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Obituaries -- December 19, 2013

HOPE BAKER

Hope Baker, 99, of Fairfield, passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013 in Fairfield. Services were held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 12, 2013 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Benny Mize and Rev. Ken Pruitt officiating. Interment followed at Woodland Cemetery in Kirvin under the direction of Capps Memorial Chapel.

Mrs. Baker was born August 28, 1914 near the Stewards Mill Community of Freestone County; to parents Jim Billie and Nannie Belle York Bonner. She attended school at Bonnerville and graduated from Fairfield High School. She married Edward Baker on December 23, 1939 and he preceded her in death in 1973. She was retired from the Texas Dept. of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fairfield. In addition to her husband and parents she was also preceded in death by one sister, Laura Belle Bonner; four brothers, Joel Andrew Bonner, Sr.; Jim Billie Bonner, Jr.; Samuel Laird Bonner; John Y. Bonner. Pallbearers were Luke Baker, Bobby Bonner, Jody Bonner, Buck Bonner, John Y. Bonner and David Bonner.

Left to cherish her memory is her brother, Albert Bonner, Sr. and wife Maxine of Fairfield; one son; two grandchildren, LaDonna Spain and Luke Baker both of Wichita Falls, TX; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and her special caregiver, Robin Cox.

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

ERNEST BUSBY

Ernest Busby was born February 16, 1927, in rural Rice, Texas to Ples Busby, a Freestone County native, and Mae Bell Butler, a Wood County native. Ernest accepted Christ at an early age. He grew up in Rice, Texas and attended public schools there.

After graduation, Mr. Busby enlisted in the U. S. Air Force on August 6, 1945. Ernest reenlisted in the Army Air Corp on December 14, 1945, and shortly after, on December 26, 1945, he married the love of his life, Mildred Lankford of Teague, Texas. Nine children were born to this union and their marriage was strong for 66 years until Mildred Busby?s death in 2012.

Mr. Busby began his Military career as a clerk, but with his strong desire to learn, he found the opportunity to serve as an Administrator, Aero Medical Specialist, Classification Assignment Supervisor, Counselor, Personnel Superintendent and First Sergeant as well as Career Guidance Supervisor and Athletics Supervisor during his years in the service. His wife Mildred and their children were able to accompany him during his tours. The Busby Family started at Kelly AFB in San Antonio and were able to go to duty stations such as Norton AFB in San Bernardino, Zoroto AFB in Japan, James Connally AFB in Waco, Azores AFB in Portugal, and Laughlin AFB in Del Rio. Through the years of service in the Air Force, Mr. Busby has served in Japan during the Korean Conflict, in Thailand during the Vietnam War and in Azores, Portugal.

Upon returning to the United States in 1954 Sergeant Busby was stationed at Connally AFB in Waco, Texas, where he remained until August of 1966. During his years in the military, Mr. Busby was able to earn 182 college credit hours from his training. He majored in Sociology and began working for the civil service at the Veterans Administration Regional Office in Waco as a Veteran Benefit Counselor before retiring in 1981. Throughout his time in Waco, Texas, he was instrumental in organizing interracial dances and events at James Connally AFB, which helped to break down racial barriers. He served as a Deacon to Rev. B.T. Talbert at Community Missionary Baptist Church in Waco, Texas for many years and was a major supporter to the Sunday School program, the Baptist Training Union, and the Caravan Gospel Singers.

Ernest Busby retired from the United States Air Force on June 30, 1973, having served his country for 28 years. Sergeant Busby was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Bronze Star for meritorious service, and he served in the 57th Air Reserve Squadron, a unit that won outstanding awards for saving lives.

After his retirement, Ernest returned to Teague to become one of the most giving supporters of the community. In 1986, he started working as the Freestone County?s Veteran Service and was responsible to the Freestone County Judge and helping area veterans obtain their benefits for over 16 years. Mr. Busby was invited to join the Teague Ministerial Alliance in 1988 and served as President 1989 and 1990, active for 10 years. Throughout his life in Teague, Mr. Busby has served as an Alderman, Mayor Pro-tem, and Mayor of Teague. He has also served with the Heart of Texas Council of Governments Executive Committee and was elected as President of HOTCOG in 1993. On April 24, 1993, Ernest Busby was named the winner of the E. E. Wheat Award during the Freestone County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Freedom Fund Banquet. In 1994, he received the Teague Man of the Year Award presented by the Teague Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Busby loved to serve. He had worked tirelessly volunteering for The Lord?s Community Storehouse food pantry. He had volunteered many hours for fundraising efforts and lending himself to anything that was needed in the community. He served as the President of the Magnolia Benevolent Association. Ernest was also a longtime and faithful member of St. James United Methodist Church serving as the Chairman of the Administration Board and the Council on Ministries. He was a member of the Teague Chapter of the American Legion and VFW Post 6799 presented Mr. Busby with the Post Quartermaster Citation for 1981-82 in recognition of his outstanding cooperation and untiring industry in preparing and forwarding transmittals which enabled his Post to exceed 100% in membership.

Ernest also had a love and passion for Baseball and Softball ? he was a player as well as a coach and manager. From 1946 until 1948, during his career in the Air Force, Mr. Busby played service baseball and softball, winning pennant trophies. Mr. Busby played baseball with local Semi-pro Teams and was able to compete against teams and great players like Satchel Page. Later, after retiring from the military, he was involved in organizing Little League Teams, managing men?s and women?s baseball and softball teams, as well as managing the James Connally ?Over 35 Team? who were ATC Champions in 1955. He also managed the Teague Tigers, a team composed of military and civilian men from Teague which Busby entered into the Annual Amateur Baseball Tournament at Katy Park. He was extremely active with youth and managed men?s ball teams, girl?s teams and served as a Little League Manager and official. Ernest was also an umpire for 20 years.

Mr. Busby was preceded in death by: his Father: Ples Busby; his Mother: Mary Bell Butler Busby; his wife: Mildred Busby: his Daughters: Brendy Carol Busby and Mildred Earnestine Busby-Longmire; his Brother: Tom Anderson Busby; and his Sister: Imogene Salley.

He is survived by: his Son: Ernest Busby II and wife Constontial, Round Rock, TX; his Daughters: Rose Marie DeGrate and husband Curtis, Teague, TX; Dorothy Jean Quaite and husband Herbert, Waxahachie, TX; Diana Lynn Busby, Teague, TX; Evelyn Joyce Busby, Dallas, TX; Gloria Denise Busby-Carter and husband Alford, Teague, TX; and Bridgette Busby and husband Archie Hicks, Teague, TX; his Sisters: Geraldine Green, Waxahachie, TX; Della Mae Preston, Ennis, TX; Mary Lynn Shaw, Ennis, TX; his Brother-In-Law: Arby Lee Hambric, Las Vegas, NV; his Sister-In-Law: Rosa Lee Haynes, Teague, TX; 26 Grandchildren, 55 Great-Grandchildren, Numerous Great-Great Grandchildren, Extended Family and Special Friends.

Moore?s Angelic Funeral Home will be serving the Busby Family. Visit www.mooresangelicfuneralhome.com to sign the guest book and light a candle.

ASA E. PICKETT

Funeral services for Mr. Asa E. Pickett, 75, were held on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield. Rev. Terry Skinner will officiate. Interment followed the services at Driver Cemetery near Teague.

Visitation was held on Monday with the family present from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Asa Eugene Pickett passed away on Friday, December 13, 2013, in Waco, surrounded by his family. He was born on January 22, 1938, in Teague to Asa Willis and Eula Mae Pickett. Asa attended school in Teague before serving in the U.S. Army. Asa, throughout his life, worked across the country as a Rodeo Pickup Man, being selected numerous times to pickup at several different rodeo finals. Mr. Pickett was always known for his outstanding horses. He worked as a cowboy everyday of his life. Mr. Pickett enjoyed life and spending time visiting with friends and sharing countless stories.

He is survived by his children, Gala Pickett, Lanett Utsey, and Cullen Pickett and wife Mandy, and one like a son, Darryl Copeland and Maggie, all of Fairfield; four grandchildren, J. T. Orand, Brady Ivey, Heather Utsey, and Ryan Utsey; one great-grandchild, Kolten Schultz; three brothers, Eddie Gene Montgomery and wife Lillian of Cleveland, Ohio, Joe Pickett and wife Betty and Willis Pickett and wife Helen, all of Teague; three sisters, LaJuan Richardson and husband A.D. of Cotton Gin, Nancy Rula of Teague, and Gloria Davis and husband Richard of Groesbeck; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Mr. Pickett was preceded in death by two wives, Betty Ivy Pickett and Johnette Taylor Pickett; one grandson, Colby Ivey; and his parents, Asa Willis and Eula Mae Pickett.

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

GARY WAYNE ROBINSON

Gary Wayne Robinson, 56, of Fairfield passed away Monday, December 16, 2013, near Jewett. Services were held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at Round Prairie Baptist Church with Bro. Ed Ridge officiating. Interment followed at Sardis Cemetery near Jewett.

Gary was born June 9, 1957 in Pasadena, TX, to parents Harold Glynn and Jo Beddingfield Robinson. He was retired from the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife where he served as a game warden. He married Gena Peterson on July 23, 1977 in Franklin, TX. He had been a resident of Fairfield for 26 years moving from Franklin. He was a member of the Texas Game Wardens Association. Gary?s spare time was spent loving his grandkids, nieces and nephews as well as hunting and fishing. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a brother, David Robinson,

Left to cherish his memory is his wife Gena of Fairfield; his mother, Jo Ann Robinson of Franklin; three daughters, Misty Baillio and husband Keary of Fairfield; April Campbell and husband Wesley of Fairfield; Shelly Chambers and husband Shelby of Paris, TX; five grandchildren know by their first and middle names, Kloie Reese; Ava Riley; Mason Grant; Max Ruger; Hattie Yates; one brother, Keith Robinson and wife Sandie of Franklin; numerous nieces and nephews.

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

MARY SHOOK

Mrs. Mary Shook, 65, passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at her residence in Teague.

She was born on November 19, 1948 in Brownfield, Texas to Roy Lee and Florence Straun Robertson. Her father passed away a month before she was born and her mother moved them to Seadrift, TX to live with her parents. She moved to Donie, after her mother married Albert Cecil (Dink) Williams, and attended school there through the 7th grade. She later graduated from Teague High School with the Class of 1966 and then attended Leniel?s Beauty School in Waco. Mary lived in Clute, Pasadena, Houston, and Elkhart, Indiana where she met and married her husband of twenty-five years, John Shook. She remained in Indiana until 2007 when she and John moved to Teague.

Mrs. Shook was preceded in death by her husband, John Shook; her father, Roy Lee Robertson; her parents, Florence and Albert Cecil (Dink) Williams; and one brother, Johnny Lee Williams.

She is survived by two sons, Gabriel Ybarra and life partner Eddy Davidson of Elkhart, Indiana, and Michael Drury and wife Kimberlee of Pasadena; step-son, Jonathon Rees Jr; step-daughter, Jane Nicely and husband Chae all of Elkhart, Indiana; grandchildren, Harley Drury, Danica Drury, Jathon Rees, Joseph Rees, Tanner Nicely, Jaden Rees, and Gabby Nicely; two brothers, Gary Robertson of Chula Vista, California and R. L. Robertson of Van Nyes, California; one sister, Ruby Nell Robertson of Chula Vista, California; two aunts, Mary Dee Williams of Donie, and Lorene Starun of Kansas City, Kansas; special friends, Bobby and Joy Kennedy of Donie, and Tempe Emery of Lake Limestone; numerous other relatives and friends.

There will be no public memorial services.

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

BILLY TURNER

Funeral services for Mr. Billy Eugene Turner, 77, were held on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Bro. Bennie Mize officiated. A private interment will follow the services.

Visitation was held on Friday with the family present from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Turner passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at the Teague Nursing Home.

He was born on December 30, 1935, in Donie, TX. He attended school in Donie and Teague and graduated with a Bachelor?s of Science Degree in Physics from Sam Houston State University. He served in the U.S. Air Force and later taught school and coached Teague I.S.D. Mr. Turner, with his brother Don Turner, was a rancher and owned Turner Feed and Fertilizer in Donie for many years. He was President of Donie Water Works, Inc. for many years and a member of the First Baptist Church in Donie.

Mr. Turner is survived by three brothers, Tom Turner and wife Pat of Houston, Don Turner and wife Janice of Teague, and Ken Turner and wife Sandra of Jewett; one nephew, Trent Turner and family of Jewett; two nieces, Leigh Ann Turner Hackerman and family and Kristi Turner Clawson and family all of Houston.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Vicki Turner; his parents, Raymond and Bessie Devine Turner; and by his step-son, Jimmy Massey.

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

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