David Maurice Lloyd of Floresville, Texas, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the age of 78 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Maurice was born on Nov. 24, 1936, in Kosse to David and Inez Lloyd.
Maurice was an extraordinary entrepreneur who thrived on work, always having several projects and/or businesses going until his health failed in 2003. His proudest business association was being president and owner of Texas Hunter Products Inc. for 20 years, from 1980 to 2000. After taking ownership, he was the first manufacturer of deer feeders to incorporate the use of solar panel battery chargers.
Early in his career, Maurice taught ag in Era, Texas, having graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1960. Through the years, his education in agriculture led him to work for Purina Feed Mills. He owned his own feed store and a poultry processing plant, was a sales representative for Diamond International, and later owned several Laundromats and rental properties in San Antonio. During his ownership of Texas Hunter Products Inc., he also opened and managed a maquiladora plant in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
Maurice is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Rosalie Ann Lloyd; brother Edward Lloyd and wife Debra of Lubbock; sister Jean Spain and husband Dwight of Plano; daughters Beverly Roppolo and husband Charlie of Spring, Carol Lloyd of Marlin, Dian Balusek and husband Bobby of Woodsboro, and Kristen Wiatrek and husband Joey of Floresville; son Kevin Lloyd and wife Rhonda of Murphy; grandchildren Jake Foster and wife Katie of Brownsboro, Candice Benge of San Francisco, Calif., Matthew Benge of Woodsboro, Alana Roppolo of Spring, Tori Tedder and husband Jimmie of Austin, Ben Waldrop of Rockwall, Zeke Wiatrek of Floresville, Dalton Lloyd of College Station, Kamie Lloyd of Murphy, Zoey Wiatrek of Floresville, and Tom Greever and wife Hannah of Mount Vernon, Ill.; and five great-grandchildren, David Roppolo, Landry and Avery Jane Foster, and Audrey and Jacob Tedder.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 28, at 10:30 a.m. in the Floresville United Methodist Church in Floresville.
Memorial donations may be made to the Jewel Woolsey Music Fund at Floresville United Methodist Church, 1205 B St., Floresville, TX 78114.
Billy J. Nutt, 81, passed away March 19, 2015 in Waco, Texas. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Adams Funeral Home with Garry Nutt officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m., Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Adams Funeral Home.
Billy was born in Milam County, Texas, March 11, 1934 to Pearl and Annie Nutt. After 36 years of service, Billy retired from the Department of Transportation. Cooking and dominoes were some of his favorite things to do, but his family was the most important to him. He was like a father figure to many, an outstanding person and will be truly missed by all who had the opportunity to know him. Billy loved his grandkids and great grandkids.
He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Peggy Nehring; and brothers, Jim, Floyd, Bevel, Robert, RD, Kenneth, Tommy, Otis, and Harlan.
Survivors include his wife of over 61 years, Lou Nell Nutt; son, David Nutt and wife Susie; son-in-law Edd Nehring III; grandchildren, Sherrie Body and husband Jimmy, DJ Nutt, Edd Nehring VI, James Nehring and wife Kayci; great grandchildren, Tyler Body, Kaylin Nutt, Kenzie Body, Karsyn Nutt, Kynnedi Nutt, Korbyn Nutt, Tanner Nehring and Travis Nehring; great great grandson to be Aesyn Keener and a host of other relatives and friends.
Gladys M. Mitchell, 83, of Marlin, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015, at her home following an extended illness. Funeral services will be at held 2 p.m., Saturday, March 21, at the First Baptist Church in Marlin with the Rev. Mark Newton officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 20, at Adams Funeral Home.
Mrs. Mitchell was born on September 26, 1931 in Chilton, Texas to Fred and Thelma Mae Spivey Kilgore. She married William Henry Mitchell on December 21, 1951 in Marlin, Texas. Mrs. Mitchell spent her life working alongside her husband in their ranching business and as a Real Estate Broker. For more than 30 years, she partnered with her sister, Freddie, at Mitchell and Walker Realtors in Marlin.
Mrs. Mitchell’s favorite activities included riding and showing horses with her daughter, Lisa, playing tennis, golf, bridge with friends, and winning golf tournaments at the Marlin Country Club. She was an active member of the Marlin Chamber of Commerce, Lion’s Club, Ladies Golf Association, Marlin Festival Association, McLanahan Riding Club, and various other civic and volunteer organizations in Falls County. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and loved to spend time with her family and many friends. She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Marlin.
Mrs. Mitchell was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.
Survivors include her daughter, Lisa Mitchell Flores and husband, George, of Houston; grandchildren, Nicholas, Sydney, Sophia and Natalie Flores, all of Houston; and sister, Freddie Walker of Marlin; and several nieces, nephews, and their families.
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Oct. 27, 1925 – Mar. 16, 2015
Tommye Little, 89, of Marlin, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 in Waco. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Friday, March 20, at the First Baptist Church in Marlin with the Rev. Mark Newton officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 19, at Adams Funeral Home.
Mrs. Little was born on October 27, 1925, in Limestone County, to William Silas and Minnie Lee (Tedder) Little. She married Byron Little on October 21, 1942 in Freestone and they celebrated over 39 wonderful years together until his death on September 9, 1982. Mrs. Little was a very active member of the First Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. She was a very strong Christian woman and loved the Lord, her church and her community.
Mrs. Little loved flowers and gardening. Christmas was a very special time to her. She started working in the flower shop business and she loved it so much she bought the Majestic Flower Shop which she owned and operated until she retired.
Mrs. Little was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughters, Bobbie Coslin and Karen Meyer; two brothers; and four sisters.
Survivors include her sons, Gerald R. Little and Wendell C. Little and his wife, Glenda; 11 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren; special friend, Ruth Baker; and her visiting angel, Luella Carter.
The family would like to give a special thank you to the doctors and nurses at Providence ICU Step-down and to everyone at Providence Hospice Place for their love and care that they gave to our mother.
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Jacqueline (Jackie) Whiteford Wasserman, 87, of Waco passed from this earthly life and was joyfully welcomed by her Savior into the heavenly choir on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at First United Methodist Church, 411 Coleman St. in Marlin. Burial will follow at Pieper Cemetery in Barclay. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Adams Funeral Home, 129 Coleman St. in Marlin.
Jackie was born June 18, 1927, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Lawrence J. (Jack) and Grace Estes Whiteford. Her family later moved to Oklahoma City, where she grew up along with her beloved sister, Barbara, and graduated from Central High School.
In 1946, Jackie was a USO girl when mutual friends set her up on a blind date with Harold Wasserman, a shy Texas pilot stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. During their courtship, Jackie, her sister and mother would stand out on their back porch, waving tea towels as Harold flew over their house and tipped his wing at them. Six months after meeting, they married April 20, 1947 at First Christian Church in Oklahoma City. As a devoted mother and career Air Force wife, she and Harold lovingly raised four children – Karen, David, Diane and Lori – while living a whirlwind military life that moved them from state to state and base to base during their 43-year marriage. But no matter where they lived, after finding a house, they always found a church home.
A gracious Christian woman, Jackie was born to serve, and her life’s work was devoted to taking care of her family, lending her classically trained soprano to numerous church choirs, leading youth organizations and church youth groups and making sure that all who entered her home – wherever that was – felt welcome and loved.
When Harold retired from the Air Force in 1975, the family moved to Marlin to be near his brothers and sisters in central Texas. As she did her entire life, Jackie let her beautiful voice ring as a member of the choir at First United Methodist Church in Marlin. She also served the church, along with so many other wonderful women, as a member of United Methodist Women, administrative board and MYF leader. She also served as chair of the Falls County American Cancer Society for many years.
“Nanny” deeply loved and was so proud of her six granddaughters: Megan Lawson, Sara Lawson Sheffield, Emilie Fogleman, Kuulei Wasserman, Amanda Suda and Charis Schutte. Her life also was blessed by four great-grandchildren: Jackson and Lexi Sheffield and Sofia and Joviana Romero. We will greatly miss our sweet, beautiful and gracious mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
She is survived by her children, Karen Lawson and husband Jerry of Mart, Texas; David Wasserman and wife Nanea of Kahului, Hawaii; Diane Schwartz and husband Jeff of Joshua, Texas; and Lori Fogleman and husband Richard of Hewitt, Texas; sister Barbara White of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family is deeply grateful for the care and compassion given to her by Mark Rutledge and the Hospice Staff of Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest Hospital.
Jackie’s request was that memorials be made to First United Methodist Church, 411 Coleman St., Marlin, TX 76661, or the American Cancer Society.
Milford Eugene (Gene) Mullins, 75, passed away at his home in Marlin on Tuesday, March 10.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Adams Funeral Home, 129 Coleman Street in Marlin, with Reverend Clement Gordon officiating. Interment will be 2:00PM Friday, March 13, 2015 in Willow Cemetery in Haskell, Texas, with his longtime friend, John Sam Rike, conducting the service. Military honors will be provided by Fort Hood Honor Guard. The family will receive family and friends from 5:00PM to 7:00PM on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Adams Funeral Home.
Mr. Mullins was born on September 23, 1939 in Compton, Calif., to Freeman Mullins and Bessie Patterson Mullins. Gene was nicknamed “Stick” in his hometown of Haskell, Texas, where he was a well-known football and track star, graduating Haskell High School in 1959.
After graduation, Gene enlisted in the United States Army and served until 1973. He achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class, and his service included a tour in France, two tours in Vietnam and assorted stateside assignments. He volunteered for his second tour in Vietnam (as a Team Chief Assignments SFC for the Dept. of the Army at the Pentagon) because he couldn’t abide sending others to war while he stayed back. Mr. Mullins received the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement in ground operations against hostile forces, six Army Commendation Medals, five Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medals, and a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with Device. During his time in the service, he met and married Bertha Estevez, who was also serving in France. They were blessed with two sons, Lance in 1970 and Stuart in 1975. Gene and Bertha separated in 1979 and divorced shortly thereafter.
Gene put himself through college at Texas State University with the help of the GI Bill, graduated with highest honors and then began a new chapter in his life as a Texas high school teacher and coach. He coached football teams at New Braunfels High School in 1978, Navasota High School in 1979-81, Marlin High School in 1981-82 and again in Navasota 1982-89. He was fortunate to coach with outstanding staffs, teams and players and almost yearly entered post season play. His teams reached semi-finals state championships several times. The final game he coached was for the Texas State 3A Football Championship in 1988. During Gene’s coaching stint in Marlin, he married Beth Wasserman Kirkpatrick, who taught English and Journalism at Marlin High School. Together Gene and Beth enjoyed a life centered around high school activities in Marlin and Navasota. Students remember Gene for his sense of humor, making Government and Economics classes fun, where he included such mantras as “There’s no such thing as a free ham sandwich.”
In 1991, Gene suffered the loss of his oldest son Lance in a horrific car accident involving most of the University of Texas San Antonio golf team who were hit by a drunk driver on the way home from a tournament. Soon after, Gene retired from coaching and began writing fiction to ease his heart. His love of history, especially the lore of his native north Texas area culminated in historical western adventures. A creative storyteller and humorist, Mullins had a real knack for writing dialog. He published “Dog Bark” and “Bear Paw,” two of his five novels, and was inducted into the Western Writers of America and Texas Historical Society in 1994. Gene conducted writing seminars at the National Cowboy Symposium in Lubbock and throughout Texas and in Boulder, Colo.
Throughout his life, Gene was an avid golfer and you could find him most afternoons and weekends with his sons and friends at the nearest courses. He enjoyed the Waco Senior Golf League and membership at the Marlin Country Club. He won the Cottonwood Creek Waco City Senior Championship in 1998 and collected numerous other tournament wins throughout the state. Gene loved to rescue homeless animals of any kind, especially cats and dogs. He rescued numerous cats and dogs as well as some injured wild animals throughout his life, and he loved providing food and shelter for all creatures at his home in Marlin. He leaves behind seven beloved dogs who became his therapy and constant companions during his extended illness. Gene was pre-deceased by his son Lance, his parents, brother Clint Melton and sister-in-law Wynette Mullins.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years;Charlotte Beth Mullins of Marlin; son Stuart Mullins of San Antonio; his daughters and sons-in-law, Kara and John Kenny of Austin and Katherine and James Stone of Pilot Point, TX; granddaughter Chloe Mullins of San Antonio; granddaughter Kristen Kenny of Fort Worth and grandson Matthew Kenny of Austin; brother Franky Don Mullins and wife, Gaynell of Sweetwater; sister and brother-in law Myrtis Marie Mullins Ivey and LB Ivey of Haskell; brother Ben Melton of San Angelo and numerous nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers are sons-in-law; John Kenny and James Stone, grandson; Matthew Kenny, and golfing buddies; Johnnie Felps, Weldon Josey, and Fred Tomchesson of Waco, and Weldon Reneau, Tommy Tate and Rockney Terry of Marlin.
For anyone wishing to make a memorial donation in Gene Mullins’ honor, the family suggests the Marlin Public Library (400 Oakes St., Marlin, TX 76661), The Allen House (c/o Byrleen Terry, 753 Westwood, Marlin), Alzheimer’s Association (6605 Sanger Ave., Waco, TX 76710) or the Haskell Homecoming Association (P. O. Box 32 Haskell, TX 79521).
The Mullins family is grateful for the compassionate care shown by the staff of Hospice Compassus during the final days of Gene’s life on earth and to the wonderful “Angels” from Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services who have assisted in his care for several months.
Jul. 16, 1921 – Aug. 25, 1990
Walter L. Reese, 69, a Waco doctor, died Saturday at a local hospital.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery, Chaplain Curtis Holland officiating.
Dr. Reese was born July 16, 1921, in Waco, where he was a graduate of Waco High School and Baylor University. He also was a graduate of Baylor Medical School. Dr. Reese was a World War II Navy veteran. He married Bobbie Jean Kemper July 17, 1948, in Waco.
Dr. Reese practiced medicine in Marlin 13 years before moving to Waco, where he practiced 25 years. He was a member of the McLennan County Medical Society and the Texas Obstetrics and Gynecology Society. He also donated time to Planned Parenthood and the Waco-McLennan County Health District clinic. He was a member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Carolyn Ann Reese of Purmela; two sons, Mark D. Reese of Hewitt and Joe N. Reese of Lorena; a sister, Mrs. Bob (Zoe Ann) Sheehy of Waco; a brother, Clarence H. Reese Jr. of Waco; and a grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the individual’s favorite charity.
Clarence Hubby Reese (1896 – 1970)
Carolyn Ann Reese (1949 – 2010)*
Clarence Hubby Reese (1919 – 1999)
Zoe Ann Reese Sheehy (1932 – 2009)
Clara Kubiak Cohn, 74, of Sandy Creek Community, near Rock Island, Texas and formerly from Katy, Texas passed away on February 27, 2015 in Houston. Visitation will be 12 noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, Texas. Funeral services will be2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, with Rev. Victor Morrison officiating.
She was born on November 5, 1940 to Frank and Frances (Wichkoski) Kubiak in Marlin, Texas. On March 21, 1964 she married Leslie A.Cohn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Frances Wichkoski Kubiak.
Clara is survived by her husband, Leslie Cohn, of Sandy Creek Community, Texas; daughter, Karen Cohn Gilbert of Katy, Texas and friend Deputy Kenneth M. Duke, Jr. of Tomball, Texas; son, Keith Cohn and wife, Christy, of Katy; sisters, Frances Kuykendall and husband, Dale, of Forney, Texas, and Helen Zahn and husband, Floyd, of Odem, Texas; brothers, John Kubiak and wife, Marilyn, of Friendswood, Texas, and Frank Kubiak of Hitchcock, Texas; and one grandson, Garrett M. Gilbert.
Memorials are suggested to Rock Island Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 124, Rock Island, TX 77470; or charity of your choice.
Alton Edward Tobias, 71, of Mooreville, was called to Heaven on Sunday, March 1, 2015 in Temple, Texas. A Memorial Celebration of Alton’s Life will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 9, at Mooreville United Methodist Church, with Pastors Lynn Starnes and Don Johnson officiating. A family burial service will follow at a later date at the Mooreville Cemetery.
Alton was born March 27, 1943 in Marlin, Texas, to Gene and Helen Tobias. He attended Marlin schools before enlisting in the United States Army in 1965. He served in Vietnam and was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. After his discharge in 1968, he married Betty Lou Habel.
Alton was employed with Western Auto in Marlin for over 35 years where many friendships were formed. He was a member of the Chilton Masonic Lodge where he served as Grand Master. He attended the Mooreville United Methodist Church and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting and gardening. Spending time with his grandkids was also one of his favorite things.
Alton was preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Helen Tobias; brothers, Curtis and Jay Tobias; and a sister, Sandra Tobias.
He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Betty Tobias of Mooreville; daughters, Carrie Pruitt and husband, Donald, and Katie Tobias, all of Mooreville. He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Zack and Chloe Pruitt, who were his pride and joy; brothers, Gary, Tom, Mike and Perry; sisters, Barbara, Sherry, Kay and Liz; as well as other extended family members; and special friends, Mary Jane and Carroll Huber of Mooreville.
The family wishes to thank all the caregivers at the Community Living Center on the Hero’s Haven floor at the Temple VA for the outstanding care provided. Memorials in Alton’s name may be made to the Mooreville United Methodist Church or the Mooreville Cemetery Association.
Mario Luke Scamardo, 55, of Bryan, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2010, at St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, February 1, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Bryan. A visitation will be held at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, January 31, with a rosary recited at 7 p.m. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Bryan.
Mario was born in Bryan to Morris and Tillie Scamardo. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys football fan. Mario married Linda Trcalek on November 18, 2000. He enjoyed league bowling and was a member of the Professional Bowlers Association. He was the Business Manager for TEEX for the past eleven years. He is a former banker. Mario was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1834 and Fourth Degree.
Preceding Mario in death is his father Morris Scamardo.
Survivors include his wife Linda; his mother Tillie Scamardo, of Bryan; his son Brandon and wife Kristie Scamardo, of Bryan; his step-daughters Kim and husband Gordon Widdison, of Bryan, Shelly Hensarling, of Farmersville, Texas, Lisa and husband Fred Ortiz, of Plano, Texas; his sister Dr. Sandi and husband Christopher Lampo, his brothers Jerry and wife Barbara Scamardo, of Bryan, Andy and wife Kathy Scamardo, of College Station; his grandchildren Chanden and Victor Scamardo, Marissa, Kendra and Logan Widdison, Jonathan, Brandon and Hailey Ortiz; one great-granddaughter Natalie Widdison and numerous, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to Dr. Tripathy and his staff at The Cancer Center and the nurses at St. Joseph Regional Health Center for the compassionate care given to Mario.
June 16, 1932 – Feb. 7, 2015
Garland Ray Haak, of Temple, formally of Marlin, died Saturday, February 7, 2015, at his residence. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday, February 9, in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Marlin. Chaplain Bruce Mercer will officiate.
Mr. Haak was born June 16, 1932 in Marlin, Texas, son of Albert Charles and Pearl (Tull) Haak. He graduated from Marlin High School in 1949 and married the former Marlene Nix on August 31, 1951 in Marlin. Mr. Haak managed Haak Lumber Company in Marlin for 25 years. After retirement, he and his wife moved to Temple.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Pamala Raye Haak; and a brother, Charles Haak Sr.