Posted by : admin | On : October 25, 2017

Beavers obit

Fay K. Beavers, 72, of Kemp, passed away Oct. 20, 2017. She was born in Dallas Dec. 12, 1944 to Frank and Sally Lorean Kovar.
Fay graduated from South Oak Cliff High School in 1962. She married the love of her life, Jimmy Beavers, on June 22, 1963. She resided in California with her husband while he served in the U.S. Navy.
After the military service they moved back to Dallas and had their first child, a daughter, in November of 1964. Their son was born a few years later in December 1967.
After a few years, their family moved to Terrell and then later made their permanent residence in Kemp.
Fay worked many years in the fundraising business, traveling and coordinating fundraising events. She also worked as a sales associate at Risingers Country Store in Terrell.
Fay was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Homer and Travis Kovar.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 54 years Jimmy of Kemp, son Bryan Beavers and wife Monica of Kemp, daughter Beth Phillips and husband Ricky of Trinidad, sister Joy Marshall and husband Bud of Heath, brother George Beavers and wife Mary Beavers of Winnsboro, grandchildren Rusty Werneking and wife Jessica of Odessa, Shelbie Wright of Frisco, Hunter Davis of Kemp, Madison Brown of Kemp and Fisher Davis of Kemp, numerous nieces, nephews and many close friends and extended family who will miss her dearly.
Funeral services were held Oct. 24, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Kemp with interment following at College Mound Cemetery.



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.