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David Paul Ferguson

David Paul Ferguson, age 76, of Lantana, Texas, passed away on December

14, 2020. He was born August 1, 1944, in Crockett, the third son to parents, Reed W. Ferguson, Sr. and Mildred Ferguson. David attended Crockett Elementary and High School, playing all sports, including, baseball, basketball and football, and excelled in all, but he was a true star in football. Several colleges pursued him to play for them on a full scholarship, including, Texas A&M and Rice University. He really wanted to go to A&M, however his dad told him he was going to Rice, because Rice was known for their reputation as a universally recognized academic school. At Rice, David received many honors in football, including second in the nation in punt returns. His most memorable accolade was the game Rice played against the University of Texas at Austin in Memorial Stadium in 1965. David could not be stopped. He was playing quarterback and Rice beat Texas 20-17, in one of the most exciting and memorable games Rice has ever played. When David graduated from Rice, he was pursued by several professional football teams including the Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins. He decided to play for Miami (which he later regretted). Shortly after, he was drafted into the army during the Vietnam War. David served 3 years in the Army, in Europe, and in Washington, D.C. as a Communications Specialist at the Pentagon. David was honorably discharged, with a designation of Sergeant in 1973 with the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Expert Medal for rifle. After the Army, David worked in Dallas for several insurance agencies, and in 1975 he moved to Giddings, and partnered with his Rice roommate, R.J. Nitsche, and they started an independent insurance agency where he worked until his retirement in 2009. He married Sharon Varnado on September 24, 1977 at First United Methodist Church of Giddings, where they were members for 39 years. He loved fishing, hunting, playing golf, skiing, anything outdoors, but he loved his two children, David Garrett and Kristen Elizabeth the most. He always put his family before himself and had nicknames for all. Sharon was Pumpkin, Garrett was The Man, and Kristen was Purdy.

David is survived by his wife, Sharon, son Garrett, his wife Kelly, their daughter, Palmer and son, Benton; his daughter, Kristen, her husband, Travis, their daughters, Anderson, and Prestley; his brother in-law, David Varnado, wife, Jerry; his brother-in-law, Richard Varnado, wife, Cynthia; sister-in-law, Gloria Ferguson; nieces, Marla Ferguson Collins, Jennifer Varnado Placke, Jessica Varnado, Kym Varnado Martinez, Jennie Ferguson Duncan; nephews, Steven Ferguson, Danny Lanier, Rex Ferguson, Jr., Brandon Varnado. He was preceded in death by his parents, Reed and Mildred Ferguson; brother, Reed Ferguson, Jr. wife, Peggy, Rex Ferguson, Dan Ferguson.

Graveside funeral service for David Paul Ferguson will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, December 20, 2020 at the Evergreen Memorial Park with Rev. Michael Bedevian officiating.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ALZ of Texas, 7719 Wood Hollow Drive Ste. 157, Austin Tx 78731, https://www.txalz.org/, The National Kidney Foundation, https://www.kidneyfund.org/ or a charity of your choosing.

The family asks everyone to please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Melton Glen Hamblet

Melton Glen Hamblet, age 69, of Grapeland, passed away Thursday, December 10, 2020

A Memorial Service for Melton Glen Hamblet will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 21, 2020 in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel.


Betty Jane Evetts Sossaman

Betty Jane Evetts Sossaman passed away peacefully in Crockett, Texas on December 12, 2020 at age 83. Betty was born January 25, 1937 in Houston. She graduated from Reagan High School in 1955, then attended secretarial school. Betty worked for Tenneco in the tax department for 18 years, then married her sweetheart A.D. Sossaman. She went from having one child by her first marriage, Karen, to having 7 additional step children. This was a major life change, but Betty stepped up to the challenge. She was preceded in death by her beloved sister, Jerry Lynn Sefcik; parents, Bonnie and James Evetts (Nanny and Papa), and nephew, Scott Sefcik.

Left behind are her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Scott Shartle, grandchildren, Sarah Shartle, Lindsey S. West, and Thomas W. Shartle; great-grandchildren, Brinley Jane West and Adalynn Jae West are left with fond memories. To most she was known as BB mainly for her robust figure, but to me she was always just Mom. BB will be fondly remembered for her relentless sense of humor, independence, love, and generosity. She loved cooking for her family and entertaining. Her recipes live on today! Peace be with her.

Mabel Dean Poe Greb

Mabel Dean Poe Greb, loving mother and granny, age 88, of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at Enchanted Pines Assisted Living.

Funeral services for Mabel Dean Poe Greb will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 22, 2020 in the First Baptist Church. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. prior to service. Interment to follow at the Rice Family Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Nix Mission Fund at the First Baptist Church, 801 E Goliad Ave, Crockett, TX 75835

George Mueller

George Mueller, age 86, passed away December 4, 2020 in College Station, Texas. A memorial service in his honor will be held 10 A.M., Saturday, December 19, 2020 at the Cowboy Church of Leon County in Centerville, Texas. Pastor of the church, Tuffy Loftin, will officiate the service.

George is survived by his beloved wife, Claudia Mueller of Centerville; sons, Dr. Dwight (Lori) Mueller of Buford, SC, Col. Mark (Cathy) Mueller of Yorktown, VA and Chris (Kelly) Mueller of LaPorte; grandchildren, Melissa Hodges, Kathrin Mueller, Gabby Mueller, Sarah Mueller, Tim Lott, Katie Raney, Andrew Mueller and Emily McDaniel and great grandchildren, Lincoln, Brody, Callahan and Mera Raney, Lennon McDaniel and Nash Proud, as well as numerous extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by both of his parents.

Arrangements are under the direction of Walters Funeral Home, Centerville, Texas.

Mattie Bell Hoehne

September 19, 1936 - December 2, 2020

Mattie Bell Hoehne, age 84, passed away peacefully at her home in La Vernia, Texas on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.

Mattie was born September 19, 1936 in Madisonville, Texas to Thomas Rob and Lucille (Lowry) Waldrip. Mattie was a caring and compassionate woman and a wonderful loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. Mattie was a lifetime member of the Church of Christ. She was a well known and respected member. The last three years, Mattie attended the LaVernia Church of Christ where she was quickly embraced by a loving congregation. She loved spending time with her Woman’s Bible Study group. It was the highlight of her week.

Mattie was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Lynch; parents; sons, Johnny Hoehne and Gary Lynch; daughter-in-law, Sylvia Lynch and sisters, Jimmie Jo Taylor, Sara Ann Musslewhite and Bobbie Jean Montgomery. She is survived by her loving son, Glenn Lynch and daughter-in-law, Margaret Lynch of LaVernia; sister, Tommie Risinger of Bryan; grandchildren, Cole and Ashley Lynch Bolen of LaVernia, Gage and Aly Lynch of San Antonio, Eric and Carrie Lynch Edwards of Alvin, David and Jimmie Lynch Charlesworth of Alvin, Frances and Darrin Scopel of Alvin and Nancy and Calvin McGee of Cypress; twelve great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

Her love and kindness will be missed by all.

A memorial service will be held 1 P.M., December 19, 2020 at Madisonville Funeral Home, Madisonville, Texas.

Local arrangements are entrusted to Madisonville Funeral Home, Madisonville, Texas.

Wanda Taylor

Viewing for Wanda Talor will be Saturday Dec 19th from 9-10:50 am @ First Baptist Church 209 6th St, service will follow at 11 am in the church with burial to follow in the Antioch Cemetery.

Barkley Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

Johnny Whitting Jr

Services for Johnny Whitting Jr will be held Dec 20, 2020 @ 1pm at Good Shepherd Fellowship Church with burial following in the Mt Moriah Cemetery.

Visitation will be 12/19/20 from 1-6 at funeral home.

Barkley Mortuary in charge of arrangements


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