Obituaries

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Roberto Talamantez

Funeral Service for Robertso Talamantez, 48, of Hearne was held at10:00 a.m. Tuesday October 1, 2013 at Victory Church in Hearne. Rev. Pembeton pastor and officiante interment St. Jose Cemetery in Hearne. Arrangements and care were entrusted to Glenn Mack Funeral Home.

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Maurine Lavesta West

Maurine Lavesta West, 98, of Hearne, passed away Thursday, October 3, 2013 at the Franklin Nursing Home.
She was born to Hildred W. Starkey and Donie Bolton Starkey in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 25, 1915. She was a nurse in the Robertson County area for many years.
A memorial service will be held at St. Francis Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois on October 13, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. No services were held in Hearne.
Preceding her in death is her husband, Carl West; two sons, Carl West, Jr. and Edgar West; brothers, Wilmo Starkey, J. M. Starkey, Wade Starkey; and sisters, Virginia McDonald, Estelle Pack.  
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Gloria West Smith and Thomas J. Smith, Jr. of Boling Brook, Illinois; granddaughters, Alexandria Smith, Vicki English, Carla West, Sandra West; grandson, Bill West; and great-grandchild, Niyelrie Smith.
Arrangements were entrusted to Heartfield-Ritter Funeral Home. 

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William R. Wiese, Jr.

William R. Wiese, Jr., 81, of Granbury, Texas, passed away at Harbor Lakes Nursing and Rehab facility on Thursday, October 3, 2013. He was born in Bremond, Texas on April 9, 1932 to William R. Wiese, Sr. and Johnnie Buice Wiese. He lived numerous places throughout his life and came back to String Prairie Cemetery near Calvert to be laid to rest.
Willie was in the Navy Reserve and was the owner of a motorcycle dealership. He had also been a locksmith. One fellow business owner described him as an icon in the motorcycle business.
A visitation was held at Heartfield-Ritter Funeral Home Sunday, October 6, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. where friends and family gathered. Funeral service was also held at Heartfield-Ritter Funeral Home on Monday, October 7, at 1:00 p.m. with burial that followed. The officiante was Mr. Wiese’s son, Richard Wiese. Organist was Dianne Blackmon. Pallbearers were his grandsons.

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Samuel Rueda Hidrogo

Samuel Rueda Hidrogo, 86, of Franklin passed away Thursday, September 18,2013 in Franklin.
Samuel was born on September 11, 1927 to Carlos F. and Eugenia (Rueda) Hidrogo in Mission, Texas.
Samuel moved to the Brazos Valley in 1942 and then to Wheelock, Texas in 1943. There he met and married Juana Hernandez and they raised eight children.
Samuel Worked many jobs. He was a hard worker and he always put his family first. He worked until his health started failing him and even then, he kept pushing.
Samuel is proceeded in death by his parents, Carlos and Eugenia Hidrogo; infants, Abel and Margaretia Hidrogo, and in 1968, his wife of 25 years, Juana Hidrogo went home to glory; sister and brother-in-law Angelita and Santos Medina of Bryan, Texas; parents-in-law, Vincente and Suta Hernandez; daughter-in-law Ricki Hidrogo; and daughter Julia Ann Delgardo.

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Ruth Stephens Martin 

Ruth Stephens Martin passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at the age of 84. Ruth was born on January 27, 1929. She graduated from Hearne High School in 1946, and on April 6, 1947 she married Henry Victor Martin, Jr., who owned Martin Dry Cleaners and Laundry in Hearne. Together, they had three children and lived in Hearne until Victor died in 1960, at which time Ruth moved to Huntsville, Texas. After graduation, with a degree in music education, she moved the family to Houston where she taught school. Ruth—always a hard-working, determined, and dedicated individual—committed herself to family, church, and teaching. Regardless of where she was living, she immersed herself in church activities: bible study courses, choir, playing the organ, or playing the piano. She is survived by her son and his wife, Ira Lee and Beverly Martin; her two daughters and their husbands, Vicki and Dan Hester, and Suzan and Eldon Cunningham.

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William Jeff Munson

William Jeff Munson, 89, of Franklin, passed away Monday, September 23, 2013 at Hospice Brazos Valley inpatient facility. A visitation was held Wednesday, September 25th, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Heartfield-Ritter Funeral Home.
Graveside Services were held Thursday, September 26th, at 10:00 a.m. at Franklin Cemetery in Franklin. The officiante was Al Jolly. Military Honors at the graveside were conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps.
William Jeff Munson was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. Bill served our country as a U. S. Marine during WWII. He moved to Franklin in 2004 where he was a member of the Church of Christ. He was a member of the Lions Club in Arkansas. He was a retired oilfield inspector.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, John Earl Munson & Alma Turley Munson; his daughter, Jennifer Lynn Munson Hogue; and brothers, Dale Munson and Tom Munson.  

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Ruth Helen Hall Cochran

Ruth Helen Hall Cochran, 91, of Calvert, passed away Monday, September 23, 2013 at St. Joseph Regional Healthcare in Bryan. A visitation was held Friday, September 27th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Heartfield-Ritter Funeral Home.  
A funeral service was held Saturday, September 28th at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Calvert, Texas. Interment followed in Kaufman City Cemetery, Kaufman, Texas. Officiates were Todd Peavy of Victory Church, Scurry, Texas and
Reverend Ralph Powers of First Baptist Church, Calvert. Soloists were Charlotte Baxter who sang “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and Jerry Williams who sang “How Great Thou Art.” Pallbearers were Jeremy Cochran, Danny Cochran,
Billy Stanfield, Mark Stanfield, Wayne Hall, Joe Baxter, Kyle Gregory.
Mrs. Cochran had lived in Calvert since 1973. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Calvert.

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Walter Sandifer Armstrong

Walter Sandifer Armstrong, 89, of Wheelock, passed away Friday, September 20, 2013 at St. Joseph Regional Healthcare in Bryan.
A visitation is set for Wednesday, September 25, at 10:00 a.m. at Heartfield-Ritter Funeral Home in Hearne with a funeral service to follow in the funeral home chapel at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Wheelock Cemetery with a Masonic graveside service. Funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Gary Westbrook. Pallbearers are Wayne Orange, Brian Orange, David Wayne Orange, Billy Dearmore, Bill Dearmore, and Louis Davis.
Walter served in the U.S. Army in WWII and in Korea. He was one of the first Command Sgt. Majors. He retired from the Army after 22 years of service.
He was a member of the Wheelock Methodist Church and a member of the Patrick Lodge of Franklin, with Masonic membership for over fifty years.

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Bobbie Nell Green

Bobbie Nell Green of Odessa, Texas went home to glory on September 18, 2013 in Odessa, Texas.
Bobbie was born in Marlin County to Earnest and Lessie Green on August 8, 1938.  She attended school at O.J. Thomas High School in Cameron, Texas. She married James Routte and were blessed with three children. LaTonia Routte-Woodard, Carlos Routte and Dewayne Routte. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A wake will be held from 7-9 pm on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Martinez Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1 pm, Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Bethlehem Baptist Church with Reverend Ray Hicks officiating. Burial will follow at Ector County Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Martinez Funeral Home.

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Freddie Lee Elliott

Freddie Lee Elliott was born April 26, 1939, near the community of Lott, in Falls County, Texas. He was the second of three sons of J.W. Elliott and Juanita Christine Elliott. The family later moved to Franklin where Freddie attended Junior High and High School. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1957, attended Sam Houston State University, and graduated with a degree in Agriculture Education in 1961.  He began his teaching career in Vocational Agriculture in 1961 at Jesse H. Jones High School in Houston. In 1963 he moved to Calvert to teach Vocational Ag and worked with FFA students and members of the community to create a local Calvert livestock stock show which later evolved into the Robertson County Fair, which continues today.

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