• 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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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.

Yezak, Jessica Lee

YezakAug. 26, 1982 ~ Mar. 6, 2011

Jessica Lee Tilton Yezak, age 28, of Riesel, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday March 6, 2011 in Tyler, TX.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2011 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Marlin. Burial will take place in the Riesel Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday March 11th from 6 pm until 8 pm, with a rosary beginning at 7pm in the Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Marlin.

Jessica Lee Tilton Yezak was born August 26, 1982 in Brownwood, TX to Sara Dickerson Mathis and Jack Tilton. She graduated from Bangs High School in 2000 where she was a member of the National Honor Society and Texas Scholars, was active in high school sports and served as a BHS cheerleader for four years.

Jessica was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where she was a CCE teacher. She was also a member of the AKS sorority and a proud Unity Dance mom. She worked full-time as a bookkeeper at the Charlie Kluck CPA firm in Marlin, TX, and was a self- proclaimed wedding planner. But her most important and rewarding job, however, was being a mother to her daughter Katie Bug.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; Leo Dickerson Sr., Rollin Jack Tilton Sr., Georgia Belle Tilton Alexander, Norman Pearce, and Glenn Mathis Sr., and her uncle Tony Mathis.

Jessica is survived by her daughter Kaitlyn Lee Yezak; former husband, Ashley Yezak both of Marlin; her mother, Sara Mathis and Bill Mathis of Gatesville; her father, Jack Tilton and wife Anna Kay of Brownwood, father and mother-in-law, Leon and Sue Yezak of Marlin; her brothers, Chris Tilton of Shreveport, LA, Lonnie Johnson and wife Jennifer and daughter Lily of Great Falls, MT; her sisters, Makenzi Franks and Caisyn Mathis of Gatesville; her grandparents, Cynthia “Nannie” Leverett of Gatesville, Lillian Pearce of Brownwood, and Janet Mathis of Gatesville; her uncles, Leo Dickerson and wife Ronda, John Dickerson and wife Pat, and Bill Tilton and wife Jennifer, Craig Miller her aunts, Glynda Floyd and husband Wayne, DeAnn Dees and husband David, Nancy Mathis, Cindy Miller, Nola Sweatman and husband Troy, Dora Stewart and husband Bill; brother-in-law, Danny Yezak and wife Shelly; sister-in-law Denise Bachert and husband David and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial for Jessica will be held on March 19th at 1pm in Bangs at the First Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Jessica Tilton Yezak Scholarship fund at Texas Bank in Brownwood.

Adams Funeral Home in Marlin is in charge of arrangements.

Lewis, Mary L.

marly lewisDecember 4, 1921 ~ March 9, 2011

Mary L. Lewis, age 89, of Marlin, entered into rest Wednesday, March 9, 2011.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, March 11 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Timothy Vaverek as celebrant. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery. A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Thursday at Adams Funeral Home Chapel.

Mary was born December 4, 1921 in Highbank to Joe and Josie Roppolo LaBarbera. She was the bookkeeper for the Lewis Music Company for 40 years and a homemaker. She was a lifelong resident of Falls County and a faithful member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Mary was a member of the PCCW and her hobbies were church and saying the Holy Rosary.

Survivors include her son, Joe Lewis and wife Beckie of Lorena; daughter, Louise Armstrong of Austin; brother, Joe LaBarbera of College Station; sisters, Frances Roming of Marlin, Corine Palasata of Grand Prairie, Roseann Balamonte of Cedar Hill; grandchildren, Joseph Lewis, Jr., Jason Lewis, Adam Lewis, Robert Anderson and Daniel Armstrong; great-grandchildren, Ryli and Luke Lewis.

Adams Funeral Home in Marlin was in charge of arrangements

Powers, Thomas D.

PowersJune 29, 1932 – February 22, 2011

Thomas D. Powers, age 78, died February 22, 2011, of pancreatic cancer. He was born June 29, 1932, near Marlin, Texas. He worked in agricultural chemical sales and had his own business for many years. He was the patriarch of an extended family. Tom was a member/Past Master of Northwest Masonic Lodge #1434, recipient of the Golden Trowel Award, Scottish Rite, Arabia Shrine and Past President of the Tomball Area Shrine Club.

Tom is survived by wife, Barbara; son, Jay Powers; daughter, Shannon Powers; also daughters Cyndi Murray and Nancy Holt; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brothers, Richard and Robert; sisters, Dorris Childs, Faye Hagner, and Shella Moore; a host of other family members; and numerous friends.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m., Fri., Feb. 25, Brookside Funeral Home, 3410 FM 1960 West, Houston. On Sat., Feb. 26, services will be at 10 a.m., John Wesley United Methodist Church, 5830 Bermuda Dunes Dr., Houston; burial will be at 3 p.m., Blue Ridge Cemetery, east of Marlin. Please make memorial contributions to Shriners Hospital for Children, 815 Market St., Galveston, TX 77550.

Kilgore, Sidney Ann Collins

KilgoreSidney Ann Kilgore was called home to her loving Lord on February 10, 2011 after a truly wonderful and blessed life. Born in Waco to Margaret and Sid Collins, she graduated from Marlin High School and attended the University of Texas at Austin. She has been a Dallas resident since 1956.

Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Bill, daughter Mary Margaret Hickey and husband, Bill, grandchildren, Will, Ben, Ann Marie and Laura Hickey, stepchildren, Mark and Maryseay Kilgore, grandchildren, Ashley and Carson Kilgore, brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Paula Collins, niece, Shannon Rowell and husband Jim, children, Caroline, Sidney Margaret and Abigail Rowell. Her greatest joy was the family the Lord gave her.

Sidney Ann and Bill were members of the Park Cities YMCA and longtime fundraisers for the Y’s scholarship program. She was a Baylor Hospital volunteer in the Caring Hearts program and a mentor with Off Our Rockers and a member of Believers Chapel Bible Church. She died knowing she was loved and assured of her salvation. How thankful and grateful to God we are for the years we had with her.

Her family wishes to thank Dr. Amy Anderson M.D. for all of her kindness and attention. A memorial service will be held at Believer’s Chapel, 6420 Churchill Way, on February 14th at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers,please consider a memorial donation to Union Gospel Mission or Believers Chapel’s media ministry.

Ray, Gary T.

Gary RayJuly 4, 1949 ~ Feb. 6, 2011

Gary T. Ray, age 61, of Marlin, entered into rest Sunday, February 6, 2011. Graveside services will be held at 2 P.M. Friday, February 11, 2011 at Hillcrest Cemetery with the Rev. Jeff Stull officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday from 12 Noon until service time.

Gary was born July 4, 1949 in Walters, Oklahoma to Horace and Ruby Lee Cunningham Ray. He retired from the Waco ISD where he was in the maintenance department. He was a member of the Trinity Memorial Baptist Church and served with the armed services in the U.S. Navy. He loved to fish and his passion was working on old cars.

Survivors include his son, Adam Ray of Waco and a brother, Charles Ray of Navasota.

Memorials may be made to the VFW post in Killeen, Texas.

Roberts, Mae Belle

October 29, 1909 ~ February 3, 2011

Mae Belle Roberts, age 101, of Trinity, Texas, formerly of Marlin, entered into rest Thursday, February 3, 2011.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday, February 7, 2011 at Calvary Cemetery with Dr. John Weygandt officiating. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Marlin. The family will receive friends on Sunday 3 – 5 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home.

Mrs. Roberts was born October 29, 1909 in the McClanahan Community to W.D. and Fatina Walton Barton. She was a teacher in the Marlin schools for 40 years, retiring in 1972. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, joining in 1923 and a lifelong resident of Marlin and Falls County. She graduated from Marlin High School, earned her B.A. degree from Stephen F. Austin and her Masters from Greely College. Mrs. Roberts was a volunteer at the Marlin Veterans Hospital for 22 years, a Sunday school teacher for 65 years, a Bridge Club member for 35 years and a member of the Crafts Club. She was also a member of the Retired Teachers Association.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Boone Roberts in 1968.

Survivors include nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 309 Coleman St. Marlin, Texas 76661.

Markowski, Kirk

K Markowski
Sept. 1, 1959 ~ Jan. 16, 2011

Kirk Markowski, age 51, of Waco, entered into rest Sunday, January 16, 2011.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Marlin with the Rev. Don Fulton officiating. Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday 6 – 8 p.m. at Adams.

Kirk was born September 1, 1959 in Marlin to Ben and Shirley Wilson Markowski. He was a warehouse manager in the nursery and gardening industry, a 6-year resident of Waco and of the Catholic faith. He loved to go arrowhead hunting, antique shopping,fishing in the Brazos River, gardening and playing horseshoes.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, John and Callie Wilson and paternal grandparents, Bill and Alice Markowski.

Survivors include his daughter, Callie Markowski and fiancé Cory Burgess of Hewitt; parents, Ben and Shirley Markowski of Marlin; sister, Mary Jane Markowski of Waco; finance’ Patricia Hooks and her son Toby of Waco; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.