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Grace Wilson

Mrs. Grace L. Wilson, age 91 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2006 in the Community Care Center in Crockett. Mrs. Wilson was born January 3, 1915 in Sulphur Bluff and had lived in Crockett most of her lifetime. Mrs. Wilson was retired and had worked as a nursery worker, and was the first paid nursery worker for the Central Baptist Church. Mrs. Wilson was a 50-year member of Central Baptist Church and was also a member of Esther Sunday School Class for a number of years.
Survivors include her daughters Gaye McDonald, of Weldon, Kaye Parish and husband Buddy, of Crockett and Doris Taylor, of Va.; sons Don Wilson and Mary, of Lufkin, Mike Wilson and wife Jean Ann, of Bristo, Okla. and Larry Wilson and wife Diane, of Huntsville; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; brothers George Young, of Palestine and Jack Young and wife Sharron, of Pasadena; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husbands J.W. Wilson and Earl Crist; daughter Annie Belle Taylor; and grandson Ben Wilson.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Grace L. Wilson were held Saturday, March 11, at 2:00 p.m. in the Central Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. John Goss and the Rev. Charles Goodson officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Dr., Lufkin, TX. 75904 or Muscular Dystrophy Association, 3300 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson, Arizona 85718.

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Ray Westbrook

Mr. Ray Westbrook, age 63 of Splendora, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2006 in Kingwood Medical Center. Mr. Westbrook was born February 28, 1943 in Crockett. Mr. Westbrook was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Korea and was a member of the Masonic Lodge and also a member of the Tram Road Baptist Church in Splen-dora.
Survivors include his son Danny Ray Westbrook, of Splendora; daughter Macy Pauline Weaver, of Normangee; granddaughters Angel Weaver and Allie Ray Weaver; mother Gladys Westbrook, of Kennard; brothers Richard Earl Westbrook and wife Mary, of Kennard and Larry Sam Westbrook and wife Linda, of Houston; sister-in-law Anita Westbrook, of Houston.
Preceded in death by his father Winfred F. Westbrook; and brother Charles E. Westbrook.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Ray Westbrook were held Monday, April 24, at 4:30 p.m. in the Hill Ceme-tery with the Rev. Terry Gibson officiating.
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Carrie Lee Watson

Funeral Services for Mrs. Carrie Lee McKnight Watson, age 70, were held Saturday, April 22, 2006, 1 p.m., St. Luke Baptist Church, 315 South 2nd Crockett, Rev. R.P. Taylor, pastor and Supt. J.R. Hampton, officiated. Eternal resting place was in Giles-Huntley Cemetery.
Casketbearers were: John McKnight, F.B. Evans Jr., Anthony Wooten, Cleotis Hickman, Alton Davis, W.L. Til-lis, Ennis McKnight and Tommy Taylor.
Carrie Lee Mcknight Watson was born on June 24, 1935 in Crockett to the late Sam and Satira McKnight. She attended the Center Grove Schools. In 1954 she married Hunter Watson Jr. with 6 children born to their union.
She attended Mt. Olive Baptist Church in the early years then later joined Hampton Memorial Church Of God In Christ. At Hampton she sang in the choir for many years, served as choir treasurer, and was on the culinary staff. Life's departure was on April 14, 2006 in the local hospital.
She was preceded in death by 2 granddaughters; Actavia Evans and LeMesa Boston and 4 siblings.
Left to cherish hermemories are: shildren; Carolyn (Darnell), Eva (Gregory Sr.), Sandra, Hunter III (Rhonda), Elois of Crockett, Andre' (Natalie) of Brazoria, adopted sons; Hillard McKnight, Joe Canada, F.B. Evans Jr., adopted daughters; Paulette (Gary), Ella (Otis), Linda, Bettye (John), 11 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, a devorted sister; Laura Lewis of Conroe, sisters; Christine Jackson of Houston, Izalee Baker of LaPorte, brothers; Rev. John L. McKnight, James (Ada), Leroy (Earline) of Crockett, Esau, Jaffus (Carolyn) of Houston, sisters-in-law; Fannie and Bessie of Houston, special friends; Collette Lambert, Jane Taylor, Ella Mae Strong, and Viola Hackett, numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
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Wanda Watson

Mrs. Wanda Darlene Chandler Watson, age 58 of Centerville, passed away Monday, December 19, 2005 in Crockett. Mrs. Watson was born June 22, 1947 in Cullman, Alabama. Mrs. Watson had lived in Leon County for 20 years, moving from Baytown and for 15 years she worked for Exxon in Baytown as a shipping coordinator. Mrs. Watson's hobbies were quilting, flower gardening and music.
Survivors include her two sons and daughter-in-law Melvin L. Moore, Jr., of Baytown and Marcus and Jill Moore, of Centerville; step-mother Kathy Chandler, of Cullman, Ala.; brother Herschel Chandler, of Sipsy, Ala.; sister Becky Chandler, of Rye; and a grandson Tyler A. Moor, of Channelview.
Preceded in death by her husband Billy Watson; parents Arrie Chandler and Lois Chandler Gentry; and sister Betty Brown.
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Wanda Darlene Chandler Watson were held Friday, December 23, 2:00 p.m. at Tubb Cemetery, in Northeast Leon County.
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Betty Walling

Mrs. Betty Ruth Franklin Walling, age 67 of Ratcliff, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2006 at her residence in Ratcliff. Mrs. Walling was born October 25, 1938 in Cleveland and had lived most of her lifetime in Ratcliff. Mrs. Walling was a housewife and a member of the Truth Tabernacle Church in Kennard. Mrs. Walling loved family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her children Ernest Walling and wife Lisa, of Kennard, Pamela Walling Moran, of Houston, Randy Walling and wife Jennifer, of Ratcliff and Patricia Walling Polk and husband Virgil, of Houston; grand-children Christopher Walling and wife Misty, Jason Dowdy, Jessica McComas, Corey Smith, Seth Walling, Heather Mooneyham and husband David, Joshua Walling, Brice Walling, Jonathan Walling and Anna Polk; step-children Ty Parks, Shane Parks and Daelon Flores; graet-grandchildren Preston Mooneyham, Alyssa Walling, Payden Dowdy, Carrigan Dowdy, Kaylynn McComas and Elijah McComas; brothers Charles Franklin, of Ratcliff and Homer Franklin and wife Helen, of Shepherd; sisters Mary Ann Cheney, of Huntington and Patsy Cadden-head and husband John, of Lovelady; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her son Joe Falvey Walling; husband Leroy Walling; and grandson Jacob Leger.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Betty Ruth Franklin Walling were held Saturday, April 29, at 2:00 p.m. in the Truth Tabernacle Church in Kennard with the Rev. Grady Gladden officiating. Interment followed in the Conner Ceme-tery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Truth Tabernacle Church Building Fund, 100 Broadway, Kennard, TX. 75847.
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Angela Thorp

Mrs. Angela Campbell Thorp, age 31 of Lovelady, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2006 in the Houston County Nursing Home. Mrs. Thorp was born February 5, 1975 in Cloquet, Minnesota and had been living in Lovelady. Mrs. Thorp was a student.
Survivors include her husband Christopher Thorp, of Lovelady; children Samuel Barber, III. and Garrett Barber, both of Lovelady; mother and step-father Kerry and Larry Caddenhead, of Kennard; brother Daniel Ultimo, of Galveston; grandparents Lawrence and Marie Newton, of Minn.; and numerous other relatives.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Angela Campbell Thorp were held Thursday, April 13, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Larry Bruce officiating. Interment followed in the Jim English Cemetery.
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Alton Thomason

Mr. Alton L. Thomason, age 97 of Trinity, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2006 in Avalon Place in Trinity. Mr. Thomason was born December 6, 1908 in Crockett and had been living in Trinity, previously living in Crockett. Mr. Thomason was retired and had worked as an iron worker for Local #84 in Houston. Mr. Thomason was a member of the First Baptist Church in Groveton and attended the Baptist Church in Crockett.
Survivors include his son William Roy Thomason and wife Carol, of Houston; daughter Ava Bennett, of Sebasto-pol; step-daughter Mable Whitner and husband Sammy, of Willis Point; six grandchildren; several grandchildren; brother Emery Thomason and wife Lola Mae, of Quinlan.
Preceded in death by his wife Rosa Mae Thomason; and granddaughter Glenda Lynn Thomason.
Funeral Services for Mr. Alton L. Thomason were held Wednesday, March 15, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Lewis Jones officiating. Interment followed in the New Energy Cemetery.
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Violet Teal

Mrs. Violet Ethelle Teal, age 73 of Denison, passed away Monday, March 20, 2006 at Texoma Medical Center surrounded by her loving. Mrs. Teal was born October 12, 1932 in Kennard to Homer Thell and Grace (Gibson) Gunnels. Mrs. Teal married Edward "Ed" Teal on January 18, 1951 in Post. Mrs. Teal was an active member of Parkside Baptist Church, where she loved serving her God and church. One of her greatest joys was her family, grandchildren and great-grand-daughters. Mrs. Teal will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Survivors include her son Ron Teal and wife Trisha, of Hartselle, Ala.; daughters Susan Mistrot and spouse Terry, Texarkana, Rhonda Bizzle and husband Randy, of Denison and Peggy Powell and husband David, of Van Alstyne; honorary daughter Pat Jones, of Plano; 13 grandchildren; five great-granddaughters; sister Doris Corbitt, of Denison; brothers and sisters-in-law Earnest and Louise Gunnels, of Grapeland, James and Pat Gunnels and Billy and Betty Gunnels, all of Centerville, Jerry and Melinda Gunnels, of Gatesville and Arlon and Lynn Gunnels, of Crockett; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her parents Homer Thell and Grace Gunnels; and her beloved husband of 54 years, Edward "Ed" Teal.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Violet Ethelle Teal were held Thursday, March 26, at 2:00 p.m. at Parkside Baptist Church with Dr. Chet Haney officiating. Interment followed at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman.
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Fannie Swearingen

Mrs. Fannie Mae Swearingin, age 84 of Austonio, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2006 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Swearingin was born June 8, 1921 to Wiley Wilson (W.W.) and Ida (McDonald) Christian. Mrs. Swearingin grew up in the Ash Community, near Austonio, and graduated in 1939 from Austonio High School. After graduation, she worked as a waitress at the Royal Café in Crockett for many years.
On September 27, 1945, she married George "Elmer" Swearingin of Ash, after he returned from serving in the Army Air Corp in World War II. In May of 1948, they moved to Houston, making their home for more than 20 years. Mrs. Swearingin was one of the first checkers when Walmart opened in Crockett. Mrs. Swearingin was a member of the Austonio Baptist Church and was a devoted wife of 60 years.
Survivors include her husband Elmer Swearingin, of Ash; daughter and son-in-law Nancy Marlene and Bruce Bai-ley, of Ash; grandchildren Kenneth Ray Baker and Cynda Lou Garlington, of Lufkin, Kris and Michele Baker, of Flint and Lisa and Wade Gilbert, of Diboll; step-grandchildren Aaron, Andy, Lydia and Micah Bailey, of Denton, Alex and Amanda Bailey, of Huntsville; great-grandchildren Amanda Baker, of Rockwall, Chance Roden, Colby Roden and Logan Gilbert, of Diboll and Tyler and Emily Baker, of Flint; sisters-in-law Irene Patrick and Evelyn Christian, both of Crockett, Elouise Ray, of Lake-Of-The-Pines, Mary Lou Skidmore and husband Hoyt, of Grape-land, Amanda Malone Christian and husband Jerry, of Ash and Huntsville and Virginia Swearingin, of Ash.
Preceded in death by her parents W.W. (Wilse) and Ida Christian; mother-in-law and father-in-law Susan J. and Guy Swearingin; brothers F.E. (Raleigh) Christian and W.R. (Dub) Christian; sister Christine Henderson and hus-band Roy; sisters-in-law Laura Sue Christian and Ellen Roberts; brothers-in-law Johnny Swearingin, Clifton Pat-rick, Hardy Ray and Jack Malone.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Fannie Mae Swearingin were held Tuesday, February 21, at 1:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Newton Hambrick, Dr. Jerry House and the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. In-terment followed in Boggs Cemetery, Ash Community, FM 1280, Austonio.
Pallbearers were Jerry Christian, Charles W. Christian, Alan Henderson, Kenneth Baker, Kris Baker and Wade Gilbert.
Honorary Pallbearers were Chance Roden, Colby Roden and Logan Gilbert.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boggs Cemetery Association, 1303 Mary Lee Lane, Crockett, TX. 75835.
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Ruby Steel

Mrs. Ruby Ester Steel, age 90 of Crockett, went to be with the Lord, Monday, January 2, 2006. Mrs. Steel was born May 12, 1915 in the Arbor Community and had lived in Houston County all of her lifetime. Mrs. Steel was a homemaker and a member of the Arbor Baptist Church. Mrs. Steel served her family and loved them and also she had love for anyone in need. Mrs. Steel and her husband treated everyone with tender loving care and she was a jewel to know, and her sence of humor was keen. The Lord gave her peace about everything she had to go through and we see she has passed that on. Mrs. Steel's hobbies were quilting, cooking and reading the Bible, even to her grandchildren as they grew and her heart has always been in the right place. The comfort and joy she gave to others was awesome. How precious she was to all who knew her.
Survivors include her son James "Bud" Steel, of Jacksonville; daughter-in-law Joyce Steel, of Kennard; brother-in-law Floyd Brown, of Pearland; seven grandchildren Bryan Steel and wife Susan, of Crockett, Judy Curry and husband Mike, of Kennard, Brad Steel and wife Robin, of Crockett, Janie Rushing and husband Roger, of Kennard, Joy Lynn Hartt and husband Brian, of Crockett, Mike Steel and wife Sheila, of Jacksonville, Melissa McWilliams and husband Paul, of Trinity; 16 great-grandchildren Heather and Tiffany Steel, Shelley and Michael Curry, Mi-chael, Rachel and Rebecca Steel, Amber and Ryan Rushing, Wyatt, Morgan and Matte Hartt, Cyndal, Michayla, Dakota and Dalton McWilliams; two great-great-grandchildren Cody and Haley Steel; and numerous nieces, neph-ews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Frank Steel; sons Donald Ray Steel and Bobby F. Steel; daughter-in-law Jean Steel; and parents Cal McHenry Rains and Anna (Hallmark) Rains.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Ruby Ester Steel were held Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Gerald Ratcliff officiating. Interment followed in the Shady Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Arbor Baptist Church, 1691 FM Rd. 1733, Ken-nard, TX. 75847.
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Rickey Starling

Mr. Rickey Starling, age 45 of Crockett, passed away Friday, February 17, 2006 at his residence. Mr. Starling was born August 27, 1960 in San Jacinto and he lived in Crockett all of his lifetime. Mr. Starling was employed with Quantex having worked as a machinist and was a member of the Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Lisa Starling, of Latexo; son Daniel Starling, of Latexo; father Vernon Starling, of Ken-nard; sisters Janice Martin Hampton and Terry Hampton, of Porter Springs and Sharon Kirksey, of Crockett; brother Vernon Lynn Starling, of Jonesboro, AR.; mother-in-law Brenda Hill, of Latexo; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his mother Evelyn Starling in 1991; brother-in-law Carl Kirksey in 2002; and father-in-law Jack Earl Hill in 1999.
Funeral Services for Mr. Rickey Starling were held Wednesday, February 22, at 10:30 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Reggie Gregory officiating. Interment followed in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Daniel Starling Fund Citizens National Bank, P.O. Box 1420, Crockett, TX. 75835.
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Dale Shroyer

Mr. Dale C. Shroyer, age 96, passed away into eternal life surrounded by loved ones on Thursday morning, March 9, 2006 at East Texas Medical Center in Crockett. Mr. Shroyer was the son of Guy F. and Martha Jane Shroyer. Mr. Shroyer was born August 6, 1909 in Delaware County, Indiana near Muncie. Mr. Shroyer's family moved to Houston County by train when he was four months old, and resided in the area for the rest of his life.
Mr. Shroyer worked away in many places, but Houston County was always home. Mr. Shroyer worked in all the East Texas Oil Booms, Oklahoma and Louisiana Oil Fields. Mr. Shroyer worked on the first off shore oil rig off the coast of Louisiana. Mr. Shroyer and John Smith Murchison operated Crockett Drilling Company for 35 years. At the age of 58 he began a new career in the dairy business, and operated a dairy on his land from 1967 to 1979. In later years he ran stocker cattle and harvested hay until he was 89 years old.
Mr. Shroyer did a lot to comply with an old saying, "The best thing you can put on your land is footprints." In his 96 years, Mr. Shroyer saw transportation methods advance from horse and buggy to the space age. Some of his fa-vorite memories were of riding to school in a wagon with his siblings when Highway 7 was a dirt and mud road.
Mr. Shroyer was married to his late wife Ludelphia for 66 years and their main joys in life were their church, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were organizing members of Westside Baptist Church. Mr. Shroyer was a deacon, Sunday school superintendent and also was Porter Springs and Houston County School Board member and a member of the Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21 A.F. & A.M. for 59 years.
Survivors include his children LaVerne Mathena and husband Ben, Joyce Waldrop and husband James and Johnny Shroyer and wife Stephanie, all of Crockett; grandchildren Mark Mathena and wife Jill, of Crockett, Dale Mathena, of Kingwood, Drew Mathena and wife Shannon, of Austin, Greg Waldrop and wife Sharron, of The Woodlands, Luanne Brownd and husband Gary, of Canton, John Shroyer, Jr. and wife Ann, of Crockett, Mary Lindsey and husband Brad, of Mt. Horeb, Wis., Crystal Shroyer and Robert Paul Shroyer, both of Crockett; great-grandchildren Travis, Jacob, Brady, Allison, Matthew, Sarah Beth, Blakelee, Katelyn, Rebecca, Grace, Rachel, Payton, Madison, Taylor, Halle and Abigail; step-great-grandchildren Ashley, Lauren and Brandon; brother Guy Shroyer and wife Eddell, of Crockett; sister Inez Netherland, of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other rela-tives; caretakers Daisy Bennett and Glenda Minter.
Preceded in death by his beloved wife Ludelphia Shroyer in 2002; parents Guy and Martha Shroyer; sisters Flor-ence Shroyer, Ruth Shroyer and Mary Alice Adair; and brothers Wood, Cline, John and Nathan Shroyer.
Funeral Services for Mr. Dale C. Shroyer were held Sunday, March 12, at 2:00 p.m. in the Westside Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. William H. Few, the Rev. Steve Meadows and the Rev. Alvin Campbell officiat-ing.
Pallbearers were his grandsons.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Westside Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1364, Crockett, TX. 75835.
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Reverend Betty Jo Shepherd


Reverend Betty Jo Byrd Shepherd was born April 9, 1922 in Crockett to the union of Carl and Ethel Byrd. She grew up in Crockett attended Rocky Mountain Elementary School and later Crockett Colored High School. She is an alumnus of Mary Allen College in Crockett and stud-ied divinity at Texas College in Tyler.
Reverend Betty Shepherd joined Jones Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church at an early age. She was one of first women in Texas to be ordained by the AME Church. She served as pastor of Jones Chapel and various other AME Churches in Texas until her retirement in 1996. Upon her retirement from the AME Church, she was the founding pastor of Jesus Christ Victory Interde-nominational Church (JCVIC) in Crockett in 1997. She con-tinued to serve until her death, Monday, May 1, 2006.
In 1939, she united in holy matrimony with Terrell John-son Shepherd. Five children were born to this union.
She leaves to cherish her memory: husband, Terrell Johnson Shepherd Sr. of Crockett; one son, Terrell Johnson (Arvie Nell) Shep-herd Jr. of Houston; four daughters, Mary Ethel Lester of Dallas, Texas, Evelyn Henry & Betty ‘Candy’ (Roy) Harrison of Houston, and Brenda Berry-Colter of Mans-field.
She is survived by 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren. 2 aunts, an un-cle, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and faithful Christian friends.
She is preceded in death by her father, Carl Byrd Sr., Mother, Ethel Byrd, a brother, Carl Byrd Jr., three sisters, Nannie Ballard, Beadie Oneal, Lucille Atmore and grand daughter, Sean Anita Henry.
Reverend Betty Shepherd’s lifework has been to serve humanity by fighting for civil rights and human justice. She served on the founding board of the National Association for the Advancement of Col-ored People (NAACP) in Houston County. She worked tirelessly to register the citizen of Houston County so that all could vote in every state, county, and city election. One of her community outreach priorities included serving as a den mother for the Boy Scouts of America. She loved chil-dren and organized many reli-gious and other educational activities for young people in Houston, County.
She was a business entre-preneur and a licensed insur-ance agent. She also worked tirelessly to keep her churches financially solvent and to pay church obligations.
Monday, May 1, 2006, sur-rounded by her children, she departed for her heavenly home. She leaves a legacy of love, faith in God, and good works for all mankind. She will be dearly missed.
The wake will be held on Friday night, May 5, 2006 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Jesus Christ Victory Inter-denominational Church lo-cated at 206 Maple Street, in Crockett.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday May 6, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 701 E. Goliad Street in Crockett.


Sonny Shelton

Mr. Sonny Shelton, age 73 of Porter Springs, passed away Monday, May 1, 2006 at his residence. Mr. Shelton was born September 30, 1932 in Houston County and had lived all of his lifetime in Houston County. Mr. Shelton was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Shelton was a member of the S.P.J.S.T. Lodge and was retired having worked as a machinist. Mr. Sheldon was an avid outdoorsman and en-joyed fishing.
Survivors include his daughter Karren Mahanay and husband Kenneth, of Porter Springs; foster sons Doyle Shelton, Jr., and wife, Loretta of Seattle, Wash., Dennis Ray Shelton and wife, Michelle of Willis and Ronald Eugene Shelton, of Lufkin; grandchildren Kenneth Mahanay, Jr. and wife Melissa, of Trinity, Keith Mahanay and wife Leah, of Palestine, John Cannon and wife Suzan, Silas Baker, Both of IN. and Darla McNabb and husband Kent, of Crockett; great-grandchildren Kayla Mitchell, David McNabb, Chelsy Herring, Ashley Mahanay, Travis Mahanay, Sarah Mahanay, Kimberly Mahanay, Waverly Cannon and Griffin Cannon; sisters Rosa Cooksey and husband Ben, of Elkhart, Nelda Henzy and husband Pete, of Brenham and Jeanette Palmer and husband Tom, of Houston; brothers Doyle Ray Shelton, of Houston County, William Shelton and wife Glenda, of Pasadena and Bobby Joe Shelton and wife Kathy, of Grapeland; mother-in-law Minnie Ola Duncan of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her parents Sylvester Eugene Shelton, Sr. and Elizabeth Beatrice Shelton; wife Mamie Shelton; daughter Barbara Baker; and niece Grace Ann Cooksey.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Sonny Shelton were held Thursday, May 4, at 11:00a .m. in the Creek Cemetery with the Rev. Ben Cooksey officiating.
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Dr. Marvin Russell

Dr. Marvin E. Russell, age 82, of Lovelady, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2006 at his residence. Dr. Russell was born July 17, 1923 to Nan and Marvin L. "Bud" Russell in Hearne where his father was a telegrapher and sta-tionmaster for Missouri Pacific Railroad. At age 5, the family moved from Gause where Marvin became critically ill and lost lots of weight. When they moved to Lovelady in 1929, everyone called him "Skinny." In Lovelady, Marvin's mom, Nan Russell, became the first grade teacher and taught for 35 years. During this time, at age 12, Marvin joined the Lovelady First United Methodist Church. Dr. Russell finished high school in Lovelady in 1940 where he played football and was in the FFA club. Dr. Russell played trumpet in the first band at Lovelady High School. In 1940 he entered Sam Houston State Teachers College and finished in 1943 with a B. S. in chemistry. The highlight of his years at Sam Houston was being president of the Pre-med Club and meeting a young lady named Gene Porter who was elected secretary of the club. This relationship was to bloom and eventually blossom into marriage. In 1942 after Pearl Harbor, Marvin volunteered for the navy and was called to active duty before graduation ceremonies in 1943. After various duty stations he ended up on Guam as an aerial photographer. From there he volunteered to go to Japan on the Strategic Bombing Survey making pictures of bombing damage. Mr. Russell was discharged in 1945 at the end of WWII. Gene Porter and Marvin were married on September 1, 1946 when Marvin was teaching Chemistry Labs at SHSTC. Dr. Russell later worked at Firestone Tire and Rub-ber in Beaumont as a chemist while he was waiting to get into UT Dental School in Houston. Dr. Russell gradu-ated from Dental School in 1951 and set up practice in Angleton where he was active in the Chamber of Com-merce and Jr. Chamber of Commerce, a school board member, the PTA, the Boy and Girl Scouts, Little Theatre, and the Methodist Church.
Dr. Russell relaxed by sailing, and playing a lot of golf. Dr. Russell was a member of the American Dental As-sociation, a delegate to the Texas Dental Society House of Representatives from the 9th District Dental Society for 7 years, a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentists, American and International Academy of Dentists.
Dr. Russell retired in 1989 after 38 years of dental practice and moved to Lovelady in 1992 in the house in which he grew up. Dr. Russell was a member of the City Council, the Lovelady Methodist Church, Lovelady Ma-sonic Lodge #539, and became active in the restoration of the "Old Gym" in Bruton Park. Dr. Russell and Gene raised pine trees instead of cows on their sixty acres. Dr. Russell's motto was as Ruskin said, "Service is the rent we pay for the space we occupy on this earth.
Survivors include his wife Gene Russell, of Lovelady; daughter Nancy Lynette "Lyn" Storey and husband Mark of Avery; son Marvin Ray "Ray" Russell, of Angleton; grandchildren James Storey, Thomas Storey, Sarah Storey, all of Avery; cousins Rod Russell and wife Sheryl, of Salado, Rosalind Starkweather and husband Gil of Phoenix, Ariz., Della Hudson and husband Clifton, of Palestine, Mary Bess Thomason and husband David, of Jacksonville; and numerous other relatives.
Funeral services for Dr. Marvin E. Russell were held Saturday, April 15, at 2:00 p.m. in the First United Meth-odist Church in Lovelady with the Rev. John Montgomery and the Rev. Doug Howell officiating.
Graveside services was conducted by the Sons of the Confederate Veterans Camp 1565, 13th Texas Infantry, of Angleton where Dr. Russell attained the rank of Major and served as Regimental Surgeon, in the Lovelady Ever-green Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lovelady First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 87, Lovelady, TX. 75851, Lovelady "Old Gym", 271 Noble Street, Lovelady, TX. 75851, or Marvin Russell Scholarship Fund C/O Nelda Moore Rt. 1 Box 26 A, Lovelady, TX. 75851.
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Phyllis Moore

Mrs. Phyllis Carol Moore, age 65 of Nocona, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2006 in Nocona. Mrs. Moore was born November 18, 1940 in Wichita Falls to Homer B. Gilmore and Emma Horne. Mrs. Moore was a member of the Harvest Church in Crockett, member of the F.O.E. Eagles Lodge of Wichita Falls and the Mesquite-ers Good Sams R.V. Chapter. Before her retirement she worked as a secretary in a auto repair shop.
Survivors include her daughter Donna and H.D. Gresham, of Crockett; son Norman and Reagan Moore, of Clear Lake; sisters Jenna and Russell Bradley, of Nacona and Shirley and Bob Watson, of N. Palm Beach, Fla.; fiancee Buck Smith, of Nacona; grandchildren Chris and April, of Calif., Krystal Gresham, Rachael Gresham and Shelby Gresham, all of Crockett, Walker Moore, Madison and Matthew, of Clear Lake; numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her parents Homer B. Gilmore and Emma Horne; husband Norman Moore January 26, 2003; step-mother Grace Gilmore; brother Billy Gilmore; sister Dorothy Miller; brother Homer "Bart" Gilmore II.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Phyllis Carol Moore were held Friday, April 14, at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Meth-odist Church in Nocona with the Rev. Larry Kruger officiating.
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Patricia McCullough

Patricia "Poo Poo" McCullough was born July 18, 1970 to Ella Ree Reece and Alvin McCullough Sr. the 3rd of 5 children in Crockett. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and was a 1989 graduate of Crockett High. She loved to ride horses and was a active member of the Whoope-N-Ride riding club. Life's departure was on February 24, 2006 in the comfort of her home surrounded by loved ones.
Her parents and a brother Alfred McCullough preceded her in death.
She leaves to cherish her memory: 5 children; LaKeisha McCullough, Terinika McCullough, LaQuevia McCul-lough, Casey Martinez, and DraLesha Riggins, 4 brothers; Ronald "Pee Pee" McCullough, Alvin McCullough (Dedra), Jerome Owens (Gail), Douglas McCullough (Stephanie), grandchild; A'Lyria Bean, paternal grandfather; Bill McCullough, 8 aunts, 8 uncles, 6 nieces, 6 nephews, numerous cousins and friends. Paternal grandmother, Katerine McCullough and maternal grandparents, Albert Reece Sr. and Ella Mae Reece also preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 4, 2006, 12 noon, Bethel Baptist Church, North 6th St., Crockett, Rev. Earl Harris, pastor and officiant. Eternal resting place will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Casketbearers were; Tony Truscott, Ralph Hightower, Tim Johnson, Payne Hicks, Lonnie Charles Bacon, Alvis Wooten.
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Betty McBroom

Mrs. Betty Marie Willingham McBroom, age 78 of Grapeland, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2006 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. McBroom was born March 6, 1928 in Holly and she was raised in Pearsons Chapel and had been back in Houston County since 1986. Mrs. McBroom was a past member of the VFW Ladies Auxillary and was a housewife and a member of the Georgia Camp Baptist Church. Mrs. McBroom walked in grace with her Lord and with the deepest love of her family and friends.
Survivors include her husband William M. "Bill" McBroom, Sr., of Grapeland; five children Rustene Carr and husband Joel, of Ruston, La., Sherril Brooks and husband Lonnie, of Colorado Springs, Larry McBroom, of Crockett, Marty McBroom and wife Lynn, of Missouri City and Brett McBroom, of Grapeland; three grandchil-dren Joel Lance Carr and wife Sarah, of Japan, Amanda Hofmann and husband Paul and Robert Brooks and wife Heather, all of Colorado Springs; three great-grandchildren Madison, Hailey and Faith; sister-in-law Pat Willing-ham, of Houston; special "Love" and "Feelings" Noel McFairen and wife Nikki, Joey McFairen and Lacie McFairen, all of Crockett; special friends Eva Hernandez, of Houston and Edna Winkler, of Grapeland; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her parents Charles and Lula Willingham; brothers L.C., Charles, Carl and Lloyd Willing-ham; and sister Johnnie Lankford.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Betty Marie Willingham McBroom were held Wednesday, April 19, at 2:00 p.m. in the Georgia Camp Baptist Church with the Rev. Rex Harrell and the Rev. Tommy Hutto officiating. Interment followed in the Creek Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Open Door Baptist Mission, 816 S. 4th Street, Crockett, TX. 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


Aubrey Matthews

Mr. Aubrey Cornelius Penthin Matthews, age 45 of Friendswood, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2006 in the Clear Lake Regional Hospital in Webster. Aubrey was born July 1, 1960 in Huntsville, Alabama to Elbert C. "Neli" Matthews, Jr. and Liss Birgit Irene Penthin (Grumlose) Matthews. Mr. Matthews was the grandson of, the former Polk County Judge, Elbert C. Matthews, Sr. and Addie Lee (Lansford) Matthews; and Alfred and Agnita Grum-lose.
Survivors include his wife Sara Garza Matthews, of Friendswood; brother Lars Nathaniel Penthin Matthews, of Georgetown; nephews and godsons Lars Nathaniel Penthin Matthews, II and Logan Cornelius Penthin Matthews, both of Georgetown; aunts and uncles Ann and Charlie Keith, of Spring, Richard C. and Judy Matthews, of Tomball, George H. and Kay Matthews, of El Campo, Kurt and Kirsten Grumlose and, Per and Kirsten Grumlose, all of Denmark; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Mary and Israel Garcia of Manuel; several great-aunts and great-uncles; numerous other relatives, cousins, and friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Aubrey Cornelius Penthin Matthews were held Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. in the Cochran Funeral Home with George Matthews, Richard Mat-thews, Kenneth Parrish, and Juan Jimenez officiating. Interment followed in the Miday Cemetery in Livingston.
Pallbearers were Lars Matthews, Kenneth Parrish, Juan Jimenez, George Matthews, Rich-ard Matthews, Joshua Parrish, Josh David, and Joe De Board.
Honorary Pallbearers were Ian Jimenez and Stefan Jimenez.
Cochran Funeral Home


Lola Martin

Mrs. Lola B. Martin, age 91 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2005 in ETMC. Mrs. Martin was born February 7, 1914 in Attoyac to the late Nancy (Leavins) and John Norris. Mrs. Martin was a homemaker and a beloved wife, mother and grandmother and her family was the most important part of her life. Mrs. Martin was formerly of Zavalla and Lufkin and had lived in Crockett since 1976 and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Zavalla.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Betty Jo Adler Griffin and Charles Griffin, of Crockett; son Cecil Martin, of Trinity; grandchildren and their spouses Vida and Wade Sullivan, Jimmy and Karen Sharp, Pam and Bruce Birdsong, Terrie and Robert Heard, Gayle Bailey, Keeta and Britt Keepers, and Phyllis Phillips; 12 great-grandchildren including Jade and Janna Sharp and Stephanie Sullivan; seven great-great-grandchildren; and numer-ous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services for Mrs. Lola B. Martin were held Saturday, December 31, 2005 in the Zavalla Cemetery with the Reverend Linwood Dykes officiating.
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Alta Lowe

Mrs. Alta Mae Ferguson Lowe was born on June 1, 1924, to Julius and Ruth Ferguson in Crockett, Texas and passed away on March 7, 2006, in Plano. Mrs. Lowe grew up on a farm outside Crockett and graduated valedictorian from Crockett High School. Mrs. Lowe re-ceived a scholarship to and attended Mary Hardin Baylor University in Belton majoring in English.
During World War II Mrs. Lowe worked as a clerk for the Army Air Corp at in Hondo, Texas.
After the war she married Ray Cecil and lived in Huntsville. They soon separated and she returned to Crockett where she gave birth to their son, John Larry. After her divorce she worked as a bookkeeper for Bennie Ellis Insurance. She later met and married Milton Lowe and they eventually moved to Ft. Worth where she worked for L.T. Barton Insurance for 35 years before retiring in 1988.
During her life she loved to sing in church choirs and often served as a Sunday School/Bible Study teacher. She also loved writing, especially stories about the Bible and her family heritage, quilting, painting, knitting and embroidering, as well as other hobbies. Mrs. Lowe had a passion for reading, especially historical stories and Christian literature.
Survivors include her son John Larry Lowe and wife Ines, of Plano; grandson Jeffrey Mi-chael Lowe, of Dallas; sister Margaret Gant, of Crescent, Okla.
Preceded in death by her husband Milton; sister Ruby Petty; and brother James Ferguson.
Funeral services for Mrs. Alta Mae Ferguson Lowe were held Saturday, March 11, at the First Baptist Church of Crockett.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the Alta Ferguson Lowe Scholarship fund at the First Baptist Church of Crockett where she had been a member for many years.


Lahoma Lamance

Mrs. LaHoma LaRue LaMance, age 94 of Houston, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2006 at her residence in Houston. Mrs. LaMance was born February 28, 1911 in Lovelady and resided in Houston most of her lifetime. Mrs. LaMance was a legal secretary for a title company attorney and a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include her daughters Charline Johnson and husband James, of Houston and Barbara Muller, of Deer Park; grandchildren Maurice Alan Johnson and wife Vickie, of Sugar Land, Starlia Jeanne Moore and husband Doug, of Charlottesville, Va. and Monique DeLynn, of Houston; great-grandchildren Stuart Rogers Moore, Char-lottesville, Va., Natasha Fletcher and husband Zachary, of Houston and Mandy Renee Avila and husband Edgar, of Katy; great-great-granddaugh-ter Mia Bella Avila, of Katy.
Preceded in death by her husband Hubert D. LaMance, February 10, 1981.
Funeral Services for Mrs. LaHoma LaRue LaMance were held Monday, February 27, at 2:00 p.m. in the Calla-way-Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Carl Allen officiating. Interment followed in the Center Hill Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


Grady Lake Jr.

Mr. Grady B. Lake, Jr., age 80 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2006 at his residence. Mr. Lake was born January 4, 1926 in Crockett and had lived in Crockett all of his life. Mr. Lake was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in the Pacific Campaign during World War II. Mr. Lake was a member and past president of the Jay-cees and was also a member of the Search and Rescue. Mr. Lake was president of Kappa Alpha Fraternity at SMU and graduated with a BBA at North Texas University. Mr. Lake was a rancher, cotton farmer and businessman. Mr. Lake was an avid sailor and pilot and also a member of the First Baptist Church of Crockett. Mr. Lake will be missed by everyone that knew him.
Survivors include his wife Mrs. Joanne E. Lake, of Crockett; son Mr. James Bryan Lake and his wife Rena New-ton, of Crockett; daughter Mrs. Elsie Anne Berry and her husband Dr. Nell M. Berry, of Jacksboro; sister Mrs. Hilda Davis and her husband Dr. Gilbert Davis, of Fort Worth; sister Mrs. Nita DeGrand, of Nacogdoches; six grandchildren David and M. Lake Berry, Shellye Harvey and husband Tony, Elizabeth Telford and husband Martin and Adam and Claire Lake; two great-grandchildren Alexis and D.J. Berry; and many other relatives and loved ones.
Preceded in death by his father Dr. Grady B. Lake, Sr. mother Mrs. Bertie LaRee Lake; and son Grady B. Lake, III.
Funeral Services for Mr. Grady B. Lake Jr. were held Tuesday, March 14, at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Crockett with the Rev. Keeney Dickenson and the Rev. Shane Mize officiating. Interment followed in the Ever-green Memorial Park.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


Jeff Krenek

Mr. Jeff C. Krenek, age 79 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2006 in the East Texas Medical Cen-ter in Tyler. Mr. Krenek was born September 27, 1926 in Houston County and had lived in Houston County all of his lifetime. Mr. Krenek was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during World War II. Mr. Krenek was re-tired and had worked for Houston County Electrical Coop for over 30 years. Mr. Krenek was a member of the American Legion #134 and the V.F.W. Mr. Krenek was a farmer and rancher and was also a member of the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church in Crockett.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years Cecilia Krenek, of Crockett; daughter Pauline Lundy and husband Johnny, of Lovelady; sons Jeff Krenek Jr., Joe Krenek and wife Gerri and Jimmy Krenek, all of Crockett; grand-children Samantha Lundy Shaw and husband John, of Austin, Nikie Lundy, of Bryan, Angela Davidson and hus-band Jeremiah, of Reno and Andrew Krenek, of Crockett; great-granddaughter Melissa Davidson, of Reno; broth-ers Paul Krenek, of Crockett and Isidor Krenek, Jr., of Lovelady; sisters Marguerite Cannon and husband Joe, of Meridian and Barbara Shupak and husband Larry, of Lovelady; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents Isidor and Mary Krenek.
Rosary services were held Thursday, May 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel.
Funeral Services for Mr. Jeff C. Krenek were held Friday, May 5, at 4:00 p.m. in the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church with Father Jose George and Father Ranjan officiating. Interment followed in the Center Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Building Fund, 609 North Fourth Street, Crockett, TX. 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


Dorothy Knight

Mrs. Dorothy Lea Knight, age 74 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2006 at her residence. Mrs. Knight was born March 8, 1932 in Houston County and lived in Houston County most of her lifetime. Mrs. Knight was a member of the American Legion and the Elks Lodge and also a member of the Garden Oaks Baptist Church in Houston.
Survivors include her sons Roger Knight, of Crockett and Michael Knight, of Price; grandchildren Michael Ray Knight, Brandi Knight and Heather Carroll; great-granddaughter Allie Lynne Carroll; brother Leslie Woodard, of Paris; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Jackie Knight; sisters Evelyn Starling, Myrtie Walker and Jean Meadows; brother Cecil Woodard; and parents Earl and Sallie Woodard.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Dorothy Lea Knight were held Monday, April 24, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Pastor Mitchell White officiating. Interment followed in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


Tracy Jones

Ms. Tracy Jean Jones, age 35 of Grapeland, passed away on February 18, 2006. Ms. Jones fought a courageous battle with Ovarian Cancer and encouraged further research and awareness. Ms. Jones was a free spirit who found good in everybody and never met a stranger. Ms. Jones moved to Grapeland from California in 1999.
Ms. Jones has worked at Curves for Women, Brass Lantern and her last job at Smitty's BBQ. Ms. Jones loved meeting new people and serving her faithful customers and greeted everyone with a smile on her face.
Ms. Jones enjoyed spending time with her children, camping and fishing and enjoyed watching movies with her family and friends and going to concerts. Ms. Jones was a member of the Harvest Church of Crockett where she was beloved and will be missed.
Ms. Jones got her final wish to spend time with her sons before she passed away.
Survivors include her mother Paula Gray and her husband Mark; father Gary Jones and his wife Tammy; devoted fiance Jerry Copeland; sons Kyle, Kevin and his girlfriend Sarah Prince and Kody Lowe; sister Lisa who will cher-ish all of Tracy's antics as children; nephews and nieces Chase, Haden, Caitlin and Leanna Baker who will miss her dearly; loving brother Ricky Holt; she finally got the girl she always wanted in Keira Ann Lowe; beloved niece of Kenny and Sharon Knowles, Larry Hall, Gary Gaut and Jim and Kathy Jones.
Preceded in death by her grandparents Robert and Virginia Jones and James and Geneva Robarts.
Pastor Dennis Ivy will lead a memorial service and tree dedication for Ms. Tracy Jean Jones Friday, March 10, at 6:00 p.m. service will be held at Tracy's home FM 2423 in Grapeland. If any questions call Jerry Copeland at 687-4943.
 


Mary Virginia Johnson

Mrs. Mary Virginia Luker Swift Johnson, age 83 of Conroe, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2006 in Park Manor in Conroe. Mrs. Johnson was born July 16, 1922 in Ratcliff and lived in Houston most of her lifetime and had also lived in Lufkin for several years before moving to Conroe. Mrs. Johnson was retired having worked for the Bank of Southwest in the record keeping department and was a member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughters Linda Whitworth and husband Bill, of Conroe and Nancy Shipp and husband David, of Houston; grandchildren Mark Whitworth and wife Sharon, of Splendora and Laura Jordan and husband Kenny, of Katy; great-grandchildren Hannah Whitworth, of Splendora and Chance and Cheyenne Jordan, of Katy; sisters Albertine Orndorff and Ruth English, both of Lufkin; sister-in-law Clossie Luker, of Ratcliff; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husbands Owen L. Swift and Bert Johnson; son Jerry Swift; sisters and brothers Vera Luker, Robert Earl Luker, Joe Luker, Ann Cooper, Atmar Luker and Morris Luker.
Funeral Services for Mary Virginia Luker Swift Johnson were held Saturday, April 22, at 2:00 p.m. in the Cal-laway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jim Prosperie officiating. Interment followed in the Ratcliff Antioch Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


Marian Johnson

Mrs. Marian Delores Johnson, age 76 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2005 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Johnson was born July 23, 1929 in Abbott and had lived in Crockett for the past 13 years. Mrs. Johnson was a housewife.
Survivors include her sons George W. Harrell and wife Debbie, of Pearland, James T. Harrell, of OH and John T. Harrell, of Crockett; daughters Pat Willis and husband Dan, of Crockett and Paula Lopez and husband Ray, of Richwood; grandchildren Andy, Amanda, Heather, Jenny, Barbara, Jessie, Crystal, Ashley, Dorian Ray and Desirè; great-grandchildren Kyle Ray, Kelsey, George, Adairia and Cian; companion Burton Vest, of Crockett; and numer-ous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Conrad W. Johnson; daughter Barbara E. Harrell; mother Lillian Adams; step-father Thomas Adams; and sister Dorothy Dickey.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Marian Delores Johnson were held Friday, December 30, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. in the Cal-laway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Hutto officiating. Interment followed in the Conner Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Dr., Lufkin, TX. 75904.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


James Jefferies

Mr. James Richard "Jim" Jeffries, age 71 of Crockett, passed away Sunday, December 18, 2005 at his residence. Mr. Jeffries was born April 11, 1934 in Des Moines, Iowa and had owned property in Houston County for 36 years and a full time resident of Crockett since 1986. Mr. Jeffries was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served during the Korean Conflict in 1951-1955 as a parachute rigger 3rd class. Mr. Jeffries was a member of the Piney Woods Fine Arts Association and was also a member of the Civic Center Auction Committee, and was a well known artist and sculptor. Mr. Jeffries was a member of the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church in Crockett.
Survivors include his daughter Dr. Laura Jeffries and husband Dr. Jerry Street; sons James Francis Jeffries and wife Gina and John David Jeffries; grandsons Sean Cox and wife Mary Katherine, Brian Cox, Patrick Jeffries and James Jeffries; granddaughters Ariana Jeffries, Jennifer Street, Amy Street and Rebecca Street; great-grandson Owen Cox; brother Benjamin E. Jeffries V and wife Patricia Jeffries; sister Carolyn Jeffries; sisters-in-law Irena and husband James, Janina and Barbara; special friend Lael Lewis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his wife Krystna Jeffries; father Benjamin E. Jeffries; mother Alta Jeffries; and brother Jack Jeffries.
Memorial services for Mr. James Richard "Jim" Jeffries will be held Thursday, December 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Francis of the Tejas Catholic Church with Father Ranjan and Father Jose George officiating.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


Gloria James

Funeral Services for Ms. Gloria McKnight James age 52, were held Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 2 pm, St. Luke Baptist Church, 315 South 2nd, Crockett, Rev. R. Mt. Moriah Cemetery.
Gloria McKnight James was born September 19, 1952 in Crockett the oldest of 6 children of L.D. "Goat" James and Cilla Mae James who precede her in death. She accepted Christ and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. She attended Ralph Bunche High School.
Gloria passed away on March 6, 2006 in a Tyler Hospital.
Survivors are; 3 children; Cilla Marie James, Ursula Diane James, and Bridegette DeShun James, 3 adopted sons; that were her nephews; Randy McKnight Jr., Aciano Devant Denby McKnight, and Dee'Tyrell LeShun McKnight, 5 grandchildren; 5 brothers; Willie D. James (Sheila), Randy McKnight Sr., (Jane), Lonnie McKnight (LaTarsha), V.L. McKnight (Elaine), Benny McKnight (Teresa), all of Crockett, 2 god children; Eric Hawkins and Ty'Sha Como, 2 special aunts; Pastor Jonnie Mae Rodgers (John) of Crockett, Norris Tryon (Rev. Sammy) of San Diego, a special uncle; Will B. McKnight of Beaumont, 14 nieces and nephews, 22 great nieces and nephews, special friends; John Arthur Jones, The Tryon Family, Tarsha Como, Mary Harris, Frankie Simmons, Lola McKnight, and Shirley James.
McClain-Clebourn Funeral Service


Linda Hunt

Mrs. Linda Beard Hunt, of Crockett, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2006 at East Texas Medical Center in Crockett. The daughter of H.J. Beard and Annie Mae Blackmon Beard was born on July 12, 1947 near Crockett. Mrs. Hunt lived in Houston County most of her lifetime and lived in Leon County for a time, and graduated from Centerville High School.
Mrs. Hunt will be remembered as a very caring and giving person. Mrs. Hunt served two terms as District Clerk of Houston County, and prior to that was employed by Houston County Electric Cooperative and Collins Tractor Company. In spite of health problems which forced her retirement in 1993, she continued to lead an active life, car-ing for her family and friends. A born-again Christian, Mrs. Hunt was a member of the South Loop Church of Christ and also worshipped regularly with her family at Central Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband Lonnie Hunt, of Crockett; two daughters Carin Linda Balusek and Bobby, of San Diego, Calif. and Leslie Diane Hunt, of Crockett; one granddaughter Alexis Cheyenne Balusek; three sisters Annie Reynoso and husband Leo, of Coldspring, Glenda Lou Mosely and husband H.L., of Lake Livingston and Gail Grif-fin and husband Dwight, of Crockett; one brother H.J. Beard Jr. and wife Vicki, of Crockett; mother-in-law Annis Hunt, of Crockett; brothers-in-law Leon Hunt and wife Valerie, of Crockett and Charles Hunt and wife Becky, of Longview; nieces and nephews Jenny, Kristi and Michael Mosely, Russell and Ryan Griffin, Kimberly and Amanda Beard, Tony and Rebecca Reynoso, Anthony and Marcus Hunt and Elizabeth Murphy, Jeremy and Jason Hunt; a host of other family members and friends; and her special pet Oscar.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Linda Beard Hunt were held Saturday, March 4, at 11:00 a.m. at Central Baptist Church in Crockett with Bro. Charles Hunt, Bro. John Goss and Bro. Bill Jeter officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park in Crockett.
Pallbearers were Leeland Strban, Wallace Koehl, Buddy Robinson, Bobby Bowlin, Bob Davis, Frank Minton, Amos Warner and Rusty Conner.
Honorary Pallbearers were Trey Rains, Marshall Tabor, Tommy Mack Tabor, Bill Blalock, Jonathan Godfrey, Bob Hutson and Craig Reed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mrs. Hunt's name to the Scholarship Fund at Central Baptist Church, 100 N. Seventh Street, Crockett, TX. 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


Bill Hooks

Mr. Bill Hooks, age 74 of Colmesneil, passed away Sun-day, March 19, 2006 at Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston. Mr. Hooks was born July 1, 1931 to Norman and Mabel Hollingsworth Hooks in Trinity County. Mr. Hooks was a longtime resident of Colmesneil and was employed with Allison Chevrolet. Mr. Hooks was a U.S. Navy vet-eran of the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Nita Haley Hooks, of Colmesneil; daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Mike Wheatley, of Rayburn; brother, Farrel Hooks, of Crockett; sisters Belle Hall, of Crockett and Betty Bankston, of Lafayette, La.
Memorial services for Mr. Bill Hooks was held Tuesday, March 21, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Colmesneil.
Memorials may be made to the MEDVAC Fisher House, 2002 Holcombe Blvd., Hous-ton, TX. 77030, Attn: Volun-teer Office, In Memory of Bill Hooks.
Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville


Clinton Holt

Mr. Clinton Victor "Rusty" Holt, age 76 of Point Blank, formerly of Lovelady, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2006 in the Memorial Hospital in Lufkin. Mr. Holt was born March 26, 1930 in Broken Bow, Oklahoma and had lived in Point Blank for the past three years, previously living in Lovelady. Mr. Holt was retired having worked as an electrician and was a member of the Family Faith Center in Huntsville.
Survivors include his wife Peggy Holt, of Point Blank; step-son Kenith Dover and Betty, of Point Blank; daugh-ters Sharon Smith and husband Russell, of Los Angeles, Calif., Karen Allbright and husband Dennis, Ruth Wor-thington and husband Richard, all of Galveston; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; mother-in-law and father-in-law Nora and Jimmy Middleton, of Kingwood; brothers and sisters Orville Eugene Holt and wife Jessie Belle, of Port Lavaca, Robert Howard Holt and wife Ester, of Houston, Kenneth Holt and wife Norma, of La Mar-que, Gene Arnold Holt and Alpha Mae Marsh and husband Warren, all of Pasadena; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents Eugene Victor and Edith Mae Holt.
Funeral Services for Mr. Clinton Victor "Rusty" Holt were held Tuesday, April 25, at 1:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Gary Knight officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Ceme-tery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


Michelle Holsey

Mrs. Michelle Holsey, age 36 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2006 in Prien, Germany. Mrs. Holsey was born June 1, 1969 in Alvin and had lived all of her lifetime in Crockett. Mrs. Holsey was a member of the Cal-vary Baptist Church where she served as children's Sunday school teacher for many years and was also very in-volved in the children's ministry. Mrs. Holsey had worked as the office manager for Crockett Sand and Gravel.
Survivors include her husband Lee Holsey, of Crockett; children Hannah, Holly and Lee Holsey, Jr., of Crockett; mother Mary Ann Millican, of Crockett; father Wayne Campbell, of Lufkin; brother Michael "Puff" Campbell and wife Marla, of Lovelady; half brothers Justin Campbell and Larry Campbell, both of Palestine; step-brothers Melvin Millican, of Crockett, Jimmy Millican, of Houston and Gary Millican, of Granbury; father-in-law and mother-in-law Barry and Linda Holsey, of Crockett; sister-in-law Tina Clarke and husband Jerry, of Lufkin; brother-in-law Todd Nettles and wife Barbara, of Ark.; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Michelle Holsey were held Monday, March 13, at 2:30 p.m. in the Crockett Civic Cen-ter with the Rev. Terry Gibson and the Rev. Robbie Caldwell officiating.
In lieu of food or flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Michelle's name to the Castleberry Foundation, 5604 Willow Crest Drive, Shreveport, LA. 71119.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


Ella Hill

Mrs. Ella Mae Hill, age 99 of Houston, passed away Friday, December 30, 2005 in the Houston Northwest Medi-cal Center. Mrs. Hill was born January 23, 2006 in Houston County and had lived in Houston since 1971. Mrs. Hill was a housewife and a member of the Spring Forest Baptist Church.
Survivors include her son Fred Cleveland Hill, of Houston; brother E.C. Troutman and wife Cora, of Houston; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Fred C. Hill; and parents Ed C. and Mary Jane (Westbrook) Troutman.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Ella Mae Hill were held Monday, January 2, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Terry Gibson officiating. Interment followed in the Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hill Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


Oma Hendry

Mrs. Oma Marie Hendry, age 83 of Kennard, passed away Monday, December 26, 2005 in the East Texas Medi-cal Center-Crockett. Mrs. Hendry was born January 12, 1922 in Houston County and had lived in Kennard all of her lifetime. Mrs. Hendry was a housewife and a member of the Mt. Olive Church.
Survivors include her son Roger Hendry and wife Rebecca, of Pennington; daughter Rose Dailey and husband Mike, of Kennard; grandchildren Sheila Westerfield, of Pennington and Mickey Pyle, of Kennard; great-grandchildren Jordan, Lauren, Garrett, Carson and Caitlyn; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Tommy Hendry in 1976.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Oma Marie Hendry were held Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. in the Cal-laway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Charles Butler officiating. Interment followed in the Ivie Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Dr., Lufkin, TX. 75904.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


Christine Henderson

Mrs. Christine Henderson, age 87 of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2005 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Henderson was born April 28, 1918 in Austonio and had lived most of her adult life in Houston area until moving from Galena Park to Crockett in 1998. Mrs. Henderson had worked for the Houston area until moving from Galena Park to Crockett in 1998. Mrs. Henderson had worked for the Houston Chronicle and had retired from the Galena Park School Tax office where she worked as a secretary and she was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Crockett.
Survivors include her sons Ron Henderson and wife Betty, of Lubbock and Alan Henderson and wife Pat, of Pal-estine; grandchildren Randy Henderson and wife Amy, of Port Aransas, Rick Henderson and wife Jana, of Bryan and Dee Ann Burks and husband Jerry, of Montgomery; great-grand-children Alyx and A.J. Henderson, Jeffrey Allan Burks, Ginger Burks and Matthew Henderson; great-great-grandchild Hunter Burks; sister Fannie Mae Swearingin and husband Elmer, of Crockett; sister-in-law Evelyn Christian, of Crockett; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Roy Henderson; parents Wilse Christian and Ida McDonald Christian; brothers F.E. Christian and W.R. Chrsitian.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Christine Henderson were held Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. in the Brookside Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with the Rev. Terry Gibson. Interment followed in the Brookside Me-morial Park Cemetery.
If you prefer: memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, South Eighth Street, Crock-ett, TX. 75835 or Texas Baptist Home for Children, P.O. Box 309, Waxahachie, TX. 75168.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


Pat Haley

Mrs. Pat Elizabeth Creath Haley, age 92, passed away Friday, December 30, 2005 at Whitehall Nursing Home. Mrs. Haley was born June 6, 1913 in the Creath Community of Houston County to Moffen Baskin and Mary Maude Steed Creath. After completing high school at Belott, she studied to become a hairdresser and successfully passed the State Exam. Mrs. Haley worked in Crockett until she married Paul Francis Haley, a soldier from Penn-sylvania. After Paul's service time, they moved to Hunker, Pa., where they lived until Paul retired and they moved to Houston County. Mrs. Haley was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Crockett, where she was an Elder and Clerk of Session.
Survivors include her sister Jeanette Creath Crell, of Crockett; sister-in-law Lucille Duvall Creath, of Ft. Worth; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her husband Paul Haley in 1986.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Pat Elizabeth Creath Haley were held Monday, January 2, 2006 at Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Blake Brinegar and the Rev. Jim Tom Ainsworth presiding. Interment followed in the Cedar Point Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Pat's name to the First Presbyterian Church, 715 E. Goliad, Crockett, TX. 75835.
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Weldon Griffin

Mr. Weldon Griffin, age 76 of Crockett, previously of Deer Park, passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at his residence in Crockett. Mr. Griffin was born October 24, 1929 in Timpson and lived most of his lifetime in Deer Park and the last 18 years in Crockett. Mr. Griffin played football in High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean Era and was also on the Army Football Team. Mr. Griffin was past presi-dent of the Colt League Baseball in Deer Park. Mr. Griffin was also a member and deacon of the St. Hyacinth Catholic Church in Deer Park and was an avid fisherman and dominoes.
Survivors include his wife Naomi Griffin, of Crockett; four children Natalie Griffin, Patricia Meredith and hus-band John, all of Bandera, Valerie Ketchum and husband Michael, of St. Louis and Angela Boatner and husband Darryl, of Austin; two step-children Joanne Vargas, of Magnolia and Joel LaGrone, of Dayton; 12 grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mr. Weldon Griffin were held Saturday, April 29, at 11:00 a.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park with Father Jose George officiating.
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Allie Gonzales

Mrs. Allie Alberta Warren Gonzalez, age 76 of Trinity, passed away February 16, 2006 in the East Texas Medi-cal Center in Trinity. Mrs. Gonzalez was born May 15, 1929 in Houston County and had lived in Trinity for the past 15 years, previously living in the Plain Community. Mrs. Gonzalez was a housewife.
Survivors include her sons Preston Warren and wife Helen, of Trinity and Jackie Lee Powell, Jr. and wife Melissa, of Austin; grandchildren Angelia Finley and husband Anthony, of Missouri City and Jackie Lee Powell, III, of Austin; great-grandchildren Taylor, Ryan and Dylan; brother Cecil Warren, of Henderson; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her parents Johnnie Lee "Ted" Warren and Jewel (Minter) Warren; husbands Jack Powell and Mack Gonzalez; grandson William Warren; and sisters Betty Frizzell and Fay Conner.
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Allie Alberta Warren Gonzalez were held Saturday, February 18, at 2:00 p.m. in the Conner Cemetery with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Conner Cemetery Association.
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Lucille Gilmore

Mrs. Lucille Gilmore, age 85 of Lufkin, formerly of Trinity County, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2006 in a Lufkin Hospital. Mrs. Gilmore was born September 4, 1920, in Trinity County to Sleeta (Andrews) and Marion Stepleton. Mrs. Gilmore was a homemaker and a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and sister, and her greatest love was her family. Mrs. Gilmore was an avid gardener and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. Mrs. Gilmore was formerly a resident of Trinity County, she had resided in Lufkin for the past 16 years.
Survivors include her son James Ray Gilmore, of Trinity; daughters and sons-in-law LaJean and Fred Fredrick-sen, of The Woodlands, Patricia and Sherman Casper, of Huntington, JoNell and Roy Smith, of Huntsville and Judy and Micho Hales, of Lufkin; brother Frank Stepleton, of Missouri; sisters Bitsy Craven, of Crockett, Estelle Williams, of Wills Point, Marguerite Savant, of Lake Charles, and Mildred Ashworth and husband A.J., of Sara-toga; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Rayford Buck Gilmore in 1995; and son Joe Edd Gilmore in 1999.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Lucille Gilmore were held Saturday, April 8, at 2:00 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Pennington with the Reverend Thomas Dobbs and the Reverend Clay Harris officiating. Interment followed in the Pennington Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Darrell Gilmore, Keith Gilmore, Renay Gilmore, Standley Read, Ray Turner, Dwayne Turner, Greg Hales and Scott Gilmore.
Memorials may be made to the Pennington Volunteer Fire Department, the First Baptist Church of Pennington or a charity of your choice.
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Robert Garwood

Mr. Robert Garwood, age 81, departed his earthly life on Monday, March 6, 2006. Mr. Garwood was a veteran of WWII and a resident of Crockett since 1986. Mr. Garwood's happiest times were the 54 years he was married to Bea, and his other joys in life were his family and his church. Mr. Garwood's humor, quick wit and loving example will be truly missed. Mr. Garwood was a wonderful dad and a devoted grandpa. We are all lucky to have known such a good and caring man.
Survivors include his loving daughter Jill Bennefeld and husband Freddie; grandchildren, Kelly Bennefeld, Jamie Bennefeld, Jordan Bennefeld, Wayne Bennefeld, Stephanie Gomez and husband Juan; very special great-granddaughters, Avery and Addyson Bennefeld; sister Betty McGinty, of Tonawanda, New York; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his loving wife Bea Garwood in 2000; and his daughter Mikki Greenleaf in 1996.
A rosary was held Wednesday, March 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday, March 9, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of the Tejas Church with Father George officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
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James Garner

Mr. James Gregory "Greg" Garner, left this world on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 for a better one after battling a lengthy illness. Mr. Garner was born June 28, 1962 in Austin. Mr. Garner had a wonderful sense of humor, which he maintained throughout his illness. Mr. Garner loved his family, the outdoors, music, football, playing his guitar and reading the Bible and took special pride and delight in his daughter Siobhan. Besides using his God-given gifts to work in commercial art, he also worked in sales and as a chef during his life.
Survivors include his one daughter Siobhan Stolz, of Woodbridge, Va.; parents Betty Ellis-Brown and Bill Brown, of Powderly and James Beall and De Lois Garner, of Denton; one sister and brother-in-law Jane Garner Hale and Jeff Hale, of Denton; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Preceded in death by his grandparents Jack and Virginia Garner and Raymond and Eugenia Ellis, of Crockett.
A Memorial Service for Mr. James Gregory "Greg" Garner was held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 5, 2006 in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel in Crockett. There was a private burial at Evergreen Memorial Park in Crockett.
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Macie Gagnon

Mrs. Macie C. Gagnon, age 92 of Crockett, passed away Friday, December 23, 2005 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Gagnon was born October 27, 1913 in Ashburn, Georgia and had lived in Crockett for the past 14 years. Mrs. Gagnon was a housewife and a member of the Lake Baptist Church.
Survivors include her son H.D. "Slim" Evans and wife Sue, of Houston County Lake; grandchildren Debbie Stewart and husband Ray, of Quitman, Tammy Harden, of Donaldsonville, Ga., Rhonda Eernissee, of Crockett, Randy Eernissee, of Gilmer, Van Eernissee, of Crockett and Missy Coyle and husband Billy, of Gilmer; 25 great-grandchildren; 26 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives in Florida and Geor-gia.
Preceded in death by her first husband Horace Roy Evans and second husband Joe Gagnon.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Macie C. Gagnon were held Monday, December 26, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. in the Calla-way-Allee memorial Chapel with the Rev. Mark Mobley officiating. Interment followed in the Denson Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Dr., Lufkin, TX. 75904.


Reba Gadberry

Mrs. Reba English Gadberry, age 90 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2006 in the Whitehall Nurs-ing Center in Crockett. Mrs. Gadberry was born January 25, 1916 in Kennard to George A. and Myrtie Dominy English. Mrs. Gadberry was a graduate of Douglass High School in Nacogdoches County and had lived in Crockett for the past 25 years. Mrs. Gadberry was a past member of the Rebekah Lodge and the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Gadberry had been employed by North American Aircraft in Dallas and had retired from J.C. Penney's and was a member of the Baptist Church.
Survivors include her brothers and sisters-in-law Homer L. English, of Crockett, Charles E. and Dorothy English, of Nacogdoches and Cecil R. and Carol English, of Dallas; nieces Jayne Hillhouse and husband Neal, April English and Donna Finley and husband Bobby; nephews Micheal English, Dr. Charles K. English and wife Debbie and Dr. Kenneth A. English and wife Lauren; step-grandsons Jerry Gadberry and wife Lucy and Ed Gadbury; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
Preceded in death by her husband Jimmy Gadberry; parents George A. and Myrtie J. (Dominy) English; sister Ruth English; brother George H. English; sister-in-law Louise English; nephew Karl Hillhouse; step-son Wayne Gadberry; and step-daughter Wonnie Gadberry.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Reba English Gadberry were held Thursday, March 23, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Terry Gibson officiating. Interment followed in the Jim English Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Foundation, 1100 West 49th Street Room #G408, Austin, TX. 78756.
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Jack English

Mr. Jack A. English, age 69 of Hagerville, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2006 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. English was born February 6, 1937 in Currietown and had lived in Houston County all of his lifetime. Mr. English was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean Conflict Era and had also served in the Texas National Guard for several years. Mr. English was retired and had worked as a logger and was a member of the Ratcliff Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Jean English, of Hagerville; children Bubba English and wife Elsie, of Hagerville, Pete English and wife Tiffany, of Porter Springs and Cherry English, of Hagerville; grandchildren Felicia, David, Raven, Kayla, Chance, Chase, Dan, Doyle, Tim and Billy; sister-in-law Janice English, of Crockett; mother-in-law Mary Fowler, of Ratcliff; sisters-in-law Beth Guynes, of Kennard, Ann Weeks and husband Glenn and Carolyn Weeks and husband John, all of Conroe and Sharon Fleming and husband Jack, of Crockett; brother-in-law Charles Fowler, of Ratcliff; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and cousins.
Preceded in death by his parents David English in 1990 and Verba English in 2006; brother Clinton in 1993; and father-in-law Arlon Fowler in 2003.
Funeral Services for Mr. Jack A. English were held Saturday, March 11, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ken Wooley officiating. Interment followed in the Ivie Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Dr., Lufkin, TX. 75904.
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Mary Emmons

Mrs. Emmons, age 88 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at Houston County Nursing Home. Mrs. Emmons was born October 10, 1917 in Childress County to Samuel C. Day and Ina Belle Crisp Day. Mrs. Emmons was a L.V.N. nurse and worked for 35 years for the Grapeland Hospital, Grapeland Nursing Home, Houston County Nursing Home, Whitehall Nursing Home, Crockett Clinic, and Leisure Lodge. Mrs. Emmons was a member of the Countryside Baptist Church.
Survivors include her children Oweta Wright, of Orange, Carolyn Harris and husband Jack, of Fairfield, Gwen Reed and husband Danny, of Clayton, Celia Whitehead and husband Winston, of Grapeland, Robin Emmons and wife Hye Ja, of Wisconsin, D.R. Emmons and wife Pearl Ann, of Trinity, and William Emmons and wife Peggy, of Grapeland; sister Doris Jordan, of Lubbock; 23 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; and 14 great-great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her parents Samuel C. Day and Ina Belle Criso Day; husband Lawson D. Emmons in 1996; son-in-law Narrel Wright; sister Imagene Day; brother Clifton Day; granddaughter Katrina Wright; grand-son Sammy Emmons; and an infant granddaughter.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Joe Emmons were held Thursday, April 20, at 3:00 p.m. at Countryside Baptist Church with the Rev. Eddie Atkinson officiating. Interment followed in Whitehead Cemetery.
Pallbearers were grandsons Glenn Emmons, Joe Davis Harris, Craig Emmons, Brandon Emmons, Aaron Emmons, Troy Whitehead, Jody Whitehead, Doug Whitehead, Thomas Reed, and Jason Reed.
Honorary pallbearers were Kevin Harris, Keith Wright, Kyle Wright, Ryan Emmons.
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Mack Easterling

Mack Edward Easterling was born January 15, 1951 to S.H. and Gwendolyn Cobbs Easterling in Crockett. He graduated from Ralph Bunche High School in 1969.An avid horseman he retired from Sears as a truck driver.
Life’s departure was on Feb-ruary 17, 2006 in Dallas. Sur-vivors are: wife Emma and children; Patrick, Gwendolyn, and Shameka of Dallas, 7 grandchildren, mother; Gwen-dolyn Easterling, brother; Douglas (Bobbie) Easterling of Crockett, sisters; LaVert Reese (James) and Ruby East-erling of Dallas, Ada Hackney and Annie Ross of Crockett, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 25, 2006, 1pm, Union Prairie Baptist Church, Crockett, Rev. S. R. Dominique, pastor and offici-ant. Eternal resting place was in Union Prairie Cemetery.
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Faye Dykes

Mrs. Faye Ellen Dykes, age 77 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2006 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Dykes was born September 12, 1928 in Florence and had lived in Crockett for the past 16 years. Mrs. Dykes was retired having worked as an office manager for Clear Creek Drainage District and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Crockett.
Survivors include her husband W.E. Ed Dykes, of Crockett; children Tess Sutton, of Tacoma, Wash. and Leslie Ann Bradley and husband Jim, of Tenaha; grandchildren Wes Bradley and wife Victoria, of Albuquerque, NM., Ron Bradley and Katie Bradley, both of Tenaha; nephews and nieces Mike Snow and wife Clara, of Houston, Becky Talka, of San Antonio, William Dale Dykes and wife Lesa, of Grapeland, Connie Pace and husband Rusty and George Taylor, all of San Antonio, Terry Robinson, of Elgin, Patricia Robinson and Judy Tschoerner, both of Jarrell; and numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her parents George S. and Dora (Lackey) Snow; four brothers; and one sister.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Faye Ellen Dykes were held Saturday, March 25, at 3:30 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Dr. Jerry House officiating. Interment followed in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21 AF & AM P.O. Box 955, Crockett, TX. 75835 or First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 984, Crockett, TX. 75835.
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Jasper Driskell

Mr. Jasper Driskell, age 95 of Crockett, passed away peacefully at his home Tuesday evening, April 25, 2006. Mr. Driskell was born May 2, 1910 in Lovelady and had lived in Houston County all of his lifetime.
Mr. Driskell graduated from Lovelady High School and attended business school. Mr. Driskell was a member of the Lovelady Masonic Lodge #539 for 65+years serving as past worshipful master, secretary and treasurer for a number of years, and he held every office they had.
Mr. Driskell was a trustee of Crockett ISD and served as president, a member of the Lion's Club, and the Davy Crockett Lodge #193 Knights of the Phythians, and commandery #91 Knights Templar for 50+years. Mr. Driskell was also a member of the First Christian Church in Crockett where he served as deacon, Ameritus, and trustee of the Church.
Mr. Driskell was retired having been owner and operator of Driskell Farm Service for 42 years from 1939-1981. Mr. Driskell was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years and 11 months, Verna Arnold Driskell, of Crockett; three children John A. Driskell and wife Karla, of Houston, Linda Butler and husband Jim, of Dickinson and Tommy Driskell and wife Jeanie, of Crockett; 10 grandchildren Johnny Driskell, Jr., Sarita Driskell, Angela Driskell, Eric Driskell, Ashlee Driskell, Thomas "Tom" Butler, Helenanne Tritico, Tommy Driskell Jr., Jim Driskell and Will Driskell; 14 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his parents Jack and Nannie Driskell; brothers and sisters Pearlena Brown, Laura King, Chester Driskell and Joe Driskell.
Funeral Services for Mr. Jasper Driskell were held Friday, April 28, at 2:00 p.m. in the First Christian Church in Crockett with the Rev. Shane Mize and the Rev. Phillip Chacko officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, 200 Gordon Drive, Crockett, TX. 75835.
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Billie Dominy

Mrs. Billie Ruth Dominy, age 75 of Kennard, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2006 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mrs. Dominy was born August 9, 1930 in Austonio and had lived in Kennard most of her life-time. Mrs. Dominy was retired and had worked as a phone solicitor and was a member of the Mt. Olive Church.
Survivors include her step-children Clay C. Dominy, Jr., of Humble, Mary Boyd, of Magnolia, Helen Dominy, of South Houston, Henry Dominy and wife Barbara, of Humble and Tommy Dean Dominy, of Huffman; step-grandchildren Bobbie Jo Boyd, Misty Boyd, Sara Nicole Dominy, Samantha Rae Dominy, Teresa Jean Dominy and Crystal Boyd; four step-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her husband Clay C. Dominy.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Billie Ruth Dominy were held Tuesday, April 4, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Larry Bruce officiating. Interment followed in the Pennington Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Olive Church Building Fund.
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Virginia Cutler

Mrs. Virginia Faye Cutler, age 81 of Grapeland, passed away March 16, 2006 at her residence. Mrs. Cutler was born April 19, 1924 in Liberty Hill Community to Jesse Robert and Alva Retta Holcomb Moore. Mrs. Cutler was a homemaker and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Grapeland.
Survivors include her husband T.P. Cutler, of Liberty Hill Community; daughters Tommie Faye Thompson, of Friday Community, Beverly Diane Cutler, of Pasadena; son Kevin Cutler and wife Susan, of Deer Park; grandchil-dren Jolee Diane Vondra and husband Joe, Billy Joe Thompson and wife Kimberly and Savannah Michelle Cutler; great-grandchildren Karson Jalee Money, Trenton Rhet Thompson, John Reed Thompson and James Coleman Thompson.
Preceded in death by her parents Jesse Robert and Alva Retta Holcomb Moore; sisters Laura Terry, Ollie Hogan and Mary Alice Gale; brothers J.B. Moore, Howard Moore, Cecil Moore and Arnold Moore; and son-in-law Tommy Joe Thompson.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Virginia Faye Cutler were held Sunday, March 19, at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Grapeland with the Rev. Rick Dobbins and Dr. Jack Shoultz officiating. Interment followed in the Augusta Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Keith Bishop, Jim Higgins, Robert Moore, Elbert Shanks, Charles Smith and Steven Yencer.
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Jennie Cox

Mrs. Jennie Cox, age 90 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2006 after a brief illness at East Texas Medical Center. Mrs. Cox was born Jennie Williamson on October 21, 1915. Mrs. Cox grew up in Kaufman with 15 siblings, several which were twins. Mrs. Cox married Arnold Cox and lived in Pasadena, before moving to Crockett in the early 1970s. Mrs. Cox loved food and cooking as much as she loved blue grass music, and her kind heart and tenacity were an anchor for family and friends. Mrs. Cox never met a stranger. Mrs. Cox will be missed greatly.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Dot and Don Hendrix, of Florida; daughter-in-law Peggy Cox, of Crockett; six grandchildren Kenneth, Stephen, Dennis, Phillip, Casey and Patton; several great-grandchildren; and a large extended "family."
Preceded in death by her husband Arnold Cox; and son Kenneth Cox.


Lorraine Cosson

Mrs. Lorraine Stowe Cosson, age 87, passed away Friday, April 14, 2006. Mrs. Cosson was born May 4, 1919 in Jones School House to Elsie and Luther Stowe.
Survivors include her daughter Camilla Eckenrod and husband Mike; son Mitchell Cosson and wife Jan; six grandchildren Billy, Pamela, Angela, Kenneth, Michael and Melanie; great-grandchildren Zach, Matthew, Jeremiah, Abigail, Hope and Andrew; numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.
Preceded in death by her husband Vernon Cosson; parents Elsie and Luther Stowe; brothers and sisters Earl Stowe, Jennifer, D.L. Stowe, Corine Whitehead, Johnny Stowe, Hardy Stowe, Georgia Womack and Woodrow Stowe.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Lorraine Stowe Cosson were held Monday, April 17, at 11:00 a.m. at SouthPark Fu-neral Home in Pearland with the Rev. Larry Womack and the Rev. Michael Sims. Interment followed in the SouthPark Cemetery in Pearland.
Pallbearers were Jose Mendez, Duane Webb, Thomas Eckenrod, Mike Rozelle, Brian Webb and Matt Eckenrod.
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Paul Copeland

Mr. Paul Copeland, age 75 of Crockett, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2006 at his residence. Mr. Copeland was born May 25, 1930 in Rusk and had been living in Crockett for the past 30 years. Mr. Copeland was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force having served during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Copeland was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Rusk. Mr. Copeland was retired and had worked as a logging contractor.
Survivors include his wife Delores Copeland, of Crockett; daughters Paula Loftin and husband Ricky and Cathy Jordan and husband Preacher, all of Crockett; grandchildren Jason Loftin and wife Christina, of Huntsville and Justin Lovell, of Weches; sister Joann Sessions and husband Jimmy, of Woodville, Miss.; numerous nieces, neph-ews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents Egbert and Ellen Copeland.
Funeral Services for Mr. Paul Copeland were held Saturday, April 8, at 11:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Me-morial Chapel with the Rev. Mike Loftin officiating. Interment followed in the Cedar Hill Cemetery near Rusk.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford, Lufkin, TX. or charity of choice.
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Billy Clark

Mr. Billy V. Clark, age 70 of Houston County Lake, passed away Friday, February 17, 2006 in the East Texas Medical Center-Crockett. Mr. Clark was born August 6, 1935 in Lovelady and was a native of Houston County. Mr. Clark had worked for the Houston County Courier since 1985 as their advertising manager and was a member of the Good Shepherd Fellowship Church.
Survivors include his wife Barbara Clark, of Houston County Lake; daughters Leona Smith, of Houston County Lake and Charlotte Crager, of Dallas; grandchildren Kenna Elise Buckner, Crystal Crager Kessler and Samantha Crager; brother John Hardison Clark and wife Carol, of Glendale, AZ; special brothers Martin Clark and wife Gra-cie, of Nacogdoches and Bennie Frank Clark and wife Frances, of Houston; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral Services for Mr. Billy V. Clark were held Monday, February 20, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Attis Byers officiating. Interment followed in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.
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Mildred Bruton

Mrs. Mildred Elizabeth Caroline Poston Bruton, age 86, passed from this world on Sunday, January 8, 2006. Mrs. Bruton was born August 13, 1919 in Groveton to Woody Henderson Poston and Caroline Julia Hutto Poston. Mrs. Bruton grew up in Groveton and graduated from Groveton High School. In September 1941 she married Will T. Bruton and except for a short time during WWII, spent the rest of her life as a resident of Lovelady. Mrs. Bruton was a loving wife and mother, and a friend top many as well as an active civic member of the community. Mrs. Bruton was a life long member of the First United Methodist Church of Lovelady and the Weldon Eastern Star where she held many positions including Worthy Matron. Mrs. Bruton served on the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery Committee for many years, and was on the board of directors of the Lovelady State Bank for 30 years.
Survivors include her son W.T. "Butch" Bruton, III, of Lovelady; daughters Mary Ann Schaubhut and Becky Reineman and husband Richard, all of Lovelady; granddaughter Lauren Schaubhut, of Lovelady; step-grandson Jer-emy Reineman and wife Jessica, of San Jose, Calif.; nephew W.M. Paul "Bo" Faver and wife Gloria, of Ft. Worth; niece Cheryl Smith, of Austin; nephew Dr. Terry Richard and Dr. Jerry Richard, of North Little Rock, Ark.; great-nephew Lloyd Faver and wife Angie, of Ft. Worth; great-niece Kristin Thomson and husband Don, of San Antonio; and many great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
Preceded in death by her husband Will Bruton; son Woody Phil Bruton; sister Bessie Faver; and her nephew Ben Smith.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Mildred Elizabeth Caroline Poston Bruton were held Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Lovelady with the Rev. John Montgomery officiating. Interment followed at the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lovelady Methodist Church or the JoAnn Starns Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 87, Lovelady, TX. 75851; the Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery, P.O. Box 83, Lovelady, TX. 75851 or the Eastern Star, Weldon Chapter 969, P.O. 31, Lovelady, TX. 75851.
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Kimberly Boothe

Mrs. Kimberly Kay Leediker Boothe, age 36 of Texarkana, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2006 in Northeast Texas. Mrs. Boothe and her husband Bill Boothe, were killed in a tragic highway accident. Mrs. Boothe was born December 6, 1969 in Bryan and had lived in Houston County most of her lifetime.
Mrs. Boothe had earned her Masters degree at Stephen F. Austin University with a 4.0 grade point average and graduated from Sam Houston State University, Magna Cum Laude, and was a 1988 graduate of Latexo High School where she was a member of the State Volleyball team. At Sam Houston State she was a member of the Honor So-ciety, and she held administrative and classroom certificates.
Mrs. Boothe had a profound effect on her peers and students, as she was formerly an administrator, a classroom teacher, and girl's volleyball coach in the Crockett Independent School District, where her teams held winning re-cords over the four years including district and area honors. At the time of her death, she was an assistant principal at Texas High School of the Texarkana Independent School District where she loved the students, staff and admini-stration. Mrs. Boothe was loved and respected by her family, friends, peers and students.
Survivors include her sons Jacob Cody Young and Ryan Mayes Young, of Crockett; step-children W. Christo-pher Boothe, Ashley Boothe and Austin Boothe, of Grapeland; proud parents Kay Leaverton and Chester Dale Leediker, of Crockett; loving brothers James Lucas and wife Stacy, Dale Leediker and fiance Brandy Dotson and Kenny Leediker, all of Crockett; loving sister Kristi Leediker Dunbar and husband Josh, of Texarkana; and numer-ous other beloved relatives, including nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Kimberly Kay Leediker Boothe were held Thursday, February 23, at 10:30 a.m. in the Crockett Civic Center with Dr. Jerry House officiating. Interment followed in the Bynum Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a Scholarship Fund, in Honor of Kim Leediker Boothe, C/O First National Bank, P.O. Box 172, Crockett, TX. 75835.
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Jack Bohannon

Mr. Jack Bohannon, age 67 of Houston, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at his residence. Mr. Bohannon was born June 24, 1938 in Rusk and had lived in Houston since 1964. Mr. Bohannon received a Bachelor's degree in Astronomy from L.S.U. and a Master's Degree in Physics from the University of Houston. Mr. Bohannon was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Bohannon was a pilot instructor and had retired from NASA having worked as an Aerospace Engineer and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife Jean Bohannon, of Houston; daughter Jeanette Hickman and husband Mike, of Mont-gomery, La.; sons Jay Alan Bohannon and wife Juana, of Alvin and John Neil Bohannon and wife Liz, of LaMar-que; grandchildren Melissa White, of Marksville, La. and Toby Joseph Hickman, of Montgomery, La.; step-grandchild Arnaldo Paredes, of Houston; uncle Nathan Mizell, of Carthage, Miss.
Preceded in death by his parents Bill and Annie (Love) Bohannon.
Funeral Services for Mr. Jack Bohannon were held Saturday, March 25, at 1:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Me-morial Chapel with the Rev. Darren Shelton and the Rev. Roy Lee Bobbitt officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
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Linda Birdwell

Mrs. Linda Land Birdwell, age 61 of Pennington, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Sunday, morning, Febru-ary 19, 2006 at her residence. Mrs. Birdwell was born October 12, 1944 in Freeport and had lived in Houston County for the past 10 years. Mrs. Birdwell had worked as a secretary for a Roofing Company and was a member of the Church of God in Crockett.
Survivors include her sons Jason Birdwell, of Cuero and Brett Allen Birdwell, of Conroe; granddaughters Brooke, Brianna, McKenzie and Haley Birdwell; brothers Harold Land and wife Shirley, Wayne Land and Dale Land and wife Joyce, all of Crockett, William Land and wife Patty, of Porter Springs, Charles Land, of Conroe, Tommy Land, of Pennington and Michael Land and wife Marsha, of Crockett; sisters Rhoma Helon Land Krischke and husband Harvey, of Port St. Lucie, FL. and Carolyn Land Minter and husband Randy, of Huntsville; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by her parents Marvin P. and Frances (Thomas) Land; and sister Janice Land.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Linda Land Birdwell were held Wednesday, February 22, at 2:00 p.m. in the Church of God in Crockett with the Rev. Robert Cannon and the Rev. Lonnie Vallance officiating. Interment followed in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


Johnnie Beasley

Funeral services for Ms. Johnnie Mae Beasley, age 52, were held Saturday, April 29, 2006, 2 pm, Bethel Baptist Church, North 6th St., Crock-ett, Rev. Earl Harris, pastor and Rev. Harry Fred Scott, officiating. Eternal resting place was in Mt. Zion Ceme-tery, Grapeland.
Johnnie Mae Beasley was born March 4, 1954 in Mil-ford, Texas to Lewis and Leora Beasley. She attended the Electra Public Schools. At an early age she moved to Crockett and lived here until her demise on April 24, 2006. She had worked at Crockett Care Center for several years.
Survivors are 3 children: Patricia Beasley of Palestine, Wanda Beasley of Crockett, Christopher Beasley of Jack-sonville, mother; Leora Beasley of Crockett, 3 broth-ers; Travis Beasley, Robert Beasley (JoAnn) of Crockett, Willie Beasley of Wichita Falls, 3 sisters; Ruby Foster of Wichita Falls, Opal Beasley of Temple, Shirley Waggoner (Paul Jr.) of Electra, 13 grand-children, 1 great grandson, numerous nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her fa-ther, husband, Rayford Ross, 5 brothers; Tracy, Thomas, Ronny, Kerry, and Michael Beasley, a sister; Corene B. Sherrod, a daughter; Francis Beasley.
McClain-Clebourn Funeral Service


Patsy Aulbach

Mrs. Patsy Ann Burton Bates Aulbach, age 80 of Crockett, formerly of Huntsville, went to be with Jesus on Fri-day, February 17, 2006. Mrs. Aulbach was born November 25, 1925 in Lone Pine and had been living in Crockett, previously she had lived in Huntsville where she was a resident of the Carriage Inn for three years. Mrs. Aulbach had worked as a supervisor for Woolworth and was of the Lutheran Faith.
Survivors include her nephews Bob Bitner and wife Carol, of Round Rock, William Thompson and wife Pat, of Georgetown; nieces Dorthy Bitner Trammell, and Frances Bitner Thomas and husband Joel, both of Grapeland, Linda Bitner McLean and husband Roger, of Campbell, Calif., Wanda Bitner, of Pflugerville and Doris Hughes, of Houston; 13 great-nephews; eight great-great-nephews; one great-great-great-nephew; five great-nieces; eight great-great-nieces; sister-in-law Mrs. Albert (Nancy) Burton, of Houston.
Preceded in death by her parents Hutchell and Birdie Burton; husbands Gibert Bates and George Aulbach; four brothers; two sisters; and two nephews.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Patsy Ann Burton Bates Aulbach were held Sunday, February 19, at 1:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. William Thompson officiating. Interment followed in the Center Hill Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


Bill Allen

Mr. Bill Allen, age 49 of Houston County Lake, passed away Thursday, March 2, 2006 at his residence. Mr. Al-len was born June 12, 1956 in Madison, Tennessee and had been living at the Houston County Lake. Mr. Allen had served in the U.S. Coast Guard during peacetime. Mr. Allen had worked as an aircraft mechanic.
Survivors include his sons William David Allen and Jimmy Allen, both of San Antonio; mother Sarah Cherry, of Houston County Lake; sister Susan Lynette Dowden, of Houston County Lake; brothers Richard Gordon Allen and wife Eileen, of College Station and Dwayne Hugh Allen and wife Jamie, of Houston County Lake; nieces Sarah Ann Allen, Destinie B. Dowden, Jessica Lyon and Jennifer Bacon; nephews T.J. Ypma and wife Crystal, Jeremy Lyon, Jason Lyon and Zachary Allen; great-niece Audry Ypma; great-nephew Jonathon Ypma; and numerous aunts, uncles and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his father Lee Gordon Allen.
Graveside funeral services for Mr. Bill Allen were held Monday, March 6, at 2:00 p.m. in the Leech Cemetery in Charlotte, Tennessee.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


Glen Alford

Mr. Glen Robert Alford, age 85 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2006 in the Mya Nursing Home in Palestine. Mr. Alford was born May 27, 1920 in Creek to Guy and Tina Mae Alford and was a resident of Hous-ton County for most of his life. Mr. Alford enlisted in the U.S. Navy immediately following the attack of Pearl Har-bor and spent over two years in the South Pacific as a radioman on a destroyer. Mr. Alford's ship participated in several battles including Guadalcanal and the Midway Islands and he was discharged on October 3, 1945 as a Third Class Petty Officer. Mr. Alford was retired and had worked as a truck driver and was a member of the Austonio Baptist Church.
Survivors include his sister Mamie Dean, of Pasadena; brother Donald Alford, of Poway, Calif.; seven nieces; six nephews.
Preceded in death by his wife Bonnie Alford; parents Guy Alford and Tina Mae Barbee Alford; brother Guy Al-ford; and sisters Irma Douglass and Ella Mae Smith.
Funeral Services for Mr. Glen Robert Alford were held Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in the Austonio Baptist Church with the Rev. Ottis Byers officiating. Interment followed in the Creek Cemetery.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


Jesse Johnson

Services for Jesse Lee Johnson, 80, of Killeen will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Christian House of Prayer in Copperas Cove with the Rev. Nathaniel Holcomb officiating.

Burial will follow at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

Johnson died Jan. 1, 2006, at a Killeen nursing facility.

He was born April 13, 1925, in Crockett to the late Charlie and Arlene Johnson. He was raised in Crockett and Fort Worth.

Johnson served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force, receiving an honorable discharge from both.

He was the recipient of the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one bronze service star; Sharpshooter Badge with carbine bar; World War II Victory Medal; and Good Conduct Medal.

Johnson worked in construction as a carpenter and in highway construction and building construction for more than 32 years before retiring. He drove buses for the city of San Francisco, Calif. He was also a tailor and shoe repairman.

He married Janice M. Johnson on May 2, 1972, in Bell County.

He was a member of the Christian House of Prayer, where he was a licensed minister, Sunday school president and superintendent. He was the past associate pastor of Faith Tabernacle Church of Deliverance of Lufkin. He was a member of the community for five years.

Survivors include his wife of Killeen; two daughters, Jessica Johnson-West of Menlopark, Calif., and Victoria Vicky L. Wallar of Palo Alto, Calif.; one brother, Culbertson C.B. Johnso
n of Killeen; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Johnson was also preceded in death by one sister, Melodie Ann Johnson on July 19, 1991.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the church.

Chisolms Family Funeral Home in Copperas Cove is handling the arrangements.


NAME: Geraldine Etheredge

BORN:  March 27, 1946

DIED: Monday, June 5, 2006, Weldon, TX

PARENTS: Ruben P & Susie Etheredge, deceased

BURIED: Lovelady Antioch Cemetery, Lovelady, TX

COMMENTS:  Survivors, sons, James G. Hill and Bobby Wayne Hill; daughter Venita Sue Eck; brother John Ruben Etheredge; sister Sarah Nell Farris.  Brother Kenneth Etheredge preceeded her in death.


 

 

NAME:  Euphratus "Aunt Frate" Steed Pickett

BORN:  Nov. 27, 1915

DIED: June 10, 2006 Hagerville, TX

PARENTS: Will Steed and Has and Washie Lenderman

BURIED:  Enon Cemetery

COMMENTS: Preceeded in death by son, Ted Brunner and husbands T.B. Brunner, H.H. Rainbolt and P.M. Pickett.  Survivors; son Richard Pickett and wife, Jenny.


 

 

NAME:  Bobby J. Rawls

BORN:  Oct. 17, 1936 Willis TX

DIED:  June 9, 2006  East Texas Medical Center Crockett

PARENTS:  Rueben E. & Essie E. Rawls

BURIED:  Wesley Chapel Cemetery


 

NAME:  James Mathis "Moses" Benton

BORN:  Dec. 15, 1955

DIED:   June 8, 2006

PARENTS:  Mack & Gladys Benton

MARRIED: Viola Skinner, July 13, 1979

BURIED:  New Hope Cemetery, Kennard


 

NAME:  Gary Don Wells

BORN:  Feb. 6, 1949 Dodge City, KA

DIED:  June 2, 2006 East Texas Medical Center Crockett

PARENTS:  Doyle E. & Thelma M. (Husband) Wells

BURIED:  Latexo Cemetery, Latexo, TX


 

 

 

NAME:  Rosa Irene Loviette

BORN:  Dec. 29, 1935 Fairfield, TX

DIED:  June 10, 2006

PARENTS:  John B. & Gladys T. Dunbar


 

 

NAME:  Charles Leon Griffin

BORN:  Dec. 19, 1934 San Antonio, TX

DIED:  June 5, 2006

PARENTS:  Rubye and Wesley Gould

MARRIED:  Betty Jo Adler


 

 

NAME:  Ellen Louise Parker

BORN:  Nov. 20, 1916 Danevang, TX

DIED:  June 4, 2006 East Texas Medical Crockett

PARENTS:  Jens Christian and Mary Longwood Nielson

MARRIED:  John H. "Buddy" Parker

BURIED:  New Energy Cemetery, Belott, TX


 

 

NAME:  PEARLINE DOWNS

BORN:  9-30-1921 Womble, Montgomery Co., AR

DIED:  6-13-2006 Hospice Home Place in Tyler, TX

PARENTS: Emmitt D. & Irene Johnston

MARRIED: John L. Downs, Sr.

BURIED:  New Energy Cemetery, Houston Co., TX


 

David Iden

Mr. David Paul Iden, age 46, went home to be with our lord on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Iden was born February 5, 1960 in Houston. Mr. Iden was an employee of UPS for 25 years, volun-teered with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Special Olympics for the last several years. To his friends and family he was a very caring and compassionate person and was a wonderful husband, dad, son, brother and friend. Mr. Iden will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Survivors include his wife Janice; children Sara and Travis; parents Herbert and Willie Iden; brother Jim Iden and LaRita Godby; mother-in-law Janelle Cooper; sister-in-law Linda and Kenny Poe; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends,
Funeral Services for Mr. David Paul Iden were held Friday, June 2, at 12:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lewisville. Interment followed in the Antioch Cemetery in Lovelady.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or First United Methodist Church of Lewisville.
If you wish to send a condolence or sign an online register book please visit: www.flowermoundfuneralhome.com
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Georgia Brewton

Mrs. Georgia "Tible" Brewton, age 94 of Crockett, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2006 in the Whitehall Nurs-ing Center in Crockett. Mrs. Brewton was born January 3, 1912 in Crockett to Matt W. and Georgia Ash Crofford and she had resided in Crockett for the past 15 years, previously living in Ulvalde. Mrs. Brewton was a retired seamstress and drapery maker and was a member of the Grace Street Church of Christ in Crockett.
Survivors include her daughters Genese Wachter and husband Charles, of San Antonio and Judith Routh and husband Harvel, of Uvalde; step-daughters Betty Cranfield and husband Hoyt, of Graham and Charlene Stanford, of Corpus Christi; four grandchildren Larry Routh, Starlynne Marshall, Cathryn Hutcherson and Tim Wachter; nine great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren; sisters Doris Hallmark, of conroe, Mary Lee Vaden and Lila Alford, Austonio and Mattie Womack, of LaPorte; many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her father and mother Matt W. and Georgia Ash Crofford; sisters Effie, Florence, Ottice and Bessie; brother Marvin; husbands George Robert Taylor and Waymon Brewton; and grandson Chuck Wa-chter.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Georgia "Tible" Brewton were held Friday, June 2, at 2:00 p.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with Mr. Thomas Stoneham officiating. Interment followed in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home


Leo Brenner

Mr. Leo Louis Brenner, age 77 of Crockett, passed away 26, 2006 at his residence. Mr. Brenner was born Sep-tember 10, 1929 in Cottonwood, Texas and was a resident of Crockett for many years. Mr. Brenner was a retired accountant having been employed by Alcoa. Mr. Brenner was a deacon and a faithful member of the first Baptist Church in Crockett for 45 years where he was a leader of the Royal Ambassadors and also Vacation Bible School Teacher.
Survivors include his sons Michael Brenner and wife Sarah and Kirk Brenner and wife Sharon, all of Crockett; grandchildren James Russell "Rusty" Brenner and Brandye Brown, of Dallas, Leslie (Brenner) Jinkins and hus-band Jamie, of Lufkin, Michael Ellis, of College Station and Andrew Ellis, of Crockett; great-grandchild Carter Michael Jinkins, of Lufkin; brother Charles Brenner and wife Dot, of Fort Worth; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his parents Charles and Melinda (Guderian) Brenner; brother Herbert Brenner; and sister Mildred High.
Funeral Services for Mr. Leo Louis Brenner were held Wednesday, May 31, at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Keeney Dickenson officiating.
Graveside services followed at 3:00 p.m. in the Cottonwood Cemetery in Falls County.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church-Crockett, 801 E. Goliad, Crockett, TX. 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
 


James Spann

Mr. James H. Spann, age 87 of Crockett, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2006 in the Crockett Care Center. Mr. Spann was born October 26, 1918 in Grapeland and had lived in Crockett since 1984. Mr. Spann was retired from Texaco and was a member of the Church of God. Mr. Spann was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Navy Sea-Bees. Mr. Spann enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Lorene Spann, of Crockett; daughters Jeanette Bliss and husband Walter, of Katy and Patricia Marie Booth and husband David, of Lafayette, La.; grandchildren Christy Booth, of Crockett, Keeley Bliss, of Ft. Worth and Lindsey Booth Gammage, of Bossier City, La.; sister Bertha Lathrop, of Grapeland; nu-merous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Preceded in death by his brothers Roy, Dewey, Manuel, Charles and Jerald Spann; and sister Mary Schlieff.
Funeral Services for Mr. James H. Spann were held Tuesday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Me-morial Chapel with the Rev. David Taylor officiating. Interment followed in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Church of God, 405 Alamo Drive, Crockett, TX. 75835.
Callaway-Allee Funeral Home
 


Reverend Jesse Clark

Rev. Jesse Batts Clark was born April 14, 1935 to Walker Harris and Annie Beverly Clark in Crockett, Texas. He graduated from the Crockett Public Schools and attended Texas Southern University in Houston as well as Conroe Bible College in Conroe, Texas. His occupation was that of a Master Plumber. He served as a deacon at Bethel Baptist Church before joining Friendship Baptist Church serving as a deacon and church treasurer where he was called into the Ministry. He served as pastor of Jasper Baptist Church in Palestine and currently was the pas-tor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Grapeland. He was also active in the Palestine Bowen District Association serving as 2nd Vice President of the Congress and Spiritual Advisor of the District Brotherhood.
Rev. Jesse Clark was called from labor to reward on May 24, 2006 in the comfort of his home.
Survivors are: wife of 49 years Jimmie Clark of Crockett, 6 children; Janice Clark of Bryan, Jessie Beatrice Clark Anderson and husband Freddie of Huntsville, Texas, John Clark and wife Margaret of Houston, Jearld Clark and wife Lydia of San Diego, California, Isaiah Clark and wife Pamela of Houston, Phillip Clark and wife Sonia of Orlando, Florida, 9 grandchildren, 3 brothers; Luke Clark of New York City, Wesley Clark of Phoenix, Ari-zona, Enos Harris of Houston, 5 sisters; Georgia Johnson of Dallas, Willie Richardson and Mary Williams of Phoenix, Helen Cooper and Ima Smith of Crockett, 3 sisters-in-law; Eula Mae Clark and Mildred Clark of Crock-ett, Lucy Taylor and husband Jimmy of Detroit, Michigan, several nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral Services for Rev. Jesse Batts Clark age 71, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Grapeland were held Saturday, May 27, 2006, 1 p.m., Union Prairie Baptist Church, Porter Springs Community, Crockett. Re. S.R. Dominique, pastor and officiant. Rev. Clark was laid to rest in Union Prairie Cemetery.
Casketbearers were: sons, son-in-law, and grandson, John, Jerald, Isaiah, and Phillip Clark, Freddie and Alex Anderson.
McClain-Clebourn Funeral Service


Wanda Summers

Mrs. Wanda Deaton Sheppard Summers, age 66 of Georgetown, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2006. Mrs. Summers was born on September 25, 1939 to Charles B. Deaton and Goldie Hornesby Deaton. Mrs. Summers was a member of the Grace Bible Church of Georgetown.
Survivors includes her husband Robert H. Summers Sr., of Georgetown; two daughters, Joanna L Sheppard Hef-lin and husband Michael, of Austin and Kaye S. Ricco and husband Ralph, of Arden, N.C.; two grandchildren Jes-sica L. Heflin and James Sheppard Heflin, of Austin; two step-children Bob Summers and wife Pam of Krum, and Sue Gabrourie and husband Jack, of San Antonio; step grand-children Shelby and Taylor Ball, of San Antonio, Scott Ball, of Argyle and Tyler Summers, of Krum; brothers Charles Deaton and wife Rosemary, of Elizabeth-town, Ky. and Don Deaton and wife Cathie Sterling, of Gaithersburg, Mo.; sisters Freda Blair and husband Herb, of Elizabethtown, Ky. and Bernice Wallace and husband Andy, of Prescott, Ariz.; and a brother-in-law, Wesley Dowell of Fla.
Preceded in death by her first husband, L. E. Sheppard, Jr.; and a sister, Deloris Dowell.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Wanda Deaton Sheppard were held Tuesday, May 30, at 10:00 a.m. Grace Bible Church in Georgetown.
Graveside services were held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, in the New Energy Cemetery in Belott.
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Walden/Davis Funeral Home