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Joe Grubbs

Joe Grubbs, age 81, of Concord, passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in Bryan, Texas. He was born on January 27, 1936 in Jewett, Texas to Ennis A. & Debbie (Daughtry) Grubbs. At the age of three, Joe’s family moved south, near the coast, and remained there through his childhood and teenage years.

Joe retired from Monsanto Chemical Company in Texas City as an Instrument Technician. While living in Hitchcock, Joe enjoyed restoring old cars in his spare time. In 1991, he moved back to Leon County where he enjoyed the remainder of his life on his ranch working with cattle. In previous years, Joe had also enjoyed spending time fishing when he was able. Not only was Joe a longtime and faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Jewett, but he also served there as a deacon.

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Melton E. Durant

Funeral services for Melton E. Durant of Jacksonville, age 91 years, two months, and six days, was held at 3p.m.Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville. Visitation begin at 2 p.m. Minister Glen Cogburnwill officiated. Mr. Durant was laid to rest at the Larissa Cemetery.

Melton passed away peacefully in his home early Wednesday morning, May 31, 2017.

Melton Edward Durant was born March 25, 1926, near Buffalo, Leon County, Texas, to Benjamin Franklin Durant and Clara Lee (Parsons) Durant. He was born the fourth child of nine. During WWII, Melton served eight years in the US Army while being stationed in Germany and France. Later in his tour, he served as an instructor in North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado and Arkansas during the WWII and the Korean Conflict. He received the Bronze Star and was honorably discharged in 1952. Through the GI Bill, he received on the job training and became a printer working at the Livingston-Polk County Enterprise newspaper where he met Evelyn Townley. They were wed on July 25, 1953. Between 1953-79 he worked at a multitude of newspapers, retiring from the Baytown Sun in 1979 moving to Jacksonville, Texas from Baytown. During 1954 to 1963, they became proud parents of five children. Mr. Durant was an active father who enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his family and was a Boy Scout leader and coached YMCA football.

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