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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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Merryman, Melton Lewis, Sr.

October 3, 1940 – November 27, 2017

Melton Lewis Merryman, Sr., age 77, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017 in Bryan, Texas. Funeral Service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with John Grusendorf officiating. Family will receive friends from 5pm to 7pm Friday, December 1, 2017 at Adams Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Melton was born October 3, 1940 to Rozell and Emma Clara (Lee) Merryman. He Graduated Marlin High School in 1959. He worked for Southwestern Electric/TU Electric and retired in 1997. Melton started traveling and loved cruises, completing his last cruise November 5, 2017. After retiring he became a rancher until health prevented him from doing so.

Most everyone knows that Melton Merryman was a tough old cuss. He could be hard headed, opinionated and sometimes just hard to get along with. Most of us know that Melton put up a good front and a few of us know that he was really very soft. He loved children, dogs, especially his dogs “Bucky” who was a lot like Melton; hard headed, and hard to get along with, his dog Queenie who was like the softhearted part of him and Molly who like Melton was mischievous and childlike, what Melton dished out Molly gave him right back. He loved the elderly and all of God’s creations and had a very tender heart. Some other things you might not know about Melton are; he never had an outstanding credit card bill, if he didn’t have the cash to buy it, he didn’t get it. His shoes were the most important part of his wardrobe (and yours). He said you could tell a lot about a person by looking at their shoes. He maintained his family’s graves at Hillcrest Cemetery as long as he could. If he noticed that your family members burial site needed attention he did it too. Melton worked refinishing furniture to earn extra money to buy headstones for those that were without.

Melton wrote poetry and had one of his poems published. He once had a flattop.  He had a baseball scholarship at Sam Houston State, but chose to marry instead. Melton was a city of Marlin Fireman and prepared the Fire departments budgets every year at the request of the Fire Chief and because he was good with numbers.

He paid his grandchildren cash for boogers. He remembered your name by association, when Linda Scott called he would always ask if it was Linda Scott Key? Or Dr. Lawry Salt? He drove and maintained the Ward Street Church of Christ Bible bus for many years. He was a very talented singer and love to watch crop dusters and really enjoyed his time working with them. Melton collected money, marbles and knives.

His nieces and nephews called him Uncle Buddy, a name given to him by his best buddy, Rick Barnes. Rick remained his buddy and close friend until the day he died. Melton loved and was proud of almost all of his nieces and nephews, but, Richard Barnes stole his heart. Melton considered Rick one of his children.

He would allow you to watch him change clothes, if, you tipped him. But, that never happened. Who in their right mind would want to see that? Melton came home full of himself after the 1st day of school, he taunted and dared his baby sister, Rachel to hit him, and she did knocking out his two front teeth!
He loved Larry the Cable Guy, but did not like going to the movies.

Melton never failed to vote! If he heard anyone cuss around children or women he would ask them to step outside, it didn’t matter who they were or how big.

Melton’s first car was a 53 Chevy that he paid for with money that he made working at different gas stations in LaPorte and Kemah. He had it painted light blue because that was Libba’s favorite color.

Melton married the love of his life November 4, 1960, Libba Virginia Davis. The jacket he wore on his wedding day was also the jacket that Jack Maxey, William Strangemeyer and Bobby Sharp wore on their wedding day. Melton was the only one that could wear it 25 years later. He never missed a wedding anniversary for 57 years. He never failed to have a card ready for her when she woke up. He brought Libba her first cup of coffee every morning of every day at her bedside.

Melton was a good man who was much loved.
Melton was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Anna Adell and sister, Judy

He leaves behind to cherish his memory wife, Libba Virginia Davis Merryman, daughter, Constance Hester, son, Melton L (Bubba) Merryman and wife Jenny. Grandchildren; Janci Leigh Ann, Katherine Louise, Ryan Lane, Andrew Ellison, and Brett Matthew.
Great Grandchildren: Hallie Elizabeth, Braeden, William Garrett, Josephine Adele and Noah James
Sisters: Johnnie Witcher and Rachel Ann Strangemeyer and husband Walter.


Zarazua Jr., Enrique “Henry”

September 16, 1933 – November 16, 2017

Enrique Zarazua, Jr., known as Henry, went home to be with his Lord November 16, 2017.
The family invites guest to celebrate his life at 11:00a.m., Tuesday, November 21, at Adams Funeral Home with Rev. Joél Davila as officiant. Burial will follow services at Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9:00p.m., Monday, November 20, at the funeral home.

Henry was born to the Rev. Enrique Zarazua, Sr. and Luz Guevara Aguinaga de Zarazua in Steeles Store, Texas. He grew up in Marlin, Texas and attended Marlin schools throughout his childhood. He met the love of his life during the summer of 1959 and they married and resided in Marlin. To that union they had one daughter, Rosaelma, who was their pride and joy.

Henry worked at the Falls Hotel for some time until they closed their doors. He then went to work for the Falls County Courthouse until his retirement after many years there. Henry loved sports but was mostly known as the #1 fan for the Marlin Bulldogs and accompanied them to every football game for years. Henry also loved the Lord and was consistently involved with many activities in his church and helped whenever needed. Henry was a great man and had many friends that loved and cared so much for him. He will be missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Paul; niece, Lanette; nephews, Ronnie and Paul, Jr. and sister-in-law, Theresa.

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Rosaelma Zarazua-Hernandez and husband Tomas; grandson, Anthony Hernandez; sister, Juanita Davila and husband Joél; brothers José Zarazua, Seferino Zarazua and Cornelio Zarazua and wife Betty; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The Zarazua family would like to thank Bremond Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Traditions Hospice for the wonderful care that was given to Henry from the time he became a resident to the end of his beautiful life.
Pallbearers will be Joey Davila, A.J. Vanegas, Ernest Martinez, Anthony Hernandez, Michael Maguirck and Richard Jaimes. Honorary Pallbearers will be Tony Davila, Jack Soto, Raymond Robles, Robert Gonzales and Patrick Maguirck.

Christian, Eugene C.

EChristianMarch 13, 1940 – November 1, 2017

Eugene  C. Christian, 77, passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at his home in Lacy Lakeview, Texas.

Services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, November 7, at Wilkirson -Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, with Marvin Whittenburg and Harley Gordon officiating. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, November 6, at the funeral home.

Gene was born in Marlin, Texas, March 13, 1940, to Olin C. and Laura Christian. He was the eldest brother to 11 siblings. He entered the Navy in 1958 on the buddy program with Elze Knecht, where he obtained his GED, ranked as Apprentice Petty Officer Third Class, and completed and gained the certification as Boiler and Feed Water Testing and Treatment Tech on the USS Shangri-la, given at Puget Sound Naval shipyard in 1960.

After an Honorable Discharge, he met and married Patricia Ann Twigg, also of Marlin in 1963. They moved to Waco where Gene worked at Braswell Freight Lines as one of the youngest terminal managers in Waco. During this period of time, he completed courses at Durham Business College, correspondence courses from Texas A&M in freight and traffic, and attended the Dale Carnegie Courses. In 1965 he accepted a position with Yellow Freight Lines, as operations manager later becoming terminal manager. In 1981 he started his own freight business, Christian Transportation Inc., which is currently still in operation.

Gene was a member of Sanger Avenue Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school and was ordained as a Deacon in 1975. He later moved his membership to Beacon Hill Baptist Church, where it remained until his death.

Gene was not considered an indoor type of individual; he played the guitar, camped, fished, hunted, rode 4-wheelers and dirt bikes, played golf, enjoyed tending to his yard, landscaping, and gardening – anything outdoors. If you ever had any conversations with Gene, you would quickly know that he was a Godly man, kind, gentle and humble. He was very generous, not only in time but with patience.

Gene is preceded in death by his father and mother, Olin and Laura Christian; his loving wife, Patricia Twigg Christian; his beloved brother, Jerry Christian of Marlin; and sisters, Della Whitaker of Chilton, Carolyn Brooks of Oklahoma City, Diane Kemp of Riesel.

He is survived by sisters, Freda Lockhart, Patsy Borak, Linda Jackson, Judy Patterson, Lynn Chaney; brothers, Olin and Terry Christian; his daughter, Kimberly Lake and husband, Chad, and grandson, Hunter, of Longview; his son, Timothy Christian and wife, Shirley, of Colorado Springs, and grandson, Fred and wife, Mariah, granddaughter, Erika and husband, Jason, and granddaughters, Christina and Donna; great-grandsons, Adrian, Easton and Logan; and great­ granddaughter, Courtney.

Pallbearers will be John Patterson, Charles Embrey, Randy Goeke, Kenneth Freeman, John Santos, Mark McKee, and Mike Whilet. Honorary pallbearers will be Elze Knecht and James Underwood,

Williams, Vera Louise Locke

September 11, 1952 — October 20, 2017

Vera Elaine (Locke) Williams, age 65, passed away Friday, October 20, 2017 in Leroy, Texas.

Family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. Monday, October 23, at Adams Funeral Home, Marlin, Texas. Services will be Tuesday, October 24, 10:00 A.M., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 264 County Road 143 near Riesel, TX.

Vera was born September 11, 1952 to Louis Walter and Irene (Holle) Locke in Marlin, Texas. She grew up in the area and graduated from Marlin High School. Vera served as a teacher’s aide and nurse’s aide while working in the education and healthcare systems for many years. She spent her early adult years enjoying her true passion as a homemaker and being a mother to her three daughters. Vera enjoyed working in her yard, tending to her chickens (which were certainly pets) and spending time outdoors with her family. Above all, what remained constant throughout her entire life was her spirituality. Her belief in God was evident in every aspect of her life. Her faith was sustained and unquestioning regardless of any hardships she faced.

Vera was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Janie Irene Locke. Survivors: Daughters – Carol Lance and husband, Harold of Waco, Rachel Williams of Waco, Emma Cotten and husband, Erich of Robinson; Grandchildren – Nathan Taylor, Christopher Taylor and Alexander Harper; Brothers – Louis Locke, Jr. and wife, Joyce of West, Fred Locke and wife Donna of Leroy, Don Locke and wife, Pauline of Leroy, and Dan Locke and wife, Bertha of Hubbard; numerous nieces and nephews and her four legged companion, Tink.

Criswell, Thomas McKinley

Thomas McKinley Criswell, 89, went home to be with the Lord October 7, 2017.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00p.m., Saturday, October 21, at Adams Funeral Home.

Thomas was born February 6, 1928 in Falls County, Texas to Thomas Turner and Amelia (McKinley) Criswell. Thomas graduated from Marlin High School in 1945 and joined the United States Navy in March of 1946. After two years of active service, he attended Texas A&M and graduated with a Bachelors of Agronomy.

Thomas started Criswell Enterprises in 1977 and worked with his wife, Wanda, until her death. His son, Little Tom, worked with him for 30 years. He was very active in many organizations for several years including the Lions Club, the Marlin Masonic Lodge, the Knights Templer, Eastern Star, The Shriners as well as others. Thomas was a member of the First Baptist Church for over 60 years and he taught Sunday School there for 20 years. Later, he helped at the disabled veterans home teaching Sunday school.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Harper Criswell; brothers, JC Criswell, Glenn Criswell, Travis Criswell, Ray Criswell and sisters, Mary Ruth Criswell and Myrtlene Criswell Tate.

Survivors include his children, Pam Fillip, Shannon Peck, Kathy Criswell and Tom Criswell; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, Texas or the charity of your choice.

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

Cunningham, Betty Carolyn (Childs)

December 24, 1931 – October 12, 2017

Betty Carolyn Childs Cunningham was born December 24, 1931, in Marlin, Texas, to H.B. and Maudie Childs. She was married to the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Dean Cunningham, on March 19, 1954.

Betty was preceded in death by Bob; her mother and father; siblings, H.B. Childs Jr., Lionel Childs and wife, Blondie, Darrell Childs, Jack Childs, Sonny Childs, and Patsy Swenson and husband, Arnold; brother-in-law, Richard Davison; and sister-in-law, Joyce Lynn Childs.

She is survived by her brother, Don Childs; sister, Joy Davison; sisters-in-law, Laura Childs, Mary Childs, and Pauline Childs; brother-in-law, Rick and wife, Ginny Cunningham; daughter, Becki Glover and husband, Randy; son, Rob Cunningham and wife, Cheryl; four grandchildren, Jana Grundy and husband, Brant, John Glover and wife, Cheyanne, Lauren Cunningham, and Grant Cunningham and wife, Laura; great-grandchildren, Luke Glover, Carson Glover, Cameron Glover, Alex Grundy, and Eli Cunningham; and by many nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends.

Betty loved her family and was married to Bob for 60 years. She was loved by many, who appreciated her sweet spirit and thoughtful ways. When she told you “thanks a million,” it made you feel really special. She was a fantastic cook and her family always looked forward to enjoying the meals and treats that she prepared. In addition to taking care of the home and her family, she worked with Bob, as they owned and operated Lakeview Drive in and Baeuchle Photography Studio together. Later she owned and ran the Burger Palace and then in later years concluded her working career, beginning at age 60, serving as a prison guard for twelve years.

Betty loved God and her church, faithfully attending East Side Church of Christ in Marlin, Texas, as long as she was able. She loved to sing and had a beautiful soprano voice.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to East Side Church of Christ, 5099 State Hwy 7, Marlin, TX 76661.A memorial service celebrating Betty’s life will be held at 2p.m., Saturday, October 14, at East Side Church of Christ.

Nutt, Clyde Junior

July 27, 1934 – October 5, 2017

Clyde Junior Nutt, 83, went home to be with the Lord and Savior October 5, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00p.m., Monday, October 9, at Adams Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5:00p.m., Sunday, October 8, at the funeral home.

Clyde was born July 27, 1934 in Reagan, Texas to Clyde Cleo and Dorothy Louise (Wirtz) Nutt. He attended Reagan Elementary and later attended Marlin Schools graduating in 1953. Some of his fondest childhood memories were spending time with his older sister, Pauline, and friends in Rosedale. Clyde married the love of his life, Wandalene Lucas, on August 26, 1956. To that union they had four children whom he was very proud of.

Clyde was a plumber by trade and upon completion of his plumbing certifications he made the highest score on the test. He later became a Master Plumber and owned Nutt Plumbing of Marlin. Clyde was the Red Cross Coordinator of Falls County and also a member of the board of directors of the Marlin Little League Baseball. Clyde was a huge Baylor Lady Bears fan. His favorite show to watch was Dancing with the Stars.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Wandalene and son, Terry Nutt. Survivors include his children, Larry Nutt, Nancy Nutt and Judy Venegas and husband Davie; sister, Pauline Elizabeth Malone; 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his fur babies, Sarah Jane and Suzie Q and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Reichle, Alice A


March 13, 1929 – Sept. 25, 2017

Alice A. Reichle, 88, went home to be with her Lord September 25, 2017.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00p.m., Thursday, September 28, at Perry United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Perry United Methodist Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Perry United Methodist Church Building Fund.


Fikes, Gloria

March 9, 1947 – Sept. 21, 2017

Gloria Fikes passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2017. Services will be 10 a.m., Monday, September 25, at First Baptist Church of Waco, with Dr. Randall Perry officiating. Burial will follow at 12 p.m., at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin, Texas

.Gloria was born March 9, 1947, in Marlin, to James Nathaniel Adams, a police officer, and Nelene Rowena Lamson Adams, a Licensed Vocational Nurse. She attended school at Eagle Lake, Texas, and graduated from Wharton High School, Wharton, Texas, in 1965. Gloria attended Wharton Junior College and graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a BBA degree in 1969. She became a CPA in 1975.

While living in Marlin, she was a member of First Baptist Church Marlin. In the early 1990s, she served terms as president and secretary of the Marlin Chamber of Commerce, president and secretary of the Rotary Club of Marlin, treasurer of Marlin Festival Days, and was elected to the Marlin Independent School District Board of Trustees.She moved to Waco in 2002, where she was a member of the Rotary Club of Waco and First Baptist Church of Waco. Gloria was a retired CPA, CFE, and a former shareholder in the accounting firm of Parrish, Moody & Fikes, P.C.

She was preceded in death by her parents.She is survived by her son, Christopher Edison Fikes of Las Vegas; brother, Rodney Lee Adams and wife, Cindy, of Conroe, Texas; nephews, Robert Lee Adams and wife, Stephanie, of Rockwall, Texas, James Ross Adams and wife, Michelle, and their two children, Randy Adams and wife, Robin, and their two children, and Ronnie Adams and wife, Rebecca, and their four children; grandchildren in my heart, Kylee Alaine Adams, Kamryn Elizabeth Adams and Matthew Cade Adams; her double cousin, Rosalee Adams Schraeder; and special friends, the Patterson Ladies, Elizabeth Dietrich, Pam Hughes, Abby Sobel, Lenora Crowder, Georganne Ferguson, and her special Wharton girls.Pallbearers are Bill Parrish, Mac Hughes, Tommy Davis, Rodney Oliver, Curtis Moore, and Kermit Lowe.

Memorials may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center or First Baptist Church of Waco.

Grams, Walter Herbert

February 1, 1922 —  August 7,2017

Mr. Walter Herbert Grams, age 95, passed away Monday, August 7, 2017 in Waco, Texas. Graveside service was held Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Waite Cemetery in Reagan, Texas. The family received friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 11, 2017 at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin, Texas. Mr. Grams was born February 1, 1922 to Herbert and Mary Augusta (Neuman) Grams in Perry, Texas. He was a longtime resident of Falls County, Texas and a rancher. Mr. Grams was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Mary Augusta (Neuman) Grams; son, Walter Grams, Jr.; granddaughter, Latisha Grams; sisters, Bernice Pankonien, Louise Reich, Christina Grams and Elnora Bush; brother, Nelson Grams. He leaves behind to cherish his memories are sons, Gary Grams and wife, Julia of Reagan, Carl Grams of Marlin, Timothy Grams of Reagan and Michael Grams of Belton; daughter, Linda Moore and husband, Jack of Reagan; grandchildren, Aaron Grams, Timothy Grams, Jr., Jackie Tullos, Richard Moore, Rosa Sanders and husband, Richard Busby, Jackie Grams, Patrick Grams, Ashleigh Grisby Grams; greatgrandchildren, Haley Holub, Hannah Tullos, Gabriella Martinez, David Busby, Lidia Sanders and Case Lee Grams; great-great grandchild, Brantley Holub.

Sandifer, Ella Jewel Ware

Ella Jewel Sandifer, 86, went home to be with her Lord on August 5, 2017. A celebration of her life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8, at Adams Funeral Home. Graveside service will follow the service at 3:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 7, at the funeral home. Ella was born in Boon Prairie, Texas to Ira and Georgia (Morehead) Ware. She married the love of her life, Dilton Sandifer on October 19, 1947. Ella loved the Lord and was a founding and longtime member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church on Williams Road in Bellmead. She was a kind soul who made anyone feel welcome and cared for. Anytime someone was hungry she welcomed them with a warm meal. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life. Ella had an infectious laugh and was very witty. If you needed a pick me up Ella was the cure. Ella was always there with a encouraging word. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ira and Georgia (Morehead) Ware; her husband of 58 years, Dilton Sandifer; brothers, Henry Ware and Ira Ware; sister, Mildred Twigg. Survivors include her children, Joe Sandifer and wife, Ann and Vicki Freeman and husband, Kenneth; grandchildren, Jason Sandifer, Jeff Freeman and wife, Christy, Amanda Johnson and husband, Nathan, and Clay Freeman and wife, Lori; great-grandchildren, Kolton Freeman, Hannah Vasser, Abigail Vasser, Kaylee Freeman, Emily Johnson, and Dilton Johnson. She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Smith and Larry Ware and wife, Susan.

Johnson, Chloe Marlyn (Glass)

April 3, 1931 – August 9, 2017

Chloe Marilyn (Glass) Johnson of Atlanta, Georgia passed away in her home on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. She was 86 years old. She was born on April 3, 1931 to Lewis and Evelyn Christian and grew up in Marlin, Texas. Chloe graduated from Marlin High School in 1948 where she was the Drum Major of the band. She attended Sam Houston State University before moving back to Marlin to raise her family. She worked at the VA Hospital in Marlin until 1971 when she accepted a position in Washington, D.C. with U.S Congressman W.R. (Bob) Poage of Waco. Upon Congressman Poage’s retirement, she worked for his successor, Marvin Leath of Marlin. In 1974, she met her husband, Gil Johnson, and they married in 1977. They retired to San Antonio, Texas in 1994 to be close to her sister, Judy and family. When Gil passed away in 2003, Chloe decided it was time to move to Atlanta to be near her daughter, Gail, and son, Steve and family.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Marlin and then later the Community Bible Church in San Antonio. Chloe was a loving and devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Her family and friends were more important to her than anything. She loved to travel–to see family; cruises in the Caribbean and Europe and to casinos with family and friends. She had recently achieved her goal of Silver Life Master in bridge and had continued competitive play online. She was also a dedicated San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Cowboys fan— Thanksgiving meals were always scheduled around the Cowboys game.

Chloe was preceded in death by her husband, Gil Johnson; her mother, Evelyn Christian; her sister, Judy Ward; and son, Scott Glass. She is survived by her two children, Gail Glass and her partner, Robin Waterhouse, and her son, Steve Glass and his wife Lauren; three grandchildren, Katie (Mike Adams), Curry and Byron; one great grandson, Ryan Adams all of Atlanta, Georgia; four stepchildren, Gary, Sheryl, Doug and Mitch; six stepgrandchildren, Paul, Jennifer, Paul, Chuck, Corey, and Amber; two brothers-in-law, Ken Ward and Bobby Glass; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorial service and Celebration of Life were held on Friday, August 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at The Allen House in Marlin, Texas. Donations may be made to The Marlin Public Library, 400 Oak Street, Marlin, Texas, 76661 (254) 883-6602) or Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta, 1401 Peachtree St., Suite 500, Atlanta, GA, 30309 (678) 686-1740) or online ttp://www.girlsincatl.org/donate-now/