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James E. Akin
James E. Akin, age 75, of Navasota died at 11:44 a.m. Wednesday, June 7, 2000, in Navasota. 
Funeral services for James E. Akin are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at Nobles Funeral Chapel. 
Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Nobles Funeral Chapel. 

Ivy "Shorty" Alwell
Ivy "Shorty" Alwell, age 86, of Navasota died at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, 2000 in Navasota. 
Visitation is slated from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at Nobles Funeral Chapel. 
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 12, at Nobles Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in Oakland Cemetery.
 
Hollie Elizabeth Winn
Services will be held at 11 a.m.. Thurs., Oct. 3 for Hollie Elizabeth Winn, 21, of Plantersville who died on Sept. 29. at the College Station Medical Center.
The service will take place at First United Methodist Church of Bryan. The Rev. Bob Richers will officiate. Interment will follow in the College Station Cemetery. A visitation was planned for 5 until 8 p.m. Wed., Oct. 2 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home, Bryan.
Hollie Winn was born in Bryan and was a livelong resident of the Brazos Valley. She was a student at A & M Consolidated High School in College Station.
She is survived by her father and stepmother Sam and Angela Winn of Houston, her mother and stepfather, Lynne & Greg Gantt of Bryan, two brothers, Sam Winn IV of Bryan and Brandon Winn of Houston; sisters, Katie Winn and Breanne Winn, both of Houston. She was the granddaughter of Bob and Betty Fuchs of Plantersville and Skeeter Shimshack of Navasota, the great-grandaughter of Earl and Rowena Fuchs of Plantersville.

Elizabeth Kuta
A funeral mass for Elizabeth Kuta, 99, of Montgomery, was held on Sept. 26 at St. Joseph’s 
Catholic Church in Stoneham. Rev. Edward C. Kucera, Jr. was the celebrant. The rite of committal followed in St. Joseph Church Cemetery. Arrangements were with Lindley-Robertson-Holt Funeral Home.
A vigil service and parish rosary was held at the church on Wednesday evening with Deacon Peter Sechelski presiding.
Kuta died on Sept. 24 at Autumn Hills Nursing Home in Tomball. She was born April 30, 1903 in New York, N. Y. She was one of many orphans who came to Texas via the “Orphan Train” from New York.
The Orphan Train brought young children with no parents to Texas and other parts of the West where they were given homes by farm families. She was adopted by Martin and Josephine Ubnosky Niscavits.
A long-time member of St. Joseph’s Church, she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society there. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Kuta and a son, Bernard Kuta. She is survived by a daughter, Genevieve Kuta of Tomball along with many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Serving as pallbears were Emanuel Keyes, Alvin Keyes, Leo Keyes, Norman Keyes, Marion Seigle and Marion Noski with honoraryu pallbearer Albert Noski.

Elizabeth Ubanoski
A funeral mass for Elizabeth Ubnoski, 98 of Plantersville was held on Sept. 28 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Plantersville. Rev. Edward C. Kucera, Jr. was the celebrant. The rite of committal followed in St. Mary’s Church Cemetery . Arrangements were with Lindley-Robertson-Holt Funeral Home.
Ubnoski died on Thursday, Sept. 26 at Memorial-Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands.
She ws born Oct. 27, 1903 in Grimes County, the daughter of Jacob and Mariana Gottselig Bentz. A lifelong resident of Plantersville, she attended the Klein School and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Joe M. Ubnoski, Sr. and two sons, Manual Ubnoski and Lester Ubnoski.
Survivors include four children, Rose Marie Gerhart of Odessa, Theresa Louise Owens of El Paso, Joe M. Ubnoski, Jr. of Mesa, Ariz. and Bernice Phillips of Houston; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren along with other relatives.
Those serving as pallbearers were Steven Larry Phillips, Lester Ubnoske, Jr., Keven Ubnoski, Ray Parker, Randy Haddick and Manuel Ubnoski, Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Jeff Ubnoski and Christopher Phillips.

Mary Ann Johnson
Mary Ann Johnson, 67 of Woodville passed away on Sept. 28, 2002 at the Tyler County Hospital in Woodville.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Stringer and Griffin Funeral Chapel in Woodville with burial in Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville. Officiating were Dr. Raymond A. Parker and Dr. Dwayne Freese. Serving as pallbearers were L. D. “Jack” Griffin, Malcolm Collier, J. D. James, L. C. O’Connor, Charles Stetcher and Allen Temple. Visitation was held at the funeral home on Sept. 30.
Johnson was born on April 6, 1935 to Jesse B. and Mary Etta Miller Jerrel in Miles City, Mont. She was a lifelong resident of Woodville and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Woodville.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Lonnie D. Johnson of Woodville, son and daughter-in-law Dennis and Pam Johnson of Anderson, daughter and son-in-law Denise and Barry Craigen, Sr. of San Antonio, brothers Raymond Jerrell of Miles City, MT, Harold Jerrel of Martindale, MT and Dallas Jerrel of Bonner, MT, sister Minnie Schmidt of Flandreau, SD and two grandchildren.
Services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Elbert Russell “Bill” Beene
A memorial service will be held on Sat., Oct. 5 for Elbert Russell (Bill) Beene, who was born May 21, 1918 and who died on Sept. 30, 2002. The service will be at 2 p.m. at Jehovah’s Witness’ Kingdom Hall.

Lucille Condor Dean
Lucille Condor Dean, 97, of Fort Worth, died in Ft. Worth on Sept. 28. Funeral services were held on Sept. 30 at the First United Methodist Church of Navasota with The Rev. Ross Poteet officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Nobles Funeral Chapel. 
Dean was born in Hubbard, Texas on Oct. 2, 1904, the daughter of Otto and Eppie Condor.
She was preceded in death by her husband Robert William Dean and is survived by a son, Robert Condor Dean of Midland and a daughter-in-law Bobby June Dean of Houston, a daughter, Kay Dean Baker of Fort Worth and eight grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers were Leland Dean, Drew Dean, both of Houston, Kerry Dean, Gordon Brown and Garrett Brown, all of San Antonio, Brad Baker and Rex Baker of Ft. Worth.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Navasota.

Nancy Ellen Sage 
Nancy Ellen Sage, 46, of Navasota died on Sept. 27, 2002 at Grimes St. Joseph Health Center. She was born on August 28, 1956, in Traverse City, MI, the daughter of Lyle Antwin and Relda Elizabeth Clement. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Sharon Kinicki. 
She is survived by her husband Dennis Floyd Sage of Navasota, sons and daughter-in-law Brad and Cynthia DeFoy of College Station, Shawn and Any DeFoy of Huntsville, brothers and sisters-in-law Leon and Carolyn Clement of Traverse City and Michael and Brenda Clement of Navasota, a sister, Marie Timmins of San Antonio, two grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Nobles Funeral Chapel Sept. 30. The Rev. Henry Sanders officiated. Burial took place at Oakland Cemetary. 
Pallbearers were J. W. Charles, Terry Sage, Adam Zaragoza, Ramon Mendez, all of Navasota; Jon Krob of College Station and John Viens of Bryan.
Memorials may be made to the Nancy Sage Memorial Fund at The Bank of Navasota.

Hershel B. Perry 
Hershel B. Perry, 72, of Anderson, died on Sept. 25, 2002. Funeral services were held on Sept. 28 at Nobles Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jerald Brown officiating. Burial was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Anderson. A visitation was held on Sept. 27 at Noble Funeral Chapel. 
Perry was born on June 6, 1930 in Singleton, the son of Thomas Edison and Josie Perry. He was a former member of the Magnolia Lions Club and a life member of the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo. 
He is survived by his wife, Opal Perry of Anderson, sons and daughters-in-law, Hershel, Jr. and Connie Perry, Justin and Gay Perry of Anderson and Robert and Linda Perry of Bedias. 
He is survived as well by a daughter Katherine and her husband John Hopkins of Bedias, brothers and sisters-in-law Roland and Nancy Perry of Navasota, Thomas Edison “Jim” Perry , Jr. and Lloyd Perry of Singleton, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Everlyn Perry Leiber Schulze of Bryan, Maple and Don Fuller, Cecile and Jim Murphy of Singleton; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Emma and Curtis Smith, Doris Binford, Geraldine Binford, Jack and Leona Binford, all of Navasota and Bob and Sandra Binford of Beaumont, 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Randy Cleere, Ronnie Kolbasinski both of Anderson, Del Rowe, Wilson Windler of Bryan, Bryce Smith of Madisonville, Jake Howard of Iola. Honorary pallbearers were R. P. Magner of Round Top, Emmett Evans and Howard Sloan of Magnolia and Will D. Smith of Bedias.

Jo Beth Wasson Lightfoot 
Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church of Navasota on Sept. 29 forJo Beth Wasson Lightfoot, 57, of Navasota, who passed away on Sept. 26. Services were under the direction of Nobles Funeral Chapel. Officiating were Ted Cherry, Jay Lightfoot and Doyle Maynard. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery, Navasota. A visitation was held on Sept. 28 at the funeral home.
Jo Beth Lightfoot was born on August 1, 1945 in Lamesa, the son of C. H. and Emily Wasson. She is survived by her mother Emily Wasson of Dallas, her husband, Don Lightfoot of Navasota, a son and daughter-in-law Jay and Laura Lightfoot of Lumberton and Joseph Lightfoot of Anderson. She is survived as well by two daughters, Jana Lightfoot of Dallas and Jill Lightfoot of Oklahoma City, two sisters and brothers-in-law Charlene and Bob Swain of Stillwater, OK, LaVelle and Doyle Maynard of Plano, two grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. 
Serving as pallbearers were Joseph Lightfoot of Anderson, Bryan Maynard of San Antonio, Daniel Cherry of Washington, Lana DeHaven of Plantersville, Bill Gammill of Plano, Robert Mask of Navasota, Mike Dacus of Stephenville and Bob Swain of Stillwater, OK.

A. J. "Butch" Leago
Funeral services for A. J. Leago, 65, of Navasota were held on January 23 [2003] at Nobles Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery, Roans Prairie under the direction of Nobles Funeral Home.
A. J. Leago died on January 21 in Navasota. He was born on Sept. 20, 1937, the son of John and Lucille Leago.
He is survived by his wife, Dianne Leago of Navasota, his daughters, Lisa Hemann and Tasha Loftus, both of Navasota, his cousins, Sam Leago and Tommy Leago of Brazoria and Bill O'Day of Somerville and five grandchildren.
Serving as pallbearers were Sam Leago and Tommy Leago of Brazoria, Bill O'Day of Somerville, Gary "Bo" Smith of Shiro, Sherman LaRoche of Magnolia and Bobby Thompson of Richards. Honorary pallbearer was Darrell Hemann of Navasota.

Samuel "Bo" Glass
A private memorial service will be held at a date to be announced, for Samuel "Bo" Glass, 67, of Navasota, who died on January 26, 2003 in Navasota. Glass was born in Bedias on March 20, 1935, the son of Fred Glass and Lola Mae Young Glass. He is survived by a brother, Jesse Glass of Iola and a sister. Aurbery Jones of Navasota.

William A. "Billy" Miles
A graveside service was held at the Stoneham Cemetery in Stoneham, on on Feb. 2 for William A. "Billy" Miles, 52, of Alvin, who died on January 30, 2003. Burial was in Stoneham Cemetery under the direction of Nobles Funeral Chapel.
Miles was born on Sept. 14, 1950 in Houston. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Ann Miles. He is survived by a son, Mike Miles of Alvin, by daughters, Samie Ann Williams and Cynthy Cobb of Pearland, Shelly Tyson of Milano, Sandra Dilley of Pasadena, by six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and by his caretaker, Gail Lucas.

Anna Druckhammer
Funeral services for Anna Druckhammer, 92, of Navasota, were held on Feb. 3 [2003]  at Nobles Funeral Chapel in Navasota. Pastor Donald Kasper of Trinity Lutheran Church officiated. Burial was in the Salem Church Cemetery under the direction of Nobles Funeral Chapel.
Anna Druckhammer died on January 31, 2003 in Hillsboro. She was born in White Hall on April 23, 1910 to Julius Carl Gerke, Sr. and Ida Gerke. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fritz Druckhammer, brothers, Ernest Gerke, Julius C. Gerke, Henry Gerke, Albin Gerke, Fritz Gerke and one sister, Minnie Feldmann. She is survived by one brother, Reinhardt Gerke of Navasota and by nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers were John Milligan of Washington, Andrew Gerke of Bryan, Seth Trullinger, Gary Gerke, Gilbert Ray Druckhammer and Leroy Nobles, all of Navasota.

Virginia Fuqua
Funeral services for Virginia Fuqua, 62, of Lubbock, were held Monday, at the W. W. Rix Chapel in Lubbock with graveside service following on Tuesday in the Concorde Cemetery in Iola with Rev. Dwain Steinkuehler of the Anderson Baptist Church officiating. Local arrangements were with Lindley-Robertson-Holt Funeral Home.
Fuqua died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003 at the Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born in Alto and had been a resident of Lubbock for the past nine years and formerly a long-time resident of San Antonio.
Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Neil Fuqua of Lubbock; sons, Ronald Heileman, Russell Heileman, Raymond, Heileman and Mike Heileman; a daughter, Betty Peel; sisters JoAnn Rawlinson and Sherlie Carlisle; a brother, Marvin Robinson; 10 grandchildren; and mother-in-law Esta Fuqua of Navasota.

Douglas Carlon McGill
Funeral services for Douglas Carlon McGill, 77, of Plantersville, were held on Friday, Jan. 24 at Lindley-Robertson-Holt Funeral Home. Pastor Randy Weaver of the Montgomery Cowboy Fellowship Church officiated. Interment followed in the Plantersville Cemetery.
McGill died on Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at his home in Plantersville. He was born June 16, 1925 in Palestine, the son of William Antonio and Gertrude Roper McGill. A retired truck driver, McGill enjoyed fishing, recording music and western movies along with lawn mower repair.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter and son-in-law, Gloria June and Mike Digges. McGill was a member of the Montgomery Cowboy Fellowship Church.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia C. McGill, of Plantersville; two sons, Jerry Douglas McGill and wife, Cindy of Magnolia and Denton Paul McGill and wife, Tina of Fritch; three daughters, Eugene Charlene Back of Willis, Dora Cecelle Lane and husband Bill, of Plantersville and Judy Estelle Wyatt and husband, Don of Conroe; two brothers, Jerry Ray McGill of Houston and Ralph McGill of Sea Drift; a sister Jean Hayes of Texarkana, 21 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Those serving as pallbearers were Micheal Digges, Matthew Schomer, Jeramiah McGill, Paul McGill, Jerry McGill and Bill Lane.

Jose Rios
A funeral mass for Jose Rios, 90, of Navasota, was celebrated on Wednesday at Christ Our Light Catholic Church. Rev. Paul G. Felix, pastor of Christ Our Light, was the celebrant. The rite of commital followed in Oakland Cemetery. Arrangements were with Lindley-Robertson-Holt Funeral Home.
A parish vigil service and rosary was held Tuesday at Christ Our Light with Deacon Peter Sechelski as the presider.
Rios died on Sunday, February 2, 2003 at the College Station Medical Center. He was born on Aug. 2, 1912 in Piedmont, the son of Juan and Eusebia Rodriguez Rios. A lifelong resident of Navasota, Rios was a retired phone cable installer and a member of Christ our Light Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lupe Quintanilla, a son Antonio Rios and a daughter, Janie Herrera.
Survivors include two sons, Joe Rios, Jr. of Houston and Ricky Rios of Navasota; seven daughters, Delores Rios, Carmen Rios, Josephine Rios, Mary Medina, Susie Delgado, Monica Rios, all of Navasota and Martha Morales of Bryan, 27 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.
Those serving as pallbearers were Max Herrera, John Herrera, Marcus Montes, Abraham Cavazos, Jr. Mario Reyes and Jesus Rios.

Leon Yeager, Sr.
Leon Yeager, Sr. of Angleton, 67, passed away on January 28, 2003 at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Services were held at the Shiloh Baptist Church on Sat., Feb. 1. He was born on Nov. 7, 1935 and was preceded in death by his mother and father, Alvin and Lillie Mae Yeager and two younger brothers, Harless and Nolan Yeager. He is survived by his son, Leon Yeager, Jr. of Brazoria, two brothers, Roland Yeager and wife, Joyce of Iola, John Yeager and wife, Rita of Waco; seven sisters, Dora Glass of Madisonville, MayDell Younts and husband Curtis, of Belton, Bonnie Caldwell and husband, Billy of Madisonville, Donnie Younts of Madisonville, Ruby Ledbetter and husband and Glen of Madisonville, Yvonne Yeager of LIvingston and Helen Martin and husband Taft of Houston and many nieces and nephews.
Yeager worked for many years with Dow Chemical Co. in Freeport. He also worked independently for many years through his own company, "Just Paint". He enjoyed his work as a painter and always took pride in what he did. He did many special jobs for schools and healthcare facilities. His work will be greatly missed.

Florence Haines Carroll
Memorial services for Florence Haines Carroll, 87, Ottawa, formerly of Navasota, were held on Feb. 1 at the Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home in Ottawas, Kansas. Caroll died Jan. 29 [2003] at Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa.
She was born in Shattuck, OK and raised in western Oklahoma. She worked as a substitute teacher and then a teletype operator for the Daily Oklahoman and Leader Press in Oklahoma City.
Carroll was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Navasota. She was preceded in death by her husband, Irwin R. Carroll and two sons, J. C. Carroll and Irwin Ray Carroll, Jr.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki A. Eicher of Paradise Valley, AZ, Kitty and Sam Sampson of Ottowa; a sister Vyrginia Henderson of Phoeniz, AZ; a brother and sister-in-law Clarence and Dorothy Haines of Fayetteville, AR, a daughter-in-law. Marla Stolz Carroll; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Ransom Memorial Hospital, C/O the Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, P. O. Box 14, Ottawa, Kansas, 66067.

David Lee Brewer
Funeral services were held on Feb. 5 at Nobles Funeral Chapel for Dale Lee Brewer, 47, of Houston. The Rev. Fred Seay officiated and burial was in the Stoneham Cemetery, Stoneham under the direction of Nobles Funeral Chapel.
Brewer died on Jan. 30, 2003. in Houston. He was born in Diboll on Jan. 25, 1955, the son of Mildred Marie Brewer. He is survived by his mother, sisters and brothers-in-law, Debbie Brewer, Katherine and Lewis Bell, Lou and Eddie Englie and Mable and Juan Casillas, all of Houston and Margie and Darwin Jordon of Cleveland.
Serving as pallbearers were Robert Boudreaux, Phebie Brewer, Rickey Segura, Carlos Casillas, all of Houston, Joe Brewer of Louisiana and Eddie Englis of Heights.


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