• 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

  • Need to be added

    This is a list of those for whom information is needed. If you have information (obituaries, dates of birth/death, etc.) please notify an administrator.

    Tommy Barton
    Betty Jo Berezoski
    Evelyn Boucher
    Ricky Dan Brown
    Harry Closs
    James Cross
    Jimmy Daily
    Raymond Eads
    Elizabeth Georgette Eichler Graves
    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
    Julia Pickvance
    Joyce Rachui
    Marcia Beth Roberts
    Raymond Smith
    Al Stein
    Paula Stone (McIntosh)
    Moda Strickland
    John Hart Thompson
    Sandra Tobias
    Hector Trevino
    Barbara Chane (Tull)
    Mary Lynn Walker (Drews)
    Mary Helen McBee White
    Marion Willars

  • Administrative

Goodrich, Elizabeth “Betty” Brown

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

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.

Roppolo, Sarah Teresa

Nov. 18, 1928 – Feb. 19, 2004

Sarah Teresa Roppolo, 75, Marlin, entered into eternal rest Thursday, Feb.19, 2004. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 21, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marlin Celebrants were Rev. Monsignor I.M. Roppolo and Rev. Christopher Ferrer. Burial followed in Hillcrest Cemetery. A Rosary was recited February 20 at Adams Funeral Chapel.

Sarah, born Nov. 18, 1928, in Highbank, Texas, was the daughter of Jim and Antonia Tusa Roppolo. She was a classroom assistant for special education children in the Marlin school system for 10 years. She was a life-long resident of the Marlin area and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where she served on the parish council of catholic women and taught religious classes and administered communion to the sick and shut-ins.

Among her loves were cooking, sewing, and reading, but her greatest love was her children.

She married James J. Roppolo in Highbank Sept. 1, 1946, and he preceded her in death on July 25, 1969.

Survivors include daughters: Nanzi Graser and husband Albert of Waco, Tx; Antoinette Mitchell and husband Mike of Robinson, Tx; sons: Carl Roppolo and wife Aimee of Houston, Tx; James Roppolo and wife Patricia of Georgetown, Tx; Nathan Roppolo and wife Lisa of Georgetown, Tx; John Roppolo and wife Debbie of San Marcos, Tx ; sisters: Vancy Falco and Anna Mae Randazzo, both of Marlin; brother-in-law Monsignor I.M. Roppolo of New Orleans; sister-in-law Josie Roppolo of Marlin; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Randall Roppolo, Justin Roppolo, Patrick Roppolo, Michael Mitchell, James Mitchell, William Mitchell, Brian Roppolo and David Downs.

Memorials may be made to: Martha’s Kitchen 411 W. Ave. G, Temple, Texas 76504, or to Caritas.

Services were under the direction of Adams Funeral Home of Marlin.

Stone, Janet J. Price

Dec. 1, 1940-Apr. 22, 2003

Janet J. Stone, 62, of Marlin passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2003 in Marlin. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Clement Gordon officiating. Interment will be in the Criswell Cemetery.

Mrs. Stone was born on December 1, 1940 in Marlin to James and Jewell Harlan Price. She was raised by her aunt and uncle, Jack and Agnes Harlan Richardson. Mrs. Stone graduated from Marlin High School in 1959 and from Four-C Business College in November of 1959. On May 18, 1961, she married Aubrey Stone. The couple operated a farm and ranch throughout their entire married life. She also bred, raised and raced quarter horses. Mrs. Stone, serving as a loan officer, retired from USDA Farm Services Agency in July 2000, after 34 years of service. She held several titles throughout her career and was the first USDA Farmers Home Administration County Office Assistant in the state of Texas to be promoted to County Loan Technician.

She is survived by her husband, Aubrey Stone of Marlin; two daughters, Kim Stone Sustaita and husband Billy of Dalhart and Donna Stone Scott and husband Jes of Marlin; and three grandchildren, Lilly, Talesha, and Trevor Sustaita of Dalhart.

Serving as pallbearers are: Jeffery Brown, Michael Milnes, Robert Stone, Randel Brown, Gary Stone and Tom Stone.

Family visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Adams Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Criswell Cemetery Association, c/0 Joyce Stone, 115 S. Goddard, Mart, TX 76664 or The American Cancer Society.

Brothers, Jean Ann White

Jean BrothersJune 7, 1960 – Nov. 19, 2005

Jean Ann Brothers, 45, of Marlin, entered into rest on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005. Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2005 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gary Clark and Rev. George Lumpkin officiating. Burial followed in the Hillcrest Cemetery. The family received friends on Monday, Nov. 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Adams.

Jean was born on June 7, 1960 in Corpus Christi to John Edward and Catherine Pappas White. She was employed by the Temple and Marlin V.A. Hospitals as a prosthetic clerk and was a Marlin resident for 15 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, loved to grow roses and was active in antiquing and craft shows. She was preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn Healy.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Brothers, of Marlin; brother, Paul White and wife Jean of Salado; nephew, Bryan White and wife Tara of Covington, LA; niece, Karen Payne and husband Brian of Stockbridge, GA; great nephews, Seth Payne and Jack White; great niece, Mary Ella White.

Pallbearers were Gary Martyr, Mike Roberts, Wayne Alaman, Ronnie Brothers, Jerry Brothers and W. T. Brothers.

Honorary pallbearers were Billy Kurtz and Billy Roberts.

A special note of appreciation goes to Dr. Karlan Downing, Dr. David Fedro, special caregivers from Providence Hospice Misty and Ocie and to Texas Oncology for all of their love and care.

The family suggests that memorials be made in Jean’s name to the Providence Hospice, 4830 Lakewood Dr. Waco, TX 76712.

Adams Funeral Home in Marlin was entrusted with the arrangements.

Frazier, Vada Helen Innterarity

Vada FrazierMarch 1, 1924 – June 29, 2006

Vada Helen Frazier, 82, of Marlin, entered into rest on Thursday, June 29, 2006. Graveside services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, July 1, 2006 at the Hillcrest Cemetery with Rev. John Sirman and Scott Strother officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday, June 30, 2006 from 6 p.m.. – 8 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home.

Vada was born on March 1, 1924 in Athens, to Theodore and Lula Innerarity. She worked for the First State Bank of Marlin for 42 years and at the time of her death served the bank as Vice President.

Vada was a member of Eastside Church of Christ and was a life long resident of Marlin.

She was married to Charles E. Frazier for over 60 years. Vada loved her family above all things and doted over her grandchildren. She loved to cook for her family and friends. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Frazier of Marlin; daughters, Sandy Talley and husband Gary of Hewitt, Charlotte Jobe and husband Sammy of Marlin; 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.

Memorials may be made to Eastside Christian Academy, P.O. Box 1068, Marlin, TX 76661.

Honorary pallbearers will be all the employees of First State Bank of Marlin.

Adams Funeral Home in Marlin was in charge of arrangements.

Harden, Opal Blanton

Opal HardenAug. 27, 1924 – Dec. 16, 2008

Opal B. Harden, age 84 of Marlin entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, December 16, 2008. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday December 20, 2008 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Baxley officiating. Burial will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Friday from 5 until 7 p.m.

Mrs. Harden was born August 27, 1924 in Leonard, Texas to Isaac Milton and Daisy Teague Blanton. She retired in 1986 from the Marlin V.A. Hospital after 42 years of service as chief of ward administration. She was a 47-year resident of Marlin and a member of the Methodist Church. She attended North Texas State University for two years, was a member of the National Association of Federal Retired Employees, Order of Eastern Star, AARP and served as President of Ladies Auxiliary for Little League for 12 years. Opal loved crossword puzzles and to play dominoes. She adored her grandkids. She married Farris W. Harden on September 25, 1944 and he preceded her in death on December 11, 1991.

Sons, Milton Lee Harden and Myron Harden, a brother, Marion Blanton and a sister Vernel Moore also preceded her.

Survivors include her daughters, Regina Stevens of Montgomery, Rhonda Henson of Temple; son, Marcus Harden of Brownsville; 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, three step grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blanton’s Chapel Church, 905 F.M. 981, Leonard, Texas 75452.

Services were under the direction of Adams Funeral Home in Marlin.

Norton, William Hammond, Sr.

Ham NortonLongtime Marlin resident

William Hammond Norton Sr., age 95, of Marlin, entered into rest on Monday, June 23, 2008. Memorial services will be 10 A.M. Saturday, June 28, 2008 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Judge Robert Stem and Jim Jones officiating.

William Hammond Norton, Sr., known by his close friends as “Hambone” was born in Calvert, Texas in the historic Hammond House in 1912 to Susan Hammond Norton and Percy Tennent Norton. He served honorably in the United States Navy during World War II as a code master at the rank of Chief Petty Officer on the U.S.S. Lowndes. After returning from the war he married Sarah Kendrick Bartlett to whom he was married for 64 years and with whom he raised three children in Marlin, Texas. Hammond was an outstanding athlete in high school and college and continued to pursue competitive tennis into his late seventies. Among his other attributes were his artistic talents and his love and appreciation for poetry, music and art. An avid outdoorsman and bird hunter, he spent much of his time at his farm, “The Brazos Riviera”. He also enjoyed travel and vacationed frequently with his family. In particular, he established an annual family vacation to Akunial, Mexico which continued for more than 20 years. Hammond was a local realtor and taught real estate classes at McLennan Community College. In his later years he established the Wisteria Project which planted wisteria throughout his hometown of Calvert.

His brothers, Lynn Norton and Pete Norton and his sisters, Sue Roberts and Fannie Lee Snider, preceded Hammond in death.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Bartlett Norton; son and daughter-in-law Bart and Cathy Norton; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Jean Norton; son and daughter-in-law, Andy and Dot Norton; nine grandchildren whom he adored, Caroline, Court, Sarah, John, Catherine, Elizabeth, Nicholas, Bradley and Maria and three great grandchildren, Jack, Charlie and Sarah Grace.

Adams Funeral Home in Marlin is in charge of arrangements.

Unell, Lucille Novich

Lucille UnellJuly 23, 1929 – July 15, 2008

Luci Unell, of Waco, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2008.

Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 17, at Rodef Sholom Cemetery with Rabbi Mordecai Rotem officiating.

Luci was born July 23, 1929 in Marlin, to Joe and Freda Novich. She graduated from Marlin High School and attended the University of Texas at Austin and Baylor University. She was employed by KWTX Radio, loved working with Buddy Bostick, Jarrell McCracken and particularly loved the opportunity to meet various movie and entertainment celebrities. She was an avid bridge player and loved her friends and fellow players at Ridgewood Country Club.

She married her husband of 57 years, Bernard (Bud) Unell, September 3, 1950, and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Marjorie Rottner.

She is survived by her husband; daughter, Janis Unell; son, Dr. Alan M. Unell and wife, Deonna; grandchildren, Adam Gordon, Samantha Unell, Joe Unell, Eva Unell and Mariah Schroeder; and special friend, Alice Fields.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our “Memorial Guestbook” at http://www.wilkirsonhatchbailey.com

Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.