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                           Gus L. Walker

Gus L. Walker

Gus L. Walker (84) was born January 22, 1938 to B. Walker and Daisey Moore Walker. He was raised in the Hayes Springs Community of Grapeland, TX. Gus accepted Christ and united with Rising Star Baptist Church at a young age, and remained a member until his health began to fail. He loved his Rising Star Church Family. He was a proud graduate of W.R. Banks Class of 1959. Gus worked and retired from Houston County Precinct 2, as a road grader. Gus had a big heart, always helping people whenever he could. He was a family man - a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and cousin. He loved the great outdoors: fishing, hunting and to growing plants. He also had a love for running Gus L.’s Café, shooting pool and dancing. Gus received his wings on Friday the 13th surrounded by loved ones. Gus is preceded in death by both parents, B. Walker and Daisy Moore Walker, sons Gus Leon, Darrell (Dyke) Wayne, Gregory Walker and daughter Gale Walker. Left to continue Gus’ legacy is his loving and caring wife of thirty-five years, Sandra Walker; sons Otis Walker, Charles Heart (Tashaun), Paul Heart (Neeky) and Travis Hart (Angela), all of Grapeland, TX; daughters Rose Davis, Grapeland, TX, Regina Johnson, Crockett, TX and Stephanie (Kent) Walker, Grapeland, TX; brothers Eddie Lee Walker, Crockett, TX, Wilbert Walker, and Charles Walker, Grapeland, TX; sister Willie M. Jackson, Dallas, TX; twenty-two (22) grandchildren, forty-three (43) great-grandchildren; special brother Charles (C.T.) Taylor; daughter-in-law Brenda Walker, three (3) god-daughters; his Mosley Sisters’; sisters-in-law Ella Broussard, Bertha (Ronnie) Bryant; Sue Mosley, Bobbie A. Walker, special families: Morrison, Lott’s, Scott’s, Shepherds, Davis; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Viewing Friday, May 20, 2022 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Walker & Walker Viewing Saturday, May 21, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Rising Star Baptist Church Service: Saturday, May 21, 2022 2:00 PM Rising Star Baptist Church Grapeland, TX Interment Golden Gate Cemetery

                          Janet Walker

Janet Walker

Janet Walker (70) was born November 2, 1951 in Grapeland, Texas. She was the fifteenth (15) child born to Bailey Walker, Sr. and Alice Beasley Walker. Janet attended W.R. Banks. During her life, Janet touched many of our lives with her fun loving way of making us laugh. As a young girl, she accepted Christ at an early age and attended Old Zion Church. She moved to Lufkin and worked at Ames Fried Chicken for many years. She later relocated to Palestine, Texas and worked at Cartmell Nursing Home. In 1977, Janet met Paul Davis, Sr. and they were blessed with two (2) sons, and four (4) step-sons. She loved music, dancing, and she could sing. Janet transitioned peacefully, Thursday, April 14, 2022. Janet is preceded in death by both parents, Bailey Walker, Sr. and Alice Walker; brothers Spencer Walker, A.B. Walker, Sr., James Walker, Bailey Walker, Jr., Lorenza Walker, Sylvester Walker, twin boys; sisters Gertrude Simpson, Vera Taylor, LuCindy Walker, Glinda Walker; and a young lady she loved as a daughter, Kendra Cherral Fulton,. Left to cherish Janet’s memories are her sons Jamie Walker, Palestine, TX, Steven Davis, and Keith Davis, of Grapeland, TX, Anthony Wayne Davis, Paul Davis, Jr., and Robert Lynn Davis, of Lufkin, TX; sisters Jannie Williby, and Stella Walker of Grapeland, TX, and Elwanda Taylor, of Lufkin, TX; nine (9) grandchildren, eight (8) great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Viewing Saturday, April 23, 2022 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Walker & Walker Service: Sunday, April 24, 2022 2:00 PM Mt. Zion Baptist Church Grapeland, TX Interment Mt. Zion Cemetery

                    Lizzie Walker Leonard

Lizzie Walker Leonard

Lizzie Mae Walker (80) was born the seventh of ten children on August 2, 1941 to Nathan Walker, Jr. and Annie Mary Moore Walker in Mt. Zion Community in Grapeland, TX. Lizzie Mae Walker’s parents instilled in Lizzie Mae values of tradition, education, respect, love for family, and faith in God. She also instilled these values in the generations to come. As a child, Lizzie Mae worked on her parents’ land, attended church and school, and sang with her sisters. She graduated from W.R. Banks High School where she participated in school activities by playing basketball and singing in the choir. Lizzie Mae moved to Houston in 1961, later choosing to study at Erma Hughes Business School before uniting in holy matrimony to Norvelle Leonard on May 11,1961. To this union 5 children were born, three preceded her in death, two as infants and one as an adult. Lizzie Mae and Norvell united with Christian Home Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Mitchell Moore. Lizzie Mae carried herself with the utmost dignity, class, and charm in everything she did. Lizzie Mae worked in the River Oaks home of the Murphy family as a housekeeper during the 1970s. Lizzie Mae then focused on being a full-time stay-at-home wife, mother, and homemaker as she prized her family the most. Throughout all of this time Lizzie Mae also took pride in caring for many of her siblings’ and friends’ children as if they were her own. Lizzie Mae valued showing love and affection through acts of service, such as, cooking, cleaning, hairstyling, kind words, and advice. At Christian Home Missionary Baptist Church as she enjoyed reciting speeches and participating in plays for church programs. She loved to share her energetic spirit and wisdom with conversation and smiles to family, friends, and acquaintances alike. On April 6, 2022 Lizzie Mae Leonard departed this life. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nathan Walker, Jr. and Annie Mary Moore Walker. Daughter, Gail Denise Holley; infant daughter, Valerie; infant son, Warren; siblings, Levora Moore, Eileen Wilmore, Wadester Tryon, Nathaniel Walker, and great-granddaughter, Mia Leonard. Left to cherish her memories is her husband of 60 years, Norvelle, Sr.; son, Norvelle, Jr., daughter, Francine Shepherd (Kelvin), and son-in-law, Trent Holley. Siblings, Natharel Turner (Marvin), Theresa Curtis, Willie Walker (Elizabeth), Jimmie Walker (Mary), Claretta Eni (Joseph), Marva Hadnot. 5 grandchildren, Norvelle Leonard III, Kamaria Shepherd, Trent Holley, Jr., Clifton Holley, and Shanelle Leonard. 9 great-grandchildren. Sister-in-laws— Kattie Hatcher, Ida Oliver (Charles), Shirley Leonard, Hazel Holman (Ponell), Ruby Nickson (Eddie). Sister-in-law Willie E. Leonard, and brother-in-law Larry D. Leonard (Johnie) and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Visitation: Friday, April 15, 2022 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Walker & Walker Service: Saturday, April 16, 2022 2:00 PM Cedar Branch Baptist Church 10563 Co Rd 2210, Grapeland, TX 75844

                   Elnora “El” Watson

Elnora “El” Watson

Elnora “El” Watson (80) was born to the late Pearl Watson and Sarah Ann Richard in the Beria Community, Crockett, Texas Life Departure was on April 06, 2022 at Conroe HCA Hospital in Conroe, Texas She was preceded in death by her Grandparents William and Rosie Richard, Parents Pearl Watson and Sarah Davis, Brother Joe Willie Davis, Aunts Mamie Jones, Effie Griffin, Cousins Sylvester Brice, Johnny Jones and Cleotha Brice Left to cherish Cousin Vanneata Wooten of Crockett, Texas and numerous other relatives and friends. She was a member of St. Andrews A.M.E Methodist Church of Crockett, Texas a resident of Winfield Nursing Home in Crockett, Texas. Graveside Service: Saturday, April 16, 2022 11:00 AM Stanton-Thomas Cemetery Beria Community, Crockett, Texas

                       Balis Gene Shoultz

Balis Gene Shoultz

Balis Gene Dailey Shoultz was born October 12, 1927, at the family homestead in the Dailey Community near Grapeland, Texas. She was born to Balis Edens Dailey, a businessman and rancher, and his wife, Bulah Pool Dailey, a teacher. She lived at Dailey until the family moved to Grapeland to be nearer school. She was a proud Grapeland Sandie – a band member, twirler, ran track and participated in Speech and Drama. Gene was a member of Grapeland First Baptist Church until her marriage. After high school, she attended Baylor University where she studied voice, and graduated with degrees in Bible and Education and a minor in PE. She married Jack Wright Shoultz in 1949, a union which lasted 62 years until his death in 2011. After their marriage, they moved to Dallas where Gene taught elementary school while Jack completed seminary to become a Methodist minister at SMU. Together they served churches in East Texas, Houston and the Gulf Coast areas until Jack retired in 1993. During Jack’s appointments, Gene taught and substituted in Aldine, Beaumont, Houston and Lufkin school districts. Over the years, Gene contributed her time at Wesley House in Houston where she was a pianist in the children’s division and tutored elementary age students once a week. She was a children’s Sunday school and Bible school teacher. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels, was a Camp Fire Girls leader, and taught piano lessons. After retirement in Grapeland, she was a member of the Grapeland Garden Club, the Bookmark Club, a member of the Dailey Cemetery board, the Grapeland Public Library, a member of the Texas Democratic party, United Methodist Women, and a member of Grapeland First United Methodist church. She and Jack traveled to Europe, Africa and the Middle East – The Holy Lands, and enjoyed visiting friends, family, past and present church members, and ministerial friends. They tended to their farms, fences, cattle and hay. Gene and Jack were known for their wonderful quail dinners and Gene’s pecan pies. Gene adored children and was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She taught her daughters to read before they were school age and imparted an enduring love of books. Her grandchildren loved their visits and road trips with “Gene and Pa.” Gene was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Wright Shoultz, her parents, Balis and Bulah Dailey, and her sisters, Iva Helen and Jo Ann Dailey. She is survived by her daughter, Sue Anne Kuhns and husband, Bill of Irvine, California, her daughter, Jo Ellen Small and husband, Jeffrey, of Grapeland, Texas, her granddaughter, Jacqueline Kuhns Culliver of Orefield, Pennsylvania, grandson, Joseph Edens Kuhns, of Irvine, California, as well as her great grandchildren Jenna, Jaxton, and Jourdin Culliver. She is survived by nieces and nephews and many beloved cousins. The family would like to express our thanks to the staff at Brookdale of Palestine who watched over and protected Gene for the past 10 years. We are forever grateful to Pat Johnson and Wanda McDaniel, Gene’s caregivers who were devoted to her needs the past 4 years and who became our extended family, which includes her most recent caregiver, Carolyn Jones. And in her final days, Caring Hearts Hospice brought her comfort and compassion. Thank you to Gerri, Jamie, Laryn, Crystal and Rev. Davis. Gene’s funeral arrangements are being handled by Walker and Walker Funeral Home in Grapeland, Texas. Friends and family are invited to the funeral at Grapeland First United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 1 PM. Immediately after her funeral, the interment will be at Dailey Community Cemetery, FM 227 West, Grapeland, Texas. Visitation will be at Walker and Walker Funeral Home, Grapeland, Texas from 5-7 PM, Friday, April 22, 2022. Anyone desiring to donate memorials may do so to the Grapeland First United Methodist Church, the Dailey Community Cemetery (c/o Mary Lou Huff, 5388 FM 1272, Grapeland, TX, 75844) or the Grapeland Public Library, or to the charity of your choice. Visitation: Friday, April 22, 2022 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Walker & Walker Service: Saturday, April 23, 2022 1:00 PM Grapeland First United Methodist Church 715 US HIGHWAY 287 North Grapeland, TX Interment Dailey Community Cemetery Grapeland, TX

                           Leroy Davis

Leroy Davis

Leroy Davis, was born in Crockett, Texas on January 26, 1963, to Cleroy Lee James Davis and Leroy Davis, Sr. Leroy attended Crockett High School and was affiliated with Church of the Living God, Crockett, Texas. He was a city worker with the Burk Center of Crockett, Texas. Leroy was loved by all his neighborhood and friends. He loved all sorts of Westerns. Leroy was a big Chicago Bulls fan - he loved basketball and also watching football. He enjoyed talking and interacting with people - he never met a stranger. He was loved by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Leroy transitioned at Woodland Heights Hospital, Lufkin, Texas, on February 25, 2022 He will be truly missed. Leroy is preceded in death by both parents Leroy Davis, Sr. and Cleroy Lee Davis; brothers Judge Davis, Otis Davis, Artie Davis, John Lee Davis, and Cleo Davis; sisters Gainelle Morrison, Rosetta Davis Walker and Minnie Faye Davis. Left to carry Leroy’s memories is his only brother Tyrohne (Angelina) Davis, Houston, Texas; nephew Damian Richerson, Crockett, Texas; aunt Mamie Lee James, Austin, Texas; special friends Mr. & Mrs. Sonny and Arti Simon, Mary and Alexis Wyatt; and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation: Friday, March 4, 2022 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Walker & Walker Graveside Service: Saturday, March 5, 2022 1:30 PM Forest Lawn Cemetery, Crockett, Texas

                  Francis LeRoy Hoffman

Francis LeRoy Hoffman

Francis LeRoy Hoffman (84) was born in Melvern, Kansas on January 9, 1938 to Gilbert and Valeria Hoffman. He attended school in Waverly, Kansas until he was placed in a boys home. While in the boys home, he was nominated for “The Cleanest Boy In Kansas” and won the contest. He was always proud of that. LeRoy held various jobs over the years but one he particularly loved was working for Billy Bob’s in Ft. Worth, TX. He remained there until his wife, Billie Pearl, passed. He then moved to Waco, TX to live with his sister and where he lived the remainder of his life until his passing February 13, 2022. He is preceded in death by Eugene Hoffman, Willis Dean Hoffman, Mickey Ray Minter, and Billy Wayne Minter. Left to cherish his memories are sisters Shirley Rafferty of Waco, Texas, Zella Bazil and husband Gary of Wichita, Kansas, Ella Mae Yeager of Wichita, Kansas, and Sharon Adams of Ponca City, Oklahoma. LeRoy also leaves behind one of his many nephews, Gilbert Hoffman of Weatherford, Texas, whom he cherished like a son, Benny and Candice Minter of Crockett, Texas, as well as 9 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, and recently welcomed his first great, great grandchild earlier this year. Graveside Service: Saturday, February 19, 2022 1:30 PM Corinth Cemetery Kennard, TX

             Eddie Franklin Phillips

Eddie Franklin Phillips

On the evening of February 12, 2022 Eddie Franklin Phillips, age 71 of Alderbranch, TX, was called home to Heaven after being involved in a car accident. Eddie was born in Springhill, Louisiana where he met the love of his life Marilyn, wife of 50 years. As young man Eddie moved to Texas with his family to pursue a career in construction. He found their patch of paradise in Alderbranch, TX where he and his wife settled down and raised a family. Throughout life he enjoyed spending time with their five children, seventeen grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and countless friends and family. Over the years he enjoyed fishing, hunting, building hotrods, and tinkering on anything that might be broke. He had a big heart, a generous spirit, an ingenious mind, and found joy in spending time with his loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents, Buck and Lossie Phillips, his sister Theresa Phillips, and his daughter Bena Phillips. He is survived by his wife Marilyn Phillips; sister Jean Livingston, and brother Rufus Phillips; sons Heath Phillips, Slade Phillips, Layton Phillips, and daughter Selena Dancer; eleven grandsons and six granddaughters; great-grandson and great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews and cousins. Join family and friends to celebrate the life of Eddie Phillips. Memorial Service to be held at Days Chapel Church (4732 An Co Rd 163 Palestine, TX 75801) on Saturday February 19, 2022 at 4 p.m. with a dinner and fellowship to follow. Memorial Service: Saturday, February 19, 2022 4:00 PM Days Chapel Church 4732 An Co Rd 163 Palestine, TX 75801

                     Winford Shepherd

Winford Shepherd

Winford Shepherd (70) was born February 10, 1951 in Grapeland, TX. Winford was the eighth of nine children born to Jessie Bell Shepherd and R. L. Shepherd. He grew up in the Dailey Community and attended W. R. Banks High School. His class was the first class to intergrate Grapeland High School. Winford worked at Vulcraft and Wal-Mart Warehouse. He was a hardworking family man who loved his family dearly. He was a member of Rising Star Baptist Church. Winford departed his earthly home on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. He is preceded in death by both parents Jessie Bell Johnson Shepherd and R. L. Shepherd; granddaughter Faith Danielle Bell; daughter Alicia Shepherd; brothers James L. Shepherd, A.J. Shepherd, Charles Shepherd and Lee Terell Shepherd; and granddaughter Keishawra Shepherd. Left to cherish his memories are sons Winford Louis Shepherd, Jr., of Tyler, TX, Kendi Page of Tyler, TX; daughters Sonia Williams of Grapeland, TX and future son-in-law Carlos Mayberry of Waco, TX, Amber Shepherd of Whitehouse, TX, Cindy (Anthony) Sims of Tyler, TX; brothers Edward (Gloretha) Shepherd, and Willie Fadell Shepherd, all of Grapeland, Texas; sisters Barbara Nell Franklin of Houston, Texas and Wanda Faye Black of Grapeland, TX; eleven (11) grandchildren, eleven (11) greatgrandchildren; special friends Morris (Toot) Shepherd, Toby Taylor and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Grapeland High School. Winford worked at Vulcraft and Wal-Mart Warehouse. He was a hardworking family man who loved his family dearly. He was a member of Rising Star Baptist Church. Winford departed his earthly home on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. He is preceded in death by both parents Jessie Bell Johnson Shepherd and R. L. Shepherd; granddaughter Faith Danielle Bell; daughter Alicia Shepherd; brothers James L. Shepherd, A.J. Shepherd, Charles Shepherd and Lee Terell Shepherd; and granddaughter Keishawra Shepherd. Left to cherish his memories are sons Winford Louis Shepherd, Jr., of Tyler, TX, Kendi Page of Tyler, TX; daughters Sonia Williams of Grapeland, TX and future son-in-law Carlos Mayberry of Waco, TX, Amber Shepherd of Whitehouse, TX, Cindy (Anthony) Sims of Tyler, TX; brothers Edward (Gloretha) Shepherd, and Willie Fadell Shepherd, all of Grapeland, Texas; sisters Barbara Nell Franklin of Houston, Texas and Wanda Faye Black of Grapeland, TX; eleven (11) grandchildren, eleven (11) greatgrandchildren; special friends Morris (Toot) Shepherd, Toby Taylor and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Visitation: Friday, February 18, 2022 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Walker & Walker Funeral: Saturday, February 18, 2022 11:00 AM Rising Star Baptist Church Interment Golden Gate Cemetery

                          Bill Andrews

Bill Andrews

Bill Andrews (77) was born February 18, 1944, in Houston Texas, to Mattie and George Andrews. Bill was the oldest of six siblings. He graduated from Elkhart High School, then continued his education at SMU studying business. Bill married Irene Tan Romo in the year 2000, and three loving children were born from their union. The family resided in his hometown of Elkhart, Texas. He also had two other children from a previous marriage. Throughout his life, Bill found enjoyment in many things such as flying small-engine planes and fishing. What ultimately stood out for him was his passion and interest in automobiles. This deep interest led to him spending many of his years in the automotive scene. He later opened his own car sales business, to which he found great pride and devoted many years of his life to. Bill passed Wednesday, February 2, 2022, but the memories he created with his family continue to live on. Bill is survived by his wife, Irene Tan Andrews, Elkhart, TX, sons, Shawn Andrews, Garland, TX, William Leslie Andrews, II, Elkhart TX, daughters Asia Irene Andrews, and Selena Yvette Andrews, of Elkhart, TX, and Shannon Andrews, Dallas, TX; grandkids Stefan and Stevie Flurry, Kate and Anna Andrews; and greatgrandchild Caleb; brothers Duanne Andrews and wife Linda Lee Andrews, Palestine, TX and Danny Andrews, Dawson, TX; sisters Linda Renee Phillips, Lantana, TX, Donna Parks and husband Greg Parks, Jefferson, GA, and Elvie Hortman and Darrel Hortman, Palestine, TX. Service: Saturday, February 12, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Walker & Walker 323 W. Chestnut St. Grapeland, TX 75844 Interment: Ferguson Cemetery Palestine, TX

                        Brooklyne Roop

Brooklyne Roop

Brooklyne Paige Roop (16) passed away Saturday, January 22, 2022 at her home in Grapeland, TX. She was born October 28, 2005 to J.C and April Roop. She was a Sophomore at Grapeland High School before she transitioned to home schooling. Brooklyne was a loving, beautiful young lady and her smile would light up an entire room. She was an A & B student who excelled in math - taking advanced math classes. She loved to read books, watch movies, play video games, going to Arcades with her cousin Baylee, spoiling her fur babies, and having girl time with her mom. Brooklyne was incredibly talented at free hand drawing and was passionate about becoming an artist. Brooklyne also had a beautiful signing voice. Brooklyne was a beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend. Although her life was taken way to soon, she touched the lives of so many, and will be greatly missed. Brooklyne leaves parents J.C. and April Roop, of Grapeland, TX, brother Bret Zachery Roop, of Grapeland, TX and a host of other relatives and friends. Service: Saturday, February 5, 2022 2:00 PM First Baptist Church 408 W. Chestnut St. Grapeland, TX 75844

                         Ethel Laird

Ethel Laird

Ethel Laird, 75, passed on January 23, 2022, in Houston, Texas. Ethel was born in Houston, Texas, on January 18, 1947, to parents Richard Taylor and Dorothy Taylor, and was raised in Tarkington, Texas. Ethel’s church affiliations include Rural Shade Baptist Church, Cleveland, Texas, and Oak Grove Baptist Church, Grapeland, TX. Ethel Laird was known to her family and friends as “Ethel Pearl”. She was named after her two grandmothers: one, a fierce auburn-haired lady of tall stature, and the other, tiny but mighty; both full of life and love. She was known for traveling “the road not taken” and forged her own path and had her own way of doing things and looking at life. Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken”, suggests that our power to shape events comes not from choices made in the material world but from the mind’s ability to mold the past into a particular story. Many times she wondered aloud about the paths that she had taken and what might have happened had she taken a different path. She would sigh, but in the end, we feel that she was happy in the paths she chose - a little bit of one grandmother and a little of the other. She was an accomplished cosmetologist, florist, cake designer, and came to love all the children who she fed daily in the school systems. When listening to stories from some of her oldest friends and family, they always comment that she loved to joke, laugh, and have fun. She had one biological daughter but also deeply loved her son and daughter from two of her marriages. Then came the grandchildren and she grasped onto the meaning of true love and measures of love. She wanted to see them more but was unable to in her last years. She kept their memories in her heart. Ethel had deepened her relationship with God over the last several years, read her Bible daily, and knew that Jesus would meet her - that was the road she ultimately traveled. Ethel is preceded in death by both parents Richard Granville Taylor and Dorothy Grace Wilson; brothers, Charles “Sonny” Taylor and Richard LeRoy Taylor. Ethel is survived by son, Patrick Laird, Jr., and wife Christine Laird, Spring TX; daughters, Brenda Arteaga Barron and husband Abel Barron, Jr., Houston, TX; Tina French Pena and husband Rio Rancho, NM; sister, Helen Barnett and husband, Ralph Barnett, Elkhart, TX; sister-in-law, Scarlette Taylor, Caldwell, TX; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Visitation: Wednesday, January 26, 2022 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Walker & Walker Service: Thursday, January 27, 2022 10:00 AM Oak Grove 1442 FM 2968, Grapeland, TX 75844 Interment: Pilgrim Cemetery Elkhart, TX