Obituaries

Thu
22
Oct

MAJ(R) Derwood E. “Ed” Burleson

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Derwood E. “Ed” Burleson, of Waco, a World War II and Korean War veteran who embraced his family and his Texas heritage with equal passion, passed away Thursday night at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center after a short illness. He was 95. Ed will be laid to rest with full military honors during a graveside service at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at LaSalle Cemetery on FM 1953, which runs north from State Highway 164 seven miles east of Groesbeck, near where he was born on Dec. 28, 1919, to Thomas E. and Ella May Burleson. The Rev. Eric Howell of Dayspring Baptist Church will preside. Ed was a storyteller whose Texas roots ran deep; his ancestors included Edward Burleson, a soldier and statesman who was elected vice president of the Republic of Texas in 1841.

Thu
22
Oct

Gwina Dene Anderson

Gwina Dene Anderson, of Thornton, passed away at Limestone Medical Center on Saturday, October 17, 2015, at age 79. Funeral services will be held at Victory Baptist Church (Hwy. 14-S, Groesbeck) at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, with Rev. Ben David Watson offi ciating. Burial will follow in Cox Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chris Henson, Roy DeFriend, Colin Lenamond, Ronnie Spivey, Morris DeFriend, and Justin Jolley. Dene was born Christmas Day, December 25, 1935, the only child of R. C. and Chrystelle (Hastings) Powell, at Oletha. She grew up in Oletha, attended school in Thornton and graduated from Groesbeck High School in 1953. She obtained her Bachelors of Science degree from East Texas Baptist University, and her Master’s Degree in Texas History from Sam Houston State University. Dene was united in marriage with Billy R. Anderson on June 9, 1957. They lived in the Old Union community.

Thu
15
Oct

Johnnie Elzada Seale

Johnnie Elzada Seale, of Groesbeck, passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2015 in Windsor Healthcare  Residence, at age 91. Funeral services were held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Billy Anderson of the Victory Baptist Church offi ciating. Burial followed in Faulkenberry Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jesse Blakeney, Jr., David McDaniel, Drew Roberts, Benjamin Smith, and Hershul Smith. Johnnie, who was known as Elzada all her younger life, was born to Johnnie Maron Bennett and Annie Ilene (Goolsby) Bennett in Marquez. She grew up and went to school in Groesbeck. She married John Earl Ogletree as a young lady  and they lived in Groesbeck for a time and most of their twenty-fi ve years together in the Alvardo and Keene area. Together they had six children. John passed away in 1964 and Johnnie (Elzada) worked at Eckhard Drug Warehouse in Garland to support the younger children still at home.

Thu
15
Oct

Joy Dell Cotton Rasco

Joy Dell Cotton Rascopassed away peacefully on October 5, 2015 in Annapolis, MD. Born in Groesbeck, TX on March 8, 1928, she will be buried at Fort Parker Memorial Cemetery in Groesbeck. Beloved by her family, she is survived by her daughters Tori Matton (Annapolis, MD) and Sunny Downing (St. Ives, England), her son, Jan Rasco (Ida, IO), ten grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.   

Thu
08
Oct

Jessie Harris, Sr.

Thu
08
Oct

Nancy Claire Alewine

Thu
08
Oct

Edward Lee “Eddie” Armstrong

Thu
01
Oct

Ernest Edward “Eddie” Jones

Thu
24
Sep

Adrene “Fannie B.” Harris White

Adrene “Fannie B.” Harris White was born on April 28, 1929 to L.B. Harris and Lucille Lynette Tatum Cook Harris. Adrene was called home on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in Sunnyside Nursing Center, Torrance, California. Adrene, the youngest of four children was taught to play the piano at 3 years of age and was an accomplishment pianist. She graduated from Blackshear High School in Groebseck, Texas at the age of 16 and was the fi rst member of her family to attend college. She graduated from Prairie View A&M College (Hempstead, Texas) with honors and with a degree in Education. She also received her Master’s Degree in Education from the Azusa Pacific University. Adrene worked endearingly for many years as an educator for Groesbeck ISD in Texas and Compton Unifi ed School District in California until her retirement in 1995. She met and married Bobby Aaron White of Athens, TX and to their union two children were born, Raybert Aaron and LaJuana Lucille.

Thu
24
Sep

Helen G. Koenig

Helen G. Koenig of Groesbeck , passed away on Monday, September 21, 2015 at Providence Hospital in Waco, succumbing suddenly to illness, at age 88. Visitation will be on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Groesbeck Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, September 24, 2015 in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with her son-in-law, Rev. Clayton Cole officiating. Burial to follow in Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin. Pallbearers will be David Koenig, Eddy Plummber, III, Michael Cole, Joey Kimble, Robert Irvin, and Robert Koenig. Helen was born September 11, 1927 to Francis (Frank) Wilganoski and Angelica (Nellie)(Oxely) Wilganoski at McClanahan near Marlin, the youngest of twelve children. She also grew up and attended school in McClanahan. Helen was united in marriage to Stanley H. Koenig on April 5, 1947 in Marlin.

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