Obituaries

Fri
27
May

Michael “Mikie” Toups

Michael Paul “Mikie” Toups lost his hard fought battle with cancer on May 19, 2016 at his home in Hearne, Texas. Michael was born the son of Milton and Ann Toups in Beaumont, Texas on March 19, 1945. He was preceded in death by his biological parents; Milton and Ann Toups and also by his precious stepmother that raised him, Babe Ruth Ayer. He is survived by his wife of 38 years; Catherine Reagan Toups, and his daughter; Ursula Jones of Nashville, TN. Michael was a self-employed trucker, a bar owner and was previously an engineer for Brown and Root in Houston. He went to school in Alice, Texas and always remembered his friends there as his special friends, as well as his Hearne buddies. Services were held at Memorial Funeral Home in Hearne, Texas on Saturday, May 21 with visitation from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and services followed at 11:00 a.m. A private burial will be held at Bald Prairie Cemetery at a later date.

Fri
27
May

Josephine Lara Ruiz

Josephine Lara Ruiz, born September 18, 1931, passed from this life on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the age of 84. She was preceded in death by her husband; George R. Ruiz, her son; Jimmy Ruiz, Parents; Jesse and Juanita Lara, brothers; Jesse Lara Jr., Herman Lara and Son-in-law; Alfonso Castilleja Jr. She is survived by her children; Martha Castilleja, Rose Castilleja (Rudy), Mary Cortez (Johnny), Jimmy G. Ruiz (Emelia), Georgia Jutson (Ronnie), John Ruiz (Anna), and Stephen Ruiz (Diana), 24 Grandchildren, 69 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren. Visitation was held Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Memorial Funeral Home in Hearne, Texas. Rosary followed at 6:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hearne, Texas. Services to be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Thursday, May 26, 2015 with internment at St. Jose Cemetery.

Fri
27
May

Catherine Taylor Minnitt “Kitty Cat”

A blessed event took place on July 23, 1940, a bouncing baby girl born to Hardee Taylor and Cleopatra Taylor in Hammond, Texas and the name given was Catherine Taylor. Catherine joined the Shilo Primitive Church at an early age under Pastor W.R. Pettie. Catherine worked many jobs but the one she loved the best was taking care of people. She went to school at Evergreen School on Hammond, Texas. Catherine worked many years at the Calvert Nursing Home in Calvert, Texas. She did many jobs and a few are, nurse aide, private sitting in Calvert and Bremond. Catherine loved everybody and was very friendly. Her civic duty was seen by working with Nancy Perkins Women’s Club and the Calvert Community Mass Choir. Her church was important and she held many positions, a Sunday School Teacher, Mission President, Sang in the Adult Choir, Youth Department at her church and Mother of the Church.

Fri
20
May

Pedro “Pete” Martinez Gomez, Jr.

Pedro “Pete” Martinez Gomez, Jr., 69, of Hearne, Texas, passed from this world on Friday, May 13, 2016. He was surrounded by his family before going to meet his Lord. Pete was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. He was born in Odem, Texas on June 06, 1946. His family would move to Hearne, Texas where he would begin work in the cotton fields of Goodland Farms for the next 16 years. He would soon meet Janie Lara and she would become his loving wife for almost 51 years when they married on July 24, 1965. Pete found employment at GATX Rail and finally retired there after 19 years. He would eventually open his own tire repair shop and operated Gomez & Sons Tire for more than 20 years before fully retiring and spending his days at home working around the house. Pete would find great joy in weekend barbecuing with his children and grandchildren or working on his backyard vegetable garden.

Fri
20
May

Charles Zene “C. Z.” Renfroe

The third son of Zenas Z. and Bertha Benson Renfroe, Charles Zene Renfroe was born January 25, 1929, in his Aunt Ibe Qualls home in Davidson, Tillman County, Oklahoma. Given the nickname ‘Corky’ after a popular comic-strip character, he leapt into life at full steam, often with a smile; he loved to laugh and enjoyed having fun in all things. His good sense of humor and zest for life followed him throughout his long and interesting life. Charles was a member of the Re-organized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, holding the priesthood office of Elder. A man of God, he lived his faith daily and remained a true and faithful servant in the beliefs and teachings of the original church to the very end. His education included an Assoc. of Arts degree from Graceland College, in Lamoni, Iowa, studies of pre-law at the University of Kansas, in Kansas City, Missouri, and a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters of Education degree from the University of Texas, in Austin, Texas.

Fri
06
May

Dale Charles Ackerman

Dale Charles Ackerman, 79, of Franklin passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at his home. He was born on June 23,1936 in Wellsburg, New York to Charles Herman Ackerman and Helen Borgeson Ackerman. He received his education at Southside High School in Elmira, New York. He married Helen Isabel Burt on November 24, 1954. Mr. Ackerman served in the United States Army from 1954 until his retirement in 1979. He served during the Vietnam War and many other places around the world. He had been a resident of Franklin for the past 2 months previously living in Bryan. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Franklin. He was preceded in death by his parents; Charles Herman Ackerman and Helen Borgeson Ackerman, Sister; Joann Zobel, Brother; Donald Ackerman, grandson; Danny Jones and son-in-law; James E. Wonders. He is survived by his wife; Helen I.

Fri
29
Apr

Donald Lee Cain

Funeral services for Donald Lee Cain, 76, of Livingston were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 18, 2016 in the Cochran Funeral Chapel in Livingston, with the Rev. Billy Bracken officiating. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 8568. Interment followed in Magnolia Hill Cemetery in Segno. A Masonic service was provided by Trinity Lodge 14 AF & AM. Visitation was held at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston. Mr. Cain was born on August 12, 1939 in Segno, to William Henry Cain and Eva (Murphy) Cain, and died on April 12, 2016 in Livingston. He was a member of the Pineywoods Bird and Bloom Club and DMA (Don’t Mention Age). He was also a descendent of Elijah Cain and Abel Cain, who settled in Segno in the early 1850’s. He is preceded in death by his parents; William Henry Cain and Eva (Murphy) Cain, grandchild; Gregory Cain, brothers; Floyd Cain and Bobby Joe Cain, and sisters; Hazel Thomas, Ester Mae Stowe and Marie Bullock.

Fri
29
Apr

Norma June Hurst

Norma June Hurst, 75, of Gause, Texas passed away on February 27, 2016. Norma was born in Austin Texas, on August 16, 1940 to the late Austin Spear and the late Helen June Evans. She was the granddaughter to the late Mary Gladys Tidwell. She retired from Civil Service at Wurtsmith AFB, Michigan. in 1988 and moved back to her family home in Gause. She was a substitute teacher in the Hearne School District until 2009; because of her love for animals she also volunteered some of her time at the Humane Society. Norma is preceded in death by her husband; Dennis E. Hurst, her parents; Austin Spear and Helen June Evans. She is survived by her bother; Thomas Spear and wife of Westmorland, California, her sister; Gayle Frizell and husband of Pflugerville, Texas, daughter; Kelly  Langford of Hutto, Texas, son; Robert Gingrich Jr. and wife of Ft. Mojave, Arizona, daughter; Cheryl Wells and husband of Deville, Lousiana, daughter; Rhonda Avery and husband of Oscoda, Michigan.

Fri
15
Apr

Frances Anderson Wiese

Fri
15
Apr

Faye Nell Hover

 

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