January 2022 Obituaries


Obituaries

From January 2022



Morris McLane

Morris McLane

1937-2022

A funeral service for Morris McLane, 84, of Sour Lake was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 at Memorial Funeral Home with burial at Restlawn Memorial Park in Vidor.

Mr. McLane died Friday, Jan. 7, 2022 at his residence. A native of Frankston, he was born Nov. 6, 1937.

Visitation was held Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022 at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor.

He was a longtime resident of Vidor before moving to Sour Lake after Hurricane Harvey. He was a member of Vidor Church of Christ and retired from Temple Inland after 30 plus years.

Morris enjoyed woodworking and spending time with family, but most of all he loved to attend his grandchildren’s activities. He had served his country in the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee A. and Ruby Dickerson McLane; wife Emma Lee McLane; brothers Billy Lewis McLane, Robert Lee McLane and Jimmie Ray McLane; and sisters JoAnn McLane Baxter and Jennia McLane McHale.

Morris is survived by his daughters Pamela Ann Savant of Vidor and Kimberly Ingrid Julian and her husband Jeff of Sour Lake; twin sister Dorris Houston of Frankston and other sisters Martha Hicks of Frankston, Mary Phillips of Tyler, Jackie Forrester of New York, TX, and June Brown of Frankston; and two grandchildren, Tiffanee Jordan Simar and Mason Conner Julian.



Dona Joyce Stransky

Dona Joyce Stransky was born in Frankston on Aug. 15, 1945 to Louise and Dewitt Dansby. After graduating from high school in Frankston she attended and graduated from Stephen F. Austin University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. After graduating, she went on to pursue a career in business, working in oil and gas before transitioning into teaching which would be the career she retired in, having loved touching the lives of young men and women in multiple school districts in Fort Bend County.

Dona Joyce Stransky

1945-2022

She was blessed to meet the love of her life in her 20’s, Johnny Stransky, and together they went on to get married, and have three children. Dona was a deeply loving wife and fiercely dedicated mother who gave her all to her family. The hole left by her absence will be impossible to fill. 

Dona was preceded in death by her parents Louise and Dewitt Dansby; her brothers, David and Kerry, and her loving husband Johnny Stransky, of Needville. 

She is survived by her three children: her son, Stephen Stransky and wife, Shauna; her daughter, Elizabeth Stransky-Mader and husband Sam, and her youngest daughter, Christy Stransky along with her five grandchildren: Sloan and Seth Stransky and Summer, Ryker, and Rhett Mader, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. 

She is remembered as one of the kindest of souls by those who knew her and will be greatly missed by countless family members and friends. Her soft and caring nature with a mix of a fiery and quick wit is what we will all remember her by.

Please consider a donation in Dona’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Needville.

The funeral will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Needville on Monday, Jan. 10.  Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Rosary will be at 2 p.m. Funeral mass will be at 2:30 p.m., with graveside services to follow. A catered reception will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Needville starting at 4pm for all.

Tributes and words of condolence may be left for the family at www.davisgreenlawnfh.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home, 3900 B.F. Terry Blvd. (Hwy 59 South @ FM 2218), Rosenberg, Texas 77471, Phone: 281-341-8800.

(The above obituary was submitted for posting by Davis-Greenlaw Funeral Home, Rosenberg, TX)



Marylon Douglas

A funeral service for Marylon Douglas of Poynor, is scheduled at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at First Baptist Church of Poynor. Bro. Paul Diepenbrock will officiate. She will be laid to rest at Poynor Cemetery. 

Marylon Douglss

1931-2022

Visitation will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston. 

Marylon passed away on Jan. 8, 2022. She was born in Seguin on Dec. 11, 1931, to the late Eugene and Mattie (Dickerson) Fears. 

Marylon worked at the Poynor Post Office for 22 years; 11½ of those years she worked as a postmaster until she retired in 1991. She loved quilting, crochet, and was a great cook. She loved and spoiled her grandkids. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Maxie Douglas and three brothers, Dalton, Jackie and Bill Fears. 

Marylon is survived by her son, Jerry Douglas and wife Sherry of Poynor; daughter, Cathy Dixon of Poynor; five grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Pallbearers will be Jeremy Smith, Josh Buckley, Charles Cooper, Brent Gallo, Ben Haynes and Gerald Smith. Honorary pallbearers are Mason Cooper, Caleb Ramsey, Hunter Ramsey, Jacob Haynes, Ben Haynes, Jep Douglas and Jake Marquez. 

The family would suggest donations in honor of Marylon may be made to Caring Hearts Hospice of Gun Barrel City or made to First Baptist Church in Poynor.



Norman Ray Gideon

A funeral service for Norman Ray Gideon of Frankston, is scheduled at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston. Ryan Hall will officiate. He will be laid to rest at Frankston Cemetery in Frankston. 

Norman Ray Gideon

1940-2022

Visitation will begin on, Jan. 20, 2022, one hour before the service at Autry Funeral Home, Frankston. 

Norman passed away on Jan. 13, 2022. He was born in Pittsburg, Kansas on Jan. 13, 1940, to Fred and Flossie Gideon. He enjoyed playing cards and loved old cars. He was also a Mason who was known for helping people who were struggling to get back on their feet and an all-around great mentor. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Flossie Gideon; his wife, Chris Gideon; his son, Norman Gideon Jr.; his daughter, Brenda Hamlett; two grandsons, Cody Ray Hall and Henry Gideon; and one granddaughter, Kaila Payne. 

Left to cherish his memory are two daughters, Tammy Tierny and husband Jim of Pittsburg and Monica Odom and husband Alvin of Frankston; and his son Derek Gideon of Chandler. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Shawn, Angela, Rachael, Levi, Calvin, Duranda, Cheyenne, Alvin III, Chandler, Hunter, and Avah; numerous great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

Pallbearers will be Ryan Hall, Darin Turner, Jacob Ball, Alvin Odom, Hunter Odom, and Derek Peurifoy.



Bobby Gene Boykin Sr.

Bobby Gene Boykin Sr.

1939-2022

Bobby Gene Boykin Sr., born Jan. 19, 1939 to Virginia Hale and Fred Boykin entered eternal life Jan. 13, 2022. He was 82 years old. 

A graveside service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday Jan. 21,2022 at Earle’s Chapel Cemetery in Jacksonville with Bro. Paul Smith officiating. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville. 

Visitation will be from 1 – 2 p.m. 

Mr. Boykin and wife, Ethel, owned and operated Boykin Plant Farm. He was dedicated to family and the Lord Jesus. He served many years as deacon in the Baptist Church. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife of 54 years, and two sisters, Freddie Mae Phariss and Mary Sue Fletcher. 

Left to cherish Bobby’s memory are his son Bobby Jr. and wife Michelle of Frankston; and daughter Angie Pippin and husband David of Reklaw; brother J.C. Boykin of Jacksonville; and sister Linda Gail Posey and husband Calvin of Overton. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Brandon Boykin and wife Marisa and children Jackson, Deacon and Emma, LeAnn Conner and husband Brian and their child Cayden, Dylan Shoemaker and future wife Alexa and their son Brantley Shoemaker; numerous nieces and nephews. 

Grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.


Charlie Paul Patterson

Charlie Paul Patterson

1959-2022

A graveside service for Charlie Paul Patterson of Frankston, is scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 at Frankston City Cemetery. Owen Sharp will officiate. 

Charlie passed away on Jan. 17, 2022. He was born in Abilene on April 27, 1959 to Charlie Patterson and Sarah Sharp. He enjoyed football, NASCAR and grilling out with the family. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife Karen Patterson, his sister Virginia Stewart, brother-in law John Stewart. 

Left to cherish Charlie’s memory are his daughter, Sarah Hernandez and husband Mark from Hempstead. His sister Jennifer Whitley and husband John from Frankston. He is also survived by two grandchildren; Issac Richard and LeAnne Richard and five nieces and nephews Brandi Malone and husband Jason, Kyle Dezern and wife Sarah, Jake Dezern and wife Jessica, Stacy Rains and husband Rodney and Steven Whitley and wife Kristi. 

Pallbearers will be Mark Hernandez, Isaac Richard, John Whitley, Jason Malone, Kyle Dezern and Jake Dezern. 

The family asks for donations to be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701.

 

Shirla Parsons

Shirla Parsons

1961-2022

Shirla Parsons, 60, of Jacksonville, passed away on Jan. 17, 2022. She was born on Oct. 18, 1961 in Galveston County. 

Shirla was a good Christian wife and mother. She adored her grandchildren and loved everyone she met. She enjoyed caring for her donkeys and her dog. She was a member of Church of Christ in Rusk. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sammy and Shirley (Cohn) Tull. 

Left to cherish Shirla’s memory are her husband of 42 years, Joel Parsons of Jacksonville; mother-in-law, Christine Parsons of Marlin; sons, Mark Parsons and wife Angel of Itasca and Scott Parsons of Maydelle. Her siblings are Darnell Boone and husband Larry of Lake Frankston, Sammy Tull and wife Rosie of Lorena, Terry Tull and wife Susan of Henderson, and Billy Tull and wife Carol of Waco and Kathy Sartor of Marlin. She is also survived by two grandchildren Cash and Cooper Parsons; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 at Union Grove Cemetery in Maydelle.


L. Joe Davenport

A graveside service for L. Joe Davenport of Tyler, is scheduled at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, at Resthaven Memorial Cemetery in Jacksonville. Pastor Park Robertson will officiate. 

L. Joe Davenport

1946-2022

Joe passed away at home on Jan. 17, 2022. He was born in San Antonio on March 17, 1946, to Grady Paul Davenport and Algie Almyra (Stone) Davenport. 

He founded Davenport Trucking and later in life Davenport Foundation Drilling. He enjoyed playing music, especially the steel guitar and dobro, as much as he loved his animals. He was also known as a jack of all trades. Although he had his fun aggravating family members, he was adored for the way he loved, and his big heart. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sons Larry Joe Davenport and Chad Pilkinton; brothers Tim, Herschel, Bobby, and Garry Davenport. 

Left to cherish Joe’s memory are his loving wife of 40 years, Carolyn Davenport of Tyler; and his children Mark Smith Davenport and wife Shelbi of Spokane, WA, Amanda Davenport of Tomball, Charles Davenport of Tyler, Teresa Budro and husband John of LaRue, Melissa Artmire and husband Karl of Chandler, Karri Harvey and husband Brian of Arp, and Michael Pilkinton of Tyler. His sisters are Louise Davenport, Laverne Tesch and husband Don of Borrne, Jenny Davenport of Tyler, and Linda Smith and husband Glen of Kilgore, and his brothers Donald Davenport of Flint, David Davenport of Grapeland, Barry and wife Serena of Edom, and Ronnie and wife Debi of LaRue. He is also survived by his 20 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren, and one on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be his sons and his sons-in law, Mark, Charles, Michael, John, Karl, and Brian. Honorary pallbearer is Greg Smith.


Oneal Smith

A funeral service for Oneal Smith of Frankston is scheduled at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, 2022 at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. He will be laid to rest at Frankston City Cemetery. 

Oneal  Smith

1939-2022

Oneal was born on March 13, 1939 in Frankston and entered eternal life on Jan. 19, 2022. 

He was a member of the Church of Christ in Frankston, a Mason and member of Lodge #312 where he was a past Master. For 45 years, Oneal owned Oneal Smith Garage and he was a volunteer fireman with the City of Frankston. He will always be remembered for his famous fish fries and how much he loved to fish and spend time with family and friends. 

He was preceded in death by parents, Milton and Jossie (Weisner) Smith; daughter, Penny Moseley; son, Chad Oneal Smith; two brothers, Wilburn and Farris Smith; and sister-in-law, Charlene. 

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Charlotte Smith of Frankston; daughter, Vicky Haynes and husband Ben of Poynor and brother, James Robert Smith and wife Diane of Houston. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Justin, Clint, Makenzie, Nancy, Jacob and Ben; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Pallbearers will be Jacob Haynes, Justin Roberts, Ben W. Haynes, Terry Smith, Mikey Tidmore and Jeremy Smith. 

Rather than customary condolences, memorials may be made to www.shrinerschildrens.org . 



Granny Lydia Crisp

A graveside service for Granny Lydia Crisp of Frankston, is scheduled at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, at Hebron Baptist cemetery in Yoakum. Frank Cornwell and Bethany Long will officiate. 

Granny Lydia Crisp

1929-2022

Visitation will begin on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Frankston. 

Lydia passed away on Jan. 20, 2022. She was born in Palacios, TX on Sept. 12, 1929, to Frank and Rosa Brown. 

She was a Christian devoted woman who lived her life centered around Christ. She loved her family and really enjoyed growing her flowers and in her spare time she also liked spending time on Facebook. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don Crisp; her daughter Lynda LaRousse; her grandson, Danny Cornwell; and her two siblings, Preston Brown, and Lillian Watson. 

Left to cherish Lydia’s memory are children, David Crisp and wife Ada of Frankston and Donna Stinson of Frankston; brother, Edward Brown of South Texas and sister, Delores Brown of Brazoria. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Travis Stinson and wife Destiny, Russell Stinson and wife Patricia, Frank Cornwell and wife Nina, Jason LaRousse and wife Fara and Tonya Crisp; 7 great-grandchildren, Audry, Graci, Paiten, DJ, Zachery, Timothy and Hannah; 8 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Honorary pallbearers are Frank Cornwell, Zachery Cornwell, Timothy Cornwell, Thomas Echartea, David Crisp, Travis Stinson, and Russell Stinson.



Harmon Edwin Montrose (Bob)

Harmon Edwin Montrose (Bob) passed away peacefully at his home on Jan.  22, 2022 at the age of 85. He was born April 2, 1936, to William George Montrose and Ethel Elizabeth Milner. He was the 7th of 10 children.

Harmon Edwin Montrose (Bob)

1936-2022

Upon graduating from LaPoynor High School in 1954, he enlisted in the Navy where he served his country for 4 years. After leaving the Navy he roughnecked in the Oil field of West Texas. He made his way to Arkansas where he started his career in the floor covering industry in 1959. While there he met his wife, Linda. They married July 23, 1976. They moved back home the following year.

In 1982 they opened Montrose Floors on the square in Frankston. He continued to grow that business until he retired in 2006. He had a love for animals and people alike. He was always there to lend a helping hand, with a broad smile and quick wit. 

He was preceded in death by both parents; sisters Ruby Louise, Mary Ann, and Marjorie Neil; brothers William Franklin and Alvis Wayne.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 45 years, Linda; sisters Elizabeth Jane and Margaret Love; brother Charles Loyd; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family requests donations be made in his honor to Pets fur People, www.petsfurpeople.org or mail to The Pets Fur People, 1823 CR 386, Tyler, Tx, 75708. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022 at the Montrose Family Cabin, located near the east end of Anderson County Road 478.




Judy Dickerson

A funeral service for Judy Dickerson of Jacksonville is scheduled at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville. David Hallum, Frank Diamont, and C.B. Williams will officiate. She will be laid to rest at Still Waters Memorial Gardens in Jacksonville. 

Visitation will begin on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville. 

Judy passed away on Jan. 28, 2022. She was born in Chilton, Texas on Nov. 27, 1942, to Buddy and Myrtle Gibson.

Judy Dickerson

1942-2022

She was a graduate of Jacksonville High School and worked at Jackson Square Florist for over 20 years. She was a member at Afton Grove Baptist Church. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Jimmy Ray Gibson, Jack Gibson, and Donnie Gibson; and her sister-in-law, Juanita Gibson. 

Left to cherish Judy’s memory is her loving and devoted husband of over 60 years, Charles Dickerson; children, Dedi Kyle and husband Jim, Chuck Dickerson, Craig Dickerson and Tammie Hosea, and Tonya Sanford and husband Shell; sister-in-law, Beverly Gibson; and Godchildren, Cathy Thompson and Guillermo Cedillo, and C.B. Williams and wife Kristen. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Mandy Pugh and husband John Lance, Jaimee Mikes and husband Ryan, Kristie Gambill and husband Justin, Cody Kyle and wife Amy, Tanna Ivey and boyfriend Kody Casaday, Houston Dickerson, and Jerrod Dickerson; her great-grandchildren, Kylie Pugh, Shelby Pugh, Amber Mikes, Brady Mikes, Harper Kyle, Jace Gambill, Bentli Gambill, and Emmie Lou Kyle; and her nieces and nephews, Donna Sosby, Rae Dawn Gibson, and Jackie Gibson. 

Pallbearers will be Ryan Mikes, John Lance Pugh, Justin Gambill, Cody Kyle, Jim Kyle, Houston Dickerson, Jerrod Dickerson, Frank Diamont, James Yancey, C.B. Williams, Jimmy Dickson, Byron Underwood, Charles Yarbrough, and Eddie Smith.



Rosie Nadine Parrott

1919-2022


Rosie Nadine Parrott

A funeral service for Rosie Nadine Parrott of Frankston, is scheduled at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Frankston. Rev. George Folmar will officiate. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. 

Rosie was born on Nov. 08, 1919 and entered eternal life on Jan. 30, 2022. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lela (Gallupe) Gour, and her husband, Tommy Lloyd Parrott. 

Left to cherish Nadine’s memory are her son, Charles Weldon Parrott; and her grandchildren Sheila D. Canady and Jason W. Parrott; and great-grandchildren Jacob and Riley Parrott.





Rose Lynn Williams Boling

A funeral service for Rose Lynn Williams Boling of Frankston will be held Saturday, Feb. 12  at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Frankston, with Bro. Scott Wiley officiating.

Visitation will take place Friday, Feb. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home in Frankston.

Rose Lynn will be buried at Frankston City Cemetery next to her parents.

Rose Lynn Williams Boling

1945-2022

Rose Lynn Williams Boling was born Nov. 14, 1945 in Jacksonville to Harry E. and Mary Helen Williams. She passed away Jan. 30, 2022 at the age of 76.

Rose Lynn grew up in Frankston, where she graduated high school, and then completed her nursing degree at Texas Eastern School of Nursing in Tyler on Aug. 4, 1967.

While completing her clinical rotation in Austin, she met and fell in love with her husband Darrell Wayne Boling. Rose Lynn and Darrell married on Aug. 5, 1967. They settled in Frankston where they raised their daughter Kimberly Lynn and were married for 54 years. 

Rose Lynn had a deep faith in God that guided her throughout her life. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the church choir. Rose Lynn prayed for everyone she knew and committed herself to a life of service to others. She rose before dawn to read her Bible and journal her thoughts to God every day before work. Rose Lynn wrote that she and her family were blessed by God. She was most thankful for her “salvation and fantastic family”: “We were poor and my parents did their best, …. but I was loved and I felt it.” She enjoyed being an older sister, reminding her brother Don that she was the older sister, and fondly remembered tugging on his coat to make him go faster on their walks to school. Their close bond endured through the years. 

Rose Lynn was a committed nurse and impacted countless lives. When Darrell was stationed in San Diego, California, serving in the United States Navy, she worked in an orthopedic surgeon’s office. In 1976, Rose Lynn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing Administration from Southwest Texas University. Over her career, Rose Lynn worked as a psychiatric nurse at Austin State Hospital, a pediatric nurse at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, a director of surgery at Memorial Hospital in Palestine and at Mother Frances Hospital in Jacksonville, and she provided genuine patient care and treatment as a state correctional facility nurse at the Michael Unit. During each career move, Rose knew that God was leading her. 

Rose Lynn dedicated herself to her family entirely. Being a mother to Kimberly brought her great joy, and she supported her daughter in every one of her pursuits. Rose loved sports, the outdoors, and adventure. She grew up fishing and camping with her close family. She was an avid bowler and dance partner to her husband. She was known for her spirited nature to all and as a positive and encouraging matriarch to her cousins and descendants. She brightened every room. 

Even during the years when Rose Lynn was not as sharp-witted as she once was, she still carried an abiding love for her family. She may not have recognized everyone or remembered everything, but she would tell you that her husband loved her and that he was a good man. After Rose Lynn spent years tending to the care of others, Darrell spent years tending to her every need. Rose repeatedly told her daughter Kimberly that she loved her and reminded her that she wouldn’t understand the depth of that love until she became a mother of her own. The birth of Rose’s first granddaughter, Charley Rose, allowed Kimberly to understand exactly what her mother meant. 

Rose Lynn is preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Mary Helen Williams, and grandparents, Silas Harrison and Vivian Pearl Evans Williams, and Charles Arthur and Rosa Virginia Dabbs Ellis.

She is survived by her husband Darrell Boling of Frankston; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Andy Brazeal of Frankston; granddaughters Charley Rose and Lillian Jayae of Frankston; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Cheryl Williams; nieces, Jennifer French, Julie Waldon, Regina McNeal, Sara Darrah, and Diana Boling; nephews, Brad Bryant and Blake Bryant; many close family members, and special friends who loved her dearly.

Pallbearers include Travis King, Johnnie Burks, Bill Hyde, Jerry Beard, Larry Lummus and Joey Maxwell. Honorary Pallbearers include Betsy Anderson, Margie Grissom, Debbie Berry, Nelda Welch, Judy Burks, Lauren King, and Nikki Franks.

The family requests memorial donations be made to Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County, www.alzalliance.org .



Mary Gregg

Mary Gregg, a lifetime resident of Jacksonville, passed away at her home on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022. She was born on June 20, 1931 to John W. and Fannie Lightsey Haws. 

A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022 at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Doug Wintermute, pastor of Jacksonville First United Methodist Church, will officiate. She will be laid to rest at Jarratt Cemetery in Jacksonville. 

Visitation will begin on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville. 

Mary Gregg

1931-2022

Mary completed a 45-year banking career in 1994, beginning as a teller with Texas Bank & Trust Company, retiring from Wells Fargo Bank as an Executive Vice President. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of Texas Bank & Trust Company and its secretary for a period of 15 years.

Mary served two terms as a Director of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and one year as its Board Chairman. She also served as a charter member of the Cherokee County Crisis Center, and was chosen as Citizen of the Year by Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce as well as Businesswoman of the Year by the Jacksonville Business and Professional Women’s Club.

Mary was a member of First United Methodist Church serving as Church Treasurer, a member of the Finance Committee and as a member of the Administrative Board.

In 2000, she served the remaining 13-month term as Cherokee County Commissioner, Precinct 1 after the death of her husband. She later sought and won an elected four-year term in 2005. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Fannie Haws; husbands, Reginald Harris and Bob Gregg; brothers, Joe and Paul Haws; sister, Betty Ousley; and brother-in-law, Bo Ousley. 

Left to cherish Mary’s memory are her sister-in-law, Wanda Haws of Jacksonville; nephew, Mark Ousley and wife Lea Anne of Jacksonville; nieces, Janice Barker and husband Michael of Pasadena, CA, Rebecca Hodges and husband Byron of Clear Lake, Angela Porter and husband Greg of Tyler, and Carol Gideon and husband Anthony of Van; along with four great nephews and four great nieces.

A special thank you is extended to Debbie Gaither and her sitter service. 


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