May 23, 2003

Leslie Dwain Crabb

1940 – 2003

Leslie Dwain Crabb went to be with the Lord May 21, 2003. He joins his parents Raymond L. and Mamie Smith Crabb and his sons Leslie D., II. And Michael D. Crabb who preceded him. He was born in Houston, Texas February 25, 1940. He graduated from Texas A&M, class of ’62.

He is survived by his wife Mary Crabb of Bryan, TX, a sister Carolyn Crabb of Huntsville, TX, a son Larry Crabb of Center, TX, a stepson Robert Oliver and wife Shelley, four grandchildren, Kyle, Kailey, Kaitlyn and Kaicey Oliver all of Las Vegas, NV, a niece Diann Stark and a nephew Kennith Snider both of Huntsville, TX, two aunts Celeste Pillow of Caldwell, TX and Joy Farrell of Elgin, TX as well as many cousins and friends who will miss him.

Funeral Services will be held at 2pm Saturday, May 24, 2003 in the Hillier Funeral Home with Reverend Charles R. Mason officiating. A visitation will be held from noon to 2pm Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation.

Paulita "Paula" Martinez

Services for Paulita “Paula” Martinez, 79, of Bryan are set for 10:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Reverend Kirby Garner officiating. Burial will be at Rest-Ever Memorial Park Cemetery in Bryan.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday and 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan. A rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Paula passed away Wednesday at St. Joseph Regional Health Center. She was born in Mumford, Texas and has lived in Bryan for most her life. She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and was a homemaker.

Paula was survived by her husband, Jesse F. Martinez Sr. of Bryan; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jesse and Janie Martinez Jr.; Johnny and Sylvia Martinez, all of Bryan; five daughters and sons-in-law, Hortencia “Artie” and Alan Bridges of Bryan, Mary Helen and Benny Cedillo of College Station, Paula Sharon and Robert Dotson of College Station, Hilda and Al Albin of Mustang, Oklahoma, Laura Lee and Jerry Becerra of Bryan; two brothers, Henry Garcia of Bryan, and Albert Garcia of Hearne; one sister, Jessie Villalpando of Hearne; eleven grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Victor Garcia, Manuel Alvarado, John Garcia, Felipe Alvarado, Ysidro Garcia, and Emilio Alvarado Jr.; one sister, Ruth Gonzales; and her step-father, Emilio Alvarado Sr.

David Strawther

Nov. 7, 1960 — May 21, 2003

TEMPLE — David Strawther, 42, of Temple died Wednesday at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Temple.

His body was donated to science, as he wished.

Local arrangements were under the direction of Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan.

Irene E. Higdon

April 21, 1928 — May 20, 2003

NAVASOTA — Services for Irene E. Higdon, 75, of Navasota are set for 10 a.m. Friday at Christ Our Light Catholic Church.

The Rev. Paul G. Felix will officiate. Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Mount Carmel Cemetery in El Paso.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Friday at the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lindley-Robertson-Holt Funeral Home in Navasota.

Mrs. Higdon died Tuesday at Cornerstone Hospital in Austin. She lived 20 years in Navasota and was a retired nursing home administrator. She graduated from Gladewater High School in 1945 and Kilgore Junior College in 1947. Mrs. Higdon was a member of Christ Our Light Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel M. Higdon Sr.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Elsbeth Higdon of Marble Falls and David and Virginia Higdon of Austin; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to the Brazos Valley Right To Life or the Gabriel Project.

Tass Willie Johnson Sr.

Feb. 20, 1920 — May 19, 2003

CLAY — Services for Tass Willie Johnson Sr., 83, of Clay are set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Home Church in Clay.

The Revs. Ross Johnson and Herman Nelson will officiate.

Burial will be in the Clay Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at Peoples Mortuary in Bryan. A wake service will be from 6 to 7 p.m.

Mr. Johnson died Monday.

He was a 32nd degree Mason and a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II.

Survivors include seven sons, Tass Johnson Jr. and Raymond Morgan, both of Houston, Steven J. Liston and Calvin Morgan, both of Clay, Raymond Morgan of Bryan, Richard Morgan of Brenham and Johnny Flowers of Caldwell; 10 daughters, Myrtle Johnson of Houston, Marlin Howard of Bryan, Rebecca Pool of Tunis, Deloris Morgan and Ora Flowers, both of Clay, Ethel Morgan and Willie Ruth Lawson, both of Brenham, Linda Ross and Eula Moore, both of Indiana, and Valeria Williams of Lockhart; two brothers, the Rev. Ross Johnson of Oakland, Calif., and the Rev. Clinton Johnson of Michigan; six sisters, Willie E. Carter and Catherine Johnson, both of Clay, Mary E. Davis of Michigan, Viola Brazie of Washington, D.C., Adell Terry of Houston and Cora Lee Kelly of Hitchcock; 48 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

Abigaile Renee Spurgeon

Feb. 16, 2003 — May 20, 2003

Services for Abigaile Renee Spurgeon, infant, of Bryan are set for 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Teresa Catholic Church in Bryan.

The Rev. Ruiz will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Hillier Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Abigaile died Tuesday at St. Joseph Regional Health Center.

She was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church.

Survivors include two sisters, Savannah Raquel Ramirez and Gabriell Sophia Spurgeon, both of Bryan; her parents, Robbie Wayne and Irene Spurgeon of Bryan; and her grandparents, San Juanita Guzman, Mario Ramirez and Elizabeth and Billy Wayne Spurgeon, all of Bryan.

Paulita G. ‘Paula’ Martinez

June 6, 1923 — May 21, 2003

Services for Paulita G. “Paula” Martinez, 79, of Bryan are set for 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony Catholic Church.

The Rev. Kirby Garner will officiate. Burial will be in the Rest Ever Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Martinez died Wednesday at St. Joseph Regional Health Center.

She was born in Mumford and was a lifelong resident of Bryan. She was a homemaker and member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, Jesse F. Martinez Sr. of Bryan; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jesse and Janie Martinez Jr. and Johnny and Sylvia Martinez, all of Bryan; five daughters and sons-in-law, Hortencia “Artie” and Alan Bridges of Bryan, Mary Helen and Benny Cedillo and Paula Sharon and Robert Dotson, all of College Station, Hilda and Al Albin of Mustang, Okla., and Laura Lee and Jerry Becerra of Bryan; two brothers, Henry Garcia of Bryan and Albert Garcia of Hearne; a sister, Jessie Villalpando of Hearne; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Randy Ormiston

Oct. 16, 1953 — May 21, 2003

SHIRO — A memorial service for Randy Ormiston, 49, of Shiro is set for 3 p.m. Friday at Shiro Methodist Church.

The Rev. Kelly Krone will officiate.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Nobles Funeral Chapel in Navasota.

Mr. Ormiston died Wednesday in Navasota.

He was born in Karthage, N.Y., and was a retired machinist. Mr. Ormiston was a member of Shiro Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include a brother-and sister-in-law, Roger and Shann Ormiston of Conroe; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Kathy Countryman of Karthage, N.Y., and Linda and Larry Lozo of Natural Bridge, N.Y.; his mother, Helen Ormiston of Karthage, N.Y.; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Shiro Methodist Church c/o Irma Wren, P.O. Box 125, Shiro, Texas 77876.

Reuben W. Gaskamp

Aug. 22, 1914 — May 22, 2003

BRENHAM — Services for Reuben W. Gaskamp, 88, of Brenham are set for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Prairie Hill. Dr.

Sue Beall will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Memorial Oaks Chapel in Brenham.

Mr. Gaskamp died Thursday in Brenham. He was born in Washington County and was a retired custodian for the Brenham school district. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Prairie Hill and the American Legion.

Survivors include two brothers and sisters-in-law, Perry and Rosalee Gaskamp of Hallettsville and Louis and Loretta Gaskamp of Houston; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Pearl Hugo of Bellville and Betty and Roland Lueckemeyer of Houston; and a sister-in-law, Miriam Gaskamp of Brenham.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Prairie Hill.

Ernestine Payton Andrews

Sept. 24, 1949 — May 18, 2003

BRENHAM —Services for Ernestine Payton Andrews, 53, of Brenham are set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Main Street Baptist Church in Brenham.

The Rev. Chris Kallie will officiate. Burial will be in the Bryan Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hogan Funeral Home in Brenham.

Survivors include her husband, Walter Andrews III of Brenham; a son, Walter Andrews IV of Brenham; a daughter, Miranda Andrews of Brenham; two grandchildren; and other relatives.

Beatrice Juarez Reyes

April 21, 1940 — May 20, 2003

ROCKDALE — Services for Beatrice Juarez Reyes, 63, of Rockdale are set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale.

The Rev. Mario L. Martinez of Primers Iglesia Baptista Church will officiate.

Burial will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Rockdale.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Reyes died Tuesday at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

A lifelong resident of Rockdale, she was a homemaker and member of Primera Iglesia Baptista Church in Rockdale. She worked for M.A.R.C. Center and was a member of the Rockdale EMS for seven years

Mrs. Reyes was a foster parent for handicapped children for a number of years. She was with the private home health care for many years.

Survivors include her husband, Jose Reyes of Rockdale; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Filomeno Juarez Jr. of Temple and Buzz and Judy Juarez of Fort Worth; two daughters and a son-in-law, Elizabeth Khan and Mohammed Haleem of Round Rock and Esperanza Garza of Rockdale; a brother and sister-in-law, Narciso and Theresa Alonzo of Denver; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Tomasa Montez of Cameron, Olga and Ramon Navarro of Dallas and Lillian and Rudy Sanchez of Rockdale; and eight grandchildren.

Clara E. Finke

Oct. 4, 1918 — May 22, 2003

NAVASOTA — Services for Clara E. Finke, 84, of Navasota are set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Salem Lutheran Church in White Hall.

The Rev. Wayne Schumpe will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Nobles Funeral Chapel in Navasota, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mrs. Finke died Thursday in Navasota.

She was born in Anderson and was a housewife.

Survivors include her husband, Albin Finke of White Hall; a son, Clarence Albin Finke of White Hall; a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Russell Lahrmann of Industry; a brother-in-law, W.G. Finke of Navasota; two sisters, Erna Boenker of Brenham and Adeline Boenker of Washington; two sisters-in-law, Erdine Weaver of Navasota and Rosa Finke of White Hall; and one grandson.

Obituaries are printed in The Bryan-College Station Eagle as a free public service. The information is provided by the funeral home. More detailed obituaries may be printed for a fee through the advertising department.

Death Notice

Col. William E. Holland Jr., 82, died Thursday.

Arrangements are pending with Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station.

Today's Services

Bishop Cleo Cox, 11 a.m., Assemblage of Praise Church in Bryan, Oakwood Cemetery in Waco.

Henry Weaver Nowlin, 10 a.m., Grace United Methodist Church, Norwood Cemetery in Hearne.

Lillie Belle Constable, 11 a.m., Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Caldwell, Macedonia/Hix Cemetery.

Walter (P.W.) McConley, 11 a.m., Seven Star Baptist Church, Roland Cemetery in Caldwell.

Peggy Lea Holick, 2 p.m., Canton Christian Church in Canton, Okla., Robison Family Cemetery northwest of Canton.

Virginia B. Martinez, 9 a.m., Mass, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Caldwell, church cemetery.

Irene E. Higdon, 10 a.m., Christ Our Light Catholic Church.

Randy Ormiston, 3 p.m., memorial, Shiro Methodist Church.

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