Vetma O'Neil "V.O." Crain
Funeral services for Vetma O'Neil "V.O." Crain, 85, of Athens, formerly of Lufkin will be held Sunday, December 9, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. in the Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Curt Simmons and Reverend Leymoin Wiggins officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Whitehouse Cemetery.
Mr. Crain was born November 3, 1922 in Huntington, Texas to Sallie (Kirkland) and Ezra Crain, and died Wednesday, December 5, 2007 after a battle with lung cancer and heart failure. He had resided in Athens for the past seven years.
Mr. Crain was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was co-owner of the C&K Radiator Shop in Lufkin for 40 years. Mr. Crain was a member of the First Baptist Church in Athens and a member of the Masonic Lodge, having recently received his 50 year certificate and pin.
Survivors include his wife, Joye (Cleveland) Crain of Athens; daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Norman Simmons of Henderson; daughter, Donna Purvis of Nacogdoches; grandsons, Curt Simmons and wife Dawn of Saint Jo, Major Justin Hill and wife Jennifer of Blacksburg, Virginia and J.C. Purvis of Lufkin; granddaughters, Angela Riley and husband Rodney of Henderson and Leslie Burns and husband Bryce of Nacogdoches; great-grandchildren, Katelyn Riley, Hannah Simmons, Mattie Simmons, Collin Riley, Brylee Burns, and twin great-grandsons to be born in February; sisters and brothers-in-law, Wynona and I.R. Perry of Bossier City, Louisiana and Linda and Charles Durham of Lufkin; sister, Levetta Gupton of Springfield, Tennessee; and a number of nieces, nephews, step-children, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Crain was a hard working, kind, compassionate and gentle man and he will be greatly missed. We are comforted by knowing he is happy and pain free in his Heavenly home.
Mr. Crain was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Lucille (Parrish) Crain; his parents; and sisters, Nelda (Crain) Bates and Geneva (Crain) Smith.
Pallbearers will be I.R. Perry, J.C. Purvis, Bryce Burns, James Parrish, Charles Durham and Wayne Gilstrap.
Honorary pallbearers will be Odis Kendrick, Charles Forrest and Thomas "Bo" Freeman.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701.
The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the funeral home.
Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home, Lufkin, directo