Helen Sue Brown Sowell

Friday 15th June 2018 Dear Helen, I woke this morning with a new perspective—-One I wanted to share with you.  I realized that I should look at our eight-year friendship and dwell not on our profound grief of your unexpected death, but the gift that was your love and friendship. These years you have occupied the throne that I called, “Our Family.” You loved and cared for our son like no other woman ever has.  You lovingly helped us care for my father up to his last day on earth, sharing the love of the history of Deep East Texas and all its people. You were my faithful friend.  You enriched my life immeasurably with your laughter, your funny stories, your smiles, your insights, your presence,  and yes even your tears and pain. Helen, everyone loved you. That was one of the fantastic things about you. You were incredibly loveable.  Our son Kenneth loved you genuinely; you were the love of his life.  Together sharing so many mutual interests, fishing, camping out in tents, “Indian Style,” deer hunting, planting and harvesting substantial vegetable gardens each year.  Our daughters Kaye, Karen, and Krissy, loved you, and I know you loved them. Our dearest friends Wimp and Marilyn loved you.  My three sisters loved you. You were, in virtually every way, a member of our family. There’s no doubt the way to my heart is through my obsessive love of family history. […]

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Buford E. Whitton

Buford Earvin Whitton  Age 75  ( Find -A-Grave Memorial# 134735157 ) Born: 01 October 1915, in Timpson, Shelby, Texas, USA. Died on Monday 21 May 1991 in Houston, at the Veteran Administration Medical Center in Harris County, Texas.  Funeral service 2: PM at Hebron Missionary Baptist Church near Pine Land, under the direction of Howard-Glendale Funeral Directors in Houston, Texas. With burial in Hebron Community Cemetery, Broaddus, San Augustine, Texas, USA. A native of Timpson and former resident of San Augustine County. He lived in Houston for several years. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and a World War II veteran. Survivors include his sons, Benny Whitton of Houston, Billy Whitton of Tomball and Bobby Whitton of Nashville, Tenn. ; a sister, Thelma Whitton Tarver of Sour Lake, Texas. Six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Buford was my mother’s big brother. She talked about him and his family so often, as a young child, I was always aware of how much she loved him. She listened to the car radio always waiting to hear her brother’s son Bobby playing with different popular singers.

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