|Ethel Kennedy Funeral Services Held
Born March 3, 1907, in Leon County and fondly
known by everyone as "Miss Ethel", Mrs. Ethel Kennedy passed March 18,
2003, in Limestone County. Her parents were Anderson and Ada (Abbott) Beene.
Services were held Friday, March 21, at 11 a.m.
in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. V. A. 'Jack' Cox officiating.
Burial followed in the family plot in the Lost Prairie Cemetery.
"Miss Ethel" began a 40 year teaching career
at the age of 17 in the New Hope schools with a temporary teaching certificate
while attending college in the summertime. She attended Sam Houston State
University and Baylor University, eventually graduating from Sam Houston
State. She also taught at Personville, Farrar, Fairoaks, and Groesbeck.
While teaching school in Personville, she met
J. G. "Bill" Kennedy who owned and operated a General Store there. They
were married September 23, 1933 continued to live there and operated the
store through the mid-1940's. They were both members of the Personville
In the 1950's, 'Mr. Bill' and 'Miss Ethel' created
Kennedy Lake, a popular fishing spot in Personville and in 1965, they bought
the Fairoaks school cafeteria building and after moving it onto the banks
of Kennedy Lake, they remodeled it into a Lakehouse that they rented out
for family reunions, summer camps, etc.
Mr. Bill died June 11, 1995.
Miss Ethel was an avid fisherman and devoted
her full time to it after retiring from teaching. She also loved to fish
on the Gulf Coast and was still going there at age 91! She even had a point
named for her with a sign painted 'Miss Ethel's' point.
She also loved going to the store in Farrar,
Texas, monthly and having hamburgers and fries with good friends and family,
Donald Sims, Nelta Dean and Charles Little, Jo and Dwight Mahoney, Sara
Sims, and Jerry Williams. She had a big sign erected in her driveway attesting
to the fact that the best hamburgers you could buy were at the Farrar Store.
Miss Ethel is survived by two sisters, Irene
Stadler and Fran Robinson, both of Buffalo, Texas; daughter Judy Kennedy
Carr and husband, Joe, of Sunset Valley, Texas; a granddaughter, Julie
Carr King and husband, Rick, of Austin; a grandson, Jason Carr of Austin;
and three great-grandchildren, Jacob Ryan King, Joshua Kennedy King, and
Rachel Lauren King, all of Austin; and a devoted lifetime friend and caregiver,
Jerry Williams of Donie.
Pallbearers were comprised of her former students
and included Charles Little, Bobby Reed, Arlie Vickery, Wyman Harriman,
Doyle L. Coslin, and Donald Ray Morton.
Honorary pallbearers were Dean Little, Donald
Sims, Cloyse Sims, James Hill, and Calvin Hardison.
Memorial may be made to the Lost Prairie Cemetery
Association Endowment Fund, c/o Wanda Fewell, P. O. Box 711, Groesbeck,
Ninah A. Boyer Memorial Service Held on March
Ninah Anderson Boyer, 75, began her journey to
Heaven on March 10, 2003. She and her husband Dale moved into their house
on Lake Limestone in 1990. From that time on they spent one-half of their
time at the Lake or in The Woodlands, Texas.
She was born July 4, 1927, in Louisville, Kentucky.
In 1949, she graduated from Purdue University and married Dale E. Boyer.
They enjoyed 53 plus years of loving companionship.
She and Dale started into the ranching business
as a partner of Bob Fullen of Groesbeck in 1990. Later in 1998, they expanded
their business which now includes three properties in both Limestone and
Leon Counties and over 100 mama cows. Jose Ramirez of Jewett oversees the
Ninah could be seen many times painting a gate
or building on the ranch as well as moving an ice chest of fish to stock
a farm pond.
Ninah and Dale joined a regular Thursday afternoon
bridge club in the early 1990's and made many warm and dear friendships
which will continue on. Ninah volunteered for 14 years at Memorial Hermann
Hospital The Woodlands in the emergency room. She served as a Deacon of
The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church. Ninah had a deep faith in
Christ, she loved her family and she loved her friends. She was known for
her compassion, generosity and hospitality. She will be deep missed.
Ninah is survived by her husband, Dale; four
children: son Blaine and his wife Margee of Temecula, Ca.; daughter Bonnie
and her husband Don of Irvine, Ca.; daughter Beth and her husband Scott
of Conroe; son Benjamin and his wife Kirsten Niwot, Co.; eight grandchildren
and one great-grandson.
A memorial service to celebrate her life was
held on March 12, 2003, at The Woodlands Community Church. She was a great
Elizabeth Young Graveside Services Held March
Mrs. Elizabeth Holston Young, 89, of Kosse, passed
away March 19, 2003 at Limestone Medical Center in Groesbeck.
Graveside services were held at the Kosse Cemetery
at 3 p.m. Friday, March 21 with Rev. Tom Vance officiating. Nephews served
Mrs. Young was born August 21, 1913 in Limestone
County. She had lived in Kosse since early 1950. She worked as a welder
for the US Government during WWII and for Lockheed Aircraft in Ft. Worth.
She was baptized at Ebenezer Baptist Church at the age of 14 and had been
a member of First Baptist Church of Kosse since the 1950's. She was preceded
in death by her husband, Edward J. Young; 3 sisters and 3 brothers.
Mrs. Young is survived by nieces: Thelma Adams
of Rockdale, May Beth Young of Hearne, Mary E. Spitzenberger and husband
Arthur of Rockdale, Joyce Greensage and husband Bruno of Rockdale, Loni
Fay Buggs and husband Jerry of Windfield, MO., Mary J. Robinson and husband
Wayne of Houston, Billie L. Weis of Garland; nephews: Eugene Barber and
wife, Doris of Colwell; Harold Baker and wife Delores of Rockdale, Ross
Barber and wife Pauline of Rockdale, Aurbery Barber and wife Doris of Mechanicsberg,
PA, and John P. Morgan, Jr.; numerous great and great-great nieces and
Blair-Stubbs of Mexia was in charge of arrangements.
Beady V. Lankford Funeral Services Held March
Mrs. Beady V. Lankford, 96, of Mexia, passed
away March 22, 2003 at Parkview Regional Hospital.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. March 25
at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. T.D. Roberson and Rev. Harvey Hallmark
officiating. Interment was at Hogan Cemetery with nephews serving as pallbearers.
Mrs. Beady was born January 10, 1907 at Munger,
Texas. She lived most of her life in Mexia. She was a retired dorm charge
at Mexia State School where she had worked for 22 years. Mrs. Beady was
a member of the Pentecostal Church of God.
She is survived by a brother H.E. (Buck) Jones
of Waco and several nieces and nephews.
Dr. Joe J. White Passes Away March 23
Dr. Joe J. White was born on Feb. 14, 1923 in
Kosse, son of Ervin and Lula Mae Smith White and passed away March 12,
2003 in Enid Oklahoma.
Dr. White attended college and became a chiropractor
for 41 years. Dr. White was a WWII Veteran and a member of Seventh Day
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Evelyn
White; Donnie Sheffler and wife Janice of Hitchcock and Karen Hopma and
husband Jon of Oklahoma City; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren,
one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Nevile White of Kosse.
He was preceded in death by two brothers.
Ruby Marie Maddox Funeral Services Held March
Ruby Marie Murphy Maddox, 97, of Groesbeck, passed
away Monday, March 24, 2003 in Groesbeck.
Funeral services were held at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday,
March 26, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Richard Williams
officiating. Burial followed in the Faulkenberry Cemetery.
Mrs. Maddox was born September 11, 1905 in El
Dorado, Arkansas to Oscar L. and Sarah Alice (Barnes) Maddox. She was a
housewife and a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include several nieces, nephews and
Pallbearers were Bill Gray, Karl Ray Shiflett,
Chris Shiflett, Michel Shiflett, Ryan Shiflett, Karl Shiflett, Jr.
Honorary pallbearers were Maurice Shiflett, Cody
Lowenthal, Bob Coffee, Ronnie Ellison.
Groesbeck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Don Buchanan Service Held in Baton Rouge, La.
Memorials services for James Donald "Don" Buchanan
were held on Tuesday, March 25, in Baton Rouge, La. Mr. Buchanan, a resident
of Baton Rouge, died on March 22.
Mr. Buchanan was in health care media relations.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Buchanan;
two sons, Scott White Buchanan and Michael Baldwin Buchanan; one sister,
Glenda Sue Hardy. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Lauren Elizabeth
Don Buchanan was known as "Buck" to most of his
family and friends. His infectious laughter will always ring in the memories
of his family and friends as will his sweet smile. Don had a quick wit
that no one could best. He loved to travel and visited many foreign lands.
He was a gifted writer, lover of art and music
and a man who enjoyed life. A graduate of Sam Houston State University
with a degree in journalism, Don was a reporter and managing newspaper
editor for 20 years and was media relations manager for Louisiana Health
Care Authorities at the time of his death.
He was a professional's professional even to
the point of going to Honduras at one time to do a story on the Contras.
Don was a devoted father, loving family member
and loyal friend. His love of beauty in any form was easily recognizable.
His loss adds beauty to Heaven but lessens the light on this earth. He
will be missed.
Robert (Bob) Ballenger Funeral Services Held on
Robert (Bob) Ballenger, 89, of Groesbeck passed
away March 24, 2003, at Providence Hospital in Waco. Services were held
Wednesday, March 26, at 2 p.m. at the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel with
Bro. Royce Smith and Dr. Troy Brooks officiating. He was a member of the
Baptist Church in Groesbeck.
Mr. Ballenger was born on March 26, 1914, to
Lawrence and Gladys Ballenger in Henderson, Texas. He served in World War
II and was a member of the American Legion Post 288.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nina
Ruth Andrews Ballenger; two sisters-in-law, Lola Marshall and Peggy Loveless
of Texas City; brother-in-law, Jack Davis Andrews and wife Karen of Brady;
three nephews, Eddie Marshall and wife Rose of Texas City, David Marshall
and wife Martha of Alvin, Randy Gene Loveless and wife Beth of Friendswood;
two nieces, Vicki Loveless of Texas City and Kristi Andrews of Brady.
Also surviving, seven great nieces and nephews,
Stephanie Cyr and husband Beau of Texas City, Melissa Marshall of Texas
City, Leah Stinson and husband Terry of Texas City, Justin Doster of the
U. S. Army, John Edward Marshall of Alvin, Lauren and Lindsey Loveless
of Friendswood; four great-great-nieces and nephews, Joseph Cyr, Tabitha
Marshall, McKinnley Bowers, and Terry Lynn Stinson, all of Texas City.
Pallbearers were Noel Edward Marshall, Randy
Gene Loveless, Jeremy McMillan, Lester Blalock, Herbert Wilson, Herbert
Gene Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were Wayland Pollock, Ernest Crutcher,
Military burial was conducted at Faulkenberry
Bill Austin, Jr. Graveside Services held on April
William (Bill) John Austin, Jr., age 53, of Thornton,
passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at his residence.
Graveside Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday,
April 20, at the Ebenezer Cemetery with Brother Bill Hughes officiating.
Mr. Austin was born October 15, 1948 in Winnsboro,
LA to William John and Poachonats (Vines) Austin. He was a rancher and
had lived in this area for the past thirty years. He was married to Jewel
(McMurray) Austin on September 4, 1969 in Kerman, CA.
Survivors include his wife: Jewel of Thornton;
two daughters and sons-in-law: Shannon and Joel Hobbs of Fresno, CA and
Brandy and Ron Smith of Kosse; grandchildren: John William, Joshea Cody,
and James Dalton Hobbs, Austin Drake Smith of Kosse; mother: Poachonats
Austin of LA; three sisters and four brothers.
Groesbeck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Patrick T. Murdock Passes Away In Arizona
Patrick Thomas Murdock lost his struggles with
lung cancer and has joined his grand-parents with the Lord.
Patrick was born May 7, 1956 and died March 19,
2002 in Tuscon, Arizona.
He is survived by his parents Bill and Mary (McLelland)
Murdock, his sisters, Denise (Kevin) Kinkade and Diann (Cliff) LaCroix,
nieces Kimberly Kinkade, Ellen LaCroix, Nicole LaCroix, nephew Erik LaCroix,
and many loving relatives in Texas.
Pat's grandparents were Baker and Naomi Murdock
of Hearne and Ray and Onie McLelland of Groesbeck.
Services were held at Rincon Congregational Church
in Tuscon at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, March 24.
Martha Cayton Rape Funeral Services Held in Arlington
ARLINGTON - Martha Cayton Rape, 81, a retired
biology teacher, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2002, in Arlington after
complications associated with Alzheimer's disease.
Services were held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March
11, at First United Methodist Church Arlington, 314 North Center Street,
Arlington. Burial was in Moore Memorial Gardens, Arlington.
In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Rape's family requests
donations be made to the Martha Rape Memorial Scholarship fund. The fund
is to be used to further the education of graduating seniors at Lamar High
School who are pursuing a career in biological sciences. Checks should
be made out to the Martha Rape Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of Elizabeth
Martin, 1308 Windmill Court, Arlington, Texas 76013.
Mrs. Rape was born in Groesbeck April 18, 1920.
She graduated from Groesbeck High School and received a bachelors degree
from the University of Texas at Austin. She subsequently went to graduate
school at Baylor University in Waco; where she earned her masters degree.
Mrs. Rape will be remembered as the daughter
of the late Bettie and Bun Cayton and the niece of Martha Wolverton England.
She was associated with two early day families - the Caytons and Wolverton
Mrs. Rape met her husband Joe G. Rape while in
Waco. They were married in 1943 in Abilene, just before he was sent overseas
to serve as a staff sergeant in George S. Patton's Third Army in France
during World War II.
During the war, she worked in Washington, D.C.
as a lab technician in research on using penicillin as a useful antibiotic.
After the war, she worked as a high school biology teacher in Austin, Galveston
and Houston, while her husband went through medical school and residency.
Mrs. Rape moved to Arlington in 1953, where she
raised her family, managing a home in Arlington and a farm outside Venus.
She was active in the Arlington Women's Club, Junior Great Books, American
Association of University Women, the Chi Omega Alumni Association and her
church, First United Methodist Church of Arlington.
Mrs. Rape returned to teaching in 1968 after
the death of her husband. She taught at Arlington High School, then Lamar
High School and retired in 1984.
After retirement she enrolled in a post-graduate
program in Art History at the University of Texas at Arlington. She was
also very active at the Kimball Art Museum in Fort Worth, working as a
docent for several years.
She is survived by her sister, Ann Harding of
Houston; son, Joe M. Cayton of Houston; daughter, Elizabeth Martin of Arlington;
grandsons, Jordan G. Cayton, Joseph C. Martin and David C. Martin; and
granddaughters, Whitney E. Rape and Madeline C. Cayton.
Moore Funeral Home of Arlington was in charge
Willie Mae Lyles Passes Away
Mrs. Willie Mae Lyles, 91, of Bremond, formerly
of Mexia, died April 16, 2002 at Falls Community Hospital in Marlin.
She was born Sept. 11, 1910 in Kosse. She was
a homemaker and had lived in Mexia until about two months ago when she
moved to Bremond.
Mrs. Lyles is survived by a son, Alvin Lyles
of Bremond; grandchildren Terry Webb and Brenda Kwasnica, both of Bremond;
3 great-grandchildren; a sister, Alberta Thornton of Houston.
Blair-Stubbs of Mexia was in charge of arrangements.
Funeral Services Held Tuesday For Aubrey H. Hancock
Mr. Aubrey H. Hancock, 79, of Coolidge, passed
away Sunday, April 21, 2002 at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco. Funeral services
for Mr. Hancock were held at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 23 at First United
Methodist Church in Coolidge with Rev. Bob Raines officiating. Interment
followed at Coolidge Cemetery.
Mr. Hancock was born December 19, 1922 at Datura,
Texas. He lived most of his life in the Coolidge area; was a rancher and
was retired from Kerr-McGee Oil as Wholesale Distributor; 32 years in Hancock
Service Station. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of
Coolidge. He served in the Army during World War II from February 1943
until February 1946.
Mr. Hancock is survived by his wife Veta Ruth
Hancock of Coolidge; son, Mark Douglas Hancock and wife, Roxanne of Cedar
Island; daughter, Cynthia Ann Lowry and husband, Bill of Cedar Island;
grandchildren: Bret, Bart, Chance and Dale Lowry, Lori and Leslie Hancock,
Kendal Hancock; 5 great-grandchildren: Jake, Luke, Brooke, Cole and Blake;
brother, C.M. Hancock of Coolidge.
Pallbearers were Bret, Bart, Chance and Dale
Lowry, Keith McReynolds and Jimmy Hancock.
Blair-Stubbs of Mexia was in charge of arrangements.
Willie Vera Matthews Funeral Services Held April
Willie Vera Roark Matthews, age 82, passed away
Wednesday, April 17, 2002 at a Marlin Hospital. Services were held at 11
a.m. Saturday, April 20 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Phyllis
Carey officiating. Interment followed in the Waite Cemetery.
Mrs. Matthews was born on February 13, 1920 in
Groesbeck to Dill Worth and Martha Ann Polk Roark. She retired in 1987
from the Marlin I.S.D. after 27 years of service in the cafeteria. She
was a member of the Reagan United Methodist Church, a 64 year resident
of Reagan, loved to cook for her family and was an accomplished seamstress.
She married Robert Lee Matthews on December 29, 1928 in Groesbeck and they
farmed and ranched together for their entire married life. She was preceded
in death by a sister, Ollie Prichard and brothers, Otis Roark and Alvie
Mrs. Matthews is survived by her husband of Reagan;
son: Bobby Matthews and wife Sandra of Gause; daughters: Martha Alyce Steen
and husband Jon of The Woodlands, Judy Kay Buckner of Cleveland, TX; sister,
Nonie Esslinger of Athens; grandchildren: Jeffrey Steen, Brent Buckner,
Kimberly Thorsen, Kelly Carroll, Stewart Clancy, and Jennifer Wilson; great-grandchildren,
Cassie Carroll, Brittany Steen, Spencer Steen and Hunter Thorsen and Paige
Pallbearers were Jeff Steen, Brent Buckner, Stewart
Clancy, Terry Matthews, Jimmy Matthews and Stanley Roark.
Honorary Pallbearers were Roger Pritchard, Bobby
Neil Roark, Otis Roark, Joe Roark, Ronnie Roark, Charles Spivey, Sam Spivey
and Tarver Spivey.
Memorials may be made to Reagan United Methodist
Church, Reagan, Tx 76680.
Adams Funeral Home of Marlin was in charge of
Margie Nell Myers
Margie Nell Myers Funeral Services Held Wednesday
Margie Nell Myers, 64, of Kosse, passed away
Monday, April 8, 2002 at her residence. Funeral services were held Wednesday,
April 10 at the First Baptist Church of Kosse with Rev. C.L. Nicholas of
Global Harvest Ministries of Kosse conducting. Interment followed at Mustang
Prairie Cemetery near Kosse.
Mrs. Myers was born December 4, 1937 to William
and Pauline Carnes at the Mustang Prairie Community. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her father.
She is survived by her husband John Myers; sons:
Donny Ray and Mary Myers of Spring, Clarence Daly and Kay Myers of Anderson;
daughter: Pamela Ann and David Hillman of Kosse; brothers: William Carnes
of Bremond, Johnny and Paula Carnes, James and Becky Carnes, Jimmy and
Nickie Carnes all of Houston; sister: Bobby Garrett of Kosse and her mother,
Pauline Carnes of Kosse; 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Family members request that memorials be made
to Hillcrest Community Hospice, 3215 Pine, Waco, Texas 76703.
Jesse C. Walts
Jesse C. Walts Funeral Services Held Friday
Jesse C. Walts, 81, of Lake Limestone, passed
away Tuesday, April 9, 2002 at a Waco hospital. Funeral services were held
Friday, April 12 at 2 p.m. at Blair-Stubbs Chapel in Thornton with Rev.
Gene Grace officiating. Interment was in Criswell Cemetery.
Mr. Walts was born October 5, 1920 in Thornton.
He was a Street Supervisor for the City of Waco Street Department, retiring
to Lake Limestone in 1983 after 33 years. He served in the Pacific in World
War II with the Navy. Mr. Walts was a member of the Lake Limestone Baptist
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elenora
Lee Walts in 1996 and by a son-in-law, E.C. Roderick in 1994.
He is survived by his children: Gracie Roderick
of Clinton, Maine; Jessie Young of Waco; James Walts and wife, Mary, of
Lowell, Arkansas; Michael Walts and wife, Stephanie, of Bellmead; Deborah
Robinson and husband Sam, of Navasota and Kenneth Walts and wife, Sheila
of China Spring; 22 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; sister, Olene
Smith of Waco.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Queener, John Ellis, Troy
Ellis, Roger Broxton, Toby Culverhouse, Kenneth Day Ellis, Gary Broxton,
Blair-Stubbs of Thornton was in charge of arrangements.