Annie Dell Leleux

April 25, 1930 - June 2, 2023

Annie Dell Leleux, 93, of Winnie, died Friday, June 2, 2023. She was born April 25, 1930, in Esto, Florida, to Jennie Elmary Peacock McElvain and Wilton Franklin McElvain.

God has welcomed a sweet spirit when Annie Dell was called home by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  She accepted the Lord at a young age but requested to be Baptized once again at the age of 82.  She faithfully attended Cornerstone Church in Winnie until the Covid pandemic caused her to stay home.  She continued to take part by watching faithfully on YouTube every Sunday. Annie Dell spent the vast majority of her life in the Hamshire -Fannett and Winnie area. She and her twin sister Estelle had the distinction of being in the second graduating class of Hamshire High school.  Living in the Winshire area, at Shellhammer and Kiker Rd, she would walk to work as the first hired employee of Little’s Drug Store in the Winshire clinic, which ultimately moved and became the Winnie Pharmacy.  Married to Jack Cravy right out of high school, they bought and ran the Hamshire Grocery and Hardware store which also had the Post Office in the back but was moved into a side addition to the store in 1963.  Annie Dell worked in the Post Office and became Postmaster in 1974. A new Post Office building was built in 1981 and Annie Dell became the 1st Postmaster to occupy the new and current Post Office.  Annie Dell was also a member of the Winnie Chapter Eastern Stars where she proudly served as Worthy Matron for one year.  In 1976, Annie Dell married Bill Grisham and with Bill rediscovered her love for fishing.  They spent all available time at their camp on Toledo Bend until Bill’s way too early passing in 1988.  Later, she found her new love in Newman Leleux.  They enjoyed traveling, especially to see some of Newman’s WWII buddies and were well known for hosting giant get togethers at their home where no one left hungry.  They spent many happy years together.

Survivors include her daughter, Jackie Sue Fox; son, Ricky Jack Cravy and wife, Karen; stepdaughters, Carolyn Breaux; Joyce Bradley; and Karen White; grandchildren, Jason Fox and wife, Shanda; Jera Plasencia; Dean Cravy and wife, Heather; Jack Cravy and wife, Erica; Zach Cravy and wife, Nikki; Hannah Massa and husband, Zack; and Chelsie Cravy; twelve great-grandchildren; and numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Bill Grisham and Newman Leleux; son, Charles Cravy; stepson, Glen Leleux; stepdaughters, Melba Williams and Kathy Grisham; and siblings, John McElvain; Rosie Prince; and twin sister, Estelle Harding.

A gathering of Mrs. Leleux’s family and friends will begin at 9:30 a.m., with her funeral service at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 8, 2023, at Broussard’s, 134 West Buccaneer Drive, Winnie. Her interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Winnie.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Leleux’s honor may be made to the Cornerstone Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 387, Winnie, Texas 77665.


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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Winnie
  • 134, Buccaneer Drive, Winnie, Texas, 77665,
  • June 8, 2023
  • 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Winnie
  • 134, Buccaneer Drive, Winnie, Texas, 77665,
  • June 8, 2023
  • 11:00 am


Fairview Cemetery
  • , , Winnie, TX, 77665,
  • June 8, 2023

Comments (10)

    Sarah Atwood Bardwell says:

    Jackie and Ricky: I am so sorry to hear so late about Anna Dell’s passing. She was such a major part of everyone in Hamshire’s life for so many years, it will be hard to imagine the town without her smiling face. I just shared the news with all my siblings and I know they share my thoughts and prayers for your family.

    Beth Hampton Cravy Arnold says:

    Ricky and Jackie I am sorry for the passing of your mom! She was such a sweet and kind lady. A very special mother-in-law to me while married to you Ricky! Love you all always.

    Rose Marie Elkins Hester says:

    Had many, many lunches with Nelda and Annie zat Fannett Cafe we had a little club. She was a very nice lady. Sorry for your loss. She is in heaven for sure.

    Darla Bruce King says:

    Jackie Sue, Ricky & Families,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you during this most difficult time.

    Melissa Hoyt says:

    We were so saddened to hear of Ms. Annie Dell’s passing, but we know she is celebrating with Jesus. Many prayers for comfort to the family. We love you!

    Dee Mays says:

    My condolences to the family .Ms..Annie Dell I will miss you oh what a beautiful soul…

    Steve & Becky Gatewood says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Elaine Hunter says:

    Ricky and family,
    You all have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. Annie Dell was a wonderful lady and she touched everyone’s lives that she met. She left a legacy that will be passed from generation to generation for years to come .

    Martha Clubb Aucoin says:

    So very sorry for your loss

    Kimberlyglenn says:

    Hannah I am so sorry to hear about your grandma you are in my prayers and thoughts. Love you sister

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