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Emmie M. Shelton Funeral Services Held on December 5 
Emmie Marzelle Shelton, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2001, at her Midland residence at the age of 77 of a prolonged illness. 
Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home with Dr. Robert Herzig officiating. Burial followed in the Faulkenberry Cemetery. 
Emmie was born May 27, 1924 in rural Upshur County, Texas to Giles and Lela Franklin Davis. She married William L. "Jack" Shelton on November 26, 1946. They lived in Gladewater until March 1961 at which time they moved to Midland. Mrs. Shelton shall always be remembered for her love and devotion as a wife, mother and grandmother. 
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, William L. "Jack" Shelton of Midland; three sons, Stanley H. Shelton, Kevin W. Shelton, both of Midland, Stephen L. Shelton of Houston; daughter, Donna K. Chapman of Nacogdoches; two brothers, A.F. Davis of Pratville, AL, T.A. Davis of Karnes City, TX; seven grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Giles and Lela Davis and a daughter Brenda Dell Shelton Dunlap. 
Pallbearers were J. Lynn Tyler, Bud Ainsworth, Curtis Foley, Scott Foley, Joe Perry and J.W. Tyler. 
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Hospice of Midland, and the many caregivers whom have given their time, love, and attention during Mrs. Shelton's lengthy ongoing illness. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, TX 79702, Alzheimers Assoc., 4400 N. Big Spring #C-32, Midland, TX 79705, or The Allison Cancer Center, 3001 North N. St., Midland, TX 79701. 
Groesbeck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Elgin (Bud) Graves Funeral Services Held on Saturday 
Funeral services for Elgin (Bud) Graves, age 72, of Groesbeck were held on Saturday, December 8, at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Gideon P. B. Church in the Doyle Community. Mr. Graves died on Tuesday, December 4, at the Limestone Medical Center. 
Mr. Graves was born on January 28, 1929, in Limestone County, Texas. A veteran, Mr. Graves served 5 years in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Mt. Gideon Primitive Baptist Church. He worked at the Mexia State School as a custodian. 
He is survived by one sister, Luevena Medlock of Mart; three brothers, Wade Graves and O.P. Graves, both of Houston, and Charles (Lue) Graves of Shreveport, La.; one aunt, Mary Graves of Springfield, Texas; brother-in-law, Johnnie Medlock, Sr. of Mart; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 
Rev. Larry Gray, Mt. Gideon pastor, officiated at the funeral services. 
Pallbearers were Earnest Tatum, Dwayne Tatum, Wilbert Medlock, Joseph Medlock Jr., Edward Glen Medlock, and Thomas Graves, Jr. 
Interment was in the Shady Grove Cemetery in the Doyle Community. 
Dorsey-Keatts Funeral Home of Mexia was in charge of arrangements. 

Mr. Ruel Wilson Funeral Services Held on Saturday 
Funeral services for Ruel Wilson, age 84, of Teague, were held on Saturday, December 8, in the Ricks-Bowers Funeral Home Chapel in Teague. Mr. Wilson died on Wednesday, December 5, 2001, in the Manor Care Windcrest Nursing Home in San Antonio. 
Mr. Wilson was born on February 1, 1917, in Mansfield, Texas. He was united in marriage to Clytee Bray on August 18, 1944, and they were married for 56 years. 
A longtime resident of Teague, Mr. Wilson served as Freestone County School Superintendent for 30 years. He began his teaching career in North Zulch, Texas. He was a member of the Boggy Masonic Lodge # 739 for 55 years. A longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Teague, he taught the Mustard Seed Sunday School Class at that church for many years. 
He is survived by his wife, Clytee Wilson of Teague; three sons, Billy Ray Moseley of Pomona, Calif., Jack E. Wilson of McGregor, and James L. Wilson of Galveston; two daughters, Dixie Bennett of Huntsville and Jan Lovett of San Antonio; his twin sister, Ruth Nielson of Dallas and his sister, Eunice Eubanks, also of Dallas; 11 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. 
Rev. Darrrell Beggs offiiciated at the funeral services. 
Grandsons served as pallbearers and included Jeremey Ruel Wilson, Paul Elliott Wilson, Ray Harlan, Ryan Wilson Harlan, James Lee Wilson II and Brandon Hearn. 
Masonic graveside services were conducted at the Greenwood Cemetery in Teague. 

Tony Whisenhunt Funeral Services Held on Sunday 
Tony Whisenhunt, age 43, of Groesbeck died Thursday, December 6, 2001. 
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 9, at Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Billy Anderson officiating. Burial followed in Faulkenberry Cemetery. 
Mr. Whisenhunt was born December 3, 1958 in Burney, California to Donald and Betty (Wright) Whisenhunt. Mr. Whisenhunt was an auto mechanic before becoming disabled. 
Mr. Whisenhunt is survived by his wife, Kynda Whisenhunt of Groesbeck; his mother, Betty Craig of Willis, Texas; three sons, Michael Christopher Wimberly, Jeffery L. Wimberly, Jr., Clay Wimberly and wife Staci all of Groesbeck; one daughter, Dusty Wimberly of Fairfield; five grandchildren, Toryee, Dakota, Dasie, Seth, Taylor; two very special adopted grandchildren, Chance and Ashley Lowenthal; two brothers, Joe D. Whisenhunt of Houston, Bruce Whisenhunt of Conroe; one sister Michelle Miller of Jewett. 
Tony had a great love of the outdoors. He spent many days on the river and in the woods with his grandsons. Tony leaves behind a legacy of love for his family and was greatly loved in return. One of his desires was to be the best "Poppy" any child ever had and he achieved that goal and beyond. He was "Poppy" not only to his own grandchildren but neighborhood children as well. 
Mr. Whisenhunt is preceded in death by his father Donald Whisenhunt. 
Pallbearers were Michael C. Wimberly, Jeffery L. Wimberly, Jr., Clay Wimberly, Jimmy R. Lawrence, Kirby Hyden, Wayne Helms. 

Frances McKinney Funeral Services Held on Saturday 
Frances Davis McKinney Evans passed peacefully from this earth into the arms of her Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001 in Bedford, Texas. 
Celebration of her life was at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Chapel in Mexia. Burial was in Bald Prairie Cemetery. 
Frances was born July 4th, 1919 in Bald Prairie, Texas. In 1938 she married Deckard McKinney who preceded her in death in 1986. Her two brothers and six sisters have all preceded her in death as well. Today she was reunited with her loved ones in heaven including her first son who was stillborn. Frances always gave credit to God for His grace to sustain her and fill her with joy and love for life. Her enthusiasm and devotion to us, her children and grandchildren, have inspired and guided us. 
The McKinney's lived many years in Houston where Frances worked at the Baptist Bookstore. Frances was very active in Lindale Baptist Church serving as president of Women's Missionary Union, Superintendent of Junior Sunday School and as a faithful choir member. 
After retirement and before settling in Coolidge, Frances enjoyed travel with her son and his family. Frances also spent two extended stays in California working at the front desk at the Arrowhead Springs Hotel where Campus Crusade for Christ was headquartered and where her son, Jim, and wife Deanna were serving the Lord. Frances was the cheering gramma on the sidelines for her grandsons' football games, and best friend to her "daughter-in-love". She and Deckard gave up many of the comforts of being in their own home to share their best years with us, their children, giving us many treasured memories. 
When Frances returned to Texas with her homesick husband, Coolidge was covered in snow. Underneath its white blanket was the perfect house for sale. Frances found new fulfillment working for Blanche Frazier at the Unlimited Corner, which at that time included women's fashions. Frances began a new career. She also joined the First Baptist Church of Coolidge. 
Throughout her entire life, Frances loved meeting people, witty exchanges, encouraging others to love the Lord, read His Holy word and become who God wanted them to be. During her years at the bookstore she met many Christian authors such as Corrie ten Boom and Dale Evans who inspired Frances through their faith to live with expectation of what God can do. She was faithful to pass to us that torch of passion for the things of the Living Christ, the One who Frances is now seeing face to face! 
The family wishes to express gratitude to the staff at Hearthstone Assisted Living Center for their care for our mother and fast friendships. We are grateful to special individuals that were so wonderful at Heartland Nursing during Frances' last days. 
Survivors: In 1988 Frances married Joseph Evans who survives her along with his loving daughters Regina and husband, Jimmy Foreman, Renee and husband David Frazier, their children and grandchildren. 
Frances Evans is survived by one loving son, James McKinney and wife Deanna of Colleyville, two grandsons, Bret and his wife Sophia of Colleyville, Christopher McKinney of Dallas, two granddaughters, Sophia and Aryn, numerous nieces and nephews, and one sister-in-law, Jessie Davis. 

Claude O'Neal Memorial Services Meld on Monday 
Claude William O'Neal, 85, of Thornton, passed away Dec. 8, 2001, in Houston. 
Private graveside rites were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the O'Neal Family Cemetery. Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home Chapel in Thornton. 
Mr. O'Neal was born Jan. 1, 1916, in Thornton and had lived most of his life in the Thornton area. He was self employed in the service station and trucking business. 
Survivors include his wife, Reba Allena O'Neal of Thornton; daughters Annette Rasco of Missouri City and Linda Gibson of Victoria; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Jean Kinder and Ruby Wiggs of Waco. 

Annie Lee Lott Funeral Services Held on Saturday 
Funeral services for Annie Lee Lott, age 84, of Wortham, were held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, December 8, 2001at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Gray officiating. Mrs. Lott died on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco. Interment was at Shiloh Cemetery. 
Mrs. Lott was born August 20, 1917 in Mexia. She was a homemaker and also worked at Futorian Furniture Factory and ABCO and Pete Hughes Furniture Co. She lived all her life in the Mexia area and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. 
Survivors include: daughter, Linda Calame and husband, Lewis, of Wortham; four sons: W.H. Lott and wife, Linda of Dennison, Bobby Lott and wife, Nancy of Midlothian, Don Lott and wife, Brenda of Midlothian, Jerry Lott of Lancaster; four grand-daughters; nine grandsons; 24 great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Howard Lott and by two brothers, a sister, a half-sister and 5 half-brothers. 
Pallbearers were grandsons: Monte Calame, Brent Calame, Chad Calame, Donnie Lott, Barry Lott, Ernie Lott, David Lott, Stacy Lott, Jeremy Lott. 
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church. 
Blair-Stubbs of Mexia was in charge of arrangements. 

Bernice D. Windle Funeral Services Held on Monday 
Bernice May Deans Windle, age 80, of Pasadena, Texas and formerly of the Old Union Community passed away Saturday, December 8, 2001, in a Pasadena hospital. 
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 10, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Richard Williams officiating. Burial followed in the Old Union Cemetery. 
Mrs. Windle was born July 12, 1921, in Old Union to her parents Henry and Cordilla (Henderson) Clay. She retired from Bayshore hospital in Pasadena as a dietitian. She was a member of the Church of Christ. 
Survivors include her husband: Bobby I. Windle of Pasadena; one daughter: Brenda Burkett of Pasadena; one son: Neve Edward Deans, Jr. of Friendswood; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one brother: Mervin Clay of Groesbeck. 
Pallbearers were Jason and Jonathan Burkett, Richard Clay, Bill Deans, Troy Downs and Dan Swiney. 
Groesbeck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Frankye Jean Cason Funeral Services Held on Monday 
Funeral services for Frankye Jean Cason, age 72, of Buchanan Dam, Texas, were held on Monday, January 28, at 10 a.m. in the Buchanan West Baptist Church. Mrs. Cason died on Saturday, January 26, 2002, in the Plano Memorial Hospital in Plano. 
Mrs. Cason was born on March 11, 1929, in Martha, Oklahoma. She was a retired barber having retired after 30 years of services. 
Mrs. Cason was a resident of Buchanan Dam for the past 15 years having moved here from Pasadena, Texas. She was a member of Buchanan West Baptist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Bessie (Brooks) Harn. 
She is survived by her son, Reggie Cason and wife Nancy of Buchanan Dam; brother, Bill Harn of Garland; sisters, Faye Sturgis and Pat Kimbel, both of Dallas; 5 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. 
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, in the Hilltop Memorial Park in Carrollton. 
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or the American Heart Association. 
Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home of Kingsland was in charge of arrangements. 

Ella O'Neal Funeral Services Held on Sunday 
Ella O'Neal, 88, died Saturday, January 26, 2002 in Limestone Medical Center. 
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Kosse Church of Christ with Al Jolly officiating. Burial followed in Eutaw Cemetery. 
Mrs. O'Neal was born January 28, 1913 in Gonzales County, Texas to Henry Amel and Sophia (Herschap) Cuvelier. Mrs. O'Neal was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ in Kosse. 
Mrs. O'Neal was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Buel O'Neal in March 1992, daughter Peggy Elaine O'Neal, three sisters, five brothers. 
Mrs. O'Neal is survived by three daughters, Bernice Tatum, of Waco; Mary Kathryn Sims of Groesbeck; Dorothy Jean Wilson of Gilmer; three sons, James Oliver O'Neal of Hilltop Lakes, Robert Henry O'Neal of Thornton, Howard Lee O'Neal of Robinson; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Emma Caraway of Kingsland, Texas. 
Pallbearers were Kevin O'Neal, Stephen O'Neal, John Sims, Jason O'Neal, James Michael O'Neal, Scott Carter. 
Groesbeck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Alma Ruth Engram Funeral Services Held on January 23 
Alma Ruth Engram, 76, of Groesbeck died Tuesday, January 22, 2002 in Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia. 
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Steve Sadler and Dr. Troy Brooks officiating. Burial followed in Bremond Cemetery. 
Mrs. Engram was born January 21, 1926 in Whiterock Community, Robertson County, Texas to Willie Kaye and Myrtle Kaye (Hope) Jones. Mrs. Engram was retired from the Farmers State Bank and was a member of First Baptist Church. 
Mrs. Engram is survived by her husband, Elbert Engram of Groesbeck; four daughters Ruth Ann Smith of Scottsville, Texas; Linda Pitt of Duncanville; Sue Little and Jane Funderburk both of Groesbeck; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 
Pallbearers were Charles Little, Clinton Little, Dwain Funderburk, Steven Funderburk, Paul Smith, Greg Smith, Brad Smith, Bill Pitt. 

Rosie M. Johnson Graveside Services Held on January 24 
Rosie Mildred Johnson, 80, of Groesbeck died Tuesday, January 22, 2002 in Providence Hospital in Waco. 
Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 24, at Wortham Cemetery with Dr. Robert Herzig officiating. 
Mrs. Johnson was born December 11, 1921 in Wortham to Ben F. and Lillie Laura (Michaels) Wasson. Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker. 
Mrs. Johnson is survived by her daughter, Sheila Walton of Groesbeck; four grandchildren, DeAnna Wright of Houston, Barrie Smith of Thornton, Tony Smith of Thornton, Michael Walton of Groesbeck; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. 
Groesbeck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Pete Montgomery Funeral Services Held January 25 
Funeral services for Hiram (Pete) Montgomery, 78, of Mexia, were held Friday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m. in Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home Chapel in Mexia. Burial was in Tehuacana Cemetery. 
Mr. Montgomery died Wednesday, January 23, 2002, in Parkview Regional Hospital. He was a member of Tehuacana Baptist Church. He lived his entire lifetime in this area and was a mechanic. 
He was preceded in death by a brother, Weldon R. Montgomery and two sisters, Betty Nell Montgomery and JoNita Nevills. 
Surviving are his wife, Shirley Sue Montgomery of Mexia; four daughters, Nell Montgomery of Bellmead, Anna Beth Thompson of Mexia, Tammie Adams of Ft. Worth, Rita Sue Battreall of Mexia; a step-daughter, Catherine Akin of Bellmead; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; sister, Merline Baker of Groesbeck. 
Pallbearers were James Long, Glen Medlen, Randy Jones, Barry Richardson, James Richardson and Warren Adams. Honorary pallbearers were Stanley Richardson and Gordon Medlen. 

Wanda Fake Funeral Services Held on Wednesday 
Wanda Fake died Sunday, January 27, 2002 in Corpus Christi. She was born October 18, 1931, in Oletha. 
She was Music Director of the First Baptist Church of Rockport for 25 years before retirement in 1996. She also served as Music Director of the Bethel Baptist Church of Ingleside after retirement. She held a music degree from Baylor University and taught public school music for several years in Cleburne and Azle school districts. 
She grew flowers and plants in great numbers and occasionally was awarded "yard of the month". She collected dolls and knew everyone of them by name. She loved jewelry, and gemstones became her hobby. She always kept her crochet needle and thread ready to use whenever there was an inactive moment that needed filling. An excellent seamstress, she created most of her own clothing and supplied her children's clothing as they grew up. She loved to prepare big meals for her large family at holiday times. She never let her many physical problems keep her from doing her best. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Louie and Berta Sadler, two sisters, Jean Philips and Linda Horne, and her daughter, Debbie Hamm. 
She is survived by her husband, Rev. Charles Fake of Rockport; three sons, David (Janet) Fake of Pearland, Dan Fake of Houston, and Dwight Fake of Houston; one daughter, Dianna (Mark) Hinze of The Woodlands; son-in-law Rick Hamm of Houston; one brother, Joe (Annette) Sadler of Thornton; two sisters, Ann (Clarence) Walston and Gwen (Ray) Moore, both of Thornton; nine grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on January 30, 2002 at the First Baptist Church of Rockport. Burial was in Ferguson Cemetery, Oletha on Friday, February 1 at 11:00 a.m. 
Arrangements entrusted to Charlie Marshall Funeral Homes & Crematory, Rockport-Fulton, Texas. 

Martha Wolverton England Funeral Services Held on Wednesday Afternoon 
Martha Wolverton England, passed away in Houston on Saturday, January 26. She was 97 years old and a long time resident of Groesbeck. Since February 1995, Martha has been living in Houston in the Treemont Retirement Center near her family. 
Martha attended Groesbeck schools, graduating from G.H.S. in the class of 1921. She attended Texas Womans University and Southern Methodist University where she pledged CHI-Omega sorority. She married William H. England II in August 1926. 
Martha began her working career with the Soil Conservation office in Groesbeck in 1938. Two years later she became assistant Limestone County auditor and served in that capacity from 1940-1949. During this period she went back to school at the University of Houston to complete her B.S. degree in Education August 1946. In 1955 she earned her M.S. degree in Special Education from Baylor University. She taught in Groesbeck High School from 1949-1957. She also taught school from 1957-1959 in Irving and in the Houston Independent School District 1960-61. She continued her teaching career with the Mexia State School from 1961 until retirement in 1974. Following retirement, she taught home bound students in south Limestone County for two more years. 
Martha's great-grandfather, Tillman Wolverton and family were early pioneer settlers in the Mexia-Forest Glade area. They moved here in 1843 traveling by wagon train from Illinois. Martha is the last of her Wolverton descendants who have been in Limestone County for 159 years. 
Martha was predeceased by her parents Bettie and Will Wolverton and brothers Homer and Rod and sister Bettie Wolverton Cayton. She is survived by her son, William H. England III and wife Elaine of Houston; one grandson Michael S. England and wife Therese of Houston; and granddaughter Marcia England Faden and husband Cary of Houston. She leaves three great-grandsons, Christopher Michael England, Bryan William England and Garrett Marshall Faden, all of Houston. She also has three surviving nieces, Ann Cayton Harding and Roddie Wolverton Stiles of Houston and Martha Cayton Rape of Arlington. 
Funeral services for Mrs. England were held on Wednesday, January 30, at 1:30 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church of Groesbeck with Dr. Robert Herzig, pastor, officiating. Michael Barron delivered the eulogy. 
Mary Blackmon sang "Hymn of Promise" with Frances Bennett as organist. 
Pallbearers were Bun Cayton III, Joe Marvin Cayton, William Burney Harding, Bryan Harding, Eric Martin, Kamal Moula, George Humble, and Merion Reynolds. 
Honorary pallbearers were Beal Roberts, Holloway Martin, James Lindley, Paul Gregory, Jim Bradley, Lynn Hiller Jr., Tom Hawkins, and Larry Stewart. 
Interment was in the Faulkenberry Cemetery 
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Groesbeck Funeral Home. 
Family and friends who wish to commemorate the life and memory of Martha England are requested to make their memorial gifts to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 150, Groesbeck, TX 76642. 
"I have received the love and devotion of my family, shared happiness and joy with many friends and felt the warm love and presence of God in my heart. Therefore, do not weep or grieve for me. My life has been a symphony and each of you has played a wonderful part. The memory of your presence in my life goes with me but the symphony goes on for you. Keep playing the music - enjoy it! Peace be with you," 
Martha


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