• 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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Farmer, Cory Joe

cory farmerOctober 23, 1967 – December 28, 2016

Cory Joe Farmer, 49, of Marlin, Texas, born in Levelland, Texas on October 23, 1967 died on December 28, 2016.

Cory is survived by father, Joe Farmer and step mother Berinda of Marlin, Texas; mother, Shirley Farmer of Lubbock, Texas; step brothers, Jarrod Gunter and wife, Shawn and Justin Gunter and wife, Pamela of Moshiem, Texas; sons, Chris Farmer of Waco, Texas, Sean Farmer of Mart, Texas and Dillan Farmer of LaGrange, Texas; longtime friend Nancy Erskine of Kosse, Texas and a large extended family.

Cory is preceded in death by his grandparents and brother.

Cory was a Marine Corps Veteran and served in Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia.

He was also a member of Greenvine Baptist Church in Greenville, Texas. He lived his life for his 3 sons and cherished every moment he spent with them.

Funeral Service – Adams
Monday, January 02, 2017
2:00 pm

Kroll, Freida Olga Hegefeld

September 20, 1928 — December 11, 2016

Freida Olga Kroll, 88, of Waco, passed away Sunday, December 11, 2016. Funeral services were held in Waco with burial at Waco Memorial Park.

Freida was born September 20, 1928, in Marlin, Texas, to Charlie and Olga Hegefeld. In 1947, she married Arnold Ruben Kroll. She was a homemaker and mother to their four children. Freida was an avid flower and vegetable gardener who loved to cook; her family was especially fond of her cinnamon rolls. Freida and her family were long time members of Peace Lutheran Church in Hewitt, where she and Arnold worked making and binding Braille Bibles. She enjoyed dancing, playing dominos, fishing, and camping with family and friends.

Freida was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Albert Hegefeld; and daughterin- law, Joy Kroll.

Freida is survived by her husband of 69 years, Arnold Kroll; children, Doris Tucker and husband Bill; Jeanette Wollitz and husband Kenny; Gary Kroll and wife Sharon; and Randy Kroll and Fran Cantu; brother, Louis Hegefeld; sister, Ella Mae Burnett and husband Luther; sister-in-law, Ruth Hegefeld; grandchildren, Billy Tucker, Aaron Tucker, Melissa Goldberg, Michael Wollitz, Christina Eldredge, and Jeff Kroll; along with 15 great grandchildren.

The family would like to give a special thanks for the compassionate care given by the caregivers of Wesley Woods and Providence Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Peace Lutheran Church, PO Box 307, Hewitt, TX, 76643.

Manes, Michael Wayne “Mike”

October 20, 1951 – December 17, 2016

Michael Wayne Manes, 65, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at Providence Hospice Place at St. Catherine’s. Mike ultimately lost his battle from complications due to cancer.

Mike was born to Buel and Frances Manes on October 20, 1951 in Marlin, Texas. Growing up, Mike had an affinity for building and discovering how things worked. Whether it be science projects, home projects, or automobiles, he could invent it, repair it or destruct it. One of his main interests in high school was shop, for which he apprenticed under a local mechanic and learned everything there was to know about engines, alignments, and the  mechanical workings of automobiles.

Throughout adulthood, his professional interests turned into a hobby through stock car racing. On weekends, he could regularly be found at the dirt track in Elm Mott. Besides his hobby, he spent his life working on cars in Waco and Marlin. He could fix anything. Characteristically, Mike was tough physically and mentally, fiercely independent, comical, and definitely ornery. He was a fun-timing guy in his youth and adulthood.

He said his greatest joy was his “three lovely daughters.” Never a minute’s peace, Mike spent his entire life responding to their every need, and a needy bunch they were. Whether a blown engine on Highway 14 near Kosse or a flat tire on the way to college, his daughters were always his first priority. He went through two decades of checking curfews, scaring boyfriends, fulfilling their wants, attending horse shows, softball games, tennis matches, parent/teacher conferences, and ceremonies of all kinds. He raised them to be strong and independent women. Needless to say, he was close to his daughters but also to his mother, Frances, until the end of his life.

He was preceded in death by his father, Buel Manes. Survivors include his mother, Frances Manes of Marlin, his three daughters, Jana Dulock of Marlin, Lynne Kilman of Fairfield, and Melanie Bhateley and husband Dileep Bhateley of Marlin. Mike had four grandchildren: Brent Manes, Cody Windham, Clay Crane, and Abigail Kilman, and one great-grandson, Jaxson Windham. He is also survived by his brother John Manes and wife Pauline of Houston.

Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation service on Monday, December 19, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin and the funeral service on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin.

Hegefeld, Ima Jean

hegefeldNovember 26, 1933 – December 5, 2016

Ima Jean Hegefeld passed away peacefully on December 5, 2016 with her devoted husband, Louis Hegefeld, by her side.

She was born in Kosse, Texas on November 26, 1933 to Mr. and Mrs. Morris T. Hall. Jean married the love of her life, Louis, on February 15, 1963. She enjoyed attending dances and playing dominos and cards with her family and friends. She owned and operated a beauty shop in Marlin for more than 20 years. Jean was affectionately known to her grandchildren and great –grandchildren as “Mimi”. She lovingly cooked and cared for all of her family and loved entertaining her family and friends in her home. She was also a devoted member of First Christian Church in Marlin, Texas for more than 50 years.

Jean is preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Morris T. Hall; six siblings, Curtis, Wilmer, L.D., Thomas, Melvin, and Nita; and beloved son, Dennis Carpenter.

She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Louis Hegefeld; son, Ricky Hegefeld and his wife Oralee of Marlin; son, Danny Hegefeld and his wife Diane of Chilton; eight grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and sister, Juanita (Tootsie) Pringle.

Visitation will held on December 8, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin, Texas. Funeral services are on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 10 a.m., and the graveside service immediately following at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin, Texas. Lunch is generously provided and hosted by Frist Christian Church in Marlin, Texas.

Wilson, Ruth Ann Parrish

October  23, 1938 – December 3, 2016

Ruth Ann Parrish Wilson, age 78, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016 in Waco. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 7, at St. John Episcopal Church in Marlin. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

Mrs. Wilson was born October 23, 1938, the daughter of William Manly and Leah Fountain Parrish. She graduated from Marlin High School in 1957. Mrs. Wilson attended Texas State University at San Marcos for one year. She completed her education at The University of Texas at Austin where she majored in Fine Arts.

On March 9, 1963, she married Geo. B. Wilson, Jr. in Marlin. They lived in Hearne, Texas for three years where he owned and managed a retail apparel store.In 1966 they returned to Marlin to make their home.

Mrs. Wilson was an accomplished painter and watercolorist, had been an avid golfer and life-member of Texas Exes. She was a communicant of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Marlin, where she was a longtime member of the altar guild.

Ruth Ann was devoted to her family which includes her husband, George; her daughter, Ann, married to Michael C. Lloyd; son, Curry; two granddaughters, Sarah and Claire Lloyd; grandson, George Calan Wilson; brother, William M, Parrish , Jr. of Waco; and sister, Sue Parrish Bass of Dallas.

A special thanks to the staff at Ridgecrest Retirement Center and Interim Hospice.In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to St. John’s Episcopal Church.Sign the Guest Book at http://www.wacotrib.com

Keyes, Ann Binion

April 29, 1928 — December 1, 2016

Ann Binion Keys, 88, of Paris, passed away Thursday, December 01, 2016, at Pine Tree Ranch Assisted Living.

Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 2 p.m. Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Whitewright with Rev. Stuart Baskin officiating. A formal visitation is not scheduled, however, friends may pay respects at the funeral home.

Mrs. Keys, the daughter of Paschal & May Tate Binion, was born April 29, 1928, in Dallas. She graduated from Highland Park High School and Austin College. She married Rev. Felix W. Keys, Jr., and their life in the ministry took them to many cities including San Antonio, Marlin, Paris, Marshall, and Tyler.

She was a member of AAUW. Betty enjoyed theater, the symphony and the Rose Festival in Tyler. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Tyler.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Felix, a son, Roger Nelson Keys, and a cousin, Janice Johnson.

Survivors include three children, Martha Gilmore & husband Jack of Temple, Stuart Keys & wife Kim of Paris and Laura Jackson & husband Rusty of Powderly, grandchildren: Dustin Keys & wife Tiffanie, Brandon Keys & wife Brittney, Russell Jackson, Jr. & wife Cassie, Jonathan Jackson & wife Jordan and Jason Gilmore, great grandchildren: Hudson Keys, Kylie, Claire, Carter, Kelsey, Josephine, and Jaimeson Jackson, siblings: Donald Binion & wife Janet and Barry Binion & wife Mary, a cousin, Julie Johnson along with several nieces & nephews and a host of friends.

Honorary casket bearers will be: Dustin Keys, Brandon Keys, Russell Jackson, Jr., Jonathan Jackson, Hudson Keys, Carter Jackson and Jaimeson Jackson.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to: First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Rusk St., Tyler, TX 75701; PATH, 402 W. Front St., Tyler, TX 75702 or St. Jude Children Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at Pine Tree Ranch Assisted Living, On Call Hospice, and Christi Bruce and Kathy Henry, her sitters, for the care given their loved one.

To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit http://www.brighthollandfuneralhome.com.

Lawson, Virginia Gayle (Stevens)

V. LawswonAugust 1, 1947 – November 25, 2016

Virginia “Gayle” Lawson, 69, of Marlin, passed away Friday, November 25, 2016 in Waco, Tx surrounded by her family. Funeral services will be 2pm on Monday, Nov. 28 at Adams Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Sun from 2-4pm at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin.

Gayle was born on August 1, 1947 in Marlin, Texas to Dan & Mildred Stevens. She married Robert on May 21, 1966 in Marlin and the celebrated over 50 wonderful years together.

The love of her life was her family and grandkids. She loved spending time sharing and teaching the kids the way things were done the “Old Fashion” way. Gayle was an avid baker and loved canning. She was the first to share with others and loved giving to those in need.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a son, Leslie. Survivors include her husband, Robert Lawson; son, Lenny Lawson; grandsons Leighton, Lane, & Dalton Lawson; granddaughter, Laura Lee Lawson; Sisters: Laurene Madden, Beverly Gooden, Dorothy Lawson, Kay Harris,and Marsha Blann; and by her brother Danny Stevens

Douglas, Cindy Cantrell

August 3, 1973 — November 8, 2016

Cindy Douglas, 62, of Marlin, passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in a Waco hospital. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church with the Reverend Kurt Rutz officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 11th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin.

Mrs. Douglas was born on December 23, 1953 in Brady, Texas to George and Jenelle (Womack) Cantrell. She married Terry Douglas on August 3, 1973 in Marlin and the celebrated over 43 wonderful years together. Cindy loved to do arts and crafts, she did everything including porcelain dolls, ceramics, stained glass, sewing, making quilts, making jewelry and her latest fun project was adult coloring books. She dedicated her life since she was 18 years old serving as a nurse; she has helped a lot of people. Mrs. Douglas was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Marlin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Kenneth and Jim Cantrell and a son, Clint.

Survivors include her husband, Terry Douglas; daughter, Vicki McLaughlin and her husband, Randy; several nieces and nephews and her beloved pet, Scooter.

Earth has lost a sweet caring lady and Heaven has gained a great Angel. Memorials may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church, Susan G. Komen for the Cure or the Lupus Foundation.

Kroll, Ervin Elmin

img_1404May 24, 1934 – Oct. 16, 2016

Ervin Elmin Kroll, 82, of Rosenberg went to be with his Lord and Savior on October 16, 2016. Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. To 8:30 p.m., Thursday, October 20, at Garmany & Carden Funeral Home, 1201 4th Street, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, October 21, at St. John’s UCC, 1513 West St., Rosenberg, TX 77471.

Ervin Kroll was born in Otto, Texas, to Elmin and Clara (Drews) Kroll. He married Marcie Lou Oberhoff in 1956 and were blessed with two children, Susan and John. Ervin graduated from Marlin High School in 1952 and had an associate’s degree from DeVry Institute. He met Marcie, the love of his life, at church camp and they were married in 1956.

Ervin was an entrepreneur with a knack for fixing things, “MacGyver” style. Duct tape, bailing wire and chewing gum were his tools of choice. He started Kroll’s Communications in 1962 which leased and serviced 2 way radios to local law enforcement agencies and also to emergency services. He also sold and serviced Motorola televisions. In 1972 he closed Kroll’s Communications and began Kroll’s Marine.

Ervin “retired” to THE farm in 1986 when Charles, Susan and John took over the boat business. We lovingly called the cows his pets, because he rarely sold any and they all had names.

Church choir and singing were Ervin’s passion. His booming bass voice rang out most every Sunday in the church choir. He sang at First Methodist downtown Houston in both services for over 25 years. He also served his Sunday School class and Men’s Brotherhood as treasurer and song leader.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his two sisters and their spouses, Martha and August T. Dresner and Ruby and Clarence Niemeyer; and his loving wife, Marcie.

He is survived by his children, John Kroll and Susan (Kroll) Euton and her husband, Charles; three grandsons, Charles Euton IV and wife, Breanna, Joshua Euton and wife, Courtenay, and Bryan Euton and wife, Delores; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pall bearers will be Glenn Dresner, Barry Dresner, Jerry Dresner, Sydney Niemeyer, George Lumpkin and Ron Skrabanek.

The family would like to thank Tarecia Hargrove (caregiver), and Elizabeth Williams and her staff at Reliable Oaks/Supreme Memory Care in Needville for their loving care of Ervin over the past year.

Memorial gifts can be made to First United Methodist Church, 1320 Main St., Houston, TX 77002 or “The Endowment” fund at St. John’s UCC, 1513 West St., Rosenberg, TX 77471.

Condolence messages may be written for the family at http://www.garmanycarden.com.

Kasner, Conelius Carl (Duck)

KasnerOctober 29, 1928 – October 18, 2016

Cornelius Carl (Duck) Kasner was born October 29, 1928 to Edna and Gus Kasner in Barclay, Texas.

Duck graduated from Marlin High School in 1947. He served his country in the United States Army. ​ ​Duck farmed and ranched all of his life with his brother and later in life his son David. David and Duck were the best of friends and where there was one, the other was usually near. They worked tirelessly tending the cattle, repairing the fences, and planting crops. Duck had a love for the outdoors and was often seen riding his four wheeler. Duck also enjoyed working in his garden, which was always large enough for anyone who wanted to come pick some fresh vegetables.

He married Betty Sue Briggs who preceded him in death in 1980 as well as by his parents, Gus and Edna Kasner, brother Lonnie Kasner, brother and sister-n-law, Gus and Anita Kasner, and brother-in-law Harry Jordan.

Duck married Marjorie Ann Williams Smith on September 12, 1983. After working all day Duck could be found, usually asleep, in his recliner. He enjoyed spending time with his; Sugar Babe, Marjorie. Duck and Marjorie loved to go dancing and often went on Saturday nights. The weekends they did not go dancing the grandkids could be found having a slumber party at Granny and Papa’s. He often told people his favorite sound was that of the back door opening and grandkids walking in. Duck loved seeing all of his great-grandchildren and would sit and just laugh watching them play. His words of wisdom were always, “They will get grown one of these days”.

He is survived by his wife of 33 wonderful years, Marjorie Kasner, sisters, Lorraine Jordan and Caddie and husband Pat Logan, sister-in-law, Millie Kasner, son, David and wife Theresa Kasner, daughter Donna and husband Roger Schneider, daughter Kathy and husband Carmen Dingrando, son Alan and wife Alma Smith, daughter Carol and husband Mike Nehring, grandchildren, Randy and Cara Kasner, Marsha and Greg Greenhill, Leanne and Aaron Reisner, Jessica and Brian Lamb, Erin and James Whitley, Christina Schneider, Emilie and Justin Tobias, Michelle and Doug Yates, Lori and Chris Ray, Joseph and Brittany Dingrando, Christopher and Sarah Dingrando, Matthew Dingrando, Susan Williams, Adam Smith, Nathan Smith, Jason Smith, Carla and Ronnie Dodge, Beth and Jeremy Haak, Ryan and Kari Nehring,29 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and dear friends.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m on Wednesday, October 19th with a rosary following at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin. Mass of Christian burial​ ​will be at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Marlin on Thursday, October 20th at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Celso Yu as celebrant. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Kirkpatrick, Doris Dunkum


April 2, 1921 – April 3, 2005

Doris Dunkum Kirkpatrick, 83, of Marlin, died Sunday April 3, 2005. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2005 at Calvary Cemetery with Dr. Holly Mitchell officiating.

Mrs. Kirkpatrick was born in Marlin, Texas April 21, 1921 to Willis Garrett and Edith Dunkum. She was a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin receiving a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. Doris taught school in Marlin and was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Bill Kirkpatrick of Marlin; daughters, Jean Kirkpatrick of Dallas, Susan Kirkpatrick Eagle and husband Patrick of Dallas; brother, W. G. Dunkum, Jr., and wife Barbara of Marlin; grandchildren, Lauren Eagle of Dallas and Austin Kirkpatrick Eagle of Dallas.

Adams Funeral Home of Marlin was in charge of the arrangements.

Streater, Ross B.

June 23, 1939 – September 25, 2016

Mr. Ross B. Streater, Sr., age 77, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016 in Marlin, Texas. There will be a graveside service on Thursday, September 29, at 10:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin.

Mr. Streater was born June 23, 1939, the son of Rev. Hayden and Helen Streater in Houston, Texas. He was a longtime resident of Marlin. Mr. Streater worked over 40 years as a parts manager with various automotive dealerships in New Mexico and Texas. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed conversing with anyone about his favorite sport and antique cars.

He leaves behind his wife, Nadene P. Streater of Marlin; daughter, Beth Norlie and husband, Mitch of Waco; son, Ross B. Streater, Jr. of Marlin; grandson, Chance Streater of Marlin; sister, Shirley Sparks and husband, Dennis of Weatherford.