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Obituaries -- January 31, 2013

CRYSTAL McCOSLIN BYRD

Funeral services for Mrs. Crystal McCoslin Byrd, 35, were held Saturday, January 26, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Sardis Baptist Church near Jewett. Bro. Lee Weiler officiated. Interment followed the services at Sardis Cemetery.

Mrs. Byrd passed away on Monday, January 21, 2013, near Marquez. She was born in Mexia on December 8, 1977, and lived in Leon County all of her life, and graduated from Leon High School. Crystal loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding horses. Mrs. Byrd was presently employed at the U.S. Post Office in Marquez.

She is survived by her husband, Chris Byrd; two daughters, Jamie Rene Blakeslee and Jessica Rae Blakeslee of Marquez; mother, Marsha Gale Helms of Victoria; father, Edmond McCoslin & wife Phyllis of Jewett; brother, Michael Ray McCoslin of San Antonio; grandmother, Josephine McCoslin of Marquez; numerous cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Mrs. Byrd was preceded in death by her grandfather, Ellis McCoslin and her uncle, Rickey McCoslin.

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HOMER BARGER

Funeral services for Mr. Homer Barger, 97, were held on Monday, January 28, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Teague. Bro. Scott Matthews officiated. Interment followed the services at Greenwood Cemetery.

Homer Barger was born on September 21, 1915, in the Cedar Community, south of Teague, to Bro. W.M. (Mitchell) & Clemmie Sartor Barger. He was the oldest of six children. Mr. Barger passed away on Friday, January 25, 2013, at Parkview Regional Hospital in Mexia at the age of ninety-seven. His early life was spent farming and raising cattle in Cedar. He moved to Houston in 1946 for only a few months to work as a carpenter, using the skills his father taught him. Mr. Barger then returned to Teague and became partners with his brother in the Humble Service Station. He was later an employee of the City of Teague at the water station, then worked for Freestone County Soil Conservation, later still he managed the Freestone County Farmers CO-OP, all before retiring from the U.S. Post Office after thirty-four years.

Mr. Barger was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Teague and was ordained as Deacon in 1980. He was a member of the Teague Volunteer Fire Department for over forty years and served as Fire Chief in the 1970?s. Mr. Barger also served on the Teague City Council and on the Greenwood Cemetery Association Board, and was presented a plaque for twenty-five years of service to his community by the late Mayor Earl Long. He served as Secretary for the Teague Rodeo Association for many years and was still enjoying the Rodeo.

Left to treasure his memory are three daughters, Nelda Childs & husband Charles of Cypress, Sue Barnhill of Bossier City, LA, and Jane Moore & husband Darrell of Teague; six grandchildren, Steve Childs, Kenneth Pevehouse, Mark Childs, Debra Bray, April Welch, and Cody Moore; twelve great-grandchildren, Emily Bray, Andrew Bray, Brittnee Ransberger, Aaron Bray, Brady Welch, Sam Childs, Mabree Moore, Adam Childs, Ben Childs, Brant Moore, Bryce Moore, and Bryleigh Welch; one sister, Opal Gibson of Chandler; three brothers, W.C. Barger of Teague, Herbert Barger & wife Bonnie of Houston, and Orval Barger & wife Ruby of Livingston; special friends, Jodi Watson, Marilyn Nickleberry, Lovie Whyte, and Carmen Hall, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Mr. Barger was preceded in death by his wife Dorine Bulin Barger in 1973, and his wife Ruth Webb Barger in 2012, and one sister, Gracie Christian.

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GERALD (JERRY) COCKERHAM

Funeral services for Mr. Gerald (Jerry) Cockerham, 70, were held Thursday, January 24, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., First Baptist Church in Teague. Bro. Chad Owens officiated. Interment followed the services at Greenwood Cemetery.

Mr. Cockerham passed away on Monday, January 21, 2013, at his residence near Freestone. He was born in Italy, TX and grew up in Itasca. He graduated from Itasca High School with the Class of 1960 and attended West Texas State on a football scholarship. Mr. Cockerham married Charlotte on July 11, 2000, and shared over twelve years of marriage together. He retired from NUCOR in 2004. Mr. Cockerham enjoyed raising cattle and horses and loved to go fishing. He was a member of Unity Baptist Church in Corsicana.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte of Freestone; two sons, Mike Cockerham & wife Leslie of Freestone and Gary Don Cockerham & wife Angela of Teague; one daughter, Andrea Skokandich of Teague; eight grandchildren, Megan Cockerham, Wesley Cockerham, Ty Cockerham, Lane Cockerham, Caitlin Daniel, Cade Skokandich, Victoria Hudgins, and Sage Sanders; four step-children, Teresa Hudgins, Tammy Sanders, Tonya Harris, and Teri Foreman; several step-grandchildren; two sisters, Carol Clary of Baytown and Linda Ferguson of Teague; two brothers, Donny Cockerham & wife Jackie and Ronny Cockerham & wife Debbie all of Teague; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mr. Cockerham was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Elzy and Iva Pearl Cockerham.

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LILLIAM R. DANIEL

Lillian R. Daniel, 86, of Fairfield, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2013 in Fairfield. Services were held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Grace Tabernacle Church in Dew with Apostle Travis N. (Bo) Davis and Pastor Jimmy Davis officiating. Interment followed at Dew Cemetery.

Mrs. Daniel was born September 24, 1926 in the Lanely area of Freestone County; to parents Falcon and Alma Parish Allen. She was a lifelong area resident and a member of Grace Tabernacle Church for many years. She was a volunteer for the Senior Citizens Center and drove dialysis patients to Palestine for a number of years. She married Wesley Ray Daniel on July 18, 1943 and he preceded her in death in 1991. In addition to her parents and husband she was also preceded in death by a grandson, David Mitchell Davis; two brothers, Richard and Travis Allen.

Left to cherish her memory is her two children, Peggy Fern Davis and husband Travis (Bo) of Buffalo; Jimmy R. Daniel and wife Aurelia of Buffalo; two sisters, Madelyn Lane and Lucille Williams both of Lanely; five grandchildren, Jimmy Davis and wife Carrie of Buffalo; Michael Daniel and wife Vickie of Buffalo; DeAundra Mullins and husband D.W. of Humble; Tammy Lopez and husband Chuck of Dew; Paul Daniel and wife Kimberly of Buffalo; eleven great-grandchildren, Natalie Hays, Christopher Mullins, Jennifer Daniel, Hannah Mullins, Chelsea Lopez, Melissa Lopez, Seth Daniel, Andrea Daniel, Elizabeth Daniel, Josh Davis and Jacob Davis; one great-great-grandchild, Sydney Hays

Pallbearers were Kenny Young, Ray Sanders, Michael Story, Bill Pennington, Nolan Glass, David Fowler and E. W. Allen

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MARY LILLIAN ADAMS FLEETWOOD

Mary Lillian Adams Fleetwood age 82, of Wortham went to be with Jesus our Savior Friday, December 28, 2012 at a local hospital. Funeral services were held December 31, 2012 at Fairfield Christian Center with Pastor Buddy Turner officiating. Interment followed at Rosewood Cemetery in Humble, TX.

Mary was born May 5, 1930 in Pearsall, Texas to Jesse and Kathleen Adams. Mary lived a spirit-filled life as a servant for her Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ as an ordained minister. Mary and her husband Bill were co-pastors at a church together in Fairfield for 5 years. She was a prayer warrior for her family, friends and many others in need of prayer. During Mary?s lifetime she had many visions from the Lord, wrote them down one by one, saved them and wrote a book, Between Heaven and Earth. She is now strictly in Heaven! Mary also loved drawing and painting as a detail artist after receiving her commercial art degree early in life. She loved her family and was faithful as a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Mary is survived by her husband William "Bill" Fleetwood of 62 years; 3 daughters - Deitra O'Neill and her husband Steve of Humble, TX; Darlene Twitty and her husband Doug of Teague, TX; and Cheri Jennings and her husband Frank of Lorena, TX; 11 Grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren; 1 sister, Opal Adams Kelley and husband Jim.

MARTHA JO EDDINGTON HARDIN

The Angelic Hosts came for Martha Jo Eddington Hardin, 62, on Sunday, January 20, 2013 in the Temple Scott & White Hospital among loving family and devoted friends. Funeral Services were held Saturday, January 26, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. in the Greater Haynes Memorial Church Of God In Christ in Mexia, Texas, where Elder C. D. Washington is pastor. Rev. Kenneth Ferrell officiated and Rev. Nixon Morgan was the eulogist. Interment followed at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hwy 84, Mexia.

Martha Jo Eddington Hardin was the 6th child of Homer Eddington and Helen Ruth Simon Eddington, and was born in Mart, Texas on July 17, 1951. She grew up in the Doyle Community of Groesbeck, Texas and attended the Woodland Public Schools and the Mexia Public Schools. Sister Hardin confessed a hope in Christ at an early age and was baptized in the Grace Tabernacle Church Of God In Christ, Groesbeck, Texas. Sometimes later, Sister Hardin moved her membership to The Open Doors Church Of God In Christ, Corsicana, Texas and there she remained faithful until her death. She served on the Church's Mission Board and the Prayer Board. She married Edward Hardin and they made their home in Mexia, Texas, and was employed by the Mexia Independent School District in Housekeeping and the Mexia Nursing Home as a Certified Nurses Aide. Sister Hardin had been a Mexia State School Foster Grandparent Program Volunteer, and extended an open home to her. Her favorite pastime was hosting family gatherings, shopping, and baking. Upside Down Cake was her banking specialty. She will be remember best for her kind and tender heart, and her love of family.

Preceding her in death are: Her parents; Her sisters: Verna Lee Matthews and Helen Echols; and Her brothers: Ben J. Eddington and Edward Eddington

Those who are left to cherish her memory most are: Sisters: Johnnie Washington and husband, Jerry of Mexia, Texas; Verta Ruth Eddington of Chandler, Texas; Pinkie Carroll of Corsicana, Texas; Edna Joyce Salas and husband, Jessie of Oakland, California and Step-Sister: Henrietta Cooper of Mexia, TX; Brother: Robert Eddington and wife, Laura of Groesbeck, Texas and host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were designed for the Martha Hardin Family by Moore's Angelic Funeral Home, 406 Monroe Street, Teague, Texas 75860. Visit mooresangelicfuneralhome.com to sign the guestbook and light a candle.

DONALD RAY LONG

The Angelic Hosts came for Ray Long, 76, in the Teague Nursing Home, Wednesday, January 16, 2013, among loving family and devoted staff and friends. Funeral Service with VFW funeral honors were held Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM in the First United Methodist Church, 420 Walnut Street, Teague, Texas 75860 with Pastors Allen Van Hooser and Betty Watson-Officiating . Internment followed in the Dew Cemetery with military funeral honors.

He was the second of four children born to Clyde Mirl Long and Jessie Lea Blaiser Long, and was born in Mullhall, Oklahoma. He grew up in Stillwater, Oklahoma and Cleveland, Texas where he attended the Cleveland High School. Don enlisted in the Army Air Corps during the Korean War and served as a firefighter. He was wounded in battle and was awarded the Purple Heart for his courage. He was honorably discharged from the service and entered the trucking industry. It was here that he worked for McWaters Trucking Co. Cleveland, Texas until he retired. Donald Ray married Frances S. Carroll in March, 1969 and later married Ruby Rhames in September, 1999. He was baptized in the Happy Life Church by Pastor Betty Watson in Cleveland, TX. His hobbies were: traveling, Oil painting, puzzles, fishing and playing cards with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: His parents: Mirl and Jessie Blaiser Long; a sister: Ruby Whitehead and a Great-Grandson: Steven Thomas Williams, III.

Surviving Don Ray Long are: His sons: Charles Allen Comeau and wife, Tonya of Amarillo, TX; and Arthur Lee Comeau of the state of California; Daughters: Charlotte Irene Comeau Gonzales and husband, Gilbert of Teague; Sharon Stilley and husband, Kerry of Cleveland, TX; and Stephanie Long of Teague; Brother: Robert L. Long and wife, Okey of Cleveland, TX; Sister: Delores F. Matthews Burt and husband Edward of Cleveland, TX; Cousins: Dick and Vera Jean Hoffman and Lyle and Jane Blaiser all of Stillwater, Oklahoma; Numerous Grandchildren; Great-Grandchildren; His friend since 5th Grade: Harold Watson, Cleveland TX; Nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

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LEE O?PRY

Funeral services for Mr. Lee O?Pry, 65, were held on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at 2:00p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Mr. Mickey Thompson officiated. Interment followed the services at Lost Prairie Cemetery near Groesbeck.

Mr. O?Pry passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at his residence near Fairfield.

He was born and raised in Thornton and lived in Dallas, Waco, Cleburne, and Purden before moving to Fairfield where he lived the past fifteen years. Mr. O?Pry served in the U.S. Army. He married Dorothy Thompson on December 1, 1966, and shared over forty-six years together. Mr. O?Pry was a truck driver and mechanic almost all of his working life. He enjoyed hunting and working on automobiles, and especially spending time with his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. Mr. O?Pry was a Baptist by Faith.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy O?Pry of Fairfield; six children, Marvin O?Pry & wife Laura of Fairfield, Lea Ann Atkins & husband of Teague, Brenda Kinsey & husband Brian of Waco, Alexis Breann O?Pry, Adam Heston O?Pry, and Trey O?Pry, all of Fairfield; six grandchildren, Brandon O?Pry, Rachel Rohlmeier, Rebecca Rohlmeier, Robyn Rohlmeier, Lee Marvin O?Pry, and Brie Kinsey; two great-grandchildren, Brayden O?Pry and Kaiden Greagrey; two brothers, Donald O?Pry of Mexia and Doyle O?Pry of Oakwood; two sisters, Barbara Jean Dechaume of Corsicana and Wanda Lewis of Dawson; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mr. O?Pry was preceded in death by his brother, John O?Pry.

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CARL MICHAEL (MIKE) ROBERTSON, SR.

Funeral services for Mr. Mike Robertson, Sr., 62, were held Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Interment followed the services at Antioch Cemetery in Luna.

Mr. Robertson passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at his residence in Tehuacana. He was born in Teague on August 17, 1950 to Homer Jesse & Vivian Robertson and grew up in Fairfield. Mike went to work in the oil field at an early age and traveled to numerous locations with his job until settling in Tehuacana in 1999. He married Susan on October 5, 1991, and shared over twenty-one years of marriage together. Mr. Robertson was known for his ability to fix things and solve problems and truly cared for his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Robertson of Tehuacana; two daughters, Mechelle Johnson & fianc? Brad Cox of Teague and Colleen Robertson of Point Enterprise; two sons, Michael Robertson, Jr. & Crystal of Kirvin and Neal Robertson & wife Amy of Normangee; one step-son, Johnny Cockerell & wife Stephanie of Mansfield; thirteen grandchildren; his mother, Vivian Campbell of Mexia; one brother, Jim Robertson & wife Dusty of Oklahoma; one sister, Cathy Forbes of Red Oak; his mother-in-law, Modene Thornton of Fairfield; other relatives and many friends.

Mr. Robertson was preceded in death by his father, Homer Jesse Robertson; one brother, Bill Robertson; and two grandchildren, Cameron and Casey.

The family requests memorials be made in the name of Mike Robertson, Sr. to Providence Hospice, 107 E. Commerce, Mexia, TX 76667.

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LEROY SENTOR

Funeral services for Mr. Leroy Senter, 99, were held on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at 10:00a.m. at Eighth Avenue Baptist Church in Teague. Bro. Steve Cowart officiated. Interment followed the services at Greenwood Cemetery.

Mr. Senter passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at the Teague Nursing Home. He was born on December 11, 1913 in Teague to Robert & Inez Elizabeth Senter. He moved to Lamesa for about eight years then returned to Teague where he remained. Mr. Senter was a farmer and rancher all of his life and enjoyed being outdoors. He was a member of 8th Ave Baptist Church for over seventy-three years and was ordained as Deacon in 1954 and served as chairman of the Deacons for many years.

He is survived by his wife, LaVerne Senter of Teague; two daughters, Mary Elizabeth Stephenson & husband Gary of Fairfield and Virginia Lee Smith & husband Clifford of Teague; four grandchildren, Lisa Foree & husband Grady of Fairfield, Wesley Smith & wife Brandi of White Oak, Brad Smith & wife Michelle, and Jason Smith & wife Robin all of Teague; ten great-grandchildren, Brady James, Cordelle Smith, Cantrelle Smith, Brittany Beasley, Morgan Smith, Cole Smith, Brooke Beasley, Jayme Smith, Miller Smith, and Jaysa Smith; step-daughter, Sue Persons & husband Pete of Teague; two step-sons, Ronnie Dickens & wife Pam of San Marcos and Randy Dickens & wife Kathy of Grandview; seven step-grandchildren, Rhonda Craig & husband Kelly of Wortham, Curtis Persons & wife Barbara, Kevin Persons & wife Natalie, Kayla Craig & husband Todd all of Teague, Amanda Jordan & husband Chris of Dallas, Jana Paul & husband Taylor of Fairfield, and Emily Brooks & husband Bill of Burleson; fourteen step-great-grandchildren, Cord Samuels & wife Kayla, Pamela Persons, Whitney Chrisley, Katelynn Wilson, Kimberly Persons, Curtis Persons II, Kateley Beth Craig, Brandon Persons, Kinsey Persons, Kiley Persons, Lilah Craig, Caroline Craig, Sophie Craig, Easton Persons, and Baby Paul due in April; one step-great-great-granddaughter, Ava Samuels; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mr. Senter was preceded in death by two wives, Ruth King Senter and Margie Long Senter, and one grandson, Ronnie Stephenson.

The family requests memorials be made to Eighth Avenue Baptist Church, 201 S. 8th Ave., Teague, Texas 75860.

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