Polk County Enterprise - Obituaries
For the Week of March 3, 2008 - March 10, 2008
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E. Camille McBride Davis
LIVINGSTON – E. Camille McBride Davis, formerly of Greenville, Miss., died on Feb. 27, 2008, in Lufkin Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Davis was born March 12, 1957 and was known as a devoted wife, mother and friend who enjoyed cooking for family and friends. Mrs. Davis, who retired from U.S. Gypsum, was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority. Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her mother, Maxine McBride; father, Wade Lee McBride Sr.; son, Scott Ellison Mays and brothers, Wade Lee McBride Jr., Robert Ray Meshell and Francis Steven McBride. Mrs. Davis is survived by her husband, Doyle Davis of Livingston; two sons, Bradley Davis of Livingston and William Davis of Cleveland, Miss.; granddaughter, Madison Davis of Corpus Christi; two brothers, James McBride and wife Edna and Dale McBride and wife Susan, all of Livingston; motherin- law, Addie Davis of Cleveland, Miss.; brother-in-law, Mike Davis and wife Angie of Greenville, Miss.; sisters-in-law, Lynette Vick and Denona Proctor and husband Frank, all of Cleveland, Miss., as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held Monday, March 3, at Smith Funeral Home, Greenville, Miss. Visitation starts at 6 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 7:30 p.m. The Rev. Bobby O’Fallon will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a contribution be made in Mrs. Davis’s memory to your favorite charity and/or hospice.

Earnest Edward Stephens
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2008 for Earnest Edward Stephens, 75, Macedonia Baptist Church with the Reverands Eldridge Nickson, Fredrick Owen, Melvin Stephens and Kenneth Darden officiating. Burial will be in the St. Andrews Cemetery in Onalaska. Mr. Stephens died Thursday, February 28, 2008 at his home in Livingston, Texas. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law; Sidney and Gloria Stephens, his sister Dixie Lee Woods, his sister Annie Mae Owens, a host of nieces & nephews, his loving work crew at Florida’s Kitchen and Cochran Funeral Home, his special friend Ezekiel Robinson, Sr., and his special friend Mike Nettles. He was preceded in death by his father Willie Stephens, and his mother Belle Randolph Stephens. He was born September 6, 1932 in Livingston, Texas the son of Willie and Belle (Randolph) Stephens. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Henderson, Arthur Lee Henderson, John Henderson, Ezekial Robinson, Jr., Frank Henderson, Saville Harris, and Yelton Price. Honorary Pallbearers will be Rev. Sidney Stephens, Julius Bailey, Sylvester Harris, Ezekial Robinson, Sr., George Stephens, Robert Long and Arthur Ray English.

Ralph Ray Wallace III
AUSTIN – Funeral services for former State Representative Ralph Ray Wallace III were held Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin. Representative Wallace died Feb. 1 of a heart attack at his home near Livingston in Polk County. Former Governor Mark White called Wallace “a prince of a man” and served as a pallbearer along with former State Senator Gene Jones, former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels, former House Members Paul Colbert and Ron Waters and State Representative Harold Dutton. Bettie Naylor and Bud Schauerte also served as pallbearers. The Texas State Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety participated in the service. Wallace was a long serving member of the Texas House of Representatives. First elected to office in 1977, Wallace, a Democrat, represented District 145 in the southeast part of Houston, which included the Hobby Airport area. At the time of his appointment by Speaker Billy Clayton to the House Select Committee on Sexual Abuse of Children, he was the youngest member to be named as chairman. During his terms in office, Wallace served as vice-chairman and other leadership roles on the Financial Institutions Committee, Governmental Operations and several national legislative organizations. He was chairman of the House Democratic Caucus at the time when Democrats held the majority in the Texas House and was selected as chairman by the 42 members of the Harris County delegation to the Legislature, a position he held for much of his time in office. While serving as chairman of the Cultural and Historical Resources Committee, Wallace pressed for more funding to develop tourism, which today is one of the major factors in the Texas economy. Celebration of the Texas Sesquicentennial and restoration of the State Capitol were two of the areas overseen by this committee in which Wallace took special pride. During this period, Wallace led efforts resulting in the restoration of the Alamo, the Battleship Texas and the San Jacinto Monument. As the Texas member to the National Conference of State Legislators Committee on Arts, Tourism and Cultural Resources, Wallace was recognized as an outstanding spokesman and advocate. Known as an advocate for Texas residents, Wallace, along with Governor Mark White and other legislators, led efforts to reduce utility costs charged residential customers. He co-authored legislation insuring Texas beaches remain open to the public. He carried legislation requiring pipeline companies to notify the public of long buried pipelines in Harris County and led efforts to increase funding for Texas parks and Texas schools. He championed the creation of Enterprise Zones in Harris County and throughout Texas as well as carried legislation to eliminate the environmentally harmful pop-tops from cans. Due to Wallace’s efforts, the EPA was forced to abandon a potentially hazardous incineration plan for disposal of PCBs at a superfund site in southeast Harris County. Twice selected as the Outstanding State Legislator by the Texas Narcotics Officers Association, Representative Wallace passed laws which enhanced penalties against drug dealers as well as legislation protecting children from sexual predators. Always an advocate for Texas, Wallace was legislative liaison to the White House during the Carter Administration. He served in this same capacity with the Houston Consul Corps and led numerous trade missions around the world. As a young man, he became active in civil rights and was an early member of the NAACP. During the John F. Kennedy campaign for president, Wallace founded the organization that is now the Texas Teen Democratic. He was born on July 27, 1949. Wallace graduated from Southwestern State University in Georgetown. He was an early member of the deMolay, the Harris County Livestock Show and Rodeo, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, the NRA, the Sierra Club and several other organizations. He was a member of ATO fraternity at Baptist University in Houston. A direct descendant of Stephen F. Austin, Wallace served as chaplain of the Sons of the Republic of Texas and was elevated to Knights of the Order of San Jacinto. His grandfather, F.O. Fuller, was speaker of the Texas House of Representatives and oversaw the 1917 impeachment of Governor James Ferguson. Wallace’s son, Ralph Ray Wallace IV, is with the House Sergeant-at-Arms Office at the State Capitol. Wallace is survived by his son, Ralph Ray Wallace IV; a daughter and son-in-law, Jacque and Michael Thomas of Dallas; mother, Kathleen Emery Williams and sister, Kathy Hunt and husband Robert, all of Livingston; brother, Frank Wallace and wife Beve of Salado; three nephews, Byron Dunaway and Beau and Miles Wallace of Salado; three great-nephews, Mason and Bryce Dunaway and Joshua Hunt; uncle, Neil and Virginia Emery and aunt Flo Langston of California; many cousins and adopted nieces and nephews of Livingston and Conroe and around the world.

Velma June Thomas
NAVASOTA -- Funeral services for Velma June Thomas, 77, of Navasota were held on Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, in Cashner Colonial Chapel, with the Rev. Gene Kendrick and the Rev. Gene Shinn officiating. Graveside services followed in Holly Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Thomas was born Feb. 6, 1931 in Schwab City and died on Feb. 27, 2008 in Navasota. She was a member of Greenwood Baptist Church. She is survived by her daughter, Wanda Bawden and husband Brad of Katy; sons, John Thomas and wife Kathy of Conroe, James Thomas and wife Cynthia of Midway and Tommy Thomas and wife Sandy of Porter; grandchildren, Kayla Bawden, Katelyn Bawden, Christopher Thomas and wife Heather, Chance Thomas and wife Kyra, Beverly Wilson and husband Larry, Jamie Giesman and Daniel Thomas; great grandchildren, Brianna Thomas, Savanna Thomas, Kenna Thomas, Braxton Wilson, Korley Wilson, Lance Giesman, Kodi Giesman and Kaylee Thomas and numerous other relatives and friends.

Annie Belle Overstreet
BAYTOWN -- Annie Belle Overstreet, 90, of Baytown was born Aug. 22, 1917 in Warren and died on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008 in Baytown. She was a seamstress and member of Memorial Baptist Church and the 42 Domino Club. Her other hobbies included quilting, ceramics, doll collecting and growing African violets. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Lee and Lilly Holligan Neal; husband of 65 years, William Freddie Overstreet; brothers, Ray, Sid, and Melvin Neal and sisters, Elsie Mullins and Opal Kader. She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Dr. Dennis and Vikki Overstreet of Austin and Royce Overstreet of Bryan; daughters and sons-in-laws, Betty and Mickey Stewart of Friendswood and Sharon and Michael Hollaway of Baytown; grandchildren, David and Russell Stewart, Rene Sellers, Phillip Overstreet and Kathleen Trevino and great-grandchildren, Cody Stewart, Koulton Sellers and Tres Trevino. Funeral Services were held Saturday, March 1, at Navarre Funeral Home, with the Rev. Brad Hoffmann officiating. Graveside services followed in Fellowship Cemetery in Warren. Pallbearers were David, Russell and Cody Stewart, David Overstreet, David Sellers, Phillip Trevino and Phillip Overstreet. In lieu usual remembrances, contributions may be made to Memorial Baptist Church, 600 West Sterling St., Baytown, TX 77520 . To view the online obituary or to post a tribute for the family, go to www.navarrefuneralhome.com.


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