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Texas Obituary and Death Notice Archive II - Page 7

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Date: Wednesday, 21 November 2012, at 9:41 a.m.


Barbara Lee Smith, 65, of Baytown, passed away Thursday, February 6, 2003 in a local hospital. She was born on November 14, 1937 in Hillsboro, Texas to Aubrey Lee and Tommie Mae Green Harrell, and was a graduate of Lamar High School in Rosenberg.

Preceded in death by her husband Harold Lloyd Smith, she is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Risa Alexander of Baytown, Karie and Leonard Schneider of Humble, and Leia and Johnny Grunkemeyer of Baytown; their father Jim Gerace; sister Lyndal Littlefield of Longview, TX; six grandchildren, Heather Alexander, Taylor Golden, Candace LaCoure, Emmalee Alexander, Randi Golden, John David Grunkemer; and great granddaughter, Aubree Alexander.

Barbara loved to cook for her family, she loved her animals, and she leaves behind her spiritual legacy. She will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 8, 2003 at L.A.Crespo Funeral Directors,

Arrangements under the direction of L.A.Crespo Funeral Directors, 6123 Garth Road, Baytown, 281.839.0700,


Michelle Grigsby, 32, of Baytown, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 surrounded by friends and family.

Michelle was born July 15, 1970 in Baytown. She was the owner of Jump for Joy Partyhouse. She was a member of New Wine Christian Church and a member of the Small Business Assoc. at Lee College.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Doris Arabie Derryberry.

She is survived by her husband, Patrick Grigsby of Baytown; children, Patrick Ryan and Shelby Ann Grigsby both of Baytown; father, Michael Gavin Derryberry, Sr., of Baytown; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wilburn and Sharon Grigsby of Baytown; grandfather, Willis Grigsby of Baytown; grandmother, Gladys Derryberry of Baytown; brother and sister-in-law, Michael Gavin and Tess Derryberry, Jr. of Baytown; brother-in-law, Mark Grigsby; nieces, Devyn Istre, Nessa Derryberry and Caitlin Klein, nephews, Gavin Derryberry and Dylan Grigsby, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. today, February 7, 2003 at Navarre Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 8, 2003 at Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Wallace officiating.

Interment will be at Cedar Crest Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bill Daley, Ernie Salter, Todd Crosby, Ted Jones, Sam Woodard, Mark Derryberry, Anthony Derryberry and Patrick Derryberry.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grigsby Children Trust Fund, DuPont LaPorte Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 1704, LaPorte, Texas 77572.

Arrangements are under the direction of Navarre Funeral Home, 2444 Rollingbrook, Baytown, 281-422-8111.


Mrs. Ella Bates Lee, 59, of Baytown, passed away, January 29, 2003 in a Houston hospital.

Mrs. Lee was born September 11, 1942, in Grimes County, Texas. She was a lifelong resident of Baytown and a member of the Unity M.B.C. of McNair and a devoted homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her father, Mr. Lee Bates.

She is survived by her mother, Ella Bates of Baytown; son, Zachary Lee of Baytown; brother, Eddie Lee Bates of Baytown; sisters, Cora Lee Carter of Baytown; Ania Bradford of Houston; and a host of other relatives and friends. She will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

Visitation will be from 8 - 11 a.m. Saturday, February 8, 2003 at Antioch M.B.C., 2500 Harris Street, McNair, funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. John L. Bates officiating.

Interment will follow at Centerpoint Cemetery, Plantersville.

Pallbearers will be her nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be her brother and cousins.

Arrangements are under the direction of Frazier Funeral Home, 7623 Harrison, Baytown, 281-426-5579. “Serving Every Family As Our Own” since 1939.


Edgar Charles Green, 48, passed away Thursday, February 6, 2003. Services are pending. Arrangements entrusted to Robey Funeral Home, Baytown, 281-428-9911.


Thomas E. Hadnot, 58, passed away Thursday, February 6, 2003. Services are pending. Arrangements entrusted to Robey Funeral Home, Baytown, 281-428-9911.


Kristi M. Huddleston, 31, of Baytown, died February 1, 2002.

She is survived by her parents, Edker and Donna Miller of Baytown; grandfather, Edker Miller, Sr., brothers, Corey M. Miller, of Martin, Tenn.; three sisters, Linda Fields of Lubbock, Tx.; Tiny Rhiley of Lincoln, Neb.; Stacey MyCue of Round Rock, Tx.; numerous nephews and nieces, great niece and a great nephew, her fiancee Chris O’Neil of Baytown.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 5, 2003 at Wooster Baptist Church, 7007 Bayway Dr., Baytown, 281-424-5558.

Arrangements are under the direction of Deer Park Funeral Directors, 336 E. San Augustine, Deer Park, 281-476-4693.


R. V. Whiteside, 96, known by his friends as Vernon, passed away February 2, 2003. He was born August 11, 1906, in Kyle, TX, son of Sam and Vallie Whiteside.

He grew up in Lockhart, TX, where he played football and was captain of the track team before graduating in 1925. He attended Southwest Texas State Teachers College, now SWTSU, in San Marcus, where he lettered in track and was elected President of the Sophomore Class. While there, Mr. Whiteside roomed with Lyndon B. Johnson and started Alpha & Omega fraternity known as the White Star, including LBJ as a member.

Several books have been written about President Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro, in which Mr. Whiteside is prominently mentioned, such as “Path to Power, ” because of his friendship with the late President. Also, “White Star Story, ” by Roy Willbern, gives accounts of these days at STSTC.

Mr. Whiteside attended New York University where he ran track for NYU and for the Melrose Athletic Club.

Back in Texas, he taught at Devine, TX, High School, then became Superintendent of Schools in Tilden, TX, and taught 3 years in Beaumont schools. Mr. Whiteside moved to Pasadena, TX, and purchased an insurance agency. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 as an apprentice seaman and went to Officer Training School at Cornell University where he was commissioned an officer. He served 42 months on active duty, leaving the Navy as a shipís captain with the rank of Lt. Commander.

He married Marguerite Carroll of Birmingham, AL in 1948 and they moved to Pasadena, TX, where he resumed his insurance business. He was elected to many positions in Pasadena civic and political groups: the 5th president of the Pasadena Rotary Club in 1942; commander of the VFW in 1951; Pasadena School Board in 1951; Board of Stewards of the Pasadena Methodist Church; elected Mayor of Pasadena in 1952; and appointed a Commissioner of the Port of Houston in 1954, serving 8 years.

In 1959, he retired to his Belvemar Ranch in Bellville, TX, and in 1961, he was elected to the Brangus International Board of Directors.

Mr. Whiteside served as president of the Texas Brangus Association, 1961-62. He was a member of the Bellville Methodist Board of Stewards. He retired from ranching and moved to Lockhart, TX, for 5 years, then to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and later to Marble Falls, TX.

His wife, Marguerite, authored the book, “One of Six and a Half” before preceding him in death in 1991. Mr. Whiteside then moved to Beach City (Baytown), TX. He has been honored as a 60 year Mason, endowed member of the Pasadena Masonic Lodge #1155 and 32nd Degree Scottish Rite and a member of the Shrine, both in Miami, FL. He was inducted into the Pasadena Hall of Fame.

Mr. Whiteside is survived by his niece, Patricia Ball of Kaufman, TX, nephew, Patrick Ball of Houston, stepsons, Jack Carroll of Granbury, TX, and Gene Carroll of Germantown, TN. He will be loved and remembered by his companion of the past 11 years, Grace Shandley of Beach City, and all of his many other friends. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 pm Tuesday, Feb. 4th at Navarre Funeral Home, 2444 Rollingbrook, Baytown, TX, and funeral services at 2:00 pm Wednesday, Feb. 5th, with the Rev. Jim Carpenter officiating. Interment will be at Marble Falls City Cemetery, Thursday, Feb. 6th at 2:00 p.m. Services are under the direction of Navarre Funeral Home, 2444 Rollingbrook, Baytown, Texas (281) 422-8111.


Francis Dane Callaway, 56, of Bay City died February 1, 2003 at Bay Villa Nursing Home in Bay City.

He was born March 2, 1946 in Baytown (Goose Creek), Tx. to Callie Maurice and Mary Sitaska Callaway. He was a resident of Bay City the past 15 years and a former resident of Freeport. He was an Instrument Technician with B A S F of Freeport.

Survivors include wife, Lou Vaughan Callaway of Bay City; daughter, Kimberly Gutierrez of Georgia; step-daughters, Kathryn Snead Pelletier and husband Michael of Houston; Jennifer Snead Howell and husband Christopher of Houston; sons, Jamison Callaway of Georgia; Andrew Callaway of Lexinton, NC.; brother, Ronnie K. Callaway of Baytown and 13 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and by his mother and step-father, Mary and Jody Merritt.

A rosary was held at 7 p.m. Sunday at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home and the funeral service was at 11 a.m. Monday, February 3, 2003 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Cernock officiating.

Interment will be at 2 p.m. Friday, February 7, 2003 at Cedar Crest Cemetery in Baytown.

Memorials may be made to the Texas Liver Coalition, St. Luke’s Liver Institute, 23rd Floor, 6720 Bertner Ave., Houston 77030.

Arrangements were under the direction of Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, 979-245-4613.


Jordon Bret Pierce, 16, of Dayton died February 2, 2003 as a result of a tragic accident. Jordon was born in Baytown but had been a lifelong resident of Dayton.

He was currently attending Dayton High School where he was a member of the Dayton Bronco Football team, a member of the Power Lifting team and was involved in Christian Athletes Association. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was involved in rodeos and rodeo production.

Services for Jordon will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 6, 2003 at First Baptist Church in Dayton. Interment will follow at Magnolia Park Cemetery.

He is survived by his parents: Bret W. and Kathy Pierce of Dayton; brothers: Erik Pierce, currently serving in the U.S. Navy in Japan, Jered Pierce of Dayton, and Brody Pierce of Dayton; sister: Jodi Pierce of Dayton; grandparents: Judy Wood of Dayton; Silas Wood of Shepherd; Merv and Linda Pierce of Huntsville. Also a host of other family members and friends.

Visitation will be 2:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at Pace-Stancil

Funeral Home, Wednesday, February 5, 2003.

For those who desire donations may be made to The Jordon Pierce Scholarship Fund at Legend Bank, P.O. Box 550 or 500 Hwy 90 West, Dayton, Tx

Arrangements are under the direction of Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, 1304 North Cleveland, Dayton, 936-258-5300.

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