|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
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,
Interment was in the Shady Grove Cemetery in
the Doyle Community.
Dorsey-Keatts Funeral Home of Mexia was in charge
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
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
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
Pallbearers were Michael C. Wimberly, Jeffery
L. Wimberly, Jr., Clay Wimberly, Jimmy R. Lawrence, Kirby Hyden, Wayne
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
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
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
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
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;
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
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
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
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,
Rosie M. Johnson Graveside Services Held on January
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
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
She was preceded in death by her parents, Louie
and Berta Sadler, two sisters, Jean Philips and Linda Horne, and her daughter,
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
"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,"