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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of March 22, 2007 - March 29, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

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 Fae 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 Fae 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; several brothers and sisters. 

 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.

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. William Randle Ham, age 75 of Lovelady, passed away Monday, March 5, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center-Tyler. Mr. Ham was born September 28, 1931 in Lovelady and was a resident of Lovelady since 1970. Mr. Ham was a veteran and retired from the U. S. Air Force having served during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam Era as Master Sergeant with 22 years of service. Mr. Ham had also retired from the Wyndham School District and was a member of the Grace Street Church of Christ in Crockett.

Survivors include his wife Lavelda Ham, of Lovelady; children David R. Ham and wife Joyce, of Conroe, Debra Sharon Williams and husband Guy, of Conroe, Tommy V. Ham and wife Roberta, Vicki Ray and husband Alan, Jeff D. Ham and wife Becky, all of Lovelady; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; brother Grover Ham and wife Bobbie, of Lovelady; sister Joella Reineman, of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Preceded in death by his son Michael D. Ham; parents Thomas and Zula Ham; sisters, Juanita Ham and Freida DeWolf; and brothers-in-law, Robert Reineman and Jimmy DeWolf.

Funeral services for Mr. William Randle Ham were held Friday, March 9, at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Rick Kelley officiating.

Military Graveside services followed in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-1942 or American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford, Lufkin, Texas 75904.

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mr. Woodrow Lewis, age 87 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2007 in the Houston County Nursing Home. Mr. Lewis was born January 29, 1920 in Hartshorn, Missouri and was a resident of Crockett since 1973. Mr. Lewis was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served during World War II in the Armored Division and was a P. O. W., captured by the Germans at the Battle of Bulge. Mr. Lewis was retired and had worked for 20 years at McDonald Douglas in St. Louis, Missouri in shipping and receiving and had also worked as a machinist for Lufkin Industries. Mr. Lewis was a Jehovah's Witnesses in Crockett.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Geraldine Lewis, of Crockett; children Shirley Teeter, of Kaufman, Betty Kay Hunt, of Springfield, Missouri

John Lewis of Reeds, Mo., Charles Lewis, Carl Lewis, of Kaufman, Jacky Lewis, Helen Steel, both of Crockett, Joann Tucker, of Lake Striker and Susie Lewis, of Crockett; approximately 50 grandchildren; approximately 30 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Preceded in death by his sons Woodrow Marshall Lewis, Jr. and Frank Lewis; daughter Dottie Lewis; and grandson Marshall Tucker.

Funeral services for Mr. Woodrow Lewis were held Saturday, March 3, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Porter Henry Ellis officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.

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