Obituaries

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.

Thu
27
Oct

Emily Edwina (Mayes) Bush - Jan. 19, 1928 to Oct. 10, 2016

Emily Edwina (Mayes) Bush was born on the family ranch at Valley Springs, (Llano County) Texas on January 19, 1928 to Mason Foley Mayes and Jewell Elise Mayes. She had one older sister Lilian Faye Wingard who she dearly loved and was a lifelong companion and best friend. Lilian Faye proceed Emily in death in Oct 2004.
At a young age, Emily moved to her grandparent’s farm in Shiro, (Grimes County) Texas. She recounted many times of the fond memories she had growing up on the farm with her grandparents, aunts and uncles. She graduated from high school in Navasota, Texas then attend Business School in Houston.

Thu
27
Oct

Jimmie Olda Sims - September 1, 1924-October 9, 2016

Funeral service for Jimmie Olda Sims, 92, will be held Friday, October 14, 2016, at 2 pm at the Woodville United Methodist Church with Rev. Admanda Davis officiating.  Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville.  Visitation will be held Friday at the Woodville United Methodist Church from noon until the time of the service.

Mr. Sims passed away October 9, 2016 at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas.

Thu
27
Oct

Jeffery Shawn Paul - April 15, 1975 – October 2, 2016

A memorial service for Jeffery Shawn Paul will be held on Friday, October 7, 2016, at noon at the All Around Cowboy Church in Marquez. Bro. Lee Weiler will officiate.

Mr. Paul passed away on Sunday, October 2, 2016.

He was born in Houston, but moved to Marquez at an early age where he remained almost all of his life. He graduated from Leon High School with the class of 1994. Mr. Paul was a mechanic and worked for Marquez Tire & Lube and also worked as a cowboy. He loved hunting and fishing and especially loved his dogs.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Paul; two sons, Austin Paul & Jacob Paul; two step-daughters, Summer & Addie all of Groesbeck; his father, Bo Paul of Willis; his mother, Ava Denison of Marquez; two brothers, Larry Paul of Lufkin and James Paul & wife Sharon of Cleveland; one sister, Gabriel Denison of Marquez; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his dad, Ron Denison.

Thu
27
Oct

Haize Brielle Hurt - Sept. 12, 2016 - Oct. 7, 2016

Haize Brielle Hurt, born September 12, 2016 to Steven and Kaitlin Hurt, lived for 25 precious days and went home to Heaven on Friday, October 7, 2016.

Long before her birth, her parents were anticipating a family to love and share their lives with.  She and twin sister, Harper Lace arrived unexpectedly early (at 24 weeks) on September 12, and have been under the constant care of the neonatal staff at Cooks Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, and surrounded with the love and dedication of their parents and family, and in the prayers of many family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 9, 2016 in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Chaplain Jonathan Honea officiating.    Mrs. Wendi Wilson will provide music.    Uncles Dustin Roach and Jerod Roach will be pallbearers.    Burial will follow in Cobb Cemetery.

Thu
27
Oct

Gerald Alford Wilson - Oct. 15, 1940 – Oct. 9, 2016

Gerald Alford Wilson passed away at his home in Groesbeck on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at age 76.

Gerald was born October 15, 1940 in Groesbeck to Willie Washington Wilson and Iris Christine Stevens Wilson. Gerald served in the U. S. Navy, serving three years in Vietnam.

Gerald was married to Carole Ann Ballon and their family included a son and daughter.   The family lived in many different places during his work career in construction and welding in iron-working, with many jobs through Brown and Root; as a truck driver and jack-of-all trades.

He retired in Groesbeck around 2001. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time in his Choctow Indian heritage at dancing ceremonies and Pow-Wows. He was basically a simple-living man and beloved by his family.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Patricia Ann Wilson. 

Thu
27
Oct

Betty Jo (Hudson) Brown - Dec. 2, 1933 – Oct. 7, 2016

Betty Jo (Hudson) Brown, originally from Big Hill and Thornton, passed away in Sulphur Springs on Friday, October 7, 2016, at age 82.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Richard Williams of the Groesbeck Church of Christ officiating.  Burial followed in the Thornton Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Lane Doughtie, Blake Doughtie, David Ponder, Justin Doughtie, Cameron Pavloske, and Kevin Dixon.

Betty Jo was born December 2, 1933 at Big Hill (Limestone County) to James Henry Hudson and Bertha Eddie (Dickey) Hudson. She grew up in Thornton and graduated from Thornton High School in 1951. Betty moved to Houston to begin her working career with Humble Oil as a secretary. She later stayed home as a wife and mother of her two sons. After the death of her second husband, Betty Jo moved to Fort Worth. She worked at HUD in Fort Worth as a housing specialist, for around ten years.

Wed
05
Oct

Dorothy M. Armstrong

 

Dec. 25, 1928 – Oct. 3, 2016

 

Dorothy M. Armstrong, passed away at Windsor Healthcare Residence in Groesbeck on Monday, October 3, 2016, at age 87.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at the Word of Life Church, with Pastors Randy Ayres, Jack Smith, and Lloyd Lane officiating.  Music will be provided by Mrs. Stacy Duffield, Randy Ayres, Jr. and James Ellison.  Burial will follow in Hogan Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Gary Don Jackson, Brian Ellison, James Ellison, Jeffrey Jackson, Randy Ayres, Jr. and Travis Armstrong.   Her great grandsons will be honorary pallbearers.

Dorothy was born December 25, 1928 in Marlin to Harvey J. Williams and Jessie Dean (Graves) Williams. The family lived in Marlin until moving to Waco when she was ten, and she graduated from Waco High School.

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