• 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
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    Moda Strickland
    John Hart Thompson
    Hector Trevino
    Barbara Chane (Tull)
    Mary Lynn Walker (Drews)
    Mary Helen McBee White
    Marion Willars

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Salsiccia, Connie Tull

October 16, 1956 – September 9, 2014

Connie Salsiccia, 57, of Marlin, passed away Tuesday September 9, 2014, after a long and brave battle with a malignant brain tumor. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, September 11, at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin. A Holy Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be 10 a.m., Friday, September 12, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with the committal service to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. Father Celso Yu will officiate the Mass with Father Ron Feather to assist.

Connie was born in Waco, Texas to Lillie (Herzog) and Afton Tull. She grew up in Chilton in a large and loving family of five brothers and three sisters. Her greatest passion was spending time with her family. Connie always made holiday gatherings special whether it was frying a huge batch of chicken for Easter dinner, making her famous sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving, or treat bags for the kids on Christmas Eve. She told everyone she was so happy to have a large family and would not change a thing about her childhood.

She graduated from Chilton High School in May 1975 and upon graduation, Connie married the love of her life, Samuel L. Salsiccia. Together they had one daughter, Shelley. Connie was a devoted and loving mother; enthusiastically supporting Shelley in all she endeavored. Connie was thrilled when she gained a son-in-law, David, in 2005 and was extremely proud to be his sponsor when he was confirmed into the Catholic Church. In 2011, Connie and Sam were blessed with a grandson, Samuel Cooper, who inherited her looks and beautiful smile! He is “Honey’s” pride and joy.

Connie was loved by many and known as a person who would help anyone. You could often find her at church decorating for children activities, cooking for the priest, or donating her time and talents at the annual St. Joseph’s Fall Festival. Connie and Sam owned Neighborhood Grocery and Market in Marlin for many years. Connie was generous and never turned away a person in need; often giving customers groceries free of charge. All the neighborhood kids who came into the store never left without a piece of candy or a bag of chips. After retirement from Neighborhood Grocery, Connie worked at her hometown bank in Chilton then later for Tri-County Special Utility District in Marlin.

Connie is preceded in death by her parents, and in-laws, Carlo and Lula Salsiccia.

She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Sam; daughter, Shelley Smith and husband, David, grandson, Samuel Cooper; brothers, Kenneth Tull and wife, Martha, Sammy Tull and wife, Lucy, Michael Tull and wife, Kay, Danny Tull, Rickey Tull and wife, Tammy; sisters, Bonnie Jones, Marilyn Tull and fianc�, Garland Neumann, Rita Presley and husband, Mickey; brother-in-law, Don Salsiccia and wife, Margaret; sister-in-law, Josephine Neumann and husband, Billy; aunts, Mildred Airhart, Zena Greaser, Betty Jean Bethke; uncle, Paul Tull and wife, Lanette; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and special family friends, Kathy Haug, Lisa Stinson and Donna Ann (Adams) Kingrey whom she loved dearly.

God has called a special servant home. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed but we rejoice in His words knowing the Lord said unto her, “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Matthew 25:23.”

Her family would like to extend a heart-warming thank you to Dr. Carl Chakmakjian and staff at Texas Oncology, Dr. Brian O’Grady and staff at Providence Neurological, Dr. Arthur Sudan and staff at Providence Internal Medicine and Dr. Juan Posada (formerly of Scott & White Oncology), Providence Home Care and most recently the caregivers from Providence Hospice. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Church, 311 Oaks St, Marlin, Texas 76661 or Providence Hospice, 4830 Lakewood Drive, Suite 2, Waco, TX, 76710.


Dodge, Elizabeth “Beth” Ann Fischer

elizabeth dodge colorMay 7, 1973 – September 8, 2014

Elizabeth “Beth” Ann Fischer Dodge entered into rest the morning of September 8, 2014 in Marlin. Born May 7, 1973 in Austin, she was forty-one years old at her passing. Beth was a lifelong resident of Falls County.

Beth’s main interests were her family and work. She was raised in Marlin and graduated from Marlin High School in 1991 and attended McLennan Community College in Waco where by 1998, she graduated with three associate degree’s. After graduation, Beth started doing what she loved most, working. She was excited for the many employment opportunities she had including the Texas Youth Commission, Marlin Independent School District, First United Methodist Church of Marlin, The Chicken Place of Marlin, and The Shed of Salado to name a few. She enjoyed spending time with family on many occasions, but especially during the holidays. She loved preparing meals and celebrating with everyone. She also had a love of animals and enjoyed being a part of the Humane Society and Fuzzy Friends of Waco. 

Beth is preceded in death by her father, Scott Fischer; also by grandparents Bitsy and Don Thigpen and Henrietta and Leonard Fischer; and by her uncle, John Thigpen and aunt Beverly Fischer Stanfield. 

Beth is survived by her mother Fran Drake and husband Kenneth of Marlin and step father Larry Wolfe and wife Elaine of Salado. She is survived also by brothers Walter Fischer and wife Karin of Killeen, Andrew Wolfe and wife Allison of Salado; step sisters Doreen Foster and husband John of Washington, Carolyn Pyle and husband Charles of Arizona, Natalie Curwood and husband Rick of Washington, and Gigi Drake of Texas. Also, she is survived by her uncle Drew Thigpen of Austin, aunt Cindy Thipgen of Austin, and cousins Justin Thigpen and wife Christine of San Antonio, Josh Thigpen and wife Katherine of Austin, Jeremy Thigpen of Austin, Kay Stanfield of Frisco and Kelly Vestal of Frisco. In addition, she is survived by many nieces and nephews including Joseph Fischer, Aaron Mason, Melanie Mason, Skylar Williams, Raymond Pyle, Derek Pyle, Cheryllyn Pyle, Bryant Pyle, Kody Warren, Nate Gerberg, Peggy Hickmott, Park Gerberg, and Jackson Gerberg.

Memorial gifts may be given to First United Methodist Church of Marlin or charity of your choice.


Lessman, Wilburn H.

January 30, 1930 — August 26, 2014

Wilburn H. Lessman, 84, of Waco, passed away Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at a local hospital. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, August 29, at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Marvin Thompson officiating.

Wilburn was born January 30, 1930 in Falls County to Henry and Meline (Schreiber) Lessman. He owned and operated Lessman’s Grocery and Market and B & W Auto Sales. Wilburn was passionate in serving countless hours in law enforcement volunteer work, as well as other volunteer organizations.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Jean Lessman.

Survivors include his children, Debby Stewman, Judy Heickman and husband Tom, and Neil Lessman and wife, Gaila; grandchildren, Marshall Stewman, Will and Austin Glover, Madison Heickman, Josh, Jeremy, and Justin (Bumper) Lessman; great grandchildren, Leighton and Lyra Stewman, Zayne, Jacob, Wyatt, Ryder, Kenzie and Tucker Lessman, and Deztanie and Joseph Hellsten; sisters, Gracie Weiting and husband, Nelson and Minnie Lou Owen; and special friend, Bettie Lou Porter.

Wilburn treasured all of his friends.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorials should be made to the charity of your choice.

LaBarbera, Lena Mae

Lena LaBarberaApril 18, 1933 – August 22, 2014

Lena Mae LaBarbera, 81, of Marlin, Texas passed away Friday, August 22, 2014 at Hillcrest Hospital.

Visitation will be Saturday evening from 6p to 8p, August 23, at Adams Funeral Home, Marlin, Texas. A celebration of Lena Mae’s life will be held at Adams Funeral Home, Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 2pm. Burial service will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin, Texas.

Lena Mae was born April 18, 1933 in Marlin to Wash G. Harris and Willie Mae Contella Harris.

Lena Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Joe LaBarbera, her parents Wash G. and Willie Mae Contella Harris and her sister Nellie Downs.

She is survived by her sons Joe and Nick LaBarbera, daughters Jacquie and Debi LaBarbera, Teresa LaBarbera-Whites and husband Kent, 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, one sister, Betty Harris Allen and husband Gerry.

Arrangements under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Marlin, TX.

The LaBarbera family would like to express their gratitude for the kindness and loving care received from the Hillcrest ICU Unit, Hillcrest Hospice Unit, Lori Tate, Joni Barganier, Susan Craig, the Doctors and Nurses of Hillcrest, and Golden Years Nursing Home.


Maxwell, Billie Heflin

Billie MaxwellJuly 11, 1927 – August 17, 2014

Billie Hy Heflin Maxwell, 87, of Marlin, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014 in a local nursing home.

Graveside services will be 11:00 AM, Thursday, August 21, 2014 in Hillcrest Cemetery with the Reverend Lynn Starnes officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, August 20th at Adams Funeral Home.

Mrs. Maxwell was born on July 11, 1927 in Marlin, Texas to Alvin J. “Hy” and Willie Mae “Bill” (Winzer) Heflin. She grew up in Reagan, Texas and graduated from Reagan High School in 1944. Mrs. Maxwell attended 4–C College in Waco and started work at what was Marlin National Bank in 1945. She married Hedrick Marshall Maxwell, Jr. on July 20, 1946 and they celebrated 43 wonderful years together until his death in 1989. They moved to Crockett, Texas in January 1951. In 1956 the family moved back to Marlin and in 1962 she went back to work at Marlin National bank until she retired in 1993. The bank changed names several times while she was employed there. Mrs. Maxwell was a member of the First Baptist Church in Marlin. She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband.

Survivors include her daughter; Marsha Gail Haak and her husband, Terry of Marlin, son; Jerry Maxwell and his wife Diane (Gistinger) of College Station, grandchildren; Jeremy Haak and his wife, Beth and their children, Daniel and Tifany of Mooreville, Kevin Haak of San Antonio and Kelly Kurdi and her husband, AbuBakr and their children, Uriah and Tristan of Houston, sister; Mayme Louise Garrett and her husband, O.B. (Ben) of Bryan.

Billie was a “certifiable homebody” with a warmth and caring that endeared herself to family, friends, grandkids and great grandkids. Besides family and friends, she loved cats, going to the boats with Vada, lunching with Tommye, reading and watching sports on TV.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Daniel Jarvis Home Health Agency, Golden Years Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Providence Hospice for the loving care and kindness they provided our mother. And, to her very special friend and caregiver; Charlotte Jobe.

Pallbearers are: Nephews, Bill Kemp, Johnnie Kemp, Jimmy Simons, Louis Schroeder and grandsons Jeremy Haak and Kevin Haak.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Waite Cemetery Association, 4236 FM 413, Marlin, Texas 76661, or charity of your choice.

Weathers, Timothy “Tim” David

Tim WeathersOctober 5, 1953 – August 6, 2014

Timothy “Tim” David Weathers died of cancer on August 6, 2014 at his home in Temple, TX. Timothy was born October 5, 1953 in Rome, Georgia to William and Ava Weathers. He graduated from Marlin High School in 1972 and from the University of Texas School of Pharmacy in 1976. Tim worked in his field of study until just before his death.

Timothy was hard working and proudly put himself and his two children through college. He was a Mason and an avid Bridge player. Timothy diligently strived for excellence in every facet of life.

Timothy is survived by his wife Lottie, his children David, Michelle and her husband Erik, and Taryn, his grandsons, Clayton and Sean and his four brothers, Phillip, Scott, John and Stephen, and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.

Graveside Services to be held at Criswell Cemetery on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. A celebration of life will follow at the First Baptist Church of Belton at 2:00 p.m. Saturday.

Evans, Kay Harter

Kay EvansAugust 24, 1941 – July 26, 2014

Kay was born in Marlin, Texas to James Kirwin Harter and Lilias Mae Thompson Harter on August 24, 1941. She was a lifelong Episcopalian and member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Marlin, Texas. She attended the public schools in Marlin and went on to obtain a degree from Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas. Kay married Carl Evans on November 9, 1962. She was employed by Exxon Company USA in Houston for nineteen years, and in 1977, joined her husband Carl as co-founder of Texas Pneumatic Tools, Inc.

Kay is survived by her husband, Carl Wayne Evans, niece, Linda Kay Parma and her husband, Craig Parma, along with their daughter, Lauren Ann Parma. Kay was an inspiration to her many cousins, nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends. She valued her lifelong friendships, most of them, which she maintained since childhood. The employees of Texas Pneumatic will also miss her, where she served as the matriarch to the company family.

Kay will be remembered as a gracious, fun, and loving person who made friends everywhere she went. Her extraordinary strength and endurance showed as a beacon of light to others, through her charity, graciousness, and thoughtfulness. Her faith and love in God, just like her character, was larger than life.

After a long term illness, she passed away with her family by her side on Saturday, July 26th.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 29th, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin, Texas. The service will take place Wednesday, July 30th at 10:00 am at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Marlin, Texas. Interment will follow afterwards at Waite Cemetery in Reagan, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice, the Vasculitis Foundation, P.O. Box 28660, Kansas City, MO 64188 or the Angels for the Aged Foundation, P.O. Box 100, 1084 State Hwy 6, Reagan, TX 7668

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.


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