Obituaries

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.

Thu
23
Apr

James “Jimmy” Donovan Perry

James “Jimmy” Donovan Perry, of Austin, TX. passed away in Woodbridge, VA. where he had been living with his sister and family, on April 16, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Gary Smith offi ciating. Burial will follow in Faulkenberry Cemetery.Jimmy was born  November 7, 1957 to Jerry Don and Roma Dolores (Henderson) Perry in Groesbeck. Austin was always home to Jimmy, even while he was with his sister in Virginia the past few years. His smile showed his pleasant and sweet disposition and his social nature. When he met someone, they became a part of his “community” forever. always asked about them, and was very serious in his caring. Jimmy was equally  serious about his devotion as a Dallas Cowboy fan - he was a Dallas Cowboy through and through.

Thu
23
Apr

Mary Lou (Long) Vestal

Mary Lou (Long) Vestal, of Groesbeck, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. She was  a resident at Jeffrey Place Healthcare Center in Waco for the past two years, and lived to be 91 years of age. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, April 17, 2015 in the GroesbeckFuneral Home Chapel,  with Reverend Billy Anderson of the Victory Baptist Church offi ciating. Burial will follow in Faulkenberry Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bob Waller, Cash Waller, Mitchell Waller, Don Waller, Darren Vestal, and Rainer Clewis. Mary Lou was born March 14, 1924 to Samual Dickson Long and Annie Lou (Esslinger) Long in the Prairie Point community near Groesbeck. She grew up as the farm girl daughter of a farming and ranching family, living on the hilltop at Prairie Point and going to school there and later Groesbeck, where she graduated in 1942.

Thu
16
Apr

John Lewis Rogers

John Lewis Rogers, of Groesbeck, passed away Monday, April 6, 2015 at Windsor Healthcare Residence, with his sons by his side, at age 87. Funeral services were held on Friday, April 10, 2015 at the Church of Christ
in Groesbeck, with Brother Richard Williams of the Church of Christ of Groesbeck and Brother Lonnie  Ritchie of the Magnolia  Church of Christ offi ciating. Burial followed in Faulkenberry  Cemetery. Pallbearers were his
grandsons, Justin Rogers,  Kevin Rogers, and Chase Rogers; son-in-law, Mike Schneider; and grandsonsin-  law, Todd Williamson and Michael Miller. Honorary pallbearers were the elders and deacons of the Church
Thu
16
Apr

Kim (Covey) Curry

Kim (Covey) Curry, of Groesbeck, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Providence Hospital in Waco, following a sudden illness, at the age of 53. A Memorial Service to celebrate Kim’s life was held Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 6:00 P.M., at the First Baptist Church in Groesbeck, with Reverend Tracy Sims and Todd Nicks offi ciating. Kim was born on May 28,  1961 to Robert Lee Covey and Shirley Jean Miley Covey in Amarillo. She graduated from Trinity High School in Euless in 1979. She worked for Russell Grace Insurance Agency in Fort Worth, learning the insurance business on the job, and was an underwriter for commercial insurance lines. 
Kim met Clyff Curry through her friends and his brother, and they were married on August 31, 1985 in Arlington. Kim and Clyff moved to Waco in 1985 after their marriage, and she worked for National Lloyds Insurance there.
Thu
16
Apr

Billie Ruth (Thompson) Turner

Billie Ruth (Thompson) Turner, of Lake Limestone, passed away in Weatherford on Friday, April 10, 2015. Funeral Services were held Monday, April 13, 2015 at the Old Union Church (at the Cemetery location), with
Brother Glenn Easterly of the Church of Christ at Old Union offi ciating. Phil Koester, whoMrs. Turner loved to hear sing, was the vocalist with treasured hymns. Pallbearers were Ben Lewis, Jake Lewis, Josh Mendez,
Eli Freitas, Aedan Freitas, Caleb Lewis, Jason Clevenger,and Ronnie Freitas. Billie Ruth was born in rural Limestone County, Texas on July 25, 1927, to Earl and Ruth (Richardson) Thompson. Billie Ruth was united in
marriage with Lloyd Holvys Turner on August 8, 1944. They lived in the Farmers Branch area many years, and she worked a few years in the Carrollton School District. After Holvys retired he and Billie Ruth made their

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