Obituaries

Mon
28
Mar

Mary Alice Coffee Zeman

Mary Alice Coffee Zeman was born in Frost, Texas, on May 17, 1940. She was the sixth child born to Sally Ellen Deatherage Coffee and George Newton Coffee, Sr., and the only girl. Mary grew up in West, Texas where she graduated from West High School in 1958. She attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor for a short time before moving with her mother to Washington State to live by her oldest brother, ET, and his family.
It was there that she met the love of her life, Bob Zeman. After knowing each other for six months, they married on March 19, 1960. Soon after, they moved to Chicago, IL, and lived with Bob’s mother, Rose. While living in Chicago, they were blessed with their first two children, Robin Renee and Mark Robert. They moved to Waco, Texas, in the spring of 1967. In October of the same year they had their third child, Dale Anton.

Thu
24
Mar

Royce Gene Johansen

Thu
24
Mar

Frances Isabel (Archer) Thompson

Thu
17
Mar

Alice Jean Etta Short

Alice Jean Etta Short was born April 7, 1925 to Thomas Amon and Willetta Short in Rochester, Texas. Her father was a band director, and music was a vital part of her upbringing. She played both the cornet and the trumpet and entered many competitions. At the age of 9, she won first place in the South Division music contest in West Texas. Graduating from Mathis High School at age 16 in 1941, she joined musical friends for a long concert tour to several states. Jean Etta, as her family called her, changed her name to Jean as an adult. During the war she worked as a secretary between two Army Air Corps bases: Aloe Army Airfield and Foster Army Airfield. That was a wonderful memory for her because she loved to dance. Jean went to college at the University of Texas where she met and married another musician, Melvin King. Mel played the trombone and the baritone horn. They were married January 26, 1947 and both completed their BA in music a few months later.

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.

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