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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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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.

Tobias, Curtis

Curtis TobiasJune 5, 1957 – Dec. 20, 2004

Curtis Wayne Tobias, age 47, of Marlin was called to heaven Friday, Dec. 17, 2004, in Marlin.

Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 20, 2004 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. A.A. Bratcher officiating. Burial followed in Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin.

Curtis, born June 5, 1957, was the son of Aubrey (Gene) and Helen A. Tobias.

Curtis brought love and happiness to all his family. He only knew love during his life and he never met a stranger. Anyone who knew Curtis was blessed, as he lived a life of love and happiness for everyone. Curtis was the rock and cornerstone for the family, and they loved him so much and thank God for his 47 years he had to spend with all his family and friends.

Curtis was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Sandra.

Survivors include his sisters, Barbara St. Romain of Katy, Kay Niemeyer of Otto, Sherry Janeke and Liz Tobias, both of Marlin; brothers, Alton Tobias of Mooreville, Gary Tobias of Waco, Tom Tobias of Riesel, Perry Tobias, Mike Tobias, and Jay Tobias all of Marlin.

Adams Funeral Home in Marlin was in charge of arrangements.

Glockzin, Walter Adams

Walter Adams Glockzin
February 16, 1963 – July 23, 2007

Walter Adams Glockzin, 44, affectionately nicknamed “Waltee” and or “Uncle Wally,” of LaPorte, entered into rest Monday, July 23, 2007.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at Adams Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Thomas Q. Robbins officiating. Burial followed at Calvary cemetery. Visitation was 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at Adams Funeral Home.

Born February 16, 1963 in Marlin to James W. and Lucy Ann Glockzin, Wa;;y was a member of the First United Methodist Church. “Uncle Wally” was a fantastic person.

He was smart, funny, loving and a great brother, son, and uncle. He expressed his faith in his creator and in return his creator blessed him. Uncle Wally loved his country; he was extremely patriotic and always ready for a little politics.

We know, as family and friends, that Waltee loved us: Jimbo, Lucy, Don, Sarah, Ben, Brenda, Jim, Christine, Francis, Laura, Ryan, Matthew, Lauryn, Hanna, Madison, Alison, Abigail, and his loving dog “Baby Girl”.

He had some devoted childhood friends whom he loved and treasured their memories and friendships. Uncle Wally will be missed but never forgotten.

He was preceded in death by his Father.

Survivors include: mother, Lucy Ann Glockzin of Marlin; brothers, Don W. and wife Brenda Glockzin of Huffman, Ben and wife Christine Glockzin of Carrollton; sister, Sarah A. and husband Jim Campbell of Marlin; and several Nieces and nephews.

In Lieu of flowers Memorials maybe made to the First United Methodist Church 411 Coleman St. Marlin, TX 76661.

Davenport, Jo Ann Beck

Jo DavenportSept. 7, 1938 – July 13, 2004

Jo Ann “Jo” Davenport, age 65, of Austin, formerly of Marlin, passed away on Tuesday, July 13, 2004. She was a faithful employee of Austin Heart Hospital and was an inspiration to all who knew her.

She was born Sept. 7, 1938 in Chilton , Texas.

Davenport was a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and a friend who had a deep Christian faith and who inspired and cared for all people around her.

She was raised in Marlin and was a graduate of Marlin High School where she was Homecoming Queen and voted Most Beautiful. She married J.B. Davenport of Rosebud and lived in many parts of the world as a faithful wife and mother.

Davenport was predeceased by her parents, Mel and Cullie Louise Beck of Marlin.

She is survived by her three children, Cindy Janca and husband James of Conroe, Mike Davenport and wife Pam of Katy, and Jill Russell and her husband Jeremy of Austin; five grandchildren, Taylor Janca, Chandler Janca, Payne Davenport, Clayton Davenport and Nathan Russell; her sister, Norma Leggitt and husband Don of New Braunfels; two brothers, Garland Byrd and wife Barbara of McGregor, and Gary Beck of Austin; and many other loving family members.

Services were held in Austin, Texas on July 16,2004, with burial at Austin Memorial Park.

Stallworth, Emily Manora Reat

Emily Manora Reat Stallworth
July 15, 1909 – July 9, 2007

Emily Manora Reat Stallworth passed to eternal rest on July 9, 2007 in Grapevine, Texas.

She was born in Dime Box in Lee County on July 15, 1909 and graduated from Giddings High School. She moved to Marlin with her parents, the late Travis and Ada Reat, in 1930. She married Harry Stallworth in Marlin on May 26, 1935 and celebrated 52 years of marriage prior to his death in 1987.

She received her undergraduate degree from Southwest State Teachers College, now Texas State University, and a graduate degree from Baylor University and taught in Marlin Public Schools for 40 years. She was a life long Presbyterian and member of the First Presbyterian Church of Marlin, where she was a member of the Session and active in the Women of the Church. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star and a served as a volunteer at the Falls County Community Hospital.

She is survived by: a son, Willett and wife Connie of Fort Worth; daughter Leah and husband Jerry Jeffery of Grapevine; six grandchildren, Captain Jack and Kristina Stallworth of Goldsboro, NC; Angela and Fletcher Lea of Fort Worth; Scott and Denise Jeffery of Lewisville; Kevin and Cindy Jeffery of Irving; Laurie and Jimmy Beynon of Flower Mound; and Kyle and Donna Jeffery of McKinney. 15 great-grandchildren: Ellie and Vivian Stallworth; Britton and Jetta Lea; Chase and Cole Jeffery; Austin and Garrett Jeffery; Bayli and Preston Beynon; and, Tye, River, Link, Trip and Seven Jeffery.

Emily was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers and two sisters. Her remaining brother, Grover Reat resides in San Angelo.

The funeral services were July 14 at the First Presbyterian Church of Marlin with Rev. David Thomas and Dr. Holly Mitchell officiating, burial at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Gifts and memorials may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church of Marlin or the Marlin Public Library.

Honeycutt, Lana Jo

January 1, 1943 – July 15, 2004

Lana Jo Honeycutt, 61, died Thursday, July 15, 2004, at her home in Houston. She was born on Jan. 1, 1943, in Mexia to T.J. and Hazel Oliver Honeycutt. Her young life was spent in Marlin, Texas, where she graduated from Marlin High School in 1961. She left Marlin to attend Sam Houston State University. After college she then worked as an executive secretary in Galveston and Houston.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 22, at the Chapel of Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home. Interment followed at 4 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in Marlin under the direction of Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home. She lay in state throughout the day Wednesday at the funeral home.

Lana Jo was preceded in death by grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. N.E. Honeycutt of Marlin and Mr. and Mrs. Andy J. Oliver of Groesbeck; aunts, Frances Oliver Kemp of Sweeny, Texas, Elizabeth H. Houston and Ruby Joy Foster.

She is survived by her parents, T. J. and Hazel O. Honeycutt of Huntsville.

Scruggs, Wendi Lynn

Wendi ScruggsSept. 24, 1976 – June 20, 2005

Wendi Lynn Scruggs, 28, of Marlin, was taken from us on Monday, June 20, 2005.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2005 at the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Gary Glynn Clark officiating. Burial will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery.

Wendi, born Sept. 24, 1976 in Waco, was the daughter of Phillip and Donna J. Scruggs of Marlin. She worked as a dental assistant for many years. She loved life and spending time with her many friends and family. She was a dedicated mother to three year-old son, Donavon and nine year-old stepdaughter, Donisha. She lived life to the fullest and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Wendi’s kindness and personality was reflected in her beautiful smile. Her loving attitude made people draw to her and you immediately became her friend. Wendi loved spending time with her mom and dad; they were a very special part of her life. Wendi was also a best friend to her sisters Kelly and Jodi and baby brother Daniel. Life without Wendi will be a great challenge: however, she will always be in our hearts.

Her maternal grandparents Roy and Doris Anderson, whom she loved very much, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her parents, Phillip and Donna Scruggs of Marlin; her son Donavon; step-daughter Donisha, both of Marlin, who were her whole world; sisters Kelly and Jodi Scruggs, both of Marlin; brother Daniel of Houston; paternal grandparents, Windell and Doris Scruggs of Marlin; aunts, Beth Scruggs of Marlin, Connie Gustafson and Debra Anderson-King both of Dallas; uncle, David Anderson of Duncanville; cousins Paula, Penny and Jared Parsons, Chelsie Gustafson, Chris and Scott Anderson and Marlin Scruggs-Maddox.

Arrangements were entrusted to Adams Funeral Home in Marlin.

House, Charles Lee, Sr.

Charles HouseApril 26, 1951 – June 9, 2008

Charles Lee House Sr., was born April 26, 1951 in Marlin to Robert Lee and Maggie Jewel House, both whom preceded him in death.

Charles loved reading his Bible and coaching little league baseball. He coached for southern, northern and eastern little leagues. He also served on the board at southern.

Charles answered God’s call on Monday, June 9, 2008 in Temple.

He leaves to cherish his memory, a devoted and loving wife, Gail Gosha House; three sons, Jason and David House of Waco, Charles (Johanna) House Jr. of Georgetown; one brother, Gary House Sr., of Waco; two sisters, Carolyn Stevenson of Killeen and Waltereen Phillips of Marlin; one grandson, Jason Jr., of Waco; a loving aunt, Maggie Griffin of Dallas; a devoted cousin, Angela Ellison of Ferris; a devoted niece, Shelia Hodges of Killeen; and a host of other relatives and friends.


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