Author: Will Johnson

County Budget Crunch Eyed by Commissioners

County Budget Crunch Eyed by Commissioners By Will Johnson Messenger Reporter HOUSTON COUNTY – The Commissioners Court of Houston County met in a called meeting on Monday morning, Aug. 15 to discuss the new county budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The meeting was necessitated after the court tabled an agenda item concerning the FY 2017 proposed tax rate during a court session held on Aug. 9. During that meeting, a proposed tax rate of 0.54190 per $100 of property valuation was deliberated. Prior to the Aug. 9 meeting, a discrepancy was uncovered in an adopted county policy which...

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W.T. Johnson

Mr. W.T. Johnson, age 97, a lifetime resident of Crockett passed away Friday August 12, 2016 in Crockett. He was born April 4, 1919 in Houston County to parents Frank and Miriam Duren Johnson. W.T. proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a retired dirt contractor and was a member of the New Energy Methodist Church. Mr. Johnson was Past Commander of the Crockett American Legion Post #22 and was currently a member of the Austin American Legion.   He is survived by companion and wife, Loleta Omelina of Crockett; son, Larry...

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Tony Lee Womack

Tony Lee Womack, age 68, of Deer Park passed away Sunday August 14, 2016 at his residence.   He was born October 31, 1947 in Crockett to parents, Benjamin Lewis and Mattie Lula Crofford Womack. Tony was an avid fisherman and a millwright by trade.   He is survived by his wife, Susie Womack of Deer Park; children, Patrick Alan Womack of Pasadena, Rebecca Anne Womack Bice and husband, Jay of Deer Park, Alex Polhemus and wife, Ashley of Humble, Jay Deville and wife, Kim of Lumberton and Heath Deville of Webster; 18 grandchildren; sisters, Joyce Stuart of La Porte,...

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Ruth Ann Freeman

Ruth Ann Freeman, age 76, of Latexo passed away Tuesday August 9, 2016 in Crockett. She was born March 1, 1940 in Lacyville to parents, Hubert and Mildred Shipley. Ruth was a graduate of Latexo High School and retired from the Houston County Tax Assessor Office as a clerk. She was a member of the Latexo Baptist Church and also served as a hospital volunteer for many years. Ruth was also a long time member of the Pilot Club.   She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Ray Freeman of Latexo; son, John Freeman and wife, Dawn...

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Helen Louise Crowson

Helen Louise Crowson, age 77, of Crockett passed away Friday, August 12, 2016 in the Winfield Nursing Center. Helen was born August 22, 1938 in Grants, New Mexico to parents, Johnnie Coy Hyett and Wretha Pearl Walker Hyett. She was retired from Crockett Elementary School as secretary after many years. Mrs. Crowson was a member of the Grace Street Church of Christ and also the Eastern Star. She is survived by sons, Rayford Kenneth Crowson and wife, Cheryl of Lander, WY and James Marcus “Marc” Crowson of Crockett; grandchildren, Luke Crowson of Crockett, Cody Crowson and wife, Charity of...

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