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Ada Louise Mullen Baker

Ada Louise Mullen Baker, 88, of Fairfield, passed away Friday, September 28, 2012 at E.T.M.C. Fairfield. Services were held 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 1, 2012 at Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor Terry Skinner and Pastor Robert Easterling officiating. Interment followed at Stewards Mill Cemetery.

Ada Louise Mullen, affectionately known as ?Nanie? was born January 28, 1924 in Freestone County, Texas, the second of nine children born to Clinton Mullen and Lucy Moore. She attended school at Mt. Zion and Fairfield High School graduating in 1941. She married Mac E. Baker on January 28, 1948. They lived most of their lives in Fairfield. Ada was a homemaker as well as helping her husband manage their business (Baker?s Texaco & Radiator Shop) and farming and ranching for many years. She also worked for the Fairfield Independent School District. Her hobbies included sewing, quilting, gardening, dominos, and many board games.

Ada was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church of Fairfield from age 13 until her death. She was also a member of The Order of Eastern Star of Fairfield where she held many offices during her 50 plus years membership including Worthy Matron. Ada served many years as Secretary/Treasurer of the Antioch Cemetery Association working tirelessly to preserve the history of this cemetery. She loved helping other people whether relative, friend or simply someone in need and made it a goal in her life to serve other people.

She was preceded in death by her husband Mac E. Baker, her parents Clinton and Lucy Mullen, two brothers, C.L. Mullen and Bowie Mullen and sisters Ida Minchew and Frances Harper.

Left to cherish her memory are three daughters, Christine Easterling and husband Bill of Fairfield; Ludy Talley of Tyler and Mackie Bonner and husband Wayne of Lorena; three grandsons, Robert Easterling and wife Gena of Nacogdoches; James Easterling and wife Jennifer of Frisco; Phillip Talley of Southlake; three granddaughters, Tracy Schneider of Tyler; Jessica Bonner of Waco and Brandi Bonner of Livingston; one great-grandson, Joshua Easterling of Nacogdoches; five great-granddaughters, Erica Casaretto and husband Giovanni of Staten Island, NY; Brittany Easterling, Lauren Easterling, and Lindsay Easterling, all of Frisco; Kathleen Easterling of Nacogdoches; two great-great-granddaughters, Jade Chand and Jordan Chand of San Antonio; one great-great-grandson, Christopher Casaretto of Staten Island, NY; two brothers, Deward Mullen and wife Margie of Frankston; Clois Mullen and wife Charlotte of Fairfield; two sisters, Mary Estes and husband Bob of Crandell and Nova Flowers of Fairfield.

The family also gives special recognition to Judy McLerran and Catherine Ethridge for their love and friendship in caring for Mrs. Baker for many years.

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Annie Lou Bonner

Annie Lou Bonner, 90, of Fairfield, passed away Friday, September 28, 2012 in Waco. Services were held Monday, October 1, 2012 at Capps Memorial Chapel. Rev. Ken Pruitt officiated. Interment followed at Fairfield Cemetery.

Mrs. Bonner was born July 21, 1922 in the Midway community of Freestone County to parents Edward Elijah and Mary Naoma Richmond Steele. She had been a Freestone County resident most of her life. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Fairfield. Mrs. Bonner was known for her hand made tea towels and handwritten cookbooks both of which were treasured by her grandchildren and others. Mrs. Bonner was preceded in death by a son, Leldon T. Brown; five brothers and two sisters. Pallbearers were grandsons, Leldon Bonner, Rocky Bonner, Larry Bonner, James L. Bonner, Charles W. Bonner and Andrew Wilson.

Left to cherish her memory are four children, Mary Ann Wilson and husband Logan of Forest Glade; John R. Bonner of Fairfield; James E. Bonner and wife Sherry of Fairfield; David Bonner and wife Brenda of Fairfield; thirteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.

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Mabel McNutt

Graveside services for Mrs. Mabel McNutt, 100, were held on Thursday, September 27, 2012, at Cotton Gin Cemetery near Teague. Mr. Scott Bossier officiated.

Visitation was held prior to the service at the funeral home and a procession left from there for the cemetery.

Mrs. McNutt passed away on Monday, September 24, 2012, at Woodridge Nursing and Rehab Center in Grapevine. She was born to John and Annie Horton and raised in the community of Simsboro. She attended school in Cotton Gin. After marrying her husband, Willie McNutt, she became a resident of Teague and remained there until she moved to the Grapevine/Southlake area at the age of ninety-five to be closer to her children. Mrs. McNutt was a lifelong member of the Teague Church of Christ.

She is survived by one son, William Howard (Bill) McNutt & wife Tina of Grapevine; one daughter, Billie Ann Cochrum & husband Durwood of Southlake; two grandsons, William Clinton (Will) McNutt III or Huntsville, and Kyle Harrison McNutt of Grapevine; two nephews, Johnny Horton & family and Warren Horton & family all of Corsicana; cousins, Laverne Dunlap & husband Rayford, and Robert Baldree & wife Estelle, all of Teague; and other relatives and friends.

Mrs. McNutt was preceded in death by her husband, Willie McNutt; her parents, John & Annie Horton; one brother, Howard (Shorty) Horton & wife Jimmie; father and mother-in-law, Will & Pearl McNutt; numerous aunts & uncles.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the B.R. I. Railroad Museum, 208 South 3rd St., Teague, Texas 75860, where she worked as a volunteer for many years.

Please visit our website at www.bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or to leave a message for the family.

Bowers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pauline Pruitt

Pauline Pruitt, 80, of Fairfield, passed away Friday, September 28, 2012 in Fairfield following a lengthy battle with cancer. Services were held Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at Capps Memorial Chapel with Bro. Ed Ridge officiating. Interment followed at Wortham Cemetery.

Mrs. Pruitt was born December 10, 1931 in Midway, Texas to parents James Green Lenox and Mary Ann Emert Lenox. She was married for 40 years to Donald Pruitt who preceded her in death in 1993. She had been a Freestone County resident since 1995 and was a member of Round Prairie Baptist Church. She was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxillary. In addition to her husband she was also preceded in death by three brothers, Olgie, Edwin and Jim Lenox; two sisters, Ruth and Kate Lenox; and a granddaughter, April Schmidt.

Left to cherish her memory is a daughter, Francis Schmidt of Fairfield; a granddaughter, Megan Schmidt of Conroe; three great-grandchildren, Hailey Bonds, Preston Dunbar and Kylie Dunbar all of Conroe; a sister, Peggy Gressett of Houston along with numerous nieces and nephews.

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Herbert Maurice Russ

Herbert Maurice Russ, long time resident of Teague, Texas, passed away at age 92, on April 26, 2012, in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Herb was born in 1919. He served in the United States Air Force during World War II. He married Zena White in 1948 and they were married 49 years. He was a railroad engineer for more than 30 years. Both Herb and Zena were volunteers at the Teague Railroad Museum. They were members of the First United Methodist Church. Herb?s interest in genealogy led him to publish three books about his family?s history.

After Zena?s death in 1998, Herb moved to Colorado to be near his three daughters, Deborah Russ Brewer, Monette Russ and Terilynn Russ. He loved spending time with his four grandchildren, Ashley Brewer Fike, Andrew Brewer, and Courtney Brewer, daughters and son of Deborah Brewer and Whitney Russ, daughter of Monette Russ.

Herb is survived by his sister, Marilyn Cobb. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Russ and Myrtle Roberson Russ; his brothers John Jr. and Kenneth Russ.

The family plans a private graveside service where his ashes will be interred at Greenwood Cemetery next to Zena and his infant son, ?Maury.?

Norma Whitworth

Mrs. Norma Whitworth, 69, passed away on Monday, October 1, 2012, at her residence in Teague.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

She was born in Carlinville, Illinois on March 16, 1943. She grew up in Illinois and married Raymond Whitworth on August 4, 1967, and moved to Texas in 1973. Mrs. Whitworth loved fishing and camping and being outdoors. She enjoyed gardening, especially growing roses. Mrs. Whitworth was a Baptist by Faith.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Whitworth of Teague; one daughter, Connie Oden & husband John of Corsicana; two sons, Randy Whitworth & wife Jo of Nemo, TX and Kenneth Whitworth of Teague; four grandsons, Roger Smith, Michael Warren, Joseph Whitworth, & Richard Whitworth; three great-grandchildren, Ryan Smith, Hailey Whitworth, and Richard Smith; other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Whitworth was preceded in death by her parents, William & Louise Werse, and one sister, Carolyn Eskew.

Please visit our website at www.bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or to leave a message for the family.

Bowers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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