Obituaries

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.

Thu
24
Sep

Annette Vinson Ward

Annette Vinson Ward, 96, died on September 5, 2015. She was born to Aubrey and Addie Mae Vinson on December 27, 1918 in Coolidge, Texas. She graduated as valedictorian from Coolidge High School in 1936. She then attended business school in Dallas, Texas before joining Sears Roebuck. She started as a secretary but retired as the Personnel Manager for Sears Fashion Center in Garland, Texas. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Coolidge before becoming a member of the Church of Christ in Dallas. She was happily married for nearly 29 years to her childhood sweetheart, Wilmer (Bill) Ward, until his death on May 4, 1971. She was a faithful member of Preston Road Church of Christ for 37 years where she volunteered at the food pantry, now known as CitySquare, for more than 15 years. Her cooking skills were second to none and nothing pleased her more than a houseful of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all together enjoying the great food from her kitchen.

Thu
24
Sep

Carolyn Fae Ainsworth

Carolyn Fae Ainsworth, 81, of Thornton, passed away September 11, 2015 in Groesbeck. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 13, 2015 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel in Thornton with Rev. Ray Grissett officiating. Interment was in the New Hope Cemetery. Carolyn was born in Burton, Texas on March 12, 1934 to Carl F.W. and Lydia Kelm Merten. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Covenant School of Nursing in Lubbock in 1954 while working for Groesbeck LTC. She worked at various hospitals and nursing facilities, during her career of 61 years, prior to retiring from Groesbeck LTC. Although Carolyn was dedicated to her nursing career, her family was the most important part of her life. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Carolyn was caring, strong and a hard worker who managed to take care of her family while also taking care of so many others.

Thu
24
Sep

Billy Gene Hancock

Billy Gene Hancock, 82, of Angleton and formerly of Oletha, passed away on September 15, 2015 at his residence. Funeral services were held on Friday, September 18, 2015 in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Chris Moore of the Second Baptist Church of Angleton, and Reverend Johnny Layton of the Lake Limestone Baptist Church, offi ciating. Gospel hymns that Bill loved were sung by Phil Koester and Gabe Duron. Interment followed in the Thornton Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jason Meyers, Danny Hancock, Dwayne Byrd, Jack Hodges, John Turner and Mack Jones. Honorary pallbearers wiere Dennis Searcy, Bill Turner, Lyndon Cate, Kenny Stinson, Ricky Stinson, and Donnie Stinson. Billy was born to William and Gladys (Starkey) Hancock on July 31, 1933 in Easterly, Texas. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1950, and had been a quarterback for the Franklin Lions. Billy went on to play college football for the University of Texas at Arlington and Hardin- Simmons College.

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