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Velma Louise Sefcik
Funeral services for Velma Louise Sefcik, 74 of Lyons, Texas, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at Strickland Funeral Home Chapel in Caldwell, Texas, with the Rev. Reggie Nelson of Friendship Baptist Church in Caldwell, Texas, officiating.
She was born March 26, 1928, in Conroe, Texas, and passed away July 5, 2002, in Caldwell, Texas.
Burial will follow at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at Bryan City Cemetery in Bryan, Texas.
Mrs. Sefcik was a homemaker and a member of Friendship Baptist Church and Angleton Home Extension Club. She loved to quilt for her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, one brother and two infant children.
She is survived by her husband, Henry "Bill" Sefcik, of Lyons, Texas; sons, Arnold Sefcik and wife Sharon of Stockbridge, Ga., and Jimmy Roy Sefcik and wife Joan of Angleton, Texas; daughters, Shirley Shaddock and husband Donny of Lake Jackson, Texas, Linda McAda and husband Woodrow of Lake Jackson, Texas, and Doris Duccer and husband Lynn of Fayetteville, Tenn.; brothers, William Winslow and wife Virginia of Bryan, Texas; brother-in-law, Johnny Zavada and wife Becky of West Liberty, Ohio; sister, Dorothy Evans and husband Bryce of Bryan, Texas; 12 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by Strick-land Funeral Home Chapel of Caldwell, Texas.

Mattie Huff
Funeral services for Mattie Huff, 86, of West Columbia, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2002, at Harwood Baptist Church with the Rev. Todd Craven officiating.
Burial will be at Harwood Community Cemetery.
She was born December 6, 1915, in Harwood, Texas, and passed away July 2, 2002, in Monument Hill La Grange.
Friends may call at Harwood Baptist Church from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday, July 13, 2002.
She was married October 6, 1933, to Lewis C. Huff in Luling, Texas. She was the former owner of Huff's Hobbies and Handicraft in West Columbia. Her parents were Alfred Carley and JoAnn Edwards. She was a member of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by her son, Lloyd C. Huff and wife Valerie J. of Silver Springs, Md.; daughter, E. Gail Huff of Huntsville, Texas; granddaughters, Lesley A. Huff of Philadelphia and Amanda M. Huff of Reston, Va.; sister, Susie Pick of Harwood.
She was preceded in death by her husband and eight brothers and sisters.
Memorial contributions may be made to Harwood Community Center, Box 80, Harwood, TX 78632.
Arrangements by Sergeant Memorial Funeral Home of La Grange, Texas.

Louisa Acosta
Funeral services for Louisa Acosta, 81, of Clute, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at Stroud Funeral Home.
She passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at Village on the Creek Nursing Home.
Interment will be at Restwood Memorial Park.
Mrs. Acosta was an area resident for 31 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Castulo S. Acosta.
She is survived by her daughters: Sarah Reyna and husband Roy of Clute, Julia Gonzalez of Stockton, Calif., Mary Pena and husband Tony of Lake Jackson and Alicia Garza and husband Jose of Clute; sons: Marcelino Herrera and wife Susie of Lake Jackson, Emilio Herrera of Freeport and Roy Acosta and wife Maria of Oyster Creek; sisters: Annie Diaz of Palacios and Lucille Guzman of Bay City; 30 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and many other loving relatives and friends.
Arrangements by Stroud Funeral Home. (979) 265-1188.

Mr. Max K. Luedtke
Memorial services for Mr. Max K. Luedtke, 68, of Courtney, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2002, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Karl Choate, interim rector at St. Paul's, and the Rev. James Morgan of Huntsville.
He was born December 20, 1933, in Vernon, Texas, and passed away July 5, 2002, at his residence.
Mr. Luedtke was a retired court reporter for the 23rd Judicial District. He was a life member of AQHA, LQHA and TQHA and a member of Texas Court Reporters Association. He also was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal in Navasota. He served in the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mae Luedtke.
He is survived by his wife, Martha R. "Marti" Luedtke of Courtney; sons, Max K. Luedtke Jr. of Florida and William Paul Luedtke of Wolcott, N.Y.; daughter, Sharon and Troy Perry of Richmond, Texas; father, L. M. "Leo" Luedtke of Plainview, Texas; and seven grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 326, Navasota, TX 77868 or Hospice Brenham, 705 S. Austin St., Brenham, TX 77833-4124.
Arrangements by Nobles Funeral Chapel in Navasota, Texas.

Martha Lou Jacob
Funeral services for Martha Lou Jacob, 70, of Danbury, are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2002, at Community Baptist Church in Danbury where she was a member. David Catoe will officiate.
Burial will follow in Angleton Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2002, at Palms Funeral Home in Angleton.
Martha was born in Houston on October 16, 1931, to Gladys and Claude Mims. She and her husband, Clyde, who preceded her in death in 1998, were area residents since 1955. Martha passed away Monday, July 8, 2002, at her residence. Her parents also precede her in death.
Surviving are three daughters, Mindy Lou Yugel and husband Joseph of Arizona, Pamela Sue Zwahr and husband Brent of Danbury, Robin Gail Gathright and husband Trent of Pearland; one sister, Claudia Beeker of Overland Park, Kan.; grandchildren, Jason Martin, Jeremy Bledsaw, Hallie Bledsaw, Kaysie Zwahr, Brent Zwahr Jr., Amanda Zwahr and Jeffery Zwahr; and great-granddaughter Presley Liesman (Martin).
Active pallbearers will be Tommy Tigner, Roy Cook, Jason Martin, Jeremy Bledsaw, Brent Zwahr Jr. and Tommy Brundrett.
Honorary pallbearers will be Trent Gathright, Brent Zwahr, Joseph Yugel and Alva Martin.
Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas.

Ashley N. Lewno
Funeral services for Ashley N. Lewno, 17, of Washington, Mich., will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2002, at St. John Lutheran Church in Romeo, Mich. She passed away July 8, 2002.
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2002, at the Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home in Romeo, Mich.
Arrangements by Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home in Romeo, Mich.

Freddie Wayne Lincoln
Funeral services for Freddie Wayne Lincoln, 61, of Clute, will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2002, at First Missionary Baptist Church at Fourth and Cherry streets in Freeport with the Rev. Hannis Prince officiating.
He was born April 18, 1941, and passed away Friday, July 5, 2002, at his residence.
Burial will follow at Old Bethlehem Cemetery in New Gulf, Texas.
Friends may call from 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2002, at E. Viola & Son Funeral Home.
He is survived by Willene Lincoln of Houston; four sons, Detrick Lincoln of Freeport, Lefty Lincoln, Gaylon Lincoln and Joseph Lincoln all of Houston; three daughters, Bridgette Lincoln Wright of Freeport, Lenora Lincoln Babineax and Rhonda Lincoln Jackson both of Houston; one brother, Marlin Lincoln of Freeport; four sisters, Daisy Lincoln and Lisa Lincoln Williams both of Houston, Angela Lincoln Johnson and Lola Lincoln both of Freeport; grandparent, Daisy Tolbert of Freeport; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Active pallbearers will be Percy Walker, Wilford James, Mallary James, Eugene Washington, Ondra Smith and Chris Lewis.
Arrangements by E. Viola & Son Funeral Home in West Columbia, Texas.

Carlyne Walker McLeod
Carlyne McLeod, 70, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2002, in Angleton.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2002, at Second Baptist Church of Angleton with the Revs. C.E. Tipton, D.O. Foster and Mike Mills officiating.
Burial will follow in Angleton Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Palms Funeral Home.
Carlyne McLeod was born April 24, 1932, in Wharton, Texas, to Carl and Alma Lucille Walker. She lived in Angleton since 1952 and retired after a long career with Brazoria County. She was a member of Second Baptist Church.
Mrs. McLeod was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, James "Jim" A. McLeod, of Angleton; son, Jimmy McLeod Jr. of Angleton; daughter, Nina L. Hall and husband Jerry of Angleton; grandchildren, Jeri-lyn Maynard and husband Jeff of Angleton, Carla Martel and husband Morgan of Danbury, Brandon Hall and wife Lindsey of Angleton, Christo-pher McLeod, Kaitlyn McLeod and Cade McLeod of Angleton; great-grandchildren, MaKayla Hall and Wyatt Martel; aunt, Alma Belle (Aunt Sister) Luna of Bay City.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Gustaven, Frank Smith, Morgan Martel, Jeff Maynard, Brandon Hall, Ronnie Sims, John Fuchs and L.L. Harris.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Adult 4 and 5 Sunday school classes of Second Baptist Church.
Carlyne McLeod was devoted to her family and will be greatly missed by all.
In lieu of usual remembrances, memorials may be made to the Second Baptist Church Building Fund.
Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas.

Joe 'Boots' Harris
Joe "Boots" Harris, born July 26, 1928, in Beckville, Texas, went to be with the Lord on July 11, 2002, in Jones Creek, Texas, at the age of 73 years.
His loving family includes wife, Alma Ruth Harris; sons: Stephen Harris and wife Carla, Bryce W. Wallace and wife Rhonda and Jim Wallace and wife Tina; daughters: Susan A. Anderson and husband Milton J. Jr. and Sarah Jo Litchfield; sister Dorothy Weldon; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and a host of friends.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2002, at Lakewood Funeral Chapel. 
A celebration of life will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2002, at Lakewood Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Benjamin Pomales officiating. Interment will follow at Phair Cemetery.
Grandsons will be pallbearers.
Funeral arrangements by Lakewood Funeral Chapel in Clute, Texas. 

Louise Alma Gray
Louise Alma Gray, of Alvin, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2002.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2002, and Sunday, July 14, 2002 at Oak Park Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 15, 2002, at the First United Methodist Church in Alvin.
Arrangements by Oak Park Funeral Home, 300 Oak Park Drive, Alvin, Texas 77511. 281-331-8217.

Joe Neal Ellis
Joe Neal Ellis, 60, of Clute, Texas, passed away, Thursday, July 11, 2002, at Brazosport Memorial Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are pending with Lakewood Funeral Chapel.

Velma Irene Hill
Velma Irene Hill, 94, of Lake Jackson, Texas, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2002, at her residence.
Funeral arrangements are pending with Lakewood Funeral Chapel.

JOHNNY FRANKLIN GIFFORD
Johnny Franklin Gifford, 80, of Lake Jackson, Texas passed away Saturday, July 13, 2002 at his residence. 
Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at the Lakewood Funeral Chapel with Monsignor Leo Wleczyk of St. Michael's Catholic Church officiating. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday along with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral chapel. 
Military honors will follow at graveside services.
Johnny was an area resident since 1947, a veteran of the U.S. Army during WWII, a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, worked for Carnation Milk for 20 years, and retired from Dow Chemical Co. as an operator after 25 years.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Xavier Theresa Gifford of Lake Jackson, Texas; by 7 children: Evelyn Laird of Lake Jackson, TX., Kathryn Follett & husband Jim of Angleton, TX., Carolyn Gifford of Lake Jackson, TX., Larry Gifford & wife Rebecca of Clute, TX., David Gifford & wife Ladonna of Freeport, TX., Patrick Gifford of Lake Jackson, TX., and Gary Gifford & wife Michelle of McKinney, TX.; by 10 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; brother Fred Gifford & wife Beverly of Austin, TX.; and by three sisters: Jennie Lowe & husband Kenneth of Nacogdoches, TX., Jimmie Lou Connors & husband Abe of Nacogdoches, TX., and Betsy Schnell of Austin, TX.
He was preceded in death by his sons, John Steven Gifford in 1974 and Robert Gifford in 1999.
The family request any charitable contributions in Johnny's name be made to St. Michael's Catholic Church Building Fund and/or the charity of your choice.
Funeral services by Lakewood Funeral Chapel.

GERALD CRONE
Gerald Crone, 63, went to be with the Lord on July 14, 2002. He was born in Tyler, Texas on August 26, 1938.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia of Fulshear; his daughter, Christi Cannon & husband, Jeff of Fulshear; his son, Trevor Crone of Houston; grandchildren, Trent and Elyse Cannon, both of Fulshear; brothers, Bobby Crone & wife, Martha of Tyler, Harold Crone & wife, Patricia of Lake Jackson, Kenneth Crone and wife, Caroline of Winnie; sisters, Norma Jean Alfred and Alice Crone, both of Tyler and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J.B. and Iva Crone of Tyler. 
He also leaves behind wonderful friends and neighbors and a loving church family.
Gerald was a 1956 graduate of John Tyler High School. 
He attended Tyler Junior College and received his degree from Texas A&M University in 1961. Gerald was retired after a long career with Dow Chemical and Destec Energy.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at Simonton Community Church, Simonton, Texas.
Memorials may be made to The Crisis Relief Fund at Simonton Community Church, P.O. Box 121, 9703 FM 1489, Simonton, Texas 77476.

CONNIE LEE FOWLER, SR.
Connie Lee Fowler, Sr., 86, of Alvin passed away Monday, July 15, 2002.
Visitation will be held 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at Oak Park Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at Oak Park Funeral Home.
Arrangements by Oak Park Funeral Home, 300 Oak Park Drive, Alvin, Texas 77511. 281-331-8217.

JAMES 'JIM' B. FREELAND
Funeral services for James "Jim" B. Freeland, age 70, of Danbury are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at Palms Funeral Home in Angleton, Texas.
Burial will follow in Danbury Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 16, 2002, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Palms Funeral Home.
Jim was born on August 27, 1931, in Freeport to Tunis & Myrtle Hoffpauir Freeland. He was a life-long resident of Danbury; served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Danbury Fire Department and a Dow retiree.
Jim passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2002 at Angleton Danbury Medical Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Buddy Freeland.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ann Freeland; daughters, Linda Ann Parm of Burton, Texas, Brenda Sue LeCour, Judy Lynn Freeland, Lisa Kay Fregeau all of Danbury; sisters, Dorthy Kuchar & husband, Albert of Danbury, Myrtle Mae Freeland of Danbury, Margaret Penry of Cleveland; brother, John Freeland of Houston; grandchildren, John Alex Parm of San Marcos, Ashley Diane Oldhem and Jennifer Nicole Evans of Danbury.
Members of the Danbury Fire Department will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home, Angleton, Texas.

JOHNNY FRANKLIN GIFFORD
Johnny Franklin Gifford, 80, of Lake Jackson, Texas passed away Saturday, July 13, 2002 at his residence.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at the Lakewood Funeral Chapel with Monsignor Leo Wleczyk of St. Michael's Catholic Church officiating.
A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2002, along with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral chapel.
Military honors will follow at Graveside services.
Johnny was an area resident since 1947, a veteran of the U.S. Army during WWII, a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, worked for Carnation Milk for 20 years, and retired from Dow Chemical Co. as an operator after 25 years.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Xavier Theresa Gifford of Lake Jackson; by seven children: Evelyn Laird of Lake Jackson, Kathryn Follett & husband Jim of Angleton, Carolyn Gifford of Lake Jackson., Larry Gifford & wife Rebecca of Clute, David Gifford & wife Ladonna of Freeport, Patrick Gifford of Lake Jackson, and Gary Gifford & wife Michelle of McKinney, Texas; by 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Fred Gifford & wife Beverly of Austin.; and by three sisters: Jennie Lowe and husband Kenneth of Nacogdoches, Texas, Jimmie Lou Connors & husband Abe of Nacogdoches, Texas, and Betsy Schnell of Austin.
He was preceded in death by his sons, John Steven Gifford in 1974 and Robert Gifford in 1999.
The family request any charitable contributions in Johnny's name be made to St. Michael's Catholic Church Building Fund and/or the charity of your choice.
Funeral services by Lakewood Funeral Chapel.

SHIRLEY ANNE MARTIN HARRISON
Shirley Anne Martin Harrison, of Churchill, Texas, beloved wife and mother, passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2002, after a long struggle with cancer.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, J.B.; her three sons: Jim Harrison of Uvalde, Randy Harrison of Shady Acres and Jon Harrison of La Porte. She leaves six grandchildren; James, Randy, Rebekah Bridgmon, Regina Neurohr, Kevin, and Jacy and two great-grandchildren: Aeryal Neurohr and Jeremiah Bridgmon. She also leaves behind her dear brother, Dick Martin of Shreveport, Louisiana.
Shirley enjoyed her home on the San Bernard River, spending many hours looking out to their bend of that slow waterway lined with old live oaks. She loved to cook for her family, especially shrimp gumbo, fried shrimp and boiled blue crabs. Over the years Shirley hosted many family get-togethers at her home; these were some of her happiest moments. Her grandchildren knew that her house was always full of wonderful things to eat, and of compassion. Shirley loved all the members of her family and always strove to stay connected to their roots in Louisiana and Mississippi. Shirley is well known and loved by many members of her community all of whom will mourn her passing. She was known for her generosity and compassion. Shirley and J.B.'s relationship was one of devotion. They were high school sweethearts. Some of her last statements were in concern for J.B., she never considered that she might not be able to take care of him for the rest of his life.
She and J.B. are longstanding residents of the Churchill Community as well as founding members of Churchill 1st Baptist Church.
There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at 2:00 p.m., at Churchill 1st Baptist Church at 7160 FM 2918.
Memorials may be made to Brazosport Cancer Center or the Churchill 1st Baptist Church.

MR. WAYMON FARRELL 'DOC' LIVINGSTON
Mr. Waymon Farrell "Doc" Livingston, 57, of Freeport, Texas died July 5, 2002, in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Livingston was born on July 29, 1944 in Tichnor, Arkansas, the son of Robert O. and Iva O. Livingston.
Mr. Livingston was employed as a Master Service Technician with W.P.I. incorporated. Mr. Waymon served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962-1970. He also served the community as a volunteer fireman in Taylor, Alabama and Oyster Creek, Texas. He was a member of the N.R.A. and was very fond of his Ford Bronco.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert O. Livingston.
He is survived by his wife, Ronna Livingston of Freeport; three sons, Michael Wayne Livingston of Freeport, Jeffery Scott Livingston & wife, Sharon of Dothan, Alabama and David Farrell Livingston & wife, Trina of Dothan, Alabama; three grandchildren, Brandon Scott Livingston, Tanner Lane Livingston, and Ansleigh Brooke Livingston; mother, Iva O. Livingston; three brothers, Melvin Rieves & wife, Doris of Arkansas, Walter Robert Livingston & wife, Lutie of Arkansas and Van Ishmeal Livingston & wife, Nellie of Michigan; two sisters, Ilda Kena of California, and Juanita Humphrey & husband, Hyatt of Kentucky; also several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 9, 2002 in the Chapel of Kent-Thornton Funeral Home, in Dothan, Alabama. Officiating was the Rev. Eddie Littlefield.
Interment was immediately following the service at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Representatives from the U.S. Air Force were present to present the flag.
Asked to serve as pallbearers were David Sapp, Michael Perry, Harold Phillips, Robert Agerton, Ken Hamilton, and Allen Holley.
Arrangements by Kent-Thornton Funeral Home in Dothan, Alabama.

JOCELYN DIANE 'J.D." MILLER
Visitation for Jocelyn Diane "J.D." Miller, age 22, of Angleton will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at Palms Funeral Home in Angleton.
Funeral services and burial will be held in Weatherford, Texas.
J.D. was born in Angleton on January 10, 1980 to Tony Olan Miller and Dabbie Fay Brown. She passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2002.
Her father precedes her in death.
She is survived by her grandparents, Glen & Thelma Jene Wasson of Angleton; daughters, Karyn Alisa Wall and Alaura Jane Price of Angleton and mother, Dabbie Brown.
Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home, Angleton, Texas.

HARRY H. ULLOM
Harry H. Ullom, 79, of Jones Creek, Texas passed away Monday, July 15, 2002, at his residence.
Funeral services are pending with Lakewood Funeral Chapel.

Raymond Joseph Fields
Raymond Joseph Fields died July 15, 2002, at Village on the Creek in Clute, at the age of 85 years.
He was born in Freeport, Texas, November 7, 1916, and lived in Freeport all of his life except for a year when he and his family lived in Houston. He graduated from Freeport High School in 1935.
At the age of 20, he was appointed Tax-Assessor-Collector and City Secretary for the City of Freeport. He took a leave of absence from his City Secretary's job to attend St. Mary's University in San Antonio. He completed his studies at the University of Houston and obtained his law degree from Houston Law School. He was hired by J.P. Bryan to work in the Dow Chemical Company's legal department in the spring of 1943, where he was employed for 25 years. When J.P. retired from Dow, Raymond served as General Counsel for Dow's Southwest Region, where he was in charge of all phases of Dow's legal work for the Texas Division, Louisiana Division, Mexican subsidiaries and Brazos Oil and Gas Company. He served as a member of the Regional Management Board for the Texas and Louisiana Divisions of Dow, as board member and Secretary of Brazos Oil and Gas and as an officer and board member of La Dominica, S.A., de C.V., and Proquimia, S.A., Dow's subsidiary and associate companies in Mexico. He also served as legal advisor to Government Affairs Depart-ment of Dow which then had offices in Houston, Midland, Michigan and Washington, D.C. When he retired from Dow he entered private law practice with his son R.J. Fields, Jr., and practiced for another 25 years before his retirement in 1993.
He was a member of the State Executive Committee of the Democratic Party when Price Daniel was Governor; and was a delegate to the National Democratic Convention in 1960 when Kennedy and Johnson were nominated.
He was a member of the Texas Bar Association, the Houston Bar Association and Brazoria County Bar Association.
For many years he served on the Freeport Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, and served also as chairman of the Brazoria County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
In his younger years he became Statewide Chairman of the Prison Reform Commit-tee of the Texas Junior Chamber of Commerce. In this capacity he and Jack Turner, the then owner of Freeport Funeral Home, made a documentary depicting the deplorable conditions of the Texas prison system. The objective of the committee was to persuade the Texas Legislature to appropriate sufficient funds to improve the physical facilities of the prison system which at that time were one of the worst in the nation. The movie was shown to civic, service and church organizations throughout the State and to committees of the Texas Legislature. The effort was successful and the Legislature appropriated sufficient funds to bring the prison system to acceptable standards.
He was a former director of the Lake Jackson State Bank and of the Angleton Savings Association.
He was one of the founders of Restwood Memorial Park, and it was he who gave it its name. He was also a founder of Southern Materials Company.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Freeport, where he served two terms as chairman of the Parish Council. He was also a longtime lector at St. Mary's and was the first Grand Knight of the Freeport Knights of Columbus. He served as Vice Chairman of the Diocesan Pastoral Counsel for the Galveston-Houston Diocese of the Catholic Church. He was a member of the Diocesan Committee appointed by then Bishop Nold to build the seminary presently located on Memorial Drive in Houston.
He was a member for three terms of the Senate of the University of St. Thomas in Houston.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hudson Joseph Fields and Laura Tyson Fields, and by an infant daughter, Mary.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Leland Twombly. Surviving him are 11 children: Jahala and Billie Fritts of Freeport; Cyril and Sharyne Fields of Houston; R.J., Jr., and Ilene Fields of Canyon Lake, Texas; Leighton and Linda Fields of Rosharon; Hilary Fields of Houston; Karen and Edwin Markham of Houston; Clare and Peter Flood of Santa Monica, California; Gregory Fields of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Kevin and Teresa Fields of Houston; Jennifer and George Hawkins of Freeport; and Donna and Joel Roberts of Austin, Texas; and more than 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 18, 2002, with a rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Freeport.
Funeral services will be Friday, July 19, 2002, at 2:00 p.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Freeport with interment following at Restwood Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Curtis N. Baker, III; Henry C. Fields; Meyer Fields; Travis Markham; Vincent Scott; and Norman Landry.
The family requests any charitable contributions be made to the St. Mary's rebuilding fund or the charity of your choice.

Joe Neal Garrett
Joe Neal Garrett, 67, of Bailey's Prairie, born September 21, 1934, in Gholson, McClennan County, TX., passed away July 15, 2002, in Angleton-Danbury Hospital, Angleton, Brazoria County, TX. Married Lillie Bolton Dodd April 29, 1955, in Houston, Harris County, TX. at age 20.
Preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Neal Garrett, and Dorrys Oree Sparks, who married September 20, 1933, in Mt. Calm, McClennan County, TX. He was also preceded in death by his brother Clarence Edward Garrett.
Survived by his wife of 47 years, Lillie and children; Deborah Jean Garrett Land of Cypress, TX., Mark Neal Garrett and wife Paula Louise Ann Schayer of Atascocita, TX., Jack Edward Garrett and wife, Vanita Louise Sawyer of Bailey's Prairie, TX. Grandchildren are Courtney Jean Land, Amanda Allison Land, Van Edward Garrett, Drew David Garrett, Matthew Joseph Garrett and Elizabeth Grace Garrett. He is survived by his sister Sharon Kay Garrett Porter of Aransas Pass, TX., and her husband, Gordon, and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Joe was a member of Northway Baptist Church in Angleton, TX., and served as election judge for the Republican Party. Joe lived in Aransas Pass and Portland prior to his move to the area in 1974. He was approved for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution, and was president of the Garrett genealogy group meeting annually in China Springs, TX. After compiling over 40,000 surnames for various Internet genealogy databases, he donated several books of his ancestral information to the Clayton Genealogical Library in Houston. Joe retired from Dow Chemical Company after 18 years and was a member of the Dow Employees Hunting and Fishing Club. A member of the Alvin Golf and Country Club, Joe was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing regularly in the area with his golfing buddies.
Joe Neal was a devoted and romantic husband. He and his wife, Lillie, shared a passion for salt water adventures. In his youth, Joe designed and built three boats, one of which was a small shrimping boat. One of Joe Neal and Lillie's first dates was to go fishing. As a young couple with small children, they primitive camped, fished and crabbed on remote stretches of Padre Island - a fond memory for his family. When he lived on the coast, floundering, oystering and fishing were some of the family's favorite activities. Joe and Lillie seine-netted small fish off the jetties and beaches of coastal Texas for Lillie's salt water aquarium. He hauled fresh salt water for the 65-gallon aquarium he built into a wall in their home for Lillie until he was physically unable to do it a few months ago. Joe Neal would often arrive home from work and announce, "Lil, pack a bag!" for a spontaneous weekend trip. When asked where they were going, he often had no answer and certainly no hotel reservations! This led to many hilarious stories of driving up hazardous dead-end roads and almost having to sleep in the car in sub-freezing temperatures. Joe Neal always remembered birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas with cards, roses and gifts for his wife. Many of their trips involved genealogical research on both sides of their families in spooky, overgrown cemeteries combined with golf at nearby sites. Joe was a gifted carpenter and converted a garage into a frame house when he was only 18 years old. He could disassemble, repair and reassemble almost anything mechanical. Lillie designed their home and he had it built for her. He did all the remodeling and repairs for his homes himself. After Hurricane Celia, he taught all his children how to rebuild a home partially destroyed. This careful instruction has served his family all their lives. Golf was an integral part of Joe's life after age 40. He played with his friends and family at every opportunity. His competitive spirit and sense of humor has left behind many stories told and retold. Joe is remembered for being a loving family man, and thoroughly enjoyed being an active part of the lives of his six grandchildren. He was present at all of his grandchildren's births, school and sports activities and enjoyed holding the babies in their earliest infancy. He could be counted on to come to the aid of his children at a moment's notice in any emergency and to assist and supervise home improvement projects.
Family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at Lakewood Chapel in Lake Jackson.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 18, 2002, at Lakewood Funeral Chapel, with Reverend Jamie Hill officiating.
Honorary Pallbearers will be: Chris Minton, Bill Cooper, Winston Breaux, Charlie Bruce, Don Wal, Quinn Nguyen, Bobby Houston, Michael Deaton, John De Long, James Scherdin.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to South Texas Children's Home, P.O. Box 1210, Beeville, TX 78104.

Jessie Merle Burson
Mrs. Jessie Merle Burson, 69, of Crockett, passed away Monday, July 15, 2002, in the Whitehall Nursing Center.
Mrs. Burson was born on October 15, 1932 in Oakwood and had lived in Crockett for the past 27 years. She was a member of the Eastern Star and also a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. She was a housewife.
She is survived by her daughter: Bonnie Foster of Crockett; granddaughters: Denise Price and husband, Christopher of Crockett and Shannon Foster-North and husband, Jay of Crockett; great-granddaughters: Jordan, Kennedy and Remington; brother: James Gleason and wife, Flo of Jacksonville; sisters: Florence Henry of Crockett and Mildred Pope of Jacksonville; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She is preceded in death by husband, Major C.D. Burson in 1980; son, John William "Billy" Burson in 1978; son-in-law, Dewitt Foster in 2000; and several brothers and sisters.
Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Merle Burson will be held Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Lynn Stephens officiating.
Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday, July 18, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. in the Restwood Cemetery in Lake Jackson with the Rev. Cecil Uzzel officiating. Interment will follow.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, South Eighth Street, Crockett, Texas 75835.
Arrangements by Call-away-Allee Funeral Home, 700 East Houston Avenue, Crockett, Texas 75835, (936) 544-2244.

Jo Sidney McMillian
Jo Sidney McMillian, 82, of Bay City, passed away Monday, July 15, 2002 at Matagorda General Hospital.
She was born June 19, 1920 in Rosenberg, TX to Dudley Jefferson Bell and Luda Maud Ward Bell.
She was a resident of Bay City since 1952, a member of First Baptist Church of Bay City and a member of the Eastern Star in West Columbia.
She is survived by her daughter: Karen Jo McIntyre of Pearland; by her son: John Collier McMillian, Jr. of Bay City; and by five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John C. McMillian, Sr., by two sons, Thomas Edward McMillian and Borden Sidney McMillian; and by her parents: Dudley Jefferson and Luda Maud Bell.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 20, 2002 at the First Baptist Church of Bay City with the Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating.
Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, Tx.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, Texas.
Arrangements by Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City, Texas. 979-245-4613.

Nora Lee Donley
Services for Nora Lee Donley, 67, of West Columbia, Texas will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 19, 2002, at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Mound Creek Community on Hwy. 1301 with the Rev. Wallace Johnson, Jr., officiating.
She was born January 24, 1935 and passed away Friday, July 12, 2002, at Sweeny Community Hospital. She was a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church.
Friends may call Thursday, July 18, 2002, from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at E. Viola & Son Funeral Home.
Burial will follow at West Columbia Paradise Cemetery in West Columbia, Texas.
She is survived by two sons, Todd Donley and Randy (Shondra) Robertson both of West Columbia; two sisters, Myra Knowles (Julius) and Earline Thompson (Sampson, Sr.) both of West Columbia; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Active Pallbearers will be Lloyd Knowles, the Rev. Sampson Thompson, Jr., James Thompson, Sr., Charles Johnson, Sr., Charles Cravens, Roland McCormick, Clark Woodson, Jr., and Ellis Thompson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Todd Donley, Randy Robertson, Jerod Donley, Jarrett Donley, Jerrell Donley, Chaz Donley, Todd Donley, Jr., Demetrius Donley and Blake Robertson, Josh George, Jr., Kerry Jones, Sr., Henry B. Fields, Irvin Donley, Julius Knowles, and Sampson L. Thompson, Sr.
Arrangements by E. Viola & Son Funeral Home, West Columbia, Texas.

Virginia Ruth Adkins
Virginia Ruth Adkins, 85, formerly of Lake Jackson, Texas passed away Tuesday, July 16 2002, at Willowbrook Nursing Home in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Funeral services are pending with Lakewood Funeral Chapel.

Wanda Butler
Wanda Butler, 69, formerly of Lake Jackson, Texas passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at Park Plaza Hospital in Houston, Texas.
Funeral services are pending with Lakewood Funeral Chapel.


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