Shirley Jo McCool, age 57, of Shepherd, Texas, passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2010. She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 4, 1952 to J.W. and Velma E. Spainhour who preceded her in death along with her nephew, Scot Dunderdale. Survivors include her loving husband, John McCool; grandparent, Iva “Granny” Simmons Sons, Ben McCool and wife, Anna, Anthony Spainhour and wife, Amanda, Wayne McCool and wife, Sissy, Chad McCool, Curtis McCool; daughter, Katie McCool; grandchildren, Montana, Haley, Jack, Abby, Colton, Kylie, and Taylor; brothers and sisters, Calvin “Bud”, Mary Ann, Jerry Wayne, Janice Kay; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other cherished family members and treasured friends. Bro. Preston Baker presided over memorial services held Monday, April 12, 2010, 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Shepherd, Texas.
Arthur Eugene “Gene” Rose, age 93, of North Richland Hills, Texas, passed away, March 4, 2010. He was born in Giddings, Texas on April 11, 1916 to John Frank and Myrtle Rose who preceded him in death along with brother: Willie Perry Rose. Survivors include his daughter: Peggy Ruth Rose Hamil and husband, Rayford of Grapevine, Texas; son: Larry Eugene Rose and wife, Karen of Houston, Texas; grandchildren: Glenda Marie Hamil and husband, Randall, Stephen Lee Hamil and wife, Melanie, Andrew Eugene Rose and wife, Karlin, Stephanie Leigh Rose Smith and husband, Johnny, Lisa Michelle Rose Svensen and husband, Paul; great-grandchildren: Jennifer Lee Hamil Renfro and husband, James, Justin Michael Smith, Ryan Eugene Rose, Shelby John Svensen, Jeremy Allen Smith, Morgan Ann Rose, Alex Fredrik Svensen, Kerry Lynn Russell, Jr.; greatgreat- grandchildren: Cheyenne Michelle Hamil, Ayden Bryant Russell; brothers: John B. Rose of Houston, TX, Charles Jack Rose of San Antonio, TX; and a host of other family and friends. Pastor Brandon Navarre presided over funeral services held Monday, March 8, 2010, 2:00 p.m. at Forest Grove Christian Church, Rockdale, Texas with interment at Forest Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers included Stephen Lee Hamil, Andrew Eugene Rose, Johnny Smith, Justin Michael Smith, Ryan Eugene Rose, Jeremy Allen Smith.
Margaret Evangeline Shannon, age 92, of Liberty, Texas, passed away Saturday, April 3, 2010. She was born in Nashville, Tennessee on October 13, 1917 to William Carl and Cordelia Miller who preceded her in death along with her loving husband, Carl Lynn Shannon. S u r v i - vors include her sons, Lynn C a r l t o n S h a n n o n and wife, Alma, Don M i c h a e l Shannon and wife, Beverly, Craig Miller Shannon and wife, Janice; sister, Gladys F. Bennett; brothers, Walton H. Miller, William K. Miller, Robert G. Miller; grandchildren, Patrick Shannon, Cindy Watts, Michael Shannon, Kelly Shannon- Clark, Melissa Valentine, Daniel Shannon, Christy Smirl; ten great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other loving and caring family members and treasured friends throughout the years. Visitation will be held Friday, April 9, 2010, 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Dayton, Texas. Pastor Steve Bean will preside over funeral services being held Saturday, April 10, 2010, 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 602 Main St.., Liberty, Texas. Graveside services will follow at Cooke Cemetery, Liberty, Texas. Pallbearers include Lynn Shannon, Patrick Shannon, Don Shannon, Michael Shannon, Craig Shannon, and Claude Harding.
Lisa Renée Berry, age 35, of Coldspring, passed away Tuesday, April 6, 2010. She was born in Galveston, Texas on October 22, 1974 to Gary Lee Berry and Vicky Joyce Winfrey. She is preceded in death by her father and her grandfathers, Ruben A. Berry and Willard Winfrey. S u r v i - vors include her daughter, K y l e e R e n é e B e r r y ; m o t h e r , V i c k y D a f f e r n and husband, Bobby; grandmothers, Joyce Berry of Coldspring, Texas and Ora Lee Berry of New Caney, Texas; sister, Paige Hawkins; brother, Xerox Berry Thompson; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation was held Friday, April 9, 2010, 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, 14250 Hwy 150 W, Coldspring, Texas. Bro. Carl Sanders presided over funeral services held Saturday, April 10, 2010, 2:00 p.m. at Family Faith Church in Coldspring, Texas.
Esther Mae McPike Underwood went to be home with Jesus on March 29, 2010 after a lengthy illness. She died peacefully at home with her loving family by her side. Esther was born on April 21, 1931 in Oakhurst, Texas. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Jane McPike, husband, Walter F. Underwood, granddaughter, Jessica Poffinbarger, and grandson, Walter Lee Little. She was married to the love of her life, W a l t e r U n d e r - wood for 57 years. Esther is s u r v i v e d by their four child r e n , D o n n a Underwood Little, Dan Underwood and wife Melanie, Mary Underwood Poffinbarger, and Patti Underwood Smith. She had eight precious grandchildren: Mandy Little Dyer and husband Doug, Tyler Lee Little, Brandon Underwood and wife Ronda, Kara Underwood Novotny and husband Rob, Autumn Underwood McDonald and husband Wes, Alix Poffinbarger Harper and husband Jackie, Nicholas Smith and wife Ashley, and John Henry Smith, and wife Chelsea. She was blessed by her ten great grandchildren: Kori, Douglas, Dylan, and Bilee Jane Dyer, Zane Underwood, Emry and Keaton Novotny, Ella McDonald, and Braden and Logan Harper. She is also survived by her loving sister and brother, Lilla Grace Dixon of Dodge, Texas and Noble Dean McPike and wife Nancy of Conroe, Texas. She leaves behind many cousins, nieces, nephews, dear friends and especially her Church family at Oakhurst Full Gospel Church. Esther attended Oakhurst High School in Oakhurst, Texas and graduated in 1948 as Salutatorian. She loved school and never tired of learning. After having her four children, she persisted until she graduated in 1968 from SHSU with honors, being a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society. She taught in Spring ISD as a fourth grade teacher, was a substitute teacher in Willis ISD for many years, and organized and taught Kindergarten at New Waverly First Baptist Church. She was a founding Board member of the New Waverly Public Library. Through the years she worked at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, the Walker County Tax Office and as secretary for Walker County Judge Walter Cooksey. Many of her favorite pastimes included cooking, sewing, painting and studying the Bible. She taught Sunday school for 50 years at Oakhurst Full Gospel Church. Her first love was to serve Jesus with all her heart and care for her family. She loved to sing and was a member of the choir at New Waverly First Baptist Church for many years. She loved playing the piano and singing at Oakhurst Full Gospel Church. Esther and Walter enjoyed traveling with their dear friends Walter and Louise Cooksey. Following retirement, she continued traveling with her sister Lilla Dixon, her dear and faithful friends, Birdie Jo Blalock, Fanny Jean White, Jane Dixon, Dorothy Dixon, her daughter Donna Little and grandson Tyler. Together they traveled to most every state in the United States. Walter and Esther loved sharing their homes with their many friends in the ministry and with visiting evangelists and Pastors over the years. Esther was always an inspiration of grace and beauty to everyone who knew her. Her family would like to extend their appreciation and thanks to those who lovingly and faithfully cared for her during her lengthy illness. They include: Patience Montgomery with Compassus Hospice, Paulia Ward, Carolyn Hanselman, Onay Williams, and Faye Helmick. A service for Esther was held Thursday, April 1, 2010, at Oakhurst Full Gospel Church in Oakhurst, Texas. Burial followed at Hill Cemetery in New Waverly, Texas.
Larry Wayne Hobgood born September 14, 1941, passed away March 27, 2010. He leaves to cherish his memories: loving wife, Wanda; daughter, Cherilyn Williams; sons, Larry Jr., & Paul Hobgood; stepson, Eddie McClanahand; adopted son, C l i f t o n Hobgood; brothers, Bobby & J o h n n y Hobgood; 7 grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends. He served 5 years in the U.S. Army from August 24, 1966 to May 28, 1971; 3 tours in Vietnam. Larry was awarded 2 Purple Hearts, 2 Bronze Stars with Oak Leaf and Army Commendation Medal with Valor. While he served in the Army, he was an E6 Staff Sergeant with G Troop 2nd Squad, 11th Armored Calvary- REG, The Black Horse. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, ATTN: Gift Processing.
William G. “Deacon Bill” Rudolph age 84 of Shepherd passed away on Tuesday March 30, 2010. Funeral services were held Monday April 5, 2010 at 10:00 AM in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cleveland with Bishop Curtis J. Guillory, Father Eric Groner, and Father Paul Kahan officiating. Assisting was Deacon David Mueller and Deacon Larry Terrell. Burial will follow in the Farley Chapel Cemetery. Bill was born February 19, 1926 in Richmond Hill, New York. He was a Yeoman Third Class Navy Veteran of World War II. He served from 1944 through 1946 and was a D-Day survivor. He resided in Bellaire, Texas from 1953 to 1978 then resided in Shepherd, Texas area until his death. He retired from the Harris County Tax Department in 1991. He was a member of the VFW and a member of Auxiliary Shepherd Volunteer Fire Department. He as a 50+ year member of the Knights of Columbus Council 803 in Houston, Texas and Council 10405 in Cleveland, Texas. He was ordained to the Permanent Deaconate June 8, 1975 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Houston. He served as a Deacon at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Bellaire for five years, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Livingston for 15 years, and at St. Mary Catholic Church in Cleveland for 15 years. Deacon Bill touched many people by serving people of all faiths and was a wonderful loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Mickey Rudolph of Shepherd, Texas; sons, Dr. Raymond Rudolph and wife Barbara of Thunderbolt, Georgia; William J. Rudolph and wife Cheryl of Shepherd, Texas, Ronald M. Rudolph and wife Cindy of Richmond, Texas; Daughters Adrian Cennamo and husband Danny of Shepherd, Texas, and Berni Davis and husband Daren of Granbury, Texas; 12 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; brother Joseph Rudolph and wife Pat of Oceanside, New York; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his grandson, Jeffrey Meekins, brother John Rudolph, and sisters, Sister Margaret Rudolph and Veronica Pasini. Serving as pallbearers were Raymond Rudolph, Ronald Rudolph, Danny Cennamo, Daren Davis, Charles Green, Ray Jones, and Patrick Casaras. Memorials May be made to Shepherd Volunteer Fire Dept., Catholic Charities; St. Mary Catholic Church, Cleveland Texas, Building Fund; Shepherd Library Fund, Shepherd, Texas; Blue Bird Circle Clinic, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, Texas; The Joe W. Elliott House, Lufkin, Texas; or the charity of your choice.
Harrison Edward (Ted) Jones, Jr. went to his Heavenly Home Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010 at the age of 81, leaving his family to God’s comfort at his bedside. Ted was born in Houston, TX, December 26, 1928, to H a r r i s o n E d w a r d Jones and Maria del C a r m e n Espinosa. Growing up in the Navigation area of Houston, he attended the University of Houston, then in 1950 with the onset of the Korean War, joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves while working for Stanolind Oil & Gas Co. After briefly working for Austral Oil Exploration Co., he joined the Regular Air Force in ’52 and was an instructor with the Dept. of Guided Missiles Training and had Top Secret security clearance. He married his longtime love, Beverly Jo Trainer of Pasadena, and the two enjoyed several years of matrimonial bliss in Colorado before returning to Houston, where they raised their family. Ted continued working many years as an oil exploration Draftsman for Atlantic Richfield, Michael T. Halbouty and later for Tenneco. He also became a Realtor, with Bev at his side, selling real estate in the Houston area and in Coldspring, TX as Ted Jones Land Co. While there, Ted served as President for the Coldspring Water Board and was instrumental in bringing water to those without in the Coldspring area. His father a Master Mariner, Ted also loved the sea and his first offshore sailing experience, in the ‘80s, included departing Clear Lake with a friend who soon went below and left Ted at the helm to navigate through oil fields, in the dark, on the way to Corpus Christi. After bad weather at Port Aransas, they ultimately arrived safely. Ted was a member of St. John Lutheran Church at Sherman & 66th St. for 74 years. When it closed in 2004, he and his wife joined Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Pasadena. In later years, Ted and Bev had a music ministry, putting together his own sound system, music selections, and large print songbooks to share with several Houston area and Galveston nursing homes. Ted had a loving, peaceful spirit and especially dear to his heart was John 3:16 of the Holy Bible and its promise of Everlasting Life. Ted even had a sailboat he named John 3:16. Ted is survived by his loving wife, Beverly, of 57 years, son Ed Jones and wife Karen, daughter Cindie Gruetzmacher and husband Bob, son Bob Jones, daughter Carol Fitzpatrick and husband Joe; grandchildren Rob Jones and wife Carla, Stu Jones, Kyle Fitzpatrick, Meagan Fitzpatrick; greatgrandchildren Lexi, Teddy, and Delaney Jones; cousin Dolores Gaddy. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 7, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Fairmont Funeral Home, 6777 Fairmont Pkwy, Pasadena, TX. Funeral service will be Thursday, April 8 at 11AM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4116 Pasadena Blvd., Pasadena, TX. Burial will follow the service at Veterans National Cemetery. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.fairmontfh. com
Terry Sanderson Vaughan, 73, passed away on March 17, 2010 at his home in Coldspring, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy A. Vaughan and Elnora Vaughan of Houston, Texas. Terry graduated from Galena Park High School where he made many long lasting friendships and then went on to Tyler Junior College and University of Houston. He began his career with various life insurance companies in Texas and Arkansas and spent 23 years with Kansas City Life Insurance Company in Houston as a General Agent and Regional Vice President. He was awarded the prestigious Agency Building Award in 1982. He simultaneously started a Property and Casualty Insurance Agency, Vaughan, Kornblitt & Dean in 1980. On Saint Patrick’s Day in 1983 Terry knew he had met the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. Terry and Susan have enjoyed the “best of life” since that time. Retiring from the insurance industry, Terry and Susan moved to Cape Royale in Coldspring, Texas in 1997 and started his second career in real estate. He and Susan f o u n d e d T e r r y Vaughan & Associates, Inc. in 2002 and Terry was the #1 ranked Realtor in San Jacinto County for 10 years. T e r r y ’ s passion for life was exhibited in his work and community. He sponsored the Cape Royale Civic Association Annual Fall Golf Tournament to benefit Cape Royale and various local charities. He was also a sponsor of the Cape Royale Boating Association Annual Commodore’s Banquet, Miss San Jacinto County Pageant, Habitat for Humanity SJC fundraising events and various Coldspring youth sports groups. Terry had an enviable knack for making a connection with everyone he met, young or old. Terry is survived by his three children, Susan Kathryn Vaughan, Julie Vaughan Peterson, Terry Vaughan, Jr. and two granddaughters, Valentina Vaughan and Emily Peterson. Funeral Services were held Sunday, March 21st at 2:00 pm at Christ Church United Methodist, 6363 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX. A private family burial was held at Forest Park Cemetery, The Woodlands. Visitation was held Saturday, March 20th at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home, 18000 I-45 South, The Woodlands, Texas. Memorial donations may be made to Coldspring United Methodist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 1520 Coldspring, Texas 77331.
James Robert Walker, age 82, of Shepherd, Texas, passed away Monday, March 22, 2010. He was born May 30, 1927 in Hughs Spring, Texas to W.H. and Jimmie D. Walker who preceded him in death along with his brothers: Ernest Walker, J.C. Walker, Travis Walker, L.K. Walker; sister: Thelma Keeslar. Survivors include his loving wife of 42 years: Margie Dean Walker; sister: Mildred McPherson; nephew: Gary Walker, Bennie Frank Walker; niece: Jo Carroll; special friend, his dog, Fonzerelie; and many treasured friends throughout the years. Bro. Billy Gene Walker presided over funeral services held Thursday, March 25, 2010, 2:00 p.m. at Pace-Stancil Chapel, 303 E. Crockett, Cleveland, Texas with interment at Farley Chapel Cemetery, Shepherd, Texas.
Beverly Campbell, 50, of New Waverly, Texas, passed away Saturday, March 20, 2010. She was born in St. Louis City, Missouri on October 5, 1959 to Howard Cordell Ferguson Sr. and Brenda Lee Jones Ferguson. She is preceded in death by her mother, Brenda Lamb; brothers, Howard Ferguson Jr. and Brad Ferguson. Survivors include her father, Howard Ferguson, Sr.; daughters, Tara Campbell and Tonya Zepeda and husband, Chris; son, Tommy Campbell and wife, Myra; grandchildren, Ashley, Hunter, Alyssa, Ryan, Jason, Karma and Micah; sister, Peggy Jalowy; brother, Tony Lamb and wife, Angela; numerous nieces, nephews and other survivors.
Lorene Lewis, age 92, of Livingston, Texas, sadly passed away Monday, March 22, 2010. She was born in Rayburn, Texas on March 22, 2010 to William Jefferson and Georgia E. Bullock who preceded her in death along with her loving husband: Charlie Lewis; son: Johnny Ray Lewis; daughter: Mary Louise Shelby; grandchildren: Gary Wayne Lewis and Kimberly Lott; sister: Louise Blocker. Survivors include her daughters: Juanita Peters of Cleveland, Texas, Charliene Keller and husband, Mike of Livingston, Texas, Marie Lancaster and husband, Glen of Livingston, Texas; son: Edd “E.W.” William and wife, Carolyn of Cleveland, Texas; grandchildren: Darlene Lummus and husband, Billy of Salado, Texas, Robin Minchew and husband, Rusty of Magnolia, Texas, David Keene and wife, Deborah o f Cleveland, Texas, John Lewis and wife, Sharon of Pasadena, Texas, Eldon Lewis and wife, Kehle of Cleveland, Texas, Michael Lott and wife, Stephanie of Kingwood, Texas, Leslie Hensley and husband, Tommy of Spring, Texas, Dana Fisher and husband, Allen of Spring, Texas, Cheryl Kennedy and husband, Josh of Atlanta, Georgia, Wendy Norton and husband, Jeff of Humble, Texas; 21 greatgrandchildren, 5 great-greatgrandchildren; numerous other loving and caring family members and many treasured friends throughout the years. Mr. Andrew Nelson presided over funeral services held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, 2010, Pace- Stancil Chapel, Cleveland, Texas with interment at Oak Shade Cemetery, Cleveland, Texas. Pallbearers included Billy Lummus, David Keene, Michael Lott, Eldon Lewis, John Lewis, Tommy Hensley, Josh Kennedy, Rusty Minchew, Allen Fisher, and Jeff Norton.