Howard Linam Hellums, 92 of McMahan, passed away July 21, 2004. He was born on August 30, 1911 in McMahan, Texas to James Pruitt and Carrie Bammer Alexander Hellums.

Survivors are wife: Christina Marie Hellums of McMahan; sons: Jimmy Hellums of McMahan, Howard Lee Hellum of Austin, Morgan Hellums of San Antonio, Sammy Hellums of McMahan, Johnny Hellums of Grapeland; daughters: Doris Taylor of Taylorsville, Kathy Murry of McMahan; 24 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held on Thursday, July 22 at Eeds Funeral Home. Services were held at 11:00a.m., July 23 at Eeds Funeral Home. Burial followed at Jeffrey Cemetery, McMahan.

Serving as ballbearers; Allen Hellums, Craif Hellums, R.J. Hellums, Michael Murry, Wayne Taylor and Carl Weiss.

Service under the direction of Eeds Funeral Home, Lockhart, Texas.


January 28, 1926 - May 4, 2004 James E. Crozier, better known to family and close friends as Jim, was born in and a native of Austin, Texas. Born to Robert Jesse Crozier and Beatrice Eeds on January 28, 1926 and passed suddenly on May 4, 2004 at the age of 78. He was preceded in death by an older brother, Robert Carl Crozier. Robert passed while honorably defending our country in World War II.

He is survived by his loving wife of seventeen years, Jolene Owen. She was his partner, buddy, hunting mate and any other venture including cooking. She was very caring, attentive and helpful during a very long illness of congestive heart failure and kidney failure preceding his death. She provided years of true happiness. Jim is also survived by his sons James E. Crozier Jr. MD and his wife, Lisa of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Jeffery L. Crozier and his wife, Cheri of Austin, Texas; his daughter, Jaye A. Thompson and husband, Lance Thompson of Austin; two step-sons, Robert C. Walker and wife, Netascha of Austin and James E. Walker and wife, Dokie of Harlingen, Texas; ten grandchildren and one namesake grandson, Robert Henry Crozier. Other survivors include his sister, Mary A. Nichols and husband, Douglas A. Nichols; nephew, Walter Nichols and wife, Gail; and sister-in-law, Louise Lightsey and husband, Jerry Lightsey, all of Austin.

Jim served his country as a Tech- Sergeant Top Turret Gunner and Crew Chief aboard the B-17 during his dedicated service in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was called to serve again during his enlistment as a United States Air Force Reservist during the Korean War and went proudly and without reserve. Jim attended Austin Public Schools and the University of Texas at Austin. He spent thirty-five years in Real Estate; selling, developing, lending and appraising with the following companies: Gladding McBean & Co., Franciscan Dinnerware, Harrison Wilson Pearson Real Estate & Realty Mortgage Investment Corp. Mortgage and Trust Inc. of Houston, Texas, Mutual Savings Assoc. of Austin and Texas Bank of Austin, which led to working for, and as a partner with, Tommy Steiner, then son, Bobby Steiner and Steiner Ranches for more than 18 years. Jim was a very caring and productive member of the community serving as a member of the Masonic Lodge number twelve, Scottish Rite Bodies and Ben Hur Shrine in Austin, and past Director of the Royal Order of Jesters. He was also a member and former Vesterman of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. He carried business cards that described him as a ``Bon Vivant and Raconteur'. Always smiling or laughing and positive in his thoughts, it was once said that ``you might not like what he tells you, but it will be the truth'.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5th at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2004 in the Weed- Corley-Fish Chapel followed by burial at Austin Memorial Park.

Serving as pallbearers will be John D. Beasley Jr., Paul Rich, Noble Haden, Jim Gauntt, George Boyd, Jimmy Schwertner, Sid Steiner and Tommy Shane Steiner. Honorary pallbearers are Bobby Steiner, Bob Lindsay, Charles Quist, Richard L. Meyer, Gordon Muir, Jim Murray, Nash Phillips, Matt Roberts, Grady Turner, Tom Callahan, Harold Wallace, Hubert Willis, Stanley Anderson, Tommy Goggan, Pat Paulson and members of the Austin Bergstrom Community Council and the Seminole Rebels Barbecue Cook- Off Team.

Arrangements by Weed-Corley- Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78705 (512) 452- 8811. You may view memorials online at


Lovena Eloise Baker Owen, 89, was born a Christmas baby December 25, 1914, in the community of McMahan in eastern Caldwell County, Texas. She was the eldest daughter of John A. and Ora Garner Baker. She passed from this life on Saturday, April 17, 2004, in the Golden Age Home in Lockhart, Texas.

She married Judson Owen on November 16, 1935, and lived in the McMahan community where they reared their family of two daughters. She along with her husband were the friendly couple that owned and operated the Watch Shop jewelry store in Lockhart for many years. Her cheerful smile greeted each customer, and her zest for life was contagious.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Judson Owen; her parents, John A. and Ora Garner Baker; her sister, Mildred Farmer of San Marcos; and her granddaughter, Glenda Jeffrey of Lockhart. She is survived by two daughters, Jolene Crozier and husband Jim of Austin, and Louise Lightsey and husband Jerry of Austin; a brother, Carlos Baker and wife Theresia of McMahan. Also surviving her are three grandsons, Bob Walker and wife Natasha of Cedar Park, Texas; Jim Walker and wife Dokie of Harlingen, Texas and Jim P. Jeffrey. There are four great-granddaughters and one great-grandson, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends and relatives.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 19, 2004, at McCurdy Funeral Home in Lockhart. Services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 20, 2004, at McCurdy Memorial Chapel, conducted by Elder Richard Daniels, Jr. Interment will follow at the Jeffrey Cemetery, McMahan, Texas. Arrangements under the care and guidance of McCurdy Funeral Home, 105 E. Pecan St., Lockhart, Texas, 512-398-4791. Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 4/19/2004.


Dorothea Elizabeth "Dora" Andrews, 86 of Lockhart, passed a way on April 2, 2004.

Mrs. Andrews is survived by her daughters: Dorene Cavness of Cherokee, Texas, Patricia Barker of Pflugerville, Texas, Sandra Lindsey of New Braunfels, Texas, and 7 grandchildren and 15 Great grandchildren.

Visitation was held at 6:00p.m. on Monday, April 5, 2004 at Eeds Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Lockhart Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Phil Cavness, Jr., Rick Barker, Steven Lindsey, Shawn Lindsey, Kerry Fehlis, Ronald Bohman.

Service under the direction of: Eeds Funeral Home, Lockhart, Texas


Edward Lane Bowden Jr., age 74, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 28, 2004 after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Lane Bowden Sr. and Eoline Boyle Bowden and his wife Betty Cardwell Bowden.

He is survived by his brother, Jack Bowden and wife Margaret of Jal New Mexico and their children, Margaret Ann Smalts and husband, Earl of Abernathy, Becky Lui and husband Terry of Phoenix Arizona, Beverly Bender and husband Steve of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Jacque Bowden of Dallas. Daughters, Betsy Beach and husband Bob of Columbus Ohio, Robin Harrison of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, sons, Bob Bowden of Lake Jackson, Kyle Bowden and wife Irma of Lockhart. Former wife, Sally Guerrero of Tilmon and her daughters, Sylvia Dumale of Live Oak and Lupe Guerrero of San Antonio, grandchildren, Shelley Wilson and husband Jorge, Matthew Wilson, Richard Reyes, Becky Reyes, Melanie Bowden, Caitlin Bowden, Denise Bowden, Bonnie, Linda, and Joshua Dumale, and great grandchildren, Trintan Mendoza, Destinee Wilson, and Ashley Rodriguez.

Lane was born on December 15, 1929, in Lockhart Texas and graduated from Lockhart High School in 1948. He followed his dad in attending Texas A&M University, graduating in 1952. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1952 and was honorably discharged in 1955. Lane married Betty Matthews Cardwell in 1956. His initial occupation was teaching school in both Alice and Bryan Texas until he was accepted to medical school in 1962 in Kirksville Missouri. After graduating from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1966 he returned to Texas practicing medicine in Arlington. He returned to Lockhart in 1974. In 1981 he married Sally Guerrero. In 1994 he moved to Kirbyville, Texas where he continued to practice his medical profession until poor health forced him to retire in 2003.

Serving as pall bearers will be Jack Bowden, Bob Bowden, Kyle Bowden, Jesse Guerrero, Sam Guerrero, and Chuck Franz.

Tommy Finfrock and Paul Mohle will be honorary pall bearers.

The family is especially grateful to his former wife, Sally and her family, to the wonderful staff at the Jasper County Medical Center and to the Luling Care Center for their compassion, care, and assistance that they have shown.

Visitation with the family was held at McCurdy Funeral Home, Lockhart, on Tuesday March 30, 2004 at 6:00 pm. Funeral services were led by Reverend Carl Culpepper at the McCurdy Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 10:00 am. Interment was at the Lockhart City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be sent to the American Cancer Society.


Herman Castleberry, 79, of Lockhart passed away December 23, 2003. He was born April 24, 1924 in Dale to William S. Castleberry and Laura Pearl (Pittman) Castleberry.

Mr. Castleberry is survived by his wife, Mildred (McGlothlin) Castleberry; sons, Roy Franklin Castleberry and wife Sharon of Temple, Willie Gene Castleberry of Killeen; daughter, Joyce Nell Haddock and husband Allen of Lockhart; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 26 at Bunton Cemetery in Dale. Burial followed at Bunton Cemetery. Services under the direction of McCurdy Funeral Home.


Irma Moore Campbell, 90 of Lockhart died on November 28, 2003. She was born on October 6, 1913, in Dale, Texas to Sam Houston Moore and Murphy Mae (Riddle) Moore.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 2, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at Lockhart City Cemetery.

Internment followed in the Lockhart City Cemetery.

Ms. Campbell is survived by her son; Pasco Martin and wife Barbara of San Antonio; daughter, Doris New and husband Gene of Alvin. Also survived by eight Grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Arrangements with McCurdy Funeral Home.


Clara Mae Lackey Buckner 70, of Lockhart died on October 11, 2003, she was born on January 1, 1933 in Dale, to Alvin J. and Fannie Mae (Rector) Lackey.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at McCurdy Memorial Chapel. Interment followed in the Bateman Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearer were David Lackey, Ronnie Lackey, Phil Lackey, Steve Lackey, Dan Lackey and Billy Ray Buckner.

Mrs. Buckner is survived by her husband, Donie Shirley Buckner of Lockhart; son, Mark Anthony Buckner of Lockhart; Daughters, Melissa B. Douglas and husband Zonker of Lockhart, Linda B. Newman and husband Mark of Belmont; grandchildren, Misty Ann Goodson, Clinton Newman and Summer Mae Hopkins; great grandchildren, Brent Lane Hopkins and Seth Ryan Goodson.

Arrangements with McCurdy Funeral Home.

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