James Ray “Jimmy” Bear, 77, passed away on June 12, 2018, at home in Crockett holding the hands of his wife and daughters, with his beloved granddaughters, who call him “Papa,” nearby. Jimmy was born in Crockett on September 25, 1940, and graduated from Crockett High School in 1959, where he was known by his friends as “Poley.” He owned Bear Construction and built or remodeled many houses in Houston County until he went to work for the Crockett State School in 1987, where he made even more lifelong friends. Jimmy lived in Crockett for most of his life, moving to the Austin area for a short time to be near his first grandchild. He and Helen returned to Crockett in 2016 and became members of Central Baptist Church.
Jimmy will be greatly missed by the family he left behind. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Helen Bear of Crockett; daughters, Rhonda Mates and husband, Sean of Austin, Megan Bear of Crockett; granddaughters, Olivia James of Austin and Emmie Ray of Crockett; sister in law, Faye Currie of Latexo; brother in law, Jerry Patton and wife, Virginia of Latexo; numerous nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and friends. In death, he has been reunited with his mother and father Gladys and Jim Bear; sister, Mary Frances Hobbs, and many other friends and family who have gone before him.
A memorial service for James Ray “Jimmy” Bear will be held at Central Baptist Church at 4:00 p.m. Friday, June 15, 2018, Rev. John Goss, officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church 102 N. 7th St., Crockett, TX. 75835 or Traditions Hospice, 600 E Loop 304, Crockett, TX. 75835.
Charles Edward “Chuck” Smith, 83, passed away on June 12, 2018, in the Nix Medical Center, San Antonio. Chuck was born February 16, 1935 in Houston, to parents George Edward Smith and Dolorice Laura Norton Smith. He graduated from Aldine High School in 1952 and served 12 years in the Texas National Guard and Army Reserve. Chuck retired as a captain from the Houston Police Department after 22 years of service. He moved to Crockett and became an active member and past master of the Lothrop Masonic Lodge #21. Chuck loved music and playing the steel guitar. Also for 18 years, Chuck and Dot travel the country in their RV.
Chuck is survived by wife of 56 years, Dot Smith of Ingram; daughter, Laurie Solomon and husband, Mark of Lovelady; son, Bobby Smith and wife, Paige of Huntsville; grandchildren, Amanda Saldana and husband, Roger, Stephanie Solomon, Stephen Solomon, Aaron Smith and wife, Brittney, Ethan Smith and wife, Selena, Caleb Smith and Tori, Zachary Alexander, Kendall Alexander; great-
Funeral Services will be held for Charles Edward “Chuck” Smith at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2018 at the Callaway-
Ronald Earl Goodson, age 64, of Kennard, passed away at his home Wednesday, June 6, 2017. Ronald was born September 22, 1953 in Liberty to parents, GA Goodson and Mertis Gates Goodson. He graduated from Galena Park High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University. Ronald was a member of the Pasadena Optimist Club and an avid contributor to multiple charities, including the Boys and Girls Harbor of La Porte, which is now known as Today’s Harbor for Children, the Girl Scouts of America and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Ronald is survived by son, Jeremy Goodson and wife, Kim of Deer Park; daughter, Emily Makosa and husband, Mike of Houston; grandsons, Austin Goodson of Deer Park, Cody Goodson of Deer Park; great-
Memorial services for Ronald Goodson will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018 in the Callaway-