Obituaries

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03
Mar

Deborah Kay “Debbie” McFerrin

Deborah Kay “Debbie” McFerrin passed away at Providence Hospital on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at age 64. Graveside services were held on Friday, Februay 26, 2016, at Fort Parker Memorial Park, with Rev. J. R. Tapley of the Lost Prairie Baptist Church officiating. Pallbearers wiere Anthony Wietzikoski, Mark Ralls, Walter Hewitt, Tracy Tooke, Chris Pierce, and Michael Tooke. Debbie was born July 12, 1951 in Waco to Earl Eugene George and Wilma Lee (Chamblee) George. She grew up there and graduated from Waco High School in 1969. When Mr. and Mrs. George moved to Groesbeck, the whole family, including Debbie and all her sisters and brother and their families also moved to Groesbeck. She had worked earlier in her life as a cosmetologist in Groesbeck, and also had worked as the manager of the 7-11 in Mexia when it first opened, and worked in shipping/receiving at Walmart in Mexia.

Thu
03
Mar

Tex Clayton Loper

August 3, 1943 - February 15, 2016. The world is a less remarkable place today. Tex Clayton Loper left us…. sadder, wiser and so much better for having known him. Born in California, to older parents, father Raz Clayton Loper (65) and Nobie Jones Loper (44), on August 3, 1943, Tex received his “state sized” moniker to fill the void in his mother’s heart as she pined for her home in the Lone Star State. The family eventually returned to Texas and Tex grew up on the north side of Houston where he truly had to defend his right and privilege to use the name. Ironically, being named Tex would have innate responsibilities. Anyone with that name would be assumed to have the grandeur of his namesake, at the time the largest state in the union, with the biggest and best of everything.

Thu
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.

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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.

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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.

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