Obituaries

Thu
02
Jan

Lillian Bishop

November 26, 1917 - December 30, 2013
Lillian Bishop of the Elliott Community passed away on Monday, December 30, 2013 at the age of 96. Visitation will be held at Memorial Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 1st from 5-7pm with a funeral service being held at 10am Thursday, January 2nd at Elliott Baptist Church.
Lillian was born in Robertson County November 26, 1917 to Fred and Della Yates. She grew up in Robertson County and graduated from Franklin High School. She married Louis “Sam” Bishop in 1939. She spent most of her adult life in Houston where her husband was employed by Exxon.
She was a homemaker, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was an excellent seamstress. She loved to quilt, crochet as well as fish. She had a green thumb and loved to garden.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 65 years, and sister, Estelle Knight.

Thu
02
Jan

Hattie Leonard Foster

Hattie Leonard Foster passed away at her home in the community of Willow Creek to be with her Heavenly Father. She was born on October 11, 1914 in Waco, Texas to Newton Leonard and Paralee Tallant Leonard. She moved to Robertson County at the age of two. She then moved to Houston and eventually to Friendswood, Texas. She returned to Willow Creek in 2007 after 75 years in the Houston area to live with her daughter, Jean Foster Johnson and son-in-law, Wendell Johnson, Sr.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband: Taylor Foster, son; Wendell Nolan Foster and wife, Marlene, sisters; Ollie Leonard Ross and Nellie Leonard Crisp.
She loved gardening, quilting, embroidery and cooking for her family.
She is survived by:
Daughter and Son-in-law- Jean Foster Johnson and Wendell Johnson
2 granddaughters
2 great grandchildren
Niece – Betty Ross Grace and husband, Clarence
Great Niece – Jill Grace Specion and husband Rich

Thu
26
Dec

Betty Lee James Stovall

September 8, 1929 – December 21, 2013
Betty Lee Stovall of Hearne passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, December 21, 2013, surrounded by her family. Visitation will be at 1:00pm Friday, December 27 at Heartfield-Ritter Funeral Home, services will follow at 2:00 pm, with Gary Roe from Hospice Brazos Valley officiating. Interment will follow at Norwood Cemetery.
Betty was born September 8, 1929 in Chilton, TX to Lonnie F. and Lucille James. She was married for 66 years to her high school sweetheart and love of her life Robert M. “Bob” Stovall and settled in Hearne, TX to raise her family. Betty was a devoted mother and grandmother who put family above all else.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents and grandson James Bradley Stovall.

Fri
20
Dec

Martha Jo Dunn

Martha Dunn, 71, of Hearne, passed away at St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan Wednesday, December 11, 2013 with family at her side.
Martha was born to Rosa Lee and Ralph Elias Baker just outside Ogelsby, TX, in rural Coryell County. The youngest of 10 children, Martha was a 1960 graduate of Gatesville High School where she was an avid basketball player, a sport she  loved throughout her life. She was a beautician in the Temple area when she met and married her husband of almost 47 years, Thomas Watis Dunn. Mr. Dunn passed way June 30, 2012.  The Dunns lived in Central and East Texas before settling in Hearne, TX for 26 years. Martha enjoyed vegetable gardening, fishing and spending time with her family and neighbors.

Fri
20
Dec

George Thomas Harris

George Thomas Harris, 78, of Midland, passed away on Friday, December 13, 2013. He was born on November 30, 1935, in Eastland, Texas to Charles Bost and Gladys Marjorie (Johnson) Harris. George graduated from Eastland High School in 1954, attended Tarleton State College and finished with a Bachelor’s Degree from University of North Texas. He continued his studies until he received his Master’s Degree in Counseling.
George married Sarah Layn Jennings on April 21, 1962 at the First Baptist Church in Grapevine, Texas. He began his career in education at Alamo Junior High in 1959 and later joined the original staff at Robert E. Lee High School in 1961 as a math and physical science teacher. After receiving his Master’s Degree he became a student counselor. He served 15 years at San Jacinto Junior High and moved on as a senior counselor at Robert E. Lee High School. He spent his entire 35 year career in education with Midland ISD and retired in 1994.

Fri
06
Dec

R. H. Leonard White

Leonard White was born July 10, 1925 to Minnie Etta Brantner and Robert Hanley White in Robertson County, Texas.
Leonard was married one time, to Annie Waldeen Jones, his childhood sweetheart, whom he affectionately called “Queen Annie”. They were married on March 27, 1944 on his mother’s front porch in the community of White Rock, Robertson County, and they remained married until Waldeen’s death on December 5, 1997. They were married 53 years, 8 months and 9 days. They were blessed with 2 sons, Ronald Leonard White and wife, Jeannine, and Thomas Hanley White; 2 grandchildren, John Wade White and wife, Debra, and Rebecca D’Ette White Marshall and husband, Jimmy; 4 great grandchildren, Jacob Hanley White (19 years), Tyler Watson (18 years), Miranda Marshall (16 years) and Savannah Jeannine White (21 months); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Fri
06
Dec

Rebecca “Becky” Welch

Funeral services for Rebecca “Becky” Welch, 80, of Bonham, will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 in Wise Funeral Home Chapel.  Rev. Cody Nelson will officiate.  Burial will follow in Willow Wild Cemetery.  Becky passed away early Wednesday morning, Dec. 4, 2014 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison.
Rebecca was born Sept. 27, 1933 in Franklin, Robertson County, Texas, the daughter of Frank D. Hall and Bonnie Dickey Hall.  She graduated from high school in Hearne, Texas.  Becky married Fred Patrick Welch on April 5, 1952, and he preceded her in death Mar. 10, 2007.  She was a member of Seventh & Main Baptist Church where she was a past nursery director. She was a sports fanatic and loved to play golf. Becky was a member of the Bonham Golf Club, the Coffee Club, and the Eastern Star.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Frank Welch, two brothers, Tilson Hall and William Hall, and two sisters, Virginia Casey and Myrtle Bowman.

Tue
26
Nov

Marie Campise Jones

Born in Bryan, Texas to Vince and Mary Stella Campise, Marie graduated from Hearne High School in 1960. She married the love of her life, James H. Jones, on July 9, 1961. Marie devoted her life to caring for her family. She was an excellent cook and loved to gather the entire family together for huge meals. She attended many music and sports functions for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was always active in her church. In the early years, she taught catechism. Later, she served by cooking meals for priests, preparing food for funerals, acting as a cantor and joining the Age Managers Club. She was a devoted caregiver for her husband James when he was ill and was a dear friend to many.

Tue
26
Nov

Mary Emma Gordon

Memorial services for Mary Emma Beshears Gordon, age 82 of Hilltop Lakes Texas, will be held at the Franklin Church of Christ building on Saturday, November 30th at 11:00 A.M.   In  a private burial, Mary Gordon  will be buried at the Brushy Cemetery eight miles south of Buffalo.
Mary was born December 25, 1930 in Leon County in the Flo Community to Bruce and Bulah Beshears.   Mary attended school in Flo and in 1948 was one of four students to graduate from the last class graduating  from Flo High School.  Mary married Robert Gordon November 2, 1948 and they were married for 65 years and nine days.  God blessed Mary’s and Robert’s marriage with two sons, Billy Gordon and Ken Gordon (deceased). The Gordon’s were further blessed with beautiful grandchildren,  and 10 great grandchildren.  Mary was preceded in death by their son Ken, her parents Bruce and Bulah Beshears, and her brother, Billy Eugene.

Thu
07
Nov
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Eva Jones

Funeral service for Eva Jones, 89, of Tyler and formerly of Hearne are set for 1:00 p.m. Saturday November 9 at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church in Hearne. Rev. James Crawford will officiate.
Arrangement and care is entrusted to Glenn Mack Funeral Home.

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