Obituaries

Thu
17
Mar

J.T. Sandifer

J.T. Sandifer, 90, of Mexia, passed away quietly after a short bout with pancreatic cancer at his home on Thursday, March 10, 2016. J.T. was a lifetime resident of Limestone County, attending Groesbeck High School. He was drafted during WW II and assigned to the Army in 1943, to serve in the Pacific Theatre. He was stationed first in New Guinea and later in the Philippines, around Manila. His duties included the 236th AAA Search Light Battalion and a member of the Military Police, which frequently involved transporting and guarding Japanese POW’s. Honorably discharged, in 1946, at the rank of Corporal, he returned to Limestone County to resume civilian life. After returning to Limestone County, he met and married Violet Gardner in 1947. They built a small house on Shiloh Rd., outside of Mexia, where they raised their five children. During the last 30 years of his employment, he worked for the Texas Highway Department, retiring in 1985. J.T.

Thu
17
Mar

John David Kelly

John David Kelly, 94, of Midwest City, went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 23, 2016 at Windsor Healthcare Nursing Center in Groesbeck, Texas. He was a member at Forest Glade Baptist Church in Mexia, Texas at the time. John David Kelly was born August 1, 1921 to Christian parents, Susie Melvina Atwood and John Joseph Kelly. John Kelly accepted Christ as his Lord and savior at the age of 10. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, John Kelly was readily enlisted in the US Navy on 12/9/1941. He started basic training in San Diego, California on 12/16/1941 and completed his training on 12/28/1941. While serving in the Navy, John found the love of his life, Ione Gertrude Boneck. They were married on March 19, 1945 and they enjoyed 53 wonderful years together until Ione’s death in 1998. John Kelly was honorably discharged on Dec. 13, 1945, in Norman, Oklahoma after 4 years of service and attaining the rank of Seaman 1st Class.

Thu
17
Mar

Jimmy Odell Cobbs

Jimmy Odell Cobbs passed away Sunday, March 13, 2016 at Mart. Graveside services were held at the Pavilion at Faulkenberry Cemetery at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, with Rev. Tracy Sims officiating. Jim was born on June 18, 1969 to David Eugene Cobbs and Linda Lou Shugart Cobbs at Waco. He grew up and attended school in Groesbeck. Jim grew up on a horse, and lived with one goal – to be a cowboy every day of his life. In fact, he always said he was the last of a dying breed, who lived by the old-fashioned standards of working with his hands, his horse and his dog. He grew up loving to ride bulls at a young age in the local rodeos and also worked as a rodeo clown. Riding, roping, breaking horses and penning cows were good days in his life. He was good at many kinds of work, including welding that he learned in high school, but his love was working on a horse.

Thu
10
Mar

Elmer Shepperd

Elmer Shepperd, 93, a resident of Waco since 1945, died February 28, 2016. A memorial service was held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend Road, in Waco. Elmer was born July 21, 1922 in Thornton, Texas to Thad and Ollie Shepperd. In 1941, Elmer married Geneva Beard, who was also a native of Thornton. Elmer was wellknown for his love of car racing and as a quality home builder. He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Geneva; his daughter, Donna Shepperd Mitchell; six brothers; and two sisters. Elmer is survived by his grandson, Rusty Mitchell and wife, Missy of Waco; great-granddaughter, Mariah Mitchell Kilbride and her husband, Thomas; and great-great-grandsons, Tyson and Tate Kilbride. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Smith, Bill White, Danny Randolph, Bill Osborne, Dale Osborne, Dan Tate and Tater “Thad” Tate. Thoughts and memories may be shared at www.LakeShoreFH.com

Thu
10
Mar

Johnnie Ree (Cobb) Bennett

Johnnie Ree (Cobb) Bennett of Jacksonville, passed away at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. A Memorial service was held on Saturday, March 5, 2016, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bill Wright of Mexia officiating, and burial followed in Fort Parker Memorial Park. Johnnie Ree was preceded in death by her parents, William Atward Cobb and Johnnie Lou (Locke) Cobb; three sisters – Mary Helen Burke, Nita Pope and Shirley Armstrong; and three brothers – Kenneth Cobb, Clyde Cobb, and Deryl Cobb; a son, Timothy Wright (of Ft. Towson, OK.); and great grandson, Devin Wayne Wright. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Pat Wright of Hugo, OK.; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Bobby Lenamon of Mexia; son and daughter-in-law, Jackie and Martha Wright of Ft. Towson, OK.; son, Randy Wright of Jacksonville; and daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Edward Cameron of New Summerfield.

Thu
03
Mar

Thomas Harlan Smith

Thomas Harlan Smith of Groesbeck passed away Friday, February 26, 2016 at Groesbeck LTC. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Bob Harr officiating., and Mrs. Barbara Walker was vocalist. Burial followed in the Ft. Parker Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Kenneth Wietzikoski, Mike Wietzikoski, Mark Lynd, Terry Stewart, David Tawater, Bob Coffee, Ron Fritz, and Dennis Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Walton, Dwain Popejoy, Rand Bates, Kyle Schrader, Marcus Ray Hanna, Robert Tawater, Sammy Tawater, the DQ “coffee bunch”, and the GHS Class of 1959. Thomas, known by all as Tommy, was born January 12, 1941 to William Earl Smith and Vivian Virginia Gillmore Smith in Groesbeck, Texas. Tommy graduated from Groesbeck High School in 1959. After graduation he drove the delivery trucks for Mrs. Baird’s Bread and Pure Milk, where he met long-time friend Raymond Wietzikoski. He was a cattle rancher until 1978.

Thu
03
Mar

Perry Leslie Nettles

Perry Leslie Nettles passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2016 while feeding cows at Lake Limestone. Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 27, 2016, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Richard Williams and Brother Clif Fox of the Church of Christ of Groesbeck officiating. Burial followed in the Old Union Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jared Nettles, Dan Wright, Stanley Boyd, Kelley Boyd, Rand Bates, Charles Gray, Ronnie Bates, David Dickey, and Greg Gonzales. Honorary pallbearers were Red Martin, Jack Armbruster, Wayne Martin, Jim Rains, Bobby Gene Rains, Morris Nettles, Joe Wayne Jackson, and the Class of 1958. Perry was born December 20, 1939 in the Old Union Community, to parents, Leslie and Raye Thomason Nettles. Growing up, Perry was called Peckerwood by his Uncle Henry, due to red highlights in his hair. The nickname “Peck” stuck with his five sisters.

Thu
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.

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