Obituaries -- January 17, 2013


Graveside services for Mrs. Ruby Bodine, 87, were held on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at Salem Cemetery near Freestone.

Mrs. Bodine passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, in Corsicana. She was born on November 3, 1925, in Sherman, Texas. She married Joseph Paul (Joe) Bodine, Sr. and shared almost thirty years together before being separated by his death in 1980. Mrs. Bodine lived in Ferris and Teague before moving to Corsicana in 2005. She enjoyed making crafts and ceramics, but her heart was in homemaking for her family. Mrs. Bodine was a dedicated mother, raising four children and helping to raise her grandchildren, and was a Baptist by Faith.

She is survived by one daughter, Tommie Keaton of Corsicana; three sons, Joseph Bodine, Jr. of Teague, Raymon Bodine of Streetman, and Mike Bodine & wife Ginny of Ferris; seven grandchildren, Mary McKensie Parks, Jody Bodine, Brad Bodine, Angie Leverett, Trevor Bodine, Whitney Bodine, and Tanner Bodine; eight great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Bodine was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Paul (Joe) Bodine, Sr. and her parents, Raymon Carlos & Myrtle Lea Mullins Atwood.

The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718 or online at www.cancer.org or to the American Heart Association, 10900-B Stonelake Blvd. Suite 320, Austin, Texas 78759 or online at www.heart.org.

Please visit www.bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or to leave a message for the family. Bowers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Doris Anne (Dee) Carroll, 70, of Fairfield, TX, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2013 in Tyler, TX. Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2013 Capps Memorial Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Cotton officiating.

Mrs. Carroll was born April 5, 1942 in Dallas, TX to Mack Worth and Gwendolyn (Red) Ponder. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas and attended The University of Texas at Austin. Dee lived in California for several years and then moved to Fairfield where she married John T. (Johnny) Carroll, Jr.

Dee was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Fairfield History Club, and a member of The Order of Eastern Star, where she served as Worthy Grand Matron. She was an active volunteer for the Freestone County Historical Museum and local Relay for Life, serving as co-chair for two years. She was proud of her work with Relay for Life, raising money for cancer research and was a breast cancer survivor.

Doris is survived by her husband of 30 years, John T. Carroll, Jr. of Fairfield; her only child Jennifer Russell and husband Shawn of Little Elm; one grandson, Cameron Russell of Little Elm; one sister, Micki Burnside and husband Tom of Dallas; and one brother, Bruce Ponder and wife Judy, of Dallas. Dee is also survived by numerous sister and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.

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LaTasha Renee' Carter, 32, passed away at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Ft. Worth, Texas on January 3, 2013 surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Mexia High School Auditorium at 1120 North Ross Avenue with Rev. Riley Armstead Officiating and Rev. Keenen Jackson as Eulogist. Interment followed at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Mexia, Texas.

LaTasha Renee' Carter was born in Corsicana, Texas on August 21, 1981. She was baptized in the Alexander Primitive Baptist Church of Mexia by Rev. H. V. Chambers. She was a graduate of Mexia High School with the Class of 1999 and was an honor graduate, member of the National Honor Society, 4 Year Academic Sweater Recipient, and a 4 year member of the Mexia Blackcat Band. LaTasha received her BSN degree from The University Of Texas at Arlington in 2003. She was employed for more than 9 years as an RN at John Peter Smith Hospital, Ft. Worth, was Staff Nurse at Peter Smith's Post Portum GYN and was promoted Team Leader at the Diamond Hill Clinic.

Her hobbies were: traveling, shopping and being with her family and friends. She will be remembered most for her "Kool Aid" smile and the love that she constantly showed to others.

Preceding LaTasha in death are: Her maternal grandparents: Lee and Lillie Carter and paternal grandmother: Essie Eldridge.

She is survived by: Her mother and step-father: Glenda Jones and Bill Jones, Mexia, TX; Father and step-mother: Darwin Eldridge and Rachel Eldridge, Austin, TX; Brothers: LaTodrick Eldridge and Darwin Eldridge, Austin, TX; Sister: Tambreshia Eldridge, Houston, TX; Grandfather: Edwin Eldridge, Mexia, TX; Step-Brother: Bill Jones, Jr., Groesbeck, TX; Step-Sister: Savannah Jones, Waco, TX; Nephew: Adarius Burns; Aunts: Denise Pollard, Mexia, TX; Alberta Carter, Dallas, TX; Sonya Eldridge and Kizzie Eldridge, Dallas, TX; and Debrah Williams, Mexia, TX; Uncle: Bobby Bradshaw and Vanessa; God Parents: Edward and Mary Griffin; Darren and Vernita Huckaby; Play Sister: Shaquera Means; God-Children: Sy'Rion Carpenter, Amaris Alexander, Kaydence Carpenter and Khloi Smith; Her best friend since LaTasha was age 5: Samara Griffin-Alexander; A Devoted friend: Dr. Skeetora Taylor and a host of other relatives and friends.

Moore Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Patricia Ann Haley, 74, of Streetman, passed away Thursday, January 3, 2013 in Denton. Memorial graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Cade Cemetery near Streetman with Rev. Clayton Smith officiating.

Mrs. Haley was born November 15, 1938 in Little Rock, Arkansas; to parents Mack and Clara Walpole O?Curran. She had been a Streetman resident since 2000 having moved from Euless. In addition to one brother and one sister she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Haley in 2007. A grandson, Stephen Ayala preceded her in death in 2004.

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Sheila Blazewicz and husband Robin of Lake Dallas; Joni Salter of Streetman; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Louie Short of Conway, AR; one sister, Virginia Trice of Little Rock, AR.

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Memorial services for Mr. James Weldon Ivy, 89, will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 11:00a.m. at First Baptist Church in Teague. Bro. Scott Matthews will officiate.

A private interment was held prior to the service at Greenwood Cemetery.

James Weldon Ivy passed away peacefully on January 12, 2013 in Bryan, Texas. He is survived by his son Jeffrey and his wife Charla Ivy of Bryan, by his son James and his wife Linda Ivy of San Antonio, and by his grandsons, Travis, Zachary, and Samuel Ivy. He is preceded in death by his wife of sixty-two years, Sue Eppes Ivy of Freestone, by his parents James Walter Ivy and Margaret Evans Ivy, and by his sisters Alice Drake, Velma Ivy, Vernie Burleson, and Oretha Fulton.

James Weldon Ivy was born in 1923 in a small farmhouse south of Donie, Texas. He played piano at the Baptist Church and played basketball at Donie High School, graduating in 1941. He briefly attended college before enlisting in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and went on to serve in the Army reserves for 13 years. After World War II, he entered Sam Houston State Teachers College and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1948. Upon graduation, he went to work for Humble Oil in Katy, Texas and married his wife Sue. They made their home and raised their family in the Spring Branch area of Houston. He retired from Exxon in 1986 after thirty-eight years of service.

James Weldon Ivy was a loving husband and a devoted father. Friends and family will remember him for his wise counsel, his quick wit, his musical talent, and his devotion to his family and church. They will miss him, but will find comfort knowing that he is now with his Savior and with his dear companion Sue.

Please visit our website at www.bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or to leave a message for the family. Bowers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Russell Whatley Loper, Sr., 61, formerly of Fairfield, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 6, 2013. Services were held 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 11, 2013 at Capps Memorial Chapel. Interment followed at Woodland Cemetery near Kirvin.

Russ was born March 24, 1951 in Fairfield, Texas to Kathryn and Clark Loper. After graduation from Fairfield High School, he attended and graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, double majoring in Management and Real Estate and minoring in Marketing. He took over the family ranch following his father?s death in 1975 and dedicated his life to his family. Russ was blessed with three children who loved him with all of their hearts. His third marriage to Jeraldine ?Jerrie? Humphries in April of 2002 brought him the love of his life.

He had an undying passion for hunting, taking his children to Colorado even as toddlers and traveling to Pearsall with his wife and family. He was a movie lover and a food connoisseur, although no meal ever seemed to compare to those prepared by his mother and grandmother. He loved to gather his family together for dinner and a movie. Russ was a great story teller with years of wonderfully colorful stories from a complicated man of wisdom, generosity, faith, adventure, rebellion, regret, and love. ??the greatest of these is love.? (1Corinthians 13:13)

Russ was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife Jerrie Loper of Waco, daughter Lauri Cherry of Austin and son-in-law Justin, daughter Susan Phipps of Waco and son-in-law Landon, son Russell Loper, Jr. of Waco, step-son Paul Francis of Corsicana and step-daughter-in-law Kay, step-daughter Sommer Hibbler of Garland, grandchildren Kori Francis, Kasie Francis Roy, Tyler Little, and Lauren Little, great-grandchildren Delilah Francis and Hunter Roy, sister Cindy Emmons of Fairfield and brother-in-law Steve, and nephews Bodie, Clay, and Corey Emmons.

Pallbearers were Russell Loper, Jr., Paul Francis, Justin Cherry, Landon Phipps, Eddie King, Sonny Wills, and Eric Lassiter.

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village, though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound?s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.


John Duncan McCoy, 64, of Channelview, passed away at his home in channelview, Texas on Thursday, January 3, 2013. He was born February 4, 1948, in Teague, Texas, to John Howard McCoy and Lea Bertha (Burleson) McCoy. Mr. McCoy attended Lee College and started an Italian restaurant at the age of nineteen. That restaurant is still operating to this day. Mr. McCoy was also a lifetime member of The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Besides his family, he enjoyed being outdoors and hunting, fishing and playing golf. He will be remembered as a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

Preceded in death by his parents; and grandparents, Lillian Withers McCoy and John Francis McCoy and Bertha Burleson and Otis Burleson; Mr. McCoy is survived by his loving wife of thirty-eight years, Peggy Lynn (Francis) McCoy; his son, John Keith McCoy and wife, Kristen Nicole, of Cypress, Texas; daughter, Amy Cortez and husband, Danny, also of Cypress; grandchildren, Kollins Reese McCoy, Cooper Cortez, Kate Cortez and Kase Cortez; sisters, Gail Leake and Melody Waggoner; and many other loving friends and family members.

A memorial service was held in the Chapel of Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home in Baytown, Texas on January 8, 2013.


Jean Colleen McWilliams, 84, of Fairfield, died at her residence on January 9, 2013 of natural causes. Services were held 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 14, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church of Fairfield. Interment followed at Fairfield Cemetery under the direction of Capps Memorial Chapel. Pallbearers were John McWilliams, Caleb McWilliams, Rick Briley, David McWilliams, Mike McCahan and Jeff McWilliams.

She was born Jean Colleen McCahan in Saxton, PA on February 26, 1928 to George Victor and Hazel Stinson McCahan. She married John E. McWilliams, Jr. on March 28, 1953. Colleen was a 1946 graduate of Saxton Liberty High School and in 1949 received her RN Diploma from Allegheny General Hospital. In 1986 she received her BSN from The University of Texas at Arlington. Her nursing career included MD Anderson and Methodist Hospitals, Houston, setting up the First Aid Department in The Astrodome and Leon County Hospital. Colleen was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Republican Women?s Club, The Red Hat Society and Trinity Lutheran Church.

Left to cherish her memory is her three children, Deborah Balliew and husband Jeff of Arlington, TX; John McWilliams and wife Mary of Upper Sandusky, OH; Jeff McWilliams and wife Judith of The Woodlands, TX; nine grandchildren, John McWilliams and wife Danielle of Mason, MI; Sarah McWilliams of Phoenix, AZ; Jessica McWilliams of Dallas, TX; Joanna Balliew of Waco, TX; Victoria McWilliams, Jennifer Balliew, Danielle Balliew, Caleb McWilliams all of College Station, TX; David McWilliams of The Woodlands, TX; two great-grandsons, Gage and Ian McWilliams of Mason, MI; two brothers, Michael McCahan and wife Betty Jean of Mesa, AZ; Thomas McCahan and wife Carolyn of Norton, OH; a sister Patricia Barney of Bedford, PA.

Preceding her in death were a son, Timothy Robert; a sister, Sandra Kraus; four brothers, Robert, George, Kelly and Jack McCahan.

The family requests memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church, 1100 E. Commerce, Fairfield, TX 75840

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Tressie S. Scott, 82, of Oakwood, passed away Monday, January 7, 2013 in Palestine. Services were under the direction of Forest Hill Funeral Home ? South in Memphis, TN. Local arrangements were by Capps Memorial Chapel of Fairfield, TX.

Mrs. Scott was born May 5, 1930 in Saulsbury, TN; to parents Edwin and Tennie May Prewitt Shearin. She had been a Freestone County resident since 1990 and was a retired supervisor with Bell Telephone. She was a member of Southeast Baptist Church in Palestine and a past president to the Women?s Auxiliary of VFW Post 3907 in Palestine.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by five brothers, Joe, Horace, Ed, Ben and Parnel Shearin; two granddaughters, Vickie Lynn Scott and Tressie Renee Scott

Left to cherish her memory is her husband Charles Scott, Sr. of Oakwood; a son, Charles Scott and wife Terri of New Braunfels, TX; grandchildren, Matthew Scott of Converse, TX; Eric Jimenez of New Braunfels.

You can log on to the website of Forest Hill South at www.foresthillfh.com or call 901-346-3250.

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Louella Calame Taylor, 94, passed away in Fairfield January 9, 2013. She was born in Leon County to Jesse O. McAdams and Mattie Graham McAdams on October 4, 1918. She was married to Charles E. (Son) Calame in 1937.

Louella is survived by four sons, Charles Calame & wife Dorothy, Jerry Calame & wife Jenny, Jesse Calame, and Tony Calame, all of Wortham; three daughters, Glenda Neese of Wortham, Elizabeth Lucas, & husband Thomas of Corsicana, and Nelda Mullenax of Kirvin; twenty grandchildren; thirty-seven great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Always interested in other people and details of their lives, Louella was a caretaker of others throughout her life. She enjoyed sharing stories about the past, providing many humorous memories of her family life.

A family memorial service will be held at Woodland Cemetery in Kirvin, Texas at a later date.

Please visit www.bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or leave a message for the family. Bowers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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