• 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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Fowler, Robert W.

Robert FowlerJune 3, 1934-June 24, 2011

Robert W. Fowler, age 77 of Marlin entered into rest Friday, June 24, 2011. Services will be at Noon Thursday, June 30, 2011 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Kelly officiating. To honor his wishes, he will be cremated. The family will receive friends on Thursday, from 10:30 a. m. until service time.

Robert was born June 3, 1934 in Seminole, Oklahoma to Joseph W. and Leah Pauline Thorne Fowler. He was a sales representative in the automotive industry. Robert was a member of the Presbyterian church and a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in the Korean war. He enjoyed hunting pheasants and playing golf. He was a salesman by heart and loved to engage in conversation.

He is survived by his wife Jean Fowler of Marlin; a son, Jim Fowler of Marlin; daughter, Debra Fulcher of Willis; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa Zeman and Steve of Crystal, MN; daughter Vikki Nannenga of Willis; sister and brother-in-law Joanna Holton and Tom of Cedar Springs; ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren.


Baughn, Grace Inez Warnke

May 18, 1914–June 24, 2011

Grace Inez Warnke Baughn, age 97 of Marlin entered into rest Friday, June 24. Services were held on Monday, June 27 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joel Davilla and Elder Arthur Allen officiating. Burial was held at Hillcrest Cemetery. The family received friends on Sunday at Adams.

Mrs. Baughn was born May 18, 1914 in Smithville to Arthur L. And Lizzie B. Allen Warnke. She was a production worker for Tex-Best Turkey plant for 14 years, an inspector for Marlin Mills for 17 years and assisted her husband in the operation of Lefty’s Package Store for many years.

Grace loved to work cattle and loved having a lot of friends She was constantly taking care of anyone in need, her family and all of God’s creatures.

She was a faithful Christian and a long time resident of Marlin.

She married Edgar Baughn, June 28, 1939 in Marlin and he preceded her in death. Also preceding her were 2 brothers, Ollie and Everett Warnke.

Survivors were her daughter, Eddie Grace Boehm of Kosse, a grandson, Tim Boehm and wife Brenda of Riesel and nieces and nephews, Scott and Nora Warnke, Gwynett and Mark Argo and Ed and Pat Moody.

Webb, Gladys Plunkett

Galdys WebbApril 8, 1921 – May 25, 2011

Gladys Plunkett Webb, 90, passed away on Wednesday May 25 at her residence. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday May 28 at Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation was Friday May 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mrs. Webb was born in Thornton to Joseph Calvin Plunkett and Addie Belle Arbuckle Plunkett on April 8, 1921. She was one of nine children who all preceded her in death. She married Louis Baskem Webb on September 14, 1938. They lived in and around Marlin after they wed. She was known to her family and friends as “Nanny” or “Maude”.

Mrs. Webb was a homemaker, who enjoyed babysitting and ironing and also worked at Torbett-Hutchins-Smith Memorial Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Baskem Webb on May 6, 1992 and son Louis Calvin “LC” Webb on August 1, 2004. She is survived by two daughters: Ann Zimmerman of Denton, Doris Kluck and husband Terry of Marlin, eight grandchildren,Freddy, Danny, Sandra, Christy, Addie, Michael, Tashsa ans Tash, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Marlin.

Moore, Doris Jane “Pinkey”

August 24, 1928 – May 1, 2011

Doris Jane “Pinkey” (Bull) Moore, of Hemphill, passed away on Sunday May 1, 2011. She was surrounded by her loving family. Doris was born in Houston, Texas on August 24, 1928, the daughter of Iva Lee (Erwin) and Byron Bull. She graduated from Marlin High School, where she was a cheerleader, in 1945. She married her life long companion, Floyd D. “Dave” Moore Sr. on December 9, 1946. Their love flourished for 64 years.

Doris was the full time C.E.O. of the Moore family which included her husband Dave; their daughter Jeannie Handley and husband Gerald; son Dave Moore Jr.; and son Dan Moore and wife Dianna. Her grandchildren include Jennifer McSweeney and husband Ray; Melissa Griffin and Brandon Rainbolt; Leslie Greenberg and husband Joseph; Elisabeth Applbaum and husband Shai; Ashley Moore; and John David Moore. Her two great-grandchildren are Michelle and Thomas Davis.

She is a devout Christian and has been an active member of the First United Methodist Church Hemphill. Arrangements for a memorial service are pending. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church Hemphill, P.O. Box 287, Hemphill, Texas 75948.

Herring, Charles

Charles HerringMarch 3, 1933 – May 5, 2011

Johnny Charles Herring age 78, of Woodway and Marlin passed away Thursday, May 5, 2011 at a local hospital. Graveside services will be 10AM Monday May 9, 2011 at Moody Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8PM Sunday May 8 at Grace Gardens Funeral Home Chapel.

Charles (Sonny) was born March 6, 1933 in Travis, Texas to Joe Bob and Rosa Lee Herring. Charles grew up and lived most of his life in Falls County where he enjoyed remodeling projects and helping friends and neighbors. He also loved to hunt and fish and entertain at family fish fries where he cooked. Charles and Venita met at the VFW in Hewitt and enjoyed dancing throughout their marriage.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; son, John Kelly Herring; half-brother, Billy Herring; half-sister, Frances Rutherford; sister, Bobbie Roberts; and brother, JW Herring.

Charles is survived by his wife Venita McNiel; son LaVon Herring and wife, Cynthia of Navasota; daughter Cindy Clark Broseh and husband, Larry of Mansfield; daughter Becky McPherson and husband John of Richland Springs; son Jamie Herring and wife Susan of Riesel; eight grandchildren ; five great grandchildren. He also is survived by step children Ronnie McNiel and wife Sherry of Hewitt; Cathi Collie and husband Waller of DeSoto; Kelly McNiel of Waco; Tracy McNiel and wife Suzanne of Waco; six step-grandsons and one step-granddaughter.

Sapp, Willie, Jr.

March 17, 1924 – May 3, 2011

Willie Sapp, Jr. age 87 formerly of Marlin passed from this life Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Graveside services will be 10 A.M. Friday, May 6, 2011 at Powers Chapel Cemetery in Falls County with the Rev. Roy Marshall of Hewitt First Baptist Church officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday 6 to 8 P.M. at Adams Funeral Home

Willie was born March 17, 1924 in Minerva, Texas to Willie Sapp, Sr. and Stella Vawters Sapp. He resided most of his life in Falls County and was a farmer and carpenter. He was preceded in death by his wife Louise Douglas Sapp, his parents and two brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by his daughter and caregiver, Kathy Hartin of Woodway, daughter, Sandra Hunter of Marlin and son Jerry Sapp and his wife JoAnn of Marlin. Seven Grandchildren and fifteen Great Grandchildren, brother, S.A. Sapp and wife Rudean of Sealey, sisters, Bertha Fincher and husband Gerry of Spring, Agnes Rice of Marlin and sister-in-law, Barbara Ann Sapp of Rosebud.

Pallbearers: Michael Stanford, Brian Stanford, Brett Humphus, Jordan Sapp and Jimmy Jackson.

The family would like to thank Scott & White/Hillcrest Hospice for the excellent care provided our loved one during the last two weeks of his life.

Wilton, T. A.

T A WiltonJan 17, 1945-April 28, 2011

Thomas Andrew Wilton, Jr., 66, of Richland Springs entered into eternal rest on April 28, 2011 at Brownwood Regional Medical Center. He was surrounded by his family and close friends. Memorial services are pending with Howell Doran Funeral Home in San Saba.

T.A. as he was known to his many friends and family was born in Brady, TX on January 17, 1945. He was a graduate of Brady High School and a 1968 graduate of Texas A&M University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education. He was a proud Aggie, a true believer in the Aggie Spirit, and was often heard saying those famous Aggie words, “once an Aggie, always an Aggie.”

After graduating from Texas A&M, T.A. married his college sweetheart and moved to Marlin where his education career as a Biology and an Agriculture teacher spanned 27 years. T.A. spent these years mentoring the youth of Marlin, participating in livestock shows, and various programs for his Ag students. T.A. was instrumental in the formation of a Young Farmers Association which encouraged and supported all young farmers of the Marlin area. T.A. was a simple man who had simple pleasures in this world, “small in stature, yet larger than life.” His greatest joys were spending time reminiscing with friends and family, watching Aggie football games, and playing his weekly domino game every Wednesday night. He also loved working on his home that he humorously named his “Tawz Mahal.” T.A. was a man that touched many lives and lived life to the fullest. He radiated a kind and generous heart, had a sense of humor like no other, never met a stranger, and could light up a room. He was definitely was one of a kind. He will be sorely missed by all of those who knew and loved him.

T.A. was preceded in death by his son Jody Wilton of Marlin, his grandparents John & Mollie Wilton of Richland Springs, and his parents T.A. Wilton, Sr. and Florence Wilton of Brady.

Leaving behind to cherish his memory are his sons, Cody Wilton and fiance, Kathy of Marlin, Cory Wilton and wife Ashley of Riesel, and his daughter Jana Farquhar and husband Matt of Waco. one granddaughter, Kaylin, of Riesel, a brother, Kenneth Wilton and wife Mary Ann of Brady, sister Pam McFarland and husband RL of Hutto, along with several nieces and nephews.

Respecting the wishes of T.A., the family will have his body cremated and his ashes spread along the creek where he spent so many happy hours as a child.

The family would also like to thank Teddy and Trisha Grabarkewitz, and Charlie and Pattie Fowler all of Richland Springs for the years of love and friendship they showed to T.A.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made in T.A.’s honor to the Ronald McDonald House, a place near and dear to his heart.

Powell, Doris Mae

Doris PowellMarch 2, 1933 ~ April 27, 2011

Doris Mae Powell, age 78 of Marlin entered into rest Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Services will be 10 A.M. Monday, May 2, 2011 at Grace Lutheran Church with the Reverend Lewis Wunderlich officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday 6 to 8 P.M. at Adams Funeral Home.

Mrs. Powell was born March 2, 1933 in Falls County to Walter and Alice Wellman Mulsow. She retired from Baker Oil Tools in 1985 after 30 years of service as an executive secretary. She was a long time resident of Marlin and a member of Grace Lutheran Church. She graduated from Marlin High School in 1950, loved shopping, traveling and gardening but mostly she enjoyed spending time with her grandson. She married James E. Powell October 18, 1953 in Marlin and he preceded her in death June 9, 2005. She was also preceded by her parents.

Survivors: Son – Ronald Powell and wife Isabel of San Antonio. Sister – Evelyn Voges of Riesel. Grandson – Travis James Powell of San Antonio. Life long dear friend – Leona Papendorf of Marlin

Pallbearers: Gordon Voges, Jimmy Neumann, Travis Powell, Wayne Polster, Dennis Mulsow and Neil Powell

The family suggests that memorials be made to Grace Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society.

Tomchesson, Arlene M.

A. TomchessonMarch 21, 1935 – APril 26, 2011

Arlene M. Tomchesson, 76, of Waco passed away peacefully with her family by her side Tuesday April 26, 2011 at her home. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday May 4, 2011 at Grace Gardens Funeral Home. Interment will be 10:30 am Thursday May 5, at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.
Arlene was born March 21, 1935 in Beaumont, Texas to Lester and Lucille Baker. She spent most of her high school years in Marlin, Texas where she met and married Teddy Tomchesson on December 27, 1952. Arlene and Teddy were stationed in many interesting places, including Japan, which happened to be one of her favorites. She was active in Girl Scout leadership for her daughters and Boy Scouts for her sons. Arlene never remarried after Major Teddy Tomchesson died in 1968 during the Vietnam War. She worked most of her life as a bookkeeper and was a devoted single mom to her five children. She played Championship Bridge as a young woman, and her entire life she enjoyed card games with her friends and grandchildren. She loved flowers and studied Ikebana in Japan. Arlene was an avid reader, loved the beach, the theatre, art, movies, and danced the soles off her shoes at any given opportunity .
Her parents, Lester and Lucille Baker, husband Teddy Tomchesson, brother Lester Baker, and son-in-law, Scott Matthews, preceded her in death.
She is survived by daughter Lisa Tomczeszyn of Los Angeles, Ca; son Titus Tomchesson, of Greensboro, NC; daughter Liana Tomchesson Adams and husband, George, of Austin; son Andrew Tomchesson of Waco and son Anthony Tomchesson and wife Robin, of Valley Mills; a brother Joel Baker of Washington; grandchildren Sarah Tomchesson-Rhodes, Jessica Tomchesson, Emily Tomchesson, Miles Adams, Ty Tomchesson, Daniel Tomchesson, and Cheyanna Tomchesson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Waco Public Library.

Martinez, Edmund, Sr.

April 3, 1928 – April 3, 2011

Edmund Martinez, Sr., was called home by our Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 3, 2011. He was 83 years old. He was born on April 3, 1928 in Marlin Texas to Aurelia and Joe Martinez, Sr. He graduated from Baylor University in 1950 with a Bachelor’s Degree. Following his service in the United States Air Force, he returned to Baylor and earned his Master’s Degree. He served his entire career in education with the Corpus Christi Independent School District. He began his career as a teacher at Shaw Elementary in 1955 and was principal at Los Encinos, Prescott, Garcia and Schanen Estates Elementary schools. He served as president of the local TEPSA (Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association). Recognized for his leadership skills, he was promoted to Director of Personnel in 1972 and retired as the Director of Elementary Education in 1986. His leadership touched the lives of many students, teachers and personnel during his long service with CCISD.

He was preceded in death by his parents Aurelia and Joe Martinez, Sr. and his brother Joe Martinez, Jr.

Left behind to cherish his memories are his loving and devoted wife Sylvia Martinez, sister Gladys Moore of Plano, Texas, son Edmund and his wife Chris of Houston, Texas, son Michael and his wife Cheryll of Houston, Texas, daughter Cara Davila and Husband Joe of Lewisville, Texas and three grandsons, Greg Martinez, Jordan Davila and Braden Davila. He is also remembered by Sylvia’s family: daughter Terry Trujillo and husband Tommy of Corpus Christi, Texas, son Rich Villarreal and wife Lisa of San Antonio, Texas, and grandchildren Kristian Barton and husband Joseph, Kristopher Buhidar, Victoria Trujillo, Tommy Trujillo, Nick Villarreal and Lauren Villarreal.

Edmund had a passion for music, golf and fishing. He will be fondly remembered for his love of Corpus Christi and the bay waters that captivated him. A private memorial service to honor and remember his life was held at his home on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 1: 00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made in his name to the Amistad Community Health Center at www.amistadchc.org.

Blocker, Earline Wiggleton

June 22, 1928 ~ March 15, 2011

Earline Wiggleton Blocker, age 82, of Marlin, entered into rest Tuesday, March 15, 2011. Services will be 2 P.M. Friday, March 18, 2011 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joel Davila officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday 6 to 8 P.M. at Adams.

Mrs. Blocker was born June 22, 1928 in Rule, Texas, Haskell County to Frank Charles and Clara Stimmel. She married Clifford Wiggleton December 11, 1942 and he passed away December 28, 1985. She then married R.L. Blocker October 19, 1988 and he preceded her in death. She attended Pleasant Grove School, attended the First Assembly of God church in Marlin and worked for a number of years at Torbett- Hutchings- Smith and Falls Community Hospitals as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Mrs. Blocker was preceded in death by a son, Charles Wiggleton in 1978. She loved working in her flower gardens, her yard and playing with her grandkids. Her family was her greatest joy. Earline will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her son, Clifford Wiggleton of Marlin; sister, Helen Coble of Marlin; grandchildren, Dwaine Wiggleton of Lufkin, Randy Wiggleton of New Caney, Clyde Gillespie of Waco; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pecina, Primitiva

PecinaJune 10, 1925 ~ March 7, 2011

Primitiva Pecina, age 85, of Marlin, entered into rest Monday, March 7, 2011.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with the Rev. John Kelley as celebrant. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery. A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with family visitation beginning at 5 p.m.

Mrs. Pecina was born June 10, 1925 in Calvert to Joaquin and Concepcion Pinon Pineda. She was a homemaker a longtime resident of Marlin and a faithful member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her children, Sonny Pecina, Olivia Davis, Louis Pecina and Guadalupe Pecina and her grandchildren, Greg Pecina and Jared Beltran.

Survivors include her husband, E.L. Pecina; son, Tony Pecina; daughters, Mary Lou Gomez, Lydia Rauch, Ana Walker, Jacqueline Pecina and Patricia Wosnitzky; brothers, Henry, Tom and Steve Palacios; sisters, Mary Trevino, Trinidad Rivera, Irene Robles, Rosenda Palacios and Rose of Aberdeen WA; 30 grandchildren and numerous great and great, great grandchildren.

Adams Funeral Home in Marlin is in charge of arrangements.