Obituaries

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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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Antonio “Tony” Lopez Sosa Sr. “Paw Paw”

Antonio “Tony” Lopez Sosa Sr., born on August 18, 1953 and died at the age of 59 years, 11 months, and 11 days, of Calvert, passed away on Sunday August 11, 2013 at Hospice Brazos Valley Inpatient Facility.
Funeral services were held at Heartfield-Ritter Funeral Home. Visitation was August 13, 2013 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. on August 14, 2013 with Brother Larry Blackman.
Tony was a hard worker; he was a carpenter and did a lot of other jobs. Friends would say he was a genius.
Preceding him in death is his father Hilario Sosa Sr. and two sisters; Eulalia S. Heison and Dominga S. Mirmontez.

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Bobby E. Sullivan

Bobby E. Sullivan, 90, of Franklin, Texas passed away on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at his residence. He was born on November 17, 1922 in Bokchito, Oklahoma to Cameron L. and Madge Mitchell Sullivan. Bobby was a 1940 graduate of Bokchito High School and attended Southeastern State College in Durant, Oklahoma until World War II began.
During World War II, he served in the United States Army as a military police escort guard for prisoners of war. He was part of the forces responsible for transporting by ship German and Italian POW’s from North Africa, Italy and France to the United States. He was a proud veteran. It was during this time that he was stationed for a time at Camp Hearne where he met his future wife, Marjorie Reagan. They were married in Springfield, Missouri on July 3, 1945.

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Milton Aalen

Brighten the corner where you are.
Milton Ignatius Aalen passed peacefully from this life early on the morning of August 26, 2013 at the age of 91 years. He was born April 13, 1922 at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX to Frederick Albert Aalen and Frances Elizabeth Aalen. An Army family, Milton lived his earliest years in the Philippines and Maryland before returning to San Antonio where he attended parochial schools and graduated from Central Catholic High. At Central Catholic he was a member of the Drum and Bugle Corp, Drama Club and won a divisional title in boxing while enjoying the study of physics and Latin.
After High School Graduation in 1939 he held several jobs before entering World War II in the Aviation Cadet program. As a gunner on the B-24 Aircraft and transfer to England, he flew 35 combat missions and 15 other missions. For courage in combat he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, one of the highest combat honors in the military.

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