| CLAUDE HOOKS
Claude Hooks, 66, of Fort Worth passed away Saturday, July 10, 2010 in Fort Worth.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 13 at Adams E.E. Stringer Funeral Home in Kirbyville with burial and Military Honors at Bleakwood Cemetery.
A native of Newton County, he had previously lived in Humble before moving to Fort Worth. He was a pipefitter and a U.S. Marine veteran of the Vietnam War.
Survivors include his daughters, Kelly Willis of Keller and Seles Scott of Humble; sister, Saundra Wallace of Leesville, Louisiana; brothers, Joe Edward Hooks of Nederland, Joe Allen Hooks of Kirbyville, Noner Day Hooks of Woodville, Timmy Hooks of Bleakwood and Lynn Hooks of Woodville; and eight grandchildren.
DONALD “DONNIE” BEAN
Donald “Donnie” Bean, 75, of Sam Rayburn passed away Monday, July 5, 2010 at his residence.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 9 at Lake Rayburn United Methodist Church with burial at Magnolia Springs Cemetery under the direction of Stringer and Griffin Funeral Home in Jasper.
Born in Longview, he grew up in Beaumont and was a longtime Sam Rayburn Lake Community resident. A 1953 graduate of Beaumont High School, he was an all around athlete involved in all sports. He was a graduate of Lamar University where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and a member of the basketball team.
After serving in the banking industry at First Security for over 20 years, he then served as the Executive Director for the Jasper Chamber of Commerce before working with the Jasper-Newton Health Department as an Environmental Health Officer. After retirement from the health department, he owned and operated Bean Country R. V. Sanitarian. He was a longtime member of Rotary International. An avid Dallas Cowboy and Texas Longhorn fan, he had lifelong hobbies including hunting, fishing, golfing, fur trapping, bull riding and stone scuplting. He loved all God’s creation.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo Bean of Rayburn Country; daughters, Tracy Davis Castle and husband Kenneth of Lumberton and Susannah Bean Crohn and husband Andrew of Austin; brother, Harold Bean of Lumberton; sisters, Billie Merle Ferguson and husband Chet of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Joanie Smart and husband James of Silsbee and Sandra Johnson of Temple; grandchildren, Beau Parker Davis and Taylor Davis, and Normandy and Asher Crohn; and his cherished great-grandchild, Brayden Miller; and many additional grandchildren and great-grandchildren through his extended family.
Memorials may be made to the Jasper Lakes Area Humane Society, 220 Second Street, Jasper, Texas 75951.
WILLIAM WATT STRAWTHER, JR.
William Watt Strawther Jr., 84, of Charlotte, North Carolina passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2010.
A memorial service was held at the Glenwood Springs Colorado Church of Christ with graveside service and burial at the Trout Creek Cemetery on July 7. Minister Bruce Lewis of Weatherford, Oklahoma conducted the service.
A native of Call, he was born May 27, 1926 to William Watt and Opal Strawther. After graduating from Kirbyville High School (second in a class of nine) in 1944, he continued his education at Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, Tennessee. He then moved to Orange where he worked at the local J.C. Penney store and met the love of his life, Marjorie Arledge and they were married on July 5, 1948.
Continuing his education, he attended McNeese College in Lake Charles, Louisiana, studying accounting. While in college he worked for the Harding and Lawlor Construction firm as a bookkeeper. Later he opened his first business, the White Auto Store in Bay City.
An interest in the stock market took Bill and his family to New York City to train with Bache and Co (now Prudential). He then returned to Texas to work at the Houston office. His next move took him to Phoenix, Arizona where he worked for Mitchum, Jones and Co. as an options specialist. Several years later he opened his own firm, Continental American Securities, which went international having branch offices in the United States and Europe. During this time he was appointed to the Board of Governors of the National Association of Security Dealers. He remained in Phoenix until retirement and sold the firm in 1982.
He and Marjorie then moved to Carbondale, Colorado and continued to travel the world for pleasure and in support of the Churches of Christ. Bill especially enjoyed doing mission work with his wife and son in Guatemala. He was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ.
Bill loved spending time in the outdoors snowmobiling or riding his 4-wheeler with his beloved dog Kodi on back. He loved growing flowers and was fascinated by the life of bees and hummingbirds. He led an interesting and fulfilling life.
He was preceded in death by his son, William Paul Strawther; and sister, Minnie Etta Whitman.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Marjorie Strawther of Charlotte, North Carolina; son, Philip Arledge Strawther MD of Charlotte, North Carolina; sisters, Ann and husband Arlan Young of Kirbyville and Doris Hendrix and husband Walter Johnson of Lenoir, North Carolina; brothers-in-law, James R. and wife Sue Arledge of DeKalb and Robert T. and wife Carol Arledge of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; and numerous nieces and nephews.