Obituaries

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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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Melion Luther Foster

Melion Luther Foster was born July 11, 1937,in Hearne, Texas the second of two children born to Judicious and Maggie foster, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his brother Odell (Sonny) Foster and his stepsister Phoebe Sapp. From an early age Melion was provided with a strong spiritual foundation.
Melion graduated from Blackshear High School in 1955, where he was an all around athlete who ran track, played football, and basketball. He served in the United State Navy. He enjoyed reading and researching history. He became a deacon in 2008 at True Light Missionary Baptist Church.
Melion leaves to mourn his wife of over 50 years Dorothy; children, Gloria Sims (George) of Houston, Marc Redmon of Hearne, and Kelvin Foster (Michelle) of Pearland; two sisters, Fannie Elam (John) of Hearne and Margaret Louise Christon of College Station; one brother, Kenneth Wayne Turner (Staci) of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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31
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Otis Wayne Hale

Otis Wayne Hale, 90, passed away Tuesday morning July 23 at his residence in San Antonio.
Graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday July 27 at Franklin City Cemetery in Franklin.
Wayne was born October 5, 1922 in Franklin the son of Clarence and Lula (Lary) Hale. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during WWII as a medical technician in the European Theatre.
Wayne is preceded in death by his loving wife, Billie McBride Hale; daughter, Patricia Culver; brother, Calvin Hale and son-in-law, Dennis Bryant.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Keith and Robin Hale of San Antonio; daughter, Denise Bryant of College Station son-in-law, Lee Culver of Midland; grandchildren, Kimberly Culver, Timothy Culver and fiancé Cyndy Kersh, Garrett House and wife Kelly, Travis House, Matthew House, Hunter Hale and Hayden Hale; great-grandchildren, Aiden House and Emily Hale, Preston Culver, Mason and Kristian Kersh.

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Eloise Hyson-Williams

Eloise Hyson-Williams, 85, of Franklin went to be with the Lord Wednesday July 10,2013 at Franklin Nursing Home.
Eloise Hyson-Williams was the 6th child of 7 children born to Willie Hyson and Minnie Cross on September 27, 1927 in Franklin Texas.
She attended Franklin, Texas public school. Eloise accepted Christ at an early age. She was a faithful member of the church of God in Christ. Her participation in ministries included being a treasurer, church clerk, serving on the program committee, mission, food committee, and was a mighty prayer warrior.
Eloise was a homemaker and worked 17 years in the community as a great Home Health Care Provider. She was a faithful wife and devoted mother. She married O. C. Williams and mothered 13 children.
Preceding her in death was her father, mother, husband, one sister, five brothers, three daughters Carol, Mae Francis, Rosa Lee, Four sons Joe Carl, Winston, Osie Jr. and Roy Dell.

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Janis Jo (Gresham) Wilkerson

Janis Jo (Gresham) Wilkerson was born November 1st 1934, in Port Arthur, Texas, the eighth of nine children of Kearby & Margie Gresham.  Janis graduated from Comanche High School in 1953 as Salutatorian.  She graduated from Port Arthur College’s Junior Bookkeeping and Clerical Department in 1954.  Janis was married to Gene Warren Wilkerson in 1957 in Houston, Texas.  After Gene graduated from the University of Texas they moved to New Jersey and both were employed by the Dupont Company in Parlin, NJ.  They had three sons and lived in the towns of Old Bridge and East Brunswick, NJ.

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Jesse Everette Johnson

Jesse Everette Johnson, Jr., 77, of Bridgeport, Texas, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Decatur, Texas.  Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in East Bridgeport Cemetery.  Melvin Castleberry will officiate.  Visitation is from 6:00 - 8:00 PM Monday, July 1, 2013 at Jones Family Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
Jesse was born June 9, 1936, in Fort Worth, Texas to Ola Maude (Greer) and Jesse Everette Johnson, Sr.  He was a quality controller who retired from Hanson Aggregates.  He served his country in the U. S. Air Force.  Jesse married Patsy Palmer on August 9, 1969 in Houston, Texas.  He was an avid football fan, especially Texas A&M.  

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Hans Becker

Hans Becker, 86, passed from this life on June 3, 2013. A memorial service will be held at Memorial Funeral Home on Saturday, June 15th at 11am. For more information, please call Memorial Funeral Home at 979-279-3663.

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Ella Mae “Sugar Do Right” Nelson

Ella Mae “Sugar Do right” Nelson, 87, of Hearne , departed this life Sunday May 27, 2013 at Hearne Health Center.
Ella Mae was born to the late Walter and Mary Turner in Robertson County, Texas.
Ella Mae attended school in Hearne and came to know Chirst Jesus at an early age.
Ella Mae “Miss Suga” Turner met and married Eddie Nelson. To this union, four children were born. They were Thelma Jean, Eddie Mae, Jimmy LeRoy and William Nelson all of whom proceded her in death.
Ella Mae “Miss Suga” was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother.
Miss Suga leaves to cherish her sweet memories, five immediate grandchildren: Curtis (Kerri) Nelson of Cypress, Texas, Fledia Satchell, Ulanda Nelson, Tracy Nelson, and Pamela Nelson all of Hearne Texas; and a host of many great-grandchildren, neices, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation was Friday May 31 from 7p.m. – 8:30p.m. at Glenn Mack Funeral Home.

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Alfred “Kizer” Morrow

Alfred “Kizer” Morrow, 92, of Franklin went to be with his Lord Thursday May 23, 2013 in Franklin.
Alfred Morrow was born June 4, 1920 to the late Laura and Algeno Morrow. For most of Alfred’s life, he lived in Franklin Texas where he worked hard for his living.
At an early age, Alfred joined the CC Camp and had to discharge due to health issues. He later went back to work as an employess of the railroad as a mechanic. He also worked for Robertson County.
Alfred attended school at Brookville. Alfred met and married the late Imongene Tindle. To this union six children were born. He later met Rosie Lee Howkins and to this union six were also born.
After years of working, Alfreds health once again started to weigh heavy and fail him. In the early morning hour, God saw a better reason for him and decided to come and take home to live an everlasting life.

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