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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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Henning-Perren, Martha Ruth (Stricklin)

M. HenningMarch 25, 1945 – March 4, 2012

Martha Ruth Henning – Perren of Killeen, passed at the age of 66 on Sunday morning of March 4. Visitation was held Wednesday, March 7 at Talasek funeral home in Killeen. Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church of Killeen on Thursday, March 8 with Pastor Randy Wallace officiating. Burial was at Kosse Cemetery in Kosse.

Martha was born March 25, 1945 in Marlin to Kathryn Stricklin-Dillon and Guy Stricklin. She is preceded in death by her parents and her son, Michial Hennig.

She is survived by her husband Norman Perren Jr. of Killeen, her son David Hennig and his wife Susan of Harker Heights, daughter-in-law, Miranda Hennig of Salado, two sisters, Ann Byer and husband Lester of Riesel, and Jean Williams of Marlin and eight grandchildren.

Martha was a business owner of Accent Floors in Killeen for 40 years. She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church and a pioneer behind their Singles Ministry. She was a dedicated member of the Texas Federation of Women’s Club, a devoted volunteer at the Killeen Food Care Center, and a member of various other church committees. Memorials may be made to the Food Care Center of Killeen, 210 N. 16th St., Killeen, TX. 76541. Martha was a loving wife, mother, granny, aunt, sister and friend. She will be missed by all. Services were handled by Talasek Funeral Home.


Papendorf, Herny Will

h.papendorfApril 16, 1932 — October 20, 2006

Henry W. Papendorf, 74, of Marlin, entered into rest on Friday, Oct. 20, 2006. Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday October 22 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Marlin, with burial following in the St. Paul Cemetery.

Henry was born April 16, 1932, in Otto, to Charlie and Selma Jahnke Papendorf. He was a life long resident of the Marlin, Falls County area and retired from the Texas Highway Department as a maintainer operator after 37 years of service. He loved the outdoors, and after his retirement, raised birds, Barbados sheep, Rat Terriers and Pekinese. Henry also loved to hunt and fish. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him as a friend and part of the family.

Survivors include his wife, Leona [Woltman] Papendorf of Marlin; daughter, Nancy Sinclair and husband, Richard of Argyle, Texas; son, Roy Papendorf and wife, Deborah of Pflugerville, Texas; grandchildren, Andrea Papendorf and Jon Erik Papendorf; and sisters, Alice Reichle of Marlin, and Dorothy Morgan of Robinson.

Roberts, Edwina

E RobertsSeptember 30, 1962 – December 31, 2011

Edwina Roberts, of Marlin, passed away Dec. 31, 2011. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Greater Providence Baptist Church in Marlin. Burial will follow at Falls County Cemetery.

Robertson Funeral Home, Marlin

Erskine, John Conrad

November 22, 1955 – December 21, 2011

John Conrad Erskine of Marlin passed from this life on Dec. 21, in Scott and White Hospital in Temple after a brief illness. He was 56.

John was born to John Conrad Erskine and Florine Curd Erskine of Stranger on Nov. 22, 1955 in Marlin. He was the second of four children. He graduated from Marlin High School and was a lifelong Falls County resident, engaging in ranching and agricultural pursuits.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John Conrad and Florine Erskine.

He is survived by a daughter, Dianna Erskine and a grandson, Jeremy Erskine of Kosse; two sons, Wayne Erskine of Katy and J. C. (John Conrad III) Erskine of Kosse; two brothers, Jan P. Senuta of Olathe, Kansas and James S. Erskine of Kosse; a sister, Jane Erskine Toppert of Mullin; and four nephews and three great nieces.

John loved the country and being outdoors. He was warm and generous to all he met.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, Dec. 28 at the Stranger Community Church, with Brother Clement Gordon officiating.

Donation in his memory may be made to The Stranger Cemetery Association.

Maxey, Bettie Mildred Janes

Bettie MaxeyAugust 12, 1924 – December 15, 2011

Bettie Mildred Janes Maxey, 87, of Marlin, TX entered into rest Dec. 15. Services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jeff Stull officiating. Entombment will follow at 12 noon at Waco Memorial Park Mausoleum in Waco. Visitation with the family will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday.

Bettie was born August 12, 1924 in Lott, TX to Ulysses S. and Mary Ada Grisham Janes. Her husband Morgan Maxey, who passed away in 1996, was a ship captain and she traveled with him all over the world. Bettie was a homemaker and enjoyed playing bridge. She was a faithful member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Bettie and Morgan lived in Trinidad and a few years in Searcy, Arkansas. They also lived in Colon, Panama for 18 years before total retirement in Marlin. Bettie graduated from Lott High School in 1942 and attended Blinn College. During World War II, she worked in an airplane factory in Fort Worth. After the war, Bettie worked as a secretary at a shipping company in Port Neches. That is where she met her future ship captain husband. On his next trip to the New York City Harbor, Bettie flew to New York where they married in 1945.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Don Janes in 2004.

Survivors include her sisters, Mary Adams of Marlin; Lucy Pyland of Marlin; brothers, Wilson Janes of San Antonio; and James Janes of San Antonio.

Kindred, Charles Edward “Bubba”

C. KindredJune 30, 1932 – December 16, 2011

Charles Edward “Bubba” Kindred, 79, of Marlin entered into rest December 16, 2011. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jeff Stull officiating. Burial will follow in Mustang Prairie Cemetery near Kosse. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Charles was born June 30, 1932 in Mustang Prairie to William Eddie and Florene Pringle Kindred. He worked for Holloway and Sons in Marlin for 20 years before moving to Houston to work for B.J. Hughes. Charles enjoyed dancing and spending time with his family. He never met a stranger.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents and brother Bernard Kindred in 1987.

Survivors include sisters, Dolores Barber and husband Harold of Rockdale, Tx; Peggy McMahon and husband Jerry of Kosse, Tx; brother, Jerry Kindred and wife Nancy of Kosse, Tx and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Southern Care Hospice, Golden Years Nursing Home and Dr. David Fedro.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Kindred, Mark McMahon, Brian McMahon, Aaron Barber, Jacob Wagner and Cayl Wagner. Honorary Pallbearers will be Clayton Eddie Barber, Jason Wesley Black and Michael Kevin McMahon.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to The Reagan Homecoming Association, c/o Elmer Cohn P.O. Box 88, Reagan, Texas 76680 or Mustang Prairie Cemetery c/o First State Bank Box 7, Bremond, Tx 76629.

Arrangements under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Marlin, TX.

Clark, Wendy Barron

April 17, 1944 – December 3, 2011

Wendy B. Clark, age 67, passed away Dec. 3 at Rockwall Health Presbyterian in Rockwall, TX. Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors Chapel in Whitney with Rev. Eddie Booth officiating. Burial followed at Whitney Memorial Park. Visitation was from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5 at Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors in Whitney.

She was born April 17, 1944 in Bristol, England to James Monroe and Barbara Gladys (Wright) Barron.

Wendy graduated from Marlin High School in 1962. Wendy worked as a sales associate for 21-1/2 years at Wal-Mart in Bellmead retiring in March of 2010.

She enjoyed and loved being around and spending time with her grandchildren very much. She touched the lives of every person she met. Wendy enjoyed playing bingo, gambling and was an avid traveler.

Wendy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George Nolan Clark on March 3, 1987 and granddaughter Jordan Kelley on March 21, 2001.

Wendy is survived by daughters: Barbara Renee Adams of Whitney, Melissa Anne Isham and husband, Terry Degerstedt of Rowlett, TX and Stephanie Lynn Kelley and husband, Brent of Abilene, TX; sisters: Carol York and husband, John of Whitney; Sue Farmer of Houston, TX; Betty Smith and husband, Jim Remick of Sanger, TX; Janie Edwards and husband, Raymond Robles of Marlin, TX; Debbie Pecina and husband, Robert of Marlin, TX; and Mary Jo Wilson of Orange, TX; 9 grandchildren: Devon Dubberley of Pulaski, TN; Tyler Dubberley of Pulaski, TN; Justin Adams of Whitney; Bryce Degerstedt of Waco, TX;Ty Degerstedt of Rowlett, TX; JEM Isham of Rowlett, TX; Nolan Degerstedt of Rowlett, TX; Samantha Degerstedt of Rowlett, TX; and Meghan Kelley of Abilene, TX.

Soto, Adela Martinez

A. SotoFebruary 25, 1923 – October 29, 2011

Adela Martinez Soto, 88, of Marlin went to be with her Lord, Saturday, Oct. 29. Services were 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Spanish Assembly of God Church in Marlin, Texas. Burial followed at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Adela was born February 25, 1923 in Brady, Texas to Camilo and Orteneia (Ortiz) Martinez. Adela was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved her church and she loved nothing more than spending time with and caring for her family.

Adela was preceded in death by her husband Joe Soto; her parents; her son, Henry Soto; and her daughter, Margie Jacinto.

Survivors include her son, Joe Soto, Jr. of Denton, TX; daughters, Gavina Thompson of Marlin, TX and Tonie Sickels of Everman, TX. She is also survived by her sister, Virginia Soto; and brothers, Rudy Martinez, Lupe Martinez, and Pete Martinez. Adela is survived by 13 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Joe Soto, Jr., Henry Silvas, Joseph A. Soto, Joe Soto, Martin Soto, and Pete Martinez, Jr.

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