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Friday, December 28, 2012

In Loving Memory...

James Byron Steward Jr.

James Byron Steward, Jr., 47, of Ranger, passed away Sunday, December 23, 2012 in Ranger. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

James was born June 23, 1965 in Haskell, TX to James Byron Steward, Sr. and Berniece Hudson. Mr. Steward received a Master's Degree and had worked in construction. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include a daughter, Jaryn Steward of Lubbock; two sisters, Pat Steward of Ranger and Tonya Cypert and her husband Buddy of Haskell; a nephew, Cody Cypert of Lubbock; two nieces, Jacy West of Haskell and Kristin Bishop of Abilene.

Published in Abilene Reporter-News on December 27, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

In loving memory...

IOWA PARK — James “Jimmy” Earnest Alsup, age 78, longtime resident of Iowa Park, Texas, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2012.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at First Baptist Church of Iowa Park, with Rev. Glen Pearce, Pastor, and Dr. David Warren, officiating. Committal services will be held following the service in Highland Cemetery, Iowa Park, under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home.

Jimmy was born May 15, 1934, in Olney, Texas, to Aaron Earnest Alsup and wife, Eula Ben Watson Alsup. He married Shirley Jenelle Collins on August 3, 1952, in Megargel, Texas. He was a coach in Goree, Texas, Sudan, Texas, and came to Iowa Park in 1965 as Junior High School coach. He coached the students in Junior High School who went on to State in 1968 and 1970. He was assistant principal at Iowa Park High School and later went to the Junior High School as principal. He retired November 30, 1990, as principal at the Junior High School. Jimmy was a member of First Baptist Church of Iowa Park. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Ricky Alsup.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley, of Iowa Park; son, Randy and wife, Denise, of Iowa Park; daughter, Georgia Alsup of Iowa Park; a brother, Roy Dehn Alsup and wife, Janice, of Archer City, Texas; four grandchildren, Hayley Ann Warren and husband, David, of Seymour, Texas, Todd Kenneth Alsup of Dallas, Texas, Tiffany Lee McCalip and husband, Weston, of Iowa Park; Collin Alsup of Burkburnett, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Caden Jo Warren, Luke Todd Warren and Reese Paige Warren,all of Seymour, Texas.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening, November 20, 2012, at Dutton Funeral Home Chapel.

Condolence messages may be left online at

Sunday, October 7, 2012

In Loving Memory...

Lila Ann (Bunny) Hutchens


Lila Ann (Bunny) Hutchens, 64, passed away September 28th, 2012 in Jackson, Mississippi.

"Bunny" was born December 30th, 1947 in Haskell, Texas to Clifford and Dorothy Rhoads. She and Alan Hutchens were married June 24th, 1966 in Munday, Texas.

Known lovingly as "Granbunny", she was a very caring mother, grandmother, daughter, and wife. She loved spending time with her grandchildren especially at Possum Kingdom Lake. Even though she went through a great deal of suffering with her illness, she was always concerned about the welfare of others. She put her heart and soul into being a compassionate and wonderful mother and grandmother. She was the most happy when she was surrounded by her grandchildren.

"Bunny" is survived by 2 sons: Lowell and wife Karyn Hutchens of Chandler, Oklahoma and Scott and Elisabeth Hutchens of Cleveland, Mississippi. 4 grandsons; Hunter, Hayden, Henry, and Zachary. And 2 granddaughters; Scottie and Zoey.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 from 6-7 P.M. at McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday, Texas. Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 10 A.M. at the Church of Christ in Munday. Burial will follow in Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.

Published in Abilene Reporter-News on October 2, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012

In Loving Memory...

Jerrell Loyd "Jerry" Bradley (1935 - 2012) 77, went home to be with his heavenly Father and to be reunited with his son, other family members and friends, on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. Graveside service: 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Hawkins Cemetery at 5501 N. Hwy. 287 Access, Arlington. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701. Jerry was born Oct. 20, 1935, in Seymore, and graduated from Goree High School. After a year of college, he joined the Navy serving a four-year tour. In 1960 he married Carolyn Connally and they moved to the Metroplex. Jerry worked at the Arlington Plant of General Motors for 34 years before retiring and moving to their home on Lake Palestine in Chandler. Jerry served as a deacon at First Baptist Church in Arlington for many years and director of the Single Adults Department much of that time. He was preceded in death by his son, Curtis Loyd Bradley; and his parents, Loyd A. and Dixie Bradley. Survivors: Wife, Carolyn; brother, Clifford D. Bradley of Rockwell; daughter, Heather Moore of Arlington; three granddaughters; and one grandson.

Published in Star-Telegram on October 3, 2012

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

SEYMOUR — Mary Elizabeth Martin, 93, died Friday, July 20, 2012, in Seymour.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Seymour Church of Christ with Lee Skelton, minister of the Church of Christ, officiating.
Burial will be in Henson Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Martin was a homemaker.
Survivors include four sons, John Mark Martin of Lubbock, Stephen Paul (Chip) Martin of Anson, Phillip Andrew Martin of Sugarland and David Forrest Martin of Mansfield; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation 6 this evening at the funeral home.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

In Loving Memory...

Virginia Dare Land

Times Record News

Thursday, July 5, 2012

HASKELL — Virginia Dare Land most recently of Haskell, but longtime resident of Goree, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2012 in Haskell. She was 94. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 6, 2012 at Goree Cemetery in Goree with Dr. Troy Culpepper officiating. Arrangements were made under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.

Virginia Lain was born in Parker County, Texas on January 18, 1918 to parents, William and Mary (Murphy) Lain. She married John Arnold Land on December 19, 1936 who preceded her in death. She lived most of her life in Goree and was a clerk at Carl Dry Goods for over 30 years. Mrs. Land was a member of First Baptist Church in Haskell.

Also preceding her in death is her second husband, Howard Reding, whom she married October 25, 1991. Additionally, are her parents, William and Mary Lain; a sister, Nina Morton; 5 brothers, Fred Lain, Homer Lain, Leroy Lain, and 2 that passed at infancy.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Hicks of Seymour; 3 sons, Michael Land of Wichita Falls, Don Land of Comfort, and Garry Land of Clinton, Iowa; 1 brother, C.W. Lain of Seymour; 10 grandchildren, Andrea Land, Sarah Land, Clint Hicks, Lisa Lane, Sherrie Hicks, Jamie Glaze, Jason Land, Ashlee Land, Emily Steinhendt, Erin George; 14 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren.

Online condolences and memories can be left for the family at

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

In Loving Memory...

"My Aunt Bea worked for Trainham Grocery during the 60's and her daughters attended Goree school.  Michael was Avis' son and he died last week." 

Michael Earl Durr was born July 8, 1969 in Mesquite, Texas. to William and Avis "Struck" Durr and passed away May 13, 2012 in Mesquite, Texas. Michael is survived by his mother Avis Struck Durr, one sister Michelle & husband Cary Borden, and nieces and nephews, Travis Durr, Tabitha Borden, Kaitlynd Borden, Makynzi Watson and one aunt Andrea Struck Piland. He is preceded in death by his father William Durr and grandparents Earl and Bea Struck.

Margaret Nichols Kuenzler

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

In Loving Memory...

Milton James Kirby, Sr., 86, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2012, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Graveside services will be held 4 p.m. Sunday, April 15, in the Mills Cemetery, Garland, Texas. The family will be at Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home Saturday evening 5 to 7 p.m. for visitation.

Milton served his country in the U.S. Navy, a veteran of World War II.  Mr. Kirby was Goree High School teacher/coach in the early 1950s.

He was also a member of the ELK’s, the VFW, American Legion, and the Texas Teachers’ Association. He received his Bachelor’s degree from what is now Midwestern State University, his Master’s degree from Sul Ross State and was six hours away from his doctorate. Recruited into the teaching profession by D.L. Ligon, in 33 years, he served in various positions ranging from Science Teacher to Principal to Superintendent to Director of Special Education Region One at his retirement. His main accomplishment was being on the founding team in the creation of Special Education in the Texas School System.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lillian Bohac Kirby in 1981 and his second wife Ellie Settles Kirby in 2006.
Survivors include his son, Milton Kirby, Jr. and wife Debra of Wichita Falls; grandchildren, Charles Clint Kirby II, John Austin Kirby, Jay Leird, Brooke Leird, and Corey Leird; as well as the extended family of Ellie Settles Kirby, including the families of Billy Settles, Merle Jean Hughes, and the late Robbie Settles.
Condolences may be sent to the family at

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

GHS, Class of '57

Joe Royce Peterson
January 16, 1940 - March 11, 2012

Joe Royce Peterson, 72, of Kountze, died Sunday, March 11, 2012, at his residence.  Born January 16, 1940, in Crockett, to Stella Pethenia (Sanders) and Earl Louis Peterson, he had been a resident of Kountze since 1976.  Joe was retired from Motiva in Port Arthur as a powerhouse operator and proudly served his country in the United States Army.  He was a charter member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Kountze.

Survivors include his wife, Rita Peterson of Kountze; daughters, Rebecca Walton and her husband, Jarrod of Kountze, Samantha Karst and her husband, Steve of Houston, and Melissa Hatcher and her fiance’ Chris Hutchison of Kountze; sister, Kathryn Volker of Hillsborough; grandchildren, Hannah Walton, Grace Walton, Mason Walton, Gavin Robles, and Jack Hutchison; great grandson, Carson Walton; and special friends, Roy and Diane Langston and Robert and Geri Hunt.

His funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1600 S. Pine, Kountze with Reverend Tony Thornton and Reverend Joe Patterson officiating.  Burial will follow at Old Hardin Cemetery in Kountze.  A gathering of his family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Broussard’s, 530 W. Monroe, Kountze.

Friday, March 9, 2012

In Loving Memory...

Jimmy Roberts, Goree Class of 1955, is husband of Johnetta.

We lost a lovely lovely lady.  Jim called and said Johnetta went peacefully with all her family at her side except for Chris who is at OU.  He wanted me to tell everyone.   
Her body is at the Arlington Funeral Home, 1231 East Division, Arlington.  Jim wants to have the funeral in Arlington on Saturday and burial in Jacksboro on Sunday, but nothing is definite yet.  Check the funeral home's website tomorrow. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

In Loving Memory...

Charles Cooper Haskin (1926 - 2012)

Charles Cooper Haskin, 85, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2012.
Graveside service: Private burial. The family will host a reception in Cooper's honor at 5 p.m. Friday at the home of his son and daughter-in-law. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Cooper's honor to the Alzheimer's Association or a charity of your choice . Cooper was born Aug. 18, 1926, in Goree. In 1943, at the young age of 17, Cooper graduated from Goree High School and enlisted in the U.S.Navy where he was a signalman aboard the USS Buckingham in the Pacific Ocean and later shore patrol in Honolulu, Hawaii, before being discharged in 1946.

In 1949 he graduated from Texas Tech University and a year later
he met his future wife, B.J. Haskin, on a blind date. They were
married in 1953 and shortly thereafter he was called to active
duty in the United States Air Force. Cooper reported to flight
training, receiving his wings and served in the Strategic Air
Command at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. He flew the
B-29, B-36 and B-47 and was sent to Atomic Bomb School in New Mexico and finally
assigned to a nuclear target in the old Soviet Union. Upon his departure from the Air Force he saw a billboard advertising a job opening for pilots at American Airlines. This was the beginning of
a 31-year career allowing him to travel the world and rise to the
rank of Capt. Charles Cooper Haskin. In 1973, Cooper founded Makers Company which still operates as a steel lighting facility in Haltom City. Upon his retirement from American Airlines, he left Makers Company in the hands of his children and moved back home to Seymour.

Cooper enjoyed spending his free time hunting with his son,
fishing in Colorado with friends, "cowboying" at the Cowen & Sons ranch and Meadowbrook Wranglers with his daughter, gardening and flying his plane. He was an excellent cook and loved to share his creations with his family and friends. Survivors: Wife, B.J. Haskin; sister, Connie Bingham of Amarillo; son, Greg Haskin and wife, Becky; daughter, Laura Haskin; grandson, Travis Haskin and wife, Jenny; granddaughter, Marleigh Carol Haskin; great-grandson,
Holden Cole Haskin; special cousin, Candy Estes; and faithful
companion, Joe.

Published in Star-Telegram on March 7, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

Cinda Cay Letson

2/4/1955 3/1/2012
Service: 12:30 pm Monday, March 5, 2012 at Trinity Bible Church, Weatherford.
Burial: Memory Gardens.
Visitation: 6-8 pm Sunday, March 4, 2012 at the funeral home.

 WEATHERFORD -- Cinda Cay Letson, 57, died Thursday, March 1, 2012.
       Service: 12:30 pm Monday, March 5, 2012 at Trinity Bible Church, Weatherford. Burial:Memory Gardens. Visitation: 6-8 pm Sunday, March 4, 2012 at the funeral home.
       Cinda was born February 4, 1955 in Seymour, Texas to Jack and Dyne Nuckols. She attended Trinity Bible Church. Cinda received her real estate license in 1993 and was a real estate agent for Century 21 Judge Fite.  She served on the Greater Metro West Association of Realtors, being elected by her peers she served on the Board of Directors for a full term.  Cinda was also a member of Texas and National Association of Realtors and served on TREPAC.
       Cinda loved antiquing, reading but most of all she loved her granddaughters.
       Survivors: daughters, Mandi Hamilton and husband, David, Maci Benet and husband, Bryan; son, Brady Foerster and wife, Adryn all of Weatherford; parents, Jack and Dyne Nuckols of Munday, TX; special friend and caregiver, Casey Letson of Mineral Wells; brother, Troy Nuckols and wife, Paula of Goree, TX; and five grandchildren, Skyler, Kaylee, and Lauren Hamilton, Maddie Benet and Avery Foerster.

Friday, March 2, 2012

In Loving Memory...Cinda (Nuckols) Leston

Service: 12:30 pm Monday, March 5, 2012 
at Trinity Bible Church, Weatherford. 

Burial: Memory Gardens. 

Visitation: 6-8 pm Sunday, March 4, 2012 at the funeral home.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

In Loving Memory, Goree Class of 1967

Jenia Beth Randolph
January 16, 1949 - February 21, 2012

Jenia Beth Randolph, age 63, of Waco passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at her home from a long brave battle with cancer. A church service will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 24, at Lakeside Baptist Church in Granbury, Texas, with the Dr. John Duncan officiating.

Beth was born January 16, 1949, in Knox City, TX., to Ira "Bud" and Sibyl Strickland Hargrove. She married Billy Keith Randolph, Jr., on November 9, 1968, in Wickett, TX. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her father-in-law, Billy Keith, Sr.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Bill Randolph; two daughters, Brandi Menard and husband, Jason, of Corsicana, and Channa Gray of Waco; two grandchildren, Zachary and Brittni Menard of Corsicana; her sister, Elaine Rutledge and husband, Elmer, of Odessa; sister-in-law, Mary Beth Tarvin and husband, Terry, of Valley Mills; mother-in-law, Grace Kittrell of Hewitt; and one niece and two nephews.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Memorial Guestbook" at

Thursday, January 26, 2012

In Loving Memory...

Anna Ruth Rodgers

Posted by Shannon Rigsby on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 12:35:47 pm
Funeral services will be held for Anna Ruth Rodgers, 77, of Ninnekah, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, in the Ferguson Funeral Home Chapel with Wayne Sharp officiating.

Anna Rodgers

Anna Ruth Rodgers was born on Sept. 19, 1934, in Munday, Texas, the daughter of Lyle and Lucille (Shaw) Stodghill.  She died on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at home in Ninnekah.  

Ruth grew up in Munday, Texas, and graduated from Munday Public Schools.  She married Jimmy Peek in 1952, and to that union her three sons were born.  During that time Ruth was primarily a homemaker although she did work for a time at a bank in Houston.  

On Dec. 6, 1982, she married Charley Rodgers in Wellington, Texas.  They eventually settled down in Ninnekah and she gained employment at Johnston’s Auto Supply, retiring in 1998.  She was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Chickasha.  

Ruth loved the outdoors and spent many hours in her garden tending to her flowers and plants.  She loved to spend time with her family and was a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. 

She was preceded in death by:  both parents; one son, David Peek; two sisters, Jane Rose and Betty Lemaster; and one brother, Herbert Stodghill.  
Survivors include husband, Charley Rodgers of the home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Selena Peek of Santa Fe, Texas, John and Joy Peek of Houston, Texas, and Mike and Brenda Rodgers of Chickasha; one daughter, Terri Hayes of Pioneer; two sisters, Marie Williams of Wheeler, Texas, and Sue Groce of Huntington Beach, Calif.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  

Interment will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in the Johnson Memorial Cemetery in Munday, Texas, under the direction of Ferguson Funeral Home.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Remember the Quilt & Food Show Last Year...? It's almost that time, again...

“It (speaking about the Quilt & Food Show) was even better than last year. There is something around every corner. I didn’t think it could get better”, was one comment overheard. Another, “See what can happen when two great groups work together for a common cause.”

Well it was way more than two great groups involved, but she was right...two were instrumental in pulling it off. Going for Greatness in Goree Group did the Quilt Show and Munday Chamber of Commerce did the Food Show. The Knox County Visioning GroupKnox City Chamber of CommerceKnox County Historical CommissionBadlands Productions and Ranger Creek Ranch were among the rest.

It was mesmerizing to see over 100 quilts decorating the gym. Vendors were everywhere! The Home Ec Building was the spot for food vendors and cooking demonstrations. Gourmet Food Shows with “Yo Momma”, Cynthia Kinsey were well attended with standing room only. The first, “From Fridge to Fabulous in 30 Minutes”, was amazing. The other demonstration, “Puff Pastries—Breakfast, Dinner, Appetizers and Desserts”, wow’ed the crowd with extra pizzazz due to her warm, witty and fun personality. The east wing held four more rooms packed full with vendors.

If the next generation doesn’t take a hankerin’ to quilt, then it will be a sad day on the farm. The lost art isn’t lost, yet though. Thanks to groups like the Brazos Valley Quilt Guild. A “Log Cabin Challenge” was issued to their members. The Guild’s quilts made this year were required to incorporate the log cabin pattern and were judged by Donna Mizer. First place ribbon for the hand quilted category was awarded to Lula Baty and second went to Geraldine Koenig. First place in machine quilted went to Jan Carver and second to Mary Huffman. And finally, first in the wall hangings went to Carol Dickson and second went to Susan Spake. Experts, for certain.

Another endangered trade is canning. Lorrie Coop demonstrated “Canning & Food Preservation” techniques twice that day. And something that IS popular with the younger generation is scrapbooking. Ronda Thompson put her skills to work for everyone interested in scrapbooking with Creative Memories Products. Mrs. Penny Kizer demonstrated a new measuring tool that would make any sewing job a breeze. And Trainham Ice’s Caroline Garcia was on task sharpening scissors.

Quilt viewers were given the opportunity to vote on the quilt they liked most…the Viewer’s Choice Award went to Judy Hubbard who entered a Pinwheel Quilt given as a retirement gift from Munday First United Methodist Church which was pieced by Mary Huffman, hemmed by Penny Kizer and custom quilted by Amanda Bibb. Her prize was a beautiful rocking chair donated by Lake Creek Beverage Store of Goree, Texas. Joni Smith of Erick, Oklahoma won this year’s Raffle Quilt donated by Geraldine Koenig, pieced by Susan Spake & Friends, quilted by Jo Heard.

And finally, Agape Tours brought a group of forty-four clients on a Mystery Trip to experience the Knox County Adventure Tour. They met at the Bank Building in Goree for coffee and donuts, spent hours at the Quilt & Food Show and then were off to tour Knox County. They saw the Cathedral in a Cotton Field, were impressed with the fruits of Keep Munday Beautiful, gawked at tractor art and wall murals, ducked under the ‘almost-none-like-it’ bridge while headed to tour the jail and museum, flew by The Narrows (our little Continental Divide) and finally roosted at Ranger Creek Ranch for a marvelous dinner joined by Wyman and Sylinda Meinzer, our state photographer. An Agape Tour traveler is seen here with her door prize, an autographed copy of his latest, "Under One Fence: The Waggoner Ranch Legacy"

Great day in the morning! Job well done to ALL who made an event like this HAPPEN! It just gets better with age. Thanks, thanks, thanks…

Thursday, January 5, 2012

In Loving Memory...

Vergue Mae Reagins, 77, died Wednesday, December 28, 2011 in Munday, Texas.
Services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 6, 2011 at the Munday First Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Goree Cemetery in Goree, Texas under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home in Munday, Texas.
Mrs. Reagins was born July 3, 1934 in Paris, Texas. She was a dietary cook, She married Johnny Garrett Reagins April 4, 1954 in Benjamin, Texas. Mr. Reagins died August 12, 2005.
Survivors: Five Sons: Frankie Lee Hearon of Plainview, Texas; Johnny and Mary Reagins of Levelland, Texas; Robert and Jennifer Reagins of Tyler, Texas; Virgil and Iris Reagins of Duncanville, Texas and Randy and Millicent Reagins of Duncanville, Texas; Five Daughters: Ann and George Hairston of New York, New York; Joyce and Billy Thomas of Houston, Texas; Isabelle Reagins of Goree, Texas; Cindy and Jamie Dews of Tyler, Texas and Cathy and Grady Weaver of Goree, Texas; Daughter-in-law: Sonja Allen ;Twenty two grandchildren and many, many great grandchildren.