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    “I hear a voice you can not hear. Which says I must not stay. I see a hand you can not see. Which beckons me away."

    The only thing you take with you when you're gone is what you leave behind
    --- John Allston

    There is more peace somewhere.
    There is more peace somewhere.
    I'm gonna keep on 'til I find it.
    There is more peace somewhere.
    --- African American Hymn

    I cannot think of them as dead who walk with me no more;
    along the path of life I tread they but are gone before.
    --- Fredrick Lucian Hosmer

    In the rising of the sun and in its going down, we remember them.
    In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we remember them.
    In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember them.
    In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer, we remember them.
    In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember them.
    In the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember them.
    When we are weary and in need of strength, we remember them.
    When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember them.
    When we have joys we yearn to share, we remember them.
    So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
    --- From Roland B. Gittelsohn

    "Hold on to what is good even if it is a handful of earth. Hold on to what you believe even if it is a tree which stands by itself. Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here. Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go. Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you." ~Pueblo Blessing ~

    Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
    Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
    Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
    Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

    Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
    Scribbling on the sky the message He is Dead.
    Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
    Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

    He was my North, my South, my East and West,
    My working week and my Sunday rest,
    My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
    I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

    The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
    Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
    Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods;
    For nothing now can ever come to any good.

    W.H. Auden

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    Ricky Dan Brown
    Harry Closs
    James Cross
    Jimmy Daily
    Raymond Eads
    Elizabeth Georgette Eichler Graves
    Roddy Ethridge
    Larry Green
    Nancy (Neecie) Hardeman Beard
    Otis Havis
    Bobby Hesskew
    Sheryl Hicks
    Donald Hogan
    Kenneth Hogg
    Patty Holloway
    Jane Howerton
    Bob Humphrey
    Valarie Iglesia
    Brad Jennings
    Carol Kendrick
    Bobby Lessman
    Dwight Lessman
    Grace Locke
    Leo Locke Jr.
    Patricia Macha
    Sharon Padilla Murray
    Debra Neumann
    Kay Phillips
    Julia Pickvance
    Joyce Rachui
    Marcia Beth Roberts
    Raymond Smith
    Al Stein
    Paula Stone (McIntosh)
    Moda Strickland
    John Hart Thompson
    Hector Trevino
    Barbara Chane (Tull)
    Mary Lynn Walker (Drews)
    Mary Helen McBee White
    Marion Willars

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Falco, Joseph Anthony “Joe”

joe falco

November 19, 1950 — December 17, 2014

It is with great sadness the family of Joseph Anthony Falco, 64, announces his passing on December 17, 2014. His final days were spent surrounded by family in his League City home. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Anna Falco; son, Christopher Falco; daughter, Angela Ratzlaff; and sister, Vincent Tacker.

Joe is survived by his wife of 35 years, Connie Falco; children; Jason Falco, Kristina and JT Deel, Andrea and Kevin Ross and Monte Ratzlaff; grandchildren: Avery and Mason Falco, Haley and Tyler Deel, Reese and Raylee Ross, and Emma, Landon and Cole Ratzlaff; siblings; Nunzio and Cindy Falco, Rosie and Sammy Tull, Ann and Tim Paulissen, Charlie and Shawna Falco and many nieces and nephews.

Joe was born November 19, 1950 in Marlin, Texas to Anthony and Anna Falco. He attended Marlin High School and continued his education at Tyler Junior College. He was a pipe fitter welder for 25 years for the Local Union 211. Seventeen years ago he begin his own business, Joe’s Amusements, giving him the flexibility to set his work schedule around his favorite past time; golf. He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing golf with his wife and friends, fishing with his siblings and playing with his grandchildren. Though too short, his life was filled love and happiness.

The visitation for Joe will be held Sunday, December 21, 2014 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm with a Rosary recited at 6:00 pm at Clayton Funeral Home, 5530 W. Broadway, Pearland, Texas 77581. The funeral service will take place Monday, December 22, 2014 at 11:00 at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, Texas.

Robertson, Anita Polston

anita l robertson

Funeral services for Anita Louise Robertson, age 54, of Manchester, TN, will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Manchester Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Alex Robertson officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 11:00 AM until time of services on Saturday. Mrs. Robertson passed away Wednesday morning at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, TN.

Anita was born in Waco, TX, the daughter of Bobby (Florence) Polston of Texas and Anita (Dan) Norris of Iowa. She graduated from Marlin High School in Marlin, TX in 1979. She was currently employed at M-Tek in Manchester. She was previously a corrections officer at the Texas State Penitentiary for 10 years and also a truck driver for 15 years. She enjoyed crafts, including knitting and sewing.

In addition to her parents, Anita is also survived by two sons, Dale (Kathryn) Robertson, of Manchester and Dustin (Brittany) Robertson of Nashville; former husband, Morris “Mo” Robertson, Jr. of Manchester; grandchildren, Mackenzie, Macie, Cooper, and Kaiden; sisters, Lisa, Angie, Sheila, Paula, Brenda, and Shirley; brothers, Eddie and Billy; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Anita’s memory to the Manchester Police Department Children’s Fund, 200 West Fort Street, Manchester, TN 37355.

Cunningham, Robert “Bob”

bob cunningham

March 18, 1934 — November 24, 2014

Robert (“Bob”) Dean Cunningham passed away on November 24, 2014.

Bob (aka “Pa”) was born March 18, 1934, in Rosebud, Texas to John Dick and Mary Vera Cunningham. He was married to the love of his life, Betty Childs Cunningham, on March 19, 1954.

Bob was preceded in death by his mother and father and eight siblings, Hazel Rowan, Dorothy Bennett, Marvin (Dink) Cunningham, Helen Johnston, Margie Lierman, Evelyn Burns, Arden Cunningham, and his twin, Lela Jean.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, brother Richard Elliot Cunningham and wife Ginny, daughter Rebecca Cunningham Glover and husband Randall Keith Glover, son Robert Dean Cunningham, Jr. and wife Cheryl Elmore Cunningham, four grandchildren, Jana Glover Grundy and husband Brant, John Randall Glover and fiancé Cheyanne, Lauren Elizabeth Cunningham, and Robert Grant Cunningham and wife Laura, and four great-grandchildren, Luke Ryan Glover, Alexander Kenneth Grundy, Carson Randall Glover, and Cameron Gage Glover; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bob worked hard all of his life, beginning with a job at Continental Oil Company, which he left to go into business for himself, and then serving as County Judge for Falls County, retiring after twelve years in that position. Bob was a strong Christian man, who loved his wife, his family, and his church. He loved to spend time in his garden and was known for his loving, generous heart, often giving food and his time to others.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either East Side Church of Christ, Marlin, Texas (PO Box 1068 Marlin, TX 76661), or Lifeline Chaplaincy (1415 South Moore, Houston, TX 77004).

A memorial service was held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, November 29, 2014 at East Side Church of Christ with Mr. Shawn Williams officiating.

Boyd, Marie

MarieBoydJanuary 16, 1914 – December 9, 2014

Marie Reed Boyd passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 100 years of age. Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Friday at Waco Memorial Park.

Marie was born in Waco in January 16, 1914 to Thomas Jefferson Reed and Laura Willie (Gardner) Reed in Waco. She worked in medical records at Hillcrest Hospital in Waco and TSH Memorial Hospital in Marlin. She was a member of the Cogdell United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Boyd; son, Bryan Boyd; parents; two brothers; and two sisters.

She is survived by her son, John R. Boyd and wife Cathy; daughter, Marilyn Gayle and husband Michael; two grandsons, Scott Boyd and wife, Thang and Josh Boyd; two granddaughters, Traci Jones and husband, Mykal, Lauri Dean and husband, Casey; grandson, Josh Boyd; and four great-grandchildren, Luke Jones, Emma Jones, Cole Jones, and Ty Dean.

Grote, Shelton L.

shelton grote

January `6, 2014 — December 2, 2014

Shelton L. Grote, 64, of Riesel, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2014 in a Waco hospital. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Perry United Methodist Church with the Reverend Ron Oden officiating. Interment will follow in Perry United Methodist Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 Pm – 7:00 PM on Friday, December 5th at Adams Funeral Home.

Mr. Grote was born on January 16, 1950 in Waco to George and Ruby (Neal) Grote. He married Gail Wieting on February 5, 1977 in Perry and they celebrated over 37 wonderful years together. Mr. Grote worked for Allen Samuels Chevrolet from 1985 to 2009. He loved music, playing the guitar, singing, vintage cars and hotrods but his true love was being with his family. Mr. Grote was a member of Perry United Methodist Church. His parents preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife; Gail Grote of Riesel, daughters; Stacy Grote Pope and her husband, Joe of Speegleville and Stephanie Grote Mims and her husband, Robert of Sugarland, son; Michael Grote of Riesel, brother; Larry Grote and his wife, Anita of Marlin, grandchildren; Emaline and Logan Hargraves and their parents; Robert and Tiffany Hargraves, father and mother-in-law; Nelson and Emeline Wieting and sister-in-law; Nelly Hegefeld and her husband, Bill of Marlin.

Pallbearers will be; Lynn Grote, Steven Grote, Justin Hegefeld, Lance Hegefeld, Ron Maiden, Harold Grote, John Hrynyk and Lynn Gafford. Honorary Pallbearers will be Darrell Grote, Garland, Lessman, Dean Lessman, Kenneth Shaw, Dirk Aaron, Lindsey Hazelwood, Larry Schroder and Shane Howard.

Memorials may be made to; Perry United Methodist Church, 193 CR 127, Riesel, Texas 76682 or to the Marlin Senior Civic Center, 104 Hays St., Marlin, Texas 76661.

Tinsley, John David

David TinsleySeptember 27 1938 – November 21 2014

John David Tinsley was introduced into this world on September 27, 1938 in Three Rivers, TX. David unexpectedly left our presence on November 21, 2014 in Falls County, TX, the place that he called home. He was the first of three children to John Bunyan and Mildred Elizabeth Jones Tinsley.

David cherished his family, friends, all airplanes and his beautiful Texas river ranch properties. His passion in life was meeting new friends, helping anyone that required it and visiting all of them when he could.

David loved Texas so much that one of his greatest accomplishments, unknown to most, was organizing, funding and documenting on video a personal 3,816 mile adventure around the border of Texas. David and his team spent over 2 years traveling by boat, motorcycle, jeep, horseback, helicopter and airboat around the great state of Texas.

David had many callings in life but first and foremost he was an entrepreneur in the restaurant business. He was an early pioneer in the fast food industry where he began Tinsley’s Chicken n’ Rolls in Huntsville, TX. with his parents and brother Talmadge Tinsley. David and family excelled from the beginning and in 15 years the company grew to over 45 units throughout East Texas, from Dallas to Houston to Kerrville. Other successful restaurants that were under the Tinsley name were the Historic Elite Café and The Health Camp in Waco TX, and Steak N’ Spirits in Huntsville, Tyler, and Shenandoah.

David was the ultimate “Free Spirit” and was known to many as a true “Giant of a Man”. David’s wealth of life was measured by the people he touched, who he could help and who he could call a friend; these were the ideals and beliefs that drove him.

Mr. Tinsley is survived by daughter, Deborah Humphreys and husband, Stephen of Huntsville TX; son, Scott Tinsley and Hedaya of Dallas TX; son, Jeff Tinsley and wife, Veronique of The Woodlands TX, grandchildren Taylor, Preston, Mason, Morgan, Hayden and Marshall; brother Talmadge Tinsley and wife Bonnie; sister Kathy Wilson and husband Craig; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; long-time companion Tina Barrett.

Mr. Tinsley was preceded in death by his wife, Diane Donohoo Tinsley and parents, John and Mildred Tinsley.

The families will receive friends on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, from 5:00 until 7:30 PM at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home, Huntsville, Texas. A celebration of his life will begin at 11:00 on Wednesday, November 26, Northside Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to: Boys & Girls Club of Walker County, P.O. Box 8600, Huntsville, Texas 77340 or Boys & Girls Club of Marlin, Texas 76661.

Fitte, Rose

rose fitteMarch 1, 1932 – Nov. 10, 2014

Rose Fitte, 82, of Marlin, passed away on Monday, November 10, 2014 in Groesbeck. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, November 13, at The First Baptist Church in Marlin with the Reverend Mark Newton and the Reverend Bill Ashburn officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, November 12 at Adams Funeral Home.

Mrs. Fitte was born March 1, 1932 in Chilton, Texas to Robert and Genavieve (Suttle) Goelzer. She married Dr. Dwayne L. Fitte on January 28, 1951 in Chilton and they celebrated over 59 wonderful years together until his death on October 2, 2010. Mrs. Fitte was an active member of the First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and work in the nursery. She was a former member of the Marlin School Board, loved working in her yard, playing tennis and genealogy.

Her parents; husband; and an infant son, James Eric Fitte preceded her in death.

Survivors include her sons, John Mark Fitte of Augusta, South Carolina, Paul Forest Fitte of Groesbeck and Malcolm Dave Fitte of Mexia; daughters, Martha Rose Lane of Groesbeck and Rachel Ann Heer of Huntington Beach, California; brothers, Robert Goelzer, Ronnie Goelzer and Richard Goelzer; sisters, Betty Hinton and Lynn Engelke; grandchildren, Cliff Fitte of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Matthew Fitte of Houston, Jonathon Fitte of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Adam Fitte of Midland, Amanda Summey of Rowlett, Lauren Fitte of Austin, Madeline Heer of Huntington Beach, California, Meredith Heer of Huntington Beach, California and Jonathan Stevener of Marlin; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial may be made to the First Baptist Church, 309 Coleman, Marlin, TX 76661 or to the Campus Crusade for Christ.Sign the Guest Book at http://www.wacotrib.com

VanCleave, Richard “Sonny”

Sonny VanCleaveRichard “Sonny” VanCleave passed away peacefully at his home on November 2nd, 2014. Although he currently lived in N. California, he was a long time resident of Marlin. He will be missed by many. He was 88

Hay, Hugh T.

hugh hayDec. 17, 1925 – Oct. 9, 2014

Hugh T. Hay, 88, of Marlin, passed away Thursday, October 9, 2014 in a local nursing home. A graveside service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, October 12, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin with Dr. James Bryan officiating.

Mr. Hay was born on December 17, 1925 in Eddy, to Lester O. and Lanella (Thompson) Hay. The family moved to Marlin when he was six. He retired from the VA Hospital in Marlin. After retirement he was engaged in ranching. Mr. Hay was a member of the Masonic Lodge #152 in Marlin for over 50 years and the First Baptist Church. He looked forward to the annual Hay reunion each year in Salado and visiting with the Thompson clan in Troy.

Mr. Hay was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and his wife, Margaret Ann Tate Hay.

Survivors include his son, Scott Hay of Marlin; his daughter, Ann Rekieta and husband, James, of Reagan; three grandsons, Nathan Hay and wife, Kim, of Marlin, Justin Hay of Marlin, and Dr. Jonathan Rekieta and wife, Megan, of Houston.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Golden Years Nursing Home for their wonderful and compassionate care the last seven years.

Memorials may be made to the Marlin Public Library or the charity of your choice. Sign the Guest Book at http://www.wacotrib.com

Mitchell, Jean Lloyd

jean mitchellFebruary 21, 1931 – October 9, 2014

Edna Jean Mitchell, of Marlin, passed away Thursday, October 9, 2014 in Waco. Services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 11, at The First United Methodist Church of Marlin, with Doug Howell officiating.

Jean was born in 1931 to Newton and Altha Lloyd in Kosse, Texas and had one older sister, Ruby. She lived in the Marlin area her entire life and attended Kosse, Reagan, and Marlin schools. Jean married Ray Mitchell, December 26, 1953 in Marlin where they lived, ranched, and raised their family. She has been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Marlin since 1949, where she was active in United Methodist Women’s Circle and assisted teaching the Wesleyan SS class for many years. Jean was a member of the “Learners Club”, and enjoyed playing bridge and being with friends in “Crazy Ladies” and Thursday afternoon “Bridge Clubs”. She loved being a homemaker and was even laughed at by friends because she actually enjoyed ironing. Jean was a loving mother and her greatest pleasure was caring for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Mitchel;, one sister, Ruby Williams; and an infant brother. She is survived by her two sons, Michael “Mike” Mitchell and wife, Antoinette, of Robinson; Mark Mitchell and wife, Gina, of Keller; seven grandchildren, Michael Mitchell II and wife, Magen, of Lorena, James Mitchell and wife, Amber, of Satin, William Mitchell and fianc‚e, Kayla Crunk, of Robinson, Ray J. Mitchell of Robinson, Samuel, Jacob, and Claire Mitchell of Keller. Jean is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Madison and Michael Ray Mitchell III, of Lorena; two sisters-in-law, Gladys Mitchell of Marlin, and Margaret Ann Dwyer of Houston; also, many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorials can be made at the First United Methodist Church of Marlin, 411 Coleman Street, Marlin, TX 76661 and can be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123-1718. Sign the Guest Book at http://www.wacotrib.com

Neumann, Larry

neumannOctober 24, 1945 – October 2, 2014

Larry Wayne Neumann, 68, of Marlin passed away suddenly at his home on Thursday, October 2, 2014. A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 5th at 2:00 pm at St Paul UCC, Marlin, TX. Pastor Ludy Manthei officiating.

Larry was born in Marlin, Texas on October 24, 1945, the son of Harry and Erna Mae Dieterich Neumann. He graduated from Marlin High School in 1964 and attended Sam Houston State and TSTC in Waco. In 1968 he moved to Dallas. Larry worked with Sysco Foods and Kraft Foods in Dallas, Omaha and Kansas City; Alliant Food Service in Dallas and PFG Foodservice in Temple. He retired in 2009 and was very active in volunteer work with Friends of Hillcrest Cemetery, Waite Cemetery, Reagan Homecoming, Capital Area of Texas Food Distribution in Marlin and on the Board of Samaritan House. Larry was a member of St Paul United Church of Christ, serving as Treasurer of Church Council, and President of St Paul Cemetery Assoc. Larry and Earlene Erwin Shaunfield were married on March 31, 2001 in Marlin and lived in Plano until moving back to Marlin in 2003 and building a home on his family farm. Larry was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Ronny Erwin.

He is survived by his wife of Marlin, his daughter, Sara Parks and husband Dennis of Allen, step-son Clint Shaunfield and wife Bonita of Bremond, step-son Eric Shaunfield of Hearne, granddaughters Aspyn Shaunfield and Allison Baker of Bremond; sisters Ethel Horton and Marvin of Mart, Judy Davis and Mike of Mooreville, Kathy Ballman and John of Riesel, Connie Ehlers and Keith of Riesel and his brother Ronnie Neumann and Jenny of Marlin; a brother-in-law Johnny Erwin and Candi of Marlin, sister-in-law Maria Erwin of Penelope; uncles, Raymond and Daretha Neumann of Marlin, L.D. and Irene Neumann of Otto, Bill and Jane Dieterich of Perry, Wilburn and JoAnn Dieterich of Hallsburg; aunts, Erna Feldmann of Marlin, Florine and R.D. Pankonien of Marlin, Ella Mae Neumann of Marlin, Dorothea Neumann of Marlin, Eula Mae Neumann of Waco and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

Larry loved to cook and entertain family and friends in his home. He was a good friend to many and a wonderful son, brother, daddy, husband, cousin, uncle and pappa.

Baresch, Lucille Kistler

bareschMarch 24, 1912 – September 27, 2014

Lucille K. Baresch, 102, of Waco, formerly of Marlin, passed away Saturday, September 27, 2014 in Waco. A memorial service will be 2:00 PM, Sunday, October 5, 2014 at Perry United Methodist Church with the Reverend Ron Oden officiating.

Mrs. Baresch was born on March 24, 1912 in the Perry Community to Carl and Margret (Polster) Kistler. She attended Perry Public schools, graduated Marlin High School in 1929, attended Blinn Junior College and graduated from Baylor University in 1940. From 1931 – 1940 she taught during the school year and attended Baylor University in the summers. She taught in the Alexander Community for several years, briefly in the Perry school, and then in Riesel for a number of years. On December 26, 1949 she married Willie T. Baresch in Perry; he passed away on February 17, 1961. In 1965 she went Lima, Peru and taught in a Methodist Mission School under auspice of Peruvian Methodist Church and returned back to Marlin in 1979. She was a member of Perry United Methodist church and the United Methodist Women.

She is survived by her great nieces and nephews and several cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Colegio Maria Alvardo, Av. 28 De Julio 249, Apartado 2144, Lima 1 – Peru or Perry United Methodist Church, 193 CR 127, Riesel, Texas 76682..

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