Obituaries

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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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Mary Sue Weill

Mary Sue Weill passed from this life at the age of 83.  Visitation will be held on Friday, August 2nd from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home in Hearne, Texas with a funeral service following at 2:00 p.m.  For more information, please call Memorial Funeral Home at (979) 279-3663.

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C.R. Deal, Jr.

C. R. Deal, Jr., a long-time resident of Hearne, passed away at his home on July 26, 2013. Mr. Deal was born in Gustine, Texas on February 5, 1920 and was 93 years, 5 months, and 21 days of age. As a teenager, he moved with his family to the Maysfield area. There he met the love of his life, Anice Lucille Smith, and they were married on September 28, 1940. They moved to the Brazos bottom to start their family. In 1945, C. R. joined the United States Navy as a Seabee in the 23rd Construction Battalion and helped to rebuild the runways and roads on the island of Guam. After his return from his Navy duties, he owned and operated a retail repair shop for autos, trucks, tractors and any other mechanical equipment that needed refurbishing. In the late 1950s, he learned to fly and became a very accomplished pilot, working for many years for Corpora Aerial Service. During the off-season, he repaired and refurbished watches and antique clocks.

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Edwin Sturgis Cook

Edwin Sturgis Cook, 64, passed away Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, after a brief illness.
Service: 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, in Laurel Land Memorial Chapel. Visitation: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday in Laurel Land Memorial Chapel.
Edwin Sturgis was born February 27, 1949, in Franklin, TX, the son of Darlene Cook and the late John Cook.
Edwin was the assistant director in Fort Worth’s department of finance administration for 30 years. He retired from the city in April 2001. He also served on the board at the Fort Worth City Credit Union as secretary-treasurer for 18 years.
Edwin was an active member of many professional organizations including NAACP/ACTSO and COMPA. Edwin’s latest passion was antique cars, preferably the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. He was serving as the current president of the “Real Steel Rodders of Texas.”

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Jerry Wilkinson

Jerry Wilkinson, 74, of Hearne, Texas passed peacefully on Sunday, August 4, 2013 in Bryan, Texas. Jerry was born February 16, 1939 in Devol, Oklahoma, to Virgil and Edna Wilkinson. Graduated from Big Pasture High School, Randlett, Oklahoma in 1957, from there he served in the Army and the National Guard for 6 years. Then he became a Barber, moved to Carpentry and Welding, and in 1983 he started driving a truck for New Southwest Baking in Bryan, Texas where he retired. He loved to fish, work on his lawn and spend time with family. He was a member of Elliot Baptist Church.

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