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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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    Roddy Ethridge
    Larry Green
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    Bobby Hesskew
    Sheryl Hicks
    Donald Hogan
    Kenneth Hogg
    Patty Holloway
    Jane Howerton
    Bob Humphrey
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    Brad Jennings
    Carol Kendrick
    Bobby Lessman
    Dwight Lessman
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    Leo Locke Jr.
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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.

Dyer, Marsha Maines

Apr. 11, 1950 ~ Jan. 17, 2011

Marsha Kathleen Dyer, age 60 of Waco entered into rest Monday, January 17, 2011. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday, January 21, 2011 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin with the Rev. Reggie Blake officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday 6 – 8 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin.

Marsha was born April 11, 1950 in Marlin to William Leslie and Ruth Hardin Maines. She was a restaurant manager for many years and was a member of Beacon Hill Baptist Church. She loved to sing, make everybody laugh and loved all children. Marsha will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Ms. Dyer was preceded in death by a son, Robbie Berberette, a granddaughter, Bonita Lynn York, her father Leslie Maines , foster child, Brandy Thorp and foster grandchildren, Austin and Kinsey Thorp.

Survivors are her daughters, Aimee Hassan of San Antonio, Kelley Tidwell of Waco; son, Leslie Berberette of Sleepy Eye, MN; mother, Ruth Maines of Waco’ brothers, Bill Maines of Hamilton, Morris Maines of Waco; 10 grandchilren.

Reagan, Charles Eugene, Jr.

Charles Reagan

Charles Eugene Reagan, Jr. was born in Marlin, Texas, on January 18, 1935 and died of a massive heart attack in Austin, Texas, on Friday, October 22, 2010. Following in the tradition of his father and grandfather, who were both prominent attorneys in Marlin, Charles was an attorney.

While attending school in Marlin, Charles excelled in band and basketball. At the University of Texas, he earned a place on the Dean’s list, played the trumpet in the Longhorn Band, active in the Kappa Alpha Fraternity and a member of the ROTC. He graduated from UT with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1957 and with a Bachelor of Law in 1961.

One of his greatest pleasures was listening to jazz and classical music with his father at a cabin at Lake Whitney. Charles was proud of winning a western movie trivia contest in the mid-1960’s and greatly enjoyed the prize of a trip to Las Vegas.

Following graduation, Charles served as captain of the Transportation Corps of the U.S. Army. He served as general counsel for several insurance companies in Dallas and Houston in the early part of his career and later for the State of Texas in Austin. After retiring, Charles researched and began writing a book on the JFK political era.

Charles is survived by the love of his life, Doris Biehle Reagan, and his precious feline, Kitty Reagan. He is also survived by his family Margaret Wachsmann and Glenn Richter of Georgetown, Esther and Freddie Synatschk of Bryan, Alma and Martin Kilian of Winchester and Ervin and Lorine Biehle of LaGrange, many special nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Jane Bartlett Reagan and his father, Charles E. Reagan, and his brother, Richard Bartlett Reagan.

Visitation will be at Harrell Funeral in Austin on Sunday, October 24th from 3-5 pm. Services will be on Monday, October 25th at Harrell Funeral Home at 1:00 pm. Burial will be at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Smithville, Texas at 3:30 pm on Monday.

Kampfhenkel, Elja Kasper

KampfhenkelJuly 16, 1934 – June 7, 2006

Elja Kasper Kampfhenkel 71, entered into rest Wednesday, June 7, 2006. Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10 2006 at the Perry Methodist Church with Rev. John Sirmon and Rev. Ron Odom officiating. Burial followed a the church cemetery. A visitation will be held Staruday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home.

Mr. Kampfhenkel was born July 16, 1934 in Marlin to Ewald and Lilly Wieting Kampfhenkel.  He attended the Cowboy Church. Retired from Texas Instruments as an engineer, he worked as a government contractor for Reeves Instruments in Southeast Asia for several years during the Vietnam conflict, and was a Veteran of the United States Air Force.

His parents preceded him in death.

Survivors include two sons, Elja Kampfhenkel Jr. of McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, John Wesley and wife Laura Kampfhenkel of Carlsbad, CA; daughter Sangdow Thompson of Temecula, CA; brother Vernon Kampfhenkel of Texas; sister Evangiline Busbee of Pasadena, TX; granson, Christopher Thompson of Temecula and several nieces and nephews.

Stewart, Betty Sue Osborn

March 17, 1934 – June 2, 2007

Betty Sue Osborn Stewart, 73, of Marlin entered into rest on Saturday, June 2, 2007. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Mrs. Stewart was born in Marlin on March 17, 1934 to Sterling William and Bettie Pearl McCaulley Osborn. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Marlin.

She loved yard work, her flowers and feeding her wild birds. She cherished her family and friends and loved to entertain. Mrs. Stewart was a member of the Red Hat Society and a 50 year member of the Order of Eastern Star.

She married Leslie Stewart on Feb. 2, 1953 in Durant, Okla. and he preceded her in death in 1995. Also preceding her were her parents, a brother, William Earl Osborn and a niece, Laura Sue Osborn.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Providence Hospice or the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include: daughter, Susie Barker and husband Ron of Marlin; son, David Stewart and wife Debbie of Marlin; grandchildren Dustin and Lisa Stewart of Waco, Melissa and Shannon Landy of Waco; great-grandchildren, Dusty and London Stewart and Cheyenne and Alannah Landy of Waco; and special friend, Clyde Nutt of Marlin

Pallbearers are: Gene Brown, Randall Brown, Rob Douglas, Norman Erskine, Danny Meyer and Terry Nutt. Honorary Pallbearers are: Delores Leppe Alexander, Betty Childs Cunningham, Marilyn Hancock Duff, Helen Tomchesson Hays, Marjorie Ann Meyer Hickman, Phyllis Craven Kerbs, Sidney Ann Collins Kilgore.

Acheson-Munos, Rev. Jeanne

Jeanne Acheson-MunosJanuary 16, 2010

With profound sadness, Free Methodist World Missions reports Rev. Jeanne Acheson-Munos, Merle West, and Gene Dufour, the three missionaries who have been unaccounted for, have not been located and are now presumed to not be alive. Today, Bishop David Roller conducted a funeral service at the site of the building they were in which collapsed when Tuesday’s earthquake hit. These three individuals gave their lives in service to the Haitian people whom they loved deeply.

Rev. Jeanne Acheson-Munos, and her husband, Jack, were appointed as career missionaries to Haiti in March 2004. Together they worked alongside the national church to develop and strengthen the conference, pastors, church leaders and members. Jeanne’s deepest desire was that Haiti, the Pearl of the Antilles, would shine again with “Haiti for Christ” becoming a reality.

A Waco Tribune Article about Jeanne and Jack (Randy) Munos

A YouTube Video of the memorial service.

Shaunfield, Jackie

July 4, 1947 – December 14, 1998

Jackie Shaunfield, 51, of Reagan died Monday, December 14 in a Temple hospital. Services were held Thursday, December 17, at 2 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin, Clement Gordon officiating. Burial was at Waite Cemetery in Reagan.

Mr. Shaunfield was born July 4, 1947 in Marlin to Jack and Ila Belle Smith Shaunfield. He attended schools in Reagan and Marlin.

He and Earlene Erwin were married on April 21, 1973 and lived their entire married life in Reagan. He was a truck driver for Safeway in Dallas for many years and had been in the sand and gravel business in Falls County and surrounding area for the past 11 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Earlene; sons, Clint and Eric, of Reagan; two aunts, Linda Tucker of San Antonio and Dorthea Brown of Duncanville; uncle, Douglas Smith of San Antonio; brother-in-laws, Johnny Erwin of Marlin, and Ronny Erwin of Waco; one nephew and three nieces; cousins, and many friends.

Pallbearers were Lynn Gafford, Ronnie Neumann, Larry Neumann, Richard Young, Larry Pamplin, Butch Andreski, Stephen Schneider, and Blondie Contella.

Brown, Porter James “P. J.”

P. J. BrownAugust 7, 1921 – July 17, 2010

Porter James “P. J.” Brown, age 88, of Marlin, entered into rest Saturday, July 17, 2010. Services will be 10a.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday 6 – 8 p.m. at Adams.

P.J. Brown was born August 7, 1921 at Mustang Prairie, near Kosse to Rev. Porter and Bessie Mae Lewis Brown. He was reared in Mustang Prairie and worked on the family farm. He married Hazel M .A. Barnes in Marlin on August 15, 1939 and went on to establish Brown Radio and T.V. that he, and his family, operated for 40 years. P. J. was a member of the Marlin Masonic Lodge, A.F. & A.M., the Waco Kareem Shrine and First Baptist Church of Marlin. P.J. loved to fish, play the guitar, travel Texas and was an accomplished amateur photographer. He was especially talented in electronics.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Hazel, daughter Louise Hegefeld of Marlin, brothers, Mabry Brown of Robinson and Conrad Brown of Mart.

Survivors include his two sons, Gene Brown and wife Nelda of Marlin, Larry Brown and wife Mary Jane of Lorena; grandchildren, Susan Paschal and husband Kenneth of Mart, Deanna Wahlgren and husband David of Leander, Jeffery Brown and wife Amy of Elgin, Randel Brown and wife Rose of Bastrop, Barry Brown, Austin Brown and Collin Brown of Lorena; great-grandchildren, Eric Robertson of Waco and Wesley Brown of Bastrop.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Paschal, David Wahlgren, Jeffery Brown, Randel Brown, Barry Brown, Austin Brown, Collin Brown and Eric Robertson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Lynn Brown, Lowell Brown and Jimmy Brown.

Memorials may be made to the Shiners’.

Adams Funeral Home in Marlin was entrusted with the services.