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Helen Smith Spurlock Stanford

February 10, 1930  ~  January 12, 2024

           Helen Smith, the only child of Irene Butler and Henry Smith was born February 10, 1930, in Harris County, Tx. 
She embraced her faith early in life, finding solace at Pilgrim Hill Missionay Baptist Church, in the Huffsmith-Tomball community, until her health  failed.

   Granny, as she was affectionally referred to, was not only a devoted mother, grandmother , and great grandmother, but Also, had an affectionate love for all persons, she encountered.   She was a generous soul with a  big heart, always having a smile, and, she was the glue that held her family together.
     Helen also loved the Tomball community, a woman full of wisdom, who was always available to share an encouraging word. and she demonstrated strong support to those in need. She was the family  social butterfly who enjoyed LIFE.

On January 12, 2024, she passed away at The Heights of Tomball NursingHome. She was predeceased  by her parents,   husband, Charles Stanford,   a son, Henry Spurlock, Jr.  and a  daughter, Jo Ann Bishop.

  Cherishing her memories are her grandchildren, Lisa Bishop, Cecilia Browder, Patrick Bishop and his wife ,Shirley), Henry Spurlock III, Joshua Boyles, Clifford Spurlock, Caleb Spurlock and  Rachel Smith.

   She leaves a lasting impact in the hearts of her great grandchildren; Ashley, Philesea, Jasmine, Adrian, Chelsea, James, Traevon, Cornecia and a host and others, including her play son, Ray,  cousins Delois, Lillie, and a host of family and friends.
While we are sad and grieving today because of her passing, we remember that she was a strong woman of God in the faith, and she knew who her savior was. We have each been     blessed by her presence, and we are comforted in knowing that she is safe in the arms of Jesus.

Fletcher, Ann Gremillion

     Ann Gremillion Fletcher,79, of Navasota, Tx. passed away Oct. 12,2023, at home, with her husband Donald, in attendance, after a valiant, two-year fight with metastatic cancer.

     Ann was born Jan. 03, 1944, in Alexandria, La., to Vance and Ora Zeigler Gremillion.  She was baptized, as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Sept. 16, 1961, and one week later, she met the one, who was to become the love of her life, Don.  They met in his sister’s kitchen, in Alexandria, where he was visiting.  Over the years, they visited each other, in- group settings, just as friends.            Five years later, they were married at the Kingdom Hall, in Kelly, La., on August 13, 1966, to which they recently celebrated 57 years of joyful bliss.  In their early life, they resided in Ruston, La.  and for 32 years, in Victoria, Tx., where Don was employed with the DuPont Corp.  During his employment,  Ann was able  to attend their children, Craig, Kevin and Sheila, and devote her time, sharing her love for Jehovah God with her neighbors.                  She cherished her memories and told many stories about assemblies;  with her mother and Don’s grandmother, sharing  in pioneering throughout their travels.

     The family returned to Louisiana, albeit briefly, and in 2002, they moved back to Texas.  During this  transition, they decided to  become a part of  the Navasota community, and  permanent members of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, Navasota, actively volunteering  wherever help  was needed, and  being an inspiration  to  others, with  her  positive  outlook  and  happy anticipation of  a New World under GOD’s Kingdom.   It was  her hope that her family would continue to live life to the fullest and share her life as an example of a “race well run” (2 Timothy 4: 7).

    On  Oct. 14, 2023, Ann was cremated, and her cremains, was    returned to her  hometown area.

    She will be lovingly remembered by her husband  Don Fletcher,  her son Craig Fletcher (and his wife Amanda who Ann loved like a daughter),  her son Kevin Fletcher, and her daughter Sheila Fletcher,  her granddaughters,  Danielle Fletcher,  Zoe Fletcher,  Morgan Fletcher,  a great grandson Oliver Arthur,  her brother Kenneth Gremillion,  and her many spiritual brothers and sisters .

Young, Esther  Lee  Bowen

Funeral services  for  Esther Lee Bowen Young, 75 , of  Katy, Tx.  and formerly of  Richards, Tx.  were held Sat., Apr. 22, 2023 at  First Baptist Church, Richards, with Rev. L. Dunbar, officiating.

     Mrs. Young passed Apr. 08, 2023,  @ Choice Hospice, Houston, Tx. following a brief  illness.  She was born Apr. 19, 1947 to the parentage of Theory  & Sallie Fair Green Bowen of  Grimes Co.,Tx.   She was a lifelong member of Robinson Hill Bapt. Church , of the Pineywoods (Richards) area, serving with  the Women’s Ministry and Bible Study , the church choir and Usher Board.  She attended the community schools., graduating from Richards High, class of 1967, and  furthered her education at Mary Allen College, Crockett, Tx., with a Bachelor of Science degree.

    Esther met and married  her college sweetheart, Eugene Young of Oklahoma,  to which union, two children were born.   Preceding her  in death, were her husband, Eugene and son Michael Young, her parents, five brothers and two sisters.

       Pleasant  memories are  left with  her  daughter, Loretta C. Young, of Katy-Houston, Tx., grandchildren, Christopher       ( Destiney ) of Cameron, Tx., Christian and Godson, Bryan Lewis of Houston, Tx., and God grandson, Terry Dean of Richards, Tx.; a  sister, Hester Bowen Lewis (James)  of Houston, Tx. and a brother Bobby Bowen of Baytown, Tx. and other collateral relatives and friends.

    Esther  was  laid  rest , next to her son, Michael  in the Pineywoods Cemetery, Co. Rd 214 @Co. Rd. 215, Anderson-Richards, Tx.




   Edwards, Floyd, 65 ,  passed  Jan. 30, 2023  at  College Station's Scott & White  Hospital, following a brief  illness.   He  was  born  March 16, 1957  to  the parentage of  Leroy Edwards and  Maggie  Green  of  Grimes County , Texas .    He united  in  Matrimony  to the former  Ms. Della  Powell,  to which  union, two  daughters  were  born.  He  was  a  resident of  Anderson, Tx. , during his latter years   and  a former  employee @ Interstate Steel Mfg., in  Navasota.                                                                                                                                                                           He  leaves   memories  with  his  children,  Stephanie  E. Curtis of College Station, Tx. and  Stacy E. Woods, of Dallas, Tx.  ;    a brother, Zeltee ( BLue Star) Edwards, Houston, Tx., sisters, Sallie  Ann Edwards,  of Houston, Tx.,  Millian Bowen of  Dallas, Tx.,  grandchildren and other collateral relatives and friends.

Cremation  services were preformed February, 2023 .


           Brent Marco Jones was born to the late Earl K. Jones and Lonnette Tapp Jones on July 8, 1951, in Columbia, South Carolina, and he passed away in late November 2022   

  Brent was baptized on August 15, 1965, at Mt. Corinth Baptist Church in Hempstead, Tx.

  His early educational experiences include: Prairie View High School  and Waller High School, Waller, Tx., from which he graduated as Class Valedictorian, 1969 ;  and he received a B.S. degree in Microbiology from Ohio State University ; an  M.S. degree and Ph.D. from Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, Tx.     He  was a  retired   Assistant Dean  at  the University  of North Texas,  Denton,  Tx.                                        He  also, worked  with the  Rohm & Haas Chemical Company.

   Dr. Jones  leaves to cherish his memory, two brothers, Alvin Landis Jones of Prairie View, Tx and Bruce L. Jones of Fresno, TX, a nephew Kedron Jones of Houston, TX, and other collateral relatives and friends.

Entombment Svcs. for  Brent  were held , Sat., Jan. 07, 2023 at the Prairie View Cemetery, Prairie View, Tx. 77446

Hester  Powell, 69

Hester passed  October 31, 2022,  following a  short illness.    She  was  born in Navasota  to the parentage of L P ,Sr .and Della Mae Powell in Navasota and she  attended  the community schools of her birth.   She  was  predecesed by her Father, L. P . Powell, Sr., brothers,  L. P. Powell, Jr. and Willie B. Powell. 

She leaves  cherised  memories with  her sons, Michael and Frank  Powell,  Nine grandchildren , Five Great Grandchildren ;  Mother, Mrs. Della Mae Williams, sisters, Della F.  Ford of Navasota  and Eva P. Lowery and numerous neices,  nephews and other collateral relatives and friends.

Cremation  Svcs  were preformed the week of November 03, 2022


Wesley, Lovie  Ann   Dean

March  24,  1950 -  September  04,  2022

Lovie was  born,  to  Adair Dean, Sr. and Maude Allen Dean of Anderson, Tx.  She  united in Holy Matrimony to  Donald Ray Wesley, Sr. ,  to which union, sons (Carlton and Donald Ray, Jr.) were  born.

Survivors include ; sons, Carlton Wesley , Donald Ray, Jr ;  brothers, Joseph L. and Alfred D. Dean, Sr. ; nine grandchildren,  three great grandchildren  and  other collateral  relatives and friends.

Lovie  Ann  Dean Wesley  was  laid  to rest  next  to  her  brother,  Adair Dean, Jr,  in the  Coaxberry  Cemetery,  Hwy 2445, Stoneham -Plantersville  community.


  Ronald Douglas Server, JSD                      

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