Oct. 24, 1923 – Sept. 19, 2015
August Leon Feldman, affectionately known as Sonny, was called Home by his Lord and Savior on September 19, 2015 and is now at peace. Services for Sonny will be 12 p.m., September 22, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Marlin with Pastor Kurt Rutz officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the services. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Sonny was born October 24, 1923 to Fritz and Lena Feldman. There were ten brothers and sisters in Sonny’s family and he was the last living member of his immediate home family. Sonny married Vera Belle Sowders on January 14, 1945. Sonny and Vera had two children, Donald and Cynthia. They both retired from the Owen Illinois Glass Plant in 1982.
Sonny worked many jobs in Marlin after his retirement, Falls Community Hospital, Live Oak Grocery Store, Majestic Pharmacy, Lonnie Hicks Shoe Store, and last Adams Funeral Home which suited Sonny so well. Sonny and Vera had many friends and entertained them in ‘Sonny’s Chapel’. They cooked and served many meals to their family and friends and played lots of games of ’42’.
He was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church and held many office during his lifetime. He was an elder for a number of years and was a very dedicated servant. Sonny visited many sick members of the church, friends, family, and neighbors. He always loved and tried to take care of others. Sonny will always be remembered for his sincere care and love for others.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings,; and his wife, Vera.
Sonny is survived by his children, Donald and wife, Margaret, and Cynthia and husband, Darwin; grandchildren, John, Vanessa, and Corey; great-grandchildren, Ashley, Chance, Tanner, Seth, Lanie, and Jaxon.
The family suggests donations be made to the Grace Lutheran Church, 432 Houghton Street, Marlin, Texas.
Ricky Ray Severson of Waco passed away Monday, September 14, 2015 at Providence Hospice Place. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 19, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel with Rev. Dr. James Cotten officiating. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 18, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel.
Ricky was born August 25, 1951 in Marlin, Texas, to Richard and Ann Severson. He managed several restaurants during his 30-year career in the restaurant industry. His passion for service to others could be seen in everything he did. Ricky was a stranger to no one with his outgoing, larger than life personality, and beloved by all who knew him.
His last years were focused on being “Poppy” to his grandchildren, whom he teased and pranked as often as possible. He had a big, generous heart and was always putting others ahead of himself. Ricky loved all sports, especially his beloved Dallas Cowboys and golf. One of his most joyful times each year was the annual trip to South Padre with family. He also enjoyed swimming with his grandchildren during the summer, and assisting his granddaughter Kelsey with her softball skills. Rick was a member of Lakewood Christian Church in Waco.
He was preceded in death by his father, Richard A. Severson; and one granddaughter, Claire Miller.
He is survived by his mother, Ann Severson, of Marlin, TX; one daughter, Crissy Severson Miller, of Waco; one son, Casey Severson, of Mineral Wells, TX; his spouse, Roxanne Glaser of Waco; four grandchildren, Kelsey, Colin, Bentley and Marissa; and three brothers, Dicky, Micky and Nicky Severson;.
Memorials may be made to Providence Hospice Place, Providence Hospital or DePaul Center. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our “Memorial Guestbook” at http://www.wilkirsonhatchbailey.com/obituary/Ricky-Ray-Severson/Waco-TX/1544077#obit-services
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory that no one can steal.”
Sept 22, 1921 — Aug 30, 2015
Alma B. Avots-Avotins, 93, of Temple, Texas died Sunday, August 30, 2015. Alma was born in Europe on September 22, 1921 to Janis and Minna Jakans Bulitis in Riga, Latvia. She graduated from high school in Riga in 1939. Her post-secondary education was interrupted by World War II. During the war, she worked in several military hospitals and refugee camps throughout northern Europe. Following the war, she immigrated to England for a period of two years. In 1950, she married Karlis V. Avots-Avotins, M.D. in Muenster, Germany and the following year, Alma and Karlis immigrated to the United States. They resided in Bethesda, Maryland, where both were employed by Suburban Hospital of Bethesda. Alma worked in the hospital nursery and pursued further training in nursing skills, while her husband continued his medical residency training in general surgery. In 1953, the couple moved to Carthage, South Dakota, where Karlis pursued a general medical private practice and Alma served as his nurse and office manager.
In 1957, Alma and her husband relocated to Marlin, Texas, where Karlis joined the staff of the Veteran’s Administration Hospital as a general surgeon. When the V.A. Surgery Department in Marlin was closed in 1968, they moved to Temple where Karlis joined the Department of Surgery at the Olin Teague Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Temple, Texas. Alma resided in Temple for 47 years, until her death.
Alma was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Marlin, Texas and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Temple, Texas. She was an active member of several service organizations and clubs, including the V.A. McCloskey’s Women’s Club, Bell County China Painting Club, Meals-on-Wheels and was a V.A. hospital
volunteer. Alma enjoyed many hobbies, including gardening, china painting and needlework. She was known for her hand painted bluebonnet china pieces and was a frequent instructor of floral china painting techniques. Alma was a kind and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was always courteous to all and enjoyed carrying on the traditions of her Latvian heritage with family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Karlis V. Avots-Avotins, M.D. and her sister, Elvira Mekons of Latvia. Survivors include her sons, Andrejs Eriks Avots-Avotins, M.D. and wife, Gail Brown Avots-Avotins of Temple, TX; Peter Emils Avots-Avotins, and wife, Alina P. Avots-Avotins of Corpus Christi, TX; grandchildren, Kristin Avots Murphy and husband, Donavan Kip Murphy, M.D. of San Francisco, CA; Lauren Avots Bryan and husband, Wesley Kriston Bryan of Houston, TX; Erik Kenna Avots-Avotins of Austin, Tx and great grandson, Luke William Murphy of San Francisco, CA. She is also survived by step grandchildren, Krystina T. Padilla and husband, David L. Padilla of San Antonio; Laura Ashley Tamez of Corpus Christi; Victoria R. Paiz of San Antonio; and step great grandchild, Lillie Ann Medina of San Antonio.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Scott & White Hospice. The family would also like to express their appreciation to the Meridian Health Center nurses and staff for their loving care and support of Alma. Services will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Saturday, September 12th at 10:30 am. A private family burial will follow in Marlin, Texas.
January 29, 1935 – August 28, 1985
Services for J.D. Norris, Jr. of Rock Dam Road will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Mike Thompson will officiate. Burial will be at Clover Hill Cemetery in Lott.
Mr. Norris died Wednesday at a hospital in Austin, apparently of a heart attack. He was 50. Mr. Norris, administrator of Torbett – Hutchings – Smith Memorial Hospital, was in Austin for a meeting of the Texas Hospital Association when he became ill.
Mr. Norris was born January 29, 1935 in Falls County. He graduated from Lott High School. He had been associated with Torbett – Hutchings – Smith for 30 years, 24 of those as a certified administrator.
He was past president of the Marlin Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Jaycees and Rotary Club, was active in United Fund and was a member and elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Marlin.
He was married to Bettye Boswank on August 20, 1955 at Lott.
Survivors include his wife Bettye Norris; two daughters, Natalie Norris of Austin and Elaine Wilhelm of Venice, Florida; a son, John David Norris of Marlin, his mother, Mrs. J.D. Norris, Sr. of Marlin; and a brother Harvey Norris of Marlin.
The family has designated Torbett – Hutchings – Smith Hospital, First Presbyterian Church or a favorite charity for memorials.
Active pallbearers will be Max Atkins, Jimmy Deer, Benton Dickey, Fred Kotter, W.M. Parrish Jr., V.L. (Shorty) Perkins, Windell Scruggs, Billy Stein, James W. Trice and Jack Welch.
Honorary pallbearers will be the directors and staff of Torbett – Hutchings – Smith Hospital and the elders and deacons of the First Presbyterian Church of Marlin.
Adams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
An inspiration through his love and optimism for life.
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
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.
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Zo 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
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
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.
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.
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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
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.