Obits 5-22-14

Betty Wright Kendrick
Funeral services for Betty Wright Kendrick, 77, of Hudson will be held Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Bob Harbuck officiating. Interment will follow in the Old Union Cemetery.
Mrs. Kendrick was born February 22, 1937 in Corrigan, Texas to Willie Martin and Lydia Louise (Turner) Wright, and went to be with her Heavenly Father Monday, May 19, 2014.
Mrs. Kendrick had resided in Lufkin for 47 years. Prior to starting her family, she was a telephone operator at Southwestern Bell. Mrs. Kendrick was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved to sing, cook, read her Bible and go to church. She enjoyed helping others. Mrs. Kendrick was a member of Lufkin First Assembly of God Church. She attended services until she was unable to go due to her illness.
Survivors include her loving husband of 51 years, Horace W. “Ken” Kendrick of Hudson; son and daughter-in-law, Kenny and Phyllis Kendrick of Austin; daughter and son-in-law, Letha and Tim Tullos of Lufkin; grandson, Zachary Kendrick and wife Ashley; granddaughter, Emily Kendrick; brothers and sister-in-law, Arnold Wright of Lufkin and Donald and Sandy Wright of Baytown; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, J.C. and Sue Kendrick and Charles “Buck” and Leona Kendrick, all of Hudson; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jonnie and Billy Pitts, Frances and Kenneth Ripley, Carolyn White, all of Hudson, Rita Wright, Charlotte Wright and Tommye Wright, all of Corrigan; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents, William and Letha Turner and E.W. and Udora Wright; brothers, Gerald, Earl, Edgar, Jerry, John and LeRoy Wright; nieces, Vickie Wright Frankens, Robin Wright Daley and Linda Kendrick Stout; nephew, Jerry “Bubba” Wright; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Tiny Kendrick; brothers-in-law, Donald Kendrick and John Kendrick, Jr.; and sister-in-law, Estelle Thompson.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Wright, Chad Wright, Johnny Wright, Mike Wright, Donald Wright, John Kendrick, Charles Kendrick, and Alan W. Kendrick.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Houston Gulf Coast Chapter, 2425 Fountain View, Suite 280, Houston, Texas 77057 or the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904.
The family would like to extend their thanks to all who helped take care of Betty during the final days of her life.
The family welcomed friends and loved ones from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be added at
Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.

William ‘Bill’ Martin
Funeral services for William “Bill” Martin, 77, of Crockett, formerly of Lufkin, will be held Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin with Pastor Elton Musick and Pastor Maynard Phillips officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Wells.
Mr. Martin reached his Heavenly Home Monday, May 19, 2014. He was born May 23, 1936 in Ratcliff, Texas and had lived in Crockett for the past 15 years, previously living in Lufkin since 1959. Mr. Martin was a Veteran of the United States Army. He was a Pastor for 40 years having been ordained on September 5, 1974 and was currently the Pastor of Lake Baptist Church. Mr. Martin was a partner in and operated Lufkin Supply for 44 years.
Survivors include his wife and the love of his life for 55 years, Eva Martin of Crockett; sons, Randy Martin and wife Bonnie of Lufkin, Ryan Martin and wife Amanda of Crockett, Donnie Martin and fianceé Shawn Ortner of Alabama, and Ronnie Martin of Crockett; daughters, Tina Spangler and husband Michael, Sr. of Bryan and Nita Lloyd and husband Ron of Atlanta; grandchildren, Michael and DeAnza Spangler of Rowlett, Garrett and Jordana Spangler of Bryan, Cameron Lloyd of Dallas, Colton Martin of Alabama, Cameron Martin of Alabama, Luke Martin and fianceé Mia Moore of Lufkin, Will Ryan Martin of Crockett,  Mason Randal Martin of Crockett, Kristina and Trey Parrish of Covington, Louisiana, Colbi and Ryan Battles of Alabama, and Grace Martin of Lufkin; great-grandchildren, Naia Spangler of Bryan, Emmarie Parrish of Covington, Louisiana, and Kaitlyn Parrish of Atlanta; sisters, Wilma Smith of Lufkin and Annette Thompson of Rusk; sister-in-law, Linda Martin of Dallas; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends and business associates.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis Martin, Sr. and Lela Mae (Rushing) Martin; brothers, Milton Martin, Sr., Otis Martin, Jr., A.G. Martin, and Morris Martin; and sisters, Janie Martin and Marie Merriwether.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, Texas 75284-0692, Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720 or The Special Olympics, 1133 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.
The family received friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Callaway-Allee Funeral Home in Crockett and Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Carroway Funeral Home in Lufkin.
Memories and condolences may be added at or
Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.

Jack McElroy
Graveside services for Jack McElroy, 90, were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park, with Reverend Grant B. Barnes officiating
Mr. McElroy was born in Anita, Iowa on June 23, 1923.  He passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014 in Lufkin.
A resident of Lufkin for the past year, he previously lived in Tyler, Texas.
Mr. McElroy was a World War II veteran, serving in the 99th Infantry Division of the United States Army.  He was transferred to Cannon C0. 394th where he was assigned duties as a radio operator for the Forward Observers of one of the company’s three platoons on the German-Belgium border during the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge in November 1944.  He and other members of his company were captured and taken prisoners of war on December 17, 1944.  They were taken to Stalag IV-B, a large prisoner of war camp in Germany and later taken to the small town of Heidenau, Germany, near Dresden, as part of a work force used by the mayor of this small town.  As the war was nearing the end in April 1945, he and his fellow prisoners were able to escape.  After the war, he completed his education at Iowa State College in Ames, Iowa, majoring in forestry.
Mr. McElroy worked for the U S Forest Service for 33 years, retiring in 1978.  He was supervisor of the National Forests in Texas from 1963-1966.
He is survived by his daughters, Nancy Kartye and Marianne Windsor; grandchildren, Jeff and Suzy Childers, Craig and Kelly Kartye, Tracy and Bill Shockney, and Clay and Susanna Kartye; great-grandchildren, Nolan and Graham Childers, Reed and Jared Kartye, Nina and Ben Shockney, and Paul and Annabel Kartye.
Mr. McElroy was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Mabry McElroy; second wife, Marj Gramke McElroy; and son-in-law, Jack Windsor.
The family expresses their gratitude and appreciation to the kind and loving staff of the Neches House in Lufkin and Accolade Hospice.
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Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home

Marie Grimes Brookshire
Funeral services for Marie Grimes Brookshire, 88, of Huntington, were held Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin with Brother Gary Forrest officiating.  Interment was in the Crain Cemetery near Manning.
Marie was born December 17, 1925 in Manning, Texas to the late Aaron and Cleo Grimes and died on Sunday, May 18, 2014 in a Lufkin hospice facility.
Marie lived in the Manning and Shawnee Prairie Communities most of her life.  She attended school in Manning, Sulphur Springs, Zavalla and Shawnee Prairie.  Marie, along with her husband, Jake, grew cotton crops and raised cattle for many years.  She was employed by Village Cafeteria, Flournoy’s Florist, and the Angelina County Landfill office during her working years.  Marie was a longtime member of Shawnee Prairie Missionary Baptist Church.  She loved attending church and worshipping the Lord.  Marie enjoyed having company and loved cooking for a big crowd.  Her dumplings were enjoyed by many church gatherings.
Survivors include her son, Welton Brookshire and wife Michelle of Huntington; granddaughter, Kristin Vice and husband Brian of Hurst; grandson, Jacob Brookshire of Shreveport, Louisiana; great grandchildren, Hannah and Ryan Vice of Hurst; sisters, Lois Walters of Huntington, Lavern Stanford of Mineola, and Ranell Mangus of Lufkin; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Brookshire was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, JB “Jake” Brookshire; and brothers, R.E. Grimes, Sr., Leamon Grimes, Sr., and Carl Ray Grimes.
Pallbearers were Gene McGallion, Bubba Thompson, Steve Britton, Leamon Grimes, Jr., Carl Stanford, Jr., and Glenn Bass.  Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Cooper, Billy Walters, Harold Jones, and Robert Stephenson.
The family would like to thank both Bethany Home Health and Hospice of the Pines of Lufkin for the special care given to Marie.
The family received friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home in Lufkin.
Memories and condolences may be added at
Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors

Billie Ruth Davis
Billie Ruth Davis, 93, entered the kingdom of Heaven on Sunday, May 18, 2014. She had been in the caring arms of Hospice in the Pines for several days.
Billie was born on April 7, 1921, in Young County, Texas. She was a graduate of the Buckner Orphans’ Home in Dallas, Texas. Billie married Earl E. Davis on May 11, 1941. They had two children.
Billie is preceded in death by her husband, Earl E. Davis; her brother, Roy Gary; her dearest friend, Esther Card Loden; as well as other loved ones.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Jerry Woods; her son and daughter-in-law, James and Christine Davis; her grandsons, Brent and Bradley Woods and Kevin and Gary Davis; her great-granddaughters, Bethany and Cierra Woods and Kathryn, Caroline and Natalie Davis; her sister-in-law, Ann Gary; and her beloved miniature poodle, Daisy.
Honorary pallbearers were Billie’s grandsons, Brent and Bradley Woods and Kevin and Gary Davis.
Visitation was held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Gipson Funeral Home in Lufkin.
Graveside service was held at Garden of Memories Memorial Park in Lufkin at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, with Rev. Cindy Doran of Kelty’s United Methodist Church officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Hospice in the Pines Inpatient Unit, 1504 W. Frank, Lufkin, TX 75904 or Buckner International, 700 N. Pearl, Suite 1200, Dallas, TX 75201.

Elsie Louise (Fowler) Reeves
Graveside services for Elsie Louise (Fowler) Reeves, 93, of Lufkin, were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 19, 2014 in the Wallace Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Simon Purvis officiating.
Mrs. Reeves was born May 22, 1920 in Gary, TX and passed away May 17, 2014 in Nacogdoches. She was the daughter of the late Blanche (Hudson) and Arthur Fowler.
She was a homemaker and was a member of First Assembly of God Church since 1950.
She is survived by sons, Wayne Reeves and Robert Reeves, both of Lufkin; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Winford Reeves in 1984.
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Services were placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.

Rosa Bernice Modisette Maberry
Funeral services for celebrating the life of Rosa Bernice Modisette Maberry, 96, of Lufkin, were held Monday, May 19, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of First Baptist Church of Lufkin with nephew, Todd Stracener, officiating.  Interment was in Walker Cemetery, Highway 59 North.  Visitation was from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the church chapel before the service.
Bernice went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Friday, May 16, 2014. Bernice was born on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1918, in the home of her parents, Augusta Dell Hawkins Modisette and David Hampton Modisette, in the Lala Hill Community of Angelina County. She was the third of five children, having three sisters and a brother. During the depression the family moved to Huntington, Texas where Bernice was a Red Devil cheerleader. After graduation the family moved to Lufkin and Bernice enrolled in Stephen F. Austin State Teacher’s College. Her father made arrangements with a tall handsome young man named Ted Maberry to drive his daughter to and from college each day. Ted and Bernice fell in love and were married on October 14, 1937. They settled in Lufkin and raised four children. The Maberrys were active members of First Baptist Church in Lufkin where Mrs. Maberry was a greeter of the church and social chairman of the Rebekah Sunday School Class.
Bernice loved the Lord and wore out several Bibles studying the scriptures. She taught her children what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus and often sent them “little love notes” of encouragement with special Bible verses.
It brought much joy to Mrs. Maberry to call and play the harmonica for family and friends on their birthday and anniversary. She kept a notebook of names with special dates, which she added to each year. Her list grew to over 2000 names and earned her the title of “The Harp Lady”. Bernice also loved the piano and volunteered at several nursing homes to entertain residents. Her gift of service won her recognition as one of “Nine Who Make a Difference” awarded by KTRE, the local ABC affiliate.
Mrs. Maberry was preceded in death by her husband, Reginald “Ted” Maberry; her son, Ronald Stephen Maberry; brother, Van Modisette; and sisters Ruby Hicks, Elizabeth McNeil, and Dennie Malee Culbertson.
Survivors include her daughter Lynda Cheavens Zimmerman, son, Michael Reginald Maberry and wife Terri all of Lufkin, and daughter, Emily Dell Nichols and husband Fred of Tyler. She is also survived by sixteen grandchildren, twenty-four great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was known as “Bubbe” by all that knew and loved her.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, John Cheavens, Ted Cheavens and Zach Maberry, and grandsons-in-law, Clay Dubose, Jason Smith, Kevin Braughton, Bill Evans, Dale Boone, Stephen Cato, Jay Harrelson, Greg Forkel and Jameson Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be her great-grandsons.
The family would like to say thank you to good and faithful friend, Vicky Matthews for her many years of service, and to Terri Jones of Bethany Home Health. Also, to Buzz and Karen Patrick for their love and thoughtfulness through the years, and to Heart to Heart Hospice for bringing peace to our family during this time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lufkin’s First Baptist Church, 106 E. Bremond Ave., Lufkin, Texas 75901; or to Redland Baptist Church, 234 Redland Church Rd., Lufkin, Texas 75901.
Memories and condolences may be added at
Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors

Kenneth E. Johnson
Services for Kenneth Eldred Johnson, of Zavalla, was Saturday, May 17, 2014, 2:00 PM at Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Richard Johnson and Reverend Bettie Kennedy officiating.
Ken was born May 8, 1928 in Plainview, Nebraska, and passed away May 2, 2014 at home a few days before his 86th birthday.
Ken Johnson married Barbara Jean (Penny) Pennington on May 28, 1950. He was a retired United Methodist Minister of the Texas Annual Conference. Ken served as the Camp Superintendent for two Methodist Church camps, one in Nebraska and the other Wisconsin. He returned to school to expand his education becoming a CPA, then an attorney. In 1983, Ken and Penny moved to Texas and returned to the pastorate. They built an earth-sheltered home near Zavalla where they retired. Both have been active members of Shady Chapel United Methodist Church in Zavalla and the East Texas Emmaus Community, as well as charter members of ZAM Outreach, formerly Zavalla Area Ministries.
Ken is survived by Penny, his wife of almost 64 years; nine of his 12 children: Sharon, Glenda, Carolyn, Debbie, Roxie, Mary, Janet, Rodger, and Dori; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; his sister Carol Kalkwarf and his sisters-in-law Ruby Johnson and Ruth Spencer; as well as many other relatives, and church family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents John H. and Lida Johnson; his three brothers Clarence, Rolly, and Lloyd Johnson; and three of his children: Gary, Lou, and Jeff.
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Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.

Wayne Scott Kelley
Funeral services for Wayne Scott Kelley, 44, of Rockwall, was held Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Carroway Funeral Home Chapel in Lufkin with Brother Jimmy Dunn officiating.  Interment was in the Berry Cemetery.
Mr. Kelley was born February 10, 1970 in Lufkin, Texas to Helen (Armstrong) and the late Sammy Madden.  He died Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at his residence.
Mr. Kelley was the owner of Rockwall Pools, and was a former Nacogdoches police officer.  He had served as a wrestling and football coach, and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.  Mr. Kelley was a devoted father, son and brother.
He is survived by his children, Cody Kelley, Kindle Kelley, and Corey Kelley, all of Rockwall; mother and stepfather, Helen and Charles “Bull” Smith of Lufkin; brother and sister-in-law, John and Tasha Melton of Etoile; sisters and brothers-in-law, Debbie and Terry Collins of Nacogdoches, Connie and Lee Cleghorn of Tomball; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Mr. Kelley was preceded in death by his father, Sammy Madden, and brother, David Melton.
Pallbearers were Mark Bentley, Patrick Bentley, Charles Segrest, Johnny Cain, Roland Brent, T.J. Garber, Dwayne Melton, and Ricky Roberts.
Memories and condolences may be added at
Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors

Thurman Teer
Thurman Teer, 83, of Lufkin, died Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in a Tyler hospital.  He was born September 23, 1930 in Pennington, Texas.  Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Carroway Funeral Home.
Mr. Teer was retired after working more than 50 years as a barber.  He graduated from the Roffler Barber School with honors.  He loved fishing, birdwatching, and anything that involved the outdoors.  Mr. Teer was also an ordained Baptist minister, and had been very involved in his church, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Hudson.  He had been a resident of Lufkin most of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Faye Teer of Lufkin; son and daughter-in-law, Joe Paul and Shay Teer of Tyler; grandsons, Joe Paul Teer, Jr. of Austin and Grady Teer of Tyler; brothers and sisters-in-law, Herman and Sarah Teer of Conroe, Joe and Jane Teer of Trinity, and Clayton Teer of Anderson; sisters and brother-in-law, Alouise and R.L. Dyke of Houston, Katie Harrison of Ada, Oklahoma, and Edna Padgett of Houston; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Mr. Teer was preceded in death by his parents, Nettie (Collins) and Joe Benjamin Teer, and a sister, Ruthie Bennett.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Houston Office, 2400 Augusta Dr., Suite 175, Houston, Texas 77056.
Memories and condolences may be added at
Carroway Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors