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Gone But Not Forgotten

Conroe High School Class of 1970

If you can add to the list, please email Jane Hogan Keppler.


A big THANK YOU  to Pat Chron Nichols and Darlene Madeley Lee who has helped with this project.


Note: If the name has a link, then you can see the classmates tombstone.


Mike Allen



The man. The myth. The legend. Men wanted to be him, and women wanted to be with him. James Michael Allen, known to friends as "Mike," passed away on December 19, 2018, at the age of 67 years. Mike was born in Navasota, Texas on September 15, 1951. He graduated from Conroe high school in 1970. Mike was a master plumber and owned his own company since 1982. Mike loved fried chicken and mashed potatoes smothered in gravy, the hottest salsa and coldest dark beer in town, twisting a wrench under the hood of his truck, ZZ Top and fast cars. Not necessarily in that order. He hated country music and hypocrites. Not necessarily in that order. He was also pretty good at growing a garden and making a mean pot of hot chili. Mike loved to tell stories, and you could be sure that 50% of that story was true. Mike loved to make people laugh and smile, he will be missed. The memorial will be held at 2:00 PM on January 5, 2018, at McNutt funeral home. Address: 1703 Porter Road, Conroe Tx 77301 "FM 1314" Mike is preceded in death by his mom and dad, JT Allen and Nancy Allen. Mike is survived by his wife of 38 years, Pat Allen, his brothers Patrick Allen and wife Donnalee, Bobby Allen and wife Janie, nieces Kim Allen Crow, Jazmine Allen, Chelsea Allen Myers, Hannah Allen, great nephew and nieces, Jaren, Kensley, McKenna.

McNutt Funeral Home & Crematory
1703 Porter Road Conroe, TX 77301
(936) 756-2724
Published on yourconroenews.com from Dec. 28, 2018 to Jan. 10, 2019


Gary Alley

Gary Alley of Willis died at the age of 41 on March 22, 1994.  Gary was born September 1, 1952 in Conroe, Texas to Helen and Dan Alley.  Interment in Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery with Cashner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. At the time of his death, Gary was survived by his mother, sister, 1 daughter and 2 sons.


Milton Ray Anderson

Collins and Johnson Funeral Home announces funeral services for Mr. Milton Ray Anderson, 46, of Conroe, Texas.  Services will be held Saturday, May 18, 1996 at 11 a.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. J. P. Davies officiating.  Interment will follow at Golden Gate Cemetery.  Survivors: daughter, Jeri Michell Anderson; step-daughter, Sheretta Trahan and step-son, Donavan Trahan, all of Houston; mother, Orvia Miller; sister, Audrey McDowell of Conroe; two brothers, Calvin Anderson of Conroe and Ennis Miller of California; sister-in-law, Linda Anderson; nieces, Rosalind Broussard, Tourjes McDowell, Kimberly Jackson and Katrina Anderson; nephews, Calvin Broussard and Calvin Anderson, Jr.; eight great-nieces and nephews; special friend, Shirley Anderson and host of aunts, cousins and friends too numerous to name. 
eprinted from The Courier


Robert Lee Barrows

Robert was born June 16, 1952 in Anahuac, Texas and passed away at the Veterans' Hospital in Houston, Texas on April 19, 1976 as the result of motor vehicle, pedestrian accident in Beaumont Texas.  Robert served in the armed forces in Viet Nam and his occupation was an electrician.   Robert is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery in Port Arthur, Texas where he lived at the time of his death. 

Samuel Beck


Samuel Lynn "Sammy" Beck departed this life in September, 2017, while residing at his home in Conroe. He was 66 years of age.


Sammy was born on December 11, 1950, the third of four sons born to Ralph and LaVerne Beck. He remained a lifelong resident of Conroe until his passing in September.


He is survived by one son, Jason Aaron Beck, one grandson, Jason Nathan Beck, one brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Ginger Beck, and one niece and nephew, Sarah and Ryan Beck. Sammy was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Beck, his mother LaVerne Beck, and his brothers, Dickie and Mike Beck.


A graveside service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Oakwood Cemetery in Conroe.


Published on yourconroenews.com from Dec. 19, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2018

Funeral Home

Metcalf Funeral Directors
1801 East White Oak Terrace Conroe, TX 77304 

(936) 756-3311

Marion Bosley

Marion Wayne Bosley, age 58, passed away on Tuesday, March 17,2009, in Houston, Texas. He was born Sunday, January 7, 1951, in Houston, Texas, to William Larry and Ellen Jean Bosley, both of who preceded him in death. Marion is survived by his loving wife of 37 years Cynthia Bosley; children, Sheril E. Mensch, Michael, Julie, Misty and Jeanie Bosley; brothers, Richard and Benny Bosley; 14 grandchildren; numerous other loving family and friends. Visitation for Marion will be held at Neal Funeral Home, Thursday March 19, 2009 5-9 PM. Services for Marion will be held at Neal Funeral Home Chapel Friday, March 20, 2009, at 10:00 AM. Interment following service at Houston National Cemetery, Houston, Texas. Reverend James Holt officiating. All services handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home. 
Reprinted from The Courier


Debbie C. McCoy Brown
Klein Funeral Home, 281-252-3428 (Magnolia)


Friday, April 27, 2007

Debbie C. Brown loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, daughter-in-law and sister-in-law went home to be with her Lord. Her two greatest joys in life were her granddaughter Katlyn Madison Neeley and her pet Chinese Pug "Bugsey". She was a caring, generous, Christian spirit who was loved by all who knew her. She loved to help others and watch people. She was able to enjoy both activities as a Life Member of the Montgomery County Fair Association, serving on both the swine committee and the gate committee. She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Jerry Brown, daughters Jada and Jaime Brown, Granddaughter Katlyn Neeley, sisters Charlene Pursley, Linda Waldrop, Collete Talbert and numerous other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her father and mother Pat and Audrey McCoy and brother Jim. Debbie professed her faith in the Lord Jesus many years ago and would want all who knew her to celebrate her life and her passing. After suffering many years of poor health and pain she now walks the streets of heaven free of pain and suffering, abundantly resting in the arms of her God. Visitation will be held from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, and funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, both at Klein Funeral Home in Magnolia, Texas, interment following at Klein Memorial Park. "We love you Alta and we will see you soon".

Reprinted from The Courier


Linda Carol Caves Burch

She married David A. Burch on 2/11/1979.

Funeral services for Linda Caves Burch 28, of Conroe were held in the Metcalf Chapel of the Pines Tuesday at 12 noon with the Rev. John Weyer officiating.  Interment followed in the Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery  with Metcalf funeral Directors in charge of the arrangements.  Mrs. Burch was born in Conroe on Oct. 24, 1951 and died in Fort Bend County on Friday as the result of an automobile accident.  Survivors: husband, David Allen Burch of Conroe, mother: Doris Caves of Temple; grandmother: Tiny Elliott of Conroe; grandfather, William H. Caves of Quitman; brother Robert Caves of Conroe.  Pallbearers: Allen H. May, Roscoe Jordan, S. E Skelton, Atkinson and Stephen Skelton.

Reprinted from The Courier,  dated December 4, 1979


Ronald Burgan  
Graveside services for Ronald Wilson “Ron” Burgan of Conroe 46, will be Saturday, May 2, 1998 at 3:30 p.m. in Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery  with the Rev. Gen Kendrick officating.  Cashner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Mr. Burgan was born April 2, 1952 in Springhill, LA. and passed away April 26, 1998 in Conroe.  He was a member of Mims Baptist Church.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force.  Mr. Burgan was preceded in death by his parents, Wilson and Regina Burgan and his sister Billie Burgan.  Survivors: sister, Janice Merryman of Conroe; nephew, Ty and wife , Cindy Merryman of Conroe, niece, Hayley Merryman of Buffalo N.Y.; great niece and nephews, Brittany and Cory Merryman of Conroe.  He will be remembered as a loving brother and uncle and an extremely generous and caring friend to many.  The family will receive friends at the Merryman home after the service. 
Reprinted from The Courier


Lee Roy Byrd
In Loving Memory of Lee Roy Byrd, 62, of New Caney, Texas who went to Heaven on August 22, 2013 surrounded by his family at Odyssey House in Conroe, Texas. Lee was the beloved son of James Ambers Byrd and Velma Lucille Byrd and mother-in-law, Judy White. He was a wonderful husband to Kathy Byrd for almost 40 years. Lee was an exceptional father to Christopher Lee Byrd of New Caney, TX, Brandi and Kenneth Durham of Conroe, TX and Amanda and Russell Wolf of Spring, TX. He was a loving "Papaw" to Charles Robert King III, Brianna Musachia, Zanndra Musachia, Blaze Wolf, Jamie Durham, Jessica Durham, Clarissa Durham and Jacob Durham and a great grandfather to Ariel, Sylus and Paittyn Heffernan. He is leaving behind numerous brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and a host of caring friends.

Lee proudly served in the United States Marine Corps for 6 years during the Vietnam era and will receive military honors for his service to our country. He and his wife, Kathy owned Lighthouse Remodeling which they ran together for over 35 years. Lee was a Christian man and loved God and his country. He helped everyone he knew and never turned his back on a friend. Lee loved his family with all of his heart and they were the most important part of his life. His family cherished him and he will be truly missed. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, James and Velma Byrd, mother-in-law, Judy White and several brothers and sisters.

A Viewing will be held in remembrance of Lee at Conroe Funeral Directors on Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. He will be honored with a Military Funeral Service on Friday, August 30, 2013 at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, Texas at 12:30 P.M. Lee will be forever loved, never forgotten and truly missed by his family and all that knew him.

Conroe Funeral Directors 441-2280/756-2210
Reprinted from The Courier

Larry Gene Capps
Services for Larry Gene Capps, 28, of Conroe will be held July 15, 1980 at 3 p.m. in the Metcalf Chapel of the Pines with William Marquardt officiating.  Interment will follow in the Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery  with  Metcalf Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.  Mr. Capps was born Nov. 19, 1951 in Chickasha, Okla., and died Sunday, July 13 in Conroe.  He was a member of the Elks Lodge 2584 in Conroe.   Survivors: wife, Diane Capps of Conroe, daughter, Tonya Capps of Conroe; mother, Bernice Capps of Conroe; father, Nobel Capps of Conroe; three brothers, Gary Capps, James Capps and Nobel Capps, Jr., all of Conroe; two sisters, Sherry Turpin and Judy Nichols both of Conroe. 
eprinted from The Courier


Michael Len Carroll

Michael Len Carroll passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 9th, 2004 from heart failure. Mike was born on April 8th, 1951 in Houston, Texas and was raised and schooled in Conroe. As a young man, Mike showed his skills in sports, music, and photography. Mike graduated from Sam Houston State University, married Terry Longmire of Conroe and later divorced. He worked for 30 years for the State of Texas, the majority of which was for the Texas Department of Corrections in Huntsville. After retiring in 2003, Mike continued his passion for photography, shooting portraits, landscapes, and wildlife. He lived in Spring, sharing his life with his loving longtime partner, Susan Hudson, and her daughter, Jackie. Mike is survived by Susan and Jackie; brothers, Ronnie and Justin Carroll; aunt, Joy Uzzell; step-mother, Jane Carroll; extended family in Weatherford, Texas and Santa Fe, New Mexico; and a host of friends. Mike was a loyal friend, devoted partner, and a kind person. He will be greatly missed. A small service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20th, 2004 at Cashner Funeral Home, 801 Teas Road in Conroe, 936-756-2126. You are invited to leave a written tribute for the family on our website atwww.cashnerfunerals.com

Reprinted from The Courier


Dee Neathery Corkins

Dee Neatherly Corkins

BRISTOL - Dee Corkins died at home with her family by her side on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. She was unable to overcome cancer but lived with grace and dignity and her courage persevered. Dee was born on Sept. 12, 1951, in Conroe, Texas, the daughter of John and Dorothy Neathery. After attending Conroe High School, she graduated from the University of Texas in 1973 and moved to Vermont, after marrying Douglas Corkins of Bristol. After working with Doug at his business, Bristol Paint & Glass, Dee became the Bristol Elementary School's library assistant where she worked for 23 years. She was also a Burlington Free Press carrier for eight years. After retiring from the library she worked part-time for Middlebury College at their bookstore on the Bread Loaf campus. Dee loved to read and enjoyed traveling. She often traveled with her family on themed trips. Dee and Doug visited over 40 countries on their many adventures, including hiking to Mt. Everest base camp, Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya and Machu Picchu in Peru, visiting the pyramids in Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India and the Great Wall of China. She is survived by her parents, Dorothy and John; her husband, Doug; and their three daughters, Caitlin, Claire, and Caroline; Claire's husband, Mohamed, and their daughter, Madeline; Dee's brother, Jay and his wife, Lynn, and their children, Cara, Jason, Austin, Egor, Alona, and Kirill; Kevin Corkins and his daughter, Jessie-Ruth; Keith Corkins and his wife, Mary Ann, and their children, Brian and Jamie; LaNell DeCosta and her children, Jessie-Mae and John; Christine DuBois her husband, Andre, and their children, Abby and Devin; Cindy Lawrence; Tammy Lanham; as well as many other relatives in Texas. The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. Cheung Wong, Kim Spina, the staff at OBGYN Oncology at Fletcher Allen and all the nurses and support staff at McClure 6, as well as the nurses from Addison County Home Health and Hospice. At her request there will be no funeral service, but there will be a celebration of Dee's life held at 41 Church Street, home of Kevin Corkins, in Bristol, on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, from 2 to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Bristol Elementary School's Adopt-a-Book program.


Tony L. Curry

June 10, 1952 – August, 2013


Born: June 19, 1952

Place of Birth: Conroe, Texas

Death: August 5, 2013

Place of Death: Oakwood, Texas

Occupation: Prison Guard TDCJ


Tony L. Curry, age 61, of Oakwood, Texas passed away on August 5th, 2013, in his home. He was born on June 19, 1952, in Conroe, Texas, to Tommie Van and Emma Pearl Curry. His parents precede him in death. 

Tony is survived by his two daughters, Amber Curry Gracia, wife of Rene Gracia, of Dallas, Texas, and their children, Roman and Siena Gracia; Hayley Jackson, wife of Brian Jackson of Weatherford, Texas, and their children, Gage Nethery and Londyn Jackson; and one son, Tyler Curry of Dallas, Texas. The youngest of four children, he is also survived by two brothers, John Curry, husband to Carol Curry of Spring, Texas, and Jimmie Curry, husband to Debbie Curry of Lufkin Texas; and his sister Connie Gordon, wife of Frank Gordon of Oakwood, Texas. He is also survived by his first love, only love and mother of his three children, Nannetta Curry of Bedford Texas. 

Tony was a nomad of sorts. He liked a simple way of life and was always more at home amongst the trees than in the confines of any four walls. Just as his wild curly hair couldn’t be tamed, neither could his spirit. In his younger years, he played the drums way too loud, raced dirt bikes way too fast and preferred fireworks of the illegal kind. To his children, he will always be their curly-headed hooligan; racing down the asphalt in their beat up yellow go-cart with a gleeful child in tow, holding on for dear life. 

A visitation will be held on Friday, August 9, 2013, at the Buffalo Funeral Home in Buffalo, Texas, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held the following day, Saturday, August 10, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. at the same location. 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Oakwood Church of Christ Building Fund at P.O. Box 322, Oakwood, Texas, 75855.

His family wishes to extend their gratitude as they remember Tony L. Curry, loving father, brother, son and man who lived life on his own terms. 

Walters Buffalo Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangement. Please log onto 
www.buffalofuneralhome.com to sign the online memorial guestbook. 


Friday August 9, 2013, 6 pm - 8 pm at Walters Buffalo Funeral Home 
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Memorial Services

Tuesday July 9, 2013, 11:30 AM at Walters Buffalo Funeral Home.


Billy Jack Davis

Forest Park The Woodlands, 936-273-4922

May 26, 2004


Billy Jack Davis, age 53, visitation will be Wednesday, May 26, from 6-8 pm. Funeral services will be Thursday, May 27, in the chapel of Forest Park The Woodlands at 1pm. Billy was born Feb. 8, 1951 in Palacios, Texas. He passed away May 23, 2004 in Houston, Texas. Billy was also a long time resident of Conroe, Texas. He worked as a switchman for the HB & TRR Co. for 30 yrs. Billy is survived by his son, Kyle Davis; mother, Evelyn Davis McMeans; brother, Mike Davis, all of Conroe, Texas. He is also survived by niece, Gia M. Davis of LA, Ca; nephew, Guy Davis of Denver, Co; cousins, Rex Lavender and wife Jennifer of Willis, Texas; Jennifer A. Lavender of Houston, Texas; Jenne Farrar of Willis, Texas and numerous friends survive him. Pallbearers will be James Cook and William Butler both of Conroe, Texas, Steve McBride of Willis, Texas, Millard Fewell and Jerry Lewis both of The Woodlands, Texas & Larry Green of Bryan, Texas. Interment will be held atConroe Memorial Park at 2:30 pm.

Reprinted from The Courier


Barbara Ann Sparks Ebbs

Barbara was born October 25, 1951 in Walker County Texas and died in 1982.  She is buried in Dodge Texas Cemetery, Walker County, TX. 

Robert Berkley Evans

Berkley passed away Galveston, TX on June 13, 1993. 

Galveston-Robert Berkley Evans, 41, of Cleveland died Sunday at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston.  Arrangements are pending with Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston.  Reprinted from THE GALVESTON DAILY NEWS Monday Morning June 14, 1993
Joe W. Ferguson

Collins and Johnson Funeral Home announces the funeral services of Mr. Joe W. Ferguson, 51, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2000, in West Tabernacle Baptist Church in Conroe.  The Rev. A. R. Shelton, pastor officiating.  Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2000 in Collins and Johnson Memorial Chapel.  Interment will be in Rosewood Cemetery in Conroe.

Reprinted from The Courier


Gregory Alan Frank

Born Sept. 17, 1951, in Rochester, N. Y.  Gregory Alan Frank passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, 1995 in Conroe, Texas.  Proceeded in death by his father, Edward Frank.  Survived by his loving daughter and son-in-law, Kara and Eric Skidmore, Kara's mother, Laura Kendrick Frank; two sons, Mark and Josh Frank; his mother, Laura Fank; four brothers, Wes, Ed, John and Mike Frank; one sister, Laurie Frank.  Friends and family will be celebrating Greg's life Saturday, Dec. 9, 1995, at his sister's home in Montgomery.  Starts around 2:00.  Call for directions, 447-2981 or 441-1953

Reprinted from The Courier  dated December 9, 1995. 

James Frank

Jamie, of Montgomery, Texas passed away surrounded by his family on Friday August 2nd, 2013. He was born on August 1st, 1952 in Cleveland, Texas to Edgar (Dick) and Jeanette (Jean) Frank of Montgomery, Texas.

Jamie lived his entire life in the Conroe and Montgomery County area and graduated from Conroe High School in 1970. Jamie was the ace pitcher for the Mims Baptist Little League state champions in 1965. He also was an outstanding Conroe Tiger football player, earning a scholarship to Sam Houston State University in 1971. After a short time at SHSU, Jamie returned to Conroe and began a career as a highly skilled master carpenter working for numerous builders in the Montgomery County area.

His family and friends know Jamie as a very loyal individual, who would be there for anyone needing help. He was beloved in his April Sound community, always visiting with his neighbors and helping out on the street he lived on. He was an amazing cook, who loved to grill, and was known for his short ribs. He worked in his yard everyday, and could make anything grow. He enjoyed playing golf, watching football, NASCAR, and loved the Houston Astros. Always by his side was his dog Lilly, his constant companion whom he loved very much.

He was preceded by his father, Edgar (Dick) Frank, brother Michael Wayne Frank and niece Amber Lynn Frank.

Jamie is survived by the love of his life Vicki and daughter Jane, daughter Amanda, Mother Jean Frank, brothers Gary Lee Frank, Russell Glynn Frank and his wife Terrie, and Ronald Lynn Frank. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 5, 2013 from 5PM-7PM at Conroe Funeral Directors. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 6th at 11:00 AM in the chapel at Conroe Funeral Directors with interment following at Garden Park Cemetery.

Conroe Funeral Directors 441-2280/756-2210.
Reprinted from 
The Courier

Jerry Fuller
Funeral services for Jerry L. Fuller
, 46 of Conroe will be held Tuesday, Sept 9, 1997, at 10 a.m. in Cashner Colonial Chapel with Pastor Robert C. Nichols officiating.  Interment will follow inGarden Park Cemetery with Cashner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  Family will receive friends tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.  Mr. Fuller was born on June 26, 1951 in Beaumont, Texas and passed away September 6, 1997 in Livingston, Texas.  He was a member of the Baptist faith and a licensed peace officer.   Survivors: wife, Carolyn Fuller of Conroe; daughter, Riesha A. Fuller of Conroe; son, Brandon Charles Fuller of Conroe, parents, Albert H. and Peggy Fuller of Castell; sister, Amy Hanna of Huntsville; Peggy Streeter of Castell; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Allen B. Lucas of Conroe.  Pallbearers: Moy Musgrove, Stuart Taylor, Larry Coo, Scott Hanna, Rayford Lucas, Allen E. Lucas, Terry Wilson, Steve McBride.

Reprinted from The Courier

Melaney Ann Merdian Gorrell
Melaney Ann Gorrell, 46, of Conroe passed away Monday, Dec.  14, 1998.  Survivors are her husband, Paul Gorrell of Conroe; sons, Jeremy and Willie Joe of Conroe; brothers and sisters-in-laws, John and Traci Merdian, Mike and Sharon Merdian; numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday Dec. 19, 1998 at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Chapel with Jack Hallaron officiating.  Interment will follow at 3 p.m. at Restland Cemetery inTenaha, Texas.  Pallbearers will be Walter Gorrell, Ronnie Green, David Gorrell, Randy Reid, Bill Harrigan and Tim Harrigan.  In lieu of flowers please make donations to Houston Hospice, 8811 Gaylord, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77024.
Reprinted from The Courier


David Green 
David Green died June 14, 1994 in Hermosa Beach, CA. as a result of an accident.  David was born on July 28, 1952 in Houston TX. to Lee M. Green and Katharine Rennicks Green.  He later moved to Conroe with his family in 1963, where he graduated in 1970.  David was a very talented musician, getting started in the 10th grade when he formed a rock band, The Grapes of Wrath, with Robert Barnett, Ken Collins, and Guy Martin and went on from there to a fulltime pursuit of music after graduation.  He had been living in Hermosa Beach for a number of years performing and writing music for television, movies, and related areas in the music field.

Reprinted from The Courier


Johnny Gregson

Services for Johnny Lee Gregson, 58, of Willis will be held Thursday June 11, 2009 at Metcalf Funeral Home at 10:00 am with Pastor Jabo Green officiating. The graveside service will follow atConroe Memorial Park Visitation with the family will be held Wednesday June 10th from 5 to 8 pm at Metcalf Funeral Home.

Johnny was born, October 25th, 1950 in Houston, TX and went to "greener pastures" in heaven on June 7, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Vicki Lynn Gregson, of Willis, TX and two sons, Brandon Gregson of College Station, TX and Barrett Gregson, Misty, Kelsey and Kayden Brenner all of Conroe. He is also survived by his father, Amos Gregson and preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Gregson, both of Jacksonville, TX, his Mother and Father-in-law, Ralph and Mamie Jo Roberts, both of Conroe. Other survivors are sisters, Colleen Smith of Garland, TX, Patricia Stitt and brothers and sisters in law, Joe and Melvalyn Roberts of Montgomery, TX and Brad and Suzie Roberts of Willis, TX, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Johnny retired from Montgomery County Sheriff's Department after 30 years as a Lieutenant Deputy Sheriff. He served under Sheriff A. E. Gene Reaves, Joe Corley and Guy Williams. After retirement, he didn't surprise anyone by continuing to work. He began a new career in maintenance at Grand Harbor in Montgomery.

He entered and left this world as an avid farmer and rancher. He and Vicki were also very involved in Montgomery County 4-H and FFA with both of their sons. They enjoyed a full life working hard at many hobbies including building and landscaping their home and perfecting their family cattle operation. One of his greatest joys was seeing the success that other kids enjoyed showing the cattle that he raised. He also loved to fish and hunt. He just loved to be outdoors and spending time with his family and friends.

Those who knew Johnny knew of his tough exterior and dry sense of humor, but also that he had a heart of gold. He knew how to deal with everyone from the toughest criminal to the smallest child.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Johnny's name to the MD Anderson Pancreatic Cancer Center. PO Box 4486 Houston, TX 77210-4486. 1-800-525-5841.
www.mdanderson.com. You are invited to leave tributes for the family on our website at www.mem.com.

Reprinted from The Courier


Denise Michelle Andrus Harry

Denise Michelle Harry, 56, of LaPorte passed away March 24, 2008. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Gerald; two daughters, Adele and Dawn Harry; and father, Eli Andrus. The Visitation will be held from 6:00pm-8:00pm Thursday at Niday Funeral Home, and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:00pm Friday, March 28th, at St. Mary's Catholic Church LaPorte.


Mike Hearn

Chaplain (Major) Michael E. Hearn, US Army Reserve, (Ret), born October 26, 1951 in Conroe, TX, died December 2, 1999 in San Antonio, TX at the age of 48.  He received his BA in English and German from Sam Houston State University, May 1975; an MA from Loyola University New Orleans, May 1988; MDiv Lutheran School of Theology Chicago, Jun 1991.  Michael was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, June 1991.  He served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, and he was a Chaplain serving in the US Army Reserve as a Major.  Michael served as a Chaplain at Baptist Hospital System and Audie Murphy VA Hospital.  He married Diane Elliott in Hope Lutheran Church, Comanche, TX in 1991.  He is preceded in death by his father, Dalton E. Hearn in 1994 and his mother, Trannie Hearn in 1995.  Survivors include his wife, Diane Hearne, San Antonio, and his twin brother, William Patrick Hearn, Athens, TX and numerous other family members and friends.

The family will receive friends Sunday at Porter Loring North from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM.  Service Monday - 2:00 PM Zion Lutheran church of Helotes with military honors.  Pastor Peter Manfred will be officiating.  Interment will be 1:00 PM Tuesday in Willis Cemetery, Willis, TX.  Arrangements with Porter Loring Mortuary, North 2102 N Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, TX 78232. 210-495-8221 
Reprinted from The Courier

Gary "Bruce" Henry

Gary "Bruce" Henry was born December 29, 1951, and passed away September 28, 2013 in Conroe, Texas. Bruce was a gentleman and role model of decency and integrity. He was an expert in his lifelong career in custom window coverings at Henney's Draperies, Inc. and valued the relationships he formed with his customers. While he enjoyed music, movies and sports, his preferred pastime was spending time with his "angels", his family & many friends, all for whom he had extraordinary dedication and love. He is the family hero and inspiration in his valiant multi-year battle with cancer as a silent warrior, never complaining and refusing to give up hope. Bruce loved Conroe, TX and was honored and proud to serve on the Boards of the Friends of Conroe and the Friends of the Flag. Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, Andrew "Jack" Henry and Anita Henry. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Diane; daughters Laura Henry of Houston, TX; Claire & husband Katlin Jeffcoat & son Keaton Jeffcoat of Willis, TX; sister Pat Nichol of Conroe, TX; brother Jack Henry & wife Debbie of Austin, TX; special family friend Dave Napp of Conroe, TX; sister-in-law Barbara & husband Rick Williamson of Houston, TX; sister-in-law Mary & husband Dave Higbie of Katy, TX; nephew Jason Nichol & wife Brooke, nieces Kelley Henry, Andrea & husband Barron McLeod, Katie Novak, and great niece Lacy Novak. The family will honor Bruce and receive friends at a Celebration of Life on Saturday, October 19, 2013, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Conroe Sparkle Event Hall, 101 Metcalf, Downtown Conroe, TX, 77301. To continue Bruce's legacy, donations can be made to the Friends of Conroe, 101 South Main, Conroe, TX, 77301, for youth scholarships, support of local community organizations, and promotion of arts & culture in Conroe, or to the Friends of the Flag Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1482, Conroe, TX, 77305, checks payable to Conroe Live, for ongoing replacement of the flags at The Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park in Conroe. Bruce's family wishes to gratefully acknowledge the compassionate care and expertise of the physicians and staff of M.D. Anderson, Eric Kleinbaum, M.D. and staff of Northwest Cancer Center, Dr. Gomez and staff of the Symptom Management Clinic, Heart to Heart Hospice, the Administration, physicians and staff of Conroe Regional Medical Center, especially the 3rd floor nursing team, and caregiver Beth Adamik. McNutt Funeral Home, 936-756-2724.
Reprinted from The Courier 


John Hocut


John David Hocut, 65, Of Montgomery, Texas, passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2016. He was born on November 27, 1950 in Conroe, Texas, to Thomas and Billie Hocut. John proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.

John was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 11 years Sharon Hocut; sons Billy Wegner and wife Margie, Shawn Wegner and wife Nili, and Brian Lars Wegner and wife Suzanne; grandchildren Leah, Maddison, and Della Wegner; sister Suzanne Fitts and husband Bobby; nieces Tamera Harvey and husband Craig, Andrea White and husband Stephen, and numerous family members and friends.

John was a very loving husband and a devoted family man. He was outstanding in the community and everyone loved to hear him tell stories. The family will receive friends and family on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Metcalf Funeral Directors. Interment will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Sunset Cemetery in Nacogdoches, Texas.


Published in yourconroenews.com from Aug.8 to Aug. 21, 2016

Verna Jean Hodges Temple
October 28, 1949 – February 28, 2019
Well, the time has come to say goodbye, to Verna Jean "Miss Duke" Hodges Temple. She left us on February 28, 2019 to fly with the Angels in Heaven. Verna was born on October 28, 1949 to Benjamin Eugene Hodges and Ruby Elese Grisham Hodges in Conroe, Texas. On July 19, 1969 she married the love of her life Michael Lee Temple, making her a young military wife.

Verna loved life to the fullest, especially being with Mike and their animals. She would always greet you with a hug and a smile and a kiss on your forehead. Some of her favorite days were in front of a good puzzle or drawing with some of her "kids". We remember her crazy dancing with songs Benny Frank would download on a CD to take home, after a visit with him and Roberta. She spent many days with her special friends the McGough's, Marzee, Caleb, Courtney, Hope, and the grandkids.

She is survived by husband Michael Lee Temple, U.S. Army veteran. Sister: Linda K. Harvell her children, Pepper Harvell, Pat Harvell & Pam Harvell Franklin. Brother and sister in law: Benny Frank & Roberta Hodges their children Rachel & Kenneth Simons, Rebecca & David Westhoff, Benny Frank Hodges Jr. "Scooter" U.S. Navy & Vanessa Hodges. Sister in law and husband: Teresa & Sid Chambers & their children Brandy Chambers, Sonya & Marty Foss, Matthew Chambers. Sister in law: Nancy Temple Moore & her children Kelly Moore & Dawana Dooley, Holly & Brian Mathieson, Aaron & Michelle Moore. Nephews: Michael & David Temple. Great Nieces & Nephews: Dustin & Dylan, Lily, Leyla & Aryia, Alyssa, Averie, Adeline, & Margaret, Zach, Ashley & Taylor, Justin, Jeremy & Jacob & also Laila.Cousin: Corkey Pittman.

Preceded in death are her parents: B. "Gene" Hodges, Ruby Elese Grisham Hodges. Mother and Father in law: Henry "Buster" Temple, Margaret Hanna Temple. Grand Parents: Jack and Arra Grisham, R.W. and Della Hodges, Papa and Granny Temple Pappy and Edna Hanna. Brother in laws: Temple, Pepper Harvell, and Great Nephew: Michael A. Chambers.

Memorial Service is planned for May 11, 2019 at the Tall Timber Subdivision Club House. (Verna served as a lifeguard there during her teens.)

Rest In Peace to our beautiful Verna, you were a blessing in our lives and hearts; you will be truly missed by all. We have comfort in knowing you are in the arms of our Lord, and smelling the roses, playing with the kids, all while holding your little Itty Bitty that has missed you so much.

From her "Celebration of Life" May 11, 2019

Robert John "Bobby" Holbrook

Born March 8, 1951, died June 22, 1970 due to auto accident along with his wife Aleta Hensarling in Harris County TX.  Married February 21, 1970 in Montgomery County TX.  Buried at Brookside Memorial Park in Houston, TX.

Phillip Mervin Houck

Funeral services for Phillip M. Houck, 37, of Conroe will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday June 1, 1989 in the Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dwayne Pollard officiating.  Interment will follow in the Garden Park Cemetery with Metcalf Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.  Mr.. Houck was born Sept. 10, 1951 in Conroe and passed away May 28, 1989 in Houston.  Mr. Houck was the owner of Houck Construction Company of Conroe.  Survivors: wife, Frieda Houck of Conroe; parents Mr. and Mrs. Hubert E. Houck of Conroe; sons, Daniel and Cullen Houck of Conroe, sisters, Patsy Davila and Doris Samford of Conroe; and brother, Lonnie Houck of Conroe; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and a host of friends also survive. Pallbearers: Michael Murley, Johnny Tubbs, Gary Nelson, Doug Mathis, Shane Adams and Joe Lynch.  Honorary Pallbearers: Bobby Rhodde, Vincent Sealy and Gordon Sealy.

Reprinted from The Courier  issue dated May 31, 1989


Michael Fain Jordan

Michael Fain Jordan entered eternal rest Feb. 22, 2005. A native of n. Odessa Texas, he was born to H. D. and Fannie Jordan on Oct. 25, 1952. Michael was a graduate of the University of Houston . He became a successful businessman, and helped run the family tree farm in Willis, Texas. He is survived by his wife L'Ida Lee Zeleskey; daughters, Erika and Erin; brother and sister-in-law, Eddy and JoAnn; sister and brother-in-law Trudy and Mike; and beloved mother, Fannie Jordan. Nephews, Charles and Jeffery and niece, Julie also survive. Michael was loved by everyone who knew him and will be missed. Michael's wishes were to be cremated. A small memorial will be held by family members only. In lieu of usual remembrances and for those who desire, please make donations to the American Cancer Society. P. O. Box 570127, Houston, TX 77257-0127 or to the charity of your choice. You are invited to leave a written tribute for the family on our website atwww.cashnerfunerals.com
Reprinted from The Courier


Susan Lynnette Latham

Sue Latham, 29 daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Latham of Willis, died Monday, Nov. 16, as a result of a hit and run accident inCalifornia. Memorial services to be held Tuesday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m., poolside, Barton Springs, Austin. A memorial for "Creative Writing" scholarship fund has been established at the American Bank, Conroe, in care of Mike Schilhab. In lieu of flowers please contribute to the memorial fund.

Reprinted from The Courier


This is another article that was in newspaper:

Former Conroe resident killed in accident.

Sue Latham, daughter of longtime Conroe residents John and Jean Latham, died Nov. 18, of injuries suffered in a hit-and-run accident in California.

The graduate of Conroe High School was visiting in Hollywood at the time.  An ardent bicyclist, she was cycling in the early morning on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif.  When she pulled off the highway to make repairs to her bicycle, a car left the pavement to strike her on the dirt shoulder of the road. 

Ms. Latham was 29 years old at the time of her death.

Ms Latham has a history of academic excellence and achievement from her days at Anderson Elementary, Travis Junior High and Conroe High School through her graduate work at the University of Texas, where her grade point average was 4.0 and her Master's thesis using quantum mechanics broke new ground by creating a formula for use in laser chemistry.

The thesis and her original research were published by the Farraday Society of Great Britain.  She was a member of M.E.N.S.A. and Phi Beta Kappa. 

Susan Lynette, known to her family and friends as Sue, was an artist, and maintained an active interest in painting and the graphic arts.  While she was still a student at Conroe High School, her work was exhibited in New York City.  She was a participant in the Conroe high School debate club, drama club, choir and yearbook staff.

For the past two years, Ms. Latham focused her attention on creative writing.  She had completed a long novel, "The Moonwaning", and numerous short stories.  She was working on a feature magazine article at the time of her death.

With her sister Lynn, Ms. Latham collaborated on a screenplay which was completed a month ago.  She was in Hollywood to meet with agents and discuss marketing the screenplay at the time of the accident.

Latham jogged or swam several miles each day, and had joined the Santa Monica Swim Club, a club of long-distance competitive ocean swimmers, while in California.

A resident of Austin, over the past several years, Ms. Latham is survived by her parents, John H. and Jean Latham of Texas National Golf club, Willis, and a sister, Lynn Latham of Austin.

Memorial services were held at the ocean side in Santa Monica, Calif., and at poolside at Barton Springs in Austin, where her friends are planting a stand of mountain laurel beside the springs in her honor. 

The Latham family has established a Sue Latham Creative Writing Memorial fund in their daughter's honor.  The fund will provide an annual scholarship prize t a member of each Conroe High School graduating class for the best creative writing. 

Contributions may be sent to the Sue Latham Creative Writing Fund c/o The American Bank, P O Box 869, Conroe, 77305.


Larry Gregg Lewis, Jr.

L. G. Lewis, Jr.

Funeral services for Larry Gregg Lewis, Jr. 20, of Conroe, were held Saturday, July 22, at 11 a. m. in the chapel of Forest Hill Funeral Home with the Rev. Cliff Herrington and the Rev. Ed Wiggins of the First Baptist Church of  Conroe officiating.

Interment was in Garden Park Cemetery with Forest Hill Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. 

Lewis died in Bargetown, KY Friday July 21, as the result of an automobile accident.  A member of the First Baptist Church in Conroe, he was a graduate of Conroe High School.  Active on the high school golf team, he was attending Lee College in Baytown on a golf scholarship.  He was to be a junior at Houston Baptist College this fall. 

He is survived by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Lewis, Sr.; one brother, Christopher Lewis, all of Conroe; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Sanderson of Austin, and his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Inez Lewis of Big Springs. 
Reprinted from The Courier


Amanda Marilyn Squyres Martin

Amanda Marilyn Squyres Martin, age 59, peacefully passed away April 21, 2011, with her children at her side. Born in San Antonio, TX, and dividing her home between Houston, TX, and Conroe, TX, Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, John W Squyres, Sr. and his beloved wife, Mary E. Rice Squyres; her beloved husband, Eugene L. Martin, Jr.; her father-in-law, Eugene L. Martin, Sr.; her mother-in-law, Evelyn E. Martin; and her daughter, Ashley M. Thompson. Marilyn is survived by her children Jeff, Michele and Joshua Thompson; grandchildren Tyler Thompson, Laurallye Edwards, and Hannah Thompson; and seven siblings, Alan L. Squyres, Ramona Reed, John W Squyres, Jr., Pamela Roe, Laurie Squyres Harrison, Dartha Hanson, and Twila Martin. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, other family members and many friends. Marilyn completed a Bachelor of Arts (2 classes shy of a Masters) in business and finance, magna cum laude, from Kaplan University, in addition to a Bachelor of Arts in theology, magna cum laude, from Indiana Christian University. She volunteered for several meaningful organizations, and was a member in good standing of the National Association of Professional Women, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Alpha Beta Honor Society and the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society. Her hunger for knowledge was evident in her various accomplishments. Anyone who knew her, or had the pleasure of crossing her path, knows she gave her all in every aspect of her life, whether it concerned her health, her work, her family, her friends, or even relaxing and having a good time. With an enduring smile, Marilyn offered a helping hand to others no matter what was going on in her own life. She will be remembered for her kind heart, beautiful smile, infectious laugh and the way she showed her love for everyone, and will be missed by all.

In honor of Amanda Marilyn Squyres Martin, a service will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. at Forest Park Lawndale in South Houston, Reverend Ed Bishop officiating.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, Memorial Donation Gifts be made to the American Cancer Society, 
www.cancer.org, 800-277-2345, or the American Heart Association, www.heart.org, 800-242-8721. Please include a note, designating “In memory of Amanda Marilyn Martin,” if mailing the donation.

Joe M. Martinez, III

Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home, 936-890-0454 (Willis)



On Dec. 22, 2006 God took one of his angels home. Joe M. Martinez, III passed at home quietly and with dignity. He was 55 years old. Although his life was short his candle will burn brightly for years through his grandchildren and his friends. He leaves behind to cherish memories of a lifetime his wife of 24 years, Pamela S. Martinez; sons, Larry R. Swearingen Sr., Joe Martinez, and Larry Swearingen, Jr. (Bubba); daughter and husband, Dean and Rebecca Paulsel; sons and wives, Michael and Demetria Swearingen, Sam and Kim Martinez; the light of Papa's eyes, his grandchildren, Michael Joe and Ashley Swearingen, Kayla and Kale Paulsel, Kaitlynn and Seth Martinez; parents, George and Adell Longmire; sister and husband, Mary and Kyle Reed; brother and wife, Jack and Kathleen Martinez; and numerous other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He struggled the last few months with multiple medical problems. We would like to acknowledge the special nurses and doctors at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital (Medical Center) for the extra months we had with him, Peggy Odegard and the transplant coordinators at the LVAD Clinic; Dr. Loyolka, Dr. Delgado, Dr. Frazier and Dr. Grejoric. Without these wonderful people he would not have made it home. Joe touched many people's lives in numerous ways, from taking people fishing and hunting to traveling the U.S. working in commercial and industrial environments. His favorite subjects to discuss were fishing and his grandkids escapades. He was such a beautiful soul; this world has lost an angel of great magnitude. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a fund that was set up by his friends at Anchorage Marina. Please make checks payable to Joe Martinez Fund, Compass Bank, 12335 FM 1960 West, Houston, Texas 77065. Contributions may also be made locally at the Compass Bank on Hwy 105, Conroe, Texas. Pallbearers will be Gary Lewis, Michael Swearingen, Sam Martinez, Dean Paulsel, Walter Seidel, George Hilton, and Jesse Rodriquez. Visitation for Mr. Martinez will be held on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006 from 6 to 8 PM at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home - Willis. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM on Friday, Dec. 29, 2006 in the chapel of Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home - Willis. Interment to follow in Smith Memorial Park. You are invited to leave a written message of condolence at www.shmfh.com. 
Reprinted from The Courier

Randolph McCloud

Collins and Johnson Funeral Home announces the funeral services of Mr. Randolph McCloud, 46, of Tamina, Texas.   Services will be held Sunday, Feb. 25, 1996, 1:30 p.m. at Lone Star Baptist Church, with the Rev. E. S. Washington, Jr. officiating.  Interment will follow at Rayford Cemetery.  Survivors: wife, Edna McCloud; son, Christopher McCloud; step-son, Terrance; God-daughter, Latasha Victorian; step-father, the Rev. E. S. Washington, Sr.; four brothers, Charles R. McCloud, Thomas Blackneil, Edward S. Washington, Jr. and Bruce Washington; three sisters, Cheryl D. Holt, Vanessa Caster, and Edwina Ladd; four sisters-in-laws, LaWanda McCloud, Diane Blackwell, Theresa Washington and Regina Catching; five brothers-in-law, William Burton and wife, Evan, Burton, Jr. Orlando Burton, Vernard, Holt and Stacy Ladd; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Adelle and Evan Burton, Sr.; special friend, Edward Miller; a hosts of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.


Bobby Gerald Morrow, Sr.

Funeral for Bobby Gerald Morrow Sr., 56, of Garrison will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Garrison Funeral Home Chapel, Garrison, with the Rev. Terry Hodge, pastor of First Christian Church, Nacogdoches, officiating. Military graveside service conducted by the U.S. Navy will be in Fairview Cemetery. Morrow died Feb. 15, 2007, at his residence. Born Nov. 12, 1950, in Conroe, he was the son of Johnnie C. and Dorothy Blyndean Webb Morrow. He was affiliated with Grace Bible Church, Conroe. He was farmer and rancher and a poultry grower. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during the Vietnam War and in the Naval Reserve, Florida and Texas National Guards and the National Guard Reserve. In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife, Barbara Morrow of Garrison; sons, Bobby Morrow Jr. of Appleby and Dennis Morrow of Newport News, Va.; brother, Johnie D. Morrow of Conroe; sisters, Janice Cothran of Montgomery, Edith Dempsey of Bryan and Peggy Ray of Conroe; and two grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. today. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Christian Church, 702 N. Mound St., Nacogdoches, Texas 75961. Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison.


Charles "Charlie" Newman

Funeral for Charles "Charlie" O. Newman, 41, of Conroe, Texas, a loving husband, father, and friend, will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1991 at Conroe Church of Christ with the Rev. Steve Yates officiating.  Interment to follow in Houston National Cemetery with Cashner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  Mr. Newman was born Aug. 5, 1950 in Pittsburg, Texas  and passed away in Conroe, Texas.  Mr. Newman graduated in 1970 from Conroe High School, was a member of the National Rifle Association.  Mr. Newman also served the Air Force.  Survivors: wife: Rhonda Newman of Conroe, Texas; son: John Aaron Branson of Conroe, Texas.  Mother: Chris Newman of Willis, Texas; father: Charles W. Newman of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; sister Susan Weeks of Willis, Texas; brother: James P. Newman of Humble, Texas. Mr. Newman is also survived by much loved nieces, nephews, and many loving friends.  Family will receive friends at Cashner Funeral Home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday night.

Reprinted from The Courier



Jimmy Cecil Ogle
Funeral services for Jimmy Ogle, 18, of Conroe were held June 22, at 2 p.m. in Metcalf Chapel of the Pines with Sister Nancy Myrtle Kitchens officiating.  Interment was in Splendora Cemetery with Metcalf Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.  Ogle was born on August 6, 1952 in Atoka, OK and died Sunday, June 20, near Conroe as the result of a car accident.  He was employed by Max Mahaffey Ford as a maintenance man until the time of his death.  He is survived by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy Ogle of Splendora; three brothers, Kenneth Ogle, Gary Ogle, and Jerry Ogle all of Splendora; two sisters, Mrs. Wanda McDaniel of Conroe and Miss Jeannie Ogle of Splendora; tow nephews and one niece. Reprinted from The Courier



Brenda Paulette Oliver

DECEMBER 23, 1949 – JUNE 18, 2014

Brenda Paulette Oliver, 64, of Conroe, Texas, passed away on June 18, 2014. She was born on December 23, 1949 in Hearne, Texas, to Nolen and Mary Coleman. Brenda is preceded in death by her husband Ernest Wayne Oliver Sr. She is survived by her father Nolen Pope Coleman; daughter Tabatha Phillips and husband Peter; son Ernest Oliver Jr. and wife Adrienne; grandchildren Morgan Phillips, Jacob Torrey and Emilie Torrey; sisters Barbara Morrow and Debbie Grisham; brother Michael Coleman and numerous nieces, nephews, family members and friends. The family will receive friends on Friday, June 20, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Cashner Colonial Chapel. Burial will follow in Garden Park Cemetery. You are invited to view our webpage and leave written tributes to the family at www.cashnerconroe.com


Bobby Lee Puyear
Tallahassee, Florida
Jun 6, 1951 – Jul 14, 2018


Tallahassee - Bobby Lee Puyear passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the age of 67. He was born in Cleveland, TX and became a resident of Tallahassee 17 years ago when he married his loving wife, Pamela. He worked in various lines of construction, making friends wherever he went. Bobby was a devoted supporter of the Salvation Army. He was a proud member of the Horn Springs Hunt Club and cherished being outside and enjoying nature any chance he could get. He is also survived by his sister Sue Russell and brother-in-law Wayne of Conroe, TX; step-children Jimmy Sims and his wife Beth of Stafford, VA and Melissa Sims of Tallahassee, FL; step-grandchildren Evie Sims, Joey Andrews, Lydia Sims; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Glenn "Bucky" Puyear. A celebration of Bobby's life will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Bevis Funeral Home, 200 John Knox Rd Tallahassee. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or the Kearney Center of Tallahassee. Susie Mozolic of Bevis Funeral Home is assisting the family with their arrangements. (www.bevisfh.com 850-385-2193)
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on July 17, 2018


Laura Grey Hejl Parker

Laura Grey Packer, 56, of Abilene, TX passed away on July 20, 2009 in Abilene, TX.

Visitation will be 5 - 7 p.m., Thursday, July 23, 2009 at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road in Abilene.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 24, 2009 at Hillcrest Church of Christ, 650 E Ambler Ave in Abilene, with Dalvin Hampton, of Waxahachie, TX, officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park directed by The Hamil Family Funeral Home.

Laura was born in Austin, TX to J.C. and Betty Hejl on September 4, 1952. She went to elementary school in Tyler, and secondary schools in Corpus Christi and Conroe. She married Randy Packer on August 5, 1972 in the home of her parents in Abilene, TX. She graduated from Abilene Christian College after studying art and office administration. She initially worked for Abilene Christian College, local banks, accounting firms, and oil and gas concerns before leaving the job market to have a family. She often said she had found her purpose in life in raising her children. She was an active school volunteer and served as PTA president. She served as president of the Abilene Quilter's Guild and was an accomplished quilter, having won best in show each time she entered a quilt at the West Texas Fair. She learned tatting directly from her grandmother, designed and created numerous quilts for family and friends, and created custom quilts for the public until carpal tunnel syndrome restricted that activity. 

She was an avid "birder" and was currently serving as president of the Big Country Audubon Society. She traveled in a number of countries and clearly informed her fellow travelers that "every trip is a birding trip." At Dyess Air Force Base, she created and maintained the base avian checklist which is posted on the Department of Defense Partners In Flight website with links to pictures, most of which she took. Laura assisted with spring and fall quail counts and helped the base golf course maintain its Audubon International Wildlife Sanctuary status. She was awarded a special medallion by Dyess Air Force Base for her services as a contractor and tireless volunteer. She served as a host mom and mentor for international students, several of which she taught to drive using her own car.

Laura is survived by her husband Randy, son Jay, daughter-in-law Amy, daughter Melissa, brother Jerry Hejl, sister-in-law Angie, brother Lee Hejl, father and mother J. C. and Betty Hejl, father-in-law and mother-in-law C.E. and Virginia Packer, and many other family and friends from around the world who thought of her as a true sister or mother.

Pallbearers will be Kim Walton of Clyde, TX, Wyatt Walton of Clyde, TX, Danny Walters of Buffalo Gap, TX, Doug Boone of Parker, CO, Wayne White of Parker, CO, Mark Lansdown of Castle Rock, CO, Lowell Johnston of Abilene, TX, Tim Colglazier of Fort Worth, TX, Nathan Maxson of Houston, TX

Memorials may be given to "Big Country Audubon Society P.O. Box 569 Abilene, TX 79604, 

"Community Foundation of Abilene for the ARMC Nursing Scholarships 500 Chestnut Street Abilene, TX 79602, 

"Abilene Cancer Society 209 South Danville Abilene, TX 79605
The Packer and Hejl families wish to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. Anton Melnyk, Dr. Mark Reedy, Dr. Joseph Crumbliss, Dr. George Dawson, the nurses in outpatient surgery at Abilene Regional Medical Center, the nurses at Texas Oncology and the Texas Cancer Center, the nurses and caretakers on the fifth floor at Abilene Regional Medical Center, Hospice of the Big Country, and all of the members of Hillcrest Church of Christ who loved and supported us so tenderly during our recent struggles.

Online condolences may be posted at www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com. 
Reprinted from Abilene Reporter News 

Gone But Not Forgotten
Janet Reed
Janet Kathryn Reed Macomber

Jim Reed, 903-561-7662

A celebration of the life and home-going of Janet Macomber will be held at 10am Saturday at Porter Springs Cemetery, Porter Springs, TX, under the direction of Callaway-Allee Funeral Home in Crockett, TX. Mrs. Macomber, 58, passed away on Jan. 9, 2008, in a Tyler nursing home. Services will be conducted by her brother, Bob Reed, with music by several family members. Mrs. Macomber was born August 24, 1949 in Pasadena, TX, to J C and Clarite Lansford Reed. She graduated from Conroe High School in 1970, and married Donald Macomber in Conroe on June 1, 1974. She lived in Conroe (TX), Crewe (VA), and Tyler (TX). She attended Green Acres Baptist Church and was a member of the Celebration Sunday School Class. Jan played the piano and loved playing Skip-Bo, Bingo, and '42'. Her life and tenacity were inspirational to many who knew her. Jan's favorite response was "I don't know." In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughter, Emily Hightower and fiancée, Kevin Nave, both of N. Fort Myers, FL; brothers, Jim Reed (Kathy) of Tyler, TX and Bob Reed (Norma Sue) of Hattiesburg, MS; sisters, Judy Reed of Conroe, TX and Joyce Austin (Jack) of Edmond, OK; Uncle John and Aunt Bow Lansford of Mineral, TX; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. If desired, donations may be made to cancer research or the Porter Springs Cemetery Association. 
Reprinted from The Courier

David Reed Richards
Funeral services for David Reed Richards, 20, of #21 Woody Creek Dr., in Conroe, were held Tuesday, August 31, at 4 p.m. in Metcalf Chapel of  The Pines with Dr. Ed Mathison, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Conroe officiating. Interment was in
Garden Park Cemetery with Metcalf Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements. 


Richards was born at Kingsville on May 24, 1951, and died in Conroe on Monday, August 30, as the result of an automobile accident on IH 45 south near Spring. He had lived in Conroe for the past 3 1/2 years and was a member of the Methodist Church and a sophomore student at South Texas Jr. College in Houston. 


He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Richards Sr. of Conroe; one brother, Charles Richards Jr. of Conroe; one sister Barbara Gail Richards of Conroe; paternal grandmother, Mrs. E. E. Richards of Kingsville; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Thompson of Palestine; and paternal great grandmother, Mrs. R. D. Birdwell, Sr. 


Pallbearers were Craig Hughes, Mark Millis, Gary Mack, Gary Whittington, Skip Morrison, Marrio (think this should be Morris) Boozer, Mike Toole and John Shaver.

Reprinted from The Courier


Conroe Man Killed in Crash Monday


David Reed Richards, 20, of 21 Woody Creek Drive in Conroe, was fatally injured Monday about 8:30 a.m. one mile north of Spring onInterstate 45 when his car was involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer truck belonging to the Texas Department of Corrections in Huntsville. 

Richards was rushed to the Montgomery County Hospital in aHarris County ambulance and was pronounced dead on arrival in Conroe. 

The prison truck was driven by Michael A. Comella of Huntsville, according to a spokesman for the Texas Highway Patrol

The Opel Kadett driven by young Richards reportedly overturned, throwing him to the pavement on the feeder road parallel to the Interstate 45 Southbound lane. He was enroute to Houston at the time of the accident. Both vehicles involved in the accident were traveling south. 

Funeral services for Richards were held Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the chapel of the Metcalf Funeral Directors, with the Rev. Ed Mathison, pastor of the First Methodist Church in Conroe, officiating. Burial was in the Garden Park Cemetery 

Richard's immediate survivors include his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Richards, Sr.; one brother, Charles A. Richards, Jr., and one sister, Barbara Gail Richards, all of Conroe.
Reprinted from The Courier



Terry Rowe 
Terry A. Rowe of Montgomery went to be with his Lord Saturday Sept. 12, 1998.  He passed at Hermann Hospital after a long, courageous battle against complications caused from a kidney-pancreas transplant done May 23, 1998 done at UTBM in Galveston.  Terry was born May 2, 1952 in Tomball, Texas and was a member of the First United Methodist Church.  He was a 1970 graduate of Conroe High School.  He loved the Astros, golf and bowling.  Terry was the president of the Montgomery County Mens Bowling Association.  He is survived by his wife, Kathy; daughter, Brandy and very special granddaughter, Courtney; parents, Ralph and Betty Rowe; sister, Karen McClain; mother-in-law, Opal Shugart; nieces, two great-nephews and many other family members and friends will miss Terry.  Memorial services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1998 at 1 p.m. in Cashner colonial Chapel with the Rev. Dearing Jones officiating.  Cashner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  I lieu of usual remembrances, donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Houston Chapter, 2425 Fountainview, Ste. #280, Houston, TX 77057.  
Reprinted from The Courier

James Vernon "Jim" Sallas  
Jim was born August 27, 1951 and died December 5, 2008.  He is buried at Enloe Cemetery in Porter, Texas.


Arnold James "Jimmie" Sens, Jr.

Born February 23, 1951, died October 1968 due to an auto accident with Gary Snearly.  Parents: A. J. Sens and Dorothy Georg. Buried in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus, TX.  There are several articles in The Conroe Courier about the wreck that took the life's of Gary & Jimmie. 
Reprinted from The Courier

Frances Elaine Wright Schmidt  
Born May 1, 1951 and died January 24, 2005 in Royce City, Rockwall County Texas.  Buried in Rockwall City Cemetery.  Survivors, one son and one daughter.

Clark Shepard  
Funeral services for Mr. Clark Shepard Jr., 26 of Huntsville were held in the Metcalf Chapel of the Pines, today at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. Jim Knez and the Rev. Salvatore DeGeorge officiating.  Interment will be in the Garden Park Cemetery with Metcalf Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Shepard in Conroe  on April 28, 1952 and died in Osceola, Arkansas.  Survivors: parents: Mr. and Mrs. Lester c. Shepard Sr. of Conroe; sister: Mrs. Becky Page of Conroe; two nieces, several aunts, uncles and cousins Reprinted from The Courier


Margaret Jones Shephard, Clark's wife died with him on December 22, 1978 in Osceola, Arkansas.


Gary Dale Snearly

Born June 22, 1951, died October 12, 1968 due to an auto accident with Jimmie Sens.  Parents: Elmo G. Snearly and Dorothy J. Evans. 

There are several articles in The Conroe Courier about the wreck that took the life's of Gary & Jimmie.  Gary's heart was donated to a lady from Virginia.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday October 15, 1968, in Porter Baptist Church at Porter, Texas with Rev. Jimmy Bird officiating.  Interment followed in Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery  under the direction of Metcalf Funeral Directors. 
Reprinted from The Courier


Keith Spradling
Funeral services for Keith Spradling, 54, of Austin, Texas will held on Friday, April 7, 2006 at 12:30 p.m. in Cashner Colonial Chapel with the Rev. James Featherstone officiating.  Interment will follow in Scott Ridge Cemetery, Montgomery, Texas.  Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, April 6, 2006 from 5 to 9 p.m. in Cashner Funeral Home.  Mr. Spradling was born on Sept. 2, 1951 in Ft. Worth, Texas and passed away on April 4, 2006 in Austin, Texas.  He served his country in the U. S. Air Force.  He is survived by his daughter, Holly Nicole Spradling of Dyersburg, Tenn.; mother, Sue Dean Lankford, and stepfather, Kenneth of Conroe; sister, Brenda Sue Popham and husband Mac of Kerrville; and brother, Paul Spradling of Conroe.  Numerous other relatives and friends also survive.  Pallbearers are Jason Spradling, Andy Riley, Stuart Traylor, Terry Traylor, W. B. Knox, R. L. Dotson, and Ike Fluellen. 
Reprinted from The Courier


David Russell Stephens
OCTOBER 25, 1951 – NOVEMBER 15, 2011

A memorial service for David Russell Stephens, age 60, of Conroe will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 10 a.m. in Cashner Colonial Chapel with Pastor Ronnie White officiating. David was born October 25, 1951 in Houston, Texas and went to be with the Lord on November 15, 2011 at his home in Conroe, Texas. He worked for S & B Engineers and Constructors for over 25 years. David is survived by his daughters, Kari Perkins and husband Gary and Leigh Walton and husband Justin, all of Conroe, and Jessie Stephens of Montgomery; mother, Geneva (Neba) Stephens of Conroe; sister, Kathy Brenner and husband Mark of Scottsdale, Arizona; grandchildren, Christopher Ward, Hadleigh Perkins, Emerson Walton and Ethan Walton. Numerous other relatives and friends also survive. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made in his name to M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center, P. O. Box 297153, Houston, TX 77297. You are invited to leave written messages and condolences for the family on our website at www.cashnerconroe.com
David Russell Watson
October 13, 1951 - January 6, 2015

David Russell Watson passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015 in Conroe, TX. He was born October 13, 1951 in Galveston, TX to Irving Monroe Watson and Bettye Newton Watson. 

David received his law degree from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He practiced law in Longview, Greenville, and Conroe.

David anchored his life with the love of the Lord and his daughter Rachel. His courage and determination through his cancer set an example that will remain with us.

His parents preceded David in death. Survivors include his daughter Rachel of Fort Worth, TX; two brothers, Stephen Watson and his wife, Robin of Wasilla, AK; Deane Watson of Grapeland, TX; one sister, Carol Jean Watson of Conroe, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services for David Russell Watson will be Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 12:30 pm at Cashner Funeral Home in Conroe, TX. Those who wish to make a donation in lieu of flowers may do so to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, or a charity of your choice.

A memorial guestbook may be signed at www.cashnerconroe.com.
Reprinted from The Courier


Gary Williamson
Funeral services for Gary L. Williamson, 48, of Conroe, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2000, at Cashner Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Dave Anderson, Dr. Walter Lumpkin and Dr. Jay Gross officiating.  Interment will follow in 
Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery  under direction of Cashner Funeral Home.  Visitation will be noon until 9 p.m. Tuesday, with the family receiving friends from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Gary was born June 11, 1952, in Conroe and passed away Nov. 18, 2000, in Montgomery County.  He was a member of West Conroe Baptist Church.  After graduating from Conroe High School, he attended Houston Baptist University and participated in basketball at both schools.  Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Irene and Lee Williamson and brother Jerry Williamson.  Survivors include his wife, Debbie Williamson of Conroe; son, Brent Williamson of Conroe; sister Dolores Falletti of Conroe; niece, Dianna Carter of Plantersville, Texas; nephews, Tom Carter of Humble, and Kevin Carter of Huntington; and numerous other relatives and friends.  In lieu of memorials, donations may be made to the "Educational Account for the Children of Gary Williamson" c/o of First Bank of Conroe, 1800 First Bank Blvd, Conroe, TX 77304.  This obituary may be viewed on www.legacy.com. 
Reprinted from The Courier


There was also another article in the Courier about his wreck.  Gary also had a daughter named Claire that was not mentioned in the obit.


Glenn Loren Winn Jr.

Services for Glenn Loren Winn, Jr., 42 of Gladstell Forest in Conroe, Texas will be held at 4 PM on May 3, 1995 at Cashner Funeral Home with Rev. Dearing Jones officiating.  Interment will be in Conroe Memorial Park Cemetery  Glenn, Jr. died at 12:30 p. m. on May 1, 1995.  He was born in Trinity Texas June 25, 1952.   Glenn was the son of Glenn L. Winn, Sr. and Mae Dominey Winn of Conroe.  Glenn, Jr. was an employee of Pinkerton Securities for seven years.  He was a graduate of Conroe High School.  He attended the University of Texas in Austin, the University of Houston and Sam Houston State University.  He wrote poetry and short stories. He was also an avid student of European History.  Glenn is survived by his parents, Glenn and Mae Winn, one sister and brother-in-law, Julie and Robert Hare; two nephews, Zachary and Matthew Hare.  He is also survived by many relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be: Wallace Dominey, Robert Dominey, Jessie Winn, Robert Hare, John Hare and Russell Clark.  Cashner Funeral Home in charge.

Reprinted from The Courier


Gary Wittington 
Gary Wittington, 46 of Austin passed away on September 12, 1998 in Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks, CA after a three month battle with cancer.  He was born on August 1, 1952 in Princeton, IN. to Betty and Floyd Whittington.   At the time of death, Gary was survived by his wife Tara, one daughter, and two sons.  Interment is in Garden Park Cemetery with Conroe Funeral Directors in charge.


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