• 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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Erskine, Betsy V.

Betsy ErskineSeptember 18, 1919 – June 16, 2017

Mrs. Betsy V. Erskine, age 97, passed away Friday, June 16, 2017 in Marlin, Texas. Graveside service will be held on Friday, June 23rd, at 10:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin with Reverend Mickey Fugitt officiating.

Mrs. Erskine was born September 18, 1919 to Alfred and Bertha (McBurney) McQuerry in Fort Worth, Texas. She was a longtime resident of Falls County, Texas. She married the love her life, Charles Erskine, on August 14, 1942 in Reagan, and they were inseparable until his death in 2010. Mrs. Erskine attended Texas Wesleyan College where she earned a bachelor in Science. Then she attended Baylor University where she earned a master’s degree. She retired in 1978, after 30 years of teaching Reagan ISD, Blue Ridge ISD and Marlin ISD. Mrs. Erskine was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Marlin where she was a deacon. She served as President of WOC, Allen House Board, Green Thumb Garden club, Ladies Golf Association, American Cancer Society, and the Bridge Club. She was a member of Texas State Teacher Association, Marlin Class Room Teacher Association and Texas Elementary Principal and Supervisor Association.

Mrs. Erskine was preceded in death by her, husband, Charles Erskine; parents, Alfred and Bertha McQuerry; sisters, Eloise Biggar, and Dr. June Gallessich; brothers, Burney McQuerry and Jack McQuerry.

Survivors include, daughter, Elizabeth June Rossetti and husband, Paul of Colorado; son, Jimmy Erskine of Marlin; 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

Reich, Adolph Herman “A.H.”

December 2, 1938 — June 13, 2017

Mr. Adolph Herman “A.H.” Reich, age 78, passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Austin, Texas surrounded by his family.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Perry United Methodist Church in Riesel with Reverend Ron Oden officiating. Interment will follow at Perry United Methodist Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home on Friday, June 16, 2017.

Mr. Reich was born December 2, 1938 to Lee T. and Louise (Grams) Reich in Falls County, Texas. He was a lifetime resident of Falls County, Texas. Mr. Reich married the love of his life, Darlene Zander on June 2, 1962 at Perry United Methodist Church. They recently celebrated 55 wonderful years together. He was a member of Perry United Methodist Church where he previously served as a trustee. Mr. Reich was a career farmer/rancher. He received the following awards over the years; Lone Star Farmer Degree from Texas Association of Future Farmers of America, Falls County Farm Bureau Young Farmer of Texas Award, and Falls County 4-H Adult Leader Clover Award just to name a few. He served in many ways throughout his life including Falls County Farm Bureau Director, Falls County Adult 4-H Leader, and in 1985 was instrumental in bringing the horticulture program to Marlin ISD as he served on the MISD Vocational Advisory Committee. He previously was a salesman for Triple F Feed, which he enjoyed thoroughly. Mr. Reich enjoyed sharing with others all the blessings of his life anywhere from vegetables to his knowledge of farming and farm equipment. He enjoyed collecting antique equipment. Mr. Reich enjoyed the outdoors, spending time with family, and friends. He loved to aggravate family, close friends and especially his grandkids.

He was preceded in death by his, infant son; parents; Lee T. and Louise (Grams) Reich; brother, Robert Reich; sister, Irene Brown; father and mother-in-law, Harry and Lorene Zander; brothers-in-law, Edward (Buddy) Schraeder, Ollie (Gail) Brown; nephew, Roy Gene Zander.

Mr. Reich leaves behind his loving wife, Darlene Reich of Riesel; daughters, Sherry Swick and husband, Danny of Franklin, Kimberley (Kim) Margoitta and husband, Vince, Jr. of Marlin, Nannette Pankonien and husband, Gene of Riesel; son, Kent (Bubba) Reich of Riesel; daughter-in-law, Becky Reich of Riesel; grandchildren: Lidsay Hanewich and husband, Brad, Zachary Swick and wife, Caitlin, Emmali Pankonien, Blaike Pankonien, Olivia Pankonien, and Wyatt Reich; brother, Neil Reich; sister, Betty Schraeder; sister-in-law, Doris Reich; brother-in-law, Roy (Butch) Zander and wife, Deanna, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family request memorials be made to the Perry United Methodist Building Fund.

Kroll, Maurice “Mutt”

November 16, 1919 – June 8, 2017

Maurice “Uncle Mutt” Kroll passed away in Houston on Thursday, June 8, 2017. His gentlemanly charm, warm heart and unwavering optimism will be missed by his nieces, cousins, and extended family that he touched over his 97 years of life.

Mutt was born in Marlin, Texas on November 16, 1919 to Jacob and Anna Kroll. He graduated Marlin High School in 1936, before attending the Schreiner Institute for two years and then graduating from the University of Texas-Austin. After college, he took a job with the Internal Revenue Service in Port Arthur, Texas where he worked for a short time before entering the Army in 1942. He served a total of 33 months during World War II, in the Pacific theater where it has been told he was able to visit virtually every island while serving as a Battalion Sergeant Major in an anti-aircraft unit. After the war he came back to the US and went back to work with the IRS in 1946 in Houston, Texas. Soon after, he resigned to come back to Marlin to work in the family dry goods business. He took over the 5 family-owned stores upon his father’s death in 1950, until the closing of The Famous store in Marlin in December, 1981.

After his retirement from the stores, Maurice continued to live in Marlin and in 1984 was married to the former Frances Gardner Crenshaw until her death in 2015. Maurice was a member of many civic organizations and served in various capacities while still in business including Scout Master, a Shriner and Master Mason in the Marlin Lodge (since 1948). Additionally, Maurice was a member of Temple Rodef Shalom in Waco, Texas.

Mutt is survived by two nieces, Susan Herzfeld and Joan Mendell, and was preceded in death by his niece Ronnie Schneider. He is also survived by many cousins, grand-nieces and grand-nephews who loved him and will miss his never-ending love for family.Sign the Guest Book at http://www.wacotrib.com

Nutt, Frances Lee


March 23, 1931–June 5, 2017
Frances Lee Nutt, 86, of Marlin, passed away Monday, June 5, 2017 in a local nursing home.

Funeral services will be 10:00 AM, Friday, June 9, 2017 at Adams Funeral Home with Reverend Terry Johnston and Reverend Curt Murphy officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Thursday, June 8th at the funeral home.

Mrs. Nutt was born on March 23, 1931 in Marlin, Texas to George and Lora (Stone) Sowders. She married Harlan Earl Nutt on November 11, 1949 and they celebrated over 51 wonderful years together until his death on November 18, 2010. They owned and operated several Dry Cleaners in Marlin for over 50 years. Mrs. Nutt was a lifelong resident of Marlin and a charter and active member of Trinity Memorial Baptist Church. She loved playing cards, dominos, riding around, listing to her scanner and watching Wheel of Fortune and Family Feud but her true love was her family.

Mrs. Nutt was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughters, Beverly Jean Nutt, Cathy Stevens and Lana Balzrette; sisters, Vera Feldman and Shirley Quilter; brothers, Hildred Sowders, Willard Sowders and James Sowders; 3 grandchildren and a great grandchild.

Survivors include her daughters, Linda Scaman of Marlin and Sandra Berry and her husband, Darin; sister, Lois Nutt of Marlin; 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. .

Cullins, Jimmie Lee

Jimmie CullinsMarch 23, 1941 – June 1, 2017

Jimmie Lee Cullins, 76, passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2017 in Maypearl, Texas while surrounded by his loving family. Jimmie was born to the late Jessie and Earl Cullins on March 23, 1941 in Coleman, Texas. Jimmie moved to Marlin, Texas in 1969 where he worked in the cable industry for 30 years and owned a gun shop. He also spent many years coaching youth baseball in Marlin.

He enjoyed many years as a song leader and was an active member of Grace Baptist Church in Grandview, Texas. Jimmie was a wonderful God-fearing man that depended on his faith in Christ on a day to day basis, which ultimately gave him peace throughout his journey. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener and carpenter although his greatest joy came from spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. Jimmie was preceded in death by his siblings, Arnold Cullins, Earline Townsend, Lois Pate and Buddy Cullins.

Jimmie is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Karen Cullins; son, Ricky Cullins and wife, Monica of Georgia; daughter, Sherri Taylor and her husband Mike of Corsicana; step-son, Scott Smith and wife, Tina of Fort Worth; step-daughter, Stacy Quillin and husband, Christian of Maypearl; 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home with Reverend Alan Six officiating. Family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. on Sunday, June 4th, at the funeral home.

Martinez, Elsie V.

June 12, 1921 – May 29, 2017

Thursday, June 01, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Adams Funeral Home
Marlin, Texas

Funeral Service
Friday, June 02, 2017
2:00 pm
First Baptist Church
Marlin, Texas

Obituary to follow when available.

Holloway, Joe S.

June 13, 1938 – May 10, 2017

Joe was born June 13, 1938, to Sallie Adair Seymour Holloway and Thomas Oltorf Holloway in Marlin, Texas. After graduation from Marlin High School, Joe attended Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas. He graduated with a degree in economics.
After graduation, Joe returned home to work alongside his father and grandfather in the family business, Holloway & Son Men’s Outfitters.
Joe was a born salesman and later continued his career in sales in Austin, Waco, and San Antonio. His love of antique furniture led him to the furniture department of Dillards in San Antonio. He spent many years selling beautiful things and retired from Dillards in July 2000. Retirement gave Joe more time to spend gardening, golfing, and refinishing antique furniture.
In 2003, Joe moved to Corpus Christi to be closer to his first grandchild. Joe had many fond memories of summer days spent at his cousin’s beach house in Port Aransas, so moving to Corpus Christi was only natural. He became an active member of Grace Presbyterian Church and made many close friends there. Joe also volunteered at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.
Joe is survived by his daughter, Adair Apple (Matt), and his son John Holloway (Courtney); his grandchildren McKayla and Audrey Apple and Gracie and Lillie Holloway. Joe is also survived by his ex-wife Judy Pitts Hydrick; the mother of his children. Joe was a kind-hearted person, a loving father, and a man of God. He is sorely missed.
A visitation will be held from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Monday, May 15, 2017 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel followed by a memorial service at 1:00pm the same day. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 3:00pm at Calvary Cemetery in Marlin, Texas. Joe will be laid to rest next to his beloved mother, Sallie. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church in Corpus Christi.

Price, Mary Hunnicutt

July 7, 1928 – May 5, 2017

Mary Hunnicutt Price, 88, of Marlin, passed away Friday, May 5, 2017. Funeral service will be held Saturday, May 13, at 10 a.m. at St. John Episcopal Church with Rev. Judy Filer officiating. Interment to follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 12, at the funeral home

Mary was born July 7, 1928 to William Wesley and Sybil (Finley) Hunnicutt in San Antonio, Texas. She was a longtime resident of Marlin and a member of St. John Episcopal Church. Mary was instrumental in starting Marlin Branch of the Waco Marlin Federal Credit Union. She was co-owner with her husband, W. A. (Bill) Price, Jr. of Price Realtors and Guaranty Abstract & Title Company.

Mary had a variety of hobbies and interests and was involved in various organizations including: Regent of the Elizabeth Gordon Bradley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; She was local historian and member of the Falls County Historical Society; an artist and member of the Marlin Art League; instrumental in starting the Falls Community Hospital and Clinic “Auxiliary”. Additionally, she lived a life of unwavering faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and had a passion for the Word and prayer as exemplified by her completion of 7 years with BSF (Bible Study Fellowship Intl) and her leadership in the local Daughters of King. She had a passion for travel and made numerous trips to Europe, Central and South America.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, W. A. (Bill) Price, Jr., step-son, William E. Price, step-daughter, Virginia Price Eden, sister, Pearl Hunnicutt Shryock and brother, William W. Hunnicutt III;

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, sons, Philip Price, Sr. of Waco and wife, Marissa; George Steven Price and wife, Lisabeth of Marlin; Bryson H. Price and wife, Elza of Dallas; Howard B. Price of Cypress; step-son, James E. Price and wife, Estelle Carter of Dallas; step-daughter, Mary Ann Price Close and husband, Ralph of Ramrod Key, Florida; 16 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, Marlin, Texas.

Hefelfinger, Russell K.

July 1, 1967 – April 27, 2017

Russell K. Hefelfinger, 49, of Marlin, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017 in a Waco hospital. Graveside services will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Hillcrest Cemetery with Brother David Johnson officiating.

Mr. Hefelfinger was born on July 1, 1967 in Georgetown, Texas to Marvin and Debra Shaffer Hefelfinger. He married Angela Jackson on April 6, 1990 in Marlin and they celebrated over 27 wonderful years together. Mr. Hefelfinger loved to fish and hunt but his true love was his family. He was a member of the NRA and Ward Street Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Angela Hefelfinger; father, Marvin Hefelfinger; mother, Debra Hefelfinger; sons, Adam and Connor Hefelfinger; daughter, Miranda Hefelfinger; grandson, Emiliano Hefelfinger; brothers, Randy and Brian Hefelfinger; mother-in-law, Gail Nutt and father-in-law, Larry Jackson.

Baker, Ruth Mae

September 24, 1917 – April 28, 2017

Ruth Mae Baker, 99, of Marlin, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017 in a local hospital. Graveside services will be 10:00 AM, Monday, May 1, 2017 in Hillcrest Cemetery with Reverend David Harlow officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM on Sunday, April 30th at Adams Funeral Home.

Mrs. Baker was born on September 24, 1917 in Thornton, Texas to Marshall and Rachel Holden Williams. She was a bookkeeper for 36 years retiring on March 31, 1980 and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Marlin. Her parents and a sister, Jo Ann Ethridge preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, David Baker and his wife, Diana; daughter, Mary Hefley; grandchildren, Jeff and Michael Hefley and Ricky, Chris, Shane and Steven Baker; 5 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Drosche, Maurine (Allen)

M. DroscheMaurine Drosche, 84, of Independence Mo passed away April 3rd, 2017 at Seasons Care Center in Kansas City, Mo. Her family will be celebrating her life at a visitation service on Friday April 7th from 5-7pm at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society. They will then have her funeral service on Saturday April 8th at 10:00am which will also be held at Heartland. Immediately following will be a graveside service at Buckner Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Drosche was born on January 8 to the proud parents Charlie Allen and Annie Laura Spicer-Allen in Reagan, TX. She was the youngest of 5 children. She is survived by her husband Wayne L Drosche; three children Wayne R Drosche and wife Kathy, Laura Hendrix and husband Don Hendrix, and Gaylen Davenport and husband Don Davenport; and brother Arthur P. Allen and wife Joann.

Preceded in death were siblings Vida Boyd, Mildred Feldman, and Earl Allen. Maurine married the love of her life Wayne L. Drosche and they lived their life of love together for 65 full years. Maurine and Wayne started their life together in Marlin, TX. Shortly after their marriage Wayne enlisted in the Army and spent most of his enlistment time in Germany while Maurine remained in Marlin. During his time of service they welcomed their first child Randy. Two years later, Marsha was born. To their surprise 8 yrs later they had their daughter Gaylen. The joy of their life together was spent serving in their church the, Reorganized Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Over the years Maurine served in many capacities of the church working with the women and children departments. In her final years she became a member of the Remnant Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints.

Maurine began her career at the VA Hospital and retired in 1994. She filled many capacities over the years but retired as a medical coder. She had a love for helping others, working with hospice, and other volunteer organizations throughout her life. She loved working with flowers and gardening as well as planning and decorating for special occasions! Maurine and Wayne loved to travel. One of her most memorable trips was going to Washington DC and Niagara Falls.

Her greatest joys came from spending time with her grandchildren Morgan and Ryan Drosche, Derek Hendrix and wife Heidi, Jennifer Davenport, and Laura Reed and husband Jeremy Reed. She also cherished spending time with her great-grandchildren Abbygayle Duffey, Damian Reed, Brayden Reed, and McKinley Hendrix.

She began her life with her loving family and passed from this life with her husband and family surrounding her. She will be missed and remembered by all who knew her.

Pitrucha, Clarence R. “Babe”

Jan. 29, 1939 – April 7, 2017

Clarence Raymond “Babe” Pitrucha, 78, of Marlin, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017 at his residence.

Mr. Pitrucha was born January 29, 1939 in Marlin, Texas to John and Minnie Schraeder Pitrucha. He loved fishing, hunting and bull riding. Mr. Pitrucha was a longtime Bull Dozer operator.He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cherry Almon; and a sister, Doris Hefelfinger.

Survivors include his daughter, Teresa Wolfe of Alabama; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Ruth Temples of Hewitt, Frances Braswell of Marlin, and Carol Miller of Canyon Lake; and many nieces and nephews.