The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

September 13, 2007

Obituaries for 9-13-2007

Era (Owens) Thetford

Services for Era (Owens) Thetford, 94, of Grapeland were 3 p.m. today at Grapeland’s First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Denham officiating and the Rev. Morris Ivey assisting. Burial followed at Refuge Cemetery off FM 227 E. Arrangements were under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home Chapel, Grapeland.

Mrs. Thetford passed away Monday at East Texas Medical Center in Crockett.

The family requests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to First United Methodist Church, Grapeland or to Sunset Christian Church, Grapeland.

Louise Blythe Dear

Memorial services for Louise Blythe Dear, 87, of Palestine were at 2 p.m. today at Norwood Heights Baptist Church with the Rev. William Snidow officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home.

Mrs. Dear died Monday at Palestine Regional Medical Center.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Anna Whiddon Jones

Services for Anna Whiddon Jones, 79, of Palestine, and formerly of Warren, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Charles McShan and the Rev. M.T. Blackmon officiating. Burial will be in Holland Cemetery near Kountze. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, Palestine.

Mrs. Jones died Wednesday morning at Palestine Regional Medical Center.

She was born July 5, 1928 in Silsbee to Thomas Jesse and Ruth Moore Whiddon.

Mrs. Jones was a homemaker. She was a member of the Glad Tidings Church and past commander of DAV Auxiliary No. 63.

Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, David C. Jones.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, David L. Jones of Palestine; daughters, Anna Marion Whittle of Bastrop, formerly of Bridge City, Fran Allen of Helena, Mont., and Patricia Stewart of Bradford; a son, Danny Jones of Palestine; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Whittle Jr., Thomas Whittle, Paxton Allen, Brittany Allen, Jacob Hosch, Dennis Hosch and Mike Allen. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the DAV.

Condolence calls will be received from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the church prior to service.

George L. Keck

Services for George L. Keck, 73, of Elkhart will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Redtown with pastors Vernon King and Willie Reagan officiating. Burial will be at Myrtle Springs Cemetery in Redtown. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Funeral Home, Palestine.

Mr. Keck died Tuesday in Tyler.

He was born Oct. 19, 1933 in Freeport to the late John Keck and Callie Florence Byrd Keck.

Mr. Keck is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary H. Keck of Elkhart; two daughters, Tammy Reagan and husband David of Elkhart, and Toni Greene of Oyster Creek; four grandchildren, Nancy Dore and husband Dan, Kris Reagan and wife Paige, Steven Greene and wife Rachel, and Michelle Greene; four great-grandchildren, Praire Dore, Autumn Dore, Cain Foster, MaKynziee Greene and an unborn great-grandchild due in November. He also is survived by one sister, Ophelia Vernice Waldrip of Angleton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be David Reagan, Kris Reagan, Steven Greene, Daniel Dore, Ray Ethridge and L.B. Pierson.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Redtown.

Mr. Keck was an active member of Tabernacle Baptist Church and loved his church family. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and working with his hands. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and will be greatly missed by many friends and loved ones.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Tabernacle Baptist Church or to Hospice of East Texas (Homeplace), 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701.

John Wesley Leland Crawford

Services for John Wesley Leland Crawford, 64, of LaRue were at 10 a.m. today in the chapel of Cooper Funeral Home of Athens with James Johnston officiating. Burial with Masonic honors followed at the Anderson County Line Cemetery near Carroll Springs.

Mr. Crawford died suddenly Sunday in Galveston.

He was born Jan. 31, 1943, in Athens to Johnie and Rosa Lee Morris Crawford.

Mr. Crawford lived most of his life in Anderson County attending school in LaPoynor, graduating with the class of 1961. He joined the U.S. Army in 1962 and served in the graduating class of 1961 and served in the 6th Maintenance Division during the Korean Conflict. After his military career he returned home and was employed with the maintenance division of the Texas Highway Department in Palestine. He later transferred with the highway department to Athens. He attended Henderson County Junior College in Athens and earned an associate’s degree in business.

He was currently employed with Embarq with 35 years of service. He was a 32nd Degree Mason with membership in the Athens Lodge No. 165. He also was a member of the Scottish Rite in Waco and the Shriner’s of Tyler. He enjoyed farming and ranching.

Mr. Crawford was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Eloise Hilton and Dorothy Reid; and a grandson, Joshua Henson.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille Crawford of LaRue; sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie and Ellie Crawford of Navasota, John Scott Crawford of LaRue; daughters and sons-in-law, Tammy and Bobby Stephens of LaRue, Rosie and Jim Wheeler of Splendora, Beth and Wylie Wimberly of LaRue; brothers and sisters-in-law, Delbert and Terrie Crawford of LaRue, Royce and Monica Crawford of Gilchrist, Randy and DeDe Crawford of Bullard; sister and brother-in-law, Jaquin and Randy Pearce of LaRue; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were members of the Athens Masonic Lodge No. 165.