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Houston County Courier - Obituaries
For the Week of March 5, 2007 - March 12, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Mrs. Lillie Elizabeth Charanza, age 84 of Houston, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2007 at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston. Mrs. Charanza was born July 6, 1922. Mrs. Charanza was a homemaker and a Catholic.

Survivors include her two sons and daughter-in-law Cameron Charanza, of Houston and Larry and Vonda Charanza, of Alvin; two daughters and sons-in-law Shirl and Landon Parnell, of Chappell Hill and Norma and Donnie Henry, of Baycliff; brother Frank Smoldas, of Crockett; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her husband Frank Charanza.

Graveside services for Mrs. Lillie Elizabeth Charanza were held Thursday, March 8, at Elizabeth Lutheran Cemetery near Caldwell with the Rev. Dimitrij Colankin officiating.

Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home

Mrs. Kattie Lou Davis-Neff, age 48, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, February 27, 2007. On August 2, 1958, Levi Davis and Kattie (Johnson) Davis, became the proud parents of their 11 th child, who they named Katie Lou.

Mrs. Davis-Neff grew up in the Simon/Porter Springs Community and attended the Crockett School District, graduating from Crockett High School in 1977. Mrs. Davis-Neff continued her education in Dallas and obtained her Certified Nurses Aid license.

Mrs. Davis-Neff accepted Christ and joined church at an early age at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church ( Simon Springs) and later joined Jesus Church of the Living God under Bishop John L. McKnight.

Mrs. Davis-Neff was a member of Hampton Memorial COGIC under the guidance of (Elder J.R. Hampton, Jr. and served faithfully on the culinary staff and in the Choir (soloist) until her health failed. A loyal and dedicated employee, she previously worked for Crockett I.S.D. and was employed at Piney Wood Home Health.

In 1987 she met and married Richard Neff of Portland, Oregon.

Survivors include her mother Mrs. Kattie Lou Davis, of Crockett; five sisters Lillian Marshall and Charlene Davis, of Crockett, Robbie Clark and Maggie Butler, of Dallas and Mary Anthony, of Houston; one brother Roy Earl Davis (Joyce), of Monroe, La.; ex-husband Richard Neff and mother-in-law Edith Neff, both of Portland, Ore.; a dear friend Carla Holman, of Crockett; god parents Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hamilton; two god sons Derrick Batts and Michael Tutt, II; sisters-in-law Zula Mae, of Crockett, Carol Wright, of Amherst, N.H., Jackie Billings, Nancy Johnson, Lonnie Dunithan and Sallie, all of Ore.; brothers-in-law George Owens (Joetta) and Reginald Marshall (Shameon), all of Crockett; uncles Johnny Buckner, of Crockett, Winwright Johnson, of Hobbs, N.M. and Lucky Johnson, of Palo Alto, Calif.; aunts Katie Buckner, of Crockett, Earshuree Hill and Annie Wormly, both of Hobbs, N.M., Ruby Weatherton, of Garland and Roberta, of Lubbock; nieces Katrina Tutt, Myesha Marshall, Stephanie Owens, Tabitha Aimes, Miriam Davis, Cynthia Batts, Janice Anthony, DeCoffette Fields, Michelle Fields, LaKeisha Marshall, Antonia Marshall,Meagan Marshall and Lamel Owens; nephews Tony Bowens, Ronnie Owens, Johnny Davis, Jr., Isaac Jr., Joshua, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Abraham Davis, Jyron Butler, Patrick Lacy, Ralston, Vincent and Reggie Marshall, Clifford Randolph, B.J. and Broderick Holman; and a host of great-nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Preceded in death by her father Levi Davis; and seven siblings.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Kattie Lou Davis-Neff were held Sunday, March 4, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Ralph Taylor and the Rev. Norris White officiating. Interment followed in the Union Prairie Cemetery.

Active Pallbearers were LeNorris Irving, Alvin Sandles, Willie Rhodes, Jr., Clarence Colter, Billy Holman, Elbert Johnson, Jr., Marty Rhodes, John McKnight and Tyrone Beasley.

Honorary Pallbearers were Ralston Marshall, Reginald Marshall, Jr., Jeremiah Davis, Joshua Davis, Ezekiel Davis, Abraham Davis, Vincent Marshall, Ronnie Owens, Tony Bowens, Patrick Lacy, Jyron Butler, Isaac Davis, Jr. and Clifford Randolph.

Emmanuel Funeral Home

Theophilus Rudolph Walker was born on April 10, 1928 to the late Sammy and Angie Walker of the Mt. Zion Community, Grapeland.

At an early age he joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church where he was baptized. He also managed and sang with the Spiritual Wonders Quartet. In 1975 he joined Bethel Baptist Church and served as chairman of the deacon board, sang in the male chorus, and cooked barbeque for church functions.

On January 1, 1946 he married the former Eula Lois Turner with eight children born to their union. From 1975 to 1985, T.R. served as a Reserve Deputy for the Houston County Sheriff's office. He also managed a cotton farm and contracted with Southern Pacific. In his spare time he was an avid gardener.

T.R. was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle until he departed this life after 78 years on February 12, 2007 at the Methodist Hospital, Houston.

Preceded in death by by 2sons, Donald Ray and Sammy Walker and a grandson, Jerald Wayne Houston.

Surviviors are: wife of 61 years; Eula Lois Walker of Crockett, 3 sons; Rudolph Walker, Thomas Walker and wife Joyce of Dallas, Jimmy Walker and wife Dorothy of Midway, 3 daughters; Eula Houston and husband Sherman of Bossier City, LA., Della Howard and husband Will of LaMarque, Carrie Gilford and husband Marvin of Houston, 17 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters; Della Moore, Mary Bradford and husband Horace of Texas City, 2 brothers; Lawrence Walker and wife Daphane of Houston, Charles E. Walker of Galveston, 2 brothers-in-law; Albert Turner and wife Wilma of Grapeland, Joe Turner and wife Eva of Dallas, sister-in-law; Willie Mae Gambrell and husband Ralph of CA., nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, special cousins and friends, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Kitchen, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Murray, Mr. and Mrs. Darius Kitchen.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 17, 2007, 11 am, Bethel Baptist Church, 906 North 6 th, Crockett, Rev. Earl Harris, pastor and officiated. He was laid to rest in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Grapeland.

Casketbearers were granddaughters; Debra Jones, Sheila Jenkins, Jessica Scott, Vera Johnson, Kesha Walker Byrd, Yo;anda Adams, Ashala Walker.

McClain-Clebourn Funeral Service

Mr. Newt "N.A." Smith, age 90, passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2007 in Beaumont. Mr. Smith was born November 21, 1916 in Houston County to Nancy Almeda Hallmark and Newton Alexander Smith. Mr. Smith came from a pioneer Texas family who fought for Texas Independence and the creation of the Republic of Texas.

After graduating from Crockett High School, he went on to Sam Houston State University where he worked in the Library and continued his love of reading. Mr. Smith taught in Pasadena High School before being commissioned as an officer he attended South Texas College of Law and was licensed in 1952.

As an attorney he represented various corporations, and was involved in chartering banks, and the development of the cities of Pasadena and Deer Park. Mr. Smith ended his legal career as judge of the County Court at Law when he retired to his ranch in Houston County.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Mary Frances Floyd Smith; daughters Sherry Brackin and husband Bill, and Priscilla Craft and husband Robert; daughter-in-law Betsy Smith; grandchildren Stacey Smith, Stephanie Miller, Alex Smith, Elizabeth Allen, Katie Sadler, Anna Craft and Emily Craft; and five great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by his son Ney.

Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Newt "N.A." Smith were held Friday, February 16, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park.

Broussard's Mortuary Inc.

Mr. W.J. Bartee, age 82 of Pearson Chapel, passed away Sunday, February 11, 2007 at his residence. Mr. Bartee was born October 3, 1924 in Houston County and was a resident of Pearson Chapel since 1999. Mr. Bartee was retired from the City of Galena Park and attended the Pearson Chapel Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife Addie Bell Bartee, of Pearson Chapel; children Wanda Wooten and husband Travis, of Brazoria, Carolyn Umfrid and husband Billy, of Houston and Joe Bartee Bartee, of Pearson Chapel; grandchildren Bryan Tomlinson, Tracy Hagler, Wade Wooten, Teresa Herren and Larry Unfrid; great-grandchildren Ryan and Zora Tomlinson, Cody, Lori and Lillie Wooten, Bruce, Travis and Kristie Hagler, Samantha Umfrid, Natalie, Brooke and Ryan Herren; brother Jack Bartee and wife Laura, of Montgomery; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Preceded in death by his parents Jim H. and Leona Bartee; sister Elaine McKenzie; brother James Harold Bartee; and grandson Duane Carter.

Funeral Services for Mr. W.J. Bartee were held Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Charles Goodson officiating. Interment followed in the Creek Cemetery.

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Nell Shivers Bridges, age 91, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2007 at Sweetwater Healthcare Center. Mrs. Bridges was born August 28, 1915 in Crockett the daughter of Houston County pioneers John William Shivers and Annie Mae Simpson Shivers.

Mrs. Bridges attended Crockett schools and Southwestern University, located in Georgetown, Texas, graduating with honors in 1937. At Southwestern she was Tri-Delt President and her junior year she was chosen Miss Southwester. Later she received two Master's Degrees from North Texas State University in Denton.

Mrs. Bridges taught in Crockett, Sweetwater, Glen Rose, and for 17 years in Fort Worth, and also taught in the graduate school at North Texas State University.

In 1941 she married Charles W. Bridges of Glen Rose, Charles passed away in 1978. A former resident of Glen Rose, Midlothian, Fort Worth, she moved to Sweetwater in 1977 after his death.

Mrs. Bridges was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Alpha Chi Scholarship Society, Fort Worth American Association of University Women, and Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary society for teachers.

In Sweetwater, she was a member of the Book Review Club and former president of the Sorosis Club. Mrs. Bridges attended the First Methodist Church, serving on the board and in the United Methodist Women's Group.

Survivors include her two nieces Margaret Bishop and Joyce Nell Wright, both of Sweetwater; nephew Jack Bridges and wife Debbie Lou, of Glen Rose; two nieces Nancy Reese and Mary Lee Lilly, both of Glen Rose; two nephews George Beall and Edward, of Portland, Ore.; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her husband; two sisters Elizabeth Bishop and Wilma Brann Sparks; and brother John Franklin Shivers.

Funeral services for Mrs. Nell Shivers Bridges were held Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at McCoy Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Mark Metzger officiating. Interment followed in the Squaw Creek Cemetery in Glen Rose, at 3:30 p.m. with the Rev. David Leach officiating she laid to rest next to her husband Charles W. Bridges.

Honorary Pallbearers were Frank Conard, Robert Pieper, Tere Lawrence, Jack Lawrence, Jere Lawrence, Charles Reeves, Ben Turner and Alton Pyburn.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers's Association, Box 3280, San Angelo, TX. 78902, or the Methodist Children's Home, 111 Herring, Avenue, Waco, TX. 76708.

McCoy Funeral Home

Evelyn Wallace Marshall was born on October 4, 1937 in Panola County, Texas. At an early age she joined Shady Grove Baptist Church and attended the local schools. Presently she was a member of Union Prairie Baptist Church, Crockett.

She passed away on January 18, 2007, in a Lufkin Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her mother, 2 brothers; Roger McDowell and Frank Castleberry.

Survivors are: devoted husband; L.D. Marshall of Crockett, 3 sisters; Ruth Nicholson and Mary Mitchell of Dallas, Ruby Jackson of San Diego, 2 brothers; Robert Castleberry of Flint, TX., Ollie Ray Shepherd of Palms Springs, CA., Several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral services were held Thursday, January 25, 2007, 1 pm, Shady Grove Baptist Church, Carthage, Texas, Rev. James Walls, pastor and officiant. She was laid to rest in Rocquemore Cemetery, Carthage.

McClain-Clebourn Funeral Service

Mr. Bobbyjack Luby Lewis, age 47 of Slater, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2007 at his home. Mr. Lewis was born August 31, 1959 in Ft. Worth.

Mr. Lewis graduated from Gatesville High School in 1978 and received a 12 th Man Football Award his senior year. Mr. Lewis graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture Education and a Master's Degree in Agriculture Science and Veterinary Science.

Mr. Lewis worked for the Texas Extension Service as a county agent in Crockett, and Sierra Blanca for nine years. Mr. Lewis was the proud co-owner and manager of Double L Wildlife. Mr. Lewis also managed his family's cattle for the past 15 years.

Mr. Lewis had a heart to help others which was evident in the way he lived his life. Mr. Lewis was very active in the community, serving on many boards and associations. Mr. Lewis was on the Board of the Coryell County Farm Bureau, was the Texas State chairman of the Wildlife program for the Blackland Income Growth Project, past-president of the Southwest Coryell Country Wildlife Management Association, president of the Slater Cemetery Association, and served actively with several other organizations.

Mr. Lewis was also selected to serve as one of the Texas State Reps for the Farm Bureau, a two-year term. During this time he traveled throughout North and South America learning how to improve agriculture in Texas. Mr. Lewis spent endless hours working with many counties' 4-H clubs and youth. Mr. Lewis enjoyed hearing and telling a good story. Mr. Lewis was also a member of Pearl Baptist Church.

Survivors include his parents Jack and Joyce Lewis, of Slater; sister and brother-in-law Jaynie and Maynard Fader, of Slater; and fiancee Karen Holley, of Slater.

Funeral Services for Mr. Bobbyjack Luby Lewis were held Thursday, January 25, at Scott's Funeral Home with Mr. Carl Wayne Stanley officiating.

Memorials can be made to Slater Cemetery Association, C/O Pat Loden 1145 Slater Road, Gatesville, TX. 76528 or Texas 4-H Center, 5600 FM 3021, Brownwood, TX. 76801. Please note on gift that memorial is for BJ Lewis.

Scott's funeral Home

Mr. Albert Neil Huff, age 79 of Grapeland, passed away Sunday, February 25, 2007 at his residence. Mr. Huff was born December 3, 1927 in Houston County to Hill and Lena Belle Warner Huff. Mr. Huff was a lifelong farmer and rancher and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Grapeland.

Survivors include his daughters Kathy Cheatham and husband Jackie, of Grapeland, Mona Ivey and husband Ronnie, of Chandler and Tambra Bigham and husband Harold, of Memphis, TN.; brothers Fagan Huff and Joe Huff, both of Grapeland; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by his parents Hill and Lena Belle Warner Huff; wife Ruby Dee Kellum Huff in 2006; sisters Eva Starr, Effie Lively; and two brothers William Huff and Pete Huff.

Funeral Services for Mr. Albert Neil Huff were held Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Grapeland with the Rev. Ron Ivey and the Rev. Davy R. Hobson officiating. Interment followed in Dailey Cemetery.

Pallbearers were David Oliver, Jon Cheatham, Craig Ivey, Clay Cheatham, Austin Cheatham, and Sonny Bowman.

Bailey & Foster Funeral Home

Bailey & Foster Funeral Home 207 S. Magnolia, Palestine, TX. 75801 903-729-2248 Fax # 903-729-8008

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

Mr. Jack Minter, age 85 of Belott, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2007 in the Whitehall Nursing Center in Crockett. Mr. Minter was born February 11, 1922 in Nineveh, Texas and was a resident of Belott most of his lifetime. Mr. Minter was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served during World War II as a Seaman First Class. Mr. Minter was a retired cattleman and had also worked as a police officer for the City of Crockett. Mr. Minter was a member of the New Energy Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Ruby Dixon Minter, of Belott; daughter Patricia Minter Lucas, of Belott; five grandsons Scott Lucas, of Belott, Chad Lucas and wife Sunny, of Missouri City, Keith Gilmore and wife Patty, of Baytown, Darrell Gilmore and wife Linda, of Dalhart and Renay Gilmore, of Groveton; two step-grandsons Dustin Barnes, of Tyler and David Barnes, of Dallas; son-in-law James Ray Gilmore, of Pennington; seven great-grandchildren Amber, Jené, Andrea, Jake, Junior, Trace and Kinsey; two great-great-grandchildren; special niece and nephew Janice and Luther Boyd, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Preceded in death by his parents John and Lillie Minter; daughter Jackie Minter Gilmore; five brothers L.E. Sr., John, Wade, Willie and Waymon Minter; and a sister.

Funeral services for Mr. Jack Minter were held Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Paul Carlin and the Rev. Paul Corley officiating. Interment followed in the New Energy Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Danny Minter, Mickey Crouch, Rodney Bullock, Luther Boyd, Dickie Terry and W.L. Tillis.

Honorary Pallbearers were Wade Minter, Jr., Fred Lee Jones, Dale Harrelson, Lee Holsey, Troy Brown, Claudie Kendrick, Kevin Westbrook, Willis White, Willie Josey, Cleo Robinson, Tony Hawkins and Tommy McClain.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Michelle Holsey Foundation, P.O. Box 652, Crockett, TX. 75835.

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Jeanette Creath Crell was born April 10, 1906 in Houston County to Moffett Baskin Creath and Mary Maude Steed Creath. After finishing the teacher preparatory course at Sam Houston State Teacher's College, she taught in Houston County at Tadmor, Hickory Creek, and Salt Branch Schools.

From 1935 to 1945 she was a teacher at the State School for the Deaf in Austin, where she taught her students both to sign and to lip-read. Mrs. Crell received teaching degrees from Sam Houston State Teachers' College and from the University of Houston.

Mrs. Crell organized classes for the deaf in the Houston Independent School District, where she also taught Special Education. Mrs. Crell finished her remarkable 50-year teaching career in Houston County at Glover and Kennard, teaching Special Education. Mrs. Crell was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Crockett, the Retired Teachers Association, the DAR, and the Pythian Sisters.

Mrs. Jeanette Creath Crell passed away at Whitehall Nursing Center Monday, February 26, 2007 at the age of 100.

Survivors include her daughter Sally Crell Gannaway and husband Michael, of Pflugerville; grandson, Barry Pickel Gannaway, of Daly City, Calif.; sister-in-law Lucille Creath, of Tyler.

Preceded in death by her parents Moffett Baskin Creath and Mary Maude Steed Creath; husband Arnold J. Crell; son Hugh Crell; and all her siblings.

Memorial Services for Mrs. Jeanette Creath Crell were held at First Presbyterian Church of Crockett at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2007 with the Rev. Jim Tom Ainsworth presiding.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Crockett, 715 E. Goliad, Crockett, TX. 75835.

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Kathleen Farmer Daye, age 56 of Nacogdoches County, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2007 in the Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital following an auto accident. Mrs. Daye was born to Joe Thomas and Juanita Hatfield Farmer in Weslaco, Texas on January 7, 1951. Mrs. Daye married David Daye on March 28, 1970 in McAllen. They lived in the Cut community of Houston County from 1980 through 1991, and she was a dental assistant for Garner Dental Clinic in Crockett for many years. They moved to the Loco Valley area of Nacogdoches County in December 1991, and she worked part time for Nancy Yarbrough at Downtown Arts in Nacogdoches.

Survivors include her husband David Daye, of Nacogdoches County; son Eric Daye, of Nacogdoches County; daughter and son-in-law Karen and James (Pete) Suits, of Weslaco; grandchildren Trey Lambright and Madeline Suits, of Weslaco; mother Juanita Hatfield Farmer; brother and sister-in-law Joe David Farmer and Amy Bowen; mother-in-law Frances Henize Daye; many other relatives and special friends from all over the United States and abroad.

Preceded in death by her father Joe Thomas Farmer; and grandparents George and Minnie Johnson Hatfield and Albert and Alva Thomas Farmer.

Memorial services for Mrs. Kathleen Farmer Daye were held Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. in the Azalea Arboretum on campus at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Breast Cancer Awareness.

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Lucille Adams, age 94 of Weldon, passed away Friday, February 23, 2007 in the East Texas Medical Center in Crockett. Mrs. Adams was born July 22, 1912 in Poyner, Anderson County to W. R. (Bud) Jordan and Mamie Wylie Jordan. Mrs. Lucille married Clifton H. Adams in Weldon on October 2, 1928 and lived the rest of her life in Houston County. Mrs. Adams was a charter member of the Weldon Civic Club which has served Houston County for 59 years and she was also a member of the Weldon Baptist Church where she taught children's Sunday School classes.

Survivors include her son Roland Clifton Adams and wife Mary Ella, of Jacksonville; daughter Yvonne Adams Otis, of Lovelady; grandchildren Cliff Arnold Adams and wife Ann, of Tyler, Franklin H. Otis III, of Houston, William Richard Otis, of Lovelady; great-grandchildren Elizabeth and Jake Adams, of Tyler; sisters Laura Jo LaRue and husband Odie, Margaret Parker and husband Leslie, Lillian Driskell and husband Joe Lynn, and Shirley Parker, all of Lovelady; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Clifton Adams; son-in-law Howard Otis; sisters Ruth McDougald, Frank Alice Gardner, Eloise Westmoreland and Doris Monk; and brothers, Dick Jordan and Jack Jordan.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Lucille Adams were held Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. in the Weldon Baptist Church with the Rev. C. F. Hazelwood officiating. Interment followed in the Weldon Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Weldon Cemetery Assn., c/o Yvonne Otis, 5928 CR 3555, Lovelady, TX. 75851.

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Mary Lois Etheredge, age 64 of Lovelady, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2007 in the Methodist Hospital in Houston. Mrs. Etheredge was born May 29, 1942 in Houston and was a resident of Lovelady for the past 13 years, previously living in Houston. Mrs. Etheredge was a housewife and a member of the Lovelady Antioch Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Tom Etheredge, of Lovelady; three children James Etheredge and wife Jodi, of Houston, Karen Ware and husband Jerry, of Humble and Paula Lois Walker and husband Rob, of Santa Fe; four grandchildren Amy, Dalton, Emili and Melanie; father Percy Amy, of Crockett; brother Eddie Ray Amy, of Pearland; aunts Eunice Graham, of Weldon and Gloria Etheredge, of Lovelady; sister-in-law Annie Etheredge, of Lovelady; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Preceded in death by her mother Lois Pauline Amy.

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Lois Etheredge were held Saturday, January 27, 2007 in the Lovelady Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Lacey officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.

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

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Mollie D. Brittain, age 90, of Ratcliff, passed away Monday, March 5, 2007 in the Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin. Mrs. Brittain was born December 23, 1916 in Wells and was a lifetime resident of Ratcliff. Mrs. Brittain was a graduate of Wells High School and was a member of the Basketball Team where she played guard. Mrs. Brittain was retired from Ratcliff Post Office where she was Postmaster from 1963 until 1984. Mrs. Brittain attended the Ratcliff Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son Charles Brittain and wife Deanna, of Lufkin; daughter Martha Brittain Robinson, of Ratcliff; grandchildren Lance Robinson, of Atlanta, Ga., Jana Brittain, of Three Rivers, Calif., David Brittain of Durango, Colo.; great-grandson Michael Robinson of Atlanta, Ga.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Preceded in death by her husband Pete Brittain; and son-in-law, James A. Robinson.

Funeral services for Mrs. Mollie D. Brittain were held Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Rev. Ken Wooley and Rev. Eddie Roberts officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Wells.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Hope Cemetery Association.

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

Mrs. Nelda L. Simon, age 61 of Crockett, passed away Monday, March 5, 2007 at her residence. Mrs. Simon was born July 20, 1945 in Liberty County and was a lifetime resident of Crockett. Mrs. Simon was retired having worked for the Texas Youth Commission and had also worked for the Women's Shelter in Crockett. Mrs. Simon attended the Crockett Church of God.

Survivors include her daughter Tracy Bowden and husband Randy, of Montalba; son Edward Earl "Bubba" Simon and wife Jonna, of Crockett; step-daughter Patricia Silhan and husband Ron, of Houston; grandchildren Marcy Mayhugh, of Montalba, Charlie Simon, Christina Simon, both of Coldspring, Tomas Silhan, Cathy Silhan, both of Houston and James Bowden, of Palestine; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Preceded in death by her husband Charlie Simon; and parents Jessie and Inez Austin.

Funeral services for Mrs. Nelda L. Simon were held Thursday, March 8, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. David Taylor.

Private graveside services followed in the Weches Cemetery.

Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

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 Casidhe, 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

Mrs. Pauline Adelle “Polly” Evans, Daughter, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Chistian, Sister, Aunt, and Friend left us the day of in the Year of Our Lord at a.m./p.m. We encourage you not only to mourn for her death, but also to rejoice for her life and the lives she touched and helped along the way. Mrs. Evans was born February 9, 1928 in Lovelady, youngest daughter of Ollie and Charlie L. Hudgins, sister to Glen Hudgins and Lillian Hudgins Marlin.

Mrs. Evans graduated from Lovelady High School, in Lovelady and attended Durham Business College, Houston. A longtime resident of Houston Mrs. Evans retired from Moncrief-Lenor Manufacturing Company after 47 years of service and was a member of the Forest Oaks Baptist Church in Houston.

Mrs. Evans later moved to Lewisville and became a member of First Baptist Church of Lewisville. Mrs. Evans will be remembered with great joy, pride, and above all with much love.

Survivors include her daughter Nancy Hayward and husband Don, of Lewisville; grandchildren Amber Gollaher and huband Dax, of Lewisville, and Donald Hayward and wife Tammy, of Fort Worth; great grandchildren Charisma Gollaher and Logan Gollaher of Lewisville, Benjamin Hayward and Megan Hayward, of Fort Worth; and many nieces, nephews and other loving relatives.

Preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, J. A. Evans.

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in the Main Chapel at Forest Park Lawndale with the Reverend Kevin Barefield officiating. Interment followed in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials are made to First Baptist Church of Lewisville, 1251 W. Valley Ridge Blvd., Lewisville, Texas 75077 or the American Cancer Society.

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Mr. Roy Datus Sharp, Jr., age 73 of Madisonville passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2007 in Madisonville. Mr. Sharp was born November 8, 1933 in Sulphur Springs to Vera (Waller) and Roy Datus Sharp, Sr. Mr. Sharp moved to Madisonville at the age of seven and was a graduate of Madisonville High School.

Mr. Sharp received his BBA from the University of Texas where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and was a veteran of the United States Army. On March 23, 1957 he married the love of his life, La Muriel Wester. In March they would have celebrated 50 years of marriage. They enjoyed every minute together and were known for always being on the go.

Mr. Sharp was the CEO and President of Madisonville State Bank, which was his life, from 1968 until 1993 and was a Director until his death. Mr. Sharp was an avid golfer, hunter, and fisherman and also loved horse racing in recent years, and many times did them all in one day. Mr. Sharp's girls were his pride and joy and when he finally got a grandson and great-grandson he was elated, and his greatest joy was his family.

Survivors include his wife La Muriel Sharp, of Madisonville; daughters and sons-in-law Jeri Lynne and Red Smith, of Crockett, and Jill and David Vaughan, of Montgomery; mother-in-law Louise Wester Hurry, of Madisonville; brother-in-law Jerry Wester, of Madisonville; grandchildren, Nicole and Chris Donoho, of Willis, Emily Stewart, of Dallas and Luke Datus Vaughan, of Montgomery; great-grandson, Sam Donoho, of Willis; as well as many friends and other relatives.

Preceded in death by his parents Vera (Waller) and Roy Datus.

Funeral services for Mr. Roy Datus Sharp, Jr. were held Friday, February 23, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at The First United Methodist Church in Madisonville with the Rev. Tony McCollum officiating. Interment followed in the Madisonville City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Cecil Neely, Buddy Barrett, Ellwood Barrett, Calvin Clute, W.C. Bennett, Don Lasiter, Kenneth Andrews, and Sonny Dean.

Honorary Pallbearers were the Officers and Directors of Madisonville State Bank, Jim Day Burke, Harvey Springer, LeRoy Stanton, Charles Park, and King Cole

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Madisonville building fund.

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Mrs. Victoria Blair, age 98 of Grapeland, passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2007 at East Texas Medical Center in Crockett. Mrs. Blair was born October 22, 1908 in Liberty County to August and Zella Fregia. Mrs. Blair was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Survivors include her daughter Katie Bruce and husband J.C., of Grapeland; sons Philip Wayne Blair, of Arlington, Charles Ray Blair, George Blair and wife Andria, all of Conroe; half brother Sam Parker, of Liberty; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren; and three great-great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her parents August and Zella Fregia; husband Ramond Blair in 1975; daughter Betty Jo McGoldrick; and a son Ramond Blair, Jr.

Graveside services for Mrs. Victoria Blair were held Friday, March 2, at 10:00 a.m. in Ivy Cemetery near Kennard with Bro. Dywane Mills and Larry Bruce officiating.

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