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Ethel Kennedy Funeral Services Held on Friday 
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 Baptist Church. 
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, Texas 76642. 

Ninah A. Boyer Memorial Service Held on March 12 
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 operation. 
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 lady. 

Elizabeth Young Graveside Services Held March 21 
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 as pallbearers. 
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 nephews. 
Blair-Stubbs of Mexia was in charge of arrangements. 

Beady V. Lankford Funeral Services Held March 25 
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 Adventist Church. 
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 26 
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 friends. 
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 Buchanan. 
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 Wednesday 
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, Kelly Kilpatrick. 
Military burial was conducted at Faulkenberry Cemetery. 

Bill Austin, Jr. Graveside Services held on April 17 
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 families. 
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 of arrangements. 

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 20 
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 Roark. 
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 Wiseman. 
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 arrangements. 

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 Church. 
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, Doyle Broxton. 
Blair-Stubbs of Thornton was in charge of arrangements.


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