College of Law in 1965. Mr. Hines was a member of the Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21 A. F. & A. M. He loved his garden on Highway 21. Survivors include his wife Bettie Joyce Grounds Hines, of Crockett; daughter Jane Susanne Hines Stewart; son John Vernon Hines and wife Leslie; granddaughter Stacey Marie Jordan and husband Wes; grandson A. J. Stewart, Jr.; great-grandchildren Makenzie and Jacoby Jordan; brother Larry Jack Hines and wife Virginia Jacqueline Hines; sisters-in-law Helen Rollo, Vonnie Bell Sheffield, Mary Becvar, Barbara Hines; brother-in-law Grady Grounds; a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his son Jim Hines; parents Jim Thomas Hines and Mary Margaret McGarrah Hines; and brother Royal Hines. Funeral Services for Mr. Chester Vernon Hines were held Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Dr. C. Phillip Chaco officiating. Masonic Graveside followed in the Glenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21, 1520 East Loop 304, Crockett, Texas 75835. Condolences for Mr. Hines may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BILLY D. GRAHAM
Mr. Billy D. Graham, age 78 of Belott, passed away Thursday, September 15, 2011 in the Houston County Nursing Home in Crockett. Mr. Graham was born March 8, 1933 in Crockett, Texas and had lived in Houston County most of his lifetime. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force having served during the Korean War. Mr. Graham had owned and operated Graham’s Texaco and Auto Service in Crockett for many years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Crockett and was a member of the American Legion. Survivors include his wife Martha V. Graham, of Belott; children Donna Miers, of Crockett, Robbie and Michael Billig, of Austin, Randy and Shawndra Graham, of Lewisville, Gary and Michelle Graham, of Buda; grandchildren Jason Chambers, Ian O’Hearn, Reed Graham, Paige Graham, Matthew Graham, Mason Thompson, Gabriella Graham, Gracelynn Graham and Mavrick Graham; mother Odessa A. Graham, of Crockett; sister Wanda Nichols and husband Marlan, of Grapeland; nieces Marlene Lovell and husband Jim, Robin Nichols and Sharon Hutchinson and husband Bobby; childhood friend Roy Smith and wife Deanna, of Belott; numerous other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his father J. T. Graham; son Billy D. Graham, Jr.; son Stephen T. Chambers; and son-in-law Tommie Miers. Funeral Services for Mr. Billy D. Graham were held Monday, September 19, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Jamie Allee and Randy Allee officiating. Interment followed in the New Energy Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904. Condolences for Mr. Graham may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ERNEST GORDON SPENCE
Mr. Ernest Gordon Spence, age 86 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, September18, 2011 in the Whitehall Nursing Center in Crockett. Mr. Spence was born and reared in Grapeland, Texas on November 7, 1924 and was a resident of Crockett since 1975. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served during World War II. Mr. Spence was a member of the Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21 A.F. & A. M., the American Legion Post #134 and a former member of the Latexo Fire Department. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and a member of the Latexo Baptist Church. Survivors include his son Ricky Spence and wife Corky, of Kerrville; grandchildren Casey Spence, of Kerrville, Carley Dusek, of San Angelo; great-grandchildren Zack and Lex Dusek, of San Angelo; brother Charles Spence, of Grapeland; sisters Shirley Morgan, of Palestine, Ellen Smith, of Gatesville, Hazel Laseter, of San Antonio; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his first wife Mildred Spence; second wife Genova Spence; parents Wood and Madge Spence; brothers Claude Spence, Dale Spence, Travis Spence, Robert Spence; and sisters Meribah DeSpain, Lemita Frudenburg, Juanita Spence and Betty Jean Spence. Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Ernest Gordon Spence were held Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Latexo Cemetery with Dr. Bill Jones officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Latexo Fire Department, P. O. Box 942, Latexo, Texas 75849 or the Fire Department of Choice. Condolences for Mr. Spence may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BILLY KENNETH NETTLES
Mr. Billy Kenneth Nettles, age 73 of Coldspring, passed away Saturday, September 10, 2011 at his residence. Mr. Nettles was born November 4, 1937 in Houston County, Texas and was a resident of Coldspring. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Nettles had worked as a printer and was a member of the Greenwood Village Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Dorothy Nettles, of Coldspring; daughter Darla Skinner and husband Doug, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; son Kevin Nettles and wife Rae, of Coldspring; grandchildren Clayton Skinner, Kenneth Skinner, both of Chattanooga, Tenn., Christian Nettles, Amber Nettles and Amanda Nettles, all of Coldspring; brother Donald Nettles and wife Barbara, of Austonio; sisters Lorene Wright, of Crockett, Betty Hester, of Keithville, La., Elizabeth Foster and husband Lee, Brenda Coleman and husband Jim, all of Crockett, Linda Tullos and husband Ron, of Alexandria, La.; brother-in-law Gerald Moss and wife Janice, of Houston; sister-in-law Marilyn Rose and husband Bill, of Hawkins; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his father W. B. (Bill) Nettles; mother Emma Nettles; sister Wilma Vaden; brothers-in-law Tommy Vaden, Euel Eakin, Albert Hester, Ralph Jackson, Johnny Wright, James Moss; and sister-in-law Jacki Moss. Funeral Services for Mr. Billy Kenneth Nettles were held Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Dr. Harold Clayton officiating. Interment will follow in the Creek Cemetery. Condolences for Mr. Nettles may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DAVID RAY THOMPSON
Mr. David Ray Thompson, age 55 years old, January 19, 1956-September 12, 2011, David died peacefully in his home on Monday, September 13, 2011 from a short illness. He leaves behind his beloved “Miss Kitty” and a host of friends and loved ones. David was born January 19, 1956 in Angelina County to Cotton and Emily Thompson. David spent most of his young life in Homer, Texas where he was surrounded by loving parents, grandparents and other extended family. He worked for Brookshire's Bros. delivering all over Texas and 7 years at Temple Inland before attending the Carthage Forestry Management. After traveling for Temple Inland he knew every piece of property and dirt road around. He moved to Crockett after purchasing his life time dream home from Bob Overstreet in 1995. Naturally it was 200 acres of just trees. He cleared an area and built his shop which he made a home and headquarters for his business. Ask anyone in 10 counties they would say he was the most honest and knowledgeable timber traderlogger friend and more. For 16 years David called Houston County his home. You would have thought he struck gold when he discovered the Brass Lantern, more so than the food, he was happy to be received so friendly by Harold and Jan, and the cooks and waitresses catered to him. Possibly he liked it most if he was absent from one meal and everybody had to know where he had been. Through his business, and lunch and dinner meeting's, David met Rayford Crowson and Helen Crowson which he picked as his surrogate family. He knew all the regular and especially enjoyed Buff Williams company. Any time he had a deal to close he loved Mary Ann Davis, Pam Crough, Liz and Amy because they took care of business. He enjoyed banking here and became especially impressed with Tina and her excellent organizational skills. David was very business oriented and appreciated people who were like minded. On the same note he worked lots of pure life enjoyment into working on his property, helping his neighbors, and working on his equipment. He was grieved at the loss of his Dear friend David Evans last year. David enjoyed music and could sing very good. He especially loved Bruce Springstein, Eagles and Bob Seger. Along with him trough many jobs was “Ol Blue” not just a 1994 Ford F350 but the “Best one ever made.” To this day it sports seat covers, fresh oil and good tires. He also enjoyed all outdoor life. Planting cover crop for deer. Dove hunting with a long time friend Larry Ellis of Alto. Larry's grandkids loved him and they knew he had gum. David was a deer hunter and never wanted just a deer. he wanted a trophy buck. He could see scrapes and trails and tracks, I couldn't. So in recent years he enjoyed walking out the front door and seeing deer drinking in the pond. He liked to watch a little TV which include Professional Baskettball, some football and car racing, also a little Swamp Loggers and Gun Smoke. He had the privilege of being neighbors with Mr. Tom Tullos and cherished the times they spent just visiting and being neighbors. Mr. Tullos pasted away a few years ago but his son Billy and wife Louise Tullos have remained his neighbors and friends. Through all of life's ups and downs unfortunately they lost their home in last week's fire only to loose their dearest friend one week later. Mr. Bickham also a neighbor and close companion enjoyed evenings on the porch story telling over the years. Upon locating to Crockett David became fast friends with Garry Beard and also myself. I would cook and they would talk. David became fond of our family, especially my grandchildren who loved him. He taught them to appreciate nature and also gave them driving lessons on 4-wheelers, the jeep, tractors, trucks and anything that would start. Cookouts, hide and go seek usually lasted way past dark. Tp know him was a privilege. David will be forever missed and thought of fondly by his vast number of friends, including his everyday lunch buddy Fred Mitcha and dear friend Mac McClenton the list goes on. Survivors include his father Cotton Thompson, of Lufkin; brother Tony Thompson; sister-in-law Teresa Thompson; niece Emily Thompson, all of Lufkin; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of devoted and grieving friends. Preceded in death by his beloved mother; and a sister in 2010. There will be no viewing or burial. Several friends have decided to have a get together in honor of David's life at South Grace Street Church of Christ in Crockett, Sunday, Sept 18, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon. Anyone is welcome to attend and share memories with friends. I give you a men commandment, that you should love one another, just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. John 13 v 34

FRANK LEE WENDEL
Mr. Frank Lee Wendel, Frankie to family and friends, age 87, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 14, 2011. Mr. Wendel was born September 10, 1924 to Frank and Katie Slater Wendel near Rosebud in Falls Co., Texas. At age 18, he enlisted in the United States Army and fought valiantly for his country in World War II receiving the Purple Heart, American Theater Campaign Medal and the European/African/Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze Stars. Mr. Wendel worked for Lone Star Gas Company retiring in 1987 with 41 years of service. He raised cattle for many years and his favorite pastime was buying and selling. He enjoyed hunting and the great outdoors. His greatest love was being with his family and enjoying his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include his wife Donnie Younts Wendel; children Carol Wendel Spillars, of Madisonville, Janet Wendel Staples and husband Todd, of Palestine, Michael Lee Wendel and wife Margie, of Crockett and Julie Wendel Moore and husband Kenny, of Buffalo; step-children Kim Younts McCoy and husband Bryan, of Bedias, and Jo Beth Younts Coleman and husband Dennis, of New Waverly; grandchildren SSG Kent Spillars and wife Christy, of Houston, Steven Spillars and wife Melissa, of Madisonville, Brian Thorn and wife Jamie, of Cedar Creek, Jonathan Thorn and wife Toni, of Bedminster, Pa., Jared Staples, of Austin, Elizabeth Staples, of Denver, Colo, Amanda Reedle and husband Ronnie, of Palestine, Kyle Wendel, of The Woodlands, Shelia Stockton and husband Edward, of Latexo, Steven Sherley, of Conroe, Michael Sherley, of Crockett, Tisha Wilson and husband Scott, of Buffalo, Kendra Grissett and husband Carl, of Teague, Cody Moore and wife Angela, of Buffalo, Toni Adams and husband Michael, of West Va., Amanda Wills and husband Zack, of Bossier City, La. and William Waddle, of Bedias, Ty and Kylee Coleman, of New Waverly; 24 great-grandchildren; brother Robert A. Wendel and wife Bonnie, of Alvin; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents Frank and Katie Slater Wendel; wife of 54 years, Laura Linder Wendel; son-in-law William Kenneth Spillars; great-grandson Dylan Wayne Moore; 3 brothers; and 3 sisters. A celebration of his life will be 10:00 am., Saturday, Sept. 17, at Madisonville Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverends Terry Swonke and Lanier Stevens officiating. An honor guard was present at the graveside services to be held at 2:30 p.m. the same day at Union Cemetery, FM 59, Henderson County, Texas. Taps will be played by grandson Jonathan Thorn. Pallbearers was his grandsons. Honorary Pallbearers was his grandsons-in-law. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, P. O. Box 282, Bedias, Texas 77831, American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society. Madisonville Funeral Home

JIMMIE GALLANT SPENCE
Mrs. Jimmie Gallant Spence, age 77, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2011. Mrs. Spence was born May 21, 1934 in Latexo, TX. To David S and Wessie Bowman Gallant. After graduating from Latexo High School in 1952, she moved to Houston where she began her career in the banking industry and met her husband, CB Spence. Everyone teased them because CB had been her teacher while she was a student at Latexo HS. Mrs. Spence and CB were married in 1956 and moved to Pasadena where they raised two children. Her greatest joy was her family, and there were many Saturdays spent at family barbeques with Jimmie making her famous homeade ice cream. She also enjoyed gardening and long walks, although no one was able to match her pace. She was a proud member of South Main Baptist Church and made many lifelong friends while sharing her joys and sorrows over the years. In 1989, Mrs. Spence and CB moved back to Latexo, built their retirement home and began to reconnect with many of their childhood friends. Mrs. Spence and CB were members of the Latexo Baptist Church. They loved taking vacations in the Smoky Mountains, going to eat Mexican food and swapping stories with their friends. She also enjoyed getting to spend more time with her cousin, Kathryn Minter and husband Bobby, and brother David Gallant while living in Latexo. In 2005, Mrs. Spence and CB moved back to Missouri City and she began to oversee the care for her husband, providing love and support for him in his time of need. She was extremely kind and loyal and never passed judgement on others. She will be greatly missed. Survivors include a brother David Gallant, of Latexo; son John Spence and wife Belinda, of Sugar Land; daughter Kristen Turner and husband Mike, of Pearland; granddaughters Nicole Turner, Brianna Spence, and Brooke Spence; niece Karen Beard Jones and husband Mike Temple. Karen and Mike provided much love and support in the last year and the family will be forever grateful. Funeral Services for Mrs. Jimmie Gallant Spence were held Friday, September 16, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. in the Latexo Baptist Church with Dr. Jeff Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in the Latexo Cemetery. In lieu of customary remembrances, donations may be directed to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780 or the National Parkinson’s Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018. Condolences for Mrs. Spence may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

CLARA ANN REICHERT SOWELL
Mrs. Clara Ann Reichert Sowell, departed this life on September 3, 2011. Mrs. Sowell was born on December 14, 1924 to German immigrant parents, Adam Reichert and Barbara Kovis Reichert. Mrs. Sowell, a first generation American is the 7th of 8 children born into the hardest of hard times in the tiny town of Sherman, Texas, where their family tilled the land for corn, cotton and sorghum, and raised a few cows. Life was difficult back then and survival was a challenge. Mrs. Sowell and her brothers and sisters worked hard, learned to survive, and in teen years left Sherman to begin their own life’s journey. She entered beauty school and began her life long interest in cosmetology. She started her career in beauty work around the same time she started her family and had 4 children. Her beauty work was what helped support the family, and in the most difficult of times, on her own, supported the family. Mrs. Sowell fell back on her beauty work throughout her younger life. Her love and devotion to her parents in their elderly years was righteous and endless. She met and married the love of her life, Jerry P. Sowell, who married her with 4 children on May 19, 1961 They made their home in Houston, La Porte, Austin, and later retired to their daughter’s home place, Crockett, after falling in love with the beautiful rural countryside. In mid life, Mrs. Sowell picked up a paint brush and paint and began creating amazing oil paintings, surprising her family and friends, wondering how this phenomenal free handed talent had been restrained and concealed for all the many years. She painted until increasingly very poor vision prevented her from continuing. Many walls in Texas chronicle her talent for accurate use of color, shapes and shadows, creating incredibly beautiful canvases. Mrs. Sowell and her Jerry loved gardening and planted beautiful vegetable gardens during their life together and she taught her daughters to can and pickle. Her wonderful cooking was an inspiration to many, especially her family. She was a lover of animals, especially her beloved Yorkshire, Goldie, a loving gift from her husband Jerry. Goldie stayed close by and was dear to her to the very end. For all of her life she loved to dance with her soul mate, Jerry, laugh and be playful. They traveled Texas, New Mexico, and Arkansas in their travel trailer, met new friends, sat on the back porch together, worked crossword puzzles together, and cooked a meal together. She dearly loved her children and grand children. Mrs. Sowell dearly loved her friends and neighbors on Rosewood to whom she grew so close. Mrs. Sowell’s death leaves a hole in the hearts of many as she will be sorely missed, but lovingly remembered. She was a soft, feminine woman, and a woman of strong will, opinions, desires, and convictions. Cancer consumed her long after she quit smoking, something she began in her young years. If she could speak to you today, she would lovingly advise you to quit smoking immediately and be spared what she had to endure. Her Jerry and family, and her minister, Jack Chase comforted her to her end. We celebrate the many good times and all the many decades of wonderful memories. Survivors include her beloved husband of 50 years, Jerry P. Sowell; daughters Linda Mary Giorgio, of Grapeland, Beverly Giorgio, of Crockett, Deborah Giorgio Hamilton and husband Don Hamilton, of Austin and Donna Ruth Sowell Williams and husband Milton Williams, of Cabot, Ark.; son Michael Lord, of Austin; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Graveside Services for Mrs. Clara Ann Reichert Sowell were held Thursday morning, September 8, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Evergreen Memorial Park in Crockett. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

ELTON E. NEEL
Mr. Elton E. Neel, age 85 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2011 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Neel was born July 29, 1926 in Grapeland to J. H. (Howard) and Bertie Henderson Neel. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Army. He married Maurine Curry on April 26, 1947 and moved to Houston to work for his aunt and uncle at Fuller Food Products. Mr. Neel then went to work for Lance Products for several years until moving back to Crockett to take over his parent’s grocery store, Neel's Grocery. He owned and operated the store until his retirement. His legendary hamburgers and hotdogs are still talked about today. Mr. Neel and his son, Jimmy, also own N & N Bonding which he was still actively involved. Survivors include his children Belinda and Randy Allee, Jimmy and Brenda Neel, all of Crockett and Gregory Neel, of Augusta; grandchildren Lisa Allee, of San Francisco, Calif., Jamie and Melissa Allee, of Crockett, Joshua and Laura Neel, of Crowley, Jeremy and Brittney Neel and Halie Farek, all of Crockett; great-grandchildren James and John Allee and Riley and Tatum Neel and Austin Stowe, all of Crockett; brother-in-law Wayne Curry, of Elkhart; several nieces, nephews and cousins; Also many longtime devoted family friends. Preceded in death by his wife Maurine Curry Neel in 2002; and parents J. H. (Howard) Neel in 1988 and Bertie Henderson Neel in 2001. Funeral Services for Mr. Elton E. Neel were held Friday, September 9, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Jamie Allee, Joshua Neel and Pastor Tim Allen officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Water's Edge Ministries, 605 East Goliad, Suite 100, Crockett, TX 75835. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

DOROTHY STEWART
Mrs. Dorothy Stewart, age 71 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2011 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Stewart was born December 26, 1939 in Grapeland, Texas and was a resident of Crockett for 30 plus years. Mrs. Stewart attended the North Loop Baptist Church and had worked as an Avon representative. Survivors include her sons David Rich, of Trinity and Jessie Rich and wife Ranae, of Nacogdoches; daughter, Pamela Higginbotham and husband Nolan, of Tyler; grandchildren Kristi Crutcher and husband Shane, of Neches, Roger Rich, Aireal Rich, both of Eden, N C, J.B. Rich, Marty Rich, Clay Rich, all of Nacogdoches, Robert Rich and wife Chelsea, Jeremy Brumley, both of Tyler, Jeremy Rich, of Center and Tiffany Christopher, of Huntington; numerous great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her son Paul Rich; brothers Robert Jones and Leroy Jones; father and mother Elbert Lee and Rosa Jones. Burial for Mrs. Dorothy Stewart were held in the New Zion Cemetery near Trinity. Condolences for Mrs. Stewart may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

OPAL GAINES DENMAN
Mrs. Opal Gaines Denman, of Grapeland, passed away Friday, August 26, 2011 at Community Care Health Center in Crockett. Mrs. Denman was born June 21, 1918 in Houston County to James Hiram Gaines and Ola Wells Gaines. She was a homemaker and a lifetime member of County Line Church of Christ. She loved to spend time and work in her garden. Survivors include her sons Gary Denson Denman, of Grapeland and Thomas Paul Denman and wife Colleen, of Crockett; one sister Billie Sue Owens Bedford, of Palestine; brother-in-law CharlesDenman and wife Carlene, of Austin; and special cousins Lois Morehead and Elwanda Thedford. Preceded in death by her parents James Hiram Gaines and Ola Wells Gaines; husband H.D. “Buck” Denman; sister Addie Leona Gaines; and brother George Gaines. Funeral Services for Mrs. Opal Gaines Denman were held Monday, August 29, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Bailey & Foster Chapel in Grapeland with Allen Lee and David Coon officiating. Interment followed in Guiceland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gregg Brown, Gregg Kazmierczak, Jon Kucharski, Chris McElyea, Ed Cook and Raymond Christopher. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Guideland Cemetery or County Line Church of Christ. To view online, leave condolences or sign guest book go to www.baileyandfosterfuneralhome.com Bailey&Foster Funeral Home

BETTY HOSMAN RICH
Mrs. Betty Hosman Rich, age 79 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, August 28, 2011 in the Palestine Regional Hospital. Mrs. Rich was born December 17, 1931 in Columbus, Texas to Charles and Claudie Hosman. She was a graduate of Rock Island High School where she was salutatorian of her class and was a Methodist. She was a loving and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother to her family and was always very proud and supportive of their interests and activities. She had a passion for gardening, cooking, oil painting, traveling and antiques. Mrs. Rich had previously owned and operated an antique business, Betty’s Blue Bottle. Betty enjoyed playing bridge with her friends and was a member of the weekly bridge group in Crockett, Tx. Survivors include her loving husband of 59 years, R. C. Rich, of Crockett; son Steve Rich of Huntsville; daughter Cindy Pantalone and husband Joe, of La Vernia; son Mike Rich and wife Kristi, of Lovelady; grandchildren Michael Rich, of Marshall, Natalie Pantalone, of La Vernia, Taylor Rich, of Lovelady and Joseph Pantalone, of La Vernia; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by her parents Charles and Caudie Hosman, of Rock Island; and brother Charles William Hosman. Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Betty Hosman Rich were held Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Muse Cemetery with the Rev. Harold Elliott officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Muse Cemetery Association, 849 A.C.R. 1221, Grapeland, Texas 75844. Condolences for Mrs. Rich may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

HOMER ENGLISH
Mr. Homer English, age 89 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at his residence. Mr. English was born November 23, 1921 in Houston County, Texas and was a lifetime resident of Crockett. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during World War II. Mr. English was a retired painter and a lifetime member of the American Legion. Survivors include his brother Cecil R. English and wife Carol, of Dallas; nieces and nephews Jayne Hillhouse and husband Neal, of Etoile, Donna Finley, Michael English and wife Kim, all of Dallas, April English, of New Orleans, La., Dr. Charles K. English and wife Debbie, of Rockville, MD., Dr. Kenneth A. English and wife Lauren, of Sherman; numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his parents George and Myrtie English; brothers and sisters Ruth English, George H. English, Reba Gadberry and Charles English; and sisters-in-law Louise English and Dorothy English. Funeral Services for Mr. Homer English were held Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Harold Shirley officiating. Interment will follow in the Jim English Cemetery. Condolences for Mr. English may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

BOB CHRISTENSEN
Mr. Bob Christensen, age 79 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2011 in the Hospice of East Texas Inpatient Unit in Tyler. Mr. Christensen was born October 2, 1931 in Aberdeen, Idaho and had lived in Crockett the past 18 years. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. Christensen was retired from Shell Oil having worked as a Dock Foreman and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Survivors include his daughters Bonnie Perez, of Crockett, Debbie Dronet and husband Michael, of Grapeland; sons Robert H. Christensen and wife Denise, of Mosca, Colo., Kelly J. Christensen and wife Angela, of Deer Park; grandchildren Dawn Weber, Denice Ramirez and husband Nathan, Jeremya Dyess, Levi Dyess and wife Amy, Michelle Robinson and husband Ronnie, Tifany Alexander and husband David, Marc Christensen; great-grandchildren Darryon and Morgan Vasquez, Dominic Grillo, Deion and Desiree Ramirez, Cheyenne and Tristen Dyess, Shyle Dyess, Cody and Mickey Robinson; sisters and brother Jene Redfield, of ID, Don Christensen and wife Girt, of Mo., Sue Christensen, of N M; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Preceded in death by his wife Cleona Christensen; parents Herman and Zelda Christensen; brothers Jerry and Dale; and sisters Emma and Carol. Funeral Services for Mr. Bob Christensen were held Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with President Joe Ross officiating. Interment followed in the New Energy Cemetery. In lieu flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701. Condolences for Mr. Christensen may be left at online obituaries www.callawayallee.com. Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

 

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