Obituaries -- January 24, 2013
MARY JIM HILL AYCOCK
Mary Jim Hill Aycock passed away January 19, 2013, at her nursing home in Atlanta, Texas, at age 95 where she was attended by her daughter. She was a graduate of Teague High School and became a time keeper for the WPA during the depression. She met her husband Harry Aycock in Trinity, Tx while assigned there and lived in Teague with her parents shortly after her first child was born while her husband served in the Army during WWII. They returned to Trinity and owned a dry goods store for many years that had been founded by the Aycock family. They raised three devoted, college educated daughters and after the store was destroyed by fire, decided it was time to retire. They were long time members of the First Methodist Church in Trinity.
She is preceded in death by her husband Harry; parents Sam Parr Hill and Nita Hill; siblings Anna Lee Hill; Sam Parr Hill, Jr.; Sharlene Hill Winfree Dunlap; Rollie Grant Hill; Jerrie Hill Heald Lummus; and Martha Jean Hill Smith Archer.
She is survived by one brother William Mingus Hill of Teague and three daughters Dianne Aycock Johnston Bryan of Atlanta,Tx; Lynn Aycock Nutt of Dallas Tx; Ann Aycock Avery Shelly of Conroe, Tx.; two nephews who live in Teague, Rollie Hill Winfree and Ricky Hugh Dunlap and numerous other nephews and nieces, grand children and great grand children.
Services and buriel along side her husband was in Trinity, Tx, on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.
FRANCES ELIZABETH COLEMAN CHRISTIAN
Funeral services for Frances Elizabeth Coleman Christian were held 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2013, at Capps Memorial Chapel with interment following at Woodland Cemetery near Kirvin in Freestone County, Texas.
Frances was born October 10, 1920, in Freestone County, Texas, to Luther Clifford Coleman and Sarah Elizabeth Carter Coleman. She is a descendant of some of the earliest settler families in what became Freestone County - the Burleson, Carter, and Coleman families. She was a graduate of Kirvin High School where she played volleyball and sang in a girls? quartet. She married Odis Dwain Christian on May 18, 1940 in Freestone County, Texas. She was employed by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Dallas from 1945 until 1976 when she retired and returned to Freestone County. She was also a faithful pastor?s wife throughout the ministry of her husband, Rev. O. D. Christian, serving as teacher, pianist, or organist in various churches where they ministered. She was active in the Order of the Eastern Star serving as Worthy Matron of the Dal-Cliff Chapter in Dallas and the Fairfield Chapter in Fairfield, Grand Representative to Washington State, and in other roles during her more than fifty years in the OES.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Cliff and Sallie Coleman; her husband, Rev. O. D. Christian; five brothers, John Alfred Coleman, David Randall Coleman, Clifford Edwin Coleman, James Wallace Coleman, and Furney Ansol Coleman.
She is survived by her three children, Sarah Frances Christian McGuffey and her husband Ralph Wayne McGuffey of Dallas; Jerry Dwain Christian and his wife Kaye Eason Christian of Irving; and Travis Coleman Christian and his wife LaJuana Jean Petton Christian of Whitehouse, Texas. She is also survived by six grandchildren - four with spouses, twelve great-grandchildren - one with spouse, and one great-great-grandson. Other survivors include a brother, Joe Carter Coleman and Wife Mary Ann of Arlington, Texas; a sister, Floys Dean Coleman Little and husband Jerrell of Teague; sisters-in-law Judy Coleman and Anita Coleman of Fairfield, and Myrtis Eubanks of Dallas; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
She left a wonderful legacy of service to others and worship and praise to God, especially through music.
JAMES MONROE (BIG MOE) HAIR
James Monroe (Big Moe) Hair, Jr. 94, of Lanely, passed away Monday, January 14, 2013 in Fairfield. Memorial services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Grace Tabernacle in Dew with Apostle Travis N. (Bo) Davis officiating.
Big Moe was born May 17, 1918, in Grimes County, Tx, to parents James Monroe and Sally Adele Churchwell Hair. He served during WWII in the U.S. Navy as a member of the 31st Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees) and participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima while attached to the 5th Marine Division. He married Velma Thiessen on January 10, 1942 and she preceded him in death on January 3, 2003. He was a retired oil refinery construction foreman and came to Freestone County in 1970. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Jesse M. Colson; Ardelle Borski and Alta C. West.
Left to cherish his memory is his two children, James M. Hair, III of Cheyenne, WY; Sondra L. Van Havryk and husband Waldo of Irving, TX; three grandchildren, Morgan M. Hair; Shaina M. Hair and Bryan J. Van Havryk; three brothers, Donald I. Hair and wife Lena of Santa Fe, TX; Hubert Hair and wife Betty of Independence, MO; Henry M. Hair and wife Karen of The Woodlands; two sisters, Ina Mae Stratton of Lake Jackson and Alma O. Macon of Angleton, TX; his very special best friend, Dennis Frenchmeyer of Lanely.
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JAMES RAY POPE
James Ray Pope, 71, of Mexia passed away January 18, 2013, in Mexia. Funeral services were held at 3PM, Monday, January 21, 2013, at Blair-Stubbs Chapel in Mexia.
James was born July 24, 1941, in Teague, Texas to J. D. and Clara Hail Pope. He was a retired welder. After retiring, he opened R. J.?s Restaurant and operated it for a number of years. James loved raising and tending to his game chickens. He was friendly and outgoing; enjoyed being around people.
He was preceded in death by his father, J.D. Pope and mother, Clara Parker.
James is survived by his wife, Leticia Pope of Mexia; son, Emilio Pope; step-children, Ingrid Mandragon, Alessia Lean, Mara Gonzalez, Ronnie Smith and Rhonda Riggs, who he loved and cherished as his own; sister, Jo Nita Cannon of Teague; niece Donna Hudson; nephews, Rickey Cannon and Buddy Cannon both of Teague; Uncle, Dale Pope of Teague; aunt, Mildred McClain of Eagle Lake, TX; cousins, John Christian, Earlene Robertson, Alleen Davenport, Debbie Carter, Howard Pope, Tommy Pope, Glenda Rieber, Helen Smith, Debbie Jones, Edna Nutt, Dennis McClain, Pat McClain and Dana Pagel.
Please visit www.blair-stubbs to leave a memorial message or sign the guest book.
BILLY PAUL PRESTIDGE
Graveside services for Mr. Billy Paul Prestidge, 72, were held on Thursday, January 17, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Teague. Chaplain Merry Wilburn officiated. Visitation was held prior to the service.
Mr. Prestidge passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at his residence in Teague. He was born in Teague on April 8, 1940, and lived in Teague all his life. He graduated from Teague High School with the Class of 1958. In high school, Mr. Prestidge excelled in athletics and was an all-state football player for the Teague Lions, and maintained a lifelong closeness with his teammates and classmates. He loved to joke and make people smile and had a special fondness for children. Mr. Prestidge worked as a roofer for most of his working life.
He is survived by one son, Paul Kimball; one sister, Jo Ann Satterwhite & husband Ben all of Teague; three nieces; two nephews; numerous great-nieces & great-nephews; other relatives and friends.
Mr. Prestidge was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Prestidge; and his parents, Homer & Lillie Mae Prestidge.
In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Providence Hospice, 107 E. Commerce St., Mexia, Texas 76667.
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 SULLIVAN WARD
Doris Sullivan Ward of Mexia, Texas went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 after a brief illness at Parkview Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held Sunday, January 20th at the First Baptist Church with Marcus Sheffield officiating. Interment followed in the Mexia Cemetery.
Doris was born January 28, 1926 in Zions Rest, Texas to William Edward and Mosie Ella Boyte Sullivan. Doris, lovingly known by many as ?Nanny?, not only was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother but also enjoyed a long career in the retail fashion industry. After working as a buyer for Karner-Phillips of Mexia, she later managed K. Wolens stores in Mexia, Killeen, and Hillsboro. From 1982 to 2003, Nanny managed W & W Family Rentals. From 2003, until she reluctantly retired in 2011, she completed her long career at Farm House Furnishings. Nanny enjoyed this last year at home on her farm. Her favorite memories were spent with family, friends, country/western and ballroom dancing, and riding in the pasture to check on her cows.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Jason Lytle Ward; five brothers and six sisters.
Doris is survived by two sons, Billy Roy Pate and wife, Olivia of Atlanta, GA and John L. Ward and wife, Amy of Mexia, TX; two daughters, Sandra Langston and husband, Michael of Houston, TX and Debra Ward Newberry of Houston, TX; grandchildren, Jennifer Neyland and husband, Wade, James Ward and wife, Sara, Spencer Thomas, Heather McNallie and husband, Rhett, Scott Langston, Adam Langston, Brandi Madison, Millie Hill and husband, Dwayne and Amy Newberry; Great-grandchildren, Lacy, Janie & Pate Neyland, Cameryn Ward, Dalton Masters, Mae & Mac McNallie, Weston & Mia Madison, and Hunter Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and nephews, Justin & Brick Sullivan and Dave Klosterman.
Nanny had a tremendous devotion and love for her family and friends and will be missed greatly!
Memorials may be made to the Jason Ward Memorial Fund, P. O. Box 111, Mexia, Tx. 76667.
Please visit www.blair-stubbs.com to leave a memorial message or sign the guest book.
ROSALEE ?CHRIS? WILSON WITHROW
Graveside Services for Rosalee ?Chris? Wilson Withrow, 92, of Colorado Springs, were held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Teague, Texas with Madeline Hoherd officiating. She passed away January 13, 2013 in a Colorado Springs Nursing Center.
Mrs. Withrow was born on April 20, 1920 in Teague, Texas, to Eugene Roe and Maggie (Jones) Wilson. She lived many years in Thousand Oaks, CA, moved to Waco, TX in 1978 and then to Colorado Springs, CO in 2008 until her death. She was a homemaker, a former member of Highland Baptist Church in Waco and a member of the Texas Star Chapter of Embroidery Guild of America.
Mrs. Withrow was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Withrow in 1971, sisters, Kay Green, Marie Crawford and Tony Flanagin and a granddaughter, Jessie Withrow.
Survivors include daughters: Jill Baker of Louisville, KY, Alice Wilson of Columbus, GA, Madeline Hoherd of Colorado Springs, CO and Wendy Withrow of Anchorage, Alaska; Brother: Gene Wilson of McGregor, TX; Sister: Opal ?Diz? Hanbey of Marysville, WA; 12 Grandchildren, 18 Great-Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great Grandchild.
Green-Patterson Funeral Home in Cameron is in charge of arrangements.
LERA CASEY WREN
Funeral services for Lera Casey Wren were held Friday, January 18th at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Fairfield. Burial followed at Fairfield Cemetery. Pallbearers were Danny Wren, Michael Wren, Doyle Farney, Michael Smith, Darrell Evans, David Barns, Rusty Sartor and Mark Hull.
Lera was born August 19, 1935, in the Young Community of Freestone County, Texas, and passed away at her home in Fairfield, Texas January 15, 2013. Lera was the third of six children of Tolbert and Velma Hughes Casey. She attended school in Fairfield and graduated from Cosmetology School in Waco. Lera and Billy George Wren were married August 11, 1951. They resided in Waco for a number of years, then moved to Fairfield in 1971. Lera was a homemaker and excellent seamstress. Her most enjoyable time was being a mother and grandmother, always ready to take time for a unique adventure with her children and grandchildren. They attended church at Fairfield Harmony Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her husband, Billy; two sons, David Wren and his wife Rebecca and Joe Wren and his wife Sara; daughter, Michelle Wren Smith and her husband Michael Smith of China Springs; grandchildren, Danny Wren and wife Kelly, Michael Wren and wife Trisha, Tabitha Wren Alpine and husband Matt Randolph, Trudee Wren, Kristen Wren, Matthew Smith and Makayla Smith; great grandchildren, Jasmine Wren, Ivy Wren and Memphis Wren; sister, Barbara Sartor and husband Terry of Teague; brother, Donald Casey and wife Sue of Fairfield; brother-in-law, Elvis Wren Jr and wife Ann of Groves, Texas; sister-in-laws, Jean Casey of Fairfield and Charlcie Casey of Buffalo and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her son Billy Douglas Wren; parents; one granddaughter, Naline Wren; brothers, Billy Roy Casey, Tolbert (Bubba) Casey, Jr.; sister, Linda Casey Hull and parents-in-laws, Elvis and Riva Wren.
Memorials may be made to Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice 625 North Main Corsicana, Texas 75110 or Fairfield Harmony Presbyterian Church 119 West Main Fairfield, Texas 75840.
An online guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Fairfield.