October 17, 1924 - September 20, 2020 (age 95) Grapeland, TX Savannah Shepherd, daughter of Aggie Campbell and Walter Wilmore was born in Grapeland, TX on October 17, 1924. Savannah accepted Christ at an early age. After moving to Houston, TX, she joined St. Matthew’s Baptist Church, where she served as President of the Usher Board and was a deaconess. After her husband passed, she joined Greater New Hope Baptist Church in Grapeland, TX until she died. She married Ben Shepherd in 1940 before moving to Houston and reared one child Virginia Pearl Bryant. She was preceded in death by her parents, Aggie and George Shepherd, Walter Wilmore; her husband Ben Shepherd; brothers, Walter Wilmore, David Lee Wilmore, Chester I. Wilmore, Ben Arthur Shepherd, Ballard Murphy, Albert D. Murphy, Willie B. Murphy, and James Shepherd; two sisters Yvonne Jones and Emma Stinson. Savannah loved children and playing bingo with other senior citizens at the senior citizen center. She loved giving advice to others and helping who she could. Savannah is survived by her daughter, Virginia P. Bryant; one brother John (Francis) Shepherd of Houston, TX; two sisters Velma Wilmore of Houston, TX and Erma (Harold) Stell of Grapeland, TX; three grandsons Cedrick Jackson, Jamone Jackson, and Billy Bryant, Jr.; 2 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. Graveside Service: Campbell Family Cemetery, Saturday, Sept 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM, Grapelan, TX
December 29, 1943 - August 7, 2020 (age 76) Grapeland, TX Robert "Bob" Eckford Dreher, Jr. went home to be with his Lord on August 7, 2020 at the age of 76. Robert is survived by his son and daughter-n-law, Shane and Heidi Dreher of Grapeland, TX; his daughter, Whitney Brummett of Whitehouse, TX; and his grandchildren Trey Dreher, Lane Dreher, Skyler Dreher, and Bailye Brummett. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years, Elizabeth A. McKinney; his parents; and his sister. Robert was born on December 29, 1943 in Pasadena, Texas. He graduated from Deer Park High School and joined and proudly served in the Navy from 1962 to 1968. Bob loved serving our Lord and Savior. He was an active member of Deer Park Church of Christ for 42 years and after his retirement from Lubrizol, moved to Grapeland, Texas and became an active member of Grace Street Church of Christ. Bob loved singing for the Lord, his family and friends, and working on the farm. He will always be remembered as a hard worker and a loving Christian father, grandfather and friend who had the heart of a servant. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in his name to Grace Street Church of Christ or to the American Heart Association. Memorial Service: Grace Street Church, Sunday, Aug 23 2020 at 2:00 PM 124 South Grace St. Crockett, TX
July 14, 1961 - August 1, 2020 (age 59) Tennessee Colony, TX Phillip leaves behind best friend, Cheryl Cunningham McNeal of San Antonio, TX; children, Shaun, Bernard and Jaison; sister, Sharon (Woodie) Ware of Mesquite, TX; three nieces, four nephews, fourteen grandkids, five great-grandkids; and a host of other relatives and friends. Memorial Service: Walker & Walker Saturday, Aug 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM
July 16, 1956 - August 2, 2020 (age 64) Grapeland, TX Carla June Walker passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 2, 2020 in Grapeland, Texas. She was born Carla June Wisdom on July 16, 1956 in Dallas, Texas to Teresa Evelyna Leach and Carlos Wayne Wisdom. She was an amazing cook and a talented artist. But her greatest legacy would be her two daughters and their children. She was very proud of the people they became and the many lives they have touched. Through them she touched and changed the world. Through them she made this world a better place. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother David Wisdom, her stepfather Bill Ellison, and her aunt Jo Ann Leach who was like a mother to her.
She is survived by her loving husband, Danny Walker, her daughter Nicole Cloutier and husband David Glickler from Kyle, Texas, her daughter Christina Lott and husband Jason Lott from Nacogdoches, Texas. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren; Seth Edmunds, Luke Edmunds, Kelsey Wright, Meagan Cameron, Jaden Lott, and Carly Lott. And 8 great grandchildren; Hollie Cameron, Maddie Cameron, Millie Cameron, Abbie Cameron, Jaxon Wright, Evelyn Wright, Koral Birkert and Bryliee Edmunds. She also leaves behind a brother, 3 sisters and countless cousins who loved her. Memorial Service: Walker & Walker Saturday, Aug 8, 2020 at 2:00 PM
January 21, 1942 - July 22, 2020 (age 78) Crockett, TX Thelma Louise Jolly was born January 21, 1942 to the proud parents Elbert Jolly and Ethel Mary Jolly in Crockett, Texas. She was the baby of 14 children. She graduated from Center Grove high school, attended nursing school and received a medical tech certification. She was preceded in death by her parents; eleven (11) siblings, and 1 grand-daughter. She leaves to cherish her memories one (1) son, Rodney Jolly, Sr. (soulmate Samantha) of Crockett, TX; seven (7) grandchildren; nine (9) great-grand children, two (2) sisters, Dorothy Gipson, and Ethel Smith of Houston, TX; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. Visitation: Jasper Church, Crockett, TX, Friday, July 24, 2020, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Service: Jasper Cemetery, Crockett, TX, Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 11:00 AM
July 16, 1991 - July 22, 2020 (age 29) Crockett, TX Dalton William Yount was born July 16, 1991 to Danny Edward Yount and Molly Estelle King. He was the youngest of 4 children, who was raised and attended school in Crockett, TX. Dalton was a great friend, son, husband and father. He loved music and video games. Above all he loved spending time with his family. Dalton met his wife, Joni, in elementary school (5th grade). He went to Crockett, ISD and Joni attended Latexo, ISD. It was always “Dalton and Joni”. “He was my best friend”, Joni. We have a beautiful son (Aaron) who is the perfect mix of the both of us. Dalton was a hard worker until his cancer diagnosis in 2015, which limited his abilities. Through chemotherapy, multiple surgeries, and treatments, Dalton gave new meaning to the phrase strength over surrender. Dalton remained the same joyful, mellow, and well-rounded person, despite what his body endured. Everyone loved Dalton. When I say he loved music - Dalton felt the music. He played the guitar by ear and loved showing off new cool tricks when he would learn them. Dalton’s joyful soul will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Left to cherish Dalton’s love of music and life is his wife Joni Yount and son Aaron Blake Haynes Yount, Crockett, TX; parents Danny Yount and Molly King, Crockett, TX; brothers Jerimiah Mack, Tomball, TX and Steven King, Crockett, TX; sister Danielle Ennis, Ratcliff, TX; and a host of other relatives and friends. Service: Garden of Memories Cemetery, Lufkin, TX, Saturday July 25, 2020 - 11:00 AM
June 5, 2003 - July 14, 2020 (age 17) Grapeland, TX David Bradley Dunn was born June 5, 2003 to Kless Wyatt Dunn and Amber Lashaye Dunn, in the Woodlands, TX. David was raised in Grapeland and attended Grapeland ISD. David was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. David was a typical kid who loved life. He enjoyed listening to music, playing baseball and being in the company of his family and friends. David’s life ended too soon - he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. David is preceded in death by his father Kless Wyatt Dunn and uncle, David Dunn. Left to cherish his memories is his mother Amber Dunn, grandparents, Dempsey and Patricia Dunn, Grapeland, TX; brothers Deston Dunn, and Prince Halliburton, Grapeland, TX; sisters Sierra Murphy, Palestine, TX, Diamond Dunn, Houston, TX, aunts Kristen Fletcher, Latonya Elder, Heather McKellar, Melanie, Melissa; uncles Justin Maines, Louis Dunn and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation: Walker & Walker, Friday July 17, 2020 - 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM Service: Denson Cemetery, Grapeland, TX, Saturday July 18, 2020 - 11:00 AM
February 23, 1954 - July 2, 2020 Alma Faye Taylor was born on February 23, 1954 to James Edward and Arvella Smith Taylor in Percilla, Texas. Alma was the oldest of seven children. Alma was raised in Augusta, Texas and attended Grapeland Public School. She accepted Christ early in life and united with Brewington Baptist Church in Augusta, Texas. She married Autrey Lee Bean on May 31, 1972. Their marriage was blessed with four sons, Marlon Glee, Renard Lethrail, Brandon Roland and Cranston Delee. She later married Albert Joe Berry and no children were born to this union. Alma attended Angelina Junior College where she received her Texas Nurse Aide Registry Certificate. She enjoyed helping take care of the residents at the different nursing homes where she was employed. Alma enjoyed cooking, planting her garden, playing dominoes, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. On July 2, 2020 in Tyler, Texas, Alma Faye left her earthly body to go to her heavenly home. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Brandon Roland, and three brothers, Lawrence Smith, Perry Smith, and Jerry Taylor. Alma will forever be lovingly remembered by her children, Marlon(Kenetra) Taylor of Lovelady, Texas, Renard and Cranston Bean of Crockett, Texas; three brothers, James and Ronnie Taylor of Augusta, Texas and Kenneth (Alicia) McKnight of Sugarland, Texas; four sisters, Bridgett and Beverly Taylor of Fort Worth, Texas, Dianne Davis of Crockett, Texas, and Barbara Polk of Palestine, Texas, one Godsister, Dorothy Witherspoon of Rancho Cucamonga, California; very special friend, Lois Bean of Crockett, Texas; sixteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation: Walker & Walker Friday July 10, 2020 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM Service: Post Oak Cemetery, Augusta, TX Saturday June 11, 2020 11:00 AM
November 18, 1955 - July 2, 2020 Cathy Diane Hernandez was born to the parents of James Edward Bowman and Birtie Elnora Langston Bowman on November 18, 1955 in Rusk, TX. Cathy loved her family more than words. She had a giving heart and was always there for her family. She nurtured her siblings, husband, Dan, who she married on May 25, 1997; her two children, Diane and Trey, cousins and friends. Her life will be remembered as a life of caring for others. Cathy loved the Lord and was furiously loyal to her family. She will be greatly missed and was loved beyond words. Cathy is preceded in death by both parents James and Birtie Bowman, and daughter Diane Elaine Hernandez. Left to continue Cathy’s legacy are husband Dan Hernandez; son, Trey Hernandez, Grapeland, TX; brothers James Bowman and wife Janice, New Caney, TX, and Bruce Bowman and wife Kim, Cleveland, TX; sisters Connie Mulvehill and husband Edward, Houston, TX; two (2) grandchildren Brayden Daniels and Bradley Hernandez; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
September 17, 1973 - June 14, 2020 On September 17, 1973, the Lord blessed Robert and Gladys Oliphant with a precious baby boy, and they named him Cedric Keith Oliphant. Cedric attended public school in Huntsville, Texas and graduated from Huntsville High School in 1992. After high school, Cedric attended Sam Houston State University. The Lord called Cedric to eternal rest on June 14, 2020. Cedric was preceded in death by his father, Robert Oliphant, Sr. and his brother, Robert Oliphant, Jr. Cedric was a loving son, father, brother and friend. He leaves to cherish his memory: his mother, Gladys Oliphant; children: KaTeanna Oliphant, Chase Oliphant, and Devin Davidson; sister, Dr. Tiffany Jackson (Jeffrey); brothers: Reginald Oliphant and Rev. Roland C. Oliphant (Eva); special nephew and God daughter: Austin and Aubrey Jackson; God parents: Lou and Jodie Oliphant; God brothers: Colby and Cody Oliphant and Brandon Winfrey; God sisters: Chataqua Franklin, Destani Hightower, Julie McMullen, and Heather Rhodes; Aunts: Lou Ella Willis, Mary Hall, Eddie Mae Vaughn, Mildred Handy (Bobby), and Elizabeth Oliphant; Uncles: Booker T. Oliphant (Joyce), Lou Oliphant, and Charles Winfrey; special friend, Sandra Owens; and a host of nieces, nephews relatives, and friends.
January 19, 1917 - June 5, 2020 Mrs. Katherine Reed Fain, 103, floated into Heaven peacefully on June 5, 2020. Until the very end, she was surrounded by a loving family that included her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Ester J McDonald Fain; grandchildren Rose Fain Winters, Hosea Fain Jr., and wife Jacqueline, Dapheny, Alecia, Caryn Fain Warren, and husband Robert. On January 19, 1917, Katherine Reed was born to the union of Makum Buck and Annie Carnella Davis Reed, in the Beulah Community of Elkhart, Texas. She attended school and church in the same building and graduated as an 8th grader; the highest level a Negro could attend school in the 1930s. Katherine married Leo Fain in September 1933. The happy couple and son Hosea L. G. Fain lived in a two-room house within the same community in which they grew up. Armed with only 35 cents, Katherine, alongside her husband, worked long and hard, overcoming many challenges until 1950, when they were able to purchase a 173-acre farm that belonged to his father. Seven years later, in 1957, their new, modern brick home was built by her husband and her father. While Leo was working, Katherine slipped off and got her first job because she viewed their marriage as a partnership. She and her friend picked up their paper sacks and walked to the town, Palestine, where they knocked on doors looking for work. They found their first job, washing dishes, making less than 25 cents a day, but it helped to support the family during a time when she witnessed black men being hung, dragged behind pickup trucks alive, beaten, and worse. In conversations with family members, she shared stories of her witnessing the terrible deaths of blacks, but she continued working to build a stronger family. Katherine persevered, and with strength, wisdom, and faith in God, she remained focused and eventually in 1970 became employed full-time as an aide for Dr. Jack Thompson’s Medical Clinic in Palestine, Texas. A great cook, Katherine also loved to improve the landscape of her home, so she and Leo developed improvement plans for the farm, resulting in the farm and their beautifully landscaped home being named ”Prettiest Farmstead” by Anderson County Community Development Committee, Texas Agricultural Extension Service. Katherine and Leo strived to “make life all it could be being Black in this racist America.” They had the honor of being awarded by the Texas State Senate, the Texas House of Representatives, and the Anderson-Houston County Soil and Water Conservation District. They were recognized by the Palestine Noon Lions Club, as the 1975 Resident Conservation Rancher in the District. The Fains also took the top place honors in the Area IV region, which covers the eastern fifth of the state of Texas. Katherine and Leo developed their 197-acre ranch into a cow-calf operation with improved pastureland and wildlife habitat. She has stated many times that having lived over ten decades, she saw and experienced a lot more than racism like the Spanish Flu of 1918, which was quite the pandemic, as well as lived to see the birth of many generations of grandchildren. She also saw and felt death all around her, including her only son Hosea LG Fain, Sr. She longed for and saw a day of some freedoms and was ecstatic that she witness the unforeseen- the 1st African American President of the United States, and she loved her some "Obama"! Katherine united with the Beulah Baptist Church when she was five years old (because she went to school there as well) and remained faithful until her health failed. She held many offices, serving as Mission President, Sunday School Teacher, Choir Leader, Church Clerk, Church Beautification Committee, and Pastors Study Committee. She participated in every phase of the church’s growth. Many days members heard Katherine singing one of her favorite songs, “I Can’t Even Walk Without You Holding My Hand.” In addition to being affectionately called “grandma” by many around town over the years, she was also known for being a caregiver. Katherine took care of her mother and brother in their later years, because that is the kind of person that Katherine Fain was: she always had plenty of love for everyone. Katherine is preceded in death by her husband, Leo Fain; son, Hosea L. G. Fain Sr.; grandson, Gary Wayne Fain; parents, Makum Buck Reed, and Annie Carnella Davis Reed; one sister, Ann Micheaux; and two brothers, Edgar and Ed Reed. She leaves to cherish her memories, her dedicated daughter-in-law, Ester J. McDonald Fain; five grandchildren, Rose Fain Winters, Grand Prairie; Hosea (Jacqueline) Fain Jr., Dallas, Texas; Dapheny Fain, DeSoto, Texas; Alecia Fain, Red Oak, Texas; and Caryn (Robert) Warren, Grand Prairie, Texas; a sister Henrietta Bailey of Corpus Christi, Texas; 18 great-grandchildren;17 great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-great, grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends of all ages, and races.
April 3, 1960 - May 29, 2020 Larry Joseph Deshotel was born on April 3, 1960, in China, TX, to Finest and Charline Deshotel. He peacefully passed away on May 29, 2020, at the Woodland Heights Hospital in Lufkin, TX. Larry was of the Catholic faith and was baptized on April 24, 1960, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in China, TX. Larry loved Harley-Davidson motorcycles, the many pets he had through the years, going mudding with his friends, and watching his favorite TV show Live PD. He enjoyed restoring automobiles and was an excellent body-man and mechanic. Larry was known as "Poppi" to Alexzander Minton, who was like a grandson to Larry; a grandpa role that he dearly enjoyed and loved. More than anything, he cared about and loved his family and many friends. Larry is survived by his sister, Juanita Vance, and brother, Leroy Deshotel; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews; and best friend, Pamela Ann Minton. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, sisters JoAnn and NormaJean, and brothers-in-law Sammy and Eddie.
May 28, 1967 - May 14, 2020 Sheri Rene Walker Lewis was born in Grapeland, TX, May 28, 1967 to Mae Ollice Walker and Joe Nathan Abbs. Sheri was raised in Grapeland and attended Grapeland schools. To know Sheri is to love Sheri! Sheri was a fun outgoing person, who never backed down in telling you the truth. She was a great friend who loved her family and grandkids dearly. Sheri was the person you always wanted by your side to help you along life’s journey. Whether she was working, cooking you a meal or having fun, she always had a way of encouraging others - to live and enjoy life. In 1997 Sheri attained her dream by receiving a degree in Cosmetology in Nacogdoches, TX. Sheri worked for many years as a hair stylist in Houston and Dallas before entering into the Healthcare field. Sheri was last employed as a Nurse’s aide, at Elkhart Oaks Care Center, in Elkhart TX. On May 14, 2020 Sheri transitioned to a place of love, comfort and eternal life. She will be GREATLY missed! Sheri is preceded in death by her granddaughter Tryona Whitt, mother, Mae Ollice Walker Willis, step-dad L.D. Black, grandparents Nannie B. and Suvella Walker, uncle, Roosevelt Murray and friend Shiela Flood. Left to cherish the life and legacy of Sheri is father Joe Nathan Abbs, Dallas, TX; her four children: Sharena Walker, Cedrick Lewis, of Grapeland, TX, Byron Lewis, Houston, TX, Sharee (Christopher) Lewis, Webster, TX, step-daughter Shonte Sandles, Crockett, TX; grandkids Jayreon Whitt, Jordan Brown, Byron Lewis, Jr., Jada Bowie, Jordan Grantt, Elijah Walker, Darian Lewis, Da’von Lewis, Kraylen Brownlee, Amir Lewis, Chrishon Brownlee, Kei’Don Brownlee, King Lewis, step-grandkids Shonia Sandles, Steven Sandles, Jr.; 4 great-grands Chasen, Jayveon, Kingston and Manuel, Jr.; brothers Shane (Loytoya) Black, Grapeland, TX, Marcus Abbs, Dallas, TX; sisters Chenequa Abbs, Ebony S. Minor, of Dallas, TX and Bobbie Rigsby, Waco, TX; aunts Florine Melton, Marion Walker, of Houston, TX, Shirley Beazley, Grapeland, TX, Della Graves, Dallas, TX; uncles Suvella (Cathy) Walker, Grapeland, TX, Lee (Myrian) Walker, Sr., Houston, TX; nieces and nephews LaDasia Johnson, Joshua Black, Sasha Black, Jacob Black; and great-nephew Jordan Black; loving friend Marvin Earl McKnight; special cousins Ray Johnson, Bernard McDaniel, Jesselyn Lomax, Cessily Walker, Celeatrius Beazley; special friends Sharon Lewis, Ruby Boutte, and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.
December 15, 1953 - April 17, 2020 Joseph Smith, Jr., also known as Joe, was born December 15, 1953, to Joseph (Big) and Vernita Smith. Joseph received his GED and enlisted in the Army at the age of 18. Joseph is known to many by his love for music, cars, big tires and some good barbecue. Joseph has worked for several oil companies, TDCJ-Powledge Unit as a sergeant of corrections, Transportation Officer, sergeant of Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, and of course his passion which was being the DJ at Friend’s Night Club. On April 17, 2020, God called Joseph home. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Vernita Smith; his grandparents, Buddy Boy and Josie Smith, Joel and Antonio Smith; his siblings, James Earl Smith, Lawrence Smith, Cliff Smith, Louis Ray Smith, Buddy Joe Murray and Wanda (Tut) Farris; and his nephew, Bobby Joe Murray. He is survived by his kids; sisters, Vernel Smith and Alice Smith (Palestine, Texas), Daretha Smith (Irving, Texas) and Dianne Douglas (Lamarque, Texas); and a host of nieces and nephews. Joseph Smith will be missed by his children, family and friends.
November 12, 1946 - March 20, 2020 Graham Jackson, Jr., 73, passed in Palestine, Texas on Friday, the 20th of March 2020, following a difficult bout with cancer. Graham was born to Bernice and Graham Jackson, Sr. in Houston, on the 12th of November 1946. Graham enjoyed a full-life, surrounded by loving friends and family. He grew up in Houston, graduated from Reagan High School, and then earned his Journeymen Plumbing Certification from Local 68. After several years working as a Plumber, Graham became a Plumbing Inspector for the City of Houston and obtained his Master Plumbing License. During his time as a Plumbing Inspector, Graham enjoyed working with minority plumbing contractors and minority team members and wanted to thank Impact Plumbing. Graham was also a professional engine builder and automotive machinist who was well known in Houston and Texas racing circles as a top-notch engine builder. Graham’s engines powered countless circle track racers to victory lane at both the state and national level. Graham retired from the City of Houston after twenty-nine years of service and relocated to Elkhart, Texas. While living in Elkhart, Graham was a huge fan of the Buffalo High School Lady Bison Varsity Basketball Team and would follow them to attend games statewide. When his health would not allow him to attend games, he would loyally follow them on the radio. Graham’s remarkable life will be celebrated and truly missed by his friends and family.
June 1, 1958 - March 19, 2020 Harrietta Anderson (61) was born June 1, 1958 to the proud parents Hattie Estelle Simon and Harry Fred Kennard in Crockett, Texas. Harrietta attended school in Crockett and graduated from Crockett High School. At an early age she accepted Christ and attended the Church of Christ and as an adult she united with Bethel Baptist Church. Harrietta married Clarence Dupree and to this union three (3) children were born: Cedric, Clarence and Francesca. Harrietta worked for the Texas Department of Corrections for many years before her health began to fail. She had a heart of gold and loved every minute spent with her family, friends and grandchildren. Harrietta transitioned, on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Palestine Regional Medical Center. Harrietta is preceded in death by her father Harry Fred Kennard, and step father Frank E. Simon. Left to cherish her sweet memories are her children: Cedric D. (Nora) Dupree, Clarence (Shannon) Dupree, and Francesca (Bernard) Dupree; mother Hattie Simon; life partner Harold Hatten; brothers Fred Kennard, Frank Kennard, Curtis Harris, Matthew (Jeselyn) Simon, and Mark (Roxanne) Simon; sisters Bonnie (Stan) Chambers, Brenda Tillis, Hattie Simon, Arlisa Simon, Eloria Campbell, Cathy Mallard; twelve (12) grandchildren and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
September 30 1958 - March 19, 2020 MARION “FAT” REAGANS PASSED AWAY ON THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020, AT THE AGE OF 61 YEARS OLD IN NACODOCHES, TEXAS ENDING ALL PAIN AND SUFFERING. MARION LOVED LIFE AND ENJOYED SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS. MARION ATTENDED AND RECEIVED HER EDUCATION AT WILLIAM HIGH SCHOOL. SHE CONFESSED HER LOVE FOR CHRIST AND WAS BAPTIZED AT AN EARLY AGE AT MT. MORIAH BAPTIST CHURCH. MARION IS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HER PARENTS: MELVIN & BEULAH REAGANS SR., GRANDPARENTS: JOSEPHINE & REED REAGANS, ELVIE & JOHN HENRY DAVIS, SISTER: MARILYN SANCHEZ, UNCLE: GLEN DAVIS, AUNT: MILDRED BERRY. SHE LEAVES IN GOD’S CARE; HER SON, JAMOND (ALICIA) REAGANS; DAUGHTER, GUADALUPE (BOBBY) RIGSBY; DAUGHTER, DESTINY (BRODERICK) REAGANS; BROTHER, MELVIN REAGANS; BROTHER, JERRY REAGANS; SISTER, MARY (HUNTER) WATSON; BARBARA BELL; SISTER, BRENDA (CHESTER) REAGANS; 4 GRAND CHILDREN: SESILY RIGSBY, LAUREN RIGSBY, JORDAN REAGANS, MESSIAH HOLMAN AND BRICEN HOLMAN; A SPECIAL FRIEND, NANCY HOUSTON AND A HOST OTHER RELATIVES AND FRIENDS.
December 2, 1964 - March 11, 2020 Wendell Wright of Grapeland was born in Baytown, TX to Eldon and Sue Wright on December 2, 1964. He passed away on March 11, 2020. Wendell was a graduate of Ross S. Sterling High School in Baytown. It was there that he learned the welding trade which would be his life-long career. He loved to weld, whether it be for work or a BBQ grill for a friend. Wendell attended First Baptist Church in Grapeland where he participated in many mission activities which were a source of great joy to him. He loved serving the Lord and he loved his church. Wendell was preceded in death by his parents, Eldon and Sue Wright of Grapeland. He is survived by his sister Cynthia Wright of Pasadena, TX. A memorial service was held on March 14 at the First Baptist Church of Grapeland. He will be sorely missed by both friends and family.
November 14, 1961 – March 1, 2020 Daniel Morse Therrell of Palestine, Texas passed away in the early morning hours of March 1st, 2020 surrounded by his daughters and loving wife. He was 58 years old. Dan (as friends and family knew him) was born November 14, 1961 to Grover Demar and Olive Jeannette Therrell in Marshall, Texas. He was the fourth and youngest of his siblings Colette, Becky, and Fred. Dan graduated from Palestine High School in 1980 to a standing ovation from teachers and friends for all the hard work he had done, having worked full time as a donut shop manager after the loss of his parents while he completed high school. He became known as “Dan the Donut Man” for some time, until he was offered the opportunity to work as a diesel mechanic – a career that would allow him to pursue his love of learning about the way things worked. He spent time working for John’s Auto and Truck, Palestine ISD before retiring due to his health. Dan was a special character who could make you laugh until your sides hurt. He was the best friend you could hope for in a bind. He threw great parties but managed to keep house when he needed to. He was shy but could also talk your ear off when he had learned something new and exciting. Dan asked a lot of questions – he loved to learn and passed that love to his daughters. He was an amazing storyteller who read to his children whenever they would ask him to, sure to always add expression and change voices for characters. Dan loved playing dominos and spades, being playful and sarcastic, reading books of all kinds, and gave the best hugs in the world. He taught his trade to many but was most proud that his nephew, Terry Dan Drake, became a mechanic like him. He loved with his whole heart – especially his wife Vicki and his children. Dan was preceded in death by his father Grover Demar Therrell, mother Olive Jeannette Morse Therrell, and his brother Fred Therrell. He is survived by his wife, Vicki Lynn Therrell; sister Becky Drake; sister and brother-in-law Collette and Lenard Fritz; daughter Sandra Therrell; daughter and son-in-law Nikki and Derrick Fannin; step-daughter Shannon Rogers; step-son Jason Humphreys; step-son Chris Richson; granddaughters Nellie Fannin, Lillie Fannin, and Emma White; grandson Joe White; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Per his wishes, there will not be a viewing, ceremony, or burial for Dan. He preferred to be remembered in happier ways – and his family asks that you spend some time listening to music that makes you think of him, telling stories of the good old days, and knowing that he kept you in his heart even if he was too shy to give you a call. Enjoy a cold glass of Coca-Cola, play some spades or dominos, and know that he will live on in all we do that we learned from him. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Dan’s honor to The American Lung Association to help fight pulmonary fibrosis.
Domonique Dolores Coleman was born September 28, 1986 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was adopted in 1995 by her long-time foster mother Dolores Coleman and became a permanent member of our family. Domonique was known for her outspokenness, her love for music and dancing and colorful hairstyles. She was a one of a kind person and her presence in our lives will truly be missed. Known as “Pookie” to her family, she leaves to mourn her ultimate joys; her sons, Deunte’ Dereon and Da’vyn, her mother, Dolores Coleman; siblings, Allesia, Kevin, and Keith Rogers, Maria Coleman, Christopher Coleman and Lameitris Brown; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Domonique is preceded in death by her daughter, Ni’Coya; brother, Wesley Rogers; aunt, Edwina Bernard; and grandmother, Lola Smith. Visitation: Saturday, February 29, 2020 Memorial Service: Sunday, March 1, 2020 2:00 PM Walker & Walker Internment: Golden Gate Cemetery, Grapeland, TX