Obituaries

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25
Feb

Frances Grace Bennett

Frances Grace Bennett of Groesbeck, at age 87, completed her earthly tasks and entered her reward in Heaven with her Savior Jesus. She passed away at Limestone Medical Center on Sunday, February 21, 2016. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Groesbeck, with Dr. Tod Tanner (First Baptist Church of Groesbeck), Rev. Tracy Sims (Central Baptist Church of Thornton) and Rev. Nathaniel Bedford (Lone Star Baptist Church) offi ciating. Pianists were Laura Boecker and Sandie McLean, and Phil Koester and Brian Boecker were vocalists. Concluding services were held at the Pavilion at Faulkenberry Cemetery, followed by burial. Pallbearers were Jon McLean, Greg Barnes, Kent Vogel, John Maline, Bill Maline, Mike Maline, Jim Bennett, and Kenneth Bennett. Honorary pallbearers were Bill and Karen Stutts, Linda Bedford, and Maurice and Mamie Frazier. Frances was born on December 23, 1928 to Colbert Edison and Leanette (Bradley) Gregory in Groesbeck.

Thu
25
Feb

Mrs. Clara June Waldrop

Mrs. Clara June Waldrop, 85, of Coolidge passed away Thursday, February 18, 2016 in Mexia. Clara June was born October 23, 1930 in Coolidge to James P. and Maggie M. Brewer Jones. She grew up in Coolidge and graduated Valedictorian of Coolidge High School in the class of 1947. She married Billy Waldrop, August 31, 1946 and they enjoyed nearly 70 years of marriage. Clara June lived an amazing life raising four children, as a wife and a homemaker; however, she never lost her love of school and learning new things. As the children got out on their own, she went back to school and received degrees in General Business and Real Estate. Over the years she worked as secretary at the First United Methodist Church in Mexia, held a position at the Mexia Daily News, worked in client services at the Mexia State School, was an underwriter for Farm Bureau in Waco and was a real estate broker.

Thu
25
Feb

John Barnett (JB) Lown

John Barnett (JB) Lown of Groesbeck passed away Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Groesbeck LTC. Visitation will be held Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 6-8PM in the Groesbeck Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, February 22, 2016 at 2 PM in the First United Methodist Church with Pastor Steve Nance officiating and Sheriff Dennis Wilson speaking. Burial will follow at Thornton City Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jon ‘Tray’ Lamar, Joe McNutt, Clint Wilson, Roy DeFriend, Brian Ellison, Bubba Stone, Willie Neal and Luis Chapa. Honorary Pallbearers are Sue’s brothers, Adam “Skinner” Lenamond, Jimmy Lenamond, Ronnie Lenamond, Buddy Lenamond, brother-in-law Chesley Masters, J.B.’s nephew Mark McLelland, Lions Club Members, Thornton and Groesbeck Masonic Lodge Members and all of the students and other people whose lives he touched and those that touched his. J.B. attended Pleasant Grove and Thornton schools. He graduated from Thornton High School in 1946.

Thu
25
Feb

Tex Clayton Loper

August 3, 1943- February 15, 2016

Thu
18
Feb

Charles William Watson

Charles William Watson, of Groesbeck, went home to be with the Lord following his lengthy battle with illness, on Sunday, February 14, 2016, at age 81. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 16, 2016 in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Ben Watson officiating, and music by Steve Watson. Burial followed in the Wortham Cemetery. Pallbearers were Sidney Favors, Jim Willis, Warren Miller, Jon King, Mike Albers, Jimmy Compton, Gary Findley, and Brad Thetford. Charles was born June 18, 1934 to James Benjamin Watson and Lela Rebecca (Chaesse) Watson in Wortham, where he grew up and graduated from high school. Charles worked at A. Brandt (Abco) in Mexia in the furniture factory for twenty years. He was very talented in being able to make objects from seeing a sample, a skill he used in making furniture on the job, as well as later in life in wood working as a

Thu
18
Feb

Mary Louise (Blair) Stevens

Mary Louise (Blair) Stevens passed away at home in Kosse, on Monday, February 15, 2016, at age 85. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services and Celebration of Mary’s life will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at Fort Parker Memorial Park, with Pastor Kevan Wood of the First Baptist Church of Livingston officiating. Mary was born October 7, 1930 to Estill Blair and Anna Marie (May) Blair at home in rural Denver, Kentucky. She grew up in and around Paintsville, KY. As a young lady, Mary was working at Murphy’s 5 & 10 in downtown Paintsville, KY when Jesse Stevens became her customer every day at the food counter, drinking lots of coffee, and six weeks later became her husband. Mary and Jesse N. Stevens were married at the Funeral Home in Paintsville, Kentucky on December 16, 1950.

Thu
11
Feb

Marilyn Hudson Tucker

Marilyn Hudson Tucker, 69, of San Antonio, TX, passed away on December 27, 2015. A memorial service will be held at Colonial Funeral Home at 625 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City, TX on February 13th at 3:00 p.m. Marilyn Hudson Tucker was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, to William “Ray” and Nellie “Iris” Hudson on October 12, 1946. She graduated from Waco High in Texas in 1964. She earned a B.A. in English and Latin, graduating from North Texas State University cum laude, an M.A. in English and Latin and a Specialist’s Degree in Education (30 hours beyond the M.A.). She taught English, Latin, humanities and bookkeeping in middle school and high school, in addition to freshman composition in college. After retiring from teaching, she became a technical writer in research and development for pharmaceutical manufacturing companies. She received a national fellowship for school administrators with exceptional/innovative programs.

Thu
28
Jan

Roy Jackson Partin

Roy Jackson Partin, 84, passed away Monday, January 18, 2016 with his family at his side. Predeceased by his wife of 53 years ...his sweet Joan. Roy was a much loved husband, Father, Grandfather and humanitarian. Survivors include his children and their spouses Terry and Ron Lowrance, Judy Partin, Jeannie Holbert, Peggy and Johnny Cobb, Cathy Partin, Barbara Davis, Tim and Karen Partin and Becky and Keith Ackley. Roy was the proud Grandfather of Christopher and Jennifer Lowrance, Matthew and Myla Lowrance, Jordan Partin, Joshua Holbert, Jacob Holbert, Michael Cobb, Taylor Cobb, Katee Cobb, Nicholas Lauder, Kyler Partin, Kayne Partin, Karter Partin, Ryan Ackley, Bryn Ackley, and Cameron Ackley. Roy was the proud Great Grandfather of Wyatt and Reese Lowrance and Jadah Crumpton. Also surviving, his three sisters Kathleen Reno, Shirley Warren and Carole Etzell. Roy was born to Charles and Cleo Partin. Roy was a graduate of Reagan High School.

Thu
14
Jan

Avis Lorraine Box

Avis Lorraine Box, of the Willow Creek Community, passed away at Groesbeck LTC on Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at age 97. Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Paul Moore (First Assembly of God of Thornton), Brother Joe Tucker (Gateway Assembly of God, Trinidad) and Chaplain Jon Honea officiating. Burial followed in Ebenezer Cemetery (Kosse.) Pallbearers were Bill Riedinger, Cody Riedinger, Ron Chalene, Michael Prine, Jerry Everett, and Rick McAbee. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Brown, Scott Chalene, Bobby Rogers, Patrick Rogers, and Kennon Chalene. Avis was born on August 2, 1918 to James Riley Pace and Iva Cecil (Roebuck) Pace in the Willow Creek community in Robertson County. She grew up and attended school in that community, where the school house had been built on land given by the Pace family, and was used for community gatherings as well as school.

Thu
14
Jan

Brandy (Brandice Ray) Garrett

Brandy (Brandice Ray) Garrett of Mexia, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2016, as the result of a tragic accident, at age 43. Visitation will be held at Groesbeck Funeral Home on Monday, January 11, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. A Memorial Service to celebrate Brandy’s life will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at the Word of Life Church, 193 LC 412, Groesbeck, with Pastor Mark Rogers officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Cleveland, Jason Davis, Matthew Self, Brian Foster, Chase Killingsworth, Jason Morton, Dominic Rosales, Mickey DeBusk, Flint McLean, Shane McLean, and Robbie Garrett. Brandice, known by all as Brandy, was born May 31, 1972 to Robert Lloyd “Butch” Sherman and Phyllis Ray (Cleveland) Sherman in Nacogdoches. Brandy grew up in LaPorte and graduated in the Class of 1990 from LaPorte High School. She enjoyed participating in theater and being a member of the Chatos Drill Team in high school, and had many many good friends.

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