Obituaries

Wed
30
Nov

Linda K. Zeigler April 1939 to Nov. 2016

 

 

Linda K. Zeigler, Denton, died November 24, 2016.  Born Linda Elaine Kilgore to her late parents, Edward R. Kilgore and Thelma Ruth Cohen Kilgore in Waco, April, 1939,  she was raised in Groesbeck, Texas, graduating from Groesbeck High School as Valedictorian in 1957.  She went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

In the 1960s she worked briefly for the Department of Parks and Wildlife in the publication of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine and went on to become assistant editor and then editor of the Texas Presbyterian, the publication of the Presbyterian Synod of Texas of the Southern Presbyterian Church.

Married to John D. Zeigler in 1964, she moved with him to Yoakum, Texas, in 1968.  She taught middle and high school English in Shiner and Yoakum.  Daughter, Heidi and son, Sean were born during the family’s years in Yoakum.

Tue
22
Nov

Clarice Hazel Moody Blackshear June 26, 1921 – November 8, 2016

 

 

Clarice Hazel Moody Blackshear passed away on November 8, 2016, at her home in Grapevine, Texas. She was born on June 26, 1921 to Pearl and Tom Moody of Groesbeck, Texas. Clarice married Jack W. Blackshear, Sr., in Waco, Texas. She moved to Grapevine in 1956 and raised her family there. Clarice retired from Sanger-Harris department stores after many years of working in the Plymouth Park store. After her retirement, Clarice enjoyed helping others in her community through her church. She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ in Grapevine. Clarice was active in AARP, her retirement group and many other civic groups.

Wed
16
Nov

Janie Lavelle Adams Humphrey October 23, 1926 – November 10, 2016

 

 

Janie Lavelle Adams Humphrey passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 2:44 in the afternoon in Groesbeck, Texas. She had recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Janie was born October 23, 1926, at her home in Kosse, where she grew up and resided the majority of her life. Her parents, Jesse and Hattie Adams, had six children: Howard, Rufus, Janie, Betty Ruth, Lytle, and Jimmy. Janie was a Kosse Greyhound graduating from the local high school in 1944. Soon after, she married Loy Humphrey on January 23, 1948, and they began their life together in his hometown of Van, Texas. In 1961, the Humphreys returned to Kosse to raise their family: Robert Loy, Bettijane, and Kimberly Ann. She would tragically lose her only son in the Vietnam War.

Wed
16
Nov

Annie Joyce (Henderson) Hawkins July 7, 1932 – November 12, 2016

 

 

Annie Joyce (Henderson) Hawkins of Waxahachie passed away Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Brookdale Senior Living in Waxahachie.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 11 AM at LaSalle Cemetery with Rusty McMahon officiating.

Annie was born July 7, 1932 in the Ben Hur Community to James W. Henderson, Sr. and Reba Tula (Williams) Henderson.  She graduated from Groesbeck High School in 1953. After high school she was self-employed as a seamstress and mainly worked with upholstery as well as car and truck interior customizations.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Roy Hawkins; both parents; three brothers, James Henderson, Jr., Merl (Noe) Henderson and Bill Henderson and one sister, Christine Wright.

Annie is survived by her son, Drake Hawkins and wife Sheila and grandchildren, Haley Hawkins and Wyatt Hawkins all of Waxahachie, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Thu
10
Nov

Cleathel Randall (C.R.) Rand

January 25, 1930 – November 4, 2016

 

Cleathel Randall (C.R.) Rand, 86, of Groesbeck went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, November 04, 2016, at Providence Hospital in Waco, Texas.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 7, 2016, at the First Baptist Church of Groesbeck, with Rev. Troy Brooks and  Rev. Tracy Sims officiating. Burial followed at Faulkenberry Cemetery in Groesbeck.

Pallbearers were grandsons Dr. Chris Rand, Jimmy Bradley, Mikey Terry, Keith Rand, Derek Pringle and great-grandsons Brayden Bradley, Jake Pringle, Dylan Rand, Tyson Pringle and Bryce Rand.  Honorary pallbearers were Elmer Beene Jr., Jack Forrest, Jimmy Harryman, Jim Longbotham, and Chuck Phillips.

Thu
03
Nov

Joe Pat Mills September 8, 1930 – October 25, 2016

Joe Pat Mills, of Kosse, went to meet his savior on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at age 86, following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Kosse. Reverend Jack Wren (First Baptist Church of Kosse), Chaplain Jon Honea (Limestone Medical Center), and Reverend William Wright (First Christian Church of Marlin) conducted the  service, and music was provided by Dee and Don Unsell.  Burial followed at the Kosse City Cemetery, with military honors.

Pallbearers were Charlie Mills, Joe Wayne Mills, Ronnie Funderburk, Ronnie Pettigrew, Randy Funderburk, Brandon Funderburk, Kendall Funderburk, and Chance Funderburk. Honorary pallbearers were Austin McCarver, Spencer Lammons, Jeremy Erskine, and Cecil Lyon.

Thu
03
Nov

Howard Lee Dukes December 30, 1928 - October 17, 2016

    Howard Lee Dukes peacefully passed into the loving arms of God on Monday, October 17, 2016, while working at home in his yard in Kyle, Texas.  He was 87 years young.   Howard leaves behind his dedicated wife of 63 years, Eula Jane (Richardson) Dukes; his loving daughter Cindy Rector and her husband Ken; his granddaughter Amy Leigh and grandson Jason; and his great-grandchildren Evelyn, Stella Rose, and Rowan. 

    Anyone who knew Howard knew he loved to sing. He shared his love of music with others throughout his life. Howard loved to visit local nursing homes, where he sang old favorites for an hour at a time, dazzling residents with his strong voice. 

    Howard loved God, and he served his local churches by serving in a variety of roles, including leading music and teaching Bible study classes. He also put his handyman skills to work at church, rewiring, maintaining the building, and performing landscaping. 

Thu
03
Nov

Betty June Bates Rasco November 15, 1928 - October 24, 2016

Betty June Bates Rasco, age 87, passed away Monday, October 24, 2016.  She was born on November 15, 1928, to Alton David Bates and Ollie Birdie Dryman Bates in Thornton, Texas.  She graduated from Groesbeck High School in 1945.  Betty was a descendant of Seth Hurin Bates, a settler of Fort Parker, a survivor of the Fort Parker Massacre, and a citizen of the Republic of Texas.

She met James Lamar Rasco at a community dance at Fort Parker.  Lamar had just returned from duty in the South Pacific and was in his Army Air Corps uniform, and it was love at first sight.  After a whirlwind courtship, they married 45 days later on April 19, 1946.  They were married 68 years at Lamar’s passing in 2014.

Thu
27
Oct

Anna Beth “Pidgie” Montgomery Thompson - Jan. 18, 1957 – Oct. 8, 2016

Anna Beth “Pidgie” Montgomery Thompson, of Mexia, passed away in Groesbeck, Texas on October 8, 2016 surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 59.  Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Chaplain Karen Hulsey and Chaplain Jon Honea officiating.  Interment will follow in the Tehuacana Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m., Monday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.

Anna Beth was born in Mexia, Texas on January 18, 1957 to Hiram “Pete” and Shirley Richardson Montgomery.  She was a lifelong resident of Mexia and a graduate of Mexia High School Class of 1975.  She was presently employed as a Diet Technician for the Mexia State Supported Living Center, where she had worked for 26 years.

Thu
27
Oct

Nathan (Nate) Gene Alexander, Sr. - Aug. 31, 1949 to Aug. 31, 2016

Nathan (Nate) Gene Alexander, Sr., 67, returned home to his heavenly home on August 31, 2016 after a short illness. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.

Nate was born on August 31, 1949, to the proud parents of Clarence and Clarissa Alexander. He attended public school in Groesbeck, Texas, where he graduated from Washington High School. After graduation, Nate enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving proudly, he went on to earn the rank of Sergeant Nathn G. Alexander, Sr.

While stationed in the military, he met and married his wife, Shirley McCollough. To this union was born one son, Nathan G. Alexander, Jr.

Nate joined Above and Beyond Fellowship Church on April 3, 2011, under the leadership of Pastor William J. Lindsey. He was a faithful member, attending services as often as he could until his health began to fail.

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