Obituaries -- May 30, 2013


Graveside services for Mrs. Dedra Chesnut, 48, were held on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at 1:00p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Teague. Bro. Scott Matthews officiated.

Mrs. Chesnut passed away on Friday, May 17, 2013, at her residence in Wimberly. She was born in Teague on November 11, 1964, but moved to numerous cities in several states as a child with her family. Dedra graduated from high school in New Orleans in 1981, and went to work for an oil company as a clerk in the land leasing department. She returned to Texas in 1983 where she remained and had lived in Wimberly for over ten years. She married Lawrence on January 12, 2012, and had worked as a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Post Office in Wimberly for over ten years. Mrs. Chesnut attended the Touch of Grace Church in Wimberly.

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Chesnut of Wimberly; one son, Arnold Lee Goff of Wimberly; three daughters, Amy Dee Goff Migliavacca & husband James of Brownwood, Ariana Dee Goff of Wimberly, and Amber Lee Navarro & husband Clint of Dripping Springs; two grandchildren, Noah Migliavacca and Ivy Navarro; parents, Ben & Jo Ann Satterwhite of Teague; one sister, Debbie Everett of Alba; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Please visit www.bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or to leave a message for the family. Bowers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


A memorial service for Mrs. Lana Erwin, 54, was held on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Teague. Bro. Jimmy Petty and Bro. Scott Matthews officiated.

Lana Lea Huffman Erwin was born on March 20, 1959, in Pasadena, TX. She died after a ten month courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in the Copper Creek Plaza Nursing Home in Buffalo.

Lana graduated from Pasadena High School with the Class of 1977. She was active in the Acappella Choir and performed in several productions. She attended Navarro College on a music scholarship, then attended Sam Houston State University and graduated in 1981. After graduation, she accepted a teaching position with Teague I.S.D., teaching in the elementary school. Mrs. Erwin taught in Teague I.S.D. for twenty-seven years. She met Joe while they were both taking an E.M.T. training class and they were married in November of 1984. Lana continued to be interested in all medical procedures and problems. She was known as the ?Caregiver? in the family because she was always ready to help everyone. Her talent for music was a very important part of her life. Also, she used her artistic talents in whatever she was doing. The interaction she had with her students was important to her. Many students she taught in elementary school she later taught again in high school. Quilting and sewing were a highlight in the last years of her career. Teaching the students to choose patterns, colors, and actually ?making a quilt? gave her much joy. Her grandmother, Lois Suttle, always had a quilt going and Lana became interested as a child. Lana loved being with Joe and her boys. The deer lease, dirt biking, racing motorcycles, or shooting guns, she was right there with them. Animals were a great love of hers. To help rehabilitate an injured dog, cat, bird, fawn, or pot bellied pig, was what she loved to do. Many different animals were often at her house. Holidays were special times when extended family were in Teague. Hours were spent playing games. Lana always kept score. After the games were over, there was always artwork all over the score cards. The last game time was January 5, 2013. Her family will always remember these special times.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Keith Erwin, two sons, John Michael Erwin & wife Lela and James Erwin & wife Kasi, all of Teague; three grandchildren, Skylar, Ashlynn, and Parker Keith Erwin; parents, Harvey & Nell Huffman; one brother, Michael Huffman & wife Nancy; one niece, Taylor Huffman all of Pasadena; special aunt & uncle, Lou & Joe Max Wilson of Teague; special cousins, Jan Burger and Jill Stallings both of Carrollton; numerous other relatives and many friends.

Lana?s family would like to thank all the medical personnel at M.D. Anderson, Kindred Rehab Center, Parkview Regional Hospital, Virginia?s Hospice, and Copper Creek Plaza Nursing Home for their care, concern, and thoughtfulness during Lana?s time at their facility. Also, many thanks to Teague I.S.D., citizens of Teague, her Pasadena High School friends, and all the students who offered support through prayer and monetary offerings. She lost the battle, but now has an eternal home. She became a Christian at the age of fourteen, and was a member, along with her family, of the Teague Bible Church.

The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or online at www.cancer.org, or to Virginia?s Hospice, 986 Hwy 84 West, Teague, TX 75860, or to the charity of your choice.

Please www.bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or to leave a message for the family.


The Angelic Hosts came for Mr. Claude Philpott, 80, on Monday, May 20, 2013 at Parkview Regional Hospital, Mexia, surrounded by loving family and devoted friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Teague, Texas, Rev. E. O. Riley, Pastor. Rev. Roosevelt Nickerson officiated and Rev. Wayne Williams served as Eulogist. Interment followed at Salem Cemetery in Teague.

Claude accepted Christ into his life at the age of twelve during Revival one summer night and united with Salem Missionary Baptist Church. Later in life he united with First Baptist Church South Teague where he served as Deacon and Bible teacher.

Claude attended grammar school in the Salem Community. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School with the Class of 1951 in Teague as the Salutatorian. After graduation Claude attended Butler College in Tyler, Texas. During his tenure in college, he was drafted into the Army where he served in the Korean War. He proudly served his country for three years before being honorably discharged as a Corporal (E-4).

Claude married Miss Tessie Josephine Bell on June 23, 1958 and their union produced three exceptional children. He was a loving husband and father.

Claude was a wonderful and dedicated provider for his family. He was employed for several years at the Teague Brick Plant and later at the Mexia State School. He also worked as a licensed barber. Claude was a farmer at heart and enjoyed working on the farm as a cattleman. He also took great pride in providing excellent lawn care to the public and raised bountiful gardens. Claude also enjoyed fishing.

Claude was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Tessie; his son, Claude Lee Philpott; his brother, Hermit Philpott; his sisters Ida Mae Johnson, Loressa Hollie, Alverna Smith, Letha Jackson, and Lurlean Brown.

Those left behind to celebrate Claude?s life and share in his wonderful memories include: Son: Alan Philpott and wife, Coleen, San Diego, Ca; Daughter: Patricia Lawrence, Teague; Brother: Eli Philpott, Los Angeles, Ca; Sisters: Claudine Curry, Teague, Ruby Faye Henderson, Ft. Worth; Jo Ann Bell and husband, Johnny, Lubbock, Tx; and Vera White, Teague, Tx; Grandsons: Royce Lawrence, Ft. Benning, GA and Ryan Lawrence, College Station, Tx; Granddaughters: Adrianna Hargis, Memphis, Tn. and Alexis Philpott, San Diego, Ca.; Nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

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