Obituaries

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William Chesley “W.C.” Masters June 20, 1949 – Feb. 9, 2017

William Chesley “W.C.” Masters, of Groesbeck, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2017, at age 67, following a lengthy illness.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2017 in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Tracy Sims of the Central Baptist Church of Thornton officiating. Burial with military honors followed in Cobb Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Clint Winstead, Colin Lenamond, Josh Lenamond, Keith Masters, Shane Masters, and Steven Masters. Honorary Pallbearers were Billy (Drifter) Williams, Jerry (Slowpoke) Huckeba, Perry (Hawkeye) Goodenberger, Odis (Zero) Webster, Vance (Longhorn) Rose, Sonny (Hardhead) Lane, and Hugh (Cisco) Former.
Chesley was born June 20, 1949 to Fred and Betty Masters in rural Limestone County. He graduated from Groesbeck High School, Class of 1968, and he served in the U. S. Marines during the Viet Nam War.

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Feb

George Allison Humble Dec. 16, 1926 – Feb. 8, 2017

George Allison Humble, of Groesbeck, passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Windsor Healthcare Residence, at age 90.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Groesbeck. Reverend Steve Nance officiated, with music provided by Mrs. Mary Belle Leach and Mrs. Ginger Fritz. Burial followed in Fort Parker Memorial Park. Pallbearers were his fellow American Legion veterans, who conducted military honors at the gravesite.
George was born December 16, 1926 to Harry Lee Humble and Margaret Vernelle (Allison) Humble in Dallas. He grew up in Groesbeck where he graduated from high school. George joined the U. S. Navy and served in World War II. When the war was over he earned his degree from Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the band. He then joined the U. S. Army as a commissioned officer, and served in Korea.

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Feb

Mattie M. Hildebrand July 16, 1932 – Feb. 6, 2017

Mattie Hildebrand of Mexia passed away Monday, February 6, 2017 at home with her family by her side.
Visitation was held prior to the funeral on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Shane Alexander officiating. Burial followed at Fort Parker Cemetery.
Mattie was born on July 16, 1932 in Waldo, Arkansas to Ezekiel and Lillian (Beasley) Staggs. In 1963 she moved from Arkansas to Texas and was later united in marriage to Donald G. Hildebrand on September 23, 1966 in Austin, Texas. Mattie was a bookkeeper most of her professional life and after marriage became a housewife. Some of her most memorable times were cooking and collecting cookbooks - from family members or any she could get her hands on – fishing and she was a very talented piano player. She loved most spending time with her grandchildren.

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Alicia Germaine Dick April 4, 1950 - Jan. 20, 2017

Alicia Germaine Dick, of Forest Glade, passed away as a sudden and unexpected loss to her family, at Parkview Hospital, on Friday, January 20, 2017, at age 66.
Graveside services were held on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at the Pavilion in Faulkenberry Cemetery, with Pastor Paul Moore of the First Assembly of God of Thornton officiating.
Alicia was born April 4, 1950 to Lee Hightower and Bernice Shell Hightower in Freeport, TX. She became a member of the Willie and Bernice Wittliff family when she was thirteen. Her siblings included four brothers and two sisters. Also, a first cousin, Nettie Reininger, lived in the home one year, and she and Alicia were as close as sisters, for the rest of her life.

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26
Jan

Jeannette Eilene

Jeannette Eilene (Ellis) Linston, of Thornton, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at age 31.
A Memorial Service wias held by her family on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Lone Star Baptist Church in Groesbeck. Reverend Nathaniel Bedford of Lone Star Baptist Church and Pastor Jim Hancock of United Pentecostal Church of LaGrange officiated.
Jeannette was born October 23, 1985 to Anita Lynn Lawrence in LaGrange, the middle child of three girls. She graduated from high school in Tupelo, Mississippi, and was Valedictorian of the Class of 2004. She was a beautiful and very smart young lady.
Jeannette had lived in Thornton the past six years. She found her calling in working with Visiting Angels. She loved working with children and older people.

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Neil Ray Bond

Neil Ray Bond
Oct. 27, 1934 – Jan. 16, 2017

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Elmer Raymond Wilson July 9, 1932 – Jan. 7, 2016

Elmer Raymond Wilson, formerly of Coolidge, passed away January 7, 2016 in Groesbeck, Texas at the age of 84. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Coolidge with Rev. Chuck Sturgeon and Chaplain Jon Honea officiating. Interment will follow in the Prairie Hill Cemetery. Larry Wilson, Terry Wilson, Ronnie Wilson, Rodney Harrison, Scott Spencer and Donald Erwin will serve as pallbearers. Paul Youngblood will serve as an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation with the family will be prior to the service beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Coolidge.
Raymond was born July 9, 1932 in Coolidge, Texas to Wyratt L. and Vesta G. Stafford Wilson. He retired from the Texas Highway Department after completing 24 years of services. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War era. On January 20, 1956, he married the love of his life, Mary D. Kilgo in Garland, Texas.

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05
Jan

Betty Jean Popejoy Duke

Betty Jean Popejoy Duke, of Groesbeck, passed away at Groesbeck LTC on Monday, January 2, 2017, at age 82.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, in the Groesbeck Funeral Home Chapel, with Chaplain Jon Honea of the Limestone Medical Center officiating. Burial followed in Faulkenberry Cemetery.

Pallbearers were James Duke, Don Popejoy, Mike Popejoy, Dillan Terry, Garrett Wynn, and Byran Popejoy. Wesley Popejoy was an Honorary Pallbearer.

Betty was born January 21, 1934 to Jim and Thelma (Nichols) Popejoy in Groesbeck, where she grew up and attended school. She worked for sixteen years as a telephone operator for Gulf States /Sprint. When the office moved to Athens she worked there two years, before retiring in 1989.

Although Betty had no children of her own, she had many children through her special relationship with her many nieces and nephews. They loved her and she loved them like her own kids.

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05
Jan

Zack Henson McClintock July 21, 1924 – Dec. 27, 2016

Zack Henson McClintock passed away December 27, 2016 at his home in Waco at the age of 92. Funeral services will be 11 AM, Friday, December 30, 2016 at Blair-Stubbs Chapel with Rev. Wayne Williams officiating. Interment will follow in the Fort Parker Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be prior to the service on Friday from 10-11 a.m. at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Zack was born July 21, 1924 in Groesbeck, Texas to James L. and Bertha Sharp McClintock. He attended Mexia High School and graduated in 1942. In March 1943, he entered the US Army Air Corps. After being discharged from the Army, he graduated from North Texas University with BS and BA degrees. Zack began his career with General Dynamics in Fort Worth. He completed his career with Berry-Barnett Grocery Company in Mexia, retiring after 29 years of service as Directory of Customer Service.

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Merredith Stewart Oct. 14, 1969 – Dec. 25, 2016

Merredith Stewart, a beloved daughter, sister, aunt and friend, passed away at the age of 47 on Sunday, December 25, 2016. Merredith was born on October 14, 1969 in Houston, Texas to Jerry and Brenda Stewart.
Merredith was a graduate of Sharpstown High School and received her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. She worked in the staffing and recruiting field for many years.
Merredith’s friends and family were the highlight of her life. She enjoyed and treasured spending time with them. Her hobbies were running, drawing, and visiting the Hill Country home of her parents. She adored and was adored by her nieces, Sara and Kristen.
Merredith was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents, Matt and Vera Stewart and Ruben and Loree Scharff; and her mother, Brenda Scharff Stewart.

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