October 2, 1936 ~ January 17, 2011
Funeral services for Laverne McCullough Durkee will be 2 PM Saturday, January 22, 2011 at First United Methodist Church of Hughes Springs with Rev. Emmanuel Holloman officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Hughes Springs under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home, Inc. Laverne McCullough was born in Avinger, TX October 2, 1936 to Lutee (McCullough) Loudd and Ervia McCullough and passed away on Monday, January 17, 2011 at a Frisco, TX hospital. She was raised in Avinger by her parents, Johnnie and Lutee Loudd. She accepted our savior, Jesus Christ at a young age. Laverne attended school in Avinger and Hughes Springs where she graduated from Traylor High School. At 16 she enrolled at Prairie View A&M University where she earned a degree in Music Education. She and her Stepfather, Johnnie Loudd received their Masters Degrees (from Prairie View) at the same commencement in 1968. She married Ocie B. Peppers in 1957 and through this union four children were born; Edward Byron, Gary Lynn, Debra Denise (Necie) and Reginald (Reggie). She was later married to the late John Durkee of Marshall, TX. In addition to being a dedicated mother and wife, Laverne gave tirelessly for 33 years as a school teacher; mostly in the Hughes Springs School District. She also served as the Pianist for Liberty United Methodist Church for many years. After retirement, Mrs. Durkee continued to stay busy as a substitute teacher and with the joy of raising her grandson, Antaun Peppers. She never missed a Mustang football or basketball game and one of her proudest moments was attending his graduation from Southwest Missouri Baptist University in Missouri. In the spring of 2010 Mrs. Durkee relocated to McKinney, TX due to health reasons. In spite of failing health, this final season of her life was filled with the love and joy of children, grandchildren, activities with new friends, and most importantly, a rejuvenation of faith. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lutee Loudd (mother) Johnnie Loudd (step-father), Ervia McCullough (father), Edward McCullough (brother), Marva Williams (sister), Morgan Peppers (granddaughter) Edrick Peppers (grandson). She is survived by one Aunt, Frankie Beckman of El Paso, TX; sisters, Laura Morris of Hughes Springs and Ervietta Williams of Emeryville, CA.; Children Byron, Hughes Springs, Gary (Deena), McKinney, TX, Debra (Ronald), Hughes Springs, and Reggie (Alisa), Allen, TX; Grandchildren: Makesha Hatten, Phoenix, AZ; Antaun Peppers (Kimberlee), Independence, MO, Ashley Hatten, Little Elm, TX, Garrison Peppers and Chandler Peppers, McKinney, TX Reagan and Addison Peppers, Allen, TX; Great-grandchildren Madison Peppers and Isaiah Peppers, Independence, MO. Viewing will be on Friday, January 21st from 6-8 PM at the funeral home in Hughes Springs.