• 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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    Jimmy Daily
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    Roddy Ethridge
    Larry Green
    Nancy (Neecie) Hardeman Beard
    Otis Havis
    Bobby Hesskew
    Sheryl Hicks
    Donald Hogan
    Kenneth Hogg
    Patty Holloway
    Jane Howerton
    Bob Humphrey
    Valarie Iglesia
    Brad Jennings
    Carol Kendrick
    Bobby Lessman
    Dwight Lessman
    Grace Locke
    Leo Locke Jr.
    Sharon Padilla Murray
    Debra Neumann
    Kay Phillips
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    Joyce Rachui
    Marcia Beth Roberts
    Raymond Smith
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    Paula Stone (McIntosh)
    Moda Strickland
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    Sandra Tobias
    Hector Trevino
    Barbara Chane (Tull)
    Mary Lynn Walker (Drews)
    Mary Helen McBee White
    Marion Willars

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Oltorf, Frank “Posh”

Posh OltorfJan. 20, 1923 – June 14, 2004

Frank Calvert Oltorf (Posh) died June 14, 2004, at his home in Marlin. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, at Calvary Cemetery in Marlin. Rev. Hollingsworth Mitchell of First Presbyterian Church, Marlin, will officiate.

Mr. Oltorf, born Jan. 20, 1923, in Marlin, was the son of Frank Oltorf and Madeline Bartlett Oltorf. He graduated from Marlin High School in 1940 and attended Rice Institute in Houston.

Mr. Oltorf was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Marlin.

Oltorf enlisted in the United States Army in World War II, served in India, and was discharged as a first lieutenant. While in India, Mr. Oltorf announced for the Texas Legislature in which body he served as one of its youngest members for two terms representing Falls County. During this time he also attended law school at the University of Texas in Austin.

Mr. Oltorf left the legislature to manage State Senator Ben Ramsey’s successful campaign for Lt. Governor of Texas and later organized his congressional district for Lyndon B. Johnson’s campaign for the U.S. Senate. At the urging of Johnson and Senator Tom Connally, Mr. Oltorf became regional coordinator for the Young Democrat of America. Mr. Oltorf then traveled throughout the country on behalf of President Truman’s 1948 campaign for re-election. Mr. Oltorf later served on the State Democratic Executive Committee and was appointed a member of the Advisory Hospital Council by his friend Gov. John B. Connally.

Mr. Oltorf was an executive with Brown and Root for several years and managed their Washington, D.C. office. He left that organization when he purchased stock in the Burkhead Mfg. Co. of Houston and became its president. After selling his interest in the Burkhead Company, he returned to Marlin in the 1960s where he has since been engaged in ranching.

In 1967, Mr. Oltorf wrote The Marlin Compound, which was published by the University of Texas Press and favorably reviewed by many newspapers and periodicals.

Mr. Oltorf is survived by his wife, Rowene; three children, Madeline Jackson of Marlin, Rowene Giarzzo of Powell, WY, and Kathy Weems of Pacific Palisades, CA; four grandchildren, Tyler Jackson, Maria Giarzzo, Guinluca Giarzzo and Elyse Hasenbert. A daughter, Debbie Weems, preceded Mr. Oltorf in death in 1978.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Jackson, Tom Sehon, Dr. Bart Norton, Bill Norton, Andy Norton, Jimmy Welch, Johnny Rogers, and Ronnie Neumann.

Honorary pallbearers are George Wilson, Jack Welch, Robert Stem, Gov. Bill Hobby, Paul Hobby, Wesley Anderson, Joe Brown, Hammond Norton, Bill Jackson, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, James King, Bill Dunkum, Dr. David Burton, Ed Moody, Pat Beard, Joe Holloway and Bob Ellett.

The family has suggested that memorials be sent to either the First Presbyterian Church, 411 Oaks, Marlin, TX 76661, or the Marlin Public Library, 301 Winter Street, Marlin, TX 76661.

Kinard, Rosalyn A.


Funeral services for Rosalyn A. Kinard, 74, of Temple were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Blue Ridge Baptist Church at Reagan with Rev. James Houser officiating.

Burial will be in Blue Ridge Cemetery.

Miss Kinard died Tuesday, July 31, 2007 in a Temple Living Center.

Miss Kinard was born in Reagan to Charles L. Kinard and Essie Kelly Kinard. She lived in Waco for forty years before moving to Temple five years ago. She graduated from Marlin High School and had attended Mary Hardin Baylor College. She was a member of Blue Ridge Baptist Church and had attended Highland Baptist Church in Waco, while living there. She worked as a secretary for Texas Department of Human Services in Waco.

Survivors include three sisters Laura Childs of Temple, Eunice Cunningham of Dallas and Donna Pierson of Houston; two brothers Charles S. Kinard of Laneville and David Kinard of Memphis, Tn.; eighteen nieces and nephews Cindy Baird of Temple, Carol Brown of League City, Janet Morrow of Houston, Kay Bushman of Rowlett, Celia Aimone of Houston, Leslie Pierson of Houston, Kelly Wallis of Houston, Laura Kinard of Memphis, Tn., Debbi Cole of McKinney, Mary Bollman of Dallas, Emily Gogineni of The Woodlands, Charles Childs of Cleveland, Jeffrey Pierson of Houston, David Cunningham of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Gerald Kinard of Bryan, Larry Cunningham of Dallas, Stuart Cunningham of Dallas and Charles D. Kinard of Memphis, Tn. and twenty four great nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Cemetery Association P.O. Box 42 Reagan, Texas 76680.

McDougall, Nancy Kay Phillips

Kay PhillipsApril 9, 1955 – May 22, 2007

Nancy Kay McDougall, 52, of Temple, died Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at her residence. Services were held at Saturday, May 26, at Scanio-Harper Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Sewell and Rev. Roy Parker officiating. Burial was at at Fairview Cemetery in Hubbard. Visitation was held Friday evening at the funeral home.

Mrs. McDougall was born April 9, 1955, in Waco to Louis P. and Ouida Elizabeth Martin Phillips. She was reared and educated in Marlin. She graduated from Marlin High School and Baylor University where she received her bachelor’s degree. She worked as an accountant at the V.A. hospitals in Marlin and Temple all her working life.

She was a member of Memorial Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Jim McDougal of Temple; daughter Cindy Beth Hogg of Temple; sons Jeffrey Hogg and wife Jennifer of Temple and Georgia and Jarrod Hogg of Temple; and sister Patricia Johnson and husband Harold of Dallas. Also surviving is one granddaughter, Jessica Elizabeth Hogg; step-daughter Katy Collins and husband MaRennis of Raleigh, North Carolina; stepson Ryan McDougall of Martinsburg, West Virginia; and one step-granddaughter, Asia McDougall.

Memorials may be made to Memorial Baptist Church, Music Department, Temple.

Torgerson, Henry Truett “Torg”

H. T. TorgersonApril 19, 1923 – Mar. 18, 2009

Henry Truett “Torg” Torgerson died March 18, 2009. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Marlin with the Rev. Eric Moore officiating. Burial will follow at Waite Cemetery in Reagan.

Mr. Torgerson was born April 19, 1923 in Beeville, to Henry Thomas and Corine Thames Torgerson. He graduated from A.C. Jones High School in Beeville in 1941. He then attended John Tarleton Jr. College in Stephenville, graduating in 1943 as a member of the R.O.T.C. On June 4, 1943 he was inducted into the U.S. Army at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He trained for 21 weeks at Camp Roberts, California. Then, as a member of the 91st Division, he was shipped to Africa and then to Italy. He served there in two campaigns and received two battle stars and the Bronze Star. He was a combat rifleman and a radio operator, serving in the Army from 1943 to 1945.

Following the war he returned to college graduating from North Texas State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts and a Master of Science degree. At North Texas he was a member of Alpha Chi and Phi Delta Kappa. He married Ruth Ann Davison of Reagan on June 24, 1950. He taught school for two years in Mississippi then came to Marlin and taught 31 years in all. He taught “shop”, drafting and history and later was teacher of Industrial Cooperative Training known as I.C.T. in the Vocational Dept. He was a member and a deacon of First Baptist Church of Marlin and taught a men’s Sunday school class. He was a member of the Marlin Noon Lions Club and served a term as President. He also owned a furniture restoration shop. He was a gifted craftsman and gave new life to many pieces of furniture, especially antiques.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years Ruth Ann,; daughter Carolyn Hiatt and husband Keith of Greensboro, N.C.; son, Don and wife Audrey of Keosauqua, Iowa; daughter Janet Sanders and husband Shane of Waco. Eight grandchildren, Matthew Hiatt and wife Lindsey, Stuart Sanders and wife Anna, Andrew Hiatt, Daniel Sanders, Susannah Sanders, Kim Crucean and husband Jeff, Richard Claypoole, Michelle Tucker and husband Keith, Great grandchildren, Wayne, Jeffrie, Lauren and Abigail. He is also survived by his brother, Burnett Torgerson and wife Gaynell of Corpus Christi and numerous nieces, nephews, one great nephew and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Jeralde Torgerson.

Pallbearers will be Matthew Hiatt, Andrew Hiatt, Stuart Sanders, Daniel Sanders, Dr. James Cathey, Dr. James Bryan, Michael Milnes and Jim Woliver.

Honorary pallbearers will be the deacon body of First Baptist Church, all members of the Marlin Noon Lions Club and Charles Ray Evans.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Marlin, Marlin Noon Lions Club, Marlin Public Library or The Allen House

Adams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Spencer, Forest Henry “Hal”

Hal Spencer Hal Spencer

The name Hal Spencer is synonymous with the Marlin School band program and students, who passed through the band hall doors from 1945 to the early 1970s, respected his talent and enthusiasm for perfection.

On Wednesday, April 5, 2006, at the Veterans Home in Temple, the end came to the life of a gifted man, Forest Henry “Hal” Spencer.

The Itasca native, born in 1915 to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Spencer, spent the majority of his adult life in Marlin. He was a graduate of the Marlin school system, and former band member, graduated from Sam Houston College with a degree in music, and following his service to his country in the U. S. Air Force, returned to become director of the Marlin band program in 1945 and spent the next 29 years at that post.

Spencer, with the cooperation of the faculty, the Band Parents’ organization, and a demanding schedule of work for himself, set in motion an excellent program, which increased interest, improved ability, and built support for the program. From beginners through high school, hundreds of students entered the band, and even though Mr. Spencer was strict and demanding, the Marlin High School band became well known for its full, well-balanced sound and its near-perfect marching routines. Participation in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) band contest became the ultimate goal for students and under his tutelage, won first division rating for marching, concert and sight-reading for 26 years.

The band also won the coveted Sweepstakes (first-division in all categories) four time. Numerous soloists and ensembles made first-division ratings and there were Marlin bandsmen playing in the Regional and All-State band every year but four of the 29 years Spencer was director.

Karen Little Meyer, Marlin business woman and former band student said, “Some of the best times of my life were spent in band, Mr. Spencer was tough, but when your band is judged first in the state, it was well worth it all.”

In 1958, Mr. Spencer was invited by the Cotton Bowl officials to be the director of the pre-game and halftime show during for game. He was also selected by the UIL to serve as judge for many competitions on both the regional and state levels.

“Many talented students were encouraged to continue their music careers by Mr. Spencer,” said former students and local physician, Dr. David Fedro. “He brought out the best in all of us and we wanted to excel not only for ourselves, but for him. He went out of his way to help procure scholarships for students who wanted to continue.”

Another student, Col. Ray Toler, went on to lead the Texas A&M Fighting Aggie Band from 1989 – 2002, once said of his mentor and friend,” I wouldn’t be where I am today if it hadn’t been for Hal Spencer. He was like a father to me and taught me to be respectful and never expect any less. He even took me around the state to find a scholarship and to introduce me to influential bandmasters that made a lasting impression.”

Mr. Spencer is survived by his wife his son, grandson, two great-grandchilden, several nephews and a host of life-time friends, and former students who number in the thousands.

See complete obituary in the obituary section of this site.

Goodrich, Thomas Eldon

May 20, 1920 – Feb. 16, 2009

Thomas Eldon Goodrich Jr., 88, of Marlin, died peacefully in his sleep Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at Ridgecrest retirement Center in Waco.

His services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Marlin, with the Rt. Rev. Judy Filer officiating.

Graveside services will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Marlin. Thomas was born May 16, 1920, in Marlin, to Tom and Onie (Curry) Goodrich. He was a graduate of Marlin High School, and later of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas in Austin. He dutifully served his country in the Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force, and was stationed in England during World War II. He was a B-17 navigator and flew numerous combat missions during the war. After his military service, he was an owner of Sanitarium Drug Store in Marlin, and later organized E-Z Storage Company, where he worked until his recent retirement. Thomas also enjoyed ranching and farming in Falls County. He was a life-long member of St. Johns Episcopal Church and faithfully served in many other leadership positions, including senior warden of the vestry.

He was preceded in death by his half-sister, Doris Raynie.

Thomas is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty; daughter, Ann Sitton and husband, Randy of Flower Mound; son, Tommy and wife, Kay of Lorena; grandsons, Andy Sitton and wife, Kim of Dallas, and Matthew Goodrich of Waco; granddaughter, Katy Goodrich of Dallas; half-brothers, Robert and Dickie Goodrich; and numerous other cousins. The family extends heartfelt thanks to the staff at Ridgecrest Retirement Center for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 415 Carter St., Marlin, TX 76661.

Hicks, Lonnie D., Jr.

Lonnie HicksLonnie David Hicks Jr., age 75, of Marlin, entered into rest on Sunday, August 31, 2008. Services will be 1 p.m.. Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Thomas Q. Robbins officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Adams.

David was born in Marlin, the eldest son of Lonnie David, Sr. and Willamae Curry Hicks. He attended and graduated Marlin High School and from Sam Houston State University (known then as Sam Houston State Teachers College) in 1954 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. After 16 months of recuperation from a broken leg (suffered while employed with the Texas Highway Department), he was drafted into the US Army for two years of service, 14 months of which was served in Germany as a personnel clerk with an intelligence unit. After his discharge from the Army in September of 1957, he returned to Marlin to begin his business career as a salesman associated with his father in Lonnie Hicks Shoe Store. After his father’s retirement, he purchased the remaining stock and became sole owner until the store closed in March of 1999. David was very active in civic activities with the Marlin Jaycees, having served as project chairman in 1959-60 for the “Santa in September” campaign. He was a member of the choir at both First Baptist Church and First United Methodist Churches and also served as choir director at both. In 1975 he recorded an album of sacred songs (Songs of Faith). He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family would like to thank the staff of Golden Years Nursing Home for their kindness, care and support.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Hicks of Marlin; daughter, Maria Cooper and husband Mike of Waco; brother, Robert G. Hicks and wife Mollie of Austin; cousins, Ralph (Red) Hicks and wife Alyene of Kermit, Chloe Johnson, Judy and Ken Ward of San Antonio, Patsy and Charles Everett of Houston; grandchildren, Allison and Garrett Cooper of Waco; nieces and nephews, Jana Hicks of New York City, NY, Rob Hicks of Austin, Julie Brookover and husband Steve of Dallas; great-nieces and nephews: Claire, Will and Anna Brookover of Dallas.

Pallbearers will be Norman Erskine, Sam Vassar, Jimmy Mitchell, Kenneth Drews, Elmer Albright and Larry Brothers.

Honorary pallbearers will be James Linker, Jack Kunze, Jack Stem, James Wilkey, Charles Ray Evans and George Wilson, Jr.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Organ Fund, 411 Coleman St. Marlin, TX 76661

Williams, Bishop

Bishop WilliamsBishop W. Williams, a long-time resident of Falls County, passed away on November 6, 2009 at his home in Marlin. He was 83. Services were 1:30 p.m., Saturday, November 14, 2009 at Greater Providence Baptist Church, Marlin, Texas. The Wake was 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 13, 2009 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Marlin, Texas.

Reared in McGregor, Texas, he was the youngest of four children born to Mr. Willis and Rev. Willie B Williams. He professed a saving faith in Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of Robinson Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. This church was started in the home of his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Missouri Green and he remained closely affiliated with it until his death.

Bishop began his education in the McGregor school system. At the age of 16, his parents sent him to Corpus Christi, Texas to attend Solomon Melvin Coles High School. There, he worked as the school janitor and as a gardener to support himself. In 1943, he received his high school diploma; and, having received a music scholarship, he enrolled in Tillotson College (now Huston-Tillotson. University). At Tillotson, Bishop studied classical piano, play piano in a jazz combo and sang on campus programs. During World War II, his college education was interrupted by a tour of duty in the army. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Tillotson and graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.

In 1957 and 1960, Bishop pursed further studies at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa (Science Institute and the National Science Foundation, Institute for Geology). In 1968, Bishop earned a Master of Science Degree in Biology from Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas. The findings from his graduate research on the flatworm, the monogenetic trematode, were so significant that he presented them to the Texas Academy of Science. In 1977, Bishop earned Administration Certification and Superintendent Level Certification from Prairie View A&M University.

In 1949, Bishop married his college sweetheart, Naomi Forbes. To this union three children were born. That same year, Bishop and his new bride moved to Marlin and joined St. Paul A.M.E. Church where he remained a faithful servant until his death. At St. Paul, Bishop served in many capacities including: Chairperson pro-tem of the steward board, church treasurer, musician and, choir president.

In addition, in 1949, Bishop began his teaching career as a science teacher, coach and choral director at Booker T. Washington High School, Marlin, Texas. In 2002, Bishop, who had 18 winning seasons as a basketball coach, was inducted into the Texas African American Coaches Association Hall of Fame. After integration, Bishop taught science at Marlin High School serving three years as chair of the science department, four years as assistant principal and eight years as principal of Marlin Middle School, and one year as administrative assistant, in charge of federal programs, to the superintendent.

After his retirement from Marlin ISD, Bishop was appointed to complete a term of office in the Falls County Commissioners Court. He was elected twice to the court. While on the commissioner’s court, he served as both Judge Pro-Tem and as Acting County Judge. Under his tenure as Acting County Judge, the plans for the current Falls County jail were developed and finalized.

Bishop’s other activities/positions included: Chairperson, NAACP’s Political Action Committee; member, H.O.T. (Heart of Texas) Regional Review Committee (appointed by Governor Ann Richards); member, H.O.T. regional Advisory Committee; member, Regional Solid Waster Management Council Member, and member, Cen-Tex Certified Development Company’s R.L.F. Board. He was also, treasurer, of the Marlin Lions Club; Charter Member, Bethel 228 F&AM Masons; member, County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas; and member, Organization of Black County Commissioners.

Bishop leaves to cherish his memory: his devoted wife, Naomi F. Williams; two children, Rev. Brenda Williams Waters of Dallas, Texas and Elder Willis L. Williams (Wynona) of Richmond, Texas; four grandchildren, Rev. Michael Williams Waters (Yulise) of Dallas, Texas, Claiborne Daniels (Sunni) of Richmond, Texas, Jomica Daniels of Richmond Texas, Chardae Daniels Hill (Cleo) of Austin, Texas; five great-grand children; and a host of other relatives and many, many friends.

Cross, Rev. Paul Sr.

Paul CrossMar. 14, 1955 – Dec. 10, 2009

The Rev. Paul Cross, of Marlin, passed away at a Baytown hospital on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009

Funeral services will be Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Turkey Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty, Texas. Rev. Clifton Cross Jr., will officiate., Burial will follow at a Baytown cemetery.

Rev. Cross was born and raised in Marlin, the son of Rev. Clifton and Bessie Cross. He was a graduate of Marlin High School, and was a licensed mortician. At the time of his death he was serving as pastor of the Turkey Creek Baptist Church.

Rev. Cross was preceed in death by his parents, two brotjers, James Cross and Hulen Brown; one son, Rev. Marcus Cross and one grandchild.

Rev. Cross is survived by his wife, Debra, of Baytown; one son, Paul Edward Cross Jr., of Austin; one daughter, Laquisha Hammet and husband Trey, of Baytown; one grandchild, Kayla; one brother, Clifton Cross Jr., and wife Evelyn of Marlin; two sisters, Joyce Brown, of Victoria and Minister Carwonder Davis and husband Rev. Robert Davis, of Waco; and special niece, Arlene Johnson, of Marlin and a host of nieces and nephews

Wells Funeral Home of Liberty is in charge.

Goeke, Shawn

Shawn GoekeJan. 24, 1977 – Nov. 6, 2005

Shawn Goeke, 28, of Marlin entered into rest Sunday, November 6, 2005. Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 9, 2005 at Adams Funeral Chapel with the Reverends Clement Gordon and John Sirman officiating. Burial will follow in the Hillcrest cemetery. A visitation will be 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, November 8, 2005 at Adams Funeral Home.

Shawn was born January 24, 1977 in Waco to William L. Goeke and Janis Bolin Browning. He graduated from Marlin High School in 1995 where he played football for the Marlin Bulldogs.

He loved deer hunting, enjoyed welding, mechanics, and he was always willing to help anyone that needs help. He was a member of the Trinity Baptist church.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Kelly and Edna Bolin, paternal great-grandmother and grandfather Herman and Bertie Wornat, and uncle Mike Goeke.

He is survived by his wife, Lindsy Dingrando of Marlin; one son, Clay Goeke of Perry, TX; two daughters, Caisley Goeke and Cortney Goeke, both of Marlin; father and step-mother,William and Shirley Goeke of Marlin; mother and step-father Janis and Jim Browning of Brady, TX; three brothers, Caleb Goeke of Bremond,

Chase Goeke of Keller, TX, and Micah Goeke of Keller, TX; three sisters, Kelly Michelle Chambers of Sherman, TX; Heather LeAnn Knowles of Groesbeck, TX, and McKenzie Goeke of Keller, TX; paternal grandparents, Bill and Doris Goeke of Marlin; and nephew Cutter Chambers of Sherman, TX.

Schraeder, Doris Grube

Doris SchraederNov. 11, 1937 – Feb. 16, 2009

Doris Grube Schraeder, age 71, of Riesel entered into rest on Monday, February 16, 2009. Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, February 19, 2009 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Marlin with Ludy Manthei officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6 until 8 P.M. at Adams.

Doris Grube was born November 11, 1937 in Falls County to Willie and Ella Polster Grube. She graduated from Marlin High School in 1955. After graduating from Four-C Business College, Doris worked eight years in the Grand Secretary’s office of the Grand Lodge of Texas A.F. & A.M.

Doris married John Schraeder on May 30, 1959 at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Marlin where she was a lifelong member and organist for over 50 years. She left the working scene and became a stay at home mom to raise two wonderful daughters, Teresa and Tina. When the city of Riesel was incorporated, Doris was their only employee filling the positions of secretary, billing clerk and later, court clerk. She was licensed by the State of Texas to run the water and sewer system. She retired from the city in 2002. Doris loved to dance, crochet and paint. She also loved growing beautiful flowers in her flowerbeds.

Her parents and a sister, Loretta Scheler, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband John Schraeder of Riesel; daughters, Teresa Clifton and husband Leslie of Riesel and Tina Alexander of Houston; grandchildren, Jeremy Niekamp, Corbin Niekamp, Caleb Alexander, Cullen Alexander, Russell Clifton and Kayla Clifton.

She is also survived by many other relatives and lots of friends.

Tobias, Jay Milton

Jay Milton Tobias
Nov. 12, 1960 – Oct. 15, 2007

Jay Milton Tobias, 46, of Marlin entered into rest on Monday, Oct. 15, 2007.

Services were held Oct. 18 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Andy Bratcher officiating. Burial was in the Hillcrest Cemetery.

Jay was born Nov. 12, 1960 in Marlin to Gene and Helen Beach Tobias. He was a life long resident of Marlin and a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church He was the sales and service manager for Western Auto Store. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Curtis Tobias and a sister, Sandra Tobias.

Survivors include his brothers, Alton Tobias of Mooreville, Gary Tobias of Robinson, Tommy Tobias of Riesel, Perry Tobias of Marlin, and Mike Tobias of Marlin; his sisters, Barbara St. Romain of Katy, Kay Niemeyer of Otto, Sherry Janeke of Marlin, and Liz Tobias of Marlin; and several nieces and nephews.

His brothers served as pallbearers.


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