Posted by : admin | On : October 16, 2017

Pettit Obit

Melinda Lou Pettit, 45, of Log Cabin City passed away Oct. 8, 2017 in Athens.
Melinda was born Feb. 22, 1972 in Dallas to Harold Milton Scott and Linda Lou Shackleford Scott.
Melinda was preceded in death by her father Harold Milton Scott, grandparents Fern Arnold, John Ed Shackleford, Lester and Ruth Scott, step-father Cody David Keener and uncle Johnny Shackleford.
She is survived by her husband Billy Evans, mother Linda Keener and Doug Hass, children Jessica Ann Torres and John Wichner, Christopher Michael Levandoski and Daniel Joseph Levandoski, brother Harold Dwayne Scott, nephews Anthony Dwayne Scott, Cody Hall, uncle Chan Wijekoon, aunt Marie, uncles Stanley Sutterfield, Eddie Shackleford, aunt Ellen Shackleford, grandson Logan Bryce Wichner and nieces Allie and Nevaeh.
A memorial service was held Oct. 14, 2017 at New Hope Church at Log Cabin with Pastor Alan Hobgood officiating.



Posted by : admin | On : September 28, 2017

Kitterman obit
Norma Vrba Kitterman, 95, of League City, peacefully passed away Sept. 22, 2017 after a short illness.
She was formally a longtime resident of the Star Harbor Community in Malakoff.
Norma was born July 25, 1922 in Schulyer, Neb.
She was one of eleven children born to Joseph Vrba and Mamie Horak Vrba.
In 1955, she moved to Long Beach, Calif., where she was a bookkeeper at the Pacific Coast Club. She met and married her husband of 59 years, Sam Kitterman and had two children.
Norma was a stay-at-home wife and mother. She was involved in Cub Scouts and baseball scorekeeping.
She also developed her love of finding treasures to selling antiques.
In 1972, the family moved to Jackson, Miss., where she found the love of fishing and square dancing.
In 1979, they moved to the community of Star Harbor. Norma was active in many clubs, Republican Women’s Club, Stitchery, Book Club and began her love of painting.
After her husband’s retirement they became avid dancers, wintered in South Texas and traveled extensively in their 5th wheel trailer. In 2010, they moved to the League City area to be closer to family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Agnes Lueke, Vlasta Vrba, Alice Loseke, Barbara Evans, Helene Payzant, Joe (June) Vrba, Lambert (Butch) Vrba and her husband Sam Kitterman.
She is survived by her children Sheryl and husband Allan Schierenberg, Jeff and wife Karen Kitterman, grandchildren Samantha and husband David Kelly, Scott and wife Rachael Lee, Griffin and wife Jamie Lee and Betsey Lee, two great-grandchildren Austin Lee and Christopher Kelly, siblings Ted and wife Marilyn Vrba, Pat May and Charles Vrba.
A private family service will be held in her honor. Please send any memorials to the American Cancer Society.



Posted by : admin | On : September 21, 2017

Clevern “Joe” Moser, of Trinidad passed away Sept. 15, 2017 at Cedar Lake Nursing Home in Malakoff.
Joe was born June 5, 1945 in Malakoff to Charlie Joseph Moser and Ethel Annie Young.
He is preceded in death by his parents Charlie Moser and Ethel Young, sister Lourla Ann Bell, brother Lawrence Moser and nephew Sammy Ray Batchler.
He is survived by his sister Charlene Neighbors and many nieces, nephews, and loved ones.
Joe had a passion for the Trinidad Trojans and for many years he was the manager of the football team. It was seldom to miss Joe at a game.
He was always the first fan to show up and was one of the last to leave as he cheered them on, win or lose, with that great big smile of his.
He loved riding his bike around town, and on Sunday mornings you would find him toting his Bible under his arm on his way to Calvary Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Sept. 18, 2017 at Calvary Baptist Church in Trinidad with Bro. Jim Farmer officiating. Arrangements were handled by Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.



Posted by : admin | On : August 24, 2017

Latham obit
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Frances (Frankie) Latham will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Malakoff.Family will greet friends starting at 10 a.m., prior to the service at the church.
Frankie was born to E.L. and Minnie Crawford Hall Jan. 4, 1927 and passed away Aug. 12, 2017 at the age of 90.
Frankie lived the majority of her life in Malakoff. She attended school and graduated from Malakoff High School in 1945. She later married her beloved Harold Latham and they made their home on the family farm next door to her parents.
The happiest day of her life was the birth of her only child Robert Latham. Frankie worked at City Hall in Malakoff and Royall Chevrolet. After Royall Chevrolet closed, she moved to Mt. Pleasant to be close to Robert (Bob) and his family.
After suffering health issues, Frankie moved into the home with her son and his family. They moved several times due to his work, but no matter where they lived at the time, Malakoff was always home.
Frankie was loved and cared for devotedly by her loving son Bob and daughter-in-law Terri until the time of her passing.
Her wit, family stories and unique personality will be missed by all of us who loved her. She was one of a kind.
Frankie was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Harold in 1970, her brother Jack Hall and wife Nadine and her sister Eleanor Bien and husband J.E. Bien.
Frankie is survived by her loving son Bob and wife Terri Latham of South Padre Island, granddaughters Laura Latham of Austin, Barb Holloway of Arlington, JoAnn Matthews and husband Bryan of Bedford, grandson Jordan Latham and wife Elizabeth of Cedar Hill, four great-grandsons Grayson and Hunter Latham, Cade and Jack, one great-granddaughter Ashton and one great-great granddaughter Norah Ellis, nieces, nephews cousins and friends.



Posted by : admin | On : June 22, 2017

Jim White Obit

Lucius James White was born Sept. 8, 1929 at Baptist Hospital in Houston to Lucius Jefferson White and Hortense Bell White. He passed away June 15, 2017, in San Antonio.
Jim, as he was known to everyone, grew up moving around Texas oil towns as his father worked for Magnolia Pipeline Company. He worked on the pipelines himself as a young person.
He met Margaret Ann Fowler, at the First Baptist Church in Corsicana and they married October 10, 1953.
He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of North Texas and taught school in Beaumont before entering the Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
After leaving the Air Force, Jim worked for Mobil Oil Company in Dallas. He then attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, where he received a Master’s in Religious Education. He earned a Doctorate in Education from the University of North Texas.
He spent his life serving God, sharing the Gospel message with everyone he met, ministering to those in hospitals and prisons, holding Bible studies in his home with his wife, feeding those who were hungry and providing educational resources, clothing and other necessities to those in need.
He served as a minister of Christ’s church at Town East Baptist Church in Mesquite, the Hill Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., Woodstock Park Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., Sharpstown Baptist Church in Houston and the Anchor in Surfside Beach.
He helped start Northwest Academy, Bellaire Christian Academy and Rosehill Christian School, all in the Houston area and served as the first headmaster of each. He was also the headmaster for Second Baptist School in Houston, Dallas Christian Academy and Brazoria Christian Academy. He was always known very affectionately as “Dr. White.”
After retiring from paid work, he spent 25 years volunteering with Christian groups and traveling. He spent time working with the Canadian Baptist Seminary and working with mission groups in Africa and China, teaching and preaching. He served as interim pastor at churches in towns around Athens and Malakoff. He loved to teach the Bible, holding Bible studies at his home and in church.
His faith in God and devotion to prayer were defining characteristics of his life. He always believed that God supplied all of his needs and taught his children as well as those in his Christian schools and Bible studies, that loving God was the most important thing of all.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Ann just short of their 60th wedding anniversary.
He is survived by his children, Lyn Farrell and husband Brian, Cindy McFarland and husband, Dr. Michael McFarland, Jeff White and wife, Leslie.
He is also survived by ten grandchildren Margaret Farrell Lamar, Katherine Farrell Foote, David Farrell, John Farrell, Ethan Farrell, Amanda McFarland Fitzhugh, Luke White, Thomas White, James White and Elizabeth White. He is survived by five great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. at Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to Voice of the Martyrs.



Posted by : admin | On : May 25, 2017

Jumper Obit

Bro. John Mark Jumper of Trinidad left the walks of this earth and entered into his eternal home with our heavenly father on May 11, 2017.
John was born in Dallas to Samuel Augustus Jumper and Gladys Gertrude Chatham Jumper.
He married the love of his life Mary Elizabeth “Patsy” Hughes on April 21, 1951 in Cayuga. They celebrated 66 blessed years of marriage this year.
John retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service. He traveled and was stationed in California, Hawaii, Michigan, England, Japan and Texas during his career. While in the service he earned many medals and honors.
He is preceded in death by his parents Samuel and Gladys Jumper, brothers Bill Jumper, Stephen Jumper, Jesse Jumper, Daniel Jumper and sisters Mary Lucas, Bernice Green, Martha Rogers and Naomi Ruth Jumper.
John is survived by his loving wife Mary “Patsy” Jumper, daughters Elaine Wallace, Sharon Bamburg, Karen Hylla and husband Dan Hylla, grandchildren John Gray and wife Michelle, Jason Gray and wife Liza, Meghan Wallace and Kelli Marvel. His legacy continues with twelve great-grandchildren Ty Gray, Cheyenne Gray, Aidan Gray, Joshua Gray Landyn Gray, Chance McNabb, John Simpson, Rylee Marvel, Kyrstyn Yates, Kaylian Yates, Amiliah Kyer and Victoria Kyer.
Visitation was held May 19 at Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.
Service was held May 20 at Hilltop Worship Center with Bro. Tommy Hayes officiating. Interment followed at the Judson Cemetery in Cayuga.
Memorials can be made to Hilltop Worship Center in care of the mission’s department.



Posted by : admin | On : May 25, 2017

Peggy Smith

Peggy Smith, wife of local attorney Don G. Smith, died on May 19, 2017. She was a resident of Park Highland Nursing Home in Athens for the past several years.
In the mid 1930’s two angels were born in the Hill County to Harry and Ruby Griffin, twin girls Peggy and Patsy. Don was married to Pat for 30 years before cancer took her from him. Peggy had never married. Peggy and I were married in 1997. And the twins are together again.
I can see them now holding hands strolling along the streets of pure gold. I sure do miss y’all.
She was preceded by her twin sister, Pat Smith, who died on May 24, 1996.
Peggy is survived by her husband Don and various nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held on May 25, 2017 (today) at 10 a.m. at the Payne Springs Cemetery.



Posted by : admin | On : May 4, 2017

Henderson obit

Sandra Henderson, 74, of Athens passed away April 26, 2017. Sandra was born April 27, 1942 in Dallas to Raymond and Dorthy Louise Henderson.
She is preceded in death by her parents Raymond Henderson and Dorthy Henderson, sisters Marilyn “Babe” Allen and Carolin Henderson and brother Bobby Ray Henderson.
She is survived by her children Sherrie and husband David Whiteley, Raman Nassar, Shannon Baland Fate and wife Debbie Warren, Tonya and husband Manuel Salinas, brothers Teddy and wife Debbie Henderson, Jimmy Don and wife Patty Henderson, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and loved ones.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m Sunday, May 7 at Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff with Bro. Brian Chance officiating.



Posted by : admin | On : April 20, 2017

Stecher Obit
Lee Roy Stecher, long-time resident of Star Harbor, Malakoff, passed away on April 8, 2017. Lee Roy Stecher was born on Feb.11, 1926, in Cameron to Leo Stecher and Ottilie Marak Stecher.
He graduated from Yoe High School in 1944, where he lettered on the Cameron Yoe football team. He served in the United States Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater on the U.S.S. Mendocino. After World War II, he moved to Dallas and studied at Draughon’s Business College, where he learned the valuable skill of keeping financial books.
He met Carmen Crespo, who had just moved to Texas from Tampa, Fla. They married on July 3, 1948 at St. Edward’s in Dallas.
Lee began his career as a bookkeeper at Austin Paving Company, which evolved into Austin Industries in Dallas. Lee Roy worked there for 41 years, moving up the ranks to become its Secretary-Treasurer and chief financial officer.
Lee was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and was a major supporter of the establishment of the Mary Queen of Heaven parish in Malakoff, including its new church which was consecrated in 2017.
Lee and Carmen Stecher were some of the original homesteaders at Star Harbor on Cedar Creek Lake, where they resided permanently after they retired. They were gracious hosts to hundreds of family members and friends for the nearly 50 years that they have called The Lake House their home. Lee moved to Wisteria Place in Abilene on Feb. 28, 2017, where he resided until his death on April 8, 2017.
Lee was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Carmen Crespo Stecher.
Lee is survived by his children and their spouses, Sandra Stecher Harper and Dave Harper of Abilene and Steve and Danna Stecher of Austin, his grandchildren and their spouses Justin and Jennifer Harper of Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Jonathan and Abbie Harper of Denton, Cheryl Stecher Sanborn and McLean Sanborn of Denton and Daniel and Chelsea Stecher of Leander, great-grandchildren Alexandra, Reagan, Madison and Andrew Harper; Leo, Everly and George Stecher and Pearson and Samantha Sanborn. Lee is also survived by his older brother Edwin Stecher of San Antonio, cousin Barbra Jane Gurecky of Cameron, and nieces Diane Stecher Brown of San Antonio and Connie Buce Fife of Carrollton.
The success of his children and grandchildren can be largely attributed to the unconditional love and support that Lee and Carmen Stecher fostered in their family.
Funeral services will be arranged by Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff. Visitation will occur from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on Friday, April 21 (today) at Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Home followed by the rosary at 7 p.m.
The requiem mass will be offered at Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, Malakoff, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 with the burial after Mass at Mary Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Lee and Carmen Stecher Endowed Scholarship in the School of Business at McMurry University.



Posted by : admin | On : April 13, 2017

Tapley, JR obit

Julius Ray “J.R.” Tapley, of Groesbeck, passed away on April 8, 2017 at St. Catherine’s Center in Waco, at age 87.
J.R. left behind his beloved wife and family here, but he was ready to meet his maker, knowing he had a beautiful home waiting for him in Heaven with his Lord and Savior and had been waiting for the Lord to bring him home.
Visitation was held at Groesbeck Funeral Home on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church in Groesbeck (306 N. Ellis St.) at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 14, 2017 (today), with Reverend Darrell Owens and Reverend Troy Brooks officiating. Special music will be offered by a granddaughter Tabitha Wallheimer. Burial will follow in Malakoff Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Rutledge, Tracy Tooke, Ryan Peña, Eric Thomas, Dwayne Pusley and Chandler Copley.
J.R. was born April 13, 1929 in Malakoff to James Walter Tapley and Mae Pearl Rogers Tapley. He lost his father while he was a young fellow and quit school after eighth grade to work to support his family.
He met Mary Lou Perkins, who graduated from Athens High School and wanted to take her to the “Pink Elephant,” but since her mother said she could not go out of the city limits, he took her sister instead. However, he and Mary Lou fell in love and J.R. and Mary Lou were united in marriage on August 9, 1947.
While still living in Malakoff, their son Ray was born and a dresser drawer was his crib. His mom had been looking forward to a baby girl and dressed Ray in girl’s hair bows and dresses for a while.
A few years later, another son, Michael Dale was born. Not thinking there would be any more children, J.R. was thrilled when a daughter Teresa, was born while they were living in Houston. He snuck the two boys through the hospital window to see their baby sister.
While living in Houston, everyone called J.R. “Curly,” due to his curly hair. He worked as a truck driver and became an expert welder, which was his primary career. He worked for Hess Oil Company doing industrial welding and was chosen to teach welding for a four-month period in the Virgin Islands. He was a member of Pipefitters Local 211.The family lived in Houston for thirty years, where he also was co-owner of a pipe fabrication shop, Pasadena Steel Products.
J. R. had a dream of leaving the hustle and bustle of Houston and moving to the country to raise cattle. About 26 years ago, he realized his dream when he and Mary Lou built a home near Groesbeck. He did not move to the country, however, to retire. After clearing his land and establishing his cattle ranch, he worked for the public, bulldozing, digging tanks, building fences, baling hay and welding.
J.R. was raised in the Assembly of God church, but he and Mary Lou were members of the First Baptist Church of Groesbeck for many years. He was so loud in his verbal response to the sermons that his seat was named the “Amen Corner.”
Eight years ago, Reverend J.R.Tapley accepted the pastor-ship of the Lost Prairie Baptist Church, where he and Mary Lou were very devoted to the members and the work of the Lord, until his health became too frail this past November.
J.R.’s health began to fail exactly two years before his death, on April 8, 2015, when he was attacked by killer bees while pushing down a tree with his open-cab tractor. Perhaps his greatest sermon was his recounting of how the Lord chose to let him live two more years after this horrible day.
J.R. had previously been attacked by bees and on the previous attack, God told him to get in front of the tractor, so the engine could suck the bees off him. On this occasion, as he fell off the tractor, he asked God what to do and God told him to get back on the tractor and start backing up. He had bees over all his body, in his eyes, in his ears, in his mouth and down his throat. God guided him, while he could not see, in how to get to the highway, where the property owner had already summoned an ambulance. The doctors at Waco told him he probably would not survive, as two other men who were also attacked around the same time did not live. However, J. R. knew God still was not finished with the work for which he was called.
J.R. was the rock and the strength that held his family together. And J.R. felt the call of the Lord in many decisions for helping others. He truly devoted his life to the Lord, his family and helping others change their lives. During his life, he had loved to be outdoors, to go the Pusley family ranch in the Hill Country hunting wild turkeys and working outside. He found it hard to be confined inside the past year.
But his testimony from his experience was “God does speak to you” and “God is able, where it is his will, to work a miracle in your life,” as he did in J.R.’s life.
J.R. was preceded in death by his parents his brothers James Walter Tapley, Jr. and Clarence Tapley, son Michael Dale Tapley and grandson Michael Ray Tapley.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years Mary Lou Tapley, his son and daughter-in-law, Walter “Ray” and Sheila Tapley of Beach City, his daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Dwayne Pusley of Mountain Home, five grandchildren and their spouses Leslie and Eric Thomas, Tabitha and Eric Wallheimer, Tiffanie and Ronnie Vaughan, Stephanie Hardin and Ryan Peña.
Also, there are 11 great grandchildren Jaden and Jax Thomas, Evan Spivey and Easton and Eden Wallheimer, Jordyn Bailey, Kennedi, Gavin and Elin Vaughan, Chandler Copley and Avery Hardin.