• Thoughts

    “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

  • Administrative

Irwin, William “Sam”

sam irwinSeptember 8, 1924 – July 13, 2014

William “Sam” Irwin passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014 at a Waco hospital. Sam was born September 8, 1924 in Kosse to Odie and Adrian Irwin. In 1933, Sam and his family moved to Marlin. He married Lottie Webb on April 22, 1943 in Marlin. Sam worked for Doyle Firestone, the Marlin Police Department, the Texas Department of Corrections, Oak Farms and Porterfield Construction.

After retiring, he raised birds and built bird houses, dog houses and rabbit hutches with his wife and mother. He was involved in the Marlin Little League where he coached and umpired for several years. In 1989 he was honored with the T-ball field being dedicated to him.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and son Mikal Irwin as well as his sister, Amy Wesley.

Sam leaves behind to cherish his memory his daughter, Gloria Lewis and husband Donald of Marlin and his sons, Danny Irwin and wife Mary of Temple and Sammy Irwin of Marlin; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral Service, Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:00am Adams Funeral Home. Visitation Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:00am – 10:00am.

Davis, Robert E “Bobby”

b davisMay 29, 1936 – July 9, 2014

Robert was born on May 29, 1936 in McGregor, Texas, and passed away on July 9, 2014 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Temple, Texas with organ failure due to diabetes. He was predeceased by his parents, Robert Floyd Davis and Colette Martin Davis of Marlin as well as his daughter, Lisa Davis Trevino. He is survived by two children, Robert Jr. of Austin, Kimberly Ann Davis also of Austin, and granddaughter, Ashley Trevino of Austin. In addition, his survivors include his sisters, Freda McLaurin of Waco, Ruth Franklin of Allen, Sara Delleney of Round Rock, and his brother, Reginald (Reggie) Davis of Houston.

Because of Bob’s patriotism and intense love of country, he joined the Army National Guard while attending Marlin High School. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Air Force serving at various postings in the US, Turkey, Guam, and Thailand during the Vietnam War era . Bob retired from the USAF in 1975 and lived in Austin, Texas for many years.

Bob was an avid fan of the U.T. football program, enjoyed hunting, fishing, and telling tales. He also had a special place in his heart for the Lakota Sioux Indians of North Dakota and helped them financially for many years.

Service will be held July 15, at 1:00 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home chapel located at 129 Coleman, Marlin with interment at Hillcrest Cemetary.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Diabetes Association , or a charity of your choice. Arrangements under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Marlin, TX.

Locklier, Hazel

locklierDecember 17, 1919 – July 5, 2014

After a long and full life, Hazel Locklier went to meet her Lord Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the age of 94.

A Celebration of her life will be held Thursday, July 10 at 6pm at the Marlin Country Club. Be sure to dress cool and casual and bring a covered dish if you desire.

Hazel was born December 17, 1919 in Kelso, Washington. She was a fun loving person who enjoyed life, and loved her family and friends dearly. She will be missed by the many people whose lives she touched.

Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, Allen B. Locklier and her son, Sam Locklier.

She is survived by her children, Renee Locklier Earhart and husband Ron of Greeley, CO., Gary Locklier and wife Ene of Arizona and Lana Locklier of Marlin. She also leaves behind many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Hazel’s family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Golden Years Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the love and support shown to Hazel during her stay there.

Stafford, Dale

Dale Stafford of Granbury, 90, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014, at his home in Granbury, Texas.

Service: Visitation with family and friends was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Wiley Funeral Home. Interment will be private on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Acton Cemetery.

Members of Granbury Lions Club will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, considerations of contributions to Acton United Methodist Church, 3433 Fall Creek Hwy., Granbury, Texas 76049 or Granbury Lions Club, 3601 Cross Creek Court, Granbury, Texas 76048.

Dale served his country proudly in World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater with the U.S. Marine Corps aboard the USS Saratoga.

Following the war, he graduated from TCU with a degree in Physical Education and later received a Master’s Degree from Baylor University.

Dale coached athletics for 16 years. 12 of those years were in Marlin, Texas. He truly loved his Marlin Bulldogs.

Dale later moved to Houston, Texas where he remained for over 30 years, retiring as principal of Stratford High School. He loved his Lord, his country and his family. Dale truly made a difference in this world.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved grandmother, Addie Baldwin and his brothers, Herman and Orville Stafford.

Survivors: Wife, Ruth Stafford of Granbury; sons, James Dale Stafford, Patrick Stafford and wife, Ashley, all of Houston; brother, Jim Stafford; sisters, Joy Looney, Phyllis Allison and husband, Ronnie; and many other friends and relatives.

Wiley Funeral Home made arrangements.

Rosas, Joe Jr.

Joe RosasAugust 1, 1952 – June 28, 2014

Joe Rosas Jr., 61, of Marlin, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 3, at the First Baptist Church in Marlin with the Rev. Arthur Allen officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at Adams Funeral Home.

Mr. Rosas was born on August 1, 1952 in Marlin, to Joe and Rosie (Beltran) Rosas. He was a member of Falls County Hispanic Club, Marlin Men’s Civic Association and Falls County Ducks Unlimited. Mr. Rosas was a ranch foreman most of his life, managing the Hay Ranch, Walsh Ranch and the Harry Lane Powell Ranch. He competed in Ranch Hand Rodeos. He formerly owned P.J.’s Tap Room and the Town Door and currently owned and operated the Waterhole Bar and Grill.

Mr. Rosas loved to cook, fish, horses, play dominoes, shot pool and happy hour. He was a very social man, loved being around family and friends, and he was a generous man loved by many; he influenced many and loved life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Raymond Rosas; sister, Rebecca Mendoza; and a grandson, Dustin Kinsey Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Kaylah Rosas; son, David Rosas and his wife, Kristi; daughter, Shelby Rosas; step-daughters, Chrystal Zimmerman and Somerton Zbranek; grandchildren, Morgan Rosas, Carter Rosas, Kiersten Kinsey and Landon Kinsey; brother, Nano Rosas; sisters, Florence Martinez and her husband, Pete Sr., Rosie Salazar and her husband, Paul, Alisa Tovar, and Mary Helen Ledesma and her husband, Ismael; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be made to the Joe Rosas Scholarship fund at Citizens State Bank, 101 Live Oak, Marlin, Texas 76661.

Pyland, Lucy Janes

pylandJune 29, 1922 – June 5, 2014

Lucy DeLoach Janes Pyland, “Memaw”, of Marlin, entered heaven Thursday, June 5, 2014. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 10, at Adams Funeral Home with the Reverend Judy Filer officiating. Private family interment will be next to her beloved husband on a private family farm.

Lucy was born in Durango, Texas on June 29, 1922 to Ulysses S. and Mary Ada Janes. They later moved to Marlin, where she grew up. She was one of six children. Her siblings include Mary Adams, Betty Maxy, Don Janes, Wilson Janes and James Janes.

Lucy married Sam Britton Pyland, Sr. in Rosebud, Texas on August 12, 1938. He preceded her in death on December 8, 1997. Together, Lucy and Sam owned and operated Pyland Office Supplies and Army Surplus Store for many years. Lucy was a valued helpmate to her husband and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother.

The Pylands had two sons, Sam Britton Pyland, Jr. of Dallas and David Janes Pyland of North Carolina. Then came eight grandchildren, Sam Britton Pyland, III, Mary Elizabeth May, Sarah Michelle Baugus, Leigh Ann Stiverson,, Amy Nichole Yessick, Matthew David Pyland, Adrian Macintosh and David Alexander Pyland. She was then blessed with 11 great-grandchildren! In her later years, she shared her life with a dear friend and companion, Sam Vassar.

Lucy Pyland was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She will be missed dearly by all that were lucky enough to know her. We love you Memaw!


Cuevas, Aristeo M. Jr.

cuevasSeptember 3, 1924 — June 6, 2014

Aristeo M. Cuevas, Sr., passed away Friday, June 6, 2014, in Waco. Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, June 7, at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin. A Prayer Service will be held during visitation, at 7 p.m. Funeral Services will be 3 p.m., Sunday, June 8, at the First Spanish Assembly of God Church, 910 Foster Street, Marlin. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Aristeo was born September 3, 1924 in Franklin, Texas, the son of Bernardo and Herlinda Cuevas. He attended Franklin schools. He worked for many years at the Tribune Herald, and retired from Dressler Minerals.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; four sisters; and his daughter-in-law, Yolanda Cuevas.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline Rosas Cuevas; two daughters, Pauline Ramirez and husband, Al, of Hewitt, and Mary Jo Cuevas of Waco; five sons, Israel Cuevas and wife, Olga, of Angleton, Edward “Lalo” Cuevas of Marlin, Irie Cuevas of Robinson, Ruben Cuevas and wife, Sue, of Archbold, Ohio, and Richard Cuevas of Marlin; grandchildren, Irie Cuevas and wife, Sarai, of Waco, Sonya Guerrero and husband, Olan, of Robinson, Israel Cuevas of Robinson, Kimberly Ramirez of Dallas, Ruben Cuevas, Jr. and fiance, Delia Salazar, of Houston, Jacob Cuevas of Houston, and Jennifer Cuevas of Houston. He also leaves behind his brother, Bonifacio Cuevas and wife, Gloria, of Floydada, Texas; six great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Olan Guerrero, Jr. of Robinson, Ma’Ryah and Kamryn Cuevas of Robinson, and Ethan and Evan Cuevas of Waco.

To offer expressions of sympathy, go to www.adams-funeralhome.com.




Martinez, Laurie Ann Wilganowski

Laurie MartinezDecember 20, 1973 — May 26, 2014

Laurie Ann Wilganowski Martinez, of Waco, went to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, May 26, 2014.

The family will receive friends Sunday, June 1 from 6 to 8pm at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin. A Holy Rosary will be recited at 7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, June 2 at 11am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Marlin with Rev. John Kelley officiating. She will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery.

Laurie was born in Waco on December 20, 1973 to William and Ann (Bielamowicz) Wilganowski. She grew up in Marlin and attended Marlin High School. In 1995, Laurie married Rene Martinez. She was employed at Texas TransEastern for over 10 years and had worked her way up to management during her time there. Laurie was an energetic and fun loving person. She loved to shop and spend time with friends and family. She adored her two sons and would always find a way to attend any activity they were involved in. Family came first. Laurie was a great friend to many. She made sure she was there any time help was needed. She was a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day to so many people and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Laurie was preceded in death by her father, William Wilganowski and her infant son, Andrew.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband, Rene Martinez and her two sons, Brandon and Brent; her mother, Ann Wilganowski Delgado and husband John ; sisters, Diane Cozzolino and husband Vince, Carolyn Wachel and husband Larry, Suzanne Holyfield and husband Kevin and Sharon Stephens and fiancé David Welch; mother-in-law, Tina Castillo and husband Marcos; sisters-in-law, Patricia Martinez and Crystal Dominguez and husband Carlos; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and also her beloved little “Chatese” Rio.

Pallbearers will be David Welch, Don Wilganowski, Ricky Berry, Larry Wachel, Carlos Dominguez and Kevin Holyfield.

Jeffery, Jerry Q.

Jerry JefferyNovember 15, 1932 — May 22, 2014

Jeffery, Jerry Q. Of Grapevine, Texas, died at Baylor Irving Hospital on Thursday, May 22, 2014, from an aortic aneurysm. Mr. Jeffery was born on November 15, 1932 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Grapevine. After living in numerous cities, he and his family moved to Marlin, Texas in 1946. He graduated from high school in Marlin in 1951 and graduated from Texas A&M in 1955 with a degree in architecture. He was a proud member of the Corp of Cadets. Mr. Jeffery worked for an architectural firm in Waco, Texas for several years and then moved to Fort Worth, Texas where he continued to work for several architectural firms during the next few years. In 1959 he and his family moved to Irving, Texas and resided there until moving to Grapevine, Texas in 2005. In 1964, he opened his own architectural firm and continued practicing architecture until 2009, when he retired. During his long career, he had many projects with the Irving Independent School District, the City of Irving and numerous other commercial and residential projects. He received many awards for his design excellence and business integrity. He was a member of the American Institute of Architecture, Ameritus, and the Texas Society of Architecture. He served on the Board of Directors at the Irving YMCA for many years. Jerry is survived by his wife, Leah, the love of his life, of 57 years, his son Scott and wife Denise and their two sons, Chase and Cole, son, Kevin and his wife Cindy and their two sons, Austin and Garrett, his daughter Laurie Beynon and husband Jimmy and their daughter, Bayli and son Preston, his son Kyle and wife Donna and their sons Tyler, Trip, Link, Seven and daughters, River and Rain. His brother in law Willett Stallworth and his wife Connie, nephew Jack Stallworth and wife Christina, their children Evelyn, Vivian and Harmon, niece Angela Lea and her husband Fletcher, their children Britton and daughter Jetta and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Betty and Sidney Jeffery. Mr. Jeffery was a devoted father and proud grandfather. He was also a very proud “Aggie” and enjoyed keeping up with all areas of recruiting and enjoyed the paths that so many of the graduates took. He spent many years coaching at the YMCA and then in the little league football program in Irving. For almost thirty years he worked tirelessly with the youth and enjoyed all aspects of working with them. Many of the youth who knew him lovingly refer to him as “Coach.” Services are scheduled at Blue Bonnet Hills Chapel in Colleyville on Tuesday May 27th at 12:30 with visitation scheduled for 11:30 to 12:30. Burial will follow at Blue Bonnet Hills Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Grapevine or any charity that benefits children or the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Striker, Helen Camille Neumann


July 16, 1943  –  Aporil 23, 2014

Helen Camille Neumann Stricker died on April 23, 2014 while surrounded by family.

She was born July 16, 1943 in Marlin, Texas, to Alfred Emil and Sophie Lucille Neumann. She graduated from Marlin High School and worked as a medical transcriptionist for 43 years.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years Linden Stricker of Chattanooga, her sons Jeffrey Blake of Saint Cloud, Fl. and Jason Eric of Kissimmee, Fl., and her grandchildren, Anthony, Sophia, Samantha, and Wade.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at Hixson United Methodist Chapel with the Reverend Paul Longmier officiating, with visitation one hour before.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the National Psoriasis Foundation at https://www.psoriasis.org/ways-to-give/donate/tribute.

Arrangements are by Hamilton Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 4506 Hixson Pike, Hixson, Tn. 37343, 423 531-3975.

Lessman, Ellen Jo’Ann

lessmanApril 1, 1937  –  May 18, 2014

Ellen Jo’ Ann Lessman 77, of Marlin, entered into eternal rest with the Lord, Sunday, May 18, 2014 in the presence of her family. Services will be 2 pm, Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Perry United Methodist Church, 193 County Rd 127, Riesel TX, 76682 with Rev. Lynn Willhit and Rev. Pat Chaney officiating. Burial will follow at Perry United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive visitors, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, from 6-8 pm at Pecan Grove Funeral Home 3124 Robinson Dr.

Ellen Jo was born, April 1, 1937 in Marlin, to Herbert F. and Esther Johanna Lessman. She was the first born of four children and was a lifelong educator and school teacher. She loved nurturing her plants and her loyal dog and companion, Beethoven.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Dwight H. Lessman.

She is survived by her dog, Beethoven; brothers, Garland Herbert Lessman and Dean Lessman and wife, Sherri; four nephews and three nieces.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Perry Methodist Church Building Fund, 193 County Rd 127, Riesel TX, 76682

Fears, Bonita “Bonnie” Briggs

bonnie fears

October 25, 1946 — May 5, 2014

Bonita “ Bonnie” Briggs Fears, 67, of Austin, TX went her eternal home to be with our Lord & Savior, on May 5th, 2014.

Bonnie was born October 25th, 1946 in Marlin, TX. She was the second child and only daughter, of Hiley and Virginia Briggs. She graduated Marlin High School in 1965, where she also met many of her closest friends. Although she loved her small town, she couldn’t wait to get to Austin, the place she would end up calling home for the next 40 something years. She was a loyal office manager for Glen & Marsha Foster who owned GHF Property Management until she retired in the late nineties. She had a love for shopping and always new the best secrets in scoring the sweetest deals! Bonnie truly loved & cherished all her friends; ones she had for 50+ years, new ones she met after her recent move to Cedar Park and everyone in between. Her three sons, daughters in laws, her grandchildren & her Fur-baby (Sophie), were her pride and joy. Bonnie had the most beautiful smile, a great laugh and was the best at showing up when you needed support or just an excuse to to eat cream cheese icing with a friend; for all these reasons and more she will be greatly missed.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her brother, Hiley Briggs Jr and her parents, Hiley and Virginia.

Bonnie is survived by her ex husband, but dear friend, Thomas Fears II, her three sons; Tim Spencer, Collin Kendrick and Nathan Kendrick, Daughters in Law; Jill Spencer, Christi Kendrick and Brittany Kendrick and her precious grandchildren; Ashley Sturdivant, Courtney Kendrick, Gracen and Aubrey Seiler, Gage and Madison Spencer, and Hunter and Lainey Kendrick.

Bonnie will be missed by many. Friends and family are invited to gather for a celebration of Bonnie’s life, Saturday, May 17th, 1:00PM at Twin Creeks Country Club in Cedar Park, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in her name.


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