Condolences

Our deepest condelences to Leslie Horton and Angie Jackson on the passing of their mother and mother in law Mary Elizabeth Cantwell.

The beloved matriarch, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother – passed away peacefully on January 11, 2018. She was 80 years old, a native of Checotah, Oklahoma. After leaving her home state to raise her children in Texas, she took pride in the accomplishments of her three children to whom she passed on the importance of belonging to a church family and living a Christian life. She enjoyed teaching Sunday School at Golden Acres Baptist Church in Texas and Vivian Baptist Church in Oklahoma.

Mary had a deep devotion to education and after completing high school in Checotah, she attended Texas Tech, and graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s in Education and Master’s in Administration. Mary was well-known for her compassion for teaching literacy, as she spent most of her life as a teacher, then as reading specialist, Vice Principal, and Principal. She will be remembered for her quick wit, humor, and her fierce love for her family, church, and OU football.

She returned to her roots to live in Eufaula, Oklahoma, with her beloved husband, Harold, in 1997. She spent her last years with the love of her life in their log cabin they built from scratch, drinking coffee on the front porch watching God’s beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Mary loved to travel, tell stories, have Sunday family dinners, play competitive games, and celebrate Christmas; her favorite time of the year with a cookie jar family tradition.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Earl Tryant Allen and Mary Elizabeth Ball Allen; sister Patricia “Lynn” West.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Cantwell; her children, Leslie Horton and her husband Steven, Deanna Sebesta her husband John Sebesta, Jr., Tommy Jackson and his wife Angie, Penny Sue Guthrie and her husband Mike, Troy Wayne Cantwell and his wife Linda; her grandchildren, Courtney Melton and her husband Ben, Stev’anne Horton, Mandy Sebesta and Josh Pruneau, Thomas Jackson, Shannon Jackson, Ashley Guthrie, Kaci Guthrie, Chad Guthrie and his wife Taylor.

Mary is also survived by her great-great grandchildren, Preston Melton, Parker Melton, Camryn Pruneau; her brothers, Doug Allen and Mike Allen as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other extended family and a lifetime of friends.

Services celebrating the life of Mary Cantwell were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Vivian Baptist Church in Eufaula, Oklahoma, with Pastor Dr. John Johnson and Brother Earnest Brown officiating. Committal prayers and interment following at Greenlawn Cemetery under the personal direction of John Garrett.

You may share online condolences with Mary’s family at http://www.garrettfamilyfuneralhome.com.


Our deepest sympathies go to Billy Smith, Jr. on the recent passing of his father, Billy Wayne Smith, Sr.

Billy was born in 1951 in Pasadena , TX; he passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family on December 1, 2017, at the age of 66.

He served in the Marine Corps, after which time he devoted his life to his friends and family, as well as his life-long passions of tinkering with motorcycles, building models, and an undying interest in all things World War II.

Billy is preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Wanda, and his daughter Michelle. He leaves behind a loving memory that shall live on in life through his children: Billy Wayne Smith Jr., Gigi Smith, Jennifer Korenek and husband Robert, Steven Hokanson and wife Ashley; siblings: Marc Smith and wife Kim, Russell Smith and wife Lucy; along with numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Billy Smith Jr. is a part-time History professor at South Campus.


Our sincerest condolences go to the friends and family of Johnnie McDearmont (Johnnie Guillory).  Johnnie passed away on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.  She worked for San Jacinto College as an administrative assistant for the Library at South Campus for over 25 years.

Johnnie was born January 7, 1935 in Long Leaf, LA to John Aleck Duke and Mary Ruth (Lawson) Duke. She raised three beautiful children with her then husband, L.J. Guillory Jr.  Later in life, she fell in love again and marriedThomas McDearmont.  Johnnie was most proud of her work at San Jacinto College-South.  She never stopped talking about the library work, students, and how proud she was when they graduated or moved on to a university continuing their education.  She always told the students, “Your education is one thing no one can ever take away from you.”

Her parents, and brothers Jerry and Buddy Duke preceded her in death, but her memory, and spirit still carry on in her sister, Margarie Eernisse, brother, Randy Willis, Sister-in-law Ramona Duke; husband, Thomas McDearmont; daughters, Charlotte Serwinski, husband Ed, Dolores Weichert; son, L.J. Guillory III, wife Carol, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 7:00-9:00 PM at Emerald Hills Funeral Home in Kennedale.

Funeral services for Ms. McDearmont were held Friday, January 19, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Emerald Hills Funeral Home, with Dr. Dan Curry officiating.