Obituaries

Thu
21
May

Betty Jo Chatham

Betty Jo Chatham, of Kosse, passed away at Providence Healthcare in Waco on Friday, May 15, 2015, at age 83. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the Kosse City Cemetery, with Brother Floyd Stanley of the Church of Christ of Kosse offi ciating. Betty Jo was born August 21, 1931 to Alvie Lee Baker and Gladys Faye Smith Baker in Reagan. She grew up in Falls County at McClanahan (Spunky Flatt.) She attended  Eureka School and finished school at Marlin. Betty Jo married Don Waddle in 1950 while he was a soldier at Fort Hood. She and their three children lived in Germany while he was stationed there, and the children attended school at the military post while they were in Germany. The family moved to Kosse after Don retired from the military in 1966, and Betty Jo became a widow when Don passed away in 1968. In 1983, she met and was married to William (Billy Jeff) Chatham and they made
Thu
14
May

Orville Ray “Bubba” Timberlake

Orville Ray “Bubba” Timberlake, 62, of Belton, passed away April 29, 2015. A family visitation was held Friday, May 1, 2015, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home. Graveside services followed, immediately after visitation, in the Mexia Cemetery with Pastor Paul Gauntt offi ciating. Bubba was born December 18, 1952 in Mexia Texas to Orville “Red” and Rosie Kuyava Timberlake. He grew up in Mexia and was a 1971 graduate of Mexia High School. He went to work with his Dad at Timberlake’s Body Shop, and after he retired, continued to own and operate it, completing 27 years in the business. Bubba was presently employed with Texas Parks and Wildlife and had been for 16 years. Bubba married the love of his life, Teresa Gale Gauntt, on March 15, 1975; they just celebrated 40 years together. They were blessed with two children, Sara and Stuart Wade. He was devoted to his family; a loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother.

Thu
07
May

Elizabeth Dianne Harper Goodnight

Elizabeth Dianne Harper Goodnight, of Marquez, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at age 68. Dianne had struggled with illness the past year, surrounded with the love and care of her sister, Patty and her husband Harold, and her brother, Mike and his wife, Cindy. Patty had been reading the 23rd. Psalms to Dianne and they were listening to the Gaithers (Beulah Land) in her last hours. Funeral services were held on
Thu
07
May

Joan Currie

Joan Currie, of the Pottershop community near Oletha, passed away in Marlin on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at age 79. While she had been battling cancer the past year, she was still looking forward to June when she would have turned 80 and also would have celebrated their 60th. wedding anniversary on July 1st. Graveside services were held at Holly Cemetery (off Hwy. 79, Ridge, TX.) on Monday, May 4, 2015, with Reverend Johnny Layton of the Lake Limestone Baptist Church and Clyde Nichols of Global Harvest Ministry of Kosse offi ciating. Pallbearers were Juston Prichard, Josh Prichard, Tyler Meranda, Brad Sather, Sterling Lynch, and Robert Shipley.
Thu
07
May

Mark Douglas David Ibarra

Mark Douglas David Ibarra, of Groesbeck, passed away in Santa Fe, Texas on Monday, April 27, 2015, at the age of 28. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the Living Water Church (308 N. Leon, Groesbeck). Pastor Freddie Naranjo of the Tabernacle of Praise in Corpus Christi was offi ciating. Burial followed in New Hope Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jo Zuniga, Benjamin Merchant, Ralph Handy III, Robert Handy,
Winston Watts, Gabriel Ibarra, and Anthony Ibarra. Mark was born June 2, 1986 to George Martinez Ibarra and Elizabeth Lynn (Watts) Ibarra in Buffalo. He went to school in Groesbeck from Kindergarten through the eleventh grade, participating in the Groesbeck High School band. His senior year was at Abundant Life Christian School in Galveston County, where he graduated in 2005. Mark was very talented in music, playing drums, guitar
Wed
29
Apr

Gloria Joy Barfi eld

Gloria Joy Barfi eld, 69, of Kosse, passed away April 21, 2015 in Groesbeck, Texas. Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 24, 2015 in the Thornton Cemetery. Joy was born March 28, 1946 in Madisonville, Texas to James Daniel and Flossie Mae Carroll Barfi eld. She grew up and attended schools in Dallas and Houston. She worked as a cook and waitress for numerous restaurants in Houston and, the last seven years, at the Kosse Café. Joy was a loving mother, grandmother and sister. She loved nothing more than being surrounded by her family, especially her grandchildren, the “loves” of her life. She enjoyed  gardening, especially fl owers, reading the Bible and listening to Christian  music. Joy was a memberof the Baptist Church in Kosse.  She was preceded indeath by her parents; grandson, Bradley Dale Reed; and brother, George Daniel Barfi eld.

Wed
29
Apr

Georgia Lee Johnston

VICTORIA—Georgia Lee Stevenson Johnston, 67, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2015. She was born in Kermit on July 11, 1947 to the late George Marshall and Margaret Lee Ramey Stevenson. Georgia was a homemaker and member of Rocky Creek Baptist Church. She was a cook for Coleto Creek Café and Raisin Windmill. Survivors include son, Ronald Gene “Catfi sh” Johnston (Jeanette) of Victoria; daughter; Regina Ann Johnston (Thomas A. Latta) of Victoria; sister, Evelyn Lockwood of Kermit; grandchildren, Charity Nicole Bragg (Merritt), Brittany Langridge and Alicia Johnston, all of Victoria; great-grandchildren, Katie Grace and Lilllian Rose Langridge . In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie H. Johnston.  The family will receive friends and relatives for visitation services to be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 5-7 pm at Grace Funeral  Home.

Thu
23
Apr

Jeannette Varner “Jae” Hughes

Jeannette Varner “Jae” Hughes, of Fairfi eld, passed away on Monday, April 13, 2015, at the Cancer Treatment Center of America, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she had been making her brave fi ght against the cancer she had battled the past two years. Her battle ended Monday, at age 46. Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 18, 2015, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Randy Ayres offi ciating, and with burial to follow in the Cotton Gin Cemetery, (between Mexia and Teague.) Pallbearers were Jeremy Jones, James Wayne Halford, Taylor Hughes, Clyde Beasley, Brett Hughes, and Mike Poole. Jae was born July 27, 1968 to Everett Hurst, Sr. and Alice Conner Hurst in Houston. She grew up in Houston, until moving to Groesbeck when she was 15, and she graduated from Groesbeck High School in 1986. Jae was married to James Wayne Halford on December 31, 1983. In 1986 they moved to Vernon where they lived until 1990, when they moved back to the Thornton and Groesbeck area.

Thu
23
Apr

Carlene Mae Tackitt

Carlene Mae Tackitt, of Mexia, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Providence Hospice Place in Waco, at age 80. A Memorial service was held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at the Hurd’s Prairie Church (at PettewayCemetery near Bremond), with Reverend Bill Wright offi ciating. Carlene was born June 26, 1934 to Ernest Hammond and Opal G. (McKinney) Hammond in Bremond. When she was a young teenager, the family moved to Detroit, Michigan, where her father went to work for General Motors. With no work in the area and depression times, her father and several more men caught the train in Bremond to go north looking for work in the new automobile factories. A year later, he sent money for the family to join  im there.

Thu
23
Apr

James “Jimmy” Donovan Perry

Barry Glenn Johnson, of Thornton, passed away at Providence Hospital in Waco on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Barry was born April 2, 1969, and had his 46th. birthday this month. A Memorial service was held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Richard Williams and Brother Clifton Fox, of the Church of Christ of Groesbeck offi ciating. Barry graduated from Groesbeck High School in 1987. He had attended classes in air conditioning work at TSTC and lived in Waco many years, working in maintenance for apartments in Waco. He moved back to Thornton the last few years. Barry really loved NASCAR. He enjoyed attending the races in person or watching on TV. He was also a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Barry was a member of theChurch of Christ of Groesbeck.

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