Obituaries -- March 14, 2013


Doris Jean Anderson, 87, of Fairfield, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013 at The Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.

A celebration of her life was held Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Capps Memorial Chapel with Rev. Terry Skinner officiating. Interment followed at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tom Anderson, Jimmy Anderson, Don Anderson, Tom O?Connor, Kenny Voiles and Doug Curry. Honorary bearers were Rodney Sweet, George Sweet, Blayne Curry, Ryan Reilly and Drew Lewis.

Mrs. Anderson was born July 12, 1925 in Limestone County; to parents Roy L. and Wilma Jennings Curry. She married Jesse Franklin Anderson on July 12, 1946 and moved to Fairfield where Jesse lived. He preceded her in death on February 10, 1970. On March 1, 1949 she went to work for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in the Freestone County ASCS office and retired after 35 years on September 30, 1984. She was a long time member of Calvary Baptist Church and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary of the Wilbur H. Bailey VFW Post 5872 in Fairfield.

Doris was famous for her contribution of homemade candy enjoyed by her family during the holidays. Family vacations were also enjoyable and remembered occasions. She loved to crochet and the family cherished the beautiful table cloths and afghans she created for family members. In addition to her husband and parents she was also preceded in death by a brother, R. L. Curry.

Left to cherish her memory is a sister, Pauline F. Sweet of Sparks, NV; a brother, Ralph W. Curry and wife Thelma of Fairfield; a sister-in-law, Ann Curry of Waco and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by all of her family, friends, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are requested for the Freestone County Cancer Support Group at P.O. Box 1522, Fairfield, TX 75840 or The Hospice of East Texas at 4111 University Blvd. Tyler, TX 75701. Heaven?s key is in my hand.

To view an online obituary, send a personalized sympathy card, or leave the family a personal tribute, please visit www.cappschapel.com


Mrs. Robbie Louise Beene Pease passed away on February 27, 2013, following a brief illness from cancer, in Arlington, Texas.

Bobbie Louise was born on November 30, 1928 in the Freestone Community to William Obediah Beene and Lethia Pipkin Beene. She attended school in Freestone and Teague Before joining the Marines where she served from 1950-1954. She married Donald Charles Pease of Elgin, Illinois in 1954.

She was preceded in death by her parents who were longtime residents of Freestone County.

Her brother Walter Neel Beene, her husband Major Donald Pease, United States Marine Corps retired, her son Boyd, her daughter Brett, her son Dana and wife Barbra and her grandchildren Vanessa Ellen and Charles Craig survive Mrs. Pease.


Graveside Services for Mr. Charles ?Tommy? Pickett, 61, were held on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Driver Cemetery near Teague. Bro. Bart Herrington and Bro. Josh Gafford officiated. Serving as pallbearers were Charlie Pickett, Billy Bob Haydon, Bob Price, Willis Pickett, Roger Alderman, and Cullen Pickett. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Mexia Fire Department.

Mr. Pickett passed away on Monday, March 4, 2013, at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco. He was born in Fairfield and lived in Wortham and attended school there through the seventh grade until he moved to Mexia. He graduated from Mexia High School with the Class of 1969, and married his high school sweetheart, Kathy, on August 1, 1970. Mr. Pickett worked for the Mexia State School before his over thirty year career as a Maintenance Mechanic with Big Brown in Fairfield. He enjoyed turkey, duck, and deer hunting and fishing and loved Rodeo, especially the annual Teague 4th of July Rodeo. Mr. Pickett was a member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of over forty-two years, Kathy Henderson Pickett of Teague; one daughter, Kasey Pickett Allen and husband Damon Charles of Mexia; one son, Charlie Pickett and wife Leslie of Teague; six grandchildren, Chelsea Pelgreen, Kaitlyn Allen, Cameron Allen, Madison Allen, Laynee Pickett, and Jace Pickett; three brothers, Jimmy Pickett and wife Carol of Mexia, Bruce Pickett of Mexia, and Daryl Pickett and wife Felicia of Teague; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including special friends, Bob and Barbara Price of Fairfield, and Billy Bob and Lydia Haydon of Palestine.

Mr. Pickett was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Elizabeth Pickett, and one sister, Kay Ellen Pickett Hancock.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Cedar Creek Baptist Church, P.O. Box 746, Teague, Texas 75860 or Freestone Cowboy Church, 105 FCR 740, Teague, Texas 75860.

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.


Funeral services for Mrs. Betty Lucille Pitman, 94, were held on Monday, March 11, 2013, at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Rev. Alan Van Hooser officiated. Interment followed the services at Greenwood Cemetery. Mrs. Pitman passed away on Friday, March 8, 2013, in Victoria.

She was born in Bartow, Florida, on October 22, 1918 to William Jefferson and Lessie Lee Wolfe Boswell. Mrs. Pitman lived in Teague for many years before spending the past seven in Victoria. She was a dedicated homemaker and loving mother. One of the highlights of her week, when she lived in Teague, was to attend church every Sunday. Mrs. Pitman was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Teague.

She is survived by her sons, Lemoine Pitman of Fulton and Doug Pitman and wife Carol of Victoria; six grandchildren, Sean Lee Davis, Bryan Lee Davis, Reynetta Pitman, Lemoine Pitman Jr., Dwayne Russell Pitman, and John Pitman; other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Pitman was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Pitman; and one daughter, Betty Lou Teal.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church, 420 Walnut, Teague, TX 75860.

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


Funeral services for Amy Van Winkle, 41, were held Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Teague. Bro. Darrell Beggs and Bro. Scott Matthews officiated. Interment followed the services at Greenwood Cemetery.

Mrs. Van Winkle passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at her residence in Teague. She was born in Fairfield on November 24, 1971 to Charles Lee (Chuck) and Patricia Steen Carruth. She grew up in Teague and graduated from Teague High School with the Class of 1990. In high school, Amy was a member of the Teague Lion Band and a twirler. She married Doyle on September 3, 1994. Amy loved music and going to concerts, especially 80?s and 90?s rock. Mrs. Van Winkle worked for banks and attorneys in the area and was the manager of the City of Mexia?s secretary for several years. After having children, Amy spent time as a stay at home mom before going to work again. Her most recent job was as an administrative assistant with ENCANA. She was known as the family organizer and made sure everyone was on schedule and had whatever was needed at all times (she did this for close friends as well). Mrs. Van Winkle loved people and was always willing to help someone in need. She was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend. Mrs. Van Winkle was a member of First Baptist Church in Teague.

She is survived by her husband, Doyle Van Winkle; one son, Will Van Winkle; one daughter, Brooke Van Winkle; mother, Patricia Carruth Munson and husband Mark; one sister, Angela Allison and husband Brad; one brother, Charles ?Chip? Carruth and wife Haley all of Teague; nieces and nephews, Emilee, Tyler, Tanner, Ashton, Randon, and Cace; three sisters-in-law, Peggy Sullivan and husband Ken and their children Beatrice and Lauren, Michelle Cochran and husband Wes and their children Bailee, Hailee, and Wesley, and Laura Bolt and husband Ryan and their daughter, Abby Rose; her grandmother-in-law, Rose Deck Conkling and husband Don; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Mrs. Van Winkle was preceded in death by her father, Charles Lee (Chuck) Carruth; maternal grandparents, Charles (Buddy) Steen and Ila Marie Steen; paternal grandparents, Otis Carruth and Theresa Carruth; mother-in-law, Rosemarie Deck Garrison; father-in-law, Larry Garrison; grandparents-in-law, Bill Beason, Leta Beason, Woodrow Wilson Deck, Archie Garrison, and Lucy Garrison.

The family requests memorials be made to Legacy Brain Foundation, 7777 Forest Lane, Suite C-648, Dallas, Texas 75230 or online at www.legacybrainfoundation.com.

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.

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