Obituaries

Thu
16
Jun

Violet Starline Nash

Violet Starline Nash passed into the arms of Jesus Wednesday, June 8, 2016 in Waco. Services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, June 13, 2016 at Oakcrest Funeral Home in Waco and burial will be at Faulkenberry Cemetery in Groesbeck at 2:30 PM. Visitation will be at OakCrest Sunday, June 12, from 3-5 PM. Starline was born April 7, 1922 at Box Church, Texas to Eva Jane Lankford Lenamon and Levi Thomas Lenamon. Star, as friends and family knew her, began her working life as assistant to the Limestone County Clerk. She left the Groesbeck area with her husband and lived in San Diego. They then moved to Louisville, KY where she rose early each day catching a bus, a streetcar and then a train and traveled to work across the state line in Indiana. They later moved to Houston. Later, Star moved to Fort Worth and worked for Purina Mills and General Dynamics. She eventually settled in Waco working first for the City of Waco and later for the VA Regional Office where she retired.

Thu
09
Jun

Noma Lee Wilkins

Noma Lee Clinton Wilkins passed away surrounded by her family at the Hospice unit at Hendricks Memorial Hospital in Abilene, TX at the age of 93. She is preceded in death by her husband, Hollis Wilkins, and 3 brothers and 4 sisters. She was born on December 1, 1922 to Miriam and George Clinton in Merkle, Texas. She was the 6th of eight children. Mrs. Wilkins graduated from Abilene High School and went on to business school. She married Hollis Wilkins on May 5, 1948. They had two children, William George Wilkins and Sylvia Jane Wilkins Tull. Noma began her career in the optical field working for several optical shops in Abilene. She became a licensed Optician and opened her own optical shop in Abilene. She was very successful because she served her customers with honesty and attention to their needs. She and Hollis built their dream home in Hawley, TX in 1970. They loved living there where Hollis could fish from the Brazos River that ran behind their house.

Thu
09
Jun

Jimmy Blake Goodrich

Jimmy Blake Goodrich, of Groesbeck, passed away at Providence Hospice Place in Waco, on Sunday, June 5, 2016, at age 62. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 9, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Groesbeck Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, June 10, 2016 in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Tracy Sims and Sheriff Dennis Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in LaSalle Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dennis Wilson, Russell deCordova, Ken Baker, Kevin Copeland, Jimmy Copeland, and Larry Stewart. Jimmy was born November 27, 1953 to Edward Homer Goodrich and Mary Rich (Hayes) Goodrich in Groesbeck. While he was growing up the family lived in Burnet and Conroe but moved back to Groesbeck where Jimmy attended high school and graduated in the Class of 1972. Jimmy grew up with an interest in agriculture, having his own cattle even while in school and working part-time at the Groesbeck Auction Barn.

Thu
09
Jun

Tyler Cole Mitchell

Tyler Cole Mitchell was born on December 31, 2002 in College Station Texas to Randy and Kelly Mitchell and big brother Garrett. He joined his dad in heaven in the early morning hours of May, 30, 2016.

Thu
09
Jun

Ollie Faye Chambers

Ollie Faye Chambers of Kosse, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2016 in Windsor Healthcare Residence, at age  90. Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 4, 2016, with Rev. Jack Wren of the First Baptist Church of Kosse officiating. Burial followed in Ebenezer Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jimmy O’Neal, Mike Baldwin, Bobby Joe Suttle, Douglas Jackson, Carl Thompson, and Toby Morvant. Faye was born to Everett Thompson and Elma Brown Thompson on March 2, 1926 in Kosse, the third of seven children. She grew up on the family farm at Head’s Prairie outside Kosse and attended Harmony School and Kosse High School. She was baptized at age 13 in the pond behind the Ebenezer Church. Faye moved to Houston while a young lady, and later she was united in marriage with Bruce Chambers while living in Houston. They moved to Jasper, where they lived until Bruce passed away in 1980. Faye moved back to Kosse in 1983, and made her home there until moving into the nursing home.

Thu
26
May

Sylvia Sue Thompson

Sylvia Sue Thompson, of Mexia, passed away at Parkview Regional Hospital on Friday, May 20, 2016, at age 80. Funeral services were held Monday, May 23, 2016, with Pastor Spain Trask of the First Assembly of God of Teague and her brother, Alan Youngblood, officiating. Burial followed in New Hope Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bruce Anderson, Dennis Chandler, Paul Edge, Shawn Phillips, Ben Hardin, and Ron Jackson. The great grandsons and nephews were honorary pallbearers. Sue was born June 28, 1935 to Irving Randolph Youngblood and Irene Elizabeth Parks Youngblood in Morgan, Texas. She grew up in Morgan until the family moved to Fort Worth while she was in High School. Sue was united in marriage with B. W. Thompson in Fort Worth on November 14, 1953, and they continued to live in Fort Worth and Dallas for four more years, until moving to his home community of Farrar in Limestone County.

Thu
19
May

Brenda Scharff Stewart

September 16, 1944 – May 12, 2016. Brenda Scharff Stewart, age 71, passed away May 12, 2016, in Spring Branch, TX. She was born September 16, 1944, in Waco, Texas to Ruben and Loree Thomas Scharff and raised in Groesbeck, Texas. Her hobbies were spending time with her family and grandchildren as well as gardening. She was also an avid reader and volunteer within her community. She was preceded in death by her parents. Brenda is survived by her husband, Jerry Stewart; daughters, Marla Ricks and husband James, and Merredith Stewart; son, Stephen Stewart; grandchildren, Sara and Kristen Ricks; sister, Jennie Karotkin; and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside Service: Wednesday May 18, 2016 At 1:00 P.M. at Mexia City Cemetery, North Kaufman Street Mexia, Texas 76667. Reception will follow service at Groesbeck Convention Center, 100 E. Navasota St.

Thu
19
May

Ronnie M. Wylie

Pharmacist Ronnie M. Wylie passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2016, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. He was born in Corsicana on March 20, 1952, to Don and Betty Wylie. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1970, Navarro College in 1972, and the University of Houston College of Pharmacy in 1975. Over his more than forty years in pharmacy practice, he was associated with a number of pharmacies in the Corsicana area including his own pharmacy in partnership with John Collier. From the mid-1970’s he was a relief pharmacist at the Palace Drug in Teague for Bill Bowers and later James Branch until its closure. More recently he had been associated with Pharmacy Plus stores in Teague, Waco, China Spring, and, for the last two years, as pharmacist-in-charge of Pharmacy Plus in Groesbeck.

Thu
19
May

Pat Newsom

Pat Newsom went to be with the Lord on May 15, 2016 surrounded by her loved ones. She had been battling advanced COPD and a heart condition for over a year. A celebration of life for Pat will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 19, 2015 at the Coolidge Cemetery Chapel. Visitation with the family will be 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home. Pat was born in Terrell, Texas on February 8, 1936 to Elmer L. and Lois Dean. She grew up and graduated from high school in Wylie, Texas. In 1957, she married Bill Newsom and moved to Waco where she was a secretary for Crestview ISD and also a loan officer for Educators Credit Union. In the late 1970’s, she and Bill opened the Village Drive-In Grocery in Mexia. They were, almost, famous for their delicious sandwiches and dip ice cream. Pat had an outgoing personality, always friendly and never met a stranger. She had time, or always took time, to visit with her customers, as well as assisting them in every way possible.

Thu
12
May

Agnes Marie Blalock

Agnes Marie Blalock of Groesbeck, went home to be with the Lord, passing away at Providence Hospice Place in Waco, on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at age 83. Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the First Baptist Church in Groesbeck, with Dr. Tod Tanner officiating. Music was provided by Brian and Laura Boecker and Robert McDougal. Burial followed in New Hope Cemetery. Pallbearers were Randy Behringer, Mike McBay, Kim Harris, Eddie Armstrong, Bill Pitt, and Mitchell Kronwinkler. Agnes was born November 9, 1932 to Walter Hampton Gantt and Emma (Walker) Gantt at their home in the rural area of Limestone County near Farrar. She graduated from Groesbeck High School in 1950. Agnes met a young man from Buffalo named Lester Blalock on a blind date. She and Lester were united in marriage a few months later, on August 5, 1950, at the First Baptist Parsonage in Groesbeck.

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