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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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Allen, Elizabeth “Betsy” Graves Bartlett Sehon Hodges

October 8, 1921 – May 6, 2010

Elizabeth Graves Bartlett Allen, known as “Betsy”, passed away Thursday, May 6th, in her home in Marlin where she was born. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 8 at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 411 Oaks Street in Marlin with the Rev. Holly Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in the Bartlett Family Plot at Calvary Cemetery.

Betsy was born October 8, 1921 in Marlin, the daughter of Bess and Tom Bartlett. She was a graduate of Marlin High School and of Southwestern University in Georgetown where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from Baylor University. Betsy was a favorite teacher of decades of students who passed through the hallways of the Cotulla and Marlin Independent School District, where she taught English and Journalism for 32 years. She was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving many positions in her church. She was a charter member of the “Not So Great” Book Club and a lifetime member of The Wednesday Matinee Musical Club. For years Betsy gathered with friends for the Friday Night Supper Club. She was a very active community supporter, serving on The Allen House Board of Directors and was a Patron of the Palace Theater. Not only will Betsy be remembered and greatly missed for her dedication to church and community, but for her whimsical wit, sweet nature, positive attitude, and the phrase “think good thoughts” that she advocated to others.

Betsy was the epitome of a Southern Lady, serving as a role model and inspiration to those of her acquaintance. She loved to travel, taking pleasure in America’s landscape, as well as enjoying many international cruises and trips abroad. Betsy especially relished times spent in Akumal, Mexico with family and friends. Playing bridge in several bridge clubs was one of her favorite pastimes and she often delighted in leaving the table as high person. It was to no one’s surprise when she made one of her Grand Slams at the bridge table. She was an avid reader with an extensive library collected through generations of her family. Betsy was a gracious hostess for multitudes of gatherings in her home where she served many a delectable menu. Countless recipes were taken from the Bounty on the Brazos Cookbook (Four Generations of Texas Cooking) that she compiled along with her sisters, Ann Bartlett and Sarah Norton, Cousin Mary Windsor, and dear lifelong friend, Weezie Burton. Special friends, Ruth Ann and George Wilson, contributed artistic ideas and authentic pictures to this edition that is treasured by those owning a copy.

Betsy was married to Frank Sehon who died in 1978. To them her only child of whom she was most proud, Thomas Bartlett Sehon was born. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack Hodges in 1964, and in 1979 by husband, Walter Allen whom she married in 1973; Betsy’s three siblings, including a brother, Thomas B. Bartlett; sisters, Ann Harlan Bartlett and Sarah Bartlett Norton.

Survivors include her son, Thomas Bartlett Sehon and wife, Helen of Marlin; grandchildren whom she adored, Christopher Sehon with the US Army and wife, Jennifer of Fort Lee, Virginia, Justin Sehon and wife, Antoinette of China Spring, Megan Janek and husband, Michael of Abbott, Thomas Bartlett Sehon, Jr. and Elizabeth Ann Harlan Sehon of Hillsboro; seven great-grandchildren; nieces, Nancy Bartlett Erwin and husband, Gene of Granbury, Martha Bartlett Pepper of Beaumont; nephews, Dr. Bart Norton and wife, Cathy of Palestine, Bill Norton and wife, Jean of Austin, and Andy Norton and wife, Dot of Marlin; several cousins including Madeline Jackson and husband, Tommy of Marlin, Maxine Chatmas of Marlin, Mary Frances Green of San Antonio and Dr. Barry Brazelton and wife, Chrisse of Boston, MA; numerous great nieces and nephews as well as a host of family and friends including special lifelong friend Sam Holmes and wife Doris of Dallas.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Jackson, Steve Johnson, James Walton Jones, Harry Kenny, Johnny Rogers, Rockney Terry and Danny Vickers, all of Marlin.

Honorary pallbearers will be Marlin Mayor Norman Erskine, Sam Holmes of Dallas, Jack Welch and George Wilson, both of Marlin.

The family wishes to express a very heartfelt thank you to those who attended Betsy, enabling her to spend her courageous final months and days in her home. Special appreciation is expressed to Rosinal Hughes and her caregivers; to Dr. David Fedro and his nurse, Charlotte Jobe for their dedication in attending her; and finally, to the Hospice Nurses of Vistacare.

Anyone wishing to do so is invited to make a memorial in Betsy’s memory to First Presbyterian, The Allen House, Pauline and Jane Chilton Memorial Marlin Public Library, the Palace Theatre, or to the charity of one’s choice.

Maness, Ruth Ann McCoy

March 1, 1946 – February 18, 2002

Ruth Ann Maness, 55, of Belton died February 18, 2002 in her home after a battle with cancer. The Rev. Billy Johnson officiated at her funeral February 20 and burial followed at the Corinth Cemetery in Buckholts.

Ruth Ann was born March 1, 1946 to Frank Bartlett McCoy and Martha Mae (Smith) Holmes. She had lived in Marlin, Buckholts and Belton. She was a graduate of Marlin High School class of 1964. She married Vernon H. Maness November 3, 1979 in Temple. She worked for the Belton Independent School District Transportation Department and was a member of Miller Heights Baptist Church in Belton.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Vernon Maness; daughters Laura Lynn (Nutt) Bergkvist of San Antonio and Cindy Ann (Nutt) Childress of Temple; sisters Virginia Collins of Austin and Linda Habel of Belton and grandson Eric Bergkvist.

Severson, Richard Andrew (Dick)

Dick SeversonMar. 27, 1920 ~ Mar. 23, 2010

Richard Andrew (Dick) Severson, age 89, of Marlin, entered into rest Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at a Waco hospital.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27th at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Phillips and Dr. Holly Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday 6 – 8 p.m.

Dick was born March 27, 1920 in Albert Lea, Minnesota to Sever Edward and Mary Louise Sorenson Severson. He graduated from high school in Northwood, Iowa and worked in a grocery store in Northwood until he joined the Army Air Corps on July 5, 1945. He attended two airplane mechanic schools and served at Randolph Field in San Antonio, Victoria Airbase, Victoria, TX and Bryan Airbase in Bryan, TX. It was in Bryan where he met the love of his life, Ann Louise Lormour. They were married in December 1945. While stationed in India during World War II, Dick flew the Hump over the Himalayan Mountains. He received numerous military honors including, the American Defense Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, European-African Middle Eastern Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, AAF Crew Member badge and the Distinguished Unit badge. He was discharged as a Master Sergeant on November 16, 1945. After a four-month honeymoon, Dick and Ann made their home in Marlin where Dick enjoyed a 36-year career with the U.S. Postal Service, the last eight of which were as Postmaster in Mart. He was very active in the community as he coached Pee Wee football, started a summer youth program and chaperoned at the Kanine Kave for the junior high for many years. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and uncle. He has been affectionately known as “Paw-Paw” since his first grandchild was born 38 years ago.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Ethel Mae Gilmore, Helen Walker and Howard Severson.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Ann Severson of Marlin; Richard (Dick) Severson and wife Marcy of Paris, TX, Ricky and Roxanne Severson of Waco, Micky Severson and wife Kathy of Ft. Worth, Nicky Severson of Marlin; brother, Donald Severson and wife Betty of Roseburg, Oregon; sister, Dorothy Baker of Aurora, Colorado; 10 grandchildren, four great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be the grandsons and nephews of Dick and Ann.

Gibbs, Marian Garrett

Aug. 12, 1919 – April 11, 2002

Marian Garrett Gibbs, 82, of Marlin passed away Thursday, April 11, 2002, at a Waco hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m., Sunday at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Phillips officiating. Interment will be at Stranger Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday at
Adams Funeral Home.

Mrs. Gibbs was born Aug. 12, 1919, in Falls County to Sanford Q. and Agnes Mitchell Garrett. She was a retired school teacher, a member of Presbyterian church and a 48-year resident of Marlin. She was the second of seven children, married Garland Gibbs on Aug. 31, 1941, in Cleburne, published
poetry, was a member of the National Women’s Press Association and served as treasurer. She was also a member of Vocational Home Economics Association and Falls County Historical Committee. She served on the Women’s Council and
taught Sunday school at her church. She was preceded in death by her husband on July 1, 1976.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, John G. and Donna Gibbs of Corinth, Texas, David E. and Lois Gibbs of Fort Worth, and Gary M. and Kathy Gibbs of Huntsville; grandsons, Paul, Mark, Brian, and Craig Gibbs; granddaughters, Dana Reinke, and Julie Tennyson; great-grandchildren, Alexandria Collin, Lauren and Lindsey Gibbs, Christopher and Michael Reinke, and Mitchell Tennyson; and sisters, Joydelle Wolfram of Marlin, and Margaret Dixon of Mesa, Ariz.

Pallbearers include Stephen Reinke, Rick Tennyson, and grandsons, Paul Gibbs, Dr. Mark E. Gibbs, Craig Gibbs, and Brian Gibbs.

Memorials may be made to:
Garrett Cemetery Association
c/o Adams Funeral Home
129 Coleman
Marlin, Texas 76661
(254) 803-3526

Frazier, Charles Edwin

Charles FrazierNov. 25, 1917 – Sept. 26, 2006

Charles Edwin Frazier, age 88 of Marlin, entered into rest on Tuesday, September 26, 2006. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Hillcrest Cemetery with John Sirman and Scott Strother officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home.

Charles was born November 25, 1917 in Marlin. He was retired from the J.C. Penney Co, where he worked in retail sales for 40 years. He was a life long resident of Marlin and was a member of East Side Church of Christ. Charles was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War 2 in the Aleutian Islands. He loved to play golf and his greatest pleasure in life was doting over his grandchildren. He married Vada Helen Innerarity on November 19, 1945 in Seattle, Washington and she preceded him in death on June 29, 2006. All who knew Charles will miss his great sense of humor and treasure his memory.

He is survived by: his daughters: Charlotte Jobe and husband Sammy of Marlin; Sandy Talley and husband Gary of Hewitt; his brother: B.L. Davis of Houston; grandchildren: Lee and Debbie Jobe, Matt Shook, Leslie and Jackie Jobe, Kylie Shook and Jason Burris; great-grandchildren: Gage Shook, McKenzie Jobe, Christopher Stulter and Braden Stulter.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to: Marlin Faith Christian Academy, P.O. Box 1068, Marlin, TX 76661.

Cook, Jessie S.

Jesse CookMay 27, 1924 – Oct. 16, 2008

Jesse S. Cook, age 84, of Marlin, entered into rest on Thursday, October 16, 2008. Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 19, 2008 at the First Baptist Church of Marlin with the Rev. Eric Moore officiating. Burial was in the Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mr. Cook was born May 27, 1924 in Stranger, Falls County to Jesse James and Carrie Lillian Couch Cook. He was a life long resident of Marlin and Falls County and was a faithful member of First Baptist Church. He retired from the Marlin Post Office after 31 years of service. He loved to fish and work in his vegetable garden. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during World War II in the 20th Armored Division in the European Theatre of Operations. Mr. Cook was preceded in death by sisters, Hettie Nutley and Dixie Hooks.

Survivors include his wife, Edna Zost Cook of Marlin; son, Randy Cook and his wife Kim of Kosse; daughters, Debbie Drews and her husband Keith of Marlin, Patricia Roppolo and her husband James of Georgetown; seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Josh Drews, Brandon Drews, Justin Roppolo, Patrick Roppolo, Ryan Cook, Chris Rand and Greg Amber.

Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Wren and Truman McMillan.

Adams Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dunkum, Willis Garrett “Bill”, Jr.

Bill DunkumSept. 2, 1924 – Jan. 7, 2006

Willis Garrett “Bill” Dunkum Jr. would like to announce a change of address. He now resides with the Glorious Father Almighty and has found the answer to the questions that each of us has regarding eternity. Mr. Dunkum, 81, a semi-retired businessman, World War II veteran and former rancher, fondly referred to as “Cowboy” by his grandchildren, died at home on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006. Graveside services will be held at Marlin’s Calvary Cemetery on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006 at 11 a.m. Holly Mitchell of First Presbyterian Church, Marlin, along with Jimmy Johnson of First Presbyterian Church, Waco, will conduct the services.

Mr. Dunkum was born on Sept. 2, 1924, in Marlin, where he lived all of his life. He graduated from Marlin High School in 1942. Following high school, he attended Kemper Military School in Booneville, MO and entered the Naval service during World War II. His three and a half years of military service were in the Pacific Theatre aboard the Naval vessel, George Clymen, APA27. After the war, he enrolled in Texas A&M University and graduated in January 1950 with a degree in Animal Husbandry. He was a member of A&M’s stellar award winning Livestock Judging Team.

Mr. Dunkum married Barbara Lea Reed on Aug. 16, 1947 in Marlin. Together they enjoyed 58 years of marriage, being blessed with and gracing the lives of their children and family.

Upon returning to Marlin and following graduation from A&M, Mr. Dunkum owned and operated Falls County Livestock Auction Company. During the early 1950’s, he started his own cattle company. Following more than 26 years as a Falls County rancher, he sold his holdings and opened a restaurant in Taylor, Texas.

In 1988, Mr. Dunkum established “Kwiker Sticker,” a vehicle inspection station, located on Valley Mills Drive in Waco, which he operated until his death.

Mr. Dunkum loved God, his church, his family and cherished his many friends. For nearly 50 years, he served on the Board of Deacons and as a Ruling Elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Marlin.

For nine years, Mr. Dunkum served as Trustee of the Marlin Independent School District, the last three years of which as president. During his presidency, the trustees set the guidelines for integrating the school system and the planning, financing and construction of the new high school building facilities.

Through the years, Mr. Dunkum served as President of the Marlin Junior Chamber of Commerce and was an active member of the Marlin Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and Lions Club as well as many of Marlin’s civic organization committees.

Most recently, Mr. Dunkum delivered “Meals on Wheels” in the Marlin area.

Mr. Dunkum was a charter member of the Real County Deer Group. The close-knit members enjoyed 28 years of hunting deer, elk and fellowship. He was also a member of the Interruption Society.

Mr. Dunkum was preceded in death by his parents Willis Garrett and Edith Roberts Dunkum, Sr.

His wife, Barbara, two sons, W.G. “Gary” Dunkum III and wife Deborah of Houston and Robert Frank “Bob” Dunkum of Austin; two daughters, Mary Ann Dunkum of Lewisville and Carol Lea Contella and husband Michael of Hewitt; and brothers-in-law, Bill Kirkpatrick, Richard Reed and sister-in-law Minnell Reed survive him. His surviving family also includes granddaughters, Madeline Dunkum Townsend and husband Chad of Houston, Kinnison Bryan and husband Nem of Austin; grandsons, Michael Joseph Contella, Noah Lea Contella and granddaughter Lydia Lea Contella of Hewitt; and great-grandchildren, Ashley Elizabeth Consolvo and Lauren Jean Townsend of Houston.

Visitation was held at the Dunkum home, 711 Clarkson Drive, Marlin, on Monday evening from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Pallbearers were son-in-law Michael Contella, Norman Erskine, Mike Ferda III, James Walton Jones, David Kenny, Mike Meyer and grandsons-in-law Chad Townsend and Nem Bryan. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Aldredge, J.C. Chatmas, Mike Ferda Jr., Lester Hay, Joe Holloway, Harry Kenny, William King, Hammond Norton, Bud Unell, George Weatherspoon, Jack Welch, as well as, Neil Buie, Tom Davis, Tom Gallagher, James Glockzin, Edward Lee Hay, Posh Oltorf, Cullen Rogers, Bill Shelton, Carl Spelce, Billy Steele, Bob Thigpen, Don Thigpen, Titus Westbrook, Herman Weatherspoon and George Wilson.

For those wishing to make memorial contributions, the family suggests any charity of personal choice.

Goodrich, Elizabeth “Betty” Brown

ELIZABETH GOODRICH
Feb. 22, 1924 ~ Dec. 12, 2009

Laura Elizabeth “Betty” Brown Goodrich, 85, passed away Saturday, December 12, 2009 at Providence Hospital in Waco.

Graveside services were held Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. at Calvary Cemetery in Marlin.

Betty, born in Stillson, GA on Feb. 22, 1924, the daughter of Dessie and Verna Brown. Se moved to Texas and married Thomas Eldon Goodrich Jr., on March 3, 1946. She was a devoted housewife, mother and grandmother, as well as a loyal member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Marlin.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-three years, Thomas, and three brothers.

She is survived by her daughter Ann Sitton and Husband Randy, of Flower Mound; son Tommy and wife Kay, of Lorena; grandson Andy Sitton and wife Kim, of Rockwall; grandchildren, Katy Goodrich, of Dallas; Matthew Goodrich, of Waco; great-grandson, Carson Sitton; sister, Effie Smith.

The family extends heartfelt thanks to the staff at Ridgecrest Retirement Center, Providence Hospital and Hospice, and the caregivers of Home Instead Senior Care.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested that memorials be sent to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 514 Carter Street, Marlin, TX 76661, or the charity of choice.

Sias, Waylon D.

Waylon SiasMarch 3, 1983 – Dec. 21, 2004

Funeral services for Waylon D. Sias will be Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004 at 11 a.m. at the Marlin Missionary Baptist Church. The Rev. Waylon Sias Sr., Pastor, and Rev. Mark Harris of Fort Worth will officiate.

Burial will be at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin.

Visitation will be held at Robertson Funeral Home on Tuesday, Dec. 28, from 2 – 5:30 p.m., and a wake from 7 – 9 p.m., at Marlin Missionary Baptist Church.

Waylon was born March 3,1984, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Rev. Waylon and Mrs. Ami L. Moore Sias. He graduated from Marlin High School in 2002.

He was a gifted drummer and musician. He participated in football, basketball and track.

Waylon was in the United States Army where he served as a radio communication specialist. He was to deploy to Iraq in January 2005. He was also a student in the drumline of Prairie View A&M College in Prairie View, Texas. He also played drums with his mother for the family group “Ami Sias and the Family” He was a member of the Marlin Missionary Baptist Church where he was very active in different departments.

He is preceded in death by grandmother Cora L. Moore, cousin Letitia Sias, and uncle Kevin Sias.

Survivors are his daughter, Jasmine Jordan of Marlin; his father, Rev. Waylon D. Sias Sr. of Marlin; his mother Ami L. Moore of Fort Worth; three sisters Nicole, Sophie and Taushey Sias all of Marlin; one brother, Darrin Mullen of Fort Worth; one niece, Dejah Watson; one nephew, Jacorey Sias of Marlin; grandmother, Gracie Sias of Fort Worth; fiancé, Angela Banks of Fort Worth; and a host of uncles, aunts, many, many friends as well as the MMBC church family.

Robertson Funeral Home in Marlin is in charge of arrangements.

Jones, Walton

WALTON JONES
Sept. 18, 1913 – June 20, 2006

Funeral services for 92-year-old Walton Jones, of Tyler, will be held Friday, June 30, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery with Holly Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in the Calvary Cemetery.

Mr. Jones passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at Reunion Plaza Nursing Home in Tyler.

He was born Sept. 18, 1913 in Marlin to Henry Jones and Agnes Weatherred Jones where he lived most of his life. He was a graduate of Marlin High School where he was a football player for the Bulldogs. He attended the University of Texas in the 1930s. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Marlin, loved ranching and farming and was an avid vegetable gardener.

Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Mary Frances “Sistee” in 1997 and his brother, William Henry Jones.

His loving family including three children, Dr. Brenda Baker of Birmingham, MI, Walton Robinson Jones and wife Anne McClendon Jones of Tyler, and Mary Elizabeth Oltorf and husband Dr. Charles Oltorf of Austin survive Mr. Jones. One granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn Jones of Tyler and two nieces and two nephews also survive him.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home in Tyler.

Collier, Mildred Ward

Mildred CollierOct. 24, 1919 – May 27, 2004

Mildred W. Collier, 84, entered into rest Thursday, May 27, 2004, at her home in Marlin. Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Phillips officiating. Burial followed at the Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mildred was born Oct. 24, 1919, near Kosse in Limestone County to Freddie and Deoma Glover Ward. She was a graduate of King’s Daughters Nursing School in Temple and worked as a registered nurse for 41 years. She married Melvin Collier in 1941 and were married for 62 years. Mildred was a loving grandmother of seven grandchildren. Her parents; sisters, Billie Burl, Alice Murl, and Sue Knapp and brother, Ray Ward, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Melvin Collier of Marlin; children, Michael Collier and wife Joan of Austin, Joe Collier of Waco, Judith Torbett and husband Mike of Kingwood, Jennifer Dichard and husband Allen of Austin; grandchildren, Sarah McKown and husband Joshua of Austin, Courtney Steele and husband Christopher of Austin, Ryan Collier of Austin, Leslie Torbett of Kingwood, Jon Torbett of Kingwood, Carrie Dichard of Austin and Zackary Collier of Houston; sisters, Kathryn Ivy of Temple, Coy Ward of Waco, Leatrice Henley of Waco and June Rueter of China Spring; brother, Paul Ward of Houston.

Pallbearers were Ryan Collier, Jon Torbett, Zachary Collier, Joshua McKown, Christopher Steele, Ron Hunka, John Henley, Steve Allgood and Jeff Ward.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Mildred’s name to the Providence Hospice in Waco.

The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors at Texas Oncology in Waco and the staff of Providence Hospice.

Adams Funeral Home in Marlin was in charge of arrangements.

Parsons, Larry Fee

Larry Parsons
Jan. 1, 1943 – Feb. 29, 2008

Larry Fee Parsons, 65, of Eagle Lake/Marlin, Texas passed away Friday, February 29, 2008 in Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake, Texas.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Marlin with Rev. Eric Moore officiating. Burial followed at Hillcrest Cemetary in Marlin.

Larry Parsons was born January 1, 1943 in Marlin, Texas to Flew and Virginia Parsons. He married Vicky LaVerene Chalmers on August 1, 1964 in Marlin, TX.

He was a member of Kiwanis in Vernon, TX. He was also a member of the Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce in Eagle Lake. While in Marlin, Larry was a leader of his son’s Boy Scout den and troop, member of the Lions Club and a member and past president of the Jr. Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Marlin.

Larry was dedicated to helping rural hospitals to gain better financial standing. He had 38 years of rural hospital service as an administrator in Marlin, Teague, Groesbeck, Vernon and Eagle Lake, TX.

Larry was chairman of the RCH Protect Board of Directors. He was the first chairman and served for many years in that capacity. He was instrumental in the development of the RCH workers Compensation Cooperative. In addition he was a member of the TORCH Board of Directors from its earliest day and was a total supporter of the organization. His tenure was unusual as a rural hospital administrator for so many years.

He very much enjoyed fishing, especially with his children and grandson. He liked to hunt and had great fun on his annual hunting trips with his TORCH/RCH buddies.

He is preceded in death by both parents and grandparents, Will and Mittie Parsons as well as Vernon and Lois Bates.

Larry was a devoted and loving son, husband, and father. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Vicky Parsons of Eagle Lake/Marlin, Texas; son Yancy Michael Parsons and wife Julie of Round Rock, TX; daughter Cinnamon Starr Barton of Austin, TX; grandson Travis Michael Parsons of Round Rock, TX; nephew Sam Chalmers of Angleton, TX; niece Hanna Chalmers of Angleton, TX; brother in law Eddie Chalmers and wife Frances of Angleton, TX; aunts Myrna Lee Doughty of Dallas and Bonnie Parsons of Waco, TX and numerous cousins, friends and a host of colleagues.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association or the Salvation Army.

Groesbeck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.