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May 19, 2007

Milton Darwin Barnett

Milton Darwin Barnett was born on Oct. 3, 1930, in Robertson County (Edge, TX) to parents Ruby Blackstone Barnett and Matthew Abraham Barnett. He passed from this life on May 16, 2007.

The youngest of six children, he lost his father in a tragic accident at the age of 5. His older siblings rallied around Darwin and his mother after their loss and forged a bond that is still very strong today.

At age 13, he and his mother moved to Huntsville, Texas where he graduated from Huntsville High School in 1948. While attending high school, he excelled at many things including (playing) football as a Huntsville Hornet. Continuing his education in Huntsville, he achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, from Sam Houston State University in just 3 years. Later, he completed his Master’s Degree and attained his (school and vocational) counseling certification.

Darwin moved to Texas City at age 21 to begin his 34 year career as an educator in the Texas City Independent School District. He began as an Industrial Arts teacher at Levi Fry Junior High School (and TCHS wood shop). Later, he was promoted to Assistant Principal of Texas City High School and ultimately retired as the Principal of Roosevelt(-Wilson) Elementary School. Administrators (and the) teachers, and staff respected him greatly for his leadership, support and friendship.

During summer breaks and weekends, he sold insurance for South Coast Life Insurance Company and received awards for top sales for several years. He participated in the Texas City Little League and Softball League.

Darwin was a committed and active member of the following organizations: Texas City Masonic Lodge 1118 Past Master, El Mina Shrine Galveston, Shrine Burn Corp of Transportation Galveston, Arabia Shrine Houston, Forest Lodge 19 Past Master Huntsville, Sam Houston Shrine Club Huntsville, San Jacinto Masonic Lodge Willis 106, Lions Club Huntsville, and the First Methodist Church of Huntsville. These organizations were his true passions and he gave freely of his time and energy in many capacities. For example, he served as Webmaster for the Texas City Masonic Lodge, Willis Masonic Lodge, Sam Houston Shrine Club and the Lions club. He also assisted with the First Methodist Church’s web site.

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    Betty Charlene Wooderson, 83, of Huntsville, Texas, passed away July 28, 2014. She was born September 9, 1930, in Franklin, Texas to Ralph Tribble and Idella Johnson Tribble.
    Betty is survived by her daughters Gail Lloyd and Mona Lamb and husband Rick; grandchildren Courtney Helton and husband Mark, James Lloyd, Reed Lamb and girlfriend SaraBeth Ellisor, Greg Landry and wife Pamela, and Cara Wilcox and husband Andy; great-grandchildren Wyatt Helton, Samantha Landry, Gregory Landry, Aidin “Nola” Landry, Olivia Keefer and Christopher Wilcox; sisters Linda, Barbara and Odell. She is preceded in death by her husband Waymon Wooderson; parents Ralph and Idella Tribble.
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