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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of February 25, 2007 - March 4, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

BOBBY CLINTON STRAUGHAN
Mr. Bobby Clinton Straughan, age 66 of Lovelady, passed away Saturday, February 3, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mr. Straughan was born July 3, 1940 in Lovelady and had lived in Lovelady most of his lifetime. Mr. Straughan was a retired teacher and rancher. Mr. Straughan attended the Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife Carol Straughan, of Lovelady; two daughters Susan Straughan and fiancé John Carse and Michael Ann Straughan, both of Austin; mother Freda Straughan, of Lovelady; sister Freida Stock and husband Jim, of Lovelady; nephew Tracy Stock and son, Dylan, of Lovelady; nieces Sandy, Sherri and Shawn Sparks, all of Humble; mother-in-law Vaughn DeWitt, of Houston; sister-in-law Linda Sparks, of Las Vegas, Nev.; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Preceded in death by his father Clint Wilson Straughan.

Funeral services for Mr. Bobby Clinton Straughan were held Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Randy Jones officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery Association, 4846 C. R. 3455, Lovelady, TX.  75851.

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


CLIFFORD LAHMANN
Mr. Clifford Lahmann, age 80 of Latexo, passed away Friday, February 16, 2007 at his residence. Mr. Lahmann was born October 11, 1926 in Trinity and was a resident of Latexo for many years. Mr. Lahmann was retired from the United States Army serving in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Mr. Lahmann was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post # 134 and V. F. W.  also a member of the D. A. V. in Temple.

Survivors include his one sister Thelma Ruston, of Crockett; one brother John Ed Lahmann, of San Antonio; nieces and nephews Janice Brush, of Humble, Susan Frizzell, of Crockett, Theresa Frizzell, of Houston, Junior Vest, of Latexo, Lucky Vest, of Porter, Biddy Lahmann, of Houston, Shorty Lahmann, of Conroe, Cecil Vest and Clyde Vest, both of Splendora, Vera Vest, of Cleveland, Cindy Lahmann, of Houston, Larry Lahmann and Nancy Lahmann, both of Lufkin; numerous other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents John and Beatrice Coleman Lahmann; brothers Coy Lahmann, Johnny Lahmann and William Hubert Lahmann; sisters Rosa Lee Frizzell and Hazel Lahmann; and nephew James Frizzell.

Funeral services for Mr. Clifford Lahmann were held Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Lahmann officiating. 

Military graveside services followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


COY L. "DOC" JONES
Mr. Coy L. “Doc” Jones, age 90 of La Porte, formerly of Lovelady, left this world to be with his Lord on Wednesday, February 7, 2007. Mr. Jones was born August 4, 1916 in Lovelady to Bev H. Jones and Lissie Belle Price. Mr. Jones was a member of Broadway Church of Christ in La Porte. Mr. Jones retired from Shell Oil and Chemical Plant early to go back to the farm he loved so well in Lovelady.

Survivors include his wife Wilma Donahoe Jones whom he married in 1992; two daughters Sherry Dayne Arnold, of Houston and Janice Blackmon and husband, L. V. “Blackie” Blackmon, of Dickinson; stepsons Doug Donahoe and wife Marilyn, of La Porte, Ken Donahoe and wife Nancy, of Crosby and David Donahoe and wife Sonya, of Clear Lake City; four grandchildren Cindy Van Breeman, Sam Arnold, Phylise Smith and Kim Floyd; and many other family members, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and loving friends; sister Rupie Lee Johnson.

Preceded in death by his first wife Moselle McManners Jones; sisters Frankie, Lillie Mae, and Marie; and brothers Loyd, Floyd and Dee Jones.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. Coy L. “Doc” Jones were held Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. in the Antioch Cemetery in Lovelady with Mr. Carl Allen officiating.

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


DURWOOD JOHNSON
Mr. Durwood Johnson, age 75 of Wesley Chapel, passed away Monday, February 12, 2007 in the Lufkin Memorial Hospital. Mr. Johnson was born October 11, 1931 in Houston County and had lived in Houston County most of his lifetime.

Mr. Johnson was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force having served during the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Johnson was retired from Western Electric in Houston and he had also worked for Windham School District where he was a vocational electrical trades teacher and was a member of the Church of God.

Survivors include his wife of over 50 years, Patsy Johnson, of Wesley Chapel; daughter Tricia LaRue and husband Charles, of Wesley Chapel; granddaughter Christina LaRue, of Wesley Chapel; brother Ed Johnson and wife LeQuana, of Wesley Chapel; sister Henrietta Johnson McFall, of Wesley Chapel; sister-in-law Hazel Johnson, of Crockett; brothers-in-law Terry Stewart and wife Kristi, of Austonio and Jerry Stewart and wife Betty, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Preceded in death by his parents John Robert and Ima Lee Jennings Johnson; brothers, Frank, Tommy, Robert “Dude” and Paul Johnson; and sisters Lena Pearl Owen and Maude Gossett

Funeral services for Mr. Durwood Johnson were held Friday, February 16, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Darryl Bennett and Mr. Trey Sissom officiating. 

Military graveside services followed in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wesley Chapel Cemetery Association c/o Mrs. Laverne Logsdon, 1309 Plantation Drive, Crockett, TX.  75835.

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


ELINOR BEAZLEY PLATT
Mrs. Elinor Beazley Platt, age 94 of Latexo, departed this life peacefully, Tuesday evening, January 30, 2007 in Waco. Mrs. Platt was born July 19, 1912 in Grapeland.  Mrs. Platt was a homemaker and loved quilting. Mrs. Platt's family and her children were the center of her life. Mrs. Platt was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Platt had resided with her daughter in Waco since January 1999.

Mrs. Platt's great-great-grandfather came to Texas from Bowling Green, Virginia in 1848, settling on land eleven miles west of Grapeland, James H. Beazley owned one of the first business and several town lots in the Grapeland community. Mrs. Platt grew up and was educated in the Reynard area. Mrs. Platt married Clifford Arlon Platt in 1933.  They traveled all over Texas during his oil field career.  All of her children were born in the Grapeland area.    

Survivors include her son Arlon Platt, of Latexo; daughters Virginia Patton and husband Jerry, of Latexo, Pat Simcik and husband Clarence, of Waco; grandchildren Richard Platt and wife Pamela, of Austin, Debbie McCall, of Bryan, Sandy Bruce and husband Sam, Patti Tyer and husband David, all of Crockett, Alicia Haak and husband John, of Joaquin, Keith Patton and wife Jennifer, of Latexo, Tonya Platt, of Rusk, Michael Nealy and wife Davanna, of Waco, Amy Simcik, of Fort Worth, Beth McCelvey and husband John, of Latexo; sister Myrle Kaltwasser, of Crockett; great-grandchildren Scotty and Lindsey McCall, Jenny Wichers, Melissa Richmond, Devin Tyer, Kacey Brasher, Alexandra Armstrong, Kolby and Karson Patton, Michael Nealy II, Aidan McCelvey and Austin and Audry Platt; two great-great-grandchildren  Peyton Richmond and Averie Wichers; numerous other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her husband of over 60 years, Clifford Platt; parents Douglas and Mary Elizabeth “Mamie” Wheeler Beazley; daughter Peggy Moore; daughter-in-law Dorothy Platt; grandson Justin Bruce; and brother-in-law Wayne Kaltwasser.

Funeral services for Mrs. Elinor Beazley Platt were held Saturday, February 3, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel.  Interment followed in the Latexo Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Latexo Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 1002, Latexo, TX. 75849.

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


FLOYD "LEFTY" HARRELSON
Mr. Floyd “Lefty” Harrelson, age 81 of Weches, passed away Friday, February 16, 2007 at his residence. Mr. Harrelson was born February 2, 1926 in Houston County and was a resident of Houston County most of his lifetime. Mr. Harrelson was a graduate of Lovelady High School where he was on the All State Basketball Team in 1943-1944. Mr. Harrelson was a veteran of the U. S. Army where he served during World War II. Mr. Harrelson was a member of the Augusta Mason Lodge #93 for 40 years and was also a member of the Liberty Hill United Methodist Church. Mr. Harrelson was retired from Diamond Shamrock Chemical Plant where he worked in shipping.

Survivors include his wife Grace Harrelson, of Weches; two daughters Emily Russell and husband Ronnie, of Elkhart and Beverly Gilmore, of Humble; three grandsons Daniel Russell and wife Cindy, of Palestine, Scott Gilmore and wife Mary, of Kingwood and Mark Gilmore, of Humble; one granddaughter Ronda Williams and husband Mike, of Elkhart; seven great-grandchildren; twin sister Floy Hartin, of Rosanky; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Preceded in death by his parents Christopher and Annie Harrelson; six brothers; and nine sisters.

Funeral services for Mr. Floyd “Lefty” Harrelson were held Monday, February 19, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Liberty Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Roger Craiker officiating. Interment followed in the Weches Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


GLORIA "DODY" ALLEE
Mrs. Gloria “Dody” Allee, age 62 of Austonio, passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at her residence in Austonio. Mrs. Allee was born November 15, 1944 in Houston and had lived all of her lifetime in Austonio. Mrs. Allee was a housewife and a member of the Austonio Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years and 1 day, Johnson Allee, of Austonio; daughters JoAnn Hough and husband Wayne, Sharon Allee, all of Austonio, Lydia McKendree and husband Anthony, of Corsicana; son Jim Allee and wife Ronda, of Jasper; seven grandchildren Anthony, Mike and Courtlynn Howard, Tristan and Maci Allee, Ally and Taylor McKendree; brother Irving Jones and wife Carol, of Portland; sisters Martha King and husband Jack, of Galveston, Barbara Dickerson and husband Dave, of Kenai, AK.; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Preceded in death by her parents B. I. and Daisy Jones.

Funeral services for Mrs. Gloria “Dody” Allee were held Friday, February 16, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Newton Hambrick officiating. Interment will follow in the Hagan Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 15186, Austin, Texas 78761 or Church of Choice.

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


J.C. EASLEY
Mr. J.C. Easley, age 66 of Monahans, passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at his home in Monahans.

Mr. Easley was born April 26, 1940 in Crockett.  Mr. Easley was a heavy equipment operator. 

Survivors include his wife Debbie Easley, of Monahans; two sons Don Allen and wife Savannah, of Crockett and Jaime Easley and wife Tara, of Abilene; one daughter Lisa G. Easley, of Midland; brother, Marvin Easley of Crockett; four sisters Thelma Wolfe of Jacksonville, Helen Kilpatrick, Wanda Kilpatrick and Bobbie Easley, all of Crockett; adopted brother Julian Ramirez, of Woodville; two grandchildren, Delilah Hope Easley and Faith Smith, of Abilene; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Preceded in death by his first wife Rita Easley; three brothers Earl Easley, Elvis Easley, and Billy Ray Easley; and one sister, Margaret Fitzgerald.

Masonic graveside funeral services for J.C. Easley were held Friday, February 9, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at Southland Memorial Park in Grand Prairie. 

Harkey Family Funeral Services


J.W. "DUB" ALLEE
Mr. J. W. “Dub” Allee, age 77 of Hallettsville, passed away Saturday, February 10, 2007. Mr. Allee was born on July 16, 1929, to Horace and Nellie Swearingin Allee in Lovelady. Mr. Allee married Doris Faye Kelley Allee on August 31, 1957 at First Baptist Church in Hallettsville.

Mr. Allee was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Mr. Allee loved his family and their times together, enjoyed being outside and working with his cattle, going deer hunting and watching sports.

Another pleasure for Mr. Allee was meeting and visiting with people. This helped him have a long and successful career of 40 years as a teacher, coach and administrator.

Mr. Allee always had a kind word of greeting for friends and acquaintances alike. Mr. Allee's quick smile and joking manner will be greatly missed.

Mr. Allee was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hallettsville, TEPSA, Lavaca County Retired Teachers Association, and also a Mason. Mr. Allee was a graduate of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.

Survivors include his loving, dedicated wife of 49 years, Doris Faye Kelley Allee; three children Lisa Cross and husband Jeff, of Pearland, Kelley Allee and wife Donna, of Giddings and Shane Allee and wife Amanda, of East Bernard; sister Jewel Kinney, of Baytown; brother Nueal Allee, of Dallas; brother-in-law J. C. Kelley and wife Ester, of Hallettsville; grandchildren, Colton Allee, Ashton Allee, Raina Allee, Arynn Cross, and Kaden Allee; step-grandchildren Kendall Douthit, Amber Donovan, Jeff Cross, and Derrick Cross; and two step-great-grandchildren, Katelynn Donovan and Jackson Cross.

Preceded in death by his parents Horace and Nellie Faye Kelley Allee; sisters Evelyn Stephenson and Polly McCarty; brother Horace Allee Jr.; in-laws Bowie and Lucille Kelley; and granddaughter Amanda McElwee.

Funeral Services for Mr. J.W. "Dub" Allee were held Wednesday, February 14, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Hallettsville with the Rev. Terry Horton officiating. Interment followed in Willow Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Kevin Busselmann, Joe Clark, J.C. Hermes, Jim Johnson, Danny Kelley, David Kelley, Carl Klimitchek, and Jim Story.

Honorary Pallbearers were his Grandchildren.

Memorials First Baptist Church , American Cancer Society, or Charity of your choice.

Words of comfort maybe shared with the family at www.kubenafuneralhome.com

Kubena Funeral Home


JAMES CREATH
Mr. James Creath, age 69 of Colleyville, passed away Thursday, February 1, 2007 in the Baylor Hospital in Grapevine. Mr. Creath was born February 14, 1937 in Center and was a resident of Colleyville for the past 30 years. Mr. Creath was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force and had worked as an Air Craft Mechanic.

Survivors include his two sisters Ann Curry and husband Virgil, of Tyler, Mary Julian and husband Ralph, of Ashville, N. C.; two brothers Marion Jarvis Creath and wife Andrea, of Houston and Frank Howard Creath and wife Carolyn, of Tyler; very special aunt Lucille Creath, of Houston; aunt Jeanette Creath Crell of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Preceded in death by parents, Frank and Opal Creath.

Graveside funeral services for Mr. James Creath were held Sunday, February 4, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Cedar Point Cemetery with Mr. Greg Creath officiating.

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


JERRY D. BUSBY
Mr. Jerry D. Busby, age 49 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2007 at ETMC in Crockett. Mr. Busby was born April 13, 1957, in Diboll to Annie Mae (Milligan) Busby and the late L. A. Busby. Mr. Busby was employed with Dewayne King Construction. Mr. Busby was a devoted husband, father, son and grandfather and was a member of the Houston County Search and Rescue Team. Mr. Busby served in the United States Army in the Special Services Forces, and was a member of the Assembly of God faith.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Rita Busby, of Crockett; daughter and son-in-law Sara and Ignacio Serratos, of Diboll; daughters Leaana Busby and Kay-Lynne, both of Diboll; grandchildren Christina, Savannah, Santi, Marcos, Jace, Alex and John Jr.; special kids, Amanda DeJesus, Cassundra "Sookie" Levias, Marla Rosales, Stacy Watkins, Steve Watkins and Christine Grimes; mother, Annie Mae Busby of Diboll; mother, Callie Ruth Pharris Baskin, of Winnsboro; brothers Donny Shatto and David Amerson; sister Terry Ore; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Preceded in death by his father L. A. Busby; mother-in-law Barbara Waller; nephew Eddie Grimes; and grandmother Elizabeth (Meme) Goins.

Funeral Services for Mr. Jerry D. Busby were held at Wednesday, February 7, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Mack McCall and the Rev. James Cobb officiating. Interment will follow in the Ryan Chapel Cemetery.

Pallbearers were John Lowery, Jamie Lowery, Jason Lowery, Dewayne King, Curtis McDaniel and Sonny Kilparick.

Honorary pallbearers were Thomas Waller, Steven Kennedy, Brad Griffith, David Allen Amerson and John Paul Tatum.

Gipson Funeral Home


JIMMIE JEAN WARREN OWEN
Mrs. Jimmie Jean Warren Owen, of Waco passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at a local hospital. Mrs. Owen was born January 24, 1930 in Sweetwater to James Forrest and Pauline Waits Warren.

Mrs. Owen grew up in Crockett where she graduated from Crockett High School. She attended Southern Methodist University, majoring in English and Journalism. Mrs. Owen was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and continued actively supporting that sorority as an alumnus.

Mrs. Owen worked as a writer for the Dallas Morning News while attending SMU, and continued in a full-time capacity after college. Mrs. Owen married John T. Owen July 30, 1955 in Crockett. They moved to Waco in 1957.

Mrs. Owen was Headmistress at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in the early ‘70s, where she is widely regarded as the administrative /fundraising catalyst for a definitive curriculum direction and successful enrollment expansion leading to the addition of several grades and a fundamentally sound, academically relevant institution. After her retirement from St. Paul’s, she coordinated curriculum for Gifted and Talented Student Education through the Education Service Center, Region 12. Mrs. Owen raised awareness and focused curriculum funding to gifted and talented programs through service on local, state and national committees.

Mrs. Owen was an active member of the Waco community, and served as volunteer, chairman, and advisor for many organizations including Cotton Palace Pageant, Waco Hippodrome, Meals on Wheels, East Terrace, Garden Club, and Historic Waco Foundation.

Mrs. Owen served First Presbyterian Church of Waco in several capacities, including Deacon, Elder and the Sanctuary Guild moderator. Each year for Easter, she folded hundreds of palm crosses for the congregation to wear. Mrs. Owen also served as a representative on Grace Presbytery, one of the governing bodies of the Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Marshall and Ann Owen, of Waco; grandchildren Cameron and Rachel Owen, of Waco; brother and sister-in-law Dr. Joseph F. and Cora Sue Warren, of Tomball; nieces and nephews Suzanne Warren, Jim Warren, Joe Warren, John Warren, Jimmy Warren, Mike Warren, and Kathryn Warren.

Preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother Forrest S. (Bud) Warren.

A memorial service for Mrs. Jimmie Jean Warren Owen were held Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Waco, with the Reverend Dr. Jimmie Johnson officiating.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Waco Sanctuary Guild.

The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our “Memorial Guestbook” at www.wilkirsonhatchbailey.com

Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home


LORINE GREGG HERBERT
Mrs. Lorine Gregg Herbert, went to be with Her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the early morning hours on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 in Woodville at the age of 89.  As a twin, Lorine was born August 4, 1917 the 4th child to Sam H. Gregg and Virgie Lovell Gregg in Weches. 

Mrs. Herbert was a member of First Baptist Church in Port Arthur and a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club during her working career in Port Arthur in the 1980s before she retired and began living with her daughter in Dallas.  Mrs. Herbert also lived for 7 years in Saudi Arabia during her husband’s employment with an oil company and has traveled to many interesting places.

Survivors include her twin sister Florine Gregg Smith, of Woodville; brother Earl Porter Gregg, of Grapeland; son Greg Eric Herbert, of Port Allen, La.; daughter Karen Herbert Campbell, of Dallas; granddaughter Cristina Lewis, of Northbrook, Ill.; great-grandson Josiah Lewis, of Northbrook, Ill.

Preceded in death by her sisters Mavis Gregg and Betty Lois Gregg; brothers John A. Gregg and Sam Art Gregg all from the Beaumont-Port Arthur area.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Lorine (Gregg) Herbert were held Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Weches Cemetery with her brother Earl Gregg officiating.

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


LUCY DAVIS
Mrs. Lucy Davis, age 52 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at her residence. Mrs. Davis was born October 25, 1954 in Houma, Louisiana and was a resident of Crockett for the past 9 years. Mrs. Davis was a housewife and a member of the First Christian Church in Crockett. 

Survivors include her husband Charles Davis, of Crockett; four children Michelle, Joseph, Brent and Ashley; three grandchildren Kourtny, Joshua and Alyssa; three sisters Janice Pelligram and husband A. J., of Houma, La., Mona Landry and husband George, of Fort Smith, Ark. and Margaret Dupree and husband C. J., of Sarasota, Fla.; one brother Alvin Martin, Jr., of Chauvin, La.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Preceded in death by her son Wesley Davis; and parents Alvin and Ann Martin.

Funeral services for Mrs. Lucy Davis were held Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in the First Christian Church in Crockett with the Rev. Darrel Hoffmaster officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park. 

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


MACK ALLEN LANE SR.
Mr. Mack Allen Lane, Sr., age 64 of the Holly Community, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2007 in the Houston County Nursing Home.  Mr. Lane was born May 26, 1942 in the Holly Community and was a resident of the Holly Community all of his lifetime.  Mr. Lane was a retired roofer and a member of the Antioch Baptist Church in Lovelady.

Survivors include wife Nellie Lane, of Lovelady; two sons Mack Allen Lane, Jr. and wife Deanna, of Crockett, Steven Lane and wife Jolie, of Trinity; three grandchildren Kyle Webb, Kolby Lane, Kamryn Lane, all of Trinity; one brother Marion Lane and wife Linda, of Lovelady; five sisters Nan Boatwright and husband Warren, of Kerrville, Joan Little, of Lovelady, Cora Alford and husband Don, of Alvin, Doris Welch and husband Tooter, of the Holly Community, and Polly Tipton and husband John, of Arlington; special friends Calvin and Pam Holmes and everyone at Spitfire in Pennington; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Preceded in death by son Kevin Lane; parents Loyd and Mildred Lane; brother Little Eugene Lane; and sister Martha Sue Doyle.

Funeral services for Mr. Mack Allen Lane, Sr. were held Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Scott Matthews officiating. Interment will follow in the Holly Cemetery.

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


MARY SUE PERRY
Mrs. Mary Sue Perry, age 85 of Lovelady, passed away Monday, February 05, 2007 in the Community Care Center in Crockett. Mrs. Perry was born April 28, 1921 in Weldon, Texas and had lived in the Lovelady area most of her lifetime. Mrs. Perry was a member of the Lovelady Garden Club, Lovelady Civic Club and the Evergreen Cemetery Association. Mrs. Perry was a housewife and also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lovelady.

Survivors include her husband Clifton G. Perry, of Lovelady; one son Pat G. Perry and wife Helen, of Lovelady; three grandchildren Chuck Perry and wife Gari Shae, of Round Rock, Lee Perry, Leslie Patrick and husband Ray, all of Lovelady; two great-grandchildren Blake Patrick and Avery Perry; sister June Roden, of Trinity; two brothers Charles Oates and wife Wanda, of Crockett, Paul Oates and wife Sadie, of Huntsville; brother-in-law Orville Naasz, of Trinity; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Preceded in death by her son William Bruce “Bill” Perry; parents Ernest and Olive Oates; and sister Juanita Naasz.

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Sue Perry were held Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Lovelady with the Rev. Doug Howell officiating. Interment will follow in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 177, Lovelady, TX. 75851 or First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 207, Lovelady, Texas 75851.

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


NOLIA MARTHA NELMS
Mrs. Nolia Martha Nelms, age 88 of Pennington, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2007 in the Community Care Center in Crockett. Mrs. Nelms was born May 2, 1918 in Houston County and was a lifetime resident of Pennington. Mrs. Nelms was retired having worked for K. Woolens in Crockett. Mrs. Nelms was a member of the Pennington Baptist Church where she served as Sunday school teacher and church clerk. 

Survivors include her son Herman Nelms and wife Bonnie, of Pennington; four grandchildren Heath Nelms and wife Kim, of Katy, Karen Leonard, Jason Nelms, both of Pennington, Jennifer Due and husband Jason, of Groveton; six great-grandchildren Cassidy, Dustyn, Cierrah, Steven, Bryan and Rylie; two sisters Sallie Westbrook, of Houston, Frankie Mae Sizemore, of New Caney; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Preceded in death by husband Thomas H. Nelms; son Edward Nelms; three sisters Myrtle, Gladys and Velma; and four brothers, Marvin, Olan, Bud and Harvey.

Funeral services for Mrs. Nolia Martha Nelms were held Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. in the Pennington Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Butler officiating.  Interment will follow in the Pennington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pennington Cemetery Association, c/o Sandra Lee Henderson, P.O. Box 216, Pennington, TX. 75856 or Pennington Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 116, Pennington, TX. 75856.

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

OBELIA V. WARE DAVIS
Obelia V. Ware Davis was the 6th of 12 children born to Arnold and Emmaline Ware on December 27, 1917 in Lovelady. She graduated Center Grove High School in Lovelady, attended Mary Allen College in Crockett, and Franklin Beauty School in California. She operated a beauty salon in California 40 years.

She married Arlandus Calvin Caldwell in 1938 with a daughter Jerlyn born to this union. She moved to Louisiana and raised a nephew, James Davis Terry as her own. She married J.B. Dixon and moved to California in 1945. Later she married Willie Frank Davis until his death. She also adopted Elder Ladell Washington Sr. and his family.

She first joined Jones Methodist Church in 1952 then several Church Of God In Christ churches in California before returning home and joining Hampton Memorial Church Of God In Christ in Crockett, currently she was a member of Good Samaritan Church Of God In Christ in Trinity.

Life’s departure was on February 3, 2007 at her home in Trinity at age 89.

Survivors are: daughter; Jerlyn Caldwell Jackson (Sylvester) of Trinity, son; Ledell Washington Sr. of San Francisco, 3 sisters; Reyna Berry of Lovelady, Emma Lane (Henry) of California, Ruthie Mae Anderson of Port Arthur, 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild numerous nieces, nephews cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 10, 2007, 1 pm, Hampton Memorial Church Of God In Christ, Downs St., Crockett, Elder J. R. Hampton, pastor and officiant. She was laid to rest in Fodice Cemetery, Lovelady.

Casketbearers were: George Williams, Thomas Williams, Jerryl Ware, Arnold Anderson, Esau Anderson, Craig Anderson.

McClain-Clebourn Funeral Service


OPAL CRAWFORD
Mrs. Opal Crawford, age 95 of Kerrville, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2007 in Kerrville. Mrs. Crawford was born November 13, 1911 in Kaufman, to Allie (Shaw) and Guy Blankenship, Sr. Mrs. Crawford was a retired secretary and was of the Presbyterian faith. Mrs. Crawford had resided in Tyler for 40 years.

Survivors include her daughter Adele Junkin and husband Sam of Hunt; son Richard William Crawford; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her husband James Crawford, Jr. in 1971; daughter Corinne Granger 1996; and parents Allie (Shaw) Blankenship and Guy Blankenship.

Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Opal Crawford were held Saturday, February 3, 2007 at 12:00 p.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park with her son-in-law the Rev. Sam Junkin officiating. 

Grimes Funeral Chapel of Kerrville


REVEREND ERNEST GUNNELS
Reverend Ernest Gunnels, age 79 of Grapeland, passed away Thursday, February 1, 2007 in the Winfield Healthcare Center in Crockett. Reverend Gunnels was born August 12, 1927 in Newlin and was a resident of Grapeland for the past 25 years.

Reverend Gunnels was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served during World War II. Reverend Gunnels was a retired mechanic and was also a Baptist minister.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Iva Louise Gunnels, of Grapeland; daughters Darlene Hoch and husband Rocky and Dianne Watkins and husband Novle, all of Grapeland; grandchildren Krissi Pickett and husband Randy, of Victoria, Rocky Allen Hoch and wife Chasity, of Latexo, Jerrod Hoch and wife Sarah, of Nacogdoches, Laura Goolsby and husband Ronnie, of Crockett, Melanie Brown and husband Bubba, of Centerville; great-grandchildren Carly Pickett, Montana Brown, Noah Hoch, Harlie Hoch, Monica Hoch and Jacob Hoch; sister Doris Corbitt, of Crockett; brothers James Gunnels and wife Pat, Billy Gunnels and wife Betty, all of Centerville, Arlon Gunnels and wife Lynn, of Crockett, Jerry Gunnels and wife Melinda, of Gatesville; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents Thell Gunnels and Grace Gunnels; sister, Violet Teal; and brothers-in-law, Ed Teal and Elbert Corbitt.

Funeral services for Reverend Ernest Gunnels were held Saturday, February 3, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Terry Gibson and the Rev. Marshall Jackson officiating. Interment followed in the McCarter Cemetery.

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WILLIAM FRANKIN (PETE) ALLEE
Mr. William Franklin (Pete) Allee was born to John Chandler and Ila Mae Butler Allee on January 6, 1922.

Mr. Allee was raised and attended school in Austonio Texas with four brothers and four sisters.

On December 31, 1942 he entered the United States Army where he served in 71 st Combat Engineers in China, Burma, and India Theater. Mr. Allee endured many varied experiences in the three countries during WWII. Mr. Allee enjoyed sharing stories of his experiences in WWII. By and large he would tell of the funny things that took place in and around his unit. The mission of the 71 st Combat Engineers was to build floating pontoon bridges and maintain roadways in the region. This often placed him on close proximity to front line action, sometimes in front of it. When asked about his combat experiences he would generally find a way to interject humor into what were undoubtedly some very frightening and dangerous situations.

Mr. Allee was discharged honorably on November 26, 1945.

Mr. Allee met Ruby Helen Norris in Houston at a party given by a friend the weekend before Labor Day. They were married November 21st 1948. Raising children was a shared task, and joy, for them. They taught them to love God and their country and to trust their hearts, family and friends. They built and moved to their retirement home at Golden Acres at Houston Co. Lake in 1983. Mr. Allee and Ruby were active in community project and gatherings at Golden Acres and enjoyed many trips associated with the China, Burma, India Veterans Association. They enjoyed 46 years of life and love together before she was called home on June 2, 1995.

Mr. Allee worked as a machinist for Hughes Tool Co and Ethyl Corporation and retired in 1980 after 27 years with Ethyl Corp. Member of China Burma India Veterans Association. Member of American Legion Post #134 in Crockett. Past member of Park Place Masonic Lodge. Served as president of Golden acres property Owners Association.

Mr. William Franklin (Pete) Allee is the kind of man that America grew to greatness through. Mr. Allee was an unselfish family man that made a multitude of sacrifices so his family and countrymen would enjoy a better life with more freedom than the places he visited during WWII.

Mr. Allee always encouraged free agency toward his children as they grew and matured and enjoyed laughing, fishing, joking and hunting. Mr. Allee taught his children to respect life, freedom and nature through his actions and deeds. Always quick with a joke or a laugh, he was often the life of a gathering. Honesty, fairness, truth and charity were key elements to him and those traits have won him respect and friendship everywhere he has traveled.

Mr. Allee married Ruby Faye Hazelwood Funderburk on 31 December 1998. They shared a special need and bond for the 8 years they were married.

Mr. Allee passed from this earth at 10:35 on the morning of February 18th 2007. Mr. Allee will be deeply missed by a multitude of family and friends.

Survivors include his wife Ruby Faye Funderburk Allee, of Houston County Lake; daughter Cathy Helen Norris Allee, of Jacksonville; son James Marion Allee and wife Talitha (Nash) Allee, of Kenedy; grandson James B. (Pete) Suits and wife Karen (Daye) Suits, of Weslaco; great-granddaughter Madeline Elizabeth Suits; great-grandson Trey Lambright; brothers Cecil Edwin Allee, of Marble Falls and Kenneth Ray Allee, of Magnolia; sister Mary Pearl Snyder, of Point Blank; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

 Preceded in death by his first wife Ruby Helen Norris Allee. 

 Funeral services for Mr. William Franklin (Pete) Allee were held Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel. 

Military graveside services followed in the Creek Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Creek Cemetery Association, c/o Mary B. Lucas, 205 Enchanted Estates, Crockett, TX.  75835.

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