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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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Breshears, Thomas Joseph (Tommy Joe) Sr.

November 17, 1939 – November 6, 2011

Thomas Joseph (Tommy Joe) Breshears Sr., 71, of Gatesville, formerly of Little River-Academy, died Sunday in a Temple hospital. Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday in Cook-Gerngross-Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Rosebud. Burial followed in Woodland Cemetery in Rosebud.

Mr. Breshears was born Nov. 17, 1939 in Marlin to Clarence and Ruby Belle Pittman Breshears. He grew up in Marlin and had resided in Little River-Academy for 30 years. He served in the U.S. Army and was a retired security guard for McLane Southwest in Temple.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Debra Jo Mayfield.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas (Tom) Breshears Jr. and wife Mary of Gatesville and Tim Breshears of Temple; two daughters, Dona Breshears of Little River-Academy, and Dana Cooper and husband Joe of Gatesville; one sister, Josie Thomas and husband Donald of Marlin; 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren


Salvato, Stella

S. SalvatoFebruary 21, 1942 – October 30, 2011

Stella Salvato, 69, of Marlin entered into rest Sunday, Oct. 30. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:30 am Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with the Rev. John Kelley as celebrant. A Rosary was recited on Tuesday at 7 pm at Adams Funeral Home with Deacon Julian Tyboroski. The family received friends before and after the service.

Mrs. Salvato was born February 21, 1942 in Oceola, AR, to Joe and Estella Hernandez Sustaita, she was a homemaker. Stella loved Cowboy movies and Spanish music but most of all she loved her family. She was a lifelong resident of Marlin.

She was preceded in death by her husband Felix Salvato; son, Nick Salvato; sisters, Janie Olivea, Josephine Montoya, Lillie Sustaita; and brother, David Sustaita.

Survivors include her daughters, Sarah Hernandez of Marlin; Fena Lopez of Kosse; sons, Felix Junior Salvato of Waco; Frank Salvato of Groesbeck; Carlo Salvato of Kosse; brothers, Pete Sustaita of San Angelo; Jim Sustaita of Maricopa, AZ; Ricky Sustaita of Marlin; Billy Sustaita of Dalhart; Joe Sustaita of Marlin, Linor Guzman of San Angelo; and Jerry Sanchez of Marlin. Stella was survived by 19 Grandchildren and 26 Great Grandchildren.

Lang, Ray Charles

Ray LangApril 5, 1954 – September 29, 2011

Elder Ray Charles Lang passed away Sept. 29, 2011. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Carver Park Baptist Church in Waco. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin.

A note about Ray’s Great-Grandfather, Blind Willie Johnson and Ray’s YouTube video.

Thompson, William Chester Sr.

Bill ThompsonSeptember 13, 1933 – September 3, 2011

Funeral Services for Mr. William Thompson, retired former teacher and coach of Booker T. Washington High School will be Saturday September 10 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peters United Methodist Church in Austin.

Tributes found on web:
Mr. Thompson was one of my most beloved teachers at BTW in Marlin Tx. He and his beautiful sweet wife were also members of my church along with their two young sons. They were both such positive role models for young black children when they needed it the most -during the early to mid sixties. Our lives were made richer and we are better men and women because of teachers like Mr. Thompson. I thank God for the life of Mr. Thompson and May God bless his family.

Posted by: Clara Young Bell – Desoto, TX Sep 11, 2011

Mr. Thompson was one of my favorite teachers in Junior High School, 7th and 8th grades. He taught Texas and American History, and made it interesting. I saw him again during the 30-year celebration of the BTW graduating class of 1966. He was still tall, stately and gentlemanly. I will miss him, but my memories of having been his student will last a lifetime. I thank God that I was touched by his life. Ellen Bigham

Posted by: Ellen F. Bigham – Washingotn,, DC Sep 10, 2011

Mr. Thompson was one of the best and most disciplined teachers that I had Booker T Washington in Marlin, and I am a better person because of him. My prayers and condolences are with his family. BTW class member of 1966.

Posted by: Dorothy Wilson Harris – Houston, TX Sep 09, 2011

Morris, Edna Mae (Erwin)

Edna MorrisSeptember 21, 1918 – August 24, 2011

Edna Mae (Erwin) Morris began her new eternal life in Heaven on August 24.

But, she first came into this earthly world on Sept. 21, 1918, as the baby daughter of Ruth (Bennett) Erwin and Wiley Harrison Erwin, in Marlin. She grew up on the corner of Walker and Easy Streets. By all accounts she was a vivacious, fun-loving, social child; personality traits that continued throughout her life.

She attended Marlin Schools and was a member of the First Baptist Church. As she entered her pre-teen years, she began working (after school hours) for her father, who managed and operated the Borden Milk Plant for many years. She continued working there into early adulthood, running the centrifuge and testing milk.

On Sept. 26, 1937, she married Marlin native, Henry V. Baushausen, and she moved to College Station, where Henry was completing his Engineering Degree at Texas A &M. Always an entrepreneur, Edna Mae designed and sold hundreds of corsage mums for the Fightin’ Texas Aggies football games.

They were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Ruth Ann, on February 11, 1939. The bombing of Pearl Harbor took place not long after her husband Henry’s graduation. As World War II’s D-Day approached, Edna Mae, always fearless, borrowed several precious war-rationed-rubber-tires from friends, placed them in her car trunk for spares, and headed out on the treacherous icy roads to New Jersey. With only her small daughter and Mother-in-law in tow, she wanted to be able to see Henry one more time, and say their last goodbyes, as he shipped out for England. Though Henry had advised her not to attempt the long trip in the ice and snow, Edna Mae was determined in her quest, (another personality trait that was evident throughout her life,) and continued to head to the East Coast. Along the way she would stop frequently, to let Henry know her progression, by sending him the same rhyming telegrams, stating simply, “ALL OKAY … STILL ON THE WAY …EDNA MAE.

On November 11, 1944, Edna Mae became a widow, at the age of 26, when Captain Henry Baushausen was killed by enemy fire near Kerling, France, just before the Battle of the Bulge. The U.S government, in a ceremony at Fort Hood, presented Edna Mae, and 5-year-old daughter Ruth Ann, with Henry’s numerous military medals of heroism, including the Distinguished Service Cross, along with several Bronze Stars, Silver Stars and Purple Hearts.

After Henry’s death, Edna Mae began purchasing Real Estate, and designed and built one of the first multi-family residences in Marlin, a precursor to apartment complexes of today.

When Joseph (Joe) Morris, of Reagan, Texas, returned from the Army Air Corps (now the Air Force) after World War II, he almost literally bumped into Edna Mae walking along the sidewalk in Marlin. They had met when they were both 14-years-old, and still remembered each other fondly. They married on May 17, 1947 at the First Baptist Church of Marlin.

Edna Mae and Joe moved to Houston, where Joe, also a Civil Engineer, was employed at Shell Oil Company. Two more children came along: daughter, Betty Jane (B.J.) and son Byron Craig. Edna Mae devoted her life to her family, but, still dabbled from time to time in her multi-talents and interests, including real estate and interior and landscape design.

In 1957, Edna Mae and Joe purchased a “weekend farm” at Brenham, where they enjoyed so many happy times with their family throughout the years. The old farm house was always a “work in progress,” as Edna Mae designed and re-designed it throughout the years. And, as recently as two years ago, she completed another major renovation. She was able to spend her last days at her beloved farm with her children by her side.

She has been a devoted, loving, wife and mother, who always inspired her whole family with her smile, her energy and enthusiastic spirit. She will be missed beyond measure.

She is pre-deceased by her parents, two husbands, a son-in law and a great grandson.

She is survived by; Two daughters, Ruth Ann Boyce of Kerrville – Betty Jane (BJ) Power (and husband Larry,) of Canyon Lake – and one son, Byron Craig Morris, of Houston.

Granddaughters: Donna Camp (and husband David) of Huffman; Denise Jones (and husband Dave) of Austin; Deanne Jacobsen (and husband Jeff) of Pearland; Jeanna Savell (and husband Kris) of Medford, Delaware; and Lisa Morris of Houston.

She is also survived by five great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Other survivors include; Brother, John Bruce Erwin of Victoria, and a niece and nephew.

Marlin relatives are; Juanita Morris, (whose husband, Clark Morris, was former Marlin Mayor,) and nephew Ben Morris, and now-deceased Marlin philanthropist Hazel Bennett Falconer Goddard.

Basham, Vicki Clark

Vicki BashamApril 5, 1958 – August 19, 2011

Vicki Clark Basham, age 53 of Waco entered into rest Friday, August 19, 2011. Services were held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Marlin with Deacon Julian Tyboroski and the Rev. John Kelly officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services.

Vicki was born April 5, 1958 in Salina, Kansas to Charles H. Clark, Jr. and Rosemary Tyboroski Clark. She worked as a legal secretary for over30 years for the Charles Buenger Law firm. She was an only child of an Air Force family and lived in many cities. She attended schools in Mountain Home, Ida, Bossier City, Marlin, Chilton and 4-C college in Waco. She married Paul K. Basham November 17, 1984 in Chilton and they resided in Waco. Vicki was preceded in death by her father.

She leaves behind to mourn her passing, husband Paul of Waco, daughters, Lauren of Waco, Anna of Waco and her mother Rosemary Clark of Chilton. Special friends, Cathy and Randy Vanek of Crawford, many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Weems, Debbie

Deborah “Debbie” Weems (February 3, 1951 – February 22, 1978) was an American actress and singer. She is best remembered for her recurring roles on Captain Kangaroo.

Weems was born in Houston, Texas to Benjamin and Rowene Weems, in a family with five sisters. During childhood her parents separated and each remarried. The family later relocated to Marlin, a town northwest of Houston.

During the 1960s, Weems attended the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She played a lead role in productions such as Annie Get Your Gun, The King and I, and The Miracle Worker, as well as smaller roles in many other productions. She also attended the Boston Conservatory of Music for two years (’68/’70) where she captured leading roles in two major productions – Carnival and Once Upon A Mattress. Weems later moved to New York City, where she appeared in an Off Broadway musical, Godspell. Weems was also a regular stock player at the Lakewood Theatre in Barnesville, Pennsylvania during 1970. Weems also appeared in various commercials.

From 1973 to 1977, Weems appeared as a regular on the hit CBS daily children’s series, Captain Kangaroo. In 1976, songs from the television series sung by Weems was released on an album, Debbie Weems Sings Songs from Captain Kangaroo, published by Wonderland Records. She was later featured in an article in the October 23, 1976 edition of TV Guide, called Don’t Tell Your Mom About Debbie, which was about her career on Captain Kangaroo.

Weems suffered from typecasting, in which people always identified her as “that cute girl on Captain Kangaroo”, hindering her ability to get roles for movies and TV shows geared toward the adult age group. During her tenure on the show, Weems’ only other role during this time was in the 1977 movie, Between the Lines where she played a small role of “Annie One”. Shortly before her death, Weems was admitted to a residential treatment facility.

Weems died on February 22, 1978, falling from the 16th floor of her apartment building. Graveside funeral services were held February 25, 1978 at the family plot in Marlin, Texas.

Despite her death, episodes starring Weems continued to be televised through the summer of 1978.

There is an extended page dedicated to Debbie with photos and videos at http://www.webspawner.com/users/researchdw123/

Bohn, David Wayne

dwbohnApril 25, 1940 – August 7, 2011

David Wayne Bohn, 71 of Waco passed away at a local hospital Sunday August 7, 2011. Services will be 10 AM Saturday August 13, 2011 at Perry United Methodist Church 193 County Road 127 Riesel, Texas 76682, with Rev. Darrell Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Perry United Methodist Cemetery. The family will receive visitors Friday from 6-8 PM at Pecan Grove Funeral Home 3124 Robinson Dr.

David was born April 25, 1940 in Marlin TX to Herman and Benieta Bohn. He served four years in the United States Navy, and retired from the Texas Highway Department. He married the love of his life Emily Bethune, January 18, 1963 in California. He loved going fishing, and most of all spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister Dolores Ann Bohn.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years Emily Bohn; son Daniel Bohn; daughter Robin Gonzales; brothers Larry and Glenn Bohn; 5 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.

Hunnicut, William Wesley, III

W HunnicutFebruary 19, 1927 – August 9, 2011

William Wesley Hunnicutt III age 84, passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2011. He was born on February 19, 1927 in Marlin. He spent his life working in the field of engineering. He also served his country during WWII and was a devoted member of the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star.

William is preceded in death by his wife Marilyn Hunnicutt, his son Russell Wayne Hunnicutt, his parents William Hunnicutt, and Sybil Sutler, and his sister Pearle Shryock.

He is survived by daughter Donna Davis and Debra Crowley; grandchildren Staci and Bart and Kimberly Davis; great grandchildren Emma and Zach his sister, Mary Price, as well as many other loving family members and friends.

The family received friends on Sunday, August 14 at Pat H. Foley Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Monday, August 15 at the Chapel of Pat. H Foley Funeral Home. Interment will follow at a later day at Calvary Cemetery in Marlin.

In lieu of flowers, please honor his memory to his Lodge, Oak Forest Chapter No. 1080 O.E.S.

Pat H. Foley and company was responsible for the arrangements.

Allen, Betty Jo (Sanders)

Betty Jo AllenBetty Jo AllenOctober 16, 1925 – August 10, 2011

Betty Jo Sanders Allen passed away and was reunited with her husband of 68 years on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, surrounded by her family.

She was born October 16, 1925 in Coolidge, to Dwain and Adele Sanders. Betty spent her young life in Marlin, where she graduated from High School and met her husband, Bill. After high school she attended college in Waco. Bill and Betty were united in marriage on January 27, 1943. After the birth of their first child Mary in 1950, they moved to Pecos, where they farmed and then later owned the State Farm Insurance Agency. Betty was a legal secretary to Judge J.M. Preston for 27 years. Their son Bill and daughter Kim were born in Pecos. Betty was involved in many aspects of the Pecos community. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pecos, Beta Sigma Phi, the Pecos Legal Secretaries Association, and parent volunteer for all of their children’s activities. She loved to sew, tole paint, and do ceramics. Betty devoted tireless energy and enthusiasm to her family, friends, and community, all of which benefited from her efforts. She believed strongly in doing the right thing rather than the easy thing and she passed that lesson on to her children.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bill, parents Dwain and Adele Sanders, two brothers, Rod Sanders and Davy Sanders.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Mary Caruth and husband Jim Caruth of San Antonio, her son Billy Allen and wife Wanda Allen of New Braunfels,, and daughter Kim Poitevint and husband Duane Poitevint of Midland; Grandchildren: Hilary Caruth Hamilton and husband Brian of San Antonio, Will Caruth and wife Sarah of San Antonio, Todd Collins and wife Debra of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kelly Coronado and husband Gene of San Antonio, Colin Gorman of New Braunfels, Garret Poitevint and wife Tandi of Midland, and Preston Poitevint of Midland. Great Grandchildren include: Conway Hamilton, Adele Hamilton, Barrett Caruth, Caleb Collins, Noah Collins, Brandon Moran, Rain Moran, Justin Moran, Alex Coronado, and Clayton Poitevint.

A visitation was held in Midland on Friday, August 12, 4:00 to 6:00 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home. Funeral services were held in Marlin, on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm at Adams Funeral Home with a burial following at the Calvary Cemetery in Marlin.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Midland for all their support and loving care of their mother. They suggest memorials be made to Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, Texas 79702.

Jones, Allene

Allene JonesFebruary 14, 1931 – August 10, 2011

Allene Jones, “The secret of a good life is to have the right loyalties and hold them in the right scale of values” This quote is a great summary of the life of Allene Jones. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, mother in law, and friend. Born in Lott, on February 14, 1931, raised in Marlin, she was always a proud Texan. As a natural caregiver, she graduated from the Providence Hospital School of Nursing where she received her degree as a registered nurse. She served over fifty years in many key nursing positions and retired as a Lead Industrial Nurse.

Relationships were the most important aspect of her life and she valued her family and friends above all else. She also loved to play cards and routinely beat her opponents at bridge, hearts and poker. When her sons were growing up, she was the Mom every kid wanted to have. Allene was also the consummate hostess and her chicken spaghetti and shrimp salad became the staples of every family gathering and a treat everyone looked forward to. Her vibrancy, forthright manner, loyalty and sense of humor engendered life long friendships and built a cohesive and loving family.

On August 10, 2011, she returned to God’s loving arms. She is survived by her five sons; George, Mark, Chris, Matthew and John Paul and her grandson Chad Allen. She has truly made a difference in all the lives she touched and will be missed everyday.

There was a viewing at the Pasadena Funeral Chapel on Sunday followed by the funeral service on Monday. There was a graveside service at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin, Texas on Tuesday, August 16, at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer Association at http://www.alz.org.

Anderson, Dorothy Merlene (Pointer)

Merlene AndersonSeptember 19, 1924 – July 17, 2011

Dorothy Merlene Anderson, 86, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 17, 2011. She was born in 1924 in Hamilton, Texas to Samuel Thomas Pointer and Alta Pearl Gage Pointer. She is survived by her loving husband Harry Wilton (Andy) Anderson of 70 years. They were married in 1941, her senior year, and she finished high school before becoming a military bride, moving all over the world and making many friends along the way. Wherever she lived, she made it a point of learning the countries traditions and cultures, even taking classes to make beautiful Japanese dolls. She was to become what we call America’s Greatest Generation, providing love and support to her husband’s Air Force career of 30 years and taking care of her family whom she loved so dearly. She was the best mother in the world to her three daughters: Linda Anderson Lisciarelli (Gary), Kay Price (Scott) and Jill Douglas (Bill Lemieux). She was loved so much by all of her grandchildren: Lisa Costello (Jim), Randy Lisciarelli (Heather), Michelle Blair (Kenny), Erin Nowak (Josh) and Emily Price. Great-grandchildren: Skylar Fletcher, Joshua Lisciarelli, Matthew Lisciarelli, Jordan Blair, Amber Lisciarelli, Trey Costello, and Lilah Blair. She loved to cook, read and write letters to keep in contact with the many friends they made in their military career moves. She was known for having homemade desserts always ready for anyone that came by. Everyone who knew and loved her will forever miss her. The Memorial Service will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 24, 2011 at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel, 1701 Austin Highway, with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. There will be a private burial at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery at a later date. Condolences may be offered at http://www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society .