Author: Cheril Vernon

CULOR Inc. to Hold Scholarship Luncheon, Fashion Show Saturday, Aug. 19

By Cheril Vernon Messenger Copy Editor CROCKETT – CULOR Inc. will sponsor its First Annual Scholarship Luncheon & Fashion Show on Saturday, Aug. 19 as a way to raise funds for scholarships for graduating high school students. The show, held in honor of the late Houston County resident Sarah B. Gary, will be held at 1 p.m. at First Assembly of God on Loop 304 in Crockett. “We are doing this in honor of my aunt because she gave away scholarships to children during her life. I would like to invite the general public. It’s a luncheon and fashion show in memory of her. Support your children and have a fun afternoon seeing up-to-date fashions,” CULOR Inc. Executive Director John “J.T.” Thompson told The Messenger Monday. More than 10 models age 35 or older will be featured in the show, modeling formal wear, denim and western wear. Organizers hope to raise enough money to provides scholarships for one to five students, depending on how successful the event is. “It goes to help kids who don’t normally get scholarships – the students who have ‘C’ averages, because the average student doesn’t get scholarships,” Thompson said. During her lifetime, Gary was dedicated to numerous historical and civic causes in the Houston County area including the Red Cross, American Cancer Society, the March of Dimes, the Salvation Army, the United Fund and...

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SINCERELY SCOTTY by Walter Scott: Powerful Stuff

Powerful Stuff Where did we go wrong?  What has happened to the foundations of this nation?  A little over a month ago we celebrated Independence Day – July 4th, in case you forgot.  I was reading an article and doing a little research on the people who worked, sacrificed, and even died for the freedom we now have and throughout it all, there was one common thread – this nation was founded on Christian principles!  But today, I would ask, where did they go?  When did this decay from Christian principles and teaching begin?   I think, from what I’ve learned, we can say it probably began in the early 1960’s.  Most notable, was the loss of prayer in schools and later in sporting events, but perhaps less noted were the changes being made in textbooks.  So let’s go back and look at some changes and at the same time look at some historical events that are no longer taught in schools.  What I’m about to present to you, a part of this nation’s history, is worth remembering, because it is true.  It’s familiar history to some of us, but most who graduated from school after the early 60’s were probably never taught this.  And our liberal courts, the ACLU, and a small, but vocal minority have seen to that! Did you know that 52 of the 55 signers...

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Bailey Walker, Jr.

Bailey Walker, Jr., 73, was the 11th child born to proud and loving parents, Bailey Walker, Sr. and Alice Beasley Walker. He made his grand entrance on January 19, 1944, in Grapeland, Texas.  Bailey Jr. attended W.R Banks School and was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He worked for years at Ames Chicken Poultry, CC Langford Concrete, Kerr Roofing, and Albert Walker concrete in Lufkin, Texas. When he moved back to Grapeland, Texas, he worked at Vulcraft and with Wayne Jones Concrete.  In 1992, Bailey Jr. met and later united in marriage with Velma Tillis. Their loving...

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Johnnie Mae Upchurch

Johnnie Mae Upchurch, age 70, passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 in CHI Lufkin Memorial Hospital. Johnnie was born April 27, 1947 in Bryan to Harvey Morgan Adams and Jackie Hammock Adams. She was a Christian and a member of Kennard Baptist Church. Johnnie worked at the sawmill for many years. Johnnie is survived by her children, Brenda Upchurch of Huntington, Truman Upchurch of Lufkin, Roy Richardson and wife, Rickie of Nacogdoches, Ricky Yielding of Arkansas; grandchildren, Truman Michael Upchurch and wife, Tiqua of Timpson; Stephen Upchurch of Lufkin, Patrick Upchurch of Timpson; brothers, James Adams of Houston, Raymond...

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Birtie Bowman

Funeral services for Birtie Bowman, 84 of Denson Springs, will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, August 13, 2017, at Muse Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Gary Bowman officiating.  Burial will follow in Muse Cemetery.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey & Foster Funeral Home Palestine. Mrs. Bowman passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017, at her home.  She was born October 31, 1932 in Smith County to William Ruben Langston and Minnie Kite Langston.  She was a homemaker and a member of Muse Missionary Baptist Church.  Mrs. Bowman was preceded in death her parents, her husband James “Peck” Bowman in 1987, four sisters, five brothers, and a granddaughter Diane Hernandez.  She is survived by daughters; Cathy Hernandez and husband Dan of Denson Springs, Connie Mulvehill and husband Edward of Houston, sons; James Bowman and wife Janice of New Caney, and Bruce Bowman and wife Kim of Cleveland, sister Mary Weaver of Palestine, brother Curtis Langston and wife Bonnie of Porter, grandchildren: Trey Hernandez, Timothy Mulvehill and wife Lauren, Garrett Bowman and wife Amanda, Jennifer Tye, Natalie Bowman, and Sarah Mulvehill, and six great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Trey Hernandez, Garrett Bowman, Timothy Mulvehill, Billy Fletcher, Joe Roy Fletcher, Ken Bowman and Dick Bowman. Condolence calls will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, August 12, 2017, at Bailey & Foster Funeral Home Palestine. To view online leave condolences or...

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