Funeral services for A. A. "Double A" Tucker Jr., 87 of Houston
were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 4, 2000 at St. Mark Lutheran Church
in Houston. Interment followed in Woodlawn Garden Of Memories Cemetery.
Revs. David Schultz, John Selle and Edwin Keiper officiated. Mr.
Tucker passed away Monday, Oct. 2 in a Houston hospital after a short illness.
He was born April 16, 1913 in Thorndale to the late Arnold A. Tucker and
Sarah Elizabeth (Cardwell) Tucker. His mother passed away five days after
his birth. Mr. Tucker was raised by his grandparents, Richard
Benjamin Cardwell and Barbara Ann (Pugh) Cardwell and an uncle, Richard
McKinzie (Mack) Cardwell and Lula Lee (Tucker) Cardwell, all of whom preceded
him in death. Also preceding him in death were a brother, Tommie
Arnold Tucker and three sisters, Arrie Iona Tucker, Alice Bamma Jackson
and Hattie Ann Caffey. He married Hermenia (Hattie) Barta on
April 29, 1939 in Flatonia. Survivors include his wife of 61
years, Hermenia (Hattie) Tucker; two sons, Arvin Dennis Tucker and wife
Cathey of Georgetown and Daniel Ray Tucker of Shelby; three grandchildren,
Keith Tucker and wife Kellie of Hempstead, Michelle Tucker of Hockley and
fiancie, Tommy Hamilton of Planterville and Casey Tucker of Georgetown;
two great grandchildren, Kyle and Kolt Tucker of Hempstead; and close relatives,
Dr. Wallace H. Cardwell and wife Ardith of Elgin, Lyngle (Bill) Cardwell
and wife Veronica of Rockdale and Shirley Luetge and husband Clyde of Rockdale.
Pallbearers were James Luetge, Leroy Cardwell, Lyngle Cardwell, Bradley
Cardwell, Richard Barta, Randy Barta, Ronnie Wayne Merecka and Donnie White.
Memorials may be made to St. Mark Lutheran Church building fund, 1515 Hillendahl,
Houston, TX 77055.
Funeral services for Edgar Louis (E.L.) Cheatham Jr., 76, of Cameron
were held Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000 at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in
Cameron with Rev. James E. Lafferty officiating. Burial followed in Cook
Walden/Capital Park Cemetery in Pflugerville. He died Wednesday, Oct. 4,
2000 in a Temple hospital. Mr. Cheatham was born July 8, 1924 in Madison
County to Edgar Louis and Merttie Mae Lindley Cheatham. He married Nell
Sorenson June 17, 1961. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He retired
as a millwright from Alcoa in Rockdale. Mr. Cheatham was a member of the
Battetown Baptist Church where he served as chairman of the deacons. Mr.
Cheatham was a member of the Cameron Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2010,
American Legion Edwin Hardy Post #9 and the Cameron Evening Lions Club.
He had served with the Civil Conservation Corporation. He volunteered delivery
of meals to the elderly for Hill Country Services. Mr. Cheatham was preceded
in death by son Jack Allen Konopackie; granddaughter Lisa Lovell and nephew
Wayne Ercanbrack. Surviving are: Wife, Nell Cheatham, Cameron; son, Rev.
Tim Cheatham, Cameron; daughter, Sherry Nell Lovell, Freeport; brother,
Julius Cheatham, Bastrop; sister, Mary Etta Ercanbrack, Lake Jackson and
three grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Battetown Baptist Church,
401 E. 22nd, Cameron, TX 76520.
Funeral services for Jerry Lee Zelisko, 48, of Buckholts were held
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000 at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron with
Rev. Gary Kleypas officiating. Burial followed in the Corinth Cemetery
near Buckholts. He died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000 in Buckholts. Mr. Zelisko,
a carpenter and construction worker, was born May 21, 1952 in Cameron to
Richmond Frank and Betty Lou Kennon Zelisko. He was an Army veteran. He
was preceded in death by his brother, James Zelisko. Surviving are: Wife,
Jeanie Zelisko, Buckholts; son, Clay Zelisko, Dallas; daughter, Anna Zelisko,
Buckholts; mother, Betty Zelisko, Temple; brother, John Zelisko, Buckholts.
MILANO - Funeral services for Dennis Preston Ruzicka, 57, of Milano
were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001 at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral
Home in Cameron with Rev. Glynn A. Cummings and Gene Van Noord officiating.
Burial followed in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cameron. Mr. Ruzicka died Tuesday,
Oct. 9, at his residence. Born July 25, 1944, in Milam County, he was an
Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict and had worked in road construction.
Mr. Ruzicka was a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors are his wife,
Glenna Ruzicka of Milano; three sons, Dennis Preston Ruzicka Jr. of Milano,
Kevin Alan Ruzicka of Rockdale and Jason Don Ruzicka of Milano; three sisters,
Betty Lavender of Iola, Frances Basonic and Doris Van Noord, both of Cameron;
a step-brother, Richard Ruzicka of Cameron; a step-sister, Johnnye Ruth
Harris of Waco; also three grandchildren.
CAMERON - Graveside services for Wiley J. 'Jake' Loftin, 72, of Cameron
were held at Corinth Cemetery near Buckholts with Rev. Mike Lewis officiating.
Mr. Loftin died Monday, Oct. 8, 2001, in a Temple hospital. A retired oil
field worker, he was born Aug. 27, 1929, in Buckholts to Aril James and
Lillie Am Nelson Loftin. He served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean
Conflict. Survivors are a brother, Floyd Loftin of Odessa; and three sisters,
Johnny Whittier of Del Rio, Patsy Milky of Odessa and Linda Butler of Cameron.
Memorials may be made to the Corinth Cemetery Association, Rt. 2 Box 160,
Buckholts, TX 76518.
CAMERON - Funeral services for Harry Phillip White, 84, of the Jones
Prairie community, near Cameron, were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, 2001,
at Little River Baptist Church with Rev. Carl Hudson officiating. Burial
followed in the Little River Cemetery. Mr. White died Saturday, Oct. 6,
in a Temple hospital following an illness. A retired farmer and rancher,
he was born Sept. 26, 1917, in Milam County. Mr. White was a member of
Little River Baptist Church. Survivors were his wife, Lanelle White of
Jones Prairie; a son, Craig White of Sugar Land; two daughters, Delaine
Burgess of Rockdale and Charlotte Pomykal of Rosebud; two brothers, John
White of Marlin and Robert White of Jones Prairie; three sisters, Louise
Gibson of Johnson City, Eula Mae White and Nadine Westerman, both of Rosebud;
also, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorials may be
made to the Little River Fellowship Hall.
Funeral services for Tommy Wade, 48, were held Wednesday, Oct. 17,
2001 at 2 p.m. from the Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale
with Rev. Roger Osborn officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Hill
Cemetery. He died Friday, Oct. 12, 2001 in a Houston hospital. Mr. Wade,
a resident of Channelview for the past 17 years, was born Sept. 26, 1953
in Lexington to Jesse James and Hazel Nutt Wade. He and Linda Turman were
married Dec. 12, 1972 in Lexington. Mr. Wade was a truck driver for Liberty
Waste in Baytown. Preceding his in death were his parents and one brother,
James Wade. Surviving are: His wife, Linda Wade of Channelview; sons Timothy
Wade and Wayne Wade, both of Lexington; daughters, Tammy Elders and Billie
Jo Smith, both of Channelview; brothers, Isaac E. Wade of Serbin and David
R. Wade and Lonnie W. Wade, both of Lexington; sisters, Betty Beck of Giddings,
Jessie Kelley and Linda Williams, both of Lexington, Flora Becvar of Dime
Box and Mary Stevick of Giddings; six grandchildren. Pallbearers were Timothy
Wade, Wayne Wade, Nathan Morgan, James Morgan, Melvin Turman Jr., J.R.
Graveside services for Kathryn Preece, 77, were held at 1 p.m. Monday,
Oct. 15, 2001 at the Hugh Wilson Cemetery in Tanglewood with Dr. Greg Nichols
of Lexington Christian officiating. She died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001 in
the Manor Oaks Nursing Home in Rockdale. Mrs. Preece, a longtime resident
of Tanglewood, was born Feb. 2, 1924 in Gause to Jackson Lee Reese and
Seletta Viola McMurray Reese. She and Virgil L. Preece were married Feb.
14, 1954 in Austin. Mrs. Preece was a member of the Lexington Christian
Church. She was a homemaker. Preceding her in death was her husband Dec.
13, 1999. Surviving are caregivers, Maria and Santos Gonzales of Rockdale
and several nieces and nephews.
Frank "Pa" Newman Jr., 79, of Thorndale died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001
at Richards Memorial Hospital in Rockdale. Celebration of Life services
were at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001 at St. John Lutheran Church in Thorndale
with Pastor Vernon Appel and Pastor Robert Beicke officiating. Burial followed
at Detmold Cemetery. Mr. Newman was born July 23, 1922 in Taylor to Frank
and Lena (Voight) Newman. On May 7, 1940, her married Pearl Melde at St.
Paul Lutheran Church in Thorndale. He served in the U.S. Army during World
War II. Mr. Newman retired as a potroom foreman for Alcoa, after 30 years
of service. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Thorndale and
a life member of the Thorndale VFW Post #4009. He loved his family and
enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. Mr. Newman was preceded in death
by his parents; a daughter, Rita Jane Becker; a son-in-law, Leon Barron
and two sisters, Nannie Simank and Edna Hilton. Surviving are: His wife
of 61 years, Pearl of Thorndale; daughter, Judy Brown of Thorndale; sisters,
Margie Olbrich and Frances Hilton of Thorndale and Nora Pasemann of Thrall;
grandchildren, Jeff Barron and wife, Cheryl of Taylor, Marla Roepke and
Chris Davis of Thorndale, Randa Becker of Belgium and Russell Becker of
Austin; great grandchildren, Kassie and Mallory Barron of Pasadena, Jacob
Barron of Taylor and Hiatt Becker of Austin. Pallbearers were James Lee
Hilton, Frankie Hilton, Charles Olbrich, Harvey Simank, Bob Hegar and Max
Thiele. Honorary pallbearers were members of Thorndale VFW Post #4009.
Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, General Fund, P.O. Box
21, Thorndale, TX 76577.
BENBROOK - Cathy Marque Jennings, 36, a nurse's aide for a nursing
home, died Tuesday, Oct. 9 in Fort Worth. Memorial services will be held
at 3 p.m. Thursday in Baumgardner Chapel in Fort Worth with Mr. Todd Asaad
officiating. She was born Jan. 19, 1965 in Fort Worth to Kenneth and Judith
Stewart Jennings. She was a member of the DFW International Church of Christ.
Survivors include her parents, Kenneth and Judy Jennings of Benbrook; a
brother, Chris Jennings of Hutchinson, Kansas; and grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. Raymond Stewart of Rockdale and Mrs. Pauline Sharp of Benbrook.
CAMERON - Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Lou Herrera, 70, of Round
Rock and formerly of Cameron will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001 at 10
a.m. at St. Monica's Catholic Church in Cameron. Burial will follow in
St. Monica's Cemetery. She died Monday, Oct. 15, 2001 in a Round Rock nursing
center. Mrs. Herrera was born Aug. 14, 1931 in Bracketville to Manuel and
Celestina Castro Garcia. She was a former member of St. Monica's Catholic
Church in Cameron and also worked at Royal Seating as a machinist for many
years. Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband, Fred Herrera.
Surviving are: Son, Johnny Conine of Round Rock; daughter, Claudia Conine-Rios
of Round Rock; two brothers, Jose Garcia of San Antonio and Patrick Garcia;
three sisters, Margaret Martinez of New Hobbs, NM, Jesse Solis of Blum
and Irene Fuentes of San Antonio; four grandchildren. A rosary will be
recited on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kathryn W. Green
Chapel of Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Cameron.
CAMERON - Funeral services for Robert William Bowley, 67, of Montgomery
and formerly of Cameron were held Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001 at 2 p.m. in
the Kathryn W. Green Chapel of Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Cameron.
Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cameron. He died Friday, Oct. 12,
2001 in a Conroe hospital. Mr. Bowley was born Sept. 16, 1934 in Wilson
to Hugh Marion and Ruth Victoria Kinnison Bowley. He was a member of First
Assembly of God Church in Conroe and was a warehouse distributor. Preceding
him in death was his father, Rev. H.M. Bowley. Surviving are: His wife,
Wanda Bowley of Montgomery; son, Robert Allan Bowley of Montgomery; three
daughters, Theresa Ray, Karen Cantrell and Pamela Bowley, all of Houston;
mother, Ruth Bowley of Cameron; three brothers, Dwayne Bowley of Cameron,
Kenneth Bowley of Rockhill, NC and Phillip Bowley of Belton; six sisters,
Norma Crouch of Cameron, Mary Davis of Malakoff, Patricia Glenn of Cameron,
Lawanda Black of Malakoff, Glenda Hays and Linda Mayer, both of Cameron;
Funeral services for Doris Elaine Braun, 51, were held at 2 p.m. Friday,
Jan, 25, 2002 in St. James Lutheran Church in New Wehdem with Rev. Bob
Myers officiating. Burial followed in St. James Lutheran Cemetery
in New Wehdem. She died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002 in the Richards Memorial
Hospital in Rockdale.
Mrs. Braun, a Black Jack Community resident since 1972, formerly of
Rockdale, was born Aug. 16, 1950 in Brenham to Fritz and Viola (Quade)
Jaehne. She and Calvin Braun were married Feb. 11, 1969 in Brenham.
Mrs. Braun worked with preschool children at First Baptist Church in
Rockdale, McDonald's in Rockdale and then Southwest Milam Water Supply
in Rockdale. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in New Wehdem
and was confirmed and baptized at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Brenham.
Mrs. Braun was educated in Brenham school system and Blinn College.
She enjoyed children, arts and crafts, involved in Little League baseball,
Cub and Boy Scouts, Sunday school and Bible school, volunteered at Rockdale
Schools, Christmas Roundup and was active in the Black Jack Volunteer Fire
Mrs. Braun was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Roger Jaehne;
cousin, Dorothy Lehrmann; aunts, Lydia Lehrmann and Mamie Quade; friend,
Surviving are: Husband, Calvin Braun of Rockdale; sons, Elan Braun
and fiancee Trish and her son Michael Bradford of College Station and Kase
Braun of Rockdale; brother, Fritz Jaehne and wife Diane of Brenham; sisters-in-law,
Beverly Jaehne of Brenham and Jewell Ellis of Austin.
Pallbearers were Melvin Winklemann, Stanley Caffey, Clinton Broeker,
Don Jaehne, Mark Andrejczak and Frankie Matura.
Memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, 10362 New Wehdem
Rd., Brenham, TX 77833.
Funeral services for Lorine Robinson, 73, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday,
Jan. 29, 2002 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with Rev.
Calvin Springer of Rockdale Full Gospel Church officiating. Burial followed
in Minerva Cemetery in Minerva. She died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2002.
Mrs. Robinson, a Minerva resident since 1978, formerly of Houston,
was born March 24, 1928 in Yoakum to Emil and Claudia Blanche Greider.
She and John Thomas Robinson were married Nov. 10, 1961 in Rockdale.
Mrs. Robinson attended the University of Houston. She was a nurse at
St. Joseph Hospital in Houston and also took care of children in Houston
and then in Minerva.
Preceding her in death were her parents.
Surviving are: Husband, J.T. Robinson of Minerva; son John Mark Robinson
of Waco; brother, Harold Ray Williams of Minerva; three grandsons, John
Mark Jr., Jason Michael and Brian Leon Robinson.
Pallbearers were Cecil Meyer, Scott Meyer, Mark Robinson Jr., Jason
Robinson, Brian Robinson, Daniel Diestel, Frank Garcia and Frank Garcia
CAMERON - Funeral services for Chelcy S. Cook, 87, were held at 1 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002 in Lights Chapel Baptist Church in Cameron with
Rev. O.J. Naylor of Lights Chapel Baptist Church officiating. She died
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002 in the Central Texas Hospital in Cameron.
Mrs. Cook, a lifelong resident of Cameron, was born Nov. 30, 1914 in
Cameron to Lee and Susie (Blackmon) Simmons. She was a homemaker and member
of Lights Chapel Baptist Church in Cameron. Preceding her in death were
her husband, William Cook Jan. 20, 1973;
brothers, Willie, Lonnie, John and Lee Simmons Jr.; sister, Gladys
Surviving are: Three brothers, Tom Melvin Simmons of Cameron, Haywood
Simmons of Las Vegas, Nevada and Ralph Simmons of Los Angeles, California;
sisters, Minnie Booze of Cameron and Mary Scott of Los Angeles, California.
Pallbearers were A.G. Whiteside, Aaron Miller, Aaron Spells, Robert
Wilcox, T.K. Booze and Tony Booze.
Funeral services for Clyde G. Pinkerton Sr., 73, were held Tuesday,
June 4, 2002 at 2 p.m. from the Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home with
Rev. Wayne Kirk of Marlow Baptist Church and Rev. Joe Weldon Bailey of
Liberty Baptist Church officiating. Burial followed in the Oak Lawn Cemetery
in Rockdale. He died Saturday, June 1, 2002 in the Manor Oaks Nursing Home
Mr. Pinkerton, a Milano resident for the past 13 years, moving there
from Rockdale, was born May 20, 1929 in Thorndale to Woody and Maudie (Wilson)
Pinkerton. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, served in the U.S.
Marine Corps and loved to collect arrowheads and travel to Las Vegas.
Mr. Pinkerton, a leaderman at Alcoa, retired in 1989 after 39 years.
He was preceded in death by a son, Clyde G. Pinkerton Jr. March 4, 1996;
his parents and two grandchildren.
Surviving are: Son, Mark Pinkerton and wife Michelle of Belton; two
daughters, Patrica Bitner and husband Billy and Lisa Malone and husband
Mike all of Cameron; brother, Kenneth Pinkerton and wife Fannie of Oologah,
OK; sister, Bennie Pulley and husband Earl of Rockdale; five grandchildren,
Kenny Schneebli, Sara Elliott, Crystal Nelson, Emily Pinkerton and Corbin
Pinkerton; great-grandchild, Katy Elliott; also several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were J.D. Howard, Andy Kirk, Jerry Pulley, Billy Bitner,
Anthony Proctor and Ernest Garza.
Honorary pallbearers were Harold "Shorty" Morris, Tom Martin, Ed Garner,
Frank Warren, Ed Remaley and Jerry Kirk.
GIDDINGS - Funeral services for Thomas Winston Keng, 74, of Giddings
were held Monday, June 3, 2002 at 2 p.m. in Martin Luther Lutheran Church,
Giddings with Rev. Dr. Ralph Lien officiating. Burial followed in Giddings
City Cemetery. He died Friday, May 31, 2002 in Brackenridge Hospital, Austin.
Mr. Keng was born April 11, 1928 in Dime Box to Samuel Keng and Mamie
(Bolander) Keng. He and Arline Liberty were married April 20, 1950 at Port
Lavaca. Retiring from Alcoa as a machinist after 31 plus years of employment,
he was also a bail bondsman and owned and
operated Kengston Finance Company in Giddings.
Mr. Keng was a local rancher who raised and raced thoroughbred horses,
former member of the Giddings Junior Chamber of Commerce, former little
league coach. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II, playing
football while in the Marines and also played football at TLC.
Mr. Keng was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ruth Dale; brother,
Lee Roy King; brother-in-law, Marvin (Red) Liberty.
Surviving are: Wife, Arline Keng of Giddings; two daughters and sons-in-law,
Kathy and John Ray and Judy and Jeff Keaghey all of Giddings; son and daughter-in-law,
Steven and Mary Kay Keng of Giddings; eight grandchildren and one great-grandson;
two brothers, S.B. and Verlene Keng and Cecil Keng all of Houston; seven
sisters, Inez Heinemann of Lexington, Verna and Sammy Caruso and Vera and
Billy Hayes all of Houston, Twila and Len Moncrief of Longview, Joyce and
Allan Pagel of Fayetteville, Marlene Terrasa of Lake Jackson and Barbara
and George King of Friendswood; sister-in-law, Cecelia Keng of Houston;
brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Ben and Verdell Liberty of Giddings,
Dr. H.G. and Pat Liberty of Seguin and Irma Moehlman of Yoakum; numerous
nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
KENNEWICK, WA - Services for Delbert G. Taylor, 84, were held at 2
p.m. June 3, 2002, at Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home in Kennewick, Washington.
Burial was in Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Kennewick.
Mr. Taylor died Sunday, May 26, 2002, in Richland, Washington.
He grew up in Rockdale and, after serving in the U.S. Army during World
War II, he moved to Corona, California, in 1954 with his family.
Survivors are a sister, Clara Murray of New Braunfels; a son, James
B. Taylor of Belmont, Michigan; two daughters, Debi Taylor-Bouchard of
Encinitas, California, and Alice Smith of West Richland, Washington; also,
seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces
and nephews in Texas.
BELTON - Services for Lena Cagle Stewart, 76, of Belton were held at
1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20, 2002, at Dossman Funeral Chapel in Belton with
Rev. Billy Johnson officiating. Burial followed at North Belton Cemetery.
Mrs. Cagle Stewart died Monday, May 27, at her home.
She was born June 1, 1925, in Lott, the daughter of Barney Lee Frankum
and Ollie (Dobbs) Frankum. She moved to Belton in 1955 and lived in the
same home since 1956.
A homemaker, Mrs. Stewart was a member of REACT where she served as
secretary and volunteered for many years.
Preceding her in death was her husband Frank D. Cagle Sr. in 1977 and
a grandchild, Darren Lee Smith, in 1992.
Survivors are her husband, Cecil T. Stewart of Belton; a son, Frank
D. Cagle Jr. of Birmingham, Alabama; two daughters, Dorothy Smith and husband
Doyle of Rockdale and Gail Lee of Belton; three stepsons, Mike Stewart
of Moody, James Stewart of Rockdale and Kenneth Stewart of Belton; two
brothers, Troy Frankum of Kemp and Leonard Ray Frankum (her twin brother)
of Denton; two sisters, Elizabeth Webb of Alvarado and Betty Battson of
Kemp; also, 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
MARLIN - Services for Mozell Miles, 72, of Marlin were held at 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 1, 2002, at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Marlin with Pastor
W.M. Johnson Jr. officiating. Burial was in Rockey Hill Community Cemetery
Mrs. Miles died Friday, May 24.
A retired housekeeper, she was born Dec. 11, 1929, in Fort Worth.
Survivors are three sisters-in-law, Christian Young, Emily King of
Marlin and Jessie B. Young of Fort Worth; a brother-in-law, William Paul
King of Marlin; a stepdaughter, Rosie Lee White of Fort Worth; seven step-grandchildren,
Theodore White, Steve White, Shirlan Felder, Beverly Gooden, Darlene Kelley,
Jacquline Melton and Ivy Jones, all of Fort Worth; also, seven nephews,
16 nieces and a number of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for John L. Robertson, 66, of Rockdale, will be held
at 11 a.m. Sat., Nov. 29, 2003 at New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Winfred
Tyler, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery, Rockdale,
He died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003 at St. David Medical Center, Austin.
Mr. Robertson was born Aug. 11, 1937 in New Baden. He was a veteran
of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1954 to 1961 and a retired supervisor of
the Alcoa aluminum plant in Rockdale.
Surviving are: Wife, Freddie L. Robertson of Rockdale; five sons, John
Jr., Jermaine and Rev. Willie Phillips Sr., all of Rockdale, and Dwight
and Anthony of Fort Worth; four daughters, Angela and Amber of Rockdale
and Dionne and Danita of Fort Worth; nine
granddaughters; four brothers, Retired Sgt. Major Andrew Robertson
of Killeen, Charles Embra of Rockdale and retired Sgt. Major Freddie Brown
and Ray Brown, both of Round Rock; six sisters, Doris Phillips of Rockdale,
Bertha Nell Minter of North Carolina,
Katherine Norwood of Germany and Mary Frances Walker, Joyce Irvin and
Sylvia Hatten, all of Corsicana; one God son, Richard Henderson of Rockdale,
and one God daughter, "Tinker" Morris of Houston. Mr. Robertson received
the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce's Outstanding Citizen Award in March of
2000, in recognition of his leadership on many civic fronts, including
East-Side Tutoring which he founded to help
community youth. He was a member of the Original Twelve service club,
the Alcoa Retirees Club, and New Hope Baptist Church.
Funeral services for Rev. John E. Lewis, 90, were held at 2 p.m. at
the Connally/Compton Funeral Home in Waco with Rev. Glen Pipes of Meadowbrook
Baptist Church, Rockdale, officiating. Burial was in Waco Memorial Park.
He died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003 at the Richards
Memorial Hospital in Rockdale. Rev. Lewis, a Rockdale resident
the past 11/2 years, moving from Waco where he lived for 22 years, was
Dec. 22, 1912 in Waco to Parks Pennington Lewis and Julia Tabitha (Culpepper)
Lewis. He and Cathryn Ferguson were married June 2, 1938 in Fort Worth.
Rev. Lewis, a Baptist minister for over 45 years, was a member of the Meadowbrook
Baptist Church in Rockdale. He had served as a Baptist minister at Friendship,
OK, Oglesby, Henrietta, Seymour, Olton and Waco.
He served as board member of the State Mission Commission, member of
the board of Buckner Baptist Children's Home, moderator of several Baptist
associations and a member of the singing group "The Scrap Irons."
He was a graduate of Quanah High School, Baylor University and Southwestern
Seminary in Fort Worth and also a member of the Baylor University Century
Preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Marshall Lewis; sisters,
Rotha Dyer and Anna Parks Glover.
Surviving are: Wife, Cathryn Lewis of Rockdale; son, John E. Lewis
Jr. and wife Sunya of Spring; daughters, Joanna Gassiott and husband Ralph
of Midland and Elaine Holliman and husband Gary of Rockdale; nine grandchildren,
Cathryn and Frank McLendon, Leslie and Brent Hasselbach, Kyle Gassiott,
Julie and Danny Wallace, Karri and Joe Sanders, Trent and Amy Lewis, Kristin
Gassiott, Todd Lewis and Steven Holliman;
eight great-grandchildren, Annie and Doss Hasselbach, Abby Lewis Austin,
Kayla, Abby Wallace, Elise and Mitchell McLendon.
Pallbearers were Kyle Cassiott, Trent Lewis, Todd Lewis, Steven Holliman,
Brent Hasselbach, Frank McLendon, Danny Wallace and Joe Sanders.
Graveside services for R.T. Fowler, 74, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday,
Nov. 22, 2003 in the Sharp Cemetery in Sharp. He died Wednesday, Nov. 19,
2003 in the Hospice Austin's Christopher House in Austin.
Mr. Fowler, an Austin resident, was born Jan. 12, 1929 in Joppa, Alabama
to Luther Fowler and Alice (Yother) Fowler and grew up in Alabama. He and
Faye Garner of Sharp were married Aug. 10, 1951 in Dallas.
Mr. Fowler served three years in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
He worked for L&A Mill in Austin and served for a time as a steward
of the local carpenters' union. He coached his sons and many others in
Little League, Pony League and Colt League baseball at least 20 years at
Delwood Optimist, Walnut Creek Optimist and University Hills Optimist.
He was made a UHO Hall of Fame designee. Preceding him in death were
his parents; brothers, Beamon Fowler and M.L. Fowler; sister, Wynona Finley.
Surviving are: Wife, Faye Fowler of Austin; five sons, Freddie Fowler
and Floyd Fowler both of Austin, Frankie Fowler and wife Suzy of Lampasas,
Farley Fowler and wife Sherri of Gunter and Faron Fowler and wife Kathy
of Pflugerville; daughter, Karen Cummins of
Austin; sister, Juanita Ellis of Ohio; eight grandchildren and two
Pallbearers were Scott Fowler, Trenon Fowler, Tanner Fowler, Gary Mitchell,
Alan Mitchell and Bret Garner.
LEXINGTON - Funeral services for Edna Letterman, 88, were held at 2
p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003 at the Lexington United Methodist Church with
Rev. David White of Lexington United Methodist Church officiating. Burial
followed in the Lexington Memorial Cemetery. She died Sunday, Nov. 23,
2003 in the Renaissance Villa in Rockdale.
Mrs. Letterman, a Lexington resident, moving there from Baton Rouge,
LA, was born July 28, 1915 in Beasley to Richard Weidner and Augusta Hueske
Weidner. She and Carl C. Letterman were married Dec. 3, 1939
in Lake Charles, LA.
She was co-owner and business manager of Letterman's Blue Print &
Supply Co. of Baton Rouge, LA from 1949-1983. She was a member of Lexington
United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Lexington Garden Club
and a charter member of ZONTA Professional
Businesswomen's Club in Baton Rouge.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Feb. 18, 1999; parents; grandson,
David Letterman in 1985; brothers, Roy Weidner, Fred Weidner and an infant
brother Robert; sisters, Bertha Willman and Trudy Kalleen.
Surviving are: Son, Carl Letterman and wife Margaret of Lexington;
daughter, Priscilla Brister and husband Robert of Lexington; four grandchildren,
Leigh Ann Letterman of Lexington, Charles Letterman and wife Angie of Houston,
Robert Brister Jr. and wife Arlene of Lexington and Richard Brister and
wife Terri of Lexington; seven great-grandchildren, Ashleigh Letterman,
B.J. Brister, Dustin Brister, Zackary Brister, Dalton Brister, Dylan Brister
and Delaney Brister; brother, Chester Weidner and wife Mildred of Houston;
sister-in-law, Elenora Weidner of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews and
Pallbearers were B.J. Brister, Dustin Brister, Robert Brister Jr.,
Richard Brister, Bill Morris and Fred Rhodes.
CAMERON - Funeral services for Hazel Michalka, 81, of Cameron, were
held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003 at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home
in Cameron with Rev. Walter Matus officiating. Burial followed in the Oak
Hill Cemetery. She died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003 in a
Rockdale nursing center.
Mrs. Michalka, a homemaker, was born June 19, 1922 in Rogers to Dick
and Myrtle Lee Hill Riddle. She was a Catholic. Preceding her in death
were her husband, Robert G. Michalka; brother, Robert Riddle; and a sister
Surviving are: Daughter, Bridget Bowen and a sister, Lena Blake both
BUCKHOLTS - Funeral services for Raymond A. Krupicka, 86, of Buckholts,
were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral
Home in Cameraon with Rev. Richard Paul Krupicka and Rev. John Kueker officiating.
Burial followed in Hope Lutheran Memorial Park.
Mr. Krupicka died Tuesday, Nov. 18, in a Temple nursing facility.
A retired farmer, he was born Feb. 26, 1917, in Buckholts to Vince
and Albina Tomasek Krupicka.
He had also worked at Modern Gin in Buckholts and for Milam County.
Mr. Krupicka was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of
Buckholts Brethren Church.
A sister, Viola Brown, and a brother, William J. Krupicka, preceded
him in death.
Survivors are a daughter, Dorothy Ruzicka; four brothers, Adolph Krupicka,
Alvin Krupicka, Benjamin Krupicka and Robert Krupicka, all of Waco; and
two sisters, Evelyn Pfannstiel of Buckholts and Irene Vybiral of Temple.
Memorials may be made to the charity of donor's choice.
FORT WORTH - Graveside services for Clara Kunesh, 94, of Cameron were
held at 12-noon Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003 at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort
Worth with Bill Harris and Doug Marburger officiating.
Mrs. Kunesh died Wednesday, Nov. 19, in a Temple hospital.
A homemaker, she was born April 15, 1909, in Milam County.
She was a 1928 graduate of C.H. Yoe High School.
Mrs. Kunesh was a member of Buckholts Brethren Church and their Christian
She was a member of SPJST.
Her husband, Joseph Kunesh, preceded her in death in 1960. Her brother,
Clarence Sisa, also preceded her in death.
Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Buckholts Brethren Church in Buckholts.
Graveside funeral services for Julian Flores, 79, of Rockdale were
held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 30, 2001, at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale.
Mr. Flores died Tuesday, March 27, in a Rockdale nursing home. A resident
of Rockdale since 1989, he formerly lived in Port Lavaca.
He was born Jan. 28, 1922, in San Patricio County to Felipe Flores
and Refugia Elizardo. He married Hilaria Moyao on Sept. 15, 1989, in Cameron.
Mr. Flores was a concrete finisher.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a son, Pedro Flores; a brother,
Felipe Flores; and a sister, Juanita Rios.
Survivors are his wife, Hilaria Flores of Rockdale; four sons, Amalio
Flores, Alonzo Flores and Joe Flores, all of Grand Prairie, and Onofre
Joe Flores of Dallas; five daughters, Ramona Sepulua, Olivia Rodriguez
and Maria Lucio, all of Garland, and Janie Para and Esmeralda Flores, both
of Dallas; also, a number of grand children, great-grandchildren, nieces
Funeral services for Joe Gregg Moore Sr., 92, of Gause were held Wednesday,
April 4, 2001 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Gause with Rev. Jimmy
Sanders of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial followed in Gause Cemetery.
He died April 1 in Bryan.
Mr. Moore was born in Gause and was a lifelong resident there. He was
a retired rancher and retired baseball player with the New York Giants,
where he played in three World Series and was a member of the 1933 World
Champion Team, named to six National League All Star Teams and a member
and deacon of the First Baptist Church. His wife Jewell Moore preceded
him in death in 1991.
Surviving are: Sons, Joe G. Moore Jr. and wife Loretta of Gause; two
grandchildren, Terri Moore of College Station and Joe G. Moore III and
wife Terri, Gause; two great grandchildren, Joe Gregg Moore IV and Lauren
Moore, both of Gause.
Funeral services for Mamie Wilhite, 93, were held Saturday, March 31,
2001 in the Tanglewood Baptist Church in Tanglewood with Rev. Joe Stevenson
and Mr. Elmo Wilhite officiating. Burial followed in the Hugh Wilson Cemetery
in Tanglewood. She died March 28 at her home in Tanglewood.
Mrs. Wilhite had been a Tanglewood resident for 85 years. She was born
Dec. 27, 1907 in Springhill, LA to the late James Otis Johnson and Emma
Mrs. Wilhite and Lonnie Dewey Wilhite were married in 1925 in Tanglewood.
She had been a housewife in addition to helping her family in the fields
and all things needed in farm life, having been raised on the farm. Her
husband preceded her in death Dec. 14, 1969 and also three brothers, Larkin,
Milard and Woody Brooks Johnson.
Survivors are two sons, Elmo Wilhite and wife Ruth Ann of Tanglewood
and L.D. "Rusty" Wilhite and wife Ann of Rockdale; two daughters, Belle
Matlock of Rusk and Dorothy Crowder and husband Jerry of Tacoma, WA; 13
grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Melvin Matlock, Donald Matlock, John Crowder, Shawn
Bostic, Heath Neidig, Major Neidig, Brandon Copeland and Trenton Copeland.
Funeral services for Lester O. Wadlington, 87, of Forest Grove were
held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2001, at the Phillips & Luckey Funeral
Home in Rockdale with Rev. Jim Platt officiating. Burial was in the I.O.O.F.
Cemetery in Rockdale.
Mr. Wadlington died Tuesday, March 27, in Rockdale.
He was born Sept. 23, 1913, in Milano to Charlie and Alberta (Price)
Wadlington. He lived in Milano and Sand Grove in Milam County until 1950.
He then moved and lived in the Forest Grove community until his death.
On June 9, 1949, Mr. Wadlington married Doris Luetge in St. Martin’s
Lutheran Church in Austin. A farmer and rancher, his specialty was growing
green and ripe tomatoes for market.
He attended school at Sand Grove and was a member of Forest Grove Christian
Mr. Wadlington was veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army
and receiving a Five-Star Battle Pen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Alberta Wadlington;
a son, Randal Wadlington; two brothers, Orville and Carman (Dink) Wadlington;
a sister, Ruth Wadlington Mullins; a granddaughter, Trista Wadlington;
and twin infant grandsons.
Survivors are his wife, Doris Wadlington of Rockdale; three sons, Gary
Wadlington, Charles Wadlington and wife Sheila, and Carman Wadlington,
all of Rockdale; two daughters, Karen Taylor and husband David of Caldwell
and Dana Fatheree and husband Mark of Rockdale; eight grandchildren, Charles
Henry Wadlington Jr., James Dean Parker Jr., Harlan Parker, Jordan Fatheree,
Torin (Wadlington) Morgan and husband Scott, Stacy (Parker) McDonald and
husband Kelly, Kayla Wadlington and Josephine Parker; and three great-grandchildren,
Travis and Carlee Morgan and Alexis McDonald.
Pallbearers were Clyde Luetge, Charlie Coleman, Bennie Earl Wadlington,
Larry Wadlington, Scott Morgan and Rudolph Schneebeli.
Honorary pallbearers were Jordan Fatheree, James Dean Parker Jr., Charles
Henry Wadlington Jr. and Harlan Parker.
BUCKHOLTS–Services for Ella Mae Junek, 72, of Buckholts will be held
at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2001 at Hope Lutheran Church in Buckholts
with the Rev. Gary Kleypas officiating. Burial will follow in the Hope
Lutheran Memorial Park in Buckholts. She died at Scott & White Hospital
in Temple on Monday, April 2, after a long struggle with cancer.
Mrs. Junek was born Nov. 17, 1928 in Brenham to Ernest Weidner Sr.
and Ella Marie Kettler and lived around Buckholts most of her life. She
was a lifelong member of Hope Lutheran Church in Buckholts.
Mrs. Junek was a homemaker and worked at Colonial Nursing Home in Cameron
as a cook for more than 20 years. She was a member of the Hope Lutheran
Church Hope-Rebekah Circle and was a member of the Cameron Ladies Hospital
Mrs. Junek was preceded in death by her husband, W.B. Junek, Feb. 1,
1992; her father on Jan. 14, 1985 and her mother on Sept. 7, 1993.
Surviving are: One son, David Junek of Temple; three daughters, Shirley
Weddle of Mesquite, Marilyn Gonzalez of Belton and Susan Dean of Minerva;
one brother, Ernest Weidner Jr. of Katy; six grandchildren and three nephews.
Family visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Marek-Burns-Laywell
Funeral Home in Cameron.
Memorials may be made to the Hope Lutheran Church or the Hope Lutheran
CAMERON–Funeral services for Judith Ann Miller, 56, of Temple were
held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at Liberty Community Cemetery with
Rev. Joe Weldon Bailey officiating.
Mrs. Miller died Friday, March 30, in her home.
She was born June 25, 1945, to Adrian (Pug) and Opal Swift Miller in
Cameron. She worked as a medical secretary in Temple.
Survivors are a son, Jason Edward White of Navasota; a sister, Brenda
Andrews of Little River-Academy; and her mother, Opal Miller of Cameron.
Memorials may be made to Liberty Community Church, Rt. 3 Box 112, Cameron,
CAMERON–Funeral services for Frankie Dee Summerlin, 52, of Gause were
held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home
in Cameron. Burial followed in the Gause Cemetery.
Mr. Summerlin died Saturday, March 31, in a Temple hospital. He was
born in Gause to Frank and Bertha Jo Williams Summerlin.
He was a brick mason, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and member of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Summerlin was a member of the Gause Full
Survivors are his wife, Betty Summerlin of Gause; three sons, Frankie
Dee Summerlin of Bryan, Kevin Bert Summerlin of Hearne and Heath Rand Summerlin
of Gause; two daughters, Sondra Ann Zoeller of Houston and Brandy April
Ryan of Gause; his mother, Bertha Joe Summerlin of Hearne; his grandmother,
Ida Barnett of Gause; also, 10 grandchildren.
TAYLOR–Lena Mary (Fick) Goetz, 86, lifetime resident of Thrall, died
Saturday, March 31, 2001, in Johns Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 2, 2001 at 10 a.m. at Condra
Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Rhoades and Glen Goetz officiating.
Burial followed in the Taylor City Cemetery.
Mrs. Goetz was born in the Tracy community in Milam County on Sep.
14, 1914, the daughter of Emil Carl and Lena (Laffere) Fick. On Nov. 16,
1937, she was married to Herman Otto Goetz, who preceded her in death.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Thomas, three sisters, and
A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she enjoyed making quilts and
other handiwork for her family. She had been employed as a seamstress at
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Martin and husband, Wiley of
Lexington, Darlyn Boney and husband, Bill of Salado; sons, Glen Goetz and
wife, Betty of Thrall, David Goetz and wife, Theresia of Thorndale; 19
grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
ROBINSON, IL—Funeral services for Nancy Ellen Stone, 84, of Centerbury
Ridge, Urbana, IL were held Monday, March 26, 2001 at 1 p.m. at Pulliam
Funeral Home, Robinson, IL with Bro. Gene Fox officiating. Burial followed
in Hardinville Cemetery, Hardinville, IL She died shortly before 6 a.m.
Tuesday, March 22 at the Cantebury Ridge Assisted Living Facility, Urbana,
IL following several months of declining health.
Mrs. Stone was born March 26, 1916 to Robert Nathan and Henrietta (Daron)
Sanders in Martin Township, Crawford County, IL. She and Murven "MC" C.
Stone were married Oct. 31, 1934. She was a member of Highland Church of
Christ, Robinson, IL and sold Avon Products for 20 years.
Mrs. Stone was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers,
Elmer Sanders and Robert Sanders; one sister, Arta Lefever..
Surviving are: Son, Robert D. and Susan Stone, Graves, TX; two daughters,
Gloria and Weldon "Pete" Belew, Rockdale, TX and Debra and Jody Wesley,
Mahomet, IL; sister, Thelma Leggitt, Oblong, IL; 10 grandchildren, Lance
Belew, David Belew, Kae Atkinson, Shannon Isaac, Joelle Wesley, Justin
Wesley, David Stone, Michael Stone, Joe Robbins, Rachael Robbins; two great-grandchildren,
Steve Belew and Emily Atkinson; several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Children’s Make A Wish Foundation.
CAMERON—Funeral services for Ronald Patrick Williams, 41, of Lockhart,
TX, formerly of Leavenworth, KS, were held Sunday, March 25, 2001 at 2
p.m. in the Fall Creek Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS with Chaplain Jack Divine
officiating. He died Sunday, March 18 in Lockhart, TX following an extended
Mr. Williams was born Oct. 25, 1959 to Howard Rex Williams and Patricia
Dougherty Williams in Leavenworth, KS. He was a truck driver.
Surviving are: Son, Douglas Williams of Sharon, WI; daughter, Darci
Williams of Sharon, WI; father, Rex. Williams of Leavenworth, KS; mother
Patricia Williams of Leavenworth, KS; three sisters, Joni Cline and Lisa
Knox both of Leavenworth, KS and Laura Hendrick of Lockhart, TX.
CAMERON—Funeral services for Charles Enoch Renner Jr., 67, of Riverside
were held Thursday, March 22, 2001 at 2 p.m. in the Ben Arnold Cemetery,
near Cameron with Ed Evans and Walter Hicks III officiating. He died Tuesday,
March 20 in a Conroe hospital.
Mr. Renner was born May 9, 1933 to Charles Enoch Renner Sr. and Etta
Hodge in Cherry Valley, AR. He graduated from Cherry Valley High School
in AR and the University of AR. He was a project representative for KSA
Engineers for 41 years. Mr. Renner was a Methodist.
Surviving are: Wife, Ernestine Renner of Riverside, TX; stepson, W.M.
James King of Alvarado; stepdaughter, Dorothy Renee Schisser of Riverside;
two brothers, Leon Renner of Denison and Roger Renner of Sherman; sister,
Margaret Pennington of Sherman; six step grandchildren.
THORNDALE–Funeral services for Grace Davis Berry, 103, of Thorndale,
were held Saturday, July 28, 2001 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church
in Thorndale. Burial followed in the nearby Locklin Cemetery. She died
Monday, July 23, 2001.
Mrs. Berry was born June 28, 1898, near San Gabriel, to James Theodore
and Minnie Louise Fulcher. She was preceded in death by her parents, her
sister, Gladys and her brother, Theo.
Mrs. Berry, in the first few minutes on New Year’s Day, 2000, exclaimed,
"I made it!" She was referring to the awesome fact that she had lived in
Mrs. Berry grew up in Thorndale and was the valedictorian of her graduating
class in 1915. She married Charles A. Davis on her 19th birthday, June
28, 1917. Their two sons, Keith and Neil, were born in the home that she
continued to live in until the day she left to be with the Lord. She was
widowed during the Depression. To provide for her family she worked in
a dry goods store, took boarders into her home and supervised a community
On May 18, 1941 she married James L. Berry. They were able to celebrate
over 40 years together. Mrs. Berry worked in the main cashier’s cage in
Monnig’s Department Store during the 17 years they lived in Fort Worth.
Upon returning to Thorndale, Mrs. Berry began her 39-year devotion
to the Thorndale Champion newspaper. She continued to work as a reporter
until retiring on her 102nd birthday. Mrs. Berry’s centenarian employment
impressed all who knew her or heard about this accomplishment. She was
honored with a segment on The Texas Country Reporter television show, numerous
TV interviews, several phone calls from the David Letterman Show and news
releases from the Associated Press to many statewide publications.
Mrs. Berry was a member of the Thorndale First Baptist Church and served
her church and community in many capacities during her life. She was honored
by being Thorndale’s Outstanding Citizen in 1988 and enjoyed riding in
various convertibles as Grand Marshal for numerous Thorndale parades. She
loved to crochet and gave most of her colorful afghans as gifts or donated
them to local raffles and fund raisers.
Mrs. Berry spent hours in her lovely yard and had the ability to make
anything grow. She kept her mind active by reading numerous newspapers,
doing word puzzles, and reading her devotional and Bible each day. She
was known as an encourager, a hard worked and a good listener. She has
blessed her family was a legacy of faith, citizenship, daily perseverance
and the certainty that they were dearly loved.
Surviving are: Sons, Keith Davis and wife Mary Sue of Thorndale and
Neil Davis of Los Alamos, NM; grandchildren, Charles Davis and wife Tina
of Cave Creek, AZ, Jean Davis Hejl and husband Allen of Thorndale, Scott
Davis and wife Ardis of Mulkilteo, WA, Tim Davis and wife Grace of Spokane,
WA and Phil Cates and wife Texana of Odessa; great grandchildren Keith,
Sophia Grace, Julie, Keri, Kelli, Jennifer, Kimber, Shanon and Laura.
A project near and dear to Mrs. Berry’s heart was to provide scholarships
to Thorndale’s graduates. Memorial contributions may be made to the Thorndale
Ex-Students Scholarship Fund, c/o Doris Campbell, 3872 C.R. 450, Thorndale,
THORNDALE–Funeral services for James A. "Doc" Moses, 79, of Thorndale
were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral
Home in Rockdale with Rev. Buddy Morton of Gause Baptist Chapel officiating.
Burial was in Salty Cemetery.
Mr. Moses died Sunday, July 29, in a Rockdale nursing home.
A Thorndale resident for 31 years, he was born Oct. 22, 1921, in Williamson
County to Calvin Rier Moses and Mary Ann Pratt. Mr. Moses worked at Alcoa
for 33-1/2 years before retiring. He also raised cattle and hogs, loved
hunting and fishing, and enjoyed country music. He was a member of First
Baptist Church in Lexington.
Preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers, Leander, Clyde
and Russel Moses; and three sisters, Olie Moses, Katy Griffith and Lela
Survivors are his wife, Carmon O. Moses of Thorndale; a son, Allen
Moses of Thorndale; a brother, Henry Moses and wife Linnie of McDade; and
two sisters, Edna Clopton of Houston and Nora Dell Robertson of Lexington.
Pallbearers were John Griffith, Ervin Griffith, Alfred Griffith, Jackie
Moses, Randy Moses and Ricky Moses.
Funeral services for Carmen Lucille Holliman, 82, of the Black Jack
community, formerly of Tanglewood and Forest Grove, were held at 10 a.m.
Monday, July 30, 2001, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale
with Rev. Chuck Salmon of Forest Grove Christian Church and Pastor Buddy
Morton officiating. Burial was in Eagle Cemetery near Rockdale.
Mrs. Holliman died Thursday, July 26, in Rockdale.
A resident of Black Jack since 1963, she was born May 11, 1919, in
Milam County to John W. and Annie Mae (O’Bier) Tyler. She married Olen
P. Holliman on Aug. 23, 1937, in Rockdale. She attended the Eagle School
and Rockdale High School. Mrs. Holliman was a homemaker and rancher and
she enjoyed quilting, going to church and baking pies. She was a member
of Forest Grove Christian Church and the Quilting Bee at Black Jack Church.
Preceding her in death was her husband on April 24, 1992; her parents;
a daughter, Alma Joy Holliman; and a granddaughter, Kathy Llast.
Survivors are a son, Olen Holliman Jr. of Wooster, Ohio; two daughters,
Mary I. Ridgeway of Austin and Faye Schoneman and husband Clyde of Snook;
two brothers, Dan Tyler of Houston and Johnny M. Tyler of Lexington; two
sisters, Susan M. Garner and Tommie Nell Roach, both of Porter; also, six
grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were William Tyler, Morris Kyle, Wayne Kyle, Jon Llast,
Paul Ridgeway and Bill Duncum.
Honorary pallbearers were Claude Spence, Pete Keen, Lee Keen and Wayne
Funeral services for M.R. Shed, 73, of Tanglewood were held at 10:30
a.m. Thursday, July 26, 2001, at the Tobey Cemetery at Oakalla.
Mr. Shed died Tuesday, July 24, in a Rockdale nursing home.
He was born May 1, 1928, at Lampasas to Eddy Ray Shed and Ruby Dale
(Labit) Shed. He married Joyce Ann Ranking on May 5, 1951, in Jarrell.
A resident of Tanglewood for the past 26 years, Mr. Shed previously resided
in Sugar Land. He was a self-employed house contractor and, after moving
to Tanglewood, he specialized as a roofing contractor. Mr. Shed was a member
of Tanglewood Baptist Church.
Preceding him in death were a son, Jimmy Shed; two brothers, Alvie
Dewel Shed and Billy Edward Shed; and his parents.
Survivors are his wife, Joyce Shed of Tanglewood; three sons, Douglas
"Butch" Shed and wife Nita of New Braunfels, David Lynn Shed and wife Teresa
of Smithville and Darrell Mabry Shed of Austin; a daughter, Karen Baron
and husband Joe of Canyon Lake; a brother, Charles Shed of Fairfield; a
sister, Margie Dreamer of Arcola; also, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
No services are planned for Raymond Maguire, 67, of Rockdale who died
Wednesday morning, July 25, 2001, in Rockdale.
A resident of Rockdale for the past two months, he previously lived
in Round Rock for 13 years after retiring from the U.S. Army.
He was born May 30, 1934, in Big Rapids, Michigan, to Clyde R. and
Nellie B. (Lake) Maguire. Mr. Maguire served in the U.S. Army for 20 years,
retiring in June 1973. He received the Bronze Star to the Vietnam Service
Medal. He worked for the State of Texas as an electrician and retired from
there. Mr. Maguire was a member of the Round Rock Bowling League.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors are two sons, Steven Wayne Martin of San Diego and Donald
Raymond Martin of Tanglewood; three daughters, Rosline Dennis Ferguson
of Eugene, Oregon, Stephanie Maguire of Texas City and Jill Nelson of Dickinson;
and his best friend, Cindy Smith of Austin; also, 11 grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
CAMERON–Funeral services for Marietta Boyd Angell, 92, of Cameron,
were held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 30, 2001, at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral
Home in Cameron with Rev. Jim Lafferty and Rev. Glynn Cummings officiating.
Burial followed in the Walkers Creek Cemetery. She died Friday, July 27,
2001, in a Rockdale hospital.
Mrs. Angell, a retired teacher from the Gause and Splawn communities,
was born Nov. 11, 1908, in Milam County to L.C. and Mary Vaughn Boyd. She
attended Mary Hardin Baylor after graduation from high school.
Mrs. Angell and her husband, O.C. Angell, were cofounders of Milam
Grain Company in Cameron. She was a member of the Little River Baptist
Church. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1966 and a daughter,
Survivors are two sons, Gene Angell and wife Mary and Ferroll Angell
and wife Betty, all of Cameron; a daughter, Faye Gwartney and husband Roger
of Mesquite; eight grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and one great-great
GAUSE–Funeral services for Samuel E. Dibble Sr., 76, of Gause, were
held Saturday, July 28, 2001, at the Gause United Methodist Church in Gause
with Rev. Billy Sparks, assisted by Rev. Kenneth Byrd, officiating. Burial
followed in the Gause Cemetery. He died at his residence Friday, July 27,
Mr. Dibble, retired, was born in Houston Sept. 26, 1924. He served
in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of the DAV–Bryan
Chapter. He was also a member of the Gause United Methodist Church.
Survivors are his wife, Margie Dibble of Gause; three sons, Sam Dibble
Jr. of Groesbeck, Michael Dibble and wife Marie of Grand Prairie and Mark
Dibble and wife Sandy of Cleveland; daughter, Kay Dibble of Gause; brother,
Preston Dibble of Splendora; sister, Barbara Treadwell of Tucson, AZ; four
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
CAMERON–Coy T. Malone Sr., 80, of Fort Worth, formerly of Cameron,
died Monday, July 23, 2001, in a Dallas hospital.
Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28, at Oak
Hill Cemetery with Rev. Jim Lafferty officiating.
He was born Feb. 18, 1921, in Cameron to Thomas and Velma Malone. Mr.
Malone was retired out of the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Frank Malone; and
a sister, Pauline Wallis.
Survivors include a son, Coy Thomas Malone Jr. of Houston; two daughters,
Jeanette Gamble of Fort Worth and Velma Ruth Collard of Corpus Christi;
a brother, George Malone of Granbury; two sisters, Myrile Godwin of Arlington
and Addie Cryer of Cameron; also, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
CAMERON–Funeral services for Mrs. Helen Gould Brantley, 87, of Cameron
were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2001, in Oak Hill Cemetery with
Rev. William Angel officiating.
Mrs. Brantley died Tuesday in an Austin hospital.
She was born Jan. 4, 1914, in Cameron and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Brantley.
Surviving her is a sister, Dorothy Clore of Cameron.
Funeral services for Evelyn C. Galbreath, 82, were held at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, July 31, 2002 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale
with Rev. Douglas Springer officiating. Burial followed in the I.O.O.F.
Cemetery, Rockdale. She died Sunday, July 28, 2002 in the Manor Oaks Nursing
Home in Rockdale.
Mrs. Galbreath, a resident of the Gay Hill Community near Rockdale
for 48 years, was born May 9, 1920 in Milam County to Grover Newt Standlee
and Williie Lee Railey. She and George Woodrow Galbreath were married Nov.
30, 1940 in Milano.
Mrs. Galbreath was a member of the Baptist Church. She was preceded
in death by her husband, George Woodrow Galbreath and a brother, Preston
Surviving are: Brother, Billie Lee Standlee of Salt Lake City, Utah;
also a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Pallbearers were David Galbreath, Paul Ford, Jimmy Baxter, Chucka Doss,
Charlie Frank Morgan and D.R. Batis.
Memorial services for George Edward Pontruff, 51, were held at 2 p.m.
Saturday, July 27, 2002 at the Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale
with Minister Bill Whaley of Murray Street Church of Christ officiating.
He died Thursday, July 25, 2002 at his residence in Rockdale.
Mr. Pontruff, a lifelong Rockdale resident, was born Jan. 3, 1951 in
Brenham to the late Clarence George Pontruff and Mary Inez (Cryer) Pontruff.
He was a maintenance person at Wal-Mart of Rockdale for over 15 years,
single father, VFW Post Commander of Post #6525 for three years and was
a US Air Force veteran serving in Vietnam.
Mr. Pontruff was preceded in death by his parents and a half-brother,
Surviving are: Daughters, Heather Amber Pontruff and Melinda René
Pontruff both of Rockdale; brothers, Benny Pontruff and wife Deborah of
Milano and Clarence Pontruff and wife Brenda of Cameron; sisters, Deborah
Pontruff Morales and husband Richard of Amarillo and Anna Pontruff Templin
and husband Willie of Cameron; half-sister, Dessie Jackson McClain and
husband David of Longview; half-brother, Bill Jackson of Longview.
TAYLOR–Funeral services for Oscar "Sandy" Sanderson Jr. of Thorndale
were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2002 at San Gabriel Christian Church
with the Rev. Robert Wimp and the Rev. Ray Barron officiating. Burial followed
in Locklin Cemetery. He died July 27, 2002 at the age of 74 days, 11 months
and 27 days.
Mr. Sanderson was born in College Place, Washington July 31, 1927,
the son of Oscar B. and Gladys (Loewe) Sanderson.
Upon graduation from Walla Walla High School, he joined the U.S. Navy,
about the close of World War II. He served his country for 22 years aboard
several sailing vessels during the Korean War and Vietnam Conflict. In
1969, he retired from the Navy and moved to Dallas, where he worked in
building maintenance for the City of Richardson. Retiring again in 1994,
he moved to Thorndale, where he lived at the time of his death.
Mr. Sanderson was married to Celine Cypert in Dallas August 16, 1969.
He was a member of San Gabriel Christian Church and loved to bowl and after
moving to Thorndale, bowled regularly twice a week until two months prior
to his death.
Preceding him in death were his parents, a sister, Iola Ruth and a
brother, Sheldon B.
Survivors are: His wife, Celine Sanderson; sons, Ronald Dean Sanderson
and wife Robin of Pittsburgh and Tommy Joe Sanderson and wife Bronwyn of
Austin; daughter, Nannette Sanderson of Thorndale; grandchildren, Gabriel
Sanderson, Benjamin Sanderson, Mark Randall Sanderson, Rachael Morgan Sanderson,
Thomas Woodrow Sanderson and Myranda Nicole Sanderson; three great-grandchildren;
brother, Robert Sanderson and wife Donna and sister, Janice Aichele and
husband Ervin, all of Walla Walla, Washington; numerous nieces, nephews
and great-nieces and nephews.
CAMERON–Services for Ruth LaNell White, 79, of the Jones Prairie community
near Cameron were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Little River
Baptist Church with Rev. Carl Hudson officiating. Burial followed in Little
Mrs. White died Monday, July 22, in a Temple hospital.
A homemaker and rancher, she was born Dec. 10, 1922, in the Jones Prairie
community. She was a member of Little River Baptist Church.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Harry White.
Survivors are a son, David Craig White of Sugar Land; two daughters,
Delaine Burgess of Rockdale and Charlotte Ann Pomykal of Rosebud; two brothers,
S.T. Burnett of Freeport and Walter Burnett of Cameron; also, five grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren.
CAMERON–Funeral services for Ella T. Ottmer, 84, of Rockdale were at
11 a.m. Monday at the Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral Home chapel with Rev.
Brian Bauer officiating. Burial followed at the Oak Lawn Cemetery in Rockdale.
She died Saturday, July 27, 2002 in a Cameron nursing home.
Mrs. Ottmer was born in Yorktown July 14, 1918. A retired school cook
for the Rockdale ISD after 20 years, she was also a member of Peace Lutheran
Surviving are: Son, Roy Ottmer of Fort Worth; daughters, Joyce and
Sammie Ferguson of Fairfield, Alice and Homer Mowdy of Rockdale and Katherine
and Leroy Vansa of Cameron; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and
BRYAN–Funeral services for Minnie Lee Johnson, 61, of Buckholts were
held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 29, 2002 at Roan Chapel Baptist Church with
Rev. Vernon Heslip of Restitution Revivals Church of Waco officiating.
Burial followed in Roan Chapel Cemetery. She died Wednesday, July 24, 2002
at her residence in Buckholts.
Mrs. Johnson, a member of Restitution Revivals, was born in Brazos
County, a graduate of Kemp High School and was retired.
Surviving are: Husband, Jonathan Johnson of Buckholts; sons Cedric
Shawn Johnson and wife Michelle of San Marcos and Gary Alonzo Johnson and
wife Stacy of Waco; daughters, Veronica Shae Johnson of Waco and Cassandra
Denise Johnson of San Angelo; brothers, Rev. C.C. Hines and wife Annie
of Abilene, Charles E. Hines and wife Gladys and James C. Hines and wife
Patricia all of Bryan; sisters, Carrie M. Sterling and husband Nathaniel
of Fort Worth, Beatrice McClenton and husband Tem, Virginia Jones and husband
Elder Lonnie Jones and Barbara Hines all of Bryan, and Hazel L. Johnson
and husband Oliver B. of Buckholts; five grandchildren.
CAMERON–Funeral services for Hilda Annie Pimpler, 88, of Ben Arnold,
were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2002 at Marek-Burns-Laywell Funeral
Home chapel with Rev. Jim Wheeless officiating. Burial followed at the
Ben Arnold Cemetery. She died Saturday, July 27, 2002 in a Cameron nursing
Mrs. Pimpler was born Dec. 8, 1913 at Burlington. She was a retired
dress factory seamstress and member of United Church of Christ in Ben Arnold.
Surviving are: Son, Rodney C. Pimpler of Mexia; daughter, Dee Obermiller
of Cameron; sisters, Londina Engbrock of Waco and Hattie Kaulfus of Temple;
one grandchild and three great-grandchildren.