Obituaries

Thu
14
Jul

Joy Stockton Cates

Joy Stockton Cates, age 79, passed away on Friday, July 8, at a nursing in League City. Joy was born on September 4, 1936, in Groesbeck to Clara and H. L. Stockton. She was the youngest child of ten children. Joy attended the Groesbeck schools from the first grade through the twelfth grade. She graduated from Groesbeck High School in 1955. She was very active in various school activities. In fact she was on the first GHS girls’ basketball team after that sport was reinstated at GHS in 1953.

Thu
14
Jul

Carolyn Sue Bates-Johnson

Carolyn Sue Bates Johnson, of Thornton, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Groesbeck LTC, at the age of 73. Funeral services were held on Friday, July 8, 2016 in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Richard Williams and Bro. Cliff Fox of the Church of Christ of Groesbeck, and Chaplain Jon Honea officiating. Burial followed at Cobb Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronnie Bates, Dustin Bates, John Favors, Mike German, Chad German, and Jake German. Sue was born October 27, 1942 to Roy and Helen (Nettles) Bates in Thornton. She graduated from Thornton High School in 1961, and from Waco Cosmetology School. She worked all her adult life in beauty shops in Waco, Mart, and Groesbeck, and lived almost all of her adult life in Thornton.

Thu
14
Jul

Howard Roland Hyden

Howard Roland Hyden of Groesbeck died at the Limestone LTC on Wednesday morning July 6, 2016 at the age of 95 years. Howard was born in the Box Church community of Limestone County, Texas, on May 20, 1921. He was the son of Myrtie Wilkinson and Roland Hyden. He is survived by his wife Alta Waits Hyden and her children: Madlyn Heaton, Verna Hicks and Roger Waits. Howard is also survived by brother Rex Hyden and wife Cappie of Groesbeck with daughters Ricky, Janeese and Bonnie; brother Bailey Hyden and wife Patty of Edna with daughter Beverly and son Brian; Nelma Toney Wilkinson with daughter Moya Jan Wilkinson Green of Georgetown. Howard leaves behind a son, David L.

Thu
14
Jul

Betty Jean (Webster) Noel

Betty Jean (Webster) Noel, of Groesbeck, passed away at Groesbeck LTC on Monday, July 4, 2016, at age 61. Betty was born in Marlin on October 25, 1954 to John Webster, Jr. and Ola Mae Lummus Webster. She grew up in the Prairie Point community, attended school in Groesbeck, and lived in the Groesbeck area all her life. She was a member of the Prairie Point Baptist Church. Betty Jean was united in marriage with Johnnie Russell  “Russ” Noel on December 25, 1976 in the Prairie Point Baptist Church. Two sons, Eric and Christopher were born, and Betty dedicated her life to her husband and sons.

Thu
30
Jun

Thomas Chadwick Clancy

Thomas Chadwick Clancy of Dallas passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at his home in Dallas at the age of 47. Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 26, 2016 in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tracy Sims and Marty Clancy officiating. Burial followed at Faulkenberry Cemetery. Chad was born in Lamesa, TX to Thomas Ray and Billie Ruth Clancy on August 28, 1968, the younger of two other siblings. Growing up and throughout adulthood Chad always enjoyed riding dirt bikes and motorcycles and always had one. He also was very talented in creating crosses with driftwood as well as various other designs.He was also an avid drummer from an early age.

Thu
23
Jun

Juanita Smith Wright

Juanita Smith Wright, beloved daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, and granny, passed away on June 16, 2019 at age 90 in San Antonio, Texas. She was born in Groesbeck, Texas on July 24, 1925 to Sylvester Smith and Annie Pearl Phillips Smith. She was preceded in death by her son, James “Jimmy” Tate, at age 3: husband, Lewis Harold Wright; brothers, Eugene, L.C. and Billy; and sisters, Beatrice, Geneva, Faye and Raynelle. Juanita is survived by her daughter, Brenda June Carlson and family, Steve, grandchildren, Andrea, Lisa, Shane, Karl, Anthony, Kimberly, Lane, Haley, John, Zoe, Paden, Skyler and Noah; son, Mark Harold Wright, and grandchildren, Becky, Wayne and Donnie; daughter, Mary Louise Strong, and family, Allen, son, Craig Michael Reed, grandchildren, Lewis, Lane, Logan, Jade, Patrick and Kynleigh.

Thu
23
Jun

Johnnie Bruce Scott Jr.

Johnnie Bruce Scott Jr., 86, went to be with our Lord on Saturday, June 18, 2016. Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Greenwood Chapel. Interment: Laurel Land. Visitation: One hour prior to the service. John will be laid to rest with his beloved wife, Lois Scott. John was the only child born to the late Johnnie and Ida Trotter Scott Sr. on May 9, 1930, in Mexia. He was raised in Groesbeck by his uncle and aunt, Earnest and Allie Trotter Webb after the death of his mother.

Thu
16
Jun

John Edsol Jarvis

John Edsol Jarvis, of Groesbeck, passed away at Groesbeck LTC on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, with his wife and family at his side. Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 11, 2016, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel. Brother Richard Williams of the Church of Christ of Groesbeck officiated, assisted by Brother Bobby Ehler, and Mrs. Barbara Walker was the soloist. Burial followed in Cobb Cemetery. Pallbearers were Marcus Hanna, Donald Broughton, James Broughton, Chris Henderson, Brandon Little, and David Hughes. John Edsol was born April 23, 1930 to John Avery Jarvis and Hettie Bell Williams Jarvis in Thornton, the youngest of four children. John’s father passed away when he was nine, and his mother married Henry Riley Rasco, who was a great part of his upbringing. He grew up at Davis Prairie and was a Thornton Tiger, graduating from Thornton High in 1947. John served a short tenure in the U. S. Navy right after school.

Thu
16
Jun

Violet Starline Nash

Violet Starline Nash passed into the arms of Jesus Wednesday, June 8, 2016 in Waco. Services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, June 13, 2016 at Oakcrest Funeral Home in Waco and burial will be at Faulkenberry Cemetery in Groesbeck at 2:30 PM. Visitation will be at OakCrest Sunday, June 12, from 3-5 PM. Starline was born April 7, 1922 at Box Church, Texas to Eva Jane Lankford Lenamon and Levi Thomas Lenamon. Star, as friends and family knew her, began her working life as assistant to the Limestone County Clerk. She left the Groesbeck area with her husband and lived in San Diego. They then moved to Louisville, KY where she rose early each day catching a bus, a streetcar and then a train and traveled to work across the state line in Indiana. They later moved to Houston. Later, Star moved to Fort Worth and worked for Purina Mills and General Dynamics. She eventually settled in Waco working first for the City of Waco and later for the VA Regional Office where she retired.

Thu
09
Jun

Noma Lee Wilkins

Noma Lee Clinton Wilkins passed away surrounded by her family at the Hospice unit at Hendricks Memorial Hospital in Abilene, TX at the age of 93. She is preceded in death by her husband, Hollis Wilkins, and 3 brothers and 4 sisters. She was born on December 1, 1922 to Miriam and George Clinton in Merkle, Texas. She was the 6th of eight children. Mrs. Wilkins graduated from Abilene High School and went on to business school. She married Hollis Wilkins on May 5, 1948. They had two children, William George Wilkins and Sylvia Jane Wilkins Tull. Noma began her career in the optical field working for several optical shops in Abilene. She became a licensed Optician and opened her own optical shop in Abilene. She was very successful because she served her customers with honesty and attention to their needs. She and Hollis built their dream home in Hawley, TX in 1970. They loved living there where Hollis could fish from the Brazos River that ran behind their house.

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