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Walter Kent, Jr.

Walter Kent, Jr.

Pastor Walter Kent, Jr. was born on July 17, 1944, to Walter Kent Sr and Berthella Taylor- Kent at Chartity Hospital in New Orleans, La. Raised in McDonoghville, La, he was the eldest of 10 children and was affectionately called “Walter Jr” Walter Kent was known and loved by many; he was a man with a big smile and loved to eat. He was educated in the Jefferson Parish School System. On June 18, 1960, he married Brenda Broudreaux and to this union, 7 children were born. Pastor Kent was first baptized in June of 1962 by the late Elder Robert Jones at
Bibleway Church Of God In Christ in Harvey, La. As a young man, He took on
employment with The Missouri Pacific Railroad Co and worked there for many
years in which he traveled a lot and later he met Ms. Ruby Butler and they were soon united in holy matrimony. With this union, he also fathered 5 children. Pastor Kent obtained numerous employment opportunities that included: Vulcraft (Steel Fabrication & Construction Co.), Wal-Mart, Pilgrim’s Pride: Processing Food
Plant, Grapeland ISD as a substitute teacher. He was also skilled at masonry, barbering, and carpentry. Elder Walter Kent was the proud pastor of Corinth Evangelistic Pentecostal Church in Crockett, TX. He was a member of the S.D.J.E.A., Inc. & E.P.C. (WW), Inc., Alpha B’Eta Omega Messianic Brotherhood, The Emerald Stone of The Breastplate of The Royal Priesthood, A Pilgrim to ISRAEL, The Holy Land and Baptized in the Jordan River. Pastor Walter R. Kent Jr. transitioned from this life into a life of eternal rest and
peace on December 1, 2019 at Palestine Regional Medical Center, Palestine, TX.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Kent Sr. & Berthella Taylor-Kent, brother Grady Kent, daughter Delores Hickman and grandson, Dominique Kent. He leaves to cherish many great memories his wife of 47 years Missionary Ruby
Kent, sons Aaron (Colitha), Tracy, Rodney (Angela), Terris (Pamela) Butler, Troy, Frederick Butler and Russell Coleman. daughters Katrina, LaTonya (Derrick) Reed, Pamela (Bratt) Jackson, Cynthia Butler and spiritual daughter Pastor Brenda Faulk. Brothers Wendolyn (Adell), Marvin (Brenda), Otis (Christina), Campanella (Trudy), Charles Clark (Gail). Sisters Barbara Reece, Vanessa Kent, Yolanda Blackwell and Carmen (Carter) Gordon. Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives, family and friends. Visitation: Friday, December 6, 2019 Walker & Walker 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Service: Saturday, December 7, 2019 Grapeland First United Methodist Church 715 US-287 North Grapeland, TX 11:00 AM Interment: Gethsemane Gardens Banks, Alabama

Melvin Brown

Melvin Brown

Services Pending

LeRoy Thomas

LeRoy Thomas

Obituary Pending

Domonique Coleman

Domonique Coleman

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

Raymond Smith

Raymond Smith

Raymond Smith was born November 26, 1956, in Grapeland, Texas to the parentage of Chester Smith and Adell Smith. Raymond accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Pennington Chapel Baptist Church. He also attended Grapeland Schools. Raymond was a hard worker. He started farming at an early age and enjoyed the outdoors. He loved fishing and hunting. Raymond transitioned peacefully at Tyler Christian Mother Francis Hospital on Tuesday, February 18th. Raymond is preceded in death by his parents Chester and Adell Smith, and brother Larry Smith. Raymond will be greatly missed by family and friends. Left to cherish Raymond’s memories are sons, Raymond Smith, Jr., and Raymond James of Crockett, and Stevenson Lewis of Grapeland, Texas; daughters, Erica Lewis of Grapeland, Texas, Martha McKnight, Felicia James and Stephanie Foreman of Crockett, Texas, Veita Sadler of Palestine, Texas, and Savannah Lewis of Texas City, Texas; brother, Danny Smith of Grapeland, Texas; sisters, Ida Ross of Duncanville, Texas, and Ida Wagner, Pearlie Davis and Mattie Coleman of Grapeland, Texas; sister-in-law, Jewel Smith of Grapeland, Texas; girlfriend, Linda Lewis of Grapeland, Texas; nine grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Visitation: Friday, February 28, 2020, Walker & Walker 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Service: Saturday, February 29, 2020, St. John Baptist Church 11:00 AM Interment: Golden Gate Cemetery Grapeland, TX

Bobby Thomas

Bobby Thomas

Bobby was born in Crockett, Texas to Jesse and Lucille Thomas on September 8, 1955, and attended school in Latexo, ISD. He worked as a truck driver at Wal-Mart and later for Vulcraft until his untimely passing on February 22, 2020. Bobby loved people and never met a stranger – he loved to talk. He also enjoyed traveling and live music; but most of all he loved his only daughter, Chelsie, and five grandkids Julia (12 years old), Jettie (4 years old) twins: Erin and Timothy (2 years old), Truitt (16 months old); and he was excited about the second set of twins on the way (Thomas and Trezephan) in June 2020. If you ever talked to Bobby he would always bring up his grandkids. He enjoyed talking with his son-in-law, John, who he thought made the best steaks ever. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. Bobby is preceded in death by both parents Jesse Lee and Lucille Thomas; brother Billy Joe and sister-in-law Sylvia Thomas and stepson Timothy Callaway. Left to continue his legacy is daughter Chelsie Layne Thomas Forrest and husband John David Forrest of Elkhart, Texas; five grandchildren, Julia, Jettie, Erin, Timothy, and Truitt; sisters Marie Roe and husband Eddie Roe of Willis, Texas; Kathryn Ahmed and husband Najam Ahmed, or Sugar Land, Texas. Visitation: Walker & Walker Tuesday, February 25, 2020 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Service: First Baptist Church Wednesday, February 26, 2020 11:00 AM Interment: Wesley Chapel Cemetery Crockett, TX

Betty Martinez

Betty Martinez

Betty Ruth Johnson was born September 18, 1936, to Cleo and Hattie Lee Johnson in Grapeland, TX. She United with Rising Star Baptist Church at an early age, where she served faithfully until her health failed. In September of 1964, she united in matrimony with Charles Martinez. To this union, two children were born. Betty loved cooking, cleaning, taking care of her family and talks and visits from family and friends. Betty transitioned peacefully Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at Winfield Healthcare in Crockett, TX. Betty was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who will be missed dearly by her family and friends. Left to cherish her wonderful memories are son Charles (Cathy) Martinez of Grapeland, TX, daughter, Charlotte Martinez, of Grapeland, TX; brothers Roy (Lois) Johnson of Portland, OR, Archie (Jackie) Johnson of Las Vegas, NV, Donald R. Johnson of Trinity, TX, Tommy Johnson of Huntsville, TX, and Arthur (Ledonia) Johnson of Grapeland, TX; sisters Alma D. Johnson of Grapeland, TX and Ruth (George) Pierson of Grapeland, TX; special nieces Neeky Pierson and Sophonia Johnson and special daughter Charlette Lomax; nine (9) grandchildren, and twelve (12) great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Visitation: Walker & Walker Friday, February 7, 2020, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Service: Rising Star Baptist Church Saturday, February 8, 2020, 11:00 AM Interment: Johnson Cemetery Grapeland, TX

Charles “Suboo” Jackson

Charles “Suboo” Jackson

Charles Fred “Suboo” Jackson was born on July 23, 1966, to Lonell and Ruthie Marie Jackson in Grapeland, Texas. Suboo grew up in Grapeland, Texas, and attended Grapeland public schools. He loved football and played several positions for the Grapeland High School football team. He was a loyal Golden State Warrior fan. Suboo relocated to Houston, Texas. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, and friend. He was also a hard worker. He provided genuine love and care for everyone he met. In addition to the love for his family, his cheerfulness and glowing smile, his goodness of heart was evident to all mankind and he never met a stranger. Suboo accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age and was baptized at New Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Germany, Texas. Suboo is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Willie B. Jackson and Lonell Jackson; one sister, Ruthie Mae Davis; and his grandparents. Suboo transitioned from life on earth to life eternal on January 25, 2020, in Crockett, Texas. Many memories are left to his sisters, Artie Simon (Charles) of Crockett, Texas, Sharon Jackson of Houston, Texas, and Tiffani Jackson Grady (Cedrick) of Dallas, Texas; his loving fiancée, Mary Wyatt; children, Giovanni Javon Jackson (age 3) of Crockett, Texas, Octavia Jackson (Arthur Scott) of Crockett, Texas, Roshaunda Abrams (Justin Abrams) of Tyler, Texas, Sherika Jackson of Crockett, Texas, and Dezman Johnson (Ilona David) of Palestine, Texas; stepchildren, Alexis Wyatt, Broderick Davis, and Demetrius Wyatt; sister-in-law, Mrs. Glenda Jackson; stepmother, Mrs. Robbie Jackson; special friends, Danny Ray Simon, Mrs. Margret Lewis, Dan, and Patricia Dixon, Preze “Candy” Davis, Sheree and Forrester Baker, Mike D., Keith Jones, Taco Man, Catfish, Phillip Dolphus, and John and Elaine Green; thirteen grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, other relatives, and friends. Visitation: Walker & Walker Friday, January 31, 2020, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM Service: Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Saturday, February 1, 2020 Interment: Jasper Cemetery, Crockett, TX

J.B. Smith, Jr.

J.B. Smith, Jr.

J.B. Smith, Jr. of Huntsville, Texas was born June 16, 1950. To his family and friends, he was known as “Bitty Boy”. J.B. went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 24, 2020, at his home in Huntsville, Texas after a tenacious 8-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 69 years old and was the 3rd child born to the late J.B. and Marguriett Waugh Smith. He proudly served 3 years in the U.S. Army. From there J.B. went on to build his career with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He retired after 27 years of service, 22 of those years of service is dedicated to the Walls Unit in Huntsville, Texas. Bitty Boy was a great outdoorsman. His most treasured love was rabbit hunting
with his nephews, Tim and Daniel Smith and many of his avid rabbit hunting friends. He also enjoyed raising and tending to his flock of chickens, family reunions, and playing dominoes. He was known as “The Domino King” by his sister-in-law, Cindy Shelton. In addition to his parents, J.B. and Marguriett, he was preceded in death by his stepmother Margaret McVey Smith, sister Joyce Keller Wilson, sister Mae Smith Wittkohl and brother Jerry Smith, Sr. and wife Darlene Cannon Smith. J.B. is survived by his loving and devoted wife Christy Pressler Smith of Huntsville, Texas, brother Charles Smith of Huntsville, Texas, sister Sherry Smith Hawkins of Blanco, Texas, sister Faye Smith Lechow and husband Charlie of Johnson City, Texas and sister-in-law Cindy Shelton of Pasadena, Texas. He is also survived by
numerous nieces and nephews. A heartfelt acknowledgment to nephew Tim Smith who was like a son to him. He will be remembered lovingly and with joy by many and greatly missed. A special note of thanks to Allumine Health Hospice team who loved and cared for him and helped in so many ways to make his passing peaceful and comfortable. We could not have done it without them. They are truly our angels on earth. Bitty Boy did not want a memorial service as he was a very quiet and private man that did not like a lot of attention. There will be a celebration of life at a later date to honor him.

Donald Perkins

Donald Perkins

Donald Lee Perkins was born December 12, 1942, to Artie Lee Johnson and Audrey Mae Burns who preceded him in death. Donald was the fourth of ten children and was affectionately called “Sonny” by his siblings, family, and friends. Donald grew up in the Grapeland Community and graduated from W.R. Banks school where he played basketball and football. After graduation, Donald joined the United States Army and served his country in the Vietnam War. Upon Returning to Grapeland, he worked briefly at Vulcraft before relocating to Houston. It was then he began his faithful career with Houston Metro Transportation and would remain
there until his retirement in 1988. After retirement, Donald enjoyed traveling to visit his family and friends. At an early age, Donald accepted Christ and joined Brewington Baptist Church in the Augusta Community. He was honored later in life to serve and be a part of the Brewington Baptist Church Historical Committee. Prior to his failing health, Donald rededicated his life to Christ and joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Donald departed this life on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, with his loving family by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, devoted companion Earline Johnson, brothers: Freddie C. and Paul Potts, sisters: Anner Houston and Bobbie Benton. Donald is survived by two children: Marcus Perkins of Houston, Tx and Chantine Tina Lacy (Eric) of Humble, Tx. Sisters: Fronesther Baker, Patricia Lawrie, and Marilyn
Walker (Rickey) all of Grapeland; Charles Stella Fry of Mississippi. Brothers: Robert Green and Theodore Holmes of Houston, 8 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, dedicated friend Maydine Hill, a host of loving nieces and nephews and his special adopted family of S.T. Simpson. Visitation: Walker & Walker Friday, January 17, 2020 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM Service: Cedar Branch Missionary Baptist Church Saturday, January 18, 2020
Interment: Cedar Branch Cemetery Grapeland, TX

Lynnis Pearson

Lynnis Pearson

May 22, 1927 – December 28, 2019

Bobbie Ivey

Bobbie Ivey

Bobbie Roy Ivey (90) passed peacefully in the presence of family on January 1, 2020. He was born October 20, 1929, in Grapeland, Texas and was the eldest of eight children cherished by Marvin Leroy Ivey and Gladys Yates Ivey. Bobbie grew up “on” San Pedro Creek in a loving Christian family. His childhood was full of joy and love of the outdoors. Hard work and hunting and fishing were everyday activities. Good times were shared with extended family. Cousins were as close as siblings, and aunts and uncles were respected and obeyed just like parents. In the Ivey-Yates clan, there were many! Bobbie left Grapeland when he enlisted in the Air Force to serve in the Korean Conflict. While stationed in Madison, Wisconsin he met and married Mary Stellone in 1953. After military service, he and Mary started their family in Madison. He worked in the construction industry there and later in the Houston area after moving Mary and their 7 children to Texas. In time, their family grew to eight children, eleven grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. After retirement, Bobbie was excited to return to Grapeland where he raised a few cows and rode horses whenever he pleased. He had a good sense of humor and made people laugh. He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-four years, Mary, and his two sons, Robert Wayne and Richard Allen. Left to cherish Bobbie’s memory are daughters Gladys Ivey, Cathy Carrig and Tom, Maria Mobley and Tim; daughter-in-law, Teresa Jones Ivey; sons, Chris Ivey, Michael Ivey and wife Debra, and Steve Ivey; grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Jason Ivey, Joshua Ivey, Jennifer McClanahan Leber, Gregory McClanahan, Amy Fulton Yokum, Jessica Ivey, Ryan Fulton, Misty Jones, John Garrison, Russell Ming and Charlsye Ming Hawks; and remaining siblings, Wayne Ivey of Hammon, OK; JoJuan Watson of Grapeland, Phabrice Scheidl of Atlanta, Georgia, Morris Ivey of Mansfield, and Ronnie Ivey of Grapeland. He will be remembered fondly by numerous nieces and nephews and their children, as well as dozens of cousins and their children. What a legacy. Visitation: Walker & Walker Tuesday, January 7, 2020 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM Service: Felders Chapel Assembly of God Wednesday, January 8, 2020 11:00 AM Interment:Refuge Cemetery Grapeland, TX