Posted by : admin | On : June 9, 2016

jackson obit

Walter Louis Jackson was born on September 27, 1930, in Corsicana to William Walter Jackson and Mary Cordelia Swanson Jackson. Aside from his college years, he lived his entire life in Malakoff.
In 1950 he married Mary Louise Burks, also of Malakoff. Following his graduation from Texas A&M in 1952, the couple returned to Malakoff, purchased ranchland and began raising cattle. In addition to his lifelong ranching career, Walter worked at various other jobs over the years, including stints with Texas Power & Light, Gifford-Hill and Nipak, and served as Henderson County Pct. 1 Commissioner. He also worked as a building inspector and co-owned a building supply company for a number of years.
Walter served on numerous boards in Henderson County over the years, was a past member of Malakoff School Board, Lions Club, and the Malakoff Volunteer Fire Department and coached youth sports. In 2015, Walter was named Agriculturist of the Year by the Athens Chamber of Commerce.
Walter was a Christian and a Baptist. He served as a Deacon, treasurer, sang in the choir and in a men’s quartet and served on the church building committee. He was instrumental in implementing the media program at Malakoff First Baptist Church and continued this work at Athens First Baptist, broadcasting church services for the television ministry.
As anyone who knew him was aware, Walter continued to be a passionate and devoted Aggie over the years. He was a member of the 12th Man Foundation and the Century Club at A&M and greatly enjoyed attending their home football games, missing only three in 32 years.
Walter is preceded in death by his parents and by his wife of 63 years. He is survived by four children, Janice Cason of Malakoff, Walter Jackson, Jr. & wife Nancy of Malakoff, Joan Wilson & husband Dana of Arlington, James Jackson and wife Christi of Malakoff, seven grandchildren Alan Cason and wife Crystal of Whitehouse, Derek Jackson of Woodville, Lauren Wilson and Ryan Wilson of Arlington, Haley Jackson and Wesley Jackson of Malakoff, Lindsey Perkins & husband Christopher of Jacksonville, Fla., and five great-grandchildren Bryce Cason and Alex Cason of Whitehouse, Brady Jackson and Toby Jackson of Scurry and Harper Jackson of Malakoff.
Services were held on June 6, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of Athens. Pallbearers were Jimmy Blakeney, Joe Hall, Robert Hoover, Charles McCleary, Robert Mills and Jerry Stone.



Posted by : admin | On : June 9, 2016

Ruckstaetter obit

Thomas Edward “Tom” Ruckstaetter, 73, of Richland, Mich. and Log Cabin, died peacefully at his residence and with his loving family by his side on Sunday morning, June 5, 2016.
Tom, the son of George A. and Ruth (Sturtz) Ruckstaetter, was born in Oak Park, Ill. on March 12, 1943.
He moved to Michigan in the early 50’s and was a 1961 graduate of Portage High School. He was a sales engineer for Richland Machine & Pump Company for 20 years, retiring in 2005.
Tom was a long-time member of Gull Lake Bible Church and also Faith Community Baptist Church of Log Cabin, where he and his wife, Nancy wintered six months of the year.
He was an avid hunter, enjoyed playing his guitar, was constantly puttering in his garden and taking care of his lawn.
Tom was a huge Gilmore Car Museum enthusiast having spent many hours at the different shows, and he enjoyed reading about the Civil War and the Marines in WWII in the Pacific.
Tom will best be remembered for the lasting friendships he cultivated, some remaining strong for over 60 years.
Tom was united in marriage to Nancy A. (nee: Schewe) on November 30, 1974 in Portage, Mich.
Surviving is his wife of 42 years, Nancy, daughter, Jessica L. Ruckstaetter of Portage, Mich., son, Richard J. “Rick” (Susan) Ruckstaetter of Midlothian, two precious grandchildren, Abigail J. and Elizabeth G. Ruckstaetter, his father, George A. Ruckstaetter of Carol Stream, Ill. and a brother, James (Patricia) Ruckstaetter of Chicago, Ill.
Tom was preceded in death by his mom, Ruth.
The funeral service to celebrate Tom’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 9 at the Gull Lake Bible Church, 1491 Midland Drive, Hickory Corners, Mich.with the Rev. Gary T. Cantrell, Pastor, officiating. Family and friends will continue Tom’s life celebration with a time of fellowship and a luncheon in the Church Social Hall immediately following the service. Tom’s family will greet friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Tom’s honor may be directed to Special Olympics Area 16, 4024 Student Recreation Center, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49071.
Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Tom may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.



Posted by : admin | On : April 7, 2016

Loretta Vieregge

Loretta Vieregge

Loretta Vieregge, 85, of Malakoff, went home to the Lord March 4, 2016, in Athens.
Loretta was born Nov. 13, 1930, to Ernest Stout and Mary Louise Thigpen Stout in Dekalb.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Mary Louise Stout, soul mate Lewis Vieregge, son David Vieregge, sisters Shirley Hilton, Joy Getzie; brothers Billy Joe Stout, Charles Stout, Ernest Stout Jr., and Lucky Stout.
She is survived by her daughters, Kathy Vieregge, Carolyn and husband Jerry Land; son Rick and wife Debbie Vieregge, brothers Jerry and wife Linda Stout, Billy and wife Linda Stout; sisters-in-law Dorothy Stout, Bettie and husband Allen Mitchell, Joyce and husband Ray Downs; grandchildren Justin Vieregge, Josh Vieregge and fiancé Kelsey Reed, Jennifer and husband Bobby Little, Jarrod and wife Courtney Land; great-grandchildren Knox and Camden Vieregge, and Clayton Land; numerous nieces and nephews, family and friends.
Service were held March 6, 2016, at the Baptist Church, in Malakoff with Bro. Casey Perry and Bro. Jody Jones officiating.
Pallbearers were Josh Vieregge, Jarrod Land, Bobby Little, Tommy Tanner, Luke Odenthal, and Mike Monroe. Honorary Pallbearers were Justin Vieregge, Tony Stout, Ronald Hilton, Curtis Hall, Casey Stout, Rodney Stout, Randy Stout and Richard Stout.
Interment was held at Malakoff Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.tomlinsonfuneral.com.



Posted by : admin | On : March 31, 2016


Stephen Edward Wingo Jr., 39, of Athens, died March 19.
Stephen was born in Dallas, to Stephen Edward Wingo, Sr., and Florrie Wingo.
He is survived by his wife, April Laughery Wingo, daughter Michelle Wingo, sons Ryland and William Wingo; father Stephen Edward Wingo Sr., grandfather Bill Reynolds, brothers Shawn and Chris Wingo; sisters Jeanel Guidry, Alisha Craig; numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Florrie Wingo and grandmother Elma Jean Reynolds.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Huckabee-Tomlinson Funeral Homes in Seven Points.



Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

Gloria Sanchez Hernandez passed away after a long battle with cancer in Arlington, March 15, 2016. Gloria was born May 17, 1951, in Dallas and is preceded in death by her parents Jesse and Santos Sanchez.
Gloria was married to her loving husband of 50 years, Raymond Hernandez. 
She is survived by her children, Cynthia and Sean French, Raymond and Betty Hernandez Jr., Daniel Hernandez, Michael and Leslie Hernandez, and Chris and Brenda Hernandez; sister and brothers Louise Luera, Jesse Sanchez Jr., Joe Sanchez, David Sanchez, and Daniel Sanchez; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous of nieces and nephews.
She was an amazing, beautiful woman who never met a stranger.  She enjoyed gardening, knitting and loved to travel.  She was a loving mother to be admired and praised. A service was held in Athens.
In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in memory of Gloria Hernandez.



Posted by : admin | On : March 24, 2016

Memorial services for Vickie Annette Bassham-Landi, 53, of Trinidad, are set for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2016, at Caney Creek Baptist Church, 5441 FM 3054, in Malakoff.
Vicki passed away March 19, 2016, at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.
To sign an online register, go to www.murrayorwosky.com.



Posted by : admin | On : January 14, 2016

Worked up photos Rogers Obit

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Rogers Obit

Services for Barbara Van Rogers, 78, of Malakoff, were held Jan. 12, 2016 at Hannigan Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Athens with Bro. Gene Hazell and Bro. Buddy Hazell officiating.
Burial followed at Malakoff City Cemetery in Malakoff under the direction of Hannigan Smith Funeral Home of Athens.
Surrounded by family and listening to her favorite gospel hymns, she died at home Jan. 9, 2016.
The lifelong resident of Malakoff, she was born Aug. 23, 1937, to Doc and Bertha Abbott.
Bobbie retired after 33 ½ years in the banking profession in Dec. of 2005. She also was employed at Texas Clay Industries in the late 1980s.
She enjoyed spending time on Facebook and shopping online. She also enjoyed reading and watching the Texas Rangers and Texas Lady Longhorns on TV, as well as attending Haltom High School girls basketball games.
Her favorite TV shows included “The Young and Restless” and “Joel Osteen.”
Bobbie was a longtime member of Parkview Baptist Church in Malakoff.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Roy Abbott and infant sister Bonnie Abbott.
Bobbie is survived by her husband of 59 ½ years, Leamon Rogers, of Malakoff; son Benny Rogers of Malakoff; daughter and son-in-law Lori and Drew Douglas of Athens; daughter Mandy Rogers of Keller, sister Joyce Baker and husband Nolan of Malakoff; brother Danny Abbott of Malakoff, sister-in-law Vera Abbott of Mildred, grandchildren Joseph Douglas and wife Thiana of Fulshear and Jessica Douglas Simmons of Keller; great-grandchildren Marcela and Juliana Douglas and Parker Simmons; numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Michael Hunsaker, Glenn Roy Leopard, Lynn Rogers, Carl Ray Simmons, Russell Rogers and Bret Alsobrook.
Honorary pallbearers were Ron Day, John Dukes, Bill Mullins, David Douglas and Cooper Fine.
You may light a candle or write a condolence in Mrs. Roger’s memory at www.hannigansmith.com.



Posted by : admin | On : December 1, 2015


Karen Marie Branham, 55, of Malakoff, passed away Dec. 2, 2015.
She was born Dec. 15, 1959, in Dallas to Peggy and Tommy Marr.
She is survived by her husband, Dwaine Branham, daughters Jennifer Barker and Melissa Rushing; aunt Patsy English, uncle David Underwood and six precious grandchildren Colton Barker, Tommy Malomey, Kylee Rushing, Kassidy Rushing, Ryan Russell and Riley Russell.
She is preceded in death by her parents and brother Jackie Marr.
A memorial will be held at a later date.



Posted by : admin | On : November 13, 2015

John spencer

The world has lost a great man. A man who was greatly respected, admired by all and loved by his friends and family.
John Franklin Spencer was born July 11, 1935, in Kaufman, to Joseph and Sarah Spencer. He was the youngest of four children who included brother Fred and sisters Alice and Ruby. He was named for then Vice President John Garner and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
During his early years, John grew up with a love of music. He took his inspiration from Sunday church hymns, as well as Big Band, Dixieland and Jazz. This prevailing interest would be a common thread for the remainder of his life, starting with his college education.
After high school, John left Kaufman to attend East Texas State University in Commerce with the goal of making music his vocation as well as his passion. While in college, he demonstrated his talent as a trumpet player with a five-piece local band dubbed “Four Hits And A Miss.” whose “Miss” was the female piano player. In addition to challenging music theory, his classes taught him proficiency in several instruments, including the baritone, tuba and French horn. His determination garnered him a Master’s and Minor Degree in Music.
It was around this time that John’s life changed forever. He and his future wife, Glendeen Brooks, both reluctantly agreed to go on a blind date set up by friends. This rendezvous was all it took for them to realize they were perfect for each other and they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. After a brief courtship, they eloped to Durant, Oklahoma, and said their vows in front of a Justice Of The Peace and two friends Feb. 2, 1958.
For the next school year, John took his new bride with him to Nixon, where he spent his first two years as the Nixon High School band director. During this period, John attended many University of Texas football games in nearby Austin, developing a life-long enthusiasm for the Longhorns and enjoying the band’s halftime show even more than the contest on the field. He recorded these excursions with a new 8-millimeter movie camera, which became a significant hobby for him. This camera would document his life and family for the next 25 years.
In 1960, John’s future set a new course when he answered an ad in the paper for a band director job in the flourishing little town of Trinidad. Who would have known then the impact he would have on this community for the next 55 years?
Soon after their arrival in Trinidad, John and Glendeen welcomed son Glenn into the world, the first of four children. In 1963, daughter Leslie added a little girl to the family and in 1964, son Dwayne made his entrance. The family seemed set until daughter Tangie made a surprise appearance in 1972.
At school, John fulfilled all of the music education for the entire student body. Not only was he the band director for the high school, he was the only teacher in school who taught all 12 grades. In addition to guiding high school students, he further displayed his talent for instructing with bright-eyed pupils from the first grade, playing oatmeal boxes and triangles to the beat, as well as eager fifth graders, playing their instruments for the very first time. His greatest professional pride was having an accomplished 50-plus piece marching band; a stunning achievement for a school as small as Trinidad.
Former band members will recall his amazing ability to make the performances as professional and commendable as possible,



Posted by : admin | On : October 26, 2012

Rosalee Colvin of Trinidad passed away on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 in Athens at the age of 79.

Rosalee was born on July 5, 1933 in Dallas to Jessie Bannister and Margie Patterson Bannister.

She is survived by her two daughters, Linda Maxwell of Trinidad, and Jodell Gunstanson of Malakoff; brothers Freddy, Howard, Lewis, Bill and Bobby; sisters Barbara and Louise; three grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jessie and Margie Bannister; husband Richard Colvin and numerous brothers.

Visitation was held 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 at Huckabee/Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff.

Service were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 at Huckabee/Tomlinson Funeral Home in Malakoff with Harold Colvin officiating.