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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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Coble, Ruthie “Honey”

ColbeSeptember 1, 1933 – April 9, 2016

Ruthie ‘Honey’ Coble, 82, of Burnet Texas, passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2016.

She was born near Marlin, Texas, and grew up there.

She was the youngest of seven children.

She graduated from Marlin High School and became a teller at First State Bank of Marlin.

In 1964, she married her loving husband of 52 years, William ‘Bill’ Coble. Bill’s career at AT&T took them to seventeen different locations across the country from McAllen, Texas to New Jersey.

She was a tireless and supportive wife and Mom who endured the moves without complaint.

She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Burnet and she dearly loved her church family and Pastor.

Honey Coble enjoyed golfing, fishing, playing board games, and watching the Texas Rangers. Her favorite endeavor was spending time with, and taking care of her beloved family.

She enjoyed many special memories with her family at Lake Whitney, Texas and Ruidoso, New Mexico.

In addition to her husband, Honey Coble is survived by her daughters Linda Ingram and husband Joe McCubbin and Lisa and husband Steven Woolston; sister, Doris Luedke; two grandchildren and one great-granddaughter as well as a host of family and friends who loved her dearly.

Visitation was held at Clement-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet from 6-8 p.m. on Monday April, 11.

Funeral services were held at First Lutheran Church-Burnet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12 with graveside services following at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations to First Lutheran Church Burnet – Memorial Fund for Ruth Coble, would be appreciated.

Feldman, Erna Neumann

Aug. 21, 1921 – Mar. 26, 2016

Erna Neumann Feldmann, age 94, of Marlin, Texas passed away March 26, 2016.

Funeral services will be Monday, March 28, at 2 PM at Grace Lutheran Church. Visitation will be prior to the service at 1 PM.

Erna was born August 21, 1921 and baptized September 18, 1921. She was the daughter of Robert and Clara (Drews) Neumann and was of nine children. She received her education at St. Paul School in Falls County. She married Herbert “Cotton” Feldmann on October 14, 1943 and he preceded her in death on March 10, 2000. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Marlin since 1927 and was confirmed in 1935. She was a Sunday School teacher for many years, served on The Altar Guild and was a member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League since 1943. She loved her Church and was always ready to serve where she was needed.

She is survived by 2 daughters, Joyce Newman and husband, Melvin, of Jackson, TN, and Janet Cason and husband, Jim, of Lago Vista, TX; grandchildren, Troy Yoakum of The Woodlands, Lori Thompson and husband, Chase, of Cleveland, TN, and Lisa Newman and fiancé, Richard Dortch, of Jackson, MS; great-grandchildren, Joshua and Barrett Thompson and Keaton and Kohen Yoakum; sister, Florine Pankonien and husband, RD; brother, Raymond Neumann and wife, Darethea; and many sisters-in laws and nieces and nephews.We would also like to thank all of the many friends who loved, visited and cared for her.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 432 Houghton, Marlin, Texas 76661 or Providence Hospice Place, 6700 Sanger Ave., Waco, Texas

Haney, Joe T. Col.

JTHaneyAugust 29. 1927  —  March 9. 2016

Director Emeritus of the Fighting Texas Aggie Band, Colonel Joe T. Haney, passed from this earth into life eternal on March 9, 2016. He was born to Clyde Theodore and Vista Mae Mahan Haney in Colorado City, Texas on August 19, 1927, and was destined to become a musician. His paternal grandfather organized and played in community bands in Clyde and Baird, Texas; his father and aunt sang duets on the radio; and his mother was a piano teacher. When Joe was two, his father died a tragic death in a pipeline explosion. Needing a more lucrative job to raise her adored only child Vista Mae moved from West Texas to Marlin where she became a bookkeeper, taught Sunday school, and also wrote children’s plays for the Presbyterian nursery school. She gave him piano lessons, but the call of the neighborhood boys to play football and tennis was his preference. His love for sports was developed in high school where he won the district and regional championships in tennis and was punter and kicker on the football team. His love for sports existed his entire life and as an adult golf, hunting and fishing became his avocation.

At the age of ten, Joe began private trombone lessons from the school band director, Carl Cochran. From the moment he picked up the trombone, his mother never again had to goad him to practice. After one year of private lessons be was selected for the Marlin High School Band. Fortunately in his school days he was not forced to choose between football and band. His band director recognized his talent for music and realized Joe might have made a wrong choice had he been given one.

In 1944, as a sixteen year old graduate of Marlin High School, Joe entered Texas A&M and the Texas Aggie Band, knowing that the minute he became eighteen he would be drafted, as was the fate of every physically and mentally fit young man during World War II. After basic training he was sent to radio operators school in Fort Monmuth , New Jersey. From there he was shipped to Inchon, Korea. On a weekend pass to Seoul he went to the Red Cross building where he had been told he could get a hot shower and hear the Army Band. At intermission he went back stage to find the officer in charge and luckily was given an audition on the spot. The music to his ears that night was that the trombonist was being transferred and that a jeep would be waiting for him with transfer orders on Monday morning at 6:00 A.M. For the next fourteen months he played in the 282nd AGF Band and received instructions in theory and composition from its director. This was where he received his call to use his God given talent to pursue music as a profession. Since Texas A&M did not have a music school, when he was discharged, he applied to SMU and in 1950 graduated with a B.A. degree in Music and received his Master’s in Music in1954 from Sam Houston.

When he graduated from SMU he knew that he was well educated as a performer, but did not want to travel with a band. The situation he was looking for was in Hemphill, the only small town in Texas that had never had a school band and wanted to begin one. When he was offered the job he took it. His organizational skills were honed in this school which had no band hall, no instruments, no music, no uniforms and only a few students who were interested in being in a band. His recruiting tactics included suiting up and working out with the football team and riding his horse down many country lanes to visit with parents of interested students. In the spring of 1951 the Hemphill High School Band composed of fifty-five students, played its first concert and every student was fully equipped including uniforms and a band hall.

In the fall of 1951, Joe moved to Calvert, Texas, where he was well rewarded by a band of conscientious students who earned first division ratings in both concert and sight-reading his second year there. This was the year that a friend from Calvert, who lived in Ft. Worth, introduced him to a TCU coed from Lufkin, Mary Logan. They were married in the summer of ’53 and lived in Calvert until 1955 when he was hired as junior high school band director in the Wharton School System.

As fate would have it, The Mexia High School band job became available, and having competed in the same UIL district during his Marlin High School years, he knew that this had been a very good “band town” though the band had slipped from its former glory. When Superintendent Alton Bowen offered the position to Joe he accepted, and once again he inherited a building job. The Black Cat Band earned two first divisions at the UIL contest in the spring of ’57 and won its first Sweepstakes the following year. Joe and Mary had many opportunities to move to larger cities but the band had once again become the “pride and joy” of the school and community and they loved the living there.

A new and exciting adventure began in 1972, when Lt. Col. E. V. Adams invited Joe to become the Associate Director of the Texas Aggie Band. With the assurance that he would become the director the following year when Col. Adams retired, they moved to Aggieland. This move offered the challenge not with building a band program, but with maintaining the deep-seated traditions and still integrate new music and new marching innovations. Several years later an administrator at Texas A&M who had once been in the Aggie Band wrote: “We were fearful that a suitable replacement could not be found when Col. Adams retired. To the delight of the A&M Student body, parents of students, alumni, and football fans in general, the Aggie Band has not only prospered under Col. Haney’s leadership, but has indeed enhanced its public image almost beyond belief.”

Sensing the need of the many musically talented Aggies who did not wish to be in the Corps of Cadets, Col. Haney organized the Texas A & M University Symphonic Band in 1973 and reorganized the Aggieland Orchestra, which he had played in as a “fish”.

During the sixteen years under Col. Haney’s direction the Aggie Band performed at all home football games and most out of town games, eight bowl games, all home basketball games, marched in the inaugural parade of President George H.W. Bush, and performed at the inaugural ceremonies of several Texas Governors.

His professional memberships include TBA, TMEA. Phi Beta Mu, and ASCAP.
He is listed in the 4th edition of ASCAP Biographical Dictionary. He has composed many musical publications including “Noble Men of Kyle.” His arrangement of “The Spirit of Aggieland” has been performed by the Aggie Band at all football games since 1968. He was given the BMI Music in Sports award in 1986, a lifetime membership in The National Association of Military Marching Bands in 1988, was honored to be chosen as the recipient of the Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Staff Administration in 1989. After his retirement he was presented “The Sudler Trophy honoring the close relationship and outstanding contributions of Intercollegiate Marching Bands to the American way of life”, by the John Philip Sousa Foundation, 2001. A ceremony unveiled a permanent plaque on the Aggie Band Drill Field, which officially named it the Joe T. Haney Drill Field. In November 2014, The 12th Man Kick Off Team named him and Dr. Koldus Legends at a scholarship banquet in their honor.

Joe was a lifelong Presbyterian serving as a deacon in Calvert, a deacon and elder in both Mexia and First Presbyterian Church in Bryan, where his Memorial service will be held on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. A private burial will precede the service in the College Station City Cemetery. Visitation will be at Hillier Funeral Home of Bryan on Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.

To be revered by students and colleagues is the greatest accomplishment of any teacher, and Joe was blessed to still have contact with many students dating from the early 1950s through 1989. From the first day he met his students, he let them know what he expected of them and only their best was good enough. He has been rewarded through the years with many letters from former students, both High School and TAMU, who have thanked him for the self-discipline, direction, and goal-setting principals he taught them and a life long love for music.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary, two cousins, Sue Kirkpatrick and her husband Donovan of College Station, Dr. Edward Scheiblich of Columbia, S.C.; one niece, Laurie Logan Hudson, her husband Ken of Sachse, Tx. ; three great nieces, Jessica Hemann, Elizabeth Hemann, and Lisa Hemann; one nephew, Stephen Logan and wife Donna of Carrollton, Texas, and their son, Sean and wife Kyra Logan, and daughter Melissa and her husband Robert O’Neil; plus two great grandnephews & one great grandniece.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th St., Bryan, 77803; Still Creek Ranch, 6055 Hearne Road, Bryan 77808; or your favorite charity.

Our heartfelt thanks go to the staff and it’s around the clock care which he has received at the memory care unit of The Waterford at College Station and also to Hospice Brazos Valley’s nurses Marti, Pam, Sam, Hannah, Suzie, Sarah, and Sandra.

Neumann, L. D.


June 3, 1923 — March 4, 2016

L.D. Neumann, 92, of Riesel, passed away Friday, March 4, 2016 in a Waco hospital.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Monday, March 7, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church in Marlin with the Reverend Kurt Rutz officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 6th at Adams Funeral Home.
Mr. Neumann was born on June 3, 1923 in the Saint Paul Community to Robert and Clara (Drews) Neumann. He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Riesel; confirmed April 10, 1937; his conformation verse was Romans 5:1. Mr. Neumann served his country in the United States Army during WW II serving in the Pacific with the 34th Engineers Combat Battalion. He married Irene Wellbrock on December 15, 1949 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Riesel and they celebrated over 66 wonderful years together. Mr. Neumann farmed for many years and worked for the Falls County Road and Bridge until his retirement. He was a life time member of the DAV and Grace Lutheran Church. His parents preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Irene Neumann; sons, Gary Neumann and his wife, Deborah and Kirby Neumann and his wife, Janay; grandchildren, Krystal Watson and her husband, Jason, Jacob Neumann, Kayla Neumann, Erica Archer and her husband, Eric, Kaycie Baker and Kellie Thiele and her husband, Derek and great grandchildren, Zachery and Laney Archer and Clayton Thiele.


Strobl, Lillian Abel

February 5, 1926 —  January 21, 2016

Lilian R. Strobl, 89, passed away Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Temple, Texas. Funeral services were conducted 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin, Texas, with Bro. Doug Howell officiating.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at the funeral home.

Lillian was born Feb. 5, 1926, to Fred and Adela (Stein) Abel in Marlin, Texas. She was a well-known seamstress in the central Texas area, and a longtime member of the Presbyterian church. Lillian loved to put together puzzles, and was also a phenomenal oil painter. She loved her family dearly, and will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by parents Fred and Adela Abel; husband Aldo J. Strobl; five siblings; and daughter Sandra Reyna.

Survivors include son Ronald Strobl, of Temple, Texas; one granddaughter; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Chamberlain, Emmagene Maines Collinsworth

February 17, 1930 — February 9, 2016
Emmagene (Collinsworth) Chamberlain, age 85, died February 9, 2016 in her home surrounded by her family. She entered the gates of heaven with no fear, looking forward to meeting her Lord and reuniting with loved ones. Visitation is set for Friday, February 12 from 6-8 pm and funeral service is set for Saturday, February 13 at 3 pm in Adams Funeral Home in Marlin, with Rev. Don Fulton officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Emmagene was born on February 17, 1930 to parents, William Elbert and Ethel (Robertson) Maines in Rosenberg, Texas. She was the third of four children; siblings were brothers , Leslie Maines and Willard Maines and twin sister, Geraldene Nehring. They lived mostly in the Criswell community of Falls County. In 1946, Emmagene married James Collinsworth and together they had five children. They lived all over Texas, in Louisiana and Wyoming with Emmagene being a wife and mother while James worked in oil fields or road construction. They settled in Marlin in the early 60s when Emmagene began working at the Owens-Illinois Glass Plant where she was employed for 15 years as a box maker. She later married Howard Chamberlain in 1978 and they worked together farming and ranching, baling hay and running a cow/calf operation. He preceded her in death in 1996.
Her favorite pastimes were fishing at “tank X, Y or Z” with many special fishing partners, watching the Dallas Cowboys and Baylor Bears play (especially the Lady Bears basketball team), traveling with friends and family and listening to the police scanner. The “scanner” was a source of great enjoyment for Emmagene and she helped many people that she heard were stranded on the highway. Many times, she took folks home or bought them gasoline to help them get where they were going or provided food for people who might be hungry. Emmagene was a member of New Salem Baptist Church where she was well known for her Chicken and Dressing. Her church family was very important to her and she participated in activities such as the Cedar Springs area 4th Sunday Singings, Vacation Bible School and church family camping trips. Emmagene volunteered at Falls Community Hospital & Clinic, Meals on Wheels for Falls County and the Salvation Army. She was never one to mince words, called it like she saw it and was sometimes brutally honest. Her infectious laugh, smile and sense of humor garnered her many friends from all walks of life.
Emmagene was preceded in death by her parents, Elbert and Ethel Maines; brothers Leslie & Willard Maines; twin sister, Geraldene Nehring; husband, Howard Chamberlain; life-long friend Guy Nell Collinsworth; and son-in-law Tommy Joe Stelma.
Survivors include her children: Pam Stelma; Elaine Truett-Jackson and husband Larry; Jennifer Roberts and husband Mike; Joel Collinsworth and wife Betty; and Joni Montgomery and husband Don R. all of Marlin who she raised as “guilty until proven innocent”! Grandchildren include: Trey Stelma and wife Pia; Sarah Hefelfinger & husband Brian; Cody Truett and wife Angie; Amanda Neumann; Daisy Metcalf & husband Brad; Joel Collinsworth, Jr.; Natalie Collinsworth; Brenda Kay; Jerrod Macy; and Madison Macy and wife Ashley; and 11 great-grandchildren. Emmagene is also survived by many nephews, nieces and friends.
Pallbearers will be Rocky Reed, Johnny Allen, Mike Nehring, Enoch Collinsworth, Bill Maines and Ira Gray.
The family would like to thank special caregivers, Eva & Gwen; Texas Quality Home Health and Southern Care Hospice.
Flowers are welcome but memorials may be sent to New Salem Baptist Church or the charity of your choice.

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

Skrabanek, Margaret Drews

 Nov. 29,1923 – Feb. 27,2016

Margaret (Drews) Skrabanek, 83, of Marlin, passed away Saturday, February 27, 2016 in Waco. Funeral services will be 11 AM, Wednesday, March 2, at Adams Funeral Home with the Reverend Andy Kilpatrick officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 1, from 5 PM – 7 PM at the funeral home.

Mrs. Skrabanek was born on November 29, 1932 in Marlin, Texas to Albert O. and Emma Kampfenkel Drews. She married Gary Skrabanek on June 26, 1953 in Marlin and they celebrated over 63 wonderful years together. Mrs. Skrabanek loved cooking, farming, and checking cattle but her true love was her family. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Marlin and Riesel. Mrs. Skrabanek was preceded in death by her parents, brothers; Martin and Ben Drews and sister; Gertrude Vasser.

Survivors include her husband, Gary Skrabanek of Marlin; son, Ron Skrabanek and his wife, Anne, of Marlin; daughters, June Haptonstall and her husband, Marcus, of Azle and Jan Skrabanek of Marlin; grandchildren, Sarah, Ben and Rebecca Skrabanek, Laura Miller and her husband, Matthew, and Rachel Neal and her husband, Andrew; great-grandchildren, Ethan and Elijah Miller; brother, Samuel Drews; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Memorials may be made to: Scripture Memory Fellowship, P.O. Box 550232, Dallas, Texas 75355 or Providence Hospice Place, 300 W. Hwy 6, Waco, Texas 76712.

Reed, Lee H. Jr

August 19, 1917 – February 20, 2016
Lee H. Reed, Jr., age 98, passed away Saturday, February 20, 2016. Graveside service and interment will be Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm held at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin, Texas with Pastor Doug Howell officiating.
Lee has lived in Houston and Baytown, Texas since retiring from Exxon Co. U.S.A. October 1, 1982. He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Martha Lochridge Reed. Lee was born in Marlin, Texas on August 19, 1917 and was a graduate of Marlin High School, receiving his BS Degree from Sam Houston State University. He served in the Navy during World War II receiving his Midshipman training at the University Of  Notre Dame. Lee served aboard the USS Schley, a converted WWI Destroyer and the USS Blue Ridge, command ship of the Seventh Amphibious Force in the Pacific Theater. He saw action in the landing at Leyte Gulf and Lingayen Gulf in the Philippine Islands. He also served as a Separation Officer at the Naval Separation Center at Camp Wallace in Hitchcock, Texas. After the war Lee went to work for Humble Oil and Refining Company in Tomball, Texas and was later transferred to Humble’s office in Los Angeles, California. Lee worked as an accountant in Humble’s Tomball District Office and Humble/Exxon’s California Offices before being transferred back to Exxon’s Houston Office prior to retirement.
Lee is survived by daughters; Sarah Katherine and husband, Terry Wahl of Baytown, Texas and Elizabeth Reed of Baytown, Texas; grandchildren, Michael Wahl and wife, Shelly of Spring Branch, Texas, Amy Katherine Dunagan and husband, Dan Dunagan, of Orlando, Florida and Amanda Schonfeld and husband, Klaus Schonfeld of San Antonio, Texas; great-grandchildren Hannah Weaver, Allison Weaver, Nathan Weaver, Keira Schonfeld and Meghan Schonfeld, and sister Joyce Reed Parrott of Beaumont, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Vann, Mary Lee Rees

vannAugust 1, 1932 — January 3, 2016

Mary Lee Vann, 83, passed away Sunday, January 3, 2016 in Waco. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Thursday, January 7, 2016 at Adams Funeral Home with the Reverend Jim Ingram officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 6th at the funeral home.

Mrs. Vann was born on August 1, 1932 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Fred Lee and Marion Catherine (Guledge) Rees. She attended school in Reagan and graduated from Marlin High School. Mrs. Vann married Henry Clay Vann on February 22, 1951. She loved to cook, read and work with children; she worked in the Mart schools and was a volunteer with the First Baptist Church with the children. But her true love was her family. Mrs. Vann was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson; David Lynn Fife II.

Survivors include her children; Cathy Fife and husband, David, Carol Stone and husband, Max and Clay Vann and wife, Mary, grandchildren; Tracy Grossman and husband, Michael, SuDonna Lindner and husband, Donny, Tonia Allen and husband, Ryan, Megan Bailey and husband, Travis and Teresa Horvath and husband, Justin, great grandchildren; Tori, Lilly and Nathan Grossman, Jessica, Wyatt and Judson Lindner, Audrey Baquet, Gwen Bailey and Lexi and Tyler Lowe and Genevieve Horvath, sister; Ann Ingram and nephews; Scott and Stuart Ingram.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Mart or the David Lynn Fife II Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Cathy Fife 2388 FM 339 South, Groesbeck, Texas 76642.

Kroll, Mary Frances Crenshaw

Sept. 15, 1922 – Dec. 12, 2015

Mary Frances Gardner Crenshaw Kroll of Kerrville, Texas entered internal peace on December 12, 2015 in the comfort of her home at the age of 93.

Frances was born in Fort Worth, Texas on September 15, 1922 to the late RA and Connie Gardner. She graduated from Coleman High School, before attending Wesleyan College and North Texas State University. Frances moved to Marlin, Texas in 1947 after her marriage to Lewis L. Crenshaw in 1943, and the birth of her only child, daughter Cynthia (Cindy). Frances later married Maurice Kroll of Marlin, Texas on June 11, 1984; they were married for 31 years.

In 2004 Frances and Maurice relocated to Kerrville to retire. Though she and Maurice enjoyed traveling she came to loveKerrville and call it home.

Frances was a member of the Republican Party, where she dedicated many hours in addition to raising her daughter. She served as a Girl Scout leader nine years and was also actively involved in the First Presbyterian Church where she held several offices and taught Sunday school for 11 years.

Frances was an avid bridge player and was a member of the ABCL (National Bridge Association). She was designated as a Master and served as a Director of ACBL.Mary Frances is survived by her daughter Cynthia Crenshaw Chapman and her husband Steve of Kerrville, Texas; her faithful and loving husband,Maurice Kroll; brother, Bobby Gardner and his wife,Miney, of Brenham, Texas; grandson Dr. Michael Chapman, his wife Carolyn and great grandchildren Cooper, Cecily and Andrew of Dallas, Texas; granddaughter Lane Beams and her husband Walt of Abilene,Texas; niece Beth Florence and husband, John, and nephew, David Gardner and wife, Nancy, all of Houston, Texas.

The family extends their sincere appreciation to Paula Marshall, Brandy Urban and Dr. David Miloyfor theircompassionate care over several years of dedication to Frances’ well being.

A memorial service will be held for Mrs.Kroll at 2:00 PM,Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Connally/Compton Funeral Directors, in Waco, Texas with the Reverend David Thomas officiating. Interment will follow in Rodef Sholom Cemetery.

To honor Mary Frances, memorials may be made to Peterson Hospice, Peterson Regional Medical Center, 551 Hill Country Drive, Kerrville, Texas 78028 or the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Connally/Compton Funeral Directors in Waco, TX.

Fenske, Douglas

May 4, 1917 – Nov. 30, 2015

Douglas Hugh Fenske passed away November 30, 2015 after a brief illness. A private family celebration of his life will be held Sunday, December 6.

This precious father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, loved and was very proud and of his family. He was born in Pontiac, Michigan, to Harry and Hazel Fenske. Early in childhood he moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, where he had a childhood full of adventures while fishing and sailing.

Major Douglas Fenske very proudly served in the United States Marine Corp as a pilot in the Pacific during WWII. After the war was over he was a reservist flying instructor in Jacksonville, Florida.

He received a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Tech School of Mines and Technology. His was employed by International Minerals and Chemical Corporation in Florida and later by Dresser Industries which brought him and his family to Texas. He earned several patents for developing technology used by these companies.

He loved golf, played several times a week, and never missed his 7:30 tee off time. He always walked, did not use a cart, and played until he was 93 years old. He loved fishing, every kind of gardening, animals, collecting rocks, and observing wildlife with binoculars or a camera. His favorite pastimes these past few years were watching and recording old movies, playing rummy, and drinking Dr. Pepper. He was the “original” recycler, composter, and rain water harvester. He was a member of the China Spring United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Evelyn Fenske; beloved daughter, Carol Fenske; and sister, Bonnie Webb.

He is survived by immediate family, daughter, Jeanette Kelly and husband, Tom; grandchildren, Douglas Clarkson Cornwell and wife, Michelle Andrews, Charles Cornwell and wife, Holly; and great-grandchildren, Cuinn, Kait, Ruby, and Theo Cornwell, and Christopher Starnes. He is also survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren from love, Kevin Kelly and wife, Amie, Patrick Kelly and wife, Becky, Patricia Judith, Canon, and Charis Kelly.

The family thanks personal caregiver, Felix Ngantcha, and all the staff and caregivers at Wesley Woods Care Center for their loving care through this journey.
He lived and loved his life well.Sign the Guestbook at www.oakcrestwaco.com .

Short, Francis L.

79416023-edc1-4731-a3d0-5eee56649eefOctober 12. 1930 — December 8, 2015

Frances L. Short, 85, passed away December 8, 2015 in Marlin, Texas.

Funeral Services will 10:00a.m., Friday, December 11, at Adams Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Waite Cemetery in Reagan, Texas. The Family will receive friends 6 to 8p.m., Thursday, December 10 at the funeral home.

Frances was born October 12, 1930 in Reagan, Texas Homer, Sr. and Lucy V. (Adams) Swinnea. She worked for Falls Community Hospital for over 50 years. Frances attended the Gospel Lighthouse church for many years. She was like the mother of the church said by many of the members. Frances was a good Christian woman who will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband of 63 years, O.M. “Mike” Short, and daughter, Deborah Lynn Thigpen.

Survivors include her son, Tim Short; Grandsons, Jason Thigpen and wife Patricia and Todd Thigpen and wife Necy; adopted grandson, Jacob Holland and wife Erin; 7 great-grandchildren; brothers, Homer Swinnea, Jr. and Robert Marion Swinnea; sister-in-law, Annette Spadora and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Marie Maas for her loving care for Frances in these last 2 years.

Arrangements under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Marlin,


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