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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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    Roddy Ethridge
    Larry Green
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    Sheryl Hicks
    Donald Hogan
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    Patty Holloway
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    Bob Humphrey
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    Bobby Lessman
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Cruseturner, Wayne

CruseturnerDec. 2, 1937 – Aug. 15, 2015
Wayne Cruseturner passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, due to complications of lung and heart disease at the age of 77.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, August 22, at First Church of Christ in San Fernando, California, and 9 a.m., August 29, at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco,Texas .

Cruesturner was born in Cherokee County, Texas, on December 2, 1937 to Norman and Cumi (Cook) Cruseturner. He grew up in Marlin, Texas, where he attended high school. He attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, while serving with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at El Toro in the late-1950s. After the Marine Corps, he majored in journalism at Baylor University.His writing career spanned four decades in the television and movie industry. After breaking into the business holding “cue cards” on various variety shows, game shows, and soap operas during the 1960s, he crafted screenplays for several low-budget features including A Boy and His Dog, which starred Jason Robards and Don Johnson. Produced and directed by Cruseturner’s long-time friend and mentor, L. Q. Jones, the film won several science fiction awards including a Hugo in 1976. Cruseturner created the television game show, Gambit, which ran on CBS from 1972 to 1978 (and later on NBC). Other work included his novel about a country singer, Forever and Ever, which was published in 1981, and his second book, Firewall, published in 2012. He also wrote Farrah Fawcett’s final episode of Charlie’s Angels (1980).

His brother, H.W. Ritter, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Elisabeth; one son, Ashley Cruseturner; daughter-in-law, Angela Russell Cruseturner of Waco, Texas; and two grandsons, Caleb and Cade. He is also survived by four step-children and 10 step-grandchildren; one sister, Ann Shehorn of Waco; and a brother, Gary Cruseturner of Houston.

He was a life-long Southern Baptist and a member of the Mountain View Baptist Church of Lake View Terrace, California.Thoughts and memories may be shared at http://www.LakeShorFH.com.Sign the Guest Book at http://www.wacotrib.com

Mortimer, Bernard F.

imageNov. 23, 1936 – Aug. 12, 2015

Bernard F. Mortimer, of Woodway, Texas, passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2015, of natural causes in Chilton, Texas. Graveside services will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 18, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin, Texas.

Bernard was born on November 23, 1936 in Rosebud, Texas, to Bennie F. Mortimer and Etha More Mortimer. He attended Marlin schools and graduated from Marlin High School in 1954. He developed a lifetime love of good music from his participation in the Marlin High School Band. He maintained contact over the years with his Marlin classmates and cared about them always.

Following graduation, Bernard enlisted in the United States Navy and served for four years, mainly on the USS Lexington carrier ship. He later attended and graduated from Gupton-Jones Mortuary College in Dallas and worked in that field for a number of years. Bernard then began working at the Waco V. A. Hospital and continued there for more than 30 years, retiring in November of 2014.

Bernard and Teresa Duncan were married on December 28, 1979, and resided in Woodway for the almost 36 years of their married life.

Bernard is survived by his wife, Teresa Duncan Mortimer; his aunt, Audrey Carnes of Chilton; many cousins, nieces, nephews; and other family members and friends, all of whom he loved dearly as they did him.

Sign the Guest Book at http://www.wacotrib.com

Davis, Zo Beth

imageZo  Beth Graves Davis, 85, of Marlin, passed away Friday, August, 7, 2015, at a Waco hospital with family by her side. Services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, August 10, at First United Methodist Church of Marlin, with Doug Howell officiating. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, August 9, at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin.

Zo was born in Mount Calm, Texas, to James Elbert Graves and Myrl (Selman) Graves. Her father died when she was three and was raised by her mother, Myrl Selman Graves Shilling and step-father, William “Dick” Norell Shilling.Zo was in the Army of the United States, Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, “WAAC”, prior to marrying Thomas “Tom” Lee Davis on March 25, 1951. Zo worked with Sally Holloway at First Presbyterian Kindergarten prior to Marlin Junior High School from 1970 – retiring in 1988. Tom and Zo loved their family and friends while enjoying years of hosting Christmas Eve Open House, as well as dancing and cooking for friends and family.

Survivors include her daughter, Cathy Davis Wright and husband, Gary, of Marlin; son, Tommy Jack Davis and wife, Becky, of Arlington; daughter, Nancy Davis Kunze and husband, David, of Hewitt; grandchildren, McKenzie Davis Montague and husband, George, of Forth Worth, Catherine Davis Binkley and husband, Nick, of Oklahoma City, T.J. Davis of Colorado, Ryan Orand of Chilton, and Morgan Orand of Waco; great-granddaughter, Emily Ann Binkley; and her beloved dog ‘Chevy’, shared from her granddaughter, Morgan.

Pallbearers will be Jack Layne, Mike Davis, Milton Davis, James Davis, Bob Davis, T.J. Davis, and Ryan Orand. Honorary Pallbearers will be Ronnie Gilbert, James Czajkoski, Jeremy Haak, Rodney Krumnow, Jay Reid, and Cody Stein.

Lots of love to special friends, Becky Gilbert, JoAnna Czajkoski, Jackie Norris and Socorro Rodriguez.Many Thanks to her caregivers in Marlin, at Stoney Brook of Hewitt, as well as the nurses and aides at Providence Hospital 4 East Tower, especially PA-Meredith and Nurse Karen.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Marlin, 411 Coleman St., Marlin, TX 76661 and Hillcrest Cemetery Association.Sign the Guest Book at http://www.wacotrib.com

Woodward, Janet Kay

imageJuly 3, 1957 – July 22, 2015

Janet Kay Woodward, 58, of Waco, Texas, went to be with her Lord and Savior and reunite with her mother and father on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Memorial services will be 6 p.m., Saturday, July 25, at Peace Lutheran Church, 9301 Pantherway, Waco. Burial will take place at 3 p.m., Sunday, July 26, at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin.

Janet was born July 3, 1957 in Marlin, Texas, to Gussie S. and Mabel (Dieterich) Woodward. She graduated from Marlin High School.She is survived by her sisters, Julia Ledford and husband, Gordon, of Waco, and Jeanie Woodward of Waco; brothers, Leon “Buddy” Woodward and wife, Jackie, of Hewitt, Larry Woodward of Marlin, and Tommy Woodward of Waco; aunt, Gail Woodward of Waco; and many nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives.

Memorial may be made to Peace Lutheran Church.Sign the Guest Book at http://www.wacotrib.com

Albright, Brenda Vann

 imageJan. 15, 1950 – July 8, 2015

Brenda Albright went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, while in City of Hope Hospital in California undergoing a bone marrow transplant. Services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 18, at Sparkman-Hillcrest, 7405 West Northwest Highway, in Dallas.

Brenda Barton Vann Albright was born in Marlin, Texas on January 15, 1950 to Cecil and Doris Vann. She graduated from Marlin High School in 1968 and began her college education at Baylor University, where she met her husband of 45 years, Sam Zachry Albright. She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Texas at Austin in 1972. After teaching and working in other fields for several years, she became a full-time mom following the birth of her daughter, Samantha in 1985. Since 1993, she has lived with her family in Pacific Palisades, California.

While smart, talented and accomplished in many things, God and family always came first for Brenda. She was a wonderful wife, a great mother, and a caring and loyal friend. She was also a strong, committed Christian. While living in Dallas, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, and since moving to California, the family has attended Calvary Church in Pacific Palisades. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents; and grandparents.

She is survived by her husband; daughter, Samantha Lynn Albright of Boston; sister-in-law, Laura Bond of Dallas; nephew, David Klepak of Dallas; and many cousins in her large extended family in Marlin.

Anderson, Harry Wilton

Wilton AndersonDecember 21, 1922 – July 8, 2015

Harry Wilton Anderson went to be with the lord on July 9th, 2015, joining his beloved wife Merlene. He was born in 1922 in Marlin, Texas to George William Anderson and Ella Irene Foster.
He is survived by his three daughters, Linda Lisciarelli (Gary), Kay Price (Scott), and Jill Lemieux (Bill). His grandchildren were a great joy to him: Lisa Costello (Jim), Randy Lisciarelli (Heather), Michelle Blair (Kenny), Erin Nowak (Josh) and Emily Butler (Rian). He was blessed to have ten great grandchildren: Skylar Fletcher, Blaine Blair, Joshua Lisciarelli, Matthew Lisciarelli, Jordan Blair, Amber Lisciarelli, Trey Costello, Lilah Blair, Claire Nowak and Charlotte Nowak.
Known to many as “Andy”, he enlisted in the Air Force by hitchhiking to Randolph AFB in 1941. Soon after enlisting, he married the love of his life, Merlene. He proceeded to pilot’s training preparing for duty in World War II. After serving in Italy based near Cerignola on the Adriatic Sea, and completing 50 bombing missions flying B-24 bombers, he earned a Distinguished Flying Cross and returned home. He was recalled to duty for the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. After attaining the rank of Major and serving as a pilot, he remained in the Air Force for 20 years, serving in both Okinawa and Germany. After retiring at Randolph AFB he joined the US Civil Service working at Ft. Sam Houston for another 20 years. Growing up in the Great Depression, the military gave him a way to the world and he was forever a service man for his country. The Greatest Generation is missing a hero.
He was a wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved his “no salt” margaritas, visiting casinos, listening to music, watching many sports and sitting on his front porch feeding his dove. He will be, missed terribly by his family, friends and longtime neighbors.
Services will be Saturday, July 18th at Sunset Funeral Home on Austin Highway. Visitation will begin at 1:00pm with services at 2:00 pm with full military honors. A private burial at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, American Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice.
More Photos here: Harry Anderson

Reed, Martha Katherine Lockridge

December 17, 1917 — July 8, 2015

Martha Katherine (Lochridge) Reed, age 97, passed away Wednesday, July 8,2015 in Baytown, Texas.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 12, from 3-6 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin, Texas. A graveside service will be Monday, July 13, at 10 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin with Pastor Doug Howell officiating.

Martha was born December 17, 1917 to James Lewis and Gertrude (Denny) Lochridge in Mercedes, Texas. She had lived in Houston and Baytown, Texas since 1981 and prior to that she lived with her husband and family in Tomball, Texas and Los Angeles California. Martha graduated from Highland High School in Dallas, Texas and Texas Women’s University with a BA Degree in Library Science. Her first assignment was Librarian in Marlin High School. At the beginning of World War II she enlisted in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. During the war she also served as a Librarian in the Naval Aviation Station in Corpus Christi, Texas, Camp Wallace Separation Center in Hitchcock, Texas and Navy Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. Martha met her husband while working at Camp Wallace. She was also an accomplished china painter and a member of the Houston Porcelain Arts Club.

Martha is survived by her husband of 69 years, Lee H. Reed, Jr., daughters, Sarah Katherine Wahl and husband, Terry of Baytown, Texas and Elizabeth Ann Reed of Baytown, Texas; grandchildren, Michael A. Wahl and wife, Shelly of Spring Branch, Texas, Amy Katherine Dunagan and husband, Dan of San Antonio, Texas and Amanda Lee Schonfeld and husband, Klaus of San Antonio, Texas; great-grandchildren, Hannah Weaver, Allison Weaver, Nathan Weaver, Keira Schonfeld and Meghan Schonfeld; niece, Janet Peirce of Georgetown

Toy, Robert Edward, Sr.

Robert ToyOctober 28, 1944 – June 29, 2015

Robert “Bob” Edward Toy, Sr. of Marlin, Texas passed away peacefully in his sleep at the VA Hospital in Waco, Texas on June 29, 2015 at the age of 70.

Bob was born on October 28, 1944 in Rosebud, Texas to Wilbert Edward “W.E.” Toy and Mary Kathryn Roberts. He attended Waco High School and Marlin High School and went on to enlist in The United States Navy where he faithfully served for 23 years retiring at the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He was well known for his medical skills as a FMF Hospital Corpsman and his service accomplishments include three tours of duty during the Vietnam War. He was awarded a silver star, a bronze star, three purple hearts and several other awards and decorations. Bob also worked in security and retired from AAFES in Waco, Texas. He was a proud standing member of many military, charitable and Native American organizations and he spent his most recent years managing his own Private Investigative Agency, Ghost Dancer Investigations doing a job which he truly loved. His favorite charity was Toys for Tots which he promoted both while in the military and after his retirement. He enjoyed bass fishing and riding motorcycles. He was a loving father and cherished his family and friends.

Bob is preceded in death by both of his parents, W.E. and Mary Kate Toy.

Bob will be forever remembered with love by his wife of 39 years, Anne Marie Toy (nee Altmeier). They were married on November 19, 1975 in Amarillo, Texas and she spent more than half of her life with him. He will always hold a special place in her heart.

Bob is also survived by his daughter and son-in-law Tonette and Marvin Helton of Corsicana, Texas; his daughter and son-in-law Duana and Steven Mize, of Frankston, Texas; his daughter and son-in-law Bobbi-Anne and Barry Larson of Lorena, Texas; his son and daughter-in-law Robert E. Jr. and Minju Toy of Corpus Christi, Texas; his five grandchildren Neysa Toy, Jared Lawson, Melissa Mize, Robert E. Toy III and Joseph Toy; his sister Kathy Bledsoe (nee Toy) of Dallas, Texas; and numerous extended family members.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Cook-Gerngross-Green-Patterson Funeral Home located at 111 S. 2nd St. in Rosebud, Texas. Burial will follow with a military honor guard at Powers Chapel Cemetery.

Davis, Susan V.

Susan DavisAugust 1, 1943 – June 20, 2015

Susan V. Davis, 71, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Marlin, Texas. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 23, at Grace Lutheran Church, in Marlin, with the Rev. Kurt Rutz officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Adams Funeral Home.

Susan was born August 1, 1943 in Midland, to H. and Chris (Baker) Hamlin. She was a longtime resident of Marlin and a member of Grace Lutheran Church. Susan was a 3rd generation from Midland. She married Leslie Davis on August 2, 1994 in Las Vegas, Nevada where they owned a commercial landscaping company together. They retired in 1995 to Marlin, Texas where Susan was president of the Garden Club, Music Club and the Falls County Hospital Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by one son; her parents; and grandparents.Susan leaves behind her husband of 20 years, Leslie Davis of Marlin; brother, Dwayne Hamlin and wife, Becky, of Odessa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Nowaski, Kasmier “Tom”

Tom NowaskiKasmier “Tom” Nowaski, age 91, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2015. He was born in Lott, and grew up in Marlin. He served his country honorably with the Marines in Tarawa, Guadalcanal and the Korean War, receiving the Purple Heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents Stanley P. and Helen B. Nowacki; brothers, Edward F. Nowaski and Martine S. Nowaski; and sister, Louise H. Richie.

He is survived by daughters, Kristie Munson and husband Mitch of Huntsville and Stephanie Benner and husband Steve of Pasadena; grandchildren, Larissa Nowaski, Keegan Nowaski, Colton Munson, Holly Munson, and Ryah Benner; great-grandson, Liam Myers; niece, Elizabeth N. Richie; nephew, Ed Nowaski; great niece, Karen Mucker; great nephew, Eddie Nowaski; great great nephews, Andrew and Jacob Mucker; and numerous cousins in Texas and Chicago. Visitation was held on Monday, June 15, 2015 at Earthman Resthaven Funeral Home, 13102 North Freeway, Houston. The Celebration of Life Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at Queen of Angels Church, 4100 TX-3, Dickinson, Texas 77539. A Graveside Service then followed at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veteran’s Memorial Parkway, Houston, Texas 77038.

Daniel, Billy E.

March 14, 1934 – June 28, 2015

Billy E. Daniel passed away surrounded by children and grandchildren on April 14, 2015, in Monterey, California. He was 81.

A memorial service is planned for June 28, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Calvary Cemetery in Marlin. The Rev. Arthur Allen will officiate.

Billy was born on March 14, 1934, to Hubert and Nettie (Casey) Daniel. He was a barber by trade and enjoyed many happy years, including working alongside his father, brother Garland, and brother-in-law J.C. Woods. He retired as supervising barber at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California.

Survivors include daughters Jody Gallagher and husband Ricky of Monterey, Terry Woycheshin and husband Chris of Marlin, and Lori Bowman of Belton; sisters Dorothy Turnipseed of Axtell, Mary Alice Woods of Calvert, and Jeanette Gistinger of Marlin; and brother Garland Daniel of Cleveland, Texas.

Preceding him in death were his beloved daughters Vicki Kohl and Susan Young and precious grandson Cody Daniel Kohl; sisters Vera Mae Daniel and Mildred Swanzy; and brothers H.L. Daniel and Grady Daniel.

Lanfer, Darline Joy

July 15, 1923 – June 13, 2015

Darline J. Lanfer, 91, of Marlin entered into rest Saturday, June 13, 2015. Mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 AM, Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church with Father Ron Feather as celebrant. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, on Wednesday, June 17th at Adams Funeral Home. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM.

Darline was born on July 15, 1923 in Wellington, Texas to Charles and Beulah (Tennison) Jackson. Mrs. Lanfer was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and a past president of the PCCW. She loved playing Bridge with her friends but her true love was her family whom she cherished so much. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 66 years, Al Lanfer, her parents, step mother; Edith Jackson and her brother; Carroll Jackson.

Survivors include her sons; Joe Lanfer and wife, Elaina of Bedford, Texas and Tom Lanfer and wife, Debra of Richmond, Texas, brother; Charles Jackson, grandchildren; Rachel Blaylock and her husband, Scott and Laura Boldt and her husband, Clayton and great grandchildren; Madison Blaylock, Garrett Blaylock and Ryan Boldt. Darline’s family will always remember her as a wonderful cook, dedicated wife, incredible mother, and very special “Mema”. She will be truly missed.

The family would like to offer a special thank you to the 3 B’s for all of the love, care and compassion that they gave to Mrs. Lanfer.  Memorials may be made to Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, 311 Oaks Street, Marlin, Texas 76661 or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements trusted to Adams Funeral Home, Marlin, Texas.

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