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Ms. Levonia  Minor

Ms. Levonia  Minor

Services  for Ms. Levonia  Minor, 95, of  Navasota, Tx.   were  held Saturday morning, 11 o'clock
at the  Friendship Missionary Baptist  Church, 1111  S. LaSalle with the Rev. Eric   Williams, officiating,Ms.  Minor  died  Wednesday evening, Oct. 25, 2017 @ the Grimes St. Joseph Reg. Hospital, Navasota.

Levonia Minor  was  born the first , of eleven children , to  Mary Willie Kennard  Minor &  Randolph Minor , September 29, 1922, in Anderson, Tx.   and she received her early formal education in  the community school @  Alex S. Terrell.

Levonia  became a Christian  aad  was baptized,  at  a very early age, under  the leadership of Rev. White at the   Greater First  Baptist  Church, Anderson, Tx.  Later in life, she moved  her membership  to the Historic  Friendship Missionary  Baptist Church, Navasota, under the leadership of the late  Rev. Haywood Smith.

As  a member  of Friendship  she sang in  the  Senior choir;  she served as  Chairperson of the Mission, and  she was the   President of the Usher  Board.    With  the help of  many outside friends,  she  sponsored  a  yearly paegent.

Lee, (as she was affectionately  known),   was employed with  the Buffington  family of Grimes  Co., the Bluebonnet  Café in Navasota  and  Tx. A&M University, College Station..   After  retirement  she  dedicated  her  life  to gardening and  had  a knack for creating  most the greenery  around  the  Friendship  Bapt.  Church.  Her hobbies include craftwork, sewing & being a  songstress.

 She  leaves  pleasant memories  with  silbings : Dorothy M. Calvin,  Lillian Ruth M. Wilkes, Joyce M.  Ray , Geraldine M. Wallace-Yusuf, Inell M. Quarles; Master Lee and Jimmy Minor; numerous nieces, nephews  and   other collateral  relatives.  She also leaves  a special daughter-in-kind, Margaret Birdwell. and  special memories with  her friends  the world  over.

    Levonia  was  laid  to rest  at  the feet of  her  parents, in the Berryman  Cemetery, Co. Rd. 447 @ Hwy 90,  North,  Anderson,  Texas.     Arrangements  entrusted  to the Ashford & Oliver Mortuary, Navasota



Johnnie Mae Martin Wesley

Services for

Mrs. Johnnie Mae Wesley, 97,   of Navasota  were held Tuesday morning, 11 o'clock, at  the Truevine Missionary Baptist Church, 1005 Nolan St., Navasota, with  Rev. Charlie Hall, Jr. officiating.

Johnnie Mae Martin Wesley

Mrs. Wesley passed October 23, in the confines of her home, in the neighborhood of Cemetery Hill, Navasota,  

Johnnie  Mae was born to John Martin  and Emma McMillan Martin of  Grimes County, Texas,  November 28, 1919.

  She  was  a lifetime member of the Truevine Missionary Bapt. Church, Navasota;  a former student, at Navasota Colored School, (later named G.W. Carver ) ; and  a loyal member of George  Washington  Carver  Alumni Association, Navasota.

Johnnie Mae Martin Wesley Smiling

Noteworthy of Dedication of service to God and her fellowman, she  was  recognized  as  the"  Mother of the Church"  at  Truevine.


Services  for  Mrs. Helen Marie Jones , (Ninnie) , 98 , of Navasota, Tx.

 were  held Sat. September 23rd, 2017  at  the Missionary Camp

Baptist Church, Co. Rd. 432 @ Hwy 105 West, with Rev. James Mable, Pastor.

Mrs. Jones  was one of the First  African American Nurses

to practice in the Grimes County, Navasota, Hospital District.

She was  a  lifelong member of the Missionary Camp Bapt. Church.

  She passed away  September 18, 2017

at  Bryan's  St. Joseph Hospital,  following a brief illness.

She was predeceased by her parents, Dave Gant, Jr and Rosie Kemp Gant,

 husband, Mr. Levi Jones,

sons , Lee Allen Jones,  Charles Jones and Raymond Jones

                Survivors include  sons,  Willie J. Jones, Sr and his spouse Geraldine

  of Austin, Tx,  Clarence Jones ,  and his spouse, Martha of Houston, Tx. , 

 ten grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great- great grandchildren;

 neices and nephews  and other relatives and friends.

Helen was interred ,  next to her son Raymond

in the City of Navasota (Oakland) Cemetery,

 (Resthaven section ) . 

Arrangements were  entrusted to the

Ashford & Oliver Mortuary, Navasota

www.ashford-olivermortuary.com


Ora Lee Warren Morrison

Ora Lee Warren Morrison

   Services  for Mrs. Ora L. Morrison, 92, of Port Arthur & Houston, Tx. and formerly of Navasota were held Thursday afternoon 1 o'clock, at the Holiday - Jarvis Memorial Chapel on Farquhar Street, with Minister Sylvia Boone, Houston, Tx., officiating and  Eulogistic remarks  by Minister Helen Williams.

   Mrs. Morrison  passed  September 07, 2017 at  Houston's Medical Center Methodist Hospital., following  a brief illness.  

  She was born on January 31, 1925 in Wharton, TX to Annie Mae (Joshua) & Charlie Warren, Jr.  and she  departed this earth on Thursday September 7, 2017, at Houston's Methodist Hospital, Texas Medical Center.

   The last sibling of 10 children, Ora Lee  was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Annie Lee W. Glover, Ruby Lois Warren, Pearl Loretta W. Holiday; brothers Charlie Warren III , Drucester , Olden , John , Searcy  and Earl Warren and  a  son, Michael Morrison.

Ora leaves to cherish her memory: sons: Kermit  C. Morrison, Jr. and his spouse Stella, Port Arthur, Tx; Herbert Morrison and his spouse Betty of  Houston, Tx.,  John Morrison and wife, West Berlin, Germany ; grandchildren, great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

  Ora  Lee  was  interred , at the feet of her mother and father, in the Historic  Dennis Bryant Cemetery, Co.. Rd. 415 @ Hwy 105 East,, Navasota.

  Pre- arranged/PreNeed  services were conducted by the Ashford & Oliver Moirtuary, Navasota, Tx.

       www.ashford-olivermortuary.com


James T. Ashford passed 32 years ago, on  August 07.  He was born in Navasota, Tx. to the parentage of Geo. Ashford and Arcola McDonald Ashford in Grimes Co., Tx.  

  Jas. T. ,as he was known, received his early formal  education in the Navasota School District, on the Secondary level, after which he recieved his Doctorate from the University of Iowa in Philosphy,  Dr. Ashford matriculated in the Music field, with the likes of Leontyne Price, operatic soprano,  in the Midwest States; furthered his studies at Talladega College - Alabama; the   State of Louisiana and University of California  He taught music education  in  the Los Angeles Public school system, prior to returning to Texas,  to which he became a  Professor of Music  at Prarie View  College ( A & M University).   He served his country briefly,  in the U. S. Navy.

Dr. Ashford began the long transition of creating  the Ashford Mortuary, shortly, after the demise of his father, in 1972,  because he viewed Navasota, needed a more deserving service for all of its'  Citizens.   Just before the Spring of 1975 the State Board of Morticians required a licensed Funeral Director for such an establishment, in Tx., and  It  was  happenstance that  another  Grimes Co. native was available , in the person of Theodore Oliver, Sr,  of Richards, Tx., who, at the time was Funeral Director, of the well known establishment of Lockwood Funeral Home, Houston, Tx.;  thereby, the name in Navasota, becoming " The Ashford & Oliver Mortuary,( and,  as it is said,  the rest is History ). 

  Dr. Ashford , at his demise, was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha faternity, Kiwanis International  and a member of the Church of the Living God, Navasota and Temple #18 Houston, Tx.